Jati Transport Sdn Bhd knows how to throw a sneak preview of a model in a luxurious manner. They collaborated with a new eatery called Hook•ed, a subsidiary I believe from Golden Corporation, and provided the set up (ambience), service and the most important the food with detailed food presentation.
The event was hosted for the likes of the local press and social influencers of Brunei Darussalam for the press preview of the latest Mercedes-Benz model, the new A200 and the A250, which have already caught many buzzes when I posted a short video a month ago on social media. The dinner + press preview took place at Mercedes Autohaus at Beribi.
In attendance were Mr. Ho Ley Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, Daniel Loo, Marketing Executive at Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and other sales team of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd.
I have to say that the dinner event has a very personal touch and the representatives of the media and social influencers were in awe with what the new A250 and A200 can deliver. Though the exterior may have similar look with previous models, the main stealer of the show is the features of the A250 and A200 and of course, the interior.
I shall share all the specs and features in my next post or show. You will be amazed how smart the Mercedes-Benz can be and yes, you can command by using your voice. The magic word is “Hey Mercedes” and it will attend to you. Awesome!!!
All the current stock have been taken up by customers even before the official launch. But not to worry, more are being shipped as we speak. If you want to buy a Mercedes-Benz, this is definitely the right window and it could be just the best investment for the year 2018 😉
My deep appreciation for Jati Transport for the invite and delivering such a classy dinner event which really suited the theme with the new Mercedes-Benz A250 and A200. Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the A250 and the A200.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer (right) with Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer
Concepts Computer, with the support of Acer, will be expanding their range of Acer monitors to encompass all users from basic everyday office work to specific gaming or graphic-intensive use. With Acer, the keywords for ensuring they meet the needs of customers are Quality and Affordability, which is why Concepts will be offering monitors from $108 for basic 19.5 inch monitors to $338 for 31.5 inch curved, graphics-capable monitors and even all the way up to $1,398 for high-end gaming needs.
First on offer will be the Acer K202HQL HDMI monitors, entry level monitors perfect for use in offices especially when it comes to equipping multiple PC at cost-effective prices. These affordable display-solutions offers hassle-free usability, as easy as plug and play, and small footprint as to be space-saving. The Acer K202HQL will come with free HDMI cable and will only cost $108.
Next on offer is the Acer ET322QR, a curved flat-panel monitor which is perfect for watching movies or even working on graphic media especially because of the clear and vibrant colours it can produce. With the integrated Flicker-less technology and BlueLight shield, the Acer ET322QR will be easy on the users eyes so as to be optimal for long use. The Acer ET322QR will be available for $338 and comes with 3 years warranty.
Lastly, Concepts Computer will be also be introducing the latest iteration of their highly praised 34 inch gaming monitor, the Acer Predator X34P will be available for $1,398 and will be Nvidia G-Sync ready. The Acer Predator X34P has been made curvier, so as to increase the wrap-around effect, making the gaming experience more immersive. With premium styles and materials, the Acer Predator X34P will be the perfect ultra-wide G-synccapable gaming monitor for many Bruneian gamers.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts Computer is doubling our efforts to ensure that we have affordable and wide-ranging products to offer the Bruneian IT market. This is also seen with our previous introduction of the large range of ACER notebooks, and also with the introduction of the full range of IT peripherals from both Epson and Logitech.” He continued, “We also believe that with the support of OnTime Service Network, the authorised service provider for Acer in Brunei, we can ensure peace of mind when using Acer products for our loyal local customers,”
Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, also added, “We have been slowly increasing our core offering of gaming products, from the addition of new gaming equipments from ACER and LOGITECH. It’s plain to see that we have placed importance on Brunei’s small but hardcore gaming scene, and we hope with the addition of the ACER Predator series of premium gaming monitors, it will complement the other products we have on offer and adds something positive for local gamers active in Brunei.”
For more information on Acer monitors or any other products and services, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553 or visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.
This is quite common in Brunei Darussalam. News, better it good or bad, spread like wildfire. Of course, for the sake of the community, a good valued viral message would be a winner. Somehow, more bad news tend to spread like wildfire. Now here’s the thing. Sometimes we don’t even really know if that news (bad or good) are really true but it’s already in our culture that spreading any kind of information is kinda normal or harmless.
Now things have changed and there have been many cases where fake news made headlines when the Royal Brunei Police Force has repeatedly warned such offenders that actions will be taken against anyone who is either using oral, written or any other means to distribute false information or making false statements that may cause interference with the public’s peace under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act, RBPF said, adding that the offence carries a penalty of imprisonment of three years and a fine of BND3,000.
Now the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has also help in reducing such fake news as the members of the public can also report fake or malicious information circulated on social media thru means of Darussalam Hotline 123.
Besides dialing the Darussalam Hotline number (123), members of the public can also report instances of social media misuse, via WhatsApp to 8333123. Coolio 😀
So think twice before you post. Verify your source and make sure it’s legit.
The most powerful social media tool for viral purposes – thanks to screenshots and forwarded messages
Vincent Pao, General Manager for Concepts Group of Companies receiving the award for Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18
Microsoft, a globally renowned provider of ICT solutions for the last three decades, has awarded Concepts Technologies, a subsidiary of Concepts Group of Companies, with the Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18.
Microsoft and Concepts Technologies have been working hand-in-in hand for the past year to promote Microsoft Cloud-based solutions including products like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. The award ceremony was held during the Microsoft SEA New Markets 2018 Partner Summit at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, and present during the awardpresentation was Vincent Pao, General Manager for Concepts Group of Companies.
Vincent Pao, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts are beyond honoured to be recognized for our contribution in this Microsoft journey on Digital Transformation, not just locally in Brunei Darussalam but globally in the South East Asia region.” He continued, “This award is unexpected but is recognized as the result of the effort put out by the team behind Concepts Technologies, with the support of Microsoft Brunei, and the team’s unwavering focus into making Microsoft cloud technology a priority in our initiatives for the Small-Medium Enterprise market in Brunei.”
Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Manager for Microsoft Brunei Sdn. Bhd., mentioned to the media, “Congratulations to Concepts Technologies for winning the Microsoft Top Cloud Mix for SEA New Markets FY18 during the Partner Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.” Afif added, “It’s been a great partnership between us at Microsoft Brunei and Concepts Technologies. And since Microsoft is a partner-led company, we are delighted to see our Brunei Distributor championing this course and getting recognized for it. We hope this partnership can grow better together.”
The Microsoft SEA New Markets Partner Summit is an annual Microsoft summit which includes representative companies from 9 countries that are regarded as new markets; these 9 countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The summit is held in varying locations in South East Asia and this year was held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 19th of September to 20th of September 2018.
The All-new powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now available at Incomm
Noorlelawati Haji Talip is the first customer who bought from Incomm. She also received extra goodies from Incomm for being the first customer.
Today saw the launch of the all-new powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The launch took place at Incomm at Gadong outlet and enthusiasts made their way to the counter to collect their pre-orders online. The advantage for the pre-order customers is that they are able to enjoy a free upgrade to 512GB internal memory and an extended 3 months warranty (a total of 15 months warranty).
Among the pre-order customers were the Standard Chartered customers who enjoyed extra privilege where they were given BND 120 off the deal. Almost 100 SCB customers signed up for the deal and one of my friends said that it’s definitely the best deal in town and cheaper than regional countries.
Kudos to Incomm for the exciting pre-order promotion they had as they managed to secure more than 100 pre-orders.
Customers checking out the demo unit while waiting for the queue at Incomm
Minul sold his iPhone X 256 for BND 1,300 and he used his SCB card to get the awesome pre-order deal from Incomm
The second customer of the Galaxy Samsung Note 9
The queue earlier on today
Customers over the counter
Accessories for the Note 9
Accessories for the Note 9
So what’s the big fuss about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Let’s see what the specs are according to the website and marketing materials. It definitely has the biggest screen to date and what’s new is the stylus which now has a remote capability. As for capacity, it has the largest to date as well if you choose the 512GB edition. The standard one is 128GB. It has the biggest battery life too, 700mAh better than the previous model, beefing it up to 4,000mAh. That’s quite handy for a person like me, a high user of social media which technically drains the battery on my phone.
These are just some of the quick takeaways I can mention for now until I get to play around with the demo unit which will be arriving pretty soon in Brunei waters. Gone are the days when the Note 7 caught into trouble but now with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it has redeemed itself and ready to give a good challenge to the iPhone X which has been a huge success worldwide.
According to the reviews on certain websites, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is definitely the benchmark of all smartphones because of its battery life span and also its super high memory ram of 6 to 8G (amazing). The only thing now is for those with the Note 8 if they were to upgrade to a Note 9, would it make a huge difference? I do believe those who haven’t own a Note would definitely appreciate this powerful phablet.
The cool bean bags while playing some console games
Rules of Survivors attracted more than 70 teams if I am not mistaken. Each team consists of 4 gamers.
This year’s TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 is the biggest e-sports tournament of all time with a record prize pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes to be won across seven games: the PC games – CS:GO, League of Legends and DOTA 2; console games – Tekken 7 and FIFA 18; and mobile games – Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival.
There are local gamers as well gamers from Sabah and Sarawak except for the Counter Strike:GO, which was only open to Brunei citizens and residents.
The champion of the CS:GO will walk away with a cash prize of BND2,088, while the first and second runner-up winners will receive the respective cash prizes of BND1,288 and BND888.
In DOTA 2, the prizes are BND988 for the champion, BND588 for first runner-up, and BND388 for second runner-up. Chicken Rice 1 from Malaysia was crowned the champion while Team CRRR and Team Daddy came second and third respectively.
For League of Legends, the champion will walk home with BND1,388, the first runner-up with BND888, and second runner-up with BND588.
The champion of FIFA 18 will win BND488 in cash, with BND388 for the first runner-up and BND288 for the second runner-up.
In Tekken 7, the champion will walk away with the cash prize of BND488, first runner-up with BND388, and second runner-up BND288. As far as I know, our local player Ivan Pang was victorious as he claimed the honour of being the Tekken 7 Champion.
In the mobile games category, the Mobile Legend champion will win BND800, first runner-up BND600, and second runner-up BND400.
For Rules of Survival (RoS), the champion will win BND1,000 and 10,000 Diamonds, the first runner-up BND500 and 5,000 Diamonds, and the second runner-up BND250 and 2,000 Diamonds. Third to fifth-ranked winners of Rules of Survival will be awarded with 1,000 Diamonds, while those in sixth to 10th place will get 500 Diamonds.
Of all the games, RoS has the biggest engagement among spectators during the Cyber Games tournament. The match is projected on a huge screen for spectators to watch and it is also being live casted by Kenneth Khoo.
A record pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes are to be won across seven games in which over 100 teams are competing in PC Games (CS:GO, League of Legends, and DOTA 2), Console Games (Tekken 7 and FIFA 18) and Mobile Games (Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival).
The Cyber Games Tournament is organised by D’Sunlit while Sigma Cyberspace and BruGames are the co-event manager. The Platinum Sponsor for the event is Progresif.
DOTA and LOL gamers
Alif Akmal and I were in the same group. He beat me handsomely 5-1 and I ended up winless in the group stage.
Spectators galore for the Rules of Survivor
Ivan Pang (right) was victorious once again in Tekken 7. He won the previous on organized by Game On
The champions of DOTA 2
Eric Tang, Retail Sales Manager for Epson Malaysia handing over a moment to Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer for High Achiever Award for Retail Business Development by Epson
Concepts Computer has done it again. First, the company was awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year and recently, the company was presented with the High Achiever Award for Retail Business Development by Epson in recognition of its business and customer service excellence in the country for the year 2017.
The plaque was presented to Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer by Eric Tang, Retail Sales Manager for Epson Malaysia last weekend.
Epson brand has been performing very well under the leadership of Concepts and they have been working together for the past three years or so. Epson is known for their L-series printers and 3LCD projectors.
According to Vincent Pao, Concepts Computer has always operated with the premise of providing high quality IT solutions to the Bruneian market, while maintaining affordability and quality after-sales service.
Congratulations once again to Concepts for their milestone and keep up the great work!!
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Alice Chan, Chief Financial Officer of Concepts Group with representatives from Acer Malaysia during the Acer Day in Brunei held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club
Held for the second consecutive year, Acer Day this year sees Brunei joining other countries in Pan Asia Pacific to celebrate a special season dedicated to rewarding Acer customers. Acer Day 2018 is being concurrently held in 20 countries. Besides Brunei, other countries hosting Acer Day for the first time are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka; these countries join China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam which participated in the inaugural edition last year.
Acer Pan Asia Pacific President Andrew Hou recounted, “The inaugural Acer Day launched last year was well received by the public. It generated more than seven million clicks on the campaign video across social networking sites, and over 2,500,000 page views on the microsite. As we continue to seek ways to engage with customers, we will continue to invest in Acer Day while looking to broaden its scope in the hope that Acer Day will become the most representative annual campaign.”
This year’s edition is themed ‘Acer Day – Play Music Together’ and it draws inspiration from the belief that music is the best language that transcends borders and race. Acer hopes to connect people via the Acer platform through music and colour. Acer aspires to close the gap with consumers through this Acer Day campaign and at the same time, build an image of “Young, Trendy and Technology” around Pan-Asian countries.
In conjunction with Acer Day 2018, Acer is introducing several new products in the gaming line including the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop. Also introduced are the Nitro 5 laptop which is designed for casual gamers seeking great performance at a superb price and the Nitro 50 desktop that offers performance that exceeds expectations for superior gaming performance and graphic-intensive tasks.
Richard Soo, Miri & Brunei Branch Manager, Acer Malaysia
Edmund Hoh, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia
Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia
Predator Helios 500
Designed to take up to an overclockable NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 graphics and powered by up to 8th Gen Intel Core TM i9 processors and up to 64GB of memory, the Predator Helios 500 keeps the action going. With its offer of premium gaming experiences, this is one beast that makes good gaming company at home and on the go. Extreme gamers were in mind when the Predator Helios 500 was developed, thus it is little wonder that this machine chews up graphic-intensive AAA titles and live streaming with ease.
For a gaming laptop, the display is ‘huge’ at 17.3 inches with FHD IPS and delivering high-brightness (300 nits) visuals. It also supports NVIDIA® G-sync technology with super fast and crisp 144Hz refresh rates, allowing for blur and tear-free gameplay. Two built-in stereo speakers with subwoofer, Acer TrueHarmonyTM technology and Waves MaxxAudio® sound technology deliver immersive, incredible sound and hyper-realistic 3D audio using Waves NxTM.
The Predator Helios 500 sports a dual-fan system that features Acer’s proprietary AeroBladeTM 3D metal fans and five heat pipes that boost the thermal system and keep the laptop running at optimal temperatures. With the preloaded PredatorSense application, gamers can monitor, control and customize overclocking, lighting, hotkeys, temperature and fan control from one central interface.
The Predator Helios 500 connects wirelessly with Killer Doubleshot Pro Gigabit Internet connection, Bluetooth 5.0 and NVMe RAIDO SSDs for ultra-fast connection.
The Predator Helios 500 will be available at Concepts Commercial Suppliers, Bridgelink, Netcom, DCL Communication, Yappie, and selected authorized resellers in Brunei. In Brunei, the Predator Helios 500 will be available in two options:
Predator Helios 500 will be showcased during the TechXpo 2018
Predator Helios 500
Acer Nitro 5
Powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core TM i7+ processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB RAM, the Acer Nitro 5 is targeted towards mainstream users who enjoy the thrill of gaming with friends and building their own network of like-minded players. The Acer Nitro 5 delivers a smooth and responsive computing experience enabled by Intel® Optane TM memory to accelerate everyday tasks.
Ideal for rapid boot-up time and shortening in-game loading time, the Acer Nitro 5 is equipped with a super-fast 16GB Intel Optane memory paired with a 1TB HDD for storage. The 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display offers brilliant imageries with uncompromised audio quality for an immersive experience during gameplay or movie watching thanks to its Dolby AudioTM and Acer TrueHarmonyTM technology.
With the Acer CoolboostTM technology that features dual fans to deliver superior fan speeds and cooling ability, the Nitro 5 keeps the system running optimally. Users are also able to manually control the cooling process with the NitroSense application.
Priced at BND1,428 the Acer Nitro 5 is available at all Acer authorized resellers in Brunei.
Acer Nitro 5
Acer Nitro 50 Desktop
Designed for outstanding casual gameplay at affordable prices, the Acer Nitro 50 series desktop is powered by 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7 processor, comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM upgradable to 64GB and equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 to offer superior gaming performance and handle graphic- intensive tasks.
The desktop is capable of delivering stunning 4K resolution visuals and supports up to four displays simultaneously for immersive game play. With up to 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD storage, storing high- resolution files is definitely not a problem. The optional wireless charging deck which supports wireless charging for any Qi-enabled wireless device is a bonus to power up mobile devices even when in the game.
Priced at BND 1,518, the Acer Nitro 50 desktop is bundled with Acer wireless keyboard and mouse and is available at all Acer authorized resellers in Brunei.
Acer Nitro 50 Desktop
“Play Music Together” and Enjoy Fabulous Prizes and Gifts from Acer
From 1st August to 30th September 2018, customers who purchase selected Acer devices in the Acer Aspire, Acer Swift, Acer Spin, Acer Switch or Predator series will be rewarded with value-added gifts such as a TT eSports Predator Gaming Chair, Predator Cestus 300 Gaming Mouse, Microsoft Office 365 Personal or an earphone.
Customers who are interested to grab fantastic offers during this Acer Day “Play Music Together” campaign, will be available at Concepts Commercial Suppliers, Bridgelink, Netcom, DCL Communication, Yappie and selected authorized resellers in Brunei.
With the organizers and partners for the upcoming TechXpo 2018 event happening this Saturday
The TechXpo 2018 is just around the corner. A few more days to be exact. The highlight of the TechXpo is definitely the TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament, jointly organized by D’Sunlit and Sigma Cyberspace where Progresif will be the title sponsor. A record pool prize of BND 15,000 is slated to be the biggest yet for Brunei cyber tournaments, featuring games such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, DOTA, Tekken 7, FIFA 18 (which I am joining) as well as Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival. All the registrations have been closed for now and there are more than 300 participants already that have signed up for the tournament.
Another highlight for the TechXpo are the robots, all the way from Belgium known as Zora Robotics NV (ZoraBots), a pretty interactive humanoid robot for the public to interact with.
The theme for this year’s TechXpo is “Innovative Technology for All” as the Chairman of InfoCom Federation Brunei, Sheikh Hj Abas, said that everything we do nowadays are linked with technology, even with food. Hence, the theme suits to attract crowd of all ages.
The Plenary Hall will be used for the upcoming TechXpo and do check it out as they will be special offers from participating vendors.
The event will take place this Friday 18th August and ends on 21st August 2018. Oh yea, if you are keen to try out the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you can check out the demo unit at DST booth during the TechXpo before the official launch next week.
The TechXpo 2018 is organized by InfoCom Federation Brunei and D’Sunlit.
D’Sunlit and InfoCom Federation Brunei exchanging documents
Cuckoo (Brunei) will be one of the partners for the event
Progresif playing a major role as the title sponsor for the TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament
Sigma Cyberspace will be organizing the gaming tournament
TelBru is also one of the partners of the event
Registration has already been closed
After a huge success for the first trail game (Epidemic: Race to Rescue), BAG Networks have launched the second edition, an augmented reality mobile game which will take place during the upcoming TechXpo 2018.
Dubbed the “Trail to TechXpo 2018”, registration has already been opened for all of you to participate leading to the upcoming event. The new game utilizes both GPS and AR technology with the help of your smartphones as you gather clues around Brunei-Muara district and the end point will be at TechXpo event itself at the International Convention Centre.
Apparently there will be 8 check points if I’m not mistaken for “Trail to TechXpo 2018” and the new game will three rounds. First step will be checking in on the checkpoints, then solve the puzzles during the TechXpo and final mystery will be on the main stage of the Plenary Hall at ICC. You can register your team here and good luck 😀
The prizes were not announced yet but the prizes will be sponsored by DST.
The Trail to TechXpo 2018 game is open for registration
Representatives from BAG Networks during the recent press conference
Afif Mohamed Ali, Microsoft Brunei Darussalam Country Manager, handing over the 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award to Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group last Friday
Concepts Technology does it again!!! The renowned company was awarded as the recipient of the 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award and this is in recognition for its outstanding services and excellent subsidiary engagement in Brunei Darussalam.
Three years ago, Concepts Technologies was appointed as the official distributor for Microsoft in Brunei Darussalam and this year, they won their first prestigious award.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group, expressed his delight over the prestigious award. He was truly grateful towards Microsoft Brunei for their continuous support and their strong relationship among each other. This has helped to tackle the challenging business climate in the country.
Afif Mohamed Ali, Microsoft Brunei Darussalam Country Manager, said, “As our Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, once said, ‘Microsoft has always been a partner-led company, and this ecosystem drives local economies and creates massive growth’. By winning the country partner of the year award, Concepts Technologies showcases the extraordinary commitment towards driving digital transformation in Brunei. As we aim to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more, our partners support us live on this mission.
“I also would like to commend the extraordinary efforts of Concepts Technologies, and I look forward to working with Concepts in empowering every person and organisation in Brunei towards digital transformation.”
Congratulations to Vincent Pao and his team from Concepts for raising the bar.
Group photo with Concepts Group and Microsoft Brunei