Archive for September 2015

ASUS RT-AC5300 router with 8 antennas

I always joke that average consumers who doesn’t know the difference between routers will go for the routers with the most external antennas. I guess someone in ASUS might have heard that joke and think that its a good idea. Introducing the ASUS RT-AC5300……

ASUS RT-AC5300

OK, jokes aside. The ASUS RT-AC5300 is a tri-band wireless router that delivers up to 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band and up to 2167Mbit/s on each of the two 5GHz bands, for a combined total of up to 5334Mbit/s. The 4 external antennas are in a four-transmit, four-receive (4T4R) configuration, giving a coverage of up to 500 square meters.

With Link Aggregation (802.11ad), you can combine two LAN ports into one superfast 2Gbit/s wired connection using two network cables.

Singapore launch date and pricing is not available yet. But this is definitely something worth looking out for.

Samsung Note 5 Delights event

Samsung held the Note 5 Delights event at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza last weekend in celebration of the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ in Singapore.

Consumers getting their caricatures drawn using the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

Visitors had the opportunity to try Samsung’s latest range of devices at the Product Experience Zone and get their Samsung products checked for a clean bill of health at the Samsung Service Clinic with the 5-Point Diagnostic Test. Free replacement of battery and back cover, and free screen protector were offered for selected Galaxy smartphones and tablets customers.

Local band, Johan & Jerome entertaining the crowd with tunes created with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

There’s also live performances by Johan & Jerome, The Analog Girl and HubbaBubbas. In addition, there were hourly giveaways such as free Garrett Popcorn, Chococro from St. Marc’s, Coconut Water from CocoLoco and local ice cream for Galaxy Life users. Hourly Life Hacks workshops were also available for consumers keen to learn the tips and tricks of the S Pen.

In conjunction with Note 5 Delights, Samsung Electronics Singapore and The Straits Times organised a promotion for the first 50 readers who owned any two of the previous devices in the Samsung Galaxy Note series a chance to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off the retail price. The promotion, which only started at 11am on Saturday, saw over a dozen fans queuing from Friday evening. By 4am on Saturday, all 50 available slots were filled.

A long snaking queue waiting in line to be the first 50 customers to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off

Also part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (STAR) programme, ten lucky readers who owned all four previous Galaxy Note devices attended the Note 5 Delights and brought home for free the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+ as well as the Montblanc Cruise Collection Black Screenwriter S.

Singapore’s General Election heats up on Twitter

Millions of Singaporeans will be going to the polling station on 11 September. As usual, the best way to get breaking news about the Singapore General Election is through Twitter with the hashtag #GE2015.

Since the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released on 24 July and up to 31 August, there has been a 300% increase in elections-related conversation on Twitter (compared to the previous 39-day period from 14 June to 23 July). Over the past week alone (from 24-31 August), there have been over 52,000 elections-related conversations on Twitter with a spike in Tweets on 25 August when Parliament was dissolved and the writ of election issued. Check out the Twitter Reverb.

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Hmmmm…. that avatar in the middle looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Hmmm.

Workers’ Party tops the list for the most mentioned political party on Twitter. WP is 1.4 times more widely discussed than PAP.

Most Mentioned Political Parties
1. Workers’ Party (@wpsg)
2. People’s Action Party (@PAPSingapore)
3. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)
4. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)
5. National Solidarity Party (@nsp_sg)
6. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)
7. Democratic Progressive Party (@dpp_sg)
8. Singapore Democratic Alliance
9. Singapore People’s Party (@sgpeoplesparty)
10. People’s Power Party (@PeoplesPowerSG)

It is no surprise that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the most mentioned politician since he has been active on social media. PM Lee has 8 times more mention than WP’s leader Mr Low Thia Khiang. Newcomer He Ting Ru from the Workers’ Party has more mentions than veterans Ken Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters. It is also worth noting that some of the politicians on the most mentioned list do not have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t stop people from mentioning them on Twitter.

Most Mentioned Politicians
1. Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Chiam See Tong
4. Low Thia Khiang
5. He Ting Ru (@hetingru)
6. Ken Jeyaretnam (@KenJeyaretnam)
7. Chee Soon Juan (@CheeSoonJuan)
8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimwp)
9. Lina Chiam (@linachiam)
10. Tan Jee Say (@JeeSayTan)

And the most shared election-related Tweet from 24-31 August came from PM Lee.

The Election just started. The best way to stay in touch with the latest news is on Twitter using the hashtag #GE2015.

PS: I personally prefer #SGElections. There are several countries also using #GE2015 for their elections. But unfortunately all the Government agencies and News outlets are using #GE2015.

Star Wars Force Friday

There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?

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This coming Friday (4 September 2015), Star Wars fans around the world will get a first look at new products inspired by the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the world’s first live, global toy unboxing event unfolds across 12 countries, 15 cities and 18 hours. Selected toys and merchandise will be revealed for the first time on YouTube.

The celebration will be hosted out of Los Angeles, with live unboxings beginning in Sydney, Australia (evening of 2 September US time), and the grand finale at Lucasfilm, home of Star Wars, in San Francisco (morning of 3 September US time). Catch all the action on Star Wars YouTube channel.

In Singapore, the Force Friday event will be held at Toys R Us, United Square, Atrium on 4 September from 0001 to 0230 Singapore time. Besides getting first dibs on Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and merchandise, there will be an exciting line up of events for fans to participate in, including best dressed impersonator competition and Star Wars trivia with prizes to be won.

The first 300 customers who purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise will also get a goodie bag. The top Toys R Us Star Card Spender for the night will be rewarded with a Limited Hasbro Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy.

See you at Toys R Us, United Square this coming Friday! May the Force be with you.