Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

New Arrival: OPPO Find X Flagship Android Smartphone

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Coming to Singapore in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue, the OPPO Find X with 8GM RAM + 128GB will be available online and in-stores at a retail price of S$1,199 from 11 August onwards with pre-orders beginning on 1 August.

OPPO launched the Find X at SPRMKT at Robertson Quay in Singapore.

The 8GM RAM + 256GB version (with SuperVOCC flash charge) will be available later for S$1,399.

Hands-on with the new OPPO Find X with its stealthy pop-up cameras.

Key features of the OPPO Find X include the following.

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Electrolux Unveils Taste Platform Powered by SideChef

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Electrolux in Asia Pacific has announced a strategic partnership with the smart recipe platform SideChef to power the former’s new digital Taste Platform, starting with the Electrolux Life mobile app.

The Electrolux Life mobile app will be available on iOS and Android and can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Singapore now, and in Australia from 1 August 2018.

The Electrolux Life mobile app will be available on iOS and Android and can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Singapore now, and in Australia from 1 August 2018.

Announced at RISE 2018 conference, this partnership will allow Electrolux and SideChef to pioneer innovations together to build smart kitchens of the future.

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New Arrival: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with Monster Battery

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Full View 6″ dual-camera smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 5000mAh battery with massive stamina for longer gaming, browsing and calls. Price: S$348.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features a 180g metal body with diamond-cut edges and 2.5D-curved display glass, and is available in two finishes: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

The super high-capacity 5000mAh battery of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) promises up to 48hrs non-stop use, 42hrs talk time, 28hrs browsing, 199hrs audio playback, and 20hrs video playback.

Its dual rear cameras comprises a 13-megapixel main camera with up to F2.0 aperture, and a 5MP secondary camera for Bokeh effects in Portrait mode.

The mid-tier smartphone ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) with entry-level prices.

The ZenFone Max Pro squeezes a large 6-inch FHD+ Full View display in a body that typically fits only a 5.5” screen.

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New Arrival: Huawei nova 3i Android Mid-Range Smartphone

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Singapore amongst the first in the world to launch the Huawei nova 3i (S$398), featuring the new Kirin 710 chip, and front-facing dual cameras with AI support. Available from 28 July.

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Huawei boasts that the nova 3i is currently the only mid-range device that offers front facing dual cameras with AI support, offering a photography experience that rivals what traditional smartphones can offer.

The Huawei nova 3i will be available at all Huawei Concept Stores, local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers and selected online marketplaces.

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei is selling the nova 3i in Singapore (S$398) in two colours: Iris Black (left) and Black (right).

Huawei customers will also be entitled to a 2-year warranty with any smartphone purchase.

Key features of the Huawei nova 3i include the following.

  • Mesmerising gradient featuring a special textured film underneath the glass back that produces a dreamy appearance on the rear.
  • Four AI cameras for intelligent photography (Front: 24MP and 2MP, Rear: 16MP and 2MP).
  • FullView display at 6.3 inches and FHD+ (2340×1080). The 19.5:9 display covers 85 percent of the color gamut;
  • Features the latest EMUI 8.2 and Huawei’s first quad-core Kirin 710 chip, specifically designed for the nova series.

According to Huawei, the nova3i is powered by AI and can recognise over 200 scenarios across eight categories including Blue Sky, Plant and Beach.

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Norton Enlists Actor Edmund Chen to Raise Cyber Crime Awareness

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report reveals one in two Singaporeans identified as victims of cyber crime. Edmund shares his personal experience with cyber crime.

“My daughter was cyberbullied by some close friends in secondary school. As a parent, I was saddened and shocked that this had occurred. During that period, my daughter refused to go to school and even became skeptical of relationships,” said actor Edmund Chen.

“My daughter was cyberbullied by some close friends in secondary school. As a parent, I was saddened and shocked that this had occurred. During that period, my daughter refused to go to school and even became skeptical of relationships,” said actor Edmund Chen.

Even though consumers feel confident they are safe online, hackers have proven otherwise, stealing US$172 billion from 978 million consumers in 20 countries in the past year.

This is according to the Norton by Symantec 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (NCSIR) released today.

“Consumers’ online behavior reveal a dangerous disconnect. Despite a steady stream of cyber crime sprees reported by media, too many people appear to feel invincible and skip taking even basic precautions to protect themselves. This disconnect highlights the need for consumer digital safety and the urgency for consumers to get back to basics when it comes to doing their part to prevent cyber crime,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Norton by Symantec.

“Consumers’ online behavior reveal a dangerous disconnect. Despite a steady stream of cyber crime sprees reported by media, too many people appear to feel invincible and skip taking even basic precautions to protect themselves. This disconnect highlights the need for consumer digital safety and the urgency for consumers to get back to basics when it comes to doing their part to prevent cyber crime,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Norton by Symantec.

The effects of cyber crime can extend beyond pure monetary impact as actor Edmund Chen can attest.

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.

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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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