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Liam Neeson to endorse one lucky winner’s ‘particular set of skills’ on LinkedIn

It’s not everyday you see companies use LinkedIn to run their social media campaign. Most social media campaigns are done on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Well, Twentieth Century Fox is having a marketing campaign for the upcoming movie Taken 3 using LinkedIn.

One lucky winner will have his or her ‘particular set of skills’ on LinkedIn endorsed by Liam Neeson aka Brian Mills, an ex-CIA operative in the movie Taken 3.

Unfortunately this contest is only for residents of United States. Sigh. How I wish Liam Neeson can endorse my very particular set of skills that I have acquired over a very long career in Social Media. Haha.

If you are from the US, head down to the LinkedIn page and take part in the contest. Good luck.

Mi Band available in Singapore from 16 December

Xiaomi’s fitness monitor and sleep tracker, the Mi Band, will be available in Singapore from 16 December 2014.

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The Mi Band tracks motion to count the number of steps you take each day when walking or running. It also monitos your sleep pattern automatically when you keep it on your wrist in bed. The Mi Band works great with your Xiaomi phone like Mi 3 and Redmi Note 4G. It can automatically unlock supported Mi phone’s screen.

The Mi Band is IP67 water and dust resistant and battery last for 30 days.

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Best of all, the Mi Band will be available in Singapore at just S$19.99. Mi Band will go on sale on 16 December 2014. For more info on how to get the Mi Band, visit Xiaomi Singapore Facebook page.

Gangnam style “broke” the YouTube counter

We all know that Psy’s Gangnam Style is the most watched video on YouTube. Gangnam style was the first YouTube video to hit 1 billion views in December 2012 and reaches 2 billion views in June this year.

Well, something interesting happened last week. The Gangnam style video “broke” the YouTube view counter. The counter was originally a 32 bit integer. Which means it can count up to 2,147,483,647 views. Nobody expects a YouTube video to reach that number of views…… well, that is until Psy gave us Gangnam style.

So to cater for the ever increasing view count, YouTube have upgraded the counter from 32 bit integer to 64 bit integer. This means the YouTube view counter is now capable of reaching 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 views. It might seem enough for us now but hey, you never know when another viral video hit that view count.

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But seriously, who is still watching the Gangnam style video? And how much advertising money is Psy earning from YouTube?

PlayStation 20th Anniversary Edition console

Sony just announced the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition, a special edition PS4 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of the original PlayStation (PS) on 3rd December 1994.

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The 20th Anniversary Edition will be limited to 12,300 units worldwide, a number that reflects the launch date of the original PS, and will be available at S$689 in Singapore.

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The limited edition PS4 and included accessories come in “Original Gray” color, all packaged in a special commemorative box. A special arrangement for customers in SE Asia to get this limited console will be announced during the Anime Festival Asia 2014 (AFA) Press Conference which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (4 Dec) at 2:40pm.

My damage from SITEX 2014

Went down to SITEX 2014 at Expo last Saturday to do some tech shopping. Left with a big hole in my wallet.

I renewed my fibre broadband contract. Tech Shows like SITEX always have good deals for broadband connection. My 150 Mbps fibre broadband contract is over so I decided to sign up the Unlimited Fibre Broadband from SingTel. How could I resist super high speed and no bit throttling? The Unlimited Fibre Broadband is going at $54.90 per month.

On top of that, there is an option to top up $125 per month for 24 months to get a iMac 27 inch with 5K Retina display. I think it is about time I retire my 7 years old iMac. Besides, I get a saving of $388. Good deal.

I also bought the ASUS RT-AC87U router. Fast internet need a fast router. The usual price for the router is $399. I saw some booth selling the router at $379. But since I’m subscribing to the Unlimited Fibre plan, I get to purchase the ASUS RT-AC87U router at $299.

While walking around, I saw this interesting power block by thecoopidea. Four 2.4A USB port and one 1A USB port. Pretty useful for travel. Also good for my desk since I have many devices to charge. I got the 10.6A Power Block by thecoopidea at $71.

Last but not least, I bought a 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card. I got a 8GB version lately as a door gift and fell in love with it. So I decide to buy a higher capacity one for my DSLR. The 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card cost $69.

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Looks like I’m going to eat grass for the rest of the month.

Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.