Samsung Universal Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh)

Last month, Samsung announced the Samsung Universal Animal Edition Battery Pack featuring illustrations of four species of endangered animals as part of Samsung ‘Charge the Life’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness about endangered animals.

The endangered animals are selected from the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The list is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.

The battery packs are available in two capacity, 8,400mAh and 11,300mAh. In Singapore, the 8,400mAh capacity is retailing for S$78 while the 11,300mAh capacity is retailing for S$98.

For the 8,400mAh capacity, the endangered animals featured are Lesser Panda and Fennec Fox.

  • Lesser pandas are about 42 inches long and weigh 10 pounds, featuring a long, bushy tail. There are fewer than 10,000 adults and listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Fennec foxes are a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. They are classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

For the 11,300mAh capacity, the other two endangered animals featured are Giant Panda and Golden Monkey.

  • Giant pandas are one of the most popular animals and a national treasure in China. There are fewer than 2,000 giant pandas alive in the wild and are listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Golden monkeys have a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back. They are listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List due to the gradual destruction of their habitat.

The battery pack features an integrated micro USB cable so you do not need to bring along extra cable to charge your phone. There is also an additional USB port just in case you need to plug in a Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. The maximum output for the battery pack is 2A which is considered little these days.

Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge accessories #GalaxyS6WorldTour

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The four battery packs are displayed at the accessories section of Samsung Galaxy S6 World Tour Singapore 2015. In case you can’t locate it in the picture above, it is on the bottom left hand corner.

I got the 11,300mAh capacity in Golden Monkey print as a door gift from Samsung Galaxy S6 World Tour Singapore 2015 which is held on the 1st April 2015 at Amara Sanctuary Resort.

Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) - Box Front
Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) – Box Front

Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) - Box Back
Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) – Box Back

Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) - Box
Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) – Box

Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) - Box Contents
Samsung Animal Edition Battery Pack (11,300mAh) (Golden Monkey) – Box Contents

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Sony Walkman NWZ-A15

· · · Endorsement, Music

The Sony Walkman NWZ-A15 is the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res Audio digital music player. It was launched in Singapore in October 2014 and is currently retailing for S$299.

With the Sony Walkman NWZ-A15, Sony aims to reproduce music just as artists truly intended, by using Sony’s acoustic engineering technologies.

The Sony NWZ-A15 is equipped with three Sony audio technologies. The ClearAudio+, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) and S-Master HX digital amplifier. These three technologies allow you to hear every breath, every drum beat, and every note in detail.

  • ClearAudio+ is a Sony unique technology that helps to provide realistic sound stage in your headphones, booming bass lines and consistent volume across tracks.
  • The DSEE HX restores high range sound lost when files are compressed to MP3. With this audio enhancement, MP3 playback is richer and more natural-sounding.
  • The S-Master HX digital amplifier allows for superb accuracy, clear separation of signals, and balanced sound reproduction using a digital-to-digital process. This sharpens and enriches dialogues, music and ambient sound.

The Sony NWZ-A15 has a built-in storage capacity of 16GB and expandable via microSDXC memory card. It has built-in Bluetooth 2.1 to allow you to stream music to wireless speakers or headphones and Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow you to pair with those wireless speakers or headphones easily.

Specifications

  • Internal: 16GB
  • External Memory: microSD slot (not supplied)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth Ver 2.1+EDR1 A2DP / AVRCP / OPP
  • NFC Yes
  • FM Tuner: 76.0~108.0MHz
  • Display: 2.2″ QVGA (240 x 320 Pixels) TFT color display with white LCD-backlight
  • Power Source: Built-in Li-ion Rechargeable Battery / USB power through the USB connector of the player
  • Battery Life: MP3 – 50 hours (*MP3 128kbps, when Bluetooth OFF), Hi-Res Audio – 30 hours (*FLAC 192kHz/24bit, when Bluetooth OFF)
  • Recharge Time: 4 hours
  • Maximum Dimensions: 43.6 x 109 x 8.7mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 66g
  • Sound Effects: S-Master HX / DSEE HX / Clear Audio+ / Clear Bass / Equalizer / VPT(surround) / Dynamic Normalizer
  • Compatible Formats (Music): FLAC / Apple Lossless(ALAC) / MP3 / AAC / HE-AAC / WMA / Linear PCM(WAV)
  • Compatible Formats (AIFF Movie): MPEG-4 / AVC(H.264/AVC) / Windows Media Video 9

Uploading music to the Sony NWZ-A15 is just basically drag and drop using Windows Explorer on Windows or Finder on the Mac when it is connected to the computer.

One disadvantage of the Sony NWZ-A15 is the use of a proprietary port and that requires a proprietary cable to charge it. I wish they would stick to micro USB instead.

Sony NWZ-A15 - Box Front
Sony NWZ-A15 – Box Front

Sony NWZ-A15 - Box Back
Sony NWZ-A15 – Box Back

Sony NWZ-A15 - Box
Sony NWZ-A15 – Box

Sony NWZ-A15 - Box Contents
Sony NWZ-A15 – Box Contents

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World Backup Day + Acronis True Image 2015 Giveaway

· · · Software

Every year on the 31st March is World Backup Day. World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups. This independent initiative aim to raise awareness about backups and data preservation.

For this year’s World Backup Day, I will be giving out a copy of Acronis True Image 2015 for PC and Mac (1 computer) with Unlimited Cloud Subscription for a year worth US$99.99 (S$140) to three lucky winners, thanks to Acronis.


Do checkout my Acronis True Image Unlimited Review at lesterchan.net/blog/2015/02/20/acronis-true-image-unlimited-review/ if you are interested in knowing more about the software.

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell us a story on how you lost your data before

I will select three winning comments randomly and the redemption code will be emailed to you.

Fine Print

  • This giveaway is open to all readers of lesterchan.net who are based in Singapore.
  • I will select the winning comment randomly using: SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_ID = 3151 ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3;
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 8th April 2015 and contacted via email.
  • Details of winners such as name and winning tweet may be posted on lesterchan.net.
  • My decision on all matters related to this giveaway is final and no correspondence will be entertained.
  • I reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at anytime without prior notice.
  • This giveaway ends on 11:59pm (23:59), Tuesday, 7th April 2015 (GMT+8 Singapore Time).

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Backing Up
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Backing Up

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Back Up Done
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Back Up Done

I hope you are doing your backup daily. For me, I am doing two backups for my iMac at home on a daily basis. One using Time Machine with Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo and the other is using Acronis True Image.

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus

Krusell
In case you are not familiar with the brand Krusell, Krusell is a manufacturer of smartphone and tablet accessories. They are a Swedish company and have been around since 1991. I remember seeing Krusell cases being sold at Singtel shops when my Dad got his first mobile phone back in the 90s.

When the smartphone era came, I didn’t see much of Krusell cases around. But I guess now they are back.

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus
The Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus will be available in Singapore next month and it will be retailing for S$45.

Krusell will also be making the Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for Samsung Galaxy S6 and it will be available sometime next month as well.

I chose the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus to feature because there are not many 2-in-1 cases in the market. I like 2-in-1 cases because it allows me the flexibility of choosing whether I want to use the wallet or cover as my mobile phone case depending on how I commute.

I normally put my EZ-Link card and one credit card into a separate card holder on weekdays because I commute using public transport to work and hence the “wallet mode” of the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover works for me.

But when it comes to weekends, I normally drive, so I do not need my EZ-Link card and hence the “case mode” of the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover works for me.

When I travel overseas, I like to minimize the number of items that I bring out or have in my pockets. That is the reason why I like the “wallet mode” because I have one less thing to worry about (wallet and mobile phone vs just mobile phone).

The Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover uses strong magnets to secure the removable magnetic case. When I say the magnet is strong, it is really strong.

The wallet itself allows for three cards and on the front of the wallet there is a cutout on the receiver so that you can talk on your phone when the lid is close.

Despite retailing for S$45 (which is a pretty good price for cases), the feel and materials used for the Malmö Wallet+Cover felt really premium and well-made (workmanship is good). Easily on-par or even better than cases that costs twice as much.

Features

  • 2in1 wallet case with a removable magnetic cover
  • The cover is securely attached with strong magnets
  • Multiple credit card slots
  • Stand function
  • Extra strong magnetic closure
  • Cut-outs for all functions, doesn’t spill over the screen area
  • Talk with lid closed
  • Easy to mount and remove
  • Superior fitting

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box Front
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box Front

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box Back
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box Back

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Front
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Front

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Back
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Back

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Open
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Open

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Happy 31st Birthday To Me

· · · Blog

Yesterday was my first birthday after 30 years old and that makes me 31 years old!

Last year, Li Xiang and I went to Sydney, Australia to celebrate my birthday. This year we stayed in Singapore to save some money as we are going travelling later on in June.

Birthday Dinner
Many of you might not know but my brother’s birthday is 4 days after mine which falls on 28th March and we normally celebrate it together. Because last year my brother was on study exchange in the UK, we didn’t celebrate it with him.

This year, we had our birthday dinner at Pince and Pints which is located at 32-33 Duxton Road Singapore 089496.

Thanks to our parents for the birthday dinner treat!

Pince & Pints - Lobster Roll
Pince & Pints – Lobster Roll

For my actual day dinner, I spent it with Li Xiang and we have a casual dinner at Mignon’s Steak & Grill which is located at the food area opposite Cold Storage at Takashimaya. Been to Mignon’s Steak & Grill many times because the prices are reasonable and the food is pretty good. I ordered the Fillet Mignon Medium and it cost S$26.90 nett.

Mignon's Steak & Grill - Fillet Mignon
Mignon’s Steak & Grill – Fillet Mignon

Presents

Thanks to Li Xiang for the LEGO Hello Hulk Buster Smash present!

Thanks to my brother, Leroy, and Hui Min for two pairs of GV Gold Class movie tickets!

Thank You
And a big thank you to all of you for the birthday greetings on my Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Whatsapp, Line, Facebook Messenger and SMS! THANK YOU!

Facebook Birthday Greetings
Facebook Birthday Greetings

RIP Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew is regarded as Singapore’s founding father and unfortunately, he passed away a day before my birthday, on the 23rd March 2015 at 3:18am. He was 91 years old.

I will always remember this phrase from him: “I did what I thought was right, given the circumstances, given my knowledge at the time, given the pressures on me at the time. That’s finished, done. I move forward. You keep on harking back, it’s just wasting time.”

Lee Kuan Yew (Image Credit: Zimu Zhao)
Lee Kuan Yew (Image Credit: Zimu Zhao)

Rest in peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew and thank you for bringing Singapore to where it is today.

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