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Dato Pandelela Rinong dives into the “OpenSea” with release of non-fungible token (NFT) collectible, ‘P.ZERO1’

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(PRNewsGIG/AFTNN) – Malaysian athlete Dato Pandelela Rinong revealed her exclusive non-fungible token (NFT) collectible ‘P.Zero1’, which is up for auction until 31 August 2022 via the digital NFT market, OpenSea. Fans will have the opportunity to bid to become the sole owner of the NFT which unlocks a priceless personalised experience with Pandelela and a framed printout of the NFT hand-delivered by the athlete herself.

(From Left): Jolene Knight, Founder & Brand Manager of Knight Communications, Pandelela Rinong, Nicholas Chuan, the digital artist behind the “P.Zero1” NFT and Yong-Chul Yun, Founder of Prime Sports NFT

Intrigued by the evolving NFT industry globally, Pandelela was driven to create her own line of digital artworks as an expression of her professional and personal journey as an athlete.

My vision for ‘P.Zero1’ was to share a piece of my story with the world and to pay homage to the sport which has drastically changed my life from a young Bidayuh village girl to an internationally recognised sportswoman. The adage ‘Zero to One’ reflects the journey I went through – of fate, perseverance, mental strength and dedication that has taken me thus far as well as this whole process of creating something radically new. It is an exciting phase for me and it challenges me to learn and try new things. As they say – the sky’s the limit and my message is for people to always strive for self-discovery and growth with an unwavering commitment to their goals.

Dato’ Pandelela Rinong, Malaysian Olympian & World Championships medalist

I have seen Lela grow from a shy young lady to a confident and courageous adult who is always curious about the world outside sports. There are so many things for her to learn and so many opportunities to explore to create and establish her own brand – something which she could be proud of. This is her first step towards more exciting things. This project has been months in the making and we are excited to share ‘P.Zero1’ with Malaysians and the world. As NFT innovation continues to develop globally, both Pandelela and I are thrilled to venture into this space with the goal of contributing positively and inspiring the youth. We are also thrilled to organise this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the NFT owner to have a tailor-made personalised experience with Pandelela”.

Jolene Knight, Founder and Brand Manager of Knight Communications who has journeyed alongside Pandelela as her Business Manager for 7 years.
Pandelela Rinong holds a framed printout of her NFT collectible – ‘P.Zero1’

Embarking on this creative journey with a prolific athlete like Pandelela has been monumental. Our mission has been to nurture the creative process between athlete and artist while bringing the NFT to market for the fans. We are strong proponents of promoting closer bonds between athletes and fans and are constantly looking for ways to innovate these engagements.”

Founder of Prime Sports International (PSI), Yong-Chul Yun

The collaboration with Pandelela also marks the second initiative and brainchild of Prime Sports NFT which aims to connect the world of sports, arts and culture. Following its recent success with footballer Safee Sali’s ‘SEPULUH’ NFT collection, Prime Sports NFT has been making waves to further partnerships with athletes, artists and partners in the region to be part of the rising industry.

Hailing from Penang, Nicholas Chuan is the digital artist behind Pandelela’s ‘P.Zero1’ NFT who also carries a portfolio of illustrations for world-renowned organisations such as UEFA, Formula 1’s Red Bull Racing, Liverpool FC and FC Bayern and most recently football legend Safee Sali’s ‘SEPULUH’ NFT. “I’m proud to be able to once again represent and work closely with a prominent Malaysian athlete like Pandelela. In addition to her accomplishments, I have always admired her work ethic, determination and courage as a female athlete and wanted to translate her amazing story and core values into ‘P.Zero1’. I hope the fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Pandelela’s ‘P.Zero1’ NFT goes live on auction for a period of 7 days beginning 24th August to 31st August 2022 via OpenSea. Fans will have the opportunity to bid to become the exclusive owner of the exclusive NFT which will unlock exciting benefits including a unique personalised experience with Pandelela and a framed printout of ‘P.Zero1’ handed to the NFT owner by the athlete herself.

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LES MILLS+ introduces a world first omnichannel fitness platform

LES MILLS+ bridges the gap between digital and live workouts to provide the ultimate fitness experience

Launched on October 4th, the LES MILLS+ app is designed to meet modern demands for both convenient digital workouts and thrilling live experiences and features digital Les Mills workouts that users can also seek out in 21,000 gyms globally.

Fitness fans are flooding back to gyms for the added motivation and social connection of live fitness experiences, but the COVID-driven boom in digital fitness looks set to continue, with new research* showing the majority of exercisers now favor a 60:40 split between gym and home workouts.

LES MILLS+ replaces LES MILLS On Demand (LMOD), which saw rapid growth during the digital fitness boom, with a 900% increase in downloads in 2020 alone! The upgraded app meets growing demand and shifting consumer preferences and comes with a range of enhancements. In addition to 1,000+ world-leading workouts including BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, and BODYBALANCE, LES MILLS+ now features:

  • Class-finding functionality that connects users to live workouts in their local area
  • Personalised workout dashboards and tracking technology
  • Tailored user journeys including starter guides, challenges, and workout plans
  • Wellness content covering nutrition, stretching, recovery, mindfulness, and breathwork

What is omnichannel?

“We’re entering the age of omnichannel fitness, with research showing the majority of consumers worldwide want a 60/40 split between in-studio and digital workouts,” says Les Mills CEO Clive Ormerod.

“With consumers keen to blend live and digital experiences in pursuit of better overall wellbeing, we’ve created LES MILLS+ to put world-class gym workouts in the palm of your hand and help you augment this with incredible live experiences.”

“LES MILLS+ transports you into the middle of the greatest group workouts on the planet – from anywhere. Our fitness masterclasses are powered by science to maximize results, crafted to incredible music and presented by some of the world’s leading instructors, to motivate you and transform your body, mind, and life.”

Historic, authentic, and scientifically proven

A world leader in group workouts, Les Mills combines blockbuster production to its digital content, an unparalleled network of 21,000 gym partners and 140,000 certified Instructors across 110 countries.

Created with elite teams of physiology experts, fitness trainers, and musicians, each Les Mills workout is scientifically designed to maximize results and inspirationally crafted by the world’s leading choreographers to incredible music. The classes are cinematically filmed by award-winning production crews and presented by a huge selection of the world’s best instructors.

Of the new launch, Clive Ormerod goes on to explain: “We deliver group fitness classes to over six million people per week globally. What started as a small family-run local gym in Auckland, New Zealand has evolved into a (still family-run) global business in 110 countries, working with 21,000 of the world’s leading gyms and an army of 140,000 Instructors.

“Our mission is to create a fitter planet and we hope the launch of LES MILLS+ can break down barriers, helping more people to start their fitness journey and reap the rewards of an active lifestyle.”

Accessible and affordable

LES MILLS+ is presented by the world’s best instructors and is supported by expert training guides. There are 13 different programs to choose from for all fitness levels, from high intensity to low intensity, equipment or no equipment – there is something for everyone on LES MILLS+. Classes range from 15-minute to full-hour sessions.

LES MILLS+ is available as a mobile app for phones and tablets, and can be streamed from any Internet browser and via popular TV platforms including Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV®, Roku, and Xbox.

Existing LES MILLS On Demand users can access both LMOD and LES MILLS+, app and website platforms, with their existing log-in details.

*Les Mills 2021 Global Fitness Report

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About Les Mills

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Les Mills is the global leader in group fitness and creator of 20 programs available in leading fitness facilities around the world. Les Mills programs include the world’s first group exercise resistance training workout BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT (martial arts), RPM (indoor cycling), BODYBALANCE (yoga), LES MILLS GRIT (30-minute high-intensity interval training) and the revolutionary immersive cycle experience, THE TRIP. Each workout is refreshed and updated with new choreography and music every three months.

The company was founded by Les Mills – a four-time Olympian and head coach of New Zealand’s track and field team – who opened his first gym in 1968 with the aim of taking elite sports training to the masses. Today, Les Mills workouts are delivered by 140,000 certified instructors in 21,000 clubs across 100 countries and are available as live, livestream, virtual and immersive classes, as well as via the LES MILLS On Demand streaming platform.

By AFT News team AFTNN/PRNewsGIG

The 2021 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show turns into an Integrated Physical and Virtual Expo

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The “Taipei International Sporting Goods Show” (TaiSPO) organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1) from March 3rd to March 6th, 2021.

The innovative month-long integrated online platform (TaiSPO Online) will be launched on March 3rd, 2021 as a comprehensive sporting goods sourcing platform.

The TaiSPO Online platform has four major features: “Virtual”, “Network”, “Experience”, and “Insight”. The virtual presentation will be alike to the presentation in the physical exhibition hall, allowing participants to feel like they are in a real exhibition area. International buyers will be able to “Leave a Message”, “Make an Appointment”, and “Matching”, allowing buyers to have direct online discussions with exhibitors, who can in turn connect and engage with potential buyers.

An online exhibition zone will be set up at the physical exhibition site, allowing visitors to visit the event virtually, giving an immersive user experience and enable interactaction between exhibitors and buyers.

For more information, click here to visit the official website.

Honor sees 62% YoY increase in wearables sell-outs and achieves No. 2 market position in Malaysia

Global smartphone brand HONOR today announced its business achievements for the first half of the financial year 2020 as part of the Huawei Consumer Business Group’s (CBG) dual-brand strategy. The company also revealed its plans for the second half in the local market. 

In China, smartphone sales fell by 22% year-on-year in the first quarter, with an exception of Huawei, which saw a 7% increase compared to the same period last year. 

Huawei’s overall net profit grew by 13.1% year-on-year in first half of the financial year 2020 – elevating the brand’s ranking in the Fortune Global 500 2020 to 49th place. As for HONOR, the brand ranked 21st in brand equity researcher BrandZ™’s “Top 50 Chinese Global Brand Builders 2020” list and saw a 34% increase in its brand score comparing to 2019. 

In Malaysia, HONOR saw a 62% year-on-year increase in its wearables being sold out in in first half of the financial year 2020 – an impressive feat, considering that it has only been less than two years since the company launched its Intelligent Lifestyle range. This achievement is largely attributed to its “1+8+N” All-Scenario Strategy and earned the brand second place in the wearables category in Malaysia in the first quarter of the year. 

The company also saw a significant increase of 38% in smartphone sell-outs in the second quarter of the year.

HONOR Malaysia welcomes its new Country Head

In August, HONOR Malaysia welcomed its new Country Head Mr. Daniel Guo. In his role, Mr. Guo oversees all business strategy implementations and operations across all departments. 

Mr. Guo has 19 years of experience in the technology industry, in both corporate and consumer divisions. During this time, he gained a wide breadth of experience in multiple markets, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 

Mr. Guo has also held a number of senior management positions within the CBG, both in China and globally. Most recently, he was Director of HONOR International Business – a role he held since November 2015 where he led international sales operations and oversaw the go-to markets for HONOR. 

Exciting tech innovations in store for H2 2020

For the second half of the year, HONOR will continue leveraging Huawei’s latest innovations to offer local consumers accessible products that features the brand’s latest technology, superior quality, and a youthful personality.

The following are HONOR’s highlights consumers can look forward to in the second half of year 2020: 

  • High Performance Cameras: HONOR’s improved industry-leading cameras ensure a richer photography experience. 
  • HONOR Shark Tech: A new concept for youth to experience the latest technological innovations across all upcoming HONOR products – from smartphones to laptops. 
  • HONOR Youth Club: A community youth club under HONOR Club for members to connect and share through technology. HONOR will welcome young opinion leaders to create a diverse and open platform for members to explore their unique personalities. 
  • HONOR Intelligent Lifestyle 3.0: Continuous expansion of variety to offer consumers a more sophisticated and connected lifestyle under four pillars: Intelligent Tech, Health, Work and Entertainment. 

For more information, visit HONOR’s official e-commerce website and information portal at, or check out the official Facebook page at for updates.

Garmin Malaysia unveils Tacx® range of indoor cycling smart and roller trainers / 马来西亚Garmin 推出Tacx® 室内智能骑行台和滚轮骑行台

PRNewsGIG // AFTNN – Garmin Malaysia reveals the Tacx® range of indoor cycling trainers and rollers that include the latest Neo 2T Smart, Flux 2 Smart, Flux S Smart, Antares and Galaxia roller trainers for cycling professionals and enthusiasts.

马来西亚Garmin 隆重推出Tacx一系列创新的室内智能骑行台和滚轮骑行台,包括最新的Neo 2T Smart智能骑行台、Flux 2 Smart智能骑行台、Flux S Smart智能骑行台、Antares 和 Galaxia 滚轮骑行台给马来西亚的专业骑士及骑行爱好者。

In a press statement, Mr. Ivan Ong, Sales and Marketing Manager of Malaysia shares, “the Tacx range of indoor cycling trainers raises the bar on indoor bike training with some of the most quiet, realistic and accurate indoor cycling trainers available on the market today, pushing the boundaries of everything we know about indoor cycling to the next level,”. He added, “these trainers are equipped with advanced features, like virtual gear shifting, an integrated display and more, making it an ideal training companion. Since the start of the movement control order (MCO), people are finding it more convenient to exercise from home. The Tacx range really replicates real outdoor riding experience. This technology is perfect for cycling enthusiasts and fitness buffs.”

马来西亚Garmin 销售和营销经理Ivan Ong 说:“Tacx旗下的室内智能骑行台几近无声、创建逼真 户外骑行感及精准测量数据,超越了市面上的骑行台,并且为骑行台功能设定了崭新高度。这些 骑行台搭载先进的功能,例如虚拟换档,集成显示屏等等,使它成为了理想的骑行好帮手。自行 动管制开始,越来越多人觉得在家里运动更方便。Tacx系列将户外骑行体验移至室内,户外骑行

All-Season Cycling – photo credit: Garmin/Tacx

Garmin’s fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles with a special focus on runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes and active enthusiasts. Other Garmin fitness brands include Tacx – a market leader and manufacturer of indoor bike trainers, accessories and indoor training software and applications. To learn more, visit


For the past 30 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

在过去的30年里, Garmin 为身心活跃人士率先推出崭新的GPS导航、无线设备及应用程式。Garmin 主要产品线包括汽车、航空、健身、海洋和户外休闲。

This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Pulse Ox not available in all countries. When paired with a compatible smartphone; see

这不是一个医疗仪器,并非用于诊断或监测任何身体病况;详情参阅。不是所有国家都能使用 Pulse Ox 。


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Fitbit to be acquired by Google for over US$2 billion

AFTNews – Wearables technology company Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) announced earlier in San Francisco that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google LLC for US$7.35 per share in cash (it was last trading at US$7.18), valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion.

“More than 12 years ago, we set an audacious company vision – to make everyone in the world healthier. Today, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved towards reaching that goal. We have built a trusted brand that supports more than 28 million active users around the globe who rely on our products to live a healthier, more active life,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Google is an ideal partner to advance our mission. With Google’s resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone. I could not be more excited for what lies ahead.”

“Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created terrific products, experiences and a vibrant community of users,” said Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices & Services at Google. “We’re looking forward to working with the incredible talent at Fitbit, and bringing together the best hardware, software and AI, to build wearables to help even more people around the world.”

Fitbit pioneered the wearables category by delivering innovative, affordable and engaging devices and services. What’s interesting is that the wearable offers users an immersive experience from the wrist to the app, designed to help users understand and change their behavior to improve their health. Because of this unique approach, Fitbit has sold more than 100 million devices and supports an engaged global community of millions of active users, utilizing data to deliver unique personalized guidance and coaching to its users. Fitbit will continue to remain platform-agnostic across both Android and iOS.

Earlier in August this year, Fitbit announced that it was supplying Singapore residents with free fitness trackers in a collaboration with the Singapore government. Singaporeans who registered, would receive a free Fitbit Inspire band if they committed to paying SGS$10 a month for a year for their latest offering; the Fitbit premium coaching service. The program should be rolling out now.

Fitbit products are sold in 39,000 retail stores across 100+ countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest databases of activity, exercise and sleep data and Fitbit’s leading health and fitness social network, the Fitbit platform delivers personalised experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, and Fitbit OS for smartwatches. Fitbit’s paid subscription service, Fitbit Premium, uses unique data from its users to deliver actionable guidance and coaching in the Fitbit app to help achieve personal health and fitness goals of users. Fitbit Health Solutions develops health and wellness solutions designed to help increase engagement, improve health outcomes, and drive a positive return for employers, health plans and health systems.

In its press statement, Fitbit added that consumer trust is paramount and that privacy and security guidelines have been a part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and that will not change. Fitbit assures that it will continue to put users in control of their data and will remain transparent about the data they collects and why. The company assures that it never sells personal information, and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.

The transaction is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals.

Qatalyst Partners LLP acted as financial advisor to Fitbit, and Fenwick & West LLP acted as legal advisor.

We researched a little more information about Alphabet, the holding company of Google and found a message from its CEO, Sundar Pichai speaking on its third quarter 2019 financial results, “I am extremely pleased with the progress we made across the board in the third quarter, from our recent advancements in search and quantum computing to our strong revenue growth driven by mobile search, YouTube and Cloud,”.

“We’re focused on providing the most helpful services to our users and partners, and we see many opportunities ahead.”

“Our businesses delivered another quarter of strong performance, with revenues of $40.5 billion, up 20% versus the third quarter of 2018 and up 22% on a constant currency basis,” said Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google. “We continue to invest thoughtfully in talent and infrastructure to support our growth, particularly in newer
areas like Cloud and machine learning.”

Exciting days ahead for the Fitbit brand.

Source: News Network

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Women’s health mobile app, ‘Nyra’ launches in Bahasa Malaysia

Vivant, the digital health technology start-up, today announces the launch of ‘Nyra’ in Bahasa Malaysia to help women of all ages seamlessly track their feminine health, fertility and fitness – allowing them to better manage their wellbeing, schedules and avoid surprises.

Nyra is designed as a one-stop solution for women of all ages juggling multiple health and wellness goals to accurately track their period, fertility, ovulation, as well as physical activity, symptoms and diet. From information entered into the app, Nyra provides personalised health and fertility insights, giving women full control over the entire feminine health journey – from preconception to pregnancy and post-pregnancy. 

In addition, Nyra’s market-leading in-app chat feature allows women to connect directly with a doctor at their fingertips, for private one-to-one conversations on health matters including fertility, contraception, sexual health and everything in between. The app also enables women to keep track of medication and supplement intake through customisable reminders.

Adrit Raha, Chief Executive Officer, Vivant said, “We are seeing a major opportunity to tap into the potential of digital platforms to transform women’s health in Malaysia, as well as the rest of Asia and the Middle East. While women’s health can be a sensitive subject in Malaysia, Nyra aims to empower women to break through existing barriers and take full control of every aspect of their feminine health and wellbeing, informed by accurate and personalised health insights.” 

Nyra is the first product launched by Vivant under its Nyra women’s health brand, which expects to see an expanded range of products in the region across the women’s health spectrum including pregnancy, post-pregnancy care and re-entering the workplace. 

At Vivant we see an incredible opportunity for growth in Malaysia as consumers are increasingly turning to digital channels to manage aspects of their daily lives such as banking and shopping. Health is a traditionally underserved area that is starting to see strong demand. We are excited to bring Nyra and its spectrum of capabilities to this dynamic market as e-health begins to truly take off,” added Vishal Doshi, Director, Malaysia.

Nyra is available on Apple and Google app stores.

Garmin® Introduces All-New Forerunner® Series with GPS Running Smartwatches Created for All Runners

Garmin is putting to test the new Forerunner lineup that brings integrated music capabilities, full-color mapping, and advanced training, safety and tracking features1 to its popular GPS running smartwatches. Designed with the runner in mind, the new Forerunners – Forerunner 45 , Forerunner 245 , Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 – will not only track a run, but will monitor stats, crunch the numbers and get to know all about an athlete’s performance, training history, goals and more. The new Forerunner series is designed to meet the needs of all runners, no matter how far or fast they run.

“We are excited to refresh our Forerunner line and bring sought-after advancements to some of our most popular GPS running smartwatches,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Each new Forerunner takes what its predecessor has done very well, and enhances it with even more features, making it easier for you to simply focus on your workout while your watch does the thinking.”

Engineered for runners, by runners, each new Forerunner features lightweight materials and an intuitive 5-button design that is easy to operate with or without gloves, and in any weather condition. The watches include an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS, all-day activity tracking2, smart notifications, wrist-based heart rate, and new safety and tracking features1 that allow users to share their real-time location with chosen contacts in case they need help. Whether training for a 5K or something far longer, the new Forerunner line is compatible with Garmin Coach, free training plans that adapt based on a runner’s goals and performance. In addition to 5K plans, Garmin users can now train for a 10K or half-marathon with the help of three running coaches – Jeff Galloway, Greg McMillan and Amy Parkerson-Mitchell – to guide and motivate them.

With features specific to each model, the new Forerunner smartwatches deliver key running metrics and insight to every kind of runner, whether they’re training for their first 5K or already have dozens of finisher’s medals decorating their walls. Each watch is built with purpose in both form and function to help athletes train smarter, and possibly harder.


The Garmin Forerunner 45

Forerunner 45

Designed for those who are training for their very first race or starting a new exercise plan, the easy-to-use Forerunner 45 series is the perfect companion for everyday use, monitoring heart rate at the wrist and featuring built-in GPS to keep track of pace, distance, intervals and more. 

With a dozen activity profiles available, the Forerunner 45 series will track more than just a run – it will record efforts during cycling workout on the elliptical, while doing cardio, yoga and more. The Forerunner 45 series is designed to be worn 24/7, and will monitor daily steps, distance, calories burned and sleep. Featuring all-day stress monitoring and Body BatteryTM energy monitoring, users can focus on their wellness and better plan their day to optimise for activity and rest. The Forerunner 45 series features up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode. 


Forerunner 245 Music

Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music

Building upon one of Garmin’s most popular GPS running smartwatches, the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music include even more data and advanced features to help runners improve. The Forerunner 245 Music holds up to 500 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded music streaming services3, like Spotify® and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer.

Offering personalized training and recovery insight, both the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music include performance monitoring tools like VO2 max and training status with adjustments for heat, recovery time and aerobic and anaerobic training effects. With the addition of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap, athletes can go even further with their running data, seeing all six running dynamics right on the watch. Even after a workout, the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music feature additional tools to track a runner’s well-being, including a wrist-based Pulse Ox sensor4 that will help gauge how oxygen is being absorbed. The Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music feature up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music.


The Forerunner 945

Forerunner 945

Made for the driven, the qualifiers, the elite, the Forerunner 945 is a premium running and triathlon smartwatch that holds up to 1,000 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded streaming services3, including Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer. Whether hitting busy city streets or densely covered trains, full colour, onboard maps on the Forerunner 945 will help guide serious runners and multisport athletes so they never get lost on a run. 

To help athletes become better, faster and more efficient come race day, the Forerunner 945 also includes key performance monitoring tools while adding training load focus, a new feature that will sort an athlete’s recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity. They can also see all six running dynamics on their watch with the use of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap. Additional built-in activity profiles, including skiing, hiking, golfing and more make it easy for users to change up their routine with ease. Intended to be worn all day, the Forerunner 945 will provide athletes with additional insights to their body’s performance, and with Pulse Ox4, they can see how well their body is absorbing oxygen. The Forerunner 945 features up to Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music or up to 60 hours in UltraTrac mode.


The Forerunner 45, Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 are available now at a recommended retail price of RM 999, RM 1,450, RM 1,699 and RM 2,999 respectively from Garmin’s headquarters (AECO Technologies) 43, Jalan Jejaka 2, Taman Maluri, Cheras and these participating concept stores:

  • Midvalley Megamall
  • Digital Mall Petaling Jaya
  • 1 Utama Shopping Centre
  • Taman Lagenda, Melaka
  • Juru Autocity, Penang
  • Bukit Indah, Johor 
  • Midvalley Southkey City, Johor 
  • East Coast Mall, Kuantan
  • Kuching Vivacity Megamall, Sarawak (Garmin Premium Reseller)


The new line of Forerunner smartwatches is the latest solution from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether running, cycling, swimming or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, Garmin fitness devices can help athletes of all levels reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit, or follow us at, / or 


1 When paired with a compatible smartphone. For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see
2 Activity tracking accuracy
3 Requires premium subscription with a third-party music provider
4 This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.

Prudential, MyDoc to Launch Online Doctor Consultations, Telemedicine Services for Asian Consumers

Prudential Corporation Asia (“Prudential“) today announced it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates.

Prudential is a leading life insurer and asset manager in Asia with over 15 million customers and £151 billion in assets under management. Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is a leading digital healthcare provider in Asia.

MyDoc’s services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region offering holistic health management to users. Pulse features self-help health and wellness tools, a symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, and other value-added services. The Pulse app will launch in 11 markets across Asia, and can be downloaded for free.

MyDoc offers patients a video consultation with a doctor through Pulse, as well as the option to book a face-to-face appointment. Electronic prescriptions, medicine delivery, electronic medical certificates and online records will be offered in selected markets as an additional service.

MyDoc’s panel of doctors and pharmacy partners are all selected using stringent standards. The consulting doctors are required to have at least three years of private practice experience, additional clinical and product training, and must pass test consultations prior to certification.

Mr Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, said, “Prudential‘s partnership with MyDoc is in line with our commitment to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. MyDoc’s telemedicine services will be part of the full cycle of healthcare and wellness services on Pulse, from wellness tracking and symptom checking to online consultations and disease prevention.

“By combining revolutionary health technology and the convenience of telemedicine, MyDoc and Prudential are helping to empower consumers to take control of their health, anytime, anywhere.Prudential will continue to bring the best health and wellness services to Pulse, in tandem with our local and regional partners.”

Dr Snehal Patel, CEO and co-Founder of MyDoc, said, “We are honoured and excited to be providing pioneering support to Prudential. As the leader in digital health innovations with over seven years of experience across Southeast Asia, MyDoc is uniquely positioned to deliver this important regional multi-year initiative to Prudential.

“As part of this groundbreaking project, MyDoc will help drive improved quality and better value healthcare across the region. We look forward to working with Prudential to improve the lives of their customers and over 600 million people in Southeast Asia.”

Access to physicians remains a challenge for many communities across Asia. According to World Health Organisation data, Southeast Asia has fewer physicians on average, at 6 for every 10,000 people, compared to developed economies such as Germany, which has 37.

With more than 2.8 billion people or 67% of Asia’s population owning mobile phones, there is an opportunity for communities to take control of their own lives and their own health through digital healthcare. Using the digital services provided by Pulse and MyDoc, medical care, health monitoring and health management will be at peoples’ fingertips.

Market-specific details and launch dates for Pulse and MyDoc’s telemedicine services will be announced in due course.

Golf a-head with Deemples

Malaysia-headquartered golfing startup Deemples, popularly known as “the Uber for golfers”, is a golf app that allows users to find a golf partner to play with whenever and wherever.

Launched in 2017 with the aim of helping people find golf buddies and enabling them to organise games at preferred locations and time slots, Deemples has become a popular service among the golfing community, including golfers, golf courses and even golf tournament organisers. 

Deemples is a free app for golfers to help find, match and connect with other golfers whenever and wherever they are, to play a game of golf. It is currently present in five countries across Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines and Brunei. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

What types of games can you join or create on Deemples 

There are 3 game types in Deemples: 

  • Single flight 
  • Multi Flight 
  • Driving range 

Single flight is designed if you want to get a quick foursome in. It’s the most used game type by the majority of our golfers. Multi Flight was designed for larger groups, that perhaps hosts 2-3 flights over the weekend, or a social club that organises 5-6 flights every week, or a golf club or event organiser that wants to organise a full-fledged 36-flight tournament. Multi Flight makes it much easier for event organisers to coordinate, update, and communicate with their participants. 

Driving Range is designed so that Deemples caters not only to existing golfers but also to new golfers that want to get into the game. Golf is intimidating enough, where it’s tough for golf newbies to find out where to go, what to buy, what to bring, who to go with, what to wear, etc. We didn’t want new golfers to have to go through this alone, hence the creation of the Driving Range game type. Today, golf coaches and academies take advantage of this feature to also create clinics that enable new golfers or even seasoned golfers to have access to golf instruction and golf coaching at the driving range. 

Deemples is helping calculate golf handicaps 

Deemples scoring platform doesn’t allow you to key in your own scores, making it the fairest handicap system available. At the end of your game, you can key in your playing partner’s adjusted gross scores after applying equitable stroke control, but you cannot key in your own scores. Once you have at least 5 scores submitted by others on Deemples, the app will then calculate your handicap index and revise it every time a new score is submitted. This allows you to have a most trusted, peer-reviewed, peer-inputted, peer-approved handicap which you can apply on all your golf games. 

Remember, the Deemples handicap is not sanctioned by any local or international golf association, so it won’t be valid to use for official tournaments. But you may definitely use it for your personal calculations, and hopefully one day everyone will learn to embrace the fairness and methodology of the Deemples handicap system.