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Check out the video below for a quick refresher on how Acronis approach managing your data backup for you.
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In a press release, the organizers for this year’s CommunicAsia, EnterpriseAsia and BroadcastAsia, have set theme for this year to circle around the seven billion connected devices and the expected US$59 billion to be spent on IoTs(Internet of Things).
Enabling cities and governments:
Governments around the world have been investing in technology to enhance city automation and improve efficiencies in areas such as transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, education, logistics and energy consumption. Giving attendees a flavour of what they can expect, here are some examples:
- Huawei, will be demonstrating at CommunicAsia2015 how their solutions can open roads to a better connected world, through innovative and fun technologies such as the Eye Robot and Smart Lamp Post which help with public safety and surveillance.
- Singapore company, Mobiquest, will be introducing netBin to Asia. This is the region’s first Smart Bin Management System aimed to increase efficiency of city wide trash removal. The solution has sensors that send out notifications when bins are full with waste to help with the route planning of cleaners. Smart technologies like these showcase new ways of maintaining city cleanliness by minimising overflowing bins, and working towards a more efficient and safer collection service. Mobiquest will also be showcasing AquaSmart, an environment monitoring platform that tracks air pollution, noise level, and more, to help create more livable cities.
- Skyshot, a Singapore company and Asia’s leading specialist in time-lapse and aerial cinematography, will be showcasing the TBox Titan, the only armoured, weather-proof time-lapse camera system in the world capable of delivering 8K resolution for long duration (up to six years) time-lapse. To launch globally at BroadcastAsia2015, the TBox Titan is ideal for documenting building constructions, ship-building and engineering processes. Also a drone systems integrator, Skyshot utilises drones from makers such as DJI, to design creative aerial solutions across multiple industries.
Aided by IoT, the digital universe is expected to double in size every two years and will multiply by 10-fold to 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. The huge amount of Big Data brings abundant opportunities for businesses to better understand their customers, determine opportunities to innovate and be more productive. The events will also give attendees the opportunity to see how technology can enable smart enterprises, with examples including:
- Singapore based company, DFRC, will be showcasing City Analyser, a system that enables analysis and investigation on crowd movements and behaviour. This is achieved by extracting accurate and anonymous information about footfall, stay duration, mobility, distribution and demographics, through passively listening to mobile phone signals. This provide insights critical to improving business environment blueprints and work processes through more accurate determination of crowd habits, enabling targeted and location-based offers.
“Year on year, we have brought insights and innovations of the latest and best from around the world to the events. Addressing the opportunities and challenges of current trends, the events have been the platforms where stalwart brands like Huawei launch new innovations and impart knowledge. In line with industry trends of 5G, cloud, big data, IoT, security and more, the 2015 programme focuses on empowering smart businesses and cities for this world of global connectivity,” said Ms. Agnes Leung, Assistant Project Director, CommunicAsia & EnterpriseIT, Singapore Exhibition Services.
Enabling connected lifestyles:
Proliferated demand for multiscreen viewing and OTT has resulted in more and more consumers accessing information and video content on their smart devices, anywhere and at any time. Continued innovation has played a huge role in enabling an upwardly mobile lifestyle.
- Ooyala’s recent Global Video Index found that 34 per cent of all video plays were on tablets and smartphones. TV content consumption is no longer confined to the space of the living room, with consumers taking control of when and where they want to view their favourite programmes. Ooyala, in enabling the delivery of TV everywhere through Big Data, makes it possible for broadcasters and businesses to bring to audiences, the personalised videos they want on any screen – be it mobile, tablets or TV. They will be showcasing solutions on how the broadcasting and media industries can leverage analytics to determine and generate new revenue streams, better manage advertisements and monetise platforms.
“Accessibility to mobile devices and connectivity has changed the way people consume content, resulting in cord-cutting and TV everywhere trends. Alongside Asia’s changing consumption patterns, we designed our programmes to reflect the latest in OTT technology, insight to media analytics, cord-cutting and more, catering to audiences around the region. BroadcastAsia continues to deliver value by providing insight and best practices from industry leaders, and maintaining a platform where visitors can experience the latest developments firsthand,” said Mr. Calvin Koh, Assistant Project Director, BroadcastAsia, Singapore Exhibition Services.
Opening Ceremony updates:
To register for the CommunicAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 events, please visit: http://www.communicasia.com
Infocomm Media Business Exchange
Opening Ceremony address by Guest-of-Honour, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information
Date: 2nd June, 2015
Starting Time: 0900 hrs
Venue: Level 3, Bayview, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands
After acquiring TalentBin in February early this year, Monster wasted no time re-branding it as TalentBin® by Monster and now promotes TalentBin as a Capture-All for infindable talents.
In a press release and speaking on the announcement, Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster (India, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong), said that,”Skilled technology talent is hard to find and we have found that many potential candidates are not active job seekers and are less likely to have, and regularly update, a resume or a professional online profile. However, the talent recruiters are trying to find are online in many ways, leaving bits of information demonstrating the professional skills that make them desirable candidates. This prompts for a need for a disruptive technology to find this talent.” He added that,”TalentBin® by Monster is a solution to the evolution of online and social recruitment. It has an intuitive and specialised communication template that can assemble candidate profiles from publicly available sources, limited to professionally relevant information. This will ensure the ‘unfindable’ can be found.”
Key benefits of TalentBin® by Monster
- Recruit hard-‐to-‐find talent: Technical talent are rarely active seekers, with profiles that are non-‐existent or seldom updated. TalentBin® by Monster helps you find talent where they already live online – not where you wish they would be.
- Reaches out to professionals where they are active: TalentBin® by Monster provides direct access to email addresses, so employers can reach professionals on the platforms where they are already active.
- Integrated tools for maximum efficiency: TalentBin® by Monster allows recruiters to prioritise their time of professionals who are engaged, so they can reduce their time-‐to-‐hire.
In summary, this new platform allows recruiters to locate talent who may not be active job seekers and therefore unlikely to upload a resume.
- By aggregating public candidate social activity into a rich professional profile, recruiters now can find many previously undiscoverable candidates.
- TalentBin® by Monster scans relevant sites such as GitHub, Twitter, StackOverflow, Meetup, Google+ and other forums where candidates are active online.
In a tight labour market, a company’s ability to find, attract, and access the right skilled professionals is critical to success. TalentBin® by Monster not only automates and streamlines the talent discovery process via site monitoring, interpretation and matching, but also simplifies the hiring process to allow recruiters do more in less time.
We previously covered the Jabra Move Wireless headphones, which came in three colours – cobalt, cayenne and coal. We are happy to share that Jabra has added Gold to its Move Wireless Headphone line-up.
The smooth, rich gold tone of the headphone slider adds a level of luxury to the otherwise black yet sleek Scandinavian design of the Jabra MoveTM Wireless in Gold. The headphones and its cushioned ear cups are ergonomically designed to provide ultimate comfort for every user as they enjoy up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge.
Jabra MoveTM Wireless in Gold will be available at Apple premium resellers, Challenger, Digital Style, Harvey Norman stores and authorized Jabra resellers, and at Jabra’s GoWireless online store http://www.gowireless.com.sg at a RRP of SGD148.
In a statement released to the press, MyRepublic has announced that it has launched a 1Gbps No Contract plan. This plan is targeted at customers who cannot commit to the 12 or 24 months subscription plan.
Check out the features of this new announcement.
Monthly subscription fee: $69.99 Service installation charge: $99 ($58 for re-contracting MyRepublic customers) Termination fee: Free after 3 months, a one-time cancellation fee of $48.15 only applies if customer terminates within the first 3 months Other perks: $70 router discount Free Home Voice Standard (with unlimited local calls) Free 3 Months F-Secure Internet Security
This No Contract 1Gbps promotion is not applicable with other MyRepublic fibre broadband promotions.
Customers on the 1Gbps No Contract plan are also welcome to move to a 1Gbps MyRepublic contract plan should they want to, with a 24-month 1Gbps contract available at $49.99/mth. The move will give the customer one free month’s subscription and no additional service installation fees will be required.
Interested customers can visit http://www.myrepublic.com.sg and sign up directly online. A list of MyRepublic retail stores and resellers is also available on the website.
MatchMove Virtual Pay is Asia’s first eWallet that lets you shop online using virtual cards. As can be seen above, you get your own American Express card, for your on-line shopping convenience. American Express is the current merchant arrangement. In future, more card merchants may be added. Most important of all, no minimum income is required.
The concept for the usage of the virtual card is similar to the prepaid debit cards in the United States. All you need to do is to top-up the amount required from any of the convenient methods, as shown below.
- Full credit card security
- Powered & certified by American Express ©
- Definitely more secure than PayPal & any other payment methods
Here’s a useful video to show how to use MatchMove Virtual Pay
Fans of the latest Apple Macbook may now heave a sigh of relief for having more options for external flash storage drive, in the form of SanDisk Dual USB Drive with Type-C connector. While the new USB connection port is not new, having appeared on Nokia N1 Android Tablet in as recent as November 2014, the cultish drive of the Apple crowd, will surely drive the increase take-up and adoption rate for USB Type-C to go mainstream.
True to form, and following their recent introduction of the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, which comes with both USB 3 and Lightning connector, the SanDisk Dual USB Drive with Type-C connector, fills the current dearth of expandable flash drives.
The new Dual USB Drive features a Type C connector on one end and a USB 3.0 on the other for fast and easy transfer between next-generation devices and PC or Mac computers. The new Dual USB Drive will initially be available in a 32GB5 capacity.
The 32GB SanDisk Dual USB Drive with Type C connector is priced at SGD99 features a two-year warranty.The drive will be available in Singapore in mid-April through Challenger Technologies Ltd, Sprint-Cass Pte Ltd, EpiCentre Pte Ltd, nübox and Istudio.
For further reading, please click below for the press release.
SanDisk Makes it Easy for Consumers to Transfer, Access and Share Photos Across All of Their Favorite Devices
Introduces a new mobile flash drive to simplify management of photos, videos and other files captured on mobile devices
SINGAPORE, April 21, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, has introduced a new, innovative mobile memory solution that helps consumers manage and transfer content captured on their favorite devices. The company’s first Dual USB Drive with Type C connector, ideal for Type C-ready connected devices, enables consumers to quickly and easily transfer content directly from a mobile device to a Mac or PC computer.
According to a recent industry report from IDC1, this year people will capture and share an estimated 1.6 trillion images, and seven out of 10 of those images will be captured on a mobile device. With this rising trend, users want to be able to easily share and store their content across multiple devices and operating systems – in a seamless, intuitive and secure way.
“With the rapidly increasing amount of content captured on mobile devices, we know that consumers want easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of US smartphone users find transferring of photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them2, and 67% would like new, easy ways of transferring those files,” said Mark Eng, Country Manager, Singapore and Malaysia, SanDisk. “We are focused on delivering memory solutions designed to simplify the transfer process, while also providing expanded storage capacity so they can keep capturing and sharing great memories.”
SanDisk’s First Dual USB Drive with Type C Connector
According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics3, by 2016 12% of handsets alone will feature Type C connectors. Anticipating significant demand for this new platform, SanDisk is introducing its first-ever USB flash drive with a Type C connector. The new Dual USB Drive features a Type C connector on one end and a USB 3.0 on the other for fast and easy transfer between next-generation devices4 and PC or Mac computers. The new Dual USB Drive will initially be available in a 32GB5 capacity.
The Dual USB Drive with Type C connector also works with the SanDisk® Memory Zone app, which gives users even greater control over their mobile device’s memory storage. The app, available for free download from the Google Play™ store, is compatible with most Android™-powered devices and allows users to easily locate, organize, transfer and back up data. When the device is connected, the Memory Zone app auto-launches, and allows users to easily manage and transfer content between their mobile device and the drive.
Pricing and Availability
The 32GB SanDisk Dual USB Drive with Type C connector is priced at SGD99 features a two-year warranty8.The drive will be available in Singapore in mid-April through Challenger Technologies Ltd, Sprint-Cass Pte Ltd, EpiCentre Pte Ltd, nübox and Istudio.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.sandisk.com.
The Seagate Backup Plus Fast is an external drive that runs on USB 3 and does not require any additional power source.
As an amateur photographer, having access to a storage device that I could back-up to on the go, is very important to me. The Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive, scores a big plus in my view, as it does not require any additional power supply source, taking all that it needs from the 900mAh output of a standard USB 3 port.
I had the opportunity to test drive the 4TB version. While physically, it looks twice as thick as other external storage drives, what happens under the hood is much more. It essentially contains 2 2TB hard drives configured with Raid 0. It is most spacious, but you will have to bear in mind that since this is a Raid 0 configuration, the data that you saved to the hard Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB, is spread over the two 2TB drives – thereby making recovery, a little bit more difficult. So, please do have other storage area, or you can upload to the cloud services that is also accessible via the Seagate Dashboard. Physically, at 116.90mm long, 82.50mm wide and 9.5mm thickness, it is definitely not the most compact, while still providing the heft necessary for stable disk operations.
You have the options of adding on cloud storage for a closely linked back-up. Other OneDrive, Dropbox and Nero Cloud are supported as well.
Under Social – uploading Share as shown with the upward facing arrow, allows to upload to Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. For the arrow facing down, enables you to download your entire media collection of Flickr and facebook.
Here are two screen grabs showing an example of media downloading in progress from both facebook and flickr.
Now, let’s move on to the disk test. For this purpose, I will use Crystal Disk Mark. I tested based on 1TB and 2TB file transfer. Check it out below.
The main takeaway here is that – for sustained continuous disk write, or the act of saving, the Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive will tend to perform better. And this is to be expected for a hard disk as capable as the Seagate. The Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB is available at most electronic and IT stores for the recommended retail price of S$449.00