HKTDC Entrepreneur Day: Start-ups get insights into overcoming challenges

HONG KONG, Jul 30, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Local start-ups have been rising to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with agility and creativity. This year's HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), underwent a transformation in terms of format and content, with a series of seminars broadcast live on 16 and 17 July giving start-ups valuable insights into finding a path forward during this difficult time.



Running under the theme "Revive x Redefine", the 2020 E-Day invited a high-powered panel of speakers to speak at 19 online seminars.


Renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard addressed the "T-Chat: Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" seminar and was joined for the discussion by (from left) Karena Belin, CEO & Co-Founder of WHub, Toa Charm, Associate Professor, Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Herbert Chia, Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital China.


At the "Revive, Redefine" plenary session, Crystal Pang, Co-founder of Pickupp, shared tips on entrepreneurship and their personal experiences of turning creative ideas into viable business ventures.



Running under the theme "Revive, Redefine", the 2020 E-Day invited a high-powered panel of speakers to speak at 19 online seminars, offering insights into areas such as entrepreneurship, regional opportunities and technological developments to equip start-ups for future challenges. Virtual business matching sessions were also arranged, connecting local start-ups with companies in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States to help them continue to capture business opportunities amid the current economic adversity.

Insights into the future: four "bigs" and 10 "game changers"

Broadcasting from Switzerland, globally renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency, shared in "T-Chat: Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" the trends for entrepreneurship and opportunities for start-ups to thrive in the "new normal". Mr Leonhard explained that there would not be a post-COVID-19 return to normality, and that the new normal would be very different.

The world is undergoing a Great Transformation, he said, with four "bigs" playing a leading role – Big Tech, Big Media, Big State and Big Health. "Technology is everywhere. Without technology, we wouldn't be working from home, we couldn't find new ways to address the crisis. We couldn't analyse all the data. Without the AI (artificial intelligence), we couldn't have early warning systems," Mr Leonhard said. He added that the state helps to figure out how to restart the economy and to support the people, and that healthcare is becoming the number one issue. "We are going to have to put more money, more research into healthcare development and biotechnology," he said, "We all are addicted to the media now because we are at home. Big media is exploding. These four things together have huge opportunities." The result, he said, would be "HellVen", explaining it could be heaven or it could be hell, depending on how it is handled.

The future presents utter uncertainty, Mr Leonhard posited. Businesses needed to abandon traditional, pre-COVID ways of doing things and adapt to the VUCA normal – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He advised entrepreneurs to flip VUCA and turn around the threats of the pandemic with "velocity, unorthodoxy, co-creation and awesomeness – to respond with speed and come up with new ideas, to work together, and to create solutions that can make a difference."

Technologies are developing extremely fast, and the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating this further. The crisis and technological potential would drive extremely rapid and very disruptive change, he said, with more progress over the next decade than the world had seen over the previous century.

Mr Leonhard said 10 game-changers would shape developments over the coming decade, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the impetus for change. The first game-changer would be "data everything" – with data as the "new oil", businesses need to have the numbers at hand to go forward. "Lots of start-ups in Hong Kong and all over the world are dealing with data," he said. This leads to the second game-changer – "cloud everything", with vast amounts of data calling for copious storage space. The next game-changer would be "connected everything" – through the Internet of Things (IoT) not just everyone but everything, be it appliances or vehicles, will be connected through the internet.

Another game-changer would be "compute everything", with quantum computers that are virtually unlimited in computing power. The next game-changer is "understand anything", whereby natural language processing will enable us to speak to machines as if they were humans. "Smart everything" will see machine learning greatly increasing the ability of machines and systems to adapt to change. Transactions will join communications as a game-changer, as blockchain technologies greatly expand the scope for, and reliability of, transactions.

Mr Leonhard said another game-changing development that will have great relevance to anyone trading in goods is the distribution of production. Improvements in the scope and quality of 3D printing mean items can be produced anywhere. "We will be able to print anything, from our tennis shoes to our wrist watches," he explained. Massive increases in the power of media technologies will expand the scope of media offerings, enabling people to "see everything" in the future through technologies such as virtual reality – and the current trend for working from home had given this a big boost. Improvements in genetic engineering mean it will be possible to "change anything" – a development that has massive ethical implications.

Panellists who appeared alongside Mr Leonhard at the seminar included Karena Belin, CEO & Co-founder of WHub; Toa Charm, Associate Professor, Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Herbert Chia, Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital China. Mr Charm said that many Asian conglomerates rejected technological innovation in the past, and it was only when faced with growing competition that they began to open their doors to change. Referencing the current rapidly transforming business environment, he said: "All Asian conglomerates are opening up their doors to new technologies. They are thinking: 'I don't know about this, but I need it because my shopping malls, my hotels, my properties – nobody goes there to buy now'. I think this presents a golden opportunity for all of us – start-ups and technology companies, and enablers like incubators and accelerators."

In response to a question about leadership and how human skills are becoming more valuable, Mr Chia, said: "At this moment, when talking to a lot of CEOs in the field, I find there's a gap between the knowledge they already have and the knowledge needed to translate a business problem into a technology solution. Or, the other way round, where I have a technology solution, but I don't know what to fix." He believes successful leaders will be those who can bridge this gap and give their companies a clear direction.

Agility and understanding social norms

At the "Revive, Redefine" plenary session, William Ip, Managing Director of Carousell Hong Kong, and Crystal Pang, Co-founder of Pickupp, shared tips on entrepreneurship and their personal experiences of turning creative ideas into viable business ventures.

Mr Ip shared three tips with the audience: be agile, be a good listener and keep your business alive. Quoting celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, who said that intelligence is the ability to adapt to change, Mr Ip highlighted the importance of agility for start-ups and entrepreneurs, especially in a challenging climate. He said that business drivers will change, and that development teams must be ready to adapt. "Being a start-up, we need to act very quickly and stay very close to the market. Sometimes you make decisions that seems to be correct at the time, but we also have to be prudent, agile, and humble – if that decision doesn't turn out to be the right decision, we need to change quickly," Mr Ip explained.

His second tip was to be a good listener. Businesses have to listen to their target audience and address the needs of the market segment, he said. As the retail sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Carousell has been leveraging its platform to help small and medium-sized enterprises get online and connect with more customers. Lastly, Mr Ip said the most important goal for start-ups must be to stay alive as a business. Enterprises need to prepare for an uncertain future and think ahead to understand what the world will be like tomorrow.

Ms Pang offered insights into the classic question of how both technology and understanding social norms can be used to improve services. Customers want things cheap, flexible and traceable. She noted that while it is now very inflexible to operate a traditional logistics fleet, crowdsourcing was a viable option. "There is a lot of idle capacity in the city, and a lot of people with downtime," she said. "Students, maybe they work until 3pm then have four or five hours of downtime. Semi-retirees, they are still very healthy and can run around and do neighbourhood deliveries. Are we able to utilise them effectively, as long as there is good technology to trace and do quality control?"

Ms Pang also explained how advanced computerised systems were necessary when employing a more flexible and dynamic delivery system. For Pickupp's platform, thousands of deliveries will go out at any given time, all with different weights and dimensions, which need to be bundled together at the lowest cost.

Creating happiness can lead to growth

Katherine Cheung, Chief Marketing Officer at online education platform Snapask, shared on how the start-up has been able to grow its business in a difficult environment at a seminar titled "From Crisis to Chances: Unleashing Opportunities in Challenging Times". She described online education as "hard to start, harder to win".

With the goal of offering the best online learning experience, the Snapask team conducted in-depth research and ran numerous surveys to identify what would make users happy. They found that an instant experience and instant support were important for online learners, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the start-up made one small product change, to move all the fast-responding and always-online tutors to every single page possible whenever users log in so they can offer immediate support. Ms Cheung said that faster matching of students and tutors has resulted in more referrals and retentions, so "creating happiness means growth," she said.

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About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Contact:
Please contact Creative Consulting Group or HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department: Creative Consulting Group June Wong Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822 Email: june.wong@creativegp.com Peggy Mak Tel: +852 3159 2982 / +852 9482 3144 Email: peggy.mak@creativegp.com HKTDC Leslie Ng Tel: +852 2584 4239 Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org



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Audio StartUp Duolink Go Debuts Flagship SpeakerBuds

LOS ANGELES, CA., Jul 30, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – LA-based audio startup Duolink Go is debuting its flagship SpeakerBuds three-in-one device, combining true wireless earbuds and a two-part charging case with in-built speakers, now on pre-launch via Kickstarter.



"We have spent years designing the best audio products and music experience for the consumer, and our first project, Duolink SpeakerBuds, is a complete reinvention of the music player," says Victor Liu, Duolink Go Founder.



Since its launch in 2018, Duolink has invested $3 million in developing SpeakerBuds and other innovative audio hardware, using top-notch acoustical engineering, so this party in your pocket device fulfills every listening need.

Designed to transfer music in seconds, with no audio drop, Duolink SpeakerBuds offer high-quality sound on both sides of a room (to 16 feet). Fully charged after only 2 hours, SpeakerBuds run for up to 6 hours, and with the speaker acting as a power bank they enjoy up to 2x longer battery life than similar products. Users can even charge while still playing music by slotting the earbuds into the speaker.

Victor Liu, founder of Duolink Go, explains the company's ambition to offer the future of music for every lifestyle and create a new category within the audio hardware market:

"We have spent years designing the best audio products and music experience for consumers and our first project, Duolink SpeakerBuds, is a complete reinvention of the music player. Our vision is to build a future where technology innovation and industrial design can truly empower daily lives, evolving alongside consumer needs and demand.

"Duolink SpeakerBuds is only the start to our long-term adventure, where we foresee the day when people worldwide will be enjoying devices which enable music to be adapted to suit any lifestyle. Duolink SpeakerBuds is a key part of a music revolution where we can place parties in our pockets and hear personal concerts with a snap."

Duolink SpeakerBuds will be available from July 30th for $149, but are now on Kickstarter for $79 pre-launch https://bit.ly/2CxKYyC.

Learn more about Duolink Go at https://bit.ly/2CUkKXc.

About Duolink Go
Assembled in 2018 and based in Los Angeles, CA, Duolink Go designs adaptable audio devices for all the music lovers. At Duolink Go, we are a diverse team of professionals whose passion for music runs through our veins. As a team, we stand in unity to bring the joy of music to the world through constant innovation. Visit Duolink Go at https://duolinkgo.com.

Media Contact
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vanessa@duolinkgo.com

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HKTDC Entrepreneur Day helps start-ups redefine industries

HONG KONG, Jul 15, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In light of the COVID-19 situation, this year's HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) has undergone a transformation in terms of format and content, with a series of seminars being broadcast live on 16 and 17 July. The public can register for free at https://hktdc.hermeslive.com/en/.



For the first time, a futurist will speak at E-Day. The "T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" seminar will address emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era, with Gerd Leonhard shedding light on future trends in such fields as business, society and governance in the face of exponential technological progress.



HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Stephen Liang said: "Start-ups have been bearing the brunt of the unprecedented challenges, such as the impact on capital flow, brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the new normal has given rise to business opportunities through the use of pioneering innovative technologies."

Mr Liang added that this year's E-Day, under the theme "Revive, Redefine", highlights the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges, while promoting the agility necessary to embrace future challenges. The seminars feature more than 30 heavyweight speakers from such fields as smart logistics, education technology and biotechnology to share how to deploy pioneering ideas and innovative technologies to disrupt existing industries and tap into new markets.

Insights into the future of entrepreneurship

E-Day will be joined by Gerd Leonhard, a futurist who will address the audience from Switzerland tomorrow (16 July) to shed light on emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 economy and future trends in such areas as business, society and governance in the context of exponential technological progress. Mr Leonhard will share how the future of jobs, work and commerce is being redefined amid the challenges and transformation brought about by the pandemic; examine the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in creating major breakthroughs in a technology-dominated future; and look at what start-ups and entrepreneurs can do to be future-ready. He will be joined by Karena Belin, CEO & Co-Founder of WHub, Dr Toa Charm, Associate Professor, Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Herbert Chia, Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital China, to discuss how COVID-19 will shape decision-making for start-ups, incubators and venture capitalists in Hong Kong and Asia.

Another seminar tomorrow, titled "From Crisis to Chances" will examine how entrepreneurs are able to turn challenging situations into opportunities, offering inspiration to the audience. Highlighting Hong Kong's research excellence and the city's experience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, Professor Yeung King-lun from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will share how his team reacted to the challenges presented by the global pandemic to develop a smart anti-microbial coating, the Multilevel Antimicrobial Polymer (MAP-1) coating, to control infectious diseases. Designed for use on different surfaces including wood, glass, metals, concrete, plastics, fabrics, leathers and textiles, the coating provides lasting protection and surface disinfection against microbial contamination for a period of up to 90 days. The smart coating has already been applied in more than 70 day-care centres, homes for the elderly, kindergartens and primary and secondary schools. In addition, Professor HC Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will share on how his team launched the General Use Face Shield to provide enhanced protection for the public and minimise the risk of virus transmission within the community.

Business opportunities are also arising for start-ups in fields such as fintech, smart city and education technology. Katherine Cheung, Chief Marketing Officer of on-demand online tutoring platform Snapask, will share on how recent social distancing measures have unleashed opportunities for the Hong Kong-based start-up in both local and overseas markets. Founded five years ago, Snapask is now serving over 3.2 million students with more than 350,000 tutors across eight Asian locations – Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Korea. The start-up has registered an increase of 1.3 million users over the past 12 months, including a big surge due to the suspension of classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Hong Kong, the platform currently has some 40,000 tutors and 200,000 active users, most of whom are high school students with a high percentage of them preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination. Some parents also seek advice while helping their primary school kids with their homework. Understanding the demand from students studying late at night, Snapask has pushed the boundaries of traditional tutoring to offer a 24-hour service. Apart from its app, Snapask is also developing business-to-business (B2B) solutions using AI technology to provide personalised learning resources through big data analysis.

Disrupting industries with pioneering ideas

At the event's plenary session tomorrow morning, titled "Revive, Redefine", William Ip, Managing Director of Carousell Hong Kong, and Crystal Pang, Co-Founder of Pickupp, will share how their start-ups are working to redefine their respective industries through pioneering ideas. Mr Ip will share how the company has promoted the concept of a "sharing" future through its customer-to-customer (C2C) marketplace. Ms Pang will introduce how the start-up is redefining the delivery industry and expanding its business in the Asian market. Pickupp also works with genetic testing and digital health company Prenetics to provide a door-to-door saliva specimen collection service for patients who need to undergo COVID-19 testing.

In addition, the newly launched Enterprise Connect series, featuring Arup, Epson and Fung Group, will showcase how enterprises can join hands with start-ups to create shared value and revive businesses across different industry pillars.

Representatives from the media are welcome to join the closed-door seminars, which will be held at S226-228 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Details are as follows:

16 July (Day 1)

Plenary Session: Revive, Redefine
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Speakers:
– William Ip, Managing Director, Carousell Hong Kong
– Crystal Pang, Co-founder, Pickupp
Language: English

From Crisis to Chances: Unleashing Opportunities in Challenging Times
Time: 3:15pm-4:15pm
Speakers:
– Professor Yeung King-lun, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Division of Environment and Sustainability, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
– Professor HC Man, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
– Katherine Cheung, Chief Marketing Officer, Snapask (Holdings) Inc
Language: English

T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation (Exclusive online broadcast session)
Time: 4:30pm-6pm
Speaker: Gerd Leonhard, CEO, The Futures Agency
Panellists:
– Karena Belin, CEO & Co-Founder, WHub
– Dr Toa Charm, Associate Professor, Business School, Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Herbert Chia, Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital China
Language: English

Please click here for details of all seminars over both days of E-Day. https://tinyurl.com/ycm58f7b

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About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Please contact Creative Consulting Group or the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department: Creative Consulting Group Wendy Chan Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6758 4869 Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com June Wong Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822 Email: june.wong@creativegp.com HKTDC Leslie Ng Tel: +852 2584 4239 Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org



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WIMI Hologram Cloud setting up Joint Venture to develop Semiconductor Business

HONG KONG, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – WIMI Hologram Cloud Inc. ('WIMI' or the 'Company') (NASDAQ:WIMI) today announced that its wholly-owned Hong Kong subsidiary WiMi Hologram Cloud Limited ('WiMi Hong Kong') is setting up a joint venture to develop semiconductor business.

The Company believes that the application demand of holographic 3D vision in the semiconductor sector is growing rapidly, representing huge market potential. The establishment of the joint venture is conducive to the expansion of the semiconductor sector and the rapid integration of market resources. Furthermore, it will facilitate the Company's strategies of extending the holographic 3D vision software from the application layer to the chip field and combining software and hardware through the holographic 3D vision software solution, namely, the strategic derivative upgrade to the semiconductor sector. The Company has accumulated technological capabilities in the field of holographic 3D visual software technology, with hundreds of related patents and software copyrights. In the future, the Company plans to develop semiconductor business through integrating with IC design companies with core technology advantage, or through establishing research and development joint venture with chip factory to implement the supply chain upstream of the semiconductor research and development design, technical service and marketing strategies.

In addition to facilitating the rapid growth of the Company's performance, the Company believes that integration with high-quality semiconductor assets or cooperation with chip companies with strong technology will greatly enhance the Company's competitiveness and consolidate the Company's position in the industry of holographic 3D vision software application, thus supporting the its sustained growth in the medium and long term. At present, many technology companies, such as Qualcomm, Mediatek, Nvidia and other companies, have explored opportunities in artificial intelligence, 5G technology, the Internet of things, and other ecological systems. The market demand for upstream suppliers is no longer limited to simple electronic components or products supply. The market has put forward higher requirements of the suppliers' technical service ability, as well as their ability to provide comprehensive solutions and one-stop value-added services. With the increasing demand for holographic 3D vision-related semiconductor application solutions, the Company plans to combine holographic 3D vision application demand scene to provide corresponding semiconductor solutions to meet the market demand, and promote the application and popularization of holographic 3D vision technology in the semiconductor sector.

WiMi plans to invest in the semiconductor sector, acquire semiconductor-related assets and cooperate with chip factory in the future, so as to enhance the Company's technical service capability and retain current customers. At the same time, based on higher value-added technology, the Company will continue to improve its revenue capacity. In the next three years, the Company expects that the joint venture will develop relevant operations in the semiconductor sector, and WiMi is expected to embrace a new development.

About WIMI Hologram Cloud Inc.

WiMi Hologram Cloud, Inc.(NASDAQ:WIMI), whose commercial operations began in 2015, operates an integrated holographic AR application platform in China and has built a comprehensive and diversified holographic AR content library among all holographic AR solution providers in China. Its extensive portfolio includes 4,654 AR holographic contents. The company has also achieved a speed of image processing that is 80 percent faster than the industry average. While most peer companies may identify and capture 40 to 50 blocks of image data within a specific space unit, WiMi collects 500 to 550 data blocks.

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Name: Tim Wong
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ONESECURE reshapes its go-to-market approach, bolsters SIEM with RSA NetWitness Platform upgrade

SINGAPORE, Jun 24, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – ONESECURE, an innovative cybersecurity company providing a wide range of managed security services, including 24×7 monitoring and alerting, today announced the upgrade of its security Information and event management (SIEM) to RSA NetWitness Platform, as part of its continuous commitment towards innovation. RSA NetWitness Platform enables accelerated threat detection and response through data collection and analysis across more capture points and computing platforms encompassing physical, virtual and cloud, and enriching this data with threat intelligence and business context.

The upgrade, which will be in full implementation starting July 2020, will strengthen ONESECURE's detection and investigation capabilities, translating to an enhanced ability to combat new threats. The new SIEM will be housed in a Tier-3 Datacenter in Singapore, with all of the logs collected, to remain in Singapore.

"Committed to being a trusted advisor for our customers on Cyber-Defence strategies, ONESECURE has been constantly innovating and reshaping its tools, to cope with today's rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape. We always endeavor to empower customers with the right solutions to protect them from hackers, and we will continue to invest in upgrading our tools to keep our clients' assets secure," said Edmund How, Founder and Managing Director, ONESECURE.

The new set-up will allow ONESECURE to serve larger enterprises and target even more diverse industries, given the enhanced capability to customise the SIEM infrastructure and software to different customers. ONESECURE will be offering two main services, as part of the platform:

— Security-operations-center-as-a-service (SOC-as-a-service): This service offering enables customers to pay a monthly fee for using the platform and a 24×7 monitoring team. ONESECURE's managed services team will be handling the SIEM administration, freeing up enterprises' IT team's time to focus on other duties. Leveraging ONESECURE's expertise and innovative SIEM technology spares enterprises' IT teams from worrying about expenses around owning an SIEM system.

— Platform-as-a-service: In this subscription model, customers will be providing their own 24×7 monitoring team.

ONESECURE has likewise made improvements to its web defacement monitoring tool, Webyith, and added Accedian, a next-generation intrusion detection tool, to its managed security service provider (MSSP) offerings.

"Our partnership with ONESECURE will help enable security teams to respond better through an elevated threat detection and response solution. This solution would allow security teams to fully assess, and ultimately, eradicate threats before they impact their business," said JP Yu, Business Director, APJ.

ONESECURE's SIEM upgrade to RSA NetWitness Platform is part of the organisation's aggressive stance in expanding across the ASEAN region.

About ONESECURE – https://www.onesecureasia.com.
ONESECURE Asia's expertise and services are built around its mission to provide reliable, robust and scalable technology solutions to cater its customers' needs. ONESECURE's solutions enable customers to fully grasp when, where, who, what, and how their data is being processed at every stage of the information cycle. At the core of its cyber defence strategy is cybersecurity monitoring. With a combination of existing Cybersecurity solutions and data analytics, ONESECURE has invented a way to bring world-class cybersecurity services to customers of all sizes.

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AppsFlyer Launches Zero, its Free-for-Life Software & APIs to Help Brands Tap into Their Owned Media

SINGAPORE, Jun 10, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – AppsFlyer, the global attribution leader, today announced the launch of Zero, a free-for-life package as part of its Zero Budget Marketing initiative. The new initiative, geared towards developers, product managers, and marketers offers free, state of the art software tools and APIs, to empower their growth and leverage their earned and owned media strategy.

As part of AppsFlyer's effort to enable companies of any size to better utilize their owned assets and channels, Zero includes the powerful tools of AppsFlyer's complete engagement suite, all for free: OneLink deep linking technology, smooth web-to-app & social media-to-app user journeys, Smart Banners, referrals & user invites, SMS & QR codes, cross-promotions, and more.

"Now more than ever, companies need to operate with a 'Zero-Budget Marketing' mindset," said Ronen Mense, APAC President, and Managing Director, AppsFlyer. "If it was not already evident, COVID-19 forced all of us to rethink our marketing strategies and go back to basics, with one certainty in mind – we live in a mobile-first world. Many companies have a 'mobile also' strategy and need to be able to better leverage their most important assets: their owned media, website, social media, and user base as they migrate their customer base to mobile. This is the time for brands to get creative and grow their business with mission-critical tools, so we are proud to provide product managers and app developers with our technology for free as open APIs they can use to delight and engage with their existing customers while also gaining new customers."

New customers can easily create a free account, and start leveraging the Zero package within minutes, without providing payment information or an SDK integration. Part of AppsFlyer's broad offering, Zero includes cost-free software tools and APIs that every marketer, product manager, and developer needs to help improve user experience and acquisition with no advertising budget.

About AppsFlyer

AppsFlyer, the global attribution leader, empowers marketers to grow their business and innovate with a suite of comprehensive measurement and analytics solutions. Built around privacy by design, AppsFlyer takes a customer-centric approach to help 12,000+ brands and 6,000+ technology partners make better business decisions every day. To learn more, visit www.appsflyer.com.

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Press Contact For AppsFlyer in APAC:
Nico Marco
nico.marco@appsflyer.com

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Superfanz Launched in Vietnam with Top Actors and Live On

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, May 28, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – After the recent soft launch in Thailand and Taiwan, Superfanz is expanding its footprint to Vietnam in partnership with the upcoming big-budget film Thoat E (True Love) by Live On.









Thoat E (True Love) is based on the popular Vietnamese series called Chien Dich Chong E, which is based on popular online fan fiction. The Chien Dich Chong E series revolved around the lives of 3 attractive yet single women in their 20s. The series' theme quickly captured the cultural zeitgeist spawning popular catchphrases such as "Single life is the new trend."

The movie focuses again on the lives of the same 3 characters 5 years later. Thoat E boasts some of the country's most famous actors and actresses including household names such as Minh Hang, Bao Anh, Dieu Nhi, Thuan Nguyen and Quoc Truong.

Live On is partnering with Superfanz in order to further push the envelop on what's possible with technology for its movie. Live On is using the Superfanz platform to create the fanpage for the film, offering exclusive VIP membership packages for fan clubs of actors and actresses. Fans will be able to get perks including visit to the filmset during the shoot, join the cast for lunch, and take part in the red carpet events.

Since Superfanz takes a hyper-local approach to the markets the company enters, Thoat E (True Love) will be able to have maximum reach and conversion. This is crucial because 95% of the Vietnamese audience consume entertainment in the local language and make online payment through methods such online banking, counter-service, scratch card, and e-wallet.

"Superfanz brings a very unique proposition to the Vietnam's entertainment industry. With Superfanz's platform we give fans unprecedented access to our cast, open new avenues of income for the stars, and generate ongoing buzz for our film, Chien Dich Chong E (True Love)," said Tai Do, CEO of Live On. "What we are doing with Superfanz will be the first for the Vietnam film industry."

"I see this as a fan service," added Dieu Nhi, one of Vietnam's top actresses who plays the lead role in the film. "It rewards my fellow cast members' super fans and give them exclusive ability to be on this journey with us from the first day of shooting all the way to the red carpet premiere. It's very exciting."

"Live On and the casts immediately understood Superfanz's vision and how the platform can bring something completely new to the film industry. Our mission is always about giving top fans the place where they can get the most exclusive perks from their idols whether that be KOL, influencers, creators or celebrities," said Oh Thongsrinoon, Superfanz CEO/Founder. "This partnership is the perfect showcase of the benefits we can give to fans, celebrities, and movie studio."

With the entertainment industry hit hard by the pandemic, Superfanz's expansion into Vietnam comes at the fortuitous time. KOL, influencers, creators, entertainers and celebrities are looking for more the creative ways to monetize their personal brands. They will be able to use Superfanz social fan club platform to generate extra income on top of their existing ones starting today and this partnership with Live On and the movie Thoat E (True Love) is the perfect showcase of what's possible.

About Live On
Live On is one of Vietnam's top movie studios with headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Live On produces some of the biggest blockbusters and well-known movies in Vietnam including titles such as Season for Love Song, Sai Gon I Love You, Mistress, and Happy Wedding. https://www.superfanz.co/liveonmovie

About Superfanz Pte Ltd
Superfanz is the social fan club platform for Creators (KOL, Influencers, YouTubers, Celebrities) and their most loyal followers. Superfanz addresses the pain point that over 95% of the Creators do not earn enough money from their social media presence to make a living.

Visit us online: https://superfanz.co
See our new platform: https://web.superfanz.co
Watch our video: https://youtu.be/-gb04JgaCRg
And contact us! Dolly Hoang, e: media@superfanz.co, m: +66 87 706 2002, hq: Superfanz Pte Ltd, Singapore.

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Highly Effective Disaster Prevention with Retarus Email Continuity

SINGAPORE, May 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – When IT systems are no longer functioning, critical business processes grind to a halt. The costs incurred when operations fail can quickly skyrocket into millions. The Email Continuity service offered by Munich-based cloud service provider Retarus ensures that companies and their employees remain productive in terms of communication, even if the email infrastructure becomes unavailable to them, for instance due to a cyberattack.

According to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2020, cyber incidents have grown to become by far the biggest business risk for companies. As soon as IT systems are no longer running, crucial business processes come to a standstill, and when operations are disrupted the resulting costs soon reach millions of dollars. As 100 percent fail-safety can never be guaranteed for any part of a business, effective business continuity management and sound plans for keeping IT operations running in times of crisis have become essential for companies.

"Given that email is a key communication medium in businesses across Asia Pacific, being reachable and having backup systems in place in the event of email infrastructure downtime is mission-critical. By allowing businesses to switch to a backup system in flash, Retarus Email Continuity helps prevent commercial losses and damage to business reputation, with email communication remaining unaffected," says Dylan Castagne, Managing Director, Retarus Asia.

Secure Email Operations

With the state-of-the-art failover service Retarus Email Continuity, companies remain productive even if their own email infrastructures become unavailable, for instance due to server and cloud downtimes or security incidents. In such cases, the service steps in and ensures that the impacted company's email communication continues running uninterrupted. As soon as it becomes necessary, the service reroutes the emails to a server independent of its own email system, ensuring that communication with business partners, customers and colleagues remains smooth and free of disruption.

Added Value for Customers

Retarus' Email Continuity Service provides significant added value for companies aiming to implement a comprehensive cyber security strategy, as is clearly evident from the "Secure Email Gateway – Market Quadrant" market analysis published by the Radicati Group in autumn 2019. According to the experts, Retarus' Email Continuity Services fulfill key criteria for effective disaster prevention.

"More than ever, business continuity management needs to be considered an integral component of the business strategy," says Martin Hager, founder and CEO at Retarus. "Email has a key role to play in continuity, as it has become the main communication channel for companies, both within the company and with external partners. Retarus' Email Continuity service is an essential component in disaster prevention, enabling companies to seamlessly continue communicating via email, even when the infrastructure has failed."

So how can a company ensure that its employees can go on communicating without interruption despite failing infrastructure, thus allowing business-critical processes to stay up and running? Find out more in the Retarus whitepaper titled E-Mail-Continuity: How to ensure email operation. https://www.retarus.com/email-continuity/#whitepaper

About Retarus

With its outstanding solutions and services, intelligent infrastructure, and patented technology, Retarus manages communication for companies worldwide. Retarus' state-of-the-art technologies, highly available data centers, and innovative cloud messaging platform offer maximum security, maximum performance, and business continuity. With experience in steering information flows at the enterprise level, Retarus ensures that information is transferred securely and reliably to the right place, at the right time, in the right format – since 1992 and with now 15 subsidiaries on four continents. Seventy-five percent of DAX 30, half of all EURO STOXX 50, and 25 percent of S&P100 companies rely on Retarus services. Our long-standing customers include Adidas, Bayer, BNP Paribas, Bosch, Continental, DHL, DZ BANK, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Honda, Linde, PSA, Puma, Sixt, T-Systems, Sony and Zeiss.

Media Contact:
Retarus (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
Dylan Castagne, Managing Director
T: +65 6323 7354
E: press@sg.retarus.com

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100K premium .cloud domain names released to partner sales channel with new pricing

NEW YORK, May 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Top-level domain (TLD) .Cloud today announced the release of over 100,000 premium domain names with a new pricing structure to their worldwide partner network. These premium domain names are considered highly valuable for branding and marketing purposes and opens new opportunities for businesses to create modern branding and memorable websites.

Released on May 6, 2020 at 16:00 UTC, the inventory totaling 103,395 domains is available for immediate purchase from hundreds of domain name registrars and thousands of their resellers. The inventory has been released within a simple new pricing structure with nine tiers, and one renewal price across all tiers. The lowest tier is expected to retail for under USD200.

The inventory includes excellent choices for startup companies, their products, and enterprises launching digital services. Hundreds of choices in hot industry sectors such as cloud computing, business and finance, internet of things (IoT) and gaming are available.

Mou Mukherjee, .Cloud's Head of Registry Services said, "Our premium domain release includes many short and memorable domains such as atom.cloud, pix.cloud, vid.cloud, simply.cloud and financial.cloud. These prized domains could serve as an enterprise's key brand asset."

By 2023 IDC predicts the global economy will finally reach "digital supremacy" with more than half of all GDP worldwide driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. Since the pandemic, businesses have accelerated their digital transformation and innovation projects. Many businesses were forced to digitize their services. Cloud is no longer nice to have but a critical part of a company's operations. As technology leaders invest billions of dollars into fast-tracking cloud services, focus on the digital economy has never been stronger.

Ms. Mukherjee continued, "Cloud has become more relevant today than ever and companies can stand out in the digital economy with a .cloud premium domain. Our new affordable pricing will appeal to diverse businesses with all kinds of budgets. We're thrilled that businesses now have better access to excellent, premium .cloud domains."

For more information please visit http://get.cloud

.Cloud Domain Registry

The .Cloud top-level domain helps businesses create a modern digital identity with domain names ending in .cloud. It has secured over 180,000 registrations in 180 countries and can be purchased from the most popular domain name registrars.

.Cloud, operated by Aruba S.p.A., founded in 1994, is the leading company in Italy for data centers, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services. Aruba is also active in key European markets including France, the UK and Germany. The company has extensive experience in the management of data centers, with its European network capable of hosting over 200,000 servers. Aruba manages 2.7 million domains, 8.6 million email accounts, 6.7 million certified email (PEC) accounts, 130,000 physical and virtual server, for a total of approximately 5.4 million customers.

Media enquiries:
Simon Cousins, Allegravita, +1 347 850-3360

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Interactio Remote Interpretation Connects World Leaders to Support Gali in the Fight Against Coronavirus

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, May 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Interactio, a remote interpretation platform, has partnered with the European Commission to connect political leaders and philanthropists at the international pledging conference "Coronavirus Global Response." In the midst of the global crisis, Interactio assisted the European initiative in the joint effort to raise 7.5 billion EUR in donations to Gali, the vaccine alliance fighting the COVID-19.







As strict quarantine regulations divided the states geographically, the common cause to find timely and affordable treatment brought the five continents together in a multilingual hybrid meeting. To ensure the precision and quality of simultaneous interpretation, Interactio connected onsite interpreters from European Commission premises with the world leaders joining the event remotely.

Through the integration of the audio and video stream in partnership with Televic Conference equipment, the message was successfully shared in English, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese languages in real time.

The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and leaders of more than 40 other nations from Europe, Australia, Asia, North, and South America united against Coronavirus digitally on the Interactio remote participation panel.

During the remote conference, Melinda Gates shared an important message for humanity, followed by a generous donation of 100 million American dollars from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"COVID-19 has reminded us that viruses don't obey borders or custom laws. They don't care what nationality you are," said Gates.

"Interactio became the platform of choice for this event. The Heads of State and Government as well as other major donors and research institutions connected to the smooth, user-friendly and performant platform and pledged substantial amounts for the common fight against the pandemic. This successful high-level event was a milestone for everybody involved, and we would like to sincerely thank Interactio for their tireless preparation work, dedication, availability and unrelenting support throughout the event. We are very much looking forward to further cooperation." states Frederic Pirotte, Head of the Technical Compliance Team, DG Interpretation, European Commission.

Overall, a total of 7.4 billion EUR was fundraised during the pledging conference, leaving high hopes for the speedy development of the treatment. As the world unites in a humanitarian effort to protect the disadvantaged in an unexpected outbreak of the Coronavirus disease, Interactio remains loyal to its ongoing mission of transmitting powerful ideas despite the geographical barriers.

About Interactio

Interactio (https://interactio.io) is a Lithuanian-based remote interpretation platform which provides remote participation for multilingual online and onsite meetings. Connected on an interactive panel via desktop or mobile device, attendees can exchange ideas in a live-chat, cast votes, and show essential information through a screen sharing function.

For further media queries, please contact:
Simona Andrijauskaite
+441644717778
s@interactio.io
https://interactio.io/

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