To Buy or Not to Buy: The New Apple Watch  

The Apple Watch is the tech world’s hottest item today, and Apple announced more of its details—specs, release date, and price—at an event in San Francisco on March 9. So before it goes on sale on the 24th of April, let’s see and find out why you may or may not want to buy this no-ordinary watch.

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Why BUY the Apple Watch?

1. It gives extra motivation to get moving. With its haptic sensor, the watch can track your movements and send you reminders, via haptic pulses and on-screen display, to get moving and exercising.

2. It redefines the use of your phone. Since the watch can be synced with your iPhone, it brings some of your phone’s functionality to your wrist. Wearing the Apple Watch allows you to view notification, send a receive messages, control music, use Siri, and more.

3. It has a growing number of third-party apps. Unlike other smart watches that don’t have existing app developers, the Apple Watch has an existing army of developers ready to recreate their app for the watch. Imagine the convenience to check your account or complete a task right on your wrist.

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4. It offers several style options to meet your preference. Designed to appeal to a variety of consumers, from the sporty ones to the trendy people, Apple has created their watch in three different styles of casing for each collection: (1) anodized aluminum for Watch Sport collection, (2) gold for the Watch Edition collection, and (3) stainless steel for the Watch collection. The band material and buckle closure also comes in several selections for a more customized look.

Why NOT BUY the Apple Watch?

1. It has limited compatibility. To be able to make the watch work its best, you’ll need an iPhone 5 or later that runs iOS 8. Any later than that, or say your phone is an Android, you may not get the most bang for your buck, which should not be the case because…

2. It can cost as much as US$17,000! To that lavish point, the 18-karat gold collection costs US$17,000 a piece, which should be around SG$23,000 when converted to local currency. On the other hand, the watch is also available for a much cheaper price of US$350 per unit for the entry-level Sport Watch collection.

When it comes to buying gadgets these days, it pays a lot to examine both of the pros and cons. So if you’re planning to own one of Apple’s smartwatch, let this be your guide for deciding whether it’s a good buy or not.

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What You Need to Know about Plug-in Hybrid Cars

Plug-in hybrid cars are the next big thing here in Singapore. There are people who are not familiar about plug-in cars and this article is for them. Plug-in hybrid cars are alternatively called plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV). These cars make use of rechargeable batteries or other energy storage devices by connecting to a plug as an external power source.

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There are many car manufacturers who made progress with plug-in hybrid cars. In fact, there are models that are available in the market like the Porsche Panamera, Volvo, BMW 3 Series, Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and many others. If you want to know about the car’s technology, you should read further:

  • Powertrains: The plug-in hybrid cars are based on three powertrain infrastructure – series hybrid, parallel hybrids and series-parallel hybrids. Series hybrid makes use of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). The Parallel hybrids make use of two distinct sources to simultaneously transmit power. Series-parallel hybrids can operate in parallel and series mode.
  • Charging systems: There are batteries and there are power grids. If you are charging the batteries, you have to make use of DC charger. DC charger can be located in the on-board (inside the car), off-board (garage or dedicated charging stations), electric motor’s inverter (motor windings act as transformer coils).
  • Modes of operation: Regardless of its infrastructure, plug-in hybrid cars have two modes that are referred as blended or mixed mode. It can be charge-sustaining and charge-depleting.

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  • Fuel efficiency: The fuel efficiency of the plug-in hybrid cars depend on its powertrain, driving between charges and the all-electric range. If you do not use gasoline, the miles per gallon gasoline equivalent rest on the efficiency of its electric system.
  • Smog: Plug-in hybrid cars are free of gas emissions which contribute to the reduction of smog. Smog is detrimental to the population.

The demand for electric vehicles is driven by the government here in Singapore. There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid cars have a lot of benefits. It can decrease greenhouse gas emissions but it depends on the type of power plant used. Many people consider this because of its convenience because you can just fill it in your homes.

As of the present, the world’s best seller plug-in hybrid car is the Chevrolet Volt Family. The next is Toyota Prius PHV and followed by Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV. United States is the leader when it comes to plug-in hybrid cars followed by Netherlands and Japan. If you are interested, it is beneficial if you talk to the expert.

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