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News: Imec Achieves cm Accuracy & Low-power Ultra Wideband Localisation

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Imec has combined advanced machine learning algorithms and innovations in chip design to extend its secure proximity portfolio with next-generation high-precision and low-power ultra wideband technology.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

Ultra wideband technology is perfectly suited to support a variety of high accuracy and secure wireless ranging use-cases.

“Using machine learning, we created smart anchor selection algorithms that detect the (non) line-of-sight between UWB anchors and the mobile devices that are being tracked. Building on that knowledge, the ranging quality is estimated, and ranging errors are corrected. Since our approach also comes with machine learning enabled features that enable adaptive tuning of the network’s physical layer parameters, the right steps can then be initiated to mitigate those ranging errors – for instance by tuning the anchors’ radios,” explained Professor Eli De Poorter from IDLab.

Think of the ‘smart lock’ solutions commonly used in automotive – automatically unlocking a car’s doors as its owner approaches, while locking the car when the owner moves away.

While UWB is inherently more difficult to compromise than some alternatives, its potential has largely remained untapped because of its higher power consumption and larger footprint.

The innovations imec introduces today mark an important step to unlocking the technology’s full potential.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Listen To Web Pages On Android Phones

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

You can now ask Google Assistant to read aloud the text on a webpage – basically turning any webpage into a podcast! The new functionality is now available on all Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Nowadays we consume so much content on our tiny smartphone screen – news, articles, stories etc.

For older folks with failing eyesight, or anybody with visual or reading difficulties, Google Assistant can now read web articles on your smartphone browsers out loud.

I’ve always wished that I could consume web content while I’m driving.

At the moment, you can only do that if it’s a podcast, or unless you just listen to the audio of a video, because you got to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

So I listen to the news or radio, or my own music while I drive.

With the ability of Google Assistant to read aloud web pages, I don’t have to postpone perusing a web article until when I can read it myself.

I can listen to it when I’m driving, or taking a bus or train (using earphones) so that I don’t have to strain my eyes reading on a moving vehicle.

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COVID-19: Kaspersky Supports Healthcare Institutions With Free Licenses

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The free full featured Kaspersky product licenses will be valid for six months.

The free availability of Kaspersky’s core endpoint security products for medical organisations will help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

The free availability of Kaspersky’s core endpoint security products for medical organisations will help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

The full list of B2B products available for free for six months includes Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus, Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced and Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security.

More details below from the press release.

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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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IFA GPC 2017 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The actual press conference for IFA 2017 in Berlin (1-6 September) will be held at 11am today in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

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Stay tuned for the outcome of the global press conference for IFA 2017 in this slot. I will update this posting once it’s out.

So IFA 2017 will see the emphasis put on Brands and focus placed on Innovation.

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin leading the discussion panel during the Global Press Conference.

The press release will be appended below once I receive it.

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Opening: Thomson Reuters Data & Innovation Lab in Singapore

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Thomson Reuters continues expansion of its global labs network by opening its sixth in Singapore. Its first lab in Asia, the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab will serve customers across the Asia Pacific.

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS) officiating the opening of the new Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore. In addition, Kiren Kumar, Assistant Managing Director, Infocomms and Media, Singapore Economic Development Board commented, “We welcome Thomson Reuters into our fast-growing digital innovation ecosystem, and are glad that the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab is collaborating with various partners to create new products for the region and beyond. We are also pleased that the Lab presents exciting career opportunities in data science, software development and user experience design.”

The Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore will collaborate with the government, customers, tech startups and universities to build partnerships and create innovative products and solutions for professional markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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Dyson launches Singapore Technology Centre

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Founder Sir James Dyson aims to nurture “exceptional” engineers focused on cutting edge manufacturing, software, and robotics in spare-no-expense laboratories.

James Dyson today opened the doors to Dyson’s new Technology Centre in Singapore, in the presence of Minister for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran.

Dyson’s Singapore Technology Centre is being launched with the backdrop of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, and a world where technologies are increasingly intelligent and connected. “As the way people shop is changing so to is our supply chain. The Dyson Control Tower connects our entire supply chain. Using the latest technology, it tracks real time machine reliability and delivery performance ensuring the highest quality products reach our customers on time,” said Jim Rowan, Chief Operating Officer, Dyson. Photo credit: Dyson.

Dyson is investing £330m in its future in Singapore.

“It is no coincidence that we are deepening our investment in Singapore to achieve our technology ambitions. Right here, some of the world’s brightest minds are working on artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, fluid dynamics, vision systems to bring hardware, electronics and software together. Good software allows Dyson products to actually improve over time and gives them intelligence to understand and respond to their environment”, said Sir James Dyson, Founder, Dyson.

The new facility has the latest development labs, bringing together the latest hardware and software expertise.

Dyson plans to grow the Singapore-based engineering team by 50 per cent.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s start-up community and next to the National University of Singapore, the new Centre’s engineering teams will focus developing new technologies for the future.

Dyson invests £7m a week in research and development and employs 3,500 engineers and scientists globally.

It has 1,100 people in Singapore split between its Technology Centre at Science Park I and its advanced digital motors manufacturing facility at West Park.

Dyson is seeking highly skilled engineers across a broad range of engineering disciplines including connectivity, motors, sensors, electronics, robotics, navigation, software and purification.

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Singapore startup Touché launches biometric payment platform

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Singapore startup Touché launches what it boasts to be the World’s first Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.

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Startup Touché CEO Sahba Saint-Claire (right) with CTO German Ruiz holding the Touche biometric payments terminal. Businesses are charged a pre-agreed monthly all-in flat-fee for the solution that includes the hardware, which processes payments through DBS Bank.

CEO Sahba shared with me the company’s roll-out plans.

Hopefully we’ll see pilot roll-outs in Singapore from February and in Japan from March.

Grignoter: This Bordeaux wine restaurant was the venue for Singapore startup Touché to launch its Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.To the left is Chef Justin in the blue shirt, opposite him is Touche CEO Sahba Saint-Claire.

Grignoter: This Bordeaux wine restaurant was the venue for Singapore startup Touché to launch its Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.To the left is Chef Justin in the blue shirt, opposite him is Touche CEO Sahba Saint-Claire.

The company now has 23 staff based in Singapore and Barcelona.

CTO German briefed me on the state of payments processing in the industry and the standards currently in place and being developed.

Sahba tells me that in just 3 months, 50 restaurants, 20 hotels and 5 private social clubs have shown interest in taking up this solution in Singapore; while discussions are being held with the potential partners, departmental stores, malls, technology firms, and retail chains etc.

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Nanyang Polytechnic launches Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic.

“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic. Image credit: Nanyang Polytechnic.

The built environment in Singapore is expected to evolve rapidly in the next decade with the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) identifying areas needing innovations and rethinking the way we use resources, energy, spaces and transport.

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Event forecast: CES 2017 celebrates 50th anniversary

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The first big tech event for the year on the global scene – CES 2017 happens this week in Las Vegas: 5-8 Jan (Thurs-Sun).

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space.

CES 2017 will have more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of space.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – CES is expecting more than 165,000 attendees, with more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CES was first held in June 1967 in New York, with 17,500 attendees and 117 exhibitors.

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