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New iPad Pro: Price and availability in Singapore

With pricing for the new Apple Pencil and keyboard cover

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Apple’s two new iPad Pro models may have been launched in New York, but they’re coming to Singapore as early as next week, November 7th, and can be pre-ordered starting today.

It comes in two sizes: 11- and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays that go edge-to-edge. Face ID also comes to the iPad Pro, albeit without the infamous notch people love to hate. It runs on iOS 12 and is powered by the A12X Bionic chip with a next-generation Neural Engine that Apple claims outperforms most PC laptops today.


One thing Apple does best is making sure apps are optimized for the technology they put in their products. Adobe Photoshop CC is one of those apps, taking advantage of the larger multi-touch panel on the iPad Pro. It will be available on the App Store some time in 2019.

There’s also a redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio that work seamlessly with the new iPad Pro — the former now magnetically attaches to the side, and charges wirelessly at the same time.

The new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage configurations, as well as a new 1TB option. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,199 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,419 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,499 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,719 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model.

The new magnetic Apple Pencil will retail for SG$ 189. The Smart Keyboard Folio will only be available in space grey at SG$ 269 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and SG$ 299 for the 12.9-inch model with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Smart Folio covers for the iPad Pro will be available in different colors: SG$ 119 for the 11-inch model, and SG$ 149 for the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pro marks the biggest change to any of Apple’s mobile computing devices. Gone is Apple’s proprietary lightning port, and in comes USB-C, so Apple is now selling more USB-C-compatible accessories including a new USB-C to SD card reader, and USB-C to 3.5mm adapter at apple.com/sg and Apple Stores.

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Huawei secretly worked with North Korea on spying tech

Here we go again

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In the 2014 film The Interview, director Seth Rogen depicted North Korea as a backwards country incapable of basic human rights. The Hollywood depiction echoed the political sentiments of the present age — that North Korea falls behind most nations on several levels. Prejudices can, of course, be deceiving. According to a new report, North Korea isn’t the backwards country that everyone thinks it is.

Apparently, North Korea received invaluable help from outside technology — Huawei. As reported by The Washington Post, Huawei has secretly worked with the North Korean government for the latter’s wireless communications technology. Partnered with China-based Panda International, Huawei has engaged in North Korean business deals for at least eight years.


In 2008, then-leader Kim Jong Il discretely struck a deal with Huawei. The latter would help establish the North Korean telecommunications provider, Koryolink. Huawei became the country’s main provider for technology. The company even shipped employees to North Korea, establishing an inconspicuous office at a local hotel.

According to a telling internal document, Huawei’s assistance went beyond mere technology providing services. In 2008, North Korea asked Huawei for a spying algorithm; to which, the latter agreed. Huawei created an encrypted algorithm that allowed the government to intercept and monitor all calls made using Koryolink.

Huawei’s involvement went through all the protocols of secrecy. Internally, they struck all mentions of North Korea, hiding behind codes. (For example, “Country A9” would refer to North Korea.) Naturally, when America cracked down on North Korea in 2016, Huawei withdrew from all its North Korean offices, leaving current business deals hanging.

Huawei’s current troubles stem from its alleged involvements with blacklisted countries. Before its recent obsession with cybersecurity, the American government sought sanctions against Huawei for dealing with Iran and North Korea. The government, however, could never pin anything conclusive against the company. The recent ban stems from a different concern.

Of course, this latest report is a huge monkey wrench in the geopolitical machine. Both China-US and North Korea-US relations are already tense. Huawei’s North Korean involvement can potentially cause ripples throughout both fronts. For one, Trump already relinquished his iron grasp on Huawei recently. Will his tone change after today’s report? Will we see Huawei banned again? The Huawei saga continues.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is firing hundreds of workers

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Xiaomi makes the Fortune Global 500 list for the first time

It is the youngest company on the list

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How do you define a company’s success? For most people, success is landing the top spot: in being the best among competitors. Of course, there can only be one top dog. In chasing the number one spot, sometimes the journey is the success story in itself.

Backed up with years of experience, Xiaomi is making the necessary steps towards its own success story. For the first time in its nine-year existence, the Chinese company has made the Fortune Global 500 list of companies.


Currently, Xiaomi ranks as the 468th largest company, raking in a revenue of US$ 26,443.50 million and a net profit of US$ 2,049.10 million. In specific categories, Xiaomi is also the seventh-best company in the Internet and Retailing category.

At only nine years old, Xiaomi is the youngest company in the 2019 batch. It joins long-standing companies like Samsung (US$ 36,575.40 in net profit) and Apple (US$ 48,351.00 in net profit).

Additionally, Xiaomi is no stranger to Fortune’s lists. Back in June, the company also made the Fortune China 500 list, ranking 53rd overall. Needless to say, 2018 was a big year for the Chinese company.

Outside of Fortune, Xiaomi has made its mark elsewhere. Currently, the company is a huge player in international shipment and sales rankings. Xiaomi is on the rise. With a little luck, they should climb higher by the next fiscal year.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi starts teasing Android One powered Mi A3

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Nissan Navara VL gets an updated infotainment display

For easier access and better viewing

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Nissan Philippines, Inc. has just updated its best-selling pickup truck with a brand new infotainment display and maximizes its features for safety.

The company calls it Advanced Display Audio but is basically a bigger version of its previous touchscreen system with added features. Spanning eight inches across, Nissan says operating it is now easier and it now enjoys better range when it comes to features like its Around View Monitor. This is the same technology we previously enjoyed as it gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the truck, helpful in tight spaces.


Not only that, the new update now allows smartphone mirroring using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This way, drivers can extend the use of their smartphones to the vehicle and listen to messages and voice calls without needing to take your eyes off the road.

This also allows access to apps like Waze for navigation and Spotify to listen to your favorite tunes while driving.

The Advanced Display Audio is only available for the 4×4 VL model of Navara. For more information, you may visit any Nissan dealership in the Philippines or head straight to their website.

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