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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Event forecast: Ramen Revolution in Singapore Sentosa (27-29 July)

July 22nd, 2018

Attention, Ramen lovers – Ramen Revolution reprises its large-scale outdoor ramen event at Resorts World Sentosa. The event is jointly organised by WATTENTION Singapore and SOZO.

* This article first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Highlights of Ramen Revolution 2018 include Kajiken offering a limited-run Okinawa Mazesoba and Men-Men Tei with their Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen.

Get ready to tuck into 10 limited-edition bowls from your favourite ramen restaurants.

Each bowl of ramen goes for S$10 or more, and you can pay a little extra to top up with additional ingredients.

Participating brands will offer special dishes that are exclusive to Ramen Revolution 2018.

They will also be offering some of their ramen dishes from their regular a la carte menus.

Also, joining us all the way from Japan for the three-day event are Junk Story from Osaka and Men Dokoro Wakamusha from Saitama.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

Participating brands at Ramen Revolution 2018.

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Digital Photography Tips to Make Your Food Look Even More Delicious

July 21st, 2018

Here are some handy food photography tips from Jonathan Berriman.

Source: Pixabay.com

Source: Pixabay.com

We’ve all had that millennial moment where we are served a delicious looking dish and immediately stand up to take a photo. Sometimes it just looks too good not to. Food photographers are some of the most followed influencers on Instagram and for good reason: people love food. We love eating food, we love making food, and we love looking at food.

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New Arrival: Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus Router

July 19th, 2018

The Deco M9 Plus is TP-Link’s first mesh Wi-Fi system with smart hub functionality, aimed at providing Wi-Fi that’s “Fast, Smart, Everywhere”.Prices and availability below.

The new Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus router.

The new Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System AC2200 Deco M9 Plus router.

AC2200 Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System Deco M9 Plus offers a simple way to provide a strong Wi-Fi signal in every corner of homes up to 4500 square feet with two Deco units.

Users can enjoy fast, secure Wi-Fi for over 100 connected devices, and take control of all their smart home devices with Deco M9 Plus, with no need to buy an additional hub.

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New Arrival: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with Monster Battery

July 18th, 2018

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Full View 6″ dual-camera smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 5000mAh battery with massive stamina for longer gaming, browsing and calls. Price: S$348.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features a 180g metal body with diamond-cut edges and 2.5D-curved display glass, and is available in two finishes: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

The super high-capacity 5000mAh battery of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) promises up to 48hrs non-stop use, 42hrs talk time, 28hrs browsing, 199hrs audio playback, and 20hrs video playback.

Its dual rear cameras comprises a 13-megapixel main camera with up to F2.0 aperture, and a 5MP secondary camera for Bokeh effects in Portrait mode.

The mid-tier smartphone ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with entry-level prices.

The ZenFone Max Pro squeezes a large 6-inch FHD+ Full View display in a body that typically fits only a 5.5” screen.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 3i Android Mid-Range Smartphone

July 17th, 2018

Singapore amongst the first in the world to launch the Huawei nova 3i (S$398), featuring the new Kirin 710 chip, and front-facing dual cameras with AI support. Available from 28 July.

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Huawei boasts that the nova 3i is currently the only mid-range device that offers front facing dual cameras with AI support, offering a photography experience that rivals what traditional smartphones can offer.

The Huawei nova 3i will be available at all Huawei Concept Stores, local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers and selected online marketplaces.

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei customers will also be entitled to a 2-year warranty with any smartphone purchase.

Key features of the Huawei nova 3i include the following.

  • Mesmerising gradient featuring a special textured film underneath the glass back that produces a dreamy appearance on the rear.
  • Four AI cameras for intelligent photography (Front: 24MP and 2MP, Rear: 16MP and 2MP).
  • FullView display at 6.3 inches and FHD+ (2340×1080). The 19.5:9 display covers 85 percent of the color gamut;
  • Features the latest EMUI 8.2 and Huawei’s first quad-core Kirin 710 chip, specifically designed for the nova series.

According to Huawei, the nova3i is powered by AI and can recognise over 200 scenarios across eight categories including Blue Sky, Plant and Beach.

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