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CES 2024: Earlier LG SmartTV Models to Receive webOS Upgrade

Sunday, January 7th, 2024

CES 2024: LG Electronics is offering the latest upgrade of its webOS smart TV platform to owners of older LG Smart TVs turning them into home entertainment hubs.

webOS Re:New Programme gives more users of earlier LG Smart TV models access to the home entertainment experience of LG’s most recent platform. Image: LG Electronics Singapore.

webOS Re:New Programme gives more users of earlier LG Smart TV models access to the home entertainment experience of LG’s most recent platform. Image: LG Electronics Singapore.

In early 2024, the webOS Re:New programme will bring the latest webOS upgrade to every model in LG’s 2022 OLED TV lineup, LG OLED Flex, LG OLED Objet Collection Posé, as well as LG’s 2022 QNED Mini LED 8K (QNED99/95 series).

“Demonstrated by the constant improvement to the webOS platform’s UX and UI, LG is firmly dedicated to elevating convenience and security, ensuring that users benefit from a hassle-free and secure experience when using our products. We strive to provide life-enriching experiences for our customers by delivering a wide range of content and services on our TVs,” said Baik Seon-pill, leader of the LG Home Entertainment Company’s Product Planning Division.

This upgrade will be extended to more LG TVs worldwide in the future.

With the latest version of webOS, LG Smart TV owners can enjoy a more personalised TV experience with a Home Screen that greets users with recommendations according to their tastes.

The user interface is highly customisable, which means viewers can personalise the selection of content and services and access them with greater ease.

To make the process even more seamless, the Quick Card UI sorts diverse content and services into categories like music, games and sports within a user-centric interface that resembles mobile user interface design.

More details below from the press release.

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CES 2024: Dell Revamps XPS Lineup with Built-in AI

Friday, January 5th, 2024

CES 2024: Dell is introducing new screen sizes to its XPS lineup with the XPS 16 and XPS 14, and is revamping the XPS 13 Plus to XPS 13.

The revamped XPS lineup from Dell: (from Left) XPS14, XPS 16, XPS 13.

The revamped XPS lineup from Dell: (from Left) XPS 14, XPS 16, XPS 13.

The new XPS designs take a minimalistic approach using CNC machined aluminum and Gorilla Glass 3, and tone-on-tone colours (available in Graphite and Platinum).

They feature a touch function row to switch between media and function keys easily, a seamless glass touchpad with haptic feedback, and larger keycaps that provide a comfortable and smooth typing experience with every keystroke.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2-inch and Huawei FreeClip

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Huawei has unveiled the MatePad 13.2-inch tablet (S$1,398) and FreeClip earbuds (S$298) at its global launch event. Promotional offers below.

Huawei boasts that the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet is one of the thinnest and lightest 13-inch large-sized tablets in the industry.

Huawei boasts that the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet is one of the thinnest and lightest 13-inch large-sized tablets in the industry.

The MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet ships with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage and features a flexible OLED screen and WPS Office 2.0 productivity software.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet works with the 3rd-generation Huawei M-Pencil to offer an elevated painting, drawing and writing experience with the stylus which is powered by NearLink technology with high pressure sensing level and lower latency.

For productivity, the tablet works with a new detachable Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard which comes with a full touchpad.

Both the M-Pencil and keyboard (worth S$296) are bundled free with the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet for pre-orders from 9-25 January 2024 on the Huawei Official Store on Lazada.

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New Arrival: Samsung Upgraded Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen Gaming Monitor

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

The upgraded Samsung Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen gaming monitor will be available in Singapore on S$4,488. Pre-orders from 23 Nov – 7 Dec 2023.

The upgraded Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen Curved UHD Gaming Monitor combines good picture quality, a flexible interface and surround sound to create a space for gamers to connect, compete and multi-task during gameplay without missing the most exciting moments.

The upgraded Samsung Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen Curved UHD Gaming Monitor combines good picture quality, a flexible interface and surround sound to create a space for gamers to connect, compete and multi-task during gameplay without missing the most exciting moments.

The upgraded Samsung Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen Curved UHD Gaming Monitor (G97NC model) has a 55-inch screen with 1000R curvature and enhanced Multi View provides a more immersive gaming experience.

The original version debuted in 2022.

The upgraded monitor is equipped with an AI-Powered processor for pixel-perfect image restoration, AI Sound Booster, and Dolby Atmos technology to enhance gaming ambiance.

The upgrade introduces Multi-View connectivity, supporting up to four source inputs, including three HDMI sources and one DisplayPort source.

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Tech Focus – Elevating the In-Car Experience: The Power of Automotive HMI Testing

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

The automotive world is evolving rapidly, and the power of hardware is being superseded by the power of software. This means the old ways of doing things are rapidly becoming obsolete, especially in the testing space. Nick Hudson from Keysight Technologies shares how you can embrace the change and be at the forefront of the new world.

As the widespread rollout of fully autonomous vehicles comes ever closer, the accepted in-car setup is going to change beyond all recognition.

As the widespread rollout of fully autonomous vehicles comes ever closer, the accepted in-car setup is going to change beyond all recognition.

Just a few short years ago, the automotive human machine interface (HMI) was limited to dashboard instrument clusters, steering wheel controls, and centre stack controls.

Today, a vehicle is likely to have all that, plus voice recognition systems, digital interfaces, an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system that connects to your phone, and even head-up displays (HUDs).

And the evolution of automotive HMIs isn’t slowing down any time soon.

When the vehicle is in control, having all controls centred around the steering wheel and the driver’s 30-degree viewing angle is no longer necessary.

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New Arrival: Acronis Launches Cyber Protect Home Office

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

The Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is an AI-powered cyber protection software for customers to protect data and devices in a single solution. Prices below.

Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is available for purchase online and through select resellers with yearly packages starting from $49.99.

Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is available for purchase online and through select resellers with yearly packages starting from $49.99.

Acronis, a global cyber protection company, has announced the launch of Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office (formerly Acronis True Image).

The security software is for individuals, families, home office users, and small businesses, and offers a suite of features that integrate secure backup and AI-based security.

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New Arrival: Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 & Laptop Go 3

Friday, October 20th, 2023

Pre-orders for the new Surface Laptop Studio 2 (S$3,569 to S$5,119) and Laptop Go 3 (S$1,199 to S$1,949) from Microsoft have commenced and will hit the shelves in Singapore on 9 November 2023. Prices and configurations below.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 offers the versatility to create and the power to perform; while the Surface Laptop Go 3 promises to be the perfect everyday laptop and stage for the latest AI tools from Microsoft and the industry.

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 offers the versatility to create and the power to perform; while the Surface Laptop Go 3 promises to be the perfect everyday laptop and stage for the latest AI tools from Microsoft and the industry.

Unveiled last month at the Microsoft Surface event, the two new Surface laptops are now available for pre-orders and will be available in Singapore via authorised retailers, Microsoft-authorised stores, and authorised Surface commercial resellers.

Compared to its predecessor, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is now has 2x more power with 13th Gen Intel Core H-class processors built on the Intel Evo platform, and 2x more graphics performance with the latest NVIDIA laptop GPUs for AI accelerated performance.

The Surface Laptop Go 3 features new colors in Ice Blue, Sage, Sandstone, and Platinum and is bolstered by Windows’ centralised AI assistant, Copilot.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: OPPO Launches Find N3 and Find N3 Flip Phones

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

OPPO just held the global launch of the flagship Find N3 phones in Singapore. The Find N3 (S$2,399) foldable phablet and Find N3 Flip (S$1,499) phone will hit the shelves in Singapore on 28 October 2023, with pre-orders starting tomorrow (19 Oct) at 11am.

The new Find N3 series from OPPO comprising the Find N3 foldable phablet and Find N3 Flip phone.

The new Find N3 series from OPPO comprising the Find N3 foldable phablet and Find N3 Flip phone.

The Find N3 foldable phablet has a 6.3-inch outer screen and a 7.8-inch unfolded screen with resolutions exceeding 425 pixels per inch.

The dynamic refresh rate ranges from 1-120Hz with peak brightness at 2,800 nits.

 

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The OPPO Find N3 (S$2,399) phablet comes with 16GB RAM / 512GB storage and is available in Champagne Gold and Classic Black.

It has three speakers to provide stereo sound in both horizontal and vertical orientation.

The third-generation Flexion hinge has been tested to withstand one million folding/unfolding.

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Tech Focus: Reasons to transform your current software test approach

Monday, October 16th, 2023

In our digital world, software is the engine that drives us forward. Companies can only grow if their software infrastructure allows. Anna McCowan from Keysight Technologies shares what happens when your in-house tools cannot keep up with emerging technologies, software innovation, or your future business goals.

Software testing is an essential part of the software development lifecycle. It ensures that applications are high quality, meet end-user requirements, and are free from defects or bugs.

Software testing is an essential part of the software development lifecycle. It ensures that applications are high quality, meet end-user requirements, and are free from defects or bugs.

Keysight commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey software testing decision-makers at global enterprises to research their current software testing approach and how their approach will impact their future business decisions.

Weighing the pros and cons of in-house testing vs. automated software testing solutions

Many organisations use their resources and expertise to perform software testing in-house.

However, as Forrester found, decision-makers have several compelling reasons to move to a commercial software testing solution from an in-house one.

Commercial software testing

Commercial software testing solutions are designed to help organisations improve the quality of their software and reduce time-to-market.

By leveraging the latest testing tools, methodologies, and best practices, these solutions can help organisations identify defects and bugs earlier in the software development lifecycle.

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Review: Google Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8 Wows with AI Tensor G3

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

The new Google Pixel 8 Pro (S$1,549) and Pixel 8 (S$1,099) hit the shelves in Singapore today. Here are the main features that we’ve tried out thus far. Check out also the differences in specs between the two phones.

Google’s latest flagship phones - Pixel 8 (left) and Pixel 8 Pro.

Google’s latest flagship phones – Pixel 8 (left) and Pixel 8 Pro.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is the flagship model from Google sporting the new Google Tensor G3 processor to put Google AI in the center of everything that happens in the phone.

It has a stunning 6.7-inch Super Actua display which is brighter than previous Pixels and makes images and videos more vivid and pleasing to the eyes.

Google Pixel 8 Pro in comparison with the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 8 Pro in comparison with the Pixel 7 Pro.

It intelligently adjusts from as low as one to 120Hz to juggle between performance during gaming and power efficiency when a high update rate is not needed.

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