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New Arrival: StarHub Launches 5G-Bundled SIM Only Plans

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

StarHub boasts it is the first in Singapore to launch 5G-bundled SIM Only plans. Two new Mobile+ SIM Only plans are available for customers from today. Prices below.

New and re-contracting mobile customers will receive StarHub’s brand-new 5G SIM cards from today

New and re-contracting mobile customers will receive StarHub’s brand-new 5G SIM cards from today

Called Mobile+ SIM Only, both plans offer customers 1,000 talktime minutes, 1,000 SMS, and free incoming calls.

The S$38 plan comes with 70GB of data, made up of 60GB with a launch bonus of 10 GB.

For S$7 more monthly (at S$45), customers will get extra 20GB of data (90GB).

Both plans offer customers 12 months of Disney+ on StarHub, 1,000 talktime minutes, 1,000 SMS, and free incoming calls.

In conjunction with today’s launch, StarHub has also started issuing brand-new 5G SIM cards to customers who renew or sign up for Mobile+, Mobile+ SIM Only and Biz+ plans, free-of-charge (Usual price: S$37.45).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot Device with Wi-Fi 6

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

The addition of this new 5G Mobile Hotspot device extends the networking ecosystem that Linksys offers from home networking to mobile networking on-the-go. Available in Singapore now at S$799 at all authorised outlets.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The new 5G Mobile Hotspot device from Linksys provides Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to up to 15 mobile devices.

This is great for providing Internet access at event venues with no Wi-Fi networks.

Or during vacation for sharing a local mobile data plan with the rest of the family.

It can also serve as a backup networking solution in case the home broadband connection is down (as in the recent telco outage), or when the Wi-Fi network in an event venue is weak or down.

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#tech4WorkFromHome: Turbocharge Home Wi-Fi with Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Want to improve the quality, speed and coverage of your home Wi-Fi for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning? I’ve been using the E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router from Linksys since its launch half a year ago and I’m very happy that it has delivered.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

I’ve been using a telco-provided router for years – it has served me well although it could not reach the study, the bedrooms and the garden outside – so Internet access has always been confined to the kitchen, living and dining rooms.

Beyond the reaches of the old router, we had to switch on the mobile data connections on our handphones and hotspot the data to devices (speakers and computers etc) without a mobile data connection.

You can imagine how frustrating and limiting (and expensive) that can be.

And as the number of Internet-lusting devices being used in the household began growing rapidly, connection quality began to deteriorate, with slow speeds and dropped connections occurring more frequently.

Which was why I decided to upgrade the old router with the Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router.

To expand the coverage of my home Wi-Fi network, I deployed a 2-node (1 parent + 1 child node) mesh network.

This was because a single-node network provided roughly a similar spatial network as my old router, probably because it was a matter of physical topology due to the layout.

The optical network terminal (ONT) for Singtel’s fibre optic network is located at one end of my apartment near the main entrance – instead of the center of the entire apartment – hence the distance between the router (which is connected by wire to the ONT) and the bedrooms tend to render the Wi-Fi signals too weak for connection.

 

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I have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected (by wire) to the E9450 so that devices can upload/download files/photos and stream music/videos wirelessly via the Wi-Fi network. Another reason why I need a good Wi-Fi network with reach and performance.

So with a second E9450 router placed at the far end of the living room, the coverage of the Wi-Fi network was successfully extended to every bedroom – because the second router was located at the center of the entire apartment.

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How to Sign up for Apple One – Available in Singapore Now

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Apple One is now available in Singapore, enabling subscribers to access four Apple subscription services including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. Price & Availability below.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

First announced in Cupertino in mid-September, users in over 100 countries and regions can now sign up and choose a plan that is right for them or their whole family.

You can sign up for Apple One on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or tvOS 14.

Later this fall, you’ll also be able to sign up on Mac running macOS Big Sur.

In addition, when you sign up for individual Apple services, the right Apple One plan is automatically recommended if it’s a better value, taking into account any services you already pay for.

Prices and availability for Apple One below.

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New Arrival: Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router with Singtel

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Singapore will be the first in the world to launch the Linksys E9450 WiFi 6 EasyMesh Router. Price and availability below.

* In this story, the abbreviation “Wi-Fi” is used for the network protocol while the term “WiFi” is used as part of the name of the Linksys router.

The E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router for consumers who want to optimise their home Wi-Fi experience and coverage.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router for consumers who want to optimise their home Wi-Fi experience and coverage.

Linksys, the connected home division within the Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) (HK: 6088) entity, has just announced the global launch of Linksys’ first WiFi 6 EasyMesh router, the E9450 (AX5400).

Singtel is the first operator in the world to offer the new Linksys WiFi 6 router in its effort to bring next-generation Wi-Fi connectivity to Singtel fibre broadband customers in Singapore.

The Wi-Fi 6 standard enables customers to enjoy faster data transfers, increased capacity, better connectivity performance in environments with many connected devices, and improved power efficiency.

As the latest Wi-Fi 6 solution for consumers’ increasingly demanding wireless connectivity needs, the E9450 router will be exclusively available to Singtel fibre broadband customers for two months starting from 10 October, 2020.

The new E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 router is Linksys’s latest advanced model under its updated E-series, launched in September 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Children From Online Threats

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the school’s curriculum has been migrated to online learning from home. With the threats out there in the World Wide Web, how can concerned parents better safeguard their children from online predators? Here are some tips.

How to protect our children during #HomeBasedLearning. Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash.

How to protect our children during #HomeBasedLearning. Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash.

My kids have never used the computer and the Internet so much before the pandemic set in at the beginning of the year.

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It started with a bang when school was closed to students during the nationwide lockdown, and students had to do ALL their lessons online, using online video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet.

Parents had to scramble to help their children be ready for #HomeBasedLearning – the new buzzword for families with school-going kids.

From buying laptops, to setting them up, to teaching the kids how to use the video conferencing software.

There was hardly any time and energy left to figure out how to secure the laptop and online learning sessions from Internet predators.

So parents – below are some areas to watch out for when preparing your child for #HomeBasedLearning.

  1. Dubious websites and content
  2. Dubious “Friends” in chat rooms and social media
  3. Cyberbullying
  4. Scams

Dubious websites and content

The World Wide Web is full of interesting stuff, much of it inappropriate for children e.g. pornography, racism, hate and violence.

So keep a close eye on what your kids are surfing – check their search/browser histories and designate an open location in the home for the kids to use the computer, so that everybody can help keep an eye out.

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New Arrival: Amazon launches Prime Gaming to Replace Twitch Prime

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Prime Gaming offers free content for today’s popular video games plus free games every month.

Now more than 150 million paid Prime members around the world can get more value out of their Prime membership with the best of gaming.

Now more than 150 million paid Prime members around the world can get more value out of their Prime membership with the best of gaming.

Amazon first launched gaming benefits in 2016 as Twitch Prime.

Today, Amazon is launching Prime Gaming, an Amazon Prime benefit offering members tons of free, exclusive content for their favorite games, a collection of free PC games, and a free Twitch channel subscription every month.

This month’s more than 20 Free Games with Prime include SNK arcade classics SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, METAL SLUG 2, and indie retro brawler Treachery in Beatdown City.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge in Singapore

Friday, July 24th, 2020

The new line-up of Family Hub Smart Fridge is now available in Singapore on Samsung Online Store and major consumer electronics & IT stores. Prices & promotions below.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Samsung Family Hub is a perfect enhancement for all kitchen spaces, with its modern and premium built-in look, elegant flat doors, recessed handles, and fingerprint-resistant finish.

The Family Hub line-up includes two new stylish side-by-side refrigerator models at more affordable price points.

Consumers can look forward to expanded storage with SpaceMax Technology, which utilises thinner walls to create extra storage space whilst ensuring optimal insulation and without increasing external dimensions.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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ViewQwest Offers Network Solutions For Work From Home

Friday, April 10th, 2020

With the government’s Circuit Breaker measures to fight COVID-19 in Singapore, ViewQwest has offered employees working from home get faster and more secure access to their companies’ IT services.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

Work-from-home staff are facing network congestion as they connect to office networks via VPN, competing for bandwidth with their family’s entertainment needs over the same residential broadband pipe.

The ViewQwest Private Network offers a Work-from-Home (WFH) solution that installs a second residential broadband line that can connect the user directly and privately to the office network without VPN.

ViewQwest is also offering its Cloud VPN solution to provide businesses with an on-demand VPN service that can be easily scaled.

More details below from the press release.

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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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