Archive for January 2016

WhatsApp is now free and remains ads free

Good news to all WhatsApp users. The company will no longer charge $1 annual subscription fees. Yes, WhatsApp is now completely free.

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Most of the early users of WhatsApp either got it for free or paid one time $0.99 to get free lifetime service. It was only recent years that the company introduce $1 annual subscription to new users after using the app free for 1 year. However, WhatsApp recognise that not everyone have a debit or credit card number and some users might be afraid that they might lose access to their friends and family after 1 year.

The removal of the $1 annual subscription fee is great news to all WhatsApp users.

And don’t worry. The company promises to remain ads free. Instead, it will find new ways to connect users with businesses and organisation and make money from such arrangement. Maybe in the future you can use WhatsApp to order a pizza, do online banking or book a taxi.

Siri can beatbox

iPhone’s personal assistant, Siri, never fails to amaze its users. Besides giving funny questions when asked about zero divided by zero and Star Wars related answer when you say “I am your father”, it seems like Siri is now learning how to beatbox.

Try asking Siri “Can you beatbox?” Siri will give you an interesting answer.

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Here’s one I’ve been practicing. Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots. I could do this all day. Cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats.

In case you are wondering, “boots and cats” is a phrase you use to create a simple rock beat while beatboxing.

LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052)

LEGO just announced the LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052) in honour of the first episode of Batman on 12 January 1966.

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The design is based on the classic 1960s TV show and has a Wayne Manor section with an exterior wall to climb on and Bruce Wayne’s study featuring the iconic Batphone and a false bookcase that slides open to reveal the secret entrance to the Batcave. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson can spiral down the Batpoles into the Batcave and change identity to Batman and Robin. The Batcave features a Bat Lab with Batcomputer, Batcopter with flick missiles, Batcycle and Batmobile.

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The classic Batmobile looks fantastic. I wish LEGO will also sell the Batmobile alone. Would really like to have one together with Batman and Robin in classic costume.

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This is a pretty big set. The Batcave measures 46cm high, 56cm wide and 20cm deep. Total 2,526 pieces and retail at US$269.99. The LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052) will be available from March 2016.

DJI 10th Anniversary sale

The popular drone maker, DJI, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with huge discounts. The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and DJI Phantom 3 4K are going at a promo price of US$799. (Usual price US$999)

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And perhaps the best part is the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. Usual price is US$799, now going at special promo price of US$499. Yes, you heard me correct. A drone at just under $500. Amazing.

If you are thinking of getting a drone, now is a good time.

Star Wars and Beyond, The Iconic Film Scores of John Williams

Star Wars and Beyond, The Iconic Film Scores of John Williams will be coming to Singapore in March 2016 for 3 shows only. This musical voyage through a galaxy of well known film scores also includes electrifying multi-coloured light and laser displays, a pyrotechnic finale and opens at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

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Nothing can compare to the iconic film scores of John Williams. An American composer, conductor, and pianist with a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history. From the first sinister bass notes of Jaws to the grandeur of Jurassic Park, from the emotion of E.T. to the mystery of Harry Potter, from the sublime Schindler’s List to the sensational Superman, these magnificent music masterpieces remain as popular today as when first released. Crowning it all is Star Wars, as one of the most epic scores of all time.

Each memorable music will be further brought to life by a magnificent light and laser display stunningly programmed to perfectly complement each musical score. This spectacular lighting display is designed by Durham Marenghi who has recently been appointed as the lighting designer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The concert will be introduced and conducted by the irrepressible showman Anthony Inglis, taking charge of the full 80 piece Singapore Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.

Hurry. Tickets are now on sale at MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing and sistic.com.sg.