Unveil: Hyundai Reveals Kona N Sport Utility Vehicle

April 27th, 2021

The new Kona N is the latest addition to Hyundai’s high performance N brand and seeks to meld racetrack prowess with the versatility of a utility vehicle. Hyundai Motor will be expanding the N and N Line lineup to 18 models through 2022.

Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N lineup but is also the first N model with an SUV body style.

Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N lineup but is also the first N model with an SUV body style.

Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled the all-new KONA N as well as its high-performance philosophy and ambition for sustainable driving fun at Hyundai N Day, a digital showcase dedicated to introducing Hyundai’s N Brand.

“We are thrilled to share the mindset, spirit and vision of the N brand to be a leader in the high-performance category powered by traditional internal combustion engines as well as our proven industry-leading battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Our continuously growing and more balanced N portfolio will open new high-performance options, delivering the ‘grin factor’ no matter what the propulsion technology or body type may be,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company.

It offers a combination of versatility, spirited acceleration, agility and racetrack readiness.

Through the showcase, the company also shared N brand’s high-performance philosophy and introduced a new brand claim ― “Never just drive” ― while also hinting at future N models in the pipeline.

Hyundai also highlighted its commitment to sustainable e-performance, giving a glimpse of the future direction for motorsport initiatives and how it will serve as a basis for upcoming N models.

The Korean company plans to enhance the e-performance of its N brand with BEV and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Wireless Gaming Headphones

May 4th, 2021

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal (S$799) will be available in Black Anthracite starting 7 May in Singapore, while Grey Mist and Navy will be available from June onwards. Wireless dongle sold separately.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

The Beoplay Portal is the first wireless gaming headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

Featuring a sophisticated aesthetic, premium materials, and immersive sound, Beoplay Portal is designed for immersive gaming experiences, watching movies, or enjoying music.

The headphones promises features including low-latency surround sound, good microphone performance, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and an elegant user interface.

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New Arrival: Apple iMac with M1 Chip, Vibrant Colours & 4.5K Retina Display

April 21st, 2021

Apple unveiled the new iMac as part of its slew of gadgets and services in its Spring Event 2021, globally broadcast from California. Prices and availability below.

Plenty of vibrant colours to choose from for the new M1-powered Apple iMac.

Plenty of vibrant colours to choose from for the new M1-powered Apple iMac.

This is the first iMac to ship with Apple’s new M1 CPU.

Orders begin on Friday, 30 April, with availability in the second half of May.

“M1 is a gigantic leap forward for the Mac, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new iMac, the first Mac designed around the breakthrough M1 chip. With its striking design in seven stunning colours, its immersive 4.5K Retina display, the best camera, mics, and speakers ever in a Mac, and Touch ID, combined with the amazing performance of M1 and the power of macOS Big Sur, the new iMac takes everything people love about iMac to an entirely new level,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iMac joins the Apple’s family of Mac models powered by M1, including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, taking another step in Apple’s transition to Apple’s own silicon.

The new iMac is only 11.5mm thin and comes with a large choice of vibrant colours.

It features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colours.

The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac.

Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger.

The combined power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur in the iMac renders demanding workloads like editing 4K video and working with huge images faster, making the iMac suited for those working or studying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More details below on the new Apple iMac from the press release.

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Apple Spring Event 2021: New iPad Pro, iMac, AirTag & Podcast Subscriptions

April 20th, 2021

Apple launched a slew of computers and tablets powered by its own M1 processor, as well as new services – as it targets users working and schooling at home. Prices and availability below.

The new iMac (left) and iPad Pro, both with the new M1 chip, were among the products unveiled at Apple’s Spring Event 2021.

The new iMac (left) and iPad Pro, both with the new M1 chip, were among the products unveiled at Apple’s Spring Event 2021.

The new products and services were launched by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook in a recorded video broadcast from California.

“The revolutionary M1 chip has been a breakthrough for the Mac, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to iPad Pro, … and the all-new iMac,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iPad Pro, iMac and Apple TV 4K will be open for orders beginning 30 April with availability in the second half of May in more than 30 countries and regions, including the US.

Apple also introduced a new Purple finish for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

The new colour, as well as the AirTag will begin pre-orders on 23 April, with availability from 30 April.

Below are the list of new gadgets and services as well as their prices in Singapore.

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New Arrival: Huawei Band 6 Wearable Smart Fitness Tracker

April 12th, 2021

Huawei’s entry-level fitness tracker Band 6 will be available in Singapore from 15 April at S$88. Introductory promotions below.

From 15 April 2021, HUAWEI Band 6 will be available at S$88 in three different colours — Graphite Black, Sakura Pink and Forest Green.

From 15 April 2021, Huawei Band 6 will be available at S$88 in three different colours — Graphite Black, Sakura Pink and Forest Green.

Huawei has just announced the new Band 6 – featuring a 1.47-inch enhanced AMOLED FullView Display, 2-week battery life, as well as all-day health monitoring.

The Huawei Band 6 supports all-day monitoring of heart rates, SpO2, sleep, and stress measurement; as well as menstrual cycle tracking for ladies.

Details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One Wired Mouse

April 8th, 2021

Dreamcore has introduced the SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse in Singapore. The fully customisable wired mouse is available from today onwards at S$89 on the Dreamcore Official Store on Lazada and S$69 when bundled with a Dreamcore PC on Dreamcore’s website.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The SuperSolid Gemini One ships with pre-packed variable weights and interchangeable covers and buttons, with the following key features.

  • Variable weights: The mouse comes with 12 pre-packed weights, each at 1.25g, so that users can easily vary the weight of their mouse from 75g to 97g with a simple modification
  • Interchangeable magnetic covers: Users get a choice of a solid or a honeycomb cover. The honeycomb cover allows for maximised airflow, preventing sweaty palms regardless of heat and hours spent on the computer.
  • Interchangeable side buttons: The mouse is ambidextrous by enabling left-handed users to use only the buttons on the right side for intuitive and easier access, while right-handed users can use the buttons on the left side.
  • High performance: Top of the line 16K API Pixart 3389 sensor, ultralight and flexible FCC compliant paracord cable, and 1,000Hz polling rate for a lag-free experience.

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Review: Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD with Synology DS918+ NAS

March 31st, 2021

With the growing demand for storage space at home, I’ve set up an NAS (Network Attached Storage) with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD (Hard Disk Drive) in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation. Just in time for World Backup Day 2021 today.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD freshly unwrapped (lower photo) and just prior to installation into the Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS.

With the exponentially increasing demand for storage space, businesses and home users constantly find themselves exhausting whatever storage they have – be it to store text documents, databases, photos or huge video files.

 

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The NAS sitting pretty alongside the Linksys E9450 router, all set up with RAID5 in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs within.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working from home and students are doing home-based learning – resulting in large increases in demand for storage needs at home eg. if you’re a creative pro who now have to do your video-editing at home instead of at the office.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs and Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS just prior to unboxing.

Having gotten by with a desktop expansion HDD connected to my work laptop, I’ve decided to set up an NAS at home – to not only increase storage capacity but also to share that storage with all members of the family.

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New Arrival: Roborock S7 Robot Vacuum Mop

March 30th, 2021

The new Roborock S7 boasts a fast sonic mop and intelligent automatic lift to tackle different surfaces (carpets, hard surfaces) without human intervention. Prices & promotions below.

The Roborock S7 will be available at S$699 during the 4.4 sale on 4 April, 2021.

The Roborock S7 will be available at S$699 during the 4.4 sale on 4 April, 2021.

Fast & powerful, the Roborock S7 is available for pre-order until 11 April at a discounted price of S$799 (UP: S$1,299), with additional S$100 discount on 4 Apr for the 4.4 sale.

Pre-orders can be made on Roborock’s official store on Shopee.

 

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Roborock today rolled out its latest robot vacuum cum mop – the Roborock S7 – in an online launch.

More details below about the Roborock S7, from the press release.

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Five Sleep Tips for World Sleep Day Today

March 19th, 2021

Today is World Sleep Day, so here are five tips on how to get a better night’s sleep from sleep expert Fitbit.

Sleep like a baby with 5 sleep tips from Fitbit. Photo by Tara Raye on Unsplash.

Sleep like a baby with 5 sleep tips from Fitbit. Photo by Tara Raye on Unsplash.

Getting our eight hours of quality sleep every night is important as adequate sleep and regular sleep patterns help rejuvenate our mood regulation, cognitive function, and overall health.

According to Fitbit’s data in 2020, Singaporeans were sleeping more last year.

However, Singaporeans still had one of the lowest sleep durations in the region, indicating there is still room for us to improve our quality of sleep.

So here are five tips for ways you can sleep longer and get a better quality shut eye.

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Study: Singaporeans Lose Sleep Over COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18th, 2021

The Philips 2021 global sleep survey finds that Singaporeans now average 6.8 hrs of sleep per night, down from 7 hours in the 2020 survey.

A year since the start of COVID-19, Singaporeans' sleep issues loom large.

A year since the start of COVID-19, Singaporeans’ sleep issues loom large.

The Philips 2021 global sleep survey, in its sixth annual installment, is being released to mark World Sleep Day tomorrow.

The study also found that over half (57%) of Singaporeans’ ability to sleep well has been directly impacted by the pandemic, with more than a third experiencing negative impact on their stress, ability to sleep well, mental/emotional health, sleep and work routines.

With telehealth on the rise, Singaporeans are open to online means to address sleep-related
concerns, yet fear hinders many from getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea.

More details below from the study.

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