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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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Review: Trek iSSD 4-in-1 Portable Wireless Storage Server cum Power Bank

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Once in a while, you come across a device that does it all – and does it well. When it comes to a mobile storage companion, Trek iSSD ticks the check boxes of all the functionalities that I’ve always wanted in a single device.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

Three of biggest problems holding back a mobile worker on the move are: storage space, battery power and the ability to share.

With the limited storage space on notebooks, tablets and mobile phones, workers on the move quickly run out of storage space on their mobile devices, especially if their work require huge media files that they have to present at meetings and discuss with their clients.

 

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The Trek iSSD measures 120 x 75 x 15mm and weighs 230g. It has an aluminum alloy frame with glass cover.

At home, the easy solution is to buy a desktop hard disk drive (HDD) with a huge capacity eg. 6-12TB – but it is not something you can bring on the road.

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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

Update (3 October, 2020):

Check out the review of the Montblanc MB 01 here.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

More details below from the press release.

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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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Breaking News: Grab Suspends GrabShare Temporarily

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

GrabShare services will be temporarily suspended from 9 February, 1am.

 

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Notification from GrabShare on its temporary suspension of service.

Due to the latest Novel Coronavirus developments, GrabShare services will be temporarily unavailable from 9 Feb, 1am until further notice.

This is a sensible and responsible move by Grab, Bravo!

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Google Maps

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Google Maps was introduced 15 years ago on 8 February, 2005. First launched on desktop, Google Maps helped users search for nearby businesses and navigate from Point A to B.

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Today, Google Maps is used by more than one billion people every month around the world.

Every month, Google Maps connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Before we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps tomorrow, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how much ground Maps has covered over the years, both in Singapore and worldwide.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

It’s 2020. Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that's famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that’s famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

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Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael's Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

May peace and love be with you always!

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Breaking News: Grab Hitch Hits Glitch

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grab Hitch seems to have hit some glitches within their app with users being logged into the accounts belonging to OTHER users.

Update (1742H, 30 August, 2019)

Grab Hitch has sent out the following message to its drivers to reassure them:

“Dear Hitch Driver, earlier today we experienced an issue in our system. As a result, for a brief window of time some of you were shown another driver’s details in your profile. This issue has been fixed and we’d like to assure you that at no point was your wallet compromised or at risk. We apologise for this issue. If you have any questions please reach out to us via Help Centre in the app.”

Update (1310H, 30 August, 2019)

Around 1pm, the glitch seems to have been fixed by Hitch.

Kudos to such fast rectification!

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else's account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else’s account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

First reports of the Hitch Glitch came in around noon from users in Singapore.

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

Users were logged into the accounts of OTHER users when they get into the app.

The basic profile information eg. name, email and phone number remain correct.

But other information, such as the profile photo, car make & model, car photo, license number, confirmed rides reflected that of the “other” driver.

They could see the wallet details in these other accounts as if it were their own.

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Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

First opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument by the government on its centennial, the grand old dame has reopened on 1 August after an extensive 2-year restoration that began in 2017.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 

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Had a chance to walk through the charming grand dame of 1887 vintage on the Sunday prior to its reopening before the hordes descended.

The hotel now offers 115 suites in nine categories, including the Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.

The Long Bar – where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented – has also been refreshed.

 

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At 132 years old, the newly reopened Raffles Hotel has certainly seen a large part of Singapore’s 200-year old history after founder Sir Stamford Raffles colonised the island. This statue of Raffles sits in the Raffles Arcade and will observe the progress of the nation going forward into the next 200 years.

A night at the hotel ranges from slightly less than S$1,000 for its cheapest suite, to almost S$12,000 for one night in a two-bed President Suite.

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