Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

New arrival: New Google Chromecast (S$65) in Singapore for TVs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

From today, the newest version of Google Chromecast will be available in Singapore from M1 and Lazada retailers at S$65.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

Chromecast turns any TV into a smart TV by streaming the display of a Chromebook or an Android, iOS, Windows device onto a any television with an HDMI port.

With fresh content and an updated app to find entertainment, the new Chromecast promises to make streaming easier and up to 6.5x faster than its predecessor.

The new Chromecast has an updated design, making it easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports.

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New arrivals: SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick streaming USB/Wi-Fi flash drive

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The USB flash drive streams content to up to 3 devices simultaneously and each charge can support up to 4.5 hours of continuous streaming to 1 device. Available in Singapore during COMEX 2015 next week. Prices below.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a two year warranty.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a two year warranty.

Part of the SanDisk Connect Wireless family, the consumer mobile storage device is available at 16GB (S$49), 32GB (S$69),64GB (S$99) and 128GB (S$169) capacities.

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Pioneer brings Apple CarPlay to Singapore with AVH-X8750BT

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Pioneer’s existing AVH-X8650BT and new AVH-X8750BT in-dash car multimedia receivers can now access Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre has announced the availability of Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer Apple CarPlay to drivers,” said Isao Nomura, Deputy General Manager for Business Planning and Marketing Division of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre.

Accessible in Singapore on two of their aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers, the existing AVH-X8650BT and the newly-released AVH-X8750BT, consumers can now enjoy a smarter, safer and more fun way to use their iPhones in the car.

Apple CarPlay uses Siri voice control to enable iPhone users to safely enjoy selected apps on large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, while staying focused on the road.

With Apple CarPlay, consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music and podcasts.

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New arrivals: SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone & iPad with Lightning connector

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive has a Lightning and USB connector and easily increases the memory storage for your iPhone or iPad. Available now in Singapore in 16GB (S$88), 32GB (S$128) and 64GB (S$188).

The iXpand Flash Drive is a powerful, yet simple-to-use solution that quickly transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC — all without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations.

The iXpand Flash Drive is a powerful, yet simple-to-use solution that quickly transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC — all without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations.

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is the storage company’s first USB flash drive designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad.

“According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets. With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all,” said Mark Eng, Country Manager, Singapore and Malaysia, SanDisk.

First released in the US at the end of 2014, the iXpand is now available in Singapore.

The USB flash drive makes it easy to offload content from your iPhone or iPad to free up the storage of the device, and to upload additional media or documents to the mobile device.

You can also playback music, video and photos; or read documents directly from the device while it is plugged into the Lightning connector of the iPhone/iPad.

On the desktop/notebook, the flash drive has a USB 2.0 port to plug in like any USB thumb drive.

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New arrivals: Parallels Access 2.5 extends to computer-to-computer access

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Parallels Access 2.5 now features Universal File Manager, Computer-to-Computer Remote Access and Samsung S Pen Integration on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Pricing below.

Parallels advances the remote desktop experience beyond iPhone, iPad and Android to include computer-to-computer access.

Parallels advances the remote desktop experience beyond iPhone, iPad and Android to include computer-to-computer access.

Parallels, a global provider of cross-platform solutions, today introduced Parallels Access 2.5, available immediately on Google Play and the App Store worldwide.

“In our new era of even more devices, interfaces and form factors, it is extremely important for people to have a consistent application experience from any device, anywhere. Today’s workers need tools that connect the applications they depend on with devices and services from multiple platforms for a seamless user experience,” said Parallels president Jack Zubarev.

New features of the app include a universal file manager, computer-to-computer remote access and Samsung S Pen integration to give customers a useful and productive remote access experience.

Now all Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge customers get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access in their Galaxy Gifts.

The new release also supports the recently released OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Parallels Access enables users to access their working computer anytime and anywhere, even with a mobile device or a borrowed computer.

New features include:

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Video Boost debuts in new Opera Mini 9 for iOS

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Opera claims that its Video Boost is a first for mobile web browsers, offering faster loading time and money savings from data reduction (compression). Available now FREE from Apple App Store.

The new Opera Mini 9 for iOS comes with video boost feature that compresses video before delivering to your mobile phone, saving you from staring at the video-buffering wheel, as well as data savings.

The new Opera Mini 9 for iOS comes with video boost feature that compresses video before delivering to your mobile phone, saving you from staring at the video-buffering wheel, as well as data savings.

iPhone and iPad users will see less of the dreaded video-buffering wheel, using the new video boost feature in the Opera Mini 9 web browser.

“This is the first time video optimization has been integrated into a web browser, so your browser can now take pride of place as your favorite video app. Video snags are a small problem, but an annoying one — a pothole on the internet highway. And Opera fixed it,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.

People love watching video on their mobiles and tablets.

Unfortunately, this can eat up a data plan quickly, and stalled videos waste time and create frustration.

Opera Mini boasts that it can address this problem with video boost.

Video boost brings down buffering time for eager video viewers, by reducing the size of video data.

Using the Rocket Optimizer engine from Opera’s Skyfire division, video boost can also save users on their data bills.

Optimising videos is becoming increasingly important, as video viewing explodes on mobile phones.

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New arrivals: iPhone 6 ultra-protective cases from OtterBox

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

OtterBox has launched new protective cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 – Commuter (S$49), Symmetry (S$49), Symmetry IML (S$65), and Defender (S$69) series.

New OtterBox protective cases for the iPhone 6: Commuter (S$49, top right), Symmetry (S$49, top left), and Defender (S$69, bottom) series.

New OtterBox protective cases for the iPhone 6: Commuter (S$49, top right), Symmetry (S$49, top left), and Defender (S$69, bottom) series.

The new cases offer varying levels of protection and designs for different tastes and occasions.

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Apple finally unveils much anticipated Apple Watch

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Apple has launched its latest genre of consumer gadgets – the Apple Watch (without the “i”). Prices for the wearable device  start from US$349 – early 2015.

Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple Watch is controlled through a Digital Crown for scrolling, zooming and navigating – without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button.

Apple watch with Apple iPhone.

Apple watch with Apple iPhone.

You can use the Apple Watch to send/receive messages and answer calls to your iPhone.

Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives.

Apple Watch uses an iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device.

The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps.

Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel.

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Apple announces new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

One year to the day from the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple has unveiled the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, running iOS 8.

Prices range from S$998 to S$1,448.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 with 1334 x 750 pixels alongside the larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus with 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 with 1334 x 750 pixels alongside the larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus with 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The two new iPhones come in thin unibody enclosure of anodised aluminium and feature Retina HD displays, A8 chip, improved cameras and Apple pay.

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey; while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey.

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey; while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey.

Both run on iOS 8 – a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 has 1334 x 750 pixels which translates to 38 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s.

The larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which gives 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels in the iPhone 5s.

For the first time, 128GB versions will be available., for both models. Prices below.

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POTD: When your address is an expletive … expect tourists

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Did you know that there is an actual town in Austria which is called “Fucking”? And less than two hours’ drive to the east from Salzburg, you’ll hit the mountain named “Loser” which is also a popular ski resort.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Fucking is a tiny miniscule hamlet about 40km to the north of Salzburg. This Austrian town is about 40 minutes’ drive from Salzburg.

Located close to the border between Germany and Austria, the town comprises a cluster of houses on either side of the road.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that's just a sign to tell you that you're leaving Fucking behind you.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that’s just a sign to tell you that you’re leaving Fucking behind you. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It is so tiny that less than 200m after passing the signboard that marks your entry into the town, you see the signboard that marks your exit from the town.

I’ve driven around Europe a fair bit and passed through many one-street towns – but Fucking is one of the tiniest we have driven through.

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