OPPO Singapore just launched their brand new concept 3.0flagship store at Suntec City Mall. Singapore is the first country outside China to launch this store that focuses on the customer, creating an interactive experience for them.

The store features a “humanistic design concept” emphasizing on being people-oriented and experience-driven. Key features of the OPPO 3.0 flagship store includes large LED touchscreen table to browse through OPPO products and infomation.
The store also features an in-built photobooth. Leveraging on the OPPO phone’s camera, customers have the opportunity to snap and upload images of themselves onto an LED wall and download to post these photos on their social media platforms as well.
There is also a miniature diorama of Singapore’s landscape in a 3D model with an OPPO phone capturing images on a track running through the city.
The OPPO Singapore 3.0 flagship store is located in Suntec City at Tower 3, #01-627-630 and is open from Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm.

Razer recently announced that it is partnering with the NETS Group to launch Razer Pay in Singapore by first quarter of 2019.
Razer and NETS are working to enable Razer Pay acceptance on NETS unified POS terminals, with the goal of enabling full interoperability by the time Razer Pay launches in Singapore in Q1 2019.
The NETS network currently includes 40,000 Unified POS terminals and 55,000 QR acceptance points.
In addition to NETS, brands such as Reebonz, Sistic, SP Group, and WTS Travel are also working with Razer to integrate its e-payment capabilities into their systems. For example, Razer is working with SP Group to integrate payment directly within the Razer Pay app – no scanning of QR code necessary. In this way, users can experience unprecedented convenience and ease of payment for their utility bills. Similarly, customers will also be able to pay Sistic when buying tickets.
Razer Pay users in Singapore will also enjoy gaming and digital entertainment offerings, such as Steam Wallet codes, Blizzard balance PINs, and Sony PlayStation PINs.
In other news, Razer Pay inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based digital security firm V-Key Pte Ltd to foster strategic collaboration over digital identity and e-payments. Under the agreement, V-Key will look into providing leading technology to support and facilitate the highest standards of authentication and security for Razer Pay, and across the entire Razer ecosystem at large.
Razer also announced that it is collaborating with UOB’s fintech accelerator the FinLab to develop a proof-of-concept (POC) to test cross-border remittance using blockchain technology. The blockchain-based POC aims to improve operational efficiency by increasing the transparency and speed of cross-border remittances.

In celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary, Beats by Dre is launching the Mickey Mouse edition of the Solo3 Wireless Headphones. The headphones come with a felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats and include a 90th-anniversary enamel pin.

The cool-grey, on-ear wireless headphone features an all-over design resurrecting Mickey Mouse’s iconic pose worn by music legends throughout the eras. And since this is a Solo3 Wireless Headphone, it comes with the Apple W1 chip that provides easy one-step Bluetooth connection and ability to toggle seamlessly between iCloud-registered devices. You’ll also get 3 hours playback after just 5 minutes of charging.
The Mickey Mouse Solo3 headphones come with grey colour, and it is now available at Takashimaya and SprintCass stores at Changi Airport at $449.

Last week, States Times Review (STR) posted an article titled “Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB’s Key Investigation Target”. I didn’t read the article but knowing that it is from STR, I knew the chances of that article being fake is rather high. But of cos, an article like this wouldn’t sit well with the Government. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) ordered STR to take down the article by Friday (9 Nov) 5pm or it will direct Internet Service Providers to restrict access to the site.
At the same time, a request was sent to Facebook for them to remove the article from STR’s Facebook page. According to a statement from the Law Ministry, Facebook declined to take down a post. The statement used this to justify the need for legislation to protect Singapore from deliberate online falsehoods.
Firstly, there’s no need for more legislation to protect Singapore from deliberate online falsehoods. We already have the capabilities and framework to combat online falsehood. Just take this case for example. After STR posted the article, the Singapore Government and High Commission in Malaysia issued a clarification to say the post was false and libellous. This was widely reported in many reputable news sites and most people already know that STR is not a trustworthy site. And when STR refuse to take down the article by the deadline, the website was blocked by all Singapore ISP. Right now, if you try visiting STR in Singapore, you’ll be greeted with this message.

I’m not a fan of Government censoring the internet but unfortunately they have the power to order local ISP to restrict access to certain website. And it works perfectly for them. So what other legislation does the Law Ministry need to combat deliberate online falsehoods?
There is no need for additional legislation to fight deliberate online falsehoods. Transparency and education are the best way to combat fake news. It is better to educate everyone on how to spot fake news. The Media Literacy Council is doing a good job in educating everyone on how to deal with fake news.
So why is the Law Ministry pushing for more legislation when existing legislation are more than enough?
We need to be careful before making new laws to regulate the internet. While the original intention is good, they might be abused by others in the future. The current legislations are more than enough. In fact, in my opinion, it already give the Government too much power.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is now available in Lavender Purple colour.

The new Lavender Purple edition features a soft purple sheen coated in restrained glass, marrying a unique colour with a sophisticated and luxurious design. With its contemporary finish, the new Galaxy Note9 colour option is the ideal companion for users looking to express their style and personality through their mobile devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Lavender Purple will be available from 10 November 2018 in 128GB and 512GB options.
Launched in August 2018, the Galaxy Note9 is also available in Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper and Midnight Black.

Been wanting to blog about this for a long time. The situation is getting worse now. We need new legislation to stop scalpers.
For the uninitiated, a scrapler is someone who purchase large quantity of an item with the sole intention of reselling them at a much higher price. The most recent case is the BTS concert where scraplers are reselling the tickets at up to $4000 when the original price is just $348.
Something needs to be done to stop this. Firstly, these scraplers are buying up all the available tickets to create a shortage of supply. Then they mark up the prices based on the demand.
Scalpers are getting more common nowadays. And they don’t just buy and resell tickets. Even smartphones and LEGO are not spared. And with the help of online marketplace, it is getting easier for scalpers to resell the item.
Scalpers need to be stopped. New legislation need to be in place to stop people from profitting from reselling an item excessively. I’m fine if the resold price is 20% to 30% more expensive than the usual price. But things are getting out of hand nowadays.
Everyone need to work together to stop scalpers. Talk to your MP. Ask them to push for new bill in Paraliment to stop scalping. Online market place admins need to ban people from profitting excessively from reselling an item. Concert organisers should implement features to prevent tickets from being resold. For example, the Ed Sheeran concert tickets will have the buyer’s name printed on it to prevent resale.
The rest of us need to stop buying things from scalpers. Let them hang on to the item forever without finding a buyer. If everyone corporates and stop buying from scalpers, then the scraping will stop eventually.