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Courts is joining in the online shopping fun from 18th June 2019 with their first Courts’ 618 Mega Sale. Expect great discounts during this one week of sales festival.

If you notice, Courts is not be the first to be having sales on 18th June. This 618 sales day is originated from China by JD.com. Hence, expect a lot of sales activities today

From today, Courts will be kicking off its first ever week-long ‘618’ Mega Sale on www.courts.com.sg with up to 16% off site-wide, two-hour time sales with outrageous deals, and tiered discounts off furniture buys.

Let me share with you the details: –

COURTS’ FIRST ‘618’ MEGA SALE (18-24 JUNE)

COURTS Online shoppers can expect unbeatable deals on tech products and household appliances, such as the Nintendo Switch at $368 (U.P. $499), Sony PS4 at $368 (U.P. $479) and Lenovo Star Wars Jedi AR Headset at $68 (U.P. $389). Time sales will happen every alternate day from 6-8pm on 18, 20, 22 and 24 June with up to 12 products going at deep discounts. Those looking for living and dining furniture as well as bedding are in for a treat, with tiered discounts of up to 20% off a minimum spend. Sleepers’ favourite brands such as KingKoil, Tempur and Simmons are going at up to 60% off with free bed frame and bedding accessories bundled with selected models. JYSK home décor accessories are at 1-for-1.

For non-sale items, enter promo code “SHOP618” for 10% off site-wide (min. spend of $268) or “SALE618” for 16% off site-wide (min. spend of $568). Not applicable for guest checkout.

Shoppers can visit courts.com.sg/618-sale for these exclusive deals and more.

Terms and conditions apply to all promotions.

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Check this out. When you abuse a robot to the extreme, things can happen. Watch this Bosstown Dynamics Robot fights back the human abusers.

Here is the video.
Boston Dynamics: New Robots Now Fight Back - YouTube

You might be thinking I might have misspelled Boston Dynamics. I did not. This is a parody by Corridor. Super funny and creative. The amount of work to get it so realistic is amazing. Check out their BTS (Behind The Scene).

I am not sure how Boston Dynamics will react to this video. BTW, I am a fan of Boston Dynamics. Super excited on every video they posted about their robots.

I think they will be happy and sad. Happy that the robot presented here is so versatile and sad that they have been highlighted as robot abusers. Haha.

All in the name of fun. Enjoy the video. Peace!

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Canon introduces two instant camera printers in Singapore. They are the iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S]. Sounds unfamiliar? You are not alone. They are a camera and an instant printer combined into a slim body.

I have not seen or used one before. Based on the information, I think it is really quite simple to use. Both are fixed focus cameras which are super easy to use.

I particularly like the iNSPiC [S] (based on specs). It has a built-in LED ring light that circles the camera lens. You can take that portrait shot with a nice ring in the eyes. And to take a selfie, it even has a selfie mirror dome so that you know you are in the frame when taking pictures.

Currently, with every purchase of any iNSPiC [C] and [S], you will be entitled to a special bundle of Craftholic premiums, which includes a limited edition pouch, lanyard and keychain plushie worth S$59.

Check out the Press Release for pricing and availability.

Press Release

Canon’s Two New Instant Camera Printers Promise Immediate Fun with Statement-Making iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S]

Snap, print and stick on the move with Canon’s new iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S] that join the existing iNSPiC [P] Mini Photo Printer in the rebranded line

SINGAPORE, 13 June 2019 – Canon today announced the first instant camera printer, available in two new models, for its Mini Photo Printer lineup which includes a fresh logo and an exciting rebranding for the range. The rebranded iNSPiC line stems from the words ‘inspiring pictures’, precisely encapsulating the intentions of the new additions. The iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S] series arrive to the party as pocket-sized instant camera printers that combine image capturing capabilities with the instant gratification of compact mini printers.

“The iNSPiC [C] and [S] capture precious moments that enable users to share as printouts immediately with loved ones. From young to old, the new additions offer the exciting benefit of instantly capturing a moment, which appeals to everyone who appreciates spontaneous fun on the go,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

“The iNSPiC was carefully designed to be stylish and lightweight, the
perfect must-have for parties and gatherings to bring back the joy of instant sharing and living in the present.”

iNSPiC [S] ZV-123A

Available in three colours – Pearl White, Matte Black and Rose Gold -, this classy instant camera printer is perfect for slipping into clutch bags or pockets for a day of fun out in the sun, or a relaxing evening with friends. The ultra-slim profile packs in a powerful 8-megapixel fixed focus camera, so you can shoot and print instantly from just one device without the need to perform a juggling act with a separate camera and printer.

The added crowd-pleaser comes in the form of a built-in LED ring light that circles the camera lens and activates a powerful fill light for beautiful portrait shots. This makes it easier to capture moments at night, with ever-ready perfect lighting on the go. The ring light paired with the selfie mirror dome, makes the iNSPiC [S] the ideal partner for stunning selfies.

Users can also connect the device to smartphones using the Canon Mini Print mobile app to print photos stored on smartphones or photo albums on social networking accounts. A quick reprint button makes it easy to get multiple reprints off the instant camera printer, while the app also receives a useful update to include a virtual shutter button for remote shooting, and with even more stickers for decorating photos before print.

The iNSPiC [S] also comes with a Micro SD slot that supports card capacities of up to 256GB, so holidaymakers can choose to save all their treasured moments onto a laptop back at home.

iNSPiC [C] CV-123A

The iNSPiC [C] series comes in a palette of pop colour options such as Bubble Gum Pink, Bumble Bee Yellow and Seaside Blue, making a bold fashion statement at gatherings with friends and family, or simply just to stand out in the crowd! A built-in 5-megapixel camera and a small selfie mirror next to the camera lens makes selfie-shooting easy even in group
settings, while a one-touch reprint button ensures no one leaves the party without receiving a printout of that precious moment.

Printing Technology and Media

The Canon instant camera printer harnesses ZINK Zero Ink Technology from ZINK, a revolutionary dry-printing technology that enables printing in colour without the use of ink cartridges. It delivers 2×3-inch glossy photo prints that are smudge-proof and scratchresistant, with a peel-and-stick reverse side that adheres effortlessly to the back of smartphones, laptops, tabletops, wall mirrors, or just about any smooth surface.

Canon Mini Print Mobile App1

The Canon Mini Print app turns ordinary users into expert creators thanks to a vast library of photo-editing functions, creative filters, frames, stamps and text styles. These simple tools can be applied to photos snapped using the in-app camera integration, or on images downloaded from photo albums stored on cloud services such Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive and Dropbox. Special features include augmented face distortion and the
option to draw on photos before printing.

For occasions where 2×3-inch images will simply not do, the app also offers collage printing of up to four images, or a tile print function that creates an enlarged print made up of four or nine prints.

Remote shooting is also made possible through the app. Simply connect to the iNSPiC [S] and you’ll even be able to set your desired timer option or opt for instant print through a click on your app.

Special Collaboration with Craftholic

With every purchase of any iNSPiC [C] and [S], you will be entitled to a special bundle of Craftholic premiums, which includes a limited edition pouch, lanyard and keychain plushie worth $59. Redemptions are available from 8 July at the Canon Customer Care Centre2.

Pricing and Availability

The iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S] will be available at all authorised Canon dealers at the following recommended retail price from 17 June.

Name, Model Number, Retail Price

  • iNSPiC [C], CV-123A, $159
  • iNSPiC [S], ZV-123A, $219

Key Features

About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits more than 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.

More information is available at https://sg.canon

  1. Mini Photo Print app is free for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is compatible with Android 5.1 and later, iOS 10 and later.
  2. The Canon Customer Care Centre is located at 1 Fusionopolis Pl, #02-20 Galaxis, Singapore 138632. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 2:30pm; Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

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PSA for GFRIEND’s fans. A total of 15 pairs of Cat 1 tickets, paired with soundcheck and hi-touch access, are up for grabs. The concert will be held on 20th July 2019 at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre.

Here are the details on how you can win these tickets.

Press Release
Calling all K-pop fans: Tell Oh!K about your most memorable K-Experience and stand to win tickets to GFRIEND’s concert in Singapore!

Do you have a funny encounter with your idol to share? Or an absolutely unforgettable experience at a concert staged by your favourite group? Oh!K wants to hear all about your memorable K-Experiences!

From 12 June to 9 July 2019, Oh!K will be rewarding fans with tickets to catch popular K-pop girl group GFRIEND at their upcoming concert in Singapore. A total of 15 pairs of Cat 1 tickets, paired with soundcheck and hi-touch access, are up for grabs!

Here’s all you have to do: Visit Oh!K’s Facebook page and share with us the most memorable K-Experience of your life – and you could be on your way to seeing GFRIEND up-close!

For more details, visit www.facebook.com/OhKTVAsia and https://bit.ly/2F4bUV5

Oh!K is the Official Pay-TV Partner for the 2019 GFRIEND Asia Tour [Go Go GFRIEND] in Singapore. The concert will be held on 20 July 2019 at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre.

Oh!K (Singtel TV CH 525/611 and StarHub TV CH 816) is the ultimate Korean entertainment destination for viewers, home to K-Entertainment, K-Stars, K-Experience, and K-Lifestyle. Made for everyone who loves premium drama series, Oh!K offers viewers exciting Korean entertainment in variety shows and music programmes.

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About Oh!K

Oh!K offers viewers the ultimate Korean entertainment, including premium drama series as well as variety and music programming. A brand powered by major studios and content creators including MBC, one of Korea’s leading broadcasters and content providers, Oh!K is for everyone who loves drama – packaging iconic and award-winning hit series from an unrivalled catalogue of content. The channel is available in Southeast Asia and provides local audiences access to first-runs and exclusives, many soon after their transmission debut in Korea. Oh!K is brand created and distributed by Turner, a WarnerMedia company.

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If you have read about needing a compulsory selfie shot when you want to “Grab” a ride in Malaysia, this news is not about it. This news is about a new partnership by Grab and GovTech (Government Technology Agency of Singapore) to make GrabPay Wallet safer with a new verification feature.

The new feature is rolling out and will be available to all users by end-June.

What is this new e-wallet feature?

Grab will be integrating MyInfo into GrabPay. For the uninitiated, MyInfo is a digital identity service from GovTech. It stores your personal data that is available from many sources and is accessible via SingPass.

What it means is that GrabPay will access your MyInfo to get the data (with your permission, of course). Once done, you will get a “Verification Successful” notification.

What is in for Grab’s customer?

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release.

GrabPay users who successfully undergo the KYC (Know Your Customer) process can look forward to an enhanced mobile-wallet experience in the Grab app, which includes:

  • Increased annual transaction limit from S$5,000 to S$30,000.
  • (Coming Soon) Mastercard prepaid cards that enable customers to use their upgraded mobile wallet to pay for Grab services across Southeast Asia and for online payment. 
  • (Coming Soon) Wallet-to-wallet remittance product allowing users to remit money instantly and securely to receivers in the Philippines, and other countries using their GrabPay wallets.

Read the below Press Release for more information.

Press Release
Grab Creates Safer & More Secure GrabPay e-Wallet with New User Verification Feature
  • Grab is the first Super App to partner with GovTech for MyInfo integration
  • Through MyInfo, GrabPay users can enjoy seamless in-app user verification and unlock a more powerful e-wallet

Singapore, 7 June 2019 — Grab, the leading super app in Southeast Asia, has launched a new user verification feature on its GrabPay wallet in partnership with the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) today. Grab users will be able to authorise the retrieval of personal data from MyInfo, a digital identity service from GovTech, to complete the verification process easily. The new feature will contribute to a safer and more secure e-wallet for all GrabPay users. Upon verification, GrabPay users will also get to enjoy enhanced financial and payment services, all within their Grab app. The new feature will be progressively rolled out and will be available to all users by end June 2019.

This comes after GrabPay became a relevant stored value facility (SVF), licensed and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). As a regulated e-wallet, Grab is now required to perform customer identity verification on GrabPay users, in a process called KYC (Know Your Customer). MyInfo simplifies the customer verification process by reducing manual form-filling and eliminating the need to submit supporting documents such as photos of the NRIC.

Managed by GovTech, MyInfo is a trusted solution for SingPass users to authenticate themselves and manage the use of their personal data while transacting online with participating public and private organisations. It aims to create better efficiencies for business, while offering a more intuitive user experience.

“Providing a safe and secure e-wallet to our users is a top priority at Grab. Today, three-quarters of our customers use GrabPay daily and close to 9,000 merchants accept GrabPay as a payment option. As we roll out more services and give our users more reasons to go cashless, we know that it is important to ensure that they can do it with a peace of mind. The new user verification feature will help to further strengthen GrabPay’s security,” said Gary Wong, Head of GrabPay Singapore.“Our collaboration with GovTech has enabled us to introduce the verification feature with an easy-to-use and seamless process. We hope this will encourage more users to go through the KYC process and help build greater trust within the ecosystem.”

“We are excited that Grab has taken the opportunity to integrate MyInfo into its GrabPay, joining more than 40 industry partners that have done so with their digital products and services. We are also currently discussing with businesses in other sectors, and look forward to work with them and bring greater convenience to citizens,”said Kwok Quek Sin, Senior Director, National Digital Identity, GovTech.

To perform authentication with MyInfo, GrabPay users simply need to log-in to their SingPass account via the Grab app and provide consent to the retrieval of personal data. Users will receive a notification when Grab has verified and upgraded the account within 3 working days.

GrabPay users can unlock a powerful mobile wallet with MyInfo

GrabPay users who successfully undergo the KYC process can look forward to an enhanced mobile-wallet experience in the Grab app, which include:

  • Increased annual transaction limit from S$5,000 to S$30,000.
  • (Coming Soon) Mastercard prepaid cards that enable customers to use their upgraded mobile wallet to pay for Grab services across Southeast Asia and for online payment. 
  • (Coming Soon) Wallet-to-wallet remittance product allowing users to remit money instantly and securely to receivers in the Philippines, and other countries using their GrabPay wallets.

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About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 144 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab has the region’s largest land transportation fleet and has completed over 3 billion rides since its founding in 2012. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food and package delivery services, across 336 cities in eight countries. For more information, please visit www.grab.com.

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I have been following the Huawei news (or issues if you may call) for weeks and some might have thought that I am a staunch supporter of the brand. The fact is that I support based on facts. And up till now, I am still waiting for the facts to say that Huawei has done something wrong.

This post is NOT about me. It is about Huawei users. What is the latest status of the Huawei ban since 20th May when it all started?

Based on Singapore timeline (estimated but almost accurate), here are the chain of events.

Chain of Events

In my opinion, I hope everything will be back to normal. I know that many think that Huawei can survive using their own OS. I believe it is doable in China but will be extremely difficult in other countries.

For example, official apps from many companies or services (including Government ones) that have been approved by Google will be the biggest hit.

No companies will want to re-develop an app without the majority of users using that OS. It is a chicken and egg story. In the end, if the OS has not garnered enough supporters, it will not be supported and forgotten (Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS, Nokia Symbian to name a few).

But (there is always a but) if Huawei manages it so well that the take up rate is so high, there is a chance. Or if the Huawei OS can run native Android apps, there might be a silver lining on this issue.

All of these are speculations and I am sure many people already know or foresee how this game is going, moving forward.

I think the war has started. Huawei or any big companies now knows how vulnerable they are if they rely on other countries’ technologies. This might trigger a search for an alternative solutions for things like hardware, software, partnership and etc. It is a lose-lose situation for all, in the name of trade war.

Let’s hope this will not happen. Read below on how Singaporeans feel about the brand Huawei.

Press Release

‘I would still buy the phone in a heartbeat’: Huawei continues to attract customers in Singapore against the odds

From a telecommunications network company to a global consumer electronics brand, Huawei has grown tremendously to become the tech juggernaut that it is today – mostly with the unwavering support from its customers

SINGAPORE, JUNE 3, 2019 – Last weekend, tech enthusiasts and shoppers gathered at The PC Show to experience the latest HUAWEI P30 Pro featuring a ground breaking Leica quad camera system, better known for its zoom and low-light capabilities. In the same weekend, Huawei smartphone users were also given a complimentary phone care service on its monthly Service Day at its customer service centres located at 313@Somerset and Westgate.

Keen supporters and long-time users of Huawei were unfazed by recent events and instead expressed a resounding vote of confidence for the brand.

Ms. Wei Ling (right), who holds a Huawei Mate 10, has been encouraging her friends including Ms. Miao Hui (left) to purchase a Huawei smartphone for its quality.

Ms. Wei Ling, age 31, commented that, “I am not too concerned about the current situation and i believe Huawei will be able to come up with a solution given their strong roots in the technology sector. I will still recommend a Huawei phone to my friends because of its quality especially when it comes to the camera and battery performance.”

Mr. Joe Lum holding his latest Huawei P30 Pro and is his go-to gadget for photo taking.

Echoing this, Mr. Joe Lum, age 46, said, “I’ve been using many other phones before but nothing quite captures the great photo quality like the Huawei phone does. I would still buy the phone in a heartbeat because its cameras are amazing for a photography enthusiast like myself.”

Ms. Wen Qi was drawn to the Huawei P20 Pro because of its overall design and user-friendly interface.

“Photography is one thing, but for me I have always wanted a phone for usability and the Huawei P20 Pro has the best of everything,” commented Ms. Wen Qi. “My friends and I have the same phone and we plan on keeping our phones because it still works great. Huawei is such a big company and I am sure they will be able to overcome any challenges they face.”

The company is dedicated to create meaningful products and technologies whilst putting customers at the centre of its business. In 2018, Huawei invested 14.1% of its sales revenue (CNY101.5 billion) in R&D, ranking fifth globally in the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

More than just a brand name; values of resilience and tenacity displayed by Huawei gain respect among customers

Starting out with humble beginnings as a producer of phone switches since 1987, to building telecommunication networks and consumer electronics, Huawei has made big strides over the years in growing its customer base with over 55 million smartphones sold globally in the first quarter, cementing its position as the second largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Whilst many gravitate towards the brand for its outstanding offerings, some had more to say about the brand that go beyond functionalities and product.

Mr. Wilson Ng, is a fervent supporter of Huawei and is motivated to further his passion of photography thanks to the convenience and reliable camera system on his Huawei P20 Pro.

“I trust Huawei and their products. As an international company, they will do what’s best for a consumer. For a brand that has grown so fast, it is a force to be reckoned with,” said Mr. Wilson Ng. “Personally, I respect the brand being able to withstand the challenges and hardships that they’ve been put through with such humility and grace.”

Mr. James Lee (left) and his girlfriend, Ms. See Ying (right), have both recently made the switch to Huawei and are confident that the brand will continue to provide innovative technologies.

Ms. See Ying, age 23, who is a first-time user of Huawei with the P30 Pro, feels that there are plenty of opportunities ahead for the brand. “There is a famous quote that goes ‘in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity’. I have faith that Huawei will always be able to continue making innovative products in any circumstances as it is such a resilient and strong company.”

Mr Daniel Lim has been holding on to his Huawei P10 for the past two years.

A long-time supporter, Mr. Daniel Lim, age 31, said, “There are no other phones that are in the same league as Huawei given its solid hardware. Its innovations are driven by the company’s relentless attitude and I believe that it’s a brand that is here to stay no matter the ongoing challenges.”

In Singapore, Huawei has doubled its growth year-on-year and is expanding its services including Service Day that is held on the first weekend of every month to provide after-sales care for a growing customer base.

“The backbone of our success over the years has always been our customers who support the brand and believe in the innovations we offer,” a spokesperson from Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore said. “We’ll like to thank all our supporters for believing in us. We would have never been able to come this far without the support of our customers.”
For more information, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/sg/ and https://www.huawei.com/en/facts.

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

For more information please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/sg/ or find us @huaweimobilesg on social media.

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The Great Shopee Sales (GSS) has started. Lots of stuff are on sales or special deals right now. If you have been stalking the Shopee app, you might notice some new features on the app – Shopee LIVE and Shopee Quiz.

Some fun facts about Shopee LIVE and Shopee Quiz.

Shopee LIVE
  • Launched in May 2019
  • A live streaming feature designed to bring brands and sellers closer to their customers
  • The first integrated live stream feature for sellers on an e-commerce platform in Singapore
  • Shopee LIVE is mobile-optimised, making it convenient to stream while on-the-go
  • Enables all parties on Shopee to foster deeper connections through fun and interactive content
Shopee Quiz
  • Launched in February 2019
  • A mobile-optimised, interactive live game show hosted by local influencers
  • Allows real-time communication and engagement amongst participants
  • Enhances the social element of the platform
  • Live at 9pm daily during selected campaigns

Basically, Shopee LIVE helps to answer queries from buyers directly (Live) from the sellers without leaving the platform. And for buyers, it is your chance to display your selling power. All live streaming videos are available for replay on the platform. What a great way to save on advertising on the platform.

For Shopee Quiz, if you are into Shopee coins, this is a good way to earn more. Just answers some trivia questions from selected influencers and you get to share the coins with other participants.

Check out the Press Release for more details.

Press Release
Shopee Brings Live, Interactive Entertainment to Online Shopping with In-App Live Streaming and Quizzes
  • Designed to address Singaporean consumers’ growing consumption of mobile video content
  • Interactive features blend entertainment and social engagement with traditional e-commerce

SINGAPORE, 6 JUNE 2019 – Shopee today unveiled a suite of new interactive features for users in Singapore, including the first-ever in-app seller livestreaming feature, Shopee LIVE, and Shopee’s hugely popular live in-app trivia game show, Shopee Quiz. The new features are designed to integrate the personalised, social element of live interactive entertainment into the platform, and deliver an all-rounded shopping experience for users.

Zhou Junjie, Chief Commercial Officer, Shopee, said, “Singaporeans are looking for more than just a transactional shopping experience, they are demanding more entertainment and engagement. Drawing on the strong reception of our pioneering in-app features, our new suite of interactive features offer higher entertainment and engagement value, allowing us to create more meaningful connections with our users. We will also continue to work closely with our ever-growing community of brands and retail partners to bring the best campaigns and promotions to Singaporeans.”

Shopee LIVE empowers sellers to instantly connect with consumers

With data showing that 89% of Singaporeans consume video content on their mobile phones today, up from 56% in 2017,Shopee LIVE is designed to cater to Singaporeans’ growing demands for captivating online video content. The first-ever in-app live streaming feature enables sellers – official brands, SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs alike – the ability to stream live content to fans and potential customers with the touch of a button.

For consumers, Shopee LIVE provides a new cutting edge online shopping experience, where viewers are able to directly engage with sellers, learn about products, and ask questions in real-time. The feature also allows customers to easily purchase featured items without having to leave the live stream.

With Shopee LIVE, sellers can instantly connect with their customers through live streams that require just a mobile phone and a decent internet connection. Sellers are able to address queries through the live chat function in real-time, eliminating the hassle of going through individual questions on item listings. In addition to being able to leave comments during the live stream, viewers are also able to show their appreciation and support by tapping the ‘like’ button.

Sellers and brands that have participated in Shopee LIVE also saw sales increase by up to 75%, attesting to the appeal of the new feature among consumers.

Jae-min Kim, CEO, Smileouppa.SG, who was the first seller to utilise the newfeature, said, “The introduction of Shopee LIVEis a game changer for all sellers on the Shopee platform as it emulates the shopping experience in a physical store and more. I am able to directly connect with my customers in real-time and be creative with my content to boost engagement. Having successfully live streamed on Shopee three times, I am excited to host more interactive sessions to create long-term customer value with Shopee users.”

Shopee Quiz merges live streaming and gamification to engage consumers

Shopee Quiz is a mobile-optimised interactive live trivia game designed to deliver an engaging and rewarding online shopping experience for Shopee users. Hosted by local influencers, the game goes live at 9pm daily during selected campaigns, and brings the thrilling atmosphere of a live game show to viewers via live streaming.

Shopee users are challenged to test their knowledge by answering eight trivia questions across various topics, like history and pop culture. By answering all the questions correctly, participants can win a share of the Shopee Coins prize pool and products from participating brands. Social elements are also weaved into the e-commerce experience, as participants can win rewards in groups or earn an extra chance at winning the game by inviting their friends to play.

Shopee works with a growing community of leading brand partners

Other than introducing gamification and entertainment features to create a more engaging online shopping experience, Shopee is committed to deepening its existing partnerships with official brands while forging new ones through a variety of brand-led initiatives.

To cater to the growing demand for products from global brands, Shopee continuously conceptualises and rolls out key campaigns and features designed to meet users’ preferences and needs such as Shopee Men Sale, a permanent one-stop collection featuring a curation of top brands and products tailored specifically for men, and Shopee Beauty Bonanza, an annual campaign to cater to the large contingent of consumers who buy beauty products online.

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About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across the region. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

(https://shopee.sg/)

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If you think Google Search is good, it is even better now. Google has recently added AR (Augmented Reality) in their search results for animals on mobile. When you search for an animal, you can “summon” it into your environment in AR.

Here are examples of search results with this feature.

How to
  • First, go to Google.com on your mobile.
  • Search for animals like dog, wolf, horse, tiger, lion or panda (note that not all search results for animals has this AR feature).
  • Scroll down (if needed) to a box that says “Meet a life-sized your searched animal up close”
  • Once you press on it, you will see the animal in a white background.
  • For iOS, you can select AR to see the animal in your environment. For Android, you can select “View in your space” and follow the instruction. The animal will appear before you (in the mobile screen, I meant).

It works on iOS and some Android phones. For Android phones, ARCore must be supported. For some users, you might encounter issues. My best guess is that your Google.com is not set to English.

Here is a video to demo how the AR works. Note that I am using screen capture to video the process. You can only take picture with the AR feature.

Google Search with AR Feature - YouTube

I really like this feature. Imagine you can call out an animal and watch it safely in front of you instead of browsing through pictures or videos.

From my understanding, this feature might be used for products in the future. I can imagine online shops with such feature. Instead of model modeling the products on the website, you can render it on your environment and see if they really fit you.

Good job, Google!

BTW, I do have one complain and some suggestions.

  • Please improve the hair of the lion. It is quite unbearable to watch it.
  • Please add in more animals
  • Please add video function to capture the animals.
  • Please add a Ferrari. I want to have a picture with the car.

Here are some of the animals that can work with this AR feature.

  • Tiger
  • Dog
  • Pug
  • Panda
  • Eagle
  • Horse
  • Rottweiler
  • Turtle
  • Octopus
  • Shark
  • Lion
  • Cat
  • Pony
  • Snake
  • Ball Python
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Raccoon
  • Penguin

Let me know if you have found other animals that can work. Have fun!

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The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is finally reaching Singapore from 15th June. However, from 8th to 14th June, you can pre-order it via the official channels and get additional gift pack worth over S$500.

Here are the information you need to know.

Pre-Oder Period

From 8th to 14th June from OPPO Concept Stores located at Suntec City, Jurong Point and NEX, OPPO’s official online store and the OPPO’s Lazada Flagship Store.

Sales Location

Sales for the flagship phone begin 15th June from OPPO, Singtel, M1, Starhub, My Republic and circles.life stores, as well as OPPO’s Lazada Flagship Store.

BTW, OPPO has managed to upgrade its zoom capability to 60x digital zoom (previously only 10x zoom). More information in the Press Release below.

Press Release

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom with upgraded 60x digital zoom capabilities available to pre-order in Singapore from 8 June with free gifts worth over $500

Sales for OPPO’s flagship smartphone launch 15 June with a pop-up event at the OPPO Suntec City Concept Store

3 June 2019, Singapore – Fans in Singapore looking to get their hands on the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom, now boasting 60x digital zoom thanks to a recent upgrade, will be able to pre-order the device from 8 to 14 June from OPPO Concept Stores located at Suntec City, Jurong Point and NEX, OPPO’s official online store and the OPPO’s Lazada Flagship Store.

The Reno 10x Zoom, which packs a 256GB storage capacity with an additional 256GB expandable storage, will retail for S$1,199. The Reno 10x Zoom also comes protected by OPPO’s brand new International Warranty Service (IWS) which removes the pain of having to worry about potential phone issues thanks to easy access to services in all countries and regions where OPPO devices are sold through official channels.

Sales for the flagship phone begin 15 June from OPPO, Singtel, M1, Starhub, My Republic and circles.life stores, as well as OPPO’s Lazada Flagship Store.

To mark the launch of the Reno 10x Zoom, OPPO will turn its Suntec City Concept Store into a pop-up event for two weekends in June. Over 15 – 16 and 22 – 23  June with a gallery of works created by the OPPO Makers, games and treats suitable for the whole family and an experiential zone where visitors can test out the RENO 10x Zoom’s latest features. Those heading down will also get the rare opportunity to go head-to-head with OPPO Maker Nash Nizam, Team Flash’s resident Mobile Legends: Bang Bang pro gamer, in a two-hour challenge for the chance to win attractive prizes.

Customers who pre-order their Reno 10x Zoom devices are invited to collect their smartphones at the Suntec City Concept Store event. These customers will also walk away with an additional gift pack worth over $500. The gift pack includes a set of limited edition X-Men: Dark Phoenix Movie Merchandise, a pair of Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC Wireless Headphones and a Canon Mini Photo Printer (available while stocks last).

In addition, the first 300 customers to head down to the OPPO store on the day will receive a Limited Edition OPPO Reno Phone Case designed by OPPO MAKER, Tiffany Lovage.

For more information, visit https://www.oppo.com/sg/

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About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone – “Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPOprovides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and R series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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Apple might have realized that one size cannot fit all. Today, it announces many OSes – iOS 13, watchOS 6, tvOS 13 and macOS Catalina. However, one of them that caught my eyes is the iPadOS, specifically for iPad. Based on the demo, I love it. It focuses on multi-tasking, multi-screen and the use of Pencil. These, in my opinion, are important for an iPad user.

Follow the link below or read the Press Release

https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview/

Press Release
The new iPadOS powers unique experiences designed for iPad

New Home Screen, Powerful Multitasking, New Ways to Use Apple Pencil and More

SAN JOSE, California — June 3, 2019 — Apple® today previewed iPadOS, the powerful operating system with a new name to recognise the distinctive experience of iPad. iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. Introducing new ways to work with apps in multiple windows, more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to useApple Pencil®, iPadOS also benefits from the great new updates in iOS 13, making it the perfect device for consumers and creative pros alike.

“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets, more powerful multitasking and new tools that make using Apple Pencil even more natural.”

New Home Screen
The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. Today View can now be added to the Home screen, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information, including headlines, weather, calendar, events, tips and more.

Do More with Split View and Slide Over

iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. App Exposé provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a simple tap.

More Ways to Use Apple Pencil

With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is even more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen. A redesigned tool palette gives quick access to tools, colour palettes, shapes, object eraser, a new pixel eraser for removing any part of a stroke and a ruler for drawing perfectly straight lines. Apple Pencil feels even more natural, using advanced prediction algorithms and optimisations to reduce its industry-leading latency to as low as 9 milliseconds.

More Powerful Files App

The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.

Desktop-Class Browsing with Safari

Safari is more powerful than ever on iPad. iPadOS automatically presents the desktop version of the website, scaled appropriately for the iPad display, and optimises it for touch, so web apps like Google Docs, Squarespace and WordPress work great in Safari on iPad. Safari also supports significant new features such as a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts and enhancements to tab management. 

Improved Text Editing

Text editing on iPad receives a major update with iPadOS, making it easier and faster to point with even more precision and speed, select text with just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste and undo.

Additional iPadOS Features

  • Dark Mode delivers a dramatic dark colour scheme that looks great across the system and is easier on the eyes in low-light environments.
  • Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system, perfect for creating beautiful documents on iPad. Fonts from boutique and major vendors such as Adobe, DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa and Founder will be available on the App Store.
  • A new floating keyboard saves space and includes support for QuickPath — making one-handed typing easy and leaving more room to display apps. Customers can pinch in to enable the floating keyboard and drag it anywhere on the screen.
  • Photos curates the library to highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Photo editing is more intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review, and almost all photo editing capabilities are available for video editing.
  • Sign In with Apple is a fast, easy and private way to sign in to apps and websites using Apple ID.
  • Maps features a new basemap, built from the ground up: Look Around with beautiful street-level imagery of cities using high-resolution 3D photography; Collections for a new way to share restaurants, shops or destinations; and Favourites for quick navigation to frequent locations.1 
  • Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates up to 60 percent smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

Availability
The developer preview of iPadOS is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iPadOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. iPadOS will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later. For more information, visit apple.com/sg/ipados/ipados-preview. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
1 The new map is available now in select cities and states and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020.

Apple revolutionised personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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