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tech4xmas Review: Rakuten Kobo Sage & Kobo Libra 2 E-Readers

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

An e-reader makes a fantastic Christmas present for an avid reader. I’ve gotten my wife the latest Rakuten Kobo Sage for this year’s X’mas. For those who prefer a slightly smaller form-factor (and lower price-tag), the Kobo Libra 2 is also an excellent e-reader.

The Rakuten Kobo Sage (left) and Kobo Libra 2 are both waterproof to IPX8 rating so you can safely read by the pool and in the bath. In this photo, the new Dark Mode is enabled on the Kobo Sage. Notice that the text is clearly legible even under bright sunlight.

The Rakuten Kobo Sage (left) and Kobo Libra 2 are both waterproof to IPX8 rating so you can safely read by the pool and in the bath. In this photo, the new Dark Mode is enabled on the Kobo Sage. Notice that the text is clearly legible even under bright sunlight.

The Kobo Sage (S$399.90) and Kobo Libra 2 (S$289.90) are the two latest e-readers that Rakuten Kobo launched in October.

The Kobo Sage is slightly cheaper than Amazon’s flagship Kindle Oasis, while the Kobo Libra 2 is similarly priced to the latest Kindle Paperwhite.

 

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Christmas prezzies for the wife and son who are avid readers. The 8″ Kobo Sage (left, in Dark Mode) and 7″ Kobo Libra 2 (with an audiobook) in their sleepcovers which protects them and doubles up as a stand.

The 8-inch Kobo Sage is the new flagship of Kobo’s e-reader line-up, taking over the baton from the Kobo Forma (S$349.90) which is still available.

The 7-inch Kobo Libra 2 is the new version that succeeds the Libra H2O that my wife has been using, with great satisfaction, for the past year – it was her Christmas present for last X’mas.

So what are the key improvements of the two new e-readers?

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New Arrival: Huawei Watch GT 3 & Watch GT Runner Smartwatches

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Powered by HarmonyOS, The Huawei Watch GT 3 and Huawei Watch GT Runner will hit the shelves in Singapore on 18 December 2021, with pre-orders from 11-17 Dec. Prices start from S$298. Promotions & pricing details below.

Customers making the pre-order will also receive a free audio neckband, Huawei FreeLace worth S$98 to complement their exercise routines with the Huawei Watch GT 3.

Customers making the pre-order will also receive a free audio neckband, Huawei FreeLace worth S$98 to complement their exercise routines with the Huawei Watch GT 3.

First unveiled last month in October, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Series comes in two sizes – 46mm and 42mm – offering more accurate health and fitness monitoring as well as a new dynamic interface design.

 

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The Huawei Watch GT 3 feels light and looks classy on the wrist.

The Huawei Watch GT Runner has been specially designed for runners and is equipped with a dedicated professional running ability evaluation system for comprehensive tracking.

More details below about the Huawei Watch GT 3 smartwatches from the press release.

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Visit to Dreamcore’s 10,000 sqft Experiential Dream Centre

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Singapore custom PC company Dreamcore today previewed its brand new Dream Centre – a hub for the company’s growing operations.

The new Dream Centre houses Dreamcore’s expanded office and production capacity, retail and service experience, an eSports training room and more.

The new Dream Centre houses Dreamcore’s expanded office and production capacity, retail and service experience, an eSports training room and more.

The 10,000 square-feet space houses the expanded Dreamcore office, retail, concierge and service zones and a state-of-the-art PC assembly and testing facility, designed to help advance Dreamcore’s two key priorities – custom craft builds and a guided customer experience.

“People may have a certain perception of custom builds – and the challenge is helping them overcome certain barriers around the perceived complexity and hassle of it. It can be a smooth and informed process and that’s what we serve to deliver,” said Shaun Tan, founder and CEO of Dreamcore.

The Dream Centre provides an open, flexible environment that facilitates a range of experiences including product and brand showcases, activations, workshops, live events and competitions.

It includes a dedicated eSports training facility, an integrated gaming experience center, a media production studio and brand spotlight zones.

More details below about the Dream Centre from the press release.

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REACT is Medical Winner of 2021 James Dyson Award

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

REACT, the Medical Winner for the 2021 James Dyson Award, is a device to stem bleeding to help save the lives of stabbing victims. It was invented by Joseph Bentley from Loughborough university.

* This story was first published on Haleness Me.

 The REACT system uses a rapid, inflatable Tamponade device that is inserted into the stab wound. The automated inflation of this Tamponade provides internal pressure direct to the bleeding site, controlling bleeding faster than current methods.

The REACT system uses a rapid, inflatable Tamponade device that is inserted into the stab wound. The automated inflation of this Tamponade provides internal pressure direct to the bleeding site, controlling bleeding faster than current methods.

Knife crime is an issue in many countries around the world.

In England and Wales alone, there were around 46,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, which is the highest number of offences since the year ending March 2011.

The Problem

The average wait time for an ambulance in the UK is currently just over eight minutes, yet it can only take five minutes for someone to bleed to death.

The Solution

The REACT device (which stands for Rapid Emergency Actuating Tamponade) aims to reduce catastrophic blood loss from a knife wound.

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Plastic Scanner is Sustainability Winner of James Dyson Award

Friday, November 19th, 2021

The Sustainability prize for the 2021 James Dyson Award is Plastic Scanner – a low-cost, handheld device to identify plastic for recycling. It was invented by Jerry de Vos from TU Delft.

The low-cost, handheld Plastic Scanner tells you on the spot what type of plastic a product is made of.

The low-cost, handheld Plastic Scanner tells you on the spot what type of plastic a product is made of.

Plastic is a lightweight, safe and readily available material which can be used to make long-lasting, durable products.

It has a bad reputation because it is often not thought to be recyclable and so ends up in landfill, or worse on the beach or in our oceans.

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HOPES is Singapore’s 1st International Winner of James Dyson Award

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

HOPES is the first entry from Singapore to win the international top prize in the 17 years’ history of the James Dyson Award.

* This story was first published on Haleness Me.

HOPES, (which stands for Home eye Pressure E-skin Sensor) is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home IOP testing.

HOPES, (which stands for Home eye Pressure E-skin Sensor) is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home IOP testing.

HOPES is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home intra-ocular pressure (IOP) testing.

This year’s International winner of the James Dyson Award was inspired by one of the inventors’, Kelu, father’s diagnosis of glaucoma.

The Problem

After witnessing his discomfort and multiple hospital visits, she realised there is a global need for a less invasive and more accessible method for Intraocular Pressure (IOP) monitoring.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

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New Arrival: Omnidesk Launches New Standing Desk Ascent

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

The Omnidesk Ascent will be available in Singapore from 6 December at S$1,298 for the standard resin-top version and S$1,647 for the Wildwood version with wood-top.

 

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The Omnidesk Ascent is available in standard (resin-top) or Wildwood (wood-top) versions while the frames (legs) come in black or white. This is the Wildwood version.

Pre-orders for the new Omnidesk Ascent begins today (see sidebar for promotional prices).

The controller for the Ascent has been re-designed to look more pleasing and includes a 5V USB charging port, as well as control buttons to adjust the height of the table.

The controller is located to the left of the Ascent and includes 4 buttons for pre-programmed heights, as well as an OLED screen for adjusting other settings for the table.

Newly introduced for Ascent is a companion iOS/Android app – “Omnidesk Life” – which enables users to adjust the height of the table remotely (via Bluetooth), including 9 pre-programmed heights and other features such as tracking the time spent sitting or standing at the desk.

 

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The standard (resin-top) version of the Omnidesk Ascent standing table.

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New Arrival: ApeosWide 3030/6050 Monochrome Wide-Format MFC Printers

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Fujifilm Business Innovation (previously Fuji Xerox) launches the ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers with three new products under two models for scanning and printing A0 size drawings with enhanced security functions to prevent leakage of confidential drawings.

The new ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers from Fujifilm Business Innovation support secure scanning and printing for engineering drawings in the manufacturing, construction and facility management industries.

The new ApeosWide 3030/6050 monochrome wide-format multifunction printers from Fujifilm Business Innovation support secure scanning and printing for engineering drawings in the manufacturing, construction and facility management industries.

The ApeosWide 3030/6050 multifunction printers with its existing security print and copy management are equipped with robust network security functions with the latest version of the network security standard – Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3), which provides a stronger encryption for network communications.

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New Arrival: AGON 4 Series Expands AOC AGON Pro Gaming Monitor Lineup

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

The AGON 4 Series comes in three different sizes: 24.5-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch and is targeted at professional and enthusiast gamers. Prices below.

The new AGON 4 series gaming monitor has received industry acclaim achieving the Red Dot Design Award.

The new AGON 4 series gaming monitor has received industry acclaim achieving the Red Dot Design Award.

The AGON 4 Series expands AOC’s flagship AGON Pro lineup of gaming monitors.

The AGON 4 Series uses fast IPS panels and offers a 1.0ms response time (GTG), VESA Display HDR certification, logo projection and lighting effects.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Sony Launches Alpha 7 IV Camera and Two Flashes

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Sony has announced the new Alpha 7IV (available in Dec 2021) with 33-megapixel full-frame sensor, as well as two new flashes (late Nov 2021): HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-f46RM. Prices TBA.

Sony positions the Alpha 7 IV as the “perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals who shoot all scenarios”.

Sony positions the Alpha 7 IV as the “perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals who shoot all scenarios”.

The new Alpha 7 IV (model ILCE-7M4) features many of Sony’s imaging technologies including the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and AF (autofocus) capabilities based on the flagship Alpha 1 model, combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies.

The newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor CMOS image sensor offers good image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50-204800.

Key specifications of the Sony Alpha 7 IV. Full specs here.

Key specifications of the Sony Alpha 7 IV. Click to enlarge. Full specs here.

The latest processing engine BIONZ XR used in the flagship Alpha 1 delivers high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting at 10fps with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a smooth shooting experience.

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