New Arrival: Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot Device with Wi-Fi 6

June 16th, 2021

The addition of this new 5G Mobile Hotspot device extends the networking ecosystem that Linksys offers from home networking to mobile networking on-the-go. Available in Singapore now at S$799 at all authorised outlets.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The new 5G Mobile Hotspot device from Linksys provides Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to up to 15 mobile devices.

This is great for providing Internet access at event venues with no Wi-Fi networks.

Or during vacation for sharing a local mobile data plan with the rest of the family.

It can also serve as a backup networking solution in case the home broadband connection is down (as in the recent telco outage), or when the Wi-Fi network in an event venue is weak or down.

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#tech4WorkFromHome: Turbocharge Home Wi-Fi with Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router

June 1st, 2021

Want to improve the quality, speed and coverage of your home Wi-Fi for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning? I’ve been using the E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router from Linksys since its launch half a year ago and I’m very happy that it has delivered.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

I’ve been using a telco-provided router for years – it has served me well although it could not reach the study, the bedrooms and the garden outside – so Internet access has always been confined to the kitchen, living and dining rooms.

Beyond the reaches of the old router, we had to switch on the mobile data connections on our handphones and hotspot the data to devices (speakers and computers etc) without a mobile data connection.

You can imagine how frustrating and limiting (and expensive) that can be.

And as the number of Internet-lusting devices being used in the household began growing rapidly, connection quality began to deteriorate, with slow speeds and dropped connections occurring more frequently.

Which was why I decided to upgrade the old router with the Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router.

To expand the coverage of my home Wi-Fi network, I deployed a 2-node (1 parent + 1 child node) mesh network.

This was because a single-node network provided roughly a similar spatial network as my old router, probably because it was a matter of physical topology due to the layout.

The optical network terminal (ONT) for Singtel’s fibre optic network is located at one end of my apartment near the main entrance – instead of the center of the entire apartment – hence the distance between the router (which is connected by wire to the ONT) and the bedrooms tend to render the Wi-Fi signals too weak for connection.

 

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I have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected (by wire) to the E9450 so that devices can upload/download files/photos and stream music/videos wirelessly via the Wi-Fi network. Another reason why I need a good Wi-Fi network with reach and performance.

So with a second E9450 router placed at the far end of the living room, the coverage of the Wi-Fi network was successfully extended to every bedroom – because the second router was located at the center of the entire apartment.

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Tech4WorkFromHome: Tech U Can Use To Work & Study From Home

May 25th, 2021

#tech4wfh is a new series to curate technology and gadgets that you can use to set up your home environment for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning – based on what I use for my own home office.

What is your #WorkFromHome or #HomeBasedLearning setup at home? Stay tuned for tech4WorkFromHome series of curated technology and gadgets to set up your work or study environment at home.

What is your #WorkFromHome or #HomeBasedLearning setup at home? Stay tuned for #tech4WorkFromHome series of curated technology and gadgets to set up your work or study environment at home.

It’s been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By now, workers and students all over the world have become accustomed to lockdowns and social distancing in the fight against the respiratory disease.

#WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning have become the norm for the time being.

As a result, I’ve been inundated with requests for recommendations on technology and gadgets for setting up the home environment for working and for studying.

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New Arrival: Targus Newport Collection Backpacks and Bags

May 21st, 2021

Targus has launched its edition of its Newport Collection of backpacks, tote bags, computer sleeves and pouches. There are a total of six designs in the collection. Prices range from S$69 to S$199 and are listed below.

The 15” Newport Backpack (left) and the 15” Newport Ultra Slim Backpack are two of the six designs in Targus’ Newport Collection.

The 15” Newport Backpack (left) and the 15” Newport Ultra Slim Backpack are two of the six designs in Targus’ Newport Collection.

According to Targus, the Newport Collection is inspired by the Californian way of life, taking sophisticated individuals through the day and into the night, from coffee to cocktails.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: Artificial Intelligence Consumes Energy Too

May 19th, 2021

Jo De Boeck notes the growing list of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications as they take up more and more of the resources on Earth to deliver anything from Amazon recommendations to deciphering a virus DNA.

In this guest blog, the EVP/CSO of imec shares his insights into how power-hungry AI can be and the need for an Energy label for AI.

Jo De Boeck is the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of imec, an R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, based in Belgium. Photo: imec.

Jo De Boeck is the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of imec, an R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, based in Belgium. Photo: imec.

AI has become more intelligent in recent years.

Fuelled by seemingly infinite computational power that is easily available on tap today, it now processes huge amounts of data to recognise patterns every day.

Yet, with each new “trick” that an AI can learn, whether this is differentiating a cat from a dog or getting a robotic arm to figure out a Rubik’s Cube, billions of calculations go into each task.

“We need to talk about an Energy Label for AI,” says Jo De Boeck, EVP & CSO, imec. Photo: imec.

“We need to talk about an Energy Label for AI,” says Jo De Boeck, EVP & CSO, imec. Photo: imec.

That takes a lot of energy to power up, adding to an already fraught situation with global warming.

Compare this to the human brain.

It can effortlessly complete many of these cognitive feats that AI is accomplishing and celebrated for today, while requiring a small fraction of the energy.

So, while AI can be useful to help save energy by optimising its use, there is energy needed to train an AI model as well. This energy is not insubstantial.

Can this inspire us to develop more energy-efficient AI systems?

Will they bring a net positive in efforts to prevent or reverse permanent environmental damage?

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad 10.4-inch 2K Tablet with Wi-Fi 6

May 18th, 2021

Huawei has launched in Singapore the MatePad – a 2K FullView tablet with Wi-Fi 6 and EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10.0). Available in Singapore from 22 May at S$498 (128GB) or S$398 (64GB), with gift bundles (up to S$180).

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The Huawei MatePad is targeted at both entertainment and productivity.

The tablet has a quad-channel speaker system powered by Harman Kardon, while the display comes with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification to help minimise exposure to harmful blue light.

Available as either 64GB (LTE) and 128GB (Wi-Fi 6) versions, the storage can be expandable with microSD cards of up to 512GB.

More details below from the press release.

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Apple Music Announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

May 17th, 2021

Apple is also bringing lossless audio to its entire catalogue for Apple Music subscribers – from June 2021 at no additional cost.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Apple today announced Apple Music is bringing industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos.

Spatial Audio gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity.

Apple Music subscribers will also be able to listen to more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio — the way the artists created them in the studio.

These new features will be available for Apple Music subscribers starting next month at no additional cost.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Wireless Gaming Headphones

May 4th, 2021

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal (S$799) will be available in Black Anthracite starting 7 May in Singapore, while Grey Mist and Navy will be available from June onwards. Wireless dongle sold separately.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

The Beoplay Portal is the first wireless gaming headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

Featuring a sophisticated aesthetic, premium materials, and immersive sound, Beoplay Portal is designed for immersive gaming experiences, watching movies, or enjoying music.

The headphones promises features including low-latency surround sound, good microphone performance, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and an elegant user interface.

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Giveaway: Join Synology Online Quiz to win Google Pixel 4A 5G

May 1st, 2021

Synology is having a campaign in the form of an online quiz.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you complete an online questionnaire by Synology.

Campaign ends 31 May 2021.

Unveil: Hyundai Reveals Kona N Sport Utility Vehicle

April 27th, 2021

The new Kona N is the latest addition to Hyundai’s high performance N brand and seeks to meld racetrack prowess with the versatility of a utility vehicle. Hyundai Motor will be expanding the N and N Line lineup to 18 models through 2022.

Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N lineup but is also the first N model with an SUV body style.

Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N lineup but is also the first N model with an SUV body style.

Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled the all-new KONA N as well as its high-performance philosophy and ambition for sustainable driving fun at Hyundai N Day, a digital showcase dedicated to introducing Hyundai’s N Brand.

“We are thrilled to share the mindset, spirit and vision of the N brand to be a leader in the high-performance category powered by traditional internal combustion engines as well as our proven industry-leading battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Our continuously growing and more balanced N portfolio will open new high-performance options, delivering the ‘grin factor’ no matter what the propulsion technology or body type may be,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company.

It offers a combination of versatility, spirited acceleration, agility and racetrack readiness.

Through the showcase, the company also shared N brand’s high-performance philosophy and introduced a new brand claim ― “Never just drive” ― while also hinting at future N models in the pipeline.

Hyundai also highlighted its commitment to sustainable e-performance, giving a glimpse of the future direction for motorsport initiatives and how it will serve as a basis for upcoming N models.

The Korean company plans to enhance the e-performance of its N brand with BEV and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains.

More details below from the press release.

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