Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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.

(more…)

Qingjian JadeScape: Smart Condo with Apartments for Seniors

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Qingjian unveiled the fully smart condominium development with 1,206 apartments, and 63 one-bedroom units for seniors. The development will also feature a smart estate management system. Prices below.

JadeScape is the first major condominium launch after the Government’s property cooling measures in July. Average price: S$1,700 per square foot. The 1,206-unit development comprises 236 one-bedders, 403 two-bedders, 265 three-bedders, 261 four-bedders, 39 five-bedders and two penthouses built across seven blocks on 36,985.7 square metres of land. Artist Impression: Qingjian Realty.

JadeScape is the first major condominium launch after the Government’s property cooling measures in July. Average price: S$1,700 per square foot. The 1,206-unit development comprises 236 one-bedders, 403 two-bedders, 265 three-bedders, 261 four-bedders, 39 five-bedders and two penthouses built across seven blocks on 36,985.7 square metres of land. Artist Impression: Qingjian Realty.

In addition to smart home devices previously not included in its residential developments, Qinjian boasts that JadeScape will be the first to adopt a Smart Estate Management System, with intelligent estate monitoring embedded throughout the development.

A post shared by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

Price-wise, Yen Chong shared that 1-bedroom units (527 sq ft) will start from S$838k, 2-bedroom units (646 to 775 sq ft) from S$988k, and 3-bedroom units (904 to 1,152 sq ft) from S$1.38 million. The prices for the 4- and 5-bedroom apartments, as well as the penthouses, have not been determined yet.

In a bold move, the en bloc redevelopment will include 63 one-bedroom apartments, in three stacks, for senior residents.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Event: Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Alibaba Cloud held its Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore. It is the first summit in Asia Pacific that’s outside of China and Hong Kong.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

The event, attended by around 1,000 participants, was graced by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative.

The agenda included the following highlights.

  1. The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Singapore.
  2. The launch of nine new solutions for the first time outside of China, some of them being the first of their kind in the industry.
  3. Announcement of an ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme, aiming to recruit 150 solution partners and train 600 sales and technology talents over the next 12 months.

Participants also got the chance to hear from Alibaba Cloud and industry experts on the latest advances in AI and Machine Learning.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Huawei demos proof of concept driverless car in 5 weeks

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Huawei showcases driverless Porsche Panamera driven by the Mate 10 Pro, leveraging the smartphone’s powerful computer chip and AI (Artificial Intelligence) engine.

Huawei boasts that it is the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.

Huawei boasts that it is the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.

The aim of the “RoadReader” project is to push the boundaries of Huawei’s object recognition technology and put the learning capabilities, speed and performance of its AI-powered devices to the test.

The AI engine in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro transforms the Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that does not just see, but also understands its surroundings.

(more…)

New arrival: Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

At the Singapore Motorshow 2018, Subaru launches EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to enhances safety for its cars.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology provides the driver with extra awareness, safety, and added confidence. Here’s the Adaptive Cruise Control at work.

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across nine countries in Asia, today launched Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology at the Singapore Motorshow 2018.

The new technology will complement Subaru’s other core technologies such as the Boxer Engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Global Platform.

EyeSight is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver, providing a safer and comfortable driving experience.

Adding confidence to every trip, EyeSight uses stereo cameras to identify the surrounding vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.

(more…)

New arrival: HP Inc. unveils new PCs/printers for Southeast Asia

Friday, October 27th, 2017

New products include Spectre, EliteBook & ZBook notebooks; desktop workstations; commercial VR solutions including the HP Z VR Backpack; A3 printers; and the fun Sprocket 2-in-1 instant camera/printer.

The latest line-up of PCs and printers were unveiled at the new offices of HP Inc. in Singapore at Depot Close.

Below are some of the latest products HP Inc. showcased in Singapore, with their availability in brackets.

  • HP Elitebook x360 1020 G2: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP Elitebook 1040: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP EliteOne 1000 AiO: S$1,899 (now)
  • HP Spectre 13: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP Spectre x360: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP ZBook x2: S$2,699 (Nov)
  • HP Sprocket 2-in-1: S$239 (12 Nov)
  • HP Z4 G4 Workstation: S$2,399 (Dec)
  • HP Z6 G4 Workstation: S$2,999 (Nov)
  • HP Z8 G4 Workstation: S$3,499 (Nov)
  • HP Z VR Backpack: S$4,999 (now)

More details from the press release below.

(more…)