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News: SIA stops carriage of shark fins

News: SIA stops carriage of shark fins

For ages, sharks have been caught for their fins, only to be thrown back into the sea with the fins on deck. Without the fins, sharks cannot swim and will die a slow death. The fins are prized in the Chinese culture, served in many banquets as a symbol of status and/or social standing.

Alex Hofford sparked an awareness campaign on the brutal practices with his photography. In 2013, Dr Michael Aw started an online petition, urging SIA, who carries a substantial air freight out of Hong Kong, to stop carrying shark fins in its cargo holds.

Some nine months and 45,000 odd “signatures” later, SIA responded with the following:

Dear Dr Aw,

Please allow me to introduce myself; I head up Public Affairs here at Singapore Airlines. I understand you have written to us in the past about the carriage of shark fin on our flights.

I am following up today to let you know that SIA Cargo has been carrying out a thorough review, taking into account the increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning. With effect from 1 August it will no longer accept the carriage of shark fin.

On behalf of Singapore Airlines, I wish to thank you for your longstanding support.

Kind regards,

Nick ========== Nicholas Ionides Vice President Public Affairs

Great News from Singapore Airlines – thank you all supporters – we did it!

SIA’s latest moves joins Cathay Pacific Airlines in banning shark fins from its holds.

Image attribution: Encourage Singapore Airlines to STOP shipping Shark Fins

News: Logitech Introduces New X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speakers, Engineered for Performance

News: Logitech Introduces New X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speakers, Engineered for Performance

Singapore, 26 June 2014 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker, a wireless speaker designed for performance and mobility. Engineered for wide-range sound, the Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker has specially angled drivers to give you an expansive sound spectrum, with precise bass response and detailed mids and highs. With this speaker, you can connect and play your music and video entertainment from any Bluetooth®-enabled device up to 30 feet away, giving you the freedom to take your media anywhere. “The Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker gives you theater-quality sound on the go,” said Jeffery Cheung, product manager for wireless speakers at Logitech. “We designed this stereo speaker on a completely new acoustic platform, strategically positioning the drivers to face upward and outward to deliver expansive sound that can help take your mobile entertainment to the next level.” The speaker is simple to connect and control. You can adjust volume and manage phone calls without missing a beat. Plus, with the speaker’s built-in lithium-ion battery, you can keep yourself entertained with up to five hours of continuous playtime, and recharging is easy and convenient thanks to its micro-USB cable.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker is expected to be available in Singapore in July 2014. It will be available for a suggested retail price of SGD$99.00. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com or our blog.

System Requirements

  • Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 152mm x 71mm x 69mm
  • Weight: 355 g

Warranty

  • One-year limited hardware warranty

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News: 50 years and counting, Duracell delivers 6x long-lasting power and entertainment for the whole family

News: 50 years and counting, Duracell delivers 6x long-lasting power and entertainment for the whole family

SINGAPORE, 26 JUNE 2014 – Duracell celebrates 50 years of portable power, from powering the transistor radio of yesteryears, to modern-day digital gadgets. The latest Duracell CopperTop batteries with Duralock Power Preserve™ Technology last six times longer than ordinary batteries* and guarantees 10 years of power preservation in storage.

Duracell batteries have been the catalysts for some of the most simple everyday pleasures. In fact, they have become so integral to our daily lives that most of us do not notice how they have changed the world. Without batteries, we would still be cranking the engines to start our cars, watches and clocks would need to be wound by hand, and children would not be so easy to entertain without the delight of a battery-powered toy, or digital devices these days.

“Over the last five decades, we have introduced the world to the superior performance, dependability and trust of Duracell batteries. Duracell is the world’s No. 1 battery brand and that drives us to innovate and excel. When you choose Duracell batteries, you are choosing 50 years of innovation powering the devices that keep us connected, protected and entertained,” said Stefan Sallandt, Commercial Director of Duracell Asia.

In 1964, Duracell adopted their official trademark, and are now producing over 6 billion iconic copper and black batteries a year. With the evolvement of battery technology and design, Duracell’s innovations continue to meet the ever changing needs of families around the world.

Innovating for over half a century:

With its slew of innovations, the latest Duracell CopperTop AA and AAA batteries provide six times longer-lasting power with Duralock Power Preserve™ Technology, to help families save more. These batteries have been engineered to deliver the right level of power for all devices, and are rated for reliable operation in temperature extremes from -20°C to 54°C. The Duracell batteries also have up to a 10-year guarantee in storage.

Duracell CopperTop alkaline batteries with Duralock provide power in devices like:

  • Toys
  • Remote Controls
  • Flashlights
  • Calculators
  • Clocks and Radios
  • Portable Electronics
  • Wireless Mice and Keyboards

Product Benefits:

  1. Duracell with Duralock technology lasts up to 6 times longer than ordinary batteries.*

1 Duracell = up to 6 Ordinary Batteries.

  1. Better performance

Higher internal volume which allows for increased actives and hence increased performance.

  1. Lower leakage rate

Has higher compression seal and higher crimp leakage resistance.

  1. Improved safety

Reduced risk of negative cap expulsion in case of internal pressure build up.

Recommended Retail Price

Duracell CopperTop AA 4 pack: S$ 5.65

Duracell CopperTop AAA 2 pack: S$ 2.90

Availability

Available at all leading supermarkets (Giant, Cold Storage, 7-11, Fair Price, Mustafa)


*based on technical tests on digital cameras vs. ordinary zinc carbon batteries

News: Pioneer delivers dynamic content to the car with AppRadioLIVE app

News: Pioneer delivers dynamic content to the car with AppRadioLIVE app

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre Pte. Ltd. (June 25, 2014) – Pioneer Electronics today continues to advance the connected car experience with the development and launch of AppRadioLIVE. Developed by Pioneer, AppRadioLIVE is a proprietary new app for users of Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode in-dash receivers.  This new app aggregates content from popular music, events, traffic, weather and news sources through a new interactive user interface to provide seamless access to personalized information while in the vehicle. The AppRadioLIVE app is available for the latest iPhone® devices1 and is compatible with all Pioneer receivers that support AppRadio Mode2.

“The AppRadioLIVE app developed with direct feedback from existing AppRadio Mode users is testament to Pioneer’s commitment to refresh the product lifecycle for our most valued customers,” said Mr. Isao Nomura, Deputy General Manager for Business Planning and Marketing Division (Car Entertainment) of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre. “Pioneer goes beyond to further enhance the driving experience with AppRadioLIVE giving our drivers a seamless experience between the built-in aggregated content for a safer and more fun user experience.”

With the app running on a compatible iPhone connected to an AppRadio Mode in-dash receiver, users have access to various Pioneer partner services2 directly on the Pioneer touchscreen. By combining these services into a single app,AppRadioLIVE eliminates the need to individually open different apps to access content from partners such as Feedly®3, Stitcher®, Eventseeker®4, INRIX®3, Yelp®3 and more, greatly simplifying the user’s experience. The dynamic home screen ofAppRadioLIVE provides an interactive interface divided into four quadrants consisting of maps, music, news information, and calendar events.  By selecting one of the four quadrants, the driver can bring the necessary information into focus with a full screen view.

Mapping

The AppRadioLIVE map feature also allows destinations to be exported directly into any of the user’s favorite AppRadio Mode compatible navigations apps, such as Waze, NavGate Drive or Navfree to obtain route and voice guidance.AppRadioLIVE’s map feature provides access to a map with INRIX®3 live traffic data including traffic flow and incidents information.  AppRadioLIVE makes it easy to quickly obtain an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to various destinations such as home, work or a specified destination.  Within the same interface, users can quickly find popular points of interest with reviews delivered from Yelp®3 and receive information about concerts and other nearby events delivered by Eventseeker®4.

Music

AppRadioLIVE provides access to a variety of audio content from music to podcasts, and even Internet radio.  Users have quick access and control over the music stored on their iPhone device and also have access to streamed content through services like Stitcher®, offering more than 25,000 on demand radio shows and podcasts; Pioneer aggregated Internet Radio with access to several hundred pure play stations, sorted by genre; and Rdio®5, one of the largest music streaming services in the world with over 25 million songs available.

News Information

With Feedly®3AppRadioLIVE users can stay up-to-date on the latest news topics that matter most to them.  The service enables customizable RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds to be read back using a high quality text-to-speech engine. Open Weather Map3 is also built-in giving users access to up-to-date 5-day weather forecasts for locations including their home, work, and destination when a route is set.

Calendar Events

AppRadioLIVE keeps users organized and informed by accessing the users’ iPhone calendar and Facebook events and delivering this information through a single, simple interface. Eventseeker®4 can also update the user’s calendar view with information about nearby activities such as concerts, sporting events and more. AppRadioLIVE provide users the ability to view all of their activities in chronological order or in a quick snapshot with a timeline view.

AppRadioLIVE is available for download from the iTunes app store. For more information, please visit www.pioneerappradiolive.com.

News: Linksys Re-Enters SMB Market With Complete Suite Of Solutions

News: Linksys Re-Enters SMB Market With Complete Suite Of Solutions

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Singapore – 25 June, 2014 – Linksys® today announced its re-entry into the Small and Medium Business (SMB) marketplace, with the launch of a full suite of business-oriented networking solutions that are able to provide scalable, reliable and secure functionalities to meet the growing demands of a modern workforce. The all-new range includes seven unmanaged switches (three with PoE), six smart switches (three with PoE+), two VPN routers, four Full HD IP surveillance cameras, a network video recorder, two Wireless-N Wi-Fi Access Points and two Wireless-AC Wi-Fi Access Points.

Reviving its history as a leading provider of SMB networking infrastructure, Linksys is offering a purpose-built portfolio of business networking and security products for SMBs and resellers. With more than 20 years of experience to tap on, Linksys understands the need for connectivity and security solutions that offer quality, cost-efficiency and business-critical performance.

“99% of all enterprises in Singapore today are SMEs, and they contribute close to half of the national GDP. For this vast and still-growing number of businesses, our newly re-introduced range of business-oriented products presents a complete and cost-effective solution,” said Tang Boon Ping, Director of Asia at Linksys. “Our extensive knowledge of the needs of a small office environment enables us to create products and technologies that painlessly and efficiently support the business to keep it running smoothly.”

The SMB product suite marks the first of three phases in Linksys’ re-entry into SMB, with the initial offering of core networking and security products. The second phase will involve the implementation of a smart cloud-based networking management platform, paving the way for a third phase of full office automation solutions.

Read the press release (Linksys Re-Enters SMB Market With Complete Suite Of Solutions) for more details on the product offerings.

Thumbfu – additive and simple Android game

Thumbfu – additive and simple Android game

Wyemun does it again. Over the weekend, he coded out a new game called Thumbfu for Android platform.

The premise is simple: use your thumbs and tap on the screen to prevent the dark ninjas from touching you. Once the rage bar fills up, consecutive thumb attacks can be launched on the next unsuspecting dark ninjas. There are some achievements to be claimed as well, but frankly who cares as long as you kick some ass with your thumbs?

Mindless fun for those who want to pass time while transiting or waiting for something to happen.

The application is now available on the Play Store.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air Review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air Review

Along with the X100 Mobile Speakers that was reviewed earlier, I received the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air for review as well. I did review keyboards from Logitech, but what is different this time is that I had an iPad Air that is accessible at home! Yay to my parents for wanting to catch up with technology?

Like previous keyboards that I have reviewed, this keyboard connects to iPad Air using Bluetooth. This means that you can actually used it for any other devices that has Bluetooth, like Android tablets or iPhone or even your laptops (even though the system requirement that Logitech specifies is iPad Air. Heh).

Who wants to use a second keyboard when you have actually one? I don’t know, but I do…

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Note: The Logitech G430 headphones, G400s mouse and K120 keyboard are my personal purchases. I should do a review on them too, right?

Back to the review…

Capitalising on prior experience in designing similar keyboards for previous iterations of the iPad, Logitech has came out with this keyboard for the iPad Air, matching the curves of the keyboard with the device. The iPad is now seemingly a thin hard book. Features, like instant sleep/wake and magnetic hinges have became the standard for any iPad covers have been incorporated into the design as well. The aluminium body gives some protection to the iPad screen when closed. As the back of the iPad is not covered, the iPad is susceptible to scratches, like any other naked iPad.

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The full-size keys, though feels flat, enables comfortable typing that you can get on a typical laptop keyboard once you get use to the positioning of your hands and the feel of the keys. Above the keys is a slot that will fit the iPad Air at an angle. This allows the keyboard to double up as a stand for the iPad, allowing you to type with relative comfort.

The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad is now on sale at a RSP of 139SGD at all major retailers. The keyboard is available in two colours: black or white. Do pick the colours according to your iPad, unless you want to have a weird black-white combination like my set (I blame myself for not specifying the colour for the review unit).

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Oreo anyone?

 

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 330g

Comes with two years warranty.