Apple MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

Recently, my company bought for me an Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013) and it uses MagSafe 2 instead of MagSafe 1 power adapter because all MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina after June 2012 ships with MagSafe 2 power adapter.

I have an extra Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter at home and I needed a converter for it.

Apple MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter - Box Front
Apple MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter – Box Front

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013)

· · · Apple

My current work laptop is a Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch (Mid 2011). Despite getting it back in March 2012, the laptop itself is a 3-year old model. My company, migme, has a policy to change laptop every 3 years and this time round, they bought for me a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013).

The processor is a 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM and 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage. This configuration cost S$2,368.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) - Box Front
Apple MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) – Box Front

Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

· · · Software

2 weeks ago, on the 18th June 2014, Adobe revealed it’s biggest update of it’s Creative Cloud software yet. The update includes major updates across their desktop apps, new mobile apps for iOS, Creative Cloud SDK and a new Creative Cloud Photography plan.

With this major 2014 update, Adobe has decided to put in the year together with the software name in the window’s title of the application. For example, in the window’s title, it now says Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 instead of just Adobe Photoshop CC.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 - Splash
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Splash

Martian Notifier

I have not heard of Martian Notifier before, but apparently they do have pretty nicely designed watch that incoporate analog clockface and will display notification from your phone through it’s smart notifications app.

Martian Notifier’s Smart Notifications App
Martian Notifier’s Smart Notifications App allows three unique levels of notification support: it first lets you filter the notification types you want sent to the watch, so you receive only those that are most important to you. It secondly allows customized vibration patterns for each type of alert, letting you know if you’ve just received, for example, an email, text message or news alert without even looking at your watch, let alone your phone. Finally, you can recall the most recent message with just a tap of the watch face, or scroll through multiple past notifications for a quick review.

Martian Notifier - Wear
Martian Notifier – Wear

LEGO Custom World Cup Minifigures by

· · · Endorsement, Toy

It is the World Cup season and has come up with customised “LEGOfied” minifigure sets for 8 qualifying countries: Brazil, Spain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Argentina, England and Netherlands.

The names and numbers on the minifigures can be personalised. All minifigures are entirely poseable (not guled) and come with their own metallic gold trophy. With every purchase, you will also get a minifiglabs 6×6 stackable display case with a country flag decal as the backdrop.
Note that all designs are printed on original blank LEGO minifigure parts.

Spain LEGO MinifigsJapan LEGO Minifigs
Spain/Japan LEGO Minifigs

Realtek Opens Office in Singapore

· · · Hardware

I am pretty sure you guys have heard of Realtek. The Taiwan’s semiconductor corporation that makes lots of stuff from audio chips to wi-fi chips. Founded in 1987, now they are the 6th largest fabless semiconductor in Asia and 16th largest in the world! Their revenue in 2013 is almost US$1 billion!

Realtek has tied up with Singapore Economic Development Board to setup it’s regional headquaters and R&D center in Singapore. Realtek joins other fabless semiconductor companies such as Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek who have already established a significant presence in Singapore.

Realtek Singapore - Wi-FI Solutions
Realtek Singapore – Wi-FI Solutions

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery

The Mactrix Dual 9000 is the larger sibling of the Mactrix Dual 5200. It is retailing for S$99 and comes in three colors: red, black and champagne gold.

Similar to the Mactrix Dual 5200, you can get it at the usual authorized Apple Stores like Epicentre, Nubox or istudio. It is also available in Robinsons and Isetan as well as smaller stores like X Gear, Audio Ace Electronics, Sim Guan Electronics and Mobile8.

Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery - Packaging Front
Mactrix Dual 9000 Portable Battery – Packaging Front

Parallels Access 2.0

· · · Software

Parallels Access app used to be available only on iPad. But with the launch of Parallels Access 2.0 last week, the app is now available on both Android and iPhone (Universal App).

For the unaware, Parallels Access app is a remote desktop app for Android and iOS that allows you to run any application from your Mac or PC, and it is designed to give those applications a native feeling on the mobile/tablet.

Parallels Access 2.0 - iOS AppParallels Access 2.0 - iOS App
Parallels Access 2.0 – iOS App

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, I needed to get a clear case and screen protector for it. I chose the Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5, because it includes a Clear Case and an Ultra Crystal Screen Protector.

The Ultra Thin Air Shell is the first of its generation featuring a hard polycarbonate shell that encases the Nexus 5 completely. The all new Ultra Thin Air Shell series are the one and only hard minimalistic case that offers full border coverage with absolute transparency. The Ultra Thin Air Shell series feature precise openings for the volume and power buttons to have direct access to the original buttons of the Nexus 5. The Ultra Thin Air Shell series are compatible with other third party cables which may need larger openings. The speakers feature a precise opening to help promote sound clarity. Precise craftsmanship creates a secure fit that keeps the original shape of the Nexus 5. The 1.0mm of casing surrounds the phone for the perfect slimness/protection ratio.

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 - Packaging Front
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Case for Nexus 5 – Packaging Front

Nexus 5

· · · Mobile Phone

My company, migme (previously mig33), surprised us by giving each of us a Nexus 5 (16GB) to reward us for the hard-work we all put in for the rebranding from mig33 to migme over the past 3 months.

I always wanted a Nexus 5 because it is the best Android phone I have ever used! The stock Android is fast because there is no bloat and updates come in as soon as Google releases it. The camera is awesome and there is wireless charging built-in.

Nexus 5 - Box Front
Nexus 5 – Box Front