11 Aug 2018

Celebrating the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung partnered with Viu to invite Park Min Young and Kim Jong Kook to Singapore!



The fans get a chance to get up close to the stars for games and photos opportunities using the newest Samsung Galaxy Note9.


The all-new Galaxy Note9 is equipped with a new S Pen with connectivity features allowing control of powerpoint slides or even double up as a remote control when taking a selfie.




Pre-order and Local Availability
Pre-Order/ Registration of interest with Samsung Experience Stores, M1, Singtel, StarHub and major consumer electronics & IT stores for the Galaxy Note9 will commence from 10 August 2018, Friday, 3pm.

The Galaxy Note9 will be available from 25 August 2018, at local telecommunication operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub), major consumer electronics & IT stores, Samsung Experience Stores, Lazada Singapore, selected marketplace and at all authorised mobile retailers. The respective recommended retail prices (with GST) for the device variants are as follows:

Model
Built-in Memory
RRP (S$)
Galaxy Note9
128GB
$1,398
Galaxy Note9
512GB
$1,728

The Galaxy Note9 will be available in Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper and Midnight Black.

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Samsung Celebrates Galaxy Note9 Launch with Hallyu Stars

2 Jul 2018

The Google Home and Home Mini is launched back in April in Singapore. The smart speaker from Google spots a simple sleek design on both the regular Google Home and the mini version.

For the past few months, I had the chance to take the Google Home for a spin.
Once you open the packaging, the Google Home mini sits on top of the compartment that stores its power adapter.

The Google Home spots a clean white and grey design. The grey mesh bottom is its speakers and the top is touch sensitive for simple control of the Google Home. There is a mute button in case you do not want Google Home to listen to your conversations for the keyword or maybe you are watching a show that keeps “Hey Google”.

The Google Home is powered by the 2A adapter that comes with it. It uses a proprietary connector, which is kind of a disappointment as I thought they would use the USB-C (or a B) type connector.

Getting started is pretty easy for me as I have previously setuped the Chromecast. Take the Google Home app and follow the steps to get the Google Home configured for your account and WiFi network.
Home Control

The Google Home is placed on the TV console just below the TV. With an overhead living room fan running at full speed all the time, the Google Home have some trouble hearing me when I have the TV turned on and watching a show. That is me sitting around one meter away.

After some trial-and-error, the better way is to position it nearer to me on the coffee table or side table.

Unfortunately, the only thing I could control in my traditional home is the Chromecast. I do not have any connected home automation tools or devices.

It does a great job of ordering my Chromecast connected TV to playback videos from YouTube. I notice that the audio volume will temporarily throttle down when I try to speak to the Google Home. It could also turn on the TV if the Chromecast is in idle mode (while the TV USB port is still supplying power).

Playback

Currently, the music playback is only available from Spotify. As I do not have a Spotify premium account, I can only playback by playlist. It will be good if it can play the music from YouTube.

The playback is really good. The music is loud and clear with a good amount of bass.

If you like listening to radio stations, you can shout out to Google Home and it plays the local radio stations as you please using TuneIn.

Bluetooth enabled

The Google Home supports Bluetooth connection. I tried connecting via the Bluetooth and there are noticeable delays between the picture and the audio when I playback some YouTube videos. This delay is also present when I tried to cast from my computer to the device. Perhaps some delay via WiFi but it is weird to have that much of a delay with Bluetooth.

Answers Fast

The Google Home responds to most of my questions within a few moments, usually less than a second after my query. Questions like where is the nearest NTUC Fairprice? ,where is the nearest McDonald’s? Where is the nearest POSB atm? yielded correct answers. But it cannot understand “Where is the NEXT nearest” kind of questions yet. Scenarios that it could be useful would be if the nearest McDonald’s just closed for the day, or the ATM decided not to work.

I also tried the SG Bus Uncle on the device. The experience is not intuitive enough for a five stars experience. I have problem with the app misunderstanding my bus number, or thought that I am still enquiring bus A at bus stop A instead of bus B at bus stop B. Perhaps my enunciation needs work!

Personal Assistant

With the voice recognition feature, it knows that I am talking to it and not my family members. I could easily add tasks, enquire calendar entries and more using the device. This experience is the same as what I get with the Google Assistant on the phone.

All in all, the Google Home is a great addition to the household. I could check the weather, put down task and schedule with my voice. There are some work still needed to make some of the things work more natural and more integration required.
If you would like to get Google Home for yourself you can check out the new Google Store in Singapore at https://store.google.com/sg/

Google Home Review

23 Jun 2018

Looking for solutions for balconies and outdoor blinds, indoor curtains, accordion doors, wallpapers, flooring, audio solutions? Check out mc2 which has been in the consumer retail business for more than 20 years, providing smart solutions to all its customers.

This June, mc2 throwing in huge budgets to benefit its customers who correctly predict the winner for the World Cup this year! From now until 30 June 2018, all mc2 customers will stand to get 50% cashback for all purchases. This applies to every customer, who correctly guessed the winner, without any limits in amount to be given back in cash!

On top of that, mc2 is also running a Facebook giveaway for 3 lucky winners on their Facebook for the latest all-new Sonos beam smart, compact soundbar (worth $699 each).
Simply follow the four steps to join the Facebook giveaway:

  1. Like mc2 Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mc2singapore/)
  2. Like mc2 giveaway post (https://www.facebook.com/mc2singapore/posts/1835771636466666)
  3. Share mc2 giveaway post to your page and set your audience to “Public” for verification purpose
  4. Let mc2 know who you predict as the winner for World Cup in the comments to the giveaway post, and tag 3 or more friends in the same comment.
So drop by mc2 today to save and win big!

mc2 Showroom Address: 33 Ubi Ave 3 #01-28, Vertex, Singapore 408868
Tel: 6634 7333
Operating hours: Weekdays (11am to 7pm) & Weekends (12pm to 6pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mc2singapore/
Website: www.mc2.com.sg


Information from mc2
correct as of writting

World Cup Fever at mc2 This June!

1 Jun 2018

Missed the previous WhizComms promotions?

Celebrating the launch of WhizComms' 300Mbps home fibre broadband, WhizComms is pleased to offer free upgrade from 300Mbps to 500Mbps broadband plan from now until 3 June (Sunday)! 

At only $26/mth for 24 months and $29/mth for 12 months, subscribers can get to enjoy faster and smoother internet connection to download and upload files, video calls or surfing, at no additional cost. 

Customers who subscribe to WhizComms’ 300Mbps broadband plan by 3 June will get to enjoy these promotions:
-       Free upgrade to 500Mbps Home Fibre Broadband Plan
-       Free weekday delivery & installation for the first 200 customers, worth $53.50
-       Free activation fee, worth $53.50
-       Purchase TP-Link Archer AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router at only $68 (U.P. $98)
-       NLT Service Activation Fee $56.71 applies.

Simply visit WhizComms’ website at https://www.whizcomms.com.sg/promotions/300mbps/ and enter the promo code to enjoy the promotion!

Remember, promotion ends on 3 June 2018, 1159hr!

Information from WhizComms

WhizComms Home Fibre Broadband Promotions till 3 June

21 May 2018

Tomorrow on 22nd May, from 6-8pm at Zouk Singapore, LG is holding a special preview event where the public can get a first-hand experience of LG’s latest G7+ ThinQ smartphone. 

The first 50 attendees will each receive a limited-edition mystery BTS premium. Participants can also take part in an Instagram contest during the event, by taking a photo with one of the standees featuring the BTS members. 3 lucky winners will each walk away with $100 shopping vouchers. Winners will be announced on 30 May 2018.

Here are the details so don't miss out!

LG G7+ ThinQ Exclusive Preview is at the following location

Date: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Zouk Clarke Quay
3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, 179022

LG X BTS Snap & Win Instagram Contest:

Three lucky winners stand a chance to win $100 in shopping vouchers each
Contest link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi6sasTntG7

1. Like the @LGSingapore Instagram Page
2. Take a photo with a standee of any of the BTS member
3. Post it on Instagram with public setting and tell us what impressed you most about the LG G7+ ThinQ
4. Tag @LGSingapore, and hashtag #LGxBTS and #G7Plussg

Contest limited to LG’s official Instagram platform, winners will be announced on 30 May 2018. Terms and Conditions apply: goo.gl/xmh7KS.

LG G7+ ThinQ Exclusive Preview

12 May 2018


This May, WhizComms is having promotions where subscribers will receive a free limited iWalk Scorpion Power Bank when they sign up for a 1Gbps home fibre broadband with a Wireless Router or Mesh Wifi.

From now till 17 May 2018, sign up to any 1Gbps home fibre broadband with:
1. Wireless Router Plan
            - $47/mth with 1 unit of wireless router for 12 months plan
            - $39/mth with 1 unit of wireless router for 24 months plan
2. Mesh Wi-Fi Plan
            - $44/mth with 1 unit of Mesh Router for 24 months plan
            - $49/mth with 2 units of Mesh Router for 24 months plan

And receive:
- Free iWalk Scorpion 8000X – Power Bank, worth $79
- Free Activation Fee, worth $53.50
- Free Weekday (9am-6pm) Delivery & Installation, worth $53.50
- FREE Onsite Home Wi-Fi Audit Service to complement any subscription plan with Wireless Router/Mesh Wi-Fi Plan, worth $35


To sign up, simply visit https://www.whizcomms.com.sg/promotions/ and register with Promo Code to enjoy the promotion!

*Terms and conditions apply 

Home Fibre Broadband with WhizComms

21 Apr 2018

Google announced today the launch of Google Home and Google Home Mini in Singapore! 

Starting on April 20th, Singaporeans will be able to enjoy the voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. With a simple “Okay Google”, you can get answers, turn up the music, manage everyday tasks or control smart devices around your home.

Google Home offers real-time answers to questions ranging from the weather, traffic, stock market, and more. Ask and you shall receive the latest stories from news sources such as Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, MONEY FM 89.3, The Business Times, Business Insider Singapore, and more.

Starting 20 April, Google Home and Google Mini will be available at StarHub, COURTS and Challenger stores island-wide and online via Hachi.tech and the new Google Store in Singapore - a first in Southeast Asia. The Google Home and Mini are priced at S$189 and S$79 respectively on the Google Store.

Exclusive to the Google Store, you can purchase the Mini in Coral and enjoy special promotions including a free Mini when you purchase the Google Pixel 2 XL at S$1,398. The store also offers the Pixel Buds, Google Wifi and Chromecast.

Information from 
Google Singapore

Google Home and Home Mini now available in Singapore

3 Apr 2018


LG Electronics (LG) announced they are collaborating with BTS for its latest campaign. BTS, the winner of the Top Social Artist of the Year at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, South Korea’s most popular supergroup will star in a series of TV and social media campaigns for LG’s mobile products, beginning with the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone.

So fans of LG and BTS, do watch out for the TV and social media campaigns will be coming your way soon!

LG collaborates with BTS as mobile partner

28 Mar 2018


LG announced that the company is ranked 25th position in ‘The 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® Rankings, outperforming Google, Apple, and Samsung in the annual consumer survey of 100 most visible companies in corporate value and brand awareness. 

In the 'Top Companies by Corporate Reputation Dimension’'s products and services category, LG is on the 4th position!

LG Electronics constantly challenges boundaries with state-of-the-art technologies and they are the leader in many product categories
- The world’s best-selling OLED brand since 2013
- The Global No.1 Selling 21:9 Monitor Brand for 12 straight quarters from 2013 to 2015
- The market leader ranked Global Number 1 Selling Home Appliances Brand (Excluding China) for washing machines

Congratulations to LG!

LG Jumps to 25th Position in 2018 Harris Poll

20 Jan 2018

Samsung announced the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) at the launch event on Wednesday afternoon.

Held at the completely revamped Samsung Experience Store at VivoCity, the launch showcased the Galaxy A8(2018) and the Galaxy A8+(2018) which boasts enhanced camera capabilities a new 16MP + 8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera in addition to a 16MP rear camera. It also comes with Infinity Display, in 5.6-inch (A8) and 6.0-inch (A8+) screen size options. Galaxy A8(2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) is IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, supports microSD cards of up to 256GB and support the Samsung Gear VR.


The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) will be available from 27 January 2017 at a recommended retail price of $648 and $798 respectively, including GST. Available in Gold and Black, the devices will be available at all local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplace.

Samsung Debuts the Galaxy A8 and A8+ for 2018