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).

Newegg
Newegg

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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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III Will Be Available In Singapore From June 2014

· · · Camera

The much anticipated Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III will be available in Singapore from June 2014 for SGD$1,199. It is not really a successor to the popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II because the RX100 II will still be on sale targeting a different audience because of the cheaper, SGD$899, price point.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

For the RX100 III, Sony updated the lens to ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8, added a retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF) and changed the LCD so that it can be tilted 180° to take selfie photos.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III - 180-degree tilting LCD Screen
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III – 180-degree Tilting LCD Screen

Previously for the RX100 II, the Tru-Finder (EVF) is available as a separate accessory and that will set you back SGD$629, but for the RX III, Sony decided to build that in and just charge you SGD$300 extra!

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III - Retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III – Retractable OLED Tru-Finder aka Electronic viewfinder (EVF)

Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2 (Effective resolution) Approx. 20.1 megapixels
  • Image processor: BIONZ X
  • Lens:
    • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
    • f=8.8-25.7mm / 35mm format equivalent (Still Image 3:2) f=24-70mm
    • Maximum aperture F1.8(W)-2.8(T)
  • Zoom range: Optical (still image/movie): 2.9x; Clear Image Zoom approx. 5.8x
  • Screen: 7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 180° / down 45° (approx.)
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-type electronic viewfinder (OLED), 1,440,000 dots; magnification approx. 0.59x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35mm equiv.), retractable type
  • Image stabilisation: (Still image) Optical SteadyShot, (Movie) Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type
  • Focus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
  • Focus area: Wide / Centre / Flexible spot S/M/L / Lock on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot S/M/L)
  • Sensitivity (still image):
    • Auto (ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit)
    • 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100)
    • Multi-Frame NR[3]: Auto (ISO125-12800), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
  • Continuous shooting: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 10 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 2.9 fps (AF-S)
  • CShooting modes: Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Scene Selection, Movie Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama
  • Picture Effect modes: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
  • Other Shooting functions: Eye AF, Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Single-bracketing, Cont.-bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, MF Assist, Photo Creativity, Peaking, Zebra, Micref Level, Step Zoom, Self-portrait timer
  • Built-in flash: Manual pop-up
  • Still image record:
    • [3:2 mode] 20M (5,472×3,648) / 10M (3,888×2,592) / 5M (2,736×1,824)
    • [4:3 mode] 18M (4,864×3,648) / 10M (3,648×2,736) / 5M (2,592×1,944) / VGA
    • [16:9 mode] 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528)
    • [1:1 mode] 13M (3,648×3,648) / 6.5M (2,544×2,544) / 3.7M (1,920×1,920)
    • [Sweep Panorama] Wide (12,416×1,856 / 5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856 / 3,872×2,160)
  • Movie record:
    • [AVCHD] 28M PS (1,920×1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/25p)
    • [XAVC S] 50p 50M (1,920×1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/25p) / 100p 50M (1,280×720/100p)
    • [MP4]12M (1,440×1,080/25fps) / 3M VGA (640×480/25fps)
  • Battery life:
    • (Still Image) Monitor: Approx. 320 / Approx. 160min. Viewfinder: Approx. 230 / Approx. 115min.
    • (Movies actual shooting) Monitor: Approx. 50min., Viewfinder: Approx. 50min.
    • (In [MP4 12M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 15 min. and max. file size is 2GB)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm (CIPA compliant)
  • Weight: Approx. 290g (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included), Approx. 263g (Body Only)
  • Supplied accessories:Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord