Archive for January, 2024

New Arrival: Dell Announces Four New AI-Driven Headsets

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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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New Arrival: Belkin Launches Disney-Themed Accessories

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

Belkin celebrates its 41st anniversary with a new lineup of Disney and Marvel-themed accessories.

This is Belkin’s first collaboration of accessories with Disney and Marvel.

This is Belkin’s first collaboration of accessories with Disney and Marvel.

The Disney-themed range of accessories aim to evoke nostalgia, style, and innovation and will be available in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region from Greater China, Korea and Japan, ASEAN and across to India.

This collection spans Belkin’s range of accessories encompassing the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max Cases, the 5K Magnetic Battery Pack for the iPhone, the powerful 65W Dual USB-C Charger, two-metre-long super durable braided silicone cables and an array of children headsets.

As part of Disney’s 100th anniversary, the new line-up of products feature Disney, Pixar and Marvel stories and characters, designed along five themes.

  1. Disney100 Prism
  2. Disney100 Music
  3. Lotso from Toy Story
  4. Frozen
  5. Marvel

More details about each theme below from the press release.

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Opening: Singtel Opens New Flagship Store at 313@Somerset

Monday, January 15th, 2024

Singtel today officially opened its new flagship store – Singtel Shop 313@Somerset – with 4,900 square foot space on the third floor at #03-31/36.

Official opening of Singtel Shop 313@Somerset. From left: Anna Yip, Deputy CEO, Singtel Singapore; Yuen Kuan Moon, Group CEO, Singtel; Ng Tian Chong, CEO, Singtel Singapore; Lionel Chng, MD, Customer Success, Singtel Singapore.

Official opening of Singtel Shop 313@Somerset. From left: Anna Yip, Deputy CEO, Singtel Singapore; Yuen Kuan Moon, Group CEO, Singtel; Ng Tian Chong, CEO, Singtel Singapore; Lionel Chng, MD, Customer Success, Singtel Singapore.

Singtel Shop 313@Somerset takes the place of the previous Singtel flagship store which had been in Comcentre for 22 years.

The Concentre is slated for redevelopment, so it will be at least four years before the flagship store can return to the Concentre.

“We’ve reimagined the store for the younger demographic and growing community of digital natives –who can use the tools, products, and facilities on offer to express themselves creatively. For those making careers on social media, they can even build their brands or services here. When customers come to our store, it will not be just a shopping trip but an experience – a place where they can connect, collaborate and co-create,” said Anna Yip, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Singapore.

“We’ve reimagined the store for the younger demographic and growing community of digital natives –who can use the tools, products, and facilities on offer to express themselves creatively. For those making careers on social media, they can even build their brands or services here. When customers come to our store, it will not be just a shopping trip but an experience – a place where they can connect, collaborate and co-create,” said Anna Yip, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Singapore.

Singtel Shop 313@Somerset caters to younger millennials and Gen Zs with a CASETiFY shop and a TikTok Creator House.

More details below from the press release.

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CES 2024: Earlier LG SmartTV Models to Receive webOS Upgrade

Sunday, January 7th, 2024

CES 2024: LG Electronics is offering the latest upgrade of its webOS smart TV platform to owners of older LG Smart TVs turning them into home entertainment hubs.

webOS Re:New Programme gives more users of earlier LG Smart TV models access to the home entertainment experience of LG’s most recent platform. Image: LG Electronics Singapore.

webOS Re:New Programme gives more users of earlier LG Smart TV models access to the home entertainment experience of LG’s most recent platform. Image: LG Electronics Singapore.

In early 2024, the webOS Re:New programme will bring the latest webOS upgrade to every model in LG’s 2022 OLED TV lineup, LG OLED Flex, LG OLED Objet Collection Posé, as well as LG’s 2022 QNED Mini LED 8K (QNED99/95 series).

“Demonstrated by the constant improvement to the webOS platform’s UX and UI, LG is firmly dedicated to elevating convenience and security, ensuring that users benefit from a hassle-free and secure experience when using our products. We strive to provide life-enriching experiences for our customers by delivering a wide range of content and services on our TVs,” said Baik Seon-pill, leader of the LG Home Entertainment Company’s Product Planning Division.

This upgrade will be extended to more LG TVs worldwide in the future.

With the latest version of webOS, LG Smart TV owners can enjoy a more personalised TV experience with a Home Screen that greets users with recommendations according to their tastes.

The user interface is highly customisable, which means viewers can personalise the selection of content and services and access them with greater ease.

To make the process even more seamless, the Quick Card UI sorts diverse content and services into categories like music, games and sports within a user-centric interface that resembles mobile user interface design.

More details below from the press release.

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CES 2024: AMD Introduces New Automotive AI Processor Chips

Saturday, January 6th, 2024

CES 2024: AMD is introducing two new devices – the Versal AI Edge XA adaptive SoC and Ryzen Embedded V2000A Series processor – for next-generation automotive systems.

Working alongside a growing automotive partner ecosystem, AMD will demonstrate at CES 2024 the broad range of capabilities and applications for these new devices in automotive solutions available today and in the future.

Working alongside a growing automotive partner ecosystem, AMD will demonstrate at CES 2024 the broad range of capabilities and applications for these new devices in automotive solutions available today and in the future.

The Versal AI Edge XA adaptive SoC and Ryzen Embedded V2000A Series processor are designed to serve key automotive focus segments including infotainment, advanced driver safety and autonomous driving.

“Our expanding and highly diversified AMD automotive portfolio presents a significant opportunity to serve this high-growth market while also underscoring the tremendous synergy of our combined automotive teams since the acquisition of Xilinx almost two years ago. As we look ahead to 2024’s Consumer Electronics Show, we are excited to showcase our achievements working in collaboration with our ecosystem partners that will advance the future of the automotive industry,” said Salil Raje, senior vice president and general manager, Adaptive and Embedded Computing Group, AMD.

Versal AI Edge XA adaptive SoCs add an advanced AI Engine, enabling the devices to be further optimised for numerous next-generation advanced automotive systems and applications including: forward cameras, in-cabin monitoring, LiDAR, 4D radar, surround-view, automated parking and autonomous driving.

Versal AI Edge XA adaptive SoCs are also the first AMD 7nm device to be auto-qualified, bringing hardened IP and added security to automotive applications where safety is paramount.

Ryzen Embedded V2000A Series processors power the next-generation automotive digital cockpit, from the infotainment console to the digital cluster and passenger displays.

The expansion of the AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000A Series brings the first x86 auto-qualified processor family to offer the same PC-like experience consumers have come to expect from home entertainment which they can now enjoy in-vehicle, on the go.

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CES 2024: Dell Revamps XPS Lineup with Built-in AI

Friday, January 5th, 2024

CES 2024: Dell is introducing new screen sizes to its XPS lineup with the XPS 16 and XPS 14, and is revamping the XPS 13 Plus to XPS 13.

The revamped XPS lineup from Dell: (from Left) XPS14, XPS 16, XPS 13.

The revamped XPS lineup from Dell: (from Left) XPS 14, XPS 16, XPS 13.

The new XPS designs take a minimalistic approach using CNC machined aluminum and Gorilla Glass 3, and tone-on-tone colours (available in Graphite and Platinum).

They feature a touch function row to switch between media and function keys easily, a seamless glass touchpad with haptic feedback, and larger keycaps that provide a comfortable and smooth typing experience with every keystroke.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2-inch and Huawei FreeClip

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Huawei has unveiled the MatePad 13.2-inch tablet (S$1,398) and FreeClip earbuds (S$298) at its global launch event. Promotional offers below.

Huawei boasts that the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet is one of the thinnest and lightest 13-inch large-sized tablets in the industry.

Huawei boasts that the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet is one of the thinnest and lightest 13-inch large-sized tablets in the industry.

The MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet ships with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage and features a flexible OLED screen and WPS Office 2.0 productivity software.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet works with the 3rd-generation Huawei M-Pencil to offer an elevated painting, drawing and writing experience with the stylus which is powered by NearLink technology with high pressure sensing level and lower latency.

For productivity, the tablet works with a new detachable Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard which comes with a full touchpad.

Both the M-Pencil and keyboard (worth S$296) are bundled free with the MatePad Pro 13.2-inch tablet for pre-orders from 9-25 January 2024 on the Huawei Official Store on Lazada.

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