Dell launched new Inspiron 7000 series, Gaming Laptop & XPS 13

Dell recently launched a number of new products to their line-up, I am sharing them over two articles. For this article, it’s on their new Inspiron 7000 series, gaming laptop and XPS 13. Dell also launched a number of new products in their Alienware and gaming segment, keep a lookout for my upcoming article!

Their new Inspiron 7000 series got my most attention because I am searching for a 2-in-1 laptop for my business and investment trading requirements, something that suits my mobile multi-tasking workflow and movement. The new Inspiron 7000 series look pretty good for its quality and technical specifications.

The Dell Exclusive shop in Plaza Singapura has went through some revamp, with Dell’s commercial products such as the Latitude and OptiPlex range are made available. For end consumers who would like commercial level products, visit Dell Exclusive Shop and check it out.

Here are the information and pictures of Dell new Inspiron 7000 series, gaming laptop and XPS 13-

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

Designed for the mobile multi-tasker or multi-user household, the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, brings stunning visuals and powerful performance in a small footprint. Enjoy an immersive, visual experience with a narrow border and FHD IPS touch display supporting active pen for digital drawing, writing and note taking. With the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, consumers can watch movies or video chat uninterrupted thanks to SmartByte streaming technology co-engineered by Dell that prioritises streaming and conferencing above other network activities. It also offers longer battery life and quieter performance with standard SSDs or optional PCIe NVMe SSDs.

“From our Inspiron range to the renowned XPS 13 powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors, the launch of these cutting-edge devices at our revamped Dell Exclusive Store reinforces our commitment to customers,” said Jarebb Chua, country manager, Consumer Business, Malaysia & Singapore, Dell.

For those who prefer a traditional laptop, the new Inspiron 7000 laptops are the perfect travel companion with the slim, light and thin-bezel design in Platinum Silver or Pink Champagne?. Available in 15 inches, the Inspiron 7000 offers a brilliant FHD IPS display for a crisp, detailed picture, viewable from a wide range of angles without sacrificing image quality. The laptops take advantage of the outstanding performance, responsiveness and hardware enabled security built into the 8th Generation Intel Core processor.

With the new Inspiron range, consumers can now experience exceptional performance and immersive experiences with new 8th Generation Intel Core processors, DDR4 memory; and flexible connectivity options with USB Type-C with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery.

New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

“Dell’s global leadership in innovation and gaming across personal computing is driving the very best gaming experiences for every level of gamer. We are supporting the growth of eSports and making gaming a global cultural phenomenon,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell. “With the new Inspiron 7000 series, we deliver an incredible video and audio experience and exceptional gaming performance – all at an affordable price.”

The new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics and NVIDIA Max Q Design technology, 7th Gen Intel quad core CPU options and dual fans to keep the system cool and quiet while powering through challenging games. Anti-glare IPS wide viewing angle FHD display provides excellent visual clarity while Waves MaxxAudio Pro software delivers precise audio. The laptop’s new 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritises gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth even during large file downloads. A new quick-charge battery gets up to 80% capacity within an hour and the Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port connects multiple devices (including support for up to two 4K displays) to the laptop with transfers up to 40Gbps.

Award-winning XPS 13 now up to 44% more Powerful

Carrying the tradition of delivering the best computing experience, the XPS 13 now offers up to 44% more performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and Dynamic Power Mode[1]. With the new 8th Gen processors, with four cores versus two, experiencing exceptional performance while multi-tasking and running multiple applications is possible. The XPS 13, the smallest 13.3 inch laptop[2] on the planet, also boasts a stunning viewing experience with optional Quad HD+ InfinityEdge (optional touch) display, with sharp visuals and vivid and accurate color.

[1] Based on a July 2017 internal testing using BAPCo’s SYSmark 2014 SE performance benchmark, comparing an XPS 13 9360 with 8th Generation Intel Core processor with Dell Dynamic Power Mode versus similarly configured systems with 7th Generation Intel Core processors without Dynamic Power Mode, which offers a blended view of performance in productivity, media creation, data/financial analysis and responsiveness scenarios.  Actual results will vary. For more information, please refer to https://bapco.com/products/sysmark-2014-se/Based on Principled Technologies

[2] Report of April 2017, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks. http://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/XPS_13_comparison_0417.pdf

Pricing and Availability:

 All products are available immediately, unless otherwise stated, through Dell and its authorised partners:

Product Starting Price in SGD / Availability
Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373) From $1,599. Available now.
Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) From $1,599. Available now.
Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (7567) From $1,599. Available now.
XPS 13 (with 8th Gen Intel Core processor) Available by end October.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Dell Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe *

OtterBox Cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X

OtterBox, a brand that I am quite familiar with, provides different solutions for the protection of various smartphone models in the market over the years. I used a few OtterBox cases (Symmetry , Preserver and Defender series) for my previous iPhone models and they were pretty good.

At a recent OtterBox event, I had a glimpse into some of the OtterBox smartphone cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. While I am not planning to upgrade yet, the new smartphone cases are also suitable for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus!

The OtterBox Symmetry designs are pretty nice and stylish for iPhone users, providing ample protection to your smartphone without making it too big, thick and bulky. For the OtterBox Defender designs, it’s a more rugged and robust overall protection for your iPhone, ideal when you are more outdoors. For non iPhone users, don’t fret, visit OtterBox website and check out the smartphone cases for other smartphone models!

I am going to share more information on the line up of OtterBox cases for the current Apple iPhone models iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X and if you are currently using the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, take a look at them too!

Do you know that OtterBox has protected every single Apple iPhone since they arrived in 2007? Starting with Defender Series, OtterBox has innovated 26 different case styles for iPhone over the past decade. Case designs have evolved to be more sleek and to accommodate an ever-increasing number of features, but one thing has remained the same: trusted protection.

“OtterBox is proud to be the only case company that’s protected every single iPhone,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. “While other products have come and gone, OtterBox has stood the tests of time and protected every single generation of iPhone, so you can count on us to keep iP hone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X safe from the hazards that life throws your way.”

If you are thinking about which OtterBox case is suitable for you, this information below would be useful:

OtterBox offers a broad suite of cases, because iPhone users are as diverse and complex as their phone features. There’s an OtterBox case for everyone (prices can be found in the table below):

  • The fashionable Symmetry Series is sleek with a raised, beveled edge that provides extra protection for the touchscreen during facedown drops. Available in classic solids, trendy graphics, fully clear and clear graphics, it’s the perfect fashion statement.
  • Pursuit Series guards against drop, dust, dirt and snow intrusion, perfect for an outdoor adventure or average day in the office.2 This two-piece case snaps around each device for a perfect fit. The open-face design seals directly to the display and the case includes an optional lanyard.
  • Defender Series is the original protective case for iPhone with 10 years of design and development behind it. The rugged multi-layer case features a shell and outer slipcover to absorb and dissipate shock.
  • Two form-fitting layers combine to create the thin, protective Commuter Series. The outer shell and inner slipcover combine to pull shock away from the device, and port covers keep debris out.
  • Strada Series Folio offers a luxurious 100 percent genuine leather cover and trusted protection. The folio front clasps securely closed with a magnet to guard the display from scratches and includes a card slot.
  • The uniVERSE Case System features a slim, protective OtterBox case with a modular rail mount on the back that allows attachment of a variety of accessories. OtterBox has partnered with other industry leaders to enhance uniVERSE with accessories like a contactless card reader, additional storage, bike mounts, tripods, wallets and more.
  • Keep the touchscreen brilliant with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Compatible with Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and uniVERSE Case System, these screen guards block out scratches and complete device protection.

Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, uniVERSE Case System, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass screen guards are available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.3 These cases, available in exciting new colors and designs, are also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cases for iPhone X are coming soon and include Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series Folio. For more information, visit otterbox.asia .

The OtterBox are also available in retails stores here in Singapore, they can be found at Best Denki, EpiCentre, GK Global, iStudio, Nubox, and XGear. For the most complete case selection, visit otterbox.com.

MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017

Lifelong learning is a personal philosophy and mantra that I adopt, advocate and share whenever I am able to. Regardless of the qualifications that I have, the amount of life and professional experiences that I currently possess, I always tell and remind myself that I do not know everything in the world, there is always something to learn, a new skill/knowledge and/or upgrading my current skills/knowledge.

Most recently, I was kindly invited to a seminar, MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017 organised by Management Development and Consultancy (MDC), the corporate training arm of Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). The title of the seminar was “From the Present to the Future: Getting Ready for Digital Transformation”, the speakers were highly experienced professionals in their field of their respective specialisation expertise. One of my friends Walter was one of the speakers for the MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017 and it was great to catch up with him during the event!

The speakers and their topics were as follow:

Andrew Chow (Speaker and Facilitator)

Digital Marketing Strategy Overview for 2018

Search Marketing – How to be seen and searched at the right places

Social Media Marketing – Rediscover the Lost Art of being Social in Marketing

Walter Lim (Speaker)

Content Markting: Choosing the Right Content and Channels

Nick Tan (Speaker)

How to use Virtual Reality Solutions to create immersive marketing experiences?

Alvin Lim (Speaker)

How to use blogging as an effective marketing tool

Xi Wei (Speaker)

Gamification – Don’t be a noob: Raising your game in the digital world

After the introduction, welcome and opening address by June Lim, Assistant Director of MDC, Andrew took over, he had dual roles of both a speaker and facilitaor for the MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017. Andrew’s experience in conducting seminars can be seen when he employed an ice breaker game for participants to mingle around, meet, introduce and chat with different people.

Thereafter, the seminar started with tea and lunch breaks in between the entire Digital Marketing Day seminar. I have been hands-on inside the digital marketing / social media / blogging fields since April 2006, I have personally seen the huge changes in internet marketing, SEO, digital marketing and social media over the past decade. Although I am being “trained On-The-Job”, the topics shared by the various speakers were always a good refresher for me and there is always something new to learn because I don’t know every thing/knowledge/skills in life. It is always good to keep myself updated, upgraded and learn new knowledge and skills in life, on both personal and professional level.

Some topics such as “Rediscover the Lost Art of being Social in Marketing” by Andrew and “How to use Virtual Reality Solutions to create immersive marketing experiences?” by Nick, got me thinking ahead for the future, how I am able to make the changes, adapt and adopt new technology, as well as rediscovering myself in the commercial world of digital media marketing / social media marketing.

At the end of the MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017, it had been a fruitful and eventful learning day, networking , learning, upgrading and a refresher for me too. Do keep a look out for the various types of programmes and courses by MDC, highly suitable for working professionals to upgrade and learn new skills/knowledge.

I would like to thank MDC for the invitation to their MDC Digital Marketing Day 2017!

* Pictures courtesy of MDC *

Updates, Reflection and Thinking Ahead

This personal website/blog of mine hit a bit of a mind block recently, since the two articles published on 1st and 2nd October 2017. I had a few technology news and business articles to share for the past week, it slowed down for 1+ week, it will come back again soon!

I was reflecting upon, thinking ahead and adding to what I wrote in my 1st October 2017 article, titled “Start of Q4 2017, Final Sprint“. During the past 1+ week, it’s a bit of a consolidation, realignments, readjustments and also changes for the final quarter of 2017. All this things going on inside my brain and mind, contributed to this additional article today, a key reason why there wasn’t much news/articles published on my website/blog here during the past 1+ week.

Upgrading / Learning new skills and knowledge

Learning is life-long and never-ending, that’s my philosophy for both personal and professional aspects of it. I am looking to improve on my skills and knowledge segment, for improving my current skills set and knowledge, as well as learning new skills and knowledge.

  • Drone flying – Planning to add this skill, for my travel photography in the future.
  • Travel and Tourism Public Relations – I wanted to add this knowledge, theory and skill, not just to complement my travel photography projects/assignments, I am thinking and strategising new business ideas.
  • Workshops/Courses – Finding courses and utilising Skills Future Credit to improve myself, first course is Lightroom organised by Canon Imaging Academy.
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing – I recently attended #MDCDigitalMarketingDay at Management Development & Consultancy (MDC) by MDIS. For somebody who had been hands-on inside this segment for the past 10 years, I still have knowledge and skills to learn, keep a lookout for my upcoming article!

Thinking and Strategising Ahead

I need to brainstorm a business plan / model for travel and tourism public relations + photography + social media/digital marketing coverage.

Still very tough economic times and difficult + slow market

I have a few real life stories of business owners facing huge challenges in this very tough economic times, it’s still a difficult and slow market. I shared their pain, their difficulties and challenges, I might write more about this if my time allows.

When the economy and market returns to better levels and stabilises in the near future, we are no longer looking at big GDP growth numbers, we are probably looking at slow and small GDP growth, maybe 1-3% per year (that’s my personal humble view).

I will be back writing and publishing articles soon! Thank you for reading, following and supporting!

Logitech launched G903, G703 and POWERPLAY

Logitech recently launched three new products on 31st August 2017 that would gain the attention of gaming enthusiast and esports professionals. They are the

  1. Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse
  2. Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse
  3. Logitech POWERPLAY™ Wireless Charging System

They are the high performance wireless gaming devices highly desired by esports professionals and gaming enthusiasts that is now a reality for them with the new wireless gaming mouse and and launch of two new technologies.

Let me share with my readers more information on the new Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse and Logitech POWERPLAY™ Wireless Charging System from the press release:

Press Release 31st August 2017

After more than four years of R&D, Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the launch of two technologies that make the dream of high performance wireless gaming a reality. Logitech G POWERPLAYTM is the world’s first wireless charging system for gaming mice providing continuous charging while both playing games and at rest – completely eliminating the need to dock or park your mouse to recharge. The second innovation is Logitech G LIGHTSPEEDTM technology, an end-to-end system optimization built on decades of wireless development experience that provides unrivaled connectivity and power performance. Compatible with the POWERPLAY wireless charging system, Logitech G also introduced two new flagship gaming mice, the new Logitech® G903 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse and Logitech® G703 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse.

“For decades, we’ve pioneered development in wireless gaming, and our new POWERPLAY and LIGHTSPEED wireless technologies continue this commitment to wireless superiority,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN and Vice-President for Logitech G. “With POWERPLAY, LIGHTSPEED and our new G903 and G703 mice, you’ll get unbeatable precision, lag-free performance and infinite power, which gives gamers the highest-quality experience.”

Logitech G LIGHTSPEED Wireless Technology

Trusted by gaming enthusiasts and esports professionals worldwide, LIGHTSPEED wireless technology can be the difference between winning it all or walking away with nothing. Featuring a one-millisecond report rate and end-to-end signal optimization, LIGHTSPEED delivers competition-level responsiveness at speeds faster than many competitive wired gaming mice. Decades of wireless engineering experience mean LIGHTSPEED has wireless signal strength up to 16x (12dB) higher than the competition and a unique Frequency Agility Mechanism that automatically avoids problematic interference, ensuring smooth and consistent performance.

LIGHTSPEED underpins both the POWERPLAY wireless charging system and G903 and G703 gaming mice, meaning these devices can pair directly with the POWERPLAY’s integrated LIGHTSPEED wireless receiver for optimal signal strength and the convenience of charging and data over a single USB cable.

POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System

POWERPLAY reinvents the possibilities of wireless charging. A departure from existing wireless charging standards, which require the charging device to sit idle in one specific area to charge, POWERPLAY was designed from the ground up to deliver uninterrupted charging over its mousing surface – even while the mouse is in play. The wireless charging system uses a groundbreaking application of electromagnetic resonance that creates an energy field above POWERPLAY’s 275 x 320mm surface to deliver wireless power without interfering with the precise tracking and data transmission of high-performance gaming mice.

The POWERPLAY energy field is captured and transformed into charging current by the POWERCORE™ module, which attaches magnetically to compatible wireless gaming mice, including the Logitech G903 and G703.

Logitech® G903 and G703 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mice

The latest in Logitech G’s long history of high performance gaming mice, both the G903 and G703 deliver on the brand’s expectation of superior performance and unparalleled quality while also adding new LIGHTSPEED technology. Additional compatibility with the POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System provides untethered play, unlimited charging, and unmatched performance. Features of the G903 and G703 include:

  • Pixel-Precise Sensor: The Logitech G903 and G703 mice come equipped with the PMW3366 optical sensor, widely regarded by esports professionals and gaming enthusiasts as the best gaming mouse sensor on the market. Thanks to years of innovations, the PMW3366 has zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000 DPI). The resulting experience is incredible tracking accuracy and consistent responsiveness, even at speeds over 400 IPS.

  • Advanced Mechanical Button Tensioning: Precisely-tensioned metal springs and exclusive mechanical pivot hinges on G903 keep the primary left and right mouse buttons poised to trigger. This technology delivers an exceptionally clean and crisp button feel, response, and consistency. Logitech G improved on the design and boosted button durability up to 2.5x with 50 million click switches.

  • Supreme Comfort and Quality: Both mice deliver long-lasting comfort. The Logitech G903 features a configurable button layout and ambidextrous design that allows for left- or right-handed use and works with nearly any mouse grip style, including palm, claw and fingertip grips. The Logitech G703 features a lightweight, ergonomically designed body that was made to mold to your hand. Rubber grips on the left and right sides offer added control. You can use the mice directly out-of-the-box, or you can program the buttons with custom game commands using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

Pricing and Availability

The POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System are available for purchase in September for a suggested retail price of $199.00. The Logitech G903 and G703 LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming mice are expected at global retailers in September for suggested retail prices of $249.00 and $159.00, respectively.

*** Logitech POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System will only be available in Challenger stores ***

** Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse and Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse will be available in all retail stores **

For more information please visit our website, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Start of Q4 2017, Final Sprint

The final quarter of year 2017 starts today on 1st October 2017, for some of you folks out there, this is also the final sprint to the end of year 2017, on 31st December 2017. Everyone of us had our own unique and special journeys during the first three quarters of year 2017, yet we might have something in common with the tough and difficult economy and market sentiments.

I am taking this time to write on a number of different topics in one article, I might expand on them that I wrote here today, if my time and research planning permits.

Updates: Running my own photography business

How was your first three quarters of year 2017 been? It had been nothing less than a very tough and challenging journey for the past nine months. Running a photography business, time was spent on building the foundations, networks, systems, marketing, branding, collaborations, partnerships and last but not least, finding the business. We are looking at 80% of time spent on the above and 20% spent on actual photography shoot and post photography shoot.

I never really talked or revealed too much into this area, not just that it is private, most of the time, many people around you don’t understand, don’t want to listen, learn and understand. There are also a handful of people around you that don’t want you to succeed, they want you to fail, sad but true (or they might change their stance and words and said they don’t mean it after they spilled the “wrong words” out from their mouth”)

There are a small group of photographer friends that can and will understand what I am going through. Listening to their own photography business journeys over the years, there is a similarity in my own personal journey. Therefore, I still have to grind my way through and make a breakthrough.

Micro influencers – a bit more differentiation into Mini and Micro influencers groupings?

Recently, there has been quite a lot of debates and discussions on the topic of influencers, from both sides of the equation, the brands/companies, public relations agencies, digital agencies etc on one side and a diverse group of influencers on the other side.

I came across this infographic article on LinkedIN written by Preeti Kumar – 7 Influencer types & How to work with them. Reading and analysing this infographic, I was looking at where I fit into – Key Opinion Leaders: Creatives, partly Micro influencers and product seeders.

On the role of micro influencers, it is probably a bigger area of growth and investment for both sides, let’s put it as demand and supply sides of things. While the quantitative part of micro influencers have been debated, some put 20,000, some put 10,000. Personally, I reckon that it is totally and suitably possible, to differentiate them into Mini and Micro influencers.

Why use Mini and Micro? What are the differences?

I am using the two words from a Forex trading lingo, mini and micro lot.

Standard Lot = 100,000 units

Mini Lot = 10,000 units

Micro Lot = 1,000 units

Translating it into digital marketing side of things

Influencer – Above 100,000 followers

Mini Influencer – Above 10,000 followers

Micro Influencer – 3,000 to 5,000 followers?

This is just something that crossed my mind and got me thinking, I have yet to analyse and put into greater details. It’s still a preliminary stage for me, if the opportunity arises to work with other digital marketers on this, that would be nice. Nevertheless, I hope to continue working on this topic in the future if my timing and commitment allows.

We must go beyond ROI with numbers and statistics, while quantitative is important, influencer marketing has a lot of qualitative, intrinsic and psychological aspects that cannot be measured by numers, revenue, statistics and numbers.

Planning to expand with/in the following areas/collaborations

Although the list above doesn’t directly translate into business for my photography business, they reinforce my networkings, contacts and collaborations on my digital marketing, technology writing and social media.

Over the past three quarters of 2017, I unlocked small achivements for myself when organisations approach me, to have a chat and see where I work together with them from there. All these are small testimonials for myself and everything that I put in for the past 10 years at least through writing, social media and photography.

Of mental health, physical health, emotions, mind and soul

A friend whom I look up upon, a very creative and talanted person in writing, photography and music, Fernando Gros, recently wrote an article titled “Creative Health Part 2 – Your Mind and Your Path”. I saw his tweet, read his article and I am kind of like being “shaken up”. In my reply to his tweet, I posted “After reading your article, it dawned upon me that I am stressed out, not taking care of my mind, body and soul.”

The truth and harsh reality is that it can be really brutally hard at times, we just have to take care of ourselves, going through regular maintenance. Not to mention, even the best engineering devices also wear and break down even with regular maintenance.

In case you missed it, Fernando published this book title “No Missing Tools”, do check out my article and have a read and you would be enlightened and know why I respect his works and views a lot.

Where do I go from here?

The seeds had been planted, watered and being taken care of. While not everyday is sunshine, there were rain, storm, bad weather that hit the growth of the plants. Hopefully, the changes and corrections were in place to make the seedlings grow better and faster, allowing me to harvest the fruits of my labour.

Being thankful and grateful

In this short time frame period of a year, there were those that have happy news while I am fighting pain, hurt and loss. Losing 6 people, 4 were relatives of which 2 of them were very close to me, the others were 1 mentor and 1 uni junior.

I may not have the most happy and joyful time during the past 1 year time frame, one of the toughest time that I went through. It made me reflect a lot and be thankful and grateful for everything that I have, the family, relatives and friends support.

Final thoughts

Technology and disruptions are not going to destroy us, ignorance and complacency are going to destroy us.

We MUST start to make the changes, no matter how painful and difficult it will be or else, we might be in a spiral downfall for the next 1-2 generations.

In the midst of re-strategising and making changes to my flow, workflow, daily flow, well-being, growth and rest, while embarking on my Final Sprint Q4 2017.

Canon announced new PIXMA printers

Canon recently launched 4 new PIXMA printers to their line up, 3 of them photo all-in-one and 1 office all-in-one. Looking at their technical specifications and form size, they are ideal for home/small office usage. Not only do the new printers look stylish, they have innovative features such as the Message in Print app that allows personalised messages to be sent across to the recipients.

The new Canon PIXMA printers use a new 6-ink system and this would greatly enhance the final photograph prints that are produced by them. The 4 new Canon PIXMA printers are PIXMA TS9170, TS8170, TS5170 and TR8570. With new innovative features, it makes easier for us to print and also share our favourite moments on photography prints, as well as on internet/social through the app.

Let me share more information and details on the new Canon PIXMA printers PIXMA TS9170, TS8170, TS5170 and TR8570 from the press release below:

“Canon’s new line of PIXMA printers complements life’s best moments through its ability to preserve and share memories on-the-go, with double the dynamism”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. Designed in a compact form to blend seamlessly into home offices or even parties, the stylish printers are superb for daily printing needs with the new Photo Blue ink in its six-colour ink system that guarantees vibrant and stunning prints.”

Changing The Way Memories are Captured in Print

Imagine a heartwarming birthday greeting that carries voices and sounds from an actual celebration, or a photo postcard of a concert that emits the very tunes being played at the performance. The new Message in Print app[1] makes all these possible. Allowing for personalised messages with animations or links to web videos to be embedded in any photo[2], the meaningful surprise can be delivered simply through viewing the photo via the Message in Print app.

Canon PIXMA TS9170

True Colour Fidelity with Photo Blue for Beautiful Photos

Canon’s new 6-ink system delivers breathtaking colour reproduction with an expanded colour gamut. With the new Photo Blue ink in the 6-ink systems for the PIXMA TS9170 and TS8170, photos graininess are minimised to reveal finer details. With ink cartridges available in standard and XL capacities, small businesses can enjoy lower costs of print using XL cartridge on the PIXMA TR8570 Office All-In-One printer.

Canon PIXMA TS8170

Seamless, Low Energy Connectivity[3]

With wireless connectivity, users can print and scan photos and documents directly from a mobile device, to deliver the convenience of printing on-the-go.

With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, users can always stay connected to PIXMA printers via the Canon Print Inkjet/SELPHY app. Besides enjoying the convenience of printing anytime, anywhere, they can enjoy easy wireless printer setup, and receive status alerts such as low-ink notifications or when there is no paper in the tray, simply by being within Bluetooth discoverable range of the printer.

Canon PIMXA TS5170

User-Intuitive Functions Packed into a Sleek Form

Equipped with a large 5” touch-screen display mounted on a tilt panel, users can enjoy a variety of creative filters to achieve special effects like monochrome and sepia in their prints, when printing from memory cards on the PIXMA TS9170.

Similarly, the PIXMA TS8170 and TR8570 feature an adjustable tilt panel that houses the 4.3” touch-screen LCD, making it perfect for consumers who want a versatile printer without needing to compromise on speed and productivity.

As a space-saving all-rounder, the PIXMA TS5170 features a 2.5” LCD on an adjustable tilt panel, which makes it easy to operate and view menu options.

Canon PIXMA TR8570

Maximising Work Productivity

With the ability to load paper in two directions (rear tray and cassette tray), users can switch easily between two different paper types, such as plain paper and glossy photo paper. Those that do need to print a large number of documents can even fill both trays with A4 plain paper for a combined paper capacity of up to 200 sheets.[1]

The automatic duplex printing[2] function enables both time and cost savings through eliminating the need to manually reverse a previously printed stack. Additionally, the PIXMA TR8570 also features a time-saving Automatic Document Feeder that can load up to 20-sheets of documents for scanning or copying.

The Document Removal Reminder function is yet another useful feature for ensuring document security. When a document is left on the scanner glass after a scan or copy, a notification on the LCD panel and an audio alert prompts the user to remove their original document left on the scanner platen. The ID Card Copying function allows double-sided ID cards to be scanned onto a single printout, while retaining the original card size.

Pricing and Availability

The PIXMA TS9170, TS8170, TS5170 and TR8570 will be available from 25 September 2017 at the following recommended retail price.

Model Colour Recommended Retail Price
PIXMA TS9170 Champagne Gold $329
PIXMA TS8170 Black, Red, White $299
PIXMA TS5170 Black $189
PIXMA TR8570 Black $289

[1] Applicable to TS9170, TS8170, TS5170 and TR8570.

[2] Duplex printing must be selected under printing preferences. Does not require manual reinsertion of pages to print on the second side.

[1] Message in Print app is free for download on the Apple App Store (available from November 2017), and is supported only for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

[2] Photos have to be printed by a Canon printer and processed by Canon’s Message in Print app.

[3] Requires Canon Print INKJET/Selphy app download. For printer compatibility and system requirements, see http://www.canon-asia.com/mobileprinting/mobile_canon_print_inkjet.php.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Logitech launched G613 keyboard and G603 mouse

Logitech recently launched two new products, an awesome combination of a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse that gamers would really like and be excited about. They are the G613 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and G603 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse.

Having both the G613 wireless keyboard and G603 gaming mouse together, this combination gives gamers the best of mechanical switches and wireless gaming, the next generation of wireless desktop gaming. Even if you are not a gamer, this wireless mechanical keyboard and wireless mouse combination is pretty good for home usage too!

Let me share with you more information on the G613 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and G603 LIGHTSPEED™ Wireless Gaming Mouse from the press release information below:

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the launch of two new products that advance high-performance wireless gaming. The Logitech® G603 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse is a next-generation gaming mouse that uses Logitech G’s new advanced HERO™ optical sensor and advanced LIGHTSPEED™ wireless technology, and the Logitech® G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a high-performance wireless keyboard designed for gamers who demand the performance of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless gaming. When both products are used together, the result is the next-generation wireless desktop.

“LIGHTSPEED and POWERPLAY made the dream of untethered and uncompromised wireless performance a reality,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN and Vice-President for Logitech. “The new HERO sensor in our G603 wireless mouse and the new G613 wireless mechanical keyboard show our commitment to driving wireless performance even further across our product line.”

HERO Optical Sensor

To achieve the goal of creating a high-performance wireless gaming mouse that also offers long-lasting battery performance, we invented a brand new sensor. HERO, which stands for High Efficiency Rated Optical sensor, provides next-generation efficiency –  creating the best optical sensor ever designed for wireless gaming. HERO offers precision and accuracy at 12,000 DPI with no acceleration or smoothing and 10x the power efficiency of previous generation sensors.

Next Generation Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G603 delivers a completely wireless experience with performance high enough for   even the most demanding gamers. It’s the first gaming mouse to feature Logitech G’s HERO sensor with exceptional accuracy and precision with sensitivity up to 12,000 DPI. The Logitech G603 harnesses HERO’s efficiency potential to deliver over 500 hours of non-stop gaming at maximum performance. It uses LIGHTSPEED wireless technology to deliver professional-grade wireless performance and unrivaled reliability, even surpassing many wired gaming mice.

High-Performance Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Designed for a wireless world, the Logitech G613 features LIGHTSPEED wireless technology for a super fast 1ms report rate and Bluetooth for multi-device connectivity. It delivers up to 18 months of gaming on two AA batteries. The Logitech G613 also includes six programmable G-keys, putting custom macro sequences and in-app commands at your fingertips.  It also features Logitech G’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical key switches, providing competition grade performance with incredible feel and durability. Romer-G switches actuate at a distance of 1.5mm, which is up to 25 percent shorter and faster than the leading competitor. Combined with a low-force 45g actuation, Romer-G switches provide near-instant responsiveness and help minimize fatigue over long gaming sessions.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G603 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse and G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard are expected to be available at global retailers in September 2017 for suggested retail prices of $109.00 and $159.00, respectively. For more information please visit our website, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

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Jabra introduce Evolve 75e

Jabra, a market leader in professional communications and sound solutions, recently launched a new headset into their Evolve range, for working professionals. Bluetooth earphones are getting more popular in the market today, in both leisure and professional market segments. The Jabra Evolve 75e is an example of bluetooth earbuds for the professional market segment. While the Jabra Evolve 75e is catered for the professional market segment, I reckon the leisure consumer market might be keen in this bluetooth earbuds too.

The Jabra Evolve 75e looks pretty sleek and beautifully designed, packed with pretty good technical specifications and capabilities. Let me share more information on the Jabra Evolve 75e from the press release below:

Jabra, a leader in professional communications and sound solutions, is extending its market-leading Evolve range of headsets for professional use with the Jabra Evolve 75e – for the first time adding an earbud design to the range which has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide.

Since the launch in 2014, the Evolve product range has been engineered to enable focus and distraction free working. Jabra established that the biggest inhibitors to the productivity of office workers are noise and interruptions. Research unveiled that the majority of today’s flexible workers (78%)1 say their personal productivity at the office is impacted by noise.

Therefore, the Danish sound experts were the first to introduce Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and busylight into the office. The Evolve 75e’s design brings a familiar consumer design into a professional environment and still includes all the winning signatures of the Evolve range: wireless freedom, great sound, UC-compatibility, ANC and busylight.

The earbud form factor power bundle is the ultimate business tool for sound and freedom helping to maintain collaboration, concentration and productivity in busy, open place offices without the need for designated quiet rooms.

Enabling focus and distraction free working

Bluetooth stereo earbuds are amongst the fastest growing consumer electronics category2. Employees looking for solutions that enable focus and distraction free working, are increasingly seeking this wearing style for both their professional and personal use. As it stands, every three in ten (31%) business professionals wear earbuds in the workplace3.

The Evolve 75e have been designed to meet this development by leveraging Jabra’s unique microphone expertise, dispensing with the boom arm for the microphone but retaining professional grade call quality. The around the neck wearing style offers flexibility and mobility – improving collaboration in the office and giving flexibility to those who make work calls both inside and outside the office.

With the standard Jabra Evolve UC-certifications to be ready at launch, the earbuds will ensure conference calls are of high quality and drive UC-adoption by seamlessly and intuitively bridging the gap between mobile phone and computer.

This announcement follows the successful launch of the Evolve 75 headphones earlier this year. Now Jabra ensures a real choice for those looking for the same features and quality, but in earbud form, which is why this product is called Evolve 75e.

“The Jabra Evolve 75e offers a first glimpse into the future of workplace sound solutions. The headset has been designed to meet the needs of today’s mobile and increasingly connected worker who demands the same user experience from both consumer and professional solutions,” said Holger Reisinger, SVP at Jabra. “Jabra’s innovative microphone technology, in combination with Active Noise Cancellation, allow for full concentration whilst delivering exceptional sound quality and enabling true mobile productivity. Probably the first product of its kind, the wireless UC-enabled office earbuds are sure to drive the adoption of unified communications.”

Jabra Evolve 75e at a glance:

  • Design – Earbud form factor
  • Amazing sound – UC enabled sound quality, engineered to drive professional UC
  • Endurance – All day power
  • Enhanced productivity – Integrated busylight and Active Noise Cancellation

Find out more about the Jabra Evolve 75e at: www.jabra.com/evolve75e

1 Jabra Knowledge Workers Survey, Lindberg 2015

http://www.gfk.com/insights/press-release/bluetooth-and-multiroom-are-still-trending/

3 Jabra Knowledge Workers Survey, Lindberg 2015

Pricing and availability

The Jabra Evolve 75e will be available in Singapore from the beginning of 2018

Price: MSRP at 259 USD, 239 EUR

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Logitech announced MX ERGO

Logitech recently announced a new trackball mouse to their lineup, the Logitech MX ERGO. This sleek, beautifully designed and innovative mouse looks perfect for users who prefer a trackball over the traditional mouse and touch pads.

Let me share key information and details on the Logitech MX ERGO mouse from the press release information below:

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced Logitech MX ERGO, a wireless trackball that sets a new standard for comfort and precision. Launching its first new innovative trackball in nearly a decade, Logitech’s MX ERGO offers personalized comfort with a unique adjustable hinge, precision tracking with multi-device connectivity for trackball enthusiasts, and those consumers searching for alternatives to mice and touchpads.

“We are so excited by this new trackball. It is back, better than ever and the idea for this trackball innovation was inspired by our users, who invented creative ways to achieve their desired level of comfort, sometimes adding additional wedges under their trackball for elevated angles,” said Anatoliy Polyanker, global portfolio and brand director at Logitech. “The MX ERGO is our first adjustable trackball that delivers on the need for elevated comfort in a beautiful design.”

MX ERGO is enabled with both Logitech Easy-SwitchTM and Logitech FlowTM.  With Logitech Flow, available as a free download as part of Logitech® OptionsTM software, and Easy-Switch, you can take multi-computer use to a new level. Seamlessly switch between two computers with one mouse, and even copy and paste content, images and documents between them.

The MX ERGO is elegantly designed, with high-quality materials that feel good in your hand. The mice pair well with Logitech’s other luxury products like the Logitech CRAFT Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial or Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Combined, these products give you a premium experience that looks and feels better on your modern workspace.

Key Features
  • Adjustable metal hinge: With the unique adjustable hinge, you can increase the angle from 0 to 20 degrees that improves the wrist posture and reduces pronation. The carefully sculpted shape gives your hand full palm and finger support, while the soft rubber on the top ensures a good, comfortable grip for long hours of work.
  • Precision mode button: Instantly change your cursor speed and accuracy for optimal control with the press of a button. An LED light illuminates when precision is activated.
  • Precision school wheel with tilt: Use the precision school wheel with tilt and middle click for convenient controls and quick access to your favourite shortcuts.
  • Easy-Switch and Flow-enabled: Two-channel Easy-Switch capabilities lets you switch between two computers without re-pairing, and you can easily copy/paste text, images and files between them thanks to Logitech Flow technology.
  • Rechargeable battery: A fast rechargeable battery holds power for up to four months on a full charge. A quick, one-minute charge gives you a full day of usage.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech MX ERGO is priced at $149.00 and expected to be available at Logitech.com and select retail stores throughout Singapore in 13 October 2017. For more information, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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