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WD My Cloud EX4

WD, a Western Digital company, a long time innovator and a storage industry leader, launched the WD My Cloud EX4. This particular storage caught my attention and I personally felt that it will definitely attract working professionals/business owners such as photographers, filmmakers, designers and small medium business to have one for their artworks or business usage! This might even be a good storage idea for individual/home users to consider owning it too! Let me share more with you more on the high performance WD My Cloud EX4!

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The WD My Cloud™ EX4 is a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.

“We believe that there’s no place like home for the cloud,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge. WD’s personal cloud an affordable and reliable way for customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime.”

Featuring the category leading WD Red™ line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware™ 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.

My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customize their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model1. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.

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Ultimate Data Protection

My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple® Time Machine® backup software to protect their data. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.

Advanced Streaming and Serving

My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA®/UPnP® certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV® Live™ media players. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server and iTunes® server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.

Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options for My Cloud EX4 users. Customers can also customize their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!®, phpBB®, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter.

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Anywhere Access to My Cloud EX4

Available for iOS® and Android™ devices, the WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox™, SkyDrive® and Google Drive™ public cloud accounts[1].

Price and Availability

My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select retailers and is distributed by Eternal Asia (S) Pte Ltd and SiS Technology Pte Ltd in Singapore. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is S$599.00 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, S$1,219.00 for 8 TB, S$1,449.00 for 12 TB and S$1,729.00 for 16 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM. My Cloud EX4 comes with a two year limited warranty.

Compatibility

My Cloud EX4 is compatible with Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks™, Mountain Lion™, Lion®, Snow Leopard®, as well as DLNA®/UPnP® enabled devices.

[1] Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive account required. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of WD Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

SingTel and Samsung to bring Rio Ferdinand and Sergio Agüero to Singapore!

Calling all football fans, especially EPL/BPL fans in Singapore!

SingTel and Samsung to bring Manchester Rivals Rio Ferdinand and Sergio Agüero to Singapore on 15th May and 16th May 2014! 

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Singapore will get a taste of Manchester’s fierce football rivalry when SingTel and Samsung bring megastars of the beautiful game, Rio Ferdinand and Sergio Agüero, to town on May 15 and 16.

Rivals on and off the pitch, the world-class footballers will face-off in the SingTel Game On! challenge, a unique two-day contest that aims to celebrate Singapore’s passion for football in the leadup to the 2014 FIFA World CupTM. The event is part of SingTel’s regional partnership with Samsung, which was recently launched together with the highly anticipated GALAXY S5 LTE.

Four lucky SingTel customers who purchase the GALAXY S5 LTE from April 11 to May 8 will win a dinner for themselves and a friend with the two football stars. Customers who purchased the handset can also get player autographs at a football carnival event on May 16 on a first-come-first-served basis.

“At SingTel, we are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our customers with exciting new experiences and to thank them for their support. SingTel Game On! will give Singapore football fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with two of the game’s most popular players,” said Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

The Ultimate Selfie Challenge

Ferdinand and Agüero will take each other on in the ultimate selfie challenge. Their task is to take photos of themselves with the help of a GALAXY S5 LTE phone while engaging in typical Singaporean activities as suggested by local fans via social media. For example, they could take a selfie of themselves enjoying a hawker centre meal. The footballers will then post their selfies on their own Twitter pages and encourage their fans to retweet them.  The player with the most number of retweets will win the challenge.

How fans can participate: Take a creative selfie while enjoying a popular Singaporean activity and share it via Twitter using the #SGGameOn hashtag from

April 23 to May 4. Ferdinand and Agüero will then choose their favourite selfie tweet and invite the lucky fan and a friend to join the other winners at the exclusive dinner.

The Football Carnival

The footballers will put their knowledge and skills to the test and thrill fans in a series of football-themed challenges at a street carnival event. Fans can also enjoy exclusive privileges on SingTel products and services at the carnival.

Stay tuned for more details at www.singtel.com/gameon.

* Information and Picture Courtesy of SingTel and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Casio Presents New Baby-G Collaboration with Girls’ Generation

Casio has collaborated with Korean pop sensation and face of the Casio Baby-G brand, Girls’ Generation, for an exclusive line of Baby-G timepieces in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary this year. Ardent fans of Girls’ Generation and Baby-G can look forward to getting their hands on the limited edition Baby-G BA-111GG range available in Singapore from Saturday, 29 March 2014. The limited edition BA-111GG range comes in three stylish colours, black (BA-111GGA), green (BA-111GGB) and orange (BA-111GGC), with engraved back plates featuring the signatures of Girls’ Generation stars Yoona, Seohyun, Sooyoung, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Jessica and Sunny.

Custom Easel

Each watch comes packaged in a unique Girls’ Generation autographed box, together with a custom easel, making it a must-have collectors piece for all Baby-G fans. The black multi-dimensional watch face of the unique BA-111GG range exudes a sophisticated avant-garde style with a contrasting pop of colour on the hands and dials. The watches are both shock and water resistant and sport resin bands for maximum comfort and durability.

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The international-famed Girls’ Generation enjoys immense popularity and is well-known as the driving force behind the K-pop wave in Asia. Matching the “Tough & Cool” concept of the brand, Girls’ Generation has been the face of Baby-G since July 2012 and the versatile group of talented singers and actresses performed atBaby-G’s 20th Anniversary party in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this month.

Special Packaging

At a suggested retail price of SGD199.00, the limited edition Girls’ Generation collaboration Baby-G BA-111GG range will be available at all G-FACTORY stores in Singapore from Saturday, 29 March 2014.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker

Logitech recently unveiled the Logitech® X100 Mobile Speaker featuring go-anywhere portability and best-in-class sound, designed for people with active lifestyles. With a head-turning design, the Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker delivers crystal-clear sound for its small size. Wherever you use it, the Logitech X100 suits your needs with Bluetooth® connectivity, a five-hour battery life and a built-in mic for hands-free phone calls.

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The Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker comes in four bold colours (Black/Grey Grill; Purple/Yellow Grill; Blue/Orange Grill and Cyan/Green Grill) that show off its eye-catching style. Plus, its convenient micro-USB cable makes it easy to recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery so it’s ready to rock on your next adventure.

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Pricing and Availability

The Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker is expected to be available in late Jan at all leading electronic stores and Samsung Experience Stores, for a suggested retail price of SGD$69.00. For more information please visit www.logitech.com.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

WD Introduces First Thunderbolt-Powered Portable Dual-Drive

Western Digital, a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Passport® Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt™-powered dual-drive solution, providing creative professionals and enthusiasts high performance and capacity in a truly mobile solution. For Mac systems, My Passport Pro has user-selectable RAID functionality to deliver needed performance for the most demanding applications in the field, without the need for power adapters or extra cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2 TB and 4 TB capacities.

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Directly powered via the integrated Thunderbolt cable — a design unique to WD — performance of My Passport Pro clocks in at speeds up to 233 MB/s, providing super-fast transfer, edit and backup capabilities. Another key feature of the dual-drive My Passport Pro is its user-selectable RAID function, which lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy, depending on the user’s needs. Superior to both FireWire 800 and USB 3.0, the integrated Thunderbolt technology of My Passport Pro makes video manipulation quick and easy—with the ability to copy a 22 GB high-definition video file in half the time typically required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 format.

Consisting of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure, My Passport Pro is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go.

Pricing and Availability
My Passport Pro is available immediately from select retailers as well as online at www.wdstore.com.sg, and is distributed by Eternal Asia (S) Pte Ltd in Singapore. Pricing for the 2 TB My Passport Pro is S$499 and the 4 TB model is S$699.

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Western Digital Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

HootSuite engages with Game of (Social) Thrones video!

HootSuite, the world’s most loved social media management platform, launched a Game of Thrones-themed video, that has now brought the vision of Silicon Valley’s palace intrigue to life with Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants, reimagined as powerful players in the Seven Kingdoms! The various social networks take on the roles of King’s Landing, Winterfell and other important GoT locales. Facebook raises towers for its recent annexations Instagram and WhatsApp, while blue birds fly toward Twitter’s fortress. This is to emphasise HootSuite’s usefulness as tool to manage multiple social media accounts at once.

Do check out HootSuite for your social media needs/management! I am currently using HootSuite for my Twitter and I am looking at exploring HootSuite further for my social media needs/usage!

Charge your Device with the First Wireless Portable Charger from Sony

To meet the demands of the latest generation of smartphones users who prefer wireless charging of their devices, Sony has announced the CP-W5, a new USB Portable charger that is able to wirelessly charge[1] Qi-compatible devices using an electromagnetic field. This inductive charging technology presents extra convenience for gadget-savvy consumers who are always out and about, as they would not need to use a Micro USB cable. However, if they prefer charging using the conventional way, it can also be done with a cable. The CP-W5 has a high output of 1.0A if the device is charged wirelessly and 1.5A when used with a cable.

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The CP-W5 has a broad range of charging options. Its main strength lies in the fact that it can charge devices wirelessly or via a charging cable while on the go. It also serves as a charging plate when connected to an AC power supply. Simply place the Qi-compatible device on top of the CP-W5 and both your device and CP-W5 will be charged at the same time. The CP-W5 comes with Sony’s Li-ion Polymer rechargeable battery that has a capacity of 5,000mAh, and is ready to be used out of the package immediately to charge your smartphone.

Containing a Sony-made Lithium-ion battery that can be recharged 1,000 times, the CP-W5 leverages on Sony’s Hybrid-Gel Technology, allowing it to retain more than 90 percent of its capacity even after 1,000 charges. The new CP-W5 USB Portable Charger from Sony comes in white, and will be available in Singapore from April 2014 onwards.

Specification Sheet

Model CP-W5
Input DC 5V, 0.5A ~ 1.5A
Output DC 5V
1.5A (Max)
Size (W x H x D mm) 66.0 x 130.0 x 16.5
Weight Approx. 188g
Supply Time *1 Approx 120 min

(Max 1.5A)

Battery Capacity (3.7V) *2 5,000mAh
Output Capacity (5V) *3 3,300mAh
Charging Time AC adaptor Approx. 4 hours
USB Port Approx. 11 hours
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 35°C

*1 Supply time varies depending on battery condition, storage condition and portable device

*2 Li-ion polymer battery nominal capacity

*3 Output capacity after voltage conversion to 5V


[1] Requires use of Qi-enabled smartphone or smartphone with Qi-enabled back casing. Qi & USB cannot be output at the same time.

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Featured on Canon EOS World Singapore

A personal journey that started off when I was a young kid during my primary school days, all in the name of fun and play. As I started upon my journey till today, I can imagine how much it had changed and impacted me over all these years (and still counting). A photography adventure that surpassed my imagination and expectations, definitely lots of sweat, tears, pride, joy and happiness. Made many new friends from both local and international arenas through the love of the art – Photography.

From a humble beginning by making spoilt my Dad’s SLR camera, to my current (almost quiet professional) setup of Canon DSLR and lenses, it had been an adventure that I never regretted that I started upon on Day One. As I slowly learned from my experiences and mistakes over the years of active photography adventure, photojournalism opened up a new realm for me, away from the hustle and bustle, the stress and pressure of the current hectic cut throat society. Exploring, documenting, writing, photographing and sharing, making a difference and paying it forward with my own personal photojournalism adventures. Moving beyond the travel and tourism genres, the areas of photography that I originally started off in (I have to thank National Geographic Magazine for the huge influence).

The adventure took a greater leap when I started to mentor and share my experiences, a skill that dawned upon me that for me to improve my photography (and any other skills in work or life), is to be to mentor, teach, share and impart my skills and knowledge that I currently possess to my friends, followers and disciples/students/juniors. In recent years, I embarked on this new photography journey that helps me to improve my photography skills and knowledge to the next level. This also enlightened me that learning is always and definitely life long and ongoing and there is always something new to learn in photography!

Unlocking small achievements in my photography journey in recent years, sometimes words just can’t describe, maybe through my photographs and stories that I produced. When I was invited to be featured in Canon EOS World Singapore for Photojournalism in March, it was a great honour and a  very humbling experience for me. This is definitely not the highest peak, this will spur me on to go for my next peak, even higher!

Here I am, featured on Canon EOS World Singapore – Member Spotlight! I would love to network, share and learn from fellow photographers, do drop me a note and connect with me over my photography sites!

Photography website – Aspiring Photojournalist! 

Facebook Page – TanGengHui Photography

500px – http://500px.com/tangenghui

Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tangenghui

Instagram - http://instagram.com/tangenghui

I would like to say a Big THANK YOU to all my family members, close friends, alumnus, photographers, supporters and followers for everything that they do to help in my photography, no matter how big or small. There is a group of senior photographers who mentored and shared lots of small tips/things in photography with me that shaped my photography today! Thank You for walking with my in my photojournalism journeys with me, through my eyes, heart, soul, words and photographs that I shared with everyone of you!

Now to strive for my next peak in my photojournalism journey, will you continue to walk with me?

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Earth Hour 2014 is on 29th March!

Earth Hour 2014 is coming in a week’s time and it is happening on the 29th March 2014 at 8:30pm local time in your area. Earth Hour Singapore is planning many events and activities on the 29th March, starting from 5pm onwards at The Float @ Marina Bay. Spider-Man, Earth Hour’s first ever Super Hero Ambassador will be in Singapore! There will be many exciting events and activities and do drop by the Earth Hour Singapore for more information!

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Photo: Earth Hour Singapore website

Earth Hour has been a worldwide movement that I have been supporting over the past few years, Earth Hour Singapore 2009, Earth Hour Singapore 2011 and Earth Hour Singapore 2013. All of us can play a part in Earth Hour, as an individual, as part of the schools or part of corporations and institutions. Together, we can all make a difference for the generations of our future.

At 8:30pm, it’s time to switch off our lights and spread the word of the Earth Hour movement, we can all send a powerful message for action on climate change! 

As an individual, we can do the following things to make a difference to our Mother Earth

- Turn One degree up

- Use Fewer Bags

- Switch to LED

- Take shorter showers

Remember, just like our Super Hero Spider-Man, we can #UseYourPowerSG for #EarthHourSG !

Million Arthur launches in Southeast Asia

Gaming and anime fans, there is something exciting coming soon, Million Arthur, the mobile card battle game is arriving on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. I had a sneak peak into the mobile card battle battle game recently and I reckon the anime and gaming fans would love it! The graphics and illustrations in Million Arthur are very well drawn and beautiful! Some of the character voices in Million Arthur will be familiar to the gamers and anime fans! Stay tuned and get ready to welcome Million Arthur, the mobile Card Battle game!

Leading game publisher Cherry Credits today announced the first English version of Million Arthur, the much anticipated mobile Card Battle game that was a hit sensation in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. Soon to be available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, mobile gamers and anime fans can look forward to a delightful myriad of card illustrations in a game which boasts a captivating storyline.

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Built by a stellar team comprising a famous novelist, composer and various well-known artists, Million Arthur revolves around the folklore surrounding King Arthur and the Excalibur. The plot is written by Japan’s famous light novelist Kazuma Kamachi, and music for the game is composed by popular musician Maeyamada Ken’ichi, otherwise known as Hyadain. Illustrations for the game were put together by a team of more than 50 acclaimed artists including Kiyotaka Haimura and Miho Takeoka.

To play the game, players assume the role of Arthur, seeking to become King. To do this, they need to create a team of the strongest knights by exploring maps or winning in battles to win cards with the ultimate goal of forming a better and stronger deck. The more each character levels up, the more stories will be unlocked, revealing a change in the rate of advancement and the attractiveness of the character. However, players also need to beware of faeries along the way, which they can fight in individual battles, or even team up with their friends to conquer the faeries.

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When it was launched in Japan, Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur took Japan by storm, achieving first place in ranking, and moving on to conquer both the Chinese and Korean Markets. The Chinese version of the game rose to third in= rankings within the first eight hours of its release. The Southeast Asian edition of the game is the first English edition of the game worldwide.

Million Arthur is produced by Square Enix, developed by PlayPieGames and published by Cherry Credits.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Cherry Credits and cohn&wolfe XPR *