OPPO N1 Mini & Neo 5 Now Available In Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

The OPPO N1 Mini and OPPO Neo 5 was officially launched on the 16th August 2014. The OPPO N1 Mini will retail for S$549 (without contact) while the OPPO Neo 5 will retail for S$219 (without contact). You can get them from Singtel exclusive retailers, M1 exclusive distributor and authorised OPPO retailers.

OPPO N1 Mini
As smartphones continue to explore the notion of bigger screens, OPPO goes back to basics with its signature twist – a 5-inch handy-sized successor to the popular N1 phablet. The N1 Mini, which comes in White and Cool Mint Blue, sports features much like its predecessor such as the impressive 13-­megapixel rotating camera for that extra clear selfie!

Photography enthusiasts would be glad to know that the N1 Mini continues to deliver cutting edge optics, layering six lenses in its camera to produce a clearer image and eliminate distortion. The stacked CMOS sensor and f/2.0 wide aperture also give users complete control over light conditions, producing great photos even in dark environments.

  • OS: ColorOS 1.4 based on Android 4.3
  • Band/Mode: GSM850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA850/900/1900/2100, FDD-LTE B1/3/4/7 (4G LTE)
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8928 Quad-Core 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Screen: 5″ (1280 x 720), HD, TFT, 16.7M colors
  • Dimension (mm): 148.4 x 72.2 x 9.2
  • Weight: 150g
  • Battery: 2,140mAh Li-Ion Battery (non-removable)
  • Touch Panel: Capacitive
  • Camera: 195° Rotatable 13MP CMOS + AF Flash
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS + AGPS, NFC

OPPO N1 Mini
OPPO N1 Mini

OPPO Neo 5
Priced at S$219, the OPPO Neo 5 is easily an aggressive competitor in Singapore’s LTE-­enabled smartphone market. Comprising a humble 4.5 inch screen, 854×480 resolution on its screen and a 5 megapixel rear camera, the Neo 5 opts for a modest and functional outlook, reminding us of the primary purpose of smartphones and all technology in general – to make life simpler. The Quad-core smartphone will also run on ColorOS 1.4, allowing users to enjoy customisable off-screen gestures and more.

  • OS: ColorOS 1.4 based on Android 4.3
  • Band/Mode: GSM850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA850/900/1900/2100, FDD-LTE B1/3/4/7 (4G LTE)
  • Processor: Qualcomm TM400 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno A305 3D graphics core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Expandable Storage: Up to 32GB TF Card (microSD Card)
  • Screen: 4.5″ (854 x 480), FWVGA, 16.7M colors, TFT, 220 PPI
  • Dimension (mm): 132 x 65.8 x 9.2
  • Weight: 132.5g
  • Battery: 1,900mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • Touch Panel: Capacitive
  • Camera: 2MP (front), 5MP (rear)
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS + AGPS

OPPO Neo 5
OPPO Neo 5

Juicies+ Lightning & Micro USB Cables

· · · Cable

Juicies+ produces anodised aluminium and tangle free woven cable with Lightning connector (MFi certified) or Micro USB connector.

I backed Juices+ on Kickstarter on the 2nd September 2013 and it was funded successfully on 1st November 2013 after raising US$$275,621 out of their initial goal of US$40,000.

The estimated delivery date is in January 2014 but it got ship on 9th August 2014 and I got it on the 20th August 2014. They delay is about 8 months which makes it the longest delay for a project that I have backed on Kickstarter so far.

I paid US$65 + US$5 (shipping) = US$70 (S$88) for four Juices+ cables (family pack option). This averages out to about S$22 per cable. I chose two gold Lightning cable, one silver Lightning cable and one black Micro USB cable.

Family Pack: Four (4) JUICIES+ cables in either Black or Silver. Choose from Lightning or Micro USB.

If you are interested in getting them, use the coupon code jplusupdate23 which will give you 30% off your entire order at juicies.com. This code is only valid until 10th September 2014.

Juices+ - Non-static Poly Bags Packaging
Juices+ – Non-static Poly Bags Packaging

Juices+ - Cables
Juices+ – Cables

Juices+ - Gold Lightning Cable
Juices+ – Gold Lightning Cable

Juices+ - Gold Lightning Cable
Juices+ – Gold Lightning Cable

Juices+ - Gold Lightning Cable
Juices+ – Gold Lightning Cable

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Asus RT-AC87U Router Launched in Singapore

· · · Network

The Asus RT-AC87U is the world’s first AC2400-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration. It is also the first in the world to employ multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology. It offers 5GHz speeds of 1.7334Gbit/s along with 2.4GHz speeds of 600Mbit/s for a combined total of 2.334Gbit/s. It comes with feature such as Asus AiRadar universal beamforming, adaptive Quality-of-Service (QoS) and AiProtection with exclusive Trend Micro security.

It was announced back in January 2014 at CES 2014 and it will finally be launching in Singapore at COMEX 2014. COMEX 2014 will take place at Level 4 and 6 of Suntec City Singapore from the Thursday, 28th August 2014 till Sunday, 31st August 2014. Opening hours are from 12pm till 9pm and admission is free. After COMEX 2014, you can get the router from all authorised Asus reseller like Challenger.

It will retail for S$399.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM4709A
  • Switch: BCM4709A
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Flash 128MB
  • 2.4GHz Radio: Broadcom BCM4360
  • 5.0GHz Radio: Quantenna QSR1000
  • Speed

    • Concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
    • 802.11ac: 5GHz (up to 1.734Gbps)
    • 802.11n: 5GHz (up to 600Mbps)
    • 802.11n: 2.4GHz (up to 600Mbps with Broadcom TurboQAM)
  • Ports:
    • 1x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN
    • 4x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet LAN (1 user-configurable as second WAN port)
    • 1x USB 3.0
    • 1x USB 2.0
  • Antennas: 4x external detachable antennas (4×4 MU-MIMO)
  • Management: ASUSWRT web-based admin console
  • Weight: 747g

If you are interested in getting the router, checkout SmallNetBuilder’s review on the Asus RT-AC87U Router: part 1 and part 2.

Asus RT-AC87U Router - Front
Asus RT-AC87U Router – Front

Asus RT-AC87U Router - Back
Asus RT-AC87U Router – Back

Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

· · · Software

Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, the industry-leading software for running Windows applications on Macs. New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating system, OS X Yosemite. It provides ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand.

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook. New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimising their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly. Parallels Desktop 10 gets out of the way so customers can think less about the tools being used and more about what’s important. It also offers the choice and freedom to use whatever operating system fits your needs – including OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, Android and a number of Linux operating systems – all on one computer.

Performance and Optimisation

  • Users can now open Windows documents up to 48% faster
  • Battery life is extended by up to 30% giving people additional work time when they need it most
  • Virtual machines use up-to 10% less Mac memory
  • New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50% faster
  • Virtual machine only takes as much disk space on the Mac hard drive as it needs. Realtime optimisation automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodic manual compacts.
  • Free Disk Space Wizard allows to review and clean up space used by Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines

Easy to get started

  • Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimise their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development
  • The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place
  • Windows installation has been streamlined, with new ways to configure virtual machines
  • Regional settings from the Mac are now set by default in Windows virtual machines

Seamless integration for best user experience

  • Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.
  • When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X Launchpad
  • The unread email indicator on Outlook lets users see at a glance the number of unread emails in Outlook, just like with Apple Mail
  • Users can drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the Dock to open in Windows
  • Users also have the ability to easily restore any setting to its default value by clicking the Restore Defaults button in the Virtual Machine Configuration window
  • Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machines

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available starting from today, 20th August 2014, as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers on parallels.com/products/desktop starting from 27th August 2014 in Singapore. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac customers will receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the Parallels Access app for up to 5 Macs and PCs and an unlimited number of iOS and Android mobile.

Recommended retail prices for Parallels Desktop 10 are as follows:

  • Parallels Desktop 10 (Full Version) – S$98
  • Parallels Desktop 10 (Student Edition) – S$58
  • Parallels Desktop 10 (Upgrade From Parallels Desktop 8/9) – S$58

If you are using Vagrant for development, checkout Vagrant Parallels Provider on GitHub. For the unaware, Vagrant allows you to create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.

Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Box
Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Box

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Singapore Future MRT/LRT Map (August 2014)

· · · Blog

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.