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Singapore expands TV White Spaces trials to Sentosa and other spots

18 Jun
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Source: Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group

Singapore may be taking a step closer to rolling out TV White Spaces, a new wireless technology that taps on the unused spectrum in broadcast TV frequencies, with new trials now being planned in four places.

The wireless technology will provide an Internet link to Sentosa, Gardens by the Bay, HDB estates and car dealership Eurokars Group, as the country seeks to find new use for old frequencies in its increasingly crowded airwaves.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, Singapore, trials, TV White Spaces, wireless surveillance,  

Goondu guide to fibre broadband operators in Singapore

9 Jun

blue fibre optic cables

Step into the PC Show this weekend, and you’d find fibre broadband prices that may make you wonder why you’ve been paying so much previously. The packages are not bad too, with various new TV options now being bundled together.

This is a huge change from just a few years ago, before fibre broadband was introduced. Then, only SingTel and StarHub played the field, with each competing on the freebies they gave out rather than on lower prices to attract users.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, fibre broadband guide, M1, MyRepublic, PC show, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub, ViewQwest,  

eBay revamps Singapore website, offers new Feed feature

1 Jun
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eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, revealed a series of fresh new features and enhancements to its Singapore website yesterday.

The revamped site claims to give customers better savings and greater access to global inventories, allowing Singaporeans to buy items from local listings as well as over 40 million global listings.

Tagged in: Internet, Media, Singapore, eBay, online shopping, revamp, Singapore,  

Adobe goes all-in with Creative Cloud, kills Creative Suite for good

10 May
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Adobe Creative Cloud logo

When Adobe launched its Creative Cloud offerings to creative professionals in Singapore, it was clear to observers that the software subscription service would be Adobe’s main focus from then on. However, few expected Adobe to scrap its perpetual license offerings entirely and go all-in with Creative Cloud.

But that is exactly what Adobe has announced on Tuesday: the existing Creative Suite 6 will be the last of its kind, and all production software from Adobe will henceforth be issued under the broad Creative Cloud moniker.

Tagged in: Singapore, Software, Adobe, Creative Cloud, Creative Suite 6, CS6, Singapore, Singapore price,  

Hands-on: Synrgic’s home-grown Android smartphone

2 May
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Synrgic Uno

Folks looking for their next smartphone running stock Android may be surprised to find themselves looking no further than Singapore, where local firm Synrgic on Tuesday unveiled the Uno, their new mid-range smartphone.

Sporting a sleek, umber-coloured exterior, the Uno — which means “one” in Spanish or Italian — is completely designed and developed in the Singapore. And instead of mass-producing the smartphone in China, as most brands are wont to do, the Uno will be manufactured in South Korea “to get the best quality”, according to Synrgic CEO Cheo Suan Jin.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Singapore price, Synrgic, Uno,  

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Asia on April 20 as international release windows narrow

17 Apr
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Game of Thrones

HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is set to light up Asian screens on April 20, as the show returns for its third season just 20 days after its US premiere.

This 20-day window is remarkably short when you consider the fact that it took HBO more than 4 months to bring the first season of the show to Singapore back in 2011.

Tagged in: Media, Game of Thrones, HBO, HBO Asia, Singapore,  

Singapore government pushes for more ‘open data’ usage with app competition

7 Apr
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The Singapore government is running a competition to encourage local Web and mobile developers to come up with useful apps that tap on its huge amount of publicly-available data. 

Tagged in: cloud, Singapore, Software, app development, apps, apps4sg, Big data, Google Singapore, Government, IEEE Computer Society Singapore, Singapore, the great singapore rat race,  

StarHub joins e-book bandwagon with store and reader app

2 Apr
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StarHub launched a new e-book store and reader app of its own last Tuesday called Booktique, which brings about 400,000 titles to all iOS and Android users regardless of their mobile operators of choice.

The number looks paltry compared to the millions upon millions of e-books available elsewhere, but similar to other local e-book stores such as MediaCorp’s ilovebooks, Booktique also offers e-books written by Singapore authors.

Tagged in: Singapore, Software, booktique, ebook, ebook reader, ereader, Singapore, StarHub,  

Shanzhai Samsung Galaxy Note II and S III mini in Singapore?

29 Mar
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Copy of Samsung Galaxy S III mini in Singapore

Can a Samsung Galaxy S III mini, which went on sale in Singapore last month for S$568, be going for as little as S$179 at a store at Sim Lim Square? Apparently not, unless you’re interested in a fake, or rather, shanzhai, version of the smartphone.

A Techgoondu reader sent us some interesting photos earlier this week, showing copy versions of Samsung phones being sold at one of Singapore’s popular IT malls.

The Galaxy S III mini copy is among several, he said. Yet another model that looks like a Galaxy Note II is also on sale, he added.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, fake, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III mini, pirate, shanzai, sim lim square, Singapore,  

Singapore nursing homes turn to cloud, mobile technologies

29 Mar
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IngoT II in action

Seven nursing homes in Singapore have turned to cloud and mobile technologies to cut down on day-to-day manual processing, raising productivity by a claimed 10 per cent.

Developed by local healthcare IT vendor PulseSync, this IngoT II project uses a mix of several Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SQL Server, Silverlight, and .NET framework to make the running of such facilities smoother.

The project costs S$2.65 million – S$2 million of which is funded by the philanthropic organisation Lien Foundation.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Singapore, cloud, IngoT II, Lien Foundation, Microsoft, Singapore,