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 - Wear
Martian Notifier – Wear

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.

The Martian Notifier features an integrated OLED readout that delivers real-time alerts and notifications from the convenience of your wrist including Caller ID, Calendar, Weather, texts, email (POP or IMAP), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, news headlines, and all other alerts your smartphone allows.

In addition, Martian Notifier offers several convenience-oriented features: a touch of a Notifier button activates your smartphone’s speakerphone, enabling hundreds of voice commands to control music, check a sports score, get directions, search the web, create a reminder or appointment, and more. You can also decline an incoming call, set silent vibrating alarms that only you will sense, get a once-an-hour tickler to remind you to take a break, turn on an LED light to see in a dark room, control your phone’s camera shutter, and more.

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Lego Custom World Cup Minifigures by minifiglabs.com

· · · Endorsement, Toy

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

Spain Lego MinifigsJapan Lego Minifigs
Spain/Japan Lego Minifigs

Italy Lego MinifigsGermany Lego Minifigs
Italy/Germany Lego Minifigs

Brazil Lego MinifigsArgentina Lego Minifigs
Brazil/Argentina Lego Minifigs

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.

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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.

Over the next 5 years, Realtek Singapore will invest S$180 million to establish a 25-man team in the regional HQ and 50-man team R&D. The R&D center here will developed advanced network processors that will be used in networking equipment such as Wi-Fi routers. They will also develop solutions for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications such as smart home and smart wearable devices.

Realtek Singapore office will be located at 2 International Business Park, The Strategy, Unit #02-06/07, Singapore 609930.

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

Realtek Singapore - IoT Solutions
Realtek Singapore – IoT Solutions

Realtek Singapore - IoT Solutions
Realtek Singapore – IoT Solutions

Realtek Singapore - Wi-Fi Speaker
Realtek Singapore – Wi-Fi Speaker

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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.

Specifications

  • Battery Type: Lithium ion (Original Samsung Cells)
  • Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • No. of USB Output Ports: 2 (1.0A and 2.1A)
  • Input Voltage: DC 5.0-6.0V
  • Output Voltage: DC 5.3±0.3V
  • Input Current: Max 800mA
  • Output Current: Max 2.1A
  • Charging Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
  • Life Cycle: More than 500 times
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 95 x 75 x 20mm
  • Weight: 250g
  • Colors Available: Red, Black, Champagne Gold
  • Packaging Contents: USB Cable, Carry Pouch and User Manual

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

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

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

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

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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.

New in Parallels Access 2.0:

  • Facebook login integration lets users log in quickly and easily
  • Ability to launch desktop applications with a single tap right from the home screen of an Android device
  • A new file browser lets iOS users quickly browse and open files on their remote computer using Parallels Access
  • Desktop applications that use a microphone can now be used with the microphone on your iOS tablet or smartphone
  • Ability to change screen resolution for best fit for different types of devices

To recap, here are all the features of Parallels Access:

  • App Launcher: Tap to start any desktop application, PC or Mac, as if it were a native iOS or Android app.
  • Full Screen Applications: Mac or PC applications fill the entire screen, so it’s easy to get stuff done.
  • Seamless Scroll and Navigation: Use the gestures you know – swipe to scroll, tap to click, pinch to zoom – with any Mac or PC application.


  • SmartTap: Pinpoints where you want to click for precision tapping.
  • Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass: Don’t fumble, select just what you want with the Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass.
  • Native Select and Drag: Select text or graphics with one finger and easily drag & drop it to where you want it to be.


  • Native Copy and Paste: Copy and paste between remote applications or between your remote applications and your mobile device apps.
  • App Switcher: Tap to switch between multiple applications and windows with ease.
  • File Browser: Conveniently browse and open files from your remote computer. iOS only for now.
  • Connect to Mac or PC: Access up to 5 computers from any location via 3G/LTE or WiFi connection.
  • Wake-On-LAN: Parallels Access will try to wake up a remote sleeping computer to access.
  • Apps on Your Home Screen: Put your favorite desktop application right into the home screen of your Android device. Android only.
  • Change Screen Resolution: You choose optimal readability and usability, or more information, with smaller images and text.
  • Mobile Microphone: Use microphone input from your mobile device with your remote Mac or Windows applications.

Parallels Access requires an annual subscription of S$25.98 and the Android and iOS app are all free. Each subscription enable you to access up to 5 computers. If you need to access more than 5 computers, you will probably need a business plan.

If you read my mini review on Parallels Access for iPad, I was not sold on the idea of a subscription based remote desktop app because I am using iTeleport and the iTeleport iOS App just cost S$25.98 and it is a one time payment.

However, in recent days, my iTeleport keep getting connection issues and it is an on and off thing which is pretty frustrating. Because of that, I am beginning to like Parallels Access now and to add on to that, the File Browser feature in iOS is just pure awesomeness!

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

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

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

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App

Parallels Access 2.0 - Android AppParallels Access 2.0 - Android App
Parallels Access 2.0 – Android App