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29
NOV
This editor was invited to a screening of The Life of Pi by Golden Village Singapore. What was particularly unique about this experience was that it was only the second movie in Singapore to be shown in Atmos. The first being Ah Boys to Men. This revolutionary technology was promised to bring about untold benefits to movie-goers and we got to experience this technology firsthand! About Dolby Atmos from Dolby Laboratories on Vimeo. The video above was the exact same one demoed before the screening of the movie. It was phenomenal watching the movements of the animated helicopter and all that. But what really took my breath away was the Dolby Atmos demo at the very beginning, similar to the Dolby Digital or THX clip one sees at the start of most films in Cinemas, the Dolby Atmos demo truly demonstrates the power of Atmos, strobing across the theatre and making this editor turn his head during the demo. Atmos was really shown off during the trailer for the Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey however, with the choral scene given such vitality and booming significance that one seemed to be sat within a circle, of dwaven men and stout hearted warriors, singing their last song, before a grave battle.  (See 50s into the trailer) However when it came to the experience of the movie itself, things were a lot different. The honest truth is that Atmos did not feel fully utilised during this showing of Life of Pi. The sound field was not was impressive as during the demos or even the trailer of the Hobbit, and generally felt not particularly different from the traditional 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound set up found in other theatres. The sound stage was perceptibly wider, that much I can attest. Fidelity is stunning, but that is the case for almost any digitally projected movie in a modern cinema. Perhaps it should be said that this movie felt like an up-mix from a lower end soundtrack. Not that it took anything away from a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and the sense of immersion I felt during the movie was stellar if anything, so perhaps Atmos did succeed in being so thoroughly good that even this reviewer did not feel like it was an unwelcome intrusion nor an overly shiny toy that one needed to play with. All things considered, I would most definitely be looking specifically for Atmos showings for all my future movie showings. It does add some tangible benefits to the movie going experience. But if I missed out on it, I wouldn't be overly bummed out about it either. The Life of Pi is out in movie theatres 29th November 2012, and is being shown in Atmos at Vivocity's GVMax theatre. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 13th 2012.
27
NOV
A center to research extinction level risks to humankind? How about the lack of a proper Windows 8 start menu? or how about the Nexus 4 lacking 4G! In this editor's opinion, the lack of Gangnam Style in Dance Central 3 is the real threat and thank goodness it has been remedied. Background Music for 65Bits is courtesy of spinningmerkaba. Stories this week:
  1. Centre against Evil Tech
  2. Hidden Windows 8 Start Button?
  3. LTE Nexus 4?
  4. Melting Animals
  5. Creepy Mannequins
  6. Gangnam Style
  7. Apple v Harley-Davidson
  8. Belkin Lightning Car Charger (Check out the Belkin ASEAN Facebook page)
  9. 007 job posting
26
OCT
Tons of new announcements these few days. We of course talk about the products from Apple, but also a really cool new Chromebook from Google and Windows 8 Launch worldwide which happened yesterday. Check out your weeks hottest tech news on 65Bits. Background Music for 65Bits is courtesy of spinningmerkaba.
  1. Google launches 11.6-inch ARM-based Samsung Chromebook
  2. Apple’s iPad Mini Event
  3. Windows 8 Launches
16
OCT
This is an exciting review for me to write because when one thinks of buying a mobile phone and more importantly a Smart Phone, the first port of call is usually not LG but its Korean rival, Samsung. The unfortunate consequence of course is such interesting phones as the 4XHD are overlooked by the consumer. And that is to their detriment of course.[gallery] The first thing that strikes you about this phone is the beautiful expense of screen that captures your attention straightaway. It is bright and the colours pop. However one of the issues I've noticed with the phone's screen is the lack of performance under bright sunlight. The brightness setting has to be pushed to the maximum before you can clearly see the screen. Half brightness is too dim under these conditions. The other thing one notices is the surprising lightness for a phone if this size. Whilst the raw numbers do not bear me out with the Samsung Galaxy S3 weighing the same 133g, this phone feels quite comfortable in my hand. Although I should point out that my dear friend Daniel has complained about the size of these new phones being simply too large to reach across the screen comfortably. An inconvenience you have to weigh when you choose your new phone. This is an exceptionally thin phone. It does draw your attention with the textured backing and chrome strip running down the side. But it is unfortunately a little generic looking as modern smartphones go. And as an aesthetic point, the disappearing capacitive touch buttons on the bottom of the screen are a design point that not everyone will like. LG has lightly skinned Android 4.0 to include certain additional functions such as a slide from lock screen to directly to an app function and does make some pleasing additions without distracting from the simple functionality of Android, some may object to the LG Keyboard as opposed to the very good standard Android keyboard but I have found it quite easy to get used to. The performance of the phone is quite good but I noticed that YouTube performance stutters occasionally and it is not a completely seamless experience but a highly enjoyable one and one which by and large is problem-less. If one was to be perfectly honest, this is about as much phone as one would ever need. And anything above and beyond is merely frosting on top of an already very delicious phone. However one cannot view this phone in isolation and whilst this is a good phone, it is merely a good phone in a field of good phones. And where it is priced, it sits solidly in the middle of the pack and if you are looking for a very competent phone that is not too expensive, it is the quietly competent, and well made flagship phone you may be looking for that will suit your needs.  
20
SEP
The two major Apple partners for the iPhone 5 Launch have prepared their price plans for tomorrow's iPhone 5 launch. Singtel's iPhone contract plans are as follows:
Monthly Subscription $39.90 $59.90 $99.90 $205.00
Local Calls 100 mins 200 mins 500 mins 2000 mins
Local SMS 800 900 1000 2500
Local Data (GB) 2GB 3GB 4GB 12GB
iPhone 5 16GB $478 $198 $0 $0
iPhone 5 32GB $598 $308 $48 $0
iPhone 5 64GB $758 $468 $198 $58
Starhub 's Price Plans are:
Monthly Subscription 38 58 98 205
Local Calls 100 300 700 2000
Free Local SMS/MMS 800 900 1000 2500
  Free Unlimited for Students and NSFs
Local Data Bundle 2GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
  FREE Speedboost Value Added Service for up to 75Mbps till 31Dec 2013
iPhone 5 16GB 473 233 0 0
iPhone 5 32GB 613 343 83 0
iPhone 5 64GB 768 498 228 78
M1's Plans are:
Monthly Subscription 39 59 98 198
Local Calls 120 300 700 Unlimited
Free Local SMS/MMS 600 800 1000 2000
Local Data Bundle 2GB 3GB 5GB 12GB
FREE Additional 1GB for Recontracting Customers +  4G
iPhone 5 16GB 430 190 0 0
 iPhone 5 32GB 580 290 20 0
 iPhone 5 64GB 710 450 150 55
What is interesting is that Starhub seems to split the difference between M1's and Singtel's Plans. M1 definitely offers the best value for money with the lowest upfront costs, lowest priced plans, and other than for text messages, and data, the best bundles. Starhub does offer the highest number of text messages, and most data for each corresponding level of service, but the upfront cost of the phone is also the highest. *Though not by more than 1 month's phone bill*. All around though, Singtel's plans offer the slimmest bundles, with the least data or mere parity in terms of data, talktime and texts, and the cost for their phones are not the lowest either. They do offer free texts and in camp/campus calls for those who are serving as NSFs or are students as well, which is saving grace for some. But overall, it would appear that M1's bundle is the best based purely on the numbers, whether this bears out in terms of actual service experienced is something for you to decide.
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First Looks - Sony Xperia Tablet Z
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65bits #336: Goodbye Fireworks.
65bits #334: Mercedes S Class Ahoy!
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65bits #332: The one with a Fonepad not a Padfone.
First Looks - Asus FonePad
First Looks - Spotify in Singapore
65bits #331: I want a Maserati Ghibli!
65bits #330: Amazon ships electronics to Singapore!
65bits #329: Dreaming of the Music
65bits #328: Prepaid 4G and more!
First Looks - Samsung Galaxy S4
65bits #327: Bioshock Infinite from Sea to Shining Sea
TITO #4: Prolink Gaming Mouse
65bits #326: Bye bye LucasArt
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