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A Summary of Updates

I had wanting to write about topics regarding the world economy, local economy and Singapore 50 thoughts and feelings. My workload had been really heavy and taxing and I was getting slower in writing my technology and gadgets articles, my photography time and photojournalist writing had decreased as well. Overall, I still managed to get my articles and photographs up for the events and stories that I covered.

I am planning to write more in-depth on the topics that I was planning to write and share my inner most thoughts, ideas and feelings. First and foremost, for today’s article summary of updates, I would try to write briefly and go more in-depth soon.

Economy

The time has come, whereby the world economy can no longer contain its bubble. It was probably 1-2 years in the making of the “cannot take it anymore and have to burst” stage. The signs had started showing some time, 1-2 years back, and with the recent financial and economic news in the international markets and economy, it’s probably the start of the arrival of a slowdown (some felt that it is another global recession), now part of every 5 years cycle.

Time to save money, folks. Time to break out of your own utopia.

Happy 50th Birthday

Happy SG50 Birthday Singapore, I had wanted to write something for you, the good, the bad, thoughts, feelings, emotions and possible the future. It might be a bit late as this time, I would probably combine it with a post General Elections 2015 article, let’s see how it goes. I need to get my writing out on paper and onto my article.

Will there be another SG50 to become SG100? Yes or No, Yes and No ?

General Elections 2015

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. I am still wondering how much I want to write on this topic, it’s open, it can be very sensitive, it’s also the test for the winds of change in modern Singapore, defining and building our 4th generation of modern Singapore and beyond. Can this General Elections 2015 probably be the start of a brand new era for Singapore into the next sG50 years?

Things will not be easy in this modern era, technology has made us lazier, social media has opened us more for the good and bad reasons.

There are many thoughts inside my mind … soon, I will pen them down and share it in my future articles.

Windows 10 has arrived

On July 28th 2015, Microsoft Corp, announced that Windows 10 will become available as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. People around the world will celebrate the launch of Windows 10 Wednesday at fan celebrations in 13 countries and via a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. Singapore was one of the countries that had a fan celebration to welcome the arrival of the Windows 10.

Let me share with you some key information and details of Windows 10 from the press release –

“A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft. “Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organizations around the world to do great things.”

Windows 10: Best Windows ever

Windows 10 is fast and familiar — with the return of the Start menu and Live Tiles for instant, streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in.3 Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.

Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 offers many innovative experiences and devices, including the following:

  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.
  • New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
  • The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
  • Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.
  • Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
  • A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
  • The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store.4 Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For digital note-taking needs, the full-featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer the richest feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro.

Windows 10: Best platform for businesses

Feedback from millions of IT pros has shaped Windows 10, the most extensively tested version of Windows ever. Ready for corporate deployments, Windows 10 will help companies protect against modern cyberattacks, deliver experiences their employees will love and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps companies up-to-date with the latest technology. Businesses will be able to control the frequency of their updates and select the features and functionality that are right for each group of their employees.

Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust. New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Top apps available on Windows 10

The new Windows Store will open Wednesday and begin accepting new apps for Windows 10. The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices. The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice5and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help keep devices safer. In addition to existing Windows 8.1 apps such as Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and The Weather Channel, the Windows Store provides a constant stream of new and updated Universal Windows Apps and games, including Twitter, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta,” Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga” and others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon.6

Easy upgrade, devices now available

Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting Wednesday, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

Retail partners are ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10 with our largest tech bench program ever, including more than 100,000 trained retailers and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Free upgrade programs will be available Wednesday, with Windows 10 software becoming broadly available in retail stores around the world between mid-August and September. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores on Wednesday, with many, many more devices to become available in the weeks and months ahead.

Microsoft has also worked closely with retailers to introduce programs to help people easily upgrade, including Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Darty, Elkjøp, Fnac, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi and many more leading retailers from around the world.

Information on upgrading, new and compatible devices, and apps for Windows can be found at http://www.windows.com. Additional information and media assets are available at http://blogs.windows.com/launch.

* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM *

WeChat Celebrates SG50 with locally designed Ang Ku Kueh Girl Stickers

Singapore is celebrating her Golden Jubilee and her Birthday celebration is coming very soon on 9th August 2015. As part of the SG50 celebrations, WeChat is also celebrating SG50 together with us with something special and pretty! WeChat is hosting locally designed Ang Ku Kueh Girl on a dynamic new playground – WeChat’s sticker gallery!

WeChat users, time to download the Ang Ku Kueh Stickers and share with your family, loved ones and friends!

Let me share with you more on WeChat celebrating SG50 with locally designed Ang Ku Kueh Girl Stickers from the press release –

WeChat is hosting locally-designed Ang Ku Kueh Girl on a dynamic new playground – WeChat’s sticker gallery. Drawing inspiration from local snacks and everyday life in Singapore, the Ang Ku Kueh Girl WeChat emoticon sticker pack is designed by acclaimed Singapore designer, Wang Shijia and her team.

“This is the first-ever WeChat emoticon sticker pack designed in Singapore, and is representative of a topic close to every Singaporean’s heart – food. The very adorable Ang Ku Kueh Girl will be a welcome addition to the WeChat family and we are ecstatic to unveil them in time for the nation’s SG50 celebrations,” said Poshu Yeung, Vice President of International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app.

A total of 16 stickers have been specially designed for SG50, and they will be made available on WeChat’s sticker gallery from 01 August. The emoticon sticker pack can be downloaded by all WeChat users.

“I’m excited to work with WeChat to commemorate this iconic milestone for Singapore. Indeed, Ang Ku Kueh Girl was first derived as a way to celebrate being Singaporean, and it is testament to how much the brand and local design have grown, with global names such as WeChat working with Singapore talent,” said Shijia.

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This is not Shijia’s first endeavor with SG50. She is also the appointed designer for the official SG50 birth certificate and commemorative folder, and had previously designed the Gem Baby™ character for the SG50 baby gift.

Before you follow Ang Ku Kueh Girl’s adventures on WeChat, here’s more about Ang Ku Kueh Girl

Ang Ku Kueh Girl®

She’s spunky, lively and loves to play games, be it board games or traditional games with a lot of running involved (“chasing” and “hide-and-seek”). However, she is quite kiasu and likes to win.

Ang Ku Kueh Girl® also has a quiet side to her as she enjoys doing handicraft; her plush tortoise is handmade using vintage fabric from her mother. But, she ran out of green fabric and thus the tortoise tail was created in a different floral fabric from the body.

She enjoys wearing slippers like most Singaporeans too! Her green dress is reminiscent of the banana leaf that an ang ku kueh is placed on

* Information and Picture Courtesy of WeChat and Pulse Influence *

Logitech G Unveils Ultra-Light Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech recently launched a very cool gaming keyboard and I reckon it would attract many people especially the gamers to take a look at this new and cool gaming keyboard, the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard!

Let me share with you more information and pictures of the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from the press release –

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech® G310 Atlas Dawn Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, an ultra-light keyboard featuring Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches. Offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards, the G310 has improved durability and central backlighting in a compact design that brings your hands closer together for improved comfort.

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“Having a keyboard that is compact and lightweight was important, but it also had to be durable and comfortable for hours of gameplay,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of gaming at Logitech. “The G310 Atlas Dawn uses our custom Romer-G mechanical switches so it can withstand the wear and tear of intense gaming, which is perfect for our eSports players.”

Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches

The Logitech G310 features exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches allow your commands to be received more quickly, giving you an edge in competitive games where every millisecond matters. With improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, you can play with confidence knowing that your keyboard can survive.

Ultra-light, Compact Design

With all the vital keys for gaming, the G310 keyboard can be easily carried to LAN events or fit into smaller gaming spaces. Because it doesn’t have a number pad or macro keys, you get extra space to make wide motions with your mouse. Plus, its compact design brings your hands closer together for improved comfort, which is particularly important for low DPI-gamers.

Central Backlighting

Central backlighting makes it easier to find the right keys in-game and in the dark. The Logitech G310 delivers more uniform lighting coverage on keys for a cleaner, more readable look. You can also control the brightness for the optimum glow for your gaming environment.

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Arx Control Integration

Logitech Arx Control is a free mobile app for iOS® or Android™ that adds improved second screen capability. It works with Logitech Gaming Software and allows your mobile device to display in-game information, vital system statistics and more.

For easy access, Logitech G310 features an Arx Control dock, a convenient phone or tablet stand to use while you access Arx Control, that can be pulled out and placed anywhere on your desk.

Key Features

• Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches: With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. You also get improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, which is up to 40 percent better than others on the market.

• Ultra-light, Compact Design: With all the vital keys for gaming, this ultra-light keyboard can be easily carried to LAN events or fit into smaller gaming spaces. Because it doesn’t have a number pad or macro keys, you get extra space to make wide motions with your mouse. Plus, its compact design brings your hands closer together for improved comfort.

• Centered Key Backlighting: Atlas Dawn delivers more uniform lighting coverage on its keys for a cleaner, more readable look. Central backlighting makes it easier to find the right keys in-game and in the dark. You can also control the brightness for the optimum glow for your gaming environment.

• Arx Control Integration: Leverage Arx Control, a new app from Logitech G that works with Logitech Gaming Software, to access a wide range of in-game display information on your mobile device, including in-game intelligence, vital system performance statistics and media controls. G310 Atlas Dawn features a dock that supports most iOS® and Android™ devices, providing easy access to your Arx Control data. The Arx Control dock can also be pulled out and placed anywhere on your desk for comfortable viewing.

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System Requirements

• Optional software download works with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7

• Powered USB port

• Internet connection for optional software download

Product Specifications

• Dimensions (L x W x H): 114 mm x 65 mm x 35 mm

• Cable length: 182.88 centimetres

• Weight: 765 grams

Warranty

• 2-year limited hardware warranty

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available in Singapore in end July 2015, for a suggested retail price of $179.00. For more information, please visit gaming.logitech.com.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

LG Magna LTE

LG Electronics recently introduced a new smartphone to their family of LG Smartphones, the LG Magna LTE. The LG Magna LTE is the addition to their mid-range LG smartphone family.

Let me share with you more information and photos of the LG Magna LTE from the press release –

LG Electronics announced the launch of LG Magna LTE, the new addition joining LG’s mid-range smartphone series. This premium but affordable series comprised of Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) where it was noted for bringing sophisticated design, optimized performance and effortless user experience to a broader range of consumers.

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By combining the most essential hardware with LG’s premium design elements and user experience, LG has created the perfect balance of style and usability. The LG Magna LTE is designed to fit more comfortably in the palm of one’s hand with its subtle 3000mm radius curved display. In-cell touch display technology on the Magna brings the on-screen images closer to the fingers for improved sensitivity and more direct touch response. In addition, LG is carrying over popular UX features originally designed for its premium smartphones. Gesture Shot, for instance, makes it easy to take selfies with a hand gesture that starts a three-second countdown. Glance View allows users to quickly access key information such as time, recent messages or missed calls with a simple downward swipe of the screen, even when the display is off.

“We want to cater to customers who are looking for mid-range priced smartphones that have both advanced features and sleek design. With that in mind, we designed LG Magna to inherit features from our premium flagship smartphones such as Gesture Shot and the ergonomic curved design. We believe the LG Magna will be at attractive option for consumers in Singapore,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore.

The LG Magna will be available from 25 July 2015 in Gold and Titan colors, retailing for $328 from M1 and StarHub.

Specification Summary

  • Networks: LTE 700/900/1800/2600; WCDMA 850/900/2100; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: LTE Cat 4 up to 150Mbps DL, up to 50Mbps UL; DC HSPA+ up to 42Mbps DL
  • Display: 5” HD Display, (1280×720; 294ppi); Capacitive Touch display
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Memory: Up to 8GB ROM / 1GB RAM / microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: Rear 8MP AF / Front 5MP
  • Size/Weight: 7mm x 69.9mm x 10.2mm (LxWxT) / 137g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, A-GPS/ Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Processor: MTK MT6732 1.5GHz Quad Core
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, supporting codecs incl.: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA
  • Battery: 2,540mAh (Removable)

For more information on LG Magna LTE, please visit www.lg.com/sg

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Dell Introduces 1st Fully Rugged Tablet

Dell recently announced a new tablet to its family of computing products, their first fully rugged tablet designed for mobile users that demand performance and reliability in the worst of conditions. This tablet would definitely be of great interest for consumers who demand their tablet to withstand very tough working conditions.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Dell Fully Rugged Tablet from the press release –

Dell today announced the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell’s first fully rugged tablet designed for performance and reliability in the harshest conditions. Boasting state-of-the art design and function, this new tablet is the most recent addition to the innovative Dell Rugged portfolio that includes the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme flip-hinge convertible notebook, the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 14 Rugged notebook. 

Designed specifically for users requiring a tough yet flexible device to take with them on-the-go, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet features a crisp 11.6 inch Direct-View outdoor-readable HD display with gloved-enabled multi-touch capabilities. For peak performance in the most severe temperatures, the Rugged Tablet comes pre-packaged with Fourth Generation QuadCool™ thermal management and powerful, efficient Fifth Generation Intel® Core™ M processors. The Rugged Tablet has up to 12 hours[1] of battery life with two 2-cell batteries.

For reliability and manageability, the Rugged Tablet also features solid state storage up to 512GB and connectivity anywhere with 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as an optional mobile broadband and dedicated GPS. The tablet delivers the confidence of overall data and device security with Dell Data Protection and available Intel® vPro™ and Intel TPM 1.2.

In addition to empowering customers to be more mobile whatever the conditions, the tablet features a durable pogo-pin docking interface for modular component expansion when needed and the ability to pair with an extensive ecosystem including desk dock, vehicle dock and keyboard. The optional full-size keyboard cover for the Rugged Tablet has a customizable RGB backlight and an IP-65 rating to protect against water and dust intrusion.

Dell Rugged devices are critical to many industries including military, emergency response, public safety, industrial work, scientists and even adventurers. It’s important for Dell’s Latitude Rugged devices to provide superior computing power and the mobile capabilities they require to accomplish their jobs,” said Harjeet Singh Rekhi, general manager, Client Solutions, Dell South Asia. “Whether it’s a first responder to an emergency or an avid outdoorsman scaling an untouched summit for the first time, Dell’s Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is built to deliver the performance they need, wherever they need it, without worrying about what their environment throws at them.”

Industry-leading support[2] from Dell, such as ProSupport Plus for PCs and Tablets, keep Dell devices healthy. ProSupport Plus for PCs and Tablets is the industry’s only complete support service combining priority access to expert support, accidental damage repair, and proactive, predictive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution[3]. With the solution customers spend up to 84 percent less time on technical support calls and take up to 58 percent fewer steps to resolve common hardware issues than key competitors2 so customers spend more time innovating and on what matters most.

The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet will be available in Singapore on July 28. See the tablet in action here, Dell’s Rugged portfolio here and follow @DellRugged and #DellRugged on Twitter.

Dell World

Join us Oct. 20-22 at Dell World 2015, Dell’s flagship event bringing together technology and business professionals to network, share ideas and help co-create a better future. Learn more at www.dellworld.com and follow #DellWorld on Twitter.

[1] One battery comes standard. Additional batteries sold separately. Tested system equipped with 8GB RAM, Intel M-5Y71 CPU, 256GB SSD and GPS. Based on testing using the Mobile Mark 2012 battery life benchmark test. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Test results should be used only to compare one product with another and are not a guarantee you will experience the same battery life. Battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on your product’s configuration, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time and use.

[2] Based on Nov 2014 Principled Technologies Test Report commissioned by Dell. Actual results will vary. Full report can be found at http://facts.pt/14dh1gl.

[3] Based on a Dell analysis dated Oct. 2014.   All ProSupport Plus features not available on all products. For more information see: www.dell.com/prosupportplus.

* Information Courtesy of Dell Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe XPR *

Logitech Most Advanced Portable Mouse

Logitech has recently launched its most advanced portable mouse, enhancing the way people work with the introduction of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse.

Let me share with you more information, pictures and product description of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse from the press release –

Featuring an advanced Darkfield™ Laser Sensor that tracks on any surface, including glass, and a compact, contoured shape, you can truly take the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse anywhere you want to work. It is small enough to slip into a bag, and its rubber surface makes it comfortable for prolonged use.

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“The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse is our mobile version of the award-winning MX Master Wireless Mouse and delivers the best combination of connectivity, size and comfort,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director of Logitech Southeast Asia and India. “It is designed to work wherever you do, and it’s by far the most versatile portable mouse that we offer today.”

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With dual-connectivity, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse connects to Windows® or Mac® computers with the included Pico Unifying™ Receiver or through Bluetooth® Smart technology. You can also pair the MX Anywhere 2 with up to three devices at once, and with a touch of the Logitech Easy-SwitchTM button you can switch between each device allowing you to work freely from your desktop, laptop or tablet, whether at home or on the go. The scroll wheel on the MX Anywhere 2 mouse is equipped with hyper-fast scrolling, so you can quickly read through long documents or Web pages and then shift to click-to-click mode for more precise navigation.

Similar to the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse can be customised by using Logitech OptionsTM software to replicate touch gesture controls on Mac® computers so you can accomplish more with precise control. The rechargeable battery lasts up to two months replacing the need for spare batteries, and one minute of USB-cord charging gives you up to two hours of usage.

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Pricing and Availability 

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse is expected to be available from 20 July in Singapore, for a suggested retail price of S$129.00. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com/mxanywhere2 or our blog.

Key Features

• Tracks virtually anywhere: The mouse’s Logitech DarkfieldTM Laser Sensor flawlessly tracks anywhere, even on glass and high-gloss surfaces.*

• Dual connectivity and Easy-SwitchTM between 3 devices: Connect through the included Logitech Pico Unifying™ receiver or Bluetooth® Smart technology to pair the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 with up to three devices. The Logitech Easy SwitchTM technology lets you seamlessly switch between each device with the touch of a button.

• Hyper-fast scrolling: With the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse, scrolling through long documents or Web pages is fast and easy. Or, shift to click-to-click mode for precise navigation.

• Advanced power management: The Anywhere 2 mouse has a rechargeable battery. A full charge can last up to two months** depending on usage. To charge, simply plug the mouse into your computer using the micro-USB charging cable. One minute of charge gives you up to two hours of usage, with no down time while recharging as you can continue using the mouse.

• Unlock customization options: Logitech Options™ software lets you tailor the functions and features of the Anywhere MX 2. Adjust the scroll wheel and cursor speed, enable gestures to reproduce either Windows® or Mac® OS touch gestures, reassign button functions, and much more with the easy-to-use Logitech Options software.

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System Requirements

• USB port or Bluetooth® Smart ready computer or Windows tablet

• Internet connection for software download

• Connection through USB port requires Windows® 8 or later, Windows® 7 or Mac OS X 10.8 or later

• Connection through Bluetooth® Smart requires Windows® 8 or later, or Mac OS X 10.10 or later

Product Specifications

• Mouse Dimensions:

– Height: 34.4 mm (or 1.4 inches)

– Width: 61.6 mm (or 2.4 inches)

– Length: 100.3 mm (or 3.9 inches)

– Weight: 106 g

• Pico Unifying Receiver Dimensions:

– Height: 14.3 mm (or 0.6 inches)

– Width: 14.9 mm (or 0.6 inches)

– Length: 6.5 mm (or 0.3 inches)

– Weight: 0.06 oz (or 1.63 g)

Warranty

• 1-year limited hardware warranty

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

Singtel Customers to enjoy a slew of free services during Jubilee Weekend

Singtel customers, I have some good news to share with you! Celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee 50th year birthday, Singtel is giving its customers a range of free services to enjoy during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee Weekend! Thank you Singtel for giving us the services to enjoy during the Golden Jubilee Weekend!

Let me share with you more information on the good news by Singtel from the press release –

 To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, Singtel will offer customers a slew of free services ranging from free mobile data, to extra value on prepaid top-ups and free Singtel TV content over the extended four-day National Day weekend.

“Singtel is proud to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee with our customers. To thank them for their support, we have prepared something for everyone in our Jubilee Weekend Specials. We hope to help put everyone in good spirits so they can enjoy Singapore’s 50th birthday celebrations to the fullest,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Singtel’s CEO, Consumer Singapore. 

Free mobile data for postpaid customers and extra top-up value for prepaid customers 

From 12.01am, 7 August 2015, to 11.59pm, 10 August 2015, Singtel’s mobile customers will have more reasons to celebrate with the following:

Singtel’s 2.2 million postpaid mobile customers will enjoy free unlimited local mobile data, while its prepaid mobile customers will receive an extra 50% more value for hi! Top-ups.

Free viewing of Singtel TV content 

From 6.00am, 7 August 2015, to 11.59pm, 10 August 2015, Singtel TV customers will enjoy free viewing of more than 150 channels on Singtel TV. These include: Discovery Channel, Cartoon Network, STARWorld, FOX Movies Premium and more.

There will also be more family entertainment on offer with Singtel TV’s premiere broadcasts of box office hits such as Big Hero 6 and Ah Boys to Men: Frogmen. Viewers can also catch SG50 TV specials such as First Time Filmmakers: Singapore Stories and Megastructures: Gardens By The Bay.

Additionally, Singtel TV is offering 50% off 50 Video on Demand blockbusters such as Taken 3, Kingsman: The Secret Service and 36 Vayathilinae.

Welcome bonus & cashback with Dash 

Singtel mobile subscribers who sign up for the award-winning mobile payments app, Dash, will be rewarded with a welcome bonus of S$5. All Singtel mobile customers using Dash to pay for meals at Food Republic, bubble tea at KOI Café, or cab rides on Comfort and CityCab taxis, will also get a 50% cashback1 on their first transaction.

Please visit www.singtel.com/sg50 for more information, and the terms and conditions of these offers

* Information and details Courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

UE MEGABOOM Speaker by Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears recently added a new generation portable wireless speaker to their multi-award winning family of mobile speakers with the UE MEGABOOM, that delivers more power, more sound, more bass and more mayhem that you ever experienced before in a portable speaker.

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Let me share with you the key details and information for the UE MEGABOOM

Product Description

UE MEGABOOM by Ultimate Ears is a portable wireless speaker on steroids; it blasts freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass, everywhere you go. It has a waterproof (IPX7 certified) grab-and-go shape that is shockingly light. Take advantage of its long battery life and extended wireless range to start a party wherever, whenever you want.

Key Features

? Freakishly amazing sound: UE MEGABOOM blasts 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass. Designed to incite epic parties, you can wirelessly Double Up with a second UE MEGABOOM or UE BOOM and take your party to the next level.

? Musical mayhem on the go: UE MEGABOOM has a waterproof (IPX7 certified) grab-and-go shape that is surprisingly light at less than two pounds. Whether you’re dancing in the rain, barreling down a mountain on your bike or just causing mischief with friends, its durability and easy portability make it as spontaneous as you let it be.

? Designed for the next adventure: With a 100-foot Bluetooth® range, a 20-hour battery life*, and ultra-fast micro USB charging, UE MEGABOOM is designed to make your musical adventures both awesome and easy.

? In control with the app: Download the free UE MEGABOOM app for iOS® or Android™ to unlock an expanding set of cool features, such as a musical alarm, fully customizable sound and remote On/Off.

? The speaker of tomorrow: UE MEGABOOM gets better all the time through wireless, over-the-air speaker updates and app updates. No cords to connect – it just gets smarter.

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System Requirements

? Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart® wireless audio profile (A2DP) or 3.5 mm audio output

Product Specifications

? Dimensions: 8.9 inches

– Height: 8.3 inches

– Diameter: 3.3 inches

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Pricing and Availability

UE MEGABOOM is expected to be available in Singapore in July 2015, for a suggested retail price of $399.00. For more information, please visit http://www.ultimateears.com/en-sg/.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

Book Title: “No Missing Tools”

In life, we meet many different kinds and types of people from all walks of life, from all over the world. There are really nice ones, really nasty ones. Some of these people come and cross into your life, they are here for a reason, for a purpose and they impact you in some ways or another through their actions, words and things that they do.

There was this bloke that I got myself acquainted on social media, his name is Fernando Gros. Over time, chatting with him on Twitter regularly, following his photography works and articles on his blog. He is an inspiration, a very talented artist, musician, photographer and writer. I managed to meet Fernando in person and had kopi when he was based/living in Singapore, yes, we talked a lot about photography, more on the art and craft of photography than the technological advancements of cameras.

Being a photographer (serious amateur/freelance), I looked upon fellow photographers for inspirations and advice from their photography works and sharing. Through Fernando’s networks and sharing, I got to know more photographers, their works and sharing. All of them were immensely talented and skilful, yet something stands out among them in common, it’s their practice on the creativity, the art and craft of photography as a beautiful form of artwork, the photographer as an artist. Through this process and journey, I learned and explored more in-depth about my photography that I might have lost touch with, the themes, the art  work and most importantly, why I want to photograph this. All this might have just helped me to unlock the creativity inside me.

We would love to meet up more and go out on photography walks, however, Fernando moved to Japan and we couldn’t do photography walks here in Singapore. I have to plan a meet up and photography walkabout in Tokyo when I am visiting! A few months ago, I read on his progress and updates via his articles on the book that he was writing. This got me excited and I was looking forward to the launch of his book and I waited patiently (while busy handling day job matters and lesser time for my photography).

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Soon the book was launched, titled “No Missing Tools”. There were 50 limited edition hard cover books with the author’s autograph and I thought I missed getting 1 of them! Amazingly, I managed to secure a limited edition hard cover “No Missing Tools”!!

Collecting it from my local post office, unboxing and opening up the book, the feel of a hardcover book, opening up the book, flipping through the pages, the aroma of the paper print. It’s an amazing feeling, that artists and publishers can feel it and understand. This was what I went through when I collected my Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes Photo Books from my printer company. It’s priceless.

I had a quick read through the introduction and acknowledgements page. I was in awe when I spotted my name inside on the acknowledgements page!! This was a very humbling and very happy life experience for me, never in my life did I expect that I am (and can be) a creative person to my friend Fernando who is an immensely talented and creative artist, musician, writer and photographer. Never did I expect that I can be of such an impact to my friend Fernando Gros!! It’s a really a great honour and I can learn so much more from you and your wonderful book!!

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If you like to follow the works and writings of a very talented friend, artist, musician, photographer and writer. Fernando Gros, here are the links to his works

Twitter

Instagram

Blog

Book title: “No Missing Tools”

Congratulations Fernando, on the launch of your book “No Missing Tools” !! I did a quick flip through and some topics immediately strike a chord inside me, my heart, my soul, my creativity.

Thank you for believing in me and my creativity!! When I am reading “No Missing Tools”, I will learn from your teachings, share my thoughts and experiences with my photographs with you and my readers!!

It’s time to Pay-It-Forward and Impact the life of others through “Creativity In An Age of Abundance” !