Press Release: Epson Launched Printers For Creative Professionals

Epson SureColorTM P407. Photo Credit to Epson Singapore

Epson announces the launch of the Epson SureColour™ P407, which combines next generation pigment inks with the industry-proven MicroPiezo printhead to deliver unprecedented print quality and creative photographic output.

Designed for photography enthusiasts, advanced amateur photographers and creative hobbyists, the A3+ Epson SureColour™ P407 pro-printer delivers professional-quality prints with smooth colour transitions and gradations.

The SureColour P407 retails at S$899, and is available at major IT resellers.

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Press Release: Honestbee announces Successful Applicants of #WorldsCoolestJob

Left to right: Andy Lau from Hong Kong, Danielle Lin from Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 December 2015 – honestbee, the fastest growing on-demand grocery concierge and delivery service company, today announces the successful applicants of the “World’s Coolest Job” campaign. Andy Lau from Hong Kong and Danielle Lin from Singapore, both 24, have emerged victorious, winning the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in Niseko, Japan, after having gone through grueling rounds of selection process.

“We are really excited to have picked our successful applicants who will soon be on their way to Niseko,” said Joel Sng, CEO, honestbee. “There, they will represent our brand at the forefront, to deliver on our commitment of a personalised and high-quality service to our customers as trained shopper and delivery bees. Of course, we will ensure that they have a time of their lives.”

From 4 to 31 January 2016, Andy and Danielle will be stationed in Japan’s mythical snow paradise, Niseko. They can expect to enjoy one of the best job perks available such as trying out the world-renowned onsens, as well as skiing and snowboarding down the powdery slopes of Niseko. On top of that, they will be paid an attractive salary of US$10,000 plus expenses, training, living cost, transport and exclusive activities.

honestbee’s “World’s Coolest Job” campaign ran from 23 November to 18 December 2015, where potential candidates were invited to submit their applications via Instagram, highlighting why they will be great for the job. The top 10 submissions were shortlisted for an interview with a panel of judges comprising honestbee executives.

Andy and Danielle will be sharing their exciting experiences in Niseko via the honestbee social media channels. You can follow them on Facebook ( and Instagram (@honestbeejp).

Winners Profile

Andy Lau

“Winning the #WorldsCoolestJob makes me feel that I am in control of my life; that I am doing something that is, finally, solely the result of what I wanted for myself. I can finally call what I’m doing my own. This is something special that I’m doing, and I ‘made it’ myself. I want it to be a testament to people who are afraid to go after their dreams; that if they had believed and acted, albeit with uncertainty, they could own something truly theirs too. Otherwise, it will always remain being a dream.”

Danielle Lim

“Winning this means the world to me and this would be such a hallmark moment for my life. I’m ending my one year journey of freelancing and will soon be entering corporate world, so this would be a fantastic BANG to end this chapter of my life. But most importantly, being part of this amazing campaign to show the heart of the company would be the highlight of my life thus far, as nothing I’ve experienced will come close to this.”



MTV announced the launch of its new mobile service, MTV Trax in Malaysia.

MTV Trax is the most up-to-date, easy-to-use and instantly accessible mobile music service available anywhere today, offering music fans – with too much choice and too little time – a one-touch access via their smartphones to the hottest, hand-picked music from their favourite artists. Available to smartphone users in Malaysia, music playlists on MTV Trax reflect many of MTV’s music programme playlists on the channel.

“In this age of easy access to music and audience’s shorter attention spans, fans place a high value on curated content from credible, trusted music experts. Delivering high quality products and experiences is key to winning over our audience as we continue to engage them,” said Paras Sharma, Vice President of MTV & Digital Media, Viacom International Media Networks Asia. “The expertise of MTV coupled with MusicQubed’s easy-to-use technology makes MTV Trax the perfect option for fans and Digi customers in Malaysia. Imagine a selection of 100 new tracks each week, delivered directly to users’ smartphones…We’re putting music that matters in their pockets.”

Powered by the MusicQubed platform, MTV Trax is refreshed overnight while users sleep, so they simply wake up to new music. Music fans can enjoy unlimited play, listen offline from any location, ‘heart’ favourite tracks to create their own playlists and share what they are listening to on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. “MusicQubed delivers premium music playlists to people who want to listen to popular music whenever and wherever they choose. Flexibility is key and so a convenient and simple mobile service, packed with the music you love, holds mass appeal,” said Chris Gorman OBE, Chief Executive, MusicQubed.

Anyone with an account at Digi Shelf, or Apple, Windows App or Google Play stores can download the MTV Trax app free-of-charge by searching for ‘MTV Trax or by App users then sign up via Facebook or Gmail to enjoy a two-week free trial, where they will have full access to the playlists.

After the free trial, users may continue the full service by taking up the ‘Premium’ monthly subscription of US$2.99 (iOS)/ US$1.70 (Android/Windows) or access 60 tracks per month on shuffle play for free on ‘Lite’ mode. Additionally, Digi subscribers who have activated Digi Music Freedom can download the app’s content at no internet charge.

Ruckus Wireless Recognized For Its Product Innovation, Channel Infrastructure & Flexible Deployment Options

SINGAPORE – December 28, 2015According to IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN 2015-2016 Vendor Assessment, doc #US40653915, December 2015, Ruckus is regarded as a “widely applicable enterprise solution” with a footprint across verticals including hospitality, education, retail, Smart City and carrier. The IDC MarketScape credits Ruckus for “best-in-class RF innovation” and cited “portfolio enhancements to expand both upmarket and downmarket,” including:

  • Ruckus Unleashed™ and Xclaim™ access points for small business;
  • The industry’s first to ship Wave 2 802.11ac access point (ZoneFlex™ R710 access point);
  • The massively scalable Ruckus SmartZone™ management platform;
  • Cloudpath™ software for security, policy and onboarding;
  • One of the industry’s largest implementations of HotSpot 2.0 certification to support automatic Wi-Fi roaming;
  • SPoT™ location-based services;
  • SmartCell™ Insight wireless analytics for network and business intelligence; and
  • Partnerships with Brocade and Juniper for best-in-class wired-wireless solution.

“The enterprise WLAN market continues to see consistent growth and compelling innovation,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure at IDC. “These overarching trends overlap with unprecedented developments in wireless speeds, RF innovation, policy, security and wired and wireless interoperability, as well as a greater level of choice and flexibility. Organizations of all sizes, across segments and verticals, are increasingly shifting wired network workloads onto wireless as well as leveraging mobility to improve customer engagement and bring new applications and services to market. Ruckus has emerged as a compelling option to deliver wired and wireless solutions through its partnerships with Brocade & Juniper.”

“We’re thrilled that the IDC MarketScape has recognized Ruckus as a leader in the enterprise Wi-Fi market,” said Kash Shaikh, vice president of marketing and business development at Ruckus. “Our mission is to deliver a simply better wireless experience with solutions that deliver flexibility and avoid vendor lock-in, and the IDC MarketScape’s recognition validates the hard work of our product, sales and customer service teams – and, of course, of our incredible network of 11,000-plus partners around the world.”

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Press Release: Samsung launches CenterStage showcase in Singapore

CenterStage showcase debuts at Harvey Norman Millenia Walk Flagship Superstore to offer unique experiential shopping experience for consumers

Singapore – December 2015 – Samsung Electronics Singapore has launched its first CenterStage showcase to feature Samsung’s entire range of digital appliances in a compelling and immersive environment.

Credit Samsung Singapore
Credit Samsung Singapore

Located at the Samsung Open House at the brand new Harvey Norman Millenia Walk Flagship Superstore, CenterStage provides a revolutionary new digital experience. Consumers can experience the actual physical size representation of appliances in ultra-realism on the 85″ Samsung UHD display.

85” Samsung UHD display, Credit Samsung Singapore

“Samsung is always exploring innovative ways for consumers to experience our exciting range of products. CenterStage provides an excellent platform for us to showcase our full range of digital appliances in their actual sizes while leaving room for us to optimize our retail space. Consumers can even use CenterStage to see for themselves the appliances in all available colours and how these can complement different kitchen and laundry room settings,” said Ms. Poh Hwee Hian, Director and Head of Digital Appliances, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

CenterStage offers an interactive shopping experience for consumers to check out the exterior, interior and alternative views of Samsung digital appliances from refrigerators and washing machines to smart ovens. Users can even zoom in to any part of the selected product for an up close view of the material construct and colour composition.

The immersive CenterStage shopping experience is created by marrying Samsung’s 85″ UHD display with eight 46″ LFD displays. For a more pleasant and informative purchase journey, consumers can refer to the wealth of product information at CenterStage, available in multimedia formats like infographics and videos.

Launched in countries including the US, China and Thailand, Samsung launched its first CenterStage in Singapore to coincide with the official launch of the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk Flagship Superstore.

Press Release: Vaniday Announces Its Launch in Singapore

Singapore, December 2015 – Vaniday, the new way to discover and book beauty and wellness services, announces the launch of its first Southeast Asian market today. The company has recently raised €15 million in its first financing round to further pursue its expansion.

The Vaniday app and its website allow the customers to navigate through a wide variety of salons and book a treatment directly off the salon’s calendar. Vaniday launches with over 500 salons already live, some of the most prominent ones are Kim Robinson, Action Hair or The Comb.

“We wanted to create an experience that allows customers to book services based on their individual needs and have treatments booked in a matter of clicks,” says Global Founder and CEO, Maxime Legardez. Singapore is very engaged in mobile technology and with 85% of users, reports the highest smartphone penetration in the world. “As there is virtually an app for every single need and desire of the customer, we aim to fulfill the customer’s needs in the beauty and wellness market. Our goal is to create the best possible experience for our customers”.

Vaniday allows​ customers to easily find the closest salons in their area, offering the service they are looking for. The beauty marketplace provides detailed salon descriptions and images as well as insights to the services offered. Reviews allow for transparent and unbiased feedback from previous clients, facilitating the decision process even further.

“Through our fully integrated booking system, salons can offer direct online bookings, automatic appointment reminders and also use our integrated CRM tools to keep customers engaged. This has been requested by salons for a very long time and we are extremely glad to bring everything together at no cost for the salon.” says Co-founder & Managing Director Singapore, Robinson Blanckaert.

Vaniday is​ b​acked by Rocket Internet, the leading internet platform outside the US and China, which has already built other successful companies in the Southeast Asian market such as Lazada and Foodpanda.

launched​ its first market in Brazil in March 2015 and since then has expanded into Italy, the UAE, Australia and Russia. The dynamic roll out plan in various markets is set to shake up the international booking platform for consumers and increase salons’ profitability, on a global scale.

Press Release – ESET introduces Banking and Payment Protection for Asia Pacific consumers

Singapore, December 2015 – ESET announced the release of its ESET Smart Security 9
and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9.

ESET Smart Security 9 introduces Banking & Payment Protection
solution, designed to automatically detect when users are performing financial transactions, providing automatic protection, so users are safeguarded against malicious activity online. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9
offers customers an enhanced browsing experience with its detection and protection capabilities provided by Antispyware, Anti-Phishing and Exploit Blocker.

Designed to enhance user experience, the new security solutions also boast a completely re-engineered user interface and tools to protect critical data while online. The V9 technology has been based on ESET’s award-winning security solution NOD32, which is known for its interactive detection engine that protects against malware that seek to evade detections, also blocking targeted attacks and exploits.

“Asia-Pacific has the largest number of internet users in the world”, says Parvinder Walia, Sales and Marketing Director for ESET, Asia Pacific. “Similarly, mobile and smartphone usage across the region continues to outpace the rest of the world, so it’s no surprise that the convenience of online and mobile banking continues to grow in popularity. The new Banking and Payment Protection feature in ESET Smart

Security 9 will ensure our customers can enjoy seamless, secure banking and financial services on-the-go.”

ESET Smart Security 9 multi-layered security also includes proven technologies such as Botnet Protection, Exploit Blocker and Vulnerability Shield. Botnet Protection protects the user’s computer from being taken over by a remote attacker and used as part of a network of infected computers for malicious purposes. Exploit Blocker is designed to fortify applications on the user’s system that are often exploited, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email clients or MS Office components, while Vulnerability Shield improves detection of known vulnerabilities on the network level.

Based on usability testing and customer research, ESET has also redesigned the graphical user interface to better fit the needs of its customers, including giving them the option of automatically updating to the latest protection features as soon as they become available.

Casio Singapore Awarded Green Label Certification For Its Lamp-free Light XJ Series Projectors And Launched XJ-V2

On 11 December 2015, Casio Singapore celebrates an industry-first Green Label Certification by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) for its ‘Slim’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Core’ series of lamp-free Laser and LED Hybrid light source projectors. The Green Label Certification reinforces Casio’s position as an industry leader for its series of affordable lamp-free Laser projectors that optimizes performance without compromising on environmental sustainability.

Casio lamp-free projector models that have attained Green Label Certification include:

  • ‘Core’ Series – XJ-V1
  • ‘Slim’ Series – XJ-A257/ XJ-A252/ XJ-A247/ XJ-A242/ XJ-A142 / XJ-A147
  • ‘Standard’ Series – XJ-M151 / XJ-M156 / XJ-M251 / XJ-M256
(Left) Mr Desmond Gay, Product Marketing Specialist (Regional) Projector, Casio Singapore, (Right) Mr Watanabe Shunichi, Managing Director Casio Singapore

Casio Singapore also took the opportunity to showcase their latest lamp-free projector XJ-V2. One great improvement from its predecessor – XJ-V1, the XJ-V2 achieves a higher 3000 lumen brightness. Mr Desmond Gay, Product Marketing Specialist (Regional), Projector Casio Singapore, explained that Casio is constantly looking for ways to improve the product that serves the needs of the customers. The 3000 lumen brightness is a benchmark that is generally accepted in a bigger room environment such as school. However, Mr Gay also emphasized that XJ-V1 is a very good product that caters to different markets such as small offices or home users who don’t need that kind of brightness.


Compared to conventional mercury lamp projectors, using the XJ-V2 results in lower energy consumption and maintenance costs. The Laser and LED Hybrid light source helps to prolong the projector’s usability and lifespan of up to 20,000 hours while reducing overall energy consumption by half, enabling educational institutions and businesses to save cost and reduce carbon footprint. By going lamp-free, there is no need to worry about routine maintenance brought about by wear and tear, contributing to a lower TCO and greater long-term cost savings.

Casio’s lamp-free projector is seeking to change the way how projector makers run their business. There is a lifespan for the lamp in the projectors and once exhausted, users need to get it replaced and there gives companies repeated customers. When asked how this has impacted the business, Mr Watanabe Shunichi, Managing Director Casio Singapore commented, “Business is not about chasing money”. He further elaborated about Casio’s stand in delivering products that address customers’ needs. Making good and durable products do not mean losing repeated businesses. He cited example of Casio’s solar-powered calculator that is designed to last 20 years and explained further,” if we can keep people happy (with Casio products), our business will grow”.

Price and Availability

The latest XJ-V2 projector is available at all Casio Authorised Retailers at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD899 from the last week of December 2015.

XJ-V2 Main Specifications


Light Source

Laser & LED hybrid light source
Estimated Life of Light Source Up to 20,000 hours (warranty 6,000hours)
Brightness 3000 lumens
Contrast Ratio 20000:1
Keystone Correction ±30 (manual)
Projection Lens 1.1X manual zoom, manual focus, F2.4 to 2.54 / f17.16 to 18.98
Projection Screen Size 30 to 300-inch
Projection Ratio 1.54 to 1.71:1
Lens Offset 72%
Projection Distance 60-inch Screen 1.79m to 1.99m
100-inch Screen 3.07m to 3.41m
Minimum Distance 0.83m
Projection System DLP® chip × 1, DLP® system
Display Element Chip Size XGA 0.55-inch DLP® chip
Number of Pixels 786,432 pixels (1,024 × 768)
Color Reproduction Full color (up to 1.07 billion colors)


Horizontal 15 to 91 kHz
Vertical 50 to 85 Hz
RGB Display Resolution Real XGA (1,024 × 768)
Maximum UXGA (1,600 × 1,200) resizing
Computer Input Terminal RGB 15-pin mini D-Sub × 1
Component Display Resolution Up to HDTV (1080P) resizing
YCbCr/YPbPr Input Terminal Shared with RGB input terminal
Digital Display Resolution Up to HDTV (1080P) resizing
HDMI Input Terminal HDMI Type A × 1 (HDCP support, audio signal support)
Audio Audio Input Terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini jack × 1
Audio Output Terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini jack × 1 (variable audio output)
Control Terminal RS-232C (D-Sub 9 pin) × 1
Service Terminal Micro-USB Type B× 1 (for firmware updates by the user)
Direct Power-ON / Direct Power-OFF Yes
Digital Zoom Yes (2X)
Security Compatibility Kensington-compatible, power-on password
Power Source AC 100V to 240V, 50/60Hz
Eco Mode Manual 1 to 5


Eco Mode Manual 1 130W
Manual 5 75W
Eco Off Mode Bright 165W
Normal 140W
Standby Power 100 to 120V 0.12W
200 to 220V 0.23W
Dimensions (including Projections) 269.5 (W) × 269.5 (D) × 88.5 (H) mm
Weight 2.9kg
Main Accessories Wireless remote control, test batteries(AAA-size),

AC power cord, warranty card


Note: The above table is given only for reference. Please go to Casio’s website or respective distributors for a more updated information.

Lazada’s Online Revolution campaign recorded US$40 million of GMV

Singapore, 14 December 2015: Lazada‘s Online Revolution campaign proved itself as Southeast Asia’s busiest online shopping event of the year with record performance from 10th to 12th of December, the final three days of the month-long sale.

“We thank our buyers and sellers for their trust and enthusiastic response to our Online Revolution campaign. The campaign has become the biggest retail event of the year in Southeast Asia since its initial launch on 12 December 2012 as more consumers embrace online shopping. We will continue to enhance the customer experience and bring the best of online shopping through unbeatable assortment, great value and convenience,” said Maximilian Bittner, CEO, Lazada Group.

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Sony Electronics Introduces New 4K Home Theatre Projector, the VPL-VW5000ES

ASIA PACIFIC, 8 December 2015Sony Electronics today announced the introduction of the VPLW5000ES, a 5,000 lumens 4K SXRDTM laser light source projector. Sony’s new reference-quality unit is designed specifically for home cinema use that features 4K resolution powered by a laser light engine that provides 5,000 lumens of brightness, is compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR), emulates the new BT.2020 color gamut, and covers the full DCI colour space.

The below video shows the features and benefits of VPL-VW5000ES

The VPL-VW5000ES is available for pre-order now and will be available in first quarter of 2016.

The full press release:

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