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New Arrival: Microsoft Unveils Free Windows 11

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Microsoft Windows 11 will be available on new PCs and through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs beginning this holiday.

Microsoft says the new Windows 11 is optimised for working, learning, and playing and delivering great experiences for all - from intuitive design features that make multitasking a breeze to an all-new Microsoft Store that provides users with easy access to apps, games, and movies.

Microsoft says the new Windows 11 is optimised for working, learning, and playing and delivering great experiences for all – from intuitive design features that make multitasking a breeze to an all-new Microsoft Store that provides users with easy access to apps, games, and movies.

Windows 11 features a fresh, clean interface and intuitive features to empower users to get things done and inspire their creativity.

Users can easily find what they need by clicking the Start button which is located at the center of the screen.

“The past 18 months brought an incredible shift in how we used our PCs, from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows, a platform that over a billion people rely on. With Windows 11, we wanted to build a familiar place where everyone can create, learn, play, and most importantly connect in improved ways,” said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Microsoft.

Start utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show users recent files that were previously viewed across different platforms or devices, so users can pick up where they left off – even documents they were working on their Android or iOS devices.

Multi-tasking is made easier with new Windows 11 features like Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops that help users organise their windows and optimise their screen real estate.

Users can now enjoy the flexibility of multiple windows and work on multiple apps simultaneously by snapping the apps side by side on their screens.

With Desktops, users can customise spaces for each aspect of their lives, such as work, gaming, or school, and easily switch between them.

Users also get faster access to information they care about with Widgets, which provides a curated news feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge.

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How to Sign up for Apple One – Available in Singapore Now

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Apple One is now available in Singapore, enabling subscribers to access four Apple subscription services including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. Price & Availability below.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

Access four services Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage with a single Apple One subscription.

First announced in Cupertino in mid-September, users in over 100 countries and regions can now sign up and choose a plan that is right for them or their whole family.

You can sign up for Apple One on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or tvOS 14.

Later this fall, you’ll also be able to sign up on Mac running macOS Big Sur.

In addition, when you sign up for individual Apple services, the right Apple One plan is automatically recommended if it’s a better value, taking into account any services you already pay for.

Prices and availability for Apple One below.

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac is now ready for macOS Big Sur, blending the OS updates with new Mac integration and Windows-related features. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 16 subscribers receive complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows and Parallels Access as well.

Parallels Desktop 16 subscribers receive complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows and Parallels Access as well.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 16 include the following.

Key Highlights

  • DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3: Up to 20 percent faster DirectX 11 and improved OpenGL 3 graphics in Windows and Linux.
  • Increased battery life: Stay productive on the go with up to 10 percent longer battery life when Windows runs in Travel Mode.
  • Automatically reclaim disk space: Virtual machines (VMs) can be set to automatically return unused disk space when shutting down.
  • New multi-touch gestures for Windows apps: Use smooth zoom and rotate Trackpad multi-touch gestures in Windows apps.
  • Enhanced printing: Print on both sides and use more paper sizes, from A0 to envelope.

Prices and more details below from the press release.

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Acronis and Minterest Launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing in Singapore

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

The joint initiative by Acronis and Minterest aims to help businesses combat COVID-19 disruptions and remain resilient and #CyberFit despite the pandemic.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, and Minterest, a leading Singapore-based online financial services solutions provider, have joined forces to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing, Powered by Minterest to provide Singapore-based businesses with financing support.

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses globally to operate remotely and people – to work from home.

Very often, they work with unsecured digital networks and are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

“Cybercriminals are ruthless – they see the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to target new vulnerabilities such as those caused by many staff migrating to home offices. Now more than ever, cyber protection should be a key concern for every business, as a data breach that costs a company valuable data can cripple even large organisations. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is a solution we have developed to combat this global threat. Acronis is dedicated to doing our part to help businesses both in the digital and the real world. With support from our capable partners at Minterest, we hope to provide streamlined access to vital funding to ensure business continuity for as many Singapore businesses as possible,” said Serguei Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, essential services such as supermarkets, drug stores, medical services, mechanical services, police, and governmental agencies will need cyber protection to be #CyberFit so their IT infrastructure remains protected and operational.

Beyond the heightened cybersecurity risk, with the coronavirus outbreak slowing down economies and disrupting supply chain networks, many managed service providers, hosting companies, SMEs and home businesses are also faced with urgent cash flow issues.

As a cyber protection company, Acronis aims to help organisations safeguard their data, applications, and systems so they can remain productive and avoid costly downtime.

Through this partnership, Acronis and Minterest hope to empower businesses by providing easy access to customised financing solutions to tide them through this difficult period and to build their cybersecurity capabilities to ringfence their businesses.

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New Arrival: Acronis Cyber Protect For Enterprises

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Acronis Cyber Protect offers a complete cyber protection solution to fight pandemic cyberthreats and improve remote work. Availability & promotions below.

Acronis Cyber Protect enables service providers to cut costs and defend their clients against cyberthreats through AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity – with total Zoom security, COVID-19 URL filtering and a 100% detection rate.

Acronis Cyber Protect enables service providers to cut costs and defend their clients against cyberthreats through AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity – with total Zoom security, COVID-19 URL filtering and a 100% detection rate.

Acronis announced today the availability of Acronis Cyber Protect, a new cyber protection solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-gen anti-malware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into one service.

Acronis Cyber Protect eliminates complexity, improves productivity, and enables managed service providers (MSP) to efficiently make security a focal point of their portfolio – ensuring their business can meet client expectations for data, applications, and systems security and protection.

More details below from the press release.

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Revolut, StashAway & PolicyPal Launch “Medical Energizer”

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The “Medical Energizer” programme aims to support medical heroes in Singapore fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines.

“Being in the frontline is a challenging task, therefore we would like to extend our support to protect their health and families. We believe that together we would be able to support each other through this crisis,” said Val Yap, Founder and CEO of PolicyPal.

“Being in the frontline is a challenging task, therefore we would like to extend our support to protect their health and families. We believe that together we would be able to support each other through this crisis,” said Val Yap, Founder and CEO of PolicyPal.

The program offers local heroes financial, insurance and rides benefits, to support their wellbeing during this crisis.

Revolut, a Visa partner, offers medical personnel 3% cashback for every transaction made on their Revolut Visa cards without any caps and up to S$50 rides rebates per week for any ride sharing services and taxi rides.

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New Arrival: Microsoft 365 Personal And Family Subscriptions

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Microsoft has announced the refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365, along with the preview of two new experiences – the Microsoft Family Safety app and new features coming to Microsoft Teams.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

The refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020.

An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on the foundation of Office 365, infusing new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower people to become better writers, presenters, designers and finance managers, as well as deepen people connections.

These experiences start rolling out today and will reach over 38 million Office 365 subscribers over the next few months.

In addition, Microsoft today unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will be available for preview in the coming months.

Firstly, a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds.

Next, to provide one application to help manage work and life and deepen connections with those who matter most, Microsoft also previewed new features coming to Microsoft Teams for users’ personal life today.

With these new features, users can connect, stay organised, and collaborate with family and friends.

They will be able to connect in group chats, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists, assign tasks to specific people and coordinate schedules, as well as share photos and videos all in one place.

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New Feature: Google Translate App Gets Real Time Transcribe

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Google Translate app has just launched Transcribe – a new feature that enables you to translate and transcribe audio in real time.

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

The redesigned home screen of Google Translate (left) and options to change the settings for a comfortable read (right).

Transcribe began its roll-out early this morning, and a full roll-out will be happening within the next few days.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

Real time transcription in action in Google Translate.

The new feature will support any combination between the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Previously, Translate wasn’t well suited to translate lectures over video conferencing or in a classroom, longer discussions, or stories from grandparents who speak another language.

To address this gap, Google is introducing this new feature that transcribes audio into translated text.

While the feature is only available on Android devices currently, Google is planning to launch it on iOS in the future.

Here’s how Transcribe in the Google Translate app works:

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Fitbit Adds SpO2 Monitoring With Estimate Oxygen Variation Graph

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph is now available to all Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite, and Versa 2 users.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

Fitbit’s new Estimated Oxygen Variation graph.

This new feature was originally announced at Fitbit’s Fall 2019 launch event and began rolling out to some users in January.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2020 Personal Backup Software

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Acronis True Image 2020 personal backup solution automates backups and replicates local backups in the cloud. Now includes cyber protection as well. Available online, prices below.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

All versions (Standard, Advanced & Premium) include Acronis Active Protection, the AI-powered anti-malware defense, and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Subscription customers can purchase additional cloud storage as needed.

The new version enables users to automatically replicate local backups in the cloud, automating the 3-2-1 backup rule – having 3 copies, in 2 types of media, with 1 copy offsite.

The Dual Protection replication feature is one of more than 100 enhancements and new capabilities incorporated into Acronis True Image 2020 that are designed to further improve its performance, control, and security.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis President, Co-Founder and COO, Stanislav Protassov, launched the new True Image 2020 in the company’s Singapore office at Suntec Tower 3.

The company’s vision of cyber protection combines traditional data protection and cybersecurity into one solution, addressing all Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – ensuring safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of data (SAPAS).

Acronis boasts that this unique approach means Acronis True Image 2020 delivers easy, efficient, secure cyber protection to home users, prosumers, and home-based businesses.

Pricing and Availability

Three versions of Acronis True Image are available as follows:

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