Posts Tagged ‘France’

Virtually Versailles: Digital Exhibition in Singapore (30 Nov – 6 Jan)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

From 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 at ION Orchard, explore the wonders and relive the splendors of the finest in French art, culture and history dating from the 17th century to its present-day marvel at Virtually Versailles.

 

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By the invitation of ION Orchard, the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School are showcasing the French arts, history and culture in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, at ION Art and ION Sky.

The highly immersive and interactive technology brings you on an exploration of the Palace of Versailles.

An initiative by the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School, supported by the Michelin Corporate Foundation and in partnership with ION Orchard, Virtually Versailles made its global debut in Singapore in celebration of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation (YOI) 2018.

Conceptualised by Lumina Live!, Virtually Versailles is the world’s first exhibition to distill the grandeur of the historical landmark entirely through digital assets, yet retain its magnificence thanks to collaborations with technological partners like Google Arts & Culture.

 

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The Ambassador of France, Marc Abensour, sharing the background of Virtually Versailles. It’s part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018 initiative to intensify cooperation in innovation between the two countries.

More details below from the press release.

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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.

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Event forecast: Huawei to launch P20 flagship smartphone in Paris

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Huawei has sent out invitations to the launch on 27 March, 2018 in Paris, France.

Would be interesting to see how Huawei leverages AI in its next flagship Android smartphone.

Would be interesting to see how Huawei leverages AI in its next flagship Android smartphone.

Huawei’s next flagship Android smartphone in its P-series lineup will be the P20.

The launch in Paris, France will be one month after the MWC 2018 in February.

POTD: Who designed & built Eiffel Tower in Paris, France?

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Photo of the Day: The Eiffel Tower is named after engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. His company designed and built the landmark in Paris in 1889.

View of the Trocadéro framed by the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of the Trocadéro framed by the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

According to Wikipedia, “the design of the Eiffel Tower was originated by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers who worked for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel”.

This was the dude who brought the Eiffel Tower into this world - Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923). The bust was unveiled in 1929 and is now at the base of the Northern leg of the Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

This was the dude who brought the Eiffel Tower into this world – Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923). The bust was unveiled in 1929 and is now at the base of the Northern leg of the Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The tower was to serve as a centrepiece for the Exposition Universelle to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.

Incidentally, the first time I visited the Eiffel Tower was in 1989, smack in the middle of the bicentennial celebrations of the French Revolution.

Gustave Eiffel bought the rights to the patent for the design which the original designers had taken out and eventually saw the Tower to completion in time.

As with all things new, the design met with opposition and criticism right from design stage till after completion – but history has proven that the design is technically robust and aesthetically appealing.

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POTD: Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Photo of the Day: The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower designed and built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in 1889 – as the entrance arch to the World’s Fair in that year.

Eiffel Tower as seen from the Pont d'Iéna. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Sepia tint added using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. Photo credit: John Tan.

Eiffel Tower as seen from the Pont d’Iéna. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Sepia tint added using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. Photo credit: John Tan.

At 324m tall, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris, and was the tallest in the world for 41 years from 1889 to 1930.

It was surpassed in 1930 by the Chrysler Building in New York City.

Roughly 80 stories high, the base is square with 125m on each side.

There are three levels that visitors can visit.

I like the lace-like design in the metalwork of the Eiffel Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I like the lace-like design in the metalwork of the Eiffel Tower. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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POTD: 3rd time lucky at Chambord Chateau in Loire Valley, France

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

After having twice turned back from visiting Chateau Chambord when I’d already reached its gates, I decided to make my third and final attempt at visiting this biggest and most majestic of the numerous fabulous chateaus in the beautiful Loire Valley.

The frontal facade of the Chambord Chateau, with the moat in the foreground. The architecture is what one expects of a typical castle - an inner keep surrounded by corners and a moat. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The frontal facade of the Chambord Chateau, with the moat in the foreground. The architecture is what one expects of a typical castle – an inner keep surrounded by corner towers and a moat. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Why two unsuccessful attempts?

Well, my first attempt at visiting Château de Chambord was during the summer holidays back in school when I cycled 16km from Blois only to suffer an accident right in front of the castle.

One of many beautiful chandeliers in Chambord Chateau. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

One of many beautiful chandeliers in Chambord Chateau. Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I had to satisfy myself with some quick snapshots of the front of the Chateau before bidding goodbye to the chateau.

Decades later, I brought my family with two kids on a self-drive vacation to the chateaus in the Loire Valley.

By the end of the week and more than half a dozen chateaus later, we arrived again at the gates of the Chambord Chateau in the mid afternoon.

By then, the kids were so tired out from our earlier exertions of that day that they were so totally knackered we couldn’t bear to wake them from their sleep in the car.

And to be honest, my wife and I were up to our ears in chateaus by that time.

So my wife and I snapped the obligatory snapshots of each other posing with the (equally majestic) rear facade of the chateau within a stone’s throw of where our car was parked.

Enjoy a horse carriage ride on the extensive grounds of the Chambord Chateau. Horse lovers can also watch twice daily equestrian shows at the chateau. Taken with an Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Enjoy a horse carriage ride on the extensive grounds of the Chambord Chateau. Horse lovers can also watch twice daily equestrian shows at the chateau. Taken with an Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: KoolKat.

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China Huaxin acquires Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The acquisition places Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise on a long term growth trajectory. The acquisition amounted to 202 million Euros in cash proceeds to Alcatel-Lucent.

Matthieu Destot, Vice-President of Sales for Asia Pacific (4th from right); Amit Bathla, Head of Marketing, APAC (first from right); celebrating the birth of their new company - together with their staff in Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Matthieu Destot, Vice-President of Sales for Asia Pacific (4th from right); Amit Bathla, Head of Marketing, APAC (first from right); celebrating the birth of their new company – together with their staff in Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced that it has successfully closed a transaction with China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center (“China Huaxin”) for the divestment of its Enterprise division.

“As a ‘new’ company our core mission is to help companies transform the way people communicate, harnessing capabilities offered by ever smarter devices and new use models. We see success as creating long term value and customer relevancy by delivering business outcome to customers and partners through technology and business innovations,” commented Michel Emelianoff, Chief Executive Officer, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Following the divestment, Alcatel-Lucent will maintain a minority stake in a newly-formed holding company, incorporated in France.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will also continue to work with Alcatel-Lucent on a privileged business relationship basis.

The transaction will now enable Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to benefit from a strong and recognised investor, providing the means and resources necessary to strengthen its ambition including leadership positions in enterprise communications while accelerating investment in new areas of net growth.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will continue to invest and innovate in the core markets where it is already recognized as an undisputed leader, namely enterprise communications and networking – while exploring new market opportunities in select, high-growth countries, vertical solutions and cloud services.

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