Spotify updates with full lyrics integration

Spotify just mentioned today that they are launching a desktop update. The app will be integrated with a LYRICS button powered by Musixmatch, a worlds largest lyrics catalogue. Users can simply go to Spotify desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature.

For those who cant wait for this updates can use the App Finder within Spotify and install Musixmatch app. I believe it works the same way.

Other update includes:
– New and improved Friend Feed: now it’s easier than ever to discover what the people you care about are listening to. Simply scroll down the sidebar to see what playlists, songs and artists your friends are enjoying.

– Introducing daily viral charts: serving you the most shared tracks around the world and in your region. Additionally, all charts now feature indicators to highlight new music and how tracks are performing day by day.

Enjoy the updates soon!

ViewQwest : The Hunt for Singapore’s Greatest Couch Potato

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The Hunt for Singapore’s Greatest Couch Potato” is an on-going contest organized by Viewqwest in search of a Blogmaster. A good friend, Donovan, introduced this contest to me and I jumped to take the challenge, as the title seemed too perfect for me.

The key item that attracts my attention to this ViewQwest Hunt would be the term, Couch Potato. I am no ordinary couch potato who merely watch any TV shows or movies. I need the best 4K resolution with 7.1 surround audio quality to satisfy my daily cravings. These TV show/movie collection are often shared with my colleagues and friends via Plex, a multimedia player and sharing application. For those who dislike Plex, I share my collection via Dropbox, primarily to my friends living overseas with restricted downloads. Currently, my home theatre PC automation processes all the home entertainment needs but sometimes they don’t function well. An automated interface like ViewQwest TV accompanied by the blazing fast ViewQwest fibernet speeds will be welcome addition.

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The graphic above sums ups the reason why I joined this contest. The remote and keyboard is my magic wand. The home theatre churns up a concoction for the magic to happen!

Note that I am NOT affiliated with ViewQwest in anyway. This is the first time experience with ViewQwest services. Like you, I have lots of questions for ViewQwest.

Why is the base subscription so costly?
How do I know if Im getting the best performance for the cost?
What does it mean to be a boutique ISP?
What so awesome about Freedom VPN VS those existing in the net?
Really no traffic shaping and bandwidth caps?

Lets find out more with Mr Couch Potato!
Just follow the ViewQwest Category on the top left Menu.

Kite out with DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus

I’ve finally bought the long awaited DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus and get had a go with this quadcopter direct from the box. It lives up to its name for a mainstream video/photo capturing capturing device from the air. Its quite easy to control and of course it’s fun to fly too. Check out the first virgin videos below. Note that other mobile devices are also used for the videos.

Singapore Chinese New Year Telco Promos!

  Bundled Package Mobile Broadband TV Contest
Starhub $40 Redmart Voucher $20 Redmart Voucher (some handsets) $20 Redmart Voucher’ $20 Redmart Voucher’ Ah Boy to Men 3 for all signups
$99/month for Samsung Curved TV Free Preview 31 selected channels from 18-23 Feb (including TV Anywhere)
% discounts for Chinese TV bundle
Singtel NA Free unlimited local data (postpaid) 3 mths free fibre broadband 3 mths free HDDVR setup box Vouchers/ Calling Card
    Free Red packet, scratch & win, special number (Combo Plan)   Free Preview all channel (HD or HD-DVR) from 17-23 Feb  
M1 Offers only for business users $488 vouchers

ViewQwest: The magic of ViewQwest Freedom VPN

What is VPN
VPN or Virtual Private Network is a network that is constructed by using public wires (usually the internet) to connect to a private network like a company of internal network. The average Joe like you and me will use VPN to unblock US or foreign sites to access their content, most likely for their local TV shows and movies. Some examples of the popular VPNs below.

VPN types

Types of VPN

Using VPN
For the tech savvy people, they must have used numerous VPNs in their lifetime. I have jumped from 1 VPN app/software to another just to gain free access to regional content, specifically TV shows. There are a lot of steps to activate a VPN and when you successfully login to the region that you want, the surfing gets so damn slow. So you jump to the next VPN app and the whole process starts again. This is especially difficult for Mac users as there aren’t many good VPN app out there yet.

So what so good about Freedom VPN?
So EASY
Freedom VPN comes in packaged together with ViewQwest fibernet.
No installing of VPN apps/ software or setting up is required.

So FAST
– Freedom VPN has no traffic shaping, no torrent blocking/throttling. This means that the Internet is blazing fast even with VPN activated. Normally watching TV shows from the VPN activated sites like Hulu slows down to a crawl.

So much VARIETY
– With freedom VPN it doesn’t only unblock access from US sites but also UK, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and UAE simultaneously. No change in settings required.

So COMPATIBLE
– Freedom VPN allows you to access any blocked content to as many devices connected to it as possible. It accept all OS like Mac, IOS, Windows, Linux, Android, smart TVs, consoles etc.

In short having Freedom VPN is like unlocking that cheat code in a game. It unlocks all possibilities to access more content.

ViewQwest Freedom VPN


Comparison images of the Freedom VPN versus non-VPN sites
Hulu – US TV streaming site

Hulu

Netflix – US Movie streaming Site

NetFlix

ITV – UK streaming Channel

ITV

PPTV – Chinese streaming Site
Main page look exactly the same but the content differs. Many of the videos shown in non VPN page are non playable.

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PPTV 1 PPTV 2 PPTV3

From the images above, you can definitely see that some of PPTV content and videos cannot load fully without VPN. You will be able to view the tumbnail but most of them not accessible. Viewqwest also mentioned that Freedom VPN users will be able to access 5 times more titles in PPTV with Freedom VPN.