Don’t worry on power outage

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Azlina Tua, Senior Sales Executive of Concepts Computer, Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, Firdaus bin Abdul Samad, Sales Manager for Schneider Electric in Brunei Darussalam and Chu Hui Chiet, Marketing Executive at Schneider Electric (Brunei) at the launch of the new APC UPS
 

In a modern IT-centric society, data loss due to power-outages is not only a business risk but also a risk for everyday home users. Globally, businesses have lost billions of dollar worth of data due to power outages, and most studies does not even take into account personal lost of priceless data like family pictures and videos. This is why Concepts Computer and Schneider Electric (manufacturer of APC products) will be providing three new, affordable models of UPS from APC – World Leader in Power Protection. The new models are the APC BV650, BV800 and APC BV1000 UPS.

Known for its quality, innovation and industry leading service and support, APC (American Power Conversion) is working diligently to improve the manageability, availability and performance of data-critical systems through innovative solutions, and Concepts Computer is also working hard to provide affordable power-outage solutions from APC for both commercial and, more importantly, personal home-use.

All three of the UPS models are the latest in APC’s line of affordable UPS for SOHO (small office/home office) and personal home-use, and are perfect for those in need of quick and easy solutions for multiple PCs or even just a single home PC. The three models are rated for 375 Watts at 650 VA, 450 Watts at 800VA, and 600Watts at 1100VA respectively, this means that all three models will be able to offer protection for your data and hardware from power-outages, power-surges, power-spikes and even lightning-strikes.

Made as user-friendly as possible, APC has provided them with single-step battery connections, hassle-free cold start function, and the ability to power low and high powered devices. And not to forget keyhole sockets which makes mounting possible for all nooks and crannies of most houses, making them the perfect solution at home. And with the 2 years warranty, Schneider with the help of Concepts will help to ease the minds of Bruneian users.

 

 

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Price ranges from BND 78 to BN 98 depending on the watts
 

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It’s solid, durable and heavy because of the battery inside
 

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, commented that, “Concepts Computer with APC UPS solutions is not only catering to corporations but also more importantly, for everyday home users. We understand the importance of our digital memories like family pictures and videos so this is why we focused on providing affordable solutions for them.” Zul also added, “Even if these UPS power solutions only provide an extra 5 minutes of up-time at home, this still means you will have 5 minutes to safely shut down your computers and save all your digital personal memories.”

Also at the press conference, Firdaus bin Abdul Samad, Sales Manager for Schneider Electric in Brunei Darussalam, also added, “As our society evolves and moves forward towards the digital platform for their personal data storage and becoming more open and vulnerable to data-loss due to power outages, this is where APC and Concepts Computer come in and provides affordable UPS solutions, perfect for homes.” He continued, “APC are also very committed to their products and this is reflected in the 2 years warranty we provide even for our most affordable solutions like the APC BV650 and all the way to our more expensive corporate UPS solutions.”

The APC BV650 will be available at Concepts Computer at $78, the APC BV800 will be available for $88, and the APC BBV1000 will be available for $98. Expected up-time for the APC BV650 with a basic PC of 120W will be 9 to 10 minutes, 14 to 15 minutes on the APC BV800, and for the APC BV1000 is 16 to 17 minutes. Please note these numbers are reliable estimates but can still be affected by many factors and conditions.

For more information on the full range of UPS solutions from APC and other IT products and solutions, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2/3.

 

 

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Different variance you can choose for the APC UPS at Concepts Computer. This is the APC BV800 selling at BND 98
 

 

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This is the APC BBV1000 selling at BND 98 and it can hold for roughly 16-17 minutes when there is a power outage.
 

DSTIncomm Samsung Year End Bonanza

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Check out the promotion from DSTIncomm
 

Dreaming of a Winter Wonderland holiday?? It’s simple. Here’s your chance to win DSTIncomm Samsung Year End Bonanza with a grand prize of “2 return tickets to Seoul + BND 1,000 cash. All you have do is simply purchase any Samsung devices from DSTIncomm. Good thing is the promotion ends on 31st January 2019.

Please look out for the “Samsung Authorized” hologram sticker on the Samsung device packaging box and you are eligible. Lots of prizes to be won such as Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and many more! For more info, visit www.dstincomm.com or call their hotline 899 8086.

 

 

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Follow the steps and you are a step away from being one of the lucky winners
 

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You can even win a battery pack by sharing
 

Test Drive at Indera Motors

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Test driving event at Indera Motors yesterday. It was quite packed earlier in the afternoon.
 

Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, the official retailer of Jaguar and Land Rover held an exclusive afternoon tea session to launch their test drive and lucky draw campaign where you can stand a chance to win a flight ticket. The promotion begins now until 31st December 2018.

Members of the public are invited to experience the range of Jaguar and Land Rover and for every test drive registered, they will be eligible to participate for the lucky draw contest and stand themselves a chance to fly to amazing destinations. Models present for Jaguar are XE, XF, XJ, F-Pace, E-Pace and F-Type and for Land Rover are Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport, All-New Discovery, Discovery Sport and Land Rover Vogue.

The event yesterday received a positive response from the public and the session saw the showroom packed with visitors and for those who missed it, there will be another afternoon tea session today from 2pm to 6pm. Test drive will be available from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm and more high tea sessions to be held in the upcoming weeks and call 2391000 for more information.

 

 


Some of the guests were eager to test drive the Jaguar and the Land Rover
 


Refreshments were served. Today (Saturday) will be another session from 2pm to 6pm
 

 

Unveiling the A250 and A200

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Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohamed Alam and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Brunei Darussalam Peter Wolff as the Guest of Honour at the official launch of the Mercedes-Benz A250 and A200 at Mercedes Autohaus showroom last night
 

Last night saw the official unveiling of the Mercedes A250 and A200 at the Autohaus Show hosted by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd. The event were attended by Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohamed Alam and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Brunei Darussalam Peter Wolff as the Guest of Honour during the unveiling.

As I’ve mentioned before the Mercedes-Benz A250 and A200 have taken Brunei by storm because of the latest features especially technological wise. It has a very young and dynamic feel and these models have been a major hit among the youth.

This is so far the most advanced in terms of features that Jati Transport have brought to Brunei and do expect the upcoming newer models of Mercedes-Benz to have the state-of-the-art technology and features too. This is also an upgrade model of the 2013’s.

I love the “Hey Mercedes” feature which is a voice-operated command whenever you are inside the vehicle. You can simply request to change the ambience and the lighting in the interior and even ask to change the temperature of the car, all by means of saying “Hey Mercedes”.

Do check out the models at Jati Transport for the latest models in today’s viewing.

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Press preview of the A250 & A200

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"Woohooo… How can anyone not be excited for the new Mercedes-Benz A250?
 

"Mr. Ho Ley Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd mingling with the guests
 

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.

 

"Members of the media attending the event
 

"Ak Fairol of Media Permata speaking to a colleague
 

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" Nicely set up and I love the concept. Thank you, Hook•ed
 

" Some of the starters for the night
 

" The head chef preparing for the guests
 

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" I was feeling excited for dinner and it paid off
 

" Me on the job and do check out my IG stories too
 

" Thank you, Jati Transport, for hosting the media and social influencers
 

Expansion on Acer monitors

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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.

Fake news is bad news

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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.

 

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The most powerful social media tool for viral purposes – thanks to screenshots and forwarded messages
 

Concepts does it again!

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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.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched today

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The All-new powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now available at Incomm
 

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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.

 

 

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Customers checking out the demo unit while waiting for the queue at Incomm
 

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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
 

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The second customer of the Galaxy Samsung Note 9
 

 

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The queue earlier on today
 

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Accessories for the Note 9
 

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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.

 

TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018

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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
 

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