Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL available this weekend in Singapore


Microsoft today announced the availability of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in Singapore for only SGD299 and SGD429 respectively. The latest devices to join the Lumia portfolio, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL offer more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences, OneDrive1 storage and fast 4G connectivity. Both devices will upgrade to and benefit from Windows 10 as it becomes available later this year.

  • Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run all of your favorite websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
  • View photos and watch videos on the Lumia 640’s crisp 5” HD display and the Lumia 640 XL’s larger 5.7” HD display.
  • Power through the work day and enjoy almost a day’s of talk time, thanks to the Lumia 640’s long-lasting 2500 mAh battery and the Lumia 640 XL’s 3000 mAh battery.
  • Capture detail rich photos even in low light, thanks to the 8 MP camera on the Lumia 640 LED flash and 13 MP camera ZEISS Optics on the Lumia 640 XL with LED flash and Lumia Camera right out of the box.
  • Stay updated on the most important information with Glance Screen, available on both devices
  • Enjoy the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.
  • Keep up-to-date with the best features through regular updates to Windows, including all the benefits of Windows 10 service as it becomes available later this year.

“People are looking for a device which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank,” said Bruce Howe, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. “With the long lasting battery and full range of Microsoft experiences – including Office and OneDrive – the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are the perfect enablers of productivity for consumers.”

From now to 30 June, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet. With the Office 365 Personal installed, users will receive an additional 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes.

To redeem the offer, users will need to download the Office 365 gift app from the Windows Phone Store by 30 June and activate it by 14 August 2015.

Both the Lumia 640 and 640 XL will be available in Singapore at Microsoft Authorized Mobile Reseller in Funan DigitaLife Mall and GadgetWorld, 3Mobile and Handphoneshop outlets from 18 April, Saturday.

All 3 local operators and A-Mobile will also be retailing the device with attractive data plans. The Lumia 640 will be available in glossy cyan, orange, white and matte black, and the Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

Lumia 640_Datasheet Lumia 640XL_Datasheet

ChromeBit – here’s why it is a good idea for a cheap, no-frills desktop for your old screen


Of all the days, April Fools Day (or at least on my part of the planet) was chosen to be the date of an announcement for ChromeBit, a low-cost HDMI browser-based  OS that runs on any HDMI screens – from your old 32″ LCD TV with that single HDMI port to well, currently sitting next to my office desk, doing nothing, kickass 27″ ASUS LED Display Screen (after my Acer Predator died on my, I just kinda brought it to office and swap between my DELL 23″ and this every other month.).


Rocking specs that is slightly more worthy than any USD100 can get for yourself the ChromeBit shall be an unstoppable tool for many Small-Business Owners like myself.

Here are some of the supposed specs:
– Rockchip RK3288 (with quad-core Mali 760 graphics)
– 2GB of RAM
– 16GB of solid state storage
– 2×2 dual-band 802.11ac WiFi
– Bluetooth 4.0
– A Single full-size USB 2.0 port on one end (well the opposite end of the HDMI Port)

Let’s hope that this product see the light of the day, unlike the Google Glass or how many failed attempts that Google has tried.

On a sidenote, yesterday’s Google Panda joke from Google Japan – really KAWAII until can die loh!

Whatsapp new calling feature, and why you shouldn’t be too excited about it.

Whatsapp have finally caught up with the game now, there is finally a “Voice-Call” feature in Whatsapp for you to chat real-time with your friends through the app (using your data of course).

If you are an android user and you might have noticed that your Whatsapp screen have changed slightly …


Yup, there is a new Tab that says, “CALL” … so having too much time on your hands now that you are done with “mourning” (for those who didn’t know, our Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away 9 days ago) and cannot get back to “work-mode”?

Time to whip out your phone and start to call your friends on Whatsapp.


To be fair, this is a great addition to Whatsapp’s features, although most of us here would have already been using quite a handful of apps to “voice-call” your mates.  This is especially great if you are calling your friends from overseas, to you know, stay in touch on a more personal level.

That being said, didn’t VIBER, LINE and FACEBOOK Messenger have already been doing that for a while?

Also, TGB have tried a few calls this morning, and all I can say is that the voice quality is really bad.  I mean, I used to complain about Facebook Messenger’s Voice-call quality (whenever I am calling from a Singapore Network) until I went to Europe and discover that HALLELUJAH the voice-calling is crystal clear … meh, so it might just be Singapore’s Telco’s sucky network – but hey, dropping the calls after like 10secs is NOT ideal currently.

Next up, security … how do we know what we are “saying” is not recorded anywhere online, on whatsapp’s servers etc?  Can anyone tap into our lines?

Last but not least, privacy.  by gawd, with Whatsapp “messages” you can actually have a choice not to mute the thread or ignore the message and not let the other party know that you are “not interested in replying” … but with this call feature, I can’t seem to see anywhere that I can “Block” out just the call feature.  Perhaps there is a trick to that … so imagine, now instead of “drunk-messaging” … you have “Drunk Whatsapp-Voicecalling” your estranged spouse in the middle of the night maybe.

Oh well, let’s see when we will start reading articles about “drunk Whatsapp voicecalling” soon.