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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: Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+ – Singapore prices/availability

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ will hit Singapore shelves on 16 March, with pre-orders commencing from this Thursday on 1 March, 12pm. Local prices & availability below.

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Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

Pre-orders can be placed with M1, Singtel, StarHub Samsung Store Online, Samsung Experience Stores, Lazada Singapore, as well as major consumer electronics & IT stores (Best Denki, Courts, GAin City, Hachi, Harvey Norman & Newstead) and their websites.

Recommended retail prices in Singapore below.

  • Galaxy S9 (64GB): S$1,198
  • Galaxy S9+ (64GB): S$1,348
  • Galaxy S9+ (256GB): S$1,498

Only the Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple colours are available in Singapore.

Hot off the oven – first looks at the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

Those who purchase a Galaxy S9 or S9+ will get a free Samsung Concierge Care Pack worth S$128 and trade-in an eligible device for up to S$610, under the Samsung Trade Up programme that was announced in conjunction with the launch.

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MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ unveiled @ Samsung Unpacked 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ with Super Slow-mo video, dual-aperture low light camera and AR Emoji. Available from 16 March, 2018 in select markets in 4 colour choices – Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple. Prices & availability below.

Update (11am, 26 February, 2018):

Samsung has released the local pricing and availability in Singapore.

Check out the details here.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones in Singapore.

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones.

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ flagship Android smartphones.

For the US, the direct purchase price from Samsung of a SIM-free Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will cost US$719.99 and US$839.99 respectively – local pricing for other countries are yet to be revealed.

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Click on image to enlarge.

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Click on image to enlarge.

More details from the press release below.

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MWC 2018: Nokia introduces 5 new smartphones

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

HMD Global has announced four new Android smartphones (Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, and Nokia 1); and reloaded the iconic Nokia 8110 in 4G. Prices and availability below.

The five new phones introduced by Nokia: Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, Nokia 1, reloaded Nokia 8100 with 4G.

The five new phones introduced by Nokia: Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, Nokia 1, reloaded Nokia 8100 with 4G.

The reloaded Nokia 8110 will ship with 4G connectivity, apps including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter, and the return of the slider phone.

Three of the four new Nokia Android smartphones will join the Android One family – the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the new Nokia 6.

With a pure Android installation, these phones avoid unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that eat up battery life or slow them down.

Each of the new phones comes with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that users will get more storage space.

By shipping with Android Oreo out of the box, the phones will have the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

These phones will be updated over time with the latest AI powered innovations and security patches from Google.

Below are more details from the press release about the five new Nokia phones.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Android smartphone

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The mid-range “dual selfie” camera smartphone will hit Singapore shelves on 26 February. The S$598 Xperia XA2 Ultra are available in Black, Blue or Gold.

Sony first announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2018.

Sony first announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2018.

Engineered specifically for selfies, the Xperia XA2 Ultra ships with two front cameras: a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, and a 8MP 120° super wide-angle camera.

Together with the Smart Selfie Flash, the cameras promises clear shots regardless of lighting or environment and accomodate more friends and and the surrounding into selfies.

An optional accessory for the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the Style Cover Stand that comes in Black or Grey.

An optional accessory for the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the Style Cover Stand that comes in Black or Grey.

The rear camera has 23 megapixels, and a large 1/2.3” Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor that is capable of ISO 12800 sensitivity for better low-light photography.

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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: Audi showcases A8 & RS 5 Coupe @ Singapore Motorshow

Friday, January 12th, 2018

At the Singapore Motorshow 2018, Audi Singapore launched the Audi RS 5 Coupé and gave a preview of its key models for 2018 – including the Audi A8.

The new Audi A8 previewed at Singapore Motorshow 2018.

The German carmaker also presented its “25th Hour” exhibit, showed off its new digital retail concepts, and launched a new premium mobility service – Audi on demand.

Brought in specially for the preview at the Singapore Motorshow, the new Audi A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving.

Available at Audi Centre Singapore, the Audi RS 5 Coupé is priced at S$394,000 inclusive of COE and VES.

The Audi A8 will be launched in Singapore in H1 2018.

The gran turismo among the RS models, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé combines athletic power with harmonious aesthetics and practical everyday usability.

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Event: Singapore Motorshow 2018 at Suntec (11-14 January)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Singapore Motorshow 2018 is in town for four days from 11-14 January at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Levels 3 & 4. Tickets at S$6 each. Free for children below 120cm.

At the preview for the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

More than 170 cars will be on display from more than 25 automotive brands, with 26 new automotive launches during the show.

New car models include those from Audi, BMW, Citroёn, Honda, Hyundai, INFINITI, ISUZU, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maxus, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Peugeot, Porsche, SEAT, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.

One of many stunts by Russ Swift at the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

Three-time Guinness World Record holder and British precision driver, Russ Swift, will reprise his regular performances.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: LG gram notebook computer

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift recommendation: One of few gadgets that totally blew me away and convinces me it is worth its high-end price tag. The road warrior would love to have this as his/her Christmas present. I know I would be absolutely elated!

My take: “The LG gram excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me - lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

My take: “The LG gram 14 excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me – lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

Notebooks are such a commodity nowadays that you can get a pretty decent one that meets your needs at an affordable price.

The pricier ones are usually the flagship models of each manufacturer that, in my personal opinion, offer only marginal additional benefits for a huge surcharge.

And usually much of these additional features are in the department of styling and design that, as a pragmatic user, I don’t really care.

So when I tried out the 14-inch LG gram 14 (14Z970), I was pleasantly surprised to find myself planning it as my next purchase – despite its relatively high price tag.

Specs wise, it’s no doubt high end – gram is the only notebook series that LG sells in Singapore.

But what impressed me was how it really stood out in the areas that matters to me – and I mean really stand out!

Firstly, the light weight at 970g. I believe it’s the lightest notebook I’ve ever used, with its enhanced durability Magnesium alloy body.

It’s so light I took a double take when I first handled it – wondering if it was a plastic mockup, even though I knew full well it was a real functioning notebook.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Philips SW6700/14 Star Wars shaver

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift list: With the premiere of “The Last Jedi”, this Poe Dameron-inspired shaver (S$219) is an apt gift for the ardent Star Wars fan who wants everything in his life to be associated with the movie series. And as a wet and dry electric shaver, it gives a really close shave with its cutting-edge rotary technology.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

Design and appearance wise the glossy SW6700/14 is based on the X-wing fighter that Poe Dameron pilots in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

I like the scratched metal finishing and red stripes.

Adding a nice touch is the red X-wing symbol that flickers during use.

Trying out the shaver, I found the Reflex Action system on the shaver provided a speedy close shave.

As it is moved over the skin, the shaver’s eight-directional ContourDetect flex heads automatically recalibrates to the curves of my neck and face.

Throughout the shave, I didn’t feel any pulling or tugging – because of the shaver’s V-Track Precision Pro technology, which uses 72 self-sharpening V-shaped blades cutting at 151,000 times per minute.

According to Philips, this technology positions each hair in the best cutting position, even on a three-day stubble (mine was a two-day old stubble) for a shave 30% closer to the skin and in fewer strokes, cutting up to 20% more hair compared to Philips predecessor shaver models.

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