Posts Tagged ‘Apps’

Promotion: Parallels Power Bundle for Mac users

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Parallels has launched the Parallels Power Bundle, a new software pack that offers great savings to the users who buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. Prices & software list below.

Parallels Power Bundle

Parallels Power Bundle

This online-only offer starts from US$49.99 for users who upgrade from a previous version of Parallels Desktop, and from US$79.99 for new users.

The Power Bundle will offer the following seven popular apps at no additional cost together with Parallels Desktop for Mac:

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New arrivals: RYDE mobile app for carpooling in Singapore

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Home-grown company RYDE officially launches the app in Singapore and prepares to launch in Hong Kong next.

The home-grown company will be competing against the likes of UberPool and GrabHitch which offer similar carpooling apps for riders to split the cost of their paid journeys with fellow passengers.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

RYDE is an iOS and Android app that lets paying subscribing members carpool.

A driver offers rides based on the journey he/she is planning to make while a rider posts the journey he/she needs.

“Our approach has been to solve the two key challenges of carpooling methodically – poor information exchange and a lack of mutual trust. We are the number one carpooling app in Singapore and our focus is on the social aspects of carpooling,” says Terence Zou, Founder and CEO of RYDE Technologies.

The app matches the two of them, based on best match, offering each a list of close matches in terms of their planned timings and routes, as well as personal preferences each can set – such as gender, age, and other profile information.

Drivers pay a subscription fee of S$30 a year to RYDE and can offer an unlimited number of rides while riders pay S$15 subscription a year to receive an unlimited number of rides.

Riders can also choose not to subscribe but they will have to pay 1 credit (currently set by RYDE as S$1) for each ride.

The credits can be purchased within the RYDE app that runs on iOS and Android devices.

The app also recommends an amount of money for the rider to pay the driver, based on the journey.

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Rémy Martin partners Selinko for NFC connected bottle in China

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Rémy Martin and Selinko are the first to introduce the “connected bottle” with high-security NFC technology to the spirits market, starting with China.

The RÉMY MARTIN CLUB CONNECTED BOTTLE experience powered by Rémy Martin is accessible on Android smartphones.

The RÉMY MARTIN CLUB CONNECTED BOTTLE experience powered by Rémy Martin is accessible on Android smartphones.

Connected through High-Security NFC technology, the RÉMY MARTIN CLUB CONNECTED BOTTLE will be available in China this fall and will provide advanced functionalities such as secure authentication, opening detection and an integrated consumer engagement program.

Authentication and security

Rémy Martin is the first Wines and Spirits brand to bring to market a connected bottle with the most highly secure opening detection technology; integrating a unique, tamper proof NFC tag into the capsule.

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Twitter launches Periscope on Android (already on iOS)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

You can get Periscope free on the Google Play Store.

Periscope is now available for Android.

Periscope is now available for Android.

Periscope enables users to start or watch a live video broadcast.

Android owners using Version 4.4 (KitKat) and above can download Periscope from Google Play.

Periscope on Android has all the same core features of the existing Periscope:

  • start a public or private broadcast.
  • choose to allow comments from just those you follow.
  • interact with a broadcaster by chatting or sending hearts.

There are a few things that are unique to Android:

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Facebook enhances mobile app with sidebar

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Facebook has enhanced the sidebar space within its Facebook mobile app – creating a dedicated place for you and your friends to stay up to date on all of the things you do every day.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

People go to News Feed to catch up on what friends are posting at certain times of the day, like a best friend’s engagement or pictures from a university reunion.

But many users want a place to see and share the smaller updates that are a part of their day.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

The Facebook sidebar is used by millions of people daily to quickly find and contact friends and loved ones while on the go with their mobile.

Now, you can visit the sidebar to get a quick look at what your friends are currently doing.

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GrabTaxi invests US$100m in its first R&D Centre in Singapore

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

With senior hires from Facebook, Amazon and Palantir Technologies, Singapore is slated to become GrabTaxi’s technology hub.

The GrabTaxi R&D Centre is located at 138 Cecil Street, Cecil Court, Singapore 069538.

The GrabTaxi R&D Centre is located at 138 Cecil Street, Cecil Court, Singapore 069538.

GrabTaxi, one of Southeast Asia’s largest mobile phone transport app, has opened its first Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Singapore.

“Though we remain focused on Southeast Asia, we know that talent is global. This new R&D Centre has put on us a level playing field with the largest technology companies in the world. In fact, we’ve recently hired great senior talent from companies like Facebook, Amazon and Palantir Technologies, as their experience and expertise with these global powerhouses will help GrabTaxi reach our true potential,” said Anthony Tan, GrabTaxi Founder and Group CEO.

This will become GrabTaxi’s technology hub and it will house the majority of its technical staff and engineers from around the world.

The 4500 sq. ft. centre is located in the heart of Singapore’s bustling Central Business District and will eventually house 200 engineers and data scientists, which is a specialised role focused on analysing data and spotting trends from multiple data sources.

This US$100 million investment over a few years is a milestone for Southeast Asian startups as very few brands – local or regional – has made such a significant investment in technology infrastructure and talent based out of Singapore.

Eventually, 200 engineers and data scientists will occupy the 4,500 sq. ft. GrabTaxi R&D Centre.

Eventually, 200 engineers and data scientists will occupy the 4,500 sq. ft. GrabTaxi R&D Centre.

The R&D Centre reinforces GrabTaxi’s commitment to the region and an acknowledgment that Southeast Asia has the infrastructure and capacity to become a global technology hub.

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Adobe Lightroom mobile now available for Android phones

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

Edit and organise images on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone/tablet with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile.

First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile offers capabilities to edit, organize and share images anywhere and anytime.

Built on a cloud sync architecture, Lightroom mobile provides an efficient way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the Web.

Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:

  • Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer.
  • Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop.
  • Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews.
  • Quickly flag and reject photos.

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Review: ASUS PadFone S Android smartphone cum tablet combo

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

As a pioneer of 2-in-1 mobile devices, ASUS offers with the PadFone S the portability of the smartphone and the larger screen of a tablet by selling both at the price of one device.

Two colours are available for the ASUS PadFone S - Dark Ruby (shown above) and Pure White.

Two colours are available for the ASUS PadFone S – Dark Ruby (shown above) and Pure White. Photo: ASUS Singapore.

The PadFone S was launched in Singapore on 14 October, 2014 together with 11 other new mobile and computing products.

The PadFone S is a 5-inch Android smartphone that comes with a PadFone S Station.

The PadFone S I reviewed was the Pure White version. Normal retail price: S$449.

The PadFone S I reviewed was the Pure White version. Normal retail price: S$449.

You can use the PadFone S on its own like any smartphone or you can slot it into the back of the PadFone S Station and use the combination as an 8.9-inch tablet, leveraging the larger backlit Super IPS display of the Station.

You can’t use the PadFone S Station on its own though, because it is simply a dumb display with no computer processors within.

Actually, the Station has more – it also includes a 4990mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable) battery to provide the larger energy demands of powering a larger display.

The larger battery can also be used to charge the PadFone S to extend its battery life from 22 hours talk-time (3G) to 64 hours.

The combined PadFone S in the Station felt a little bit hefty though, at a combined weight of 664g.

My view:
I found the ASUS PadFone S provided me with the portability of a smartphone and – only when I need it – a truely larger display and usability of a tablet –> all at the price of a single device (or less).

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Raoul showcases Fall Winter 2014 collection with iQNECT app

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Raoul offers an interactive shopping experience of its latest Fall Winter 2014 collection through the launch of its collaboration with iQNECT, with promotions below.

All shoppers need to do is to download the IQNect app and visit Raoul (located at #02-49 Paragon), snap pictures of selected Raoul looks and be taken on a virtual journey to New York Fashion Week and this season’s Lookbook.

All shoppers need to do is to download the IQNECT app and visit Raoul (located at #02-49 Paragon), snap pictures of selected Raoul looks and be taken on a virtual journey to New York Fashion Week and this season’s Lookbook. Photo taken with Samsung GALAXY S5 smartphone.

Through the iQNECT app, Raoul is transporting shoppers from its boutique in Singapore to the heart of New York Fashion Week through rich branded content and information on their mobile devices.

The Raoul FW14 collection pays homage to Wiener Werkstatte – a progressive alliance of artists and designers founded in 1897.

Some of the more conscious and graphic approaches to the design ideals of this movement inspired the strict black and ivory diamond-shaped graphics in linear silhouettes along with the overblown flower motifs.

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Contest: Plantronics 2015 PLT LABS – App Innovation Contest

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Form teams of 1 to 5 members and compete against contestants from 33 countries for cash prizes of up to US$85,000. Deadline for registration and submission of ideas is on 15 November, 2014.

20 teams from those who entered will be selected to enter the Semi-Finals, out of which 10 will make the “Finals”. The top 5 teams will be selected for the ultimate Winners Round where the top three winners will be decided.

20 teams from those who entered will be selected to enter the Semi-Finals, out of which 10 will make the “Finals”. The top 5 teams will be selected for the ultimate Winners Round where the top three winners will be decided.

Contestants will have access to Plantronics APIs, SDKs, and product concept prototypes and work in teams to build new applications and business models in one of the following categories:

  • Business applications for mobile devices
  • Applications for people with limited mobility
  • Personal applications for mobile devices

The winners will be announced on 9 May, 2015.

Plantronics will loan the 20 Quarter-Finalists teams a prototype device, to build and test their application.

Teams will use this prototype device to further develop their idea and submit a sample code and design of the application interface.

The Plantronics Judges will select the top 10 teams as Semi-Finalists to proceed to the Finals round.

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