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New Arrival: Xiaomi Releases Entry-Level Redmi 9 in Singapore

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Redmi 9 will be available from July 10 for S$218 (4GB + 64GB), at official Xiaomi stores on Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10, as well as through online and offline stores of Singtel, Authorised Mi Stores and other official offline retailers in Singapore.

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

The entry-level Redmi 9 touts major upgrades from its predecessor, including an all-purpose AI quad-camera set up, 6.53’’ FHD+ Dot Drop display, powerful chipset and edgy design.

Xiaomi boasts that the Redmi 9 is the first entry-level Redmi smartphone to feature an all-purpose quad-camera setup – able to take a quick snap, wide-angle group shot, close-up with details or portrait photos.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Singtel Brings Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro to Singapore

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro will be available in Singapore on July 10 at S$899 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Xiaomi is selling the POCO F2 Pro as “the Ultimate Flagship Killer” that’s tailored to tech enthusiasts, prioritising performance over frills.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is currently the most powerful 5G processor on the market.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Paired with a Kryo 585 octa-core chip processor and Adreno 650 GPU, both offer 25% improved performance over their predecessors, promising performance for constantly connected users.

The powerful SoC is complimented with ultra high-speed LPDDR5 RAM and the latest UFS 3.1 storage, fast read-and-write capabilities for smooth operations.

With LiquidCool Technology 2.0, POCO F2 Pro sports the largest vapor chamber available on the market, along with multiple stacks of graphite and graphene.

This solution keeps the device cool, especially the SoC and the surface of the phone, and sustains peak performance even under heavy activity loads.
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Acronis and Minterest Launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing in Singapore

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

The joint initiative by Acronis and Minterest aims to help businesses combat COVID-19 disruptions and remain resilient and #CyberFit despite the pandemic.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses globally to operate remotely and people – to work from home.

Very often, they work with unsecured digital networks and are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

“Cybercriminals are ruthless – they see the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to target new vulnerabilities such as those caused by many staff migrating to home offices. Now more than ever, cyber protection should be a key concern for every business, as a data breach that costs a company valuable data can cripple even large organisations. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is a solution we have developed to combat this global threat. Acronis is dedicated to doing our part to help businesses both in the digital and the real world. With support from our capable partners at Minterest, we hope to provide streamlined access to vital funding to ensure business continuity for as many Singapore businesses as possible,” said Serguei Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, essential services such as supermarkets, drug stores, medical services, mechanical services, police, and governmental agencies will need cyber protection to be #CyberFit so their IT infrastructure remains protected and operational.

Beyond the heightened cybersecurity risk, with the coronavirus outbreak slowing down economies and disrupting supply chain networks, many managed service providers, hosting companies, SMEs and home businesses are also faced with urgent cash flow issues.

As a cyber protection company, Acronis aims to help organisations safeguard their data, applications, and systems so they can remain productive and avoid costly downtime.

Through this partnership, Acronis and Minterest hope to empower businesses by providing easy access to customised financing solutions to tide them through this difficult period and to build their cybersecurity capabilities to ringfence their businesses.

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Canon Singapore Launches Safe Entry Solution for Retail & Offices

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The system consists of a device with a camera, temperature screening and a scanner that reads the identification card of a visitor for an integrated safe entry experience. As the solution is also a self-service system, workplaces can reduce manpower managing entry stations.

Canon's new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon’s new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon Singapore announced today the launch of a digital check-in solution which enables businesses to facilitate contactless, fast and easy temperature screening and entry/exit recording for staff and customers.

The solution, which is known as Facial Access Control Temperature System (FACTS), uses an 8-inch tablet which combines the functions of a camera, infrared thermography, near-field communication (NFC) device, barcode scanner and data storage.

The tablet is a third-party device distributed by Canon Singapore.

To check in, visitors should stand within 0.5 to 0.7metre from the device to have their temperature screened via the infrared thermography.

If the visitor’s temperature is within a predetermined range, a green text box will be shown to indicate that the visitor has passed the temperature screening.

This will be accompanied by an automated voice message which says, “temperature normal”.

The device will then request for the visitor’s identity, which can be quickly obtained by scanning the visitor’s identification cards such as NRIC (the latest digital version is also accepted) and driver’s license at the barcode scanner.

The device also can be set to automatically take a photo of the visitor, if required.

It takes just a few seconds to complete the entire process.

FACTS can also be used to facilitate the use of Singapore’s national digital check-in system, SafeEntry, to help retail stores, offices and other businesses comply with safe management measures at the workplace.

More details below from the press release.

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Event Forecast: Lazada Online Tech Show (4-8 June) Singapore

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Lazada’s Online Tech Show offers tech deals and discounts of up to 80% off, taking the place of PC Show 2020 which has been postponed from the usual June window to 16 – 19 July due to COVID-19.

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV(S$949).

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV (S$949).

Customers can expect daily flash sales, storewide vouchers, attractive deals and discounts at up to 80% off while shopping from the comfort and convenience of their homes.

The latest gadgets like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are exclusively available on Lazada, while the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus and the widely anticipated AAA game, Cyberpunk 2077 are available for pre-order.

The Lazada Online Tech Show will kick off with midnight flash sales that go till 2am on Thursday, 4 June.

More details below from Lazada.

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New Arrival: Lenovo Launches New Slew of Legion Gaming PCs

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The new Lenovo Legion gaming PCs ship with Coldfront 2.0, TrueStrike Keyboard, Dual Burn and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus. Prices and configurations below.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup. Click to enlarge.

Lenovo has introduced the latest generation of Lenovo Legion PCs in Singapore, offering:

  • Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 thermal management.
  • Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard.
  • Dual Burn to optimize CPU and GPU performance together.
  • NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, Hybrid Mode, and Rapid Charge Pro for improved battery life.
  • World-class immersive displays optimized by Dolby Vision and OverDrive Support with optional 240Hz refresh rates and response rates of under 1ms.

Powering this exciting new suite of advancements is the latest 10t Gen Intel Core H-Series or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors, and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs with Max-Q Design.

The 2020 lineup available in Singapore features the following.

  • Laptops
    • Lenovo Legion 7i
    • Lenovo Legion 5Pi
    • Lenovo Legion 5i
    • Lenovo Legion 5
    • Lenovo IdeaPad™ Gaming 3i
    • Refreshed Lenovo Legion Y740Si
  • Desktops
    • Lenovo Legion Tower 5i
    • Lenovo IdeaCentre™ Gaming 5i

Inclusion of a lowercase letter ‘i’ in the Lenovo PC’s name denotes an Intel CPU; eg. the Lenovo Legion 5i has an Intel CPU, while Lenovo Legion 5 has an AMD CPU.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook Laptops & MatePad Pro Tablet In Singapore

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Huawei will launch its first laptop range and flagship tablet in Singapore on 8 June. Pre-orders for the MateBook 13 (S$1,598), MateBook D15 (S$998) & MatePad Pro (S$898) from 30 May to 7 June 2020. Launch promotions below.

Huawei’s two mainstream laptops and flagship tablet focus on mobile productivity, innovative smart design and delivery of a seamless and powerful user experience.

Huawei’s two mainstream laptops and flagship tablet focus on mobile productivity, innovative smart design and delivery of a seamless and powerful user experience.

As an important point of entry to its smart ecosystem, the HUAWEI MateBook series and HUAWEI MatePad Pro are designed to synergise with Huawei handsets, wearables and other devices.

These products enable the company’s Multi-screen Collaboration feature that offers a seamless multi-device experience to consumers with a simple drag-and-drop file transfer between smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Available in Huawei concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. The MateBooks get an additional 1 year warranty over its standard 1-year warranty.

Available in Huawei concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. The MateBooks get an additional 1 year warranty over its standard 1-year warranty.

Launch promotions and more details below (from the press release) about the MateBook 13, MateBook D15 and MatePad Pro.

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New Arrival: Dell Launches Commercial PCs For Business

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Dell launches Latitude, Precision and OptiPlex business PCs in Singapore, as well as Dell Optimizer, an automated AI-based optimisation technology that’s available across the three product lines. Price & Availability below.

New intelligent Dell Latitude PCs and 2-in-1s adapt to how people work.

New intelligent Dell Latitude PCs and 2-in-1s adapt to how people work.

The built-in Dell Optimizer software learns how each person works and adapts to their behaviour to help them focus on the tasks that matter most.

It works behind the scenes to improve overall application performance; enable faster log-in and secure lock outs; eliminate echoes and reduce background noise on conference calls; and extend battery run time.

Dell's new Precision portfolio.

Dell’s new Precision portfolio.

More details below from the press release.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella During Build 2020 (19-21 May)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Microsoft Build 2020 was the first time the annual developers’ event was held completely online, because of COVID-19. Here are some interesting snippets from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his keynote address for the conference.

“Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we've seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

“Already, we’ve seen something like two years’ worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we’ve seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

How has developers come together with those on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19?

Here were some examples that Nadella highlighted.

  • At Johns Hopkins University, epidemiologists and software developers created a canonical dashboard to track the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies is using cloud compute and AI to decode the immune system’s response to the virus.
  • In the United Kingdom, a cross-section of manufacturers adjusted their production lines to build ventilators for the NHS, using mixed reality to guide workers through the process.
  • The NBA is using the power of the cloud and Xbox to engage fans and maintain the joy of the game.

What would developers need to be capable of going forward?

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New Arrival: Microsoft Announces New Surface Family Of Devices

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Microsoft today announced that the latest Surface line-up – Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 – are now available for pre-orders in Singapore via commercial authorised resellers and authorised retailers starting from S$648. Price listing below.

New Surface devices and accessories designed to help you work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere are now available for pre-order in Singapore. Surface Go 2 (left) and Surface Book 3.

New Surface devices and accessories designed to help you work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere are now available for pre-order in Singapore. Surface Go 2 (left) and Surface Book 3.

Designed to provide users versatility and seamless productivity, the new Surface line-up will empower users to work, learn, connect, and play from anywhere.

The Surface family of new devices include the following.

  • Surface Go 2
  • Surface Book 3
  • Surface Dock 2
  • Microsoft PC Accessories

More details below from the press release.

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