Apple Pay now in Singapore

Good news if you are an American Express Credit Card holder. You can now sign up for Apple Pay with American Express Credit Card issued in Singapore.

Starting today, Amex Card Members can add their eligible personal and corporate cards and pay with their iPhone or Apple Watch. However, there is a S$100 limit per Apple Pay transaction.

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Paying with Apple Pay is easy. There’s no need to peon an app or even wake your display. To pay, just hold your iPhone near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID. Or double-click the Home button when your iPhone is locked to access Wallet. Apple Pay assigns a unique number for each purchase. Your card number is never stored on your device and are never sent to merchants when you make a payment.

Apple Pay is currently available at the following participating merchants.

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Singapore is the 6th country in the world to have Apple Pay. Support for VISA will be coming soon however no date is given.

OCBC OneTouch now available on Android

OCBC Bank was the first in Singapore to launch a banking app that allow customers instant fingerprint access to view their balances and transaction histories across their bank accounts, credit cards and investments.

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But that’s just for iPhone users. Well, OCBC has extended the OneTouch feature to the Android version of OCBC Mobile Banking app, becoming the first bank in Singapore to offer a banking app with a fingerprint authentication feature for smartphones running on the Android operating system. Customers who own supported phone models can now access to their balances for all their banking accounts, credit cards and investments, as well as credit card details such as rewards, due dates and credit limits using their fingerprint.

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The OCBC Mobile Banking Android app is available for download for free on the Google Play Store. Customers can enjoy the OneTouch function on the following Samsung Galaxy models running on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system or newer: S5 series, S6 series, S7 series, A5, A7, A8, Note 4, Note 5, Note Edge and Alpha.

Starbucks Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino

Starbucks just launched a new drink, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino.

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Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is a twist on classic American summer flavors inspired by s’mores. You might be thinking what’s a s’mores. A s’more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the US and Canada. It consist of a fire roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. (There’s even a National S’mores Day that is celebrated annually on 10th August)

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino taste great and is great for the warm weather now.

PS: Another classic American dessert, Key Lime Pie Frappuccino will be coming soon. Looks like we are having a sweet sweet summer.

Instagram has began messing up your timeline

Bad news to Instagram users in Singapore, New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Venezuela. Instagram is now showing you a curated timeline instead of the usual chronological order.

Instagram announced a few weeks ago that on average, a user miss 70 percent of the post on their feeds. So in order to “improve” your experience, Instagram will change the order of your feed to show the moments that they believe you will care about the most.

As usual, that cause a big hoo-ha on social media and many Instagram accounts were urging their followers to turn on notifications for their accounts so that they won’t miss a post. Instagram had to quickly clarify that they are only doing testing on a small selected group of users.

Hmmm….. unfortunately they have chosen Singapore as one of the guinea pigs.

It’s been more than 24 hours since Instagram turned on the curated feed for my Instagram account and I must say that the experience is horrible. Maybe I’m resistant to changes. I’m used to seeing the latest photo on my feed. But with the new change, the first image I see might be something posted a few hours ago. The feed is no longer in chronological order. You can get a post from 2 hours ago follow by a post from 40 minutes ago.

Maybe it takes a while for Instagram to understand my preference. But right now my newsfeed suck big time. I keep asking why is Instagram showing this and that? And to make things worst, refreshing the feed doesn’t do anything. You’ll still get the same picture even if someone posted something new.

So yes, if Instagram is using us for testing, here’s my feedback. It’s horrible. Give us back our chronological order feed. If you really care about users missing out on “moments we will care about the most”, then put it on another tab. Give users the option of viewing Instagram in chronological order and curated order.

UNLESS the move to curated feed is simply to make accounts pay for advertisement so that their post will show up more and not improving user experience. Then I’ll say that changing to a curated feed is a good move.

Limited edition Pringles Party Speakers

Pringles is giving away a limited edition Party Speaker with ever 3 cans of 150gm Pringles purchased.

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The Party Speaker connects easily to your smartphone, MP3 player or laptop via the cable provided. If you have more than one speakers, you can interconnect them to amplify the sound. The speaker can also attach easily to the top of a Pringles can to produce a nicer bass.

The limited edition Pringles Party Speakers is available for a limited period from now till 15 May 2015 (or till stock last). There are 5,000 speakers available islandwide. Simply purchase 3 specially marked 150gm Pringles cans, visit Pringles website and key in the unique code under the Pringles Cans membrane. The Pringles Party Speaker will be delivered to your doorstep free-of-charge within 60 days.

Oh, and remember to keep your Pringles can to use with the Party Speaker. Have fun!