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Singapore Road Safety Month 2017 – Stand a Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy S8

Inline with the Singapore Road Safety Month,  Samsung Singapore is having a booth at Nex Shopping Center promoting their latest VR content – Eyes on the Road that aims to educate the public on the importance of staying focused while on the roads.

Encouraging Safe Driving among Road Users

Although the number of fatal accidents has decreased by 5.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, the number of injury accidents has seen a rise of 2.7 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. To help reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by distractions from mobile devices, Samsung’s Eyes on the Road VR content features different dangerous scenarios to discourage the use of mobile devices while on the road. For example, a scenario plays out whereby the user, experiencing the point of view of a driver, almost gets into an accident at a pedestrian crossing due to distractions from his mobile device.

Instagram user @weewu was trying out the Eyes On the Road with Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Giveaway Instagram Contest

In addition, Samsung will be holding two Samsung Eyes on the Road #EOTR contests on Instagram whereby participants can stand a chance to win a #GalaxyS8 and a Gear VR (with controller).

What you need to do?

1. Head down to the Samsung’s Eyes on the Road booth at Nex Shopping Center between 24 and 28 May 2017 OR the Eyes on the Road experience corner at Samsung Experience Store at Vivo City between 30 May and 2 Jul 2017.

2. Take a photo of themselves against Samsung’s Eyes on the Road backdrop

3. Upload the photo to their own Instagram page and tag @samsung_sg and include the #EOTR hashtag within the captions.

Speedtest Report: Singapore has the second fastest fixed and mobile download speed

ViewQwest and Singtel are the winners in Singapore’s Fixed and Mobile Services Respectively. 

Ookla, the folks behind Speedtest.net, released its Speedtest Market Report today for Singapore. Its research covers the period Q4 2016 to Q1 2017.

Highlights of the report:

  • Singapore Fixed Broadband: Singapore saw an average download speed of 180.61 Mbps over broadband and an average upload speed of 167.56 Mbps.
  • ViewQwest is the fastest broadband ISP in Singapore with download speeds at 899.35Mbps. M1 manages to emerge first for upload speed at 692.85Mbps. 
  • Singapore Mobile Speed: Singapore’s average mobile download speed was 44.37 Mbps in Q4 2016-Q1 2017 that ranks itself second globally, behind only Norway. Singapore’s average mobile upload speed of 17.46 Mbps in Q4 2016-Q1 2017 is the fastest in the world
  • Singtel, among all mobile carriers in Singapore, offers the fastest mobile speed with download speed at 49.80Mbps and upload speed at 19.27Mbps  
Singapore’s ISPs Ranking. Source: Speedtest.net
Singapore’s Mobile Carriers Ranking. Source: Speedtest.net

Samsung Showcases New Galaxy Plus and Rich Product and Service Ecosystem at Galaxy Studio

Samsung Electronics Singapore showcased at Galaxy Studio the new line-up of device and service additions to the Galaxy ecosystem that puts the newly launched Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its heart. The Galaxy Studio consumer event is held in celebration of the recent launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and will be held at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City, from today till 29 June.

 

Galaxy Studio will introduce the new Galaxy Plus, offering options for consumers to get more out of their Galaxy S8 and S8+, made possible by the Galaxy ecosystem of products including the Samsung DeX Station, the Gear VR with Controller, the Gear 360 (2017) and the Mobile Photo Printer. With a range of Samsung companion devices and services that seamlessly complement the new Galaxy S8 and S8+, users can discover new ways to explore, experience and interact with their world.

 

  • VRtainment

Unlocking endless entertainment and VR possibilities, the Gear VR with Controller, when paired with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, allows users to embark on immersive adventures anytime and anywhere.

 

  • Live 360°

It is now easier than ever to create beautiful memories to look back on, all with 360-degree videos and images captured in stunning 4K resolution on the Gear 360 (2017).

  • Work X Play

Consumers can now enjoy enhanced productivity with a desktop-like experience from their smartphones.

  • Secure Shopping with Samsung Pay

With Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, users can now leave their wallets at home, and enjoy the seamless convenience from making payments on-the-go.

 

Consumers are also invited to experience the different elements of Galaxy Plus at various selected Samsung Experience Stores and major consumer IT and electronics stores island-wide.

 

Galaxy Studio Activities

Showcasing the best of Samsung’s innovations, the Singapore leg of Galaxy Studio will comprise of themed experiential zones, each incorporating the use of the latest Samsung Galaxy products. Through a slew of delightful and immersive activities at the zones, consumers can experience for themselves how Samsung’s connected suite of devices and services integrates perfectly with consumers’ daily lives.

 

Local Pricing and Availability

The Gear VR with Controller, Gear 360 (2017) and Samsung DeX Station will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer IT and electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplace from 29 April, while the Mobile Photo Printer will be available from Q3 2017. The new devices will be available at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Gear VR with Controller: $188
  • Gear 360 (2017): $348
  • Samsung DeX Station: $198
  • Mobile Photo Printer: $198

Read the full press release

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DBS PAYLAH! In Singapore To Launch QR Code Payments

All DBS PayLah! users, including non-DBS/POSB customers, now have the ability to transact via QR codes across 10,000 NETS terminals by year end

SINGAPORE, 13 April 2017 – DBS today announced another ground-breaking payment solution in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation drive to adopt cashless payments. In a Singapore first, all DBS PayLah! users – including non-DBS/POSB customers – now have the ability to generate their own QR code to receive funds, and can also pay by scanning QR codes. DBS PayLah! is Singapore’s top mobile wallet with some 500,000 users and counting.

 

The introduction of DBS PayLah!’s QR code capability has far-reaching implications for merchants and consumers here. Despite the continuing drive to encourage businesses here to adopt cashless payments, many small businesses remain averse as they see the leasing of payment terminals, connectivity and wiring requirements as inconvenient and costly. In Singapore, it is estimated that more than 80% of payments made at small shops are in cash. At hawker centres and wet markets, this rises to 90%. The lack of ubiquity in cashless payment acceptance by merchants in turn discourages consumers from making the transition to cashless payments.

 

DBS PayLah!’s QR code payments are particularly effective in tackling these issues as it has a very low barrier to entry. There is little to no cost involved and the process of using QR codes to transact is extremely streamlined. To receive payments, merchants or individuals can use DBS PayLah! to generate their own QR code, which they can display at their premises or send to others via social or online channels for payments. To pay, customers simply need to use DBS PayLah! to scan the QR code and proceed to make a payment.

 

The simplicity of the QR code solution empowers offline merchants, helping them connect to the online world, and allows them to establish a point-to-point connection to their customers. In China, QR codes have driven the adoption of cashless payments and the country is today the world’s leader in mobile payments. The value of Chinese third-party mobile payments was estimated to be RMB 38 trillion in 2016.

 

Said Jeremy Soo, Head of Consumer Banking Group (Singapore), DBS Bank (星展银行新加坡消费银行部董事总经理兼主管苏孝进), “We believe that cashless payments in Singapore is ripe for disruption. Singapore has one of the world’s highest smartphone penetration and surveys have indicated that the majority of consumers here are open to making payments with their mobile devices. All we need is a solution that has a low barrier to entry, is easy for merchants to implement, and for consumers to use. The DBS PayLah! QR code solution ticks all the boxes and is well positioned to drive cashless payment behaviour in Singapore, taking us one step closer to our nation’s vision of being a Smart Nation.”

 

In another industry first, DBS PayLah! users will also soon be able to make QR code payments on NETS terminals at a number of merchants across various categories which include transport, retail, fashion and F&B. Some 2,000 NETS terminals will be enabled with this capability in the next two months and 10,000 by the end of the year. In addition, DBS will be holding a QR code bazaar from 5 to 7 May to encourage more consumers and businesses to adopt cashless payments. The event will be the first of its kind in Singapore, with some 200 young vendors setting up shop at *SCAPE. All vendors at the event will be able to accept purchases made via DBS PayLah!’s QR code payment function.

 

 

Garmin sets up Singapore as South-east Asia HQ for its consumer business

Singapore, February 7, 2017 — A familiar brand in Singapore, Garmin’s consumer products have been sold here through distributors since the early 1990s. As part of the brand’s strategic plan to strengthen their presence in the region, Garmin will now be directly managing the sales and marketing of its consumer business devices in the Southeast Asia and India region.

Singapore was selected as the regional headquarters for Garmin’s regional expansion because of the nation’s vibrant pro-business environment, political stability, centralised geography and strong infrastructure.

The company has appointed Mr. Engelhard (Al) Sundoro as Managing Director for the South Asia/ India Region since January 2017. Mr. Sundoro brings with him a wealth of experience having worked with Garmin International in America since 2007. Mr. Sundoro will manage Garmin’s consumer business in six South-east Asian countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand) and India and its marine business in South-east Asia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and India.

“As a company, we need to be an enduring brand that consistently innovates. In order to do that, it is essential for us to be closer to our customers to understand what they need. Even as a global brand, Garmin sees each market differently as the customer needs in each region is diverse. Outside of US, China and Taiwan, it is a natural step for the brand to strengthen our presence in South-east Asia with Singapore as our headquarters as consumers here tend to be early adopters of technology,” said Mr. Al Sundoro, Managing Director for South Asia/ India Region.

Garmin has a strong foundation in engineering products for aviation and marine since 1989. With engineering a fundamental part of the brand’s DNA, innovation, precision and attention to details are ingrained in the products designed by the brand.

Aiming to engineer quality wearables to complement the daily active lifestyles of users, Garmin recently announced its partnership with EZ-Link to launch a special version of its vívosmart HR activity tracker with built-in NFC contactless payment smarts. Users can tap their fitness band to make payment for train and bus rides, cab rides and retail purchases in Singapore.

“Working with partners such as EZ-Link to make our products more meaningful to consumers in each locale is an example of what we want to do with our business here,” added Mr. Sundoro.

Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy A 2017 Series – Pre-Order Starts Tomorrow

Samsung Electronics Singapore announced the latest Galaxy A series smartphones – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Offering two screen size options – 5.2-inch for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and 5.7-inch for the Galaxy A7 (2017).

What did you expect from the new Galaxy A 2017 series?

  • IP68 -For the first time on the Galaxy A series, the smartphones are equipped with IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing it to withstand elements including rain, sweat, sand and dust. Note: Dust and Water Resistant (IP68 rating) means that the device is protected against entry of solid foreign objects, and harmful ingress of static water at up to 1.5 metres, for up to 30 minutes, under certain defined test conditions.
  • Enhanced front-facing and rear camera – Samsung claimed that the new camera is able to execute more stable capturing of images, photos and selfies taken are more vibrant and clear, even in low-light conditions. See below sample photo post on my instagram.
  • Enhanced Mobile Payment with Samsung Pay – Similar to the Galaxy A (2016),  the Galaxy A (2017 Series) is Samsung Pay compatible and it is also approved NFC-enabled devices for transit use in Singapore. Through the activation of EZ-Link Card via Samsung Pay, users of the Galaxy A (2017) can keep their EZ-Link card at home and pay their travel fare with their phones. To find out more, you might want to read up on EZ-Link NFC Sim
  • Compare the specifications of Galaxy A5 and A7 below

    Shot by Galaxy A5 (2017). Source: Instagram user @weewu

 

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available from 21 January 2017 at the recommended retail price of $548 and $648 respectively, inclusive of GST. They will be available in three stylish colours – Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud – at local telecommunications operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.

Anticipating hot demand from the market, Samsung Singapore has announced that pre-order will commerce from 11 Jan 2017 onwards. 

Consumers can visit the following Samsung Experience Stores during opening hours to pre-order the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017), without contract, by placing a $50 deposit per device:

 

  • Central: 313@Somerset #B2-24/25/26 Tel: 6836 1809, Bugis Junction #01-54 Tel: 6338 7911, Chinatown Point #01-48 Tel: 6222 7911, Great World City #02-39 Tel: 6235 1134, Paragon #B1-27/27A Tel: 6735 5926, VivoCity #02-28/29 Tel: 6376 9150
  • East: Bedok Mall #B1-07 Tel: 6785 1118, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 #02-23 Tel : 6241 4125 (Open to transit and departing passengers only), Parkway Parade #03-30F Tel: 6440 7969, Tampines Mall #02-29 Tel: 6782 9575
  • North: AMK Hub #B1-37/38 Tel: 6753 6070, Causeway Point #03-12 Tel: 6891 1011, NEX #04-42 Tel: 6636 7392
  • West: Jurong Point #B1-09/10 Tel: 6791 2272, Westgate #01-01 Tel: 6369 9175

 

Pre-order for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will also be available online at major consumer electronics stores (Best Denki, Challenger/Hachi, Courts, Gain City, Newstead and Harvey Norman) and Lazada Singapore at the following URLs from 12 noon on 11 January 2017:

Specification

Galaxy_A_Series_2017_Specifications

M1, Singtel, StarHub Use GSMA’s Mobile Connect For Unified, Secured, Mobile-based Authentication for Singapore

Singapore, 29 November 2016 – All Singapore consumers will be able to enjoy fast, simple and secure access to a variety of online services with their mobile number when M1, Singtel and StarHub adopt the GSMA’s Mobile Connect authentication standard.

 

The internet offers unprecedented access to information and services. Many of the best services also require their users to register, which inconveniences them. According to the GSMA, 87% of consumers leave a website when asked to register. Additionally, they also face difficulties remembering their growing list of usernames and passwords, with 40% using the “forget password” feature monthly.

 

Mobile Connect will free customers from having to manage multiple usernames and passwords for every online account. With Mobile Connect, mobile customers can look forward to creating a universal trusted digital identity for convenient and secure access to compatible telecommunications, banking, e-commerce, entertainment, government and travel services and applications.

 

Through interactive prompts on the mobile phone, customers will be able to easily confirm their identity using their mobile number, combined with a unique personal code for online transactions that require greater levels of security. No information will be made available to online service providers without users’ permission.

 

Accepting Mobile Connect logins will benefit online service providers too. They will be able to offer simpler sign-ups, reduce customer frustration and abandoned transactions due to authentication issues, and increase the likelihood of repeat business.

 

To drive rollout and adoption, M1, Singtel and StarHub are building a unified platform to enable easy integration with online service providers through a common Mobile Connect Application Programme Interface (API). M1, Singtel and StarHub expect to announce the first wave of supported online services in the second half of 2017.

 

Mobile Connect is developed by the GSMA and currently available in 22 countries.

GSMA Mobile Connect Factsheet

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Singtel’s Video-on-demand Start-up – HOOQ is now available in Singapore

HOOQ, announced today that it is now available in Singapore for just $8.98 per month.

HOOQ is a start-up venture established in Singapore back in January 2015 between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., aimed at driving the entertainment revolution and changing the way Asians consume entertainment. It is the first time in Asia that three media power houses have joined forces to empower customers with unlimited online streaming access to top Hollywood, Asian and Kids movies and TV series anytime, anywhere and on any device. These include computers, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and all Apple devices.

Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ. Source: Instagram user @weewu

“We are very excited to bring to Singaporeans the ultimate ad-free freemium video-on-demand service with the largest catalogue of Hollywood, Asian and Kids content of any service available today for the price of a movie ticket. With over 20,000 titles to choose from, there’s something for everyone. We are so proud to launch here in Singapore, HOOQ’s home, and we look forward to getting Singaporeans HOOQ’d month after month,” said Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ, Mr Peter Bithos.

HOOQ had also announced a holistic partnership with Singtel that enables Singtel’s prepaid, postpaid and broadband customers to access HOOQ as part of bundled service packages. In a phased launch, HOOQ will be available to Singtel prepaid customers first and the other bundles will be available to postpaid and broadband customer progressively over the next few months.

“We are delighted to welcome HOOQ to Singapore. Singtel is always keen to expand our content offerings to enhance our customers’ entertainment experience. They will be pleased with HOOQ’s vast selection of Hollywood hits, as well as, ethnic movies and TV dramas. As an OTT video service, HOOQ is a good complement to our pay TV product, as it allows us to offer an even wider breadth of content over multiple screens – mobile devices, computers and televisions,” said Mr Goh Seow Eng, Managing Director of Home, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Q & A session with HOOQ and Singtel executives. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Q & A session with HOOQ and Singtel executives. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Today, prepaid customers who purchase an eligible prepaid data plan will enjoy access to over 15,000 Indian, Indonesian and Filipino movies and TV series. Prepaid data plans start from as low S$7 for 1GB over seven days.

Facebook live video

Indonesia’s “Rotasi” is the Grand Winner of Singtel’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

Indonesia’s “Rotasi” directed by Mr Destian Rendra is the Grand Winner of the inaugural “The 5-Min Video Challenge” organised by the Singtel Group. “Rotasi” (Rotates) beats 11 other entries from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Tanzania to take home the first prize at the Regional Finals award ceremony held at Grand Hyatt Singapore last evening. Pagnanakaw (Stealing) by Mr Miguel Sotto from the Philippines emerged the runner-up.

 From the left Mr Simon Israel Chairman of Singtel Group Pak Ririek Adriansyah Telkomsel CEO Destian Rendra Denny Pradama Kusuma Ms Chua Sock Koong Singtel Group CEO

From the left Mr Simon Israel Chairman of Singtel Group Pak Ririek Adriansyah Telkomsel CEO Destian Rendra Denny Pradama Kusuma Ms Chua Sock Koong Singtel Group CEO

Mr Simon Israel, Chairman of the Singtel Group, and Ms Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group’s Chief Executive Officer, presented cash prizes of US$30K and US$15K to the directors of Rotasi and Pagnanakaw, respectively.

5 Min Video Challenge Judges. Source: Instagram user @weewu
5 Min Video Challenge Judges. Source: Instagram user @weewu

The winning entry, Rotasi, is about a photographer who is feuding with his best friend and his girlfriend. Due to this unhappy state of affairs, he loses faith in the enduring rotation of the earth as he seems to be somehow stuck in love and life. In the end however, he goes through a journey that restores his faith.

 

The runner-up, Pagnanakaw, is the story about a devoted young man tasked to travel every day to a faraway shop to buy tofu for his family. The container he brings with him is small and only gets filled with a few pieces, just enough for a day. While faithfully carrying out his daily duty, he often wonders why he’s not allowed to bring a bigger container in order to make his journeys more efficient. One day, however, his tofu-fetching task throws up an illuminating answer to life.

 

Two “People’s Choice” awards were also given out during the awards ceremony. Indonesia’s Mr Destian Rendra also received US$3K for winning the popular vote for Rotasi, while Thailand’s Mr Yuttana Kanchanapinpong of Hello Gorgeous collected the runner-up cash prize of US$2K.

 

The winners, runners-up and finalists’ videos will be screened on the Group’s mobile and video platforms across Asia, Africa and Australia, reaching about 630 million customers.

 

Commtiva Launches SHARP Z2 and SHARP MS1 Smartphones in Singapore

Commtiva Technology announced strategic partnership with Sharp to bring Sharp Mobile in Southeast Asia. For a start, the company is launching 2 new mid-tier smartphones – SHARP Z2 and SHARP MS1 in Singapore.

The SHARP Z2 are available in two colours – Gold and Silver (RPP SGD 399) whereas the SHARP MS1 is available in Hanayome White and Pure Pink (RPP 299)

 

SHARP Z2. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP Z2. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP MS1. Source: Instagram user @weewu
SHARP MS1. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Both products will be available from 29 October 2016 at M1, M1 exclusive distributors and selected Challenger stores.

I have obtained the specification list that compare side-by-side on the difference between the 2 products. See below

sharp-z2-and-sharp-ms1-specification

The company will also be running a Facebook contest from 29 October, at 0900Hrs to 5 Nov, 2359Hrs where followers can stand a chance to win a SHARP MS1 smartphone. More details about the contest will be available on the SHARP Mobile Singapore Facebook page.