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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,  

Canon moves into lens rental space with ‘try-and-buy’ programme

23 Mar
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Canon lens group shot

In a move that’s sure to raise a few eyebrows among existing lens rental firms, Canon is preparing to launch a new lens rental programme on March 28 for customers who want to give expensive lenses a test run before forking out thousands of dollars.

Prices for a one-day rental period start from as low as S$18, and two-day rentals start from S$25, up to a maximum of two lenses at one go. These exclude pick-up and return dates, so you could conceivably keep the the lenses for up to four days.

Tagged in: Cameras, Canon, DSLR, lens, rental, Singapore,  

SAP partners get hands-on experience at Singapore Co-Innovation Lab

18 Mar
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SAP Co-Innovation Lab opens in Singapore

Partners of SAP will be able to get hands-on experience in cloud computing, mobility, big data analytics and in-memory computing with a new lab that the corporate software and services company has set up in Singapore.

This Co-Innovation Lab unveiled last week is the latest in a network that includes facilities in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Russia, India, China and Japan.

Like many such proof-of-concept labs from other companies, SAP’s new facility provides a place for developers using SAP technology to test out their offerings before selling them to the market.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Singapore, Software, Co-Innovation Lab, SAP, Singapore,  

SingTel to lead group of companies in telecommuting pilot study

15 Mar
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SingTel is going to lead a pilot project to explore ways to telecommute and have flexible work arrangements, with the hopes of drawing an estimated 326,000 “economically inactive” Singaporeans back into the workforce.

By sending a modest 30 employees from five companies back to their own homes, the study aims to assess the viability of telecommuting on a larger scale and identify the problems that may arise out of such a work culture.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Singapore, fibre broadband, IDA, Singapore, SingTel, SMEs, telecommute,  

Canon extends business outsourcing services to Singapore

12 Mar
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Canon Business Services
(Photo credit: Canon)

Canon launched its business services offerings in Singapore last week, in a bid to convince local companies to outsource business processes such as document management and mailroom operations to the Japanese company.

Currently offered in Europe and the US, Canon Business Services (CBS) provides the services to big companies as an extension of its hardware business.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Singapore, Canon, Canon Business Services, outsourcing, Singapore,  

IT Show 2013: new and noteworthy deals

8 Mar
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For some people, the unceasing IT bazaars such as this week’s IT Show seem to assault the senses every three months, with their loud discounts and thronging crowds.

Still, some brands treat the event as a launch pad for their new products, and other companies occasionally surprise us with generous gifts and low price points, so they’re worth checking out.

Here are a few new and noteworthy items at this year’s IT Show.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, 2013, asus, BlackBerry Z10, fibre broadband, HTC Butterfly, IT Show, LG Optimus G, LTE, Panasonic, Singapore, Sony Xperia Z, toughbook, VivoTab Smart,  

Hands-on: BlackBerry Z10

24 Feb

BlackBerry Z10

Come March 7, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry’s attempt to claw back market share from iOS, Android and perhaps even Windows Phone will officially begin on our tiny island, beginning with its Z10 smartphone.

Is it enough to inspire BlackBerry fans who have been waiting with baited breath to upgrade?

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, BB, BB10, BlackBerry, price, review, Singapore, Z10,