Archive for March, 2017

World Backup Day: Join Twitter Party to learn about backup & win prizes!

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Have you done your backup recently? There’s no time like NOW!

Join the Twitter Party on #AcronisWBD at 4pm today to learn about backup and win prizes!

Established in 2011, World Backup Day serves to remind people the importance of protecting their data.

So backup now by making a copy of your data so you won’t lose it in case something happens to your computer.

So even if you’re hit by a virus, hardware failure, natural disaster, or anything else, you can restore your system from a reliable backup.

Here are three ways you can backup your data.

  1. External media. There is a wide variety of external storage media you can choose, including USB drives, external hard drives, DVDs and more.
  2. Cloud storage. Your internet connection means there are many cloud storage services available to you. Some are free, some you pay for.
  3. Network drives. If your computer is on a local area network (LAN), you can backup to a network folder or network attached storage (NAS) device.

New arrival: Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ smartphones unpacked

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Samsung unveiled their new flagship Android smartphones at the Samsung Unpacked 2017 event in New York which was streamed live to fans all around the world. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in select countries from 21 April.

Update (5 April, 2017):

Registration of interest and pre-order for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will commence from 7 April 2017 at all telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores’ websites, Lazada Singapore and Samsung Experience Stores.

Pre-order for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also be available at the Galaxy Studio at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City during opening hours from 14 April 2017.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in colour options of Maple Gold, Midnight Black and Orchid Gray from 29 April 2017 at the recommended retail price of S$1,148 (S8) and S$1,298 (S8+).

The devices will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches while the S8+ is a bigger 6.2 inches. Both have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches while the S8+ is a bigger 6.2 inches. Both have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.

The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ sport infinity bezel-less displays and offer a connected ecosystem of services and an intelligent interface.

The slightly-curved edges on the sides makes the phone appear bezel-less and sleek.

The curved edges of the S8/S8+ are much less pronounced compared to those of the S7 edge.

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Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview mini-show for the media from 20-23 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

IFA 2016 saw more than 1,800 exhibitors showing off their products to 238,000 visitors (including139,000 trade visitors) in 158,000 sqm of rented display area.

Every year, the organisers hold a global press conference (IFA GPC) in another European city (2016 was an exception, when the GPC was held in Hong Kong & Shenzhen).

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Cisco upgrades Cisco Spark and launches Cisco Spark Board

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cisco Spark is the company’s cloud-based, unified communications platform, while the Cisco Spark Board is an interactive electronic whiteboard for the future workplace. Prices below.

Cisco showcased its upgraded Cisco Spark – the company’s cloud-based, all-in-one messaging, meetings, calls and conferencing platform designed for the workplace of the future.

The new version of its flagship collaboration solution includes a simplified user interface, more features, and seamless linking to Cisco’s wide portfolio of corporate phone systems, WebEx meeting and video conferencing technologies.

The launch was held at the Impact Hub Singapore, a coworking community with over 670 members comprising both ideation stage startups to billion-dollar “Unicorn” ventures.

Cisco also launched for Asia its Cisco Spark Board, a new plug-and-play, all-in-one device for team collaboration that lets users wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference whether you are in the physical conference room or not. (Prices below.)

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Opening: Hubtricity – StarHub’s new innovation centre & converged operations cockpit

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

StarHub supports Singapore’s Smart Nation vision with the new 58,000 sq ft Hubtricity (创星之城) in within STT MediaHub in one-north. It went fully operational in December 2016.

“With Hubtricity, StarHub is investing in capabilities that will enable it to innovate and develop new digital products, services and solutions with partners across industries. Hubtricity will add to Singapore’s position as the Digital Capital of Asia and will create exciting jobs in Singapore in areas such as cyber security and social media analytics,” said Kiren Kumar, assistant managing director at EDB. Photo credit: Cassie Fong, StarHub.

“With Hubtricity, StarHub is investing in capabilities that will enable it to innovate and develop new digital products, services and solutions with partners across industries. Hubtricity will add to Singapore’s position as the Digital Capital of Asia and will create exciting jobs in Singapore in areas such as cyber security and social media analytics,” said Kiren Kumar, assistant managing director at EDB. Photo credit: Cassie Fong, StarHub.

The new facility acts as a foundation to accelerate service innovation and co-creation with partners and customers.

In so doing, StarHub hopes to transform Singapore into a vibrant and connected Smart Nation, enhancing people’s everyday lives, strengthening enterprise capabilities and deepening Singapore’s international connectivity.

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New arrival: Ban Leong introduces UBTECH Jimu robots in Singapore

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The Jimu range of robots are designed to nurture kids and teens with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). There are five kits available. Prices below.

UBTECH’s Jimu Robot is an interactive robotic building block system that lets kids easily Build, Program and Share their robot creations:

The five kits are made of lego-like components that can be assembled into different robots.

The various Jimu robot kits on display during the launch in Singapore by Ban Leong Technologies.

The five Jimu robot kits available (with prices) in Singapore are:

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New arrival: Ban Leong introduces UBTECH Alpha1 Pro robot in Singapore

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The Alpha1 Pro humanoid robot is designed to delight both children and adults and serve as a companion and member of the family. Available now in Singapore: S$899.

The Alpha1 Pro interactive consumer robot is made by UBTECH Robotics, a global industry leader in artificial intelligence and humanoid robotics.

Alpha1 Pro is a household programmable humanoid robot that can be used for education and entertainment.

It is designed with 16 high-precision robotic servo motors.

The UBTECH Alpha1 Pro was launched in Singapore together with the company’s Jimu range of robots, seen here on display together with the Alpha1 Pro.

The robot comes with 3D visual programming software and PRP (Pose, Record & Playback) function which is controlled in one app.

The UBTECH Alpha1 Pro is available now in retailers such as Tangs Orchard, Robinsons Heeren, Harvey Norman, Nubox Stores, Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 & 3, Analogue+, hachi.tech (Online) Courts (Online), and authorised UBTECH retailers in Singapore.

UBTECH is exclusively distributed by Ban Leong Technologies Limited in Singapore.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrival: Lamch & Co introduces Flip plug by OneAdaptr

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

For travellers that hate the bulkiness of the British 3-pin plug, the Flip plug allow the plug to be folded into a compact flat form factor for packing away into the luggage bag. Prices below.

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs. From left: Flip Duo (S$39), Flip Quad (S$59), Flip Power (S$69).

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs. From left: Flip Duo (S$39), Flip Quad (S$59), Flip Power (S$69).

The Flip is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised £28,115 from 1,140 backers, exceeding their initial goal of £15,000.

Measuring in at a mere 18mm when folded, the Flip is only a third of the standard British plug’s thickness.

When folded, the pins are hidden away when not in use, protecting your devices and other items from scratches when stored together with the Flip.

To use, simply press the auto-release button, lock the pin and you are ready to go.

The Flip comes in three designs to cater to varying power needs.

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Interview: What does a career in Big Data Geo-Analytics look like?

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Get the scoop from Chandra Sekhar Saripaka, who is a Senior Data Engineer at DataSpark.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

An aspiring Big Data scientist should look no further than Chandra Sekhar Saripaka.

As a Senior Data Engineer with DataSpark, he was one of two speakers from the company who participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore, a conference which attracted the top minds around the world working on Big Data and analytics.

Chandra spoke on how to go “from telco data to spatial-temporal intelligence APIs”, by “architecting through microservices”.

He explained in detail the production architecture at DataSpark and how it works through terabytes of spatial-temporal telco data each day in PaaS mode.

Chandra also shared with fellow data scientists attending his talk how the platform operates in SaaS mode.

Chandra’s in-depth knowledge of Big Data makes him the best person to give pointers to an aspiring IT engineer in the field.

I’ve asked Chandra to share his valuable insights on carving a career in this intensely competitive arena.

What must today’s IT worker do to get a foothold in Big Data?

Chandra: There is a paradigm shift in the way traditional software is being transformed into data-driven software.

With the rise of many small and medium startups in the market, various cloud-ready tools – in terms of storage, compute, processing and visualisation – have emerged.

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Riding the Big Data wave: Interview with Ying Shao Wei, COO, DataSpark

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Ying Shao Wei – Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark – was one of the distinguished speakers in Strata + Hadoop World Singapore to helm a session attended by fellow data scientists and C-suite leaders as he shared his insights into the analysis of “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

To understand more about Big Data and where it is heading, I sat down with Ying to tap his insights into the trends and prospects of Big Data in this fast-paced sector.

Big Data is the buzz word in the world of Enterprise IT. However, to the man in the street, how does Big Data affect them in their daily lives?

Ying Shao Wei: There are significant ways in which Big Data is already benefiting the man in the street.

Big Data enables the huge amount of customer feedback – through online reviews and social media – to be processed so that companies have a better chance of responding to and acting quickly upon such feedback.

So with Big Data, customers are more likely to have their preferences addressed.

When you visit an e-commerce website, you will be provided more relevant recommended products and services, thanks to recommendation systems enabled by Big Data.

Because of Big Data, I am able to see and sense my surrounding environment with better clarity than ever before.

When I use online maps to navigate or plan for a journey, I am using Big Data to save tremendous time and effort in getting from one place to another.

With Big Data, mobile subscribers are also now getting better network experiences when they use their mobile broadband connections.

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