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Brother trade-in offer at Bilster Technologies

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in gadget

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Vivian @ Norsuraya Hj Sabali, Executive in charge of Business Development at Bilster Technologies (center) with the associates of Bilster Technologies during the launch of the Brother trade-in promotion at Citis Square
 

Do you have gadgets or electronics that you have lying in your room, collecting dust and being part of a furniture? Why not trade them in at Bilster Technologies (Citis Square) and you can get a brand new Brother printer at a lower price than usual.

You can choose either the Brother DCP-J100 or the Brother Intellifax 2840. So what you do is just bring your old junk, be it computer, monitor and Bilster Technologies will accept them.

The Brother DCP-J100 is an all-in-one A4 Printer with speeds of up to 27 pages per minute and with the ability to handle up to 100 sheets of paper at a time. This is actually great for print for home and home office. It will be available for a price of BND 169 for the trade-in.

Th Brother Intellifax 2840 is an all-in-one printer with fax capabilities and automatic duplex printing. it even has the convenience of a built-in phone handset which makes calling more convenient. This is available at BND 249 for the trade-in.

 

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Brother DCP-J100
 

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Brother Intellifax 2840
 

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The trade-in final day will be on 16th June 2017
 

Vivian @ Norsuraya Hj Sabali, Executive in charge of Business Development at Bilster Technologies shared that Brother printers are quite versatile and they provide three years warranty, ensuring a peace of mind for all existing and potential Brother customers. The Brother trade-in offer will end on 16th June 2017.

For more information, you can drop by their store at Citis Square or call 223 0871 or 223 0872. Opening hours are from 10am to 9pm daily.

 

VR Arcade opens its door

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VR Arcade now open to the public located at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. Image by BIG Borneo.
 

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Kurapak and I had first hand experience before it was opened to the public
 

Finally it’s here.. The virtual reality games.. We see it on TV or on the net or even at other countries. Now it’s here in Brunei for the very first time.

Check out VR Arcade (@vr_arcade) at Hua Ho Manggis Mall (1st Floor) and do try out their latest game arcades. The company owned by Sujee Hannah Abdullah Chan revealed that there are more games to come in the near future and so far, some of the VR games are on the first to be released in our region. Cool.

All games will able to enjoy a minimum of five minutes and you will have to purchase the tokens in order to play.

As for the price, it ranges from $2 to $4 and it’s very competitive pricing when compared to other regions where it will easily cost at least $10.

There are hints that VR Arcade might appear during the upcoming Consumer Fair so the public can get up close and personal with the VR machines. So do stay tune and see what’s in store for VR Arcade.

For your info, VR Arcade also caters for birthday parties and special events and the machines are also available for rent.

For updates, you can follow @vr_arcade or just drop by VR Arcade at Manggis Mall.

 

 

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Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif enjoyed some VR experience. Image from Devin.
 

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Moon rover Audi lunar quattro

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The moon rover Audi lunar quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster “Alien: Covenant” which premieres worldwide this May. Audi experts have developed the Audi lunar quattro in cooperation with the German start-up “Part-Time Scientists”. It will soon embark on an actual mission to space.

Director Ridley Scott has integrated the Audi lunar quattro into “Alien: Covenant,“ a new chapter in his groundbreaking “Alien” franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imaginations, they must attempt a harrowing escape. In its film debut, the Audi lunar quattro is an integral part of the Covenant mission and is deployed to help Faris (Amy Seimetz) navigate and assess the challenging, unknown terrain of a new planet.

Incorporating the Audi lunar quattro into the film is part of the collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and Audi. “The ‘Alien’ franchise is the best way for us to garner suitable attention for the moon rover developed by Audi, and to showcase Audi’s intelligent technologies in a visionary environment,” explains Giovanni Perosino, Vice President International Marketing Communication at Audi.

“Fox’s partnership with Audi on ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an opportunity to bring to the forefront the innovative work Audi is doing in exploration,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice President Marketing Partnerships at Twentieth Century Fox. “We’re happy to continue our long relationship with Audi that has allowed our filmmakers to incorporate authentic, leading-edge technology into their futuristic worlds.”

As part of the collaboration, a short film created by Twentieth Century Fox, 3AM and Audi was captured on one of the movie’s biggest sets. It shows the Audi lunar quattro patrolling the Terraforming Bay when it detects an unidentified lifeform and goes to investigate what lurks in the dark. Watch “Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro” below

 

 

Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro

 

The Audi lunar quattro is preparing for an actual mission to the Moon. Since 2015, the premium manufacturer from Ingolstadt has worked with a team led by Robert Böhme, founder and CEO of “Part-Time Scientists”, on developing the rover. Audi experts have supported the Berlin-based start-up, in particular with Audi’s all-wheel drive expertise (quattro technology), expertise in lightweight construction, experience in developing vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid motors (e-tron), and with design optimization.

By selecting the finest materials, the developers have managed to reduce the weight of the exploration vehicle to just 30 kilograms. The Audi lunar quattro is 85 percent aluminum, produced by the 3D metal printer at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. A pivoting solar panel supplies the rover with energy. On top of that, you have intelligent quattro drive technology and the efficient e-tron motor. The car manufacturer’s Mission to the Moon is nearing completion: In the very near future, we can expect to see the advanced Audi lunar quattro set its course for the Moon.

For more on the story of the Audi lunar quattro’s origins and the cooperation with Twentieth Century Fox, visit on www.audi.com/mission.

 

Brother printers at Bilster Technologies

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The Brother guys
 


Launching the new range of Brother products
 

After a successful MoU with Bilster Technologies and Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Bilster Technologies showcased a wide range of Brother printer products at Citis Square branch.

The ceremony was launched by Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group of Companies, and Roger Choi, Senior Account Manager of Brother International Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The one that you should check out is the Brother DCP-T500W which is a 2015 model. This handy Brother model comes with many features and quite portable. Furthermore, it brings out the some fine prints and supports scanning and copying. It also supports Wi-Fi and wireless printing.

It uses the refill tank system and also saves you from buying more inks if you are high user. The printed pages were of high quality and also, to use this printer easily you will need a driver CD in which you will find all the necessary softwares.

You can also check out other Brother models – the single function and multiple function models. Drop by Bilster Technologies at Citis Square.

 

 


Check out the range of Brother printers
 


The multi-function printer
 


The Brother DCP-T500W is the ideal printer for you
 

 


The Brother DCP-T500W can produce fine print
 

 

 

Beocube makes its presence felt

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Check out the hot selling Bang & Olufsen headphones
 

This is the second time that Bang & Olufsen (Brunei) and Ergozones (Brunei) are having a roadshow at Pusat Insani, Seria. The first one was a huge hit and it’s no surprise for holding another similar roadshow to showcase their latest products.

If you are into audiophiles or/and a big fan of Bang & Olufsen, you will appreciate what they are bringing to you. The main attraction is definitely the Beocube which was constructed since Sunday. It’s basically a mocked up cube room, designed to bring the best sound from the awesome speakers from Bang & Olufsen and Malek Manan, Resident Audiophile for Bang & Olufsen (Brunei), guided the visiting guests and showcased what the B&O speakers are capable of and why the brand is the perfect choice for customers.

I was also impressed with the inner walls as they have a special padding to bring the best out of the speakers inside the Beocube. We were treated to a playlist of music and trailers and I began to appreciate the precision and the quality more than before. The firmware update(s) itself makes a difference for the listeners to enjoy at the optimum level.

There are three sections to the Flexible Living roadshow. Two sections are showcasing Bang & Olufsen products while the other is showcasing Ergozone products such as the newly launched SoFi Mesh chairs by HÅG.

Do look for Jack Chin who has many experience in demo-ing HÅG brands. I find the experience sitting on the SoFi Mesh pretty comforting and all. Yes, we do take for granted on how we sit and thinking that any chair will do the trick. HÅG enhances your sitting experience and you will appreciate more in a long run on how it can benefit you even when sitting down.

The Flexible Living roadshow final day will be tomorrow, Friday 21st April until 9pm. So what are you waiting for? And the admission is FREE at Pusat Insani, Seria. For updates, you can follow Bang & Olufsen (Brunei) Facebook and Ergozones (Brunei) Facebook.

 

 


So much to love about Bang & Olufsen speakers
 


Another speaker to look out for – Beoplay M5 with a true360 sound
 


The 5.5 metre Beocube constructed inside the hall of Pusat Insani
 


Paying attention to the sound from the Beolab 90
 


Don’t forget to visit Ergozones section too
 


Do ask Jack Chin for the brief demo on the new HÅG products
 


Liking the new SoFi Mesh from HÅG
 

Bilster Technologies, Brother signs MoU

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Bilster Technologies, subsidiary of Concepts Group of Companies with representatives from Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd during the MoU signing this morning
 


The signing begins for a new journey for Bilster Technologies
 

Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a leader in consumer and business IT products and solutions that focuses on the “Customer-First” approach, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bilster Technologies (Brunei) this morning. As you know, Bilster Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Concept Group of Companies.

The MoU is a big milestone for Bilster Technologies as they become the only company to bring in the Brother brand to Brunei. Previously Concept Group of Companies have been involved with the service side of Brother and it’s no surprise that Brother has appointed Bilster Technologies (under the flagship of Concept Group of Companies) to be the authorized distributor for Brunei.

The MoU marks the commitment for both organizations towards a growing market as well as brand acceptance where Brother will be the brand of choice not only among home users but also to SMEs and businesses as well.

 

 


Vivian @ Norsurya Binti Hj Sabali, Business Development Executive of Bilster Technologies, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group of Companies, Itsuo Segawa, Country Head at Brother International Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Brian Low, Country Sales Head, Sales, Corporate of Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
 


Token of appreciation from Vincent Pao to Itsuo Segawa
 


Mingling with guests after the MoU signing
 

It was also Itsuo Segawa’s (Country Head at Brother International Malaysia Sdn Bhd) first visit to Brunei Darussalam and he believes this MOU is a stepping stone for a long term relationship with Bilster Technologies. He believes in Vincent Pao, the main behind Concept Group of Companies, as a reputable business partner and helping in growing the brand name of Brother in Brunei Darussalam.

Segawa shared how consumers and businesses are now looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding quality and Brother will listen to their needs and wants. This is Brother’s strength and what differentiate them from other brands.

For your info, Bilster Technologies will carry a competitive range of Brother products, from the award-winning inkjet, laser printers, multi-function centers to hand label and mobile printers.

Vincent Pao is very excited with the partnership. The General Manager of Concepts Group of Companies shared that they are delighted to be able to work with Brother, a reputable Japanese company that focuses on quality and consistency. He is very confident that Bilster Technologies will increase the awareness of Brother in Brunei and make the consumers confident on Brother products. On top of that, they also have a after-sales service centre that will benefit customers of Brother.

Congratulations once again to Bilster Technologies on the milestone.

 

Bang & Olufsen Multiroom Collection

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The Bang & Olufsen Multiroom Collection is all about enjoying the beauty of music and design all day, every day. From the light tap on your speaker in the morning that starts up your favourite coffee music – to the free flow of energizing evening tunes, the Multiroom Collection infuses your entire home with stylish sound.

The philosophy behind each product in the Multiroom Collection is that your connected wireless speakers should not be undistinguished or ordinary, but distinctive and spectacular in terms of design and craftsmanship, just like your furniture. After all, no one chooses the exact same chairs and tables for every room of their home.

We have an outstanding multiroom offer. Beautiful design, superior acoustics and excellent craftsmanship. Qualities that matter to our customers. We live in homes that are personalized and reflect who we are. And people are unique – most multiroom systems are not, says Marie Kristine Schmidt, Vice President Brand, Design & Marketing.

 

 

TOUCH-TO-JOIN
Bang & Olufsen has a long legacy of intelligent multiroom solutions and has been offering advanced connected audio systems since the 1980’s. Today the possibilities of streaming and distributing music at home are almost limitless, and you don’t need wires or technical knowledge in order to operate the Bang & Olufsen Multiroom Collection – it works right out of the box.

The products are linked in a coherent and user friendly wireless system which can be controlled via your mobile devices – or by simply tapping the speakers. As you move around your home just touch the multiroom products once and they are instantly and seamlessly united with the rest of the setup. Choose to play different music in different rooms, or let the same tune flow throughout your home.

Play directly from your favourite music apps via popular technologies such as Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay or Bluetooth, or get the full Bang & Olufsen experience through the new Bang & Olufsen App.

THE MULTIROOM COLLECTION
Bang & Olufsen has selected a range of six beautiful high-class wireless speakers, labelled the Bang & Olufsen Multiroom Collection, which ranges from the portable, cone-shaped BeoSound 1 & BeoSound 2 wireless speakers systems to the advanced BeoSound 35 wireless music system with its impressive and decorative wing span. Included are also the recently launched Beoplay M5 powerful multiroom speaker, the iconic music streaming system Beoplay A9 and the music system Beoplay A6.

The integrated Bang & Olufsen multiroom solution makes it possible to easily upgrade the system with new products over time, including Bang & Olufsen televisions and other speakers. Bang & Olufsen multiroom even works with classic Bang & Olufsen products across multiple generations.

You can check out the showroom at Sejalin Living (Kiarong) to find out more or also at their Facebook Page.

And guess what? You can get the free trial, right here, right now.

For a limited time, experience any of our wireless speaker systems in your own home.*

*Applicable for up to two selected products. The pairing for Bang & Olufsen selected pairings are as follows:

BeoSound 2 and BeoSound 35
BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2
BeoPlay A6 and BeoPlay A9
BeoPlay M5 and BeoPlay A6

Trial period maximum 10 days. Subject to availability of product, provision of 30% deposit as security, identification details and your registration as a customer during the trial period. Product and packaging to be returned in undamaged condition. Available period: 29 March 2017 – 31 May 2017 only.

Offers are available on a first-come-first-served basis and while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

 

 

 

AEC’s April Promotion

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Hello peeps!!! It’s that time of the month again where AEC Panasonic are having their great deals for their products and this is also the best time to purchase any of the products because of the freebies that you will get.

For instance, the Panasonic TH-55DX650 55” TV which is valued at BND 1,799 and you will get a FREE Panasonic 32” TV (worth BND 269). Now isn’t that a great catch? It could be a catch for me since I’m eyeing on a new TV. We shall see. The 55” TV that I mentioned has a very attractive design and furthermore, this is a great price for a large 4K TV. It sports Firefox OS smart system and it’s quite easy to use too. Then again, with this deal, you get a FREE 32” TV from Panasonic. This is definitely the best deal in town.

If you notice from the poster, all the major items such as the Alkaline Water Ionizer and even the microwave oven, all comes with freebies. The water ionizer comes with filter worth BND 169 and free installation.

All these items are available in stock and it’s “cash and carry” items. You can visit them at AEC Sdn Bhd for more information (not far from TAIB shell station in Beribi and Sumbangsih area). If you also want info, you can call 244 4913.

The promotion ends 30th April 2017.

 


Panasonic TH-55DX650 55” TV
 


You will get the Panasonic 32” TV free when you buy the Panasonic TH-55DX650 55” TV
 


My visit to the AEC office in Beribi. This is another Panasonic model which is 49″ TV.
 

Distributor Bootcamp for Microsoft Azure

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Yesterday Concepts Technologies organised a Distributor Bootcamp for the resellers in Brunei, with the theme to empower the partners to be more efficient in dealing with cloud. I’ve learnt something new along the way and it’s Microsoft Azure – which can be a “Platform as a Service” (Paas) or even “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). The bootcamp also introduced new licensing updates on Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016.

The event took place at the Brilliance Hall at Concepts Computer and Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei gave his welcoming remarks to the audience to kick start the event. He took over Haniza Zakariya since August 2016 as the Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei.

Concepts Technologies emphasized that Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services where developers and IT professionals build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of data centres.

Now it’s a different story. With Microsoft Azure, you can be anywhere you want., using the tools, applications, and even frameworks of your choice. It’s more like an open source technology. It’s also an ideal place for hosting and website creation. So for those who are creating websites for the end users, Microsoft Azure would be a good choice.

As a Microsoft distributor in Brunei, Concepts Technologies is paving way on the challenging their partners and resellers to invest in the open source technology, data or apps and extend it to the cloud. You will enjoy seamless hybrid cloud capabilities in Azure span infrastructure, data, user identity, apps and management.

The event is in collaboration with Microsoft Brunei and they aim to keep the momentum of conducting events like this and nurture the growth of technology in Brunei.

 

 


Representative from Concepts Technologies conducting the workshop on Microsoft Azure and licensing
 


The partners and resellers during the Distributor Bootcamp at Brilliance Hall, Concepts Computer
 

I love the Garmin Vivoactive HR

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I’m happy that I finally visited the Garmin store in Kiulap and got myself the Garmin Vivoactive HR
 


Many interesting features to like about on the Garmin Vivoactive HR
 

Garmin Vivoactive HR. Most of my friends would know that I’m not a watch person. I stopped wearing watches for quite some time as I’m don’t feel that comfortable wearing them. Then I started to be interested in wearing one as I was an active jogger and needed some thing to time my pace while I ran. So Garmin was the best bet for me. I burnt a big hole in my pocket as I went for the cream of the crop Garmin line. This was back in 2012 when I was quite active in jogging then. However, it didn’t take me that long to shelve my Garmin watch when I lost my desire to jog.

Fast forward to 2017, I found a new love for Garmin especially the Vivoactive HR model. So many things that I love about it. First of all, it’s light and it’s not as heavy as my previous Garmin watch (can’t really remember the model number).

The Vivoactive HR in some ways made me more efficient or even more active in my daily steps. I have yet to try other functions as I was more into checking my heart rate and most of all my steps. This is for me is the best model Garmin that will suit my every day usage. I tend to walk more and do sports such as tennis and badminton. Of course, I will cover more steps whenever I play badminton or tennis and these numbers will be show a significant increase on the Vivoactive HR.

It also tells you the floors you climb which is pretty cool. This watch is also a good tool to remind you if you are sitting too long or not doing any activity. It will vibrate vigorously so you get off your butt. So it’s a good reminder for me especially if I sit down too long in front of the computer.

The Heart Rate Monitor on the VIvoactive HR is pretty efficient. Of course, it’s not as accurate as the chest strap but it’s still a good indication for reading the heart beat especially during your exercises.

It also gives notification on the watch if you synced using bluetooth. So I would know who send messages on whatsapp or any social media alerts such as Instagram and Facebook. This is a handy watch indeed and I will be wearing this more than my previous Garmin watch.

With the recent announcement during the Legco Legislative session, watches and its accessories will taxed accordingly and up to 10%. This will definitely affect many watch dealers in Brunei and the reason for this taxation is that watches are considered luxurious items and hence, the Brunei Government see it fit that watches should be taxed accordingly. The previous tax was 5%. It is not known yet if Garmin Store in Brunei will increase their retail price with the new information given. We shall wait and see.

Anyway, the watch is now available at Garmin flagship store at Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap. The Vivoactive HR is my recommendation and the price itself is quite reasonable.

 

 


HR Monitor rate can be measured through the Vivoactive HR. Though it’s not as accurate but it’s the next best thing on your wrist
 


My social media updates popping up on the Vivoactive HR
 


Using my Garmin to good use during my tennis session yesterday
 

 


My steps yesterday and most of them are taken by my tennis workout
 


Last January, Garmin store was officially open with the presence of His Excellency Craig Allen, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
 


The family and relatives during the opening of Garmin
 


Do shop at Garmin store in Kiulap
 

 


My first Garmin watch that I bought back in 2012
 

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