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New Arrival and Review: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Google Pixel 6 (S$999) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) have arrived in Singapore. They are now available exclusively on the Google Store online, together with a selection of phone cases and accessories.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Google Singapore had sent me both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 to try out prior to today’s launch, so I’ve been playing with both phones for a while now.

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ship with Android 12 installed and come with 128GB storage.

Powered by Android 12, Google has given the new phones a new user interface (UI) they call “Material Me”, which provides themed UI skins and widgets that are supposed to be highly customised to your you needs.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (S$1,299) is available in Stormy Black and Cloudy White with cases (S$49) in Stormy Sky, Soft Sage, Light Frost and Golden Glow.

The phones are powered by Google Tensor, the company’s first processor that’s basically a mobile system on a chip designed specifically around Google’s AI engine.

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Review: Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) Speaker Display

Friday, December 24th, 2021

The second-generation Google Nest Hub (S$139) goes beyond being a speaker and display to monitoring your sleep with Sleep Sensing to help you get a better night’s sleep.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) is available online for S$139 on Google Store, as well as Courts, Challenger, and Shopee.

I’ve been using the first generation Google Nest Hub at home for years, and it’s brought hours of entertainment to the family.

The second-generation Google Nest Hub reprises many of these same functionalities.

 

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Unboxing the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen).

It is a speaker/display to stream music/videos from music services such as Spotify and YouTube Music, and shows from Netflix and Disney+ etc; or to cast music/videos from the smartphone.

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Google Unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Phones

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

After months of leaks and teasers, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Featuring Google’s custom-developed Tensor chip, both versions will come to Singapore early next year. Details TBA.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new Tensor chip and ships with Android 12.

Even though the launch price of the Pixel 6 is US$100 lower than the Pixel 5, it features top-notch hardware compared to the mid-range offering of its predecessor.

The new Tensor chip is a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores, as well as two mid-level cores and four power-efficient ones.

I’m excited that the custom image processor will bring the computational photography on the Pixel to greater levels.

Camera smarts include Magic Eraser (for removing unwanted distractions from a photo) and Face Unblur (which selects a sharp face from a few photos and puts it onto an action shot.

Portrait Mode offers better subject separation and improved skin tone rendering.

Night Mode and Astrophotography have also been enhanced.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2021

Friday, January 1st, 2021

It’s 2021. Happy New Year!

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

Photo credit: Justin Tan @_incognito08_. Sunrise at Mirissa in a whale-watching boat off the coast of Sri Lanka. Circa 2018.

It’s a new day, new year, with new beginnings.

Let’s hope the new year brings better times and leave behind the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May the new decade begin!

 

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Closer to home in Singapore, the skies opened up today to usher in the new decade. Video shot with Google Pixel 4 XL.

New Arrival: Google Pixel 4a [and Pixel 4a (5G) & Pixel 5]

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Google has launched the Pixel 4a (S$499) which will be available online from 10 September. Pre-orders for the mid-tier smartphone in Singapore begins tomorrow.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with an even bigger battery that lasts all day. To the right is a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a comes in Just Black with a 5.8-inch bezel-less, OLED display, with a 3.5mm headphone jack, increased storage space of 128GB and 6GB of RAM.

The Google Pixel 4a will ship with the following key features.

  • The same camera features from the Pixel 4 – including Live HDR+ Night Sight with astrophotography, Portrait Mode, and Top Shot.
  • Note that the Pixel 4a will not have the rear telephoto lens in the Pixel 4.
  • A Recorder app which automatically transcribes speech and lets you search across your audio recordings.
  • Longer battery life based on Adaptive Battery that adapts to the way users use their apps, and reduces power to apps that are rarely used.
  • Live Caption for phone calls.

Together with the launch of the Pixel 4a comes the Pixel 4a knit fabric cases, which combine beauty, lightweight protection and recycled materials.

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Google Pay Singapore Adds Food Discovery & Ordering To App

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Google Pay supports Singapore food establishments amid the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak – by offering a free menu discovery feature for food establishments; and enabling patrons to discover eateries by cuisine, browse menus and contact merchants to place orders from over 250 eateries.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

To help Singaporeans and the local food services industry during the circuit breaker period, Google has launched a new feature to discover food pick-up and delivery options on the new Google Pay Singapore app.

“Quick food pick-ups and door-to-door deliveries are now a necessity, as Singaporeans stay home during this critical period. Like several others in Singapore, we too were sharing food menus among family and friends. So we thought, what if we could scale this and make this easier for consumers and restaurants? We rallied our employees to come together quickly and discussed ways in which we could offer a solution,” said Patrick Teo, Director of Engineering for Payments and Engineering Site Lead at Google Singapore.

Many food establishments had to pause their dine-in services and rely on informal methods to share their menu and publicise their pick-up or delivery options.

Developed specifically for Singapore, this new menu discovery experience brings a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and hawker stalls online starting with over 100 businesses in addition to existing restaurants like Burger King, Canadian Pizza, Cedele, Da Paolo Group, The Daily Cut and Tuk Tuk Cha, giving patrons over 250 eateries to order from.

With the new Menu Discovery feature, Singaporeans will now be able to get family meals from Kok Sen, O Banh Mi, and Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha or order restaurant-style spreads at home from Blue Ginger, O.BBa BBQ Jjajang and NUDE Seafood.

With the new menu discovery feature, customers can browse menus, select items, and contact the food establishment to place their order and pay.

Depending on the eatery, customers can choose to pick up their order or have it delivered.

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Google Meet Video Conferencing Solution To Become Free

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Google Cloud will be making Google Meet, Google’s video-conferencing solution, free for everyone with availability starting in early May.

The new expanded tiled view in Google Meet.

The new expanded tiled view in Google Meet.

Anyone with an email address will be able to sign up for Google Meet to enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users.

These include features such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.

Google Meet operates on a secure foundation, keeping users safe, data secure, and information private—including between patients and caregivers in a TELEHEALTH environment.

Google Meet operates on a secure foundation, keeping users safe, data secure, and information private—including between patients and caregivers in a TELEHEALTH environment.

Starting in May, Google will be gradually expanding Meet’s availability to more and more people over the following weeks.

While users might not be able to create meetings at meet.google.com right away, they can sign up to be notified when it’s available .

More details below from Google.

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Google Doodles Celebrates Hand Washing for COVID-19

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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Digital Well-Being Tips For International Day Of Happiness

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Here are some tips from Google on digital wellbeing and how our devices can contribute to our daily happiness.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations globally, research has shown that Singaporeans are amongst the unhappiest people in the world.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

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New Feature: Google Translate App Gets Real Time Transcribe

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Google Translate app has just launched Transcribe – a new feature that enables you to translate and transcribe audio in real time.

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

Transcribe began its roll-out early this morning, and a full roll-out will be happening within the next few days.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

The new feature will support any combination between the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Previously, Translate wasn’t well suited to translate lectures over video conferencing or in a classroom, longer discussions, or stories from grandparents who speak another language.

To address this gap, Google is introducing this new feature that transcribes audio into translated text.

While the feature is only available on Android devices currently, Google is planning to launch it on iOS in the future.

Here’s how Transcribe in the Google Translate app works:

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