Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

TUCU Review: Belkin SCREENFORCE UltraGlass Treated Screen Protector for iPhone 13 Pro Max

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): Guest reviewer Jennifer Lee just received her new iPhone 13 Pro Max so in order to protect it, she got herself the Belkin SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector and applied it herself to the phone. Here’s her experience.

#tech4xmas: This SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector from Belkin makes an ideal Christmas present for the iPhone 13 Pro Max owner.

#tech4xmas: This SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector from Belkin makes an ideal Christmas present for the iPhone 13 Pro Max owner.

I am amazed at how easy the application was.

No fuss, just follow the very simple step by step visual guide (included) using the Easy Align Tray.

Belkin makes it easy and fuss-free to self-apply the SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector DIY, as the reviewer tried out.

Unlike most screen protectors, the Belkin Ultraglass application was flawless, precise and bubble-free even at the first attempt.

The Ultraglass feels seamless on the screen, without any curves or bends and you won’t realise there is another layer of screen protector on top.

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tech4xmas Gift Idea: Watercolour Design Accessories

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Looking for some beautiful accessories (phone cases, mouse pads etc) with watercolour paintings on them? Check out Erinsgarden – an e-shop on Redbubble selling print-on-demand stuff based on the watercolour paintings of @kkmakesandbakes.

* Full disclosure: @kkmakesandbakes is my wife.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Fancy an iPad Case and Skin with a watercolour Christmas Puppy on it?

Or a X’mas Kitty Cat gracing your laptop skin?

Or a Vacation Kitty art mug to keep up inspired since most of us aren’t likely to travel this Christmas.

@kkmakesandbakes loves watercolour painting.

She paints as a hobby and friends suggested that she put some of these on Redbubble so people can buy stuff printed with her watercolour paintings on them.

So if you’re looking for a nice accessory as a X’mas gift for a colleague or a loved one, check out her designs!

tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2021

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for X’mas 2021. I’ll be adding to this list over the next few weeks, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

It’s now time to shop for presents for Christmas 2021, and bring some cheer to two years living under the shadow of COVID-19.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think are some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas 2021 Gift Guide below.

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Cyberattacks on Retailers and Shoppers to Rise in November

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Cyberattacks on online retailers and shoppers are projected to rise in November in conjunction with Singles’ Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some protective measures that shoppers and retailers can practise.

According to the Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, threats are escalating for the retail industry.

According to the Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, threats are escalating for the retail industry.

Imperva has released a new eCommerce report and issued advice around safe retailing in conjunction with the world’s biggest online shopping event on Nov 11 − Singles’ Day.

“The 2021 holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a nightmare for both retailers and consumers. With the global supply chain conditions worsening, retailers will not only struggle to get products to sell in Q4, but will face increased attacks from motivated cybercriminals who want to benefit from the chaos. Retailers and consumers alike need to take the necessary steps to protect themselves,” says Peter Klimek, Director of Technology, Office of the CTO, Imperva.

The company helps organisations protect their data and all paths to it – securing their applications, data and websites from cyber attacks.

Last year, Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com racked up around US$115 billion in sales across their platforms during the Singles Day shopping event, setting a new record.

Singles’ Day online sales in China usually surpass the US Cyber Monday sales, Black Friday or any other 24-hour shopping campaign by a wide margin making it the biggest shopping holiday in the world.

Scams typically rise in tandem with the number of online shoppers, and Imperva’s 12-month analysis on cybersecurity risks in the retail industry suggests that the 2021 holiday shopping season will be no different.

In fact, in Imperva’s “The State of Security Within eCommerce 2021” report, the number of victims this year is projected to surpass that of last year’s.

More details below from the report

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Five Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2021

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Valentine’s Day is one week away so here are five gift ideas for those looking for something special for the better half.

The tech4valentines gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops in your search for that ideal gift this Valentine’s Day.

The tech4valentines gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops in your search for that ideal gift this Valentine’s Day.

Still looking for that special gift for your Valentine?

Here are five suggestions to consider, covering a whole range of prices from S$89 to S$1,298.

Check out the tech4valentines Gift Guide below.

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Event Forecast: Lazada Online Tech Show (4-8 June) Singapore

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Lazada’s Online Tech Show offers tech deals and discounts of up to 80% off, taking the place of PC Show 2020 which has been postponed from the usual June window to 16 – 19 July due to COVID-19.

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV(S$949).

Deals (full list below) include the new Apple iPhone SE (2020), 64GB (S$609), PRISM+ X300 ultrawide gaming monitor (S$399) and a 49 inch LG UHD 4K TV (S$949).

Customers can expect daily flash sales, storewide vouchers, attractive deals and discounts at up to 80% off while shopping from the comfort and convenience of their homes.

The latest gadgets like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are exclusively available on Lazada, while the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus and the widely anticipated AAA game, Cyberpunk 2077 are available for pre-order.

The Lazada Online Tech Show will kick off with midnight flash sales that go till 2am on Thursday, 4 June.

More details below from Lazada.

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Google Pay Singapore Adds Food Discovery & Ordering To App

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Google Pay supports Singapore food establishments amid the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak – by offering a free menu discovery feature for food establishments; and enabling patrons to discover eateries by cuisine, browse menus and contact merchants to place orders from over 250 eateries.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

Discover and order food from F&B establishments in Singapore while staying home during Circuit Breaker.

To help Singaporeans and the local food services industry during the circuit breaker period, Google has launched a new feature to discover food pick-up and delivery options on the new Google Pay Singapore app.

“Quick food pick-ups and door-to-door deliveries are now a necessity, as Singaporeans stay home during this critical period. Like several others in Singapore, we too were sharing food menus among family and friends. So we thought, what if we could scale this and make this easier for consumers and restaurants? We rallied our employees to come together quickly and discussed ways in which we could offer a solution,” said Patrick Teo, Director of Engineering for Payments and Engineering Site Lead at Google Singapore.

Many food establishments had to pause their dine-in services and rely on informal methods to share their menu and publicise their pick-up or delivery options.

Developed specifically for Singapore, this new menu discovery experience brings a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and hawker stalls online starting with over 100 businesses in addition to existing restaurants like Burger King, Canadian Pizza, Cedele, Da Paolo Group, The Daily Cut and Tuk Tuk Cha, giving patrons over 250 eateries to order from.

With the new Menu Discovery feature, Singaporeans will now be able to get family meals from Kok Sen, O Banh Mi, and Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha or order restaurant-style spreads at home from Blue Ginger, O.BBa BBQ Jjajang and NUDE Seafood.

With the new menu discovery feature, customers can browse menus, select items, and contact the food establishment to place their order and pay.

Depending on the eatery, customers can choose to pick up their order or have it delivered.

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Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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Wirecard & Grab Announce Payments Partnership For MSMEs In SEA

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The payments partnership between Wirecard and the Southeast Asia super app Grab will drive cashless economy for MSMEs across the region.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Wirecard partners Grab.

Grab offers a variety of services to consumers in Southeast Asia ranging from ride-hailing and food delivery to digital financial products across payments, lending and insurance.

Wirecard will process card transactions made via the GrabPay e-wallet and integrate it as a payment method for its merchants.

More details below from the press release.

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Event Forecast: Lazada Online Tech Show (12-16 Mar) Singapore

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Lazada’s Online Tech Show offers tech deals and discounts of up to 80% off, taking the place of IT Show 2020 which has been postponed from 12-15 March to 11-14 June due to COVID-19.

The top 50 spenders during Lazada’s Online Tech Sale will stand a chance to win over $16,000 worth of prizes, which include a Yale Digital Door Lock (worth $1,059), Samsung Digital Door Lock (worth $888), Vivo Smart Phone (worth $710), LG 43-inch TV (worth $599), Braun Electric Shaver (worth $549), and more!

The top 50 spenders during Lazada’s Online Tech Sale will stand a chance to win over S$16,000 worth of prizes, which include a Yale Digital Door Lock (worth S$1,059), Samsung Digital Door Lock (worth S$888), Vivo Smart Phone (worth S$710), LG 43-inch TV (worth S$599), Braun Electric Shaver (worth S$549), and more!

Avoid crowds and shop safely from the comfort of your homes, given the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are proud to continue to bring the best tech deals to our customers, especially in this current climate, where gathering in crowded areas is not encouraged, but customers are looking for gadgets to create a more conducive and productive environment when working from home. Our Online Tech Show is really an opportunity for us to excite shoppers with the best IT deals and help our brand partners navigate this extraordinary climate,” said James Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Singapore.

The Lazada Online Tech Show is back this year from 12 to 16 March, with daily flash sales, storewide vouchers, attractive deals and discounts at up to 80% off.

Customers can select from more than 200,000 products from over 1,000 brands such as HP, Acer, Lenovo, JBL, Sennheiser, Bose, Sony, Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, Dyson, Philips, Kenwood, DeLong, LG and Panasonic, and enjoy interest free installments while shopping during this Online Tech Show.

Working with leading tech brands and partners, Lazada will also hold a storewide flash sale on 12 March, from 12am to 2am, along with a range of other offerings.

Aside from brands, Lazada is also working with several credit card partners, including Citibank, UOB and HSBC, to offer customers exclusive vouchers during the campaign.

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