HTC U Ultra and U Play Smartphones

HTC recently launched two smartphone models to their line up, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones. These two smartphones are designed with You (U) the smartphone user in mind. These two HTC U smartphones have things in common yet they are also distinctively different and unique, catering for different groups of users.

During a recent HTC event, I had a short hands on session with the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play. Both smartphones have their own distinct strengths and designs. Personally, I prefer the HTC U Ultra for its HTC BoomSound, its size for me to view my documents and data and the new Dual Display.

Let me share with you more details on each of the two HTC U smartphones, their distinct features and personality.

HTC U Ultra 

Reflects U

A new, beautifully 3D contoured, liquid surface that’s designed to reflect the best you. Lustrous, symmetrical, curved glass construction1 reflects light beautifully. Color from vapored minerals layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle. As the polished surface bends and blends seamlessly into the side of the phone. Allowing it to nestle perfectly in your hand.

Learns from U

Introducing HTC Sense Companion2. The personal companion who is always learning from you. Suggesting you dress warm and leave for work earlier on a snowy day. Or reminding you to charge if it figures you need more power to last until you get home and even recommending the perfect restaurant when you’re away for the weekend. It knows you – and it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.3

Responds to U

Voice recognition – the most natural way to interact. HTC U Ultra can recognize your voice and respond, even if it’s asleep. Navigate your phone, take or reject calls, snooze or dismiss alarms, and more. Just say the word.

Puts U on top

Get updated, not interrupted. The new Dual Display gives you the information you need, at your fingertips. Perfect for fast, convenient access to the things you use the most. Like your favorite contacts, apps, reminders, event notifications and more. Because what’s important to you should always be right on top.

Listens to U

Every person’s inner ear is as unique as their fingerprint HTC USonic4 analyzes your inner ears with a sonar-like pulse, and then adapts to you. Like having a sound engineer in your phone. Tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears. One in the left ear, one in the right. Analyzing the reflected tone to optimize the headset just for you. Now you can hear the details you were missing. Whether you’re in a library or at a party, you can adapt your headset to suit noise levels around you.

HTC BoomSoundTM

Hi-Fi edition speakers deliver pulse-pounding audio. Featuring separated sound design like leading acoustic systems Tweeter above, woofer below, while four omnidirectional mics capture positional sound Recording 360-degree immersive audio that’s just like being there. At the rock show. In the concert hall. Anywhere you want.

Captures U

Every phone camera claims to take great photos. Ours is rated the industry’s best. The 12MP UltraPixel main camera delivers less blur, faster focus, better photos at night. Because every photo is important to you, anytime, anywhere.

Pick the Best U

Take brilliant selfies anyway you like, easily switch between 16MP and UltraPixelTM in the front camera5, so you can choose between unparalleled light sensitivity* of UltraPixel, perfect for candlelit dinners, or the high resolution of 16MP, when you want the biggest shot with the most detail.

HTC U Play

Reflects U

Shine on with the 5.2” smartphone designed to reflect the best you. A new, beautifully 3D contoured, liquid surface. Lustrous, symmetrical, curved glass construction1 reflects light beautifully. Color from vapored minerals layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle

Learns from U

HTC U Play comes with HTC Sense Companion2. The personal companion who is always learning from you. It even comes with voice recognition built-in. So it’s able to respond to your voice – Just say the word to navigate your phone, take or reject incoming calls, snooze or dismiss an alarm, send messages and even begin hands-free navigation. It knows you – and it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.3

Listens to U

Every person’s inner ear is as unique as their fingerprint HTC USonic4 analyzes your inner ears with a sonar-like pulse, and then adapts to you. Like having a sound engineer in your phone. Tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears, One in the left ear, one in the right. Analyzing the reflected tone to optimize the headset just for you. Now you can hear the details you were missing. Whether you’re in a library or at a party, you can adapt your headset to suit noise levels around you.

Captures U

Take brilliant selfies anyway you like, easily switch between 16MP and UltraPixelTM in the front camera5. So you can choose between unparalleled light sensitivity* of UltraPixel or the high resolution of 16MP for whatever meets your need. The 16MP main camera delivers less blur, faster focus, better photos at night. Because you never want to miss that perfect moment.

The HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play caters for different groups of smartphone users, which of the two suits you better? Head over to HTC website, would you like the HTC U Ultra or HTC U Play?

* Information and pictures courtesy of HTC *

Dell @ IT Show 2017

IT Show 2017 is now on! It started on Thursday 16th March and would end on Sunday 19th March. Dell is participating in IT Show 2017 and they have a range of new laptops released in January 2017 and they are now available at IT Show 2017! The new Dell laptops are powered by the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors!

The range of the successful Dell XPS laptops series are also going through a refresh and they have new Dell XPS laptops! On a personal note, I do like the Dell XPS series of laptops!

Dell is adding the XPS 13 2-in-1, the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1[1], to the beloved XPS family. It offers a 360-degree hinge for multiple productivity and viewing options using Continuum, up to 15 hours of battery life[2] and eye-popping clarity with a gorgeous QHD+ (5.7M pixels) InfinityEdge touch display—another first for a 2-in-1.

The fan-less design keeps it silent and the quick-booting solid state drive has it up and running in seconds. And for business customers, the XPS 13 2-in-1 can be configured with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors and Dell BIOS and manageability software—all backed by Dell’s global ProSupport services.

Dell has also updated the XPS 15, the smallest 15.6-inch laptop on the planet[3], with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture – GeForce GTX 100 graphics.

[1] Based on Principled Technologies Report of November 2016, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.

[2] MobileMark 2014 battery benchmark: XPS 13 2-in-1 tested with 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and FHD display. Based on testing using the MobileMark 2014 battery life benchmark test. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.

[3] Based on Principled Technologies Report of November 2016, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.

Check out their brochures below and if you are planning to purchase Dell laptops and other Dell products, visit IT Show 2017 and take a look!

Happy shopping with Dell @ IT Show 2017!

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

 

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds Review

This pair of wireless buds are the smallest in the music earphones world, they may look small yet we cannot judge them just by its size. Inside this pair of wireless buds, it is packed with pretty awesome music sound power and strength, with style, design and secure fit features. Let me introduce the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Earphones.

First and foremost, let me start off with the package, the nice looking box when it first arrived. The Jaybird Freedom box has a nice feel with a well thought out design and layout. Take a look as I started to unbox and displayed all the items that were packed inside the box. One nice feature of this package is that Jaybird gives customers a small pouch to keep the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, charger and cable.

There are two aesthetics aspects of Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones that makes it stand out and unique for the music lovers. They are the

  • All-metal housing
  • Silicone ear fins

(1) All-metal housing

The Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones is made up of elegant and premium sand-blasted metal material. This not only gives this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds its unique style, it also improves its durability to its special micro-sized wireless ear buds. With all the top engineering processes, innovation and design, the Jaybird Freedom is a premium, iconic, sturdy, small, lightweight yet powerful wireless earphones to suit almost every music lover. Last but not least, the all-metal housing removes all distortion, giving music lovers the experiences of not just an incredible sound, the noise isolation feature sometimes feels like a noise cancellation feature at times!

(2) Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking. From a personal perspective, put on the silicone ear fins when you are doing sports/outdoors. Do take note on how to attach the ear fins, look out for the letters R (right) and L (left) on the top side of the circle.

Let me continue on with the other components that come with the Jaybird Freedom.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones cable is just nice in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 4 hours with additional 4 hours if the charger clip is attached to the earphones (with on the go charging).

Functionalities of the Jaybird Freedom

  • Music + Calls , easy to use and connects easily
  • Share 1 device with 2 buds
  • Pairing – remember up to 8 devices
  • Multipoint – connect the buds to 2 devices simulatanously
  • MySound App
  • Smartwatch – pair with your smartwatch and leave your phone behind

Announcements/Updates

  • Inform user of battery life percentage when switched on
  • Inform user to charge battery when it reaches 10%

For all the techies, music lovers, the next two areas would be of great interest to you –

Sound

First and foremost, I do not claim to be an audiophile, as much as I love listening to my different types of music on my Spotify with my earphones while traveling between places or during my sports activities. What I am sharing here would be my personal thoughts, views and experiences on the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless produces a clear and sharp treble, with solid and strong bass without being overwhelming. One key and very interesting unique feature is that the user is able to utilise the MySound App, choose, adjust and customise the low, mid range and high range of their sound/music preset to their music/hearing preference.

MySound App

When I first heard of an app for the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, to be honest with everybody here, I wasn’t sure how good it can be or how useful it would be. You have to try the MySound app, I was told and reminded.

Since I am reviewing this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, I have to try it. Once I started using it, I was completely blown away by its features, functionalities and capabilities. This MySound app is a must use for Jaybird Freedom owners!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

The sound quality of the Jaybird Freedom by itself is already pretty solid and awesome. With this MySound app, you can tune it, to your own hard rock mega bass musician style or the soothing and clear classical music style.

I would just like to highlight some observations when I was using the MySound app with the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds

  • Discrepancy between earphone announcement of battery life versus battery life indicator on the app
  • Jaybird Freedom earphones are paired, connected and playing music but MySound app says no earphones connected

I would like to emphasis that these observations DO NOT affect the excellent and powerful sound quality produced by the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds nor does it affect your listening and usage experience.

Overall, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds are a remarkable pair of wireless bluetooth earphones. They are small, lightweight and powerful bluetooth wireless earphones. It is secure and fits into your ears. The noise blocking / noise isolation is very good, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds owner is in a music world of their own! The design is trendy, bright and colourful, suitable for sporty, outdoors, leisure and daily usage earphones. It is sweat proof , they would be suitable for a number of sports/outdoor activities.

In my personal humble opinion, the Jaybird Freedom is an ideal choice for your pair of wireless bluetooth earphones, a worthy investment for music fans who are sporty/outdoors and also for their daily leisure usage. Visit my photography and travel interest site article, on how the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds fits into two different people lifestyles! Power Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom!

The Jaybird Freedom is now available at authorised resellers at the retail price of SGD $259. The Jaybird Freedom wireless buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with them on Facebook.

* I would like to thank Jaybird for the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones. *

Touche – World’s 1st Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution

Imagine one day in the very near future, you are out dining with your friends, having a great time at the restaurant, awesome food, drinks and company. At the end of dinner gathering, you called for the bill.

The staff at the restaurant asked “Would you like to pay for the bill just by the touche of your fingers?”. You replied, “Yes, sure!” The staff brings out a small tablet device, showing you the total bill to confirm that it is verified and correct before you place your fingers to process the payment. The next moment, you received an email informing you of your confirmed bill payment at the restaurant.

Is this possible? Yes, it is now possible, a fintech product made in Singapore, making her debut and official appearance recently and I had the opportunity to view it for the first time and had a short hands on experience on the process and payment, from a customer perspective.

Let me introduce Touche, the world’s full fledged biometric loyalty and payment solution platform –

“ … Touché is proud to present the world’s first biometric loyalty and payment platform, which is activated by just your fingers. In Singapore, within a span of three months, 150 restaurants, 15 local hotels and 5 private social clubs have shown interest in implementing this solution. The homegrown company aims to foray into Japan, with a market size in excess of US$200 million.

“Touché is a world first. It is not a better mousetrap, but a brand-new idea,” says Sahba Saint-Claire, CEO of Touché. “At its core, it aims to make people’s lives easier by removing the need to carry things such as credit cards, loyalty and membership cards, vouchers, coupons, etc. while ensuring they get all the benefits to which they are entitled. You register on Touché once at anywhere that offers the service and you can use it globally.” … “ 

(Via Press Release information)

I would like to share some of my personal views from both sides, an end user/customer and a business perspective

For end user/customer

This Touche biometric loyalty and payment platform is probably going towards a boom and rise in convenient, fast cashless and card-less payment system in the near future. With the proposed integration of loyalty rewards program in the near future, the customer payment and rewards experience would be enhanced in this area in the future (in my personal humble opinion).

Security and privacy are definitely concerns by the end users/customers when using the Touche platform. I had these questions at the back of my mind too when I attended their presentation. From their presentation, I am satisfied and glad to hear from them on the aspects of security and privacy procedures in place for the Touche platform.

For a business entity

I worked in the retail and hospitality industries previously, therefore, I had the experiences of the payment system commonly used, the machines for the electronic funds payment e.g. NETS, VISA, MasterCard, Diners, AMEX, JCB. I understood and knew about the costs involved in those machines.

While I do not have the costs and numbers from the business operation side of the Touche system, my personal view is that adopting the Touche platform device is definitely a worthy consideration, not just in terms of cost savings, there would be time savings (e.g. from the service staff printing out the bill, brining it to you, take your credit card, process the payment and back to you for your signature) and administrative time (change the roll of paper, change the ink cartridge)

The integration of this fintech with the entity’s own loyalty/reward system might be a good stepping stone for growing customer relationship management system, rewards and loyalty points system.

If you are in the hotel, hospitality, food and beverage industries, take a look at the Touche platform, have a chat with them.

The following information below were provided via the press release information, that explained my thoughts on Touche –

Efficient Loyalty and Payment through A Simple Device, Made in Singapore

Made in Singapore, the hardware of Touché is an elegant rectangular device that is certified and capable of multiple payment options including a magnetic stripe reader, chip reader, and 2.2-inch (diagonal measurement) biometric sensor with the highest resolution in the market to detect two fingers for efficient payments. Most customers will choose to pay with just two fingers after a simple registration, but they may also choose to pay with their physical credit cards. The device works over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

Convenience is key

You will no longer need to carry anything around when shopping — this includes your cards, phones, vouchers or wallets! Look forward to fast transactions, as there is no need to look for your payment or loyalty cards, count dollar notes or wait for paper receipts and signatures to be processed. Imagine checking your bill on the device, placing your fingers on the Touché device and you’re out of the restaurant in just a few minutes. You will then receive an email detailing your experience. No more paper!

Security is at the core of Touché

The company’s brainchild scans any two of your fingers to extract around 40 to 45 specific points of each fingerprint. It does not store images of your fingerprints. The information is encrypted on a cloud system. It is virtually impossible to create a replica of your fingerprints with this information. The anti-spoofing and live detection technology at Touché also ensures that the fingerprints are real. Credit card information is tokenised, and the card details are not stored in the database. No information is stored on the device, and it communicates with the server using the highest encryption levels to protect our users’ privacy.

With one simple registration, users can use the system globally

The first time you visit a merchant, you can pay with your credit card and use Touché’s solution to link the card to your fingers. You then update your particulars online, and even add your profile picture! For subsequent visits to any merchant that uses Touché, there is no need for further registration, and you can even choose between multiple credit cards in your Touché wallet to make payment.

Smart shopping and increased savings with Touché

The Touché wallet offers you more than just payment methods. Wherever you go, your favourite offers, loyalty programmes, vouchers, coupons and memberships follow. Access to your shopping or dining experiences and expenditure history is readily available via the Touché journal. Touché ensures that your entitlements are applied automatically at every interaction. You will also be notified of the loyalty benefits or credit card promotional offers at one glance, making it easier for you to choose your preferred payment method for greater savings.

Supercharging businesses with a gentle touch

For businesses, this platform is time saving and efficient. It adapts to existing technology and process environments, so integration is a cinch. It can be utilised to create long-term relationships with their customers. They can tailor loyalty programmes and create unique offers for different customers. Businesses can also curate data about their customers, and the insights can be used to create moments that wow at every turn.

(Press Release Information)

Personally, in my personal humble opinion, I believe this Touche platform has a huge growth and expansion potential in the whole world. If the opportunity arises in the future, I hope that I can write and share more on both sides of the story, customer/end user and business.

I would like to thank Touche and Brand Cellar for the invitation to Touche launch event in Singapore.

* Photos and information courtesy of Touche and Brand Cellar *

Short Update + Follow Me on N.E.mation! 11 Adventure

A number of things had happened recently during the past 3 weeks and I am slowly getting myself back to my normal life routine. For this week, I am playing catch up on my backlogged stuff with two priorities that I need to take immediate action first at the start of this week on Monday 28th November 2016.

There are a long list of backlogged matters, starting with quite a number of press releases to share on both my personal and photography sites, visits, events that I attended, my Hokkaido travel adventures, Hokkaido travel photographs. However, I have a first and foremost important priority for two personal posts to remember/honour my university junior and my grandmother that recently passed on. I would start on my remembrance posts first before I proceed to clear my long list of backlogged matters, hopefully I am able to start next week on Monday 5th December 2016.

Yes, I am involved in N.E.mation! 11 and this is my 6th year that I am involved in, this year is a bit more special because I am able to take on the ambassador role (my first time!) for five of the Top 10 teams that are participating and competing in the final round of this competition!

Do support and follow me on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production Phase!

“When We Are Old” wins Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

In August 2016, I shared an article earlier on my site that Singtel Group launched a competition to drive content innovation in all its markets that they operates in. The name of the competition organised by Singtel Group is “The 5-Min Video Challenge”.

For the Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”, a winner has emerged! The title of the video is “When We Are Old” directed by Mr Koh Chong Wu. The runner up is “Calling Home” directed by Mr Tang Kang Sheng. They will be competing with entries from other countries for the grand prize at the regional finals to be held in Singapore on 21st November.

Let me share more information on this news below –

Singtel has announced that “When We are Old”, directed by Mr Koh Chong Wu, has won the Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s inaugural video competition, “The 5-Min Video Challenge.” The runner-up spot went to Mr Tang Kang Sheng’s entry, “Calling Home”. Both videos will compete with 10 other entries from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand, for the grand prize at the Regional Finals to be held in Singapore on 21 November.

Supported by Singtel to nurture and provide talent with a platform to showcase their creativity, the Singapore leg of the Challenge attracted more than 55 submissions from film professionals, as well as students. The theme, “Connecting Lives”, was narrated in 5-minute videos that grappled with topics ranging from the light-hearted such as travel and youth romance, to more serious societal concerns such as aging.

A stellar cast of judges including Mr Eric Khoo, Mr K. Rajagopal and Mr Brian Gothong Tan considered criteria such as relevance to theme, storytelling, originality, cinematography and quality of production, in choosing the winning entries.

Mr Brian Gothong Tan said, “The films that we have selected reflect our human need to connect. We gravitated towards films that portrayed the complexity of communication in a simple, clear yet profound manner. We were moved and touched by their honest storytelling that expressed the human condition with all its ups and downs, and showed us how all our lives are inextricably linked.”

Inspired by a true story, “When We Are Old” offers a glimpse into the life of a son living with his dementia-suffering mother.

Mr Koh said, “I am very happy and excited about winning. Making films is my passion and I have made it my lifelong pursuit. To be able to help others share their stories and create films that touches the heart of others means a lot to me. Winning this competition will spur me to continue to make more films and reach out to more people.”

The runner-up, “Calling Home” depicts how a migrant worker’s call home connects two strangers at a bus stop.

“It is such an honour to have our short film chosen as the first runner up and we are absolutely psyched about the win! The film was made based on our own experiences on connecting with strangers. What came through to us most in this production was how both the actors had channelled their own personal experiences into their performances.” said Mr Tang.

Mr Koh will be awarded S$15,000 in prize money for winning the local challenge and runner-up, Mr Tang will receive S$10,000. Their videos, along with two other top local submissions can be viewed on Singtel TV, the official 5-Min Video Challenge website and Singtel’s YouTube Channel.

Mr Koh and Mr Tang will also join finalists from Singtel Group’s regional associates to vie for the Grand Winner spot and cash prize of US$30,000 at the Regional Finals later this month.

The 5-Min Video Challenge – Audience voting

Conceptualised to drive content innovation and engage audiences in all of Singtel’s markets, “The 5- Min Video Challenge” is a joint initiative by associates within the Group, comprising Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, Globe and Telkomsel.

The Challenge garnered close to 600 entries from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Tanzania and Thailand. The videos, submitted by a demographic of students, aspiring filmmakers and award-winning directors, featured various languages and a gamut of genres, ranging from comedy, romance to drama and slice of life.

Local judges were tasked to choose a winner and runner-up from the submissions. Twelve finalists – two from each of the six countries will be competing in the Regional Finals.

These finalists, as well as regional judges, Mr Eric Khoo (Singapore), Mr Monty Tiwa (Indonesia), Mr Simon Joyce (Australia), Mr Philbert Ortiz Dy (the Philippines), Mr Pratthana Leelapanang (Thailand), and Mr Hanscana (Tanzania) will convene at the Grand Hyatt Singapore on 21 November for the final judging session and awards event.

Besides the regional judges, audiences will also have a say in choosing the Grand Winner – public votes will count for 30 percent of overall scores at the finals. The public can view and then cast their votes for their favourite videos at www.the5minvideo.com/finalists. Voting is open until 18 November 2016, 2359hrs, SGT.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices

Avengers fans alert! You are now able to own Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices soon! They are arriving soon to the shores of Singapore, in December 2016! They are portable and handy (especially the 10.1 and 11.6 inch models) ideal for students or traveling.

There are three different models and designs for Avengers to choose from, let me share with you more information and details of the Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices –

E-Huge Technology, in collaboration with Microsoft, announced the launch of its new range of Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices in Singapore.

Inspired by the iconic Avengers logo and the signature design motifs of Captain America and Iron Man, these Windows 10 devices come in three distinct form factors that supercharge fun and productivity to superhero proportions.

With custom wallpapers and icons, these Avengers-themed devices are your ultimate PC companion to help you declare your allegiance to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Each device sold will also include a specially designed carrying sleeve or pouch to help your heroes tackle brute force or blunt trauma as they battle the forces of urban life.

“Following the success and popularity of our Hello Kitty and Gudetama character series, we are thrilled to bring yet another range of compelling and competitive Windows 10 devices to Singapore users,“ said Roger Chan, General Manager, E-Huge Technology. “These Avengers-themed devices are unlike anything else on the market, and we’re confident that they will be the perfect fit for Singapore users who want to add some affordable excitement to their digital lifestyles.”

Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore, said, “At Microsoft, one of our key missions is to make computing more personal for everyone. Sporting exceptional designs, these one-of-a-kind models, join 400 million Windows 10 devices on the market to bring a unique user experience for fans and non-fans alike.”

AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1

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Highlights:

  • 2-in-1 10.1-inch Tablet
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers detachable hard keyboard
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Support for Windows Continuum

Technical Specifications: 

Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 258 x 172.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight: 581g (Tablet only)

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

64 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 10.1-inch multi-touch IPS display

Resolution: 1280 x 800

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

5,400 mAh battery

Cameras

Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x Micro USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Peripheral

Detachable hard keyboard with standard USB port

AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1

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Highlights:

  • 2-in-1 11.6-inch Tablet
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers detachable hard keyboard
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Support for Windows Continuum

Technical Specifications: 

Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 293 x 197 x 19.5 mm

Weight: 1.5kg (with keyboard)

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

32 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 11.6-inch multi-touch IPS display

Resolution: 1366 x 768

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

7,000 mAh battery

Cameras

Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x Micro USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Peripheral

Detachable hard keyboard with standard USB port

AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook

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Highlights:

  • 14.1-inch Slim Touch Notebook
  • Customized wallpaper and icons with Avengers characters
  • Includes Avengers carrying case
  • Includes 2-year 100GB OneDrive subscription

Technical Specifications:

 Operating system

Windows 10

Exterior

Dimensions: 327 x 226 x 19 mm

Weight: 1.78kg

Design: licensed Avengers characters

Storage

32 GB eMMC

Display

Screen: 14-inch touch display

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

CPU

Intel Atom x5 Z8300

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Battery

10,000 mAh battery

Cameras

Front-facing 2-megapixel camera

Ports

1 x Micro HDMI

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

1 x USB Type C

Media card reader

Micro SD card reader

Pricing and availability

 Model

Pricing

AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1

SGD 429

AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1

SGD 499

AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook

SGD 549

The devices will be available at retail in Singapore from 10 December, 2016.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and E-Huge Technology Limited *

Handy SHARP Ultrasonic Washer

A portable device for your everyday busy life at work, on the move or even at home, that can clean off the stains on your clothing, does this device sounds like a great innovation and idea to you?

SHARP, Asia’s leading electronics brand, introduced a revolutionary portable device with a revolutionary method to treat spot stains on your clothing. This would be very helpful especially for working professionals when they accidentally stained their business attires during lunch time and they still need to meet their clients! The SHARP Ultrasonic Washer would solve the headache of stains on your business attires!

This portable device is something very useful and handy for working professionals that you can consider purchasing for use in the office! Do share and spread the word with your family, friends and colleagues on the new portable SHARP Ultrasonic Washer!

Let me share with you more information on the revolutionary SHARP Ultrasonic Washer from the press release information –

SHARP, Asia’s leading electronics appliances brand, today announced the launch of the Ultrasonic Washer, the UW-A1S, which introduces a revolutionary new way to treat spot stains on clothing. The portable device eliminates the inconvenience and worry caused by accidental stains, helping people lead confident lives.

A lipstick smudge on a white top or coffee spilled on a shirt sleeve are no longer a moment of embarrassment with the Ultrasonic Washer. Most stains, whether from food or cosmetics, can be removed by the Ultrasonic Washer on the spot*.

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SHARP has designed the Ultrasonic Washer for people with busy lifestyles looking for convenience on-the-go. Rather than pop home to change a stained outfit, forward-thinking consumers can simply carry the compact and lightweight Ultrasonic Washer in their bags for immediate stain removal.

The device is extremely easy to use, and fits comfortably in one hand. SHARP has turned stain removal into a simple three-step process:

  • Soak the stained area in water, add a little detergent for stubborn stains;
  • Turn the Ultrasonic Washer on and trace over the stain; and
  • Rinse with clean water.

The Ultrasonic Washer is also perfect for pre-treating stains before machine washing. The Ultrasonic Washer attacks stains very effectively with ultrasonic waves. An innovative oscillator at the tip of the device vibrates at 38,000 strokes a second. When the tip is placed over wet fabric, the vibrations generate invisible micro-bubbles in the water in a process called cavitation. As the bubbles implode, they loosen and eventually remove foreign matter stuck on the fabric.

Internal tests by SHARP show that stains on shirt collars can be completely removed in one minute, using just the Ultrasonic Washer and ordinary water from the tap, while most stains can be taken off in two minutes. The method is also gentle with fabrics, leaving the delicate fibres intact, whereas hand washing or scrubbing with a toothbrush has been found to fray the fibres.

Availability

The Ultrasonic Washer has an elegant frosted aluminium case that is available in three trendy colours: gold, silver or pink. All models are on sale now at a recommended retail price of SGD$199 at all SHARP authorized dealer outlets.

Product Summary

Specifications
Product Ultrasonic Washer
Cabinet Material Aluminium
Colours Gold / Pink / Silver
Input Voltage/Current DCSv 500mA (battery capacity DC 4.8V / 900mAh)

(AAA x 4 pcs, Built-in type, not detachable)

Full Charge Time 5 hours full charge for 30 min operation (max.)
Consecutive Operating Time 3 minutes.

It is designed to stop in 3 minutes from safety standpoint. Users can resume by pushing power button again.

Ultrasonic Frequency 38 kHz
Product Weight About 230 g with cap cover
Product Dimensions Length 168 mm. Width 40mmx40mm
Operation Key POWER ON/OFF
Waterproof Splash proof (cannot be used under water)
Terminal on product body for charge Micro USB
Accessories USB Cable, Cloth Bag

Puff Case with puff (for portable use)

* Information and picture courtesy of SHARP Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe *

Epson launched new EB-L 1000 series Laser Projectors

Epson recently launched a new series of laser projectors into their projectors line up. The new EB-L 1000 laser projectors by Epson are ideal for businesses, institutions and outdoor venues.

I attended their media launch event and witnessed the capabilities of the EB-L 1000 series laser projectors by Epson during a guided tour and demonstration of the EB-L 1000 series laser projectors in action.

Comparison shootout - Side by side comparison with the Epson EB-L1100U (left) with a competitor's laser projector (right) Epson's range of EB-L1000 series 3LCD Lamp-Free laser light source projectors

Let me share more information and details of the new EB-L 1000 series laser projectors by Epson –

Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, announced the launch of its new EB-L1000 series laser projector used for large venues. The EB-L1000 series projectors are the first worldwide to integrate inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel to achieve superior light and heat resistance for spectacular image quality, reliability and durability.

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Epson EB-L 1505 laser projector

The EB-L1000 series projectors’ new lamp-free laser light source with 3LCD technology are capable of reproducing images with outstanding levels of colour brightness for extremely long periods, delivering up to 20,000 hours of maintenance free use. The projectors come with nine lenses including the world’s first zero-offset ultra-short throw lens, the ELPLX01, providing maximum flexibility and enabling the projectors to be installed in tight conditions where available space is at a premium.

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Epson EB-L 1100 laser projector

Designed to operate 24/7, the EB-L1000 series are ideal for applications requiring continuous projection including command centers, storefronts, museums, digital signage and more. With a laser light source, the projectors reach maximum brightness without need for warming up. The EB-L1000 series will be available in 4 models ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 lumens in Southeast Asia – L1100U, L1200U, L1405U and L1505U.

“Epson has spent more than 15 years working to extend the durability of the projectors, to deliver projectors that achieve new levels of brightness and reliability. The new EB-L1000 series of laser light source projectors underscores our commitment to the laser and high brightness projector market, and cements Epson’s position as the number one projector brand worldwide for 15 years running,” said Ms. Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

Features of the Epson EB-L1000 series include:

  • 4K enhancement technology – Viewers can experience the most intricate details. Pixel scaling technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution to 3840 x 2160, surpassing full HD quality.
  • Auto image calibration – Equipped with a built-in camera, the EB-L1000 series are capable of calibrating and adjusting color, uniformity and white balance automatically.
  • Flexible projection – Projectors can be rotated 360 degrees in any direction for off-axis positioning, and are fully tiltable for maximum flexibility for installation in any location.
  • Innovative performance features for seamless projection on surfaces include edge-blending, curve projection, corner wall projection, point correction and others.

Available Epson EB-L1000 series models in Singapore:

  • EB-L1100U – 6,000 lumens, WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1200U – 7,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1405U – 8,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), In-Built camera for calibration
  • EB-L1505U – 12,000 lumens (white and colour light output), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), Laser light source, In-Built camera for calibration

Epson EB-L1000 series of 3LCD laser projectors is retailing from $ 21,000. Please contact Epson Singapore for more details.

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

Most Admired Asian Cities – Microsoft Survey

At the recent World Cities Summit 2016, there was a dialogue session titled “Microsoft CityNext Asian Mayors’s dialogue session” whereby they revealed findings from a study titled “Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future”.

In this survey, there were some interesting findings that I would like to share with my readers and followers. Singapore comes out top as the most admired city in Asia Pacific from the Microsoft survey yet the majority of Singapore’s residents are not very optimistic about seeing further improvements over the next decade.

Here are the information and findings from the press release –

At the Microsoft CityNext Asian Mayors’ dialogue session held at World Cities Summit 2016, Microsoft revealed findings from a study titled Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future, which showed that one in four residents in the Asia Pacific region named Singapore as their preferred city to live in, outside of their home country. Key reasons for this preference include: the city’s cleanliness (44 percent), discipline (22 percent), safety (18 percent), as well as Singapore being a modern and exciting city (13 percent).

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The table below shows the list of most admired cities, as voted by the 2,000 survey respondents from 13 cities in the region:

Most Admired Cities in Asia Pacific

1. Singapore

2. Tokyo

3. Sydney

4. Melbourne

5. Osaka

6. Hong Kong

7. Seoul

8. Taipei

9. Bangkok

10. Kuala Lumpur

11. Shanghai

12. Ho Chi Minh City

13. Beijing

14. Jakarta

15. Manila

16. Mumbai

17. Delhi

18. Others

However, despite Singapore coming up tops as the respondents’ favourite city in Asia Pacific, the majority of Singapore’s residents are not very optimistic about seeing further improvements to their quality of life over the next decade. 43.5 percent of the Singapore residents polled expect a decline in the quality of life, contrasting against the views of a smaller group of residents – 31 percent – who expect improvements in the quality of life in the next decade. In addition, 25.5 percent of Singapore’s residents expect the city to maintain its status quo over the next decade. The residents polled also cited employment opportunities (73 percent), housing (71 percent) and transportation (70 percent) as the top three areas most in need of improvement in Singapore.

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In view of the areas outlined for improvement, a large number of Singapore residents agree that technology can play a crucial role in improving living conditions in Singapore. According to the survey, 85 percent of Singapore residents view technology’s most important role as creating better connectivity, while 79 percent of residents see technology as a means to generating greater economic opportunities such as creating employment or starting a technology startup. Other key roles for technology cited include improving information dissemination to residents about government services (78 percent), improving citizen engagement through better communication with government (76 percent), and Big Data analytics (65 percent) which can facilitate city development and planning.

Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore said: “As Singapore accelerates towards realising its Smart Nation vision, technology will play an even more important role in cementing Singapore’s position as the most admired nation in Asia Pacific. Our ability to nurture a vibrant public-private ecosystem that harnesses the power of technology to co-create innovative and citizen-centric urban solutions that will improve residents’ quality of living will be key in ensuring the continued success of the nation. The future of Singapore is a “future of us”, one that the government, businesses and residents have a stake in to collectively achieve inclusive growth.”

The Microsoft CityNext Asia Pacific Survey: Your City, Your Future was conducted with over 2,000 residents across 13 cities in Asia Pacific including Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Jakarta, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo and Osaka.

About Microsoft CityNext

Microsoft CityNext is a partner-led initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive—with a simplified approach. It helps cities unlock their potential by delivering innovative digital services that can help citizens lead safer, healthier, and more educated lives.

More information about CityNext is available at http://www.microsoft.com/citynext/.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and IN.FOM*