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Weekender: TWG Tea launches website & membership programme

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

TWG Tea launches a new omni-channel global eCommerce website and membership programme for customers around the globe.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the home-grown brand, TWG Tea has launched a new eCommerce website and a membership programme that’s by-invitation only.

Three years in the making, this venture opens the door to customers worldwide to purchase its full selection of more than 800 blends of tea, even in countries where TWG Tea does not have brick-and-mortar outlets.

Some of the physical branches are directly managed by the TWG Tea headquarters in Singapore while an increasing number are through franchising – in the UK for instance.

The global website and membership programme currently ships internationally to 48 countries.

Progressively, the global platform will be rolled out across international markets including China, Japan, and Europe later this year with plans to increase this number to 18 international hubs by 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: ESET Smart TV Security against Android TV malware

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The new ESET Smart TV Security was showcased during MWC 2018 to protect against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operating system.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

Smart TVs – with their microphones, cameras and USB ports – are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

“Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobiles – they cannot treat them like an average TV, kettle, or watch,” said Branislav Orlik, Mobile Security Product Manager at ESET.

By gaining control over a smart TV, cybercriminals can not only attack other devices on the user’s home network but also spy on individuals to gather sensitive and personal data.

Smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

The threat has now crossed over to Android TVs, as incidents of smart TV screen-locks and ransom demands reported in the news have illustrated.

The ESET Smart TV Security application protects consumers with the following security features.

  • Antivirus protection safeguards against increasing levels of Android malware.
  • Anti-ransomware technology combats screen-locks.
  • Multi-device scanning for malware on devices and USBs that connect to the smart TV.
  • Anti-phishing to protect users from attempts to steal sensitive, personal information. This feature will be available only in the premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

If ransomware is activated, users are advised to switch their smart TV off/on while the virus database is updated and scanning is initiated.

“Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favourite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised. ESET is the top-rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure,” explains Orlik.

When ESET Smart TV Security detects ransomware on the device, the user is advised to uninstall the malware.

Once uninstall is confirmed, the ransomware will be cleared.

ESET’s Smart TV Security is available for download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user’s TV device.

Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem – both smartphone and TV.

Promotion: WhizComms 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

WhizComms is offering its high speed 1Gbps Home Fibre Broadband service subscription at S$34 per month, with total savings amounting to more than S$100 for signups by 14 March 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

The S$34/mth subscription works out to S$1.60/day. Promotion ends on 14 March, 2018.

All subscribers will get to enjoy the following promotions if they sign up by 14 March 2018.

  • S$38/mth for 12-month plan or S$34/mth for 24-month plan.
  • Free Activation Fee, worth S$53.50.
  • Free Installation and Delivery on Weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
  • Free Onsite Audit service to complement any subscription plan with wireless router.
  • Save 10% on Airlive (AC1200-R) router at S$88.

Visit WhizComms online to sign up.

New arrival: Circles.Life unlimited data on demand for S$3/day

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Circles.life offers unlimited data on demand at 4G+ speeds at S$3 per calendar day; as well as WhatsApp Passport – offering unlimited WhatsApp roaming for messaging in 18 countries at S$1 per calendar day.

In the same way that other asset light digital players in entertainment, transportation and hospitality has reimagined their respective industries, Circles.Life believes its proprietary cloud-based infrastructure Circles-X will reimagine the future of the telco industry.

In the same way that other asset light digital players in entertainment, transportation and hospitality has reimagined their respective industries, Circles.Life believes its proprietary cloud-based infrastructure Circles-X will reimagine the future of the telco industry.

The unlimited mobile data on demand that Circles.Life is offering is free from any contract and can be activated anytime by simply turning it on in the mobile dashboard within the CirclesCare app.

Circles.Life customers customers are eligible to use the “Unlimited Data on Demand” without subscribing to the company’s existing 20GB for S$20 data upgrade.

Note that fair use policy applies, so speeds will be “managed” after 100GB of usage per month, based on the mobile number.

For WhatsApp Passport, customers can pay S$1 per day to enjoy unlimited data usage for WhatsApp messaging while roaming with partner networks in over 18 countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, India and the UK.

Note that this is only for messaging – including sending of photos and videos – but does not include WhatsApp voice calls.

International expansion to Indonesia

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Travel platform KKday secures Series B funding from H.I.S (US$10.5m)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

KKday, Asia’s largest online travel-experience ecommerce platform, has raised US$10.5 million in additional funding led by Japanese travel industry leader H.I.S. with participation from existing investor MindWorks Ventures.

* This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

Research by Phocuswright projects that the travel tours and activities industry will reach US$183B by 2020 from US$135B in 2016. Photo: Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

The alliance and funding is expected to help KKday expand its regional presence and further improve its variety of affordable product offerings to travelers.

“H.I.S. is not just a financial investor, but is valued as a strategic investor. By utilising H.I.S.’s global resources and integrating it with KKday’s strong marketing and big data programs, we will be able to change the in-destination travel operations model. KKday will be focusing on improving the customer experience and strengthening our relationship with our suppliers. These two strategies are highly related. You can’t improve customer experience without having an amicable relationship with the supplier,” says Ming Chen, KKday CEO.

KKday curates more than 10,000 travel-related experiences from more than 500 cities and 80 countries with over 4 million unique visitors and serves a few hundred thousand travellers each month.

The company applies big data analytics to drive business decisions and to refine current offerings to optimise customer experience.

Headquartered in Tokyo, H.I.S. has offices located in over 130 cities around the world.

As the in-destination travel industry is fragmented, managing supply chain is a major challenge.

This is why KKday focuses on developing a strong Supply Chain Management (SCM) system that allows all types of suppliers, big or small, to communicate with customers and manage orders without any IT investment.

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TOMI chatbot from Tokio Marine finds nearest panel clinic

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd. (TMLS) is introducing a new functionality to their TOMI chatbot – helping users find its nearest panel clinic in three steps.

Users previously had to refer to an online directory that listed all 539 network clinics.

Users previously had to refer to an online directory that listed all 539 network clinics.

The update will enable users to conveniently find suitable TMLS panel clinics within their designated search area.

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New arrival: Amazon launches Amazon Prime in Singapore

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Prime members can get unlimited free shipping on millions of local and international items, unlimited access to popular movies and TV shows on Prime Video and video game benefits with Twitch Prime. Prices & launch promotions below.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

“We want to make the lives of customers living in Singapore better every day. Customers in Singapore have been enjoying ultra-fast delivery with Prime Now since July, and now, the introduction of Amazon Prime will take their shopping experience to the next level. Now with an even wider selection of international items available for unlimited free international shipping, along with unlimited access to Prime Video and Twitch Prime, this membership is designed to offer the best of Amazon. And this is just the beginning. We will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits,” said Jamil Ghani, Vice President Amazon Prime International.

This week, Singapore customers will be able to enjoy Prime benefits including exclusive access to free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40 with tens of thousands of items and unlimited free international shipping on orders above S$60 on more than 5 million items from Amazon US – all available in the Prime Now App.

Plus, Prime members in Singapore will enjoy unlimited access to popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly-anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, as well as other shows, movies and more on Prime Video.

They will also enjoy access to gaming benefits with Twitch Prime, at no additional cost.

Amazon Prime in Singapore will be available for S$8.99 per month; however, for a limited time, customers can sign up for S$2.99 per month.

Everyone can try Prime by signing up for a free 30-day trial at www.amazon.com.sg.

More details below from the press release about Prime membership benefits in Singapore.

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New arrival: ESET 2018 consumer internet security software (with Giveaway)

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The new security solutions for Windows devices include ESET Smart Security Premium, ESET Internet Security, and ESET NOD32 Antivirus. Prices and Giveaway below.

Update (20 November, 2017):

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The most popular security solution among the three is the ESET Internet Security. Check out the tech4xmas Giveaway here to get a free copy for this Christmas!

ESET has launched its 2018 line of security solutions (version 11) for home users using Windows computers.

The solutions are available online now for download and annual subscription prices for 1 computer are listed below.

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus: S$29.90
  • ESET Internet Security: S$45.90
  • ESET Smart Security Premium: S$75.90
  • ESET Multi-Device Security
    • for 3 devices: S$75.90
    • for 5 devices: S$106.90

Discounted subscription plans for each product are available for more than 1 device.

The ESET Multi-Device Security Pack provides the same features as the ESET Internet Security but adds cross-platform support to Windows/Mac/Linux computers and Android smartphones/tablets.

What is noteworthy is that for existing subscribers to the current versions, there is no charge for upgrading to the latest software – all valid ESET license holders can simply download the latest products.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: ERA Realty Network launches FindPropertyAgent.sg web portal

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The new web portal enables buyers to look for properties based on how reputable and experienced the agents selling those properties are.

The web portal offer properties sold exclusively by almost 7,000 ERA property agents. The company’s agents account for almost 50% of the market share of transacted real estate deals in Singapore.

The web portal offer properties sold exclusively by almost 7,000 ERA property agents. The company’s agents account for almost 50% of the market share of transacted real estate deals in Singapore.

The free-to-use web portal offers buyers an objective ranking of ERA property agents based on their experience and client rating.

This gives the buyer greater peace of mind when considering a specific property that they have found through a search in the portal.

You can search for properties on sale or for rental and see a geographical spread of those available on a map.

You can search for properties on sale or for rental and see a geographical spread of those available on a map.

Property agents who have the most completed transactions will be ranked on top.

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New arrival: Google Wifi mesh Wi-Fi home router in Singapore

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Google has launched its home Wi-Fi system in Singapore – the first in Southeast Asia and the 8th country in the world to begin shipping the mesh router. Prices below.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Google Wifi will be available in Singapore from 31 August, 2017 – exclusive to StarHub customers.

By setting up two or more Google Wifi routers around the home, a mesh Wi-Fi network is set up in the home that extends the range of a traditional router and provides coverage to dead Wi-Fi zones plaguing most home Wi-Fi networks.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

This is especially useful for larger apartments or homes with physical layouts that are introduce Wi-Fi dead zones.

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