Tech Focus – 10 Predictions on How AI will Shape Technology in 2024

February 23rd, 2024

Ee Huei Sin shares ten predictions from Keysight Technologies on how AI’s influence will strengthen and impact technologies across industries in 2024.

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) ready to direct physical-world activities in 2024?

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) ready to direct physical-world activities in 2024?

With the introduction of ChatGPT, Dall-e, and many other tools to the public, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a hotly debated topic that will continue to dominate headlines throughout the decade.

Engineers are integrating AI into technologies and reaping the benefits to enhance operations, extract and leverage intelligence, and drive organisation-wide benefits across industries.

Here’s ten predictions from Keysight, on how AI’s influence will strengthen and impact technologies across industries in 2024.

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New Arrival: Epson WorkForce ES-C380W and ES-C320W Scanners

February 16th, 2024

Epson today launched the WorkForce ES-C380W and ES-C320W A4 document scanners. Both are available for sale in Singapore.

The new Epson WorkForece ES-C380W(left) and ES-C320W A4 document scanners.

The new Epson WorkForece ES-C380W (left) and ES-C320W A4 document scanners.

The Epson Workforce ES-C380W and ES-C320W targets hybrid workers from compact home offices to bustling corporate spaces, and are designed to empower productivity, enhance collaboration and streamline workflows across diverse work settings.

The ES-C380W and ES-C320W are the successors of the DS-360W.

Compared to its predecessor, these new models are able to scan more types of media and feature duplex scanning at speeds up to 30 ppm / 60 ipm.

More details below from the press release.

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tech4tea.com Best-in-Class Awards 2023

February 5th, 2024

#BiC2023: It’s the time of the year to look at the winning brands and products from the previous year – 2023.

Check out the winners of the 2023 BiC Awards from tech4tea.com for each product or brand category.

Check out the winners of the 2023 BiC Awards from tech4tea.com for each product or brand category.

Curated from the many products that the editorial team at tech4tea.com tried and tested in 2023, these products and brands offer the best balance in terms of performance and price.

These products and brands are those that the team at tech4tea.com would personally use for ourselves, based on the positive experiences we had while trying out the product and the ability of the brand to design based on our needs and solving the difficulties that the products were designed to overcome.

Stay tuned for the award honorees in each category.

Travel Tech: Shennong Street in Tainan

February 3rd, 2024

Southern Taiwan: Our favourite night street in Tainan – Shennong Street (神农街).

Took this street photo using the Leica SL2-S camera with Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens. The original photo was in colour while the black-and-white version was rendered in Photoshop.

Took this street photo using the Leica SL2-S camera with Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens. The original photo was in colour while the black-and-white version was rendered in Photoshop.

A pleasant stroll with great ambience through the traditional shopping street.

The Leica SL2-S has significantly improved low-light performance over its predecessor.

Promotion: Belkin Accessories on 2.2 on Lazada and Shopee

February 2nd, 2024

Here are some handpicked Belkin accessories from the 2.2 online sales to kick-start the year with.

Of note are the surge protection strips and outlets to protect your high value electronic gadgets.

Of note are the surge protection strips and outlets to protect your high value electronic gadgets.

The Belkin official online stores on Lazada and Shopee are running up to 67% off on more selected products during the 2.2 promo period (2 – 4 February).

Below are 2.2 discounts for selected Belkin’s chargers and accessories.

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New Arrival: New Asus TUF Gaming A15, F15 and F16 Laptops in Singapore

February 1st, 2024

The new A15, F15 and F16 TUF Gaming laptops from Asus sport new chassis designs and improved performance with powerful chips from Intel, AMD and NVIDIA.

New TUF Gaming laptops from Asus will be hitting Singapore shelves on 16 February 2024.

New TUF Gaming laptops from Asus will be hitting Singapore shelves on 16 February 2024.

The Asus TUF Series will be available for pre-order starting from 2 Feb till 15 Feb, and will be retailing from S$1,199 starting from 16 Feb.

Available on ASUS Online Store, ASUS Exclusive Store Bugis, and selected authorised retailers.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dell Announces Four New AI-Driven Headsets

January 31st, 2024

Dell’s new line up of four intelligent wireless/wired headsets are built from the ground up with the latest AI-driven technology. Prices below.

Dell boasts that these wireless and wired headsets feature noise cancelling performance and long-lasting, comfortable wear for all-day conferencing. From Left: Dell Pro Wireless ANC Headset (WL5024), Dell Pro Wired ANC Headset (WH5024), Dell Wireless Headset (WL3024), Dell Wired Headset (WH3024).

Dell boasts that these wireless and wired headsets feature noise cancelling performance and long-lasting, comfortable wear for all-day conferencing. From Left: Dell Pro Wireless ANC Headset (WL5024), Dell Pro Wired ANC Headset (WH5024), Dell Wireless Headset (WL3024), Dell Wired Headset (WH3024).

All four headsets are now available for purchase.

The two non-ANC models – the Dell Wireless Headset (WL3024) and Dell Wired Headset (WH3024) – are easy to use and targeted at the everyday, no-frills consumer.

The two top-end models – the Dell Pro Wireless ANC Headset (WL5024) and Dell Pro Wired ANC Headset (WH5024) – are equipped with built-in AI-driven noise cancellation microphones that pick up and filter out background noises.

More details below about the two pro models from the press release.

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CES 2024: Lenovo Showcases Over 40 AI-Powered Devices & Solutions

January 30th, 2024

CES 2024: Lenovo has unveiled more than 40 new devices and AI-powered solutions across the company’s Yoga, ThinkPad, and Legion IdeaPad sub-brands.

Lenovo showcased its latest repertoire of new consumer devices: A selection of Yoga AI laptops that supercharge the creative process, a tablet that invites users to play and learn, IdeaPad laptops designed for the everyday user, and peripherals for the modern world. Image: Lenovo.

Lenovo showcased its latest repertoire of new consumer devices: A selection of Yoga AI laptops that supercharge the creative process, a tablet that invites users to play and learn, IdeaPad laptops designed for the everyday user, and peripherals for the modern world. Image: Lenovo.

The new products cover both consumer and business computing. Some highlights below.

  • Yoga: Each of the four additional new laptops in the Yoga family come with Lenovo Yoga Creator Zone, an exclusive new software for creators, artists, and anybody looking to harness the power of generative AI in a simple and private way with security in mind.
  • ThinkPad: The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 are Intel Evo laptops powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra processors and Windows 11 that deliver optimal power efficiency, performance, and immersive experiences.
  • Legion: Lenovo’s new gaming ecosystem debuted at CES 2024 with Microsoft Windows 11-based PCs, peripherals, software, and services that deliver on power, thermals, graphics, AI-powered advantages, and the freedom to build the ultimate system to game.
  • AI-powered Assistive Technology Solutions: Pioneering assistive technology is at the core of Lenovo’s ongoing sponsorship of and collaboration with the Scott-Morgan Foundation and commitment to delivering smarter technology for all.

More details below from the press release.

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Promotion: Marvel-Themed Accessories for Belkin Accessories

January 29th, 2024

There is a promotion that Belkin is running with some of its retail partners for the Marvel/Disney-themed accessories which the company has launched as part of its 41st anniversary celebrations.

Amongst the five themes available, my favourite theme is the Marvel-themed designs.

Amongst the five themes available, my favourite theme is the Marvel-themed designs.

From 29 January to 18 February 2024, purchase S$100 & above of Belkin Marvel (or Belkin Disney Collection) products to redeem a free Disney (or Marvel) limited edition gift box.

Redeem the limited edition gift box at retail partners’ selected stores, while stocks last.

More details below on the Belkin accessories (and their prices) available in these Marvel/Disney-themed designs.

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Tech Focus – How Non-Terrestrial Networks Boost 5G Mobile

January 26th, 2024

5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) are on the verge of dramatically improving global connectivity. Dylan MGrath from Keysight Technologies shares his enthusiasm for 5G NTNs and their powerful use-cases for broadband and IoT applications.

How do non-terrestrial networks boost mobile networks?

How do non-terrestrial networks boost mobile networks?

Patchy coverage, dropped calls, voice distortions, and inconsistent data speeds are some common problems with current 4G and 5G networks.

Some of these issues are due to the inherent problems of terrestrial networks.

About the Author: Dylan McGrath is the industry solutions manager for 5G at Keysight Technologies. Prior to joining Keysight, Dylan spent more than 20 years in technology journalism and marketing. He spent more than 10 years as an editor at EE Times, including several years as editor-in-chief of the 50-year-old electronics industry trade publication. His career has also included stints at Electronic News, IHS Markit, and the Hoffman Agency.

About the Author: Dylan McGrath is the industry solutions manager for 5G at Keysight Technologies. Prior to joining Keysight, Dylan spent more than 20 years in technology journalism and marketing. He spent more than 10 years as an editor at EE Times, including several years as editor-in-chief of the 50-year-old electronics industry trade publication. His career has also included stints at Electronic News, IHS Markit, and the Hoffman Agency.

Non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) can not only alleviate these problems but also potentially expand 5G coverage to the entire planet.

While NTN technologies use satellite systems or airborne platforms to provide telecommunication services in remote areas that are impractical for traditional terrestrial networks, a drawback of current NTNs is that they’re incompatible with traditional terrestrial networks.

For example, SpaceX’s Starlink is an NTN that provides internet access to millions of users around the world through its satellite constellation.

But even if users have smartphones and tablets equipped with perfectly capable radio transceivers, they still need an additional gateway device for Starlink internet access.

Fortunately, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the organisation that creates mobile communication standards, is addressing this incompatibility by bringing the NTN ecosystem under the umbrella of the 5G standards.

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