Archive for May, 2020

New Arrival: Lenovo Launches New Slew of Legion Gaming PCs

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The new Lenovo Legion gaming PCs ship with Coldfront 2.0, TrueStrike Keyboard, Dual Burn and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus. Prices and configurations below.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup. Click to enlarge.

Lenovo has introduced the latest generation of Lenovo Legion PCs in Singapore, offering:

  • Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 thermal management.
  • Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard.
  • Dual Burn to optimize CPU and GPU performance together.
  • NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, Hybrid Mode, and Rapid Charge Pro for improved battery life.
  • World-class immersive displays optimized by Dolby Vision and OverDrive Support with optional 240Hz refresh rates and response rates of under 1ms.

Powering this exciting new suite of advancements is the latest 10t Gen Intel Core H-Series or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors, and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs with Max-Q Design.

The 2020 lineup available in Singapore features the following.

  • Laptops
    • Lenovo Legion 7i
    • Lenovo Legion 5Pi
    • Lenovo Legion 5i
    • Lenovo Legion 5
    • Lenovo IdeaPad™ Gaming 3i
    • Refreshed Lenovo Legion Y740Si
  • Desktops
    • Lenovo Legion Tower 5i
    • Lenovo IdeaCentre™ Gaming 5i

Inclusion of a lowercase letter ‘i’ in the Lenovo PC’s name denotes an Intel CPU; eg. the Lenovo Legion 5i has an Intel CPU, while Lenovo Legion 5 has an AMD CPU.

More details below from the press release.

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Schaffhausen Institute Of Technology Launches Master’s Program

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

The science and technology university aims to train future leaders who can combine technology and business to boost the digital industry.

Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) launches a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) launches a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

To tackle the shortage of potential leaders joining the digital sector, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) has crafted a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering – to better prepare graduates for leadership roles, specifically within the IT and science disciplines.

Launching in September 2020, the newly developed program is available for students with bachelor’s in computer science or software engineering who have ambitions to be a part of the next generation of technical leaders.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook Laptops & MatePad Pro Tablet In Singapore

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Huawei will launch its first laptop range and flagship tablet in Singapore on 8 June. Pre-orders for the MateBook 13 (S$1,598), MateBook D15 (S$998) & MatePad Pro (S$898) from 30 May to 7 June 2020. Launch promotions below.

Huawei’s two mainstream laptops and flagship tablet focus on mobile productivity, innovative smart design and delivery of a seamless and powerful user experience.

Huawei’s two mainstream laptops and flagship tablet focus on mobile productivity, innovative smart design and delivery of a seamless and powerful user experience.

As an important point of entry to its smart ecosystem, the HUAWEI MateBook series and HUAWEI MatePad Pro are designed to synergise with Huawei handsets, wearables and other devices.

These products enable the company’s Multi-screen Collaboration feature that offers a seamless multi-device experience to consumers with a simple drag-and-drop file transfer between smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Available in Huawei concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. The MateBooks get an additional 1 year warranty over its standard 1-year warranty.

Available in Huawei concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. The MateBooks get an additional 1 year warranty over its standard 1-year warranty.

Launch promotions and more details below (from the press release) about the MateBook 13, MateBook D15 and MatePad Pro.

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New Arrival: Dell Launches Commercial PCs For Business

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Dell launches Latitude, Precision and OptiPlex business PCs in Singapore, as well as Dell Optimizer, an automated AI-based optimisation technology that’s available across the three product lines. Price & Availability below.

New intelligent Dell Latitude PCs and 2-in-1s adapt to how people work.

New intelligent Dell Latitude PCs and 2-in-1s adapt to how people work.

The built-in Dell Optimizer software learns how each person works and adapts to their behaviour to help them focus on the tasks that matter most.

It works behind the scenes to improve overall application performance; enable faster log-in and secure lock outs; eliminate echoes and reduce background noise on conference calls; and extend battery run time.

Dell's new Precision portfolio.

Dell’s new Precision portfolio.

More details below from the press release.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella During Build 2020 (19-21 May)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Microsoft Build 2020 was the first time the annual developers’ event was held completely online, because of COVID-19. Here are some interesting snippets from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his keynote address for the conference.

“Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we've seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

“Already, we’ve seen something like two years’ worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we’ve seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

How has developers come together with those on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19?

Here were some examples that Nadella highlighted.

  • At Johns Hopkins University, epidemiologists and software developers created a canonical dashboard to track the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies is using cloud compute and AI to decode the immune system’s response to the virus.
  • In the United Kingdom, a cross-section of manufacturers adjusted their production lines to build ventilators for the NHS, using mixed reality to guide workers through the process.
  • The NBA is using the power of the cloud and Xbox to engage fans and maintain the joy of the game.

What would developers need to be capable of going forward?

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New Arrival: Microsoft Announces New Surface Family Of Devices

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Microsoft today announced that the latest Surface line-up – Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 – are now available for pre-orders in Singapore via commercial authorised resellers and authorised retailers starting from S$648. Price listing below.

New Surface devices and accessories designed to help you work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere are now available for pre-order in Singapore. Surface Go 2 (left) and Surface Book 3.

New Surface devices and accessories designed to help you work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere are now available for pre-order in Singapore. Surface Go 2 (left) and Surface Book 3.

Designed to provide users versatility and seamless productivity, the new Surface line-up will empower users to work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere.

The Surface family of new devices include the following.

  • Surface Go 2
  • Surface Book 3
  • Surface Dock 2
  • Microsoft PC Accessories

More details below from the press release.

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News: Imec Achieves cm Accuracy & Low-power Ultra Wideband Localisation

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Imec has combined advanced machine learning algorithms and innovations in chip design to extend its secure proximity portfolio with next-generation high-precision and low-power ultra wideband technology.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

Ultra wideband technology is perfectly suited to support a variety of high accuracy and secure wireless ranging use-cases.

“Using machine learning, we created smart anchor selection algorithms that detect the (non) line-of-sight between UWB anchors and the mobile devices that are being tracked. Building on that knowledge, the ranging quality is estimated, and ranging errors are corrected. Since our approach also comes with machine learning enabled features that enable adaptive tuning of the network’s physical layer parameters, the right steps can then be initiated to mitigate those ranging errors – for instance by tuning the anchors’ radios,” explained Professor Eli De Poorter from IDLab.

Think of the ‘smart lock’ solutions commonly used in automotive – automatically unlocking a car’s doors as its owner approaches, while locking the car when the owner moves away.

While UWB is inherently more difficult to compromise than some alternatives, its potential has largely remained untapped because of its higher power consumption and larger footprint.

The innovations imec introduces today mark an important step to unlocking the technology’s full potential.

More details below from the press release.

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Event Forecast: IFA 2020 To Go Ahead In Berlin In September

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

IFA 2020 gets the go-ahead for a three-day event – from 3 to 5 September – with a tight limit on the number of attendees.

Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin (left) with Jens Heithecker, the Executive Director of IFA Berlin at the IFA press conference that was live-streamed online.

Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin (left) with Jens Heithecker, the Executive Director of IFA Berlin at the IFA press conference that was live-streamed online.

Health and Safety will be top priorities as the Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances trade show proceeds with the annual physical exhibition in Berlin.

“Our IFA team really has pulled out the stops for this one. I’m incredibly proud of how they have tackled this challenge and come up with a solution for IFA 2020,” commented Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

Focused on IFA’s core functions, the IFA 2020 Special Edition aims to support brands, manufacturers, media and retailers to connect and celebrate innovation across consumer electronics and home appliances.

IFA will host four stand-alone events, with not more than 1,000 attendees for each event per day.

  1. IFA Global Press Conference for brands’ keynotes and press conferences
  2. IFA Global Markets sourcing show
  3. IFA NEXT meets IFA SHIFT Mobility innovation platform
  4. IFA Business, Retail and Meeting Lounges.

IFA 2020 will not be open to the public, but run as an invitation-only event.

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Promotion: Enjoy Rebates, Donate To Charity & Lucky Draw With HMS

Monday, May 18th, 2020

To commemorate the Ramadan season, Huawei is giving 50% rebates and donating to charity for users of Huawei Mobile Services. Non-Huawei users also have a chance to win a P40 Pro. Details below.

HUAWEI is giving back and paying forward to both its users and community from today until 31 May 2020.

HUAWEI is giving back and paying forward to both its users and community from today until 31 May 2020.

Throughout the campaign period (now till 31 May 2020), HUAWEI users in Singapore can enjoy up to 50% instant rebate on their first two transactions daily via HUAWEI In-App Purchases (HUAWEI IAP).

Moreover, HUAWEI is also donating 5% of each user’s transaction amount from the campaign to selected charity organisations.

More details below from Huawei.

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New Arrival: Epson ColorWorks Label Printers (C6050 & C6550 Series)

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Epson to launch new C6050 & C6550 Series ColorWorks label printers with auto-peeler and auto-cutter capabilities.

The C6550 series is now available for sale and the C6050 series will be available in Q3 2020.

The C6550 series is now available for sale and the C6050 series will be available in Q3 2020.

The new ColorWorks C6050 & C6550 series includes the C6050A/P and C6550A/P models.

This series extends Epson’s range of technologies to meet the needs of small and medium-sized batch customers across a variety of sectors, including food, chemical, beverage, and manufacturing.

“As an industry leader, Epson aims to fill the gaps in the market to provide high quality and high-speed printing solutions. We are committed to the label industry and we recognise that the label industry is diverse. This is why Epson is here to offer a variety of printing solutions to address the needs of customers who are seeking higher print quality, speed and throughput,” said Tan May Lin, Director – Sales, Marketing and Customer Service of Epson Sales division, Epson Singapore.

This new ColorWorks series is designed to enhance productivity without compromising on print quality of on-demand label printing solutions.

Epson boasts that the C6050P and C6550P models are the world’s first peeler-equipped inkjet label printers that remove the hassle of manually peeling the label backing papers, offering fast colour label printing to improve efficiency in the production line.

The C6050A and C6550A feature an auto-cutter that allows businesses to individualise print job cuts and enjoy the flexibility of customising the set number of pieces required.This makes on-demand print-and-apply colour label printing installations possible.

Epson’s most advanced printhead architecture, PrecisionCore printhead technology, has also been integrated into this new ColorWorks series.

More details below from the press release.

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