Reflecting Year 2022 (Technology | Business | Personal)

Today is 31st December 2022, we are now into the last day of this year 2022, soon we will say Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023! Taking this time reflecting year 2022 (technology, business and personal) – Year 2022 in review. A regular feature on my portal/blog, you can read my year in reviews for 2016 Part 1 and 2016 Part 2, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

A Recap – Yearly Theme 2022: Onward

My Yearly Theme for 2022 was “Onward”, moving into 2022 from 2021, I felt that this was most suitable at the point in time as the world was edging closer towards reopening of the economy and lifting of risk management measures for the global pandemic COVID-19 that impacted us so much from 2020 to around mid 2022.

Technology

Consumer / Enterprise / B2B

Consumer technology media coverage has been a regular and consistent coverage feature for my TGH Technology and Business portal/blog since its inception. On the enterprise / B2B technology sectors, I am gradually and slowly adding more to my overall technology media news coverage portfolio.

I am probably at a stage whereby I can only handle so much media news coverage workload on my own. Although I tried to cover and publish technology media news regularly, I found it harder to do it on a consistent and regular basis, my publishing pace kind of dropped in Q3 2022 onwards.

How would I be able to manage my consumer / enterprise / B2B technology media news coverage better? A closer working relationship with brands and PR agencies would be the best way moving forward.

StartUps

I have always been interested in the startups scene since I started learning more about this sector when I entered into enterprise / B2B technology sector at technology conferences and exhibitions. This year 2022 wasn’t too bad in my startups coverage, considering that there weren’t any physical in attendance conferences/exhibitions for the past 2.5 years.

When Singapore gradually reopened her doors and risk management measures from around the half year mark, the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) were taking this opportunity to make a push to return back to face-to-face networking events.

During this period, I met and chatted with a few startups. Moving forward in 2023, I would look at covering specific sectors in the startups community.

Future of Work

The future of work has been in the limelight for the past 2.5 years (and still counting), accelerated by the onset of the global pandemic situation in 2020 forcing us to work from home. A hybrid future of work is probably going to be the norm moving forward, even as businesses and organisations are  gradually returning back to working in office, they are also adjusting and adopting their own rules and working styles in a hybrid future of work environments, giving rise to new gadgets in communications and work for both office and remote.

How would the Future of Work change in the years to come? There is an area that I am planning to explore more, from both technology and human resources perspectives.

Business

Social Media Marketing / Digital Marketing

An area that I was planning and I did expand into, social media marketing/digital marketing didn’t take off as I thought it would be for me. Another set of big business and life lessons learnt from this hiccup, how would I change and approach this business segments in a new financial year 2023?

It’s back to the drawing board again, back to reality, back to basics and start from scratch again.

Future of Social Media and Trends

Have you asked yourself how you feel about using social media nowadays, as compared to 5 to 10 years back? How much has social media changed over the years? How much has you changed because of social media platforms and usage over the years?

The future of social media and trends are areas that I always observe closely though, on both professional and personal basis. For those who are on Twitter, the recent saga with the new ownership has caused quite a bit of upheaval, concerns and thinking, what would happen to this platform in the near future? As a avid heavy user on Twitter, as compared to the other social media platforms that I am on, that got me thinking a lot, finding alternatives to Twitter platform and how I would do my engagements and networkings differently.

Social media trends are changing and evolving, while the current media landscape is dominant and favours videos, we might be seeing a new video era, it’s like version 2.0. The other areas of interest would be Web3.0 and a return back to analogue or basics as we could be getting more tired of social media.

I would talk more about future of social media and trends in another article sometime down the road.

Other Business Interests / Reopening of World Economy

Beside working on social media marketing/digital marketing, I was on the lookout for other business interests. There were some preliminary thoughts on some sectors, still a lot more homework to be done before making any major moves. With a new set of uncertainties coming in Year 2023, I have to be more cautious.

The world economy reopened in 2022 with the lifting of risk management measures and borders in many countries worldwide, bringing back the much missed business trades, movement of people, revival of the travel and tourism industries. It’s not an exponential climb back, it’s slow and gradual, probably with some dips here and there.

Dark Clouds/Challenges looming ahead in 2023

In this year 2022, just when the world is relieved and happy to be recovering, reopening and moving away from this global pandemic that turned the world upside down for the past 2.5 to 3 years, the world economy is facing a new of economic challenges (high inflation with a recession looming over us) and political instabilities in some parts of the world.

Personal

Recovery from an uneventful down time in 2021

A few uneventful events got me spiralling down into a rabbit hole in 2021, it took me a while to get myself out of that situation, allowing me to enter 2022 with a clean slate of mind, personal well-being and mental health.

JOMO versus FOMO

JOMO = Joy of missing out, FOMO = Fear of missing out. The world of social media in recent times had been getting more messy and complicated, oversharing, excess showing off, all wanting fame, likes and first to post/share.

There was a time when I was FOMO, however I got so delusional on some aspects of social media, even though I am still actively using social media platforms, just more selective. I am moving into JOMO mode.

Maybe JOMO would free me up from those shackles, allowing me to concentrate on honing my craft, creativity and writing even further and better, as a writer, a visual storyteller.

There were still struggles

I am not going to paint a beautiful scenario or picture, like people posting on their FB or social media platforms, smiling, enjoying life and living a fun and exciting lifestyle.

There were still struggles over the whole year 2022, hidden away from social media. Not many people or nobody can really know what I am going through.

Year 2022 Theme: Onward vs Year 2022 in Reality

Year 2022 in reality was definitely Onward for me, even though the economy wasn’t giving us a smooth and easy recovery, I have to ride out the usual ups and downs like the rest, even as the world economy is working towards reopening and returning back to a more normal living of pre-pandemic days.

Last But Not Least

Reflecting Year 2022 in my technology, business and personal segments is just one half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review. The other half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review can be found here in this article: Reflecting Year 2022 (Photography | Travel) on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

I would like to say a big Thank You to the various technology brands and PR agency folks that I worked closely with in Year 2022, to my readers for their utmost support for this year. Keep a lookout as my website is marking a 15 years milestone in January 2023!

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2023! Good luck and all the best in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas 2022 and Happy New Year!

Today is Sunday 25th December 2022, it’s Christmas Day! Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I would like to take this day to wish you and your family a great and wonderful time together celebrating this festive season period.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to various technology brands, organisations, pr and media agencies, as well as fellow technology media/writers friends and supporters for this great working relationships, friendships and support for my technology and business portal/blog during this Year 2022 as the world accelerated the reopening and recovery of  the economy.

I probably wrote too much in previous editions of Merry Christmas posts, therefore I decided that I would leave that for my year end reflection post instead. Here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas 2022, hope you have a great time with your family, loved ones and friends over food, drinks, gatherings, warmth, care, hope and love.

Thank you for your belief, support and encouragement in Year 2022!

On a media publishing break for last week of 2022 (Technology | Business | Personal)

Today is 24th December 2022, it’s Christmas Eve. I would like to announce that I am on a media publishing break (Technology | Business | Personal) for the last week of 2022. I woke up feeling exhausted on Christmas Eve morning. Therefore, I feel and I do think that I need to take a break now and rest for this Christmas weekend, and enjoy whatever this festive season brings in for the final week of Year 2022.

On the subject of backlogs in my technology and business media news coverage, I would try my best to clear them in January 2023. As for CES 2023 media news coverage that I received earlier, my CES 2023 coverage would begin in January 2023. As for technology media pitches, collaborations and discussions, I would look into them in January 2023. 

During the last week of Year 2022, I would be taking this period to rest, followed by reflecting 2022 in my areas of technology, business and personal. I am also in the midst of writing and sharing more thoughts and plans into my Yearly Theme 2023 that I have already selected.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve gathering with your family and loved ones! Wishing you a Merry Christmas 2022 in advance!

Canon Refreshes Three New Consumer Inkjet Printers

Canon refreshes three new consumer inkjet printers, with the announcement on the further expansion of its MAXIFY GX and PIXMA G series printers lineups with refillable ink tank printers. Canon aims to help people in small and home offices maximise productivity, with the new consumer inkjet printers offering a higher yield with faster and cost-effective print solutions.

Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore, said, “We are excited to meet the needs of SMEs, as well as Small and Home offices with value-added printing capabilities to boost business productivity. With the all-pigment ink configuration and improved economy mode, users can enjoy quality prints at lower costs.”

Canon MAXIFY GX3070

MAXIFY GX3070 gives you Faster, High-Quality Prints Un-Compromised by Water Spills 

MAXIFY GX3070 refillable ink tank printer is made for small and home offices amidst new hybrid working arrangements. Low-cost printing and water-resistant (1) printouts combined with a refillable ink tank system makes the printer an ideal choice for users to achieve maximum productivity gains.

The all-pigment ink formulation works wonders for colour reproduction and replicates a laser print-like quality. Lines do not smudge with the use of highlighter pens, and even accidental water spills do not affect the sharpness and colour intensity of rendered graphics, making them highly durable for client presentations and sharing during business meetings.

Printing Capabilities and Cost Savings

The MAXIFY GX3070 is also capable of auto duplex (automatic 2-sided) printing and offers fast print speeds that will satisfy users who print more than the occasional single-sheet invoice or business document.

The MAXIFY GX3070 is compatible with the high-yield GI-76 series inks, with a full-colour ink set capable of delivering 6,000 (3) greyscale documents, and 14,000 (3) in colour. More savings can be enjoyed with the Economy Mode print setting turned on, increasing yield up to 9,000 (3) and 21,000 (3) pages in greyscale and colour respectively.

With a user-replaceable maintenance cartridge design, trips to service centres can be minimised, so users can continue to print with minimal downtime

Advanced Security Features 

Advanced security features ensure protection of sensitive documents and secure connection to the printer and wireless (4) network with support for WPA-Enterprise security. The MAXIFY GX3070 also features an Ethernet port for wired network infrastructure set-ups. With more businesses adopting smart devices for work, the free Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY Mobile app available on the Apple Appstore and Google Play support printing, scanning operations, as well as control of device settings, along with the setting up and operation of cloud services.

PIXMA Ink Efficient G4770 and G3770 All-In-One

Cost-effective Solution for High Volume Printing 

Easy ink refilling and huge ink reservoirs underpin the key benefits of the series, enabling smooth operation for home and small offices, by minimising the occurrence of ink running out in the middle of printing.

An improved Economy mode enables the new G series to produce even more printouts from a single set of ink, yielding up to 7,600 pages (3) for monochrome documents and 8,100 pages (3) for colour documents. With such high yields, users can cast worries about running out of ink aside and focus on the tasks at hand.

Multi-function Workhorse Printer

The PIXMA G4770 is a print, scan, copy and fax workhorse with a capable 20-sheet automatic document feeder (2) design. The printer is ideal for families who find scanning documents with mobile phone apps inadequate, or home offices with multi-page documents to digitise.

The PIXMA G3770 works as a great alternative if the automatic document feeder is not required. Both printers support wireless mobile printing and scanning, using smartphones or tablets on a local network or the cloud. Users can easily check printer status, configure settings and navigate menu options via the convenient 1.35-inch LCD screen. With the colour options of red, white and black, the PIXMA G3770 will fit in seamlessly with any modern home or office interior.

Apps and Connectivity 

With the intuitive Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, users can set up the printer wirelessly and enjoy a smooth and seamless connection. They can print, copy and scan effortlessly from mobile devices, check printer status and ink levels, and connect to the cloud for more flexible control.

The Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app makes printing simple and is perfect for business or personal use. With ready-to-use templates, photo layouts, postcards, collages, calendars, photo IDs and even business cards can be created in minutes. The app is available for iOS, Android OS, Windows and macOS.

The Easy-Layout Editor app for Windows OS platform supports editing and content-layout for documents, web pages, and many other file types. The Collation Print feature puts files with different file formats together, before sending them as a single document for printing. Users can also choose the free layout to arrange and print the content.

Pricing and Availability 

The new Canon consumer inkjet printers are now available at Canon authorised dealers, at the following recommended retail prices.

Model

Recommended Retail Price

MAXIFY GX3070

$649

PIXMA G4770

$389

PIXMA G3770

$349

Notes:

  • (1) Based on testing performed in accordance with ISO1179:2000 information and documentation standard – Permanence and durability of writing, printing and copying on paper. This feature is not guaranteed in all cases.
  • (2) Only applicable to PIXMA G4770
  • (3) Inkjet printer page yield is based on the consumption data from the succeeding ink bottles but not the included ink bottles. Colour document page yield is the estimated value based on Canon individual test method using the ISO/IEC 24712 colour chart and continuous printing simulation with the replacement after initial setup.
  • (4) Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Gloo *

Jabra Evolve2 Buds

Jabra, a world leader in personal sound and office solutions, launched the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, the latest product in the Jabra Evolve series lineup. In a new future of work environment, the hybrid future of work is becoming a standard for most professionals, having the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere is important.

The new Jabra Evolve2 Buds is a top-of-the-range product, designed to boost concentration and improve collaboration for professionals working on the move. The Evolve2 Buds are certified for leading virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and use the latest technology to reduce disruptive background noise and enable clearer calls.

Minimised distractions

Whether we are working from home, office, or in a public space, we are often wrought with distractions everywhere: from the sounds of washing machine churning, to the sound of a barista working the coffee machine, to colleagues chattering in the background.

For this reason, the Evolve2 Buds come with anAdjustable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology which hybrid-working professionals can use to personalise the ANC to their listening preferences, blocking out any external sounds and minimising distractions. The Evolve2 Buds also come with a sealing test feature called MyFit, as well as SafeTone™ with PeakStop, which ensures enhanced hearing protection and the most optimal seal for the best, personalised ANC experience.

Greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations

It’s now more important than ever for calls to be of greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations, allowing employees to be heard on calls and able to chat freely with their co-workers, business contacts or clients, without being interrupted, especially as virtual meetings are going to be the norm in the new hybrid future of work and living.

With many of us now used to the true wireless earbud form factor, Jabra developed the Evolve2 Buds to enable users to have high-quality conversations with Jabra MultiSensor Voice™. It uses a unique combination of four microphones, bone conduction sensors, and advanced algorithms to block out as much of the surrounding noise as possible so the user can be heard clearly by those on the call, contributing to more focused conversation experiences.

Extensive range and connectivity for flexibility 

For those seeking stable connectivity and increased mobility, the Evolve2 Buds feature a long wireless range, owing to the unique, in-case dongle that can be plugged into your PC. With a wireless range of up to 20 meters / 65 feet, the Evolve2 Buds give employees the ability to move around their home or hybrid / remote work environments without compromising call quality.

Certified for leading virtual meeting platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, the earbuds come with 5 hours of talk time and a total of 33 hours of battery including the charging case, avoiding the inconvenience of your earbuds running out of charge mid-meeting.

“The world we live in today has made us crave freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. At the same time, we also learnt from our Hybrid Ways of Working 2022 research about the role that technology plays in increasing employee inclusion in hybrid work. With all that in mind, we sought to create a product with our new Jabra Evolve2 Buds to empower professionals to look, sound and be professional on the go,” says Agnes Koh, Regional Product Marketing Manager at Jabra.

Key features of the Evolve2 Buds:

  • Certified for Microsoft Teams and leading UC platforms – for enhanced collaboration experience
  • MultiSensor Voice technology – ensures professional call performance by using multiple mics and Jabra algorithms to block out noise
  • Plug-and-play USB adapter for enhanced connectivity – 20 metre/65 feet range allows users the freedom to move around their work environment
  • Advanced Multipoint connection – connect to two devices at one time
  • Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation – filters out background noise allowing for increased focus
  • HearThrough and single earbud use – allows the user to hear surrounding sounds through the earbuds whilst wearing them
  • Increased battery life – with 33 hours of battery, including the case and wireless charging
  • Ultra-discreet design – for ultimate comfort and a professional look

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Evolve2 Buds come in both USB A & USB C variants and are available now at MSRP S$424 (without with wireless charging pad) and S$479 (with wireless charging pad).

For more information about the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, please visit https://www.jabra.sg/business/office-headsets/jabra-evolve/jabra-evolve2-buds.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and Gloo *

Acer introduces sustainable Vero series

Acer introduces sustainable Vero series, a continuation in the growth of its lineup of ecologically sustainable laptops. Two new Vero laptops are launched, they reflect Acer’s commitment to developing products that foster a more ecologically sustainable industry.

For the first time, the Acer Aspire Vero comes with the the Intel Evo platform, which is awarded to laptops that meet Intel’s key hardware specifications. What does this mean for the Aspire Vero series? They now support long hours of battery life (up to 16.5 hours of video playback), fast charge (4 or more hours of battery life in a 30 minute charge), Thunderbolt 4 port, and instant wake to name a few.

Reducing Waste and Going Green

The new Aspire Vero models are full-featured laptops designed around waste reduction from the ground up. These models are consciously designed that enable the use of sustainable materials such as Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic, Ocean-Bound Plastic (OBP) and recyclable packaging to reduce their carbon footprints.

PCR plastic is made from reclaimed plastics that have been recycled and repurposed. The chassis of both models consist of 30% PCR plastic, which reduces carbon emissions from the manufacturing process by 21% (1), and yet does not compromise durability and rigidity. Likewise, the screen bezel uses 30% PCR plastic while the keycaps use 50% PCR plastic.

To further reduce the potential use of toxic chemicals, Acer does not paint the chassis, resulting in a unique and eye-catching look. The OceanGlass™ trackpad is made from OBP collected within 50 kilometres of a coastal area or waterway. OBP helps with the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean and reduces the occurrence of micro plastic pollution in our oceans.

Sustainable designed from top to bottom

Eye-catching ecologically sustainable laptops, is it possible? Yes, you can see it from the Acer Aspire Vero lineup. Besides their signature Cobblestone Grey, the AV14-51 will also be available in a new colour, Mariana Blue.

Even the packaging for the Aspire Vero incorporates a co-conscious design. The Acer Aspire Vero was awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2022 for its green packaging and design. The packaging is made with up to 90% recycled paper and 100% new recyclable packaging.

Redefining conventional packaging with a one-design system regardless of size and packing components, the inner partition can be transformed into a laptop stand (2), allowing users to enjoy three different typing angles. The box can also be expanded and repurposed as a storage box.

Fully featured and easily upgradeable 

The new Aspire Vero series comes in a 14-inch (AV14-51) and 15-inch (AV15-52) Full HD display, powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors along with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics and Wi-Fi 6E. It’s complemented by an ample port selection that includes Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C and two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, one of which can be used to charge mobile devices even when the system is turned off. Both models are also equipped with a Full HD 1080p camera that supports high-quality videoconferencing for connecting and collaborating.

Furthermore, the bottom cover of every Vero laptop is secured with standard screws and is easily removable. This makes it easy to replace and upgrade internal components like the RAM and SSD modules, which help extend the laptop’s longevity.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Vero (AV14-51 and AV15-52) laptops start from SGD1,098 and are available on Acer Singapore’s e-store and other online marketplaces such as Shopee and Lazada.

The 14-inch (AV14-51) and 15-inch Aspire Vero (AV15-52) are available in Mariana Blue and  Cobblestone Grey respectively.

Notes:

(1) Emissions saved compared to regular laptop plastic chassis for laptops of the same size. The estimated value is calculated from PlasticsEurope Eco-profile reports. The comparison is only focused on the material itself and is limited to compare 100% virgin plastic with 70% virgin plastic and 30% recycled plastic while assuming other factors that may influence CO2 emissions are equal.

(2) Suggested for static use (such as video conferencing, viewing videos, etc.)

* Information and pictures courtesy of Acer and Gloo *

Limited Edition G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary Model with Gassan

The top range of the G-SHOCK line-up, the MR-G series, is also getting in on the 40th anniversary celebrations of G-SHOCK with a limited edition model created in collaboration with Japan’s leading sword-smith Gassan. This limited edition G-SHOK 40th anniversary model with Gassan draws inspiration from Gassan’s attention to detail, precision and art, with elements applicable to MR-G’s spirit of timekeeping.

This G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary MR-G Gassan presents a timepiece made of re-crystallised hybrid titanium, integrating multiple layers of titanium Ti64 and pure titanium.

Traditional Sword-Making Meets Modern Timekeeping Technology

Sadanobu Gassan, a descendent of one of Japan’s most renowned swordsmith lineages, has carved his mark for a timepiece that is a symbol of elegance. The watch comes with a titanium band that is designed to resemble a sword’s nakago (tang), personally marked by Gassan with a yasuri-me (file mark) pattern and carved with his signature. The middle segment of the band is carved with the motto of the Gassan clan ???? (devoted to sword-forging), along with the characters ?(forged) and ? (tempered). The handmade aspects of these models make each timepiece a distinctive work of art.

G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary MR-G Gassan Watch Built and Quality

The watch is made from re-crystallised titanium, a material that integrates multiple layers of titanium Ti64 and pure titanium in a way that the differences between the materials become visible when they are re-crystallised. Taking advantage of this feature, G-SHOCK created a unique tempered ayasugi hada pattern under the supervision of Gassan.

Depending on the sword making school, different patterns manifest themselves when a sword blade is forged. The bezel, band, and back cover are coated with a newly developed blue-gray IP coating to reproduce the bluish iron color that is the color of high-quality swords. The case is made of pure recrystallized titanium and finished with deep hardening and a TIC coating. The letters “G-SHOCK” “40TH” are engraved on the plate on the side of the case at 10 o’clock.

G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary MR-G Gassan Watch Functions

This special model is packed with various advanced practical functions made possible by Tough Solar, Bluetooth ® smartphone linking, and time adjustment using standard time signals. The application of world-renowned traditional sword making techniques and advanced modern technology makes this a truly special mode

The watch comes with Smartphone Link that wirelessly links with a host of Bluetooth enabled devices. At the simple download of an app on your phone, you can access auto time adjustment, simple watch-setting, approximately 300 World Time cities and even activate a Phone Finder feature. It also boasts a Tough Solar Power feature that recharges itself on solar energy for longer battery life.

All models come with the complete technical specifications of the G-SHOCK seal of shock resistance, 200m water resistance, hourly time signals, countdown timer and hand shift feature.

MRG-B2000GA-1A (S$10,588)

Pricing and Availability 

The G-SHOCK MRG-B2000GA-1A watch is priced at SGD$10,588. It will be available at selected G-SHOCK stores, Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard, Vivo City and Tampines Mall on 3rd December 2022.

Technical Specifications

MRG-B2000GA-1A

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant, Magnetic Resistant
Water Resistance 200 meters
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy
Dual Time 27 time zones, Home city time swapping, auto summer-time (DST) switching
Stopwatch 1 second stopwatch

Measuring capacity: 23:59’59”

Measuring modes: Elapsed time

Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second

Countdown range: 24 hours

Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments)

Alarm Daily alarm
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities
Watch status display
Self check
Phone finder
Other Functions Full auto-calendar (to year 2099); Date display; Day indicator; Regular timekeeping; Power saving; LED Light; Time Calibration Signal Reception (Auto receive up to 6 times a day)
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 5 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 26 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Accuracy at Normal Temperature ±15 seconds per month
Size of Case 54.7 × 49.8 ×16.9 mm
Total Weight Approx. 150g

* Information and pictures courtesy of G-SHOCK and Brand Cellar *

Samsung Singapore Holiday Gift Guide 2022

We are now into the month of December 2022, the final month of year 2022, this is also the festive Christmas season, a time for festive season celebrations, gatherings with family and friends! Time to buy Christmas/Year end holiday season gifts for your family, loved ones and friends. Thinking of which lifestyle technology gadgets, home, entertainment and kitchen appliances to get for your family and loved ones? Let me share with my readers: Samsung Singapore Holiday Gift Guide 2022! Samsung Electronics has a great collection of tech innovations, from earbuds, television, IT solutions and  home appliances to surprise your loved ones with the perfect gift this festive season!

For the Jetsetters

Galaxy Z Flip4 5G (RRP: Starting from S$1,398)

The Galaxy Z Flip4 5G will help you make your holidays even better. Get the perfect #OOTD shot with Flex Mode that give users the flexibility to go hands free for all your content creation. With its upgraded camera, the phone will help capture every holiday moment from high-quality selfies to easy-to-take videos on its Cover Screen.

For Pokémon fans, consider adding on the Pokémon Cover with Ring for Galaxy Z Flip4 5G, exclusively available through the Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Store and Challenger.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 26th December, receive complimentary:

  • 128GB/256GB: Wireless Charger Duo Watch and Flip4 Silicone Cover with Ring, total worth $216
  • 512GB: Galaxy Buds2 (Graphite) and Flip4 Silicone Cover with Ring, total worth $316

While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G (RRP: S$2,188)

A tablet offers a portable powerhouse for those constantly on-the-move. Samsung’s largest tablet to date, the powerful Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G boasts a 14.6-inch screen space for limitless possibilities. With the S Pen, it can do it all: memos, sketches, drawings — it can even turn handwriting into text to keep your ideas flowing even in-transit.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 31st December, receive $190 off and free Bookcover Keyboard (worth $548). Plus enjoy 50% off 2-year Samsung Care+ (worth $100). While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Galaxy Buds2 Pro (RRP: S$328)

Sink into the rhythm as you get-set for your next getaway. Watching movies or listening to music on-the-go does not get any better than when using the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s Intelligent 360 Audio with enhanced head tracking, which syncs audio with every body movement

Take a well-deserve break on your long-haul flights with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that can help eliminate the drone of the plane’s engines.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 26th December, enjoy $40 off. Plus, receive a free Poké Ball Cover (worth $58), perfect for the Pokémon fans. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

For Gamers and Home Enthusiasts 

Samsung Odyssey Ark (RRP: S$4,999)

Splurge on your favourite gamer with the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen – the Samsung Odyssey Ark. Featuring a huge rotatable UHD display that enables the fastest reaction times with its 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (GtG), it also comes with the Ark Dial, an exclusive controller which helps gamers navigate to the Game Bar and review in-game statistics without getting distracted.

Galaxy A53 5G (RRP: starting from S$548)

Surprise the budding mobile gamers you love with awesome gaming on the Galaxy A53 5G. With hyperfast 5G connection, 120Hz Super AMOLED display and long-lasting battery life, the Galaxy A53 5G will level up the mobile gaming experience.

Plus, Game Booster tracks your gaming patterns to optimise your device’s battery life, temperature and memory, while blocking background activities and notifications so you won’t lose focus.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 26th December, enjoy $80 off. T&Cs apply.

Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN700B (RRP: Starting from S$5,799)

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K is the ultimate cinematic companion for movie buffs. It provides crystal clear 8K quality with immense depth and sharpness powered by the upscaling technology of the Neural Quantum Processor 8K.

Complement your Neo QLED 8K with a Q-Series Soundbar for the full movie experience at home. With Q-Symphony, the Q series soundbar syncs with your Samsung TV to create an immersive sound for the perfect harmony. It combines and enhances sound through the soundbar’s front, side, and up-firing speakers as well as the TV’s speakers, giving you a new level of acoustic immersion so you can experience content like never before.

Festive Sale Promo:

From now till 5th January 2023, get free HW-Q800B Soundbar worth $1899 via redemption + wall-mounting + 3 months Catchplay. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

For New Homeowners

Bespoke AirDresser (RRP: S$2,499)

Up the style game with the Samsung Bespoke AirDresser, which sanitises, cleans, and refreshes garments within the sleek bespoke cabinet designed for any space.

The AirDresser is equipped with JetSteam technology to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, along with the Jet Air and Deodorising Filter to effectively remove dust and unpleasant odours on clothes or hard-to-wash items like cushions and toys.

Festive Sale Promo:

Receive $200 UniqGift Vouchers. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Bespoke Jet™ premium Vacuum Cleaner (RRP: S$1,349)

Help make chores a fun-filled activity for new homeowners with the Bespoke Jet™ premium Vacuum Cleaner. It comes with an All-in-one Clean Station™ which automates dust disposal and recharges the Bespoke Jet™ Vacuum Cleaner at the same time, making emptying the dustbin more hygienic and convenient than before.

Cleaning is now more hygienic with the Multi-layered Filtration System, which traps 99.999% of fine dust and reduces allergens so that only clean air is released. Plus, easily switch between vacuuming and mopping by simply switching to the Spray Spinning Sweeper attachment to give your home a thorough and hygienic clean.

Festive Sale Promo:

Get Jet Dual Brush worth $149 and 5 pieces of Dust Bag worth $30. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Smart Monitor M8 (RRP: S$1,288)

A screen that just mirrors your device is so yester-year. What if the screen becomes smarter? The 32” UHD display Smart Monitor M8 is a do-it-all smart screen that will provide more than just entertainment; the big screen display also enhances your WFH/e-learning experience and fulfils your gaming needs.

The Smart Monitor M8 now comes in a slimmer profile and a removeable magnetic SlimFit Cam that attaches to the monitor while keeping your desk space neat without any unsightly wire.

Festive Sale Promo:

Enjoy $200 off RRP when you purchase on Samsung Online Store. T&Cs apply.

For the High Performers

Galaxy Z Fold4 5G (RRP: Starting from S$2,398)

The new Galaxy Z Fold4 5G that folds open into a small tablet is perfect gift for high performer to make their day-to-day at work a little bit smoother. Multitasking on Z Fold4 5G is easier than ever, and with the new Taskbar and simple swipe gestures, the user can instantly switch full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split the screen in half.

And with the S Pen, the user can instantly start jotting down notes without the need to unlock the phone – a truly versatile gadget one could ever wish for.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 26th December, enjoy free memory upgrade: Get 1TB at the price of 512GB (save $360). Plus receive a Galaxy Watch5 40mm BT (worth $448). While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Portable SSD T7 Shield 2TB (RRP: S$459)

The portable SSD T7 Shield is a mighty (yet thoughtful) gift to those who always need more storage.

The super-fast external storage works up to 9.5 times faster than conventional external HDDs, and the rugged design is proven for IP65 rated dust and water resistance and is drop resistant up to 3-metre – giving users superior performance on the go, even in challenging environmental conditions.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro (RRP: Starting from S$698)

Designed for everyday wins, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro offers a comprehensive end-to-end experience that goes beyond fitness activities and into the post-workout, rest, and recovery process.

From hiking to cycling and beyond, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is ready for the challenge thanks to its enhanced Sapphire Crystal and durable titanium casing. Head out for a hike and record and share it with fellow trail-lovers on the Samsung Health app with Route Workout. Stay on track with Track Back to help you get back to where you started with turn-by-turn navigation.

Festive Sale Promo:

From 12th December to 26th December, enjoy $60 off and receive free Wireless Charger Duo Watch and Link Bracelet Titanium Edition (total worth $536). While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

For Party Planner

The Freestyle (RRP: S$1,499)

Big format viewing at home is probably the closes to a movie theatre one could get without leaving the house, especially viewing together with family and friends. Samsung’s portable yet powerful Freestyle can do the magic work.

It can be placed anywhere with its 180? Dynamic Angle, while projecting screens from 30 inches up to an incredible 100 inches. The incredible omni-directional sound is powered by its 360-degree speaker. It’s a Smart TV – Projector – Speaker – all in one.

Festive Sale Promo:

From now till 5th January 2023, get Freestyle case with purchase (worth $99). While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

Bespoke Refrigerator (RRP: Starting from S$1,949)

Step up your design game with our Bespoke refrigerator to personalise your living space this holiday season.

The Bespoke line-up can be personalised in a plethora of ways to complement different home settings and look, providing more customisation and colour options to help homeowners achieve their personal aesthetics. It is available in the 4-Door Flex, the Bottom Mount Freezer, and the 1-Door Flex, or a combination of the refrigerator types that consumers can mix and match to fit their living spaces. The Bespoke Refrigerator range also offers consumers an array of 8 colours and multiple configurations to choose from to fit their homes.

Festive Sale Promo:

Receive up to $200 worth of UniqGift Vouchers. Applicable for selected Bespoke models, while stock lasts. T&Cs apply.

12th December 2022 12.12 shopping with Samsung!

On 12th December, enjoy merry shopping on Samsung Online Store with exclusive flash deals between 12AM to 12 PM, including promos such as $120 off selected products and 7% off selected products.

Flash deals promos while stocks last. T&Cs apply. For more details, check out the Samsung Online Store.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2022 in advance! Have a great and fun festive season and gatherings with your family, loved ones and friends! Happy Christmas shopping with Samsung!

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

Casio brings 3 Motorsports together – EDIFICE x Initial D x MF Ghost

Motorsports and Casio fans alert! If you are a big fan of Casio EDIFICE, Initial D and MF Ghost, I have some big news that I would like to share with you! Casio brings 3 Motorsports together – EDIFICE x Initial D x MF Ghost! A motorsports timepiece to accompany you on your adrenaline drive!

G-SHOCK, an internationally renowned watch brand that has been constantly testing new limits in timekeeping toughness since 1982, presents a new timepiece, the EDIFICE Initial D & MF Ghost collaboration model that pays tribute to the world of high-speed and high-adrenaline street racing. This collaboration model transforms features from two classic Japanese manga about street racing – Initial D and MF Ghost – onto EDIFICE model ECB-2000MFG for a first-of-its-kind 3 way collaboration.

Initial D

Initial D is a street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013 and has sold over 56 million copies worldwide. It tells the story of Takumi Fujiwara, the son of a tofu maker, who drives a TOYOTA AE86 and is fascinated by the pleasure of public road racing that challenges mountain passes. This fast- paced public road racing tale has captured the imagination of Japan and the world over.

MF Ghost

MF Ghost is a car manga series also by Shuichi Shigeno about public road racing. The series has been serialized in the Young Magazine since 2017, and a TV animation version is scheduled for 2023. Set in the year 202X, the story tells the tale of public road car racing in a Japan where self-driving cars have become the norm.

The High-Adrenaline World of Street Racing

The EDIFICE Initial D & MF GHOST collaboration model is designed and engineered to reflect the worldview of Initial D and MF GHOST.

Its red and black design is done in a motif of the TOYOTA GT86 driven by Kanata Rivington, the main character of the MF GHOST series. The Japanese characters “????” are engraved on the dial and stamped into the inside surface of the band. These characters represent the sound of a scream, which commonly appears in both the Initial D and MF GHOST series. “??????” (Fujiwara Tofu Shop), which is the name of the shop that owns the TOYOTA AE86 driven by Initial D main character Takumi Fujiwara, is also stamped into the inside surface of the band. This means that features of both manga series can be found everywhere on this watch.

Additionally, the names of the courses that appear in the MF Ghost series are also printed on the outer surface of the Cordura band. The title logo of the series is engraved on the back cover of the watch.

Smartwatch features

The watch comes with Smartphone Link that wirelessly links with a host of Bluetooth enabled devices. At the simple download of an app on your phone, you can access auto time adjustment, simple watch-setting, approximately 300 World Time cities and even activate a Phone Finder feature. It also boasts a Tough Solar Power feature that recharges itself on solar energy for longer battery life.

All models come with the complete technical specifications of the G-SHOCK seal of shock resistance, 200m water resistance, hourly time signals, countdown timer and hand shift feature.

Pricing and Availability

The ECB-2000MFG watch is priced at $629 and will be available for purchase on https://www.casio.com/sg/ and at EDIFICE retail stores on 7th December 2022.

Technical Specifications

ECB-2000MFG

Construction Solar Powered
Water Resistance 200 meters
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy
World Time 38 time zones (38 cities + coordinated universal time), Home city/World time city swapping, auto summer-time (DST) switching
Stopwatch 1/100-second stopwatch

Measuring capacity: 00’00’00-59:59’99” for the first 60 minutes

Measuring unit: 1/100 second for the first 60 minutes

Measuring modes: Elapsed time, lap time, split time

Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second

Countdown range: 60 minutes

Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)

Alarm 5 Daily alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities
Stopwatch data transfer
Time & place
Phone finder
Other Functions Full auto-calendar (to year 2099); Battery level indicator; Power saving; Hand-shift feature, Double LED Light; 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; Progress beeper on/off; Day display; Regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 7 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Accuracy at Normal Temperature ±15 seconds per month
Size of Case 51 × 47.8 × 11.4 mm
Total Weight Approx. 65g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

Dell Christmas Gift Guide 2022

We are now into the month of December 2022, the final month of year 2022, this is also the festive Christmas season, a time for festive season celebrations, gatherings with family and friends! Time to buy Christmas gifts for your family, loved ones and friends. Thinking of which lifestyle technology, gaming and entertainment gadgets for your family and loved ones? Let me share with my readers: Dell Christmas/Year End Holiday Gift Guide 2022! Dell has a great collection of technology innovations for you to choose from that you can give to your loved ones with the perfect gift this festive season!

For the Content Creators: Dell XPS 13 Plus

The XPS 13 Plus iDell’s highest performing flagship 13-inch laptop, ever – featuring powerful 12th gen Intel ® Core ™ processors, advanced thermal design and leading battery technology in a thin and light form. Beautifully streamlined interiors feature new capacitive touch function row, seamless glass touchpad with haptics and zero-lattice keyboard.

With modern creators and innovators in mind, the XPS 13 Plus features a four-sided InfinityEdge display with stunning resolution and colour gamut, plus quad speaker design to bring your content to life. 

Price: From S$2,299

For Students and Everyday Users

Designed for those who want a smaller footprint, the Inspiron 16 Plus is the ideal laptop for everyday use with desktop-level performance. It features an upgraded front-of-screen experience with a 3k resolution display and ComfortView Plus hardware that reduces harmful blue light emissions without sacrificing true-to-life colour.

Built with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series processors and optional NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphic, the laptop also comes with quad speakers to offer users an immersive, unmuffled audio experience. 

Price: From S$2,099 

For the ultimate hybrid worker: Dell Pro Webcam

Enhance your work-from-home set-up with the Dell Pro Webcam, a professional-grade 2K QHD webcam that uses the Sony STARVIS™ sensor and multi-element lens to deliver crystal-clear picture clarity even in low-light. This sleek-looking cylindrical webcam also features a built-in noise reduction mic for clear communication.

With the Digital Overlap HDR and Facial Detection Auto Exposure to optimise your image, you will always look your best – a must do for every moment of your hybrid work. 

Price: S$248 

For serious gamers: Alienware m17 R5 ?Gaming Laptop

Take your gaming to new heights with the new Alienware m17 R5 Gaming Laptop, the world’s most powerful 17” AMD Advantage laptop, delivering truly remarkable performance. Featuring AMD Ryzen™ 6000 series processors, AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 series graphics, and new AMD Smart Technologies, the Alienware m17 R5 is the one for those who value raw power.

Price: From S$3,049

For those looking to upgrade their gaming experience

Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Headset

Complete your gaming set up with the Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Headset, an honouree of the CES Innovation Award. With its active noise cancellation, immersive multidimensional audio, integrated touch controls and versatile device connectivity, the headset is built to elevate the gaming experience. Designed for comfort and power, it allows for up to 6 hours of use with just 15 minutes of fast-charge, and up to a maximum of 55 hours of undisrupted use on a full charge.

Price: S$269 

Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse

In the same series, the weight-optimised Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse does not lag behind in performance. Featuring a 26,000 DPI optical sensor and magnetic force keyplates to ensure high-level performance, this mouse also comes with NVIDIA Reflex system latency measurement technology, meaning that users can start every match knowing their PC is operating at the lowest possible system latency when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC displays.

Price: S$159 

Many more Dell products!

There are many more Dell products! There are more laptops for professional, students and home use, gaming laptops, as well as monitors for home, office and gaming needs, for you to choose from! Do visit Dell website and check them out!

All products are available for purchase online at dell.com.sg and at Dell Exclusive Stores in Funan Mall, NEX, Plaza Singapura and VivoCity. Customers can also enjoy special holiday discounts on selected Dell and Alienware products during the festive season. 

For the latest prices and holiday promotions, please refer to dell.com.sg. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2022 in advance! Have a great and fun festive season and gatherings with your family, loved ones and friends! Happy Christmas shopping with Dell!

* Information and pictures courtesy of Dell and BCW *