Planning to use your Credit or Debit Cards when traveling oversea? Well, come 1 October 2013, you will need to contact your bank to activate them first. This is because all local banks will be disabling the magnetic stripe on their Credit and Debit cards. This move is to protect the card holders since data encoded on the magnetic stripe cards can be easily copied.
There will be no issue while using your Credit and Debit Cards in Singapore since all merchants have began using the EMV chip on the Credit and Debit Cards. However some merchants in countries like Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK and Malaysia may not accept Credit and Debit Cards with EMV chips. This means you will need to contact your back to activate the magnetic stripe before traveling.
Some banks might be implementing the deactivation earlier than 1 October. HSBC will be disabling of the magnetic stripes in August. DBS Bank and Standard Chartered will implement the new measures by September 22 and September 30 respectively.
Looks like we have one more thing on our travel checklist to do before traveling oversea.

Hasbro is having a warehouse sale this weekend at Bishan Community Club. Starting from Friday, 2 August 2013, the 3 days event will see toys and games like Star Wars, Transformers and Nerf on sale.
Oh, and if you are there, you can also pop by the new Starbucks at Bishan Community Club. Yes, Bishan FINALLY got a Starbucks. Rejoice Bishanean! Or is it Bishanese? Or Bishanian? Oh well, you get the point.
Update: If you are heading down to the Hasbro Warehouse Sale, do be prepared for long queue.

Electronic Arts announced recently that it has secured licensing agreements with 19 of the top football clubs from Brazil for the upcoming game FIFA 14. This will ensure that each club will feature the authentic club crest, kits and players in-game.
In total, FIFA 14 will feature over 30 leagues, more than 600 clubs, and 16,000 players.
FIFA 14 will be launched on 24 September 2013.

The Media Development Authority has notified The Independent to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, which was enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act. As part of the registration, they will be required to undertake not to receive foreign funding for its provision, management and/or operation.
Wait, we are not talking about The Independent from UK. The Independent that we are talking here is a new local current affairs website aimed to bring in-depth perspective and analysis on current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore. In fact, the site will only be launching on 9 August 2013.
According to the Press Release from MDA, the Government has received specific information which gives it cause for concern over foreign interest to fund The Independent.
Soon after the news broke, The Independent released a response regarding the notification to register. The management of The Independent, Singapore said that they are pleased to register under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act. They also took this opportunity to stress that the Board and core team behind The Independent are all Singaporeans and prohibits the acceptance of foreign funding.
I’m still puzzled by why MDA decided to ask a new website to register under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act. But whatever it is, I’m glad that The Independent has clarified that they prohibits the acceptance of foreign funding. And hey, this is great publicity for the new site. I haven’t heard of The Independent Singapore until the MDA Press Release.
Looking forward to The Independent Singapore’s official launch on National Day.