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

Source: Instagram user @weewu

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Expected impact on financial results for Fiscal Year 2018

 

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

 

 

Starhub & Linksys Offers EA7500v2 Wireless Routers to Subscribers

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

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

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

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

 

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

Pricing and availability

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cracks in the Cloud: The Next Frontier for Cybercrime

Singapore ranks the lowest in terms of using both encryption and tokenization to secure their cloud data.

Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in cyber security, today released findings from the new Symantec cloud security survey which reveals the state of enterprise data security. The advantages of cloud computing—scalability, speed to market, lower costs and higher productivity—are well known throughout most industries. But for cyber criminals, this new, borderless infrastructure is a potential goldmine.

Survey findings reveal that cloud security is a top concern for chief information security officers (CISOs) in Singapore and are taking measures to improve security in 2017. Covering 1,100 CISOs across 11 global markets, the report reveals that companies in Singapore currently ranks the lowest in terms of using both encryption and tokenization to secure their cloud data.

A widening scope for cloud-based attacks
The survey shows the extent to which cloud security is keeping CISOs in Singapore awake at night. Tellingly, almost all (90%) believe that ensuring cloud applications meet compliance regulations is one of the most stressful aspects of their job.

The industry compliance issues that they find most worrying include the governance of corporate-owned mobile devices (23%), and broad sharing of compliance-controlled data in cloud applications (21%).

Other concerns include the broad sharing of employee use of unsanctioned cloud applications (20%), tracking of activities in sanctioned cloud applications (19%), and keeping on top of country and region-specific data residency and control regulations (17%).

The widespread adoption of cloud applications, coupled with risky user behavior that corporations may not even be aware of, is further widening the scope for cloud-based attacks. Singapore CISOs estimate that, on average, 32% of cloud-based applications used at their company are unsanctioned, or ‘shadow apps’. The vast majority (77%) also believe that their Chief Executive Officer has probably broken internal security protocols at some point – either intentionally or unintentionally.

A need for end-to-end solutions
As enterprises become more reliant on the cloud to improve collaboration and flexibility, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for CISOs to keep track of and secure sensitive company data, let alone maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. To bolster information security as their organization’s data flows between on-premises systems, mobile applications and cloud services, 97% of CISOs in Singapore plan to increase spending on IT staff security training on average by 25% this year. This is a significantly higher average increase than overall CISOs surveyed which stood at 20%. On average, new IT employees will undergo 16 hours of security training during their onboarding process in 2017.

The need for data security, compliance, and residency is also driving Singapore CISOs to look for encryption and/or tokenization solutions to support their Software as a Service (SaaS) initiatives. Symantec’s survey reveals that while 94% of CISOs in Singapore believe tokenization of cloud data is the best way to meet data residency and control regulations, only 59% use tokenization methods. Instead, 78% use encryption to secure their cloud data. Further, less than half (37%) use both encryption and tokenization – the fewest among all the countries surveyed.

Despite such measures, security challenges remain. Cybercriminal groups are opportunistic in the way they operate, using flaws in legitimate operating systems, tools, and cloud services to compromise networks. To effectively counter such behaviors, CISOs require unparalleled visibility and control over sensitive content that users upload, store and share via the cloud. Rather than relying on one-off fixes and reactive patches to protect confidential information, successful CISOs are eradicating exploitable vulnerabilities by deploying proactive, end-to-end solutions.

Addressing cloud security through a holistic approach
Failure to ensure appropriate security protection when using cloud services could ultimately result in higher costs and potential loss of business, thus eliminating any of the potential benefits of cloud computing. To ensure success, organizations require a new model of integrated security which provides stronger protection, greater visibility and better control of critical assets, users, and data.

Addressing cloud security holistically creates operational efficiencies and allows Singapore CISOs to take full advantage of the cloud. This approach guarantees their critical information is secure and protected, giving them the peace of mind they need to lead their companies in the data-driven era.

What is Petya Ransomware? How could you prevent it?

Petya Ransomware, out of the sudden, has became the most talk-about words on the web. It has affected organization causing disruption on business process and system outrage. In merely a day, it has affected hundreds of organizations in Ukraine.  

According to Nick Savvides, Security Advocate, Symantec Asia Pacific and Japan, While the threat may have started in Eastern Europe, it has quickly spread across the world within a short time.”

He emphasized further, “Manufacturing organisations, which are highly concentrated in Asia, are particularly at risk as most do not apply updates and patches to their industrial computers as swiftly as corporate entities. This makes them especially vulnerable to rapid infections and complete shutdowns.”

What exactly is Petya? and what’s the difference between Petya and the recent WannaCry attack?

Similar to WannaCry, Petya is a ransomware attack that locks up files and it is using the ETERNALBLUE (MS17-010) Windows vulnerability as an infection vector to spread inside networks.

However, unlike WannaCry, Petya goes beyond file locking. It renders the victim’s computer completely inoperable through the attacking of the Master Boot Record (a key part of the startup system that helps to load the OS. It is also where key data about the hard disk partition stores).

From this point forwards, it restricts access to the system by seizing information of file names, sizes and location on the physical disk. Finally, Petya replaces the computer’s MBR with its own code, which displays the ransom note once the system is powered up.

How Petya has spread on the 27 Jun 2017?

According to Symantec blog,  it is confirmed that MEDoc, a tax and accounting software package, is used for the initial insertion of Petya into corporate networks. MEDoc is widely used in Ukraine, indicating that organizations in that country were the primary target.

Petya is a worm, meaning it has the ability to self-propagate. Once it establishes a foothold (this case, in Ukraine), it starts to builds a list of target computers and spread to those computers via the following 2 methods:

  • Execution across network shares: It attempts to spread to the target computers by copying itself to [COMPUTER NAME]\\admin$ using the acquired credentials. It is then executed remotely using either PsExec or the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool. Both are legitimate tools.
  • SMB exploits: It attempts to spread using variations of the EternalBlue and EternalRomance exploits.

How bad had Petya caused across the globe? 

The chart below gives an overview on the number of organizations affected by Petya Ransomware.

Top 20 countries based on numbers of affected organizations. Source: Symantec Security Response

Products That Protects from Petya

  • Cloud service providers usually protect the data from malware or ransomware attack. For instance, the Acronis Active Protection has been independently tested by MRG Effitas and AV Test, and has been proven effective against the threat of ransomware, and is now available with Acronis True image 2017 New Generation for consumers, as well as Acronis Backup 12.5 for businesses
  • Use Reputable antivirus software – Companies like ESET and Norton Symantec will regularly post updates on the latest trend in cybersecurity space through their blogs. More importantly, users should keep a good habit in updating their antivirus software regularly so as to safeguard yourselves for such attack. You should follow ESET‘s and Norton Symantec‘s blogs to better understand of such attack.

Trend Micro Launches New $100 Million Venture Fund

Will accelerate growth in emerging technology ecosystems, like IoT, to inform and ignite corporate growth

 

SINGAPORE, JUNE 27, 2017 Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the launch of a corporate venture fund to explore emerging technology markets. With an initial investment of $100 million, this venture fund will allow Trend Micro to nurture a portfolio of startups that are incubating ideas and living at the epicenter of hyper growth markets, such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

According to Gartner estimates, 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.1

Eva Chen, founder and chief executive officer for Trend Micro noted, “Trend Micro’s vision has always been to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. The explosion of devices is transforming how the world works, thinks and acts. It is clear that the ecosystem is still evolving and there is work to do to ensure organizations and individuals can operate and live safely in this new reality.”

 

Trend Micro’s venture will offer companies financial backing, access to its world-class global threat intelligence, strategic alliances, as well as its channel of more than 28,000 partners.

 

In return, working with these investments will uncover insights into emerging ecosystem opportunities, disruptive business models, market gaps and skillset shortages. These learnings will influence Trend Micro’s cybersecurity solution planning across the company.

 

“We have a 29-year history of successfully anticipating technology trends to secure all types of environments,” said Chen. “The first mega wave we caught was the growth of the PC marketplace; we committed early on to endpoint protection and remain a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms today2. The second mega wave was all about the cloud; we made a bet early on to securing the cloud and so far we have secured over two billion workload hours on Amazon Web Services (AWS) alone. Now, we believe the next wave has arrived with IoT; our fund will help us harness this opportunity.”

 

With a strong financial position and 72 quarters of consecutive profitability, Trend Micro is well positioned to invest funds to do research and make advancements consistent with its corporate strategy. The formation of this venture arm allows additional freedom to dive into new areas without disrupting core business resources.

 

 

  1. Gartner, the Six Forces That Will Shape Business and Technology in 2030, Stephen Prentice, 01 February 2016
  2. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Eric Ouellet, Ian McShane, Avivah Litan, 30 January 2017

Turkey Trip – Review of Alldaywifi’s Mobile Internet

For those who know me, I have been traveling to many places ever since I stepped out from university and mostly, I planned my own trips. Planning your own itinerary is tedious – a lot of reading on the travel forum and chatting with your contacts who have been there.

As a rule of thumb, you always must plan for contingency. For me, having mobile internet access is a must because when things do not go according to plan, I can always ask the oracle over the internet a.k.a Google.

It is not hard to buy a Travel 4G card in Singapore and the price is quite reasonable. Usually, I will recommend people to buy the 4G card beforehand so that you could save the hassle of getting one abroad.

However, you can’t get all the 4G cards in this small country and that’s the challenge I faced when I was planning for my trip to Turkey – I can’t find any compatible 4G Sim card in Singapore! On top of that, Google does not seem to be helpful where there isn’t much discussion in the forum on the 4G card in Turkey (maybe the information is there but in Turkish).

 

Why did I choose alldaywifi?

alldaywifi’s pocket WIFI. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Unlimited data usage: If you run a check on the internet, the prices of the pre-paid sim cards offered by the 3 main telcos in Turkey are about the same and they don’t offer unlimited usage. alldaywifi’s unlimited mobile data usage saves the hassle of topping up.

 

Sharing Via Mobile Hotspot: alldaywifi provides user with a mobile router which makes it easy to share internet access with your travel companions. If you are traveling with a sizeable number of people, this is in fact a cheaper option than buying a pre-paid sim card. Since you are not using the 4G services on your phone, you could save more battery life on your phone to take more pictures and videos of your trips.

 

Free Delivery to hotel: Once you have placed your order, you can choose to collect the device at any hotel in Istanbul. What’s better, the delivery is free-of-charge.

 

User’s Experience

The package consists of a charger, USB cable, instructions and of course the mobile router. They are all packed in a small bag. The instructions are all written on a pile of plastic cards. Each card contains one instruction and it is very easy to follow.

 

Setting up does not take more than a minute. Seconds after, your Wi-Fi is ready for connection.

 

At the end of your trip, all you need to do is to keep the entire package in a plastic bag provided and leave it with the hotel receptionist upon checking out.

The beautiful #bluemosque at #istanbul, #Turkey #travelphotography #alreadytherewithexpedia #travelgram #travelwithdfs

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 Internet Speed and battery life

Alldaywifi is using Vodafone, one of the 3 main telcos in Turkey. Coverage-wise is generally up-to-mark and we didn’t have any issue with instagramming and broadcasting via Facebook Live outside of Istanbul.

Check up the Facebook Live video I took on a hot air balloon ride at Cappadocia.

 

 

Altogether, there were only 2 of us (poisonvine.com and myself) using the alldaywifi’s router. As such, the battery usage of the mobile router was not high. Furthermore, we switched it off while we were on the roads and only turned it on at the site. It lasted us a good whole day.

 

If you are a mobile phone addict who needs to be online all the time, you can connect the router to your power bank (I am very sure all mobile phone addicts carry one). The alldaywifi’s router has micro-USB port which most of the smartphones have; so there shouldn’t be any problem with charging.

 

Verdicts

If you are going to travel in small groups to Turkey, alldaywifi is definitely value-for-money when you are calculating your cost of mobile data usage on the per-pax basis.

 

It is very convenient. You could do all the registration online before you go for the trip so that you don’t need to spend time to hunt for 4G cards at arrival.

 

If you are intending to use alldaywifi for your trip to Turkey, you could use my promocode “THENEODIMENSION” at alldaywifi.com to receive 10% discount.

Top 5 Questions that budding Fintech entrepreneur should ask before embarking on the venture

In the broad sense, the old financial industry needs change and technology is definitely the answer to that. “Fintech” – a popular word that frequently appears in the newspaper. For those who are still working in the banking sector, it is never a surprise to hear some of your peers left the banking sector to start a fintech company.

This sector, not just attract the banking professionals, you might also hear a lot of talented fresh graudates run a fintech startup. Given so much interests in market, should you just jump on the bangwagon?

Steve Totman, Financial Services Industry Lead, Cloudera

This post,  we interview Steve Totman, Big Data Evangelist and Financial Services Industry Lead, Cloudera. He will share some tips on the financial sector and how technology could aid financial insituitions.

 

  1. How did you land yourself a “Fintech” job in Cloudera?

I came from a financial services and deep data management background. I was really interested in how disruptive Hadoop was in every industry and was also a huge fan of Doug Cutting (Co-founder of Hadoop and Cloudera’s Chief Architect), Mike Olsen (Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera), Amr Awadallah (Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cloudera), Tom Reilly (Chief Executive Officer of Cloudera), and most importantly, the Clouderian culture. It was a combination of background and interest, combined with persistence and a little luck – I was sure that the Open Source Apache Hadoop project was going to change the data world and I wanted to be a part of it.

  1. Do you have to be a banker to develop solutions for banks?

No, you don’t. At Cloudera, we believe that data can make what is impossible today, possible tomorrow, across all industries, and what seems like magic can happen when you bring in data scientists and engineers who can use Open Source based Big Data Technology like Hadoop.

Do you need to understand the business use case and requirements to create a solution? Absolutely, but the key is to combine people, process, and technology. For example, three years ago, one of our data scientists was asked by a large bank to try and write a VAR function (Value at Risk) using Spark running on a Cloudera cluster. As a Mathematics major, he didn’t know much about VAR in financial services but the bank’s subject-matter experts explained the concepts and he made a first attempt. After he was done, his attempt actually made it run ten times faster than their existing code and it was running on 100% of their data rather than the subset they had been forced to use, so they were jumping for joy.

 

  1. What is your definition of “A-team”? And where do you find them? 

An ‘A-team’ today translates to a data-first culture. Organizations often think they can find and hire such a team, but the truth is, you have to build the culture internally first, starting from the top. Business leaders and executives must see data as an asset and empower their employees.

One of my favorite quotes is from James Governor at Redmonk – Data Ages Like Wine, Apps Age Like Fish – data is your greatest asset but just like fine wine, it must be cared for, stored, and shared to be truly appreciated. Businesses must develop a team with the right set of skills and evolve business processes and decisions to be data-driven.

Most people have the idea that data scientists are a mythical unicorn, but the best data scientists are not just a single person, they are a tightly integrated team of people who know and understand data science concepts, the data, and the business problem. The most important skill that you can’t train up for is curiosity.

  1. How do you pitch to a bank’s CTO?

The first thing I do is to start a conversation and align on the objectives that make the most sense for the overall business and their customers – understanding what drives their business goals and objectives is key. Within the financial services sector, the common themes are Customer Journey, Financial Crime, Risk, and Product and Service Efficiency. Another topic that CTOs often discuss is digital disruption. Business leaders have realized that customers no longer want to walk into a bank or go on their website to get more information; they want a multi-channel experience. But the problem is, how do banks monitor that experience and understand the customer journey of how people move through different channels and systems?

In today’s consumer-centric world, most financial institutions are now shifting their focus to provide the ultimate customer experience, all with data-driven insights. This is where the technology comes in. One of our customers in the banking sector mentioned that he would like to take customer experience back to the 70’s. In the 70’s, you walk into a local bank they know you, your family, your business, and why you need a loan – today, if you are operating with thousands or even millions of customers, how do you create the same experience? The answer is data.

Many CIOs and CTOs that I meet also seem to be facing one problem – the high costs of managing a data warehouse or data archival. Because of the costs, businesses have had to make compromises about what data is stored and analyzed. Hadoop enables organizations to save tremendously on costs, while providing the flexibility to access data at any point in time.

CTOs from different industries have different problems, but the key is to understand what they really need and set realistic goals accordingly.

  1. Do you see regulators as an obstacle in the industry?

Quite the opposite. In many countries, especially in APAC, regulators are working directly with the companies to jointly come up with a solution and are even using Cloudera’s platform themselves. Our solutions help them to aggregate data from all the companies they monitor and provide a systemic view across organizations. We are even starting to see the regulators themselves contribute to Open Source projects and running datathons or hackathons. There are definitely some exceptions but the general feeling is that regulators today are thinking about the right issues especially around data privacy

 

Singapore Road Safety Month 2017 – Stand a Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy S8

Inline with the Singapore Road Safety Month,  Samsung Singapore is having a booth at Nex Shopping Center promoting their latest VR content – Eyes on the Road that aims to educate the public on the importance of staying focused while on the roads.

Encouraging Safe Driving among Road Users

Although the number of fatal accidents has decreased by 5.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, the number of injury accidents has seen a rise of 2.7 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. To help reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by distractions from mobile devices, Samsung’s Eyes on the Road VR content features different dangerous scenarios to discourage the use of mobile devices while on the road. For example, a scenario plays out whereby the user, experiencing the point of view of a driver, almost gets into an accident at a pedestrian crossing due to distractions from his mobile device.

Instagram user @weewu was trying out the Eyes On the Road with Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Giveaway Instagram Contest

In addition, Samsung will be holding two Samsung Eyes on the Road #EOTR contests on Instagram whereby participants can stand a chance to win a #GalaxyS8 and a Gear VR (with controller).

What you need to do?

1. Head down to the Samsung’s Eyes on the Road booth at Nex Shopping Center between 24 and 28 May 2017 OR the Eyes on the Road experience corner at Samsung Experience Store at Vivo City between 30 May and 2 Jul 2017.

2. Take a photo of themselves against Samsung’s Eyes on the Road backdrop

3. Upload the photo to their own Instagram page and tag @samsung_sg and include the #EOTR hashtag within the captions.

The PC Show 2017: Bringing People #Techgether for 27 Years

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1, Halls A – C 

1-4 June 2017, 12pm – 9pm daily

25 May 2017, Singapore – Singapore’s longest running annual consumer technology and electronics fair, The PC Show, returns with the theme #Techgether from 1 – 4 June 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

In its 27th edition, this year’s theme highlights the show as the go-to event for families and friends to discover the latest consumer technology products and best deals in town. Boasting a wide range of familiar brands including Dell, Creative, Fujifilm, HP, Samsung, Courts, Lenovo, Best Denki, and homegrown PC company, Dreamcore, amongst others, The PC Show 2017 is committed to bringing quality, convenience and value for all in one stop.

Gillian Loh, Project Manager of show organiser, Lines Exposition and Management Services, said: “The PC Show has grown over the years to provide the latest electronic gadgets and new innovations for our visitors. Recognising that technology has become so involved in our everyday lives, we want our show to be more than a showcase of products, but as a place where people can also bond over shared experiences.

“For our 27th year, we are excited to introduce our theme #Techgether this year with the aim of bringing people together to enjoy and experience new technology products.”

The Amazing Tech Hunt, running from 1 – 4 June, will add to the PC Show this year as a supplementary shopping experience for visitors. The tech hunt will involve a set of clues that will lead participants to the latest products and bargains. To participate, visitors simply have to collect their yellow game card from the lucky draw booth located outside Hall B. All visitors are invited to join in the fun and stand a chance to win a 1-night staycation at the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Special zones at the show this year include:

GG Gaming Zone: Enjoy exciting on-stage activities such as League of Legends, Overwatch Tournaments and live unboxing sessions. Customise your own gaming rig from scratch, take part in gaming challenges, or check out limited edition artworks by local artists and cosplayers available for sale. Whether you are an avid gamer or just a casual participant, check out the latest gaming systems and gears and deals exclusive to The PC Show.

Know Your Tech: Exhibitors like Creative, Fujifilm, Samsung Mobile, Lenovo and Dell will be showcasing their latest technology and products to educate visitors on what’s hot and new. A strictly no-sales zone.