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List of things to work on (Technology | Business | Personal) – 27th Jan 2023

It’s back to media publishing work on Friday 27th January 2023 after a short 6 days of Chinese Lunar New Year 2023 break that started on 21st January, the Eve of Chinese New Year 2023. For this year, I decided that I am not rushing back into just publishing content or media news coverage in photography, camera, travel, tourism and hospitality industries. I have to plan and prioritise the business side of things and content creation side of things. Here are my list of things to work on (Technology | Business | Personal) – 27th January 2023.

January 2023 started on a pretty hectic pace with Lunar New Year just 3 weeks from New Year and 4 weeks from Christmas 2022 and my birthday falling on the 2nd week of January 2023 (I kind of took a week’s break unknowingly from publishing work). Now is the time to kickstart FY2023 on a proper and formal basis.

Technology and Business

Media News Coverage

I would continue with CES 2023 technology news coverage, scheduling them into the rest of my ongoing technology and business media news coverage, review articles, special theme topics that I might work with news agencies and call for media pitch.

Media Events Coverage

If I do get invited to attend technology media events, I would try my best and usually publish media news coverage. Since I am not a first tier media, I am also not in every brand’s directory of media listings, I would have lesser technology media events to cover.

Technology Writing and Reviews

There are a number of topics of interest on my radar, they are as follows:

  • Sustainability
  • Future of work and hybrid
  • Start ups
  • AI and its impacts
  • Thought leadership on business and technology areas of interests

There are a few technology review backlogs that I would need to get it completed first before deciding on the next batch/genre of gadgets for review, matching the brands/agencies expectations and sometimes demands before deciding whether I should take it on.

Digital Marketing/Social Media Marketing

For this sector, I didn’t start off and do well in 2022. I am learning from the mistakes made there and hope they would help me better prepare for future digital marketing/social media marketing work.

I am going to make mistakes like any human being, I would continue to strive and improve in this journey and space.

Personal

At this point in time, there’s nothing exciting nor happening things. I am continuing to keep a low profile and avoid getting myself into any dramas or falling down into rabbit holes (fittingly suitable in the Year of the Rabbit).

My Instagram stories might show otherwise, yet it actually doesn’t show you much of my life and what I am doing.

Once a while, I might share some personal thoughts and views on world situations, interesting matters or observations, or some personal rantings/updates.

List of things to work on (Photography and Travel)

It’s more than just my list of things to work on listed above, I also have my TGH Photography  business and TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog to manage and work on. Just like this article post, I also have a list of things to work on (Photography and Travel) after my CNY 2023 festive break.

Working in phases/small steps

On top of finding new business/assignments/projects, I have my content creation and writing to handle as well. I am going to start working in phases/small steps, clearing and finishing my things to do and goals.

I shared quite a bit of updates and things to do here for my photography and travel segments. Sometimes I wonder how many people (whether you are in PR, agencies, from the brands or my friends) would read my article and what I shared, in a social media world filled with videos on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram Reels, as well as populated with photos on other social media platforms and chat apps?

Jabra Evolve2 Buds

Jabra, a world leader in personal sound and office solutions, launched the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, the latest product in the Jabra Evolve series lineup. In a new future of work environment, the hybrid future of work is becoming a standard for most professionals, having the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere is important.

The new Jabra Evolve2 Buds is a top-of-the-range product, designed to boost concentration and improve collaboration for professionals working on the move. The Evolve2 Buds are certified for leading virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and use the latest technology to reduce disruptive background noise and enable clearer calls.

Minimised distractions

Whether we are working from home, office, or in a public space, we are often wrought with distractions everywhere: from the sounds of washing machine churning, to the sound of a barista working the coffee machine, to colleagues chattering in the background.

For this reason, the Evolve2 Buds come with anAdjustable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology which hybrid-working professionals can use to personalise the ANC to their listening preferences, blocking out any external sounds and minimising distractions. The Evolve2 Buds also come with a sealing test feature called MyFit, as well as SafeTone™ with PeakStop, which ensures enhanced hearing protection and the most optimal seal for the best, personalised ANC experience.

Greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations

It’s now more important than ever for calls to be of greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations, allowing employees to be heard on calls and able to chat freely with their co-workers, business contacts or clients, without being interrupted, especially as virtual meetings are going to be the norm in the new hybrid future of work and living.

With many of us now used to the true wireless earbud form factor, Jabra developed the Evolve2 Buds to enable users to have high-quality conversations with Jabra MultiSensor Voice™. It uses a unique combination of four microphones, bone conduction sensors, and advanced algorithms to block out as much of the surrounding noise as possible so the user can be heard clearly by those on the call, contributing to more focused conversation experiences.

Extensive range and connectivity for flexibility 

For those seeking stable connectivity and increased mobility, the Evolve2 Buds feature a long wireless range, owing to the unique, in-case dongle that can be plugged into your PC. With a wireless range of up to 20 meters / 65 feet, the Evolve2 Buds give employees the ability to move around their home or hybrid / remote work environments without compromising call quality.

Certified for leading virtual meeting platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, the earbuds come with 5 hours of talk time and a total of 33 hours of battery including the charging case, avoiding the inconvenience of your earbuds running out of charge mid-meeting.

“The world we live in today has made us crave freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. At the same time, we also learnt from our Hybrid Ways of Working 2022 research about the role that technology plays in increasing employee inclusion in hybrid work. With all that in mind, we sought to create a product with our new Jabra Evolve2 Buds to empower professionals to look, sound and be professional on the go,” says Agnes Koh, Regional Product Marketing Manager at Jabra.

Key features of the Evolve2 Buds:

  • Certified for Microsoft Teams and leading UC platforms – for enhanced collaboration experience
  • MultiSensor Voice technology – ensures professional call performance by using multiple mics and Jabra algorithms to block out noise
  • Plug-and-play USB adapter for enhanced connectivity – 20 metre/65 feet range allows users the freedom to move around their work environment
  • Advanced Multipoint connection – connect to two devices at one time
  • Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation – filters out background noise allowing for increased focus
  • HearThrough and single earbud use – allows the user to hear surrounding sounds through the earbuds whilst wearing them
  • Increased battery life – with 33 hours of battery, including the case and wireless charging
  • Ultra-discreet design – for ultimate comfort and a professional look

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Evolve2 Buds come in both USB A & USB C variants and are available now at MSRP S$424 (without with wireless charging pad) and S$479 (with wireless charging pad).

For more information about the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, please visit https://www.jabra.sg/business/office-headsets/jabra-evolve/jabra-evolve2-buds.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and Gloo *

Dell Christmas Gift Guide 2022

We are now into the month of December 2022, the final month of year 2022, this is also the festive Christmas season, a time for festive season celebrations, gatherings with family and friends! Time to buy Christmas gifts for your family, loved ones and friends. Thinking of which lifestyle technology, gaming and entertainment gadgets for your family and loved ones? Let me share with my readers: Dell Christmas/Year End Holiday Gift Guide 2022! Dell has a great collection of technology innovations for you to choose from that you can give to your loved ones with the perfect gift this festive season!

For the Content Creators: Dell XPS 13 Plus

The XPS 13 Plus iDell’s highest performing flagship 13-inch laptop, ever – featuring powerful 12th gen Intel ® Core ™ processors, advanced thermal design and leading battery technology in a thin and light form. Beautifully streamlined interiors feature new capacitive touch function row, seamless glass touchpad with haptics and zero-lattice keyboard.

With modern creators and innovators in mind, the XPS 13 Plus features a four-sided InfinityEdge display with stunning resolution and colour gamut, plus quad speaker design to bring your content to life. 

Price: From S$2,299

For Students and Everyday Users

Designed for those who want a smaller footprint, the Inspiron 16 Plus is the ideal laptop for everyday use with desktop-level performance. It features an upgraded front-of-screen experience with a 3k resolution display and ComfortView Plus hardware that reduces harmful blue light emissions without sacrificing true-to-life colour.

Built with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series processors and optional NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphic, the laptop also comes with quad speakers to offer users an immersive, unmuffled audio experience. 

Price: From S$2,099 

For the ultimate hybrid worker: Dell Pro Webcam

Enhance your work-from-home set-up with the Dell Pro Webcam, a professional-grade 2K QHD webcam that uses the Sony STARVIS™ sensor and multi-element lens to deliver crystal-clear picture clarity even in low-light. This sleek-looking cylindrical webcam also features a built-in noise reduction mic for clear communication.

With the Digital Overlap HDR and Facial Detection Auto Exposure to optimise your image, you will always look your best – a must do for every moment of your hybrid work. 

Price: S$248 

For serious gamers: Alienware m17 R5 ?Gaming Laptop

Take your gaming to new heights with the new Alienware m17 R5 Gaming Laptop, the world’s most powerful 17” AMD Advantage laptop, delivering truly remarkable performance. Featuring AMD Ryzen™ 6000 series processors, AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 series graphics, and new AMD Smart Technologies, the Alienware m17 R5 is the one for those who value raw power.

Price: From S$3,049

For those looking to upgrade their gaming experience

Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Headset

Complete your gaming set up with the Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Headset, an honouree of the CES Innovation Award. With its active noise cancellation, immersive multidimensional audio, integrated touch controls and versatile device connectivity, the headset is built to elevate the gaming experience. Designed for comfort and power, it allows for up to 6 hours of use with just 15 minutes of fast-charge, and up to a maximum of 55 hours of undisrupted use on a full charge.

Price: S$269 

Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse

In the same series, the weight-optimised Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse does not lag behind in performance. Featuring a 26,000 DPI optical sensor and magnetic force keyplates to ensure high-level performance, this mouse also comes with NVIDIA Reflex system latency measurement technology, meaning that users can start every match knowing their PC is operating at the lowest possible system latency when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC displays.

Price: S$159 

Many more Dell products!

There are many more Dell products! There are more laptops for professional, students and home use, gaming laptops, as well as monitors for home, office and gaming needs, for you to choose from! Do visit Dell website and check them out!

All products are available for purchase online at dell.com.sg and at Dell Exclusive Stores in Funan Mall, NEX, Plaza Singapura and VivoCity. Customers can also enjoy special holiday discounts on selected Dell and Alienware products during the festive season. 

For the latest prices and holiday promotions, please refer to dell.com.sg. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2022 in advance! Have a great and fun festive season and gatherings with your family, loved ones and friends! Happy Christmas shopping with Dell!

* Information and pictures courtesy of Dell and BCW *

Acer Christmas Gift Guide 2022

We are now into the month of December 2022, the final month of year 2022, this is also the festive Christmas season, a time for festive season celebrations, gatherings with family and friends! Time to buy Christmas gifts for your family, loved ones and friends! Planning to get a new laptop as a Christmas gift? Let me share with you: Acer Christmas Gift Guide 2022!

For working professionals adjusting to hybrid work

Acer Swift Edge 

The global pandemic COVID-19 has brought about huge changes to how we work and live. Employees now have to adjust between working from home and in the office, in a new hybrid future of work. Therefore, employees often have to carry their laptops around with them, thus having a portable laptop is the key.

The new Acer Swift Edge is the ideal solution, it weighs just 1.17kg and sports a stunning 16-inch 4K OLED. It is also a secured-core PC which safeguard sensitive user data, all being 12.95mm thin, perfect for professionals on the move in a new hybrid era of work.

The Acer Swift Edge is designed to help maximise the productivity and creativity demands of the present-day hybrid workforce, the 16-inch laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 6850U and AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U. The 4K OLED display showcases a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut support with 500 nits peak brightness and less than 0.2ms response time.

It offers Wi-Fi 6E for high-speed wireless connections and file sharing, with essential ports aplenty such as HDMI 2.1, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with fast charging capabilities, two USB Type-A ports, an audio jack, taking portable productivity and convenience to a whole new level.

Key features:

  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 PRO 6650U and AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 6850U
  • 16 GB / 32 GB of onboard LPDDR5 system memory
  • Wi-Fi 6E Wireless LAN
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Microsoft Pluton, and biometric authentication
  • 1.17kg, 12.95mm thin

Pricing & Availability

The Acer Swift Edge is  available from S$2,298, you can purchase it from Acer Singapore’s e-store and other online marketplaces such as Shopee and Lazada.

For the eco-conscious user

Acer Aspire Vero

If you’re looking for a general-purpose laptop for your loved ones this Christmas, the Acer Aspire Vero is an affordable option with a sustainable twist.

Image credit: Acer

Available in both 14 and 15 inches, the new Aspire Vero uses a percentage of PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic and OBP (Ocean-bound Plastic) in its build. In particular, the chassis utilises 30% PCR plastic and saves 21% in carbon emissions for its production of the paint-free chassis. It comes with the latest 12th generation Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Xe Graphics, the new Aspire Vero is optimised for your productivity needs. Supported by two USB 3.2 Type-A Gen1 ports and a Thunderbolt 4/USB Type-C port to provide users with the essential ports for everyday use and fast connectivity. The packaging is also made with up to 90% recycled paper.

Key features:

  • Intel® Core™ i5-1235U processor and Intel® Core™ i7-1255U processor (only for the 14-inch model)
  • Intel® EVO™ platform
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Up to 16.5 hours (14-inch) and 13 hours (15-inch) of battery life on video playback
  • 30% PCR casing, 50% PCR plastic, OceanGlass Touchpad
  • Up to 90% Recycled Paper & 100% Recyclable New Packaging

Pricing & Availability

The Acer Aspire Vero is available from S$1,098, you can purchase it from Acer Singapore’s e-store and other online marketplaces such as Shopee and Lazada.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2022 in advance! Have a great and fun festive season and gatherings with your family, loved ones and friends! Happy Christmas shopping with Acer!

* Information and pictures courtesy of Acer and Gloo *

Adobe Research Reveals: Time To Get Personal

Adobe announced a new research in October 2022 that revealed the growing importance of brands understanding customers at a personal level and interacting with them as individuals, in real time. How are the consumer market sentiments, trends and styles changing in this modern era of social media and internet driven environment that we live in? How do all these trends, sentiments, trends and styles differ across different countries and regions? The key takeaway from Adobe Research reveals: Time to get personal.

Singapore Market

For the Singapore market, the majority (88%) of consumers in Singapore want to be treated as an individual with unique interests and preferences, with almost 2/3 of consumers (65%) saying they feel negatively towards brands that interact with them based on broad assumptions and labels, including age-based stereotypes such as “Millennial” and “Gen-Z”.

Asia Pacific Market

Across Asia Pacific, customers are calling on brands to demonstrate that they know them, show them, and will help them in the moments that matter – not once, but all the time,” said Duncan Egan, Vice President of Marketing, Adobe Asia Pacific and Japan. “To meet that standard, brands need to unlock preferences in real-time through customer data, and use it to deliver relevant interactions and content at the right moment. Scaling that across up to millions of customers is the next step.”

Adobe’s research shows the emergence of a new consumer that is not defined by age, that refuses to be stereotyped, and expects to be understood as the unique person they are today. For brands and organisations seeking to meet the modern consumer’s new expectations, they must ensure that they are equipped with the latest customer data platform technologies, whereby they can create a complete single view of every customer capable of delivering personalised experiences in real-time.

Time to get personal

The Adobe survey of 5,000 APAC consumers (2,000 Australians, 2,000 Indians and 1,000 Singaporeans) reveals 3x as many APAC consumers feel closer to people who share their passions and interests (62%) than those of a similar demographic (19%). The vast majority (86%) of consumers want to be seen and treated as individuals based on their unique interests and preferences.

Singaporeans feel strongly about this, with more than one-quarter (28%) rejecting the stereotypes of their generation and 88% wanting to be seen and treated as an individual.

Individuality is key

Individuality is a key factor in today’s climate. Consumers today have high expectations for the brands they are engaging with – they expect brands to see them as unique people, keep up with their changing habits and interests, and respect their privacy preferences. Almost 2/3 of Singaporeans (65%) now expect businesses to have a clear understanding of who they are as individuals, and only contact them with information relevant to what they are interested in at any given moment. 65% of Singaporean consumers, the same proportion think negatively of brands that use broad assumptions and stereotypes to engage them.

73% of Singaporean consumers, almost 3/4 say they expect personalised experiences from brands they share data with, with 65% wanting real-time offers relevant to them. However, more than 27% of Singaporeans, a quarter of them say brands are not doing this well or are inconsistent in their efforts to keep up with their personal preferences. Regular efforts to engage consumers with bespoke offers related to their current interests is of the highest importance – more than 4x as many people want frequent, thoughtful gestures (70%) over bigger one-off moments (15%).

Change is the only Constant

Change is the only Constant holds true, it’s getting faster in recent years. Adobe found out that consumer preferences and tastes are constantly evolving, reinforcing the need for brands to move away from simple groupings based on age or other fixed demographic factors. The consumers’ collective experiences over recent years and months has only added to that rate of change.

Most consumers across Asia Pacific se themselves and their peer group differently from how they were pre-pandemic , and 79% have adjusted their preferences and tastes even further in the past three months. The average person takes on a new interest or hobby 6x a year, rising to 10x a year for people under the age of 25.

To understand Singapore market better, brands need to take note on their ability to keep pace with them because this is a significant expectation for Singaporean consumers. In the survey, 60% of Singaporeans responded that they have changed their favourite brands as their tastes and financial situation has changed. Real-time visibility and delivering experiences in line with emerging preferences is vital to keeping even the most loyal customers on side.

Meeting consumers where they are

Adobe Real-Time CDP empowers brands to continually meet members of this new generation where they are. This customer data platform allows organisations view and manage customer profiles, make updates in real-time, and activate customer insights through Adobe Experience Cloud applications across the entire customer journey.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers

My experiences with Adobe is mostly at Adobe’s Creative Suite side of things, as my photography (business and personal) and my content creation are key areas of my business services. I would be sharing about Adobe MAX on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers, I was introduced to Adobe’s business market segments. From a technology writer, digital marketer and formerly from a local small medium business (SMB) background, I am able to relate and understand digital transformation for businesses and organisations.

Attending Adobe Experience Makers allowed me to hear first hand real life case studies of businesses from both local and regional, on their digital transformation journey and engagements with their customers. Digital transformation and SMB related topics are areas of interest in my technology and business topics coverage.

Understanding your market, consumer behaviour, sentiments, trends and styles are crucial especially in this fast paced ever changing social media and internet driven world. Businesses and organisations also need a holistic digital platform that would allow them to cater and handle digital transformation, not just for themselves, they would make the engagement with their consumers a better experience for all.

Whether you are a business owner, management staff, IT head/lead or handling digital marketing, a new age of digital transformation is ushering a new transformation and change in a constantly changing digital world that is changing faster than before. Having a solid digital experience platform and diverse suite of digital services and tools are a must have for your businesses and organisations.

The time is now for businesses and organisations to embark on your Digital Transformation 2.0  or maybe even Digital Transformation 3.0, and transform your workplace digital experiences for a new Future of Work, if you haven’t done so.

Adobe Digital Experience

For business organisations and institutions that are exploring new holistic digital experiences for your organisation and how you can go about implementing or transforming your current digital experiences, you can visit Adobe website https://www.adobe.com/sea/ and learn more about how Adobe is changing the world through its digital experiences.

* Information courtesy of Adobe and WE Communications *

Vision Beyond – Epson Celebrates 40 years in Southeast Asia

Epson, a global technology leader leveraging on its efficient, compact and precise innovation since 1942, they recently marked a significant milestone of 80 years since its establishment, and 40 years in Southeast Asia (SEA) region on 20th October 2022. Epson reflects on its success over the past eight decades and key milestones achieved together across four decades in SEA.

Vision Beyond – Epson Celebrates 40 years in Southeast Asia

To commemorate this special occasion, Epson held its 40th Anniversary Seminar and Solution Tour that welcomed Epson Global President and CEO Yasunori Ogawa as the esteemed guest-of-honour. This was titled, “Vision Beyond“, representing how Epson has paid homage to its long-standing heritage of excellence while demonstrating foresight into the future of the business inkjet, large format printing and robotics industry.

The Epson regional Southeast Asia headquarters is anchored here since 1982, Epson launched its new regional HQ office last year at Alexandra Technopark in Singapore, alongside two Solution Centres to display new corporate and industrial products across the region.

Southeast Asia is poised to become the 4th largest market in the world by 2030, this represents huge market potential that the wider ecosystem can tap into for a wide range of business benefits. On the other hand, Epson has also expanded its presence across Southeast Asia over the last four decades, with significant investment to the region, including office openings in Malaysia in 1991, Thailand and Philippines in 1998, Indonesia in 2000, and Vietnam in 2018. Most recently in 2022, local Epson Solution Centres were launched across Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

The progression and expansion of Epson’s regional footprint is made possible due to its track record within the industry – consistently retaining its number 1 market share in the SEA region for their Ink Tank printers, Projectors, Dye Sublimation Textile Printers, SCARA Robots, Timing Devices and many more.

Epson’s commitment and presence to B2B innovation can be seen in its key product launch milestones across Southeast Asia, such as introducing the World’s First Ink Tank Printer in 2010, Epson Industrial Robot Series in 2012. More recently, Epson welcomed the launch of the World’s First 25,000 Lumens 3LCD Laser Projector in 2016; the Line Inkjet Business Printer in 2017; the Direct-to-Fabric Printer in 2019 and the 2021 launch of PaperLab – the World’s First in-office dry paper making system.

In this year 2022, Epson SEA strengthens its EcoTank leadership position with the launch of monochrome EcoTank printers, M1170 and M2170. Powered by PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, these compact office EcoTank printers deliver fast print speeds and enhanced productivity.

The future of work is here, workplace norms are changing and ever-evolving. Epson’s business inkjet printer series are tailored to suit hybrid work environment. With solutions that enable printing on the go as well as cloud printing that ensures confidentiality and ease of print, Epson is able to meet the changing requirements of printing to go “Beyond Boundaries”. To further complement the hybrid work and learn environment, Epson has also launched CO-FH02, a versatile projector that can accompany an office worker from day to night. This Full HD Smart projector has a lightweight and compact design, making it easy for the users to bring it to work and home.

With the theme ‘‘Beyond Transformation’, Epson has brought digital transformation impacts to industrial and commercial printing verticals like signage, textiles, labels and many more via its wide range of large format printers. With decentralisation being the key industry trend, cloud solutions are embedded within Epson’s large format printers to enable seamless business scaling across multiple sites while maintaining consistent quality and efficiency.

Going ‘Beyond Tomorrow’, Epson leads the way into the future with smart manufacturing. Its robots provide flexible configuration for end-to-end automation. This enables manufacturing floor optimisation with higher output, precision and accuracy while reducing environmental impact.

Epson’s success and achievements in the B2C market, highlights their dominant market leadership across B2C product categories and they are making significant headways to capture major market opportunities in B2B categories. Epson’s mission for “Vision Beyond” is to emulate the level of success Epson has achieved in B2C products and pivot this commitment to capture significant market share in B2B segments.

Epson’s Sustainable Solutions to Transform the Industry

Sustainability is the core of Epson’s solutions to drive customer’s businesses forward. Epson is dedicated to creating a sustainable business model via advocacy and influence in corporate responsibility – ultimately enabling socially responsible manufacturing and consumption to be realised across its comprehensive business and partner ecosystem. Leading by example, Epson promotes responsible manufacturing by incorporating more recycled material within the main unit of its printers and product packaging, while minimising consumables.

Epson is progressing towards its Global Environmental Vision, Epson’s manufacturing sites are on track to run on 100% renewable energy by 2023. The Epson factory in the Philippines is the first factory to achieve this target, with Indonesia following suit this year – entirely generated by biomass energy sources.

A Sustainable Future by Enriching Communities and Co-creating Value

Epson aims to instil a business mindset that focuses on sustainability, accomplished through tripartite collaborations involving social enterprises, channel partners and end users. This is underscored by Epson Southeast Asia’s alignment with 5 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs), namely: UNSDGs 8 (1), 9 (2), 12 (3), 13 (4) and 17 (5). These have been carefully selected due to 3 key factors: They are most material to Epson Southeast Asia’s business operations; potential to create the biggest impact and alignment to its Global Environmental Vision.

Locally, Epson and WWF are supporting a pilot habitat restoration programme within Singapore’s Southern Islands, where research insights will be used to restore a degraded reef area. Passionate individuals are also empowered to be a part of the solution via the citizen scientist programme.

“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we remain committed to the vision of empowering lives with sustainable innovations. With sustainability being an imperative in today’s business environment, we recognise the pressing need for collective action,” said Siew Jin Kiat, Regional Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia. “As an industry leader, we must make tangible commitments to the communities we operate in. Thus, sustainability will always be at the core of what we do in Epson. By harnessing a cohesive ecosystem effort, we will continue to drive societal solutions with our technology that will benefit community livelihoods while contributing towards environmental conservation.”

Epson’s regional efforts mirror the company’s global commitment towards sustainable innovation. Through the establishment of closed-loop metal recycling facilities in Kita Industrial Park, Epson Global has made significant strides to pioneer pathways towards net-zero aligned towards its Global Environmental Vision 2050.

“We marked our 80th year in business in May of this year. Exercising constant creativity and challenge to deliver on products and services that continuously exceed customer expectations, we continue to be guided by Epson’s unique philosophy of efficient, compact, and precise innovation that we have evolved since our founding. Our aim is to take advantage of the tremendous value that this innovation yields to address sustainability and other societal issues, with the ultimate goal of helping to create a better world and enrich people’s lives.” said Yasunori Ogawa, Global President and CEO of Epson.

Epson’s goals are to transform the industry with sustainable solutions, to enrich communities, and ultimately mirror the position of market leadership for both B2B and B2C categories. Through collaborative initiatives with industry partners and customers, Epson envisions its ‘Vision Beyond’ by leading the frontiers of innovation for a sustainable future.

Notes:

  1. UNSDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  2. UNSDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
  3. UNSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  4. UNSDG 13: Climate Action
  5. UNSDG 17: Partnerships for The Goals

* Information and picture courtesy of Epson Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies *

People, Technology, and Spaces – Critical Elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

The role and significance of a workplace has changed over the years, with the recent global pandemic situation accelerating changes and disruptions to how we work and our workplace, transforming a new future of work as the world economy gradually seeks a return back to normal in a post-pandemic world. Work today is no longer a place, it’s now what your employees do, and how they do it. The future of work is upon us, a hybrid future of work is here to stay and it’s an increasingly permanent fixture. How are organisations coping and figuring out how to optimise this new future of work model setup, amidst ongoing challenges with the Return to the Office. People, Technology, and Spaces – they are the key elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

There have been a lot of discussions and ideas on what organisations should do when building out strategies for a new Future of Work, whether it’s changing the nature of work for employees, what technologies should come into play, or the need to redefine the office space.

Recipe to Success in the New Future of Work

At Poly, they believe that the receipt to success in the new future of work over the long term, starts with three key central ingredients

1. People: They are the most important asset for a company.

2. Technology: Organisations need to properly define the needs and work styles of employees, this would lead to the ability fo discern the rich technology solutions that can enable both effective work across different spaces, regardless of where that might be.

3. Spaces: Organisations need to understand the work styles more prevalent among employees, the organisation can then better design experiences across spaces that increase both engagement and innovation by eliminating friction to create seamless transitions from the home office to spaces across the office, or anywhere in between.

The former approach to planning an office work setup is defining requirements based on space, the new approach is a people-focused approach, a radical departure from the old ways of setting up an office workspace. The best way forward for a modern organisation is to strategise for the Future of Work, is to understand the people who perform it.

Poly has been studying work style evolution for nearly a decade, they have identified six distinct work styles, often referred to as personas – which make up 97% of a typical enterprise, each with different character traits. By identifying the attributes, pain points, and communication preferences associated with each persona, businesses are better equipped to match work styles and employee behaviours to devices and technologies, thereby increasing organisational productivity.

Samir Sayed, Managing Director, ASEAN and Korea, Poly, says, “For organizations to succeed in this new world of work, they first have to understand how their people do their best work, how to configure work spaces to enable their workers to get the most out of their working hours, and by extension, where to best invest their money in technologies that enable a seamless, flexible, and more equitable working experience.”

Here are some key takeaways:

  • There is an ongoing and dramatic shift to remote-centric work styles: From before the pandemic to 2022, there has been a 25% increase in workers adopting remote-centric working styles and preferences.
  • The ability to connect is driving a return to the office: While there are numerous barriers hindering the return to the office, the ability to connect to one another remains a key element in driving people to return to the office.
  • Connecting employees driving a shift in office space reallocation: Pre-pandemic, up to 70% of office space was geared towards individual desks and support spaces. Post-pandemic, the shift to more remote-centric roles is driving a shift from individual space, towards space that supports activities that connect employees for collaboration.

Low Hee Bun, Senior Solution Architect, Poly, comments, “Organizations are getting serious about implementing their long-term hybrid strategies, which also includes plans to refit their office spaces to better fit the new purpose of the office as a center of corporate culture. Planning for the return to office is about designing experiences for this new hybrid world of work that will drive people to the office to build connections, and at the same time maximizing the experiences for those in the office and those who are remote.”

How can your organisation setup for the new Future of Work?

Board Room

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Small Meeting Room

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Home Office

The Hybrid Future of Work is upon us, a hybrid format of remote/working from home and working in office. As both organisation and the workforce find the balance point in this Hybrid Future of Work, the recipe to success in the new Future of Work – People, Technology and Spaces. They will play their crucial roles together to transform and usher in new Hybrid Future of Work.

If you would like to learn more about setting up your workforce for success in a new world of work, please visit www.poly.com and check them out!

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Jabra Connect 5t – True wireless earbuds for remote work

Jabra, a world leader in personal sound and office solutions, recently announced the Jabra Connect 5t – True wireless earbuds for remote work. The Jabra Connect 5t is the 3rd product in Jabra’s Connect series line-up, joining the Connect 4h, a flexible headset, and the Jabra Connect 4s, a portable speakerphone, a range of products created for those who want to choose their flexible, remote working solutions at retail. The Jabra Connect 5t brings the benefits of true wireless earbuds to the series and promises to be a sound remote-working companion.

In this new future of work era, working from home is becoming a standard. Therefore, having the right tools and technology a top priority for most, if not all. According to Jabra’s Hybrid Ways of Working 2022 Global Report, 57% of employees are opting for a flexible work model while 28% are fully remote. With that in mind, the Jabra Connect 5t is engineered for those working from home looking for earbuds for both home working and leisure use.

 

Work from anywhere, anytime

For those who choose to work remotely, they should be just as efficient as working from the office. Jabra’s Connect 5t ensures that with its Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation and wind noise suppression. The earbuds have a combination of inward-facing and outward-facing microphones, cancelling noise from inside and outside of the ear and enabling hybrid working professionals to focus on calls without distraction.

The 6-mic call technology also mean high-quality and crisp audio on calls and 6mm speakers can power up your work playlist with rich sound. The earbuds also have SBC, AAC and Qualcomm® aptX™ codecs to enhance the sound even further.

Does the Jabra Connect 5t looks familiar to you? They are based on the recently announced Elite 5 earbuds, they allow you to stay connected to 2 devices at once, like a laptop and a smartphone, with its Bluetooth Multipoint feature. For Android or Windows users, the Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair will connect the earbuds in seconds, allowing effortless switching and manoeuvring. With the Spotify Tap playback, all the music the user could ever wish for is accessible on tap.

Users can get up to 7 hours in the buds, with up to a total of 28 hours with the included Qi-certified wireless charging case and pad. The fast charge feature gives users an hour of power in ten minutes – perfect for all-day calls.

“We all know the pains of having poor audio quality on calls or from being in a noisy environment. Our vision for the Jabra Connect line is guided by our desire for people to look and sound professional no matter where they are at home. Everyone should have the freedom and ability to work on the go, so the Connect 5t is a perfect addition to empower people,” says Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra.

The Jabra Connect line consists of the new Connect 5t, alongside the over-the-head Connect 4h which delivers a different call experience from the PC, as well as the Connect 4s which gives you a professional-grade speakerphone in your home for conference conversations.

Summary of the Jabra Connect 5t Key Features

  • 6-mic technology – Clear calls for virtual meetings
  • Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation – Blocks out surrounding noise for better concentration
  • Smart connectivity options – Connect to two devices at one time with the Bluetooth Multipoint connection and enjoy Google Fast Pair and/or Microsoft Swift Pair to be connected in seconds. Spotify Tap gives easy on tap access to music
  • Up to 7 hours battery, 28 hours with the case – All-day work calls. Wireless charging pad included
  • 6mm speakers – Ensures rich, satisfying sounds in and out of office hours
  • Hands-free voice assistants – Google Assistant (Android Only) and Alexa built-in for hands-free assistance on-the-go
  • Wireless charging pad included

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Connect 5t will be available from 7th October 2022 in Jabra’s official store in Lazada and Shopee, MSRP S$258.

If you like to know more about the Jabra Connect 5t at https://www.jabra.com/connect5t. You can find out more about the other Jabra Connect products via Connect 4h and Connect 4s.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and Gloo *

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future

Samsung’s global competition – “Solve for Tomorrow“, is back in Singapore with its sixth edition. The theme for this edition is “Be the Change, Shape the Future“. This competition starts from 5th October 2022 until 20th November 2022, it is open to all Singapore full-time students, aged 16 years and above.

Solve for Tomorrow is aligned with Samsung’s global vision for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, this competition aims to encourage students to think deeply about the social issues affecting their community and act on it.

The competition is held in support of the Digital for Life movement, launched by President Halimah Yacob in February 2021, and managed by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Solve for Tomorrow 2022 aims to galvanise Singapore’s next generation of leaders to innovate and use technology for good to build a better and more inclusive society. It aligns with the Digital for Life movement in the mission of empowering youths to be more active in addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges.

“Whether you are a dreamer, problem-solver, or inventor, this is the platform where we enable young people to bring to life their dreams and aspirations for the future. The competition allows youths to express their creativity and passion, which will improve the lives around them,” said Mark Kim, President, Samsung Electronics Singapore. He added, “This is the platform that will enable them to apply their knowledge and skills across multiple disciplines – including critical and design thinking, marketing and communications skills, technological expertise and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge”.

Last year’s winning team, Team Adustio, shares their takeaways – “We are so thankful to Samsung for allowing us to express ourselves through our ideas. We took home more than the prizes. The competition gave us the confidence and experience to pursue our ambition and make an impact on our community,” said Alyssa Cheok. “We would like to encourage all our peers and aspiring changemakers to participate in Solve for Tomorrow 2022. It will definitely broaden your horizon and unleash your potential.”

Addressing Singapore’s Present and Future Challenges

What are Singapore’s present and future challenges that we are facing? Samsung has identified four broad themes for this year’s competition. Participants can develop their ideas around any one of these themes:

  1. Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability remains a critical challenge today. Our society need bold ideas to address our most pressing environmental issues and build a sustainable future.

  1. Health & Wellness

Technological innovations hold the key to unlock better quality of life, physically and mentally, for Singaporeans. It will also play a vital role in battling pandemics and other health risks in our society.

  1. Education & Learning

Innovation and creative application of technology will play a pivotal role in transforming our youths’ learning journey and prepare them more effectively for the evolving future workplace.

  1. Singapore’s Digital Future

As Singapore continues its digitalisation journey, there are tremendous opportunities for the next generation of innovators to create future solutions that are uniquely Singapore, such as digitalising our hawker culture.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 Competition Details

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future, starts from 5th October till 20th November 2022. Students that are interested, can participate in the competition by forming groups of two to four and submitting their innovative ideas or solutions on the Solve for Tomorrow 2022 website.

There are two categories for Solve for Tomorrow 2022.

Prizes

A total of 20 teams (10 from each category) will be shortlisted. Each of these teams will receive a S$600 cash prize to develop and refine their ideas and/or develop their prototype.

Out of these 20 teams, 10 teams (five from each category) will be selected to present at the finale event in January 2023, where the top three winners from each category will be announced.

  • First Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$12,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$5,000 cash prize
  • Second Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$7,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$3,000 cash prize
  • Third Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$4,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$1,000 cash prize

For more information on Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 

If you like to know more information on Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future, please visit https://www.samsung.com/sg/solvefortomorrow.

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SolSwipe – World’s First-Ever Solana Debit Card

SolSwipe – World’s First-Ever Solana Debit Card provider, launched its premier debit service to global customers in September 2022. This launch is in line with SolSwipe’s roadmap of providing a unique service for Solana holders to transact in a seamless and convenient fashion through popular cryptocurrencies.

What is SolSwipe all about?

The SolSwipe card is the first Solana debit card in the world that allows Web3 reloading with Phantom wallet, a Solana-based wallet built for DeFi and NFTs. This SolSwipe debit card is created for accessibility and supports SOL/USDC and other major chains, such as Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain. Solswipe will be available on multiple chains shortly after its launch.

Solswipe is available globally and can be used for digital purchases, point of sale (POS) and on any Visa-compatible ATMs.

The SolSwipe NFT collection

SolSwipe’s debut NFT collection was launched on 12th September 2022 for whitelisted and the general public, with 40% sold within half a day at launch. The remaining supply will be available for mint by any users.

The SolSwipe NFTs are available for mint at 1.25 Sol with a low supply of 6666 NFTs. Holders will enjoy reduced loading fees and are eligible for exclusive rewards shared from a portion of the royalties and loading fees incurred. Other perks for NFT holders include crypto or NFT airdrops and premium metal SolSwipe debit card redemption.

SolSwipe is available globally and can be used for digital purchases, point of sale (POS) and on any Visa-compatible ATMs in 200 countries.

SolSwipe NFT Details

  • SolSwipe NFT Supply: 6666
  • Mint Price: 1.25 $SOL
  • Mint Date: 12 September 2022

NFT Utility:

  • Reward Sharing [ From Transactions & Royalties ]
  • Reduction in Loading Fees
  • Prestige Metal Card

For more information on SolSwipe

If you are into blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFT, the Solana Blockchain would not be new to you. Moreover, SolSwipe would be of great interest to you and how you would be able to further utilise them. For more information on SolSwipe, please visit and check them out on:

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