New arrival: Samsung SUHD TV line-up for 2016

April 28th, 2016

Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs ship with Quantum dot display to offer true-to-life picture quality, 360-degree design and a smart user experience with simpler access to contents. Prices & availability below.

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Samsung Singapore launches 2016 line-up of SUHD TVs in Singapore at the Red Dot Museum.

Three key highlights for the new SUHD TV line-up for 2016 below.

Quantum dot display: Unbeatable Picture Quality – Samsung boasts that the TVs feature the world’s only cadmium-free 10 bit Quantum dot display with 1,000-nit high dynamic range (HDR) promising vibrant colour and contrast.

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360-degree design – handsome from every angle. From the front, and from the rear.

360 design for Unparalleled Immersion – With no bezel that functions as the frame of the TV, the viewer’s attention is focused purely on the content of the virtually edgeless screen. All exposed screws from the rear of the TV are removed to create an elegant device that is beautiful from every angle.

Unlimited, Seamless Entertainment through Single Access and One Remote – With the Samsung One Remote, consumers do not need to juggle multiple remote controls as they can control all external devices with this remote. The Smart TVs automatically detect the type of game console, OTT box or home theater system that is connected to the TV so no setup is required.

Besides the SUHD TVs, Samsung also launched its latest range of Curved and Flat Soundbars in Singapore.

Prices and availability below.

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New arrival: Essilor launches Varilux 3 progressive lenses in Singapore

April 27th, 2016

The new Varilux 3 series includes the Physio 3.0 (S$540), Comfort 3.0 (S$420) and Liberty 3.0 (S$300).

Presbyopia is set to be an increasing concern as Singapore’s population’s median age hits 40.

Presbyopia is set to be an increasing concern as Singapore’s population’s median age hits 40.

The entry-level Varilux Liberty 3.0 offers “effortless sharp vision at a competitive price”.

The mid-tier Varilux Comfort 3.0 promises “effortless, sharp and natural vision no matter the distance or lighting condition”.

The top-end Varilux Physio 3.0 boasts – on top of that – “the ability to easily change focus from something near to another at a distance”.

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Essilor launched the new Varilux 3.0 in Singapore at the South Beach Hotel this morning.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Singtel launches Cyber Security Institute in Singapore

April 26th, 2016

The Singtel Cyber Security Institute (CSI) aims to hone cyber skills and preparedness of businesses and governments in Asia Pacific by providing holistic training for company boards, management, technology and operations personnel to deal with cyber attacks.

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Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

The CSI is a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute.

“Based on our engagements with companies in Singapore, more than 85% do not have robust cyber response plans nor the opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test and sharpen such plans. This lack of cyber preparedness is worsened by the severe global shortfall of trained cyber security experts, which Forbes puts at some 1 million in 2016. This is why we’ve stepped up to the plate. We know we have to help companies secure themselves against a potential slew of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

Singtel boasts that the CSI is the first-of–its-kind in the region to test and train companies in dealing with sophisticated cyber threats.

Housed in a permanent space of over 10,000 sq ft, the institute provides cyber skills development and education programmes tailored to the varying needs of company boards, C-suite management, technology and operational staff.

Boards and C-suite level participants will be trained in the areas of cyber threat awareness, risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications preparation.

The cyber operations team will be trained in defence and response capabilities to sharpen their skills.

In conjunction with the launch of the CSI, Singtel announced that it is the first company in Singapore to work with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore on the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme to train infocomm professionals in cyber security.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Under this programme, Singtel will train fresh infocomm technology professionals and equip them with basic cyber security skills.

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New arrival: Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K home theatre projector

April 15th, 2016

The new 5,000 lumens 4K SXRDTM laser light source projector is now available for pre-order. RRP of the VPL-VW5000ES: S$84,000.

The new Sony VPL-VW5000ES has laser-powered 5,000 lumens 4K resolution and premium features for home theatre enthusiasts.

The new Sony VPL-VW5000ES has laser-powered 5,000 lumens 4K resolution and premium features for home theatre enthusiasts.

Sony’s new reference-quality unit is the first projector designed specifically for home cinema use that features 4K resolution powered by a laser light engine that provides 5,000 lumens of brightness, is compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR), emulates the new BT.2020 color gamut, and covers the full DCI colour space.

The Sony VPL-VW5000ES is targeted for Home Theatres and retails at an RRP of S$84,000.

The Sony VPL-VW5000ES is targeted for Home Theatres and retails at an RRP of S$84,000.

Sony claims to be the only manufacturer designing projectors specifically for the home theatre market that provides full 4K resolution imagers.

Its advanced SXRD panels are designed to produce outstanding native device contrast and when coupled with the laser light engine, the VPL-VW5000ES provides an infinite dynamic contrast ratio and 5,000 lumens of color light output.

The VPL-VW5000ES covers the full DCI-P3 color gamut.

By taking advantage of its professional calibration tools the VPL-VW5000ES allows the user to choose to emulate the BT.2020 color space, as well.

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New arrival: Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier fan in Singapore

April 14th, 2016

The new Pure Cool Link comes in desktop (S$699, from end May) and tower (S$1,099, end April) form factors.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air.

The new Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan uses a unique 360° Glass HEPA filter.

“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse. Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you,” says James Dyson, Inventor & Founder of Dyson.

This technology captures 99.95% of ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants as small as 0.1µ from the air – keeping them in the filter.

Sensors inside the machine detect changes in conditions, before automatically adjusting airflow to maintain the target air quality.

The machine projects cleaner, purified air around the room evenly and quietly, purifying all year round and doubling up as a fan to cool you in the summer.

Dyson currently already has a Pure Cool purifier fan on the market.

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The Dyson Pure Cool Link comes in desktop and tower sizes and will be available at all major departmental stores and electrical multiples in Singapore. Pictured her during the launch at the Aliwal Arts Centre.

This new version (Pure Cool Link) features connectivity to an iOS/Android app so that users can control/manage the purifier remotely, and peruse environmental recorded by the purifier’s sensors.

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New arrival: Nikon D5 and D500 DSLR cameras in Singapore

April 13th, 2016

Nikon has launched the D5 and D500 DSLR cameras in Singapore. Both will hit the shelves here end April. Prices TBA.

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The Nikon D5 and D500 side-by-side in Singapore, at the launch at Aura in National Gallery, Singapore.

The D5 is the new flagship DSLR camera from Nikon, which was unveiled during CES 2016 back in January this year.

The 20.5-megapixel Nikon-FX format full frame DSLR sports a 153-point AF system, 12 fps continuous shooting, a new CMOS sensor, and a new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine.

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The D5 is the first Nikon to come with highest standard ISO sensitivity at 102,400, and the ability to shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movies.

The D500 is Nikon’s top DX-format DSLR, offering the performance of the D5 in a compact, lightweight body.

The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 engine as the D5, boasts high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps and supports 4K UHD movies.

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The D500 has a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent).

Read more about the Nikon D5 in the earlier story here.

Below are more details about the Nikon D500, extracted from the press release.

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World Backup Day: Acronis Global Survey on data and file loss

March 31st, 2016

The suvey found that one in three people have suffered data loss and 11% are willing to pay $500 or more to recover their lost files.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

The global study sponsored by Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices.

Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss.

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EZ-Link launches NFC transit SIM cards for contactless payments

March 29th, 2016

All three local telcos will sell the new NFC transit SIM cards. Supported handsets can be used to pay for MRT, LRT and bus rides; as well as at retail transactions.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

The NFC transit SIM is a next generation, full-service NFC (near field communication) SIM which can be used for public transport, as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points islandwide including shopping, retail, food & beverage and taxis payments.

“Transit is the ‘killer phone app’ Singapore consumers have been looking forward to, and we are pleased to be the first to offer customers the convenience of making payment with the one device that is always with them, their phone,” said P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

Jointly developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and EZ-Link, the NFC transit SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

M1 customers will be the first to enjoy contactless transit payments with their NFC transit SIM cards available at M1 Shops from today.

The NFC transit SIM card will cost S$37.45 (including GST).

As a launch promotion, the service activation fee of S$9.10 (including GST) will also be waived for customers signing up from tomorrow until 30 April 2016, while NFC transit SIM card stocks last.

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New arrival: Olympus Stylus TG-4 gets new flash diffuser & firmware upgrade

March 29th, 2016

The new FD-1 diffuser accessory for the Stylus TG-4 improves flash illumination for better macro pictures. Price & availability TBA. Firmware update v2.0 (available now) enables flash activation and enhanced control in the microscope shooting mode.

The new FD-1 flash diffuser (left) promises beautifully diffused illumination for macro photography with Olympus’ ruggedised compact camera - Stylus TG-4 (right).

The new FD-1 flash diffuser (left) promises beautifully diffused illumination for macro photography with Olympus’ ruggedised compact camera – Stylus TG-4 (right).

Olympus has announced the launch of the FD-1 Flash Diffuser accessory for the Stylus Tough TG-4 compact camera.

The FD-1 creates attractive illumination for the macro photography of nature subjects and small objects, by improving the light quality of the camera’s built-in flash.

Complementing the launch of this new accessory is a new firmware for the TG-4, version 2.0.

The latest firmware provides additional flash functionality for macro photography.

The application of direct, on-camera flash illumination brings many benefits to macro photography with the TG-4, making close-up imaging possible in poor ambient lighting conditions.

The aesthetics of direct flash illumination expands the range of creative expression available to the macro photographer.

Sharper, clearer close-up shots can be also captured with a motion freezing burst of flash illumination that helps to overcome camera-shake.

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New arrival: FREE Party Speaker from Pringles music campaign

March 26th, 2016

The free speaker uses three AAA-sized batteries and an audio cable for connecting it to a smartphone, MP3 player or other audio devices. Find out below how to get yours FREE.

To get your own #PringlesPartySpeakers, simply purchase 3 specially marked 150gm Pringles cans, visit www.pringles.com, look for the Pringles Party Speaker tab, use the unique code under the Pringles Cans membrane to complete the claim form and the Pringles Party Speaker will be delivered to your doorstep free-of-charge within 60 days.

To get your own Pringles Party Speakers, simply purchase 3 specially marked 150gm Pringles cans, visit www.pringles.com, look for the Pringles Party Speaker tab, use the unique code under the Pringles Cans membrane to complete the claim form and the Pringles Party Speaker will be delivered to your doorstep free-of-charge within 60 days.

The petite speaker is designed to fit into the opening of an empty Pringles can to enhance the sound.

You can daisy chain up to 20 Pringles Party Speakers with your friends to amplify the music and set a party on fire.

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So this came in the mail earlier this week (smartphone not included), together with an invitation to a secret party over the Easter weekend – jointly organised by Singapore’s theatrical dining brand, ANDSOFORTH and Pringles.

It’s simple but works.

The best tech is tech that simply works.

Did I say it’s free?!

There are only 5,000 Party Speakers and they are available only until 15 May, so hurry!

There are only 5,000 Party Speakers and they are available only until 15 May, so hurry!

The free Pringles Party Speakers are part of the brand’s first music campaign in Singapore

Read more about the campaign in the press release below.

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