Holiday greetings: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2018

June 15th, 2018

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”!

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Completed after 2 years in 1826, the mosque can accommodate up to 5000 people in mass prayer.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

After a whole month of fasting during Ramadan, today is the day that our Muslim friends have been looking forward to.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

New arrival: OPPO R15 and OPPO R15 Pro Android smartphones

May 17th, 2018

The OPPO R15 (S$749) and OPPO R15 Pro (S$899) will be available online and in Singapore stores from 26 May.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

OPPO Singapore announced the launch of the OPPO R15 and R15 Pro yesterday at their launch event at Zouk Capital.

Top features of the OPPO R15 series include the following.

  • New gradient design on a glass back in Nebula Purple for the OPPO R15 and Cosmic Purple & Ruby Red for the OPPO R15 Pro.
  • AI-enhanced camera adopting the Sony IMX519 sensor in dual rear cameras (R15: 16MP+5MP; R15 Pro: 16MP+20MP) offering high quality camera capabilities.
  • Super Full Screen with a 6.28-inch bezel-less screen featuring a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 19:9.
  • Memory and storage space of 128 GB ROM with 6 GB RAM(DDR4) for both models.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: LG Connect 2018 Asia – Commercial Displays & Home Solutions

May 8th, 2018

LG Connect 2018 Asia is a showcase of the company’s innovations to enhance end-user experience across the retail, hospitality, transport and residential sectors targeting citizens of smart nations at work and play.

LG 55″ transparent OLED signage, with razor-thin bezels. With 40% transparency, this display will be launched end this year or next year.

The LG Connect 2018 Asia was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

“Buoyed by an all-encompassing suite of solutions, LG is excited to partner with businesses in Asia to help expand their portfolios of offerings. Together, we can build technological infrastructures that are future proof and can bring immense benefits to end-users across all the retail, hospitality, transport and residential industries,” says Steve Song, Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics.

Among the impressive lineup of commercial displays showcased were the Open Frame OLED digital signage, the 55-inch Transparent OLED signage, the In-Glass OLED Wallpaper, OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV, Ultra HD smart displays, 0.9mm even bezel video wall, IPS Interactive Digital Boards, and 88-inch Ultra Stretch displays.

Solutions using these displays in various commercial settings were also exhibited, eg. Pro:Centric smart platform for hotels, and All-in-one Collaboration Solution for business centers, as well as SmartThinQ ecosystem for home appliances and ThinQ AI for LG’s Signature OLED TV W8.

Details below from the press release.

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CE China 2018 – Successfully bridging brands to consumers

May 5th, 2018

Today, CE China 2018 draws to a close after three days of connecting brands to manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the pan-Asian region. Tech4tea.com reports as an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

In total, 146 companies from 12 countries presented their brands, showcasing consumer electronics and home appliances products.

On top of that, 25 prominent speakers from 9 countries shared their market knowledge with retailers, trade visitors and prosumers.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 demonstrated a clear growth in quality compared to previous installments.

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CE China 2018 – Interview with Jens Heithecker & Dirk Koslowski

May 4th, 2018

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin; while Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Here are some thoughts from the men behind CE China 2018.

Question: In 2017, you had 120 exhibitors showcasing their innovations to 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, within one exhibition hall with 15,000 square metres of exhibition space. This year, the scale is similar. I understand CE China focuses more on quality and focus rather than on size, but in terms of future evolution, is this the ‘steady-state’ size of the show that you’re looking at for the next five years, or are you planning to scale it up in terms of size.

Koslowski: That’s correct. Anyone who has experienced CE China since its premiere in 2016 has witnessed the level of quality that the organisers of IFA pursue with our international retail events. It continues to be our objective to provide all our partners with the most efficient and effective platform for the continuous exchange between brands and retail, outside of political intentions and issues, purely focused on the core purpose of doing business.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Koslowski: This does not necessarily go hand in hand with huge growth spikes in exhibition space, especially during the introductory phase. What matters more to us is a consistent, credible qualitative development that is based on partnerships – just like outlined above. We may be acting very German in this regard – however, that is exactly what we aspire to and what our partners expect from us.

Jens Heithecker on the roles and significance of CE China 2018.

Question: How do you envisage CE China 5 years from now, in 2023 – in terms of scale and nature? What is your vision for CE China in that timeframe?

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CE China 2018 – Opening & Day 1 with IFA Retail University

May 3rd, 2018

CE China kicked off its third installment this morning in an opening ceremony attended by Shenzhen Vice Mayor Chen Biao. The first of three days for CE China 2018 saw the successful completion of the new IFA Retail University.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

IFA Retail University is a new format in CE China where international exhibitors at trade show presents their latest products and share their brands’ strategies and visions in short 20-minute “power briefings” in the IFA-GPC style.

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

Industry analysts from GfK and IHS Markit also presented their findings on trends and forecasts for the region.

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CE China 2018 – Welcome reception marries brands & retailers

May 2nd, 2018

Representatives of government, business, media, sponsors and partners networked at the welcome reception prior to tomorrow’s opening of the third edition of CE China 2018.

“Suning has been the chief strategic partner of CE China for the past three years. The show has provided a very good platform for domestic and oversees businesses and consumers. That is one of the reasons we are cooperating with CE China,” said Dai Fengjun, South China Executive President and General Manager of Guangzhou Suning Group.

“Suning has been the chief strategic partner of CE China for the past three years. The show has provided a very good platform for domestic and oversees businesses and consumers. That is one of the reasons we are cooperating with CE China,” said Dai Fengjun, South China Executive President and General Manager of Guangzhou Suning Group.

Jens Heithecker, Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin welcomed the nearly 100 attendees of the evening.

“CE China is about a highly efficient convention to support international brands as well as retailers. With this approach that made IFA the globally leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, we are convinced that we serve the Chinese consumer market more effectively and that we correspond well with the initiatives by the Chinese government,” said Jens Heithecker, Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

CE China is designed to link up global brands with Chinese retailers who are keen to introduce new products to their customers.

Retail giants such as Suning, Tmall/Alibaba and JD.com – who are official partners of CE China 2018 – offer international brands a complete spectrum of services, simplifying access to the Chinese market.

Heithecker explained during the reception that the key idea for CE China 2018 is “really to get high quality trade visitors, combined with the public who are really interested in new technology”.

To him, “it’s not about mass, or the largest number – it’s all about the right number”.

By way of key performance indicators for CE China 2018, Heithecker explained that he will try measure how many retailers are addressed, how many retailers are in the room, and the atmosphere between the retail and the brands.

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Leveraging technology to provide better healthcare

May 1st, 2018

Today, we put the focus on a primary care doctor practicing in Punggol – to get a feel of what it’s like running a GP clinic in a residential neighbourhood in Singapore.

* This article was first published on https://halenessme2018.wordpress.com.

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang belongs to a new generation of young doctors establishing themselves as the community’s trusted general practitioners (GPs), providing primary care to the residents in Punggol.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

As a millennial, Dr. Ang is tech savvy and fully cognizant of the importance of harnessing technology to reap improvements to traditional work processes.

Having spent the past three and a half years practicing at Zenith, the Gen-Y doctor’s greatest frustration is with the typical fluctuations of patient volumes at GP clinics.

As most practitioners or patients would have observed, a typical primary care clinic can be really crowded at times eg. on Saturdays and Mondays, and at different times of the day.

With many traditional first-come-first-serve basis, the staff has to cope with long lines of patients vying for an earlier time slot, with tempers occasionally flaring up.

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Event forecast: CE China 2018 in Shenzhen, China

April 29th, 2018

Currently in its 3rd installment, CE China this year will be from 3 – 5 May, 2018. The annual consumer electronics & home appliances show is a “prolongation” of IFA for the Chinese market.

* IFA is one of the world’s most significant trade show for consumer electronics and is taking place from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

Based on the IFA concept, CE China focuses on comprehensive cooperation with leading trade groups, global industrial partners, and the presentation of innovative branded products.

In 2017, 120 exhibitors presented their latest products, innovations, and services to more than 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, covering 15,000 square meters of exhibition space.

More than 140 journalists visited the show, 15 percent of which came from abroad.

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Weekender: TWG Tea launches website & membership programme

April 28th, 2018

TWG Tea launches a new omni-channel global eCommerce website and membership programme for customers around the globe.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the home-grown brand, TWG Tea has launched a new eCommerce website and a membership programme that’s by-invitation only.

Three years in the making, this venture opens the door to customers worldwide to purchase its full selection of more than 800 blends of tea, even in countries where TWG Tea does not have brick-and-mortar outlets.

Some of the physical branches are directly managed by the TWG Tea headquarters in Singapore while an increasing number are through franchising – in the UK for instance.

The global website and membership programme currently ships internationally to 48 countries.

Progressively, the global platform will be rolled out across international markets including China, Japan, and Europe later this year with plans to increase this number to 18 international hubs by 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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