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IFA 2023: LG ThinQ UP 2.0 Enhances Experiences for Home Appliances

Sunday, August 20th, 2023

Showcasing built-in upgradability and new subscription services at IFA 2023, LG’s smart home innovation promises an expanded customer experience.

Visitors to LG’s booth (Hall 18, Messe Berlin) at IFA 2023 can experience the seamless convenience of LG’s advanced ThinQ 2.0 appliances from 1 to 5 September 2023.

Visitors to LG’s booth (Hall 18, Messe Berlin) at IFA 2023 can experience the seamless convenience of LG’s advanced ThinQ 2.0 appliances from 1 to 5 September 2023.

At IFA 2023, LG Electronics is set to unveil ThinQ UP 2.0, a smart home innovation that transforms home appliances into ultra-convenient and ultra-connected lifestyle solutions.

ThinQ UP 2.0 highlights the expansion of LG’s successful home appliance business into non-hardware areas, including subscription services, and confirms the company’s leadership in promoting the ‘servitization’ of home appliances.

Aligned with its new Smart Home Solution strategy and ‘Zero Labor Home Makes Quality Time’ customer experience vision, LG will introduce a wide range of services designed to fulfill customers’ needs and deliver greater freedom and ease in the home.

Products with ThinQ UP 2.0 capabilities are currently available in Korean region only.

More details below from the press release.

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Dell APEX Portfolio Advancements Help Customers Strengthen Multicloud Strategies and Simplify IT Operations

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

Announced on Day 1 of the annual Dell Technologies World, the comprehensive as-a-Service and multicloud portfolio helps companies better manage their data and applications wherever they live.

“Our customers continue to look for a simpler technology experience to easily manage and access their assets and applications with predictable costs and greater flexibility. That’s where Dell APEX comes in. Now, Dell APEX spans the breadth of our portfolio to give customers greater freedom for technology to support businesses as their needs dictate – from PCs and IT on-premises to public clouds and edge locations,” said Chuck Whitten, co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies.

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) unveils new Dell APEX offerings across cloud platforms, public cloud storage software, client devices and compute.

These additions to its comprehensive as-a-Service and multicloud portfolio spanning data centre to public cloud and client devices will help businesses operate and innovate faster through improved management and mobility of their applications and data wherever they reside.

Here’s a quick summary of the announcements.

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New Arrival: Would You Pay $949 for Nothing?

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Startup company “Nothing” has launched its first smartphone in Singapore. The Nothing Phone (1) comes in three configurations with prices ranging from S$769 to S$949. Pre-orders begin tomorrow (5 August).

The transparent back and light glyphs at the rear of the Nothing Phone (1).

The transparent back and light glyphs at the rear of the Nothing Phone (1).

One Plus co-founder, Carl Pei, is the CEO and co-founder of Nothing.

The Nothing Phone (1) ships in black or white and in three configurations.

  1. S$769: 8GB/128GB
  2. S$869: 8GB/256GB
  3. S$949: 12GB/256GB

Pre-orders for the phone will be open from 5 – 12 August 2022. The Nothing Phone (1) will hit the shelves on 13 August 2022.

More details below from the press release.

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POTD: Hands grasping light (Canon PhotoMarathon 2016 winner)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Photo of the Day: Taken by Byron Moray Pittendrigh, 2nd runner-up for Theme 1: Vision (Open Category).

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

2nd Runner-up in Theme 1: Vision (Open Category) in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon. Photo credit: Byron Moray Pittendrigh.

A very atmospheric shot – many hands grasping at a light source.

An apt illustration for an alien movie, or “The X-Files”.

Really love the lighting!

New arrival: ESET Version 10 home internet security software

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The new security solutions for Windows devices include new features to guard against threats like webcam hacking and data theft. Subscription prices for the various configurations below.

The new line of security solutions for home Windows computers.

The new line of security solutions for home Windows computers.

ESET has launched version 10 of its line of security solutions for home users using Windows computers.

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Version 10 of the ESET security solutions were launched in Singapore at The Westin.

The solutions are available online now for download and annual subscription prices for 1 computer are listed below.

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus: US$20
  • ESET Internet Security: US$30
  • ESET Smart Security Premium: US$50
  • ESET Multi-Device Security
    • for 3 devices: US$50
    • for 5 devices: US$70

More details from the press release below.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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Temporary hiatus for tech4tea.com

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Dear readers, I have been experiencing erratic outages with my hosting provider during these past few weeks. This moment right now is a rare window that I do have access to post something on the blog.

I have decided to stop updating the blog until July. By then, hopefully my hosting provider would have resolved once and for all the frequent database lockout and corruption problems that I’ve been encountering. Or else, I would have migrated this blog to another hosting provider.

In the meantime, I will be on overseas vacation for the next two weeks. Usually I write about my experiences and share my photos on this blog. But due to the hiatus, I will do so on another blog which I plan to set up over the next few days. Once that is done, I will post the URL to that blog in the space here (provided I still have access to update this post).

Whenever I am able to, I will post tech-related stuff to my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/gotech4tea.

Thank you for your readership and support!

New arrivals: Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P215 b, M215 b and M215 fw

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Fuji Xerox today launched the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299). These monochrome printers are available in Singapore from today.

The new Fuji Xerox printers (from left): DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299).

The new Fuji Xerox printers (from left): DocuPrint P215 b (S$99), DocuPrint M215 b (S$169) and DocuPrint M215 fw (S$299).

Created for small businesses and home offices, these compact, monochrome printers promises to help businesses save money, energy and reduce their impact on the environment.

With Fuji Xerox’s S-LED (Self-Scanning Light Emitting Diode) and DELCIS (Digitally-Enhanced Lighting Control Imaging System) technology, these printers will be able to produce consistently sharp images at true 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The new printers boast the following:

  • Trouble free, user friendly, better productivity and assured speed.
  • Easy to use with intuitive LCD screen, wireless connectivity and direct scan to USB memory.
  • Energy efficiency saves money and the environment.
  • Small business printers with big business features – Guaranteed quality and reliability.

Below are more details from the press release.

Charity run against cancer: Run For Hope 2013 on 17 November

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Run For Hope 2013 will flag off at 7am on 17 November at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Registration is now open.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore have been supporting cancer research through their annual charity run for the past 21 years.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore have been supporting cancer research through their annual charity run for the past 21 years.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore, together with the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), have opened registrations for this year’s 3.5/10km charity run.

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New cameras and lenses: Nikon 1 J3 and S1, COOLPIX S6500 and 2700

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Nikon has launched in Tokyo the Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1 bodies, WP-N2 waterproof case, 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lenses. It also released two new compact cameras – COOLPIX S6500 and COOLPIX 2700.

Prices and availability to be announced at a later date.

From left, Nikon COOLPIX S6500, Nikon COOLPIX S2700, Nikon 1 J3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and Nikon 1 S1 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens

From left, Nikon COOLPIX S6500, Nikon COOLPIX S2700, Nikon 1 J3 with 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and Nikon 1 S1 with 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens

With the popularity of mirrorless interchangeable lens (MIL) cameras, Nikon is beefing up its Nikon 1 line up of camera bodies, lenses and accessories, with new features and functionalities.

For those who prefer the simplicity of compact cameras, it has introduced two new cameras in its COOLPIX S-series.

Here’s a line-up with key specs.

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