Event forecast: Ramen Revolution in Singapore Sentosa (27-29 July)

July 22nd, 2018

Attention, Ramen lovers – Ramen Revolution reprises its large-scale outdoor ramen event at Resorts World Sentosa. The event is jointly organised by WATTENTION Singapore and SOZO.

* This article first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Get ready to tuck into 10 limited-edition bowls from your favourite ramen restaurants.

Each bowl of ramen goes for S$10 or more, and you can pay a little extra to top up with additional ingredients.

Participating brands will offer special dishes that are exclusive to Ramen Revolution 2018.

They will also be offering some of their ramen dishes from their regular a la carte menus.

Also, joining us all the way from Japan for the three-day event are Junk Story from Osaka and Men Dokoro Wakamusha from Saitama.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

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Digital Photography Tips to Make Your Food Look Even More Delicious

July 21st, 2018

Here are some handy food photography tips from Jonathan Berriman.

Source: Pixabay.com

Source: Pixabay.com

We’ve all had that millennial moment where we are served a delicious looking dish and immediately stand up to take a photo. Sometimes it just looks too good not to. Food photographers are some of the most followed influencers on Instagram and for good reason: people love food. We love eating food, we love making food, and we love looking at food.

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New Arrival: Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus Router

July 19th, 2018

The Deco M9 Plus is TP-Link’s first mesh Wi-Fi system with smart hub functionality, aimed at providing Wi-Fi that’s “Fast, Smart, Everywhere”.Prices and availability below.

The new Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus router.

The new Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus router.

AC2200 Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System Deco M9 Plus offers a simple way to provide a strong Wi-Fi signal in every corner of homes up to 4500 square feet with two Deco units.

Users can enjoy fast, secure Wi-Fi for over 100 connected devices, and take control of all their smart home devices with Deco M9 Plus, with no need to buy an additional hub.

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New Arrival: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with Monster Battery

July 18th, 2018

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Full View 6″ dual-camera smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 5000mAh battery with massive stamina for longer gaming, browsing and calls. Price: S$348.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features a 180g metal body with diamond-cut edges and 2.5D-curved display glass, and is available in two finishes: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

The super high-capacity 5000mAh battery of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) promises up to 48hrs non-stop use, 42hrs talk time, 28hrs browsing, 199hrs audio playback, and 20hrs video playback.

Its dual rear cameras comprises a 13-megapixel main camera with up to F2.0 aperture, and a 5MP secondary camera for Bokeh effects in Portrait mode.

The mid-tier smartphone ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with entry-level prices.

The ZenFone Max Pro squeezes a large 6-inch FHD+ Full View display in a body that typically fits only a 5.5” screen.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 3i Android Mid-Range Smartphone

July 17th, 2018

Singapore amongst the first in the world to launch the Huawei nova 3i (S$398), featuring the new Kirin 710 chip, and front-facing dual cameras with AI support. Available from 28 July.

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Huawei boasts that the nova 3i is currently the only mid-range device that offers front facing dual cameras with AI support, offering a photography experience that rivals what traditional smartphones can offer.

The Huawei nova 3i will be available at all Huawei Concept Stores, local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers and selected online marketplaces.

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei customers will also be entitled to a 2-year warranty with any smartphone purchase.

Key features of the Huawei nova 3i include the following.

  • Mesmerising gradient featuring a special textured film underneath the glass back that produces a dreamy appearance on the rear.
  • Four AI cameras for intelligent photography (Front: 24MP and 2MP, Rear: 16MP and 2MP).
  • FullView display at 6.3 inches and FHD+ (2340×1080). The 19.5:9 display covers 85 percent of the color gamut;
  • Features the latest EMUI 8.2 and Huawei’s first quad-core Kirin 710 chip, specifically designed for the nova series.

According to Huawei, the nova3i is powered by AI and can recognise over 200 scenarios across eight categories including Blue Sky, Plant and Beach.

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Norton Enlists Actor Edmund Chen to Raise Cyber Crime Awareness

July 11th, 2018

2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report reveals one in two Singaporeans identified as victims of cyber crime. Edmund shares his personal experience with cyber crime.

“My daughter was cyberbullied by some close friends in secondary school. As a parent, I was saddened and shocked that this had occurred. During that period, my daughter refused to go to school and even became skeptical of relationships,” said actor Edmund Chen.

“My daughter was cyberbullied by some close friends in secondary school. As a parent, I was saddened and shocked that this had occurred. During that period, my daughter refused to go to school and even became skeptical of relationships,” said actor Edmund Chen.

Even though consumers feel confident they are safe online, hackers have proven otherwise, stealing US$172 billion from 978 million consumers in 20 countries in the past year.

This is according to the Norton by Symantec 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (NCSIR) released today.

“Consumers’ online behavior reveal a dangerous disconnect. Despite a steady stream of cyber crime sprees reported by media, too many people appear to feel invincible and skip taking even basic precautions to protect themselves. This disconnect highlights the need for consumer digital safety and the urgency for consumers to get back to basics when it comes to doing their part to prevent cyber crime,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Norton by Symantec.

“Consumers’ online behavior reveal a dangerous disconnect. Despite a steady stream of cyber crime sprees reported by media, too many people appear to feel invincible and skip taking even basic precautions to protect themselves. This disconnect highlights the need for consumer digital safety and the urgency for consumers to get back to basics when it comes to doing their part to prevent cyber crime,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Norton by Symantec.

The effects of cyber crime can extend beyond pure monetary impact as actor Edmund Chen can attest.

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Yamaha Opens 1st AV Lifestyle Concept Showroom in Singapore

July 6th, 2018

Yamaha Audio Visual launched its first lifestyle concept store in Singapore. The Yamaha Experience Studio (YES) is its first in ASEAN and is located at #06-02 in Plaza Singapura.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The 58-sqm flagship store will provide a space for audiophiles to experience the performance of high fidelity audio, including its acclaimed AVENTAGE AV Receiver series and new MusicCast system.

It is designed to enable visitors to hear music as if the artist was in the room with them, as well as to learn how to reproduce this experience in their own environment.

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I visited the Yamaha Experience Studio as part of the media preview and enjoyed the high fidelity audio visual experience presented.

The products at the Yamaha Experience Studio feature patented technologies that have been developed over many years.

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New Arrival: Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router (StarHub Exclusive)

July 6th, 2018

StarHub Broadband and Hubbing Plans subscribers will receive the new Linksys AC2600 router (usual price S$329) at no additional cost.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

Linksys has teamed up with StarHub to announce the launch of the Linksys EA8100-AH Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router for StarHub customers in Singapore.

Media briefing on the new Linksys EA8100-AH AC2600 router at the company’s office at South Beach Tower in Singapore.

Starting from 7 July, customers who sign up for or renew their StarHub 1Gbps Fibre Home Broadband and HomeHub Plus plans will receive the all-new Linksys EA8100 at no additional cost (usual price: S$329).

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.

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Holiday greetings: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2018

June 15th, 2018

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”!

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Completed after 2 years in 1826, the mosque can accommodate up to 5000 people in mass prayer.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

After a whole month of fasting during Ramadan, today is the day that our Muslim friends have been looking forward to.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!