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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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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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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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New Arrival: Oppo Launches Find X3 Pro Flagship Smartphone

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The Oppo Find X3 Pro (12 GB + 256GB: S$1,599) will hit Singapore shelves on 27 March, with pre-orders beginning at 11pm tonight. Promotions below.

The OPPO Find X3 Pro is available in Blue and Gloss Black with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage at a retail price of S$1599.

The OPPO Find X3 Pro is available in Blue and Gloss Black with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage at a retail price of S$1599.

The Find X3 Pro features Oppo’s Full-path 10-bit Colour Management System and True Billion Colour Display (QHD+ 3216 x 1440 @ 525ppi, 1300 nits and 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio).

Boasting a colour accuracy rating of 0.4 JNCD, and A+ DisplayMate certification, the display offers a 5 to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate with its power-saving LTPO OLED panel

The flagship phone sports two billion-colour cameras.

Both its wide and ultra-wide cameras have an IMX766 50MP Sony sensor.

It has a macro focus distance of 4cm while its 60x magnification Microlens offer microscopic photography to the user.

The Find X3 Pro offers billion-colour 4K 10-bit video recording.

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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: 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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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook D 14 Ultralight Notebook

Friday, February 19th, 2021

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098) arrives in Singapore tomorrow (20 February) with free gift bundle (S$243) until 31 March, with additional promotional free subscriptions of Microsoft 365 Personal (worth S$108) or Kaspersky Internet Security Software (worth S$40.95) at selected consumer electronic stores or Huawei Experience Stores respectively. Details below.

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098), with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, comes in Mystic Silver. Available in all Huawei Experience Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098), with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, comes in Mystic Silver. Available in all Huawei Experience Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The Huawei MateBook D 14 laptop is an ultralight notebook with an affordable price, and a long battery life.

It weighs only 1.38kg and is 15.9mm thick, with a 1920 x 1080 IPS screen with thin 4.8mm bezels – offering an 84% screen-to-body ratio.

The screen also contains TUV Rheinland Low Bluelight Certification to effectively filter blue light emissions, for all-day eye comfort.

Available with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U processor that runs at up to 4.2GHz, the latest MateBook D 14 Intel edition is also equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card that includes 2GB of high-speed GDDR5 VRAM.

Compared to integrated graphics, the new NVIDIA GPU can handle image and video editing tasks 3.5 times faster (compared to an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620) and should provide a smooth gaming experience even in multi-player games involving intense battles with lots of special effects.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Flagship Mi 11 Smartphone Globally

Monday, February 8th, 2021

Xiaomi is giving Mi 11 studio-grade camera features and pro performance. Singapore Price & Availability TBA.

Xiaomi wants to put a movie studio in your pocket with its latest Mi 11 flagship smartphone.

Xiaomi wants to put a movie studio in your pocket with its latest Mi 11 flagship smartphone.

The new Xiaomi Mi 11 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 108-megapixel triple rear camera, cinematic audio, and 50W wireless charging.

Key features of the Mi 11 include the following.

  • 108MP triple camera with a slew of AI movie modes
  • 120Hz 6.81” AMOLED DotDisplay and sound by Harman Kardon
  • Powerful performance by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Smooth user experience through the new MIUI 12.5

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Galaxy Tab Active3 & XCover Pro Rugged Devices

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Samsung announced the expansion of its business rugged device range with the Galaxy Tab Active3 tablet and Galaxy XCover Pro phone. Price and availability below.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced that the Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available and that the Galaxy XCover Pro will be available in March.

“When designing the Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro, we have incorporated new features based on feedback from our customers on functions that would benefit their everyday operations. The Galaxy Tab Active3 is a multi-functional tablet that not only supports the latest applications for field work, but also no battery mode for those who require devices at a fixed kiosk or mounted on vehicles. Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro can seamlessly transform into a mobile device scanner or a walkie-talkie – perfect for field workers in logistics and supply chain sectors. With a strong line-up of rugged devices, we are paving the way for continuous innovation to create products that allow customers to do business with a peace of mind, while keeping their frontline workers productive and safe,” said Sarah Chua, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Knox Capture, a new enterprise-grade scanning solution will also be supported by both devices by March.

As part of Samsung for Business’ portfolio, the new business rugged devices feature sleek, durable and compact designs that enable frontline workers to be more secure, collaborative and productive in the field.

As the first business rugged tablet to be Enterprise Edition-ready out of the box, the Galaxy Tab Active3 supports “No Battery Mode” for businesses that opt to use the tablet in a fixed location such as a kiosk.

Its Wi-Fi and LTE variants are now available, and are priced at $698 and $798 (including GST) respectively from telco enterprise partners and authorised distributors.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro is a stylish, sleek and rugged all-in-one enterprise mobile device that withstands drops of up to 1.5m, even without a case.

It will be available in March.

More details below from the press release.

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