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
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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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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 *

Epson Moverio BT-300

The Epson Moverio BT-300 was announced in October 2016 and it was available in the Southeast Asia region in the first quarter of 2017. The Epson Moverio BT-300 is a pair of smart glasses, nice, stylish and compact design. The smart glasses are gaining more foothold in the augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) markets, that can be applied in different industries such as hospitality, travel, museums, aerial photography etc.

On a personal note, I had seen for myself how some of the technology companies moving into the VR and AR devices sector. In my personal opinion, this sector would grow and expand in the near future. From 3D reality gaming, to hospitality, travel, museums, training etc etc … keep a lookout for the VR and AR devices that might one day be a B2C device and not just a B2B device.

At a recent media event, I witnessed and experienced it for myself on how the Epson Moverio BT-300 can be applied to a hospitality organisation, giving their guests additional and enhanced experiences, on top of the aesthetics, customer service, accommodation and f&b experiences. For this special event, I would write and share my AR experiences in another separate article. Keep a lookout for it and I would update my article here when the article is up!

I can still remember when Epson first launched the BT-100 and I had a chance to see and try it out. Over this period of time, we can see the changes and improvements from the BT-100 to the BT-300. I hope to see more AR and VR technology being available and applied to enhance a visitor experience in museums, travel and hospitality industries.

Hopefully, in the near future, I can utilise smart glasses for aerial photography.

For this article, I want to introduce and share more information and details on the Epson Moverio BT-300:

The Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s own cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology, enabling the device to be the lightest see-through binocular smart glasses on the market, and setting the new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear.

Leveraging Epson’s patented optical and precision technologies, Epson’s Moverio BT-300 smart glasses has micro projectors located on each side of the eyeglasses that project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user’s field of view over the real-world environment.

The Moverio BT-300 bring hands-free operability through a front-facing 5-mega-pixel HD camera and intelligent tracking sensors that detects the dimensions and spatial positioning of objects in relation to each other. A key feature is that users can take HD-quality video and pictures hands-free, bringing new levels of productivity for deploying the device for work-related purposes. The device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.

Designed to be worn with ease for use at work or play, the Moverio BT-300 is compact and lightweight, and fits over normal glasses comfortably. It is approximately 20% lighter than its predecessor, the BT-200. Built with a quad core Intel Atom processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 maintains up to six hours of battery life for processing of 3D heavy content.

Augmented reality smart glasses can improve worker efficiency enabling hands-free and real-time display across various industries such as warehouse/logistics, field service, manufacturing, healthcare, travel and hospitality, retail and more. Uses for the Moverio smart glasses include learning and training purposes, remote field service support for complex repair assistance and troubleshooting, managing of inventory and warehousing, guided museum tours and others.

“The Moverio BT-300 continues Epson’s commitment to binocular smart eyewear, real optical see-through overlay, and increased performance. We see potential for growth for industry use in the region. The Moverio has the potential to revolutionise workflow for onsite or remote operations. It adds a new dimension to professionals for improving their efficiency and accuracy at work, enabling workers to share their experience virtually or provide hands-free movement for hands-on work,” said Siew Jin Kiat, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Printers & Visual Instruments Division, Epson Singapore.

Epson is currently working with businesses and independent software vendors to develop applications for use. It has partnered with DJI, a leading maker of drones, to develop applications for the Moverio smart glasses that will enhance safety, productivity, and piloting experience for hobbyists and professionals alike.

Using the optimized DJI Go app for the Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, drone pilots will be able to see crystal clear, transparent first person views (FPV) from the drone camera while simultaneously maintaining line of sight with their aircraft. The Epson/ DJI partnership is timely as businesses look to expand the use of drones for a variety of aerial photography and videography purposes.

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

LG introduced LG Stylus 3

LG recently introduced the LG Stylus 3, a phablet suited for the busy working professionals with features from their premium flagship smartphone models. At an affordable price and technical specifications packed inside this phablet, the busy working on the go professionals can consider the LG Stylus 3 as their work smartphone.

Let me share with you more information and details of the LG Stylus 3 below –

LG has combined its best-in-class technologies seen in its premium flagship smartphones with affordability in a mid-range smartphone. Running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the Stylus 3 also boasts a 3,200 mAH battery capacity ideal for protracted use.

Intuitive Stylus Perfect for Working on the Go

LG Stylus 3 delivers an improved writing experience with a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the tactile feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen. Coupled with an enhanced UX with Pen Pop 2.0 as well as the popular Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo, users can experience a higher level of efficiency due to the Stylus 3’s intuitiveness.

Once the stylus pen is detached, a quick menu of useful tasks pops up: Pop memo, Capture Plus, Pop Scanner, Quick Memo, and thumbnail previews of the user’s recent notes. With Pen Pop 2.0, one’s memos are never out of sight and can be set to display on the screen whenever the stylus is removed. The smartphone’s Screen-off Memo enables note-taking directly on the screen even when the display is off. Have an idea that pops into mind? Jot it down immediately without the need for finding paper.

The Pen Keeper displays a warning when the stylus strays too far from the phone so one does not have to worry about misplacing the pen. To unlock the screen to start writing, the Stylus 3 features a fingerprint scanner that is conveniently located at the back of the phone, which double up as the power key as well.

Capture Quality Photographs

The Stylus 3 is not just for work purposes. Offering more value to users, it comes with a 13MP rear camera, which is equipped with a 1/3.06” sensor and a F2.2 lens. The lens captures light even in dim conditions, resulting in photos that are sharp in low-light environments. The 8MP front camera also provides a great option for selfies and high quality video calling.

“The LG Stylus 3 is all about giving our customers a wide variety of options and choices for their mobile lifestyle,” said Mr. David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “This smartphone comes in a premium design and offers replaceable batteries with an expandable memory slot, all key factors that customers consider when buying smartphones in this category.”

Pricing and Availability

The Stylus 3 will retail at S$448 in shiny titan and will be available from April 1, 2017 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase comes with a free flip standing case (worth S$48) while stocks last.

Key Specifications:

  • Networks: LTE FDD2100 (B1)/1800 (B3)/2600 (B7)/900 (B8), TDD2300 (B40); WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: LTE Cat 6 up to 300Mbps; DC HSPA+ up to 42Mbps
  • Display: 5.7” HD (1280×720); Capacitive Touch display
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Memory: Up to 16GB ROM / 3GB RAM / microSD slot (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Rear 13MP/Front 8MP
  • Size/Weight: 155.6mm x 79.8mm x 7.4mm (LxWxT) / 148g (incl battery)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.2, A-GPS (Glonass), USB 2.0, USB OTG
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750 (Octa-Core 1.5GHz Processor)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, supporting codecs incl.: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA
  • Battery: 3,200mAh (Removable)
  • Colour: Shiny Titan

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/all-mobile-phones

* Information and pictures courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player

The Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player was one of the three new audio products introduced in March 2017. During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to view, feel, touch and listen to the new Onkyo audio products in action. For this article post, I would be sharing information and details on the Onkyo DP-X1A.

The Onkyo DP-X1A is a small, handy, pocket sized portable music player, aesthetically speaking, it doesn’t look fanciful, yet it is packed with some pretty powerful technical specifications and capabilities. Pair the Onkyo DP-X1A with a good headphone, the music lover in you would love this combination, a high quality portable audio sound system.

When I listened to music using the Onkyo DP-X1A with Sennheiser headphones, the listening experience was really good. The sound was excellent, sharp and clear. There is also a function inside the Onkyo DP-X1A that allows the user to change preset EQ, featured EQ or personalised EQ settings. This feature is something that I like and my personal opinion is that this feature can allow the music player and headphones to excel even better.

I would also be sharing on the technical aspects of the Onkyo DP-X1A for those serious and technically inclined music fans out there.

Let me share with you the information and details of the Onkyo DP-X1A from the press release information below –

As more Hi-Res audio titles become available in formats like DSD, FLAC, WAV, and MQA, there is a greater prevalence for player devices that support them and the desire to get closer to the source audio has grown, driving users toward balanced output and the use of more exotic parts to drive that sound. And with the advent of video and audio streaming, it has become easier to enjoy music on a more personalized level.

The “DP-X1A” supports up to DSD 11.2MHz, FLAC/WAV up to 384kHz/24 bit, and the latest MQA technology, fully balanced circuit design from the DACs to its output. Based on Android OS, and with built in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, the “DP-X1A” portable digital audio player can connect to a plethora of peripherals.

We have poured our years of experience in audio components into the “DP-X1A”. Incorporating a pair of ESS Technology’s SABRE DACs, connected to a 2.5mm 4 pole balanced output. The balanced circuitry allows for the conventional BTL drive, and the more esoteric ACG (Active Control GND) allowing for greater stability and clear soundstage. Overall, the circuitry design prioritized the elimination of noise entering the audio signal via extensive management of grounding and cleaning of power supply, allowing for not only Hi-Res music to sound great, but elevating the sound quality of compressed audio as well.

With internal memory of 64GBs and 2 microSD card slots, up to 464GB of storage is available for all forms of entertainment. The class leading 4.7inch GorillaGlass touch screen and access to GooglePlayTM allow for app support beyond what is preloaded, such as music and video streaming services and games. Using the preloaded OnkyoMusic app, downloading High Res Audio files can be done without the need of a PC.

[DP-X1A features]

  • Designed to make the high res audio music shine

With playback support of up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24 bit FLAC/WAV files, the “DP-X1A” was designed to bring out the best in your music.

  • Featuring dual ESS Technology SABRE DAC “ES9018K2M” and SABRE “9601K”amps for the highest possible sound quality and wide sound stage.
  • Along with standard BTL balance circuitry, Active Control GND allows the two DAC outputs to work in tandem for L-GND/R-GND “0V” lock to eliminate any distortion, broadening the sound stage while remaining clear.
  • Completely separated DAC/AMP and CPU circuit board allow for the audio circuitry to isolate digital noise effects from the Android board to the audio circuits.
  • Each device is separated into a block with its own independent power circuitry, allowing for close looped circuit design, allowing for the individual blocks to maintain separation from one another, keeping noise from entering the audio signal.
  • DAC local power uses Nippon Chemicon “MELODIO” series based custom audio grade capacitors for improved audio quality.
  • 3 times the capacity available allows for greater power stability
  • Low ESR, ESL allows for near instantaneous power with little fluctuation or noise
  • Purpose built lead wires are excellent at absorbing noise allowing for further speed up of digital signals
  • Robust build against swings in temperature
  • Low noise LDOs paired with each audio IC to limit noise
  • Vishay resistors incorporated in unbalanced and balanced output circuit patterns
  • Re-optimized circuit pattern for low impedance circuit board allows for smooth audio signal transfer.
  • Limit the entry of noise by consolidating the analog circuits close to the headphone jacks and distancing the switching power supply as physically possible within the body.
  • Isolated, and for an extra measure of protection from noise, independent local power supplies, closed loop circuit design, and board design tuned to the micron to eliminate grounding issues, all to keep noise from occurring, and what noise occurs, isolated from the audio circuitry.
  • Fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU for snappy operation of apps and music playback 
  • Multiple connectivity methods with high quality audio outputs and wireless functionality
    • Balanced output, digital output through Micro USB/OTG*1 support allows for both high quality output via the headphone jack and peripheral
    • The 2.5mm 4 pole balanced headphone(BTL balance mode/Active Control GND mode/Line out mode) allows for different kinds of high resolution sound depending on preference.
    • 5mm stereo mini output (w/Line out mode).
    • Micro USB/OTG digital output supports up to DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24bit (DoP/Direct Transfer/PCM conversion).
    • WiFi, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth® with apt-X for high quality wireless streaming.*2

     

  • Freedom of Google Play

    Access to Google Play will open the capabilities of the DP-X1A beyond what’s built in,*5 like streaming music, video, and games.*3

  • “MQA” audio support
  • Support for up to 464GB(64GB internal + dual microSD)
  • Direct download of music from OnkyoMusic service without the need of a PC
  • 6 built in sound adjustment (Lock range adjust, digital filter, up sampling to 384kHz, Realtime DSD conversion to 5.6MHz, High Precision EQ, Featured EQ)
  • Innovative new GUI with flick transport control (playback, track advance) circular progress bar and physical buttons for all transport controls for “no look” operation, and standard full album artwork playback modes available.
  • Easy music file transfers from your Mac or PC to the player “X-DAP link” *4
  •  Volume knob with 161 step positions for fine granular control
  • User selectable volume knob lock when screen is turned off
  • Wide range gain setting to accommodate wide range of headphones (Low2/Low1/Normal/High)
  • Rigid machined aluminum body design
  • Custom case “DPA-PUX1” option available

    *1 OnTheGo host function requires compatible cable(sold separately)

    *2 Compatible hardware required. Depending on Wi-Fi network speed, high res audio playback may be intermittent.

    *3 Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.

    *4 Available on website(Mac OS10.10, 10.11, Windows 7,8,10/ 32 & 64 bit)

    [Specifications]

    Operating System Android OS 5.1
    APU Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 2.2GHz
    Display 4.7 inch capacitive touch screen(720 x 1280)
    Internal Storage 64 GB(including OS system)
    Expansion port micro SD x 2(SDXC)
    Wi-Fi 802.11b/ g/ n/ac??Wi-Fi direct / WPS?
    Bluetooth® support Profile: A2DP/ AVRCP/ HSP/ OPP/ HID/ PAN

    Codec: SBC/apt-X Low Latency (Transmit only)

    Supported Audio format DSD(DSF/DSD-IFF)/ FLAC/ ALAC/ WAV/ AIFF/ MQA/ Ogg-Vorbis/ MP3/ AAC
    Sampling rate and bits

     

    44.1k/ 48k/ 88.2k/ 96k/ 176.4k/ 192k/ 352.8k/ 384k

    16bit/ 24bit   (32bit float/integer will downcovert to 24bit)

    Supported playlist formats M3U/ PLS/ WPL
    Supported video codecs H.263/ H.264 AVC/ H.265 HEVC/ MPEG-4 SP/ VP8/ VP9
    Supported image formats JPEG/ GIF/ PNG/ BMP/ WebP
    Output 75 mW + 75 mW     Unbalanced

    150 mW + 150 mW   Balanced

     

    Total Harmonic Distortion Less than 0.006 %
    S/N ratio Over 115 dB
    Frequency Response 20 Hz – 80,000 Hz
    Impedance 16 – 300 ?(Unbalanced) 32 – 600 ?(Balanced)
    I/O ports 2.5 mm 4 pole Balance headphone output (From tip R-/R+ /L+ L-)

    3.5 mm 3 pole headphone output (Line out mode)(no microphone support)

    Micro USB /OTG output (for charging and data transfer)

    Gain Low2/ Low1/ Normal/ High
    Battery life 16 h (96kHz/24bit Audio unbalanced playback)
    Dimensions (HxWxD)mm 128.9 x 75.9 x 12.7 mm
    Weight (g) 205 g
    Language support Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese(simplified)/

    Chinese(traditional)

    Accessories Screen protect sheet(affixed as factory default), Micro USB cable(1m)

    Pricing

  • The Onkyo DP-X1A is retailing at all authorized retailers at $999. 
  • * Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

LG launched Asia Business Innovation Centre in Singapore

LG recently launched the Asia Business Innovation Centre in Singapore, showcasing their quality products for the businesses and companies, in the area of digital signage solutions. LG is a very known and reputable international brand producing digital signage solutions and their digital signage footprints can be seen all over the world.

Businesses such as government, hospitality, retail shopping malls, travel, airports, transportation, digital signage of various types and sizes would interest them, getting the attention of their customers and visitors. If you (e.g. hoteliers, shopping malls) are tasked to search for digital signage solutions to be placed in your company or in your business operation locations, look no further, check out LG’s digital signage solutions at their Asia Business Innovation Centre, make an appointment and visit them.

During their official media opening event, I had the opportunity to visit and got up close and personal with some of the LG digital signage solutions. Their range of products were amazing and of very high quality and standards. The LG digital signage products are for B2B and they would definitely strike an interest with the different types of businesses.

Here are some photos of the digital signage solutions showcased at LG Asia Business Innovation Centre that I took when I attended their official media launch –

Let me share more information and details on some of the LG digital signage solutions that are showcased at the LG Asia Business Innovation Centre in Singapore –

OLED Displays: The Future of Digital Signage is Here

OLED display technology is the market’s best-in-class solution right now. And LG is the leader in this field. The OLED’s self-lighting pixels switch off completely to reproduce absolute blacks with no light bleed, thus offering infinite contrast. They promise accurate color reproduction to offer vivid display. With just two layers and no backlight, OLED displays are incredibly lightweight and thin. Their wide-viewing angles also deliver an awe-inspiring picture quality across the entire screen.

OLED Dual-View Signage for Seamless Playback

Featuring a slim design and versatility, LG’s 65-inch one by four Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED signage consists of eight connected double-sided, flexible OLED panels for superior image rendering viewed from any angle. Each panel offers 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) image quality with 3,840 x 2,160 individual pixels while its system on a chip and 128GB of internal memory work together to deliver perfect UHD playback without the need for a separate computer or media player.

The Dual-View Flat OLED Signage (55EH5C) blends pencil-thin design, artistic value and display functionality into one. It boasts Full HD resolution, a brightness level of 400 cd/square meters as well as an impressive bezel of 2mm. Thanks to its innovative slim design, it offers a dual-view display which saves on space while optimally screening the contents. It can also be suspended from the ceiling, deployed as a floor stand or mounted on the wall.

Scalable Video Walls for Creative Installations

With LG’s OLED Video Wall, businesses and organizations can think of new ways to create spellbinding and interactive experiences. At the centre, guests will get to see LG’s 65-inch OLED Video Wall solutions. In particular, the 1×3 OLED Video Wall unit can be connected with other units to create signs of various configurations. It is easy to install and can be customized to create creative solutions that deliver impactful experiences. Also, they are equipped with an image adjustment algorithm that can adjust to objects located within the bezel boundary for a seamless viewing experience.

OLED Signage Case Studies: A Myriad of Creative Display Possibilities

South Korea’s Incheon International Airport has tapped on LG’s OLED displays to redesign its passenger experience. Its main terminal is adorned with massive structure walls that leave passengers in awe. Each of the two displays composes of 140 55-inch curved OLED panels, resulting in displays that stand at 13 meters in length and 8 meters in width. The two curved displays feature a variety of content, such as brilliant fireworks set against a night sky. And because every pixel in an OLED display emits its own light, there is no need for heavy LED backlighting, making the airport displays incredibly light and flexible that it allows them to hang from the ceiling with minimal support.

Tourist destination N Seoul Tower has also set the gold standard of visitor experience by utilizing LG’s digital signage solutions. The beautiful entrance is a curved OLED tunnel, on which images of Seoul are projected. Visitors then move on to the 14-meter OLED panorama, which showcases the exquisite Gyeongbokgung Palace in different seasons. Another OLED display in N Seoul Tower is the OLED Wave that is set on the ceiling, it comprises of 120 curved OLED panels, achieving picture quality that is 30 times better than UHD TV. Visitors also get to view artist Kathy Klein’s Danmala series via the OLED Circle, which promises real blacks, life-like colors and uncompromised image clarity that does justice to the artist’s beautiful mandala-inspired motifs.

With LG’s new OLED Video Walls, the newly constructed Lotte World Tower has managed to elevate the visitor experience skyward. The highest building in Korea, the venue recently installed 55-inch OLED Signage Wall in its two Sky Shuttles with double layers, a total of 60 units installed. The walls and ceilings are all fitted with the solutions, thus creating a thrilling and immersive virtual reality environment. The videos depict the many tourist attractions in Seoul, from Kyung Bok palace to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The surreal experience almost feels as if one is journeying through all these places in just a matter of a few minutes.

LCD Video Walls Push the Boundaries of Interactive Engagement

LG’s 55-inch LCD screens with the world’s narrowest even bezel will also be on display at the LG Asia Business Innovation Centre. The solutions have a narrow bezel, which enables the overall video wall image to resemble a single, complete display.

The Social Tree at Changi Airport is one example of how LG’s LCD video walls can bring the fun to everyday customers. Towering at 8.7-meter-high, 11.1-meter-wide larger-than-life installation sits at the heart of Terminal One at the Central Piazza. Symbolizing the global connections offered by the airport, the hi-tech installation composes of 64 47-inch digital displays in the form of a cylindrical video wall and eight kiosks where travelers can post images and also share photographs and videos via Facebook and email. The design furthermore incorporates 100 bars that stretch up and flex outwards, a tribute to Changi Airport’s international reach.

Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre has also left a lasting impression on its visitors with its mega LCD digital wall. Affectionately called The Big Picture, the installation is touted by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest high-definition video wall. Part of the modern facade of the building, the video wall combines 664 LCD screens and stands at more than three stories high and 60 meters wide, The Big Picture serves as an iconic feature that showcases contents of Suntec Singapore’s Convention and Exhibition Centre’s facilities, partners, events and advertisers.

Other world-class organizations have also tapped onto the concept of video walls to wow their customers. The world’s leading brand in gaming, Razer, was the first global deployment carried out by LG B2B Solutions in Asia. Display and experience stores were installed with LG displays and SuperSignTM content management software across Asia and North America to display marketing and promotional contents – the biggest display being a 3 by 5 video wall at their San Francisco branch outlet amongst other standalone screens.

LG’s Ultra Stretch Digital Signage Enhances Return of Investment

Another brand that has managed to elevate the customer experience is Lagardère’s The Fashion Gallery, Changi Airport. At the entrance of the gallery sit expansive and unique displays that command the attention of passersby: LG’s 86-inch Ultra Stretch digital solution (86BH5C). This ultra-wide 58:9 bar-type widescreen signage delivers an immersive UHD viewing experience in an extraordinary 3,840 x 600 format. Thanks to its Picture-by-Picture feature, it can divide a screen into four parts, displaying up to four separate types of video content simultaneously. The solution utilizes LG Ultra Stretch Content Manager software for fast and convenient customization of images and video content. With this software, updating advertising messages and content is no longer a hassle, a feature that is especially convenient in a fast-paced industry such as fashion.

Other than the Ultra Stretch, LG has in its arsenal digital retail signage solutions that can enliven the customer experience while improving return on investment. They boast the ability to screen high-definition content such as dynamic Point of Purchase advertising, branding videos, and interactive graphic interfaces. This instantly grabs customers’ attention to increase footfall, achieve impact, strengthen customer loyalty with consistent branding messages and push conversion rates with engaging product information and expanded assortment offerings.

Ultra HD, Ultra Impressive

Other industry-leading LCD digital signage technologies will also be featured at LG Asia Business Innovation Centre. Think big with the 98LS95A, an UHD Premium Large Display that is an alternative to the traditional 2×2 video wall. It shares the same salient features as other models, such as 86UH5C, 75UH5C, 65UH5C and 55UH5C. Expect flawless content delivery on a large screen as well as nifty features such as Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture which offers four divided split screens in landscape or portrait formats.

Unique LED Transparent Film: A First in the Market

Another unique technology at the centre incorporates LED diodes in a transparent film that can be installed over windows to expand installation options. Converting ordinary glass into stunning digital signage, this LED film can offer eye-catching digital content and information while interacting seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

Turn Visitors into Customers

Effective advertising messages deserve a platform where they can shine, and LG’s standard signage is that platform. The signage solutions’ high-performance System-on-Chips can execute several tasks at the same time and guarantee smooth content playback. They boast Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture features so brand owners can decide the best layouts for their advertisements. The webOS platform also makes content creation a cinch while LG’s software development kit makes content development and management easy. Best of all, the content can be created, distributed and controlled without a need for a dedicated computer or server, so there is no need to hire a tech personnel just to maintain it. 

Reach an Even Larger Audience with Outdoor Displays

Only the most durable installations are suited to brave the outdoors. LG’s outdoor display solutions, from Open Frame Displays to Window Facing and Enclosure solutions, check the criteria of superb performance, 24/7 reliability and stunning visual image quality. Buoyed by their anti-reflection coating, the solutions will encounter less interference between reflected external light and back light. The conformal coating also enhances circuit board reliability by safeguarding it against dust, iron shavings, humidity and weather conditions.

LG’s Open Frame Displays can be deployed in airports as billboards to pique the interest of incoming tourists. Features such as smart brightness control help to save power whenever necessary, and real-time remote monitoring allows businesses to rectify any error quickly without losing engagement. LG’s Window Facing solutions are also a perfect choice for in-window environments. Its noise level is under 25dB, making it even quieter than a recording studio. It is able to operate even in high temperatures, and also offers excellent energy-efficiency and cost savings.

Achieve that Personal Touch with LG’s Touch Screen Displays

Customer and guest engagement can also be improved by directly involving them in the experience. LG’s wide range of touch screen display solutions is designed to bring brand messages to audiences in a variety of creative ways. The 84TR3B and KT-T751, for example, boast a 10-point multi-touch experience: they can recognize up to 10 simultaneous touches without needing a separate pen. This means more customers, family members or friends can get in on the action at any one time. Equipped with a no-ghosting technology, the solutions allow audiences to write, draw and express their ideas in a seamless manner. This tactile experience is personal, and a surefire way for audiences to better remember a business’s branding message and products.

Redefining Hospitality

Buoyed by LG’s holistic hospitality solution comprising of commercial-grade LCD, touch screens, and stretch screens, hotels can now make a strong first impression and design a five-star guest experience. These solutions can be used for digital way-finding, information dissemination, menu boards and dynamic advertising purposes.

Charlotte Marriott City Center, United States of America, is an example of a hotel that has reaped benefits by tapping on LG’s solutions. Understanding that hotel guests not only utilize TVs for entertainment but also at times for communication purposes, the TV was recognised as a key communication tool to provide hotel-related information and amenities. By installing LG OLED TVs and monitors in its M Club Lounge, the hotel has created a collaborative space where guests can work and seek entertainment.

Its unique communal guest space also boasts innovative video walls with ultra-slim bezels that transform the typical hotel gym into an interactive center.

For more information, please visit: http://partner.lge.com/global/

* I would like to thank LG Singapore for the invitation to their launch of their Asia Business Innovation Centre in Singapore *