Facebook enhances mobile app with sidebar

May 22nd, 2015

Facebook has enhanced the sidebar space within its Facebook mobile app – creating a dedicated place for you and your friends to stay up to date on all of the things you do every day.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

People go to News Feed to catch up on what friends are posting at certain times of the day, like a best friend’s engagement or pictures from a university reunion.

But many users want a place to see and share the smaller updates that are a part of their day.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

The Facebook sidebar is used by millions of people daily to quickly find and contact friends and loved ones while on the go with their mobile.

Now, you can visit the sidebar to get a quick look at what your friends are currently doing.

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NCS launches NCS Technology Evolution Book to celebrate SG50

May 22nd, 2015

The book looks back at the Singapore’s IT transformation from the beginning of its computerisation journey to realising the vision as the world’s first Smart Nation.

Chia Wee Boon (left), CEO of NCS presenting a limited edition NCS Tech Evolution book to Tay Ai Cheng (right), Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Librarian of National Library Board. “With the support from the National Library Board, the public can have access to NCS Tech Evolution. We hope everyone will enjoy reading this book, appreciate the contributions of the pioneers and many unsung heroes,” said Chia.

Chia Wee Boon (left), CEO of NCS presenting a limited edition NCS Tech Evolution book to Tay Ai Cheng (right), Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Librarian of National Library Board. “With the support from the National Library Board, the public can have access to NCS Tech Evolution. We hope everyone will enjoy reading this book, appreciate the contributions of the pioneers and many unsung heroes,” said Chia.

NCS, a leading Info-Communication Technology (ICT) provider in Asia Pacific launched today the NCS Technology Evolution book to commemorate the Nation’s IT transformation from the very beginning of Singapore’s computerisation journey.

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Review: Lumia 640XL Windows Phone phablet from Microsoft Devices

May 19th, 2015

The 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL (S$429) comes with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 3000mAh removable battery. Wee Wu Neo from The Neo Dimension checks out the affordable phablet from Microsoft Devices.

The Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

The Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

The Lumia 640 series features the first Microsoft-branded LTE smartphones since the acquisition of Nokia Mobile.

By the look of its price and hardware specification, the Lumia 640 series exhibits almost identical performance to the Android Motorola MotoG.

The Lumia 640 XL with its 3000mAh removable battery. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo.

The Lumia 640 XL with its 3000mAh removable battery. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo.

This review covers the Lumia 640 XL, the Windows Phone phablet in the Lumia 640 series.

Design and Build

The Lumia 640 XL measures 157.9 x 81.5 x 9.0mm and weighs 171g.

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3 smartphone portrait photography tips from Russel Wong

May 17th, 2015

Celebrity photographer Russel Wong shared some of his tips on portrait photography using a smartphone in a workshop at the OPPO Concept Store in Suntec City Tower 3. Here are three of the tips attendees found most useful.

Celebrity photographer, Russel Wong sharing his experiences of taking portraiture using a smartphone.

Celebrity photographer, Russel Wong sharing his experiences of taking portraiture using a smartphone.

Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia.

Described as a “celebrity photographer who also photographs celebrities”, Wong enjoys the acclaim of being the first Singaporean to break into the notoriously difficult Hollywood movie industry.

Below are 3 smartphone portraiture photography tips that Wong shared during the workshop using the OPPO N3 smartphone that was launched in Singapore back in end October 2014.

1. Hold the camera as vertical as possbile

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Sony showcases BRAVIA 4K LCD & Full HD TV 2015 lineup

May 14th, 2015

Sony Singapore showcased the BRAVIA 4K LCD and Full HD televisions that were announced earlier this year at CES 2015 – with new models ranging from 32 to 75 inches in size, some based on Google Android TV and impressively thin models thinner than a smartphone. Prices TBA.

The Sony Bravia X9000C is only 4.9mm at its thinnest - thinner than some smartphones.

The Sony Bravia X9000C is only 4.9mm at its thinnest – thinner than some smartphones.

This new lineup for 2015 will soon be available in Singapore, with models rolling in as early as next month – June 2015.

Sony BRAVIA KDL-65W850C with Google Android TV.

Sony BRAVIA KDL-65W850C with Google Android TV.

The 4K models ships with advanced 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling technology by analysing and upscaling content to 4K resolution.

The X9000C Series 4K LCD TV (in 55 and 65 inches) is only 4.9mm at its thinnest part and with its tiny frame – mount it on the wall and it’ll appear like a floating display.

The Bravia X series as well as the W800C and W850C will support Google’s Android TV operating system, making it easy to stream videos, function as a gaming device, and provide enhanced features like Google Cast and Voice Search.

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Review: Seagate NAS 4-bay 20TB Network Attached Storage for businesses

May 11th, 2015

If you’re a small growing business looking for an easy-to-use and affordable NAS storage solution that keeps your data secure and always available, this Seagate NAS 4-bay 20TB (S$1,899) could well be your answer.

Seagate NAS 4-Bay 20TB.

Seagate NAS 4-Bay 20TB.

The NAS 4-bay 20TB is one of many configurations (see sidebar below) that Seagate introduced as part of its Network Attached Storage (NAS) product line refresh that saw the replacement of its previous Business Storage series with the NAS and NAS Pro lines of product.

In the box: Seagate NAS, power supply cable, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide.

In the box: Seagate NAS, power supply cable, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide.

With pre-installed hard disk drives (HDD) and pre-configured RAID disks, as well as its latest operating system – NAS 0S 4 – Seagate offers storage simplicity for SOHOs (Small Office Home Office) and small businesses with ease of use and private cloud access over the Internet.

The ease of use and set-up is particularly attractive to small companies without dedicated IT resources, while the cloud access is especially useful for organisations with mobile workers requiring secure remote access to vital documents, data and resources from the field.

Connection is easy: Simply connect the Ethernet cable to the NAS and the router. Then connect the power cable to the NAS and the outlet and you're ready to go. You can connect a second Ethernet cable for redundancy or performance.

Connection is easy: Simply connect the Ethernet cable to the NAS and the router. Then connect the power cable to the NAS and the outlet and you’re ready to go. You can connect a second Ethernet cable for redundancy or performance.

The easy-to-navigate HTML user-interface is driven by the new LINUX-based NAS OS 4, which now comes with a redesigned Device Manager, enabling users to manage preferences and configure settings from a single location.

It includes useful features such as App Manager and Seagate Sdrive for remote access – some of the most demanded features of NAS users in general.

I found the NAS device management effortless from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone.

I was also impressed by how silent the internal fan of the NAS was – you can just leave the NAS on and hardly notice any noise.

My take:

“Seagate’s NAS 4-bay 20TB offers an excellent affordable and reliable network attached storage solution for home and small business businesses with up to 25 employees – with easy set-up and usage, as well as cloud access from anywhere with an Internet connection, from mobile devices including tablets and smartphones.”

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Barclays Asia Trophy 2015: Online ticket sales from 13 May, 10am

May 10th, 2015

Barclays Asia Trophy will be in Singapore for the first time in mid-July with two match days on 15 (Wed) and 18 (Sat) July. Arsenal, Everton, Stoke City and Singapore Select XI will be fielding their first team players for the tournament.

Ticket prices below.

Barclays Asia Trophy 2015, in Singapore Sports Hub on 15 and 18 July, 2015.

Barclays Asia Trophy 2015, in Singapore Sports Hub on 15 and 18 July, 2015.

The opening evening on Wednesday 15 July will see Singapore Select XI play Arsenal (6pm), and Everton versus Stoke City (8.30pm).

The third-fourth placing match (6pm) and Final (8.30pm) will be played on Saturday 18 July.

Tickets for 2 matches 15 July, Wednesday 18 July, Saturday
Category 1 S$145 S$155
Category 2 S$105 S$115
Category 3 S$60 S$70
Category 4 S$40 S$45
Category 4 (Child) S$25 S$28
  • Prices are inclusive of GST but subject to booking and delivery fees.
  • Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket but cannot occupy a seat without a valid ticket.
  • Children’s tickets are available for those aged 3 to 12 years old and must be purchased in conjunction with an adult ticket.

Over 90,000 tickets will be available to the public to buy over the two match days and 70 percent of the tickets will be on sale for S$70 or less.

The cheapest adult ticket is S$40, while children’s tickets are available from S$25.

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New arrivals: Samsung Android powered Smart UX Centre printers

May 3rd, 2015

Eight new models from four series of Samsung’s MultiXpress multi-function printers equipped with Smart UX Centre – powered by Android – are now available in Singapore for businesses. Available at authorised Samsung business solutions partners.

Samsung’s Android printers are designed to be more independent, intuitive and can be used in all business environments for cost-effectiveness and increased productivity. Printers not shown to scale. Left: M4580FX Monochrome MFP; Right: K4350LX Monochrome MFP.

Samsung’s Android printers are designed to be more independent, intuitive and can be used in all business environments for cost-effectiveness and increased productivity. Printers not shown to scale. Left: M4580FX Monochrome MFP; Right: K4350LX Monochrome MFP.

In line with Samsung’s focus to develop printer solutions that fit seamlessly into the IT and Smart office ecosystem, the new Android-based multi-function printers (MFPs) operate independently without a PC while offering application scalability and a user friendly interface.

Samsung K4350LX A3 Monochrome MFP.

Samsung K4350LX A3 Monochrome MFP.

The new Smart MultiXpress MFPs each feature a 10.1-inch full touchscreen panel that enables users to search and print from web browsers, emails, maps, images and other types of content – without the need to connect to a PC or server.

The touchscreen also offers the ability to preview documents, as well as editing and annotating capabilities.

The Smart MultiXpress series MFPs comprise eight new models from four different printer categories, including:

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Pioneer brings Apple CarPlay to Singapore with AVH-X8750BT

May 2nd, 2015

Pioneer’s existing AVH-X8650BT and new AVH-X8750BT in-dash car multimedia receivers can now access Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre has announced the availability of Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer Apple CarPlay to drivers,” said Isao Nomura, Deputy General Manager for Business Planning and Marketing Division of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre.

Accessible in Singapore on two of their aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers, the existing AVH-X8650BT and the newly-released AVH-X8750BT, consumers can now enjoy a smarter, safer and more fun way to use their iPhones in the car.

Apple CarPlay uses Siri voice control to enable iPhone users to safely enjoy selected apps on large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, while staying focused on the road.

With Apple CarPlay, consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music and podcasts.

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Event: Photos of 5,000 smiling faces fill Clarke Quay Central Atrium

May 1st, 2015

Smile Singapore, an advocacy campaign by Clarke Quay Central to promote a happier and joyful nation, is installing its photo mural of smiling portraits in the Central Atrium of the shopping mall.

Smile Singapore campaign at Clarke Quay Central Atrium to promote a happier and joyful Singapore.

Smile Singapore campaign at Clarke Quay Central Atrium to promote a happier and joyful Singapore.

A record number of 5755 people have come forward over the past five weeks to share their stories about what makes them happy in Singapore.

Smile Singapore campaign at Clarke Quay Central Atrium.

Smile Singapore campaign at Clarke Quay Central Atrium.

Their smiling portraits have been captured and will be printed, laminated and pieced together to create a giant photo mural to be completed by Sunday, 3 May 2015.

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