Biggest Headphone, Powerbank & Audio Warehouse Sale – 27-29 August 2016

Warehouse sale alert for headphone, audio and powerbank fans! 
Up to 80% off top audio brands such as Beats, mophie, Onkyo, Paradigm, Jamo, Anthem, gogear & more!!! The biggest headphone, powerbank and audio warehouse sale taking place from 27th to 29th August 2016.
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Check out some of the offers below that you can find at the warehouse sale! It’s open to public and will be held from 11am – 7pm! First come first serve basis, while stocks last!
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Share this warehouse sale news with your family and friends! 
Date: 27 to 29 Aug 2016
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: 81 Genting Lane, #02-02, Everich Industrial Building, S(349566)
* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *

All-New Gillette Fusion ProShield

Personal grooming is important to everyone of us, it makes a person looks better, feeling more refreshed and presentable in our professional career or social life. For guys, part of our personal grooming is shaving and it is essential to keep ourselves well groomed and looked after, thus we can present ourselves in a more professional and pleasant manner.

Gillette is a leader in global shave care, I personally owned a Gillette Fusion Power for a number of years, it was really good and reliable! I am currently using the Gillette Fusion Power for the past 3.5 years (bought in November 2012). To be honest with everybody, it’s still in good working condition! Just remember to replace the blades regularly!

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Gillette recently launched an all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver, this is even better than my Gillette Fusion Power shaver, an improvement in design and innovation. I attended the media launch event for the all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield, saw and understood on the improvements and innovations to this all new shaver.

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I was given a gift during the media event and it was the all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver (Standard Edition)! Thank you very much for this heartwarming gift! Just nice to replace and take over my current, trustworthy Gillette Fusion Power shaver, it’s a worthy successor!

It’s the Best a Man can get for his personal grooming / shaving needs!

Let me share with you more information of the Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver from the press release information below –

Gillette, the leader in global shave care, today revealed its latest innovation: the Gillette Fusion ProShield. According to a study by Gillette, most men take about 170 strokes while shaving. However, many men shave on auto-pilot and can re-stroke up to 120 times during the shave, after the initial 50 strokes wipe away most of the shave gel, unintentionally causing irritation.

With its rich history of innovation, Gillette looks to combat this problem and reveal the secret behind great skin with a surprisingly simple and hassle-free solution. The new Gillette ProShield features a new Lubrication Bar before the blades, in addition to the Lubrastrip after the blades, to shield from irritation. The new ProShield Lubrication Bar is activated by water and designed to deliver additional lubrication before the blades without compromising blade geometry and shave closeness. Great skin starts with a comfortable shave and this combination of Gillette’s best handle with its breakthrough ProShield cartridge provides the most advanced and closest shave experience yet.

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“At Gillette, intensive research and a consistent drive for innovation helps us to thoroughly understand the way men across the globe shave,” said Lakis Vasileiadis, Brand Director Asia Pacific, P&G Shave Care. “The new Gillette Fusion ProShield represents our efforts to continuously improve the shaving experience for men without changing their daily regime.”

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Enjoy a premium shaving experience with Gillette’s newest razor

From 26 to 28 August in partnership with Truefitt & Hill, recognised as the finest traditional gentlemen’s barber and perfumer in London, Gillette brings to shoppers the Best a Man Can Get shaving experience at Guardian, VivoCity and Watsons, Ngee Ann City from 6 – 9pm on Friday and 12 – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Shoppers who purchase $30 worth of Gillette products including the new ProShield razor receive a luxurious Hot Towel Shave experience complimentary from the barbers at Truefitt & Hill.

In addition, shoppers will also be able to meet Mediacorp Artiste, Elvin Ng in the flesh on 27 August, at Guardian, VivoCity from 2 – 3pm and Watsons, Ngee Ann City from 4 – 5pm.

Suggested Retail Price*:

Gillette Fusion ProShield Razor S$24.90

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Razor S$24.90

Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 4S S$31.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 4S S$31.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 8S S$56.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 8S S$56.00

*All decisions on pricing, promotion, distribution, assortment and shelving are at the sole discretion of the retailer

Key product specifics of the all-new Fusion ProShield Razor include:

What’s New:

  • New ProShield Lubrication Bar before the blades, in addition to the Lubrastrip after the blades, shields from irritation.

With All of the Great Features of Gillette’s Most Advanced ProGlide Blade Cartridges:

  • Our thinnest, finest blade edges with less tug and pull
  • Gillette’s most advanced blade coating
  • Blade Stability Bar maintains optimal blade spacing for exceptional comfort
  • MicroComb to help guide stubble to the blades
  • Precision Trimmer for accurate edging

FlexBall Technology Handle:

  • FlexBall handle with innovative pivot to respond to facial contours for maximum contact

Two Varieties Available:

  • Standard (Yellow)
  • Chill™ with Cooling Technology (Blue)

ProShield blade cartridges fit on all Fusion and ProGlide razor handles.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Gillette Singapore and Porter Novelli *

Epson launched new EB-L 1000 series Laser Projectors

Epson recently launched a new series of laser projectors into their projectors line up. The new EB-L 1000 laser projectors by Epson are ideal for businesses, institutions and outdoor venues.

I attended their media launch event and witnessed the capabilities of the EB-L 1000 series laser projectors by Epson during a guided tour and demonstration of the EB-L 1000 series laser projectors in action.

Comparison shootout - Side by side comparison with the Epson EB-L1100U (left) with a competitor's laser projector (right) Epson's range of EB-L1000 series 3LCD Lamp-Free laser light source projectors

Let me share more information and details of the new EB-L 1000 series laser projectors by Epson –

Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, announced the launch of its new EB-L1000 series laser projector used for large venues. The EB-L1000 series projectors are the first worldwide to integrate inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel to achieve superior light and heat resistance for spectacular image quality, reliability and durability.

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The EB-L1000 series projectors’ new lamp-free laser light source with 3LCD technology are capable of reproducing images with outstanding levels of colour brightness for extremely long periods, delivering up to 20,000 hours of maintenance free use. The projectors come with nine lenses including the world’s first zero-offset ultra-short throw lens, the ELPLX01, providing maximum flexibility and enabling the projectors to be installed in tight conditions where available space is at a premium.

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Epson EB-L 1100 laser projector

Designed to operate 24/7, the EB-L1000 series are ideal for applications requiring continuous projection including command centers, storefronts, museums, digital signage and more. With a laser light source, the projectors reach maximum brightness without need for warming up. The EB-L1000 series will be available in 4 models ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 lumens in Southeast Asia – L1100U, L1200U, L1405U and L1505U.

“Epson has spent more than 15 years working to extend the durability of the projectors, to deliver projectors that achieve new levels of brightness and reliability. The new EB-L1000 series of laser light source projectors underscores our commitment to the laser and high brightness projector market, and cements Epson’s position as the number one projector brand worldwide for 15 years running,” said Ms. Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

Features of the Epson EB-L1000 series include:

  • 4K enhancement technology – Viewers can experience the most intricate details. Pixel scaling technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution to 3840 x 2160, surpassing full HD quality.
  • Auto image calibration – Equipped with a built-in camera, the EB-L1000 series are capable of calibrating and adjusting color, uniformity and white balance automatically.
  • Flexible projection – Projectors can be rotated 360 degrees in any direction for off-axis positioning, and are fully tiltable for maximum flexibility for installation in any location.
  • Innovative performance features for seamless projection on surfaces include edge-blending, curve projection, corner wall projection, point correction and others.

Available Epson EB-L1000 series models in Singapore:

  • EB-L1100U – 6,000 lumens, WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1200U – 7,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1405U – 8,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1505U – 12,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration

Epson EB-L1000 series of 3LCD laser projectors is retailing from $ 21,000. Please contact Epson Singapore for more details.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz *

Singtel to take Samsung Galaxy Note7 pre-orders from 17 August

Samsung fans take note, you can pre-order Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 from Singtel from 17th August 2016! Spread the news and tell your friends who are planning to own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7!

Let me share with you more details and information from the press release information below –

Singtel is pleased to announce that customers who have registered their interest with Singtel will be able to pre-order Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from 17 August.

Building on Samsung’s category-defining leadership in the smartphone market, the Galaxy Note7 sets a new standard for large-screen devices. The Galaxy Note7 and its S Pen are both equipped with IP68*-certified water and dust resistant capabilities. Galaxy Note7 is also equipped with new iris recognition^ technology, a highly secure biometric authentication system. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an award-winning# defence-grade security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides a new level of security and convenience. The first smartphone that is High Dynamic Range## (HDR) video streaming-ready, the Galaxy Note7 offers a cinema-like experience with brighter colours and a deeper black, ensuring the most fulfilling movie experience.

Customers can pre-order 64GB models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Gold Platinum, Black Onyx and Silver Titanium at http://www.singtel.com/galaxynote7. Prices start at S$398 on Singtel’s Combo 3 mobile plan.

Customers who successfully purchase the phones during the pre-order phase will also receive a complimentary lens kit worth S$198 on a first-come-first-served basis. They will also get three months free subscription when they sign up for 12 months of Singtel Music or Singtel Newsstand.

Pre-order customers can choose the delivery option or collect their Galaxy Note7 on 19 August, one day before its island-wide launch, at all Singtel Retail Shops and selected Singtel Exclusive Retailers. For more information, visit

http://www.singtel.com/galaxynote7

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Monthly Fee $27.90 $42.90 $62.90 $82.90 $102.90 $239.90
Samsung Galaxy Note7 $868 $718 $398 $268 $148 $0

* Dust and Water Resistant (IP68 rating) means that the device is protected against entry of solid foreign objects and harmful ingress of water at up to 1.5 metres, for up to 30 minutes, under certain defined test conditions. According to accredited test results; individual results may vary. Note: IP68 rating does not mean that the device is waterproof.

^ Iris Scanner may be unable to read your iris if you are wearing certain types of glasses or coloured contact lenses.

# Samsung Knox received the most “Strong” ratings of any mobile security platform in the report “Mobile Device Security: A Comparison of Platforms”, from Gartner, Inc. The report, published on April 6, 2016, compared the core OS security features built into twelve mobile device platforms as well as enterprise management capabilities. Source: “Mobile Device Security: A Comparison of Platforms”, Gartner, Inc. (6 April 2016)

## Dependent on video services available.

*Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

Singtel to launch new Straits Times All-Digital subscription package

Singtel postpaid mobile users, you can now access The Straits Times (ST) All-Digital subscription package through the recently launched Singtel Newsstand. I recently shared about the Singtel Newsstand and it’s a good initiative for mobile users to subscribe to the major newspapers and magazines.

The Straits Times partner Singtel to launch new Straits Time All-Digital subscription package and let me share with you more information from the press release information below –

Singtel postpaid mobile users will be able to access The Straits Times (ST) All-Digital subscription package without having to incur local data charges through its recently-launched Singtel Newsstand service. The Singtel Newsstand service is both digital and print newsstand that offers leading international and local newspapers and magazines for its post-paid mobile users.

The ST All-Digital package allows Singtel postpaid mobile customers unlimited access to news articles, 7-day news archive and the e-paper version via an upgraded ST app for smartphone, tablet and online users. They can also have concurrent log-ons of up to six mobile devices simultaneously.

Furthermore, they enjoy no local mobile data charges when they access the two ST apps (smartphone and tablet) and straitstimes.com on a mobile device of the same mobile number they have used to subscribe to this service.

The ST All-Digital subscription package through the Singtel Newsstand is being offered for a limited time period at a promotional price of $29.90 per month, valid with a 12-month contract.

Mr Ignatius Low, Managing Editor of the English, Malay and Tamil Media group, Singapore Press Holdings, said: “This new promotional package will give those who want to stay on top of the news yet another option to subscribe to The Straits Times. With no data charges, subscribers can take full advantage of the paper’s multimedia offerings, including the ever popular e-version of its print edition, its award-winning videos and live streaming for reporting of major events.”

Ms Diana Chen, Singtel’s Vice President of Mobile Marketing, said: “Increasingly, our customers are turning to their mobile devices for their daily dose of news and current affairs. Singtel Newsstand is the first service in Singapore to offer convenient, one-stop access to premium content from The Straits Times and other leading international publications at up to 20% off regular rates. With data usage waived, our customers will have the freedom to enjoy as many articles and videos as they like.”

Customers can sign up for the ST All-Digital subscription package with no data charges via www.singtel.com/singtelnewsstand, visit any Singtel Shop or call the Singtel Hotline at 1688/1609.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Singtel Group launched The 5-Min Video Challenge

The Singtel Group recently launched a competition to drive content innovation in all its markets that they operates in. Content nowadays in today’s climate and connectivity, on the internet, social media channels along with mobile data usage, it is getting more important and significance as we users are consuming a lot more digital content and diversified digital content (from news, articles, stories to entertainment) as well.

Nowadays, video is getting a lot more attention, usage and consumption. They are going to play a bigger role in the years to come and with 5G coming into the market, mobile data consumption of video content is going to increase.

Let me share with you the information and details of The 5-Min Video Challenge by Singtel Group from the press release information below –

The Singtel Group has launched ‘The 5-Min Video Challenge’ as part of efforts to drive content innovation in all its markets. The competition is a joint initiative by associates within the Group, comprising Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, Globe and Telkomsel. Winning content will be distributed and made accessible to over 600 million customers across the Group.

Content is a big part of the Group’s strategy to connect with customers as the proliferation of mobile devices has fuelled demand for online video entertainment. The short five-minute format is ideal for audiences accustomed to viewing content on mobile devices.

Mr Mark Chong, CEO, International, Singtel, said, “We are making a big push in digital content as consumers have radically changed the way they consume entertainment. For many of Singtel’s more than 600 million customers, the mobile phone is also the only way for them to access the internet. A pan-regional competition makes a lot of sense as the power of content is its ability to transcend geographical and language barriers. Our customers will be able to enjoy access to a rich variety of original content created by the most talented content-makers from the region.”

The competition will be conducted at two levels – local and regional. Each associate will first invite aspiring or experienced local filmmakers to submit five-minute entries based on the theme “Connecting Lives”. The entries will be judged on criteria such as originality of content, storytelling and cinematography. Winning entries from the respective associates’ markets will then be judged at a regional level.

Mr Chong added, “The theme “Connecting Lives” resonates with Singtel’s business of keeping people connected and how human connections can drive positive change in our everyday lives. We hope to discover new talent and concepts that we can work with on future projects for the Group’s mobile and video platforms such as Globe Studios and AIS Play.”

Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO of Advanced Info Service Plc., said: “Thailand has seen exponential growth in video content consumption. This is because it thoroughly responds to the needs of modern consumers. Another important contributor to growth is the strong digital infrastructure of AIS together with its mobile technologies including 4G, 4.5G, Super WiFi and the AIS Fibre fixed broadband network. As well, rapid growth in access to affordable smartphones at the mass-market level is another significant factor sparking the video content boom.”

“Therefore, we’re proud to play a part in organising this video content competition. We wish to work with new faces, as our content partners, in the video content creation business. From this competition, we expect to find the best video content to present even more variety to AIS customers via the AIS Play video platform,” Mr Lertsutiwong said.

Two videos will be shortlisted from each associate’s market and a total of 14 videos will enter the regional level of the competition.

The grand winner and runner-up will be announced at the grand finals, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 November 2016. Cash prizes of US$30,000 and US$15,000 will be awarded to the grand winner and runner-up respectively. The regional winners will also get the opportunity to promote their videos on each associate’s mobile and video platforms to customers in the Group’s markets across Asia, Africa and Australia.

To find out more about The 5-min Video Challenge, visit www.the5minvideo.com.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Logitech Introduces CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7

Logitech has produced a wide range of excellent accessories and peripherals for different electronic gadgets and devices. For those who own an Apple iPad Pro 9.7 and you are planning to look for a keyboard case with a dual purpose, Logitech recently introduced their new backlit keyboard case CREATE for your iPad Pro 9.7.

I personally owned a keyboard case from Logitech for my iPad (not iPad Pro though) previously before I sold it away. It’s pretty good and I really like it to have a keyboard and a case to protect my iPad. I currently own an iPad Air 1st Gen, I am considering to look for a keyboard case for my iPad Air 1st Gen.

Let me share with you more information on the Logitech CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7 from the press release information below –

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector for the 9.7inch iPad Pro™. The CREATE Keyboard Case is a toolkit that gives you everything you need to make the most of your iPad Pro? a protective case, backlit keyboard, and integrated holder for the Apple pencil all in one lightweight package. Whether you are posting an update, watching a video, or drawing a sketch, CREATE empowers you to unleash your creativity and productivity wherever you go.

“CREATE is like the Swiss Army Knife of keyboard cases,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of tablet accessories at Logitech. “It puts all the tools you need at your fingertips, and the keyboard charges through the Smart Connector so you can just set your iPad Pro into a typing position and go. It brings typing on the iPad Pro to a whole new level.”

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Designed to work exclusively with Apple’s new Smart Connector, the CREATE Keyboard Case automatically powers on and pairs with your iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the backlit keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.

A special row of dedicated iOS shortcuts puts the commands at your fingertips, without ever taking them off the keyboard. You can get to the home screen, search your iPad and the web, adjust brightness, and control audio or video playback with one tap. And an integrated holder keeps your Apple Pencil within easy reach at all times so it is there when you need it.

With careful attention to color, materials and finish, the CREATE Keyboard Case design gives you all around protection in a beautiful form. Custom sculpted curves provide structural integrity to help protect your iPad Pro on the inside, while on the outside the tightly woven premium fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills.

Availability

The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7inch iPad Pro is available from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $ 219.00 . For more information, please visit Logitech , our blog or connect with us on Facebook .

Key Features

  • Apple Smart Connector : The CREATE Keyboard Case is designed to work exclusively with the Smart Connector so it automatically powers on and pairs with the iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.
  • Full featured keyboard : Tablet typing never felt so good. The well spaced 19 mm keys and familiar layout make typing fast, comfortable, and efficient. Backlit keys with adjustable lighting intensity ensure you can work any time of the day or night. With a special row of dedicated shortcut buttons, CREATE puts the power of iOS at your fingertips. Get to the home screen, search your iPad Pro and the web, adjust brightness, and control audio or video playback with the push of a button.
  • Integrated pencil holder : The integrated pencil holder helps keep your Apple Pencil in easy reach at all times so it’s there when you want it.
  • All around protection : Custom sculpted curves provide structural integrity to protect your iPad Pro on the inside. On the outside, tightly woven premium fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills. Careful attention to color and finish means your keyboard case is beautiful and protective.

System Requirements

  • iPad Pro 9.7

Product Specifications

  •  Dimensions (L x W x H): 248.2mm x 178.45mm x 22.89mm
  • Weight: 277g
  • MFi Certified: Passes rigorous testing with Apple to work perfectly with the iPad Pro

Warranty

  • 1year limited hardware warranty in U.S. and Asia
  • 2year limited hardware warranty in EMEA and Japan

* Information and picture courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

Singtel and Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia

The journey to 5G has already begun, with Singtel and Ericsson leading the way in Singapore and Southeast Asia, being the first to showcase 5G technology. I was at the Singtel and Ericsson joint demonstration event recently, witnessing the potential and capabilities of the upcoming 5G technology and mobile networks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gearing up towards a higher level on all fronts, with 5G being an integral part of IoT technology and growth in the local, regional and international context. In recent months, I started to learn more about IoT even though I had been an avid consumer, user and practitioner of technology products and services over the years through my photography, social media sharing, using smartphones, tablets and laptops. Here are some of my earlier articles relating to IoT – Internet of Things, AXON Platform by GreenWave Systems at CommunicAsia 2016 and The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai).

Our current network is 4G/LTE and it’s pretty fast for me to use it when I am on the move, maybe except in places where there are huge crowds and everybody wants to share something on their social media channels thus the 4G/LTE network gets jammed up and slows down. With this upcoming 5G technology and networks, it’s going to a lot faster! The arrival of 5G is not too far away, just a few years away from 2020. This is going to impact how we users consume mobile data, digital content and digital lifestyle.

On a personal, B2C, leisure and consumer level, for those who spend time on their mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) watching videos, entertainment, dramas, playing online games etc, I reckon you would love 5G network when it is finally here. On a commercial, B2B level, 5G has some potential big impacts on how businesses would be changed and operated differently. At the Singtel and Ericsson event, I had a glimpse into these 2 areas on the impacts of the upcoming 5G.

How is Singtel and Ericsson leading the way with 5G ? Let me share the news with you from the press release information below –

Singtel and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have joined forces in Singapore to bring 5G innovation to Southeast Asia for the first time with a live demonstration of the potential of 5G.

The “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration features Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes to showcase some of the ground-breaking capabilities offered by the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms. Singtel and Ericsson also demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end (from the time the video is captured at the server end to the time it is displayed at the device) low latency live video streaming over 5G.

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This milestone is a result of the 5G memorandum of understanding signed by Ericsson and Singtel last year, which involved evaluating and testing technologies that are strong candidates for future 5G standardisation.

Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in Singapore, in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and the anticipated four-fold growth1 in connected devices. As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to Internet of Things (IoT), enabling massive connectivity and allowing new applications for consumers and enterprises such as smart vehicles and transport architecture, remote healthcare and new levels of human-IoT interaction.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says, “We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson.”

Dr Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson APAC says, “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.”

The aim is for 5G networks to be highly efficient, faster, support more users, more devices, more services, and new use cases without a corresponding impact on cost or carbon footprint. 5G will revolutionise five key industries including TV and media, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure.

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Singtel is progressing well on its 5G journey, deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT). These radio technology upgrades deliver superior connectivity, characterised by faster and more consistent speeds, to its customers.

With 5G expected to be standardised and commercially available by 2020, Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes enable operators, ecosystem partners, academics and analysts to test 5G capabilities live.

Some key capabilities include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

The Ericsson 5G Radio Prototype has demonstrated not only record-breaking throughput, but also the tight interworking between network layers, frequency bands, and technology standards that will be critical to ensuring seamless connectivity for billions of connected devices, machines and things, supporting consumer, business and industrial applications.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

* I would like to thank Singtel for the invitation to the Singtel and Ericsson “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration event. *

Happy 51st Birthday Singapore

9th August, the day where Singapore celebrates her birthday. Today in 2016, she is 51 years old, crossing her 50th Golden Jubilee year with many big celebrations and events throughout the year. Celebrating 51st birthday seems to be toned down after a massive Golden Jubilee celebration year, that is totally understandable, just like a ball reaching its peak at the top, it would drop down and bounce up again.

Many things can happen in a 1 year time frame, year 2016 has been a turbulent year till date, on a personal basis and Singapore is facing some challenging economic times currently and times ahead. SG50 was an achievement and also a reflection on how much Singapore had grown, changed and transformed in the past 50 years, sometimes too fast and furious, putting a lot of strain on our many different infrastructures and society. We had also seen the good, in people coming forward to be the change and make the changes for society.

Year 2016, SG51 is like a turning point for Singapore. We are facing more challenges, domestically and internationally. The economy is slowing down, not just in Singapore, around the whole world too. This might be the time for everybody to reflect and look ahead, how we can change as an individual, as a society and as a country, to prepare, change, innovate and adapt for the future? We might have transformed from version 1.0 to 2.0 in 50 years of modern Singapore history. However, are we doing the necessary things for our future? The decisions, the actions that we must and need to do, for us to reach version 3.0 and beyond? Or have we become too complacent, comfortable and lazy, totally bo-chup?

The rise and growth of social media has allow us to read, see and learn a lot more about the good and bad of Singapore, sometimes on the extreme ends of the spectrum. Hopefully, this would allow us to move away from the ugly and working towards more of the good.

In Prime Minister Lee National Day 2016 Message, he spoke about unity, we have to unite together and meet the upcoming challenges and difficulties that Singapore face. This is a message that I resonate with deeply. We have to unite together for the future growth of the country, we need to innovate and change.

As we embark on another new chapter in our modern history, another new journey has begun since we turned 50 during our Golden Jubilee year. We are still a very young nation in the world today and it’s up to everyone of us, to help write the new chapters, the new version 3.0 of modern Singapore.

We still have a long way to go, if we make the changes, innovate and adapt for a new era ahead.

Happy 51st Birthday Singapore!

The Performance Series Race 3

The 3rd race from the five races planned for The Performance Series runs 2016. The 3rd race was held on Sunday 7th August at Gardens By The Bay and I am happy to complete my 10km distance race although my race timing didn’t improve from my Race 2 at Jurong Lake. While I am a bit disappointed, this was also a time for me to reflect on my running, training preparation and life too.

The 10km route of The Performance Series Race 3 was familiar to me, having run a 10km distance before in another run some years back, starting from Gardens By The Bay East, towards Marina Barrage, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands and towards the Promontory at Marina Bay before turning back in the reverse route. This route has some gorgeous landscape scenes of Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay area. On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, the views were magnificent! The run up the ramp at the Marina Barrage can be quite a bit of a strain for some runners if they are too used to running on level ground. It was taxing for me partially due to my insufficient training preparation!

Some parts of the racing route can be a bit tight in space and I can totally understand since I frequently walk up and down the Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay for my photography walks, therefore, I know the area, terrain and landscape quite well. It was great to see that organisers try to give more space for the runners as long as they were able to do so when they plan their running route e.g. at the Marina Bay Sands area, they separate the runners between the upper deck and lower promenade deck, ensuring that runners running back don’t squeeze into one sector only. I personally feel that the number of water points for The Performance Race 3 were insufficient for the 10km race route, hopefully the organisers can look into this for future races.

My timing was 1hr25min based on my RunKeeper app, although I didn’t improve from my Race 2 timing, I was happy to complete my goal of finishing my 10km distance. Reflecting again on my third race, my training and preparation were not ideal and insufficient. First and foremost, above other factors, I have to buck up in this area first! Choosing the 8am wave 3 flag off timing doesn’t seem like an ideal timing, the heat and humidity builds up pretty fast from that time.

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.

3 out of 5 completed, now for my next run, The Performance Series Race 4.