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Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

IFA this year will be from 31 August – 5 September, 2018. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview cum global press conference for the media from 19-22 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Rome, Italy (19-22 April, 2018). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Rome, Italy (19-22 April, 2018). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

The IFA Global Press Conference (IFA GPC) that precedes the actual trade show attracts more than 300 journalists form over 50 countries.

During the IFA GPC, some of the IFA exhibitors and partners get to show a preview of their IFA offerings and pitch to the international media what their brands offer to consumers.

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Huawei unveils new P20 series flagship Android smartphones

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled in Paris, France the new P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. These two new flagship models promise to continue Huawei’s focus on camera prowess in collaboration with Leica.

Update (2 April, 2018):

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones. The prices, colours and availability of the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in Singapore has been released. Read the details here.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

Key features of the Huawei P20 series include the following.

  • The Huawei P20 Pro features a camera that promises to capture more light and detail with the new Leica triple camera, boasting what the company claims the smartphone industry’s highest pixel count.
  • The Huawei P20 features a new Leica dual camera.
  • Both includes Master AI which includes AI-driven professional photography settings and Huawei AIS – its AI stabilisation technology.
  • Thin bezel, with new colours including a dynamic gradient finish.
  • Features Kirin 970 processor with a dedicated NPU and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

In addition to the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (Race Sport).

Singapore will be one of the first few countries in the world to launch the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in early April 2018.

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New arrival: Huawei nova 2 lite entry Android smartphone

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The black Huawei nova 2 lite (S$298) will debut in Singapore at the IT Show on 15 March, while the blue version will be available from end-March 2018.

The nova 2 lite is Huawei’s entry-level Android smartphone, priced at S$298.

The nova 2 lite is Huawei’s entry-level Android smartphone, priced at S$298.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite features an 8-megapixel (MP) front camera with selfie toning flash, as well as a dual-lens rear camera.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite introduces Face Unlock – a high-precision facial recognition technology that is powered by an AI algorithm to automatically detect up to 1,024 points on the human face and perform high-accuracy mapping.

This feature lets users unlock their screens in less than 900 milliseconds using facial recognition.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite also has a party trick for singing enthusiasts – Karaoke Mode.

This feature enables users to hear their own voice when singing into the microphone on their headsets, akin to being in a recording studio.

Considering the entry-level price, the specs looks more like a mid-tier smartphone.

Would be curious to check out its performance level.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrival: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS smart watch

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with integrated music and features Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. RRP: S$669 (without integrated music: S$599). IT Show 2018 promotions below.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

The integrated music gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along.

Need to buy a bottle of water or a quick bite after a workout?

Garmin Pay contactless payment solution lets users pay for purchases with the Forerunner 645 Music.

In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the smart watch includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Samsung Flip interactive digital flip chart display

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Samsung Flip WM55H is now available in Singapore through traditional professional B2B display channels. The digital flip chart provides a first look into the company’s vision for a “Workplace of the Future”.

Samsung Flip enables ideas to be instantaneously shared across devices and allows multiple people to contribute, widen and build on ideas in real-time.

Samsung Flip enables ideas to be instantaneously shared across devices and allows multiple people to contribute, widen and build on ideas in real-time.

The Samsung Flip WM55H promotes more collaborative digital engagement by addressing the most prominent challenges businesses face when organising, facilitating and recapping meetings.

An upgrade on both standard paper flip charts and analog boards, the Samsung Flip display allows easy sharing, annotation, movement and even searching, as well as the ability for multiple users to create content at once.

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New arrival: ESET Smart TV Security against Android TV malware

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The new ESET Smart TV Security was showcased during MWC 2018 to protect against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operating system.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

Smart TVs – with their microphones, cameras and USB ports – are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

“Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobiles – they cannot treat them like an average TV, kettle, or watch,” said Branislav Orlik, Mobile Security Product Manager at ESET.

By gaining control over a smart TV, cybercriminals can not only attack other devices on the user’s home network but also spy on individuals to gather sensitive and personal data.

Smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

The threat has now crossed over to Android TVs, as incidents of smart TV screen-locks and ransom demands reported in the news have illustrated.

The ESET Smart TV Security application protects consumers with the following security features.

  • Antivirus protection safeguards against increasing levels of Android malware.
  • Anti-ransomware technology combats screen-locks.
  • Multi-device scanning for malware on devices and USBs that connect to the smart TV.
  • Anti-phishing to protect users from attempts to steal sensitive, personal information. This feature will be available only in the premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

If ransomware is activated, users are advised to switch their smart TV off/on while the virus database is updated and scanning is initiated.

“Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favourite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised. ESET is the top-rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure,” explains Orlik.

When ESET Smart TV Security detects ransomware on the device, the user is advised to uninstall the malware.

Once uninstall is confirmed, the ransomware will be cleared.

ESET’s Smart TV Security is available for download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user’s TV device.

Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem – both smartphone and TV.

Promotion: WhizComms 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

WhizComms is offering its high speed 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service subscription at S$34 per month, with total savings amounting to more than S$100 for signups by 14 March 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

All subscribers will get to enjoy the following promotions if they sign up by 14 March 2018.

  • S$38/mth for 12-month plan or S$34/mth for 24-month plan.
  • Free Activation Fee, worth S$53.50.
  • Free Installation and Delivery on Weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
  • Free Onsite Audit service to complement any subscription plan with wireless router.
  • Save 10% on Airlive (AC1200-R) router at S$88.

Visit WhizComms online to sign up.

New arrival: Sony A7 III full-frame mirrorless camera

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The new Sony A7 III camera and SEL2870 lens will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries in March 2018. Prices TBA.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The Sony A7 III ships with a newly developed full-frame 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with Evolved Image Processing.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

It has a wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities.

The AF system features 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF.

The camera is capable of high resolution 4K movie shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor.

Sony boasts that the A7 III has the longest rated battery life of any mirrorless camera – at 710 shots per charge.

Other upgraded operability and functionality include the addition of a joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, and SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C Terminal.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Veeam Availability Orchestrator for BC/DR compliance

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Veeam Availability Orchestrator offers Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery compliance and peace of mind for enterprises.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance. Click on image to enlarge.

Veeam® Software today announced the general availability of its new Veeam Availability Orchestrator – the newest addition to the Veeam Availability Platform – which enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) compliance.

“Enterprise customers are demanding not only Availability, but also help in ensuring compliance. In the event of a disaster, enterprises stand to lose millions in downtime, $21.8 million according to our latest Veeam Availability Report, as well as damaged reputation and lost productivity. Without having a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date, tested and documented, it’s difficult to respond quickly when disaster strikes. With new Veeam Availability Orchestrator, enterprises can achieve a true Availability platform, reduce costs, define their DR plans, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are able and ready to provide business continuity, even in the worst case scenario,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans.

The rapidly increasing rate of business and technology changes makes it critical that companies update their DR plans continuously, something that only 14 percent do today, according to Forrester Research.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator tackles this problem by offering a DR orchestration solution that reduces the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.

While many enterprises have a DR plan already in place, executing on these plans is often complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

Expensive, error-prone manual processes are common but do not scale, resulting in DR plans that can easily become obsolete.

This results in risk to both data and application Availability, but also to compliance with industry regulations and governing bodies.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides an orchestration engine with planning, automated documenting and testing capabilities for preparedness and compliance, with full support for Veeam replicas.

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MWC 2018: Sony Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact entertainment smartphones

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally from March 2018 and both will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. They are expected to hit Singapore shelves from April. In the meantime, consumers can register their interest here. Prices TBA.

Update (21 March, 2018):

Sony Singapore brought in the new Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact for a special preview before they are officially launched later on in April.

I’ve always been impressed with Sony’s spirit of innovation in the design of their products.

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Sony is able to draw upon their in-house expertise in other related fields of business – sensors for camera imaging, displays from their Bravia TVs, quality sound from their audio products, gaming from their PlayStation, and entertainment content from their movie studio.

They were the first to feature the Super Slow Motion video and 3D avatar features and now other major smartphone makers are following suit.

Looking forward to their production models when the new XZ2 & XZ2 Compact hit the shelves in Singapore.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

Xperia XZ2 ships with extended 5.7” HDR Full HD+ display, powerful stereo speakers, and a new Dynamic Vibration System to bring content to life.

The Motion Eye camera now has world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording in a smartphone and Full HD 960FPS Super slow motion.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact sports an extended 5” HDR Full HD+ display, Motion Eye camera experience and Sony’s AV technologies.

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