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Event: Vivo NEX 3 Roadshow #FutureBeyondEdges

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I popped down to the Vivo #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall today and tried out the exciting new flagship smartphone – NEX 3 – that was launched in Singapore last week.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Based on first impressions, I like the “no edges – no buttons” design of the premium phone.

The 6.89-inch POLED Waterfall Fullview Display (1080 x 2256 FHD+) extends over the curved edges on both sides and offers an immersive visual experience with the high 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

All around the edges, there’re no buttons at all, except for the diminutive power button which is so flushed with the side that it’s hardly noticeable.

The volume up/down “buttons” on either side of the power button are totally invisible because they use embedded sensors.

The fingerprint sensor is in-display on the front, so you don’t see any fingerprint sensor at the rear.

There is also face-unlock should the fingerprint authentication fail three times.

The triple rear cameras come with a 64-megapixel main camera, as well as a 13MP wide-angle camera and 13MP telescopic camera that takes pretty impressive macro photos.

 

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The new Vivo NEX 3 showcased at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall in Singapore.

The front camera is a massive 16MP camera that pops out from the top of the NEX 3, accompanied by a flash.

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New Arrival: OPPO Reno2 and Reno2 Z Smartphones in Singapore

Friday, October 18th, 2019

OPPO has launched the Reno2 (S$899) & Reno2 Z (S$899) Android smartphones in Singapore. OPPO also launched its first wireless noise cancelling headphones – the Enco Q1 (S$179). Available from 26 October. Introductory promotions below.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 (S$899) comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

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The mid-range phones bring enhancements to OPPO’s Reno series phones in improved Wi-Fi connectivity, photography and video recording.

An interesting feature I tried is the real-time video bokeh where the background is blurred. It’s the video equivalent of the portrait mode in smartphone still photography.

The more affordable OPPO Reno2 Z (S$599) comes in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (S$179) in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from 26 October 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 4 And Other MadeByGoogle Products

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

After much anticipation, Google Pixel 4 has arrived in Singapore, together with other #MadeByGoogle hardware, such as the upgraded Nest Mini speaker and Nest Wifi system. Singapore won’t be getting the Pixelbook Go or the Pixel Buds though. Prices and availability below.

Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Nest Mini and Nest Wifi launched in Singapore.

Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Nest Mini and Nest Wifi launched in Singapore.

Following the Made by Google event in New York City, Google today announced the launch of its Google Pixel 4 flagship smartphone in Singapore.

From 24 October, Singaporeans will be able to purchase their new devices through official carrier partner, StarHub, retailers COURTS and Challenger as well as the Google Store. Pre-orders begin today.

 

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This Google staff, Nim, kindly did the unboxing of the Pixel 4 XL for me.

The phone will be available in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and the limited edition Oh So Orange – and in two sizes.

The 64GB variant of the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL will be priced at S$1,119 and S$1,319 respectively, while the 128GB models will retail for S$1,269 and S$1,469 respectively.

 

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Google Nest Mini and Google Nest Wifi in Singapore.

Apart from the Pixel 4, two additional devices will soon be available in Singapore as well.

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Dell Technologies Selected By AI Singapore For AI Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

AI Singapore has selected Dell Technologies High-Performance Computing infrastructure to enhance its Artificial Intelligence (AI) competencies.

Romain Bottier, HPC & AI senior solution architect, South Asia, Dell Technologies (left) and Laurence Liew, director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore at the press conference.

Romain Bottier, HPC & AI senior solution architect, South Asia, Dell Technologies (left) and Laurence Liew, director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore at the press conference.

Dell Technologies will provide three key computational building blocks for the new supercomputer at AI Singapore to help drive performance and flexibility for its researchers and to scale up its flagship 100 Experiments (100E) programme.

“AI Singapore is pleased to work with Dell Technologies to develop a thriving ecosystem for AI. The close collaboration between AI Singapore’s and Dell Technologies’ engineers has allowed us to co-design and customise a unique infrastructure to meet our AI research, development and AI model deployment needs that are aimed at showcasing the real-world benefits of AI and broadening its adoption in Singapore,” said Laurence Liew, director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore.

At the same time, the Dell Technologies AI Experience Zone in Singapore will support AI Singapore’s efforts to increase AI understanding, education and adoption in Singapore.

Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are equipped with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Dell EMC PowerSwitch open networking switches and provide scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security, allowing AI Singapore to run demanding AI workloads within the data centre and in the cloud.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: B2B Ignite By Epson Singapore At The National Gallery

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Epson showcases its business-to-business solutions in Singapore and aims to help Small-Medium Enterprises (SME) grow and develop with the adoption of sustainable technologies.

 

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Another robot barista, this time from Epson. I met its cousin Ella at Crown Digital in Singapore last month.

A showcase of practical innovations that help reduce an organisation’s impact on the environment, B2B Ignite demonstrates how the adoption of sustainable technologies will meet the business and productivity needs of Singapore’s SMEs.

Epson’s move to expand and strengthen its B2B offerings in Singapore is in step with the country’s Smart Nation plans and its sustainable future.

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New Arrival: Philips 3200 Series LatteGo Home Espresso Machines

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Philips launches its new range of fully automated espresso machines for homes in Singapore. Prices below.

 

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The new Philips coffee machines promise high-quality coffee experience with a simple process, giving consumers a bean-to-cup experience with speed, convenience and freshness.

The range of coffee makers includes Philips 2200 Series, Philips 3100 Series, Philips 3200 Series, Philips 5000 Series and the PicoBaristo.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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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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