Archive for April 2016

Starbucks Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino

Starbucks just launched a new drink, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino.

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Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is a twist on classic American summer flavors inspired by s’mores. You might be thinking what’s a s’mores. A s’more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the US and Canada. It consist of a fire roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. (There’s even a National S’mores Day that is celebrated annually on 10th August)

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino taste great and is great for the warm weather now.

PS: Another classic American dessert, Key Lime Pie Frappuccino will be coming soon. Looks like we are having a sweet sweet summer.

Instagram has began messing up your timeline

Bad news to Instagram users in Singapore, New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Venezuela. Instagram is now showing you a curated timeline instead of the usual chronological order.

Instagram announced a few weeks ago that on average, a user miss 70 percent of the post on their feeds. So in order to “improve” your experience, Instagram will change the order of your feed to show the moments that they believe you will care about the most.

As usual, that cause a big hoo-ha on social media and many Instagram accounts were urging their followers to turn on notifications for their accounts so that they won’t miss a post. Instagram had to quickly clarify that they are only doing testing on a small selected group of users.

Hmmm….. unfortunately they have chosen Singapore as one of the guinea pigs.

It’s been more than 24 hours since Instagram turned on the curated feed for my Instagram account and I must say that the experience is horrible. Maybe I’m resistant to changes. I’m used to seeing the latest photo on my feed. But with the new change, the first image I see might be something posted a few hours ago. The feed is no longer in chronological order. You can get a post from 2 hours ago follow by a post from 40 minutes ago.

Maybe it takes a while for Instagram to understand my preference. But right now my newsfeed suck big time. I keep asking why is Instagram showing this and that? And to make things worst, refreshing the feed doesn’t do anything. You’ll still get the same picture even if someone posted something new.

So yes, if Instagram is using us for testing, here’s my feedback. It’s horrible. Give us back our chronological order feed. If you really care about users missing out on “moments we will care about the most”, then put it on another tab. Give users the option of viewing Instagram in chronological order and curated order.

UNLESS the move to curated feed is simply to make accounts pay for advertisement so that their post will show up more and not improving user experience. Then I’ll say that changing to a curated feed is a good move.

Limited edition Pringles Party Speakers

Pringles is giving away a limited edition Party Speaker with ever 3 cans of 150gm Pringles purchased.

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The Party Speaker connects easily to your smartphone, MP3 player or laptop via the cable provided. If you have more than one speakers, you can interconnect them to amplify the sound. The speaker can also attach easily to the top of a Pringles can to produce a nicer bass.

The limited edition Pringles Party Speakers is available for a limited period from now till 15 May 2015 (or till stock last). There are 5,000 speakers available islandwide. Simply purchase 3 specially marked 150gm Pringles cans, visit Pringles website and key in the unique code under the Pringles Cans membrane. The Pringles Party Speaker will be delivered to your doorstep free-of-charge within 60 days.

Oh, and remember to keep your Pringles can to use with the Party Speaker. Have fun!

Canon raises funds for Singapore Cancer Society through its sponsorship of the Blue Man Group show in Singapore

As the presenting sponsor of the Blue Man Group show in Singapore, Canon Singapore is setting up a photo booth to raise funds for the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS).

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Canon will set up and manage a public photo booth for theater-goers at the MasterCard Sands Theatre during the entire run of the Blue Man Group show from 29 March to 24 April 2016. With a token donation, theatre-goers can amp up the fun by posing in Canon’s public photo booth and go home with a photo souvenir. All proceeds from the donation will go towards funding SCS Public Education community outreach programmes, SCS Multi-Service Centre at Bishan, SCS Hospice Care services and SCS Rehabilitation Centre services.

Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, Blue Man Group’s partnership with Canon aims to redefine entertainment in Singapore and benefit society at the same time. This will be the fifth consecutive year that Canon is sponsoring an international act as part of its commitment to the arts and community.

Mi Fan Festival 2016

It’s the Mi Fan Festival again. 6th April is Xiaomi’s birthday and they have been celebrating it with great deals and discount for the fans.

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This year, Xiaomi will be having the first sale of Redmi Note 3 at 12pm. The Mi Band Pulse and 20000 mAh Mi Power Bank will also be available for the first time this Mi Fan Festival. There will also be Mi phone deals, cash and products coupons and Mi item discounts.

For more details of the deals, visit Xiaomi Facebook page.