CapitaLand Launches “Phygital” Concept Store NomadX at Plaza Singapura

November 8th, 2018

Real estate company CapitaLand tries to capture online shopping revenue in its brick-and-mortar shopping mall by exploring the new “phygital” multi-label concept store, NomadX, that it launched today at Plaza Singapura.

 

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Launch of the NomadX “phygital” concept store in Plaza Singapura.

In its effort to recapture revenue that has been eroding from traditional brick-and-mortar shopping malls and lost to online shopping websites, the new concept store will attempt to channel back part of these revenue to the physical shops.

The 11,000-square-foot space debuts physical outlets of online retailers including Alibaba’s Taobao, Digital Fashion Week and Style Theory.

 

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11,000 sq ft of shopping space on 2 floors of Plaza Singapura.

NomadX is spread across two floors in Plaza Singapura, with an attractive frontage facing Orchard Road.

More details below from the press release.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Deepavali to our Hindu friends

November 6th, 2018

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is a public holiday in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

 

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A little wall lamp in Lisbon, Portugal, bringing light to the darkest corner of this lonely staircase.

The word “Diwali” is the shortened form of “Deepavali” which literally means “row of lamps”.

The festival commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the tyrant King Narakasura in ancient India and is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil – and light over darkness.

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Lazada Launches 11.11 Online Shopping Festival in Singapore

November 5th, 2018

At its prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 online shopping festival, the Alibaba company hosted a panel discussion on the state of eCommerce in Southeast Asia with S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations.

 

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Lucy Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Group, at the Lazada 11.11 launch event.

Lazada Group also announced that it will support eight million eCommerce entrepreneurs and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia to grow and thrive by 2030.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

The company committed itself to create an inclusive and sustainable eCommerce ecosystem in the region and champion opportunities in technology and logistics infrastructure to benefit its ecosystem of sellers, consumers and local communities.

“Bargain-hunters are also fun-seekers. Shopping doesn’t have to be boring and our business is not just about offering discounts or a one-off deal. So we are introducing games for shoppers to have some fun while browsing, buying and getting discounts – and they are loving it. Our focus is about building a great shopping experience. It’s the heart to everything we do and what makes an eCommerce operation vibrant,” said Jing Yin, Co-president, Commercial, Lazada Group.

As part of the pledge, Lazada will assist SMEs to digitise their businesses and gain better access to Internet-savvy and mobile consumers; make it easier for sellers to create their own brands on Lazada; while leveraging the company’s logistics network to facilitate the transfer of goods.

The event is a prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival which will offer a full customer shopping experience for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on November 11.

Lazada boasts that shoppers can look forward to more than 50 million deals, including discounts of up to 90% on more than one million items during the 24-hour shopping spree.

This is the first time that Lazada is participating in the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival together with other Alibaba Group platforms including Taobao and Tmall.

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M1 CEO Karen Kooi to Retire – Manjot Singh Mann Succeeds

November 5th, 2018

M1 Limited (M1) announced today that Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah 64, will retire as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 6 December 2018, after 23 years with the Group, to pave the way for leadership renewal.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

She will be succeeded by telco veteran Manjot Singh Mann who will join as its new CEO on the same date.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of M1, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation towards Karen for her dedication, service and invaluable contributions to the M1 Group in the last 23 years. We wish Karen well in her retirement,” said Danny Teoh, Chairman of M1.

Pending developments related to Konnectivity’s pre-conditional offer for M1 shares, Karen Kooi will remain on the Board as a Director of M1 Limited.

She will also remain as advisor to the Board till 28 February 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.

Manjot Singh Mann brings with him over 28 years of well-rounded operational leadership experience across diverse geographical markets and a unique blend of insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

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Alibaba launches 11.11 for Taobao & Tmall in Singapore

November 1st, 2018

The Alibaba Group launched the 11.11 Singles Day global shopping festival in Singapore with more than RMB 10 billion in daily hongbao giveaways.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

In the lead up to the actual day on Sunday 11 November, there will be shop coupons, merchant discounts and promos from local partners like Singtel, eatigo, , Kaodim, UOB and Maybank.

This year’s marquee shopping event also marks the 10th anniversary of the global shopping phenomenon, first conceptualised by Alibaba Group’s CEO Daniel Zhang.

 

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Lilian Wu, SEAsia’s Head of Marketing for Taobao Marketplace & Tmall speaking at Alibaba’s 11.11 launch in Singapore.

Held at Alibaba’s Singapore Visitor Centre – its first outside China – the launch also celebrates the Group’s new home in Singapore following its relocation to AXA Tower in the heart of the Central Business District.

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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

October 25th, 2018

Christmas Day is exactly two months away. This series of reviews serves up gift ideas for those planning to buy presents for your friends and loved ones – or yourself. Also, keep a lookout for tech4xmas giveaways to build up the yuletide cheer.

 

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The tech4xmas reviews are meant to provide ideas and start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

With Christmas just two months away, this is a good time to begin planning gifts for those that are close to us.

This series features quick and easy-to-read reviews of some of the best tech gadgets/products that I’ve personally tried.

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Event: Official Launch of Speedoc in Singapore

October 18th, 2018

Official launch of Speedoc mobile app for house call medical treatment services in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

The app was soft launched in Jan 2018 and has seen 3,490 downloads and 524 unique patients, with an average of 8 patients per day.

Speedoc currently has 29 doctors – 4 fulltime, 10 from clinics and 15 locums.

 

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“After working as a public hospital doctor for five years, I noticed a gap in the market for non-essential A&E visits, for minor cases such as coughs, colds and constipation. My team and I created Speedoc as a solution for patients to receive medical attention at any time of the day. Our goal is to be a health-tech company that helps shift advanced medical care ‘from the hospital to the home’, especially in light of Singapore’s ageing population, which may find it increasingly difficult to visit hospitals and clinics easily,” says Dr. Shravan Verma, CEO and Founder of Speedoc.

All are GPs at the moment while the startup looks for specialists in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics.

Each housecall costs at S$150 (8am-8pm), S$200 (8pm-12am) and S$250 (12am-8pm).

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New Arrival: Huawei Unveils Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Smartphones

October 16th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 20 Series of Android smartphones in London. The Mate 20 (S$998) and Mate 20 Pro (S$1,348) will be in Singapore from 27 October.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series offers On-Device AI and ships with Dual-NPU, Leica Triple Camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, HUAWEI SuperCharge supporting high-speed charging of up to 40W and Wireless Reverse Charging.

“With the rapid growth of game developers and many popular game titles, the social gaming industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Having the best technology is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Rex Ng, Chief Executive Officer of 6waves.

To mark its debut, customers can head down to Causeway Point on 27 October and receive a premium gift set (worth up to S$470) with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate 20 or Mate20 Pro.

Huawei also announced two new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro.

Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group also unveiled the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the fourth handset in the collaboration.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore

October 10th, 2018

Google Pixel 3 (S$1,249) and Pixel 3 XL (S$1,399) Android smartphones will be available from 1 November through the Google Store online, as well as local telcos Singtel and StarHub. Pixel Stand is priced at S$119.

 

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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL launched in Singapore.

Google promises a “more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experience” on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Pixel comes in two sizes, the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL.

 

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Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships, Google, at the launch of the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore.

Both phones will come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and a new colour, Not Pink.

Both have the exact same feature set and comes with a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter and Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Honor 8X (S$348) Debuts in Singapore

October 9th, 2018

The Honor 8X budget smartphone from Huawei is being officially launched in Singapore today. Highlights include an aurora glass body and thin bottom border using innovative chip-on-film (COF) technology.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for $348.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for S$348.

The Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch FullView display with 91% screen-to-body ratio and a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect.

The 6.5-inch Notch Full-View Display 2.0 has a 19.5:9 ratio in a 5.5-inch long and 7.8 mm thick body.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

The aspect ratio is close to the 21:9 ratio used in cinemas.

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