New arrival: Sony PlayStation VR hits Singapore on 13 October

July 28th, 2016

The PlayStation VR is priced at S$599 in Singapore. The PlayStation VR and PlayStation Camera bundle will also be available in Singapore at a suggested retail price of S$649.

Sony PlayStation VR will be launched on 13 October in Singapore, with pre-orders beginning from 30 July.

Sony PlayStation VR will be launched on 13 October in Singapore, with pre-orders beginning from 30 July.

More than 60 PS VR software titles are confirmed to be launched in Asia, and 13 of those titles are developed by local developers.

“I am so delighted to announce that PS VR will be available from 13th October, simultaneous with Japan, Europe and North America, demonstrating how we think highly of gamers in Asia” said Hiroyuki Oda, Deputy President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia.

These include Mortal Blitz VR (SKONEC Entertainment Co., Ltd) from Korea, Stifled (Gattai Games) from Singapore, and O! My Genesis (XPEC ENTERTAINMENT INC.) from Taiwan.

Pre-order of PlayStation VR will be available at selected Sony Centers and PlayStation® Authorised Dealers from 30 July 2016.

Customers can preorder PlayStation®VR or PlayStation®VR with PlayStation®Camera, while stocks last.

A free PlayStation®VR Demo disc will be available at both Sony Stores and PlayStation Authorised Dealers, as well as the PlayStation® Network Store, allowing PS VR owners to enjoy a variety of exciting content from the first day of purchase.

Check out more details from the press release here.

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New arrival: BlackBerry unveils DTEK50 Android smartphone

July 26th, 2016

From today, DTEK50 is available for pre-order from ShopBlackBerry.com in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands for US$299. Availability of DTEK50 in additional global channels and countries will be announced in the coming weeks.

For a limited time, customers who pre-order a DTEK50 on ShopBlackBerry.com only will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, a high-capacity portable charger worth US$59.99 ($69.99 CDN, €59.99 and £54.99) that powers all your compatible mobile devices to maximise your productivity and play time. This offer expires on August 8th at 11:59 pm PST.

For a limited time, customers who pre-order a DTEK50 on ShopBlackBerry.com only will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, a high-capacity portable charger worth US$59.99 ($69.99 CDN, €59.99 and £54.99) that powers all your compatible mobile devices to maximise your productivity and play time. This offer expires on 8 August at 11:59 pm PST. Image credit: BlackBerry.

BlackBerry boasts that the DTEK50 is “the world’s most secure Android smartphone, delivering BlackBerry’s unmatched security, privacy and productivity to price-conscious consumers and businesses”.

“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re excited with all the security and functionality that’s built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for, with the rich Android ecosystem. This device adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choice to our customers with different price points on both, BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Devices, BlackBerry.

The DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s second smartphone powered by Android, following the PRIV.

Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s “accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment”, according to the company’s press release..

Availability

DTEK50 will be available in a number of channels around the world, including more than 40 partners from electronics stores, carriers, VARs and distributors.

This includes Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, Videotron and SaskTel among others in Canada.

In the U.S., DTEK50 will initially be available in Best Buy, B&H and Amazon.

More details from the press release below.

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Infographic: Are businesses really digitally transforming or living in digital denial?

July 21st, 2016

Progress survey finds businesses have under two years to make digital inroads before suffering financial and competitive losses.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

Progress today announced the results of its recent global survey, “Are Businesses Really Digitally Transforming or Living in Digital Denial?”.

While most businesses in Singapore and other markets around the world recognise the inherent benefits of “going digital,” the majority of respondents are hitting roadblocks—lack of internal alignment, lack of adequate skills and plenty of cultural resistance.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

Coupled with technology constraints and an overall inability to execute, the result is a growing state of anxiety about embarking on digital transformation, with some fearing it may already be too late.

The survey, conducted in Q1 2016 by Loudhouse, the specialist research division of Octopus Group, aimed to better understand how business leaders view digital transformation and learn their plans to address its challenges.

Respondents included individuals from 10 countries including Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Survey respondents included a mix of more than 700 global C-Level/VP decision makers; heads of marketing, digital and IT; as well as developers, IT architects, directors, engineers and line of business managers.

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New arrival: Acronis Backup 12 data protection solution

July 20th, 2016

The new Acronis Backup 12 is available as a yearly subscription (see rates here) or as a perpetual license at US$89 (S$121).

The new Acronis Backup 12 expands data protection to the Cloud, across physical and virtual systems, and onto mobile devices; with support for 15 platforms, including Microsoft, Amazon, Android, Apple, Linux, and VMWare vSphere.

The new Acronis Backup 12 expands data protection to the Cloud, across physical and virtual systems, and onto mobile devices; with support for 15 platforms, including Microsoft, Amazon, Android, Apple, Linux, and VMWare vSphere.

Acronis, a provider of hybrid cloud data protection, has announced Acronis Backup 12, the company’s new solution that protects businesses’ full digital image.

“Data is the lifeline of today’s digital businesses – without it your company will not survive. With Acronis Backup 12, businesses get the complete protection required in this new digital world with the ability to control their data no matter where it resides combined with the power to get it back faster than ever before in the event of a loss or an outside attack,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder and CEO at Acronis.

With most business assets now being digital and not confined to a single device or location, businesses need a backup solution that is designed to provide complete data protection to support this new way of operating.

Acronis claims that the Backup 12 is unlike any other solution with its ability to backup and protect company data in today’s hybrid cloud IT environments – whether it resides in the cloud, on-premises, across virtual and physical systems, in remote systems, and on mobile devices.

Acronis Backup 12 is available in Singapore by contacting a local Acronis partner.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrival: Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in Singapore on 5 Aug

July 18th, 2016

Singapore will be the first in Southeast Asia to sell Dyson’s new hairdryer. The Supersonic will retail at S$599.

First launched in Japan back in May, the Supersonic marks Dyson’s foray from the business of cleaning to the business of beauty.

First launched in Japan back in May, the Supersonic marks Dyson’s foray from the business of cleaning to the business of beauty.

To commemorate the launch, Tangs will be doing an exclusive online pre-order with Tangs at their website from 20th July onwards.

“Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient and make a racket. By looking at them further we realised that they can also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop our version of a hair dryer, which we think solves these problems,” said James Dyson, Inventor & Founder of Dyson.

Customers who pre-order the hair dryer may opt to pick up their machines at Tangs or have them delivered to their homes from 5 August onwards.

As part of the official launch, Dyson will conduct a hair academy with beauty blogger Drea Chong on the evening of 5 August from 7–9pm.

Limited spots are available and are on a first-come-first served basis.

Parties interested may RSVP to join hair academy.

Below is more information about the Supersonic hair dryer, extracted from Dyson’s press release.

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Opening: New HP Singapore flagship store in Marina Square

July 16th, 2016

The new store is officially opened today and is located at #02-213/214/214A in Marina Square.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store is managed by Newstead Technologies and features the latest lifestyle, gaming and office devices.

Students, millennials and families can easily find a suitable convertible, notebook or desktop PC that reflects their sense of style and delivers the power they need from the complete new HP Pavilion PC portfolio on display.

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,” said Mindy Tan, Chief Executive Officer for Newstead Technologies.

The range features an Intel® RealSense Camera option for improved security with facial authentication as well as a choice of the latest Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors subject to model.

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Opening: New Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura after Funan closure

July 15th, 2016

The new store is located at #04-19 and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. In-store promotions below.

“We are delighted to welcome customers to our new store, offering the same superior brand experience they have come to expect and love. The new concept store is an integral part of our go-to-market strategy to showcase our suite of products and enable customers to experience first-hand the capabilities and ease of computing with Dell products,” said Rakesh Mandal, general manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell. Photo credit: Dell Singapore.

The concept store features Dell’s full range of consumer devices as well as a VR-experience zone.

The new store replaces the Dell Exclusive Store that was located in Funan DigitaLife Mall – the Mall has since been closed.

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The latest XPS and Inspiron notebooks are part of the full spectrum of consumer laptops, monitors and peripherals offered at the new Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura.

The new store features experience suites with Dell’s latest XPS, Inspiron and Alienware portfolio, including award-winning products from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and the recent Computex 2016 in Taiwan.

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PSB groundbreaking for new city campus in Marina Square, Singapore

July 14th, 2016

With a total space of 100,000 square feet across 2 floors, the new city campus will be ready for move in from the fourth quarter of 2016.

* All images in this story provided by PSB.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

PSB Academy’s new city campus in Marina Square will host English proficiency programmes, as well as accounting and finance and business and communication diploma, degree and postgraduate courses from university partners such as The University of Newcastle, Australia, The University of Wollongong, Australia, Edinburgh Napier University UK, Loughborough University UK and Coventry University, UK among others.

In spite of the constraints of a city campus, there will be dynamic lighting that will automatically adjust to suit the time of day, to simulate an outdoor campus experience indoors.

Artist's impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

Artist’s impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

The new, fully Wi-Fi-enabled, campus will provide students and staff with a glass-housed radio and television studio, a town hall, a student hub, classroom configurations which allow for better collaborative learning, acoustically-treated MBA rooms – that will not require microphones for voice amplification – and auditoriums that can seat more than 300 people, amongst other features.

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New arrival: Linksys EA9500, RE7000 & WUSB6100M networking products

July 13th, 2016

Linksys launches home wireless solutions leveraging next generation Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO & seamless roaming. Prices & availability below.

The new Linksys home wireless networking products shipping in Singapore now.

The new Linksys home wireless networking products shipping in Singapore now.

Linksys has launched in Singapore three new networking products in its MAX-Stream MU-MIMO portfolio.

  1. EA9500 (S$539) – Tri-Band router capable of up to 8 MU-MIMO streams.
  2. RE7000 MU-MIMO (S$199) – range extender with seamless roaming.
  3. WUSB6100M (S$129) – MU-MIMO USB adapter.

As part of its launch, the Linksys EA9500, one of the world’s most powerful routers and winner of the Network World Best of CES 2016, will be made available at a discounted rate of S$100 to Singtel Fibre Broadband customers from 14 July 2016.

“With the rise of bandwidth intensive activities, such as 4K streaming and online gaming, the importance of an efficient and optimized Wi-Fi network is more critical than ever. The Max-Stream family of products provides the broadest array of MU-MIMO capable and enabled products in the marketplace. MU-MIMO enables multiple devices to communicate with the router and/or range extender simultaneously, so the result is a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi,” said Justin Doucette, Senior Director of Product Management at Linksys.

Singtel Fibre Broadband customers can present their latest broadband bill at selected Challenger outlets to enjoy the offer.

This promotion is offered exclusively by Singtel.

The Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router (Max-Stream EA9500) and AC600 MU-MIMO USB Adapter (WUSB6100M) will be available exclusively at Challenger stores and Hachi.Tech from 14 July 2016.

These two products will be available island-wide from 1 August 2016.

The AC1900 MU-MIMO Range Extender with Room to Room Wi-Fi (RE7000) will be available from 1 August 2016.

Challenger will hold a launch offer exclusively for their members – purchase the EA9500 router at a special price of S$499 and get the MU-MIMO USB adapter FREE while stocks last (savings of S$169).

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Samsung Gear IconX wireless, cord-free earbuds

July 11th, 2016

The new earbuds cum music player will be available in Singapore from this Saturday, 16 July. Available at S$298 in black, blue or white.

The Samsung Gear IconX comes with a case that doubles as a charger, which can power the earbuds up to 2 full charges while it’s resting.

The Samsung Gear IconX comes with a case that doubles as a charger, which can power the earbuds up to 2 full charges while it’s resting.

Announced back in early June, the Gear IconX earbuds from Samsung comes with Precise Tracking Technology, to provide an optimal fitness experience.

The In-ear Audio Fitness Tracker allows users to track their fitness data, from speed, distance and duration to heart rate and calories burnt via S Health.

Its dedicated Voice Guide feature helps users to workout in a more efficient way by giving instant feedback and updates on their progress.

The Gear IconX enables users to stay informed of their training status and to reach their Vigorous Intensity Zone, maximising their workout.

In addition, Ambient Sound Mode keeps them safe and aware of their surroundings, even while they are plugged in.

As a standalone Built-in Music Player, users can also store their music on the Gear IconX with its 4GB of internal memory that can hold up to 1,000 tracks, and play up to 11 hours of music.

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