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New Arrival: Epson Launches Slew of Business Printers for Singapore

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In its first virtual launch via Zoom, Epson launched a slew of business printers for Singapore, from desktop printers (L14150, L15150, L15160), office printers (WF-C878R, WF-C879R) to enterprise-class copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

The WorkForce Pro WF-C879R and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers were launched earlier in May (see story here).

For today, the new printers were the desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150), as well as new multifunction inkjet WorkForce Enterprise copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

The new EcoTank L15150 and L15160 are compact, wide-format and multifunction A3 ink tank printers with the capacity for high performance continuous printing in both colour and black-and-white.

They are the successor models to the Epson L1455.

The EcoTank L14150 is a compact A4+ ink tank printer that offers scan and copy functions for both legal and folio size on its flatbed, as well as up to A3+ simplex printing via the rear paper feed slot.

The WorkForce Enterprise copiers not only cater to enterprises, but also to medium and large offices as well.

The new WorkForce Enterprise copiers bring improved functionality and usability from previous models, with an improved automatic document feeder (ADF).

It also comes with a new stapler and booklet finisher, that brings new features including saddle-stitching, hole-punching, stapling and stacking capabilities, delivering faster throughput speed.

More details below from the press releases.

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Canon Singapore Launches Safe Entry Solution for Retail & Offices

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The system consists of a device with a camera, temperature screening and a scanner that reads the identification card of a visitor for an integrated safe entry experience. As the solution is also a self-service system, workplaces can reduce manpower managing entry stations.

Canon's new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon’s new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon Singapore announced today the launch of a digital check-in solution which enables businesses to facilitate contactless, fast and easy temperature screening and entry/exit recording for staff and customers.

The solution, which is known as Facial Access Control Temperature System (FACTS), uses an 8-inch tablet which combines the functions of a camera, infrared thermography, near-field communication (NFC) device, barcode scanner and data storage.

The tablet is a third-party device distributed by Canon Singapore.

To check in, visitors should stand within 0.5 to 0.7metre from the device to have their temperature screened via the infrared thermography.

If the visitor’s temperature is within a predetermined range, a green text box will be shown to indicate that the visitor has passed the temperature screening.

This will be accompanied by an automated voice message which says, “temperature normal”.

The device will then request for the visitor’s identity, which can be quickly obtained by scanning the visitor’s identification cards such as NRIC (the latest digital version is also accepted) and driver’s license at the barcode scanner.

The device also can be set to automatically take a photo of the visitor, if required.

It takes just a few seconds to complete the entire process.

FACTS can also be used to facilitate the use of Singapore’s national digital check-in system, SafeEntry, to help retail stores, offices and other businesses comply with safe management measures at the workplace.

More details below from the press release.

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Event Forecast: Lazada Online Tech Show (4-8 June) Singapore

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Lazada’s Online Tech Show offers tech deals and discounts of up to 80% off, taking the place of PC Show 2020 which has been postponed from the usual June window to 16 – 19 July due to COVID-19.

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV(S$949).

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV (S$949).

Customers can expect daily flash sales, storewide vouchers, attractive deals and discounts at up to 80% off while shopping from the comfort and convenience of their homes.

The latest gadgets like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are exclusively available on Lazada, while the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus and the widely anticipated AAA game, Cyberpunk 2077 are available for pre-order.

The Lazada Online Tech Show will kick off with midnight flash sales that go till 2am on Thursday, 4 June.

More details below from Lazada.

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New Arrival: Lenovo Launches New Slew of Legion Gaming PCs

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The new Lenovo Legion gaming PCs ship with Coldfront 2.0, TrueStrike Keyboard, Dual Burn and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus. Prices and configurations below.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup.

Cooler thermals, TrueStrike keyboard, immersive displays and improved battery life supercharge performance across the latest Lenovo Legion lineup. Click to enlarge.

Lenovo has introduced the latest generation of Lenovo Legion PCs in Singapore, offering:

  • Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 thermal management.
  • Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard.
  • Dual Burn to optimize CPU and GPU performance together.
  • NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, Hybrid Mode, and Rapid Charge Pro for improved battery life.
  • World-class immersive displays optimized by Dolby Vision and OverDrive Support with optional 240Hz refresh rates and response rates of under 1ms.

Powering this exciting new suite of advancements is the latest 10t Gen Intel Core H-Series or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors, and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs with Max-Q Design.

The 2020 lineup available in Singapore features the following.

  • Laptops
    • Lenovo Legion 7i
    • Lenovo Legion 5Pi
    • Lenovo Legion 5i
    • Lenovo Legion 5
    • Lenovo IdeaPad™ Gaming 3i
    • Refreshed Lenovo Legion Y740Si
  • Desktops
    • Lenovo Legion Tower 5i
    • Lenovo IdeaCentre™ Gaming 5i

Inclusion of a lowercase letter ‘i’ in the Lenovo PC’s name denotes an Intel CPU; eg. the Lenovo Legion 5i has an Intel CPU, while Lenovo Legion 5 has an AMD CPU.

More details below from the press release.

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Schaffhausen Institute Of Technology Launches Master’s Program

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

The science and technology university aims to train future leaders who can combine technology and business to boost the digital industry.

Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) launches a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) launches a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

To tackle the shortage of potential leaders joining the digital sector, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) has crafted a new course: Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Software Engineering – to better prepare graduates for leadership roles, specifically within the IT and science disciplines.

Launching in September 2020, the newly developed program is available for students with bachelor’s in computer science or software engineering who have ambitions to be a part of the next generation of technical leaders.

More details below from the press release.

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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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News: Imec Achieves cm Accuracy & Low-power Ultra Wideband Localisation

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Imec has combined advanced machine learning algorithms and innovations in chip design to extend its secure proximity portfolio with next-generation high-precision and low-power ultra wideband technology.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

Ultra wideband technology is perfectly suited to support a variety of high accuracy and secure wireless ranging use-cases.

“Using machine learning, we created smart anchor selection algorithms that detect the (non) line-of-sight between UWB anchors and the mobile devices that are being tracked. Building on that knowledge, the ranging quality is estimated, and ranging errors are corrected. Since our approach also comes with machine learning enabled features that enable adaptive tuning of the network’s physical layer parameters, the right steps can then be initiated to mitigate those ranging errors – for instance by tuning the anchors’ radios,” explained Professor Eli De Poorter from IDLab.

Think of the ‘smart lock’ solutions commonly used in automotive – automatically unlocking a car’s doors as its owner approaches, while locking the car when the owner moves away.

While UWB is inherently more difficult to compromise than some alternatives, its potential has largely remained untapped because of its higher power consumption and larger footprint.

The innovations imec introduces today mark an important step to unlocking the technology’s full potential.

More details below from the press release.

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Event Forecast: IFA 2020 To Go Ahead In Berlin In September

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

IFA 2020 gets the go-ahead for a three-day event – from 3 to 5 September – with a tight limit on the number of attendees.

Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin (left) with Jens Heithecker, the Executive Director of IFA Berlin at the IFA press conference that was live-streamed online.

Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin (left) with Jens Heithecker, the Executive Director of IFA Berlin at the IFA press conference that was live-streamed online.

Health and Safety will be top priorities as the Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances trade show proceeds with the annual physical exhibition in Berlin.

“Our IFA team really has pulled out the stops for this one. I’m incredibly proud of how they have tackled this challenge and come up with a solution for IFA 2020,” commented Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

Focused on IFA’s core functions, the IFA 2020 Special Edition aims to support brands, manufacturers, media and retailers to connect and celebrate innovation across consumer electronics and home appliances.

IFA will host four stand-alone events, with not more than 1,000 attendees for each event per day.

  1. IFA Global Press Conference for brands’ keynotes and press conferences
  2. IFA Global Markets sourcing show
  3. IFA NEXT meets IFA SHIFT Mobility innovation platform
  4. IFA Business, Retail and Meeting Lounges.

IFA 2020 will not be open to the public, but run as an invitation-only event.

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New Arrival: Evolve2 Series Business UC Headsets – 40, 65, 85

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

The Evolve2 40, Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 85 will be available in Singapore from June. Prices below.

The Evolve2 85 and Evolve2 65 will be available in two colours: Black and Beige. The Evolve2 40 will be available in black.

The Evolve2 85 and Evolve2 65 will be available in two colours: Black and Beige. The Evolve2 40 will be available in black.

The Evolve2 series of professional headsets are designed for use at the office, at home or on the go.

They are engineered to provide noise cancellation (Evolve2 85) and strong passive noise cancellation.

Prices for the Jabra Evolve2 series of headsets.

Prices for the Jabra Evolve2 series of headsets.

The Evolve2 85 and Evolve2 65 offers up to 37 hours of battery life.

All three models work with all leading unified communications (UC) platforms

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New Arrival: Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro & Mi Note 10 Lite By Xiaomi

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Xiaomi’s online global launch unveils the three new phones and an Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C. Available in Singapore from 18 May. Prices and promotions below.

Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available in three colours: Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White.

Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available in three colours: Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White.

The new phones will be available for pre-orders (11-17 May) and sale (18 May onwards) on Xiaomi’s online LazMall Flagship Store and authorised Mi Stores in Singapore.

Those who pre-order (11-17 May) on Xiaomi’s LazMall store will receive various complementary gifts.

Pre-orders for Redmi Note 9 Pro will come with a complimentary Mi Fan Festival Bundle set.

Every pre-order of the Redmi Note 9 will come with a complimentary Mi Fan Festival Xiaomi Doll.

Pre-orders of the Mi Note 10 Lite will come with a complimentary Mi Fan Festival Gift set.

More details about the phones from the press release below.

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