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New arrival: Huawei Mate 10 & Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones unveiled

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The new Huawei Mate 10 Series is based on the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset; and comprises the 5.9-inch Mate 10 (S$888), 6-inch Mate 10 Pro, & Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10. Full pricing & availability to be announced on 26 October, 2017. Pre-order and registration of interest information below.

Update (26 October, 2017):

Huawei launched its Mate 10 series of Android smartphones in Singapore this evening.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro (left) is slightly longer while the Mate 10 (right) is broader. The Mate 10 Pro does not have a home button, a headphone jack nor an external memory card slot.

Prices & availability for Singapore were released.

  • Huawei Mate 10: S$888
    • Mocha Brown, Black (28 Oct)
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro: S$1,098
    • Mocha Brown (11 Nov), Midnight Blue (25 Nov)
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10: S$2,298
    • Diamond Black (24 Nov)
The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The new phones will sport Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface and new Leica dual camera technology.

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New arrival: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III prosumer camera

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

The new PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact camera offers DSLR-like features such as APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Price & availability TBA.

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF.

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first Canon compact camera equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an APS-C sized CMOS sensor.

It has the largest imaging sensor in its Canon’s compact camera lineup, and is equipped with the latest DIGIC 7 image processor.

Designed with a 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent) f/2.8– f/5.6 IS lens with 3x optical zoom, the camera is capable of capturing a wide range of subjects and achieving shallow depth of field.

Main specifications of the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact prosumer camera.

Main specifications of the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact prosumer camera. Click on image to enlarge.

Featuring a vari-angle touch panel packed in a durable and compact body, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III also boasts of a high resolution EVF (Electronic View Finder) of 2.36 million dots.

Weighing approximately 399g (CIPA compliant) the PowerShot G1 X Mark III makes a suitable companion for adventure seekers and underwater photographers alike.

More details from the press release below.

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Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and Micro Businesses

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

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Wireless virtual reality competition @ Bugis+ & Bugis Junction

Friday, October 13th, 2017

With Halloween drawing near, Bugis Junction & Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with an immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Update (27 October, 2017):

The top 10 players for the Time Zombies Virtual Reality Competition Finals have been selected and they will be battling it out at a final showdown this Sunday, 29t October from 2pm – 6pm at Bugis + Level 2 Atrium.

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore - it was great fun!

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore – it was great fun!

This is the first time a mall in Singapore is hosting a VR experience of this scale.

Three thrilling games are available for shoppers to test their courage: Time Zombies, Walk the Plank and Arizona Sunshine Zombie.

The Time Zombies competition uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.

More details from the press release below.

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Event: Dell unveils new Inspiron 7000 Series, Alienware & revamped store

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Dell Singapore has unveiled its new Inspiron 7000 Series notebooks, Inspiron Gaming Laptop, Alienware monitors & peripherals, and the revamped Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura. Prices below.

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“Dell First Look Showcase & Gaming Event” at its newly revamped Dell Exclusive Store in Plaza Singapura, Level 4.

At the “Dell First Look Showcase & Gaming Event” at its newly revamped Dell Exclusive Store in Plaza Singapura, Dell Singapore unveiled a series of new products – from the new Inspiron 7000 Series, the Inspiron Gaming Laptop to Alienware’s high-performance gaming monitors, keyboards and mice.

A very pretty Dell Inspiron 15 7000 notebook clad in pink.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact & XA1 Plus smartphones

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Recently announced at IFA 2017, Sony Mobile is launching the Xperia XZ1 (S$898), Xperia XZ1 Compact (S$668) & Xperia XA1 Plus (S$498) in Singapore on 7 Oct, 2017.

5.2-inch Sony Xperia XZ1 Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone. S$898, 3D scanning, 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera for predictive photos & super slow motion videos, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory, front-facing stereo speakers, 2700mAh battery. 2 colours: White Silver, Black.

All three Android smartphones can be pre-ordered from now to 6 October.

The 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 and 4.6-inch XperiaXZ1 Compact are top tier smartphones and will be among the first smartphones in the world to ship with Andoid 8.0 Oreo.

The Xperia XZ Premium remains the Xperia flagship in Sony’s smartphone product line.

Media preview for the new Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact & Xperia XA1 Plus Android smartphones in Singapore. In the photo, Sony Mobile staff is doing a 3D scan of the model’s head using the new Xperia XZ1.

The two phones will feature continue the Motion Eye camera for capturing detail and super slow motion video, as well as a new capability to capture 3D scans of faces and objects.

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New arrival: LifeProof phone cases for iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

OtterBox launched new protective LifeProof phone cases for iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus – targeted at owners with an active and adventurous Lifestyle. Prices range from S$69 to S$159 and are listed below.

Update (13 November, 2017):

As part of my tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway, I have one LifeProof NËXT iphone cover up for grabs on Instagram until Friday (17 November).

It takes less than a minute, so try your luck and score yourself or your loved one a LifeProof NËXT phone case for a X’mas present.

Here’s a protective phone case from LifeProof’s FRĒ series.

Here’s a protective phone case from LifeProof’s FRĒ series.

LifeProof built its reputation on sleek, ultra-protective iPhone cases, from 360-degree coverage to the first screenless waterproof case.

Owned by OtterBox, the company offers three product lines for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X phone covers.

These are NËXT, SLΛM, and FRĒ.

LifeProof is expanding its lineup of action-ready cases with NËXT and SLΛM, two next-generation LifeProof cases that complement water-resistant devices, available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and coming soon for iPhone X.

LifeProof’s best-selling waterproof case line, FRĒ, will also be available soon for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: OtterBox phone cases for iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Monday, September 25th, 2017

OtterBox combines protection with style and features a wide range of cases offering differing levels of protection. Prices range from S$59 to S$129 and are listed below.

Here’s a protective phone case from Otterbox’s Defender series.

Here’s a protective phone case from Otterbox’s Defender series.

Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, uniVERSE Case System, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass screen guards are now available in Singapore for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

These cases, available in exciting new colors and designs, are also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Cases for iPhone X are coming soon and include Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series Folio.

Each iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal.

These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus in Singapore

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus have arrived in Singapore. Telcos in Singapore saw long queues forming with customers vying to be the first to get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple.

The first 10 Singtel customers to get their new iPhones.

Singtel, the largest Telco in Singapore, held its launch at Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Hall C.

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New arrival: 4 Canon PIXMA inkjet printers for photos & SOHO

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Canon has launched today 4 new PIXMA inkjet all-in-one printers. The TS9170 (S$329), TS8170 (S$299) and TS5170 (S$189) are photo all-in-one printers, while the TR8570 (S$289) is a business all-in-one printer. Available 25 September, 2017.

Canon PIXMA TS9170 photo all-in-one inkjet printer (S$329).

Hot on the heels of Epson’s launch of the rival’s L-series ink tank printers yesterday, Canon has launched four new models in its PIXMA series of inkjet printers.

Canon’s new lineup is skewed more towards photo printing – three out of the four new models are photo all-in-one printers while the fourth is targeted at small businesses and SOHOs.

Canon PIXMA TS8170 photo all-in-one inkjet printer (S$299).

Below are the details of the new printers from the press release.

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