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Huawei Global Launch: P40 Series, Watch GT2e, Sound X, Gentle Monster Eyewear

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

At its online global launch event, Huawei has just launched its latest flagship P40 line-up and three new devices. Local Pricing & Availability will be announced at the Singapore launch tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices - Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group launches the anticipated flagship P40 series 5G smartphones and three other new devices – Sound X speaker, Watch GT2e, and Gentle Monster Eyewear.

As expected, the P40 Series offers 5G and pushes the frontier in smartphone photography, with its Leica camera system and AI engines.

The series comprises three models:

  1. Huawei P40 (799 Euros, 8GB+128GB, 7 April)
  2. Huawei P40 Pro (999 Euros, 8GB+256GB, 7 April)
  3. Huawei P40 Pro+ (1,399 Euros, 8GB+512GB, June)

A new smart photography feature enables users to easily remove passers-by and reflections in a photo.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

The Huawei P40 series pushes the envelope for mobile phone photography.

Bolstered by Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor yet and intelligent AI capabilities, the Huawei P40 Series offers its most advanced smartphone camera to date.

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Visa Study: 2 In 3 Singaporeans Interested In Using Neobanks

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Close to 65% of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.

* All infographics in this story courtesy of Visa.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank - interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank – interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2019 by ENGINE Insights with 511 Singaporeans aged 18-65 years of age.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking - whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking – whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 5,000 consumers across seven markets in Southeast Asia.

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Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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Wirecard & Grab Announce Payments Partnership For MSMEs In SEA

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The payments partnership between Wirecard and the Southeast Asia super app Grab will drive cashless economy for MSMEs across the region.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Grab offers a variety of services to consumers in Southeast Asia ranging from ride-hailing and food delivery to digital financial products across payments, lending and insurance.

Wirecard will process card transactions made via the GrabPay e-wallet and integrate it as a payment method for its merchants.

More details below from the press release.

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Preview: Hyundai Elantra 2021 World Premiere In Hollywood

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Hyundai Motor is showing a preview of its 2021 Elantra at a world premiere event in Hollywood. Teaser video below.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The world premier press conference will take place at 7 p.m. PT on Mar. 17, at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, Calif. and will be livestreamed around the world.

The Elantra is Hyundai’s bestselling car globally, with more than 13.8 million Elantra/Avante models sold since its introduction in 1990.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The new Elantra returns to its sport sedan roots with a ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme.

The new vehicle platform offers a sporty four-door-coupe look with longer, lower and wider proportions.

Teaser video and 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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Tech Focus: Watching Parasite & Its Search Trends On Google

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

I just watched the Oscar-winning Parasite during the week with the family. It was entertaining as a comedy and thought-provoking as a satire. Great movie. Here’s some data on how people searched about the movie during Oscar season.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

A refreshing treatment of the age-old dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots.

My family and I watched the movie over dinner time and thoroughly enjoyed the dark but refreshingly directed satire, including my teenage son, although he did express a desire to take a hiatus from the genre in the coming months.

So here’s what Google shared about the interest that global viewers showed in the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture – instead of just the traditional Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

As a Best Picture nominee in the week prior to the awards, Parasite was the third-most-searched nominee behind “1917” and “Jojo Rabbit”.

Incidentally, we’ve also watched Jojo Rabbit and found it an excellent movie. We’ll probably watch 1917 after my son’s hiatus.

What does winning the Oscars do for our career and business?

On Oscars day, Parasite searches jumped almost nine-fold to become top-searched.

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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Google Maps

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Google Maps was introduced 15 years ago on 8 February, 2005. First launched on desktop, Google Maps helped users search for nearby businesses and navigate from Point A to B.

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Today, Google Maps is used by more than one billion people every month around the world.

Every month, Google Maps connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Before we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps tomorrow, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how much ground Maps has covered over the years, both in Singapore and worldwide.

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Trends: NetApp Predictions For 2020

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Atish Gude, NetApp’s Chief Strategy Officer shares three predictions for 2020, putting the spotlight on 5G, Blockchain and infrastructure virtualisation solutions.

* This article is contributed by Atish Gude, based on his professional experience and personal opinions.

What does 2020 hold in store?

What does 2020 hold in store?

2019 was a year of rapid innovation – and disruption – for both the IT industry and the broader business community.

With the widespread adoption of hybrid multicloud as the de-facto architecture for enterprise customers, organisations everywhere are under tremendous pressure to modernise their infrastructure and deliver tangible business value around data-intensive applications and workloads.

Multiclouds & Virtualisation

Multiclouds & Virtualisation

As a result, organisations are shifting from on-premises to leverage public cloud services, building private clouds, and moving from disk to flash in data centers – sometimes concurrently.

These transformations open the door to enormous potential, but also introduce the unintended consequence of rising IT complexity.

We predict that a demand for simplicity and customisability will be the number-one factor driving IT purchasing decisions in 2020.

Data-driven transformations

Data-driven transformations

Vendors will need to provide customers modern, flexible technologies with the choice of how to use and consumes these technologies to meet evolving business models.

As IT departments look to de-emphasise maintenance and hardware, reduce overhead, and adopt pay-as-you-go models, simplicity and choice will be key.

Achieving this simplicity will serve as the foundation for companies as they navigate the exciting technological trends we’ve identified below.

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Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Security Camera System In Singapore

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Arlo’s latest home security camera solution features 2K HDR, integrated spotlight with color night vision, 160-degree field of view, two-way audio and cloud-based Smart Hub. Prices below.

The new Arlo Pro 3 features 2K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR), an integrated spotlight with color night vision and a wide 160-degree field of view.

The new Arlo Pro 3 features 2K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR), an integrated spotlight with color night vision and a wide 160-degree field of view.

The Arlo Pro 3 is designed to provide home and small business owners with a high-performance, simple, wire-free security solution.

Pro 3 is suitable for both indoors or outdoors and offers good image quality for DIY security that anyone can easily install in minutes and monitor from anywhere using the Arlo app.

The Arlo Pro 3 also includes a new Smart Hub that securely manages network traffic to the camera in addition to enhancing power and Wi-Fi performance for better range and battery life.

Completing the security solution, Pro 3 comes with a three-month trial of Arlo Smart, Arlo’s AI and computer vision-based service that delivers advanced detection of people, vehicles, animals and packages.

 

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The Arlo Smart Hub (left) is the nexus of your home security camera network. Plug it into your Internet router to access Arlo Smart on the cloud.

In addition, Arlo Smart enables personalised notifications with custom activity zones and cloud storage for video recordings up to 2K in resolution.

More details below from the press release.

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