According to Mr Miyagi, one of the REAL SingPass security questions is "What is your childhood nickname?" That is probably not a great question because most of us were probably called Si Geena, Suei Chai, Ah Boy or Ah Girl.
Here are some new suggestions from my readers and me:
1. @mrbrown: "Name your father's favorite drink when he is in the Katong pub area and what shirt he likes to wear on Mondays." #PossibleSingPassQuestions
2. @Decade78: "How much do you think Roy Ngerng will have to pay PM Lee?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
3. @PhantomNuts: "Where were you when you had your first MRT breakdown?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
4. @PhantomNuts: "Which is your favourite ERP gantry?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
5. @mrbrown: "What brand of toilet paper do you wipe your ass with?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
@miyagi: "The name your mother gave you when you failed your Chinese exam for the second time" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
6. @liverpool_98: "Which food centre has the best Chai Tau Kway" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
7. @marc_lee: "Have you ever chewed chewing gum?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
8. @adesabrina: "What was your PSLE score?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
9. @Decade78: "What is the name of your wife's father's third uncle's sister’s husband’s grandfather?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
10. @mrbrown: "Where did your mother and father conceive you?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
11. @miyagi: "The name your mother gave you when you failed your Chinese exam for the second time" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
12. @squidcrackers: "Ah Di, ai lim simi zui?" (Boy, what you want to drink ah?) #PossibleSingPassQuestions
13. @mrbrown: "What is Cheryl's birthday?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
14. @mrbrown: "What Hokkien vulgarity do you use when someone cuts into your lane without signaling?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
@lupcheong: In the event of a train breakdown, what colour cable ties are best? #PossibleSingpassQuestions
15. @extro_introvert: "What is the product of your initial NAPFA score multiplied by your latest IPPT diagnostic?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
16. @eugeneyap: "Will you be able to withdraw your CPF?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
17. @mrbrown: "Which of your siblings does your mother call you by mistake before she finally calls you by your correct name?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
18. @teoszepin: "Name three HDB carpark which will not have Electronics Parking System installed by the end of the year 2016." #PossibleSingPassQuestions
19. @imAnsonNg: "Who is the blogfather of Singapore?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
20. @adesabrina: "What is the difference between EC, DBSS and BTO?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
21. @mrbrown: "What is the maiden name of your mother's first car?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
22. @mrbrown: "What is the number of the first pager you ever owned?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
23. @dchieng: "Is it Roti Canai or Roti Prata?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
@WimpyLion: If Xiao Ming is 8 years old and Xiao Li is 7 years old how many tuition teachers do they have? #PossibleSingpassQuestions
24. @imAnsonNg: "Which is the most suay shopping mall in Singapore?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
25. @mrbrown: "Which episode did Jin Dafeng lose his eye in the 410-episode #夜市人生?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
26. @lupcheong: "If I leave the house at 7am to try to go to office early, what is the probability my NSL will tio stuck anyway?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
27. @lupcheong: "If Gu Long promise to meet xIaOZbiTChZ~ at 2pm in Jurong, but he left AMK at 130, how hard will he kenah?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
28. @moemasri: "Who is the current Singapore Idol?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
29. @darrylho: "Which of PM Lee's pink shirts is your favourite?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
30. @mrbrown: "What is the maximum critical damage of a Phantom Assassin with a Skull Basher, Battle Fury and Black King Bar?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
31. @mrbrown: "What is the price you last paid for a D24 durian at the current Ringgit-SGD exchange rate?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
32. @BurgerKiang: "Name the floors your HDB lift use to stop before Neighbourhood Renewal Programme" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
@darrylho: "Which of PM Lee's pink shirts is your favourite?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
33. @lupcheong: "Do you know when I started writing my blog? Do you know how many articles I've written" PossibleSingPassQuestions
34. @ShunfuMart: "Diana Ser or Wong Li Lin?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
35. @WimpyLion: "If Xiao Ming is 8 years old and Xiao Li is 7 years old how many tuition teachers do they have?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
36. @judacris: "Track fault is whose fault?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
37. @SG50: "If u order Milo peng without ice is it still Milo peng?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
38. @onthetelegraph: @mrbrown's hashtags are as good as @jimmyfallon's and that's saying something #PossibleSingPassQuestions (Thank you! -mb)
39. @mrbrown: "How long before @TwitterSG decides to verify @mrbrown and Mr @Miyagi?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
40. @mrbrown: "Which XMM Blogger do you secretly follow?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
41. @eisen: "Name a member of Singapore's natural aristocracy." #PossibleSingPassQuestions
"Which of your siblings does your mother call you by mistake before she finally calls you by your correct name?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
42. @joleeqh: "What Is Mee Siam Mai Hum?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
43. @lupcheong: "In the event of a train breakdown, what colour cable ties are best?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
44. @mrbrown: "Is it time to buy an oven?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
45. @MCCYsg: "Which has more sugar, Kopi-gah-dai or Kopi-gao?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
46. @karlieeuh: "What did you have to do to get your child into the primary school of your choice?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
47. @kuekj: "Which route is longer, bus 51 or 61?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
48. @mrbrown: "Mee Pok or Mee Kia?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
49. @sgnextbus: "How long do I really need to wait, when bus ETA is 20m?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
@mrbrown: "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
50. @WimpyLion: "Why you say you tell me you don't want tur kwa when you didn't say you don't want tur kwa?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
51. @alexischeong: Chili? #PossibleSingPassQuestions
52. @mrbrown: "NTUC member card?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
53. @zokizowi: Who founded the Lee Foundation? #PossibleSingPassQuestions
54. @mrbrown: "How many more years can you drive your current car before you scrap it and won't be able to afford a new COE?" #PossibleSingPassQuestions
55. @mrbrown: "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
56. @adesabrina: "Hello. Passion card member?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
57. @ArvinTunas: "If the circle line doesn't actually goes in a circle, does it still called a circle?" #PossibleSingpassQuestions
58. @nicshields: "Name all Tans who ran for president." #PossibleSingpassQuestions
I've been trying out the new Dell XPS 13 and liking it so far. It is probably the best Windows Ultrabook around. I love the 3200x1800 InfinityEdge screen and the slim 11-icn form factor.
The other item is my hand is a 12,000mAh Dell Power Companion battery that can charge your USB devices or the XPS 13 itself.
My model is the Quad HD+ display with touchscreen. The specs are great (mine is a 5th generation i7-5500u processor with an Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU) and all the ports you need are there.
Build quality is excellent and touchscreen lets you make the best of the Windows 8 experience (though I have to tell you I am still fonder of Windows 7).
The battery life is very good but bear in mind that if you use the XPS 13 display at its high brightness setting, you will get about 6-7 hours instead of the 10 hours in the low brightness setting. It's a trade-off you have to decide for yourself. Use the XPS 13 with its glorious display at full tilt or try to save some juice for a long flight.
Some small gripes: I only wish it were a tad lighter. It is 1.26kg for mine, and 1.18kg for the non-touchscreen version. I know, I'm being demanding but at my age, every gram can be felt.
I also took a while to get used to the trackpad. I find the webcam position at the bottom left a bit awkward but if you want an edge-to-edge screen, something has to give, I suppose.
Also, bear in mind that 8GB RAM is the max you can get in this laptop.
If you are looking for a Windows laptop with a 13-inch display in an 11-inch body, this is it. This is a very well-rounded workhorse PC laptop.
Finally, I caught #JurassicWorld. Front part was draggy. Only fun when Chris Pratt and the Indominus Rex showed up. Then the action was awesome. Less talk, more teeth, I always say.
It was way better than Jurassic Park III but the first one still the best.
So is the Indominus a cross between a T-Rex and Indomie?
There were so many unnecessary moments. Like the guy in the control room. What does he contribute to the movie except his one key moment?
And why is the ruthless scientist and the cavalier millionaire CEO Asian? Are there no good guy Asians in this movie?
And really? Nobody thinks it's a bad idea to go to a theme park with real dinosaurs? I mean, you go to the Bird Park and that's one thing. But the flying creatures in THIS park EAT people!
I have to confess something. I was actually cheering for the dinosaurs. I know, it's twisted. Go dinos!
I got my Apple Watch a day before the official release in Singapore on the 26th of June (ya, I know, big fat hairy deal, haha!). One of the first things I noticed was the DBS Paylah! app installed on it. This was one of the first few Singapore apps I saw on my Apple Watch.
A few months ago, my friend, whom I owed money to because she helped me buy some stuff overseas, said I could pay her with Paylah!.
At first, I thought she was saying, "The money you owe me? Pay lah!".
But then I realized she meant the DBS Paylah! mobile wallet app. I was going to visit the ATM to do a fund transfer to her, but this seemed like an easier option. So I installed the app on my iPhone and linked it to my bank account, and in seconds, I was done transferring the funds.
Also neat was the ability to log into my PayLah! app with my finger via Touch ID. No need to type my password every time. DBS tells me that as of today, more than 40% of logins are being made through the Touch ID fingerprint sensor feature.
The app is available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms, and you link your bank account to your mobile number. All anyone needs to send you money, or for you to send money, is a mobile number. The app even works with non-DBS/POSB accounts now.
The second time I encountered PayLah! significantly was at this year's DBS Marina Regatta. The food stalls there accepted Paylah! as payment and there was even a 10% discount for Paylah! payment, so it was just a matter of sending payment via the app and then collecting our order at the counter.
I roped in my wife and youngest brother to install the app too. The latter was because we were splitting the bill for meal that he paid for (my family's share was $30). As for my wife, my little demonstration cost me $10. She happily pocketed my $10 into her mobile wallet.
Some of the other things you can do with Paylah!: You can use it to pay your bills, donate money to 15 charitable organisations, shop online, send or request money from anyone instantly (even non-DBS/POSB customers), and even send an eAng-Bao (great for overseas relatives).
I know of many small businesses, blogshops and sole proprietors accepting payments via Paylah! because it is easier and faster than asking customers to pay by bank transfer. You can even try paying your kid's tutor this way.
Why am I spreading the word? Because I like the service, and the more people use it, the better the service becomes.
This is what Paylah! shows on my Apple Watch, which is mainly notification data (the app will only display notifications on the Apple Watch if your iPhone screen is off).
This is Paylah! on the phone itself.
Go check it out and let me know what you think!
In the last few months, I've noticed an annoying thing about my bus arrival app. Information was flaky and unreliable. Sometimes the app would say that the bus is coming in 3 minutes, when in reality, the bus had already come and gone. OR, it says the bus will come in a whopping 20 minutes, and the bus comes within the minute. Sometimes the info will declare that the bus was not in service anymore… at 9pm.
It didn't use to be this bad. There were moments of inaccuracy in the past but not with this level of frequency.
At first I got angry at the app, like many users, judging from the App Store reviews. Many blamed the app maker and said the latest app update broke their bus info accuracy. But then I thought, this cannot be the app's fault because the behavior was consistent across different apps.
Then I thought, this must be SBS Transit's fault because it is their server giving wrong info. But then I realized that my app was now using the new LTA enhanced real-time bus arrival backend, not the one by SBS Transit.
The apps using this LTA backend include SBST IRIS, SMRTConnect, SG NextBus, SG Buses, bus@sg and Next Bus@SG.
I looked at the date of the rollout and it was April 2015, which was around the time the info became unreliable. You can tell your app is using the LTA backend because there is now seat availability info.
Look, I think seat availability is a nice little feature but really, if you have to take the bus, you have to take the bus, whether there are seats available or there is standing room only. What is more important is that the bus arrival info is accurate, which it isn't at the moment.
I don't care if you slap an Enhanced or Centralized on your new backend. If the information is shit, the information is shit, whether it is enhanced or centralized or not.
So if it is truly the LTA backend causing this grief, either fix it, or give us back to servers and backend that used to belong to the individual bus companies. Ok, maybe don't give us back the SMRT servers. They were pretty shit too.
End of rant. I have to go. My bus app tells me my bus is coming in 30 minutes. Or thereabouts.
Terminator Genisys is truly the real third installment. I can now forget Rise of the Machines and Christian Bale's Salvation ever existed. The fifth movie reboots the franchise with a new timeline. Almost everything is new.
Sarah Connor is Emilia Clarke (*bows before Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons*) and she makes a fine badass Mother of John Connor. Yes, she isn't some helpless chick anymore.
John Connor's The Hand of the King, Sgt Kyle Reese is now Jai Courtney a.k.a. John McClane's son from Die Hard.
John Connor himself is also new. Inside and out (see trailer for spoiler).
Even Arnold is new because there are three Arnold Schwarzeneggers: Young T-800 Arnold, Middle-Aged Guardian Arnold, and "old, not obsolete" Arnold.
It does get confusing at times, with so many Terminators and Arnolds running around, and as the plot twists and turns trying to explain alternate timelines and memories, and why the merry band of Sarah, Kyle and Good Guy Terminator is jumping between time periods to stop Skynet.
But time travel stories are confusing to begin with. At the heart of it, the movie goes back to the great action and the look of the first two movies. As a fan of the first two movies, I found the allusions to the first two classics satisfying. And also to hear the old lines again.
Some of the CG was suspect. You can tell sometimes that they cheated a little. I suspect liquid metal is easier to show than hybrid flesh-metal shape-shifting.
There were genuinely touching moments, especially between Old Arnold and Young Sarah Connor. The last time I felt this way was in T2, when he was lowered into the boiling metal.
My only gripe was the name Genisys. I kept thinking it was the launch of the Sega Genesis console that caused the evil Skynet to go live. Instead, Genisys in the movie refers to the pre-state of Skynet, an OS that unites the Internet of things.
Why not just call it Terminator Google or Terminator Facebook? That's closer to our reality of putting everything in the hands of a pervasive online system.
I don't know how long Arnold Schwarzenegger can do the sequels that will spawn from this reboot. The guy is kind of old, don't you think? Even body doubles, CG and make-up can only do so much.
But I sure wouldn't mind seeing more Emilia Clarke. Maybe give Khaleesi her dragons in the next sequel, Terminator: Rise of the Dragons.
My friend just gifted me this pair of Mrice E300 earphones from China. They cost between $10 to $25 a pair, depending on where you buy them, and GOOD GRIEF THEY SOUND AWESOME!
I mean, I have heard my share of headphones and earphones, some costing four figures, but these earphones are up there in sound quality.
If you can get your hands on one of these puppies, buy a whole lot of them and give them away as gifts. Your friends will love you.
I can hear you saying, this is some no-name China brand leh, how long do they last?
My answer is: WHO CARES?!
At this price point, you can just buy a boatload of them and change them every month, like underwear.
Ok, you would change underwear more often than every month, but you get my point.
I was going home at 10pm last night, and found that upper deck is mine! All mine! Front row seat, empty upper deck, yay!
When I posted this photo on Facebook, some of my CSI friends pointed out that I may not be alone, judging from the reflection on the window. BUT IT WAS EMPTY, I TELL YA!
[Cue: Twilight Zone music]
I know some of you are probably thinking, "There is a Club Med in Bintan?". Like many of you, I thought Club Med only existed in Cherating, Phuket and the Maldives, and was more of a singles place. But it seems the place is more family-oriented these days.
So when Club Med invited me and my brood to their resort in Bintan, I thought, why not? I told them I would be objective with my views as a newbie to the whole Club Med experience, and they seemed fine with that.
The idea with a Club Med holiday is you pay a per-head price, and you go there to play, eat and drink without needing to pay any more. It is a package deal. There are three buffets a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the spread is actually pretty impressive.
In between meals, you can grab small bites at the bar area and also a free flow of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. A special Kid's Corner is set up there for kids to order mocktails with silly names, like "Don't Tell Mama".
You can do nothing or do everything there. There is a program lined up all day for adults and kids so we did both.
The kids did everything (we dropped them off in the care of the G.O's (Gentil Organisateur) who led them from program to program from morning till evening, including lunch. Thanks for watching my two younger ones, Refa and gang!
And the wife and I did nothing. We chilled out and even had time for a two and a half hour massage/spa treatment at the Club Med Bintan Island Spa by Aramsa.
This is me after our Tropical Java Lulur spa treatment at the treatment-room-with-a-view. Can you see my skin glowing from the full body exfoliation and full body yoghurt wrap? I feel so beautiful now. The wife was also pleased with her 150 minutes of relaxation.
My mom happily watched tv in the room, and sometimes went to swim. And Faith also went swimming at the pool and went for walks at the beach with us.
The journey there was fairly painless. A 45-minute ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal was all it took. Because we had a nasty experience the last time we went to Bintan many years ago, when choppy waters made almost every one in my entourage sea sick, we came prepared. We came equipped with seasick pills but thankfully, the ride there and back was smooth.
The rooms are decent and they had enough tv channels to keep the kids entertained (though the signal was a little fuzzy because they don't use digital). The air conditioning was sufficiently cold which is super important to Singaporeans. And my rooms faced the open space in front of the sea, which was lovely.
My only complaint was that the wifi was spotty where we stayed. We only got decent wifi internet in the common areas and restaurant. Then again, it was nice to not be online so much. This is after all, a vacation.
In the evenings, there was a performance by the G.O's themselves. These enthusiastic hosts who look after you by day, become talented performers by night, led by their chief, Marco.
They even managed to get us dancing at the finale. We conga-ed our way to the bar area after the performances and then we led the kids to the rooms for bedtime. After which the wife and I snuck out for a final drink ourselves.
I have to say, we all enjoyed ourselves. I wish it didn't rain as much but we did have a full Saturday with great weather. I didn't have to plan too much and worry about the logistics. The kids had enough to keep them occupied and my mom, the wife and I even managed to get some time for ourselves. Food was never a problem: if the kids wanted to eat pizza, spaghetti and nuggets during meal times, they could help themselves while we adults had our beef steaks, lamb chops and grilled fish.
It is nice to be taken care of from start to finish. I could get used to this kind of family vacation.
If you are interested, there is a Kids Stay Free promotion going on for Bintan Island, Bali, Cherating Beach and Phuket. Go check it out.
Me, I am now thinking that a Club Med Hokkaido Sahoro ski vacation may be worth looking at.
A week ago, I spent time in San Francisco using an AT&T SIM card on my iPhone 6 Plus. That meant that my Singapore SIM card had nowhere to go, because I didn't bring a spare phone. I usually don't require a spare phone because the overseas prepaid SIM card normally goes into my Huawei mifi router, but this AT&T card didn't want to work with my Huawei. Damn American telcos.
This made me think, "I need a second phone as a backup when I travel." And just prior to my trip, my boy lost his Nokia phone while cycling. It dropped out of his pocket, it seems. He was duly chastised for it.
So I had more than ample reason to look for a non-Smartphone. I walked into many telco shops but the lowest end model they carried was a Xiaomi. The 7-Eleven stores had some feature phones but they were some unknown brands.
At the Funan Microsoft Store, which used to be a Nokia shop, I found what I was looking for.
I ended up with the Nokia Asha 305 semi-Smartphone, the one on the far right in the photo above. It was $49 bucks, on offer for purchase-with-purchase because I bought the Nokia 225 Dual Sim for the son as a replacement, which cost me $89. I know, I know, the 225 cost more than the more advanced 305, which is odd. I guess they were clearing stock.
In the end, I got a replacement SIM card for the son ($37.50, ouch) and made him use his older camera-less, music-less Nokia (the one on the far left) because I thought it didn't seem right to reward carelessness with a newer phone model.
So that's how I ended up with two brand new dual sim Nokia feature phones running the Symbian OS. Me, the man who owns a drawer full of smartphones from Apple, Samsung and even Nokia Lumia. Then again, I still have another drawer full of old Nokias, like the N95, N96 and the venerable 8210.
I charged the Nokia Asha 305 and powered it up. The Asha 305 charges via the traditional Nokia charger, or via micro-USB, which is nice if you just want to travel with one less charger.
It supports 2.5G and wifi, has a 2 megapixel camera, plays mp4 videos and has a capacitive touch screen. Pretty flash for a feature phone. There are apps for Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.
I looked at the specs online: "Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 22 days."
22 whole days. You can't even get smartphones to last 22 hours these days, let alone 22 days.
I connected the Nokia to my home wifi (2.4Ghz band only, no support for the 5Ghz band), and fired up the Twitter for Nokia app, then typed "I am tweeting this from a Nokia Asha 309 not-Smartphone, via the Symbian Twitter app, and typing with predictive text. Talk about retro. B-)".
You can tell I wasn't lying because Twitter reported that the tweet was made with "Twitter for Nokia S40".
I had to type that out using predictive text, you know that old input method that clustered ABC and DEF together. It took me a long time to type the 140 characters. Maybe I am rusty. I used to be able to touch type an SMS on a Nokia numeric pad with one hand, and without looking at it.
Then I tried the Nokia Explorer browser, which told me the application had been replaced by Opera Mini, and do I want to download the update? Sure! I always want the latest tech, who doesn't, right?
And after Opera Mini was downloaded and installed, I tried my blog. It worked!
It was quite quaint looking at my site on a 3-inch WQVGA screen that is all of 400 x 240 pixels.
All this high tech low tech is moot since I only plan to plonk my SIM card in it and use it for receiving and making phone calls when I am traveling. But it was quite fun to see the state of affairs in the Nokia sphere.
Since Microsoft swallowed up Nokia, you cannot even find a Nokia smartphone anymore. It is called Microsoft Lumia now.
Even my mother has a smartphone now, a Samsung A5 that recently replaced her string of Nokia feature phones she used for years. She is now a Facebook fan and is starting to get the hang of Whatsapp. She is even commenting on my Facebook posts. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
And as if to rub my nose in it, the day I bought these two Nokia phones that only support 2G, I read that the local telcos will discontinue 2G voice and messaging services from April 2017. It is happening in the States too.
Thanks ah. I now have only two more years to use these phones. Looks like my days of holding off smartphone use from my kids are numbered.
I am finally finished with the keynote at this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015, at Moscone Center, San Francisco.
If the photos look close up to you, it's because I managed to score a fourth row seat in the hall, which is pretty close. I could almost see Tim Cook's nostril hair.
Updates on iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 were announced.
Apple Pay is rolling out to the UK. I am happy for them, really. But still nada for Singapore. I would love to tap my iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for my Bak Chor Mee or my bus fare. Apple, make it happen please.
The new Notes app can now do drawing in-app and you can drag and drop photos, videos, web and map clippings. It will work across iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. I use Notes a LOT and this is a nice enhancement.
Split View in OS X will put two apps side by side on your Mac automatically and there will be a Spaces Bar in Mission Control that will let you park your windows. I am not a big user of the multiple desktops feature but this may appeal to users who do.
I got most excited when they showed some of the iOS 9 iPad features. Multitasking is more enhanced, and you can use the new Slide Over feature to simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the first, in a Split View mode,
And with Picture-in-Picture, you can continue a FaceTime call or the video you were watching, while using some other app, like Mail. You can see this in action in the photo below.
I am also quite excited to see the new Apple News app, a Flipboard competitor that will customize your news for you, and also feature magazine-like articles natively, like Facebook's Instant Articles. That may actually make me use the iPad Air 2 more.
Public transport info now comes to Apple Maps. Which is about bloody time. I don't see Singapore on the list of roll-out cities though, so it will still be Google Maps for us public transport users.
Apple also added more little touches to iOS 9 to give more input options to iPads. Two fingers on the iPad keyboard and you get a virtual track pad to select things. That will certainly please those of us who travel and type a lot on our iPads.
Even before we get the Apple Watch in Singapore, Apple is already talking about version 2 of watchOS. There will be more third-party support and you can now reply to emails from the Apple Watch.
With Photo Face and Photo Album Face, you can now make any photo, or set of photos, into a watch face. Now you can look at your children or pet chinchilla as a watch face.
As usual, there is always One More Thing at Apple events. And this one was already leaked by Sony Music's big mouth CEO.
Apple Music is Apple's new music streaming service to compete with Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and Tidal. For US$9.99 a month (first three months will be a free trial), or US$14.99 for the whole family (up to six people), you get to listen to the entire iTunes catalog.
Will it topple the streaming darling Spotify? It remains to be seen. I do like the human curation and the new 24/7 Global Live radio station called Beats 1, fronted by BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe, that will stream from New York, L.A. and London, supposedly the music capitols of the world.
Why not also stream from the music capitol of Lorong Ah Soo? My housing estate is also quite hip what (we have artisan coffee there now).
Another feature, Apple Music Connect, will be the in-platform social media service for musicians to reach their fans. Who knows, maybe you can see the new lyrics of a song by Taylor Swift before it is recorded, or a Behind the Scenes video of a Behind the Scenes video of a Maroon 5 music video, or a photo of Snoop Dogg smoking weed.
I think it is nice to have all those fan-connecting functionality under one roof, but most music makers already know how to use Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Will there be exclusives on Apple Music Connect? That may be key.
Remember the sad fate of iTunes Ping? Wait a minute! Connect is the new Ping!
If I become an artiste on Apple Music, I will certainly try to share the exclusive and intimate details of my two-hour coffee breaks at the kopitiam downstairs. Anything for the fans.
Rapper and artist Drake came out to say some stuff about Apple Music, but Kanye didn't show, much to our disappointment. Rumour was that Kanye would be dropping by the WWDC to launch his seventh album SWISH, and it was even Kanye's birthday. But nope, The Unsmiling One did not show.
Instead, The Weeknd performed at the end of the keynote. I cannot say I am familiar with his work, but I asked my friend Henry of Stuff NZ and he told me how to spell this singer's name correctly. So that is not a typo, it really is The Weeknd.
Personally, I say forget Kanye. I was hoping Taylor Swift would be the surprise One Last Thing. She is my musical muse and she can Apple Music Connect with me anytime.
Good morning from San Francisco! I'm going to Apple's WWDC 2015 and it's a sunny day here.
It's my first time seeing this live and it is quite odd not waking up at 1am in the morning to watch this streaming online.
So far I can report that the croissants for the media are quite tasty. And I love the Mango Tango juice.
I will share more once I'm in there. Watch my Twitter feed for live updates.