Epic Games has had amazing successes where the iOS platform is concerned with the globally popular Fortnite title. Where Android is concerned, it seems to have put itself in a no-win situation by opting not to distribute the platform via Google Play. However, with that decision does come one benefit for Epic – the ability to instantly ban any user running a modified version of the title.
After the success of Fortnite on Apple’s iOS platform, everyone simply assumed that Epic Games would take the opportunity to roll out Fortnite for Android users via the Google Play Store as soon as it was sure that its servers could handle the exponentially increased load. Then came the bombshell that it wasn’t going down that route and that the company would instead essentially roll its own application installer for Android that would be built to distribute one app and one app only: Fortnite for Android. That decision was also followed up with a deal with Samsung to make Fortnite uniquely available to Galaxy Note 9 for a pre-defined period of time.
Those chained decisions have inevitably meant that people have been putting together modified versions of the Fortnite APK and sharing them outside of the Epic Games installer for devices that wouldn’t otherwise be supported in an official capacity. That seems like a good idea in the first instance and is very much to be expected given the open nature of the Android ecosystem.
However, it’s also very possible that Epic will simply ban the account used to access Fortnite as well as the smartphone that it’s running on. Yes, that’s right – Epic has the ability to not only ban accounts but can also pull unique device identifiers and make sure that those devices can’t access its server. This is presumably due to the fact that Fortnite targets Android 5.0 and can instantly get all permissions upon install.
Epic clearly has its own reasons for deciding to offer Fortnite for mobile outside of the Play Store. However, the distribution of modded APKs could mean that some users are tricked into installing malicious files that contain malware or are capable of stealing data.
It isn’t necessarily Epic’s fault if a user bypasses the official Fortnite installer and downloads an APK from the internet but it could have been avoided.
At 53 years, Singapore’s just a young hatchling in the grand scheme of things. But since our grandparents’ time, there have been plenty of changes in how we live our day-to-day lives. From public transport to movie tickets, here are 8 pictures that show how drastically Singapore has transformed in the past few decades:
Before EZ-Link Cards came about, you’d need either a stash of coins or loaded-up TransitLink Card to take the bus. We’d fiddle away with the buttons of the ticketing machine and patiently wait for our bus tickets – most of us clung onto these slips of of paper not to show the bus inspector, but to fold them into origami hearts to give to our crushes.
The greatest highlight of our week was when we’d head down to video tape rental stores. Our parents will be engrossed in their shows – most probably Hong Kong triad dramas or Hollywood blockbusters – and we’ll be making a beeline for cartoons like Aladdin and The Lion King. And of course, it was basic courtesy to rewind all tapes before returning them.
Today, we’re more likely to have a Netflix subscription than a fave video rental store. And it takes minimal effort to watch shows online anywhere, anytime, anyplace – just switch on your laptop and press play.
For those of you who still borrow books from the library – good on you. Although most only step foot in a library now for exam mugging or cold aircon relief, libraries were the highlight of our good ol’ school days. It was probably the lack of a speedy Internet connection, but checking out the grand total of 4 books made our day.
For us ‘90s kids, we’re often watching Netflix shows and YouTube videos but there’s still something special about a dinner + movie date. These days, we wouldn’t need to bring anything but our phone: we can do the entire booking online and enter the cinema by flashing a QR code.
But back in the day, watching a movie meant searching the newspapers for showtimes and entering with a paper ticket – with your seat number scrawled on by pen. And yes, movies were only $ 3.50 but that took a huge hit on our savings since our allowance reached $ 1/day at best.
It wasn’t possible to go a few steps anywhere without seeing these public payphones – that’s how common they once were. A 10-cent coin was all we needed to make a quick call, usually to tell our parents that we’ll be studying – cough, playing – after school.
But we don’t even call people with our mobiles these days: we’re so used to WhatsApp-ing or Facebook Messenger that a call from an unknown number has us staring at our mobile screens in mild surprise.
No one likes seeing an ERP, but imagine how much worse it was when the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) was around. It was a lot like the toll gantries in Malaysia – every time you wanted to drive to the CBD, you’d have to painstakingly queue up at a post office to buy an area licence first.
Never thought it would come to this, but we actually like having an IU machine.
Raise your hand if you’ve got a stash of yellowing family photos – yep, we’ve all got that naked baby photo tucked away somewhere. But these days, you’re more likely to be scrolling through the 1048319084 pics loaded in your Camera Roll instead.
Sure, nostalgia’s great, but we prefer the ease of our photo-editing apps and the freedom to delete whatever we like, thank you very much.
Since the very first McDonald’s outlet in Singapore, plenty has changed: we have digital menu boards instead of printed menus and no longer have to join in queues. Instead, we use self-ordering kiosks to customise our orders. Couple that with free WiFi and wew, we’d say the establishment has stepped firmly into our digital-savvy times.
Bonus: We also have a ready choice of 24-hour McDonald’s outlets and McDelivery whenever we need – we’ve got every meal sorted, from late-night suppers to early breakfasts.
The past is filled with fond memories, and to relieve the good old days, McDonald’s has introduced its Rendang Sedap Angus Beef Burger ($ 6.95) this National Day to celebrate the local flavours we love, and remind us of traditional tastes with a modern twist.
McDonald’s rendition of Rendang Beef Burger comes with an upgraded beef patty, made with 100% Angus beef. The meat is tender, and dipped in a flavourful rendang sauce that’ll get the thumbs up from any nenek – especially when it’s made with a complex blend of coconut milk, ginger, kaffir lime, and lemongrass.
Throw in other spices like onion and garlic, and you’ve got yourself a delish burger that hits all Beef Rendang cravings. It also comes topped with sliced red onions, grilled caramelised onions, and a tasty fried egg.
Like other memorable McDonald’s renditions of Singapore’s local flavours like their Ha Ha Cheong Gai, this Rendang Sedap Angus Beef Burger brings us back to the good ol’ days of last time. This National Day, celebrate Singapore’s local flavours with McDonald’s Rendang Sedap Feast ($ 10.90), it comes complete with Golden Criss Cut Fries, Coke, and D24 Durian McFlurry.
The McDonald’s Rendang Sedap Angus Beef Burger is available now in all McDonald’s restaurants, along with McDelivery and Grab Food – only while stocks last.
The Unicode Consortium is once again working on a list of potential new emoji characters to include in Unicode 12. Emoji have become a staple part of modern digital communication, which means that the Consortium is paying a lot more attention to new emoji before putting them forward for consideration.
One of the wonderful things about the work being handled by the Unicode Consortium is that it is trying to be more inclusive and diverse when it comes to the characters and new emoji that are put forward and that ultimately make it into a new version of Unicode. This time around, candidates include mixed-race couples, beautiful representations of a service dog designed to help the visually impaired, deaf people, and even same-sex mixed-race couples. This is definitely the next step that the Consortium needed to take.
What typically happens is that a whole heap of new emoji characters are put forward for consideration and a decision is made on whether or not they get moved into the final version of Unicode. If they do actually make the cut, then they would be released in 2019 as part of Unicode 12 and then would eventually be supported by various manufacturers, such as Apple, Google, and Samsung, on their devices through new firmware updates. Users would then be able to take advantage of all of the new characters to spice up their digital correspondence through messaging apps.
In addition to the aforementioned emoji, which promote diversity and inclusion, other characters are also being considered. There is a rather brutal looking axe tool, a snorkel and face mask, an ice cube, a flamingo, and a sloth. For those who are into performance art, there will be a new dancer up for consideration, and even some new shoes, cloves of garlic, and a spectacular otter for those who are animal lovers.
Currently, we are still waiting for companies like Apple to actually integrate Unicode 11 into iOS, which should come later this year when iOS 12 is rolled out to the general public. Once that happens, it’s then time to think about the future and see what Unicode 12 actually offers when this list is finalized. For a full list of the candidates, you can check out Unicode 12 over at Emojipedia.
From the owners who brought you O Batignolles (now defunct), Merci Marcel on Club Street is an updated, chic-kified version of the rustic French joint. This is the second outlet; the first Merci Marcel at Tiong Bahru. While the Tiong Bahru is casual and breezy like a garden, the Club Street is a voguish haunt, playing ambient music, where beautiful, model-like CBD-ers hang out. There is little to dislike about its modern and relaxed atmosphere which sets you right in the mood for a casual, ok flight of French cuisine.
For starters, we had three kinds of cheese – the Bleu d’Auvergne, Brillat Savarin and Tete de Moine. The Bleu d’Auvergne is a blue cheese that is less pungent than Stilton or even Gorgonzola, and it’s smoother too. Its saltiness goes really well with the quince that comes with the cheese platter. Brillat Savarin is a soft, triple cream cow’s milk cheese and Merci Marcel’s has a faint layer of black truffle in the middle. Given the lovely creaminess of the cheese, I wish the earthy aroma of the truffle were more pronounced to round the flavor. Our last selection is a Swiss cheese that drollishly translates to Monk’s Head in English. This semi-hard cheese is served in shaved florets and has a rich milky flavor. The cheeses at Merci Marcel change daily and are flown in 3 times a week from France to ensure their freshness and variety. A three cheese platter goes for $ 24++.
Our mains were the Whole Catalonia Octopus Leg ($ 46++) and the Duck Parmentier ($ 26++). The octopus leg is tender; there’s little resistance when one bites into it. I can imagine there is a bit of loving tenderizing/massaging that goes into the cooking process to ease out the harder kinks in an octopus leg. The potato rouille that comes with the leg is aromatic and its umami from the combination of garlic, red pepper and crème fraiche spreads immediately on your tongue. All of that eaten with the crispy fried kale on the side, you have an amazing amalgamation of textures in your mouth. However, I do think the leg itself can do with more seasoning. On its own, it is tad bland.
The Duck Parmentier is a pulled duck confit on top of mashed potatoes but at Merci Marcel they’ve transformed the mashed potatoes into a Pomme Macaire. This is a way of twice cooking the potatoes first by roasting them in their skins then removing the flesh and storing them overnight in the fridge before baking and then frying them. On the whole, this tastes like gym food for babies – full of protein, very mushy. The duck confit is simple, straightforwardly ducky and a little bland. The Pomme Macaire, though pan-fried, doesn’t have a nice crust.
Now, imagine the crispy skin of the duck confit carefully removed and served on top of the meat, instead of the pointless, clearly-just-to-have-colour-contrast greens with a luxurious, slightly smoky and crusty Pomme Macaire. Too.damn.shiok is what it is. I will pay an extra five dollars for this. But too bad, this is just a fantasy. I didn’t finish the actual dish.
The Tarte Tatin ($ 12++) is somewhat of a letdown too. But the good thing first. I get what they are doing with the generous serving of simmered sweet apple flesh. The cooked apple is moist without being soft. Look at it, it’s a cute mountain of delicious apple. Unfortunately, it is too much. For every mouthful of sweet, sweet (ohsosweet) apple, there is a pinch of pastry. And because the apple sits, like Jabba the Hutt, overwhelmingly on what should be a dainty, buttery puff pastry (you can’t see it can you), that fragile deliciousness is crushed and made soggy. There just isn’t balance. I also didn’t finish this dish.
All that said, if you aren’t too fussy about how your goddamn food tastes and you aren’t writing a food review, this place is all in all not too bad for a Frenchified brunch or dinner. Will I return? Yeah sure. I like the feel of the place and I’m optimistic they’ll continue to improve their cuisine. If not, at least they have non-cheffy things like their cheese and cold cut platters (hard to go wrong here) if ever I feel like a day out at a French bistro.
Written by Paul Ng. Deathrow meal: steamed uonuma koshihikari rice, sunny side up eggs drizzled with slow-rendered pork lard, kicap cair dark soya sauce with a side of gribenes. And a bowl of uni. Aspiring taitai. Also co-owner of Provisions Food – local maker of baked goods, snacks, condiments and sauces inspired by the flavours of Asia.
A growing number of users are starting to report that they are experiencing a fairly troubling issue with the use and reliability of Cydia Impactor. When trying to sideload an app onto an iOS device (also required when jailbreaking with tools like Electra), users are being greeted with error “CPP 160”, which essentially stops them dead in their tracks.
The majority of the jailbreak community has generally been well aware that Cydia Impactor isn’t perfect. During its lifetime, the Jay Freeman Saurik-created software has continuously thrown up a number of random error messages, all of which affect a user in one way or another.
Typically speaking, there has been a fairly reliable method of actually getting around those problems and device owners have been able to move on and install whatever app they were trying to sideload. However, this time around, that doesn’t appear to be entirely possible.
The “CPP 160” error is presenting itself when iPhone and iPad owners are trying to sideload an app – such as the Electra IPA – onto their devices. It had initially been thought that this problem was present on not just Windows, but macOS as well. However, that has now shown to not be the case with macOS currently not throwing up this error.
Some people have had some success with virtualized versions of macOS running on a Windows machine but that definitely doesn’t appear to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach to rectifying the problem. Based on forums and posted information, it seems to have failed as much as it has succeeded.
So, just what is the solution here? Well, as painful as it is to admit, there doesn’t actually appear to be one at this moment in time unless you have access to a Mac, or can try out a virtualized macOS environment.
The speculation and general feeling seem to suggest that Saurik himself is going to need to come out of hiding and attempt to fix this problem, either via a server-side update, or as an actual update to Cydia Impactor itself. We all know that the creator of Cydia and other tools under the Cydia brand has been away from the scene for quite some time. So, with that in mind, it’s unlikely that he is going to step out of the shadows now to fix a problem with Cydia Impactor. However, only time will tell and stranger things have definitely happened on this crazy ride that we call jailbreaking.
Residing in Teck Ghee Food Centre, Shi Xian only sells mee siam and mee rebus for a mere $ 2.50 per bowl. You can top up 50¢ for a larger portion, but I reckon the $ 2.50 is just right for breakfast. Run by a Chinese couple, Shi Xian has been around for more than 40 years! The lady boss shared that even their chilli is made in-house daily to ensure consistency. It’s a lot of hard work but the long queue in front of the stall shows that the couple’s hard work pays off!
We got a bowl of each ($ 3 version because we were hungry). The lady boss cooked the dish in front of us and asked if we wanted the lime to be squeezed in. The food is served in iconic orange bowls so you can look around and see how many people are enjoying the mee siam or mee rebus too!
The mee siam is an ensemble of sliced eggs, rice vermicelli, a delicious homemade stock, and a dollop of chilli. The rich stock coated the vermicelli really well. The flavours were well balanced and the citrus notes from the lime made the dish even more appetite-whetting. There’s nothing extra special about their mee siam, but everything just worked together really well to make this one superb bowl that we gobbled up in no time.
The mee rebus was also very well executed. The luscious gravy complemented the smooth noodles well. I thought that the eggs went really well with the gravy as well. I don’t know what it was but the thick yellow noodles and the creamy gravy was a really alluring combination. I think Shi Xian is better known for their mee siam, but I preferred their mee rebus.
For those who enjoy a spicy kick in their food, remember to blend in the potent homemade chilli paste.
The queue at Shi Xuan never ends so be prepared to queue!
Address: #01-24, Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 409 Ang Mo Kio Market & Food Centre, Singapore 560409
Opening Hours: 7am to 1230pm daily. Closed every Monday and Tuesday.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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Right in the heart of Kampong Glam is Positano Risto, an eight month-old Muslim-owned joint that serves halal Italian cuisine. The restaurant is inspired by a couple’s travels when they were awestruck by the beauty of a little coastal Italian town. You can see wallpapers of the Positano town on both storeys of the restaurant, along with posters of Godfather and Al Pacino and Robert de Niro. I hope their obsession with Godfather won’t make them think that “revenge is a dish is best served cold.” But rather, their food can “make us an offer we cannot resist.” Ok, enough of Godfather quotes.
Although new, the restaurant has already added new items to the menu. The Virgin Rossini ($ 8.95): the fresh strawberry pulp adds a soothing texture to the sparkling soda. My sweet tooth gravitates to the Godfather milkshake ($ 13.95), which comes with a whole Ferrero Rocher.
Arancini Balls ($ 11.95) are traditionally made from leftover rice dishes which give them more flavour. Unfortunately, the ones here are a tad bland, and are rescued to some extent by the homemade sweet mayo sauce.
The Soft Shell Crab Linguini ($ 22.95) has a beautiful sauce with chunks of crabmeat and a veritable taste of seafood bisque. The soft shell crab is delightfully crispy and fluffy. However, the linguini isn’t al dente.
The Positano Super Supreme Calzone ($ 28.95) is their bestseller, and I can see why. The turkey ham tastes so much like ham that we had to do a double take! The tomato sauce provides a good solid base that does not vie for attention, and elevates the flavours of the other ingredients. The mild flavour of melted burrata is a brilliant counterpoint to the saltiness of the meats, and the smooth and soft texture complements the thin crust that stays firm throughout the meal. True, it isn’t a calzone in the truest sense of the dish, but it has little pockets where mushrooms and pastrami hide like little treasure chests waiting to be discovered.
They ran out of their signature dessert, brownie ($ 9.95), and we opted for the Classic Tiramisu with Coffee Filling ($ 8.95). Since this is a halal restaurant, the ladyfingers are not soaked in rum, just espresso. The ladyfingers lack texture, while the layers of cheese are much too creamy for me (which is why I don’t like mousse at all). I also wonder whether there could have been something interesting to look forward to, in place of the rum (I’m not all that into alcohol, but I can’t deny the rum gives depth to the dessert).
While I would return for the calzone, and possibly to try out other items on the menu, there are many other Italian restaurants out there I would consider first.
Positano Risto 6 Bussorah Street Singapore 199479 tel: +65 6292 1866 Sun-F 11.30am-10pm, Sat 11.30am-11pm facebook
Written by Tan Ken Jin. True to the name of this website, KJ is closely associated with rubbish, organising litter-picking activities that culminate in a makan session (because #Singaporean). That, and he once tried marinating salmon in blueberry juice and orange juice. He survived.
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Madam Liew Kiaw Hoon often prepares her signature Nyonya laksa for family gatherings and her children’s company events. Family and friends often praised Madam Liew’s laksa for being absolutely delicious. They have told her that ‘It’s so good, you should open up a stall!’ With the support from a huge fan base, Madam Liew’s son started Madam Liew’s Recipes at Siglap Road, aiming to showcase his mom’s house recipes and honouring her legacy as a great home cook.
Back in the kampung days, Madam Liew’s husband ran a provision shop in the Siglap area. Their neighbours would frequently gather at the provision shop to socialise and chit-chat. It was there that Madam Liew met a Teochew Nyonya lady who shared the Nyonya laksa recipe with Madam Liew. Over the years, Madam Liew enhanced and adjusted the recipe. Besides being a good home cook, the 87-year-old also has prior culinary experience — she used to run a fishball stall on the sixth floor of Lucky Plaza. With decades of home cooking experience under her belt, Madam Liew dishes out a formidable Nyonya laksa which is a must-try!
The Nyonya Laksa ($ 4.80) comes with the standard fishcake, cockles, prawns, bean sprouts, and laksa leaf. It is rare to find laksa gravy cooked over charcoal fire these days, but at Madam Liew’s, it is still being done! The star of the Nyonya laksa has got to be the handmade rempah — it has ten secret spices in it and each time, 10kg of rempah is prepared at one go!
At first glance, the portion seemed rather generous. The laksa gravy was also clearly a lot thicker than usual. It looked deceivingly spicy with its bright fiery red hue, but rest assured, the spice level is definitely manageable even for beginners. For those who need an extra spicy kick, just mix the sambal chilli on the side into the laksa gravy. Unlike the usual laksa where coconut milk plays a vital role in the taste of the gravy, the flavour of the nyonya laksa here is derived from the different spices used instead. Due to its thicker consistency, the laksa gravy coagulates quite fast when left out in the open, so eat it while it’s piping hot!
Apart from serving up Nyonya laksa, Madam Liew’s Recipes also does laksa goreng, or dry laksa, on the weekends. Madam Liew’s son informed us that they have plans to expand the menu in the near future to include other signature dishes such as popiah and mee siam from his mother’s kitchen. Opening a brick and mortar F&B business is never easy, and we definitely admire the family’s dedication to honouring and preserving Madam Liew’s legacy. If you are in the East, why not give Madam Liew’s Recipes a try?
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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