Posts Tagged ‘Indonesia’

Bargain: Circles.Life offers free 20GB mobile pan in “try-before-you-buy”

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Get free 20GB mobile plan from today till 31 December, 2017 and then decide whether you want to continue with Circles.Life.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

Circles.Life is offering the SIM-only trial in the region’s first “try-before-you-buy” telco business model.

From now till the end of the year, you can get a taste of the Circles.Life experience for free before deciding to buy a full plan from the company – all using your existing number.

“Since our launch last year, we have been single-mindedly focused on customer empowerment. In March, we shook the market with our 20 GB for $20 data upgrade plan (20/20 plan) which made bountiful data available to the customer at affordable prices. We are ready to challenge the status quo again and invite others still not on Circles.Life,” said Rameez Ansar, co-founder and director of Circles.Life.

Circles Switch offers customers a free SIM-only line stocked with 20 GB monthly local data, 100 minutes of talktime and 20 SMS messages.

There are no hidden costs – no delivery charges, no registration fees nor SIM card costs.

This new service is targeted at customers who are about to end their contracts, who don’t want to be tied to lock-in contracts and want to surf, post, game and stream on the move without constantly worrying about busting their monthly data caps or the inflexibility of contracts.

Circles Switch provides an inkling of how the company’s new “try before you buy” business model may be rolled out in the future.

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Travel: Indonesia gives visa-free facility to 169 countries

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Under its new visa regulations, Indonesia has given visa-free facility to 169 countries.

With this new regulation, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to boost international tourist visits to Indonesia.

With this new regulation, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to boost international tourist visits to Indonesia.

Good news to travellers planning to visit Indonesia.

You may now be able to visit Indonesia without having to apply for a visa.

Below are detailed information that you can check to see if the new regulations apply to you.

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New arrivals: Huawei P8 flagship smartphone and wearables

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Huawei launched its Android flagship smartphone – the P8 – during CommunicAsia2015 and showcased three wearable products – the Huawei TalkBand B2, TalkBand N1 and the Huawei Watch. Prices below.

The Huawei P8 measures 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm and weighs 144g.

The Huawei P8 measures 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm and weighs 144g.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group introduced the Huawei P8 smartphone for the Southern Pacific Region at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

For Huawei, the Southern Pacific Region comprises Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Singapore.

The P8 was first launched globally in London in April this year and is part of the company’s transition from a B2B entity to a consumer centric brand.

The three wearable products – the Huawei TalkBand B2, TalkBand N1 and the Huawei Watch (currently under development) – were all launched at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in March 2015.

Huawei P8

The Huawei P8 has a 5.2-inch FHD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels (424ppi, 16 million colours) and capable of playing 1080p video.

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MSIG Asia boosts efficiency with SAP Solutions to better serve customers in Singapore and Indonesia

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Asia’s leading non-life insurer turns to SAP to streamline operations and advance in a fast changing regulatory environment.

At the SAP Media Summit in Singapore. From left to right: Scott Russell, Chief Operating Officer, SAP Asia Pacific Japan & Alan Wilson, Regional CEO, MSIG Asia talk about how Big Data is changing the Financial Services Industry. Photo: SAP.

At the SAP Media Summit in Singapore. From left to right: Scott Russell, Chief Operating Officer, SAP Asia Pacific Japan & Alan Wilson, Regional CEO, MSIG Asia talk about how Big Data is changing the Financial Services Industry. Photo provided by SAP.

Leading non-life insurer MSIG has chosen SAP Core Insurance Platform for its Singapore and Indonesia companies.

“To keep pace with the industry’s changing customer needs and the dynamic regulatory environment, we wanted a flexible and scalable solution to meet both our current and future needs,” said Alan Wilson, regional CEO, MSIG Asia.

Along with driving operational efficiencies, faster time-to-market and improved customer service, the SAP Core Insurance Platform will empower these MSIG operations with a single system that will better enable growth and support the innovations and flexibility required to meet the fast-changing business demands of today and tomorrow.

Currently, there are software solutions from two main providers within MSIG in Asia, each of which has in place its own variation on the main processes and supporting systems and have undergone custom development over time.

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New GPS portable navigation device: TomTom Via 620

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

TomTom has launched in Singapore its latest GPS portable navigation device (PND). The Via 620 has a monstrous 6-inch touch screen, a dual-mounting system and a high resolution widescreen (WVGA 800 x 480 pixels).

It is available now at S$299, and comes with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

TomTom Via 620 - available now at S$299, with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

TomTom Via 620 – available now at S$299, with free lifetime maps of South East Asia.

The Via 620 has the largest screen and resolution amongst the PNDs made by TomTom.

The TomTom Via 620 can either be mounted on the windscreen ...

The TomTom Via 620 can either be mounted on the windscreen …

The result is sharper screen clarity and bigger on-screen buttons.

This provides drivers a clearer view of the route and easier interaction with the device.

The Via 620 is loaded with the maps of seven countries/territories across South East Asia – allowing for easy regional navigation.

From now till 31 October 2012, users are entitled to a Lifetime South East Asia Map Update Service Subscription.

This means that TomTom users get free lifetime updates of the maps for seven South East Asia countries/territories.

... or the TomTom Via 620 can be mounted on the dashboard.

… or it can be mounted on the dashboard.

The promotion also comes with the purchase of any TomTom Via and GO series GPS.

The seven countries/territories are Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Macau.

With road networks changing on an average 15 per cent a year, the map update service ensures that TomTom drivers enjoy timely free map updates, with four new maps of South East Asia released each year.

Drivers also benefit from free daily map changes, based on reports from TomTom’s Map Share Community of 21 million.

Drivers, particularly those with larger vehicles, will find the Via 620 practical, clear and easy-to-use, translating to better confidence on the road,” said Chris Kearney, Vice President, TomTom Asia Pacific.These help drivers deal with frequent road changes such as new speed limits and blocked roads.

IQ Routes has also been enhanced to accurately give drivers the best route and arrival time, based on real travel times shared by millions of drivers.

The new “split-screen” Advanced Lane Guidance view gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.

Event: Launch of TomTom Via 620 and Map Share

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

TomTom has launched its latest GPS PND (portable navigation device) today and has enabled all of its 60 million PNDs to receive free daily map changes.

TomTom launched the Via 620 at Ku De Ta atop Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

TomTom launched the Via 620 at Ku De Ta atop Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Via 620 (S$299) has the largest screen and resolution amongst the PNDs made by TomTom (Read about the details of the Via 620 here).

“The roads in Singapore change all the time, sometimes with roadworks springing up overnight. Driving to a destination may take longer than usual as the familiar routes could be closed overnight. Knowing about these changes before setting off can save drivers a lot of time and help reduce overall congestion,” says Valerie Cross, TomTom Public Relations Manager Asia Pacific.At the same time, free daily map changes via the TomTom Map Share community allows drivers to personalise the TomTom map on their own device and also share and receive map changes with the Map Share community around the world.

Map Share was previously only available on a limited number of TomTom devices.

Map Share technology enables drivers to keep the TomTom map on their device up to date with immediate changes in their area.

Drivers then have the choice to share those road changes with TomTom and the broader Map Share community.

Map Share enables people to quickly and easily report and share the most frequent road changes.

TomTom Via 620

TomTom Via 620

More structural, long-term changes such as the addition of roads or roundabouts are validated and updated within TomTom’s maps and made available on a quarterly basis.

TomTom applies a hybrid approach to map-making that includes the combination of authoritative sources, such as field collection, government data or satellite imagery, with community input to ensure its maps accurately reflect reality.

From today, all TomTom Via and GO customers will be able to receive free daily map changes from the TomTom Map Share Community via a simple, free software update.

Daily map changes include the more dynamic, frequent changes that drivers are likely to encounter such as:

  • Changed speed limits
  • New street names
  • Blocked roads
  • New traffic directions
  • Altered turn restrictions

Drivers have control over which daily map changes they load onto their device.

They can choose to accept changes submitted by some or many other Map Share users, or only those verified by TomTom.

View TomTom’s video on Map Share and free daily updates below.

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New Android smartphones: Sony Xperia ion and neo L

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Sony Mobile has unveiled another two new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones. The Xperia ion takes over the flagship role from the Xperia S, while the Xperia neo L is a follow-up to the Xperia neo V.

Both smartphones will be available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in calendar Q3 2012.

New flagship from Sony Mobile: Xperia ion; and the Xperia neo L.

New flagship from Sony Mobile: Xperia ion; and the Xperia neo L.

The Xperia ion and Xperia neo L were launched today as part of Sony Mobile’s South East Asia debut of a slew of six new Xperia smartphones.

The Xperia ion and Xperia neo L are part of a slew of six that debuted in SE Asia today. From left: Sony Xperia ion, go, acro S, neo L, miro, and tipo.

The Xperia ion and Xperia neo L are part of a slew of six that debuted in SE Asia today. From left: Sony Xperia ion, go, acro S, neo L, miro, and tipo.

The other four phones were the Xperia go, Xperia acro S, Xperia miro and Xperia tipo.

They had been unveiled progressively over the past two weeks.

The Xperia ion has a massive 4.6-inch display (1280 x 720 pixels on a 16-million colour TFT), and a high-capacity embedded 1,900mAH battery.

Both the rear (1080p) and front (720p) cameras are HD capable.

The 12-megapixel rear camera boasts a quick sleep-to-snap speed of just over a second via a single key press.

The Xperia ion will be available in black in Singapore; and in black and red in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Sony Xperia neo L

Sony Xperia neo L

The Xperia neo L has a 4-inch display (480 x 854 pixels on a 16-million colour TFT), a 5.1-megapixel (720p) rear-camera, VGA front camera, and a 1,500mAH battery.

It has a sleek curved back design and glossy finish; and incorporates Sony’s xLoud technology for crisp and loud sound.

The Xperia neo L is available in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in both black and white.

The tech specs for the Xperia ion and Xperia neo L can be viewed/downloaded below.

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Event: Sony Mobile debuts six new Xperia Android smartphones for South East Asia

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The six new models are: Xperia go, acro S, miro, tipo, ion, and neo L. The first four models were announced over the last two weeks, while the Xperia ion and neo L were unveiled today.

All six phone models will be available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in calendar Q3 2012.

Mathew Lang, Corporate Vice President and Head of SEA & Oceania Customer Unit, Sony Mobile at the event at Art Palates Café, Istana Park, Singapore.

Mathew Lang, Corporate Vice President and Head of SEA & Oceania Customer Unit, Sony Mobile at the event at Art Palates Café, Istana Park, Singapore.

The Xperia ion is the new flagship smartphone for Sony Mobile.

Its 4.6-inch display is bigger than that of the 4.3-inch in the previous flagship Xperia S.

Water resistant Sony Xperia acro S. Don’t try this at home.

Water resistant Sony Xperia acro S. Don’t try this at home. Photo taken with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5.

The Xperia ion also includes a microSD card expansion slot for up to 32GB – which was absent in the Xperia S.

The Xperia go and Xperia acro S are stylish, durable and water-resistant.

They are supposedly water-proof up to a depth of 1m.

The Xperia miro offers deep Facebook integration and features Sony’s xLOUD audio technology together with the Xperia neo L.

The Xperia tipo comes in both single and dual SIM versions.

The latter allows one-touch switching between two numbers through a dedicated network switch button on the phone.

All six models either ship with Android 4.0 installed or can be upgraded over-the-air to Android 4.0.

The six new Android smartphones debuting in SE Asia in Q3 2012: Sony Xperia ion, go, acro S, neo L, miro, and tipo.

The six new Android smartphones debuting in SE Asia in Q3 2012: Sony Xperia ion, go, acro S, neo L, miro, and tipo. Photo taken with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5.

With such a range of smartphones catered to different tastes and needs, Xperia fans willl be spoilt for choice when shopping for their next smartphone.

Below are the technical specifications for the six Xperia smartphones from Sony Mobile.

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The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

81% of businesses in the Asia Pacific and Japan might NOT be able to recover lost data and systems in the event of a disaster. New independent research sponsored by EMC points to outdated backup and recovery infrastructure.

EMC Research: "The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan"

The survey also found that 71% of all organizations had lost data or suffered systems downtime in the last 12 months.

These findings highlight the need for backup transformation from antiquated technologies that are not suited for today’s data growth or availability expectations.

A move to next-generation backup and recovery solutions ensure continued business operations in the event of a natural disaster, malicious activity or more routine and common disruptions to IT systems.

In fact, the research showed that the causes of systems downtime are often the commonplace disruptions to IT, such as hardware failure or data corruption, rather than natural disasters or other major incidents.

Other key findings are summarised below:

  • Hardware failure (60%), data corruption (49%) and loss of power (44%) were cited as the primary causes of data loss and downtime.
  • 42% of organizations cite loss of employee productivity as the most likely consequence of data loss and downtime.
  • 44% of organizations who store a backup copy offsite for disaster recovery still use tape for recovery, and 37% still use CD ROM (although 62% now use disk-based storage).
  • 83% of these organizations want to replace tape all together, highlighting the need for next generation backup and recovery.

Commissioned by EMC and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne, ‘The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan’ looks at the state of backup and disaster recovery in the region to understand how well companies are prepared for data loss and systems downtime.

For the full report, visit EMC’s website here.