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Friday, May 03, 2019

Is your phone secretly listening you? NO!

I have been hearing people telling me that they are suspecting their phones are listening to them because they have been seeing creepy advertisements appearing on their phones with pinpoint accuracy despite them saying they never performed a search on that subject. My immediate response is IMPOSSIBLE! These technology giants e.g. Google, Facebook and Microsoft just have too much information on us, huge enough and yet still growing, to profile us and possibly know us or our partners better than ourselves know ourselves or people around you.

From advertising to data mining, do we need regulation or legislation? An interesting an hour discussion over this topic below.

Friday, April 26, 2019

How to buy gym pass using ActiveSG app?

ActiveSG is a national initiative from the Singapore government to encourage all to stay healthy and keeping fit. Membership registration is free for all Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents! To add onto the sweetness of this programme, one should receive FREE ActiveSG $100 upon membership verification (valid for a limited period) which can be used to join programmes like gym, swimming pools, and so on.

This post is a guide on how to buy gym pass using the new ActiveSG app (based on Android). Do scroll all the way down for a tip from me!

Screen when you tap on Buy followed by Gym Pass

Scroll down and look for Single Entry pass

Add Single Entry pass to cart

Switch to your cart to complete payment (10 minutes to complete transaction)

Present and scan QR code (deliberately masked out) to enter ActiveSG gym
(SCREENSHOT your QR Code now and I will tell you why later)

You will find yourself checked-in under the My Booking & Passes section

Present and scan QR code (deliberately masked out) to exit ActiveSG gym
(SCREENSHOT your QR Code now and I will tell you why later)


The version prior to April 2019 app upgrade was so much simpler to use (at least from my point of view). Back then, entry to gym is as simple as just launching one's VCard QR Code and all the necessary will be taken care of. Miss this one step approach? Here comes a tip!

The next time you wish to enter into an ActiveSG gym, you may simply scan the first QR code you screenshot and $2.50 will automatically be deducted from your account. Likewise, you may simply scan the second QR code you screenshot to exit. This should save you some "clicks".

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Special Achievement Award to Chew Chor Meng

Chew Chor Meng is awarded the Special Achievement Award in the recent Star Awards 2019 event. Watch below for Chew's heartfelt speech that moved so many to tears.

Monday, April 15, 2019

How to make Samsung Pay work for SimplyGo?

If you have been reading the mainstream media or the social media, it is likely that you would have heard of SimplyGo - an initiative by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), a partnership between LTA and TransitLink to enables commuters to use their credit or debit cards with contactless function for transport fare payments. Mobile devices linked to Mastercard i.e. Apple Pay/ Fitbit Pay/ Google Pay/ Samsung Pay are also supported. The need for upfront top-ups is no longer required and your train and bus fares will be processed and charged to your credit or debit card bill. Visa is expected to be accepted only from the the second half of 2019 onwards.

This post is pertaining to how to get Samsung Pay to work for SimplyGo (tested on Samsung Note 9)
  1. Add Mastercard to Samsung Pay as per usual.
  2. Set Default NFC method to "Android operating system".
    1. On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Connections > NFC and payment.
    2. Tap on the 3 dots on the top right corner then Default NFC method.
    3. Choose Android operating system.
  3. Set "Samsung Pay" as the default mobile payment service.
    1. On the "NFC and payment" screen, tap on "Tap and pay".
    2. Choose Samsung Pay.
  4. Travel with Samsung Pay.
    1. Make sure NFC is enabled.
    2. Make sure phone screen is OFF.
    3. Tap on card reader.
For more information on the use of SimplyGo, please visit SimplyGo FAQ page.