Singapore’s Creative wins $36m damages in case against Huawei

[caption id="attachment_374175" align="alignnone" width="800"] Source: The Business Times[/caption] Following its prior legal triumphs against technology giant Apple, soundcard maker Creative Technology emerged victorious yet again - this time, against China’s Huawei. According to The Straits Times, the Chinese tech giant was ordered to pay $9.3 million and S$15.6 million with interest, totalling S$36 million. The Singapore tech firm took Huawei to court with allegations of misrepresentation and breach of contract, after Creative invested more than S$30 million into the failed creation of a wireless broadband network, The Straits Times reported. Following the forced abandonment of the project, the soundcard maker sought to recover its “wasted investment”. The partnership was formed in 2009, following Huawei’s response to a tender made by Creative back in 2009. The tender called for the establishment of the network through the use of WiMax, a 4G technology for high-speed mobile connectivity. However, Huawei did not meet the requirement of providing coverage across 225 base stations nationwide on a budget of $20 million. As such, the Singapore High Court found Huawei “liable for misrepresentation and was grossly negligent”. Huawei's counterclaim was also dismissed, with the costs of proceedings awarded to Creative and QMax. Read more about the case on The Straits Times.

Singapore jumps 11 spots, surpasses Hong Kong in EIU liveability ranking for the first time ever

Singapore moves up the Global Liveability Ranking list to its highest-ever spot this year.
The Straits Times
The perks of living in Singapore are increasing, the results of a new global study shows. Singapore jumped 11 places on the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking this year to take the 35th spot among 140 cities across the world. For the first time ever, the city-state rose above Hong Kong, which fell two spots into 45th place despite an unchanged score. Cities in EIU's list are given scores for their lifestyle challenges. According to EIU, improving educational attainment indicators boosted Singapore to its highest-ever position in the ranking. "Singapore's jump up the rankings can be attributed to consistent and impressive improvements in educational attainment, which has delivered a perfect score for education and pushed the overall score for the city-state above 90% for the first time since the survey began," Jon Copestake, editor of the survey said. [caption id="attachment_373043" align="alignnone" width="370"] EIU 2017 Liveability Index[/caption] "However it is worth remembering that, although ten ranking places now separate Hong Kong and Singapore the difference between them is marginal at just 1.6% and both comfortably sit in the top tier of liveability where there are few, if any, challenges to lifestyle," Copestake said. As expected, Melbourne in Australia topped the ranking for the seventh year running, while Damascus remained at the bottom. [caption id="attachment_373044" align="alignnone" width="822"] EIU 2017 Liveability Index[/caption] Globally, 12 cities saw liveability improve while six cities which recorded declines. Half of the cities which improved were in Asia and included Singapore, Shanghai, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Penh, Colombo and Port Moresby. Most of these improvements were largely attributed to infrastructural improvements and broadening cultural availability. After a decade of consecutive declines, global liveability is finally showing an improvement, EIU said in its announcement of the list. "Although it is marginal, with an annual average improvement of just 0.06 percentage points across the overall scores of the 140 cities surveyed, it does represent a potential milestone for the ranking," the statement said. And while liveability appears to have stabilised, the study also noted that recent attacks in Manchester, London and Stockholm have highlighted the continued threat from global terrorism.

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An executive at one of Singapore’s largest IT retailers reveals the top 5 gadgets that get millennials excited

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Freedom wireless buds
Jaybird product page
Beoplay M5 wireless speaker
Bang & Olufsen product page
2. Power banks  Ever rushed out of the home with only to be greeted with the dreaded "battery is low" alert on your phone? We've all been there. The need to charge one's phone (and other gadgets) while out and about is why high-capacity power banks have been Challenger's top selling products in recent years, Ms Loo says.
iWalk Extreme Trio 6000mAh Power Bank
Challenger product page
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Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft product page
Lenovo Yoga 900
Lenovo product page
4. Fitness trackers In this age, not much of our lives can escape the smart revolution. Even our workouts are smart these days. Being health-conscious means that millennials love having wearable fitness trackers tell them how healthy they've been. Some of the more popular brands you might have noticed at the gym include Fitbit and Garmin.
Alta HR
Fitbit product page
Vívosmart® HR+
Garmin product page
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Inspire 2
DJI product page
Parrot product page

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