Dell Technologies and Orange Telco Demonstrate 5G Capability

March 19th, 2020

Dell Technologies successfully completed live field trials of its first 5G-ready Latitude notebook on the Orange 5G network in Paris.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

The demo builds on Dell’s agreement with Orange, one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services worldwide, to help people experience the impact and power of 5G.

“5G opens a broad new frontier for businesses and consumers with the Always-Connected PC. This announcement is a clear example of how 5G can impact our daily lives. Downloading a large presentation or training video could take seconds instead of minutes. Enhanced broadband communications and lower latency enables new usage models and users to complete tasks much faster than 4G-enabled networks, which creates and drives new business models and new applications, like augmented and virtual reality, cloud-assisted gaming, real-time language translation and image processing,” said Liam Quinn, Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow for Dell Technologies.

The two companies aim to unlock the true power of enhanced broadband communications in creating new opportunities for bandwidth-intensive applications.

They hope to demonstrate an immersive and interactive experience that unlocks new business opportunities and boosts productivity anytime, anywhere with the Always-Connected PC

Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude notebook was announced at CES earlier this year, and is the first PC to successfully pass the Orange 5G testing.

These first field trials, conducted on the Orange 5G network in Paris, demonstrate the promise of 5G with sustained download speeds over 900 megabits per second on an enterprise-grade mobile compute platform – surpassing 4G speeds that typically are under 60 megabits per second.

By deploying Dell’s 5G PC on the Orange 5G network, the two companies are demonstrating that they can create immersive and interactive environments that unlock new business opportunities, while delivering what employees demand with connectivity to help boost productivity and collaboration.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New Feature: Google Translate App Gets Real Time Transcribe

March 18th, 2020

The Google Translate app has just launched Transcribe – a new feature that enables you to translate and transcribe audio in real time.

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

Transcribe began its roll-out early this morning, and a full roll-out will be happening within the next few days.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

The new feature will support any combination between the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Previously, Translate wasn’t well suited to translate lectures over video conferencing or in a classroom, longer discussions, or stories from grandparents who speak another language.

To address this gap, Google is introducing this new feature that transcribes audio into translated text.

While the feature is only available on Android devices currently, Google is planning to launch it on iOS in the future.

Here’s how Transcribe in the Google Translate app works:

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Canon Opens Entries For New Cosmos Of Photography 2020 Competition

March 17th, 2020

Canon will accept entries for its “New Cosmos of Photography 2020” (43rd edition) photo competition from 18 March to 20 May.

Last year’s winners. This year’s Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will receive prize money and display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.

Last year’s winners. This year’s Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will receive prize money and display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.

The Excellence Award Selection Committee will meet in June to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners.

Later, in October, the Grand Prize selection committee will meet to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.

Judges for the 2019 competition. To promote the competition as a global photo contest, experts from outside Japan have once again been invited to judge the 2020 competition this year. This year’s seven judges include British Photographer Paul Graham, Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi and Japanese photographer Mikiya Takimoto.

Judges for the 2019 competition. To promote the competition as a global photo contest, experts from outside Japan have once again been invited to judge the 2020 competition this year. This year’s seven judges include British Photographer Paul Graham, Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi and Japanese photographer Mikiya Takimoto.

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive JPY 1 million in prize money and a Canon product, as well as the opportunity to hold a solo exhibit the following year.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Synology Disk Station DS220j Backup & Streaming

March 16th, 2020

The new DS200j (S$269) is an entry-level 2-bay network-attached storage (NAS) unit built for data consolidation and management.

Personal cloud storage made simple, with easy data backup and multimedia streaming.

Personal cloud storage made simple, with easy data backup and multimedia streaming.

The new Synology Disk Station DS220j enables automatic photo backups on your mobile device for easy management of content.

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Wirecard & Grab Announce Payments Partnership For MSMEs In SEA

March 14th, 2020

The payments partnership between Wirecard and the Southeast Asia super app Grab will drive cashless economy for MSMEs across the region.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Grab offers a variety of services to consumers in Southeast Asia ranging from ride-hailing and food delivery to digital financial products across payments, lending and insurance.

Wirecard will process card transactions made via the GrabPay e-wallet and integrate it as a payment method for its merchants.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Oppo Launches FindX2 Pro 5G & Reno3 Series Phones

March 13th, 2020

Oppo has launched in Singapore its first 5G smartphone – the Find X2 Pro SG. The flagship is accompanied by the the launch of Reno3 series comprising Reno3 and Reno3 Pro phones. Prices & promotions below.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G and Reno3 will be available in Singapore from 28 March, while Reno3 Pro will arrive on 10 April.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G (in this photo) and Reno3 will be available in Singapore from 28 March, while Reno3 Pro will arrive on 10 April.

The Find X2 series was first introduced on 6 March at Oppo’s global online launch event.

The Find X2 Pro 5G comes in Black (Ceramic) and Orange (Vegan Leather) with 12BG RAM and 512GB ROM and is priced at S$1,699.

“OPPO is dedicated to delivering the best products to enhance the lives of our users. With the Find X2 Pro we are looking to provide users with a holistic 5G experience that we believe will set a new standard for flagship smartphones,” shared Mr Moon Yue, CEO, OPPO Singapore.

The phone will be available for pre-order from Saturday, 14 March to 27 March on OPPO’s Shopee Flagship Store and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

The phone will be available island wide from Saturday, 28 March at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores and is covered by OPPO’s international warranty.

Customers who pre-order the Find X2 will receive a NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Lumio Coffee Machine worth S$219, a pair of OPPO Enco Free Headphones worth S$189.

The Reno3 will be available in Midnight Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128 ROM and will be priced at S$499.

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New Arrival: Huawei Mate Xs 5G Foldable Phone In Singapore

March 12th, 2020

The Huawei Mate Xs will hit the shelves in Singapore from 21 March, 2020 at S$3,788.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.

HUAWEI’s 5G foldable Mate Xs builds on its predecessor Mate X with a more powerful SoC and unique mechanical hinge design.

“We are thrilled to launch the HUAWEI Mate Xs in Singapore. It is the ultimate product of Huawei’s mission to present an unparalleled user experience with powerful 5G connectivity and cutting edge design,” said Phil Xu, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs in Interstellar Blue will be available in all Huawei Concept stores, selected M1 and StarHub shops; consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee.

Customers are get 1-year warranty coverage that comes with a one-time screen replacement at 50% fees waived within the first year from date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

Purchasers will also receive a free HUAWEI envelope leather case worth S$238 and a pair of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth S$238 with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate Xs, while stocks last.

More details below from the press release.

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Preview: Hyundai Elantra 2021 World Premiere In Hollywood

March 11th, 2020

Hyundai Motor is showing a preview of its 2021 Elantra at a world premiere event in Hollywood. Teaser video below.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The world premier press conference will take place at 7 p.m. PT on Mar. 17, at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, Calif. and will be livestreamed around the world.

The Elantra is Hyundai’s bestselling car globally, with more than 13.8 million Elantra/Avante models sold since its introduction in 1990.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The new Elantra returns to its sport sedan roots with a ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme.

The new vehicle platform offers a sporty four-door-coupe look with longer, lower and wider proportions.

Teaser video and more details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener With Flexing Plate

March 10th, 2020

The Dyson cord-free Corrale straightener uses patented Dyson flexing plates that shape to gather hair, styling faster and with less reliance on heat. Price & availability TBA.

Suitable for all hair types, the styling tool also features Dyson’s Intelligent Heat Control for precise temperatures, together with 4-cell lithium-ion battery technology to provide cord-free usage anywhere.

Suitable for all hair types, the styling tool also features Dyson’s Intelligent Heat Control for precise temperatures, together with 4-cell lithium-ion battery technology to provide cord-free usage anywhere.

Dyson boasts that the Corrale is the only hair straightener with flexing plates – featuring microhinged plate technology – which flex to shape and gather hair, applying even heat and tension to all the hair strands in every pass and keeping them aligned.

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Fitbit Adds SpO2 Monitoring With Estimate Oxygen Variation Graph

March 9th, 2020

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph is now available to all Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite, and Versa 2 users.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

This new feature was originally announced at Fitbit’s Fall 2019 launch event and began rolling out to some users in January.

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