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Samsung Pay is hitting Singapore first in Southeast Asia rollout

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Samsung Electronics is finally bringing its highly publicized Samsung Pay to Southeast Asia, and Singapore has been chosen to be the first recipient. This follows up on the service’s successful rollouts in South Korea, China, and the United States, as well as the demand from Singaporeans themselves.

In fact, 71 percent of Samsung users in Singapore have shown interest in using the mobile payment system, according to a recent study commissioned by Samsung. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Samsung Pay has been proven to be highly secure and easy to adapt for all sorts of merchants.

What makes Samsung Pay such a strong contender early on in the mobile payment race is its broad acceptance in retail stores. Using MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), the payment system is compatible with any machine that accepts credit and debit cards. And once NFC (Near Field Communication) becomes more common at cashiers, Samsung Pay will ace that, too.

As for security, users have to go through three layers of security before making a purchase: fingerprint authentication; tokenization; and the Samsung KNOX software (which safeguards your Samsung device from sketchy activities). All three work together to maintain an encrypted digital token that’ll only function with your fingerprint or PIN.

To ensure a smooth launch, Samsung Pay has been “strategically expanding its partnership system” across Singapore. The results of these efforts already show, thanks to the established cooperation with American Express, MasterCard, and Visa, plus major banks including DBS/POSB, OCBC Bank, and Standard Chartered.

Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need a high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphone to make use of the service. According to Samsung Singapore, only 4G+ variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, and S7 edge are on the initial compatibility list at launch in Q2 2016.

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Apple reportedly delays mixed-reality headset once again

Not a big delay, though

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Mercifully, “metaverse” lost Oxford’s word of the year award to “goblin mode”. Despite all of Meta’s claims, the stylized term for its version of virtual reality has not taken off. Just so, Meta’s competitors are still holding out on their entries to the virtual reality realm. Hit by delays in the past already, Apple is once again delaying its much-awaited mixed-reality headset.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the unannounced headset is coming sometime in the second half of 2023. Previously, the device was pegged for a second quarter launch. It’s not a drastic delay, but it’s another speed bump for the enigmatic device.

If anything, Apple’s issues are now stemming from the software side. As such, Kuo expects that the individual components for the headset will still come relatively on time in the second quarter. The report remains unsure if the planned reveal in January is still a go, though.

Further, the headset’s shipments will reportedly be less than previously expected. Neither Kuo nor Apple have commented on why a reduced shipment is currently planned.

That said, Apple hasn’t really commented on the coming of its mixed-reality headset. All information comes from leaks and reports from external sources. However, from what we’ve heard, Apple is promising a lot from its headset, including the ability to pay handsfree using only their eyes.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s AR headset will let users pay with their eyes

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OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

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It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus officially teases Nord Watch

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Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year

Will soon cost US$ 69.99

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New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.

In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.

Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.

Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.

If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

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