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Top Apps in Singapore That Help You Earn Money

Rising costs of living and inflated property prices are part and parcel of fast-paced developed Singapore city. City dwellers are busy seeking money to fund their high standard of living in the country.

In recent years, technology has made it possible for people to search and find all type of information in a matter of seconds. With thousands of mobile apps already in store, we are spoilt for choice with the wide selection of apps available that we are actually willing to pay for.

However, there are more and more apps allowing users to turn a quick buck, by offering to pay you for using them. With that being said, finding additional income is getting easier with the various startups that allow people to trade time, tools or rooms in return for a little cash in your pocket.

From cleaning to grocery shopping, here are the top apps that not only flexible but will earn you pretty decent money for your efforts:

Uber

Uber

Fancy a fast road to easy money? Driving has become an increasingly appealing side job for those seeking an extra source of income. Drivers reportedly earn between $2.5 – 3K per month, if they work full time and after all the various deductions.

carousell
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Carousell serves as a fast and simple way to sell the clutter in your life and find great deals to save you cash! This app is perfect for busy people as they are able to list an item for sale in 30 secs.

Airbnb
airbnb

An average hotel stay costs above $150 and with Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider for travellers, it is definitely an attractive option for both travellers who are seeking cheaper options and hosts who are in need of extra income. While owners of Housing Development Board flats are not able to apply, there are many in the private sector who are taking to this like a fish to water

Helpling
helpling

Helpling serves as an online marketplace that arranges trusted and independent helpers to consumers in under 60 seconds. With a flat rate of $20/hour per booking, a helpling cleaner is able to make a whopping fee of $16 dollar per dollars

 

Upwork

upwork
Upwork is a place where freelancers list their skills and employers turn to first for good quality work at affordable prices. Skills such as logo design and data entry could easily earn you decent money, and with all work being done remotely, you could easily do this from the comfort of your home.

Market9
market9

Rather than hiring drivers and buying trucks to send groceries to your door, Market9 crowdsources its users who are paid $8 per trip to buy and deliver supermarket fresh produce to the doorstep of customers within their guaranteed 3-hour timeframe.

 

#RakutenInstituteofTechnology , Rakuten’s New Research Centre in #Singapore & #Boston

Singapore, 29 July 2015: Rakuten, Inc. announces the opening of Rakuten Institute of Technology in Singapore and Boston, joining the existing league of dedicated research and design centers in Tokyo, Paris and New York. To kick off, the Institute is hosting the Rakuten-Viki Global TV Recommender Challenge, a contest aimed at data scientists in the countries and regions of Asia with the goal of solving a problem utilizing the data of the global video streaming service provider and Rakuten Group company Viki. With the aim to grow and connect a community of data scientists to help and innovate consumer experiences and products, the Rakuten Institute of Technology in Singapore has also partnered with the Economic Development Board (EDB) on a Rakuten Data Science Training Programme.

 

To read the full press release, visit here

Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here

know amazing business ideas in NTU!!

08 CreativeLab_logoGlobal market slumped like a freefall but innovation will never stop. Entrepreneurs will continue to innovate and invent interesting products and services. Give yourself a chance to indulge in the air of entrepreneurism at NTU Business Plan Competition(NTU BPC) this coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009.

NTU BPC – 08CreativeLab is a campus-wide competition very much in line with Singapore’s effort to promote and develop a strong technology entrepreneurship environment leading to a vibrant and thriving sector of high growth technology-oriented companies. Spearheaded by Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and designed to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship through education and competition, NTU BPC provides a platform in which participants present new innovative business concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and angel investors.

Through the various learning initiatives and training engagements with business communities, participants are strongly encouraged to go beyond “paper play” and to start up ventures based on their business plans.

This year’s competition which began in May attracted a total of 294 NTU students or 67 teams. During the first round of judging, we narrowed this down to 18 teams. 8 teams from the Semi Final have advanced into the Grand Final of 08CreativeLab.

Our judges from the preliminary and semi-final rounds have short-listed 8 finalist-teams for this Grand Final, where each team is expected to perform an elevator pitch on their business, followed by a venture capital fair where each team will set up a booth to showcase their business idea to be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges consisting of venture capitalists, business angels, successful entrepreneurs, eminent corporate business leaders, intellectual property owners, solicitors, government officials, and etc.

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The winning teams will be awarded with over S$23,000 cash prizes; possibilities to raise capital funding; and others including digital equipments and shopping vouchers, etc.  Supporting this event, we have supporting partners such as Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Technology Transfer Network (TTN) and Lloyd Wise.

NTC would like to invite you to the Grand Finale of NTU Business Plan Competition 2008 on 9th of January 2009.

Interested parties, please register yourself here