Archive for April, 2018

Event forecast: CE China 2018 in Shenzhen, China

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Currently in its 3rd installment, CE China this year will be from 3 – 5 May, 2018. The annual consumer electronics & home appliances show is a “prolongation” of IFA for the Chinese market.

* IFA is one of the world’s most significant trade show for consumer electronics and is taking place from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

As a “global IFA” event, CE China is an addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

Based on the IFA concept, CE China focuses on comprehensive cooperation with leading trade groups, global industrial partners, and the presentation of innovative branded products.

In 2017, 120 exhibitors presented their latest products, innovations, and services to more than 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, covering 15,000 square meters of exhibition space.

More than 140 journalists visited the show, 15 percent of which came from abroad.

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Weekender: TWG Tea launches website & membership programme

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

TWG Tea launches a new omni-channel global eCommerce website and membership programme for customers around the globe.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the home-grown brand, TWG Tea has launched a new eCommerce website and a membership programme that’s by-invitation only.

Three years in the making, this venture opens the door to customers worldwide to purchase its full selection of more than 800 blends of tea, even in countries where TWG Tea does not have brick-and-mortar outlets.

Some of the physical branches are directly managed by the TWG Tea headquarters in Singapore while an increasing number are through franchising – in the UK for instance.

The global website and membership programme currently ships internationally to 48 countries.

Progressively, the global platform will be rolled out across international markets including China, Japan, and Europe later this year with plans to increase this number to 18 international hubs by 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Tableau Prep data preparation software for analytics

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Tableau Software has expanded its analytics platform with Tableau Prep to provide a direct and visual experience to data preparation, making it simple and integrated with its Tableau analytical workflow – enabling users to get insights faster from their data. Available now.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

The new Tableau Prep features a direct and visual experience for data preparation.

“We’ve been able to save hours of work with Tableau Prep, completely reinventing the way we look at our data, and dramatically shortening the time between data collection and actionable insights,” said Gessica Briggs-Sullivan, Tableau Administrator at Charles Schwab, Inc. “

The application gives customers a deeper understanding of their data; smart features to automate complex tasks; and integration with the Tableau analytical workflow for faster speed to insight.

Tableau Prep is included with the new Creator offering, part of Tableau’s new subscription offerings.

Existing customers of Tableau Desktop are also able to use Tableau Prep at no charge for the next two years.

More details below about Tableau Prep from the press release.

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Tableau introduces three new analytics subscription packages

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

The new Tableau Creator, Explorer and Viewer subscriptions offers different levels of its end-to-end analytics capabilities to the workforce, ranging from the sophisticated analyst to the casual business user. Pricing structure here.

Brief from Tableau Software at its Singapore office on the new subscription packages. From right: JY Pook, SVP APAC, Tableau; Professor Fermin Diez, Adjunct Professor, SMU; Marcus Loh, Director, APAC Comms, Tableau Software.

Brief from Tableau Software at its Singapore office on the new subscription packages. From right: JY Pook, SVP APAC, Tableau; Professor Fermin Diez, Adjunct Professor, SMU; Marcus Loh, Director, APAC Comms, Tableau Software.

Tableau Software today introduced new subscriptions that combine new and existing analytical capabilities into packages appropriate for everyone across an organisation, regardless of skill level.

“With the unprecedented and accelerating growth of data that customers are experiencing, the need to see and understand data is more important than ever before. Professional analysts, teachers, doctors, project managers, marketers, sellers, developers, factory line workers, recruiters – everyone needs data to make better decisions,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO at Tableau.

As a new way to buy and scale Tableau’s analytics platform, Tableau Creator, Explorer, and Viewer subscriptions provide tailored combinations of sophisticated analytics and simplicity.

This allows every customer to create the appropriate mix of analytics capabilities to meet the specific needs of their entire organisation.

From consuming data and performing ad-hoc analysis from curated data sources, to preparing and developing advanced analysis, the new price offerings cover a wide breadth of capabilities.

They also include the newly released data preparation application Tableau Prep, new web authoring capabilities, and the renowned Tableau Desktop.

Customers can choose to work on-premises or in the cloud.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2018

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The actual press conference for IFA 2018 in Berlin (31 August – 5 September) will be held at 11am today in Rome, Italy. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

“Technology mega-trends are driving innovation, with components that are ever smaller and ever more powerful, which in turn power emerging technologies like voice control and artificial intelligence. IFA is the convener for all this innovation, it’s the connecting tissue for the global technology ecosystem. That’s because it’s not just one sector innovating, but seven, eight or nine different industries that all try to solve the same problems and push the edge of innovation. Each industry brings its own knowledge, insights and skills to the table. All these industries learn from each other, they inspire each other. That’s co-innovation at its best,” said Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

Smart devices, artificial intelligence and 8K television will be among the big trends for IFA 2018.

“We expect an ongoing positive market development for both segments of home appliances. Growth will continue in almost every country around the world, because the middle classes around the world keep increasing their spending. At the same time, new technologies and design trends are driving the growth potential in many product groups. A great example is the kitchen, where we see innovation in nearly every product category,” said Georg Walkenbach, Member of ZVEI Managing Board of Directors.

Technology megatrends are driving a new wave of innovation in consumer electronics and home appliances.

Smart and connected devices for the home, powerful AI applications that are deeply integrated in consumer electronics and wellness products, and TVs with ever better screen quality are among the big trendsetters that will dominate IFA 2018, the trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.

At IFA’s Global Press Conference in Rome, fellow journalists here had a chance to get an early sneak peek of some of the products that will wow trade visitors and consumers alike when the show opens its gates to the public from 31 August to 5 September 2018.

Read more below from the press release.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Day 1: Power briefings from brands & analysts

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first day of the IFA GPC 2018 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2018 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline, handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 13 power briefings – a marked increase from last year, which saw eight power briefs and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing by Philips on innovative solutions for a healthy and joyful life.

Highlight is the new-to-world #SmartSleep solution that will change the way the world sleeps. Philips is positioned to pair clinical research, the latest digital health technologies and design capabilities to create tools that help consumers take better care of themselves and lead a balanced, healthy and energetic lifestyle through nutrition, a clean environment and sleep.

Presenting were Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice President, Head of Connected Digital Platforms Propositions; and Bernd Laudahn, Market Leader Personal Health DACH – from Philips.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

IFA Global Press Conference 2018 is happening this weekend in Rome, Italy. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 31 August 1 to 5 September, 2018.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

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A day of walking and sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome to get the blood flowing in the veins after the long-haul flight from Singapore. Photo taken with Canon 5DX Mark IV fullframe DSLR.

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New arrival: Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore

Friday, April 13th, 2018

The latest version of Dyson’s Pure Cool purifying fan adds an LCD display, a new filter and 350⁰ degree oscillation. Prices below.

The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan comes in Desktop version (S$699, White/Silver) and Tower version (S$899, White/Silver, Black/Nickel, Iron/Blue).

In the new Pure Cool purifying fan, Dyson leverages its in-house expertise in electronics, filtration and airflow to clean every corner of the room.

The new LCD display reports pollutants in the home in real time, and then reacts automatically using a Dyson algorithm.

The purifying fan features a 360 degree fully-sealed filter system combining an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns.

Air Multiplier technology and new 350⁰ oscillation project and mix purified air around the whole room to purify every corner.

A new diffused mode offers users from temperate countries the option, in winter, of purifying the air without the cooling effects of the fan.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Dyson Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

The latest stick vacuum cleaner from Dyson has a smaller but lighter motor and new in-line format for linear airflow path and “point and shoot” bin emptying mechanism. Prices below.

Dyson launched its new Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner together with the new Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum.

Dyson’s new V10 digital motor boasts 20 percent more suction power than that found in the V8 cord-free vacuum.

Yet it is almost half the weight of its predecessor.

The new Dyson Cyclone V10 comes in three configurations: Fluffy (S$899), Absolute (S$999), and Absolute + (S$1,199).

Dyson’s fastest and most power-dense digital vacuum motor spins at up to 125,000 rpm.

The new battery in the V10 now adds 50 percent more juice, extending the V8’s 40min use-per-charge to 60 minutes.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Fitbit Versa health & fitness smartwatch in Singapore

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is now available globally and in Singapore at S$318, with accessories ranging from S$50 – S$140. Includes female health tracking and quick replies to mobile Android device messages (from May).

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Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life, smart features and cross platform compatibility.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

Quick replies

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price. We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.

Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Female health tracking

Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.

Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place.

Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

More details below from the press release.

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