21 May 2018

OPPO launches R15 and R15 Pro in Singapore

• OPPO R15 series combines beauty with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology

• OPPO R15 and R15 Pro’s new gradient design reflects the company's personality

• With a 6.28" bezel-less screen, the smartphone features a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 and an aspect ratio of 19:9

OPPO, which is increasingly popular among the younger generation, has brought two new smartphones, OPPO R15 and OPPO R15 Pro to Singapore.

Designed around the concept of tapping into fashion and style, both models provide new gradient designs as well as advancements in camera, display and AI-enhanced features.

“If you are looking for a smartphone that is beautiful, while possessing optimal performance capabilities, the new OPPO R15 and R15 Pro are the smartphones for you. Our smartphones bring together the best of fashion, style and quality and we are thrilled to be bringing this to the Singapore market,” said Jeremy Tan, Product Manager, OPPO Singapore.

Designed in collaboration with industrial designer, Karim Rashid, the OPPO R15 comes in trendy colour gradients: Nebula Purple and Rouge Red for the OPPO R15 and Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red for the OPPO R15 Pro. Built with semi-transparent glass, the phone chassis allow light and shadow to influence the colours in reflection of users' creativity.

With gesture operations and full-screen multitasking, the OPPO R15 series offers an unparallelled screen experience. The vOPPO R15 series boasts a 6.28" bezel-less screen with a resolution of 2,280x1,080 and an aspect ratio of 19:9 - a high screen-to-body ratio. The OPPO Super Full Screen provides customised multitasking functions and deep system optimisations based on its ColorOS 5.0. The narrow left and right frames provide notifications and shortcuts to multiple functions or third-party apps.

The OPPO R15 series is the first to adopt the SONY IMX519 image sensor. In addition to upgraded scene recognition based on AI-enhanced technologies, the dual rear cameras (R15: 16 megapixel + 5 megapixel; R15 Pro: 16 megapixel + 20 megapixel) push the limits of photography. Revamped Sensor-HDR technology dramatically improves backlight selfies and allows users to check high dynamic exposure live effects in real-time.

The OPPO R15 series introduces AI scene recognition. The technology can identify 120 scenes and 16 tags. This makes capturing a subject at its best easier than ever. With the Artistic Portrait Mode, the OPPO R15 and R15 Pro feature a 3D lighting technique for shooting improved artistic portraits.

The OPPO R15 series has focused on increasing memory and storage space with its 128 GB ROM with 6 GB RAM (DDR4) combo across both models – giving it the ability to store 20,000+ standard-size photos. Additionally, the R15 has battery capacity of 3,450 mAh (3,400 mAh for R15 Pro) and supports VOOC Flash Charging technology.

Additional features of the R15 Pro include:

Near field communications (NFC)

An NFC chip is installed for hassle-free payment. The feature supports Android devices.

Water resistance

The R15 Pro is water resistant and splash-proof up to the IP67 specification. Calls can even be taken in light rain.

3D glass surface

The R15 Pro features a 3D glass surface that replicates the iconic slim metal curve design of the R series in a glass body.  

For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones while innovating on mobile photography. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5 megapixel and 16 megapixel front cameras.  OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorised rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom.

In 2017, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC.

Details:

OPPO R15

The OPPO R15 will be available online and in-store from 26 May 2018. Coming to Singapore in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red, the OPPO R15 will be available at a retail price of S$749.

OPPO R15 Pro

The OPPO R15 Pro will be available online and in-store from 26 May 2018. Retailing in Singapore in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red, the OPPO R15 Pro will be available at a retail price of S$899.

Read the specifications for OPPO R15 and R15 Pro at
https://www.oppo.com/sg/index.html


Hisense launches new TVs in Malaysia ahead of World Cup

Global technology player and official sponsor of FIFA World Cup 2018 Hisense has launched new limited edition high definition televisions in Malaysia. 

“We saw great response to our range of cutting-edge televisions launched last year, and we are continuing to bring Malaysians the best high definition viewing experience this year as well. In light of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 starting in June, we are pleased to elevate the viewing experience of football fans with the U9A, U7A and the Laser TV. 

"To get fans even more immersed in the beautiful game as well as all viewing experiences, our ULED TV offers outstanding picture quality and excellent sound. The U9A which we are launching today will take you to the next level with a cutting-edge LED backlight system offering unprecedented picture quality with the ultimate high dynamic range for your enjoyment. Apart from that, our Laser TV and U7A also offer unique viewing experiences to viewers,” said Andy Huang, MD, Hisense Malaysia.

The Hisense U7A is slim and has a metal chassis. The U7A supports high dynamic range system for high contrast and accurate details while expanding the TV’s contrast ratio. Its Elite Backlight system offers better contrasts with its local dimming and precision brightness process technology. 

The limited edition Hisense U9A features the Prime Array Backlight, an advanced backlight system with an ultra-dense LED structure, accurate control of the picture and brightness process as well as backlight scanning. It also has Ultra Motion Plus to enhance the clarity of fast-moving images.

Source: Hisense. The Keep It Street crew posing together with Hisense Malaysia's spokespersons during the official launch of Hisense Laser TV, U9A and U7A in Malaysia. The executives from Hisense are, from left, Edison Li, Product Manager of Hisense Malaysia; Andy Huang, MD, Hisense Malaysia; Tan Soo Hee, GM, Hisense Malaysia and Jeremy Tang, Product Manager of Hisense Malaysia.
Source: Hisense. The Keep It Street crew posing together with Hisense Malaysia's spokespersons during the official launch of Hisense Laser TV, U9A and U7A in Malaysia. The executives from Hisense are, from left, Edison Li, Product Manager of Hisense Malaysia; Andy Huang, MD, Hisense Malaysia; Tan Soo Hee, GM, Hisense Malaysia and Jeremy Tang, Product Manager of Hisense Malaysia.

Hisense also announced the availability of its 100" limited edition Laser TV. The 4K UHD Smart Laser TV is thin, lightweight, and wireless.



Details:

The 75" Hisense U9A is available in Malaysia at a suggested retail price of RM19,999, whereas the Hisense 4K UHD Smart Laser TV has a suggested retail price of RM39,999.

19 May 2018

Bay Hotel introduces Ramadhan buffet

Rumah Rasa at the Bay Hotel Singapore uses herbs from its own garden in the cooking, which is described as "home style with a twist". For Ramadhan the restaurant is serving an Ramadan Iftar Menu with rarer and more unusual Indonesian dishes.

At a lunch media preview of the evening Ramadhan buffet ahead of Ramadhan (started May 17), I had the privilege of trying many of the dishes that would be in the buffet menu. Chef Esa Hassim, himself from Indonesia, said the dishes were typically sourced by asking others what Indonesian dishes were not commonly available in Singapore.

If there is one word to describe this menu, it is "texture". Chef Esa has matched the creamy with the crunchy, the firm and the tender together to create a new definition of mouth-feel.

There were also a lot of greens complementing the rich gravies and sauces, making the meal a new experience of Indonesian cuisine that went beyond the standard gado gado and kicap manis-based food most Indonesian restaurants serve.

Service was impeccable. Dishes were replenished quickly, and my used dishes were cleared almost immediately.

Dishes I tried included:

This powdery mixture is chicken serunding.
This powdery mixture is chicken serunding. It is sweet, savoury, and crispy all at the same time, and best eaten with rice.

Urap singkong. This salad is made with finely shredded tapioca leaves.
Urap singkong. This salad is made with finely shredded tapioca leaves. It was quite spicy. Chef Esa shared that onions and spicy peanut sauce are in the recipe.

Urap mangga, a crunchy green mango salad.
Urap mangga, a crunchy green mango salad.

Kerabu sotong is a fusion of Thai and Indonesian flavours.
Kerabu sotong is a fusion of Thai and Indonesian flavours. The squid is just the right chewy texture.

Urap taugeh was tangy and my favourite salad.
Urap taugeh was tangy and my favourite salad. Chef Esa said it contained taugeh (beansprouts), long beans, sambal and tamarind.

This rice had subtle blue grains in it,
This rice had subtle blue grains in it, coloured by the butterfly pea flower (clitoria ternatea).

Bubur asyura is a bright yellow porridge.
Bubur asyura is a bright yellow porridge. Asyura, (عاشوراء or 'ashura'), refers to 10 Muharram. There are many practices associated with the date, including the making of a porridge of made of seeds and beans called ashura pudding. Rumah Rasa's version is served with shallots and peanuts with ikan bilis. The peanuts and ikan bilis were fresh and crispy, a very nice complement to the subtly fragrant congee. A number of the other dishes in the buffet combine well with the porridge, including eggs, vegetables and the chicken serunding, for those who prefer non-spicy food.

Udang karang, or crayfish in crabmeat chilli sauce.
Udang karang, or crayfish in crabmeat chilli sauce. The crayfish was juicy and separated easily from the shell. It was nicely complemented by the sinful chilli sauce. The sauce was slightly too sweet for me but would probably be just right for others.

Sayur lemak gudeg, or braised young jackfruit in coconut broth
Sayur lemak gudeg, or braised young jackfruit in coconut broth, basically a curry. This is a chunk of young jackfruit, including half a jackfruit seed, with the flesh around it and the sticky, fleshy part that surrounds the seed. The cooked jackfruit tastes like artichokes on the outside, while the seed had the texture of roast chestnuts. The seed was covered by a tough membrane that separated easily, and which I discarded.
Ayam woku belanga, hot and spicy chicken flavoured in pandan and basil, is a marinated chicken seasoned in spice mixture from the Manado cuisines of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Ayam woku belanga, hot and spicy chicken flavoured in pandan and basil, is a marinated chicken seasoned in spice mixture from the Manado cuisines of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is a signature dish at Rumah Rasa. 

Asam pedas kakap, or seabass in spicy tamarind broth.
Asam pedas kakap, or seabass in spicy tamarind broth. The fish is fresh and comes in generous chunks. The flavours harmonised well. While "pedas" means spicy, this was not very spicy to me.

A closer look at the asam pedas kakap.
A closer look at the asam pedas kakap.

A single piece of the very tender rawon sapi.
A single piece of the very tender rawon sapi.
Rawon sapi, braised beef in buah keluak. The beef was very tender, flavoured with rich buah keluak gravy.
Rawon sapi, braised beef in buah keluak. The beef was very tender, flavoured with rich buah keluak gravy.

The bebek cabai ijo, Indonesian braised duck in a green chilli sauce
The bebek cabai ijo, Indonesian braised duck in a green chilli sauce, where the tender duck pieces are smothered in Chef Esa's homemade ijo (green chilli sauce). The ijo has a spicy kick.

Keredok, raw vegetables for a local salad.
Keredok, raw vegetables for a local salad. The top basket contains winged beans (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus). There was also a Western salad counter, and boiled vegetables. There were several chilli dips to try, including two red chilli sambals, and the green chilli sambal called ijo.

These are sambal quail eggs.
The generous salad section included several types of eggs: century, salted, and quail. There were also plain hard-boiled eggs in the gado-gado section. These are sambal quail eggs.

These are the salted eggs.
The generous salad section included several types of eggs: century, salted, telur pindang* and quail. There were also plain hard-boiled eggs in the gado-gado section. These are the salted eggs.

A stack of roti John, kept warm next to the live station for asam laksa.
A stack of roti John, kept warm next to the live station for asam laksa. The Indonesian version of French toast was not greasy, with the bread still crispy and chewy, and enlivened with generous chunks of chicken.

Containers of bandung and water, served as part of the Ramadhan buffet at Rumah Rasa, Bay Hotel.
Containers of bandung and water. Tea and coffee are also served as part of the menu.

Longans were some of the tropical fruit on offer.
Longans were some of the tropical fruit on offer. Jambu and duku were also served.

Duku above and jambu below. Duku are also known as langsat and lanzones.
Duku above and jambu below. Duku are also known as langsat and lanzones. Jambu is also called water apple.

Shot glasses of thick creamy liquid banana flavoured cream was counterpointed by sago in gula melaka.
Shot glasses of thick creamy liquid banana flavoured cream was counterpointed by sago in gula melaka.

Some of the kueh-kueh (snacks) at the buffet. This coconut-covered kueh is eaten with gula melaka (coconut sugar syrup).
Some of the kueh-kueh (snacks) at the buffet. This coconut-covered kueh is eaten with gula melaka (coconut sugar syrup).
More kueh. This has a creamy coconut pudding layer on top and rice coloured by the butterfly pea below.
More kueh. This has a creamy coconut pudding layer on top and rice coloured by the butterfly pea below.

Other dishes included:

Cumi cumi hitam (stirfried calamari in squid ink sauce) was a crowd favourite. It disappeared very quickly. It is less chewy than cumi cumi kerabu, and would go well with rice.

Bubur kacang ijo (mung beans porridge with coconut milk and cane sugar), a sweet thick green bean soup.

Details:

Rumah Rasa will start serving breakfast from 5am daily till mid-June. A takeaway set for two and four at S$40 nett and S$80 nett respectively is also available. There is also a lunch buffet with a standard menu.

From Sundays to Thursdays, the Ramadan Iftar buffet will have live stations serving laksa asam and roti John. On Fridays, Saturdays and the eves of public holidays, a live BBQ station will feature marinated sotong (squid), fresh tiger prawns and kembong fish.

Bay Hotel is at 50 Telok Blangah Rd, Singapore 098828. Make a reservation online

*In the pindang process, common in Indonesia, eggs are boiled in water, salt, soy sauce, a colouring agent and other spices. The recipe is similar to that for Chinese tea eggs. Instead of using black tea to colour the eggs, telur pindang make use of other colouring agents such as shallot skins and teak leaves.

*The meal was sponsored by Bay Hotel.

16 May 2018

Talent will be key to Dubai's success as a business hub

The Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said during a visit to the regional headquarters of LinkedIn that developing people’s skills, finding ways to discover creative talent and attracting the most productive minds are critical to Dubai’s strategy of becoming a leader in building the future.

HH said that Dubai’s success in becoming a destination of choice for entrepreneurs and major companies from across the globe is testimony to Dubai’s ability to create an attractive investment environment. This has allowed it to create a pool of exceptional talent that can support the effort to realise the vision of VP and PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy.

“Dubai has received a high ranking in various competitiveness reports, which reflects the effectiveness of its investment policy, and the success of its strategy to attract investors and international firms. We are seeking to strengthen Dubai’s foundations for sustainable economic environment and further enhance the financial, legal and technical environment in Dubai to support investment and enhance business,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

15 May 2018

How everyday tasks will be affected by GDPR

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the EU, affecting how businesses around the world should handle personal data. Companies anywhere in the world that commit GDPR breaches must pay fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of worldwide annual revenue, whichever is higher.

The regulation will affect businesses of all sizes including those in Singapore, due to its extra-territorial reach, says Sage, which helps businesses with the technology to manage everything from money to people.

According to EY, only 10% of Singapore companies have a GDPR compliance plan in place, far below the global average of 33%. While the reality is that most companies will not be fully compliant by 25 May, we should still start taking steps in the right direction today, Sage said.

Everyday tasks that will be affected include:

Sending office greeting cards

Businesses that send greeting cards, such as Christmas cards, to customers in Europe will be affected. "If you do not have express consent to contact each customer, mailing to home addresses – considered personal data – may not be legitimate under the GDPR. E-cards will have to suffice," Sage said.

Forwarding a candidate’s resume for a second opinion

Candidates’ resumes are considered personal data, and thus protected under the GDPR. Instead of forwarding them as is, Sage advises anonymising them by removing names, addresses, phone numbers and any other personally identifiable information.

Ticking a box to join a mailing list
Under the GDPR, silence and inactivity will no longer suffice as consent, so pre-ticked boxes on websites that enable customers to receive marketing information. "Privacy policies should also be revised, because businesses’ requests for consent to use personal information must be intelligible and in clear, plain language," says Sage. 

Sage states that the GDPR makes it a business imperative for all organisations to demonstrate compliance with its data processing principles. "In some cases, companies may need to formally appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) before carrying out any large-scale processing of personal data," the company said.

Data breach management under the GDPR now makes disclosure the top priority. "Personal data that is accidentally or unlawfully lost, destroyed, altered or damaged, must be reported to supervisory authorities within three days. All individuals impacted must also be informed if the breach is high risk and likely to lead to financial loss, identity theft or fraud," Sage notes.

14 May 2018

5th PCCW Global Charity Run takes place in Singapore this June

Source: PCCW Global Charity Run web page. A picture from  the same run in 2017.
Source: PCCW Global Charity Run web page. A picture from
the same run in 2017.
The 5th annual PCCW Global Charity Run, open to PCCW employees and the public, will take place this June.

The run is an initiative by PCCW Global, a telecommunications service provider across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

This year, all proceeds from the run will be donated to Make-A-Wish Singapore – the only wish-granting foundation for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Details:

Date: Wednesday, June 27 2018

Time: 7am

Venue: Gardens by the Bay (Silver Leaf)

Early Bird (Until May 18 2018)
Regular (May 19 to June 8 2018)
Minimum Donation
S$35
S$40

All donations* to be made by credit card. Additional donations can be made via the registration portal.
Prizes
Categories
Champion
1st Runner Up
2nd Runner Up
5 km Men
S$300 worth of prizes
S$200 worth of prizes
S$100 worth of prizes
5 km Women

*All donations are tax exempted for Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders. The tax exemption for donations will be processed by Make-A-Wish Singapore and will be automatically included in the participant’s tax assessment.