The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series smartphones were launched yesterday in Singapore at the Funan Showsuite. The HUAWEI MATE 10 Series features breakthroughs in AI that open the door for a more intelligent and personalised mobile experience. Singapore will be amongst the first few countries to range the HUAWEI Mate 10 series, and will be the first country in the world to launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro.
Expanding on Huawei’s partnership with Leica, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ dual lens camera is now further enhanced using AI through RealTime Scene and Object Recognition. The camera is able to detect up to 13 different objects and scenes and intelligently optimises picture settings to deliver unbelievable image clarity.
Powered by Huawei’s all-new Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series incorporates AI enhancements that deliver a speedier, more user-friendly mobile experience. One example is the real-time text translation across a wide range of foreign languages that does not require an Internet connection. Simply take a picture of the text and the translation will be completed without the usual delay that is attributed to a phone requiring an Internet connection
SINGAPORE PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
HUAWEI Mate 10:
The HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available for sale in Singapore from October 28, 2017, in two colours, Mocha Brown and Black. Recommended retail price SGD 888
HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro:
Singapore will be the first country in the world to officially launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro for sale. It will be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue. The Mate 10 Pro in Mocha Brown will be available in stores and online retailers from November 11, 2017, while the Mate 10 Pro in Midnight Blue will be available in stores and online retailers from November 25, 2017. Recommended retail price SGD 1,098
7 September 2017, Hong Kong – Fanfare is excited to announce that it has joined the Alibaba Influencer Network through a signed partnership with VideoUP, a global video analytics platform.
“We are extremely delighted with this new venture, as it builds upon Fanfare’s video-sharing and social commerce platform, while opening new doors for our Fanfare Ambassadors”, says Benny Phang, Fanfare’s Rainmaker.
To-date, Fanfare has an ecosystem of 90 Fanfare Ambassadors from 24 countries, ranging from micro-influencers to social media personalities, with a combined reach of 13 million followers worldwide. This exclusive entry into Alibaba’s Influencer Network will allow eligible Fanfare Ambassadors direct access to a galaxy of brands and merchants available on the Alibaba and Lazada marketplace, with monetary rewards when they create brand-related review videos.
“The world has become a more social place. It is no longer just about concocting your own secret sauces or conceiving elaborate strategies. It’s about connection, collaboration and co-creation. This is the power of fan-generated content, the future of brand amplification and the crucible for social commerce”, adds Benny Phang.
Fanfare is a mobile APP that rewards Fans for creating interesting video content about the Brands they love.
It serves as an omni-channel missing link between fans and their favorite brands. Through community-created video content, viral campaigns, gaming elements, exclusive prizes, as well as e-Commerce – all on a single mobile platform – Fanfare aims to empower consumers or fans around the world to have more personalized engagements and meaningful moments with their favorite Brands, while getting rewarded at the same time.
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.
“As one of the leading pharmacies in the region, Guardian takes a great deal of responsibility for Singapore’s self-care needs,” saidSarah 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.
Linksys® announces the introduction of Velop™, its first Whole Home Wi-Fi product. Velop is the first Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations, enabling users to get the most out of their broadband subscription by delivering 100% of their Internet speed to the edge of their network.
Velop is designed for performance as well as elegance; it is small enough to be placed anywhere, with a clean and attractive look that appeals to everyone. Each Velop “node” is a powerful TriBand AC2200 device that serves as router, range extender, access point, and bridge, providing users with the future proof technology they need as more devices enter the home environment.
Each node is configured during setup by the accompanying Linksys app (available for iOS and Android), which provides the industry’s simplest and most intuitive interface. The app leverages Bluetooth to securely communicate between the mobile device and each node. After setup is complete, the Linksys app serves as a powerful Wi-Fi management tool with useful features such as guest access, parental controls and device prioritization.
“Linksys has always been pioneers in home networking. We are constantly coming up with new solutions that not only complement the next generation devices, but also enhances our users’ home networking experiences”, said Jenny Ng, Managing Director for APAC, Linksys. “Velop was developed with this mission in mind. It combines performance, design and ease-of-use, thereby delivering a seamless and reliable Wi-Fi that stretches to every corner of your home.”
Authorized reseller: Atlas Sound & Vision
Linksys will work with Atlas as one of their authorized resellers. This engagement reinforces the Atlas vision of transforming the way people emotionally engage with sound in this digital age, though wireless audio. The Linksys Velop Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System will be sold at the selected Atlas’ showrooms and the Atlas eStore: https://atlas-sv.com
At the Singapore launch of Linksys Velop in the Atlas Showroom at Millenia Walk on 06 April 2017, Sherwin Siregar, Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Sound & Vision shared, “As the world goes wireless, we are excited to be collaborating with Linksys to help our customers connect to, and connect with a repertoire of wireless solutions for their homes. The always-on, full-strength and ultra-fast Wi-Fi mesh system that is Velop will deliver an outstanding audio and video experience for our customers. At Atlas, we believe in the power of connections and this partnership will enable people to connect, share and sync across generations, and enjoy great music wirelessly in their homes with Bose.”
Singtel (stock quote: Z74.SI) and Telkomsel, a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (stock quote: IDX: TLKM)launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia. Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to Kantor Pos, a state-owned company responsible for providing postal service in Indonesia, across the country via Weselpos Instan (a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia ). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.
The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.
According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly.
Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”
Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”
In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.
Sudio has released their latest product – Sudio Regent Wireless Headphones. We managed to get hold of a unit for review. Instead of writing about how we feel about the product, we’ve decided to do something different this time and get a female blogger (poisonvine.com) to share with us her experience after using this product.
Q1. Have you heard of Sudio? What’s your first impression when you first got hold of the Sudio Regent?
I first got to know about Sudio until they launched the Sudio Vasa Blå. It left a very strong impression on me because the earphones looked stunning!
Sudio Regent exemplifies the Sudio’s design philosophy – minimalist, elegant and timeless. It’s definitely a beautiful headphone that you would want to show off to your friends.
Q2. Which genre do you usually listen to? And does the sound profile meet your expectations?
I listen to a rather wide variety of genres so it’s a bit difficult to say. For instrumentals, I prefer artists like Kenny G, Keiko Matsui, Kaori Kobayashi and Jessy J. For vocals, I like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Il Divo, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton.
Anyway, I find that the Sudio Regent generally performs well for instrumentals, there is good clarity and balance. Unfortunately, the bass is a little weaker than I would like. For vocals, I find that the sound quality tends to be a bit airy.
Q3. What’s the best (or worst) experience you had while using this product?
I like that the Sudio Regent offers both Bluetooth and wired option, which makes it very versatile and is ideal for travelling. The headphone is light and foldable, making it very portable. In addition, you can change the caps on the headphone and match the headphones to your OOTD.
The headphones sits on the ear and is generally quite comfortable. However, after prolonged usage, the headphone will start to feel a bit too tight for my head (maybe because I have a big head?) But for commuting I would not expect to wear this continuously for over an hour so it’s not a big issue.
Q4. Considering all factors: Design, features, sound quality and price, how do you rate the product?
I would give it a 6.5/10. It is definitely worthy of a consideration if you are in the market for portable headphones.
The Sudio Regent is available in two colors, black and white and retails for S$229.
If you are in Singapore, you will get a 20% off that price because of tax rebates. After the 20%, it becomes S$183.20.
Using my promo code “neodimension” at their site, it will give you an additional 15% discount. So in total, you pay just S$155.72 for the Sudio Regent.
On top of that, you will receive a free express shipping and a phone case.
Who is poisonvine.com?
Typical working class Singaporean who is a caffeine addict and an aspiring home barista. Like most Singaporeans, she loves food and travel. She believes that Google will eventually rule the world (“hail Google!”) and is waiting for the day when language is no longer a barrier because Google translate attained perfection. Also a die-hard Blackberry fan.
OPPO announces the launch of the OPPO R9s Plus in Singapore, with the phone retailing in stores at SGD 779. Available in Gold, the camera phone will also be released in Black on 3 March.
Enhancement from the 5.5-inch R9s, the R9s Plus is equipped with an all-new OIS+ image stabilizer technology which OPPO claims that the technology detects unwanted vibration caused by shaky hands; resulting clearer shot.
The R9s Plus also comes along with an upgraded 6GB RAM, and larger 4.000 mAH battery capacity which means that user can get faster response and longer usage duration.
The OPPO R9s Plus is available today, in Gold for SGD 779 from the following retailers. The R9s Plus will be available in Black on 3 March 2017.
New research finds consumers are ready to embrace ‘selfies’ as a tool for banking, shopping, healthcare and more
Futurologist’s predictions, and a survey of 6,500 people, finds consumers are open to the ‘vast number of potential applications’ for smartphone front cameras
Top ten future uses for smartphone cameras will include banking, shopping, healthcare and dating, among others
Over a third of consumers would feel more secure if banks used selfies as passwords, while more than a quarter would prefer to see their GP via a selfie or video call than in-person
16 February 2017: Smartphone cameras could be poised to transform a number of industries, as ‘selfies’ transition from frivolous fad to technological phenomenon, according to a new report from Sony Mobile. The report and accompanying research, released in conjunction with Futurizon and based on a survey of 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain, found that consumers are open to the ‘vast number of potential applications’ for camera photography.
Working with futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, Sony Mobile explored a number of sectors likely to incorporate smartphone photography and selfies as a technological function in the future. The potential applications were wide-ranging, from theme parks building ‘selfie-coasters’ that let adrenaline-junkies capture their experience on the latest rides, to shoppers using it as a ‘virtual personal assistant’ to try on multiple outfits at the touch of a button. Once these applications were identified, more than 6,500 consumers provided their thoughts on the evolution of selfies as a social trend, and the appetite for these more functional uses of smartphone photography.
“The project has given us a real sense of how selfies have evolved, and why they could be set to transform so many different sectors”, said Vincent Yip, Director, Market Head for Singapore at Sony Mobile.
“At Sony Mobile we face the dual task of designing smartphones that make consumers’ lives easier today, while keeping an eye on what the future holds and being part of driving innovation and change. We have always seen photography as being a key function at the heart of the smartphone and have already advanced front camera technology in our Xperia™ XZ for superior quality photos, so it’s incredibly exciting to find that consumers are ready to embrace selfies for such a wide range of future uses that enhance our everyday lives.”
The report identified the top 10 ways consumers believe selfies could evolve in the next five years:
1. Dating: Taking a selfie with your date to find out what they really think
2. Medical: Over a quarter of people would prefer to see their GP via a selfie or video call, in the first instance
3. Banking for the selfie generation: Nearly half of 25-34 year olds would feel more secure if accessing their bank through a ‘selfie password’
4. In leisure: Around half of thrill-seekers would like to try a ‘selfiecoaster’ – a rollercoaster that puts you in control of capturing your experience on the ride
5. In a gym / fitness: selfies that work with AI (Artificial Intelligence) to capture body monitoring e.g. testing heart rates and even suggesting how to improve on technique and how accurately a move is being performed
6. Made to measure clothes: taking a 3D body image for made-to-measure clothes
7. In retail: using your smartphone camera to try on different outfits suited to your body shape, at the touch of a button
8. Social currency: paying for entry to the cinema or a tourist attraction through a selfie
9. Robots: Using your smartphone to control drones or robots to take selfies from other or extreme locations
10. Home: Using selfies to secure and access our homes and cars
Dr Ian Pearson, Futurologist and creator of the Future of Selfies report, added: “Through this report, it has been fascinating to chart the evolution of selfies and smartphone photography with the team at Sony Mobile. But even more encouraging has been the response from consumers, who have shown they are open to the range of future uses for selfies and video calls.”
“The results clearly show that selfies are well on their way to transitioning from frivolous fad to technological phenomenon, and provide food for thought to a number of industries. The potential is huge, and it will be exciting to watch this unfold over the coming years.”
Axis Communications (Axis, stock quote: STO:AXIS ), a Swedish maker of network cameras, aims to redefine local brick-and-mortar store operations and customer engagement, with the launch of its video network solution today. The new solution offers HD TV image quality, intelligent video functions and analytic capabilities. These will support retailers in their efforts to remain productive, reduce manpower reliance, gain consumer insights, and ultimately, win back customers from e-commerce players.
“The consumer shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce have undeniably impacted traditional retailers. However, we believe that brick-and-mortar shops still have a competitive edge over e-tailers, and that is the human aspect of a shopping experience,” said Mr Magnus Zederfeldt, Director, South Asia Pacific, Axis Communications. “Customers want authentic experiences today, and it is thus imperative for traditional retailers to leverage emerging technologies to enhance this. If implemented effectively, brick-and-mortar stores can flourish.”
Key highlights of Axis’ network video solution
Axis’ network video solution is capable of helping retailers in two key aspects:
1. Enhanced security
Axis network video solution provides high resolution store-wide image coverage that enables retailers to follow any suspicious behaviour inside and outside store, even after operating hours.
The new solution is able to distribute HD TV video over any kind of IP network or the internet, assisting investigators with crime and positive identification.
2. Enhanced customer experience
When placed strategically, the network cameras can assist retailers in recording, measuring and better understanding consumer activity and buying behaviour.
Retailers will be able to identify the popular areas in-store and optimise the store and display layouts accordingly.
Axis’ had previously launch its retail solution in the region, and some of its key customers include Hang Ten in Taiwan, and Volkswagen in China. Customers have feedback that the solution has not only helped to effectively reduce its operational costs, but also raised in-store surveillance and employee productivity.
“Competition against huge e-commerce players, such as Alibaba and Amazon, are heating up. As such, Singapore retailers must focus on delivering greater value to consumers through the implementation of digital initiatives in stores. This will enable local store owners to stand against e-tailers, and bring about enhanced experience for consumers,” said Mr Zederfeldt.
EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAScompliant cards, today announced the launch of EZ–Link 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 vívosmartHR 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 EZ–Link 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.