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Sharp’s new Washer Dryer can clean soft toys, cushions

15 different programs with Plasmacluster tech

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Sharp Washer Dyer

Sharp has a brand new Washer Dryer that you might want to add to your home. The ES – FW105D7PS is a front-load 2-in-1 washer dryer is the first in its range to arrive in Singapore.

The Sharp Washer Dryer has the company’s J-Inventer tech to manage power consumption and save energy. It also includes their Plasmacluster technology that actively removes bacteria, mold, and odors.

Users can activate the Drum Clean program which prevents growth of mold in the machine. Steam Care is able to eliminate 99 percent of Allergen and germ removal, for a clean and hygienic wash. Speaking of programs, this Washer Dryer has 15 including the two already mentioned.

Sharp Washer Dyer

The 15 programs are: Cotton, Eco, Rinse+Spin, Spin, Super Quick, Wash & Dry 60’, Wash & Dry, Dry, Dry Air Wash, Hygiene, Allergy, Intensice, Bedding, Wool and Drum Clean.

Switching programs is easy through its Intuitive Control Panel. It’s highly visible, operated via touch, and has a Child Lock feature to avoid unwanted, incidental button presses from the little ones.

Price and availability

The Sharp Washer Dryer retails for SG$ 1499 and is now now available in Sharp Stores. It comes in Dark Silver.

Gaming

Players finally meet as HoYo FEST kicks off in SEA this November

It’s a grand meetup!

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miHoYo, the global interactive entertainment developer and publisher behind hit multiplayer games such as Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact, announced that HoYo FEST is coming to Southeast Asia this November.

The interactive festival shall be held in six countries: Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

The annual celebration will allow for fellow players to finally convene and meet each other off their screens and in real life, allowing for an opportunity to relive memorable, happy, and touching moments in the game together.

Gaming world-themed cafés

All HoYo FEST-related events will be held at collaboration cafés themed after Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact between November 5 and December 14.

These specific cafés will offer special set menus on dine-in, takeout, and delivery options. Ordering via takeout and delivery also gives customers an additional printed tote bag and cup sleeve.

The interiors will be furnished in the styles of Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact in order, which is accompanied by photography zones.

That way, fans and players will be able to enjoy exquisite foods and immerse themselves in a real-life feel of the game worlds while bonding with new friends they’ve only previously met in-game.

Mystery gifts and exciting merchandise

Ordering collaboration combos or spending a certain amount of money at a café also entitles guests to an exciting mystery gift box.

The pop-up stores found only at specific cafés will also sell a variety of exclusive Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact merchandise, to be distributed only by the staff of the collaboration cafés.

Preparations for the celebration are underway, so Captains, Travelers, and Attorneys should brace themselves for upcoming surprises.

Festival Schedule

  • Honkai Impact 3rd: November 5 to November 16
  • Tears of Themis: November 19 to November 30
  • Genshin Impact: December 3 to December 14

Collaboration Cafés

  • Singapore: Aniplus Cafe
  • Malaysia: my Burger Lab
  • Thailand: NANA Coffee Roasters Ari
  • Philippines: Moon Rabbit Café + Restaurant
  • Indonesia: Warung Koffie Batavia
  • Vietnam: To Be Announced

For more event details and pandemic precautions, please visit the miHoYo official website: https://mhy.link/686SLBA6.

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Sony Alpha 7 IV: Beyond ‘basic’ cameras

A hybrid photo and video full frame shooter

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Sony Alpha 7 IV

Sony is taking “basic” to the next level by announcing the release of the interchangeable-lens camera Alpha 7 IV and two new flashes, the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM.

The Alpha 7 IV (model ILCE-7M4) takes off from the Alpha 7 III while elevating what is expected of a “basic” camera with excellent image quality, performance, and advanced film-making features.

The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies, including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced autofocus (AF).

The Alpha 7 IV’s features also include streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for both imaging enthusiasts and film-making professionals today.

Outstanding image quality

Sample image taken with the Sony Alpha 7 IV

The Alpha 7 IV comes with a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor for superior image quality and wide ISO sensitivity range.

The high resolution leads to smooth gradation and finer details and textures for photo subjects, as well as reduced noise.

Its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help to create standout stills and videos.

Next level AF performance

Equipped with the processing engine BIONZ XR also used in the flagship Alpha 1, the Alpha 7 IV delivers high-speed and uninterrupted AF, allowing continuous shooting at 10fps for smooth shooting.

With Real-Time Tracking and a high-end focal plane phase-detection AF system, the camera manufactures images that are clearer than ever.

The Real-time Eye AF feature also accurately tracks subjects such as humans’ and animals’ eyes for both stills and movies, while approximately 94 percent of image area is covered.

Evolved movie technology

The Alpha 7 IV is also a suitable tool for vloggers and film makers alike with technologies inherited from real-world movie productions.

The features include S-Cinetone from Sony’s highly-regarded Cinema Line cameras used by film makers and content creators themselves—helping deliver a rich, cinematic look to videos.

High quality results can also be expected with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling in full-frame mode.

The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ for doubled compression efficiency.

A perfect complement to Sony’s lens

The unique AF features can be highlighted in AF performance even further when using the Alpha 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens.

This includes AF Assist that supports focus transitions when using AF and Focus Map that visualizes depth of field.

For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera also combats focus breathing with its Breathing Compensation feature to maintain a consistent angle of view throughout changes in focus.

Advanced, genuine, efficient hybrid model 

Sample image taken with the Sony Alpha 7 IV

The Alpha 7 IV is a hybrid still and movie camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to movie and back at their convenience.

It has a dual layer mode dial that is new to Sony’s line-up of Alpha cameras to make it easy for users to switch between settings.

The lower layer is dedicated to easily select between still, movie, or S&Q modes while the top layer is for various photography modes (Auto/P/A/S/M).

It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization for a 5.5-step shutter speed advantage, as well as an improved grip for greater comfort and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance.

Additionally, its OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, allowing users to review captures through upgraded and high-quality live-view images with minimized false color and increased resolution.

A videographer’s reliable companion

Videographers can record 4K 60p video continuously for more than an hour, thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure.

Optical Active Mode image stabilization helps optimum video shooting.

To make filming easier and more efficient, the camera also has a side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, a top-panel REC button and a high-capacity Z-series battery.

Active Mode stabilization

The Alpha 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to make the entire camera lighter and more comfortable to use on the fly.

In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance.

Enhanced workflow capabilities

By offering a variety of connectivity options, the Alpha 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content.

These came into play for users who need real-time remote use of photos or videos without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality.

Users simply have to connect the camera to the Imaging Edge Mobile app on their phones via Bluetooth, while fast data transfer is made on a 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection.

The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.

Shot Mark

The camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without the need of dedicated software.

UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) directly turn the Alpha 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone.

Users can stream high-quality and realistic videos up to 4K for 15p and 1080 FHD for 60p with high quality sound when paired with a great range of microphones and accessories.

Sustainable innovation

Developing the Alpha 7 IV model came with the environment in mind, as Sony used original recycled plastic SORPLAS for the camera body and the packaging with recyclable materials and less plastic.

The camera is produced at sites which use renewable energy, such as solar power, while the product packaging also adopts recyclable plastic-reduced materials.

Powerful flashes to evolve Alpha Lighting System

Sony Alpha 7 IV

Included in Sony’s latest release of new products are the HVL-F60RM2 (GN 60 and 20-200mm coverage) and HVL-F46RM with (GN 46 and 24-105mm), a pair of powerful wireless flashes that offer high-speed precision and more operability.

They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the new Alpha 7 IV.

Upgraded flash speed and performance

Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 times at 10 frames per second for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM.

With an optimized flash algorithm, both flashes are overheat-resistant. A set of four Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries power them to make 240 to 320 flashes with a recycle time from 1.7 to 2.0 seconds, depending on which flash you purchase.

When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System.

For example, if paired with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame is made available in Lo, Mid, and Hi continuous modes.

The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.

Alpha 1 with HVL-F46RM and SEL50F12GM

Sony Alpha 7 IV

With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 reaches up to 20fps of continuous shooting and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1.

When Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync even the fastest of shutter speeds to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode.

In addition, the silent electronic shutter of the camera allows for silent flash shooting when absolute silence is required.

Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include:

  • Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera
  • Flash control linked to camera face detection
  • Automatic correction of white balance based on the color temperature information from the flash

Like the Alpha 7 IV, both flashes have better strength, reliability, and operability, thanks in part to Sony’s Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame which also make the flashes more dust and moisture resistant.

The HVL-F60RM2 has an original rotating mechanism called “Quick Shift Bounce” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control, preventing changes in bounce angles.

Both are also capable of wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in five groups via wireless radio communication for versatile lighting control.

Availability

The Alpha 7 IV will be available at selected retail shops and online shops from December 2021 in Singapore. For a full list of specs and information, please visit here.

The accessory (PCK-LG2) Screen Protect Glass Sheet for Alpha 7 IV will be available at the same time.

The camera is also compatible with the Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK).

The HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM flashes will be available at selected retail shops and online shops from late November 2021 in Singapore.

In the Philippines, it’ll be available soon.

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Lifestyle

7 items for traveling safe

Absolute must-haves!

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With the announcements of more Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL), individuals and their family or friends may have made plans to travel. While we hope that they enjoy their trip, safety should be the top priority of all. Here’s a roundup of items to help those who are traveling soon.

1. Sharp Face Shield 

Extra protection from any air-borne particles, especially in closed environments like on flight.

SHARP face shield is designed to reduce reflection/fog achieves super clear view with SHARP’s special film processing technology from LCD panels technology in Japan, allowing added protection yet crystal clear view. The Sharp Face Shield significantly reduces the reflection of light such as sunlight and prevents fogging between conversations. 

Available at Sharp eStore: https://estore.sharp.sg/
Price: SG$ 69 per unit


2. Sharp Face Mask

A must have for traveling, certified under the Europe standard to keep you safe

Sharp Surgical Medical Face Mask comes with 3 layers protection, elastic fiber easy fit comfort ear loops, high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) >98 percent and medical grade middle & water repellent outer layer. The product is certified under Europe standard (EN14683) and has 50 sheets per box.

Available at Sharp eStore: https://estore.sharp.sg/
Price: SG$ 39 per box of 50 masks

3. Sholayered Fabric & Mask Spray

Stay refreshed, even when you have to “mask up” all day

Sholayered Fabric & Mask Spray has a scent of clear mint gently eases the physical and emotional tension. It relieves users from invisible stress and gives them a peace of mind. The pleasant scent that spreads through the body leads to calm rhythms of your heart. The mask spray contains 90 percent ethyl alcohol (alias: ethanol) that is known to have a disinfection effect and a certain amount of natural peppermint oil and peppermint leaf oil.

Available at Sholayered Pop-up Booth, Takashimaya, B1 and Walking on Sunshine
Official Website: http://sholayered.sg
Price: SG$ 26 per 60ml bottle

4. Otterbox iPhone Cases

Keeping travelers’ precious gadget and memories safe.

Otterbox is No.1 selling smartphone case brand in the US, offers a wide variety of iPhone cases to meet the needs of Apple fans everywhere. The rugged Defender series, versatile commuter series, slim symmetry series, cute and functional Otter + Pop and sophisticated Strada Series make up a full line-up of cases to cover new iPhone 13 Devices from daily drops and bumps. OtterBox also offers cases for MagSafe, with Defender Series XT and Symmetry Series+, with a wide selection of colors and graphics, there’s a style to suit everyone. OtterBox also offers Amplify and Alpha Glass screen protection to keep the display free from scratches.

Available at Official Website: www.otterbox.asia
Price: SG$ 49.90 – S$ 99.90

5. Lifeproof iPhone Cases

Be it for travels to cities or outdoor adventures, Lifeproof will keep travelers’ iPhones protected

LifeProof aims to build products that inspires individuals to get lost in the now. With LifeProof’s effort to repurpose ocean-based plastics, you can feel good about your plans to keep your phone protected. It’s perfect for everyone from independents to athletes, scenesters to world travellers – feel free to use the cases to feed your passion because Lifeproof is made to follow you into the moment. LifeProof cases includes WAKE, NEXT and SEE featuring recycled materials and a colourful assortment of waterproof FRE and FRE with MagSafe and are now available for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Available at Official Website: www.otterbox.asia
Price: SG$ 59 – SG$ 159

6. Huiji Herbalmint Lozenges

Soothe irritated throats with these all-natural lozenges

Made from 100 percent natural medicinal herbs and plants, the Huiji Herbalmint Lozenges is perfect for quick relief for cough and helps to soothe the irritated throat. As there is no added alcohol content, it does not cause drowsiness.

Available at Official Website: https://huiji.com.sg/product/huiji-herbalmint-lozenges/
Price: SG$ 2 per box of 10

7. Casio GBD-H1000 Smartwatch

Casio G-SQUAD GBD-H1000 features an optical sensor for heart rate measurement, along with bearing, altitude/barometric pressure, and temperature sensors. The new smartwatch is built with all the toughness of a G-SHOCK, with shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. With Wear OS by Google, the GSW-H1000 allows you to access important information at a glance, like messages and phone calls, notifications, agenda, weather forecast, and more.

Available at https://www.g-shock.sg/ and all G-SHOCK stores 
Price: SG$ 599

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