Video: Cloudera and DBS Bank Talk about Big Data and FinTech

(from left to right) Tom Reilly, CEO of #Cloudera and David Gledhill, Head of Group Technology & Operations #DBS #bank at an exclusive #media roundtable on #Fintech. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Earlier this week, Cloudera and DBS organized a session with the media to talk about their strategic partnership and the ever-changing banking industry. The 45-min discussion covers topics about the current challenges that bank faced in upgrading their obsolete IT infrastructure as well as reform on the bank’s operation process. The discussion is chaired by Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera and David Gledhill, Head of Group Technology and Operations, DBS.

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Press Release – Ultimate Ears Now Lets You Say It to Play It

UE Speakers with Siri and Google Now Voice Integration Let Music Fans Easily Access Music Faster

SINGAPORE — 22 June 2016 — Today, Ultimate Ears wants you to speak up and use your voice by introducing Siri® and Google Now™ voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM. Now, music fans can simply say it to play it, allowing them to stay connected in the moment by providing faster, easier access to their music using Siri and Google Now voice directly from their Ultimate Ears speakers. The new push-to-talk feature brings even more convenience to UE’s award winning on-the-go Bluetooth® speakers.

From cliff to cave, Ultimate Ears’ speakers are meant to be with you, wherever, whenever. They’re waterproof (IPX7), rugged and blast incredible 360-degree sound. This latest integration amps up the possibilities of where you can take your music and how easily you can access it all.

“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”

Gone are the days of hunting down your favorite song on your phone as this new voice integration provides access to tunes in just a couple of seconds. Through a quick push of the Bluetooth button and a simple voice request, you can quickly get the party started and never miss a beat.

Pricing and Availability

Siri and Google Now voice integration is available on UE BOOM 2 ($319.00) and UE

MEGABOOM ($399.00) through the free UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM apps. The app enhancement is available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores on June 22. Speakers are sold separately. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

Singapore Turf Club Brings Real Horses to Capitol Piazza at Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow

The Singapore Turf Club cordially invites you to the Emirates Singapore Derby (ESD) Roadshow on 25 June 2016, Saturday.

This would be the first time that you can get up close to a real horse at Capitol Piazza, Outdoor Plaza. You will also have a chance to get up close for the Horse Patting and Feeding session as well as witness the spectacular Fashion Showcase featuring the latest fashion collections by Reckless Shop and Fashion House.

Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow Details:
Date: 25 June 2016, Saturday
Time: 11am to 8pm (Please note that some activities will only be available at scheduled timings. Please visit http://bit.ly/1UwBow4 for more information)
Venue: Outdoor Plaza @ Capitol Piazza
Hashtag: #EmiratesSGDerby
Highlights of the Event:

  • Horse Pitching Competition
  • Horse patting and feeding
  • Fashion Show by Reckless Shop and Fashion House
  • Appearances of Singapore Turf Club Mascots, Racer and Clover
  • History of Emirates Singapore Derby Exhibition
  • InstaPhoto Booth

The Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow is free and will be opened to the public from 25 June to 26 June 2016 at Capitol Piazza, Outdoor Plaza and 1 July to 3 July 2016 at CHIJMES, The Lawn from 11am to 8pm and 12pm to 10pm respectively.

The Emirates Singapore Derby will also be running an Instagram contest starting from 20 June 2016 to 8 July 2016, 2359PM. All you have to do is to upload your best RED outfit of the day (RED OOTD) onto your Instagram and hashtag #EmiratesRedFashion & Tag @SGTurfClub and you will stand a chance to win a set of premium gift worth about S$2,000 from Emirates.

The 21st Emirates Singapore Derby will be held on 10 Jul 2016, Sun at Singapore Racecourse

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Press Release – New GoDaddy Offer Delivers Office 365 To Small Businesses Across Asia

source: PR Newswire

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, June 20, 2016 — GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today launched a new offer in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., through which GoDaddy will provide Microsoft Office 365 to small businesses across Asian markets. By offering Office 365, GoDaddy is providing customers with seamless access to professional email connected to a domain name, secure cloud storage, and a comprehensive set of productivity and collaboration capabilities.

Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy is now available in 14 markets across Asia, including: Hong Kong (English and Traditional Chinese), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (English and Malay), Philippines (English and Filipino),Singapore (English and Simplified Chinese), South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This relationship supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small business management solutions globally. Serving 14 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy created a simple experience to help small businesses get up and running with Office 365, backed by best-in-class customer support.  These solutions help customers look professional with every email they send with personalized email addresses that end with their domain name, while allowing employees to communicate, collaborate and take their critical business applications with them anywhere they go.

“GoDaddy’s small business expertise combined with Microsoft’s email and productivity offering provides small business owners in Asia with solutions to make the business of running their business much easier,” said Roger Chen, Vice President of Asia, GoDaddy. “Our research shows consumers are nine times more likely to choose a company that uses a professional email address with its owndomain name. We’ve created an experience that makes this simple for businesses of any size.”

“Office 365 from GoDaddy offers business-class email and shared calendars powered by Exchange Online, up to 1TB of secure online storage for document sharing, real-time collaboration capabilities, and both client and web versions of Microsoft Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more). These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices. Office 365 also includes enterprise-grade, built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats,” said Parri Munsell, Senior Director O365, Microsoft.

GoDaddy offers a complete suite of cloud-based products in local language and currency to help small businesses find the perfect domain name, create a beautiful website, find new customers and improve business productivity.

Source: PR Newswire

Press Release – OPPO R9 Averages One Sale Every 1.1 Second

Singapore, 17 June 2016Singapore, June 16, 2016 – At an event in Shanghai on June 13, OPPO Vice President Alen Wu shared some stunning news: Since the March 17 launch of the new R9 (or F1 Plus), the device has averaged one sale every 1.1 seconds, reaching a total of 7 million units so far.


One F1 Plus is sold every 1.1 seconds.

Due in part to the success of OPPO’s new photography-centric series of phones, the company has become the number-4 smartphone maker in the world by market share, as of the first quarter of 2016.

Wu acknowledged some of the reasons that are often cited for OPPO’s success, including a commitment to fostering strong, fair relationships with distributors, and also the company’s knack for creating effective promotional campaigns. But, he said, the root of OPPO’s strength is something more fundamental.

“For OPPO, the engine of our growth has always been our focus on the product,” said Wu, who serves as Marketing Director of OPPO’s Mainland China Mobile Business. “We listen to users, and bring them meticulously designed, top-quality products that they’ll truly love. That’s what’s brought us this far and what will continue to drive us going forward.”

Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Electronics Singapore reaffirms the phone’s success and the brand’s direction by saying, “The OPPO R9, or the F1 Plus as it is called elsewhere, currently makes up over 45 percent of our total sales in Singapore, and is our best-selling model. It goes to show that the R&D that we’ve put in, the effort that OPPO has taken to listen to our consumer’s needs is indeed paying off.”

OPPO R9 Soars on Quality and Innovation

Wu went on to detail a few examples of OPPO’s commitments to both groundbreaking product design and industry-leading quality, which have propelled the R9’s success. On the design front, OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge technology has been one of its most celebrated advances, and Wu announced that, by the end of June, global users of VOOC-enabled devices will reach 30 million.

VOOC’s industry-leading charging speeds are well-known, but an equally important advantage lies in the fact that it can achieve these speeds while preserving the longevity of the battery.

Industry standards stipulate that, after 500 charge cycles, a battery should still have 80% of its original capacity. The R9 maintains this capacity through a full 900 cycles, Wu explained, making it 1.8 times stronger than the industry standard, on top of providing breakneck charging speeds.


The battery longevity of the F1 Plus is 1.8 times stronger than the industry standard.

Meanwhile, Wu explained that OPPO spares no effort or expense in the expansive testing regime that its products undergo before reaching market. From the arrival of components at the factory to the final production stage, OPPO devices like the R9 undergo 390 quality assurance tests, including four full trial production runs.

Wu said that among these tests are ones that are exclusive to OPPO, specially designed to take into account every last detail of the end user experience. As an example, he shared OPPO’s unique procedure for testing one small but essential aspect of the R9: the micro-USB charging port.


The VOOC Flash Charge micro-USB charging port undergoes rigorous testing.

OPPO realized that, with some competitor phones, users can inadvertently damage the inside of the charging port by inserting the charging cable at odd angles or exerting unusual pressure. Although it’s an unlikely occurrence, the consequences to the user can be critical.

To ensure that OPPO devices never experience this type of damage, they undergo a strict test: A charging cable is inserted into the port and then jerked in four directions, up, down, left and right, using 3 kilograms of pressure. A charging port is only allowed to advance to the production stage if it can undergo this harsh treatment a full 5,000 times without losing any functionality.

Wu cited this exceptional attention to detail, as well as an open engagement with OPPO users around the world, as the forces that will continue to guide the company going forward.


Press Release – DARKTRACE WINS FROST & SULLIVAN APAC ICT AWARDS 2016 FOR BEST ‘EMERGING CYBER SECURITY VENDOR’ AND ‘INNOVATION LEADERSHIP’

SINGAPORE – 16 June 2016 – Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, has won two categories in the Frost & Sullivan APAC ICT Awards 2016, a further endorsement of the company’s unique ‘immune system’ approach to cyber threats.

Darktrace has been named ‘Emerging Cyber Security Technology Vendor of the Year’ for its demonstration of growth and strong performance in APAC in 2015 and has won the ‘Industrial Control Systems Security Technology Innovation Leadership’ accolade for its innovation in solving security problems. With more than 1,000 deployments across the world, Darktrace’s unique selflearning technology has detected more than 8,000 cyber incidents to date.

“APAC has experienced explosive growth in infocomm technologies in recent years, spurred by increased connectivity and the ubiquitous use of mobile devices. However, this shift underscores the importance of cybersecurity for enterprises as it has created more end-points for threat actors – making it humanly impossible to detect all cyber-attacks in good time,” said Sanjay Aurora, Managing Director of APAC, Darktrace. “Our Enterprise Immune System addresses this complex threat landscape, using self-learning technology to understand the patterns in an organisation, and identifies abnormal behaviours that go unnoticed by legacy technologies.”

Now in its 13th year, the Frost and Sullivan APAC ICT awards recognise organisations that demonstrate outstanding performance, technological leadership and strategic product development in the APAC infocommunications technology landscape.

A distinguished panel of judges comprising senior technology executives as well as Frost & Sullivan analysts decide the winners in a process that involves benchmarking market participants and performance through in-depth analysis and secondary research.

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Press Release – Spam is not just annoying, it can be dangerous, says ESET

     SINGAPORE, June 2016 – Spam is not just an annoying fact of life, it can also be a dangerous one. People need to be both aware and proactive in protecting themselves, says ESET.

Spam – not simply emails, but messages received on instant messaging services, social networks and SMS – often flood people’s inboxes en masse with information they wouldn’t ordinarily wish to see. Considered by many as an inconvenience rather than anything serious, these annoying, unsolicited messages may harbour something far more damaging, like executable programs that allow your computer to be taken over – and internet users may be inadvertently putting themselves at risk.

“Once upon a time, most spam was easy to spot – largely because they offered recipients products and services they had no interest in obtaining,” commented Nick FitzGerald, Senior Research Fellow at ESET Asia Pacific. “The level of sophistication today however has grown. Many messages appear legitimate, with authentic, relevant and interesting content, designed to bait clicks from the user.”

The problem is, when a user receives a spam message and follows a link – intentional or otherwise – spammers receive information that can make the user vulnerable to any number of dangers. This can range from receiving greater volumes of spam, being scammed by criminals who make money from the tiny proportion of users that actually respond, to being the unhappy recipient of any number of different types of malware, including ransomware.

“Cybercriminals have a lot to gain from these activities. It’s not just the objectives behind spamming that have evolved, but also their delivery methods. With the increasing adoption of connected devices in AsiaPacific and the world – particularly in Singapore where smartphone penetration is the highest across the globe – we are seeing more spammers targeting social channels in addition to traditional spam emails,” added Mr. FitzGerald. “As we increasingly conduct our lives on-the-go, using multiple internet-enabled platforms at any one time, it also means spammers have all the more opportunities and avenues to send unwanted messages.”

However, ESET points out that defending yourself against security issues caused by spam does not have to be a difficult job – proactive measures are vital in reducing exposure to such threats. ESET’s top tips on protecting yourself include:

  • Not publishing your email address on the internet, if possible
  • Only sharing your email address with trusted individuals
  • Not replying to spam messages that have already made it to your inbox
  • Being cautious when filing out Internet forms. Be especially wary of checkboxes that request opt-ins such as “Yes, I want to receive information about xx.”
  • Be suspicious of links from people who don’t usually post links
  • Not authorising anything on apps you’re not 100% sure about
  • Keeping a clean machine. Update your computer or handheld device with the latest operating system, software, web browsers, and apps to provide the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats that may be caused by spam messages.
  • Being wary of the information given to apps (does an app that lets you edit photos really need to know every single thing about you?)
  • And of course, not forgetting the golden rule – if something looks too good to be true, it probably is!

“It’s important that we remain vigilant as consumers, and not forgo security for convenience. Apps, for example, often request permissions from us that we commonly authorise without much thought on the possible implications. Be wary of the information you receive and sign up to, and wherever possible, also give yourself added peace of mind and security with the appropriate anti-spam technology,” concluded Mr. FitzGerald.

OnePlus 3 is Hitting Singapore This July

SINGAPORE, 15 Jun 2016OnePlus is releasing its long-awaited flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3 in Singapore from Q3 (July) onwards at traditional retail stores. Available in Graphite and Soft Gold.

OnePlus 3 will be available in Graphite and Soft Gold

The OnePlus 3 features Dash Charge fast charging technology, which adds a day of power in only half an hour. It comes completely unlocked – no carrier contracts necessary, and an unlocked bootloader . It is also the first OnePlus smartphone to be available for purchase at launch without an invite on OnePlus’ e-commerce site.

“We know that the best smartphone is the one that works exactly how you want it to,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “The OnePlus 3 delivers that experience. It combines what our customers already love about our products with what they want and expect next. For example, Dash Charge sets a new standard for fast charging technology. It’s a flagship smartphone inspired by – and made for – our fans.”

Dash Charge – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

The OnePlus 3 utilizes Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60% of the 3,000 mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games. This is made possible by leveraging a large electric current for stable, consistent charging speeds. In addition, Dash Charge carries more current than other charging solutions, and at lower temperatures, by shifting the power management process from the phone itself to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge their OnePlus 3 as fast as possible without worry.

Smart Capture – High-quality Photos and Easy Selfies

The 16 MP rear camera on the OnePlus 3 provides better imaging with incredible detail and clarity. OnePlus’ proprietary Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment. Smart Capture functionalities include HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise, which compares several frames of the same photo and blends them together in post-processing to reduce noise. The OnePlus 3 also includes a new Smile Capture feature, allowing user to take selfie photo using the front-facing 8 MP camera simply by smiling.

Dual-stabilization technologies – Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) – help reduce blur, ensuring photos come out as planned.

Premium Design – Elegantly Curved Aluminum Unibody

The design of the OnePlus 3 takes aesthetics, quality and usability to a new level. The all-metal unibody, carved from a single slab of space-grade aluminum alloy, makes for a seamless, resilient build, while the balance of soft curves against sharp lines creates a striking impression and comfortable grip. At 7.3 mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagships ever. The 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid and true-to-life than ever before – even in bright sunlight.

Fast, Powerful, Customizable

The OnePlus 3 was designed to deliver maximum performance. Packing the new quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor (up to 2.2 GHz), the OnePlus 3 performs tasks 35% faster than the OnePlus 2 and features a 40% boost in graphical power – all at a fraction of the power consumption.

The device also sets a new standard in smartphone memory. The OnePlus 3 boasts 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, allowing for next-level multitasking without delay or lag and ensuring it can handle the most demanding apps. The OnePlus 3 also features an improved, more durable ceramic fingerprint sensor that improves accuracy with increased use. Offering the ability to unlock the device in under 0.3 seconds, even from a sleeping screen, users can access their phone faster and more accurately.

Their custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a fast, clean, customizable and bloat-free operating system based on Android Marshmallow. With off-screen gestures and customizable capacitive hardware and software buttons built in, the OnePlus 3 allows customers to personalize their smartphone experience.

The unlocked OnePlus 3 never ties you down to a carrier. Customers can have more control over connectivity with the ability to choose from a wide band of support for service providers across the globe. Additionally, with dual Nano SIM card support, the OnePlus 3 can connect to two networks with ease.

Availability

Fans in Singapore can expect to lay their hands on the OnePlus 3 at traditional retail stores from the start of Q3 (July), with pricing to be confirmed. The OnePlus 3 will be available for online purchase, followed by traditional retail stores.

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Press Release – Over 10,000 Asian business owners now use Shopmatic to go digital

Company plans to expand its presence to other parts of Asia such as Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia, further strengthening its commitment to the region.

SINGAPORE, Jun 15, 2016 – From developing unique web stores for business owners, to listing them on marketplaces and social channels, to providing insights on how to sell online, Shopmatic, a homegrown e-commerce SaaS (Software as a Service) company has achieved several milestones that have transformed the retail landscape in Asia.

 

In 2015, Shopmatic began its operations in Gurgaon and Bangalore, India with a committed mission — to provide a simple, affordable and smart ecommerce solution. This allows business owners, particularly SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and ‘Homepreneurs’ (entrepreneurs who work from home) to go digital and grow their businesses online. With a team of more than 40 people, the company subsequently achieved many breakthroughs in the ecommerce industry.

 

“We are very fortunate to have grown into our current size in such a short time while continuously improving our product offering, service proposition and customer experience,” CEO and Co-founder of Shopmatic, Anurag Avula, said.

 

“I’ve witnessed thousands of people accomplish life-long dreams of growing their own successful business and nothing makes me happier. This is the best thing about working at Shopmatic — seeing all of the incredible things our community does with our platform. Every day we are a step closer to transforming the marketplace and giving more people the opportunity to access the best global, regional and local partners on a simple platform and in just a few clicks. More importantly, we are helping our customers reach out to a new set of customers, a segment that is beyond traditional brick and mortar.”

 

Within months, Shopmatic invested heavily in a high performing logistics network, partnering with Aramex, a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions.

 

“We recognize that managing the last-mile delivery is one of the biggest challenges for Homepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and we want to help them solve this problem. The partnership between Aramex and Shopmatic brings about a strategic opportunity for us to enhance our “one-stop-shop” value proposition, managing the entire ecosystem, enabling anyone to sell online,” Avula added.

 

In an effort to provide its customers in Asia the best ecommerce solution, Shopmatic has also partnered with top industry players, such as PayPal, allowing business owners to enjoy special rates from its payment partners so they can generate more margins from their online sales.

 

This year, the company plans to expand its presence to other parts of Asia such as Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia, further strengthening its commitment to the region.

Source: Media Outreach 

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