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Apple Unleashes M1 System on a Chip (SoC) for the Mac

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

The M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac, offering powerful performance, features and efficiency.

With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

With its increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

The M1 is the most powerful chip Apple has ever created and is the first chip designed specifically for the Mac.

M1 is optimised for Mac systems in which small size and power efficiency are critically important.

As a system on a chip (SoC), M1 combines numerous powerful technologies into a single chip, and features a unified memory architecture for dramatically improved performance and efficiency.

M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip.

According to Apple the M1 features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine.

As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.

More details below about the M1 chip from the press release.

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OPPO Unveils Smartwatch, Wireless Earphones & 3 Televisions

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

OPPO expands its “IoT Ecosystem” with new gadgets and smart appliances in its “One More Step” launch event. New devices include the OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, OPPO Watch RX, OPPO TV S1 and OPPO TV R1. Price & Availability TBA.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The new products that OPPO launched include the following.

  • OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones
  • OPPO Watch RX
  • OPPO TV S1
  • OPPO TV R1

The Enco X is the result of OPPO’s partnership with Hi-Fi brand Dynaudio.

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New Arrival: Huawei Watch Fit in Singapore for Health Conscious

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

The Huawei Watch Fit (S$148) is the company’s first “everyday smartwatch with a rectangular face design” and virtual trainer. Available in Singapore on 24 October, pre-orders from 17-23 October 2020 with promotional bundle worth S$116.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a long battery life and comes with a virtual personal trainer and fitness monitoring for a healthier lifestyle. Available in Sakura Pink, Mint Green, and Graphite Black.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a long battery life and comes with a virtual personal trainer and fitness monitoring for a healthier lifestyle. Available in Sakura Pink, Mint Green, and Graphite Black.

The Huawei Watch Fit was first unveiled at the Huawei Developer Conference last month.

Huawei positions the Watch Fit as a lightweight, all-rounded lifestyle companion that offers a “gorgeous finish and comfortable wearing experience”.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a crisp high-resolution display.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a crisp high-resolution display.

The smartwatch has a virtual personal trainer with 12 animated fitness courses, 12 professional workout modes and 96 free workout modes that cover almost all mainstream indoor and outdoor sports.

Price, availability and promotional bundles as well as more details from the press release below.

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New Arrival: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G Mobile Platform

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Qualcomm has added a new 5G mobile platform to its Snapdragon 7-series, with the Snapdragon 750G enabling global 5G, HDR gaming and on-device AI.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform.

To date, there have been more than 275 designs announced or in development based on Snapdragon 7- series mobile platforms, including 140 5G designs.

“We continue to see great traction with our high-tier Snapdragon 7-series 5G mobile platforms. As we continue to build out this relatively new tier of our mobile roadmap, we’re always looking for ways to support the growing needs of our OEM customers. Snapdragon 750G delivers a selection of premium mobile features to an even wider audience,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The new Snapdragon 750G features the truly global Qualcomm Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF System, which supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz, SA and NSA modes, TDD, FDD and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and global roaming and global multi-SIM.

This comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution allows devices powered by Snapdragon 750G to support multi-gigabit connections with fast upload and download speeds.

Snapdragon 750G offers select Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features to allow for smooth, low- latency gameplay for richer entertainment quality.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Huawei Developer Conference 2020 – CEO Opening Keynote

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei delivered the opening keynote address for the second annual Huawei Developer Conference in a live broadcast, unveiling the latest updates on HarmonyOS, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and EMUI11.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit Huawei.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit: Huawei.

During the keynote, Huawei announced upcoming major updates for:

  1. HarmonyOS 2.0
  2. EMUI 11
  3. HMS Core 5.0
  4. HUAWEI HiLink
  5. HUAWEI Research

A brief summary of the updates below.

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Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 2 Industry Press Conferences

Friday, September 4th, 2020

IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) is into its second day in Berlin press conferences by a slew of industry participants.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Here’s a sampling of what industry leaders shared today.

Dr. IP Park, President & CTO, LG Electronics shared that it has achieved a milestone in its developments in smart home living because “with this level of digital integration, we’re really beginning to build an evolving, connected and open eco-system of smart products and services that can deliver so much more than the sum of its parts – going above and beyond device-level thinking to unlock a whole new world of potential at the system-level.”

“We really need to make sure we understand the shocks to come in this market. What are we going to do to be vigilant to understand the next wave and how we might react and how we are going to put our teams in a position where they can make better decisions,” said Sean O’Neill, Chief Product Officer at GfK.

Matthias Ginthum, CMO BSH Hausgeräte envisaged that “we at BSH want to be the first company in our industry to neutralize the direct carbon dioxide emissions of all our locations worldwide.”

For Frederic Langin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, TCL Europe; TCL’s mission is “to make life intelligent with innovative technology to make our customers’ lives easier and smarter.”

Looking forward, Yannick Fierling, CEO Haier revealed that “Haier will introduce new solutions – based on an ecosystem built from the Internet of Things – for turning the group vision of Smart Home and Smart Living into reality.”

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New Arrival: Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3, Fitbit Inspire 2 Health Smartwatches

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Fitbit debuts Sense, its most advanced health smartwatch, as well as upgraded versions of Versa 3 and Inspire 2. Price and availability below.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

Fitbit boasts that the Sense features the world’s first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for stress management, a new ECG App, advanced heart rate tracking technology, SpO2 and on-wrist skin temperature sensors.

The Versa 3 adds a GPS and a speaker, while the Inspire 2 sports an enhanced design and Active Zone Minutes (AZM)

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge in Singapore

Friday, July 24th, 2020

The new line-up of Family Hub Smart Fridge is now available in Singapore on Samsung Online Store and major consumer electronics & IT stores. Prices & promotions below.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Family Hub line-up includes two new stylish side-by-side refrigerator models at more affordable price points.

Consumers can look forward to expanded storage with SpaceMax Technology, which utilises thinner walls to create extra storage space whilst ensuring optimal insulation and without increasing external dimensions.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Announces Ecosystem of IoT Products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Xiaomi today announced new additions to their IoT-connected smart hardware range. The global online launch also included the presentation of Redmi 9, Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C.

The Mi Smart Band 5 is part of the slew of new smart IoT gadgets that Xiaomi launched globally.

The Mi Smart Band 5 is part of the slew of new smart IoT gadgets that Xiaomi launched globally.

The new smart products launched by Xiaomi include the following.

  • Mi Smart Band 5
  • Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2
  • Mi Electric Scooter 1S
  • Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic
  • its first-ever Mi TV Stick
  • Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34”

The local sales info and prices in Singapore of these smart devices will be announced when those products are available.

More details below from the press release.

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