Google announced that the Google Assistant will be made available in Singaporean English. The Google Assistant is your helpful kaki that can answer questions and help get thingsOn November 3, 2017 / By Nookmag
Google announced that the Google Assistant will be made available in Singaporean English. The Google Assistant is your helpful kaki that can answer questions and help get things done in your world–from telling you about your day, to giving directions to the closest hawker center, or just setting a reminder to pick up groceries.
With this update, the Google Assistant will now be available for local Singaporean accent, improving voice recognition and providing locally relevant information to users. Pixel 2 XL users will have access to the Assistant in Singaporean English starting 15 November when the phone goes on sale. It’ll also come to Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) over the next couple of weeks and to iPhone devices soon as well.
The Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google to help you get things done in your world. To try it out, just say “Ok Google” or touch and hold the Home button and your personal Google Assistant will be ready to help you throughout your day. Even when your hands are full, you can quickly send text messages, set reminders, or get directions with the Google Assistant.
Google has a unique blend of expertise in natural language understanding, deep learning, computer vision, and understanding user context. That’s how the Google Assistant is able to understand intent behind words to handle follow-up questions and complex, multi-step tasks. And it’ll get better over time–with your permission, it can learn your preferences, your likes and your dislikes – all done in a private, secure way that puts you in control.
Here are some examples of questions Singaporeans can now ask the Google Assistant:
Stephanie Davis, Country Director, Google Singapore said, “Singaporeans are avid smartphone users who are always on the go. With this latest update to the Google Assistant, we hope to help more Singaporeans get things done quickly on their phones – take a selfie, get directions from Google Maps, find your photos, get help with translation and more. With the Google Pixel 2 XL now available in Singapore, we hope to offer the best Google experience bringing our hardware, software and AI capabilities to more people here.”
With today’s update, the Google Assistant is now available in Singapore, the US, UK, Canada (English and French), Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, India (English, Hindi), Mexico, Spain, Korea, and Indonesia.
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent AppleOn October 29, 2017 / By Nookmag
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent Apple fans – durable all-glass body, augmented reality, and its resistance towards water and dust.
However, what caused quite a stir around the world is the price tag of Apple’s new phone. This premium handset starts at a shocking SGD999 in Singapore and has angered many fans with its exorbitant cost.
But Singapore isn’t the most affected by Apple’s worldwide price changes. According to a global price comparison study by CupoNation, consumers in Europe are paying a higher price for Apple phones – and the launch of iPhone X isn’t changing anything. In fact, Hungary is the most expensive country to purchase an iPhone X.
If you are a fan who is bent on getting your hands on this premium glass phone, US and Japan are the cheapest countries, where Apple Stores will charge iPhone X buyers the equivalent of £755 and £771 respectively.
Previously, the UK was a favourite destination for iPhone lovers, however, as the pound rate tumbled, US and Japan became fast new destinations for those planning their iPhone travels this year.
So, now may be a good time to check out flight tickets to Tokyo for a much-welcomed family holiday while bringing back a nice holiday treat of the brand new iPhone X for yourself!
With OPPO’s newest launch of its R11, competitors in the market might be facing their toughest match ever, and here’s why we think so. The OPPO R11 isOn September 12, 2017 / By Tian Tian
The OPPO R11 is created with its users in mind. First of all, the shell of OPPO R11 is designed with a purposeful arched back that allows a comfortable and snug hold, ensuring that your butterfingers will not get a chance to slip this piece of art out of your hold.
In addition to that, the OPPO R11 is built to ensure users get the best out of its charging experience. With just 20 minutes of charging time, the OPPO R11 has the ability to achieve about 50% of its battery life. The flash charge surpasses most of the smartphones in the market, which means you can bid carrying multiple chargers around goodbye.
Quite seemingly, the crux of OPPO R11 is in its camera functions. As of now, it is the most powerful camera phone OPPO has ever introduced. Packed with an astounding 20 megapixels for both its front and back cameras, you will never have to worry about blurry images taken with a zoomed-in function. To sweeten this, the back camera is complemented with an additional 16 megapixels. When used together, images can be taken exceptionally clear with an astonishing 36 megapixels, equivalent to that of professional cameras.
So what if you are an iPhone user who really liked what is mentioned above, but is afraid to take the leap to switch? Well, for iPhone users who are used to the iOS interfaces, the OPPO range of phones is known to have interfaces similar to that of iOS. So, if you ever feel like you might take a long time to get used to using Android phones, perhaps OPPO might just help you ease into that familiarity.
Available in gold, black and red, capture life’s greatest moments with the Oppo R11 now!
From now till 3 April (11am to 9pm), Samsung is hosting the Galaxy Studio consumer event at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. Comprising of themed experiential zones, theOn March 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
From now till 3 April (11am to 9pm), Samsung is hosting the Galaxy Studio consumer event at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. Comprising of themed experiential zones, the Galaxy Studio showcases the best of Samsung’s innovations, demonstrating how its range of devices and services integrate perfectly with consumers’ daily lives.
At this event, visitors can experience the all-round multimedia features of Samsung’s connected suite of devices and services in fun and interactive ways at each of the specially curated zones.
A Walkthrough of Samsung’s Brand Journey
In this exhibition, visitors can take a walk down memory lane, and check out the history and journey of Samsung’s foray in the mobile space. The curated showcase of 13 key Samsung devices over the years represents the key milestones and meaningful progress of the brand, such as Samsung’s first mobile phone, Samsung’s first smartwatch and the first Galaxy device to today’s Galaxy S7 4G+.
4D VR Experience
Visitors can embark on a 4D VR journey where they can take thrilling “Six Flags®” theme park rollercoaster rides, a Ski Jump through the stunning scenery of Canada, or even a road trip with Harley-Davidson® all via the Samsung Gear VR in movie theatre-style.
Connected Galaxy Experience
In this zone, consumers can challenge other gamers in Gunjack™, a visually stunning virtual reality (VR) arcade shooter on the Samsung Gear VR. Consumers will also be able to experience different ways of capturing memories in 360◦ with the Gear 360 which allows reliving them in vivid, immersive quality via the Gear VR.
Samsung Concierge Lounge
In this zone, visitors will be able to learn more about the recently launched Samsung Concierge programme, a first-of-its-kind premium smartphone service in Singapore. Customer service consultants will also be on-site to give technical advice and provide assistance on Smart Switch. The comprehensive product showcase area will also give visitors an opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+ as well as the Gear 360 and Gear S2.
Additionally, consumers visiting Galaxy Studio can take part in contests1 where they stand a chance to win Samsung devices every week.
Shoot & Compare Contest
Visitors can bring a friend and participate in the #ownthenightsg photo challenge and stand a chance to be one of three winners of the Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ (worth SGD1,098) every week.
Art of Time Design Contest
Visitors can design and submit their watch face designs for the Gear S2 for a chance to win one of three Gear S2 classic plated in 18k Rose Gold (worth SGD698) available every week.
Featuring A9 Chip, Advanced 12-Megapixel iSight Camera & Apple Pay CUPERTINO, California — Apple® today introduced iPhone® SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, inOn March 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
Featuring A9 Chip, Advanced 12-Megapixel iSight Camera & Apple Pay
CUPERTINO, California — Apple® today introduced iPhone® SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, in a beloved compact aluminum design that has been updated with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four gorgeous metallic finishes, including rose gold. iPhone SE offers exceptional performance with the same 64-bit A9 chip offered in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for blazing fast speeds, longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel iSight® camera featuring Live Photos™ and 4K video, and Touch ID® with Apple Pay®.
“iPhone SE is an exciting new idea — we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world. [It] is packed with a stunning four-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, longer battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, Live Photos, 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi, and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Everyone who wants a smaller phone is going to love iPhone SE.”
– Philip Schiller
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing
The Most Powerful Phone with a Four-inch Display
Reinvented from the inside out, iPhone SE gives customers a powerful, full-featured iPhone no matter which model they choose. The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50 percent faster than iPhone 5s.* iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming and supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.
With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone SE and brings powerful built-in apps like Messages, FaceTime®, Photos, Music and Maps to iPhone users. iOS 9 also brings more intelligence to iPhone SE with proactive assistance, powerful search, improved Siri® features, and a new Night Shift™ feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
All of these innovations are packed into a light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, refined matte-chamfered edges, a new color-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo and a brilliant four-inch Retina® display.
The World’s Most Popular Camera
iPhone SE has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera featuring Focus Pixel technology for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharper, more detailed photos like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. With Live Photos on iPhone SE, customers can go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion and relive unforgettable memories with sound. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a touch, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so users can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.
Additional camera advancements include:
Pricing & Availability
* Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and visit Apple’s website here.
** Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on 24 monthly installment payments. Qualified customers only with eligible credit card. Two-year loan required. First installment payment, full taxes and activation fees may be due at sale. Carrier terms and other terms and eligibility may apply.
*** Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on 24 monthly installment payments. Requires trade-in of iPhone 5s in full working condition. Trade-in values and monthly pricing for devices will vary based on the condition and model of your smartphone trade-in. Trade Up with Installments is only available to qualified US customers with eligible credit card. Two-year loan required. First installment payment and full taxes due at sale. Full terms apply.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than they found it.
A leader in smart speaker system, Sonos never stops reinventing. Ushering in the next era of home audio innovations, it has recently introduced breakthroughs in both hardware andOn December 2, 2015 / By Nookmag
A leader in smart speaker system, Sonos never stops reinventing. Ushering in the next era of home audio innovations, it has recently introduced breakthroughs in both hardware and software – the new flagship SONOS PLAY:5 smart speaker and a new speaker-tuning software called Truplay.
The SONOS PLAY:5, elegantly designed from the inside out, delivers the purest, deepest and most vibrant sound yet from Sonos. The speaker delivers an audio experience that transports music aficionados to the studio where the sound is mixed and mastered.
Built with six synchronised, custom-designed drivers, the speaker’s three mid-woofers create smooth mids and deep, powerful lows that go as low as 27Hz, and three tweeters deliver crystal clear highs at any volume. The drivers are strategically placed to create a soundstage that is much wider than expected in a single speaker. What this creates is the precise separation of every vocal and instrumental element in a track.
For the first time, SONOS PLAY:5 has three orientations. In addition to horizontal orientation as a standalone speaker, two SONOS PLAY:5 paired together vertically produce top-of-the-line stereo sound with a focused and intense sweet spot. Paired horizontally, they create a larger stereo image for an immersive, room-filling listening experience.
Boasting an extremely sleek aesthetic with a matte finish, the SONOS PLAY:5 is thoughtfully designed for the home environment with the following features:
The new touch controls offer an intuitive, easy way to play, pause, adjust volume and change the track. Smart sensors make these touch controls responsive to all orientations, so the volume-up is always facing up.
Similar to its predecessor, the new SONOS PLAY:5 works seamlessly with all Sonos smart speakers and adds even greater modularity with the ability to act as rear speakers in home theatre setups with SONOS PLAYBAR® and SONOS SUB™.
Trueplay is a new feature in the Sonos app that will calibrate your speaker to your room. It is a tuning software that allows your speaker to analyse the acoustic profile of any room and fine-tunes itself. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on an iPhone or iPad, and a series of test tones emitted by the Sonos speaker, the system analyses how sound reflects off walls, furnishings, glass and other surfaces in any given room. Sonos then smartly tunes that speaker so the music sounds its very best. The result? Music is liberated so that it sounds great in every room, in every home.
“Our remit at Sonos has evolved from constantly working to improve the general sound of all of our speakers to customising them: first by room, and in the future, by person, activity and content,” said record producer, composer, and Sonos sound experience leader Giles Martin. “We are obsessed with improving the home music experience, which must take into account acoustically unfriendly rooms. Tuning a room is the first of many software enhancements that make the experience richer and more personal for listeners whilst giving artists a whole new creative arena.”
Trueplay will be available first on all SONOS PLAY:1®, SONOS PLAY:3®, SONOS PLAY:5® products and iOS controllers, and will be further added to the Sonos lineup over time.
Bluetooth headphones seems to be a norm nowadays and the recently launched Plantronics BackBeat SENSE seems to top the chart when it comes to user experience. It’s anOn September 5, 2015 / By Simcik
Bluetooth headphones seems to be a norm nowadays and the recently launched Plantronics BackBeat SENSE seems to top the chart when it comes to user experience. It’s an Ultra-light, smart Bluetooth® headphones that delivers sublime audio with all-day listening on a single charge, and intuitive smart sensor technology.
The BackBeat SENSE is super lightweight at only 140g, about the same weight as a smartphone! This makes it perfect to bring around your daily commute or travel.
The BackBeat SENSE headphones also lets you pair and connect to 2 smart devices at the same time, this intelligent pairing is especially handy for those who alternate between devices by lock the primary device and switching to the other, the BackBeat SENSE smart sensors will automatically follow and switch the audio source!
Intuitive Smart Sensor Technology.
Built-in smart sensors automatically pause your music when you slip off the headphones, preserving battery life when they’re not being worn, then gently fading in your tunes when you put them back on. Intelligent pairing makes connecting and moving back and forth between devices fast and seamless, including pairing with two devices simultaneously. Whispered voice alerts provide important updates on battery life, connection status, and more. Centralizing the headphone controls in one earcup makes the headphones easier to use and more intuitive, and battery life gets a serious boost with the ability to stream music and media for up to 18 hours on a single charge.
BackBeat SENSE also takes an innovative approach to design, ensuring all-day wearing comfort for everyone. Its unique, patent-pending headband is designed to comfortably fit 99% of head sizes and evenly distribute the weight of the headphones, extending wear time by eliminating pressure that can cause fatigue and discomfort. At only 140g, about the same weight as a smartphone, BackBeat SENSE is approximately 50% lighter than most on-ear Bluetooth headphones available today (* Internal testing has shown BackBeat SENSE weighs at least 50% less than a comprehensive list of competitive on-ear Bluetooth headphones.) Pillow-soft memory foam ear pads conform to the shape of the listener’s ear, improving audio performance. The headphones’ compact form and fold-flat earcups make BackBeat SENSE comfortable and convenient to wear around the neck when not in use.
Additional BackBeat SENSE technologies and benefits include:
Signature Plantronics audio and dynamic drivers create the optimal balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones to let you enjoy your music to the full, and hear every detail in your media.
Advanced Class 1 Bluetooth lets you control up to two connected smartphones or tablets from up to 330ft/100m away—the length of a football field (* Requires a Class 1 Bluetooth device).
Dual mics enable HD Voice communication for clear calls or interactions with voice applications such as Siri™, Google Now, Cortana and Skype.
OpenMic™ technology for those times when you’ll occasionally need to hear the outside world. With OpenMic, you can do so with the touch of a button, and without missing a beat.
Fold-flat earcups makes BackBeat SENSE easy to transport and store, and a durable pouch is included with a handy pocket for charging and audio cables.
Plantronics Award-Winning BackBeat Family
BackBeat SENSE is the newest member of the BackBeat family of wireless stereo products from Plantronics. Other BackBeat stereo Bluetooth headphones include the critically-acclaimed BackBeat PRO over-the-ear wireless headphones, featuring active noise cancellation, and a record-setting 24 hours of streaming; the BackBeat FIT sweatproof wireless headphones, which feature a unique, safety-oriented design and a stable fit that stays in place comfortably no matter how hard you work out; and the popular BackBeat GO 2 + Charging case wireless earbuds that provide premium audio in an incredibly small and light form factor. BackBeat PRO, BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case, and BackBeat FIT are currently available at select retailers.
Pricing and Availability
BackBeat SENSE will be available in two styles – Black/Espresso and White/Tan – for MSRP SGD$279.00 with GST. For more information, click here
I remember working as an audio sales person in a major electronics chain store in Takashimaya during my adolescent years. The usual brands populated the shelves, but it wasOn September 2, 2015 / By Roychng
I remember working as an audio sales person in a major electronics chain store in Takashimaya during my adolescent years. The usual brands populated the shelves, but it was Nakamichi that caught my eyes. It was somewhat familiar yet there was so much I didn’t know about. Its products were top of the audio league, setting it apart from the rest.
Now folks, Nakamichi is 67 years old. Ask your vinyl and cassette tape era dads and uncles and I am sure that they can tell you more about this legendary brand.
Audiophiles on the move, Nakamichi has not forgotten you. The new NMMR and NMKT series have arrived. The earbuds feature an all metal housing to give you a balanced sound with enhanced bass. An industrial raw feel that encapsulates the main housing paired with passive noise reduction earbuds will get you dancing on your feet to your favourite tunes, knocking down everyone in your way.
The Nakamichi NMKT earphones retails for SGD49.00 and comes in Grey, Grey/Gold, and Light Gold.
The Nakamichi NMMR100 earphones retails for SGD59.00 and comes in Champagne and Gun Metal.
The Nakamichi NMMR200 Dual Driver earphones retails for SGD69.00 and comes in Deep Coffee and Iron Grey. All earphones are available at all Sprint-Cass outlets. It will also be available in Big Box and Challenger stores from September 2015 onwards.
A premium quality headphone minus the hefty price tag, the Skullcandy Grind headphone is constructed with a low profile, classic design, one-button TapTech™ functionality and materials of aOn August 31, 2015 / By Nookmag
A premium quality headphone minus the hefty price tag, the Skullcandy Grind headphone is constructed with a low profile, classic design, one-button TapTech™ functionality and materials of a higher grade. The ultra-convenient TapTech™, a mic and device remote rest strategically on the left ear cup, making it easy to answer phone calls, change tracks or even hitting pause for a short break.
Grind features a sleek form factor that sits close to the head for a low-profile fit with plush foam ear pads wrapped in synthetic leather. The ear cups move smoothly along the metal headband to fit comfortably on anybody.
Embedded within the headphone is Skullcandy’s unique Supreme Sound™ that promises high-quality sound for every genre of audio. In the words of Skullcandy, it’s “Time to #Upgrade2Awesome”.
The Skullcandy Grind headphone retails at SGD109.90 at Stereo Electronics (ION Orchard #B4-23/24 and Plaza Singapura #04-06) and selected Challenger stores from September 2015.
Skullcandy has a new addition to the family: Strum. Developed for music and tech lovers, Strum earbuds feature three technologies you’ll love – Brinx Tech, which provides aOn August 27, 2015 / By Nookmag
Skullcandy has a new addition to the family: Strum. Developed for music and tech lovers, Strum earbuds feature three technologies you’ll love – Brinx Tech, which provides a custom fit to your ears; Off-Axis Tech, for improved comfort and noise isolation; and Fix Tech, a hook-shaped exterior that keeps earbuds in place by resisting the tugging and pulling.
With its revolutionary construction, Strum earbuds still guarantee the powerful
bass lines, natural vocals, and precision highs of Skullcandy’s Supreme
SoundTM for all your favorite playlists — and now with all day comfort.
At SGD89.90, Strum earbuds are available in three styles and enable you to
take calls, adjust volume, and manage your music on virtually any of your
smart devices. Strum launches next month and is available at selected
Following the success of the Noontec Hammo headphones, Signeo South East Asia launches Noontec’s new and enhanced HAMMO S Over-Ear stereo headphones in Singapore. The new Hammo SOn August 14, 2015 / By Nookmag
Following the success of the Noontec Hammo headphones, Signeo South East Asia launches Noontec’s new and enhanced HAMMO S Over-Ear stereo headphones in Singapore.
The new Hammo S is the result of two dedicated years of research and development, with over ten thousand professional tunings to ensure the best sound quality over a broad spectrum of music genres for discerning users.
The Hammo S uses Noontec’s exclusive and advanced Surround Closed Cavity Body (SCCB) Acoustic Technology, which provides precise acoustic tuning throughout the entire frequency range for an excellent audio performance.
In addition, the Hammo S employs Noontec’s latest Votrik HD500 50mm speakers, which provide high definition across a wider sound field. This technology also creates a better balance between treble, mid-range, and bass, providing more natural audio transitions.
At only 240g, the lightweight Hammo S is convenient to bring around. The new headphones have also adopted the much-loved foldable design of the original Hammo. Once folded, it effectively reduces its space utilization by 50%. With a stylish hard carry case, the Hammo S fits sveltely into most bags or luggage. The headphones feature bold and flowy design lines, with a soft sheen that exudes luxury.
In order to ensure the comfort of the user, the Hammo S’ earcups rotate even more than the previous Hammo, for a better fit. Hammo S’ ear muffs are hand-made from protein cotton, promising durability, while providing long wearing comfort, breathability, and the surfaces are contact-friendly with skin even over extended wear.
The new Noontec Hammo S headphones are available in blue, black, red and white at SGD149. They are available only at Sprint-Cass outlets at Changi International Airport Singapore, at T1 Transit area (Sprint-Cass and E-Gadget), T2 Transit area and iSound (T2 public area), and T3 Transit area and eHub (T3 public area).
– Dynamic over-the-ear stereo headphones
– Surround closed-cavity body (SCCB) acoustic technology
– Breathable and hypoallergenic earmuffs
– Noontec ‘s exclusive 50mm Votrik HD500 speaker driver
– Colours available: Blue, Black, Red, and White
– Portable fold-up design for convenience
– 24k gold-plated 3.5mm plug-in audio connector which reduces impedance and loss of sound along with detachable flat cable for tangle-free experience
– Oxygen-free copper (OFC) cable for lossless audio transfer and enhanced audio experience
– High sensitive cable microphone that is compatible with iPhone®, Samsung®, Sony®, etc
– 1.2m Audio Cable
– Frequency Response: 5 ~ 30 kHz
– Impedance: 32 ohms
– Max Power: 100mW
– Dimensions: 195mm x 185mm x 74mm
Bowers & Wilkins unveils their first ever Bluetooth® headphones, the P5 Wireless. These headphones – crafted with the same luxurious materials and solid build quality – offer allOn August 4, 2015 / By Nookmag
Bowers & Wilkins unveils their first ever Bluetooth® headphones, the P5 Wireless. These headphones – crafted with the same luxurious materials and solid build quality – offer all the power, and true Hi-Fi sound of the renowned P5 Series 2, which were released in September last year.
Furthermore, the P5 Wireless comes equipped with Bluetooth aptX®, the same technology that helped deliver fantastic audio for the Bowers & Wilkins T7 portable speakers. The headphones also offer euphonious sound with their best-in-class bass frequency of 10Hz.
The P5 Wireless headphones are simple to connect to compatible devices, and also have intuitive controls that allow users to adjust music-play without fuss. Also featured are two concealed microphones that are great for answering voice calls and gaming.
P5 Wireless’ rechargeable battery lasts a class-leading 17 hours before a charge is required. Charging from a computer is also a breeze, thanks to a supplied USB cable. A 2.5mm jack adapter, with wired remote control and microphone, is also supplied in the box if a cable is preferred to wireless use.
P5 Wireless retails for SGD690.
A slick affordable alternative to the conventional ear piece, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone is perfect for audiophiles who enjoy high quality music while on the move. ThisOn July 2, 2015 / By Nookmag
A slick affordable alternative to the conventional ear piece, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone is perfect for audiophiles who enjoy high quality music while on the move. This Bluetooth 4.0 piece comprises apt-X compatible features and a 10-metre operating distance from any music device.
The LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone presents a standby time of 150 hours or a continuous music playback time of five hours, and is easily charged by USB via an innovative charging clip. Its integrated three-button remote control situated on the cable allows direct, easy access in manoeuvring between calls, volume control and music shuffle.
Sport ear cushions add stability during workouts while Comply foam tips provide maximum comfort for day-to-day activities as well as deliver premium sound quality. Both tips come in three sizes in each package, which includes a zippered semi-hard casing too.
Available in red, white and black, the LOTS LTB-2000 Up-Beat earphone retails for SGD99 at selected Newstead and Epicentre.
– Weight: 13.2g
– Bluetooth Specification: V4.0
– Bluetooth Profiles: HSP v1.2, HFP v1.6, A2DP v1.2 and AVRCP v1.4
– Driver Units: 5.5mm Neodymium
– Frequency Response: 20~20,000 Hz
– Playback Time: Standby – Up to 200 hours; Talk – Up to 5.5 hours; Music – Up to 5.5 hours
On hindsight, the evolution of how digital music is made available to the undiscerning consumers could seem like a backward hike down the Great Wall of China. InOn June 17, 2015 / By Gracie
On hindsight, the evolution of how digital music is made available to the undiscerning consumers could seem like a backward hike down the Great Wall of China. In a bid to stuff more music into our portable players, we compress MP3s and compromise their sound quality in the process. Fortunately, technology is allowing our devices to support high resolution music. Even digital music streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify provide high definition audio for consumers to enjoy music the way it was by the artists.
With this said, what’s good quality music without a kick-ass device to project it? Catching our attention with its chili padi persona – petite while packing a feisty punch – is the high-end portable Bluetooth speaker, UB+ Eupho. Fresh in the scene, the UB+ Eupho speakers has already won three awards – the Singapore Good Design Mark 2015, the A’ Design Award 2015 (an international design award based in Italy) and the Computex d&I award 2015 (organised by renowned German industry design leader iF Design).
“What sets us apart at UB+ is that we are all audiophiles at heart. We love our music. We live to hear. Music is an integral part of us. We also believe good sound need not be expensive. So we put together our expertise in sound engineering and design to bring you products with the most advanced technology at the most affordable prices to fit your lifestyle.”
The UB+ Eupho is powered by the patented ORCHAS™ Technology, which stands for Orchestrated Acoustic Structure, after three years of research. The resulting sound is so full-bodied and life-like, comprising all the naunces and details, as though a live performance is playing right in front of you. Unlike speakers of similar size, ORCHAS™ enables UB+ Eupho to have zero vibration even at maximum volume.
These speakers stand out in its ability to offer customisable sounds. On its own, the UB+ Eupho features a series of round, inter-connected branches, enabling the sound to flow out smoothly along the curved surfaces. A stunning stereo production is achieved when two Euphos are connected through the BuddyStereo™ function. More UB+ Euphos can also be connected together through the use of the Mega Party Cable to pump up the volume substantially.
To boost the bass and amplify the overall volume, users can fit in the Expansion Casing, which is sold separately. It conveniently turns into a protective case for UB+ Eupho when flipped around.
In the pipeline are more expansion casing designs such as UB+ Eupho Brave that houses six speakers, to suit different scenarios and occasions.
– Size: 76mm (h) x 53mm (w)
– Battery life of up to 20 hours
– Includes multiple inputs compatible with devices ranging from PCs to mobile phones and on all platforms
Available in warm grey and black, UB+ Eupho is now retailing at SGD89.90, with a current promotional giveaway of the Expansion Casing with every purchase. UB+ Eupho is available at all Popular and TwoBros retail stores, as well as Courts Megastore Tampines and online on Amazon.
Follow UB+ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ubplussg for more updates.
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, holds a standing in the photography scene like no other. Revered by photographers – professionals and enthusiasts alike, Leica is not in for theOn June 16, 2015 / By Nookmag
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, holds a standing in the photography scene like no other. Revered by photographers – professionals and enthusiasts alike, Leica is not in for the gimmicks nor being play things. That’s why when they release a new camera, you know you’d have to sit up and pay attention.
This month, Leica presents the first of a new line of digital compact cameras – the Leica Q. This metallic bad boy has managed to attain perfection in terms of technicalities, which makes it ideal for street, architectural and landscape photography.
With a full-frame sensor and a particularly high-speed, classic focal length prime lens, the Leica Q stands out due to its fast and intuitive handling. It boasts a Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, which makes shooting in low light conditions a breeze. Such a highlight that would infect any camera-loving folks with goose bumps, especially those who dreads whipping out their flash.
In combination with a 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor precisely matched to its lens, the camera delivers richly detailed exposures with extremely low noise in optimum quality at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000.
Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Mr Sunil Kaul says, “The Leica Q offers the greatest possible creative freedom for realising even the most demanding photographic ambitions, the Leica Q marks a new milestone for Leica Camera, build on the values of exquisite quality and sustainability. I invite all photography enthusiasts to enjoy photography at its purest form and meet your new photography companion.”
To ensure that the decisive moment is never missed, the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has the fastest autofocus in its class and offers almost real-time precision focusing. At the same time, its newly developed image processor from the Leica Maestro II family, specially adapted for use in the Leica Q, processes the data from the sensor at an enormous speed and delivers up to ten frames per second at full resolution.
In addition, Leica Q also promises high quality video recording that is indistinguishable from professional movie footage. The unusually high speed and unmistakable bokeh of the lens play a vital role in delivering superiority of this aspect. Depending on the scene, users can choose between 30 and 60 full frames per second for video recording in MP4 format. An integrated wind-noise filter guarantees crystal-clear sound.
Drenched in Leica’s signature sleekness, the Leica Q is constructed with the finest materials to guarantee exceptional endurance. The top plate is machined from solid blocks of aluminium, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and all lettering and the markings on its setting dials are laser-engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of its leathering ensure ideal grip and clearly illustrate that form and function still go hand in hand at Leica.
Other features of the Leica Q include…
The Leica Q is now on sale at all Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, ION Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and at all Leica authorised dealers.
Nakamichi has a principle – superior technology should not be limited to a few, but made affordable to all. Its latest line-up of audio speakers is proof thatOn March 15, 2015 / By Nookmag
Nakamichi has a principle – superior technology should not be limited to a few, but made affordable to all. Its latest line-up of audio speakers is proof that the Japanese brand sticks to what it believes in.
First off is Nakamichi’s Music Cube Mini Wireless Speaker, a compact speaker that makes a perfect travel companion and delivers startling audio quality. The Music Cube Mini can be paired easily via NFC or Bluetooth, after which its smart battery management technology calibrates the volume and extends playtime during low power. It is available in colours Black, Blue, Pink, and Red.
Next is the Obaru Bluetooth Speaker, an oval Bluetooth speaker with a built-in microphone. With a playback time of 5 hours and a frequency response of 20 – 1000 MHz, the Obaru will come in handy during house parties or a relaxing day at home.
If you’re looking for something fun, Nakamichi’s MyMaiku Bluetooth might be your thing. It is shaped in in a classic microphone and features a built in Li-polymer rechargeable battery and microphone. It also has a powerful suction stand that allows you to place it anywhere for easy access to great music and hands-free communication.
Prices start from SGD89. The Nakamichi‘s latest line up is available at Best Denki Singapore, Challenger Store, Challenger Mini, Musica Store, TANGS – Orchard, Changi Aiport (T3 – Electronics Hub and T2 – iSound), Robinsons, Isetan, and Two Bros.
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has unveiled BeoPlay H2 headphones designed by Jakob Wagner, the Danish industrial designer who is also behind the popular designs of BeoPlayOn December 9, 2014 / By Nookmag
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has unveiled BeoPlay H2 headphones designed by Jakob Wagner, the Danish industrial designer who is also behind the popular designs of BeoPlay H6. The BeoPlay H2 promises to be a fashion accessory that will merge easily with your daily life and ensure an unparalleled sound and user experience.
A Bang & Olufsen 40mm custom driver inside the headphones and a bass port gives you rich music performance.
Despite weighing a modest 150 grams, the BeoPlay H2 is a strong and wear-resistant headphone, made from durable composites, and with genuine lambskin covering your ears for a comfortable listening experience.
Heavy emphasis was placed on the ergonomics of the headphone. The ear pads and mono arms are slightly angled, so that the headphones hang flat around you neck, following the shape of your body. After you’ve worn your BeoPlay H2 for a couple of minutes, the headband adjusts to fit the size of your head. The headphones return to their original size after you take them off.
BeoPlay H2 comes with a three-button remote and microphone, which are conveniently placed next to your cheek. This lets you control both your music and device with absolute ease.
BeoPlay H2 is priced at SGD299 and available in 3 colours – Carbon Blue, Silver Cloud and Feldspar Green.
Yet another portable charger has joined the market, and this one belongs to a brand with an impressive portfolio. Energizer, the ever-reliable battery label, is introducing three compactOn November 29, 2014 / By Nookmag
Yet another portable charger has joined the market, and this one belongs to a brand with an impressive portfolio. Energizer, the ever-reliable battery label, is introducing three compact power packs to the Spirit Series.
The Spirit Series is its latest range of rapid charging portable chargers, and UE5610, UE8410, and UE10410 allows you to charge your smartphones and tablets simultaneously. These lightweight chargers also feature a 2.4A output on both USB ports (as opposed to the usual 2.1A).
One of the series’ highlights is the guaranteed protection against short circuiting, overcharging, and temperature spikes – apart from the impressive battery power ranging from 5600 – 10400 mAh of course! The series features an Automatic Voltage Sensing, which uses the correct voltage while providing auto voltage-sensing technology to ensure your product is not damaged by overheating or overcharging. The Smart Power Management also has Shut Off Features, which means the charger automatically shuts off to conserve power.
The Energizer Spirit Series UE5610, UE8410, and UE10410 retails at SGD59.90, SGD89.90, and SGD99.90 respectively. The chargers are available at Atlantic Office Supply, Challenger, Superstore, EpiCentre, GainCity, Home N Office, Newstead, and [email protected]
When you’re slick with sweat and your muscles ache, it’s a sign that you’ve pushed yourself forward. Training is not just a hobby, it’s your way of life.On November 27, 2014 / By Nookmag
When you’re slick with sweat and your muscles ache, it’s a sign that you’ve pushed yourself forward. Training is not just a hobby, it’s your way of life. Skullcandy knows how important music is to a good workout, and their Sport Performance Collection has all your needs in check.
The earbuds, Method, features a high-intensity bud that combines comfort and stability. Your body will move to the rhythm of the beat, and your power soundtrack will stream seamlessly.
Method features the brand’s Sticky Gels technology, developed to minimise surface texture and material while increasing traction on the skin of the ear. Method is also sweat-resistant and built to last – the buds will stay in place no matter how hard you push and play. To maintain hygiene, Pureclean housings and ear gels will keep your ears fresh and germ free.
Most importantly, the Method is equipped with Supreme Sound technology, giving you punchy, powerful bass; warm, natural vocals, and precision highs that sound clean and spacious.
To ease your training further, Skullcandy has added an easy-to-use cable management clip, Off Axis and Fix Tech that ensures the buds fit your ear comfortably, and a remote, so you can keep doing what you’re doing and control your music without a fuss.
Retailing at SGD49.90, Skullcandy Method is available in Stereo Electronics, Runners Edge, and Popular Bookstore.
Design and sound comes together in T7, Bowers & Wilkins’ first Bluetooth speaker. However, sound takes first priority – as with everything the label does – and T7 hasOn November 20, 2014 / By Nookmag
Design and sound comes together in T7, Bowers & Wilkins’ first Bluetooth speaker. However, sound takes first priority – as with everything the label does – and T7 has the honour of featuring the first commercially available application of Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix technology.
This technology takes a leaf out of the Matrix internal bracing used in the reference 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers – the same ones found in Abbey Road Studios. T7 also features the Micro Matrix™ honeycomb structure, which provides substantial cabinet stiffening and a solid platform for the T7’s drive units.
T7 also uses two (patent-pending) force-cancelling high-output bass radiators to extend low frequencies, which helps deliver staggering range, depth and richness. Thanks to the company’s acoustic engineers, the T7 comes with highly optimised 50mm drive units. If you’re worried about the sound transfer, don’t. With the aptX Bluetooth, your favourite track remains in high-definition quality.
Encased in a minimalist interface, the buttons are kept to the essentials. They are unobtrusive and supported by a unique collection of audio cues developed in collaboration with Mira Calix, an international composer, artist, and performer who works with sound across a range of formats.
The T7 is a size of a hardback book, and is designed to be picked up and carried everywhere with you. It has an 18-hour lifespan, heavy-duty stability, and a rubber surround, adding protection to your sleek, quality portable speaker.
T7 is available in store, Millennia Walk or 161 Lavender Street, and is retailing for SGD590.