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DJI & Seagate announce partnership for UAV ecosystem

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The strategic partnership aims to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem.

“Seagate is honored to partner with DJI to help UAV users tackle their evolving and unique data needs. Seagate is committed to working together with DJI to evolve UAV workflows so users can focus on what matters most – capturing data in flight to bring new and amazing experiences to the world,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate Consumer Solutions.

“Seagate is honored to partner with DJI to help UAV users tackle their evolving and unique data needs. Seagate is committed to working together with DJI to evolve UAV workflows so users can focus on what matters most – capturing data in flight to bring new and amazing experiences to the world,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate Consumer Solutions.

DJI, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data demands of UAV users.

As drone cameras gain resolution and drone flight times grow longer, DJI and Seagate are focusing their efforts to securely and efficiently store, manage, download and share the hundreds of gigabytes of data that can be generated from a single drone mission.

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New arrival: Canon compact cameras in PowerShot & IXUS series

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Canon has announced four new compact cameras: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot SX430 IS, IXUS 190, and IXUS 185. All prices and availability yet to be announced.

New compact cameras from Canon. Clockwise from top left: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, IXUS 185 (red/black), PowerShot SX430 IS, and IXUS 190 (black/blue).

New compact cameras from Canon. Clockwise from top left: PowerShot G9 X Mark II, IXUS 185 (red/black), PowerShot SX430 IS, and IXUS 190 (black/blue).

Featuring the latest DIGIC 7 image processor used in the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and EOS M5 models, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II produces high quality images and new levels of performance for accurate detection and precision tracking of subjects.

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New arrival: Canon PIXMA/imageCLASS printers & wireless presenters

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Canon has launched today a whole slew of personal/business/photo printers, as well as a new line of wireless presenters. Prices & availability below.

The range of new Canon products include new imageCLASS laserjets (left), wireless presenters (center) and PIXMA printers. Not shown to scale.

The range of new Canon products include new imageCLASS laserjets (left), wireless presenters (center) and PIXMA printers. Not shown to scale.

The products that Canon launched today include the following. Most are available now or later this month.

  • Canon PIXMA TS8070 (S$299) and TS5070 (S$199) Photo Printers.
  • Canon imageCLASS MFP (S$229-379).
  • Canon PIXMA E410 (S$89) and E470 (S$119).
  • Canon PIXMA Ink Efficient G4000 (S$389).
  • Canon PR100 (S$99) and Canon PR1000 (S$59) Wireless Presenters.

Below are quick descriptions of each of these.

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New arrival: WD Blue & WD Green Solid State Drives (SSD)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are available now in Singapore and are distributed by Eternal Asia Singapore in Singapore. Prices start from SGD79.90 onwards.

Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and come with one year complimentary data recovery service from Kroll Ontrack.

Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and come with one year complimentary data recovery service from Kroll Ontrack.

The new WD Blue and WD Green solid state drives are Western Digital’s first WD-branded SATA client SSDs.

The new SSDs complement the company’s family of hard drives for PCs and workstations, providing a full portfolio of WD storage devices for a wide range of applications.

More details from the press release below.

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IT Fair: SITEX 2016 (24 – 27 Nov) @ Singapore EXPO Halls 5 & 6

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Event forecast: from 24 November, the final of the four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will take place for four days (24 – 27 Nov) at the Singapore EXPO, in Halls 5 & 6. SITEX 2016 will open daily from 11 am to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

SITEX is organised by the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SITF) and managed by SingEx Exhibitions, and receives more than 300,000 visitors.

SITEX is organised by the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SITF) and managed by SingEx Exhibitions, and receives more than 300,000 visitors.

Established in 1988, SITEX 2016 will see more than 500 brands of infocomm and consumer electronic products spread over more than 200,000 sq ft of exhibition space.

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SITEX 2016 seems more interesting this year. Apart from the usual vendor booths selling gizmos at discounted prices, there are many booths featuring technology and gaming – eg. smart home technology, even techno dance (DanceTex2016).

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: RIMOWA Electronic Tag integrated digital luggage solution

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Prices start from $1,430 for the RIMOWA Limbo Multiwheel® Electronic Tag and $1,710 for RIMOWA Topas Multiwheel® Electronic Tag (price may vary according to size and luggage model).

Subiksha Krishnan was at the launch in Singapore and reports below.

The RIMOWA Electronic Tag was presented for the first time at the FTE Global (Future Travel Experience) 2015 in Las Vegas, the airline industry’s leading conference, and was awarded the ‘Best Baggage Initiative’ award at the show.

The RIMOWA Electronic Tag was presented for the first time at the FTE Global (Future Travel Experience) 2015 in Las Vegas, the airline industry’s leading conference, and was awarded the ‘Best Baggage Initiative’ award at the show.

The RIMOWA Electronic Tag lets travelers use their smartphones to check in their suitcase from home and drop it off quickly at the airport without fuss or time pressure.

The RIMOWA app activates and personalises the RIMOWA Electronic Tag and the airline app identifies the personalised piece of luggage.

The data for the booked flight is sent to the selected piece of luggage via Bluetooth and the data appears on the integrated Electronic Tag display.

The suitcase is then checked in and placed within seconds in the check-in stations.

With an estimated 3.5 billion people travelling by plane this year, of which most are likely to be smartphone users, the shift from analog to digital is only logical. RIMOWA’s Electronic Tag connects travellers’ suitcases seamlessly to the digital world.

With an estimated 3.5 billion people travelling by plane this year, of which most are likely to be smartphone users, the shift from analog to digital is only logical. RIMOWA’s Electronic Tag connects travellers’ suitcases seamlessly to the digital world.

The Electronic Tag gives one freedom while travelling by allowing users to check in their suitcase wherever they are.

The tag replaces the conventional paper label with an innovative data module that receives luggage data from the airline.

The size and display corresponds to the typical paper labels we see now.

The user can also receive the luggage data for their flight and transfer it directly to the suitcase easily, saving time.

The RIMOWA Electronic Tag eliminates unnecessary stress and waiting as well.

Once the app checks in the luggage, it can be placed within seconds in the semi or fully automatic drop-off stations.

This gives travelers more time for themselves and does not involve waiting in long queues at the airport. It is fast and uncomplicated.

The tag will also continue to show the tag display even when the batteries run out thus, ensuring that the luggage is transported to the correct location.

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Singapore-wide locker network based on IBM Blockchain/Bluemix

Monday, October 24th, 2016

IBM empowers Singapore startup – FreshTurf – with Blockchain and Bluemix for island-wide federated lockers network.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

IBM is working with Singapore start-up FreshTurf in the Singapore location of its IBM Bluemix Garage network.

“As a startup, we wanted a partner and mentor who would guide us through the journey of adopting blockchain and building with cloud, while also helping us to grow. During the Design Thinking workshop, we had access to technical expertise, consulting and guidance through working with the IBM Bluemix Garage which allowed us to quickly build our concept. The IBM Bluemix Garage’s methods of Design Thinking, use of cloud and agile development practices served as the foundation of our startup,” said Jarryl Hong, Co-Founder, FreshTurf.

Using IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies, FreshTurf has been working with IBM Bluemix Garage developers and designers to create a network of storage lockers for shipping and parcel delivery throughout Singapore.

This locker ledger network is designed to help improve the “last mile” of delivery services for consumers and businesses, or the final leg of a package’s journey to a customer’s home.

Blockchain is a technology for a new generation of transactions which establish accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes.

Fueled by and built on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, IBM and FreshTurf aims to build a distributed ledger platform prototype specifically designed to manage commercial transactions between merchants, logistic vendors, locker companies and consumers.

Not only can the application of blockchain technology help provide visibility across the fulfilment chain, allowing users to track their parcel and delivery status from the convenience of their phone, it can help stakeholders to conduct shipping transactions in a highly secure and trusted environment.

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Note7 recall: Phone refund/trade-in value & accessories refund

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

More details have been released by Samsung for Galaxy Note7 users in Singapore, covering the refund value for the Note7, trade-in prices to the S7 Edge, as well as refund for original Note7 accessories. This is in addition to earlier information Samsung Singapore had released earlier.

All Galaxy Note7 customers are required to back up their data using Samsung Smart Switch (http://www.samsung.com/sg/support/smartswitch/), delete any data or other personal material stored in the device, and reset their device ahead of the home delivery.

All Galaxy Note7 customers are required to back up their data using Samsung Smart Switch (http://www.samsung.com/sg/support/smartswitch/), delete any data or other personal material stored in the device, and reset their device ahead of the home delivery.

Galaxy Note7 customers who opt to exchange their device for a Galaxy S7 edge, valued at S$1,098, will receive an additional S$250 in cheque.

Those who opt for a refund will receive the full retail value of the Galaxy Note7 at S$1,168 in cheque.

Both options are available to all Galaxy Note7 customers, regardless if they purchased their original device from telecommunication operators, consumer electronics stores, authorised retailers, Samsung Official Store at Lazada.sg or Samsung Experience Stores.

The options also do not affect any pre-existing contract that the Galaxy Note7 owner has with the telecommunication operators.

Details below.

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New arrival: Seagate 2TB FireCuda & 5TB BarraCuda internal drives

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The 2.5-inch FireCuda & BarraCuda mobile consumer drives are the latest additions to the recently launched Guardian Series of internal drives from Seagate.

The 2TB FireCuda (left) comes with a 5-year limited warranty while the 5TB BarraCuda (right) comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

The 2TB FireCuda (left) comes with a 5-year limited warranty while the 5TB BarraCuda (right) comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Seagate boasts that the 2TB FireCuda represents the fastest, thinnest and lightest 2TB hard drive on the market today, using 8GB of flash to enable rapid boot times and game load speeds.

It includes new firmware and sophisticated caching algorithms that continuously analyse how a system is being used.

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Details of Samsung Galaxy Note7 refund for Singapore customers

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Samsung Electronics Singapore has announced details of the exchange and refund options for Galaxy Note7 customers.

Update (18 October, 2016):

More details have been released by Samsung for Galaxy Note7 users in Singapore, covering the refund value for the Note7, trade-in prices to the S7 Edge, as well as refund for original Note7 accessories.

This is in addition to earlier information Samsung Singapore had released earlier.

Update (15 October, 2016):

Following the new order by the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban all Galaxy Note7 devices in carry-on and checked baggage on flights, Samsung Singapore has rolled out plans to help Note7 owners in Singapore who need to board flights out of the country.

Any Galaxy Note7 owner who will be travelling by flight and require a courtesy device can obtain one from the Samsung Customer Service Centre at Westgate or the Samsung Experience Store at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, in both the departure and transit lounges.

Samsung has stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7, and has also decided to stop production.

Samsung has stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7, and has also decided to stop production.

Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 should power down and stop using the device immediately, and take advantage of the exchange and refund options.

This is regardless of whether they had purchased their devices from telecommunication operators, consumer electronics stores, authorised retailers, Samsung Official Store at Lazada.sg or Samsung Experience Stores.

Galaxy Note7 customers can choose to either exchange their device for a Galaxy S7 edge, and receive cash and other benefits which will be confirmed shortly, or to receive a refund.

Details below.

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