Interviews http://www.stuff.tv/sg/interviews/all en-SG The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electronics Arts producer Graham Nardone shows us the reality behind the studio&#039;s newest life simulation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/The%20Sims%204.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The life you&#39;re living right now is real. So do the Sims in their wacky world. Or so they think.</p> <p>Electronic Arts&#39; latest life simulator <em>The Sims 4</em>&nbsp;is clearly crossing the line between fiction and reality. At least, that&#39;s what we gleamed from our conversation with its producer Graham Nardone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How close is the Sims 4 to reality? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;In terms of the situations you get into, The Sims as a franchise just takes a really optimistic view on life so you don&#39;t get into a lot of dark or violent situations. We placed a lot more emphasis on the way the Sims behave by giving them emotions and depth of personality through personality traits. All these choices have a significant impact on how they behave once they&#39;re in game.</p> <p class="p1">The emotion system we have this time around is really quite different from anything that was in the past Sims game because as you experience these emotions, different socialisation options with other Sims and interactions with other objects in the world are unlocked, so you discover a lot of gameplay paths that you can go down.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="As real as it gets" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pancake.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real life inspirations? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We like to look at some real world situations and then apply that information back into the Sims. If you compare one of the past Sim games with The Sims 4, you can see in the past that the Sims moved very robotically.</p> <p class="p1">One of the really interesting things that we did during development is that we had these social gatherings between different developers where we would put cameras up and watch their behaviour: how they moved around other people, how they engaged in conversations and put that information back into the game to make our Sims feel more natural.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XFQbNU5fgls" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How have emotions evolved? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Emotions used to be black and white in past Sims games. They didn&#39;t have any real subtlety. Either your Sim felt good and that&rsquo;s a good thing, or your Sim felt bad and you want to get them feeling good as soon as you could.</p> <p>The real big change is that there&#39;s no right or wrong emotion to be in anymore. So even if you&#39;re in an emotion that&#39;s perceived as a negative, there are still positive things you can do within that. Traditionally a Sim will mope around and not get much done, but you can actually channel that in very creative ways in The Sims 4. A Sim who&rsquo;s an artist can paint a beautiful painting while he&rsquo;s sad, or compose great music if he&#39;s a musician.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Emo nemos" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about careers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We want careers to be a little more involved now so your Sim gets a few little tasks to accomplish at home that will help his work performance.</p> <p>If painting is your career, it would make sense that a painter has his own art studio at home. While you can&#39;t build that initially, as you become more accomplished in that career, you&#39;re going to start unlocking objects that will allow you to build a realistic art studio at home.</p> <p>Decisions you make in your Sim&rsquo;s life can be reflected in their home environment as well so it feels more related to the game that you&#39;re playing.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rTmKvQrQT10" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And the all-time favourite - deaths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Given how important emotions are in the game, there are new ways to die via some of those extreme emotions.</p> <p>One example was that I had my Sim propose to another to get married and she rejected him. He was already feeling embarrassed as it was out in public and then my Sim couldn&#39;t get to the bathroom in time and ended up wetting himself right in front of all those other people. It just pushed him right over the edge and he died of embarrassment. That&rsquo;s new but we still have a lot of the classic ones that players can expect.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like setting yourself on fire while cooking a meal? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Fires are a little bit more dangerous now. They pass through walls and can go over foundation levels, so you kind of have to watch out.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Fire! Fire!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So you took away the toddler life stage and pool-building… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;When we were making a base game for The Sims, we had to think about what we&rsquo;re focusing on for the game and for The Sims 4, it was about bringing the experience back to the Sims themselves. So much of our resources and time went into making the Sims believeable by giving them personalities and emotions that bring them to life to create that strong foundation that we can continue to build upon in the future.</p> <p>Fans reacted very strongly to the removal of those two elements and of course we listen to that feedback. I can&rsquo;t discuss what&#39;s coming next, but if you look back at what we&rsquo;ve done with The Sims franchise in the past we&rsquo;re always very responsive to fans in terms of what they&rsquo;re asking for and where they want the franchise to go.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pool.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So fan feedback is valuable to you guys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our community is huge with us, more than any other development team that I can think of. You&rsquo;ll find a lot of The Sims developers interacting with the community. There are 25 to 30 of us on Twitter. Not just producers, but designers, engineers, artists. A lot of different areas of the team are visible and people can just start having conversations with us. We&rsquo;re really accessible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We have to ask, what’s the fascination with llamas? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I joined The Sims studio about five years ago and the whole llama thing was already well established by then. I don&#39;t personally know where that came from originally but I think it&rsquo;s Will Wright (game designer) or Tim LeTourneau (producer). One of them had a real fascination with llamas and they&rsquo;ve featured in the game ever since.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Yo momma is a llama!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/llama.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That’s not an option for a pet, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, it&rsquo;s never been, but it should be. That would be a really fun one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are simulation games still relevant in today’ gaming landscape? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re more relevant than they&rsquo;ve ever been in a long time. You see these really niche games come out and I think it&rsquo;s great that there&rsquo;s an audience for this kind of stuff. Even recently with that <em>Goat Simulator</em> game. There&rsquo;s still a lot of interest around the simulation genre especially amongst the PC audience who really like that kind of in-depth experience that they can really sink their teeth into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/goat-simulator-live-life-goat-michael-bay-film/feature">Goat Simulator:&nbsp;Live the life of a goat, in a Michael Bay film</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What expansion packs are in the future? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing I can get into talking about just yet. i think we will see some interesting stuff this time around because of the difference emotions bring to the game. That&rsquo;s going to bring about new possibilities in how players want their Sims to engage in different themes in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do you think the game could ever get old? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>(laughs) I don&#39;t think so. We&rsquo;re coming up on our 15th year anniversary. When you talk about a subject as broad as a life simulation, there&rsquo;s really limitless possibilities; not only where you can go with the game but what you can do in the game.</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s exploring your creative side, making some really strange Sims, or building a funky floating home, there are just so many angles in approaching situations that there&rsquo;s always something new to discover in-game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wacky fun never gets old" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Interviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:30:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446084 at http://www.stuff.tv Warren Ellis talks rum, drone wars and synthetic biology http://www.stuff.tv/sg/warren-ellis-talks-rum-drone-wars-and-synthetic-biology/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The acclaimed author&#039;s got a new graphic novel project on the go - and plenty to get off his chest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Warren Ellis" alt="Warren Ellis" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/WarrenEllis.jpg?1407378964" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>He&#39;s written about gonzo journalists of the future, Iron Man and feral cities.</p> <p>Now comics maestro Warren Ellis has turned his hand to a scion of the Bacardi rum dynasty &ndash; Emilio Bacardi, who led a dual life as a business leader and subversive political activist in the late 1800s.</p> <p>Together with artist Mike Allred, he&#39;s penned The Spirit of Bacardi &ndash; a graphic novel based around Emilio&#39;s life and work. We find out what attracted Ellis to the project &ndash; and what he thinks about the future of comics, corporate drone wars and synthetic biology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It all started when Bacardi got in touch. </strong><br />I was contacted by a friend of a friend who&#39;s a Bacardi representative, and I was iffy about it. They asked to send over some stuff from the Bacardi archive; I thought, the least I can do is spend 15 minutes reading this. And I found the story of Emilio; I thought a palimpsest of that would actually make a terrific little book. I just found his story fascinating. I think Bacardi&#39;s original angle was going to be based around the beginning [of the company], with Don Facundo, but I found Emilio&#39;s story much more interesting, and that was something I wanted to play with.</p> <p><strong>Digital comics never took off the way I thought they would. </strong><br />Digital comics as a whole &ndash; which is obviously a broad church &ndash; have not really made the impact that I thought they would. With just a couple of rare exceptions. I&#39;m not honestly a big proponent of the all-singing, all-dancing digital comic; I think it normally ends up looking like really cheap animation.</p> <p>Motion comics are obviously something different, because that is an attempt at a comics/animation hybrid. But too many people will stick some walking and talking and a bit of music on something and call it a digital comic.</p> <p>I was actually more interested in what <a href="http://thrillbent.com/" target="_blank">Thrillbent</a> were doing, with the tapping to reveal panels. It wasn&#39;t quite there, and it was very reliant on a certain bag of tricks, but it was very interesting. They&#39;re still playing with that, and I think eventually that might turn into something interesting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VA8ZEKM_0iQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Spirit of Bacardi" alt="The Spirit of Bacardi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bacardi-01.jpg?1407378964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Spirit of Bacardi" alt="The Spirit of Bacardi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bacardi-02.jpg?1407378964" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Augmented reality in comics has a long way to go. </strong><br />The AR stuff is interesting, but I think AR as a whole is hitting that trough of despond. Where everyone&#39;s just f***ing bored of it, and maybe in a few years someone will get something interesting out of it. I was actually more interested in the possibility of drilling down; I&#39;ve seen some digital comics that have preserved every aspect of the work, so you can swipe your way back to the pencils. And you can identify elements on the page and drill down into the history of those objects, or find the maps of where the characters are, or pull up relationship maps.</p> <p>Coming back to comics after prose, the big difference for me personally was a page of a novel is more densely packed with information than the page of an ordinary comic. I found that comics were peculiarly light on information &ndash; and a way around that would be to layer things under the page, as it were.</p> <p>AR is absolutely dependent on you having a phone that can do AR. Which is a bar I&#39;m not quite prepared to call low.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tx3oHleQOMg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Too much of Transmetropolitan has come true, which is the thing that I was never expecting.&nbsp;</strong><br />I&#39;ve been following drone technology a lot, just for the book I&#39;m writing right now &ndash; and there&#39;s this weird, ugly thing that looks somewhere between a fish and a beetle &ndash; I saw a photo of it yesterday &ndash; and it&#39;s an air-sea drone; it flies and it&#39;s amphibious.</p> <p><strong>I&#39;m waiting for the Google/Facebook war over the skies in Africa. </strong><br />Google&#39;s doing Project Loon over there, the balloons that work as internet stations. And yet Facebook&#39;s building drones to fly over Africa as internet portals &ndash; but you&#39;ll have to use a Facebook account to use them. Everyone wants Africa&#39;s internet business, because it&#39;s the last emerging market. So the skies will fill with Google balloons and Facebook drones, all vying for your business. And it&#39;s only a matter of time before they start hacking each other, shooting at each other, knocking each other down. It&#39;ll be the first inter-corporate war. That&#39;ll be fun!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mcw6j-QWGMo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Synthetic biology is the future. </strong><br />I&#39;m acquainted with a synthetic biologist called Rachel Armstrong. She&#39;s currently involved in plans to grow the interior of a starship; I met her first when we were at a think tank in Holland, talking about ways to grow a city &ndash; coral, mussel shell. We were talking about what my daughter wants to do at university; she wants to do biology, and Rachel turned to me and said, &quot;Biology is the new engineering.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Once you start the ball of disruption rolling, it multiplies and the balls go bloody everywhere. </strong><br />This is the problem with disruption; everyone has come into digital spaces to talk about disruption; we can disrupt this and disrupt that, and make money. What they don&#39;t get is that disruption is a feral process; once disruption is out in the wild, it doesn&#39;t stop. And then eventually, you will be disrupted. In 10 years&#39; time, there are going to be kids in basements 3D printing additional organs, and working out ways to stitch them into their bodies.</p> <p><em>The Spirit of Bacardi, written by Warren Ellis and with art by Mike Allred, is available to download from <a href="http://bacardi.com/spiritofbacardi" target="_blank">bacardi.com/spiritofbacardi</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nAMrtHC2Ev0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/warren-ellis-talks-rum-drone-wars-and-synthetic-biology/feature#comments Interviews Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:36:05 +0000 Elissa Loi 1444228 at http://www.stuff.tv RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life” http://www.stuff.tv/sg/rj-romain-jerome-ceo-video-games-remind-me-beautiful-time-my-life/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our chat with Manuel Emch led to all things geeky, including Back to the Future, Deloreans and the smartwatch threat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Romain%20Jerome%20main.jpg?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">One watchmaker represents the melding of popular culture and horology: RJ-Romain Jerome.</p> <p dir="ltr">And you wouldn&rsquo;t think its CEO Manuel Emch, decked out in his pseudo-corporate wear, is well-versed with Back to the Future, Pac-Man and Space Invaders lore.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behind every RJ-Romain Jerome watch... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;...is something &nbsp;that creates emotions. It tells a story and fits into our visual environment, cultural heritage and education. Obviously, on one side we focus on the classical thing that lets you wear something on the wrist. On the other, we look at bold and aggressive concepts like the conquest of the moon, which is the most important achievement of mankind. There&rsquo;s also the retro-futuristic kind of machine room steam punk like the Titanic, and things like contemporary art and everything that&rsquo;s iconic or pop culture.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bethind every RJ watch is an emotion" alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Romain%20Jerome%20watch.jpg?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video games... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;...reminds me of my youth, the good time when I didn&rsquo;t have to think about building a business and taking care of people. It was a beautiful time of my life when I just enjoyed having fun. I have a very positive feeling about video games, and it has become an integral part of our contemporary culture. Even MOMA bought video games like Pac-Man to put into their collection. Our collection includes emotional background, cultural reference and artistic expression.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Space Invaders go pew pew pew" alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Romain%20Jerome%20video%20games.jpg?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beyond Space Invaders and Pac-Man </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not going to go much further than pixelised and low-tech (games). I like the idea of low-tech because it&rsquo;s an icon. We might also put in Pong, Donkey Kong, Super Mario or even Tetris, but that&rsquo;s about it.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> About that Delorean... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;It&rsquo;s a cool car. I almost bought it, but because I live in an apartment, I don&rsquo;t have a garage. I drove one, and it drives horribly bad, the brakes are the worst.&nbsp;But when I was in Paris, where it&rsquo;s a competitive driving space with Ferrari and Bugatti, I was the guy who got the most people jumping in and leaning on the car for a photo.</p> <p>I like the iconic aspect of the car, I would put it in my living room and use it as a couch. It makes people happy and puts smiles, makes them feel good about the past. That&#39;s our watches are about - that feel-good and emotionality aspect.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="When this baby hits 88 miles per hour..." alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Delorean.jpg?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behind the air, sea and earth series... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;History creates emotion and people connect to historical elements. Since we&#39;re a young brand without a history, we want to let you wear a piece of history on the wrist.</p> <p dir="ltr">We started with the most provocative one, integrating steel from Titanic, which doesn&rsquo;t please all cultures. Then we went with the most important and generally accepted, which is the conquest of space, integrating elements of Apollo 11 and moon dust for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/5-craziest-watches-baselworld-2014/feature">Moon Orbiter Speed Metal</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">We had one in the air, one in the sea, so we needed one in the middle, on earth. And there was a volcano that just exploded, and hey, that must be destiny. It shows the strength of Mother Nature and who&rsquo;s in charge.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/5-craziest-watches-baselworld-2014/feature">The 6 craziest watches of Baselworld 2014</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Not Earth, Wind and Fire" alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Orbiter.jpg?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Popular culture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I like everything that is at the edge between subculture and culture. I&rsquo;m interested by subculture becoming culture, like how rock music, hip-hop, tattoos, video games, contemporary art all started as a subculture. You also have comics and contemporary art that can be interesting. I won&rsquo;t tell you which ones we&rsquo;re doing next because I want to keep the surprise.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/future-sucks/feature">The Future Sucks: 15 of the most depressing dystopian sci-fi films</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The threat of smartwatches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be a threat to the industry, not just to the high-end (watch) industry. The tech industry can help to build the business, but the fight for the share of wrist will be the most important fight for the next few years.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s not just smartwatches.&nbsp;You&rsquo;ll want to wear a device that tells you when to see a doctor, when to sleep or run. It&rsquo;ll challenge us, but I think it&rsquo;s a good thing because we&rsquo;ll have to reinvent ourselves and change our perspectives.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maybe as a watch industry, we&rsquo;ll not be as strong as we were 10 years ago, we&rsquo;ll have to change people&rsquo;s perspective. I see opportunities, but we have to get down from the ivory tower and see what&rsquo;s happening.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="RJ&#039;s potential nemesis - smartwatches" alt="RJ-Romain Jerome CEO: “Video games remind me of a beautiful time in my life”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto.png?1405492546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making smartwatches better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We talk a lot about tech but not enough about emotions and environment. It needs the right approach, which I haven&#39;t seen it, not because it hasn&rsquo;t been done. I think emotions, design, provocation, innovation and fun are essential.</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m a big disbeliever of watch brands that try to do smartphone watches. Because if you don&rsquo;t master the technology, you don&rsquo;t master the product. Know where your strengths are to make things happen. For us, it&#39;s about creativity and materials.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/it-s-about-time-could-be-face-incoming-moto-360-smartwatch/feature">One of these 10 concepts could be the face of the incoming Moto 360 smartwatch</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next RJ-Romain Jerome watch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I would love to integrate a stone from Mars. That was too easy, wasn&rsquo;t it? (laughs). We have a few things in mind, probably the most unobtainable thing would be a bracelet from extra-terrestial skin. I&rsquo;m kidding!</p> <p dir="ltr">I could apply to go to Mars, but I definitely want to come back, which is not possible for the first mission. That wouldn&rsquo;t help us to make the watches now, but maybe in 50 years or even 20 years, we can do it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/10-minutes-urwerk-s-chief-designer-and-co-founder/feature">10 minutes with Urwerk&rsquo;s chief designer and co-founder</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When horology meets popular culture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RJ-Romain Jerome CEO talks geek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Romain%20Jerome%20main.jpg.crop_display_0.jpg?1405492401" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/rj-romain-jerome-ceo-video-games-remind-me-beautiful-time-my-life/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/rj-romain-jerome-ceo-video-games-remind-me-beautiful-time-my-life/feature#comments Interviews Watches Sun, 06 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440983 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff meets Elon Musk http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We sat down with the co-founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX to talk about how he became one of the internet&#039;s most successful entrepreneurs, electrified car-making… Oh, and how he plans to build a city on Mars. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Elon_Musk.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When interviewing a billionaire, it&rsquo;s worth taking a moment to think about what that means, about how much of the world&rsquo;s money is concentrated in the person in front of you. In the whole financial system, there&rsquo;s about twelve trillion dollars&rsquo; worth of currency. Elon Musk&rsquo;s net worth is estimated at $12 billion. That means Elon Musk has about a thousandth of the world&rsquo;s money, all for himself. If you have a globally average amount of money, Elon Musk is seven million times richer than you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With this in mind, it&rsquo;s hard not to be disappointed when someone with so much financial and industrial power at his fingertips arrives in a room and just looks normal. It&rsquo;s particularly hard if that person defines themself in the media as a real-life Tony Stark, a science-wielding hero whom you half-expect to arrive by jetpack. But Elon Musk did not arrive by jetpack. He arrived, like everyone else, on&nbsp;some normal-looking human legs. He&rsquo;s about average height, with a slightly receding hairline and a relaxed, affable manner. He speaks quietly in an international accent - half California, half South Africa. His suit looks frighteningly expensive, but it&#39;s not Tony Stark&#39;s suit. Not the metal one, anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CEO%20Elon%20Musk%20at%20RHD%20Delivery%20Event.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re meeting to discuss the launch of the new right-hand-drive Model S in the UK, a car that Musk believes will do well here. &ldquo;I think the UK should be our biggest market in Europe,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;because UK consumers make a decision based on the car itself, not for nationalistic reasons. If you look at Germany and France, they tend to be a bit parochial when it comes to buying cars.&rdquo; When we reflect that this might be because Germany and France still have national car industries building German and French cars, Musk points out that there&rsquo;s still a huge amount of engineering talent in the UK - talent he&rsquo;s very keen to employ.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our head of vehicle engineering, Chris Porritt, is from Aston Martin. At our main vehicle engineering centre in California, about half of the vehicle engineering team is European, with British engineers being the biggest single constituent. And actually we&rsquo;re making plans to establish an R&amp;D centre in the UK, probably next year. It wouldn&rsquo;t just be modifying cars for Europe - to attract the top talent, they&rsquo;ve got to be part of the core design process. In the longer term, we would expect to have a factory in the UK.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesla_Wales_May2014_190.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;we want you to go from highway on-ramp to highway off-ramp, without touching the controls, in the next 12 months&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The British version of the Model S brings with it a network of Superchargers, which can add 200 miles to the Model S&rsquo;s range in under half an hour. Tesla is spending a fair chunk of change on this - Musk says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;in the tens of millions&rdquo;, albeit with the air of someone for whom that is basically pocket money - but that infrastructure is essential to making sure people can buy Teslas and actually drive them without running out of juice. While it&rsquo;s taken years to create the Supercharger network in America, the UK is a lot smaller: &ldquo;by the end of next year you&rsquo;ll be able to drive a Tesla to anywhere in the British Isles, without having to dramatically divert your route.&rdquo;</p> <p>Telsa plans to follow the Model S with something more affordable. The next car after the Model X will be &ldquo;mass-market&rdquo;: &ldquo;we&rsquo;re aiming for 20% smaller and half the price, and it&rsquo;ll be coming to market in about two and a half years.&rdquo; And it&#39;ll be self-driving, too, using Tesla&rsquo;s AutoPilot&nbsp;technology. &ldquo;Autonomous driving will get rolled out into cars quite rapidly, in the next year or so. We want to get to the point where you can go from highway on-ramp to highway off-ramp completely autonomously, without touching any controls, in the next 12 months.&rdquo;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what does he make of Google&rsquo;s self-driving, er, &lsquo;car&rsquo;?&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the most attractive thing. I haven&rsquo;t seen it in person, but it&rsquo;s only going to go 25mph, and it has two feet of foam bumper on the front. I&rsquo;m not sure if it&rsquo;s sending quite the right message. I hope they put an &lsquo;I&rsquo;m Feeling Lucky&rsquo; button on the dash, which you can press and it&rsquo;ll just go somewhere.&rdquo;&nbsp;Tesla&rsquo;s self-driving auto, he reassures us, is &ldquo;not going to be some weird-looking thing. It&rsquo;s going to be the car that you see now. The radar will be hidden inside the bumpers - the bumpers are plastic, so the radar can see through it - and the cameras are packaged into quite a small space, where the mirror is. If you look for them, you&rsquo;ll be able to find them, but otherwise you won&rsquo;t notice it.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/early-vehicle-lores.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for other companies, Musk feels they &ldquo;just don&rsquo;t seem to take electric cars seriously. The only things that seem to move them are regulatory requirements, and competitor pressure, and their main competitors aren&rsquo;t making electric cars either. Leaving aside all the noise they make about their electric vehicle programmes, when you look at the underlying reality, it&rsquo;s maybe 0.2% of new cars made. There were almost 100 million new cars made this year, and approximately 2 billion cars on the road around the world. So even if all new cars instantly became electric, it would take 20 years to replace the fleet.&rdquo; <p>And why is no-one bothering to make green machines? Musk, who defines himself as a risk-taking CEO, says it&rsquo;s because big companies promote people who don&rsquo;t rock the boat. &ldquo;The incentive structure tends to reward incremental improvements. The CEO is not going to get fired on the basis of incremental changes - even if they don&rsquo;t work out, you can usually just blame suppliers or something like that. But if you try to do something bold and it doesn&rsquo;t work out, then the CEO gets fired.&rdquo;</p> <p>He does, however, have some grudging praise for a few other electric cars. &ldquo;I think what BMW has done with the i3&rsquo;s carbon fibre chassis is interesting, and I&rsquo;m impressed that they can make the i3 at a non-crazy cost, with that much carbon fibre. I applaud anyone who&rsquo;s trying to do something new and interesting.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FANUC_Robot_Assembly_Demo.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;i see us going to mars in 10-11 years&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, there&rsquo;s new and interesting, and there&rsquo;s establishing the planet&rsquo;s first private space-freight company. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be flying our Dragon version 2 vehicle in a few years, with a very exciting test flight later this year,&rdquo; he says, before casually adding that &ldquo;I see us going to Mars in about 10-11 years.&rdquo;</p> <p>As in a spacecraft with people? People who might want to come back?</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah. And in a really big spaceship, not a little thing.The Dragon spacecraft is quite a little thing, although it&rsquo;s bigger than the Soyuz, which is ridiculously small. You have to be short, and in the foetal position, in order to go up in one.&rdquo;</p> <p>So, how big a Mars base is he thinking? &ldquo;A city. Millions of people.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SpaceX.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to know what to think when someone who probably does have enough money to fly to Mars talks about actually doing that. One the one hand, it could be that Musk will go down in history as the initiator of humanity&rsquo;s colonisation of other planets. On the other, it could be that his sci-fi aspirations are just part of Tesla&#39;s highly polished marketing sheen. What&rsquo;s certain is that, just as General Motors inspired future-gazing 1950s consumers to buy cars with rocketship tailfins in the era of the first space race, Tesla is following a similar line, selling you a vision of the future so ambitious it could be taken from a comic book.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dragon.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “hey Larry, can I see your will, please?” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea that he could help propel humanity to the stars is also helpful in justifying Musk&rsquo;s vast wealth. While a lot of people find it morally questionable that there are billionaires on a planet with so many hungry mouths, Musk seems like he could be exempt, because he has important plans for all that money. Fellow billionaire Larry Page certainly agrees: the Google co-founder recently said he&rsquo;d rather bequeath his immense fortune to Musk than a charity, because Musk would &lsquo;do more with it&rsquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;Oh yeah&hellip; I know Larry well, but I&rsquo;ve never actually brought that up in conversation, like &ldquo;hey Larry, can I see your will, please?&rdquo;</p> <p>But would he accept it? Musk considers for a moment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah, sure, okay. Mostly what I would use it for is building a base on Mars. Because there&rsquo;s an initial cost to establish the essential infrastructure that&rsquo;s quite high, and you don&rsquo;t have an immediate return, because you can&rsquo;t charge people a billion dollars each to go there. So you&rsquo;ve got to carry it to the point at which someone can sell their house on Earth, move to Mars and get a job - at that point, I think it becomes a self-sustaining business. It&rsquo;s analogous, I think, to the establishment of the English colonies in America.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hero or a villain, there&rsquo;s no doubt that Musk acts like someone in a Bond movie, to the extent that he recently bought the Lotus Esprit submarine that 007 drives in <em>You Only Live Twice</em>. His intention, of course, is to make a real one. &ldquo;In reality, it&rsquo;s not physically possible for it to transform. They use three different versions, and if you look at the submarine version and the car version, there&rsquo;s no way those pods could turn into one another. We&rsquo;re going to create a submarine that looks just like it, only about 10% bigger, but it will work as both a car and a sub, and it&rsquo;ll use the Model S motor and battery pack. It&rsquo;s a low-priority project; we might make more than one, but single digits. We&rsquo;ve even joked about having a submarine-plane-car.&rdquo;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll take a Model S, for now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monkey-enclosure-jimmy-wales/feature">Stuff meets Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-meets-alan-moore-i-am-pretty-much-cut-majority-21st-century-not-much-escapes-me/feature">Stuff meets comics supremo Alan Moore</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/17-minutes-steve-wozniak/feature">Stuff meets Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak</a></strong></p> <p><em>(picture credits: Brian Solis [top portrait], Steve Jurvetson [picture of Elon with two robots],&nbsp;Dimitri Gerondidakis [picture of Elon unveiling Dragon 2])</em> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bondsub.jpg?1404229125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature#comments Cars Interviews Tesla Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:45:33 +0000 Elissa Loi 1440422 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out, comedian Jeff Dunham throws his voice in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jeff-dunham-is-throwing-his-voice/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The puppet master is a laughter specialist on stage, but he is more than just about the giggles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="899" title="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" alt="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Jeff-Dunham-and-Peanut.jpg?1400551676" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Be prepared to be tickled pink as world renowned ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is finally making his stop here in Singapore on 21 May.</p> <p>Born in 1962, Dunham started his ventriloquism act when he was a teenager. Since then he has made stride in his career, with multiple Comedy Central specials such as <em>Arguing with Myself</em> in 2003, <em>Spark of Insanity</em> in 2007 and his most recent special, <em>Minding the Monsters</em> in 2012.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Questions question questions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How much time do you spend to create each and every puppet used in the show - from Walter all the way to that one sock puppet of Peanut in Controlled Chaos?&nbsp;</strong><br />I do everything from sculpting the head first in clay, then making a silicone mould, casting the head in fiberglass, installing the mechanics, painting the head, wigging it, building the body, to clothing it. It&rsquo;s hard to say how much time I spent on each puppet as they are all unique.</p> <p><strong>How active are you on social media and the internet?&nbsp;</strong><br />Pretty active, you can find me posting on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JeffDunham" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffdunham" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. My website <a href="http://jeffdunham.com" target="_blank">jeffdunham.com</a>&nbsp;keeps folks up to date as well.</p> <p><strong>Is it hard to have the characters&#39; mindset running around in your head at the same time in a skit - especially ones with multiple characters together in a scene?&nbsp;</strong><br />No, each character is a part of me and at the same time I can be surprised and laugh and have a great time right along with audience.</p> <p><strong>Macbook or Ultrabook and why?</strong><br />Macbook, it&#39;s the creative person&rsquo;s computer.</p> <p><strong>What&#39;s next from Jeff Dunham</strong>?&nbsp;<br />I hope in the near future that we can do a couple of films and bring the characters to life on the big screen, plus continue to expand our presence worldwide.&nbsp; At this point we&#39;re just having fun filling the dance card.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" alt="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jeff-walter-bubbaj.jpg?1400551676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" alt="Jeff Dunham is throwing his voice in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jeff.jpg?1400551676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jeff-dunham-is-throwing-his-voice/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jeff-dunham-is-throwing-his-voice/feature#comments Interviews Tue, 20 May 2014 02:03:09 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437493 at http://www.stuff.tv Despite its steely exterior, the Leica T is all soul http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leica/leica-t-step-future-while-retaining-leica-s-core-classic-values/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leica&#039;s Maike Harberts gets to the heart of the T-system for us </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" alt="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/leica%20t.jpg?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We speak with Maike Harberts, product manager for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leica-t-camera-system-enables-photography-its-purest-form/news" target="_blank">Leica T</a>, about the newest addition to the Leica family, and why it deserves a place in today&rsquo;s overcrowded micro four thirds landscape.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the Leica T bring anything new to the current camera market? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We created the mirrorless system camera with the Leica M 60 years ago, so it was natural for us to take the heritage and create something new around that.</p> <p class="p2">We differ a bit from the rest of the market who is just technology-driven and form-follows-function. We value design, craftsmanship, and ease of use to compete on a more soulful level. We like to touch customers&rsquo; hearts through the experience of interacting with the camera, not just on the technical data sheet.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" alt="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leica%20m.jpg?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why so late to the touchscreen game? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;When we implement something, it has to have purpose. This touchscreen is by far the best there is in the camera market right now. When you saw the first cameras with touch, they still retained buttons on the back, so it was literally a copy of what there was before.</p> <p>We wanted to go one step further, so we had to take the time to think of new ways of implementing things like operation wholly via gesture. It&rsquo;s not about half-hearted attempts with us.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Why so late to the touchscreen game?" alt="Why so late to the touchscreen game?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touchscreen.jpg?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the Leica T&#039;s design philosophy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;If you take a look at the M, it&rsquo;s just three parts - the bottom cover, the top cover and the leather in between. The bottom of the M has an iconic oval shape that comes from the invention of the camera itself. The T is the exact oval shape of the M, but in subtraction. We wanted to reduce everything, to make it clean and simple as possible.</p> <p>The rock solid frame doesn&rsquo;t have pieces that are screwed together. It&rsquo;s just one solid block of aluminium that is milled down. The unibody design doesn&#39;t just look and feel good, there&rsquo;s also purpose behind it - its resulting robustness.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" alt="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/unibody.jpg?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s still pretty pricey... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Our production is done entirely in Germany. Every camera and lens that hop off the production line and into a box have the same standards and high tolerance. There&rsquo;s no variation in quality, you buy two cameras and they are exactly the same. If you pick up a camera or lens, you know it&rsquo;s top-notch, and quality, in the end, costs a bit.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" alt="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_0.JPG?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who&#039;s worthy of the Leica T? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;In this fast-moving world, it&rsquo;s sometimes nice to hold on to a thing that has long-lasting value. We think there are lots of people out there who love design and quality, and really value something other than specs and the latest tech with no real soul, meaning, or purpose.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What does the T&#039;s lens future look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We launched it with the legendary Summicron lens and the standard zoom, and what&#39;s up next are the wide angle zoom and the telephoto zoom. We have more lenses to come, but they&rsquo;re currently in development. In the Leica portfolio, there are certain classic lenses that we will definitely do.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" alt="Despite the Leica T&#039;s steely exterior, it&#039;s all soul" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leica-t-front_0.jpg?1399340352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All in all, what&#039;s the point that Leica is making with the T? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We&#39;re going a step further, taking our core values along with us and making them more appealing to a modern and more innovative crowd. The iconic things that are 60 or 100 years old still remain our heritage, but we&#39;re going a step ahead and saying yes, we were innovative a hundred years ago and we still dare to be.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-cameras-changed-world/news" target="_blank">25 cameras that changed the world</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leica T: metal soul </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leica%20t.jpg?1399340354" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leica/leica-t-step-future-while-retaining-leica-s-core-classic-values/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leica/leica-t-step-future-while-retaining-leica-s-core-classic-values/feature#comments Interviews Leica System Cameras Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:14:43 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436382 at http://www.stuff.tv Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jason-godfrey-interviews-jason-godfrey/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It was tough going for a while, but we (he) finally got the model, actor, and host to come to terms with his extreme geekiness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Jason.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Stuff revealed to me the interview subject of this piece, I was shocked and genuinely intimidated. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">How could I interview someone of such advanced intellect that he often seems utterly incompetent? A person bursting with talents so unique that to the untrained eye he appears to be a rank amateur at everything he attempts? a man with hair so flawed that it boggles the mind that he has made a career of modeling?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): Let&rsquo;s not waste time. People want to know, how geeky are you?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: Straight to the point! Look, I know being a geek has come into favour recently. It&rsquo;s as cool to own up to being a geek as it is to rock a shaggy unkempt beard that looks like a nesting site for sparrows, but I&rsquo;m sorry to disappoint you, I can&rsquo;t grow such a beard and I am not a geek.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stuff (JG): You&rsquo;re not? Are you sure?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Jason Godfrey: I model, host, and write for work. In my spare time, I dive shipwrecks and climb mountains, does that sound geeky to you?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Stuff (JG): Maybe not on the surface. But don&rsquo;t you have tens of thousands of baseball cards and comic books ranging from the <em>Thundercats</em> to&nbsp;<em>Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham?</em></strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: Well, sure when I was a kid I collected that stuff and kept most of it. <em>Thundercats</em> is a classic now and really, <em>Spider-Ham</em> is yet to be rediscovered as a brilliant satirical take on the Spider-Man franchise. Give it time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thundercats.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): What about reports that for the entirety of your grade nine year in high school you were obsessed with&nbsp;<em>Star Trek: The Next Generation</em>, even fantasizing about what it would be like to don a one piece jumpsuit and be Wesley Crusher (played by Wil Wheaton?</strong></p> <p>JG: How do you know about that?</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): I have my sources.</strong></p> <p>JG: (Pausing) Again, I don&rsquo;t know what bearing my alleged love of&nbsp;<em>Star Trek: TNG</em>&nbsp;has to do with anything.</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): Pfft! Alleged. You once stated that your character in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MataMataSG" target="_blank"><em>Mata Mata</em></a>&nbsp;was based upon Jonathan Frakes&rsquo; William Riker in&nbsp;<em>Star Trek: TNG</em>.</strong></p> <p>JG: I don&rsquo;t remember saying that.</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): I remember. Also, how would you know who Jonathan Frakes was since he did absolutely nothing after his stint on&nbsp;<em>Star Trek</em>?</strong></p> <p>JG: Anyway, that was a long time ago, even if I did like&nbsp;<em>Star Trek</em>&nbsp;back then, things change. That would have no bearing on me being a geek now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Spiderham_1.png?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): Do you currently read any comic books?</strong></p> <p>JG: No.</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): Then what about this <a href="https://www.comixology.com/" target="_blank">Comixology</a> account where you apparently ordered back issues of every title in the fan-maligned <em>Marvel Ultimate Universe</em>?</strong></p> <p>JG: It&rsquo;s a realistic revisioning of the classic Marvel characters. Most of the current films were based on these comics, I was just curious.</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): Or your purchase of a comic named <em>Action Philosophers</em> that puts in comic form the lives of great thinkers like Socrates and Ayn Rand?</strong></p> <p>JG: It seemed like a good way to learn about philosophy! How do you have access to my <a href="https://www.comixology.com/" target="_blank">Comixology</a> account?!?</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): And you don&rsquo;t think reading comics about philosophers is a sign of geek-dom?</strong></p> <p>JG: No!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/startrek.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): What about your love of video games?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jason-godfrey-10-ways-game-peace-without-girfriend/feature" target="_blank">Every guy loves video games</a>.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stuff (JG): Yes, but a WW2 game called Company of Heroes 2? &nbsp;It&rsquo;s not exactly a sexy first-person shooter, is it?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: Well, it&rsquo;s strategy.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stuff (JG): Or how about your love of the Xcom turn-based strategy series?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: I don&rsquo;t know even know what turn-based means.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stuff (JG): Oh you don&rsquo;t? You don&rsquo;t have a long love of turn-based strategy games starting with <em>Jagged Alliance 2</em>&mdash;a title you liked so much that you modded a version going so far as to get your father, best friend, and yourself to voice new characters for it?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: You can&rsquo;t prove that.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Stuff (JG): And if I could, would that make you a geek?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: (Silence)</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Stuff (JG): (Pounds fist on table) Would that make you a geek?</strong></p> <p class="p1">JG: (standing up) This interview is over!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AP.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): One last thing, Mr. Godfrey. &nbsp;Even if you ignore the overwhelming evidence presented here of your geekiness, did you or did you not just spend the last hour interviewing yourself?</strong></p> <p>JG: Well&hellip; I&hellip;.</p> <p><strong>Stuff (JG): It&rsquo;s a yes or no question.</strong></p> <p>JG: I&hellip;I&hellip; (breaking down) Yes! Yes, it&rsquo;s all true. All of it, even the Wil Wheaton stuff, and he was never cool but I just wanted to know what it would be like to be friends with Picard.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" alt="Jason Godfrey interviews Jason Godfrey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/COH2.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The verdict is out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t easy, but in the end I wrangled the truth from him like lassoing a runaway goat, bringing him to his knees through sheer force of will, and found out the truth about my subject. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jason Godfrey is the worst kind of geek - the kind that thinks he&rsquo;s cool.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Godfrey interviews.... Jason Godfrey? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One man&#039;s journey to expose his inner geek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jason_0.jpg?1398502990" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jason-godfrey-interviews-jason-godfrey/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jason-godfrey-interviews-jason-godfrey/feature#comments Interviews Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434187 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-evolve-mma-fighter-eddie-ng-always-game-fight/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t mess with this tough guy, he’s as good at button mashing as he is with his fists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game for a fight" alt="Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game for a fight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Eddie%20Ng%2001.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Throw all your preconceived opinions about gamers being slobs out the window.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mixed martial artist Eddie Ng is living proof that you can throw a mean roundhouse both in the ring and on a console.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stuff Asks the lightweight fighter about martial arts, keeping fit, and the games that keep him occupied.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Isn’t martial arts just about kicks and punches? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Martial arts changed my life, it gave me self-confidence and a career. When I was growing up in the UK, I experienced bullying and it affected my confidence. I am a huge fan of the late Bruce Lee and started learning martial arts through self-teaching videos.&nbsp;Besides coaching adult students, &nbsp;I&rsquo;m also involved with <a href="http://evolve-mma.com/about-us/events/31/event.html" target="_blank">Evolve MMA&rsquo;s Little Samurai program</a>, which lets me teach martial arts to kids between the ages of 4 to 7. It&rsquo;s valuable to me because I believe martial arts can teach good life lessons to kids at that age.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What gadgets do you use to supplement your training? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I use a Polar heart rate monitor. The whole idea is to see results and progression so that you know you&#39;re getting better. During the workout, it lets you see just how hard you&#39;re working. Without the monitor, you might think you&rsquo;re working hard, but you&rsquo;re not. To increase your threshold, you need something to gauge your limits. It also lets you see how much faster you&#39;re recovering from the workout.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Polar Heart Rate Monitor" alt="Polar Heart Rate Monitor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Polar%20Heart%20Rate%20Monitor.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just talking about all this training is making us tired </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The quality of sleep is very important. If you&rsquo;re in a deep sleep, the quality is going to be much better, and you&rsquo;ll get the most benefits in terms of recovery. Observing your sleep pattern is part of the training. Some days you could be good, but on the days you aren&#39;t, you have to pinpoint what the problem is. it could also be due to your diet.&nbsp;When you train twice a day for about two hours a time, it takes a toll on your body, and it needs to recover. If my sleep is consistently bad, then I&rsquo;ll have to look at why it&rsquo;s happening and make sure I recover quickly.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sleep Cycle app" alt="Sleep Cycle app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sleep%20Cycle.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the one gadget you can’t live without? Phones don&#039;t count </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The reason I prefer an Android tablet is because I can transfer files easily, and it&rsquo;s so much more customisable. I use the tablet mostly for reading, it&rsquo;s easier to read on a tablet rather than a Macbook screen. But when it comes to serious work, like writing a long e-mail, I&rsquo;ll do it on a Macbook.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eddie Ng&#039;s Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Eddie Ng&#039;s Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%20tablet.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We know you’ve been waiting for this - tell us your favourite game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The last game I played was Beyond: Two Souls and I&rsquo;m looking forward to The Last of Us DLC. I haven&rsquo;t downloaded that yet, and I heard it&rsquo;s really good. I love and hate the game because it spoiled other games for me by setting the bar too high. I suppose you could blame Naughty Dog for that.</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;ve been looking forward to Final Fantasy XV for a long time, though I hate calling it that. I prefer to call it Versus XIII. I&rsquo;m hoping it won&rsquo;t be a disappointment because it took so long to develop. It was supposed to come out on the PS3 but&hellip; *shrug* I would buy a PS4 solely for that.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Last of Us Left Behind" alt="The Last of Us Left Behind" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Last%20of%20Us%20Left%20Behind.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Final Fantasy XV" alt="Final Fantasy XV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final%20Fantasy%20XV_0.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, is that a Sony Xperia Play in your bag? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Yes, but my battery&rsquo;s dying. I play a lot of old games on it, the last one I finished was Cyborg Justice. It was one of my favourite games growing up. You could customise your robots on the fly, pull the arm off one of the robots, put it on yourself and you&rsquo;ll have a new weapon.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eddie Ng&#039;s Sony Xperia Play" alt="Eddie Ng&#039;s Sony Xperia Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%20Xperia%20Play.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you find the time to game and train? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s very easy to get sucked into games. I don&rsquo;t play if I have training on that day or the next. I train Monday to Friday, two times a day, so I refuse to play on weekdays.&nbsp;I justify that if I play these games, I&rsquo;m not going to sleep, I&rsquo;m not going to recover from that day, and my training is going to suffer. My martial arts and training come first, it&rsquo;s not just a job, it&rsquo;s what I love doing.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great, thanks for making us feel like lazy bums </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;On Saturday, I&rsquo;ll go crazy and eat pizza or McDonald&rsquo;s. Everything else can vary, but I always have kaya toast on Saturday and play games at the same time. It&rsquo;s a weekly reward, that&rsquo;s how I justify it.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eddie Ng: Evolve MMA fighter by day, gamer by night </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%2001_0.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-evolve-mma-fighter-eddie-ng-always-game-fight/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Interviews Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:49:23 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433512 at http://www.stuff.tv DJ Special: Angie Vu Ha's top tech for aspiring spinners http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asias-sexiest-dj-talks-sexy-tech/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We pulled Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039;. Pulled her off her decks, silly - to pin her down and talk tech... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039; Angie Vu Ha" alt="Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039; Angie Vu Ha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Angie-Vua-Ha.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>From Hanoi to New York,&nbsp;Vietnamese model, DJ, and music producer <a href="https://www.facebook.com/djangievuha?fref=ts" target="_blank">Angie Vu Ha</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/djangievuha?fref=ts" target="_blank"> </a>is a busy bee. But that didn&#39;t stop her from sharing her DJ&#39;ing secrets with Team Stuff.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Angie, what music do you mix? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I listen to everything and have love for all of the sounds that I play, but more so for house music. I mix with CDs and MP3s but really love old-school vinyl the most.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039; Angie Vu Ha" alt="Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039; Angie Vu Ha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AngieVuaHa3.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What do you play on? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cOTL7gywnQ" target="_blank">Pioneer CDJ2000&rsquo;s Nexus</a>. It&#39;s so effective - it allows tight, seamless and efficient mixing.&nbsp;I trust Pioneer the most because it&#39;s the industry standard for equipment.&nbsp;</p> <p>I also love my Technics 1210 turntables; the feeling vinyl gives me when scratching is wonderful.&nbsp;</p> <p>(Images via <a href="http://www.djworx.com">DJ Worx</a> and <a href="http://www.dna-et.com" target="_blank">DNA-ET</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer CDJ2000’s Nexus" alt="Pioneer CDJ2000’s Nexus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CDJ-2000Nexus-Shot.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Technics 1210" alt="Technics 1210" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Technics.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Traktor or Serato? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&rsquo;ve used both.&nbsp;<a href="http://serato.com/scratchlive" target="_blank">Serato Scratch Live</a>&nbsp;is easy to use, reliable, durable and capable.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.native-instruments.com/en/traktor/" target="_blank">Traktor</a>&nbsp;is cheap, has lots of features like good FX, and great controls of those FX.&nbsp;After spending years experimenting with software and laptops in the DJ booth, I have finally found what I&#39;m looking for. Traktor combines the most essential studio effects with the all-important flexibility to adapt to an artist&#39;s needs. When playing with Traktor you still retain the hands-on DJ feel, and most importantly it sounds incredible.&nbsp;(Image via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.djworx.com" target="_blank">DJ Works</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Traktor" alt="Traktor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NI_TRAKTOR_KONTROL_Z2_Screenshot.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you a sync button basher? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&#39;m flexible. The button is there to use. Sometimes if I&#39;m mixing fast or mixing more than two tracks, the sync button comes in handy. But trust me, beat matching is the most simple task of being a DJ. I think anyone can learn to do it.&nbsp;</p> <p>(Image via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.djworx.com" target="_blank">DJ Works</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="sync" alt="sync" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sync2Djworx.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do you use tablets or phones to mix?  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I haven&rsquo;t used them for a live performance yet, but I do play around at home on my iPad with the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/traktor-dj/id592052832?mt=8" target="_blank">Tracktor DJ app</a>. It&#39;s the best app there is, and I use the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hexler.touchosc_a" target="_blank">Touch Osc</a> app too.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Angie Vu Ha" alt="Angie Vu Ha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_9974-BW-2.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick-Fire Five </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li><strong>Apple or Android?</strong>&nbsp;Apple
<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Gaming or Partying?&nbsp;</strong>Partying
<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Drums or Bass?</strong>&nbsp;Bass
<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Dancing on the Floor or Chilling in the Corner?&nbsp;</strong>Dancing on the table/sofa
<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Parties in Asia or Parties in Europe/America?&nbsp;</strong>Parties are parties no matter where. As long as I have a table, champagne, great music, and my awesome friends with me, all is good.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any other cool tech? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn1Tf-hpEw4" target="_blank"> Pioneer RMX1000</a>. It&#39;s a lightweight, portable effects unit perfect for travel without compromising on usability.</p> <p>(Image via <a href="http://blog.djkit.com/author/graham/page/2/" target="_blank">Blog DJ Kit</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer RMX1000" alt="Pioneer RMX1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RMX1000_CLOSEUP_XPAD_WHT_LR.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
What are your go-to cans?  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.sennheiserasia.com/" target="_blank">Sennheiser HD25</a>s and <a href="http://sg.beatsbydre.com/" target="_blank">Monster Beats Pro</a>. Sennheiser HD25s are my favourite because they sound amazingly clear, with deep bass and crisp highs. They&rsquo;re an absolute dream to mix with, and you can listen to just about anything with them.&nbsp;</p> <p>(Image via <a href="http://www.welovedjs.com" target="_blank">WeLoveDJs.com</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sennheiser HD25" alt="Sennheiser HD25" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sennheiser-HD25---welovedjs.com_.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How about production software? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s so many great DAWs available. Cubase, Ableton, and Fruity Loops are my preferred programmes.&nbsp;I want to dig deep in to production, take it to the next level by producing hit tracks.&nbsp;</p> <p>(Image via <a href="http://www.musicandgadgets.com">musicandgadgets.com</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Angie Vu Ha&#039;s favourite DAW" alt="Angie Vu Ha&#039;s favourite DAW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Music-and-Gadgets.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s your favourite gig so far? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The countdown on New Year&#39;s Eve 2013 in front of more than 150,000 people in my home city of Hanoi, Vietnam, with millions more watching it live on television.&nbsp;I&#39;ve only played in Vietnam a couple of times so that was very special for me - I was honoured and felt so much love and energy from the crowd. </p> <p>I always thought that I would only ever see those big crowds if I played gigs like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tomorrowland.com/global-sale/" target="_blank">Tomorrow Land</a> or <a href="http://electricdaisycarnival.com/" target="_blank">Electric Daisy Carnival</a>&hellip; I didn&rsquo;t expect that in Vietnam, it was a really nice surprise.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OWHIi7Z1R1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Angie Vu Ha&#039;s gig at Hanoi, Vietnam" alt="Angie Vu Ha&#039;s gig at Hanoi, Vietnam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Angie.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any advice for wannabe DJs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Test the waters first; get a feel for what you like and then take the next step of getting equipment - whether it&rsquo;s a controller, CDJs, or even turntables. There&rsquo;s some great and really affordable start-up packages out there now for new DJ&rsquo;s, including Pioneer&#39;s CDJ &amp; <a href="http://www.djbooth.net/index/dj-equipment/review/pioneer-djm-350" target="_blank">DJM350</a> package. The <a href="http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-controllers/traktor-kontrol-s2/" target="_blank">Traktor Control S2 MK2</a> is also a great option. It&#39;s all you need to start mixing.
</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Angie Vu Ha" alt="Angie Vu Ha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Angie2.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Listen Now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>
</strong>Check out <a href="https://soundcloud.com/angie-vu-ha" target="_blank">Angie Vu Ha&#39;s DJ sets</a>. For booking enquiries, visit <a href="http://www.angievuha.com/" target="_blank">her website</a> and follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/djangievuha?fref=ts" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/AngieVuHa">Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJ Special: Angie Vu Ha </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asia&#039;s &#039;sexiest DJ&#039; reveals tech secrets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/IMG_9866-BW.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Angie-Vua-Ha.png?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asias-sexiest-dj-talks-sexy-tech/feature#comments Android Interviews iOS apps Pioneer Sennheiser Technics Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Ian Paynton 1433020 at http://www.stuff.tv What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/what-xiaomi-and-google-could-learn-each-other/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who better to ask than Hugo Barra, Android&#039;s ex-guru and now supreme leader of Xiaomi’s global expansion plans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Hugo%20Barra.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s been four months since Hugo Barra&nbsp;left Google - and it&rsquo;s obvious that he&rsquo;s settling in well at Xiaomi as its global vice president.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learning how to localise quickly from Google </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;Xiaomi has a lot to learn from Google in terms of becoming a global company. It has operations in so many countries and also managed to localise itself very efficiently around the world, adapting to businesses quickly. Google is a truly global technology company and we have a long way to go.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google%20Localisation.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google - the geek’s best friend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;Google has also been very successful at building a brand that&#39;s a little bit geeky, funny and awkward. Quirky is the best way to describe it. It&rsquo;s a brand that people love with a different heart, than the way they love any other brand. They think of Google as their geeky friend, and I think it&rsquo;s a very unique and honourable place to be, certainly speaking as a techie. </p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;I think Xiaomi has a lot to learn from there as well, how we can become the geeky friend and build that sort of brand and aura.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xiaomi - a company that moves products faster than Google </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;Google has, for a while, been trying to get good at building hardware and certainly has come a long way with a lot of innovations. Obviously, the Nexus program, which I was a part of, and Google Glass are some examples. Google builds all of its data centres and things like Street View cameras internally. But it still hasn&rsquo;t truly sort of broken into the mass market consumer hardware products.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;Google can learn, if it wants, about how to apply Xiaomi&#39;s really fast moving software approach to building hardware. We build hardware kind of like how we build software, given the short cycles, small teams and speed of iterations. And not only Google, but the world in general, can be inspired by what we&rsquo;ve done.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hugo%20Barra%20Interview%2001.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xiaomi’s strong relationship with millions of users - take note, Google </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;It&rsquo;s possible to build a strong relationship with a large number of users. That&rsquo;s addressed in two ways if you look at how Xiaomi works. One is, of course, our tone of voice and social media efforts, how we talk to people. We have managed to strike the right tone in Greater China and hopefully in Singapore, being geeky and friendly. We respond to comments and leave none unanswered.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;The second way is our feedback and forums, where we receive bug reports, feature suggestions, complaints, ideas and so on. We empower the community to help us collect the feedback. In China for example we have well over 10 million registered users and 10 categories of super users from being someone managing a small discussion topic to large discussion areas. These are not employees, they are volunteers who thoughtfully want to help us. That&rsquo;s the only way we can listen to 10 million plus users at a time and take their feedback into consideration.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xiaomi%20Singapore%20Facebook.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MIUI%20Forums.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xiaomi loves its power users - something Google used to do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;From a product perspective, Google used to be very focused on power users in the beginning but it has largely gone away over the last few years.&nbsp;At Xiaomi, we build features that the power users are really gonna like and others may not find, and build as many and do a good job. Building for a power user is the best way to build an amazing product. It does not go against the goal of making a simple product, those can live together.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Inspire and be inspired by Xiaomi, Google, even Apple </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&quot;I think it&rsquo;s unfair to say we&rsquo;re copying iOS or anyone else. In an ecosystem of designers and product managers, everyone inspires everyone else. I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;ll find features in iOS that are inspired by us - for example, the transparent status bar.&nbsp;We live in an ecoysytem where there&rsquo;s inspiration all over the place. </p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;Android, iOS, and even Windows Mobile, have all created new design patterns that have inspired designers all around the world. Look at the Facebook messenger app&nbsp;(Paper), it sounds so much like Windows Mobile. I think MIUI has a unique visual identity today and there are things no one else is doing, and things that are way ahead of the curve.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" alt="What Xiaomi and Google could learn from each other" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MIUI.jpg?1392972694" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lessons for Xiaomi and Google </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hugo Barra&#039;s plans for the upcoming smartphone superpower from China </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hugo%20Barra.jpg?1392972572" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/what-xiaomi-and-google-could-learn-each-other/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/what-xiaomi-and-google-could-learn-each-other/feature#comments Android Interviews Smartphones Xiaomi Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:22:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432627 at http://www.stuff.tv The Final Fantasy XIII series finally ends with its last game http://www.stuff.tv/sg/end-era-final-fantasy-xiii-saga-finally-over/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now that the trilogy is over, director Motomu Toriyama shares his thoughts on Lightning&#039;s legacy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1155" height="865" title="Motomu Toriyama, Director for Final Fantasy XIII" alt="Motomu Toriyama, Director for Final Fantasy XIII" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motomu%20toriyama.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the release of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/review" target="_blank">Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII</a> we can now bid farewell to the Final Fantasy XIII series. Now we can finally get on with our lives, or move on to the next <em>Final Fantasy</em> series. Or should we?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/jonathan-toyad-leo" title="View user profile.">Jonathan Leo Toyad</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So, it’s finally over. The Final Fantasy XIII saga’s done! What’s the one thing you’re going to miss about it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>My team and I have been working on Lightning for the past seven years, so I&rsquo;ll definitely miss her creation and character the most.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII cover" alt="Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FFXIII%20cover.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wow seven years. That’s pretty long. And what did you learn throughout those years? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fan feedback. From creating the Crystal Engine for the game for about five years and prepping the first games for the PS3, I learnt that it&rsquo;s always important to listen to fan feedback. That&rsquo;s why we made improvements to <em>Final Fantasy XIII-2</em> and <em>Lightning Returns</em>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait a minute, there’s been some criticism and mixed to negative reviews about the game, how do you respond to that? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, we had one-and-a-half years to finish up <em>Lightning Returns</em>. That amount of time was relatively short, especially since we needed to bring in new game systems like the Schema and time limit. That, we could have done without.</p> <p>I haven&rsquo;t read all of the reviews, but I do believe that critics feel that the time management system can be hard to grasp and limits a player&rsquo;s freedom. But the system is dependent on how players use it; by doing it right you can increase the days and time limit. I&rsquo;ll admit, it does take some time getting used to.</p> <p>That being said, after the game was out in Japan for a while, the criticisms for the game got better over time. So I&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s a matter of time until players and critics can appreciate it.</p> <p>We did fear that the players wouldn&rsquo;t understand the time limit and management system that was implemented and wished we could have found more in-game ways to inform players how to manage the system in a more efficient manner.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lightning Returns Quest screen" alt="Lightning Returns Quest screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/system.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So what’s so different about this much criticised gameplay system? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compared to <em>Final Fantasy XIII</em> and <em>Final Fantasy XIII-2</em>, the battles are speedier than before. We wanted the gameplay for this entry to bring out Lightning&#39;s style of fighting and spell-casting. The Schema system adds even more flexibility that reflects the character&rsquo;s one-person army motif. After all she is a herald to a god.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Final Fantasy series in general has been popular outside Japan, which means localisation opportunities. What’s the biggest challenge there? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting the nuances in the story right; that&rsquo;s hard to do. In RPGs, story and narrative is really important so that the context and tones come across universally. We&rsquo;ve worked with many, many partners around the world like Sony Computer Entertainment Asia. At least with many partners, the time for localisation is minimised compared to the past.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Localising Lightning Returns" alt="Localising Lightning Returns" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumina.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well we can’t believe it, but it’s finally over. Or is it really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes,<em> Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns</em> is the bookend to that saga. However, Lightning is a popular character so there&rsquo;s a chance she will show up in future titles as a cameo or side character.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can we expect Lightning to get the movie treatment ala Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not at this moment, but there may be a possibility if her popularity skyrockets worldwide.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Final Fantasy XIII&#039;s Lightning" alt="Final Fantasy XIII&#039;s Lightning" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lightining.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might also like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/review" target="_blank">Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fantasy-stars-5-memorable-final-fantasy-titles/feature" target="_blank">5 of most memorable Final Fantasy titles</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Farewell, Final Fantasy XIII </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FFXIII%20cover_0.jpg?1392773179" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/end-era-final-fantasy-xiii-saga-finally-over/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/end-era-final-fantasy-xiii-saga-finally-over/feature#comments Console games Interviews Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:33:58 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432375 at http://www.stuff.tv Here's what to expect when Oppo comes to Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/heres-what-expect-when-oppo-comes-singapore/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We had a pow wow with Oppo&#039;s Managing Director for Singapore, Sean Deng, and find out just what they have in store for the little red dot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo comes to Singapore" alt="Oppo comes to Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oppo%20logo.jpg?1392718109" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might have heard of Oppo before. You&#39;ve certainly heard about them here considering we&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-n1/review" target="_blank">reviewed</a> their excellent N1. Well they&rsquo;re finally <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oppo/oppo-enter-singapore-launch-its-n1-phablet/news" target="_blank">coming to the little red dot</a> and they&#39;re bringing with them the N1. We managed to corner their Singapore, Sean Deng, and got him to spill the beans on what we can expect from them once they set up shop here.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So finally Oppo is coming over to Singapore. What took you so long? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been planning to bring Oppo over here for quite a while now. In fact I personally thought about bringing the brand here into South East Asia way back in 2011. However we wanted to do it right. So we started out in Indonesia first in Dec 2012 and once we got a certain amount of success there, we decided to expand to Malaysia and Singapore, which is why you see us here now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A rotating camera? Now who would have thought of that? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Actually, you have to thank our customers for that. The N1&rsquo;s rotating camera was a result from feedback we got from our customers in China. We did a survey with around 2 million customers of ours back there and one persistent feedback we got was about the how bad the quality of the front facing cameras on most phones were. The general gist was, why does the front camera have to be of worse quality then the one at the back. It just makes taking selfies harder. That&rsquo;s where we hit on the idea to make a rotating camera. So now, instead of relying on a lower performing camera for a selfie, you get one good camera that you can use for both normal and selfie shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oppo N1 rotating camera" alt="Oppo N1 rotating camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-N1-review-camera-playground_0.png?1392718109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So how often do you listen to your customers? We know a few companies that ought to do that more often if you know what we mean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We do it as often as we can. The rotating camera was just one example of it. The rear O-Touch panel of the N1 was also a result of customer feedback. It came about because customers were complaining that it was tough trying to take a selfie with a big phone and it required two hands. With the O-Touch panel, you can do it with just one that ended up being one of its major uses.</p> <p>So 2 million customers gave their feedback to us and at the end of the day, they got to see their ideas and feedback being implemented into a phone we make. That&rsquo;s how we like to get our customers involved with the brand.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Was the N1 the only one that got the benefit of customer feeback? Surely there&#039;s more? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well there&#39;s also the Find 5 Mini. We added in improvements from the Find 5 based on customer needs. Battery life not good enough? We gave it a removable battery. The screen just doesn&rsquo;t seem tough enough? We gave it a Gorilla glass screen. Too heavy? We found a way to lighten the weight.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re not just producing phones so we can push out a certain number of models a year. We do it so we can meet the needs of our customers.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo Find 5 Mini" alt="Oppo Find 5 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-find-5-mini_0.jpg?1392718109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And how about MWC? Any goodies or tidbits of info you can tell us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been following the rumours, you might have read that we&rsquo;re planning to launch the Find 7. The only thing I can say is it&rsquo;s a 5.5-inch device, and despite it being that size, it&rsquo;ll still be easy to use with one hand.&nbsp;You can expect a 2K screen from it and there&#39;ll likely be a MEMS camera on it.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be honest, our R&amp;D side can be pretty secretive even to Oppo staff. In the case of the N1, even I only knew that there was to be a rotating camera only 2 weeks before its launch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well that wasn&#039;t much. How about Singapore? What else can we expect besides the N1? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First off, you can expect at least three models on launch day. That much I can reveal. They&rsquo;ll be the Oppo N1, the Oppo R1 and the Oppo Find 5 Mini. We&#39;ve got more coming as well. We can&rsquo;t really tell you the specific models we&rsquo;re bringing in&nbsp;(you can at least expect the Find 7)&nbsp;but you can expect them to be phones of the mid-high range. As for the number of models we&#39;re bringing in? We&rsquo;re looking at around 10 in total (including the three we&rsquo;re launching) for Singapore.</p> <p>We&#39;re not just stopping at smartphones either. We&rsquo;re planning on bringing our whole suite of products here.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Oppo R1" alt="The Oppo R1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo-R1.jpg?1392718109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, what do you mean by whole suite of products? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In case you didn&rsquo;t know Oppo doesn&rsquo;t only produce smartphones. We even have Blu-Ray players, speakers and even earphones. And yes, we&#39;re planning to bring them over as well. Just wait for them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="950" height="712" title="Other Oppo products" alt="Other Oppo products" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oppo%20products.jpg?1392718109" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want more Oppo goodness? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-n1/review" target="_blank">Oppo N1 review</a></p> <p>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oppo/oppo-enter-singapore-launch-its-n1-phablet/news" target="_blank">Oppo comes to Singapore</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/heres-what-expect-when-oppo-comes-singapore/feature#comments Interviews Oppo Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:13:40 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432368 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Asks: EA app developer talks gaming, reboots and Dungeon Keeper in exclusive Google Hangout http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-jeff-skalski-talks-games-reboots-and-app-development/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Senior app producer Jeff Skalski gets excited about DK and the world of mobile games during our first ever Google Hangout </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Stuff Asks: Jeff Skalski talks games, reboots and app development" alt="Stuff Asks: Jeff Skalski talks games, reboots and app development" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Dungeon%20Keeper.jpg?1392800759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s a dream job, right - developing games for iOS and Android? Seems legit for Jeff Skalski, senior producer of EA Mobile&#39;s remake of the classic Dungeon Keeper.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here, in the first of our tech-talk Google Hangouts, Stuff quizzes him about app development, rebooting classic titles, his gaming life and his response to fans who are unhappy about the remade strategy game from 1997.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WATCH THE VIDEO! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_HQ5-mSlmsk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So Jeff, which platform gets first dibs - iOS or ANDROID? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f66-8a8d-9f77-9b265ab24c3d">We worked on both at the same time in parallel. We have different experts within EA to help us get things going. It is important that we release the game on the same day for iOS and Android.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">[Dungeon Keeper] was a pretty fast production schedule, from concept to getting it out the door and to the world. We&rsquo;ve been developing it for about 12 months.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Which retro game you would love to reboot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f66-e2cb-23f6-3f8730411a6e">A lot of PC classic games kind of inspired me into this industry in the first place. If I think back to those days, if I have the opportunity to remake those games inside the EA war chest, I really love Syndicate - that&rsquo;s one of my all-time favourite games, definitely in my top 10. I&rsquo;m really happy to see <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">Satellite Reign on Kickstarter</a>, I backed those guys since day one and am excited for what they&rsquo;re bringing... I love to see that kind of spiritual successor game come out. Other than that, I would fall back maybe to what I started with Mythic, which is Dark Age of Camelot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Satellite Reign" alt="Satellite Reign" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/satellite-reign-03_1.jpg?1392800759" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How much do you spend on games? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Outside of mobile, from PS4 to 3DS, I spend about US$150 a month. I play a lot of games. My work is my hobby and my hobby is my work so I love playing games. If I&rsquo;m not playing on my phone, I&rsquo;m playing on my 3DS or PS4. I&rsquo;m still playing my PS3, I have a Wii U, Vita. I play constantly especially with the amount of traveling.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Really? Playing non-stop? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f67-c7f5-c59a-829b5799e4ee">I don&rsquo;t sleep that much, maybe four hours a day. On the 3DS, I&rsquo;m finally wrapping up Pokemon X. PS4, I&rsquo;m playing through Killzone. PS3, I still need to wrap up The Last of Us - it&rsquo;s an amazing game. On Wii U, I&rsquo;m playing Disney Infinity a lot, I feel like I&rsquo;m a five-year-old kid all over again. Vita, still need to finish Persona. One big PC game that I&rsquo;m playing is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your most and least favourite character in the new Dungeon Keeper? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f68-a5d8-a3e0-748f605be033">Hard to say least favourite, I love all them all... they&rsquo;re quirky and funny in their own right. My favourite two characters are probably Horny himself. It was really important that we got a lot of recording lines from the original actor, and we have over 500 lines in the game... we plan to increase that over time. Second character would be the bile demon eating chickens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Which is your most and least favourite character in Dungeon Keeper?" alt="Which is your most and least favourite character in Dungeon Keeper?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2004_0.jpg?1392800759" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DK characters - shoot, shag or marry? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f68-f60a-9e64-488c435f1f96">The shag one would be easy: that would be the mistress (laugh). Without a doubt, I&rsquo;ll have to go there. Shoot, you know, I love playing around with the chickens, not that I have anything against chickens. Marry, who would be dependable? Horny? I don&rsquo;t know, I think he would take advantage of me. I would go to the warlocks, because they&rsquo;re dependable and predictable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Urghh, dungeons are not synced across Android and iOS?! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We got a couple of requests for that coming through. You can&rsquo;t carry a dungeon from an Android device to an iOS device, although Android users and iOS users play in one space, so you&rsquo;re playing with everybody around the world regardless of platform.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t really want to have a Facebook wall kind of game. We wanted to stay with the native login for each of the devices, using Google+ ID for Android devices and Game Centre accounts for iOS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s the deal with the offline play mode? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f69-89a4-090b-94b7615f7ea4">Dungeon Keeper can grow into a competitive game where you fight against others so we want to make sure that no one is cheating. By having them online and connected, we can make sure people are playing fairly and you can monitor when somebody cheats or hacks the game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freemium? Really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The freemium question, I do hear that a lot. I definitely understand somebody who is a PC classic Dungeon Keeper fan but that&rsquo;s not what we built...&nbsp;We were looking at doing a strategy game and what a mobile gamer expects in a strategy game. We looked at all the amazing strategy games out there.&nbsp;We went freemium because that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s winning in the mobile space, so if I was to build Dungeon Keeper 3 for the PC, it most likely would not be a freemium game at all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oh come on, freemium? Really?" alt="Oh come on, freemium? Really?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2002.jpg?1392800759" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gem pricing is kinda high, no? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We look at what the other strategy builders are doing and kind of figured out the right range coming into this. Right now, we&rsquo;re not planning on doing any dramatic price changes, I do know of other games that have a higher premium cost to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">I think the one thing for people coming into the game and trying to acquire gems, digging can slowly but surely get the gems and of course the dynamic event raids that we run....&nbsp;And there&rsquo;s some other features that the team is kind of in the middle of for players to get gems outside of those two avenues.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s in store for DK updates? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We&rsquo;re just getting started, which is why I love building games that are live and kind of organic and see what people want. In our next major update, we&rsquo;ll be releasing guild tournaments to show who&rsquo;s the top guild. We&rsquo;ll have these tournaments on a weekly basis. You&#39;re the first guys to know this.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">There&rsquo;s potentially more immortals that we can release and hopefully over time there&rsquo;s plenty of rooms for minions we haven&rsquo;t tapped into yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where’s the love for Windows Phone 8? We’ve seen other EA Mobile games on that platform </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f6a-d64e-e547-83a413fc7350">We&rsquo;re not actively making or bringing it [Dungeon Keeper] to Windows Phone. We just want to make sure there&rsquo;s enough volume of players. If that&rsquo;s what players want, please send feedback to us, start a petition or something. We haven&rsquo;t had a lot of requests for it, but the more we hear about them, the more likely we are to do something about it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks for joining us on Google Hangout! Wait, is that a freaking TARDIS in your office?! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5b196aa4-1f6b-bcc1-ea7a-4c351e3e8ec2">*Grins*</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hangout with a Dungeon Keeper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Senior producer Jeff Skalski defends app&#039;s freemium model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2002_1.jpg?1392800759" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-jeff-skalski-talks-games-reboots-and-app-development/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games Interviews iOS apps Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432263 at http://www.stuff.tv Having some Kehmistry together http://www.stuff.tv/sg/having-some-kehmistry-together/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New made-in-Malaysia dating app wants to make the chore of finding new people to date walk away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Having some Kehmistry together" alt="Having some Kehmistry together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kehmistry%2001.jpg?1391996312" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fa-9b24-cf83-ce25ca217baf">Fresh from coding school, Bernard Lim, Shanker Joyrama and Toh Yit Ming have a solution for all the lonely hearts out there - an all-new made-in-Malaysia dating app.</p> <p dir="ltr">Its name? Kehmistry. Stop correcting us, autocorrect! That&rsquo;s the actual name. No, really, we can prove it, just ask one of the co-founders Shanker.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fess up, you guys spelt it wrong and stuck with it, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fa-d93a-7b6c-61b30a1f4c1d">The name actually came up after exhausting all other date-app-related names that were lame and cliché. When we were talking about the word &lsquo;chemistry&rsquo; immediately something clicked for us to find alternative phonetic spelling for it; as everyone knows, you need chemistry for two people to click right?</p> <p dir="ltr">So after a short search, vote and purchase &ndash; we have the whole suite of address and social media related to the name.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Having some Kehmistry together" alt="Having some Kehmistry together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kehmistry%2002.jpg?1391996312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How’d the company and app get started? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fb-fa8d-6736-987a44784402">Kehmistry started as an idea a couple of years ago. As for the app, it was the case of everything coming together at the right moment. Bernard and I talked over and discovered that the market is at the right moment and prime for something like Kehmistry to start rolling out to the public. So we went ahead with our development, and started our beta period &ndash; which is running until the launch date.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Please tell us it’s not another Tinder or Paktor. Give us a reason, no, three, to try Kehmistry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fc-4e46-1a9c-605d6000591d">First, we want to make registration easy. Thus, it should take less than a minute from downloading the app to browsing compatible persons available in our database.</p> <p dir="ltr">Second, we have to have quality over quantity in our database of users, thus our main target audience are English-speaking, urban middle-class adults.</p> <p dir="ltr">Third, we want to also impart simple but important knowledge to our users &ndash; thus the inclusion of gender-specific tips to ease people into the dating tips. For the men, how to pick up the ladies for a date, what to bring on a date; while the ladies it is more of safety tips on dates, what to wear and such.</p> <p>We also want to tell the guys and girls what and what not to do during dates, as we found out through our research that Malaysian men are generally lax in date etiquettes while the ladies are not so far off as well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Having some Kehmistry together" alt="Having some Kehmistry together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kehmistry%2003.jpg?1391996312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="862" height="1707" title="Having some Kehmistry together" alt="Having some Kehmistry together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kehmistry%20Screenshot%203.jpg?1391996312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’ve struck out for the umpteen time. There must be an easier way to snag a date! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fd-0eb9-9279-ad8040134df2">In the near future, we also want to expand our geo-location features in the app &ndash; currently it shows other users in the vicinity, according to your preferences. We want to develop this feature so that users can be notified if another user that matches your requirement settings is nearby. You can then click on the user&rsquo;s profile, and initiate the ice breaking between two strangers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re still skeptical about finding true love via smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fd-499d-526f-1b58bb47e264">Firstly, the adoption rate for proper smartphone has increased &ndash; thanks to affordable models flooding into the market. Second, data usage rate has also increased which in turn increases the number of Malaysians online. Lastly, we are getting busy, and this is our way to solve the problem of busy urbanites finding new people to meet but are too occupied with work and other commitment to make the first step.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nooo, it’s only available on iOS! What if my true love is using Android or Windows Phone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7cb23cd5-14fd-8315-a428-59f1afe462f6">Right now our main focus is iOS, with Android coming soon. We are still evaluating other platforms in the meantime, with Windows Phone 8 being our next target platform.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Having some Kehmistry together" alt="Having some Kehmistry together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kehmistry%2004.jpg?1391996312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sign up for beta testing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kehmistry is currently in the beta testing phase, so you might not get to try it before the dreaded Valentine&#39;s Day arrives. Still, that shouldn&#39;t stop you from <a href="http://www.kehmistry.com/" target="_blank">signing up</a> and prepare yourself for Valentine&#39;s Day 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/having-some-kehmistry-together/feature#comments Interviews iOS apps Sun, 09 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432200 at http://www.stuff.tv 17 minutes with Steve Wozniak http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/17-minutes-steve-wozniak/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The man who built Apple is full of ideas for everything from smartwatches to 3D printshops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="1007" title="The Woz" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Woz1.jpg?1390968200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At Apps World at the end of last year, we got the chance to talk to one of the most important figures in technology: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.</p> <p>The countdown begins.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>23:00</strong> My editor phones. The trains are broken, as always, and he can&rsquo;t make it to Apps World. Can I take his place interviewing Steve Wozniak? In about five minutes?</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>22:30</strong> A shifty look around the press area, my screen angled away from prying eyes, I Wikipedia Steve Wozniak.</p> <p dir="ltr">Obviously I know who The Woz is. I know he built the first PC - the first one to display a character on a screen - by hand, programming the operating system from scratch. I know he formed a company with his friend Steve Jobs to sell the computers he built, and that company became the most successful enterprise in the history of capitalism. Still, it helps to do a bit of homework before you interview someone, even if you only have five minutes. </p> <p dir="ltr">For example, did you know that Steve brought the first programmable universal remote to market in 1987? I probably won&rsquo;t ask him about that. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>19:00</strong> It appears from his Twitter feed that The Woz spends most of his life on planes, where he binge-watches episodes of Big Bang Theory. I briefly consider showing him my SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive, which I use to stream video to my iPad, but then I also consider that one of the most influential figures in the history of computing might not be all that impressed by my favourite USB stick.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/these-are-guts-very-first-apple-mac-can-you-spot-128kb-ram/news" target="_blank">The guts of the very first Apple Mac</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/mac-30-apples-10-most-memorable-macs/feature" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s 10 most memorable Macs</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;I actually kind of like windows phone&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>17:00</strong> I&rsquo;m ushered into the room to meet Steve, but he&rsquo;s talking animatedly to some people about the roads near his house. He has some ideas about how the turnings could be made safer. It will become apparent that Steve has a lot of ideas about everything. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>15:00</strong> Steve finishes explaining how to improve roads in the Los Gatos area. Everyone else troops out, and I introduce myself. On stage at Apps World half an hour earlier, he said he&rsquo;d like to see an iPhone with a bigger screen, and that it was &ldquo;a little disappointing&rdquo; to see Apple sticking to small screens. Is the original Apple fan converting to Android?</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;No. The Galaxy Note 3, the S4 and S3 were all very good phones. I like the way they feel in your hand and the style and the bright screen, but they&rsquo;re not the best for me. It&rsquo;s still the iPhone - I&rsquo;m in the iPhone camp, for one thing - but it&rsquo;s still the best. I love that [Android phone manufacturers] try a lot of things, it&rsquo;s called innovation, but playing with those features doesn&rsquo;t change the market much nowadays.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>13:00 </strong>Steve&rsquo;s dalliance with other smartphones doesn&rsquo;t stop at Android: &ldquo;Some people love to disdain it, but I actually kind of like Windows Phone 8, appearance-wise. What it&rsquo;s missing is good voice control, though - I found the commands that you could speak into a Windows phone very limited, and you had to speak them very precisely and in a certain way. It didn&rsquo;t let me just speak my text messages in, or ask questions like &lsquo;what&rsquo;s the tallest building in the UK?&rsquo; If you were a brilliant person on sharks, I&rsquo;d say &ldquo;how much do sharks sleep?&rdquo; and I&rsquo;d get an answer. I want a machine that can do that near me, all the time.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;d never considered how important it is that shark information be universally accessible, but I see Steve&rsquo;s point. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>12:00</strong> I notice that Steve is wearing a watch on each wrist - a very cool nixie tube watch, which looks like something out of <em>Bioshock</em>, and what appears to be a normal watch on the other. No prototype iWatch, though. Has he seen a smartwatch that impresses him yet?</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I&rsquo;d have to see them really close up to tell you what I think of them. I like to carry things around - with a smartphone, I like to buy it myself, test it, make it my main number, and use it for a couple of weeks before I&rsquo;m willing to go out and say &ldquo;here&rsquo;s what I like, here&rsquo;s what I don&rsquo;t.&rdquo; I haven&rsquo;t done that with a smartwatch yet. I do have a Martian Watch - it doesn&rsquo;t have a flat panel display like all the others, it has a little tiny strip where you can see if you have a text message or who&rsquo;s calling you. And it has normal hands and dials, but what&rsquo;s great is, I press a button, and I can speak any Siri command to it. I can also take phone calls by pressing the same button, and it has a good speaker. So I actually like my Martian Watch.&rdquo; </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>10:00</strong> Is that the kind of smartwatch he&rsquo;d make, if he was designing one?</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Well, for the last couple of years I&rsquo;ve thought about designing something pretty similar to all the other smart watches - about the same size, with abilities to connect to your phone with Bluetooth, just making the phone less visible, more wearable.</p> <p dir="ltr">But recently I&rsquo;ve been thinking about something different. When the first smartwatches came out, I thought that little tiny display works for an iPod, just about, but I want a bigger screen, like I have on my iPhone. And for at least five years we&rsquo;ve seen foldable displays being developed, with organic LEDs printed on a foldable piece of plastic. They&rsquo;re finally coming to fruition, these displays that you can bend and they don&rsquo;t break, so I&rsquo;m thinking that could wrap around your wrist and give you a better size.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The screen size issue may well explain why it&rsquo;s taking Apple such a long time to announce it&rsquo;s rumoured wristputer, but Steve&rsquo;s idea doesn&rsquo;t stop at a larger display. &ldquo;What if it&rsquo;s on the inside of your wrist, and when you flick your wrist, it flips open into your hand? And then when you flick your hand down it flips back onto your wrist, and grabs it a little. You have to have the right materials, it takes a lot of different types of engineers to design something like that, and it takes a lot of time to do it right... but it would shock the world.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">You&rsquo;ve got to get De Niro for the advert, I tell him. He could flip it open and say: &ldquo;you talkin&rsquo; to me?&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Steve looks at me for a moment, unsure exactly what to do with this suggestion, then laughs. Sadly, though, this flippy, snatchy wrist-clam isn&rsquo;t something he actually plans to make.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;I don&rsquo;t really have a business position or a company, so all I can do is speak and try to inspire people to think &lsquo;maybe that&rsquo;s a good idea&rsquo;, or maybe it would inspire somebody else to think weirdly and differently so that they come up with something better. I mean maybe it&rsquo;s on the front of your wrist, and you there&rsquo;s a sliding motion, or you just pull it, and it slides out. That&rsquo;s another idea.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch preview</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review" target="_blank">Sony Smartwatch 2 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="578" height="636" title="The Woz with a hand-built Apple 1" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/medium_apple1board_0.jpg?1391093715" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Those were the most fun, creative days of my life&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>07:00</strong> Since he left Apple in the late 80s, The Woz has been an active supporter of technology in schools. Is it true he has a Raspberry Pi?</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Yes - for me personally, I want to use it as a learning tool. I&rsquo;ve never had time to teach myself Python, so that&rsquo;s what I want to use it for. And I want to be like the other people who encounter Raspberry Pi, that are young and getting into computers, cause I believe in them. Those were the most fun, creative days of my life, and they really brought me up to where I got to in life.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>06:00</strong> He&rsquo;s also made a number of developments towards the developing Internet of Things&hellip;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People are trying to figure that out, only because we&rsquo;re able to put computers, for almost no cost at all, into every device we build. Add a computer, add a little display, let humans interact with it in more natural forms. What hasn&rsquo;t been figured out is how will they communicate with each other.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">And yes, Steve has an idea.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At Apple we developed a language called Applescript, and what it does is, it allows applications to interrogate each other:what is your dictionary? What are the words you understand, what are the objects and commands you understand? This allows programmes to communicate without being taught how to talk to each each other. And that&rsquo;s what gave me the idea - if devices could do this, too, then they could learn things from each other. So one could learn what temperature it is - it doesn&rsquo;t have a thermometer, but it knows the command to ask about the temperature. If you had a lot of low-cost sensors that could do this, I think they could visually piece together the entire framework of the inside of a building, and you&rsquo;d had an almost zero-cost, intelligent camera thing making a 3D picture, not made up of satellite pictures of the world, but of the inside of every building we have. That&rsquo;s one idea, it&rsquo;s one small category of idea.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">It sounds like a pretty big idea to me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>03:00</strong> It&rsquo;s becoming increasingly apparent why the young Steve Jobs was so keen to form a company with The Woz: he is a torrent of ideas about how to solve technical problems, a patent-filer&rsquo;s goldmine. How about the other emerging technologies, like 3D printing?</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At first I thought, &lsquo;who the heck wants to learn to draw 3D?&rsquo; I taught 3D drawing to kids, in classes that I taught, and it&rsquo;s difficult. People aren&rsquo;t going to learn to draw a saucer or a cup and fuss around with the technology to print it out - you don&rsquo;t have to print things if you can buy them.</p> <p dir="ltr">But then I thought 3D printers would be neat to make things like spare parts, but not at home. If they&rsquo;re in copy shops, where a lot of people will go in and pay a little money to use the copy machine for a while, they&rsquo;ll be able to use the 3D printers to print a spare part. That made sense to me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>01:00</strong> A PR man has been signalling energetically through the glass wall over Steve&rsquo;s shoulder for the past few minutes, and he can&rsquo;t wait any longer. As we get up Steve takes out his wallet, which is strange, but then he hands me one of his business cards, which he has laser-cut from aluminium sheet.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I started making them to take on planes,&rdquo; he explains, &ldquo;when all cutlery was banned. You can use it to cut a steak.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">It sums him up: nerdy, but very sharp indeed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Woz on stage at Apps World" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DavidFearn_131022_AppsWorld0978.jpg?1391093715" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speaking to the Woz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17 minutes of pure geek talk with Apple&#039;s co-founder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Woz1.jpg?1390966757" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/17-minutes-steve-wozniak/feature#comments Apple Interviews iPhone & iPad Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:02:35 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1431689 at http://www.stuff.tv