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SingTel’s 300Mbps mobile broadband service gets a Huawei boost
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SingTel’s 300Mbps mobile broadband service gets a Huawei boost

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24 Jul
2014
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What’s the point of a very fast network without anyone being able to log on to it?

Well, SingTel’s zippy 300Mbps mobile broadband service using the Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network technology now has a Huawei mobile router that hooks up users on the go.

Hailed as a “world first”, SingTel’s commercial launch of the enhanced 4G service yesterday came with Huawei’s E5786 mobile MiFi device, which creates a mobile hotspot to hook up phones, laptops and other devices.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, E5786, Huawei, LTE-Advanced, Singapore price and availability, SingTel,  
 

New TomTom GPS devices support live traffic feeds in Singapore

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17 Jul
2014
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TomTom is bringing live traffic updates onto three new standalone GPS navigation devices in Southeast Asia, with Singapore being the first country in region to benefit from the TomTom Traffic service.

The TomTom Go 50, 500 and 600 series of GPS devices get the feeds by hooking up to compatible Android and iOS-based smartphones. The information is syndicated from users, government agencies and other data sources.

 
Tagged in: android, GPS/maps, Internet, iphone, Peripherals, gps, maps, PND, TomTom, traffic data,  
 

SingPass breach: time for government agencies to take security more seriously

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8 Jul
2014
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Perhaps the worst thing that can happen after the recent SingPass security breach is to assume it cannot happen again.

This idea that everything is working fine is foolhardy, after news last week that three of the 1,560 compromised SingPass accounts were used to apply for work permits.

Thus it’s disappointing to hear the government saying there are no vulnerabilities with the existing SingPass system. In Parliament yesterday, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim instead repeated the advice to users to strengthen their passwords and be more security-savvy.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, e-government, Singpass,  
 

StarHub’s interactive set-top box now records programmes to your own hard disk

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22 Jun
2014
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Following the launch of the Samsung HD interactive set-top box in April, StarHub is now allowing its users to store recorded programmes on their own hard disks.

The service is not for free however, as an additional subscription to the Smart TV value added service (VAS) at S$4.28 a month is required on top of the S$6.42 monthly set-top box rental.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, HDTV, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore,  
 

Hands on: PixePlay Kuro

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21 Jun
2014
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It isn’t the first to come up with an Android TV box, but Singapore-based PixePlay sure has one of the most high-powered ones around in its recently-unveiled Kuro Smart Player.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, Featured, Internet, Singapore, HD box, PixePlay, review, Singapore price and availability,  
 

CommunicAsia 2014: time for telcos, industry players to unlock the content

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19 Jun
2014
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If content is king, then telecom operators are queen. Or maybe the audience is queen.

To a panel of broadcast and telecom executives yesterday at CommunicAsia, the analogy seemed funny enough to be worth re-spinning so many ways.

Yet, in a world where they themselves are no longer the king of the hill, each of them will be smart to realise the future will be shaped by smaller, nimbler and more innovative over-the-top (OTT) players such as Netflix.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, 4K TV, fibre broadband, mediacorp, SingTel, StarHub, ViewQwest,  
 

Google lets users add own locations on Singapore map

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18 Jun
2014
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With a few quick clicks, folks in Singapore can now share their favourite cafes and chill out spots with everyone else by adding them onto Google Maps.

The Map Maker service, introduced in Singapore yesterday by the Internet giant, draws upon the local community to enhance Singapore’s existing maps by adding new locations and updating outdated ones.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, Google, Map Maker, Singapore,  
 

Commentary: IDA’s smart nation vision needs buy-in

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17 Jun
2014
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An IDA AG box providing power and connectivity to nearby sensors

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) today talked up a grand vision to turn Singapore into a “smart nation”, one where sensors everywhere could pick up traffic congestion, predict how long taxis will take to come and even detect pollution in the air.

It’s not a new idea. Indeed, many government agencies have already been adding “smarts” to their existing hardware, like cameras, over the past few years. Yet, IDA’s effort is laudable in many ways.

It wants to centralise the effort and get both public and private organisations to share the infrastructure and connect to a common interface. This can jumpstart many new services.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, Singapore, Above Ground boxes, CommunicAsia 2014, IDA, Internet of Things, Singapore, Smart Nation,  
 

SingTel’s Easy Mobile plans let users customise airtime, SMSes and data

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16 Jun
2014
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Taking the market by surprise today, SingTel has come up with a mobile phone plan that lets users customise how many minutes of airtime, number of SMSes and free data usage they get to enjoy each month.

Said to be the first in Asia, this Easy Mobile offering lets users configure their plans either through a smartphone app or on a website, while on the go.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, cellphone plans, Easy Mobile, SingTel,  
 

UnoTelly offers free access for World Cup streaming

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15 Jun
2014
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Didn’t pay the S$112 to SingTel to watch the World Cup? Well, you can stream the matches online, and no, we’re not talking about going to pirated streaming sites.

You can turn to UnoTelly, a service that lets users access online streaming of TV programmes in countries around the world (read our earlier review).

During the World Cup period, the service is free and lets you watch matches, such as the just-concluded England versus Italy clash, on free BBC or ITV channels in Britain.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Singapore, UnoTelly, World Cup streaming,