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[Blog Giveaway]- 10 Sets of ESET Hampers [inclusive of 1-User 1-Year ESET Smart Security and ESET Mobile Security]

It has been awhile since we last conducted a blog giveaway and this time, we are very happy to partner with Version-2, the exclusive distributor for ESET, to give away 10 sets of ESET Hampers [inclusive of 1-User 1-Year ESET Smart Security and ESET Mobile Security].

ESET, founded in 1992 at Slovakia central Europe, is an award-winning global vendor of security software for corporate customers and households and is in the front lines of countering emerging cyber threats.

An industry leader in the proactive detection of a broad range of computer threats, ESET is a highly integrated security solutions that has a unique licensing system which allows users to mix and match the computer protection for systems running on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Why We Recommend ESET?

IT-security solutions vendors have to provide maximum protection for users without affecting the performance of their system. However, in the midst of tough market competition, ESET has achieved higher performance and have edged past larger and better-known competitors. You can find out how ESET stacks up against the competition in tests by leading independent testing organisations and what differentiates ESET from other Internet security solutions that are available in the market today via the following link: http://www.eset.sg/home/compare/

ESET Smart Security

There are a host of security features that ESET Smart Security offers and one feature that we want to especially highlight is the Anti-Theft feature that allows users to stay safer by tracking and locating their laptops should it go missing. The Anti-Theft feature has a sub-feature known as the Laptop Activity Watch and it is able to monitor thieves via built-in camera, collect snapshots of the missing laptop’s screen, and saves all recent photos and snapshots to the web interface at http://my.eset.com

Another sub-feature of the Anti-Theft is the One-way Messaging which makes it possible to send a message to your missing laptop to contact the finder.

Apart from the Anti-Theft feature, one really impressive advantage of using ESET Smart Security is its small system footprint. Hence, this would allow users to stay connected without slowing down the system and it offers maximum protection without sacrificing system resources that could otherwise be used for playing, working, or internet browsing.

ESET Mobile Security

With ESET Mobile Security, users can now enjoy their time online protected with proven technology that is developed especially for mobile devices. Should users lose their phone, they can take advantage of powerful tools to help them find it and protect its contents. Some of the free features of ESET Mobile Security include Antivirus Protection, Detection of Potentially Unwanted Apps, On-Demand Scanning, GPS Localisation, Remote Lock, and Remote Siren.

Other than the free features that are available on ESET Mobile Security, there are premium features which you can unlock through an in-app purchase.

The premium features are:

  • Anti-Phishing: Protects your sensitive information against malicious websites
  • Apps Audit: Lets you oversee the permission levels of all your installed apps
  • SIM Guard: Gives you remote control over your missing device – even if a foreign SIM Card is inserted
  • Remote Wipe: Delete all your private information on the device remotely
  • SMS & Call Filter: Block unwanted calls and messages by group or specific time

As mentioned, we will be giving away 10 sets of ESET Hampers [inclusive of 1-User 1-Year ESET Smart Security and ESET Mobile Security] and here’s how you can be one of the lucky winners to walk away with the ESET Hamper worth more than SGD$58!

All you have to do is the following:

1. Like ESET Singapore Facebook Page and A Winsome Life Facebook Page

2 Answer the following question, “Name the ESET Smart Security main feature that allows users to track missing laptop and capture thief videos on webcam.” by commenting on our Facebook Post.

3. Contest will close officially on 6 April 2014! 10 lucky winners will be selected via a random number generator and the results of the blog giveaway will be published on A Winsome Life Facebook Page!

[Test Drive]- The All-New 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis

Thanks to Toyota Singapore, we had the opportunity to test drive the all-new Corolla Altis over the weekends and if you are wondering whether the car is worth buying, read on to find out more!

Built upon the stellar reputation of the Toyota Corolla’s iconic badge, the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis represents a triumphant showcase of Toyota’s philosophy of constant improvement. This year, the series’ 11th generation fuses stylish design with durability and reliability, to redefine the legend that is the Toyota Corolla Altis. When we were driving the all-new Corolla Altis, we realised that there are more Toyota Corolla Altis on the roads than other brands of cars.

The all-new Corolla Altis’ design theme exudes the confidence of a modern, advanced vehicle. With a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs, the car holds an athletic stance with greater presence. More pronounced flared wheel arches and a clean yet impactful sculpted surface adds an air of elegance to its sporty exterior. Viewed in profile, a sweeping crease in the body sheet metal spans the length of the sedan and accentuates the integrated door handle design.

The exterior tapers towards the front and rear of the vehicle to emphasize its wheel arches, with a longer, faster sloping roofline that blends into a shorter rear deck to give the sedan a sportier image.

A horizontally oriented dash structure enhances the interior with a sense of spaciousness while providing a more intuitively functional space to interface with vehicular controls. The interior offers a premium aesthetic with its use of piano-black gloss trim highlighted by cyber carbon accents, while posh trimming conveys an upscale yet sportier image. Ornamental stitching along the edge of the dash pad adds the intricacy of craftsmanship to the interior’s upscale nature.

As a result of the increase in vehicle wheelbase, passenger comfort in the all-new Corolla Altis’ interior package has been dramatically improved, with significantly increased legroom for rear seat occupants.

A new sporty 3-spoke steering wheel, designed with a characteristic V-shaped silver ornamentation and clad in genuine leather, provides excellent ergonomics driving to remain a comfortable experience, even for longer journeys. Shortcuts to access frequently required information and audio controls are placed within easy reach to ensure safe driving at all times.

The all-new Corolla Altis offers an efficient 1.6-litre, four-cylinder 16 Valves DOHC engine equipped with Dual VVT-i that generates a power output of 121 bhp and 154 Nm torque. The Dual VVT-i varies the timing and lift of the engine’s valves to suit driving requirements, resulting in improved responsiveness, superior fuel economy of 6.5l/100km, and low CO2 emission of 151g/km.

Our Take On The All-New Corolla Altis

From a driver’s point of view, the all-new Corolla Altis is for the minimalist. Although there are not much features like the luxurious Kia Optima K5 to rave about, the all-new Corolla Altis does offer the driver and its passengers a very smooth and comfortable journey on the road. Spacious in the interior with sufficient legroom, the road experience is no doubt a very comfortable one. In terms of driving experience on the road, the all-new Corolla Altis’ 1.6-litre, four-cylinder 16 Valves DOHC engine equipped with Dual VVT-i is very responsive, quiet, and smooth. The gear transmission is barely audible and the braking grip is tight; allowing for sufficient reaction time in the event of an emergency. If you are looking for a power-packed car with a lot of features, then the all-new Corolla Altis is not for you. Will the all-new Corolla Altis attract young buyers? Probably yes for young couples with children but probably no for the yuppies [young urban professionals].

Bolstered by an impressive 5-year unlimited mileage warranty plus 1-year of free servicing, the all-new Corolla Altis is currently priced at SGD$135,988 with a CEVS Rebate of SGD$5,000.

For more information and updates from Toyota Singapore, do check out Toyota Singapore’s Website!

[Smartphone Review]- Picture Perfect With The LG G Pro 2

Two weeks ago, we attended the media preview of the LG G Pro 2 phablet, the successor of the award winning LG G Pro and we really like some of the new added features that we believe many shutterbugs would love too!

Design & Aesthetics

Continuing the minimal and simplistic design of G, the design of G Pro 2 has been enhanced ergonomically as compared to its predecessor.

The G Pro2 has a non-slippery metal mesh finish on the back cover to offer a comfortable, non-slippery, and firm grip; and the Rear Key offers greater convenience and usability by allowing you to easily access commonly used features such as the QuickMemo and camera by long-pressing the (+) or (-) volume keys. Whether you’re right or left handed, the Rear Key, which is placed on the back where your index finger is naturally placed, also allows for a comfortable and easy grip.

Multimedia Features

Offering you the best viewing experience thanks to its 5.9-inch Full HD Display, the G Pro 2 will allow you to enjoy clearer and sharper images that capture every detail and accurate colours without distortion.

With the 1W Hi-Fi Sound, you can now enjoy rich and powerful sound effects when watching movies, music videos, or games. Through the 1 Watt Hi-Fi powerful speaker, the G Pro 2 offers studio quality sound without any loss of original sound.

G Pro 2 Camera Features

The enhanced powerful 13-megapixels OIS+ Camera that comes onboard the G Pro 2 will give you the best camera capabilities that are not only useful but also intuitive and simple to use.

The image quality of the G Pro 2 Camera is so astounding that it was used to photograph the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

  • Magic Focus

After a shot is taken, you ca have the option to select the preferred depth of focus before saving it. You can also press the all-in-focus icon to make every object in the frame look their sharpest.

  • Natural Flash

It offers a more balanced colour temperature and exposure for the most natural-looking photos compared to images taken with a normal flash.

  • Flash for Selfie

Thanks to the increased sensor size and reduced aperture from 2.6 to 2.2, you can enjoy a clear and lighter picture even in pitch dark environment.

  • 4K ULTRA HD recording

When you want to capture the true beauty of footage, you will now have the option to record it in Ultra High-Definition (4K ULTRA HD) mode that allows for the footage to be recorded in a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines.

G Pro 2 4K ULTRA HD Recording Sample

G Pro 2 Performance

As the G Pro 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor and 3GB RAM, launching multiple apps did not cause it to lag and multi-tasking was a breeze. Although it is equipped with a ‘best-in-class’ battery capacity of 3,200mAh with SiO+ technology, it’s overall battery life performance is average.

Our Opinion

With its practical rear button setup, the G Pro 2 allows for a better handling than similar or bigger-sized phablets. The G Pro 2 also boasts an excellent 5.9-inch Full-HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera that delivers good image quality. Although the battery life performance of the G Pro 2 does not live up to expectations, spare batteries can be purchased for an additional boost.

To be honest, the G Pro 2 does not have any features which LG’s rivals cannot match up to. In fact, most of the features that come along with the G Pro 2 can be found in its rivals’ phablets and the only consolation is the advanced camera features which shutterbugs will find useful.

LG G Pro 2 (Titan Colour)

If you are looking for a phablet that allows you to take nice pictures and yet offers you a stunning display for watching your favourite movies or playing your favourite games while on the move, you might want to consider the G Pro 2 for your next phone purchase.

The LG G Pro 2 is available for purchase from 29 March 2014 at a recommended retail price of SGD$828 (without line contract and inclusive of GST). Two colours, Titan and White, will be available at launch and the G Pro 2 red model is slated to be launched at a later date.

Debugging Our Bathroom, Car, and Kitchen with the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer

Following up from our previous post about the Automated KONK® I Flying Insect Killer, we have been very satisfied with its usage but apart from the Automated KONK® I Flying Insect Starter Kit that we placed on top of our display shelf, we also have a KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer that is really handy, portable, and convenient to use.

So far, we have used the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer in our car, bathroom, and even in the kitchen and the results of its effectiveness against common household pests has amazed us.

The bathroom is probably one of the cleanest place in the house but guess what, drain flies and fleas could probably be breeding in there and this is one problem that we have at home. We have tried using the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer in the bathroom for some time now and it has been rather effective though it only offers a temporary solution to the problem. The drain flies and fleas are pretty hardy and the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer will not instantly kill the drain flies and fleas. It was only after the next day that we found the drain flies and fleas in the sink and on the floor that we know that the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer has taken effect.

Some other places where we used the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer are our car and the kitchen. For those of you whom have the habit of eating and drinking while driving, you might occasionally find ants, lizards, and even baby cockroaches in your car. This is extremely freaky and so far, though we have not encountered any issues with pests in our car yet, we spammed the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer as a preventive measure to “debug” our car.

The last place where we used the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer was in our kitchen. Similar as the Automated KONK® I Flying Insect Starter Kit, the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer is safe to use even at food preparation areas. Here, the effect that the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer has on ants and houseflies is instantaneous.

Overall, we will highly recommend the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer if you are looking for an effective but safe and handy insecticide to use at home or even at your workplace. Hand spraying usually leaves about 90% of the amount sprayed as a residue and hence, it creates a barrier for insects.

If you are interested to purchase the KONK® I Handheld Flying Insect Killer, you can get it from Our Lifestyle Shop. Also, do check out and “like” Our Lifestyle Shop Facebook Page, and if you join their mailing list, you might just be one of the ten winners to win a 30-Day protect programme against dengue free of charge! The closing date is 20 April 2014 and winners will be contacted via post or email on 22 April 2014.

[Test-Drive]- Newly Facelifted Kia Optima K5, A Luxurious 2.4L Luxury Sports Sedan Car

Last week, we were given the opportunity to test-drive the newly facelifted 2.4L Kia Optima K5 and we really adore the sleek executive look of the luxury sports sedan car. Yes, it is a luxury sports sedan car and it looks extremely stylish too!

The exterior of the Kia Optima K5 has a coupe-like roofline, flowing smoothly into the high rear deck which merges uninterruptedly with the strong C-pillar. The black high-gloss honeycomb grille and stylish chrome trim of the air intake hole add a touch of distinctiveness to the front view of the Kia Optima K5.

In addition, the Kia Optima K5’s state-of-the-art lighting systems have been upgraded with surface-emitting LED tail lights, jewel-like 4-point LED fog lamps, and LED daytime running lights that are integrated into the headlamp housing for maximum dynamic appeal.

With such an intricately-designed exterior, the Kia Optima K5 is definitely a headturner!

While the exterior design of the Kia Optima K5 has improved significantly, the interior cabin packs a punch too! The driver’s cockpit features a generous use of soft-touch materials and a driver-centric main dash layout. As the center fascia is angled towards the driver; audio, navigation, and air-conditioning systems are intuitively positioned and within easy reach. With that being said, we really do wish that the time display could be positioned at the driver’s dashboard for easy viewing as opposed to it being at the center fascia.

For both the passengers and driver, the Kia Optima K5 offers maximum comfort and space. There is sufficient leg and head room for comfort and coupled with the panoramic sunroof, it expands everything about the Kia Optima K5; visibility, feeling of spaciousness, and sporty appeal!

The ventilated front seats where cool air is blown through the seat and backrest cushions is a feature that we really like because it helps prevent perspiration build up on hot sunny days!

For entertainment, the Kia Optima K5 comes equipped with the premium Infinity audio sound system with 8 speakers and it literally blew our minds away as our driving experience became a headbanging one!

In terms of driving experience, the state-of-the-art 2.4L multi-port injection gasoline engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission offers the perfect blend of on-road performance and penny-pinching savings at the fuel pump.

While fuel consumption is slightly above what we expected, it is definitely not a thirsty oil-drinking beast. Being heavy footed most of the time, we often find ourselves going above the speed limit in a matter of seconds and what we adore about the Kia Optima K5 is the onboard safety features that makes driving even safer.

As all drivers would probably know, one of the most common causes of collision is the failure to see other vehicles in the car’s blind spot. With the Kia Optima K5’s blind spot detection system, it features both lane change assist which elongates the area of detection and the rear cross traffic alert which warns the driver of crossing traffic behind the car when backing out of parking spaces.

Here’s a video of how the Kia blind spot detection system works

On the road, the Kia Optima K5 corners rather smoothly and the acceleration pickup is fast! Our friends have also commented that the Kia Optima K5 was surprisingly spacious and that its quality, design, and finishing is on par with most luxury car sedans. Even then, the only improvement we felt that the Kia Optima K5 could do with is to tighten the grip of the brakes slightly and it would make a perfect luxury sports sedan.

The Kia Optima K5 is currently priced at SGD$165,999 and it is definitely an up-and-coming luxury sports sedan car that will WOW even the seasoned drivers. A game changer, the Kia Optima K5 is definitely a car to consider if you are looking for a sporty, comfortable, and spacious drive!

For more information and updates from Kia, do check out Kia Singapore Facebook Page!