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New arrivals: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite integration

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Parallels boasts that Desktop 10 will be able to launch Office applications up to 50 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent better battery life.

Upgrade available now (S$58), Full version available from 26 August (S$98).

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Starting from today (20 August), current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac online.

Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (Enterprise Edition) – software that enables Windows applications to be run on Macs.

New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including OS X Yosemite – greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand.

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Mavericks.

New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimizing their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly.
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Palo Alto Networks on protection against IE vulnerabilities

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Earlier this month, Palo Alto Networks discovered ten critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer browsers, underlining the importance for businesses to focus on knowing the risk of running vulnerable software.

Check out five core concepts on how to protect your organisation against vulnerabilities.

Check out five core concepts on how to protect your organisation against vulnerabilities.

Sharat Sinha – Vice President, Asia Pacific for Palo Alto Networks – shares his views on how businesses and organisations can protect themselves against malicious attacks and avoid compromises to their network security.

Below are Sinha’s views.

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New Windows Phone: Fun, Fast and Affordable Nokia Lumia 625

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The affordable priced Lumia 625 is Nokia’s largest Windows Phone so far, with a 4.7-inch LCD screen and 4G Internet access.

RRP: 220 Euros (before taxes and subsidies), available in selected regions in Q3 2013.

Available in orange, yellow, bright green, white and black in an array of changeable shells.

Available in orange, yellow, bright green, white and black in an array of changeable shells.

The Nokia Lumia 625 includes many innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020.

Nokia Lumia 625
OS Windows Phone 8
Screen 4.7″ IPS LCD
Resolution 800 x 480 WVGA @ 201ppi
Battery 2,000 mAh
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Camera Rear: 5mp
Front: VGA
Video 1080p@30fps
Memory Int: 8 GB
Ext: 64 GB microSD
Size /mm 133.2 x 72.2 x 9.2
Weight 159 g
Price 220 Euros

These include a range of integrated camera applications such Nokia Smart Camera and Nokia Cinemagraph.

Nokia Smart Camera offers a burst of 7 shots for capturing of action sequences or removal of unwanted objects from the photo.

Nokia Cinemagraph incorporates movement into still photos by recording animated GIF images.

The successor to the Nokia Lumia 620 has a screen resolution (201ppi) that’s roughly half that of other pricier large-screen smartphones like the Samsung GALAXY S4.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is powered by Windows Phone 8 and ships with the Nokia Lumia Amber update.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet debuts in Singapore

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Surface Pro is now available – with 64GB ($1,198) or 128GB ($1,328) – at Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead stores in Singapore, as well as the PC Show 2013. Launch promotions within.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet joins the Surface RT in Singapore.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet joins the Surface RT in Singapore.

Surface Pro offers both the capabilities of a PC and the portability of a tablet.

With Surface Pro, users can do whatever can be done on a PC, such as running desktop applications, and enjoy the protection of safety and security software.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with in-built kick-stand.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with in-built kick-stand.

Like the Surface RT tablet, Surface Pro also comes with the integrated Kickstand and Touch and Type Cover keyboards.

A pen provides note-taking capabilities and precise navigation.

The Surface Pro is business-ready with a suite of enterprise-ready connectivity, security and manageability features:

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Event: Microsoft launches Windows 8 and Windows RT worldwide

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Microsoft launched Windows 8 worldwide today and held launches in 15 cities around the world. From tomorrow – Friday, 26 October – the new operating system will be available to consumers and businesses in 140 countries and 37 languages.

Windows 8 has been launched today and will be available from tomorrow onwards.

Windows 8 has been launched today and will be available from tomorrow onwards.

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Tracey Fellows, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific.

For business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers mobile productivity features such as Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache; as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.

Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets – Windows RT – which will only be available pre-installed on new devices and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office.

The Start screen is the launch pad for Windows 8.

The Start screen is the launch pad for Windows 8.

All the different versions feature a new fast and fluid Start screen that gives users one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the new Internet Explorer 10 that is tuned for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.

How to get Windows 8 and the prices

In addition to getting the new operating systems pre-installed on new devices, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs.

Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$39.99 from here (for a limited time).

Eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between 2 June, 2012, and 31 January, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.

In Singapore, new Windows 8 licenses can be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.99 with free PIXMA printer while stocks last.

Windows 8 comes pre-installed with apps that include Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, Weather, Xbox Music and SkyDrive.

“Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience to individuals, families and businesses, where they no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

Additional apps can be downloaded from the cloud-connected Windows Store.

The online store can be accessed via the Windows Store App on the Windows 8 Start Screen and is a central place for users to manage their downloaded apps across multiple Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft has officially opened its Windows Store for Singapore as part of Windows 8 launch today.

Singapore and Asia Pacific launch

For Singapore and the Asia Pacific, the launch was held at the roof terrace at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, with a showcase of new Windows 8 PCs, notebooks and tablets from the main computer makers.

More than 600 Windows enthusiasts, partners and enterprise customers attended this Windows 8 Singapore launch event.

At launch, Windows 8 users can immediately download apps from the Windows Store.

iProperty has been designed for Windows 8 to help users search for homes in Malaysia and Singapore.Local apps available include iProperty, SingTel, StarHub, The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia, SG Cab from Singapore; and The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand), Fruit Ninja (Australia), SM Cinema (Philippines), My Baby Piano (Korea), Bangkok Bank (Thailand), and iProperty (Malaysia) from the Asia Pacific.

Windows 8 devices

There are more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets.

In Singapore, there are more than 50 Windows 8 devices from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

These will be available at more than 120 IT retail stores across Singapore, including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead.

Converting from Apple iPhone to Nokia Lumia 900

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Having used the Apple iPhone for many years, I decided to switch over to the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone to see what the new kid on the block has to offer.

The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows 7.5 smartphone, fresh out of the box.

The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows 7.5 smartphone, fresh out of the box.

I was given a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone when it arrived in Singapore, so I’ve been using it for a while now, and I’m still with it.

First released in the US during CES 2012 in January this year, and then announced during MWC 2012 in February for markets outside the US, Nokia’s third Lumia smartphone has been available in Singapore since 26 May and retails for S$849.

I find the physical design of the Lumia 900 handsome and masculine. More importantly, the user interface is intuitive and smooth, while web-surfing and mail-checking performance is excellent. Social networking with the People Hub is also convenient and hassle-free.
To sum up, I ended up using my 7” tablet much less often than before.

What I like

Firstly, the design. I know the striking colour is the cyan, but I’m glad I had the black version. It’s a solid slab of masculinity.

If you need turn-by-turn navigation especially when travelling overseas, the Lumia 900 already pays for itself.

If you need turn-by-turn navigation especially when travelling overseas, the Lumia 900 already pays for itself.

At 11.5mm thick, the Lumia 900 is definitely not the most svelte model on the scene. If thin is your thing, go for the HTC One S instead.

I like the solid feel and heft when I hold the Lumia 900 in my palm.

The solid unibody and glass is really robust, despite the rough handling – like throwing the car keys and the Lumia in the same trousers pocket, and dropping it a coupla times – it’s got nary a scratch on body nor screen.

Display is bright and clear, even under strong sunlight.

The blacks are really black. Fonts are so clear that sometimes the red text appear receded below the other-coloured fonts (it’s an optical illusion).

Photos and video appear really vivid on the phone’s screen.

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Get Microsoft Windows 8 NOW!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Update (18 July, 2012):

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has just announced at its annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 on 26 October, 2012. This will be available both as an upgrade or on a new PC.

Wonder if the Surface will be available at the same date?

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download in 14 languages.

Those who purchase eligible Windows 7-based PCs from 2 June can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for S$17.99 later on.

Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download now.

Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download now.

Windows 8 is entering the final stages of development and is on the road to general availability.

The Release Preview is available for download here, where you can also view a video of Windows 8 in action.

Notable improvements throughout the platform includes:

  • Improvements to Mail, Photos and People apps since Consumer Preview.
  • Increased personalization options for the Start screen.
  • Improved multi-monitor support.
  • Refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store.
  • New Family Safety features and enriched privacy and security controls when browsing online, including Do Not Track capabilities being turned on by default with Internet Explorer 10.
  • Enriched support for touch with Internet Explorer 10, including a new capability with Release Preview called “flip ahead” that allows users the option to flip between pages with the swipe of a finger, as well as a touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player now fully integrated into IE10.
  • New Bing apps, including those for Travel, News and Sports

For those planning to purchase new computers that currently come with Windows 7, Microsoft is rolling out the Windows Upgrade Offer program in 131 markets.

From June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013, those who buy eligible PCs with Windows 7 can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$17.99 (including GST).

Other offers will be announced later to help those with existing Windows 7-based PCs upgrade to Windows 8.

For more details about the Release Preview, check out this inside look from the Windows engineering team.

Nokia Lumia 900 for Singapore

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

First released in the US during CES 2012 in January this year, and then announced during MWC 2012 in February for markets outside the US, Nokia’s third Lumia smartphone will be in Singapore for S$849 from 26 May 2012.

Nokia Lumia 900, running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, will be available in Singapore for S$849.

Nokia Lumia 900, running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, will be available in Singapore for S$849.

The Lumia series of smartphones from Nokia leads the Finnish company’s renewed focus on the Windows Phone platform.

Nokia Lumia 900
OS Windows Phone 7.5
Screen 4.3″
Resolution 800 x 480, WVGA
Battery 1,830 mAh
Processor 1.4 GHz Single Core Snapdragon APQ8055 + MDM9200
Camera Rear: 8mp (F2.2)
Front: 1.3mp (f2.4)
Video 720p @ 30 fps
Memory Int: 16 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5
Weight 160 g
Price S$849

The Lumia 900 runs on Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 7.5 operating system – with its sleek Metro user interface and dynamic live tiles.

Following the launch of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows smartphones, the Lumia 900 is bigger, faster and more powerful than its predecessors.

It has a huge 4.3” glass display and 1,800mAH battery.

The handsomely designed smartphone comes in Black, White and Cyan.

The Lumia 900 boasts a powerful 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash, autofocus and a wide-angle focal length of 28mm.

At f2.2, its large aperture means images and videos are vivid and sharp even in low light.

The Nokia Lumia 900 also comes with a 1 MP front-facing camera, so you can enjoy high-quality free phone and video calls via Tango – the pre-loaded video-call app.

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

For web-surfing there is Internet Explorer 9 browser, Bing search and HTML 5.

As a Windows Phone, an Office Hub app allows viewing and editing of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents on the phone.

People Hub collates all your social networking apps in one place – including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

And as a Nokia phone, there are Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive apps to help you find your way around; as well as Nokia Music and Mix Radio apps for audio entertainment on the move.

Follow the links below to other articles I’ve posted about Nokia Lumia smartphones on tech4tea.com.

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Samsung Omnia W available in Singapore

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone from Samsung will be available in Singapore this month at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

Update (6 January 2012): The Omnia W will be available for purchase starting from 7 January.

Samsung Omnia W, available in Singapore on 7 Jaunuary at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

Samsung Omnia W, available in Singapore on 7 Jaunuary at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

First announced back in November last year, the Omnia W is the first smartphone from Samsung using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system.

I played with the phone during its launch yesterday together with two other smartphones (GALAXY Nexus and GALAXY W) and two tablets (GALAXY Tab 7.7 and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus).

The Omnia W uses Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

The Omnia W uses Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

The phone was fast and responsive and the interface reminded me of Nokia’s newly launched Lumia 800, which is also based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Samsung’s Omnia W has a sleek design with a metallic finish and a rich 3.7” Super AMOLED display, giving vivid clarity for photos and videos captured with the 5MP camera.

The latest Windows Phone version provides enhanced usability including superior web browsing with integration of Internet Explorer 9 and Bing, as well as Office Hub that provides productivity on-the-go.

The smartphone includes Samsung-exclusive productivity apps including Samsung AllShare that provides seamless content transfer between the smartphone and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTVs, monitors and digital cameras.

Here are the main technical specifications of the Omnia W.

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Technical specifications: Nokia Lumia 710

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Lumia 710 was launched in Singapore on 7 December 2011 and will hit the shelves in a few weeks at a RRP of S$505 (excl GST and no contract).

Nokia Lumia 710 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

Nokia Lumia 710 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

The Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and is designed for instant social & image sharing, and promises a great browsing experience with IE9.

It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers.

With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 promises to deliver high performance at an affordable price.

The main technical specifications of the Nokia Lumia 710 are summarized below.

Networks WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Speed HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
Display 3.7″ WVGA (800×480) TFT capacitive touch ClearBlackTM display with pinch zoom
Operating System Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango
Memory 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera 5Mpix auto-focus, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
Size/Weight 119mm x 62.4mm x 12.5mm (LxWxT) / 81.1cc / 125.5g
Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector
Processor 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
Audio MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs incl.: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, wma
Battery 1300 mAh
Talk time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 6.9 h/7.6h
Standby time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 400h
Music playback up to 38 hours