Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

ViewQwest Offers Network Solutions For Work From Home

Friday, April 10th, 2020

With the government’s Circuit Breaker measures to fight COVID-19 in Singapore, ViewQwest has offered employees working from home get faster and more secure access to their companies’ IT services.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

Work-from-home staff are facing network congestion as they connect to office networks via VPN, competing for bandwidth with their family’s entertainment needs over the same residential broadband pipe.

The ViewQwest Private Network offers a Work-from-Home (WFH) solution that installs a second residential broadband line that can connect the user directly and privately to the office network without VPN.

ViewQwest is also offering its Cloud VPN solution to provide businesses with an on-demand VPN service that can be easily scaled.

More details below from the press release.

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Google Doodles Celebrates Hand Washing for COVID-19

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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Digital Well-Being Tips For International Day Of Happiness

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Here are some tips from Google on digital wellbeing and how our devices can contribute to our daily happiness.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations globally, research has shown that Singaporeans are amongst the unhappiest people in the world.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

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New Arrival: Listen To Web Pages On Android Phones

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

You can now ask Google Assistant to read aloud the text on a webpage – basically turning any webpage into a podcast! The new functionality is now available on all Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Nowadays we consume so much content on our tiny smartphone screen – news, articles, stories etc.

For older folks with failing eyesight, or anybody with visual or reading difficulties, Google Assistant can now read web articles on your smartphone browsers out loud.

I’ve always wished that I could consume web content while I’m driving.

At the moment, you can only do that if it’s a podcast, or unless you just listen to the audio of a video, because you got to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

So I listen to the news or radio, or my own music while I drive.

With the ability of Google Assistant to read aloud web pages, I don’t have to postpone perusing a web article until when I can read it myself.

I can listen to it when I’m driving, or taking a bus or train (using earphones) so that I don’t have to strain my eyes reading on a moving vehicle.

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Event Forecast: Lazada Online Tech Show (12-16 Mar) Singapore

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Lazada’s Online Tech Show offers tech deals and discounts of up to 80% off, taking the place of IT Show 2020 which has been postponed from 12-15 March to 11-14 June due to COVID-19.

The top 50 spenders during Lazada’s Online Tech Sale will stand a chance to win over $16,000 worth of prizes, which include a Yale Digital Door Lock (worth $1,059), Samsung Digital Door Lock (worth $888), Vivo Smart Phone (worth $710), LG 43-inch TV (worth $599), Braun Electric Shaver (worth $549), and more!

The top 50 spenders during Lazada’s Online Tech Sale will stand a chance to win over S$16,000 worth of prizes, which include a Yale Digital Door Lock (worth S$1,059), Samsung Digital Door Lock (worth S$888), Vivo Smart Phone (worth S$710), LG 43-inch TV (worth S$599), Braun Electric Shaver (worth S$549), and more!

Avoid crowds and shop safely from the comfort of your homes, given the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are proud to continue to bring the best tech deals to our customers, especially in this current climate, where gathering in crowded areas is not encouraged, but customers are looking for gadgets to create a more conducive and productive environment when working from home. Our Online Tech Show is really an opportunity for us to excite shoppers with the best IT deals and help our brand partners navigate this extraordinary climate,” said James Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Singapore.

The Lazada Online Tech Show is back this year from 12 to 16 March, with daily flash sales, storewide vouchers, attractive deals and discounts at up to 80% off.

Customers can select from more than 200,000 products from over 1,000 brands such as HP, Acer, Lenovo, JBL, Sennheiser, Bose, Sony, Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, Dyson, Philips, Kenwood, DeLong, LG and Panasonic, and enjoy interest free installments while shopping during this Online Tech Show.

Working with leading tech brands and partners, Lazada will also hold a storewide flash sale on 12 March, from 12am to 2am, along with a range of other offerings.

Aside from brands, Lazada is also working with several credit card partners, including Citibank, UOB and HSBC, to offer customers exclusive vouchers during the campaign.

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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.

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

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New Arrival: Canon Launches Camera, Lens, Pocket Printer & Cloud Platform

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Canon today announced the launch of the EOS 850D DSLR, Selphy Square QX10 pocket printer, RF 24-105MM F/4-7.1 IS STM lens, and the image.canon Cloud Platform.

The new EOS 850D DSLR entry-level DSLR and the Selphy Square QX 10 pocket printer from Canon.

The new EOS 850D DSLR entry-level DSLR and the Selphy Square QX 10 pocket printer from Canon. (Not to scale)

Canon also announced the development of the new EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera & planned release of 9 RF lenses in 2020.

EOS 850D

The EOS 850D ships with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus (iTR AF) for face detection.

The camera has an optical viewfinder and boasts a low-light capability for shooting at night and in dark places.

The EOS 850D contains a 4K time-lapse movie function that allows users to capture day-to-night time-lapse movies of cityscapes in ultra-high resolution through a selection of pre-set scenes or simple manual settings.

SELPHY SQUARE QX10

The new SELPHY SQUARE QX10 is a palm-sized photo printer that produces square-formatted prints.

Featuring dye-sublimation technology, users are able to print high-quality photos directly from their smartphones that are dirt-proof and water-resistant.

The SELPHY SQUARE QX10 is Canon’s most portable printer, enabling users to instantly print their memories wherever and whenever they want, with the assurance that printout quality will not diminish over time.

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SingTel Premieres Chinese New Year Comedy Short Film

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

Singtel has launched its annual short film for Chinese New Year, celebrating the season’s spirit of making connections and strengthening ties with a big dose of humour.

‘His Grandfather’s Road’ by Singtel for Chinese New Year. Click on the image to play the watch the short film.

‘His Grandfather’s Road’ by Singtel for Chinese New Year. Click on the image to play the watch the short film.

The short film is titled ‘His Grandfather’s Road’ – a phrase Singaporeans sometimes use to describe drivers who behave as if they own the road.

The video centres on a road rage altercation between two families that ends on a buoyant and conciliatory note when they realise that they have a lot more in common than they thought.

More details from the press release on the comedy.

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Google Puts All 114 Singapore Hawkers Centres On The Map

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

For the first time, all 114 hawker centres in Singapore will be documented on Google Maps’ Street View by early 2020.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The initiative is a collaboration between Google and the organisations that are co-driving the nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

These organisations include the National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation Of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

 

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The aim is to document Singapore’s beloved hawker centres on Google Maps to make them discoverable to anyone curious about our hawker centres or looking for their favourite hawker stalls.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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