OPPO First Flagship Store in Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

OPPO official opened it’s first flagship store in Singapore at Suntec City Mall. The retail store occupies 2,200 square feet (204.387 square meter) of space. The store will be used to showcase OPPO products as well as hosting bi-monthly workshops for its fans.

OPPO Store at Suntec City
OPPO Store at Suntec City

The OPPO flagship store is located at 8 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, Tower 3, #01-627, Singapore 038983 and it opens from 10am to 10pm daily.

Today I learned (TIL) that OPPO started out selling Blu-ray players, then they moved on to high-end audio products and now they are making mobile phones.

OPPO started as a Blu-Ray player manufacturer actually

A video posted by Lester Chan (@gamerz)

Then OPPO moved on to Audio Products

A video posted by Lester Chan (@gamerz)

And here we are OPPO doing mobile phones

A video posted by Lester Chan (@gamerz)

Lightning Rabbit Cables

· · · Cable

Lightning Rabbit is an alternative to Juicies+ Cables. They also produce fabric wound cable with sleek and polished aluminium ends.

They have three types of cable now: Apple Lightning to USB (Lightning Rabbit), Apple 30-pin Connector to USB (Old Skool Rabbit) and Micro USB to USB (Micro Rabbit)

They have three colors available for each variant (Silver, Orange and Purple). For the Lightning Rabbit, it is retailing for US$20 (S$26) while the Old Skool Rabbit and Micro Rabbit cost US$15 (S$20) each. International Shipping is an additional US$6.75 (S$9).

There is only one length available for the cables which is 5 foot (1.5m).

I am not too sure whether they are using MFi certified lightning connectors because it was not mentioned on their website. However, I am not getting any “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably” error when I am using it to charge my iPhone 6 Plus.

Lightning Rabbit Cables
Lightning Rabbit Cables

Lightning Rabbit Cables - Silver Lightning Rabbit
Lightning Rabbit Cables – Silver Lightning Rabbit

Lightning Rabbit Cables - Silver Lightning Rabbit - Lightning End
Lightning Rabbit Cables – Silver Lightning Rabbit – Lightning End

Lightning Rabbit Cables - Silver Lightning Rabbit - USB End
Lightning Rabbit Cables – Silver Lightning Rabbit – USB End

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Plaza Singapura 40th Anniversary

Plaza Singapura was built in 1974 and was designed by BEP Akitek Pte Ltd. It undergo a major renovation in 2002 and again in 2012 (Source: Wikipedia).

This year marks its 40th anniversary and they have partnered with Cold Storage (which is their anchor tenant since last year) to organise an inaugural epicurean event called “Flavours of the World” at Plaza Singapura’s Main Atrium located on level 1. The event will be held for about two weeks from 22nd October 2014 to 2nd November 2014.

Flavours of the World
Flavours of the World

CEO of Cold Storage, Wayne Allan Anderson
CEO of Cold Storage, Wayne Allan Anderson

The event will feature an array of international gourmet delights like oyster bars, meat carving statins, extensive selection of beers, ciders and wines. Cold Storage also brought in new potato chip labels such as Herr’s from United States, Torres from Spain and Vintage Italia from United Kingdom.

I am not really a fan of alcohol, so the beers, ciders and wines doesn’t really entice me, but do check out the chips! My new favourite chip brand is now Herr’s!

Herr's Chips
Herr’s Chips

Herr's Chips - Buy Any 2 at S$7.95
Herr’s Chips – Buy Any 2 at S$7.95

Herr's Chips
Herr’s Chips

Herr's Chips - Buy Any 2 at S$8.40
Herr’s Chips – Buy Any 2 at S$8.40

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Using Apple Pay in Singapore

· · · Shop

If you have a US credit or debit card, you can use it with Apple Pay in Singapore. You don’t need to have an US iTunes Account or behind an US IP.

Just go to Settings -> General -> Language & Region -> Region and choose United States.

Apple Pay - Change RegionApple Pay - Passbook
Apple Pay – Change Region / Passbook

After that open up Passbook and tap on Set Up Apple Pay. In the next screen, tap on Add a new Credit or Debit Card and proceed on to setup your US Credit or Debit Card.

Apple Pay - Add a new Credit or Debit CardApple Pay - Card Details
Apple Pay – Add a new Credit or Debit Card / Card Details

Once done, you can use it at all MasterCard’s PayPass or Visa’s payWave terminal (it doesn’t work on NETS FlashPay Terminal). Note that it doesn’t work with a Singapore issued credit or debit card and that includes Singapore issued American Express credit card.

My friend, Vishnu Prem (@burnflare), has tried it in NTUC, Shop & Save and Breadyard @ SUTD as shown in the video below:

Thanks to Vishnu Prem (@burnflare) for the video and information. Let’s hope Apple Pay will to Singapore soon!

PS: You will incur US$ to S$ conversion from the bank, so you will end up paying more.

Google Announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player & Android 5.0 Lollipop

Last Wednesday, Google announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player & Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6 will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It comes with a 5.96″ 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi) powered by Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor.

Pre-order starts in the US on 29th October 2014 and will be in stores in November 2014. The Nexus 6 will be available in 28 countries over the coming weeks.

The Nexus 6 (32GB) will retail for US$649 (S$828) and the Nexus 6 (64GB) will retail for US$699 (S$892).

Note that similar to Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 will come with two variants, one for America and one for international (for the rest of the world). In order to use the 4G service in Singapore, you need to get the international variant.

History

  • Nexus 1 was made by HTC back in January 2010.
  • Nexus S (Nexus 2) was made by Samsung back in December 2010
  • Galaxy Nexus (Nexus 3) was also made by Samsung back in November 2011
  • Nexus 4 was made by LG in October 2012
  • Nexus 5 was made by LG in November 2013
  • Nexus 6 is made by Motorola in October 2014

Nexus 6
Nexus 6

Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Screen: 5.96″ 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi), 16:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU: Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB or 64GB
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with optical image stabilization, Dual LED ring flash, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video capture at 30fps
  • Front Camera: 2MP, HD Video Conferencing
  • Audio Output: Dual front-facing speakers
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM, 3.5mm audio
  • Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
  • Size: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
  • Weight: 184g
  • Color: Midnight Blue, Cloud White
  • Battery: 3220mAh with built-in wireless charging and support for turbo charging
  • Network:
    • North America:

      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10
      • WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
      • LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
      • CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
    • Rest of World:

      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA: not supported
      • WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
      • LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
      • CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8

Nexus 9

Nexus 9 is Google’s answer to Apple’s iPad Air. Built by HTC, it is running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a 8.9″ QXGA IPS LCD (2048×1536) powered by 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

Pre-order in the US for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models starts from 17th October 2014. Nexus 9 LTE 32GB will be available later this year. There is no Nexus 9 16GB LTE if you are wondering. The Nexus 9 will be available in 29 countries over the coming weeks.

Prices are as follows

  • Nexus 9 (16GB) (Wi-Fi): US$399 (S$509)
  • Nexus 9 (32GB) (Wi-Fi): US$479 (S$611)
  • Nexus 9 (32GB) (LTE): US$599 (S$764)

History

  • Nexus 7 (1st Generation) was made by Asus in July 2012
  • Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) was made by Asus in July 2013
  • Nexus 9 is made by HTC in October 2014
  • Nexus 10 was made by Samsung in November 2012

Nexus 9
Nexus 9

Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Screen: 8.9″ IPS QXGA LCD (2048×1536), 4:3 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3, Double tap to wake
  • CPU: 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • GPU: Kepler GPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB or 32GB
  • Rear Camera: 8MP, f/2.4, Auto-focus, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 1.6MP, f/2.4
  • Audio: Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, Dual microphones
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM (TE), 3.5mm audio
  • Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor
  • Size: 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm
  • Weight: 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE)
  • Color: Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
  • Battery: 6700mAh
  • Network: Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE

Nexus Player
Nexus player is also Google’s answer to Apple TV. Built by Asus, it is running on Android TV and powered by Intel Atom 1.8GHz Quad Core.

The Nexus Player will retail for US$99 (S$127) and it comes with a remote. The Nexus Player also supports an additional controller for gaming and that cost US$39.99 (S$51) which is sold separately.

Nexus Player
Nexus Player

Specifications

  • OS: Android TV
  • CPU: Intel Atom 1.8GHz Quad Core
  • CPU: Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB
  • orts: 18W DC power, HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz), Micro-USB 2.0
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
  • Weight: 235g
  • Remote:
    • 2 AAA batteries (included in box)
    • Bluetooth Smart
    • 40g (excluding batteries)
    • 37mm x 140mm x 16mm
  • Requirements

    • TV with HDMI input
    • HDMI cable
    • Internet connectivity (Wi-Fi only)
  • In-box

    • Nexus Player
    • Remote with voice search
    • Power adapter
    • 2 AAA batteries
    • Quick-start guide
    • Warranty, Safety and Regulatory booklet

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android L is now officially known as Android 5.0 Lollipop and it will be in the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. For Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and other Google Play Edition devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop will be coming as an OTA update in the next few weeks.

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 5.0 Lollipop