New Arrival: Three New ASUS ZenBooks in Singapore Built for Brilliance

November 20th, 2020

ASUS has just launched in Singapore three new ZenBooks with 11th Generation Intel Core processors – ZenBook Flip S, ZenBook 14 Screenpad, ZenBook 14 Ultralight. Price & Availability below.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

The new ZenBook series notebooks were launched at a virtual online event called “Built for Brilliance”.

  1. ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371)
    S$2,498 (today)
  2. ASUS ZenBook 14 ScreenPad (UX435)
    S$2,198 (11 Dec 2020)
  3. ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight (UX435EGL)
    S$2,398 (4 Dec 2020)

ASUS boasts that the ZenBook Flip S is the world’s thinnest OLED convertible laptop and the first ASUS laptop to be verified on the Intel Evo platform for laptop design.

The ZenBook 14 ScreenPad is ASUS’s smallest 14-inch laptop with ScreenPad while the ZenBook 14 Ultralight is the lightest 14-inch ZenBook yet – weighing only 990 g.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Trek iSSD 4-in-1 Portable Wireless Storage Server cum Power Bank

November 19th, 2020

Once in a while, you come across a device that does it all – and does it well. When it comes to a mobile storage companion, Trek iSSD ticks the check boxes of all the functionalities that I’ve always wanted in a single device.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

Three of biggest problems holding back a mobile worker on the move are: storage space, battery power and the ability to share.

With the limited storage space on notebooks, tablets and mobile phones, workers on the move quickly run out of storage space on their mobile devices, especially if their work require huge media files that they have to present at meetings and discuss with their clients.

 

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The Trek iSSD measures 120 x 75 x 15mm and weighs 230g. It has an aluminum alloy frame with glass cover.

At home, the easy solution is to buy a desktop hard disk drive (HDD) with a huge capacity eg. 6-12TB – but it is not something you can bring on the road.

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OPPO Unveils Three Concept Gadgets at INNO DAY 2020

November 18th, 2020

OPPO unveiled the OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application, as the company rolled out its 3+N+X technology development strategy.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

OPPO says that the three concept products demonstrate all-new possibilities of human-tech interaction and exploration of future technology.

  1. OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset
  2. OPPO AR Glass 2021
  3. OPPO CybeReal AR application

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset features a flexible display and structural stacking, offering users a more natural interactive experience.

The concept handset features OPPO’s three proprietary technologies.

  • Roll Motor powertrain
  • 2-in-1 Plate
  • Self-developed Warp Track high-strength screen laminate

The OLED display can vary from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches, allowing users to adjust the size of the display based on actual needs.

OPPO AR Glass 2021 adopts a new split design, which is compact and ultra-light; making it nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds

November 17th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 85t (S$348) enables users to control how much noise to cancel and block.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

With five levels of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and five levels of Hear Through, the user can select up to 11 levels of noise filtration – with about 3dB difference between each level.

A dedicated ANC chip drives the noise cancellation for the Jabra Elite 85t, supported by six microphones and wind protection for clear audio and voice call quality in any environment the user may be in.

The new semi-open design for the earbuds offers better comfort while keeping the fit secure.

The Elite 85t provides up to 5.5 hours of battery life with up to 25 hours in compact charging case – with ANC on.

More details below about the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi 10T & Mi10T Pro Launched in Singapore

November 12th, 2020

Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphones are in Singapore – the Mi 10T (S$649: 8GB + 128GB) and Mi 10T Pro (S$749: 8GB + 256GB). Prices and introductory promotions below.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro from Xiaomi offers impressive cameras, AdaptiveSync display, powerful processors and long-lasting battery.

Purchases are covered with 24-month warranty and 6-month Screen Protection Guarantee.

The two Android phones were first unveiled earlier at the end of September this year.

Both devices will be available for purchase starting from this Saturday, 14 November 2020.

The phones can be purchased,at Authorized Mi Stores, Xiaomi’s official telecommunications partners including M1, Singtel and StarHub, as well as official online channels such as Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker has also been unveiled – priced at S$79.90, it will be available in Singapore at a later date.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch will also be available in Singapore at a later date, with pricing to be announced later.

 

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Nicholas Shi, General Manager of Singapore and Malaysia, Xiaomi, launched the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T in the Grand Ballroom of JW Marriott Hotel at South Beach in Singapore.

More details below about the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Apple Introduces 3 New Macs Based on M1 Chip

November 11th, 2020

Apple has launched a new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini – powered by its latest in-house developed M1 chip. Price & Availability below.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

The new M1 SoC (Systen on a Chip) is the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac.

With M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps for Mac.

All the new Macs come with Big Sur, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

Big Sur is engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the capability and power of M1, delivering a boost in performance, battery life, and stronger security protections.

The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.

They will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting next week.

More details below about the three new M1-based Apple Macs from the press release.

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Apple Unleashes M1 System on a Chip (SoC) for the Mac

November 10th, 2020

The M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac, offering powerful performance, features and efficiency.

With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

With its increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

The M1 is the most powerful chip Apple has ever created and is the first chip designed specifically for the Mac.

M1 is optimised for Mac systems in which small size and power efficiency are critically important.

As a system on a chip (SoC), M1 combines numerous powerful technologies into a single chip, and features a unified memory architecture for dramatically improved performance and efficiency.

M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip.

According to Apple the M1 features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine.

As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.

More details below about the M1 chip from the press release.

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Joe Biden Triumphs Over Donald Trump to become President-Elect

November 8th, 2020

After 4 days of vote counting, and amidst quiet confidence by Joe Biden and tantrum-throwing by incumbent Donald Trump, the news networks have called the US presidential election for the former Vice President, following the flipping of Pennsylvania.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

tech4tea does not usually cover politics, but the election of the President of the United States (POTUS) is an exception – given that it is such a poignant event that affects all industries and all aspects of life in all countries around the world.

So it’s apt to mark the tentative projection of presidential challenger 77-year-old Joe Biden as President-Elect of the United States, four days after Election Day on 3 November 2020.

With the projection of Biden winning Pennsylvania with its 20 electoral votes, the former Vice President has passed the 270 majority threshold to secure 284 electoral votes to Trump’s 214.

This was followed closely by Nevada which brought Biden’s tally to 290, enroute to Biden’s earlier prediction of eventually surpassing 300 electoral votes.

Mind you, all is not confirmed yet, since incumbent President Donald Trump has reiterated that he will challenge all “Biden-claimed states” – which he has already begun – alleging election fraud without furnishing any evidence.

Usually, what happens next is that the loser graciously concedes, and come 20 January 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get officially inaugurated as the 46th President and Vice-President of the United States.

But with 74-year-old Trump throwing a sissy fit over how the votes hadn’t been selectively counted to his liking, there’s no knowing whether – in addition to callously throwing legal suits without basis – he will not barricade himself within the Oval office and incite violence among the populace and sow civil strife that has the potential to foment discord for generations to come.

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New Arrival: Livinguard Masks Against COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 Virus

November 7th, 2020

Livinguard has brought its reusable face masks in Singapore. Three versions for different levels of protection (and breathability) are available online at Shopee, Lazada and ORO. Prices below.

 

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Here are the Street (2 layers) and Pro (3 layers) of the Livinguard masks.

I tried out the Street and Pro versions and liked them.

It feels light, fitting and doesn’t clog up the nostrils when you breathe.

There are three versions for different levels of protection and breathability, in 4 colours and 3 sizes.

Each mask can be rinsed once a week for up to 30 times – so that works out to 210 days of usage.

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How to Sign up for Apple One – Available in Singapore Now

November 4th, 2020

Apple One is now available in Singapore, enabling subscribers to access four Apple subscription services including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. Price & Availability below.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

First announced in Cupertino in mid-September, users in over 100 countries and regions can now sign up and choose a plan that is right for them or their whole family.

You can sign up for Apple One on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or tvOS 14.

Later this fall, you’ll also be able to sign up on Mac running macOS Big Sur.

In addition, when you sign up for individual Apple services, the right Apple One plan is automatically recommended if it’s a better value, taking into account any services you already pay for.

Prices and availability for Apple One below.

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