[NEW SERVICE] It is hard to not like ViewQwest. It has;
  1. Rave reviews from users
  2. Compatible with most types of routers from the market
  3. Offer VPN connection on router a.k.a Freedom VPN
And now… ViewQwest introduces 2Gbps Fiber Broadband. A first in the world outside Japan.
It is really hard to not like a company with great differentiation from the market and seemed to always produce innovation in an industry traditionally dominated by Telcos.
Interestingly, ViewQwest chose to make the announcement ahead of the official service availability in early 2015 according to the media release.

Regardless, it is a certainty consumers are waiting by the wings for a preview of the actual performance. Especially how it matches up to SingTel’s unlimited bandwidth Fiber plan.
During this waiting period, you will be able to try first-hand the possibilities of 2Gbps fiber broadband at SITEX from 27 to 30 November 2014 at the ViewQwest booth (5G20) at the Singapore EXPO.
 ViewQwest Announces 2Gbps Fiber Broadband, First in the World Outside of Japan

-          ViewQwest offers fastest residential Internet connectivity in Singapore
-          Leads Singapore Internet Service Providers to explore possibilities of 2Gbps fiber broadband
-          Streamlines existing fiber broadband price plans to provide consumers with simplified options

Singapore, 12 November 2014 – ViewQwest, Singapore’s premium fiber broadband operator, today announced its capability to offer 2Gbps fiber broadband – the first in the world outside of Japan, and the fastest residential Internet connectivity in Singapore. The 2Gbps fiber broadband will be undergoing limited trials with a select group of customers from now until end-2014, and will be commercially available in early 2015.

“Our customers are always connected and are active users of the Internet, using it for home entertainment like watching movies and TV shows on their TVs and computers. We know they demand the fastest Internet speeds and reliability, and ViewQwest is proud to be the first in Singapore – and in the world outside of Japan – to have the capability to offer 2Gbps fiber broadband. We look to continue leading the way for Singapore’s Internet Service Providers and pushing the boundaries in terms of our speed and content offerings,” said Vignesa Moorthy, CEO, ViewQwest. 

Consumers will be able to try first-hand the possibilities of 2Gbps fiber broadband at SITEX from 27 to 30 November 2014 at the ViewQwest booth (5G20) at the Singapore EXPO.

New fiber broadband price plans

To further cater to consumer preferences, ViewQwest has streamlined its existing packages into two price plans that simplify the options for consumers. Consumers can now choose ViewQwest FibernetTM broadband bundles that offer faster Internet speeds and incredible home entertainment value at more competitive prices than before.

Bundles continue to include ViewQwest’s Freedom VPN, which opens up a world of home entertainment, allowing consumers access to geo-restricted international streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, PPTV, Viki, BBC iPlayer, ITV and Tonton. .

Also included in the bundles are free gifts such as ViewQwest TV, an Android-based media player that connects the TV to the Internet, and add-ons like OneVoiceTM, a residential fixed line that gives you free unlimited incoming and outgoing local calls.

The new ViewQwest FibernetTM broadband bundles are:

  • Freedom VPN 600Mbps Bundle – $65 per month
    • FibernetTM Broadband 600Mbps
    • 3 Months Free Freedom VPN
    • Free ViewQwest TV
    • Free modem/ router rental
    • OneVoiceTM residential phone line

  • Freedom VPN 1000Mbps Bundle – $89.95 per month
    • FibernetTM Broadband 1000Mbps
    • 3 Months Free Freedom VPN
    • Free ViewQwest TV
    • Free modem/ router rental
    • OneVoiceTM residential phone line

The new price plans will be available from 12 November 2014.

About ViewQwest
ViewQwest is a Singapore Internet Service Provider (ISP) established in 2001 with a commercial and residential client base. Our core mission is to deliver an unparalleled service to each and every customer, and we have an unwavering commitment to deliver on our promises. As a Facilities Based Operator (FBO), we own cable systems between Singapore and Malaysia, as well as our own undersea cable between Singapore and Indonesia. ViewQwest challenges accepted norms and has a history of innovation over the past decade. We introduced services such as Freedom VPN to allow users to unblock popular streaming websites in select regions, established Points-of-Presence (PoP) in New York and Los Angeles for better connectivity to USA, and was the first Singaporean ISP to employ Latency Based Routing technology.
[NEW GADGET] The 2nd iteration of Motorola Mobility’s Moto G is on sale now in Singapore for S$289. Released in 5 September 2014, Moto G is making it’s way to Singapore via Lazada and selected retail stores.
With next to no marketing and an already crowded budget phone market, Moto G faces am uphill task to Singapore.<br /> Without official numbers, the number 1 budget smartphone under S$300 category must have been Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S with marginally better specifications and about 60% of Moto G price.<br /> Having said this, take nothing away from Motorola’s efforts to create a smartphone offering excellent value for money and earning good reviews from major tech sites. Consumers should also give additional points for Moto G for well, being a Motorola product. A long time brand name.<br /> Moto G offers one of the best display among the phones in the price range and Snapdragon 400 processor also ranks Moto G among the fastest in class. Being a new release also means that Moto G spots Android Kitkat 4.4.4, one major advantage over Redmi with a dated Android variant.<br /> Despite having only 3G connectivity in a 4G world and 720p video in a 1080p world, Moto G still represents one of the best phone S$289 can buy and<br /> <ul> <li>5” IPS, 1280x720 pixels, 294ppi, Gorilla Glass 3</li> <li>Android Kitkat 4.4</li> <li>Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, </li> <li>Adreno 305 450MHz GPU</li> <li>3G connectivity</li> <li>Non-removable 2070 mAh battery</li> <li>8GB storage, Micro SD card slot</li> <li>1GB Ram</li> <li>8 MP rear camera, 2MP front camera</li> <li>720p HD Video Capture</li> <li>141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm</li> </ul> <div> Link - Lazada’s Moto G page
[REVIEW] Last weekend was another milestone on my life; I have upgraded to Fibre Internet connection!

It was unreal. 10 years ago I needed a phone modem to dial-up for Internet and shortly after I moved to Broadband and stayed there for ever since, until now.

This post is not going to be about how brilliant Fibre is. It is brilliant. But I wanted to focus on how the plan works out economically. First up is the 10% discount off mobile subscription line. I was expecting 10% off all mobile lines under my name. All I can nominate is one mobile subscription. Hence, I chose the most expensive between the two lines I have and it is going to be approximately S$5 off the bill every month. The catch is that it takes 2 to 3 billing cycle for the discount to come in. Not cool.

Second was the free 500MB SIM card that comes with the Fibre plan. For many, 500MB is not particularly useful. Many of our phones don't come with dual SIM card slots so you probably need another phone or mobile router to use the card.

Coincidentally, my mum is using a Hi! card without much data cap together with a XiaoMi RedMi. So it was a perfect match when mum is able to slot in this 500MB SIM card into her RedMi’s second slot.
Third, as a recontracting customer, I was offered 5 months free subscriptions fees. After all these years of loyalty, SingTel finally recongise my efforts. They rarely do so!
How good a Fibre plan is definitely lies with its connection speed and stability, I will get to that. Right now, the cost savings is pretty massive. And this goes a long way to show that opening up the broadband market to more providers is such important move for the consumers.

22/10/2014 - Update: Watch out for add-ons on the contract before signing. I have got "Security Suite" and "Family Protection Service" added to my contract. Damn!


[REVIEW] There is no middle road when it comes to repairing a out-of-warranty gadget.

It's either paying over the top to go to the service centre or repair shops which, in Singapore, mostly look rouge.You know it is rouge by a signboard made of 1 zillion flashing LEDs of all colours, unfashionable shop names and shop renovation (or the lack of it).

If rouge shop is your choice, then your only hope must be that they can rescue whatever is wrong with your gadget.

My problem on hand is a Nexus 7 (2013) broken screen. And it is a real problem because as I found out first hand, not many shops would fix a Nexus 7. Such a terffic tablet! What a shame!

Out of the several shops at Sim Lim Square, I had to pick one with my gut feeling and cross my fingers and toes and hope for the best. 

So this repair shop is located behind alley on the 3rd floor.

The quote from the friendly guys was S$160. Which appears to be one of the best prices i got from visiting at least 10 other shops!

Having offered a what I thought is a decent price, I took the offer and the guy took a good look at the damaged tablet. He asked some standard questions like if the LCD panel is cracked and if the panel is responding to the touches.

And that was it. 2 hours later, the Nexus 7 came out with a new screen and all is good again!

With repair shops, there is always no guarantee that the repairs will be good or even it is good for a while, there is no assurances it will last.

Having said that, if you have a broken Nexus 7, maybe you can give this place a go!

[REVIEW] Earlier this year in March, SingTel roll over a new mobile subscription package for customers who are 55 years old and above. Their aim is to increase the adoption rate of mobile data plans among this target group.
Essentially, our fellow Singaporean in their silver age are able to sign up SuperLite and Lite plans at 20% off the subscription as well as a special price for selected mobile phones.
The regular price of a SuperLite plan is $27.90 (exclusive of GST), with a 20% discount it is going for $22.32 now.
The catch with the plan is that the plans does not come with caller-ID. Caller-ID itself is a add-on service priced at SGD 5 a month (exclusive of GST).

You see what I mean? Taking into account the caller-ID will return the price to just about the same level. Although one can argue that without the 20% discount, the subscription is even higher, yet isn’t the whole point of creating a “for-seniors” plan to encourage them to pick up mobile data?
Take a step back and think, the group of seniors that have not sign up for a mobile data plan, why didn’t they do it? Is it because they are less IT-literate? Or because they are less familiar with a smartphone? Or because they have less spending power?
Possibilities are a bundle but it is clear that waiving the caller-ID charge would be a clear and logical choice.
My humble opinion is caller-ID is a indispensable service that to the seniors.
I don’t have the statistics but judging from the reaction of my dad, I can guess that many seniors are taken aback when they realized caller-ID comes at extra charges.
One other thing to be mindful when signing up the plan is the data usage pattern. In the case of SuperLite plan, 100MB may be gone in a flash if the smartphone isn’t setup to allow only a few apps to access mobile data.
Link: SingTel Silver Plans Page
Link : SingTel Press Release

[NEWS] Apple released the latest iPhone 5s TV/video advertisement earlier last Friday. Titled “Dreams”, Apple described how iPhone can help people from all walks of life with its applications.

This film is accompanied by a new song called “When I Grow Up” by Jennifer O’Conner now available on iTunes.

First thought, I love the song. Going to download it now.

Second thought, the array of Apple 3rd party accessories and applications really changed some parts of how the world works. Thanks Mr Jobs.

Disclaimer: Not a Fanboy! Just giving credits where it is due.

Source: Feng.com

[REVIEW] Recently I wanted to get a statue for my sister whom is getting her new HDB flat later this year. Not just any statue but a statue of water buffalo, as recommended by their Feng Shui Master. The search for the animal statue went on for a while because it is quite difficult to find quality and a decent price in Singapore.

So the search was moved online then Taobao, as always, have got hits for anything you wanted to buy. The return on the search blew whatever we could find in Singapore out of water, mainly because China is probably the biggest producer of clay statues. We found something that looks great and cost only a factor of prices in Singapore. The question is how do buy and ship it to Singapore.

There are a few Taobao agents who could do that. Taobao agents are companies whom helps you buy what you want in China, pay for them, and ship to you.You pay for everything in Singapore dollars.The concept isn’t new but this is the first time i genuinely wanted to get something from Taobao.

From the lot, I thought Wiwaa looks the easiest and potentially cheapest shipping.

How It Works:
Like most Taobao agents, Wiwaa possesses a warehouse in China where all orders is delivered there. Every Wiwaa users is given a customer number so that Wiwaa could match each delivery to customer. Wiwaa offers two common types of services. “Buy for me” and “Ship for me”. You use ”Buy for me” if you would like Wiwaa to buy and pay for your orders.

As you probably guess it, “Ship for me” meant that you would buy and pay for your orders and then ship them to Wiwaa warehouse for shipping to you. If you are not confident in placing the order on Taobao yourself or that you don't want to go through the hassle to place the order on Taobao and pay (or you don't have a Taobao account altogether) then its “Buyer for me” for you.

Service charge is 5% of total product cost and shipping cost. I couldn’t recall if the service charges were the same for both services but I vividly remember so. You can find the charging formula below. Then there is the shipping cost comprises of 3 options ranging from Wiwaa’s own air freight and ocean freight to DHL. The latter is certainly more expensive but faster.

Link: Wiwaa Charges Page
Link: Wiwaa Shipping Charges

You should note that Wiwaa offers additional services at it’s warehouse. For instance, if you are getting more than 1 item, you should instruct Wiwaa to repackage all your orders to save cost. Also, you can instruct Wiwaa to inspect your order for you so order with defects can be returned to the taobao seller.

The final question to answer is how to pay Wiwaa. Wiwaa offers eNets top-up and Paypal. Balance in Wiwaa account is maintained in RMB, SGD top-up will be converted into RMB. For top up via eNets, you have to submit a form to inform Wiwaa that you have sent in money to them. It is basically a fund transfer and the top of the account is manually performed by Wiwaa staff. Exchange rate is shown on the Wiwaa Home Page.

The catch here is that you have to top-up your account in order to place orders for Wiwaa to place orders with the Taobao sellers. Thereafter when the orders arrived at the warehouse, you have to pay again for the shipping this time. As you would have realised, you cannot estimate the exact amount to top-up because of the shipping cost which depends on the weight of the order which itself is unknown due to the packaging.

Finally, you have to note that Wiwaa allows 30 days of free storage of orders at the warehouse. So during the period you could accumulate your orders (for repackaging to ship) or top-up your account. After shipment order is processed, you can then track your shipment in your account if you were to go with Wiwaa logistics service.

My Experience:
Having had previous “Taobao experience”, I placed my own order with the seller and instructed seller to ship to Wiwaa warehouse in Shenzhen bearing my customer number beside my name on the parcel. It took 2 days for seller to ship it to the warehouse and Wiwaa took another 4 days before I lay my hands on my order.

The packaging is real solid and thus the items were 100% intact. Thanks to the Taobao seller whom have packaged very well. In any case, had I got Wiwaa to place the order for me and did a repackaging on their own, it should be pretty good as well. I haven’t had many bad experience with packaging when i “taobao” a lot back in my days in Shanghai.

Another noteworthy point is the topping-up of balance in Wiwaa account. It was easy but having to leave some loose change behind isn’t really ideal. Wiwaa did what was required to deliver on time and pretty much hassle free. What it didn’t work so well was their website, that didn’t feel polished and it appears to be quite amateur.

 But that is fine as well as the delivery is good isn’t it?

It has been around for so long but it's lack of fame really does it a lot of injustice. Well I am taking about one of the best Singapore's online resources; the National Library Board (NLB)'s ebooks library.

All you need is a smartphone (Android or iOS phone), download the "Overdrive" app, get an Adobe ID and starting downloading ebooks with your NLB Digital account or NRIC/Membership ID.

There isn't much to say about the Overdrive as it does just about what it is suppose to do, which is to allow you to browse, check out the books and download them. When we say "download" it does not really mean that you get to own the book forever. Instead the app is designed in a way where the book is kept on your mobile device offline but you won't be able to find a single file.

Overdrive is not an app developed by NLB, instead Overdrive is something like a digital library where it is hooked up to NLB's ebooks resources so ebooks can be borrowed in a digital manner.

There isn't an estimate to how many books is available on NLB ebooks platform but it works very for me so far!

Click the link below to find out exactly how to start borrowing now!

NLB How-To Page: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/HowDoOverdrive.aspx

Is your current phone not producing sufficiently good photos? Samsung didn’t think so and hence they decided to pack 20.7 megapixels CMOS sensor, 10x Optical zoom lens and 1080p/60fps video recording into an Android phone and name it, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom.

In case you don’t see the need for what you would call a “camera-phone”, Samsung made a nice little video to promote the use cases of Galaxy K zoom. You can find the embedded video below.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom is could be the most complete “camera-phone” yet with 10x optical zoom and Xenon Flash/OIS plus a large CMOS sensor which is, in theory, a great combination to take night photos given that this is a real slim and small design.
With these hardware specifications, Samsung innovates with the internals.

Selfie Alarm sounds like a fun proposition to take selfie, where you choose where your head would in the composition of the selfie and the alarm will hint you that the selfie is turning out to be what you wanted.

AE/AF Separation is even more intriguing because you can lock in the exposure on focus object and adjust the background exposure accordingly. Again in theory it might be wonderfully great to take images.

At SGD 798 without contract or a Singtel 2 year Value plan at SGD 268, Samsung Galaxy K zoom is not your top of the line phone. Instead, it is made for a niche market that may include selfies fanatics...
“Make the most usable Android tablet”. Exactly. Exactly, XiaoMi.

XiaoMi continues to make their name with the announcement of XiaoMi Pad today. The product officially goes on sale after June 2014 but with the specifications, we are looking at another winner in the Chinese company’s lineup.

XiaoMi first ever tablet comes with some of the best specifications there is in the industry; A 2048 x 1536 resolution display, that’s 326 ppi, and the newest Nvida Tegra K1 processor and 2GB ram more than hold it’s own against the ever popular iPad mini Retina or Google Nexus 7 2013. Though, it is hardly a fair comparison since Pad Mini has been around for some time now and you bet an update is always around the corner.
XiaoMi Pad with it’s specifications will hardly raise anyone’s eyebrow. It’s selling price will. 16GB verion is on sale for RMB 1499, roughly SGD 300 and 64GB version for RMB 1699, roughly SGD 340. In contrast iPad mini Retina is on sale at SGD 548 for 16GB and SGD 828 for the 64GB version.

Many says XiaoMi Pad has no originality and looks every bit another of the cheapo knock-off from Shenzhen. But from what I have seen in the last two years in Shanghai, XiaoMi is different from the test of the pack. In fact having it’s own user interface and same-as-iPad-but-still-looks-great designs really differentiate itself.

Buying a 7 inch-ish tablet now? Look no further than iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 2013 and later in the year, the XiaoMi Pad.

  • 7.9 inch IPS display, Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2048 x 1536 resolution, 326 pixels per inch
  • Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad-core 2.2GHz ARM Cortex A-15 processor (CPU)
  • 192 Nvdia Cuda cores (GPU)
  • 2GB DDR3 ram
  • Andriod 4.4.2 Kitkat with XiaoMi’s MIU User Interface
  • Micro SD expansion slot up to 128 GB
  • Wireless AC Dual Band
  • Sony 8 megapixel (Rear Camera) F2.0 and 5 megapixel (front camera) with 1080p recording
  • 6700mAh battery
  • 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5mm
Engadget Chinese report: http://chinese.engadget.com/2014/05/15/xiaomi-tablet-official/
XiaoMi Pad China Product Page: http://www.mi.com/mipad#feature
XiaoMi Singapore Home Page: http://www.mi.com/sg/

I bought Sony KDL-42W670A.

The crown of Bravia 2013 line-up was undoubtedly the 4K Ultra HD XBR LED series. Yet it wasn't what the average consumer would look to for a new purchase with the still novel and rare 4K content.  with the W Series and R Series being the LED LCD line-up. R Series provides a more economy friendly TVs across the 32" to 60" with a more stripped down specifications. Which leaves us with the W Series that would compete in the mass consumer market.

I would say KDL-42W670A is a great option if 3D and one-touch Sony Xperia phone mirroring aren't what you look for and SGD 1k is roughly your budget. Otherwise, the W954A would  certainly represents a absolutely superb option.

Having said that KDL-42W670A is still offers the latest Sony technology with X-Reality™ PRO image processing engine and Motionflow (200Mhz), just about most features you find in a 2013 TV model and most importantly, a great panel with terrific picture quality.
Highlights of KDL-42W670A:
  • 42" LED LCD
  • 1080p support
  • 200 Mhz refresh rate
  • DVB-T Tuner
  • 2x HDMI
  • No 3D support
  • No NFC enabled remote control (for direct screen mirroring)

Picture Quality:
In the Bravia's is Sony X-Reality™ PRO image processing engine. It takes the source image and remastering it into some really great picture quality in the price range. Colour performance is great, deep yet bright.
At just SGD 850, it is not all perfect. For one, the colours and contrast might be a tab too unnatural for the less adventurous for the conservatives. Which is the criticism from the sales guys at Courts and Harvey’s while I was there. Also the sharpness could still be a distance away from their more expensive fellow models in the Bravia series. 

Yet most of the time decisions are personal and for me Bravia delivers. Captain Philips on 1080p playback from my NAS, a 10GB file, it was sharp, natural and realistic. The scene in the engine room looks especially satisfying because of how easy this Bravia dealt with the fight between the shipping crew and the Somali pirates in the dark. And this is before any tuning I did.
In the department of looks, Sense of Quartz is how Sony describes the 2013 Bravia line up. Which it really is. The slim aluminium bezel and metallic base quite simply defines it. For me the distinctive design stood out from the rest of its competitors and looks the most modern to me.

Unfortunately the other parts of this Bravia aren't consistently good. The significant one is the glowing Sony logo on the base of the TV. The plate is too big, so is the font. As for the glowing part, I am not sure what I think of it. Sometime it distracts me from the movie, other times I thought it look very classy.

One thing I am sure is that the back of the TV does not look very good. The connectivity panel spreads across the lower portion of the TV creating a big area of bulge. The panel is amazingly thin, not these ports. Somewhat reduces the overall thinness of the product and look a tab too cheap. Luckily everything is hidden from the front view.

Smart TV:
There are over 30 apps of which you will probably not use any of them because they are simply too sluggish. DLNA playback is ok but lacks subtitles support and  struggles a little with big files. But then again most Smart TV have the same issues, for me right now the manufacturers are still not getting it  all right with the Smart TV concept.

The current best solution to pipe content to the TV is still a media box. Or screen mirroring?
Screen Mirroring:
With KDL-42W670A you can mirror your devices with wirelessly via the Miracast technology or the wired option of MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link).
With Miracast built-in, the setup is really easy, turn on Miracast service on the TV and screen casting on your device (in my case, Nexus 7 2013), the TV would be shown as a screen which image on your device can be mirrored to. 
While screen mirroring is setup friendly, but the quality of playback isn’t.
I tried with my Nexus 7 2013 16GB and one other Sony Xperia Ultra Z, the Sony Xperia is much clearer and smoother but the end result is just still too pixelated for my liking.  

Some other Features:
KDL-42W670A comes with what Sony calls "Bass Reflex Box Speaker" that is suppose to produce "full-range, distortion-free sound". The outcome is really not bad, clearer than most TV I have come across but really if you have gone to the extend for a quality TV, why don't you add a sound system to it?

Mirroring images from devices is probably one popular feature in recent times. 
In a sentence, the KDL-42W670A is a great-looking screen with very good image quality at it's price without much of the other fancy features like NFC for instance.

Full Specifications (Taken from Sony KDL-42W670A - Product Page):
Screen Size 42" (107cm), 16:9
TV System 1 (Digital/Analog): B/G, D/K, I, L, M
Colour System PAL, SECAM, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43
Video Signal 480/60i, 480/60p, 576/50i, 720/50p,576/50p, 720/60p, 1080/50i, 1080/60i, 720/24p (HDMI™ only), 720/30p (HDMI™ only), 1080/24p (HDMI™ only), 1080/30p (HDMI™ only), 1080/60p (HDMI™ / Component), 1080/50p (HDMI™ / Component)
Display Resolution Full HD
Video Processing X-Reality™ PRO
Motionflow™ Motionflow™ XR 200
Backlight Module LED
Live Colour™ Yes
Deep Color Yes
Intelligent MPEG Noise Reduction Yes
MPEG Noise Reduction Yes
Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) Yes
24p True Cinema™ Yes
PhotoTV HD Yes
Viewing Angle 178° (Right/Left), 178° (Up/Down)
Screen Format TV: Auto Wide/ Full/ Normal/ Wide Zoom/ Zoom/ Caption/ 14:9/ PC: Full 1/ Full 2/ Normal
Picture Mode Vivid, Standard, Custom, Photo-Vivid, Photo-Standard, Photo-Original, Photo-Custom, Cinema1, Cinema2, Game-Standard, Game-Original, Graphics, Sports, Animation
CineMotion/Film Mode/Cinema Drive Yes
3D Comb Filter Yes
Sound Mode Standard, Cinema, Sports, Music, Game, Compressed Audio
Sound Enhancer Yes
S-Master Yes
S-Force S-Force Front Surround 3D
Audio Codec Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® Pulse, HE-AAC
Simulated Stereo Yes
Stereo System NICAM/A2
Audio Output Power 8W+8W
Speaker Configuration 2ch, Full Range (30x80mm) x2
HDMI™ Connections 2
USB 2.0 1 port
Ethernet Connection 1 (Bottom)
Composite Video Input(s) 2 (1 Rear/1 Bottom Hybrid w/Component)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s) 1 (Bottom/Hybrid)
RF Connection Input(s) 1 (Side)
Analog Audio Input(s) 2 (1 Rear/1 Bottom)
Digital Audio Output(s) 1 (Bottom)
Audio Out 1 (Side/Hybrid w/HP)
Headphone Out 1 (Side/Hybrid w/Audio Out)
Fast Zapping Yes
Picture Frame Mode Yes
Scene Select Photo, Music, Cinema, Game, Graphics, Sports, Animation
Parental Control Yes
Clock Yes
Sleep Timer Yes
On/Off Timer Yes
Teletext Yes
PAP (Picture And Picture) PAP (Variable)
OSD Language Afrikaans/ Arabic/ Persian/ English/ Fench/ Indonesian/ Portuguese/ Russian/ Swahili / Thai/ Vietnamese/ Chinese(Simplified)/ Chinese(Traditional)/ Zulu/ Assamese/ Bengali/ Gujarati/ Hindi/ Kannada/ Malayalam/ Marathi/ Oriya/ Punjabi/ Tamil/ Telugu
TV Guide On Screen / EPG Yes
Screen Mirroring Yes*2
TV Sideview Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Skype™ Ready Yes
Internet Video Yes
Facebook and Twitter Yes
Dynamic Backlight Control Yes
Backlight Off Mode Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Power Saving Modes Yes
Power Requirements DC 19.5V
Power Consumption Approx. 84W
Standby Power Consumption Approx. 0.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D) with Stand Approx. 954 x 595 x 197mm
Dimensions (W x H x D) without Stand Approx. 954 x 568 x 69mm
Weight with Stand Approx. 11kg
Weight without Stand Approx. 9.9kg


China is a country with a lot of peculiarities. Despite all the piracy or the knack of producing low cost, low quality products, the Chinese government actually celebrate the World Consumer Rights Day (March 15th annually) religiously since 1991!

Through hidden cameras, interviews with consumers and actual product reviews, the producers of the China Consumer Nights managed to put together a very convincing piece that Nikon is indeed selling a defective D600… On their national TV. Oh boy.

Not that Nikon is completely innocent. It is already suffering from similar defects across the world when it made its debut.

In ths video feature, hidden cameras capture Nikon service staff coming up with all sorts of outrageous reasons to the dark spots in the D600’s pictures, ranging from the bad air quality to erm.. you shouldn’t hold your camera tilting downwards!

The next day Shanghai’s government Business governance unit started investigation on the case… And now, Nikon is recalling all D600 in China and afterwards offered replacement for all D600s.

Well done China. 

Link to Tencent News: http://tech.qq.com/a/20140317/010640.htm
Link to Tencent Video: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?vid=h0014fq932g&auto=0 

Had iPhone 5c been a solo release, away from iPhone 5s, it may well be winning the popularity contest as Apple always does since iPhone 3GS.

Instead in an infrequent move to entice consumers for iPhones, Singtel offers a S$50 off 32GB iPhone 5c (contract applies)

Offer expires after 7th February 2014. Terms and Conditions applied by Singtel.


Comparison iPhone 4s, 5c, 5a <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/">Link</a>

Happy Chinese New Year! I am back.What's better than a pool of carp fishes to signify a booming and enriching second beginning!
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