Sony Launched Hi-Res Compact Audio System – CAS-1

CAS-1

(SINGAPORE, 27 October 2015) – Sony introduces the CAS-1, a compact audio system that aims to deliver the ultimate sound quality. It features dual-amplifiers that are tailored towards the distinct amplification requirements of speakers and headphones, thus providing the ideal sound performance regardless of output system. Thanks to Sony audio technologies, every subtle note fills your environment with rich detail and striking clarity, even at low volumes, whilst allowing you to experience immersive High-Resolution Audio. Advanced connectivity features allow you to stream high quality audio from your own device via Bluetooth® and NFC™ wirelessly, as well as via USB.

Designed for performance

The design for CAS-1 is inherited from Sony’s line of high-end ES series, and is focused on creating an ideal acoustic field on your desktop. The system is made up of three components – a main unit and two separate speakers to enhance sound. Delivering your music collection in beyond CD quality, the system supports Hi-Res Audio in both DSD and PCM formats, including FLAC, WAV or AIFF files of up to 24bit/192kHz quality. The unique Sony DSEE HX™ technology is used to upscale compressed audio files, such as MP3, to near Hi-Res Audio quality, thus bringing back a rich and full-bodied sound.

The CAS-1 features two independent dedicated amplifiers, each of which is tailored towards the specific requirements of speakers or headphones. The integration of Sony’s S-Master HX™ Hi-Res     Audio amplifier for the speakers further enhances music by reducing distortion and noise. Pulse Height volume will not sacrifice any data to control volume resulting in a crystal clear, crisp sound at any volume level. The headphone amplifier which is featured in other award-winning Hi-Res Audio models, including Sony’s high performance DAC from PHA-2 contributes to realize hi-res audio quality with headphones. These components allow the CAS-1 to produce a balanced, powerful and precise sound.

Tailor your sound experience

Enjoy your music the way you want to with the choice of audio output. You will be amazed if you choose to enjoy your favourite tunes with the two supplied speakers. Featuring a Hi-Res Audio compatible 14mm soft dome tweeter as well as a highly-rigid 62mm woofer that is supported by a bass reflex port, each speaker beautifully recreates a wide range of frequencies while suppressing noise and distortion – even when listening at close range. The brass spikes and speaker bases included allow you to add final touches to your ideal near-field Hi-Res Audio listening adventure. The model was also designed to allow the highest quality of listening experience with headphones.


Connection options are aplenty. Wirelessly connect your smartphone via Sony’s SongPal™ app to the CAS-1 and stream your music with detail and clarity using LDAC™, which is supported by Bluetooth®. Two USB (USB-A and USB-B) ports are also available for playback of Hi-Res Audio formats.

The CAS-1 compact audio system will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from November 2015 onwards, at a recommended retail price of S$1,399.

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Specification Sheet

CAS-1
Description Compact audio system
Colour

 

Main unit: Black

Speaker: Brown Wood Grain

Dimensions (WxHxD) Main Unit: 55x178x120 mm

Speaker: 95x178x172 mm

Weight Main Unit: 1.3kg

Speaker: 1.5kg

Connectivity Supports Bluetooth® (SBC, AAC, LDAC) and NFC™
File compatibility USB A – DSD, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA

USB B – DSD, PCM

Port type USB A (front)

USB B (rear)

Headphone output Stereo mini-jack
Accessories Remote control, batteries, AC power adapter, AC power cord, two speaker cables, USB cable, stand, speaker base and spike

SURVEY REVEALS 43% OF TEENS THINK CYBERBULLYING A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN DRUG ABUSE #BeStrong

- One of the largest global surveys of its kind, spanning 11 countries and almost 5,000 teens, reveals one in five teens cyberbullied, a fifth of whom felt suicidal 

#BeStrong anti-cyberbullying emoji initiative launched by Vodafone in response

– Psychologist adviser for ‘Inside Out’ film Dacher Keltner, anti-bullying ambassador Monica Lewinsky and anti-bullying NGOs involved in developing emojis to convey support 

More than half of teenagers think cyberbullying is worse than face-to-face bullying and 43 per cent believe it to be a bigger problem for young people than drug abuse, a global online survey of around 5,000 teenagers across 11 countries has revealed. The Vodafone survey, commissioned from YouGov, found that an average of around one in five (18%) teens across the countries surveyed had been cyberbullied and, as a result:

  • 41 per cent said cyberbullying made them feel depressed or helpless (also 41%)
  • 26 per cent felt ‘completely alone’ and 18 per cent experienced suicidal thoughts
  • 21 per cent had ‘not gone to school’ and 25 per cent closed down their social media accounts
  • 38 per cent said they did not tell their parents or guardians, as they felt ashamed (32%), scared their parents would get involved (40%), or worried what their parents might do (36%).

Forty-three per cent of those surveyed would find it hard to support a friend who had been bullied on social media, as they ‘could not find the right words’ to show support. Seventy-two per cent of teens said they would be likely to use an emoji to express compassion or support for friends being cyberbullied.

In response to the findings, Vodafone today launches the #BeStrong anti-cyberbullying emoji initiative, which involved the creation of a suite of ‘support emojis’ to raise awareness of the importance of conveying compassion, sympathy and support when friends are being bullied online. The emojis were chosen by the 4,720 teens surveyed from a wide selection designed by Vodafone and its anti-bullying panel as their favourite symbols for compassion and support. The favourite two sets of emojis can be seen below. news release

The company is also talking to the major emoji app and social media platforms towards featuring the emojis on their platforms in the near future.

The idea for a ‘support emoji’ was first brought to Vodafone by anti-bullying ambassador Monica Lewinsky, who has been a consultant on the initiative, working alongside semioticians (who study signs and symbols and their use or interpretation), anti-bullying NGOs including The Diana Award, ENABLE, a European Union project to help combat bullying, and Berkeley University Professor Dacher Keltner – the psychologist who advised on the creation of the characters for Pixar film Inside Out.

 

Commenting in a new video released today, Professor Keltner explains the importance of teens being able to offer support and show sympathy to their peers being cyberbullied. He said: “A lot of emojis can be limited for communicating emotions. The bystander needs better tools. Specific emojis that they can send their friends to show that they are there for them.”

Vodafone Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett, said: “The results of the global survey – which we believe to be one of the largest of its kind among teenagers in so many countries – will be a serious concern for any parent. The new generation that was born digital thrives in a world of constant connectivity, but there are clear risks for young people as well as benefits – and it is striking that cyberbullying troubles many young people more than drug abuse. Our research showed many teenagers find it difficult to help their friends when cyberbullying is happening, and the #BeStrong campaign has been created to help them convey emotional support”.

 

@Servcorp announces further expansion in Singapore with new office launch at #CapitaGreen

Singapore/Sydney, September 2015 – Servcorp Ltd (SRV:ASX), the leading executive serviced and virtual offices provider with offices in 52 cities across 23 countries, opened its new office in Singapore located at CapitaGreen, the latest and most sought-after Grade-A building in the heart of the central business district

(From Left) Servcorp COO Marcus Moufarrige, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. Source Instagram user @weewu

An opening celebration was held at the premise on 22 September 2015 which was officiated by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. The event was also graced by Senior Executives of Servcorp’s partners and clients.

Barely a year ago, Servcorp opened its South East Asia Headquarter at Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2. The opening of CapitaGreen office this year will expand their Singapore portfolio to six sites, on top of the existing sites at Battery Road, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2, PSA Building, Suntec Tower 3 and The Metropolis.

Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, is giving speech for the opening of #Servcorp Capital Green Office. Source: Instagram user @weewu

With over US$80 million investment in building a global IT network, Servcorp provides the fastest wireless access in the market with 99.99% uptime guaranteed. Servcorp’s clients are able to obtain 24/7 global IT support with a 100-strong dedicated local IT support team, which makes Servcorp a reliable partner for tech giants clients like Dell and Microsoft.

 

For additional information, please visit: http://www.servcorp.com.sg

 

@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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