OPPO Camera Phones Arrive in New Zealand

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Global camera phone brand OPPO has launched into the New Zealand market bringing its F1s, A39 and R9s smartphones to New Zealanders for the first time. 

Internationally, OPPO has a reputation for delivering high-quality and exquisite design, including mobile phones and accessories, Blu-ray players and personal audio products. It is currently the world’s fourth largest smartphone brand by market share and continues to experience dramatic growth as it expands into new markets.

“We’re excited to be launching our smartphones in New Zealand. We think that New Zealanders are going to appreciate how our phones stand up to the rigors of life in Aotearoa,” said Kuan Li, Head of Marketing, OPPO New Zealand. “We launched in Australia in 2014 and within two years we were in the top tier of smartphone brands in the nation. 

OPPO’s innovations such as state-of-art mobile photography, VOOC Flash Charge technology and impressive design are winning over global customers. We’re confident more and more New Zealanders will realise that you can get a premium phone at a reasonable price.”  

OPPO is partnering with telco 2degrees at launch, as well as entering a retail partnership with JB Hi-Fi. 

“We’re really looking forward to offering OPPO in New Zealand for the first time and I think people are really going to love the range,” said Roy Ong, Chief Marketing Officer, 2degrees Mobile.

“OPPO makes high quality, high value mobiles that can be enjoyed without having to drop $1000 which I think is definitely going to attract attention - the R9s especially. Like 2degrees, OPPO is about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible so it’s great to be working with another challenger brand,” said Roy.

The full range of OPPO mobile phones will be available from today in 2degrees Mobile Stores as well as JB Hi-Fi stores.

Kuan added: “The three mobile devices we’re launching with were chosen because they fit the Kiwi lifestyle. The R9s brings premium design and performance without the price tag, the F1s is made for selfies and night shots, and the A39’s battery life is perfect for New Zealanders whether they’re living in the suburbs of Auckland or in rural Otago.”

The R9s, delivers greater camera features and improved technologies to provide consumers with an exceptional all-around photography experience. Its stylish design also boasts 16MP front and rear facing cameras, and OPPO’s industry leading VOOC Flash Charge technology.  

Key features:
·         16MP front and rear camera
·         4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage
·         5.5inch FHD screen
·         VOOC Flash Charge, 0-75% in 30 mins
·         0.2s flash touch access

NZ RRP $699

The OPPO F1s comes with a 16MP front camera and 13MP rear camera, and beautification features to help take perfect selfies. The F1s also features a 3075 mAh battery that gives consumers over a full day’s use. It features 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and ColorOS 3.0, delivering a fast and elegant user experience along with plenty of storage space for photos.

Key features:
·         16MP front camera
·         3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage
·         Fingerprint security
·         Full metal body
·         5.5 inch HD screen

NZ RRP $449

The OPPO A39 features a 5.2-inch 720P HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display making it easy on the eyes. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, paired with 3GB of RAM for seamless multitasking. The OPPO A39 sports a 13MP primary camera with LED flash, F2.2, and a 5MP front-facing camera with F2.4 for selfies and video chats. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to 256GB via microSD card.

Key features:
·         13MP rear camera
·         5.2inch HD screen
·         3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage

NZ RRP $349

Smart security simple as A..B.C.

Monday, March 13, 2017

I never knew that it was so easy to set up my own smart security system in my house.
Imagine a Doorbell like a human security guard, it would tell you who was outside and allow you to talk with them before you let them in. –  Introducing the Ring Video Doorbell.
I’ve been using the Ring Video Doorbell  and chime for almost one year now .  Please see my previous blog post at Now you see me... and Always home .
The device streams live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing homeowners to stay connected to their homes whether in the kitchen or across town.
The other day , I received a another  cool gadget this time from NETGEAR to add to my Smart home Security called Arlo Q .
The Arlo Q HD security camera has everything you need to start monitoring your home in just a few simple minutes. See and hear everything in extraordinary 1080p HD detail. Listen in and talk to anyone who’s there. Use night vision and  motion alerts.
The Arlo Q HD is easy to set up  just download the Arlo apps on your Android or iOS device of choice and follow the step-by-step instructions to get started.
The Arlo Q HD is also responsive and reliable, with a 1080p HD resolution, motion and sound alerts, two-way talk, night vision, activity zones with 130-degree lens is wide enough to take in the whole room if you position the camera well but make sure you have a strong WIFI network and trusted internet connection.
I’m using the latest Telestra Gateway Frontier with a hybrid technology. This ground-breaking all-in-one modem combines the power of Telstra’s home and mobile networks in one device, for a more reliable connection.
The motion and sound detection is fantastic, as well the video quality  However, the sound quality in relations with the two way talk is not so good.
 Sometimes, the  person on the other end, unable to understand me maybe because Arlo Q have only a small speaker on the side of the camera. 
The live stream between the apps and the actual camera delayed a couple of seconds just like the Ring Video door bell,due to communication between the internet and Arlo server.
Overall,This is a great home-surveillance camera that’s ideal for those seeking a one-stop solution for indoor home security and I loved the compact and crisp white which is blend into the background.
Arlo Q HD  cost you $336 in Harvey Norman or $349 in JB Hi-Fi compared to the Telstra  Watch and Monitor Starter kit $25 a month for 24 months. Min cost $600 which includes Indoor Wi-Fi HD Camera with built-in motion sensor without 2 way talk plus 2 x Door or Window Sensors. 
The good things with these two gadgets they can communicate with each other via IFTTT platform. Just like what I did “if new Ring / motion detected at front door,then Arlo starts recording for 30 seconds”
I’am also very excited  for the upcoming release of Ring Floodlight Cam  with the world’s only motion-activated security camera with built-in floodlights, a siren alarm and two-way audio, so you can see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from anywhere.
This will be a good addition to my Smart Home Security system . What do you think JAMIE SIMINOFF?

Say Hello to The Future of Domino’s Innovation

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Domino’s is taking its first step into Artificial Intelligence, today launching a virtual, voiceactivated assistant, a first for the Australian retail industry.

 DRU Assist will help customers place their favourite order faster, find out what’s new and get a great deal, while also adding personality to the online ordering process. Domino’s launched DRU Assist at the Company’s Abacus Tech event series, along with other innovations to make customers’ ordering experiences easier.

The Company also launched other innovations to ensure Domino’s customers receive fresher hotter pizza, faster, including to a park or beach. Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director, Don Meij, said he was excited the Company was launching technology that would lead the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry. “DRU Assist is the first ever virtual assistant available to help customers place their orders online in the Australian QSR industry,” Mr Meij said.

 Available on desktop and within the Domino’s app, DRU Assist is the latest addition to the DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) platform, and is launching as a public beta* starting today. “Domino’s customers will be able to ask DRU Assist either via text on the web or voice recognition in the app to order their favourite pizzas and make customizations,” Mr Meij said.

 “DRU Assist is on hand to help our customers streamline their ordering process with efficient and helpful service with a side of personality. “DRU Assist will continue to learn and improve recognition skills from every customer experience.” With a natural language voice engine powered by industry leader Nuance, DRU Assist can chat to Domino’s customers with his usual cheeky, fun personality and recognise customer’s orders verbally in the app. The launch of DRU Assist marks Domino’s transition to ‘AI-first’ technologies and one of the largest public betas in the country. “As of this year Domino’s as a Company will move from a ‘Mobile-First’ mindset to AI-First technology,” said Mr Meij.

“Allowing the beta to be open to the whole nation means that DRU Assist will learn faster, and provide a better service for our customers. “We encourage all Domino’s customers across Australia to order via DRU in the app or on the web, and be a part of the beginning of AI in Australia. “DRU Assist, and AI, will become the leading future platform for ordering, management, marketing and delivery as part of the DRU Platform, a machine learning and AI ecosystem.

 “Domino’s plans to work with third party partners to integrate the DRU Assist platform into other devices and channels, including smart home devices – this is the way of the future.” Mr Meij said the Company’s new technologies were designed to make it even easier for customers, and announced plans to launch Domino’s Anywhere later this year.

Domino’s Anywhere, a first in Australia, will allow customers to drop a location pin using GPS locators, for stores to deliver to parks, beaches and other locations without specific street addresses.

“With Domino’s Anywhere, they will be able to order their piping hot pizza directly to their picnic blanket or beach towel. “We know that pizza is a social sharing meal and many of our customers want to enjoy it on a day out with the family, and not be limited to a house or office.” Domino’s Offers Bot, launched today, is integrated within the Facebook Messenger platform to offer customers on Facebook the best deals available, and builds on the Company’s popular Offers App.

 “So many customers join us on social media because they are advocates for our brand, this will give back by rewarding them with special offers to tempt their tastebuds.” Domino’s also presented an update to autonomous delivery plans at the tech event, with further trials set for DRU Drone by Flirtey in New Zealand in the second half of this year.

Mr Meij said that Domino’s plans to expand its Autonomous Delivery fleet with land-based robotic units and air based drones a key investment into the future of delivery not only in Australia, but also in other countries. “The continued testing and expansion of our autonomous delivery systems demonstrates that Domino’s is committed to providing innovative, safer delivery systems across our network.” 

Decibel: First Upgradeable, Long Lifecycle Bluetooth Speaker Launches on Indiegogo

Today Module launches Decibel, a Bluetooth speaker, available on Indiegogo. This completes the company’s first step in delivering environmentally conscious and responsible technology to consumers. A short video of the project can be found here.   

Decibel is beautifully designed, delivering powerful, high quality sound via dual cast alloy two-inch bass drivers and dual ultra-smooth soft dome tweeters. It also features USB-C fast charging and wireless charging for added convenience, but its greatest feature is longevity.

Decibel’s lifecycle, as with all future Module products, will far exceed any device in its category. It is modular, user upgradeable, customizable, repairable, and recyclable, a departure from the way traditional consumer technology is manufactured.


“I’m from New Zealand and we think about things differently,” said Ketzal Sterling, Founder and Managing Director, Module. “The global e-waste problem is gigantic. Millions of tons of e-waste is piling up and we’ve found a way, through advanced modular products, to greatly reduce the rate of destruction while still delivering world class tech.”

Decibel is not glued together or sealed shut, it’s made with quality materials and using a simple Allen key can be upgraded, repaired, and customized – with no voided warranties or risk of damage.

Each component, from the aluminum chassis to the lithium ion battery is replaceable, upgradeable, and will be supported by Module for years to come. Replaced components are returned to Module for recycling. Every component is available on the Module website.

Decibel will allow you to stay up-to-date with advances in software, electronics, wireless standards, and speaker technology. When technology advances, Decibel keeps up.

“Decibel is our first step toward solving a problem. Currently, large technology companies sell consumers replacement devices by promoting incremental upgrades and limiting lifecycles,” said Ketzal. “It shows complete disregard for consumers and the environment. We want to change the way people use, think and feel about the devices they love.”

Decibel is available on Indiegogo from US$195.

Aussie Mum Designs Great New Supermarket Shopping App, but ‘Who Will Help to Bake the Bread?’

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just like The Little Red Hen, Roo has been busy; she has designed a Supermarket Shopping App called “Just Get Bread?”. It will help you get your shopping organised, done in half the time and make sure you never miss anything you need – and that’s just for starters!

This App is now all designed and ready to be coded. But she needs help with a Kickstarter Project which has been set up and is ready to fund the coding. 

As soon as the target funding is reached, then the App can be coded and everyone who has helped will receive their own download of the App to get themselves organised with their grocery shopping. 

For broadcast quality video, audio grab and high-res images, please visit the Multimedia News Release:http://news.medianet.com.au/rab-enterprises/aussie-mum-designs-great-new

So how do you use the ‘Just Get Bread?” App?

Do you just want a simple Shopping List App?

The “Just Get Bread?” App can be used as a simple Shopping List.
• Sorts Items in the Aisle Order you have set for your Supermarket.
• Collected items 'fall' to the bottom, so the item at the top of the list is always the next item to collect, so you won't miss anything.
• Running $ Total of what you have spent, and still need to collect.

OR, Do you want a Shopping List App which can Integrate with items you usually store in your cupboards?

The Pantry Lists in the “Just Get Bread?” App,
• integrate with the Shopping List, 
• just tick the boxes in the Pantry Lists for what you need today,
• and that automatically generates your shopping list.
• Shows list in Aisle Order, with Total $ spent and 'to collect'

Would you like it to be Fully Integrated with a Menu Planner System too?

• Just set your Menu for the week,
• When you check your Pantry Lists, to generate your Shopping List, all the ingredients you have set for the dishes in the Week’s Menu are shown on the Pantry Lists - at their item’s line.
• So it’s easy to check if you already have what you need, or if you do need to buy some.
• Tick what you need to buy and the items are automatically listed, in their Aisle Order, in your Shopping List, with the $ totals.
• Save money because you don’t buy ‘all the ingredients for the recipe’ and then find you’ve already got 3 packets of ‘that’ in the pantry!
• And save stress wondering what to cook each night - you have a plan and you know you already have all the ingredients you need.

What else does the App do?

• Sticking to a Budget? It can show total $ Amount in your trolley. Saves stress because you know how much you are spending - no more awkward surprises at the checkout. 

• Do you end up throwing out expired stuff? The App can track expiry dates and suggest dishes to make with what's about to expire. Save money by not wasting items. 

• What if I just want to add one item now? It’s always quick and easy to add any item to your shopping list, at any time. 

• Are you ever lost in an app and don’t know what to do anywhere? There are hint buttons in every section, so if you are not sure what to do, the answer can be found right there on the page.

• Is it possible to enjoy supermarket shopping? The “Just Get Bread? App makes your trip through the supermarket hassle free, fast and efficient, - so you might even enjoy it after all!

All that will be in the App when the Funding Target is reached.

And if the Second Target is reached, there are extra helpful features to add, all designed and ready to code!

1. Prescription Tracker,
2. Birthday and Christmas Gift Lists & Groceries Organiser,
3. To-Do Organiser,
4. Sharing & Backup Functions.

The App is fully designed, only needing the Kickstarter Project to fund the coding costs by a Sydney Coding Company – we have a firm quote so this Project will be done On Time and On Budget.

Anyone can back the project for just $5 and will receive their download of the App as soon as it is ready.

It will be done for both Android and Apple (iOS) systems.

For all the details, with a full explanation of how it all works, please see the Kickstarter page (link below).

But Hurry – the Kickstarter Project only runs until March 20th, so don’t miss out on getting your download as soon as the ‘Bread is Baked!

Kickstarter Link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1468150350/just-get-bread-grocery-shopping-app-for-australia

Mates to Help Mates Make it into Work after Australia Day

Thursday, January 26, 2017

 Australia Day preparations are in full-swing. But with the celebrations falling on a Thursday this year, there is one thing looming in the back of many Aussies’ minds – getting to work the next morning.

A national survey of more than 800 GoCatch passengers reveals that while 8 out of 10 will ‘most likely’ or ‘definitely’ be drinking alcohol on Thursday, 61 per cent say they have to be at work the next day. Only 5 per cent of those surveyed say they’ll definitely ‘chuck a sickie’ in the morning.

More than half say it is ‘unlikely’ or ‘very unlikely’ (56 per cent) that they will call in sick on Friday, even though they admit it might be a struggle to make it in.

That’s where GoCatch, Australia’s ridesharing and taxi-booking app, is stepping in. It will offer ‘Post-Party’ voucher codes for Aussies to share with the friends who have partied like there’s no tomorrow, only to face the harsh buzz of the alarm a few hours later.

 “Every year, millions of people celebrate Australia Day with BBQs, parties and sometimes, a little too much exuberance. Our ridesharing and taxi drivers will be out on the roads, helping people get to and from their Australia Day celebrations safely. But we also know that getting into work on Friday will be a battle for some,” said Gen Liston, Head of Marketing and Partnerships, GoCatch. 

“We were pleasantly surprised to see that so many plan on making it into work on Friday – that’s some Aussie resilience! The voucher codes will be sent to all GoCatch users on Australia Day, so we hope users will give their code to whichever friend is in for the toughest morning – a true Aussie ‘pay it forward’,” added Liston. 

Nine out of 10 of those surveyed say they plan to celebrate Australia Day this year (90 per cent) and not surprisingly, more than half say they prefer celebrating with a BBQ (56 per cent).  Others prefer heading to the beach or out on the water (19 per cent), while a smaller group typically heads to the pub (7 per cent) or takes in an Australia Day parade or ceremony (5 per cent). 

The GoCatch app can be downloaded via the Apple Store or Google Play.

OPPO Launches Snap Happy R9s in Australia

Sunday, January 22, 2017

OPPO has today announced the launch of the new R9s in Australia. The latest addition to OPPO’s R series, the R9s, offers greater camera features and improved technologies to provide consumers with an exceptional all-around photography experience.

The R9s comes with 16MP front and rear facing cameras. The front facing camera has been paired with a large f/2.0 aperture and OPPO’s Screen Flash technology, to capture crystal clear selfies even in low light conditions.

At the centre of the rear-facing camera is the all new Sony IMX398 sensor. This has been coupled with an extra wide f/1.7 aperture, improving low-light performance and noise reduction. Additionally, the camera uses lightning fast Dual PDAF (phase detection autofocus), allowing users to snap clear and beautiful images at a moment’s notice.

“Camera technology is becoming increasingly important for Aussie consumers when choosing a smartphone, especially since we no longer carry around digital cameras wherever we go. Instead, we want to capture high quality images and videos on our smartphones at a moment’s notice. The upgrades we have made to the R9s allows users to do just that,” said Michael Tran, Executive Director at OPPO Australia.

“We have intentionally focused on our camera technology to ensure we provide premium features and functionality at a price that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Only OPPO can deliver these flagship camera innovations at a compelling price and we expect the R9s will be snapped up by Aussie consumers.”

In addition to its camera features, OPPO has further enhanced the performance of the R9s. The device features a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. It also has 64GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded by an additional 256GB, providing plenty of storage and power for photos, videos and multitasking. The R9s runs on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0).

Further enhancing the performance is a stylish new take on the rear antenna design. The R9s sports a “six-string” antenna design, which operates on six frequency ranges, dynamically choosing the best one for 4G and Wi-Fi signals.

To keep you powered throughout the day, the R9s has a massive 3,010 mAh battery, as well as OPPO’s industry leading VOOC Flash Charge technology. Users will never have to be worried about running out of battery in those critical moments and can quickly charge the device in a matter of minutes for two-hours talk time.

OPPO’s ultra-fast Touch Access has also been given an upgrade. The fingerprint recognition system evolves over time, gradually refining its image of the user’s fingerprint. OPPO has seen an increase in the recognition rate, even when users have wet fingers, by up to 40 percent.

“OPPO saw significant growth in 2016 and we expect this to continue in 2017, with the launch of the R9s. We are quickly becoming the favourite affordable premium device amongst consumers, thanks to the high-end features, performance and functionality usually found on flagship devices. This has seen us add two new carriers to our ranks in Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, enabling us to get more of our devices into the hands of consumers,” said Tran.

The new device will be available for pre-order from select OPPO retailers from the 19th January and generally available from all partners from 30th January, including JB Hi-Fi, Optus, Woolworths Mobile, as well as new partners Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

EMBARGOED: Affinity Photo goes on sale for Windows – and gets amazing new features

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bestselling professional picture editing app Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows - and boasts a huge update for Mac, too.
Today’s Windows launch coincides with developer Serif releasing Affinity Photo 1.5, which represents the biggest single update to the app since it was launched over a year ago.
Chosen as Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ 2015, and ‘Best Imaging Software’ 2016 by the Technical Image Press Association, Affinity Photo on Mac has received thousands of 5-star reviews from professional photographers, editors, artists and retouchers around the world.
Speed, power and accuracy are at the heart of Affinity Photo’s peerless workflow, with non-destructive editing, RAW processing and end-to-end colour management as standard. Tools work in real time, so there’s no waiting to see results.
Now Affinity Photo 1.5’s enormous update takes its renowned power to another level with an array of new features that users will love, including:
  • Macros to record and replay a set of commands
  • Advanced HDR merge producing deep unbounded 32-bit images
  • A full tone mapping workspace for both HDR and LDR images
  • Focus stacking to achieve large depth of field from multiple images
  • Full batch processing to process large folders of images in one go
  • An all-new way to edit 360 degree images
  • Direct PSD write-back
  • 32-bit editing including OpenEXR import & export
  • Automatic lens corrections based on profiles of thousands of lens & body combinations
The Windows version matches the Mac version feature-for-feature and goes on sale for all platforms at a discount $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 22 December, with no subscription. Existing owners of the Mac version can download the 1.5 update free of charge.

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity developer Serif, says: “There are two genuine reasons to celebrate today for professionals who want a powerful, high-end image editor.
“The launch of Affinity Photo for Windows means we’ve fulfilled our ambition to become a truly cross-platform presence, which was one of the core targets for us when we started developing Affinity apps over seven years ago.
“Almost all our back-end code was designed to work regardless of the operating system, which delivers 100% perfect file compatibility between the two platforms.
“And with the release of version 1.5, we’ve given Affinity Photo its biggest update yet, guaranteed to have enormous appeal to professional users on Mac or Windows.”
Affinity Photo is the second in a new trio of applications from Serif. Affinity Designer, a high-end vector graphics tool, is already available for both Mac and Windows. A layout tool, Affinity Publisher, is due to complete the suite in 2017.
Affinity apps share the same file format on all platforms, allowing users to switch seamlessly between them both as individuals and in a professional environment, where colleagues work on different systems.
The update also introduces support for the Touch Bar on the new Apple MacBook Pro.
The usual price will be $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 for the software with updates included – there’s no ongoing subscription. 


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