The following articles were authored by dk

Google+ profile no longer needed for YouTube and other Google products

Google is finally splitting Google+ and YouTube and other Google products. Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products. This change will be push out in the coming months and YouTube will be the first to get the change.

This is great news since the Google+ integration with YouTube got the most negativity. Someone even wrote a song for Google.

For those who created a Google+ profile for other Google products but don’t plan to use Google+, the company says it will offer better options for managing and removing your public profile.

This is great news for many people. I hate to say this but Google+ is really in a big mess. Hopefully with this change, Google can concentrate on people who truly wants to use Google+ and not those who are forced to create a Google+ account for the sake of using other Google products.

Xiaomi Mi Note (64 GB) now available in Singapore

Xiaomi is bringing its flagship device, the Mi Note (64GB) to Singapore.

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The 5.7 inch Mi Note runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM. Despite its ultra-thin 6.95mm frame, Mi Note has been fitted with a 3000mAh Sony/LG 4.4V high density Li-ion battery.

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The Mi Note is equipped with a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera that comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The 4MP front camera on Mi Note with 2-micron large pixels is great for selfie. The build in Beautify mode is able to intelligently guess a person’s age and gender in order to apply 36 smart filters. And I must say that the Beautify mode is able to guess my age pretty well.

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The Mi Note can manage calls and messages on two separate SIM cards with 4G dual SIM, dual standby. You can tailor your preferred network and data settings for each card with the intelligent dual SIM features. Mi Note can also automatically selects which SIM to use when you call or text someone based on history.

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The Mi Note (64GB) will be available in Singapore from 28 July 2015, 12pm at S$569 without contract.

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Starbucks Mini Frappuccino Card with key charm

Calling all Starbucks fans! The Starbucks Mini Frappuccino Card is back! And it comes with a beautiful key charm inspired by all things Starbucks.

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You can get the Starbucks Mini Frappuccino Card and key charm with $30 loaded into the card. Key charms available in gold or silver colour. Hurry, while stocks last.

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Rebuilding memories of Singapore with LEGO

As part of the SG50 celebration, LEGO Singapore is encouraging fans to rebuild and relive memories to celebrate the Singaporean spirit. LEGO is showcasing the winning entries of the LEGO Rebuild Your Memories competition at Raffles City Shopping Centre Atrium, Level 3.

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The highlights at the event is the 8.5 feet tall LEGO Dragon Playground by Singapore’s and Asia’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo. I was at the event last Saturday to witness Nicholas putting the final touches to the iconic Dragon Playground.

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What a beautiful piece of art.

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The 8.5 feet tall, 10 feet long LEGO Dragon Playground uses over 22,000 pieces of bricks. Building it took more than 32 hours. Luckily for Nicholas, members of public were there to help out by building parts which will be added to the main structure. The centre of the Dragon Playground is hollow with metal frame support in the middle.

Besides the Dragon Playground, LEGO also showcased the winning entries of the LEGO Rebuild Your Memories competition. Here are some of my favourite.

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Aquarium in the mall
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Nostalgic Chinatown Street Scene
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The LEGO SG50 Rebuild Your Memories Event is now happening at Raffles City Shopping Centre Atrium, Level 3 until end of July. Hurry. This is your only chance to check out the LEGO Dragon Playground.

Win a staycation at the Esplanade

There’s nothing wrong with the title. And no, Esplanade is not becoming a hotel. But on the eve of National Day, the stage will be done up to look like a Singaporean apartment in the ’60s. The SG50 team, in partnership withAirbnb and the Esplanade, is looking for SG50’s biggest fan to win a staycation at the Esplanade. The winner can also bring along 3 guests. Check out the Airbnb entry.

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But it’s not just about a sleepover. During the stay, you will have a chance to perform on stage. There will also be an exclusive tour of the Esplanade where you get visit the Concert Hall, hallowed backstage corridors and more. And if that’s not enough, you and your 3 guests will get tickets to watch the National Day Parade at the Padang on National Day.

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All you need to do is submit a 15 seconds video wishing Singapore Happy Birthday. The most creative video wins. Visit the SG50 Facebook page for more info.