Newegg Is Coming To Singapore

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 S$220 for it including shipping and the exact same SSD in Singapore is selling for S$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

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

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 US$125 (S$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 US$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

The much anticipated Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III will be available in Singapore from June 2014 for S$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, S$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 S$629, but for the RX III, Sony decided to build that in and just charge you S$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)


  • 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

LG G3 Available In Singapore From 14th June 2014

LG G3 will be available in Singapore at selected telcos from 14th to 21st June 2014 and at authorized retailers from 28th June 28 2014.

The 16GB model will retail for S$868 and the 32GB model will retail for S$928.


Pre-order in Singapore at the selected telcos will be from 14th June 2014 to 21st June 2014. The pre-order package consists of the Quick Circle and the new Wireless Charger (WCD-100) worth S$98 and S$68 respectively.

LG G3 - Full Colors
LG G3 – Full Colors

At launch, only three colors will be available: Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold. Two additional colors: Moon Violet and Burgundy Red will be available at a later date.

LG G3 Features

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and al- most two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
  • 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
  • Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-proof
  • Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
  • Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the G3


  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS, (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM / 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Network: 4G / LTE (Cat4) / HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps (3G), GSM
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, and Shine Gold (Moon Violet and Burgundy Red available at a later date)
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock Code, Guest Mode, etc.

There will be three new accessories to accompany the LG G3:

  • QuickCircle Case: QuickCircle Case allows easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. In addition to the QuickCircle Case, LG will offer a lineup of Slim Guard Cases and premium Slim Hard Cases to protect the G3 in handsome style.
  • LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900): Developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, the Bluetooth stereo headset delivers premium audio quality sound in a stylish design. Built with retractable wire management technology and jog buttons for effortless search, Tone Infinim also features Name Alert to verbally notify you who is calling before you answer.
  • Wireless Charger: Compact and foldable, LG’s Wireless Charger is optimized for easy portability. Compatible with Qi’s wireless power charging technology, the Wireless Charger from LG makes staying powered up as convenient as possible.

LG G3 - QuickCircle Case
LG G3 – QuickCircle Case

LG G3 - LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900)
LG G3 – LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900)

LG G3 - Infographics
LG G3 – Infographics