Twitter opens Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore

Twitter recently opened its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. The company also announced that it will be adding more than 100 jobs over the next few years to meet the growing demand from users, partners and advertisers across the Asia Pacific region. Minister of Communication and Information, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim was present to launch the official new regional quarters.

Twitter APAC Office - #Home4Good Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim (Captioned)

Since opening in a serviced office in the fall of 2013, the Singapore-based team has grown to 80 staff members in less than two years and moved to a new office space to accommodate the company’s plans to more than double its workforce. The new regional headquarters will be home to a wide range of business functions, including sales, partnerships, marketing, HR, finance, user services, legal, policy, and trust & safety.

Twitter APAC Office - 03 Reception

The new office was designed with both Twitter and Singapore in mind. There are elements of Singapore’s heritage incorporated throughout the interior design, including Peranakan wall and floor tiles, nostalgic old-style doors and windows, 1970s wall grilles, bricks and furniture. As a reflection of Twitter’s role as a platform for live, public conversations, the office has a large Commons area for events of up to 100 people, while many work areas throughout the office were built for group discussions, including The Library. The #LoveWhereYouWork neon hashtag, Twitter vending machine, Tweet wall and birdhouses around the office emphasize the company’s iconic brand. All the rooms are also named after birds from across the region, including Emu the boardroom.

Twitter APAC Office - 04 Foyer

Twitter APAC Office - 05 Commons

Twitter APAC Office - 06 Commons

Twitter APAC Office - 07 #realtimelab

Twitter APAC Office - 10 Pantry

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Twitter APAC Office - 12 Library

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst coming in February 2016

Fans of Mirror’s Edge, rejoice! Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be available from 23 February 2016 in Asia on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst immerses players in the origin story of Faith, and her rise from a careless young woman to a heroine who opens the eyes of an entire city. Featuring fluid movement and combat in a massive city where you can run free and explore, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst adds a new level of immersion to action adventure games by putting you in the first person perspective.

Microsoft announce backward compatibility for Xbox One

One of the biggest news coming from Microsoft during E3 is backwards compatibility for Xbox One. Woohoo! That’s right. You will soon be able to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One. If you are in the preview program, you can start testing it now.


But not all Xbox 360 games will be available. Developers need to approve their games for backward compatibility.

If you bought a game on Xbox 360 online and it is available, you can simply download it on your Xbox One and start playing. If you have the game on a disc, just insert the disc into your Xbox One and it will download the game. You’ll still need the disc in the tray for it to work.

The backward compatibility feature will be launched this holiday season and Microsoft says it has more than 100 games ready for the program.

Team Singapore records best SEA Games performance

The 28th SEA Games just ended yesterday and Team Singapore recorded a historic medal haul of 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze. This haul surpassed Singapore’s record of 50 Gold, 40 Silver and 74 Bronze when the Games was hosted in Singapore in 1993. This impressive performances also boosted Singapore’s standing to second position on the medal tally – our highest ranking since the 1975.


Singapore, being the host nation, field its largest team ever of 747 athletes and 347 officials. 421 athletes made their first appearance at the SEA Games.

Of the 36 sports which Team Singapore participated in, Swimming achieved the highest medal count of 42 (23 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals). Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the most bemedalled athletes at the Games with nine Gold medals and 12 medals respectively, winning one in every event they competed in.

There were also many breakthrough performances to celebrate. The synchronised swimming team won their first Gold medal in their sport in the Team Free Combination event. Sprinter Shanti Pereira broke the national record and clocked her personal best timing in the Women’s 200m finals, contributing a Gold medal to Athletics’ achievement of 9 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals) and at the same time, breaking a 42-year medal drought in this event.

Windsurfer Audrey Yong beat the odds and sailed a consistent regatta to win Singapore’s first gold medal in a women’s windsurfing event. The Sailing team marked their best SEA Games outing ever with 10 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Also on the water at Bedok Reservoir, water-skier Mark Leong set a Games Record, National Record and Personal Best in the Men’s Slalom event, adding on to the four waterski Games records. The canoeists also set a record haul of seven Gold medals. Other teams who have impressed were from Rhythmic Gymnastics, Equestrian, Wushu and Netball, among many others.

Congrats Team Singapore!

Sony ultra-compact external solid-state drive

Sony recently introduced the first external solid-state drive (SSD) that is made for consumer use. The drive is ultra-stylish, ultra-compact and ultra-high speed. It weighs just 35 grams and is 9.4mm thick.

SSD Black (2)

Available in cool silver and noble black colour, the drive is capable of transfer rate up to 450MB/s. Featuring a stylish and durable metal body with anti-scratch hairline finish, the new external SSD is so aesthetically pleasing.

The SL-BG1 (128GB capacity) and SL-BG2 (256GB capacity) will be available at all Sony Stores and authorised outlets from July 2015 onwards, at a recommended retail price of S$199 and S$299, respectively.