iPad plans in Singapore: SingTel price plans for iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3

October 24th, 2014

SingTel will offer the much-anticipated iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular from today, 24 October 2014.

For complete details on pricing and availability, please visit www.singtel.com/ipadupdates.

Click on the image to enlarge. For complete details on pricing and availability, please visit www.singtel.com/ipadupdates.

The new iPads will be offered with a range of new 4G Mobile Broadband data plans that feature SingTel’s premium WiFi service.

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MSIG Asia boosts efficiency with SAP Solutions to better serve customers in Singapore and Indonesia

October 23rd, 2014

Asia’s leading non-life insurer turns to SAP to streamline operations and advance in a fast changing regulatory environment.

At the SAP Media Summit in Singapore. From left to right: Scott Russell, Chief Operating Officer, SAP Asia Pacific Japan & Alan Wilson, Regional CEO, MSIG Asia talk about how Big Data is changing the Financial Services Industry. Photo: SAP.

At the SAP Media Summit in Singapore. From left to right: Scott Russell, Chief Operating Officer, SAP Asia Pacific Japan & Alan Wilson, Regional CEO, MSIG Asia talk about how Big Data is changing the Financial Services Industry. Photo provided by SAP.

Leading non-life insurer MSIG has chosen SAP Core Insurance Platform for its Singapore and Indonesia companies.

“To keep pace with the industry’s changing customer needs and the dynamic regulatory environment, we wanted a flexible and scalable solution to meet both our current and future needs,” said Alan Wilson, regional CEO, MSIG Asia.

Along with driving operational efficiencies, faster time-to-market and improved customer service, the SAP Core Insurance Platform will empower these MSIG operations with a single system that will better enable growth and support the innovations and flexibility required to meet the fast-changing business demands of today and tomorrow.

Currently, there are software solutions from two main providers within MSIG in Asia, each of which has in place its own variation on the main processes and supporting systems and have undergone custom development over time.

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Samsung donates 3,000 smartphones to fight against Ebola

October 21st, 2014

The GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones will be used in a UN project for the three worst-hit African countries. The donated smartphones are worth about US$1 million.

Update (23 October, 2014):

LG Electronics is also contributing 2,000 smartphones to the United Nations’ response to the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

“We hope that our contribution will make a difference as the UN and NGOs fight on the front lines to improve healthcare, food security and sanitation in areas affected by the Ebola epidemic. This endeavor is representative of LG’s ongoing mission to use its technology to contribute toward resolving global issues,” said Choong-hak Lee, senior vice president and head of LG’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

The donated smartphones from LG will be provided to healthcare and other key personnel dispatched by the UN in the affected areas where they are urgently needed.

The smartphones will allow for fast and seamless communication between the teams on the ground, focusing on medical data gathering, monitoring and planning.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will facilitate the distribution of the mobile devices.

According to OCHA, almost one billion dollars will be needed to address the immediate humanitarian needs caused by the Ebola virus.

Almost 5,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in West Africa in March with more than 2,400 individuals having died across the region.

Support from LG and other international partners are critical to the UN’s efforts to stabilize the outbreak.

All donated smartphones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided.

All donated smartphones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided.

The smartphones, to be donated through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA), will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project, the UN’s IT project that utilises mobile devices to provide humanitarian support in disaster areas.

By installing the UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile application, medical staff can utilise the smartphones to treat patients and collect medical data, while quarantined patients can contact their families using the devices.

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Nikon launches D750, COOLPIX S6900, NIKKOR 20mm f1.8G lens & SB-500 Speedlight

September 13th, 2014

Nikon launched in Singapore today a new DSLR, a compact shooter, a 20mm prime lens and a flash. Price and availability TBA.

Update (20 October, 2014):

Nikon has announced the pricing information below. Available now.

  • AF-S NIKKOR 20MM F/1.8G ED – S$1,099
  • Speedlight SB-500 – S$319
  • Nikon DSLR D750 with 24-120 KIT – S$4,079
  • Multi-power Battery Pack MB-D16 – S$449

Update (24 September, 2014):

The Nikon D750 (body only) is now available in Singapore for S$3,079. The D750 Kit will be available in November 2014.

For every Nikon D750 (body only) purchased from 24 September 2014 to 5 October 2014, customers will be entitled to redeem a free 32GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (worth S$139).

Redemption is available from 3–5 October 2014, from 11am–7pm at Funan DigitaLife Mall, in conjunction with the upcoming I AM FULL FREEDOM Nikon consumer event.

Nikon COOLPIX S6900 (left) and Nikon D750 (right).

Nikon COOLPIX S6900 (left) and Nikon D750 (right).

The highlight of the launch is the D750, a “successor” for the aged D700 that sits between the D610 and the D810.

D750 Full-frame DSLR

The full-frame D750 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format camera and will be available in September 2014.

Nikon D750 DSLR.

Nikon D750 DSLR

It ships with built-in Wi-Fi, vertical-tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX- format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

The FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are packed into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite material (new material), and magnesium alloy to provide nimble durability.

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New arrivals: Jabra Move Wireless on-ear headphones

October 20th, 2014

Denmark-headquartered Jabra combines the brand’s signature Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology and the distinctive ergonomic beauty of Scandinavian design in the new Jabra Move Wireless (S$148).

The Jabra Move Wireless weighs only 150g and  is available in 3 colours: Cayenne, Cobalt and Coal.

The Jabra Move Wireless weighs only 150g and is available in 3 colours: Cayenne, Cobalt and Coal.

The Jabra Move Wireless sports an ultra-lightweight stainless steel headband that is both sturdy and stylish.

It promises depth and clarity for music lovers with “premium digital sound in crisp and clear mids and highs while embodying clean lines and minimalist style”.

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New arrivals: Six new NEC M Series digital projectors

October 20th, 2014

The new multi-purpose projector models in the series are targeted at classrooms and mid-sized meeting rooms. Prices ranges from S$1,369-S$1,899 and is listed below.

NEC’s new projector models include the M322X, M322W, M362X, M362W, M402X and M402W projectors.

NEC’s new projector models include the M322X, M322W, M362X, M362W, M402X and M402W projectors.

NEC Asia Pacific, a leading provider of commercial display and projector solutions, added today six new digital projectors to its M Series, from 3000 ANSI Lumens to 4000 ANSI Lumens with resolution at either XGA or WXGA.

Projector Price Brightness
M322X S$1,369 3200 ANSI Lumens
M322W S$1,429
M362X S$1,669 3600 ANSI Lumens
M362W S$1,729
M402X S$1,799 4000 ANSI Lumens
M402W S$1,899

NEC offers low TCO through the projectors’ filter free design with sealed DLP light engine.

This series of ultra-durable, filter free projectors promise very low cost of ownership (TCO) and advanced multimedia capabilities.

These features, together with clear picture and full connectivity, make the DLP-based M Series projectors suitable for use in classroom and mid-sized meeting room environments, where budget and performance are equally important.

A large number of input terminals including 2 x HDMI with 3D support and 3 x USB inputs provide flexibility and future proofing of investments made by businesses and schools.

A large number of input terminals including 2 x HDMI with 3D support and 3 x USB inputs provide flexibility and future proofing of investments made by businesses and schools.

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POTD: Water spray in Sentosa in sunny Singapore

October 19th, 2014

Photo of the Day: The weather in Singapore is Summer all year round. So a shower, be it in the stall or from heaven, or in this case – from a water spray in Sentosa – is always a welcome treat.

The red water jet spray stands dormant for the moment while the water sprinkler sprays cooling water droplets into the air. Photo taken using a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The red water jet spray stands dormant for the moment while the water sprinkler sprays cooling water droplets into the air. Photo taken using a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

We were at the “Port of Lost Wonder” in Sentosa in Singapore to enjoy the sun, sand and beach for the weekend.

The water theme park had this watery playground for little children to revel in slides and water sprays.

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Fearless Channel by Garage Entertainment & Samsung SportsFlow

October 18th, 2014

Sydney based studio, Garage Entertainment, Australia’s producer/distributor of Action Sports & Adventure film and television content has collaborated with Samsung SportsFlow to launch a new Actions Sports & Adventure Channel called Fearless.

Home page of the Fearless Channel on Samsung SportsFlow.

Home page of the Fearless Channel on Samsung SportsFlow. Image source: Samsung SportsFlow.

The Fearless channel is now available on the SportsFlow app, giving on-demand access for SportsFlow users (currently over half a million) to over 1,000 best in class action sports films, including films from media houses such as Red Bull, Crusty Demons, Taylor Steele and Rip Curl.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Australian studio Garage Entertainment. As a company that understands actions sports and how to effectively display the sport, they are a critical partner supporting us to bring awesome content to SportsFlow users,” said Maurizio Barbieri, Head of Sports, Media Solution Centre, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Samsung Electronics.

Titles include “The Art OF Flight”, “Where The Trail Ends” and “Missing” – which were shown on the big screen at the Fearless Film Festival in Sentosa, in celebration of the launch of the channel.

Additionally, there will also be premium content available for purchase through the Fearless channel.

Content on the Fearless channel will be available to all SportsFlow users across Southeast Asia and Oceania.

The Fearless channel marks both the first time sports film content is available on the SportsFlow app as well as the first collaboration of Samsung SportsFlow with any film studio/distributor worldwide.

Fearless Film Festival in Sentosa (15-17 October, 2014) - action movies under the stars.

Fearless Film Festival in Sentosa (15-17 October, 2014) – action movies under the stars. Photo source: Fast Track

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Apple unveils iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 and other new products

October 17th, 2014

Following last month’s big launch of the iPhone 6, Tim Cook has just introduced the new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (from S$3,388), updated the Mac mini and made OS X Yosemite available today as a free upgrade.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

This is the second big launch for Apple close on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch last month.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

The iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm thin and weighs less than 450g, featuring improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colours, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with the touch of a finger.

Local prices for the new iPads are as follows.

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New arrivals: Linksys AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router E8350

October 17th, 2014

Linksys today announced its first 4×4 Wireless AC router aimed at families and gamers. Available in Singapore from 7 November at S$399, exclusively at Challenger.

“We have been working closely with our vendors to design and engineer this router so they have advantages to outperform and provide the value consumers are looking for in high end routers,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management, Linksys.

“We have been working closely with our vendors to design and engineer this router so they have advantages to outperform and provide the value consumers are looking for in high end routers,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management, Linksys.

The E8350 router is targeted at households with multiple internet users as well as single users that use the internet for high bandwidth applications such as gaming or video streaming.

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New arrivals: Toshiba Ultra-HD 4K Pro Theatre TV L9450 series with Android

October 16th, 2014

The latest Ultra-HD 4K L9450 series with Android Pro Theatre TVs from Toshiba embraces the Android platform. Now available throughout Asia, prices range from S$2,299 to S$17,999 and are listed below.

The L9450 Pro-Theatre TVs with Ultra-HD 4K and Android come in 50, 65 and 84-inch models.

The L9450 Pro-Theatre TVs with Ultra-HD 4K and Android come in 50, 65 and 84-inch models.

The Android compatibility makes available an abundance of apps that are downloadable on Google Play

Toshiba Price
50L9450VE S$2,299
65L9450VE S$4,999
84L9450VE S$17,999

Four times sharper than Full HD, Ultra-HD 4K offers unparalleled clarity for a growing selection of 4K content, ranging from movies to games and photos.

Not only are visible on screen details significantly bolstered, viewers can also sit closer to the display without being distracted by pixilation.

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