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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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New Arrival: Sony Xperia 5 II Smartphone in Singapore

Friday, October 16th, 2020

The Sony Xperia 5 II (S$1,349) is the most compact Xperia to date and focuses on photography, gaming and entertainment. Available in Singapore on 12 November, with pre-orders from 16 October with free gifts.

Xperia 5 II includes Photography Pro with technology from Alpha series cameras for fast and accurate AF/AE, Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” for similar parameters and colour settings as professional filmmakers and a 21:9 CinemaWide display for viewing pleasure.

Xperia 5 II includes Photography Pro with technology from Alpha series cameras for fast and accurate AF/AE, Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” for similar parameters and colour settings as professional filmmakers and a 21:9 CinemaWide display for viewing pleasure.

The Xperia 5 II features a fast camera with technology from Sony’s Alpha series cameras, including Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals for portraits, and up to 20 fps burst shooting with continuous Autofocus that performs AF / AE calculations at 60 times per second.

Sony boasts that the Xperia 5 II will be the first in the world to offer 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion movie recording in a smartphone – it can capture and playback up to 5x slow-motion when recorded at 24fps.

Its immersive 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1” FHD+ HDR OLED display offers colour accuracy with Creator mode “powered by CineAlta”.

The phone is built for gaming with 120Hz Refresh rate display and 240Hz Motion blur reduction for smooth action, plus 240Hz Touch scanning rate and Touch response improvements by around 35% compared to previous model (Xperia 5) for accurate and quick gaming.

The Xperia 5 II has a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Phone 3 Debuts in Singapore

Friday, September 18th, 2020

First announced earlier in July, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is now available in Singapore. The 12GB/512GB version (ZS661KS) will retail at S$1,598 starting from today.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

The ROG Phone 3 will be available in Singapore on ASUS Online Store, ROG Experience Store Bugis, and selected authorised retailers.

The ROG Phone 3 comes with a one-year ROG Accidental Damage Protection Plan.

It’s an Singapore-exclusive and personalised after-sales service and support from ROG Experts.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi Curved Monitor & Portable Photo Printer

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Xiaomi brings Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) to Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The new Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” and Mi Portable Photo Printer are the latest additions to Xiaomi’s ecosystem of gadgets.

Both are available for purchase from today online at the official Xiaomi store on Lazada, and offline at Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore and through other official offline retailers.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS Latest 2020 ROG Gaming PCs in Singapore

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a complete refresh of its gaming computers with new 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Prices and availability below.

The two-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (top left) headlines ASUS’ full family refresh, with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, 300 Hz displays and best-in-class thermals.

The two-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (top left) headlines ASUS’ full family refresh, with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, 300 Hz displays and best-in-class thermals.

Striking new chassis designs and thoughtful quality-of-life additions raise the bar for gamers and content creators, while the latest Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, and custom Intelligent Cooling solutions set a new performance standard.

The new ASUS ROG Gaming PC lineup is now available in Singapore at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

The new ASUS ROG Gaming PC lineup is now available in Singapore at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers. Click to enlarge.

The ROG 2020 collection is headlined by the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) and its unique secondary ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen, along with the refreshed ROG Zephyrus S15 (GX502) which is more portable and powerful than ever.

For those seeking e-sports glory, the ROG Strix SCAR 15 (GL532) is built for top-flight competition with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs and 300 Hz panels.

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New Arrival: Amazon launches Prime Gaming to Replace Twitch Prime

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Prime Gaming offers free content for today’s popular video games plus free games every month.

Now more than 150 million paid Prime members around the world can get more value out of their Prime membership with the best of gaming.

Now more than 150 million paid Prime members around the world can get more value out of their Prime membership with the best of gaming.

Amazon first launched gaming benefits in 2016 as Twitch Prime.

Today, Amazon is launching Prime Gaming, an Amazon Prime benefit offering members tons of free, exclusive content for their favorite games, a collection of free PC games, and a free Twitch channel subscription every month.

This month’s more than 20 Free Games with Prime include SNK arcade classics SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, METAL SLUG 2, and indie retro brawler Treachery in Beatdown City.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS Announces ROG Strix G35 Gaming Desktop in Singapore

Friday, August 7th, 2020

The ASUS ROG Strix G35 is a top-of-the-line gaming desktop that promises tournament-level performance for competitive gaming with the flexibility to go beyond. Prices and configurations below.

For demanding workloads like content creation and heavy duty multitasking, the ROG Strix G35 features up to Intel Core i9 processor.

For demanding workloads like content creation and heavy duty multitasking, the ROG Strix G35 features up to Intel Core i9 processor.

The Republic of Gamers Strix Strix G35 retails from S$3,998 starting today and is available at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

The ROG G35 ships with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti which handles modern games with fast and fluid frame rates.

It is equipped with up to Intel Core i9-processor to tackle heavy multitasking, content creation, and other demanding workloads

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Phone 3 Series

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

The 3rd-gen gaming smartphone series ships with the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus, 144Hz / 1ms AMOLED display and huge 6000mAh battery. Prices below.

Update (18 Sep, 2020):

The 12GB/512GB version of the ASUS ROG Phone 3 has debuted in Singapore today, at S$1,598.

Find out more about the one-year ROG Accidental Damage Protection Plan that’s exclusive to Singapore.

Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, the ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver non-stop, ultrasmooth performance for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, the ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver non-stop, ultrasmooth performance for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

The series includes the flagship ROG Phone 3 and the ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition.

The ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful ROG Phone ever, using the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with advanced 5G mobile communications and Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming capabilities.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Compact ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Laptop in Singapore

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

The TUF Gaming A15 (FA506IH-GTX1650) is now available in Singapore at S$1,498 – at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

The new 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 laptop promises high-performance and dependability in a compact form factor.

Key features include the following.

  • Next-gen processors for on-the-go performance: The new TUF Gaming laptop A15 equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processors.
  • GeForce and FreeSync power high-refresh display: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and AMD FreeSync combine for smooth gaming a 144Hz refresh rate display.
  • Designed for both portability and durability: TUF Gaming is equipped with a more compact chassis and military-grade durability.

More details below from the press release.

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