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Singtel’s Dash adds Visa virtual account to mobile wallet

Singtel is launching Singapore’s first virtual Visa account on its all-in-one mobile payments app, Dash. The new and existing Dash customers will automatically receive a Dash Visa Virtual Account that can be used for mobile payments at over 50,000 merchant points across the island.

Dash Visa Virtual Account is a prepaid account. All new and existing Dash customers are eligible for a Dash Visa virtual account on Dash app v4.5. Using compatible NFC-enable mobile device, this virtual account also allows users to pay with VISA payWave and it should work on existing payWave terminal that merchants are currently using.

Spinelli demonstrates the use case on customer making contactless payment with VISA virtual account via Singtel Dash. Source Instagram user @weewu

Furthermore, the 16 digit virtual account works like any other VISA cards that allows customers to pay on local e-commerce sites such as Qoo10, Zalora and HungryGoWhere.

Singtel also announced future plans for Dash to be included in global wallets such as Apple Pay, and enable QR code payments to expand into hawker centres. In addition to Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic, Dash is also working towards adding more educational institutions to its merchant list to widen its reach in the youth segment.

Payment aside. The Singtel Dash also offers remittance services to facilitate users in small local and international money transfer.

As of now, Singtel claims that it has over 500,000 customer base transacting via Singtel Dash.

To celebrate the launch of Dash Visa, customers will be able enjoy the following promotions from 21 July to 20 August 2017:

  • New and re-contracting Singtel postpaid mobile customers will receive S$50 discounts or free accessories when they purchase the following handsets with Dash at any Singtel Shop:
    • Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium, Huawei P10/P10 Plus and HTC U11 (S$50 handset discount)
    • Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ (Free S Clear View Standing Cover)

 

  • All Dash customers will also enjoy these exclusive partner deals (terms and conditions apply):
    • S$1 Short Grain Rice or Instant White Coffee at Sheng Siong
    • S$1 for any 8oz Hot Espresso-Based Beverage (U.P. S$4 to S$5.70) at Spinelli
    • 18% off a minimum S$120 spend, plus S$5 Cashback on Zalora
    • S$1 deals across various items and discount coupons on Qoo10
    • S$10 Cashback with S$180 spend across merchants on Shopback
    • S$5 Cashback with every S$50 top-up on GrabPay

 

 

Singtel Scores Big in Fintech Scene with its Dash

Ever since the announcement on the rebranding of the company in 2015, Singtel has been transforming its business from a conventional telco to ICT solution provider. Personally, I think it is not easy for a big infrastructure-based business like telco to change their business model but I think for the past 2 years, Singtel has improved reasonably in turning around their business.

 

#singtel #everydaybetter

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Payment business has been tightly-linked with the Telco but nobody has ever expected a telco to do well in this space. Surprisingly, Singtel has invested a lot in this space with its Singtel Dash, a cashless payment solution using smartphone ( even you are not Singtel subscriber).

 

I think Singtel’s effort has paid off. Today, it announces that its Singtel Dash has been recognised for excellence in FinTech with two industry awards, Seamless Awards Asia’s “Best Asian B2C Payments Initiative” and “FinTech Innovation of the Year” at the FinTech World Forum.

 

Seamless Awards Asia honours excellence in the payments, e-commerce and retail industry in Asia. Selected for its unique ecosystem that makes mobile payments accessible to everyone in Singapore, Singtel Dash was mentioned for its mobile remittance services which offer unparalleled convenience to customers sending money to over 13,700 cash-out points across the Philippines, Indonesia, India and China.

 

Singtel Dash also took home the “FinTech Innovation of the Year 2017” at the FinTech World Forum, held in Shanghai in the same month. Organised as part of the FinTech World Forum by FinTech Alliance (FTA), the FinTech Innovation Awards honour the highest achievements in the global FinTech and financial industries. It is a global competition to showcase companies who are paving the future in financial services and innovative technologies.

 

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, Vice-President of mCommerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We are extremely pleased to receive industry recognition for our contributions to FinTech. Since its launch in 2014, Singtel Dash has evolved to meet the demands of Singapore’s increasingly digital economy and our customers’ connected lifestyles. These two awards affirm our efforts to revolutionise payments for our customers’ convenience. We look forward to delighting them with more innovative features and contributing to Singapore’s journey to Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

OPPO Launches New 6″ R9s Plus

OPPO announces the launch of the OPPO R9s Plus in Singapore, with the phone retailing in stores at SGD 779. Available in Gold, the camera phone will also be released in Black on 3 March.

Enhancement from the 5.5-inch R9s, the R9s Plus is equipped with an all-new OIS+ image stabilizer technology which OPPO claims that the technology detects unwanted vibration caused by shaky hands; resulting clearer shot.

 

Testing the front-facing 16MP camera. Source: Instagram user @weewu

The R9s Plus also comes along with an upgraded 6GB RAM, and larger 4.000 mAH battery capacity which means that user can get faster response and longer usage duration.

Availability

The OPPO R9s Plus is available today, in Gold for SGD 779 from the following retailers. The R9s Plus will be available in Black on 3 March 2017. 

 

 

A Swedish Company is Trying to Improve Singapore’s Retail Sector

Axis Communications (Axis, stock quote: STO:AXIS ), a Swedish maker of network cameras, aims to redefine local brick-and-mortar store operations and customer engagement, with the launch of its video network solution today. The new solution offers HD TV image quality, intelligent video functions and analytic capabilities. These will support retailers in their efforts to remain productive, reduce manpower reliance, gain consumer insights, and ultimately, win back customers from e-commerce players.

“The consumer shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce have undeniably impacted traditional retailers. However, we believe that brick-and-mortar shops still have a competitive edge over e-tailers, and that is the human aspect of a shopping experience,” said Mr Magnus Zederfeldt, Director, South Asia Pacific, Axis Communications. “Customers want authentic experiences today, and it is thus imperative for traditional retailers to leverage emerging technologies to enhance this. If implemented effectively, brick-and-mortar stores can flourish.”

Magnus Zederfeldt, Regional Director South Asia Pacific Axis Communications. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Key highlights of Axis’ network video solution

Axis’ network video solution is capable of helping retailers in two key aspects:

 

1.    Enhanced security

  • Axis network video solution provides high resolution store-wide image coverage that enables retailers to follow any suspicious behaviour inside and outside store, even after operating hours.
  • The new solution is able to distribute HD TV video over any kind of IP network or the internet, assisting investigators with crime and positive identification.

 

2.    Enhanced customer experience

  • When placed strategically, the network cameras can assist retailers in recording, measuring and better understanding consumer activity and buying behaviour.
  • Retailers will be able to identify the popular areas in-store and optimise the store and display layouts accordingly.

 

Axis’ had previously launch its retail solution in the region, and some of its key customers  include Hang Ten in Taiwan, and Volkswagen in China. Customers have feedback that the solution has not only helped to effectively reduce its operational costs, but also raised in-store surveillance and employee productivity.

 

“Competition against huge e-commerce players, such as Alibaba and Amazon, are heating up. As such, Singapore retailers must focus on delivering greater value to consumers through the implementation of digital initiatives in stores. This will enable local store owners to stand against e-tailers, and bring about enhanced experience for consumers,” said Mr Zederfeldt.

 

 

Review of Sony Xperia XZ – A Good Camera Phone

Build of the phone

Large screen might not be always better. The New Sony Xperia XZ comes with 5.2 Inch display with Full HD resolutions. Personally, I like the screen size. It is large enough for mobile entertainment and small enough to be held with one hand.

 

Another feature that surprised me is the fingerprint sensor; which is located on the power button. That makes a lot of sense since users are so used to wake up the phone by pressing the power button. As of now, I am rather neutral to the location and accuracy of the fingerprint sensor. Nonetheless, it is generally fine provided you don’t press and release your finger too quickly.

Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia XZ

Stunning camera performance
There are several attributes of the camera that excites me. First, the 23MP of the rear camera which produce sharp and clear images. Second, its proprietary RGBC-IR sensor which Sony claimed it is capable to produce rich and vibrant colour. Ok, I am sold by the camera.

Well, pictures speak a thousand words. I have uploaded some of my photos below:

Night Scene of Singapore. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Night Scene of Singapore. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Captured moving car in front of Fullerton Hotel. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Captured moving car in front of Fullerton Hotel. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Selfie with
Selfie with “Rainbow Warrior” in Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Rays of lights at Mt Maokong, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Rays of lights at Mt Maokong, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Jiufen, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu
Jiufen, Taiwan. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Don’t believe in the photo I’ve uploaded? Check out #shotbyxperia, #shotbyxperiaxz & #sonymobilesg for more photos

The camera also starts fast and responses quickly when u press the shutter. In my opinion, *it is so much better than the older Xperia phones.

*I didn’t own the older Xperia precisely because their camera are quite laggy. But, the new Xperia XZ has changed my perception).  

Front facing camera is packed with 13MP sensor which produces nice selfie photo. To a certain extent, I feel its front facing camera could perform as well as rear camera of mid-range phones currently in the market. **The handshutter feature could accurately detect your palm. Since you do not need to touch the shutter on the camera, it greatly reduces the chance of getting blur selfie photo.

Trying
Trying “handshuttle” feature on the front-facing camera. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Another feature by Sony Xperia XZ that most phones or even some DSLRs in the market could not offer – 4K video recording. I shot a night scene of Singapore in 4K and I was impressed by the amount of details even under a low light condition. Take a look of the sample video below.

 

Sample Video of Singapore River (Night)

 

**I understand that I have mentioned on my Facebook before that the phone camera seems to be a bit laggy after playing with it for a while during its Singapore launch. I would like to take back what I’ve said. The fact is I have brought this device to Japan and Taiwan for a long holiday. The phone performs well under different environments be it up on the high mountain to wet conditions. I suspect an update was done to fix the issue.

Battery and Heat Management.

Battery capacity is only 2900 mAh which is comparatively lower than what most of the smartphones in the market offer. Well, I think it is unfair to judge the battery performance by just looking at its capacity.  Nonetheless, it will be still one of the key factors that determines the time of usage.

During my visit to Taiwan and Japan, I took hundreds of photos and videos. Battery life becomes exceptionally challenging. With lots of video and photo-taking, the phone could not last more than 10 hours.

Heat management has improved compared to the previous Xperia XZ. I have run tonnes of apps on the phone and I don’t remember experiencing any crashes or any heat issues.

The only time that I experienced heat issues is when I was doing a video recording with the device. The device gets hot and there was once, some camera functions were disabled (in-build safety feature to manage the heat and to protect the phone as well as the user)

 

Price

Price wise is competitive if you compare to other high-end smartphones in the market and it is certainly one of the models that you should be put in your radar. Recommended retail price – SGD 998/-

 

Likes And Dislikes

Likes: Camera and price (if you compare to other high-end devices in the smartphone market)

Dislikes: Heat issue

 

Who should buy?

If you are looking for a productive phone, the Sony Xperia XZ is certainly not designed for your liking. However, it is a good travel phone for people who love taking photos but do not wish to carry lots of camera equipment. The battery life issue could be solved with power bank (anybody don’t pack a power bank when out for tour? Don’t think so…)

The dual SIM cards slot also makes Xperia XZ travel-friendly. (The best part you do not need to use a pin to open the SIM card slot)

Smartphone Market Maintains Growth in South East Asia in 16Q2; Samsung, OPPO, True and ASUS Dominate

According to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total smartphone shipments in the South East Asia (SEA) region is approximately 28 million units in the second quarter of 2016 reflecting an 18.1% increase quarter-on quarter (QoQ) and continued positive growth year-on-year (YoY) of 6.5%. Countries in the SEA region tracked by IDC’s local and regional analysts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report states that competitive price points and heavy marketing activities in a now crowded market are the key driving factors for the budget conscious SEA market.

In terms of market share, the overall smartphone market remains dominated by Samsung, followed by OPPO, True (an operator in Thailand), Asus and Lava.

 

 

  • Samsung retained its top position by relying on its price and spec competitive Galaxy J series which was highly suited for the budget conscious SEA market. Meanwhile, the flagship Galaxy S7 series saw better YoY performance in terms of unit shipments compared to the Galaxy S6 series launched back in 2015.
  • OPPO moved to second position for the first time. Despite Oppo’s continued marketing investments to build a solid brand equity for its F1 family, it was the Neo model that drove up its volume.
  • Asus’ position is supported by its highly affordable Zenfone Go model. Meanwhile, the growth of its flagship, the Zenfone 2 Laser, slowed down in preparation for the new Zenfone 3 targeted for launch in the third quarter.
  • Unit shipments for True and Lava were propelled by heavy operator activities to increase 3G subscribers nationwide in Thailand.

 

 

Meanwhile, 3G handsets still make up majority of the market share as they carry significantly lower price points as opposed to 4G ones, a pivotal factor particularly for SEA consumers. Furthermore, the slow uptake of 4G is largely attributed to the temporary rise of 3G devices in Thailand, where operators were in a rush to migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G, handing out large amounts of free or heavily discounted handsets.

Source: IDC

Press Release: Singtel Offers ZoneAlarm Mobile Security App

Singapore, 5 September, 2016 – Singtel is collaborating with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd to offer ZoneAlarm Mobile Security, a world-class mobile security app that provides comprehensive protection from malware, hackers, WiFi attacks and other cyber threats.

 

Available for iOS and Android devices, ZoneAlarm performs detailed risk assessments by scanning installed apps, detecting unsafe WiFi networks and recommending the most secure WiFi hotspot options. It alerts users of suspicious processes running on their phones and protects their operating
system from attacks.

 

“For convenience, many people keep their credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information on their mobile devices. Mobile security is more important than ever as cyber threats become more prevalent. With ZoneAlarm and other products in the new Singtel Mobile Protection suite, our customers can enjoy a worry-free experience for mobile banking, online shopping and web surfing,” said Ms Diana Chen, Vice President of Mobile Marketing, Singtel.

 

ZoneAlarm is available as a value-added service to all Singtel mobile postpaid customers at a special price of S$2.90 per month. It is available at a further discounted price of S$2.00 with any subscription of MobileSwop, Singtel’s device care add-on service.

 

Customers can sign up for ZoneAlarm via My Singtel app or any Singtel Retail Shop

(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

Samsung Launches New Galaxy Tab S2 and Galaxy Tab A

Samsung today announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) and Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) in Singapore – the latest devices in Samsung’s tablet line.

Key Product Highlights:

Galaxy Tab S2 (2016)

Galaxy Tab S2 (Black)
Galaxy Tab S2 (Black)
  • Equipped with a stunning SUPER AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) delivers the most immersive and best-in-class viewing experience for users. With richer colours and deeper contrast, the tablet showcases more precise details, and is perfectly optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. Users can use the Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) and relax with their favourite activities – reading e-books, watching movies or playing games.

 

  • The slimmest and lightest tablet in Samsung’s tablet line, the Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) is the perfect personal companion for users to enjoy quality Me Time anytime, anywhere. Equipped with 4G+ LTE Category 6 capability, users can enjoy up to two times faster web browsing and content download speed on the tablet, on top of maximum portability.

 

  • The Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) is packed with powerful performance features, offering enhanced usability, whether for productivity or multitasking. With Quick Connect1, users can conveniently share content between the tablet and other devices. They can also control and share their screens between the Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) and their Galaxy mobile devices with Samsung SideSync 4.02, and perform functions such as making calls and sending text messages. Users can easily unlock their Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) with a single touch on the fingerprint scanner, and multitask on the tablet with its Multi Window

 

Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) 

Galaxy Tab A (white)
Galaxy Tab A (white)
  • Modern and sophisticated in style, the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) comes equipped with a clear and crisp WUXGA display and Anti Glare feature, providing users with an enhanced viewing experience at any time. The tablet is also designed to give users a comfortable grip, where its soft and textured design fits perfectly in users’ hands.

 

  • The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) is family-friendly, and is the ideal tablet that will enhance users’ family time. With Kids Mode 4.0, users can access a variety of safe and fun content such as games and apps for their children to enjoy. They can also capture their family’s precious moments with the tablet’s 8MP camera. The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”)’s Multi-User Mode3 also allows users to easily set up and customise profiles for every member of the family.

 

  • With enhanced features such as SideSync 4.02 and Quick Connect1, the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) allows users to enjoy Seamless Connectivity with a wide variety of devices, on top of powerful usability. The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) is also equipped with long lasting battery to keep users powered with up to 13 hours4 of Internet usage on the tablet, be it surfing the net or watching movies on-the-go.

 

The Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) and the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) will come with 4G+ and Wi-Fi® options. The Galaxy Tab S2 (2016) will be available in Black, White or Gold, and will come in 32GB5 with two screen size options – 8.0” and 9.7”. It will retail at the following recommended retail prices from 9 July 2016 (Saturday):

 

  • Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0”) 4G+: $598
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0”) Wi-Fi®: $498
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7”) 4G+: $698
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7”) Wi-Fi®: $598

 

The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) will be available in Black or White and in 16GB5. The Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) 4G is currently available at the recommended retail price of $498, while the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1”) Wi-Fi® will be available from 9 July 2016 at the recommended retail price of $398.

See the specs below

Galaxy-Tab-S2-2016-Galaxy-Tab-A-2016-10.1”-Product-Specifications

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.”