Tech Focus: Watching Parasite & Its Search Trends On Google

February 22nd, 2020

I just watched the Oscar-winning Parasite during the week with the family. It was entertaining as a comedy and thought-provoking as a satire. Great movie. Here’s some data on how people searched about the movie during Oscar season.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

My family and I watched the movie over dinner time and thoroughly enjoyed the dark but refreshingly directed satire, including my teenage son, although he did express a desire to take a hiatus from the genre in the coming months.

So here’s what Google shared about the interest that global viewers showed in the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture – instead of just the traditional Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

As a Best Picture nominee in the week prior to the awards, Parasite was the third-most-searched nominee behind “1917” and “Jojo Rabbit”.

Incidentally, we’ve also watched Jojo Rabbit and found it an excellent movie. We’ll probably watch 1917 after my son’s hiatus.

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On Oscars day, Parasite searches jumped almost nine-fold to become top-searched.

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Event: Executive Condominium OLÁ Opens Gallery In Sengkang

February 15th, 2020

The 17,000 square-feet sales gallery for OLÁ Residences at Sengkang will open to the public today with celebrity appearances, soccer clinics and carnival.

 

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The luxury EC will feature a handcrafted chandelier and other porcelain ornaments from Lladro of Spain and paintings of children and family settings by renowned Spanish artist Eva Armisen that evoke themes of love, family and the community.

The celebrity-chef cookout will feature Li Nanxing, Constance Song, Julie and Wei Le.

Coaches from the Real Madrid Football School will give soccer tips to aspiring young players, alongside a renowned Spanish artist, Eva Armisen, painting at the gallery itself.

Carnival activities from 1-3pm today include performances by Kpop dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers; food and drinks as well as claw machines and games with prizes to be won.

 

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A highlight of OLÁ Residences is the provision of telehealth services by local healthcare startup HiDoc – for the first 2 years, in-condo telemedicine consultations will be free (excluding medications).

OLÁ Residences is developed by Anchorvale, a joint-venture between homegrown EVIA Real Estate and Gamuda Land, a leading property developer based in Malaysia.

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New Arrival: Canon Launches Camera, Lens, Pocket Printer & Cloud Platform

February 13th, 2020

Canon today announced the launch of the EOS 850D DSLR, Selphy Square QX10 pocket printer, RF 24-105MM F/4-7.1 IS STM lens, and the image.canon Cloud Platform.

The new EOS 850D DSLR entry-level DSLR and the Selphy Square QX 10 pocket printer from Canon.

The new EOS 850D DSLR entry-level DSLR and the Selphy Square QX 10 pocket printer from Canon. (Not to scale)

Canon also announced the development of the new EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera & planned release of 9 RF lenses in 2020.

EOS 850D

The EOS 850D ships with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus (iTR AF) for face detection.

The camera has an optical viewfinder and boasts a low-light capability for shooting at night and in dark places.

The EOS 850D contains a 4K time-lapse movie function that allows users to capture day-to-night time-lapse movies of cityscapes in ultra-high resolution through a selection of pre-set scenes or simple manual settings.

SELPHY SQUARE QX10

The new SELPHY SQUARE QX10 is a palm-sized photo printer that produces square-formatted prints.

Featuring dye-sublimation technology, users are able to print high-quality photos directly from their smartphones that are dirt-proof and water-resistant.

The SELPHY SQUARE QX10 is Canon’s most portable printer, enabling users to instantly print their memories wherever and whenever they want, with the assurance that printout quality will not diminish over time.

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Samsung Unpacked 2020 Unveils New Galaxy S20 Models & Z Flip Foldable

February 11th, 2020

The global event in San Francisco unveiled the Galaxy S20, S20+ & S20 Ultra flagship smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone and the Galaxy Buds+. Price & availability below.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Singapore from 14 February 2020, Friday, from 8am on local telecommunication operators’ (M1, Singtel and StarHub) online stores and the Samsung Online Store, with a recommended retail price of S$1,998 (including GST).

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black.

A black or silver leather cover for the Flip is available at S$118.

 

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Singapore will be the first market in Southeast Asia to launch the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (left), the first in a new Galaxy Z lineup of foldable smartphones. For now, the Galaxy Fold (right) is not part of the new Galaxy Z product line.

Pre-Order / Registration of interest for the Galaxy S20 (128GB), Galaxy S20+ (128GB) and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (128GB) will commence from 12 February 2020, Wednesday, from 1pm.

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Canon & Uniqlo Features EOS R Camera In Collaboration

February 9th, 2020

Canon has unveiled a limited-edition T-shirt in collaboration with Uniqlo. This UNIQLO Graphic T-shirt (UT) is launched under “The Brands-Masterpiece” collection that features famous products and logos that are popular and loved by many worldwide.

Available in black only, the limited-edition T-shirts are now available at S$14.90 on UNIQLO.COM, while it will be available across all UNIQLO stores islandwide from 10 February 2020 onwards.

Available in black only, the limited-edition T-shirts are now available at S$14.90 on UNIQLO.COM, while it will be available across all UNIQLO stores islandwide from 10 February 2020 onwards.

This design showcases the EOS R, Canon’s first 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera with an electronic viewfinder.

Canon seeks to Reimagine Optical Excellence, through the expansion of the EOS System with full frame EOS R mirrorless camera and a new range of lenses.

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Breaking News: Grab Suspends GrabShare Temporarily

February 8th, 2020

GrabShare services will be temporarily suspended from 9 February, 1am.

 

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Notification from GrabShare on its temporary suspension of service.

Due to the latest Novel Coronavirus developments, GrabShare services will be temporarily unavailable from 9 Feb, 1am until further notice.

This is a sensible and responsible move by Grab, Bravo!

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Google Maps

February 7th, 2020

Google Maps was introduced 15 years ago on 8 February, 2005. First launched on desktop, Google Maps helped users search for nearby businesses and navigate from Point A to B.

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Today, Google Maps is used by more than one billion people every month around the world.

Every month, Google Maps connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Before we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps tomorrow, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how much ground Maps has covered over the years, both in Singapore and worldwide.

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HiDoc Pioneers TeleHealth Platform For Condominium In Singapore

February 4th, 2020

Homegrown telemedicine startup, HiDoc, has developed and will roll out Singapore’s first TeleHealth Kiosk in OLÁ – an Executive Condominium (EC) in Sengkang that will be completed in 2026 (TOP 2023). Check out the kiosk in the showroom from 15 February, 2020.

Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February.

Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February. Image: HiDoc

HiDoc’s TeleHealth Kiosk will allow residents to consult doctors and specialists virtually, supported by a medical concierge who will dispense medications to the doorstep of the patient.

This innovative initiative is the result of a partnership between local health startup HiDoc (backed by SGX-listed Singapore Medical Group) and property developer Anchorvale Pte Ltd.

This innovative initiative is the result of a partnership between local health startup HiDoc (backed by SGX-listed Singapore Medical Group) and property developer Anchorvale Pte Ltd.

The unique online platform provides convenience and time-savings as part of the EC’s emphasis on amenities and community living.

The TeleHealth Kiosk will be showcased to visitors to the OLÁ show gallery at Sengkang from 15 February 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds in Singapore

January 14th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 75t has up to 7.5 hours battery life on a single charge, extendible to 28 hours with its charging case. Available in Singapore (S$288) in 2 colours: Titanium Black (now) & Gold Beige (Q1 2020).

The Jabra Elite 75t will be available in two colours – Titanium Black and Gold Beige.

The Jabra Elite 75t will be available in two colours – Titanium Black and Gold Beige.

The Elite 75t is Jabra’s 4th generation of true wireless earbuds – focusing on longer battery life and better fit.

Fast charging offers 1 hour of playback time from 15 minutes of charging.

More details below from the press release.

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SGMotorshow2020: Audi Launches e-tron Full-Electric Model

January 12th, 2020

The e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model and was launched in Singapore at the Singapore Motorshow 2020, together with the new Audi A1 Sportback, Audi Q3 and new variant of the Audi A7 Sportback. Prices below.

The Audi e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model.

The Audi e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model.

Audi also celebrates two years of successful implementation of “Audi on demand” in Singapore.

In terms of performance, the two electric motors produce up to 300kW to the four wheels, making the car an electric quattro that’s capable of tackling any terrain.

 

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Launch of the Audi e-tron at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

A full charge gives the car a range of over 400km.

in addition, the car features an exceptionally effective recuperation strategy with its integrated electrohydraulic brake control system.

 

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Markus Schuster, Managing Director of Audi Singapore, on the Audi e-tron.

Audi is the first carmaker to use such a solution in an electrically powered series production vehicle.

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