GoPro is killing itself

Firstly, I must say that I am a fan of GoPro and it hurts me to see the company killing itself. Nevermind the failed Karma drone. It is a major setback but at least the fans are still behind the company.

Recently, GoPro told GoScope (a small company who makes GoPro and camera accessories) to change their name and all their product molds (due to the embedded name brand) or they would be taken to court. GoScope is a small company and couldn’t afford to defend themselves in court. Neither can they afford to change all the molds with their branding.

I have no idea why is GoPro doing this. Everyone can tell the difference between GoPro and GoScope. GoPro doesn’t own the “Go” word just like Apple doesn’t own the “i” prefix.

And it is stupid for GoPro to go after these accessories makers. GoPro is a great product because of the eco system behind it. These 3rd party accessories makers are making products that extend the features of GoPro cameras. They help GoPro users get the shot they want. When GoPro released the GoPro Hero 5 Black, I bought it on day 1 knowing that there are lots of 3rd party accessories makers making accessory for the new action camera. That’s the reason why I use GoPro and not other action camera. Because of the huge ecosystem behind it.

And to make things worse, GoPro recently released firmware v01.55 for GoPro Hero 5 Black that disable the use of 3rd party batteries like Wasabi and Smatree. I know GoPro makes their own batteries but they are very expensive. The cost of a single original GoPro battery is around the same price as 2 3rd party batteries.

I know GoPro wants to make more money by making users buy their original battery. But this is just pissing off many users. In fact, many GoPro Hero 5 Black users are downgrading their firmware to v01.50 so that they can carry on using 3rd party batteries.

If GoPro continues to do these, it will just make more fans switch to other action cameras. And honestly, there’s no shortage of choices out there.

Tiger Beer limited edition mahjong set

Tiger Beer is giving away a limited edition mahjong set this Chinese New Year period.

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Simply buy 4 Tiger 24-can packs from any supermarket to qualify. Bring the original receipt and NRIC to Letrain Redemption Centre (2 Serangoon Rd, The Verge 03-03 , Singapore 218227) to redeem.

Promo period is from 26 December 2016 to 15 January 2017. While stocks last. You can SMS TIGERBEER to 8822 2121 to check if the mahjong set is still available for redemption.

Starbucks Singapore celebrates 20 years

Oops, this post is 1 day late.

Starbucks celebrates 20 years in Singapore yesterday. The first Starbucks opens its door on 14 December 1996 at Liat Tower. Singapore was the 3rd country outside North America to have a Starbucks Store.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in Singapore, Starbucks is launching a limited edition local dot collection mug. Priced at $32.90 and includes a $10 Starbucks Card. Hurry, the mug is only available from 12 to 18 December 2016.

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GoPro recalls the Karma drone

I was initially very excited when GoPro announced the Karma drone. It was compact and rather portable. Together with the new GoPro Hero 5 and gimbal, the entire Karma system sounds like a perfect solution for anyone interested in getting their first drone.

Then 1 week after the announcement, DJI announced the Mavic. A drone that is much more compact than the Karma. Not only that, it cost slightly cheaper and comes with more sensor.

And to make things worse, the GoPro issued a recall for all Karma drones just 16 days after launch. It appears that several Karma drones were falling from the sky during mid flight for no reason. Here’s one of the many Karma crashes footage found on YouTube.

Luckily for everyone, there’s no report of injuries yet. If you own a GoPro Karma, please stop flying your drone and return it to GoPro.

Was The Walking Dead Season 6 cliffhanger justified?

*Rants and spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned*

Wanted to blog about this few weeks ago when I saw the spoiler on who will be killed in Season 7 premiere. But I decided to wait till I see the full episode before commenting. If you remember, I was really pissed after watching Season 6 finale.

And I wasn’t the only one. A lot of fans were angry with the cliffhanger and there was a massive backlash. But showrunner Scott Gimple asked the fans to give them the benefit of the doubt as it as all part of a plan. He said he hope people will see the Season 7 premiere and feel that it justifies the way they told the story.

But after watching Season 7 premiere, I still felt that the cliffhanger in Season 6 finale was unnecessary. It was just a lazy way of creating suspense so that the fans will look forward to the next season.

Personally, I think the story would have been better if they ended Season 6 with Abraham behind hit by lucille. This will give Negan’s introduction a huge impact and at the same time give fans the impression that the rest of the gang are safe from lucille. And they could deliver another shock during Season 7 premiere by killing Glenn.

Very disappointed with the cliffhanger in Season 6 finale. After watching Season 7 premiere, I still don’t think it justify the cliffhanger. They could have told a better story without that stupid cliffhanger.