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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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COVID-19: Which Sanitizer to Use for Post-Circuit Breaker Protection?

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Phase 2 of post-Circuit Breaker measures has begun in Singapore. As we venture out of #WorkFromHome & #HomeBasedLearning to meet more people and visit more places, here’s a good hand sanitiser that is not only effective but allows you to enjoy prolonged protection without any skin irritation.

* This story was first published in Haleness Me.

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser?

There are many sanitisers available out there – how should we select one that will fulfill the task of protecting us from COVID-19, over an extended period of time?

When it comes to skin sanitisers, who better to get advice from than a skin specialist?

This was what I learned from Dr Coni Liu, a consultant dermatologist from DS Skin Clinic in Singapore.

Firstly, the sanitiser must be effective, not only against the SARS-COV-2 but against most pathogens that we encounter on a daily basis.

After all, that’s why we are applying a hand sanitiser right?

Generally, there are two types of hand sanitisers – alcohol-based and non-alcohol based.

The alcohol-based sanitisers are more effective and fast-acting, while the non-alcohol based sanitisers are generally less effective and slow-acting – more suitable for object surfaces rather than the skin.

Secondly, it must be kind to the skin.

Many alcohol-based sanitisers are effective but tend to be dehydrating and harsh to the skin.

Thirdly, you need one that lasts over a longer period of time, to increase the effectiveness against germs, and to reduce the need for frequent application.

This will better protect one’s skin against the damaging effects of the sanitiser and neutralise the adverse effects of the alcohol content which is necessary for killing the germs.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Therefore, the perfect sanitizer would be highly-effective, long-lasting, and would have a formulation which protects and moisturises the skin.

Looking at the sanitisers available in the market, they’re either alcohol-based and effective in killing germs but are unkind to our skins – or they’re non-alcohol-based but are less effective and slow acting.

Apparently that was the dilemma that Dr Liu faced when her patients asked her to recommend a good hand sanitizer that satisfied these requirements.

And guess what, she and her fellow dermatologists highlighted this problem to their boss – Dr Henry Loh – and he commissioned DS Skin Clinic’s in-house scientist Dr Richard Seow to develop a hand sanitiser that met all these needs.

To cut a long story short, after an extensive but rapid local research and development effort, DS Skin Clinic has come up with a hand sanitiser that immediately kills 99.99% of most household germs, including the SARS-COV-2 virus; lasts for 24 hours; and which is gentle to the skin through the inclusion of an emollient oil.

The DS Skin Clinic All-Day Hand Sanitizer was just launched two days ago – just in time for Phase 2 of the post-CB measures.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Read the details about the hand sanitiser below from the press release.

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