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Event: New Apple M1 Pro & Max Chips, MacBook Pro and AirPods

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In its October 2021 Fall event from Apple Park, Apple has introduced the new M1 Pro & M1 Max chips, a new MacBook Pro based on the new chips, as well as new AirPods. Prices below.

Apple's October 2021 Fall Event

Apple’s October 2021 Fall Event

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and “industry-leading” power efficiency.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max offers “extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display”.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$2,999, and S$2,769 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$3,749, and S$3,449 for education.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro 10.6 (S$448.98) and Logic Pro 10.7 (S$288.98) with new features and better performances on the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The updates are free for existing users, while new users can purchase the software from the Mac App Store.

The new AirPods (3rd generation) feature spatial audio and longer battery life and will be available for S$269.

AirPods (2nd generation) will have a new price tag at S$199, while the AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case at the current price of S$379.

More details about the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips below from the press release.

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Dell Technologies Edge Advances Extend IT Beyond Data Center

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Dell Technologies has announced new edge innovations as part of the company’s strategy to build new growth areas that help organisations accelerate their digital transformation. These new solutions and updates were revealed during the 2021 Dell Technologies Summit (13-14 October).

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

The latest edge advancements by Dell Technologies include innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organisations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud — from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

  • Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes, which extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads.
  • Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus, which helps manufacturers make quick decisions to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • Dell EMC Edge Gateway, which connects multiple edge devices across operational technology and IT environments to deliver real-time data insights.
  • Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform, which optimises GPUs to ingest streaming video and supports real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge systems.
  • Dell Latitude Rugged laptops, which can withstand harsh edge environments while maintaining high levels of performance and connectivity.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (22 March, 2012):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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Unveil: Apple iPhone 13 mini, Pro, Pro Max; iPad; iPad mini & Watch Series 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Apple’s Tuesday event unveiled a new iPhone 13 with more storage, major iPad mini upgrades and a new Apple Watch. The next date to watch is Friday, 24 September when the hardware hits the stores in major markets. Below is the sum-up of the products, their local prices, pre-order dates and more.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The whole slew of new iPhone 13 has been unveiled, with big changes to the iPad mini, a refreshed 10.2-inch iPad and a new Apple Watch Series 7.

The iPhone 13 series gets the new A15 Bionic chip – a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores and a quad-core GPU.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

The back cameras have been upgraded with wider apertures and new video features, including a Cinematic mode, which transits in-shooting focus smoothly from one subject to another.

There is also a macro lens, and smarter software to recognise skin tones to enable adjustments in tone and warmth filters.

Apple boasts that the iPhone 13 will have a longer battery life than its predecessor, despite its faster chip, 5G, better cameras and new features.

It is also intelligent enough to conserve power consumption by switching to LTE “when 5G speeds aren’t needed”.

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New Arrival: De’Longhi La Specialista Prestigio Pump Espresso Coffee Machine

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

La Specialista Prestigio will be available at S$1,599 from 3 September 2021, on De’Longhi Online Store and major consumer and electronics stores.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista's craftsmanship.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista’s craftsmanship.

The new pump espresso coffee machine was announced in conjunction with De’Longhi’s launch of its new international campaign featuring Brad Pitt in a one-minute commercial named Perfetto.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

La Specialista Prestigio is aimed at a segment of the manual coffee drinking market that enjoys the hands-on experience of making a cup of coffee.

More details below from the press release.

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De’Longhi Unveils Brad Pitt Campaign & La Specialista Prestigio

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

De’Longhi has launched its new international campaign starring Brad Pitt, as well as its new pump espresso coffee machine, the La Specialista Prestigio (S$1,599).

“When I saw what Damien did with the film grain and Brad looking about as cool as I've ever seen him, I was excited to come up with a tune and a vibe to match,

“When I saw what Damien did with the film grain and Brad looking about as cool as I’ve ever seen him, I was excited to come up with a tune and a vibe to match,” said Justin Hurwitz, composer for Perfetto.

De’Longhi’s biggest international campaign, titled “Perfetto”, is directed by award-winning director Damien Chazelle and stars leading man Brad Pitt.

The campaign offers viewers a glimpse of a day in the life of Brad Pitt.

From getting his coffee beans in the morning, to riding around Los Angeles on his motorcycle and stopping for gas – these scenes transport viewers to a ‘Perfetto’ world where the ultimate bean to cup experience is attainable just by pressing a button at the comfort of their own home.

Check out the campaign video below.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 3, Elite 7 Active & Elite 7 Pro Wireless Earbuds

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

The new Jabra Elite 3 (S$128, 8 Sep), Elite 7 Active (S$268, 15 Oct) and Elite 7 Pro (S$318, 15 Oct) will be available in Singapore at selected retailers.

(Counter-Clockwise from bottom) The new Jabra Elite 3 (S$128), Elite 7 Active (S$268) and Elite 7 Pro (S$318).

(Counter-Clockwise from bottom) The new Jabra Elite 3 (S$128), Elite 7 Active (S$268) and Elite 7 Pro (S$318).

The three new wireless earbuds are from the Elite Pro, Elite Active and core Elite product lines of Jabra, catering to different use cases.

The Elite 7 Pro offers “ground-breaking” call performance with new Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology, featuring a longer battery life with nine hours non-stop play time with adjustable ANC.

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Singtel Ramps Up 5G Roll-Out Across Singapore

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Recognised as the fastest 5G network operator in Singapore by Ookla, Singtel showcases more 5G use cases for enterprises and consumers.

During the virtual event, Guest of Honour Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information and IMDA’s Chief Executive Lew Chuen Hong were ‘teleported’ into the venue via Singtel’s 5G network - their high-resolution likeness were beamed from a separate location. The network’s ultra-low latency meant that Minister Teo and Lew could ‘interact’ seamlessly with Yuen on the stage at Kallang Studios.

During the virtual event, Guest of Honour Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information and IMDA’s Chief Executive Lew Chuen Hong were ‘teleported’ into the venue via Singtel’s 5G network – their high-resolution likeness were beamed from a separate location. The network’s ultra-low latency meant that Minister Teo and Lew could ‘interact’ seamlessly with Singtel Group CEO Yuen Kuan Moon on the stage at Kallang Studios.

Singtel launched a number of 5G Standalone (SA) use cases today at its ‘Powering Up Singapore With 5G’ event, ramping up efforts in translating its new strategic blueprint of leading in 5G into action.

“Mobile networks and data exchanges are key building blocks for the digital infrastructure. 5G, which promises to be ultra-fast and supports near-zero latency, can change the way we live and work in profound ways, and become essential for the digital developments of the future. Building a digital future is certainly about the hardware, software, systems and standards. It is equally about the people and skills. For that, the Government will continue to invest in reskilling and upskilling our people so that they can achieve not just digital literacy but digital mastery. This way, everyone can benefit from the infrastructure,” said Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, who was the Guest of Honour at the virtual event.

The new use cases span a variety of sectors from entertainment to mobility and bring to life the benefits of 5G by redefining live, work and play experiences with blazing fast speeds and near-instantaneous response times.

Singtel continues to expand its 5G network which now covers over two-thirds of Singapore, adding sites in densely populated areas like Choa Chu Kang, Punggol, Sembawang and Tampines.

In addition, it has expanded its 5G indoor coverage to more major shopping malls island-wide such as Funan, West Mall, Tampines Mall, Northpoint City and Waterway Point.

The arrival of 5G has proved timely against a backdrop of accelerated digital adoption as a result of safe distancing and remote working.

With more people using digital channels to go about their lives, there has been a corresponding increase in demand for fast and reliable connectivity.

This is reflected in a recent Singtel survey, in which the majority of consumers indicated that 5G-enabled services such as augmented reality books and virtual reality entertainment events appeal to them.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Kanso 2 Sound Processor for Cochlear Implants in Singapore

Friday, August 27th, 2021

Cochlear claims that the Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor is the world’s smallest off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor.

New technology such as the Kanso 2 showcases Cochlear’s efforts in improving hearing outcomes and quality of life for people with hearing loss.

New technology such as the Kanso 2 showcases Cochlear’s efforts in improving hearing outcomes and quality of life for people with hearing loss.

Featuring hearing performance technologies, Cochlear boasts that the Kanso 2 is the first and only off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor to offer direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android devices.

“Cochlear is dedicated to bringing sound to people all over the world. The Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor showcases Cochlear’s latest and most advanced hearing performance technology, and marks a new step towards helping people in Singapore living with hearing loss to hear better.  With its latest connectivity features and simple design, this new technology is designed to better meet the different needs and lifestyles of individuals and is the result of persistent efforts to improve hearing outcomes,” said Amy Zheng, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Cochlear.

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor features an integrated rechargeable battery and the highest possible water resistance rating (IP68) for any off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor, giving users the freedom to live an active lifestyle.

Dual microphones filter out background noise to help provide better hearing performance in noise compared to a single microphone.

With ForwardFocus, users can reduce noise from behind them to help them focus on conversations in front of them.

SmartSound IQ with SCAN helps users to hear more clearly in a range of listening environments by capturing sound through dual microphones, analysing surroundings, before automatically adjusting the settings for the hearing conditions.

More details below from the press release.

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EPOS Launches in Singapore, Offering Audio Solutions for Businesses

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

EPOS, Demant Group’s enterprise and gaming audio brand headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, today officially launches in Singapore.

Showcase of EPOS’ main lines of audio comms products as the Danish company officially launches in Singapore: ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series.

Showcase of EPOS’ main lines of audio comms products as the Danish company officially launches in Singapore: ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series.

EPOS operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and the Singapore debut is in line with the brand’s continued commitment to develop, innovate and offer audio solutions for the region’s professionals.

The latest products from EPOS’s ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT series caters to professionals such as mobile workers who are looking for audio and video solutions that ensure a highly productive and optimized audio experience in today’s distributed work landscape.

More details below from the press release.

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