@Singtel Partners Online Retailer @LazadaSG

Source: Instagram user @weewu

Singtel (stock quote: Z74.SI)today announced that its award-winning mobile payment app, Dash, has expanded its extensive merchant list to include leading online retailer, Lazada.SG by partnering with helloPay, the fintech platform of Lazada Group.

 

“Dash has the largest mobile payment merchant network in Singapore today. We are proud to partner helloPay and Lazada.SG, for our first foray into the online shopping space. It has been an exciting year for Dash as we continue to grow our merchant network with home-grown partners and collaborating with transit operators. Dash has evolved into a dynamic multi-mode payment option. We have widened our reach beyond physical establishments into the vibrant online payments ecosystem so our customers can pay for a greater slew of products and services at their convenience,” said Ms Gan Siok Hoon, VP, mCommerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

 

One of Singapore’s most popular online shopping sites, Lazada.SG offers more than 1 million products that range from household appliances, consumer electronics to apparel and jewellery. Dash customers will receive a 5% cashback on all of their Lazada purchases until 31 December, 2015.

 

“At Lazada Singapore, we constantly strive to provide an effortless shopping experience to our customers. Dash is an exciting step towards enhancing this and we are excited to bring forward this partnership through helloPay,” said Martell Hardenberg, CEO, Lazada Singapore.

 

To make fast and secure payments on Lazada.SG, customers only need to select the helloPay option upon checkout, choose the Dash payment mode, and log in with their mobile number and PIN.

 

Dash Happy Hour

 

To celebrate its first e-commerce partnership, Dash is running a flash campaign on Lazada.SG from 2 to 9 October 2015 that offers a mystery cashback of 15% to 50%.

 

During the campaign, there will be a daily Dash Happy Hour where customers have a window of up to two hours to pay on Lazada.SG using Dash as a payment mode. The exact cashback percentage will only be revealed at the end of each campaign day and will be credited to customers’ accounts within three working days.

 

Dash has the largest mobile payment merchant networks in Singapore with over 20,000 acceptance points, including Watsons, Food Republic, KOI, 7-Eleven and Topshop. Dash can also be used to pay for ComfortDelGro taxi rides without the usual administrative fees levied by other cashless payment methods.

 

The Dash app has been enhanced with new features including Samsung Fingerprint Scanner and Apple Touch ID authentication to provide an even more user-friendly payment experience.

 

The app is free to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

SURVEY REVEALS 43% OF TEENS THINK CYBERBULLYING A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN DRUG ABUSE #BeStrong

- One of the largest global surveys of its kind, spanning 11 countries and almost 5,000 teens, reveals one in five teens cyberbullied, a fifth of whom felt suicidal 

#BeStrong anti-cyberbullying emoji initiative launched by Vodafone in response

– Psychologist adviser for ‘Inside Out’ film Dacher Keltner, anti-bullying ambassador Monica Lewinsky and anti-bullying NGOs involved in developing emojis to convey support 

More than half of teenagers think cyberbullying is worse than face-to-face bullying and 43 per cent believe it to be a bigger problem for young people than drug abuse, a global online survey of around 5,000 teenagers across 11 countries has revealed. The Vodafone survey, commissioned from YouGov, found that an average of around one in five (18%) teens across the countries surveyed had been cyberbullied and, as a result:

  • 41 per cent said cyberbullying made them feel depressed or helpless (also 41%)
  • 26 per cent felt ‘completely alone’ and 18 per cent experienced suicidal thoughts
  • 21 per cent had ‘not gone to school’ and 25 per cent closed down their social media accounts
  • 38 per cent said they did not tell their parents or guardians, as they felt ashamed (32%), scared their parents would get involved (40%), or worried what their parents might do (36%).

Forty-three per cent of those surveyed would find it hard to support a friend who had been bullied on social media, as they ‘could not find the right words’ to show support. Seventy-two per cent of teens said they would be likely to use an emoji to express compassion or support for friends being cyberbullied.

In response to the findings, Vodafone today launches the #BeStrong anti-cyberbullying emoji initiative, which involved the creation of a suite of ‘support emojis’ to raise awareness of the importance of conveying compassion, sympathy and support when friends are being bullied online. The emojis were chosen by the 4,720 teens surveyed from a wide selection designed by Vodafone and its anti-bullying panel as their favourite symbols for compassion and support. The favourite two sets of emojis can be seen below. news release

The company is also talking to the major emoji app and social media platforms towards featuring the emojis on their platforms in the near future.

The idea for a ‘support emoji’ was first brought to Vodafone by anti-bullying ambassador Monica Lewinsky, who has been a consultant on the initiative, working alongside semioticians (who study signs and symbols and their use or interpretation), anti-bullying NGOs including The Diana Award, ENABLE, a European Union project to help combat bullying, and Berkeley University Professor Dacher Keltner – the psychologist who advised on the creation of the characters for Pixar film Inside Out.

 

Commenting in a new video released today, Professor Keltner explains the importance of teens being able to offer support and show sympathy to their peers being cyberbullied. He said: “A lot of emojis can be limited for communicating emotions. The bystander needs better tools. Specific emojis that they can send their friends to show that they are there for them.”

Vodafone Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett, said: “The results of the global survey – which we believe to be one of the largest of its kind among teenagers in so many countries – will be a serious concern for any parent. The new generation that was born digital thrives in a world of constant connectivity, but there are clear risks for young people as well as benefits – and it is striking that cyberbullying troubles many young people more than drug abuse. Our research showed many teenagers find it difficult to help their friends when cyberbullying is happening, and the #BeStrong campaign has been created to help them convey emotional support”.

 

@Servcorp announces further expansion in Singapore with new office launch at #CapitaGreen

Singapore/Sydney, September 2015 – Servcorp Ltd (SRV:ASX), the leading executive serviced and virtual offices provider with offices in 52 cities across 23 countries, opened its new office in Singapore located at CapitaGreen, the latest and most sought-after Grade-A building in the heart of the central business district

(From Left) Servcorp COO Marcus Moufarrige, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. Source Instagram user @weewu

An opening celebration was held at the premise on 22 September 2015 which was officiated by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Lady (Lynne) Cosgrove and His Excellency Philip Green OAM Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. The event was also graced by Senior Executives of Servcorp’s partners and clients.

Barely a year ago, Servcorp opened its South East Asia Headquarter at Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2. The opening of CapitaGreen office this year will expand their Singapore portfolio to six sites, on top of the existing sites at Battery Road, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2, PSA Building, Suntec Tower 3 and The Metropolis.

Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, is giving speech for the opening of #Servcorp Capital Green Office. Source: Instagram user @weewu

With over US$80 million investment in building a global IT network, Servcorp provides the fastest wireless access in the market with 99.99% uptime guaranteed. Servcorp’s clients are able to obtain 24/7 global IT support with a 100-strong dedicated local IT support team, which makes Servcorp a reliable partner for tech giants clients like Dell and Microsoft.

 

For additional information, please visit: http://www.servcorp.com.sg

 

#WISHBONE The World’s Smallest Smart Thermometer

(September 2015, Singapore) – Lamch & Co introduces the patent-pending Wishbone thermometer. Wishbone is a non-contact thermometer that works with smartphones to improve the way we measure and track temperatures. It is easy to use and can accurately detect object, body and ambient temperatures in under 2 seconds, accurate to within ±0.2°C when measuring body temperature and within ±1°C in object mode. Its non-contact characteristic is unobtrusive and ideal for taking the temperature of babies and young children, their surroundings and their food.

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Wishbone’s unique Y-shape is designed for better viewing angles, to be read at a 45° angle which is the most natural viewing angle for human eyes. Smaller than traditional thermometers, Wishbone is ideal for handbags and nappy bags, and easily attaches to most smart devices. Coupled with the user friendly Wishbone App that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, the fully functional Wishbone thermometer is easy to navigate and operate and is the only smart thermometer that is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

 

Through its app, Wishbone can store historical data, which can be viewed at a later date for analysis and reference. This feature is particularly helpful for parents monitoring their baby’s recovery from illness and for couples that are trying to conceive by tracking female body temperature to help identify ovulation periods. Particularly helpful, is the function to create profiles for individuals to separate and track each person’s data, allowing for systematic recording and monitoring of slight fluctuations in individual temperatures. Wishbone is the perfect companion to mothers and mothers-to-be.

 

The WISHBONE THEMOMETER is now available at ante at TANGS @ Tangs Plaza and ante at #01-457A Suntec City and soon to Hipvan, retailing at $79 each.

Team Merlion Announced as Winner of Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge

Singapore, September 2015: The Rakuten Institute of Technology has announced the winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge at the grand presentation and award ceremony.

Participants and winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge
Participants and winners of the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge

Masaya Mori, Global Head, Rakuten Institute of Technology, Executive Officer, Rakuten, Inc presented the winning title, along with the grand cash prize of S$8,000, to Team Merlion. The first runner-up and second runner-up titles were awarded to Team Haipt and Team GM respectively.

 

Team Merlion
Team Merlion

Earlier this quarter, the Rakuten Institute of Technology partnered with Viki, a global TV site, to launch the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge. Hosted on Dextra’s challenge platform from the 22nd July to the closing date of 31st August this year, participants had access to over 7 million lines of rich, anonymised data to gain a sense of viewers’ preferences, popular content features, and TV fan demographics. The goal was to build a personalised recommender system for Viki fans world-wide, following a set of user and business considerations.

 

Six teams were shortlisted by Rakuten Institute of Technology and Dextra to present their models to a panel of judges – including Mr Masaya Mori, Mr Rohit Dewan, Chief Technology Officer at Viki, Ms Ewa Szymanska, Head of Research at Rakuten Institute of Technology Singapore, Mr Takashi Umeda, Data Scientist at Rakuten Institute of Technology Tokyo and Mr Adam Lyle, Chairman of Newton Circus – at the final presentation and award ceremony, held at the IDA Labs @ National Design Centre.

 

Unlike many other online data challenges, accuracy was only one of the criteria used to select the winners, participants were required to submit their documented codes and detailed reports. The judges took into consideration engineering qualities including ease of implementation and risk management, business and user insights including demonstrating depth of understanding of the data and Viki business and use of innovative approaches alongside further ideas for improvement.

 

Winning team Merlion employed an elegant algorithm that performs outstandingly in both public and private leaderboards, identified and engineered very useful features, as well as discovered and visualised some key insights from the data provided.

 

 

#Xbox Invites Fans to Beat #Lotus #F1 Team Driver #RomainGrosjean and Head of #Xbox #PhilSpencer for Ultimate Bragging Rights in “Forza Motorsport 6”

Greater Asia, SINGAPORE – 18 September 2015 – To celebrate the launch of “Forza Motorsport 6”an Xbox One exclusive title, Xbox is inviting all fans to beat the race timings set by Lotus F1 Team Driver Romain Grosjean and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer for a chance to win ultimate bragging rights in “Forza Motorsport 6”.

Lotus F1 Team Driver Romain Grosjean gunning for his best race time in Xbox’s exclusive “Forza Motorsport 6”
Lotus F1 Team Driver Romain Grosjean gunning for his best race time in Xbox’s exclusive “Forza Motorsport 6”

Called the “Forza Motorsport 6 #TimetoShine Challenge”, participating fans will need to better the race times set by Romain Grosjean (1 minute 52.703 seconds) and Phil Spencer (2 minute 00.343 seconds), using the 2015 Lotus F1 Team’s E23 Hybrid on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium, for ultimate bragging rights against the two “Forza Motorsport 6” racers. Fans will need to set their time using the “Time to Shine Challenge” Rivals mode event in “Forza Motorsport 6”, which can be found in the Community Monthly channel of Rivals mode in the game. Fans who succeed in beating these times should post a screenshot of their race timings with the hashtag #TimetoShine, on their social media pages, in order to be recognized

Read the full press releases below

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Experience the Perfect 4K Entertainment with the BRAVIA™ X8000C and S8500C

Sony welcomes the latest additions to its range of BRAVIA™ TVs – the X8000C and the S8500C.

BRAVIA X8000C
BRAVIA X8000C

The BRAVIA™ X8000C (available in 49- and 55-inch) and the BRAVIA™ S8500C (available in 55- and 65-inch), are equipped with a host of features such as the powerful 4K Processor X1 chip and 4K X-Reality™ PRO upscaling algorithm technology. They analyse and upscale everything you watch to 4K resolution, so you’ll be able to enjoy images with stunning clarity and sparkling contrast.

BRAVIA S8500C
BRAVIA S8500C

These TVs also support Google’s latest Android TV™ operating system. With Google Play™, enter a world of unlimited entertainment options right at your living room, with content ranging from movies and TV shows, to games and videos. Google Cast™further lets you cast movies, YouTube videos, games and photos from your mobile devices onto your BRAVIA™ TV – so that you can enjoy your favourite content in stunning quality.

 

Furthermore, with ClearAudio+, both the BRAVIA™ X8000C and S8500C fine-tune your audio content to achieve the perfectly optimised sound – even low quality audio can be upscaled to near high-resolution through DSEE™ technology which enhances compressed music files, such as MP3.

 

Both the BRAVIA™ X8000C and S8500C is available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from today (8 September 2015) onwards at the following recommended retail prices:

 

BRAVIA™ Models Recommended Retail Price
BRAVIA S8500C (55-inch) S$ 3,499
BRAVIA S8500C (65-inch) S$ 6,299
BRAVIA X8000C (49-inch) S$ 2,099
BRAVIA X8000C (55-inch) S$ 2,999

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Create and Communicate on Any Device with @Logitech’s New Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse #M337 #K380

Singapore — September 3, 2015 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth® Keyboard and the Logitech® M337 Bluetooth® Mouse, giving you the freedom to work, create and express yourself on any device, anywhere.

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard brings the comfort and convenience of desktop typing to your computer, smartphone and tablet. Express yourself on any computing platform anywhere in your home, and connect with up to three devices, instantly switching among them with the Easy-Switch™ buttons. The keyboard will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts – making your typing experience familiar and comfortable. The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard provides up to two years of battery life from the two AAA batteries included, and will be available in blue or black for a suggested retail price of $54.00.

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Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse

The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse lets you create on virtually any computing device, whenever and wherever you choose. Its programmable navigation button puts control in the palm of your hand, allowing you to switch between applications, change between desktops, drag-and-drop files and images, replicate the three-finger swipe gesture that brings up mission control on a Mac computer, and bring up Task View on Windows 10. The mouse tracks reliably on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favorite study desk – thanks to a laser-grade optical sensor. It is portable, includes a tilt wheel, has a curved shape and textured rubber grips that provide lasting comfort, and it can keep going for up to 10 months on one AA battery. Offered in three colors – Black, Blue and Red, the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.00.

By downloading Logitech Options Software, you can customize both the keyboard and mouse to enhance your experience and unlock a world of possibilities. Although they aren’t dependent on each other to work, the new keyboard and mouse look great together, featuring matching colors and a distinctive design.

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Availability

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse are expected to be available in Singapore in September. Each device is sold separately.