Microsoft To Acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services Business

Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion (USD$5 billion/SGD$6.36 billion) to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion (USD$2.17 billion/SGD$2.77 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion (USD$7.17 billion/SGD$9.13 billion) in cash.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones (Nokia Asha) and Smart Devices (Nokia Lumia) business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions.

At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50 percent of Nokia’s net sales for the full year 2012.

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Microsoft Logo

Nokia Logo
Nokia Logo

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Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector (available in both black and white) is retailing for SGD$31.90 which is about SGD$4 more expensive than the original Apple Lightning to USB Cable. Both cables are 1m in length and both are as official as it can gets.

The feature that makes Moshi’s version more expensive than Apple’s original is the aluminium encasing. The cable head is encased in aluminium and shielded to reduce electromagnetic interference. The Moshi’s version felt different (psychological effect maybe?). It is sturdier, more premium and slightly heavier. I think this is the cable that Apple should have made!

I am a huge fan of aluminium stuff and hence I don’t mind paying a slight premium for it.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively, you can also get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector - USB Head
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector – USB Head

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector vs Apple Lightning to USB Cable - USB Head
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector vs Apple Lightning to USB Cable – USB Head

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector - Lightning Head
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector – Lightning Head

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector vs Apple Lightning to USB Cable - Lightning Head
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector vs Apple Lightning to USB Cable – Lightning Head

Leap Motion

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Leap Motion is a tiny device that allows you to use your hand to interact with your computer other than using keyboard, mouse or trackpad. Just simply wave your hands above the Leap Motion controller and it can detect your hands movement. Think of it as Kinect for computers but smaller and works on both Windows and Mac.

It can tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter, your movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second and have wide field of view (150°) and a Z-axis for depth.

Leap Motion - Box
Leap Motion – Box

Leap Motion - Box Open
Leap Motion – Box Open

Leap Motion - 2 Cables Provided (1 Short & 1 Long)
Leap Motion – 2 Cables Provided (1 Short & 1 Long)

Leap Motion
Leap Motion

Leap Motion - Back View
Leap Motion – Back View

Leap Motion - Right Side View
Leap Motion – Right Side View

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Lenovo Announces New Range of Devices for today’s Multi-Faceted Consumer

COMEX 2013 will be happening from the 5th to 8th September 2013 at Hall 5 & 6 of Singapore Expo. Lenovo will be launching some new computers there.

Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14
Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14 - 2 Modes
Lenovo Flex 14 – 2 Modes

Press Quote:

Lenovo Flex 14, the world’s first multi-mode mainstream Ultrabook. It comes in two modes – consumers can tap on laptop mode for productivity and content creation, or flip the product into stand mode to for entertainment through internet browsing, watching movies and gaming. Its ultra-slim design and touchscreen interface allow for anywhere, anytime use and is perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle of today’s consumer.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core processor (i5-4200U or i7-4500U)
  • RAM: 1x SO-DIMM slot (2GB, 4GB or 8GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz
  • HDD: 500GB HD with Integrated 8GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ HD (1366 x 768) display with 10-point Processor multitouch technology
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB graphics
  • Sound: Integrated stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio certification
  • Network: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.01, 10/100 Mbps LAN
  • Connectors: USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, 2 x 1 (SD/MMC) card reader, combo of 1/8″ stereo headphone output, HDMI, RJ45
  • Camera: 1MP (720p HD webcam)
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Weight: About 2.0kg

The Lenovo Flex 14 will be available during COMEX, with prices starting from SGD$999.

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Crumpler Wren – Handbag (Large)

On Friday, 16th August 2013, Crumpler Singapore brought in a new range of bags called Wren which are targeted at girls. At launch there are 8 bags and each bag is available in 4 colors (Feather Print aka Poker Dots, Khaki, Red Orange and Sand).

Here are the bags and the respective prices

I bought Li Xiang the Handbag (Large) at Raffles City’s Crumpler Store.

Crumpler Wren – Handbag (Large) Features

  • 15L Main compartment
  • Large internal zip pocket
  • 3 slip pockets
  • Easy access phone pocket
  • Made with Oxford Weave peached nylon is weather resistant, soft and complements your day to day look without abrasion
  • Soft grey marle lining is durable yet lightweight
  • Smooth microfiber trim in highlight colours
  • Pop colour oversized YKK zip with metal logo charm
  • Soft and strong flat weave satin webbing
  • Strong alloy hardwear
  • Removable coin pouch keeps all your small items secure

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - Inside View
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Inside View

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) -  Zipped Compartment
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Zipped Compartment

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - 3 Compartments + 1 Phone Compartment
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – 3 Compartments + 1 Phone Compartment

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) - Small Key Pouch
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large) – Small Key Pouch

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