Press Release – Acronis Has Established Its Position as the Innovative Data Protection Solution Provider for Automotive Industry

Acronis – Scuderia Toro Rosso partnership has accelerated the development of innovative products​, providing the most complete data protection and universal data storage solutions for businesses operating in the automotive industry.

March 24, 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, is proud to support Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team in 2017, as it puts its fastest and the most innovative racing car, STR12, through the paces at the first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Serguei Beloussov, Acronis founder and CEO, said: “We are proud of our fruitful relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso and we’re excited about the new season. The first Grand Prix of the year marks the start of a new wave of activities, as we continue to release innovative products for data protection, storage, and disaster recovery.”

Acronis Backup 12 — #1 Backup for Small Business

The partnership between the two companies began in July 2016 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Scuderia Toro Rosso became a launch partner of Acronis Backup 12. The product has been well-accepted and delivered over 40% growth in adoption in over the last eight months. Acronis Backup 12 is the most complete data protection solution available to small businesses today, supporting 16 different platforms, protecting all business data — servers, workstations, virtual machines and public cloud workloads such as Microsoft Office 365.

 

An extended version of this product, Acronis Backup 12 Advanced, is scheduled for release in Q2 2017. The new edition will support a number of advanced features, including Acronis Active Protection™ against ransomware, Acronis Notary™ blockchain-based data verification, Acronis ASign™ blockchain-based document signing, SAN storage snapshots, smart alerting and reporting, roles and delegation capability, and off-host backup processing.

 

Acronis Backup Cloud — #1 Backup for Service Providers

Acronis Backup Cloud is the world’s only backup solution specifically designed for service providers. This week Acronis announced the addition of Plesk, cPanel, and website backup functionality, making it the most complete hybrid cloud backup-as-a-service platform available to service providers today.

 

Acronis Backup Cloud business is going through an explosive growth, far exceeding the 18% public cloud services market growth rate forecasted by Gartner for 2017: more than 15,000 devices were added in the last 30 days alone; over 100% YoY growth in bookings; seven-fold YoY growth in cloud storage.  Service providers are in a prime position to protect their customers’ data and build their business with Acronis’ support and innovative technology.

 

Acronis Storage — #1 Software Defined Storage Solution

Acronis Storage universal software-defined storage solution for cold and hot data turning commodity hardware, is a perfect companion for Acronis Backup Cloud. Acronis Storage beats the competition in price and technology, providing easy management and data storage reliability for backup, file sync and share, and any other application data. ESG Lab has validated Acronis Storage to be up to 20x faster than the competition and as much as one-sixth of the cost of either traditional in-house storage or public cloud storage.

 

Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost, says: “Acronis came on board in the middle of last year. Not only do we have to ensure that our data is protected and safe, we also want to access any part of it almost immediately in some situations, for example, when it comes to making a snap decision relating to race strategy. As leaders in hybrid cloud data protection, Acronis is able to meet both those requirements.” ​

 

Acronis Racing Weekends

To promote best practices and encourage innovation, Acronis will continue holding Acronis Racing Weekends alongside Formula One Grand Prix in key regions around the world. This year Acronis will introduce a new format that will turn these events into a fountain of great ideas, innovation, and networking opportunities. Additional details will be announced separately at a later stage.

EZ-link Announces EZ-Link Wearables, Partners Garmin and Watchdata Technologies

EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAScompliant cards, today announced the launch of EZLink Wearables, a new product line featuring smart, stylish wearables offering ez-link payment functions and a new array of lifestyle options.

For a start, EZ-Link unveiled the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link in collaboration with Watchdata Technologies and the Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link smartwatch in partnership with Garmin Ltd. Both devices carry the ez-link CEPAS purse for fast, convenient and reliable contactless payments on public transit and at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points island-wide.

“Our vision for EZ-Link Wearables is to give our users new possibilities and freedom, by blending an essential part of their daily journeys – ez-link with different aspects of their lives. We are excited to partner with Garmin and Watchdata Technologies to give both hardcore fitness enthusiasts and more casual active lifestyle seekers options in realising their fitness goals and enjoying their daily commutes with just one stylish device. We are even more excited to be at the core of a wearable revolution for Singapore and the limitless possibilities we can bring to consumers in the future,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZLink Pte Ltd.

Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link

 

Designed and developed by EZ-Link and Watchdata Technologies, the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link combines both the functionalities of a smart fitness band and an ez-link card. Its lightweight ergonomic design makes it the perfect wrist companion for both daily commute and purchases. Besides using it to tap and pay for trains, buses, taxis and shopping, users can also pair it with the Watchdata Wearables mobile application via Bluetooth to monitor the number of steps taken, amount of calories burnt and sleep quality.

Featuring the legendary symbols of two iconic super heroes, theBatman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link will be available exclusively on My EZLink Online Shop from 24 January 2017, 11am at S$42.80 inclusive of GST.

Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link

The Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link brings together the full-bodied features of this fitness tracker with the convenience of paying for your train and bus rides – all in one device. The vívosmart HR offers 24/7 steps, sleep and fitness activity tracking. It also has heart-rate monitor for fitness enthusiasts who want to make sure that they are exercising in the optimal heart-rate zone. It pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and once connected, you can receive notifications such as WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts on the fitness band instead of having to constantly check your phone.

 

The Garmin vívosmart HR with EZ-Link will be available at major retailers in Singapore from end March 2017 at S$259.

 

OVER 47,000 VISITORS AT SINGAPORE MOTORSHOW 2017

Singapore, 18 January 2017 – The Singapore Motorshow concluded another successful run at the 2017 event with a turnout of more than 47,000 people attending the event at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre between 12 to 15 January, 2017. This year’s visitors were treated to a display of more than 200 cars from 28 brands.

 

Organised by the Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA), this year’s Singapore Motorshow saw an exciting showcase of over 20 new car launches and the return of all-time favourite Russ Swift along with his breath-taking stunt-driving performance sponsored by Subaru. The event also featured special virtual reality (VR) experiences for attendees, for the first time.

 

Singapore MotorShow 2016 opening address by Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore.

“We’re encouraged to see a good crowd considering that many have said that this will be a challenging year for Singapore’s economy,” said Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore. “It’s great to see the brands working together to present an iconic automotive event with new activities and launches that the people of Singapore can look forward to each year.”

 

“Despite smaller numbers this year on the weekdays, we had very solid turnouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Crowds packed our popular activities with sold-out shows at Russ Swift’s stunt performances, live radio shows, contests and lucky draws. We’re glad to see families and car lovers having a good time throughout the 4-day event and we’re committed to keep this momentum going for next year’s event.”

 

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NVIDIA, AUDI Partner, Aim to Put AI cars on road by 2020

SINGAPORE — January 5, 2017 — NVIDIA (stock quote: NVDA) and Audi (stock quote: NSU) today shifted their decade-long partnership into high gear, announcing that they are collaborating to put advanced AI cars on the road starting in 2020.

 

Speaking at the opening keynote at CES, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, joined on stage by Audi of America President Scott Keogh, said future Audi car models will use deep learning to tackle the complexities of driving.

 

The first phase of this new collaboration focuses on NVIDIA DRIVE PX, an AI platform for selfdriving cars, which uses trained AI neural networks to understand the surrounding environment, and determine a safe path forward.

Scott Keogh (left) and Jen-Hsun Huang (Right). Source: NVIDIA

“NVIDIA is pioneering the use of deep learning AI to revolutionise transportation,” said Huang. “Audi’s adoption of our DRIVE computing platform for AI cars will accelerate the introduction of next-generation autonomous vehicles, moving us closer to a future of higher driving safety and new mobility services.”

 

“Audi drivers know the pinnacle of performance and technology. In our mutual pursuit for safer roads, the partnership between Audi and NVIDIA will expand to deep learning and artificial intelligence to bring higher automation onto the road more quickly,” said Keogh.

 

Outfitted with a DRIVE PX 2 and running NVIDIA DriveWorks software, the Q7 uses deep neural networks – specifically, NVIDIA PilotNet, which recognises and understands its changing environment while driving safely. The course will be modified during the demonstration, and features a variety of road surfaces, with and without lane markings, and a simulated construction zone requiring a detour.

 

Huang also highlighted how AI will anticipate the driver’s needs – driving to the office in the morning and home at night, automatically opening and closing the garage door, and adjusting the climate to the individual’s preferences, as well as being able to understand and respond to requests in a natural conversational language.

 

NVIDIA and Audi first appeared together at CES seven years ago and announced a technology partnership that has steadily expanded. The results include the award-winning Audi MMI navigation and the Audi virtual cockpit, currently available across a wide range of the automaker’s sedans, SUVs and sports cars. In the coming months, Audi will roll out its new A8, the world’s first Level 3 automated vehicle with its Traffic Jam Pilot system, powered by zFAS, which integrates NVIDIA hardware and software.

Watch NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s CES keynote below

Acronis is the First Singapore IT Company To Sponsor F1 Team

In July this year, Acronis became the first Singaporean IT company to sponsor a Formula 1 team  and this year, Scuderia Toro Rosso is going celebration of Acronis’s second anniversary of its Singapore Headquarters.

Since reopening the International Headquarters in Singapore two years ago, where the company was founded in 2003, Acronis has invested heavily in building local capability through creating jobs, importing world-class talent to the Singapore-based R&D center, and forming lasting partnerships with local universities and the nation’s development agencies.

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The expansion of the Headquarters in Singapore has brought Acronis closer to its partners and customers, helping them to grow business and take advantage of the rapidly-expanding data protection market through expert advice, and powerful tools. Acronis has enabled partners to meet the requirements of their end user customers’ always-on digital businesses by also proving local Singapore-based data center storage capacity in full compliance with the national Cloud Data Privacy Laws.

“The digital world is all around us. Just like the world’s-first Smart Nation program in Singapore, Scuderia Toro Rosso fully depends on data. Our success on the track depends on data availability, making data protection a critical element in our business. We are proud to celebrate the two years since the re-opening of Acronis International Headquarters in Singapore, because much of Acronis’ cutting-edge technology is developed right here in their R&D center in Singapore,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost.

Event (with Video): A Singapore Start-up Wants To Prevent Car’s Breakdown

Sem Chong, CEO of Carmen. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Sem Chong, CEO of Carmen. Source: Instagram user @weewu

At the Meeting Point@JTC LaunchPad, Sem Chong, an veteran entrepreneur, talked about his latest venture – Carmen Automotive.

About Carmen Automotive

Carmen Automotive is a Singapore tech start-up providing automated mobile solutions to consumers across the Asia Pacific. Carmen designs, manufactures and promotes its own proprietary products, combining innovative technology and software design that aims to deliver best solutions for car users.

Features and how it works

The Carmen system consists of three parts; a Bluetooth dongle, the app, as well as the web dashboard that provides users with detailed information of their car’s performance over time. The connected car system, which connects through your car’s On Board Diagnostics (OBD) port, pulls the data from your car, before pushing up the information through a user’s mobile data to their servers, and then storing and redistributing the updated data to the app and web dashboard.

By tracking the historical data, Carmen is able to tell car owners how their cars are meant to perform, growing more intelligent over time.

The Carmen system tracks the following critical information from your car to help maintain peace of mind on the road.

  1. Battery Life
  2. Coolant Temperature
  3. Fault Codes
  4. Fuel Efficiency
  5. Mileage
  6. Tyre Pressure (In the near future)

The video demonstrates the use case of Carmen

 

Product demonstration at JTC Launch Pad

Availability

The Carmen App is free to download on the Google Play Store and will launch on the iOS App Store in early September. Users will require a subscription fee on the 2nd year onwards (SGD 39.90) and the accompanying dongle (SGD $119.90) can be pre-ordered at the online store below.

http://carmenautomotive.myshopify.com/

Press Release – LeEco Leads “Negative Profit for Hardware” Era with Cross-category Launch of CDLA Superphones, TV, EV and VR

le(April 21, 2016, Beijing) On April 20, LeEco held a grand cross-category product launch event at LeSports Center in Beijing, attended by 2,600 journalists and nearly 8,000 LeFans from around the world, where it launched unprecedentedly four new devices across four industries, including Le 2 Superphones, Super TV, Le VR and self-driving Super EV. The four devices belong to four industries yet have the same brain, the same nerve center and the same bloodline and share the same ecosystem.

LeEco holds a vision of an all-compassing ecotopia empowered by constant cross-industry synergistic integrations and shared with users and partners, according to Mr. Jia, LeEco founder and CEO of LeEco at the event. “Launching four smart device products across four industries at the same time is something that no other company in the world has ever tried,” he said. “This looks like a crazy thing to do, but it is actually part of our mission to build an ecosystem world. The world we envision and are moving towards is an all-encompassing world in which our users and partners are empowered to do self-enriching things passionately. Through ecosystem economy and innovation, LeEco is ushering in the exciting ecosystem technology or ET era.”

Le 2 is the world’s first flagship phone to support the LeEco-initiated Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) standard which is accredited by the Chinese Musicians Association and takes the music industry into the continual digital lossless audio era, representing the second offensive against iPhone.

The introduction of     the CDLA     standard is set     to start a     technology-driven ecosystem-empowered revolution in the music industry. In the past, it often took several years or even decades for a new technology or material to be commercially applied and made widely available due to barriers between industries and the resistance from the vested interests. This pattern has been broken by LeEco’s vertical integration model which crosses the boundaries of innovation and takes down industry barriers to introduce and apply the latest technologies quickly. LeEco plans to promote the new standard in the industry and make the stunning audio experience available to more users.

That is one small step for LeEco, but one giant leap for the music industry. The triple industry revolution triggered by the introduction of the new technology provides eloquent testimony to the power of LeEco’s vertically integrated open closed-loop model. Leading Chinese musician Wang Feng announced that his audio equipment start-up Fiil will adopt the standard and release LeEco customized Type-C headphones.

“The introduction of the CDLA standard is an epoch-making event for the digital lossless audio experience,” said Liu Yuan, Vice President of Chinese Musicians Association. “We are glad to accredit it and hope that there will be more highly influential figures like Mr. Wang Feng and Mr. Jia Yueting to make bold audio innovations and attempts and bring even finer audio experiences to people.”

The Le 2 series is available in three variants: Le 2, Le 2Pro and Le Max2. While continuing the first generation’s popular features such as boltless exterior design, bezeless display, Type-C, and metal unibody, the second-generation series is thinner with guaranteed performance and a longer battery life and even more aesthetically appealing in every detail and as a whole. In particular, it radically does away with the 3.5mm earphone jack to provide users with the revolutionary Type-C digital lossless audio experience, breaking a paradigm that has been unchanged in the earphone industry for three decades and ushering the music phone industry into the CDLA era.

The flagship Le 2Pro, treated with a three-level anodic oxidation process for the first time in the industry, gets a new refresh with new bezeless ID 3.0 screen in infinite design to provide a

completely immersive visual experience. The three-level anodic oxidation process is the result of ten months of intensive R&D efforts with a total investment of more than RMB 20 million, including personnel, material and equipment costs. The top-of-the-line Le Max2 continues Le Max’s symmetrical design in the unique “dopamine red” created by applying color psychology insights to be emotionally appealing and pleasing to the eye. The power and volume buttons are also ingeniously designed and masterly crafted. Le Max2 is also among the world’s first smartphones to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and the world’s first commercially available metal-body phone to offer the ultrasonic fingerprint scanning feature.

The Le 2 Superphones are still offered at a negative profit for hardware as LeEco continues to promote the hardware freebie model in a bid to advocate an all-new ecosystem consumption pattern and usher the industry into the ecosystem era. A total of 1 million units of the Le 2 series will officially become available at 10:00 a.m. on April 26, with Le 2 debuting on LeMall.com and JD.com, Le 2Pro on LeMall.com and Tmall.com, and Le Max 2 on LeMall.com, JD.com and Tmall.com. Le 2 is priced at RMB 1099, Le 2Pro at 1499 and Le Max2 at 2099.

During the launch event, LeEco also unveiled its fourth-generation Super TV lineup – Super 4

X50 Pro (RMB 2,999), Super 4 X50 (RMB 2,499) and Super 4 X50 CSL Edition (RMB 2,699). All the three products are offered at prices below their mass production cost prices with subsidy from the larger LeEco ecosystem to lead the TV industry to the “negative profit for hardware” era. Jia Yueting said that Le Super TV is a true ecosystem TV, with products in each generation setting new benchmarks in specifications and performance and delivering satisfying experience and meeting operation needs in the whole lifecycle. With “super technology, comprehensive ecosystem and disrupting prices”, Super 4 X50 Pro, Super 4 X50 and Super 4 X50 CSL Edition will go on sale on LeMall.com and LePar stores on April 26.

The greatest highlight of the launch event was LeSEE’s first self-driving concept car.

LeSEE co-founder and global vice president Ding Lei gave an introduction to the LeSEE concept car which has an immediate “Internet feel”, with a super-cool ultra-size LED display on the front to display vehicle status. Positioned as an intelligent Internet car, it can drive and learn autonomously with extensive novel functions including face recognition, emotion recognition, environment recognition and road recognition and has received 804 patents worldwide. LeEco has applied for over 10,000 patents worldwide which span nine areas including phone, TV, car, EUI, VR and cloud, demonstrating the power of innovation based on ecosystem synergy.

During the event, Jia Yueting and Ding Lei demonstrated the self-driving function of the LeSEE concept car, using a Superphone to control the car remotely, with its state-of-the-art intelligent connectivity package being highly praised by the audience including VIP guests such as Liu Yonghao, chairman of New Hope Group. Liu Yonghao expressed on site his intent to become the first LeSEE owner in the world. Ding Lei disclosed that the ecosystem-empowered intelligent Internet car will be showcased at Auto China 2016 to be held five days later.

In addition, LeEco also released its latest EUI 5.8 OS which achieves historically nine-camera live video streaming, representing a giant step forward from the 3-camera live video streaming introduced at last year’s 4/14 launch event. Speaking of the 3-camera live streaming, Jia Yueting said then that it would be difficult for Apple to introduce a similar thing even within two years. “Many of our innovations bred within the LeEco ecosystem, as represented by 9-camera live streaming, multi-desktop, voice control and intelligent mobility, are unprecedented in the industry,” said Jia Yueting. “However, it’s not our intent to always go alone on the path of innovation, but we also look forward to communicating with the industry for common development. But LeEco’s model has been often misunderstood and even sneered as doing only model innovations rather than technological and product innovations. The fact is that technological innovation is an integral part of our ecosystem innovations. We look beyond competing on specific points but aim to lead the entire industry comprehensively and give utterance to our voices. Today, I throw down the gauntlet, offering as gifts a whole lineup of our top-of-the-line products, including LeSEE Super EV, to any company in the industry to deliver 9-camera live streaming or similar experience and productize and commercialize it within one year.”

The 4/20 “Ecosystem without Borders” launch event set a number of records. It achieved for the first time global VR live streaming, making it possible for over 1,000 journalists and countless LeFans, including those from North America, India and Hong Kong, to witness the event in a lifelike setting in real time. At the event, LeEco’s new VR product designed to work perfectly with Superphones also made its debut, providing a fascinating immersive experience to users.

The event was not only the world’s first VR-enabled but also the world’s first interactive live-cast launch event, introducing the all-new “live lottery” launch event model. The 4/20 launch event was broadcast live on nearly 100 online video sites and became the world’s first product launch to be live-streamed on Facebook which is one of the cloud sharing distribution channels of LeEco, setting a new record.

About LeEco:

LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the world’s first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

With disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and connected super-electric cars. The company also has one of the world’s largest content libraries which includes movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be viewed on LeEco devices like Superphones and Super TVs. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices.

Event – Borneo Motor Unveiled The New Toyota Fortuner

Borneo Motor launched the all-new Toyota Fortuner at Vivocity last week.

New Toyota Fortuner at Vivocity. Source: Instagram user @weewu

In order to meet the evolving demands of markets around the world, extensive progress has been made in terms of its style and prestige. Meanwhile, Fortuner’s toughness and core capabilities have been even further enhanced. The new Fortuner’s appeal is best expressed through its positioning statement: The Commanding Presence. Through this full-model change, Fortuner sets out to redefine what it means to be an SUV.

Model at Vivocity. Source: Instagram user @weewu

The all-new Fortuner impresses from the start, holding sophisticated strength with a refined rugged feel that is both tough and cool. Once inside, you get a sense of presence and authenticity. Every aspect of its interior was included to exude refinement and luxury; from intricately selected and crafted materials to ergonomically shaped seats that ensure optimum support. An unmistakable feature would be its advanced dashboard cluster with an optitron meter with plated rings that delivers a luxurious appearance.

The Fortuner not only received a major facelift in the looks department, but its performance has been significantly improved on all terrains. It’s newly developed rigid frame structure and high tensile, anti-corrosive steel panels deliver exceptional toughness in all environments. The engine has been further refined to include an added Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on the exhaust side for the 2.7L Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligence (VVT-i) engine. Aside from the enhanced combustion efficiency, engineers have also reduced the weight and the friction within the engine, delivering greater fuel economy and output. The new 6 Speed Super ECT transmission with AI-shift control promises more responsive and seamless acceleration.

You may wish to look at the specification below

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Press Release – Apple tops The Straits Times Digital Awards with seven wins



Singapore, 23 February 2016 – Apple was the biggest winner at The Straits Times Digital Awards 2016 today, bagging seven awards across the smartphone, tablet and smartwatch categories. Apple was clearly the favourite among the readers of ST Digital, winning the Readers’ Choice in all five awards which it was shortlisted as a finalist – Best Overall Smartphone, Best Phablet, Best Smartphone Camera, Best Tablet and Best Smartwatch. The tech giant also got the nod of approval from the ST Digital editorial team who chose the Apple iPad Pro for the Best Tablet and the Apple Watch for the Best Smartwatch.

Apple’s dominance in the mobile devices category was blunted by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 4G+ which won the Editor’s Choice awards for Best Overall Smartphone and Best Smartphone Camera, and by the Google Nexus 6P which took the Editor’s Choice award for the Best Phablet.

Into its fifth year, the annual tech awards aim to celebrate and recognise the best gadgets, games and tech innovations of the year. This year, the awards has been renamed as The Straits Times Digital Awards as the weekly tech supplement had shed its old name Digital Life last year to reflect its integration into the main broadsheet section of The Straits Times.

As in previous years, the awards are divided into Editor’s Choice awards, picked by The Straits Times Digital editorial team, and the Readers’ Choice, selected by ST readers in an online poll in January. They stood a chance to win lucky draw prizes worth over $25,000.

This year saw the introduction of two new categories – Best Smartwatch and Best Fitness Tracker – to capture new segments that are tugging strongly at consumers’ heartstrings and wallets.

Altogether, there were 21 award categories with a total of 105 products and games nominated. About 4700 ST readers voted in the January poll.

Canon emerged as the second biggest overall winner, clinching all four Readers’ Choice awards in the camera categories.

Lenovo was the biggest winner in the laptops category, getting three wins followed by Asus with two.

The editorial team picked The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the Best Overall Game while the readers voted for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

With the haze dominating headlines last year, ST Engineering’s Innosparks duly won the Most Innovative award with its unique Air+ Smart Mask that built an air filter into the mask for easy breathing in the smog.

Ms Irene Tham, Tech Editor of The Straits Times said: “We would like to congratulate all winners. It was a tough call for many of the judging decisions as there were several equally-deserving finalists.

“I would also like to thank StarHub for coming in as our new presenting sponsor this year. Previously, StarHub was only a category sponsor and I am heartened by StarHub’s show of confidence to raise its involvement and support for our awards.”

Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer of StarHub said: “I have always marvelled at The Straits Times team for putting together the Digital Life Awards successfully for the past four years, despite limited resources. They have done an excellent job for readers like myself, as they have proven themselves to be the ‘authoritative voice’ on what were the hottest gadgets and best innovations for our industry each year.”

Ms Ong added: “StarHub is honoured to be the presenter of the renamed The Straits Times Digital Awards, and we will continue to work closely with the device manufacturers to bring better improvements to the lives of Singaporean consumers, by enhancing the way they live, work and play.”

The full results of the winners are available online at www.straitstimes.com/tech and will also be published in The Straits Times Digital section tomorrow (Feb 24, 2016).

See PDF version on the list of winners

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Press Release – Unique Opportunity to Own James Bond’s #AstonMarton #DB10

SINGAPORE – 1 February 2016 – The Aston Martin DB10 — the first car created exclusively for James Bond by British luxury brand Aston Martin — is to go under the auctioneer’s gavel at the London auction house of Christie’s on 18th February with proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

source: Aston Martin website:http://www.astonmartin.com/en/cars/db10

‘Spectre — The Auction’ celebrates the release of the 24th Bond film on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD with 24 special auction lots going under the hammer for charity, led by the Aston Martin DB10.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse of the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins. Production of the DB10 was strictly limited to ten examples of the bespoke sports car which was developed and hand-built by the designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK for the latest Bond film, Spectre.

The DB10 to be auctioned, is the only car to date in the rarest DB lineage to be made available for private ownership. It is also the first ever Aston Martin to receive a platinum award from the Aston Martin Works Assured Provenance scheme. The Assured Provenance process is the first official authentication programme to be provided in-house by Aston Martin. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts, the pioneering Assured Provenance certification programme is administered and run by the brand’s world-renowned in-house heritage car facility — Aston Martin Works.

As part of the painstaking procedure of examination and authentication, the DB10 has undergone a digital scan which has been verified and held in a secure archive for future reference.

The DB10 features a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox. It has an estimated top speed of around 190 mph.  The car features an all carbon fibre exterior, while the interior has been painstakingly handmade using fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.

Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre, but the DB10 offered at Christie’s is one of only two “show” cars, which were left unmodified and used for display purposes. This DB10 took pride of place at the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London and has been signed by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. The auction will take place on 18th February at Christie’s King Street auction house in London.

To register for this once in a life time opportunity, please visit spectrelive@christies.com. Further information about the auction can also be found at www.christies.com/bond

 source: Media Outreach