Archive for October, 2017

New arrival: HP Inc. unveils new PCs/printers for Southeast Asia

Friday, October 27th, 2017

New products include Spectre, EliteBook & ZBook notebooks; desktop workstations; commercial VR solutions including the HP Z VR Backpack; A3 printers; and the fun Sprocket 2-in-1 instant camera/printer.

The latest line-up of PCs and printers were unveiled at the new offices of HP Inc. in Singapore at Depot Close.

Below are some of the latest products HP Inc. showcased in Singapore, with their availability in brackets.

  • HP Elitebook x360 1020 G2: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP Elitebook 1040: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP EliteOne 1000 AiO: S$1,899 (now)
  • HP Spectre 13: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP Spectre x360: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP ZBook x2: S$2,699 (Nov)
  • HP Sprocket 2-in-1: S$239 (12 Nov)
  • HP Z4 G4 Workstation: S$2,399 (Dec)
  • HP Z6 G4 Workstation: S$2,999 (Nov)
  • HP Z8 G4 Workstation: S$3,499 (Nov)
  • HP Z VR Backpack: S$4,999 (now)

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: AirFree Air Purifiers that are filter & maintenance free

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Hwee Seng Electronics launches in Singapore 6 models of air purifiers from AirFree. The air purifiers reduce ozone concentrations and destroy 99% of airborne allergens by burning microorganisms at the high temperature of a ceramic core.

The Lotus air purifier from AirFree, capable of covering 60 square metres of indoor space.

The purifiers are maintenance free as they do not use filters – as opposed to most HEPA-filter based air purifiers.

The heated air from the hot ceramic core is released back into the room through the top of the air purifier and cool air is sucked in through the air vents at the bottom of the air purifier because of convection currents.

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The BabyAir air purifier from AirFree, able to cover 21 square metres in the baby’s room.

As a result, the AirFree purifiers do not use a motor like in most purifiers that suck air through a HEPA filter.

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MaNaDr Mobile Health: Family healthcare at your fingertips

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Singapore doctors launch healthcare mobile platform to put patients’ needs at the center of an ecosystem that spans a range of services from cradle to grave – literally.

The iOS/Android MaNaDr app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store & Google Play Store.

The iOS/Android MaNaDr app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store & Google Play Store.

The MaNaDr platform is a holistic healthcare ecosystem that connects patients, families, and friends, to a trusted network of doctors and other healthcare providers.

“Besides using the mobile app to make healthcare affordable and more accessible, MaNaDr’s market differentiation is to provide a holistic suite of services at an affordable price, in the most convenient manner possible. Over time, we want to build a whole online community of doctors, patients, and other health and medical related services. Such a community will validate a doctor’s expertise, share patient experience, for example, and recommend the brand and type of medication and other lifestyle products that are effective. This ecosystem will be built on trust, which is a crucial success factor,” said Dr Siaw Tung Yeng, Founder & CEO, MaNaDr Mobile Health.

These providers include major pharmaceutical companies and key paramedical service providers such as Amgen, MundiPharma, OmniMed Healthcare (HomeCare), QuestLab etc.

Soft launched slightly more than a year ago, the concept has gained traction with the enrollment of 500 private clinics and 600 doctors (general practitioners, dentists & specialists) in Singapore and Australia serving a million patients through its MaNaDr app.

The growing patient database will enable big data analytics that empower doctors to track a patient’s condition to offer pre-emptive and pro-active healthcare.

MaNaDr mobile healthcare platform is owned by Mobile Health Pte Ltd (“Mobile Health”), a company set up by a group of Singapore doctors to harness the power of technology to make life-long, healthcare more affordable and accessible to all.

MaNaDr mobile healthcare platform is owned by Mobile Health Pte Ltd (“Mobile Health”), a company set up by a group of Singapore doctors to harness the power of technology to make life-long, healthcare more affordable and accessible to all.

MaNaDr has secured over S$10 million seed funding and is in talks with several large funds and investors for Series funding.

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New arrival: Jabra Elite Sport & Elite 25e Bluetooth wireless earphones

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Jabra has launched in Singapore the upgraded Elite Sport (S$368) wireless earbuds and new Elite 25e (S$138) wireless earphones.

Jabra launches in Singapore the Elite Sport (S$368) Bluetooth wireless earbuds & Jabra Elite 25e (S$138) Bluetooth wireless earphones.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport true wireless earbuds offers a new colour (Lime Grey, in addition to the current Black) and boasts 50% more battery life.

Targeted at the sports/fitness and music enthusiast, the earbuds can now play continuously for 4.5hrs compared to the previous 3hrs.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport (S$368) offers a total of 13.5 hours (4.5hrs on the earbuds + 2 full charges from the charging container), compared to the 9hrs (3hrs + 2 full charges) in the previous version. Lime Green Grey available now, Black version in early November.

The charging case can now provide two full charges of 4.5hrs each – amounting to 9hrs total – compared to the total of only 6hrs in the previous version.

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New arrival: ERA Realty Network launches FindPropertyAgent.sg web portal

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The new web portal enables buyers to look for properties based on how reputable and experienced the agents selling those properties are.

The web portal offer properties sold exclusively by almost 7,000 ERA property agents. The company’s agents account for almost 50% of the market share of transacted real estate deals in Singapore.

The web portal offer properties sold exclusively by almost 7,000 ERA property agents. The company’s agents account for almost 50% of the market share of transacted real estate deals in Singapore.

The free-to-use web portal offers buyers an objective ranking of ERA property agents based on their experience and client rating.

This gives the buyer greater peace of mind when considering a specific property that they have found through a search in the portal.

You can search for properties on sale or for rental and see a geographical spread of those available on a map.

You can search for properties on sale or for rental and see a geographical spread of those available on a map.

Property agents who have the most completed transactions will be ranked on top.

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Opening: Bedok Public Library relocates to Heartbeat@Bedok

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Bedok Public Library has relocated to Heartbeat@Bedok. It will be officially re-opened this Saturday, 28 October by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.

Update (28 October, 2017):

The Bedok Public Library was reopened today after its relocation to Heartbeat@Bedok.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, viewing the Legal Deposit Display at Bedok Public Library. He is joined by Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board (left), and Ms Julia Chee, Deputy Director, Content & Services, National Library Board.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, viewing the Legal Deposit Display at Bedok Public Library. He is joined by Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board (left), and Ms Julia Chee, Deputy Director, Content & Services, National Library Board. Photo: NLB.

The Hour of Code was also successfully conducted across 16 libraries.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim with 71-year-old Foo Chee Meng (right), a Senior Inforcomm Wellness Ambassador (SIWA) from IMDA, who has been trained to learn coding prior to the event to enable them to facilitate the Hour of Code for more seniors. Photo: NLB.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim with 71-year-old Foo Chee Meng (right), a Senior Inforcomm Wellness Ambassador (SIWA) from IMDA, who has been trained to learn coding prior to the event to enable them to facilitate the Hour of Code for more seniors. Photo: NLB.

The design of the library references the overall garden and greenery theme of Heartbeat@Bedok. The library aims to create a space for library visitors to experience reading in a garden.

The new library will feature specially designed seats and features to provide a comfortable reading space for everyone.

There are also versatile and distinct spaces for patrons of all ages.

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With a total floor area of 4,150sqm, Bedok Public Library will have some 200,000 books, more than 300 magazine titles and 13,000 AV items.

With greater integration of digital content that complements the physical collection, the library aims to provide an engaging reading and learning experience for users.

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3 attributes for jobseekers today & the future according to Virtusa COO, Keith Modder

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

In this fast-paced, fast-changing world, what are the attributes that employers look out for in potential employees? Here are three that Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa – Keith Modder – looks out for when he recruits.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Virtusa is a global IT consultancy & outsourcing services corporation headquartered in the US with offices across four continents and delivery centers in around the world.

The company’s COO, Keith Modder was in Singapore yesterday to inaugurate the opening of a new technology centre at its regional headquarters here.

One of the aims of enlarging the billion-dollar company’s business footprint is to enhance recruitment of local talent by tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

I spoke with him when he was in Singapore and he shared his thoughts (see below) on what he looks for in a potential employee.

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Virtusa opens new technology centre in Singapore

Friday, October 20th, 2017

The step-up of business footprint of the corporation’s regional headquarters in Singapore will bring the global IT consultancy & outsourcing services company closer to its clients in the region, and enhance recruitment of local talent in Singapore.

The new technology centre is located in Virtusa’s offices in Singapore at the Akzonobel House n Changi Business Park.

According to the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Roger Keith Modder, who inaugurated the new technology centre in Singapore, Virtusa plans to grow its employees here by 50% within the next 3-5 years, tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

The billion-dollar company (by market cap) is counting on the Smart Nation efforts of the Singapore government and is spearheading its strategy here with the company’s verticals in Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters. Photo: Virtusa.

More details about Virtusa’s recent evolution as a company from the press release below.

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New arrival: Huawei Mate 10 & Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones unveiled

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The new Huawei Mate 10 Series is based on the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset; and comprises the 5.9-inch Mate 10 (S$888), 6-inch Mate 10 Pro, & Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10. Full pricing & availability to be announced on 26 October, 2017. Pre-order and registration of interest information below.

Update (26 October, 2017):

Huawei launched its Mate 10 series of Android smartphones in Singapore this evening.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro (left) is slightly longer while the Mate 10 (right) is broader. The Mate 10 Pro does not have a home button, a headphone jack nor an external memory card slot.

Prices & availability for Singapore were released.

  • Huawei Mate 10: S$888
    • Mocha Brown, Black (28 Oct)
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro: S$1,098
    • Mocha Brown (11 Nov), Midnight Blue (25 Nov)
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10: S$2,298
    • Diamond Black (24 Nov)
The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The new phones will sport Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface and new Leica dual camera technology.

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Bargain: Circles.Life offers free 20GB mobile pan in “try-before-you-buy”

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Get free 20GB mobile plan from today till 31 December, 2017 and then decide whether you want to continue with Circles.Life.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

Circles.Life is offering the SIM-only trial in the region’s first “try-before-you-buy” telco business model.

From now till the end of the year, you can get a taste of the Circles.Life experience for free before deciding to buy a full plan from the company – all using your existing number.

“Since our launch last year, we have been single-mindedly focused on customer empowerment. In March, we shook the market with our 20 GB for $20 data upgrade plan (20/20 plan) which made bountiful data available to the customer at affordable prices. We are ready to challenge the status quo again and invite others still not on Circles.Life,” said Rameez Ansar, co-founder and director of Circles.Life.

Circles Switch offers customers a free SIM-only line stocked with 20 GB monthly local data, 100 minutes of talktime and 20 SMS messages.

There are no hidden costs – no delivery charges, no registration fees nor SIM card costs.

This new service is targeted at customers who are about to end their contracts, who don’t want to be tied to lock-in contracts and want to surf, post, game and stream on the move without constantly worrying about busting their monthly data caps or the inflexibility of contracts.

Circles Switch provides an inkling of how the company’s new “try before you buy” business model may be rolled out in the future.

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