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New Arrival: Pre-orders for Microsoft Surface Devices Singapore

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Starting today (3 January), consumers in Singapore can pre-order Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 including the Surface for Business line-up via Microsoft Online Store, as well as authorised commercial resellers and retailers.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

The new line-up will be generally available from 15th January 2019.

Authorised commercial resellers include AsiaPac, JK Technology, NCS, and UIC; while authorised retailers include Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, LOL by Epicentre, and Harvey Norman.

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FAQ on Gojek’s Beta Ride-Hailing Service in Singapore

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Gojek has beta-launched its ride-hailing app service in Singapore. Here are answers from Gojek to some frequently asked questions on the gradual rollout.

Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo (left) and Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo.

Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo (left) and Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo.

Eager to try out the competitor to Grab? Here are some FAQs about the beta-launch in Singapore of the ride-hailing app.

Can you share more about the process of waitlisting?

Waitlisting is the process of giving riders access to Gojek’s ride-hailing service.

It is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Riders will have to download the Gojek app and sign up for an account.

They will be placed on a waitlist and receive an email or push notification once they have been given access to the service.

DBS cardmembers can enjoy priority access on the waitlist by entering an access code during registration.

The code is “DBS” followed by the first 6 digits of their Visa, Mastercard or AMEX card (eg, “DBS123456”).

More details for DBS/POSB cardholders can be found here.

I’ve previously used Gojek in Indonesia. Do I need to register again?

If you have previously registered with Gojek, there is no need to register again.

Gojek will let you know on your next steps.

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Gojek Launches Beta Ride-Hailing App in Singapore

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Consumers in Singapore will get to try Gojek’s ride-hailing service with the launch of the beta version of its app, which will be made available for download from iOS and Android app stores in Singapore today.

Update (1 January, 2019):

GOJEK will be extending its ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore from tomorrow, January 2, 2019. The following is the press statement from GOJEK.

“Following our successful limited service area rollout, GOJEK is excited to announce that we will extend our ride-hailing services to the whole of Singapore with effect from January 2, 2019.

This means that users will be able to use GOJEK to take rides anywhere in Singapore.

Our island-wide rollout is part of our continued beta phase, during which DBS/POSB Bank customers continue to enjoy priority access to the app.

We continue to welcome feedback from driver-partners and riders during this enhanced beta phase, as we work to fine-tune the app and create the best experience for our users.”

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo; Gojek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

This marks the start of a gradual roll-out of Gojek’s ride-hailing services across the island as more driver-partners are onboarded over time to feed consumer demand.

“It is with great pride that we begin the roll-out of our services in Singapore. Consumers throughout the country have told us that they want more choice in this sector and with the launch of our beta app, their wait is coming to an end. We are launching in beta for now, while we fine-tune our service to make sure it meets the high standards expected by Singaporeans. As such, we are asking all users, whether drivers or passengers, to provide us with ongoing feedback as we work towards creating the best possible service for the country,” said Gojek President, Andre Soelistyo.

This staggered approach reflects Gojek’s commitment to ensuring a smooth entry into Singapore and an ongoing effort to improve user experience over time.

An FAQ on Gojek’s beta service can be found here.

The launch of Gojek’s beta app in Singapore kickstarts the regional strategic partnership between Gojek and DBS, two of Southeast Asia’s most iconic companies.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to enjoy Gojek rides during the beta phase.

During the beta phase, access to the app will be granted in batches to balance ride demand and service capabilities.

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be guided by the app to find out how they can be prioritised on the waitlist, and receive a SGD 5 voucher credit for each of their first two rides.

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Go-Jek and Singapore DBS Enter Regional Strategic Partnership

Monday, November 12th, 2018

DBS Bank and Go-Jek today announced that the two parties have entered into a regional strategic partnership. Hear views from both companies below.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

The partnership will see the two companies work together on payment services ahead of Go-Jek’s arrival in Singapore and this will soon extend to other countries in Southeast Asia.

“As Singapore’s leader in payments with over four million debit/credit cards in circulation and DBS PayLah! being the nation’s most popular mobile wallet, we are committed to making payments simple, seamless and invisible for our customers. In doing so we are stepping up to partner with like-minded companies like Go-Jek, one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic technology companies, to build inclusive digital ecosystems for our customers,” said Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank.

Go-Jek, whose investors include Google, Temasek, Tencent and Meituan Dianping, is set to launch its beta ride-hailing app in Singapore within the coming weeks and as part of this, DBS customers in Singapore will enjoy a slew of exciting privileges.

Updated 29 November, 2018: Go-Jek launches beta ride-hailing app in Singapore

What kind of privileges can DBS/POSB consumers expect?

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to be able to book rides during the beta phase.

Other privileges include an exclusive SGD 10 voucher credit which riders can use for their first two trips (SGD 5 per trip), and future discounts on Go-Jek’s ride-hailing service in the form of promo codes.

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Event: Official Launch of Speedoc in Singapore

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Official launch of Speedoc mobile app for house call medical treatment services in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

The app was soft launched in Jan 2018 and has seen 3,490 downloads and 524 unique patients, with an average of 8 patients per day.

Speedoc currently has 29 doctors – 4 fulltime, 10 from clinics and 15 locums.

 

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“After working as a public hospital doctor for five years, I noticed a gap in the market for non-essential A&E visits, for minor cases such as coughs, colds and constipation. My team and I created Speedoc as a solution for patients to receive medical attention at any time of the day. Our goal is to be a health-tech company that helps shift advanced medical care ‘from the hospital to the home’, especially in light of Singapore’s ageing population, which may find it increasingly difficult to visit hospitals and clinics easily,” says Dr. Shravan Verma, CEO and Founder of Speedoc.

All are GPs at the moment while the startup looks for specialists in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics.

Each housecall costs at S$150 (8am-8pm), S$200 (8pm-12am) and S$250 (12am-8pm).

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New Arrival: Huawei Unveils Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Smartphones

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 20 Series of Android smartphones in London. The Mate 20 (S$998) and Mate 20 Pro (S$1,348) will be in Singapore from 27 October.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series offers On-Device AI and ships with Dual-NPU, Leica Triple Camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, HUAWEI SuperCharge supporting high-speed charging of up to 40W and Wireless Reverse Charging.

“With the rapid growth of game developers and many popular game titles, the social gaming industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Having the best technology is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Rex Ng, Chief Executive Officer of 6waves.

To mark its debut, customers can head down to Causeway Point on 27 October and receive a premium gift set (worth up to S$470) with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate 20 or Mate20 Pro.

Huawei also announced two new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro.

Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group also unveiled the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the fourth handset in the collaboration.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Google Pixel 3 (S$1,249) and Pixel 3 XL (S$1,399) Android smartphones will be available from 1 November through the Google Store online, as well as local telcos Singtel and StarHub. Pixel Stand is priced at S$119.

 

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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL launched in Singapore.

Google promises a “more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experience” on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Pixel comes in two sizes, the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL.

 

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Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships, Google, at the launch of the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore.

Both phones will come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and a new colour, Not Pink.

Both have the exact same feature set and comes with a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter and Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Honor 8X (S$348) Debuts in Singapore

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Honor 8X budget smartphone from Huawei is being officially launched in Singapore today. Highlights include an aurora glass body and thin bottom border using innovative chip-on-film (COF) technology.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for $348.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for S$348.

The Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch FullView display with 91% screen-to-body ratio and a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect.

The 6.5-inch Notch Full-View Display 2.0 has a 19.5:9 ratio in a 5.5-inch long and 7.8 mm thick body.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

The aspect ratio is close to the 21:9 ratio used in cinemas.

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New arrival: Oppo R17 ($699) & Oppo R17 Pro ($999) in Singapore

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Oppo Singapore has launched the R17 (S$699) and R17 Pro (S$999) Android smartphones in Singapore, the first market outside China to launch the R17 series following the Shanghai launch earlier this year.

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The new Oppo R-series smartphones is specially designed for night shooting, aided by AI.

The OPPO R17 6GB+128GB will be available in Singapore on 6th October at S$699.

The R17 Pro 8GB+128GB with SuperVOOC is priced at S$999.

Pre-order will begin on 3rd November 2018 and it will be available from 10th November 2018.

More details below from the press release.

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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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