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Study: 45% of Singapore SMBs Want to go 100% Laptop Post COVID-19

Friday, March 12th, 2021

In an IDC survey commissioned by ASUS, SMBs are more inclined to equip their employees with laptops rather than desktop computers – compared to prior to COVID-19.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift - coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift – coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Presented during the IDC & ASUS Webcast 2021 Singapore – Digital Transformation for the Next Normal in Asia/Pacific, ASUS revealed that 45% of Singapore SMBs are likely to convert to a 100% laptop setup post COVID-19, underscoring the importance of mobility in a hybrid workplace model.

The finding is among other strategic insights to SMB technology use and how COVID-19 has affected related decisions.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Considering the survey findings, IDC advised that equipping employees with the latest devices that can support both a remote and hybrid work environment will have a significant impact not only on employee productivity and experience, but also will provide a competitive edge to organizations to attract and retain talent.

More details below from the press release.

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OPPO Unveils Three Concept Gadgets at INNO DAY 2020

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

OPPO unveiled the OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application, as the company rolled out its 3+N+X technology development strategy.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

OPPO says that the three concept products demonstrate all-new possibilities of human-tech interaction and exploration of future technology.

  1. OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset
  2. OPPO AR Glass 2021
  3. OPPO CybeReal AR application

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset features a flexible display and structural stacking, offering users a more natural interactive experience.

The concept handset features OPPO’s three proprietary technologies.

  • Roll Motor powertrain
  • 2-in-1 Plate
  • Self-developed Warp Track high-strength screen laminate

The OLED display can vary from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches, allowing users to adjust the size of the display based on actual needs.

OPPO AR Glass 2021 adopts a new split design, which is compact and ultra-light; making it nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor.

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Event: Fuji Xerox Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020

The main theme for the 3-day conference in Singapore sought to provide perspectives on how to pivot the “next” normal. Fuji Xerox’s flagship event in Singapore is in its third edition.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum - Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

With approximately 80% of organisations in Asia Pacific expecting a decline in 2020 revenue, the Innovation Re:Mix Forum explores the many facets businesses face in their accelerated digital transformation journeys to ensure business continuity in the current climate.

The Work Reimagined edition explored three themes with a lineup of business and thought leaders from sectors across banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, retail and logistics.

  1. Reboot Your Workplace in the New Normal
  2. Digital Disruption: Pivoting Your Business for a Strong Future
  3. Building Resiliency with Digital Acceleration

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Trends: Phishing Against SMBs Increase in Singapore & Region

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

In the first half of 2020, phishing attempts targeting SMBs in Singapore increased by 61%, mirroring similar increases across South East Asian countries.

Number of phishing attempts against SMBs blocked by Kaspersky Anti-Phishing System, year-on-year.

Number of phishing attempts against SMBs blocked by Kaspersky Anti-Phishing System, year-on-year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating Singapore’s digitalisation efforts, SMBs have become the focal point of discussion for many, as funding worries and the shift to telecommuting have left them in no man’s land.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore continues to retain attraction as the region’s premier business hub, and speaks well of the local businesses’ ability to remain resilient despite headwinds from the global slowdown. However, almost half (41%) of businesses continue to express that the high costs of investment – lack of financing and funding – are major barriers holding them back from digitalisation. The implications of this statistic are significant, as it means cybersecurity may not be a key priority for businesses during this period of cost-cutting,” says Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

While the Government has launched generous initiatives such as the new training and adult education industry digitalisation plan to augment SMBs’ competitiveness, malicious actors continue to find new ways to test businesses’ digital readiness.

According to Kaspersky’s latest statistics, the global cybersecurity company foiled 89,351 phishing attacks against SMBs in H1 2020, compared to 55,653 in the same period last year.

Although Singapore continues to fare better than their SMB counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to witness the lowest volume of phishing attacks in Southeast Asia, the 61% increase suggests that more can be done by Singapore’s SMBs to improve their cybersecurity.

More details below from the presentation and press release.

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Event: Huawei Developer Conference 2020 – CEO Opening Keynote

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei delivered the opening keynote address for the second annual Huawei Developer Conference in a live broadcast, unveiling the latest updates on HarmonyOS, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and EMUI11.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit Huawei.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group addressing the attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. Image credit: Huawei.

During the keynote, Huawei announced upcoming major updates for:

  1. HarmonyOS 2.0
  2. EMUI 11
  3. HMS Core 5.0
  4. HUAWEI HiLink
  5. HUAWEI Research

A brief summary of the updates below.

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Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 1 Opening

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

IFA, gfu and GfK opened the IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin with a mix of the virtual and the real.

Opening day of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Opening day of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

The successful opening of the IFA 2020 Special Edition has expressed the confidence of organisers gfu and GfK that the tech industry is ready to bounce back from the disruption and economic uncertainties of the pandemic.

“When it comes to doing business, nothing beats the personal connection. This is why having IFA 2020 as a real-life event is such an important sign. It is a symbol to show that together we can look beyond the pandemic and its consequences. There is a normal ahead, and now it is up to industry, retailers, media and consumers to build and shape the ‘normal’ that is going to emerge,” said Jens Heithecker, Executive Director IFA Berlin, highlighting the significance and symbolism of this year’s industry gathering in Berlin.

The IFA Global Press Conference was attended by international media who have traveled to Berlin and thousands others around the world who were following the event at the IFA Xtended Space, both live and on demand.

Qualcomm’s IFA 2020 presentation highlights the role of technology in a Covid-19 world, with its
President Cristiano Amon reprising an IFA keynote this year, giving a foretaste of what we’ll see going forward.

Walter Ji, President of Huawei Consumer BG, Europe also shared Huawei’s vision of the future and the company’s deep commitment to Europe.

LG Electronics will host a “Life’s Good from Home” theme at IFA 2020, where the company will explore new possibilities for enhancing home living which has become so crucial in recent unprecedented times.

As part of the IFA 2020 Special Edition, the exhibitors at “SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT” will be presenting forward-looking innovations from mobility, consumer and home electronics.

More details below from the press release.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella During Build 2020 (19-21 May)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Microsoft Build 2020 was the first time the annual developers’ event was held completely online, because of COVID-19. Here are some interesting snippets from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his keynote address for the conference.

“Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we've seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

“Already, we’ve seen something like two years’ worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we’ve seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

How has developers come together with those on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19?

Here were some examples that Nadella highlighted.

  • At Johns Hopkins University, epidemiologists and software developers created a canonical dashboard to track the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies is using cloud compute and AI to decode the immune system’s response to the virus.
  • In the United Kingdom, a cross-section of manufacturers adjusted their production lines to build ventilators for the NHS, using mixed reality to guide workers through the process.
  • The NBA is using the power of the cloud and Xbox to engage fans and maintain the joy of the game.

What would developers need to be capable of going forward?

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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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Event: B2B Ignite By Epson Singapore At The National Gallery

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Epson showcases its business-to-business solutions in Singapore and aims to help Small-Medium Enterprises (SME) grow and develop with the adoption of sustainable technologies.

 

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Another robot barista, this time from Epson. I met its cousin Ella at Crown Digital in Singapore last month.

A showcase of practical innovations that help reduce an organisation’s impact on the environment, B2B Ignite demonstrates how the adoption of sustainable technologies will meet the business and productivity needs of Singapore’s SMEs.

Epson’s move to expand and strengthen its B2B offerings in Singapore is in step with the country’s Smart Nation plans and its sustainable future.

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Keysight World Singapore 2019 Showcases New Innovations

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

The new solutions accelerate 5G, automotive cybersecurity and network innovations, helping Singapore businesses speed up technological advancements through collaboration and innovation.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company's solutions for IoT and 5G.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company’s solutions for IoT and 5G.

In 2019 and beyond, 5G-enabled technologies have the potential to create major global technology shifts, leading to huge potential for industries worldwide.

However, before this potential can be harnessed, the technologies must first be thoroughly tested.

Keysight targets these critical testing needs by offering solutions and insights in electronic design, test, manufacturing, and optimisation.

More details below from the press release.

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