Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Facebook enhances mobile app with sidebar

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Facebook has enhanced the sidebar space within its Facebook mobile app – creating a dedicated place for you and your friends to stay up to date on all of the things you do every day.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

People go to News Feed to catch up on what friends are posting at certain times of the day, like a best friend’s engagement or pictures from a university reunion.

But many users want a place to see and share the smaller updates that are a part of their day.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

The Facebook sidebar is used by millions of people daily to quickly find and contact friends and loved ones while on the go with their mobile.

Now, you can visit the sidebar to get a quick look at what your friends are currently doing.

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Research: GlobalWebIndex finds mobile networking booming with WeChat users

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

WeChat has the youngest demographic out of all competing social communications apps, with one third of its global users aged 16 to 24. Andrew Ng attended the media brief for tech4tea.com.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

A recent research by GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a market research company specialising in online consumer behaviour claims that 80% of WeChat’s young users said it was critical for them to be contactable at all times.

“WeChat has witnessed a remarkable growth rate during this period especially among the youth generation, with WeChat’s efficient and entertaining platform continuing to attract users on a massive scale. We are excited about WeChat’s strong growth momentum both globally and throughout Singapore, and expect to see it adding more users in the coming quarters,” said Jason Mander, Head of Trends at GlobalWebIndex.

GWI is a multi-market research company, covering 32 markets and representing 89% of the global Internet population.

Focusing on Singapore specifically, WeChat is most popular with 16 to 34 year olds, with this age group dominating nearly half of the WeChat user base.

According to GWI, WeChat had experienced significant growth with an active user base increase of 156% globally, and a staggering 499% in Singapore between Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of the world’s Internet users and 39% within the APAC region now actively use the app.

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Trend Micro tips against Iron Man 3 fake screening sites

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

With the popularity of Iron Man 3, cybercriminals are using social networks to spread links to websites that purport to offer free screenings of the blockbuster – but instead lead to potentially malicious sites.

Be wary of links to websites offering free streaming or download of Iron Man 3 movie.

Be wary of links to websites offering free streaming or download of Iron Man 3 movie.

The scams utilised popular blogging platforms and social networks, such as Tumblr, WordPress and Blogger, to trick home viewers into downloading video installer files and click on malicious links and adware that may lead to survey scams and spam.

The same is seen on Facebook, where links to supposed Iron Man 3 streaming sites lead users to survey scams instead.

Some sites do not even lead to actual Iron Man 3 movie content, instead asking users to register and provide their credit card number – a move that is highly suspicious.

Here are some tips from Trend Micro for movie buffs to stay vigilant online.

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Canon Do More Work Less Facebook Contest: DMWL to the Rescue

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Canon is having a contest on its Do More Work Less Facebook page – called “DMWL to the Rescue”. Participate from now till 10 April to stand a chance to win a Digital IXUS 140 and an imageCLASS MF4720w.

Win a Digital IXUS 140 and an imageCLASS MF4720w - contest ends 10 April 2013.

Win a Digital IXUS 140 and an imageCLASS MF4720w – contest ends 10 April 2013.

All you have to do is email dmwl@canon.com.sg with a photo of a flawed office device in your office and say in less than 100 how you wish you can improve the device so that you can do your job more efficiently.

WD Singapore Facebook Contest: Portable drives, routers & cash vouchers

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

WD Singapore is having a contest on its Facebook page – called “WD’s Winning Five”. Simply submit – today or tomorrow – your particulars via its contest app and you may be randomly selected as one of 10 lucky winners.

Win one of five main prizes or one of five consolation prizes at WD Singapore's Facebook page.

Win one of five main prizes or one of five consolation prizes at WD Singapore’s Facebook page.

The winners will be announced over six days from 18 to 23 March.

If you’re selected as a daily winner and have an IT Show 2013 invoice for any WD product purchased, you’ll receive an additional S$40 CapitaLand voucher!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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New multi-function printer: Brother MFC-J2510 InkBenefit in Singapore

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Japanese printer and sewing machine manufacturer has launched the compact A3 inkjet multi-function printer in Singapore.

Available from 1 November 2012, the Multi-Function Centre MFC-J2510 (S$398 incl. GST) is sleek, small and fast; and is targeted towards SMBs and SOHOs.

Brother inkjet Multi-Function Centre MFC-J2510 (S$398 incl. 7% GST).

Brother inkjet Multi-Function Centre MFC-J2510 (S$398 incl. 7% GST).

The Brother MFC-J2510 is tailored for personal use, small or home offices (SOHOs) and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

It sports bold, curved edges and has a black and white design with a gloss finish.

The multi-function printer is able to copy, fax, scan and print; and has a 3.7-inch touchscreen interface.

The MFC-J2510 supports wired and wireless networking, prints on both sides, and features Internet connectivity to support printing from and scanning to six cloud-based services.

The Brother MFC-J2510 InkBenefit and its touchscreen interface.

The Brother MFC-J2510 InkBenefit and its touchscreen interface.

You can use Brother iPrint&Scan app, Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print to print from and scan straight to your iPhone, iPad, Android device or Windows Phone.

Landscape A4 printing.

Landscape A4 printing.

It also supports direct printing from USB flash memory and media memory cards.

Even though it can print up to A3 sizes, the MFC-J2510 is compact and similar in size to the typical A4 multi-function printer.

This is Brother’s first device that uses landscape-printing, featuring a larger horizontal 1,680-nozzle print head.

It is Brother’s fastest inkjet model with a print speed of up to 20 monochrome and 18 colour pages per minute (ppm).

The MFC-J2510 also conserves both ink (see print yield in the table below) and off-mode power consumption.

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Nikon launches 6 new cameras in Singapore

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Nikon spearheaded its Autumn 2012 collection of cameras with 6 new cameras, 1 lens and 1 waterproof casing. Among these cameras are the super compact S01 and the Android-equipped S800c.

All will be available in September. Prices TBA.

Update (4 September, 2012):

The COOLPIX L610 is now available in Singapore at S$339.

Nikon launched 6 new cameras and accessories in Singapore to spearhead its Autumn 2012 collection.

Nikon launched 6 new cameras and accessories in Singapore to spearhead its Autumn 2012 collection.

Most camera launches roll out more of the same, with slight improvements in features or specifications.

The Nikon P7700 is the new flagship of the COOLPIX lineup. 12.2MP, 7.1x Zoom, f/2.0-4.0 lens.

The Nikon P7700 is the new flagship of the COOLPIX lineup. 12.2MP, 7.1x Zoom, f/2.0-4.0 lens.

So its most refreshing to see Nikon trying to innovate by launching cameras that genuinely push the boundaries.

My favourite among the slew of cameras launched in Singapore today is the S01.

You’ve got to see it to believe it and you’ve got to handle it to appreciate it.

The S01 is smaller than a credit card!

It’s thicker than the card of course, but it’s like one of those charms people dangle from their keychains, although I wouldn’t want the camera slamming against the dashboard as I drive.

And people with big hands might not appreciate the compactness as much.

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is smaller than a credit card. 10.1MP, 3x Zoom, 77 x 51.2 x 17.2mm

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is smaller than a credit card. 10.1MP, 3x Zoom, 77 x 51.2 x 17.2mm

It’s a bold step for Nikon to take – pushing the limits of camera miniaturisation.

Nikon COOLPIX L610 has 16MP and 14x Zoom.

Nikon COOLPIX L610 has 16MP and 14x Zoom.

I’m sure smartphone makers would be very keen to adopt some of the technologies developed to make their smartphone cameras perform even better.

Already, these camera phones are encroaching into the market share of compact cameras with the only difference being image quality, which is made up for by the convenience of having the smartphone camera being available and handy at all times.

I won’t be surprised if some of Nikon’s sub-contractors are already talking to smartphone makers on possible collaborations.

The Nikon COOLPIX S800c runs Android 2.3 and has Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Nikon COOLPIX S800c runs Android 2.3 and has Wi-Fi connectivity.

On the same front, Nikon is hitting back at the smartphone camera sector with the S800c – a compact camera with an Android OS (2.3) and Wi-Fi connectivity.

So you can use photo-editing apps (such as Photoshop, Instagram and PicsArt) from the Google Play store to edit photos taken with the camera, and share it online on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

You can also use any of the other 500,000 apps on the Google Play for gaming or other purposes.

The Nikon COOLPIX S6400 has 16MP and 12x Zoom

The Nikon COOLPIX S6400 has 16MP and 12x Zoom

What the S800c doesn’t have yet is 3G connectivity, to give it 3G data connectivity in case there’s no Wi-Fi connectivity.

Who knows, you might even see a Nikon camera-phone (in that order) in the future!

The other products launched today are more run-of-the-mill cameras and accessories.

These include three new compacts from the COOLPIX family: COOLPIX P7700, L610, and S6400.

The Nikon 1 J1 MIL camera has been upgraded to the J2, with new Creative Modes, a new 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5/5.6 lens, and an Underwater Case.

The Nikon 1 J1 MIL camera has been upgraded to the J2, with new Creative Modes, a new 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5/5.6 lens, and an Underwater Case.

For its mirrorless interchangeable lens line, Nikon has launched the Nikon 1 J2, 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm F/3.5-5.6 lens, and the Nikon 1 water proof case.

I’ll be posting more details of each camera so you can check the tech specs in those articles.

Microsoft launches Outlook.com preview

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Microsoft has released the preview of Outlook.com, a web-based “unified” email that allows the user to consolidate mails and messages from Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo mail.

It is also connected to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and soon – Skype.

Try out the Outlook.com preview here.

Try out the Outlook.com preview here.

You can find more details for the Outlook.com preview on the Outlook blog.

To try out the preview, go to www.outlook.com.

You can use your existing email Microsoft email account or sign up for a new @outlook.com email account to try out the preview.

Below are the highlights of the Outlook.com preview:

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TODAY! Mountain Lion available from Mac App Store

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The ninth major release of Apple’s desktop operating system is now available as a download from the Mac App Store. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for S$25.98.

Mountain Lion OS X, Apple's new desktop operating system is available for download today.

Mountain Lion OS X, Apple’s new desktop operating system is available for download today.

Mountain Lion features more than 200 new features, including iCloud integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.

Pricing & Availability

OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store for S$25.98.

Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space.

A complete list of system requirements and compatible systems can be found here.

OS X Server requires Mountain Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for S$25.98.

The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after 11 June, 2012.

Below are some of these key new features.

  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices.
  • The new Messages app, which replaces iChat and brings iMessage to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac.
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.
  • System-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo.
  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center.
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you’re using an app from Apple or a third party developer.
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay.
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • The new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer.
  • Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep.
  • A faster Safari browser.

New BlackBerry smartphone: Curve 9320

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

RIM has announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is now available in Singapore at S$328. Get it from authorised BlackBerry partners including local carriers SingTel and M1.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 is now available in Singapore for S$328.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 is now available in Singapore for S$328.

The Curve 9320 has the traditional half-body screen cum signature hardware keypad design of BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry Curve 9320
OS BlackBerry 7.1 OS
Screen 2.44″ TFT
Resolution 320 x 240, 164 ppi
Battery 1,450 mAh
Processor Single-core, 806 MHz
Camera Rear: 3.2mp
Front: Nil
Video VGA, 640 x 480
Memory Int: 512 MB
Ext: 32 GB microSD
Size /mm 109 x 60 x 12.7
Weight 103 g
Price S$328

Customers can interact with their social network in real time, using preloaded apps for Facebook and Twitter.

The new Social Feeds 2.0 app is also preloaded, allowing customers to post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view.

The integrated camera includes a flash and supports video recording, and pictures can be tagged with their location thanks to the smartphone¹s built-in GPS.

The budget smartphone includes a built-in FM radio, allowing customers to tune into their favorite local stations.

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