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Monday, September 30, 2013

Dell VOSTRO 5460 Review

Meet Dell’s thinnest and lightest laptop....the VOSTRO 5460!

At just 1.54kg, this 14-inch lappy is touted as Dell’s sleekest of its ultra-portable series. And thanks to SAFRA, I had a chance to review one of those babies!

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My Review Set in Fire Red

At only 18.3mm thick, the Vostro is housed in a brushed-aluminium chassis. The laptop is available in 2 colours; Fire Red and Graphite Silver. The computer comes with a Dell Software Backup, Recovery Manager and System Restores to enhance the security of our personal data.

The sleek machine also comes with a dual fan cooling system to minimize heat emission. However, if you’re into pin-dropped silence the fan might sound a bit too loud for your liking after a while. The full-sized keyboard deserves a mention for being well built and also for its comfort and ease.

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The battery is supposed to last for approximately 4 to 5 hours. But I realise that the actual life span of each full charge can only last for about 3 hours for casual use. However, If you are a hardcore gamer, you might want to keep the charger by your side.

There’s plenty of storage space with the 500GB HDD for all your documents and multimedia files. And if you are going to opt for the 32GB SSD memory card upgrade, it can definitely boost up the performance level of the laptop.

The Intel® Core™ i5 with Nvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB DDR3’s graphical capabilities enhances the overall gaming experience. But it’s a pity that the Vostro 5460 doesn’t come with a touch screen though it was installed with Windows 8. That could possibly be attributed to the affordability of the product I suppose.

Another downside to the laptop is it’s not so reliable Wifi connectivity. I faced a hard time trying to stay connected via both my fibre broadband and my iphone wifi. With a decent spec and price, this laptop doesn’t really burn a hole in your pocket.

My conclusion: Light on weight and pocket for daily computing and leisure needs.

The Dell Vostro 5460 is available at following starting prices (incl. GST):
•Vostro 5460 with Windows 8 starts at S$799
•Vostro 5460 Ultrabook with Windows 8 starts at S$1,099

For full specs and configuration, pls visit: http://www.dell.com/sg/p/vostro-5460/pd

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tax and Duty Free Shopping Experience with iShopChangi


Shop before you fly and collect it when you arrival! Changi Airport Group had launched the new online shopping – iShopChangi for you enjoy tax and duty-free shopping in your comfort zone of home before you could travel to your desire destination.

iShopChangi provides travellers with the convenience of browsing leisurely and shopping to their interest with a simple click of the mouse. It’s an e-commerce platform offering good range of popular duty-free product from Changi Airport’s retail stores. Hence, this also helps to improve the travellers’ lifestyle with more efficiency and convenience.


Passengers can shop online with the same assurance and peace of mind as they do at Changi’s terminal. For your more info, the 30-day money back guarantee offered by retailer at Changi Airport also applies to purchases made on iShopChangi.

In addition, passengers can make their online purchases on the iShopChangi portal from as early as two week or 24 hours before their flight. Below here are the examples of purchasing the items at iShopChangi Online. It's convenient and straightforward!




The iShopChangi Collection Centres is available in all three terminals located near the GST refund counters within the Departure Transit Mall and are open daily from 5am to midnight. For more information, do visit www.ishopchangi.com

INFINITE 'One Great Step' 1st World Tour



Fans in Singapore are counting down to INFINITE "One Great Step" 1st World Tour as it is going to be staged at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Saturday, 5th October 2013!

Samsung, the presenter for the INFINITE"One Great Step" 1st World Tour has a series of exciting activities and contests is in store for fans and Samsung customers to to enjoy the ultimate INFINITE experience! Win concert tickets, meet-and-greet passes, and a limited edition INFINITE memorabilia set! 

Race to INFINITE Facebook Game

Starting from 25 September until 2 October 2013, fans can take part in the “Race to INFINITE” Facebook game at www.racetoinfinite.sg to get INFINITEly closer to their idol. Contest participants who answer the daily question correctly under 10 seconds will get to advance their position closer to the boy band. 

To get a head start in the game, fans just have to key in the IMEI number of their GALAXY Note 3. They can also advance by liking www.facebook.com/samsungmobilesingapore, sharing Facebook posts about the contest or inviting their friends to take part in the game. The top five contestants will each walk away with the grand prize of a pair of concert tickets, a meet-and-greet pass, and an INFINITE memorabilia set, while the next 48 contestants will each walk away with a pair of concert tickets.

GALAXY Studio

At the GALAXY Studio set up at the concert venue, fans will get to learn more about the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 by taking part in ‘one point lessons’ – easy to digest demo snippets. They will also receive a unique INFINITE Concert screen cleaner, and a LED lanyard that comes with an NFC tag – fans just need to tap their smartphone on the NFC tag and they will be directed straight to www.playgalaxymusic.com. Fans’ message to INFINITE will also be recorded using the GALAXY Gear, and the compiled fan messages will be presented to the band as a souvenir from Singapore fans.

(Information from Samsung Singapore)

Samsung Announced GALAXY ACE 3 With LTE



Samsung announced a new addition to the popular GALAXY family with the Samsung GALAXY ACE 3 With LTE – a smartphone that synthesises a multitude of smart features to produce an enriched user experience suitable for everyday life.

Features

Powered by a dual core processor and Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), users will enjoy the larger 4.0-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera equipped with multiple features on the new Samsung GALAXY ACE 3 With LTE.

To provide a more intuitive user experience, the GALAXY ACE 3 With LTE comes equipped with several smart features, providing innovative tools that continue to make the GALAXY series successful in the market.

•       ‘S Translator¹’: Gives instantaneous translations at any time
•       ‘Trip Advisor’: Provides guides and travel information for your next trip
•       ‘Smart Stay’: Recognizes when a user is looking at the phone, and saves battery life when a user looks away by dimming the screen and powering down using advanced facial recognition
•       ‘S Voice’: Offers voice command functionality
•       ‘Easy Mode’: Brings a simple and intuitive homescreen mode for streamlined access to your top functions

Availability

The Samsung GALAXY ACE 3 With LTE will be available in Metallic Black and Pure White from September 28, 2013 at $398 without contract. Flip covers for the device will be available in black and white at $38. Available at telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics and IT stores, and Samsung Experience Stores.


Specifications


Network
3G: HSDPA 14.4Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps  900/2100 MHz
4G: [LTE Band 3 (1800MHz)/ Band 7 (2600MHz)/ Band 8 (900MHz)/ Band 20 (800MHz)]/ 3.5G (HSPA+ 42Mbps)/ 3G (850/ 900/ 2100MHz)/ EDGE/ GPRS Class 33 GSM Quad-band (850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900MHz)
Processor
1.2GHz Dual Core
Display
4-inch 16M colours WVGA (480 x 800) full touch (C-type) TFT LCD Screen
OS
Android™ 4.2.2(Jelly Bean)
Camera
Main(Rear): 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash
Sub (Front): 0.3MPcamera
4X Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED Flash, Best Photo, Continuous Shot, Sound & Shot, Panorama Shot, Sports Shot, Night Shot, Buddy Photo Share, Share Shot
Video
Video Player (3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, FLV, ASF)  1080p @30fps  & Recorder (3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4) 720p @30fps
Audio
Codec: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, AMRWB
3.5mm Ear Jack
Music Player with SoundAlive™
Services 
& Additional
Features
Samsung Apps
Readers Hub
Game Hub
Samsung Kies
Samsung Kies Air (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service 
S Translator¹, Trip Advisor, Dropbox, S Planner, S Voice, Voice Search, Voice Recorder, Pop Up Play, Smart Stay  Motion UX
Google Mobile
Services
Chrome™ Browser/Android™ Browser, Google™ Search, Google Voice Search™,  Google+™, Google+ Messenger™, Hangouts™, Google Maps™, Google Local™,  YouTube™, Google Play™ Music
Connectivity
Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
Wi-Fi Direct™
Bluetooth™ 4.0, USB 2.0
Sensor
Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetic
Memory
8GB² Internal memory microSD slot (up to 64GB), 1GB RAM
GPS
A-GPS / GLONASS
Dimension
121.2 x 62.7 x 9.99 mm, 119.8 g
Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 1,800mAh
Talk Time³
Up to 10hrs (3G)
Standby Time³
Up to 430 hrs (3G)/ Up to 330hrs (4G)

1 S Translator may require internet access and be subject to data charges depending on usage. Available languages are limited, and actual performance may vary, depending on language spoken, accents, and surrounding environment.
2 Actual user-accessible internal storage may differ depending on operating system and other built-in applications.
3 Dependent on network, SIM card, usage and battery condition.
Note: Certain features, services and applications (including 4G LTE) are dependent on network connectivity and may not be available in all coverage areasAdditional data charges may apply.
Specifications are accurate as at time of release and are subject to change without prior notice.
Google, Google Play, Android and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc. Microsoft and ActiveSync are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Group of companies. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth® SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks herein is under license.  Wi-Fi® and Wi-Fi Direct™ are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance.


(Information provided by Samsung Singapore)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Food Review: Seafood International Market & Buffet Restaurant


Woohoo! Seafood International Market & Buffet Restaurant had introduced a 30 Course set dinner featuring 30 fabulous celebratory dishes with free flow of wines, beers and dessert to mark down their 30th Anniversary.

The Seafood International Restaurant interior dining ambient 

Elegant dining set

Last Wednesday, thanks The Influencer for organizing this wonderful blogger gathering at The Seafood International Restaurant whereby I got a chance to try out all their 30 Yummylicious dishes in the one chilling night.


Some of the 30 course dishes!

The elaborate spread showcases Seafood International’s Thai Signatures, Singapore Classics, All-time Favourites, renowned homemade Thai desserts complemented with free flow wines (De Bortoli, Angove, Alta Vista, Santa Rita), Tiger Beer, juices and soft drinks.

Hence, you may enjoy signatures dishes such as Thai Curry Crab, Chilli Crab, Tom Yum Broth, Stir Fried White Stone Clam Mirin, Wok Fried Pacific Clam with Bell Pepper in XO Chilli Sauce, Steamed Live Sea Scallop with French Black Garlic Sauce and more…!





Chilli Crab

Thai Curry Crab

Group photo with the bloggers and call it a day!

The 30 Course Set Dinner at Seafood International Restaurant is available from 16 Sept 2013 till 31 October 2013. For more information, do check out the details below here:

Seafood International Restaurant Address:
902 East Coast Parkway
Blk A #01-01 Big Splash
Singapore 449874

Business Hours:
Lunch : 11.30am –2.30pm (Last order 2.00pm)
Dinner: 5.00pm –12.00mn (Last order 10:30pm)

Reservations & Enquiries:
+65 6345 1211


Seafood International Official Website: www.lobster.com.sg/30
Influencer SG: http://www.influencersg.com/
Influencer FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheiNetwork

Monday, September 23, 2013

$200 SAFRA DEALS Credits Giveaway

Safra Deals

Hello to all SAFRA members!!! Here your chances to win 4X $50 Credit to spend on SAFRA Deals. Get yourself a monster deal for the best Dining, Travel & Shopping offer @ www.safra.sg/deals

How to win:
Notes:
*A SAFRA membership is required for the redemption of the shopping coupons.
*Credits are to be redeemed by the end of October 2013.

Contest ends 30 September 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2013: The Pit Lane Experience


Woohoo! Thank You SingTel for the invitation to the Pit Lane Experience last Thursday, a day before the Singapore Grand Prix 2013 Opening. It was an eye-opening opportunity to walk along the Marina Bay Street Circuit and to experience the close up look of the drivers at the F1 Pit Lane.


Shannon Lim - Winner of SingTel Grid Girl 2013

Everyone crowded at the Pit Lane to meet their favourite driver!

My cousin and I got this chance to see how the F1 crews managing and maintaining their F1 cars as well as seeing them putting much effort in preparation for the weekend race.


Photo with Cousin Qing Yi at the Pole Position of Singapore F1 Race! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

LG Optimus G Pro Review

Having won the Best LTE Device/Handset Award at the LTE World Summit 2013 the LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5 inch FULL HD IPS (1920 x 1080) screen. Recently, lots of phablets have been released in the market. This is one that is most awaited.

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Here are some of the accessories that comes in the box with the G Pro, including the awesome QuadBeat earpiece.

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On the top, you will find the standard 3.5mm headphone jack with the tiny infra-red transmitter. You have the QuickButton on the left with the volume up and down rocker. Quite used to the volume rocker to be on the right but left is just fine.

On the right you have the power button. At the bottom, the USB mini port is there for your file transfer, charging.

The LG Optimus G Pro has a removable back cover (my favourite for the pull-battery immediately shutdown action) and a micro SD slot for all those who keeps lots of memories on the phone.

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I like the  touch buttons and the hardware home button. However, my fat thumb is too big for the small home button. It could be slightly bigger or raised slightly so it is easier to press.

The age old infra-red transmitter begins to disappear at the start of the smartphone era. Now it seems to have made a comeback in many of the newer smartphones models in the way many would love - remote controller. I don't know who exactly is the trendsetter but who really cares? Seems like the remote controller is something that even with modern technology (such as WiFi controller/ WiFi Direct) cannot totally replaced.

In the G Pro, I like it that the remote controller is not just an app, but is integrated into the device so you can call it out very easily.It can appear as a memo 

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You can activate the remote controller via the app, the notification pull down menu, or a simple press of the home button when at the lock screen. What’s more, you can have different sets of controller for different rooms. 

For me, just a remote controller on a smartphone is not enough but LG did a good job in making it in the best places you can ever find it handy. Putting in electronic programme guide (epg) will add more colours to the already handy remote.

Speaking of the QuickButton, the button that is similarly sized as the power button gives you very quick access to your favourite app. By default, it is set to the QuickMemo but I change it to the camera. Under dim lighting, the intelligent auto mode give some decent photos. The shutter speed is pretty fast for continuous shots.

Here are some photos captured by the 13 megapixel camera. The details are quite sharp for outdoor shooting on a sunny date.

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Indoor photo.

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Sunset at Sentosa Boardwalk.

Sentosa Boardwalk Harbourfront View In Sunset Mode 
The battery life is pretty good for a phone of this size. The phone last me more than a day out full of shooting photos and surfing net (on wifi). It wasn’t connected to the mobile networks since I do not have an extra micro sim card otherwise I will be able to test out the actual typical usage time.

The 1.7ghz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2gb of RAM give is a pretty lag free interface. Here is a screenshot of the AnTuTu benchmark that I run on the phone.

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Overall, I think the LG Optimus G Pro has a normal battery life and take pretty decent photos. The extra hardware button (QuickButton) gives me good access to some of the more common functions without going through that many taps on the screen. A pretty good sized phone for a user like me. Probably the home hardware button could be engineered a bit higher so it is easier to reach.

BigBang Singapore F1 Concert 2013 at Padang Stage


Woohoo! Singapore Grand Prix Season is back! Korean Top Kpop’s male group - BigBang had return to Singapore for their second F1 concert last evening at Singapore Grand Prix Padang Stage. The spectacular BigBang concert was crowded with more than thousands of fans and supporter and BigBang had show their fantastic live performance on stage too.



The whole concert last for 90 minutes long, BigBang started off with their cheer song, followed by ‘Fantastic Baby’, ‘Haru Haru’, ‘Tonight’ and more… Hence, each of the BigBang members had also done a solo performance for their new single album.




BigBang - T.O.P Dance Performance on stage

With the excitement of fans support given, the Kpop group’s BigBang had encored their last performance with the Fantastic Baby song to keep in memories with their fans. Without further do, let’s check out the photos below taken during the BigBang F1 Concert 2013.

BigBang - GDragon Solo Performance at the Singapore F1 Concert

                                                            BigBang - Daesung and T.O.P

BigBang - Seungri


BigBang - Daesung

BigBang Encore Song with Fantastic Baby
 
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