Microsoft To Acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services Business

Microsoft To Acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services Business
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Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion (US$5 billion/S$6.36 billion) to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion (US$2.17 billion/S$2.77 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion (US$7.17 billion/S$9.13 billion) in cash.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones (Nokia Asha) and Smart Devices (Nokia Lumia) business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions.

SingTel Offers Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases

SingTel Offers Direct Carrier Billing For Google Play Purchases
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Last Thursday on the 15th August 2013, SingTel started offering direct carrier billing for Google Play purchases. They are the first in Southeast Asia to offer that.

This simple and convenient payment option will be available to all SingTel mobile postpaid customers and will also be progressively rolled out to Optus and SingTel’s regional associates.

Norton Refreshes It Products, Drops Version Number

Norton Refreshes It Products, Drops Version Number
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Last week Norton refreshes it’s product line-up to be compatible with Windows 8. Another major difference (something that I like) is they completely dropped the version number/year at the end of the product name.

Just for reference, here are the previous versions:

Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore

Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore
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The day has come! Apple launches iTunes Store in Singapore alongside with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. iTunes Match will be available as well for S$31.98 per year! The iTunes store is live on my Mac, but it seems it has not yet been made available on my iTunes app on my iPhone.

Music pricing starts from S$1.28 for a single track and typical price for an album is S$9.98.

SingTel & Samsung Pledge Support For Team Singapore For London 2012 Olympics

SingTel & Samsung Pledge Support For Team Singapore For London 2012 Olympics
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Both SingTel and Samsung has pledge supports for Team Singapore for the London 2012 Olympics. Samsung will sponsor 60 Samsung Galaxy SIII (White) while SingTel will provide complimentary airtime and data subscriptions to allow them to keep in touch with their family back in Singapore.

For those who wants more details, the press releases from the 2 company are pasted below.

Samsung Galaxy SIII Announced

Samsung Galaxy SIII Announced
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In case you are unaware, Samsung announced Samsung Galaxy SIII which is the successor to the Galaxy SII and their flagship mobile phone at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 yesterday in London.

Samsung provided a live stream to the event but apparently the NDA for the Samsung Galaxy SIII of those major tech sites was lifted right before the event. So it is weird to see so much details of the phone even before the person went up on stage to officially announced it.

SingTel Launches Singapore’s 1st E-Book Service

SingTel Launches Singapore’s 1st E-Book Service
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The e-book service is known as skoob. It offer the works of Singapore writers, study guides and educational books for local primary and secondary school students.

At launch there are about 39,000 local and international bestsellers for smartphones, tablets and PCs. Payment is in Singapore Dollars (S$) and made via Singapore Credit Cards or if you are a SingTel customer, you can charged it to your monthly SingTel bill.