The following articles were authored by dk

2G network shutdown in Singapore

The 3 telcos in Singapore will be shutting down the 2G network starting from today. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. It’s real.

This mean that beginning today your old 2G phones cannot be used anymore. Phones like your Nokia 3310, Ericsson T10, Motorola StarTAC etc.

But most people won’t be affected. However, there might be some senior citizens who are still holding on to old 2G phones and didn’t know about this 2G network shutdown. So if you know anyone, do help them switch to a 3G or 4G phone.

Oh ya, and those going for reservist can no longer use their good old Nokia or Ericsson phone now. Goodbye my Nokia 8250. (Not that I still need to go back reservist anymore)

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Mobike launches in Singapore

Mobike recently announced it is formally launching in Singapore. This is the first time that a Chinese bike-sharing company has launched a full-scale deployment in an international market, and comes less than a year after the first Mobike hit the streets in April 2016.

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Mobike’s launch in Singapore coincides with the government push to support cycling as a viable last-mile transport solution through initiatives such as the “Walk, Cycle, Ride” scheme and the expansion of the city’s 300km Park Connector Network. A local Mobike team is also working with regulators and partners to develop bike-sharing in Singapore. Mobikes will initially be deployed at high demand areas such as MRT stations and university campuses, with a focus on high-density residential areas where commuters will be travelling to and from their homes or offices to nearby transport hubs.

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Every Mobike is equipped with a proprietary “smart lock”, containing GPS technology that connects the bike with Mobike’s Internet of Things platform. This technology enables the company to locate the position of each bike, allowing users to find a bike near them through the app’s built-in mapping function. This also allows Mobike to implement a data-driven approach to operations, using data analysis to distribute their fleet of bikes efficiently around the city to meet user demand. The platform also enables Mobike to monitor the health status of each bike and whether bikes are being parked in appropriate locations, a feature that no other bike-sharing company can offer.

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To celebrate its launch in Singapore, Mobike is running a special promotion over the coming weeks that will enable users to enjoy Mobike for as little as 50 cents. Payment is quick and easy using a debit or credit card. Mobike is also working withother companies such as NETS and SMRT to accept other payment methods in the future.

The Mobike mobile app is now available for download in Singapore iOS and Google Play store.

Samsung Unpacked 2017

Samsung is having an Unpacked event at New York today (11pm Singapore time) for the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can catch the live stream on Samsung website.

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The announcement is slightly later than usual. We usually get the announcement at Mobile World Congress around late February or early March. Samsung delayed the announcement following the investigation into the Note 7 fire.

Samsung has since introduced a 8-Point Battery Safety Check for its smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first major smartphone launch since Note 7.

Apple launches red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple is adding a new colour to the iPhone line up, red. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is launched in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation.

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The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from 24 March 2017.

LEGO Senior Designer Marcos Bessa in Singapore for BrickHeadz launch

LEGO Senior Designer, Marcos Bessa, is here in Singapore for the launch of LEGO BrickHeadz.

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Marcos Bessa is the designer behind many iconic LEGO sets including The Disney Castle (71040), Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827), Ewok Village (10236), The SHIELD Helicarrier (76042), The Simpsons House (71006), Bat-Pod (5004590), Double-Decker Couch (70818) and many more.

He will be at Wisma Atria on Saturday (11 March) at 11.20am for the Singapore launch of LEGO BrickHeadz. Customers who purchase selected LEGO sets at LEGO Certified Store (Bricks World) Ngee Ann City on 11th March can get an autograph from Marcos at the event.

You can also catch the event live on LEGO Facebook page.

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Missed the pre-order for LEGO BrickHeadz? Find out how you can get them here.