Western Digital TV Media Player (WD TV) Review

Western Digital refreshed their WD TV media player back in May 2014. It features a new user interface and supports a wider range of formats including .mkv, .mp4, .avi, and offers social connectivity through apps like YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Facebook among others. The new model also supports Miracast and allows users to project their Miracast enabled mobile devices onto their TV in up to full HD 1080p.

The new WD TV is retailing for S$169.

WD TV - Box Front
WD TV – Box Front

WD TV - Box Back
WD TV – Box Back

WD TV - Box
WD TV – Box

Technical Specifications

  • Support File Formats:
    • Video – AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
    • Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
    • Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
    • Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
    • Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
  • Ports:
    • 1x Power
    • 1x Optical audio
    • 1x Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
    • 1x HDMI
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • 1x Composite A/V
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Dimensions (Height x Depth x Width): 30mm x 100mm x 125mm
  • Weight: 190g

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The Tech Guy at Tech in Asia

· · · Blog

In case you haven’t been following me, I left migme (previously known as mig33) after 4 years and 7 months there. I went in as a Web Engineer and along the way I got promoted to Senior Web Engineer. It has been an awesome ride with my fellow colleagues in migme.

Here is my farewell message to them:

Today is my last day in mig! As some of you might have known, this is my first job and it has been an awesome 4 1/2 years ride with ups and downs. It seems Steven has given a lot of people their first jobs in mig.

I came in as a web engineer who knows how to code but doesn’t know much about web servers, but over the years I gained a lot of hands-on experience with playing with servers. Thanks to all the seniors who have taught and guided me well.

At times, I might not be the easiest person to work with but as what Lee Kuan Yew once said, “I did what I thought was right, given the circumstances, given my knowledge at the time, given the pressures on me at the time. That’s finished, done. I move forward. You keep on harking back, it’s just wasting time.”

I would think of myself as graduated rather than leaving! Who knows I might be back again for “post-graduate” studies

Tech in Asia Logo
Tech in Asia Logo

Today, is my first day of work in Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy. The role is pretty simple, I am in-charge of everything that is engineering/tech related. So if there is anything wrong with the website, you can blame me for it =p

They are using WordPress to power most of their sites and hopefully my experience in WordPress coupled with some devops experience that I obtained in migme, will be able to bring them forward.

I realised they are using some of my WordPress plugins as well like WP-DBManager and WP-ServerInfo.

Tech in Asia has several sites under them and of course the first thing I did was to get them monitored for downtime using Pingdom. You can check it out here: status.techinasia.com

Over the next couple of weeks, my immediate priority would be to scale the site by separating the services into different servers. Right now everything is being hosted on a single VPS and MySQL has become our bottleneck.

We will also be moving away from Digital Ocean VPSes to a mix of physical servers and VPSes at SoftLayer.


Dropbox Pro Now Comes With 1TB Of Storage For US$9.99/month

· · · Software

On the 27th August 2014, Dropbox announced that the Dropbox Pro plan now comes with 1TB (1,000 GB) of storage for US$9.99/month (S$13/month) or you can pay upfront for the year and that will cost you US$99/year (S$125/year).

Dropbox - 1TB Email Notification
Dropbox – 1TB Email Notification

Previously, US$9.90/month will only give you 100GB of storage, while 200GB will cost you US$19.99/month and 500GB will cost you US$49.99.

I have been a Dropbox Pro subscriber since February 2011 and I have been waiting for this change since Google drop their price for Google Drive (US$9.99/month for 1TB) back in March 2014 and Microsoft decided to give all Office 365 subscribers 1TB for free back in June 2014. Thank you Dropbox!

For existing Dropbox Pro subscribers, you should already see the new 1TB storage in your Dropbox.

Dropbox - 1TB Web
Dropbox – 1TB Web

Dropbox - 1TB Mac
Dropbox – 1TB Mac

LAZADA 100th Celebration – Top 100 Sellers At Best Price & Vouchers Giveaway

Some of you may recall that earlier this year I did a review on the Fitbit Flex. Just a quick recap, for those of you who don’t remember, the Fitbit Flex is a wireless activity tracker that allows the user to monitor and track all the fitness and lifestyle related metrics such as distance walked, distance ran, number of hours slept, calorie consumption, and calories burnt. It also comes with a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates to wake you at your desired time.

The Fitbit Flex is the fourth fitness band that I own. I was seeded with the Jawbone UP24 (S$249), bought the Jawbone UP (S$189.90) and Nike FuelBand (US$149 = S$190). Among the four fitness bands, the Fitbit Flex in my opinion is the best one of the lot as it offers many features, making it the most complete product of its kind. The Fitbit Flex is also extremely lightweight (13g) when compared to the Jawbone UP24 (~21g), Jawbone UP (23g) and the Nike FuelBand (32g).

The Fitbit Flex also has the ability to automatically sync all the data collected wirelessly to your mobile devices, providing you with real-time access to all the stats on the Fitbit dashboard and the Fitbit app at any time of the day. The Fitbit Flex itself is able to store about 30 days of data on the device itself.

Overall the Fitbit Flex is my preferred choice for fitness bands as it is much cheaper, much more comfortable to wear, and provides many more functions compared to its competitors. For those of you who want to buy a Fitbit, the good news is that for a limited period of time, you can get it for S$109 (the usual price is S$129) at lazada.sg/fitbit-flex-fitness-tracker-lime-98897.html, where Lazada Singapore is celebrating their 100 days since the launch of their website in Singapore with a massive sale. The sale features their Top 100 Best Selling Items at prices of up to 90% off and the Fitbit Flex is just one of the 100 items. Besides the Fitbit Flex, they also have other products ranging from mobiles, tablets, cameras, and consumer electronics to toys, fashion, health and beauty products.

LAZADA 100th Celebration - Top 100 Sellers At Best Price & Vouchers Giveaway
LAZADA 100th Celebration – Top 100 Sellers At Best Price & Vouchers Giveaway

The sale started from yesterday, 28th August 2014 and will end on 10th September 2014. So don’t forget to check it out because three lucky shoppers who take part in this sale will stand to win S$100 shopping vouchers!

Check out the sale here and you can buy the Fitbit Flex here.

Don’t forget to like the Lazada SG Facebook for more promotions!

XMI Launches X-mini CLEAR

XMI is a Singapore based company known for creating it’s award winning X-mini Capsule Speaker which revolutionise portable audio technology.

It’s latest and largest speaker is called the X-mini CLEAR which is a custom 2.1 audio system.

It will be launching later this year in November 2014 for S$299.

If you are interested in pre-ordering it for a special price of S$199, you can head down to X-mini booth (Hall 602/601 no. 6333) at COMEX 2014. COMEX 2014 will take place at Level 4 and 6 of Suntec City Singapore starting from today Thursday, 28th August 2014 till Sunday, 31st August 2014. Opening hours are from 12pm till 9pm and admission is free.

If you pre-order your X-mini CLEAR from COMEX 2014, you will get a free X-mini MAX Capsule Speaker worth S$63.90. On top of that, you will get your speakers in October 2014 instead of the global availability date which is November 2014.


  • Custom 2.1 Audio System with 70mm active subwoofer delivering crisp low frequency reproduction
  • Signature Ceramic Drivers creates clearer and cleaner mid and high frequencies through 40mm Ceramic Drivers
  • Clear Back Design with 3-mode Mood Lighting aesthetics designed to accompany quality audio experience
  • Bluetooth & NFC enabled for One-touch seamless Wireless Connectivity of up to 10m
  • Noise-cancelling Microphone to filter background disturbances for phone calls
  • Smartphone Charging Capabilities with high-capacity 6600mAh Li-ion battery

X-mini CLEAR - Front
X-mini CLEAR – Front

X-mini CLEAR - Back
X-mini CLEAR – Back

X-mini CLEAR
X-mini CLEAR

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