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YouTube Rewind: What You Were Watching in 2015

We are just 2 days from the end of 2015. Now is a good time to pause, rewind and remember the YouTube videos that captivated you in 2015.

The top trending YouTube video in Singapore in 2015 is none other than the Unbelievable MV by Chen Tian Wen. The viral video catapult Chen Tian Wen’s fame to new heights and even made it way to Taiwanese news. I’ll be so stunned like vegetable if this video isn’t number one in Singapore.

Second top trending video in Singapore is Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen theme song, Who Else. Coming in 3rd is a heroic video of a foreign worker saving a baby from falling from 2nd floor.

Globally, the top trending video is the Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Tianne King. Coming in at number 2 is the hilarious Clash of Clans Super Bowl Commercial featuring Liam Neeson. I must have contributed at least 10 views to that video. Third is the Crazy Plastic Ball Prank video.

YouTube is well loved in Singapore. In the past year alone, watchtime increased by 50% while the hours of content uploaded increased by 90%. More than 60% of YouTube views in Singapore came from mobile devices.

BlackBerry PRIV

No, this is not a dream. BlackBerry is finally making an Android smartphone. The BlackBerry PRIV is the first ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android. And it combines the best of BlackBerry’s productivity, security and privacy features with the wide world of Google Play store apps.

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Firstly, let’s talk about BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry said that the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements. So fans of BlackBerry 10 need not worry.

For existing BlackBerry 10 users who wants to switch to Android, BlackBerry is making it easy for existing users to switch to PRIV with the seamless merging of key BlackBerry 10 productivity features like the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar.

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The PRIV has a beautiful 5.4-inch dual-curve OLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 540 PPI. Along the screen’s curved edge is the Productivity Tab that provides an “at a glance” view of the most pertinent info from BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Task, and Contacts. The PRIV comes with a 18 Megapixel camera certified by Schneider-Kreuznach. The PRIV has a 3410 mAh battery and is able to power the phone for 22.5 straight hours of mixed usage according to BlackBerry.

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It’s not a BlackBerry if there’s no advance privacy and security controls. The BlackBerry PRIV comes with an exclusive DTEK by BlackBerry app for Android that monitors and reports on application access to the microphone, camera, location and personal infomation. Users can know at a glance when their privacy could be at risk and take action to improve it.

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For those who loves the BlackBerry keyboard, you’ll be glad to hear that the PRIV comes with a slide out keyboard. And yes, its just as good as your usual BlackBerry keyboard. You can still use virtual keyboard if you want but I think most people will prefer the physical keys.

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BlackBerry PRIV is now available in Singapore at S$1098 without contract.

AirBar – Adding touch to your existing PC

Got a old laptop that you upgraded to Windows 8 or Windows 10 but doesn’t have a touch screen? Well, I always say that Windows 8 and above works best with a touch screen. Even though they do support older specs, you might want to consider first before upgrading because you don’t have a touch screen.

Well, AirBar is here to solve that problem. AirBar is a sleek bar that magnetically latches onto the bottom of your screen. It is able to detect your fingers on the screen and give you all the PC touch gestures like pinch, swipe, zoom and scroll. Best of all, it works with almost anything, fingers, gloves, brushes etc….

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AirBar works with any PC that runs Windows 8 or Windows 10. It even works with Chromebook. MacOS functionality is limited currently and there’s no official support.

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AirBar is now available for pre-order at US$49 for 15.6 inch screen. Scheduled to be launch in the first half of 2016.

#GetGreedy with Shopee

It’s boxing day. (Or rather unboxing day. Why do they call 26 Dec as boxing day when you are doing unboxing? Oh well.) Did you receive any Christmas gift that you don’t like or have totally no use for it?

Well, Shopee is encouraging everyone to find new homes for all the unwanted gifts that you received during Christmas. Sell your less-than-desirable gifts so you can buy the gifts you actually want on the mobile platform.

The most interesting listings will be featured in the special in-app #GetGreedy collection of products handpicked by Shopee, which will be made available for the community to browse and shop.

You can also share your worst gift confessions on Shopee Facebook page. Simply take a photo of your unwanted gift and write a quick caption. The quirkiest and most interesting captions will stand a chance to win Shopee vouchers. Don’t worry, all gift confessions will be kept anonymous.

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The public can also take part in the #GetGreedy experience offline. Shopee will be setting up a first of its kind inflatable photo and video booth at PoMo level 1 Atrium from 26 to 28 December (12pm to 9 pm) for everyone to share their unwanted gift confession. Each video confession will entitle an individual to a mystery gift exclusively from Shopee and one lucky participant will go home with a brand new iPhone 6s.

Beatles now on music streaming services

Looks like Christmas came early for Beatles fans. The band’s music is now available on 9 major music streaming services.

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The music streaming services that will be getting The Beatles are: Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music ,Microsoft Groove, Napster and Slacker Radio.

The Beatles has always been late in the digital game. They only came to iTunes Music Store in 2010, 7 years after the service started. It is actually a surprise that The Beatles didn’t do any exclusive deals with one of the music streaming service. The Beatles’ entry to music streaming is a great boost to this new method of music consumption. Maybe other artist like Taylor Swift will finally put their music on streaming service after this.

224 songs from the original 13 remastered studio albums as well as four essential collections will be available for streaming starting 24 December 2015, 12:01am.

Let’s it stream……