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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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Event: Huawei APAC Summer Product Launch 2021

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Huawei has just launched a slew of new products in APAC in its virtual event. These products will ship in Q3 2021, and includes FreeBuds 4, MateView monitors, MatePad tablets, Watch 3 series smartwatch and nova 8i smartphone.

The following products were launched: Huawei nova 8i smartphone, Huawei MatePad series tablets (MatePad Pro 12.6-inch, Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8-inch and Huawei MatePad 11), Huawei Watch 3 series smartwatch, Huawei FreeBuds 4, and two Huawei MateView monitors.

The following products were launched: Huawei nova 8i smartphone, Huawei MatePad series tablets (MatePad Pro 12.6-inch, Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8-inch and Huawei MatePad 11), Huawei Watch 3 series smartwatch, Huawei FreeBuds 4, and two Huawei MateView monitors.

The following Huawei products were introduced during the virtual APAC Summer Product Launch.

  • MatePad tablets
    • MatePad Pro 12.6-inch
    • MatePad Pro 10.8-inch
    • MatePad 11
  • Watch 3 series smartwatch
  • FreeBuds 4
  • MateView Monitors
    • MateView
    • MateView GT
  • nova 8i smartphone

The Huawei MatePad series tablets and HUAWEI Watch 3 series smartwatches are Huawei’s first smart devices powered by HarmonyOS 2.

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New Arrival: Asus BR1100 Education Laptop in Singapore (S$699)

Friday, June 25th, 2021

The Asus BR1100 Education Laptop is a full-featured Windows convertible laptop with 11.6-inch touch display, tough chassis and easy management to boost learning efficiency. S$699 at Asus Exclusive Store and Asus Online Store.

Asus today announced BR1100 laptop in Singapore, an all-new, education-focused Windows 10 Pro convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch multi-touch display.

Asus today announced BR1100 Education Laptop in Singapore, an all-new, education-focused Windows 10 Pro convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch multi-touch display.

The new Asus BR1100 Education Laptop (BR1100FKA-BP0469R) ships with Windows 10 Pro and is designed for distance learning and easier IT management.

It sports an all-round rubber bumper, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboard, integrated safety grip and military-grade toughness.

The BR1100 comes with 128 GB eMMC, 10-hour battery life and 4,096-pressure-level stylus with integrated garage.

It features AI-powered noise-canceling technology, noise-reducing camera and loads of I/O ports

For easy Maintenance, the laptop has a modular construction for straightforward repairs or component replacement, plus captive screws to prevent falls and frustration.

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New Arrival: Microsoft Unveils Free Windows 11

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Microsoft Windows 11 will be available on new PCs and through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs beginning this holiday.

Microsoft says the new Windows 11 is optimised for working, learning, and playing and delivering great experiences for all - from intuitive design features that make multitasking a breeze to an all-new Microsoft Store that provides users with easy access to apps, games, and movies.

Microsoft says the new Windows 11 is optimised for working, learning, and playing and delivering great experiences for all – from intuitive design features that make multitasking a breeze to an all-new Microsoft Store that provides users with easy access to apps, games, and movies.

Windows 11 features a fresh, clean interface and intuitive features to empower users to get things done and inspire their creativity.

Users can easily find what they need by clicking the Start button which is located at the center of the screen.

“The past 18 months brought an incredible shift in how we used our PCs, from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows, a platform that over a billion people rely on. With Windows 11, we wanted to build a familiar place where everyone can create, learn, play, and most importantly connect in improved ways,” said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Microsoft.

Start utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show users recent files that were previously viewed across different platforms or devices, so users can pick up where they left off – even documents they were working on their Android or iOS devices.

Multi-tasking is made easier with new Windows 11 features like Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops that help users organise their windows and optimise their screen real estate.

Users can now enjoy the flexibility of multiple windows and work on multiple apps simultaneously by snapping the apps side by side on their screens.

With Desktops, users can customise spaces for each aspect of their lives, such as work, gaming, or school, and easily switch between them.

Users also get faster access to information they care about with Widgets, which provides a curated news feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook D 15 Ultralight Budget Notebook

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

The new 15.6-inch Huawei MateBook D 15 (S$748) will be powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U processor and ship with 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD. Launch promotions below.

The polished aluminium body – available in a Mystic Silver colourway is 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.56kg.

The polished aluminium body – available in a Mystic Silver colourway is 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.56kg.

Huawei will be launching the new MateBook D 15 as an online exclusive laptop in Huawei official stores on Shopee (26 June) and Lazada (from 1 July).

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is designed to offer all-round performance with portability in a sleek, robust chassis.

It supports Huawei’s technologies such as Multi-screen Collaboration and Fingerprint Power button to create a seamless cross-device and personalised experience across the company’s devices.

From attending virtual meetings to multi-tasking for work and entertainment, the new Huawei MateBook D 15 is a productivity machine made for everyday use.

More details about the Huawei MateBook D 15 below from the press release.

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Fujifilm Business Innovation Singapore Unveils New Office & CEC

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Fujifilm Business Innovation Singapore has unveiled its new office and customer experience centre (CEC) at Mapletree Business City.

FUJIFILM Business Innovation houses over 800 employees in the new premise which comprises both a working office and a customer experience centre.

FUJIFILM Business Innovation houses over 800 employees in the new premise which comprises both a working office and a customer experience centre.

The CEC and new office at Mappletree Business City were announced in conjunction with the launch of the Fujifilm’s latest range of multifunction devices and printers from the ApeosPro, Apeos C and ApeosPrint Series.

The office will serve as its Asia Pacific and Singapore Headquarters.

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New Arrival: Huawei MatePad 10.4-inch 2K Tablet with Wi-Fi 6

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Huawei has launched in Singapore the MatePad – a 2K FullView tablet with Wi-Fi 6 and EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10.0). Available in Singapore from 22 May at S$498 (128GB) or S$398 (64GB), with gift bundles (up to S$180).

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The lightweight design of the new Huawei MatePad enables those on the go to enjoy reading the news, browsing the Internet, watching movies, editing notes or sketching on the tablet.

The Huawei MatePad is targeted at both entertainment and productivity.

The tablet has a quad-channel speaker system powered by Harman Kardon, while the display comes with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification to help minimise exposure to harmful blue light.

Available as either 64GB (LTE) and 128GB (Wi-Fi 6) versions, the storage can be expandable with microSD cards of up to 512GB.

More details below from the press release.

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Apple Music Announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Apple is also bringing lossless audio to its entire catalogue for Apple Music subscribers – from June 2021 at no additional cost.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Apple today announced Apple Music is bringing industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos.

Spatial Audio gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity.

Apple Music subscribers will also be able to listen to more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio — the way the artists created them in the studio.

These new features will be available for Apple Music subscribers starting next month at no additional cost.

More details below from the press release.

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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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