Need for Speed Movie

Had a chance to catch Need for Speed Movie before it officially opens in Singapore next Thursday, 13th March 2014. In Singapore, the movie is being distributed by Buena Vista International (Singapore).

Need for Speed Movie Poster
Need for Speed Movie Poster

The movie is an adaptation of the game, Need for Speed by Electronic Arts (EA).

The film stars Aaron Paul (two-time Emmy winner for “Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”), Ramon Rodriguez (“Transformers”), Rami Malek (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson (“21 Jump Street”), Harrison Gilbertson and Michael Keaton (“Batman”).

The movie is about Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends. Life is good, but his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies.

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Lenovo at Mobile World Congress 2014

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Derrick Koh who is the Head of Communications for Lenovo in Asia Pacific drop me a message on Facebook and ask me whether I am free to attend the Lenovo’s booth media tour. Since I am available, I pop by the Lenovo booth together with Jason Goh.

Lenovo Booth
Lenovo Booth

Lenovo Booth
Lenovo Booth

We previewed some of the new phones like the Lenovo S860, Lenovo S850, Lenovo S660 and a new tablet which is the Lenovo Tablet HD+.

The Lenovo S series mobile phones are targeted at the mid-range market and there is a feature of the Lenovo S860 that I really like which is to use it’s own 4,000mAh battery to charge other USB powered devices by using the included micro USB cable (I think is a special cable).

Lenovo S860
The Lenovo S860 is a powerful and responsive smartphone that keeps up with even the busiest users, featuring ultra-long battery life for all-day productivity. Encased in a beautiful brushed metal exterior, the large 5.3″ HD screen, quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM make it a smooth and stylish performer able to go as long as you do.

Lenovo S860
Lenovo S860

Lenovo S860
Lenovo S860

  • Processor: MediaTek 6582 1.3 GHz Quad Core
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display/Resolution: 5.3″ HD (1280 X 720) IPS; Capacitive touchscreen with 5-point multi-touch
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB ROM
  • Sound: 3.5mm Jack
  • Network: WCDMA 2100/900 (3G), GSM 900/1800/1900 (2G); Speed: HSPA+ 21Mbps(DL) / 5.76Mbps(UL); Data: HSPA+, GPRS, EDGE
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,; Bluetooth 3.0 HS
  • Camera: 8MP rear-facing auto-focused camera with LED and flash, 1.5MP front-facing fixed-focus camera
  • Battery: Li-Po 4,000 mAh, fixed; Up to 43 hours talk-time (2G); Up to 24 hours talk-time (3G)
  • Weight: 190g
  • Dimensions (mm): 149.5 x 77 x 10.3
  • Other: Equipped with Lenovo Premium Apps, Dual or Micro-SIM capability

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With Nokia Connects at Mobile World Congress 2014 – Part 3

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Tuesday, 25th February 2014
The day started with breakfast and then a 30 minute talk by Dean Patrick, Nokia Entertainment Evangelist, on Nokia Mix Radio.

Dean Patrick, Nokia Entertainment Evangelist
Dean Patrick, Nokia Entertainment Evangelist

We proceed on to MWC later for two blogger session with Dirk Didascalou, SVP Mobile Phones R&D at Nokia and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP Industrial Design at Nokia.

Dirk is an engineer himself and is the guy behind Nokia X platform while Stefan is the guy behind the design of Nokia X! I love talking to Dirk about the technical details of Nokia X, wished we have more time with him.

Dirk Didascalou, SVP Mobile Phones R&D at Nokia
Dirk Didascalou, SVP Mobile Phones R&D at Nokia

Nokia Booth at Day 02
Nokia Booth at Day 02

After the two blogger session, we are pretty much done with MWC.

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With Nokia Connects at Mobile World Congress 2014 – Part 2

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Monday, 24th February 2014
Woke up at 6am because we have to be at the venue by 7.30am to get good seats. The press conference starts at 8am.

MWC 2014 Entrance
MWC 2014 Entrance

With Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com) & Jason Goh (smashpop.net)
With Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com) & Jason Goh (smashpop.net)

Nokia only announce 5 new devices for MWC 2014 and these devices are catered the lower end market, Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL, Nokia 220 & Nokia Asha 230.

Nokia booth is pretty nicely designed and they got the best facilities (free food, free drinks, wired Internet, wireless Internet and power) that are opened to all visitors (regardless whether or not you are from the media).

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Space Reserved For Nokia Connect
Space Reserved For Nokia Connect

Juices at Nokia Booth
Juices at Nokia Booth

Food at Nokia Booth
Food at Nokia Booth

After the press conference, we pretty much have the whole day to walk around MWC before dinner. Most of the mobile phone companies are in Hall 3 (LG, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo) including Nokia. HTC was at Hall 8 though.

Jason and I went over to Lenovo booth for a media tour and joined them for lunch since the Lenovo PR guys are from Singapore!

Lenovo Booth
Lenovo Booth

Dinner was Spanish food at Portonovo Silvestre! Didn’t took pictures of the place as we were late due to the traffic as we are all leaving MWC at the same time!

With Nokia Connects at Mobile World Congress 2014 – Part 1

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Thanks to Nokia Connects (@Nokia_Connects) for the invite to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014! This is my third trip to such a big event with Nokia Connects. The first was Nokia World 2011 in London and the second was Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.

Our itinerary for this year MWC was shorter by a day. Despite it being shorter by a day, I find this year trip is more relaxing! We flew in on Sunday, 23rd February 2014 and flew back on Wednesday, 26th February 2014.

Saturday, 22nd February 2014
I flew by Swiss International Airlines (LX179) from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 (SIN). Flight is at 23:35 (GMT +8) and flight time to Zurich Airport (ZRH) is 13 hours and 35 minutes!

Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Reached Zurich Airport at 06:10 (GMT +1) for transit to Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 (BCN). Flight time from Zurich to Barcelona is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Again I flew by Swiss International Airlines (LX2754).

Departed Zurich Airport at 07.30 (GMT +1) and reached Barcelona Airport at 09:15 (GMT +1). Despite the short layover time of only 1 hour and 20 minutes, it is more than enough as the flights are all on time and Zurich Airport isn’t that big!

After collecting my luggage and passing through customs, I went straight to collect my MWC pass! Similar to MWC 2012, the process was efficient and fast!

Mobile World Congress 2014 Pass
Mobile World Congress 2014 Pass

I stayed at Senator Hotel. The hotel location was good as it takes about 8 minutes walk to the nearest metro station, L5 – Collblanc. The L5 line takes you direct to Diagonal station which is the shopping district of Barcelona.

Senator Hotel
Senator Hotel

Collblanc Station
Collblanc Station

The hotel’s wi-fi is horrible + terrible! The free wi-fi is unusable and the premium wi-fi is just slightly better for €20 (heard from my friend that it is not worth it). Despite the horrible wi-fi, the 3G was pretty good. For my 4 days at Barcelona, I been using the SingTel’s DataRoam Saver which costs SGD$30 per day for unlimited data.

Met up with Jason Goh who arrived almost the same time as me and we headed out to the city for a walk. Similar to most European cities on a Sunday, it is like a ghost town where all the shops are closed except for restaurants and cafes.

Lunch was at McDonald’s as we don’t know what to eat and MCD seems to be the safest choice. Tried their 1955 burger which is just average.

McDonald's 1955 Burger
McDonald’s 1955 Burger

We had coffee at Cafe Emma based on foursquare recommendations. In Barcelona, they do not understand Cafe Latte, instead they call it Cafe con leche.

Cafe Emma
Cafe Emma

On our way back to the hotel, we passed by NATA Lisboa, which is a shop selling Portuguese egg tarts. It was just average.

NATA Lisboa
NATA Lisboa

Dinner was with fellow bloggers/influencer and Nokia Connects at the Hotel cafe.

With Katie (Nokia Connects) & Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com)
With Katie (Nokia Connects) & Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com)

That sums up Sunday!

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