New Arrival: Plantronics Launches Polycom Studio Video Bar in Singapore

February 20th, 2019

Plantronics offers business class video collaboration to huddle rooms with Polycom Studio. Available in Singapore from 28 February through channel partners and distributors at an RRP of US$949.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and unified communications technology leader, today announced its first entry into the huddle room video market with its new plug-and-play video bar, Polycom Studio.

“With an increasingly mobile workforce, workers are no longer bound by physical limitations when it comes to having meetings and collaborating. There is a growing need for companies to equip their workspaces to enable workers to work smarter, collaborate more and achieve greater productivity.  With the HD audio and video clarity that Polycom Studio provides, even the smallest of spaces can have boardroom capability,” said Low Mei Lin, Director, APAC solutions marketing at Polycom.

Packed in a transportable USB device, the plug-and-play video bar immerses small meeting groups in an upgraded collaboration experience with Polycom’s HD audio and video quality.

The video bar is compatible with PCs or Macs for video collaboration on popular Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, Amazon Chime, among others.

With a simple USB connection, any PC or Mac can leverage the power of Polycom Studio to elevate audio and video meeting experiences.

Its patented NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technologies reduce or eliminate distracting noise from office environments for professional-sounding communications.

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New Arrival: Razer Pay Comes to Singapore with FOMO Pay

March 2nd, 2019

With the full Singapore launch of Razer Pay coming up in H1 2019, Razer is inviting fans and gamers to join the app’s beta phase by applying for access here.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Razer fans and gamers in Singapore can be among the first in the country to participate in a limited beta of the upcoming Razer Pay e-wallet.

“We’re thrilled to offer all Razer fans and gamers in Singapore the opportunity to sign up for the closed beta launch of Razer Pay and play a part in helping us ready the app for its full public launch,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.

Successful applicants will be sent a unique access code for the Razer Pay app via text message in the next few days.

Throughout the beta, participants will get to experience the full functionality of Razer Pay and enjoy frequent gaming-focused promotions and events such as giveaways of Razer Gold, Razer PIN, and other digital content.

Beta users’ feedback will help optimise operations for a smooth public launch in the coming weeks.

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New Arrival: Pure Storage Takes on Cloud-Native Applications

March 1st, 2019

Pure becomes first leading storage provider to deliver NVMe-oF RoCE with DirectFlash Fabric.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage provider today announced it has added powerful new DirectFlash™ Fabric capability for end-to-end NVMe and NVMe-oF support in Purity 5.2, the software-defined engine of its FlashArray//X products.

“The future is delivering applications and services at the speed of thought. To do this, applications can no longer live within barriers, they must interact, intercommunicate and share datasets in real-time. Architectures must converge alongside the data, and break down the barriers that exist today. DirectFlash Fabric is a key component for helping enterprises unify their cloud,” said Chadd Kenney, Vice President of Product and Solutions, Pure Storage.

The new capability further extends Pure’s leadership in empowering customers to approach hybrid cloud with a new level of unified infrastructure – to run apps anywhere and protect data everywhere.

DirectFlash Fabric enables customers to improve performance of enterprise mission critical applications as well as new web-scale applications that traditionally have relied on direct attached storage.

Modern enterprises are challenged to deliver innovations and services that can keep up with a constantly fast-moving society — with no downtime allowed.

According to Google, 53 percent of mobile users will leave a site that takes over three seconds to load. Applications must be available and accessible at all times.

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Pure Storage Launches ObjectEngine Cloud Data Protection for Flash

February 28th, 2019

Pure Storage integrates StorReduce – which it acquired less than six months ago – to offer seamless restore to cloud and on-premises.

Pure Storage boasts that its newly-launched ObjectEngine is the industry’s first cloud-native data protection built for flash.

Pure Storage boasts that its newly-launched ObjectEngine is the industry’s first cloud-native data protection built for flash.

Pure Storage an all-flash storage leader is launching ObjectEngine™ to enable faster recovery.

“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.

Designed to enable data centricity for the enterprise and built on cloud-native technologies from recently acquired StorReduce, ObjectEngine further unifies cloud and on-premises with seamless, rapid backup and recovery across both.

The launch of the ObjectEngine platform comes just months after the acquisition of StorReduce, flash-native deduplication technology designed to enable user-friendly, cost-effective recovery and backup to the public cloud.

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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Android Tablet

February 15th, 2019

The new Galaxy Tab S5e has a 10.5-inch screen, 5.5mm thickness and weighs 400g. Prices TBA.

Available in monochromatic colours that include Silver, Black and Gold, the Galaxy Tab S5e will be launched in Singapore from Q2 2019 in Black and Gold.

Available in monochromatic colours that include Silver, Black and Gold, the Galaxy Tab S5e will be launched in Singapore from Q2 2019 in Black and Gold.

The Tab S5e boasts a battery life of 14.5 hrs and is the first Samsung tablet to feature the new Bixby 2.0.

Details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

February 14th, 2019

The new Canon EOS RP is the entry-level model in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera range, following the mid-tier EOS R that was released last year. Prices and specs below.

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera.

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera.

The new EOS RP has a more compact and lighter body compared to the EOS R.

The full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera has a 26.2-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, 0.05s focusing speed and EV -5 focussing capabilities.

 

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Preview and hands-on for the Canon EOS RP in Singapore.

The body is priced at S$1,999 with a number of lens kits available at promotional prices.

Details and promotional prices below from the press release.

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Tableau Software Announces General Availability of Ask Data

February 13th, 2019

Tableau 2019.1 makes analytics even more accessible with Natural Language Processing. New Tableau Prep Conductor allows users to easily schedule and manage self-service data preparation at scale.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

Ask Data leverages the power of natural language processing to enable people to ask data questions in plain language and instantly get a visual response right in Tableau.

This patent pending capability makes it easier for people, regardless of skill set, to engage with data and produce analytical insights they can share with others without having to do any setup or programming.

Ask Data is available as part Tableau’s newest release, Tableau 2019.1.

Details below from the press release.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2019

February 5th, 2019

Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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祝大家:新年快乐,万事如意。身体健康,心想事成!

明けましておめでとうございます。

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year, it’s the year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.

May you and your family enjoy a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year, and a blessed 2019!

Redmart Grocery Shopping Moves To Lazada from 15 March 2019

January 31st, 2019

Lazada expands its supermarket portfolio by moving Redmart grocery shopping in Singapore into the Lazada app, effective from 15 March, 2019.

 

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James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, answering media questions alongside Jing Yin, Co-President of Commercial for Lazada Group; and Roger Egan, Redmart co-founder/CEO who has been appointed Lazada Group Head of Supermarket.

Lazada acquired Redmart more than 2 yrs ago in 2016.

From 15 March, 2019, Singapore consumers will only be able to buy Redmart groceries from the Lazada app.

The Transition

RedMart customers will still be able to shop on the existing RedMart app and website until 14 March 2019, 11.59pm.

Thereafter, customers are encouraged to download the Lazada app to continue enjoying high-quality fresh and frozen food items and other daily necessities delivered to their doorstep, hassle-free.

James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, at lo hei for Chinese New Year during the announcement of the Redmart migration to Lazada. (From Left): Angela Tiong (Edelman PR), Claudia Chong (Business Times), Rachel Chia (Business Insider), John Tan (tech4tea), James Chang (Lazada), Joel Chan (Lazada), Zoey Chong (CNET), Lee Zhengyi (Mediacorp Channel 8). Photo credit: James Chang.

James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, at lo hei for Chinese New Year during the announcement of the Redmart migration to Lazada. (From Left): Angela Tiong (Edelman PR), Claudia Chong (Business Times), Rachel Chia (Business Insider), John Tan (tech4tea), James Chang (Lazada), Joel Chan (Lazada), Zoey Chong (CNET), Lee Zhengyi (Mediacorp Channel 8). Photo credit: James Chang.

Orders on the new RedMart on Lazada will continue to be fulfilled by RedMart in customers’ chosen two-hour delivery slot between 7 AM and 10 PM, seven days a week including public holidays, while orders with other Lazada sellers will be fulfilled separately.

The ecommerce company plans to grow its supermarket segment beyond Singapore to another of its 6 ASEAN locations around end 2019.

Details below from the press release.

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