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IFA GPC 2019 – Day 1: Power Briefings from Brands & Analysts

Friday, April 26th, 2019

The first day of the IFA GPC 2019 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.


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Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2019 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline (right), handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 11 power briefings.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

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Power Briefing by Philips on how to “#makeLifeBetter: From personal to personalised health”.

Philips is innovating in the field of data-driven insights into health, with its huge expertise in connectivity, big data and Artificial Intelligence. Announced was the Philips Sonicar Teledentistry Solutions. Philips Sonicare Teledentistry service provides patients with remote dental consultation from licensed dentists within 24 hours.

The Philips Sonicare app acts as a “virtual hub” for personal oral healthcare. Users can manage their complete oral care daily and share brushing data with their doctors, putting personalised guidance and advice at their fingertips.

Presenting was Marlies Cebetsberger, Personal Health Leader Philips Market DACH.


Yamaha Opens 1st AV Lifestyle Concept Showroom in Singapore

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Yamaha Audio Visual launched its first lifestyle concept store in Singapore. The Yamaha Experience Studio (YES) is its first in ASEAN and is located at #06-02 in Plaza Singapura.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The 58-sqm flagship store will provide a space for audiophiles to experience the performance of high fidelity audio, including its acclaimed AVENTAGE AV Receiver series and new MusicCast system.

It is designed to enable visitors to hear music as if the artist was in the room with them, as well as to learn how to reproduce this experience in their own environment.

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I visited the Yamaha Experience Studio as part of the media preview and enjoyed the high fidelity audio visual experience presented.

The products at the Yamaha Experience Studio feature patented technologies that have been developed over many years.


New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.


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.


New arrival: Jabra Elite Sport & Elite 25e Bluetooth wireless earphones

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Jabra has launched in Singapore the upgraded Elite Sport (S$368) wireless earbuds and new Elite 25e (S$138) wireless earphones.

Jabra launches in Singapore the Elite Sport (S$368) Bluetooth wireless earbuds & Jabra Elite 25e (S$138) Bluetooth wireless earphones.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport true wireless earbuds offers a new colour (Lime Grey, in addition to the current Black) and boasts 50% more battery life.

Targeted at the sports/fitness and music enthusiast, the earbuds can now play continuously for 4.5hrs compared to the previous 3hrs.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport (S$368) offers a total of 13.5 hours (4.5hrs on the earbuds + 2 full charges from the charging container), compared to the 9hrs (3hrs + 2 full charges) in the previous version. Lime Green Grey available now, Black version in early November.

The charging case can now provide two full charges of 4.5hrs each – amounting to 9hrs total – compared to the total of only 6hrs in the previous version.


Event: Devialet SAM Lab Tour in Singapore

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Attended a demo of Devialet’s SAM Lab. SAM (Speaker Active Matching) is an audio #technology which ensures extreme fidelity.

Devialet’s trainer from Paris flew into Singapore to showcase the difference between a speaker that has SAM technology vs one that does not. Listening to the demo, I found the enhancement most pronounced in the lower frequency ranges.

By taking into account the characteristics of the loudspeaker connected to the Devialet, it enables the Devialet to drive in a very precise and controlled way the speaker driver diaphragm’s movement, so as to obtain an exact alignment between a recorded music signal, and the pressure wave that reaches the listener’s ear during a listening session.


New arrival: Plantronics BackBeat 505 Bluetooth headphones

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

The wireless Bluetooth headphones lasts up to 18 hours to make phone calls, listen to music, play games. Available now in Singapore (S$139).

Plantronics BackBeat 505 will be available in Dark Grey, Grey, and White.

The new BackBeat 505 headphones from Plantronics can stream music up to 10m, pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices and connect to 2 devices simultaneously.

More details from the press release below.


New arrival: 7 X-mini portable Bluetooth wireless speakers from Xmi

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Singapore speaker maker Xmi redesigns iconic capsule speaker and expands X-mini range of products across bigger sizes and price ranges. Available end June. Prices below.

Xmi launched the 7 new X-mini wireless Bluetooth speakers at the Tippling Club in Singapore.

Xmi launched seven new speakers in Singapore today.

  • X-mini CLICK 2: S$39.90
  • X-mini XOUNDBAR: S$49.90
  • X-mini KAI X1: S$69.90
  • X-mini KAI X2: S$99.90
  • X-mini KAI X3: S$129.90
  • X-mini SUPA: S$209.90
  • X-mini INFINITI: S$569.90

Purchases can be made directly from or any X-mini or authorised resellers, Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman and Popular from end June 2017.

More details from the press release below.


IFA GPC 2017 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The actual press conference for IFA 2017 in Berlin (1-6 September) will be held at 11am today in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

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Stay tuned for the outcome of the global press conference for IFA 2017 in this slot. I will update this posting once it’s out.

So IFA 2017 will see the emphasis put on Brands and focus placed on Innovation.

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin leading the discussion panel during the Global Press Conference.

The press release will be appended below once I receive it.


New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.