26 June 2014

TripAdvisor lists the top 10 hotels in Singapore

TripAdvisor's top 10 hotels in Singapore, part of its 2014 Traveller's Choice awards, starts with Forest by Wangz at no. 1. The boutique hotel has a modern, quirky and colourful interior with a very discreet reception area. 

"The rooms were fantastic and the staff were exceptional," notes one review. At Moulmein Road, it is a little farther away from the subway network (nearest station: Novena) but not appreciably so, and is situated near a medical hub. Forest by Wangz staff took the time to respond to every single review on TripAdvisor, including the positive ones, an attitude that is rarely seen. The property also maintains serviced apartments.

At no. 2 is the Capella in Sentosa. 91% of the reviews for the hotel are positive, and it is ranked no. 1 for Sentosa hotels. "The amenities and facilities are excellent and service is first class," noted one review.

No. 3 is the Ritz-Carlton at Millenia. Ranked no. 4 in Singapore by TripAdvisor reviewers, the hotel saw 90% of reviews in the positive arena. The view was lauded several times, and one reviewer called this hotel "the best thing in Singapore". 

Ranked no. 4 is the Raffles Hotel, with its central location and long history. "Everything feels like it's straight out of 1922," notes one reviewer. The birthplace of the Singapore Sling is ranked no. 3 in Singapore by TripAdvisor reviewers, and 91% of the reviews are positive. 

Late afternoon view from the Mandarin Oriental rooftop, June 2014.

No. 5 on the list is the Fullerton Bay Hotel, overlooking Marina Bay; sixth best is the Conrad Centennial, ranked no. 12 in Singapore. In 7th place is the Mandarin Oriental, with direct access to the Marina Square mall. The Pan Pacific Hotel, close by the Mandarin Oriental, and also linked to the Marina Square mall, is no. 8. At no. 9, the venerable Shangri-La, and 

Last but not least, the Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality makes no. 10. The Quincy is in the Mount Elizabeth area, near Orchard Road, and 91% of over 1,000 reviews are positive. "Love the always readily available light refreshment," reads a recent review.

25 June 2014

Yes, you can charge your phone or tablet wirelessly - soon

Wi-Fi will no longer be the only way we think of what's wireless in future.

Source: Intel.

Wireless charging - wireless charger mats can be fixed to furniture so that placing a compatible device on top of a table surface, for example, will charge the device. Ideally, wireless charging technology will allow devices to charge at the same speed as wired charging while charging multiple devices simultaneously, said Leighton Philips, Director, Product Marketing and Pricing, Asia Pacific and Japan, Intel at a Computex Taipei update in Singapore recently.

Intel is supporting the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) standard, which leverages Rezence technology to turn almost any surface into a wireless charging surface capable of powering any Rezence-enabled mobile device. This includes retail environments, airports, automobiles, and home and office furniture, notes the A4WP website. 

The implications for supporting wireless charging are enormous, Phillips pointed out. Just as users seek out businesses which offer Wi-Fi services, they could make it a priority to go to a place that offers wireless charging services in future.  From Q3 this year, Intel is starting the discussion about offering the service with airports, cafes and other businesses in the Asia Pacific region, he said. 

24 June 2014

Your next business PC might be a laptop-tablet combo

The 2 in 1 form factor, which combines the best of a tablet with the best of a laptop, is expected to take off in a big way in corporate settings as businesses upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, says Intel

Source: Intel.

The company expects 2 in 1 designs under US$699 to grow six times from 2H'13 to 2H'14, and growth in volume shipped to surpass 150% from Q2'13 to Q2'14.

Leighton Philips, Director, Product Marketing and Pricing, Asia Pacific and Japan, Intel noted at a Computex Taipei update in Singapore recently that businesses had taken to tablets at a time when the vision of the 2 in 1 had not been realised, and are likely to go for 2 in 1s instead. 

"You truly can have the best PC, and when you go to the boardroom you can take your tablet," he said.

17 June 2014

CA Technologies shares handy tips for surviving football fever

CA Technologies invites businesses to stay prepared when it comes to football fever with a handy infographic.

16 June 2014

Oxley Holdings opens sales gallery for The Bridge, Phnom Penh

Singapore property developer Oxley Holdings has opened a sales gallery in Singapore for The Bridge, a mixed development in Phnom Penh that includes the country's first small-office-home-office (SOHO) property concept. 

The Bridge is the company’s maiden project in Cambodia, through a joint venture with local property developer Worldbridge Land Cambodia. It comprises residential apartments, retail units and 963 SOHO units. The SOHO units span 46 sq m to 78 sq m, with starting prices of US$100,000. When completed in 2018, The Bridge will be the largest and tallest mixed development in Cambodia at 45 storeys and a land area of 10,090 sq m.

Source: Oxley. Oxley Holdings’ CEO Ching Chiat Kwong (first from left) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the showroom for The Bridge in Phnom Penh with Tan Teck Kee, Executive Director, Worldbridge Land, Guest of Honour H.E. Im Chhunlim, Senior Minister, Ministry of Land Management, Urban and Construction, H.E. General Sao Sokha, Deputy Commander in Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of Royal Gendarmary of Cambodia, and Oknha Sear Rithy, Chairman, Worldbridge Land.

More than 100 SOHO units have been taken up since the company began accepting bookings in June. This figure had doubled by the day of the launch.

The sales gallery is at 390 Orchard Road, #16-01, Palais Renaissance and is open from 12 to 6pm daily.