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Event: REWILD Our Planet – Singapore’s 1st Social AR Experience

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Singapore’s first social Augmented Reality (AR) Experience is free and kicks off today. The free exhibition at the ArtScience Museum will be open daily from 10am to 7pm for two months until 2 June, 2019.

“Rewild Our Planet” was developed using footage from Our Planet, a new Netflix Original Documentary Series, leveraging Google's ARCore technology.

“Rewild Our Planet” was developed using footage from Our Planet, a new Netflix Original Documentary Series, leveraging Google’s ARCore technology.

REWILD Our Planet is a collaboration by WWF, Google, Netflix, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA, highlighting the urgency of restoring nature.

Explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with REWILD Our Planet”.

Explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with “REWILD Our Planet”.

The experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting edge persistent AR technology with stunning content from Our Planet, a new Netflix original documentary series.

It combines spectacular IMAX style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR to transport visitors to the last wilderness landscapes on Earth – from vast Arctic ice caps to the remote jungles of Borneo and coastal seas of Southeast Asia.

At REWILD Our Planet, visitors can interact with the environment and each other to understand how collective action is desperately needed to restore balance and protect the Earth’s vibrant and diverse natural habitats.

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Holiday Greetings: Happy New Year 2019

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

It’s 2019. Happy New Year!

 

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Sunrise over the Ella Gap in Sri Lanka. Photo taken with Google Pixel 3 XL Android phone, with auto-added saturation in Google Photos.

A new day… A new year … A new beginning.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Google Pixel 3 (S$1,249) and Pixel 3 XL (S$1,399) Android smartphones will be available from 1 November through the Google Store online, as well as local telcos Singtel and StarHub. Pixel Stand is priced at S$119.

 

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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL launched in Singapore.

Google promises a “more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experience” on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Pixel comes in two sizes, the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL.

 

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Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships, Google, at the launch of the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore.

Both phones will come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and a new colour, Not Pink.

Both have the exact same feature set and comes with a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter and Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box.

More details below from the press release.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Google Pixel 2 XL phablet

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The new Google Pixel 2 XL phablet in the tech4xmas 2017 gift list not just because it’s the latest, but mostly because it’s up there among the best, and whoever you’re giving this to as a X’mas present is going to be absolutely delighted. Available in Singapore from 15 November, 2017.

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My take:

“The Google Pixel 2 XL has one of the best cameras I’ve tried among the flagship models of other smartphone makers and it does it with a single lens!”

Made by Google, the Pixel 2 XL ships with Google organic apps installed and most significantly, the phone will be the first in the market to receive Android updates from Google.

Having tried out the phablet, it truly has a superb camera.

The rear camera has a 12.2-megapixels sensor with f/1.8 lens while the front camera has 8 megapixels and a f/2.4 lens. Measuring 6.2 x 3 inches, the phablet comes in just black or black & white.

In fact, it has the highest DxOMark of 98 for its camera performance – higher than all other smartphone cameras today – and it does it with a single lens!

Photos turned out crisp and clear even in low light.

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The aluminum unibody of the Google Pixel 2 XL makes it water/dust resistant IP67 standards. That means the Pixel 2 XL – like the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 plus – can withstand immersion in water up to one meter for 30 minutes.

It offers the popular Portrait Mode, boasting background blur if you keep the background relatively far behind the subject you’re shooting.

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New arrival: Google Wifi mesh Wi-Fi home router in Singapore

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Google has launched its home Wi-Fi system in Singapore – the first in Southeast Asia and the 8th country in the world to begin shipping the mesh router. Prices below.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Google Wifi will be available in Singapore from 31 August, 2017 – exclusive to StarHub customers.

By setting up two or more Google Wifi routers around the home, a mesh Wi-Fi network is set up in the home that extends the range of a traditional router and provides coverage to dead Wi-Fi zones plaguing most home Wi-Fi networks.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

This is especially useful for larger apartments or homes with physical layouts that are introduce Wi-Fi dead zones.

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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.

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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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