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Singapore was one of the first countries hit by the coronavirus, COVID-19. The city state’s early response, which included cash incentives to work from home, chatbots and a national Whatsapp channel to educate and inform citizens, has earned praise from the World Health Organization and in scientific research. The COVID-19 response was greatly helped by Singapore’s …

A NUS-SMU collaborative effort with industry for mapping people concentrations on campus showcases Singapore’s diverse assets in combating COVID-19 COVID-19 has spread far and wide because it is highly contagious and also because it can start spreading before symptoms appear. Confirmation regarding this type of spread has emerged over the last days but a group …

Microsoft announced the refresh of Office 365 to Microsoft 365, a subscription that will better help people make the most of their time, connect and protect the ones they love, as well as develop and grow. This refresh will be fully rolled out by 21 April 2020. An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on …

Emerging low-carbon alternatives can help to power Singapore’s energy future. To capture the opportunities offered by low-carbon alternatives, five Singapore and two Japanese companies enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to study how hydrogen as a low-carbon alternative can contribute to a clean and sustainable energy future for Singapore. Under the MOU, PSA Corporation …

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed the prototype of a handheld medical imaging device that can produce images down to resolutions of 1 to 2 micrometres. This is detailed enough to spot the first signs of tumours in specific cells and is about 100 times higher resolution than what X-Ray, computed tomography …

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, have successfully developed a test kit which can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, quickly and with high accuracy. Called Fortitude Kit 2.0, the test was co-developed with, and validated by TTSH. It is the first …

Singapore and Australia have renewed the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cybersecurity cooperation, to further strengthen and expand cooperation and information sharing. The MOU was signed by Mr David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, and Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, …

There was something for everyone in the recent Committee of Supply (COS) debate held on 3 March 2020, which unveiled a slew of initiatives to help Singaporeans of all walks of life go digital. As digitalisation promises to radically change the way we live, work and play, more must be done to ensure that everyone …

To help support and supplement current contact tracing efforts, Government Technology Agency (GovTech), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), has developed a mobile app called TraceTogether. The app launched on 20 March. TraceTogether supports nationwide efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. By downloading the app and consenting to participate in TraceTogether, users …

Microsoft marks the third anniversary of Teams this week – a platform that is continually shaping a new culture of work and collaboration worldwide. Thousands of organizations, large and small, have been using Teams as a hub for daily work, helping them to stay connected and engaged. Worldwide, 44 million people are using Teams on a daily …