Realtek Opens Office in Singapore

· · · Hardware

I am pretty sure you guys have heard of Realtek. The Taiwan’s semiconductor corporation that makes lots of stuff from audio chips to wi-fi chips. Founded in 1987, now they are the 6th largest fabless semiconductor in Asia and 16th largest in the world! Their revenue in 2013 is almost USD$1 billion!

Realtek has tied up with Singapore Economic Development Board to setup it’s regional headquaters and R&D center in Singapore. Realtek joins other fabless semiconductor companies such as Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek who have already established a significant presence in Singapore.

Over the next 5 years, Realtek Singapore will invest SGD$180 million to establish a 25-man team in the regional HQ and 50-man team R&D. The R&D center here will developed advanced network processors that will be used in networking equipment such as Wi-Fi routers. They will also develop solutions for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications such as smart home and smart wearable devices.

Realtek Singapore office will be located at 2 International Business Park, The Strategy, Unit #02-06/07, Singapore 609930.

Realtek Singapore - Wi-FI Solutions
Realtek Singapore – Wi-FI Solutions

Realtek Singapore - IoT Solutions
Realtek Singapore – IoT Solutions

Realtek Singapore - IoT Solutions
Realtek Singapore – IoT Solutions

Realtek Singapore - Wi-Fi Speaker
Realtek Singapore – Wi-Fi Speaker

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Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery

The Mactrix Dual 9000 is the larger sibling of the Mactrix Dual 5200. It is retailing for SGD$99 and comes in three colors: red, black and champagne gold.

Similar to the Mactrix Dual 5200, you can get it at the usual authorized Apple Stores like Epicentre, Nubox or istudio. It is also available in Robinsons and Isetan as well as smaller stores like X Gear, Audio Ace Electronics, Sim Guan Electronics and Mobile8.

Specifications

  • Battery Type: Lithium ion (Original Samsung Cells)
  • Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • No. of USB Output Ports: 2 (1.0A and 2.1A)
  • Input Voltage: DC 5.0-6.0V
  • Output Voltage: DC 5.3±0.3V
  • Input Current: Max 800mA
  • Output Current: Max 2.1A
  • Charging Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
  • Life Cycle: More than 500 times
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 95 x 75 x 20mm
  • Weight: 250g
  • Colors Available: Red, Black, Champagne Gold
  • Packaging Contents: USB Cable, Carry Pouch and User Manual

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery - Packaging Front
Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery – Packaging Front

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery - Packaging Back
Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery – Packaging Back

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery - Packaging
Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery – Packaging

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery - Packaging Contents
Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery – Packaging Contents

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Parallels Access 2.0

· · · Software

Parallels Access app used to be available only on iPad. But with the launch of Parallels Access 2.0 last week, the app is now available on both Android and iPhone (Universal App).

For the unaware, Parallels Access app is a remote desktop app for Android and iOS that allows you to run any application from your Mac or PC, and it is designed to give those applications a native feeling on the mobile/tablet.

New in Parallels Access 2.0:

  • Facebook login integration lets users log in quickly and easily
  • Ability to launch desktop applications with a single tap right from the home screen of an Android device
  • A new file browser lets iOS users quickly browse and open files on their remote computer using Parallels Access
  • Desktop applications that use a microphone can now be used with the microphone on your iOS tablet or smartphone
  • Ability to change screen resolution for best fit for different types of devices

To recap, here are all the features of Parallels Access:

  • App Launcher: Tap to start any desktop application, PC or Mac, as if it were a native iOS or Android app.
  • Full Screen Applications: Mac or PC applications fill the entire screen, so it’s easy to get stuff done.
  • Seamless Scroll and Navigation: Use the gestures you know – swipe to scroll, tap to click, pinch to zoom – with any Mac or PC application.


  • SmartTap: Pinpoints where you want to click for precision tapping.
  • Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass: Don’t fumble, select just what you want with the Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass.
  • Native Select and Drag: Select text or graphics with one finger and easily drag & drop it to where you want it to be.


  • Native Copy and Paste: Copy and paste between remote applications or between your remote applications and your mobile device apps.
  • App Switcher: Tap to switch between multiple applications and windows with ease.
  • File Browser: Conveniently browse and open files from your remote computer. iOS only for now.
  • Connect to Mac or PC: Access up to 5 computers from any location via 3G/LTE or WiFi connection.
  • Wake-On-LAN: Parallels Access will try to wake up a remote sleeping computer to access.
  • Apps on Your Home Screen: Put your favorite desktop application right into the home screen of your Android device. Android only.
  • Change Screen Resolution: You choose optimal readability and usability, or more information, with smaller images and text.
  • Mobile Microphone: Use microphone input from your mobile device with your remote Mac or Windows applications.

Parallels Access requires an annual subscription of SGD$25.98 and the Android and iOS app are all free. Each subscription enable you to access up to 5 computers. If you need to access more than 5 computers, you will probably need a business plan.

If you read my mini review on Parallels Access for iPad, I was not sold on the idea of a subscription based remote desktop app because I am using iTeleport and the iTeleport iOS App just cost SGD$25.98 and it is a one time payment.

However, in recent days, my iTeleport keep getting connection issues and it is an on and off thing which is pretty frustrating. Because of that, I am beginning to like Parallels Access now and to add on to that, the File Browser feature in iOS is just pure awesomeness!

Parallels Access 2.0 - iOS AppParallels Access 2.0 - iOS App
Parallels Access 2.0 – iOS App

Parallels Access 2.0 - iOS AppParallels Access 2.0 - iOS App
Parallels Access 2.0 – iOS App

Parallels Access 2.0 - iOS AppParallels Access 2.0 - iOS App
Parallels Access 2.0 – iOS App

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, I needed to get a clear case and screen protector for it. I chose the Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5, because it includes a Clear Case and an Ultra Crystal Screen Protector.

The Ultra Thin Air Shell is the first of its generation featuring a hard polycarbonate shell that encases the Nexus 5 completely. The all new Ultra Thin Air Shell series are the one and only hard minimalistic case that offers full border coverage with absolute transparency. The Ultra Thin Air Shell series feature precise openings for the volume and power buttons to have direct access to the original buttons of the Nexus 5. The Ultra Thin Air Shell series are compatible with other third party cables which may need larger openings. The speakers feature a precise opening to help promote sound clarity. Precise craftsmanship creates a secure fit that keeps the original shape of the Nexus 5. The 1.0mm of casing surrounds the phone for the perfect slimness/protection ratio.

MobyShop is selling the Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 for SGD$32.

Features

  • Premium Polycarbonate with Urethane Coating: prevents discolouration
  • Slim, form-fitted and lightweight
  • Perfect cutouts for speakers, camera and other ports

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 - Packaging Front
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 – Packaging Front

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 - Packaging Back
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 – Packaging Back

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 - Nexus 5 Front
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 – Nexus 5 Front

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 - Nexus 5 Back
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 – Nexus 5 Back

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Nexus 5

· · · Mobile Phone

My company, migme (previously mig33), surprised us by giving each of us a Nexus 5 (16GB) to reward us for the hard-work we all put in for the rebranding from mig33 to migme over the past 3 months.

I always wanted a Nexus 5 because it is the best Android phone I have ever used! The stock Android is fast because there is no bloat and updates come in as soon as Google releases it. The camera is awesome and there is wireless charging built-in.

The Nexus 5 is not officially available in Singapore and hence there is no warranty if you get your Nexus 5 from shops in Singapore since they are all import sets. The rumours I heard from LG not bringing in the Nexus 5 to Singapore is because when they brought in the Nexus 4 the previous time, sales wasn’t too great and hence for Neuxs 5, they decided to skip it.

If you are interested in getting the Nexus 5 despite the lack of warrenty, you can checkout MobyShop. They are selling the Nexus 5 (16GB) for SGD$490 and Nexus 5 (32GB) for SGD$595.

Specifications

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.26GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • Screen: 4.95″ IPS 1920×1080 display (445 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera: 1.3MP front facing and 8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Network: 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • Ports/Connections: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons
  • Sensors: GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure, Hall
  • Wireless Charging: Built-in
  • Battery: 2300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Weight: 130g

Rumours has it that Nexus 5 will be the last Nexus phone and it will be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets. Just two more weeks to Google I/O 2014 and you will find out!

Nexus 5 - Box Front
Nexus 5 – Box Front

Nexus 5 - Box Back
Nexus 5 – Box Back

Nexus 5 - Box
Nexus 5 – Box

Nexus 5 - Box Open
Nexus 5 – Box Open

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