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New arrival: 7 X-mini portable Bluetooth wireless speakers from Xmi

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Singapore speaker maker Xmi redesigns iconic capsule speaker and expands X-mini range of products across bigger sizes and price ranges. Available end June. Prices below.

Xmi launched the 7 new X-mini wireless Bluetooth speakers at the Tippling Club in Singapore.

Xmi launched seven new speakers in Singapore today.

  • X-mini CLICK 2: S$39.90
  • X-mini XOUNDBAR: S$49.90
  • X-mini KAI X1: S$69.90
  • X-mini KAI X2: S$99.90
  • X-mini KAI X3: S$129.90
  • X-mini SUPA: S$209.90
  • X-mini INFINITI: S$569.90

Purchases can be made directly from www.x-mini.com or any X-mini or authorised resellers, Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman and Popular from end June 2017.

More details from the press release below.

X-mini amplifies sound quality and portability in latest range of wireless speakers

Homegrown brand redesigns iconic Capsule Speaker™ and expands range of products

Singapore, 6 June 2017 – Music fans who like to share their favourite music with friends over dinner or indulge in a relaxing afternoon listening to their favourite tunes will love homegrown brand X-mini’s latest range of portable speakers.

X-mini CLICK 2 pocket-sized portable speaker for casual listeners on-the-go. S$39.90 in Singapore. The X-mini CLICK2 has a 36mm (4Ω) driver & plays up to 6 hours of music via Bluetooth. Specially designed to create depth of sound despite its compact size. Pair 2 X-mini CLICK 2s to enjoy true wireless stereo audio. Weighs 85g & measures only 50 x 30.5mm.

Homegrown company Xmi Pte Ltd (“Xmi”) burst into the scenes in 2007 when it launched the iconic X-mini Capsule Speaker.

The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker was designed with fuller sound and complete portability in mind, allowing users to pop it into their pocket or bag so that they can play their music wherever they are.

The X-mini XOUNDBAR wireless Bluetooth portable speaker is slim and fits in the pocket for music on the go. S$49.90. Flatter drivers enable fuller range of sound frequencies despite its slim profile, so the high and low notes of the music can be distinctly enjoyed. Pair two X-mini XOUNDBARs wirelessly for true wireless stereo audio experience.

It went on to win design awards like the prestigious Red Dot Design Award since 2008. More importantly, it revolutionised the way people shared their music and kicked off an entire new product category globally called the portable speaker.

The X-mini Kai X signature series of wireless Bluetooth portable speakers. Long battery life makes them good for outdoor use. Can be paired with another X-mini Kai X speaker wirelessly for stereo experience. Can also play music from a microSD memory card in the speaker.

Continuing X-mini’s dedication to innovation, X-mini is launching a slew of seven new wireless speakers with iconic designs to pair with varying lifestyles today.

X-mini SUPA wireless Bluetooth portable speaker. S$209.90. Inspired by vintage jukebox systems, the X-mini SUPA has a built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dual Pressure Air Compression (DPAC) audio technologies with a signature tweeter-in-tweeter technology. The sound experience retains its original sound quality at high volumes with minimal distortions. The sleek and powerful device comes with two pre-set equalisers for vocal and bass. The single-swivel dial control makes song switching or volume adjustment easy.

“Music is a big part of everyday life, from day-to-day routines to specially created moments. There are times we would like to amplify that feeling or mood through music with others and that’s why we have designed a wider range of speakers to cater to varying tastes in music, as each is fine-tuned to suit different genres,” said Ryan Lee, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Xmi.

X-mini INFINITY wireless speaker. S$569.90. Different from X-mini’s trademark tabletop speakers. The biggest product X-mini has created, it’s different from conventional directional audio system – housing 4 drivers, one dedicated subwoofer with built-in DSP and DPAC audio technologies. The 60cm tall X-min INFINITI utilises the surrounding infrastructure, like walls, to create a stereo experience. Bluetooth pairing allows pairing two X-mini INFINITI speakers to position them for the wireless stereo audio.

“Being audiophiles ourselves, we place the same level of demand on quality for our products as if we were consumers. We designed every part of every single product ourselves – from the placement of the bass ports and driver sizes to the stunning design of each product – that’s how serious we are about reproducing music the way it was meant to be heard without compromising on true portability,” Lee added.

New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.

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Rolls-Royce partners Nanyang Polytechnic for VR experience

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars partnered with the local polytechnic to create virtual reality video clips to wow its customers considering its premium Bespoke service.

It’s great that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars extends its patronage to nurture young design talent in Nanyang Polytechnic.

This inaugural collaboration produced immersive 360-degree motion graphics video clips to wow customers of the super-luxury brand’s marques, and to impress them with the possibilities of the its bespoke programme.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

From today, potential customers can dive into the virtual reality (VR) experiences at Rolls-Royce showrooms in Singapore by donning VR headsets available there.

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New arrival: Samsung QLED TVs in Singapore – Q7F, Q8C, Q9F

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Samsung Electronics has launched its QLED TV line-up in Singapore, together with the new Samsung Sound+ Soundbar. Pricing below.

The three models in the new QLED TV line-up are the Q7F, Q8C and Q9F.

Samsung’s QLED TV Series was first unveiled at CES 2017 where it won more than 20 awards including four CES Innovation Awards.

Samsung’s new QLED TV series is now in Singapore. The launch was held in Vivocity.

The QLED TVs offer improved colour performance and enhanced Smart TV offerings.

Below are launch promotions and pricing.

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New arrival: Fred Technologies launches luxury smart mirror

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Simply called the Mirror, the luxury smart mirror is available online for S$2,700. Only 500 pieces available worldwide.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

This smart mirror is like a giant smartphone screen which can function as a plain reflective mirror or as a giant Android tablet.

The mirror has a slim profile encased within a champagne gold frame, and can be installed anywhere in the home – be it the living room or in the bathroom.

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New arrival: Linksys Velop whole home Wi-Fi mesh system

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Linksys Velop promises to deploy your home Wi-Fi network to the furthest corner and ensure there are no dead Wi-Fi zones. Available from 12 April in Singapore in 1-pack (S$349), 2-pack (S$599), and 3-pack (S$749) configurations.

Sick of poor Wi-Fi signal in your own home? Check this out!

Sick of poor Wi-Fi signal in your own home? Check this out!

Velop is a Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations, helping users to get the most out of their broadband subscription by promising 100% of their Internet speed to the edge of their network.

Linksys launched Velop in the Atlas Showroom at Millenia Walk in Singapore.

Singtel Fibre Broadband customers can purchase a 3-pack Velop at $30/month over a 24-month contract.

That works out to S$720 over the 2-year contract.

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New arrival: Ban Leong introduces UBTECH Jimu robots in Singapore

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The Jimu range of robots are designed to nurture kids and teens with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). There are five kits available. Prices below.

UBTECH’s Jimu Robot is an interactive robotic building block system that lets kids easily Build, Program and Share their robot creations:

The five kits are made of lego-like components that can be assembled into different robots.

The various Jimu robot kits on display during the launch in Singapore by Ban Leong Technologies.

The five Jimu robot kits available (with prices) in Singapore are:

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New arrival: Ban Leong introduces UBTECH Alpha1 Pro robot in Singapore

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The Alpha1 Pro humanoid robot is designed to delight both children and adults and serve as a companion and member of the family. Available now in Singapore: S$899.

The Alpha1 Pro interactive consumer robot is made by UBTECH Robotics, a global industry leader in artificial intelligence and humanoid robotics.

Alpha1 Pro is a household programmable humanoid robot that can be used for education and entertainment.

It is designed with 16 high-precision robotic servo motors.

The UBTECH Alpha1 Pro was launched in Singapore together with the company’s Jimu range of robots, seen here on display together with the Alpha1 Pro.

The robot comes with 3D visual programming software and PRP (Pose, Record & Playback) function which is controlled in one app.

The UBTECH Alpha1 Pro is available now in retailers such as Tangs Orchard, Robinsons Heeren, Harvey Norman, Nubox Stores, Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 & 3, Analogue+, hachi.tech (Online) Courts (Online), and authorised UBTECH retailers in Singapore.

UBTECH is exclusively distributed by Ban Leong Technologies Limited in Singapore.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Singtel TV & Oh!K Saimdang sends Korean Song Seung Heon to Singapore

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Singtel and Oh!K hosted a visit by Korean superstar Song Seung Heon, who met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers today as part of a promotional tour for upcoming drama, Saimdang.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

200 Hallyu fans got up-close with the charismatic actor, who is here to promote highly-anticipated drama Saimdang (师任堂), at a meet-and-greet event just for Singtel TV subscribers today.

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Song Seung Heon takes a welfie with 1,500 excited fans at the public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay. Photo credit: Singtel.

The fans had the opportunity to take photos and interact with him, ahead of a public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay.

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A very lucky fan (Jolene Ang) receives a 10-second back hug from Song Seung Heon. Photo credit: Singtel.

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Event forecast: N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic @ The Cathay

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Downtown Picic marks the commencement of public voting for N.E.mation! 11.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Student animators from the Top 10 teams will be present to showcase their completed 1-minute animations.

Admission FREE, registration NOT required. Bring along family & friends.