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Day 1 of IFA GPC 2017 – Power briefs & discussion panels

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The first day of the IFA GPC 2017 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Finally getting down to business. Looking forward to hearing what industry experts have to share about the trends and predictions in consumer electronics and home appliances.

There are altogether eight power briefings and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopses here. So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing 2

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CenturyLink: Hybrid IT services crucial for digital transformation

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Hybrid IT Readiness Report is the result of a CenturyLink study that shows that 75% of organisations already outsource managed services as business growth remains a priority.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here. Click on image to enlarge.

The study from CenturyLink indicates that hybrid IT is the pervasive IT infrastructure model for organisations in Asia Pacific, including Japan (APJ).

“Digital disruption is changing the way we approach business today globally. In particular, IT departments are experiencing tremendous change as organisations turn IT into a driving force for all aspects of the business, including the customer experience.” said Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific, CenturyLink.

This as a vast majority are taking transformative steps to match workloads to their best execution venue across a blend of in-house and third-party services.

According to the CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016, 73 percent of organisations are aware of the hybrid IT deployment model.

75 percent of them already outsource at least one or more data center, network, security or applications services to third-party managed service providers.

In addition, 84 percent of organisations cite security as the key driver to consider managed service providers.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer. Click on image to enlarge.

The report also found that service delivery improvements involving data centers (63 percent) and network (52 percent) are key drivers for executives to outsource IT services.

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Infographic: GoDaddy survey confirms Era of Entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The global survey finds that almost 1-in-2 Singaporeans plan to be self-employed during the next 10 years.

In Singapore, 74 percent of Millennials say that they plan to be full time entrepreneurs during the next 10 years. The global percentage is only at 50 percent.

In Singapore, 74 percent of Millennials say that they plan to be full time entrepreneurs during the next 10 years. The global percentage is only at 50 percent.

Fueled by technology that has made entrepreneurship easier than ever, a strong desire for autonomy, and a willingness to try establishing a business again in the event of failure, the number of professionals looking to create their own business or be self-employed has spiked, according to a new global survey commissioned by GoDaddy.

32 percent of Millennials surveyed in Singapore started their current business while they were still in school. That makes them sixteen times more likely to pursue entrepreneurship as a career than their Gen X counterparts did while still pursuing their studies.

32 percent of Millennials surveyed in Singapore started their current business while they were still in school. That makes them sixteen times more likely to pursue entrepreneurship as a career than their Gen X counterparts did while still pursuing their studies.

The research found that 36 percent of the respondents globally plan to either start a small business, or be self-employed within the next 10 years.

In Singapore, 41 percent of respondents surveyed plan to do the same.

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Infographic: Are businesses really digitally transforming or living in digital denial?

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Progress survey finds businesses have under two years to make digital inroads before suffering financial and competitive losses.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

Progress today announced the results of its recent global survey, “Are Businesses Really Digitally Transforming or Living in Digital Denial?”.

While most businesses in Singapore and other markets around the world recognise the inherent benefits of “going digital,” the majority of respondents are hitting roadblocks—lack of internal alignment, lack of adequate skills and plenty of cultural resistance.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

Coupled with technology constraints and an overall inability to execute, the result is a growing state of anxiety about embarking on digital transformation, with some fearing it may already be too late.

The survey, conducted in Q1 2016 by Loudhouse, the specialist research division of Octopus Group, aimed to better understand how business leaders view digital transformation and learn their plans to address its challenges.

Respondents included individuals from 10 countries including Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Survey respondents included a mix of more than 700 global C-Level/VP decision makers; heads of marketing, digital and IT; as well as developers, IT architects, directors, engineers and line of business managers.

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Infographic: Wearable technology and the Internet of Things

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Ericsson’s report on wearable technology & the IoT explores consumer views on it, how and when wearables might break beyond health and wellness scenarios and cover more diverse needs.

The wearables market is still in the early phases of expansion, and currently dominated by health, wellness and activity tracking devices – despite industry developments pointing to an increasing number of use cases.

The wearables market is still in the early phases of expansion, and currently dominated by health, wellness and activity tracking devices – despite industry developments pointing to an increasing number of use cases.

Key findings from Ericsson’s “Wearable Technology and the Internet of Things” report

  • Wearables become the most personal devices.
    • Two in five users of wearables say they feel naked when not wearing their device, with one in five even sleeping with it on.
    • Despite this, a quarter of those who have bought wearables in the past three months say their expectations have not been met.

“Although consumers show greatest interest in devices related to safety, we also see an openness to wearable technology further away from today’s generation. In five years’ time, walking around with an ingestible sensor, which tracks your body temperature and adjusts the thermostat setting automatically once you arrive home, may be a reality,” says Sing Sethi, Ericsson’s ConsumerLab spokesperson for the report.

  • Consumers predict the wearables inflection point to be beyond 2020.
    • 6 out of 10 smartphone users are confident that wearables will have uses beyond health and wellness.
    • Consumers predict that most wearables ideas will only become mainstream beyond 2020. However, current users of wearables believe the development will be much faster.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) future shaped by wearables.
    • 74 percent believe multiple wearables and sensors will help them interact with other devices and physical things around them, whilst 1 in 3 smartphone users believes they will wear at least 5 wearables beyond 2020.
    • Thus, a setback in wearables adoption might delay the overall adoption of the IoT among consumers.

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IoT to overtake mobile phones by 2018 – Ericsson Mobility Report

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that 16 billion connected devices are expected to join the Internet of Things by end 2021.

Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate.

Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate.

Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.

Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate.

“IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today,” said Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson.

Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.

Western Europe will lead the way in adding IoT connections – the number of IoT devices in this market is projected to grow 400 percent by 2021.

This will principally be driven by regulatory requirements, for example for intelligent utility meters, and a growing demand for connected cars including the EU e-call directive to be implemented in 2018.

Smartphone subscriptions continue to increase and are forecast to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year.

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World Backup Day: Acronis Global Survey on data and file loss

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The suvey found that one in three people have suffered data loss and 11% are willing to pay $500 or more to recover their lost files.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

The global study sponsored by Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices.

Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss.

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Online bullying more worrisome than physical playground bullying, says Norton

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

52% of Millennial parents in Singapore surveyed believe their children are more likely to be bullied online than on a playground and 56% worry their children will give out too much personal information to strangers.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 highlighted parental concerns about their children in the online world.

“In the last year, Norton has seen the online safety awareness levels of parents increase rapidly as technology firmly cements itself in the family home,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Cyberbullying, online predators and privacy are some of the biggest issues parents in Singapore are grappling with as bullying moves from the playground to the online world.

Parents are concerned about their children being lured into meeting a stranger in the outside world (52 percent) and more parents are worried that their children will be bullied online (46 percent) than if their children take on the role as the online bully (38 percent).

The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report is an online survey of 17,125 device users aged 18+ across 17 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec.

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“Parents are grappling with Cyberbullying, Online Predators and Privacy in Singapore,” said Gavin Lowth (in the photo), Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan; at the Symantec office in Suntec City in Singapore.

Children are the weakest link in family’s online security

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Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 released

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Eight out of ten Singapore consumers surveyed believe they will experience online crime.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report finds consumers believe it is more likely their credit card information will be stolen while shopping online than from their wallets. Click to view the comparison between findings in Singapore versus the Global trends.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report finds consumers believe it is more likely their credit card information will be stolen while shopping online than from their wallets. Click to view the comparison between findings in Singapore versus the Global trends.

Norton by Symantec has released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report, which sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers.

“Consumer confidence was rocked in 2014 by an unprecedented number of mega breaches that exposed the identities of millions of people who were simply making routine purchases from well-known retailers,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

The report found that globally, 62 percent of consumers believed it’s more likely their credit card information will be stolen online compared to only 38 percent who think it’s more likely they will lose credit card information from their wallets.

47 percent reported they have been affected by cybercrime.

In Singapore:

  • Approximately seven in 10 (69 percent) Singaporeans believe using public Wi-Fi is riskier than using a public restroom.
  • Seven in 10 (70 percent) consumers think that storing their credit card and banking information in the cloud is riskier than not wearing a seatbelt.
  • More than seven in 10 (71 percent) consumers believe getting their credit information stolen after shopping online is more likely than having their credit card stolen out of their wallet.

Who tops the list of those most aware of online security practices in Singapore?

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New arrivals: Norton Security – threat protection subscription

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Norton has streamlined multiple core offerings into one flagship subscription service – Norton Security – offering protection to PCs, Macs, Android smartphones & tablets, iPhones & iPads. Available in Singapore now from S$59 (S$39 after introductory offer).

Norton Security is available as a “Standard” version for 1 device (S$59), and “Premium” versions for 5 (S$99) or 10 (S$129) devices - for one-year subscriptions. Introductory offers now at S$39, S$59 and S$99 respectively.

Norton Security is available as a “Standard” version for 1 device (S$59), and “Premium” versions for 5 devices (S$99) or 10 devices (S$129) – for one-year subscriptions. Introductory offers now at S$39, S$59 and S$99 respectively.

The new service offered by Symantec is an advanced, multi-layered protection solution that promises to help shield consumers from sophisticated and evolving threats across all platforms.

Norton Security also includes secure PC cloud backup to help ensure photos, address books and important files don’t get lost.

According to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, there were nearly one million new threats released into the wild each day and crypto-ransomware threats increased by more than a 4,000 percent in 2014.

It is increasingly important for consumers to take steps to protect themselves in this highly complex and connected world, no matter what device they are using.

“Today our digital lives are central to the way we connect, interact and transact,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Norton Security promises a seamless, easy-to-use service that takes advantage of Symantec technologies and intelligence to protect consumers from today’s advanced threats.

A New Norton

Norton Security is a single service that protects PCs and Macs, as well as Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones and iPads.

Norton Security comes with different tiers of service that are catered to customers’ needs.

Below are some of the key features and protections within Norton Security (from the press release).

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