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Month: January 2014

Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android

Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android

I had the chance to receive a review set of Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android a while back.

The keyboard is designed to accompany a Windows 8 or RT tablet or an Android tablet. However, the keyboard can also be used as a wireless keyboard to almost any devices, by virtue of the Bluetooth connection. The pairing process is rather easy.

The indicators at the top of the keyboard display the possible conditions of the Bluetooth keyboard and the power supply. The keyboard is powered by 4 AAA batteries and is long lasting.

DSC_2614The keyboard comes with a casing, which when is not used for protecting the keyboard, can be used as a stand for the tablet. This is convenient for users whose protective case for their tablets is cannot double up as a stand.

The numerous Fn keys at the top row of the keyboard allows quick access to common shortcuts that most people would use, such as fast forwarding/playing media files and controlling volume. F1 to F12 keys are triggered when combining Fn key with the keys in the second row.

The keyboard and its casing is designed with the height not exceeding that of an A4 paper, which probably means that it could fit into most laptop bags and hand carry bags. Despite its small size, the keys are designed to be that of a standard laptop’s. This allows an user to type comfortably in any settings.

This keyboard is for the users who are seeking a keyboard that is comparable to that of a laptop’s for their tablets. 

Random dinner with Jean

Random dinner with Jean

And so Jean is heading back to Australia for her studies next week after completing her postings here in Singapore. In her “Stay In Touch” form, she had an addition field on confessing something and I wrote something like the following yesterday:

A random confession

Quickly one thing lead to another, and we had a random dinner at Kazokutei in Junction 8 later in the evening.

Wagyu Toji-Udon
Chawanmushi

And here is the girl who readily agreed to a random dinner with a long-time-no-see friend (yes, we didn’t really meet each other for a couple of years, I think):

Jean!

We chatted much, from school to acting as a tech idiot among her friends in Aussie (how can a tech idiot have 3 monitors for doing assignments?) to blogging. She is restarting her blog under the monkier Hanguk Yoja. Her new site is still in the works though. She used to blog under Simply Jean, which became inactive in 2012.

 

LG brings limited edition ‘Skylanders Battlegrounds’ bundle to Smart TVs

LG brings limited edition ‘Skylanders Battlegrounds’ bundle to Smart TVs

LG Electronics (LG) has released a special bundle to mark the arrival of Skylanders BattlegroundsTM – a hit mobile game – on its Smart TV platform. With every purchase of 2013 models of LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV, customers will receive a Skylanders BattlegroundsTM  LG Smart TV Starter Pack comprising a Portal of PowerTM and three Skylanders figures which can be played using the Magic Remote. 

Skylanders BattlegroundsTM is an action role-playing game experience featuring inventive team-up gameplay in which players must pit the fighting skills and magical abilities of their favorite characters against powerful enemies. The game provides an innovative tie-up between toy figures and onscreen gameplay that is unique to the Skylanders franchise. In less than two years, the franchise has earned more than USD 1.5 billion in worldwide retail sales.

For more information on the Skylanders BattlegroundsTM bundle promotion, please visit www.lg.com/sg.

Press release: LGE_HE_20140109_Media release_LG brings limited edition ‘Skylanders Battlegrounds’ bundle to Smart TVs_Final

Toyota launches 2014 Corolla Altis

Toyota launches 2014 Corolla Altis

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SINGAPORE, 9 Jan 2014 – Toyota today announced the arrival of the all-new 2014 Corolla Altis, a model that embodies the greatest successes of its range. Built upon the stellar reputation of the Toyota Corolla’s iconic badge, the car represents a triumphant showcase of Toyota’s philosophy of constant improvement, or kaizen, to deliver Always Better Cars, Always Better Service and Always Better Value. This year, the series’ 11th generation fuses stylish design with durability and reliability, to redefine the legend that is the Toyota Corolla Altis.

“With 10 generations and over 40 million happy owners, the Toyota Corolla Altis is the world’s best-selling car, and a legendary name amongst automobile makers and consumers alike,” said Mr Koh Ching Hong, Managing Director of Borneo Motors Singapore. “Today, that legend has been redefined by fusing the best qualities of its predecessors, and we are confident that it will also redefine the driving experience of what our customers have come to expect from it.”

Confidence Like You’ve Never Felt – A Design That Is A True Work Of Art

Adopting the same theme showcased on the athletic Corolla Furia Concept during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January, the all-new Corolla Altis maintains an increased emphasis on style, as seen in Toyota vehicles launched in the past year, which has produced more expressive vehicle designs. Exemplified by the bold T-shaped motif of the all-new Corolla Altis, Toyota is dedicated to bringing sharper, sleeker and sportier designs that will appeal to current Toyota customers while also attracting more youthful buyers. 

The all-new Corolla Altis’ design theme exudes the confidence of a modern, advanced vehicle. With a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs, the car holds an athletic stance with greater presence. More pronounced flared wheel arches, and a clean yet impactful sculpted surface adds an air of elegance to its sporty exterior. Viewed in profile, a sweeping crease in the body sheet metal spans the length of the sedan and accentuates the integrated door handle design.

The exterior tapers towards the front and rear of the vehicle to emphasize its wheel arches, with a longer, faster sloping roofline that blends into a shorter rear deck to give the sedan a sportier image.

One of the aesthetic factors presented by the original Furia concept design was more deeply rounded corners to create a sleeker image. The thick structures of conventional headlamps make this a challenge. The all-new Corolla Altis adopts sleek, compact LED lamp assemblies that reduce corner mass and help accentuate its tapered, rounded-corner design theme. In addition, the lower amounts of heat generated by the LED lamps enable the use of a lighter weight PES (Polyethersulfone) resin lens instead of conventional glass. The all-new Corolla Altis is the first compact sedan to offer LED projector headlamps as standard equipment.

The all-new Corolla Altis’ interior continues the theme of “Iconic Dynamism” to create a stylish, highly functional, and inviting interior space with a higher level of craftsmanship in its design, use of materials, and attention to detail. A horizontally oriented dash structure enhances the interior with a sense of spaciousness while providing a more intuitively functional space to interface with vehicular controls. The interior offers a premium aesthetic with its use of piano-black gloss trim highlighted by cyber carbon accents, while posh trimming conveys an upscale yet sportier image. Depending on interior color theme (ivory or black), blue, black or amber pinstriped accents are used in conjunction with the dash and door panel ornamentation to enhance the premium appeal of the interior. Ornamental stitching along the edge of the dash pad adds the intricacy of craftsmanship to the interior’s upscale nature.

As a result of the 100 mm increase in vehicle wheelbase, passenger comfort in the all-new Corolla Altis’ interior package has been dramatically improved, with significantly increased legroom for rear seat occupants. Compared to the outgoing model, the rear seat hip point has been moved back 75 mm, with additional leg-room gained by adopting a slim front seat back. The rear passenger floor was also made flatter by re-routing the exhaust pipes beneath the vehicle to offer a better middle position flat floor bed.

A new sporty 3-spoke steering wheel, designed with a characteristic V-shaped silver ornamentation and clad in genuine leather, provides excellent ergonomics driving to remain a comfortable experience, even for longer journeys. Shortcuts to access frequently required information and audio controls are placed within easy reach to ensure safe driving at all times. 

Enjoyment Like You’ve Never Imagined – Features That Are Intuitive And Dynamic

As the first compact car equipped with standard LED projector low beam headlamps, which replicates daytime lighting, the all-new Corolla Altis allows drivers to maintain visibility of the road in heavy rain or poor lighting conditions. In addition to this feature, the car boasts plenty of intuitive features that form a conducive and hassle-free driving experience, including:

  • Smart Key/ Push-button start
  • Chrome-plated with Honeycomb pattern speedometer
  • Electric Trunk Release
  • Electrochromic Rear View Mirror with Auto Dimming
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Auto Climate Air-conditioning
  • NanoeTM Ion Generator
  • DVD Infotainment with Navigation
  • Multi Information Display with Blue Illumination
  • 4-Speaker system with bamboo fiber diaphragms 

Excitement Like You’ve Never Known – Performance That Is Designed To Impress

The all-new Corolla Altis offers an efficient 1.6-liter, four-cylinder 16 Valves DOHC engine equipped with Dual VVT-i that generates a power output of 121 bhp and 154 Nm torque. The Dual VVT-i varies the timing and lift of the engine’s valves to suit your driving requirements, resulting in improved responsiveness, superior fuel economy of 6.5l/100km and low CO2 emission of 151g/km. 

The all-new Corolla Altis also offers improved fuel economy thanks to its advanced Super Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence (CVT-i). The Super CVT-i features several enhancements to improve transmission efficiency and driving performance with discrete shift points that help create a sensation more similar to traditional hydraulic automatic transmission. With Super CVT-i, Toyota’s engineers have improved the driving experience of the all-new Corolla Altis by adapting discrete stepped “gears” or shift points into the car’s acceleration and deceleration curves. Its new Super CVT-i even mimics the familiar characteristics of hydraulic automatics, creating a sense of positive shift engagement. 7-speed sequential shift-points can also be manually actuated from the shift gate to enjoy a more spirited drive.

The all-new Corolla Altis offers improved handling and steering thanks to a rigid chassis that takes advantage of improved suspension tuning to offer a more engaging and more dynamic car. The chassis makes extensive use of high-strength steel to improve the rigidity of the structure, while keeping the vehicle’s curb weight under 1,300 kg, contributing to fuel efficiency. The use of high tensile-strength steel allows for reduced thickness and optimized shape of structural panels while increasing strength to better protect passengers in the event of a collision. It also features additional chassis bracing (tunnel brace and rear floor brace) to increase platform rigidity, compared to the 10th generation Corolla Altis.

The all-new Corolla Altis’ suspension system uses a Macpherson strut design in the front with a new, more rigid control-arm design. A rear torsion beam is arranged with both suspension layouts designed to take advantage of the additional body rigidity to provide improved handling responses and steering control. The rear torsion beam’s attachment points are now fastened to the body at a slanted diagonal angle for its bushings as opposed to the straight attachment orientation of the 10th generation Corolla Altis. This diagonal attachment point layout contributes to improved rear handling, grip, and overall stability.

The all-new Corolla Altis is equipped with an electric power steering system that offers enhanced feel and “weight” in the hands of drivers, increasing steering precision with minimal effort. The use of an electric rack and pinion system eliminates the need for an accessory-driven hydraulic steering system, which would have caused parasitic loss to the engine. The lightweight and compact components of the manual tilt, telescopic steering structure are designed to help enhance steering rigidity and reduce vibrations. A more structurally rigid steering intermediate shaft helps improve the turning radius to a mere 5.4m.

Assurance Like You’ve Never Expected – Class Leading Safety Features

Aligned with Toyota’s philosophy of kaizen, or continuous improvement to always deliver better cars, better ownership and better product lifespan, we have maintained safety as a key priority since we began development of the very first Corolla in 1966. Today, Toyota is proud to say that tremendous progress has been made in delivering world class safety standards, with endorsements such as the Asean NCAP certification and Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) under our belt.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

ABS prevents the wheels from locking while braking. EBD complements this by optimizing brake force distribution between the wheels to compensate for different loads. Together, the two systems work to help you to maintain steering control during sudden braking.

Brake Assist (BA)

BA detects emergency stops and applies additional brake pressure. This enables ABS to work to its maximum potential.

Supplement Restraint System (SRS)

Dual front airbags ensure both driver and front passenger are cushioned from unforeseen impact.

3-Point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

Both driver and front passenger’s seatbelts can be manually adjusted to adopt the optimum comfort level. The front seatbelts are equipped with Pretensioner function that tightens the seatbelt within split seconds upon crash impact. Thereafter, force limiters will be activated to prevent belt tension above threshold level. This is to prevent upper body injury by releasing the belt at a predefined force. For rear passengers, three-point seatbelts are adopted, even for rear centre seat.

Impact Protection Structure

High tensile steel impact beam reinforcements are optimized to minimize side pillar intrusion into the cabin, in the event of a side collision.

Pedestrian Protection Performance

Impact absorbing materials have been installed on the front bumper, front fender and engine hood to reduce pedestrian injury during impact.

Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) Headrest

Seats incorporating the WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) concept are designed to cushion the driver and front passenger’s head and chest simultaneously, helping to minimize injuries in lower speed collisions.

ISO-Fix Child Restraint

ISO-Fix complies with International safety standards which specify the anchoring system for child safety seats. It defines standard attachment points to be manufactured into cars, enabling compliant child safety seats to be quickly and safely secured. 

Press release: The All-New Toyota Corolla Altis – A Legend Redefined

Press release: Linksys releases WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router

Press release: Linksys releases WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router

Irvine, CA and Las Vegas, NV, January 6, 2014 – Linksys® today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time – the Linksys WRT54G but updated and modernized it with the most leading edge available Wireless-AC technology on the market. The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G iconic blue/black stackable form factor but with a modernized spin as well as more powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports. The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.

“Our new Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router will be the most powerful router in its class on the market.  We have spared no technology expense to make this router a prosumer’s dream,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.  “The launch of the new WRT router is not only a celebration for the Linksys brand but for our customers too. We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open source capabilities with today’s AC wireless technology. The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests.”

The new WRT provides the most robust specifications of any currently available router on the market and will be the world’s first open source compatible router with a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 4 customized and removable antennas, 128MB flash memory and an eSATA port. 

The Linksys Wireless AC 1900 Dual-Band Router is capable of speeds of up to 1.3Gbps* on the 5 GHz band and up to 600 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz band. An OpenWRT custom firmware for WRT1900AC is planned to be available for download online at availability in the spring 2014.

Included with our Linksys EA-Series routers and now the WRT1900AC router, Smart Wi-Fi is a setup and management software tool that gives users access to their connected devices from a browser or mobile app so they can easily manage their home network and optimize their online experiences. Users can access their home network remotely on their iOS or Android smart phone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, give a guest access to the Internet, or block a child from accessing social networking sites.

Linksys is also announcing a new Smart Wi-Fi feature called Network Map on the new WRT1900AC router.  Network Map is a visual topology map that shows all the devices that are connected to the network.  Users can simple manage each device by clicking on its icon and change parental control settings, select wireless bands, filter by device type, or even remove devices from the network, plus more.  Network Map provides a simple more graphical way to monitor and manage a home network.

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router is planned for availability this spring at all leading IT stores. Local pricing will be confirmed at a later date.

Read: Linksys WRT Revolutionizes Wireless Networking with Next Generation Router (Press Release)