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I recently got to test out a pair of UE Mini Boom portable bluetooth speakers. You can pair it with your mobile devices and computers. As seen in the image above, I paired the speaker with a laptop which project its content to the TV via a HDMI cable. I can use two of the speakers if I desire. Knowing how a flat TV panel would normally sound, I can tell you that the audio projected by the UE Mini Boom, covers the whole living room.
My initial review was done via the mobile phone. I was using the Motorola Moto G and there is an app that will guide you to pair the speaker as well as connect the other speaker, for either a dual output or a stereo output. If you don’t like the idea of installing an app, or you are probably using a smartphone device which has no apps created for it, like the BlackBerry and Windows Phone, you can configure directly the dual speakers pairing manually with the combo buttons on the speaker.
Check out this short videos I did using my other laptop as the source. Note that the speakers are placed apart from each other.
- WIRELESS CAPABILITIES:
Pair up to 8 Bluetooth® enabled source devices – Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
Wirelessly play (stream) to 2 UE MINI BOOMs from one source.
Mobile range of play is up to 15m (50 ft).
NFC (passive) enabled – (works with active NFC enabled source devices * Android Jellybean and higher).
Maximum Sound level SPL = 86dBC
Frequency Range = 130 Hz – 20 kHz
Drivers = Two 1.5″, 4 Ohm Drivers; One 3″ x 1.5″ Passive Radiator
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 10 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges.
Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
Charge time: 3.8 hours
- APP CONFIGURABLE (iOS AND ANDROID)
2-YEAR LIMITED HARDWARE WARRANTY
LENGTH: 7.6 (2.6”)
WIDTH: 11.1cm (4.4”)
HEIGHT: 6.1cm (2.4”)
WEIGHT: 301g (speaker only)
For Audio Playback:
Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth® wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.
For Phone Calls:
Phones that support Bluetooth® Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5)
So the speakers was connected and playing for more than 11 hours, although the specification indicated playtime for up to 10 hours. I suppose, one can only listen to only so much of Carl Cox and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
You may get the UE Mini Boom at most electronic stores for a recommended price of S$129. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty.
Recently I visited the Alive Museum Singapore at Suntec City with my mother. It is an expansive place and I figured that it would have been a lot more fun had we brought the entire family along. Initially, I was not sure if the area will be as fun. My idea of a museum is more learning and less fun, although the recent activities by NHB has made it more exciting. Alive Museum Singapore has a theme park feel to it, most important thing is that the entire family can escape into a world of fantasy and make-believe.
Alive Museum Singapore provides the biggest 3D illusionary museum in Singapore, that tricks one’s visual, physical and environmental perceptions, bringing fantasy to reality. It is an interactive journey, you can touch and feel, hop on the exhibits and become a part of the artistic masterpieces.
- The Alive Museum Singapore is located at Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 & 4).
- Ticket Prices: S$25 (Adults). S$20 (Children 3-12yrs)
- Promotion: LIKE Alive Museum on Facebook and get a free meal at Burger King Suntec(just beside Alive Museum Singapore) with purchase of full-priced ticket
- Opening Hours: 10am-10pm Daily (Last Admission at 9pm)
Logitech just announced their latest gaming mouse, aimed at First Person Shooter(FPS) games like BattleField 4 Call of Duty and Crysis.
“We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!”
The Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, created by Logitech engineers, solves a problem many FPS players have: their mouse can’t track as fast as they can move. By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fusion Engine provides unmatched tracking speed.
My personal take? I’d like to see how the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury go head to head with the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse, which is extremely customizable mouse that combines the world’s first 12,000 DPI sensor with advanced surface and weight tuning.
Every FPS gamer needs a mouse that can handle high-speed moves, all while delivering maximum precision. The Logitech® G402 Hyperion Fury™ Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse offers unsettling accuracy with a lightweight and menacing design. This FPS gaming mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine™ sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second (IPS) and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy. It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for anything and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.
- Exclusive Fusion Engine Technology: A 32-bit on-board ARM processor powers the Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, allowing reliable and accurate tracking speeds exceeding 500 inches per second.
- Exclusive Delta Zero Technology: The Logitech exclusive Delta Zero technology ensures pinpoint accuracy.
- Eight Programmable Controls: Hyperion Fury features eight programmable buttons that can be configured for anything – whether complex macros or single keystrokes – using Logitech Gaming Software. Your personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility
- On-The-Fly DPI Shifting: Four DPI settings can be accessed in an instant, so you can shift down for pixel-perfect sniping or shift up for high-speed maneuvers, all with maximum precision. Using Logitech Gaming Software, you can add a fifth DPI setting and customize the experience to your liking. With DPI shifting, Hyperion Fury can go from 4000 DPI to 240 DPI in the blink of an eye, giving you the flexibility to thrive in the chaos of battle.
- Lightweight, Streamlined Design: Lightweight materials and low-friction feet allow for high-speed moves, while offering the most comfortable feeling.
Windows® 8, 8.1, Windows® 7
Powered USB port
Internet connection and 100MB hard drive space (for optional software download)
- Dimensions (L x W x D): 136mm x 72mm x 41mm
- Cable length: 7 feet
Available from: mid-August 2014
And no, we were not referring to the Olympics. The FIFA World Cup that just ended in Rio Janeiro, helped generated its first ever recorded peak of 23 Tbps – that is Terabits per second, on its Akamai Intelligent Platform. The image below is taken from Akamai website for their Network Operations Command Centre, and provides a possible scene of the bits of information passing through.
From a recent press release it sent out, we took the time to digest and simplify it further for you. Check out the infographics below, and the press release will be appended below it.
SINGAPORE(July31, 2014)– The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was the largest live sporting event ever delivered in the history of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. Akamai worked with more than 50 broadcasters to stream live and on- demand video for all 64 matches to an array of connected devices across the world.
Every match of the month-long tournament was streamed to more than 80 countries around the world, making the 2014 FIFA World Cup the largest live sporting event that Akamai has ever delivered over its network in terms of total video traffic volume. The Netherlands-Argentina semi-final match on July 9th reached a peak traffic rate of 6.9 Terabits per second(Tbps), the highest of any live sports event delivered by Akamai. Traffic during the July 13th championship match between Germany and Argentina peaked at 6.6Tbps; and the Germany-Brazil semi-final on July 8th reached 5.8 Tbps and helped generate the highest overall total traffic peak ever recorded on the Akamai Intelligent PlatformTM at 23Tbps.
More Akamai online video traffic highlights from the 2014 FIFA World Cup include:
- Over the course of the tournament, Tuesday matches saw the highest average peak of5.1
Tbps, whereas Saturday contests had the lowest at 3 Tbps.
- Weekday matches averaged 4.2 Tbps, compared to the weekend match average of 3.5
- Earlier start times drove higher peaks. 3 p.m. EDT kick-offs peaked atan average of4.9
Tbps, followed by 12 p.m. (3.9 Tbps), 4p.m. (3.4 Tbps), 6 p.m. (2.2 Tbps)and 9p.m. (1.8 Tbps).
The German national team drove the highest average traffic peak at5.1Tbps, followed by Portugal (4.9 Tbps), the U.S. (4.8 Tbps) and Ghana(4.5 Tbps). The four teams also comprised the “Group of Death,” which drove the highest average peak of all
FIFA World Cup groups in the first round.
- South Korea and Japan tied for the lowest average peak at 1.8 Tbps each. They were slightly behind Ecuador and Russia’s 1.9 Tbps.
Akamai® istheleadingproviderofcloud services fordelivering, optimizingand securingonline contentand businessapplications. At the core of the Company’s solutionsistheAkamai IntelligentPlatform™ providingextensive reach,coupled with unmatchedreliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, pleasevisit http://www.akamai.comorblogs.akamai.com, and follow@Akamai on Twitter.
The first firewall, introduced in 1991, was created to combat computer viruses and Internet worms. Over the years, as attacks and malware have become more sophisticated, the firewall has had to develop and grow with each security breach that has been discovered.
However, it was not until 2003 that the concept of a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) would be introduced. A mere 10 years after the conceptualization of NGFW, McAfee was already ahead of the competition with their own NGFW development efforts.
The evolution of the firewall has occurred relatively quickly. Here is a quick rundown of the firewall evolution timeline:
- 1998: An Intrusion Detection System was released
- 2003: Gartner begins to discuss Next Generation Firewall
- 2006: Web application firewalls become stronger
- 2012: An evader tool is launched, as was security-enabled security
- 2014: The firewall turns 25
For McAfee, its solution combines anti-evasion security with enterprise-scale availability and manageability. In addition, it is also flexible – with the ability to change from a NGFW to a L2 firewall, IPS, and firewall/VPN.
To read the full blog post on the 25th Anniversary of the Firewall, please visit: http://blogs.mcafee.com/business/firewall-turning-25-really-grown
Recently, Rakuten organised a panel discussion on the topic of “Effective E-commerce Marketing”, which saw participation from Carousell, Facebook, Google, Rakuten and the Singapore Economic Development Board. The panelists share their thoughts on the e-commerce ecosystem as well as on how businesses can supercharge their marketing efforts with all the various tools available at their disposal.
The gist of the panel discussions will be appended at the end of the interview below. Representing Rakuten Singapore is Shingo Okamoto, Head of E-Commerce (EC).
1. What was the impetus to open a separate site in Singapore as compared to just extending delivery?
A big part of our Asia-Pacific business is in the Southeast Asia region. Singapore is a very important market for us, and is the location of our regional headquarters established last year. Singapore was chosen because of its close proximity to our businesses in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
There is definitely huge potential for growth in Singapore, as its citizens are one of the most hyper-connected and internet / technology savvy around the world. People in Singapore, whose lives are so busy, are looking for convenience and e-commerce lets them shop from the comfort of their own home, or on-the-go.
By launching the Rakuten Singapore we are able to offer customers in Singapore with the products they want, such as food, fashion, health and beauty.
We’ve seen encouraging results since our soft launch last December. It has been about five months, and our member base has tripled since the soft launch, and the Singapore marketplace has grown to include over 170 Rakuten merchants and over 120,000 products.
2. Since opening, what has been the preferred delivery/collection option? Direct to door or collection from SingPost Popstation?
We are working with reputable partners (Ta-Q-Bin and SingPost) to ensure that all logistical issues are dealt with in a smooth and efficient manner. Delivery is a very important aspect of any online e-commerce business, and every aspect of our delivery process is tried and tested.
Since January, we’ve been running various campaigns to offer customers free Taqbin delivery within Singapore, with a minimum spend. This has been very popular, as most of our customers enjoy the convenience of courier delivery.
3. Will Rakuten consider selling Halal produce?
We are always eager to work with new merchants, and to satisfy our customers. We may consider exploring this if we start seeing a demand in Singapore for Halal produce sold online, and if there are merchants we can work with that offer quality halal products.
4. Will Rakuten enable purchases coming from Pinterest sites?
We don’t have plans for such an initiative at the moment, but we may consider doing so in the future. At this point, we are focused on engaging new and existing followers on our current social media platforms, including the Rakuten Singapore Facebook Page and our Line account.
5. Some people may consider the loyalty plans a little confusing. How will you address that?
You can think of Rakuten Super Points almost in the same way you would think about cash. Super Points are earned on each purchase you make on Rakuten and can be redeemed to purchase future items. You can use all, some, or none, at any time. In Japan, where Rakuten Super Points are the longstanding most popular loyalty program, we are even testing using Super Points to make offline purchases.
6. Will Rakuten Singapore consider increasing the number of payment gateways / options?
We are always keen to explore new partnerships that make it easier and more enjoyable for customers to shop on the Rakuten marketplace.
7. What do you see Rakuten Singapore achieving within three years?
As we work towards establishing our position as a global leader in Singapore’s e-commerce industry, it’s important not to lose sight of our corporate philosophy to empower merchants and consumers. We will continue to explore new and innovative ways to enable our merchants to become curators (instead of vendors), and encourage them to build a community of loyal followers, who will drive the majority of their sales.
E-commerce is an important part of our business, but it is just one part of the Rakuten ecosystem. While it may not happen within the next three years, our ultimate aim is to grow the Rakuten ecosystem here, so that it includes other services, ranging from finance services to digital content.
We thank Shingo Okamoto and the good folks at Text100 Singapore for facilitating the interview. Now read on for the gist of the panel summary.
Testing this new wordpress theme. quite interesting.
Join us as we cover the #codextremeapps 24-hour hackathon.
Singapore’s pioneering 24-hour Hackathon, code::XtremeApps::, is back for its 8th year with the theme “Smart Living – Using Data To Enrich Communities”.
Co-organised by The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC), this year’s competition returns with new technologies and challenges. For many teens and young adults, the event is a highlight where they can experience new technologies and work with new hardware to create a unique application.
Contestants can join one of the two categories:
Open Category: 24-hour Hackathon open to contestants from all ages and backgrounds.
- The Open Category includes a special sub-category for Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges
- The 24-hour Open Category Hackathon will be held on July 18 and 19, 2014 at the Singapore Management University (SMU) with a grand prize of S$9,000 for the winning team. Participants have 24 hours to create a solution using Raspberry Pi or Arduino Uno which will be provided to them during the competition. The solution must solve a set of challenges that will only be released on the Hackathon day itself and will be closely tied to the theme.
Junior Category: Open to children aged 12 years and below
- Part of the National Infocomm Competition, this year’s Junior Category will be held on July 19, 2014, also at SMU. Contestants will build fun and unique interfaces using programmable electronic stickers called Chibitronics based on a challenge that will only be released on the day of the competition itself. Winning teams will receive cool technology gadgets such as tablets, game consoles, and interactive devices.
Free training sessions for both categories have been scheduled throughout May and June to familiarise participants with the technologies.
Registration for the Open Category closes on 15 June 2014 and for the Junior Category closes on 25 June 2014.
For more information or to register for the competition, please visit http://www.codextremeapps.org.
This post first appeared on http://justinlee.sg