Apple started selling the iPhone XS and XS Max today in several countries today including Singapore. As usual, a long queue started forming the day before outside Apple Store Orchard Road. There were estimated more than hundred of people in queue.
At around 11pm last night, some people wearing Huawei T-Shirt were spotted handing out power banks to those in queue. The power bank come in a packaging saying “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it. Courtesy of Huawei”

Warning: Rant ahead.
You didn’t hear me wrong. Huawei staff giving out power bank to people queuing up for Apple iPhone. Who came up with this marketing stunt? These people are queuing up to buy something from your competitor. Why are you giving them freebies? It is not as if they are going to leave the queue and head to the nearest Huawei store to get an Huawei phone after this.
And existing Huawei customers are asking why they didn’t receive a free power bank when they purchase a Huawei phone. Why is Huawei rewarding the competitor’s fan boys and neglecting their fans?
And yes, Huawei want to let everyone know that iPhone battery life is not as good as theirs. But everyone already know that. Yet you still get long queue outside Apple Store during every launch. Have you ever wondered why?
It’s ok if you want to poke fun of your competitor. But you don’t do it outside their store. You don’t do that to people already queuing up to buy your competitor’s product. That’s punching below the belt.
Some people might say that this is a great marketing stunt. I say this is very unethical. It is unethical to hijack your competitor event outside their store. I thought only small companies will put such low class stunt. And after pulling such stunt, they have the cheek to take photos and send out to media and bloggers in Singapore. Shame on you Huawei. Didn’t expect a MNC like Huawei to do this. Utterly disappointed.

Huawei: How would you feel if Apple (or any of your competitors)send their staff to your store during your launch day and give out freebies with their marketing messaging to those queuing up to buy your phone? Oh wait. There’s no long queue outside Huawei store during their phone launch day. #burn

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) just launched the Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR), a single QR code that combines multiple e-payment solutions into one. The SGQR came after the setup of an industry task force last August by co-led by the MAS and IMDA. Members of the task force include both Singapore and international payments providers, who will implement SGQR for their Singapore merchants.

SGQR is not a separate payment scheme. There is no new app for you to download or new digital wallet for you to set up. It uses your existing e-payment solution such as GrabPay, PayNow, Alipay, WeChat etc. SGQR simply replaces all the QR codes from various e-payment solutions into one QR code. This allows merchants to accept multiple e-payment without the need to display multiple QR codes.
With SGQR, consumers will see a single SGQR label that shows all QR payment options that the merchant accepts. For merchants, SGQR will be an infrastructure-light and cheaper way to accept multiple types of e-payments.