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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Event: Singtel cheers for Team Singapore for SEA Games 2015

April 30th, 2015

Singtel is rallying support for Team Singapore by putting the spotlight on the people inspiring the athletes; providing 24/7 live coverage of the games; and Cheer Aggregator software to provide insights to the support from the public.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

Singtel had earlier announced its commitment as the SEA Games’ Official Multimedia Partner, with sponsorship of over S$15 million worth of next-generation multimedia solutions and technology infrastructure.

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Singtel will shine the spotlight on our Team Singapore athletes and the people who have been their guiding lights, with a glimpse into these behind-the-scenes personalities.

Members of the public will hear the inspiring stories of the heroes behind each successful athlete.

Six Team Singapore athletes will share their stories about the people who have made personal sacrifices, and who have gone the extra mile to support them on their SEA Games quest.

Vera has nominated her physiotherapist Hwee Koon as her extraordinary person, touched by how she always takes time out to treat any injury she sustains, sometimes even long after the office has closed.

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New arrivals: LG G4 Android flagship smartphone (S$928/S$998)

April 29th, 2015

LG Electronics has globally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone – the LG G4. The 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440, 538ppi) smartphone ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory.

Available end-May in Singapore from M1, Singtel, StarHub and LG Mobile retailers.

The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather in three beautiful colors (Black, Brown and Red). Other material options for the G4 rear cover include artisan-forged Metallic Gray as well as lustrous, Shiny Gold.

The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather in three beautiful colors (Black, Brown and Red). Other material options for the G4 rear cover include artisan-forged Metallic Gray as well as lustrous, Shiny Gold.

The regional launch for the LG G4 was held in the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather in three beautiful colors (Black, Brown and Red).

Other material options for the G4 rear cover include artisan-forged Metallic Gray as well as lustrous, Shiny Gold.

The G4 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with F1.8 aperture and OIS 2.0 – which now incorporates three-axis optical image stabilisation to reduce blur.

The camera also added Manual Mode for photography, allowing users to directly control focus, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and white balance.

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New arrivals: HTC One M9 flagship Android smartphone

April 27th, 2015

The latest flagship model in the HTC One family debuts in Singapore on 2 May, 2015 and is available from M1, Singtel and StarHub for S$1,008. Tech specs below.

The HTC One M9 will be available in dual-tone silver and rose gold, and single-tone gunmetal grey in Singapore (S$1,008) from 2 May 2015 at M1, Singtel, and StarHub. A single-tone gold and dual-tone gold and pink version may be available later.

The HTC One M9 will be available in dual-tone silver and rose gold, and single-tone gunmetal grey in Singapore (S$1,008) from 2 May 2015 at M1, Singtel, and StarHub. A single-tone gold and dual-tone gold and pink version may be available later.

The HTC One M9 ships with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with HTC Sense 7 and is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory.

HTC One M9 in single-tone gunmetal grey, with dual front-facing speakers and new 5.1 channel Dolby Surround sound simulation.

HTC One M9 in single-tone gunmetal grey, with dual front-facing speakers and new 5.1 channel Dolby Surround sound simulation.

Measuring 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61mm and weighing 157g, the M9 is powered by a 2840mAh battery and has a 5-inch display with Full HD 1080p.

The M9 uses Nano SIM and comes with NFC and micro-USB port.

It has a 20-megapixel rear camera with sapphire lens cover and front camera with f/2.0 lens capable of 1080p video recording.

The main camera is capable of shooting 4K video.

The HTC One M9 was first unveiled in March during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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Adobe adds Photoshop Lightroom CC to Creative Cloud Photography

April 22nd, 2015

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan – with Photoshop CC and the new Photoshop Lightroom CC – is now available across desktop and mobile for S$13 per month.

All existing Photography and Creative Cloud complete plan members are able to access the new version of Lightroom CC today – at no extra charge.

All existing Photography and Creative Cloud complete plan members are able to access the new version of Lightroom CC today – at no extra charge.

The new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC promises fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organise and showcase photos.

With Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud Photography includes mobile capabilities – automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, while Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets.

Creative Cloud Photography is making the transition for digital photography from a traditional desktop-based process to a more mobile, connected workflow for digital images.

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New arrivals: EZ-Link introduces EZ-Charms and Perx rewards

April 21st, 2015

EZ-Link unveils first non-card stored value cashless device in the form of Hello Kitty trinkets (S$24.90). The Singapore company also launched the new EZ-Link Rewards Scheme with Perx.

The inaugural series of charms is available with four designs: Red, Pink, Blue and Black.

The inaugural series of charms is available with four designs: Red, Pink, Blue and Black.

EZ-Link Pte Ltd is Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAS-compliant cards.

The new EZ-Charms break away from the conventional ez-link card design, while the EZ-Link Rewards Scheme with Perx is the first rewards programme for commuters using public transport with the ez-link card.

EZ-Charms – New Form Factor

“Our aim is to push through boundaries to make every tap with ez-link a rewarding and fun experience. The launch of EZ-Charms is significant as it represents a breakthrough in technical limitations and opens up many new possibilities for fashionable products in the future. On the other hand, with the new EZ-Link Rewards Scheme with Perx, ez-link users will be rewarded for something they do every day – taking trains and buses,” said Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZ-Link Pte Ltd.

Functioning in exactly the same way as existing ez-link cards, EZ-Charms can be used on buses, trains, taxis, for shopping and dining and topped up at all ez-link card channels.

The first EZ-Charm design features Hello Kitty, the iconic feline character, to give users a lovely, fun and stylish piece of ornament to hang off their mobile phones and key chains etc.

Measuring 3.3cm by 2.5cm by 0.5cm, each EZ-Charm is sold in an attractive packaging, making it an adorable gift for loved ones – especially Hello Kitty fans.

All EZ-Charms are sold without stored value and are valid for two years.

The pricing and availability of the EZ-Charms are tabulated below.

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Challenger seeks growth with focus on Android and Gaming

April 19th, 2015

Singapore tech retail chain Challenger introduces two new retail concepts – “Game On!” and “Go Android!” – to revitalise its flagship megastore in Funan.

From Acer, Asus, Fitbit, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung to ZTE, ‘Go Android!’ showcases a comprehensive selection of Android devices in an Android-branded space spanning a 1,100 square feet.

From Acer, Asus, Fitbit, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung to ZTE, “Go Android!” showcases a comprehensive selection of Android devices in an Android-branded space spanning a 1,100 square feet.

In response to the emerging demand for products in the Android and Gaming categories, Challenger has revamped more than 4,000 square feet of its cookie-cutter retail space in Funan.

Record sales of Android devices inspired the first ‘Go Android’ in town

Having noted record sales of Android devices in recent years, Challenger is bringing all the big names together to provide a one-stop solution to users of Android devices.

“To encourage retail growth, we need to raise the bar in the retail industry and Challenger believes in the importance of updating retail experience to suit the needs and demands of shoppers. More importantly, the two retail concepts are formulated because of our desire to provide shoppers with a seamless one-stop destination where they can explore and learn about the products before a purchase,” said Loo Pei Fen, Head of Marketing for Challenger Technologies.

Shoppers can see, touch, feel and experience the possibilities of all the latest and coolest Android devices.

With Android wearables, smartphones, tablets to TV, featured alongside complementary accessories such as headphones and smartphone cases, shoppers can experience the complete suite of Android products in an interactive environment.

To give greater assurance to increasing Android users, Challenger is also launching the Accidental Protection Damage plan.

More than half-a-million existing ValueClub members are automatically entitled to a 1-time repair claim for their Android and Windows smartphones purchased at Challenger (* Terms and conditions apply).

Spanning over more than 3,000 square feet, “Game On!” is the place for both casual and enthusiastic gamers looking to experience a little more reality when shopping for gaming solutions.

Spanning over more than 3,000 square feet, “Game On!” is the place for both casual and enthusiastic gamers looking to experience a little more reality when shopping for gaming solutions.

Leading the way with the game-changing ‘Game On!’

Challenger has its eyes on the niche but growing segment of Gaming with its immersive shopping concept for gamers – ‘Game On!’

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POTD: Portrait of happy horses in Hua Hin, Thailand

April 18th, 2015

Photo of the Day: Remember the horses in love in front of the train station in Hua Hin, Thailand? Here’s the close-up portrait shot of those happy horses.

* This is a different snapshot from the previous one.

The sharp details and shallow field of view of the camera and lens really impressed me in this snapshot of the happy horses just outside the Hua Hin Railway Station in Thailand. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The sharp details and shallow field of view of the camera and lens really impressed me in this snapshot of the happy horses just outside the Hua Hin Railway Station in Thailand. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Looking at them really cheered up my day!