Posts Tagged ‘Google’

New arrival: Hunt for classic games on Google Search

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Google is making classic games like Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe available for play directly from Google Search.

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type

Take a break from Pokemon Go, simply type “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” into Google Search to play these classic games instantly online.

Other games available include Pac-man, Flip-a-coin and Roll-a-die.

More games will be released as Easter Eggs for netizens to discover.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

Is Google making playing cards too? No, this pack of cards are just a teaser to classic games that are now available on Google Search.

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New arrival: New Google Chromecast (S$65) in Singapore for TVs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

From today, the newest version of Google Chromecast will be available in Singapore from M1 and Lazada retailers at S$65.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

Chromecast turns any TV into a smart TV by streaming the display of a Chromebook or an Android, iOS, Windows device onto a any television with an HDMI port.

With fresh content and an updated app to find entertainment, the new Chromecast promises to make streaming easier and up to 6.5x faster than its predecessor.

The new Chromecast has an updated design, making it easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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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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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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Sony showcases BRAVIA 4K LCD & Full HD TV 2015 lineup

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Sony Singapore showcased the BRAVIA 4K LCD and Full HD televisions that were announced earlier this year at CES 2015 – with new models ranging from 32 to 75 inches in size, some based on Google Android TV and impressively thin models thinner than a smartphone. Prices TBA.

The Sony Bravia X9000C is only 4.9mm at its thinnest - thinner than some smartphones.

The Sony Bravia X9000C is only 4.9mm at its thinnest – thinner than some smartphones.

This new lineup for 2015 will soon be available in Singapore, with models rolling in as early as next month – June 2015.

Sony BRAVIA KDL-65W850C with Google Android TV.

Sony BRAVIA KDL-65W850C with Google Android TV.

The 4K models ships with advanced 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling technology by analysing and upscaling content to 4K resolution.

The X9000C Series 4K LCD TV (in 55 and 65 inches) is only 4.9mm at its thinnest part and with its tiny frame – mount it on the wall and it’ll appear like a floating display.

The Bravia X series as well as the W800C and W850C will support Google’s Android TV operating system, making it easy to stream videos, function as a gaming device, and provide enhanced features like Google Cast and Voice Search.

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New arrivals: Nexus 6 phablet from Motorola & Google

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The new 32GB Android Nexus 6 will be in Singapore from tomorrow (28 February) at S$998.

The 32GB Nexus 6 is available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White, and will retail for S$998 exclusively through open channel (retail stores).

The 32GB Nexus 6 is available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White, and will retail for S$998 exclusively through open channel (retail stores).

The phablet-sized 6-inch Nexus 6 is the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

“Every one of our Moto phones is built on a foundation of pure Android – it’s easier to use, delivers amazing performance and lets you choose how you want to use your phone,” – Motorola Mobility.

The new Material Design interface responds to touch and voice in more intuitive ways, while its 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with quad-core CPU makes it easy to switch between apps.

The phablet has 3GB RAM and is water resistant.

Nexus 6 measures 83 x 159.3 mm and weighs 184g.

It has a 5.96-inch AMOLED display with 1440p Full HD, 16:9 aspect ratio, 493 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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Google launches Great Online Shopping Festival for Singapore

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Google has collaborated with its partners to offer 3 days of online bargain shopping from 2-4 February to shoppers in Singapore. A list of participating vendors is at the end of this article.

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

Google, along with DBS and SingPost, revealed the categories and deals on offer which range from travel to beauty, fashion and electronics.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with businesses across Singapore to celebrate the best of eCommerce here, and bring great deals from around the web to shoppers in the run up to Chinese New Year. Singaporeans are sophisticated shoppers and the Internet is a key part of the shopping process for them,” said Joanna Flint, Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific.

The 72-hour-long Great Online Shopping Festival on gosf.sg will commence from midnight on February 2, bringing deals from more than 60 brands onto a common platform to customers across the island nation.

Discounts include up to 90 percent off electronics, over 80 percent off fashion brands, up to 75 percent off travel deals, up to 70 percent off beauty products and many more from favorites like Courts, Zalora, Agoda and Luxola.

The festival is also supported by DBS and SingPost.

The first 2000 registered shoppers to spend over a total of S$168 with their DBS/POSB cards will receive an additional 15 percent rebate or up to S$100 off.

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Tips: Google’s seven top tips for Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Since today is “Safer Internet Day”, here are seven “Don’t” tips from Google that can help you stay safe on the Internet.

Are you ready for a Safer Internet?

Are you ready for a Safer Internet?

Here are seven tips from Google of things you need to start doing right away to stay safe online.

  1. Don’t use the same password for everything: It’s like handing your house keys (and every other key) to everyone you meet.
  2. Don’t have an “easy” password: If your password contains the word ‘password’ or numbers in sequence, think again. One way to create (and remember) a complex password is to think of a phrase or sentence (perhaps the lyrics to a song you like?) and use the first letter of each word to create the password. Or think of places you’ve lived, and spell them backwards. Something, anything!

  3. Don’t rely solely on a password: It’s so yesterday to have only a password for your most important accounts. Turn on two-factor authentication. Like your bank’s OTP, an SMS code or mobile app that gives you a second code when you’re accessing your account from an unfamiliar computer will give you extra peace of mind.
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