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Use the Force to block Star Wars spoilers

OK, we are just one day away from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awaken.

As usual, the biggest problem with such highly anticipated show is that there will definitely be a few douchebags out there who watched the show earlier than everyone and post spoilers online. Luckily for us, there is a Chrome Extension to block all those spoilers. Simply install Force Block on your Chrome browser and a warning will pop up if it detects Star Wars related spoilers.

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Force Block uses pattern detection to find spoiler and a whitelist for false alarm. One of their engineers even go through all the spoilers manually so that we don’t have to see it ourselves.

May the Force be with that engineer.

PS: I’m excited about Star Wars: The Force Awaken cause I just collected the tickets that I pre-booked few weeks ago. I’ll be watching it tomorrow at 6:40pm Singapore time. Woot! I promise the only spoiler that I’ll post is this.

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OK, I know that’s lame.

Funan DigitaLife Mall to be closed for 3 years for redevelopment

Funan DigitaLife Mall will be closed for 3 years from the third quarter of 2016 for a major redevelopment.

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Located in North Bridge Road, the mall specialised in electronics and IT-related goods. CapitaLand Mall Trust had hinted in the past that Funan might be sold or redeveloped. More details on the redevelopment will be announced at a later date. But from the length of the redevelopment, it seems like the building will be torn down and completely rebuild. According to the press release, Funan will be redeveloped into an experiential creative hub within the city that engages communities to incubate new ideas and passions, and enables shoppers to enjoy retail in a technology-enabled environment.

Although we all expect Funan to be redeveloped in the near future, it still saddens me when I heard about the news. I have so much memories of the place. The mall gone through several renaming in the past but most people still call it by its original name, Funan Centre, when it was open in 1985. It was renamed Funan The IT Mall in 1997 and Funan DigitaLife Mall in 2005.

Not many people know about this but I used to work part time there in 1997 as a salesperson at the Compaq Store while waiting for my Polytechnic admission. I still visit the mall at least once a month during my Poly days to check out the latest in tech. After my army, I started joining the Singapore Palm User Group and we hang out at Funan almost every Saturday. We would spend the afternoon chatting at McDonalds, exchanging tips and tricks on Palm OS. We started hanging out lesser and lesser with the decline of Palm OS. But I still visit the mall frequently even till now. In fact, I was there just 2 weeks ago.

It is sad to see Funan go. But I guess this is inevitable. With the growth of online shopping, it is tough for small IT retail shops to survive. Bigger IT retail shops like Challenger have moved to the heartland malls or gone online. So it is just a matter of time before a IT mall like Funan go the way of a CD shop.

Goodbye Funan. You will be missed.

Apple release iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

This comes as a surprise. Apple just released a iPhone 6s case with battery. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s increased the iPhone talktime up to 25 hours or LTE Internet usage up to 18 hours.

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The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect the iPhone, while the soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off again. On the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand.

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The battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Centre so that you know how much charge you have left in the Smart Battery Case. The Smart Battery Case uses Lightning cable to charge and works with the iPhone Lightning Dock. Comes in Charcoal Grey and White. Retails at S$148.

No words on iPhone 6s Plus version yet.

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GoPro drop price of HERO4 Session

When GoPro just launched the cube-shaped HERO4 Session camera, it was priced exactly the same as the HERO4 Silver. Naturally a lot of people did a side by side comparison review between the 2 and found the HERO4 Silver being the better one in terms of video and image quality.

But don’t get me wrong. The HERO4 Session is a great action cam too with the small form factor. It’s just that at US$399 (and later price drop to US$349), the GoPro HERO4 Silver seems like a better choice.

Well, GoPro just dropped the price of the HERO4 Session again. The HERO4 Session is now retailing at US$199. Yes, you heard me right, US$199. In Singapore, the GoPro HERO4 Session will retail at S$300.

With the new price point, it suddenly make sense for everyone to get the GoPro HERO4 Session. Yes, the controls isn’t as good as your normal GoPro. Yes, the GoPro HERO4 Silver has a slight better video and image quality. But all that doesn’t matter anymore because the GoPro HERO4 Session now retails at US$199. AND that’s a huge selling point.

Pioneer relocates regional headquarters and Singapore office

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre Pte. Ltd. will be relocating its office in Singapore, with effect from 21 December 2015. The new address is:

2 Jalan Kilang Barat, #07-01
Singapore 159346

Main Office Tel: (65) 6378 7777
Customer Service Hotline: (65) 6378 7888
Spare Parts Tel: (65) 6378 7555

Full operations, including product servicing and repairs, will start at the new office from 21 December 2015.

The company was previously located at 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936.