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Dell Technologies aims to shape next generation of tech talent in Singapore

Together with four Institutes of Higher Learning

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Dell Technologies has just announced a joint commitment with four Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to enhance the pre-employment training curriculum for over 5,000 tertiary students in Singapore over the next two years.

The program seeks to build and attract a robust talent pipeline for the local information and communications technology (ICT) sector by equipping the students with industry-relevant skills.

Together with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore Management University (SMU), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Dell Technologies will co-develop new content for curriculum modules, specialist diplomas, and degree courses focused on critical core skills tied to new and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital cities management.

These key skills were identified based on industry needs — through feedback from Dell Technologies and its partners and customers — and align with the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) Services 4.0 roadmap, which envisions the future of services using emerging technologies in a digital economy.

Delivered by Dell Technologies Academy, the launch of this new initiative between Dell Technologies and the four IHLs was witnessed today by Mr. Tan Kiat How, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information at Dell Technologies Executive Briefing Solution Centre at [email protected] City.

The program comes under the Dell Technologies Digital Future — Made in Singapore umbrella, which aims to fast-track the adoption of future-ready digital solutions and drive innovations in Singapore for partners and customers globally.

“The Government is committed to developing our youths to seize the exciting opportunities in the digital economy, which has grown despite the economic contractions elsewhere. Industry partners such as Dell Technologies play a key role in translating this growth into good opportunities for Singaporeans, especially in the area of emerging technologies. We look forward to more of such partnerships, that really bring the possibilities of technology to life,” said Minister of State Mr. Tan Kiat How, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information.

“Dell Technologies is committed to collaborating with the Singapore government and the tertiary education institutions to help shape the next generation of tech talent. Together, we can help drive human progress with technology, values, and purpose,” said Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan, and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies.

“Under our Digital Future – Made in Singapore initiative, our strategic partnerships with Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Singapore Polytechnic will enhance the overall tech learning curriculum for students, uplift the ICT and cloud-native ecosystem in Singapore and advance the skills and employability of our future workforce. We will continue to build on these partnerships and are open to forge new ones to expand on the growing tech ecosystem.”

Access to curated courses on cloud and dedicated mentorship

Dell Technologies will work closely with the IHL professors and lecturers, offering customized tech expertise and consultation to aid in curriculum planning and curate cloud-native content to be included in students’ learning curriculum. Beyond curriculum design, students can benefit from Dell Technologies industry experts’ insights, and mentorship will also be offered to students as they navigate final year projects and industry attachments.

Students can look forward to immersing themselves in the latest emerging technologies and industry-relevant content such as DevOps, microservices, cloud-native security, containers, and Kubernetes. They will also get opportunities for hands-on experience via lab tutorial projects that highlight the importance and complexity of managing applications in an enterprise environment.

With the current hybrid education model, students from the four IHLs will be granted access to a suite of self-guided e-learning courses via Dell Technologies’ digital learning platform. These courses are designed to provide students with practical tech knowledge and skills that are in demand by the ICT sector, enhancing their employability and providing a head start to their future technology careers.

An ongoing effort to nurture the tech talent pool

The latest collaboration with the four IHLs is an extension of Dell Technologies’ tech skills accelerator initiative announced in February 2021, which aims to equip fresh graduates, mid-career professionals, and students in Singapore with practical knowledge and skills in cloud computing, data protection and management, data science and big data analytics by 2023.

Beyond students, Dell Technologies continues to work with its network of partners and customers to support mid-career professionals with skills training and enhancement for the data era, through its Dell Technologies Skills Up program.

“Being part of the Dell Technologies Skills Up program gave our employees the chance to be trained in core critical skills such as Cloud Infrastructure and Data Analytics. ST Engineering believes in the continual learning and upskilling of our employees. In 2021, employees from Mission Software & Services have accumulated over 800 hours of training under this program. This is especially critical in the fast-changing and dynamic digital landscape. We seek to work with strong, like-minded partners like Dell Technologies, and invest in the growth of our digital talent.” said Rajagopal, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Mission Software & Services, ST Engineering.


This is a press release from Dell Technologies Singapore.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect

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We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

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Facebook faces British privacy lawsuit worth billions

For allegedly selling its users’ data

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The hits just don’t stop coming. Since being called out for alleged manipulation during the 2016 elections (and arguably before that), Facebook has endured hit after hit from privacy pundits, security firms, and global courts. Now, after much deliberation, criticisms and lawsuits against the platform are finally coming to roost. In Britain, for example, Facebook stands to lose billions in a privacy lawsuit from Britain.

As reported by Reuters, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority senior adviser Liza Lovdahl Gormsen filed the huge lawsuit to represent British citizens who used the platform between 2015 and 2019 — which approximates 44 million people. The suit alleges that Facebook used unfair terms and conditions to force users to give up their rights to their own information. The entire lawsuit is worth GBP 2.3 billion (or approximately US$ 3.15 billion). Though Facebook is worth over US$ 100 billion now, such a lawsuit likely isn’t insignificant to the company.

But, of course, it doesn’t come without precedent. Last year, the company was scrutinized extensively because of whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations. According to the former Facebook employee, the platform knowingly creates ruptures in societies everywhere in the world. Besides its effect on mental health and geopolitics, Facebook was also criticized for selling personal data and treating its users as marketable products.

While Britain’s claim is already extensive, it is far from the only country looking to break the company up. The platform is also facing issues in its own home turf for the same charges. The year is just starting, and this likely won’t be Facebook’s last trip to the legal battlefield.

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Samsung inexplicably delays Exynos 2200 launch

No new date set yet

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Before launching the next Galaxy S flagship series, Samsung often unveils the attached Exynos processor ahead of time. However, this year’s Exynos 2200 is still suspiciously absent. According to sources, Samsung was initially set to launch the new chips on January 11. Since it’s already February 12, the chip’s launch is obviously delayed for an inexplicable reason.

The delay did not come with any warning. The Exynos 2200’s launch date came and… nothing. No word from Samsung on a delay reason or even a new launch date. Even Ice Universe, one of the most knowledgeable sources for Samsung, is scratching their head, wondering why Samsung suddenly backed out of the date.

It isn’t Samsung’s first delay, though. Since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world is going through a massive semiconductor shortage. Several devices have been delayed or are undergoing stock problems. Samsung had already pushed back dates in the past. However, this is a rare last-minute delay.

Of course, despite the delay, Samsung still has time to release the Exynos 2200 before the Galaxy S22’s launch. According to a recent source, Samsung is set to launch the next flagship series on February 8. The upcoming chipset will reportedly perform at par with the recently launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Amid inexplicable delays, Samsung still has several launches up its sleeve.

Postponements likely won’t mean much in the grander scheme of things, but it will be an interesting tale to hear why Samsung had to back all of a sudden.

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