News: Logitech Introduces CREATE keyboard case for iPad Pro 9.7

Logitech recently announced its latest iPad accessory, the CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The CREATE Keyboard Case is a toolkit that gives you everything you need to make the most of your iPad Pro; a protective case, backlit keyboard, and integrated holder for the Apple pencil all in one lightweight package. Whether you are posting an update, watching a video, or drawing a sketch, CREATE empowers you to unleash your creativity and productivity wherever you go.

Designed to work exclusively with Apple’s new Smart Connector, the CREATE Keyboard Case automatically powers on and pairs with your iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the backlit keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.

A special row of dedicated iOS shortcuts puts the commands at your fingertips, without ever taking them off the keyboard. You can get to the home screen, search your iPad and the web, adjust brightness, and control audio or video playback with one tap. And an integrated holder keeps your Apple Pencil within easy reach at all times so it is there when you need it.

Custom-sculpted curves provide structural integrity to help protect your iPad Pro on the inside, while on the outside the tightly woven premium fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills.

The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available now from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of S$249.

For more product information, please visit Logitech – CREATE Keyboard Case.

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Information and images as provided by Logitech Singapore.

News: Straits Times partners Singtel to launch new Straits Times All-Digital subscription

Singtel postpaid mobile users will be able to access The Straits Times (ST) All-Digital subscription package without having to incur local data charges through its recently-launched Singtel Newsstand service.

The Singtel Newsstand service is both digital and print newsstand that offers leading international and local newspapers and magazines for its post-paid The ST All-Digital package allows Singtel postpaid mobile customers unlimited access to news articles, 7-day news archive and the e-paper version via an upgraded ST app for smartphone, tablet and online users. They can also have concurrent log-ons of up to six mobile devices simultaneously.

Furthermore, they enjoy no local mobile data charges when they access the two ST apps (smartphone and tablet) and straitstimes.com on a mobile device of the same mobile number they have used to subscribe to this service.

The ST All-Digital subscription package through the Singtel Newsstand is being offered for a limited time period at a promotional price of $29.90 per month, valid with a 12-month contract.

Customers can sign up for the ST All-Digital subscription package with no data charges via www.singtel.com/singtelnewsstand, visit any Singtel Shop or call the Singtel Hotline at 1688/1609.

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Information as kindly shared by Singtel.

News: Sennheiser unveils first brand store at Marina Square Singapore

02 August 2016, Sennheiser Asia unveiled its first fully owned brand store at Marina Square Singapore!

The new Sennheiser Brand Store, operates daily from 11am – 9pm, features a wide range of the audio specialist’s consumer and professional audio products.

Besides a broad portfolio of headphone models, the retail space offers a selection of microphones for musicians and video journalists, as well as BYOD audio conferencing solutions.

And customers who are considering a new headphone, will be able to trial and take a Sennheiser headphone home on loan before deciding if they want to purchase it.


The Headphones for Hire service is part of Sennheiser’s dedication to offering products and solutions tailored to benefit end-users. Customers only need to pay a security deposit (S$200) to loan any unit out of Sennheiser’s selected premium range of headphones for a week.

Sennheiser will kick off this service in August 2016 by offering selected audiophile and travel headphones for loan, which will include the popular MOMENTUM Wireless, HD 800 S, HD 650, and HD 630VB.

Additionally, the Sennheiser Brand Store will serve as a drop-off and pick-up point for customers looking to service their existing Sennheiser headphones and microphones.

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As part of the Sennheiser’s commitment towards shaping the future of audio in Singapore’s music scene, Sennheiser Asia is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with local artistes 53A and Jack & Rai.


– Jack & Rai performing live at the store opening.

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During this Grand Opening week, there is a opening special going on:

  • Buy a HD 201 headphone at only S$19.90 (usual price: S$39.90) and receive a free MM 30G Android-compatible headset worth S$791 (limited to first 10 customers daily)
  • Purchase the evolution 825-S wired dynamic vocal microphone at S$69 (usual price S$89) (limited to the first 10 customers only)
  • Purchase a combo of the RS 170 audiophile-quality wireless headphone system (usual price: S$469) with an additional HDR 160 wireless headphone (usual price: S$159) at only S$2992 (while stock last)
  • Get the RS 170 audiophile-quality wireless headphone system at only $199 (usual price: S$469) (limited to the first 10 customers only)

For more updates, do check with the retail assistants.

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The Sennheiser Brand Store is located at Marina Square #03-123.

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Press images, provided by Sennheiser
Other images, taken by writer.

Congratulations, looking forward to seeing more amazing audio products in your store 😀

Thoughts: Setting up the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender

For the longest time, after my HomePlug constantly overheated and died on me, any attempt to get stable Wi-Fi connection in my room had been taxing, annoying… and contributed to my heavy mobile data usage.

After hearing me bitch share my pain with my Wi-Fi dead zone and setup woes, the kind people from Linksys, offered me their Wi-Fi Range Extender for testing / review.

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The review unit: Linksys – RE6500 AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender
Release year: 2014

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The steps I took (on my second attempt, cos silly me messed up the first by plugging it into the modem):

  1. Unboxed everything, screw in antennas and plug in the power plug.
  2. Find a spot that is in between modem (in living room) and room, the spot would be my kitchen.
  3. Switch on the extender and wait for about 2 minutes, for a solid light (non-blinking) to appear.
  4. Connect to the Linksys Extender Setup, via Wi-Fi on mobile.
  5. Open up the mobile browser and key / log into http://192.168.1.1.
  6. Look for my own modem Wi-Fi signals and log in.
  7. Shifted the Linksys Extender or anywhere that will at least give you 50% connection (for me, shifted it into my room and received full connectivity)
  8. That’s it, uninterrupted connectivity in my once Wi-Fi dead zone

Time taken for set up:
– 15 – 20mins (inclusive of unboxing and screwing in antennas)

Ease of use:
– 8/10

If you wish to set it up via laptop / desktop, do refer to the help guide provided by Linksys – User Guide for RE6500.

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Although the RE6500 or Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender is an older model, it still works great to enhance Wi-Fi coverage for home use.

If you require one to boost signal strength into certain areas of your home, you can get it on Lazada at S$150 – S$170.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something new and compact, do consider Linksys latest extender – RE7000 MAX-STREAM AC1900+ with MU-MIMO and Seamless Roaming. It’s available at Challenger at S$199.

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Once again, a big Thank You to the Linksys team for the unit.

The setup test was smooth and yes, Linksys products will definitely be in my to-buy list for upcoming home 😀

News: Dell augments brand experience with new Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura

Dell announced the opening of its new Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura earlier today.

The new store features experience suites with Dell’s latest XPS, Inspiron and Alienware portfolio, including award-winning products from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and the recent Computex 2016 in Taiwan.

Customers will also be able to immerse themselves in virtual reality powered by Alienware’s VR-optimized products which were announced at the recent E3 in Los Angeles. Local availability of the products will be announced in the coming months.

The new Dell Exclusive Store operates from 10am to 10pm daily and takes on the same distinctive customer-centric approach as the previous store at Funan DigitalLife Mall.

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To mark the opening, Dell is offering in-store promotions to all customers for a limited period.

From 14 to 17 July, customers will be able to enjoy exclusive in-store promotions of up to 50% discount for selected Dell laptops and peripherals.

Additionally, 50 Targus Seoul 15.6 laptop backpacks worth $99 will be sold at $30 each from 16 to 17 July.

All proceeds from the 50 backpacks will be donated to Willing Hearts, a secular, non-affiliated charity operating a soup kitchen in Singapore.

For more information, visit www.dell.com.sg.

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Press release and images as kindly provided by Dell Singapore.
Congratulations Dell Singapore! 🙂

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.