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Thematic Workplan (2H2020) for tech4tea.com: COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Today is the beginning of the second half of 2020. Here’s the thematic workplan for tech4tea.com for the second half of the year.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 - centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 – centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

The first half of 2020 has been ALL about something that began last year – COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the second half of 2020 looks set to be all about the pandemic as well.

The past six months saw countries all over the world reeling from the impact of a new disease – frantically learning about it and desperately trying to stem its spread.

The next six months will see countries continue their fight against the global epidemic- managing second wave outbreaks, racing to develop vaccines and cures, and emerging out of lockdowns to return to some form of normalcy.

Going forward, the “new normal” will be very different from the normal of pre-COVID days.

So the next half year will be all about living WITH COVID-19 – in all aspects of life.

For tech4tea.com, I’ve laid down a focal theme for each month in the second half of 2020.

Get in touch (johntan@tech4tea.com) if you have topics or products aligned with the above themes.

Here goes…

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Tech Focus: Watching Parasite & Its Search Trends On Google

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

I just watched the Oscar-winning Parasite during the week with the family. It was entertaining as a comedy and thought-provoking as a satire. Great movie. Here’s some data on how people searched about the movie during Oscar season.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

My family and I watched the movie over dinner time and thoroughly enjoyed the dark but refreshingly directed satire, including my teenage son, although he did express a desire to take a hiatus from the genre in the coming months.

So here’s what Google shared about the interest that global viewers showed in the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture – instead of just the traditional Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

As a Best Picture nominee in the week prior to the awards, Parasite was the third-most-searched nominee behind “1917” and “Jojo Rabbit”.

Incidentally, we’ve also watched Jojo Rabbit and found it an excellent movie. We’ll probably watch 1917 after my son’s hiatus.

What does winning the Oscars do for our career and business?

On Oscars day, Parasite searches jumped almost nine-fold to become top-searched.

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Healthcare apps: Healthcare on-the-go on mobile devices

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Medical applications bridge the gap between patients and doctors, users and medical information, leading to their increasing prevalence and popularity. Davene Lye surveys the app stores for five most useful healthcare apps.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

With a simple tap on a smartphone, one can now access a world of healthcare and wellbeing.

From e-booking systems to video consultations with doctors, basic healthcare has been made more accessible to patients – all thanks to the rise of mobile health (mhealth) technology.

To date, approximately 61% of people worldwide have downloaded an mHealth application, signalling the increasing use and prevalence of such applications.

Here are five mHealth applications used in Singapore which have been gaining popularity.

MaNaDr

MaNaDr is more a healthcare platform than just a mobile app.

The app fronts an entire healthcare ecosystem that connects patients, families, and friends to a trusted network of doctors and other healthcare providers.

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Infograhics: How FIFA World Cup 2014 played out in Twitter

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Twitter recorded 672 million Tweets for the 32-day, 64-match World Cup, with Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Robben and Oscar the most mentioned players around the world.

Most mentioned players on Twitter around the world.

Most mentioned players on Twitter around the world.

Fans shared the most during the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match.

Here are the top five most-tweeted matches from the #WorldCup:

  1. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Germany (@DFB_Team) on July 8: 35.6 million Tweets.
  2. Germany (@DFB_Team) vs. Argentina (@Argentina) #WorldCupFinal on July 13: 32.1 million Tweets.
  3. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Chile (@ANFPChile) on June 28: 16.4 million Tweets.
  4. Netherlands (@KNVB) vs. Argentina (@Argentina) on July 9: 14.2 million Tweets.
  5. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) on July 4: 12.4 million Tweets.
Top mentioned players on Twitter in APAC.

Top mentioned players on Twitter in APAC.

Three of the top five most-tweeted moments occurred during Brazil’s devastating 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany on July 8, while the other top moments came in yesterday’s final match.

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Tips: Google’s seven top tips for Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Since today is “Safer Internet Day”, here are seven “Don’t” tips from Google that can help you stay safe on the Internet.

Are you ready for a Safer Internet?

Are you ready for a Safer Internet?

Here are seven tips from Google of things you need to start doing right away to stay safe online.

  1. Don’t use the same password for everything: It’s like handing your house keys (and every other key) to everyone you meet.
  2. Don’t have an “easy” password: If your password contains the word ‘password’ or numbers in sequence, think again. One way to create (and remember) a complex password is to think of a phrase or sentence (perhaps the lyrics to a song you like?) and use the first letter of each word to create the password. Or think of places you’ve lived, and spell them backwards. Something, anything!

  3. Don’t rely solely on a password: It’s so yesterday to have only a password for your most important accounts. Turn on two-factor authentication. Like your bank’s OTP, an SMS code or mobile app that gives you a second code when you’re accessing your account from an unfamiliar computer will give you extra peace of mind.
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Apps: Windows Phone apps for taking Selfies with Nokia Lumia smartphones

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

If you use a Nokia Lumia phone and love taking Selfies, Nokia has recommended these four FREE apps for you: Instagram Beta, SophieLens HD, Nokia Glam Me, Phototastic.

Four Nokia Lumia apps for those who love to take selfies.

Four Nokia Lumia apps for those who love to take selfies.

Check these out by following the links on your phone.

Instagram BETA (free) for Nokia Lumia smartphones.

Instagram BETA

Instagram is now available for Windows Phone! Instagram is the perfect place to post all of your selfies!

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Infographic: 10 IT innovations that changed our lives

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Technology advancements and developments move so fast these days it’s so easy to take them for granted. For those old enough, can you remember the world before the Internet came about?

Developed by SolarWinds Head Geek, Lawrence Garvin, this infographic explores tech developments - from wireless networking and virtualisation to basic screenshot tools and everything in between - which have significantly impacted our lives, but that we perhaps never thought we actually needed. Click to view full enlarged version.

Developed by SolarWinds Head Geek, Lawrence Garvin, this infographic explores tech developments – from wireless networking and virtualisation to basic screenshot tools and everything in between – which have significantly impacted our lives, but that we perhaps never thought we actually needed. Click to view full enlarged version.

And not too long ago, before the proliferation of mobile devices, wasn’t it so troublesome to make a call or check something out while on the road?

These innovations have definitely made it much easier for us to do many things that used to be so much more tedious and time-consuming to accomplish.

But here’s some food for thought – has our lives actually become easier?

Do you sometimes feel that life in the past was somewhat more blissful?

Perhaps it is our human propensity to fully utilise our time that – instead of sitting back complacently to enjoy the extra time gained from IT innovations – we try to use the additional time gained to do even more.

And the bosses certainly expect that.

On top of that, thanks to greater global and mobile connectivity, your boss can contact you no matter where you are.

And if he/she is in the opposite time zone, start getting used to taking calls in the middle of the night.

The result is that our lives have become more hectic.

Perhaps, life back then was really more blissful.

Apart from the list above that was compiled by Lawrence Garvin, the rest of this post reflect my own thoughts about the impact of technology on our lives.

The line of thought may sound negative, but I still love the beauty of technology, especially its ability to help the less fortunate.

Infographic: How to shop online safely with peace of mind

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

This is the time of the year when The Great Singapore Sale 2013 (31 May to 28 July) hits Singapore. But if you’re not in Singapore, or if you’re thinking of doing some of your shopping online, here are some tips for buying things online – safely.

For the details to each of the above tips, click the image to view the full enlarged version of the infographic.

For the details to each of the above tips, click the image to view the full enlarged version of the infographic.

Start by securing the device you use to do your shopping, be it a notebook or a smartphone.

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Earth Hour focus: What global warming means for the Asia Pacific

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

This year’s Earth Hour is on this Saturday, 23 March at 8.30pm (Earth Day is on 22 April). CA Technologies has produced an infographic on how Global Warming has affected Asia Pacific. The company also offers 10 tips for a greener office.

How can we as eco-conscious knowledge workers contribute to a greener office? Infographic by CA Technologies.

How can we as eco-conscious knowledge workers contribute to a greener office? Infographic by CA Technologies.

CA Technologies also pioneers IT management software that enables companies to roll out long-term energy and sustainability programs.

CA Technologies is also ranked top five on Newsweek’s 2012 Green Rankings.

CA Technologies has set clear sustainability goals to reduce our carbon footprint globally. Today, 53% of its employees are involved in Green Teams to drive ecoinitiatives across all its offices globally.

CA Technologies has set clear sustainability goals to reduce our carbon footprint globally. Today, 53% of its employees are involved in Green Teams to drive ecoinitiatives across all its offices globally.

CA ecoSoftware is an enterprise-class energy and sustainability management solution designed to help companies increase energy efficiency and lower operational costs.

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SWSPG adds new members and announces commercial TVWS pilot deployments

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) added six new members today, and launched three commercial pilot deployments of TV White Spaces (TVWS) smart radio technology.

The three founding members of the SWSPG added six new members today.

The three founding members of the SWSPG added six new members today.

The three founding members (Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Microsoft Singapore and StarHub) of the SWSPG introduced the following six members today.

  1. Neul Ltd, a Cambridge, UK-based TVWS Solutions and Services Company.
  2. Adaptrum, a Silicon Valley, US-based TVWS technology and solutions provider; whose TVWS System ACRS 1.0 was certified by the FCC and commercially deployed in the US.
  3. Power Automation Pte Ltd (a joint venture between Singapore Power and Siemens) which is a provider of smart grid solutions.
  4. Singapore Island Country Club, a golf and country club in Singapore.
  5. Spectrum Bridge Inc, a developer of spectrum management systems and a provider of spectrum sharing solutions, whose TVWS platform was the first to obtain FCC certification in the US.
  6. ZDW Systems Pte Ltd, an equipment manufacturer and solutions provider for wireless communications coverage enhancement networks.

The group also announced the first series of commercial pilot deployments of TVWS smart radio technology in Singapore.

“The Singapore TVWS pilots are very timely with the on-going digital TV transition and rising trends of the Internet of Things and Smart City regionally,” said Michael Thatcher, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific.

This will hopefully introduce a new class of wireless connectivity to Singapore, putting the island nation at the forefront of a new wave of wireless services innovation and Smart City applications.

With the support of IDA, these first three commercial pilot projects will attempt to demonstrate the characteristics and benefits of TVWS solutions in different environments and with different usage applications.

The first demo will penetrate the dense vegetation and challenging terrain of the SICC to enable wireless connectivity.

“IDA welcomes industry-led efforts such as the TVWS commercial pilots by the SWSPG. We will continue to support and provide regulatory guidance to industry initiatives looking at new and innovative ways to deploy TVWS,” said Aileen Chia, Deputy Diretor-General (Telecoms & Post), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

The second demo will provide long-range wireless Internet coverage across the waters at the Singapore harbour.

The third demo will support smart grid applications that will impact the million households in Singapore.

These commercial pilots are conducted under a test licence from IDA and utilise a TVWS Geo-location Database developed by Microsoft, with the advice and inputs from IDA.