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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,  

Singapore firm to produce dual-screen YotaPhone

22 Feb
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Singapore-based Hi-P International is going to manufacture the dual-screen YotaPhone that first wowed audiences at the recent CES gadget fest in the United States last month.

The company yesterday said it had signed on with the creator of the YotaPhone – Russia’s Yota Devices – to be an original design manufacturer (ODM) – for the Android gizmo. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Hi-P international, Singapore, Yota Devices, Yotaphone,  

Uber brings simplified limousine booking to Singapore

21 Feb


Getting hold of limousines in Singapore is about to get a whole lot simpler thanks to a new booking service called Uber.

Acting as a bridge between the passenger and local limo rental companies, the San Francisco-based company develops the apps central to the booking experience and takes a 20 per cent cut of the final fare. The service currently has around 100 Mercedes Benzes, Audis, and BMWs at its fingertips.

Tagged in: Software, limo, limousine, Singapore, taxi, Uber,  

Goondu review: Sony Xperia Z

10 Feb

Sony Xperia Z

Hitting all the right notes in terms of specs and design, Sony’s latest flagship smartphone certainly seems like a recipe for success. And with the device landing on our shelves from March 1, we don’t have very long to wait, either.

Is the Xperia Z finally the breakout device for Sony, or is the “Z” an ominous symbol for the end of the line for the Japanese company? Let’s find out!

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, review, Singapore, Sony, xperia, Xperia Z,  

Sony Xperia Z out in Singapore on March 1, costs S$988

7 Feb

Sony Xperia Z

Sony seems to have gotten its game together like never before, and that includes shipping its flagship phone on time to steal a march over rivals.

The Xperia Z, possibly the best phone from Sony in a long while, is going on sale in Singapore on March 1, for a rather expensive but not unexpected S$988. Impatient buyers can pre-order from February 15 at Sony stores or telecom operators.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, 4G, LTE, price and availability, Singapore, Sony, Xperia Z,