Philips Hue Lighting 20% off till 30th Oct 2015

There is now a promotion for Philips Hue Lightning.

For example the Philips Hue Connected Bulb – Starter Pack (ES) is SGD 319 but after 20% discount for these few days, you pay SGD 270 (still expensive compared to USA :p).

Now’s your chance to enjoy 20%* off all Hue products, just in time for Halloween.
Head down to Philips Lighting Experience Centre today and have fun with Hue Halloween app. Simply snap a picture with our spooky Friends of Hue and check in your location on Facebook: to enjoy this Halloween exclusive!

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Amazon FireTV Stick and Installing Kodi

I am now a big fan of Amazon Fire TV due to its exceptional ability to host Kodi (formerly known as XBMC). The Amazon Fire TV box comes to ethernet connection so probably great for streaming those huge MKV movies.

How about the Amazon FireTV Stick which depends on the wifi, rather a ethernet link ? I did not have a good experience with Google Chromecast (and its ability to stream movie files from my server) and so for Amazon FireTV Stick, I don’t hold much hope. If it is good enough to stream those American TV serials in MP4 format (rather than HD movies in 720p or 1080p MKV movies), I will be glad…

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Upgrading Kodi on Amazon TV using Amazon FireTV Utility App

Kodi (the new name for XBMC, my favourite media software) is now on Kodi v15 (Isengard) version and as usual, I want to upgrade it in my favourite Amazon Fire TV.
And oh, did I mentioned that Amazon has just upgraded the Fire TV (for 4K experience !!)

Amazon is starting to sell this 2nd version of Fire TV. Cannot wait to get my hands on it soon too :)

I decided to upgrade my current version (version 14) to it as Version 14 (Isengard) should be pretty stable by now.

However, this time, instead of using the normal method of updating through the Amazon SDK method (see this pat notebook very popular link), I wanted to try out an utility app to do the upgrade as well as do some fanciful updates.

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Trouble in Synology land again. File System Errors.

Another day, another Synology issue :) I mean for my Synology server, that is..

But to be fair, this is a pretty old Synology DS1515+ already and has been well used. Every single day. Receiving tons of movies, TV serials and then playing them to multiple TV systems, Amazon TV players etc. Been a nice good friend for a while :)

Anyway, this time the issue is “File System Errors were discovered. We recommend running a file system check”.

Was alerted to it when I logged on to the Synology DSM (remotely at that). I do that regularly to check for updates and see if I have enough hard disk space (from the photo below, you can tell i am starting to run out of space again :p).

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iPhone 6S Plus Launch Day

25th September 2015.

iPhone 6S is launched today in Singapore (and many other countries)… I am so excited.

Managed to grab one during the Apple Store pre-order. This thing is huge. Compared to the iPhone 5S I had with me for a while.

Hope I can get used to it :)

Opening !

The usual suspects inside:

No Rose Gold for me.. Space Grey :)

Comparing iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S Plus

Hello World:

Despite its size, it still sits nicely on the old Twelve South iPhone Stand.. this thing has been with me for a while !

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