It’s almost 3pm on 31 December and here I am following a simple tradition that I had. To look back and reflect on the year.
Actually 2014 is quite uneventful for me. Even the Facebook Year In Review looks so boring that I didn’t bother sharing. I thought I will be seeing huge changes in my life 1 year ago as we approach 2014. But I was wrong. Nothing much has changed. Maybe this is better but we will never know. Plans changed along the way. I guess that’s life. You make plans and you make adjustment as you go along.
Some wishes were answered while some were forgotten. End of the day, we just need to learn what to hold on and what to let go.
2015 is going to be a huge year (I guess). Singapore is celebrating its 50th Birthday. And the geek in me is excited because 2015 is also the year in Back To The Future 2. But most importantly, I certain that some things that were supposed to happen in 2014 will happen in 2015.
Whereever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you all the best for 2015.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
It’s the end of 2014. That means it’s time to take a look at the Tech prediction that I’ve made in the beginning of the year. Lots of devices using curved glass
Surprisingly there’s not a lot of devices using curved glass. We do see some TV with curve glass. Samsung released some Smart Watches with curved glass. And not forgetting the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge. Apple to release Apple TV
Oh Apple, Apple. When will you ever release the legendary Apple TV? Or is it never ever going to happen? Apple release iPhones with bigger screen size
This is actually a no brainer. The trend is pretty obvious. So no surprise that Apple will release a bigger screen iPhone. But I guess most of us didn’t expect Apple to release 2 size, iPhone 6 at 4.7 inch and iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5 inch. Google and Apple to release their own Smart Watch
Well, Apple did announce the Apple Watch this year. But it will only be available early 2015. As for Google, they didn’t make their own Smart Watch. But as predicted, they did release a version of Android operating system called Android Wear which allows partners to make their own Smart Watch. 2015 is going to be an interesting year for Smart Watch (again). A major mobile OS virus or malware
We see lots of security breach throughout 2014. But luckily for us, we don’t have a major mobile OS virus or malware. I’m actually happy that I predicted this wrongly. BlackBerry will release an Android phone
Didn’t happen. Pinterest get acquired
Also didn’t happen. YouTube to further integrate with Google Plus
Didn’t happen too. Wow. I suck at this year’s prediction. 3D printer goes mainstream
3D printer didn’t go mainstream this year. But we are seeing more and more application of 3D printers. Adobe announced new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC at the beginning of the year. We seeing 3D printers getting cheaper. SingPost started offering 3D printing service at Suntec City branch. 3D printers are going places, including International Space Station. But they are just not mainstream yet as I’ve predicted. Bitcoin value crossed $2000 mark
Bitcoin didn’t cross the $2000 mark. In fact, 2014 seems like a great year for Bitcoin. We see less speculation and a more stable exchange rate. We are also seeing more places accepting Bitcoin. Singapore will pass laws that regulate the use of Social Media
So glad that this didn’t happen.
Wow, I’m really bad at all these tech prediction. Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.
This year, people in Singapore and across the world came together in moments of celebration, protest, mourning and joy. Many Tweeters contributed to the moments and conversations that unfolded on Twitter with more than 500 million Tweets send every day.
The most retweeted Tweet of 2014, aka Golden Tweet, is the Oscar selfie by Ellen DeGeneres.
The Golden Tweet for Singapore in 2014 was a feel-good Tweet by @MuhdHaidee, an everyday guy’s message about how everyone needs a hug when they’re sad, striking a chord with other Singaporean Twitter users with over 18,000 retweets spreading the message of support on Twitter.
Twitter is like the second screen for many Singaporeans. That’s why it is no surprise that some of the top 10 fastest-rising Twitter hashtag trends in Singapore were from award ceremonies like People’s Choice Awards (#PeoplesChoice), and MTV Hottest (#MTVHottest). There were also several football related hashtag like Liverpool (#YNWA) and FIFA World Cup (#WorldCup).
Every year, Google will release a list of the fastest raising search term for the year. They used to call it The Google Zeitgeist but surprisingly this year they are just calling it Year in Search. But it is still interesting to see what people are searching as it reflects on the major events for the year.
The top trending search item in Singapore is the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Searches for “MH370” is five times higher than the top trending local news search, “PSI Singapore”. Other headlines that grabbed attention this year include the referendum in Scotland, the announcement of the 2014 Budget and the opening of Singapore’s new Sports Hub.
News of the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge also got Singaporeans into research mode, with Singaporeans not just looking for the latest news, but digging into the topics with searches for “What is ALS” and “What is Ebola” at #1 and #2 on the “What is…” list.
I’m a huge fan of McDonald’s breakfast. The only problem is, I’m not a morning person. Even though they extended the breakfast hour to 12 noon on weekend and public holidays, I still sometimes find it difficult to wake up in time to have breakfast.
That’s why I’m excited when I found out that McDonald’s Singapore will be having All Day Breakfast from 1 to 4 January 2015. Breakfast favourites such as Hotcakes Meal, Hotcakes with Sausage Meal and Breakfast Deluxe Meal will be available till 5pm over the 4 days at all McDonald’s restaurants in Singapore. Woot! This means I can sleep until 4:30pm and still be in time for McDonald’s breakfast. Woohoo!
McDonalds will also be creating its first All Day Sunrise video on 1 Jan 2015. The video will feature sunrise live streamed from some of the most iconic cities around the world starting from Gisborne, New Zealand. Start 2015 on a positive note at getupandgo.sg
PS: All Day Breakfast is not available at Nanyang Polytechnic, Lido, Clifford Centre, KK Hospital, Tampines Kiosk, Singapore Science Centre, National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic 2