Archive for March, 2020

From World Backup Day To Acronis World Cyber Protection Week

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

31 March is the traditional World Backup Day for the industry. In response to the global pandemic and rising cybersecurity concerns, Acronis has expanded it into the World Cyber Protection Week, conducting a cybersecurity awareness survey.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey reveals 42% of organisations suffered data loss resulting in downtime last year.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey reveals 42% of organisations suffered data loss resulting in downtime last year. Image: Acronis.

While nearly 90% are backing up the IT components they’re responsible for protecting, only 41% of the survey respondents back up daily – leaving many businesses with gaps in the valuable data available for recovery.

The figures revealed in Acronis’ 2020 World Cyber Protection Week Survey suggest that traditional strategies and solutions to data protection are no longer able to keep up with the modern IT needs of individuals and organisations.

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New Arrival: Microsoft 365 Personal And Family Subscriptions

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Microsoft has announced the refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365, along with the preview of two new experiences – the Microsoft Family Safety app and new features coming to Microsoft Teams.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on the foundation of Office 365, infusing new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower people to become better writers, presenters, designers and finance managers, as well as deepen people connections.

These experiences start rolling out today and will reach over 38 million Office 365 subscribers over the next few months.

In addition, Microsoft today unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will be available for preview in the coming months.

Firstly, a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds.

Next, to provide one application to help manage work and life and deepen connections with those who matter most, Microsoft also previewed new features coming to Microsoft Teams for users’ personal life today.

With these new features, users can connect, stay organised, and collaborate with family and friends.

They will be able to connect in group chats, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists, assign tasks to specific people and coordinate schedules, as well as share photos and videos all in one place.

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Weekend Revue: Kumuya – Rejuvenate Nutri-Serum Concentrate

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

So we’re in this period of great stress when everyone around the world is affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s something to “rejuvenate” the skin from the ravishes of life.

* Review submitted by guest reviewer, Jennifer Lee. This review was first published on Haleness Me.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

I came by a bottle of Kumuya “Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate and gave it to a friend to try out.

She was so pleased with it that she volunteered to write me a review for it.

Verdict

Oil-free Kumuya is surprisingly lightweight and wearable than most products I’ve used.

I like that Kumuya provides the added benefit as a plant-derived alternative to retinol.

So here’s something outside of tech for our reading pleasure on a lazy Sunday.

The Product

Kumuya Rejuvenate is a cream-coloured, gel-serum packed with powerful actives and micronutrients to stimulate and repair skin structure.

An anti-aging serum, it restores radiance and suppleness on the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and nourishing the skin with vitamins and minerals.

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Appointment: Neil Morarji As Acronis General Manager In APAC

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

The seasoned professional will drive growth by extending relationships with partners and service providers, offering cyber protection solutions to APAC organisations.

“I’m excited to turn the company’s global strategic thinking into a local execution plan and accelerate business growth in Asia. Now, more than ever, the market needs Acronis’ proven cyber protection solutions. We’re going to continue helping our partners succeed by providing service and support that’s second to none,” said Neil Morarji, incoming General Manager in APAC, Acronis.

“I’m excited to turn the company’s global strategic thinking into a local execution plan and accelerate business growth in Asia. Now, more than ever, the market needs Acronis’ proven cyber protection solutions. We’re going to continue helping our partners succeed by providing service and support that’s second to none,” said Neil Morarji, incoming General Manager in APAC, Acronis.

Acronis will be appointing Neil Morarji as its General Manager for the Asia Pacific region, effective next Monday, 30 March.

Morarji, previously the Head of Enterprise division for APAC, will now lead the growing sales team in Asia and Australasia in delivering the company’s cyber protection technology by developing relationships with local partners and service providers.

One of Morarji’s first objectives has been to launch the new Acronis Partner Programs in APAC.

Under his leadership, Acronis team will help channel partners and managed service providers (MSPs) expand their portfolios and deliver fast ROI through offering innovative products and services that address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection.

These include the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of all data, applications, and systems (SAPAS).

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New Arrival: Huawei P40 Series Flagship Phones In Singapore

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Singapore will be the first in Asia to ship the Huawei P40 series of flagship Android smartphones. The new phones will hit the shelves in Singapore on 4 April, with pre-orders open from 27 March to 3 April. Prices, promotions and tech specs below.

* The price and availability for the Huawei P40 Pro+ will be announced at a later date

The HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro will be available in Deep Sea Blue (left), Silver Frost (middle), and Blush Gold (Right).

The HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro  (in this photo) will be available in Deep Sea Blue (left), Silver Frost (middle), and Blush Gold (Right).

Bolstered with improved AI performance and 5G support, the HUAWEI P40 Series is the company’s first product line-up that is powered with 5G-enabled connectivity across its variants.

Prices for the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro in Singapore.

Prices for the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro in Singapore.

Customers can now make a pre-order till 3 April 2020 through the official channels listed below and enjoy a free premium bundle worth up to S$562, while stocks last.

Pre-order bundle included with the phone.

Pre-order bundle included with the phone.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Huawei Global Launch: P40 Series, Watch GT2e, Sound X, Gentle Monster Eyewear

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

At its online global launch event, Huawei has just launched its latest flagship P40 line-up and three new devices. Local Pricing & Availability will be announced at the Singapore launch tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices - Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices – Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

As expected, the P40 Series offers 5G and pushes the frontier in smartphone photography, with its Leica camera system and AI engines.

The series comprises three models:

  1. Huawei P40 (799 Euros, 8GB+128GB, 7 April)
  2. Huawei P40 Pro (999 Euros, 8GB+256GB, 7 April)
  3. Huawei P40 Pro+ (1,399 Euros, 8GB+512GB, June)

A new smart photography feature enables users to easily remove passers-by and reflections in a photo.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

Bolstered by Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor yet and intelligent AI capabilities, the Huawei P40 Series offers its most advanced smartphone camera to date.

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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring.
  • Voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

More details below from the press release.

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Visa Study: 2 In 3 Singaporeans Interested In Using Neobanks

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Close to 65% of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.

* All infographics in this story courtesy of Visa.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank - interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank – interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2019 by ENGINE Insights with 511 Singaporeans aged 18-65 years of age.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking - whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking – whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 5,000 consumers across seven markets in Southeast Asia.

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Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 9S In Singapore

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The mid-tier smartphone with quad cameras will be available in Singapore from 27 March at S$299, with promotional flash sales price at S$249.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours - Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

The Redmi Note 9S will be available in three colours – Interstellar Grey , Aurora Blue and Glacier White.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9S globally via an online stream from the company’s headquarters in China.

The Redmi Note 9S is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which consists of an octa-core CPU with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed, Adreno 618 GPU and 8nm process technology.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

Xiaomi also launched a series of ecosystem products.The Mi Smart Compact Projector (S$699) will be available from Authorised Mi Stores and via Lazada for shoppers in Singapore starting from 20 April.

The user experience is bolstered through its AI technology and power-efficiency improvements.

More details below from the press release.

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