I spent last week in Chicago, on the invitation of Apple, to check out their new education offerings. The event took place at Lane Tech High School in the Windy City, and we got to see a new entry-level iPad with Pencil support, in addition to the new school-based ecosystem that Apple made to make put Apple back into the classroom again.
Cheaper Chromebooks have made inroads into school environments, so this was a needful move on Apple's part. Besides making the Apple Pencil available for non-Pro iPad users via the cheaper new iPad, the Apple Schoolkit and other school apps aimed to make life easier for teachers to manage their classes, issue handouts, manage grades, and mark scripts digitally.
I will leave it to Kim Huat to give you the overview of the event via this video:
It was cold here but I had the right clothes. 0ºC to 2ºC at night, and surprisingly, 8ºC-12ºC during the day on the days I was there. Which is warm by Chicago standards.
The kids have been asking me for a pen-based device to draw and create stuff on. The iPad Pro was too pricey to be given to the kids. And a Wacom tablet would mean being tethered to the iMac at home. This new entry-level iPad with Pencil support came at the right time.
Kim Huat looks for a hot CNY date, Part 2. How did Kim Huat's date go? Did Premium Ah Lian come to see him? Watch the video to find out! And Kim Huat has a special promo for you to celebrate CNY. Click http://bit.ly/2nUO8C2 to find out more. Don't say bojio!
On the 7th of July, 2017, about six months ago, I quietly rebooted the mrbrown show on the Anchor podcast service. On the same month, my youngest daughter, Joy, made me this mrbrown show keychain for my birthday. Which I thought was serendipitous.
It was small little project, something I restarted because I missed the days of doing audio podcasts. So I just did it without fanfare.
I was not sure if I was going to keep doing it, so I didn't make a big announcement about it on my blog. I figured, if I could not sustain it, then I would just let it go.
But here we are. 100 episodes in.
There is actually more content on the, er, new mrbrown show besides "Kim Huat reads the news", like sketches, interviews and talk cock sessions with Marc Nair, my family, and Mr Miyagi. But "Kim Huat reads the news" remains the anchor of the new mrbrown show. Oh look, a pun.
I did the show daily at first, seven days a week, but eventually realized I needed to do other things with my life too, like see my children and sleep. It is currently a show that happens a few times a week. I suppose you can call it the (Almost Daily) mrbrown show.
I was so serious about doing this show as frequently as I could, that I brought a mini recording studio with me.
Below you see what I used on a trip to Japan in July 2017, a kit created around the Shure MOTIV™ MV5 microphone, that looks like a little golf ball.
Below is a photo of my gear on a trip to San Francisco in September of 2017. I used a Shure MOTIV™ MVi interface with an ElectroVoice dynamic mic.
At home, I created a small recording space, complete with mic and all, in case I wanted to record something for the show, and was not free to go to the office studio.
I know, it is a little obsessive. But I love making the show and I love serving the fans who listened in loyally.
If you want to join the merry band of listeners who tune in every time I post a show, you can do so in a few ways:
1. Download the Anchor app, and follow my station: mrbrown. If you have the app, you can tune in and listen to current shows and older episodes this way.
2. Subscribe to the podcast. The show is also available on iTunes and Google Play as a podcast. All the shows are there, because Anchor helps me to put it in the podcast library:
Kim Huat shares the common CNY customs on how to make your money grow, including a new pro tip. Earn up to 1% P.A. on your money in a UOB Stash Account, which is more than most savings accounts out there."
It is Chinese New Year again, and mrbrown needs to do his spring cleaning. This time he has a new weapon to combat the dust bunnies: The Tefal Air Force™ 360. Watch what happens when mrbrown is volunteered by his mother to do his spring cleaning duties. Tefal's latest Tefal Air Force™ 360 vacuum cleaner is powerful enough to suck up an apple (the fruit, not the computer), versatile enough to cover all surfaces with one head, and has performance features like an always-on one-click button, quick charge, and 12 minutes of use in BOOST mode and 20 minutes of use in normal mode.
This is the story of my family trying BlueSG, Singapore's first large-scale electric vehicle car-sharing programme, as told by my youngest.
The service will start with 80 Bluecars and 32 BlueSG charging stations, and by the end of 2017, the aim is for 110 Bluecars and 42 BlueSG stations with 165 charging points, islandwide.
By 2020, the aim is for 1,000 Bluecars and 2,000 charging points. That is a LOT of Bluecars and charging points, which is something to look forward to, as the more of the cars are available, the more accessible it will be for users.
Singapore will be the second largest deployment of Bluecars and charging stations — the largest being Paris — where the system began. And we are the first in Asia to have the service. For more details, and to sign up for membership, head on down to www.bluesg.com.sg
My family had a lot of fun filming our experience with the Bluecar. Mom, Isaac and Joy were my sporting participants in this adventure.
I think this will add to the choices available for public transport, and that is always welcome. The fees range from 50 cents per minute for regular membership, to as low as 33 cents per minute for Premium members (subject to a minimum rental of 15 minutes at $5).
One of the major attractions for me is the flat standard rate 24/7 with no peak surcharge. So this means your rental fee is the same throughout the day, even during peak hour. No surge pricing!