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POTD: Hands grasping light (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Byron Moray Pittendrigh, 2nd runner-up for Theme 1: Vision (Open Category).

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2nd Runner-up in Theme 1: Vision (Open Category) in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Byron Moray Pittendrigh.

A very atmospheric shot – many hands grasping at a light source.

An apt illustration for an alien movie, or “The X-Files”.

Really love the lighting!

New arrival: ESET Version 10 home internet security software

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The new security solutions for Windows devices include new features to guard against threats like webcam hacking and data theft. Subscription prices for the various configurations below.

The new line of security solutions for home Windows computers.

The new line of security solutions for home Windows computers.

ESET has launched version 10 of its line of security solutions for home users using Windows computers.

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Version 10 of the ESET security solutions were launched in Singapore at The Westin.

The solutions are available online now for download and annual subscription prices for 1 computer are listed below.

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus: US$20
  • ESET Internet Security: US$30
  • ESET Smart Security Premium: US$50
  • ESET Multi-Device Security
    • for 3 devices: US$50
    • for 5 devices: US$70

More details from the press release below.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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Temporary hiatus for tech4tea.com

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Dear readers, I have been experiencing erratic outages with my hosting provider during these past few weeks. This moment right now is a rare window that I do have access to post something on the blog.

I have decided to stop updating the blog until July. By then, hopefully my hosting provider would have resolved once and for all the frequent database lockout and corruption problems that I’ve been encountering. Or else, I would have migrated this blog to another hosting provider.

In the meantime, I will be on overseas vacation for the next two weeks. Usually I write about my experiences and share my photos on this blog. But due to the hiatus, I will do so on another blog which I plan to set up over the next few days. Once that is done, I will post the URL to that blog in the space here (provided I still have access to update this post).

Whenever I am able to, I will post tech-related stuff to my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/gotech4tea.

Thank you for your readership and support!

New arrivals: Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P215 b, M215 b and M215 fw

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Fuji Xerox today launched the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299). These monochrome printers are available in Singapore from today.

The new Fuji Xerox printers (from left): DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299).

The new Fuji Xerox printers (from left): DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299).

Created for small businesses and home offices, these compact, monochrome printers promises to help businesses save money, energy and reduce their impact on the environment.

With Fuji Xerox’s S-LED (Self-Scanning Light Emitting Diode) and DELCIS (Digitally-Enhanced Lighting Control Imaging System) technology, these printers will be able to produce consistently sharp images at true 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The new printers boast the following:

  • Trouble free, user friendly, better productivity and assured speed.
  • Easy to use with intuitive LCD screen, wireless connectivity and direct scan to USB memory.
  • Energy efficiency saves money and the environment.
  • Small business printers with big business features – Guaranteed quality and reliability.

Below are more details from the press release.

Charity run against cancer: Run For Hope 2013 on 17 November

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Run For Hope 2013 will flag off at 7am on 17 November at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Registration is now open.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore have been supporting cancer research through their annual charity run for the past 21 years.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore have been supporting cancer research through their annual charity run for the past 21 years.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore, together with the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), have opened registrations for this year’s 3.5/10km charity run.

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New cameras and lenses: Nikon 1 J3 and S1, COOLPIX S6500 and 2700

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Nikon has launched in Tokyo the Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1 bodies, WP-N2 waterproof case, 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lenses. It also released two new compact cameras – COOLPIX S6500 and COOLPIX 2700.

Prices and availability to be announced at a later date.

From left, Nikon COOLPIX S6500, Nikon COOLPIX S2700, Nikon 1 J3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and Nikon 1 S1 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens

From left, Nikon COOLPIX S6500, Nikon COOLPIX S2700, Nikon 1 J3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and Nikon 1 S1 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens

With the popularity of mirrorless interchangeable lens (MIL) cameras, Nikon is beefing up its Nikon 1 line up of camera bodies, lenses and accessories, with new features and functionalities.

For those who prefer the simplicity of compact cameras, it has introduced two new cameras in its COOLPIX S-series.

Here’s a line-up with key specs.

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Apple unveils the new iPad

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Apple announces the third version of the iPad, upgrading the two-year-old tablet computer with a sharper screen and faster chip. Singapore will be among the first ten contries to get the new iPad on Friday, 16 March. Prices below.

The new iPad will be hitting the shelves in select countries on 16 March 2012.

The new iPad will be hitting the shelves in select countries on 16 March 2012.

Instead of being named “iPad 3” or iPad HD”, the new iPad will simply be called the “iPad”.

This is in line with the nomenclature of Apple’s other devices, such as the iPod and iMac, which do not have any version number to the hardware.

Capacity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + 4G
16 GB SGD$658 SGD$828
32 GB SGD$788 SGD$958
64 GB SGD$918 SGD$1,088

The new Retina display will have four times as many pixels as its predecessor – the iPad 2.

Key Specs new iPad iPad 2 original iPad
Display 9.7″
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 1,024 x 768
CPU Apple A5X dual-core 1 GHz Apple A5 dual-core 1 Ghz Apple A4
Camera Front: VGA
Rear: 1080p
Front: VGA
Rear: 720p
None
Configurations 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
Battery life Wi-Fi: up to 10 hrs
Wi-Fi + 4G/3G: up to 9 hrs
Date unveiled 2012 Mar 7 2011 Mar 2 2010 Jan 27

The new dual-core A5X chip comes with quad-core graphics while the rear camera has been upgraded to a 5 megapixel iSight camera wtih advanced optics for capturing better photos and 1080p HD video.

The new iPad will come with 4G LTE although, in the near term, it will not be compatible with the 4G network in Singapore. So fans will either go for the cheaper Wi-Fi version or use the Wi-Fi + 4G version with the existing 3G networks in Singapore.

Available in black or white, starting prices of the new iPad are the same as the starting prices of previous iterations of the iPad when they were launched.

As before, iPad 2 prices has been slashed, putting pressure on other tablet competitors in the market, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire, competing on price.

The new iPad, together with the reduced-price iPad 2, will help Apple maintain its lead over the Kindle Fire, and ward off tablets based on Google’s Android OS, and Microsoft Corp’s upcoming Windows 8 OS.