New Arrival: LG PuriCare Air Purifier Protects Against Haze

September 20th, 2019

The new LG Puricare Air Purifier (S$1,099) offers fresh indoor air and protects against the harmful effects of haze. Available now in Best Denki, Courts and Harvey Norman.

The new LG PuriCare Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) features 360-degree purification capability and a 6-step filtration system.

The new LG PuriCare Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) features 360-degree purification capability and a 6-step filtration system.

The new LG PuriCare Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) removes invisible air pollutants of up to PM 1.0, enabling homeowners to enjoy fresh indoor air.

With connectivity options through Google Assistant, users can connect the air purifier to the LG SmartThinQ® app, using voice commands to check on the indoor air quality and change the air purification mode at home.

The air purifier offers the following features.

  • 360-degree purification: absorbing pollutants wherever it is placed.
  • A wider reach with Clean Booster.
  • Six-step filtration system that removes six types of pollutants.
  • Smart Indicator for keeping track of air quality.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei Mate 30 Series Flagship Smartphones

September 19th, 2019

The new handset features Huawei’s flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, quad camera system with SuperSensing Cine Camera & Halo Ring design. It does not include Google’s suite of apps and services. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

The Huawei Mate 30 handsets come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

The Huawei Mate 30 handsets come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

Huawei today unveiled its new Huawei Mate 30 Series smartphones in Munich, Germany.

The 6.62-inch Mate 30 has a 40-megapixel SuperSensing Camera + 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens + 8MP Telephoto Lens.

The 6.53-inch Mate 30 Pro has a 40-megapixel Cine Camera + 40MP SuperSensing Camera + 8MP Telephoto Lens + 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

The Huawei Horizon Display curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an edge-to-edge immersive experience.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD)

September 14th, 2019

The new 65-inch monitor from ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) offers big-screen gaming experience with fast, smooth and responsive performance. RRP S$6,599 in October.

The new ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ BFGD.

The new ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ BFGD.

The ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ BFGD displays high-resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) content at a 144Hz refresh rate for fast gaming performance.

“The ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ BFGD with NVIDIA G-SYNC is a great option for PC gaming on a big screen. Gamers will appreciate the impressive video quality, brightness and high resolution that BFGD provides,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce Marketing at NVIDIA.

Its NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate supports the latest G-SYNC processors for the best HDR gaming experiences, for smooth and sharp big-screen gaming.

The gaming display supports variable refresh rates (VRR) via an HDMI connection for smooth, big-screen console gaming, working seamlessly with Xbox One.

For movies and entertainment, it promises visual clarity and immersive sound with Ultra HD Premium certification and 15W speakers.

More details below from the press release.

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IMEC Collaborates With NUS On Quantum Communication Networks

September 13th, 2019

Today, imec and the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the signing of a research collaboration agreement to develop chip-based prototypes for secure quantum communication networks.

Securing ourselves through quantum cryptography in a post-quantum world. Dr Charles Lim (left) of NUS and Joris Van Campenhout of imec.

Securing ourselves through quantum cryptography in a post-quantum world. Dr Charles Lim (left) of NUS and Joris Van Campenhout of imec.

In the frame of this five-year agreement, imec and NUS will jointly develop scalable, robust and efficient technologies for quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation, which are amongst the basic building blocks of a truly secure Quantum Internet.

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Apple Unveils iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5 & iPad 2019

September 11th, 2019

Singapore customers can begin pre-ordering the phones from Friday, 13 September, with prices that start from S$1,149. The phones will hit the stores next week from 20 September.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The iPhone 11 comes with six colour options while the iPhone 11 Pro has three.

The basic iPhone 11 comes with dual-cameras with prices at US$700 compared to the US$750 price of its single-camera predecessor.

The additional camera enhances the background blur effect in portrait mode, and allows the mode for non-human subjects..

The two flagships iPhone Pro (US$1,000) and iPhone Pro Max (US$1,100) will have more than four hours of extra battery life. Their prices are maintained at last year’s levels.

Both iPhone Pro now comes with triple lens – one more than last year’s flagships) – while all models this year include the new ultrawide lens, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S10 earlier this year.

Two lens good, three lens better.

Two lens good, three lens better.

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New Arrival: Jabra PanaCast Video Camera For Huddle Rooms

September 10th, 2019

Jabra launches PanaCast (S$1,389) – its smart panoramic 4K video conferencing solution for huddle rooms.

The Jabra PanaCast provides a 180-degree plug-and-play video solution that enables everyone in the room is seen.

The Jabra PanaCast provides a 180-degree plug-and-play video solution that enables everyone in the room is seen.

The “video-head” was made by Altia Systems which was acquired by Jabra’s parent, GN back in February this year.

Close-up of a PanaCast has a USB connector and a mic-in jack.

Close-up of a PanaCast has a USB connector and a mic-in jack.

Jabra PanaCast has three 120-deg 13MP cameras with overlapping FOV.

The feeds from the three cameras are stitched in real time to provide a 180-deg FOV – wider than any single wide-angle lens and without the edge distortion.

The result is a “short-throw” video camera that enables the PanaCast to be usable even in the smallest huddle room.

Details below from the press release.

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IFA 2019: Huawei Announces FreeBuds 3, 5G SoC & P30 Pro New Colours

September 7th, 2019

During the opening of IFA 2019 in Berlin, Huawei announced a range of technologies and products presented by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled “Rethink Evolution” at the IFA.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the following at IFA 2019.

  • Kirin 990 Series SoC
  • FreeBuds 3
  • New colours for P30 Pro

Details below from the respective press releases.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hybrid Tablet Smartphone

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.

Samsung

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

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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New Arrival: Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch & Fitbit Aria Air Scale

August 29th, 2019

Fitbit has launched the Versa 2 smartwatch and Aria Air Bluetooth scale in Singapore. Price and availability below.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.

The two new devices join the existing Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Aria.

“At Fitbit, we believe that health belongs to everyone and that people should not be priced out of having access to devices and features that can help them improve their health. That’s why we’ve designed Versa 2 to be a premium, full-featured and easy-to-use smartwatch at an accessible price point. Building on the success of our original best-selling Versa smartwatch, we believe the added value and innovation in Versa 2 with new features like Alexa, a Spotify app and advanced in-app and on-device sleep features, will bring more users into the smartwatch category, allowing them to unlock the benefits of better health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

The new Fitbit Versa 2 is swimproof and includes sleep features like Sleep Score and smart wake, together with advanced health, fitness and smart feature.

The Versa 2 debuts an on-device microphone, which enables Fitbit’s first Alexa smartwatch experience, along with a Spotify app that allows users to control their music and podcasts, and Fitbit Pay on all models.

Coupled with even faster performance, thousands of apps and clock faces and a brighter, crisper display with an optional always-on mode, the Versa 2 wants to be your 24/7 health and wellness companion.

With 5+ days battery life, the Versa 2 has the same price tag as the Versa when the latter was launched last April.

The latest Fitbit Aria Air is an affordable Bluetooth scale that tracks weight and syncs with the Fitbit app to calculate BMI, providing a comprehensive view of your trends over time alongside your activity, heart rate, sleep and nutrition data within the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.

Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.

When combined with Fitbit’s app and wearable devices, Aria Air provides access to added data, information and motivation to more effectively reach health and wellness goals.

Price and availability below.

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