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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring.
  • Voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

More details below from the press release.

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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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Breaking News: Grab Suspends GrabShare Temporarily

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

GrabShare services will be temporarily suspended from 9 February, 1am.

 

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Notification from GrabShare on its temporary suspension of service.

Due to the latest Novel Coronavirus developments, GrabShare services will be temporarily unavailable from 9 Feb, 1am until further notice.

This is a sensible and responsible move by Grab, Bravo!

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Google Maps

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Google Maps was introduced 15 years ago on 8 February, 2005. First launched on desktop, Google Maps helped users search for nearby businesses and navigate from Point A to B.

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Today, Google Maps is used by more than one billion people every month around the world.

Every month, Google Maps connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Before we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps tomorrow, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how much ground Maps has covered over the years, both in Singapore and worldwide.

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Holiday greetings: Happy New Year 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

It’s 2020. Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that's famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

This photo was taken at the entrance of Mousehole, a little town near Penzance that’s famous for its Christmas & New Year lights. Photo taken with Google Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

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Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael's Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

May peace and love be with you always!

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Breaking News: Grab Hitch Hits Glitch

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grab Hitch seems to have hit some glitches within their app with users being logged into the accounts belonging to OTHER users.

Update (1742H, 30 August, 2019)

Grab Hitch has sent out the following message to its drivers to reassure them:

“Dear Hitch Driver, earlier today we experienced an issue in our system. As a result, for a brief window of time some of you were shown another driver’s details in your profile. This issue has been fixed and we’d like to assure you that at no point was your wallet compromised or at risk. We apologise for this issue. If you have any questions please reach out to us via Help Centre in the app.”

Update (1310H, 30 August, 2019)

Around 1pm, the glitch seems to have been fixed by Hitch.

Kudos to such fast rectification!

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else's account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

Grab Hitch user logs into somebody else’s account, views their wallet details. The right image shows some of the different user accounts that he was connected to.

First reports of the Hitch Glitch came in around noon from users in Singapore.

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

A Grab Hitch driver had a confirmed ride from another driver in his account. To pick up or not to pick up?

Users were logged into the accounts of OTHER users when they get into the app.

The basic profile information eg. name, email and phone number remain correct.

But other information, such as the profile photo, car make & model, car photo, license number, confirmed rides reflected that of the “other” driver.

They could see the wallet details in these other accounts as if it were their own.

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Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

First opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument by the government on its centennial, the grand old dame has reopened on 1 August after an extensive 2-year restoration that began in 2017.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 

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Had a chance to walk through the charming grand dame of 1887 vintage on the Sunday prior to its reopening before the hordes descended.

The hotel now offers 115 suites in nine categories, including the Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.

The Long Bar – where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented – has also been refreshed.

 

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At 132 years old, the newly reopened Raffles Hotel has certainly seen a large part of Singapore’s 200-year old history after founder Sir Stamford Raffles colonised the island. This statue of Raffles sits in the Raffles Arcade and will observe the progress of the nation going forward into the next 200 years.

A night at the hotel ranges from slightly less than S$1,000 for its cheapest suite, to almost S$12,000 for one night in a two-bed President Suite.

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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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Google Puts All 114 Singapore Hawkers Centres On The Map

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

For the first time, all 114 hawker centres in Singapore will be documented on Google Maps’ Street View by early 2020.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The initiative is a collaboration between Google and the organisations that are co-driving the nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

These organisations include the National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation Of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

 

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The aim is to document Singapore’s beloved hawker centres on Google Maps to make them discoverable to anyone curious about our hawker centres or looking for their favourite hawker stalls.

More details below from the press release.

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