Highlights of the Week: 17 July 2019

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Updated on July 17, 2019 11:07 am

Cromly Editor

Highlights of the Week: 17 July 2019

These are some of the news you should know this week:

July IKEA Sale

With up to 50% off all items, and an extra 10% off all sale items for IKEA FAMILY members, head over to IKEA and make the most of this sale from 18 to 28 July 2019!

Wait, there’s more! July is a chock-full of delightful food-themed holidays at IKEA. Enjoy savoury days such as Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day, French Fries Day, Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, and luscious ones like Apple Turnover Day, Cheesecake Day, and even Culinarians Day! A whole array of flavoursome deals at IKEA await you so go and check out IKEA.sg/restaurant for more information.

COURTS opens very first IoT-themed and ranged store at Funan Mall

Designing your very own smart home is now made easier as the very first IoT-themed and ranged-store of COURTS opens its doors at Funan Mall. The 12,000-sq-ft retail space is the first store to be protected by BetterAir, through its exclusive air and surface purifying probiotics. COURTS Funan showcases the latest in smart home, AI and voice control tech all leading brands in the market have to offer today. It also houses Google’s first experience zone in Southeast Asia and Singapore, where you can get your hands on the latest range of Pixel smartphones and smart speakers powered by the Google Assistant, including the Google Home and Google Home Mini, as well as newly launched Nest Hub.

Aside from that, COURTS Funan also has the largest Samsung Smart Home retail concept in Singapore that will give you an immersive experience to fully understand how a connected smart home can enhance your everyday life. The store also has a curated range of home appliances including well-loved names like Dyson and SMEG.

Visit the store now and score great opening promotions including a free Google Pixel 3a smartphone (RRP $659) with minimum purchase of $5,999, as well as a chance for five lucky winners to win a WoBo each (RRP $2,288) with minimum spend of $100 (terms and conditions apply).

Sony launches new wireless headphones with industry-leading noise cancellation

Sony launched its new generation of truly wireless headphones: the WF-1000XM3. With an improved noise cancellation, the new WF-1000XM3HD is packed with Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology that delivers exceptional Noise Cancelling performance, enabling you to hear the music and nothing else.

Whether you are doing household chores or running an errand, the truly wireless design of the WF-1000XM3 buds allows you to move freely without the nuisance of getting tangled in wires. The WF-1000XM3 buds are small and light but manage to pack in a newly developed Bluetooth chip. This allows for L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission, which means that both left and right earbuds receive audio content at the same time, rather than the conventional left-to-right relay Bluetooth transmission. And don’t worry about it running on low battery because the new Sony headphones model has long-lasting battery life and quick charging function.

The WF-1000XM3 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and Sony authorised dealers from mid-July 2019 at a recommended retail price of $349.

Trend Micro launches Home Network Security to protect connected smart home devices in Singapore

Trend Micro launched its latest cybersecurity product for Singapore consumers, Trend Micro Home Network Security, along with their findings that highlighted the growing need for stronger security across all devices accessing the internet at home.

According to Trend Micro’s research, one in five (20%) Singaporean homes is equipped with smart, connected devices—a number that is predicted to grow to one in three (32%) by 2023. Most of these devices in smart homes are not protected from network attacks, web threats, and other risks, and provide new avenues for cybercriminals to attack consumers. In 2018 alone, 879 million cyberattacks were conducted through home network routers globally. Singapore ranked 8th most likely to be affected by cyberattacks out of 226 countries.

With Trend Micro Home Network Security (HNS), you can easily manage and monitor all smart devices in real time via a smartphone app. Trend Micro Home Network Security offers a new layer of protection for your home network and internet-connected devices like game consoles, smart TVs, security cameras, smartphones and tablets, and smart home gadgets. This nifty black box protects all of your connected devices at home against network intrusions, web threats, and even identity theft. This also includes parental control features to regulate your kids’ online activities and make sure that they browse the web safely. It is available in Singapore from mid-July online and at Harvey Norman stores at $299 RRP (includes Home Network Security station and two-year subscription). Visit this link for more information.

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