New arrivals: Lenovo Horizon 2 and ThinkPad 10 tablet computers

August 26th, 2014

The Lenovo Horizon2 will be available for pre-orders from S$2399 at COMEX 2014. First 10 customers will receive a free Yoga Tablet 10 HD+.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet is available now through commercial orders with prices starting from S$1249.

Lenovo Horizon 2 (left ) and ThinkPad 10 (right).

Lenovo Horizon 2 (left ) and ThinkPad 10 (right).

The Lenovo Horizon 2 is a two-in-one Windows 8 PC providing multi-touch use at any angle, while the ThinkPad 10 is a tablet optimised for business professionals seeking both flexibility and mobility.

Horizon 2 Table PC

The 27-inch Horizon 2 is now much thinner and lighter than its predecessor – the IdeaCentre Horizon.

The Horizon 2 measures only 19.5mm and weighs only 7.6kg – making it easier to transport around the home or office.

The “Table computer” ships with improved performance and smarter features like near field communications (NFC) that interacts with users’ other devices.

Users can simply shake their Android device while using the new Horizon mobile app, allowing content to “fall” onto the Horizon 2’s screen.

Placing the mobile device directly on its screen lets users “pull” out content onto the PC’s display, signaling the Aura dial to appear.

The Lenovo Horizon 2 in

The Lenovo Horizon 2 in “Table” mode.

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COMEX 2014 (28 – 31 Aug) at Suntec Singapore & promotions flyers

August 13th, 2014

The third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will be in town in two weeks. It will return to Suntec Singapore at Levels 4 & 6.

COMEX 2014 in Singapore.

COMEX 2014 in Singapore.

As in past IT shows, I’ll be compiling promotions and flyers from the exhibitors in the COMEX 2014 photo album on the tech4tea Facebook page.

You can browse the album or directly access a specific flyer via the list of links below. So far, only the flyers for TomTom are in.

Promotions/Flyers in alphabetical order

Embargoes for most of the flyers will only be lifted on the first day of COMEX 2014, as exhibitors vie to safeguard the promotions that they plan to offer.

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New arrivals: Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series notebooks

August 30th, 2014

The Inspiron 14 7000 Series is a high-performance 14-inch laptop designed for today’s youth. It is available in Singapore now starting at S$1,699.

The new Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series is available now in Singapore, and is available at Comex 2014.

The new Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series is available now in Singapore, and is available at Comex 2014.

Dell has expanded its Inspiron line with the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series, a high-performance 14-inch laptop specially designed and developed for youths, a growing consumer segment.

Featuring the latest Intel® performance processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX-class graphics, and a sleek design, the Inspiron 14 addresses the rising demands of today’s generation of youths, whether it is for school, work, gaming or multimedia entertainment.

The Inspiron 14 7000 offers powerful productivity, powerful gaming experience and enhanced support and accessories.

Read the details in the extracts of the press release at the end of this article.

Key features of the Inspiron 14 7000 Series:

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POTD: COMEX 2014 – IT shopping frenzy in Singapore

August 29th, 2014

Photo of the Day: If you’re thinking of visiting Singapore this weekend and is keen on buying IT devices and tech gadgets, check out COMEX 2014 at Suntec Singapore.

The doors had just opened for COMEX 2014 and early-bird shoppers packed the aisles of the exhibition floor on Level 4 of Suntec Singapore. Photo taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The doors had just opened for COMEX 2014 and early-bird shoppers packed the aisles of the exhibition floor on Level 4 of Suntec Singapore. Photo taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Started yesterday, the IT trade show will be on until Sunday night.

You can check out some of the promotional discounts on offer by browsing selected flyers that I’ve compiled here.

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SingAREN launches region’s first 100Gbps community network in Singapore

August 28th, 2014

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX) will boost international collaborations for Singapore’s research and education community.

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) has announced the launch of SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), the first 100Gbps community network to be set up in the Southeast Asia region.

“SingAREN is proud to be the first to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. By increasing the network speed by ten-fold and with our suite of value-added services, SingAREN aims to facilitate collaborations amongst our local research organisations and with their international counterparts,” said A/Prof Francis Lee Bu Sung, President of SingAREN.

With SLIX, Singapore’s Research and Education (R&E) community will gain seamless access to a super high speed network with a hundred times more capacity than before; and enjoy bandwidth fully dedicated to their use.

Built on an optical fibre core comprising dark fibres, SLIX allows resiliency, future capacity upgrade, and technology-proof network connectivity.

The new network also opens up new possibilities as a test-bed, extending database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high performance computing federation and shared services, high volume peering for content data networks and other value-adding services to the R&E community.

In addition, SLIX will also enable research organisations to test different protocols for interconnections such as the Infiniband; and optical network researchers to carry out their experiments.

SLIX Ring Setup

SLIX Ring Setup

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New arrivals: ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone in Singapore on 30 August

August 27th, 2014

The highly-affordable 5-inch Android 4.4 smartphone will be priced at S$249 (1GB RAM, 8GB memory), S$269 (2GB RAM, 8GB memory) and S$299 (2GB RAM, 16GB memory).

The ZenFone 5 LTE will be available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold colours (Champagne Gold will be available for only 16GB model). The purple colour shown above is not available in Singapore.

The ZenFone 5 LTE will be available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold colours (Champagne Gold will be available for only 16GB model). The purple colour shown above is not available in Singapore.

ASUS officially launched its ZenFone 5 LTE in Singapore today at Suntec Convention Centre.

What catches the attention is the affordable price tag. ASUS boasts that the sub-S$300 phone gives consumers the best value-for-money market.

And I can believe that.

Shipping with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, the phone is smooth and responsive, and more than enough for what most people use their smartphones for – making calls, sending messages, taking photos, checking social media status, and surfing the Web.

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POTD: Residenzbrunnen – in the heart of historic Salzburg, Austria

August 24th, 2014

Photo of the Day: Resinzbrunnen is the grand baroque fountain that sits in the middle Residenzplatz – right in the centre of Salzburg Altstadt (old town).

We couldn’t resist splashing the water in the fountain as well when we visited the Residenzbrunnen. Photo taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

We couldn’t resist splashing the water in the fountain as well when we visited the Residenzbrunnen. Photo taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It is also the fountain that Maria – in the movie “The Sound of Music” – splashes as she sings “I have confidence in me”, on her way to the von Trapp home.

The Residenzbrunnen is located in the middle of the Residenzplatz, one of the most popular tourist spots in Salzburg.  Photo taken with a Sony A7 with 24-70mm lens. Sepia effect added with Adobe Photoshop CC (2014). Photo credit: John Tan.

The Residenzbrunnen is located in the middle of the Residenzplatz, one of the most popular tourist spots in Salzburg. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with 24-70mm lens. Sepia effect added with Adobe Photoshop CC (2014). Photo credit: John Tan.

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New arrivals: Nokia Lumia 530 Windows smartphone in Singapore

August 23rd, 2014

The Lumia 530 is now available in Singapore at an RRP of S$159 at Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners. M1 will also be retailing the device bundled with data plans.

Windows Lumia 530 - available at S$159 in Singapore from 23 August 2014.

Windows Lumia 530 – available at S$159 in Singapore from 23 August 2014.

This is the most affordable Lumia to date, with a price below S$200.

The Lumia 530 is powered by a 1.2GHx quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and has a 4-inch FWVGA LCD display.

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New arrivals: ASUS Wireless AC2400 5GHz Router RT-AC87U

August 22nd, 2014

The RT-AC87U is the world’s first 4×4 802.11ac Wi-Fi router with multi-user MIMO and universal beamforming boasting 2334Mbit/s combined speeds and larger coverage.

Available in Singapore at COMEX 2014 from 28-31 August 2014. RRP: S$399.

The AC2400-class RT-AC87U has fast 1734Mbit/s 802.11ac speeds on the 5GHz frequency band — faster than wired Gigabit Ethernet — and uses Broadcom® TurboQAM™ to boost 802.11n 2.4GHz performance from 450Mbit/s to 600Mbit/s with compatible devices such as ASUS PCE-AC68. This gives RT-AC87U a combined maximum concurrent data rate of up to 2334Mbit/s.

The AC2400-class RT-AC87U has fast 1734Mbit/s 802.11ac speeds on the 5GHz frequency band — faster than wired Gigabit Ethernet — and uses Broadcom® TurboQAM™ to boost 802.11n 2.4GHz performance from 450Mbit/s to 600Mbit/s with compatible devices such as ASUS PCE-AC68. This gives RT-AC87U a combined maximum concurrent data rate of up to 2334Mbit/s. Photo credit: ASUS Singapore

ASUS claims that the RT-AC87U is the world’s first AC2400-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration, employing multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology.

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Guvera launches its music streaming service in Singapore

August 21st, 2014

Guvera has officially launched in Singapore offering users free, unlimited access to millions of tracks from local and international artists. Guvera’s app is available for both iOS and Android devices, as well as on its website via a browser.

Guvera is now officially launched in Singapore, alongside competitors Spotify and Deezer.

Guvera is now officially launched in Singapore, alongside competitors Spotify and Deezer.

Users can search and discover music on Guvera, as well as manage and share their own playlists.

It also has integrated social features that allow users to follow friends and celebrities and access their playlists.

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New arrivals: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite integration

August 20th, 2014

Parallels boasts that Desktop 10 will be able to launch Office applications up to 50 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent better battery life.

Upgrade available now (S$58), Full version available from 26 August (S$98).

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (Enterprise Edition) – software that enables Windows applications to be run on Macs.

New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including OS X Yosemite – greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand.

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimizing their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly.
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