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You might have seen a dog driving car avoiding obstacles. However, have you seen a car driven by an AI-powered smartphone? Huawei wants to prove that it can be done in 5-weeks with its latest AI-powered Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Before you watch this video, some people actually commented why they need to use a real dog as the obstacle. You be the judge. Do you think you will dare to ride in a car driven by an AI-powered smartphone?

Huawei Mate 10 Pro becomes first AI powered phone to drive a car - YouTube

If you have used the Huawei Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro, you might know that the AI is in-built. That means it can extract out information instantaneously without relying on the cloud or any data connection.

When you point at a dog, the AI is able to identify the dog immediately. So, for this test, they are relying on such AI to test the car. Check out this infographic for more details.

Or you can read the Press Release on where you can test drive this car.

Press Release

DRIVING INNOVATION: HUAWEI UNVEILS FIRST CAR TO BE DRIVEN BY AI-POWERED SMARTPHONE

[Singapore] – 22nd February 2018: Huawei, the global technology leader, has become the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car. The ‘RoadReader’ project pushes the boundaries of Huawei’s object recognition technology and puts the learning capabilities, speed and performance of its AI-powered devices to the test.

Unlike other driverless cars, which simply detect obstacles Huawei has transformed a Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that does not just see, but crucially, understands its surroundings. This means that can it can distinguish between 1,000s of different objects including a cat and a dog, a ball or a bike and learn to take the most appropriate course of action.

Huawei’s ‘RoadReader’ project is taking advantage of the AI capabilities already in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The device uses AI to automatically recognise objects like cats, dogs, food, and other objects, to help people take pictures like a pro.

Most autonomous cars currently being developed rely on the computing power of purpose-built chips developed by third party technology providers. However, as part of its ongoing mission to make the impossible possible, Huawei has used technology already available in its smartphones, demonstrating its superior functionality and ability to stand up to even the most advanced technology developed for use in self-driving cars.

“Our smartphone is already outstanding at object recognition. We wanted to see if in a short space of time we could teach it to not only drive a car, but to use its AI capabilities to see certain objects, and be taught to avoid them” said Andrew Garrihy, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Western Europe. “If our technology is intelligent enough to achieve this in just 5 weeks – what else can it make possible?”

Huawei will be showcasing the RoadReader project and the vehicle’s capabilities at a two-day event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (MWC) from 26th to 27th February 2018.

Delegates will be invited to test ‘drive’ the car themselves, teaching it to identify and manoeuvre around certain objects.

For more information and to see ‘RoadReader’ in action please visit: http://bit.ly/2FkbCbq

*Nvidia’s Drive Xavier is used by the following brands (Audi, Baidu, Uber, Volvo, Waymo)

About Huawei Consumer Business Group

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014. 16 R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Huawei’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

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As Samsung Unpacked is just around the corner (25th or 26th February depending on your timezone), there are a few leaks that further affirm the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S9. However, recently, two versions of the leaked pictures show a single and dual rear camera.

Based on sources, Samsung may not change the outlook of the Galaxy S9. Instead, they will continue to shrink the bezel by just a little, and shift the fingerprint sensor to below the rear camera. And there will be S9 (might be 5.5-inch) and S9+ (might be 6.2-inch).

What is interesting is that a recent leak shows that the S9 might come with just one rear camera. If this is true, it has followed the footstep of the Google Pixel 2.

So, what do you think? Which one will be the real Samsung Galaxy S9?

BTW, did you know that you can get the Samsung Galaxy S9 at S$0 upfront with Circles.Life with no contract?

You will need to go over to Circles.Life to register your interest.

Click Here to Register Your Interest on Samsung Galaxy S9 with Circles.Life

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The wait is almost over. Segway Loomo, the personal transporter and mobile robot, is soon to be available to consumers. If you join the waitlist, you will be the first to get notified when it is available on crowdfunding platform, and at a 45% discount off the actual pricing.

Since its debut 1 year ago, Loomo has undergone a lot of changes in its appearance. Now, it seems that Segway is confident enough to share it with the consumers.

Check out this video highlights of Loomo at the recent CES 2018.

Loomo at CES 2018 - YouTube

If you already have a Segway MiniPro or NInebot Mini or the latest Segway miniPLUS, you might want to know that the basics on Loomo are the same. It has the same balancing, the similar platform. The only difference is that it can transform itself into a robot with the touch of a button.

Here are some features.

If you are interested, go straight to their website to put your name (email) in their waiting list now.

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If you are getting ready for Microsoft HoloLens to land in Singapore, here is something to start with. Microsoft has released a 6-part Windows Mixed Reality Developer Course on YouTube. You can check them out for free too.

Here is a short video before you embarked on the 6-part course.

Windows Mixed Reality: Course 213 - Ch. 0 - Unity setup - YouTube

I believe I have mentioned multiple times that AR (Augmented Reality) or Mixed Reality will be the next big thing. Microsoft has been pushing it for the past years.

If you have a Windows computer with Microsoft Store, you might notice that they have added HoloLens in the “Available On”.

So, get ready for the future with this course.

Click Here to Check Out Microsoft Mixed Reality 213 Course

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Caught these three teasers at Samsung Korea YouTube Channel. Each of them seems to hint about a new feature in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 which will be launched during the Samsung Unpacked 2018 on 25th February 2018 (26th February in Singapore).

What do you think they are? Check out this short video which I compiled. Do you know what Samsung is trying to show us?

Samsung Galaxy S9 Teasers and Hints? - YouTube

In my opinion, I think they are trying to show super slow motion feature which, at the moment, Sony Xperia seems to be winning. Next, it might be the low light capability which has become a feature in most premium phones. And lastly, I believe it got to do with Animoji. Since Apple launched the Animoji on iPhone X, there is a lot of interest in it. I bet Samsung will not want to lose out on this.

What is your take on this? Share it in the comment below.

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Microsoft Hololens is finally coming to Singapore officially. For the uninitiated, Hololens is AR (Augmented Reality) or Mixed Reality. In VR (Virtual Reality), we “transport” ourselves to the virtual world. In AR, we bring them to the real world. This is what differentiates the Hololens from the rest of the headsets.

Here are some information about the Hololens.

Microsoft announced that the Microsoft HoloLens will be made available in Singapore.  We will have more to share in the coming weeks.

Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.  To date, HoloLens is now available in 41 markets around the world, with United Arab Emirates being the 2nd new market added to the list.

In addition, Microsoft has seen increased momentum among users and our enterprise customers around our Mixed Reality efforts. You can learn more about this here.

Check out how you can use the Microsoft Hololens.

Microsoft HoloLens: Commercial Customers are Transforming Their Businesses - YouTube

I need to try the Microsoft Hololens.

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This is just a quick update for those who do not want to get the Apple Watch 3 from Singtel, you can actually get it at Lazada. Apple Watch 3 is the only watch from Apple that has GPS+Cellular in it.

That means if you have this Apple Watch 3, you can make or receive calls without the Apple iPhone. And if you pair it with Apple Airpod, you can really ditch the iPhone.

Currently, the Apple Watch 3 is available at Lazada in 30 different straps – including sports-oriented Nike+ ones.

Click Here to Check Out Apple Watch 3 at Lazada

One more thing. Lazada customers enjoy free delivery and 14 days free returns. Bonus to LiveUp members (free 60 days trial) who also enjoy 5% rebate off their purchase.

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Do you know which country has the highest web risk across the globe? And which country has the lowest? This time, Singapore is not top but surprisingly, Japan has a higher risk than us. And another surprise is that China surpasses us. I believe it has got to do with their tight firewall and restrictions. Check out the Infographic for full details.

(source: https://www.menlosecurity.com)

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The Winter Olympics 2018 has started. One of the highlights in this edition is not the sports men or women. It is the 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones that dance in synchronizing in the air during a recorded session at the opening ceremony.

It seems that Intel drones are everywhere. From CES 2018 to Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) 2017, they have graced these events. This time, the scale of the performance is enormous. A total of 1,218 drones went up in the sky at the same time in perfect synchronization to display some of the unique references to Winter Olympics.

Check out the video below.

Intel | Experience the Team in Flight at PyeongChang 2018 - YouTube

Kudos to the team that pulled through this performance. I can imagine the technical difficulties when it comes to flying so many drones at the same time.

It actually breaks the record of the most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously. From my understanding, the highest number that flew together was 500 before this event.

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The latest Garmin tracker, vivofit 4, is available in Singapore now. If you are those that hate to charge your tracker daily, this vivofit 4 tracker is another option for you. With one-year battery life, I am sure it is more than enough.

It has a color display which is sunlight readable, and you can wear it while swimming or in the shower. The vívofit 4 is available in White (S/M), Limegreen Speckled (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) for a suggested retail price of S$129 and will be available from 10th February 2018 at these places – Advance Lap, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman and all authorised Garmin retailers.

Click Here For More Details on Garmin vivofit 4

Read the Press Release for more details.

Press Release

Garmin® introduces the vívofit® 4 activity tracker

Singapore, 09 February 2018 – Garmin Singapore today announced the vívofit 4, a daily activity tracker [i]with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary – and a sunlight-readable, always-on color display. Designed for 24/7 wearability, the vívofit 4 is swim- and shower-safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. The vívofit 4 is ready to go right out of the box and can be paired with a smartphone for additional features. Easy to set up and simple to operate, all that’s left is to put it on and go.

“An activity tracker is only as effective as how often you wear it, and this is where the vívofit 4 really shines – you can set it and forget it,” said Mr. Engelhard (Al) Sundoro, Managing Director, Garmin South Asia. “It’s the ideal device for customers who want something reliable that they don’t need to hassle with or take off to recharge.”

Stay active everyday with the vívofit 4

Right out of the box, the vívofit 4 starts tracking steps and encourages users to stay active with a colored move bar that fills up when a user has been stationary for too long. It also assigns daily step goals based on current activity levels which automatically adjust to the user, gradually nudging them toward a healthier, more active lifestyle.

For those customers looking for more than just basic activity tracking, the vívofit 4 can be paired with a smartphone, adding even more functionality and options, such as tracking sleep, intensity minutes and more. Forget to start or stop a timed activity? Thanks to Move IQ, the vívofit 4 is able to detect changes in a user’s movement and automatically capture and classify activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and using an elliptical. Users can use the vívofit 4 as their everyday watch, complete with a countdown timer, stopwatch and multiple alarms. A weather widget gives a quick, illustrated look at the day’s weather. The vívofit 4 even includes Find My Phone for those who need a little extra help keeping track of their smartphone.

Make your vívofit 4 your own with the Garmin Connect app

Through the Garmin Connect app, users can customise the vívofit 4 with various watch faces, color themes and personalised text, such as an emergency contact or motivational phrase. Interchangeable accessory bands (sold separately) make it easy to switch up colors and styles to match any mood or outfit.

Get connected with family, friends and the Garmin community

Within the newly redesigned Garmin Connect, a free online community, it is easier than ever to get an at-a-glance look at important stats like steps and sleep. Users can filter and customise their data so that they are only seeing what is most relevant. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and more. And speaking of competitions, vívofit 4 users with children who own vívofit jr. 2 devices can compete against one another using the Toe-to-ToeTM timed step competition feature to determine who is clearing the table that night. The vívofit 4 will periodically sync with Garmin Connect throughout the day.

Pricing and Availability

The vívofit 4 is available in White (S/M), Limegreen Speckled (S/M) and Black (S/M and L) for a suggested retail price of SGD 129 and will be available from 10 February 2018 at Advance Lap, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman and all authorised Garmin retailers.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com.sg/news/pressroom, or follow us at facebook.com/garminSG, Instagram.com/garminSG or Youtube.com/GarminSG

About Garmin

Garmin International, Inc., is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark and vívomove, Elevate, Move IQ, Connect IQ and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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[i] See Garmin.com/ataccuracy

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