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(Video) Maybank launches Samsung Pay Service in Singapore

It is official that Maybank will offer Samsung Pay to their credit and debit cardholders. This is inline with the bank’s objective in pushing digital initiatives in the South East Asia region. Samsung Pay provides an additional payment option for Maybank’s customers.

Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania
Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania. Source: Instagram user @weewu

As the world is moving towards transactions using smartphone, Samsung, as the world’s largest mobile phone maker, plays a strategy role in assisting the bank’s initiative in digitizing banks’ services.  With Samsung Pay, the bank expects the adoption to be 10,000 for the first year and 20,000 by the end of second year.

Besides payment, Maybank is exploring other banking solutions using Samsung Pay’s biometric authentication technology. Integration of loyalty cards and cardless withdrawals are services in the pipelines and will be made available to the bank’s customers in the near future.

Maybank has also supported Fintech community and will be a key partner of the Fintech festival in Singapore this November.

To view the presentation at Galaxy Studio, see below Facebook Live video below

Highlights (with Video) of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s Features

In an effort to streamline the branding of the Galaxy series of phones, Samsung has skipped “Galaxy Note 6” for Galaxy Note 7.

This week, we have the opportunity to meet with key executives from Samsung to talk about the features and designs of the new Galaxy Note 7. See the Facebook Live video I took at the Galaxy Studio held at the Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City

In the video, Mr Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager of Samsung Electronics (Mobile Communications) talked about the key improvement in the user interface of the Galaxy Note 7  such as the S Note/Memo and the text translation.

The presentation is followed by Mr Woontahk-Sung, Engineer who helped in the development of Iris Scanner. In his presentation, he shared about technology behind of the Iris Scanner.

Ms Haejoo Han is the product designer of the Note 7. She shared about the concept of the Galaxy Note 7 and how she gathered feedback from customers for the development of the phone.

 

(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication
(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication

 

 

Press Release – LeEco hits new online sales record of ₹ 78 Crore with Le 2 & Le Max2

Bangalore / New Delhi, June 28, 2016:  LeEco garners Rs 78.6 crore by achieving sales orders of over 61,000 units of its next generation Superphones, Le 2 and Le Max2, in its flash sale campaign on both LeMall.com India and Flipkart, updating the industry records set by itself a few months ago. The total registration reached over 6 lakh within 8 days. LeEco is also the first brand which released two flagship phones with Qualcomm processors in the same day.

The records were achieved through two combined channels, LeEco’s own marketplace ecommerce platform, LeMall.com India, which was just launched on June 8th, and Flipkart.

Atul Jain, COO – Smart Electronics, LeEco India, said, “We are humbled to see yet another stupendous Flash Sale record in a row. The entire LeEco family is overwhelmed seeing the response from our users. This time we have introduced world’s first Digital Lossless audio standard (CDLA). This will bring an unparalleled audio experience to our superfans thereby ushering in an era of lossless music in India and the globe. This is going to become the new industry standard. We promise to live up to our Superfans’ expectation by bringing more breakthrough technologies, stronger comprehensive ecosystem, and disruptive pricing”.

The unprecedented responses from buyers were expected given four compelling reasons LeEco brought to the smartphone market in India: lossless music with CDLA standard, Supertainment with a complete content ecosystem and membership program, stylish design and unprecedented features with cool technologies, and all these three coming at a disruptive price offer by LeEco.

The record making numbers of more than 61,000 orders received from buyers only vindicates the point that LeEco’s Superphones popularity has been soaring in an unprecedented rate.

The total sales number in the flash sale also points to the growing craze for Lossless music. To catalyze this CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) standard adoption, LeEco has made a handsome investment of Rs 200 million. In the first flash sale of its Superphones Le 2 and Le Max2 that was held today (June 28), the internet technology conglomerate gave away a free CDLA earphone worth Rs. 1990 to all Le 2 and Le Max2 buyers. LeEco is the world’s first company that created the type-C CDLA earphone, replacing the traditional 3.5mm headphone port and creating a lossless audio experience to end users.

The Supertainment program of LeEco is something that is resistless given the popularity of entertainment programs in India. LeEco is now working with big names like Eros Now, YuppTV and Hungama in India. Through LeEco’s Membership program, users can get access to a collection of 2000+ movies, inclusive of premieres from Hollywood & Bollywood. LeEco membership program also provides 3000+ hours of curated shows, 150+ live TV channels and 3.5 million songs of users’ choices. LeEco takes the lead in offering 1.9 million songs with lossless audio, bringing the users’ audio experience to a brand new height.

Another reason that makes LeEco Superphone hard to resist is its stylish design and cool features and technology. With stylish unibody metal designs, Le 2 is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, making the phone the first one in India to adopt such high-end and the most powerful Octa-Core CPU, which performs 21% faster than Snapdragon 800 and is also miles ahead of Snapdragon 808. Le 2 provides a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The image quality is visibly better with vibrant and true-to-life colours. With technologies like PDAF, Closed Loop and other ground-breaking technologies, people can catch clear pictures in moving and unfavourable conditions.

Powered by the world’s most powerful processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Le Max2 features the high performance combination of 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM, pushing the limits of the industry to new heights. With a RAM three times that of the iPhone 6s Plus, Le Max2 gives 40% faster performance than most other models.

Le Max2 features a 5.7 inch screen in 2K Super Retina Display, the best display for itself and for VR equipment. Its 21MP rear camera and 8MP front camera both come with the blazingly fast PDAF standard and F 2.0 aperture, which protects the images from smear and dim light. The cameras on Le Max2 shot pictures with great clarity thanks to improved components or technologies like 6-layer of lens, PDAF, Closed Loop, optical image stabilization, Dual HDR and Dual-tone flash and so on.

Le 2, the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM combination Superphone, comes at a compelling price of Rs 11,999. Le Max2, the 4GB+32GB model is priced at a disruptive price of Rs 22,999, and for the high-end 6GB RAM and 64 GB ROM combination the price is at an irresistible Rs 29,999.

For people who missed June 28th flash sale, they can expect the upcoming opportunity very soon. LeEco’s 2nd flash sale for Le 2 and Le Max2 will start on July 5th, and the registration commence from 4pm today (June 28).

During the July 5th flash sale of Le 2 and Le Max2, users can look forward to some amazing offers from both Flipkart and LeMall India:

  1. 10% cashback. (Details to come soon)
  2. Free CDLA Earphones worth Rs.1990
  3. Both Superphones include a one-year LeEco membership worth Rs 4900

DBS Announces Partnership with Google’s Android Pay

After Apple Pay & Samsung Pay, DBS is entering partnership with Google to bring Android Pay to DBS card users in Singapore.

Anthony Seow, Head of Cards and Unsecured Loans, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank, “DBS/POSB is pleased to be partnering Google to bring Android Pay, which provides a fast and secure way to make purchases with Android devices, to our customers. Being the largest cards issuer in Singapore with close to five million credit and debit cards in circulation, we aim to provide an entire ecosystem of options to meet our customers’ diverse payment needs and preferences. Our early data shows that card users are more inclined to use contactless payments with mobile devices. After adopting mobile contactless payments, our credit card users show a 50% increase in contactless transactions, while debit card users triple their contactless transactions. We estimate that mobile contactless transactions will contribute to 80% of our contactless volume by 2020.”

Press Release – Samsung Electronics Claims Top Spot as Best Brand in Asia

Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia in 2016 for the fifth year in a row, according to results from ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands’ annual online survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with Nielsen.

 

The ranking – which aggregates views across 14 major product categories including automotive, retail, F&B and consumer electronics – is based on consumer insights, and offers a clear measure of the most highly regarded brand names today.

 

For more information, please refer to the below press release.

Media-Release-Samsung-Electronics-Claims-Top-Spot-as-Best-Brand-in-Asia

OnePlus 3 is Hitting Singapore This July

SINGAPORE, 15 Jun 2016OnePlus is releasing its long-awaited flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3 in Singapore from Q3 (July) onwards at traditional retail stores. Available in Graphite and Soft Gold.

OnePlus 3 will be available in Graphite and Soft Gold

The OnePlus 3 features Dash Charge fast charging technology, which adds a day of power in only half an hour. It comes completely unlocked – no carrier contracts necessary, and an unlocked bootloader . It is also the first OnePlus smartphone to be available for purchase at launch without an invite on OnePlus’ e-commerce site.

“We know that the best smartphone is the one that works exactly how you want it to,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “The OnePlus 3 delivers that experience. It combines what our customers already love about our products with what they want and expect next. For example, Dash Charge sets a new standard for fast charging technology. It’s a flagship smartphone inspired by – and made for – our fans.”

Dash Charge – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

The OnePlus 3 utilizes Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60% of the 3,000 mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games. This is made possible by leveraging a large electric current for stable, consistent charging speeds. In addition, Dash Charge carries more current than other charging solutions, and at lower temperatures, by shifting the power management process from the phone itself to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge their OnePlus 3 as fast as possible without worry.

Smart Capture – High-quality Photos and Easy Selfies

The 16 MP rear camera on the OnePlus 3 provides better imaging with incredible detail and clarity. OnePlus’ proprietary Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment. Smart Capture functionalities include HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise, which compares several frames of the same photo and blends them together in post-processing to reduce noise. The OnePlus 3 also includes a new Smile Capture feature, allowing user to take selfie photo using the front-facing 8 MP camera simply by smiling.

Dual-stabilization technologies – Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) – help reduce blur, ensuring photos come out as planned.

Premium Design – Elegantly Curved Aluminum Unibody

The design of the OnePlus 3 takes aesthetics, quality and usability to a new level. The all-metal unibody, carved from a single slab of space-grade aluminum alloy, makes for a seamless, resilient build, while the balance of soft curves against sharp lines creates a striking impression and comfortable grip. At 7.3 mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagships ever. The 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid and true-to-life than ever before – even in bright sunlight.

Fast, Powerful, Customizable

The OnePlus 3 was designed to deliver maximum performance. Packing the new quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor (up to 2.2 GHz), the OnePlus 3 performs tasks 35% faster than the OnePlus 2 and features a 40% boost in graphical power – all at a fraction of the power consumption.

The device also sets a new standard in smartphone memory. The OnePlus 3 boasts 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, allowing for next-level multitasking without delay or lag and ensuring it can handle the most demanding apps. The OnePlus 3 also features an improved, more durable ceramic fingerprint sensor that improves accuracy with increased use. Offering the ability to unlock the device in under 0.3 seconds, even from a sleeping screen, users can access their phone faster and more accurately.

Their custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a fast, clean, customizable and bloat-free operating system based on Android Marshmallow. With off-screen gestures and customizable capacitive hardware and software buttons built in, the OnePlus 3 allows customers to personalize their smartphone experience.

The unlocked OnePlus 3 never ties you down to a carrier. Customers can have more control over connectivity with the ability to choose from a wide band of support for service providers across the globe. Additionally, with dual Nano SIM card support, the OnePlus 3 can connect to two networks with ease.

Availability

Fans in Singapore can expect to lay their hands on the OnePlus 3 at traditional retail stores from the start of Q3 (July), with pricing to be confirmed. The OnePlus 3 will be available for online purchase, followed by traditional retail stores.

Specification

Specsheet-OnePlus3

Event Coverage – Samsung Launches New Wearables at Galaxy Studio, Civic Plaza (Ngee Ann City)

Samung’s Galaxy Studio is back at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. This time they are showcasing their latest wearables – Gear Fit2 sports band and Gear IconX. Watch the mini video clip at my facebook page.

Designed with consumers’ fitness needs in mind, the Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX come with enhanced features including precise tracking technology and a standalone music player to provide users with the optimal fitness experience.

Gear Fit2: Advanced Features for Fitness and Fun

Equipped with an embedded GPS and built-in heart rate monitor (HRM), the Gear Fit2 offers users accurate auto-tracking and measurement of their fitness and lifestyle activities, from running, walking, cycling, yoga, to even utilising rowing or elliptical machines. Users can monitor their fitness on the sports band and get real-time audio feedback on their workout, without having to manually activate it. For further fitness monitoring and fun, users can also easily transfer their workout data to S Health, and engage in ‘Step Goal Challenges’ with their friends, family and co-workers.

The Gear Fit2 brings an ergonomic, slim and sleek design to users’ wrists, where they can also stay connected by checking their fitness updates and real-time notifications, such as messages and email, on its high-resolution colour SUPER AMOLED 1.5-inch curved touchscreen display. The sports band also comes with a standalone music player, providing users with additional audio entertainment and 4GB internal memory2 to motivate them to adhere to their fitness goals.

Gear IconX: Simple and Wireless Experience

Available in three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds provide a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit for users without the hassle of entangling wires, and can be activated by simply placing them in their ears. It syncs easily with S Health, allowing users to track their fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned. The Gear IconX also includes a Voice Guide feature that provides users with instant voice feedback on the progress of their workout. Equipped with Bluetooth capability and 4GB of internal memory, users can store their music easily, and control the playlist with a simple tap or swipe.

Both devices are compatible with most AndroidTM smartphones operating with AndroidTM 4.4 and 1.5GB RAM, and above.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Gear Fit2 will be available from 10 June 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and Pink while the Samsung Gear IconX will be available from Q3 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and White. Both devices will be available at local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore, at the recommended retail price of $298 each.

The Galaxy Studio runs from 3 to 27 Jun 2016

Press Release – LeEco Formally Announces Opening of New, 80,000 Square Foot North American Headquarters in Silicon Valley with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

SAN JOSE, Calif, April 29, 2016 – — LeEco, a leading global internet company, yesterday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference to formally establish its new, 80,000 square foot North American headquarters in San Jose, a facility that can support as many as 800 new employees. The headquarters will also be the future home of LeEco’s autonomous driving research center, the LeFuture AI Institute.

Silicon Valley is critically important to our global growth strategy,” said LeEco Chairman and CEO Yueting Jia. “Silicon Valley is known for its unique talent and culture of innovation and inspiration, which aligns perfectly with LeEco’s mission to bring extraordinary experiences to people everywhere. We’re looking forward to sharing our vision of one connected ecosystem with U.S. consumers – where users can create a seamless, premium connected experience across all of our lifestyle products.”

Photo Credit: LeEco
Photo Credit: LeEco

LeEco is an innovative, global company that creates excellent experiences for its customers,” said Luo Linquan, Chinese Consul General in San Francisco. “On behalf of the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco, I would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulate

LeEco on their growth and expansion with their new North America headquarters.”

I am grateful to LeEco for choosing to locate its new headquarters in North San Jose, further cementing San Jose’s role as a world leader in innovation,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “On behalf of the City of San Jose, I congratulate LeEco on the opening of its new headquarters, where its hundreds of employees will continue to drive innovation for decades to come.”

LeEco has made major headlines recently, starting with its global announcement event on April 20 in Beijing, which was broadcast through Facebook Live, cementing LeEco as the first company to use the API for a large-scale launch. The news included a peek at the stunning and disruptively priced second-generation smartphones, an all-new 4th-generation SuperTV, the LeEco VR headset and its autonomous LeSEE electric vehicle concept car.

LeSEE was showcased along with the second generation of Aston Martin’s Rapide S at the Beijing Auto Show on April 25. Additionally, LeEco announced that it will be partnering with Faraday Future to fund a world-class autonomous driving research center in Silicon Valley.

The company has also attracted top-shelf talent across its ecosystem businesses and recently announced the strategic hires of Smart Device (Mobile)Chief Revenue Officer and SVP/Head of Corporate Administration of North America. Both previously held executive positions at Samsung.

Earlier this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LeEco announced its ambitious plans to rapidly expand its global footprint by entering India and the U.S. market with its ecosystem of technology and content offerings.

 

Press Release – BlackBerry PRIV Now Runs On Android Marshmallow

Singapore – April 27, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, has released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (M) mobile operating system for PRIV, the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone fully powered by Android. PRIV with Android M is coming soon to major carriers offering the smartphone. Existing PRIV users will be able to upgrade to Android M by downloading the software update on their device.

Android Marshmallow on PRIV brings users more ways to improve their mobile security by providing new opportunities to monitor and control privacy with its unique DTEK app. Users will obtain greater productivity through enhancements to the BlackBerry keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry launcher and battery performance. Updates to the BlackBerry camera will foster their creativity.

“PRIV by BlackBerry is the most secure Android device in the market and we continue to find ways to further enhance users’ security and privacy by adding new features with the Marshmallow operating system update,” ‎said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

Raising the Standard for Privacy and Security

Building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping customer data private, DTEK by BlackBerry has been updated to empower users with more ways to monitor and control their privacy – better protecting PRIV from malware, hacks and data breaches.

  • Customised Personal Data Permissions – Apps demand access to personal data, even when it’s not necessary for the app to function properly. DTEK gives the power back to users to control what to share and when. Turn permissions off at any time and still continue to use the app.
  • Improved Notification Settings – Users will only be shown notification controls for sensors that a given app has specifically requested access to. For example, if an application does not request microphone it will not appear in the list.
  • S/MIME Support – The new S/MIME feature in BlackBerry Hub adds another level of security by allowing users to digitally sign and encrypt their emails.

Enhanced BlackBerry Keyboard

The BlackBerry Keyboard has been updated to provide better predictive typing, accuracy, and control.

  • More Emoji – Users now have access to over 200 new and updated emojis.
  • New Gesture Typing – The new swipe
    capability allows users to slide their fingers from key to key to enter words on the virtual and/or physical keyboard.
  • Enhanced Word Prediction – Better word predictions anticipate the next word based on where users place their fingers on keys. Predictive typing now also learns words with numbers and provides better name suggestions based on a user’s contacts.
  • Better Cursor Control – Activate “Cursor Control” mode on the physical keyboard
    for easier positioning and control. Tapping a key on the physical keyboard more accurately places the focus cursor on screen.

Know What You Want, When You Want

Customised notifications to better organise apps and manage productivity with a touch of a button.

  • Mute Indicator – Users can now see the phone’s mute status at a glance via the floating phone indicator that appears when a call is active. Green for when call is active and not muted, yellow for when a call is active and currently muted.
  • New Apps in BlackBerry Hub – Staying connected with friends has never been simpler. Now view notifications from app favorites Instagram, Skype, Slack and Pinterest
    directly in BlackBerry Hub to easily manage all messages in one place.
  • Updated BlackBerry Launcher – Better organise apps and widgets into Recent, Personal, and Work sections. Pop-up Widgets are now turned on by default for new users. Set a default home screen, delete a home screen, and remove apps with a flick.

More Battery Life

Get even more out of PRIV with updates to further improve the battery life. When PRIV is at rest, Doze automatically puts the device into a sleep state to increase standby battery life. The App Standby feature will keep infrequently used apps from impacting the battery life.

Engage Your Creative Side

Added tools help customers capture the perfect image with ease and add their own creative flair.

  • Capture Professional and Cinematic Quality Videos – Record videos at 24fps in 4k, 1080p or 720p, for high-quality footage to share on social media.
  • Slow Motion Video* – Capture smooth slow motion video with the PRIV’s camera that’s up to four times slower. Capture video at 120 fps, which plays back smoothly at 30 fps. The slow motion effect can be applied after taking the video and can be applied to all or any portion of the video.

* Audio is not enabled for slow-motion video at this time.

For more information on PRIV, go to BlackBerry.com/PRIV. Follow all updates to PRIV on the Inside BlackBerry blog (blogs.BlackBerry.com). A full list of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates can be found at:
https://www.android.com/intl/en_ca/versions/marshmallow-6-0/  


StarHub Offers Netflix on Existing Set-Top Box

From 4 May onwards, StarHub customers will get to enjoy a best-in-class Netflix experience wherever they go. As the only pay TV operator in Singapore to support Netflix up to 1080p, StarHub’s Fibre TV customers will get to enjoy Netflix’s expansive catalogue of content in unparalleled full high definition on StarHub TV Channel 525. StarHub Mobile and Broadband customers will also continue to enjoy the quality viewing experience on their smart devices courtesy of StarHub’s participation in the Netflix Open Connect programme.

Source: Netflix

StarHub customers can also charge their Netflix subscriptions to their StarHub bills. To do this:

  • Fibre TV customers need to tune in to Channel 525 to load the Netflix app. They then need to select the ‘StarHub Bill’ option and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the sign-up process.
  • Post-paid residential customers such as Cable TV, Broadband and post-paid Mobile customers can visit www.starhub.com/netflix using their Hub iD and follow the on-screen instructions.

Do note that www.starhub.com/netflix and Channel 525 will only be ready from 4 May 2016 onwards.