New arrival: Audi showcases A8 & RS 5 Coupe @ Singapore Motorshow

January 12th, 2018

At the Singapore Motorshow 2018, Audi Singapore launched the Audi RS 5 Coupé and gave a preview of its key models for 2018 – including the Audi A8.

The new Audi A8 previewed at Singapore Motorshow 2018.

The German carmaker also presented its “25th Hour” exhibit, showed off its new digital retail concepts, and launched a new premium mobility service – Audi on demand.

Brought in specially for the preview at the Singapore Motorshow, the new Audi A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving.

Available at Audi Centre Singapore, the Audi RS 5 Coupé is priced at S$394,000 inclusive of COE and VES.

The Audi A8 will be launched in Singapore in H1 2018.

The gran turismo among the RS models, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé combines athletic power with harmonious aesthetics and practical everyday usability.

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New arrival: Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

January 11th, 2018

At the Singapore Motorshow 2018, Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to enhances safety for its cars.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across nine countries in Asia, today launched Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology at the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

The new technology will complement Subaru’s other core technologies such as the Boxer Engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Global Platform.

EyeSight is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver, providing a safer and comfortable driving experience.

Adding confidence to every trip, EyeSight uses stereo cameras to identify the surrounding vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.

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Event: Singapore Motorshow 2018 at Suntec (11-14 January)

January 10th, 2018

Singapore Motorshow 2018 is in town for four days from 11-14 January at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Levels 3 & 4. Tickets at S$6 each. Free for children below 120cm.

At the preview for the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

More than 170 cars will be on display from more than 25 automotive brands, with 26 new automotive launches during the show.

New car models include those from Audi, BMW, Citroёn, Honda, Hyundai, INFINITI, ISUZU, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maxus, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Peugeot, Porsche, SEAT, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.

One of many stunts by Russ Swift at the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

Three-time Guinness World Record holder and British precision driver, Russ Swift, will reprise his regular performances.

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Healthcare apps: Healthcare on-the-go on mobile devices

January 6th, 2018

Medical applications bridge the gap between patients and doctors, users and medical information, leading to their increasing prevalence and popularity. Davene Lye surveys the app stores for five most useful healthcare apps.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

With a simple tap on a smartphone, one can now access a world of healthcare and wellbeing.

From e-booking systems to video consultations with doctors, basic healthcare has been made more accessible to patients – all thanks to the rise of mobile health (mhealth) technology.

To date, approximately 61% of people worldwide have downloaded an mHealth application, signalling the increasing use and prevalence of such applications.

Here are five mHealth applications used in Singapore which have been gaining popularity.

MaNaDr

MaNaDr is more a healthcare platform than just a mobile app.

The app fronts an entire healthcare ecosystem that connects patients, families, and friends to a trusted network of doctors and other healthcare providers.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2018

January 1st, 2018

It’s 2018. Happy New Year!

It's the first day of 2018 today. Here's wishing all a wonderful year ahead!

It’s the first day of 2018 today. Here’s wishing all a wonderful year ahead!

May 2017 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones!

The photos here were taken at the Xuan Zang Temple (玄奘寺)at Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in central Taiwan, during my recent family vacation there.

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A worshipper praying at Xuan Zang Temple (玄奘寺)at Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in central Taiwan.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: LG gram notebook computer

December 21st, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift recommendation: One of few gadgets that totally blew me away and convinces me it is worth its high-end price tag. The road warrior would love to have this as his/her Christmas present. I know I would be absolutely elated!

My take: “The LG gram excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me - lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

My take: “The LG gram 14 excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me – lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

Notebooks are such a commodity nowadays that you can get a pretty decent one that meets your needs at an affordable price.

The pricier ones are usually the flagship models of each manufacturer that, in my personal opinion, offer only marginal additional benefits for a huge surcharge.

And usually much of these additional features are in the department of styling and design that, as a pragmatic user, I don’t really care.

So when I tried out the 14-inch LG gram 14 (14Z970), I was pleasantly surprised to find myself planning it as my next purchase – despite its relatively high price tag.

Specs wise, it’s no doubt high end – gram is the only notebook series that LG sells in Singapore.

But what impressed me was how it really stood out in the areas that matters to me – and I mean really stand out!

Firstly, the light weight at 970g. I believe it’s the lightest notebook I’ve ever used, with its enhanced durability Magnesium alloy body.

It’s so light I took a double take when I first handled it – wondering if it was a plastic mockup, even though I knew full well it was a real functioning notebook.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Philips SW6700/14 Star Wars shaver

December 12th, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift list: With the premiere of “The Last Jedi”, this Poe Dameron-inspired shaver (S$219) is an apt gift for the ardent Star Wars fan who wants everything in his life to be associated with the movie series. And as a wet and dry electric shaver, it gives a really close shave with its cutting-edge rotary technology.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

Design and appearance wise the glossy SW6700/14 is based on the X-wing fighter that Poe Dameron pilots in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

I like the scratched metal finishing and red stripes.

Adding a nice touch is the red X-wing symbol that flickers during use.

Trying out the shaver, I found the Reflex Action system on the shaver provided a speedy close shave.

As it is moved over the skin, the shaver’s eight-directional ContourDetect flex heads automatically recalibrates to the curves of my neck and face.

Throughout the shave, I didn’t feel any pulling or tugging – because of the shaver’s V-Track Precision Pro technology, which uses 72 self-sharpening V-shaped blades cutting at 151,000 times per minute.

According to Philips, this technology positions each hair in the best cutting position, even on a three-day stubble (mine was a two-day old stubble) for a shave 30% closer to the skin and in fewer strokes, cutting up to 20% more hair compared to Philips predecessor shaver models.

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New arrival: Amazon launches Amazon Prime in Singapore

December 6th, 2017

Prime members can get unlimited free shipping on millions of local and international items, unlimited access to popular movies and TV shows on Prime Video and video game benefits with Twitch Prime. Prices & launch promotions below.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

“We want to make the lives of customers living in Singapore better every day. Customers in Singapore have been enjoying ultra-fast delivery with Prime Now since July, and now, the introduction of Amazon Prime will take their shopping experience to the next level. Now with an even wider selection of international items available for unlimited free international shipping, along with unlimited access to Prime Video and Twitch Prime, this membership is designed to offer the best of Amazon. And this is just the beginning. We will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits,” said Jamil Ghani, Vice President Amazon Prime International.

This week, Singapore customers will be able to enjoy Prime benefits including exclusive access to free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40 with tens of thousands of items and unlimited free international shipping on orders above S$60 on more than 5 million items from Amazon US – all available in the Prime Now App.

Plus, Prime members in Singapore will enjoy unlimited access to popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly-anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, as well as other shows, movies and more on Prime Video.

They will also enjoy access to gaming benefits with Twitch Prime, at no additional cost.

Amazon Prime in Singapore will be available for S$8.99 per month; however, for a limited time, customers can sign up for S$2.99 per month.

Everyone can try Prime by signing up for a free 30-day trial at www.amazon.com.sg.

More details below from the press release about Prime membership benefits in Singapore.

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New arrival: EB-1470Ui & EB-700U 3LCD laser projectors (ultra-short throw)

December 5th, 2017

Epson has launched the first 3LCD laser ultra-short throw projectors. The company boasts that the EB-1470Ui is the world’s first 3LCD interactive laser ultra-short throw projector. Price below.

Epson’s new 3LCD laser ultra short throw projectors: EB-1470Ui (left), EB-700U (right).

Epson’s new 3LCD laser ultra short throw projectors: EB-1470Ui (left), EB-700U (right).

Combining inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel, the projectors’ laser light source provides up to 20,000 hours of operation with virtually no maintenance needed.

Both the projectors deliver 4,000 lumens of white and colour brightness and WUXGA beyond Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels for a dynamic viewing experience.

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New arrival: Zero Latency Singapore – free-roam, multiplayer VR gaming venue

December 2nd, 2017

Immersive virtual reality gaming for groups of up to 8 gamers (13+ years old) per 30min session, at S$69 per pax.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

There are three VR gaming scenarios of increasing difficulty, from basic orientation (Engineerium, 15min), to zombie shooting (Zombie Survival, 15min), to hardcore gun fights at simulated zero gravity VR scenarios (Singularity, 30min).

The 30min game play for each session can be one of three combinations:

  1. Engineerium + Zombie Survival
  2. Zombie Survival + Zombie Survival
  3. Singularity

The 4,200sqft (390sqm) Zero Latency Singapore is located at #03-346/347 Suntec City Mall, between Suntec Towers 2 & 3.

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