Jack Ma Letter on Alibaba Departure & Succession Plan

September 10th, 2018

Alibaba Group Holding Limited today announced that one year from today – on September 10, 2019 – chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma will continue as executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship to Daniel Zhang.

Ma will complete his current term as a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors until its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2020.

Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee.

The Alibaba Partnership currently comprises 36 partners who are also members of senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates.

Pursuant to the articles of association of Alibaba Group, the Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate a majority of the directors to the board of the company.

Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

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Qingjian JadeScape: Smart Condo with Apartments for Seniors

September 3rd, 2018

Qingjian unveiled the fully smart condominium development with 1,206 apartments, and 63 one-bedroom units for seniors. The development will also feature a smart estate management system. Prices below.

JadeScape is the first major condominium launch after the Government’s property cooling measures in July. Average price: S$1,700 per square foot. The 1,206-unit development comprises 236 one-bedders, 403 two-bedders, 265 three-bedders, 261 four-bedders, 39 five-bedders and two penthouses built across seven blocks on 36,985.7 square metres of land. Artist Impression: Qingjian Realty.

JadeScape is the first major condominium launch after the Government’s property cooling measures in July. Average price: S$1,700 per square foot. The 1,206-unit development comprises 236 one-bedders, 403 two-bedders, 265 three-bedders, 261 four-bedders, 39 five-bedders and two penthouses built across seven blocks on 36,985.7 square metres of land. Artist Impression: Qingjian Realty.

In addition to smart home devices previously not included in its residential developments, Qinjian boasts that JadeScape will be the first to adopt a Smart Estate Management System, with intelligent estate monitoring embedded throughout the development.

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Price-wise, Yen Chong shared that 1-bedroom units (527 sq ft) will start from S$838k, 2-bedroom units (646 to 775 sq ft) from S$988k, and 3-bedroom units (904 to 1,152 sq ft) from S$1.38 million. The prices for the 4- and 5-bedroom apartments, as well as the penthouses, have not been determined yet.

In a bold move, the en bloc redevelopment will include 63 one-bedroom apartments, in three stacks, for senior residents.

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Promotion: Lazada Launches LazMall for 9.9 Online Shopping Day

September 1st, 2018

Lazada has officially launched its eCommerce LazMall in six Southeast Asian countries with a 9-day shopping campaign culminating in the 9 September shopping day declared by the company’s parent, Alibaba back in 2016.

Jing Yin, Co-President, Commercial, Lazada Group, in Singapore officially launching LazMall for six Southeast Asian countries for the 9.9 shopping festival.

The 9-day online shopping festival boasts more than 215 thousand deals of up to 90% discounts for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam.

Shoppers can download the Lazada app to play games for additional vouchers and discounts.

From today, shoppers with the app can play the “Slash It” and “Shake It” games, and add to their shopping carts their favourite products before the 9.9 online sale begins at midnight (local time in the respective countries) on Saturday, 9 September 2018.

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Lazada presented to media and brand partners the promotions that shoppers can expect as part of the 9.9 campaign. The theme of the shopping extravaganza is “All You Ever Wanted”.

Customers can find a curated selection of over 1,000 international and local brands, online brands as well as authorized brand distributors.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2019 Personal Backup Software

August 22nd, 2018

Acronis True Image 2019 offers AI-based Ransomware Shield and Blockchain authentication technologies to provide an additional layer of cyber protection for home users. Available now online: buy new from S$49.99, upgrade or try free for 30 days.

Acronis Founder and CEO, Serguei Beloussov, launched the new True Image 2019 in its Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis has released the 15-year Anniversary Edition of its personal backup software, Acronis True Image 2019.

Key capabilities of Acronis True Image 2019 include the following.

  • (New) Acronis Survival Kit: An all-in-one universal recovery tool for your system.
  • (New) Active Disk Cloning for Mac: Migrate all your data from your Mac to another device.
  • Acronis Active Protection: AI fighting off ransomware attacks for you.
  • Acronis Notary and ASign: Blockchain technology ensuring data integrity with notarisation and e-signing.
  • Backup for Social networks: All your profiles are now defended.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

August 21st, 2018

Parallels Desktop 14 brings greater storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels® Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Prices below.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Parallels Desktop 14 also provides the following:

  • Improved performance. Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro® (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography and other complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 Intel Cannon Lake processor instructions set support.
  • Graphics Improvements. Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8 and OriginLab.
  • macOS Mojave–Ready. Supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows files now shows quick actions.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac was launched in Singapore at The Working Capitol.

Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for US$49.99 per year.

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Event: Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore

August 15th, 2018

Alibaba Cloud held its Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore. It is the first summit in Asia Pacific that’s outside of China and Hong Kong.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

The event, attended by around 1,000 participants, was graced by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative.

The agenda included the following highlights.

  1. The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Singapore.
  2. The launch of nine new solutions for the first time outside of China, some of them being the first of their kind in the industry.
  3. Announcement of an ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme, aiming to recruit 150 solution partners and train 600 sales and technology talents over the next 12 months.

Participants also got the chance to hear from Alibaba Cloud and industry experts on the latest advances in AI and Machine Learning.

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New Arrival: OPPO Find X Flagship Android Smartphone

July 31st, 2018

Coming to Singapore in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue, the OPPO Find X with 8GM RAM + 128GB will be available online and in-stores at a retail price of S$1,199 from 11 August onwards with pre-orders beginning on 1 August.

OPPO launched the Find X at SPRMKT at Robertson Quay in Singapore.

The 8GM RAM + 256GB version (with SuperVOCC flash charge) will be available later for S$1,399.

Hands-on with the new OPPO Find X with its stealthy pop-up cameras.

Key features of the OPPO Find X include the following.

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Electrolux Unveils Taste Platform Powered by SideChef

July 28th, 2018

Electrolux in Asia Pacific has announced a strategic partnership with the smart recipe platform SideChef to power the former’s new digital Taste Platform, starting with the Electrolux Life mobile app.

The Electrolux Life mobile app will be available on iOS and Android and can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Singapore now, and in Australia from 1 August 2018.

The Electrolux Life mobile app will be available on iOS and Android and can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Singapore now, and in Australia from 1 August 2018.

Announced at RISE 2018 conference, this partnership will allow Electrolux and SideChef to pioneer innovations together to build smart kitchens of the future.

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Acronis Announces Technology Partnership with Arsenal Football Club

July 27th, 2018

The partnership will see the Swiss-Singaporean company provide data protection to the club’s growing IT infrastructure.

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The technology partnership between Acronis and Arsenal Football Club was announced at a media event during Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Singapore. Present were Arsenal players Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsay ad Aubameyang.

Developing a winning game plan means recording and analysing the number of passes within certain areas of the pitch, touches in the opponent’s box, goals scored off set pieces, and more – all of which are factors that are meticulously studied before, during and after every match.

Steve Goh, Acronis VP, APAC & Japan announces the technology partnership with Arsenal Football Club.

As the Official Data Backup Partner of Arsenal FC, Acronis’ expertise will help the club deal with growing volumes of data while ensuring the continuity of their operations.

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Pure Storage Unveils Data-Centric Architecture at Pure Live Singapore

July 23rd, 2018

MIT Technology Review Survey reveals that most business and technology leaders in Asia Pacific and Singapore agree that data is a key competitive advantage.

To view the full report for the MIT Tech Review Survey, please click here.

To view the full report for the MIT Tech Review Survey, please click here.

The all-flash data storage platform will be announcing at Pure Live Singapore its vision for the future of infrastructure design — a data-centric architecture.

The company doubled the number of net new customers over the past 12 months and continues to lead in its industry segments according to Gartner and IDC.

With the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, data has shifted from an informational asset to the core of innovation.

It’s no longer enough to just be data-driven – organisations must be data-centric.

Modern organisations operate in a world of rapidly evolving applications, where future success is predicated on deriving intelligence from data to achieve competitive advantage and growth.

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