Category: 3G/HSPA/4G/LTE

Following the release of iOS 8.0.1 this morning, numerous of users found that their cellular service was disabled, reporting “No Service” messages after updating. Affected users also appear to be experiencing problems with Touch ID, which seems to be completely non-functional.

It appears that the issue is limited to users who have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, but affected devices span several carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint in the United States. Rogers subscribers in Canada have reported issues, as have EE subscribers in the United Kingdom and Vodafone subscribers in Germany.

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Restarting an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus does not fix cellular functionality, nor does attempting to use “Reset Network Settings,” but some users have reported that restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes or doing the initial install from iTunes fixes the cellular connection issues.

Apple support has also recommended restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes to fix the problem, as noted on Twitter and the MacRumors forums.

Users with an iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, or 5c have reported no issues, so iOS 8.0.1 is likely safe for those who do not have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. iPad owners have also had no problems with the update.

Update: Apple has pulled iOS 8.0.1 from the Developer Center and it is also no longer available via an over-the-air download.

Update 2: Apple says that it is actively investigating reports of problems and has pulled iOS 8.0.1 in the meantime. The company also says that it will provide information as quickly as it can.

Update 3: It appears that option-clicking on an iOS 8 file in iTunes will allow users to fix the issue without a restore. iMore has outlined the process:

1. Download iOS 8 for iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus
2. Option (Mac) or Control (Windows) click on Update.
3. Choose the iOS 8 firmware file you downloaded in step 1.
4. Let iTunes do its thing

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Unrivalled battery stamina, the best camera and camcorder1and PS4™ Remote Play2 for the first time, all with the highest waterproofing rating3 available in a choice of two sizes

sony xperia z33rd September 2014, IFA, Berlin – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”)today introduces its new Xperia™ Z series flagship smartphones – Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Whether it’s with a brilliant 5.2” flagship smartphone or the compact 4.6” form factor, bothpremium smartphones combine all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great – including the highest level of waterproofing3, enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life4, our best audio quality and PS4™ Remote Play2.

  • Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering with 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame
  • Uncompromised performance in Xperia Z3 Compact, perfect for one-handed use
  • The only smartphones with PS4™ Remote Play2
  • Highest waterproof rating (IP65/68)3 – waterproof and dust-tight to take with you wherever you go
  • Unique power-saving technologies for up to two days usage between charges
  • 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” “Exmor™ RS for mobile” image sensor, new 25mm “G Lens” and world’s first smartphones with ISO 12800 sensitivity5 for superior photos, even in low light
  • Unsurpassed audio with choice of Hi-Res Audio, Digital Noise Cancelling support and DSEE HX audio upscaling for near hi-res audio quality
  • Our brightest TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile with Live Colour LED and X-Reality™ for mobile with intuitive contrast enhancement for better viewing, even on a sunny day
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  • Xperia™ Z3 series – introducing the best ever Sony waterproof* smartphone and tablet technology
  • Xperia™ Z3 – a premium waterproof* smartphone in a stunning durable design
  • Xperia™ Z3 Compact – demand great in a waterproof* compact smartphone
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“At Sony Mobile, ‘flagship’ now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn’t ask you to compromise on features,” says Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life. That’s precisely what we aim to deliver with Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, at the same time as delivering leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in two beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphones.”

A fusion of engineering and design

Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcases superior craftsmanship that is available in your choice of a new range of colours including white, black, copper or silver green[i]. At just 152 grams with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand.

For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z3 Compact’s rounded liquid reflection frame with tempered glass panels gives it and elegant, premium finish. The only smartphone to deliver uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design that is just 8.6mm thick and 129 grams, Xperia Z3 Compact’s design is perfect for one-handed use.  Enjoy bold style with Xperia Z3 Compact’s unique colour range including orange and green, in addition to the classic white and black.

Delivering the highest waterproof rating, both are fully waterproof3 (IP 65/68), so you can take your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact with you wherever you go – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.

Beautiful design is matched with powerful performance thanks to the fully integrated Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 801 processor[ii] with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem for lightning fast browsing, immersive multimedia experiences and stunning visuals.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about your smartphone being ready when you are – with optimal battery performance, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact push the capabilities of power to give you a long-lasting battery life of up to two days4. Or, get even more from your battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life.

The world’s best camera and camcorder in a smartphone1

Capture the moments that matter in the highest quality with stunning detail – anytime, anywhere. Drawing on years of expertise from Sony’s award-winning Cyber-shot™ and Handycam™ technologies, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact deliver superior image quality whether it’s in low-light, on the move or even underwater.

The 1/2.3” ExmorRS™ for mobile sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine work together to give you photos and videos in sharp and vivid detail. Plus, you can fit more into every shot with the new 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens. If you’re capturing a photo of a stunning sunset, take advantage of the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone5 for better detail, even in low light.

Shooting a video? Sony’s new and improved SteadyShot™ technology with Intelligent Active Mode compensates for your movements, analysing dozens of backwards and forward frames, to predict your next steps and make panning smoother and images more stable.

For those most important memories, record clips in super-clear 4K resolution at four times Full HD. Plus, the advanced video mode on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact means you can pause and resume filming, so you can be sure to capture the perfect moment in one file.

New social camera apps and editing features will take your camera experience to the next level. Capture an event and your reaction to it at the same time with Face in. Add scribbles and animations to pictures with AR fun. Create a movie from your photos and videos with Movie creator. Record from multiple angles with up to three compatible Xperia devices filming at the same time with Multi-camera. Or add sound to a photo with Sound Photo.

All of these new camera apps are added to a wide range of popular Xperia camera apps accessible directly from your camera’s viewfinder, including Background defocus, Live on YouTube – by Xperia™ and Timeshift video.

Tune in with an audio powerhouse

The mobile music experience just got re-invented. Sony’s rich audio expertise comes through in every beat with incredible High-Resolution Audio, so you can hear every track just as the artist intended when using Hi-Res Audio headphones such as Sony’s new MDR-1A range. For those tracks that aren’t in Hi-Res quality, Sony’s ground-breaking DSEE HX technology – available now for the first time in our Z3 series – ‘upscales’ the fidelity of your MP3 or AAC music collection as well as your playlists on Sony’s cloud-based digital music service,Music Unlimited8, to near High-Resolution quality.

To enjoy your favourite music without interruption, the Xperia Z3 series brings Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling technology to the smartphone. Ambient noise is reduced by up to 98% when paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset – perfect for that busy commute or tuning out the background in a noisy office.

The front-facing stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround™ play everything loud and crystal clear for those moments when you want to set your sounds free.

Unrivalled entertainment with the only smartphones with PS4™ Remote Play2

Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 series. The only smartphones with PS4 Remote Play, you can now use your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4. For those times when the TV is being used, simply connect your Xperia smartphone to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

Additionally, the PlayStation®App lets you use your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact as a second screen to remotely watch the game play of your friends, communicate with PSN™ friends, or purchase PS4 games and download to PS4.

The world’s brightest display of leading premium smartphones9

Whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie, your entertainment is enhanced with Sony’s latest TV technologies. With an ultra-bright display, both smartphones deliver a visual brilliance for a truly great entertainment experience. Combined with Sony’s TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with Live Colour LED, X-Reality for mobile and intuitive contrast enhancement, bothXperia Z3’s 5.2” Full HD display and the 4.6” 720p HD display on Xperia Z3 Compact are sharp and vivid even in bright sunlight.

 Convenient connectivity and security

Switching to Sony has never been easier. Just open up the Xperia Transfer Mobile app and a few simple actions later, all of your existing music, photos, contacts and more from your old Android, iOS or Windows smartphone will be ready and waiting for you on your new Xperia.

With NFC compatibility it’s even easier to connect devices and share with more than 160 Sony One-touch enabled products – such as headphones, TVs and SmartWear including the new SmartBand Talk SWR30.

Bringing Your Own Device to work? It couldn’t be easier. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community. And for those switching between work and play, Xperia Z3 is also available in a Dual SIM variant in select markets so you keep both accounts running in one sleek smartphone.

Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphone review
Harold 2 Sep 2014

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Today’s smartphone market is saturated with top tier smartphones which are mostly costly. Naturally the low to mid range market is naturally forgotten. With more and more brands slashing prices to cater to garner a bigger market share, it is naturally that we see better cost performance products that will create shockwave across the market.

The Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM powered by Windows phone 8.1 CYAN might just fit the bill. Powered by a Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2Ghz processor, this device runs very smoothly in daily operation. As it comes preinstalled with Cyan update, apps and games can be stored externally into the microSD card. It also comes with a 5 Mega pixel camera and has a maximum of 3G talktime of 10 hrs and 22 days of standby time.

So what is the package ? See unboxing video below:

 

The new Windows 8.1 comes with Action centre where you can swape and view all the nofitications, alerts and quick settings in one place. You can also now ‘type’ faster using the Word Flow keyboard.

Edit your word or excel on the phone and store them on OneDrive with 15GB of free storage. Other applications that comes with it includes Facebook, SKYPE, Outlook, OneNote. Launch storage sense and you have a bird’s eye view of the storage space left on your phone and SD card.

Going for a tour ? You won’t get lost with the MAPS app. The Maps app is free to use and you get online and offline navigation. For the cost savvy, you can slot in a second SIM card to take advantage of cheaper call rates. Alternatively slot in a Data only card for surfing and another prepaid card for making phone calls for the $ savvy user.

When I am bored, I can entertain myself with MixRadio which can be use offline as it becomes the defacto radio station with no commericial interruption.

ON the next page, we will take a look at the interface and some of the pictures and videos taken using this phone.

HTC DESIRE 510 BRINGS

SUPER-FAST 4G TO EVERYONE

HTC’s lowest cost LTE device delivers blazing speed at an affordable price

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Singapore, September 1, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has unveiled its most affordable LTE smartphone to-date, the HTC Desire 510, available in Singapore from Saturday, September 6, 2014. Combining quad-core LTE performance with a spacious display, the HTC Desire 510 is an all-round multimedia powerhouse. For people yet to experience LTE performance, the HTC Desire 510 is the perfect introduction to a world of high-quality, on-the-go video streaming and super-fast downloads.

“The industry has been talking about the 4G effect for so long now that it’s easy to forget that only a small selection of top-end devices are taking advantage of the technology,” says Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “Owning the latest and greatest technology shouldn’t be reserved for those with the highest budgets. People today should expect their smartphones to double as mobile entertainment hubs. This means ensuring that they’re fully loaded with the latest movies, TV shows and albums, by taking advantage of the super-fast network speeds available. The HTC Desire 510 does this and more, making it the perfect mobile media device.”

Blazing speed, great value

The HTC Desire 510 is the perfect smartphone for budget minded consumers who want the latest multimedia on the go without buffering or lag. Supporting the latest category 4 LTE connectivity, the HTC Desire 510 means that your favourite content is always just a tap away with superfast download and streaming speeds. Running Qualcomm’s latest quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon™ 410 processor, the Desire 510 ensures silky-smooth graphics and browsing, enabling quick and effortless multi-tasking. Whether browsing, watching films or gaming, the smooth, responsive graphics make the HTC Desire 510 the ultimate multimedia device.

Thanks to 8GB of on-board memory and an expandable microSD™ card slot, you’ll be able to store all of your favourite apps, games, music or movies on your HTC Desire 510 without worrying about running out of space.

The ultimate mobile media experience

The HTC Desire 510 phone’s 4.7” display is perfect for watching videos and gaming and makes even browsing the internet visually stunning, with its striking screen, signature design and HTC Sense features combining perfectly for an unparalleled, all-round performance that sets a new standard in the category.

Complete with HTC BlinkFeed™, the HTC Desire 510 will quickly and simply aggregate the latest digital updates from your social networks and popular RSS feeds, keeping you up to date at all times. Move away from traditional, static home screens and get the news that matters to you the most, wherever and whenever you need it.

Available in Terra White and Meridian Grey, the device’s polycarbonate chassis looks and feels great, sitting comfortably in your hand or pocket. Customisably cool, the HTC Desire 510 can also be fitted with its own HTC Dot View™ case1. Answer calls in retro style even when the case is closed and make the HTC Desire 510 uniquely yours by selecting from 18 different themes or from your gallery photos, to create your own matrix wallpaper that reflects your mood, personality and style.

Supporting Android 4.4 with HTC Sense, the HTC Desire 510 represents a truly premium mobile experience at a highly affordable price.

Price

Recommended retail price: HTC Desire 510 8GB (RRP $268,00).

Availability

The new HTC Desire 510 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in Singapore from Saturday, September 6, 2014, in Terra White and Meridian Grey.

1 The HTC Desire 510 des not feature the smart sensor hub of the HTC One (M8). The HTC Desire 510’s Dot View experience enables basic features and levels of customisation compared with the full version.

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Do you intend to buy an entry level Smartphone for your parents or kids ? The Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM powered by Windows phone 8.1 CYAN might just fit the bill. Powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2Ghz  processor, this device runs very smoothly As it comes preinstalled with Cyan update, apps and games can be stored externally into the microSD card. It also comes with a 5 Mega pixel camera and has a maximum of 3G talktime of 10 hrs and 22 days of standby time.

Below is the unboxing video. Price info http://bit.do/nokia-lumia530

New Lumia 530 Brings Uncompromised Smartphone Performance at  SGD159
Most Affordable Lumia Available on 23 August 2014

Are you looking for an entry level smartphone that supports Dual SIM 3G cards. The Nokia 530 might be worth consideration. With Windows Phone 8.1 as the operation system, you have access to popular apps like Skype, Office, Viber, Wechat, Instagram, WhatsApp etc. It also comes with additional 15GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage. Most importantly, you do not have to rush for crazy 1 minute sales and it is priced lower at SGD 159.

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Microsoft Devices Group today announced the Lumia 530, the most
affordable Lumia to date, delivering an uncompromised smartphone experience with the latest
Microsoft and Lumia innovations. It is available in Singapore for an estimated retail price of SGD159
from 23 August 2014, Saturday.

Available in Dual SIM 3G variant, Lumia 530 will expand the reach of Windows Phone as the first Lumia
introduced below 200 Singapore Dollars, allowing more people to enjoy innovations and Microsoft
services found in high-end Lumia smartphones. This includes:

 The latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 including one swipe notifications from Action Center, and
the fast Word Flow keyboard;
 A powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that delivers a fast user experience of
favourite apps, gaming and internet browsing on the 4-inch LCD display;
 Seamless integration with Microsoft services such as Skype and Microsoft Office, available right out
of the box;
 Popular social apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat, plus key gaming apps such as
Asphalt 8, available in the Windows Phone Store;
 The Dual SIM 3G variant for easy switching between two SIM cards, helping people manage their
data costs;
 Smooth performance with signature Lumia apps such as pre-loaded HERE Maps – accessible both
online and offline – which also features turn-by-turn voice guided navigation and also get the latest
apps like FitBit, Uber, BBM, Live Lock Screen BETA and local apps like GrabTaxi, SGtransport, PSI
index;
 Stay fit with the Bing Health & Fitness app and track your progress on calorie intake and workout
trends as well as your basic health parameters whilst choosing from hundreds of workouts and
exercises with step-by-step instructions, look up calorie contents and read up on health information
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 More content and apps with 4GB of on-board memory, expandable with SD cards up to 128GB, and
an additional 15GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive that lets people sync, store, access
and share files between Lumia 530 and computers, laptops and tablets.
“We are moving quickly to help more people experience the uncompromised Lumia technologies, third
party apps, and Microsoft services that we deliver on our flagship products,” said Bruce Howe, General
Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. “Lumia 530
underscores our commitment to making affordable smartphones for everyone, and introducing more
people to the best of Microsoft. The very affordable SGD159 price makes the Lumia 530 excellent for
students, first time smartphone users, or anyone who wishes to experience the world of Microsoft cloud
solutions on Windows Phone 8.1.”
The Lumia 530 will be available in Singapore on 23 August 2014, Saturday, at an estimated retail price of
SGD159 at Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners. M1 will also be retailing the device with attractive
data plans.

Tech specs summary:
Lumia 530
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
Display 4.0” FWVGA LCD display
Battery Up to 22 days standby, 13 hours 2G talk time. Battery capacity:
1430mAh
Connectivity HSPA+ 21Mbps/5.76Mbps, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), BT 4.0, micro-USB
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
Camera 5MP
Memory 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC with up to 128GB micro SD card
support
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Rumour : Windows Phone Will Be Able To Run Android Apps

There seems to be some rumour going around the internet that Microsoft is planning to introduce a Android powered Lumia phone in the near future. Currently, Lumia is exclusive to Windows 8.1 and the Nokia X series are the first low cost Android phones that surprised the industry.

In fact, this thought of running Android on a different OS is not new. In fact, Blackberry did that on it’s BB10 OS with Amazon appstore.

According to Eldar Murtazin where the rumour originated, he claims that Microsoft will use a Virtual Machine to execute native Android apps. This should help resolve the lack of Windows Apps on the Lumia phones.

On the PC front, we already have BlueStacks running Android apps on Wintel. So, i wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft-Nokia goes into this uncharted waters and it will definitely upset a lot of Android iPhone wannabe as it can run Dual OS on the same smartphone with massive library of apps from both camps of developers.

 

Sony’s SmartWear Experience: Lifelogging, flexible style and Life tools

SmartBand SWR10  available from March 2014 in over 60 markets worldwide

New Lifelog application, cornerstone of SmartWear Experience available at Google Play Store from March 2014

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After introducing anew vision for smart, wearable technology at CES 2014, Sony Mobile announced that SmartBand and Lifelog application will be available worldwide from March 2014.

“At CES 2014, I introduced SmartWear Experience as representing emotion as well as motion

moving, and being moved” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Now we can reveal exactly what this means, as we bring our first products to market this spring SmartBand and its innovative core extend beyond fitness tracking, to add colourful, fun entertainment experiences to users’ lives. Entertainment is a part of Sony’s ethos its our culture.”

SmartWear Experience is a new user experience that makes life more fun and entertaining. It is built around three key pillars

“Lifelogging”, “Wearing Smart” and “Life tools”.

Lifelog application – Communication and entertainment, staying on top of the things that matter to you

Sony’s innovative new Lifelog application binds the SmartWear Experience together, enabling you to discover your past, enjoy your present and helping inspire your future. Together with SmartBand, the Android app enables you to effortlessly capture life and entertainment – places visited, music listened to, games played, books read – and presents it a beautifully visual interface.

You can see how active you were, where you went, what pictures you took and how you have been communicating with your world. Lifelog will also help you set activity goals, monitor your progress and make recommendations to help inform future decisions.

Connection to SmartBand and the core is effortless

a simple one-touch to pair via NFC or Bluetooth®, the sign-in using a Sony Entertainment Network account1.

Flexible style

Technology you can wear your way, and use your way too

SmartBand’s core module is a 24/7 wearable device; fully waterproof (rated IP582) despite its exposed Micro-USB port. It’s light, unobtrusive and the independent core means it can be carried or worn as you wish, to fit your lifestyle.

Initially available in Black, a variety of vibrant colour styles will be available after launch

including a special limited edition to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World CupTM.

Life tools

Smart, subtle, intuitive notifications

The wearable technology in SmartBand SWR10 talks to Lifelog app and your Android smartphone via Bluetooth® and NFC. When out of range (up to 10m) from the smartphone, a vibrating alert will prompt you to let you know. SmartBand will also measure your sleep cycle, to wake up you at the optimum time. And, once calls, messages, Likes or tweets are received, SmartBand will vibrate to notify.

It can also be used to play, pause and skip tracks in WALKMAN app by pressing the button, and tapping the band.

Open hardware and software ecosystem

matching external creativity with in-house prowess

SmartWear Experience is built on open principles and Sony is engaging with creatives from across the fashion, design and developer spectrum to broaden the range of experiences and offer consumers more choice

more details will follow in the coming months.

SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog application will be available worldwide from March 2014.

The first trade show of the year is the CES 2014 which will be held at Las Vegas on Jan 7. CES has been the traditional trade show that see big brands announce their new products for the year.

In the upcoming year, we should see some new gadgets and technologies surface.

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One of the interesting aspect is the wearable technology. We are not talking about appareals but watches, glasses etc.

In 2013, we have seen Sony Smart Watch, Galaxy Gear but they seem to be not matured products. Competitors are coming out with cheaper alternatives that will work across platforms other than Android. One of such alternative is the Neptune Pine, it is an android smartphone in a watch, not just subsidiary bluetooth device for your smartphone.

We should also be seeing more 64 bit processors from various players after Apple iPhone 5S is the first to embrace 64 bit computing for smartphones. Qualcomm, nVidia and Broadcom should be announcing some new 64 bit processors in the upcoming CES.

LG already has some big plans for 2014. It has already indicated that they will be showing off the LG Chromebase, a Celeron powered AIO which will probably kill a lot of competitors out there.

They will also be shownig the largest LG 4K Curved TV set and the LG G Flex. Just in case you are not aware, the LG G Flex is already on sale in Singapore.

China phone maker might show off Oppo N1 and Meizu might throw in some surprises.

Are you excited ? What other interestnig products will be shown at CES 2014 ?

We are really spoilt for choices these days. Android tablets comes mostly in 7″ or 10″. 8.3″ is probably a very niche market which LG found a market for it.

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LG Electronics today announced the availability of the LG G Tablet 8.3 in Singapore. The LG G Tablet 8.3 is the first 8-inch class tablet to offer a Full HD display. Together with its 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Processor with 1.7GHz Quad-Core CPU and other features, users will be able to enjoy a completely tablet experience.

Here are the specs :

Processor : 1.7GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor Display :  8.3 inch WUXGA (1920×1200 / 273 ppi) display Memory : 16 GB eMMC (microSD up to 64GB) Network : WIFI only Camera : Read 5M / front 1.3M Battery : 4600mAh OS : Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 SIze 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm Weight : 338 grams colours : Black / White

You can also purchase it from Amazon at this link -> LG G Tablet 8.3

 

 

LG UNVEILS SINGAPORE’S FIRST CURVED SMARTPHONE

LG G Flex Stays Ahead of the Curve, Leading the Evolution
of Smartphones with Breakthrough Innovations

SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 3, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced the
arrival of LG G Flex in Singapore, the first device in the smartphone market that is
curved to follow the contour of the face. The G Flex is the latest device in LG’s
premium G Series which is set to create a new milestone in smartphone revolution,
incorporating proprietary innovations from other LG companies in the form of the
display and battery. It also boasts new user experience (UX) features that take
advantage of the phone’s curved form factor.
“LG has continued to learn from consumers and has broken boundaries with a
distinctive and revolutionary product that is shaped to enhance consumers’ usage
experience,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director, LG Electronics Singapore “The
LG G Flex with its distinctive curved design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric
UX sets the standard in the smartphone industry and represents the most significant
smartphone development.”

Form + Function: Design that Understands Human Curves
The vertically curved design of the LG G Flex reduces the distance between the user’s
mouth to the microphone when the device is held against the ear, as traditional
telephone handsets used to. It is also optimized to deliver improved voice and sound
quality, increasing the sound level by 3dB compared to typical flat smartphones.
Furthermore, the curved design offers a more reassuring grip and fits more comfortably
in one’s back pocket. In landscape mode, the display offers a cinematic experience to fit
the contours of human’s eyes, with the result being the most comfortable viewing angle
for watching videos or playing games.
The LG G Flex also features the Rear Key function which was first introduced in the
LG G2. Devoid of any buttons on the sides, there is less chance of accidentally
powering off the phone and the convenience of using one’s index finger to adjust the
volume when conversing is maintained.

Innovation Delivered Through Collaboration
The development of LG G Flex was only possible through the successful collaboration
with its sister companies, LG Display and LG Chem. The 6-inch display found in the G
Flex is the world’s largest Plastic OLED (POLED) display developed and mass
produced specifically for smartphones. The ultra-thin, ultra-light flexible POLED
display and curved OLED panel are built on plastic substrates instead of glass, giving
LG G Flex its unique shape and durability. The POLED display is brighter and more
precise thanks to the application of Real RGB, which contains all three sub-pixels —
red, green and blue — in one pixel.
LG Chem developed the world’s first curved battery technology specifically for
application in LG G Flex. The curved battery in the G Flex is designed with LG Chem’s
patented Stack & Folding technology, reducing the physical stress on the battery pack
when in the curved form and provides better stability and performance. Despite its thin
form, the LG G Flex battery has a capacity of 3,500mAh, enough power for more than a
full day of use.

User-Centered Technologies
Among the several new technologies, the LG G Flex is the first smartphone to apply a
“Self Healing” coating on the back cover. The elastic coating has the ability to recover
from the daily wear-and-tear scratches and nicks that un-cased smartphones are likely to
receive, helping it to maintain a brand-new look.
Users of LG G Flex will have a wider selection in the ability to enjoy music in various
formats — MP3, CD quality or 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback. UX features, such as
KnockON, Guest Mode and Plug & Pop, which were positively received when first
introduced in the LG G2, can also be found in the LG G Flex. The LG G Flex also
includes an array of new UX features:

– QuickTheater gives users quick access to photos, videos and YouTube right from
the lock screen. By touching the screen and dragging outwards along the curved
surface with both fingers, the apps appear with the effect of theater curtains being
drawn.
– Dual Window divides the wide 6-inch screen into two separate windows for more
effective multitasking.
– Swing Lockscreen alters the image on the lockscreen depending on how the G Flex
is held.
– Face Detection Indicator displays the LED on the Rear Key in green to confirm
status of face detection and focus during self shots using the rear camera.
– Camera Timer flashes the Rear Key LED to indicate that the countdown has begun.
The LG G Flex will be available for pre-order through selected mobile operators on
December 8 at a recommended retail price of S$1,088.00. Purchase of LG G Flex
during the pre-order period comes with a LG Vest Cover (Worth $48.00) and a LG
Tone+ Bluetooth headset (Worth $178.00). Stores availability will start on December 21
at M1, Singtel, Starhub and other authorized LG mobile retailers.

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M1 3G data users are facing problems accessing their mobile broadband since as early as 3am this morning. According to news reports, users have called in to the radio station to complain about the service and the hotline 1627 was inaccessible. Users affected seems to be from the Western part of Singapore and they include users from Tuas, Clementi, Bukit Batok East. It is not known how many users are affected.

Are you affected by the outage, share your thoughts by commenting below or on our forums, facebook or twitter pages.

Here is what M1 says on their facebook page.

“Some of our customers are experiencing intermittent access issues with mobile data. We are addressing the issue and apologise for the inconvenience,” said the telco on its Facebook page at 9.30am.

It later posted an update at 1pm, saying: “We regret the intermittent access issues some of our customers are facing with mobile data. Our engineers are working hard to resolve the issue now and we will update you when we have additional information.”

Mediatek MT 6592 8 Octa core processor device thrashes popular Android devices in Antutu Benchmark tests

Mobile devices are becoming more and more popular. With more chip makers jumping onto the bandwagon, we should see more competitive price/performance on devices. MediaTek joined in the race and delivered the first 8 core mobile processor MT 6592. Although the chip is not commonly seen in devices in Europe and America, it is well adopted by China makers like ZTE and some smaller companies. The link is a list of the devices from various less known manufacturers in China (link).

In fact, the performance of this chip is pretty amazing. In this leak video, the OEM Mlais MX69 8-core MT6592 running Antutu benchmark scores 26706 thrashing HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Xperia Z etc. Although it is able to take on these devices, it is still behind the newer Snapdragon 800 devices e.g. LG G2 was benchmarked on AnTuTu at 35,376. The Sony Xperia Z1 scored a 30,383.

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ASUS and Google Launch Nexus 7 Tablet with 1,920 x 1,200 Full HD Display Resolution in Singapore

Sharpest-ever screen on a 7-inch handheld and first with built-in wireless charging function, setting a new benchmark for mobile performance

 

Singapore (18 September, 2013) ASUS today announced the availability of the new Nexus™ 7, the latest 7-inch Android handheld with the sharpest-ever tablet screen and built-in wireless charging. Retailing at S$379 for the 16GB WiFi model, the new Nexus 7 will be available at all ASUS brand stores and authorised retailers from 21 September onwards. Consumers will also be able to purchase the Nexus 7 Travel Cover at S$15 (Usual price: S$29) for every 16GB WiFi model purchased.

 

Built to deliver the best of Google in an incredibly slim package that fits perfectly in the hand, the new Nexus 7 is a state-of-the-art hero device that continues the successful relationship between ASUS and Google which began in 2012 with the groundbreaking Nexus 7 tablet.

 

“After the success of the first Nexus 7, we are very excited to continue our partnership with Google with this new model,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih. “The new Nexus 7 puts the very latest mobile technology in users’ hands and sets a new benchmark for tablets.”

 

“Together with ASUS, we took what you loved about the original Nexus 7 and made it even better,” said Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google. “It is now thinner, lighter and faster, with the world’s highest resolution screen in a 7-inch tablet. Whether you are sitting at home, in a coffee shop or at the airport, the new Nexus 7 is powerful, portable and made for what matters to you.”

 

 

Unrivaled Clarity Combined with Excellent Portability of the Nexus 7

With a vibrant, 7-inch full HD display packed with more than 2.3 million pixels for a stunning 323ppi (pixels-per-inch), the new Nexus 7 brings apps, games, books and movies to vivid life with unparalleled image quality. ASUS TruVivid technology improves colour clarity and brightness, while IPS display technology gives ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angles. Scratch-resistant Corning® Glass and a grippy soft-touch exterior ensures that the new Nexus 7 is also incredibly robust, while the 8.65mm thickness and low 290g weight mean the new Nexus 7 is even more portable than a paperback book.

 

 

Incredible Mobile Experience with the Nexus 7

Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon® S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, the new Nexus 7 allows for smoother performance, as well as more captivating and immersive mobile experience for up to 10 hours of battery life[1]. Thanks to Cingo™ mobile audio technology from Fraunhofer, the creators of the MP3 encoding format, movies and games sound amazing on the new Nexus 7 too, which comes equipped with high quality, dual stereo speakers.

 

With a 1.2-megapixel front camera and 5.0-megapixel auto focus rear camera, the new Nexus 7 is ideal for video conference and face-to-face chats with friends and family. The f/2.4 aperture allows users to capture every moment with crystal clear photos and crisp full HD video. With Photo Sphere, the new Nexus 7 enables users to create 3D photos by capturing a 360-degree wide angle shots and for instant sharing on Google+.

 

The new Nexus 7 also features dual-band Wi-Fi for silky smooth HD video streaming, ultra-responsive web browsing and blazingly fast downloads anytime, anywhere. With Miracast support, which is a peer-to-peer wireless sharing of videos and presentation files from desktops, tablets and other mobile devices to other devices, the Nexus 7 creates unlimited possibilities in mobile entertainment and productivity.

 

 

The First Device with Android Jelly Bean 4.3

Built in partnership with Google, the new Nexus 7 by ASUS is a fully-fledged Android tablet to be shipped with Android 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Tablets are perfect for sharing with others and Android 4.3 introduces restricted profiles that allow content restriction. Likewise, retail stores can use tablets to show off product information and shops can use tablets as point of sale systems. Android 4.3 also supports Bluetooth Smart technology, opening the door to mobile apps that connect to new devices like fitness sensors. Nexus 7 also comes loaded with Google apps — like Chrome, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts and Google Now — that are designed for the cloud, so everything is simple and works seamlessly across multiple devices.

 

Google Play is the easiest way to enjoy a dazzling array of content — no wires, no hassle, just pure entertainment. With an ever-expanding choice of apps designed for tablets, there is something for everyone.

 

 

Dress Up the Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 will be available with two different types of cover:

  • ·         Travel Cover: A tough yet soft snug-fitting case that protects the Nexus 7 device, the Travel Cover comes in a range of six stylish colours – Grey, blue, red, pink, orange and green. Its flexible, non-slip matte texture provides great grip and protection for the Nexus 7 against bumps and scrapes. It will be retailing at S$29.
  • ·         Premium Cover: A simple and clever design that is available in black or ivory colour, the Premium Cover allows the Nexus 7 to be propped to an ideal position for typing or watching videos. It is made up of soft microfiber interior and durable polyurethane with tactile rubber exterior finish. The slim and sturdy provides the Nexus 7 with full protection from everyday bumps and scratches. It will be retailing at S$49, and will be available at a later date.

 

Pricing and Availability

The new Nexus 7 will retail at S$379 for the 16GB WiFi model, and will be available at all ASUS brand stores and ASUS authorised retailers on 21 September. Consumers will also be able to purchase the Nexus 7 Travel Cover at S$15 (Usual price: S$29) for every 16GB WiFi model purchased.

 

 

Nexus 7 Specifications[2]

 

Operating System Android™ 4.3 Jelly Bean
CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon® S4 Pro 1.5GHz Quad-Core
Display 7” (1,920 x 1,200) IPS LCD panel with 178º wide viewing angles, 10-finger multi-touch
Dimension / Weight 200 x 114 x 8.65mm / 290g
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB onboard
Camera Rear-Facing: 5MP

Front-Facing: 1.2MP

Wireless Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, NFC
Sensors GPS, Glonass, G-Sensor, E-compass, Hall sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope
Wireless Charging Yes
Battery Life 10 hours[3] / 15Wh Li-Polymer / 3,950mAh / 3.8V
Interface 1 x headphone jack

2 x stereo speakers

1 x SlimPort™

 

 

 

LG G2 features and availability

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LG held the LG G2 Day Singapore press event on 12th Sept 2013 at Ritz-Carlton Singapore, Millenia Pavilion. We were there to hands on the latest LG G2 smartphone.

The LG G2 smartphone is the 2nd generation of the G series for premium devices. It enhances the experience with user centric features that are not found on other Android smartphones out there.

This smartphone is powered by 2.26GHz quad core Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 Krait processor. It has a 5.2 nich Full HD IPS (1080×1920/423ppi) display and has a 32GB RAM, 2GB LPDDR 800Mhz memory. The phone also has a 13 Megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 2.1 megapixel front camera for video conferencing. To maximise the performance, it comes with a 3000mAh battery and is powered with Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. It runs on 4G LTE network.

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Features wise, the LG G2 now comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The demonstration showed 2 other phones taking the same object with LG stabilisation software, it managed to capture very stable images even if you have shaky hands. The camera also has 8X the normal digital zoom and multi point AF to up to 9 AF points.

Now taking self portraits or with friends is simpler, you no longer need to set a countdown timer to do that. LG redefines this useful feature with a Rear Key. The rear key allows you to snap photos with your index finger right behind the smartphone.

As for video recording, LG implements Audio Zoom which allows you to focus the recording on the particular object or person and reduce the background noise. You can also do Dual Recording by activating both front and rear camera at the same time.

If you want to lend your phone to a friend, you can now activate Guest mode so that it maintains your private information. Another feature is Knock On, with that you can now turn the display on or off wit a simple knocking gesture.

Last but not least, LG has an accessory call Quick Window Cover which not only serves as a protector for your smartphone, it has a small window which show the clock, notifications etc. Use it to protect the phone while you can still access frequently used functions by simply sliding and selecting them in the small window.

The price for the G2 is 898 SGD and it will be available in all telcos and authorized retailers from 21st September 2013.

We check out the phone on page 2.

The new Nexus 7 (WIFI) will go on sale in Japan on the 28th August 2013. The newer version has a Full HD resolution instead of 800×1280. It is also thinner and longer in size and weighs 290g (LTE at 299g).

The processor is also upgraded to a Snapgradon S4 Pro @ 1.5GHz while the older model uses the tegra 3 1.3GHz.

Internal memory is now expanded to 2GB. It has a lower capacity builtin 3950mAh battery instead of the 4325mAh on the older model.

For those who require high speed mobile broadband, ASUS Nexus 7 will have an edition that support LTE in September.

LTE is a 4G wireless communications standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) that’s designed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and wireless hotspots.

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Check the spec below for the detailed comparison of the 2012 and the 2013 of Nexus 7

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Nexus 7 (2013) WIFI Pricing: $ ¥ 27,800 (16GB), ¥ 33,800 (32GB)

LTE Version is priced at ¥39800

 

 

LG G2 to be launched in mid September 2013 in Singapore

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LG Electronics unveiled the LG G2 as the phone specifically designed from customer feedback. The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch touchscreen, the size the company says is the ideal for most hands, and has a 1080 x 1920p Full HD resolution. The LG G2 features a quad core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor – the fastest currently available – with an Adreno 330 GPU, assisted by 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB internal storage but no microSD card slot for more memory expansion.

The LG G2 also has a 13-megapixel main shooter, a front-facing camera and LG’s custom “Rear Key,” which is a volume rocker and button on the very back of the device, placed right where peoples’ fingers rest when they’re talking on the phone.

 

Review of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Harold C 22 Aug 2013

Today, SONY introduces it’s latest Z series smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra. So what is so Ultra about this smartphone ? Is it just another smartphone or tablet. I would say it is a phablet.

For those who longs to have a larger screen, the Xperia Z is somewhat a godsend. Compared to competitors, the Xperia Z is more hip in it’s design and specifications. To date, the Xperia Z Ultra is the world’s slimmest full HD smartphone  at 6.5mm thin and weighs only 212 grams. Other than that, it has a 6.44” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by X-Reality™ for mobile engine for the ultimate big screen entertainment experience. Together with it’s Z series brothers, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is also waterproof and dust resistant. Something new is that the ear jack does not come with a flap cover yet it is still water resistant.

The Xperia Z Ultra will also feature the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4G LTE and HD voice to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry-leading battery performance and amazing speed. With the larger screen and speed, you won’t find any lag in watching high resolution movies and playing games on it. The Battery Stamina mode is also improved to prolong battery life.

On the rear of the smartphone is a 8 megapixel camera with “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor and HDR for videos and photos. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with a flash.

One unique feature that stands out from the crowd is that the Xperia Z Ultra coems with a responsive screen with handwriting recognition which is compatible with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm). You can even write notes or sketches during calls so you’ll always be ready capture your ideas as they happen. The easy-toggle keyboard makes it ideal for one-handed input and multi-tasking, with small apps to help you improve productivity so you don’t lose time browsing between windows.

With one-touch functions you can instantly and easily share music, photos and videos from your smartphone to a wide range of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, SmartWatch, wireless headsets and TVs. There are several new and innovative accessories joining the range of popular connected devices.

As for the battery life, it should be sufficient as it comes with a 3000mAh and can last up to 11 hours of talk time.

Battery (embedded) 3000 mAh
Talk time GSM Up to 11 hours
Standby time GSM Up to 550 hours
Talk time UMTS Up to 14 hours
Standby time UMTS Up to 530 hours
Standby time LTE Up to 510 hours
Music listening time Up to 120 hours (world’s longest audio playback)
Video playback time Up to 5.5 hours

Availability

The Xperia Z Ultra will be available in Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores, authorised retail outlets as well as all telco operators from 5 September onwards at a recommended retail price of S$1,038 without contract.

On page 2 , we will take a look at the phone itself and pictures taken by the phone.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra goes on sale in Singapore from 5 September at a recommended retail price of S$1038 without contract

The new Xperia Z Ultra is the world’s slimmest and largest full HD screen smartphone. It features a 6.44″ 1080p HD Triluminos display for mobile powered by X-Reality. Not only is it ultra slim at 6.5mm and weighs 212g, it also inherits the IP55/IP58 waterproof and dust resistant.

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Powered by QUALCOMM Snapdragron 800 processor running at 2.2GHz quad core processor, it gives users a smooth experience. The larger screen not only makes it easier for reading and viewing video, it can also be used with a pencil and selected stylus or pen to write and sketch on it. The smartphone also comes with a 8 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom with auto focus, HDR etc.

The smartphone also comes with a full accessory ecosystem and that includes a magnetic docking station DK30 , SBH52 smart Bluetooth handset, SmartWatch 2 SW2.

Sony Xperiz Z Ultra will go on sale in Singapore from 5 September 2013 at a recommended retail price of S$1038 without contract.

Display  

 

6.44 inches 

1920×1080 pixels

16,777,216 colour TFT

TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile

Touch panel cover glass with Super Hard Coat ASF

Memory Internal phone storage 16 GB (up to 11 GB user-accessible memory)** 

 

Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)
Networks UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850   (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV) 

GSM   GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Battery life*** Battery (embedded) 3000 mAh
Talk time GSM Up to 11 hours
Standby time GSM Up to 550 hours
Talk time UMTS Up to 14 hours
Standby time UMTS Up to 530 hours
Standby time LTE Up to 510 hours
Music listening time Up to 120 hours (world’s longest audio playback)
Video playback time Up to 5.5 hours

Detail Specs and press release on page 2.