Launch of The @UBS Future of Finance Challenge #UBSinnovate

28 August 2015 – UBS yesterday launched The UBS Future of Finance Challenge in Singapore, a competition for technological ideas and solutions ideas that can improve the banking industry. Through this competition, UBS hopes to cultivate potentially disruptive technological ideas and solutions from entrepreneurs and technology start-ups to support a more open and collaborative financial services industry. Global launch events were also held across New York, London and Zurich.

 

As the financial industry faces disruption and rapid technology change, UBS seeks to further progress by searching for solutions to four challenges for banks going forward: delivering the ultimate client experience, offering superior products, building an efficient operating model and ensuring security in banking.

 

Held at Plug-In@Blk71, about 90 incubators, start-ups, tech-related organisations attended this briefing session to understand objectives and process of the competition. Our panel of experts talked about how UBS innovates and how we will apply our expertise to help the winning entrants refine their ideas and bring them towards fruition.

 

Rewards for the regional and global finalists include cash prizes and acceleration opportunities worth over USD $300,000 and over 300 hours of dedicated coaching and mentoring from UBS experts and partners.

Organiser from UBS at the Launch. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Entries should be submitted at www.ubs.com/innovate. The deadline for submissions is September 23, 2015.

 

  • Participants will be divided into 4 regions: Asia-Pacific (including Japan and Australia), EMEA (Africa & Western Europe), EMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Russia) and Americas.

 

  • A maximum of 15 participants per region will be shortlisted to attend Immersion Workshops in either Singapore (November 2 & 3), London (November 5 & 6), New York (November 9 & 10) or Zurich (November 12 & 13).

 

  • Three regional winners from each region will be selected to do a Final Pitch at the Global Final to be held in Zurich on December 10, 2015.

 

  • All participants must attend the Immersion Workshops / Global Final in person.

 

 

Twitter Increases Advertiser Reach on and off Twitter with Twitter Audience Platform

Singapore, 21 AUG 2015 – Last year, Twitter launched the Twitter Publisher Network to help advertisers connect with audiences beyond the platform in thousands of mobile apps while using Twitter’s powerful measurement, targeting, and creative tools. Since then, Twitter has continued to test it with customers, listened to their feedback, and gained valuable insights. They are now excited to announce significant expansions to the TPN, including a new name to better reflect the evolution of the product: Twitter Audience Platform – a simple and effective way for advertisers to reach over 700 million people on and off of Twitter.

Firstly, Twitter is expanding beyond mobile app installs and re-engagements, by offering advertisers the ability to drive two additional objectives with the Twitter Audience Platform: Tweet engagements and video views. Both are now available for the first time in beta to all managed clients globally. Secondly, Twitter is launching new creative formats to help advertisers better engage with their in-app audience. See below.

Examples of brands engaging their audience using Twitter. 

The Twitter Audience Platform extended Samsung UK’s Promoted Videos by turning them into in-app video ads
@JBLaudio used the Twitter Audience Platform to reach its target audience in apps.

To read the full press releases, visit here

Epson Unveils First-Ever Value-Priced Projectors That Deliver Beyond Full HD Resolution and High-Definition Performance for Businesses

Epson is redefining the market for business projectors with its first value-priced WUXGA projectors that deliver superb high-resolution images beyond Full HD video and other graphics-intensive content.

 

EB-S31

EB-X31

EB-W31

EB-X36

EB-U04

Resolution

SVGA

XGA

WXGA

XGA

WXGA

White Light Output

3,200lm

3,200lm

3,200lm

3,600lm

3,000lm

Colour Light Output

3,200lm

3,200lm

3,200lm

3,600lm

3,000lm

Price

$699.00

$899.00

$1,099.00

$1,099.00

$1,299.00

Warranty

3 Years warranty for Main unit
1000hours or 1 year for lamp unit whichever comes first

Contrast ratio

15,000:1

To view the press release, see link

@Twitter Removes 140-character Limit from Direct Messages

Singapore, 13 AUG 2015 – Twitter users will have no doubt noticed something missing from their Direct Messages today: the limitation of 140 characters. With the removal of character limitation, users can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.

 

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages allows users to have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for users to spark a conversation about what’s happening in the world.

 

This is why Twitter has made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months, such as enabling an option to receive Direct Messages from anyone, and group Direct Messages. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

 

However, this change won’t impact on the public side of Twitter. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji.

 

Twitter will begin rolling out this change to Direct Messages today across both Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, and will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming weeks.

 

Users who cannot wait to try out longer Direct Messages should ensure that they have the latest versions of the apps to get the update immediately. Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited.

Man Gets Prosthetic Hand Made With Cheap Hardware Store Parts for Less Than $100

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk Howard using his “hand” to hold the bottle.

Howard is a 57 yr old construction worker and professional pipe fitter who lost his fingers in an electric saws.

His Engineering friend, Casey, used online models and a 3-D printer to build Howard a prosthesis hand

Now both of them are connected to RecFX Foundation,  which is now seeking donations to help create prostheses

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_G0MYdf9wY#sthash.bhUplvhe.dpuf

Virgin Mobile plans to roll out more mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in North and Sub-Saharan Africa

Virgin Mobile plans to roll out more mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in North and Sub-Saharan Africa as it looks to take advantage of the huge opportunities in providing such services.

Mikkel Vinter, chief executive officer (CEO) of Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa, told the MVNOs Industry Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg today the company was looking to tap further into a market set to boom, following its launch in South Africa in 2006.

Vinter said Deloitte figures showed there are 1,200 MVNOs active globally, 800 of which are in Europe and less than 10 in Africa, which offers a huge opportunity to companies such as Virgin.

“The MVNO is still in its infancy in other markets. So it is still very early days. But let’s not cry over that, it is an opportunity,” he said.

“The potential for Africa is at least 500 MVNOs over the next 10 years. What a fantastic opportunity. I don’t think there is any other market out there that has the same opportunity.”

He said the African market was attractive from a demographic perspective, as well as the fact Africa is still seeing growth in mobile penetration, which has become stagnant or even declined in Europe.

“We’ve seen how the mobile businesses have literally driven revolution in Egypt for example, and there is no doubt that in Africa the mobile space is very high on the list of technologies changing the continent,” Vinter said.

Vinter said, however, that MVNOs needed to demonstrate they could add value for operators.

“You need to prove as an MVNO that you are really bringing something to the party that the operator is not able to do,” he said. “We see the two most important opportunities being in the youth and ethnic spaces.”

Virgin has launched FRiENDi Mobile in the Middle East and Asia in order to appeal to the ethnic segment, which comprises a great number of people living away from their country of birth, while Virgin Mobile is targeting the youth market.

Vinter did identify some challenges from operating in Africa, but said Virgin Mobile was not put off by them.

“The continent is very diverse. There are big countries, there are small countries, there are wealthy countries, there are poor countries. This means that your proposition must be very flexible,” he said.

“There is a heavy government involvement still in the telecoms sector. In many markets telecoms is a strategic industry and the government takes a lot of interest, from a revenue perspective but also from a security perspective.

“It is still early days in telecoms liberalisation.”

Source: humanipo.com http://bit.ly/1lmkZZR

IDA denies SingTel full regulatory relief

4 of 7 appeals over dominant licensee obligations rejected

By WINSTON CHAI

(SINGAPORE) After deliberating for 18 months, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is standing firm on its decision to deny Singapore Telecom full exemption from government regulations designed to keep the country’s largest operator in check.

The telecommunications regulator has officially turned down four of SingTel’s seven appeals to be freed from so-called ‘dominant licensee obligations’ relating to the provision of business telephony services.

Under Singapore’s Telecom Competition Code, SingTel is subject to these stringent operating rules in areas where it is deemed to have a commanding market presence. The conditions were put in place to ensure SingTel deals with other telecommunications licensees in a fair and non-discriminatory manner. For example, it requires SingTel to offer other service providers access to parts of its infrastructure under prices and conditions set by the government.

SingTel submitted two appeals for regulatory relief to IDA in October 2007. The first ‘customer segment request’ applied to corporate clients who spend more than $250,000 a year on telecom services, while the second ‘market-based request’ was for six business telephony services.

IDA reached a final decision this week after three rounds of public feedback and interviews with other industry players over the past 18 months.

‘SingTel’s request is far broader than its three previous exemption requests,’ IDA’s deputy director-general of telecom and post Andrew Haire said in a letter to SingTel on Tuesday.

‘If IDA were to grant SingTel’s request in its entirety, SingTel would be relieved from dominant licensee regulation for all telecommunication services it provides to government and business customers who spend at least $250,000 a year on telecommunication services.’

Full exemption in this customer segment would mean that SingTel would be unshackled from dominant licensee stipulations for most of the services it provides to businesses with a telecom budget below $250,000, he added.

Given these considerations, IDA decided to reject SingTel’s first customer-segment request. However, the regulator will grant SingTel regulatory relief for three of the six market segments contained in its second request.

According to Mr Haire, the backhaul and terrestrial international private leased circuits (IPLC) segments ‘are now effectively competitive’ and SingTel will be freed from its dominant licensee obligations in these markets. In addition, the regulator will continue to exempt SingTel in the international managed data services market.

These exemptions, however, will not be extended to the remaining three Singapore-centric business segments detailed by SingTel.

‘IDA has concluded that because effective competition has not yet taken root in the business local telephony service, LLC (local leased circuit) and local managed data service, IDA will not grant exemption in those markets,’ Mr Haire said.

The rulings are expected to kick in by June 16. When contacted, SingTel did not confirm whether it will appeal to IDA. ‘We are reviewing the decision. However, we welcome IDA’s decision to relieve us from dominant licensee obligations in respect to the terrestrial IPLC market and the backhaul market,’ a SingTel spokesman said.

Source: The Business Times

Launch of MSI X-SLIM X340

 

On 1 June, I was invited to the media launch of MSI X340 at Serenity Restaurant in Vivocity (thanks to Sally from CR MEDIA for the invitation).

MSI gained popularity in Singapore with its MSI U100 which was one of the more popular netbooks around. Now, MSI is launching with another exciting product that will grab the hearts of fashionistas who also look for functionality.

Welcome MSI X340, the latest addition to the X-SLIM series of notebooks. As the name suggests, the X340 is incredibly slim. It measures only 19.8 mm at its thickest point. The sleekness of X340 makes it a sure head-turner. And did I tell you it weighs merely 1.3 kg? (1.3kg includes the weight of the 4-cell battery that comes along with X340. You can also get an 8-cell battery if you want longer battery life.)

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For a notebook that weighs 1.3kg and is only 19.8mm thick, X340 does pack a punch. It runs on Intel® Core™2 Solo processor ULV SU3500 (1.4GHz), sports 2 USB ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 VGA port. All your regular connectivity options like Bluetooth and wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n are available. X340 is also great for watching videos with its 16:9 screen.

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In conclusion, this notebook is certainly a good option for those who want something slim and light enough to carry around without strain, something that looks sleek enough to make others look with envy, and something with more processing power than Atom-based devices. No doubt, fashion and function can exist together.

 

(blog post written by Poisonvine)

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