Archive for December 2014

Auld Lang Syne

It’s almost 3pm on 31 December and here I am following a simple tradition that I had. To look back and reflect on the year.

Actually 2014 is quite uneventful for me. Even the Facebook Year In Review looks so boring that I didn’t bother sharing. I thought I will be seeing huge changes in my life 1 year ago as we approach 2014. But I was wrong. Nothing much has changed. Maybe this is better but we will never know. Plans changed along the way. I guess that’s life. You make plans and you make adjustment as you go along.

Some wishes were answered while some were forgotten. End of the day, we just need to learn what to hold on and what to let go.

2015 is going to be a huge year (I guess). Singapore is celebrating its 50th Birthday. And the geek in me is excited because 2015 is also the year in Back To The Future 2. But most importantly, I certain that some things that were supposed to happen in 2014 will happen in 2015.

Whereever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you all the best for 2015.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

YouTube Singapore Rewind 2014

As we come to the end of 2014, let us pause, rewind and remember the videos, the entertainers, and the moments that captivated you on YouTube in 2014

While we crooned along to Disney’s Frozen hit “Let It Go” with the rest of the world, this year’s list show that there’s nothing Singaporeans like better laughing along with local Singaporean creators, whether it’s revisiting school memories with local star Tan Jian Hao’s “Past vs Present: Teenagers” and “25 Types of Singaporean Teachers” or everyday life with Wah Banana’s “10 Types of People in The Hawker Centre”.

Singaporeans also embraced OWL International’s humourous Chinese New Year celebrations in “Hello~, 过年几happy有没有?” and Snickers’ “Rocking Grandma” showing us that creative content can come from companies too.

Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)
1. FROZEN – Let It Go Sing-along | Official Disney HD
2. Snickers® Rocking Grandma( English)- 30s
3. Past vs Present: Teenagers
4. 10 Types of People in The Hawker Centre
5. Hello~, 过年几happy有没有?
6. You Are Single For A Reason
7. MALAYSIA CHABOR by Joyce Chu 四葉草@Red People
8. 19 Types Of People In Cinema
9. 25 Types of Singaporean Teachers
10. 7 Awesome Apps We Wish Existed!

Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)
1. Katy Perry – Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J
2. Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
3. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
4. Sia – Chandelier (Official Video)
5. Ariana Grande – Problem ft. Iggy Azalea
6. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
7. Calvin Harris – Summer
8. PSY – HANGOVER feat. Snoop Dogg M/V
9. #SELFIE (Official Music Video) – The Chainsmokers
10. Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna

Check out the Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music) and Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music) too.

DK’s Tech prediction for 2014 – Results

It’s the end of 2014. That means it’s time to take a look at the Tech prediction that I’ve made in the beginning of the year.

Lots of devices using curved glass
Surprisingly there’s not a lot of devices using curved glass. We do see some TV with curve glass. Samsung released some Smart Watches with curved glass. And not forgetting the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge.

Apple to release Apple TV
Oh Apple, Apple. When will you ever release the legendary Apple TV? Or is it never ever going to happen?

Apple release iPhones with bigger screen size
This is actually a no brainer. The trend is pretty obvious. So no surprise that Apple will release a bigger screen iPhone. But I guess most of us didn’t expect Apple to release 2 size, iPhone 6 at 4.7 inch and iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5 inch.

Google and Apple to release their own Smart Watch
Well, Apple did announce the Apple Watch this year. But it will only be available early 2015. As for Google, they didn’t make their own Smart Watch. But as predicted, they did release a version of Android operating system called Android Wear which allows partners to make their own Smart Watch. 2015 is going to be an interesting year for Smart Watch (again).

A major mobile OS virus or malware
We see lots of security breach throughout 2014. But luckily for us, we don’t have a major mobile OS virus or malware. I’m actually happy that I predicted this wrongly.

BlackBerry will release an Android phone
Didn’t happen.

Pinterest get acquired
Also didn’t happen.

YouTube to further integrate with Google Plus
Didn’t happen too. Wow. I suck at this year’s prediction.

3D printer goes mainstream
3D printer didn’t go mainstream this year. But we are seeing more and more application of 3D printers. Adobe announced new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC at the beginning of the year. We seeing 3D printers getting cheaper. SingPost started offering 3D printing service at Suntec City branch. 3D printers are going places, including International Space Station. But they are just not mainstream yet as I’ve predicted.

Bitcoin value crossed $2000 mark
Bitcoin didn’t cross the $2000 mark. In fact, 2014 seems like a great year for Bitcoin. We see less speculation and a more stable exchange rate. We are also seeing more places accepting Bitcoin.

Singapore will pass laws that regulate the use of Social Media
So glad that this didn’t happen.

Wow, I’m really bad at all these tech prediction.

Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

#YearOnTwitter Singapore 2014

This year, people in Singapore and across the world came together in moments of celebration, protest, mourning and joy. Many Tweeters contributed to the moments and conversations that unfolded on Twitter with more than 500 million Tweets send every day.

The most retweeted Tweet of 2014, aka Golden Tweet, is the Oscar selfie by Ellen DeGeneres.

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The Golden Tweet for Singapore in 2014 was a feel-good Tweet by @MuhdHaidee, an everyday guy’s message about how everyone needs a hug when they’re sad, striking a chord with other Singaporean Twitter users with over 18,000 retweets spreading the message of support on Twitter.

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Twitter is like the second screen for many Singaporeans. That’s why it is no surprise that some of the top 10 fastest-rising Twitter hashtag trends in Singapore were from award ceremonies like People’s Choice Awards (#PeoplesChoice), and MTV Hottest (#MTVHottest). There were also several football related hashtag like Liverpool (#YNWA) and FIFA World Cup (#WorldCup).

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Google’s Year in Search 2014

Every year, Google will release a list of the fastest raising search term for the year. They used to call it The Google Zeitgeist but surprisingly this year they are just calling it Year in Search. But it is still interesting to see what people are searching as it reflects on the major events for the year.

The top trending search item in Singapore is the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Searches for “MH370” is five times higher than the top trending local news search, “PSI Singapore”. Other headlines that grabbed attention this year include the referendum in Scotland, the announcement of the 2014 Budget and the opening of Singapore’s new Sports Hub.

News of the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge also got Singaporeans into research mode, with Singaporeans not just looking for the latest news, but digging into the topics with searches for “What is ALS” and “What is Ebola” at #1 and #2 on the “What is…” list.

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