Tay Ke Wei

For all pop concert fans, I’m sure you’ve heard of Singaporean, Tay Ke Wei, a regular backup vocalist for the likes of David Tao, JJ Lin, A-mei and Wang Lee Hom.  Having heard her live at 2 David Tao concerts, and the songs on her website, http://taykewei.blogspot.com/, I really can’t figure out why people say she’s a good singer.  Her voice seems very thin, weak and airy to me.  Can anyone explain the merits of her voice please?  (Mich – any idea?)

More Law Suits

More suits against Apple, and this time Blackberry as well.

Kodak files patent suit against Apple, RIM

WASHINGTON: Eastman Kodak Co. announced on Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against Apple and Blackberry maker Research In Motion alleging they infringed Kodak digital imaging technology.

The photography company said it had filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming that camera-enabled iPhones and Blackberrys infringe a Kodak patent related to an image previewing method.

Kodak said it had separately filed two suits against Apple in US District Court in New York claiming infringement of patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.

"Kodak has a long history of digital imaging innovation and we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars creating our industry-leading patent portfolio," said the company’s chief intellectual property officer Laura Quatela.

"In the case of Apple and RIM, we’ve had discussions for years with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement," she added in a statement.

"There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. Those devices use Kodak technology, and we are merely seeking compensation for the use of our technology in their products."

Quatela said Kodak decided to take the issue to the courts in order to protect shareholder interest and licensees of the technology. Kodak said it has licensed digital imaging technology to some 30 companies, including LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

"Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology," Quatela said. – AFP/de



Beichuan Now?

Watching 回家走走 on Channel U now.  Not sure who’s the Ch U actor but his hometown is near Beichuan.  The host and the actor made a trip to Beichuan and the extent of the devastation is really really sad.  I wonder how are the survivors coping today.  Can’t do anything for them except to pray for a better future.