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This Kickstarter Project by Hong Kong Start-Up Got Fully Funded Within 7 hours.

ORII’s bone conduction technology delivers clear audio with complete privacy by sending sound vibrations through the finger and directly into the wearer’s ear.

Origami Labs, a maker of connected devices, wants to shake the world with its latest smart ring – ORII. The company claims that it is the world’s first voice-powered ring that allows users to make calls, send messages, or command a voice assistant, such as Siri or Google Assistant, by simply placing their fingertip to their ear.

It uses a technology called “bone conduction” – one that is used in the medical field to create devices for the hearing impaired. ORII uses this technology that could transmit sound through the finger to enable on-the- go voice communication.

The product is currently listed in the Kickstarter and it is fully funded within 7 hours.

This company is also recognised by Hong Kong Business Magazine as one of Hong Kong’s top 10 Hottest Startups in 2017.

REA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW ASIA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

REA Group (Stock Quote – ASX:REA) today announced a new Asian community partnership program through a three-year commitment with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer

As part of the partnership, REA Group will provide financial and in-kind support to regional projects and local Red Cross/Red Crescent societies. REA Group which owns and operates the iProperty Group will support the Singapore Red Cross, in the form of matched employee donations and volunteering.

 

Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer, said the business is incredibly proud to be partnering with the ICRC to support the organisation’s efforts around ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for people in need.

 

“We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing our community partnership program to Asia for the first time and having the opportunity to work alongside the ICRC to improve the lives of others across the region.

“The ICRC is the largest humanitarian network in the world and we feel humbled to be able to play a role in supporting the incredibly important work they do,” Mr Ruiz said.

Arnaud De Baecque, ICRC’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific welcomed REA’s three year commitment, and commented: “Expressions of solidarity like this one from REA Group and its employees makes it possible for the ICRC to continue our work in some of the most difficult areas in support of those most affected by conflict and violence.”

 

Established in 1863, the ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and other violence. In 2016, the ICRC provided food to 14.8 million people, delivered curative medical consultations to over 3.8 million people, and helped repair, build or upgrade water-supply, sanitation and other infrastructure benefitting 28.4 million people. The ICRC also helped 910 people, mostly minors, reunited with their families.

Singtel’s Dash adds Visa virtual account to mobile wallet

Singtel is launching Singapore’s first virtual Visa account on its all-in-one mobile payments app, Dash. The new and existing Dash customers will automatically receive a Dash Visa Virtual Account that can be used for mobile payments at over 50,000 merchant points across the island.

Dash Visa Virtual Account is a prepaid account. All new and existing Dash customers are eligible for a Dash Visa virtual account on Dash app v4.5. Using compatible NFC-enable mobile device, this virtual account also allows users to pay with VISA payWave and it should work on existing payWave terminal that merchants are currently using.

Spinelli demonstrates the use case on customer making contactless payment with VISA virtual account via Singtel Dash. Source Instagram user @weewu

Furthermore, the 16 digit virtual account works like any other VISA cards that allows customers to pay on local e-commerce sites such as Qoo10, Zalora and HungryGoWhere.

Singtel also announced future plans for Dash to be included in global wallets such as Apple Pay, and enable QR code payments to expand into hawker centres. In addition to Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic, Dash is also working towards adding more educational institutions to its merchant list to widen its reach in the youth segment.

Payment aside. The Singtel Dash also offers remittance services to facilitate users in small local and international money transfer.

As of now, Singtel claims that it has over 500,000 customer base transacting via Singtel Dash.

To celebrate the launch of Dash Visa, customers will be able enjoy the following promotions from 21 July to 20 August 2017:

  • New and re-contracting Singtel postpaid mobile customers will receive S$50 discounts or free accessories when they purchase the following handsets with Dash at any Singtel Shop:
    • Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium, Huawei P10/P10 Plus and HTC U11 (S$50 handset discount)
    • Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ (Free S Clear View Standing Cover)

 

  • All Dash customers will also enjoy these exclusive partner deals (terms and conditions apply):
    • S$1 Short Grain Rice or Instant White Coffee at Sheng Siong
    • S$1 for any 8oz Hot Espresso-Based Beverage (U.P. S$4 to S$5.70) at Spinelli
    • 18% off a minimum S$120 spend, plus S$5 Cashback on Zalora
    • S$1 deals across various items and discount coupons on Qoo10
    • S$10 Cashback with S$180 spend across merchants on Shopback
    • S$5 Cashback with every S$50 top-up on GrabPay

 

 

Announcing the new Surface Pro for Singapore

Microsoft announced that the new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover are now available for pre-order in Singapore starting 20 July from the Microsoft Store, as well as authorised retailers including Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead. Pre-order for commercial customers is also available via Authorised Device Resellers including AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, Insight Technology Solutions Pte Ltd, JK Technology Pte Ltd, SoftwareOne Pte Ltd and UIC Asian Computer Services Pte Ltd.

Unveiled earlier in May, the new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance with improved battery life. Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 767 grams, the new Surface Pro packs the power of a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor into a new fanless, whisperquiet design.

 

The Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet. It features up to 13.5 hours of battery life, providing unmatched versatility and mobility in a lighter, more refined design.

 

Pricing 

 

Product Suggested Retail Price

(inclusive of GST)

Surface Pro Configurations
Intel® Core™ m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 615 S$1,188
Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620 S$1,488
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620 S$1,788
Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640 S$2,288
Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640 S$3,188
Accessories
Surface Pro Type Cover

(Available in Black)

S$199
Surface Pro Signature Type Cover

(Available in Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$249
Surface Pen

(Available in Black, Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$148
Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse

(Available in Light Gray, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue. Black available as the Microsoft Arc Mouse.)

S$118

OPPO Announces Singapore Launch Date for Limited Edition Red R11

The Red R11 will debut on 29 July, with preorders starting on 21 July.

The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone. The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.

 

In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.

 

The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.

 

The limited edition Red R11 retails at S$699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website

Logitech to Acquire ASTRO Gaming, Adding Console Gaming Headsets to its Position as the #1 Maker of PC Gaming Gear

Source: Instagram user @weewu

SINGAPORE, July 14, 2017  Logitech International​(SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced that it has agreed to acquire ​ASTRO Gaming​, a leading console gaming brand with a history of producing award-winning headsets for professional gamers and enthusiasts. ​Logitech and ASTRO, together, is the number one maker of headsets, mice, keyboards and streaming webcams for PC and console gamers.

 

“ASTRO is the leading player for premium console headsets and is the preferred headset for console e-sports athletes,” said Ujesh Desai, ​Vice President and General Manager of Logitech G​. “It’s a perfect complement to LogitechG’s focus on PC gaming and we couldn’t be more excited; we love the team, the brand and the products. Together, we want to make game play even more fun for gamers everywhere.”

 

Jordan Reiss, co-founder and president of ASTRO, added, “The whole team at ASTRO has always heldLogitech and Logitech G products in the highest regard, so I’m ecstatic we are joining forces. ASTRO’s brand strength combined with Logitech G’s unrivaled technology and global distribution network is going to bring our products to even more gamers around the world.”

 

ASTRO, is a pioneer in gaming audio and lifestyle products and has a strong leadership position in the premium end of the global console gaming headset market. ASTRO is best known for its iconic A40 and A50 headsets designed for pro gamers and core enthusiasts. ASTRO’s recently introduced A10 expands the company’s reach in the console headset market, offering the essence of what makes their headsets premium, but at a more broadly accessible price point.

 

Expected impact on financial results for Fiscal Year 2018

 

L​ogitech will purchase ASTRO for $85 million in cash, and the acquisition is expected to close in early August. With the addition of ASTRO, we’re investing in an adjacent gaming market — the console gaming market — to help accelerate the long-term growth of our gaming business. In FY 2018, we expect the acquisition of ASTRO to add approximately two points of growth to the to​p line, and to be slightly dilutive to the bottom line in the first year, as we integrate the business and invest to expand ASTRO internationally.

 

 

BBM Messenger Partners with Criteo to Augment Access to Premium Brands and Advertisers in Indonesia

Partnership Enables Brands to Maximise In-app Engagement with BBM Messenger Users in Indonesia

 

Instagram user @weewu checking his BBM on BlackBerry Classic

Singapore – July 13, 2017  Since establishing its publisher relationship with Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), the performance marketing technology company, in 2016, Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, has expanded its access to premium brands and high-value advertisers, resulting in significant increases in in-app engagement for brands through BBMMessenger.

 

BBM is the largest messaging platform in Indonesia and has more than 60 million monthly active users. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for text and video communications to online social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce and services like bill payments, top-ups, vouchers / coupons, games, comics, news, video, shopping, travel, sport, career and polls.

 

BBM Messenger’s strength lies in its ability to convert app traffic into consumer engagement, thereby enabling eCommerce players with ads within BBM to increase online sales and engagement. BBM leveraged Criteo to accomplish the following:

  • Efficiently pinpoint or target specific users within BBM Messenger’s user base, by leveraging The Criteo Engine’s ability to understand each consumer’s online browsing and purchasing behaviour.
  • Optimise BBM Messenger’s ad inventory by allowing premium, high-value advertisers to engage more effectively withBBM Messenger users through personalised and brand-appropriate ads delivered in real-time.

 

“Indonesians spend an average of 5.5 hours a day on apps and the mobile web, with BBM Messenger being one of the top mobile apps when it comes to usage frequency and duration. For brands looking to grow online sales in Indonesia, in-app advertising on BBM Messenger is a massive consumer engagement opportunity. Criteo’s machine learning algorithms intelligently match publishers’ ad inventories with brands’ dynamic ads to achieve the best consumer engagement results. We look forward to continuing to help platforms like BBM Messenger maximise revenue, while helping brands maximise digital ad spending,” said Dushyant Sapre, Regional Director, Global Supply and Business Development, Asia-Pacific, Criteo.

 

Results from Criteo’s Collaboration with BBM

 

Since becoming a Criteo publisher, BBM has achieved the following results:

  • 50 percent increase in overall click-through rates on the BBM platform
  • 50 percent increase in click-through rates for retail-related ads on the BBM platform
  • 50 percent increase in BBM’s daily ad revenue

 

“BBM Messenger works with the best-in-breed partners globally, as part of a continuous effort to provide an enriched user experience, while delivering optimal results to brands and advertisers. The partnership with Criteo gives us access to a robust network of premium and high-value advertisers, while increasing our user engagement and click-through rates. In addition, this collaboration allows both teams to collectively explore various ad formats and methods that work best for brands looking to engage mobile consumers in Indonesia,” said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

BBM - Publisher Case Study - English Version - 13 Jul 2017 - Final

About BBM:

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia’s largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate BBM’s consumer research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

 

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.

Starhub & Linksys Offers EA7500v2 Wireless Routers to Subscribers

Linksys®, together with StarHub, announced the launch of the newly-improved Linksys Max-StreamTM EA7500v2 AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router for StarHub customers.

Target at families with multiple users, the Max-StreamTM EA7500v2 leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K video streams to numerous devices, while connecting to home appliances at the same time. This means that the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD video streaming to various devices, as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, be on social media, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Max-StreamTM EA7500v2 AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

“An average Singaporean uses more than five Wi-Fi enabled devices at home. When added with the devices of their family members, this often leads to slow Wi-Fi speeds.  Our solution to this level of Wi-Fi usage is the Linksys Max-StreamTM EA7500v2 AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router.” said Jenny Ng, Vice President for APAC, Linksys. “The newly-improved EA7500v2 spots an extra antenna which helps with broader coverage and improved radio performance for faster speeds. Linksys is excited to be working with StarHub to offer Singaporean homes a seamless and smooth Wi-Fi experience.”

 

“The demands on home networks are increasing and so the quality of Wi-Fi router models that we offer customers becomes even more important. We are happy to be the first to carry the latest Linksys Max-Stream router, enabling our broadband customers to enjoy faster Wi-Fi performance and automatic firmware updates for greater router security,” said Justin Ang, Head of Product, StarHub.

Pricing and availability

Starting 15 July 2017, customers who sign up for or renew their StarHub 1Gbps Fibre Broadband, HomeHub 1000 and HomeHub Go 1Gbps plans will receive the new Max-StreamTM EA7500v2 free of charge (Usual Price: S$299).

 

Impact Hub Singapore becomes Google for Entrepreneurs’ first tech hub partner in Southeast Asia

Singapore’s entrepreneurs gain access to Google for Entrepreneurs’ global programs

Singapore, 10 July 2017 – Singapore’s largest coworking and entrepreneur-building community, Impact Hub, announced its partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs today, becoming the company’s first tech hub partner in Southeast Asia. Impact Hub Singapore members can now take advantage of Google for Entrepreneurs’ global network and resources, spanning dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 135 countries.

Impact Hub Singapore is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial community with a strong track record in supporting companies as they build and scale their businesses. Member startups have raised more than $180 million USD ($250 million SGD) since Impact Hub Singapore opened it’s doors. Impact Hub Singapore comprises more than 650 entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers, and has partnerships with 50 corporate, university and government-linked organisations. The five year-old Impact Hub is home to Singapore’s largest community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and technologists. Impact Hub Singapore takes a holistic approach to encouraging startups by providing everything from co-working space to resources and tools early stage businesses need to grow.

At the launch, Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder, Impact Hub Singapore, said, “We are proud to be the first Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub partner in Southeast Asia, and we are looking forward to being the goto place for entrepreneurs, not only for local Singaporean companies, but also for startups from around the world that wish to build and scale their business in Singapore and Southeast Asia.”

Impact Hub Singapore’s range of services for startups include mentoring programmes, incubation, networking events, fundraising workshops, consultancy with experts, marketing support, and access to a global network of more than 100 Impact Hubs on five continents with over 20,000 Hubbers.

Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management, Google, who leads Google for Entrepreneurs globally, added, “We’re thrilled to expand our Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Network to Impact Hub Singapore. Grace and her team are indispensable members of the Singapore startup community, and Impact Hub is an innovation leader not only for Singapore, but across greater Southeast Asia. Google for Entrepreneurs is all about providing the best of Google’s resources to our global partner network. We can’t wait to collaborate with Impact Hub Singapore’s members.”

As members of the Google for Entrepreneurs network, Impact Hub Singapore and the greater Singapore startup community will have access to new resources including training and mentorship opportunities and access to Google programs and products including:

● Google for Entrepreneurs global programs: Hubbers can now apply to the incredible programs Google runs for entrepreneurs, including Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, a series of weeklong, vertically-specific global immersion programs aimed at helping startups gain access into new markets and insights, and Google Demo Day an event that brings together a diverse group of startups from around the world to showcase their technology and meet top investors and mentors in Silicon Valley.

● A global network: Hubbers will join 50 other organizations with a global footprint in more than 135 countries, including six Campuses, which are Google-owned and operated spaces for entrepreneurs. Impact Hub members are now connected to the Google for Entrepreneurs Passport program, which allows members to access more than 20 Google partner spaces the world over, from Seoul to San Francisco.

● Google resources: Relevant startups will be eligible for Google product offers and have access to local and international mentorship from Google advisors.

In addition to all of these great offerings from Google for Entrepreneurs, Impact Hub Singapore, inspired by Google’s Campus’, will also start providing more opportunities for collaboration:

● 30 new coworking seats: From August onwards, Impact Hub Singapore will open 30 free coworking seats per day in the coworking area be even more inclusive and welcoming to the techcurious as well as to current and aspiring entrepreneurs.

GUARDIAN PARTNERS WITH MYDOC TO ADDRESS SINGAPORE’S POPULATION HEALTH NEEDS THROUGH INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY AND SELF-CARE

(From left) Dr Snehal Patel Co-Founder of MyDoc, Ms Grace Chew Senior Patient Care Pharmacist, Guardian Health & Beauty, Ms Sarah Boyd CEO, Guardian Health & Beauty Singapore & Cambodia. Source: Instagram user @weewu

SINGAPORE, 6 JULY 2017 – Guardian Health & Beauty entered partnership with MyDoc, a digital health tech start-up, trying to address the population health needs of Singaporeans. As Singapore’s demographics and healthcare demands continue to evolve, there is a growing need for better self-care solutions that are supported by technology to reduce healthcare costs. At the moment, the island nation is set to become the highest healthcare spender in Asia Pacific, projected to reach $66 billion annually by 2030. (Source: Elderly healthcare costs to rise tenfold by 2030 – Report by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia Pacific Risk Centre)

This partnership aims to offer simple, easy-to-use and time-saving services for convenient and accessible healthcare to reduce the burden on the healthcare system.  Consumers/Patient could access to pharmacists from Guardian and doctors through virtual health consultations via MyDoc’s messaging platform.

MyDoc’s messaging interface on iPad

“As one of the leading pharmacies in the region, Guardian takes a great deal of responsibility for Singapore’s self-care needs,” said Sarah Boyd, CEO of Guardian Health & Beauty, Singapore and Cambodia. “To ensure that these needs are taken care of, it is not enough to merely provide reactive remedies for the population. We need to be proactive in our solutions and services. A generation of consumers that are more aware and informed of their options places an increasing importance on personalised care and patient experience. Healthcare services are moving away from a B2B model towards a consumer based system, placing us in an era of retailisation of healthcare. Guardian Health & Beauty is stepping up to this challenge and our partnership with MyDoc is a wonderful example of this.”

 

“MyDoc was born from the need to simplify access and delivery of healthcare solutions for both patients and doctors. As a company that brings together patients, healthcare providers and partners, MyDoc’s platform empowers Guardian consumers to effectively manage their health and wellness needs through communication with an expanded network of qualified Guardian pharmacists. Together with Guardian, MyDoc is making it easier to access and provide quality health to the whole of Singapore,” said Dr Snehal Patel, Co-Founder and CEO, MyDoc.