Parallels Access for iPad

· · · Software

Parallels Access for iPad is a remote desktop app for iPad 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 iPad.

A year (12 months) subscription of Parallels Access for iPad will cost you USD$49.99 (SGD$64.98) via the Parallels Access iOS App in-app purchase.

For some reasons, Parallels decide to sell it at 40% off the in-app purchase price if you get it physically in stores from Challenger, Harvey Norman, Epicentre or Nubox and redeem the voucher code online.

You just have to pay SGD$25.90 if you get Parallels Access from the above mentioned stores. As an added bonus, instead of 12 months, you get an additional 2 more months for free. This means that you are paying SGD$25.90 for 14 months worth of Parallels Access.

Parallels Access for iPad - Box Front
Parallels Access for iPad – Box Front

Parallels Access for iPad - Box Back
Parallels Access for iPad – Box Back

Parallels Access for iPad - Box
Parallels Access for iPad – Box

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection)

As part of the 2014 Logitech Color Collection, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 comes in 4 new colors, Green Envy (Green), Bubble Bath (Pink), Blue Bliss (Blue) and Daring Dive (Purple). The retail price remains the same as the regular Wireless Mouse M235, which is SGD$29 and it is already out in stores.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) - Media - Box
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) – Media – Box

Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) - Media - Box Open
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) – Media – Box Open

Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) - Media - Box Contents
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 (2014 Color Collection) – Media – Box Contents

Specifications

  • Colors: Green Envy (Green), Bubble Bath (Pink), Blue Bliss (Blue) and Daring Dive (Purple)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 95mm x 55mm x 38.7mm
  • Weight: 57.5g without battery or receiver. 84g with battery and receiver
  • Warranty: 3-year limited hardware warranty
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.5 or later , Linux Kernel 2.6+
  • Connectivity: Logitech’s Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity

Features

  • Improved control: Goodbye tricky touchpad. Equipped with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking you get more cursor control and more precision on more surfaces than with standard optical tracking. Thanks to precision clicking, pointing and dragging, everything you do on your laptop is now easier and you don’t even need a mouse pad.
  • Array of colors: The mouse comes in a variety of bright color blends, allowing you to celebrate your individuality and authentic self.
  • Powerful wireless connection: Logitech’s Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connection gives you the reliability of a corded connection but with wireless convenience and freedom. And the tiny nano receiver stays in your laptop, so there’s no need to unplug it.
  • Extended battery life: The On/Off switch helps conserve power, a smart sleep mode extends battery life and an indicator light eliminates surprises. Now you can go a full year without a battery change.
  • Comfy design: Built with a comfy, contoured design, soft rubber grips and a smooth scroll wheel, this mouse is packaged in the perfect compact size.

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Adobe Voice, a New Animated Video App for iPad

· · · Software

Adobe Voice is Adobe latest iPad app that gives you the ability to create video stories on the iPad and share it. It is free and is available in the iOS AppStore. The app requires iPad 2 or higher and iOS 7.


Adobe Voice - Icons
Adobe Voice – Icons

Adobe Voice - Story Starter
Adobe Voice – Story Starter

Adobe Voice - Theme Picker
Adobe Voice – Theme Picker

Dyson Cool fans

· · · Hardware

Attended the launch of the newly updated Dyson Cool Fans last week at Gillman Barracks.

The number one complain of the previous generation of Dyson Cool fans is the noise it produces and I am happy to hear (pun unintended) that the updated fans are now up to 75% quieter while maintaining the same powerful airflow. Besides being quieter, there is also a new sleep timer being added to the fan.

The core of Dyson Cool fan is the Air Multiplier. Air is drawn in by an energy-efficient, brushless motor. Airflow is then accelerated through an annular aperture, passing over an air foil-shaped ramp, which draws in and channels its direction. This creates and projects powerful, smooth and high velocity airflow.

Dyson Cool Fan - Inner Workings
Dyson Cool Fan – Inner Workings

The new Air Multiplier which gives it up to 75% quieter is the work of 65 Dyson’s engineers. They reduced the turbulence of high velocity air and cancelled out specific tones. To eliminate tones of 1,000Hz (similar to the frequency of the noise produced by the wing beat of mosquitoes), a Helmholtz cavity is added to the base of the machine to dissipates sound waves.

For the previous generation fans, the loop thickness is the same throughout. But for the updated fans, they create a larger space at the loop base and that reduces airflow obstructions meaning less turbulence and therefore less noise.

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Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank

5,000 units of the Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank was put on sale for the first time in Singapore at 12pm on 24th April 2014. If you miss that sale, Xiaomi Singapore will be having another sale tomorrow, 6th May 2014 at 12pm!

The Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank retails for only SGD$13.99 and shipping is an additional SGD$5 via UPS.

Yes, 10,400mAh power bank for only SGD$13.99. It is so cheap that you just need to get it. Whether you really need it or not is a question for another day.

It was sold out after 4 minutes. One Xiaomi account is allowed to buy two power banks. I managed to get two, one for myself and the other for my brother.

Total order came up to 2x SGD$13.99 + SGD$5 = SGD$32.98 and payment is by PayPal.

Placed my order at 12:02:53 on 24th April 2014. That is 2 minutes and 53 seconds after the sale had started. It can be even earlier if not for the multiple error pages when checking out due to the high traffic.

It was shipped on 26th April 2014 from Hong Kong and I received it on 29th April 2014.

The power bank casing is made up of a single-piece aluminium, created by high precision CNC digital cutting. It can fully charge your iPhone 5s for 4.5 times and your iPad Mini for 1.5 times.

The design is simple, the power button, indicator lights, micro USB input port and USB output port are all located on the same side. Do note that it has only one USB output port instead of two and that means you can only charge one device at a time.

Specifications

  • Battery type: Lithium-ion rechargeable cell
  • Power source: DC 5V
  • Input voltage: DC 5.1V
  • Input current: 2.0A
  • Output current: 2.1A
  • Rated capacity: 3.6V/10,400mAh
  • Charging time: 5.5 hours with 5V/2A plug and standard cable, 12 hours with 5V/1A plug and standard cable
  • Size (mm): 90.5 x 77 x 21.6
  • Weight: 250g
  • Safety: Temperature Resistance, Input Overvoltage Protection, Output Overvoltage Protection, Protection from Short Circuit, Protection from Incorrect Insertion, Protection from Overcharge and Over-discharge, Protection from Output Overcurrent, PTC Protective Circuits for the Cell

*UPDATE* 4th August 2014 Checkout my review on the Xiaomi Mi 5,200mAh Power Bank in comparison with this.

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Front
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Front

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Back
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Back

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Contents
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Contents

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