Press Release – Sony’s Latest Action Cam

Brand-new Action Cam features exceptional new movie functions and enhanced operability to ensure no action goes uncaptured

HDR-AS50 Action Cam

  • Advanced SteadyShot™ for smoother, blur-free footage with 11.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and ZEISS® Tessar lens for crisp resolution
  • Up to 3x smooth zoom and 2 angle setting modes for perfect field angle adjustment
  • Enhanced camera body for improved usability and supplied Underwater Housing for up to 60m depth range
  • Great movie functions with XAVC S 50Mbps high – bitrate and 120p/100p high–frame rate recording at for incredible slow-mo footage and 4K Time-lapse capabilities using Action Cam Movie Creator

(SINGAPORE, March 2016) – Relive your every-day adventures and capture stunning point-of-view footage with Sony’s latest HDR-AS50
Action Cam. Whether you’re travelling, enjoying water sports, cycling or just strolling around, the HDR-AS50 allows you to capture those experiences and relive them in mesmerising HD movies.

HDR-AS50 Action Cam

The HDR-AS50 has an 11.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor paired with a ZEISS® Tessar lens, capturing your content in crystal clear high definition resolution. It uses advanced SteadyShot™ which is three times more powerful than its predecessor and also used in the range topping FDR-X1000V, which delivers judder-free footage when shooting everything from motocross to aerial landscapes. The stabilisation system is especially effective against low amplitude vibration, which can occur when used with radio-controlled helicopters or drones. Capturing clear and steady footage of action sports is no longer problematic as shakes and blur during skydiving, running or cycling are effectively compensated for.

With the HDR-AS50, field angle adjustment is now possible through “angle setting” and “zoom setting.” Users benefit from two-step angle switching between wide and narrow, allowing perfect frame adjustment of any scene with less image distortion for great quality, no matter what angle. The HDR-AS50 also features a newly enhanced 3x smooth zoom, allowing you get even closer to the action.

HDR-AS50 Action Cam

The body of the HDR-AS50 has been redesigned with emphasis on increased usability. The Action Cam provides a new and improved user interface, enabling intuitive operation through icon and button operability, for quick setting changes when time is of the essence. Users can control their Action Cam using smartphones and tablets and turn it on/off when using with the PlayMemories Mobile app.

The camera boasts a rear USB port allowing users to connect a cable even whilst an accessory is attached, enabling the Action Cam to be supplied with power via a mobile battery, even while shooting. A tripod socket has been introduced eliminating the need for a tripod adaptor.

The new camera has implemented some changes based on customer feedback from athletes and other previous users, and now comes with several new and improved user features. Adjustable and enhanced beep sounds as well as three tally lights on the top, front and back have been added to allow greater notice of camera conditions like REC status even when wearing a helmet and when mounted on handlebars or monopods.

HDR-AS50 Action Cam

The HDR-AS50 comes with a variety of incredible movie functions for more exhilarating footage. Time-lapse Capture allows interval shooting of 8MP still images which means that even though the Action Cam only records in HD, when editing using the Action Cam Movie Creator software, these images can easily be turned into a stunning 4K Time-lapse movie. Time-lapse movies can also be created in Full HD using the Action Cam App.

The HDR-AS50 can capture high-bitrate recordings at 50Mbps using the XAVC S format, allowing you to shoot even the most complex of situations like splashing water or large crowds with impressive detail. Fleeting moments that ought to be emphasised can now also be captured in cinematic slow-motion, allowing you to add a creative touch to those epic moments.

Sony’s own in-built movie creator, Highlight Movie Maker, now incorporates face detection and automatically assembles a highlight package which can be viewed and shared immediately. Your action-packed footage is rounded off with pure and vibrant sound recorded with a high-quality stereo mic allowing you to accurately capture the essence of waves crashing or children laughing.

HDR-AS50 Action Cam

The HDR-AS50 comes with a large range of accessories to further enable you to preserve life’s moments. Divers and swimmers can now benefit from a supplied Underwater Housing for the HDR-AS50, which allows footage to be captured down to 60m under water. The housing is perfectly designed to protect your Action Cam from damage and is therefore not only extremely tough but also dust-, shock and waterproof. The designated flat lens allows you to capture incredibly clear underwater footage. An optional Cap Clip (AKA-CAP1) is a perfect accessory for any casual use such as travelling or fishing.

Sony’s new HDR-AS50 Action Cam will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from March 2016 at a recommended retail price of $299.

Full technical product specifications for the new HDR-AS50 can be accessed here.


Press Release: IHG and Kebsup Group Company Limited to Open First Hotel Indigo® in Phuket

Source: IHG

Singapore, 28 December 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Kebsup Group Company Limited to open the first Hotel Indigo®
in Phuket.

Set to open its doors to guests in 2018, the 180-room Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong will be located in the northern end of the bustling Patong beach town, renowned for its lively shopping scene and a wide variety of restaurants and bars peppering the busy streets. Guests staying at Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong will enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to the beach in the day and the easy access to the town’s vibrant night life after sundown.

Hotel Indigo is IHG’s boutique brand. Each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the culture, character and heritage of the local neighbourhood it is located in, so no two properties are the same.

Guests at the new Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong can fully immerse in the stories of the Patong neighbourhood which will feature distinctly in Thai-inspired décor and artwork, whilst locally inspired menus at the hotel’s restaurants and bars will be designed to offer diners a true taste of the island.

Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG said: “Phuket is one of the top resort destinations in Thailand, welcoming more than five million tourists in the first half of this year alone. We are delighted to be launching our Hotel Indigo brand in the Patong beach town with our partners Kebsup Group Company Limited to cater to the growing number of both domestic and international visitor arrivals to the island. We are confident our guests will welcome the arrival of the new Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong where they can truly enjoy the individuality and style of a boutique hotel with the security and consistency of an international hotel company.”

Ms. Chalermluck Kebsup, Director, Kebsup Group Co., Ltd. said: “Phuket as a destination grows in popularity every year and tourists to the island are increasingly well travelled and savvy.

Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong will cater to travellers who appreciate the unique tastes and cultures that make up the vibrant Patong neighbourhood, and we look forward to providing them with great guest experiences through the hotel’s locally-inspired architecture and cuisine when it opens in 2018.”

This is the second hotel IHG is developing with Kebsup Group Company Limited. The hotel company is currently also managing Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central, owned by Kebsup Group Company Limited, which opened in 2012.


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.



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.”

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Singapore #Motorshow2016 to be held from 14 – 17 January 2016

Singapore (7 October 2015) – The Singapore Motorshow will be returning for a second consecutive year from January 14 to 17, 2016 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Featuring 24 vehicle brands, the Singapore Motorshow 2016 is presented by Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA), in collaboration with MediaCorp.

Motorshow 2015 – Source Instagram user @weewu

Singapore Motorshow 2016 Quick Info

Date                       : 14 – 17 January 2016

Event                     : Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Level 3 & 4)

Opening Hours          : 14 Jan 2016 (Thu) – 1.00pm – 10.00pm (Special Preview)

14 Jan 2016 (Thu) – 5.00pm – 10.00pm

15 Jan 2016 (Fri) – 11.30am – 10.00pm

16 Jan 2016 (Sat) – 10.30am – 10.00pm

17 Jan 2016 (Sun) – 10.30am – 8.00pm

Ticket Price* : Special Preview – S$10 per person per entry

Daily – S$6 per person per entry

Free – Anyone below 120cm in height


*Tickets will only be available on-site at the ticketing counter on Level 3.

#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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Samsung Launched #GearS2 #smartwatch in Singapore

Samsung announced in Singapore the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Specially designed for consumers with distinct preferences, the Gear S2 is available in two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design while the Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.

Gear S2 (Left) and Gear S2 Classic (Right) Source: Instagram user @weewu

Key Product Highlights

  • The Gear S2 spots versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalise and bring more fun to their mobile experience. A unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensure users will have a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.
  • Equipped with Tizen Platform, an optimised 1GHz Dual Core Processor and a 1.2-inch circular screen with 360 x 360 (302ppi) resolution, users can stay connected with the Gear S2 with notifications to check calendars, emails, news and even send important texts directly from their wrist.

    Heart Rate Sensor – Source: Instagram user @weewu
  • Designed for users’ active lifestyles, the Gear S2 comes with smart sensors, an IP68 (dust and water resistant) rating, as well as a battery that can last up to 3 days, allowing consumers to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge.


Wireless charging via charging dock – Source: Instagram user @weewu

Local Availability

  • The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $448. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Leather band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $548.

Read the full press releases below

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Selected Young Footballers From S’pore To Be Trained In Japan

President Zainudin Nordin shakes hands with Epson Singapore MD Koichi Endo during sponsorship signing ceremony 2013. (Source: FAS)

Our Lions’ goalkeeper, Izwan Mahbud, has made his name during the “miraculous” 0-0 draw game with Japan’s Blue Samurai. Now, there is a chance for inspiring young footballers from Singapore to be trained in Japan. Epson Singapore today announced a collaboration with the Football Association of Singapore to conduct an overseas training attachment for Singapore’s Under-14 players to the prestigious Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club, a professional club in Japan’s top tier J1 League. As part of the programme, three selected young footballers will have the rare opportunity to join the club’s youth training programme and participate in related activities from 22 to 28 June 2015. The training attachment is part of Epson Singapore’s three-year sponsorship, since August 2013, worth $1 million with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), and is in line with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts for youth development.

Handpicked by the National Football Academy, Muhammad Nur Adam Bin Abdullah, Mohamad Hamizan bin Mohamad Hisham, and Elijah Lim will experience the daily lives of, and learn from, footballers associated with one of Japan’s leading clubs. The young players were shortlisted from 23 U-14 players by Senior Coach Robbie Servais, based on his assessment of their technical skills, attitude and discipline.

They will kick-start the trip with a welcome and press conference at the club’s renowned Alwin stadium, close to where many Epson’s facilities are based, before heading to the training ground. The youths will get to stay in the club’s hostelinteract with Japanese players, and experience a J-league match.

The holistic training attachment will also include a chance to experience the historic sites and explore the spectacular natural beauty of the region andvisit Epson’s Monozukuri Museum, which offers a glimpse of Epson’s manufacturing history with exhibits ranging from the world’s first analog quartz watch to the latest innovative sporting and fitness products.

This collaboration is a result of long discussions between Epson, the Football Association of Singapore and Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club. Supported by many Epson employees in Japan, Epson has been the Club’s sponsor since 2005 and the shirt sponsor since 2006. Now in its first year in J1 and its fourth in the J-League overall, this is the first time that the Club has conducted an overseas training attachment as it opens links to Asia.

Said Ms Tan May Lin, General Manager, Epson Singapore (Sales Division), “Epson is happy to play its part in providing the best resources possible to groom Singapore’s future football stars. Through watching and training with one of Asia’s best professional teams, we hope that our youths will be motivated to pick up tactical tips and aspire towards being the best in the field. Beyo nd skills, we hope they will also bring home the essence of being a good sportsman, as they see values such as respect, discipline and the importance of teamwork come to life through the players.”

Following #MayPac on Twitter For Ultimate Fight Between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

This weekend, Floyd Mayweather (twitter @FloydMayweather) and Manny Pacquiao (twitter @MannyPacquiao) will square off for the Welterweight Championship in one of the most talked-about fights in boxing history — and Twitter will be your home for all of the real-time live conversation before, during and after this highly anticipated face-off.

Source: Twitter @SHOsports


Join the global sports conversation via the official fight hashtag, #MayPac. And read on for details about how Twitter keeps users connected to the Saturday night fight, whether you’re at the live event in Las Vegas or anywhere else. The #MayPac fight happens on Sunday, May 3 at 9am Singapore time.


The boxers

To start, make sure you’re following undefeated champ @FloydMayweather and eight-time, eight-division champ @MannyPacquiao. Look for behind-the-scenes photos and videos from both boxers as they bring fans closer to their preparation on Twitter.


For exclusive content related to the big fight, you should also follow @TRBoxing and @MayweatherPromo.


Broadcast info

HBO (@HBOBoxing) and Showtime (@SHOSports) Pay-Per-View will broadcast the fight and have a lot planned on Twitter.


The networks have launched a hashtag battle, encouraging fans to Tweet #MayWins for Mayweather or #PacWins for Pacquiao. During the weigh-in show this Friday on HBO and during the pre-fight broadcast, fan predictions will be revealed live on-air, along with the results of the hashtag battle.


The MGM (@MGMGrand) in Las Vegas will visualize the hashtag battle outside on their digital marquee and inside the hotel lobby on TV screens.


All week long, HBO and Showtime will also share Twitter Mirror and Vine 360 video Tweets featuring legendary fighters, media personalities and celebrity guests at various fight-related events.


On fight night, HBO’s ringside photographers will capture and Tweet photos of Manny Pacquiao as he returns to his corner via a Twitter Mirror. HBO’s roster of World Championship Boxers will also be invited to play the role of roaming photographer while using handheld Twitter Mirrors to capture their interactions with fellow fighters and celebrities ringside at the MGM.


Additionally, the fight marks our first ever Twitter Amplify program with Showtime. Follow @ShoSports for epic Fight Week content, sponsored by @PizzaHut.


Five years’ buildup

The two boxers, their fans, and especially celebrities have been clamoring for this fight to happen for over five years — and the anticipation has unfolded on Twitter. In fact, Mayweather Tweeted about wanting to fight Pacquiao years ago:


And Pacquiao asked for the fight last year:


This collection below features Tweets (dating back to 2010) from legendary boxers, athletes, actors and musicians who all wanted this fight to happen: