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Fact Check : Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination

Let’s take a look at the viral message about a Singapore doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination?

This is the message about a Singapore doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Got this from Singapore:

Before you guys go for Covid vaccination injection, please have a proper meal. Do not go with an empty stomach.

Have a cup (250cc) of warm water too. These will greatly reduce the discomforts,side effects arising from the injection. After vaccination, while resting, have another cup (250cc) of warm or room temperature water.

Remember, do not drink cold drinks before or after injection. This procedure is especially important for the 2nd injection as the discomforts, side effects are relatively more compared to the 1st injection.

Pass this message to your family members and friends.
Stay safe.

After vaccine, Singapore Doctor advised the following:

1. No walking / exercise for next 5 days. Take proper rest at home.

2. The vaccination will have its proper effect after 2 weeks post the second dose, so do not start behaving carefree and start roaming around. So be extremely careful and possibly stay at home till 2 weeks are over post the second dose.

3. There will be slight fever post vaccination, but if the fever persists till 3rd day…then get him to hospital.

I am not sure whether most senior citizens would be aware of these post vaccination dos and don’ts (like take rest and don’t exercise). So sharing this for the benefit of the senior citizens who got vaccinated.

 

Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination : More Viral BS

First of all, just because a viral message says that the advice was given by a Singaporean doctor does not mean :

a) it was actually given by a doctor in Singapore.

b) it must be true because a Singapore doctor said so.

The truth is – this is yet another piece of viral fake news circulating on WhatsApp. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Have A Meal Before Getting Vaccinated

Frankly, having a meal before getting any vaccination is NOT necessary.

Did you ever bother to have a meal before the many other vaccinations in the past? So why should we have a meal before getting vaccinated against COVID-19?

This advice though is now necessary because of the fear and anxiety that has permeated COVID-19 vaccinations.

Having a meal before vaccination can help avoid fainting after vaccination – what’s known as a vasovagal syncope.

You may recall the American nurse who fainted after her vaccination and declared dead by antivaxxers? She had a vasovagal syncope.

You do not have to have a full or large meal. Just a snack would do. Eat something that brings you comfort, which would relieve any anxiety you may feel.

Recommended : Did This Nurse Faint After Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Drinking Water Does Not Prevent Postvaccination Syncope

Now, a 2017 study showed that even drinking 250 ml or 500 ml of water before vaccination did NOT reduce the risk of presyncope (feeling lightheaded / dizzy) or syncope (fainting).

So the Singapore doctor’s advice to drink 250 ml of water before COVID-19 vaccination is not based on evidence. Neither is the advice to drink another 250 ml of water after vaccination.

That said, it is important to stay hydrated before and after vaccination, because dehydration can exacerbate any side effect you may experience.

You do not have to drink any specific amount of water. Just drink enough water to feel refreshed and hydrated.

Fact #3 : Water Is Water, Cold Or Not

The advice not to drink cold water is nonsensical. Water is water, whether it’s cold, room temperature or warm.

The temperature of the water that we consume is “normalised” to our internal body temperature once it reaches our stomach.

So it really does not matter whether you have a cool drink on a hot day, or a warm drink on a cold day, before you get vaccinated.

Fact #4 : Don’t Leave After Vaccination

Vasovagal syncope itself is not dangerous, but you can get injured if it happens while you are standing or walking.

Certain COVID-19 vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, can trigger a severe allergic reaction in very rare cases.

That’s why it is important that you do NOT leave right after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You will be asked to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

If you are feeling particularly anxious or worried about the vaccine, you can stay a little longer.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong getting his COVID-19 vaccination

Fact #5 : Side Effects More Common With Second Dose

The second dose of a vaccine will generally produce more side effects, but that does not mean it’s more dangerous.

The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so your body can learn how to make antibodies against it.

The second dose basically gives your immune system a kick, telling it, “This is not a one-time infection. It’s dangerous!

It triggers memory B cells to remember the SARS-CoV-2 antigen, and a more robust response by the immune system.

It is this heightened immune response that produces the side effects – fever, headache, fatigue, etc.

This is how our immune system learns to protect us from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Call The Hospital First About Side Effects

The advice to head to the hospital if your post-vaccination fever persists beyond two days is nonsensical.

We all have different immune responses to the vaccine, so you don’t have to worry if you only have a mild fever even if it persists to the third day.

If you are worried about any side effect, contact the health authorities or the hospital first.

Let them advise you on what to do, whether they should send an ambulance or you should continue to monitor your condition at home.

DO NOT just go to the hospital by yourself, as the Singapore doctor advised.

You could expose yourself to COVID-19 from people who are seeking treatment but unaware that they are positive for COVID-19.

Fact #6 : You Can Carry On With Your Life After Vaccination

Let me be clear – you were just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime.

There is no need to refrain from walking or exercise for 5 days, as this Singapore doctor advises.

If healthcare workers who were vaccinated can carry on with their daily work, you too can carry on with your life after your COVID-19 vaccination.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Fact #7 : You Must Continue To Take COVID-19 Precautions

Even after you receive the second dose, you must continue to take COVID-19 precautions.

The Singapore doctor is correct that generally, you will only get maximum protection from the vaccine about two weeks after the second dose.

This varies with the vaccine, of course, but the point is – it takes time for your immune system to boost its response to the vaccine.

So you must continue to take COVID-19 vaccine precautions even after you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #8 : We Must Take Precautions Until Herd Immunity Achieved

Vaccines are like training boot camps for our immune system, teaching it how to identify and fight against pathogens.

And while your immune system may be trained against COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will always win the battle. That’s why people are so obsessed with vaccine efficacy rates.

So you could still get infected after being fully vaccinated. This is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The good news is even if it happens to you – it will generally be a much milder disease, and you will likely not need to get hospitalised.

Breakthrough infections happen because there is no herd immunity. So we must continue to take COVID-19 precautions until we achieve herd immunity.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Mount Elizabeth : Doctor’s Severe Vaccine Reaction Is False!

Mount Elizabeth Hospital has officially refuted claims that their doctor had a severe reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Viral Fake News : Doctor Had Severe Vaccine Reaction!

In the past few days, antivaxxers and netizens have been feverishly sharing a post on Facebook and WhatsApp regarding a renown doctor who allegedly suffered a stroke after getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

From what we understand, the long Facebook post (now deleted) was written by a man called Bun Ngok Fong, who claimed to be the cousin of this doctor.

In addition to claiming that the doctor had a severe reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, he made many other claims that we found to be completely false.

Singaporean People’s Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng then picked up on it, and share it out together with his alarmist claims about vaccine adverse effects.

Due to the dramatic claims they both made, the post went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

Out of respect for the family, we will not be sharing that viral post again.

Bun Ngok Fong (left) and Goh Meng Seng (right)

 

Mount Elizabeth : Doctor’s Severe Vaccine Reaction News Is False!

On 4 April 2021, Mount Elizabeth Hospital issued a short statement refuting Bun Ngok Fong’s Facebook post.

Claim : The Doctor Is Bun Ngok Fong’s Cousin
Verdict : False

In his now-deleted Facebook post, Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the doctor who suffered a stroke from the Pfizer vaccine is his cousin.

However, a friend of the family and Mount Elizabeth Hospital itself clarified that he is not related to their family :

The doctor’s family has also confirmed that the writer is not related to them and has written to Facebook to have the post removed.

Claim : The Doctor Had An Adverse Reaction To The Vaccine
Verdict : False

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the doctor suffered an adverse reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital labelled his claims as untrue :

We are aware of a post circulating on Facebook, alleging that one of our doctors had a severe reaction a week after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  We wish to clarify that the allegations in the post are untrue.

 

Doctor’s Family : Please Respect Our Privacy

The doctor’s family is asking everyone to please respect their space and privacy during this difficult time for them.

Bun Ngok Fong either had his post removed by Facebook, or has voluntarily deleted it.

Goh Meng Seng shared Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s clarification, but kept a screenshot of Bun Ngok Fong’s post up.

If you received the viral message about this doctor’s alleged adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, please DO NOT forward it any further.

If necessary, you can share our fact check of the false claims. Otherwise, tell the sender that it’s fake news, and request that they stop sending it out anymore.

 

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Did Dr. Ann Tan Get A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Did renown fertility specialist Dr. Ann Tan get a stroke from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what’s the latest viral story on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2021-04-06 : Added clarification of Bun Ngok Fong’s relationship to the family

Originally posted @ 2021-04-03

 

Claim : Dr. Ann Tan Suffered A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On or just after 25 March 2021, Bun Ngok Fong posted a message on Facebook about his cousin – the renown fertility specialist Dr. Ann Tan of Singapore.

He has since deleted it, but People’s Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng copied and reposted it, while others shared the post in WhatsApp where it went viral :

Dr Ann Tan now warded in ICU of Mount E for brain haemorrhage after taking the vaccine. Confirmed by her cousin’s FB post:

From the FB page of Bun Ngok Fong:

Warning against the Pfizer vaccine.

I am numbed, heart broken, but in prayers for my cousin, Dr. Ann, an internationally celebrated gynecologist and fertility specialist with her practice in Singapore and who brought her expertise to the other places of the world with mission to deliver hope and happiness here, there and everywhere. She is vivacious, gracious, beautiful and kind, a devoted mother of three . All this shattered for her, for us, for only a week or so after her taking the Pfizer BioNtech shot , she suffered a brain haemorrhage , thus joining the casualty list to this problematic vaccine that stands to make the parent company around US$35 billion for this year alone, a bonanza that this Big Pharma group plans to repeat upon an annual basis.

Pfizer will of course try to exonerate but cannot extricate itself from the scandal which the Western corrupt and complicit media will continue to conceal or explain away the extent of the risks that the shots entail and mitigate the bad publicity by insisting that there is no direct proof between the sudden collapse of relatively young and previously healthy physicians — as Ann’s case is no longer unique.

That the company CEO, Albert Bourla, declined to take the jab, as a morale booster if nothing else, says volumes about the efficacy and reliability of the product which in essence is genetic manipulation.

Now the European Union has proposed a vaccination passport that may not recognize other types of shots — from Cuba, Russia and China — is proof in of itself of the ploy to create immunization apartheid and compell hesitant candidates to subject themselves to a shortlist of western and still dubious injections.

In the meantime I weep for Dr. Ann and remember her seating on my side in the clan banquet about 14 months ago as we exchanged news about the children and their careers.
Missing you, Ann, so dearly.

 

Did Dr. Ann Tan Get A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine? The Facts

We looked into the matter, and the many claims Bun Ngok Fong made in this Facebook post, and here is what we know so far…

Claim #1 : Dr. Ann Tan Suffered A Brain Haemorrhage
Verdict : Likely True

On 25 March 2021, the Women Fertility & Fetal Centre of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore posted this notice, with many messages of concern by her patients :

We therefore believe that something serious had indeed happened to Dr. Ann Tan.

Naturally, the hospital will not reveal any details of her condition. We will only know for sure if and when her family publicly announces what had actually happened.

Claim #2 : Dr. Ann Tan Is Bun Ngok Fong’s Cousin
Verdict : False

In his now-deleted Facebook post, Bun Ngok Fong claimed that Dr. Ann Tan is his cousin.

However, a friend of the family and Mount Elizabeth Hospital itself clarified that he is not related to their family :

The doctor’s family has also confirmed that the writer is not related to them and has written to Facebook to have the post removed.

Goh Meng Seng shared Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s clarification, but kept a screenshot of Bun Ngok Fong’s post up.

Bun Ngok Fong (left) and Goh Meng Seng (right)

Claim #3 : Her Brain Haemorrhage Was Due To The Pfizer Vaccine
Verdict : Likely False

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that she suffered a “brain haemorrhage” about “a week or so” after taking the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is not known to cause an intracerebral haemorrhage. It is known to cause a rare anaphylactic reaction, probably from the PEG (Polyethylene glycol) used to create the lipid nanoparticles that protects the mRNA vaccine.

Only one 60 year-old Japanese woman was known to have died from a brain haemorrhage three days after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Even that case has not been confirmed to be related to the vaccine.

Tomohiro Morio, a doctor advising the government, said, “The brain haemorrhage that is suspected as a cause is relatively common among people from their 40s to their 60s, and at this time, based on examples overseas, there does not seem to be a link between brain haemorrhages and the coronavirus vaccine.

The doctors treating Dr. Ann Tan will know if her intracerebral haemorrhage was due to other causes like a ruptured aneurysm or AVM (arteriovenous malformation).

This incident also happened at least “a week or so” after her vaccination, and is unlikely to be related to the vaccine. Even so, we should not jump to conclusions until we know more.

The opinion of this man (who is apparently living in Vancouver or Hong Kong) is not substantiated by any evidence whatsoever.

In addition, the Mount Elizabeth Hospital labelled his claims as untrue :

We are aware of a post circulating on Facebook, alleging that one of our doctors had a severe reaction a week after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  We wish to clarify that the allegations in the post are untrue.

Claim #4 : The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Problematic
Verdict : False

Every vaccine comes with a certain amount of risk. As mentioned earlier, a small number of people will get a severe allergic reaction after vaccination.

However, the claim that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is “problematic” is false.

The Pfizer clinical trial data, based on over 40,000 people, showed that it was both safe and effective. The biggest issue identified was a rare anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine – just 11.1 cases per million doses.

Not only is this extremely rare, it can be easily treated with an intramuscular injection of epinephrine. That’s why people are asked to stay 30-60 minutes after getting their Pfizer vaccines.

As of 1 April 2021, over 628 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, and a substantial number are of the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, with very few cases of anaphylaxis.

Claim #5 : The Media Is Concealing The Risks
Verdict : False

Did you know you can actually download the FDA Briefing Document of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

It gives you uncensored details of their clinical trial data, so what is there for the media to conceal?

The media makes a good scapegoat for conspiracy theorists who dislike how the media consistently debunk their fake news and false narratives.

The media, for their part, are not perfect. They report on every post-vaccination death or hospitalisation, even if it has not been established that the vaccine is the cause.

Instead of shunning the media or putting them on a pedestal, apply critical thinking and wait for the actual research results.

Claim #6 : Pfizer CEO Declined To Take The Vaccine
Verdict : False

In 14 December 2020, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC that “he and other executives will not cut the line“, as there were limited doses available and the CDC had recommended prioritising healthcare workers and long-term care residents.

Antivaxxers and Sinophiles leaped on his statement, calling it evidence he did not trust his own vaccine.

The truth is he said in the CNBC interview that, “As soon as I can, I will. The only sensitivity here, Meg, is that I don’t want to have an example that I’m cutting the line.”

Albert Bourla received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid February 2021, and his second shot on 10 March 2021.

Claim #7 : Pfizer Vaccine Is Genetic Manipulation
Verdict : False

Pfizer and Modern vaccines are based on mRNA technology, which means they do NOT penetrate the cell nucleus and therefore, cannot possibly change the DNA within.

mRNA itself is also transient, and is automatically disposed by the cell after being used several times. Therefore, the spike proteins it codes for are only created during that short time, not for a lifetime.

You can read more in our article on the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA technology.

Claim #8 : EU Vaccine Passport To Exclude Russian / Chinese Vaccines
Verdict : False

You can download and read the EU proposal for a COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate. It clearly states that:

  • EU countries must accept other countries’ vaccination certificates “under the same conditions
  • This obligation only extends to EU-approved vaccines
  • However, EU countries “can decide to accept other vaccines in addition” to EU-approved vaccines.

Therefore, this COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate will allow EU countries to recognise Russian and Chinese vaccines that have not been approved by the EU.

COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China and other countries can also seek approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and be automatically qualified for this “vaccine passport”.

Therefore, the claim is categorically FALSE.

Claim #9 : EU Is Promoting Vaccine Apartheid, Forcing Travellers To Use Western Vaccines

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the EU is promoting vaccine apartheid, and forcing travellers to use Western vaccines.

As we demonstrated above, the EU COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate does no such thing. EU countries can choose to accept Chinese and Russian vaccines.

It is also only fair that the vaccine passport acceptance be reciprocal, and not open only one way.

On the other hand, China resumed processing visas in March 2021, but only if travellers are first vaccinated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.

We look forward to Bun Ngok Fong criticising China for promoting vaccine apartheid, and compelling people to get vaccinated with Chinese vaccines, even if they prefer Western vaccines.

We should point out that as of 2 April 2021, the trial data for all four Chinese COVID-19 vaccines have yet to be released publicly.

As we pointed out in our article on choosing COVID-19 vaccines, all approved vaccines will protect you against death and serious COVID-19 disease. But it is really dishonest for Sinophiles to falsely criticise the West for actions perpetuated by China itself.

They should be ashamed of themselves for pushing a false narrative during a global pandemic that has killed over 2.8 million people globally.

 

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Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents?

Should you laminate official documents? Or will that invalidate or destroy those documents?

We take a look at this sticky issue, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : It Is Illegal To Laminate Official Documents!

The availability of cheap heat lamination machines and plastic lamination film make it easy for many people to laminate their official documents against damage.

However, this viral message on social media is warning people that laminating your official documents could invalidate them!

Don’t laminate all official documents

Please inform your aunts, uncles, fathers and relatives or acquaintances …etc

All official documents including birth certificates must not be laminated because it is difficult to know the authenticity of the document, the act will lose its authenticity.

Please use a transparent file holder to store all official documents or certificates. Avoid lamination.

The guy who shared this info, had to apply for fresh title for his land all because he laminated it. Once laminated, considered spoiled or damaged by Government.

Beware! Avoid unnecessary hassle.

 

Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents? It Depends!

Many people laminate their official documents to protect them against damage, but generally, you should NEVER laminate your official documents.

You should only laminate them, when required under certain circumstances.

Here are the facts to help you determine when you should, or should not, laminate your official documents.

Fact #1 : Official Documents Should Not Be Altered In Any Way

You should never alter official documents like birth / death / divorce / marriage certificates, or vehicle / business / property registrations in any way.

This includes gluing them onto cardboard, punching holes in them for filing, or marking on them with a pen.

Fact #2 : Laminating Documents Could Invalidate Them!

Many official documents have embossed security seals and stamps to help prove their authenticity.

When you laminate such documents, the embossed seals and stamps are flattened by the heat and pressure of the lamination process.

This may invalidate those documents, effectively destroying their legal status.

In 2016, a Canadian man was denied a passport because he laminated his Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. He had to secure a new certificate.

Fact #3 : Laminated Documents Are Harder To Scan / Photocopy

Some official documents may come with a QR code, or bar code, imprinted as a security / validation measure.

Once laminated, the reflective plastic surface makes it harder to scan the QR or bar code, as well as to scan or make a photocopy.

Fact #4 : Lamination Films Adhesive May Damage Documents

Many plastic lamination films have an adhesive layer to ensure proper sticking to the paper.

This adhesive increases the risk of tearing if you attempt to delaminate the documents. It could also damage your documents, turning them yellow over time.

Fact #5 : You May Be Required To Laminate Certain Documents

The authorities may require you to laminate your official documents in certain cases. For example, the registration of the birth of a child to a Malaysian parent in Singapore requires a Singapore birth certificate that must be laminated.

To avoid damage to the official document that must be laminated, you can try placing it inside a clear, non-adhesive plastic sleeve, before laminating it.

This would prevent the adhesive from making contact with your document, and allow you to delaminate it without tearing.

 

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CEM014 Eggs : Cook Properly Or Return Them!

Both Singapore and AEON in Malaysia have called for the recall of all eggs stamped with CEM014.

Find out what’s going on, and why you should properly cook all CEM014 eggs, or return them!

 

Food Recall : All Eggs Stamped With CEM014!

On 19 March 2021, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced a recall of all eggs stamped with CEM014, due to possible Salmonella enteritidis contamination.

On 20 March 2021, AEON in Malaysia followed up with a recall of the same CEM014 eggs in Malaysia, at about 11:17 PM.

These eggs were all produced by Linggi Agriculture Sdn. Bhd. in Melaka, Malaysia.

Customers who purchased these CEM014 eggs should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

 

Can You Still Consume CEM014 Eggs?

The Singapore Food Agency detected Salmonella enteritidis in the CEM014 eggs, which may cause illness if consumed raw or undercooked.

Symptoms of a Salmonella enteritidis infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea approximately 12-72 hours after consuming any contaminated food or beverage.

So these eggs can be safely consumed if properly cooked, as the Salmonella enteritidis bacteria is killed by cooking.

In fact, SFA advised “customers who have purchased the affected eggs” to “cook them thoroughly before consumption”.

It is important to point out that washing the affected egg has no effect, as the Salmonella enteritidis bacteria is inside the shell.

This is because Salmonella enteritidis infects the ovaries of hens, and contaminate their eggs before their shells are formed.

Only proper cooking can ensure safe consumption. So either cook these properly, or return them.

 

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Singapore Receives First Batch Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Singapore today received their first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, making them the first country in Asia to receive it.

 

Pfizer BNT162b2 : mRNA Vaccine Designed By BioNTech

The Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, also known as Tozinameran, is an mRNA vaccine designed by BioNTech.

Like the Modern vaccine, it uses messenger RNA (mRNA) technology to teach our cells to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike.

Those SARS-CoV-2 protein spikes will trigger the immune response that teaches our body how to fight the real disease.

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Singapore Receives First Batch Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Singapore today became the first country in Asia to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccines were transported onboard a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter, SQ7979, that departed Brussels on 20 December, and arrived in Singapore at 7:55 PM on 21 December 2020.

The vaccines were immediately transferred to the SATS cold chain facility, Coolport, for subsequent storage and ground transportation.

During the flight, the internal temperature of each thermal shipper box was actively tracked on an end-to-end basis. They also measured the sublimation rate of the dry ice in the boxes.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Programme In Singapore

On 15 December 2020, Singapore was the first Asian country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

In a national broadcast, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the vaccines will initially be administered to healthcare workers and the elderly.

The vaccine will be provided free-of-charge and on a voluntary basis. To show that the vaccines are safe, senior leadership in Singapore including the Prime Minister will be vaccinated early.

 

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Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What You Need To Know!

Lazada just admitted that a data breach involving their RedMart customer database that could affect some 1.1 million customers!

Find out what happened, and what it could mean for Lazada and RedMart customers!

 

Lazada RedMart : What Is It?

RedMart is an online grocery platform in Singapore that was founded in August 2011.

Lazada acquired RedMart in November 2016, and started to integrate it into their platform in March 2019.

This March 2019 date is important, because that was when the RedMart database was last updated.

 

Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What Happened?

The Lazada RedMart database was spotted for same in an online forum, amongst many other databases stolen from other e-commerce websites.

In this screenshot, you can see that it claims to have details on 1.1 million Lazada RedMart customers :

  • Email address
  • Password
  • Mailing address
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Partial credit card information

Picture Credit : CNA

In a statement posted on 30 October 2020, Lazada confirmed the data breach involving their RedMart database.

They assert that only the old RedMart database that was “18 months out of date” when it was last updated in March 2019.

Singapore, 30 October 2020 – Lazada places great importance on protecting your personal information, and we value the trust you have placed with us. On 29 October 2020, as part of our proactive monitoring, our cybersecurity team discovered a data security incident in Singapore, involving a RedMart-only database hosted on a third-party service provider. The customer data hosted on this database is more than 18 months out of date as it was last updated in March 2019.

The customer information that was illegally accessed include the names, phone numbers, emails, addresses, encrypted passwords and partial credit card numbers of RedMart customers. We have taken immediate action to block unauthorised access to the database. This data was used on the previous RedMart app and website, which are no longer in use. Lazada customer data in Southeast Asia is not affected by this incident.

Protecting the data and privacy of our users is of utmost importance to us. Apart from reviewing and fortifying our security infrastructure, we are working very closely with the relevant authorities on this incident and remain committed to providing all necessary support to our users.

We want to be transparent about this incident with all of our customers and reassure you that we are taking it seriously.

They also set their platform to log out all Lazada users, and require them to register a new password.

They are also warning their users to be on the alert for spam mails requesting personal information.

 

Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What’s The Implication?

A Data Breach Is A Data Breach Is A Data Breach

Lazada may claim that the data and privacy of their users are of the utmost importance, but the data breach says otherwise.

They left a database they no longer used since March 2019 on a third-party service provider, and accessible online all this time.

Any half-decent cybersecurity specialist would have told them to take the database offline, unless it was essential to the operation of the website.

Closing The Barn Door After The Horses Have Bolted

Lazada immediately blocked unauthorised access to their RedMart database, but that’s like closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.

Once the data was stolen, all it does is prevent other attackers from stealing the data for themselves.

Lazada Migrated RedMart Users In March 2016

It seems a little disingenuous for Lazada to announce that the data was used in “the previous RedMart app and website, which are no longer in use“.

They appear to have migrated RedMart users to Lazada on 15 March 2016 using the same data that was just stolen.

Unless RedMart users changed their passwords, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or credit card details AFTER they were migrated to the Lazada platform, they remain exposed by the data breach.

The Data Isn’t Necessarily Outdated

Most of us don’t change our logins and passwords that often. And we often reuse the same login and password combination for different websites.

So it is scant assurance that their RedMart database was last updated in March 2019, even if we take their word that it was more than 18 months out of date.

This data breach exposes all affected RedMart users to the possibility of their other accounts being breached as well.

Only Ex-RedMart Users Affected

The only saving grace we can see here is that it looks like only former RedMart users are affected by this data breach.

That means Lazada users who never registered or used the RedMart app or website are not affected.

 

Lazada RedMart Data Breach : What Can You Do?

If you ever registered for, or used, RedMart before their migration to the Lazada platform in March 2016, we highly recommend that you :

  • change your Lazada password
  • change the password of accounts that use the same password as your Lazada / RedMart account
  • do NOT click on links in emails warning you about this data breach and asking you to change your password
  • do NOT respond to calls or messages warning you about this data breach
  • do NOT respond to requests for personal information

 

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Fact Check : Empty Shops In Johor Bahru Due To COVID?

A video showing rows of empty shops in Johor Bahru has gone viral, showing how badly the economy has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was also accompanied by a warning that Singaporeans should not visit Johor Bahru because they will be targeted by desperate robbers.

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Empty Shops In Johor Bahru Due To COVID-19?

In the video, the driver records himself driving past long rows of empty shops. There is no audio commentary, but it is often accompanied by claims that it was recorded in Johor Bahru or Kulai.

One message even warned that Singaporeans should not visit Johor Bahru because they will be targeted by desperate robbers there.

JB very sipeh jialat now …. most shops are advertising for sale or rental. Also, as advised by ICA Officers, even when the border is open to Singapore, Singaporeans shouldn’t rush in becoz there will many broad daylight robberies targeting Singaporeans.

 

Empty Shops In Johor Bahru Due To COVID-19? Bullshit!

Here are the reasons why this is yet another Internet hoax…

Reason #1 : Those Empty Shops Are In Kota Kemuning, Selangor

A close examination of the video will show that there are at least two occupied shops, and the one with the clearest signboard belonged to Optimus Business Solutions.

A quick check on Google Maps will reveal that Optimus Business Solution is located in the IP5 Business Park, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Reason #2 : They Are New Shops @ Sinaria Tropicana Aman

The shops at IP5 Business Park, however, look different from the shops in the video.

Thanks to clues provided by Terrence Chin, we traced the shops to a new development called Sinaria Tropicana Aman, in Kota Kemuning South, Selangor.

The Sinaria Tropicana Aman shops definitely look exactly like those in the video.

We tried to call Optimus Business Solution to find out if they moved to Sinaria Tropicana Aman, but they were uncontactable, possibly due to the CMCO / PKPB lockdown.

Reason #3 : Businesses Need To Exist First To Close Down

Sinaria is a relatively new development that completed in 2019, and here is a Google Street View taken in August 2019.

At that time, it was completely empty, with no operational business. The presence of two RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) bins for renovation / construction waste, suggests that at least some renovation was undergoing.

The video appears to be taken after this Street View shot, with many banners and at least seven operational businesses visible.

This suggests that while uptake has been slow, at least some businesses have moved into Sinaria Tropicana Aman.

We also do not see any old signboards of businesses that have shut down.

If this was an older development blighted by COVID-19, you would see old signboards under the banners.

In other words, the streets were empty not because of COVID-19 lockdowns, but because the development is relatively new during a period of commercial real estate glut.

 

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Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : Does It Work?

Elbow pit slapping has been recommended for treating and preventing heart attack for many years now, but does it really work?

 

Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : What Is It?

The elbow pit slapping method is based on traditional Chinese medicine belief that there are three acupressure (meridian) points around the left arm, that affects the heart and lungs.

The idea is that slapping the left elbow pit, until it turns red, will restore qi (energy) and blood circulation to the heart and lungs.

It also claims that slapping the left elbow pit on a daily basis can prevent heart disease, and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

 

Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : The Evidence?

This video is being shared as evidence that the elbow pit slapping method really works in reviving patients suffering from a heart attack.

It showed a man who apparently had a heart attack while watching a movie in a cinema. A Chinese sinseh (traditional doctor) then revived him by slapping his elbow pit for 2 minutes.

It is often accompanied by a story, which varies a fair bit. But in our example, the incident happened in Singapore :

Sudden heart attack in the theater at Singapore. The Singapore doctor & helpers patted their hands on the patient’s arms and she recovered after 02 minutes.

This video provides advice on emergency situations for heart patients. Attention and how to deal with heart attacks that usually occur suddenly! Many people so helpless and died on the way to the hospital!

Please remember:

1. By patting inner elbow of the left arm in the video, there are 03 accupresure points around the left arm that are related to the heart and lungs.

2. By patting these two arms, the blood circulation will be accelerated, feeling warm and not sweating.

3. You need to know that the heart attack is blocked by blood circulation. By tapping & patting the arm, you can increase the temperature, avoid agglomeration and it smooths blood circulation, then immediately go to the hospital.

4. It is good to pat this part (inner side of left arm elbow) every day because it can prevent any heart disease and can reduce the incidence of heart attack!

If you find this information useful, share it with friends and family because you can live!.

 

Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : The Truth

Fact #1 : Slapping The Elbow Pit Does Not Help Treat / Prevent Heart Attack

The truth is slapping the elbow pit will not revive someone with a heart attack. Neither can slapping your elbow pit on a daily basis help prevent heart disease, or a heart attack.

There is simply no scientific basis, never mind fact, behind such claims.

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners can claim whatever they like, but until they prove that it works, it is simply DANGEROUS to teach people to do this.

If you encounter someone suffering from a heart attack, you should quickly call for an ambulance, and perform CPR!

Do NOT play TCM doctor! You could well cost someone his/her life!

Fact #2 : It Has Been Debunked By Taiwanese Doctors

In the debunking video above, a segment from Formosa TV English News, showed that the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare asked doctors to publicly debunk this elbow pit slapping method.

They pointed out that believing such fake stories could result in poor outcomes for the victims, because proper treatment would likely be delayed.

Fact #3 : It Does Not Appear To Have Happened In Singapore

The incident in the viral video very likely did not happen in Singapore.

A careful listening of the voices will reveal that they are speaking Mandarin, with a Chinese accent. So it most likely happened in China.

Fact #4 : It Does Not Look Like They Were Watching A Movie

A careful examination of the video will show that while they appear to be in a mini theatre, they don’t appear to be watching a movie.

A purple podium with Chinese characters can be seen on the left side of the screen, and the staff appears to be wearing purple uniforms – one is even wearing an orange sash.

It is possible that this may be some kind of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) seminar being held in a cinema.

Fact #5 : The Man Doesn’t Look Like He Had A Heart Attack

The man did not appear to be suffering from a heart attack. Instead of clutching his chest in pain, and breaking out in cold sweat, he was just unconscious.

And when they revived him, he appeared disorientated, shook his head and got up several times. He also appeared to be breathing normally.

 

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2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub Preview!

Join us for a video tour of the 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub, and find out what this new smart refrigerator offers!

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub (RS62T5F01B4/ME) is the baby of the family, offering 628 litres of refrigerator and freezer space with a 21.5-inch Family Hub display.

Designed to be the centre of your home, it helps you manage both kitchen and family, with smart home and entertainment features.

View Inside

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator comes with a single View Inside camera, covering the second and third shelves of the right refrigerator section.

You can view inside directly using the Family Hub display, or remotely on your smartphone using the SmartThings app – letting you check your fridge while shopping.

Family Board

The Family Hub is designed to be centrepiece of your home, in more ways than one.

With Family Board, you can write notes for the family, or let the kids draw pictures. You can also put up the latest family photos and video clips.

Its built-in calendar helps you manage your family schedules, so you won’t miss an event. You can update them directly on the fridge or your smartphone, and synchronise them with Google and Microsoft 365.

Home Entertainment with SmartView

The built-in Family Hub display lets you watch TV programs or online content directly on the fridge. You can check popular video streaming content, or even social media apps.

You can use the SmartView app to mirror what’s being displayed on your Samsung TV. It also lets you view and control your smartphone apps.

And of course, you can enjoy music while you are cooking or eating using Spotify, or global radio stations, news and podcasts using TuneIn.

Smart Home Management

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is part of the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, and also supports Ring.

It can serve as your smart home management hub, letting you control your smart appliances and IoT devices directly on the fridge.

You can turn them on or off, adjust settings, coordinate activities and monitor their power usage and conditions.

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Specifications

Specifications 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub
Model RS62T5F04B4 / ME
Gross Capacity Total : 661 L
Refrigerator : 401 L
Freezer : 260 L
Net Capacity Total : 628 L
Refrigerator : 399 L
Freezer : 229 L
Cooling Technology Mono Cooling
Compressor Digital Inverter
Refrigerant R600a (87 g)
Energy Consumption NA
Noise Level 40 dBA
Door Material Steel
Family Hub Window : 27.5-inch Glass
Display : 21.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Touch Type : Capacitive
Processor : Hawk-M (Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz)
GPU : ARM Mali-450
RAM : 2.5 GB LPDDR4
Storage : 8 GB eMMC
Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Operating System : Tizen 4.0
Camera : 2 MP camera
Audio : 25W speaker, 2 microphones

USB Port : 1 Type A
Dimensions 912 mm wide
1780 mm tall
716 mm deep
Weight 108 kg net
115 kg gross

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Price + Availability

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is available with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM8,999
  • Singapore : S$3,799

Here are online purchase options, with prices accurate as of 12 August 2020 :

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is backed by a 2-year warranty, with a 10-year warranty for the compressor.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Singapore Price + Pre-Order Deals!

Samsung just launched the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones, and here are their official price list and pre-order deals for Singapore!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra are the next-generation phablets featuring an improved S Pen.

They are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States, and the Samsung Exynos 990 globally.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

It comes with 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and a 4,300 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will support 8K video recording :

  • a 12 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera with 30X Space Zoom

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels.

It comes with 12 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, and a 4,500 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will come with laser focusing and support 8K video recording :

  • a 108 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 50X Space Zoom

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price List + Pre-Order Deal For Singapore

In Singapore, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be available in three colour options – Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray and Mystic Green.

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In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will bring in these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899 | S$1,398 (about US$929 / £708 / A$1,295)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299 | S$1,548 (about US$1,205 / £780 / A$1,427)

You will be able to pre-order starting 10 AM, 6 August until 16 August 2020, with these freebies :

Here are the direct online pre-order links :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Price + Pre-Order Deal For Singapore

In Singapore, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be available in three colour options – Mystic White, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black.

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In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

You will be able to pre-order starting 10 AM, 6 August until 16 August 2020, with this freebie :

  • Retail : Free Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (worth S$288)
  • Online : Free Samsung Galaxy Buds Live voucher (worth S$288)

Here are the direct online pre-order links :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Specifications For Singapore

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB 256 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 3X Hybrid Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X Optical Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen Yes, 9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery (24 hours standby)
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

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Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deal!

Find out how much the new Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor costs in Malaysia and Singapore, and what awesome pre-order deals Samsung is offering right now!

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : 49-inch 1000R QLED Gaming Monitor!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor, featuring the world’s first 1000R curved display.

Like Samsung’s QLED TVs, it uses Quantum Dot technology with a DisplayHDR 1000-certified VA panel to produce an exceptionally wide range of colours.

It boasts an extremely deep 1000R curvature, with a Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD) resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels, and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 32:9. It has a peak brightness of 1000 nits.

Gamers will also appreciate its 1 ms response time, and 240 Hz refresh rate. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and Adaptive Sync on DisplayPort 1.4.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 features a sleek, futuristic-looking glossy white exterior, with an Infinity Core Lighting design at the back that has 52 colours and 5 lighting effects.

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Specifications

Specifications 49-inch Odyssey G9
Model LC49G95TSSEXXM
Display Size 49-inch
Curved Display Yes, 1000R
Display Resolution 5120 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 240 Hz maximum
Panel Type VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlight LED
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
+ NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time 1 ms (Grey to Grey)
Contrast Ratio 2,500 : 1
Brightness 1000 nits maximum
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 125% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
88% NTSC 1976
HDR Capable Yes, VESA DisplayHDR 1000
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers None
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x audio out
2 x USB 3.0 Type A out
Adjustments Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -3° to +13°
Swivel : -15° to +15°
Pivot : NA
Power Consumption Maximum : NA
Typical : NA
Standby : < 0.5 W
Dimensions 1147.6 mm wide
537.2 mm tall
416.4 mm deep
Weight 16.7 kg

 

Samsung Odyssey G9 : Malaysia + Singapore Price + Deals!

The Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is available for pre-order until 31 August 2020, with these SRP and freebies!

 

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Malaysia-Singapore Cross-Border Travel To Resume In August

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to allow limited cross-border travel to resume in August! Here are the details!

 

Malaysia-Singapore Cross-Border Travel To Resume In August

On 14 July 2020, Malaysia and Singapore agreed to allow limited cross-border travel, with a targeted date of 10 August 2020.

They will announce the requirements, health protocols, and application process, by 31 July 2020.

Officials in Malaysia and Singapore will work together towards implementing two schemes by that date :

Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)

The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme is meant for essential business and official purposes. Eligible travellers will have to abide by these requirements :

  • comply with COVID-19 prevention and public health measures of both countries
  • undergo PCR swab tests
  • submit a controlled itinerary to the destination country, and adhere to it

Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)

The Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) scheme is meant for Singapore and Malaysia residents with long-term immigration passes.

They will be permitted to enter the destination country for work, with these privileges :

  • after at least three consecutive months in the country of work, they may return to their home country for a short-term home leave.
  • they can then re-enter their country of work for another period of no less than three consecutive months.

Eligible travellers will also have to abide by the COVID-19 prevention and public health measures of both countries.

 

Future Malaysia-Singapore Cross-Border Travel Schemes

Malaysia and Singapore also announced that they will work to develop other cross-border travel schemes, including a daily cross-border commuting scheme for travellers in both countries.

 

Malaysia-Singapore Cross-Border Travel : Official Press Statement

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY

YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA

AND

H.E. DR. VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE TO IMPLEMENT THE RECIPROCAL GREEN LANE FOR THE MOVEMENT OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESS / OFFICIAL TRAVELLERS AND PERIODIC COMMUTING ARRANGEMENT FOR CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan are pleased to announce that the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore have agreed to implement the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA). These two schemes are meant to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travellers between both countries.

The RGL will enable cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries. Eligible travellers will have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries which include undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests. Travellers will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit.

The PCA will allow Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country, to enter that country for work. After at least three consecutive months in their country of work, they may return to their home country for a short-term home leave, and thereafter re-enter their country of work to continue work for at least another three consecutive months. These travellers will also have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries.

Officials in Malaysia and Singapore are working expeditiously towards the targeted implementation of RGL and PCA on 10 August 2020.  This will give the opportunity for the relevant agencies of both Governments to continue their consultation to finalise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the two initiatives. Recognising the keen interest of residents in Malaysia and Singapore, and to facilitate smooth cross-border flows, the Governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to publish the requirements, health protocols, and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore, 10 days prior to their implementation of the RGL and PCA.

Malaysia and Singapore have also agreed to develop other appropriate schemes for the cross-border movement of people including a daily cross-border commuting proposal for work purposes for travellers from both countries, while taking into account the required health protocols and available medical resources in both countries to ensure the safety of the citizens of both sides. This will allow both sides to progressively restore cross-border people-to-people interaction and economic exchanges.

.     .     .     .     .

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore

14 July 2020

 

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Fact Check: Changi Airport Passengers Must Wear PPE Suits?

Are Changi Airport passengers required to wear PPE suits before they board their flights? A video seems to show that.

Take a look at the video yourself, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Changi Airport Passengers Must Pay For + Wear PPE Suits!

A video showing Changi Airport passengers wearing blue PPE suits is going viral, together with this message :

Changi Airport.
Passengers must wear this suits on board like going to an operation room
Cost included in the air ticket.
So kiasu kiasi style

 

Changi Airport Passengers Must Wear PPE Suits : The Facts!

Fact #1 : The Video Is Genuine

First of all, the video is genuine and was recorded on 31 May 2020.

It showed real passengers in blue PPE suits waiting for their flight in Terminal 3 of Changi Airport in Singapore.

Fact #2 : They Are Vietnamese Citizens

In the video, you can hear them speaking Vietnamese. They are actually part of 340 Vietnamese citizens being repatriated from Singapore after COVID-19 infections there approached 35,000.

They include the elderly, pregnant women, those with pre-existing health conditions, the young (under 18 years of age), or tourists whose visas had expired – all of whom paid their own fares for the flight.

Fact #3 : PPE Requirement Was By Vietnam Government + Vietnam Airlines

Those being repatriated were required to don those blue PPE suits, as well as face masks and gloves, by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, and Vietnam Airlines.

This was a requirement since 15 May 2020, after two Vietnam Airlines flight attendants tested positive for COVID-19 after a repatriation flight from Russia.

They actually had to wear all that for the entire duration of the flight, and were quarantined upon arriving at Can Tho, a southern Vietnamese city.

Fact #4 : PPE Requirement Not Exclusive To Singapore

This requirement to wear blue PPE suits, face masks and gloves was not exclusive to Singapore or Changi Airport.

It was mandated for all Vietnamese citizens being repatriated from COVID-19 hotspots by Vietnam Airlines.

Here are photos of the same precautions being carried out on Vietnamese citizens being repatriated from Taiwan :

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both the Vietnam Airlines cabin crew and flight crew had to don the same blue PPE suits, face masks and gloves for the entire flight as well.

Fact #5 : Singapore Does Not Require PPE Suits In Changi Airport

Changi Airport in Singapore does not require passengers to wear PPE suits. They only require everyone to wear a face mask.

Here are Changi Airport’s official measures against COVID-19 :

  • All arriving, transit and departing passengers at Changi Airport are subject to temperature screening. Passengers who are febrile or display respiratory symptoms will be referred to a doctor on duty.
  • All airport staff entering the transit area will have to undergo temperature screening. Staff who have a high temperature will be asked to consult a doctor immediately.
  • All passengers, air crew and airport staff must wear a mask at all times at Changi Airport. In addition, all passengers and crew members must also wear a mask for the entire duration of their flight to and from Changi Airport.Passengers who need to purchase a mask may do so at the airport pharmacies and convenience stores such as Guardian, Watson’s and 7-11.
  • Changi Airport conducts frequent cleaning and disinfecting across its terminals and at Jewel Changi Airport.High-contact areas across the airport such as door handles, water coolers, counter tops, baggage trolleys and lift buttons are cleaned and disinfected more frequently.Frequent swab tests are conducted at these areas to ensure the efficacy of cleaning and disinfection.
  • For an added layer of protection, frequently-touched surfaces such as automated check-in kiosks, trolleys, lift buttons and security trays are coated with a protective antimicrobial coating to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
  • Autonomous cleaning equipment are deployed throughout the airport cleaning and disinfecting the floors and carpets at Changi Airport daily.
  • Prayer rooms, baby care rooms and smoking areas are available for use. Passengers must observe safe distancing and adhere to the markers.Frequent cleaning and disinfecting is done at these areas and frequently-touched surfaces are sprayed with a protective antimicrobial coating to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
  • There are more than 1,200 hand sanitisers available across all terminals and Jewel Changi Airport, from check-in rows to gate holdrooms. Hand sanitisers will only be allowed in cabin baggage if kept in containers of not more than 100ml each.

 

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro MY + SG Price + Deals!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, and here are their official price lists and deals for both Malaysia and Singapore!

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro MY + SG Price + Deals!

Both the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Glacier White and Aurora Green.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has an official launch price of RM 2,099 and SGD 699, approximately US$503 / £387 / A$734.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 7th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro version has an official launch price of RM 2,499 and SGD 799, approximately US$599 / £461 / A$874.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products, as well as a 12 Months Screen Replacement warranty.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 14th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
Display 6.47-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (~398 ppi)
– 600 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with MIUI 11
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
CPU 2 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (700 MHz)
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
256 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 32 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 108 MP Samsung HMX main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
12 MP portrait camera (f//2.0)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/.0)
5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)

2 MP macro camera
108 MP Camera Lens 7P Lens 8P Lens
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 5,2260 mAh
30 W
fast charging
Dimensions 74.2 mm wide
157.8 mm tall
9.67 mm thick
Weight 208 g
Colour Options Midnight Black / Glacier White / Aurora Green

 

 

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Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, we were invited to an exclusive ROKiT Williams tour of the Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

We also had the opportunity to sit down and talk to ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt!

 

Checking In At The Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre!

After picking up our media passes, we checked in at the Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre. This is what it looks like inside!

It’s located directly over the garages, so the windows look out directly into the pit stop!

 

Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

Barbara Clemente of the ROKiT Williams Racing Team took us on a special tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019.

We were not allowed to take photos or videos inside the ROKiT Williams garage, of course. But we had the rare and exclusive opportunity to check out the paddock and pit stop in person!

 

Graeme Hackland on the ROKiT Williams + Acronis Partnership

We then sat down with ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt.

He spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect – not just at the tracks and races, but also in the factory back in the UK.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. That spurred their adoption of Acronis data protection solutions.

Now, all of their data is notarised and almost instantaneously backed up on the cloud, and can be quickly restored if they are compromised in any way, or hijacked by ransomware.

Protecting all that data is important, not just for the success of their team, but also Williams Advanced Engineering. After all, the technologies they refine with each race will end up being commercialised by Advanced Engineering.

 

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The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology announced a partnership with NUS, the National University of Singapore, for their Master of Computing programme. Here are the full details!

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a private research and higher-education institute, founded by Serguei Beloussov, the CEO and Founder of Acronis and Parallels.

Located in the heart of Switzerland near the spectacular Rhine Falls, it is just 35 minutes from Zurich and an hour or two away from major cities in Europe.

Its stated mission is to advance knowledge and discovery in science and technology, with open research challenges and the potential for commercial applications.

Therefore, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology will feature educational programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels, as well as research laboratories and a technology park.

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS partnership involves the enrolment of selected SIT students into the NUS Master of Computing program.

These selected students will embark as full-time Master students in NUS Singapore, and will complete both taught courses and a dissertation.

The students can select from one of the four specialisation tracks the NUS Master of Computing offers in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security and Artificial Intelligence.

This partnership will see NUS helping the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology co-train their initial batches of Master of Computing students.

 

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Acronis Cyber Penthouse with Williams F1 Racing Team!

As the Williams F1 Racing Team gears up for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, they joined Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov in the grand opening of the new Acronis Cyber Penthouse!

In the exclusive invitation-only event, we got up close and personal with Serguei Beloussov, Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland… and of course, the Williams F1 drivers – Robert Kubica and George Russell!

 

The Acronis Cyber Penthouse

Located at the very top of Suntec Tower 3, the Acronis Cyber Penthouse is (aptly for a data protection company) accessible only through two security layers, including a special lift.

This is because the Cyber Penthouse is where Acronis engineers work. In his keynote, Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov pointed out that they get the best offices, even better than his own office!

Serguei also shared that Acronis just won a new round of investment worth US$ 147 million, led by Goldman Sachs. The funds would be used to acquire companies and expand the Acronis R&D team, as well as to grow their business in North America.

 

Graeme Hackland on the Williams F1 + Acronis Partnership

Williams F1 Racing Team CIO Graeme Hackland spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. Hence, they turned to Acronis to protect their data.

Acronis now protects all of their mailboxes, more than 200 of their servers, and over 650 team workstations. Deploying Acronis Backup has also cut down their backup window from days to just minutes.

 

Acronis Launches Cyber Penthouse With Williams F1 + Infocomm

Acronis then formally launched their Cyber Penthouse with CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov, and Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland, as well as Howie Lau, the Chief Industry Development Officer of Infocomm Media Development Authority.

 

Robert Kubica + George Russell Face Off In The Läderach Chocolate Challenge!

Williams F1 drivers, Robert Kubica and George Russell, who popped over for the launch, sportingly agreed to a friendly contest using Läderach chocolate!

It sure was great to catch these guys in a carefree, fun moment away from the Grand Prix races.

Unfortunately, I never got the chance to get some photos with them. But I scored this neat wheel nut signed by both of them instead!

 

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3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 SINGAPORE Price List + Analysis!

AMD just announced the Singapore price list for the new 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 family of processors!

Let’s take a look at the official 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Singapore price list, and do some quick calculations…

Find out which CPU offers the best bang for your buck!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Series Primer

The AMD Ryzen 3000 processor family, also known as the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, is based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture, and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

The Ryzen 3000 processors boast significantly better single-threaded performance, with an L3 cache that is twice as large as the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

They are also PCIe 4.0-ready, offering 24 lanes that can be increased to 40 lanes, when paired with the new AMD X570 motherboard.

But the best part about these 3rd Gen Ryzen processors (for current AMD users) is their backward compatibility. As long as your AM4 motherboard has an updated BIOS, you can just upgrade to a brand-new Ryzen 3000 class processor!

For more details on what’s new in these 3rd generation Ryzen processors, we recommend reading The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

Don’t forget to watch the full video briefing by AMD’s Robert Hallock!

Recommended : The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 CPU Models For Singapore

AMD is only bringing in five models first. The top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 3950X model will only come in September 2019.

Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Cores / Threads 12 / 24 8 / 16 8 / 16 6 / 12 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 6 MB 4 MB 4 MB 3 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0
TDP 105 W 105 W 105 W 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith Prism Wraith Prism Wraith Prism Wraith Spire Wraith Stealth

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 CPU Singapore Price List + Analysis

And here is our price analysis for the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 models in Singapore.

Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
US Price (w/o tax) $499 $399 $329 $249 $199
US Price In SGD (w/o tax) ~SGD 679 ~SGD 543 ~SGD 447 ~SGD 339 ~SGD 271
Singapore Price (with 7% GST) SGD 793 SGD 624 SGD 498 SGD 369 SGD 287
US vs Singapore Difference +SGD 114 (16.8%) +SGD 81 (15%) +SGD 51 (11.4%) +SGD 30 (9%) +SGD 16 (6%)

Note that the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

Also, once you factor in the fact that the Singaporean prices include the 7% GST, they are just 0%-9% more expensive than US prices – 9% for the Ryzen 9 3900X.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor In-Depth Review!

 

2nd Gen Ryzen 3000 APU Singapore Price List + Analysis

AMD is also bringing in two Ryzen 3000 APU models based on the older Zen+ architecture.

Ryzen 3
3400G
Ryzen 3
3200G
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 4
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L2 Cache 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB 4 MB
Radeon Graphics Vega 11 Vega 8
PCIe Support 8x PCIe 4.0 8x PCIe 3.0
TDP 105 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith Spire Wraith Stealth
US Price (w/o tax) $149 $99
US Price In SGD (w/o tax) ~SGD 203 ~SGD 135
Singapore Price (with 7% GST) SGD 218 SGD 138
US vs Singapore Difference +SGD 15 (7%) +SGD 3 (2%)

Again, the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

If you factor in the Singaporean 7% GST, the Ryzen 3 3200G is actually cheaper than in the US…

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The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Singapore Price List + Analysis!

Right after AMD announced their pre-sale Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they also announced the official Radeon RX 5700 price list for Singapore!

In this article, we will take a look at the official Radeon RX 5700 Singapore price list, and do some quick calculations…

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 251 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 36
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Singapore Price List

AMD will only bring in the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards for now. No word yet on the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition.

As usual, Malaysians will pay a substantial premium for graphics cards. But this isn’t an AMD issue – it applies to all graphics cards, including the NVIDIA RTX SUPER series.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
US Launch Price (w/o tax) $399 $349
US Launch Price In SGD (w/o tax) ~SGD 543 ~SGD 475
Singapore Launch Price (with 7% GST) SGD 635 SGD 535
US vs Singapore Difference +SGD 92 (16.9%) +SGD 60 (12.6%)

Note that the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

Also, once you factor in the fact that the Singaporean prices include the 7% GST, they are just 5%-9% more expensive than US prices – SGD 594 for the RX 5700 XT, and SGD 500 for the RX 5700.

In any case, let’s be thankful that AMD decided to cut prices before the Radeon RX 5700 cards went on sale.

By our estimate, these would have been the Malaysia price list without the Radeon RX 5700 price cut :

  • Radeon RX 5700 XT : ~SGD 715 – more expensive by SGD 80
  • Radeon RX 5700 : ~SGD 581 – more expensive by SGD 46

Recommended : Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

 

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Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

This is what competition is all about! Thanks to the impending release of NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards, AMD has officially announced a substantial price cut to their Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards!

Let’s take a look at those price cuts, and find out how it affects their price-performance value compared to the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut

Just a day before their official release, AMD is cutting $50 off both the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, and the Radeon RX 5700 XT. They are also cutting $30 off the Radeon RX 5700.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
Original Launch Price $499 $449 $379
NEW Launch Price $449 $399 $349
Difference -$50 (10%)
-$50 (11%) -$30 (8%)

This substantial price cut will make the Radeon RX 5700 cards more competitive against the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.

Good move, AMD! And how about a counter, NVIDIA? 😉

We have also prepared a number of local price analyses, before and after the Radeon RX 5700 price cut announcement :

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Value Comparison After Price Cut

So how does the AMD Radeon RX 5700 price cut affect their price-performance value? Let’s find out!

Specifications RTX
2080
SUPER
RX 5700 XT
(50th)
RX 5700 XT RTX
2070
SUPER
RX 5700 RTX
2060
SUPER
Launch Price $699 $449 $399 $499 $349 $399
Min. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GT/s 268.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 211.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s
$ Per GT/s $2.206 $1.670 $1.554 $1.943 $1.654 $1.996
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 105.6 GP/s 107.5 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 93.8 GP/s 94.1 GP/s
$ Per GP/s $6.619 $4.177 $3.885 $4.859 $3.721 $4.240
AVERAGE
$ / (GT/s + GP/s)
$4.413 $2.924 $2.720 $3.401 $2.688 $3.118

Based on the earlier price, the AMD Navi cards had a 20.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.

With the new Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they now have a 23.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards. That’s a 14.4% improvement.

Specs-wise, the RX 5700 XT is virtually the same as the RTX 2070 SUPER, but it is now $100 cheaper.

The RX 5700, on the other hand, is about the same as the RTX 2060 SUPER, just $50 cheaper.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 1 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

 

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Exclusive Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

On 8 May 2018, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced the establishment of the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, to help their customers, partners, and foster faster innovation throughout the broader ecosystem of universities and start-ups across the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region.

Join us for an exclusive look at the new SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, including a tour of the digital innovations that SAP Leonardo offers enterprises and businesses.

 

SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

SAP Leonardo Centers are interconnected hubs that serve as points of contact for companies and startups interested in SAP Leonardo. They are part showcase, and part collaborative centers. Their real-world examples of digital innovation using SAP Leonardo serve as inspiration for SAP customers and partners. They also offer a place for businesses and startups to experiment and innovate, jointly or in collaborative efforts.

Leonardo Center Singapore expands SAP’s presence in the APJ region, which already boasts three SAP Innovation Centers and four SAP Labs. It will be the fifth in the global network of SAP Leonardo Centers, serving a “front-end” to assist SAP customers in transforming their businesses with SAP Leonardo and Design Thinking.

SAP Leonardo brings together the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Blockchain technology, Big Data Analytics and Data Intelligence on the SAP Cloud Platform. It also applies SAP’s technological capabilities and deep knowledge of 25 industries to deliver the promise of Intelligent Enterprise.

“The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will showcase the art of the possible in digital innovation and help our customers scale quickly, easily and effectively,” said Scott Russell, President, SAP APJ. “Together with our customers and partners, we aim to leverage the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore as a think tank to drive purpose-led innovation that will ultimately improve the lives of one billion people and deliver the Intelligent Enterprise for over 70,000 customers in APJ by 2022. The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will play a key role in realizing our growth strategy and drive customer success in the new Intelligence era.”

 

Collaborative Hub

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The SAP Leonardo Center Singapore aims to foster a collaborative environment for businesses, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises to experiment and innovate.

It will also serve as a hub for SAP’s broader digital technology ecosystem including universities, startups, tech communities and accelerators.

Through the SAP University Alliances program, SAP APJ helps to educate 1.7 million students in educational institutions across the region. SAP APJ has also established 13 labs in APJ with plans to open more in the future.

 

Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

Thorsten Vieth, Director of Industry Innovation at SAP South East Asia, took us on a tour of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore. SAP created various booths to showcase real world examples of SAP Leonardo at work.

They include traffic management of an entire city, how a smart stadium manages crowds, predictive maintenance of smart trains, and ensuring safety of drivers and passengers in smart buses.

They also showed how machine learning can be used to simplify the maintenance of home appliances with IoT capability, while providing a transparent and secure service record using blockchain technology. Such capabilities not only improve the customer experience, they also reduce costs for businesses.

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Red Hat Launches Open Innovation Labs in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, September 27, 2017 Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today announced the launch of its first Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore

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Red Hat Launches Open Innovation Labs in Singapore

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs help customers integrate people, methodology, and technology to catalyze innovation and solve business challenges in an accelerated fashion by working collaboratively in an immersive, residency-oriented lab environment with Red Hat experts at the new physical lab in Singapore or in a pop-up lab at a customer’s site.

Through Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, IT teams work closely with Red Hat consultants, engineers and subject matter experts to modernize existing applications or create new ones with open source and DevOps. The typical Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency lasts anywhere from one to three months and provides IT professionals with the technologies, methods, and skills to accelerate business initiatives.

Through hands-on instruction, teams can also learn how to adopt agile development methodologies, DevOps practices, and get immediate and direct experience with the open principles and open culture that underlie many open source communities.

As digital transformation reshapes industries, organizations of all sizes and across industries are rethinking their approach to innovation and how technology can help them compete more effectively. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs launched in 2016 based on customer interest in applying Red Hat’s vast open source expertise to help them solve these business and IT challenges. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs provides a prescriptive environment designed for customers to develop applications with speed, agility, scalability and increased security.

As part of the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs engagement, customers can use microservices, deploy them in containers, and deliver them using DevOps methodologies across physical, cloud and mobile environments to more quickly scale up or down on-demand and help meet new requirements. In addition to its location in Singapore, Red Hat also has physical Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in Boston and London.

Core features of an Open Innovation Labs residency include:

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  • Solve legacy problems or entirely new challenges: Customers can take advantage of mentoring and technology to help their organization design and develop solutions to modernize legacy applications or take on entirely new challenges developing applications, architectures, and features for mobile, cloud, microservices, and more.
  • Work on real business problems from day one: Using Red Hat’s push button infrastructure and automated development environments, customers can quickly start development, resulting in quicker time to value and measurable outcomes.
  • Learn to work the open source way: Customers can collaborate with Red Hat experts and with the open source community on upstream projects using an agile-based methodology, open source tools, and best practices for application development.
  • Innovate anywhere: With a more secure cloud environment, any authorized team members can work together from anywhere at any time. Development can happen at a customer’s site, in an Open Innovation Labs facility, or virtually.

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The 2017 LG Information Display Solutions Revealed!

Last week, we were invited to check out the 2017 LG information display solutions at their Business Innovation Centre in sunny Singapore. The LG Business Innovation Centre was recently launched as a regional showcase of their latest B2B products. It was the perfect venue to reveal their 2017 information display solutions.

 

The 2017 LG Information Display Solutions

LG started off the event with a video on their new 2017 business display solutions, which was followed by an overview of the 2017 LG information display products by Mr. DP Kim, Head of the Information Display Division, LG Asia.

Then Neo Cheng Yi, from the same LG Asia Information Display Division, gave us more details on the new 2017 LG information display products.

Here is a summary of the key 2017 LG information display solutions. We took many videos of these amazing new LG displays and will share them with you (with links below) when we can. So be sure to check back!

OLED Displays – The Future of Digital Signage

With self-lighting pixels that switch off completely to produce absolute blacks with no light bleed, and thus infinite contrast, OLED displays are the ultimate digital signage displays. With just two layers and no backlight, the OLED displays are also incredibly lightweight and thin.

Dual-View OLED Signage For Seamless Playback

Featuring a slim profile and versatile configurations, the one-by-four 65″ LG Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED signage consists of eight connected, double-sided flexible OLED panels. Each panel has a built-in SoC and 128 GB of internal memory that allows it to deliver images and videos at the 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The LG Dual-View Flat OLED Signage (LG 55EH5C) offers a full HD display resolution on both sides of a super-slim profile, with a brightness level of 400 cd/m2 and a bezel of just 2 mm. It can be suspended from a ceiling, deployed as a floor stand or mounted in a window frame.

Scalable Video Walls for Creative Installations

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The 65″ LG OLED Video Wall allows businesses and organisations to create new spellbinding and interactive experiences. The one-by-three OLED Video Wall, which was showcased at the LG Business Innovation Centre, can be easily connected with other units to create signs of various configurations.

Ultra Stretch Digital Signage To Enhance ROI

The 86″ LG Ultra Stretch display is an ultra-wide 58:9 bar-type signage with an extraordinary resolution of 3840 x 600. Thanks to its Picture-by-Picture feature, it can be divided into four sections that can display different content simultaneously.

Unique Transparent LED Display

LG also has a unique LED transparent film display that incorporates LED diodes with a transparent film display to create stunning digital signages. They showcased an LG refrigerator with this impressive transparent LED display at the LG Business Innovation Centre.

 

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SMU Deploys NVIDIA DGX-1 Supercomputer For AI Research

Singapore, 30 November 2016NVIDIA today announced that Singapore Management University (SMU) is the first organisation in Singapore and Southeast Asiato deploy an NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning supercomputer.

Deployed at the SMU Living Analytics Research Center (LARC), the supercomputer will further research on applying artificial intelligence (AI) for Singapore’s Smart Nation project. Established in 2011, LARC aims to innovate technologies and software platforms that are relevant to Singapore’s Smart Nation efforts. LARC is supported and funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

 

NVIDIA DGX-1

The NVIDIA DGX-1 is the world’s first deep learning supercomputer to meet the computing demands of AI. It enables researchers and data scientists to easily harness the power of GPU-accelerated computing to create a new class of computers that learn, see and perceive the world as humans do.

Providing through put equivalent to 250 conventional servers in a single box, the supercomputer delivers the highest levels of computing power to drive next-generation AI applications, allowing researchers to dramatically reduce the time to train larger, more sophisticated deep neural networks.

Built on NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs that use the latest Pascal GPU architecture, the DGX-1 supercomputer will enable SMU to conduct a range of AI research projects for Smart Nation. One of the featured projects is a food AI application to achieve smart food consumption and healthy lifestyle, which requires the analysis of a large number of food photos.

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“This project involves the processing of large amounts of unstructured and visual data. Food photo recognition is not possible without the DGX-1 solution, which applies cutting-edge deep learning technologies and yields excellent recognition accuracy,” said Professor Steven Hoi, School of Information Systems, SMU.

The first phase of the food AI project is able to recognise 100 of the most popular local dishes in Singapore. The next phase is to expand the current food database to about 1,000 popular food dishes in Singapore. In addition to the recognition of food photos, the team will also analyse food data in supermarkets to help with the recommendation of healthy food options.Once developed, the food AI solution will be made available to developers through an API for them to build smart food consumption solutions.

“SMU has been an NVIDIA GPU Research Center using Tesla GPUs for several years. The NVIDIA DGX-1 will give SMU researchers the performance and deep learning capabilities needed to work on their Smart Nation projects, which will further advance Singapore’s aspirations,” said Raymond Teh, vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific, NVIDIA.

 

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NASA – A Human Adventure @ ArtScience Museum

Singapore, 12 October 2016 – Ignite your curiosity about space travel and be inspired by the triumphant milestones in human space exploration with ArtScience Museum upcoming blockbuster exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure. Opening on 19 November, the show will be the largest space flight exhibition ever to be held in Singapore, with over 200 historically significant artefacts on display including items which have flown in space.

 

NASA – A Human Adventure Now Open At The ArtScience Museum

The largest space flight exhibition ever to be held in Singapore

The exhibition tells the inspiring story of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) huge achievements in space flights and exploration, from the time the first space rocket was launched to the latest accomplishments in manned space flights. Visitors can get up-close with the extraordinary spacecraft that NASA has developed, and discover the stories of the people who flew them.

Amongst many incredible highlights, the show presents exhibits on the gigantic Saturn V Moon Rocket, full-size models of the pioneering Mercury spacecraft, the Apollo Command Module that carried the first humans to the Moon, the Rover astronauts used to explore the Moon, and a full-size model of the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle.

The exploration of space is an astonishing human story. NASA – A Human Adventure shows the spirit and fortitude involved in surviving in space, and reflects on the sacrifices of the men and women whose own journeys into space ended in tragedy. The exhibition also shows that space exploration has always been an international endeavour, and how the Space Race grew out of the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Through the presentation of modern achievements, such as the development of the International Space Station, the show reveals how space now brings countries and cultures together. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the spacecraft, rockets and technology that changed history and our understanding of our universe.

NASA – A Human Adventure is a blockbuster exhibition that brings visitors on an extraordinary journey through 100 years of human space adventure, starting with the dreams of artists and writers, and culminating with engineering marvels that changed the world. Space is a topic that touches all of us, and the endeavours of the astronauts and cosmonauts that pioneered this new frontier over the past decades, have captivated generations of people from around the world. By bringing the largest travelling space-flight exhibition ever assembled to ArtScience Museum, we hope to give our visitors in Singapore and South East Asia a unique chance to become part of this incredible story.

New technologies are showing us that space exploration has an exceptionally dynamic future, and we want to inspire visitors of all ages to be part of that future,” said Ms Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Produced by John Nurminen Events B.V. the exhibition made its world premiere at Tekniska Museet (The National Museum of Science and Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011. Since then, it has travelled to Madrid, Istanbul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul and Taipei, among others. Singapore is the next stop.

“It is a great honour to bring NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition to ArtScience Museum. Through the exhibition, we seek to inspire everyone to dream big and aim high, just like everyone in NASA has always done. It takes a great deal of skill, discipline, education and training to become a NASA engineer or an astronaut. We want to encourage the young generation to continue to take big steps to explore the world outside the Earth’s atmosphere. It is essential for all of us on this planet to keep exploring what lies beyond. We welcome all visitors to experience NASA – A Human Adventure, the story of one of mankind’s greatest achievements and be inspired by the remarkable history of manned space flights,” said Mr Jukka Nurminen, Director & CEO of John Nurminen Events B.V., the producer and exhibition curator of NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition.

Narrated through five galleries – Dreamers, Go Fever, Pioneers, Endurance and Innovation, NASA – A Human Adventure introduces visitors the people, technology and engineering feats that have captured the imagination of many, while inspiring dreams of future space exploration.

NASA – A Human Adventure Gallery 1

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The Dreamers Gallery 1 focuses on dreamers – the men who dreamed of space exploration and devoted their lives to making that dream a reality. Visitors will be treated to a display of portraits of Leonardo Da Vinci, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Chesley Bonestell, Robert McCall, and other famous individuals who showed an interest in space: writers who imagined space travels, and artists who dreamed on how other worlds might appear.

NASA – A Human Adventure Gallery 2

Go Fever Go Fever provides visitors with a historical journey of the conquest of Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union as a direct result of the Cold War. This race allowed major achievements in space technology, rapidly pushing the boundaries of human achievements. This gallery will reveal the triumphant space discovery-related events in history: the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, the first man made satellite to orbit the Earth; the establishment of NASA by American President Eisenhower in 1958; Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into space in April 1961 and astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space in May 1961.

NASA – A Human Adventure Gallery 3

Pioneers This gallery is dedicated to the genius rocket scientists and engineers who made the ambitious dreams of space travel a reality. Their remarkable technological achievements are truly awe-inspiring. The Pioneers gallery shows the amazing and swift evolution of rockets created by NASA scientists. On display is a 10-metre long model of the Saturn V Moon Rocket, the largest and most powerful launcher ever successfully used and is the only rocket capable of taking men to the Moon and back.

NASA – A Human Adventure Gallery 4

Endurance This gallery explores the challenges of travelling to space and surviving the hostile environment. Visitors will learn about the endurance of the astronauts in space and their daily lives from what they wear and eat to the instruments and hardware that they used on their missions. The gallery will also share knowledge on the lunar landing and the special rover used as astronauts made their explorations on the Moon.

NASA – A Human Adventure Gallery 5

Innovation Innovation is always at the heart of space exploration – new ideas and ground breaking technologies which contributed to making the impossible, possible. Visitors will be introduced to the innovations that took Americans to the orbit and the Moon.

Highlights of this gallery include full-sized high-fidelity replicas of the Mercury capsule, the first American manned spacecraft; Gemini capsule, versatile spacecraft designed to practise the Moon missions; Apollo Command Module that carried the first humans to the Moon and back as well as the Space Shuttle that carried out numerous complex missions in orbit.

 

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Microsoft Transparency Center & Cybersecurity Center Launched

4 October 2016Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.

 

The Microsoft Transparency Center

The Microsoft Transparency Center is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Program (GSP), which offers participating government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertise and insight of Microsoft security professionals. Nearly 40 countries and international organizations currently participate in the Microsoft GSP program with 10 participants from Asia.

The Microsoft Transparency Center in Singapore is a convenient location for governments in the Asia-Pacific region and will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe. In addition, more details of other new Microsoft Transparency Centers will be shared later in 2016, including the recently announced Microsoft Transparency Center in Beijing, China.

Toni Townes-Whitley, corporate vice-president, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation, said, “Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Program, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong capabilities to protect, detect and respond.”

 

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organizations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. With the rise in cybercriminal activities and the rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, the Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements by way of security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way.

Keshav Dhakad, regional director and assistant general counsel, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia, said, “In the face of rising cyberattack sophistication, cybersecurity is mission-critical among C-suites and boardrooms. As governments and enterprises embrace digital transformation and strive for resilience, a holistic and agile security platform is ever more critical. This is where Microsoft’s unique threat intelligence innovations and trusted cloud ecosystem offer them powerful protection against security threats. Through strong public-private partnerships, we also empower them to investigate, disrupt and prosecute global cybercriminal networks.

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The Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively. This will build on the momentum in the last few years, where the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has fostered various partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region.

This includes strategic collaboration with Interpol in global malware botnet disruption operations and a PhotoDNA licensing collaboration to support Interpol’s efforts in preventing child sexual exploitation online, as well as cyber threat intelligence sharing partnerships with several Internet Service Providers in the region and government Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

To support a comprehensive, cross-company and cross-industry approach to cybersecurity, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. This includes a recently announced global Cyber Defense Operations Center (C-DOC), a state-of-the-art 24/7 facility that brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time, securing Microsoft’s internal resources, cloud infrastructure, customer online services, devices and products.

Microsoft has also recently established an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG) – a dedicated team of worldwide security experts who will deliver security solutions, expertise and services that empower organizations to modernize their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.

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New & Future SAP Ariba Features Revealed

At the recent SAP Ariba Live 2016 conference in Singapore, SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger announced a bevy of updates to the Ariba Network, with two major upgrades – Guided Buying and Light Enablement. He also demonstrated how Ariba can be used with IoT sensors for predictive maintenance.

Finally, they demonstrate a preview of the future of the Ariba Network – artificial intelligence. Check out the videos below!

 

SAP Ariba Guided Buying

Guided Buying is a new feature that makes the buying process much more intuitive for the user. It literally guides the user in the procurement process. In this video, Chris Haydon, Chief Strategy Officer, and Lalitha Rajagopalan, Vice President of Products & Innovation, demonstrates the new Guided Buying feature.

 

SAP Ariba Light Enablement

Light Enablement allows smaller suppliers to become part of the Ariba Network, by removing the need to invest in new IT capabilities. In this video, Sanjay Almeida, the Senior Vice President of Ariba Network, demonstrates how convenient Light Enablement will be.

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Combining SAP Ariba With IoT

IoT (Internet of Things) is a consumer trend, but it is also an important corporate tool. In this video, SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger demonstrates how Ariba can be used with IoT sensors for preventive maintenance of critical assets.

 

The Future Of SAP Ariba – Artificial Intelligence

Finally, SAP Ariba CTO Dinesh Shahane demonstrated a preview of the future of the Ariba Network – artificial intelligence. If this is how advanced it is at this stage, one can only wonder what it will be like when it’s launched.

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The SAP Ariba Live 2016 @ Singapore Coverage

SAP have always held their Ariba Live events in either the United States or a European city. This year, SAP brought Ariba Live to Asia, holding the inaugural SAP Ariba Live in sunny Singapore. This was only appropriate, because Asia accounts for 25% of the worldwide commerce that run through the Ariba Network.

Held from the 29th till the 31st of August, the SAP Ariba Live 2016 @ Singapore boasted every big gun SAP Ariba could muster, including SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger, SAP APJ President Adaire Fox-Martin, and SAP Ariba CTO Dinesh Shahane.

 

What Is SAP Ariba?

SAP Ariba is a subsidiary of SAP that focuses on software solutions that make it easier for companies to procure goods and services. Procurement is ordinarily a labour-intensive process for large and public-listed companies because they have to adhere to strict bidding or tendering processes.

These processes are intended to promote fair and open competition for their suppliers, although they may even emphasise certain CSR (corporate social responsibility) requirements. They also have to be tailored to avoid or reduce exposure to fraud and collusion.

As a result, many corporations rely on manual, paper-based systems to create paper trails for accountability reasons. This is not only inefficient, it is costly and wasteful. This is the problem that SAP Ariba tackles. It is not “sexy” work, but it is incredibly important work.

 

The SAP Ariba Network

The SAP Ariba Network is a cloud-based B2B (business to business) platform that make it easier for companies to procure goods and services from suppliers from all over the world. Think of it as eBay for companies.

Users get to “shop online” just like millions of consumers do every single day. Just like consumers, they can do their “shopping” on any device – whether it’s a desktop, a laptop, or even a mobile device.

The only difference is Ariba offers features that help companies automate requests for sourcing, RFQs (requests for quotations), contracts, management of suppliers, contract, ethical and legal compliance, etc.

 

Why Does It Matter?

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Ordinary consumers don’t care about corporate matters like “procurement”. B2B services like Ariba are not sexy, but they grease the great wheel of commerce and make a big difference in our lives.

Procurement done right is what ensures that Apple can deliver their latest iPhones on time while remaining compliant with fair labour requirements. It also ensures that smaller companies can save money, so they can deliver more competitive products.

SAP Ariba is hardly the only company to tackle problems with procurement, but their Ariba Network alone had 10 million users with a cool US$1 trillion in transactions in 2015. That is how important the Ariba Network is in corporate procurement.

 

What’s New At SAP Ariba Live 2016?

In this keynote address, SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger announced a bevy of updates to the Ariba Network, with two major upgrades – Guided Buying and Light Enablement. Suppliers will also be excited about the new simplified pricing.

He also announced that the SAP Ariba Network will be available in China by the end of 2016. Check out his full keynote address, together with SAP APJ President Adaire Fox-Martin.

For more details on the new and future SAP Ariba features, read our supplementary article – New & Future SAP Ariba Features Revealed.

 

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