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New Arrival: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Wireless Gaming Headphones

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal (S$799) will be available in Black Anthracite starting 7 May in Singapore, while Grey Mist and Navy will be available from June onwards. Wireless dongle sold separately.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

The Beoplay Portal is the first wireless gaming headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

Featuring a sophisticated aesthetic, premium materials, and immersive sound, Beoplay Portal is designed for immersive gaming experiences, watching movies, or enjoying music.

The headphones promises features including low-latency surround sound, good microphone performance, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and an elegant user interface.

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New Arrival: Apple iMac with M1 Chip, Vibrant Colours & 4.5K Retina Display

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Apple unveiled the new iMac as part of its slew of gadgets and services in its Spring Event 2021, globally broadcast from California. Prices and availability below.

Plenty of vibrant colours to choose from for the new M1-powered Apple iMac.

Plenty of vibrant colours to choose from for the new M1-powered Apple iMac.

This is the first iMac to ship with Apple’s new M1 CPU.

Orders begin on Friday, 30 April, with availability in the second half of May.

“M1 is a gigantic leap forward for the Mac, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new iMac, the first Mac designed around the breakthrough M1 chip. With its striking design in seven stunning colours, its immersive 4.5K Retina display, the best camera, mics, and speakers ever in a Mac, and Touch ID, combined with the amazing performance of M1 and the power of macOS Big Sur, the new iMac takes everything people love about iMac to an entirely new level,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iMac joins the Apple’s family of Mac models powered by M1, including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, taking another step in Apple’s transition to Apple’s own silicon.

The new iMac is only 11.5mm thin and comes with a large choice of vibrant colours.

It features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colours.

The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac.

Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger.

The combined power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur in the iMac renders demanding workloads like editing 4K video and working with huge images faster, making the iMac suited for those working or studying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More details below on the new Apple iMac from the press release.

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Apple Spring Event 2021: New iPad Pro, iMac, AirTag & Podcast Subscriptions

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Apple launched a slew of computers and tablets powered by its own M1 processor, as well as new services – as it targets users working and schooling at home. Prices and availability below.

The new iMac (left) and iPad Pro, both with the new M1 chip, were among the products unveiled at Apple’s Spring Event 2021.

The new iMac (left) and iPad Pro, both with the new M1 chip, were among the products unveiled at Apple’s Spring Event 2021.

The new products and services were launched by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook in a recorded video broadcast from California.

“The revolutionary M1 chip has been a breakthrough for the Mac, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to iPad Pro, … and the all-new iMac,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iPad Pro, iMac and Apple TV 4K will be open for orders beginning 30 April with availability in the second half of May in more than 30 countries and regions, including the US.

Apple also introduced a new Purple finish for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

The new colour, as well as the AirTag will begin pre-orders on 23 April, with availability from 30 April.

Below are the list of new gadgets and services as well as their prices in Singapore.

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New Arrival: Huawei Band 6 Wearable Smart Fitness Tracker

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Huawei’s entry-level fitness tracker Band 6 will be available in Singapore from 15 April at S$88. Introductory promotions below.

From 15 April 2021, HUAWEI Band 6 will be available at S$88 in three different colours — Graphite Black, Sakura Pink and Forest Green.

From 15 April 2021, Huawei Band 6 will be available at S$88 in three different colours — Graphite Black, Sakura Pink and Forest Green.

Huawei has just announced the new Band 6 – featuring a 1.47-inch enhanced AMOLED FullView Display, 2-week battery life, as well as all-day health monitoring.

The Huawei Band 6 supports all-day monitoring of heart rates, SpO2, sleep, and stress measurement; as well as menstrual cycle tracking for ladies.

Details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One Wired Mouse

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Dreamcore has introduced the SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse in Singapore. The fully customisable wired mouse is available from today onwards at S$89 on the Dreamcore Official Store on Lazada and S$69 when bundled with a Dreamcore PC on Dreamcore’s website.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The SuperSolid Gemini One ships with pre-packed variable weights and interchangeable covers and buttons, with the following key features.

  • Variable weights: The mouse comes with 12 pre-packed weights, each at 1.25g, so that users can easily vary the weight of their mouse from 75g to 97g with a simple modification
  • Interchangeable magnetic covers: Users get a choice of a solid or a honeycomb cover. The honeycomb cover allows for maximised airflow, preventing sweaty palms regardless of heat and hours spent on the computer.
  • Interchangeable side buttons: The mouse is ambidextrous by enabling left-handed users to use only the buttons on the right side for intuitive and easier access, while right-handed users can use the buttons on the left side.
  • High performance: Top of the line 16K API Pixart 3389 sensor, ultralight and flexible FCC compliant paracord cable, and 1,000Hz polling rate for a lag-free experience.

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Review: Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD with Synology DS918+ NAS

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

With the growing demand for storage space at home, I’ve set up an NAS (Network Attached Storage) with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD (Hard Disk Drive) in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation. Just in time for World Backup Day 2021 today.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD freshly unwrapped (lower photo) and just prior to installation into the Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS.

With the exponentially increasing demand for storage space, businesses and home users constantly find themselves exhausting whatever storage they have – be it to store text documents, databases, photos or huge video files.

 

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The NAS sitting pretty alongside the Linksys E9450 router, all set up with RAID5 in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs within.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working from home and students are doing home-based learning – resulting in large increases in demand for storage needs at home eg. if you’re a creative pro who now have to do your video-editing at home instead of at the office.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs and Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS just prior to unboxing.

Having gotten by with a desktop expansion HDD connected to my work laptop, I’ve decided to set up an NAS at home – to not only increase storage capacity but also to share that storage with all members of the family.

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New Arrival: Roborock S7 Robot Vacuum Mop

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

The new Roborock S7 boasts a fast sonic mop and intelligent automatic lift to tackle different surfaces (carpets, hard surfaces) without human intervention. Prices & promotions below.

The Roborock S7 will be available at S$699 during the 4.4 sale on 4 April, 2021.

The Roborock S7 will be available at S$699 during the 4.4 sale on 4 April, 2021.

Fast & powerful, the Roborock S7 is available for pre-order until 11 April at a discounted price of S$799 (UP: S$1,299), with additional S$100 discount on 4 Apr for the 4.4 sale.

Pre-orders can be made on Roborock’s official store on Shopee.

 

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Roborock today rolled out its latest robot vacuum cum mop – the Roborock S7 – in an online launch.

More details below about the Roborock S7, from the press release.

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SexTech: Characteristics of Smart Sex Toys (ESET White Paper)

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Did you know that sex toys could be connected to the Internet, to a smartphone or to another sex toy? Along with the technology that makes sex toys smart, vulnerabilities are introduced that could endanger the user’s data, privacy and even safety!

Architecture of a smart sex toy.

Architecture of a smart sex toy.

With the emergence of the IoT, many manufacturers have entered the sexual pleasure market by integrating the ability to control devices through mobile apps as well as adding web-based interconnectivity.

There are currently numerous different apps available, each of which offers the ability to control a wide range of models.

In terms of their architecture, most of these devices can be controlled via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) from an app installed on a smartphone.

The main advantages of this protocol are that it has very low power requirements, communications are within an acceptable range, there is interoperability among chipset manufacturers, and it all comes in a very compact size.

As a result, a lot of smart devices for the home, health, car, and even sex toy fields, use BLE between the device and the app that controls it.

Like Bluetooth, BLE operates on the 2.4 GHz ISM band.

However, unlike standard Bluetooth, BLE stays in sleep mode all the time, except when a connection is initiated.

Also, the actual connection times themselves are just a few milliseconds, unlike Bluetooth, which takes more than 100 milliseconds.

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SexTech: The Evolution of Sex Toys (ESET White Paper)

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

ESET has published a White Paper on their study on the potential security and safety flaws of connected sex toys. The title of the report is “Sex in the Digital Era – How secure are smart sex toys?” and here is an excerpt on the evolution of sex toys.

“Sex in the Digital Era - How secure are smart sex toys?” is an ESET Research White Paper published by Denise Giusto and Cecilia Pastorino.

“Sex in the Digital Era – How secure are smart sex toys?” is an ESET Research White Paper published by Denise Giusto and Cecilia Pastorino.

As IoT (Internet of Things) devices continue to seep into our homes and offer an increasingly wide range of features, new concerns are beginning to arise about the security of the data processed by these devices.

Though they have been subject to countless security breaches leading to the exposure of people’s login details, financial information, and geographical location, among others, there are few kinds of data with more potential to harm users, if published, than those relating to their sexual behavior.

With new models of smart toys for adults entering the market all the time, we might imagine that progress is being made in strengthening the mechanisms to ensure good practices in the processing of user information.

However, our research shows that we are a long way from being able to live out our sexuality through digital media without exposing ourselves to the risk of cyberattack.

Today, these findings are more relevant than ever, since we are seeing a rapid rise in sex toy sales as a reflection of the current health situation around the world and the social distancing measures related to COVID-19.

Though many experts have devoted time to identifying and reporting security flaws within this industry, with every passing year these devices incorporate an ever wider range of features: Group chats, multimedia messages, videoconferencing, synchronisation with lists of songs or audio books, and much more.

Each time their code is re-engineered, some vulnerabilities are corrected, new vulnerabilities may be created, and many more remain unchanged in the updated versions.

Read about the evolution of sex toys below.

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Study: ESET Research into Security of Smart Sex Toys

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

Vulnerabilities in smart sex toys could leave users at risk of data breaches and attacks, both cyber and physical, according to a new white paper from global cybersecurity experts at ESET.

The We-Vibe Jive (left) and Lovense Max (right) analysed in the study.

The We-Vibe Jive (left) and Lovense Max (right) analysed in the study.

The “Sex in the Digital Era – How secure are smart sex toys?” report explores the potential security and safety flaws of connected sex toys and includes an in-depth analysis of two popular devices.

Amidst ongoing social restrictions due to the pandemic, sales of sex toys has risen rapidly, and associated cybersecurity concerns mustn’t be overlooked.

As newer, technologically advanced models of sex toys enter the marketplace, incorporating mobile apps, messaging, video chat, and web-based interconnectivity, devices become more appealing and exploitable to cybercriminals.

The consequences of data breaches in this sphere can be particularly disastrous when the information leaked concerns sexual orientation, sexual behaviors, and intimate photos.

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