Google launches Great Online Shopping Festival for Singapore

January 28th, 2015

Google has collaborated with its partners to offer 3 days of online bargain shopping from 2-4 February to shoppers in Singapore. A list of participating vendors is at the end of this article.

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

Google, along with DBS and SingPost, revealed the categories and deals on offer which range from travel to beauty, fashion and electronics.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with businesses across Singapore to celebrate the best of eCommerce here, and bring great deals from around the web to shoppers in the run up to Chinese New Year. Singaporeans are sophisticated shoppers and the Internet is a key part of the shopping process for them,” said Joanna Flint, Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific.

The 72-hour-long Great Online Shopping Festival on gosf.sg will commence from midnight on February 2, bringing deals from more than 60 brands onto a common platform to customers across the island nation.

Discounts include up to 90 percent off electronics, over 80 percent off fashion brands, up to 75 percent off travel deals, up to 70 percent off beauty products and many more from favorites like Courts, Zalora, Agoda and Luxola.

The festival is also supported by DBS and SingPost.

The first 2000 registered shoppers to spend over a total of S$168 with their DBS/POSB cards will receive an additional 15 percent rebate or up to S$100 off.

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Singtel partners Ericsson in MOU to explore the future of 5G

January 27th, 2015

The partnership will evaluate and test 5G technologies for future standardisation, as well as joint planning and exploration of 5G technology and architecture. Areas of interest include cloud core, radio technologies and Machine Type Communications.

Singtel Group Chief Technology Officer, Tay Soo Meng and Region Head Ericsson South East Asia and Oceania, Sam Saba at today’s MOU signing ceremony for Singtel and Ericsson’s partnership to explore the future of 5G. “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society, where everything that can be connected will be connected,” said Saba of the partnership.

Singtel Group Chief Technology Officer, Tay Soo Meng and Region Head Ericsson South East Asia and Oceania, Sam Saba at today’s MOU signing ceremony for Singtel and Ericsson’s partnership to explore the future of 5G. “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society, where everything that can be connected will be connected,” said Saba of the partnership.

Singtel is partnering strategic vendors as part of its 5G exploration programme.

“5G is the next generation mobile network technology standard. It will deliver key improvements such as near-zero delay for real-time applications for remotely operated machines, super high data throughput speeds of more than 1Gbps, and enable multiple connected intelligent devices,” said Tay Soo Meng – Singtel’s Group Chief Technology Officer.

Singtel today signed a memorandum of understanding with Ericsson to study the future of 5G networks and its applications for both consumers and enterprises.

The partnership will include workshops to align 5G requirements, exchange ideas and trails on potential technologies.

Earlier in November, Singtel announced plans to launch a 5G Joint Innovation Programme with Huawei.

The initiative will serve as a research platform for 5G mobile broadband technologies.

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N.E.mation! 9 for Total Defence: Vote for your favourite teams

January 17th, 2015

The top 10 teams have completed their animation clips. These are now available for viewing at www.nemation.sg. You can now vote for your three favourite clips, and stand to win attractive prizes like the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and Nintendo 3DS XL.

Voting ends 9 February 2015.

Since there are four voting platforms, with 3 votes for each platform, you have basically 12 votes based on your NRIC number.

Since there are four voting platforms, with 3 votes for each platform, you have basically 12 votes based on your NRIC number.

There are four methods to vote.

You can vote on one or all of the following:

  1. N.E.mation! website if you’re on a desktop/notebook
  2. N.E.mation! mobile website if you’re on a smartphone/tablet.
  3. Facebook app
  4. SMS to 76677 in the format below

SMS format

NE9 <space>WEB<space>C5,C6,C10<space>NRIC<space>Full Name

Example below:

NE9 WEB C5, C6, C10 T0123456D Jay Chou

The above assumes you’re voting the same teams as my favourite three teams. :-)

As you can guess, my favourite animation clips are “A Nation in Sync” by the E-lemonators (from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, code C5) and “SAF Never Sleeps” by wasd (from Commonwealth Secondary School, code C10).

Do check out their clips and vote for them if you like their animation as well.

I’ve looked at all of the clips and spoke to some of the teams and feel these two teams are some of the most positive and enthusiastic kids I’ve come across in this latest installment of the N.E.mation! competition.

Voters stand to win attractive prizes.

Voters stand to win attractive prizes.

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Infographic: Intel’s 2015 IT predictions – Era of Integration

January 23rd, 2015

This infographic summarises Intel’s views on 2015. The overall theme of its IT predictions is that this year is going to be “The Era of Integration”.

Intel’s IT predictions for 2015. Click on image to view/download larger hi-res version of the infographic.

Intel’s IT predictions for 2015. Click on image to view/download larger hi-res version of the infographic.

The four main arenas in 2015 on Intel’s radar are:

  1. Building the Era of Integration
  2. The Age of the Internet of Things
  3. Immersed in a New World
  4. Readying ourselves for the future

Sounds like an exciting year ahead for technology watchers and users alike.

New arrivals: Sennheiser URBANITE XL WIRELESS headphones

January 22nd, 2015

Sennheiser’s URBANITE XL WIRELESS headphones are now available in Singapore, at the Sennheiser Concept Store at Marina Square and authorised retailers at S$419.

The Sennheiser URBANITE XL WIRELESS goes wireless.

The Sennheiser URBANITE XL WIRELESS goes wireless.

Sennheiser first introduced wireless capability to its URBANITE headphone range at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 a fortnight ago.

Sennheiser URBANITE XL WIRELESS (S$419)

Sennheiser URBANITE XL WIRELESS (S$419)

The new URBANITE XL WIRELESS headphones add Bluetooth and NFC to the URBANITE formula of cool urban style and uncompromised sound, with massive bass and crystal clear trebles.

The URBANITE XL WIRELESS deploys the latest wireless technologies for great sound and the ease of use.

The latest apt-X codec is used to deliver clear, CD-quality sound.

Set up with NFC allows easy Bluetooth pairing to NFC-compatible devices or by bringing the headset into close proximity.

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New arrivals: MSI GT80 Titan gaming notebook with mechanical keyboard

January 21st, 2015

MSI boasts that the new GT80 Titan is the world’s first gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard. Available in Singapore from today at S$5,799.

The MSI GT80 Titan raises the bar for gaming laptops with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI capabilities, Super RAID 3 with 4 SSDs and a SteelSeries Engine.

The MSI GT80 Titan raises the bar for gaming laptops with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI capabilities, Super RAID 3 with 4 SSDs and a SteelSeries Engine.

Core features of the new MSI GT80 Titan are listed below.

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX980M SLI solution
  • Mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switch
  • SteelSeries Engine
  • Super RAID 3 technology with 4 SSD RAID 0

More details and tech specs can be found in the press release below.

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SingTel rebrands to “Let’s make everyday better” for customers

January 21st, 2015

“SingTel” is now “Singtel”, in its first rebranding in 16 years to provide better, seamless and effortless customer experiences to both consumers and Enterprise IT.

Singtel's fleet of vans, newly brandished with the new logo and tagline, revving to go forth from the company's headquarters at Comcentre building.

Singtel’s fleet of vans, newly brandished with the new logo and tagline, revving to go forth from the company’s headquarters at Comcentre building.

With much fanfare at its Comcentre headquarters in Singapore, the biggest telco in Singapore launched a new brand identity today.

“Generations in Singapore have grown up with Singtel. Customers see us as a trusted, reliable brand that is at the forefront of technology. In this digital age, we recognise that customers also want things simpler, faster and delivered by people who truly care,” said Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO.

Singapore Telecommunications – now known as “Singtel” for short – hopes that this reflects a new phase in its transformation journey to grow beyond traditional telecommunications into multimedia and ICT services.

The target audience is more targeted at the domestic market for the moment and three initiatives are being implemented for the consumer market with initiatives for Enterprise IT and its corporate customers in the pipeline.

The three initiatives are:

  1. Appointment booking at Singtel shops.
  2. Preferred customer care call-back time.
  3. Home/Office appointments: tightened window of waiting time.

More details on these initiatives can be found at the end of this article in the extracts from Singtel’s press release.

Singtel's new logo, together with its rebranding promise in the lobby of its headquarters in Comcentre.

Singtel’s new logo, together with its rebranding promise in the lobby of its headquarters in Comcentre.

“Better Thursdays with Singtel”

From now till the Lunar New Year, Singtel is offering treats to its customers as part of its brand relaunch.

  • 22 Jan: Free local calls all day for postpaid mobile customers.
  • 29 Jan: Free SMSes all day for postpaid mobile customers.
  • 5 Feb: Free 30-day preview of new SingtelTV channels for SingtelTV subscribers.
  • 12 Feb: Free Facebook access all day for prepaid mobile users.
  • 19 Feb: Free data all day for postpaid mobile customers.

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New arrivals: Casio XJ-V1 lamp-free Laser LED projector

January 20th, 2015

Casio Singapore has launched a lamp-free Casio XJ-V1 projector equipped with a Laser and LED Hybrid light source offering higher energy efficiency and bigger long term cost savings suitable for educational institutions and businesses.

Available in Singapore by Q2 2015. Price TBA.

The new lamp-free Casio XJ-V1 Laser and LED Hybrid light source projector.

The new lamp-free Casio XJ-V1 Laser and LED Hybrid light source projector.

The XJ-V1 is the latest in Casio’s line of Laser & LED Hybrid light source projectors that performs effectively in classrooms, conference halls or boardrooms.

Optimal Performance

The XJ-V1 starts up and shuts down almost instantly and achieves full brightness in less than five seconds, enabling users to work more efficiently.

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New arrivals: FantaStick BA700 selfie stick w shutter & battery

January 19th, 2015

The FantaStick BA700 is an extendable smartphone monopod with detachable remote shutter and external power bank. Available at S$89 at ante@Tangs Orchard Level 3, EpiCentre, EpiLife and istudio.

The FantaStick BA700 is available in 6 vibrant colours – Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Red and Orange.

The FantaStick BA700 is available in 6 vibrant colours – Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Red and Orange.

The 3-in-1 FantaStick from Ye!! comes with a built-in wireless Bluetooth Remote Shutter and 2,800mAh external power bank.

The FantaStick BA700 measures 2.8 x 2.8 x 113cm and weighs 280g.

The FantaStick BA700 measures 2.8 x 2.8 x 113cm and weighs 280g.

The FantaStick has an adjustable phone holder that fits all phone width ranging from 5.5cm to 8.5cm and is padded with soft EVA for securing the phone in place without scratching it.

The FantaStick has a swivel head for multiple-angle shoots.

The connection point of the phone holder features a ¼”-20 male thread that is also compatible with compact cameras or camcorders.

The stick is constructed in 5-sections, which can be extended from 25cm to 113cm, great for capturing photos or videos overhead.

The 2,800mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery keeps the Bluetooth remote shutter running with a good store of power to spare for charging your smartphones, tablets and other devices via its 2.4A fast-charging output port.

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Adobe Lightroom mobile now available for Android phones

January 15th, 2015

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile offers capabilities to edit, organize and share images anywhere and anytime.

Built on a cloud sync architecture, Lightroom mobile provides an efficient way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the Web.

Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:

  • Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer.
  • Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop.
  • Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews.
  • Quickly flag and reject photos.

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