Golden Village Multiplex 1st in Singapore to launch Auro 11.1

February 3rd, 2016

The three dimensional, immersive sound technology will debut at Golden Village Suntec City with the premiere of Jack Neo’s latest Chinese New Year comedy/ drama, “Long, Long Time Ago” on Thursday, 4 February.

Auro Technologies is a spin-off of the privately owned Galaxy Studios Group, renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film.

Auro Technologies is a spin-off of the privately owned Galaxy Studios Group, renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film.

Auro 11.1 by Barco. Auro 11.1 brings sound from all around and above to create a more impactful experience.

“Visualisation has grown tremendously in recent years. On the other hand, the evolution of audio technology has been at a gradual pace. This makes Auro 11.1 by Barco a monumental evolution in the history of cinema audio technology. We understand that 50% of the movie experience relies on pitch-perfect audio, which makes it most gratifying for us to be the first cinema operator to launch Auro 11.1 in Singapore,” said Sebastian Fong, Manager, Projection Management, Golden Village Multiplex.

“Long, Long Time Ago” was natively mixed in the new immersive technology at Galaxy Studios Belgium.

Auro 11.1 is touted as the most realistic 3D sound experience currently available in the market.

Unlike other technologies where speakers are placed only on a horizontal plane and directly above, the Auro 11.1 by Barco’s system uses a sound reproduction speaker layout based on three axes (x=width, y=depth, z=height) and three vertical layers (surround, height, top).

This arrangement provides a more natural true-to-life reproduction of sound.

Thanks to its unique mezzanine layer located between the standard surround and overhead speakers, Auro 11.1 by Barco provides a better spread of sound in the vertical axis.

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New arrivals: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flagship DSLR camera

February 2nd, 2016

The 35mm full frame EOS-1D X Mark II is the new Canon flagship professional DSLR successor to the EOS-1D X. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with expanded ISO speeds up to 409,600.

The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with expanded ISO speeds up to 409,600.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is designed for high-speed photography and records 4K video.

The main specifications are listed below.

Key specifications of the EOS-1D X Mark II

  • Dimensions: Approx. 158 x 167.6 x 82.6m.
  • Weight: Approx. 1340g (body only).
  • Image sensor: 20.2 mega-pixel 35mm Full Frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
  • Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC 6+.
  • ISO speed: 100-51,200 (expandable to 409,600).
  • Continuous shooting speed: 16 fps (Live View), 14 fps (Viewfinder).
  • Maximum video quality: 4K 60p (max. 30 mins).
  • AF: 61-point High-Density Reticular AF System (41-point cross type).
  • Wi-Fi: Available with WFT-E8D (Optional).
  • GPS: Yes.
  • LCD: Wide 3.2-inch (1.62 million dots).
  • Memory slot: CF + CFast 2.0.

Below is the press release for more details.

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Event: Acronis CEO speaks on data protection for the future (17 Feb, 6-8pm)

January 23rd, 2016

As part of the National Cloud Computing Distinguished Speaker Series, Serguei Beloussov – Co-founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board for Acronis – will be addressing the challenges that the explosion of data poses for the technology landscape in the future, and what it takes for technology workers to be prepared. Admission: Free.

Register online (click on image above). Venue: Seminar Room 1 (COM1-02-06), NUS School of Computing, 13 Computing Drive, Singapore 117417.

The talk is on 17 February, 6-8pm. Register online (click on image above). Venue: Seminar Room 1 (COM1-02-06), NUS School of Computing, 13 Computing Drive, Singapore 117417.

The talk is co-organised by IDA Singapore and Acronis, and supported by the National University of Singapore, Singapore Computer Society (SCS) and the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SITF).

Abstract and speaker’s biodata below.

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New arrivals: ASUS ROG GX700 gaming notebook in Singapore

January 20th, 2016

ASUS ROG kicks off its 10th Anniversary with launch of ROG GX700 in Singapore, the first country in APAC region to launch the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming notebook with desktop grade performance. RRP: S$6,198.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 features an all-aluminium bio-armour design with titanium and plasma copper.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System gives the gaming notebook superior overclocking capabilities, exceptional cooling, and excellent high performance stability.

The ROG GX700 is powered by the latest overclockable Intel® Core™ K-SKU processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980 graphics for outstanding performance at home and on-the-go.

The main technical specifications for the ASUS ROG GX700 is listed below.

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New arrivals: RYDE mobile app for carpooling in Singapore

January 15th, 2016

Home-grown company RYDE officially launches the app in Singapore and prepares to launch in Hong Kong next.

The home-grown company will be competing against the likes of UberPool and GrabHitch which offer similar carpooling apps for riders to split the cost of their paid journeys with fellow passengers.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

RYDE is an iOS and Android app that lets paying subscribing members carpool.

A driver offers rides based on the journey he/she is planning to make while a rider posts the journey he/she needs.

“Our approach has been to solve the two key challenges of carpooling methodically – poor information exchange and a lack of mutual trust. We are the number one carpooling app in Singapore and our focus is on the social aspects of carpooling,” says Terence Zou, Founder and CEO of RYDE Technologies.

The app matches the two of them, based on best match, offering each a list of close matches in terms of their planned timings and routes, as well as personal preferences each can set – such as gender, age, and other profile information.

Drivers pay a subscription fee of S$30 a year to RYDE and can offer an unlimited number of rides while riders pay S$15 subscription a year to receive an unlimited number of rides.

Riders can also choose not to subscribe but they will have to pay 1 credit (currently set by RYDE as S$1) for each ride.

The credits can be purchased within the RYDE app that runs on iOS and Android devices.

The app also recommends an amount of money for the rider to pay the driver, based on the journey.

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New arrivals: 80-inch Sharp AQUOS Android TV with 8K & Netflix

January 15th, 2016

Only the 80-inch version is available in Singapore. The flagship from Sharp’s AQUOS Super Premium XU series is now available for S$22,999.

Sharp’s new TV is currently the highest resolution Android TV in the world.

The TV is able to display still images up to 8K. For videos, it up-samples 4K video into 8K resolution.

Below are more details from the press release.

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CES 2016: ASUS showcases new monitors, portable projectors, PCs & networking devices

January 8th, 2016

ASUS showcased its latest lineup of lifestyle devices including the MB169C+ portable monitor, Designo MX Series and MX27UQ monitors, and ZenBeam portable LED projectors. Price and availability TBA.

The new 15.6” ASUS MB169C+ portable USB monitor (left) and the 34-inch Designo MX Series ultra-wide QHD monitor (right) with 2000R curvature.

The new 15.6” ASUS MB169C+ portable USB monitor (left) and the 34-inch Designo MX Series ultra-wide QHD monitor (right) with 2000R curvature.

The MB169C+ is the world’s first 15.6-inch portable companion monitor that uses a single USB Type-C connection for both power and video transmission.

ASUS ZenBeam portable LED projector.

ASUS ZenBeam portable LED projector.

The Designo MX Series is a 34inch, ultra-wide QHD monitor with a 2000R curvature while the Designo MX27UQ is a 27-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor.

The ZenBeam Series of palm-sized, portable LED projectors are designed for mobile devices.

Additional products on display included the VivoMini VC65 Series, VivoMini UN65H and VivoMini VM65N mini PCs, VivoStick PC TS10 stick PC, Chromebit CS10 Chrome OS device, TUF Sabertooth Z170 S motherboard, ASUS Router mobile app, CM-32_AC2600 all-in-one cable modem router, USBAC68 Wi-Fi adapter, XG-D2008 10-Gigabit network switch, and RP-AC68U Wi-Fi repeater.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrivals: ASUS Vivo AiO Series & Zen AiO Pro in Singapore

January 7th, 2016

Available from today are the 21.5-inch Zen AiO Pro (Z220IC) and the 23-inch Vivo AiO, with the latest sixth Gen Intel Core processor and 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display resolution with LED-backlit display and wide viewing angles. Prices below.

The new ASUS Zen AiO Pro (left) and Vivo AiO that’s available now in Singapore.

The new ASUS Zen AiO Pro (left) and Vivo AiO that’s available now in Singapore.

ASUS claims that the Zen AiO Pro are the world’s first all-in-one PCs to use the next-generation USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C connector, offering high speeds of data transfers of up to 10Gbit/s.

USB 3.1 transfers data between devices up to 2 times faster than USB 3.0.

Below are the prices and more details from the press release.

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CES 2016: Nikon flagship D5 DSLR FX-format full frame camera

January 5th, 2016

Nikon has unveiled its latest flagship camera. 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.

US$6,496.95 on Amazon, released from 15 March, 2016. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

The FX-format full frame D5 DSLR is Nikon’s latest flagship camera.

The FX-format full frame D5 DSLR is Nikon’s latest flagship camera.

The D5 is the first Nikon to come with highest standard ISO sensitivity at 102400, and the ability to shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movies.

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications.

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications.

A high-resolution 2.3-inch touch screen 2,359-dot LCD monitor, fast communications with both wired networks via built-in Ethernet connector and wireless networks, alongside double memory card slots make for a highly efficient workflow.

Contributing to greater autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE) and auto white balance (AWB), is the incorporation of a new 180K-pixel RGB sensor for the Advanced Scene Recognition System.

The D5 consumes less power, adopts a highly precise and durable shutter, and has increased camera reliability in terms of control precision, strength and durability.

The D5 also supports the new Nikon Creative Lighting System functions, Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) and Unified Flash Control.

Details in the press release below.

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Happy New Year 2015

January 1st, 2016

A new dawn to a new day. A new year for a new beginning.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, a new year that will bring new aspirations and immense fulfillment.

About the photo

Snapped this shot while strolling on the beach in Thailand a few weeks ago in pre-dawn darkness.

It was a rare shot for me in that the horizon was clear of the usual haze and layer of clouds so the rising sun could be seen emerging from the horizon itself.

It was breathtaking how the nascent sun lit up the sky with golden and red hues as it tore itself from the horizon.