OpenVPN With Linksys WRT1900AC

The new Linksys WRT1200AC router will provides users with the high-end features of the Linksys WRT1900AC router at AC1200 speeds and a lower price point. The Linksys WRT1200AC will retail for S$329 from 4th June 2015 at Challenger stores and at other consumer electronics retail stores by the end of June 2015.

I attended the launch of the new Linksys WRT1200AC in Singapore yesterday and I realised that the WRT firmware received a new update (service pack 4) which includes one of the features that I am looking for, which is a VPN server (Linksys is using OpenVPN server).

WRT1900AC - OpenVPN
WRT1900AC – OpenVPN

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Foldio 2 – Portable Lightbox

Foldio 2 is a portable lightbox that you can easily bring around for product shots. It can be easily folded and assembled using it’s simple magnetic structure.

Foldio 2 was successfully funded on Kickstarter on the 17th January 2015 after raising US$541,991 out of their initial goal of US$50,000 from 6,729 backers.

Foldio 2 - Box Front
Foldio 2 – Box Front

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Apple Store iOS App Now Available in Singapore

After today’s update to Apple Store iOS App, I just realised the app is now available for all Singapore App Store users! Previously, I tried to download it and it just say it is not available in my region yet.

With WWDC 2015 taking place from 8th June 2015 till 12th June 2015, Tim Cook will probably announce the second wave of countries for the Apple Watch and I am pretty sure Singapore will be in. On a side note, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has listed Apple Watch in its database.

Apple Store app on iOS
Apple Store app on iOS

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Getting Real IP For nginx & Blocking IP on HAProxy

In Tech in Asia, we are using HAProxy as our load balancer and the request is passed on to either of the two web servers running on nginx to process the request. Because the request always comes from the load balancer, under the access logs, the IP will always be the load balancer IP.

Our HAProxy uses the setting option forwardfor which will forward the original client’s IP under the “X-Forwarded-For” header.


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LG G4 Available In Singapore From 30th May 2015

The LG G4 will be available in Singapore from Saturday, 30th May 2015, for a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$998 for the leather back cover and S$928 for the metallic finish back cover.

Registration of interest will start on 15th May 2015 till 24th May 2015 at participating telcos (M1 and StarHub). If you registered your interest, you are entitled to exclusive premiums worth up to S$292 when you buy the LG G4. These premiums are:

LG G4 - Leather Brown (Front)
LG G4 – Leather Brown (Front)

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SHAPL – Smart Shower Container

SHAPL designs and manufactures Smart Shower Containers. The containers are good for travel but you can also use it at the gym or at home. They are Bisphenol A (BPA) free and definitely recyclable.

The containers are available in two sizes, 65ml and 35ml. They come in a pack of six, three or standalone. For the pack of six, you can have three 65ml containers and three 35ml containers or just six 65ml containers.

SHAPL - Packaging Front
SHAPL – Packaging Front

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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds Review

The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds is retailing in Singapore for S$298. It is a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless in-ear earphones with a built-in in-ear heart rate monitor. According to the specifications, the heart rate monitor has a 99.2% accuracy when compared to a medical electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. I can’t really verify it since I don’t have other heart rate monitor to test with.


Jabra Sport Pulse - Box Front
Jabra Sport Pulse – Box Front

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Mophie Power Reserve

I received the Mophie Power Reserve as a door gift at the official launch of Mophie in Singapore. It is retailing for S$69 in Singapore and you can get it from the Apple Online Store (Singapore). Last I heard, this product is going to be discontinued, so get it while you can.

Mophie Power Reserve is a 1,350mAh power bank that weighs 55g and measures 72 x 38 x 14 (L x W x H) (mm). It comes in four colors: black, white, gold and red.

Mophie Power Reserve - Box Front
Mophie Power Reserve – Box Front

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Mophie First Product Launch In Singapore

Mophie has all along been selling their products in Singapore via the Apple Online Store (Singapore) and has no presence in retails stores in Singapore till now. Mophie products in Singapore are being solely distributed by Hwee Seng Electronics and you can get them now from Takashimaya Departmental Store, EpiCentre, EpiLife, Infinite, Challenger and Digivue.

To celebrate the launch of Mophie in Singapore as well as it’s 10th anniversary, you get a 10% discount for all Mophie iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus products at the above mentioned retail stores. The offer is valid from 1st till 31st May 2015.

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6
Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Review

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter which retails for S$110 in Singapore can be mistaken for Microsoft’s version of Google Chromecast. In fact, both of them are quite different. Despite their differences, I don’t think their prices should vary that much. So I am not too sure why Microsoft would price the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter at US$59.95 when the Google Chromecast is only retailing for US$35.

Microsoft Wireless Display will work with Windows devices and Android devices but not iOS devices, whereas Google Chromecast will work with Android devices and iOS devices but not Windows devices.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter - Box Front
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter – Box Front

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