Singtel to deploy Massive MIMO technology at special events

The journey to 5G by Singtel continues, it’s shaping up nicely and progressing towards reaching the 5G standards. Singtel recently announced that they would be deploying massive MIMO technology at special events in Singapore, starting with National Day Parade 2017, taking place very soon on 9th August 2017!

For those who regularly visited National Day Parades over the years, whether at the parade ground itself or in the nearby vicinity, we would encountered and experienced no mobile network coverage due to the huge number of people in the area. With the deployment of the massive MIMO technology, that would relieve the issues that mobile users faced previously. I am looking forward to Singapore reaching the 5G technology standards, it would be very helpful and useful for businesses and consumers.

Let me share with you more information on Singtel to deploy massive MIMO technology at special events from the press release information:

Singtel announced plans to deploy Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology commercially on its LTE-Advanced mobile network, to enhance mobile data speed experience by up to 200% at special events for its customers. A precursor to 5G technology, Massive MIMO is an advanced solution used to boost network capacity in highly dense environments.

Singtel will team up with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to deploy Massive MIMO technology at the Marina Bay area. For a start, Singtel will roll out the network boost at the upcoming National Day celebrations, with other deployments planned for the Singapore F1 Night Race and the New Year countdown event.

Over 150,000 people are expected at the Marina Bay area to celebrate National Day. Singtel mobile customers gathered there will be able to enjoy a better data experience as they share their photos and videos of the exciting performances and fireworks on social media.

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: “On the joyous occasion of our National Day celebrations, Singtel is pleased to be pairing our newly-acquired 2.5GHz spectrum with Massive MIMO technology to expand our network capacity and offer our customers an enhanced mobile experience at this and other special events. We look forward to rolling out new technologies and innovative solutions to support the anticipated growth in mobile data.”

Globally, large crowds gathered at events, such as concerts and festivals, use high volumes of data to share their experiences via real-time videos on social media. This extraordinary behaviour generates a dramatic spike in network traffic, presenting a challenge for operators to provide fast and consistent data speeds.

Singtel has identified Massive MIMO as one of the solutions to the problem. Singtel will use Massive MIMO base stations featuring a large array of 64 antennas that improve spectral efficiency and cell capacity using innovations in radio technologies. The innovative antenna system channels signals to users’ specific locations instead of broadcasting across a geographical area. This multiplies the number of data paths from the cellular base stations, thus increasing network capacity and improving user experience.

Singtel provides Singapore’s fastest nationwide mobile data speeds at 450Mbps and recently launched 800Mbps speeds in the high-traffic Orchard Road area. In addition to having the island’s widest outdoor 4G coverage as rated by IMDA1 for 10 consecutive quarters, Singtel is also ranked the fastest telco in Singapore by global metrics leader, Ookla.

For more information on Singtel’s mobile data speeds, please visit here.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

OPPO Announced Limited Edition Red R11

OPPO recently launched the R11 smartphone in Singapore, their flagship model smartphone. I was at the launch event and had a short hands on with the OPPO R11 smartphone, more information on the OPPO R11 can be found here that I shared in an earlier article.

Now, I am going to share an exciting news with fans of OPPO, especially looking to get the OPPO R11 smartphone! OPPO announced a limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone, it will debut on 29th July 2017 and pre-orders start on 21st July 2017!

Let me share with you some key information on the limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone:

The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone. The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.

In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.

The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.

The limited edition Red R11 retails at S$699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/.

For more information about the R11, visit http://www.oppo.com/sg/.

* Information and pictures courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSLGROUP *

Double Rainbow spotted on 8th July 2017

A rainbow, a beautiful sight on Earth, one of the many wonders by our Mother Nature. I was able to spot rainbow a number of times over the years at different locations in Singapore, it’s always a blessing to be able to see a rainbow.

A double rainbow, is much harder to spot and I haven’t personally spot a double rainbow since the year 2012, check out my previous post here when I shared about my double rainbow story!

On 8th July 2017, I was at the Marina Bay area, on the Esplanade side, photographing National Day Parade (NDP) 2017 rehearsal, this was the National Education 2 (NE2) show. While photographing the pre-parade performances around the Marina Bay, a rainbow appeared above and behind the skyline of Marina Bay Sands! The sight was really gorgeous! A lot of the visitors present around Marina Bay were probably photographing away the view of the rainbow!

As the time quickly progressed, a faint second rainbow appeared at the side of the main rainbow! Finally, I managed to spot a double rainbow again! I quickly turned my attention to the double rainbow, photographing and capturing this wonderful image down on my cameras and my memories. This photograph, was a perfect theme for my number 5,000th post on Instagram, a personal milestone for me, a perfect fit with this double rainbow!

It’s not easy at all to spot a double rainbow and this is a blessing for me, considering the difficult and tough times for my photography business. I am glad that I managed to capture this with the Huawei P10 Plus, a smartphone that I am reviewing currently!

This article titled “Journey with me along with Huawei P10 Plus“, is a prelude to my review articles and photographs that I would be sharing at the end of the Huawei P10 Plus review. For the next few weeks, walk with me, through my eyes, thoughts, views and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

I am also taking this opportunity to constantly remind myself again and again, in this post that I wrote … it’s time to return back to creating quality content with my photographs and stories, through my own vision and direction.

Concentrating and focusing on this area, I can let the toxic and bad wolfs stay away from my brain, heart and soul. I must and I need to let go of the toxic and nasty people around me.

The Huawei P10 Plus smartphone review set is like a lucky star for me, spotting the double rainbow and re-igniting the photography and creative spark inside me again.

You’ll Never Walk Alone! Onward!

OPPO launched flagship model R11 smartphone

OPPO, a leading global camera phone brand, recently launched the OPPO R11, its flagship model smartphone. The OPPO R11 smartphone is packed with the world’s first 20MP front and 20MP + 16MP rear dual cameras and that is something that caught my attention.

 

At the recent OPPO R11 launch event, I had a short time to hold, feel and touch the latest OPPO flagship smartphone. My initial impression was on that weight of the R11, it was very lightweight and easy to carry. The OPPO R11 ergonomic design and slim feature got my attention too! The screen resolution is FHD, the quality and colours are sharp and good.

Being a photographer and avid mobile phone photography person, the smartphone camera always get my most attention and time (of the limited time at the event to test the smartphone) during any smartphone launch event. During the launch event, I took snapshots of the surroundings and landscapes using the OPPO R11, viewed it from the smartphone, I looked at them and think to myself, it’s pretty good.

Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Singapore, said: “OPPO is committed to bringing the best technology enhancements in camera phones to Singaporeans.”

“Our flagship model R11, the latest model in our R-series of high performance camera phones, is a step forward in mobile technology to bring users a powerful product that delivers on innovation, speed, state-of-the-art design and an exceptional camera that dramatically improves picture clarity,” he said.

At the OPPO R11 launch event, there were portraits shot with the OPPO R11, printed and mounted on frames for us to view the quality of portraits shot with the OPPO R11. The photos looked impressive, coming from a smartphone camera. I hope to share more on this if there is an opportunity to review the OPPO R11 smartphone in the future.

 

In my personal humble opinion, the OPPO R11 targets the young and sophisticated users, with its slim and ergonomic smartphone factor, a lifestyle fashionable smartphone powered with its 20MP front and 20MP + 16MP rear dual cameras.

Let me share some key information on the OPPO R11 smartphone cameras from the press release:

R11 takes clearer portraits with hardware and software upgrades 

With comprehensive hardware and software upgrades, the OPPO R11 brings a brand-new user experience for portrait shooting.

For its hardware, the R11 is equipped with a 20MP front camera and a 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, the foundation for its excellent photography capabilities. Besides the cameras, OPPO worked jointly with Qualcomm to customize a flagship image processor, namely the 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra™ 160 ISP for the R11, and optimized its performance on the Snapdragon™ 660 Mobile Platform.

Together with its IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 big aperture, the R11 boasts a faster focus speed than the earlier R9s model, with more vivid colours and also better photographing capabilities in low light.

With new software enhancements, the R11’s rear dual camera provides a more natural bokeh effect. The R11 intelligently adjusts exposure levels between the portrait subjects and the background by automatically identifying more than 100 daily scene settings, which allows users to shoot clear and bright portraits in very different environments. It all can be realized by simply activating the “Portrait” function on the camera, without any complicated manual settings.

For those who love taking selfies:

R11 can now provide refreshing photos with nude makeup effects, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology. Every portrait, either shot by the front camera or the rear camera, is now stunningly beautiful.

Now, let me share more information on the ergonomic and design aspects of the OPPO R11 from the press release information:

Futuristic, fluid design gives R11 a slimmer and ergonomic touch

The body of the OPPO R11 encompasses all-new antenna lines 2.0 by using customized tungsten blades flowing from the arcs to the top of the phone. The visibly fluid design of all new ultra-fine antenna lines 2.0 reduces the previous three antenna lines to two, while maintains its functionality with 4G signal enhancer and 2×2 MIMO WiFi, leading to faster and smoother surfing on the phone. The smooth base curves of the R11 is produced with new forging and pressing technology, making this streamlined object firm to the touch and yet a sight to behold.

Brains meets brawn in a smartphone that moves with life

The OPPO R11 boasts a 5.5-inch high-definition display screen on a 1.6mm frame, giving users an outstanding visual display. The 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM memory supports a 256GB micro SD card. The solid-state lightning-fast fingerprint identification makes unlocking the phone more precise for the user. Furthermore, the R11 is fitted with a massive 3000mAh battery and OPPO’s patented low-voltage VOOC flash charge technology, achieving two hours of talk time in just five minutes.

Pricing and Availability

The OPPO R11 camera phone is available to purchase in Singapore from Official OPPO Store Singapore for SGD 699.

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm

Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

Colour: Gold, Black

Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1

Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)

RAM: 4 GB

Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)

Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)

Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

Size: 5.5”

Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)

Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)

Colors: 16 million colors

Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)

Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376

Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)

Flash: Supported

Connectivity

GPS: Supported

Bluetooth: 4.2 LE

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

NFC: No

OTG: Supported

Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

* Information and pictures courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSLGROUP *

Grab celebrates 5th Anniversary

Grab recently celebrated their fifth anniversary milestone on 5th June 2017. They have also launched a “Moving SEA Together” report, highlighting the company’s growth across Southeast Asia. I had been following on their progress and expansion in the past year since Echelon Asia Summit 2016 and got to know them more from then on. Their progress, updates and expansion are pretty remarkable and amazing in this short period of time. From my coverage of Grab after Echelon Asia Summit 2016, I shared a few of their updates, progress and expansion over this period of time.

Grab today has up to 2.5 million rides daily, the largest ride-hailing platform, thus making them the preferred app for drivers and passengers use in Southeast Asia. Grab is now in 55 cities across Southeast Asia and their app has been downloaded onto over 45 million devices, a growth of 3X from June 2016.

The expansion of Grab goes beyond ride hailing, with their build up of their consumer platform that encompasses transport and mobile payments. GrabPay, their proprietary mobile payments solution is projected to grow even bigger than before. This expansion would be a very interesting development and I am keen to observe how fast and far it can grow.

GrabNow

A new service, born from Grab business innovation, that digitises the street hailing experience. This new service would first be available in Jakarta, passengers can flag down a GrabBike driver on the street, book a ride with the same driver immediately and pay via the Grab app.

I would like to share the following key information and details from their “Moving SEA Together” report:

“As Grab’s business has grown, the scale of problems we are solving has grown with it. We are an active contributor to solving Southeast Asia’s fundamental issues: congestion, jobs, trust in and access to the digital economy. These issues affect SEA’s long-term economic growth and Grab is very much committed to investing in our region. The only way to make meaningful long-term impact is to be laser focused on the important, everyday services to consumers: a more efficient transport network and wider access to cashless payments.

The ‘Moving SEA Together’ report is so meaningful to my co-founder Ling and I, because it affirms our belief that a homegrown startup can make a difference in the world, as long as we focus on doing the right thing. Every decision we make is guided by how best we can solve a local problem, and how it will benefit people and the wider community. We’ve been blessed with help from so many people – fellow Grabbers, drivers, agents, customers and investors – who put their faith in us, and encouraged us to always work towards big audacious goals. You can call us crazy, but perhaps Grab is a place for people who believe that what they do will improve lives through technology,” said Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-founder, Grab.

Report Findings: Five Years of Moving SEA Together

The ‘Moving SEA Together’ report shows how Grab has built a track record of solving local problems over the last five years, and changed its drivers’ and passengers’ lives in meaningful ways.

  1. Making commuting easier and safer for passengers

On average, Grab commuters reach their destinations in less than half the time (52% reduction in travel time on average) compared to public transport options in their cities. The greatest time-savings come from the Philippines (70% reduction in travel times) and Indonesia (64%), with both countries having thriving – yet highly congested – capital cities. With Grab’s new GrabNow service, passengers can shave even more time off their commute.

Grab has also made commuting safer for its millions of passengers by consistently raising the bar for safety in the ride-hailing space. Grab traffic accident rates are on average 5 times lower than the country average, with those numbers jumping up to 6 times safer in Vietnam and Malaysia. This focus on making transport more convenient and safer in SEA’s rapidly developing cities has resonated with people, with the number of Grab app downloads growing 360% year-on-year since 2013.

  1. Improving drivers’ earning potential

Grab driver-partners earn on average one-third (32%) more on a per hour basis compared to average worker wages across all of Grab’s markets. Driver-partner incomes have been strongest in Vietnam (55% more than average wages), Malaysia (48%) and the Philippines (35%). With 70% of Southeast Asians still lacking basic internet access[1], the Grab app with Grab micro financed phones made it possible for many driver-partners to first experience the power of the internet – bridging the digital divide. Grab has assisted in opening bank accounts for more than two-thirds of its driver-partners (640,000 people), introducing them to banking and other financial services for the very first time in their lives.

Nearly 1 million driver partners (more than 930,000) now rely on the Grab platform for income to their families. The number of drivers has grown 340% year-on-year since 2013. In Indonesia, year-on-year growth stands at a whopping 574%.

  1. Developing a more efficient transport network

Increasingly, Grab is broadening its services to new modes of transportation that cater to moving groups of people together, such as carpooling options which bring down fares of point-to-point travel. These options will be key to solving issues of congestion and pollution in Southeast Asia’s megacities. Its carpooling options GrabShare and GrabHitch have already started easing congestion and reducing air pollution. Grab saves an estimated almost 3.2 million kilograms in carbon emissions every year, by offering carpooling options and further optimising our booking system. This is equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by desk lights for 9,268 children to study in a year – and that’s assuming they keep the lights on 24/7!

[1] Google and Temasek (2016), E-conomy SEA: Unlocking the $200 billion digital opportunity in Southeast Asia.

Moving ahead for Grab in the near future

Safer driving experience with telematics programme expansion

Grab is expanding their telematics initiative (initial purpose was to reduce speeding) beyond monitoring speeding and looking into indicators for safe driving, hard braking, sudden acceleration and dangerous swerving. Combining machine learning and predictive analytics, this would greatly enhance Grab drivers driving more safely with weekly reports of their safety scores to them. This is currently launched in Singapore and will be progressively rolled out to other countries in the region. If you are a Grab customer, this would be of great news to you!

GrabChat

A messaging service that has helped and impacted both Grab drivers and passengers. 8 in 10 passengers cancel less when they use GrabChat, as they can easily inform their driver on where they are using template messages like “I’m here” or “Ok coming over now”.

This would be great news for passengers traveling to different countries in Southeast Asia and wanting to book a Grab ride. Grab now has auto-translation of template messages in 5 languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Simplified Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese), to cater to regional travellers. 80% of all GrabChat messages already use the template text messages, which ensures safe, one-tap texting for drivers.

On Grab 5th Anniversary milestone, they have grew and expanded a lot, along with innovation, solving problems and coming up with innovative solutions along their journey. Congrats to Grab on your 5th Anniversary, looking forward to more updates, developments, growth and expansion news!

If you like to know more about Grab, do visit their website http://www.grab.com and download their Grab app if you haven’t!

* Information and details courtesy of Grab Singapore and Teneo Blue Rubicon *

New LVL UP plan for youths by Singtel

Students, youths and NSFs take note! There is a new mobile plan that you can “level up” on your Singtel’s Youth Combo plans and data add-ons! Singtel recently launched its new LVL UP plan for youths and this is something that you can look at!

We live in a highly internet and social media connected society today, with smartphones and mobile data playing a key part in our life, communicating with family, relatives and friends, reading stories/news, finding information and watching entertainment/videos on our smartphones.

What are some of the key highlights of this new LVL UP plan? Let me share the information below:

Youths who sign up for a LVL UP Youth Combo 3 plan will automatically receive Combo 4 talk-time, data and SMS benefits and more. They will only have to pay S$62.90 to enjoy 5GB of local data, 400 talk-time minutes, unlimited SMS, free Youth and Campus calls, and unlimited use of Singtel WiFi. They can even take their optional data add-on to the next level and receive DataX3 for the price of DataX2, to get up to 11GB of data every month.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “LVL UP is tailored to our youths’ connectivity needs and data consumption habits. With LVL UP, we are stretching their dollar and giving them great value on what matters to them – they can now enjoy their favourite on-the-go online activities without having to watch their data counter.”

LVL UP is available on Youth Combo 2 and Youth Combo 3 plans for new and re-contracting youth customers. Students aged 26 and below with a valid student pass, and NSFs with an 11B identity card, are eligible for LVL UP plans. They can sign up at all Singtel Shops and Singtel Exclusive Retailers or via www.singtel.com/youth.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Chance to Meet Social Media Stars with Grab and Tinder

A chance to meet social media stars on a shared car ride on 19th May 2017 in Singapore, would you like to try and grab this chance?

With Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride hailing company, they are partnering with Tinder, the world’s leading social app for meeting people, so users can spend the day with their favourite social media personalities.

This GrabShare special can be a very interesting experience for carpool users, you never who you might meet on a carpool ride here in Singapore! If you are keen and want to grab the chance to meet social media stars in Singapore, 19th May 2017 is the day!

Let me share more information on Grab and Tinder partnership to give users the chance to meet social media stars in Singapore –

“Many of us are creatures of habit – hanging out with the same circle of friends and visiting the same places. Unknowingly, we have created our own little ecosystems. Our carpool service, GrabShare, lets passengers share a ride and the fare, and meet new people in the process. This partnership with Tinder is a fun and light-hearted way to encourage more people to carpool and potentially meet social media personalities on their next Grab ride,” said Cheryl Goh, Grab’s Vice President for Marketing.

“Tinder is a platform for meeting new people,” said David Wyler, VP of Global Partnerships at Tinder. “Our simple user interface makes it easy to meet people anywhere. We wanted to provide an opportunity for our users to connect with some of their favourite social media stars and still get to their next meeting on time. Grab is the perfect partner to make this happen.”

How it Works

On 19 May, Grab x Tinder’s “New Places, New Faces” activation will have selected social media personalities each roving in a GrabShare ride and picking up passengers starting from 11am to 4pm. Passengers can take this opportunity to get to know these personalities while riding to their destination of choice.

At the end of the activation on 19 May, each personality will select a passenger he or she would like to get to know better. Tinder and Grab will then arrange a day-out for them to explore a new experience together, depending on their interests!

The rides will be filmed, and the most interesting and fun moments will be captured on video and shared on the Grab Facebook page.

Get to Know Singapore’s Social Media Personalities

Book a ride on 19 May via the Grab x Tinder “New Faces, New Places” icon  within the Grab app for a chance to ride with one of Singapore’s social media personalities, such as Ben Tang, Brandon Teo, Brenda Ng, Cheryl Tay, Chloe Choo, Victoria Cheng and Yang Jiamin.

All you need to do is to watch out for content between now and 19 May on Grab and Tinder’s social platforms to find out more about these personalities, because you might just be sharing a ride with them!

More information on the Social Media Stars

NAME ABOUT THEM
Ben Tang

@bentanggg

Ben is a simple guy who has seen and experienced some of the biggest of things in life, but believes that it’s the little things that shine through simplicity that really makes his day. To Ben, a good conversation is far better than a ‘perfect situation’. And a perfect person is not someone you meet on the first date, but is someone you decide to commit to…because she’s worth it.
Brandon Teo

@brandyontherock

Brandon loves adventure and has recently travelled to a number of countries in Europe. He enjoys the thrill of meeting new people and sharing experiences with each other. He believes that some people may even meet their other halves as they explore the world.
Brenda Ng

@brenwho

A social science graduate and social media enthusiast, Brenda’s social media platforms are channels for documenting her way of life, mainly her fashion related visuals, the occasional product reviews and daily life in a nutshell.

 

Coming a long way from taking pictures with an iPhone 4 to currently a Canon DSLR, social media has given Brenda the opportunity to pick up new hobbies such as photography, editing and writing and at the same time, connecting her to like-minded individuals whom she now calls friends.

Cheryl Tay

@cheryltaysg

First establishing herself in the world of cars and motorsports, sports and fitness personality Cheryl Tay believes strongly in body positivity and hence founded body image movement Rock The Naked Truth. Always looking for new challenges in life too, Cheryl is currently training for Ironman 70.3 triathlons. She also enjoys extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving.
Chloe Choo

@chloeandchoo

5 things about Chloe:

  1. Chocolate anything is definitely hell yes!
  2. House and chillpops are the peanut butter to my daily jam.
  3. Lucky 13, the number of my tatts.
  4. Owner of 3 dogs, 2 tortoises and 1 parrot, welcome to my little animal camp.
  5. Eating is my only exercise, there’s a secret though how I can still fit into that size 0 dress.
Victoria Cheng

@victoriacheng

Victoria grew up in New York, but her career began in the Food & Beverage industry in Hong Kong. Victoria was then given the opportunity to move to Singapore, joining one of Singapore’s highly regarded food magazines. These days, Victoria finds herself hopping from city to city, working on personal food related projects. The work over the years have come to include guidebooks, food television and feature articles for numerous publications in the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Yang Jiamin

@jyan.yoga

Jiamin loves travelling and surrounding herself in a new environment. She loves meeting people from all walks of life to gain knowledge and insights. Her guilty pleasures are ice cream milk tea and Ruffles chips.

* Information and details courtesy of Grab SEA and Golin *

Singtel and AXA Insurance jointly launch smart car solution

A smart car device and a cloud-based smart car application in your smartphone using Singtel’s mobile network, this smart car solution is able to help car owners/drivers in Singapore, promoting better and safer driving habits. This smart car solution is jointly launched by Singtel and AXA Insurance, comprising of a Modus smart car device and cloud-based smart car application, analyses driving patterns through a vehicle’s OnBoard Diagnostic (OBD) port. This is another innovative solution launched by Singtel for their customers and a good example on how technology implementation can help improve our life and daily activities.

In Singapore, with the number of cars on the road and looking at how the drivers drive, this is a good move for drivers to adopt this smart car solution by Singtel and AXA Insurance, getting the drivers to think about themselves, for their families and make them driver better and safer on the roads in Singapore.

How does this Modus device/smart car solution works?

The Modus device will synchronise with the smart car application on customers’ smartphones over Singtel’s mobile network. The solution provides the driver with insights on areas such as braking, acceleration and speed, which can help improve driving techniques and behaviour and enhance road safety. With these insights, drivers can also adjust their driving patterns to lower fuel consumption and troubleshoot potential engine problems.

Features include:

  • Driver analyses on areas such as braking, acceleration and speed
  • Real-time location monitoring (to easily find your car)
  • Trip history
  • Engine health information (battery voltage and engine temperature)
  • Driving scores (based on driving analyses)
  • Scheduled maintenance reminders
  • Alerts for speed limits, geo-fence boundaries, drive times and mileage limits

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “The smart car solution is yet another innovative service that we are bringing to our customers, following the successful launch of Singtel SmartHome. Now, our customers can enjoy an integrated connected lifestyle both in and out of the home. The solution will allow car lovers to track their driving habits and empower them to have a smarter drive. They will also be able to drive more safely, maintain their cars in tip-top condition while making the roads in Singapore safer for everyone. Singtel looks forward to launching more solutions that will enhance our customers’ digital lifestyles and enable them to enjoy smart living.”

Mr Sean Goh, Chief Partnerships Distribution Officer, AXA Life Insurance Singapore, said, “As one of the leading motor insurers in Singapore, the usage of customer-driven data to promote safer driving is very much in line with how we leverage technology to meet our customers’ rapidly evolving needs. Our partnership with Singtel marks an important step towards AXA’s transformation from payer to partner in our customers’ life journey.”

Drivers alert!

As part of this initiative, Singtel and AXA Insurance are offering a year of free AXA car insurance worth S$5,000 to the safest driver in Singapore. To qualify, customers must sign up for the solution, activate their smart car devices and drive at least 3,000 kilometres during the contest period. The winner will be determined by the Driving Score computed on the smart car app.

The smart car solution is available on a 24-month contract. To enjoy the service, customers need a Singtel postpaid mobile plan and a new Singtel MobileShare subscription. The smart car solution comes with a Modus smart car device and Modus smart car cloud subscription for 24 months.

At launch, Singtel and AXA Insurance are offering savings worth more than S$400. Customers can sign up at https://smartcar.singtel.com.

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

LG introduced LG Stylus 3

LG recently introduced the LG Stylus 3, a phablet suited for the busy working professionals with features from their premium flagship smartphone models. At an affordable price and technical specifications packed inside this phablet, the busy working on the go professionals can consider the LG Stylus 3 as their work smartphone.

Let me share with you more information and details of the LG Stylus 3 below –

LG has combined its best-in-class technologies seen in its premium flagship smartphones with affordability in a mid-range smartphone. Running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the Stylus 3 also boasts a 3,200 mAH battery capacity ideal for protracted use.

Intuitive Stylus Perfect for Working on the Go

LG Stylus 3 delivers an improved writing experience with a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the tactile feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen. Coupled with an enhanced UX with Pen Pop 2.0 as well as the popular Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo, users can experience a higher level of efficiency due to the Stylus 3’s intuitiveness.

Once the stylus pen is detached, a quick menu of useful tasks pops up: Pop memo, Capture Plus, Pop Scanner, Quick Memo, and thumbnail previews of the user’s recent notes. With Pen Pop 2.0, one’s memos are never out of sight and can be set to display on the screen whenever the stylus is removed. The smartphone’s Screen-off Memo enables note-taking directly on the screen even when the display is off. Have an idea that pops into mind? Jot it down immediately without the need for finding paper.

The Pen Keeper displays a warning when the stylus strays too far from the phone so one does not have to worry about misplacing the pen. To unlock the screen to start writing, the Stylus 3 features a fingerprint scanner that is conveniently located at the back of the phone, which double up as the power key as well.

Capture Quality Photographs

The Stylus 3 is not just for work purposes. Offering more value to users, it comes with a 13MP rear camera, which is equipped with a 1/3.06” sensor and a F2.2 lens. The lens captures light even in dim conditions, resulting in photos that are sharp in low-light environments. The 8MP front camera also provides a great option for selfies and high quality video calling.

“The LG Stylus 3 is all about giving our customers a wide variety of options and choices for their mobile lifestyle,” said Mr. David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “This smartphone comes in a premium design and offers replaceable batteries with an expandable memory slot, all key factors that customers consider when buying smartphones in this category.”

Pricing and Availability

The Stylus 3 will retail at S$448 in shiny titan and will be available from April 1, 2017 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase comes with a free flip standing case (worth S$48) while stocks last.

Key Specifications:

  • Networks: LTE FDD2100 (B1)/1800 (B3)/2600 (B7)/900 (B8), TDD2300 (B40); WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: LTE Cat 6 up to 300Mbps; DC HSPA+ up to 42Mbps
  • Display: 5.7” HD (1280×720); Capacitive Touch display
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Memory: Up to 16GB ROM / 3GB RAM / microSD slot (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Rear 13MP/Front 8MP
  • Size/Weight: 155.6mm x 79.8mm x 7.4mm (LxWxT) / 148g (incl battery)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.2, A-GPS (Glonass), USB 2.0, USB OTG
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750 (Octa-Core 1.5GHz Processor)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, supporting codecs incl.: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA
  • Battery: 3,200mAh (Removable)
  • Colour: Shiny Titan

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/all-mobile-phones

* Information and pictures courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *