(Johor Bahru, 18 December 2017) Following an intense sing-off among the eight finalists, Lim Wen Suen of Team Gary emerged as the champion of《The Voice 决战好声》. Chosen solely through public voting, she walked away with a co-management contract with mm2 Entertainment (a wholly owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd.) and Universal Music Group, which includes the release of a single and an EP.
《The Voice 决战好声》 has achieved remarkable success since making its debut on Astro and StarHub in September. Its online videos have garnered over 9 million views before last night’s final. Talents in the show received invaluable personal coaching from four highly accomplished celebrity coaches Tan Hanjin 陈奂仁, Della Ding 丁当, Gary Chaw 曹格 and Sky Wu 伍思凯. With their coaches’ help and guidance, they produced some mesmerizing performances that left audiences in awe. The four celebrity coaches were big crowd pullers too, entertaining audiences with witty bantering and insightful comments.
Fans can catch the full series and highlights of 《The Voice 决战好声》on StarHub Go for free. The Grand Final episode is also available for catch up on Hub E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825) via the yellow button. Astro viewers can catch up on the full series of The Voice via On Demand or Astro GO, while all Malaysians can enjoy the show through the free live streaming app, NJOI Now anytime, anywhere.
Criteo S.A. (Stock Quote: CRTO), the commerce marketing technology company, unveiled findings from two third-party studies, which highlight the pressing need for retailers and brands to organise and apply data at scale to understand shoppers, reach them, and inspire them to buy. To help retailers and brands, Criteo is opening up an ecosystem that enables retailers and brands who participate to benefit from a much broader data set and more intelligent technology than they could acquire or develop on their own
A Criteo-commissioned study, conducted by Forbes Insights and titled “The Commerce Data Opportunity: How Collaboration Levels the Retail Playing Field,” highlights the value of data collaboration and pooling data to better meet customers’ needs, drive value and compete. The “Shopper Story 2017” study, also commissioned by Criteo and conducted by an independent researcher, highlights the rise of “omnishoppers” – those that use a variety of devices, channels and platforms to browse and buy products. Overall, both studies reinforce the need for brands and retailers to innovate through collaboration and harness the collective power of data to engage with consumers at every moment and across any screen or device during the shopper journey.
To help retailers and brands deliver seamless and relevant shopping experiences across all devices and channel, Criteo announced its vision to build the highest performing and open commerce marketing ecosystem. As part of the company’s commerce marketing vision, two new solutions – Criteo Audience MatchBETA and Criteo Kinetic Design with Video – have been made generally available across the Asia-Pacific region.
“Collaboration in an open ecosystem levels the playing field and paves the way for commerce companies to shape their future. This is especially crucial for eCommerce companies in Asia-Pacific where the market is expected to grow to more than US$3 trillion by 2021,” said Huang Hanming, Managing Director of South Asia and Greater China at Criteo. “We have developed Criteo Commerce Marketing Ecosystem to unleash the value of collaboration and the power of data to all who participate.”
Key Findings from Forbes Insights:
Retail Industry Disruption is Reshaping Commerce: 50 percent of brands demonstrate concern that physical-digital giants will limit access to their products and 41 percent are concerned that they will not have access to information about their own customers and products. Retailers also worry that this trend will cause consumers to turn away from smaller retailers.
Brands and Retailers Realize Data’s Potential, but Lack Activation Capabilities: Nearly four out of five brands and retailers include customer data as a key part of their business strategy. But while retailers have access to more data than brands, especially online, they are less confident than brands in their ability to activate data into actionable insights. Bottom line: more data alone doesn’t necessarily translate into a greater ability to take action.
Pooled Data Assets are a Powerful Way to Get Ahead: Brands and retailers see value in collaboration and pooling data assets to meet customer needs and drive value for their business. In fact, 71 percent of retailers are willing to contribute online search data to a pool. And, three-fifths of those surveyed are already part of a data cooperative, with almost seven out of 10 of those companies already happy with their collaborations as well as the data they receive. Additionally, 72 percent of marketers cite “increased revenue” as a key benefit they experience from pooled data.
Key Findings from The Shopper Story 2017:
More than 3/4 of Shoppers Globally Engage in Omnishopping: Most consumers are going online to shop and buying in-store, and vice versa.
Webrooming and Showrooming are the Norm: 66 percent of consumers occasionally browse products online and then purchase at retail, with 24 percent making this a regular occurrence; whereas 74 percent of consumers occasionally make purchases online after seeing a product in retail, with 15 percent communicating they do this regularly.
Digital Drives Conversion: As mobile continues to permeate everyday life, online is now a critical point of purchase driver; with nearly half of all omnishoppers from various countries sharing that websites were the “last influence before purchase” and 62 percent of consumers reporting that they use their phone while in-store to research products online.
Using customer relationship management (CRM) or data management platform (DMP) data to accurately target audiences across web, mobile browser and apps, Criteo Audience MatchBETA provides marketers with a new way to re-engage their customer base with broad-reaching, paid display campaigns. Criteo has built a foundation of deterministic IDs within Criteo Shopper Graph, enabling beta customers to see a match rate of more than 60 percent of their existing client lists with online profiles. Commerce marketers can use Criteo Audience MatchBETA to:
Quickly execute cost-effective, paid display campaigns across a diverse set of marketing scenarios, including re-engagement of lapsed customers, promotion of seasonal offers, cross-sell of products related to previous purchases, and more.
Drive unmatched advertising engagement through optimized ads, balancing brand-inspired design and ad performance through Kinetic Design.
Synchronize perfectly with Criteo Dynamic Retargeting to ensure cross-campaign optimization and attribution.
Criteo has also added video as a new channel and inventory source for commerce marketers. Criteo Kinetic Design with Video automatically optimises every visual aspect of an ad to inspire and engage a shopper. Kinetic Design already allows for more than 17 trillion variations from one base design in display ads. This has been now expanded to incorporate video, creating personalized video ads that feature relevant products based on Criteo’s complete understanding of the shopper. These video ads are created automatically, on-the-fly, and appear across web and mobile.
As consumer video consumption continues to grow, Criteo’s clients can now use video to relevantly re-engage shoppers without production time, resources, or costs. Video is delivered in a non-intrusive manner to provide a seamless browsing experience – in app, in feed or on a website. Criteo’s video capability also allows marketers to take advantage of video ads on a cost-per-click basis.
“Understanding consumer purchasing behavior is challenging for retailers given that shoppers are on more platforms than ever before, with collected data being difficult to integrate and analyse, at scale,” said Alban Villani, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Criteo. “To help retailers and brands overcome this challenge, Criteo Audience Match and Criteo Kinetic Design with Video, as part of a robust suite of commerce marketing technologies, will support the full shopper journey, enabling brands to create relevant and engaging experiences for customers online and offline.”
Singapore, October 2017 – Dell revealed a new Inspiron 7000 series laptop in the newly revamped Plaza Singapura Store.
The new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 aims to bring stunning visuals and powerful performance in a small footprint. A narrower border and FHD IPS touch display also supports active pen for digital drawing, writing and note taking.
With the new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, consumers can watch movies or video chat uninterrupted thanks to SmartByte streaming technology co-engineered by Dell that prioritises streaming and conferencing above other network activities. It also offers longer battery life and quieter performance with standard SSDs or optional PCIe NVMe SSDs.
For those who prefer a traditional laptop, the new Inspiron 7000 laptops are the perfect travel companion with the slim, light and thin-bezel design in Platinum Silver or Pink Champagne. Available in 15 inches, the Inspiron 7000 offers a brilliant FHD IPS display for a crisp, detailed picture, viewable from a wide range of angles without sacrificing image quality. The laptops take advantage of the outstanding performance, responsiveness and hardware enabled security built into the 8th Generation Intel Core processor.
The new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics and NVIDIA Max Q Design technology, 7th Gen Intel quad core CPU options and dual fans to keep the system cool and quiet while powering through challenging games. Anti-glare IPS wide viewing angle FHD display provides excellent visual clarity while Waves MaxxAudio Pro software delivers precise audio. The laptop’s new 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritises gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth even during large file downloads. A new quick-charge battery gets up to 80% capacity within an hour and the Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port connects multiple devices (including support for up to two 4K displays) to the laptop with transfers up to 40Gbps.
Pricing and Availability:
All products are available immediately, unless otherwise stated, through Dell and its authorised partners:
Epson has launched its new A4 duplex integrated ink tank printer, the new L-series printers that offer one of the lowest printing costs in the market.
The new integrated L-series printers significantly lower the total cost of ownership to businesses with its ultra-high page yields. Each complete set of 4 ink bottles yields 7,500 black and white pages and 6,000 colour pages to help businesses lower their operating costs.
The new L6160, L6170, L6190 printers come with auto-duplex print function which affords users up to 50 per cent savings on paper cost, reducing running costs even further. Epson is currently the only brand offering ink tank printers with auto-duplex function in the market.
The new L6160, L6170, L6190 printers are equipped with Epson’s proprietary PrecisionCore printheads for high performance, achieving high ISO print speeds of up to 15ppm for standard black and white printing and 33ppm for draft printing, for improved business efficiency. Delivering a maximum print resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, Epson’s PrecisionCore printheads are composed of Micro Thin Film Piezo print chips for precise multi-size droplet control capabilities, ensuring the greatest details and extremely smooth gradations in documents or photographs.
The integrated ink tank printers deliver exceptional quality black and white prints with the use of black pigment ink that produces water and smudge-resistant printouts. For photo printing, the printers offer outstanding lab-quality photos when printing on photo media. Large-sized photo printing is made possible as the printers support borderless printing of up to A4 size.
Sporting a brand new sleek design, the new L6160, L6170, L6190 are designed to be compact, offering the smallest footprint amongst all ink tank printer brands.
Designed with the customers’ experience in mind, its easy-to-use spill-free ink bottles offer users ease and convenience when refilling the ink bottles. The ink bottles are designed with a unique “lock & key” bottle nozzle with each ink bottle nozzle uniquely customised to fit its matching colour tank, in order to prevent re-filling errors.
The ink tank printers support printing on-the-go and comes equipped with Ethernet2, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, enabling users to print wirelessly within a network, connect to mobile devices or print remotely from anywhere via Epson Connect, Epson’s suite of connectivity solutions.
The new L6160, L6170, L6190 printers will be priced SGD459, SGD499 & SGD539 respectively and will be available at major retailers from 22 September 2017 onwards.
HP pairs beautiful, stylish design with the latest security and collaboration features in its commercial devices to help businesses make gradual improvements to their workspaces and technology infrastructure. The new HP devices make collaboration, content creation, consumption and exchange of ideas, whether virtually or face-to-face, more efficient but still secure. These include:
• HP EliteBook x360 – According to HP, this is the world’s thinnest business convertible. It combines powerful thin and light stylish design, collaboration capabilities, enterprise-class security and durability, as well as the longest battery life in a convertible range of up to 16 hours. It also includes the latest security innovations such as HP Sure Start Gen36, a self-healing BIOS now with run-time memory protection.
• HP Pro x2 612 G2 – the 2-in-1 detachable allows for agile work anywhere in field services, government, healthcare, and retail verticals of up to 11 hours battery life. The device was built from the ground up for secure work environments and includes a built-in smart card reader, a removable SSD, and the HP Client Security Suite Gen38. It features a removable back cover for easy serviceability.
• HP Z2 Mini Workstation – the world’s first mini workstation delivers server grade power but in a compact package just 2.3” high and 90% smaller than a traditional business-class tower. Twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC on the market today, it is able to handle CAD users’ fast speed of creation and increasingly complexity of projects to bring their creative visions to life.
• HP mt43 Mobile Thin Client – Mobile cloud computing is easier and more convenient than ever with HP’s thinnest and lightest mobile thin client. The multiple security features, easy-to-use setup and deployment software, and quick access to shared data that employees require make management of this device a breeze for IT managers.
• EliteOne 800 G3 All-in-One – the newly redesigned AiO is the first commercial AiO with dual-facing cameras12, and non-glare touch screen13. Not only does it look good on open floor plans and reception areas, but it also allows desks to be clutter-free for conducive discussions.
• HP Elite x3 Mobile Scanning Solution – This extends the benefits of the HP Elite x3 3-in-1 mobile device beyond the mobile professional to mobilise vertical workflows for healthcare, field and retail workers. The integrated barcode scanner can be used to check prices, access inventory and CRM information on the go and then seamlessly transition to the back-office with the ability to dock and connect to a display, mouse, and keyboard for a full PC experience14.
• HP Elite Slice – An inventive alternative to traditional desktop PC designs, this makes interactive meeting spaces a reality. The clean modular design with no messy cables, a small footprint lets businesses configure their own specific desktop solution. The addition of the Collaboration Cover, Audio Module and Intel Unite software transforms the HP Elite Slice into a complete conferencing solution for meeting rooms.
E–Huge Technology, in collaboration with Microsoft, today announced the launch of its new range of Avengers-themed Windows 10 devices in Singapore.
Inspired by the iconic Avengers logo and the signature design motifs of Captain America and Iron Man, these Windows 10 devices come in three distinct form factors that supercharge fun and productivity to superhero proportions.
AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1
AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1
AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook
Pricing and availability
AVR10T – 10.1” Windows 10 2-in-1
AVR116T – 11.6” Windows 10 2-in-1
AVR141R – 14.1” Windows 10 Touch Notebook
The devices will be available at retail in Singapore from 10 December, 2016.
Pro Concepts Technology announced the opening of Gam3.Asia at Marina Sqaure. Featuring eight concept stores by award winning gaming brands spanning 5,737 square feet of retail space but also an exclusive members only eSports zone and a membership program with exciting perks and deals for the community.
The opening ceremony ended with representatives from M1, Alienware, MSI, Aorus, Asus ROG, Razer and Logitech participating in a symbolic lighting up of a customized display, reaffirming their commitment to leveling up eSports and building a vibrant community of gamers in Singapore.
“I think it’s important to note that we don’t want to be retail-focused,” said Mr Jeffrey Phua, Director of Pro Concepts Pte Ltd. “Competitive gaming has taken the rest of the world by storm and we think that Singapore is the perfect place to cultivate into a regional eSports hub”.
Their unique membership program, the Gam3.Asia eSports Club, is targeted at gamers from all walks of life, especially those with a competitive streak in their blood. Its ambitious plans to incubate young gaming talent start with giving players a chance to challenge their peers.
Additionally, perks like early-bird access to community events, the ability to try out products while gaming in-store, exclusive promotions and flash sales give gamers the edge they need to take the next step in their eSports journey.
For many, that means playing together physically and finding a sustainable place to train – a challenge that Gam3.Asia intends to tackle head on. Instead of charging hourly rates, it will allow members free use of its facilities, with two training rooms available.
Gam3.Asia opens Monday to Thursdays 11 am to 8 pm, and Friday to Sundays 11 am to 9 pm. The eSports Club will have extended hours for special screenings of eSports tournaments, as well as during select community events.
About Pro Concepts Technology Pte Ltd & GamePro
Pro Concepts Technology Pte Ltd runs the GamePro, Singapore’s premier retailer for computer products, peripherals and accessories. In addition to a physical retail space at Bugis Junction and Gam3.Asia at Marina Square, it also operates an online retail portal at http://www.gameprosg.com
Syfy welcomes its original Hybrid Virtual Reality (VR) series, HALCYON, premiering on 22 September, Thursday at 10pm (Syfy, StarHub Ch 517).
To give viewers the ultimate Halcyon experience, Syfy Asia has teamed up with Samsung for the series to be available on the Samsung Gear VR. The partnership enabled Syfy superfans to get a sneak preview of the series with the Gear VR at the Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) over the weekend, while members of the press in Singapore were treated to experience select episodes from the series at the Samsung Experience Store at Vivocity.
HALCYON is set in 2040 and follows Julie Dover, a detective in the Virtual Reality Crimes Unit, as she investigates the first real-life murder to take place within virtual reality – a crime that shouldn’t even be possible – and the conspiracy she discovers behind it. Directed by BAFTA-nominated Benjamin Arfmann (Random Stop), Halcyon provides compelling cliff-hangers moving fans across TV, online and VR platforms to find out what will happen next.
The 15-episode series consists of 10 x 5-minute linear episodes available to binge-watch on TV (Syfy – StarHub Ch 517), online (http://halcyon.syfy.asia) and on VR (Samsung Gear VR). In addition to the 10 episodes, viewers will also be able to enjoy five special episodes that will be available exclusively via the Halcyon VR app, which can be downloaded from the Oculus store for US$4.99 (from 22-25 Sep) and US$9.99 (from 25 Sep) on the Samsung Gear VR.
The Samsung Gear VR allows users to enjoy Halcyon episodes in a truly immersive and cinematic manner. Episodes will alternate between short-form and VR to showcase a next-level entertainment experience that combines the immersive nature of VR with the narrative arc of a linear TV series:
Halcyon’s story can be understood from just its linear episodes, but watching both linear and VR episodes will allow viewers a more enriched experience. For viewers who only watch the linear episodes, a short recap of the previous VR episode will be played before each linear episode begins, to ensure that they will be able to follow the complete storyline.
Viewers in Singapore hoping to catch the series in both linear and VR will be able to do so with the Samsung Gear VR.
HOW TO WATCH HALCYON TV: Premieres 22 September, Thursday at 10pm on Syfy (StarHub Ch 517) Online: Available anytime from 22 September on http://halcyon.syfy.asia VR: Available on Samsung Gear VR through the Halcyon VR app
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) releases new GeForce GTX 10-series GPU 1060, 1070, 1080 for notebooks.
Powered by the NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture, these advanced GPUs are built with ultra-fast FinFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor) and support for DirectX 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest gaming notebook experiences.
Additionally, NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies brings VR performance on to mobile platform. These include NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which can yield up to a 3x VR graphics performance improvement over previous-generation GPUs, allowing notebook gamers to play VR games with higher levels of detail for a more realistic, immersive experience.
Compared with prior-generation Maxwell architecture-based GPUs, the new GeForce GTX 10Series GPUs for notebooks deliver up to 75 percent more performance right out of the box. With the Dual-FET power supply and multi-phased power controllers, they offer more than 3x the overclocking potential for even faster performance.
Watch the Facebook Live Video on John Gillooly‘s presentation of the product launch.