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Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

Motorsports and racing fans/enthusiasts, especially Honda Racing fans, take note! Casio, an internationally renowned watch brand, maybe known for its toughness, they are also a watch with a spirit of racing pulsing through its DNA. With a respect for speed and technological feats of racing, Casio is proud to introduce the Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model in collaboration with Honda Racing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

Year 2022 marks the 60th anniversary since the construction of the Suzuka Circuit by Honda Motor Limited in 1962. This motorsport race track circuit is 5.807km long, located in Ino, Suzuka City, that was first designed as a Honda test track featuring an iconic figure of 8 layout with a 1.2km long back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass. Suzuka Circuit is one of the only two FIA Grade 1 licensed track to have a figure of 8 layout, the other one being the Fiorano Circuit in Italy.

For F1 fans and drivers, Suzuka Circuit has openly touted by them as one of the most enjoyable, it’s also one of the oldest remaining tracks of the Formula One World Championship and it has a long history of races as venue of the Japanese Grand Prix since 1987. Its traditional role as one of the last Grand Prix of the season means numerous world championships have been decided at this track. Four years consecutively in its early history, Suzuka Circuit saw the world championship being decided. This include the 1988 championship, which went to Ayrton Senna, the controversial 1989 championship, which went to Alain Prost, and the 1990 and 1991 world championships, which both went to Senna.

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

The Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is infused with Honda Racing’s spirit of racing in all aspects. The X-frame of the dial is painted with the same paint used in the Honda red badge, which symbolises the racing spirit of Honda and can only be seen on Honda racing cars such as the RA271 and the Type R commercial vehicles.

The HRC brand logo is featured prominently on the dial of the watch, while the Honda logo and the Honda Racing logo are engraved on to the case, band ring and back cover. The back cover is also dressed with the engraving of a logo celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

This Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is using the EQB-2000 as the base, which was inspired by the double-wishbone suspension used in racing cars, and features Honda NSX GT3 motif with red accents on a black background. The band of it is made from the material Alcantara, which a synthetic material known for its durability and comfort and used for the interior of Honda’s Type R cars.

The EQB-2000 also comes with a chronograph for precise timekeeping and is equipped with Bluetooth smartphone links that offers auto time adjustment, watch setting, approximately 300 World Time Cities, stopwatch time transfer, and an iPhone finder all accessible via an app on your mobile phone.

Wear the racing spirit of Honda Racing and the Suzuka Circuit on your wrist with the EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition.

Pricing and Availability

This Honda Collaboration Model will be available at Honda official authorised distributor, Kah Motor form 2nd November 2022.

It will be available at EDIFICE retailers and https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ from 23rd November 2022.

EQB-2000HR-1A
SGD $849

Technical Specifications

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition EQB-2000HR-1A

Construction Solar Powered
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy

Power saving

Stopwatch 1 second (1:00’00”~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; flyback, direct timing start from the timekeeping mode
Alarm Daily Alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Easy watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Stopwatch data transfer
Time & place
Phone finder
Other Functions Dual time home city time swapping; day display; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); day indicator; regular timekeeping; 12/24-hour format
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 5 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 19 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 55.6 × 47.8 × 10.8 mm
Total Weight Approx. 96g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

MPL SG Season 4 Playoffs 7-9 October 2022 at Tampines Hub

The Regular Season of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Singapore Season 4 (MPL SG S4) has ended recently, with RSG SG making a stunning clean sweep. The Season 3 Champions proved their mettle once again by besting all of the other teams, winning 2-0 in each best-of-three match and they only drop a single game in its match against Stellark. Now MPL SG Season 4 goes into the next phase, it is now Playoffs time, taking place from 7th to 9th October 2022 at Tampunes Hub. The MPL SG S4 Playoffs will be open to the public. Eight of the best teams in Singapore will fight it out for the coveted title of MPL SG S4 Champion and a spot at the M4 World Championships taking place in Jakarta from 1st to 15th January 2023.

In a repeat of last season’s standings, the champions reigned at the top, followed by fierce rivals Slate in 2nd place. Slate is the successor to perennial favourites EVOS SG, as it features the manager, the captain, and the majority of players from the now-defunct team. RSG SG won 2-0 and went on to beat Stellark SG (formerly Team Oldman) 2-1 in their final match.

As for the 3rd and 4th places, they are Revival (formerly ALMGHTY) and Team SMG, known as singer JJ Lin’s team. Both teams have improved significantly from their bottom 3 finishes last season, they will be joining RSG SG and Slate as the seeded teams in the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs.

Stellark SG is the sole new team for this season with an older-than-average squad, they showed that veterans were still highly competitive, finishing a respectable fifth in the table.

Jaime Cruz, Esports Lead at MOONTON Games said: “Season 4 has given us its fair share of memorable highlights: RSG SG and Slate Esports’ intense rivalry and outstanding run culminating in a table-deciding showdown on the last week of the Regular Season; and Team SMG and Revival’s drastic improvement to finish in the top half of the table. The hard work and efforts of the players have showcased the competitive spirit of MPL SG, and I’m excited for fans to witness even more thrilling matches in the Playoffs.”

Lee Jian Ming, Founder and Managing Director, Zenway Productions, said, “MLBB is the biggest game in Singapore’s esports scene and MPL SG S4 demonstrates just why with its irresistible blend of action and drama. Zenway Productions is proud to be able to bring all of these moments to fans around the world. The hybrid model where fans can watch the games in person or online is perfect for esports and we’re excited to bring this to the fans to enjoy.”

Top MPL SG athletes are frequently chosen to represent Singapore at regional esports competitions. Four players in the current MPL SG S4 represented Singapore at the recent 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Hanoi, Vietnam – ‘Seilah’, ‘Adammir’, and ‘JPL’ from Slate Esports and ‘Remaniscent’ from Team Flash – and secured a Bronze medal in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang category.

The eight teams now enter the double-elimination playoffs to compete for the title and the coveted lion’s share of the SGD 100,000 prize pool. The winner will also represent Singapore at the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M4), which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1-15 January 2023. The M4 is the most prestigious title on the MPL calendar, where 16 of the world’s best MLBB teams will be competing for the title of World Champion, and the lion’s share of the USD 800,000 prize money.

Standings MPL SG S4

MPL SG S4 Playoffs Bracket

For more information about MPLSG

If you like to know more information about MPLSG, you can follow them and subscribe to their social media platforms:

Platform Link
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mpl.sg.official
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mpl.sg.official
TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@mplsingapore
Registration Website https://mplsg.gg
Official Website http://sg.mpl.mobilelegends.com

For more information on MPL Singapore and Zenway Productions, visit the site here.

For partnership opportunities, please reach out to esports_partnerships@moonton.com.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Moonton Games and Gloo *

Singtel welcomes F1 to Singapore as official network partner of GPSS 2022

Singtel welcomes F1 to Singapore as the official network partner of Grand Prix Season Singapore 2022 (GPSS 2022), powering the experiences and festivities along Orchard Road and Clarke Quay with 5G. With Singtel’s nationwide 5G coverage, F1 race spectators, visitors to the various MICE events coinciding with Singapore GP, locals and tourists alike will be able to experience the high-speed connectivity and ultra-low latency of Singtel’s 5G network from anywhere on the island.

Singapore is the first country to be fully covered by standalone 5G network, Singtel is taking the 5G experience to the next level at GPSS 2022 and F1. In a world’s first, Singtel will be applying the most advanced form of network slicing technology  to support its digital app marketplace, CAST. With Sports Plus on Singtel CAST, race fans will be able to catch the entire high-velocity night race from wherever they are, even around the high traffic areas of the circuit, where over 250,000 spectators are expected, due to the dedicated capacity being allocated to the service.

Ms Anna Yip, CEO of Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We’re extremely excited and honoured to be the official network partner for the upcoming Grand Prix season. This is also why we raced to complete our nationwide standalone 5G coverage in July, 3 years ahead of schedule, in time for Singapore’s National Day and now F1. As the first major international event held here since travel restrictions lifted, this race is significant as it marks Singapore’s comeback and demonstrates the potential of 5G to drive innovation and unlock new digital use cases that can help boost the nation’s recovery. Our CAST app gives race fans full visibility of the track action by enabling high-definition content streaming while locals and tourists can enjoy other digital experiences from making video calls, augmented reality gaming and more with 5G – bringing greater fun to the festivities.”

With Sports Plus on Singtel CAST at S$9.90 for the week, customers can also enjoy the race on their 5G mobile devices which will offer an enhanced lag-free, high-speed streaming experience. If you like to find out more about Singtel CAST and Sports Plus, please visit cast.singtel.com.

Immersive experiences beyond the track

In addition to having the fastest and most extensive 5G network in Singapore, delivering 5G speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, and spanning more than 1,300 outdoor and 400 in-building locations, as well as underground, Singtel is bringing more 5G experiences beyond the Marina Bay area.

  • The Singtel 5G Experience booth, open daily from 11am to 10pm in front of Ngee Ann City from 23 September to 2 October, will include an immersive 3D augmented reality race simulator that enables users to feel like their favourite F1 drivers, showcasing the high-speed, ultra-low latency advantages of 5G. The first 100 visitors to the booth who share a photo of their experience on their social platforms with the hashtag #Singtel5GEverywhere stand to walk away with exclusive 5G merchandise.
  • The Singtel 5G network will also be powering the live broadcasts from the Mediacorp roadshow, for the first time, on Orchard Road via 5G SIM cards instead of local area network cables or WiFi, ensuring smooth, ultra-low latency transmission of their content. Visitors can catch their favourite Mediacorp DJs and artistes such as Justin Ang, Vernetta Lopez, Dennis Chew, Qi Yuwu and many more, hosting games and giving away premiums on site or via their online radio app.
  • Over at *SCAPE, Singtel 5G will be powering the Teleios Next-Gen Racing Simulators which feature actual training scenarios used by F1 drivers for users to try their hand at.

Singtel customers can also enjoy exclusive perks at the precinct activations, such as:

  • Up to 15% discount off sustainability workshops held at *SCAPE, including guided workshops on figurine making and slime making
  • 10% off the total bill at the Auchentoshan Whisky Art Installation booth by Beam Suntory booth at Orchard Road, Outside Mandarin Gallery
  • Free Peroni Nastro Azzuro or Peroni Nastro Azzuro 0% for the first 100 Singtel customers at the Peroni activation at Clarke Quay

To find out more about the Singtel 5G Experience at GPSS 2022 precinct activations, visit singtel.com/5G/GPSS.

  • In the heartlands, race fans can also enjoy an ultra-responsive and lag-free gaming experience that emulates the hyper-realistic conditions F1 drivers face via the #SingaporeGP Roving Truck. Equipped with Singtel 5G, the first-of-its-kind truck in Singapore is equipped with high-definition digital screens on both sides and has been broadcasting some F1 races from this season since July. The truck will be at One Kampong Glam on 27 and 28 September, from 4pm to 10pm.

5G connectivity for tourists

To support the high number of tourists keen to experience the GPSS at its best, Singtel is launching the Singtel Prepaid 5G $50 and $30 hi!Tourist SIM card, which comes with up to 120GB of 5G data, unlimited local talk time and SMS, 90 minutes of international minutes, and up to 5GB of data roam to popular destinations.

Tourists can also look forward to SIM cards with popular Singapore landmarks and race car images printed on them as well as an exclusive race car thumb drive that has been developed to commemorate the F1 season.

The prepaid SIMs are available at the Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange, Changi Recommends, and Cheers at Singapore Changi Airport, as well as at any Singtel Shop. Customers may also pre-order the cards online via Singtel, KKday, Traveloka and Trip.com, and pick them up at the airport or any Singtel Shop.

For more information about 5G Singtel’s hi!Tourist SIM cards, visit singtel.com/hitourist and on Singtel’s 5G offerings, visit singtel.com/5G.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel *

Formula 1 and Tata Communications announce multi-year strategic collaboration

Formula 1 and Tata Communications – A global digital ecosystem enabler powering the fast-growing digital economy, recently announced a multi-year strategic collaboration, with Tata Communications returning to Formula 1 (F1) sport as the Official Broadcast Connectivity Provider of F1, to deliver and enhance a world-class, technologically advanced experience for their global fanbase.

Tata Communications will empower F1 with global end-to-end managed network services for video contribution, this would transform F1 motorsports experience. For this F1 motorsports experience to take place, Tata Communications will facilitate the transfer for more than 100 video feeds and over 250 audio channels to be transmitted between the Grand Prix venue and F1’s Media & Technology Centre in UK every race weekend in under 200 milliseconds. This would enable F1 to broadcast to over 500 million fans in 180+ territories globally.

Tata Communications has industry recognised and built-for-media connectivity solutions, this will enable F1 to transform its broadcast content production worldwide while continuing to support motorsports drive for agility and sustainability. F1 introduced remote broadcast operations in 2020, Tata Communications has allowed reduction in F1’s traveling freight by 34%.

Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO of Formula 1, said “We are delighted to welcome Tata Communications back as a partner following previous successes in our partnerships. They have been an integral part of our growth journey over the last decade, and we completely trust their expertise and abilities to deliver what we need for our fans. This trust has been built over many years of working together, pushing forward advancements in technology in sport – on and off the track. Tata Communications’ connectivity continues to support F1’s drive for agility and sustainability with remote production introduced in 2020 – part of our aim to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2030. We are excited to grow together in the future and share the incredible journey Formula 1 is on.”

“As businesses evolve to a digital-first model, I believe the sporting world also has a great opportunity to leverage technology for delivering innovative and exhilarating experiences to motorsports enthusiasts,” said Amur S Lakshminarayanan, MD and CEO, Tata Communications. “And, Formula 1 is at the core of all things speed, action and thrill. We are delighted to renew our relationship and empower Formula 1’s tomorrow, today!”

Tata Communications has been recently recognised as a “Major Player” in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Commercial Content Delivery Network Services 2022 Vendor Assessment.

Tata Communications continues to develop new and innovative digital-first media and entertainment services, enabling end-to-end platform play for immersive fan experiences. The company has also expanded its bandwidth capacity or media backbone to 100G driving innovations in video, remote production and more.

* Information and picture courtesy of Tata Communications and IN.FOM *

G-SHOCK FC Barcelona Matchday Collaboration Model

G-SHOCK recently announced the latest additions to its G-SHOCK brand of shock resistant watches, the G-SHOCK FC Barcelona Matchday Collaboration Model, celebrating Matchday: Inside FC Barcelona, a documentary featuring the inner world of the world famous Spanish football club. For FC Barcelona fans and football fans, you have to check the G-SHOCK FC Barcelona Matchday Collaboration Models!

The G-SHOCK watches GBD-H1000 and GBD-100 are the base models for the two new watches, they are both from the G-SQUAD lineup. The new models employ the blue and garnet team colors of FC Barcelona. The bands, designed to evoke past and present team uniforms, are imprinted with the club motto, “Més que un club” (“More than a club”) in the local Catalan language.

The GBD-H1000BAR features a metal bezel in bright gold ion plating that shines like a winners’ trophy cup, while the band loop on both watches features the four red stripes of the Catalan flag. Specially designed packaging also in FC Barcelona team colors is a final touch worthy of these singular timepieces.

Special packaging ?GBD-100BAR

Both new watches are equipped with an accelerometer to count steps and track distances. The GBD-H1000BAR also comes with a heart rate monitor and GPS tracking. Both new models also offer mobile link functions which, when paired with a dedicated smartphone app, support daily health management by allowing users to check life logs with data on step counts and calories burned, activity logs, and more. The Memory in Pixel (MIP) LCD for exceptional visibility and the soft urethane band for outstanding ventilation and flexibility deliver comfort in every situation, from everyday use to hard workouts.

Special packaging GBD-H1000BAR

Matchday: Inside FC Barcelona

An eight-episode documentary series focusing on the 20182019 season of one the world’s most adored football clubs. From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, the series offers insight into the players, philosophy and culture of FC Barcelona.

GBD-100BAR-4DR
S$349
GBD-H1000BAR-4DR
S$799

Pricing and Availability

The GBD-100BAR-4DR will be available on https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ and at all G-SHOCK stores from 5th February 2022.

** G-SHOCK store at Vivo city is now closed due to renovation.

For more information on the GBD-H1000BAR-4DR, visit Casio website and check it out!

For more information on the GBD-100BAR-4DR, visit Casio website and check it out!

Technical Specifications

GBD-H1000BAR

Construction Shock-resistant
Water Resistance 200 meters
Communication Specifications Communication Standard Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
Positional Measurement GPS, GLONASS, MICHIBIKI (QZSS)
Sensors Optical sensor (heart rate), magnetic sensor (compass), pressure sensor (air pressure/altitude), thermo sensor, acceleration sensor (step counter)
Wrist Heart Rate Monitor Maximum value: 220bpm; heart rate; target heart rate setting function; pulse zone graphic display; heart rate transition graph: maximum heart rate/minimum heart rate
Training Functions Distance, speed, pace, etc., measured by GPS or accelerometer and displayed; auto/manual lap; auto pause; auto run timing start; target alarm setting (time, altitude, calories burned) on/off switching; training display customization
Training Analysis Training status, fitness level trend, training load trend, VO2max, recovery time
Training Log Data Up to 100 runs, up to 140 lap records per run, elapsed time, distance, pace, calories burned, heart rate, maximum heart rate, aerobic training effect, anaerobic training effect
World Time 38 cities (38 time zones,* auto summer time [DST] switching) and Coordinated Universal Time

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch Measuring unit: 1 second; measuring capacity: 99:59’59; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time
Countdown Timer Interval measurement (up to 5 timers); measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 60 minutes; countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes; 1-second accuracy; auto-repeat
Alarm 4 daily alarms (with snooze alarm)
Other Functions Mobile link functions* (automatic connection), battery level indicator, power saving (display shuts off after a certain period in a dark location), full auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format, button operation tone on/off, airplane mode, vibration function, vibration on/off, LED backlight (full auto light, Super Illuminator, afterglow with selectable illumination duration: 1.5 seconds or 3 seconds)
Power Source Solar-powered system (solar-charging system), charging system compatible with dedicated charging cable (requires device with Type-A USB terminal)
Continuous Operation Training mode (continuous GPS measurement) + heart rate monitor function: maximum of about 14 hours; time mode (includes step count measurement and notification functions): about 12 months

* Varies depending on usage environment; from full charge, without solar power

Time Adjustment GPS signal reception: auto receive (with no mobile link function, time information, once/day), manual receive (position information, time information); Bluetooth®: uses continuous connection with smartphone to auto-adjust time
Size of Case 63.0 × 55.0 × 20.4mm
Total Weight Approx. 101g

GBD-100BAR

Construction Shock-resistant
Water Resistance 200 meters
Communication Specifications Communication Standard Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
Training Functions Distance, speed, pace, etc., measured by accelerometer and displayed; auto/manual lap; auto pause; target alarm setting (time, calories burned) on/off switching; training display customization
Training Log Data Up to 100 runs, up to 140 lap records per run, elapsed

time, distance, pace, calories burned

Life Log Data Step count (daily data display), running distance (monthly data display)
World Time 38 cities (38 time zones,* auto summer time [DST] switching) and Coordinated Universal Time

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch Measuring unit: 1 second; measuring capacity: 99:59’59; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time
Countdown Timer Interval measurement (up to 5 timers); measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 60 minutes; countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes; 1-second accuracy; auto-repeat
Alarm 4 daily alarms (with snooze alarm)
Other Functions Mobile link functions (automatic connection), power saving (display shuts off after a certain period in a dark location), full auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format, button operation tone on/off, airplane mode, vibration function, vibration on/off, LED backlight (full auto light, Super Illuminator, afterglow with selectable illumination duration: 1.5 seconds or 3 seconds)
Battery Life Approx. 2 years on CR2032
Size of Case 63.0 × 55.0 × 20.4mm
Total Weight Approx. 101g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

Ducati and Lenovo Continue Partnership in new MotoGP Season.

The role and importance of technology in the motorsports industry can never be underestimated in recent years. From the backend technology to the actual motorsports action, how much has technology play a key role in these areas? In the MotoGP world, we can see it in the Ducati Lenovo Team. In 2021, they ended with the victory of the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title for the second year in a row. In 2022, Ducati and Lenovo continue their partnership in the new MotoGP season, Ducati Lenovo Team is ready for a new season, in which technology will play an increasingly crucial role.

Lenovo’s technology partnership with Ducati started in 2018, Lenovo has helped Ducati team innovate and improve on-track performance. Innovation, speed and security is at the heart of this evolution. Enabled by a wide range of smarter solutions, Lenovo’s data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and smart collaboration continue to drive improvements and help the team to accelerate simulations and real-time data analysis, constantly transferring technology between the racing world and Ducati’s street bikes.

The first goal for the 2022 season is to complete the Remote Garage project, which allows engineers to receive data in real time and to interact with the garage and bikes while working remotely. Moreover, Ducati and Lenovo are committed to improving video conferencing both in the headquarters and in the garage. The aim is to better connect the virtual teams for successful collaboration, even from miles away.

“2021 was an important year for the Ducati Lenovo Team. We have strengthened our technology partnership – paving the way for bolder innovation in the new hybrid working world. We are proud to collaborate with Ducati, who share our core values of speed, dedication, team spirit and a focus on results. In line with our mission to enable intelligent transformation, we will continue to invest and innovate with Ducati to achieve increasingly ambitious goals in the fast-evolving industry of motorsports,” commented Luca Rossi, President of Intelligent Devices Group at Lenovo.

“To be competitive and achieve the best results, on and off the track, it is essential to have a clear idea of the central role of digital innovation and to rely on the support of the best partners. Thanks to the collaboration with Lenovo, we have accomplished important goals, such as accelerating data collection and analysis, thus speeding up the decision-making process. This is how we brought to circuits worldwide the bike that won the MotoGP Constructors’ World Title last season for the second year in a row,” said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO. “Thanks to a passion for technological innovation that we share with Lenovo, we will continue moving forward in this direction, exploring tech solutions that will achieve even better results on the track, in serial production, and in corporate infrastructures.”

Lenovo Computing Power at Anytime, Anywhere

Lenovo has supported Ducati’s engineers and designers in the innovation of racing and street bikes since 2018, helping the company to reach maximum performance and enhanced levels of security.

Using High Performance Computing technology, based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers, Ducati has been able to simplify and accelerate data analysis concerning aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and stress tests. The improved computing power has allowed the company to obtain data and information in a third of the computation time and run almost twice as many simulations at the same time – making it easier for engineers to understand how the bikes will react to various weather conditions and continuously improve on track performance. In addition, Lenovo infrastructure grants high standards of data protection and has allowed Ducati to minimize the risk of dangerous and expensive downtimes.

Ducati has adopted the ThinkSystem SE350 edge server to boost connectivity and advanced real-time analytics, even in the most challenging environments. Lenovo’s server boasts a high computing power in an extremely small, versatile and easily portable device, bringing compute capabilities and AI features wherever you need them. Designed and built with the unique requirements of the Edge in mind, ThinkSystem SE350 can operate effectively in any location, even in extreme environments: from the Malaysian humidity, which could reach 90%, to the dry heat and the sand of Qatar. ThinkSystem SE350 allows engineers to manage in real time, wherever they are, about 15GB of data for each bike, and to produce customized insights for each rider that can be leveraged to take fast, well-informed decisions. Finally, the security tools integrated in the device allow automatic data encryption in case of tampering, helping to protect Ducati’s intellectual property and prevent data leaks.

Collaboration, productivity and mobility at its core

Ducati has deployed a new virtual desktop infrastructure, built in partnership with Lenovo. Over 250 2D and 3D virtual desktops are used across the organization from the R&D department to the garage. Ducati is benefiting from increased productivity as users can connect to their workstation whenever they want, wherever they are and from any device. Virtual desktops also help to simplify IT management and maintenance, to improve data protection and business continuity, as well as to optimize resources and allow professionals to focus on higher value-added tasks. Furthermore, thanks to the possibility of working on the move, Ducati designers can remotely collaborate in real time with the development team and the test rider during test phases, making changes to the design of the bike or of a single component based on the feedback received, reducing production times.

Everyone across the Ducati team – from managers, engineers, and riders – rely on Lenovo tablets, PCs and workstations to achieve the highest levels of collaboration, power and speed. Technicians use the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation, to analyze data coming from the bikes’ sensors in minutes and to study the lap statistics, compare them and optimize the bike setup.

Top management, on the other hand, rely on the innovative ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC to enjoy maximum productivity and mobility, whereas designers can count on the power of Lenovo workstations, including the ThinkPad P Series, for design and development using CAD software.

Driving towards an augmented future

Together, Ducati and Lenovo have big plans for the future. The two companies are already looking at how they can harness AI, machine learning and augmented reality to drive even greater levels of innovation in MotoGP. Reproducing the bike and its components virtually, in full size in a real context, will represent a differentiating factor accelerating future R&D, testing and maintenance, as well as of after-sales support for street bikes.

For more information on Lenovo technologies, visit Lenovo ThinkPad, Lenovo Workstations, Lenovo Edge Computing, Lenovo Yoga, ThinkReality.

* Information courtesy of Ducati and Lenovo *

Game On with Mourinho on 25th March 2021

Football fans in Singapore alert, especially Tottenham Hotspurs fans! How would you like the idea to have a Game On with Mourinho on 25th March 2021? This is a special live stream event presented by AIA Singapore – enabling Healthier, Longer, Better Lives with Tottenham Hotspur’s José Mourinho. Taking place on Thursday 25th March 2021 from 5:00pm o 5:30pm (SGT), Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach José Mourinho, known as  one of the greatest football managers of all time and hailed for his mental toughness, discusses his experiences during his career.

Football fans in Singapore would definitely know about José Mourinho and his achievements since we are follow and watch a lot of English Premier League matches! José mental toughness is undeniable, from his strategic game play to unmatched grit. Now, you can get your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your questions answered by the two-time Champions League winner on health and lifestyle choices everyone – whether a football player or not – can make to improve mental wellbeing during these challenging times.

What do I have to do?

Answer three simple questions and submit your interview question to have a shot at asking your question to José PERSONALLY during the exclusive live stream on 25 March, 5pm (SGT). We have ONE interview spot available for a lucky Tottenham Hotspur fan out there so get creative with your questions!

“Game On with Mourinho” Contest and Event Details:

  • Only ONE lucky winner will be selected for a chance to ask their question to José Mourinho, who will be livestreaming from London during the event.
  • To take part in the contest, participants must complete all the following:
    o Register and complete the contest submission form at aia.com.sg/gameonwithmourinho
    o Like AIA’s Facebook (@Singapore.AIA) page and share this AIA’s Facebook Contest post on your feed: http://bit.ly/GameOnWithMourinhoFBContest
    o Tag your mates in the comments section of the Contest post to share the opportunity and make a positive difference in their lives
    o Include hashtags #GameOnWithMourinho and #AIASG in your comment to qualify
    o Contest deadline: Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 2359 hrs.
  • This Contest is open only to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders residing in Singapore, aged 18 and above.
  • Participants are allowed to submit multiple entries but only one spot is up for grabs.
  • The shortlisted fan who will pose the question at the Live Stream interview with José will be required to attend a rehearsal physically at an AIA designated venue on 25 March, 2pm and attend the live stream physically at 5pm on the same day. The winner will be notified by Facebook private message/email.
  • Alternatively, you may skip the contest section and proceed to submit your registration to gain free access to the Live Stream in the same registration form at aia.com.sg/gameonwithmourinho. Event registration will close on 22 March (2359 hrs).
  • Game On with Mourinho is a by-invite-only Live Stream session. Upon registering, each participant will receive his/her own unique access

AIA has partnered with Tottenham Hotspur since 2013. The leading life insurer is the Club’s Global Principal Partner to promote the vital role that active participation in sports plays in helping people to live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives.

 

Remember to follow AIA Singapore on Facebook (@Singapore.AIA) and Instagram (@AIASingapore) for the latest updates. Remember these hashtags – #GameOnWithMourinho #AIASG #HealthierLongerBetterLives #AIASpurs

Do Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On, to your fellow football fanatics here in Singapore (especially Tottenham Hotspurs supporters here in Singapore!) on Game On with Mourinho on 25th March 2021!

* Information and pictures courtesy of AIA Singapore and Ogilvy *

Samsung and Singtel partnership – Making fitness more rewarding for Singaporeans

Samsung Electronics Singapore and Singtel recently announced that Samsung Health, the essential health and wellness companion for Samsung Galaxy devices, will be integrated with Singtel’s StepUp wellness platform to make fitness experiences more personalised and rewarding for users. In addition to lifestyle rewards such as vouchers for sports apparel, health foods and more, users can enjoy up to 3GB of local mobile data every month when they sync their step count on Samsung Health directly onto StepUp.

For Samsung Galaxy users on Singtel mobile network, this would be a great time to keep fit and get rewarded at the same time! It’s the best of both worlds! I am on Singtel StepUp wellness platform, hitting my daily steps to hit my 3GB of local mobile data every month!

“As Singaporeans place greater emphasis on their health and wellness, our Galaxy Watch offerings and Samsung Health app are becoming more popular. From tracking diet to monitoring sleep and workout routines, Samsung Health app lets users put a pulse to their holistic well-being. To further strengthen our Galaxy Watch proposition and encourage users to achieve their wellness goals, Samsung is partnering Singtel’s StepUp platform where users can earn lifestyle rewards with every step of the way,” said Sarah Chua, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Samsung is supporting StepUp’s Faster. Fitter. Better. Challenge happening until 29 November 2020. Samsung Galaxy users on Singtel mobile network take note of theses goodies! Samsung is giving away exclusive vouchers, discounts on Samsung products, and an opportunity to win attractive Samsung prizes such as the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Watch3, Galaxy Watch Active2 and more. StepUp users just need to sync 5,000 steps in one day on their StepUp account to receive five lucky draw chances and a $140 discount voucher for the Galaxy Watch3. In addition, those who complete a simple quiz on StepUp can get $50 off selected Samsung devices.

Mr Elvin Too, Vice President of Consumer Digital at Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “With the pandemic casting a spotlight on health and wellness, we’ve seen StepUp users getting out and about more, clocking more than 79 billion steps since the end of circuit breaker. Now that Samsung Health has been integrated with StepUp, users can convert their daily steps into rewards, seamlessly and conveniently. With health apps such as Samsung Health on board, we are also gearing up to offer rewards, challenges and content based on other health indicators such as sleep and even oxygen levels.”

Since StepUp’s launch in July 2019, its more than 400,000 participants have walked an average of 8,000 steps a day, taking a total of 321 billion steps. Customers can earn up to 3GB of mobile data depending on the number of steps they take in a month. For example, a customer who takes 5,000 to 7,500 steps a day over the course of a month will be able to redeem 1GB of mobile data, while a customer who achieves a daily goal of 10,000 steps in a month will receive 3GB of mobile data. In addition to the mobile data earned, customers can sign up for various partner challenges to claim lifestyle rewards. The popular wellness platform has over 30 rewards partners including PUMA, Grain, Shopee and Samsonite.

For more information on how to earn Samsung rewards with every step they take, customers can visit StepUp’s Faster. Fitter. Better. Challenge website.

Manage your health and well-being with advanced technologies from Samsung

Over the years, Samsung has developed a suite of hardware and software to help users gain better control of their lifestyles, by making it easy to maintain and monitor daily routines, or even kickstarting an all-new fitness routine.

Samsung Health, which is available as an app for selected Galaxy devices, provides users a simpler way to take charge of their overall wellbeing and maintain peak conditions. Users can set goals and track their daily progress on activity level, workout intensity, sleep quality, as well as calorie and water intake. The app also provides access to a full-service fitness studio featuring a library of more than 120 different workout videos so that it is easy to remain active even at home. Users can also have a peace of mind when it comes to security with all health data safely secured by Samsung Knox.

For those seeking to cultivate better health and well-being habits, the latest Samsung smartwatches, including Galaxy Watch3, combine smartphone-level productivity and cutting-edge technology in a premium, timeless device. Besides advanced running analytics, blood oxygen monitoring (SpO2)[1], and enhanced Together feature whereby users can challenge their fellow fitness buddies, the Galaxy Watch3 also features blood pressure (BP) monitoring[2], electrocardiogram (ECG) readings[3], as well as a new feature that detects falls and can send an SOS notification to your chosen contacts[4].

Notes:

[1] This device or software is intended for use only for general wellbeing purposes or to encouraging or maintain a healthy lifestyle, and is not intended to be used for any medical purpose (such as the detection, diagnosis, monitoring, management or treatment of any medical condition or disease). Any health-related information provided by this device or software should not be treated as medical advice. Please consult a physician for any medical advice required. Feature not supported in Japan, Angola, South Africa, Thailand, Iran, Libya, France, Algeria, and Brazil. Availability may vary by country or region. SpO2 is defined as saturation of percutaneous oxygen. Normal levels in humans are measured at approximately 95-100%. Factors like vigorous exercise, the amount of oxygen in the air, your elevation, and various health conditions can all result in lower readings.

[2] To ensure accuracy, users should calibrate their device every four weeks with a traditional blood pressure cuff.

[3] Blood Pressure (BP) and Electrocardiogram (ECG) readings are not available in Singapore at the moment. Updates to be released in the future. Detailed disclaimers apply in respect of the features.

[4] Galaxy Watch3 can initiate Emergency call and message if you take a hard fall and do not seem to move. Galaxy Watch3 cannot detect all falls. The more physically active you are, the more likely you are to trigger Fall Detection due to high impact activity that can appear to be a fall. Sending SOS calls and messages requires network connection and smartphone pairing.

* Information and picture courtesy of Samsung Electronics Singapore, Singtel and IN.FOM *

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra, a leader in personal sound and office solutions, recently announced a new true wireless earbuds to their lineup, the Jabra Elite Active 75t. This is the active lifestyle edition of the recently announced Jabra Elite 75t that was launched in January 2020. Having reviewed the Jabra Elite Active 65t previously, when I saw the Jabra Elite 75t in January 2020 and the upcoming Jabra Elite Active 75t, this two new Jabra true wireless earbuds look impressive for its size, weight and battery life.

For the active and sporty lifestyle person, it’s also ideal for daily leisure users too. The Elite Active 75t features an IP57 rating with a 2-year warranty against sweat and dust*. With up to 7.5 hours of battery life from a single charge and up to 28 hours in total on the go, most users do not need to worry about the battery depleting before their workout finishes. The Elite Active 75t also comes with rubberised coating which provides enhanced grip when worn. This allows the earbuds to stay in the ears more securely during workouts.

No better fit for sport

Jabra developed a comfort and fit simulation model based on thousands of ear scans from global users to determine the most optimal 3D shape and size, that fits ears comfortably across a range of users. Taking it one step further, Jabra also collated valuable insights on user needs and preferences to determine the primary barriers to a true wireless experience.

Noise isolation

The earbuds were also designed to further enhance comfort through its optimal earbud shape and size, which also provides a first-class noise isolation.

The user also has the option to listen to their environment without having to take out the earbuds or pause the audio. With a single tap on the left earbud, they can activate the HearThrough function which allows them to listen to what’s going on nearby while still having the earbuds on and even if there is audio playing. 

Xuanling Lu, Jabra’s Regional Product Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, said, “When it comes to working out, we understand that users need their earbuds to fit securely, have long battery life and protection from sweat, dust and water. The Elite Active 75t is the result of our dedication in listening and catering to the needs of our users.”

Introducing Jabra MySound

From the second quarter of 2020 (Q2, 2020), Jabra will introduce a new software experience, Jabra MySound. Uniquely built upon the hearing know-how and technology from sister company GN Hearing, producers of world-class hearing aids, Jabra MySound will personalise users’ music experiences.

Every user has different abilities when it comes to hearing. MySound enables users to optimise their audio experience based on their personal hearing profile. It requires users to utilise the Jabra Sound+ app where they will take a test comprising a series of beeps. Following that, the music audio is optimised for a truly individualised experience that calibrates the headphones based on their unique profile.

Key features and specifications: 

  • Compact earbuds, tested for a secure active fit with optimal noise isolation
  • Up to 7.5 hours battery life, and 28 hours with the charging case
  • 4-microphone technology for crystal clear calls in every environment
  • IP57-rated durability and 2-year warranty against dust and sweat*
  • Jabra MySound for individualised sound (Q2, 2020)
  • Fast charging with USB-C
  • Reliable true wireless connectivity with no audio dropout

Pricing and Availability

Priced at S$318, the Jabra Elite Active 75t will be available in Navy and Grey from all authorised Jabra resellers. Sienna and Mint will be available at later date.

For more information, please visit: www.jabra.sg/bluetooth-headsets/jabra-elite-active-75t

If you are looking for an active sporting lifestyle true wireless earbuds for your daily leisure and sporting requirements, do check out the Jabra Elite Active 75t.

** Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra Singapore and GLOO PR **

Notes:

* To utilise the warranty claim, register the product online at https://setelco.com.sg/warranty/

Continue to Keep Calm and Carry On

The official announcement has finally been made, the current COVID-19 virus situation is now a global pandemic by World Health Organization on 12th March 2020. Depending on which part of the world that you are living in, this COVID-19 virus situation might have just entered into your country, for us in Singapore, we were one of the first few countries to report, handle and control the virus situation. During the initial weeks, there were a lot more unknown, as time goes by, it got a bit better. I just want to share, “Continue to Keep Calm and Carry On”.

Self-quarantine, Social Distancing, closures, lock-down

Different countries around the world have adopted different measures to combat the COVID-19 virus situation. Some cities or countries have chosen lock-down, some implemented travel advisory and restrictions.

Self-quarantine, work from home, no mass gatherings, social distancing are some of the measures taking place in societies, keeping this virus away and from spreading fast. If you read, “flattening the curve”, this is the strategy. This article “How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart” by Vox would be a good read.

Another article titled, “Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now” by Tomas Pueyo, is another good read too!

Sports events cancelled, suspended, postponed

As the global pandemic was being announced, major sports events around the world had made the decision to either cancel, suspend or postpone them. More developments are coming up from the sports sector, 2020 Australia GP was cancelled on Friday 13th March morning, NBA suspend their season, football leagues are playing behind closed doors with no supporters, would the major European UEFA Champions League and Europa League football competitions be cancelled? It remains to be seen. In England, the Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL agreed to suspend the competition and they intend to return on 4th April 2020, subject to medical advice and conditions at that point in time.

The sports industry and supporting industries are affected by the cancellations, suspension and postponement of their respective sports competitions. That would be a significant impact to current downturn that the world is facing.

As we speak when my article is published, 2020 is Tokyo Olympics, what would the outcome be?

World economy

Mr Neo, from the Neo Dimension, shared some spot on views of the current world economy situation and a looming recession over our heads, you can read it here! There are a number of articles and discussions on whether this COVID-19 virus would be the trigger to a global recession, it might have already plunged some countries earlier than the other parts of the world.

This would be an ongoing development, it’s going to affect many of us and our livelihood for some time, hang on tight as we enter into rougher and more turbulent ocean. In a downturn, there would also be opportunities to invest, consolidate and add on more assets to your portfolio at a discounted price. Proceed with caution and do consult your respective financial adviser representative, business consultant, banker etc. 

On the domestic front in Singapore, the impacts can be seen and felt, tourism, hospitality, food and beverage, retail industries are some of the industries here that have took a big hit. As a small photography business owner, it got me to think and plan out of my photography business. Working from my home office during the initial COVID-19 situation gave me some time to strategise some other approaches.

Travel advisory and restrictions

For the travel wanderlust like me, this COVID-19 virus situation basically throw our travel plans out  of the window. Various countries have implemented different travel advisory and restrictions on various nationalities or whether they transit or departed from which countries.

While I am not in a position to tell you not to travel or when to travel, do check on the respective countries immigration authority travel advisory and restrictions.

Personally, the COVID-19 virus situation, along with travel advisory and restrictions, have put a halt to my travel photography expansion plans. Let’s be rational and sensible, when the virus situation is under control, the travel wanderlust would be back traveling again.

Meanwhile, back home in Singapore

Prime Minister Lee of Singapore addressed the nation on Thursday 12th March evening, giving Singaporeans an update on the COVID-19 situation and status in Singapore. This was assuring to know that it’s under control but we must not be complacent and there might be a potential spike in cases due to the global pandemic situation.

More preventive measures have taken place, ticketed events with 250 participants or more to be cancelled or deferred under COVID-19 social distancing measures.

Last but not least

To everyone around the world, we are in this together, united against this COVID-19 virus situation. I really hope a vaccine would be available soon, our daily life, interactions, business, trade and tourism around the world can be back to normal.

This is going to be a tough time for all, the bad and fake news is going to continue coming in for a while and you would most likely be bombarded by them from all platforms. Spend time with family and loved ones, do meaningful activities together, return back to your hobbies if you have neglected them, learn a new skill, gain new knowledge. Stay away from the bad news and fake news. Please also don’t forget to continue good personal hygiene practice, take care of yourself, keep fit and healthy.

Meanwhile, let’s all continue to keep calm and carry on.