N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “MADEit” (#NE11C08)

November 27th, 2016

We met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “MADEit” from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Erin reports.

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N.E.mation! 11 Team “MADEit” from Cedar Girls Secondary School. From left: Wendalyna Lye, Gwyneth Tey, Angel Goh, Nicolle Gan.

MADEit is one of three teams from Cedar Girls Secondary School (CGSS) that made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 11 this year.

The team members are all veterans, having also made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 10 last year.

De facto team leader, Angel Goh of "MADEit", the veteran team from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Her teammates describe Angel as an "angelic angel".

De facto team leader, Angel Goh of “MADEit”, the veteran team from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Her teammates describe Angel as an “angelic angel”.

This year marks their comeback.

MADEit is made up of four ladies from CGSS, and they are all proud to have made it so far for two consecutive years – as evidenced by their team name.

As a school, CGSS is relatively new to the Top Ten round of the N.E.mation! series of animation competitions.

However, they are rapidly up-and-coming – from the lone team in the Top Ten of N.E.mation! (HigherThanYou, which clinched the 1st Runner’s up in 2014, to sporting three finalists in both last’s year’s N.E.mation! 10 Top Ten, and this year’s N.E.mation! 11.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “Finding Sanity” (#NE11C05)

November 26th, 2016

I met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “Finding Sanity” from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School.

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N.E.mation!11 Team “Finding Sanity” from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School. From left: Michelle Li, Lim Wanyi, Christelle Tan, Amelia Tan.

Finding Sanity is one of two teams from CHIJ that made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 11 this year.

The team comprises four chirpy ladies from CHIJ, which has been a powerhouse in the annual series of N.E.mation! competitions through the years.

Team Leader Lim Wanyi leads the team in search of sanity, and the top prize in N.E.mation! 11.

Team Leader Lim Wanyi leads the team in search of sanity, and the top prize in N.E.mation! 11.

Past iterations of the National Education themed animation competition have frequently seen at least two entrants in the final Top Ten, whittled down from hundreds of aspiring teams from schools around Singapore.

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Event: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016 (AFASG2016)

November 25th, 2016

Held this year from 25 to 27 November, the region’s largest and most followed Japanese popular culture and anime festival boasts more than 130 exhibitors, a line-up of popular artistes, and an exciting programme. Prices below.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

The exhibition halls were packed today! Personally, I’m looking forward to buying some merchandise from my favourite anime, and watching my favourite seiyuu (voice actors) on the day stage. Photo credit: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016.

The exhibition halls were packed today! Personally, I’m looking forward to buying some merchandise from my favourite anime, and watching my favourite seiyuu (voice actors) on the day stage. Photo credit: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016.

The annual Anime Festival Asia (AFASG2016) kicked off its three-day experiential showcase today in Singapore.

Attendees and aspiring cosplay enthusiasts can also look forward to meeting celebrity cosplayers from the region this year.

Some new highlights include the inaugural ANiBEATS, a 1-night only after party on 27 November, featuring DJs who blend EDM (electronic dance music) with anisongs (anime songs).

You can find immersive experiences at various experience zones, including a Sword Art Online centric exhibition booth that showcases artwork and animation cuts of all seasons of this beloved series.

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Erin Tan checked out AFASG2016 at Suntec City. Fortunately she went early – it got super crowded very quickly after this.

Original merchandise direct from Japan, including merchandise exclusive to the festival, will be available for shoppers.

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POTD: Double vision (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

November 23rd, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Nicholas Tan Jiale, winner of “Best of Show (Student Category)”.

This photo also won top place in Theme 1: Vision in the Student Category, the first of three themes in this year’s PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Nicholas Tan Jiale.

This photo also won top place in Theme 1: Vision in the Student Category, the first of three themes in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Nicholas Tan Jiale.

The photo is also the top photo for Theme 1: Vision in Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 for the Student Category..

Nicholas Tan is a student at Singapore Polytechnic.

POTD: Jogger on the bridge (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

November 22nd, 2016

Photo of the Day: Black and white shot of a jogger running on a bridge leading to the Singapore Sports Hub. Taken by Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan, winner of “Best of Show (Open Category).

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Mark’s submission for Theme 3 in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan.

Guess who was the jogger in this photo?

It’s none other than the photographer himself!

When I chatted with Mark about the photo, he shared that he frequently went to that bridge to take photos – so when the third theme was announced, he immediately formed this image in his mind.

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POTD: Worker examining grocery (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

November 21st, 2016

Photo of the Day: Atmospheric monochrome shot of a worker examining grocery stock in the warehouse of a grocery store. Taken by Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan, winner of “Best of Show (Open Category).

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Mark’s submission for Theme 2: Kyosei – the second of three themes in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan.

When I chatted with Mark about the photo, he shared that he originally wanted to take a photo inside a temple with people in it.

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POTD: Singapore Flyer in the Eye (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

November 20th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan, winner of “Best of Show (Open Category)”.

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This photo also won top place in Theme 1: Vision, the first of three themes in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan.

When I chatted with Mark about the photo, he shared that he decided to go to the Singapore Flyer because it was one of the famous icons here.

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Event: Canon PhotoMarathon XIV Singapore 2016 & Results

November 19th, 2016

The annual photography competition takes place today on Saturday, 19 November, 2016 at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre 401-402.

Update (end of 19 November, 2016):

The results of the Canon PhotoMarathon has been released.

The winners are listed below.

I will be posting the winners' photos on Instagram over the next few days to share with everyone the quality photos that came out of this competition.

I will be posting the winners’ photos on Instagram over the next few days to share with everyone the quality photos that came out of this competition.

List of Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winners

BEST OF SHOW – STUDENT
Tan Jiale Nicholas, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

BEST OF SHOW – OPEN
Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan

SCHOOL CHALLENGE WINNER
ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

THEME 1 : VISION

STUDENT CATEGORY
1ST Tan Jiale Nicholas, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC
2ND Nicolas Chua, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)
3RD Chew Ying Xuan Carina, PEI HWA SECONDARY SCHOOL

OPEN CATEGORY
1ST Lim Mark Anthony Pamintuan
2ND Wee Keng Hor
3RD Byron Moray Pittendrigh

THEME 2: KYOSEI

STUDENT CATEGORY
1ST Wan Aniqah Mahirah, QUEENSWAY SECONDARY SCHOOL
2ND Yang Sze Yuan Ivan, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
3RD Ng Jia Ching, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

OPEN CATEGORY
1ST Ng Clarence
2ND Bacalso Nino Jim Apit
3RD Nazri Bin Bajuri

CANON CHALLENGE WINNER (only Canon users qualify)
LI JIAXUAN

THEME 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective + #SPACE

STUDENT CATEGORY
1ST Emmanuel Benedict, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
2ND Tan Yan Sheng Shawnn, ANGLO-CHINESE JUNIOR COLLEGE
3RD Ng Jun Ying, HWA CHONG INSTITUTION

OPEN CATEGORY
1ST Soong Yi Wei Noel
2ND Lim Tee Lip
3RD Heppi Wasyeri

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tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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Event: Epson Solutions & Technology Convention 2016 (ESTC 2016)

November 17th, 2016

Epson showcased its latest smart solutions to show how its new innovations can power the future of businesses.

Update (18 November, 2016):

Giveaway on Epsons Facebook Page: If you’re a Manchester United and Epson fan, here’s how you can stand a chance to WIN an Epson-Manchester United T-Shirt.

Follow this link to Epson’s Facebook Page to learn how!

Contest ends at 2359hrs on 20 November.

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division), at ESTC 2016.

The global technology leader in printing, visual communications and digital imaging demonstrated integrated solutions that addressed the varied needs that businesses had in their work processes.

ESTC 2016 is the second edition of Epson’s bi-yearly convention to engage corporate partners and customers to raise awareness on its range of business products and solutions.

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A large format printer for the marketing department, showcased at ESTC 2016 in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay in Singapore.

Epson showcased new business products ranging from office scanners to its new ultra-short throw interactive projector, mobile point of sales systems and wearable technology such as the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses and BT-2000 smart headset at the convention.

The convention was held today at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and attended by 153 guests including business partners, end users, media and distributors.

Integrating intelligent solutions for business success

Epson’s showcase offered insights as well as real-life demonstrations on how companies can develop a holistic strategy when investing in technology.

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