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Twitter brings K-Pop Fans closer to Mnet Asian Music Awards 2015

The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards will take place on 2 December 2015, at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong and the best way to catch the live action is through Twitter. Channel M (@Channel_M_Asia) will use Twitter to provide live broadcast of the Awards highlights on Periscope, backstage videos, celebrity GIFs, to share with fans following #2015MAMA all over the world


Follow @Channel_M_Asia and @MnetMAMA to stay on top of the Mnet Asian Music Awards in real-time. Use #2015MAMA, #loveMAMA, and #lookMAMA hashtags on Twitter to join the conversation with other K-Pop music fans worldwide.

Celebrities expected at the awards include Big Bang, (@ygent_official, @YG_GlobalVIP, @IBGDRGN, @ForvictoRi, @Realtaeyang), CL (@chaelinCL), Girls’ Generation (@GirlsGeneration), Infinite (@Official_IFNT), f(x) (@llama_ajol), JY Park (@followjyp), PSY (@psy_oppa), Uee (@uuuei), Park Shin Hye (@ssinz), Park Ji Yoon( @raellepark), Apink (@Apink_2011) and many more.

Fans will also be able to experience the excitement and glamour of the Awards’ red carpet, as Twitter will set up a Vine360 Booth at the event, which will capture 360-degree views of the K-Pop stars and their celebrity fashion on the red carpet. The exclusive video content will be featured on @MnetMAMA (in Korean/English) and retweeted on @Channel_M_Asia (in Mandarin/English) throughout the red carpet event, which will start at 5pm on 2 December.

Turris Omnia: hi-performance & open-source router on Indiegogo

Turris Omnia is a powerful open source router currently seeking crowd funding on Indiegogo.


The 1.6GHz dual core ARM CPU router runs on free Operating System based on OpenWrt. There’s a lot of things that the Turris Omnia can do. There is a built in virtual server which you can use for your software without risk to the main system. It can also be turn into a backup server and NAS. And if connections is very important for you, you can insert a SIM card so that you are always connected.


And since your router is always on, the Turris Omnia consume very little energy. The board itself consumes around 5-6 W. Board with wifi cards should be below 8 W.

The Turris Omnia is now on Indiegogo. Pledge US$99 for the board only without cover or US$189 for the full router with WIFI and casing.

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR, the first consumer version of the Gear VR device will be available in Singapore from 28 November 2015. Powered by Oculus technology, this new headset is fully optimised and compatible with more Samsung Galaxy smartphones than the previous Innovator Edition.


The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the Galaxy Note 5 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ and Galaxy S6 4G+. The Gear VR leverages the smartphone’s SUPER AMOLED display to provide the amazing virtual reality experience. It is 19% lighter than its predecessor and uses a new foam cushioning that makes the device more comfortable to wear. It features an improved cross-shaped touchpad which provides users with greater ease of control while enjoying the extensive selection of film, gaming, 360-degree video and experiential content available on the Samsung Gear VR.


The Samsung Gear VR in Frost White will be available from 28 November 2015 at a recommended retail price of $148 at SITEX, local telcos, major consumer electronics stores and Samsung Experience Stores.

Uber surge pricing during SMRT train disruption

The train broke down yesterday morning during rush hour. It was a horrible timing. Everyone is on the way to work and there was a 2 hour disruption on the North South Line between Yishun and Bishan stations.

As usual, the free shuttle bus service was unable to cope with the large number of commuters. If the free shuttle bus service was able to cope, then we won’t need to have train already.

Some people reported that Uber was having a surge price during the disruption. The surge price went as high as 3.9 times the normal rate. Naturally, there were lots of complains.

For the uninitiated, Uber increase their rates when there is a high demand. This is to encourage more drivers to become available and ensure you get a Uber even when there is high demand.

Uber is not a charity organisation or government agency. It is not related to SMRT or SBS. It does not need to provide national duty when the train breaks down. It has every rights to increase the price when the train breakdown.

In fact, it is good that Uber has a price surge when there is a high demand. This is especially good for people who are in a hurry and money is not an issue. If Uber don’t have a price surge, they will most likely end up being fully booked like all the Taxi companies. At least we have an alternative if we are really in a hurry.

And come on. Nobody force you to take Uber during the price surge. The price surge amount is clearly displayed on screen before you book for an Uber. You can always reject and go try your luck getting a cab. So even though I most likely won’t be taking an Uber when there is a 3.9 times price surge, it is good to know that Uber is still available if you are in a real hurry.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015

Norton by Symantec just released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 recently. The report sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers. The findings have revealed that 1 in 5 Singaporeans are victims of cybercrime.

7 in 10 Singaporeans believe using public WiFi is riskier than using a public restroom. I’m one of them. In fact I forgotten when was the last time I log in to a public WiFi. I’ve been using my 4G Mifi when I’m outside. It’s much safer than using public WiFi. You never know when another exploit like Fire Sheep might happen.

Check out other findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015.


To learn more about the real impact of cybercrime and how consumers can protect their digital
information, visit Norton website for more information.