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New Arrival: Microsoft 365 Personal And Family Subscriptions

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Microsoft has announced the refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365, along with the preview of two new experiences – the Microsoft Family Safety app and new features coming to Microsoft Teams.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on the foundation of Office 365, infusing new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower people to become better writers, presenters, designers and finance managers, as well as deepen people connections.

These experiences start rolling out today and will reach over 38 million Office 365 subscribers over the next few months.

In addition, Microsoft today unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will be available for preview in the coming months.

Firstly, a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds.

Next, to provide one application to help manage work and life and deepen connections with those who matter most, Microsoft also previewed new features coming to Microsoft Teams for users’ personal life today.

With these new features, users can connect, stay organised, and collaborate with family and friends.

They will be able to connect in group chats, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists, assign tasks to specific people and coordinate schedules, as well as share photos and videos all in one place.

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New Feature: Google Translate App Gets Real Time Transcribe

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Google Translate app has just launched Transcribe – a new feature that enables you to translate and transcribe audio in real time.

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

Transcribe began its roll-out early this morning, and a full roll-out will be happening within the next few days.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

The new feature will support any combination between the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Previously, Translate wasn’t well suited to translate lectures over video conferencing or in a classroom, longer discussions, or stories from grandparents who speak another language.

To address this gap, Google is introducing this new feature that transcribes audio into translated text.

While the feature is only available on Android devices currently, Google is planning to launch it on iOS in the future.

Here’s how Transcribe in the Google Translate app works:

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Fitbit Adds SpO2 Monitoring With Estimate Oxygen Variation Graph

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph is now available to all Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite, and Versa 2 users.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

This new feature was originally announced at Fitbit’s Fall 2019 launch event and began rolling out to some users in January.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2020 Personal Backup Software

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Acronis True Image 2020 personal backup solution automates backups and replicates local backups in the cloud. Now includes cyber protection as well. Available online, prices below.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

The new version enables users to automatically replicate local backups in the cloud, automating the 3-2-1 backup rule – having 3 copies, in 2 types of media, with 1 copy offsite.

The Dual Protection replication feature is one of more than 100 enhancements and new capabilities incorporated into Acronis True Image 2020 that are designed to further improve its performance, control, and security.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

The company’s vision of cyber protection combines traditional data protection and cybersecurity into one solution, addressing all Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – ensuring safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data (SAPAS).

Acronis boasts that this unique approach means Acronis True Image 2020 delivers easy, efficient, secure cyber protection to home users, prosumers, and home-based businesses.

Pricing and Availability

Three versions of Acronis True Image are available as follows:

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is now ready for macOS Catalina (10.15) and moves to Apple Metal API with support for DirectX 11 for better speed and graphics for users. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 15 include the following.

  • DirectX 11 support: This brings more windows programs and PC games to Mac. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior version.
  • Play any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine: Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac.
  • Seamless Mac and Windows Integration: Enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
  • Improved Performance: Users can enjoy up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup, 15% faster 3D graphics improvements, and a more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription, or US$99.99 for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition.

More details below from the press release.

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MedTech: DocDoc TeleHealth Platform Raises US$13m Funding

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Singapore-based DocDoc which positions itself as “the world’s first patient intelligence company”, has today announced the close of an institutional capital raise of US$13 million, bringing the total funding the company has raised to date to US$24.6 million.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

“We are excited to be moving from strength to strength with solid support from our investors and an ecosystem of exceptional partners. We believe in the potential of our patient intelligence platform to revolutionize and redefine the delivery of healthcare,” said Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

“We are excited to be moving from strength to strength with solid support from our investors and an ecosystem of exceptional partners. We believe in the potential of our patient intelligence platform to revolutionize and redefine the delivery of healthcare,” said Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

The financing was done on a convertible note and was led by Adamas Finance Asia Limited (ADAM), a London-listed investment company, alongside leading regional family offices, a fund managed by a global investment firm specialising in financial services and the Cyberport Macro Fund.

“Of course, we enable our partners to save money, boost engagement and delight their customers in measurable ways, but what is far more important is that we meaningfully help people. Real people with real problems. People who are uncertain or scared, people who know a lot or almost nothing about healthcare, and people who need a friend to help navigate an amazingly complex healthcare ecosystem. At DocDoc, we have created the solution we needed when we faced this situation. Our product is real as it comes from the purest of intention, the need for parents to protect their child. Our product is real as it is built by an uncompromising team who owns the importance of our mission,” commented Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

DocDoc’s AI-powered doctor discovery platform is reimagining the patient journey by building a patient-centric healthcare ecosystem that supports patients throughout the continuum of care and empowering them with readily digestible medical information to make well-informed healthcare decisions.

The proceeds raised will be used to support DocDoc’s market expansion and enhance its leading patient intelligence platform.

Founded in 2012, DocDoc is one of the earliest telemedicine platforms in Singapore.

Its current suite of product offerings includes doctor discovery, telemedicine, and cashless settlement.

Operating in eight countries, DocDoc boasts that it has built the largest network of doctors in Asia with over 23,000 doctors and 793 clinics and hospitals in its network.

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MedTech: MyDoc & Prudential Launches Telemedicine Partnership

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Prudential and MyDoc are launching online doctor consultations and telemedicine services to Asian consumers.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

Prudential Corporation Asia (“Prudential”) today announced it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates.

“Prudential’s partnership with MyDoc is in line with our commitment to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. MyDoc’s telemedicine services will be part of the full cycle of healthcare and wellness services on Pulse, from wellness tracking and symptom checking to online consultations and disease prevention. By combining revolutionary health technology and the convenience of telemedicine, MyDoc and Prudential are helping to empower consumers to take control of their health, anytime, anywhere. Prudential will continue to bring the best health and wellness services to Pulse, in tandem with our local and regional partners,” said Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia.

Prudential is a leading life insurer and asset manager in Asia with over 15 million customers and £151 billion in assets under management.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

MyDoc’s services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region offering holistic health management to users.

Pulse features self-help health and wellness tools, a symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, and other value-added services.

The Pulse app will launch in 11 markets across Asia, and can be downloaded for free.

MyDoc offers patients a video consultation with a doctor through Pulse, as well as the option to book a face-to-face appointment.

Electronic prescriptions, medicine delivery, electronic medical certificates and online records will be offered in selected markets as an additional service.

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New Arrival: SATS Launches Ready To Travel 2.0 App

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Ready To Travel, a travel app subsidiary owned by SATS, today unveiled the new features and services in Version 2.0.

This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

These include access to over 400 airport lounges worldwide and a new global bag-locate service that tracks and expedites the return of delayed baggage with a 96-hour guarantee – from the time the flight lands to baggage return – after which travellers will receive the pay-out.

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

With the new global bag-locate service – from S$6, travellers can insure 2 bags with a pay-out of up to S$2,200 per delayed bag.

Through Ready To Travel, the Bag Locate service provider works with the airline to locate delayed baggage, while sending email updates to the traveller.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Razer Pay Comes to Singapore with FOMO Pay

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

With the full Singapore launch of Razer Pay coming up in H1 2019, Razer is inviting fans and gamers to join the app’s beta phase by applying for access here.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Razer fans and gamers in Singapore can be among the first in the country to participate in a limited beta of the upcoming Razer Pay e-wallet.

“We’re thrilled to offer all Razer fans and gamers in Singapore the opportunity to sign up for the closed beta launch of Razer Pay and play a part in helping us ready the app for its full public launch,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.

Successful applicants will be sent a unique access code for the Razer Pay app via text message in the next few days.

Throughout the beta, participants will get to experience the full functionality of Razer Pay and enjoy frequent gaming-focused promotions and events such as giveaways of Razer Gold, Razer PIN, and other digital content.

Beta users’ feedback will help optimise operations for a smooth public launch in the coming weeks.

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Tableau Software Announces General Availability of Ask Data

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tableau 2019.1 makes analytics even more accessible with Natural Language Processing. New Tableau Prep Conductor allows users to easily schedule and manage self-service data preparation at scale.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

Ask Data leverages the power of natural language processing to enable people to ask data questions in plain language and instantly get a visual response right in Tableau.

This patent pending capability makes it easier for people, regardless of skill set, to engage with data and produce analytical insights they can share with others without having to do any setup or programming.

Ask Data is available as part Tableau’s newest release, Tableau 2019.1.

Details below from the press release.

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