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New Arrival: Huawei Unveils Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Smartphones

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 20 Series of Android smartphones in London. The Mate 20 (S$998) and Mate 20 Pro (S$1,348) will be in Singapore from 27 October.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series offers On-Device AI and ships with Dual-NPU, Leica Triple Camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, HUAWEI SuperCharge supporting high-speed charging of up to 40W and Wireless Reverse Charging.

“With the rapid growth of game developers and many popular game titles, the social gaming industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Having the best technology is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Rex Ng, Chief Executive Officer of 6waves.

To mark its debut, customers can head down to Causeway Point on 27 October and receive a premium gift set (worth up to S$470) with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate 20 or Mate20 Pro.

Huawei also announced two new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro.

Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group also unveiled the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the fourth handset in the collaboration.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Google Pixel 3 (S$1,249) and Pixel 3 XL (S$1,399) Android smartphones will be available from 1 November through the Google Store online, as well as local telcos Singtel and StarHub. Pixel Stand is priced at S$119.

 

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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL launched in Singapore.

Google promises a “more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experience” on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Pixel comes in two sizes, the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL.

 

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Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships, Google, at the launch of the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore.

Both phones will come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and a new colour, Not Pink.

Both have the exact same feature set and comes with a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter and Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Honor 8X (S$348) Debuts in Singapore

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Honor 8X budget smartphone from Huawei is being officially launched in Singapore today. Highlights include an aurora glass body and thin bottom border using innovative chip-on-film (COF) technology.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for $348.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for S$348.

The Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch FullView display with 91% screen-to-body ratio and a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect.

The 6.5-inch Notch Full-View Display 2.0 has a 19.5:9 ratio in a 5.5-inch long and 7.8 mm thick body.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

The aspect ratio is close to the 21:9 ratio used in cinemas.

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New arrival: Oppo R17 ($699) & Oppo R17 Pro ($999) in Singapore

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Oppo Singapore has launched the R17 (S$699) and R17 Pro (S$999) Android smartphones in Singapore, the first market outside China to launch the R17 series following the Shanghai launch earlier this year.

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The new Oppo R-series smartphones is specially designed for night shooting, aided by AI.

The OPPO R17 6GB+128GB will be available in Singapore on 6th October at S$699.

The R17 Pro 8GB+128GB with SuperVOOC is priced at S$999.

Pre-order will begin on 3rd November 2018 and it will be available from 10th November 2018.

More details below from the press release.

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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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New Arrival: OtterBox Cases for iPhone XR, iPhone Xs Max & iPhone Xs

Friday, September 21st, 2018

OtterBox is offering a full portfolio of style, color and graphic case options available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and coming soon for iPhone XR. Prices below.

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR. They are sold at Best Denki, Epicentre, iStudio, LOL, Newstead, Nubox, and other authorised retail stores in Singapore.

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR.

OtterBox boasts that each iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal.

These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.

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Jack Ma Letter on Alibaba Departure & Succession Plan

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Alibaba Group Holding Limited today announced that one year from today – on September 10, 2019 – chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma will continue as executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship to Daniel Zhang.

Ma will complete his current term as a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors until its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2020.

Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee.

The Alibaba Partnership currently comprises 36 partners who are also members of senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates.

Pursuant to the articles of association of Alibaba Group, the Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate a majority of the directors to the board of the company.

Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

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Promotion: Lazada Launches LazMall for 9.9 Online Shopping Day

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Lazada has officially launched its eCommerce LazMall in six Southeast Asian countries with a 9-day shopping campaign culminating in the 9 September shopping day declared by the company’s parent, Alibaba back in 2016.

Jing Yin, Co-President, Commercial, Lazada Group, in Singapore officially launching LazMall for six Southeast Asian countries for the 9.9 shopping festival.

The 9-day online shopping festival boasts more than 215 thousand deals of up to 90% discounts for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam.

Shoppers can download the Lazada app to play games for additional vouchers and discounts.

From today, shoppers with the app can play the “Slash It” and “Shake It” games, and add to their shopping carts their favourite products before the 9.9 online sale begins at midnight (local time in the respective countries) on Saturday, 9 September 2018.

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Lazada presented to media and brand partners the promotions that shoppers can expect as part of the 9.9 campaign. The theme of the shopping extravaganza is “All You Ever Wanted”.

Customers can find a curated selection of over 1,000 international and local brands, online brands as well as authorized brand distributors.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2019 Personal Backup Software

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Acronis True Image 2019 offers AI-based Ransomware Shield and Blockchain authentication technologies to provide an additional layer of cyber protection for home users. Available now online: buy new from S$49.99, upgrade or try free for 30 days.

Acronis Founder and CEO, Serguei Beloussov, launched the new True Image 2019 in its Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis has released the 15-year Anniversary Edition of its personal backup software, Acronis True Image 2019.

Key capabilities of Acronis True Image 2019 include the following.

  • (New) Acronis Survival Kit: An all-in-one universal recovery tool for your system.
  • (New) Active Disk Cloning for Mac: Migrate all your data from your Mac to another device.
  • Acronis Active Protection: AI fighting off ransomware attacks for you.
  • Acronis Notary and ASign: Blockchain technology ensuring data integrity with notarisation and e-signing.
  • Backup for Social networks: All your profiles are now defended.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Parallels Desktop 14 brings greater storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels® Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Prices below.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Parallels Desktop 14 also provides the following:

  • Improved performance. Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro® (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography and other complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 Intel Cannon Lake processor instructions set support.
  • Graphics Improvements. Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8 and OriginLab.
  • macOS Mojave–Ready. Supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows files now shows quick actions.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac was launched in Singapore at The Working Capitol.

Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for US$49.99 per year.

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