Archive for the ‘Brief’ Category

Virtual Visit to Huawei Health Lab in Dongguan, China

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China is the third and largest so far and was officially unveiled on 22 October, 2021, during the first day of the Huawei Developer Conference. I was invited to visit (virtually) the facility as part of the showcase to select media from APAC.

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China

In its efforts to lead the industry with continuous technological innovation, Huawei opened its first Health Lab in Shenzhen in 2016.

The 700 sqm facility focussed on research on testing and technology of sports and health products.

Huawei Health Labs help the company lead the industry with continuous technological innovation.

Huawei Health Labs help the company lead the industry with continuous technological innovation. * Click to enlarge.

The next Health Lab was built in Xi’an in 2020.

The bigger 1,100 sqm facility explored the innovation and application of sports and health technologies, to help more people to work out scientifically and live a healthy life.

The latest Health Lab in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, is by far the largest – at 4,380 sqm.

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HOPES is Singapore’s 1st International Winner of James Dyson Award

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

HOPES is the first entry from Singapore to win the international top prize in the 17 years’ history of the James Dyson Award.

* This story was first published on Haleness Me.

HOPES, (which stands for Home eye Pressure E-skin Sensor) is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home IOP testing.

HOPES, (which stands for Home eye Pressure E-skin Sensor) is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home IOP testing.

HOPES is a wearable biomedical device for pain-free, low cost, at-home intra-ocular pressure (IOP) testing.

This year’s International winner of the James Dyson Award was inspired by one of the inventors’, Kelu, father’s diagnosis of glaucoma.

The Problem

After witnessing his discomfort and multiple hospital visits, she realised there is a global need for a less invasive and more accessible method for Intraocular Pressure (IOP) monitoring.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

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Tech Focus: The Electric Vehicle Race to Market

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Three rapidly advancing technologies are driving this collective race towards zero-emission e-mobility: wide-bandgap (WBG) devices, more power-dense batteries, and faster charging capabilities.

In this guest commentary, Hwee Yng Yeo from Keysight Technologies shares her insights into the great EV race.

GaN and SiC wide-bandgap power semiconductors facilitate a host of onboard EV power conversion applications. Image credit: Keysight Technologies.

GaN and SiC wide-bandgap power semiconductors facilitate a host of onboard EV power conversion applications. Image credit: Keysight Technologies.

Since its inception on a paper napkin more than a decade ago, Formula E has evolved rapidly as a motorsport with a mission.

Entertainment aside, this electric streetcar racing’s founding mission is to showcase sustainable mobility to the world, and it has done pretty well.

It’s the only motorsport to have ISO 20121 certification for net zero carbon footprint since its first race in Shanghai in 2014.

Getting the Formula E car into pole-position entails a lot of hardware and software technology to extract maximum efficiency from the electric vehicle’s (EV) powertrain and battery.

For the key automotive OEMs, it’s not just about getting their car across the checkered flag first.

With billions of R&D dollars poured into developing better EVs, the goal of participating automakers goes beyond the championship trophy.

Learnings from these high-intensity races are applied to improve electromobility technologies back in the R&D labs.

Three rapidly advancing technologies are driving this collective race towards zero-emission e-mobility:

  1. wide-bandgap (WBG) devices
  2. more power-dense batteries
  3. faster charging capabilities

Efficient power conversion with WBG devices

A lot of power conversion takes place in the EV.

A DC-DC converter for example, steps down the power from the high-voltage EV battery to 12 V, with further conversions to run onboard systems like lighting, radio, and air-conditioning (see the diagram above).

The author of this article is Hwee Yng Yeo, the industry solutions manager for Automotive and Energy at Keysight Technologies.

The author of this article is Hwee Yng Yeo, the industry solutions manager for Automotive and Energy at Keysight Technologies.

WBG devices such as Silicon carbide (SiC) and Gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors are used in transistors to facilitate this power conversion throughout the vehicle.

GaN applications are an emerging technology area, and developers find it hard to validate their design for these high-performance power converters.

Increased frequency and higher power affect the reliability of measurements needed to characterise the device’s performance.

It can be hard to distinguish whether the measured signal is the device’s characteristic or caused by the measurement setup.

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Dell Technologies Edge Advances Extend IT Beyond Data Center

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Dell Technologies has announced new edge innovations as part of the company’s strategy to build new growth areas that help organisations accelerate their digital transformation. These new solutions and updates were revealed during the 2021 Dell Technologies Summit (13-14 October).

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

New additions to the Dell Technologies edge portfolio. With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier.

The latest edge advancements by Dell Technologies include innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organisations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud — from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

  • Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes, which extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads.
  • Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus, which helps manufacturers make quick decisions to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • Dell EMC Edge Gateway, which connects multiple edge devices across operational technology and IT environments to deliver real-time data insights.
  • Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform, which optimises GPUs to ingest streaming video and supports real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge systems.
  • Dell Latitude Rugged laptops, which can withstand harsh edge environments while maintaining high levels of performance and connectivity.

More details below from the press release.

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Study: 45% of Singapore SMBs Want to go 100% Laptop Post COVID-19

Friday, March 12th, 2021

In an IDC survey commissioned by ASUS, SMBs are more inclined to equip their employees with laptops rather than desktop computers – compared to prior to COVID-19.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift - coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift – coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Presented during the IDC & ASUS Webcast 2021 Singapore – Digital Transformation for the Next Normal in Asia/Pacific, ASUS revealed that 45% of Singapore SMBs are likely to convert to a 100% laptop setup post COVID-19, underscoring the importance of mobility in a hybrid workplace model.

The finding is among other strategic insights to SMB technology use and how COVID-19 has affected related decisions.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Considering the survey findings, IDC advised that equipping employees with the latest devices that can support both a remote and hybrid work environment will have a significant impact not only on employee productivity and experience, but also will provide a competitive edge to organizations to attract and retain talent.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Lenovo 2021 Collection of Legion Gaming PCs

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Lenovo is launching today its 2021 collection of Legion gaming PCs and accessories. These AMD– and Nvidia-powered machines will be launched online and broadcast live across the Asia-Pacific at 8pm this evening. Prices below.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo showcased the 2021 collection of Legion PCs to a select audience in Singapore in a sneak preview prior to tonight’s launch.

The collection comprises four new gaming laptops and two accessories.

  • Legion 7 (16″ AMD): S$3,999
  • Legion Slim 7 (15″ AMD): S$2,499
  • Legion 5 Pro (16″ AMD): S$2,399
  • Legion 5 (15″ & 16″ AMD): S$1,999
  • Legion S600 Gaming Station: S$149
  • Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset: S$149

More information will be added after tonight’s launch.

New Arrival: Galaxy Tab Active3 & XCover Pro Rugged Devices

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Samsung announced the expansion of its business rugged device range with the Galaxy Tab Active3 tablet and Galaxy XCover Pro phone. Price and availability below.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced that the Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available and that the Galaxy XCover Pro will be available in March.

“When designing the Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro, we have incorporated new features based on feedback from our customers on functions that would benefit their everyday operations. The Galaxy Tab Active3 is a multi-functional tablet that not only supports the latest applications for field work, but also no battery mode for those who require devices at a fixed kiosk or mounted on vehicles. Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro can seamlessly transform into a mobile device scanner or a walkie-talkie – perfect for field workers in logistics and supply chain sectors. With a strong line-up of rugged devices, we are paving the way for continuous innovation to create products that allow customers to do business with a peace of mind, while keeping their frontline workers productive and safe,” said Sarah Chua, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Knox Capture, a new enterprise-grade scanning solution will also be supported by both devices by March.

As part of Samsung for Business’ portfolio, the new business rugged devices feature sleek, durable and compact designs that enable frontline workers to be more secure, collaborative and productive in the field.

As the first business rugged tablet to be Enterprise Edition-ready out of the box, the Galaxy Tab Active3 supports “No Battery Mode” for businesses that opt to use the tablet in a fixed location such as a kiosk.

Its Wi-Fi and LTE variants are now available, and are priced at $698 and $798 (including GST) respectively from telco enterprise partners and authorised distributors.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro is a stylish, sleek and rugged all-in-one enterprise mobile device that withstands drops of up to 1.5m, even without a case.

It will be available in March.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Sony SRS-RA5000 & SRS-RA3000 Wireless Speakers

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Sony’s latest wireless speakers feature spatial sound technologies for ambient room-filling sound with Immersive Audio Enhancement and 360 Reality Audio. Price and Availability below.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Both premium speakers sports sound calibration to provide adjustment for optimum audio performance based on the environment.

I attended a preview-cum-demo at Sony’s store at Wisma Atria in Singapore and enjoyed the room-filling audio from both the new speakers.

Both the SRS-RA5000 (S$849) and the SRS-RA3000 (S$449) are now available in Singapore at Sony Stores and Sony Store Online.

More details below from the press release.

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Preview: Hyundai 2021 Avante / Elantra Sedan in Singapore

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Hyundai Singapore showcased the new 2021 Avante 1.6 sports sedan in its Komoco showroom in Singapore. The car has already been homologated in Singapore and should be in by November 2020.

 

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Two trims are available in Singapore: Avante 1.6 “S”, Avante 1.6 “Elite”.

The theme for Hyundai’s design for the 2021 Avante is “Sensuous Sportiness”.

“Parametric Dynamics” is the phrase Hyundai designers use to describe the dramatic look of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

Dashboard of the 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

Dashboard of the 2021 Hyundai Avante 1.6.

The design departs from traditional smooth surfaces to use bold lines and geometric shapes to trigger a reaction in the beholder.

 

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Komoco Motors unveils the new Hyundai 2021 Avante 1.6 in its showroom in Singapore.

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Cybersecurity Tips: Avoiding Phishing, Crypto-Mining & Ransomware

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

With employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can SMBs better protect against cybercriminals?

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Kaspersky experts suggest the following tips for SMBs to avoid being lured by cybercriminals through phishing, crypto-mining and ransomware.

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