NETS Services Will be Available Outside Singapore For the First Time

Singapore consumers can now use the NETSPay app to make e-payments when they travel overseas; this is made possible through the joint partnership between NETS and global payment network UnionPay.

The enhanced NETSPay app comes with a new wallet feature that enables consumers to top up and pay for purchases at over 7.5 million UnionPay QR code merchants globally via QR codes. They can also make contactless payments using their near-field communication (NFC) enabled smartphones at close to 12 million UnionPay QuickPass contactless acceptance points without the need to use fiat foreign currencies when travelling.

The enhanced NETSPay app also offers a number of new features. In addition to overseas payments, users can send money to or receive money from other NETSPay users via mobile numbers or QR code. In addition, those looking to send gifts to family or friends can send e-angbaos (or electronic red packets) to their loved ones using the app. This is in addition to QR code payments in Singapore, including SG QR.

“This partnership between UnionPay and NETS is significant on several levels. First – the launch of the enhanced NETSPay app affirms our commitment to providing innovative payment products and services that can enable greater convenience and ease of payment for local consumers and businesses. Second – the enabling of NETSPay acceptance at UnionPay QR code merchants and UnionPay QuickPass contactless acceptance points around the world will allow local NETS users to make QR code and contactless payments everywhere they go, including at key destinations such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand when they travel overseas,” said Wenhui Yang, General Manager for UnionPay International South East Asia.

Commending on the partnership, NETS Group CEO Jeffrey Goh shares, “Working with a leading global partner such as UnionPay is part of our efforts to make NETS services seamless for our Singapore consumers. Now whether you’re shopping in Shanghai or paying for your chicken rice at your favourite hawker stall in Singapore, all you need is NETSPay.”

 

Review of Cinch Belts – A Belt Without Holes

Men always wear belt and it was used for the most practical reason – to tighten the pant. That’s in the past. This day, belt is not just a tightening tool; it is a fashion accessory for men.  Over the past decades, men is increasingly paying more attention to their attire and of course, more brand-conscious when selecting their belt (I am one of those). A quick glimpse on all the belts hanging in stores. We see tonnes of designs on the belt buckle i.e. some just simply putting their brands, some makes super big-(or I should say “super loud”) looking buckle. If you take a closer look on these belts, you see they have one thing in common – they still use holes in the belt.

 

This is something that I don’t understand. Holes are problematic. They need to be evenly punched (not too far or too near apart, usually 1”apart) otherwise, the belt will look ugly and it is not common to find that one hole that could fit comfortably on your waist and there is a high chance of over-tightening the belt.

 

Speaking about tightening the belt, you will notice that after we have pulled the belt through the buckle, we always tend to bend it outwards to find the right hole to fit and without you knowing it, that action will damage the belt eventually.

 

I have tried other hole-less belt before but the tightening mechanism on the buckle usually not very durable and the tightening mechanism which involves pressing the belt hard with a small metal piece underneath the buckle usually leave mark on the belt which I don’t really like it.

Fortunately, I was introduced to Cinch Belts, a start-up that invented an entirely new hole-less belt system that allows adjustment as small as 0.25” apart. This is a guarantee fit for your waist. On top of that, it is very easy to tighten – insert the belt through the belt and pull in the direction along your waist and you are done!

 

To release, just lift the buckle and pull the belt out. Simple.

 

Comfort, Easy to use and durability. How does Cinch Belts achieve that?

The trick lies on Cinch Belts’ InfiniTrack™ designs which can be found beneath the belt. Once it is correctly aligned, the latch on the buckle will “lock” with the tracks on the belt. This locking system has no direct contact with the surface of the belt and thus, minimizing the chance of damaging the belt.

Cinch Belts’ InfiniTrack

 

Why You should buy a Cinch Belts?

Cinch Belts has clearly illustrated to us that there is always a better way in doing things. You must be thinking the mechanism in Cinch belt will be a big sell point to me. Well, “Yes” and “No”. I bought pricy belts before because of their high quality of the material. (Alright. I was a little bit vain then but I don’t blindly spend money to chase after brands). Cinch Belts is not just selling you their solution. Their belts are made of 100% full grain leather. To those who might not know, full grain leather is made from the upper-most surface of the animal’s hide; the part which is the smoothest and strongest. As such, belt made of full grain leather is extremely tough and durable. You are getting quality stuff here.

Armed with powerful solutions and high-quality material, Cinch Belts is giving life-time warranty for every belt sold. That’s the level of assurance the company is giving to their customers.

 

Last but not least, Cinch Belts is running some promotion on their belts. Price has dropped from the usual USD 129.90 to USD 89.90 (That’s 30% discount!). On top of that, you will get free international shipping. To sweeten the deal, readers of The Neo Dimension could get additional USD 10 discount from the final amount if they bought the belts from this link http://buy-cinch.com/discount/NEODIMENSION. Once you are at the Check Out Page, you should see “NEODIMENSION” discount code applied. If you didn’t, you could manually type it in to receive your discount.

 

OnePlus 6 Review – A Phone That Satisfies (almost) All

Long story short: If I were looking to change my phone, this would be it.

The Good

OnePlus 6 sports a dual rear camera system. The main rear camera is 16 MP with Sony IMX 519 sensor. The secondary rear camera is 20 MP with Sony IMX 376K sensor

Smooth Operator

OnePlus 6 packs the powerful Snapdragon 845 (same as Samsung Galaxy Note 9) which makes everything oh-so smooth. Graphic intensive games did not pose any problems to the phone at all. For the gamers out there, you may be pleased to know that the phone has a gaming mode which gives you the option to block incoming notifications and to lock the screen brightness.

Not Huawei P20 Pro, but no complaints

Since everyone is focusing on cameras these days, let’s talk about cameras. OnePlus 6 sports a dual rear camera system. The main rear camera is 16 MP with Sony IMX 519 sensor. The secondary rear camera is 20 MP with Sony IMX 376K sensor. Both cameras have an aperture of f/1.7. The main camera has OIS and EIS.

Digital Zoom by OnePlus. It is hard to spot the monitor lizard.
Night Shot by OnePlus 6

 

Food Photo

Overall OnePlus 6 produces photos that are pleasing, if not exceptional. Night shots are decent but can be a bit grainy. Don’t bother with the digital zoom though.

No more eye strain

OnePlus 6 features a beautiful 6.28-inch AMOLED display which offers rich colours and a great contrast. If you prefer a more realistic colour representation, OnePlus 6 offers the possibility to change the display profile to sRGB or DCI-P3 palette. A new feature on the OnePlus 6 is the Reading Mode, which turns the display into a monochromatic one (so that it looks somewhat like a Kindle display) so that prolonged reading is easy on the eyes. I find myself loving this feature so much that I read tons of Wikipedia articles in the Reading Mode. I totally dig using Kindle’s Android app in the Reading Mode. I am now quite convinced that me that I can keep my actual Kindle in my drawer. Heck, I even switched to Reading Mode while watching some movies on the phone just for the fun of it. That said, if you launch the camera app or photo gallery, the software is smart enough to know that Reading Mode isn’t useful, and colour will fill the display. After you hit the home button or switch to another app, the screen will turn back to greyscale.

Headphone jack

Since my favourite Sennheiser headphones are not wireless, I need the headphone jack. So yay!

Usable right out of the box

You know how you cannot really use the phone properly during the first few days because you leave the plastic protector on the phone in case it gets scratched. The problem is only resolved when you finally get your screen protector and case to protect your purchase right? With the OnePlus 6, the screen protector is adhered already at the factory (flawless dust-free application) and a nice case comes in the box, so you can use your phone straightaway without fear.

The Not-so-good

Not enough juice for some

The OnePlus 6 comes with a 3,300 mAh battery which in my humble opinion, is not quite enough. For general use, it will easily last a day, but when I play Pokemon Go I find that I cannot play to my heart’s content. The phone does charge very quickly with OnePlus’s Dash Charge (around 60% in 30 mins) though so there’s an upside.

Not waterproof (at least officially)

It is noteworthy that OnePlus 6 does not have any IP rating for waterproof resistance. I conducted some informal and unscientific tests on my own and can confirm that OnePlus 6 will remain safe in the rain or by the swimming pool (BY, not IN). Some people have conducted more professional investigations (read: tear-down) and concluded that the OnePlus 6 has at least enough protection to give the device an IP67 rating. However, if you are tempted to submerge your phone in the water, keep in mind you are doing so at your own risk.

No room for expansion

OnePlus 6 does not have SD card support so you are restricted to the 64 GB or 128 GB that you buy. My concern isn’t about whether there is enough storage or not. I like to have everything on my SD card so that when I change phones I can transfer all my stuff via SD card quickly.

And no, I don’t want to backup my stuff to Google. They already know more about me than they need to.

Sometimes, I don’t know where I am

I find that the GPS signal is weaker on the OnePlus 6 than on my old OnePlus 3T. When playing Pokemon Go indoors, I find that the GPS signal is lost very often. That said, when outdoors without obstruction, the GPS gets a lock on the location very quickly and is accurate.

The “I can’t be bothered”

Notch

There is a notch on the OnePlus 6. It is possible to change the display such that you don’t see the notch. Some people love the notch, some people hate it. I don’t really care about it or care for it. I don’t find it distracting, yet I don’t find much benefit for it either.

Wireless charging

Personally, I don’t understand why people complain about the lack of wireless charging. I can use the phone while it’s charging with the USB cable, but I cannot use the phone when it is placed on the wireless charging pad. Wireless charging is slower anyway.

Until all my furniture have wireless charging pads built into them, I simply couldn’t care less. I rather have a lower price on the phone.

Speaker

As mentioned earlier, I use my headphones so I hardly find myself using the loud speaker on the OnePlus 6. But this point is probably worth a mention anyway. OnePlus 6 has a single, down-firing loudspeaker. The sound quality isn’t very impressive. Maybe it has got something to do with the case, but there’s some sort of a buzzing sound like something is shaking. I will happily stick to my headphones.

 

In conclusion, OnePlus 6 is a good phone that generally can satisfy most users. It is not the cheapest phone out there, but compared to other phones offering similar specs, you will be hard pressed to find another phone that offers better value than the OnePlus 6.

 

Article Contributed by Poisonvine.com

 

The New LG gram Targets Mobile Workforce

Last month,  LG Singapore held LG HE and IT Product Launch at Marina Bay Sand.  At the event, LG Singapore launched their new LG gram ultrabooks that target at mobile workforce.

 

LG Singapore pitches that Portability, Functionality, Battery Life, Durability are the 4 ingredients in their development of LG gram.

 

LG gram

Portability: The New LG gram comes in 3 distinct models – 13.3 -, 14- and 15.6- inch  weigh approximately between 960g – 1.1kg which honestly speaking, is very light compared to similar laptops in the market.  All the 3 models measured not more than 1.68cm which could fit comfortably into most sling bags used by mobile executives.

 

Functionality:   The new LG gram is equipped with latest 8th Gen Intel Core and SSD storage that delivers performance for mobile workers. Despite its slim body, it still has all the the necessary ports such as HDMI. microSD, USB, USB-C and headphone jack (Yes, this is a feature!)

 

The product also comes with Fingerprint ID that enable users to log in and power on with the press of a button without comprising security.

 

Battery Life: LG gram is equipped with a 72Wh battery that LG claims could last up to 22.5hrs in a single charge. The long battery life is very ideal for busy executives who are always on the move.

 

Durability: The new LG gram has improved its build quality;  a magnesium alloy called Nano Carbon (with Magnesium) is used for the LG gram’s body. This material is known to be tough and light and is commonly used  in aerospace engineering. LG gram is even put under US military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature. You may wish to see the short demo we shot at the event below.

 

My thoughts: The product demo is impressive and freelancer like me who is always on the move will be keen to own one.  Speaking about the price, the LG gram is selling at RRP starting from SGD1,999 . Indeed, it is a hefty price tag compared to other similar products. Afterall, you have to pay a price for the portability and toughness of the product.

 

In business, it is about productivity and impression. The LG gram has packed with supreme hardware features that promises to deliver productivity and powerful. However, LG, in the laptop market, has not established a clear business impression as compared to other established names like Lenovo’s ThinkPad and Apple’s Mac (ok, Mac is for creative professionals). In my opinion, you are paying more on the LG gram’s hardwares than the brand. In short, you are getting what you pay for but this product may not the one that caters to all.

Swedish Bedmaker is Making Wave in Asia

Bed is probably one of the most personal items that one used for years. For most people, this is not the understatement. We heard people complaining that they can’t sleep well in the hotel because the beds are not as comfy as their own ones. This could also be the main reason why people spend months shopping for their ideal beds. Afterall, it is not a cheap item and people definitely put in more thoughts when comes to finding their beds.

 

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“Is there one bed in the market that cater to all?”

YouBed, a Swedish startup, creates a bed that could be personalized to individual’s needs. YouBed claims that they have created the world’s first and only bed that provides adjustable firmness without compromising comfort features.

YouBed

We have the opportunity to speak to Mr Mattias Sörensen, CEO and Founder of YouBed who was exhibiting their products at Singapore’s Food and Hotel Asia 2018. When asked about the strategies in penetrating the market, Mr Mattias is clear that hotel operator is the strategic partner for YouBed.

“This might sound too good to be true, but our invention is so groundbreaking it will probaly change the hotel industry at its core” says Mr Mattias.

Full Control the firmness from the shoulder to the back.

The one-bed-fits-all innovation is already making fast success across Europe, where for example Mövenpick Hotel & Resort has installed YouBed in all of their European hotels. Singapore is YouBed’s first stop in Asia. Business Sweden (The Swedish Trade & Invest Council) have identified YouBed as a prioritized trade interest and will support the company in finding the most suitable hotel brand to introduce the innovation in Singapore and the region.

 

 

Guest Writer Shares Her First Impression of Sony A7III

In the past, we see brands were introducing complicated, professional features into cameras, which as a regular consumer, we would like to get our hand on it to make our beautiful photos, but the price of these high-end cameras are just way too expensive for armature to own one to use it for leisure purpose.

 

As the technology advance and the growth of the photography enthusiasts, all thanks to the mobile phone camera, camera makers must be innovative and advanced in creating camera with features which can create more wonders and bring back the pleasure of taking photos with a proper camera.

 

The acclaimed Eye AF feature has been made available for this camera, even in AF-C mode, which is extremely useful for situation where the subject is turning around, looking down or otherwise obstructed.

 

It tracks the movements of the subject’s in an incredible speed that allows the shots to be always in focused.

 

The new A7III is also equipped with an updated image processing system that allows it to shoot in full resolution images at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 177 Standard JPEG images or 89 compressed RAW images or 40 uncompressed RAW images

 

What this means is that you could take multiple shots of a fast-moving subject without compromising the image’s resolutions.

 

Well, the Sony’s Eye AF technology is unique in the world of cameras. The A7III is not just good in taking pictures. The new A7III is capable of taking 4K HDR video –  an enhancement from the A7II. You could capture important moments in high quality 4K resolutions!

 

Packed with so many advanced features, you might wonder about the storage capability of the camera. The A7III comes with dual SD card slots; in case one is full, you still have another one as backup. Worry no more!

 

For better management of data-intensive images and videos, the Sony A7III is also equipped with a USB Type C that could facilitate faster transfer of files as well as shorter charging time of the device.

 

I have rather good impression of the Sony’s A7III. It is supposed to be a “more-basic” model but seems to me that this device is packed with advanced features that are previously available in higher-end models. In short, it should be a good travel companion that could capture memorable moments.

 

Written by Jesley Neo, Founder of Kins Corporation

Review of Garmin Vivosport – A Good Outdoor Sports Band

When I first received the product 3 months ago, the impression that I had for the device – sleek, sporty and comfortable. The design is very similar to the Garmin’s older Vivosmart 3. The silicon strap with the heart rate sensor flushed to the casing fits perfectly well around the wrist.

As a device designed for sports, the silicon casing protects the device from water and against tough usage.

Though it is very comfortable to wear, I have to get used to navigating the feature on a small display with no physical button.

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What’s good in Vivosport?
GPS: One notable improvement from the Vivosmart 3 is the built-in GPS system without increasing much thickness of the Vivosport. The Vivosport measured approximately 1cm in term of thickness which is only about 2mm thicker than the Vivosmart 3. See the image below.

(From left) Vivosmart 3, Vivosports

Activation of GPS is seamless. Once a GPS-enable activity, cycling for instance, is selected, the device will start to locate the signal. Initial start will take a good 5-10 sec. I guess the speed of acquiring the signal really depends on how overcast the weather is.


Colour Display: I am not a fan of this but seem like this is an important feature to highlight. Always-on chroma colour display seems to be appealing to some sport enthusiast. The sunlight-readable screen makes it easy for me to track my activities under outdoor conditions.

What’s bad in Vivosport?
Charging adaptor backward compatibility: I have tried at least 3 Garmin sportbands – Garmin Vivosmart HR, Garmin Vivosmart 3 and Vivosport. All 3 of them use different charging adaptors. It becomes cumbersome to find the compatible one for charging every single time when I switch devices. Afterall, it is meant for charging; keep changing the port does not seem to have additional benefits to the users.

Battery Life: For the past 3 months, I have noted that the device performs fairly in term of battery life. Under normal circumstance, Vivosport is able to last a good 5-6 days which is amazing considering the number of enhancements Garmin has packed into this sleek size. However, I have noted that the battery life greatly deteriorates once GPS is used. For example, if I run 5 km outdoors each day for two consecutive days, the battery will barely last through the 4th day before I have to put the device on charge.

Pricing: The product is currently retailing at SGD 299 which is more expensive than the Vivosmart 3(Last checked that you could get Vivosmart 3 at a discounted – less than SGD 200) Though the in-built GPS feature has impressed me, that enhancement does not justify the price premium of SGD100.

Verdict
Overall, a good comfortable sport band that packed with features that are useful to sport enthusiasts. However, most people may opt for the Vivosmart 3 which shares similar features of the Vivosport but selling at the discount.

Review of Gaston Luga Backpack – A Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

With Valentine’s day coming up in 2 weeks’ time, many of you will be pondering over what you can get for your significant other. How about something both practical and stylish at the same time? You will be hard-pressed to find a better gift option than one of the lovely backpacks from Gaston Luga.

 

Gaston Luga’s bags scream minimalist chic. The founder, Carl Sundqvist, had the vision to make a line of bags with Scandinavian minimalism (shout out to all IKEA fans!) and elegance to suit all different occasions. This vision is definitely realised in each and every product that Gaston Luga offers.

Poisonvine and her Classy Backpack

For those with “wanderlust gene”, you will be pleased to know that Gaston Luga have a variety of tags to match with how you feel and showcase who you are. But the most outstanding feature that really resonates with us is their passport and travel ticket pocket. Important travel documents should be easily accessible and at the same time safely kept. So Gaston Luga designed a special pocket with a beautiful leather detail on the back. This means that the important stuff are kept close to the body and becomes impossible to be pickpocketed, and yet you can easily access them when passing through various checkpoints while travelling. Honestly, this should become a standard for all backpacks to follow.

 

We believe the pictures will speak for themselves. It is hard for us to imagine someone not liking the design of these bags.

This is how you keep your passport in Gaston Luga Backpack!

The Clässic range has a capacity of 15L and an inner compartment which can fit a 13-15” laptop. The Pråper range (not pictured) has a capacity of 18L and also an inner compartment which can fit a 13-15” laptop. The Clässy range (which is a slimmer Pråper) has a capacity of 13L and the inner compartment can fit a 13” laptop.

 

All the bags are made with thick and strong cotton for durability. It is also noteworthy that the bags use vegan leather, so you can rest easy knowing your purchase is cruelty-free.

Some people still prefer the classic looks.

A little extra perk for you: when you order from outside the EU, the Swedish VAT will be deducted from the listed price (i.e 20% tax rebate on the listed price) so you are paying less than what you see on the website. There is free shipping globally by DHL express so you can definitely get the bags in time for that special occasion. Furthermore, you can get another 15% discount on the VAT-free price with our quote “NEODIMENSION”. (Effectively, this blog is giving you more than 30% discount!)

p.s. You may want to watch our unboxing on Youtube here.

HMD Releases Nokia 2 – Promise 2-Day Battery Life

Singapore, 2 January 2018 – HMD Global announced the launch of the Nokia 2 that promises two-day battery life.

The enomous 4100mAh battery allows you to enjoy continuous entertainment from your favourite shows, songs, social media without constantly worrying about running out of battery. The Nokia 2 also features a 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for you to snap and capture memories on the go.

Availability

The Nokia 2 will be available in Pewter/Black and Pewter/White at SGD 159 and are now available through sole distributor A-Mobile from all M1, Courts, Challenger, Best Denki, Sprint Cass, Gain City, Handphoneshop, 3Mobile outlets, Mustafa and online at Lazada.

 

Technical specifications for the Nokia 2

• Networks:

o GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

o WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8

o LTE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40

• Network: LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL, VoLTE, Video Calling, VoWiFi

• CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform

• OS: Android Nougat

• RAM: RAM 1GB DDR3

• Storage: 8GB e-MMC (up to 128GB with MicroSD card)

• Display: 5.0” HD 1280 x 720 LTPS LCD, In-Cell Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

• Camera:

o Primary camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash

o Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus

• Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, FM/(RDS)

• Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass

• Battery: 4100 mAh

• SIM slot: 2 Nano-SIM + 1 micro SD card slot (on Dual SIM variant)

• Input/output: Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm audio jack

• Dimensions: 143.5 x 71.3 x 9.30 mm

Lim Wen Suen of Team Gary emerged as the champion of《The Voice 决战好声》

(Johor Bahru, 18 December 2017) Following an intense sing-off among the eight finalists, Lim Wen Suen of Team Gary emerged as the champion of《The Voice 决战好声》. Chosen solely through public voting, she walked away with a co-management contract with mm2 Entertainment (a wholly owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd.) and Universal Music Group, which includes the release of a single and an EP.

《The Voice 决战好声》 has achieved remarkable success since making its debut on Astro and StarHub in September. Its online videos have garnered over 9 million views before last night’s final. Talents in the show received invaluable personal coaching from four highly accomplished celebrity coaches Tan Hanjin 陈奂仁, Della Ding 丁当, Gary Chaw 曹格 and Sky Wu 伍思凯. With their coaches’ help and guidance, they produced some mesmerizing performances that left audiences in awe. The four celebrity coaches were big crowd pullers too, entertaining audiences with witty bantering and insightful comments.

 

Fans can catch the full series and highlights of 《The Voice 决战好声》on StarHub Go for free. The Grand Final episode is also available for catch up on Hub E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825) via the yellow button. Astro viewers can catch up on the full series of The Voice via On Demand or Astro GO, while all Malaysians can enjoy the show through the free live streaming app, NJOI Now anytime, anywhere.