@ASUSSG Announces #ZenFoneSelfie with 13MP Front Camera

Selfie with ZenFone
Selfie with ZenFone

Singapore (22 September, 2015) — ASUS today announced the availability of the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) in Singapore, which is the latest addition to the ZenFone smartphone family. A fusion of fashion, technology and craftsmanship, the ZenFone Selfie is the perfect mobile device that allows users to take perfect selfies each time with dual 13MP PixelMaster cameras, dual-colour, dual-LED Real Tone flash for both front and rear cameras, plus laser auto-focus for ultra-fast shots to capture perfect clarity in just 0.3 seconds. With an Ergonomic Arc design and intuitive rear key, it makes capturing selfies easier than ever, with the real-time beautification mode to instantly edit the photo to provide perfect selfies every time. It will be available at all ASUS brand stores, authorised retailers and Qoo10 from 26 September onwards at $399. From 26 September – 31 October, the ZenFone Selfie will be retailing at a promotional price of $379 with free Lolliflash (usual SRP $17.90) accessory.

The ZenFone Selfie comes in elegant pastel-­colour choices such as Pure White, Baby Pink or Tiffany Blue
The ZenFone Selfie comes in elegant pastel-­colour choices such as Pure White, Baby Pink or Tiffany Blue

KEY POINTS

  • Best selfies: 13MP PixelMaster cameras and dual-LED Real Tone flash front and rear, ultra-fast laser focus and ZenMotion S-swipe to shoot
  • Real-time Beautification Mode: Applies instant photo editing to make every selfie a stunning photo
  • 5-in Full HD display: High-density screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for vibrant colour, incredible detail and durability
  • 64-bit power: Octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon processor delivers the perfect balance of multimedia performance and battery efficiency

To see the full spec and press releases, see below

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Logitech Introduces Wireless Mouse M280 Designed for Comfort

8-Custom_format_M280_Black_TOPLogitech unveiled the Logitech Wireless Mouse M280, designed with a curved shape to guide your hand to a natural position. With the asymmetrical form, a wide wheel that improves the scrolling experience and the Logitech Advanced Optical Sensor to provide enhanced precision and responsiveness, this mouse is a fit for any of your needs, whether you’re hard at work or just browsing the Internet

The Logitech Wireless Mouse M280 is compatible with all major operating systems, and it has an integrated sensor for precise tracking and smooth cursor control. With advanced energy-efficient engineering, the mouse automatically puts itself to sleep when you are not using it so you can go longer between battery changes. Plus, the Nano receiver gives you the reliability of a cord and the convenience of wireless freedom. With the modern design and several color options, this mouse easily fits neatly into any workspace.

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Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Wireless Mouse M280 is expected to be available in Singapore now for a suggested retail price of SGD$29.00. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com.

 

 

Take Your Music with You with the New Range of Wireless Speakers from Sony

Sony has expanded its wireless speaker line-up with the new SRS-X3, SRS-X2 and SRS-X1 Ultra-compact Wireless Speakers. Sporting an ultra-portable design that allows users to bring their music along wherever they go, the new speakers can be used either inside a home or outside in the great outdoors.

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SRS-X3

Featuring a sleek and signature “Definitive Outline” design, the frame of the SRS-X3 consists of 12 outlines around its square form to create the most suitable sound wave and blends into any living space for a chic and sophisticated look. Despite its square compact size, the SRS-X3 delivers impactful bass with two full range 20W speakers and two passive radiators located at the front and back of the device for an efficient speaker layout. Furthermore, you can relish in precise high-quality sound and brilliant clarity as it features ClearAudio+ technology unique to Sony, bringing together the expertise in digital signal processing technologies that Sony has cultivated over the years.

 

SRS-X2

The SRS-X2 comes in a rugged versatile design so you can listen to your favourite tunes even when you are out in the wild. This device is small enough to fit in your hand but powerful enough to create remarkable sound pressure. Similar to SRS-X3, it also comes with ClearAudio+ mode, eliminating the need for tedious fine-tuning by optimising the sound settings based on Sony’s audio expertise. Added with a frequency response of up to 20kHz, the SRS-X2 is able to beautifully reproduce high notes in a compact and light body.

 

SRS-X1

The SRS-X1 Wireless Speaker is designed to be waterproof, so you never have to worry about contacting water while you enjoy singing in the shower. To double up the volume and create the perfect audio ambience, two speakers can be paired while in stereo mode. Available in black, pink, purple and white, you can choose from an array of colours that best reflect your personality and style.

 

The SRS-X3, SRS-X2 and SRS-X1 Ultra-compact Wireless Speakers from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from mid-September 2014.

 

MacBook Air’s fatal wireless flaw – Are there?

I extracted this article from CNET. The aurthor is critising the wireless function of MacBook Air. I couldn’t say whatever mentioned in the article is wrong. However, it is overly reacting to the features. If you want to have 3G surfing, you can always get a wireless dongle modem. Space is critical in a thin laptop like Macbook Air? There is a limitation in the hardware design.

 

I believe in future, we can expect to see more features in a next generation of MacBook Air which I am pretty sure 3G will be included. 

 

 

“Apple’s MacBook Air doesn’t live up to its wireless promise.

To quote an Apple tagline, “without wires, you’re free to go anywhere.” But the wireless part of the “air” double entendre fails to deliver. (The other half its light-as-air weight: here it does deliver.)

As I’ve written in the past, I like the Air. I got one in February as soon as it was available at retail and have been pleased with the performance, screen, keyboard, build, and, until recently, the battery life (which has dwindled to under an hour). Of course, the head-turning aluminum aesthetics is also a major appeal to many people.

That said, after a spurt of trips including a 10-day stay on the East Coast and a few treks to Los Angeles, the Air’s wireless shortcomings have become painfully clear. In a word (or two), no 3G.

Now, before I get slammed, let me say that I fully realize that I’m not the first person to reach this conclusion so I’m not claiming any unique epiphany. There were a number of observers citingthis paradox way back in January. Some frustrated users even attempted hacks to shoehorn a 3G modem into the Air. The point is: because of the price and the way it’s marketed, 3G should be built in.

But the full brunt of not having 3G hit me on Friday when I made a trip to Qualcomm to get briefed on a new version of the Snapdragon applications processor (more on this in another post). Sitting there in the nerve center of one of greatest wireless companies in the world, I couldn’t get a wireless connection. Everyone else in the room had 3G connections of one kind or another. The Air instantly became the proverbial doorstop (or paper weight–choose your simile, or maybe it’s more apropos to say it was a dinosaur.)

It didn’t take much prodding from me to get the Qualcomm product manager to point out this fatal flaw.

This came after weeks of not being able to use the Air in many situations when I desperately needed a wireless connection. For instance, not all LA airports have reliable Wi-Fi connections. The John Wayne Airport in Orange County being one example. And when I was on the East Coast, one sprawling place I stayed at for several nights had Wi-Fi only in one inconveniently situated area that was inaccessible at night.

In these situations, the Air is nothing more than a slab of beautifully sculpted aluminum.

Hewlett-Packard Compaq 2510p (L) and MacBook Air.  The HP comes with a built-in WWAN option, the Air does not. 

Hewlett-Packard Compaq 2510p (L) and MacBook Air. The HP comes with a built-in WWAN option, the Air does not.

(Credit: Brooke Crothers)

Which brings me to the cult of Steve Jobs. Apple was brilliant enough to deliver a groundbreaking design like the Air but why wasn’t it savvy enough to build in 3G?

Before I get slammed again, let me throw out some reasons (excuses) why Apple didn’t build in 3G, based on reports I’ve read and my own observations. Apple didn’t like the fact that 3G modems often made the user commit to one service provider, i.e., Verizon or Sprint or Vodafone. Or, it believed that if users wanted 3G, they could simply plug in a USB 3G modem.

I have serious problems with both of those reasons. Particularly when you’re paying typically more than $1,800 (or $2,500, depending on the model) for a notebook billed as a wireless wonder (for Apple ad copy on why the Air is such a wonderful wireless laptop, just cruise over to Apple’s MBA page.) And I have even more of a problem when ultrathin Netbooks are coming with 3G at one-third (and potentially a tiny fraction of) the cost of the Air.

For comparison, let’s look at another Valley company, Hewlett-Packard. HP has been selling WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) modems in its business laptops for at least two years (and probably longer). The HP-Compaq NC6400 laptop introduced about two years ago was offered from day one with WWAN built in.

Granted, the choice of carriers at first was limited but look at HP’s offerings today. Models (including those in the EliteBook line) are offered with Qualcomm’s Gobi modem. Gobi obviates the need to have unique radios for each carrier. Gobi supports Verizon, Sprint, and others in one device.

Where was Gobi when Apple refreshed the MacBooks in October? I’m sure Apple has plenty of excuses (for example, not enough space in the Air’s ultrathin design).

But Apple should have had 3G from the beginning and certainly in the October refresh. In today’s 3G world, continuing to call it the MacBook Air brings another meaning to the double entendre: lightness of weight with a touch of advertising hot air.

Additional comments:
The point is not that a user can potentially add an external WWAN modem (though even that’s not necessarily easy to do), the point is that the Air should come with 3G capability built in considering how the computer is marketed.

Originally posted at Nanotech – The Circuits Blog “

Can we drive “armored-vehicle” on the road?!

 

If you are an entrepreneur or business developer, you are constantly fighting for sales otherwise you will lose out in this highly-competitive market. Time is everything! As a sales person or entrepreneur (especially those at the early stage of startup), you need to be highly efficient even on the move!

 

Meeting your clients is like engaging a fire fight. You need weapons and transportation for wars. Your products are your bullets and your car should be like your armor vehicle. Besides transportation capabilities, armor-vehicles have fighting and communication capabilities. Question here, “besides transportation, what else can our car do?”

 

I am sure all of us agree that car is a liability. Why? Simply because we do not see much of owning a car except for the ERP (for those who don’t understand, it is the acronym of Electronic Road Pricing), car loans, petrol charges and road taxes. We need to look at uses or applications of car beyond transportation.

 

I come across the term “Mobile Office”. One of the examples is to convert your vehicle into a mobile place. I believe this is the area that can be further explored. In fact Volkswagen (Stock Quotes: VOW.DE) has the concept of such car. Below are some of the photos of Volkswagen T6.  

 


 


 


 

The T6 model has won the “Best Lifestyle Interior” in the Interior Motives Award 2008. (Source: Car Body Design)

 

I am using this example only to prove my point that we need more applications on wheels. In fact, I believe that the design of the concept car can be further developed to suit the needs of the mass (especially entrepreneurs who might not have an office to work since office rental can be quite expensive).  Sounds hard? But it is not very hard for the technicians to change or modify your car parts. If you watch MTV channel, there is a TV program called “Pimp My Ride” that actually helps to “renovate” your car.

 

 

Enough of Wonderland! Let’s get back to reality. In Singapore, we have seen car loves spend ten thousands of dollars just on installing lighting and car audio system. I am sure there is a demand of office usages on cars. But, Can we have such car modification in Singapore? Bear in mind, you might be installing additional battery (approval from LTA – Land Transport Authority ) to power up your equipments such as communication devices which might transmit wireless signal (approval from IDA – Infocomm Development Authority).  Things are not going to be that simple. I believe there are more factors to consider.

 

I am very willing to hear more. Please drop your comments.

 

The very first TAWA Networking Forum

Guys, Finally, I am starting up a new organisation. My first event is on this coming Saturday. Please see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be in tune with the latest hype in the wireless scene? Then join us @ TAWA Networking Forum

Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA) was set up in 2008 with the main objective of promoting the wireless sector in Singapore. TAWA aims to provide companies, academia, aspiring entrepreneurs and prospective investors focusing on the wireless technologies a common exchange platform through a series of industrial sharing sessions and social networking activities.

TAWA Networking Forum is a series of high-tea style networking event whereby young professionals and students passionate about wireless technology will come together to share their knowledge and opinions on trends and issues in the wireless sector. The main objective of the TAWA Networking Forum is to foster stronger ties between education institutions and the private sector.

Details of the event:

Date:    27th September 2008

Time:    2.00 pm

Venue:  NTU@one-north

Theme: Wireless Security in Singapore

Invited speakers:  Mr Ken Chua, CEO of iCell Network

                             Mr Paddy Tan, CEO of BAK2u

Be ready to meet up with other enthusiastic, technology-savvy people and have a fun, fruitful networking session! See you there!

This is the opportunity that cannot be missed! Sign up for our first TAWA Networking forum here!

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