Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Event: REWILD Our Planet – Singapore’s 1st Social AR Experience

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Singapore’s first social Augmented Reality (AR) Experience is free and kicks off today. The free exhibition at the ArtScience Museum will be open daily from 10am to 7pm for two months until 2 June, 2019.

“Rewild Our Planet” was developed using footage from Our Planet, a new Netflix Original Documentary Series, leveraging Google's ARCore technology.

“Rewild Our Planet” was developed using footage from Our Planet, a new Netflix Original Documentary Series, leveraging Google’s ARCore technology.

REWILD Our Planet is a collaboration by WWF, Google, Netflix, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA, highlighting the urgency of restoring nature.

Explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with REWILD Our Planet”.

Explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with “REWILD Our Planet”.

The experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting edge persistent AR technology with stunning content from Our Planet, a new Netflix original documentary series.

It combines spectacular IMAX style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR to transport visitors to the last wilderness landscapes on Earth – from vast Arctic ice caps to the remote jungles of Borneo and coastal seas of Southeast Asia.

At REWILD Our Planet, visitors can interact with the environment and each other to understand how collective action is desperately needed to restore balance and protect the Earth’s vibrant and diverse natural habitats.

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New Arrival: Razer Pay Comes to Singapore with FOMO Pay

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

With the full Singapore launch of Razer Pay coming up in H1 2019, Razer is inviting fans and gamers to join the app’s beta phase by applying for access here.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Beta access opening soon for Razer fans and gamers. Partnership with FOMO Pay announced.

Razer fans and gamers in Singapore can be among the first in the country to participate in a limited beta of the upcoming Razer Pay e-wallet.

“We’re thrilled to offer all Razer fans and gamers in Singapore the opportunity to sign up for the closed beta launch of Razer Pay and play a part in helping us ready the app for its full public launch,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.

Successful applicants will be sent a unique access code for the Razer Pay app via text message in the next few days.

Throughout the beta, participants will get to experience the full functionality of Razer Pay and enjoy frequent gaming-focused promotions and events such as giveaways of Razer Gold, Razer PIN, and other digital content.

Beta users’ feedback will help optimise operations for a smooth public launch in the coming weeks.

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Tableau Software Announces General Availability of Ask Data

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tableau 2019.1 makes analytics even more accessible with Natural Language Processing. New Tableau Prep Conductor allows users to easily schedule and manage self-service data preparation at scale.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

Ask Data leverages the power of natural language processing to enable people to ask data questions in plain language and instantly get a visual response right in Tableau.

This patent pending capability makes it easier for people, regardless of skill set, to engage with data and produce analytical insights they can share with others without having to do any setup or programming.

Ask Data is available as part Tableau’s newest release, Tableau 2019.1.

Details below from the press release.

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Gojek Launches Beta Ride-Hailing App in Singapore

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Consumers in Singapore will get to try Gojek’s ride-hailing service with the launch of the beta version of its app, which will be made available for download from iOS and Android app stores in Singapore today.

Update (1 January, 2019):

GOJEK will be extending its ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore from tomorrow, January 2, 2019. The following is the press statement from GOJEK.

“Following our successful limited service area rollout, GOJEK is excited to announce that we will extend our ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore with effect from January 2, 2019.

This means that users will be able to use GOJEK to take rides anywhere in Singapore.

Our island-wide rollout is part of our continued beta phase, during which DBS/POSB Bank customers continue to enjoy priority access to the app.

We continue to welcome feedback from driver-partners and riders during this enhanced beta phase, as we work to fine-tune the app and create the best experience for our users.”

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

This marks the start of a gradual roll-out of Gojek’s ride-hailing services across the island as more driver-partners are onboarded over time to feed consumer demand.

“It is with great pride that we begin the roll-out of our services in Singapore. Consumers throughout the country have told us that they want more choice in this sector and with the launch of our beta app, their wait is coming to an end. We are launching in beta for now, while we fine-tune our service to make sure it meets the high standards expected by Singaporeans. As such, we are asking all users, whether drivers or passengers, to provide us with ongoing feedback as we work towards creating the best possible service for the country,” said Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo.

This staggered approach reflects Gojek’s commitment to ensuring a smooth entry into Singapore and an ongoing effort to improve user experience over time.

An FAQ on Gojek’s beta service can be found here.

The launch of Gojek’s beta app in Singapore kickstarts the regional strategic partnership between Gojek and DBS, two of Southeast Asia’s most iconic companies.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to enjoy Gojek rides during the beta phase.

During the beta phase, access to the app will be granted in batches to balance ride demand and service capabilities.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be guided by the app to find out how they can be prioritised on the waitlist, and receive a SGD 5 voucher credit for each of their first two rides.

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Go-Jek and Singapore DBS Enter Regional Strategic Partnership

Monday, November 12th, 2018

DBS Bank and Go-Jek today announced that the two parties have entered into a regional strategic partnership. Hear views from both companies below.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

The partnership will see the two companies work together on payment services ahead of Go-Jek’s arrival in Singapore and this will soon extend to other countries in Southeast Asia.

“As Singapore’s leader in payments with over four million debit/credit cards in circulation and DBS PayLah! being the nation’s most popular mobile wallet, we are committed to making payments simple, seamless and invisible for our customers. In doing so we are stepping up to partner with like-minded companies like Go-Jek, one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic technology companies, to build inclusive digital ecosystems for our customers,” said Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank.

Go-Jek, whose investors include Google, Temasek, Tencent and Meituan Dianping, is set to launch its beta ride-hailing app in Singapore within the coming weeks and as part of this, DBS customers in Singapore will enjoy a slew of exciting privileges.

Updated 29 November, 2018: Go-Jek launches beta ride-hailing app in Singapore

What kind of privileges can DBS/POSB consumers expect?

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to be able to book rides during the beta phase.

Other privileges include an exclusive SGD 10 voucher credit which riders can use for their first two trips (SGD 5 per trip), and future discounts on Go-Jek’s ride-hailing service in the form of promo codes.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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