The following articles were authored by dk

Samsung Pay now in Singapore

Good news to Samsung users. Samsung Pay is now in Singapore.

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Samsung Pay is available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+, S6 edge+ 4G+, S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+. The mobile payment service can be use to make purchases at almost anywhere that debit cards or credit cards are accepted.

Samsung Pay uses an encrypted digital token to replace sensitive card information to prevent fraud. Transactions made on Samsung Pay require registered fingerprint or PIN for authorization. The encrypted fingerprint information is stored in a separate, secure area of your device.

Users can add credit cards from Citibank as well as debit and credit cards from DBS/POSB, OCBC bank and Standard Chartered to Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is accepted at the vast majority of merchants in Singapore, wherever MasterCard or Visa is accepted and is not limited to merchants that have updated to contactless terminals.

Selected merchants such as AmorePacific and Watsons will be having promotions starting today.

The Singapore government agencies, ministries and statutory boards became a laughing stock today after Straits Times reported a memo regarding the blocking of Internet access on work computer. According to the memo, all work computers of public officers will have no access to the Internet from May 2017.

This move is aimed at tightening security and preventing any potential leaks. In response to media queries, an IDA spokesperson said:

“We have started to separate Internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and will do so for the rest of the public service officers progressively over a one-year period. There are alternatives for Internet access and the work that officers need to do, does not change,”

Well, at least they can still access internet via their personal devices. Public officers who needs internet access for their work will be given separate devices for official government work and Internet access.

This is going to be quite troublesome for those public officers who job scope requires internet access. Personally I feel that there should be a balance between security and efficiency. While there is a need for strict security policies, it should not affect efficiency or hinder performance. So much for a Smart Nation.

Starbucks + Vivienne Tam collection

Starbucks Singapore is collaborating with fashion designer Vivienne Tam to launch an exclusive line of merchandise. Inspried by Vivienne Tam’s iconic “Bird and Flora” print, the collection effortlessly blends Asian cultural roots with a modern design vocabulary recognized for its artistry.

Vivienne Tam x Starbucks Double Wall Mug + S'well Bottle (Red)

The collection includes the Vivienne Tam + Starbucks Double Wall Mug, the Vivienne Tam + Starbucks S’well 17oz Stainless Steel Bottle, the Vivienne Tam + Starbucks Tote Bag, and the Vivienne Tam + Starbucks Limited Edition Card.

The Starbucks + Vivienne Tam collection is available beginning 10 June 2016 at all Starbucks stores across Singapore at $128. Only limited stocks are available in stores.

Blizzard Entertainment partners Facebook to stream gameplay on Facebook Live

Streaming gameplay online is nothing new. But it is interesting to see Blizzard Entertainment adding Facebook Live to their “Go Live” streaming functionality.

This is the first time players will be able to livestream their game sessions directly to their Facebok timeline. Friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.

This is an interesting use of Facebook Live. Maybe other gaming platform will add Facebook Live in the near future. Watch out Twitch and YouTube.

PC Show 2016

The PC Show is happening this weekend at Singapore Expo. The PC Show, Singapore’s longest running international showcase of its kind brings together these and other hot IT gadgets and consumer electronics as the show returns for its 26th consecutive run.

Visitors to The PC Show 2016 will be able to enjoy some of the best bargains and deals on IT and consumer electronics in Singapore. The Show will play host to leading brands such as AC Ryan, Acer, AfterShock PC, Airwheel, ASUS, Best Denki, Brother, Canon, Challenger, Courts, Creative, Cybermind, Dell, D-Link, Epson, Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox, Gain City, GameProSG, Harvey Norman, HP, iPassion, John Ackerman, Lenovo, LG, M1, Microsoft, Mobot, MyRepublic, Newstead, nübox, Olympus, Philips, Prolink, Samsung, Seagate, Singtel, Toshiba, ViewQwest and Western Digital.