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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella During Build 2020 (19-21 May)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Microsoft Build 2020 was the first time the annual developers’ event was held completely online, because of COVID-19. Here are some interesting snippets from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his keynote address for the conference.

“Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we've seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

“Already, we’ve seen something like two years’ worth of digital transformation in just two months. And we’ve seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to the reimagining the world going forward,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at Build 2020.

How has developers come together with those on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19?

Here were some examples that Nadella highlighted.

  • At Johns Hopkins University, epidemiologists and software developers created a canonical dashboard to track the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies is using cloud compute and AI to decode the immune system’s response to the virus.
  • In the United Kingdom, a cross-section of manufacturers adjusted their production lines to build ventilators for the NHS, using mixed reality to guide workers through the process.
  • The NBA is using the power of the cloud and Xbox to engage fans and maintain the joy of the game.

What would developers need to be capable of going forward?

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New Arrival: ASUS ExpertBook B9 Business Notebook In Singapore

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

ASUS boasts that the new ExpertBook B9 (from S$2,298) is the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop, offering professionals performance, durability and portability.

The ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9450) ranges from S$2,298 to S$2,698 and is available at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

The ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9450) ranges from S$2,298 to S$2,698 and is available at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

The 14.9mm thickness ExpertBook B9 weighs just 870 grams and offers up to 24 hours of battery life.

It sports up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor, up to ultrafast 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), plus Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The ExpertBook offers military-grade durability and a TPM 2.0 security chip plus built-in IR camera for user security.

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New Arrival: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R & WF-C878R Printers

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Epson is launching two new multifunction A3 business printers with its Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology.

The new WorkForce Pro WF-C878R (left) and WF-C879R RIPS printers from Epson offer medium & large enterprises significantly lower energy usage and resource consumption. Photos show full set of printers.

The new WorkForce Pro WF-C878R (left) and WF-C879R RIPS printers from Epson offer medium & large enterprises significantly lower energy usage and resource consumption. Photos show full set of printers.

Targeting medium and large enterprise environments, these printers can print high yields of up to 86,000 pages without interruption and with a single set of ink packs.

“The new WorkForce Pro printers offer businesses a lower running cost, lower power consumption and a reduced environmental impact, so they can enjoy improved cost efficiency and productivity,” says Tan May Lin, Director – Sales, Marketing and Customer Service of Epson Sales division, Epson Singapore.

Driven by its PrecisionCore printheads, the business inkjet printers consume a significantly lower amount of energy, reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 85 per cent compared to laser printers.

The high-capacity ink packs reduce resource consumption, using significantly less consumables and packaging waste.

It also has fewer periodical parts to replace, further reducing printer maintenance and downtime.

More details about the 2 new Epson RIPS printers below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Acronis Cyber Protect For Enterprises

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Acronis Cyber Protect offers a complete cyber protection solution to fight pandemic cyberthreats and improve remote work. Availability & promotions below.

Acronis Cyber Protect enables service providers to cut costs and defend their clients against cyberthreats through AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity – with total Zoom security, COVID-19 URL filtering and a 100% detection rate.

Acronis Cyber Protect enables service providers to cut costs and defend their clients against cyberthreats through AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity – with total Zoom security, COVID-19 URL filtering and a 100% detection rate.

Acronis announced today the availability of Acronis Cyber Protect, a new cyber protection solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-gen anti-malware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into one service.

Acronis Cyber Protect eliminates complexity, improves productivity, and enables managed service providers (MSP) to efficiently make security a focal point of their portfolio – ensuring their business can meet client expectations for data, applications, and systems security and protection.

More details below from the press release.

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Google Pay Singapore Adds Food Discovery & Ordering To App

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Google Pay supports Singapore food establishments amid the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak – by offering a free menu discovery feature for food establishments; and enabling patrons to discover eateries by cuisine, browse menus and contact merchants to place orders from over 250 eateries.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

To help Singaporeans and the local food services industry during the circuit breaker period, Google has launched a new feature to discover food pick-up and delivery options on the new Google Pay Singapore app.

“Quick food pick-ups and door-to-door deliveries are now a necessity, as Singaporeans stay home during this critical period. Like several others in Singapore, we too were sharing food menus among family and friends. So we thought, what if we could scale this and make this easier for consumers and restaurants? We rallied our employees to come together quickly and discussed ways in which we could offer a solution,” said Patrick Teo, Director of Engineering for Payments and Engineering Site Lead at Google Singapore.

Many food establishments had to pause their dine-in services and rely on informal methods to share their menu and publicise their pick-up or delivery options.

Developed specifically for Singapore, this new menu discovery experience brings a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and hawker stalls online starting with over 100 businesses in addition to existing restaurants like Burger King, Canadian Pizza, Cedele, Da Paolo Group, The Daily Cut and Tuk Tuk Cha, giving patrons over 250 eateries to order from.

With the new Menu Discovery feature, Singaporeans will now be able to get family meals from Kok Sen, O Banh Mi, and Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha or order restaurant-style spreads at home from Blue Ginger, O.BBa BBQ Jjajang and NUDE Seafood.

With the new menu discovery feature, customers can browse menus, select items, and contact the food establishment to place their order and pay.

Depending on the eatery, customers can choose to pick up their order or have it delivered.

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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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From World Backup Day To Acronis World Cyber Protection Week

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

31 March is the traditional World Backup Day for the industry. In response to the global pandemic and rising cybersecurity concerns, Acronis has expanded it into the World Cyber Protection Week, conducting a cybersecurity awareness survey.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey reveals 42% of organisations suffered data loss resulting in downtime last year.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey reveals 42% of organisations suffered data loss resulting in downtime last year. Image: Acronis.

While nearly 90% are backing up the IT components they’re responsible for protecting, only 41% of the survey respondents back up daily – leaving many businesses with gaps in the valuable data available for recovery.

The figures revealed in Acronis’ 2020 World Cyber Protection Week Survey suggest that traditional strategies and solutions to data protection are no longer able to keep up with the modern IT needs of individuals and organisations.

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Visa Study: 2 In 3 Singaporeans Interested In Using Neobanks

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Close to 65% of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.

* All infographics in this story courtesy of Visa.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank - interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank – interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2019 by ENGINE Insights with 511 Singaporeans aged 18-65 years of age.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking - whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking – whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 5,000 consumers across seven markets in Southeast Asia.

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Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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Dell Technologies and Orange Telco Demonstrate 5G Capability

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Dell Technologies successfully completed live field trials of its first 5G-ready Latitude notebook on the Orange 5G network in Paris.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

The demo builds on Dell’s agreement with Orange, one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services worldwide, to help people experience the impact and power of 5G.

“5G opens a broad new frontier for businesses and consumers with the Always-Connected PC. This announcement is a clear example of how 5G can impact our daily lives. Downloading a large presentation or training video could take seconds instead of minutes. Enhanced broadband communications and lower latency enables new usage models and users to complete tasks much faster than 4G-enabled networks, which creates and drives new business models and new applications, like augmented and virtual reality, cloud-assisted gaming, real-time language translation and image processing,” said Liam Quinn, Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow for Dell Technologies.

The two companies aim to unlock the true power of enhanced broadband communications in creating new opportunities for bandwidth-intensive applications.

They hope to demonstrate an immersive and interactive experience that unlocks new business opportunities and boosts productivity anytime, anywhere with the Always-Connected PC

Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude notebook was announced at CES earlier this year, and is the first PC to successfully pass the Orange 5G testing.

These first field trials, conducted on the Orange 5G network in Paris, demonstrate the promise of 5G with sustained download speeds over 900 megabits per second on an enterprise-grade mobile compute platform – surpassing 4G speeds that typically are under 60 megabits per second.

By deploying Dell’s 5G PC on the Orange 5G network, the two companies are demonstrating that they can create immersive and interactive environments that unlock new business opportunities, while delivering what employees demand with connectivity to help boost productivity and collaboration.

Below are more details from the press release.

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