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Google Enhances Google Pixel With Pixel Feature Drop

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Google has begun providing Pixel users with functionality improvements through what they call Pixel feature drops. The first one has just arrived.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

The Pixel feature drop is in addition to automatic updates that Google currently already provide for fixes and minor improvements.

This first feature drop includes a new way to capture portraits, easier Duo calls and automatic call screening (for those in the US).

So for Singaporeans, what’s new with the new Google Assistant in English?

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Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Security Camera System In Singapore

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Arlo’s latest home security camera solution features 2K HDR, integrated spotlight with color night vision, 160-degree field of view, two-way audio and cloud-based Smart Hub. Prices below.

The new Arlo Pro 3 features 2K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR), an integrated spotlight with color night vision and a wide 160-degree field of view.

The new Arlo Pro 3 features 2K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR), an integrated spotlight with color night vision and a wide 160-degree field of view.

The Arlo Pro 3 is designed to provide home and small business owners with a high-performance, simple, wire-free security solution.

Pro 3 is suitable for both indoors or outdoors and offers good image quality for DIY security that anyone can easily install in minutes and monitor from anywhere using the Arlo app.

The Arlo Pro 3 also includes a new Smart Hub that securely manages network traffic to the camera in addition to enhancing power and Wi-Fi performance for better range and battery life.

Completing the security solution, Pro 3 comes with a three-month trial of Arlo Smart, Arlo’s AI and computer vision-based service that delivers advanced detection of people, vehicles, animals and packages.

 

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The Arlo Smart Hub (left) is the nexus of your home security camera network. Plug it into your Internet router to access Arlo Smart on the cloud.

In addition, Arlo Smart enables personalised notifications with custom activity zones and cloud storage for video recordings up to 2K in resolution.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Vivo NEX 3 Roadshow #FutureBeyondEdges

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I popped down to the Vivo #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall today and tried out the exciting new flagship smartphone – NEX 3 – that was launched in Singapore last week.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng with Liu Hong Bin, CEO of Vivo Singapore and the new Vivo Nex 3 flagship smartphone (S$1,299) at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall.

Based on first impressions, I like the “no edges – no buttons” design of the premium phone.

The 6.89-inch POLED Waterfall Fullview Display (1080 x 2256 FHD+) extends over the curved edges on both sides and offers an immersive visual experience with the high 99.6% screen-to-body ratio.

All around the edges, there’re no buttons at all, except for the diminutive power button which is so flushed with the side that it’s hardly noticeable.

The volume up/down “buttons” on either side of the power button are totally invisible because they use embedded sensors.

The fingerprint sensor is in-display on the front, so you don’t see any fingerprint sensor at the rear.

There is also face-unlock should the fingerprint authentication fail three times.

The triple rear cameras come with a 64-megapixel main camera, as well as a 13MP wide-angle camera and 13MP telescopic camera that takes pretty impressive macro photos.

 

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The new Vivo NEX 3 showcased at the #FutureBeyondEdges roadshow at Bedok Mall in Singapore.

The front camera is a massive 16MP camera that pops out from the top of the NEX 3, accompanied by a flash.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches 4 New Redmi “8” Series Phones In Singapore

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Xiaomi has unveiled 4 new Redmi smartphone models that will be available in Singapore towards the end of October 2019. Prices and availability below.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market.

Four new entry-level smartphones from Xiaomi for the Singapore market: Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A. Click on the links of each model for a 1-page brochure of the smartphone.

The prices, configurations and availability of the four phone models are tabulated below.

The four models are the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8, and Redmi 8A.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Phone II in Singapore

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

ASUS boasts that the new S$1,598 gaming phone is the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, has the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED display and has a monster 6000mAh battery.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveils the ROG Phone II, the successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor in the new ASUS ROG Phone II is clocked at 2.96GHz with Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU.

It features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR 6.59″ display with Delta-E <1 colour accuracy and only 49ms touch latency.

The huge 6000mAh battery with 30W ROG HyperCharge enables long stamina for gaming and fast recharging.

For gaming, the ROG Phone II has a landscape-oriented design, Dual Surrounding Vibration, front-facing stereo speakers, plus a new range of modular accessories.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: OPPO Reno2 and Reno2 Z Smartphones in Singapore

Friday, October 18th, 2019

OPPO has launched the Reno2 (S$899) & Reno2 Z (S$899) Android smartphones in Singapore. OPPO also launched its first wireless noise cancelling headphones – the Enco Q1 (S$179). Available from 26 October. Introductory promotions below.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 has 5x hybrid zoom, ultra dark mode, sunlight AMOLED screen, ultra steady video.

The OPPO Reno2 (S$899) comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Editor’s Comments

The mid-range phones bring enhancements to OPPO’s Reno series phones in improved Wi-Fi connectivity, photography and video recording.

An interesting feature I tried is the real-time video bokeh where the background is blurred. It’s the video equivalent of the portrait mode in smartphone still photography.

The more affordable OPPO Reno2 Z (S$599) comes in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (S$179) in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from 26 October 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Vivo NEX 3 Flagship Android Smartphone

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As part of the NEX 3 launch in Singapore, Vivo will hold a #FutureBeyondEdges event from 6–12 November at Bedok Mall. Customers who purchase the NEX 3 (S$1,299) at the event will receive a FREE DJI OSMO Mobile 3 Combo (worth S$189) and Folio Case (worth S$29.90) – while stocks lasts.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over $200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The new Vivo NEX 3 will be available from 2 November 2019 through major local telcos. Exclusive promo deals – worth over S$200 will also be available at their #FutureBeyondEdges event at Bedok Mall from 6-12 November 2019.

The Vivo NEX 3 will be available through the telcos M1, Singtel and StarHub.

Highlights of the NEX 3 includes the following.

  • Borderless Screen – A 6.89-inch notch-free POLED Waterfall FullView Display that extends along the edges and provides an immersive visual experience with a 99.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • Triple Camera Setup – A 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle camera and a 13MP telescopic camera that allow users to seamlessly switch between wide-angle, telescopic and macro capabilities with a single touch. A 16MP Elevating Front Camera to capture the perfect selfies.
  • Reliable and Powerful Performance – Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and UFS 3.0 high-speed flash memory for top computing performance and smooth multitasking capabilities. A massive 4500mAh battery for a long-lasting experience.
  • Superior Audio – The AK4377A independent audio chip drives the vivo Hi-Fi experience, allowing users to enjoy a more immersive music experience.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy A10s And Galaxy A30s Refresh

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Samsung has launched the refreshed devices for the Galaxy A series smartphones. Available in Singapore from today. Prices below.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (S$198) is available in black while the Samsung Galaxy A30s (S$328) is available in Prism Crush Black or Prism Crush Green.

These entry-level smartphones Galaxy A10s (S$198) & Galaxy A30s (S$328) enjoy enhanced everyday features, combining affordability and versatility, offering consumers a holistic user experience.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch HD+ TFT Display while the A30s sports a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V Display.

Both have a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery, with the Galaxy A30s equipped with fast charging capability.

The Galaxy A10s sports dual rear cameras – a 13MP Main (F1.8) and 2MP Depth Camera (F2.4) – and an 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A30s comes with triple rear cameras: an improved 25MP (F1.7) main camera and an 8MP 123o FOV Ultra Wide Camera, and a new 5MP depth camera.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hybrid Tablet Smartphone

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available in Korea on 6 September, and in Singapore from 18 September, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver. Prices & specs below.

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Samsung finally the Galaxy Fold.

Other countries shipping the Samsung Galaxy Fold after Korea include France, Germany, UK and US.

When the Galaxy Fold is closed, you can access your essentials on the cover display with one hand.

When opened, you can multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on its 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display.

Samsung says the Galaxy Fold features improved design and construction.

During the past several months, Samsung has rethought the entire consumer journey.

Originally planned to be launched on 26 April in the US, Samsung delayed the launch for more than four months after reviewers reported problems which included cracked and bulging screens with their review units.

Details below from the press release.

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Breaking News: Grab Hitch Hits Glitch

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grab Hitch seems to have hit some glitches within their app with users being logged into the accounts belonging to OTHER users.

Update (1742H, 30 August, 2019)

Grab Hitch has sent out the following message to its drivers to reassure them:

“Dear Hitch Driver, earlier today we experienced an issue in our system. As a result, for a brief window of time some of you were shown another driver’s details in your profile. This issue has been fixed and we’d like to assure you that at no point was your wallet compromised or at risk. We apologise for this issue. If you have any questions please reach out to us via Help Centre in the app.”

Update (1310H, 30 August, 2019)

Around 1pm, the glitch seems to have been fixed by Hitch.

Kudos to such fast rectification!

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else's account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else’s account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

First reports of the Hitch Glitch came in around noon from users in Singapore.

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

Users were logged into the accounts of OTHER users when they get into the app.

The basic profile information eg. name, email and phone number remain correct.

But other information, such as the profile photo, car make & model, car photo, license number, confirmed rides reflected that of the “other” driver.

They could see the wallet details in these other accounts as if it were their own.

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