Audio House Online Store and Membership Program

Audio House, one of Singapore’s largest home-grown electronics retail store, has just launched their online store – audiohouse.com.sg , along with their membership program!

Do visit Audio House online store and check out their offers and promotions!

Tomorrow, on the 25th May of 2017, from 0000 hrs to 2359 hrs, Audio House is giving you some special membership perks if you sign up on the 25th May 2017! The sign up process is simple, can be done at home and it’s free!

Membership Perks for new members on the 25th May 2017

  • Free lifetime membership
  • Free $100 cash vouchers (credited into e-wallet)
  • Free cash vouchers with every purchase, which can be used to offset subsequent purchases. All cash vouchers can be used on top of promotions offered.
  1. For purchases without the use of cash vouchers, free $20 will be given for every $100 purchase
  2. For purchases using existing cash vouchers, free 3% of net amount paid will be credited into account.

How to use cash vouchers – for every $100 spent, $20 can be deducted from your e-wallet account

If you are planning to purchase some electronics and home appliances soon, look no further and sign up as a member with Audio House on 25th May 2017 and enjoy the membership perks that they offer just for 25th May 2017!

Do Pass-It-On and share this news with your family, relatives and friends! Happy shopping with Audio House!

Happy Mouse Scrolling with Logitech 2017 Doodle Collection

The mouse that you used everyday at your table when you switched on your computer/laptop. How would you feel if the mouse is a bright, colourful and drawn with beautiful doodle images? Would you think and feel that you are entering into an imaginary, creative, mystical and fun world of your own?

With the Logitech 2017 Doodle Collection, yes, you can do it! They can be the devices to bring you away from your work/computer routine and into somewhere else. Time to brighten your computing life with the Logitech 2017 Doodle Collection!

Inspired by whimsical designs of an imaginary world, the Doodle Collection combines strong visual storytelling with intricately hand-drawn characters, patterns and symbols. This year’s collection of mice is for people with a kid-at-heart attitude and a spontaneous and imaginative spirit.

A collection of doodles – from Lightbulb to Sneakerhead to Skateburger to Triple Scoop –  brings a touch of character to the Logitech® M238 Wireless Mouse.

Let me introduce the Logitech® M238 Wireless Mouse 2017 Doodle Collection to you!

Lightbulb

Sneakerhead

Skateburger

Triple Scoop

Each Doodle has such a distinct design, patterns and drawings!

Skateburger and Triple Scoop would probably motivate you to think of (and search for) delicious food whenever you are at your computer/work desk, might suit you foodies!

Sneakerhead is ideal for designers and those who have a carefree and easy going mind, dress casual, be sporty and yet a drive to be a champion!

Lightbulb probably suits me the most among the four because I always have think beyond, outside, across, up and down, think out of the box for all my photography business, marketing, social media, side businesses and coming up with photography projects.

The 2017 Doodle Collection mice last up to 12 months on a single battery. Smoothly navigate through Web pages or documents with the comfortable scroll wheel, whether you use Windows®, Mac OS®, Chrome OS™ or Linux®. The nano USB receiver allows you to roam up to 10 metres away.

Pricing and Availability

The 2017 Doodle Collection is expected to be available in June for a retail price of $29.00. For more information, please visit the Logitech website or our blog.

Which is your favourite Logitech 2017 Doodle Collection? Go get it when it arrives in June 2017! Remember to pass it on and share it with your family, relatives and friends to own a Logitech 2017 Doodle Collection Mouse!

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Chance to Meet Social Media Stars with Grab and Tinder

A chance to meet social media stars on a shared car ride on 19th May 2017 in Singapore, would you like to try and grab this chance?

With Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride hailing company, they are partnering with Tinder, the world’s leading social app for meeting people, so users can spend the day with their favourite social media personalities.

This GrabShare special can be a very interesting experience for carpool users, you never who you might meet on a carpool ride here in Singapore! If you are keen and want to grab the chance to meet social media stars in Singapore, 19th May 2017 is the day!

Let me share more information on Grab and Tinder partnership to give users the chance to meet social media stars in Singapore –

“Many of us are creatures of habit – hanging out with the same circle of friends and visiting the same places. Unknowingly, we have created our own little ecosystems. Our carpool service, GrabShare, lets passengers share a ride and the fare, and meet new people in the process. This partnership with Tinder is a fun and light-hearted way to encourage more people to carpool and potentially meet social media personalities on their next Grab ride,” said Cheryl Goh, Grab’s Vice President for Marketing.

“Tinder is a platform for meeting new people,” said David Wyler, VP of Global Partnerships at Tinder. “Our simple user interface makes it easy to meet people anywhere. We wanted to provide an opportunity for our users to connect with some of their favourite social media stars and still get to their next meeting on time. Grab is the perfect partner to make this happen.”

How it Works

On 19 May, Grab x Tinder’s “New Places, New Faces” activation will have selected social media personalities each roving in a GrabShare ride and picking up passengers starting from 11am to 4pm. Passengers can take this opportunity to get to know these personalities while riding to their destination of choice.

At the end of the activation on 19 May, each personality will select a passenger he or she would like to get to know better. Tinder and Grab will then arrange a day-out for them to explore a new experience together, depending on their interests!

The rides will be filmed, and the most interesting and fun moments will be captured on video and shared on the Grab Facebook page.

Get to Know Singapore’s Social Media Personalities

Book a ride on 19 May via the Grab x Tinder “New Faces, New Places” icon  within the Grab app for a chance to ride with one of Singapore’s social media personalities, such as Ben Tang, Brandon Teo, Brenda Ng, Cheryl Tay, Chloe Choo, Victoria Cheng and Yang Jiamin.

All you need to do is to watch out for content between now and 19 May on Grab and Tinder’s social platforms to find out more about these personalities, because you might just be sharing a ride with them!

More information on the Social Media Stars

NAME ABOUT THEM
Ben Tang

@bentanggg

Ben is a simple guy who has seen and experienced some of the biggest of things in life, but believes that it’s the little things that shine through simplicity that really makes his day. To Ben, a good conversation is far better than a ‘perfect situation’. And a perfect person is not someone you meet on the first date, but is someone you decide to commit to…because she’s worth it.
Brandon Teo

@brandyontherock

Brandon loves adventure and has recently travelled to a number of countries in Europe. He enjoys the thrill of meeting new people and sharing experiences with each other. He believes that some people may even meet their other halves as they explore the world.
Brenda Ng

@brenwho

A social science graduate and social media enthusiast, Brenda’s social media platforms are channels for documenting her way of life, mainly her fashion related visuals, the occasional product reviews and daily life in a nutshell.

 

Coming a long way from taking pictures with an iPhone 4 to currently a Canon DSLR, social media has given Brenda the opportunity to pick up new hobbies such as photography, editing and writing and at the same time, connecting her to like-minded individuals whom she now calls friends.

Cheryl Tay

@cheryltaysg

First establishing herself in the world of cars and motorsports, sports and fitness personality Cheryl Tay believes strongly in body positivity and hence founded body image movement Rock The Naked Truth. Always looking for new challenges in life too, Cheryl is currently training for Ironman 70.3 triathlons. She also enjoys extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving.
Chloe Choo

@chloeandchoo

5 things about Chloe:

  1. Chocolate anything is definitely hell yes!
  2. House and chillpops are the peanut butter to my daily jam.
  3. Lucky 13, the number of my tatts.
  4. Owner of 3 dogs, 2 tortoises and 1 parrot, welcome to my little animal camp.
  5. Eating is my only exercise, there’s a secret though how I can still fit into that size 0 dress.
Victoria Cheng

@victoriacheng

Victoria grew up in New York, but her career began in the Food & Beverage industry in Hong Kong. Victoria was then given the opportunity to move to Singapore, joining one of Singapore’s highly regarded food magazines. These days, Victoria finds herself hopping from city to city, working on personal food related projects. The work over the years have come to include guidebooks, food television and feature articles for numerous publications in the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Yang Jiamin

@jyan.yoga

Jiamin loves travelling and surrounding herself in a new environment. She loves meeting people from all walks of life to gain knowledge and insights. Her guilty pleasures are ice cream milk tea and Ruffles chips.

* Information and details courtesy of Grab SEA and Golin *

Updates – 28th April 2017

The last update that I did was on 12th March 2017. I haven’t been writing much on my personal thoughts and feelings, rarely sometimes, probably ranting on Twitter and my Facebook Page. I may not even be posting any updates on my personal Facebook, probably just pasting my round up of updates in a article post from here and paste it there.

In between the previous update and this update, the content and articles on my personal site here were mostly about technology updates, I had been pushing myself through, sharing technology news, there were quite a handful over this period of time. Due to a bit of news influx, the sharing of the news, events coverage and reviews might be slower than usual due to my schedule constraints.

This personal site is one of my sites to share content on technology and financial news, one of my channels and platforms for sharing content, complementing my photography business, news and updates relating to photography and travel, as a writer on different industries and interests.

Our current economy is still slow and subdued, personally, my view is that this is going to be a slow and small growth for 2017, a trend that we have to accept for the future as Singapore enters into a mature economy stage. I mentioned earlier in the year that starting a small business in this year is going to take a lot of guts and hardships. My photography business is moving slowly, it still needs some time to get my business stabilised. This journey is very tough, not many people can understand, not many people are willing to learn and understand.

Partnerships and collaborations are stepping up a gear, in time to come, I will share a new partnership. Just to refresh, I am working/partnering with

  1. Wills & Wills
  2. Pro Traders Code

If you like to know more about Will Writing, check out my article here. If you like to know more about trading in the stocks & shares, FOREX market, check out my article here.

Although I need (and we all need) to earn revenue and bring in income, I always tell myself to count my blessings, be full of gratitude, grateful and stay humble. There are some things in life that money CANNOT buy, that is your health and well being. Nothing lasts forever.

Be appreciative of your family and loved ones, spend time with them. I know it is very difficult for me at this stage in time, building up this small photography business and other small business partnerships and collaborations.

I don’t want to make the same mistake again.

Logitech G launched G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech recently launched a new mechanical gaming keyboard, something that will interest the gaming community. The G413 mechanical gaming keyboard is engineered for precision and performance, sleek and beautifully designed too.

Let me share with you more information and pictures of this new Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the launch of an addition to its mechanical gaming keyboard lineup with the Logitech® G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Engineered for precision and performance, the keyboard delivers unrivaled performance in a thoughtfully balanced, modern design. The Logitech G413 features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keys, as well as a brushed anodized aircraft-grade aluminum top case, USB passthrough port and precision key backlighting for an affordable price. The Logitech G413 comes in Carbon featuring elemental red backlighting.

“We spent a lot of time carefully designing and engineering this keyboard to deliver advanced performance with just the right feature set, at the right price point,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN and Vice-President of Logitech. “We created this keyboard with features like USB passthrough, backlit keys and a metal finish. With the G413 we believe we’ve achieved the perfect balance of high performance features and attractive design.”

Romer-G Key Switches and Precision Key Lighting

Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches are purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability. With a short-throw actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches, so you can get your shots off faster than your opponent. Romer-G switches are also purpose-designed for precise and clean lighting through the keycaps, so they are always visible but never distracting.

Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Alloy

A brushed 5052 aluminum-magnesium alloy top case serves as the keyboard’s backbone. The result is a minimal design balanced with a full set of features. With a focus on high-end finish and performance, the Logitech G413 is crafted from the highest-grade materials.

USB Passthrough and Full Function Keys

An integrated, dedicated USB passthrough provides full power and data speed within easy reach for any USB device. Media control is also built into the Logitech G413 keyboard so you can use the FN key to control volume, play and pause, mute, game mode, lighting, etc. The FN toggle feature in Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) configures keys to perform media commands by default.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available at global retailers from April 2017, for a suggested retail price of $129.00. For more information please visit our website, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech G and SPRG *

Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones

It’s finally here in Singapore! The Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones! The Jaybird brand is one of the more popular and well liked wireless headphones in the world, not just because it looks cool and stylish, the sound quality is really good and powerful, packed inside them!

I was given the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom recently, the experiences were really good! I did a tech writer/gadgets enthusiast review along with a lifestyle segment article on which group of music lovers would love it, from a sporting lifestyle, a sporty person who loves running and a leisure lifestyle, a cafe lover. Therefore, I have experienced the excellent quality and standards of the Jaybird brand.

With the Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones, this looks like the wireless headphones to accompany and raise my level of sporting and outdoor adventures. I am looking forward for an opportunity to review it and I would share more stories and photos with the Jaybird X3! The Jaybird X3 wireless looks ideal for me to bring them into the wild, in the nature reserve trekking, trail running, the great outdoors and extreme sports (if I get the chance to go overseas!)

Let me share some key information, details and pictures of the Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones, for fellow sports and outdoors enthusiasts here in Singapore –

One of the first to bring wireless sport buds to the world, Jaybird today announced Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones. These next gen wireless in-ear buds don’t require a headphone jack, are sweatproof, Bluetooth® 4.1 and offer a universal secure sport fit with improved sound and customizable audio options. Jaybird X3 brings music to your workout in a whole new way, inspiring you to take on the gym like you’re taking on the world – from running to rock climbing, the gym to the trails, X3 will have you owning your day and your playlist.

“While the world has recently been talking about the disappearing headphone jack, Jaybird has been focused on designing superior wireless experiences for more than a decade,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN & India Region and Vice President at Logitech. “The new X3 headphones deliver supreme audio quality and secure sport fit, so you have the ultimate wireless accessory to your active life.”

X3 brings larger sound, thanks to an enhanced 6mm driver, as well as smaller size, making it the first in the X-Series to be helmet compatible. The redesigned enhanced-comfort ear fins and selection of ear tips provide a universal secure sport fit during the toughest of workouts. And thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, you can now pair two sets of X3 headphones to one device and even pair your X3s to two devices simultaneously.

The redesigned eight-hour battery, means you can enjoy more music on a single charge, and the new in-line remote makes it even easier to control your music and calls. Voice Prompts let you know when you’re successfully paired and connected, or whether your X3 headphones are turned on or off. And with the MySound App, you can now customize your sound settings to the way you want to hear your music. Your custom sound profile is then saved on your X3 headphones, so no matter what music device they’re paired with or which music service you use, they’ll always be tailored to let you train harder and push farther. No more complaints or continually readjusting audio options when switching music devices – you’re now in control.

Key Features

  • Long Battery Life — X3 provides a full eight hours on a single charge.
  • Micro-Sized Design — The micro-sized design is smaller than X2 allowing for a comfortable fit for sport, even when worn under a helmet, a first in the X-Series.
  • Sweatproof — Hydrophobic nano coating helps ensure X3 is safeguarded against sweat damage even during intensive exercise.
  • Secure-Fit — X3 headphones can be worn in the under-ear or over-ear position to completely lift the cord off the back of your neck, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit in your ears while exercising.
  • Enhanced Sound — Customize your sound setting with the Jaybird MySound App, and save them to the enhanced 6mm speaker drivers. Have your personalized sound with you no matter what music device they’re paired with or what music service you use.

Availability
Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones are available for Pre-Order in Singapore at selected resellers from Apr 27,2017 at a retail price of $215. Stocks will be on shelves by May 4, 2017

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  • Challenger
  • Courts
  • Gain City
  • Harvey Norman
  • iStudio
  • Lazada
  • Newstead
  • Nubox
  • Sprint-Cass @ Changi Airport
  • Stereo Electronics

The wireless headphones will be available in two colors with metal accents: Blackout (Black and Silver), Sparta (White and Gold). For more information, please visit jaybirdsport.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. The MySound app is free and available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech

Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System

Onkyo recently announced a new sound system setup, suitable for your home entertainment system whereby you can enjoy great sound while watching your favourite TV shows, movies or listening to music. The Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System is a three piece equipment setup that is not too big and obstructing as your home entertainment system.

During a recent Onkyo event, I got the opportunity to take a look at the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System and listened to them in action, while watching a short movie trailer on the TV screen. The sound produced by the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System was solid, sharp and clear, in the midst of the noise of the people checking out the other Onkyo products, the Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System and Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player at the event.

If you are looking for a solid and powerful sound system for your home entertainment, that is not too big in size, do check out the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System.

Let me share with you more information and details on the Onkuo LS7200 3D Soundbar System –

LS7200 3D Soundbar System that combines Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ playback with user-friendly wireless audio features including support for DTS Play-Fi® technology*, AirPlay®, and FireConnect™* multi-room distribution built in.

Part of the growing Envision Cinema product family, the three-piece LS7200 offers key advantages over other soundbars, starting with a low 53 mm profile for an unimpeded view of the TV screen.

The wall-mountable soundbar connects to a separate AV Center via Multichannel Audio Cable, with full-scale power delivered to precision drivers (comprising two speakers each for the left, right, and center channels, plus single height speakers) by a discrete digital amplification system.

Together with wireless subwoofer, this single-cable soundbar design results in neat and clean installation under the TV display.

The AV Center includes four HDMI® inputs to connect media players and game consoles, with all components and cabling easily concealed in an entertainment unit. TV connection comes via single 4K/60p HDMI cable with Audio Return Channel, allowing the LS7200 to enhance broadcast TV audio.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration tailors sound to individual spaces, adjusting essential speaker conditions such as output level, distance, and crossover while preventing standing waves inside the room for clear and well-focused image presentation.

As well as object-based sound for movies, the LS7200 offers deeply satisfying stereo performance with a choice of network audio options.

The soundbar supports DTS Play-Fi technology, a free app for iOS and Android™ that collects music (streaming services, local files, or network-attached audio) into a simple interface for casting to any Wi-Fi®-enabled speaker. Fast, stable, and easy to use, DTS Play-Fi technology supports multiple streams to different speakers simultaneously without interruption.

AirPlay® and selectable 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® are also included for stable app-based music casting, while Spotify® Connect lets subscribers stream direct from the Spotify® application. Bluetooth® connectivity completes a comprehensive suite for of wireless music streaming features.

Onkyo Controller app brings together wireless casting technologies, simplifies access to included TuneIn and TIDAL services, and centralizes house wide audio distribution to optional FireConnect™-compatible wireless speakers. The easy-to-use app compliments on-screen GUI with system remote controls for each zone.

As well as discrete dialog volume adjustment for DTS:X™ soundtracks, DTS Neural:X™ is included to up mix standard multichannel audio to 3D sound.

Dolby Audio™ adds a new Surround Enhancer technology that wraps sound around the audience by creating virtual rear speakers. Other practical inclusions are Direct Mode for high-quality stereo sources, Late Night Mode, and custom DSP programs for games and music.

Rounded out with 40-preset FM tuner, AV sync function, and L/R tone controls, LS7200’s feature set approaches that of a full-sized home cinema component in a decor-friendly package that’s tailor-made for passionate listeners.

* Firmware must be updated before operation.

Pricing and Availability 

The LS-7200 speaker system is retailing at all authorized retailers at $1,799

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Logitech announced Spotlight Presentation Remote

A new age and revolutionary presentation remote, advanced beyond laser pointing at your presentation slides on the screen, allowing you to highlight and magnify on-screen content, engaging your audience even better. This is the latest device announced by Logitech, the Spotlight Presentation Remote.

This is an interesting device, giving presenters something more useful, powerful and fun to work with, a breakaway from the normal routine of presentation and preparation. For those who have to do presentations regularly, the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote would be something to consider!

Let me share with you more information, details and pictures on the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote –

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced a complete reinvention of presentation control with the Logitech® Spotlight™ Presentation Remote. Unlike the traditional slide clicker or laser pointer of the past, Spotlight is designed to help you become a more confident presenter. Spotlight is an advanced tool that goes well beyond laser pointing, and enables you to highlight and magnify on-screen content in an engaging and powerful way so you can better underscore your point.

“Presentations are nerve-wracking,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN and Vice-President of Logitech. “For most, the main stumbling block is a lack of confidence – we just get nervous. Spotlight is easier to use and, most importantly, gives you new ways to engage your audience versus a hard-to-see laser pointer.”

Spotlight is a new standard in presentation control. It allows you to effortlessly navigate slides and interact with on-screen content from up to 100 feet away. With the advanced pointer system you can highlight and magnify points on your slide in pixel-perfect detail, so the audience stays engaged throughout your talk. Spotlight also has mouse-like cursor control to play videos and open links, and unlike a laser, the cursor and highlights are visible to both a live audience and those on a video conference.

Spotlight pairs with a powerful app so you can set the stage even before your presentation begins. In the app you can toggle pointer mode, set timed vibration alerts or activate more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures. What’s more, the app will be updated with additional features over time, so you’ll always have access to the latest in presentation functionality with Spotlight.

“We know how important reliable technology is for helping speakers feel confident on stage,” said Lisa Choi Owens, head of global partnerships at TED. “Using technologies like Logitech Spotlight allows our speakers to focus on their talks, and deliver ideas worth spreading.”

Logitech Spotlight also connects instantly via USB receiver or Bluetooth® Smart technology. It is plug-and-play on most devices and compatible with all popular presentation apps. Plus, it features smart recharging – one minute of charge gives three hours of use – so you will never be caught off guard.

Logitech and TED plan to launch a worldwide search for aspiring communicators who will be invited to participate in an exclusive Spotlight Presentation Academy at the TED Theater in New York. Armed with a Spotlight presentation remote, attendees will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to enhance their presentation skills. Through this program, the two companies aim to inspire and support communities of presenters and idea-sharers worldwide. More details regarding the search will be announced in the coming weeks.

Key Features

  • Highlight and magnify on screen: Go beyond traditional laser pointing with an advanced pointer system that precisely highlights or magnifies areas of focus in pixel-perfect detail. Create an impression that is visible to in-person audiences and on video conferences.

  • Mouse-like cursor control: Use the on-screen cursor to play and pause videos, open links, and enjoy a range of rich content interaction.

  • Smart time management: Spotlight tracks your presenting time and reminds you when it’s time to wrap up. You can also activate vibration alerts through the Logitech Presentation app, which allows you to remain focused on the presentation and not the clock.

  • Versatile connectivity and compatibility: Connect Spotlight to your computer via USB receiver and Bluetooth® Smart technology. It works with Windows, Mac OS and all popular presentation platforms including PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, Google Slides and Prezi.

  • Quick recharging and extended range: Spotlight can be quick charged in one minute for three hours of use. It also has a 30-meter (100-ft)* operating range so you can move and present freely, even in large size rooms.

    Product Specifications

    Product dimensions:

  • Height: 12.1 mm

  • Width: 28.1 mm

  • Depth: 131.3 mm

  • Weight (incl. battery): 49.2 g

    Proprietary receiver dimensions:

  • Height: 6.8 mm

  • Width: 17.2 mm

  • Depth: 40.4 mm

  • Weight: 3.3 g

    Warranty

  • 1-year limited hardware warranty

Availability

Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is available from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $169.00, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March.

For more information about the product’s features and functionality, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information, details and pictures courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System

The Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system was recently introduced, it’s a standalone speaker that produces pretty good sound quality, looks sleek and nice in design, it would fit it nicely with the furnishings in your home.

During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to see the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system and listen to the quality of the sound produced from this system. With my short time there listening to the music played by the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system, it was pretty good and enjoyable even in the midst of the noisy crowds at the venue.

For the music enthusiasts, the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system can also be connected to other units and compatible Onkyo master components. This might be a good opportunity to build/customise your home or personal audio system. Take a look at their latest Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player, these 2 music players do make a good pair!

Let me share with you more information about the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system –

Multi-room audio enriched with limitless and accessible music is now a reality as Onkyo unveils its NCP-302 Wireless Audio System, a standalone speaker that can link with other units and compatible Onkyo master components, such as AVRs, to mirror home entertainment sources around the home over FireConnect™ powered by Blackfire1.

FireConnect™, a network protocol based on Blackfire and provided by Blackfire Research, USA, operates over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® and offers 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sampling.

The NCP-302 supports a variety of music streaming and internet radio services, such as Spotify®, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn2, together with audio files stored on mobile or media server inside the Onkyo Controller application3.

With Chromecast built-in4, support for the Spotify® Connect app, and DTS Play-Fi®*4 technology, along with Bluetooth® wireless technology, the NCP-302 can be played to separately or grouped with other units using Onkyo Controller.

Chromecast built-in allows users to cast any music from smartphone, laptop, or PC to speaker or speaker network with ease. Control playback with regular audio apps for iPhone, iPad, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook™ with support for Google Play Music included.

NCP-302 speakers can also mirror network music playing through a master component as well as sources input via analog audio terminals*5, including vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes.

Onkyo Controller offers source selection and playback management for individual or multiple speakers within a single intuitive interface. Sound follows as the listener moves through their day, keeping them company and adding atmosphere when entertaining friends and family.

The control app can assign the listener’s preferred sources to NCP-302 speakers and save them for later recall. Adding or dropping speakers, changing music, or adjusting volume involves a swipe or tap on the touchscreen.

Product quality is evident in the solid MDF enclosure housing two 77 mm woofers and a 26 mm balanced-dome tweeter. The speaker is tuned for pleasant, non-fatiguing sound. Like the woodgrain or black hair-lined finishes, physical controls are minimalist to suit any interior design.

With NCP-302 and a FireConnect™-ready master component in the main living space, families can experience Onkyo’s Next Generation Network Audio: an ecosystem of technologies that coalesce in smartphones to deliver audio anywhere, any time.

Next Generation Network Audio grows with the user, adapting to changing listening habits. It delivers what’s important: enjoyment of sound, enjoyment of control, and enjoyment of life.

Pricing and Availability

The NCP-302 speaker is retailing at all authorised retailers at $599.

Notes

*1 FireConnect™ is enabled by a firmware update.

*2 Service availability depends on region.

*3 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Check App Store or Google Play™ for OS and device requirements.

*4 Enabled with a future firmware update.

*5 Enabled with a future firmware update. Transmission via external analog inputs is not supported on the TX-NR555 Onkyo products compatible with FireConnect™.

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Singtel partners Telkomsel to expand mobile money services

Singtel and Telkomsel recently announced that they are partnering to launch a new service, a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.

In this current era of smartphone and mobile data usage, smartphone apps can be very handy to handle some of the daily routine or monthly routine matters at your finger tips with your smartphone and app, without having to be physically there in person to do the things.

Do spread this news on the real-time mobile remittance service by Singtel and Telkomsel and pass it on to your family, relatives, friends and colleagues if they need to remit cash back to Indonesia.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Singtel and Telkomsel partnership in real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia –

Singtel and Telkomsel launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia. Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to PT Pos Indonesia’s 4,500 cash-out points (1) across the country via Weselpos Instan (2). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.

The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.

According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly (3).

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”

In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.

Singtel Dash is Singapore’s first all-in-one mobile payments solution that is available to everyone. It is the only mobile payments app that offers fast, secure and real-time mobile remittance services, supports in-store and online retail payments, as well as transit payments. Customers can enjoy paying with Singtel Dash for their taxi, bus and train rides, as well as at supermarkets, convenience stores and food courts.

Since its re-launch in May 2016, the number of Singtel Dash customers has grown to almost 500,000. The volume of monthly transactions has also doubled over the last six months.

Notes

(1) Kantor Pos (post office) branches operated by PT Pos Indonesia

(2) Weselpos Instan is a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia

(3) Source: World Bank Bilateral Remittance Matrix 2015

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *