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Review: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip to Liven Up Your Home

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Having had to #WorkFromHome for the past year, I decided to liven up the garden with a Philips Hue Lightstrip (Outdoor). It was a fun little project that was quick and easy to set up.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

I got myself the 5m version of the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip.

The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip is a flexible, weatherproof LED strip that can be bent and shaped to produce your own lighting designs and mood in your garden or patio.

You can also use it indoors although there is a cheaper version (Lightstrip Plus) for indoor usage that’s not weatherproof..

With its diffused glow, the lightstrip can be used for direct or indirect lighting, and is able to display 16 million colour and 50 shades of gray all shades of white to create your personalised desired effect.

In the box is the lightstrip itself, the weatherproof power supply for plugging into the mains outdoors, as well as clips and screws to fasten the lightstrip onto the ground or wall based on the design you want to shape it to.

The lightstrip itself is quite flexible so if you’re just laying the lightstrip on the ground, I found that I could shape it without using any clips.

The lightstrip comes in 2m (S$209) and 5m (S$339) versions and is part of the Philips Hue line of intelligent lighting products for the home.

 

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#t4tTUCU: Philips Hue Outdoors Lightstrip from Signify – freshly unboxed. Time to add some fun and snazzy (or calm and relaxing) ambience to the garden.

Note that, in order to maximise the use of the lightstrip, you’ll need to have a Philips Hue Bridge (S$89), which is sold separately.

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TUCU: Philips Hue Bridge for Smart Home Lighting

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): The Philips Hue Bridge (S$89) is the starting point for anyone thinking of building a smart lighting system for their homes. It is the hub that connects and controls smart lights and accessories from the Philips Hue family of smart lighting products.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

The Philips Hue Bridge is the HEART of the Philips Hue home smart lighting.

Since we’re all spending so much time #WorkingFromHome and doing #HomeBasedLearning – thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to turn as much of my dwelling into a smart home.

There are already Google Home wireless speakers around the home, so the next step is to introduce some nice lighting to enhance the ambience for both work and play.

One of the easiest ways to fix up smart lighting in the home is the Philips Hue bulbs and lights from Signify (foremely Philips Lighting).

The Philips Hue Bridge is the hub to which all the Philips Hue smart lights are connected and through which the Philips Hue App controls those lights.

 

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Philips Hue Bridge – freshly unboxed. Excited to take the first step in setting up a smart lighting system at home.

The Hue Bridge is a compact little box that measures 90.9 x 90.6 x 26 mm and weighs 280g.

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New Arrival: De’Longhi La Specialista Prestigio Pump Espresso Coffee Machine

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

La Specialista Prestigio will be available at S$1,599 from 3 September 2021, on De’Longhi Online Store and major consumer and electronics stores.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista's craftsmanship.

De’Longhi says that La Specialista Prestigio combines both the science of coffee making with a barista’s craftsmanship.

The new pump espresso coffee machine was announced in conjunction with De’Longhi’s launch of its new international campaign featuring Brad Pitt in a one-minute commercial named Perfetto.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

Product specifications for La Specialista Prestigio from De’Longhi. Click to enlarge.

La Specialista Prestigio is aimed at a segment of the manual coffee drinking market that enjoys the hands-on experience of making a cup of coffee.

More details below from the press release.

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Promotion: Roborock Livestream Bundle on Shopee (27 August)

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Roborock will be offering discounted bundle price for its newly launched Roborock H7 handheld vacuum and S7 robot vacuum mop – during its livestream event this Friday on 27 August, 2021 at 6pm. Discounts for the S6 MaxV and S5 Max available too.

The Roborock Live Show is a livestream series via Shopee Live at its official Shopee store that will allow viewers to purchase selected Roborock products with livestream exclusive deals.

The Roborock Live Show is a livestream series via Shopee Live at its official Shopee store that will allow viewers to purchase selected Roborock products with livestream exclusive deals.

Roborock is offering a special livestream-only deal this Friday, 27 August on the new Roborock H7 and S7 bundle during its Roborock Live Show.

Priced at S$1,229.80 (RRP S$1,599.80) for both products, the bundle features Roborock’s latest handheld vacuum and robot vacuum.

You can also buy them separately at discounted prices during the livestream.

More details below about the Roborock H7 and Roborock S7.

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New Arrival: PRISM+ Launches Q Series Pro Android TVs in Singapore

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Homegrown PRISM+ has launched its new 4K UHD TVs with sizes of 86-inch (S$2,999), 65-inch (S$1,199), and 55-inch (S$999).

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

PRISM+’s premium range of 4K UHD TVs comes with new features such as hands-free voice control, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and a list of pre-installed content provider apps.

The Q86 PRO Quantum Edition, Q65 PRO Quantum Edition and the Q55 PRO Quantum Edition are now available for purchase at its online store and official Lazada store.

In addition to the smart features associated with its earlier Android TVs, the Q Series Pro will come with Hands Free Voice Control via Google Assistant, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as well as improved Quantum Color backlight technology for a cinematic experience.

 

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Launch of PRISM+ Q Series Pro TVs at ParkRoyal Collection Hotel at Marina Bay in Singapore.

The TVs will include free subscriptions with meWATCH (12 mths) and Viu (3 mths).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Signify Launches New Philips Hue App

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Signify has improved the new Philips Hue App with better app performance and enhanced user experience with easier automations, a new Hue scene gallery and more.

The new Philips Hue App serves as the foundation for the future of Signify’s smart lighting and includes familiar user interface elements from the previous Philips Hue app but is now sleeker.

The new Philips Hue App serves as the foundation for the future of Signify’s smart lighting and includes familiar user interface elements from the previous Philips Hue app but is now sleeker.

Rebuilt from the ground up, the fourth generation Philips Hue app has been designed with new technologies to improve app performance both in overall function and in communication with your smart lighting system, while also delivering an intuitive and enhanced user experience.

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: 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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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi 11 Hits Singapore/Malaysia on 20 March

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Xiaomi also launched appliances from its ecosystem – Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10, Mi Ionic Hair Dryer H300, and Mi 360º Home Security Camera 2K. Prices & promotions below.

The latest Android flagship smartphone from Xiaomi - the Mi 11.

The latest Android flagship smartphone from Xiaomi – the Mi 11.

Following its global unveil two weeks ago, Xiaomi has launched its latest flagship – the Mi 11 – for Singapore, with availability beginning on 20 March, 2021.

Check out the features of the Mi 11 here.

The Mi 11 comes in two storage variants: 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB with enhanced LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM + UFS 3.1 storage.

The Mi 11 8GB+128GB version will be available as an online exclusive at Xiaomi official stores on Lazada and Shopee, whereas the 8GB+256GB version will be available for purchase online and offline at Authorised Mi Stores and other official retailers in Singapore.

Mi 11 comes in two colour options: Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue, which are available from 20 March; and Cloud White, which will be available at a later date.

In addition, the first 100 customers to purchase Mi 11 will receive an Mi AIoT premium pack worth S$461.90, and the subsequent 600 customers to purchase Mi 11 will receive a free Mi Air Purifier 3C (RRP: S$179).

This special first day sale campaign is only valid for one day on March 20.

The new Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10 features a digital motor that spins at 125,000rmp, creating up to 150 air watts suction power (25% more than the previous generation) with HEPA filter with 99.97% whole filtration rate.

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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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