Netflix is now available worldwide (almost). Unless you are from China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria, you should be able to sign up with Netflix now. The company announced last night during the CES Keynote that Netflix will be available to consumers around the world – from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo. Yes, Netflix is finally in Singapore.
The basic tier Netflix plans in Singapore is S$10.98 a month. This include streaming to 1 device in standard definition quality. Standard tier plan is S$13.98 and include streaming to 2 devices at high definition quality. Premium tier plan includes streaming to 4 devices at ultra high definition quality.
Interstingly, the prices are slightly lower than the US rates after currency conversation. To subscribe, simply sign up at Netflix website now.

Logitech just announced an update to Logitech G502 Proteus Core. The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse retains the world’s best DPI sensor, advanced surface and weight tuning while adding RGB customizable lighting to match your style and environment. With 16.8 million colours, the G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse bring your mouse to life with breathing light patterns.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse has 11 programmable buttons for your customisation. Set up one-button triggers, put push-to-talk in easier reach, temporarily down-shift DPI for sniping, or reassign any command or macro to one of the 11 programmable buttons.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum features a powerful and accurate optical sensor, the PMW3366, for maximum performance and tracking accuracy. It also features a huge DPI range of 200 to 12,000 with zero sensor acceleration, zero smoothing or filtering, and zero pixel rounding. For optimal performance, calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface’s physical and reflective characteristics. Surface tuning optimizes the sensor dynamic range to match the properties of the mouse surface, which results in maximum high-speed performance and lower lift-off distance.
The overall weight, as well as the center of balance of the mouse, can be customized based on the placement and number of a series of small weights. You can add up to five 3.6g weights for personalized mass and balance.

The G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse is now available in Singapore at S$129. Comes with 3-year limited hardware warranty.

It seems like 2015 was a great year for Microsoft. In less than 6 months, Windows 10 is now active on over 200 million devices around the world.
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows.
Recently Microsoft reached another milestone, noting people have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone, spending more time on Windows than ever before. Additionally, over 44.5 billion minutes had been spent on Microsoft Edge just in December alone and gamers have spent 4 billion hours playing PC games on Windows 10 in 2015.
A major investment in Windows 10 is delivering one platform that enables developers to reach the breadth of Windows 10 devices – across PC, tablet, phone, and more – with a single app and a single Windows Store. The new Windows Store has now seen 3 billion visits, and more universal apps are now available for Windows 10, including Netflix, Pandora, Shazam, TuneIn Radio, Twitter, Uber and many more. Top developers are also releasing new games to the Windows Store including Minecraft: Story Mode – a Telltale Game Series and World of Tanks Blitz, with more new titles coming in early 2016, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Over the weekend, UOB managed to piss off quite a number of people with their YouTube ads. It’s a 16 seconds pre-roll ad that is non-skippable.

I lost count of the number of times companies piss off people with non-skippable YouTube ads. Marketers need to realise that if their ads are interesting, people will naturally watch the whole ad and even share it with their friends. But it the ad is boring or annoying, even if you make it non-skippable, people will still switch to another tab while waiting for the ad to finish.
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This is not the first time a company does pre-roll ads. Maybe UOB pissed more people off becuase they spend a lot on the non-skippable pre-roll ad. Everyone get annoyed when they keep seeing the same ad over and over again. It doesn’t help when the ad has annoying sound.
I have nothing against pre-roll ads. But if you are going to make it non-skippable, at least make it interesting and don’t spend too much money on it until everyone see it at least 10 times a day. In fact, best is don’t do non-skippable ads. If your ad is interesting, people will even find it on YouTube.
Well, this is not the first time and I’m sure this will not be the last time. As a digital marketer, sometimes I’m worried that even my company will do something like this. *finger cross* Let’s hope I’m able to stop it.
PS: Some of you might say “Hey, at least they got your attention!” Oh yes they did. In a super negative way. I was so pissed that I almost wanted to close my 2 bank account, 1 fixed deposit and credit cards with them. So no, negative publicity is not publicity. Negative publicity is negative publicity. Period.

I thought I told myself that I’m not shooting New Years Eve fireworks again. It’s like a toxic relationship. You know you are going to wait long hours, squeeze here and there and have a hard time leaving the place because it is too crowded. And the photos most likely won’t turn out great since they fire a lot of fireworks and the entire sky will be smoked out after a few shots.
But you still go back year after year. I don’t know why.
And to make things worse this year, it decided to rain before the fireworks. Luckily I brought along a disposable poncho and rain cover for my camera.
Decided to camp out at Marina Bay Sands side this year near the Art Science Museum. The crowd only start forming after 8 plus due to the on and off rain. The crowd control at MBS was horrible. They closed all the doors and left just 2 open. I don’t know the logic behind that. There a huge crowd and they are forced to use just 2 exits at the 2 corner of MBS. If there is a stampede I think a lot of people will be injured.
I managed to capture some nice reflection shots just before the fireworks thanks to the windless night.
Not sure what’s the special occasion this year but the New Year Eve’s fireworks lasted for 8 minutes. I must say this is one of the nicer fireworks I’ve seen. But as usual, the whole area starts to get fully smoked out after a while. And it doesn’t help that there isn’t much wind. But still managed to get a few good shots.
The fireworks were a bit too high. Didn’t bother adjusting my camera cause I know my 1.6 crop factor Canon 60D with 11-16mm Tokina lens will not be able to capture everything no matter how I adjust it. Oh well. Maybe I should get a full frame with fish eye lens next time. Or stand further back.
The whole place is so smoky after the fireworks that it actually looks good on camera. But I’m too tired so I only took a few shots handheld.
Surprisingly, the crowd managed to clear pretty fast this year. Deep down inside, I’m telling myself this is the last time I’m shooting fireworks on New Year Eve. But something tells me that I’ll be there again.

If you have been following this blog for some time, you will know that I will always do a tech prediction at the start of the year. And to be honest, most of these predictions don’t come true so don’t take them too seriously. But still it is a fun way to start the year.
So here goes…..
Drones… drones everywhere
No, I’m not saying the sky will be filled with flying drones. But I’m predicting that 2016 will be the year of the drones hitting mainstream. With drones getting cheaper and cheaper, buying a drone will be like buying a PC or a camera. And yes, that is going to cause quite a bit of problem.
Drone accident
I hope I’m wrong with this. But with so many drones flying around, I think we will see an accident between an airplane/helicopter and drone this year. Maybe the drone operator flew the drone too near the airport or too high that it hit the plane/helicopter. I’m also guessing its just minor damage to the plane/helicopter but serious enough to force the pilot to do an emergency landing.
Facebook launches virtual reality social networking
We all know that Facebook acquired Oculus Rift in 2014. Oculus Rift should be releasing their VR headset later this year and I suspect Facebook will make full use of it by announcing a VR extension to Facebook. Something that allows you to wear the VR headset and interact with your Facebook friends.
Touch gesture comes to Mac OS
After seeing the iPad Pro in action, I got this feeling that touch gestures will finally be coming to Mac OS soon. Yes, I know Apple said that they won’t be putting touch screen on Mac OS devices. But I think the times has changed and we will finally get to see touchscreen MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac this year.
Most smart phones will switch to USB Type C except iPhone
2016 will be the year USB Type C gain popularity and start showing up in most of your devices like laptop and smartphones. While most smartphones launched in second half of 2016 will be using USB Type C, I’m guessing that Apple will stick to Lightning port for iPhone and iPad.
Canon or Nikon release a full frame mirrorless camera
This is just a wild prediction. But with the success of Sony full frame mirrorless camera, I’m guessing Canon and Nikon should be working on something to rival that. I guess we might see it in 2016. Just a wild guess.
WhatsApp loses its popularity
Nothing last forever. I’m predicting that by end of 2016, most users will be switching away from WhatsApp and moving to other chat messaging app. I’m guessing most likely Telegram but I won’t be surprised if it is a new messaging app that we haven’t heard of yet.
Netflix is going to be a big hit in Singapore
We all know that Netflix will be coming to Singapore this year. I predict that Netflix will be a big hit despite the fact that some shows will not be available due to MDA censorship and content rights ownership. At least it is easier to get most content without having to mess around with VPN.
Singapore will regulate UberX
We know the Land Transport Authority is looking into this. I predict that LTA will announce a set of regulations for UberX and other similar services. I’m guessing there will be over regulations to make it a so called “levelled playing field” with the taxi companies. Most likely all UberX drivers will need to take the same Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence.
Nobody cares about the Digital and Social Media Advertising Guidelines by ASAS
The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS) is now seeking public inputs for its consultation on the draft Digital and Social Media Advertising Guidelines. I don’t know if anyone from the public told them to save the trouble and not do it. But the ASAS will most likely release the guidelines in 2016. I’m predicting that most bloggers, youtubers and online influnecers will ignore it. These are just guidelines and not law. So why would anyone follow it?
Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.