New arrival: Oppo R17 ($699) & Oppo R17 Pro ($999) in Singapore

October 3rd, 2018

Oppo Singapore has launched the R17 (S$699) and R17 Pro (S$999) Android smartphones in Singapore, the first market outside China to launch the R17 series following the Shanghai launch earlier this year.

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The new Oppo R-series smartphones is specially designed for night shooting, aided by AI.

The OPPO R17 6GB+128GB will be available in Singapore on 6th October at S$699.

The R17 Pro 8GB+128GB with SuperVOOC is priced at S$999.

Pre-order will begin on 3rd November 2018 and it will be available from 10th November 2018.

More details below from the press release.

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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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New Arrival: OtterBox Cases for iPhone XR, iPhone Xs Max & iPhone Xs

September 21st, 2018

OtterBox is offering a full portfolio of style, color and graphic case options available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and coming soon for iPhone XR. Prices below.

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR. They are sold at Best Denki, Epicentre, iStudio, LOL, Newstead, Nubox, and other authorised retail stores in Singapore.

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR.

OtterBox boasts that each iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal.

These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.

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Jack Ma Letter on Alibaba Departure & Succession Plan

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

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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Promotion: Lazada Launches LazMall for 9.9 Online Shopping Day

September 1st, 2018

Lazada has officially launched its eCommerce LazMall in six Southeast Asian countries with a 9-day shopping campaign culminating in the 9 September shopping day declared by the company’s parent, Alibaba back in 2016.

Jing Yin, Co-President, Commercial, Lazada Group, in Singapore officially launching LazMall for six Southeast Asian countries for the 9.9 shopping festival.

The 9-day online shopping festival boasts more than 215 thousand deals of up to 90% discounts for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam.

Shoppers can download the Lazada app to play games for additional vouchers and discounts.

From today, shoppers with the app can play the “Slash It” and “Shake It” games, and add to their shopping carts their favourite products before the 9.9 online sale begins at midnight (local time in the respective countries) on Saturday, 9 September 2018.

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Lazada presented to media and brand partners the promotions that shoppers can expect as part of the 9.9 campaign. The theme of the shopping extravaganza is “All You Ever Wanted”.

Customers can find a curated selection of over 1,000 international and local brands, online brands as well as authorized brand distributors.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2019 Personal Backup Software

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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New arrival: Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

August 21st, 2018

Parallels Desktop 14 brings greater storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels® Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Prices below.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.

Parallels Desktop 14 also provides the following:

  • Improved performance. Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro® (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography and other complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 Intel Cannon Lake processor instructions set support.
  • Graphics Improvements. Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8 and OriginLab.
  • macOS Mojave–Ready. Supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows files now shows quick actions.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac was launched in Singapore at The Working Capitol.

Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for US$49.99 per year.

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Event: Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore

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: OPPO Find X Flagship Android Smartphone

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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