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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thecus N2310 NAS Review – Home Networking Made Easy



 In our home, we have 6 PC’s, 4 laptops, an iMac and a MBA.  Perhaps the most frustrating thing over time is the constant requests for so-and so to provide so-and-so something from their PC.  Installing a separate drive, via network attached storage, has always been an option, but let’s face it; it just isn’t that easy.  Imagine if we could, not only create a network that enables easy file sharing by all, but also centralize media so we can watch movies from attached TVs through a central storage location, and also, access your computer’s files worldwide from this new home  NAS; the Thecus N2310 makes this all possible.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Intel 730K 480GB 6-Drive SSD RAID Report



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Intel's 730K is specifically designed for enthusiasts. Intel took their excellent performing DC S3500 Data Center SSD and adapted it for the enthusiast sector. Some of you are undoubtedly wondering: Where did the "K" come from? As far as I can tell, the "K" denotes that this is an overclocked piece of hardware. The 730K series retains the DC S3500's enterprise DNA and gets a big performance boost from a factory overclocked processor and overclocked flash.

Like most overclocked pieces of hardware, the 730K runs hot, fast, and uses a lot of power; just the way we enthusiast's like it. Intel vigorously validates their SSD's with the industry's most extensive testing regimen and as such, Intel can deliver an overclocked solid state drive that not only outperforms the competition, but also is more reliable than the competition.

During our first go-round with a 730K array we quickly discovered that the real magic of the 730K is that it scales better in RAID than any SSD we've tested to date. A single 730K can be outperformed by some SSD's, but not a 730K RAID array. Enterprise SSD's are designed to run in RAID where scaling becomes very important, and the 730K is based on an enterprise SSD. This is exactly what we mean by the term enterprise DNA.

We are starting to see many new PCIe drives hit the market. PCIe drives are designed to replace SATA based SSD's like the 730K. PCIe isn't hampered in the same way SATA is, PCIe has much more bandwidth and lower latency than SATA. PCIe drives are advertised as being faster than SATA based SSD's delivering sequential performance of up to 2000MB/s. This is much faster than SATA; current SATA 6Gb/s is capped at about 550MB/s sequential speeds. When you see 2000MB/s verses 550MB/s speed it's only logical to assume that a PCIe SSD is going to deliver better performance.

As we find so many times though, there is a lot more to the story when we dig a little deeper. Sequential performance is what you want if you plan on utilizing your SSD for a secondary attached device, but that's not what most of the world is going to utilize their expensive SSD's for, we are going to use them for our operating systems, our boot drives. When it comes to operating system storage devices, sequential performance is relatively unimportant, what matters is random performance. PCIe SSD's deliver great sequential performance, but SATA based SSD's typically have superior random performance.

This is where RAID comes into play, and why right now SATA based RAID is an enthusiast's best friend. Random performance "scales" (increases as drives are added to the array) on SATA based arrays, typically a PCIe drives random performance does not scale. In an OS environment a 2 or more drive SATA based array can deliver better performance than any PCIe drive on the market today, and do so for a lower cost per GB. Take a quick look at the chart below to see what we mean:

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The only PCIe drive on our chart that performs well in an OS environment is Samsung's X941 M.2 X4 SSD and it costs $1.50 per gigabyte. Other drives like OCZ's Revo 350 costing two dollars per gigabyte or more, and boasting sequential performance of 2000 MB/s cannot even beat a single Intel 730K in an OS environment. So what happens when you RAID PCIe drives together? They are no longer bootable and random performance does not scale. Some day that will change, but it's going to be awhile before a PCIe drive is a better choice than a SATA array in an OS setting.

Enthusiasts are defined by their desire to have the best performing hardware available. The best performing hardware does not come cheap; it is going to cost you to be the king of the hill. When you are an enthusiast cost becomes a secondary consideration, performance is your primary consideration. Intel's 730K is on the upper end of the price per gigabyte spectrum for SATA based SSD's coming in at just under a dollar per gigabyte. When you consider the massive performance you get for that dollar per gigabyte, its money well spent in my opinion.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review






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   Cherry MX is no longer the only recognized manufacturer of mechanical switches in the market (although certainly the most popular) and although some people feel that others can't reach the same level of quality due to lack of experience/expertise i believe that manufacturing a good mechanical switch is not nuclear science and the fact that even gaming peripheral manufacturers like Razer have decided to do so on their own is proof enough. That being said there's a good amount of research that needs to go into the design and manufacture of a mechanical switch but since Cherry MX is the standard currently others need only to "clone" their solutions. Roughly a month ago we had our first encounter with the brand new Kailh Brown mechanical switches which are basically clones of the very well-known Cherry MX Browns and the results were very good. Well to have a better opinion for Kailh mechanical switches today we decided to take a look at the Poseidon Z mechanical gaming keyboard featuring their Blue ones.

   “Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies PSU for many years. The brand personality of unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative design by observing users’ behaviors and requirements. The fan cooling design on Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrate the brand spirit. It is the worldwide first keyboard with fan cooling function that could dry your hand sweats and blow tension away during cut-throat competition.

   As mentioned in our previous review of the Poseidon Z using brown switches TteSPORTS took the gamble of using Kailh mechanical ones mainly because Cherry MX simply can't cover all demand so instead of having a limited supply of products to offer to consumers they decided to turn to Kailh. Well after testing the Poseidon Z featuring their brown mechanical switches we all feel it was the right call to make although we'd probably do things a bit differently to avoid confusion amongst consumers (we'd probably launch an new keyboard line based on an entirely different design instead of just placing a Z in the end of the model name). However since when testing the Poseidon Z brown model i didn't have a keyboard with Cherry MX browns here i decided to take things a little bit further and since the Das Keyboard Professional Model S (Cherry MX Blue switches) sits on one of our desks i decided to also ask for the Poseidon Z that makes use of the Kailh Blue switches to see just how different they are (if at all) when used at the same time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AirDog - World’s First Auto-Follow Action Sports Drone Launching on Kickstarter


AirDog, a GoPro compatible, easy to use, unique autonomous drone technology for sports enthusiasts, is launching a Kickstarter campaign today. 

AirDog is a huge breakthrough in personal drone technology, featuring fully autonomous action, high-performance specifications, gyro stabilization, and GoPro gimbal. No remote control skills required.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Crucial M550 256GB SSD Review




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   The new SATA-Express standard may be just around the corner both in terms of compatible mainboards, cards and drives but that obviously isn't reason enough to stop most SSD manufacturers from launching their next generation models based on SATA III. The list of names is quite long but as expected the main players like Kingston, Toshiba, Samsung, Crucial, Corsair and OCZ are the first ones to do so (and the ones that interest us the most since they have the largest piece of the market). A few days ago we had the chance to test the Q Series Pro 256GB SSD by Toshiba and although far from excellent it did provide surprisingly good read & write performance at a very tempting price tag. Today we'll be taking a higher end SSD model for a ride to see how well it does the brand new M550 256GB by Crucial.

    Crucial.com is a leading online retailer specializing in computer memory (RAM) and solid state drives (SSD), and is operated by a subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of computer memory products. Crucial.com offers more than 250,000 compatible products for nearly every computer system: home and business, old and new, PC and Mac® computers. Utilizing a suite of easy-to-use, free online tools, including the Crucial® System Scanner and the Crucial Memory Advisor™ tool, crucial.com makes it easy to find a compatible upgrade to improve computer performance and restore system reliability. For more information, visit www.crucial.com.

   The M550 model by Crucial was launched as a higher performance option compared to the M500 which we reviewed a while back but it's not really a replacement (M600 in the works?) since both models will continue to exist in the market. As a matter of fact once you remove the casing both the M500 and the M550 are almost identical since both use the same 20nm MLC NAND flash modules, PCB, DRAM and capacitors so if you place both next to each other you will probably not be able to tell them apart. The only difference is the controller used and whereas the M500 made use of the Marvell 88SS9187 the M550 makes use of the new and slightly improved 88SS9189 (adds support for LPDDR and adds optimizations for DevSleep). The software/hardware features are also identical to the ones offered by the M500 model so once again we see support for RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent NAND), TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 making the M550 fully compatible with Microsoft’s eDrive encryption. Crucial has once again used capacitors on the PCB for power-loss protection just like with the M500 but this time over they have also implemented several NAND-level tweaks to improve on that although they haven't been really clear on what those tweaks are (till now anyways). So the time has come for us to see whether or not the brand new M550 is faster compared to the M500 and a worthy addition to the Crucial SSD lineup.

Via Nikktech 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Logitech Joins Forces with Top eSports Teams Around the Globe‏

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today underscored the company’s strong commitment to eSports with the announcement of a roster of top professional gaming organizations from around the globe that use Logitech G hardware to dominate in competitive gameplay.

The teams using Logitech G gear include Alliance in Sweden and Germany, CJ Entus in Korea,
DetonatioN in Japan, Invictus Gaming in China, mYinsanity in Switzerland, XCN in Indonesia and Cloud 9, Hammer Time and Team SoloMid in the U.S. In addition to inspiring new products and providing early feedback on products before they come to market, these teams use a mix of Logitech G hardware including headsets, mice, keyboards and mouse pads whenever they play and make appearances on behalf of Logitech G throughout the year.

“The teams on our roster are the best in the world and need gear that can perform at their level – that’s why the alliances we’ve struck make so much sense,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “We believe in eSports and the industry’s certain future as the next mainstream sports obsession. We’re proud to work alongside these world-class athletes making that future a reality.”

"With support from Logitech G, we’ve taken our play to a whole new level,” said Andy Dinh, owner, Team SoloMid. “We chose to work with Logitech G because they have the same passion and commitment to excellence that we do. It’s a true collaboration and our whole team has benefited.”

To learn more about the eSports teams that Logitech sponsors, and to follow the players as they compete in World of Tanks, Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II and other eSports tournaments around the world.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Xbox One Launches in Singapore on September 23 starting at S$639‏

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It’s like the marine said in the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty trailer several years back. It’s about time!
The Xbox One—featuring a 500GB hard drive, a blu-ray player, and built-in wi-fi—will ship in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Taiwan on September 23, 2014, with an Xbox One wireless controller and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold in every set.
The Xbox One will cost S$639 ($511)  in Singapore, with the Xbox One Kinect priced from S$739 ($591) upwards. The Xbox One console alone will cost upwards of NT$12,980 ($433) in Taiwan,HK$3,380 ($436) in Hong Kong, KRW 498,000 ($490) in Korea, and INR 39,990 ($674)  in India. While there is a price for Korea, the console’s launch there has not yet been announced.
Xbox fans (if there are any left in Asia) will also be able to enjoy the Xbox Kinect, TV on the Xbox One, specially-designed Xbox One apps like Internet Explorer, Skype, Twitch, and Machinima, any and all updates to Xbox Live, as well as game recording and uploads.
The Gold Rush program we reported on is also still going strong; purchasing a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription before the end of this month will entitle you to digital Xbox One editions of Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct Ultra Edition add-ons worth $100.
Stay tuned for more information on pre-orders and launch games!
This post was originally found on Games in Asia.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Personal Mobile Wallet - DBS PayLah! (iOS/Android)

After that post on 1st June we decided to do an app review on DBS PayLah so you can see for yourselves what the app looks like!


If you ever once felt that funds transfer through iBanking is a downright hassle, DBS PayLah is the app for you.

I mean, look at it,
What are the steps you would need to take to perform funds transfer to a friend? 
1. Get the person’s bank account number (which most likely has around 10-12 digits). Technically that is easy, assuming the person has their bank account number at the back of their heads, which I’m sure thats what EVERYONE does.
2. Open the iBanking app
3. Login, which encompasses of having to go through the OTP process (which doesn’t make it less painful)
4. Add a new payee (HECK, I didnt bring my iBanking token out) 
5. Carefully type the person’s bank account number in, fearing that he/she might have given you that wrong number, or what’s worse, YOU have keyed in the wrong account number.
6. FINALLY get to funds transfer. 
Of course, once you have your friend as a payee it will simplify the process, but in the first place it takes so much effort just to add a payee.
Hassle-free Fund Transfer
But for DBS PayLah, it can just take you 3 steps :
1. Link your DBS account to the app, and at the same time, your mobile number (Which is only a one time thing)
2. Enter the person’s contact number you want to send it to
3. Send the money!
By using DBS PayLah, it’s like having a personal mobile wallet with you. You can keep a balance in your mobile wallet for sending and receiving money. And if you feel that you need more cash in your bank account? Just transfer the money from the mobile wallet back to your bank account! *** The only problem is that it requires the recipient to also have a DBS/POSB account, which is alright because most people in Singapore do have at least 1 DBS/POSB account.
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It is really useful because with DBS PayLah, I can send money to other DBS customers, and I only require their mobile number! (Assuming they have download and linked the app to their bank account, of course)
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It makes it so much easier than having to go through the hassle of keying in bank account numbers and iBanking tokens every single time I need to transfer money to someone new. Now I just need their mobile number. (and for them to download the app. But of course they will download the app, else how would they get their money back? >:D muahahaha.)
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The only hassle you will need to go through is at the start when you link your DBS PayLah with your mobile number and your bank account. This is a one time thing, so it’s something I can live with.  
Security Passcode
The App also allows you to set a password so that the app is safe from anyone from opening it and sending everyone else money.
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Transaction History
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And what’s more, the app and the service is completely FREE!
So what’s stopping you from downloading the app now?
Here’s the link for iOS - DBS PayLah iOS,
and for Android  - DBS PayLah Android
Via Pocket App!

Friday, June 06, 2014

BIOSTAR Has Successful Showing at COMPUTEX 2014

BIOSTAR has a very successful showing at this year’s COMPUTEX trade show, Asia’s largest high-tech event. BIOSTAR showcases four product families featuring their latest Embedded Solutions, Mini PC barebones systems, Graphics card solutions and Mainboards including Intel’s next generation “Haswell Refresh" processors and 9 Series chipsets.


The first out the door at COMPUTEX was BIOSTAR’s "Mini PC" barebones systems: The BIOSTAR iDEQ-T1, built with an Intel Bay Trail 22nm processor for intelligent systems, is a pint-sized powerhouse for value-conscious businesses and organizations. This low-cost, low-power solution introduces many firsts to the Intel NUC form-factor. It will be around for long development support and production ramp cycles. With its vertical industrial design and support for Linux and Windows 7/8/8.1 OS, it’s a perfect fit for schools, call centers, and other locations with a large installed base of VGA monitors. The BIOSTAR iDEQ-T1 is an ideal combination of power consumption, performance, cost effectiveness, and software compatibility.


In the mainboard corner BIOSTAR shows the Hi-Fi Z97WE, based on the Intel Z97 chipset with key features such as PCIe M.2 support, Dual GbE LAN and BIOSTAR exclusive Hi-Fi audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97WE is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions. The on-board LAN controllers of the Hi-Fi Z97WE also support 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth is that it allows the bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission, simultaneously upload and download at the same time.

Another major advantage is that of Load Balancing. This allows the user to attach both network adapters to a single network. This can allow for double the network bandwidth of a single connection under certain circumstances. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation mode.

In addition, with BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.

Lastly, BIOSTAR is also going to release a new "Gaming" series motherboard soon, so stay tuned for more great things from BIOSTAR.

Monday, June 02, 2014

PQI Showcases Exclusive OTG Storage Devices at Computex 2014

PQI, the world's leading media storage peripheral brand, will be showcasing the world's first Apple-certified Lightning Dual USB that is compatible with both iOS and Android as well as its newest cutting-edge, stylish, high-quality products at Booth I0511 on the first floor of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. PQI's exhibition space will be transformed into a fun, interactive "smart life paradise," a relaxing, laid-back space where visitors can enjoy all-new interactive experiences made possible by smart technology.
 Full Range of Exciting Products: World's First Apple Lightning Dual USB / Ultra Mini On-the-Go Series / 
Children's Inspirational USB Drive Series / Connection Series
 PQI Gmobi iStick is the only OTG storage device tailored specifically to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and provides an ideal solution to the problem of insufficient built-in storage space among mobile devices. It is also the first Apple-certified Lightning to USB device that allows two-way transmission of photos, music, and videos and can be used on Macs, notebooks, and tablets. The user-friendly push-pull design eliminates the problem of losing the cap and comes in an easy-to-carry dual purpose body.
 The World's Smallest On-the-Go Series: A new trend for smartphone storage—the PQI Connect series uses exclusive patented COB 3.0 technology to create the world’s smallest OTG (USB "On the Go") expandable storage device. Light, thin, and compact, the series is equipped with both micro and standard USB connectors. The user only needs to plug the micro USB connector into a smartphone or tablet to easily transfer files to the device, where the files are automatically organized according to file type. The Connect can sync with Facebook, solving problems of limited, non-expandable storage space on smartphones and tablets. Plus, there is no need for cumbersome cables. Sharing is simple and instant. The standard USB connector on the other end can be used to freely access files, just like a common USB thumb drive. Through the micro USB connector, music, video, and files on the device may be directly transferred to a smartphone or tablet. Multiple files may be copied at once, saving you loads of waiting time.

The PQI Connect 301 is meticulously designed to be slim and portable. Its stylish denim-inspired exterior is a unique fashion statement. It's like nothing else on the market—a storage device and a fashion accessory.

PQI Children's Inspirational Animal Series: PQI Connect 303 -Playful Panda
Big, innocent eyes on a cute round face—meet the adorable Playful Panda!
All PQI Connect series products include a strap that can be used as a cellphone accessory an dust cover for your headphones. You can expand your smartphone's storage memory at a fraction of the cost of a phone with more memory, and you can even use it with your next phone. Convenient, practical, and functional—this is an industry-leading mobile peripheral!

The PQI Children's Inspirational Animals Series: PQI Connect 304-Lucky Cat Series uses the charm of PQI's "Lucky Cat" image to add a splash of color and good luck to your busy life. It comes in the following styles:
Rich Gold—Blessing you with wealth and career opportunities.
Lucky Red—Wishing you health and happiness.
Energetic Blue—Bringing you the freedom to pursue your hopes and dreams.

l   The newest member of the PQI Children's Inspirational USB Series—the i845 Rocky. Bring back childhood memories with the do-it-yourself assembly design. Adults and children will love this cute accessory, while the adorable rocking-horse motion will bring a smile to everyone's face as they recall the carefree days of their childhood. Our exclusive COB packaging technology makes the device waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and durable, giving your important files the best possible protection. And the attached chain turns the device into a phone charm or keychain accessory for easy portability. With its charming exterior, it is a great choice for a birthday or Christmas present.

l   PQI Connection Series
u  On-The-Go Card Reader: We offer card readers that support micro SD and standard SD cards, solving non-expandable storage problems in many current smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras.
u  Smart Media Hub: a 3-in-1 device that offers micro SD, standard SD, and USB data transmission. Instantly share videos, documents, music, and photos from your smartphone, tablet, digital camera, or laptop.
u  MHL Smart Connection Kit: Besides offering data transmission for smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and laptops, this device can also connect to a TV's HDMI port to display media directly on the screen. It's a versatile device in a small package.

Introducing the PQI "Smart Home"—Live the Future, Now!
With the advent of wearable technology, smart life applications, and interconnected devices, technology is no longer difficult or confusing to use. PQI's range of smart family applications makes your life smarter!

l   The PQI Remote Center smart home remote control system puts everything in your home under your control. Seven IR emitters work together to ensure that every nook and cranny is covered by the system, while the unique curved triangular design minimizes interference. Take control of your home with one quick, invisible touch.
l   PQI Smart Plug- Smart remote-controlled power outlets turn on and off automatically through remote monitoring—no manual switching needed.
l   PQI IP Cam- Smart high-definition monitoring cameras are quick and easy to set up. View real-time video feeds of your home. Don't miss crucial information—keep your family and your property safe.
l  PQI Power Drive- This 3-in-1 mobile power supply is a Wi-Fi hotspot, storage device, and battery charger all in one. Its sleek, lightweight form contains expandable memory, Wi-Fi for data transmission and instant sharing, and four AAA batteries for power supply. Charge your device and access your media on the go!
l   PQI Power Bank- This mobile power supply is a reservoir for your iPad or any other tablet, offering a maximum of 6.6 consecutive charges. Designed to provide a seamless user experience, the device features a retractable cord design, meaning you'll never have to worry about forgetting a cord again. With a sleek, minimalistic exterior and countless design details that enhance the experience, this device is sure to turn heads.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

DBS banks on mobile to shape the payment space in Singapore‏

DBS opens up new possibilities for mobile payment with the launch of its mobile wallet DBS PayLah!. The wallet comes in a form of a mobile application (app), which allows DBS/POSB customers to send and receive funds instantly outside of the internet banking environment.

            DBS PayLah! is the lastest milestone in the bank’s mobile payment journey and is designed to drive greater payment usage. As a mobile wallet with a higher daily limit of SGD 999, PayLah also allows for greater flexibility in payment usage. For instance, it can be used to pay the helper’s salary, give children pocket money and to pay for purchases with sole proprietorships such as blog shops or taxi rides.

            While smart phone penetration is high in Singapore at 87%[1], consumers have been slow to adopt mobile payment. Some of the key challenges for mobile payment include concerns around security, privacy and convenience[2].

            These concerns were little changed from 2011 when DBS launched its mobile banking application – mBanking. To encourage adoption of mobile banking then, the bank focused on creating a seamless and intuitive mobile experience. DBS also extended its Money Safe Guarantee to mBanking users to bolster confidence in the channel.

            To lower resistance to new technology, mBanking initially provided access to only the most popular transactions – account summary, funds transfer and bill payments. Other features such as investment services, card activation and Q Cams were introduced in phases after consumers become more familar with mobile banking. As a result, DBS today has the largest mobile banking user base in Singapore with over 800,000 mBanking users.

            mBanking remains one of the key elements of DBS’ mobile payment ecosystem. Since 2011, the number of funds transfer conducted via mBanking has grown by more than 270% to 7.4 million transactions last year. DBS PayLah! will contribute to this growth by making peer to peer payment easier.

            Mr Louis Foo, Senior Vice President of Consumer Banking Group eBusiness, DBS Bank Singapore, said, “Mobile payment is on an upward trajectory. While our customers have become increasingly tech savvy, mobile wallets remain a new frontier in the Singapore’s payment landscape. Hence, it is important to address customers’ concerns while providing a mobile payment experience that is seamless and intuitive. Innovation in this space especially needs to add genuine value to the user’s experience.”

            Out of the over one million online transactions handled by DBS daily, more than 30% are mobile transactions, largely driven by consumers. To encourage merchant adoption of mobile payment, DBS is currently piloting ‘MobilePay’, a Point-of-Sale mobile app that allows merchants to accept payments on the go.

            DBS mBanking, PayLah! and MobilePay form a mobile payment ecosystem that will help to reduce the reliance on cash in Singapore and further entrench the nation as a key financial hub.

            Said Foo, “We have received more than 5000 sign ups for DBS PayLah! within a week of making the app available. This signals consumers’ readiness to adopt mobile payment. With more than 4.4 million customers in Singapore, most consumers would have a DBS/POSB account and would be able to use PayLah!. Having a critical mass is important to drive awareness and usage of mobile payment.”

            DBS PayLah! can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. One needs to have a DBS/POSB Savings/Current account, iBanking and a smartphone in order to use the app. The iBanking token is required for the first time top-up only. For more information on DBS PayLah!, please visit: http://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/payments/dbs-paylah.