Archive for the ‘Apps’ Category

New arrival: AppeDine launches Beta F&B apps

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

AppeDine has launched the public beta release of its trilateral F&B and lifestyle e-commerce marketplace in Singapore.

The AppeDine apps were launched in Singapore at a pop-up launch at Cali Singapore at Park Avenue Hotel.

The platform offers the ability to perform online transactions customised for F&B and lifestyle service providers, chefs and consumers.

Users can download the AppeDine’s mobile app or visit its website for their next culinary and lifestyle experience.

Below are more details from the press release.

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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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Opening: Thomson Reuters Data & Innovation Lab in Singapore

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Thomson Reuters continues expansion of its global labs network by opening its sixth in Singapore. Its first lab in Asia, the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab will serve customers across the Asia Pacific.

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS) officiating the opening of the new Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore. In addition, Kiren Kumar, Assistant Managing Director, Infocomms and Media, Singapore Economic Development Board commented, “We welcome Thomson Reuters into our fast-growing digital innovation ecosystem, and are glad that the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab is collaborating with various partners to create new products for the region and beyond. We are also pleased that the Lab presents exciting career opportunities in data science, software development and user experience design.”

The Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore will collaborate with the government, customers, tech startups and universities to build partnerships and create innovative products and solutions for professional markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation personal backup solution offers protection against ransomware attacks, along with blockchain-based document certification and electronic signature technology. Subscription prices below.

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Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation tackles the multi-billion dollar cyber-threat nightmare with real-time protection against ransomware attacks targeting data and offers the industry’s first blockchain-based certification and electronic signature technology.

The three core new features in Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation (over the existing Acronis TrueImage 2017) are:

  1. Acronis Active Protection – protects data against ransomware.
  2. Acronis Notary – ensures data authenticity with blockchain.
  3. Acronis ASign – provides easy-to-use digital signatures.

Acronis launched True Image 2017 New Generation in Singapore at its offices in Suntec City Tower 3. Here’s Mike Chadwick, Vice President of Engineering & Cloud Operations for Acronis, at the launch.

Pricing and Availability

The Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation will be available in 1, 3 and 5 computer offerings, at the price of S$139.99, S$200.99 and S$224.99 respectively.

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New arrival: Hunt for classic games on Google Search

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Google is making classic games like Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe available for play directly from Google Search.

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” into Google Search to play these classic games instantly online.

Other games available include Pac-man, Flip-a-coin and Roll-a-die.

More games will be released as Easter Eggs for netizens to discover.

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Is Google making playing cards too? No, this pack of cards are just a teaser to classic games that are now available on Google Search.

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New App: TomTom MyDrive on iOS/Android

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The app introduces TomTom Traffic Checker to keep you apprised of the real-time traffic situation.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

The app allows you to pre-plan your waypoints and itinerary before the journey and have them synced with your TomTom portable navigation devices (PND), instead of keying in the data directly on the PND.

On the journey itself, you can connect your mobile device to your TomTom (via the Internet) and receive real-time traffic information while driving.

More details from the press release below.

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Singapore IT company Acronis to sponsor Formula 1 team Toro Rosso

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Acronis intends to sponsor Toro Rosso under conditions that both Daniil Kvyat and Franz Tost are staying at Toro Rosso.

Daniil Kvyat, Formula 1 driver at Toro Rosso. “I am not a Formula 1 expert, however, I sense Daniil will feel more comfortable in Toro Rosso. Toro Rosso is hungry for pure racing, and we believe in their success as well as in Daniil himself,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, about Kvyat.

Daniil Kvyat, Formula 1 driver at Toro Rosso. “I am not a Formula 1 expert, however, I sense Daniil will feel more comfortable in Toro Rosso. Toro Rosso is hungry for pure racing, and we believe in their success as well as in Daniil himself,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, about Kvyat.

Russian-born Singaporean businessman Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis announced the sponsorship intentions.

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Shopee introduces free shipping and launches Shopee University

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Shipping costs can now be reimbursed with Shopee Free Shipping and users will receive greater support through Shopee University and the platform’s latest innovations.

“Since the official launch version of our platform, Shopee has seen tremendous growth with our sellers, buyers, product listings and orders now in the millions. To ensure this growth rate continues, we are committed to invest more in constantly enhancing our ecosystem through innovation and developing initiatives such as Shopee Free Shipping to empower individuals, especially budding entrepreneurs, to start their business journey on our platform by first removing the hassles of shipping costs. This in turn elevates mobile commerce standards and further strengthens our regional market leadership position, bringing us closer to achieve our aim in becoming Southeast Asia’s mobile commerce destination of choice,” said Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee.

“Since the official launch version of our platform, Shopee has seen tremendous growth with our sellers, buyers, product listings and orders now in the millions. To ensure this growth rate continues, we are committed to invest more in constantly enhancing our ecosystem through innovation and developing initiatives such as Shopee Free Shipping to empower individuals, especially budding entrepreneurs, to start their business journey on our platform by first removing the hassles of shipping costs. This in turn elevates mobile commerce standards and further strengthens our regional market leadership position, bringing us closer to achieve our aim in becoming Southeast Asia’s mobile commerce destination of choice,” said Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee.

Shopee, Garena’s eCommerce platform, today launched two initiatives—Shopee Free Shipping (Beta) and Shopee University, as well as announced product innovation updates at its inaugural Biannual Press Conference.

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Bunk beds for Shopee employees to catch a power nap over lunch or overnight in the Shopee HQ office in Fusionopolis in Singapore. Beside this room is the #massage room with a full-time masseuse to give staff a rub down.

This marks the beginning of an important growth strategy that the mobile-first social marketplace is commencing for the months ahead.

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Samsung Pay to expand globally beyond Korea & USA

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

The payment service from Samsung set to expand globally in 2016 to new countries and partners.

In 2016, Samsung Pay will be expanding to new countries and major payment networks such as American Express.

In 2016, Samsung Pay will be expanding to new countries and major payment networks such as American Express.

In 2016, Samsung Pay will start global expansion beginning with China in March, followed by Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain and the U.K. later in the year.

“Since its introduction last year, Samsung Pay has changed the way people pay and use their smartphones. We’ve already seen significant consumer adoption and we continue to see great momentum. Our aim is to expand Samsung Pay to even more locations around the world, and our customers should expect to see more features in the year to come,” said InJong Rhee, EVP and Head of R&D, Software and Services of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

Canada will be added to the new launch roadmap.

According to Samsung Electronics, Samsung Pay now has about five million registered users over 500 million dollars processed in the first six months, showing a strong adoption rate in South Korea and the U.S since the launch of the payment service in these two countries in August and September 2015 respectively.

Samsung Pay is currently available on select Galaxy devices including S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note5 as well as premium and mid-range options such as the 2016 models of both Galaxy A5 and A7.

Samsung Pay will also expand its enhanced services to more than just credit or debit cards, adding transit passes, coupons and membership cards to its available payment modes.

Samsung Pay is now available on Google Play as a free download for compatible devices.

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The 2016 versions of the A5 and A7 smartphones will be compatible with Samsung Pay. Seen here at the launch of the A3, A5 and A7 in Singapore.

Extensive Partnership Ecosystem

Samsung Pay started its service in South Korea and the U.S. last year, and now supports eligible credit and debit cards from more than 70 major and regional banks.

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New releases of Acronis Backup Solutions for Hybrid Cloud

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

New versions of Acronis Backup Solutions promise easy, complete and affordable data protection for businesses, managed service providers, telcos, hosters, and resellers.

The new releases of Acronis Backup Solutions offer performance and reliability with seamless path to next generation Hybrid Cloud Solutions. Versions 11.7 of Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced are available now. Version 5.0 of Acronis Backup Cloud will be available in March. Pictured here is Steve Goh, Vice President and GM of Sales, APAC & EMM Acronis.

The new releases of Acronis Backup Solutions offer performance and reliability with seamless path to next generation Hybrid Cloud Solutions. Versions 11.7 of Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced are available now. Version 5.0 of Acronis Backup Cloud will be available in March. Pictured here is Steve Goh, Vice President and GM of Sales, APAC & EMM Acronis.

Acronis, a hybrid cloud data protection company, has announced new releases of its Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced solutions, and its Acronis Backup Cloud solution.

“As workloads continue to grow and diversify, businesses need to be looking for ways to simplify their data protection while reducing costs and increasing their agility,” said Jason Buffington, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the new Acronis Backup solutions combine higher performance, quality and reliability with new features that make the buying and upgrade process seamless and easy, including a simple step up to the future Acronis Backup 12 solution.

According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), data backup and recovery consistently rank among the top IT priorities for organizations of all sizes, but especially for midsized organizations.

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