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Apple Watch deal with Singapore government will pay people to live healthier lives


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Users can earn $280 in rewards for participating in the program.
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Apple Watch can help you get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. However, most of us have to pay for the honor. Things work a bit differently in Singapore, thanks to a new deal between Apple and the Singaporean government.

The program will hand out up to $280 in rewards for those who complete tasks on a dedicated app. Because, while good health is its own reward, who’s going to turn down some extra goodies?

Get a private tour of Apple’s new ‘floating’ Singapore store


This "secret passage" is the perfect location for a selfie or two.
Screenshot: SuperAdrianMe TV/YouTube

The fantastic photographs of Apple Marina Bay Sands, the new “floating” Apple store in Singapore, just don’t do this magnificent structure justice.

From its massive glass dome to a “secret passage” with a stunning view, a virtual private tour posted by a YouTuber is the closest you’ll get to the real thing — at least for now. You’ve got to watch it! (And if you’re lucky enough to be in Singapore for opening day, be sure to check out the YouTuber’s pro tips for visitors.)

New Singapore store may be Apple’s most spectacular retail venue yet


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Apple's third Singapore store sits on the water of Marina Bay.
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Possibly the most spectacular Apple Store yet is set to open in Singapore, Apple’s third retail store in the country.

Apple Marina Bay Sands has a look like no Apple Store before it. It resembles a geodesic dome or giant lantern sitting on a body of water in the iconic Marina Bay, a luxury venue which first opened its doors in 2010.

Tim Cook’s tasty street food odyssey continues in Thailand


Tim Cook’s tasty street food odyssey continues in Thailand
The crab omelette's good and Apple's worth $1.2 trillion. Could life get better?
Photo: Tim Cook/Twitter

Tim Cook’s street food tour of East Asia continues. Earlier this week, Cook enjoyed a traditional breakfast in Singapore’s Tiong Bahru Market. Now he’s hopped over to Thailand, where he chowed down on some “five star” crab omelette in Bangkok with food bloggers Yota and Jira.

Oh, and visited some developers and Apple users, too. But, you know, that crab omelette!

Tim Cook visits local food market for breakfast in Singapore


Tim Cook visits local food market for breakfast in Singapore
Want to impress Tim Cook? Feed him gao teng kueh, apparently.
Photo: Tim Cook/Twitter

Tim Cook has finished his visit to Japan and stopped off in Singapore for the next leg of his East Asian business jaunt.

On Twitter, Cook shared a photo of himself starting his day with a traditional Singaporean breakfast. Tiong Bahru Market is located in one of Singapore’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The area offers a variety of hipster stores and boutique art galleries.

Apple’s second Singapore store will open next month


Apple's new Singapore store isn't going to be short of possible customers.
Apple's new store isn't going to suffer from a lack of footfall.
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Apple is gearing up to open its second retail store in Singapore. The new store will be located at Jewel Changi Airport, the entertainment and retail complex adjoining Changi Airport.

Located in one of Asia’s largest transport hubs, Apple Jewel Changi Airport isn’t exactly going to suffer for lack of traffic.

Apple investigates fraudulent iTunes charges worth thousands of dollars


Scam affected users in Singapore.
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Apple is investigating complaints from dozens of customers in Singapore, who claim to have had hundreds of dollars taken from their accounts, supposedly for iTunes payments.

Some of the victims lost up to $7,000. Others lost less than this, but nonetheless had their available balance “completely wiped out” by the fraudulent charges.

Apple Watch 3 with LTE expands its reach in Asia


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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is coming to Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular capabilities is coming to two new locations, Hong Kong and Singapore, Apple has confirmed.

In Singapore, the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will be carried by Singtel, while those in Hong Kong will be able to choose between 1O1O and csl3 as their carrier. Apple has updated its website to show the addition of the two new markets, which brings the total number of markets with Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE to 12.

Apple-loving couple snap dream wedding photos at Apple store


What place is more romantic than the Apple store?
What place is more romantic than the Apple store?
Photo: Yip Weili Creations

The only thing that comes close to trumping this Singapore couple’s love for each other is their unbridled passion for Apple products.

Self-professed Apple megafans Jermyn Wee and Chia Suat celebrated their marriage earlier this month by visiting the only Apple store in Singapore. They used the retail outlet as a backdrop for their cute wedding photos. The funny couple’s snaps almost didn’t happen because the usually shy guy didn’t want a photoshoot. When his soon-to-be wife proposed the Apple store as the location, Wee went all in.

Watch the happy couple walk down the Apple store aisle as customers clap:

Widespread shipping delays hit iPhone 7 on eve of launch


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Jet black iPhone 7 will be hard to find.
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With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus scheduled to arrive in less than 24 hours, customers around the globe who preordered are being notified that their devices won’t ship on time.

The unpleasant news isn’t sitting well with these Apple fans, many of whom thought they’d get their iPhone 7 on launch day.

Apple Pay is now available to use in Singapore


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Apple Pay is available in a new market.
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Apple Pay has made its debut in Singapore, bringing the total number of countries adopting Apple’s mobile payment service to six — also including the U.S., Canada, China, Australia, and United Kingdom.

As in Australia and Canada, the service is initially available only for American Express customers, although Apple says it looks forward to new banks and card providers joining throughout 2016.

Apple starts construction on its first Singapore retail store


Apple's Singapore store is coming along nicely.
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Photos have surfaced online showing work underway on Apple’s first retail store in Singapore.

The photos show that Apple is taking its regular security measures by covering the windows in order to keep the work inside a secret, ahead of the grand opening later in 2016.

Apple now hiring for its first Singapore retail store


The location of Apple's new Singapore retail store.
Photo: Techinasia

Apple’s first brick-and-mortar retail store in Singapore is one step closer, with Cupertino hiring staff to man its next Apple Store expansion.

The company’s website lists 14 job postings for the store, with positions including business manager, business specialist, and Apple Store leader. The retail store itself is expected to open in 2016.

First Apple Store in Singapore set to open in 2016


The swanky new site for Apple's first Singapore Apple Store?
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Apple is set to open its debut brick-and-mortar retail store in Singapore, according to a message sent out by health and exercise chain Pure Fitness.

In a message directed at patrons, Pure Fitness revealed that it is one of several tenants closing their premises in Singapore’s upscale retail building Knightsbridge, “to make way for the opening of Singapore’s first Apple store [sic] later in 2016.”

Airline Asks: “Why Have A Lame In-Flight Entertainment System When You Can Give Flyers iPads?”


Next time you fly out of Singapore, you might be handed an iPad as you board.

The friendly skies have been cozying up to the iPad for awhile now. First, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration allowed pilots to replace hundreds of pounds of flight manuals and log books for Apple’s tablet, and now a new airline is promising to save fuel, increase profits and make their customers happier by phasing out the in-flight entertainment system in favor of a fleet of iPads.

Apple Offering Discounts On Most Products In Asia To Celebrate The Lunar New Year [Deals]


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If you’re reading us from Asia, great news: the Asian continent’s own answer to Black Friday starts tomorrow, January 6th, and as rumored. Apple’s now having a Lunar New Year Sale to celebrate, offering discounts on most of their popular products in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The discounts are basically similar to those U.S. Apple Store customers saw in November, with discounts of between 6-8% on iPads, 10% discounts on iPods, and between 5-10% off all MacBooks.

If you’re in one of the aforementioned countries and want to start the New Year right, get hopping: this sale will only continue for 24 hours.

The iPhone 4S Goes On Sale In 22 More Countries Today



Although we Yanks and select Euros already have iPhone 4Ses in our pockets, the iPhone 4S launch is hardly over. Far from it.

Today, Apple started selling the iPhone 4S in twenty-two other countries. Those countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Any Liechtensteiners care to report on how the lines are looking over there?