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Epson extends “Expression Home” series with 2 Brand New models at COMEX

Epson extends “Expression Home” series with 2 Brand New models at COMEX

12Rou MD White Image 01 XP202
12Rou MM Black ASIA Image 01 XP402

Epson Singapore will be adding 2 new models to their “Expression Home” All-in-One printer series at COMEX 2012 which will take place from 30th August to 2nd September at Suntec City, Singapore. Featuring the World’s Smallest AIO Printers with a new affordable ink set, the new Epson Expression Home XP-202 now comes with Wi-Fi capabilities and a mobile printing application, the Epson iPrint. The XP-402 on the other hand, sports Wi–Fi capabilities, a 2.5 inch LCD screen and SD, MMC and Memory Stick Duo card slots together with mobile printing applications such as Epson iPrint, Epson Email Print, Google Cloud Print and AirPrint.

What’s good about them:

The smallest printers: Engineered to save consumers desk space, the new printers are 15% smaller than their predecessors and are respectively, the smallest single function and all-in-one desktop printers in their class.

High quality prints: Using Epson’s proprietary Micro Piezo print head technology, the new printers have a class-leading maximum print resolution of 5760 X 1440 for extremely smooth gradations for grayscale, colour documents, and photos. The printers also offer a high print speed of 30 pages per minute (ppm) for the XP-202 and 33 pages per minute (ppm) for the XP-402 in mono printing and 13 ppm in colour printing for both models under their ink saving draft mode.

New Ink set: Both the Epson Expression Home XP-202 and XP-402 use the newly developed Epson “Claria Home Ink” that comprises both black pigment ink for razor sharp text, and dye-based cyan, magenta and yellow colour inks that produce superb glossy photos on Epson glossy photo paper. The new Claria Home Ink set makes printing very affordable for home users looking to print both documents and photographs.

Environmentally-Friendly Glossy, Unpainted Bodies: The body chassis of the Epson Expression Home printers do not use paint in their construction, thereby reducing production resources and lessening the burden on the environment at the end of their life cycle. However, they still have beautiful, glossy surfaces that are created from special plastic moulds and polished to perfection.

User Friendly Epson Photo Software: The Epson Expression Home printers come with easy-to-use Epson software solutions that allow users to edit their photos with the following features before sending to print:

The Epson Expression Home XP-202 and XP-402 will retail at $108 and $168 respectively at COMEX 2012. Buyers will be entitled to a free trolley and a pair of Sennheiser headphones worth $39.90.

More information on the printers is available within the attached press release.

FINAL – Press Release – Expression Home XP-102 & 202 & 402 AiOs FINAL.pdf

SingTel and EZ-Link launch NFC payment services

SingTel and EZ-Link launch NFC payment services

Singapore 22 August 2012 – Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and EZ-Link Pte Ltd (EZ-Link) today announced the launch of a mobile payment service for smartphones using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. EZ-Link also introduced an EZ-Link NFC mobile application and the EZ-Link NFC website ( today.

The payment service allows users to make cashless payments by tapping supported handsets at NFC contactless payment terminals at over 20,000 points island-wide that accept ez-link payment, such as taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains.

The service is available for customers who have a supported NFC smartphone and purchase an NFC SIM card from SingTel*. There are no additional monthly subscription charges or one-time activation charges for this NFC payment service. As a bonus, customers will enjoy a waiver of the $5 administrative fee and receive $5 complimentary stored value in the ez-link purse if they sign up by 30 September 2012. This allows customers to make payments immediately and conveniently at participating retail points that support ez-link payment.

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, SingTel’s Vice President of mCommerce, said: “The NFC solution that we are launching today is the first of many innovative mobile services that SingTel will unveil. We will progressively launch differentiated services that enhance our customers’ lifestyles and provide them with a unique mobile commerce experience, ranging from payments to value-added services.”

“EZ-Link has achieved another milestone with NFC, by launching its over-the-air top-up – a first for NFC solutions launched in Singapore that enables consumers to enjoy the convenience of topping up anywhere, anytime. Together with other value-added services such as the EZ-Link mobile app, this innovative service will greatly enrich user experience,” said Mr. Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZ-Link Pte Ltd. “EZ-Link is proud to partner with SingTel to bring products that help our customers reap the benefits of speed, convenience and tailor-made services.”

EZ-Link NFC mobile application

The EZ-Link mobile application can be downloaded from the Google Play store for use on NFC-enabled Android mobile handsets. The app allows customers to check transaction history and balances, top-up the ez-link purse with any debit or credit card, and sign-up for Activate! – a complimentary EZ-Link programme which enables ez-link purse blocking and refunds of the ez-link purse in cases of the loss of phones.

A unique feature of the EZ-Link mobile app is the over-the-air top-up – a first for NFC solutions launched in Singapore. What this means for SingTel customers is that they can easily download the app and conveniently top-up on the go, just by using their NFC-enabled phone.

Customers can also do physical top-ups at People’s Association (PA) Community Clubs (CCs) EZ-Link top-up machines, DBS/POSB ATMs, or via the EZ-Online service where a convenience fee applies.

For more information, please visit and

About EZ-Link Pte Ltd

EZ-Link Pte Ltd was formed on 8 January 2002. Its core business is the clearing and settlement of all ez-link card transactions generated in transit and non-transit (retail/merchant) environments, as well as the sale, distribution and overall management of ez-link cards. To date, more than 12 million new CEPAS-compliant ez-link cards have been issued. This is in tandem with the government’s plan to promote cashless payments in Singapore. In line with this vision, the new ez-link card is now also accepted as a mode of payment for Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and at carparks fitted with the Electronic Payment System (EPS) when used in the dual-mode in-vehicle unit.

About SingTel

SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 462 million mobile customers in 26 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

*Standard SIM card and registration fees apply.

For more information, contact:


Dylan Tan
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: +65 97819250


Shereen May Anderson
Senior Associate
The Right Spin Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6325 5936

Johanna Toh
EZ-Link Pte Ltd
Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing
DID: (65) 6372 4193

Of stay overs and BBQ

Of stay overs and BBQ

Last night was the first time which there was an attempt to have a batch-wide BBQ session at Costa Sands Resort at Pasir Ris. The night before, I had a rather impromptu stay over at a friend’s house with the rest of the 8th SAAT Exco.

After the BBQ session ended, I decided to stay over at the chalet along with the host, and I was suddenly struck by the sight of secondary school (I think) students in the chalet grounds. I was reminded of the only time when I had a class chalet with my JC class. I missed those days. I missed the fact that bonding activities were mainly the responsibilities of the students and students being totally driven by them. I missed the fact that everyone had nothing to shared about their past, but much about their future during the HTHT (heart-to-heart talk) sessions. I missed the fact that we were young then, young once.

Despite looking younger than what I am (at least, that was what my FTB freshies and the freshies from META camp this year told me), I do feel old, especially when mixed around with the forever young freshman year on year.

Am I looking forward to tomorrow? Maybe, at least just for what unknown it holds for me.