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COMEX 2012 (30 Aug – 2 Sep) at Suntec Singapore

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This Thursday, the third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will kick off at Suntec Singapore. For four days from 30 August to 2 September, the COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012 will be held on three Levels – 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore. With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

I will be listing some of the promotions available during the exhibition. To see a consolidated list of postings related to COMEX 2012, click here.

You can also click on the COMEX 2012 button (that looks like the logo above, on every page of during COMEX 2012) near the top of the sidebar on the right and below the search box.

Here are the floor plans for the exhibitors on Levels 4 and 6.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2012 8-11 Mar Suntec Singapore
PC Show 2012 7-10 Jun Suntec Singapore
COMEX 2012 30 Aug – 2 Sep Suntec Singapore
SITEX 2012 22-25 Nov Singapore Expo

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.


Camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 arrives in Singapore

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore. Suitable for those who need a camera-less smartphone for use in an environment where security concerns forbid the use of cameras or devices with cameras – such as military camps and installations.

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore.

The camera-less BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Singapore.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was first unveiled in August last year and launched in Singapore in October.

The Curve 9360 comes equipped with the BlackBerry 7 OS and enables users to connect to the Internet, play games, BBM and be socially connected at all times.

TODAY! New BlackBerry Curve 9380 arrives in Singapore

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The Curve 9380 is the first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display. Check with Telcos for plans and pricing.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is available in Singapore TODAY!

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is available in Singapore TODAY!

The sleek and stylish all-touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone is powered by BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience.

The 9380 is the first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display.

The 9380 is the first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch display.

It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a sleek new all-touch design that features a larger display that enhances web browsing, games and multimedia,” Hastings Singh, Vice President, South Asia at Research In Motion.The new BlackBerry 7 OS introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience.

It also offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

The popular universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching for information on their device and the web.

Here is the specs sheet for the BlackBerry Curve 9380.

Here is the specs sheet for the BlackBerry Curve 9380.

In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 includes built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways.

With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews about restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest.

NFC enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

Roundup of BlackBerry updates from RIM during CES

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Upgrades to BlackBerry 7.1 (dates TBC) and BBM6.1 (available now), and Visa certification for BlackBerry smartphones.

The BBM6.1 upgrade is available now in BlackBerry App World.

The BBM6.1 upgrade is available now in BlackBerry App World.

The updates were released by Research In Motion (RIM) during CES 2012.

BlackBerry 7.1 upgrade – dates TBC in Asia

For users of the latest BlackBerry 7 smartphones, some of the features of the BlackBerry 7.1 OS upgrade are described below.

Keep smiling with the free BBM6.1 upgrade.

Keep smiling with the free BBM6.1 upgrade.

With the addition of BlackBerry Tag, users of NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones (incl. Bold 9900, Curve 9360 and Curve 9380) can instantly invite a friend to BBM, exchange contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content, as well as pair their BlackBerry smartphone with an NFC enabled Bluetooth device.

Turn your BlackBerry smartphone into a mobile hotspot that can be shared by up to 5x Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops and tablets.

Free upgrade to BlackBerry Messenger 6.1

Free upgrade to BlackBerry Messenger 6.1

Universal Search has been further improved to help users find what they are looking for. The enhancement includes an auto-suggest feature that intelligently filters Bing search results to offer users a variety of relevant Web sites based on their search terms.

Customers with a BlackBerry Curve 9360 or 9380 smartphones will find a nice surprise with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS update in the form of an FM radio.

BBM6.1 upgrade – available now in BlackBerry App World

This upgrade offers support for animated avatars (animated GIFs), a dozen new and fun emoticons to spice up conversations, and the ability to customize chat bubbles with different colors.

BBM6.1 is available now on BlackBerry App World.

BBM6.1 is available now on BlackBerry App World.

In addition, the new BBM app allows users to add customized personal messages of up to 160 characters in their online Profile, more than double the length supported in previous versions.

Users can now set the picture for their BBM avatar directly from the camera app – simply snap a picture and select “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu.

Read the full press release here.

Visa certifies BlackBerry smartphones for use as Visa Mobile Payment Devices

Following the approval of BlackBerry devices as the first certified smartphones of the MasterCard PayPass program, Visa has certified the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 as compliant payment products available for commercial deployment by financial institutions.

All the new devices certified by Visa can use the built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to facilitate wireless payments using contactless payment terminals.

Read the full press release here.

Get spooked with fun Halloween apps on BlackBerry devices

Monday, October 31st, 2011

It’s Halloween today. Here’s a selection of ghouly apps for the occasion.

There are apps for both BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook. All the apps can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World. Click on the screenshots to get to the app on BlackBerry App World.

Apps Brief Description
Count Munchula (Free)
smartphones only

Count Munchula (Free)

The world-famous Screen Muncher just couldn’t resist getting dressed up for Halloween as a blood-sucking vampire named Count Munchula! “Munch” your BlackBerry screen and capture it as an image to post directly to Twitter, share through email, or save for later!

Screen Muncher lets you capture anything you see on your BlackBerry screen just like a desktop “print screen” on a PC. This funny, cute and useful app includes a very special “Count Munchula” sound effect, animation and vibrates every time you Munch a screen!

Pumpkin Slider (US$0.99)
smartphones only

Pumpkin Slider (US$0.99)

Pumpkin Slider is designed to lock your BlackBerry and prevent any unwanted key press. Even if your BlackBerry is unlocked by accident, Pumpkin Slider still locks your phone and you do not need to worry about the Send key or any unwanted key pressed. Pumpkin Slider automatically locks your BlackBerry when the screen dims.

Pumpkin Slider is fast to setup, easy to use and works with the Lock button on your BlackBerry.

Jack-O-Lantern (Free)
smartphones only

Jack-O-Lantern (Free)

Ever wanted your own Jack-O-Lantern but didn’t know how to carve one? This app is a virtual Jack-O-Lantern for your BlackBerry to help you celebrate the Halloween season. You can change the Jack-O-Lantern’s face by swiping from the left or right on the eyes, nose, or mouth. You can also change the colour by clicking on the screen. Happy Halloween!
Halloween Photo Editor (US$1.99)
smartphones only

Halloween Photo Editor (US$1.99)

Halloween Photo Editor is a powerful image processing app that turns your photos into unique Halloween themed art. Very intuitive and easy to use. even beginners will quickly learn how to create impressive Halloweenish effects! Gear up for your Halloween celebration with this amazing photo app!

The app features 4 awesome Halloween filters, 16 unique Halloween themed photo frames and 11 cute clip art images.

Ghosty Party (US$1.99)

Ghosty Party (US$1.99)

Vaporize as many ghosts of the same color as you can to get a high score, with cute halloween theme animations, bonuses, and sound effects. The more ghosts you tap at once, the more scores you will get. The more same color ghosts combo, the more scoresmultiply.

The game features an autosave function on exit or phone call, and the PlayBook version also has global online support to post your scores on Facebook.

Halloween Haunt (S$1.99)
PlayBook only

Halloween Haunt (S$1.99)

Zombies, Ghosts, Mummies; oh my! Halloween Haunt is a 5 Reel Slot Machine that features up to 15 credits per line (up to 9 lines) – Changeable credit values ranging from 1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, and 25¢. Once the ‘High Roller Gauge’ is completely filled, you will gain access to even higher credit values; 50¢, $1, and $5. Slot machine symbols include ‘WILD’ and ‘SPIN & WIN’ symbols, which trigger the FREE SPIN feature. Earn your way to 50 trophies, purchase the 10 items in the gift shop, and work your way up to piles of cash like candy on Halloween!
Halloween Sounds (US$0.99)
PlayBook only

Halloween Sounds (US$0.99)

Wanna scare theguy in the next cube out of his wits? Look no further! With Halloween Sounds you can play endless pranks on friends and enemies alike. 15 spooky sounds and Spooky Soundtrack which plays a creepy soundtrack and adds scary sounds on top of it. The perfect soundtrack for handing out treats, or great mood music for a costume party.

BlackBerry smartphones first in the world to be certified for MasterCard PayPass

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 are the world’s first SIM-based smartphones to receive the MasterCard PayPass Handset Certification.

Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tabletThe two smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) are the first SIM-based NFC (Near Field Communication) smartphones to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide as PayPass-approved devices.

The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability MasterCard PayPassand security requirements of MasterCard. With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones.

“MasterCard is proud to be the first to certify these popular BlackBerry smartphones for mobile payments, and offer consumers another simple, easy, safe and convenient way to pay,” said Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive, Mobile at MasterCard Worldwide. “The availability of NFC on popular BlackBerry smartphones is an important milestone for the mobile contactless payments business.”The ecosystem to allow customers to take advantage of the certified BlackBerry smartphones for NFC payments is already growing. France Telecom – Orange is the first operator worldwide to have commercial NFC launches in two countries, UK and France, with trials in several European markets.

France Telecom – Orange believes that mobile NFC has the potential to enable a new revolution in mobile by further connecting people’s mobile digital world with the physical world around them.

In Singapore, I don’t think citizens probably will see NFC payments in place until at least middle of 2012 and beyond.

New BlackBerry Curve 9360 arrives in Singapore

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Unveiled some two months ago, the Curve 9360 has now been launched in Singapore. The sleek, fast and easy-to-use smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) promises to deliver smooth social experiences wherever you go.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was first unveiled in late August 2011.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was first unveiled in late August 2011.

The BlackBerry 9360 features the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and is now available in Singapore from authorised BlackBerry partners and carriers. The main specs can be found here.

The new BlackBerry Curve smartphone retains the iconic QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad for easy, one-handed navigation. GPS and Wi-Fi support are also included, as well as a 5MP camera with flash and video recording that can be shared instantly on social networks. The microSD/SDHC slot supports up to 32 GB memory cards for additional media storage.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone features an upgraded processor and display, more memory, and built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communication) – a new technology that enables the ability to pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 focuses on providing a smooth social experience.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 focuses on providing a smooth social experience.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 promises to provide the world’s “best mobile communications and social experiences” with a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social apps to keep users connected and productive throughout the day.

The latest release of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is pre-loaded, and users can interact with other ‘BBM connected’ apps. The social experience includes an updated Social Feeds (2.0) app, Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app, and Twitter for BlackBerry.

Formula One apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Formula 1 comes to Singapore this weekend. Check out the F1 apps for the BlackBerry tablet or smartphones – both free on BlackBerry App World.

Formula One in Singapore from 23 to 25 September 2011. 2011 app for BlackBerry smartphones. 2011 app for BlackBerry smartphones.

For BlackBerry smartphone users (device software 4.2.0 or higher), check out the 2011 app from the organisers of Formula 1 itself. Users can access information such as race results, championship standings, timetables, calendars, circuit data etc.

The app streams real-time data directly from Formula One Management’s Technical Centre at the racetrack displaying the same information supplied to the teams from every session, putting you right at the heart of the action. The app also sends you push notifications and keeps you updated even when the app is closed.

Maxis F1 2011 for BlackBerry PlayBook

Maxis F1 2011 for BlackBerry PlayBook

For BlackBerry PlayBook users, check out the Maxis F1 2011 for BlackBerry PlayBook app from Infindo Technology. Users can get detailed information for all the races with exclusive live commentary, top stories, results, schedule, standings, drivers/teams/circuit info etc.

Both apps are free and valid for the entire 2011 F1 season.

Main specifications for the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones was unveiled by Research In Motion (RIM) two days ago. The Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 will be available in Canada this month and in other countries in September 2011.

BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370Here are the main specifications of the three new BlackBerry Curve models. The physical appearances and basic specifications are common across the three models except for the networks supported.

All are based on the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

Main specs of the BlackBerry Curve 9360

Below are the specs of the BlackBerry Curve 9350 and 9370: