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Nokia 3310 reborn

Everyone is talking about the re-launched Nokia 3310. After all, it is one of Nokia’s most iconic phone.

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The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original Nokia 3310 which was released in 2000. It has a redesigned user interface, 2.4 inch QVGA colour screen, Micro USB port for charging and 3.5mm earphone jack. Oh, there’s also a 2 Megapixel camera with LED flash.

At 49 Euros, maybe it will be a big hit in developing countries. To me, it is just a publicity stunt. A stunt to tell the whole world that Nokia is back. And yes, it did captured everyone’s attention with this publicity stunt.

Oh and to be precise, Nokia is not really back. The new Nokia 3310 (together with the Android Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6) is manufactured by HMD Global which bought the rights to use the “Nokia” brand until 2024.

While everyone is excited about the new Nokia 3310, I’m more interested in seeing Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. We’ve been waiting for the longest time to see how a Nokia phone running Android will perform. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint us.

PS: If you are thinking of getting the new Nokia 3310 in Singapore, don’t bother. The new Nokia 3310 is using 2G network. Singapore will be turning off 2G network from 1st April 2017. IMDA prohibits the sale of 2G devices in Singapore. Even if you can get your hands on it, you won’t be able to make any phone calls or SMS. Well, at least you still can play Snake.

Are you sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?

WhatsApp just launched a new feature called WhatsApp Status. In short, it is just like Instagram Stories. Or should I say Snapchat since Instagram Stories is a copy of Snapchat.

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When Facebook added Instagram Stories on Instagram, I can totally see the reason why. It’s competing with Snapchat for the “Instant video and photo that will be gone after 24 hours” space. And I must say that it is a smart move for Facebook to put that feature on Instagram. It really took away some users from Snapchat.

But I don’t understand why Facebook added the same feature to WhatsApp. Isn’t Instagram Stories enough? Why create another identical service to compete with Snapchat and their own Instagram Stories?

Do we really need another platform for posting videos and photos that will be gone within 24 hours?

Let’s just say we really need another platform to do it, my biggest question is: Are you sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?

Just think about it. WhatsApp Status is shared with everyone in your contacts. Now go through your contact list. You’ll most likely have clients, bosses, colleagues, acquaintances etc in your contact list. Do you really want to share your WhatsApp Status with them?

WhatsApp provide you a privacy settings to block some people in your contact list from seeing your WhatsApp status. You can always block those that you don’t want to share your WhatsApp Status before you start using. Cool right? Not really.

You’ll need to remember to update privacy settings whenever you add a new person to your address book. What if you forgot to block a new client on WhatsApp Status after adding his number to your contact list? Are you sure you want to go through that trouble?

You might say that Snapchat and Instagram Stories also have similar problems. Yes. But at least Snapchat and Instagram make it easier to control your privacy settings and doesn’t add new followers whenever you add a new mobile number in your contact list. Your contact list is not your social network.

So are you really really sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?

Well, you can still use WhatsApp Status and be mindful that your bosses, colleagues and clients might be watching. Or you can just stick with Snapchat/Instagram Stories and save yourself the trouble.

Overwatch Singapore Tournament 2017

Calling all FPS teams in Singapore! Logitech G is proud to present its first Overwatch Singapore Tournament 2017! Do you have what it takes to battle the top team in Singapore? Now is your chance to show off your skill and walk away with a total prize pool of S$5100.

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Registration close on 22th February 2017. The Online Qualifier 1 will happen on 25 and 26 February 2017. Interested participants can register here.

Parallels Toolbox for Mac

Parallels just launched version 1.5 of Parallels Toolbox for Mac designed to simplify essential everyday tasks.

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You can take a screenshot, secure files with a password, download video from YouTube or Facebook, record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button using the Parallels Toolbox.

Parallels Toolbox 1.5 adds several refinements and enhancements to the stable of tools. For example, it is now faster and easier for users to get to any one of your favourite tools simply by dragging their icons to the Desktop, to the Dock, to the Mac menu bar, or to a new “Favorite Tools” area in the Toolbox menu.

Parallels has also added the option to capture system audio to the “Record Screen” tools.

Parallels Toolbox is a free update for existing Parallels Toolbox subscribers, and costs just US$9.99 per year for new customers.

DK’s Tech prediction for 2016 – Results

It’s the end of 2016. Almost forgot to take a look back at my 2016 tech prediction. Let’s see how badly I’ve done this time. Lol.

Drones… drones everywhere
Well, drones did get cheaper in the year 2016. And more portable too. DJI Mavic is a game changer. A lot more people are getting drones nowadays. But not as much as I expect. Looks like it will still need a few more years before drones really hit mainstream.

Drone accident
I’m glad this prediction didn’t come true. There was an unconfirmed report of a British Airways plane crashing with a drone in April. But investigation can’t confirm if it was really a drone. Besides that, there were several reports of near misses. Just glad that there wasn’t any drone accidents. But this is an issue that every government needs to look into. Hopefully together with the local UAV club to come up with a safety guideline to prevent accidents from happening.

Facebook launches virtual reality social networking
Facebook didn’t launch a virtual reality social network. But they did demo a social VR chat during the Facebook F8 conference in October. So I guess this prediction is close.

Touch gesture comes to Mac OS
Nope. No touchscreen for the Mac OS devices. They did however put a Touch Bar on the new 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro.

Most smart phones will switch to USB Type C except iPhone
Surprisingly, this is moving slower than I expected. I must say that I was actually shocked when Samsung released the Samsung S7 still with Micro USB slot. Samsung Note 7 did come with USB Type C but that’s another story. But I’m right that iPhone won’t switch to USB Type C. At least we are seeing USB Type C on more laptops, especially the new MacBook Pro that has nothing but USB Type C port.

Canon or Nikon release a full frame mirrorless camera
Like I said, it is a wild guess. And nope, this didn’t happen.

WhatsApp loses its popularity
Didn’t happen. Although the WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook news in August did cause some people to stop using WhatsApp, the chat app is still very popular. (Besides, you can opt out of the data sharing.)

Netflix is going to be a big hit in Singapore
I’m not sure about this. I feel that the answer is no. It wasn’t a surprise that Netflix is now in Singapore. However it didn’t create a big bang like what I’m expecting. I guess mainly because the video library in Singapore is not as extensive as US. A lot of shows aren’t available in the Singapore version of Netflix. I tried the free trial but gave up after noticing that the last season of shows like House of Cards and Suits are not available here.

Singapore will regulate UberX
The Land Transport Authority introduced the Private Hire Car Driver Vocational Licencing (PDVL) framework in April this year. The framework is expected to take effect from the first half of 2017. Drivers will have to go through screening. They must also attend and pass a 10-hour PDVL course and go for a three-hour refresher course once every six years. I’m glad that the regulations are fair and there’s no over regulations to make it a “levelled playing field’ with the taxi companies.

Nobody cares about the Digital and Social Media Advertising Guidelines by ASAS
The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS) issued the Guidelines on Interactive Marketing Communication & Social Media back in August. I’m sure most companies are following those guidelines. But don’t think the guidelines changes anything for most bloggers, youtubers and online influnecers.

OK, that’s all. Didn’t really do well for the prediction as expected. I wonder if I should do another 1 for 2017.

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