WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

· · · Storage

I am a huge fan of WD Red Hard Drives and I am using 4 of them in my Synology DiskStation DS413j and they have not been giving me any problems so far.

WD Red hard drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility under 24×7 operating environment and for the demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.

WD Red - NAS Hard Drives
WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1

The Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1 is retailing for S$228 from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively, you can also get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Besides being a lightweight rugged Bluetooth speaker (346g), it also double up as a emergency portable charger using the built-in battery capable of outputting up to 1A. The 1,400mAh built-in battery will give you about 12 hours of music. Charging is done by micro USB and there is a 5 dots LED indicator to indicate the battery status.

BRV-1 - Box Front
BRV-1 – Box Front

Sony QX Lens – Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Cameras

· · · Camera, Mobile Phone

Sony announced the Sony QX Lens last night at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The Sony QX lens are smartphone attachable lens-style cameras. It is compatible with most iOS and Android devices as long as it is able to install the PlayMemories Mobile app.

There are 2 models right now, the DSC-QX10 (Price: US$250, Sensor: 1/2.3, Pixels: 18.2) and DSC-QX100 (Price: US$500, Sensor: 1, Pixels: 20.2). Both models will be available end of this month in the US and October 2013 in Singapore.

Sony DSC-QX10 (White)
Sony DSC-QX10 (White)

Moshi Codex Air 13 Titanium For MacBook Air 13″

Moshi Codex Air and Moshi Codex Retina are both new products from Moshi .

Moshi’s Codex is a lightweight carrying case for your MacBook Air 11″/13″ or MacBook Pro Retina 13″/15″. Codex protects your MacBook at all times and insulates it from the wear and tear of daily use. Combining style and functionality, Codex provides full access to all interface ports while cradling your computer in a designer protective shell. The exterior of Codex is treated with a water-resistant coating to shield it from the harsh effects of the environment. The interior of Codex is filled with a soft Viscotex memory foam to cushion your MacBook from shocks and bumps while on the go.

Moshi Codex Air 13 - Packaging Front
Moshi Codex Air 13 – Packaging Front

Microsoft To Acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services Business

· · · Press Release, Technology

Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion (US$5 billion/S$6.36 billion) to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion (US$2.17 billion/S$2.77 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion (US$7.17 billion/S$9.13 billion) in cash.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones (Nokia Asha) and Smart Devices (Nokia Lumia) business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions.

Microsoft Logo
Microsoft Logo

Moshi USB Cable With Lightning Connector

· · · Cable, Endorsement

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector (available in both black and white) is retailing for S$31.90 which is about S$4 more expensive than the original Apple Lightning to USB Cable. Both cables are 1m in length and both are as official as it can gets.

The feature that makes Moshi’s version more expensive than Apple’s original is the aluminium encasing. The cable head is encased in aluminium and shielded to reduce electromagnetic interference. The Moshi’s version felt different (psychological effect maybe?). It is sturdier, more premium and slightly heavier. I think this is the cable that Apple should have made!

Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector

Leap Motion

· · · Gadget

Leap Motion is a tiny device that allows you to use your hand to interact with your computer other than using keyboard, mouse or trackpad. Just simply wave your hands above the Leap Motion controller and it can detect your hands movement. Think of it as Kinect for computers but smaller and works on both Windows and Mac.

It can tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter, your movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second and have wide field of view (150°) and a Z-axis for depth.

Leap Motion - Box
Leap Motion – Box

Crumpler Wren – Handbag (Large)

· · · Case, Dock & Bag

On Friday, 16th August 2013, Crumpler Singapore brought in a new range of bags called Wren which are targeted at girls. At launch there are 8 bags and each bag is available in 4 colors (Feather Print aka Poker Dots, Khaki, Red Orange and Sand).

Here are the bags and the respective prices

Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)
Crumpler Wren Handbag (Large)

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Will Be Available In Singapore From 5th September 2013

· · · Mobile Phone

Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be available in Singapore from Thursday, 5th September 2013 at a recommended retail price of S$1,038 without contract. 3 colors will be available, Black, White and Purple.

Pre-order starts today. You can pre-order from Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores, authorised retail outlets as well as all telco operators (SingTel, M1 or StarHub). If you pre-ordered, you will be able to collect your phone 4 days earlier, from Sunday, 1st September 2013 onwards.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Press Render
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Press Render