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Weekender: TWG Tea launches website & membership programme

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

TWG Tea launches a new omni-channel global eCommerce website and membership programme for customers around the globe.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

Launching from Singapore, this revolutionary global platform will soon include subsites featuring local shipping, payment platforms, inventories, and customer service centres dedicated to TWG Tea customers in China, Japan and Europe, with other locations to follow.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the home-grown brand, TWG Tea has launched a new eCommerce website and a membership programme that’s by-invitation only.

Three years in the making, this venture opens the door to customers worldwide to purchase its full selection of more than 800 blends of tea, even in countries where TWG Tea does not have brick-and-mortar outlets.

Some of the physical branches are directly managed by the TWG Tea headquarters in Singapore while an increasing number are through franchising – in the UK for instance.

The global website and membership programme currently ships internationally to 48 countries.

Progressively, the global platform will be rolled out across international markets including China, Japan, and Europe later this year with plans to increase this number to 18 international hubs by 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Tableau Prep data preparation software for analytics

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Tableau Software has expanded its analytics platform with Tableau Prep to provide a direct and visual experience to data preparation, making it simple and integrated with its Tableau analytical workflow – enabling users to get insights faster from their data. Available now.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

The new Tableau Prep features a direct and visual experience for data preparation.

“We’ve been able to save hours of work with Tableau Prep, completely reinventing the way we look at our data, and dramatically shortening the time between data collection and actionable insights,” said Gessica Briggs-Sullivan, Tableau Administrator at Charles Schwab, Inc. “

The application gives customers a deeper understanding of their data; smart features to automate complex tasks; and integration with the Tableau analytical workflow for faster speed to insight.

Tableau Prep is included with the new Creator offering, part of Tableau’s new subscription offerings.

Existing customers of Tableau Desktop are also able to use Tableau Prep at no charge for the next two years.

More details below about Tableau Prep from the press release.

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Tableau introduces three new analytics subscription packages

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

The new Tableau Creator, Explorer and Viewer subscriptions offers different levels of its end-to-end analytics capabilities to the workforce, ranging from the sophisticated analyst to the casual business user. Pricing structure here.

Brief from Tableau Software at its Singapore office on the new subscription packages. From right: JY Pook, SVP APAC, Tableau; Professor Fermin Diez, Adjunct Professor, SMU; Marcus Loh, Director, APAC Comms, Tableau Software.

Brief from Tableau Software at its Singapore office on the new subscription packages. From right: JY Pook, SVP APAC, Tableau; Professor Fermin Diez, Adjunct Professor, SMU; Marcus Loh, Director, APAC Comms, Tableau Software.

Tableau Software today introduced new subscriptions that combine new and existing analytical capabilities into packages appropriate for everyone across an organisation, regardless of skill level.

“With the unprecedented and accelerating growth of data that customers are experiencing, the need to see and understand data is more important than ever before. Professional analysts, teachers, doctors, project managers, marketers, sellers, developers, factory line workers, recruiters – everyone needs data to make better decisions,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO at Tableau.

As a new way to buy and scale Tableau’s analytics platform, Tableau Creator, Explorer, and Viewer subscriptions provide tailored combinations of sophisticated analytics and simplicity.

This allows every customer to create the appropriate mix of analytics capabilities to meet the specific needs of their entire organisation.

From consuming data and performing ad-hoc analysis from curated data sources, to preparing and developing advanced analysis, the new price offerings cover a wide breadth of capabilities.

They also include the newly released data preparation application Tableau Prep, new web authoring capabilities, and the renowned Tableau Desktop.

Customers can choose to work on-premises or in the cloud.

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Event: VMware hosts CIO Forum 2018 in Singapore (9-11 April)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

VMware Hosts CIO Forum in Singapore, urging CIOs to overcome digital impasse to pursue greater digital transformation (DX).

New research indicates that only 1.2 percent of organizations in the region meet the gold standard of being “digital disruptors”. In the photo: Duncan Hewett, SVP & GM for Asia Pacific & Japan, VMware, briefing media in Singapore.

“The Asia-Pacific region differs in technological maturity, but one thing is common – the recognition of digital transformation as a business catalyst. In order to enable digital transformation progress in the region, it is essential for organizations to integrate their existing products and services – without silos,” said Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware.

VMware is hosting more than 120 C-level executives at the annual VMware CIO Forum for Southeast Asia and Korea, showcasing a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to accelerate performance and drive results from digital investment into the next stage of growth.

“IT environments in APJ are now a mixture of legacy infrastructure and public and private clouds, and that’s what we hear from some of our largest customers. VMware is committed to working with our customers to outline the strategic measures they need to address, enabling them for success and creating new possibilities for their businesses,” said Hewett.

With enterprises and governments in Southeast Asia prioritising digital transformation as a cornerstone in business growth and smart nation blueprints, DX is a key focus area at the event.

In partnership with the International Data Corporation (IDC), C-level executives will focus on the next progression of the DX journey to better understand the scope and impact of DX and facilitate an in-depth analysis of DX investment relative to strategic enterprise priorities.

Based on findings from their latest (conducted in 2017) Digital Transformation study in the region, titled “IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in APEJ, 2018”, organisations in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) have progressed from resisting digital transformation to exploring digital transformation initiatives.

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New arrival: Huawei P20 & Huawei P20 Pro smartphones in Singapore

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Pre-orders online for the two new flagship smartphones begin today. The phones will hit the shelves in Singapore from 7 April (Huawei P20 Pro in Twilight will be in stores end-April, 2018). Prices and specifications below.

In Singapore, three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Pink Gold) will be available for the Huawei P20. There’ll also be three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Twilight) available for the Huawei P20 Pro.

In Singapore, three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Pink Gold) will be available for the Huawei P20. There’ll also be three colours (Black, Midnight Blue & Twilight) available for the Huawei P20 Pro.

The two flagship Android smartphones from Huawei was first unveiled in Paris, France last Tuesday.

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones.

Below are the prices, colours and availability of the new Huawei P20 series smartphones.

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Huawei unveils new P20 series flagship Android smartphones

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled in Paris, France the new P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. These two new flagship models promise to continue Huawei’s focus on camera prowess in collaboration with Leica.

Update (2 April, 2018):

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones. The prices, colours and availability of the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in Singapore has been released. Read the details here.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

Key features of the Huawei P20 series include the following.

  • The Huawei P20 Pro features a camera that promises to capture more light and detail with the new Leica triple camera, boasting what the company claims the smartphone industry’s highest pixel count.
  • The Huawei P20 features a new Leica dual camera.
  • Both includes Master AI which includes AI-driven professional photography settings and Huawei AIS – its AI stabilisation technology.
  • Thin bezel, with new colours including a dynamic gradient finish.
  • Features Kirin 970 processor with a dedicated NPU and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

In addition to the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (Race Sport).

Singapore will be one of the first few countries in the world to launch the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in early April 2018.

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Insight Vacations partners AIQ to use Visual Recognition Technology

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The Insight Vacations 40th Anniversary (IV40) app enables users to scan photos to access additional information – on their smartphones – of selected European destinations that Insight Vacations offers.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

“We are delighted to partner AIQ to interact with guests at the travel fairs. As Insight Vacations celebrates 40 years of innovation, we wanted to find a creative way to inspire travel and engage customers. We have been creating magical experiences for travellers and with AIQ’s Visual Recognition Technology, we have now managed to transform a visit to our booth into a magical experience with a chance to win prizes!” said Evon Ler, President, Insight Vacations, Asia.

The Visual Recognition Technology replaces the use of QR codes while the app enables companies to interact with their customers by embedding additional information on each still image.

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New arrival: Microsoft launches new Surface line-up & store in Singapore

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Microsoft launched in Singapore today the new Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. It also unveiled its first dedicated Surface Store in South East Asia – inside the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk store in Singapore. Prices below.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The Microsoft Surface family: (from left) Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop.

The new Surface computers are additions to the existing Surface Pro tablet.

The Surface Book 2 & Surface Studio will be available from 15 March, while the Surface Pro & Surface Laptop are available now.

Prices and configurations of the new Surface devices in Singapore are listed below.

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New arrival: ESET Smart TV Security against Android TV malware

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The new ESET Smart TV Security was showcased during MWC 2018 to protect against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operating system.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

Smart TVs – with their microphones, cameras and USB ports – are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

“Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobiles – they cannot treat them like an average TV, kettle, or watch,” said Branislav Orlik, Mobile Security Product Manager at ESET.

By gaining control over a smart TV, cybercriminals can not only attack other devices on the user’s home network but also spy on individuals to gather sensitive and personal data.

Smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

The threat has now crossed over to Android TVs, as incidents of smart TV screen-locks and ransom demands reported in the news have illustrated.

The ESET Smart TV Security application protects consumers with the following security features.

  • Antivirus protection safeguards against increasing levels of Android malware.
  • Anti-ransomware technology combats screen-locks.
  • Multi-device scanning for malware on devices and USBs that connect to the smart TV.
  • Anti-phishing to protect users from attempts to steal sensitive, personal information. This feature will be available only in the premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

If ransomware is activated, users are advised to switch their smart TV off/on while the virus database is updated and scanning is initiated.

“Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favourite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised. ESET is the top-rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure,” explains Orlik.

When ESET Smart TV Security detects ransomware on the device, the user is advised to uninstall the malware.

Once uninstall is confirmed, the ransomware will be cleared.

ESET’s Smart TV Security is available for download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user’s TV device.

Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem – both smartphone and TV.