Chromecast Now Officially Available in Singapore

Chromecast Now Officially Available in Singapore
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After it was launched nearly two years ago, Chromecast is now officially available in Singapore (since 19th March 2015).

What is Chromecast you may ask? Well, Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite entertainment and apps right to your television.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6
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Bought my Nexus 6 from MobyShop for S$870 and traded in my Nexus 5 (16GB) for S$200. Ended up paying S$670 for the phone.

When I first held the Nexus 6, it gives me a a sense of premium feeling because the phone frame is made of aluminum. For once, the Nexus phone series doesn’t look and feel cheap. Maybe that is why the Nexus 6 is so much more expensive than the Nexus 5.

Nexus 6 Now Available in Singapore

Nexus 6 Now Available in Singapore
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4 months after the launch of Nexus 6, Nexus 6 is now officially available in Singapore for a recommended retail price of S$998.

Only the 32GB variant will be available and in both colors, the Midnight Blue and Cloud White. Since the Nexus 6 will only be retailing exclusively though open channel (retail stores), it will not be available at Telcos like Singtel, Starhub or M1.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast
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Bought the Google Chromecast from Amazon for US$35 (S$44) excluding shipping. Google Chromecast is similar to Apple’s AirPlay technology using Apple TV.

If you are in the US, you can watch Netflix, Hulu Plus as well as movies, TV shows, and music from Google Play. However for normal users in Singapore, there is nothing much you can do with it beside streaming YouTube videos and mirroring your Chrome tabs.

Chromebooks Now Available In Singapore

Chromebooks Now Available In Singapore
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Chromebooks have arrived in Singapore and for some reasons, they are only on sale at Courts and not elsewhere like Challenger, Harvey Norman or Best Denki. I guess Courts got the exclusivity rights for the time being.

3 models of Chromebook are available, HP Pavilion Chromebook (S$449), Samsung Chromebook (S$449) and Acer C7 Chromebook (S$369).

Google Shutting Down Google Reader

Google Shutting Down Google Reader
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Google Reader was created in early 2005 by Google engineer Chris Wetherell and launched on 7th October 2005 through Google Labs.

I can’t remember when I first started using Google Reader, but my guess it would be around in 2006. Ever since then, I have been using Google Reader on a daily basis (even weekends and when I am on holiday).

Indoor Google Maps for Android Now Available in Singapore

Indoor Google Maps for Android Now Available in Singapore
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Starting today, with the release of Indoor Google Maps for Android in Singapore, you are able to determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where are the shops located with regards to your current location in the shopping mall.

Detailed floor plans will automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. And, in certain locations, you will have the option of using the indoor My Location feature to help you navigate your way inside. The familiar “blue dot” icon can indicate your approximate location, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.

Google Announces New Nexus 4, Nexus 10 & Updated Nexus 7

Google Announces New Nexus 4, Nexus 10 & Updated Nexus 7
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Google Nexus 4

This is the 4th Google Nexus handset known as Nexus 4 and it is made by LG. The screen is huge now at 4.7″ with resolution of 1280×768 (320ppi), back camera is now 8MP, processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz (quad-core) and RAM has been bumped to 2GB. It also includes wireless charging using any Qi-compatible charger. Do note that LTE is not supported in the Nexus 4.