Nokia XL Available In Singapore From 13th June 2014

· · · Mobile Phone

One of the first Nokia Android phones, the Nokia XL will be available in Singapore from this Friday, 13th June 2014 at 12pm sharp.

You can’t get it from the physical stores yet because it will be available exclusively online at till 27th June 2014.

It will be available nation-wide and at all Nokia stores and Nokia solution partners from 28th June 2014.

The recommended retail price for the Nokia XL is SGD$239.

There are a total of six colours for Nokia XL but only four will be available in Singapore at launch. There are the bright green, orange, black and white.

I had the privilege to be at Mobile World Congress 2014 thanks to Nokia Connects (now known as just Connects), where Nokia announces their first Android phones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

Nokia XL - Front
Nokia XL – Front

Nokia XL - Back
Nokia XL – Back

Nokia XL - Side
Nokia XL – Side

Nokia XL - Top
Nokia XL – Top


  • OS: Nokia X Software Platform
  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core processor
  • RAM: 768MB
  • Storage: 4GB (Expandable up to 32GB using MicroSD card). Free 7GB Microsoft OneDrive
  • Screen: 5″ IPS WVGA (800 x 480) (187 ppi) (multi-point touch)
  • Camera (Rear): 5MP (2592 x 1944)
  • Camera (Front): 1.3MP (1600 x 1200)
  • Flash: LED Flash
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Sensors: GPS+AGPS, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • SIM: Dual SIM, using Micro SIM
  • Dimension (mm): 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 (Height x Width x Thickness)
  • Weight: 190g
  • Battery capacity: 2,000 mAh
  • Standby Time: 41 days (2G), 26 days (3G)

Xbox One Available In Singapore From 23rd September 2014

· · · Gaming

The much anticipated Xbox One will finally be available in Singapore from Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 after it was launched more than 6 months ago on 22nd November 2014, 2013 in North America.

The Xbox One itself will retail for SGD$639 and Xbox One with Kinect will retail for SGD$739.

Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console, which comes with a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi. You will get one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members as well.

Xbox One With Kinect
Xbox One With Kinect

The following Xbox One games will be available at launch:

  • Dead Rising 3
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • Project Spark
  • Minecraft
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Fighter Within
  • Killer Instinct
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Xbox Fitness

Source: E3 2014: Xbox One Singapore Launch & Pricing Details

Newegg Is Coming To Singapore

· · · Shop

Newegg is coming to Singapore alongside to other countries like India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland by end of June 2014. Currently it is only in four countries (US, Canada, UK and Australia).


For the unaware, Newegg is one of the largest online retailer of computer hardware and software that is based in California, United States.

Because it is pretty strict about it’s buying and shipping policy from the US, I only managed to get one item from Newegg, which is the Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB. At that time I paid about SGD$220 for it including shipping and the exact same SSD in Singapore is selling for SGD$321.

If Newegg manages to keep its prices so low even when in Singapore, we can pretty much say good bye to Sim Lim Square (Sim Lim Square is the place to get computer hardware in Singapore).

Source: Online retailer Newegg to expand to six more countries by end of June

Matt Mullenweg Live In Singapore

· · · WordPress

Matt Mullenweg who is the co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic stop by Singapore on the 4th June 2014 as part of his Summer Tour which includes cities like Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland.

I knew Matt since b2 days but never had a chance to met him till he came to Singapore! And of course, a picture with him is compulsory!

Matt Mullenweg & I
Matt Mullenweg & I

WordPress celebrated its 11th birthday last week and it has come a long way since it’s first release on the 27th May 2003! And yes, I have been developing plugins for WordPress since day one (before WordPress 1.2 it is known as hack).

Throughout these 11 years, I developed a total of 21 plugins (out of which 19 of them are still being maintained) and it accumulated a total of 11.4 million downloads and counting!

Thanks to the team at Singapore PHP User Group for helping Michael Cheng and I out in hosting him. You guys and girls rock!

Shout-out to the team: Alarice Soh, Aloysius Alaric Soh, Anna Filippova, Chinmay Pendharkar, Fazli Mansor, Hazrul Azhar Jamari, KimSia Sim, Rachelle Yee, Robert Sim, Sam Mauris Yong, Sayanee Basu and Valentine Chua.

Also a shout-out to our special guest from Japan, Mayuko Moriyama, who is one of the organiser for WordCamp Tokyo.

Awesome Team
Awesome Team

Last but not least, special thanks to Microsoft Singapore for the venue and food sponsor and Automattic for the SWAG!

Do checkout the tweets and Facebook posts with the hashtag #MattInSG: #MattInSG Tweets / #MattInSG Facebook’s Posts.

Here are the photos that we took for the pre-event and the event itself:

And here is the full video for the event:

Lego That Qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver

· · · Toy

In case you are not aware, Amazon do provide free shipping to Singapore through it’s AmazonGlobal Saver program. Your order has to be above USD$125 (SGD$156) and every item in your order has to qualify for AmazonGlobal Saver.

As long as one of your item doesn’t qualify for AmazonGlobal Saver, your whole order doesn’t qualify. Anything single item that is bigger than 18 x 11 x 8 inches (45cm x 28cm x 20cm) or 20 pounds (9kg) will not qualify for AmazonGlobal Saver. I also heard that if your single item cost more than USD$50 it will not qualify for AmazonGlobal Saver as well.

Some of you may notice when you do a search in Amazon, you can filter your search results to only show AmazonGlobal Eligible products as shown in the screenshot below.

AmazonGlobal Eligible
AmazonGlobal Eligible

But AmazonGlobal Eligible products doesn’t mean it qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver. It just means it do ship directly to you if you live outside United States.

So there is no easy way to find out which product qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver from the list of AmazonGlobal Eligible products. You literally have to add the items to your cart and check the shipping cost. If the shipping cost is waived, your order qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver. If not you can either remove the item that doesn’t qualify or pay for the shipping.

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