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Samsung’s resolution for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Singapore customers will be able to exchange their Galaxy Note7 for another device, with a refund of the price difference between devices. Alternatively, they may return their Galaxy Note7 for a refund.

Update (18 October, 2016):

More details have been released by Samsung for Galaxy Note7 users in Singapore, covering the refund value for the Note7, trade-in prices to the S7 Edge, as well as refund for original Note7 accessories.

This is in addition to earlier information Samsung Singapore had released earlier.

Update (14 October, 2016):

Samsung Electronics Singapore has announced the details of the exchange and refund options for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore. Details here.

Here’s what you can do if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone in Singapore.

Here’s what you can do if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone in Singapore.

These remedy options for Galaxy Note7 customers in Singapore, follows the earlier advisory from Samsung Electronics Singapore for Galaxy Note7 customers to power down and stop using the device.

The company is in close discussions with its telecommunication operator and retail partners, and details on how Galaxy Note7 customers can go about the exchange or refund will be provided soon.

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Appointments: Jane Cui as new President Leica Camera Asia

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The appointment is part of a new management level and organisational structure that has been established to strengthen the important Asian growth market for Leica Camera AG.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

In the course of the company’s global expansion and the successive expansion of its subsidiaries, Leica Camera AG has now established an additional management level to its organisational structures in the Asia region.

‘I am thrilled to join the Leica family! There is so much history and so many stories are made by Leica. I look forward to be part of the team to help transform the company, and to continue growing the legacy of the Leica brand’, adds Jane Cui.

In her function as President Leica Camera Asia, Jane Cui will be assuming business responsibility for the markets Greater China and South East Asia with effect from 15 October 2016.

She will report to Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

The Managing Directors responsible for the individual Asian regions – Sunil Kaul (Asia Pacific) and Siegmund Dukek (Greater China) – will report to Jane Cui.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Huawei & Leica Camera establish new research & innovation center

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’. Photo source: Huawei.

Huawei and Leica Camera AG today announced they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation center.

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Acronis seals long-term sponsorship of F1 Scuderia Toro Rosso

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Founded in September 2003 in Singapore by CEO Serguei Beloussov, Acronis is the first Singapore principle company to sponsor a team in the world’s premier racing series.

“In our competitive environment it is becoming increasingly more important to protect all our technical information with a very high standard of software and Acronis can offer exactly what we need. Now that we have a long-term project together, we can’t wait to start working with Acronis, not only on a sponsorship level, but also in terms of adopting their data protection products within our factory and race team. I am sure we will both benefit from this technical cooperation and it will help our team to continue moving forward,” commented Team Principal Franz Tost.

“In our competitive environment it is becoming increasingly more important to protect all our technical information with a very high standard of software and Acronis can offer exactly what we need. Now that we have a long-term project together, we can’t wait to start working with Acronis, not only on a sponsorship level, but also in terms of adopting their data protection products within our factory and race team. I am sure we will both benefit from this technical cooperation and it will help our team to continue moving forward,” commented Team Principal Franz Tost.

Following the successful partnership between F1 team Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis during the Hungarian GP, the two parties have extended their agreement into a new long-term partnership, aimed at reaching new heights in racing and technological product development.

Acronis first announced its intentions to sponsor Toro Rosso back in May this year.

“Acronis is a cutting edge and forward looking company, growing rapidly in the field of data protection, which links in very well with the sport. This cooperation will see them and us work well and progress together,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat.

“Acronis is a cutting edge and forward looking company, growing rapidly in the field of data protection, which links in very well with the sport. This cooperation will see them and us work well and progress together,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat.

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, hopes that the new partnership will lead to rapid innovation, increased safety and enhanced performance during races and off the track.

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Opening: New HP Singapore flagship store in Marina Square

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

The new store is officially opened today and is located at #02-213/214/214A in Marina Square.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store is managed by Newstead Technologies and features the latest lifestyle, gaming and office devices.

Students, millennials and families can easily find a suitable convertible, notebook or desktop PC that reflects their sense of style and delivers the power they need from the complete new HP Pavilion PC portfolio on display.

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,” said Mindy Tan, Chief Executive Officer for Newstead Technologies.

The range features an Intel® RealSense Camera option for improved security with facial authentication as well as a choice of the latest Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors subject to model.

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PSB groundbreaking for new city campus in Marina Square, Singapore

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

With a total space of 100,000 square feet across 2 floors, the new city campus will be ready for move in from the fourth quarter of 2016.

* All images in this story provided by PSB.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

PSB Academy’s new city campus in Marina Square will host English proficiency programmes, as well as accounting and finance and business and communication diploma, degree and postgraduate courses from university partners such as The University of Newcastle, Australia, The University of Wollongong, Australia, Edinburgh Napier University UK, Loughborough University UK and Coventry University, UK among others.

In spite of the constraints of a city campus, there will be dynamic lighting that will automatically adjust to suit the time of day, to simulate an outdoor campus experience indoors.

Artist's impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

Artist’s impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

The new, fully Wi-Fi-enabled, campus will provide students and staff with a glass-housed radio and television studio, a town hall, a student hub, classroom configurations which allow for better collaborative learning, acoustically-treated MBA rooms – that will not require microphones for voice amplification – and auditoriums that can seat more than 300 people, amongst other features.

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“IBM Studios Singapore” opened in Watson Centre at Marina Bay

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The new IBM Studios Singapore joins a global network of 30 IBM Studios and will create cognitive-driven digital experiences for the company’s clients.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

IBM today announced the opening of IBM Studios Singapore, a new design center to help clients reinvent their business for the digital age and develop individualised experiences through a combination of cognitive capabilities and experience design.

“Our designers work with clients through the customer experience from strategy, creative and design to scalable digital, commerce, mobile and wearable platforms. We sit side-by-side with our clients to invent and co-create personalised, innovative solutions using IBM’s leadership in cognitive, research and design to take digital experiences to the next level for clients,” said Stefan Hirsch, ASEAN Lead for IBM iX.

The announcement was made at the launch of IBM’s Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore, and was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Located in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, IBM Studios Singapore will serve as the regional hub and will host more than 100 designers and digital experts from IBM iX (Interactive Experience).

IBM iX provides next-generation services dedicated to digital reinvention and transformational outcomes.

Clients will work side-by-side with teams of IBM creative designers, researchers, digital strategists, analytics and cognitive solution experts to analyze their business challenges and co-create new business models and offerings.

IBM iX applies the principles of IBM Design Thinking, which takes a rapid prototyping approach to user-centric product development, as well as IBM Design Language, a framework to inspire bold and engaging experiences.

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IBM opens “The Watson Centre at Marina Bay” in Singapore

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In an investment to accelerate development and commercialisation of disruptive technologies in Asia, the new Watson Centre houses “IBM Garage Singapore” and “IBM Studios – Singapore”; and will facilitate close to 5,000 IBM Cognitive Solution Professionals across the region co-creating with clients to drive transformation in their organisations.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Within the next five years, disruptive technologies such as cognitive computing and blockchain are expected to drive dramatic shifts in every industry, from healthcare, to financial services, to tourism.

“We are pleased with IBM’s decision to establish their APAC HQ and the new Watson Centre, together with a number of innovation initiatives, in Singapore to develop impactful digital solutions for their clients. This is a testament to Singapore’s growing start-up ecosystem, presence of strong industry verticals and the availability of digital talent with deep capabilities,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

To help clients of all sizes in the Asia Pacific region lead in shaping the future of their industries, IBMtoday announced plans to assist in the rapid prototyping and commercialisation of solutions based on cognitive computing and blockchain.

IBM today opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay, an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities.

IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

Watson Centre at Marina Bay will act as a centre of expertise for almost 5,000 IBM cognitive solutions professionals in the Asia Pacific region alone, including researchers, IBM Watson specialists, data scientists, software engineers, agile developers and analytics experts.

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Getty Images launches Virtual Reality Group for VR/360 content

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Getty Images is deepening its commitment to immersive content with new virtual reality business to make available high quality VR and 360 content.

“With the launch of the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group, we are embedding VR content technologies into the core of our business and ensuring that, as use of VR continues to grow, its users are further enhancing their experience with access to the world’s best imagery,” said Dawn Airey, Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images. Photo credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

“With the launch of the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group, we are embedding VR content technologies into the core of our business and ensuring that, as use of VR continues to grow, its users are further enhancing their experience with access to the world’s best imagery,” said Dawn Airey, Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images. Photo credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

Getty Images Virtual Reality Group is a new business dedicated to the creation and global distribution of virtual reality (VR) content.

“The technology is still in its infancy – as are the business models addressing how to use it – but we can expect to see VR become a leading tool for visual storytelling. It is anticipated that over 14 million consoles will sell this year alone (TrendForce), and we are only on the cusp of what will be a tectonic plate shift in VR,” said Dawn Airey, Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images.

The Getty Images Virtual Reality Group brings photographic and video technology together with Getty Images’ 21 years of experience in visual storytelling, to offer content for existing and future VR platforms.

The Group provides an offering of over 12,000 premium 360 images with new content added daily, as well as high res gigapixel content from key events and venues.

High quality VR production is also being offered through Getty Images Assignments.

Adapting to new image technologies, Getty images began building its collection of 360 and gigapixel imagery four years ago, pioneering the use of these techniques in its role as the Official Photographic Agency for the International Olympic Committee at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Travel: Indonesia gives visa-free facility to 169 countries

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Under its new visa regulations, Indonesia has given visa-free facility to 169 countries.

With this new regulation, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to boost international tourist visits to Indonesia.

With this new regulation, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to boost international tourist visits to Indonesia.

Good news to travellers planning to visit Indonesia.

You may now be able to visit Indonesia without having to apply for a visa.

Below are detailed information that you can check to see if the new regulations apply to you.

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