Launch of Singapore’s First CPR-Training App

The DARE (Dispatcher-Assisted first REsponder) Programme aims to help bystanders gain the knowledge and confidence to save a heart, save a life. The pragramme, started since 2014, was specially designed to to be easy to learn and remember for people of all ages by the Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care  which was set up by the Ministry of Health

This year, DARE will be launching a CPR-training app. The app aims to make CPR and AED training more accessible to everybody and help reduce the fear barriers that can prevent people from helping strangers.

The launch will happen during the DARE Festival of Hands which will be held on the 26 May 2018, Saturday 10am -8pm @Toa Payoh HDB Hub. This festival is open to public as well.

 

 

Put on your tinkering caps at Tinkercademy’s first Open House

The Open House promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family as you try your hand at console games that you can programme yourself with Tinkercademy.

 

Tap your feet to the beat as you play Washing Machine Revolution, an arcade rhythm game.

 

Feeling a little competitive? Take control of a tank and face off against your friend on the battlefield.

 

And if you ever had dreams of being the master of the universe, you don’t need an Infinity Gauntlet. With the proper coding, you can be the Supreme Leader of your own Minecraft world!

 

For a preview on the above, check out the Tinkercademy Open Hous. Check the video below

 

Atlas SV Introduces State-of-the-Art Loewe OLED TVs

SINGAPORE – May 8, 2018 – Atlas Sound & Vision,  officially introduces the Loewe range of OLED TVs. Dubbed “the most beautiful OLED TV in the world”, Loewe’s TVs have won more than 200 international design awards and are characterised by their precise and elegant design, high quality as well as ease of use.

 

Established in 1923, Loewe‘s products are handmade in Germany, combined with cutting-edge technology in design and quality. Each OLED TV setup is customizable based on the customer’s preferences, and comes with Bluetooth connectivity to allow music lovers to listen via the TV speakers as they stream music from their devices.

 

 

“Rising affluence amongst consumers, coupled with the rise in demand for 4K resolution content, has led to an increasing demand for premium audio and visual products. Around 70 percent of Southeast Asian consumers see themselves to be financially better off than they were seven years ago[1] and the global OLED market is expected to reach around USD41 billion come 2023[2]. We are excited to bring Loewe’s state-of-the-art viewing experiences to savvy consumers and screen buffs in Singapore. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Loewe in Singapore and the region,” said Michael Tien, Chief Executive Officer for Atlas Sound & Vision.

 

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Powered by Loewe OLED Technology

Loewe’s family of OLED TV uses organic light-emitting diode technology which creates perfect blacks, life-like visuals, a wide viewing angle, as well as having ultra-thin displays. Each OLED TV screen is thinner than an average smartphone. The display for Loewe’s bild 3 and 5 series come at 4.9mm while the bild 7 series comes at 7mm.

 

Every single pixel in a TV produces its own light. When the TV is switched off, absolute blackness within a response time of less than a microsecond is achieved. In contrast to liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens, OLED does not require back-lighting. Hence, eliminating the problem of clouding effect (light spots/grey haze), which appears when viewing scenes filmed in dark environments.

 

It incorporates three HDR standards, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision to consistently deliver the best possible picture quality and ensure that your Loewe OLED TV is future-proof.

 

Uncompromising Sound and Brilliant Image Quality

Built with powerful, built-in front speakers, Loewe OLED TVs allow consumers to experience acoustic quality of concert halls at their own living room. Home owners can also create their personal configuration by adding a klang soundbar or other Atlas curated sound solutions to their home entertainment system. Loewe bild 7.77 also comes with an integrated soundbar, providing a rich 120 watts of audio output.

 

Loewe OLED TVs produce brilliant high dynamic range (HDR) images which are of higher contrast and a much wider range of colours for pictures that are extremely brilliant and natural.

 

Sleek Elegance for any Modern Home

Recognized for their sophisticated design and clean lines, Loewe TVs provides its customers with endless possibilities to create their perfect TV.

 

The Loewe bild 3.55 is designed to be an eye-catcher for even the most basic living spaces and the extravagant; while the Loewe bild 5, designed by Bodo Sperlein, integrates one of the most traditional and soulful design materials: oak wood. Loewe bild 7 oozes confidence, is elegant and assured.

 

The three series of Loewe OLED TVs are now available at Atlas @ Millenia Walk:

  • The centerpiece: Loewe bild 3.55 oled, which comes with a table stand, is priced at S$4,999
  • The masterpiece: Loewe bild 5 oled range, is priced from S$6,399
  • The statement piece: Loewe bild 7 oled range, which comes with a wall mount, is priced from S$10,999

Collaboration between Singtel and Razor To Build The Largest E-payments Network in South East Asia

Everything started with a tweet by a Singapore Leader. In Aug 2017,  Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong  tweeted about the need of single e-payment system and Razor CEO Tan Ming-Liang tweeted back that he could roll up a system island-wide in 18 months.

Since then, Razor has been betting on cryptocurrency as a strategy to compete in the gaming market; rarely mentions about Singapore  or South East Asia (SEA) market. 9 months have passed and  finally, they are entering a MoU with Singtel, largest telco in Singapore to collaborate in high grown areas of e-payment, esports, gaming-related digital media and telecommunication services across Southeast Asia.

As Asia’s leading communications group and the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers respectively, the Singtel Group and Razer will leverage each other’s strengths and capabilities to engage the region’s consumers and audiences. The Singtel Group, which includes whollyowned subsidiary Optus and regional associates Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel, has a combined reach of over 680 million mobile customers across the region.

 

Mr Arthur Lang, CEO of Singtel’s International Group, said, “As a Group devoted to connectivity, we are making a big push to create an ecosystem of digital services for our customers. Digital services from mobile payments to entertainment have become a big part of their lives, especially the millennials. Our collaboration with Razer, which shares our vision on e-payments and esports, will help advance our goal to empower customers to spend seamlessly across borders and experience the thrill of esports. We look forward to working with gaming partners and supporting community initiatives to grow esports in the region.”

 

“We are incredibly excited about the many opportunities Razer and Singtel can tap together to benefit millions of gamers and consumers in Southeast Asia,” said Mr Min-Liang Tan, cofounder and CEO of Razer. “This is our opportunity to lead and accelerate the growth of esports and e-payments in a unified push across the region.”

Creating the largest e-payments network in Southeast Asia: The e-payments scene in the region is currently fragmented across multiple platforms. Subject to regulatory approvals, the Singtel Group and Razer plan to enable the interoperability of their respective e-payments systems to create a seamlessly integrated regional network.

Both companies have recently taken bold steps in this direction.

 

In March, the Singtel Group announced plans to connect the mobile wallets of Singtel and its associates through an interoperable platform, which will link over 50 million registered wallet users with more than 1 million merchant points across Asia. This interoperable platform can also connect with other third-party payment apps offered by telco and non-telco companies, providing ready access to the Group’s customer and merchant bases.

 

Last month, Razer announced its intention to acquire MOL Global, which operates one of the largest e-payment networks in South-East Asia. The latter’s online payment gateway is used by major companies such as Lazada, Grab and UNIQLO, and offers more than 1 million offline payment points across the region. MOL Global handled over US$1.1 billion of digital payments in 2017.

 

The interoperability of both networks will create one of the largest connected e-payment networks in Southeast Asia. Mobile wallet users of Singtel and its regional associates will be able to seamlessly access Razer’s e-payment merchant network of over a million payment points, the zGold virtual credit system, and Razer’s full suite of gamer-related digital services, which has more than 40 million registered users.

 

At the same time, Razer will deepen its penetration in Southeast Asian countries by adding Singtel Group’s more than a million merchant points across Asia to its network, as well as gain access to the Group’s more than 680 million mobile customers.

Asian Insurance Company – FWD Jumps into Blockchain Technology

FWD is one of the pioneers in the insurance industry to sell insurance products directly to the consumers without agents. Today, FWD made a joint announcement with Singapore-based Insurtech startup – PolicyPal to bring to market a suite of insurance products backed by blockchain technology.

FWD will also offer products on PolicyPal Network, an innovative blockchain solution that helps customers to buy and manage insurance easily through a one-stop digital insurance platform.

Ms Val Ji-hsuan Yap, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyPal Network (left), with Mr Abhishek Bhatia, Group Chief Officer of FWD on the MOU signing (right)

“We are glad to partner with PolicyPal to explore how blockchain technology can bring about a quantum change to the insurance industry; and provide customers with a greater level of transparency. We believe that by leveraging blockchain technologies, we will be able to cater to a growing group of customers who demand accessibility, affordability and increased trust in the insurance process.” said Mr Abhishek Bhatia, FWD’s Group Chief Officer – New Business Models.

PolicyPal raised USD 20 through Initial Coin Offering in March this year. The blockchain project with FWD is the major milestone achieved by the startup.  An area that PolicyPal is exploring is a peer-to-peer mutual aid insurance model built on blockchain technology. By applying risk assessment models on real-time data on a decentralized platform, customers can enjoy more affordable insurance premiums and higher aid limits. This solution also offers a cashback incentive on premiums for community members that do not make claims at the end of the insurance period, reducing liability for insurers and fraudulent claims.

“We look forward to capitalising on FWD’s regional reach to bring our products to countries in Asia. Our aim is to bridge the gap between consumers and insurance providers, and provide unbanked masses in the region with essential insurance coverage.” said Ms Val Ji-hsuan Yap, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyPal Network.

The New LG gram Targets Mobile Workforce

Last month,  LG Singapore held LG HE and IT Product Launch at Marina Bay Sand.  At the event, LG Singapore launched their new LG gram ultrabooks that target at mobile workforce.

 

LG Singapore pitches that Portability, Functionality, Battery Life, Durability are the 4 ingredients in their development of LG gram.

 

LG gram

Portability: The New LG gram comes in 3 distinct models – 13.3 -, 14- and 15.6- inch  weigh approximately between 960g – 1.1kg which honestly speaking, is very light compared to similar laptops in the market.  All the 3 models measured not more than 1.68cm which could fit comfortably into most sling bags used by mobile executives.

 

Functionality:   The new LG gram is equipped with latest 8th Gen Intel Core and SSD storage that delivers performance for mobile workers. Despite its slim body, it still has all the the necessary ports such as HDMI. microSD, USB, USB-C and headphone jack (Yes, this is a feature!)

 

The product also comes with Fingerprint ID that enable users to log in and power on with the press of a button without comprising security.

 

Battery Life: LG gram is equipped with a 72Wh battery that LG claims could last up to 22.5hrs in a single charge. The long battery life is very ideal for busy executives who are always on the move.

 

Durability: The new LG gram has improved its build quality;  a magnesium alloy called Nano Carbon (with Magnesium) is used for the LG gram’s body. This material is known to be tough and light and is commonly used  in aerospace engineering. LG gram is even put under US military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature. You may wish to see the short demo we shot at the event below.

 

My thoughts: The product demo is impressive and freelancer like me who is always on the move will be keen to own one.  Speaking about the price, the LG gram is selling at RRP starting from SGD1,999 . Indeed, it is a hefty price tag compared to other similar products. Afterall, you have to pay a price for the portability and toughness of the product.

 

In business, it is about productivity and impression. The LG gram has packed with supreme hardware features that promises to deliver productivity and powerful. However, LG, in the laptop market, has not established a clear business impression as compared to other established names like Lenovo’s ThinkPad and Apple’s Mac (ok, Mac is for creative professionals). In my opinion, you are paying more on the LG gram’s hardwares than the brand. In short, you are getting what you pay for but this product may not the one that caters to all.

Swedish Bedmaker is Making Wave in Asia

Bed is probably one of the most personal items that one used for years. For most people, this is not the understatement. We heard people complaining that they can’t sleep well in the hotel because the beds are not as comfy as their own ones. This could also be the main reason why people spend months shopping for their ideal beds. Afterall, it is not a cheap item and people definitely put in more thoughts when comes to finding their beds.

 

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“Is there one bed in the market that cater to all?”

YouBed, a Swedish startup, creates a bed that could be personalized to individual’s needs. YouBed claims that they have created the world’s first and only bed that provides adjustable firmness without compromising comfort features.

YouBed

We have the opportunity to speak to Mr Mattias Sörensen, CEO and Founder of YouBed who was exhibiting their products at Singapore’s Food and Hotel Asia 2018. When asked about the strategies in penetrating the market, Mr Mattias is clear that hotel operator is the strategic partner for YouBed.

“This might sound too good to be true, but our invention is so groundbreaking it will probaly change the hotel industry at its core” says Mr Mattias.

Full Control the firmness from the shoulder to the back.

The one-bed-fits-all innovation is already making fast success across Europe, where for example Mövenpick Hotel & Resort has installed YouBed in all of their European hotels. Singapore is YouBed’s first stop in Asia. Business Sweden (The Swedish Trade & Invest Council) have identified YouBed as a prioritized trade interest and will support the company in finding the most suitable hotel brand to introduce the innovation in Singapore and the region.

 

 

Collier’s Latest Research on Blockchain Application In Asia’s Commercial Real Estates

Blockchain technology is the backbone of “Smart Contracts” which leads to the rise of cryptocurrencies. Every transaction is a contract and the beauty of the technology lies on the capability of eliminating intermediaries via distributed nodes or ledgers. Each node also needs to be authenticated making the transaction more secured.

 

Colliers International (NASDAQ: CIGI; TSX: CIGI), launched a new research report assessing the impacts of blockchain technology in the context of commercial real estate (CRE) in Asia.

 

Sam Harvey-Jones, Managing Director of Occupier Services Asia at Colliers International, commented: “Real estate is ripe for blockchain-based disruption due to the complexity of the typical transaction. Moving land registries, for example, onto blockchain promises to create tamperproof records, enhancing the clarity and security of property ownership.”

 

Blockchain-powered Smart Contract Promises Speed, Transparency and Decentralisation

 

Speed: The list of parties involved in many real estate deals extends well beyond owner and occupier (or buyer), to brokers, banks, law firms, governments (via stamp duties or land registries) and utility operators. Blockchain could provide a secure platform for all parties to verify each other’s identities — as well as the history of and data on the real estate asset being acquired or leased almost real-time

 

Michael Bowens, Executive Director, Regional Tenant Representation Asia, explained: “Blockchain could be used to build ‘smart’ contracts in which terms and related transactions are automatically, and near-instantly, recorded and immutable.”

 

e.g. Propy, the decentralised property registry that facilitated a Ukraine Property transaction via a Blockchain network set up for the cryptocurrency Ethereum

 

Transparency: Blockchain could also play a role in boosting the security and transparency of real estate markets — particularly those where data quality or availability is at times lacking, as is the case throughout much of emerging Asia.

 

Mr. Bowens added: “One of the applications generating the most excitement is in land registries, which in their current form are often out of date, incomplete and/or prone to manipulation. Moving land registries onto the blockchain promises to create automatically updated, tamper-proof records, ultimately enhancing the clarity and security of land and property ownership.”

e.g. Japan is using Blockchain technology to tidy up the nation-wide property-related data. See news here

 

Decentralisation: Beyond its direct technological applications, blockchain may have wider impacts on how CRE assets are traded and managed, and the broader structure of property markets in the region.

 

In combination with the spread of artificial intelligence and other technological trends, we also expect that blockchain will lead to lower staff requirements in back and middle offices and reductions in office sizes (or at least greater efficiency in office use). Blockchain should thus help accelerate a decentralisation process in the financial sector in particular, and to increase demand for flexible workspace.

 

Andrew Haskins, Asia Head of Research at Colliers International, commented: “A definitive industry shift towards smaller, remotely connected or flexibly deployed teams could encourage migration to non-CBD locations and the adoption of flexible workspace models, with clear consequences for markets where financial firms have a heavy presence.”

 

E.g. Primalbase is using blockchain to allow clients to use, sell or rent flexible workspaces via digital tokens.

 

Practicalities & Challenges

  • Regulation will inevitably lag the technology’s adoption, potentially leaving real estate applications in a grey area or thwarted, if, for example, registries or digital identities aren’t able to garner official recognition.

 

  • Standardisation: Developing shared standards will be a particular challenge in Asia given the region’s diversity of assets, markets and regulatory regimes.

 

  • Vested interests: Blockchain-based solutions could simplify, eliminate or replace some of the roles or tasks currently performed by agencies or legal professionals, such as title searches or the registration of transactions, which may discourage adoption in some segments of the market.

 

  • Infrastructure limitations: Blockchain solutions may not interface easily with legacy systems, as a result many end-users will need to invest substantial time and funds to support a transition.

 

To view a copy of the full report, visit here

Guest Writer Shares Her First Impression of Sony A7III

In the past, we see brands were introducing complicated, professional features into cameras, which as a regular consumer, we would like to get our hand on it to make our beautiful photos, but the price of these high-end cameras are just way too expensive for armature to own one to use it for leisure purpose.

 

As the technology advance and the growth of the photography enthusiasts, all thanks to the mobile phone camera, camera makers must be innovative and advanced in creating camera with features which can create more wonders and bring back the pleasure of taking photos with a proper camera.

 

The acclaimed Eye AF feature has been made available for this camera, even in AF-C mode, which is extremely useful for situation where the subject is turning around, looking down or otherwise obstructed.

 

It tracks the movements of the subject’s in an incredible speed that allows the shots to be always in focused.

 

The new A7III is also equipped with an updated image processing system that allows it to shoot in full resolution images at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 177 Standard JPEG images or 89 compressed RAW images or 40 uncompressed RAW images

 

What this means is that you could take multiple shots of a fast-moving subject without compromising the image’s resolutions.

 

Well, the Sony’s Eye AF technology is unique in the world of cameras. The A7III is not just good in taking pictures. The new A7III is capable of taking 4K HDR video –  an enhancement from the A7II. You could capture important moments in high quality 4K resolutions!

 

Packed with so many advanced features, you might wonder about the storage capability of the camera. The A7III comes with dual SD card slots; in case one is full, you still have another one as backup. Worry no more!

 

For better management of data-intensive images and videos, the Sony A7III is also equipped with a USB Type C that could facilitate faster transfer of files as well as shorter charging time of the device.

 

I have rather good impression of the Sony’s A7III. It is supposed to be a “more-basic” model but seems to me that this device is packed with advanced features that are previously available in higher-end models. In short, it should be a good travel companion that could capture memorable moments.

 

Written by Jesley Neo, Founder of Kins Corporation

Creative achieves next breakthrough with Super X-Fi by investing USD 100M and 20 years into R&D

Falling sales, reduced production and loss of investors’ interests – for the last decades, these are some of the negative stuff you’ve heard about our homegrown Creative Technology (“Creative”). However, this has not deterred Mr Sim Wong Hoo, founder of Creative, from continuing his fight in the struggling audio business and this year, they are coming back with their latest technology that aims to change the way how consumer experience audio entertainment – Super X-Fi. The Neo Dimension is fortunate to be invited to Creative headquarters to hear first-hand from Mr Sim on this technology.

 

Announced in the CES 2018, Super X-Fi received positive reviews from the media and audio experts at the event. This latest technology has also been named “Best of CES 2018”. Back in Singapore, this technology has sparked investors’ interests in the company. The stock (stock quote: C76.SI) has jumped more than 300% within a week and the rally does not show any signs of slowing down!

 

So what exactly is Super X-Fi?

To put it simply, it is a new audio technology designed specifically for headphones to produce an immersive surround audio experience to users. Mr Sim further explains that every person is unique and perception of “good audio” varies person-to-person. This perception of “good audio” is what he called individual’s custom sound map. The beauty of Super X-Fi is that it matches the audio output to the individual’s custom sound map by analysing anthropological features of one’s head and ears.

Creative has invested USD 100M in research on a perfect sound profile. For the past 20 years, they have run countless trials on rooms, sound systems, headphones and test subjects. With the help of an artificial intelligence (AI) engine, the anthropological features of a person’s head are extracted along with the dynamics of the targeted headphones, and the AI engine synthesizes them to create a multi-dimensional map of the desired room acoustics.

 

Using this synthesized SXFI map, Super X-Fi recreates the audio holography to create a magical listening experience for headphones, custom-made to each individual’s unique physique.

 

Despite the level of sophistication in the technology, the end-user experience is extremely simple. All users need to do is take pictures of their head with their phone, select their headphone type, and they can start playing.

 

Technology – Good or Bad?

Before the presentation started, they took images of my head and ears using a mobile phone. Then the technology analyzed the data and mapped a sound profile that is customized to me. I listened to the demo and it was mind-blowing! The surround sound I heard from the headphone was amazing and I even took the headphones off just to confirm that I wasn’t hearing the sound from the physical surround speakers. Judging from the guests’ reactions, they were equally or almost as impressed as I am.

 

As part of the demo, we get to hear other guests’ sound profiles and indeed, those sounded horrible to me.

 

We all know that everybody has their own perception on what is considered a “good sound” but no one in the industry could solve this decades-long problem. Creative’s Super X-Fi could be the game changer.

 

Mr Sim Wong Hoo analogize Creative’s Super X-Fi to a Color TV. He further elaborated, “Before TV you are watching black and white, then the switch of black and white TV to color TV; so we are now witnessing the switch right now!”

 

 

A Good Technology = A Good Business?

A good technology is an asset to the company but how much return you could squeeze from this technology depends on the strategies and business models.

 

For the past decades, Creative has been making losses. In recent years, it has been increasingly more difficult to compete with new and upcoming entrants in the market. The key success factor for Creative’s Super X-Fi would be to gain adoption in the market speedily by licensing this technology to headphones or smartphone markers. Speed is crucial, especially in the technology space.

 

 

As part of the plan, Creative will be launching a free Super X-Fi app where users could play downloaded content without purchasing any Creative headphones. Creative hopes to acquire 50 million users.

 

To get the full experience of Super X-Fi, users can purchase the dongle which Creative plans to sell at a competitive price point of USD 150 to attract consumers.

 

The free Super X-Fi app and the dongle will be available by mid-2018.

 

Creative, A Growth Stock Again?

 

Investors seem to be convinced that Super X-Fi is going to turn Creative around. It makes perfect sense for the company to focus on the headphones market given the projected high growth in the global market.  Quoting Mr Sachin Mittal, a DBS analyst in a Bloomberg report, “If the product gains just 0.5 percent share of the global headset market in 2020, Creative would gain revenues of $232 million”

 

I believe that the growth of the global headset market is inflated in the Bloomberg report. Based on their statement, this puts the value of the global headset market at USD 46B. Several research papers suggest that the global market could be worth USD 11B to USD 20B by 2020 to 2025. Suppose we take a more conservative yet optimistic estimate of USD 20B, that would be approx. USD 100m of revenue by 2023 (more than 100% jump from Creative’s revenue in 2017!).

 

Without a doubt, Creative is a growth stock. However, high growth essentially means high-risk. The challenge for Creative is to sign their first purchase order to start the first mass-production of the chip.  Now, it is hard to predict which headphone maker is going to give them the business. On the flip side, they are competitors as well.  The strategies of launching app and dongle are sound but is it good enough for Creative to turn their enemy into Frienemy?

 

How about licensing their technology to smartphone makers? Smartphone leaders like Apple and Samsung have already started the battle in the audio space. Apple has acquired celebrity headphone brand Beats Audio in 2014 and has started to manufacture their own audio headsets. Samsung, on the other hand, has acquired a US-based audio specialist Harmon in 2016. Ever since then, they have been bundling AKG earphones, Harmon’s subsidiary, with Samsung Galaxy S’s series of phones. Now, the question is, “If not Apple nor Samsung, who else can Creative offer their technology to in the smartphone market?”

 

To the investors, is the risk worth taking?

Fundamentally, Creative is holding approx. USD 100M of cash and more importantly, it is debt-free as of now. They should have sufficient financial capacity to market this technology for the next couple of years (They should be able to weather through if this new technology fails).

 

However, this stock is likely to be volatile in the short term which could be an opportunity for speculative traders.

 

For long term investors, this stock is a high-risk-high-return play. As I have mentioned earlier on, the extreme scenario is unlikely to bankrupt the company, but the high volatility may be of concern to some investors. Based solely on the potential of this technology, this stock could be undervalued but sign of market acceptance has yet to be seen.

 

Important! Please Read: All comments and suggestions here are purely my opinions. Investors should exercise their own discretions before taking up any positions on this stock.