5 Things You Should Know This Week: 13 November 2017

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Updated on November 13, 2017 16:11 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 13 November 2017

These are some of the news you may want to read about:

1. Check out the newly redesigned COURTS Megastore in Tampines!

COURTS Singapore has created a brand new immersive store experience designed around the needs of Singapore homeowners and modern apartment living. As COURTS’ flagship store, the new Megastore stands as an aspirational hub featuring the latest in-store experiences, dedicating a majority of its 136,000 square feet to experiential retail space. It is part of COURTS Singapore’s $10-million investment into a series of store refurbishments for the financial year to reinvigorate the shopping experience. Brand new retail concepts and experiential areas create innovative touchpoints for shoppers who want to learn more or interact hands-on. In conjunction with the reopening, COURTS is launching its new brand slogan "Better Living, Better Prices," reiterating its commitment to affordability without compromising the shopping experience. You have to visit the store to see COURTS' stylish furniture collections as well as its retail concepts including a Design Studio, MO Cafe, Gaming Zone, and so much more.

You can also now shop online at COURTS, with the relaunching of its online store. The webstore is the largest in COURTS’ store network to date, offering over 17,000 SKUs. Shoppers now enjoy a completely refreshed intuitive navigation, search and faster check-out experience—all with the added option to click and collect in store. The relaunched COURTS store augments the transformed retail experience in the physical stores, delivering the ultimate in "bricks and clicks" shopping.

2. Affordable melanoma skin cancer detection device wins James Dyson Award

Four engineering undergraduates at McMaster University, Canada set out to tackle the problem of melanoma diagnosis. Their solution, the sKan, is a cheaper, easy-to-use diagnostic system that could save lives through early detection, while also saving health services valuable time and money. As international winners of the James Dyson Award, the team will be given £30,000 to develop their idea.

James Dyson says: “By using widely available and inexpensive components, the sKan allows for melanoma skin cancer detection to be readily accessible to the many. It’s a very clever device with the potential to save lives around the world. This is why I have selected it at this year’s international winner." Know more about the sKan from this video.

3. You can now maximise gameplay with LG's first-ever monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync

LG Electronics (LG) has announced the launch of its new 34-inch 21:9 curved UltraWide gaming monitor (34UC89G), the solution for serious competitive gamers who love FPS, MMO, RTS, and racing games. It provides an immersive viewing experience as well as unique features that will optimise gameplay. Expect the latest technological achievements, including NVIDIA G-Sync; a 144Hz (overclock 166Hz*) refresh rate; and a 21:9 curved IPS panel with shorter input lag and a widened color gamut covering sRGB by up to 99 percent.

Featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync graphic processing technology, the monitor displays incredibly fluid graphic motion without any stuttering or screen tearing. This technology also processes graphic-intensive games without any afterimages, delivering smooth, rapid motion at all times. In addition, the display maximizes the quality of moving images with the PC’s graphic card and software, thanks to its refresh rate of 144Hz (overclock 166Hz), the highest refresh rate currently available.

The monitor comes equipped with unique display modes—Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and Crosshair—that help users get the most out of tactical gameplay. When playing FPS or RTS games, the Black Stabilizer mode enhances visibility, even in dark scenes. This allows the monitor to automatically sense the darkest areas and make them brighter, enabling players to easily find their enemies no matter where they hide. The Dynamic Action Sync mode allows users to instantly defeat their opponents by minimising input lag while the Crosshair places a target point in the center of the monitor in order to enhance accuracy in FPS games. The 34UC89G is priced at $1,399 and will be available at all LG authorised dealers.

4. Filterless, maintenance-free Airfree Air Purifiers now available in Singapore

Better the quality of life of more sensitive people in your home—the elderly, children, and people who suffer from allergies—by buying an air purifier with 99 percent efficiency in destroying airborne mold spores, bacteria, viruses, ozone, mite and dust allergens, and other airborne allergens derived from animals and pollen. Look no further: Airfree® air purifiers are officially launched in Singapore!

How do they work? They dramatically reduce air pollution by burning the microorganisms. As a result, the contaminated air is drawn into the Airfree ceramic core and destroyed at high temperatures. This air purification cycle is silent, requires no maintenance and is guaranteed by numerous tests. Airfree air purifiers are now available in Singapore, at Popular, Harvey Norman, Hachi Tech online, Audio House, Hwee Seng Online, Qoo10.

5. Kids, join IKEA's Soft Toy Drawing Competition

Kids aged 12 and below can showcase their creativity at the IKEA's Soft Toy Drawing Competition, happening until 19 November 2017. Draw the soft toy of your dreams atand IKEA just might turn it into a real cuddly soft toy to be sold in all stores all over the world. Ten winners will be selected based on the uniqueness and commercial potential, and real toys will be created and launched as limited collection in November 2018 in IKEA stores worldwide. The competition is open to all IKEA FAMILY and småles members. Visit this link for more information.

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