Posts Tagged ‘iPod’

Apple iPod touch lineup gets new colours & iSight camera

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The new iPod touch lineup starts at S$278.

iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in red, pink, yellow, blue, silver and space grey through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/sg) and Apple Authorised Reseller.

iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in red, pink, yellow, blue, silver and space grey through the Apple Online Store and Apple Authorised Reseller. Photo: Apple

Apple today announced its 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colours and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight camera.

Apple iPod touch lineup (SGD prices incl. GST)
16GB S$278
32GB S$348
64GB S$398

The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina® display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime camera.

iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodised aluminium design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space grey and (PRODUCT) RED.

iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck raises S$7,500

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The roving charity taco truck from EA Mobile raised S$7,500 over a period of four days – to be donated to Club Rainbow Singapore.

Plants and Zombies unite for a charitable cause.

Plants and Zombies unite for a charitable cause. Photo: EA Mobile

Club Rainbow Singapore is a charity committed to providing help to children who are suffering from a range of chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Life-sized zombie and plant mascots handed out tacos from the truck, which was parked at three locations from 5 – 8 September to the delight of both fans and on-looking visitors.

The three locations were Mapletree Business City, Cineleisure Orchard and Sentosa Beach Station.

A sunflower and a zombie was on location to pose for snapshots with fans and visitors to the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck.

A sunflower and a zombie was on location to pose for snapshots with fans and visitors to the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck. Photo: EA Mobile

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PopCap Games launches Plants vs. Zombies 2 worldwide

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The highly anticipated sequel is now available free from the App Store on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game will become available for other platforms later this year and beyond.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will first debut for iOS devices and become available for other platforms later.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will first debut for iOS devices and become available for other platforms later.

Featuring a time-travel theme that propels players through different historical eras to face off with zombies from various time periods, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is free to play and can be found on the App Store around the world, in seven different languages with additional languages supported soon.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is designed with an ever-expanding universe that will offer regular updates including new worlds full of new plants, zombies and challenges beyond the first three from its predecessor.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 extends the classic gameplay of the original and provides players with dozens of new levels, plants and zombies.

Key features of Plants vs. Zombies 2 include:

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Ong Radio launches McIntosh McAire in Singapore

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The compact integrated audio system pumps out powerful music that easily fills the room with even tonality. Regular price: S$6,450. Promotional introductory price: S$4,588.

The McAire sports a high gloss black finish, signature McIntosh blue output meters, glass faceplate and a knit cloth grille (also in black) with magnetic attachment.

The McAire sports a high gloss black finish, signature McIntosh blue output meters, glass faceplate and a knit cloth grille (also in black) with magnetic attachment.

The McAire is the most affordable system from McIntosh which specialises in the ultra-luxe AV market.

“… individuals who demand the very best can finally enjoy a complete high fidelity McIntosh music system as a lifestyle or second system for their rooms or executive office, that is handcrafted in Binghamton New York alongside McIntosh’s other super premium components, for under a 5-figure sum,” said Malcolm Ong, Chief Executive Officer of the Ong Radio Group.

The next in line is an all-in-one system (McIntosh MXA60) that includes a CD player and a tuner, which goes for S$16,050 (although there’s currently a promotional price of S$12,888.

Ong Radio Group launched the McIntosh McAire in Singapore last Friday, timing its debut in Singapore with the 76th anniversary of the high-end home entertainment system distributor and retailer.

The McIntosh McAire features Apple’s AirPlay wireless technology which allows users to stream audio from an iTunes library on a Mac or PC – or music from an iOS device – over an existing Wi-Fi network at home or an executive suite.

The ice-blue of the McAire stamps the signature of McIntosh into whatever setting it is introduced

The ice-blue of the McAire stamps the signature of McIntosh into whatever setting it is introduced

Each McAire unit is built with the same high end technology used in McIntosh’s super premium reference system.

New company byte: Nubox

Friday, August 24th, 2012

With the opening of its 10th Apple Premium Reseller (APR) store in Sim Lim Square today, I have created a new company byte for Nubox.

Nubox is an arm of Newstead Technologies with Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Authorised Reseller (AAR) stores in Singapore.

Nubox is an arm of Newstead Technologies with Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Authorised Reseller (AAR) stores in Singapore.

Read a byte-sized profile and background information of Nubox for quick reference here.

You can also read articles related to Nubox on tech4tea.com here.

Nubox upgrades Sim Lim store from AAR to APR status

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Nubox today opened its 10th Apple Premium Reseller (APR) store in Sim Lim Square. Prior to this, it had an Apple Authorised Reseller store at the geek’s paradise.

The new Nubox APR store replaces the previous AAR store in Sim Lim Square.

The new Nubox APR store replaces the previous AAR store in Sim Lim Square.

To be awarded APR status, the store met stringent criteria from Apple: ability to offer impeccable service to customers, store location and size and availability of staff with Apple Certified Support Professional certification.

In addition to the complete range of Apple products, Nubox@Sim Lim Square will offer a quality range of third-party accessories and software as well professional services that include training and service support.

Newstead Technologies now has 11 Nubox stores across Singapore, comprising 10 APRs and one AAR in Funan Digital Life Mall. The Funan AAR will also be replaced with an APR next month.

Evelyn Chua, the Chief marketing Officer of Newstead, tells me that she plans to open a twelfth Nubox APR in Bedok Mall next year.

Store opening promotions for Nubox @ Sim Lim Square from 24-26 August, 2012.

Store opening promotions for Nubox @ Sim Lim Square from 24-26 August, 2012. Click on thumbnail to zoom in.

For the time being, the plan is to stop at twelve. You can read more about Nubox and its stores here.

As part of the store opening, there will be promotional offers from today till Sunday.

Apple misses analysts’ predictions amid wait for iPhone 5

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Apple has just announced its financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended 30 June, 2012. Profits missed analysts’ predictions.

“Shares of the world's most valuable technology company shed more than 5 percent of their value after Apple - which beats Wall Street expectations with near regularity - reported its second quarterly miss on results in less than a year,” Reuters reported.

Major news agencies reacted negatively towards Apple’s quarterly results.

Compared to analysts’ predictions for a profit of $10.37 a share on revenue of $37.2 billion, net income was reported as $9.32 a share on sales of $35 billion.

“Apple’s profit and sales fell short of analysts’ projections for only the second time since 2003 as customers held off on iPhone purchases while waiting for a new model to be introduced later in the year,” reported Bloomberg today.

The major news agencies don’t seem to have taken the results in positive light.

The consensus seems to be that customers are holding off on iPhone purchases in anticipation of a new model, which is expected to be introduced later this year.

Shares fell some 6 percent in late trading.

This is the first full quarter of sales for Apple’s latest iPad, which was released in March.

Note the 84% growth in iPad sales over the same quarter last year.

Some 17 million iPads were sold in the quarter alone!

Sales growth this quarter
Device Number of units sold Compared to year-ago quarter
iPhone 26 m 28%
iPad 17 m 84%
Mac 4 m 2%
iPod 6.8 m -10%

It’s interesting to note the 10% decline in iPod sales.

It is an indication that it may be made redundant by the proliferation of smartphones which can fulfil the functions of a mobile personal music player cum entertainment device.

On the other hand, Sony is still launching new models in its rejuvenated Walkman media players cum entertainment devices.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of the Company’s common stock.

“Apple disappointed analysts despite reporting profits up 21% year-on-year to $8.8bn (£5.6bn) and revenues up 23% to $35bn, after missing targets that Wall Street had forecast,” Guardian reported.

The dividend is payable on August 16, 2012, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 13, 2012.

This continues Tim Cook’s announcement in March to pay dividends – something that Apple had not done in 17 years until then.

The dividends are estimated to cost Apple about $10 billion a year.

Apple has around $100 billion in cash which many investors have called over the years to be returned to investors.

New mobile music player: Sony Walkman Z Series

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Sony has launched its new mobile entertainment player. The Walkman NWZ-Z1050 series is powered by Android, and is targeted at audiophiles looking for exceptional sound quality in their music.

The Sony Walkman Z1050 Mobile Entertainment Player has a 16GB capacity and will be available for S$429 from this month.

Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050 Music Player, 16 GB, Black, S$429.

Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050 Music Player, 16 GB, Black, S$429.

The Walkman Z1050 is the Android equivalent of the iPod Touch, but with a bigger anti-reflective 4.3” multi-touch LCD screen. It is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

With the form factor of a smartphone, this Walkman allows you to enjoy great music, watch videos, play games, use Android apps and surf the Web using WiFi.

I was at the launch of the new Walkman in Singapore, and got to play with the device and listen to the music quality. It did not disappoint. Audio was crisp and clear despite the loud background music inside the Helipad, and MP3 music sounded almost as good as CD-quality tracks.

There’s no 3G connection so you can only make calls through VOIP when there’s a WiFi connection. There’s no camera but you can upload, edit, view and share photos on the gadget.

From the makers of the original Walkman

Available in May 2012

Available in May 2012

But true to its tradition, it’s a music player made for music lovers by music lovers.

The new S-Master MX digital amplifier greatly reduces noise and distortion level in your music, even if you’re listening to MP3 quality audio files.

This is one of 5 Clear Audio Technologies – S-Master MX, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), and EX headphones – which promises quality audio on-the-move.

A new W.BUTTON launches the W.Control app, which allows you to explore your music collection by flicking through the cover art viewing on-screen visualisations while the music plays.

SensMe sorts your music collection into 14 mood-themed channels to suit the time of day or the way you feel.

4.3-inch display, Android 2.3 OS.

4.3-inch display, Android 2.3 OS.

The xLOUD speaker system of the Z1050 to offers a high level of clear sound reproduction from its built-in speaker – you can now listen in to your favourite tunes with friends and loved ones without a speaker dock.

The Walkman Z Series allows you to share your content at home and on the move wirelessly via Wi-Fi and connects to other DLNA-enabled devices.

Simply ‘throw’ your music, pictures and videos from your Walkman screen by ‘flicking’ them directly to compatible TVs, PCs, or home audio system to stream your media.

Connect the Walkman directly to your TV via the micro HDMI to enjoy your videos, photos and games on big screen.

Or connect via Bluetooth to compatible speakers, headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos effortlessly with no wire clutter.

Below are the main technical specifications of the new Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050.

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