A hospital in Singapore is trying to reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits to better allocate limited resources. The Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been receiving many patients who frequently admit themselves for medical treatment that can be provided by alternative health and support providers. The hospital is now using mapping technology to analyse the profile of these patients and their proximity to more appropriate providers so it can better transition these patients to outpatient and specialist care.
Australian e-commerce merchant, eWAY, has expanded its global business into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The launch adds three more countries to eWAY’s growing global operations and now supports businesses operating across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Since launching, the company has processed more than 110 million transactions worth $15 billion for more than16,000 active businesses both large and small.
SINGAPORE: The possible risk of cybercriminals exploiting the bug known as GNU Bourne Again Shell, also known as Bash or Shellshock, is being closely monitored by local IT regulator the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Responding to a query by Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson said on Friday (Sep 26) that IDA is “aware” of the Bash vulnerability and is “closely monitoring the situation”. She added: “We would like to reassure the public that Government agencies are taking the necessary security measures to ensure the integrity of their websites and e-services.”
TAIPEI — Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan (虎航), a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines (華航) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, launched its maiden flight Friday morning with a service from Taipei to Singapore. On its first flight, the airline’s 180-seater A320 was almost full, carrying 177 passengers, and the return flight from Singapore was almost sold out, it said. A passenger surnamed Lin said she was excited to be on the maiden flight, which was her first trip on a budget carrier. Lin said she was also pleased to have paid only NT$888 (US$29.31) for her one-way ticket to Singapore.
Mario Gomez Lozada looks nothing like the shaggy hipsters that you encounter at Bitcoin meetups. At 40 years old, he’s obviously more seasoned, and his tailored suit and Franck Muller watch clash with the usual T-shirts and beards. The first wave of Bitcoin exchanges, like their creators, were a bit rough around the edges. Their lack of professionalism – mixed with a lot of naivete and too much libertarian idealism – eventually ended with the collapse of Mt. Gox and the evaporation of approximately US$400 million worth of the cryptocurrency. Gomez Lozada, a former CIO at Credit Suisse in both Japan and Singapore, represents the coming wave of Bitcoin 2.0 services – polished, professional, and well-versed in both finance and IT security.
Singapore residents will soon be able to report complaints through a single smartphone app, without having to know or find out which of the eight government agencies is responsible for addressing the issue. The app will allow the public to reach the Municipal Services Office, the government’s coordination body for municipal service delivery, announced Grace Fu, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.
SINGAPORE: Microsoft on Tuesday (Sep 23) launched its Xbox One gaming console in the city-state, and more than 500 fans thronged Funan DigitaLife Mall to welcome the device and collect their pre-orders. In a media release, the company said the Xbox One was launched at 1pm, and was its “biggest ever launch” in the city-state. One fan, 18-year-old Aw Jeng Kit, queued for more than 19 hours to get his hands on Microsoft’s latest gaming console.
SINGAPORE: During the recently-concluded Formula 1 (F1) Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, social media usage climbed while dating apps saw less activity, according to a study by BlisMedia. The big data company said in a press release on Tuesday (Sep 23) that the use of YouTube, for instance, climbed by 211 per cent while Facebook usage rose by 52 per cent. Generally, social media usage increased 191 per cent during the F1 weekend, it stated. By contrast, dating apps such as Tinder and OKCupid saw a decrease in activity among users by 40 per cent during the same weekend, the company noted.
Satellites in space are getting smaller, but they’re getting increasingly useful. Much like how mainframe-sized computers have shrunk to become handheld gadgets thanks to Moore’s law, the same trend is playing out in space. One startup benefiting from this is Spire (formerly NanoSatisfi), a company founded and headquartered in San Francisco two years ago that recently opened an office in Singapore. The firm plans to launch at least 20 satellites in the next year, each small enough to hold in one’s palms and weighing no more than a bottle of wine.
SINGAPORE and SANTA BARBARA, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/23/14 — LTE Asia Summit — D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded IP communications software platforms, today announced that it will showcase an implementation of the GSMA’s Network 2020 “green button promise” truly native IP-based communication experience providing native VoLTE calls, video-based calling and Rich Communication Services (RCS). D2 will showcase its mCUE 4G embedded IMS client, which is integrated in the handset device, during the LTE Asia Summit, which kicks off today.
The younger generation in Singapore and other Asia Pacific countries are adopting WeChat, a mobile social communication application for smartphones, in droves. According to GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a market research company specialising in online consumer behaviour, WeChat’s active user base has increased over 55% from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014 globally, with Singapore’s growth attributed at 60%.
The Singapore Government has launched a competition to encourage citizens to help redesign its central government portal for information and services, ecitizen.gov.sg. A prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the nomination that best redesigns the homepage, topic page and directory of the website. The design brief states that it should be “warm, friendly yet credible”, “resonate with Singaporeans”, use dark colours and resize to fit any device.
Citizens of Hong Kong and Singapore will be able to use automated immigration clearance services when visiting each others’ cities. Starting on Monday, all passport holders older than 11 with no adverse record can enrol. The move will “provide greater convenience for holders of the Singapore passport and HKSAR passport. It will also enhance trade, business and tourism links,” an official statement said.
Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has announced plans to develop smart solutions for energy management and control, smart grids, energy storage and integration of renewable energies. The project will include research initiatives to integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy with existing capabilities. It will also look at how Singapore can reduce energy loss from utilities companies and enhance their capacity.
The Personal Data Protection Commission is in touch with M1 regarding an alleged security breach by a customer, wanting to flag a “loophole”, even though M1 says it has resolved the issue and put safeguards in place. SINGAPORE: The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is investigating a “security loophole” that caused M1 to temporarily suspend pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphones on Monday (Sep 15).
On September 15, Wikileaks released copies of invoices and support tickets from Germany-based software company FinFisher. This revealed the names of most of their clients, and how much they’ve paid for their technology. If you’re wondering why they deserve this, you should know that this particular firm deals in weaponized surveillance malware that reportedly includes the following:
The Singapore government has announced plans to host a regional centre to coordinate large-scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. The centre seeks to support military efforts in disaster-stricken countries by providing more timely information and coordinating efforts with other militaries, said Chan Chun Sing, Second Minister for Defence. This will help them make more informed decisions on how best to deploy their resources.
SINGAPORE, Sept 15 — Local telcos StarHub and SingTel have released prices for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following M1’s release last week. Under Starhub’s new 4G 3 subscription plan which will cost subscribers S$42.90 (RM109.10) per month, prices will range from S$518 for a 16GB iPhone 6 to S$935 for a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. Starhub’s booking site will open this afternoon for customers who registered their interest last week.
Singapore parents can now search online and register for suitable child care centres for their children using a new centralised system. The Early Childhood Development Agency developed the Registration Management System to improve information sharing among parents and child care operators in the country. The online system, also available in a mobile-friendly version, lets parents search for child care centres by multiple fields, including location, age of the child, and programme type (eg. infant care, child care, or student care.)