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Yamaha Opens 1st AV Lifestyle Concept Showroom in Singapore

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Yamaha Audio Visual launched its first lifestyle concept store in Singapore. The Yamaha Experience Studio (YES) is its first in ASEAN and is located at #06-02 in Plaza Singapura.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The 58-sqm flagship store will provide a space for audiophiles to experience the performance of high fidelity audio, including its acclaimed AVENTAGE AV Receiver series and new MusicCast system.

It is designed to enable visitors to hear music as if the artist was in the room with them, as well as to learn how to reproduce this experience in their own environment.

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I visited the Yamaha Experience Studio as part of the media preview and enjoyed the high fidelity audio visual experience presented.

The products at the Yamaha Experience Studio feature patented technologies that have been developed over many years.

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.

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Ubisoft Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Singapore

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

From its humble beginnings in 2008, Ubisoft Singapore has grown over the last 10 years to be the largest AAA game studio in South-east Asia. We visited its studio in Singapore to check out two upcoming games that it is working on – Skull & Bones and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

 

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Ubisoft Studio in Singapore is located in the South Tower (#11-05) at 1 Fusionopolis Walk Solaris. As the new games are not released yet, we can’t share any screenshots yet.

With a current staff strength of 340 from 32 different nationalities, the studio has co-produced many award-winning AAA titles, including every iteration of the highly-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series since Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009.

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New arrival: ESET Smart TV Security against Android TV malware

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The new ESET Smart TV Security was showcased during MWC 2018 to protect against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operating system.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

Smart TVs – with their microphones, cameras and USB ports – are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

“Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobiles – they cannot treat them like an average TV, kettle, or watch,” said Branislav Orlik, Mobile Security Product Manager at ESET.

By gaining control over a smart TV, cybercriminals can not only attack other devices on the user’s home network but also spy on individuals to gather sensitive and personal data.

Smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

The threat has now crossed over to Android TVs, as incidents of smart TV screen-locks and ransom demands reported in the news have illustrated.

The ESET Smart TV Security application protects consumers with the following security features.

  • Antivirus protection safeguards against increasing levels of Android malware.
  • Anti-ransomware technology combats screen-locks.
  • Multi-device scanning for malware on devices and USBs that connect to the smart TV.
  • Anti-phishing to protect users from attempts to steal sensitive, personal information. This feature will be available only in the premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

If ransomware is activated, users are advised to switch their smart TV off/on while the virus database is updated and scanning is initiated.

“Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favourite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised. ESET is the top-rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure,” explains Orlik.

When ESET Smart TV Security detects ransomware on the device, the user is advised to uninstall the malware.

Once uninstall is confirmed, the ransomware will be cleared.

ESET’s Smart TV Security is available for download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user’s TV device.

Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem – both smartphone and TV.

MWC 2018: Sony Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact entertainment smartphones

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally from March 2018 and both will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. They are expected to hit Singapore shelves from April. In the meantime, consumers can register their interest here. Prices TBA.

Update (21 March, 2018):

Sony Singapore brought in the new Xperia XZ2 & Xperia XZ2 Compact for a special preview before they are officially launched later on in April.

I’ve always been impressed with Sony’s spirit of innovation in the design of their products.

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Sony is able to draw upon their in-house expertise in other related fields of business – sensors for camera imaging, displays from their Bravia TVs, quality sound from their audio products, gaming from their PlayStation, and entertainment content from their movie studio.

They were the first to feature the Super Slow Motion video and 3D avatar features and now other major smartphone makers are following suit.

Looking forward to their production models when the new XZ2 & XZ2 Compact hit the shelves in Singapore.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

The new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship Android smartphones from Sony are designed for the enjoyment of entertainment on the devices.

Xperia XZ2 ships with extended 5.7” HDR Full HD+ display, powerful stereo speakers, and a new Dynamic Vibration System to bring content to life.

The Motion Eye camera now has world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording in a smartphone and Full HD 960FPS Super slow motion.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact sports an extended 5” HDR Full HD+ display, Motion Eye camera experience and Sony’s AV technologies.

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New arrival: Epson LS-100 3LCD laser home theatre projector

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Epson boasts that the EH-LS100 is the world’s first ultra-short throw 3LCD laser home theatre projector. Available in Singapore now at S$4,688.

Epson’s first ultra-short throw laser projector for homes, the ultra-short throw design of the EH-LS100 allows it to project at extremely close distances to a wall without the need for mounting on the ceiling, enabling easy installation and a seamless integration with the home décor.

Epson’s first ultra-short throw laser projector for homes, the ultra-short throw design of the EH-LS100 allows it to project at extremely close distances to a wall without the need for mounting on the ceiling, enabling easy installation and a seamless integration with the home décor.

Projecting screen sizes ranging from 70 to 130 inches, the EH-LS100 offers WUXGA full HD resolution with brightness levels of 4,000 lumens of both white and colour brightness, delivering image performance in a variety of lighting conditions.

Deep blacks and brilliant colours are projected at a high contrast ratio of up to 2,500,000:1 for an immersive and vivid home theatre experience.

The Epson EH-LS100 has built-in 16-watt speakers so there’s no need to connect to an amplifier or separate speakers.

The Epson EH-LS100 has built-in 16-watt speakers so there’s no need to connect to an amplifier or separate speakers.

With its ultra-short throw capability, EH-LS100 is able to achieve a 100-inch projection with a placement of just 26cm away from the wall, overcoming the constraints of distance and space in home projection environments.

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New arrival: Zero Latency Singapore – free-roam, multiplayer VR gaming venue

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Immersive virtual reality gaming for groups of up to 8 gamers (13+ years old) per 30min session, at S$69 per pax.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

There are three VR gaming scenarios of increasing difficulty, from basic orientation (Engineerium, 15min), to zombie shooting (Zombie Survival, 15min), to hardcore gun fights at simulated zero gravity VR scenarios (Singularity, 30min).

The 30min game play for each session can be one of three combinations:

  1. Engineerium + Zombie Survival
  2. Zombie Survival + Zombie Survival
  3. Singularity

The 4,200sqft (390sqm) Zero Latency Singapore is located at #03-346/347 Suntec City Mall, between Suntec Towers 2 & 3.

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New arrival: Jabra Elite Sport & Elite 25e Bluetooth wireless earphones

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Jabra has launched in Singapore the upgraded Elite Sport (S$368) wireless earbuds and new Elite 25e (S$138) wireless earphones.

Jabra launches in Singapore the Elite Sport (S$368) Bluetooth wireless earbuds & Jabra Elite 25e (S$138) Bluetooth wireless earphones.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport true wireless earbuds offers a new colour (Lime Grey, in addition to the current Black) and boasts 50% more battery life.

Targeted at the sports/fitness and music enthusiast, the earbuds can now play continuously for 4.5hrs compared to the previous 3hrs.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport (S$368) offers a total of 13.5 hours (4.5hrs on the earbuds + 2 full charges from the charging container), compared to the 9hrs (3hrs + 2 full charges) in the previous version. Lime Green Grey available now, Black version in early November.

The charging case can now provide two full charges of 4.5hrs each – amounting to 9hrs total – compared to the total of only 6hrs in the previous version.

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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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Golden Village opens Paya Lebar cineplex with laser projection

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Golden Village Multiplex (GV) opens Paya Lebar multiplex to the public on 6 October, fully equipped with laser projection and deluxe seats.

All the auditoriums will be equipped with laser projection systems from Barco.

All the auditoriums will be equipped with laser projection systems from Barco.

Located at the new Singpost Centre retail mall, the new mulitplex is located in the heart of Paya Lebar, in the east of Singapore.

The 756-seat GV Paya Lebar, will be equipped with 20,000-lumens Barco Smart Laser Projection which offers better picture quality over traditional digital projections.

The new Golden Village Paya Lebar has 8 auditoriums with a total of 756 seats.

The new Golden Village Paya Lebar has 8 auditoriums with a total of 756 seats.

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