Archive for January 2016

Facebook will roll out Facebook Reactions globally in a few weeks time

After several months of testing Facebook Reactions in Ireland and Spain, Facebook Chief Product Manager Chris Cox said in an interview with Bloomberg that the feature will roll out globally in a few weeks time.

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The Facebook Reactions is a set of emoji displayed as a drop-down menu below the usual Like Button and will be available both on Pages and User Profiles. There will be 5 emoji: Angry, Sad, Wow, Haha and Love. Yay was dropped because it was not universally understood.

And no, there is no Dislike emoji.

The Facebook Reactions will roll out globally in a few weeks time. Personally, I couldn’t find a Facebook Reactions emoji that reflects my reaction to this news. Not really a fan of this. Prefer the simplicity of a Like button.

GoPro going live on Periscope

Good news to all GoPro HERO 4 users. You can now live stream the video from your GoPro directly to Periscope via an iPhone.

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Simply connect your iPhone to GoPro WiFi and make sure it is on video mode. Open the Periscope app on your iPhone and tap the broadcast button. A GoPro button will automatically be highlighted. Just give your broadcast a title and you are good to go.

Once you are live, you can double tap to switch between your GoPro and iPhone camera. There’s also a new button that locks your iPhone screen so that you won’t accidentally press anything while your iPhone is in your pocket.

This news came just in time. Periscope just recently announced that it can broadcast in Twitter timelines. All I need now is find a mountain with great 4G connection and live stream myself snow skiing with a GoPro.

LEGO Lunar New Year Monkey (40207)

Lunar New Year is coming and as usual LEGO is releasing a set for the zodiac animal of the year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

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All you need is to spend $88 and above to redeem the LEGO Lunar New Year Monkey (40207). You’ll also get the LEGO Red Packet if you spend $30 and above.

That’s not all. Spend $100 and above and you’ll stand a chance to be 1 of 10 lucky winners to win a 4 pax LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort 2D1N VIP package. Check out LEGO Facebook page for more info.

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Hyatt payment system hit by malware, Credit Cards details stolen

If you been to Hyatt Hotel last year, you might want to monitor your Credit Card charges. The Hotel Chain’s payment system was hit by malware designed to collect payment card data.

According to a press release issued by Hyatt, cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code from cards used onsite were stolen. No indication of other customer information was affected.

You can check the list of affected location and at risk date here. 250 Hyatt-managed locations in about 50 countries were affected. The unauthorised access to Credit Cards data were primarily at restaurants while a small percentage were at spas, golf shops, parking and front desks.

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Unfortunately, Grand Hyatt Singapore is one of the affected location. If you used your Credit Cards at Grand Hyatt Singapore between 13 August to 8 December 2015, you might want to monitor your credit card charges.

Apple increasing prices of apps in Singapore due to currency exchange

If there’s an app that you have been eyeing in the Apple App Store, now is the time to buy it. Apple will be increasing the prices of apps in Singapore due to currency exchange rates.

Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Russia, South Africa and Mexico will also be seeing an increase in the apps prices in their currency.

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Apple first started charging Singapore currency in the the Singapore App Store in June 2012. The currency exchange rates has changed quite a bit now.

The current rate is S$1.28 for a US$0.99 app. But the current currency exchange rate for US$0.99 is around S$1.42. So it is natural for Apple to increase the app pricing.

The new price for a US$0.99 app in the Singapore App Store will be S$1.48. You can see the new pricing here.

The new rates will be implemented soon. So hurry and grab that app you have been wanting to buy for the longest time.