Pebble Watch

· · · Gadget

Pebble Watch was the 9th Kickstarter project that I backed. It broke the Kickstarter record of the most highly funded Kickstarter project. It’s initial goal was only USD$100,000 but it raised USD$10,266,845 from 68,929 backers.

The project started on 11th April 2012, I backed it the next day on the 12th April 2012 and it got funded on 19th May 2012. After almost a year of development, my Pebble Watch got shipped on 10th February 2013 and I finally received it on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2013.

Paid USD$115 (Pebble Watch) + USD$15 (Shipping) = SGD$161 in total. I chose the Jet Black color.

Pebble Watch - Box Front
Pebble Watch – Box Front

Pebble Watch - Box Back
Pebble Watch – Box Back

Pebble Watch - Box Open
Pebble Watch – Box Open

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Indoor Google Maps for Android Now Available in Singapore

· · · Technology

Indoor Google Maps
Indoor Google Maps

Starting today, with the release of Indoor Google Maps for Android in Singapore, you are able to determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where are the shops located with regards to your current location in the shopping mall.

Detailed floor plans will automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. And, in certain locations, you will have the option of using the indoor My Location feature to help you navigate your way inside. The familiar “blue dot” icon can indicate your approximate location, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.

The initial 22 popular shopping destinations in Singapore are:

  • 313@somerset
  • Century Square
  • Hougang Mall
  • ION Orchard
  • Liang Court
  • Mandarin Gallery
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Metro (Department store in Paragon)
  • Ngee Ann City
  • Orchard Central
  • Paragon
  • Parkway Parade
  • Scotts Square
  • Suntec City
  • Takashimaya (Department store in Ngee Ann)
  • Tampines 1
  • The Centrepoint
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza
  • Triple one
  • Wheelock Place
  • White Sands
  • Wisma Atria

Google will continue to add new indoor maps to public buildings across Singapore. If you’re a Singaporean business owner interested in getting your location’s floor plan included in Google Maps, visit maps.google.com/floorplans.

Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo Review

· · · Review

The Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo (8TB) is retailing for SGD$1,199 which is pretty expensive for a external hard drive.

It comes with dual Thunderbolt ports that allows you to daisy-chain up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives (48 TB using six Thunderbolt Duo 8 TB drives) or other devices such as monitors, media players, and video / audio editors.

Thunderbolt offers a theoretical speed of 10Gbps as compared to 5Gbps on the USB 3.0.

The My Book Thunderbolt Duo comes in 3 sizes, 4TB (SGD$749), 6TB (SGD$899) and 8TB (SGD$1,199). The one I gotten for this review is the 8TB model. It measures 165mm x 157mm x 99mm (Height X Depth x Width) and weighs 2.3kg.

Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo - Box Front
Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo – Box Front

Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo - Box Back
Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo – Box Back

Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo - Box Contents
Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo – Box Contents

One Thunderbolt cable is included with the package.

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Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Performance, Backup & CloudStation

In the first part review of the Synology DiskStation DS413j, I talked about unboxing and setting up and in this second part review, I will talk about the performance, backup and CloudStation.

Performance

DS413j - LAN Speed TestDS210j - LAN Speed Test
LAN Speed Test (DS413j Left vs DS210j Right)

Tested the file transfer speed using LAN Speed test. The DS413j is on SHR with WD Red and the DS210j is on RAID 1 with WD Green. When I am doing the test, I also notice that the DS413j with WD Red is extremely quiet unlike the DS210j on WD Green which makes slightly more noise, but it is still acceptable.

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ATake Rain Dance Speakers

Received the ATake Rain Dance Speakers from my cousin as a gift. If you are interested in purchasing it, it is selling for SGD$39.90 at Challenger, Courts, Popular and Newstead.

I think the ATake Rain Dance Speakers is good for outdoor parties (like a BBQ) or you can buy it for a gift exchange, it is not really something that you would use it with your desktop computer as the sound produced is a little muffled.

The water splashing and the lights make looking at the speakers pretty therapeutic and it will add some mood to your outdoor parties during the night. It is powered by USB and it can be connected to your phone or computer through the standard 3.5mm audio jack.

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Box Front
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Box Front

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Box Back
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Box Back

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Box Content
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Box Content

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Water Level
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Water Level

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Front
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Front

ATake Rain Dance Speakers - Back
ATake Rain Dance Speakers – Back

ATake Rain Dance Speakers
ATake Rain Dance Speakers

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