Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

Gears of War fans are going to love this.

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Designed to resemble a unique piece of hardware right out of the game, the Xbox One S bear battle marks of surviving a fight with the Swarm, Gears of War 4’s new enemies. Featuring laser-etched scratches on the console’s chassis, bloody thumbprints on the controller’s red metallic D-pad the limited edition bundle is the closest you can get to the ultimate Gears of War 4 experience.

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The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle includes a battle-weathered custom Xbox One S console with a 2TB hard drive, an all-new Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, full game download of Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for both Xbox One and Windows 10, a Gears of War 4 Season Pass and eight additional Gear Packs. Available from 25 November at S$699.

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The Biggest Headphone, Powerbank & Audio Warehouse Sale happening from 27-29 August 2016

If you are looking for a headphone, do check out The Biggest Headphone, Powerbank & Audio Warehouse Sale happening this weekend. Up to 80% off top audio brands such as Beats, mophie, Onkyo, Paradigm, Jamo, Anthem, gogear and more.

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Date: 27 to 29 Aug 2016
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: 81 Genting Lane, #02-02, Everich Industrial Building, Singapore 349566

Pokemon Go now in Singapore

**Sorry, was a little bit late on this blog entry. Busy catching ’em all**

After almost a month of waiting, Pokemon Go is finally in Singapore. Besides Singapore, Pokemon Go also went live in 14 other countries across across Asia and Oceania. These countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

As expected, the whole Singapore was in Pokemon Go craze yesterday. You’ll most likely see someone playing it if you step out of your house. In fact, I even see some players walking around my neighbourhood after 1am.

The Singapore Police Force has issued an advisory on Pokemon Go. You might want to check it out before playing.

So have fun, stay safe and catch ’em all!

Starbucks launches Cold Brew Coffee in Singapore

Good news to all coffee lovers. Starbucks is launching Cold Brew Coffee in Singapore.

Cold Brewing is another way to brew cold coffee. Cold Brew Blend coffee is freshly ground then combined with cold water and slowly steeped for more than 10 hours in a Toddy Brewer. Instead of using heat, Cold Brew Coffee uses time to extract the coffee. The resulting coffee is ultra-smooth and naturally sweet, perfect for those who like less acidity in their iced coffee.

PS: If you don’t like your coffee black, you can add milk to the Cold Brew Coffee like me.

The Starbucks Cold Brew retails from S$4.90 (tall-sized).

No Olympics live telecast in Singapore is actually something good

I guess by now most people know that there will be no Olympics live telecast in Singapore. Instead, Mediacorp will be showing delayed telecast of the Olympics from 5 – 21 August. According to news report, Mediacorp inked a deal with the Olympics broadcast rights holder Dentsu to air an event only after the entire session has concluded although certain events featuring Team Singapore athletes may be aired minutes after they end.

Now of course there will be lots of complains on social media. This is the first time we are not getting live telecast since 1984. And its natural for a lot of people to start blaming Mediacorp and the Government. But let me just say that they are barking at the wrong tree.

The main issue here is that the rights to broadcast sporting events has been going up. To a stage that it is just too expensive. Instead of blaming Mediacorp, why isn’t anyone blaming Dentsu, the broadcast rights holder in this region. Why are we paying so much to get the rights to watch these sporting events live?

According to some reports, the asking price for the 2016 Olympics live telecast rights is around US$6 million. Mediacorp paid US$2.5 million in 2012 for the London Olympics. The cost has more than doubled in just 4 years. Has anyone questioned why?

It is time we stop being held hostage by all these content rights holder. If they want to charge ridiculous price, then we should walk away and let them gain nothing. If we were to pay US$6 million this year, what makes you think they won’t ask for US$12 million for the next Olympics? When is this going to stop?

I’m glad that Mediacorp didn’t give in to Dentsu. I’m glad that the Government did not step in to foot the bill. We can do without live telecast if it is going to cost an arm and a leg. Let all the sports content rights holder know that if they want to charge sky high price, then Singaporeans will just not watch it. Enough is enough.

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