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Friday, May 30, 2014

Logitech Promotion Deals at the SG Tech Show 2014!‏

One of the highlighted deals is for the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini, which protect your iPad devices with a thin and light design. 

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Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini:
SGD$99.00 (Show price)
SGD$119.00 (Normal price)

(Booth number: Epicentre,  Booth 8888)
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Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air:
SGD$111.00 (Show price)
SGD$139.00 (Normal price)

(Booth number: Epicentre,  Booth 8888)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google takes over Apple as the most valuable brand in the world

Our friendly folks at Finances Online has published an infographic on the recent news that Google has overtaken Apple as the most valuable brand in the world. Check out the infographic done by Alex

World's Most Valuable Brands in 2014: Google vs Apple
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BIOSTAR’s A88MQ, A Micro ATX Board That Includes The “6+ Experience” Features

BIOSTAR has released the A88MQ motherboard based on the new AMD FM2+ socket design that supports AMD Multi-Core (x4, x2) socket FM2+/FM2 processors AMD A-series/ E2-series processors all in a micro ATX form factor.
Using the AMD A88X Chipset, the A88MQ, gives users the options for small build using the MicroATX form factor. It gives 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 RAM up to 64GB. It uses the newest SATA3 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of previous SATA2. There is also support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology.
The A88MQ will give users the 6+ Experience. The first, Audio+ includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with True Blu-Ray Audio and SPDIF out.
The Video+ features support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
The Speed+ features include support for SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. There is also Charger Booster, the fastest and most efficient charger solution for Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ gives high quality ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) protection for I/O panels. There is also USB Polyswitch which is an on board dedicated power fuse to prevent USB port failures. It prevents USB Port from producing overcurrent and safe guards your system and device lifespan.
Durability+ gives you 100% solid capacitors with armor-plated Biostar Technology. All capacitors are 100% solid giving a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components. There is also 5-phase Power Phase Design. The 5-phase VRM design with high quality power components such as low RDS (on) Mosfets for lower temperatures has the advantage of raising the overclocking ability.
Lastly, DIY+ users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as withUEFI BIOS stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theater environment. Rapid Switch 2, engineered by BIOSTAR, is an onboard switch that allows you to easily shut down and restart your system and Rapid Debug 2 is an onboard LED indicator that shows 6 kinds of messages: CPU power, MB power, CPU, memory and PCI-E, SATA for error states. Lastly, users have the Header Zone which allows you to easily assemble your own computer, with simple-swap data discs and other accessories.

Monday, May 26, 2014

BIOSTAR Brings Out Hi-Fi Z97WE Mainboard, With Intel Smart Technologies

BIOSTAR, maker of embedded/IPC solutions, graphics cards, and motherboards has introduced Intel’s next generation Haswell based motherboard, the Hi-Fi Z97WE. It comes with many BIOSTAR in-house features such as “Hi-Fi” audio technology.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board LAN controller also supports 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions.
It includes the usual high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI and PCI-E slots, as well as the newest PCIe development, the “M.2” form factor. The M.2 standard is the newest and smallest form factor implementation of the SATA Express interface (which provides support for PCI Express 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0), with the addition of an internal USB 3.0 interface. It supports multiple functions for add-in cards, including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, near field communication (NFC), digital radio, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), wireless WAN (WWAN), and solid-state drives (SSDs).
But being a BIOSTAR board, there is a premium set of features including the company’s unique “Hi-Fi” technology. All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards are equipped with isolate circuit design and high quality components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE also features BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN card functionality that takes networking and gaming to new levels. To achieve this, the Hi-Fi Z97WE has “dual Gigabit LAN” connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two network cards can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is “Load Balancing” which allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.

In addition, with BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.

Lastly, being based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97WE also comes with Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology), Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology), Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology all built into the system, ready to go.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3: the tablet that can replace your laptop

Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. With up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form.
Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. With up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form.


Microsoft Corp. introduced Surface Pro 3 — the lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop. 
Surface Pro 3 is a tablet and a laptop: multiple processor, RAM and storage options intersect with a sleek design that, with a simple snap or click, transform the device from a perfectly balanced tablet to a full-functioning laptop and back again — all in a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air. Its stunning 12-inch display and new, continuous kickstand provide the screen real estate and multiple viewing angles people need for work and play. And the new Surface Pen — completely redesigned with form and function in mind — delivers a precise, luxurious drawing and note-taking experience with a single click of the pen.
“So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “Surface Pro 3 is thetablet that can replace your laptop — packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device. You’ll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need.”
Surface Pro 3 and Surface accessories
Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor options, amazing click-in keyboards, and a multiposition kickstand that goes from movie mode to working mode and all the way to writing mode. Because it runs Windows 8.1 Pro, people can run the desktop software they rely on, including Microsoft Office , multitask with side-by-side windows, and use it at work. Surface Pro 3 delivers the best writing and drawing experience with Surface Pen included and an amazing new capability where with just a click of the pen, Surface launches a fresh page in OneNote, so you can capture your thoughts immediately — as quickly as a pen and piece of paper. And it delivers big-screen entertainment anywhere with the larger, full HD screen, the kickstand, great speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound, and up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life. 
New Surface accessories like the improved Surface Pro Type Cover will take Surface Pro 3 from tablet to laptop in a snap. The new premium Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity enables a more natural writing experience, while a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Mini DisplayPort allow for quick file transfers and easy connections to a range of peripherals. 
Coupled with additional optional accessories, including a new Docking Station for Surface Pro 3and a Surface Ethernet Adapter, Surface Pro 3 has all the features and capabilities of a complete laptop. The new Surface accessories can be found here.
Surface Pro 3 for business
With the introduction of Surface Pro 3, our commitment to business has never been stronger. Since introducing commercial availability less than a year ago, Surface has expanded into 31 commercial markets, celebrating new customers along the way. Surface Pro 3’s versatile features allow commercial customers to deploy a laptop replacement that delivers the power, manageability and security they need to conduct business with confidence. Companies such asBMW GroupThe Coca-Cola Company and LVMH - Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton have already committed to purchasing and deploying the device as one of the choices inside their organizations. 
“Surface Pro 3 is a truly innovative device that will replace both a tablet and a powerful laptop,” said Mario Müeller, vice president IT infrastructure, BMW Group. 
Microsoft is proud that these esteemed brands are adopting Surface Pro 3 to harness the promise of mobility to transform their customer experiences. 
Pre-order and availability
Starting at an estimated retail price of just $799, Surface Pro 3 will be offered in multiple configurations featuring 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors. Specs are availablehere.
Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Commercial customers should speak to their authorized reseller.
Beginning June 20 in Canada and the United States, customers can visit Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores, select third-party retailers and commercial resellers to purchase Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Pro 3 and select accessories. Additional configurations will become available during August, and additional accessories will be available in the next few months. 
By the end of August, Surface Pro 3 and select new accessories will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Google acquires Quest Visual, possibly for use with Google Glass

Google acquiring Quest Visual, the company behind iOS app Word Lens. Word Lens uses the camera on the rear of the iPhone, translating the text to your desired language in front of your eyes.

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The technology that makes Word Lens work will be baked into Google Translate, but I think we'll also see it work its way into Google Glass, too. While Quest Visual is rolled into Google, the company will make the Word Lens language packs free to consumers, where it said: "As a thank you to everybody who supported us on our journey, we've made both the app and the language packs free to download for a limited time while we transition to Google".

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Smart Calendar - Calendars 5 by Readdle (iOS)

This is our very first app review by our residential editor who specialises in mobile application reviews. Check out her very first review! Nicely done! 

Ever wish you had a calendar app that can show you everything at once, and yet still have the ability to view what’s important right now?

Calendars 5 by Readdle might be the one for you.
As a calendar user, I could never understand why many of the calendar apps I tried and tested feature day to day events as dots on a monthly calendar. Dots. I cannot fathom how visually informative dots can mean to me. It can mean that I have 1 event that day, or I could have 999 events for that day, and yet both situations it will feature a dot below the date on the calendar.
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Different Viewing Mode
Calendars 5, for that matter, can show you a Monthly view, which conveniently provides a short description of the event title (as much as it can show, within the limits of space constraint); and even allows you to guess that the event is an all-day event or a time-based event at a quick glance. An all-day event will be completely highlighted in the calendar’s default color (as shown in the screenshot as the orange event), and the time-based one will show a white highlight instead.

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If you find this too much information to absorb at one go, Calendars 5 can also allow you to view your calendar as a List view, a Day view, and also a Week View. Using the other views will allow you to see what’s important in the next few days or within the week, as compared to the Month view which is more convenient for planning events possibly of a larger scale.
Invite your friends to join your event!
What’s also impressive about this app, is not just how it has made the user interface beautiful and intuitive. The app, having a Natural Language Input feature, also allows you to create an event by typing in plain English. Calendars 5 will recognize date and time and fill out the event fields for you automatically!
Trying out the Natural Language Input was pretty entertaining as it can figure out your event location, your event time, and if you allow the app to access your contacts, it can even invite your contact to your event; just by typing in plain English. How awesome can it even get?
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Customising recurring events
To add to the awesomeness, Calendars 5 also allows you to add recurring events. How impressive can that be, you may ask? It is precisely impressive because it not can set recurring events for the typical ones in the iOS Calendar like “Every Day”, “Every Week”, it can even set precise recurring dates like “Every 1 week on Tue”, or “Every 1 week on Weekends”. Or even more precise dates like “Every 1 month on Weekends on 3rd week”, or “Every 3 months by 18” - which means to recur once on the 18th of the 3rd month. This feature is completely customizable for the individual and solves the problem of not being able to customize precise recurring events. And this is something most calendar apps do not offer.
It seems like the app is already packed with awesome features. But there’s more! Another amazing thing the app can perform is that it can allow you to drag and drop events, if your event date and time has changed; or even to copy and paste events! This is useful for events that are not recurring on a regular pattern, but being able to repeat events also means you do not have to copy all the event information manually from one event to another. 
Syncing your event via various platforms
The calendar also can sync from your Google Tasks and iOS Reminders if you are a frequent user of those features, but personally I do not use those, so I cannot comment much on that feature. I use another app called Trello for my task management, but that review will be for another time. (:
The only thing that might prove to be slightly annoying for the app is the confusing Time picker, which I find slightly confusing, and it took me awhile to understand how it actually works. However, I must admit the Time picker for Calendars 5 is an innovative user interface, it tries to make a difference in the user experience for selecting your event time, and it might be useful for some, but personally it confuses me at times.
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Other than that tiny nagging thought, Calendars 5 by Readdle is an awesome smart calendar app you would want to add to your app collection. It effectively helps you to minimize the time taken to manage your calendar.
Anddddddd even though you just missed getting all this awesomeness for free, which is somewhat upsetting, admit-ably, Calendars 5 is on offer at 50% off for a limited time. Hurry and go grab the app fast! (:
Calendars 5 by Readdle is in the App Store for $3.98 (50%).

Via Pocket App!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

These 5 Apps Will Turn Any Android Phone into a Samsu

It's not easy to keep up with the latest and greatest when a new smartphone model seems to be released every month. Your phone might even start looking a little ancient in comparison. Fortunately, with the right apps you can update your current Android phone to be more similar to say, the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which features a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and high-quality camera. You'll be amazed at how easily you can recreate these features with apps.

Fingerprint Scanner



One of the most hyped about features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its ability to unlock your phone and authenticate PayPal payments through fingerprint recognition. Although there isn't an actual fingerprint scanner on the market there are apps that allow you to unlock your screen through touch. The Lock Screen app, for example, lets you unlock your phone with a single touch and lock it by shaking it. Although a touch screen might not look as futuristic as a fingerprint scanner, not having to type a pass-code every time you want to use your phone is a total win.

Wi-Fi Boost



The "download booster" functionality that comes with the Galaxy S5 makes it easier for users to download content on-the-go. By combining LTE and Wi-Fi, network speeds dramatically improve. It's understandable why many major wireless providers aren't keen on the idea as they'd rather consumers rely more on their home Wi-Fi and less on the LTE network. Not all providers are against the idea, however. Consumerist confirmed that T-Mobile is including the "download booster" feature on its Galaxy S5. As for those that won't be upgrading phones yet, an app like Network Signal Speed Booster can give you a better signal and a faster connection. The app does this by connecting to the fastest cell phone tower available in your area.

Heart Rate Monitor



Samsung isn't exactly new to personal health technology. According to CNET, Samsung has created the S Health app, released various fitness bands and even integrated a heart monitor into the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit band. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is no exception and can detect a person's heartbeat when a finger is placed directly onto a sensor in the back. Seem impossible to recreate this on older phones? Well, as you might have guessed, there's absolutely an app for that. The Runtastic Heart Rate app can measure your heartbeat using your smartphone's camera sensor. This app will even create a graph with your HRM results to help you achieve your fitness goals.

High-Quality Camera



Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S5 has "incredible detail and vibrant color" and a Selective Focus feature that allows the photographer to select what should be focused on and what should be blurred out. While this might be true of its 5.1-inch, full 1080p Super AMOLED HD display, that doesn't mean that your smartphone can't take beautiful images too. There are many apps on the market that can create flawless photographs. Cymera, a camera and photo editor app, allows you to choose between different camera lens types (out of focus, self-portrait, timer, etc.) and has face detection technology that lets you easily focus on a person's face. Plus, it's beautifying features can help you create gorgeous portraits.

Power Saving Mode



Few things are worse than your smartphone running out of battery when you need it the most. The Galaxy S5 comes with the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature that turns the phone's screen to black and white and shuts off nonessential apps to achieve maximum battery life, says Geek.com. Do the same with your smartphone by downloading Battery Doctor, which keeps power-hungry apps from draining your battery. You'll also be able to accurately estimate your phone's battery life, manage data usage and turn on power-saving settings.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi slated to release its first tablet device

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is reportedly interested in releasing its first tablet device, as the country continues to become more tech savvy. Xiaomi has a product launch event scheduled for May 15 in Beijing, though hasn't publicly disclosed what will be announced.

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Xiaomi is the No. 5 phone manufacturer in China, despite being just four years old - and expanding into the tablet market could be quite appealing for the Chinese market. The company reached a major success with its Mi 3 smartphone last October, when it sold 100,000 units in less than two minutes.

Despite Apple and Samsung controlling the tablet market, there is room for a Chinese manufacturer to make strides - especially in its home market - as Lenovo is putting pressure on rivals. Xiaomi should remain committed to expanding its business in China, and hold aside aspirations for western expansion.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Piracy websites finding lucrative market for advertisers

Website operators streaming pirated content are greatly benefiting from automated ad-buying solutions, giving them a valuable line of revenue. Piracy websites don't pay for the content they stream, so it's possible to earn profit margins from 80 percent up to 94 percent - generating upwards of $100,000 per year in advertising revenue.

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Online websites that stream pirated TV episodes and movies generated $227 million in advertising revenue, according to a MediaLink study commissioned by Digital Citizens Alliance that analyzed 596 websites. Copyright holders are desperately trying to clamp down on Internet piracy, though have found it to be a very difficult battle.

"We work diligently to protect our content so it's unfortunate that ad dollars are finding their way to illegal video sites, most likely unbeknownst to the brands involved," said Jeff Cusson, HBO spokesperson, told Wall Street Journal.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A new 3D printer that allows you to print your own cosmetic

. A new 3D printer has surfaced that is aimed straight at the person who loves makeup. That stuff can get expensive, especially if you buy lots of colors.

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Mink is a 3D printer that will let anyone create their own lipstick or eye shadow in their home. The printer is able to replicate any color into a wearable cosmetic. The creator of the cool Mink printer is Grace Choi, a graduate of the Harvard Business School.


Choi hopes to put the printer into production for $300 and promises that the ink and color needed to create the makeup will be competitively priced as well. Mink works based on the hex code of the colors. That means as long as you can get the hex code, the printer can make any shade you desire. That hex code can be found using something like Colourzilla, a Chrome extension and other software. The printer is targeting women age 13 to 21.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Nintendo to build low cost game console for developing nations

Nintendo hasn't been doing well over the last few years as it continually posts major losses. The Nintendo Wii U game console continues to be unpopular with gamers and is a major part of the financial woes for the company. Reports have surfaced that claim Nintendo is set to roll out a new game console as early as 2015 or 2016.

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If you are hoping for a high-end console to help Nintendo get back to some of the gaming glory it enjoyed years ago, you will be disappointed. According to reports, Nintendo is looking at building a cheaper game console for gamers in developing markets. Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has said that the console will be aimed at gamers in developing nations with a lower budget.

That console will also cater to gamers that have less gaming experience than those in developed nations. Satoru has said that Nintendo has no plans to launch its existing hardware in China. No specifics on hardware, price for the new console, or where it will be sold have been offered.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

LG sets launch date and price on its upcoming Chromebase AIO

When LG first unveiled its Chromebase all-in-one Chrome OS-Based PC the tech community was set abuzz, and while many doubted that a Chrome OS desktop was worth the space it took up, more industry experts thought that the Chromebase was an excellent idea, and an indication of where the industry is going. Today LG announced that the Chromebase AIO would be arriving later this month on May 26th at Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

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"Personal computers have obviously become central to each member of the family, regardless of age, which is why it's important to have one that's easy to use," said Thomas Lee, senior vice president, LG Electronics USA. "Google's suite of programs, ability to update software and cloud-based storage allow the LG Chromebase to offer a simple, modern computing experience."

The Chromebase features a 21.5-inch full HD 1080p display, an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell Processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of solid state storage. Google will toss in an extra 100GB of cloud storage, and 802.11 n Wi-Fi will handle network connectivity. A single USB 3.0 and single USB 2.0 port will allow for external storage, and an HDMI connector is present for video output to a HDTV. The Chromebase will retail for just $349.99


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New adhesive helps in recycling discarded circuit boards using water

The circuit boards are used in everyday electronics and PCs are based on epoxy glass and solder. The recycling process is tedious in this case as it requires to dismantle components safely. Its because of this, discarded electronic items simply are found in landfills. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), In2Tec and Gwent Electronic Materials have developed a solution to improve the ability to recycle circuits boards up to 90% with the help of water.

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The three British companies have developed a special type of adhesive that can make PCBs recyclable up to 90% using water. This technology is called ReUse, which is short for Reusable, Unzippable, Sustainable Electronics.

"What happens to end of life electronics is one of the fastest growing waste streams," says Chris Hunt, head of the Electronics Interconnection Team at NPL. "Existing electronic circuit assemblies are based on reinforced epoxy glass systems and solder. A circuit board itself is a significant part of a final product, but it's made with a thermoset of glass that isn't easily recyclable."

The project is funded by the UK government's Technology Strategy Board which is finding solutions for industries to deal with electronic waste in Europe. ReUse uses thermoplastic substrate on which the conductive adhesive is applied. When its required to separate the components on the circuit board, it needs to be submerges in water closer towards the boiling point.

Its because of this process, it could be a feasible solution for recycling many electronic devices. But Hunt admitted that this is not a solution for all type of electronic hardware. He stated that certain types of high-end servers and high performance electronics operate at temperatures that's too hihe for ReUse. He also said,"There would have to be a step-change in a manufacturer's mindset to embrace this technology and until there is legislative pressure to change, they will stick with what they know. What you get with ReUse is the ability to take apart and recover your components and reuse them. But until there is a pressure to change, manufacturers will stick with what they know."

As of now, one of their business partners In2Tec has signed up with few companies in the automotive industry for this technology.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Parallels Access in retail

Parallels Access retail box is now available for $25.90 (for a 14-month subscription instead of 12) in Singapore at: Challenger, EpiCentre, Harvey Norman and NuBox*.

*Do note that the offer is only available from authorized dealers and is subject to change. Also, the subscription plan does not auto-renew.

1 in 10 US smartphone owners have had devices stolen

A new survey found that 1 in 10 U.S. smartphone owners have had a device stolen, and 68 percent are willing to put themselves at risk to try and recover a stolen phone, according to Lookout. The most likely place to have a smartphone stolen: restaurant (16 percent), bar or nightclub (11 percent), work (11 percent), on public transportation (6 percent), or on the street (5 percent).

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"The reality is that 1 in 10 U.S. smartphone owners are victims of phone theft and 68 percent of those victims are unable to ever recover their device after the theft occurred," said Kevin Mahaffey, Lookout co-founder and CTO, in a press statement."This is an issue that is bound to keep growing. While there isn't one single solution that is going to alleviate phone theft, the problem can be stifled with industry collaboration, technology, and widespread awareness for how to stay safe."

To try and combat against smartphone theft, which is a major problem throughout metropolitan areas across the country, the California Senate approved mandatory kill switch legislation. The law would only be applicable in California, but its success could lead to similar efforts in other states.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Apple reportedly close to acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion

Apple is reportedly interested in purchasing Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, and a deal could be publicly announced in just a few days, according to the Financial Times. Beats products are available in Apple stores, though the two companies reportedly didn't have a close working relationship.

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Originally founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Lovine, Beats has focused on audio products, such as earbuds, headphones and speakers - and has its own Beats Music streaming service. Beats was reportedly valued at $1 billion after receiving a $500 million investment, though Apple wants to capture the popularity of the Beats brand.

"This is really puzzling," said James McQuivey, Forrester Research analyst, after hearing about the potential buyout. "You buy companies today to get technologies that no one else or customers that no one has. They must have something hidden under the hood."

Saturday, May 10, 2014

BIOSTAR Brings Out Hi-Fi Z97WE Mainboard, With Intel Smart Technologies

BIOSTAR, maker of embedded/IPC solutions, graphics cards, and motherboards has introduced Intel’s next generation Haswell based motherboard, the Hi-Fi Z97WE. It comes with many BIOSTAR in-house features such as “Hi-Fi” audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97WE is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board LAN controller also supports 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions.

It includes the usual high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI and PCI-E slots, as well as the newest PCIe development, the “M.2” form factor. The M.2 standard is the newest and smallest form factor implementation of the SATA Express interface (which provides support for PCI Express 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0), with the addition of an internal USB 3.0 interface. It supports multiple functions for add-in cards, including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, near field communication (NFC), digital radio, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), wireless WAN (WWAN), and solid-state drives (SSDs).

But being a BIOSTAR board, there is a premium set of features including the company’s unique “Hi-Fi” technology. All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboardsare equipped with isolate circuit design and high quality components to ensure the best possible audio qualityconsistency.

The Hi-Fi Z97WE also features BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN card functionality that takes networking and gaming to new levels. To achieve this, the Hi-Fi Z97WE has “dual Gigabit LAN” connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two network cards can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is “Load Balancing” which allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.

In addition, with BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.

Lastly, being based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97WE also comes with Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology), Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology), Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology all built into the system, ready to go.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Satellite phones

Now that the world seems to have mastered the mobile phone, the industry has raised the bar for service. Satellite phones function much like cell phones but they connect to orbiting satellites instead of cellular towers. Most users like the fact that coverage for sat phone plans might include the entire world instead of specific geographical areas or countries. This is an especially important feature for those who travel frequently or conduct business in several different countries.

Most of the prepaid plans for the inmarsat isatphone require a $10 SIM card fee. Unused minutes carry over but the card expires after 180 days. The convenient feature of these plans is that they can be reloaded from a website, so it is not necessary to search for a local location. 

The standard plan has a one time activation fee of $44.95 and 10 minutes without having to pay a per-minute surcharge. There is an option to pay for an annual plan and the cost per minute differs for land lines and cell phones. Selecting this plan implies a one-month contract.

It is a good idea to explore all the plans and estimate costs based on usage, if you plan to buy a satellite phone. Although it offers the convenience of a much wider area of coverage, extended conversations on this device could become expensive. Buyers should also be aware that some countries like North Korea and Burma ban satellite phones, while India requires users to get special permission to use them.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Tech companies drives the new M&A activity in the world

Wonder what the biggest tech giants are doing with their huge stash of cash? Wells, the infographic would show what are tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Apple is doing with their cash! Check it out!

Business Acquisitions of Top Tech Companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Other Technology Giants
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iMoveCharger™ Converts Everyday Movements into Power for Phones and Tablets

The Franklin-Thomas Company, a generator building business, needs $25,000 by May 12, 2014, to finalize its revolutionary, miniaturized generator, the iMoveCharger™, that will make convenient on-the-go charging of smart phones and tablets possible. Funds raised for the iMoveCharger campaign will go toward materials and initial manufacturing of the units. These lightweight, cordless devices promise the freedom of charging anywhere, at anytime, by using the user’s movements–a convenience that hasn’t been available until now. Pledge levels offering discounted units have been created to entice campaign contributions.

“Years ago, some wrist watches were ‘self winding.’ By just walking around, you wound your mechanical watch,” said Joe Shepard, CEO of The Franklin-Thomas Company. “We took that same principle, but instead of connecting the weight to the gears, we connected it to the shaft of our miniaturized generator. The energy created by movement is then converted into charging voltage.”

What does that mean for the user? The charging of any type of smart phone or tablet is possible by simply connecting an electronic device (with one of the included adapters) to the iMoveCharger™, selecting the appropriate voltage from 3.3 vdc to 15 vdc, and moving. That’s it. How’s that for multitasking? Whether placed in a purse or carried in a pocket, the small, everyday movements that people make, whether running, walking or even just bending over, will be enough to generate enough energy to charge a device through the utilization of the integrated proven electronic generator.

Pledge levels have been created to help fund the campaign. With a contribution of $50, an iMoveCharger™ will be given (a $30 savings off the planned $80 retail price); however, this early bird pricing is limited to the first 1000 claimants.  An $85 pledge awards the funder two iMoveChargers™, a discount of nearly fifty percent. The $1000 donors will receive 25 units—enough to supply cutting-edge gifts for friends and family. Visit the campaign page to learn more.

When crafting the units, only the best magnets, most advanced circuitry and quality materials will be used, but if there should be a problem, each charger will come with a two-year replacement warranty. Manufacturers have been identified and suppliers are ready to deliver. With help, depleted battery power at the most inopportune moments will be a thing of the past. Share this newfound tool with others through Facebook and other social media sites and contribute to a cause that has the potential to completely change the way people charge their devices.