Lots of stuff to look forward to this month. May is especially packed with exciting new releases, though almost all of it is coming from Netflix and Disney+. It looks like the two streaming services are really ramping up their output now, which should help Netflix make up for the slow couple of months it's had lately. It’s always fun when a new month brings new movies and TV shows of all flavours, and that’s definitely the case here. Between zombie-action flicks and slice-of-life romantic comedies, there should be a little something here for everyone. 1. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (May 4) - Disney+ The latest Disney+ original series is a sequel to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, picking up right from the execution of Order 66. The Bad Batch follows its titular group of elite and experimental Clones with a complete disregard for the Empire’s authority. Naturally, the group rebels against their would-be superiors and fights for good wherever they can in a rapidly changing ... » Learn More about Here are the new TV shows and films you should absolutely binge in May 2021
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SINGAPORE: In this time of COVID-19, one topic of conversation has been television: What people are watching and how much they are watching. It begs the question of whether our isolation is changing the way we consume television. While streaming services are reporting universal booms in their subscription rates, one is rising heads and shoulders above the rest – namely Netfix with almost 16 million more subscribers since lockdowns began all around the world. Netflix has made US$709 million profit on their US$5.8 billion revenue. Their stock prices have soared since COVID-19 morphed into a global pandemic, as people turned to their televisions for comfort. While the firm pioneered the subscription video streaming model and has seen a steady climb in recent years with more original content and a migration of notable television series to the platform, no would could have predicted this freak surge in demand. READ: Commentary: Nowhere but up for Netflix after huge Oscar ... » Learn More about Commentary: The rise and rise of Netflix in a time of coronavirus
SEOUL: South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics posted a 46.3-percent rise in first-quarter net profits on Thursday, largely driven by robust sales of its smartphones and home appliances due to continued stay-at-home demand. The firm is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung group, by far the largest of the family-controlled empires known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea, the world’s 12th-largest economy. The conglomerate is crucial to the South’s economic health — its overall turnover is equivalent to a fifth of the national gross domestic product. Samsung Electronics said net profits rose 46.3 percent in January to March from a year earlier to 7.1 trillion won ($6.4 billion). “Solid sales of smartphones and consumer electronics outweighed lower earnings from semiconductors and displays,” the firm said in an earnings report. The figures came a day after Samsung’s controlling Lee family announced plans to pay more than $10 billion in inheritance taxes ... » Learn More about Samsung profits rise 46.3% in Q1
No matter how the 2019-nCoV virus situation develops, there's a good chance you may have to consider working from home at some point. For employees who've only ever worked fixed hours from the regiment of a cubicle, the idea of being essentially unsupervised, within 20 steps from their comfy bed and with the remote poised for a Netflix marathon, can feel overwhelming and potentially isolating. Setting yourself up for success though is down to a few simple rules. 1. POSITION YOUR DESK SO YOU CAN'T SEE YOUR BED This is rule number one and crucial to a successful WFH scenario. Out of sight, out of mind, so that you're not tempted to stay/work in bed till 2pm, or not at all. 2. MENTALLY PREPARE FOR THE WORKDAY Tempting as it may be to remain in your PJs all day, don't. Set your alarm, have a shower and get dressed in a presentable clothes, complete with your usual skincare routine and/or some light make-up. This physical act of getting ready will trick your mind into ... » Learn More about 12 tips to stay productive when working from home
SINGAPORE (Bloomberg): Like anyone who’s done their time in quarantine, David Lee went through Netflix, YouTube and the internet. When it came to exercising however, he found he had to rearrange the furniture to get any decent space. He considered buying an exercise bike online, but retailers either took too long to deliver given his 14-day predicament or wouldn’t come to a hotel. Two quarantines later, the 35-year-old Singaporean decided to do something about it. "I woke up at 7am and worked on a website, completed it in three hours, just a very basic website, and put some products on it. I got my first order the same day.” Lee’s Happy SHN is one of several companies that have sprung up in Singapore since the coronavirus pandemic irrevocably changed everyone’s lives. With returning residents and some travelers required to serve mandatory quarantine at government-appointed facilities -- usually hotels earmarked for the purpose -- these businesses offer a range of rentals to make ... » Learn More about New businesses spring up in Singapore offering rentals of big TVs, exercise bikes
Streaming content on your TV isn’t a new concept. It has been around for a while with familiar names like Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, and even gaming consoles. Chromecast makes streaming media on your TV a breeze! What is Chromecast? Photo Credit: Wikipedia It is a small dongle that enables you to cast media, web pages and even allows you to mirror the screen of your mobile, tablet, or PC. It is slightly different from other Smart Streaming Devices . Chromecast works as a communication channel between your TV and your smart device. The device itself alone cannot stream any media but will require your smart device at the other end. It may sound limiting, but in essence, it utilizes this seamless connection to give your TV access to literally endless content! So How Does Chromecast Work? Chromecast utilizes what is known as DIAL (Discovery and Launch) to bring content from your smart device to your TV. Without overcomplicating it, the device is connected to your TV through ... » Learn More about How does Chromecast work?
Chinese television maker Skyworth has issued an apology after a consumer found that his set was quietly collecting a wide range of private data and sending it to a Beijing-based analytics company without his consent. A network traffic analysis revealed that a Skyworth smart TV scanned for other devices connected to the same local network every 10 minutes and gathered data that included device names, IP addresses, network latency and even the names of other Wi-Fi networks within range, according to a post last week on the Chinese developer forum V2EX. The data was sent to the Beijing-based firm Gozen Data, the forum user said. Gozen is a data analytics company that specialises in targeted advertising on smart TVs, and it calls itself China‘s first “home marketing company empowered by big data centred on family data”. The user did not identify himself, and efforts to contact the person received no reply. However, the post quickly picked up steam, touching a nerve among Chinese ... » Learn More about Smart TV maker in China under fire for ‘spying’ after user reveals data harvesting
MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN Corp. said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that its television and radio stations will go off the air Tuesday night in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission’s order. In an Order dated May 5, the NTC directed ABS-CBN to stop operating its television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide “absent a valid Congressional Franchise required by law.” Here’s the statement: STATEMENT ON THE CEASE AND DESIST ORDER ISSUED BY THE NTC TO ABS-CBN Millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air on TV and radio tonight (5 May 2020) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in compliance with the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) today that prohibits ABS-CBN from continuing its broadcast operations effective immediately. Despite Senate Resolution No. 40, ... » Learn More about ABS-CBN’s TV, radio stations go off air ‘tonight’ to comply with NTC order
Whether it's your favourite show, fresh vegetables, music, or flower bouquets, there's probably a subscription service for it in Singapore. A recent survey found that 69 per cent of Singaporeans over the age of 16 have a subscription service, an estimated two million people. 39 per cent have more than one subscription, and 19 per cent have more than three. While subscription services can be a huge convenience, they can quickly get out of hand. Sometimes these services border on the absurd: You can subscribe to a service that goes through your expenses and cancels your existing subscriptions. ValueChampion ran the numbers to show how subscription services add up and the opportunity cost of spending too much on renewing purchases. The costs (and opportunity costs) of subscriptions An individual subscription seems affordable when you think about it on its own. For example, an $9.90 Spotify subscription for limitless music access seems like a great deal. However, when one ... » Learn More about Are subscription services slowly making you poor?
Playing with knives, spinning guns, and carrying out dangerous heists – that’s what mastermind Kaz Brekker, assassin Inej Ghafa and gunslinger Jesper Fahey, from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse duology Six of Crows, are known for, and stars Freddy Carter, Amita Suman and Kit Young are bringing these characters to life, even though technically, the baddest and most beloved characters, The Crows, weren’t part of the first book that Netflix’s new fantasy series Shadow and Bone is based on. In our interview with Carter, Suman and Young, Carter shares that The Crows’ incorporation into the adaptation of Shadow and Bone is prequel material, all whilst hinting at a potential season 2. “The first season will follow the first book of Shadow and Bone, the first book of the trilogy. What’s really exciting for the fans of the books is that everything in the characters is prequel material before we get to meet them at the beginning of Six of Crows. That was really exciting for me, and for all of us ... » Learn More about Shadow and Bone’s Freddy Carter hints at Season 2, and on bringing The Crows to the screen