Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

New arrival: Microsoft Xbox One X gaming console at E3

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The Xbox One X is the most powerful and smallest Xbox console that Microsoft has ever built. It puts the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of game creators to create true 4K games. Available in Singapore in 2017 (S$699).

Microsoft promises that every game will play great across the Xbox One family, with Xbox One X enhancing your existing library with better textures, smoother framerates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV.

The Xbox One games and accessories you already own are compatible with Xbox One X, so if you’re an Xbox gamer, chances are you already have a library of games that will look and play better on Xbox One X.

Formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”, Xbox One X will join the Xbox One family of devices and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Microsoft boasts that the Xbox One X has 40 percent more power than any other console, and users can experience immersive true 4K gaming when paired with a 4K display.

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New arrival: Avengers-themed Windows 10 notebooks/tablets

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Hong Kong-based E-Huge Technology launches three new Avengers-themed Windows 10 notebooks/2-in-one devices in Singapore. Prices & availability below.

The new laptops are targeted at fans of Marvel Avengers.

The new laptops are targeted at fans of Marvel Avengers.

All three devices will be available from 10 December, and include 4GB DDR3 RAM and Atom x5 Z8300 CPU.

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The notebooks were launched in Hungry Heroes cafe in Singapore.

Decorated with the Avengers logo and the signature design motifs of Captain America and Iron Man, these Windows 10 devices come in three distinct form factors.

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Microsoft unveils Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Ltd Edn 2TB Bundle

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is priced at S$699 and will be available in Singapore from 25 November, 2016.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is the result of a collaboration between The Coalition - the studio developing Gears of War 4 – and the Xbox design team.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is the result of a collaboration between The Coalition – the studio developing Gears of War 4 – and the Xbox design team.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was designed to resemble a unique piece of hardware lifted right out of the game.

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The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was unveiled at a media event for the press at Microsoft’s offices in Singapore.

You will see the battle marks of surviving a desperate fight with Gears of War 4’s ferocious new enemies – the Swarm.

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New arrivals: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet-laptop hybrid in Singapore

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Microsoft has launched the new Surface Pro 4 tablet computer in Singapore. Available now starting from S$1,399 – online & in stores. Prices below.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft has announced retail availability of Surface Pro 4 in Singapore.

“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet. Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore.

The newest in the Surface lineup, Surface Pro 4 takes what people love about Surface Pro 3 and makes it better, packing more power and performance into the thinnest, lightest Surface Pro yet.

The tablet is designed to run Microsoft Office and Windows in conjunction with Windows Hello, Surface Pen and Microsoft Edge.

Customers can buy the Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 models in Singapore at microsoftstore.com, select retailers including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead, as well as authorised commercial resellers.

Prices and of the various Surface Pro 4 configurations and accessories are listed below.

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IT Fair: PC Show 2015 (4-7 June) @ Singapore Expo Halls 5 & 6

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The 25th edition of Singapore’s longest running information technology (IT) and consumer electronics show returns for four days from June 4-7 at the Singapore Expo, Halls 5 and 6, 12-9pm daily (admission FREE).

PC Show from June 4-7 at the Singapore Expo, Halls 5 and 6, 12-9pm daily (admission FREE).

PC Show from June 4-7 at the Singapore Expo, Halls 5 and 6, 12-9pm daily (admission FREE).

For PC Show 2015, I’ll be compiling selected promotions and flyers from the exhibitors in a photo album on the tech4tea.com Facebook page.

You can browse the album or directly access a specific flyer via the list of links below.

Promotions/Flyers in alphabetical order

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Review: Lumia 640XL Windows Phone phablet from Microsoft Devices

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL (S$429) comes with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 3000mAh removable battery. Wee Wu Neo from The Neo Dimension checks out the affordable phablet from Microsoft Devices.

The Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

The Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

The Lumia 640 series features the first Microsoft-branded LTE smartphones since the acquisition of Nokia Mobile.

By the look of its price and hardware specification, the Lumia 640 series exhibits almost identical performance to the Android Motorola MotoG.

The Lumia 640 XL with its 3000mAh removable battery. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo.

The Lumia 640 XL with its 3000mAh removable battery. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo.

This review covers the Lumia 640 XL, the Windows Phone phablet in the Lumia 640 series.

Design and Build

The Lumia 640 XL measures 157.9 x 81.5 x 9.0mm and weighs 171g.

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New arrivals: Lumia 640 and 640 XL available in Singapore

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The affordable Lumia 640 (S$299) and Lumia 640 XL (S$429) will hit the shelves in Singapore this Saturday, 18 April.

The Lumia 640 will be available in glossy cyan, orange, white and matte black, and the Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

The Lumia 640 will be available in glossy cyan, orange, white and matte black, and the Lumia 640 XL will be available in matte cyan, orange, black, and white.

First unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona in March, the 5-inch Lumia 640 and 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL ships with Windows Phone 8.1 and will eventually be upgradeable to Windows 10 when the new OS from Microsoft is ready later this year.

“People are looking for a device which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank. With the long lasting battery and full range of Microsoft experiences – including Office and OneDrive – the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are the perfect enablers of productivity for consumers,” said Bruce Howe, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Both models offer integrated Microsoft Office experiences, OneDrive storage and fast 4G connectivity.

From now to 30 June, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet.

With the Office 365 Personal installed, users will receive an additional 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes.

To redeem the offer, users will need to download the Office 365 gift app from the Windows Phone Store by 30 June and activate it by 14 August 2015.

The main tech specs for the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are summarised below.

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MWC 2015: Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 & foldable keyboard

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Microsoft unveiled new devices, services and partner offerings during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Update (16 April, 2015):

The Lumia 640 (S$299) and Lumia 640 XL (S$429) was launched in Singapore today and will hit the shelves on Saturday, 18 April, 2015.

Left: Lumia 640 pricing is estimated at 139 Euros for 3G and 159 Euros for LTE. Right: Lumia 640 XL pricing is estimated at 189 Euros for 3G and 219 Euros for LTE Actual market pricing may vary.

Left: Lumia 640 pricing is estimated at 139 Euros for 3G and 159 Euros for LTE. Right: Lumia 640 XL pricing is estimated at 189 Euros for 3G and 219 Euros for LTE Actual market pricing may vary.

The new offerings include:

Lumia 640 & Lumia 640 XL. Affordable smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1.

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Lumia 930 Gold version smartphone for Chinese New Year (S$699)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Gold version of the Lumia 930 comes with an anodised gold colour around its sides and will be available in Singapore (S$699) starting this Saturday, 21 February, 2015. Promotions for other Lumia models below.

The Lumia 930 will be available in black or white, both with a premium gold finish.

The Lumia 930 will be available in black or white, both with a premium gold finish.

The gold Lumia 930 will be retailing in Singapore for S$699 at Singtel, M1 and Amobile with bundled data plans.

Below are some promotions for other Lumia Windows smartphones for this Chinese New Year. Promotion ends Saturday, February 28, or while stocks last.

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Travel Tip #3: Use Skype for overseas calls while travelling

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In addition of making overseas calls from your home country, you can also use Skype to call family, friends and colleagues who back in your home country on their landline or mobile – when you are travelling overseas. All you need is Wi-Fi access or mobile broadband on your smartphone, and some Skype credits.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

When I first arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, while waiting at the customs, I logged on to the free Wi-Fi network in the airport and used Skype to call a local sight to make enquiries and make reservations for a day trip to a wildlife rescue centre in Petchaburi.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport serving Bangkok provides a pretty decent free Wi-Fi to travellers in its terminals – good enough to make VoIP calls using Skype.

First you need to register in the login page for the AOT network in the airport and you get to use the network for free for up to 2 hours a day.

Don’t bother to memorise the complicated userid and password they issue you, the next time you use the network – which is probably when you leave Thailand – you can register as a new user again and use a new set of userid and password.

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