News: Linksys announced its Most Powerful Home Wireless Solutions

Linksys announced its latest and most powerful home wireless solutions yesterday – the first fully functional MU-MIMO AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Router, AC1900 Range Extender and USB Adapter.

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The Linksys EA9500, one of the most powerful Wi-Fi routers in the market, the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 provides business grade functionality to get your home or small office up and running quickly along with the exclusive Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software app for your smart phone that provides remote access control of the EA9500 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time.

The EA9500 is outfitted with Next Gen AC Wi-Fi technology, MU-MIMO, Tri-Band and eight high-powered external antennas that work in concert to deliver powerful Wi-Fi at combined speeds up to 5.3 Gbps.

Setting up the EA9500 at home, the whole household can make use of Wi-Fi connection to game, stream music and 4K movies, workand more, supporting up to eight simultaneous streams linkups to devices enabled with MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple input and output).


– blue lights on the EA9500 indicates the number of MU-MIMO connected

We experienced it in action, with 3 smart tv, 2 gaming laptops, 3 mobile phones and 4-5 MU-MIMO devices linked and worked seamlessly. A tad on the high end in price but ideal investment for those into smart homes and with big families, especially third gen homes, jumbo flats and maybe landed properties.

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$539.00

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As for the Linksys RE7000 MAX-STREAM AC1900+, the first range extender with MU-MIMO and Seamless Roaming, is compatible with any Wi-Fi router. When it’s paired with a Linksys Max-Stream router, it provides greater performance to Wi-Fi devices all around the home with Room-to-Room Wi-Fi.

The combination of a Max-Stream router and range extender creates a single network in the home with a single network name (SSID) so users can roam throughout their home without having to manually connect to the range extender (in short: no additional log in or re-authentication for Wi-Fi after initial setup).

And the Spot Finder Technology to show users where to place the range extender using a mobile device for optimal performance.


Eliminate Dead Zones with Linksys Range… by tecvelocity

Having just experience the wonders range extenders do for my dead Wi-Fi zone issue and the Spot Finder Technology, the RE7000 will definitely do wonders in boosting Wi-Fi signals to every part of your home (yes, even the toilet).

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$199.00

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And there is the Linksys AC600 USB Adapter, the first MU-MIMO enabled adapter on the market.

The WUSB6100M enables users to connect their Windows-based laptops and computers to a wireless-AC network as well as a MU-MIMO router which helps improve the overall efficiency of your home Wi-Fi, so users can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming.

We experienced no lag while Overwatch is being played on the gaming laptop while connected to the WUSB6100M.

I feel, the adapter will be useful for older model laptops, which has been experiencing intermittent connection or has a less than capable wifi chip but with other hardware working fine. It will help provide a stable connection till it’s time for a laptop refresh.

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$129.00

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As shared, the Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router (Max-Stream EA9500) and AC600 MU-MIMO USB Adapter (WUSB6100M) will be available exclusively at Challenger stores and Hachi.Tech, from 14 July – 1 August 2016.

Island-wide availability will be from 1 August 2016.

As for the AC1900 MU-MIMO Range Extender with Room to Room Wi-Fi (RE7000), it will be available from 1 August 2016.

Challenger members will be able to enjoy a launch offer – purchase the EA9500 router at a special price of $499 and get the MU-MIMO USB adapter FREE (while stocks last)(savings of S$169).

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To the Linksys team: Thanks for having us 🙂

Press release and product images as provided by Linksys and SG Story.

Note: I’ll share my setup experience on an existing Linksys Range Extender (review / loan unit) within the next 2 weeks.

News: Singtel expands content suite with Cast OTT video portal app

For consumers who love to watch shows on the mobile while on the go, Singtel announced a brand new way for consumers to enjoy their favourite entertainment, with the launch of Cast, Singapore’s first OTT video portal app.

Cast will offer thousands of hours of exciting movies, dramas, variety shows and kids’ edutainment from partners such as top content providers Viu and Nickelodeon, delivered on Singtel’s extensive 4G network.

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Cast subscribers will enjoy:

  • Instant access to Full HD episodes or downloads to watch offline with the ‘Watch Now’ and ‘Download’ functions
  • Uninterrupted streaming on Singtel’s high-speed, extensive 4G network or any WiFi connection
  • Convenience of paying for their subscriptions through their monthly Singtel bill

At launch, Cast will offer four content packs – Viu Premium, Kids, Asian Hits and Hallyu:

Viu Premium – Offers the widest range of the latest Korean drama and variety shows such as Uncontrollably Fond, King of Mask Singer and Oh My Baby, as well as the latest Japanese dramas such as Love Song.

Kids Pack – Features the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels along with popular programmes such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Shimmer & Shine, and more at launch.

Asian Hits Pack – Features up to 1,000 hours of popular hit movies, entertainment and drama series from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China in their original languages, including blockbusters Helios and Mr Unbelievable, variety shows Are You Hokkien?, The Voice of Taiwan, Chef Nic and hit drama series Once Upon A Song, Legend of Mi Yue, Taste of Love, and The Legend of S.

Hallyu Pack – Offers the best of Korean entertainment from top Korean broadcasters on popular channels ONE, Oh!K and KBS World such as highly-anticipated drama series Doctors, W and Uncontrollably Fond within 24 hours of Korean telecast and all-time variety show favourites like Running Man, Infinite Challenge and Return Of Superman.

Subscriptions start from S$4.90/month per pack with a 12-month contract or S$6.90/month per pack with no contract. Each pack can be bundled with 1GB of data for just an additional $3/month.

Customers can enjoy extra value when they stack individual packs bundled with 1GB of data. This means a customer with Asian, Kids and Viu Premium packs bundled with data, will get to enjoy 3GB data every month.

Customers can subscribe to Cast via the My Singtel app and download Cast from the App Store for Apple iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices.

For more information on Cast, visit www.cast.sg.

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Press release as kindly provided by Singtel.
Images as extracted from Cast / Singtel site.

News: STGCC 2016 brings the best of pop culture to fans this September!

Be prepared for a visual extravaganza from 10th to 11th September when Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) takes centre stage at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level B2, Halls E and F.

Whether you’re a comic book fan, toy collector, gamer or cosplayer, STGCC will keep you enthralled over the weekend with its varied pop culture showcases from both the East and West.

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Here are a few established artists from the creative pop culture scene, who will be here in September:

With more than 10 years of experience in making animated movies at Walt Disney, Phil Noto transitioned to become a comic artist by working for DC and Marvel. He has since illustrated for famous comic book titles such as Batgirl, Superman, Danger Girl, Avengers, X-23 and most recently, Black Widow and Star Wars: Poe Dameron. His work on The Infinite Horizon (a modern retelling of The Odyssey) with Gerry Duggan earned him an Eisner nomination for Best New Series.

Another accomplished artist featured in this year’s lineup is Jon-Paul Kaiser. Fulfilling his childhood dream of making toys, Jon-Paul distinguished himself with his iconic black and white character figurines. He has also collaborated with many toy makers including Toy2R, Kidrobot, Pobber and DYZ Plastic; and is on the judging panel of Designer Toy Awards. This year, Jon-Paul has specially designed an exclusive STGCC x JPK “Captain Tigris Jackson” Pin, available for purchase for all STGCC fans.

Joining our power-packed guest list is cult favourite Brooke Allen, who will make her first STGCC appearance. Brooke is well-known as the artist and co-creator of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning series, Lumberjanes. The well-received comic book series breaks the mold with strong, fully fleshed-out female characters traditionally dominated by male characters and creators in the comic scene. The American has also done covers and shorts for Adventure Time, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and Power Puff Girls.

Participating once again in STGCC is the epochal Simone Legno. The Italian is the co-founder and creative director of tokidoki, an internationally recognized pop-culture lifestyle brand and has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than- life characters, megawatt partnerships and extensive range of products. Simone has become a sought-after speaker around the world at museums, universities and conferences, from MOCA to the Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, the Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, and many others. A limited edition STGCC x tokidoki lanyard will be available for sale.

Japanese pop culture fans can look forward to meeting famed illustrator VOFAN. The character designer for the wildly successful Monogatari Japanese anime series, is best known for his elaborate use of colour and lighting. The master artist specialises in drawing young, high-spirited girls and stories enveloped with flights of fancy. Partly due to his fondness of movies, VOFAN’s works often carry a movie’s sense of light and shadow, composition and storytelling.

Making their first visit to South East Asia, Masayoshi Minoshima and nomico will hold a special live performance for their fans in STGCC 2016. Masayoshi is best known as a Touhou Doujin producer and he has also composed numerous hits for established Japanese game developers like Konami and Taito. nomico is well-loved in the doujin music scene, fans of anisong and denpa music will have a chance to reminiscence their favourite tunes sang by nomico in STGCC.

More artists will be unveiled in the upcoming months, do check STGCC site for more updates!

Tickets to STGCC is now available via www.singaporetgcc.com.
Exclusive STGCC merchandise will be available for sale and fans also enjoy a special 10% discount for our online merchandise store when you buy your tickets online!

Tickets are priced at SGD19 for a one day pass and SGD28 for a two day pass.

VIP package priced at SGD120 is available and limited to 300 STGCC fans.

VIP ticket holders will get exclusive STGCC merchandise and enjoy perks like priority entry, fast passes and much more! For more package details, do refer to singaporetgcc.com/Tickets-Merchandising/VIP-Package.

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Aside from the Convention, the STGCC Championships of Cosplay is back, following a successful launch in 2015!

A first of its kind platform, the global competition circuit unites the cosplay community and elevate the best cosplayers from around the world through the ReedPOP brand. Singapore is one of the stops for the prestigious Global Championships of Cosplay among other representing countries such as Australia, Austria, China, France, India, Indonesia and the United States.

The champions from each region will win a trip to Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo 2017 and have the opportunity to compete against other top cosplayers. Impress the judges and stand to win a cash prize of SGD1,000!

Dress up as your favourite character and submit your application through the STGCC 2016 website.

Application closes 26 August 2016.  Application information can be found here – www.singaporetgcc.com/Events/STGCC-Championships-of-Cosplay/

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I’m terrible with crowds, so doubt I’ll be going but I look forward to seeing the photos from quality merchandise photo uploads, dress up and presentation from the cosplayers 🙂

Hope the talented and creative ones will win the trip to Chicago!

Thoughts: on Sudio Vasa Blå and LoveSummer Promotion

Sudio is founded in Sweden, and it represent elegant products with studio quality sound and exquisite quality, offering trendy, wireless earphones for those who are constantly on-the-go.

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The Sudio team offered me a pair to try.  What came in the mail:


– a neat Sudio gift box and canvas Summer Tote Bag (minus the sunglasses, personal item)

And what was in neat gift box:


– a pair of gorgeous Vasa Blå in Rose Gold Black, a Rose Gold clip, Leather Pouch for the earphones, 4 pairs of changeable sleeves for comfort fit, Guarantee Certificate certifying authenticity, Owner’s Manual and USB cable for charging.

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After 2 weeks with the earphones, here’s my take on it:

Design: A coated finishing on ear piece, flat band cable, slightly big battery unit (left), remote + on/off button (right) and a quality leather pouch to keep them in. Stylish as an accessory, pairing it with outfit or for daily use and suitable for sports too, easy cleaning due to its rubber material. It too, feels somewhat timeless, in black.

Pairing / Ease of use: Quick, effortless on my iPhone 6 and Sony Xperia Z3 compact. Hold the ‘play/pause’ button for 5 sec (you’ll see blinking lights, to indicate it’s on and ready for pairing), switch Bluetooth ‘on’ on your mobile devices and select ‘Sudio VASA BLA’ to connect.

Sound (music): Excellent with vocal based, acoustic or instrumental music. Bass, decent but probably not enough for head-banging rock music lovers. I was pleasantly surprised by the clear vocals and instruments / background music while listening to Foo Fighters, Mayday, Thelma Aoyama and Ayakara Hirahara on Apple Music.

Sound (calls): Decent, works well as a wireless mic for calls.

Charging: Charging is via USB point, under a rubber flap on the battery unit. The quick charging will take about 10 mins and a full charge will take around 2 hours.

Battery: Stands true to its 8 – 10 hour battery life. I tend to leave it on overnight but reflected close 1/2 or 3/4 batt in the morning.

Weight: 14 grams (slightly leaning to the left, perhaps due to battery unit). Unnoticeable weight, if you were to leave it by your shoulders / necks the whole day. That’s what I do when it’s not charging.

Things I notice: There may be slight fuzzing during music play if you toggled often between apps but it will only last for a couple of sec.

Conclusion: Well designed, well made and quality sound. I love it 🙂

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The Vasa Blå is available in Rose Gold Black, Rose Gold White, Blue and Pink.

Price (before discount) – S$165.00 (with free DHL Express Delivery).
Feel free to add a free summer tote (while stock last) to your purchase or add S$5 for a gift packing.

If you are already tempted by the stylish Vasa Blå but still unsure due to cost, the following price reduction will make it even more irresistible~

Sudio team shared, purchases outside of EU are entitled to 20% tax deduction. And to spread summer love to all, an additional 15% discount is offered Sudio customers when you key in the code – LOVESUMMER.

The final pricing after tax deduction and discount code, will be S$112.20.
Do check, as it should look like this before you click on ‘Place Order’ (refer to screenshot).

At such a discounted rate, get yours soon!
Hope you’ll love the Vasa Blå as much as I do 🙂

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Sincere thanks to Sudio team, for the review unit and information! 🙂

News: Logitech K780 Multi-Device One Keyboard for Any Devices

Logitech announced its Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, the first fully-equipped computer keyboard with a 10-key pad that also works with smartphones and tablets. With the touch of an Easy-SwitchTM button, you can easily switch between any three connected devices.

Kinda like the K480 but more, with a full keyboard (including number pads!)

The K780 Multi-Device offers quiet and responsive typing. The keys are large and carefully scooped for typing comfort and precision, while a convenient 10-key pad makes it easy to enter numbers. An integrated rubber slot with a soft finish securely cradles a variety of mobile devices at a perfect reading angle, from smartphones to the 12” iPad ProTM. The keyboard is slim and solidly built, designed to look good in a modern home or office environment.

The K780 Multi-Device adapts to your devices, so whether you are using a Windows PC or iPhone, the key layout is familiar and you can even access your favorite shortcuts. With both a Logitech Unifying™ USB and Bluetooth Smart technology, you can choose the best way to connect to your computer, phone or tablet.

With a power-saving idle mode and an on/off switch, the K780 Multi-Device offers up to 24-months of battery life – plenty of time to get used to a new way of multi-tasking, by typing on all your devices with a single keyboard.

The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Keyboard is now available at a retail price of S$129.00.

For product specifications, please visit Logitech – K780 Multi-Device Keyboard.

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Image and product press release as shared by Logitech Singapore.

I can imagine myself sticking my phones and iPad on it, like those busy professionals doing big deals. That actually made me giggle, cos I’ll most likely ‘look busy / busier’ than intended.

A nice idea and sleek looking product, for those with multiple devices and still light enough to bring it out (875gram).

News: Expedia Enables Customers to Travel with Points

Expedia+ members can now use their earned points to book hotel stays, replacing the need for vouchers. Points can be redeemed for an entire transaction, including taxes and fees, and members can stretch their savings even further by tapping on Expedia promotional coupons. Points will also now be automatically refunded should the traveller need to cancel their booking.

All travellers are eligible to join Expedia’s free rewards program. Logged-in members will earn points on any type of product they book with Expedia.

Here are some ways travellers can start racking up Expedia+ points for their next “free” trip:

  • Get 3X points when you book via the Expedia App
  • Earn 20 points for every SG$15 spent on hotels and packages
  • Earn 2 points per SG$15 spent on flights
  • Get SG$25 off with every 3500 points redeemed OR SG$50 off with every 3500 points redeemed if you choose one of Expedia’s 2,000+ VIP hotels

For more information, please visit Expedia.

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Information as shared by Expedia.com.sg.