Run to the Rhythm with Sony’s Latest #SmartBTrainer

(SINGAPORE, 26 May 2015) – Sony today announced the new Smart B-Trainer, an all-in-one training device and application that literally motivates your exercise regime with its range of features, such as intelligent music playback based on heart rate monitoring, various training plans, and real time voice coaching.

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The Smart B-Trainer comes in a neckband-style design which consists of six types of sensors – heart rate, acceleration, GPS, compass, gyro and barometer – and measures as well as records 11 types of running logs – heart rate, burned calories, distance, time, speed, pace, cadence, steps, stride, running route and elevation.

Pink Smart B-Trainer

Based on a preset user profile and heart rate goal, the Smart B-Trainer measures your heart rate and automatically selects music for efficient training. Music tempo analysis is carried out by Sony’s 12 Tone Analysis technology, which extracts a variety of metadata through signal and statistical processing to analyse music waveforms. When your heart rate is higher than your targeted speed, a song with slower tempo will be automatically selected to guide you to slow down, and vice versa when your heart rate is lower than the targeted speed. Additionally, you can also adjust the tempo of the song to match your mood at the time of running.

Smart B-Trainer for Running is an app that enables you to manage running logs on your smartphone. It also provides a versatile selection of training plans, so you can choose one that fits your goals – be it to get in shape, build strength, or even to prepare for a marathon. After making your selection, send the plan to the Smart B-Trainer™ via Bluetooth® to begin training immediately.

White Smart B-Trainer

In an app which will launch later this year, Kin Tetsuhiko, a Japanese professional running coach, will be voice coaching you during training, warming up, and cooling down sessions. He will even share post-workout pointers, which can be checked on the app to track progress and design your next exercise regime.

Blue Smart B-Trainer

 Premium Training Plan in collaboration with MY ASICS

Smart B-Trainer can work in coordination with the MY ASICS Training Plan developed by ASICS, the “True Sport Performance Brand”. Training plans created in MY ASICS can be experienced in real-time on the Smart B-Trainer, and you can store and manage your running logs. Simply enter the necessary details in MY ASICS, such as your current level, sex, age, and training frequency to set six different phases, including Getting Faster phase and Going Further phase. You will then be able to see the training regime required to achieve your target.

After completing your workout, transfer your running log to the Smart B-Trainer for Running app to view the results. Easily compare your current session with past records through graphs and comparisons, assess your progress, and aim higher.

The built-in memory of 16GB stores up to approximately 3,900 songs, so you won’t have to worry about running out of songs to listen to while exercising. The Smart B-Trainer has waterproof performance equivalent to IPX5/IPX8, so you can run without the worry of sudden rain showers. Additionally, it can be used as a Bluetooth® headset to answer calls hands-free.

Starting from 22 May to 7 June 2015, the Smart B-Trainer will be available for pre-ordering at all Sony Stores and selected authorised dealers, at a recommended retail price of S$399. This promotion comes with a free 2XU Compression Shorts, worth S$139 that is redeemable from 11 June to 31 July 2015, at Key Power Sports, located at Velocity.


Ultimate Ears Delivers Unrivaled Sound in a Life-Proof Design with New #UEMEGABOOM Speaker

SINGAPORE — May 26, 2015 — Today Ultimate Ears is expanding its lineup of multi award-winning mobile speakers with UE MEGABOOM, the next-generation portable wireless speaker that delivers more power, more sound, more bass and more mayhem than you’ve ever experienced before in a portable speaker.


Similar to UE’s first mobile speaker, UE BOOM, the next-generation UE MEGABOOM blasts freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with heart-pounding bass. With a waterproof – IPX7 certified – and stain-resistant acoustic skin, and a durable grab-and-go design, the UE MEGABOOM makes your musical adventures both awesome and easy. Plus, UE MEGABOOM weighs less than 900 grams, features a 20-hour rechargeable battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth® range, so you can keep the party going anywhere. You can also wirelessly Double Up with a second UE MEGABOOM, or UE BOOM, for twice the beats.

“People want their music wherever they go, and to be part of everything they do,” said Rory Dooley, General Manager of Ultimate Ears. “That’s why we designed UE MEGABOOM to be strong enough to withstand your life and your adventures, and allow you to share the magic of music wherever you go.”

Both UE MEGABOOM and UE BO OM are designed to frequently update with groundbreaking features accessible through the respective free apps for iOS® or Android™, such as remote On/Off, alarm functionality and fully customisable sound. And now, for the first time ever, updates can be made to the speakers over the air.

Pricing and Availability

UE MEGABOOM is expected to be available in Singapore in July 2015, for a suggested retail price of $399.00. For more information, please visit http://www.ultimateears.com/en-sg/.

Samsung Launches the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen

Samsung today announced the availability of the slim and sleek Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (8.0”) and Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (9.7”). A slimmer, lighter version of its predecessors, the GALAXY Tab 4 (8.0”) and GALAXY Tab 4 (10.1”), the all new Galaxy Tab A with S Pen offers users outstanding performance and comfortable viewing experience.

Front of the tablet
Front of the tablet

Providing users with the perfect combination of portability and smart usability, the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen features a slim design that does not compromise on screen size. It has a wider display ratio for maximum reading and web browsing enjoyment.

S Pen
S Pen

In addition, the new Galaxy Tab A with S Pen comes with an Enhanced S Pen that gives users a realistic handwriting experience for a more convenient way to stay creative and productive on the go.

 

Key Product Highlights

  • Exude style with the Slim and Sleek form factor that is comfortable to grip, and a beauty to behold. At only 7.55mm, the portable Galaxy Tab A with S Pen lets you read, watch, work, and play in style.
  • Better Performance and Improved User Interface – Powered by 64-bit Quad Core Processor and 2GB RAM, the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen sets the bar for multitasking on the go. With the new optimised Android™ 5.0.2 (Lollipop) UX home screen, action buttons are always within reach and file sharing is made easier.
  • Enrich your tablet experience with the Enhanced S Pen. Users can handwrite notes and schedule items, choosing from various calligraphy fonts for instant beautiful penmanship. The Enhanced S Pen also comes with Air Command, which includes Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select; that allows users to create and collect content with ease.
  • Enjoy a comfortable viewing experience with both the 8.0” and 9.7” screens. Featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio, users can experience how the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen is the perfect fit for reading and web browsing. ItsAdaptive Display feature automatically adjusts display settings to suit the surrounding environment for an ultimate viewing experience.
Back of the tablet
Back of the tablet

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Tab A with S Pen will be available in Sandy White and Smoky Titaniumin Singapore at Telecommunication Operators, authorised mobile retailers, major Consumer Electronics stores and Samsung Experience Stores, from May 1 at the following recommended retail price:

  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (9.7”) 4G: $598
  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (9.7”) Wi-Fi®: $498
  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (8.0”) 4G: $498
  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (8.0”) Wi-Fi®:$398

Promotion: Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen will receive a free Samsung 32GB MicroSD card when they present their PAssion Card at the point of purchase#

#Free gift is only valid for purchases without contract at Samsung Experience Stores and major Consumer Electronics stores. Free gift is available while stocks last and is not exchangeable for cash or other items.

SingTel meets customer demand for more data with Asia’s first WiFi-integrated mobile plans

Singapore 12 August 2014 – SingTel today unveiled a range of mobile plans that are fully integrated with a new premium high-speed WiFi network that it is rolling out at crowded locations and underground MRT stations.

 

The Combo plans are designed to meet consumers’ fast growing mobile data needs by offering high-speed WiFi usage in addition to 4G data bundles. As a launch promotion, customers will enjoy unlimited WiFi usage until 31 July 2015. Subsequently, all Combo plans will come with 2GB1 of WiFi data allowances.

 

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “Customers tell us that they want faster speeds and more generous data allowances. Our new premium WiFi network complements our 4G network and boosts network capacity in crowded, congestion-prone locations. It enables us to provide customers with an optimal mobile data experience where they need it most.”

 

Combo plan customers will be able to switch automatically between the 3G, 4G and SingTel WiFi network without a manual password login. To ensure that customers always enjoy a high-speed and seamless experience, SingTel has permanently waived the 4G value-added service subscription charges.

Combo 1 Combo 2 Combo 3 Combo 4(new tier) Combo 6 Combo 12
Price $27.90 $42.90 $62.90 $82.90 $102.90 $239.90
Outgoing talktime minutes 100 200 300 400 700 Unlimited
Local SMS/MMS 500 1000 1200 1300 1500 Unlimited
Local 4G data 100MB 2GB 3GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
WiFi usage NA 2GB. (Promotional offer of unlimited data usage from 19 August 2014 to 31 July 2015)
4G VAS Charge Waived permanently

 

The Combo plans provide customers with better value for money than existing plans. They offer up to 200 minutes more local talktime and up to 500 more SMS messages.

 

From 19 August 2014, the Combo plans will replace SingTel’s existing plans for customers who renew their contracts or subscribe to new lines.

 

SingTel premium WiFi network

Unlike free public WiFi networks, SingTel’s WiFi network is fully managed to ensure high quality performance. It can provide connectivity that is five times faster than typical free public WiFi services. (Average typical speeds of SingTel WiFi range from 4 to 10Mbps.)

 

At launch, coverage will be available at more than 100 hotspots at 11 locations, including popular shopping malls such as Raffles City, Plaza Singapura, Junction 8, Funan Digitalife Mall, Bugis+, The Atrium and Changi City Point. SingTel will progressively roll out the network to all CapitaMall shopping centres. (Please refer to Annexe 1 for the list of malls covered at launch.)

 

Hotspots will also be installed in Singapore’s busiest underground MRT stations and major bus interchanges.  Customers can enjoy coverage at Orchard, City Hall and Raffles Place stations from 22 August 2014. The service will be progressively rolled out to 16 MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as eight other stations with high commuter traffic over the next nine months. (Please refer to Annexe 2 for the list of MRT stations.)

 

By March 2015, approximately 1,000 hotspots at more than 100 locations across the island will have been deployed. These numbers are expected to double by March 2016.

 

For the full list of SingTel WiFi hotspot locations, please visit www.singtel.com/stwifi.

Celebrate National Day with WD

On this National Day, spend some time with your family and friends! WD has put together a selection of gifts that you can surprise your loved ones with during the National Day gathering while watching the parade. What better excuse to reward yourselves with a little something on the Nation’s 49th birthday.


WD® Red™

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Always wanted to build a NAS system for your home? Take the opportunity over the long weekend to get down to business!

 

A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership.

 

With the recent release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with NASware 3.0.

 

If we bleed, we bleed WD® Red™.

RRP:
4 TB – S$229.00

5 TB – S$339.00

6 TB – S$419.00

 

MY CLOUD™

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Someone in the family or yourself travelling this National Day? Pack light for a short weekend trip by only carrying essential travel items. Park the My Cloud™ at home and access your personal files from anywhere around the world. As long as you have an Internet connection and the WD My Cloud app, retrieving data on your tablet or smartphone is a breeze.

 

Snap all the photos you want, then go home and plug your camera or mobile directly into the My Cloud to backup your memories, and free up storage space on your devices at the same time. My Cloud also ensures your data is safe and secure with password protection.

 

Home is where your My Cloud is.

RRP:
2 TB – S$239.00

3 TB – S$289.00

4 TB – S$399.00

 

 

MY PASSPORT® PRO™

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Did you know that Singaporeans are the fastest walkers in the world?

 

Obviously, we’d also need the right gear that can keep up when handling creative projects on-the-go. Powered directly through your computer’s Thunderbolt port, the dual-drive My Passport Pro clocks in transfer speeds of up to 233MB/s, letting you transfer, back up and edit files faster than before.

 

Finally, something to keep up with our intelligence, speed, and creative juices!

RRP:
2 TB – S$499.00

4 TB – S$699.00

 

MY PASSPORT® ULTRA™

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My Passport Ultra is the quintessential portable hard disk drive that does exactly what you need it to. You also get WD SmartWare™ Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, as well as both hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive access.

 

My Passport Ultra comes in five different colours – Black, Blue, Red, Titanium and White

 

No worries about not having a new National Day song this year, what better opportunity to listen to the songs of the previous years on loop?

RRP:
1 TB – S$139.00

2 TB – S$229.00

 

 

Amazon Fire Phone Spec and Video

I was reading on reviews on the Amazon Fire Phone. Judging from the video, it does seem to me a pretty cool phone packed with a whole suite of amazon services but the price of USD 649 (without a plan) does not sound attractive to me.

What did you think?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fire_Phone_13MP-Camera_32GB/dp/B00EOE0WKQ

General
Release date July 2014
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 139.20 x 66.50 x 8.90
Weight (g) 160.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2400
Removable battery No
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.70
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 315
Hardware
Processor 2.2GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 32GB
Camera
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2.1-megapixel
Software
Operating System Fire OS 3.5.0
Java support No
Browser supports Flash No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS No
Bluetooth Yes, v 3.00
NFC Yes
Infrared No
DLNA No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
USB Micro-USB
Charging via Micro-USB Yes
Proprietary charging connector No
Proprietary data connector No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

M1 Drama Series – Win An Audi A5!

I like the M1 drama series! All 3 short stories are linked nicely with one another and more importantly, the agency is able to illustrate and relate how M1 services can play a part in our daily life.

I have included all 3 stories below. Take a look and this will be the last chance to win an Audi A5. Visit https://www.m1.com.sg/

 

 

M1 Drama Couple

 

M1 Alter Ego

 

M1 Just Dessert

Phablets gaining popularity with consumers

“Phablets” are generating strong consumer buying interest worldwide, particularly in emerging countries, according to Accenture.

Blending smartphone and tablet PC features, phablets have five-to seven inch screen sizes – larger than the four-to-five inches of conventional smartphones.

Accenture conducted an annual online survey of 23,000 consumers aged 14 and older in 23 countries.

Respondents were from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The survey revealed that 57% of consumers plan to buy a smartphone this year and, of those, nearly half (48%) prefer to buy a phablet rather than a conventional smartphone.

“The phablet screen size is hitting a sweet spot for a large percentage of consumers wanting more digitally connected lifestyles,” said David Sovie, managing director of Accenture’s communications, media and technology group.

The survey also revealed that consumer preferences for phablets are stronger in emerging countries than developed countries. Of the consumers planning to buy a smartphone, 67% in India, 66% in China and 65% in South Africa said they would prefer to buy a phablet device.

By contrast, consumers in developed countries were less partial to buying phablets. The numbers were pegged at 40% in the US, 30% in Germany, and only 19% in Japan.

“Among emerging markets, the most lucrative opportunity will likely be in China, because it is one of the world’s largest smartphone markets,” said Sovie. “Consumer technology companies need to broaden their phablet product development and sales initiatives to target larger regional markets keen to buy phablets.”

The survey also found that 44% of respondents are planning to buy a tablet PC this year. Of those, 72% prefer the full-size tablets rather than micro-mini-sized versions, compared with 20% who prefer the smaller form factors.

Source: telecomasia.net  http://bit.ly/1lkaSQq

PRESS RELEASE: SINGAPORE IS THE FIRST TO HAVE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING MOBILE PHONE IN ASIA

 

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and INQ Mobile today announced that SingTel mobile customers will soon become the first in Asia and among the first in the world to get their hands on the ultimate 3G social mobile phone, the new INQ Mini 3G.

 

I am very fortunate enough to be one of the first few Singaporean to witness the first 3G social networking mobile phone in the world. Thanks to Ivy (Singtel) for inviting me to the Blogger Launch @Supper Club, Odeon Tower.

 

The launch has given a very good demonstration on what you, as a user, can do with the INQ Mini 3G. The INQ Mini 3G is the first social mobile phone to be fully integrated with Facebook, offering ‘always on’, one-click access to this popular social networking application, as well as Twitter. It also merges contacts on the mobile phone and Facebook to create the world’s first ‘live’ address book. Customers will see the caller’s latest Facebook profile picture with every incoming call. Another impressive feature is that the main Inbox will contain separate folders for Facebook messages, pokes and requests, as well as emails and SMS, all on the same page.

 

Users can multitask easily with the user-friendly INQ Mini 3G to access popular social networking services such as Twitter, email and instant messenger using its Switcher feature. They can view updates 24/7 with the ‘always on’ feature by simply logging in just once to these applications and staying connected even when the phone is powered off.   

 

Unboxing of the INQ Mini 3G

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Pricing details will be announced on 19 September 2009 when the phone goes on sale at SingTel Shops, hello! stores and exclusive retailers island-wide.

 

For more information on phone features, click on www.singtel.com/INQ.

SMAATO Press: Smaato releases new white paper on Mobile Advertising Optimization

Smaato releases new white paper on Mobile Advertising Optimization

NEW YORK, June 1, 2009 – Smaato, the leading global mobile Ad Optimizer, released today its new white paper on Mobile Advertising: “Higher revenues with mobile Ad Optimization & global Ad Network aggregation.” The white paper can be downloaded at www.smaato.com.

The white paper describes the opportunities mobile publishers and developers have to monetize their inventory world wide. It explores how different mobile fill rates can be expected from mobile ad networks and what types of pricing tiers are out there for mobile inventory. It also explains how ad revenue optimization works, and helps to realize the true potential of mobile inventory.

“Publishers of mobile websites & developers of cool mobile apps face the growing challenge of matching their expanding global popularity with the daunting task of filling their ad inventory associated with those very services. Smaato identified this issue many moons ago, and is capitalizing on the provision of global mobile ad optimization using its SOMA platform. Smaato has come from nowhere and gained significant experience and footprint in this section of mobile advertising and marketing in a very short, yet incredibly successful, period” states Nick Lane, Chief Researcher / writer, mobileSQUARED.

The information featured in the white paper is based on the experience of Smaato’s ad ops and engineering teams over the last years in order to boost mobile ad revenues and give mobile publishers the opportunity to maximize their Ad ARPU.

“The buzz in the mobile advertising space is around delivering the right ad to the right person – even better if this occurs in the right context. But the real issue publishers face is how to identify – in real-time – the right ad network to deliver the right results,” added Peggy Anne Salz, Chief Analyst at MSearchGroove (MSG). “Smaato, a global company whose own evolution shows its grasp of the key issues impacting the mobile advertising business ecosystem at all levels, has gained significant traction through its ability to dynamically identify the ad networks that monetize publishers’ inventory best. This innovation is core to Smaato‘s competitive advantage and pivotal in moving the mobile advertising industry to the next level.”

Meet Smaato at MMA New York: Harald Neidhardt, CMO & Co-Founder of Smaato, will moderate a panel at the MMA Forum: International Innovation in Mobile – What are the trends for the future? June 3rd, 12:30 – 12:50pm.

Press contact Smaato Inc.
Harald Neidhardt
CMO & Co-Founder
www.smaato.com
harald@smaato.com
Smaato Inc.
3 Lagoon Drive, Suite 170
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
Phone (USA): +1 (650) 286 11 98
Phone (Europe) +49 (40) 35 71 83 88

About Smaato Inc.
Smaato is a pioneering mobile advertising company that operates the mobile ad optimization platform called SOMA (Smaato Open Mobile Advertising) and partners with mobile publishers, developers, ad networks and operators.

SOMA’s unique feature is the aggregation of multiple leading ad networks globally to maximize mobile advertising ARPU in more than 200 countries. SOMA can be easily integrated with ad networks, ad inventory owners (publishers, developers and operators) and 3rd party ad technology providers.

Smaato is an active member of the Mobile Marketing Association, the dot.mobi Advisory Group and the German Digital Media Association BVDW. Smaato received a Top 100 Private Company Award by AlwaysOn Media (2009 & 2007) and was an Andrew Seybold Choice Awards finalist at CTIA 2008 for best Newcomer, among other awards.

Smaato Inc. is based in Redwood Shores, California. The privately held company was founded in 2005 by an experienced International management team. The European headquarters are in Hamburg, Germany.

About mobileSQUARED
mobileSQUARED offers the very latest bespoke research, analysis, forecasting, and insight on the mobile data market. From in-depth reports, to agile research in as little as 48 hours, business model analysis, unique market data, and contract publishing, our team of industry experts deliver it. Our complimentary research newsletter is published every six weeks, which offers in-depth analysis on key areas of the mobile data market – sectors, companies, territories and individuals. For more information, please visit www.mobilesquared.co.uk

About MSearchGroove
MSearchGroove is a leading source of in-depth analysis and commentary on mobile search, mobile advertising, and social media. Peggy Anne Salz, Founder and Chief Analyst, leads a committed team of industry experts, undertaking custom research and consulting projects. Her most recent series of practical how-to white papers covers the basics of mobile advertising and mobile analytics, indisputably establishing her as a mobile advertising authority. For more information, please visit: www.msearchgroove.com