Source: Raja That!


When the first camera phone was launched in the early 2000s, everyone was raving about it. Then, selfie sticks came along. And then, drone. Now there is even a portable flying camera, just like the AirSelfie shown above. It allows you to take an aerial view of yourself and the surrounding!



Air Selfie



Made of anodised aluminium case, the sleek-looking and ultra-lightweight AirSelfie makes us want to own a piece of it too. If you are an iPhone (6/6S, 7/7 Plus), Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9 or Google Pixel user, there is also a custom phone case that allows you to slide your device in for storage and charging purposes. For charging, you can slide your AirSelfie in the casing for 30 minutes and it will be ready to fly up in the air again!


More good news for all the social media fanatics out there. AirSelfie features a 5 Megapixel HD video camera that allows you to capture images that are optimised for your social media. Now, you will have more capabilities to capture a perfect #instaworthy shot to show off your photography skills.


We think this cool technology is definitely the perfect accessory for a perfect selfie. Come and share with us, what do you think?


Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming up in two weeks time and we are already feeling the festive ambience of it. The SGPad team would like to wish everyone a prosperous and Happy Rooster New Year!


May this Chinese New Year bring you many opportunities and success. Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Last year, we have seen a price war between Uber and Grab in the private-hire car market in Singapore. Both companies were slashing their fare prices to entice more commuters in an attempt to gain more market share. Last month, Grab seemed to have taken the competition one step further by introducing its version of social carpooling service, GrabShare. This comes amid the growing popularity of carpooling apps, with more commuters seeking to share rides with strangers for a cheaper alternative.


Before the launch of GrabShare, Grab already has its own carpooling service or otherwise known as GrabHitch. While it presents a cheaper alternative to the other ride-hailing options, it might get a little challenging to successfully hitch a ride especially if you are in a rush. After all, the GrabHitch drivers are non-commercial drivers who do not drive for a profit. They are just car owners making their car seats available to those heading to the same destination. So it really depends on your luck!


GrabShare vs GrabHitch


Now with GrabShare, it might be another win for the commuters. For typical commuters like you and I, an ideal option would be the one that provides the best value for money. With more options available, Grab and Uber have also been more generous with their promo codes in order to keep up with the competition.


If you do not mind sharing your rides with strangers, the commercial carpooling service is definitely a cheaper alternative and you do not have to wait long before you find a driver. Another interesting concept is the ease of striking a conversation with the drivers and your fellow commuters that seem almost impossible in your typical public transport.


Grab Comparison


Just look at that the prices to the same destination. The carpooling services on GrabShare and GrabHitch cost much lesser than GrabCar although it might take some time to find a driver on GrabHitch.


The only shortcoming is getting an “extended scenic route” around Singapore if the drivers have to make a detour to pick up or drop off passengers along your ride. Only then will you realise that Singapore is actually not that tiny.


Other than that, the carpooling service seems to be ideal if you have extra time to spare. Do you have any interesting experience with these carpooling services? We welcome you to share them with us!


Christmas is the season of joy and definitely, the season of giving! The SGPad team took this chance to show appreciation for the clients who have supported us throughout the past year. We went around to share this little joy with our clients. 


SGPad Cupcakes


In this season of joy, we would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the coming year bring more happiness, health and prosperity to you than last year.


Speaking about the taxi competition in Singapore earlier, it looks like the taxi companies will be facing more competition with the new entrant, nuTonomy, a self-driving car start-up. It is developing a first-of-its-kind solution for provision of point-to-point mobility via the autonomous vehicles. In other words, they are providing a driverless car service to ferry you around Singapore.


NuTonomy has announced its partnership with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to begin its public trial of the self-driving taxi services earlier this month. These rides will be confined within the relatively uncongested one-north business district. Singapore was chosen as the first stop for such service because of its high taxis demand, well-maintained roads and government regulations that are clearly expressed. In fact, nuTonomy has been testing its autonomous vehicles since April this year, so don’t be alarmed if you see a driverless taxi roaming the streets.



Source: Tech in Asia


But still apprehensive about the safety of this driverless service? Well, technically, there will still be a support engineer and backup safety driver to take control of the car if the trip goes out of relatively uncongested one-north business district during this trial period.


In preparation for the launch of the commercial autonomous vehicle service in 2018, the trial data collected will be used to evaluate the software performance, routing efficiency, booking process as well as the overall passenger experience. The partnership will also see an expansion and acceleration of the company’s development efforts in Singapore.


Talking about this service is already making us feel excited for the trial. With the advancement of technology, we wonder what does the future hold for us?


If the private-hire car market in Singapore hasn’t been exciting enough for you, it’s time for you to monitor because Uber and Grab are locked in a price war to gain more market share. Simply put, they are slashing their fare prices further to entice more commuters like you and I.


In April this year, UberX has cut its fare by an average of 15% and in response, GrabCar reduced its base fare to $3. The fare cut from UberX has seen 20% increase in the overall rides and 10% in its new riders.


Too good to be true? While this may sound like a good news to us as commuters, there is a worry that this price war would hurt everyone.


Uber vs Grab



Most of us would rejoice over the fare cut but if you think about it in the long-term, that’s not something to be exceptionally happy about. These industry players will offer a lot of benefits but start manipulating the “rights to earn more profits” once they have gotten a substantiate amount of market share. And that’s likely to put commuters like us at a disadvantage.


Private-hire Cars Drivers

It was stated that both companies are still taking 20% cut from their drivers despite the fare reduction. If this claim holds true, drivers would have to work harder in order to earn the same amount as before. Some drivers have also seen around 20% dip in their earnings ever since the fare cut. Is this the only way to increase the market share at the expense of the drivers?



While the ongoing price war between Uber and Grab may be seen as a threat to other taxi companies such as ComfortDelGro and SMRT, the reality is that some of their taxi regulations are outdated. Well, some people have proposed for these companies to switch their business models to stay competitive but it is ultimately up to the management to decide.




As long as Uber and Grab continue to engage in price war, commuters will still be able to reap its benefits in the meantime.


What are some of your opinions on this matter? Share them with us.


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Pretty sure you have seen mobs of people crowding in your neighbourhood with their eyes glued to their phones and their hands constantly swiping across their phone screens. Yes, we are talking about Pokémon Go here. Like it or not, we can’t deny the fact that this augmented reality mobile game has taken the world by storm.


So what is it that we can learn from Pokémon Go?



It’s no surprise that the millennials, those whom we define as ages 18 to 35 years old now, are excited to play Pokémon. They grew up watching Pokémon, collecting Pokémon cards and even started playing it on the Gameboy version before our smartphone era emerges. Anything about Pokémon, you name it, and they’ll most likely be able to relate. That’s why when Pokémon Go first launched, many of us felt nostalgic and wanted to relive all our childhood memories.





Ask any marketer and they’ll agree that branding is extremely important. People tend to trust brands that they are more familiar with, so a good branding tends to improve recognition as well. If you don’t know, Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go, had previously developed a similar map-based game called Ingress. But you’re right, it is not as well known as Pokémon Go because it does not have a branding that is as strong. People cannot recognise it and therefore, see little purposes in playing the game.



Another contributing factor to the popularity is the ability to make players feel rewarding. Sure there may be times when you feel upset because one of your rare Pokémons has broken free but most of the time, you feel good about your catch. When people are satisfied, they tend to have more loyalty towards the brand and that’s when you generate ideas to retain these people.


There are many reasons Pokémon Go has been so popular. If you have a strong brand that is capable of getting everyone to talk about it on social media, it will most likely be successful. Even better if you can engage, relate and relive those nostalgic feelings of people. Definitely a lot more for us to learn from the success of this mobile game.


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How often do you converse with your friends? How well do you know them?


Miitomo is a free-to-use social networking mobile app developed by Nintendo for iOS and Andriod devices that sits somewhere between our favourite Snapchat and Bitstrips. It was the No. 1 most downloaded app on the App Store chart in the United States, just within 24 hours after its launch.


Here are some the features that you might want to find out more!


1. Making a Mii

You can design your own avatar that resembles your real life identity. All you have to do is to take a selfie using your smart devices’ camera and it will automatically churn out multiple Miis for your consideration. Just pick one that looks most like you, customise your facial features, tweak its movement and the way it speaks, and you are ready to show your virtual self to your friends!



Source: Miitomo


2. Share yourself

How fun would it be without friends? You can connect your app to your Facebook and Twitter account to discover more friends. To have a perfect representation of your true self, Miitomo will ask a lot of questions about yourself so that it can replicate your identity. Your Mii avatar will share your answers with your friends by animating these words and phrases. So while letting out a squeal of cuteness, you can also “like” your friends’ answers just like how our Facebook works. Well, you don’t have to stop there. Strike a conversation with them if you want to know more!


3. Miifoto

One of the best parts of Miitomo is creating memes or funny pictures and sending it to your friends. Miifoto allows you to edit the avatar and background from a picture in your camera roll. You can always reply to a comment by adding some funny speech bubbles in your Miifoto – Y U LIDDAT.




Put down your work for a moment and enjoy Miitomo. This app revolves around a casual and engaging theme so you can also participate in some mini games with your friends! Try it out and tell us what you think of this app!


“Failure is the mother of success”, this phrase holds true on many levels especially for Stewart Butterfield, the boss of Slack, a workplace messaging service that brings all your communication together in one place. Having developed an online-video game that never took off, Mr Butterfield and team developed an internal messaging system while creating another online game 4 years later. This then became a basis for Slack.


Contrary to its definition of laziness, Slack is actually one of the fastest-growing business software in the tech industry with approximately 3 million daily users and one-third paying customers. That said, you are probably one of the 3 million users on Slack too.


How it Works

Get over the tradition of having to communicate via a template through email, they are so passé. Slack is similar to our old-school instant messengers. You can organise your chat into private and public channels that can be synced across your devices.




But this is not only a communication tool. It is also a collaboration tool that can improve your productivity. How?


The last thing you want to do is to navigate across many different tabs to complete just one task. With the implementation of third-party apps into your chats now, you don’t have to leave Slack often to perform other tasks on the web anymore.


Message Buttons

You can book a flight, approve new job postings, file an expense report and even invite your colleagues for lunch all within Slack now. For those using the project-management software, Trello, you can also have an easier time creating new projects, adding members and setting deadlines just by clicking buttons in your Slack channel. Everything on one app. How awesome is that?


slack approval

Source: cnet


With this new feature, it looks like Slack will become an indispensable tool that companies will utilise every day. We will also be able to see more of such “Buttons” as Slack hinted that they are building another wave.


Using Slack in your workplace? What’s your take?