Archive for December 2015

Auld Lang Syne

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is over so quickly. They say time flies faster when you are older and I think they are right.

If I say 2014 is an uneventful year, then 2015 is an eventful year. Eventful in the wrong way. Maybe someone upstairs thought that I wanted something eventful. Half of my 2015 was spend fighting off stupid people.

A lot of things had changed at work. Quite a number of my colleagues have left and I’ve transferred to another department. Another will be leaving next month. All because we had a new horrible boss.

I was talking to a friend few days ago and she said that I have some symptoms of depression during that period. Looking back, I think I might be. It was difficult working for someone who doesn’t appreciate what you do. I always said that I was blessed with good bosses. I guess someone upstairs decide that it is time for me to try working for a horrible boss for once.

2015 would had been a great year without this unnecessary toxic in my life. So glad that it is over.

2016 is going to be an exciting year for me. Well, at least I can be sure that it can’t be worse than 2015.

May 2016 be a great year for everyone.

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.

DK’s Tech prediction for 2015 – Results

It’s the end of 2015. As per tradition, let’s have a look at my 2015 predictions and see how badly I’ve done this year. Lol.

Apple Watch will start a wearable craze
Apple Watch was launched this year. It did start a mini craze. But not as much as I’ve predicted. I guess even Apple didn’t crack the wearable puzzle yet.

Windows 10 given as a free update to Windows 8 users
I was right. Not only was Windows 10 given as a free update to Windows 8 users, it is given free to all Windows users as long as their hardware support the new OS. This is a pretty interesting move by Microsoft.

BlackBerry exit smartphone business
That did not happen. Not only that, BlackBerry released an Android phone recently. Oh wait. Isn’t that my 2014 prediction?

Microsoft to release an Android phone
Nope, that did not happen. Maybe it will happen next year like my prediction for BlackBerry. Lol.

More under S$200 smartphone to challenge Xiaomi
I was kinda disappointed that this did not happen.

APS-C point and shoot camera
I did say this is a wild prediction. Nope, did not happen. On a side note, the Sony RX100 Mark IV is amazing. Maybe 1 inch sensor for point and shoot is good enough.

Another company become victim of a major security breach
We had several security breaches. But don’t recall any major ones. Certainly nothing as big as Sony Pictures hack.

Apple Pay comes to Singapore
I should do this prediction for 2016. I’m a year too early.

Singapore government to regulate the use of drones
The Singapore Parliament passed the Unmanned Aircraft (Public Safety and Security) Bill in May this year but not many people know about it. I expect more education on this as drones get more popular in the coming year.

Cyber Monday become a big thing in Singapore
We do see more hype over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But still not as big as I’ve predicted. Maybe it will take a few more years.

OK lah. This year’s prediction wasn’t that bad. Will be back for 2016 prediction soon.

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

YouTube Rewind: What You Were Watching in 2015

We are just 2 days from the end of 2015. Now is a good time to pause, rewind and remember the YouTube videos that captivated you in 2015.

The top trending YouTube video in Singapore in 2015 is none other than the Unbelievable MV by Chen Tian Wen. The viral video catapult Chen Tian Wen’s fame to new heights and even made it way to Taiwanese news. I’ll be so stunned like vegetable if this video isn’t number one in Singapore.

Second top trending video in Singapore is Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen theme song, Who Else. Coming in 3rd is a heroic video of a foreign worker saving a baby from falling from 2nd floor.

Globally, the top trending video is the Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Tianne King. Coming in at number 2 is the hilarious Clash of Clans Super Bowl Commercial featuring Liam Neeson. I must have contributed at least 10 views to that video. Third is the Crazy Plastic Ball Prank video.

YouTube is well loved in Singapore. In the past year alone, watchtime increased by 50% while the hours of content uploaded increased by 90%. More than 60% of YouTube views in Singapore came from mobile devices.

BlackBerry PRIV

No, this is not a dream. BlackBerry is finally making an Android smartphone. The BlackBerry PRIV is the first ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android. And it combines the best of BlackBerry’s productivity, security and privacy features with the wide world of Google Play store apps.

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Firstly, let’s talk about BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry said that the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements. So fans of BlackBerry 10 need not worry.

For existing BlackBerry 10 users who wants to switch to Android, BlackBerry is making it easy for existing users to switch to PRIV with the seamless merging of key BlackBerry 10 productivity features like the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar.

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The PRIV has a beautiful 5.4-inch dual-curve OLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 540 PPI. Along the screen’s curved edge is the Productivity Tab that provides an “at a glance” view of the most pertinent info from BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Task, and Contacts. The PRIV comes with a 18 Megapixel camera certified by Schneider-Kreuznach. The PRIV has a 3410 mAh battery and is able to power the phone for 22.5 straight hours of mixed usage according to BlackBerry.

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It’s not a BlackBerry if there’s no advance privacy and security controls. The BlackBerry PRIV comes with an exclusive DTEK by BlackBerry app for Android that monitors and reports on application access to the microphone, camera, location and personal infomation. Users can know at a glance when their privacy could be at risk and take action to improve it.

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For those who loves the BlackBerry keyboard, you’ll be glad to hear that the PRIV comes with a slide out keyboard. And yes, its just as good as your usual BlackBerry keyboard. You can still use virtual keyboard if you want but I think most people will prefer the physical keys.

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BlackBerry PRIV is now available in Singapore at S$1098 without contract.

AirBar – Adding touch to your existing PC

Got a old laptop that you upgraded to Windows 8 or Windows 10 but doesn’t have a touch screen? Well, I always say that Windows 8 and above works best with a touch screen. Even though they do support older specs, you might want to consider first before upgrading because you don’t have a touch screen.

Well, AirBar is here to solve that problem. AirBar is a sleek bar that magnetically latches onto the bottom of your screen. It is able to detect your fingers on the screen and give you all the PC touch gestures like pinch, swipe, zoom and scroll. Best of all, it works with almost anything, fingers, gloves, brushes etc….

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AirBar works with any PC that runs Windows 8 or Windows 10. It even works with Chromebook. MacOS functionality is limited currently and there’s no official support.

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AirBar is now available for pre-order at US$49 for 15.6 inch screen. Scheduled to be launch in the first half of 2016.