Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

New Arrival: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Powerful 14-inch gaming and creative laptop gets a facelift courtesy of world-renowned producer and DJ. Available in Singapore (S$3,098) exclusively at the ROG Experience Store Bugis and ASUS Online Store.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the new Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition (GA401QEC) laptop, created in collaboration with the legendary artist, DJ and music producer.

With unique styling and a custom ROG Remix sampler, this machine is ready for any creative endeavor.

More details below from the press release.

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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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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: Lenovo 2021 Collection of Legion Gaming PCs

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Lenovo is launching today its 2021 collection of Legion gaming PCs and accessories. These AMD– and Nvidia-powered machines will be launched online and broadcast live across the Asia-Pacific at 8pm this evening. Prices below.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo showcased the 2021 collection of Legion PCs to a select audience in Singapore in a sneak preview prior to tonight’s launch.

The collection comprises four new gaming laptops and two accessories.

  • Legion 7 (16″ AMD): S$3,999
  • Legion Slim 7 (15″ AMD): S$2,499
  • Legion 5 Pro (16″ AMD): S$2,399
  • Legion 5 (15″ & 16″ AMD): S$1,999
  • Legion S600 Gaming Station: S$149
  • Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset: S$149

More information will be added after tonight’s launch.

New Arrival: Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (StarHub Exclusive)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

StarHub is offering the Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi6 mesh router (RRP S$399) free to its 2Gbps Fibre Broadband subscribers (new and recontract). Additional units to set up a mesh network at home are available at S$288 per unit or monthly installments of S$12 or S$24 over 24 or 12 months respectively. Prices include GST.

The new Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (AKA StarHub Smart WiFi Pro).

The new Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (AKA StarHub Smart WiFi Pro).

StarHub’s name for the router is the “StarHub Smart WiFi Pro”.

The MX4200 is StarHub’s first Wi-Fi 6 router and is the product of a continued partnership with Linksys.

The router combines mesh networking and Wi-Fi 6 technology to promise 4x speed, 4x capacity (compared to Wi-Fi 5) to more than 40 Wi-Fi devices within the home.

The router is especially suited for gamers – who typically subscribe to StarHub’s 2Gbps Fibre Broadband – and desire ultra-low latency and lower ping times.

The 2Gbps plan costs S$62.90 per month.

Those who purchase the MX4200 from StarHub can look forward to firmware upgrades within the year for two additional features that would optimise the home network for gaming and increase speed through intelligent allocation of radio bands (DFS – Dynamic Frequency Selection).

 

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Media briefing by Linksys and StarHub on the Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 mesh router at the company’s office at Level 30, South Beach Tower in Singapore. “Throughout 2020, we have witnessed how pivotal stable connection is for every household as the modern world shifts to normalise home-based learning and working from home. 400 million Southeast Asians – nearly 70 percent of the population – are now online. In Singapore alone, 90 percent of the population are connected online. This increase means demand for faster internet connection will only continue to grow exponentially. Through this partnership with StarHub, we believe that our WiFi 6 offerings will successfully meet consumers’ demand for next generation ultra-high-speed router technology,” said Jenny Ng, General Manager for Asia, Linksys.

More details below on the Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 mesh router from the press release.

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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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New Arrival: Oakley Prizm Gaming Lenses with EA Sports Partnership

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

To celebrate the launch, Oakley has partnered with EA SPORTS & Madden NFL 21 for ‘Derwin James vs The World’, a weekly esports entertainment broadcast kicking off with rap superstar Lil Baby. Singapore prices & availability below.

Prizm Gaming Lenses - Oakley's first optical solution developed specifically for gaming.

Prizm Gaming LensesOakley‘s first optical solution developed specifically for gaming.

Oakley is launching the brand’s first optical solution developed specifically for gaming – Prizm Gaming Lens Technology.

The lenses are engineered to enhance visual contrast and provide sharp vision, featuring blue-light filtering technology without compromising on aesthetic.

Oakley Prizm Gaming lenses are built to enhance visual contrast and provide sharp vision.

All Oakley Prizm Gaming lenses feature blue-light filtering technology designed to reduce 40% of blue light within the 380-500nm range to help protect from artificial light.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Phone 3 Debuts in Singapore

Friday, September 18th, 2020

First announced earlier in July, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is now available in Singapore. The 12GB/512GB version (ZS661KS) will retail at S$1,598 starting from today.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

The ROG Phone 3 will be available in Singapore on ASUS Online Store, ROG Experience Store Bugis, and selected authorised retailers.

The ROG Phone 3 comes with a one-year ROG Accidental Damage Protection Plan.

It’s an Singapore-exclusive and personalised after-sales service and support from ROG Experts.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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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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