Singapore Future MRT/LRT Map (August 2014)

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Here is the real future MRT/LRT map in Singapore as of 15th August 2014. It contains the newly announced stations of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) which will be ready by 2024.

Singapore MRT Map 15th August 2014
Singapore MRT Map 15th August 2014

PS: If case you haven’t notice, the Singapore’s Future MRT/LRT Map in my previous blog post is a fake. The above image is the real deal.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive

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Launched on the 8th April 2014 as well, the USB 3.0 Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive is a 4TB harddrive that delivers fast data transfer speeds of up to 220MB/s.

The Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive measures (length x width x depth) 116.90mm x 82.50mm x 22.35mm, weighs 307g and is currently retailing for S$449 in black (only one color).

Similar to Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive, the harddrive comes pre-formatted in NTFS and inside it contains the application, Seagate Dashboard for both PC and Mac. Seagate Dashboard allows you to backup your digital files on your computer and mobile devices (iOS and Android). It also lets you automatically back up your photos from Facebook and Flickr.

Using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, I managed to get a much better speed of 250MB/s for write and 240MB/s for read than the stated speed of 220MB/s.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast - Disk Speed Test
Seagate Backup Plus Fast – Disk Speed Test

Seagate Backup Plus Fast - Box Front
Seagate Backup Plus Fast – Box Front

Seagate Backup Plus Fast - Box Back
Seagate Backup Plus Fast – Box Back

Seagate Backup Plus Fast - Box
Seagate Backup Plus Fast – Box

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Western Digital My Passport Air

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The USB 3.0 Western Digital My Passport Air is the best looking portable harddisk to complement the design of your MacBook Air/Pro. Two different capacities are available, the 500GB is retailing for S$129 and the 1TB is retailing for S$219.

The enclosure is made up of anodised aluminium and it measures (length x width x depth) 112mm x 83mm x 11mm and weighs 160g. It is meant to be used with a Mac and hence it comes pre-formatted in HFS+ Journaled.

Personally, I find it a little expensive considering the fact that a similar model from Western Digital, the Western Digital My Passport Slim, is only retailing for S$149 for the 1TB and S$239 for the 2TB.

In terms of performance, using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, I managed to get a read and write speed of about 110MB/s which is about 10MB/s slower than it’s nearest competitor, Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.

Western Digital My Passport Air - Disk Speed Test
Western Digital My Passport Air – Disk Speed Test

Western Digital My Passport Air - Box Front
Western Digital My Passport Air – Box Front

Western Digital My Passport Air - Box Back
Western Digital My Passport Air – Box Back

Western Digital My Passport Air - Box Open
Western Digital My Passport Air – Box Open

Western Digital My Passport Air - Box
Western Digital My Passport Air – Box

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive

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Launched on the 8th April 2014, the USB 3.0 Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive comes in three different capacities (500GB, 1TB and 2TB) in four different colors (Blue, Black, Red and Silver) and works on both PC and Mac.

  • 500GB – S$89 (Black or Silver)
  • 1TB – S$119 (Blue, Black, Red and Silver)
  • 2TB – S$239 (Blue, Black, Red and Silver)

The 500GB harddrive measures (length x width x depth) 113.5mm x 76mm x 9.6mm and weights 150g while the 1TB/2B measures 113.5mm x 76mm x 12.1mm and weighs 159g (just slightly thicker and heavier).

The harddrive comes pre-formatted in NTFS and inside it contains the application, Seagate Dashboard for both PC and Mac. Seagate Dashboard allows you to backup your digital files on your computer and mobile devices (iOS and Android). It also lets you automatically back up your photos from Facebook and Flickr.

Using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, I managed to get a read and write speed of about 120MB/s.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - Disk Speed Test
Seagate Backup Plus Slim – Disk Speed Test

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - Box Front
Seagate Backup Plus Slim – Box Front

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - Box Back
Seagate Backup Plus Slim – Box Back

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - Box
Seagate Backup Plus Slim – Box

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LG G Watch Now Available In Singapore

There are three official Android Wear devices in the market right now, two of which are already available for sale, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

The most third and most anticipated Android Wear device is the Motorola’s Moto 360 which I am guessing will be on sale next month (September 2014).

For the unaware, Android Wear is a version of Google’s Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables. By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 4.3+, Android Wear integrates Google Now functionality and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. (Soruce: Wikipedia)

Out of the two official Android Wear devices that are already available for sale, only the LG G Watch is officially retailing in Singapore for S$268 since 26th July 2014. There are two colors available, the White Gold and the Black Titan.

You can get it from the usual three telcos in Singapore (SingTel, M1, and Starhub) or from other LG authorized resellers like:

Challenger

  • Funan: 109 North Bridge Rd #06-00 Funan DigitaLife Mall Singapore 179097 (Tel: +65 6339 9008)
  • VivoCity: 1 HarbourFront Walk #02-34/35 VivoCity Singapore 098585 (Tel: +65 6376 6100)

Best Denki

  • VivoCity: 1 HarbourFront Walk #02-07 VivoCity Singapore 098585 (Tel: +65 6276 6636)
  • Ngee Ann City: 391 Orchard Road #05-01/04 Ngee Ann City Podium Singapore 238872 (Tel: +65 6835 2855)
  • Parkway Parade: 80 Marine Parade Road #02-33 Parkway Parade Complex Singapore 449269 (Tel: +65 6440 4188)

Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 400mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear
  • Compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 63g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/Accelerometer/Compass)
  • Color: White Gold/Black Titan
  • Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

LG G Watch
LG G Watch