PlayStation®VR Makes Singapore Debut at GameStart Asia

 

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Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SCES) is proud to debut the PlayStation@VR – the virtual reality system for the PlayStation 4 gaming console – to members of the public in Singapore at GameStart Asia. This is also the first time that SCES is showcasing its PlayStation®VR at a public event in South-east Asia and the first time that the fans here can experience the next dimension of video gaming at a major public event here of this magnitude.

The GameStart Asia is happening at Suntec Convention Centre Hall 401 & 402 from 13-15 Nov 2015.

The launch date of Playstation@VR is not confirmed yet but according to Alphr, it is likely to happen in the first half of the 2016.

To read the full press release, please see below

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ASUS Launches #ZenWatch 2 at Zensation 2015 in Singapore

Singapore (29 October, 2015) — ASUS today unveiled a range of new Zen-inspired products at the Zensation 2015 press event, designed to bring harmony and simplicity to people’s personal and professional lives. At the Zensation press event, it showcased the five elements wood, metal, fire and water, which are inspired by the power and beauty of nature, displaying different products that show the combination of diverse natural elements to produce balanced creations which provide incredible experiences for all.

The Zensation press event today also unveiled the latest ASUS ZenWatch 2, announcing ASUS’ first entry into the wearables market in Singapore. The ZenWatch 2 is a stylish and personalised wearable device powered by Android Wear, crafted with attention to detail using high-quality materials, plus it features customisable watch faces as well as interchangeable straps to fit any mood.

ASUS ZenWatch 2

The ZenWatch 2 is ASUS’ latest entry in the Zen-inspired line of wearables. The elegantly designed ZenWatch 2 uses a stainless-steel casing and features a hand-polished finishing. To top off its timeless look, the digital crown is designed to look like its traditional dress watch counterpart.

The ZenWatch 2 is designed to be a truly personal device that wearers can customise even further to express their unique sense of style. Available in two sizes, Sparrow, the larger 1.63-inch gunmetal housing and navy blue leather strap, and Wren, the 1.43-inch silver housing and khaki leather strap
designed to fit perfectly on the slimmer wrists. With more than 50 instantly-changeable watch faces, and the new FaceDesigner smartphone app that allows wearers create watch faces with customised style and functionality, plus a variety of interchangeable straps to change straps to their personal preference.


Fine Watch Craftsmanship

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 features a durable stainless-steel case available in two sizes that cater to both female and male users. A metal crown button adorns the case, similar to traditional watch styling and providing a quick way to access apps and turn the screen on or off. The watch crystal is designed with a gentle curve for an elegant look and improved usability by providing a smooth surface for easy and responsive swiping gestures. It is made from tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for protection against scratches and damage.

Highly Personal and Customisable

 

The ZenWatch 2 is available with a wide range of straps in a variety of materials and colours for further personalisation. A tough yet supple rubber strap is available which makes it the perfect choice for athletes, users with active lifestyles, or those who prefer a more casual look. In addition, a soft, premium leather strap is available, providing an elegant look that fits any user scenario.

Complementing its physical design, the ZenWatch 2 comes with over 50 instantly-changeable, professionally-designed software watch faces. The wide variety of available designs allows wearers to customise their watch to fit any style, activity, or mood, such as a traditional watch face for work or a night out, a sports watch face for exercise, or a more casual design for leisure time. With the new FaceDesigner smartphone app, wearers can even create their own watch faces with the look and functionality they desire for a truly personal and unique ZenWatch 2 experience.

Smart Assistant App

Powered by the latest version of Android Wear, the ZenWatch 2 is a smart assistant for Android and iOS smartphones providing wearers with a convenient, at-a-glance view of incoming calls, messages, notifications, and other important information without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. The ZenWatch 2 comes with a wide-range of software features, including ASUS ZenUI apps, Business Helper, FoneHelper, Remote Camera, and ZenWatch Message.

The ZenWatch 2 seamlessly integrates with the ZenUI on the ASUS smartphones, allowing wearers enjoy wearable-optimised ZenUI apps, such as What’s Next and Do It Later. What’s Next keeps wearers informed of important information as they need to know it, such as details of their next upcoming appointment or the weather at their next destination. The Do It Later feature allows wearers defer events such as incoming phone calls and messages by automatically adding them to a list of reminders, so they can stay focused on their current task.

ZenWatch 2 introduces Business Helper, a suite of features to assist wearers with common businessrelated tasks, such as checking their agendas, managing email, and viewing their call logs. In addition to the Business Helper, the ZenWatch 2 comes with an improved version of FoneHelper, a collection of features including Quick Settings, Cover to Mute, Unlock My Phone, and Forgot Phone Warning that are designed to provide a more convenient and enjoyable smartphone experience.

The Remote Camera function provide wearers with the ability to display their smartphone’s camera viewfinder on their ZenWatch 2. This frees them to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see, such as when holding their phone overhead at a concert or other crowded event. Remote Camera is also useful for group photos, letting the photographer compose the photo, release the shutter, and check the final result while being included in the shot. The Remote Camera function offers faster performance, greater range, the ability to switch between the phone’s front and rear cameras, plus zoom capability.

The ZenWatch Message is a fun new watch-to-watch communication app that allows wearers to exchange short messages, emojis, and drawings with other ZenWatch 2 wearers right from their wrists. In addition to software improvements, the ZenWatch 2 comes with an enhanced battery that provides up to two days of use on a single charge. An all-new magnetic charger effortlessly attaches to the ZenWatch 2 and it takes just 36 minutes to charge the ZenWatch
2 from zero to 50% capacity.

Advanced Wellness Manager

Comfortable to wear all day and built with sophisticated sensors, the ZenWatch 2 works together with the completely redesigned Wellness smartphone app to provide a comprehensive solution for managing fitness. The ZenWatch 2 is a full-featured activity tracker with a built-in pedometer that provides industry leading step-counting accuracy to give wearers a clear and precise picture of their activity level. Its IP67 water-resistant case is impervious to sweat, so wearers can use the ZenWatch 2 to track even their most vigorous workouts.

A new workout coaching feature tracks a variety of activity types including walking, running, push-ups, and sit-ups, letting wearers set goals for each workout. The ZenWatch 2 monitors the workout, provides feedback along the way, and notifies wearers with a congratulatory notification when they meet their goal. Furthermore, it helps wearers stay active throughout the day by providing reminders to get up and move at regular intervals.

With the Wellness smartphone app, wearers can open the Wellness app on their smartphone to see all of their activity information organised in one convenient location. It displays daily and weekly activity summaries, presented as attractive, easy-to-understand timelines and charts to help wearers track their progress and stay motivated to achieve personal fitness goals.

The ZenWatch 2 will retail at SGD $229 and will be available from 14th November 2015 onwards.

ASUS also introduce the new ranges of ZEN-inspired laptop, AiO and accessories. Please see below for the individual press releases.

Zenbook

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AiO

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Audio Cover for ZenPad

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@NatGeo and @Singtel ‘s #ProjectBreakThrough To Nurture Scientists of Tomorrow

Singapore,  27  October  2015  –National  Geographic  Channel  (NGC)  and  Singtel  TV  today  introduced  Project  Breakthrough,  a  new  learning  initiative  that  aims  to  spark  interest  and  passion  in  modern  science  and  technology  among  Singaporean  children  aged  9  to  11  years  old.

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“Singtel  TV  is  delighted  to  be  part  of  Project  Breakthrough  with  NGC.  Together,  we  can  go  beyond  empowering  children  with  knowledge  through  entertainment  and  give  them  first-‐hand  experience  of  the  exciting  world  of  science  and  technology.  We  hope  this  learning  initiative  will  encourage  them  to  seek  answers  through  innovation,  one  of  Singtel’s  core  values  and  the  cornerstone  of  Singapore’s  success”,  said  Mr  Goh  Seow  Eng,  MD,  Home,  Consumer  Singapore,  Singtel.

Developed  in  line  with  the  nation’s  call  for  self-‐directed  learners,  Project  Breakthrough  is  supported  by  Science  Centre  Singapore  (SCS),  Singapore  University  of  Technology  and  Design  (SUTD)  and  the  A*STAR’s  Institute  for  Infocomm  Research  (I2R).  These  learning  institutions  will  host  various  educational  sessions  and  facility  visits,  allowing  participants  to  delve  into  the  world  of  innovation  and  engage  with  scientists  and  experts  on  hot  topics  such  as  alternative  energy  and  assistive  robotics.

 

Future  innovators  who  present  the  best  five  ideas  in  various  fields  will  be  offered  an  opportunity  to  further  their  interest  through  attachments  at  local  research  institutions.

 

Project  Breakthrough  was  inspired  by  NGC’s  latest  production–  Breakthrough,  a  revolutionary  six-part  series  about  scientific  explorers  from  leading  universities  and  institutions,  and  how  their  cutting-edge  innovations  and  advancements  will  change  our  lives  in  extraordinary  ways.

 

Presented  by  National  Geographic  and  GE,  brands  well-‐known  for  their  dedication  to  innovation,  science  and  technology,  the  series  will  premiere  on  NGC  (Singtel  TV  Ch  201)  on  Saturday,  7  November.  Each  hour-‐long  episode  is  directed  by  Hollywood  visionaries  –  Ron  Howard,  Brett  Ratner,  Peter  Berg,  Angela  Bassett,  Akiva  Goldsman  and  Paul  Giamatti.

 

“NGC  has  a  reputation  for  high-‐quality  programming  that  consistently  resonates  with  audiences  across  the  world  and  we  aim  to  inspire  viewers  through  premium  programming.    This  initiative  provides  the  perfect  platform  for  us  to  identify  and  connect  with  the  best  in  the  field  of  innovation  in  Singapore,  thus  providing  a  strong  co-‐relation  between  the  content  and  knowledge  we  share  on-‐air  and  the  real  life  experiences  of  our  young  scientists-‐to-‐be”  says  Sun  Young  Moon,  Vice  President,  Programming,  National  Geographic  Channel.

 

“SCS  is  happy  to  partner  with  NGC  to  work  on  Project  Breakthrough,  targeting  our  efforts  specifically  on  an  impressionable  age  group  of  9  to  11.  At  this  age,  kids  are  brimming  with  curiosity  and  are  not  afraid  to  observe  and  ask  questions.  These  are  the  precursor  attributes  of  becoming  a  scientist.  We  hope  our  tinkering  and  educational  sessions  paired  with  the  airing  of  the  Breakthrough  series  will  spur  further  interest  in  science,”  says  Associate  Professor,  Lim  Tit  Meng,  Chief  Executive,  Science  Centre  Singapore

Young scientists-­‐in-­‐training  can sign up for the Project Breakthrough sessions by registering online at www.singteltv.com.sg/ngcbreakthrough from 28 October 2015.

Breakthrough will air on National Geographic Channel Singtel TV Ch 201 from Saturday 7 November 2015 at 10pm.  
 

Sony Launched Hi-Res Compact Audio System – CAS-1

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(SINGAPORE, 27 October 2015) – Sony introduces the CAS-1, a compact audio system that aims to deliver the ultimate sound quality. It features dual-amplifiers that are tailored towards the distinct amplification requirements of speakers and headphones, thus providing the ideal sound performance regardless of output system. Thanks to Sony audio technologies, every subtle note fills your environment with rich detail and striking clarity, even at low volumes, whilst allowing you to experience immersive High-Resolution Audio. Advanced connectivity features allow you to stream high quality audio from your own device via Bluetooth® and NFC™ wirelessly, as well as via USB.

Designed for performance

The design for CAS-1 is inherited from Sony’s line of high-end ES series, and is focused on creating an ideal acoustic field on your desktop. The system is made up of three components – a main unit and two separate speakers to enhance sound. Delivering your music collection in beyond CD quality, the system supports Hi-Res Audio in both DSD and PCM formats, including FLAC, WAV or AIFF files of up to 24bit/192kHz quality. The unique Sony DSEE HX™ technology is used to upscale compressed audio files, such as MP3, to near Hi-Res Audio quality, thus bringing back a rich and full-bodied sound.

The CAS-1 features two independent dedicated amplifiers, each of which is tailored towards the specific requirements of speakers or headphones. The integration of Sony’s S-Master HX™ Hi-Res     Audio amplifier for the speakers further enhances music by reducing distortion and noise. Pulse Height volume will not sacrifice any data to control volume resulting in a crystal clear, crisp sound at any volume level. The headphone amplifier which is featured in other award-winning Hi-Res Audio models, including Sony’s high performance DAC from PHA-2 contributes to realize hi-res audio quality with headphones. These components allow the CAS-1 to produce a balanced, powerful and precise sound.

Tailor your sound experience

Enjoy your music the way you want to with the choice of audio output. You will be amazed if you choose to enjoy your favourite tunes with the two supplied speakers. Featuring a Hi-Res Audio compatible 14mm soft dome tweeter as well as a highly-rigid 62mm woofer that is supported by a bass reflex port, each speaker beautifully recreates a wide range of frequencies while suppressing noise and distortion – even when listening at close range. The brass spikes and speaker bases included allow you to add final touches to your ideal near-field Hi-Res Audio listening adventure. The model was also designed to allow the highest quality of listening experience with headphones.


Connection options are aplenty. Wirelessly connect your smartphone via Sony’s SongPal™ app to the CAS-1 and stream your music with detail and clarity using LDAC™, which is supported by Bluetooth®. Two USB (USB-A and USB-B) ports are also available for playback of Hi-Res Audio formats.

The CAS-1 compact audio system will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from November 2015 onwards, at a recommended retail price of S$1,399.

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Specification Sheet

CAS-1
Description Compact audio system
Colour

 

Main unit: Black

Speaker: Brown Wood Grain

Dimensions (WxHxD) Main Unit: 55x178x120 mm

Speaker: 95x178x172 mm

Weight Main Unit: 1.3kg

Speaker: 1.5kg

Connectivity Supports Bluetooth® (SBC, AAC, LDAC) and NFC™
File compatibility USB A – DSD, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA

USB B – DSD, PCM

Port type USB A (front)

USB B (rear)

Headphone output Stereo mini-jack
Accessories Remote control, batteries, AC power adapter, AC power cord, two speaker cables, USB cable, stand, speaker base and spike

“HALO 5: GUARDIANS” LAUNCHES INTO SPACE AS PART OF WORLDWIDE FAN CELEBRATIONS #Huntthetruth

Greater Asia, October 26, 2015 – To commemorate the global launch of Halo 5: Guardians, Xbox’s biggest exclusive title and one of the most anticipated games of 2015, Microsoft sent the gamertag of Asia’s most dedicated Halo player “Sandwhichy” into space, as part of a series of launch activities engaging Halo fans from around the world.

Sandwhichy, a super Halo gamer in Japan who has clocked more than 10,000 hours in the Halo franchise, saw his gaming achievements displayed on a flag held by the Master Chief and Spartan Locke on their mission to the edge UNSC Infinity Replica of space and back. The full video can be viewed below

“I am absolutely thrilled about this opportunity. I have played the Halo franchise for more than a decade and never thought that I would see my gamertag in space. It literally feels like I’m at the top of the world, a once-in-lifetime experience that I would never forget,” said Sandwhichy.

 

Fans are also invited to be part of this epic mission by voting for the coveted in-game items that will join Sandwhichy, the Master Chief and Spartan Locke on their journey to Earth’s outer limits. The three most-voted for items from the list of seven below will join Sandwhichy, the Master Chief and Spartan Locke on board for the blast off to space:

  • UNSC Pelican Replica
  • Cortana Mega Bloks Figure
  • M6 Pistol Replica
  • Banshee Strike Mega Bloks Vehicle
  • Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Controller
  • #Huntthetruth Tweet Book

 

A one-of-a-kind Master Chief helmet will also be up for auction for fans who want to own the unique memorabilia. Designed by both Taiwanese cosplayer Hsu Chia-Hao (alias Braid Clarke) and Australian designer Jenny Manik Mercian – who has collaborated with labels such as Victoria’s Secret and had her works worn by celebrities such as Beyoncé and Gisele Bündchen. The helmet is adorned with 25,000 Swarovski crystals and weighs about 5kg. All auction proceeds will go to non-profit organization, Make-A-Wish Foundation. The full video of the making of the helmet can be view below

Taiwanese cosplayer Hsu Chia-Hao (alias Braid Clarke) and Australian designer Jenny Manik Mercian created a one-of-a-kind Master Chief helmet adorned with 25,000 Swarovski crystals, to be auctioned off for Make-A-Wish Foundation

 

“We know our fans across all of Asia are getting ready to play Halo 5: Guardians and we are doing some very special things to celebrate the Halo Nation across Asia. From Space to a Swarovski-crusted Crystal helmet to an action-packed six-hour live broadcast – the launch of Halo 5: Guardians is shaping up to be our most epic video game launch in Asia,”said Rennie Addabbo, General Manager of Xbox for Microsoft Greater Asia.

 

MARINA BAY CAPTIVATED AS SHARAPOVA AND CHANG PLAY ON SINGAPORE’S FIRST FLOATING TENNIS PLATFORM

SINGAPORE, OCTOBER 23, 2015 – TAG Heuer unveiled Singapore’s first floating tennis platform at Clifford Pier last night in front of hundreds of invited guests and members of the public who had gathered along the waterfront to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.

Floating Tennis Platform – Source: Instagram user @weewu

“This historic place is where many first generation Singaporeans first set foot. Today, we’re adding a footnote to that history by launching Singapore’s first floating tennis platform,” said Ms Amelia Sillard, Vice President of TAG Heuer Southeast Asia.

 

The star of the evening, world number three and TAG Heuer ambassador Maria Sharapova arrived on a boat to join former world number two Michael Chang at the floating platform where they treated all along the bay to a singles game. Chang, 43, showed he still had the moves that 26 years ago earned him the record for being the youngest male player to win a singles Grand Slam title. Having just recovered from a forearm injury that forced her out of Wuhan, Sharapova looked in good form as she moved effortlessly around the floating court and hit a few winners against Chang to win the game.

Maria Sharapova and Michael Chang together with Sea Game players – Source: Instagram user @weewu

For Singaporean tennis players Angeline Devi Devanthiran, 19, and Shaheed Alam, 17, the highlight of the evening was being paired with Sharapova and Chang in a mixed-doubles game. With both pairs holding serve, the game went into an unusual tie-breaker with their combined service speeds determining the winners. The Singaporeans started the contest with Shaheed serving at 158km/h and Devanthiran at 120km/h. Chang went next with a 161km/h serve. With 123km/h as the speed to beat, Sharapova served 163km/h to take the game.

 

In the Charity Rally that followed, both pairs tried to keep the ball in play with TAG Heuer pledging $100 per rally to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The crowd watched in suspense as the longest of three rallies reached 181. Presenting a cheque of $18,100 to the Foundation’s Director of Development Ms Elaine Tan, Mr Luc Decroix, Vice President of Global Sales, TAG Heuer, said, “History is written in moments of adversity and in the superhuman will to overcome. That will exists not just in sport, but in everyday life, especially in the boys and girls of the Make-A-Wish Foundation who remain strong in the face of illness.”

Presentation of Tag Heuer SG50 Aquaracer – Source: Instagram user @weewu

Demonstrating that will was 8-year-old Joshua Ong who suffers from non-Hodgkin lymphoma and whose wish was to meet a real-life sports superstar. His wish was fulfilled when he presented the new TAG Heuer Limited Edition SG50 Aquaracer to Sharapova on court. The five-time world number one gave him a hug and an autographed HEAD tennis racquet.

Stephanie Carington interviewing Maria Sharapova – Source: Instagram user @weewu

At a press conference held later, she addressed questions on her readiness for the Finals saying, “I’m healthy now. I spent the last few weeks healing up and I came out here early to acclimatise.”

See more photos at my facebook here

My Trip to Hokkaido – Review of Yokoso Sim

These days, 4G has become an inseparable part of our lives. Even when we go overseas, we will buy a pre-paid local sim card so that we can surf while sightseeing. In most countries, getting a pre-paid sim is easy. However, in Japan, as most of you know, it could be kind of tricky. If I didn’t remember wrongly, you can’t even get a call-only sim card in Japan under the country’s telco regulation.

Fortunately, there are many 3rd party distributors that sell pre-paid data-only sim outside Japan and Yokoso Sim is one of them.

Why did I choose Yokoso Sim in the first place?

Frankly, this was the first time I am trying out Japan’s 4G network and I chose Yokoso Sim based on my friend’s recommendations:

  • Yokoso Sim uses NTT Docomo ‘s network. (NTT is an incumbent telephone service provider in Japan just like Singtel is in Singapore.) Judging from the scale of the company, its coverage should quite extensive.
  • Local representatives in Singapore. I am not a patient shopper where I can wait for days for my item to arrive after I have made the purchase. On top of that, I prefer to speak to a person directly so that I could get my queries answered fast. So, having a local representative always appeal to me.
  • Unlimited usage. Fast 4G browsing is limited to the first 135MB per day. Once breached, the service continues but at a reduced speed of 200kps.
  • Reasonable pricing. The 7-day 4G card is selling at SGD35 which is very competitive among other distributors.

If you want to find out more about Yokoso Sim card, you may wish to drop a mail to Mr Shinji Matsudaira at  shinji.matsudaira@yokososim.com or visit the facebook page here

Experience with Yokoso Sim Activation

Unlike other pre-paid sim you get from some countries; you could do the activation yourself as long as you know the APN settings. I have listed it down below for your reference.

  • APN:             so-net.jp
  • Username:        nuro
  • Password:        nuro
  • Authentication:     PAP or CHAP

Note: If you are using Android phone, you would need to give a name for the APN. In this case, just give any name of your preference

I have been researching quite a bit on the phone compatibility with Japan networks. Generally, iPhone/iPad are not a problem. I have read on a Chinese site the limitations on activating on some phones. Basically, most smartphones are compatible except for HTC, Xiaomi, Mainland China-branded Phones, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

I guess for most people, this will not be a problem. If you are carrying your spare Chinese brand phones for your Japan trip which is not compatible with the NTT Docomo network, you might wish to try the following:

First, activate the sim card on a Apple device (refer to the manual that comes along with the sim card). During this trip, we brought an iPad Mini, Blackberry Passport, Blackberry Classic and OPPO Find 7. Yes, you are right! Most of our devices are not compatible according to the website. So what’s next for us? Since we have no choice (trust me! We tried to activate the service using non-Apple mobile devices. It does not work!), we activate the service using our iPad Mini (I believe any other Apple mobile devices could do) It does not come to us as a surprise that it works.

Next, take out the activated sim card and insert into your phone. You should have 4G connection**

**During our trip, we tried the same method for our OPPO Find 7 (a Chinese phone) and Blackberry phones. It works well.

Mobile Hotspot and Converge

Creating mobile hotspot is common when you are traveling in groups. However, this isn’t the case for our Hokkaido trip. We rely a lot on Google map for navigation and having a device with a bigger screen makes a lot of sense. As such, we dedicated the sim card to our iPad Mini. Then came another problem. We could not tether to our iPad Mini as NTT Docomo does not allow the creation of mobile hotspot. However, this restriction only seems to apply to Apple products. We tried tethering on our Blackberry and OPPO phones successfully. Point to note – don’t rely your iPad and iPhone for tethering.

According to NTT, below shows the coverage of 4G network in Hokkaido. Orange and Red refers to the coverage


If you understand Japanese, you may get more information from the website https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/support/area/hokkaido/index.html

Based on the above, most of the places I went to are covered. Google map worked extremely well when we were doing our nature tour. The signal strength and speed are generally good even at nature parks and mountains. In the cities, speed and accessibility are definitely better. However, I didn’t experience blazing fast 4G speed when comes to uploading and posting on Instagram and Facebook. Maybe I am a pampered Singaporean that has a certain expectation of what an actual 4G speed like. So far, Hoheikyo Dam is the only place that I did not have any signal.

Verdict

Activation process is straight forward if you are using an iPhone or iPad. If you are using other phones, you may run a risk of not able to activate the service. Although there is a work-around (which I have shared earlier), it makes the process less seamless and user-friendly.

If you plan to travel in large group, I will suggest that you obtain 4G router directly from the distributer. Price might be higher but it saves the hassle of having to activate the sim card and having to swap the sim card between devices.

Coverage wise, I think that Japan 4G coverage is far much better than most countries I’ve been to.

Tableau Launches Vizable, A Breakthrough Mobile App for Data Exploration

Free iPad App Makes Data Analytics Fun and Accessible to More People


Singapore – October 21, 2015
Tableau Software
(NYSE: DATA) today announced Vizable, an entirely new mobile application designed to help people see and understand data with just an iPad. Tableau Vice President of Mobile and Strategic Growth, Dave Story, unveiled the app at the 2015 Tableau Conference in Las Vegas.

With Vizable, Tableau brings fun and approachable data analysis to even more people. The free iPad app makes it possible to explore data by using gestures such as pinching, swiping and dragging, allowing people to sculpt data into visualizations in seconds.

Tableau has already put Vizable in the hands of a number of businesses and organizations who previously had data and questions, but no easy tool to answer those questions. They now find insights to drive and improve their business, even while they’re on the go.

“We started with a food truck, so the very nature of our business is mobile,” said Roz Edison, owner of Marination, a Hawaiian-Korean fusion cuisine business with one food truck and two restaurants in Seattle. “Since we’ve started using Vizable, if someone asks me how Marination is doing this week, I can pull out my iPad, start swiping and dragging my cash register data, and boom! It’s that easy.”

“There is no great app to see and understand a spreadsheet visually, using only a tablet,” said

Story. “This is an incredibly common scenario. Whether you’re a teacher with students’ test data, a small business with the day’s sales, a cyclist with ride stats, or an executive with the past hour’s web site traffic – Vizable brings analytics to more people by engaging them with their data like never before.”

Vizable is ideal for people with personal or business data they want to analyze. The first version works with data in CSV files and Excel (xls or xlsx) files. Visualizations created in Vizable can be shared with friends and colleagues through email, instant message, or social media.

Vizable is currently available worldwide in the Apple iTunes store in English. It supports data in many international formats today, and will be translated to other languages in the future.

Learn more about the app at vizable.tableau.com.


#Honestbee Raises US$15 million Funding As Part of Expansion Plans in Asia

Singapore, 20 October 2015 – honestbee, a fast-growing on-demand grocery concierge and delivery service company based in Singapore, today announced that it has successfully raised the first round of funding of US$15 million.

Participants in this round led by Formation 8 include:

  • Pejman Mar Ventures, early investors of Dropbox, Lending Club and DoorDash
  • Gideon Yu, former CFO of Facebook and YouTube, as well as the co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers
  • Owen T. Van Natta, founding team of Amazon’s search company A9.com and former COO of Facebook. He is currently also part of 415 Investments
  • Steve Chen, Google Ventures Advisor, as well as co-founder and former CTO of YouTube

 

“We are very excited and blessed to have been able to attract support from some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors with unparalleled track records in the world. Honestbee will benefit tremendously, as we now have immediate access to the top minds who have built the most valuable technology companies in the world today, such as Amazon, YouTube, Google, Square, Dropbox, DoorDash and Palantir,” said co-founder, Isaac Tay.

“Formation 8 believes that the hyper-local on-demand market plays a significant role in the way commerce will evolve. Given the increasing population density across all the key cities in Asia due to job and wealth creation, this is right time and opportunity,” said Formation 8 founder, Brian Koo. “Consumers now demand higher levels of access to convenience. With honestbee’s superior partnership network and its strong focus on building a world class technology company, they will be well-positioned to quickly own this market.” 

Partnerships

Honestbee partners with top supermarkets and specialty stores such as the largest grocery retailer in Singapore with NTUC FairPrice, the largest pet products company, Pet Lovers Center, as well as gourmet boutiques and specialty stores, Gastronomia Da Paolo, MMMM!, The Butcher’s Dog, Crystal Wines, GNC and Four Seasons Organic, in Singapore. This enables these traditional grocery companies to significantly increase their revenue through honestbee’s on-demand e-commerce platform where they fulfil customers’ orders in as little time as within the next hour, and becoming the retailer’s new best friend.  

To drive this growth, honestbee has expanded its team to almost 100 people in just eight months, and continues to aggressively scout and hire the best talent from around the world. With aggressive plans to expand across Asia, honestbee expects to be in at least six other Tier 1 cities by June 2016.

Just last week, honestbee launched in Hong Kong, offering a one-stop shop for a range of products to meet the needs of busy customers.

Market Growth Potential

According to a Goldman Sachs report, the online grocery shopping market in Asia is currently estimated at US$18 billion with online carts typically being 1.8 times larger than store-based retail at checkout.

The willingness to use digital retailing options in the future is highest in the developing markets, with Asia Pacific at 60% in a recent Nielson report, signaling the great potential for growth in online grocery delivery services in the region.

In light of the potential, however, this space is under-penetrated, with intended providers facing challengers in both services and delivery.

honestbee’s solution to these challenges – a model that has proven successful in this sharing economy – is to utilize someone else’s spare time to shop and deliver groceries, thus freeing up customers to spend their time doing more of what they enjoy.

With a crowdsourced workforce, orders are fulfilled by concierge shoppers who shop at top supermarkets and boutiques stores, and a delivery team which brings the orders to customers’ homes, all within-the-next-hour golden time slots of choice. This eliminates the cost of infrastructure building, such as the need for warehousing, additional manpower and equipment. In return, honestbee brings increased efficiency and convenience to customers, as well as improved margins for partners.

 

 

About Formation 8

Formation 8 is a technology investment firm focused on building transformative global companies. The firm is a sought-after strategic partner to entrepreneurs, providing active management support and leveraging its deep networks around the world to help portfolio companies accelerate their growth. Founded in 2011, the firm has led early growth investments in innovative companies like Oculus, Relate IQ and Yello Mobile. Formation 8 is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Palo Alto, Seoul, Singapore and Shanghai.

 

About honestbee

honestbee is the first concierge grocery delivery service for all your household and grocery needs in Asia. We deliver to your doorstep on the same day, within the next hour. Simply choose from the widest online product selection and place your order in a few simple clicks. Our trained shoppers will then handpick your groceries for you, from the same grocery stores and brands that you trust and love.