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New arrival: Aftershock PC launches customisable Omnidesk

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The height-adjustable Omnidesk can be configured for either standing or sitting position and unclutters the desktop with cable trays, USB ports, monitor arms and mounted speakers. Basic setup starts from S$630.

One desk to rule them all - Omnidesk from Aftershock PC.

One desk to rule them all – Omnidesk from Aftershock PC.

Homegrown Aftershock PC is best known for its highly customisable laptops and desktops, where users can choose individual components to meet their very specific needs.

The founders of Aftershock PC are now bringing the same formula to the table top with the launch of Omnidesk.

To start custom-building your personal work and play space, go to http://www.theomnidesk.com.

To start custom-building your personal work and play space, go to http://www.theomnidesk.com.

The Omnidesk is a motorised, height-adjustable desk, that is fully customisable for work and play.

Start with selecting the size and shape of your desk.

Then choose the finish: from solid bamboo wood, to spill-resistant laminate, or even a signature mouse-mat texture coating, which lets you use an optical mouse directly on its surface, without the need for a mousepad.

All desks are height-adjustable at the push of a button through a silent, built-in motor.

Save up to four preset heights to memory, so that you can easily set the desk to your preferred height for work, gaming, or Netflix-watching, without having to manually readjust it every time.

There are also many desktop management options to customise the workspace of your dreams.

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mc2 launches smart blinds & home decor gallery in Singapore

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The 4,200 square foot gallery allows customers to browse and purchase smart blinds, curtains, wallpapers, marble and timber products and materials on display. Promotions below.

The mc2 gallery is located at 33 Ubi Ave 3, #01-28, Vertex Building, Singapore 408868.

The mc2 gallery is located at 33 Ubi Ave 3, #01-28, Vertex Building, Singapore 408868.

Highlights of the gallery includes the following.

  • ALTEX SecureZIP blinds – fully developed and made in Singapore.
  • Curtain-shaping technology to keep curtains looking tidily folded.
  • Showcase of blinds brands including Hunter Douglas and Toso.

The gallery serves as a one-stop space where homeowners and interior designers can browse and purchase a wide array of home fashion and decor products.

Curtain-shaping technology (right) keeps curtains looking tidily folded all the time.

Curtain-shaping technology (right) keeps curtains looking tidily folded all the time.

Mc2 launch promotion

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New arrival: Microsoft launches new Surface line-up & store in Singapore

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Microsoft launched in Singapore today the new Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. It also unveiled its first dedicated Surface Store in South East Asia – inside the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk store in Singapore. Prices below.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The new Surface computers are additions to the existing Surface Pro tablet.

The Surface Book 2 & Surface Studio will be available from 15 March, while the Surface Pro & Surface Laptop are available now.

Prices and configurations of the new Surface devices in Singapore are listed below.

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Promotion: WhizComms 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

WhizComms is offering its high speed 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service subscription at S$34 per month, with total savings amounting to more than S$100 for signups by 14 March 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

All subscribers will get to enjoy the following promotions if they sign up by 14 March 2018.

  • S$38/mth for 12-month plan or S$34/mth for 24-month plan.
  • Free Activation Fee, worth S$53.50.
  • Free Installation and Delivery on Weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
  • Free Onsite Audit service to complement any subscription plan with wireless router.
  • Save 10% on Airlive (AC1200-R) router at S$88.

Visit WhizComms online to sign up.

New arrival: Sony A7 III full-frame mirrorless camera

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The new Sony A7 III camera and SEL2870 lens will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries in March 2018. Prices TBA.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The A7 III is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.

The Sony A7 III ships with a newly developed full-frame 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with Evolved Image Processing.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

The AF III is equipped with a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5 step shutter speed advantage.

It has a wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities.

The AF system features 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF.

The camera is capable of high resolution 4K movie shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor.

Sony boasts that the A7 III has the longest rated battery life of any mirrorless camera – at 710 shots per charge.

Other upgraded operability and functionality include the addition of a joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, and SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C Terminal.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Circles.Life unlimited data on demand for S$3/day

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Circles.life offers unlimited data on demand at 4G+ speeds at S$3 per calendar day; as well as WhatsApp Passport – offering unlimited WhatsApp roaming for messaging in 18 countries at S$1 per calendar day.

In the same way that other asset light digital players in entertainment, transportation and hospitality has reimagined their respective industries, Circles.Life believes its proprietary cloud-based infrastructure Circles-X will reimagine the future of the telco industry.

In the same way that other asset light digital players in entertainment, transportation and hospitality has reimagined their respective industries, Circles.Life believes its proprietary cloud-based infrastructure Circles-X will reimagine the future of the telco industry.

The unlimited mobile data on demand that Circles.Life is offering is free from any contract and can be activated anytime by simply turning it on in the mobile dashboard within the CirclesCare app.

Circles.Life customers customers are eligible to use the “Unlimited Data on Demand” without subscribing to the company’s existing 20GB for S$20 data upgrade.

Note that fair use policy applies, so speeds will be “managed” after 100GB of usage per month, based on the mobile number.

For WhatsApp Passport, customers can pay S$1 per day to enjoy unlimited data usage for WhatsApp messaging while roaming with partner networks in over 18 countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, India and the UK.

Note that this is only for messaging – including sending of photos and videos – but does not include WhatsApp voice calls.

International expansion to Indonesia

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New arrival: Canon launches EOS M50, EOS 1500D & 470EX-AI

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Canon launched globally two new entry interchangeable lens cameras (EOS M50 & EOS 1500D) and an Auto Intelligent flash 470EX-AI. Prices & availability TBA.

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The Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera will be available in three kit options: EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit, EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit and body only.

The new 24.1-megapixel EOS M50 is the entry-level camera for Canon’s line-up of mirrorless cameras.

The first Canon camera to be equipped with the new DIGIC 8 image processor the EOS M50 ships with 4K movie shooting ability and an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

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New arrival: Veeam Availability Orchestrator for BC/DR compliance

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Veeam Availability Orchestrator offers Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery compliance and peace of mind for enterprises.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance. Click on image to enlarge.

Veeam® Software today announced the general availability of its new Veeam Availability Orchestrator – the newest addition to the Veeam Availability Platform – which enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) compliance.

“Enterprise customers are demanding not only Availability, but also help in ensuring compliance. In the event of a disaster, enterprises stand to lose millions in downtime, $21.8 million according to our latest Veeam Availability Report, as well as damaged reputation and lost productivity. Without having a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date, tested and documented, it’s difficult to respond quickly when disaster strikes. With new Veeam Availability Orchestrator, enterprises can achieve a true Availability platform, reduce costs, define their DR plans, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are able and ready to provide business continuity, even in the worst case scenario,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans.

The rapidly increasing rate of business and technology changes makes it critical that companies update their DR plans continuously, something that only 14 percent do today, according to Forrester Research.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator tackles this problem by offering a DR orchestration solution that reduces the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.

While many enterprises have a DR plan already in place, executing on these plans is often complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

Expensive, error-prone manual processes are common but do not scale, resulting in DR plans that can easily become obsolete.

This results in risk to both data and application Availability, but also to compliance with industry regulations and governing bodies.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides an orchestration engine with planning, automated documenting and testing capabilities for preparedness and compliance, with full support for Veeam replicas.

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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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MWC 2018: Vivo unveils APEX concept smartphone

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The bezel-less smartphone features the world’s first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology with innovations in camera, speaker and sensors.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

The Vivo APEX Looks like a truly “bezel-less” (concept) smartphone, with screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98%.

Vivo boasts that the new concept smartphone features the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio and groundbreaking half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

Read the details about APEX in their press releases below (Chinese version included).

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