Archive for November 2015

Uber surge pricing during SMRT train disruption

The train broke down yesterday morning during rush hour. It was a horrible timing. Everyone is on the way to work and there was a 2 hour disruption on the North South Line between Yishun and Bishan stations.

As usual, the free shuttle bus service was unable to cope with the large number of commuters. If the free shuttle bus service was able to cope, then we won’t need to have train already.

Some people reported that Uber was having a surge price during the disruption. The surge price went as high as 3.9 times the normal rate. Naturally, there were lots of complains.

For the uninitiated, Uber increase their rates when there is a high demand. This is to encourage more drivers to become available and ensure you get a Uber even when there is high demand.

Uber is not a charity organisation or government agency. It is not related to SMRT or SBS. It does not need to provide national duty when the train breaks down. It has every rights to increase the price when the train breakdown.

In fact, it is good that Uber has a price surge when there is a high demand. This is especially good for people who are in a hurry and money is not an issue. If Uber don’t have a price surge, they will most likely end up being fully booked like all the Taxi companies. At least we have an alternative if we are really in a hurry.

And come on. Nobody force you to take Uber during the price surge. The price surge amount is clearly displayed on screen before you book for an Uber. You can always reject and go try your luck getting a cab. So even though I most likely won’t be taking an Uber when there is a 3.9 times price surge, it is good to know that Uber is still available if you are in a real hurry.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015

Norton by Symantec just released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 recently. The report sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers. The findings have revealed that 1 in 5 Singaporeans are victims of cybercrime.

7 in 10 Singaporeans believe using public WiFi is riskier than using a public restroom. I’m one of them. In fact I forgotten when was the last time I log in to a public WiFi. I’ve been using my 4G Mifi when I’m outside. It’s much safer than using public WiFi. You never know when another exploit like Fire Sheep might happen.

Check out other findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015.


To learn more about the real impact of cybercrime and how consumers can protect their digital
information, visit Norton website for more information.

honestbee “World’s Coolest Job” in Niseko, Japan

honestbee, the on-demand grocery concierge and delivery service company based in Singapore, is looking for two candidates to shop and deliver groceries in Japan for a month.

The “World’s Coolest Job” is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in Niseko, Japan from 4 to 31 January 2016 as a trained shopper and delivery bee. The job comes with an attractive salary of US$10,000 plus expenses, training, living cost, transport and exclusive activities.

Land Yourself the World's Coolest Job

To apply for the “World’s Coolest Job”, you need to submit your “resume” via Instagram. Simply follow @honestbeejp on Instagram and upload a 15 seconds video application in English saying why you are the best person for the job. Hashtag #WorldsCoolestJob and make sure your account is public.

The top 10 submissions based on the number of likes will be shortlisted for an interview with a panel of judges comprising honestbee executives. The two winners will be announced on 28 December 2015. For more info, visit the “World’s Coolest Job” website.

So good luck!

Canon EOS M10 coming to Singapore

Fans of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras will be glad to know that Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M range, the EOS M10, will be available in Singapore by end of November.

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The EOS M10 is paired with the new compact EF-M15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens that ensures high image quality in every shot. Equipped with a 3 inch tilt-type LCD touchscreen that extends to 180 degrees, the EOS M10 has an intuitive user interface that also enables selfies from varied angles. Photographers also benefit from an enhanced user experience with its Creative Assist editing capabilities and connectivity features.

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Powered by the advanced Canon DIGIC 6, the processor handles images quietly at swift speed and ensures high speed processing with low power consumption. Paired with the 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution and clarity in images will stand out. Even in dim lighting, the high ISO speed performance from 100 – 12800 on the EOS M10 will capture rich colours and details. The EOS M10 uses an APS-C sized sensor, commonly used in the EOS DSLR range of cameras. The larger sensor size powerfully captures more light during exposure, ensuring higher image quality typically associated with DSLR cameras.

The Canon EOS M10 will be available in Singapore from end November at the following recommended retail price.


Flip – A thinner British power plug

If you are living in Singapore, UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia or any country using the UK power plug, you will know that it is not the most portable power plug standard in the world. It’s huge and bulky. So even though all our gadgets and devices have become slimmer and more portable, we are still stuck with a big bulky power plug.


Well, there is a new Kickstarter project that aims to change all these. Flip is a folding UK power plug that reduces the power plug to 1/3 of the size when not using. The folding design also prevent the pin from scratching other devices.


There are three versions of Flip. A dual USB charger, 4 USB charger and a duo USB charger with 2000mHA power bank.



The Flip British power plug is now on Kickstarter.