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Event: Philips Wonder of You Showcase for Personal Health

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Philips showcased a slew of personal grooming devices as part of its “Wonder of You” campaign to promote its roadmap for personal health.

 

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“At Philips, our mission is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation. We believe in personalised care by developing human-centric, adaptive health technology that meaningfully contributes to people’s unique health and well-being journey … Philips’ personalised solutions continue to empower people across the region to take a more proactive ownership of their preventive health and lifestyles, supporting their health for the long-term,” said Deeptha Khanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader, Philips Personal Health.

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, outlined its strategy in personal health and well-being to address Asia’s health challenges.

“Innovations like our recently introduced Sonicare 9900 Prestige adapt to each individual and are designed to help address people’s unique healthcare needs. This approach is especially relevant in Asia, where a growing population and a greater emphasis on health and well-being are re-shaping people’s health priorities,” said Deeptha Khanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader, Philips Personal Health.

Philips’ Personal Health innovation roadmap for 2022 and beyond emphasises on delivering personalised health solutions that enable healthier lifestyles.

The “Wonder of You” showcase by Philips included innovations in oral healthcare, beauty, male grooming, and mother & childcare.

The aim is to invite consumers in Asia to discover more about the wonder of their bodies and how health technologies can better partner them in achieving their best health.

The showcase included the following personal grooming products.

  • Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige electric toothbrush (S$499)
  • Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 (S$219)
  • Philips Hair Dryer Prestige (S$259)
  • Philips Straightener Prestige (S$259)
  • Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige (S$699)
  • Philips Avent Twin Electric Breast Pump (S$599)
  • Philips Avent Pregnancy+ App (free)

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Interview: Gigamon President & CEO on Winning the Cybersecurity Cat-and-Mouse Game

Monday, May 9th, 2022

One week into being promoted to the top job of President and CEO of Gigamon, Shane Buckley sat down with tech4tea.com to share his strategy for Gigamon and how Deep Observability can help enterprises turn the table on sophisticated hackers in the cat-and-mouse game that is Cybersecurity.

Shane Buckley, President and CEO of Gigamon.

Shane Buckley, President and CEO of Gigamon.

Cloud adoption has come into its own in recent years, with the COVID-19 pandemic spurring more digital transformation around the world in two years than the preceding 10 years.

“Here in Asia, the growth of hybrid cloud is phenomenal. 73% of organisations in Asia Pacific that were surveyed will deploy hybrid cloud – more than just a multi public cloud solution – because they want to leverage the existing infrastructure and data centres they have; and to enjoy the flexibility, scale, automation, orchestration, that you get from any of these different cloud based technologies, such as Nutanix, VMware and others,” Buckley said.

This growth and move to the cloud is the driver behind the increased challenges of cybersecurity in this era – because of the complexities of operating on hybrid multi cloud IT infrastructure, and the increased sophistication of hackers.

Buckley shares that “one of the biggest lessons from 2021 is that the nature of the threat is continuing to get more sophisticated, with nation state actors, as well as nefarious groups that have become extremely adept at hacking into some of the world’s supposedly most secure networks and infrastructures”.

Enterprises need all the help they can get securing their IT infrastructure and fending off attacks arising from the increased exposure of the cloud environment.

Buckley observes that this battle is like a “cat-and-mouse” game in which – unfortunately – the mouse is winning. His role at Gigamon is to make sure the nefarious actors don’t win, by teaching and equipping companies and organisations with the ability to better provide security for their infrastructure.

“Gigamon is the leader in visibility and analytics for organisations worldwide, we help secure some of the most secure, most complex, most challenging networks on the planet. Our ability to see, control and secure workloads, no matter where they sit in the hybrid, multi cloud is what we’ve delivered through the Gigamon labs,” says Shane Buckley, President and CEO, Gigamon.

Research has shown that in 2021, 68% of all US organisations were hacked, which was up from over 50% in 2020. Many of those cases – some 25-30 percent – are ransomware attacks where organisations have to pay literally billions of dollars to these actors to release data that had been illegally encrypted and beyond use for those organisations.

“In that environment, where the nature of the threat is getting more sophisticated, we companies who actually provide protection for customers, we’ve got to move faster, because the level of sophistication of these people is becoming exponentially higher. We have to make sure that we can respond,” said Buckley.

“We’re in a unique position to provide those customers with the foundational visibility analytics they need to enhance their security posture and ensure they can minimise risk, maximise compliance, and try as much as we can to get the bad actors out,” Buckley added.

More details from the interview below.

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Study: 76% of Organisations Suffered Downtime & Data Loss in 2021

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

The losses were due to system crashes, human error and cyberattacks. The Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 highlights growing threats and need for integrated cyber protection solutions.

The annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 surveyed more than 6,200 IT users and IT managers from small businesses to enterprises across 22 countries.

The annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 surveyed more than 6,200 IT users and IT managers from small businesses to enterprises across 22 countries.

Acronis has released its annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 timed to this year’s World Backup Day.

“As the entire world is increasingly at risk from different types of attacks, accelerating to universal all-in-one solutions is the only way to achieve truly complete cyber protection. And that’s precisely the problem Acronis has set out to solve. Attackers don’t discriminate when it comes to means or targets, so strong and reliable security is no longer an option, it’s a necessity,” says Candid Wuest, Acronis V.P. of Cyber Protection Research.

The report exposes some of the most critical shortcomings appearing in cyber protection practices today and examines why they’re appearing, offering guidance on how they can be fixed.

One of the key findings last year was that 80% of organizations ran as many as 10 solutions simultaneously for data protection and cybersecurity — yet more than half of them suffered downtime because of data loss.

So more solutions do not necessarily translate into more protection.

This year, the trend seems to be getting worse.

While 78% of organizations globally run as many as 10 different solutions, 76% of organizations experienced downtime due to data loss — a 25% increase from 2021.

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The Growing Need for Third-Party Chargers

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

It used to be that the new phones come with chargers in the box, but phone makers are now beginning to exclude the charger in the box. So we’ll begin to shop more for 3rd-party chargers.

Do you remember these different plugs for different chargers, not to mention different power ratings for each device?

Do you remember these different plugs for different chargers, not to mention different power ratings for each device?

I remember years ago when I was writing for the Straits Times Digital Life about what tech to pack when travelling, I’d lamented that the charger for different phones used proprietary chargers that were not interchangeable – in terms of the plugs and the power ratings.

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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2021

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for X’mas 2021. I’ll be adding to this list over the next few weeks, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

It’s now time to shop for presents for Christmas 2021, and bring some cheer to two years living under the shadow of COVID-19.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think are some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas 2021 Gift Guide below.

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Cyberattacks on Retailers and Shoppers to Rise in November

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Cyberattacks on online retailers and shoppers are projected to rise in November in conjunction with Singles’ Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some protective measures that shoppers and retailers can practise.

According to the Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, threats are escalating for the retail industry.

According to the Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, threats are escalating for the retail industry.

Imperva has released a new eCommerce report and issued advice around safe retailing in conjunction with the world’s biggest online shopping event on Nov 11 − Singles’ Day.

“The 2021 holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a nightmare for both retailers and consumers. With the global supply chain conditions worsening, retailers will not only struggle to get products to sell in Q4, but will face increased attacks from motivated cybercriminals who want to benefit from the chaos. Retailers and consumers alike need to take the necessary steps to protect themselves,” says Peter Klimek, Director of Technology, Office of the CTO, Imperva.

The company helps organisations protect their data and all paths to it – securing their applications, data and websites from cyber attacks.

Last year, Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com racked up around US$115 billion in sales across their platforms during the Singles Day shopping event, setting a new record.

Singles’ Day online sales in China usually surpass the US Cyber Monday sales, Black Friday or any other 24-hour shopping campaign by a wide margin making it the biggest shopping holiday in the world.

Scams typically rise in tandem with the number of online shoppers, and Imperva’s 12-month analysis on cybersecurity risks in the retail industry suggests that the 2021 holiday shopping season will be no different.

In fact, in Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, the number of victims this year is projected to surpass that of last year’s.

More details below from the report

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Livinguard Re-Affirms Protection Against Delta Variant in Tests

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Livinguard’s face masks passed tests by the Indian National Institute (NII) of Immunology, showing an average of more than 99% effectiveness against viruses and bacteria. The test report can be found here.

The positive results are timely as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant drives new mask wearing requirements worldwide

The positive results are timely as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant drives new mask wearing requirements worldwide

The tests reinforces the efficacy of Livinguard’s patented technology in protecting wearers of its masks at a time when face masks are again at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.

In Singapore, Livinguard recently partnered with Grab Singapore to provide 22,000 masks for the company’s private car hire and delivery drivers to protect them from COVID-19 virus microbes.

This will provide them with the comfort that they are protected in the course of their work, where they encounter a variety of commuters, F&B staff and home diners, even as Singapore sees an ongoing tally of infections as it moves into managing COVID-19 as endemic.

In addition to being available for purchase online, Livinguard’s selection of antiviral masks is also now available at selected Guardian outlets island-wide, making it easier for those who prefer to shop in person.

More details below from the press release.

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Five Sleep Tips for World Sleep Day Today

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Today is World Sleep Day, so here are five tips on how to get a better night’s sleep from sleep expert Fitbit.

Sleep like a baby with 5 sleep tips from Fitbit. Photo by Tara Raye on Unsplash.

Sleep like a baby with 5 sleep tips from Fitbit. Photo by Tara Raye on Unsplash.

Getting our eight hours of quality sleep every night is important as adequate sleep and regular sleep patterns help rejuvenate our mood regulation, cognitive function, and overall health.

According to Fitbit’s data in 2020, Singaporeans were sleeping more last year.

However, Singaporeans still had one of the lowest sleep durations in the region, indicating there is still room for us to improve our quality of sleep.

So here are five tips for ways you can sleep longer and get a better quality shut eye.

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Study: Singaporeans Lose Sleep Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

The Philips 2021 global sleep survey finds that Singaporeans now average 6.8 hrs of sleep per night, down from 7 hours in the 2020 survey.

A year since the start of COVID-19, Singaporeans' sleep issues loom large.

A year since the start of COVID-19, Singaporeans’ sleep issues loom large.

The Philips 2021 global sleep survey, in its sixth annual installment, is being released to mark World Sleep Day tomorrow.

The study also found that over half (57%) of Singaporeans’ ability to sleep well has been directly impacted by the pandemic, with more than a third experiencing negative impact on their stress, ability to sleep well, mental/emotional health, sleep and work routines.

With telehealth on the rise, Singaporeans are open to online means to address sleep-related
concerns, yet fear hinders many from getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea.

More details below from the study.

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SexTech: Characteristics of Smart Sex Toys (ESET White Paper)

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Did you know that sex toys could be connected to the Internet, to a smartphone or to another sex toy? Along with the technology that makes sex toys smart, vulnerabilities are introduced that could endanger the user’s data, privacy and even safety!

Architecture of a smart sex toy.

Architecture of a smart sex toy.

With the emergence of the IoT, many manufacturers have entered the sexual pleasure market by integrating the ability to control devices through mobile apps as well as adding web-based interconnectivity.

There are currently numerous different apps available, each of which offers the ability to control a wide range of models.

In terms of their architecture, most of these devices can be controlled via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) from an app installed on a smartphone.

The main advantages of this protocol are that it has very low power requirements, communications are within an acceptable range, there is interoperability among chipset manufacturers, and it all comes in a very compact size.

As a result, a lot of smart devices for the home, health, car, and even sex toy fields, use BLE between the device and the app that controls it.

Like Bluetooth, BLE operates on the 2.4 GHz ISM band.

However, unlike standard Bluetooth, BLE stays in sleep mode all the time, except when a connection is initiated.

Also, the actual connection times themselves are just a few milliseconds, unlike Bluetooth, which takes more than 100 milliseconds.

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