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Winners of James Dyson Award Announced with International Winner from Singapore

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

The James Dyson Foundation has announced the winners of its James Dyson Award. This is the first time that an entry from Singapore has become the International Winner.

This is the first time in the competition’s 17 years’ history that the International Winner is from Singapore. HOPES from Singapore has bagged the international top prize.

This is the first time in the competition’s 17 years’ history that the International Winner is from Singapore. HOPES from Singapore has bagged the international top prize.

The James Dyson Award, organised by Dyson’s Charity – the James Dyson Foundation, aims to nurture and inspire a new generation of design engineers and inventors.

The brief is simple – design something that solves a problem.

While the award provides its winners with prize monies that help support the further development of their inventions, it importantly provides them a global platform to share their inventions with the world.

The James Dyson Award has now given nearly £1m in prize money to over 250 promising inventions from young engineers and scientists in 28 countries around the world.

In 2021, the Award received a record number of entries worldwide and Sir James Dyson chose three global winners for the first time, each receiving £30,000 in prize money to support the next stages of their inventions.

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Event: New Apple M1 Pro & Max Chips, MacBook Pro and AirPods

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In its October 2021 Fall event from Apple Park, Apple has introduced the new M1 Pro & M1 Max chips, a new MacBook Pro based on the new chips, as well as new AirPods. Prices below.

Apple's October 2021 Fall Event

Apple’s October 2021 Fall Event

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and “industry-leading” power efficiency.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max offers “extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display”.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$2,999, and S$2,769 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$3,749, and S$3,449 for education.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro 10.6 (S$448.98) and Logic Pro 10.7 (S$288.98) with new features and better performances on the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The updates are free for existing users, while new users can purchase the software from the Mac App Store.

The new AirPods (3rd generation) feature spatial audio and longer battery life and will be available for S$269.

AirPods (2nd generation) will have a new price tag at S$199, while the AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case at the current price of S$379.

More details about the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips below from the press release.

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StarHub to Acquire 50.1% Stake in MyRepublic’s Broadband Business in Singapore

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

StarHub has just announced this morning that it will acquire a majority interest in a new entity which will hold MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore, providing broadband services for residential and enterprise customers.

StarHub to acquire 50.1% stake in MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore to drive long-term synergies.

StarHub to acquire 50.1% stake in MyRepublic’s broadband business in Singapore to drive long-term synergies.

Named MyRepublic Broadband Pte Ltd, the new entity has been incorporated by MyRepublic to hold MyRepublic’s Singapore broadband business.

StarHub’s total investment will be up to $162.8 million, with an initial consideration of $70.8 million for 50.1% shares of MyRepublic Broadband Pte Ltd and a deferred consideration of up to $92 million should future financial performance matrices are met.

The proposed transaction will consolidate and strengthen StarHub’s position in the Singapore broadband market, expanding its market presence to 40% and steering long-term business growth.

MyRepublic will retain the remaining 49.9% and its senior management team and its brand identity post-acquisition.

More details below from the press release.

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Apple Unleashes M1 System on a Chip (SoC) for the Mac

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

The M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac, offering powerful performance, features and efficiency.

With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

With its increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

The M1 is the most powerful chip Apple has ever created and is the first chip designed specifically for the Mac.

M1 is optimised for Mac systems in which small size and power efficiency are critically important.

As a system on a chip (SoC), M1 combines numerous powerful technologies into a single chip, and features a unified memory architecture for dramatically improved performance and efficiency.

M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip.

According to Apple the M1 features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine.

As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.

More details below about the M1 chip from the press release.

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Joe Biden Triumphs Over Donald Trump to become President-Elect

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

After 4 days of vote counting, and amidst quiet confidence by Joe Biden and tantrum-throwing by incumbent Donald Trump, the news networks have called the US presidential election for the former Vice President, following the flipping of Pennsylvania.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

Major US TV networks calling the US Elections 2020 for Joe Biden. Image source: BBC video screen grab.

tech4tea does not usually cover politics, but the election of the President of the United States (POTUS) is an exception – given that it is such a poignant event that affects all industries and all aspects of life in all countries around the world.

So it’s apt to mark the tentative projection of presidential challenger 77-year-old Joe Biden as President-Elect of the United States, four days after Election Day on 3 November 2020.

With the projection of Biden winning Pennsylvania with its 20 electoral votes, the former Vice President has passed the 270 majority threshold to secure 284 electoral votes to Trump’s 214.

This was followed closely by Nevada which brought Biden’s tally to 290, enroute to Biden’s earlier prediction of eventually surpassing 300 electoral votes.

Mind you, all is not confirmed yet, since incumbent President Donald Trump has reiterated that he will challenge all “Biden-claimed states” – which he has already begun – alleging election fraud without furnishing any evidence.

Usually, what happens next is that the loser graciously concedes, and come 20 January 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get officially inaugurated as the 46th President and Vice-President of the United States.

But with 74-year-old Trump throwing a sissy fit over how the votes hadn’t been selectively counted to his liking, there’s no knowing whether – in addition to callously throwing legal suits without basis – he will not barricade himself within the Oval office and incite violence among the populace and sow civil strife that has the potential to foment discord for generations to come.

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Event: Huawei Unveils Mate 40 Series in Online Global Launch

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Huawei is unveiling its latest flagship smartphone in less than 15 minutes – the Mate 40 Series. Stay tuned here at tech4tea.com for the highlights LIVE as it happens!

The slew of gadgets launched together with the Huawei Mate 40 series during the global online event.

The slew of gadgets launched together with the Huawei Mate 40 series during the global online event.

This live update has been updated with additional information and specifications after the end of the livestream which you can watch here.

9pm: And that’s a wrap – #LeapFurtherAhead!

8.58pm: Prices as follows.

Prices

  • Huawei Mate 40: €899
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro: €1,199
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+: €1,399
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS: €2,295
  • Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2: €695
  • Huawei Freebuds Studio: €299
  • Gentle Monster – Huawei Eyewear II: from €299
  • Huawei Sound wireless speaker: €199
  • Ring Light Case: €69
  • Huawei M-Pen 2: €99

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Huawei Launches 6 Gadgets at Huawei Developer Conference 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Huawei announces six new products to expand its 1+8+N ecosystem. These include two notebooks, two smartwatches and two earphones.

Six new products for Huawei’s 1+8+N ecosystem.

Six new products for Huawei’s 1+8+N ecosystem.

At the global launch event which is part of this year’s Huawei Developer Conference and through a live broadcast, Huawei unveiled six new products for the coming weeks.

These include the following.

  1. Huawei MateBook 14
  2. Huawei MateBook X
  3. Huawei Watch Fit
  4. Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
  5. Huawei FreeBuds Pro
  6. Huawei FreeLace Pro

Below are the highlights of the new devices, from the press release.

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Event: Huawei Developer Conference 2020 – CEO Opening Keynote

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei delivered the opening keynote address for the second annual Huawei Developer Conference in a live broadcast, unveiling the latest updates on HarmonyOS, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and EMUI11.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit Huawei.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit: Huawei.

During the keynote, Huawei announced upcoming major updates for:

  1. HarmonyOS 2.0
  2. EMUI 11
  3. HMS Core 5.0
  4. HUAWEI HiLink
  5. HUAWEI Research

A brief summary of the updates below.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hybrid Smartphone/Tablet

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Galaxy Z Fold2 is the third folding smartphone/tablet hybrid from Samsung, following the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip. Available in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze from 18 September, 2020, with pre-orders in early September. Prices TBA.

The latest member of the Galaxy Z line-up: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.

The latest member of the Galaxy Z line-up: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.

Samsung first announced the Galaxy Z Fold2 during Galaxy Unpacked 2020 in early August, with a few details on the size of the two Infinity-O displays and the two colour options available.

In “Part 2” of Galaxy Unpacked 2020 today, Samsung has just showcased Galaxy Z Fold2 in full, including detailed product specifications, availability and pre-order dates.

Essentially, the Galaxy Z Fold2 gives the user a convertible smartphone/tablet hybrid – offering the compactness of a smartphone for personal communications usage, and the extended screen real-estate of a tablet should the need arise.

Check out the details of the Galaxy Z Fold2 from the press release below.

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IFA 2020: IFA Reveals Programme for Global Press Conference

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm, will deliver the opening keynote for the IFA 2020 Special Edition on 3 September 2020.

During IFA 2020 GPC, global brands will unveil their latest products, news and services for the upcoming end-of-the-year shopping season.

During IFA 2020 GPC, global brands will unveil their latest products, news and services for the upcoming end-of-the-year shopping season. Click on image to enlarge.

This year, the IFA Global Press Conference (IFA GPC) will take place as part of the IFA 2020 Special Edition from 3 – 5 September in Berlin, Germany.

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