Sunday, December 23, 2012

Techduology Live Round 2

Techduology ( hosted and owned by 2 Malaysia individual who is very well converse in the technology world. One of the duo is Jasoh Goh or better known as Smashpop (@smashpop) who make a fame for himself with his photography and videography skill as a lifestyle and tech blogger. On the other hand there is Ben (@benjern) who is popularity known from Malaysia leading radio station FlyFM. Together the duo bring you latest and utmost news in today world of technology. Beside that they do gadget review and app review too, often helpful to its viewer and fans.
They had their very first round of Techduology Live at Starbucks TTDI on 29th April 2012 and you can check it out here Now just few months after that there is a round two of Techduology Live and this post is a dedicate and coverage to it. This time round it is held at Starbucks Taylor's Lakeside Campus on 22nd December 2012 at 3.30PM, however like the first round there were unexpected number of fan turned out and everyone started to register earlier than expected.
Techduology never treat its loyal fans poorly, and by that you can be assured that there's free flow of food and drink throughout the event which lasted for approximately 2 hours. While everyone else is busy munching and chatting the two host were seen to be busy preparing and making sure everything go as planned. This is also the first time I get to see Ben in such serious mood.
When the clock hit 3.30PM, everyone is there seated and treated to a delicious delicate but there were still one missing person, yes it was Nadia from 8TV (ex FlyFM DJ) who got the wrong turn and is struggling to find her way back. None of us were bored while waiting because those who are talkative took this opportunity to mingle around and those who are shy took the chance to eat like it is end of the world. Don't take me wrong, what I'm trying to say is that the food is really good and what's more the coffee close the deal. Here have a drool on what we get to enjoy that day.
So when everyone is satisfying fulled and the two guest is in place, Techuology Live officially started. After a long journey of 42 episode prior to the Live recording, the duo share abit on their journey, where it is followed by a presentation of part of the never seen before scene and my blog reader is in luck because I manage to capture the entire video with Samsung Galaxy Camera and will share it out with you guys here right now!

Everyone enjoyed it so much and off Jason and Ben immediately start their first giveaway of the day. The first 7 person who can find a Starbucks card hidden within the compound will each win a prize. I found mine but didn't make it through the first 7 though and here are the winners for the first giveaway where each of them walk away with a Starbucks mug
Then it was time to introduce the 2 guest who will share along their thought about some technology and commenting on some of the news shared on the spot.
This is Chenelle, a charming lifestyle blogger who blog at
Next is a more familiar face that you might have recognise from main stream media, it is Nadia, the sporting one who would discuss anything and everything openly. You may catch her on 8TV Night Live programme on the local TV channel.
Do note that the entire event is recorded on this video camera and will be edited into one of the weekly episode in Techduology webseries, so there's no take two. But that was the least concern because they are so good in it and not only did a professional job in sharing the latest update but also cheering and getting the crowd to interact. Indeed a live recording that wouldn't put anyone into sleep.
The first news share on that day was a 4 minute viral video till 2012 and it was a good 4 minute laugh for everyone by just watching the video. It consist of a compilation of all sort of video that make majority of the population in this world actually watched it online.
Next the duo share about this mind control technology where you can actually move an object from your computer without involving you physically touching anything. The secret to this is actually your eye movement via your webcam. So technology score against myth.
Then they introduce one of the least useful apps that is available on the iOS platform. The Poke App. What this app does is pretty simple, you can poke someone with a photo with a selected amount of time and the receiver can only close the photo after the mentioned time. It can be useful as advertising medium but I can't seems to find a reason for end user to use it, maybe not now. They also discussed about Facebook poke with the 2 guest on their thought. Jason somehow wonder that if he can poke Nadia somewhere beside her arm, which causes Nadia wanted to strangle him as show on the photo above.
Since Xmas is just few days away, they also shared the top 5 last minute Xmas gift you can get for your hater. This make me wonder why on earth would you wanna get a Xmas gift to the one you hate? Well there are some good item that would make your hater really mad, and that's worth every ringgit spent getting them this gift.
Then come something that cause my interest, a new technology in GPS application. I've blogged about my idea of having a indoor GPS some time back in conjunction to a contest but sadly did not win and now here we are having the same idea / goal being developed into reality.
Then come the interesting topic among instagram user where there were claim that instagram is planning to sell all the users uploaded photo without paying its users a loyalty fees. This causes a stir which instagram later release a statement saying that they wouldn't be doing so (at least for now), hoping their users count remain.
In an irrelevance moment during the event, I have this urge to test out my 21x Zoom lens and here it is, crisp clear with  simply amazing close up output. Disclaimer, I'm not gay and I don't have a hit on Ben, and is just happen that he is the least moving person on 'stage' and thus turned into my target.
Then is lucky draw time! Was crossing my finger so hard that I twisted it, and lady luck wasn't on my side, so congrat have to be given to the two winner, each hand picked by Chenelle and Nadia before passing the number over to Jason to be read out. The "Ironboy" seems to be a hardcore fans as he was there at Techduology Live Starbucks TTDI too! They each walk away with a Sony Headphone
Then come the Live Gadget Review of Nokia Lumia 920. It was simply amazing to get to attend a live review, and I bet we are the lucky few around the world that get to attend such great review. Among the few key feature of the Nokia Lumia 920 were the tiles, child control and never seen before camera feature with PureView. It can capture gif animated photo where you can then select certain scene / angle that you find best. Also whenever you are taking a photo, some stranger could be a 'photobomb' by simply walking pass by at the back. What Lumia 920 can do is simply amazing, it can remove the moving object while preserving the rest as it is. Truly truly one of the must reason why 'camwhore' must have in their wanted list. Now that you're impressed with it, go ahead, find a reason to make a wanted list, be it Xmas list or New Year list, just make sure it is in your pocket soon enough.
The come the big prize, a Nokia Lumia 920 to be given away. The mechanism is that you have to snap a photo of the two guest standing by the projected screen, post it on Facebook, list out 5 feature of the phone and tag Techduology, this is where a Windows phone would gives your advantage.
Envy enough, my friend Ewin EE who blogged at was the winner despite completing the task second, after the first one who claim to have completed the request forgotten to tag Techduology. Happy for you bro!
It was then follow by Sony MDR-1Z headphone giveaway which cost around RM1000. This is a pre-contest where participant are required to submit their creative entry online and 6 of the best was selected. Participant have to be there in order to win and out of the 6 only 3 attended. One of my friend @ruxyn couldn't make it thus given out the opportunity.
The three shortlisted participant was required to give a reason why they want the Sony Headphone in less than 10 seconds and winner is chosen based on the cheer from the crowd. Congrat goes to @badiuzaman also one of my friend who walk away as the winner.
Can you just imagine how many time I have to congrat the winners? Well that show that how many prizes were there at the event. If you weren't there at that time, where you went? Here's one of the next round of lucky draw winner to a pink Sony headphone, and since it is a jolly season, even the barista too get a chance. This is why this is also called the Merry Christmas edition too.
 Surprisingly, there was round two and round three of gadget review this time. On round two review they introduces the Sony Windows 8 table with flip on keyboard which is pretty snappy and solid.
The third gadget that is being review is this Sony SmartWatch worth RM400. Beside being a square screen telling you the date and time, this watch can simply do wonders. Once connected to your smartphone, you can get notification directly on your watch without having to even taking out your phone. Here's a demo on what happen when someone called you, the name / contact will be shown on it. Beside that it can tell you the battery remaining on your phone, it can be use as GPS and plenty more feature that you could think off.
In conjunction with that, BlupBlup (@blupblupMY) being one of the sponsor will be giving out the Sony SmartWatch to those who cover about the event. If you don't know what BlupBlup is then perhaps it is time for you to visit their official page for more info Anyway here's some of the selling point of the Sony SmartWatch

  • A watch size clip on device that connect to your Android phone via bluetooth
  • Read message like SMS / Email / Notification on it instead of your phone
  • Will gently vibrate for every event notification from your phone, can read directly on the smartwatch with just a tap on the notification
  • Can read Facebook and Twitter update directly from it
  • More downloadable apps from Google Play
  • Can act as a music player center where it could control your Android phone music playlist like play, pause, stop, forward or backward
  • Of course it could be a cool geeky watch
With such great gadget on hand, one could easily turn and unleash the bond in them. Sony / Techduology / BlupBlup should choose me as winner for the SmartWatch cause it got my name (Geek) carved all over it.
Back to the live recording, here come another round of lucky draw where prize given this round is sponsored by Puma. There were 7 happy winners and a big congratulate to them.
Then portagram was introduced to the audience. This site actually allow instagram user to print out their photo and get it delivered to their doorstep. What's more interested is that by given permission, they will sell authorized photo where some loyalty fees will be given to the owner.
Next also something related to instagram, and it is known as Casetagram where it allow you to custom print your smartphone cover. You can opt to have whatever picture you want on your case, and promise you it would be the one and only case in the world. Cool eh? Why not check them out?
It seems to be a pattern of giveaway after every news shared. This round open to those instagram addicts. They need to snap and upload a photo follow by the given text written on the screen.
Here are they winners who manage to complete the fastest and two of them walkaway with a Casetagram voucher while the remaining walk away with postagram voucher.
Then come the app review. Anyone can guess which app they're about to review? Nope there's no prize for guessing it right. Yeap it is LINE. So how does LINE stand out from other messenger that is available on the market? It is their sticker where each of the icon (or sticker) gives some meaning to it, making a conversation more lively and interesting.
Yes, I know you saw it coming, yes another round of giveaway of LINE dolls sponsored by Action City. So cute right? Wanted to take part cause it is pretty easy but decided to stay focus on the blogging part. So have to congrat the winners again without me in the picture T_T.
If you follow my twitter (@wssoo), you will see that I had a quick and live update on the event too, this is partly because I'm taking part of the Twitter giveaway on Techduology Live and another reason is that I find it very convenience to make update and share photo with Galaxy Camera.
The selection of winner from Twitter is pure random, by scrolling up and scrolling down and whenever they are happy and wherever the cursor is pointing at that person would be winner to a BIG surprise. Everyone was expecting it to be Lumia 920 but the duo host prank the winner that it is a 16GB memory card. Everyone had a good laugh.
But infact, it is actually a 2TB of external HDD sponsored by Western Digital.
Here are the list of sponsors namely Starbucks, Nokia, Sony, Western Digital, Puma, Bose, Action City, Casetagram, Portagram, Line, Blup-Blup. The duo decided to call it a successful event, putting everyone in believing that's the end of it where another round of surprise surface. What is it you asked? Gimme a drum roll please.
So there is another set of Nokia Lumia 920 and the crowd cheer like they had a success encho in concert. Everyone is now so hyped and so gonna win it while some can't even wait for the mechanism. In one of the tips they gave was to bring friends along and this is when they come useful. After giving out so many prizes, the duo decided they wanna sell the Lumia 920 at RM9.20. Yes you read it right, it cost RM9.20 and the catch is that you need to have 9x RM1 note and 2 10cent coin exactly. One of my friend Victor (father to the ironboy) came second and the gadget was won by someone else.
With that the live recording ended. I had a great time despite not winning any prize at the venue. Here's what I get from the goodies bag.
This is pure awesome, cause Techduology will be accompanying me throughout 2013 which I foresee it to be my prime year.
For those who's interested in taking part in the Blup-blup giveaway, do check the poster above. If you're already a blogger but not a Blup-blup member yet, do sign up now cause you'll be invited to all these very cool and exclusive event and had the opportunity to win cool prizes. If you're not a blogger yet, do start one now, you'll never know how rewarding blogging is.

I know it is a lengthy post but I got excited by just writing and flashing back the event. I brought about my Series 5 Ultra hoping to do a live post but ended up manage to complete draft only as I'm busy taking part on the ongoing activities. Looking forward to see the next round of Techduology Live

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