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Fee-less Luno Fund Transfer from Banks to Crypto Wallets

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Luno users will be able to transfer funds without intermediary parties or delays, from any local SGD-denominated bank accounts to their cryptocurrency wallets at no fee.

Luno is the first in Singapore to officially launch direct SGD bank transfers, enabling $0-fee deposits through local SGD-denominated bank accounts, making digital assets more accessible to new and seasoned investors in Singapore.

Luno is the first in Singapore to officially launch direct SGD bank transfers, enabling $0-fee deposits through local SGD-denominated bank accounts, making digital assets more accessible to new and seasoned investors in Singapore.

Luno, a global cryptocurrency company, is officially launching a direct SGD bank transfer feature, promising a fast, safe and hassle-free way to invest.

Luno offers multiple core features to deliver a seamless experience for new and seasoned investors alike, offering access to popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and USD Coin (USDC).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Apple MacBook Pro with New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Unveiled during Apple’s second fall event, the new MacBook Pro (14 and 16-inch) features a 1080p camera and better connectivity than previous versions of the laptop.

Featuring a beautiful, brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Featuring a brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of Apple‘s new MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Apple today unveiled the new MacBook Pro powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max — the first pro chips designed for the Mac.

Available in 14- and 16-inch models, MacBook Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display, a wide range of ports for advanced connectivity, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a strong audio system.

The macOS Monterey is engineered to take full advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Max to provide a great user experience.

Apple has designed the MacBook Pro for developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, scientists, and music producers/

The new MacBook Pro joins the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 to complete the MacBook Pro lineup.

More details below about the new Apple MacBook Pro laptop, from the press release.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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Event: New Apple M1 Pro & Max Chips, MacBook Pro and AirPods

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In its October 2021 Fall event from Apple Park, Apple has introduced the new M1 Pro & M1 Max chips, a new MacBook Pro based on the new chips, as well as new AirPods. Prices below.

Apple's October 2021 Fall Event

Apple’s October 2021 Fall Event

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and “industry-leading” power efficiency.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max offers “extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display”.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$2,999, and S$2,769 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$3,749, and S$3,449 for education.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro 10.6 (S$448.98) and Logic Pro 10.7 (S$288.98) with new features and better performances on the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The updates are free for existing users, while new users can purchase the software from the Mac App Store.

The new AirPods (3rd generation) feature spatial audio and longer battery life and will be available for S$269.

AirPods (2nd generation) will have a new price tag at S$199, while the AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case at the current price of S$379.

More details about the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Oppo First to Launch Android 12 with ColorOS 12

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Oppo has officially launched the global version of its ColorOS 12 which is based on Android 12. The new ColorOS brings a clean, inclusive UI with smoother performance.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

Aiming to provide users a seamless experience that is closer to stock Android 12, ColorOS 12 introduces a user interface with smoother performance and rich features that boost everyday productivity.

As one of the first OEMs with phones that run on Android 12, the new OS will first be rolled out on the Find X3 Pro in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia

Oppo plans on expanding to more models covering more countries and regions in the coming months.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Introduces Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro are the latest additions to the Xiaomi 11 family of flagship smartphones. A refreshed version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was also added. Global pricing below.

Update (22 March, 2012):

Xiaomi has launched the new Xiaomi 11T series in Singapore. Local prices below.

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro (12GB+256GB): S$799 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+256GB): S$649 (23 Sep)
  • Xiaomi 11T (8GB+128GB): S$629 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): S$549 (24 Sep)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+128GB): S$449 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 (6GB+256GB): S$529 (2 Oct)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pan: S$99
Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in 3 colors with a brushed finish including Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

The naming of the new smartphones sees the replacement of the Mi xx with Xiaomi xx branding.

The Xiaomi 11T & Xiaomi 11T Pro continues the product line’s focus on creators and content creation.

Xiaomi touts the Xiaomi 11T Pro as “the ultimate flagship for cinemagic filmmaking and phenomenal performance”.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology which enables a 100% charge in 17 minutes.

Like the pro version, the Xiaomi 11T features a triple rear camera with a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, a 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle, and a 5MP 2x telemacro camera.

Both are equipped with 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, with TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, with over 1 billion colors, 1000 nits of peak brightness, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate and is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

More details below from the press release.

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Unveil: Apple iPhone 13 mini, Pro, Pro Max; iPad; iPad mini & Watch Series 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Apple’s Tuesday event unveiled a new iPhone 13 with more storage, major iPad mini upgrades and a new Apple Watch. The next date to watch is Friday, 24 September when the hardware hits the stores in major markets. Below is the sum-up of the products, their local prices, pre-order dates and more.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The anticipated Apple iPhone 13 event unveiling a slew of new devices.

The whole slew of new iPhone 13 has been unveiled, with big changes to the iPad mini, a refreshed 10.2-inch iPad and a new Apple Watch Series 7.

The iPhone 13 series gets the new A15 Bionic chip – a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores and a quad-core GPU.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

TL;DR; summary of new Apple devices, local prices, availability and specs from Apple’s Tuesday event.

The back cameras have been upgraded with wider apertures and new video features, including a Cinematic mode, which transits in-shooting focus smoothly from one subject to another.

There is also a macro lens, and smarter software to recognise skin tones to enable adjustments in tone and warmth filters.

Apple boasts that the iPhone 13 will have a longer battery life than its predecessor, despite its faster chip, 5G, better cameras and new features.

It is also intelligent enough to conserve power consumption by switching to LTE “when 5G speeds aren’t needed”.

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TUCU: Philips Hue Bridge for Smart Home Lighting

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): The Philips Hue Bridge (S$89) is the starting point for anyone thinking of building a smart lighting system for their homes. It is the hub that connects and controls smart lights and accessories from the Philips Hue family of smart lighting products.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

Since we’re all spending so much time #WorkingFromHome and doing #HomeBasedLearning – thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to turn as much of my dwelling into a smart home.

There are already Google Home wireless speakers around the home, so the next step is to introduce some nice lighting to enhance the ambience for both work and play.

One of the easiest ways to fix up smart lighting in the home is the Philips Hue bulbs and lights from Signify (foremely Philips Lighting).

The Philips Hue Bridge is the hub to which all the Philips Hue smart lights are connected and through which the Philips Hue App controls those lights.

 

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Philips Hue Bridge – freshly unboxed. Excited to take the first step in setting up a smart lighting system at home.

The Hue Bridge is a compact little box that measures 90.9 x 90.6 x 26 mm and weighs 280g.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Powerful 14-inch gaming and creative laptop gets a facelift courtesy of world-renowned producer and DJ. Available in Singapore (S$3,098) exclusively at the ROG Experience Store Bugis and ASUS Online Store.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the new Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition (GA401QEC) laptop, created in collaboration with the legendary artist, DJ and music producer.

With unique styling and a custom ROG Remix sampler, this machine is ready for any creative endeavor.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: PRISM+ Launches Q Series Pro Android TVs in Singapore

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Homegrown PRISM+ has launched its new 4K UHD TVs with sizes of 86-inch (S$2,999), 65-inch (S$1,199), and 55-inch (S$999).

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

The Q86 PRO Quantum Edition, Q65 PRO Quantum Edition and the Q55 PRO Quantum Edition are now available for purchase at its online store and official Lazada store.

In addition to the smart features associated with its earlier Android TVs, the Q Series Pro will come with Hands Free Voice Control via Google Assistant, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as well as improved Quantum Color backlight technology for a cinematic experience.

 

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Launch of PRISM+ Q Series Pro TVs at ParkRoyal Collection Hotel at Marina Bay in Singapore.

The TVs will include free subscriptions with meWATCH (12 mths) and Viu (3 mths).

More details below from the press release.

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