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Netflix coming to Singapore

Good news everyone. Netflix announced that it will be expanding into Singapore in early 2015.

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Once launched, Internet users will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular TV shows and movies in high-definition or even Ultra HD 4K on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Additionally, younger viewers will find a wide selection of programming for kids.

Netflix will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Netflix members can watch whenever, wherever they like, and on any Netflix-ready device they choose. Members can start watching on one device, pause, and then pick up where they left off on another, at home or on the go.

Pricing, actual launch date, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.

Netflix will open an office in Singapore in coming months, making it the hub for its expanding operations in Asia.

LG Smart TV webOS 2.0 upgrade

Attention all LG webOS 1.0 Smart TV owners. LG will be rolling out a free Value Pack Upgrade for your Smart TV which includes 4 main features of the latest webOS 2.0 platform starting from 21 September 2015.

WebOS Value Pack Upgrade

LG Smart TV upgraded to webOS 2.0 will receive My Channels, Quick Setting, Input Picker and Live Menu, improving the user experience with a more intuitive layout, convenient shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and faster response when switching between applications.

My Channels allows users to place their favorite Live TV Channels or Set-top Box Channels on the Launcher Bar for more convenient access. Quick Settings lets viewers adjust their webOS TVs without interrupting the program they are watching and Input Picker allows connected devices to be recognized instantly for immediate use.

The upgrade also improves the User Interface of Live Menu for easier and more intuitive searching of content.

ASUS RT-AC5300 router with 8 antennas

I always joke that average consumers who doesn’t know the difference between routers will go for the routers with the most external antennas. I guess someone in ASUS might have heard that joke and think that its a good idea. Introducing the ASUS RT-AC5300……

ASUS RT-AC5300

OK, jokes aside. The ASUS RT-AC5300 is a tri-band wireless router that delivers up to 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band and up to 2167Mbit/s on each of the two 5GHz bands, for a combined total of up to 5334Mbit/s. The 4 external antennas are in a four-transmit, four-receive (4T4R) configuration, giving a coverage of up to 500 square meters.

With Link Aggregation (802.11ad), you can combine two LAN ports into one superfast 2Gbit/s wired connection using two network cables.

Singapore launch date and pricing is not available yet. But this is definitely something worth looking out for.

Samsung Note 5 Delights event

Samsung held the Note 5 Delights event at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza last weekend in celebration of the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ in Singapore.

Consumers getting their caricatures drawn using the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

Visitors had the opportunity to try Samsung’s latest range of devices at the Product Experience Zone and get their Samsung products checked for a clean bill of health at the Samsung Service Clinic with the 5-Point Diagnostic Test. Free replacement of battery and back cover, and free screen protector were offered for selected Galaxy smartphones and tablets customers.

Local band, Johan & Jerome entertaining the crowd with tunes created with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

There’s also live performances by Johan & Jerome, The Analog Girl and HubbaBubbas. In addition, there were hourly giveaways such as free Garrett Popcorn, Chococro from St. Marc’s, Coconut Water from CocoLoco and local ice cream for Galaxy Life users. Hourly Life Hacks workshops were also available for consumers keen to learn the tips and tricks of the S Pen.

In conjunction with Note 5 Delights, Samsung Electronics Singapore and The Straits Times organised a promotion for the first 50 readers who owned any two of the previous devices in the Samsung Galaxy Note series a chance to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off the retail price. The promotion, which only started at 11am on Saturday, saw over a dozen fans queuing from Friday evening. By 4am on Saturday, all 50 available slots were filled.

A long snaking queue waiting in line to be the first 50 customers to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off

Also part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (STAR) programme, ten lucky readers who owned all four previous Galaxy Note devices attended the Note 5 Delights and brought home for free the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+ as well as the Montblanc Cruise Collection Black Screenwriter S.

Singapore’s General Election heats up on Twitter

Millions of Singaporeans will be going to the polling station on 11 September. As usual, the best way to get breaking news about the Singapore General Election is through Twitter with the hashtag #GE2015.

Since the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released on 24 July and up to 31 August, there has been a 300% increase in elections-related conversation on Twitter (compared to the previous 39-day period from 14 June to 23 July). Over the past week alone (from 24-31 August), there have been over 52,000 elections-related conversations on Twitter with a spike in Tweets on 25 August when Parliament was dissolved and the writ of election issued. Check out the Twitter Reverb.

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Hmmmm…. that avatar in the middle looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Hmmm.

Workers’ Party tops the list for the most mentioned political party on Twitter. WP is 1.4 times more widely discussed than PAP.

Most Mentioned Political Parties
1. Workers’ Party (@wpsg)
2. People’s Action Party (@PAPSingapore)
3. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)
4. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)
5. National Solidarity Party (@nsp_sg)
6. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)
7. Democratic Progressive Party (@dpp_sg)
8. Singapore Democratic Alliance
9. Singapore People’s Party (@sgpeoplesparty)
10. People’s Power Party (@PeoplesPowerSG)

It is no surprise that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the most mentioned politician since he has been active on social media. PM Lee has 8 times more mention than WP’s leader Mr Low Thia Khiang. Newcomer He Ting Ru from the Workers’ Party has more mentions than veterans Ken Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters. It is also worth noting that some of the politicians on the most mentioned list do not have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t stop people from mentioning them on Twitter.

Most Mentioned Politicians
1. Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Chiam See Tong
4. Low Thia Khiang
5. He Ting Ru (@hetingru)
6. Ken Jeyaretnam (@KenJeyaretnam)
7. Chee Soon Juan (@CheeSoonJuan)
8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimwp)
9. Lina Chiam (@linachiam)
10. Tan Jee Say (@JeeSayTan)

And the most shared election-related Tweet from 24-31 August came from PM Lee.

The Election just started. The best way to stay in touch with the latest news is on Twitter using the hashtag #GE2015.

PS: I personally prefer #SGElections. There are several countries also using #GE2015 for their elections. But unfortunately all the Government agencies and News outlets are using #GE2015.