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Jabra Evolve

Here’s a great headset from Jabra that all office workers will love. The Jabra Evolve is a new noise-cancellation headset that promises to boost productivity in noisy environment like your office.

The Jabra Evolve series consists of 5 models – 20, 30, 40, 65 and 80. All 5 headsets are purpose-built for shutting out the hustle and bustle of the open office. It even comes with a busy light indicator to effectively signals availability to others.

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And its not just a headset. There is a microphone boom arm which allows you to make phone call.

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The Jabra Evolve series is now available at all Jabra Business Solutions partners from as low as S$63.50.

Samsung donates 3,000 smartphones in support of the fight against Ebola

Samsung Electronics recently announced that the company will donate 3,000 Samsung GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones (worth about USD 1 million) to support the ongoing fight against Ebola. These smartphones will be donated through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) for use in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project.

The donated GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in the three worst-hit African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile application will also be installed on the phone to allow medical staff to collect medical data while quarantined patients can contact their families using the devices. All donated smartphones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided.

Samsung is also supporting various efforts to defeat Ebola in Africa, including providing financial support for the purchase of hazmat suits in Ghana and distribution of hand sanitizers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as launching an Ebola SMS text service in South Africa. Good job Samsung!

GameStart 2014 Day 1

Singapore’s inaugural gaming convention, GameStart 2014 is finally here. Day 1 see huge crowd flocking to Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403. In fact, the queue to enter GameStart 2014 started forming the night before even though the doors open at 12 noon.

One of the key highlight of GameStart 2014 is the hands-on previews for Bloodborne which is slated for release in 2015. I managed play for 10 minutes and I must say the graphics is amazing. Can’t wait for it to be released in 2015.

Producer for Bloodborne, Masaaki Yamagiwa, is also in town for GameStart 2014. Meet him at the main stage area at 2pm on Sunday for a Producer Session.

Another highlight for GameStart 2014 is the Retro gaming session. For older folks like me, this is a trip down memory lane. You get to see games like TMNT, Dragon Balls Z, Bomberman, Street Fighters 2 and many more. All the 8 bits and 16 bits gaming goodness from Nintendo, Super Famicom, Sega Megadrive and more.

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And do check out Capcom Pro Tour Asia Series: Finals happening at the GameStart. Tomoaki Ayano (Street Fighter Producer) and Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter Executive Producer) will be making a guest appearance at the competition.

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GameStart is designed to appeal to everyone from hardcore gamers to casual gamers to cosplay enthusiasts. If you love gaming, do check out GameStart 2014. I’ll leave you with few more photos that I’ve taken on day 1.

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GameStart 2014
Date: 25 & 26 October 2014
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403
Tickets: $8.50 for 1 day pass and $15 for 2 day pass

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Continue reading → GameStart 2014 Day 1

Workaround to use Apple Pay in Singapore

Apple haven’t officially launch Apple Pay in Singapore yet. But my friend Vishnu managed to find a workaround to use Apple Pay in Singapore (and most likely rest of the world too).

Firstly, you must have a US Credit Card or Debit Card. Apple Pay won’t accept local Credit Cards for now since it is not officially launched in Singapore. To enable Apple Pay, go to Settings > General > Region and change your region to United States. You should be able to see the Apple Pay option inside your Passbook after you restart your phone. Enter your US Credit Card or Debit Card details and you are ready to use Apple Pay.

Apple Pay works with any Contactless Payment Terminal like Visa payWave.

WARNING: This is a workaround. Try at your own risk. Apple Pay is not officially launched in Singapore at this moment. Apple might block this workaround anytime. And not all cashier knows about Apple Pay so some of them might not allow you to point your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus at their Contactless Payment Terminal. Try at your own risk. If it works, then good for you. If it doesn’t, just be patient. Apple will launch Apple Pay outside US eventually.

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But it is interesting to note that the existing Contactless Payment Terminal we have in Singapore works with Apple Pay. This means that Apple can launch Apple Pay in Singapore (and rest of the world) easily after getting approval from the local authorities. And after seeing how easy and convenient Apple Pay is, I personally can’t wait for Apple to launch Apple Pay here.

GameStart 2014

Good news to all gaming fans. Singapore will be having our own gaming convention. And no, we are not talking about those half hearted exhibition with a few local gaming distributors.

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The organisers for the inaugural GameStart 2014 means business here. We are talking about companies like Sony, Bandai, Blizzard and 2K as exhibitors and guests like Masaaki Yamagiwa (Producer for Bloodborne) and Junichi Yoshizawa (Producer for Freedom Wars) coming to Singapore for the gaming convention.

Sony Computer Entertainment HK (SCEHK) will be showcasing close to 30 exciting titles for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. These include hands-on previews for Bloodborne, The Order 1886, Until Dawn and Guilty Gear Xrd which are all slated for release in 2015. Most of the games on show will be unreleased and recently-released titles.

2K Asia will also be bringing a preview of their highly-anticipated 4v1 game Evolve to GameStart 2014. Made by the creators of Left 4 Dead, Evolve is a cooperative/competitive shooter where four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches.

And you can’t have gaming convention without Cosplay. Renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be at GameStart to meet fans and act as judges for the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Competition that will be held on 26 October.

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GameStart will be held on 25 and 26 October at Suntec City Convention Centre. The first 300 visitors each day will receive a ‘Random Loot Bag’ which could contain anything from limited edition T-shirts to games, posters and other exclusive items. All ticket holders qualify for a daily lucky draw in which they could win prizes such as consoles, games and gaming accessories such as Razer and the Creative SB Inferno gaming headset by Creative Sound Blaster.

GameStart
Date: 25 & 26 October 2014
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403
Tickets: $8.50 for 1 day pass and $15 for 2 day pass

For more information, visit GameStart website.