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SINGAPORE (Dec 27): Here are the tech events that made the news this year.

Tesla Cybertruck launched

You do not think of Tesla as a truly tech company, but there is no denying that technology drives the very heart of a Tesla car. That, and the fact that the Truck looks like something from the not-sodistant future where robots have taken over the world.

Age of the machines

Singapore eDevelopment's US biomed unit designs anti-TB scent

SINGAPORE (Jan 28): Singapore eDevelopment announced that its US biomedical subsidiary, Global BioLife, has a product – 3F Antimicrobial Fragrance – that shows efficacy against tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis has caused more than 1.6 million deaths worldwide and infected over 10 million people in 2017, placing it in among the top 10 leading causes of deaths globally, according to the World Health Organisation.

Global BioLife’s 3F Antimicrobial Fragrance is shown to inhibit Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), the causative bacterial agent of tuberculosis.


Certis transforms into 'security-plus' player with analytics and smart city solutions

SINGAPORE (Sept 11): It has been three years since security provider Certis started its digital transformation, changing the way it handles the security business in light of technological disruption.

Certis is better known for providing uniformed security guards for banks and crowd control. But today, its range of service offerings has become much wider and more sophisticated than that.

New services include intelligent analytics and surveillance solutions; network and security infrastructure solutions; smart hub and smart city solutions.


You can now WhatsApp, WeChat your DBS relationship managers

(Sept 11): DBS Group Holdings, Southeast Asia’s biggest bank, unveiled a service that will allow wealthy clients to interact with their relationship managers on WeChat and WhatsApp.

The Singapore-based lender will begin registering interested clients for the service known as Wealth Chat, DBS said Tuesday in an emailed statement. It will initially provide content such as investment reports and research insights, with services such as trade placement to be added progressively next year, the bank said.


Facebook co-founder says social networks to face more regulation

(Sept 6): Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook Inc., said social networks are heading for more regulation and change, as political pressures mount and users fragment into specialised interests.

Governments will inevitably get involved in regulating networks like Facebook and Twitter, he said. He spoke only hours after Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey appeared before the US Congress in the wake of attempts to manipulate public opinion and interfere in elections.


Top emerging jobs in Singapore for 2018: LinkedIn

SINGAPORE (Sept 6): Demand for digital competency is high, but so are soft skills, according to the 2018 Emerging Jobs in Singapore Report by LinkedIn.

The report shows that the jobs that require hybrid skills are high in demand, which can help local organisations navigate their digital transformation journey.

According to LinkedIn, the top five emerging jobs for 2018 are:


Alibaba launches talent programme in Singapore with support from NTU, EDB

SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Alibaba Group on Monday launched the Alibaba Talent Programme in Singapore with support from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP).

This talent programme is part of Alibaba’s mission to nurture future research and development (R&) talent in Singapore, especially in the field of computer science. It aims to equip postgraduate students with critical R&D skill-sets through gaining practical work experience on projects with Alibaba.


China's Meituan Dianping sets HK IPO valuation at up to US$55 bil

(Sept 3): China’s Meituan Dianping, an online food delivery-to-ticketing services platform, has set an indicative price range of HK$60 to HK$72 ($10.48-$12.58) per share for its initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, valuing itself at up to US$55 billion, four people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Meituan, already one of China’s most valuable internet firms, could raise as much as US$4 billion ($5.5 billion) before the exercise of a “greenshoe” or over-allotment option, whereby additional shares are sold depending on demand.


What's all this fuss about 5G?

SINGAPORE (July 30): In late February, the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang hosted the 23rd Winter Olympics. Norway topped the medals table with host Korea in seventh place, despite its five golds. Yet, the main event for South Koreans wasn’t bobsleigh, curling or even figure skating, but the showcasing of the world’s first-ever 5G, or fifth-generation mobile network, with all the accompanying bragging rights.


SIAS says data of 70,000 members stolen in 2013

SINGAPORE (July 25): The Securities Investors Association (Singapore) has discovered a data breach that happened five years ago.

In an email to its members, SIAS said that some 70,000 members have had their personal particulars illegally accessed and copied in 2013.

Data stolen included names, NRIC numbers and telephone numbers of the members.

“Nevertheless, the records were not tampered with, i.e. no records were amended or deleted. As this is not acceptable, SIAS will take all measures necessary to protect the data to avoid such a breach,” says SIAS in the e-mail.


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