Singtel (stock quote: Z74.SI)today announced that its award-winning mobile payment app, Dash, has expanded its extensive merchant list to include leading online retailer, Lazada.SG by partnering with helloPay, the fintech platform of Lazada Group.
“Dash has the largest mobile payment merchant network in Singapore today. We are proud to partner helloPay and Lazada.SG, for our first foray into the online shopping space. It has been an exciting year for Dash as we continue to grow our merchant network with home-grown partners and collaborating with transit operators. Dash has evolved into a dynamic multi-mode payment option. We have widened our reach beyond physical establishments into the vibrant online payments ecosystem so our customers can pay for a greater slew of products and services at their convenience,” said Ms Gan Siok Hoon, VP, mCommerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.
One of Singapore’s most popular online shopping sites, Lazada.SG offers more than 1 million products that range from household appliances, consumer electronics to apparel and jewellery. Dash customers will receive a 5% cashback on all of their Lazada purchases until 31 December, 2015.
“At Lazada Singapore, we constantly strive to provide an effortless shopping experience to our customers. Dash is an exciting step towards enhancing this and we are excited to bring forward this partnership through helloPay,” said Martell Hardenberg, CEO, Lazada Singapore.
To make fast and secure payments on Lazada.SG, customers only need to select the helloPay option upon checkout, choose the Dash payment mode, and log in with their mobile number and PIN.
Dash Happy Hour
To celebrate its first e-commerce partnership, Dash is running a flash campaign on Lazada.SG from 2 to 9 October 2015 that offers a mystery cashback of 15% to 50%.
During the campaign, there will be a daily Dash Happy Hour where customers have a window of up to two hours to pay on Lazada.SG using Dash as a payment mode. The exact cashback percentage will only be revealed at the end of each campaign day and will be credited to customers’ accounts within three working days.
Dash has the largest mobile payment merchant networks in Singapore with over 20,000 acceptance points, including Watsons, Food Republic, KOI, 7-Eleven and Topshop. Dash can also be used to pay for ComfortDelGro taxi rides without the usual administrative fees levied by other cashless payment methods.
The Dash app has been enhanced with new features including Samsung Fingerprint Scanner and Apple Touch ID authentication to provide an even more user-friendly payment experience.
The app is free to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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:
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
(September 2015, Singapore) – Lamch & Co introduces the patent-pending Wishbone thermometer. Wishbone is a non-contact thermometer that works with smartphones to improve the way we measure and track temperatures. It is easy to use and can accurately detect object, body and ambient temperatures in under 2 seconds, accurate to within ±0.2°C when measuring body temperature and within ±1°C in object mode. Its non-contact characteristic is unobtrusive and ideal for taking the temperature of babies and young children, their surroundings and their food.
Wishbone’s unique Y-shape is designed for better viewing angles, to be read at a 45° angle which is the most natural viewing angle for human eyes. Smaller than traditional thermometers, Wishbone is ideal for handbags and nappy bags, and easily attaches to most smart devices. Coupled with the user friendly Wishbone App that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, the fully functional Wishbone thermometer is easy to navigate and operate and is the only smart thermometer that is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Through its app, Wishbone can store historical data, which can be viewed at a later date for analysis and reference. This feature is particularly helpful for parents monitoring their baby’s recovery from illness and for couples that are trying to conceive by tracking female body temperature to help identify ovulation periods. Particularly helpful, is the function to create profiles for individuals to separate and track each person’s data, allowing for systematic recording and monitoring of slight fluctuations in individual temperatures. Wishbone is the perfect companion to mothers and mothers-to-be.
The WISHBONE THEMOMETER is now available at ante at TANGS @ Tangs Plaza and ante at #01-457A Suntec City and soon to Hipvan, retailing at $79 each.
Singapore (22 September, 2015) — ASUS today announced the availability of the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) in Singapore, which is the latest addition to the ZenFone smartphone family. A fusion of fashion, technology and craftsmanship, the ZenFone Selfie is the perfect mobile device that allows users to take perfect selfies each time with dual 13MP PixelMaster cameras, dual-colour, dual-LED Real Tone flash for both front and rear cameras, plus laser auto-focus for ultra-fast shots to capture perfect clarity in just 0.3 seconds. With an Ergonomic Arc design and intuitive rear key, it makes capturing selfies easier than ever, with the real-time beautification mode to instantly edit the photo to provide perfect selfies every time. It will be available at all ASUS brand stores, authorised retailers and Qoo10 from 26 September onwards at $399. From 26 September – 31 October, the ZenFone Selfie will be retailing at a promotional price of $379 with free Lolliflash (usual SRP $17.90) accessory.
Best selfies: 13MP PixelMaster cameras and dual-LED Real Tone flash front and rear, ultra-fast laser focus and ZenMotion S-swipe to shoot
Real-time Beautification Mode: Applies instant photo editing to make every selfie a stunning photo
5-in Full HD display: High-density screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for vibrant colour, incredible detail and durability
64-bit power: Octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon processor delivers the perfect balance of multimedia performance and battery efficiency
To see the full spec and press releases, see below
Samsung announced in Singapore the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Specially designed for consumers with distinct preferences, the Gear S2 is available in two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design while the Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.
Key Product Highlights
The Gear S2 spots versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalise and bring more fun to their mobile experience. A unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensure users will have a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.
Equipped with Tizen Platform, an optimised 1GHz Dual Core Processor and a 1.2-inch circular screen with 360 x 360 (302ppi) resolution, users can stay connected with the Gear S2 with notifications to check calendars, emails, news and even send important texts directly from their wrist.
Designed for users’ active lifestyles, the Gear S2 comes with smart sensors, an IP68 (dust and water resistant)rating, as well as a battery that can last up to 3 days, allowing consumers to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge.
The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $448. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Leather band from 2 October 2015 at a recommended retail price of $548.
Ever since the renewal of leadership, Microsoft has adopted a different approach in capturing the smartphone market which are pretty much dominated by Android and iOS. In doing so, it is logical for Microsoft to focus more on the developing market. In November 2014, Microsoft announced the first Microsoft (non-Nokia) branded Lumia device, the Microsoft Lumia 535. The device was first released in India and soon followed by other countries in late 2014 and early 2015
The Lumia 640 series is the first Microsoft-branded LTE smartphones ever since the acquisition of Nokia Mobile. By the look of its price and hardware specification, the Lumia 640 series exhibits almost identical performance to MotoG. Now, let’s take a closer look at the Lumia 640 XL, the phalet version of the Lumia 640.
Design and Build
The Lumia 640 XL measured 157.9 X 81.5 X 9.0MM and weighs 171g. It is bigger and heavier but slightly thinner than its predecessor Lumia 630 and Lumia 635.
The volume control and power button are all at the right side of the phone and are distinctively placed apart with the power button at the lower but there is no shutter button for the camera.
At the back , there is a camera hump. The bright plastic back cover case (mine was white) is pleasing to the touch, and the workmanship is solid, but it does not give a premium feel.
Bend any corner of the plastic cover to open so you can replace the battery, add the SIM and slot in a microSD if you want to. The plastic cover and there is no need to buy a cover to protect the phone.
The Lumia 640 XL does not offer top notch hardware performance as what you have seen with other Android or iOS devices. Powered only by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, the device packs a pathetic 8GB internal storage (but expandable up to 128 GB via a micro SD card). However, the Windows experience, is surprisingly smooth and pleasing. Switching between apps, multi-tasking and web browsing do not exhibit any lag or memory overload on the device.
The 5.7-inch HD display has the 1280 X 720 resolution. However due to the larger size, the PPI count is at 259 PPI lower than Lumia 640’s i.e a Lumia 640 definitely looks sharper than Lumia 640 XL. Despite the fact, the colors on Lumia 640 XL are bright and sharp, and the viewing angles are pretty good. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen is also equipped with Microsoft’s sunlight readability enhancements.
Unlike other of the Android phones I used before, I don’t frequently check on the battery status on this phone simply because there is no need to! Packed with removable 3000 mAh battery, A fully-charged Lumia 640 XL survives through 2 days of heavy web browsing, conference call and “youtubing” before putting it back on charge.
A 13 megapixel rear snapper rounds off a strong set of specs and I’m seriously impressed by the quality of the Lumia 640XL’s optics.
On auto mode, the phone captures sharp and natural shots that easily rival against other similar-range phone, including OPPO Find 7. Up-close shots are particularly impressive, with the lens picking up almost every last shred of detail especially under outdoor conditions. The camera also produces reasonable-good quality night shot.
Picture shot with Lumia 640 XL
Other Plus Point – Office 365
The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet.
With the Office 365 Personal installed, users will receive an additional 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes
Keeping all your works in the cloud, Office 365 helps in your productivity by offering the ability to work on-the-go. Once you are connected into the internet, all you need is a browser to view and edit your documents. Currently, it supports all commonly-used browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and of course Window’s IE.
Limited App in Microsoft’s Ecosystem
App is a main hurdle for mobile phone users to switch from Android or iOS to Windows. For the past 3 weeks, I hardly find any app or game in the app store that interests me. The ecosystem is still pretty limited even the popular instagram app is still running Beta on Windows.
Fortunately, popular apps such as Facebook and Whatsapp are available.
The Lumia 640 XL is not positioned as a high-end phalet but offers an value-for-money alternative in the competitive smartphone market. The good-enough hardware performance and decent good quality back-facing camera makes the Windows Phone experience on Lumia 640 XL an excellent one.
Judging from a price-wise, the performance of Lumia 640 XL has exceeded my expectation. Without a doubt, this is a phone that worth considering if you are looking for not-so-expensive phone that can help you get your work done well at the same time keeps you entertained.
Now, should you ditch your Android or iPhone for this? I would not recommend to. Android and iOS still give a more comprehensive app ecosystem where it gets updated frequently with latest apps and games. Furthermore, there is still a certain degree of learning hurdles to overcome before you could get used to the Windows Phone interface.
Frequent travelers who do not want to run the risk of losing their expensive iPhone may consider getting the Lumia 640 XL as their “TravelPhone”. After all, it is still a smartphone that can deliver pretty much what an iPhone could but costs so much lesser.
Availability and Price in Singapore
Both the Lumia 640 (SGD 299) and 640 XL (SGD429) will be available in Singapore at Microsoft Authorized Mobile Reseller in Funan DigitaLife Mall and GadgetWorld, 3Mobile and Handphoneshop outlets.
All 3 local operators and A-Mobile will also be retailing the device with bundled data plans.
Branded as “The Richard Avedon of Asia“, Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia. Popularly noted for his photographs of celebrities from movie stars, to rock musicians, sports personalities, politicians and fashion gurus – Wong has developed a strong portfolio of lesser known but no less compelling subjects.
He is currently working on a book project featuring iconic Japanese architect Kenzo Tange’s building as well as another book project on Geishas in Kyoto. If you are interested in his work, you could visit his website at http://www.russelwongphoto.com/
(Picture above) Russel shares his experience with OPPO N3
At the OPPO Concept Store @Suntec City, Russel shared some photography tips of using the phone camera and his experience with OPPO N3.
(Picture above) OPPO N3 with motorized-swivel camera
Now, you can tell your very own story with the OPPO N3. This June, the innovative smartphone company is teaming up with world-renowned celebrity photographer Russel Wong to capture your stories – your portraits – on the OPPO N3. This is the first of a series of exciting upcoming events at the OPPO store.
Event name: It’s your turn with Russel Wong!
Date & Time:6 June 2015 (Saturday), 5pm-9pm
Location: OPPO Concept Store, Suntec City Tower 3, #01-627
Some members of the public who to walk into the store might also get the chance to have their portraits taken by Russel Wong!