New Arrival: Microsoft 365 Personal And Family Subscriptions

March 30th, 2020

Microsoft has announced the refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365, along with the preview of two new experiences – the Microsoft Family Safety app and new features coming to Microsoft Teams.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on the foundation of Office 365, infusing new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower people to become better writers, presenters, designers and finance managers, as well as deepen people connections.

These experiences start rolling out today and will reach over 38 million Office 365 subscribers over the next few months.

In addition, Microsoft today unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will be available for preview in the coming months.

Firstly, a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds.

Next, to provide one application to help manage work and life and deepen connections with those who matter most, Microsoft also previewed new features coming to Microsoft Teams for users’ personal life today.

With these new features, users can connect, stay organised, and collaborate with family and friends.

They will be able to connect in group chats, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists, assign tasks to specific people and coordinate schedules, as well as share photos and videos all in one place.

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Weekend Revue: Kumuya – Rejuvenate Nutri-Serum Concentrate

March 29th, 2020

So we’re in this period of great stress when everyone around the world is affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s something to “rejuvenate” the skin from the ravishes of life.

* Review submitted by guest reviewer, Jennifer Lee. This review was first published on Haleness Me.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

I came by a bottle of Kumuya “Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate and gave it to a friend to try out.

She was so pleased with it that she volunteered to write me a review for it.

Verdict

Oil-free Kumuya is surprisingly lightweight and wearable than most products I’ve used.

I like that Kumuya provides the added benefit as a plant-derived alternative to retinol.

So here’s something outside of tech for our reading pleasure on a lazy Sunday.

The Product

Kumuya Rejuvenate is a cream-coloured, gel-serum packed with powerful actives and micronutrients to stimulate and repair skin structure.

An anti-aging serum, it restores radiance and suppleness on the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and nourishing the skin with vitamins and minerals.

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New Arrival: Huawei P40 Series Flagship Phones In Singapore

March 27th, 2020

Singapore will be the first in Asia to ship the Huawei P40 series of flagship Android smartphones. The new phones will hit the shelves in Singapore on 4 April, with pre-orders open from 27 March to 3 April. Prices, promotions and tech specs below.

* The price and availability for the Huawei P40 Pro+ will be announced at a later date

The HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro will be available in Deep Sea Blue (left), Silver Frost (middle), and Blush Gold (Right).

The HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro  (in this photo) will be available in Deep Sea Blue (left), Silver Frost (middle), and Blush Gold (Right).

Bolstered with improved AI performance and 5G support, the HUAWEI P40 Series is the company’s first product line-up that is powered with 5G-enabled connectivity across its variants.

Prices for the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro in Singapore.

Prices for the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro in Singapore.

Customers can now make a pre-order till 3 April 2020 through the official channels listed below and enjoy a free premium bundle worth up to S$562, while stocks last.

Pre-order bundle included with the phone.

Pre-order bundle included with the phone.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Huawei Global Launch: P40 Series, Watch GT2e, Sound X, Gentle Monster Eyewear

March 26th, 2020

At its online global launch event, Huawei has just launched its latest flagship P40 line-up and three new devices. Local Pricing & Availability will be announced at the Singapore launch tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices - Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices – Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

As expected, the P40 Series offers 5G and pushes the frontier in smartphone photography, with its Leica camera system and AI engines.

The series comprises three models:

  1. Huawei P40 (799 Euros, 8GB+128GB, 7 April)
  2. Huawei P40 Pro (999 Euros, 8GB+256GB, 7 April)
  3. Huawei P40 Pro+ (1,399 Euros, 8GB+512GB, June)

A new smart photography feature enables users to easily remove passers-by and reflections in a photo.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

Bolstered by Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor yet and intelligent AI capabilities, the Huawei P40 Series offers its most advanced smartphone camera to date.

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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring.
  • Voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

More details below from the press release.

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Visa Study: 2 In 3 Singaporeans Interested In Using Neobanks

March 25th, 2020

Close to 65% of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.

* All infographics in this story courtesy of Visa.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank - interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank – interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2019 by ENGINE Insights with 511 Singaporeans aged 18-65 years of age.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking - whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking – whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 5,000 consumers across seven markets in Southeast Asia.

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Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 9S In Singapore

March 23rd, 2020

The mid-tier smartphone with quad cameras will be available in Singapore from 27 March at S$299, with promotional flash sales price at S$249.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours - Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours – Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9S globally via an online stream from the company’s headquarters in China.

The Redmi Note 9S is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which consists of an octa-core CPU with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed, Adreno 618 GPU and 8nm process technology.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

The user experience is bolstered through its AI technology and power-efficiency improvements.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Adidas FWD-01 Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones

March 22nd, 2020

Co-created by athletes, the in-ear headphones has been designed specifically for runners and is now available in Singapore (S$249).

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

Launched jointly by adidas and Stockholm-based Zound Industries – the earphones combines the latter’s audio technology with the former’s knowhow in sports ergonomics.

My Take

A little bit pricey, the adidas FWD-01 is a pair of solid wireless in-ear headphones for runners, boasting decent audio quality, a long 16-hour battery life and the ability to quick-charge. What I liked a lot was its IPX4 rated sweat resistance.

On first looks, I like the ergonomic and minimalist design of the sweat-proof FWD-01, which weighs 26g and has a tangle-free cable that’s 47.5cm long.

The knitted fabric gives the earphones a nice shoelace appearance consistent with the fabric on some of adidas’ sports shoes.

The control buttons on the cord is easy-to-find and enables full control of all the basic functionalities of the earphones viz. play/pause, volume up/down, answer/end phone calls, power on/off or pair.

 

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Three control buttons on the right and an Action button on the left of the adidas FWD-01 wireless in-ear headphones.

An Action button is programmable (using the companion app) as a shortcut for up to three different actions, triggered by either 1, 2, or 3 clicks.

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Google Doodles Celebrates Hand Washing for COVID-19

March 21st, 2020

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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