Microsoft has officially delivered the new Surface SDK which allows developers not only to develop awesome applications for the new Surface hardware, but also for Windows touch-enabled PCs! Check out the new Surface Developer Center.
Get ready your Motorola XOOM and Motorola XOOM WiFi, fellow Singaporeans! You’ll be receiving an update from Android™ 3.0 to Android™ 3.1 over the air TODAY! This update provides exciting enhancements to enable users to get more from their Motorola XOOM and makes it even easier to create a PC-like environment for business users.
The over-the-air upgrade will trigger a notification window with the option for users to download the update immediately or at a later date. It can thereafter be downloaded manually by going to “Settings > About Tablet > System Updates”. The upgrade is about 40MB in size.
The most notable of the new features, the 3.1 update activates the SD card slot so users can expand the memory of their Motorola XOOM up to 64GB, with the addition of a 32GB SD card. This update also includes improved multi-tasking, providing instant visual access to a large number of applications as well as resizable home screen widgets.
Key highlights for Android 3.1 include:
- Improved multi-tasking providing instant visual access to a larger number of applications
- Resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser
- Both keyboard and mouse support, which allows simultaneous input for devices over Bluetooth® (in any combination)
- Support for most PC joysticks and gamepads that connect over USB or Bluetooth
- Picture transfer directly from camera, so users can connect their cameras over USB and import their pictures to the Gallery with a single touch
- New high-performance Wi-Fi lock lets applications maintain high-performance Wi-Fi connections even when the device screen is off
- Preloaded Adobe® Flash® Player, as well as File Manager.
At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, take a sneak peek at next step in private cloud computing with just two of hundreds of new capabilities coming in the next version of Windows Server, internally code-named “Windows Server 8.” Go to the 36:50 mark of this video for the demo.
Are you excited already?
QRBoards provide customized digital ads with interactivity and targeted content benefiting both consumers and advertisers. Such benefits can be instantaneous, for example consumers can download a coupon and redeem it immediately, they can also locate the closest store for samples, register events in their calendar and share brand promotions and tips on social media.
QRBoard is a new way of advertising making its way in public restrooms and lift lobbies to engage people by letting them scan the embedded barcode – known as QR code. QR code use is established in countries like Japan and has been very well received in Singapore with its tech savvy population.
313@somerset is the first mall in Singapore to provide interactivity at this level. MOSAIC plans to expand the number of QRBoard in Singapore to other lifestyle venues including malls, museums, shopping centres, restaurants, clubs and other public venues. Starting in August, MOSAIC MediaHouse will operate 27 QRBoards all over 313@Somerset – in the restrooms (16), the lift lobbies (8) and in standing areas (3).
If you do come across them, do let me know and share your experiences with consuming these advertisements.
Yuki Naruse, a Babson college alumni and Tokyo-raised 22yo guy attending Waseda University, just started his tour to meet entrepreneurs and nomad workers all around the globe. Termed the Nomad Project, Yuki intends to study the Nomad Business Person and entrepreneurs, gaining valuable insights on the concept of entrepreneurship and global career. The lessons he learnt will be shared with his peers back in Japan, convincing them to expand their horizons.
The concept of a Digital Nomad is someone who uses technology and the internet to work remotely—from home, the coffee shop, internet cafe, or even to collaborate remotely with teams anywhere in the world.
Yuki is currently in Singapore for few days interviewing these Digital Nomads, so if you do meet him do say hi and share your experiences working everywhere all around Singapore without being restrained by a desk.
Check out updates of his travels and experiences:
Embree is a collection of high-performance ray tracing kernels, developed at Intel Labs. The kernels are optimized for photo-realistic rendering on the latest Intel® processors with support for the SSE and AVX instruction sets. In addition to the ray tracing kernels, Embree provides an example photo-realistic rendering engine. Embree is designed for Monte Carlo ray tracing algorithms, where the vast majority of rays are incoherent. The specific single-ray traversal kernels in Embree provide the best performance in this scenario and they are very easy to integrate into existing applications.
Imagine when gaming will have photo-realistic graphics in the future with ray-tracing algorithms optimized for future Intel processors and multi-core processors. I hope that future is not too far off.
Read Article: Embree: Photo-Realistic Ray Tracing Kernels
Download Crown Scene: Crown.zip (72.8MB)
Participate in Embree Forum Discussion: Embree Forum
Blog Post: Can’t wait to create photo-realistic images for free?
The top 12 girls this year are the tallest in the history of the SingTel Grid Girls competition with an average height of 1.7m. They also comprise a diverse racial mix – including ladies of Mongolian, Thai and Taiwanese heritage. The ladies will be making appearances at road shows to drum up public support to emerge as the top three Grid Girls of 2011.
Starting 23 July, members of the public can vote for their favourite girls at www.facebook.com/singtel or via SMS and stand to win a LG Optimus Black mobile phone. Voting will close on 4 September and the top three SingTel Grid Girls will then be selected. Public votes make up 50 per cent of the final tally. These girls will win cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 respectively, be at the front of the starting grid on race day, and be featured in a cover shoot for 8 Days magazine in the race weekend issue.
Interview with Joanne Alex Yeo, GG05, aka Alex. Age 21, Chinese, Singaporean, 173cm and 58kg. Currently studying at Standsfield College.
Interview with Sirada Kurujitkosol, GG11, aka Five. Age 20, Thai, Singapore PR, 172cm and 51kg. Currently working as an admin.
The new updated builds of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 and Parallels Server for Mac, Mac mini Edition will run on Lion. The current version of Parallels Transporter app already in the Mac App Store will also run on Lion.
Parallels is encouraging users of Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Desktop 5 to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 6 if they want to run Lion. For a limited time, Parallels is offering users of Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Desktop 5 upgrades to Parallels Desktop 6 for only US$39.99 (25% discount, US$10 off). Use the code “lion_upgrade” to get ANOTHER US$10 off.
The SiTF Awards provide recognition to innovative ICT applications or solutions which are developed locally. Having the best of the best in Singapore delivering their finest, the SiTF Awards serve as a good catalyst for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone interested in the world of Info-comm to gain insights on the latest innovations while creating awareness and driving growth.
52 finalists from multinationals to start-ups, and academic institutions, even primary schools, will be pitching their best innovation to a panel of judges including luminaries of ICT industry, venture capitalists, investors and academia.
Here are the highlights from a selection of the finalists:
- In the Start-up category – Skydoor created a technology that enables consumers to insert their pictures and videos into 3D virtual worlds and personalize for sharing; Time Voyager developed a 3D MMORPG game engine to provide a complete solution for developers creating next-generation games, virtual reality simulations and other 3D animated content.
- In the Emerging Technology category – Argentra developed an innovative print access management solution that empowers organizations with full control and visibility on every print job, inclusive of all print contents; Smoov developed a set of motivational widgets for smartphones to help marketers drive e-commerce and has been used by more than a million users.
- In the Interactive Ideas category – Prevview is the first portal in Asia to utilize Video Resumes in an interactive manner for jobseekers and recruiters; StarCr8 is a developer of education applications, facilitating the synchronous capture of audio and visuals by a tutor directly on an iPad, with various educational enabling tools such as handwriting and text entry, shape recognition, eraser and multiple boards.
- In the Student categories – Tampines Primary School students created a fun interactive computer game around the theme of global warming; Crescent Girls’ School students developed Wheelopoly, a fun application to provide an interactive learning experience for Singapore’s places of attractions and historical sites; Nanyang Polytechnic students created an Android game leveraging Augmented Reality and made in 3D; Temasek Polytechnic students created an innovative Human-Computer Interaction application, SmartScreen II, that allows the user to direct presentation slides by natural hand gestures.
- In the Mobile Applications category – Data Security Systems Solutions developed Mobile BetterThanPin, a patent-pending technology that provides two-factor authentication for mobile application users; Live360 developed LiveRun, the world’s first run-for-rewards programme based on the use of a mobile application.
- In the e-Government category – Integrated Health Information Systems implemented an unique electronic end-to-end closed-loop inpatient medication management system in National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the first two hospitals in Asia Pacific to do so. The system provides checks on doctors orders, supplies unit dose packaging of tablets with barcodes, automates pharmacy review, supply and billing.
- In the e-Enterprise category – ITE College East developed an integrated Product Information Management System, consisting of mobile Tank Survey Recording Application and web-enabled Customer Service Portal for Kerry-ITS Terminal to reduce labour and improve business efficiency.
- In the Cloud Technology category – Intalio offers an integrated platform for developing cloud applications that are natively elastic and multi-tenant; and SingTel PowerON provides an end-to-end suite of cloud-based services for businesses.
ICM Registry, the company responsible for administration for the soon-to-launch .XXX domain, announces it will be extending its Sunrise period due to the volume of prelaunch interest in the domain.
The “Sunrise” period, due to commence in fifty days time, has been designed to both permit domain registration from members in the adult entertainment business, and to assist brand managers from other industries who want to protect their trademarks ahead of wider availability. The new Sunrise period will now run for 50 days commencing 7th September 2011 and finishing on 28th October 2011. The extended period will enable ICM Registry to receive and process all applications from existing domain name and trademark owners who have applied to either opt their brand in or out of the .XXX registry.
After the close of the “Sunrise” period, a “Land Rush” period will run on 8th November 2011 for 14 days where businesses from the adult entertainment industry will have premium access to remaining .XXX web addresses, following which general availability will ensue. Sunrise applicants using registered marks to qualify will be required to own a subsisting trade or service mark registration of national effect.
The pre-reservation for .XXX is now closed, with on-going enquiries being handled by ICANN accredited registrars.