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IFA GPC 2019 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2019

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

The press conference for IFA 2019 in Berlin (6 – 11 September) was held at 11am today in Andalusia, Spain.

 

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Global press conference for IFA 2019 (6 – 11 Sep in Berlin) is happening right now here in Andalusia, Spain. Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the supervisory board gfu, Consumer & Home Electronics – shares major global trends of technical consumer goods (TCG).

Hans-Joachim Kamp opened the global press conference with the major trends for TCG.

He concluded that the Global Market for technical consumer goods was still growing, especially smart and connected devices are gaining importance.

Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group) announced that Sennheiser would be the first official audio partner for IFA.

 

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Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin says, “”Trust is at the heart of every relationship”

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin, unveiled that Richard Yu, CEO Consumer Business Group, Huawei, would be the opening keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

He also announced that Cristiano Amon, President Qualcomm, would be the second keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

 

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Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin, unveils that Richard Yu, CEO Consumer Business Group, Huawei, will be the opening keynote speaker for IFA 2019.

Dr Goke next revealed that the Global Innovation Partner country for IFA NEXT in 2019 would be Japan.

Below are the details from the press release.

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New Arrival: Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro Android Smartphone

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

China phone maker Huawei launched the new P30 (128GB/8GB – S$998) and P30 Pro (256GB/8GB – S$1,398) in Paris. The two phones will hit the shelves in Singapore on 6 April, 2019.

For Singapore, both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro (256GB) will come in colours of Breathing Crystal, Aurora and Black while the P30 Pro (512GB) will be available in Aurora.

For Singapore, both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro (256GB) will come in colours of Breathing Crystal, Aurora and Black while the P30 Pro (512GB) will be available in Aurora.

The new phones feature Huawei’s SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical Huawei SuperZoom lens, a new Time of Flight (TOF) camera, and better OIS and AIS image stabilisation technology.

Customers can head down to VivoCity, Central Court Level 1, from 10am to 10pm over the weekend (6 April) and receive a gift set worth up to S$470 with every purchase of the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro, while stocks last.

Preorders will be available online to customers from 27 March (Wed), 12am SGT, through local telecommunication operators and at Huawei Official Store with Lazada.

The upsized variant of the HUAWEI P30 Pro with 512GB storage (S$1,698) will also be on sale exclusively for shoppers on Lazada, with limited quantities available.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Razer Pay Comes to Singapore with FOMO Pay

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Android Tablet

Friday, 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: Pre-orders for Microsoft Surface Devices Singapore

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Starting today (3 January), consumers in Singapore can pre-order Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 including the Surface for Business line-up via Microsoft Online Store, as well as authorised commercial resellers and retailers.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

The new line-up will be generally available from 15th January 2019.

Authorised commercial resellers include AsiaPac, JK Technology, NCS, and UIC; while authorised retailers include Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, LOL by Epicentre, and Harvey Norman.

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Gojek Launches Beta Ride-Hailing App in Singapore

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Consumers in Singapore will get to try Gojek’s ride-hailing service with the launch of the beta version of its app, which will be made available for download from iOS and Android app stores in Singapore today.

Update (1 January, 2019):

GOJEK will be extending its ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore from tomorrow, January 2, 2019. The following is the press statement from GOJEK.

“Following our successful limited service area rollout, GOJEK is excited to announce that we will extend our ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore with effect from January 2, 2019.

This means that users will be able to use GOJEK to take rides anywhere in Singapore.

Our island-wide rollout is part of our continued beta phase, during which DBS/POSB Bank customers continue to enjoy priority access to the app.

We continue to welcome feedback from driver-partners and riders during this enhanced beta phase, as we work to fine-tune the app and create the best experience for our users.”

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

This marks the start of a gradual roll-out of Gojek’s ride-hailing services across the island as more driver-partners are onboarded over time to feed consumer demand.

“It is with great pride that we begin the roll-out of our services in Singapore. Consumers throughout the country have told us that they want more choice in this sector and with the launch of our beta app, their wait is coming to an end. We are launching in beta for now, while we fine-tune our service to make sure it meets the high standards expected by Singaporeans. As such, we are asking all users, whether drivers or passengers, to provide us with ongoing feedback as we work towards creating the best possible service for the country,” said Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo.

This staggered approach reflects Gojek’s commitment to ensuring a smooth entry into Singapore and an ongoing effort to improve user experience over time.

An FAQ on Gojek’s beta service can be found here.

The launch of Gojek’s beta app in Singapore kickstarts the regional strategic partnership between Gojek and DBS, two of Southeast Asia’s most iconic companies.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to enjoy Gojek rides during the beta phase.

During the beta phase, access to the app will be granted in batches to balance ride demand and service capabilities.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be guided by the app to find out how they can be prioritised on the waitlist, and receive a SGD 5 voucher credit for each of their first two rides.

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Go-Jek and Singapore DBS Enter Regional Strategic Partnership

Monday, November 12th, 2018

DBS Bank and Go-Jek today announced that the two parties have entered into a regional strategic partnership. Hear views from both companies below.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

The partnership will see the two companies work together on payment services ahead of Go-Jek’s arrival in Singapore and this will soon extend to other countries in Southeast Asia.

“As Singapore’s leader in payments with over four million debit/credit cards in circulation and DBS PayLah! being the nation’s most popular mobile wallet, we are committed to making payments simple, seamless and invisible for our customers. In doing so we are stepping up to partner with like-minded companies like Go-Jek, one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic technology companies, to build inclusive digital ecosystems for our customers,” said Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank.

Go-Jek, whose investors include Google, Temasek, Tencent and Meituan Dianping, is set to launch its beta ride-hailing app in Singapore within the coming weeks and as part of this, DBS customers in Singapore will enjoy a slew of exciting privileges.

Updated 29 November, 2018: Go-Jek launches beta ride-hailing app in Singapore

What kind of privileges can DBS/POSB consumers expect?

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to be able to book rides during the beta phase.

Other privileges include an exclusive SGD 10 voucher credit which riders can use for their first two trips (SGD 5 per trip), and future discounts on Go-Jek’s ride-hailing service in the form of promo codes.

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M1 CEO Karen Kooi to Retire – Manjot Singh Mann Succeeds

Monday, November 5th, 2018

M1 Limited (M1) announced today that Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah 64, will retire as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 6 December 2018, after 23 years with the Group, to pave the way for leadership renewal.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

She will be succeeded by telco veteran Manjot Singh Mann who will join as its new CEO on the same date.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of M1, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation towards Karen for her dedication, service and invaluable contributions to the M1 Group in the last 23 years. We wish Karen well in her retirement,” said Danny Teoh, Chairman of M1.

Pending developments related to Konnectivity’s pre-conditional offer for M1 shares, Karen Kooi will remain on the Board as a Director of M1 Limited.

She will also remain as advisor to the Board till 28 February 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.

Manjot Singh Mann brings with him over 28 years of well-rounded operational leadership experience across diverse geographical markets and a unique blend of insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

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