Archive for September, 2021

New Arrival: Apple iPhone 13 Screen Protectors from Belkin

Friday, September 24th, 2021

The iPhone 13 series of smartphones hits the shelves today. Belkin is offering its SCREENFORCE TemperedGlass Antimicrobial-Treated Screen Protectors for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Prices & availability below.

Protect your spanking new iPhone 13 with Belkin’s SCREENFORCE TemperedGlass Antimicrobial-Treated Screen Protector.

Protect your spanking new iPhone 13 with Belkin’s SCREENFORCE TemperedGlass Antimicrobial-Treated Screen Protector.

Available at both Singtel & Starhub retail stores – Usual price S$59. However, getting the line subscription at one go, PwP @ S$25 from 24 Sep.

 

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20 Oct, 2021: I’ve just posted an Instagram giveaway for a Belkin SCREENFORCE TemperedGlass Antimicrobial-treated Screen Protector for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The giveaway winner will be announced in a week’s time on 27 Oct. So go try your luck!

While at our channel Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman stores – Usual price S$59. And PwP with iPhone 13 purchase, it is going @ S$29 from 27 Sep.

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Livinguard Re-Affirms Protection Against Delta Variant in Tests

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Livinguard’s face masks passed tests by the Indian National Institute (NII) of Immunology, showing an average of more than 99% effectiveness against viruses and bacteria. The test report can be found here.

The positive results are timely as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant drives new mask wearing requirements worldwide

The positive results are timely as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant drives new mask wearing requirements worldwide

The tests reinforces the efficacy of Livinguard’s patented technology in protecting wearers of its masks at a time when face masks are again at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.

In Singapore, Livinguard recently partnered with Grab Singapore to provide 22,000 masks for the company’s private car hire and delivery drivers to protect them from COVID-19 virus microbes.

This will provide them with the comfort that they are protected in the course of their work, where they encounter a variety of commuters, F&B staff and home diners, even as Singapore sees an ongoing tally of infections as it moves into managing COVID-19 as endemic.

In addition to being available for purchase online, Livinguard’s selection of antiviral masks is also now available at selected Guardian outlets island-wide, making it easier for those who prefer to shop in person.

More details below from the press release.

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StarHub to Acquire 50.1% Stake in MyRepublic’s Broadband Business in Singapore

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

StarHub has just announced this morning that it will acquire a majority interest in a new entity which will hold MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore, providing broadband services for residential and enterprise customers.

StarHub to acquire 50.1% stake in MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore to drive long-term synergies.

StarHub to acquire 50.1% stake in MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore to drive long-term synergies.

Named MyRepublic Broadband Pte Ltd, the new entity has been incorporated by MyRepublic to hold MyRepublic’s Singapore broadband business.

StarHub’s total investment will be up to $162.8 million, with an initial consideration of $70.8 million for 50.1% shares of MyRepublic Broadband Pte Ltd and a deferred consideration of up to $92 million should future financial performance matrices are met.

The proposed transaction will consolidate and strengthen StarHub’s position in the Singapore broadband market, expanding its market presence to 40% and steering long-term business growth.

MyRepublic will retain the remaining 49.9% and its senior management team and its brand identity post-acquisition.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (22 March, 2012):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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Unveil: Apple iPhone 13 mini, Pro, Pro Max; iPad; iPad mini & Watch Series 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Apple’s Tuesday event unveiled a new iPhone 13 with more storage, major iPad mini upgrades and a new Apple Watch. The next date to watch is Friday, 24 September when the hardware hits the stores in major markets. Below is the sum-up of the products, their local prices, pre-order dates and more.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The whole slew of new iPhone 13 has been unveiled, with big changes to the iPad mini, a refreshed 10.2-inch iPad and a new Apple Watch Series 7.

The iPhone 13 series gets the new A15 Bionic chip – a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores and a quad-core GPU.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

The back cameras have been upgraded with wider apertures and new video features, including a Cinematic mode, which transits in-shooting focus smoothly from one subject to another.

There is also a macro lens, and smarter software to recognise skin tones to enable adjustments in tone and warmth filters.

Apple boasts that the iPhone 13 will have a longer battery life than its predecessor, despite its faster chip, 5G, better cameras and new features.

It is also intelligent enough to conserve power consumption by switching to LTE “when 5G speeds aren’t needed”.

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Tech Focus: Signify Lighting the Fast Lane to IoT

Friday, September 10th, 2021

IoT – or the Internet of Things – has been the buzzword for a while now and businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to fast track their IoT adoptions and rollouts.

I spoke with Jitender Khurana to find out how a traditional lighting network can be harnessed to rapidly transform a dumb building into a smart IoT-enabled environment.

Jitender Khurana is the Country Head & Managing Director for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify. Photo: Signify.

Jitender Khurana is the Country Head & Managing Director for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify. Photo: Signify.

I asked Jitender the key to Signify’s competitive advantage in helping its customers embrace IoT.

Three simple words: “Lighting is ubiquitous,” says Jitender, head honcho for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify.

Lighting is ubiquitous,” says Jitender Khurana, head honcho for Singapore and Emerging Markets at Signify.

But how does that give Signify a leg up in helping businesses embrace IoT more quickly and easily?

Well, the most tedious aspect of rolling out an IoT implementation is typically the deployment of IoT sensors and the network connecting these sensors back to the IoT platform.

Laying the network for both power supply and data tends to be both costly and time-consuming.

For Signify – that network is simply the lighting network that forms the basic infrastructure of any building or facility.

As far as the world leader in lighting is concerned, “Where there’s light(ing), there can be an IoT sensor integrated into the luminaire”.

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Review: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip to Liven Up Your Home

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Having had to #WorkFromHome for the past year, I decided to liven up the garden with a Philips Hue Lightstrip (Outdoor). It was a fun little project that was quick and easy to set up.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip is a flexible, weatherproof LED strip that can be bent and shaped to produce your own lighting designs and mood in your garden or patio.

You can also use it indoors although there is a cheaper version (Lightstrip Plus) for indoor usage that’s not weatherproof..

With its diffused glow, the lightstrip can be used for direct or indirect lighting, and is able to display 16 million colour and 50 shades of gray all shades of white to create your personalised desired effect.

In the box is the lightstrip itself, the weatherproof power supply for plugging into the mains outdoors, as well as clips and screws to fasten the lightstrip onto the ground or wall based on the design you want to shape it to.

The lightstrip itself is quite flexible so if you’re just laying the lightstrip on the ground, I found that I could shape it without using any clips.

The lightstrip comes in 2m (S$209) and 5m (S$339) versions and is part of the Philips Hue line of intelligent lighting products for the home.

 

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#t4tTUCU: Philips Hue Outdoors Lightstrip from Signify – freshly unboxed. Time to add some fun and snazzy (or calm and relaxing) ambience to the garden.

Note that, in order to maximise the use of the lightstrip, you’ll need to have a Philips Hue Bridge (S$89), which is sold separately.

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TUCU: Philips Hue Bridge for Smart Home Lighting

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): The Philips Hue Bridge (S$89) is the starting point for anyone thinking of building a smart lighting system for their homes. It is the hub that connects and controls smart lights and accessories from the Philips Hue family of smart lighting products.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

Since we’re all spending so much time #WorkingFromHome and doing #HomeBasedLearning – thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to turn as much of my dwelling into a smart home.

There are already Google Home wireless speakers around the home, so the next step is to introduce some nice lighting to enhance the ambience for both work and play.

One of the easiest ways to fix up smart lighting in the home is the Philips Hue bulbs and lights from Signify (foremely Philips Lighting).

The Philips Hue Bridge is the hub to which all the Philips Hue smart lights are connected and through which the Philips Hue App controls those lights.

 

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Philips Hue Bridge – freshly unboxed. Excited to take the first step in setting up a smart lighting system at home.

The Hue Bridge is a compact little box that measures 90.9 x 90.6 x 26 mm and weighs 280g.

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New Arrival: Asus Introduces Windows 11 Products for Creators

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The slew of products that Asus unveiled included the ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook Pro, and Vivobook Pro series; as well as OLED displays for their laptops. Prices and availability TBA.

Asus announced a major expansion of the brand’s ecosystem of solutions for empowering creators at its “Create the Uncreated” launch event.

Asus announced a major expansion of the brand’s ecosystem of solutions for empowering creators at its “Create the Uncreated” launch event.

The ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook Pro and Vivobook Pro series are designed to enhance workflows and elevate productivity for creative professionals and prosumers.

“At our core, we are innovators who take pride in bringing our best ideas to life. So today’s lineup delivers incredible experiences for creators, by creators — to turn imagination into reality,” noted ASUS co-CEO Samson Hu.

The OLED displays are spec’ed up to 16:10 4K resolution and spans Asus’ high-end creator laptops to everyday laptops.

The new ProArt Studiobook models debut ASUS Dial to provide creators with instant, precise fingertip control over parameters in creative apps.

Asus is partnering with Adobe to offer complimentary 3- and 1-month subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud on selected creator solutions.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: De’Longhi La Specialista Prestigio Pump Espresso Coffee Machine

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

La Specialista Prestigio will be available at S$1,599 from 3 September 2021, on De’Longhi Online Store and major consumer and electronics stores.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista's craftsmanship.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista’s craftsmanship.

The new pump espresso coffee machine was announced in conjunction with De’Longhi’s launch of its new international campaign featuring Brad Pitt in a one-minute commercial named Perfetto.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

La Specialista Prestigio is aimed at a segment of the manual coffee drinking market that enjoys the hands-on experience of making a cup of coffee.

More details below from the press release.

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