Week 5: What do we do without Google?

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

What comes to everyone’s mind when the word Google appears? Search Engine. However, Google has come a long way from just being only a search engine. What do they have? Google documents, Google Mail, Google Maps and so much more. Then, there is also Google Chrome. Google Chrome was first released as a Beta version in Sept 2008 for the Windows platform. By Dec 2009, beta versions for Mac and Linux was released. And Finally, Google Chrome 5.0 was released on 25th May 2010!

Although a late user of Chrome (2 months), I am an avid fan of this browser. All along, I have thought that Safari (for my Mac) is one of the best I have ever used, but Chrome proves to be better!

Here’s some of the features that draw me to Chrome.

1) Speed

Chrome uses the V8 Javascript engine which has features such as dynamic code generation, hidden class transitions and precise garbage collection (TOO MANY TECHNICAL TERMS!). Tests by Google in September 2008 showed that V8 was about twice as fast as Firefox 3.0 and the WebKit nightlies. Below is a interesting video of speedtests conducted by Google!

2) Simplicity

Google started out as a search engine, so when Chrome comes out, the search engine feature is not forgotten. The address bar is a all-in-one tool. Other than the usual url function, one can do a google search using the address bar too! Tabs can be arranged in any other we like by dragging and dropping. Also, if a individual tab crashes or freezes, it does not affect the other tabs at all!

3) Translation in the browser!

Chrome is the first browser to incorporate machine translation in the browser itself, without requiring additional plugins or extensions. When the language on the web page does not match the language preferences set in the browser, Chrome will automatically ask to translate the web page into your preferred language.

The translation bar at the top!

This is by far my favorite feature of all! I surf a lot of foreign websites and often need to translate text over. In the past, I usually have to open another tab and proceed to google translate to do it. But with Chrome, I no longer have to do that. HOW CONVENIENT!

There are actually many more features that the user can explore with Google Chrome. There are also themes to spice up your browser! So don’t wait anymore! Download Google Chrome! It’s awesome! 😀

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Week 4: E-learning. Possible anywhere and everywhere :D

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everyone (well, ALMOST) owns at least a digital device. It could be either a mobile device, a mp3 player or a tablet. However, other than their designated purpose, most digital device can be put to better use. One of them is learning. Just few years ago, learning was probably all about going to school, reading your textbooks and writing your notes. However, with the technology we have nowadays, we can bid goodbye to pens and papers and take our learning to another level.

The iPad.

I’m sure every tech-savvy individuals know what this device is. It is literally a do-it-all device. What can you do with it? Photos. Music. Games. Applications.

The applications that Apple make are really the best and vast as compared to other systems. As quoted from the Apple’s iPad website,

With iPad, the classroom is always at your fingertips. Right now at the App Store, there are thousands of apps available to download. Students can track their assignments, take notes, and study for finals. Teachers can give lessons, monitor progress, and stay organized. And that’s just the beginning.

There are so many applications that one can download. A click into the education section gives you probably thousands of applications. Few popular ones include Dictionary.com, iThesaurus and Alphabet Tracing. These apps cater to children all to adulthood. Imagine the things we can do with just an iPad.  This is probably why many schools (and in Singapore t00) are embracing the iPads as a efficient learning tool. An article below reports about school-going children in Singapore carrying iPads to school instead of textbooks and notes.

School-going children in Singapore carry iPads to school instead of textbooks, notes

Read more:http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/104246/20110124/singapore-schools-ipad-instead-of-textbooks-notes-school-children-relieved-of-books-in-singapore.htm#ixzz1G1GJApsz

I strongly believe that using the digital media as a learning tool is a very effective method. It is a lot more interactive and students will be more interested to learn. I myself use my iPod for learning as well. As an avid korea lover, I am always keen in learning the language. I manage to do that by downloading the applications and listening to their lessons, and i find it easier to understand than just reading.

Who knows, maybe in the near future, schools will probably banish all textbooks and all students can just learn from their digital devices! How nice would that be? 😀

Week 3: Top E-Commerce in Singapore

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

With the Internet booming in the recent years, many businesses have turned to the online world to make money. E-commerce is very convenient and also interactive on a global scale. However, with so many businesses online, it is difficult to stay afloat. There are many strategies to be successful online and we will take a look at two of more successful e commerce websites in our local context.

Reebonz

Reebonz is actually a members-only website that organizes private sales from luxury brands (think Gucci, Chanel, Prada). Sale events usually only last for 2-3days and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Reebonz has been a hit with Singaporeans since it was launched as it provided us with a online platform for discounted luxury goods! Customers do not have to go down to stores and vie with others for products, and instead can purchase in the comfort of their own homes. Reebonz has since been featured in several press releases (newspaper, magazines).

The reason behind their success is probably the novelty of the idea. Also, as it is a member’s only website, it makes the website and the members more exclusive. As for the website features, it is fully equipped with the necessary pages that every visitor wants to see. With this, it gives shoppers an assurance that the website and business is trustable.

Modparade

Modparade has come a long way since their debut in 2007. They started out as a blogshop on blogging platform Livejournal.com. It was founded by fashion student Fernice together with her mother Diana, both whom shared the same interest in fashion. Today, Modparade has a flagship standalone store located at 68 Haji Lane. From just one brand, Modparade has fledged out to several new brands such as, Modparade Online, Modparade Boutique (Femme & Homme), Furneese.

They have also been featured in several magazines and newspaper. To be able to branch out from a online portal to a standout store requires a lot of hard work. One of the reasons they are able to retain customers is probably their customer service. They offer many options for customers to pay and even collect their items. Also, the range of products they bring in is quirky and unique, designs that customers won’t be able to find easily.

I am impressed with Modparade’s growth over the years and also believed that with sufficient hard work, it is possible for a small business to bloom into a big money making tool online.

Week 2: Isolated

February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ask anyone whether they have a Facebook account and they are most probably to say yes. Ask anyone whether they have a Twitter account and majority will say yes. Facebook and Twitter are part of the huge social network and any social active human being would definitely have either one. However, in China, both websites are actually banned. Facebook was banned in China in 2009 due to riots in Xinjian. Other than Facebook, other social networking websites like Twitter and Youtube were also banned.

Perhaps they are too strict, or perhaps they just want to isolate themselves. However, you might wonder, without this sites, how do the Chinese communicate or expand their social relationships? Just like how we have all Facebook, the chinese people also have their top social networking site and it is Renren.com.

It is currently China’s largest social networking website with more than 160 million registered users. Renren’s background story is very similar to Facebook’s. Renren was created by graduates of Tsinghua University in Beijing and was initially called XiaoNei.Com (Inside School) which was meant for the university students.

Signing up for an account requires you to type your name in chinese and also the verification code in chinese, so non chinese can forget about signing up for an account there. The design and the features are all similar to facebook as you can see from the screenshots below.

Even with the lack of Facebook, I believed that RenRen is actually a very good tool for the chinese to expand their social networks. I also got to applaude the creators of the websites for their ability to come up with the almost exact features from Facebook 😛 I guess that’s what they are good at!

Week 1: Do you Youtube?

February 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Few nights ago, I was surfing the Internet and with nothing else left to do, I decided to pop over to YouTube. After 30 minutes, I found myself obsessed  with her. She can talk and sing, and is one of the most beautiful living thing I have ever seen. She has over 5000 friends and over 57,598 fans on her Facebook accounts. Who is she? She is Mishka Gardea and she is a Siberian Husky. Yes, she is a Siberian Husky who has found fame through YouTube!


Hi! I’m Mishka!

Her YouTube channel has 89,076 subscribers and she has already garnered a total of 101,095,331 channel views. Who would have thought a dog can have such a fame on Youtube!

YouTube has came a long way since their debut in 2005. From a simple video uploading website, it has since transformed into a major social media tool. I’m sure almost everyone that has access to the Internet has definitely accessed YouRube before. With the rise of many other social media (Facebook, Twitter), it is now even easier for YouTube to grow.Videos can be shared with friends via Facebook. It is viral… With the incorporation of YouTube and a social networking site, It is very easy to be able to get people to view it.

Just two days ago, I was out with two of my friends (and both are them were iPhone users). While waiting for time to pass, one of my friends (whom I did show Mishka’s videos to the night before) showed the other Mishka’s videos. Unknowingly, we had spent like 30 minutes of our time laughing at silly videos on YouTube. Thinking back, it dawned onto me that YouTube is really a great socializing tool, not only online but also offline.

Social media and networking is definitely a big part of all of us now and it will continue to grow. Who knows, one day we might just all be communicating online, making all our friends online or doing almost everything online.

To end this, here’s Mishka providing some joy and laughter to everyone!

And if anyone is interested, here is Mishka’s channel and links!

(YouTube)
(FB Fan Page)
(FB Account)

HOW CUTE IS SHE?!