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Apple Unveils iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5 & iPad 2019

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Singapore customers can begin pre-ordering the phones from Friday, 13 September, with prices that start from S$1,149. The phones will hit the stores next week from 20 September.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The basic iPhone 11 comes with dual-cameras with prices at US$700 compared to the US$750 price of its single-camera predecessor.

The additional camera enhances the background blur effect in portrait mode, and allows the mode for non-human subjects..

The two flagships iPhone Pro (US$1,000) and iPhone Pro Max (US$1,100) will have more than four hours of extra battery life. Their prices are maintained at last year’s levels.

Both iPhone Pro now comes with triple lens – one more than last year’s flagships) – while all models this year include the new ultrawide lens, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S10 earlier this year.

Two lens good, three lens better.

Two lens good, three lens better.

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New Arrival: Jabra PanaCast Video Camera For Huddle Rooms

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Jabra launches PanaCast (S$1,389) – its smart panoramic 4K video conferencing solution for huddle rooms.

The Jabra PanaCast provides a 180-degree plug-and-play video solution that enables everyone in the room is seen.

The Jabra PanaCast provides a 180-degree plug-and-play video solution that enables everyone in the room is seen.

The “video-head” was made by Altia Systems which was acquired by Jabra’s parent, GN back in February this year.

Close-up of a PanaCast has a USB connector and a mic-in jack.

Close-up of a PanaCast has a USB connector and a mic-in jack.

Jabra PanaCast has three 120-deg 13MP cameras with overlapping FOV.

The feeds from the three cameras are stitched in real time to provide a 180-deg FOV – wider than any single wide-angle lens and without the edge distortion.

The result is a “short-throw” video camera that enables the PanaCast to be usable even in the smallest huddle room.

Details below from the press release.

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IFA 2019: Huawei Announces FreeBuds 3, 5G SoC & P30 Pro New Colours

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

During the opening of IFA 2019 in Berlin, Huawei announced a range of technologies and products presented by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled “Rethink Evolution” at the IFA.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the following at IFA 2019.

  • Kirin 990 Series SoC
  • FreeBuds 3
  • New colours for P30 Pro

Details below from the respective press releases.

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New Arrival: Signify launches Philips Hue Play Smart Light Bar

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Signify has launched the Philips Hue Play smart light bar which enables users to design and create the lighting effect and ambience of their desires within their living or work spaces. Prices below.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The Philips Hue Play is available in Singapore at Challenger, Courts, Gain City, SELFFIX, Telestation Go Wireless Gamepro and Tangs.

The light bars enable you to create an immersive lighting ambience by illuminating your living or work spaces based on the colours on your movies, the music you’re listening to, or the games you’re playing.

 

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Philips Hue Play can provide a more immersive gaming experience with the light bars.

The keyword here is “immersive”.

So if you’re watching a movie, the Philips Hue Play light bars projects colours corresponding to the scenes on the TV screen so that it feels as if the colours on the screens are spilling out of the screen and lighting up the walls and surroundings.

If you’re listening to music, the light bars can translate the beats into light effects based on pre-canned translation algorithms or in whichever way you want to customise.

And if you’re playing games, especially if you’re using gear with the Razer Chroma RBG lighting – eg. laptops, keyboards, mice and mouse mats – you can sync the light bars to show matching lighting effects that change dynamically during gameplay.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2020 Personal Backup Software

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Acronis True Image 2020 personal backup solution automates backups and replicates local backups in the cloud. Now includes cyber protection as well. Available online, prices below.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

The new version enables users to automatically replicate local backups in the cloud, automating the 3-2-1 backup rule – having 3 copies, in 2 types of media, with 1 copy offsite.

The Dual Protection replication feature is one of more than 100 enhancements and new capabilities incorporated into Acronis True Image 2020 that are designed to further improve its performance, control, and security.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

The company’s vision of cyber protection combines traditional data protection and cybersecurity into one solution, addressing all Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – ensuring safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data (SAPAS).

Acronis boasts that this unique approach means Acronis True Image 2020 delivers easy, efficient, secure cyber protection to home users, prosumers, and home-based businesses.

Pricing and Availability

Three versions of Acronis True Image are available as follows:

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is now ready for macOS Catalina (10.15) and moves to Apple Metal API with support for DirectX 11 for better speed and graphics for users. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 15 include the following.

  • DirectX 11 support: This brings more windows programs and PC games to Mac. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior version.
  • Play any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine: Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac.
  • Seamless Mac and Windows Integration: Enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
  • Improved Performance: Users can enjoy up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup, 15% faster 3D graphics improvements, and a more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription, or US$99.99 for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ For Singapore

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019. Introductory promotions below.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ smartphones.

Following the global unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 this morning in New York, pre-orders have commenced in Singapore at 3pm.

In Singapore, the Galaxy Note10 will be available in Aura Glow and Aura Black while the Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura White.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ Phablet At Unpacked

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Galaxy Note10 (6.8”) & Note 10+ (6.3”) will hit the shelves on 23 August with enhanced S Pen and “pro-grade” camera.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Galaxy Note10 starts at US$950 while the Note10+ starts at US$1,100, slightly more expensive than the S10 smartphone which ranges between US$900 to US$1,000.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) which will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019.

The previous Note9 has a 6.4-inch display while the current S10 is around the same size as the 6.3” Note10 with slightly less screen size.

The new phablets charge via a USB-C port which doubles up as an audio port as the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The Note10 has four cameras (1 front and 3 rear) – the three rear cameras comprising a 16MP ultra wide (123°), a 12MP wide-angle (77°) and a 12MPtelephoto (45°).

The front camera has 10 megapixels at 80° field of view.

The Note10+ has one extra rear camera (1 front and 4 rear) – the DepthVision camera.

The other cameras are the same in both versions.

The key specs for the Note10 and Note10+ are summarised below.

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IFA 2019 Preview: Singapore Exhibitors Heading To Berlin In September

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The Singapore-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) gathered nine Singapore companies who are forming the Singapore Pavilion at IFA 2019 to give sneak previews of the main products that they are showcasing at the annual consumer electronics and home appliances fair.

 

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Here are some smart locks from Igloohome.

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

 

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The myFirst kids’ tech collection by Oaxis makes children-version gadgets of devices that adults use. Seen here is a microphone, a smartwatch, earphones, a “gopro” camera, and a “instax” camera.

IFA this year will be from 6-11 September and will include the following nine home-grown tech companies in the Singapore Pavilion.

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Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

First opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument by the government on its centennial, the grand old dame has reopened on 1 August after an extensive 2-year restoration that began in 2017.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 

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Had a chance to walk through the charming grand dame of 1887 vintage on the Sunday prior to its reopening before the hordes descended.

The hotel now offers 115 suites in nine categories, including the Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.

The Long Bar – where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented – has also been refreshed.

 

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At 132 years old, the newly reopened Raffles Hotel has certainly seen a large part of Singapore’s 200-year old history after founder Sir Stamford Raffles colonised the island. This statue of Raffles sits in the Raffles Arcade and will observe the progress of the nation going forward into the next 200 years.

A night at the hotel ranges from slightly less than S$1,000 for its cheapest suite, to almost S$12,000 for one night in a two-bed President Suite.

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