LG announced V20

LG recently announced a new model to their premium flagship smartphone family, the LG V20. I attended their launch event in Singapore and had a short hands (probably 30mins) on with the LG V20 smartphone. I would share some thoughts from my short 30mins hands on experiences with the LG V20 smartphone –

  • A good balance between a fun lifestyle smartphone with pretty good camera capabilities/features
  • Wide angle lens capability
  • Good audio experience packed inside with B&O Play features and a pair of B&O Play earphones
  • High quality screen (QHD IPS Quantum Display)
  • Sleek, beautiful and sophisticated build quality

If the opportunity allows, I would request for a review unit when they are available for the Singapore market in November 2016 and share with my readers here on my experiences with the LG V20.

Let me share with you more information and details of the LG V20 from the press release information –

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the V20, the latest in its V series of smartphones, delivering the highest multimedia capabilities available in a mobile device. The V20 boasts new features including Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, Steady Record 2.0 and front and rear wide-angle lens cameras to deliver best-in-class performance. It is also the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat OS and the new Google In Apps phone search function.


The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the best video and audio experience. LG looked at the customers of the V10 and examined what they wanted and needed and determined that the V20 is geared towards the prosumers — discerning users who want convenient access to cutting-edge features.

A Sonorous Audio Experience by B&O PLAY

Hi-Fi Quad DAC

The V20 is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, powered by ESS Technology, designers of high-performance audio products. Powered by ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC in the V20 delivers clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent. With 75-stage fine volume and L/R balance controls as well as support for lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC, the V20 delivers high-quality sound to any pair of earphones. 


HD Audio Recorder

The HD Audio Recorder represents the next level of sound recording. This feature lets users capture studio quality audio with a wider dynamic frequency range using three high AOP microphones to record incredible sound that surpass audio recordings on conventional smartphones. With Studio Mode, users can manually control sound with easy-to-use keys similar to ones found in video cameras and use Music Recorded to create high quality audio suitable for auditions by recording singing voices over existing music.

In an effort to further enhance audio functions and design; LG continues its collaboration with B&O PLAY. The result in the LG V20 is a natural, balanced sound, reflecting B&O PLAY’s acoustic engineering philosophy. LG V20 will come bundled with a special pair of B&O PLAY earphones worth $198. With the bundled B&O PLAY earphones, you can start enjoying the ultimate audio experience right away.

Delivering Share-worthy, Crisp, Clear Videos

Steady Record 2.0

The LG V20, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with X12 LTE, introduces Steady Record 2.0, leveraging Qualcomm Technologies’ electronic image stabilization (EIS) 3.0 to record sharper video footage while neutralizing shaky images. The gyro-based EIS improves sync accuracy between the image and the gyro by reducing sync latency to only 50 milliseconds. EIS is complemented by digital image stabilization (DIS) which further improves video quality in post-processing by adjusting objects across frames and minimizing distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action.


Hi-Fi Video Recording

LG V20 owners can record Hi-Fi videos and manually control the settings for perfect audio quality using options such as Low Cut Filter (LCF) that removes unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) that sets recording distance. The LCF reduces background noise while the LMT zeroes in on voices the user wants to record. The V20 also captures audio using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM), the same format used in professional video equipment. 

Capture It All and More

Front/Rear Wide Angle Lens

The wide angle capabilities of the front and rear cameras allow consumers to capture more background without having to physically step back to widen the shot. The 5MP front camera with a 120-degree lens expands the wefie experience so that more friends can be included in the frame.


The dual-lens rear camera comprises of a 16MP with 75-degree large aperture standard angle lens, and a 8MP with 135-degree lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The wide angle feature makes it perfect for taking pictures in front of a gorgeous vista or inside a gigantic stadium.

Auto Shot

The Auto Shot Function on the front camera produces perfect selfies with its face detection feature, which triggers the shot when the subject is ready and smiling. There is no need to press the shutter button, which usually increases camera shake and the likelihood of a blurred shot.

Hybrid Auto Focus

The V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) ensures a sharp picture every time. A fast and stable auto focus is delivered in any environment by integrating three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos. The V20 determines if LDAF or PDAF is best for a particular shot and then refines the focus with Contrast AF. Users can take full advantage of the V20 when capturing sharp images of friends or family in action, in any lighting conditions. 

Gives You More of What You Love

Second Screen

The popular Second Screen feature that was first introduced on the V10 has improved in visibility. With double the brightness and 50 percent larger font size compared to the V10, the smaller display located above the main display allows users to easily view notifications and alerts in outdoor situations at a glance.

Now with the Expandable Notifications feature, users can tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications in order to check long messages at a glance and quickly send a reply or share information.

LG UX 5.0+

The LG V20 comes with the mobile user interface LG UX 5.0+ to make it easier to use the multimedia functions tailored to customer needs. The LG UX 5.0+ is an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5. It is also the world’s first smartphone interface to run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The LG V20 also features Multi-window to display two apps at once in a split screen allowing users to drag text, images, and files from one app to another. The combination of these advancements together with the 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display offers the best in multitasking capabilities.1

In Apps

The LG V20 is the world’s first phone to showcase Google’s In Apps. The new search mode featured in the Google app, helps users find content not only from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages and photos, but also from user-installed apps. It also enables users to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read or activity across apps without having to type a query. 

Premium Design for A Sophisticated Look

Premium Materials

To achieve both a sophisticated look and solid durability, LG uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material. AL6013 metal, found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes, was selected to cover the back of the phone due to its sturdy but light properties. the top and bottom of the phone are made by Silicone Polycarbonate (Si-PC).

“The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series,” said Mr. David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love and less of anything they don’t need to set a new standard for premium smartphones.”

Available from November 5, 2016, in Silver and Titan, the LG V20 will retail for S$998 at all M1, Singtel, StarHub and authorized LG Mobile retailers. Each purchase comes with a mobile casing premium pack worth $88 while stocks last.

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-V20.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
  • Display: Main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi) / Secondary IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle) / Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle)
  • Battery: 3200mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 450 Mbps LTE Category 9 with 3x Carrier Aggregation) / Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac) / USB Type-C / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC
  • Colors: Titan / Silver
  • Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording / Steady Record 2.0 / HD Audio Recorder / Studio Mode / High AOP Mic / Second Screen / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / In Apps / B&O Collaboration / Finger Print Scanner / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

* Information and pictures courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 premieres 15th October 2016

Star Wars fans alert! The third season of the critically acclaimed animated Star Wars Rebels premieres today on 15th October 2016! Catch Star Wars Rebels Season 3 on Disney Channel (StarHub TV Ch 312/ Singtel TV Ch 234) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu.


Star Wars Rebels will also launch on 15th October, 8am on Disney XD (StarHub TV Ch 310/ Singtel TV Ch 232), and thereafter every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30am. The regular time slot for Disney Channel is every Saturday at 12pm.

STAR WARS REBELS - "Steps into Shadow" - The critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels" returns SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:30 p.m., ET) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu during the season three one-hour premiere event, "Steps into Shadow" on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm) KANAN, BENDU
STAR WARS REBELS – “Steps into Shadow” – The critically-acclaimed animated series “Star Wars Rebels” returns SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:30 p.m., ET) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu during the season three one-hour premiere event, “Steps into Shadow” on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)
STAR WARS REBELS - "Steps into Shadow" - Led by a more powerful Ezra, a rebel mission goes awry, and Kanan returns to help the Ghost crew. Grand Admiral Thrawn emerges as a new threat. This episode of "Star Wars Rebels" airs Saturday, September 24 (8:30 - 9:30 P.M. EDT) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm) GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN
STAR WARS REBELS – “Steps into Shadow” – Led by a more powerful Ezra, a rebel mission goes awry, and Kanan returns to help the Ghost crew. Grand Admiral Thrawn emerges as a new threat. This episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs Saturday, September 24 (8:30 – 9:30 P.M. EDT) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)

What can we Star Wars fans expect from Star Wars Rebels Seasons 3? Here’s some information and pictures from Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels –

Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. In season three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.

STAR WARS REBELS - "The Holocrons of Fate” - When Maul takes the crew of the Ghost hostage, Ezra and Kanan must recover an ancient Sith artifact to save them. This episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs Saturday, October 01 (8:30-9:00 P.M. EDT) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm) DARTH MAUL
STAR WARS REBELS – “The Holocrons of Fate” – When Maul takes the crew of the Ghost hostage, Ezra and Kanan must recover an ancient Sith artifact to save them. This episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs Saturday, October 01 (8:30-9:00 P.M. EDT) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)
STAR WARS REBELS - "Steps into Shadow" - The critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels" returns SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:30 p.m., ET) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu during the season three one-hour premiere event, "Steps into Shadow" on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm) SABINE, EZRA, HONDO OHNAKA, ZEB, CAPTAIN REX
STAR WARS REBELS – “Steps into Shadow” – The critically-acclaimed animated series “Star Wars Rebels” returns SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:30 p.m., ET) and introduces new characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu during the season three one-hour premiere event, “Steps into Shadow” on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 looks exciting and it’s a great build up leading towards to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arriving in December 2016! Do remember to watch and follow Star Wars Rebels Season 3!

May The Force Be With You to all fellow Star Wars fans!

* Information and pictures courtesy of The Walt Disney Company Pte Ltd (S.E.A) *


Introducing MyUS for sports and fitness enthusiasts in Singapore

Sports and fitness enthusiasts in Singapore, whether you are a runner, outdoor recreation, sports, gym, body building, fitness junkie, we are always on the lookout for sports gear, accessories and supplements for our respective sports. The sports, fitness and recreation industries are getting more popular across a wide range of different sporting activities. As a runner myself, I am also on the lookout for running shoes, running apparels and supplements such as energy booster gels/bars. For my friends who are fitness junkies/body builders, I know the amount of health and fitness supplements that they need/want to have. They can be pretty expensive in Singapore, the brands available are not as many, compared to the US market.

While there are a number of sports and fitness companies in Singapore, sometimes we sports fanatics envy the much wider options of sports and fitness products in other countries such as US, that is a very well established and huge sports, fitness and recreation industry. There must be times when you search for sports and fitness products overseas on Amazon and other websites, you wanted something from there yet the international shipping costs changed your final decision to purchase and ship it over?

I would like to share with you this website, MyUS, a consolidation service for you to buy from multiple US outlets and only pay for one shipment from the MyUS warehouse to your door in Singapore.

What is MyUS.com about ? Let me share with you sports and fitness enthusiasts some quick information –

  • MyUS.com is an international shipping and package consolidation service, founded in 1997
  • It lets customers ship purchases from multiple US stores in one shipment
  • The service gives users a MyUS delivery address so they can order from brands exclusive to the US
  • MyUS does the rest, including handling customs and duty forms for you
  • Door-to-door package tracking and delivery within 2-4 days
  • The service is available for desktopAndroidand Apple users

How does MyUS compare to myself doing online purchases and direct shipping? This infographic below would provide a good comparison and analysis –

Infographic attach here


What are some of the different outlets in US that I can visit and explore what are the different types of sports and fitness equipment, apparels and supplements that are available on their online websites?

Let me share with you some of them, a list of top stores recommended by MyUS, with the best deals and selections for health and fitness supplies –

  1. BodyBuilding.com – A MyUS preferred merchant, Bodybuilding.com has a great selection for those looking to reach their fitness goals.
  2. VitaminShoppe.com – VitaminShoppe.com offers great prices and free shipping to your MyUS address with orders of US$25+. They offer a huge selection of vitamins, nutrition and alternative health supplements for the whole family.
  3. Walgreens Drugstore– This online pharmacy offers a great selection of vitamins and much more with terrific deals and discounts that they regularly promote.
  4. Moosejaw and Sports Authority – Whether you’re looking for a trendy new GPS watch or the latest sports apparel, these outlets are the perfect place for bargain hunters looking to grab deals on popular American fitness/sports brands.
  5. Amazon– Amazon is a great place for consumers to shop for almost anything imaginable. The Amazon shopping experience also provides a wide range of products to suit any budget. For health and fitness fans, check out this link to shop for the best-selling fitness trackers on Amazon right now.

Looking through the top stores with the best deals and selections for health, sports and fitness supplies. I am quite keen and secretly excited to search through the networks of sports and fitness stores, and if I find something that I like and that I want, along with a good price, I will go for it.

To all sports and fitness enthusiasts/junkies/fanatics, visit MyUS and take a look for yourself, explore and see if their platform, network of sports and fitness stores suits what you are searching for. I went online window shopping at some of the websites recommended above, I found my outdoor products at Sports Authority, trail running shoes from Moosejaw and a few more other sports/fitness/outdoor recreation items.

If you are keen, I have a MyUS discount to share with my readers – when you sign up here at the link below, you would receive a 30-day free premium membership trial: https://www.myus.com/signup/?aid=1005194

I would like to thank MyUS and Allison+Partners for sharing the above information, details and infographic for me to share with my sports and fitness readers.

Microsoft launched first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore

The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media have greatly benefitted the world since they were invented. The world today has become a smaller place and more inter-connected. The world of Internet, cyberspace and social media are now part of our daily life in work and leisure too.

However, it also have its own challenges too! Cybersecurity is of utmost importance, the presence and roles that they play today is more significant and important, for organisations, businesses and even individuals too.

Microsoft recently launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. Let me share with you more of the news and details from the press release information –

Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.

The Microsoft Transparency Center is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Programme (GSP), which offers participating government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertise and insight of Microsoft security professionals. Nearly 40 countries and international organisations currently participate in the programme with 10 participants from Asia-Pacific.

The Singapore Transparency Center is a convenient location for governments in the Asia region and will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe. In addition, more details of other new Microsoft Transparency Centers will be shared later in 2016, including the recently announced Transparency Center in Beijing, China.

“Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Programme, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong capabilities to protect, detect and respond,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation.

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organisations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. Amid rising cybercriminal activities and a rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, the Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements by way of security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way.

“With Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation to achieve more, we need to ensure every individual, organisation, and government has the ability to use technology they can trust. The extensive technology footprint that Microsoft has around the world has allowed us to understand and counter cyber threats. Beyond leveraging that knowledge to build trusted applications and products, we also have the responsibility to share the same intelligence with governments and organisations so that we can contribute towards a safer and more trusted cyber world for Singapore, the region, and beyond,” said Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

“Cyberspace has opened up many opportunities for the economy and society. However, it has also become a place for individuals and groups to launch cyber attacks on governments, organisations and people. International cooperation is therefore needed against such threat actors. We are happy that Microsoft has chosen Singapore to be its global partner in cybersecurity. Robust partnerships between the government and industry, such as through the Microsoft Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center, will enable all of us to build trust and a safer cyberspace for everyone,” said David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

The Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively. This will build on the momentum in the last few years, where the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has fostered various partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region. This includes strategic collaboration with Interpol in global malware botnet disruption operations and a PhotoDNA licensing collaboration to support Interpol’s efforts in preventing child sexual exploitation online, as well as cyber threat intelligence sharing partnerships with several Internet Service Providers in the region and government Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

To support a comprehensive, cross-company and cross-industry approach to cybersecurity, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. This includes a recently announced global Cyber Defense Operations Center (C-DOC), a state-of-the-art 24/7 facility that brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time, securing Microsoft’s internal resources, cloud infrastructure, customer online services, devices and products. Microsoft has also recently established an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG) – a dedicated team of worldwide security experts who will deliver security solutions, expertise and services that empower organisations to modernise their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.

* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

Singtel completed one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress

Singtel Satellite is Asia’s leading provider of one stop satellite communications and ICT solutions. In a recent press release, they completed one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress from Inmarsat on a “K” Line container ship.

Satellite communications services are very important for the maritime industry whereby their key business is in the area of shipping and delivery of goods from country to another.

More information of Singtel’s completion of one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress are below –

Singtel recently announced that it has completed one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress, a maritime-focused, secure high-speed broadband service from Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. The installation was recently completed on “K” Line Ship Management Singapore’s (“K” Line) 9,600-twenty foot equivalent unit capacity container ship Houston Bridge.

Mr Lim Kian Soon, Head of Singtel Satellite said, “As the leading satellite communications services provider in the Asia Pacific region, we are pleased to help ‘K’ Line to increase their vessels’ efficiency with the Fleet Xpress service. The service’s high-speed broadband, which leverages our secure and reliable connectivity, allows maritime firms to introduce new business applications on-board their vessels that optimises and streamlines the management of their fleets.”

“K” Line is using Fleet Xpress to apply big data analysis for operational efficiencies by monitoring engine performance and fleet management. It is also using the service to provide ship-to-shore internet connectivity to support crew welfare.

“To keep abreast with new technology and stay transformational as one of the largest transportation companies, “K” Line Ship Management Singapore undertakes the advantages of a high throughput service like Fleet Xpress to optimise business efficiency, achieve cost savings and provide stronger crew welfare. We are pleased to work with a trusted partner like Singtel to deliver this service for us,” said Capt. Shoji Fukuda, Managing Director, “K” Line Ship Management Singapore.

Singtel, one of Inmarsat’s largest Fleet Xpress partners, successfully managed the installation with its experienced installation team, who migrated the vessel’s Ku-band satellite internet service to Fleet Xpress’s Ka- and L-band services. The migration involved changing the vessel’s antenna hardware and reconfiguring its complex on-board network while ensuring that day-to-day operations were not affected.

“The launch of Fleet Xpress marks a new page in maritime communications with continuous connectivity and guaranteed performance across the oceans. This is a milestone on the industry’s journey towards smart shipping and opens the new era of crew connectivity and operational efficiency. Being scheduled as a Asia-US East Coast service, Houston Bridge is a physical proof that mainstream shipping has started the transition to high speed continuous connectivity. We have a long standing relationship with Singtel who are one of our leading partners in Asia, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come,” said Mr Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

Music fans, if you are looking for a wireless headphones with comfortable ear cups, check out the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones by Dr. Dre. This is a stylish and nice looking headphones, ideal for home and on the move when you are outside.

If you are friends looking for wireless headphones, share with them about the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones!

Let me share with you more information on the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones by Dr. Dre from the press release information –

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless is your perfect everyday headphone. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback. Enjoy award-winning Beats sound with Class 1 Bluetooth® wireless listening freedom. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day comfort.



Beats Solo3 Wireless is ready to go when you are. They instantly set up – just power on and hold near your iPhone – and then simultaneously connect to your Apple Watch, iPad and Mac*. With Class 1 Bluetooth technology, Solo3 Wireless provides the soundtrack to your life with wireless efficiency.



At the heart of Beats Solo3 Wireless is award-winning Beats sound. This headphone delivers premium playback with fine-tuned acoustics that maximize clarity, breadth and balance. The comfort-cushion ear cups buffer outside noise for immersive sound so you can experience music the way it was meant to be heard.

*Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3


Beats Solo3 Wireless delivers up to 40 hours of battery life driven by the efficiency of the Apple W1 chip. Or, with Fast Fuel, a quick 5-minute charge provides 3 hours of playback to quickly get you back on track. Integrated on-ear controls, coupled with dual beam-forming mics, allow you to take calls, play music, adjust volume and activate Siri while on the go.



Beats Solo3 Wireless stays true to its predecessor with bold styling and a streamlined design. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day listening comfort. The headphone’s fast-flowing curves and pivoting ear cups complete this natural fit, designed for optimal comfort and sound delivery.


Key Features of Beats Solo3 Wireless

  • Connect via Class 1 Bluetooth with your device for wireless listening
  • The award-winning sound and design you’ve come to love from Beats
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life for multi-day use
  • With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low
  • Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use
  • Sleek, streamlined design that’s durable and foldable to go everywhere you do
  • Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls

The Beats Solo3 Wireless is available in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Black, retailing at S$398.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics (Electronics) Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *

The Performance Series Race 4

The fourth race from the five races planned for The Performance Series runs 2016. The 4th race was held on Sunday 9th October at Bedok Reservoir and I am happy to complete my 10km distance race with a slight improvement from my Race 3 at Gardens By The Bay. Wet weather hit the 10km Wave 1 runners and it was cancelled, while 10km Wave 2 and Wave 3 were delayed and both waves of runners were flagged off together, causing a bit of congestion on the running route.

The 10km route of The Performance Series Race 4 was familiar to me, having run a 10km distance before in another run some years back at the Mizuno Wave Run. Bedok Reservoir is a nice place to go for a run although planning a 10km route is a little bit tricky for running route planners since a full loop of the Bedok Reservoir doesn’t really add up to 5km. Initially, when I saw the running route, there was the segment whereby the runners ran and did a U-turn. Although it wasn’t that clear on the map, once the runners hit the ground running, it wasn’t too bad after all. There was a uphill climb segment from the 8km to 9km distance range, it was a real challenge for me, I managed to run up to the small hill top, had a bird’s eye view of Bedok Reservoir. After catching my breath, enjoying the view, I continued my run down the hill towards the finishing line. Kudos to the organisers of The Performance Series for creating the running route for the location at Bedok Reservoir given the size, distance and terrain constraints.

My timing was 1hr21min based on my Runkeeper app, there was a slight improvement from my Race 3 timing while my best timing was from Race 2. I was happy to complete my goal of finishing my 10km distance. Reflecting again on my The Performance Series 4 run, the weather this morning was pretty cooling due to the wet weather that affected Wave 1 earlier. I was able to run consistently for most of the 10km without being affected by the heat and humidity.

I would always use runs to let go of my stress and frustration (on top of keeping fit and healthy), I should be doing more and I want to do more. Running is like my current journey towards what I am going to setup, there are ups and downs, at times, good and bad. Some key similarities are to keep training, improving, disciplined and not giving up during the journey/run.

4 out of 5 completed, now for the last run of the The Performance Series.

Blackberry DTEK50 – World’s most secure Android smartphone

Blackberry, a global leader in mobile communications recently launched an android smartphone, the Blackberry DTEK50, world’s most secure android smartphone. The Blackberry DTEK50 would definitely interest smartphone users that are looking for a secure smartphone for their work and leisure use.

Blackberry enterprise management solutions are well known around the world and owners of the Blackberry DTEK50 would be find them inside this smartphone. This would be great especially for business/work users.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Blackberry DTEK50 from the press release information –

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, announced that DTEK50TM, the world’s most secure Android smartphone, is now available in Singapore. Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment. From today, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is available from M1, Singtel and StarHub as well as leading retail stores partners of Ingram Micro Mobility Singapore for RRP $428, inclusive of GST.

“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re proud to have all the security and privacy functionality that is built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. “DTEK50 adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choices to our customers with different price points on both BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms.”

Android Security at the Forefront

In a recent survey1 of Android smartphone users, BlackBerry found that 50 percent believe their smartphone is only somewhat secure, and what’s more, despite data security fears, one in six Android users don’t know about Android security patches.

“With an increase in cybercrime on smartphones, people need to recognize that the private details of their lives – where they live, their bank info, pictures of their kids – are at risk on their personal device. You wouldn’t leave the doors of your house unlocked at night. Having a smartphone that doesn’t take your privacy seriously is the equivalent,” said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry. “It’s equally important for businesses to protect their sensitive data from cyberattacks at all points of their mobile environment – from the device to the network and servers.”

DTEK50 was designed to address the security and privacy needs of today’s uncompromising Android users. With BlackBerry’s unique built-in hardware security, DTEK50 encrypts all users’ information, including business critical data and personal data such as pictures, videos and contacts. Malware protection is also built-in along with back-up, wipe and restore capabilities. BlackBerry also delivers security patches on the same day that Google publicly releases information about them, while many popular Android smartphones put the users’ private information at risk of being hacked due to slow security updates

Features that make DTEK50 the most secure Android smartphone, include:

  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, zygote ASLR and pathtrust to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.

Ready to Work

DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s enterprise management solutions to produce a powerful device capable of powering any work day. Key features include:

  • Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support: DTEK50 supports BlackBerry’s powerful suite of EMM applications and secure productivity solutions, including: WatchDox by BlackBerry for secure file-sharing, Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong Authentication by BlackBerry as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.

Design Meets Function

DTEK50, BlackBerry’s thinnest device ever, represents the best of BlackBerry with Android to make users more productive and responsive, pairing security with intelligent design. Key features include:

  • Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.
  • Dazzling Camera: DTEK50 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.

For more information on DTEK50, go to BlackBerry.com/DTEK50. Follow all updates related to DTEK50 on the Inside BlackBerry blog here and on our YouTube BlackBerry Channel here.

Survey was administered to 8,000 Android smartphone users between 35 and 54 years old in the US by using Google Consumer Surveys. Responses were collected from April 8 to 13, 2016. 

* Information courtesy of Blackberry Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Beats EP on-ear headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre, recently introduced their Beats EP on-ear headphones. This lightweight, colourful and masterfully tuned headphones would attract the music lovers out there.

On-ear headphones are really good for listening to music, I still remembered using my dad’s on-ear headphones when he had the old hi-fi music system at home! It would be nice to have an on-ear headphones at home (and even bringing it out) listening to music or watching a movie!

Let me share with you more information on the Beats EP –

Beats EP on-ear headphones delivers masterfully tuned sound. Its battery-free design offers unlimited playback and its sleek, durable frame is reinforced with lightweight stainless steel. Beats EP is an ideal introduction to Beats for any music lover seeking a dynamic listening experience.



Beats EP on-ear headphones delivers masterfully tuned sound the way it was meant to be heard. Powered by fine-tuned acoustics for incredible clarity, breadth and balance, it’s the ideal introduction to Beats for any music lover. 



Beats EP is tough, lightweight and comfortable. Its durable frame is reinforced with stainless steel and adjustable vertical sliders allow for personalized comfort. Designed for everyday use. 


Beats EP is made to go everywhere you do. Its battery-free design offers unlimited playback and hassle-free fixed cable lets you focus on the music. Just grab and go.


Key Features of Beats EP

  • Fine-tuned acoustics for the clarity and depth you expect from Beats
  • Durable, lightweight design reinforced with stainless steel
  • Battery-free for unlimited playback
  • Adjustable vertical sliders for a personalized fit
  • Take calls and control your music with RemoteTalk cable*

The Beats EP is currently available in Black, Red, Blue and White at all authorized Beats retailers in Singapore at S$138.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *

Singtel Managed Security Service – Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP)

In our highly connected world today using internet and social media, cyber security is a concern and very important for the individual and organisations.

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Palo Alto Networks, the next generation security company has teamed up together, providing a unique managed security service for organisations, giving them a peace of mind with cyber security and advanced threat prevention.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Singtel Managed Security Service – Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP) from the press release below –

Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) announced availability of the Singtel Managed Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP), a unique managed security service that harnesses the expertise of Singtel Managed Security Service (MSS) and the technology of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, to protect organisations against sophisticated cyber threats.

This Singtel service aims to keep cyber threats at bay by monitoring, isolating and preventing any suspicious applications from breaching an organisation’s networks or endpoint devices. In addition, the ATP’s advance threat intelligence capability provides organisations with insights on cyber threats, allowing them to take necessary security measures.

This collaborative effort expands Palo Alto Networks’ existing activities with Singtel’s managed security services business unit, Trustwave, to bring next-generation managed security services to global multi-national businesses and government agencies.

The Singtel MSS provides organisations with real-time, round-the-clock managed security services through Singtel’s global network of eight Security Operations Centres (SOCs). As the SOCs are integrated with Singtel Global Threat Intelligence, they are constantly updated with information from Trustwave’s sensors and SpiderLabs malware research laboratory as well as Singtel’s extensive network of security intelligence partners. By complementing the Singtel Global Threat Intelligence with Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus™ threat intelligence, Singtel MSS can provide even faster response to cyber attacks.

The Managed ATP operates on the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, comprising Next-Generation Firewall, Threat Intelligence Cloud and Advanced Endpoint Protection. This platform protects organisations by allowing safe applications to pass through networks, cloud and endpoint devices but blocks both known as well as unknown threats and suspicious applications.

In Singapore, the Managed ATP service is delivered through Singtel’s Singapore Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC), which monitors advanced cyber threats globally and helps protect organisations against sophisticated malicious cyber attacks. Singtel’s cyber security expertise is bolstered by 2,000 security professionals worldwide, including its elite SpiderLabs cyber response team.

Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “As a leading global Managed Security Services Provider, we are committed to strengthening our capabilities to protect organisations against sophisticated, evolving cyber threats. Through our collaboration with Palo Alto Networks, we have developed an innovative cyber security service which takes a holistic and preventive approach towards cyber threats.”

“Together with our Trustwave managed security service, the trained cyber security experts at our Advanced Security Operations Centre can forestall cyber attacks and use the information of any neutralised malware to update our global threat intelligence to benefit other regions. In the long run, our Managed Security Service will strengthen organisations’ cyber defense and reinforce Singapore as a safe and vibrant business hub,” he added.

“We are delighted to join forces with Singtel – one of Asia Pacific’s most respected, progressive and leading managed security services providers – to deliver unparalleled next-generation, breach-prevention security capabilities to its customers,” said Mr Mark McLaughlin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Palo Alto Networks. “Our collaboration gives organisations the peace of mind to implement key technology initiatives within their cloud and mobile networks and maintain complete visibility and control as their most valued data assets and critical control systems will be protected.”

For additional information about the new service offering, visit this link

For additional information on Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus, visit this link

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *