Samsung Music with embedded lyrics support (Lyrics3v2 & ID3v2)

November 29, 2017

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Play your Chinese music with embedded lyrics support (Lyrics3v2 & ID3v2). Note: Make sure the Chinese lyrics is stored in UTF-8 encoding.

The lyrics (if available) will be displayed in the ‘Track Name’ field.
Now supports external LRC or TXT file extension (LRC filename must be the same as the song filename).

Samsung Music @ Google Play

MusicKN @ Google Play

MP3 file must have ID3V2 with Tag Name ‘Lyrics’. Put your lyrics inside the tag and enjoy.

Works with Minilyrics. It displays the lyrics that you added into the song file from your computer.

With external synced lyrics (.lrc files), the text will scroll and synchronise with the music being play.






Serious security flaws in Intel’s ME, including those running Intel’s latest chips

November 28, 2017

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00086
Product family: Various
Impact of vulnerability: Elevation of Privilege
Severity rating: Important
Original release: Nov 20, 2017
Last revised: Nov 22, 2017

There are multiple security vulnerabilities in its Management Engine (ME), a remote administration feature that allows IT administrators to manage devices and perform wide-ranging functions.

The security advisory points out bugs in ME, in addition to the Sever Platform Services (SPS) remote server management tool and the Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) hardware authentication tool.

What’s more, because ME has its own microprocessor, it can run even when a PC is off (but plugged in), as the microprocessor can function as a separate computer. This could then allow attackers to gain greater degrees of control by using ME as a launchpad.

Furthermore, the exploit could let an attack operate separately from the main computer, so they wouldn’t trigger any alarms.

Intel has released a detection tool for Linux and Windows to help customers check if their systems are vulnerable.


List of helplines

November 28, 2017

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
Download List of Helplines (PDF).
Download Assistance Schemes (PDF).
Download Mental Health Services Resource Directory (PDF)



Shan You Counselling Centre: 6741-9293/6741-0078 (Mandarin counselling)

Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222

Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019

Care Corner Counselling Centre: 6353-1180


Some helplines which are useful for parents and teenagers looking for some expert advice:

  • Child Protection and Welfare Services (MSF): For reporting of child abuse – 1800-777 0000
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): Provides emotional support to those who are in despair or distressed – 1800-221-4444
  • YouthlineChampions youth causes – 6336-3434
  • Pregnancy Crisis ServiceUnwed teenagers who face unplanned, unwanted pregnancies can call for help – 6339-9770
  • Teen Challenge: Provides faith-based and community-based programmes and services – 1800-829-2222
  • Touchline: Provides counselling to troubled teens and youth 1800-377-2252
  • eCounselling Centre (eC2): An online facility offering free counselling to youth – 6787 1125
  • MeToYou Cyber Care: A cyber wellness programme for youth aged 12-18 years old – 6274 6904 / 9173 1766 
  • Tinkle FriendFor primary school students, especially children who are alone at home, who need someone to chat with or discuss problems with – 1800-2744 788 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

November 21, 2017

SCDF Emergency Medical Services and 1777

Top Most Popular FAQs

Q. I was sent to hospital by SCDF ambulance. Will I be charge for the ambulance service?
A. Currently emergency cases sent by SCDF are free. Non-emergency cases are charged $274

Q. What are the SCDF Ambulance Charges?
A. The SCDF does not charge for any emergency case it conveys to hospitals. However SCDF charges $274 for each non-emergency case that it ferries to hospital.

Note: The final outcome of the emergency / non-emergency status of a patient will be based on the assessment of the doctor at the Emergency Department of the receiving hospital.

Q. Can I call 995 for SCDF ambulance if my case is not an emergency?
A. SCDF ambulances only respond to medical emergencies. The public is advised not to call 995 for non-emergencies as this will stretch its resources and affect its fast response to emergency incidents which can cause the difference between life and death. The hotline for non-emergency ambulance is 1777. Non-emergency ambulances are run by private operators. The charges are shown at the Ambulance Service Webpage.


You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 (for Free)

November 4, 2017

The FREE Windows 10 upgrade officially ended on July 31, 2016 but you can still get the upgrade (for Window 7 and 8.1 users) by claiming that you use assistive technologies. Click here and get started. You have only until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of this.

How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve regulated in Singapore?

October 29, 2017

ST Paper, 28 Oct 2017, How are supplements for sale here regulated?


He asked: “How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve, which are expensive and claim to have certain health benefits, regulated?”

Jeunesse Reserve is a blend of fruit juices with added antioxidants and hence is considered a food product, not a health product, said the AVA. The AVA regulates the safety of food products, while the Health Sciences Authority regulates health products such as Western medicine, medical devices and complementary health products.

“(Jeunesse Reserve) is regulated as a food product under the AVA and complies with our food safety standards and requirements.”

The AVA added that Jeunesse Reserve also complies with general labelling requirements under the Singapore Food Regulations.


School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

October 18, 2017

TODAY, 17 Oct 2017, School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018


The MOE also said there are currently no plans to adjust school fees for Singapore citizens. Singaporeans pay no school fees in primary school, but pay S$5 and S$6 monthly in secondary school and pre-university, respectively.

For some non-citizen parents who send their children to public schools, the higher school fees will be financially taxing, but most also noted that while the gap was narrowing, school fees international schools charge are still much higher — these range from around S$20,000 to S$35,000 a year.


For instance, Dover Court International School Singapore charges S$25,200 annually – or S$2,100 monthly – for upper primary students, whereas the Australian International School charges S$33,646 annually – or S$2,804 monthly – for elementary school students.


TODAY had also reported that figures from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) show as of end-August, there were about 76,000 international students on Student’s Pass who are enrolled in private and government-run schools and institutions, including the polytechnics and universities in Singapore. In 2008, the number stood at close to 100,000, previous reports stated. The ICA issues the Student’s Pass for foreigners applying to study here.

Asked previously whether the ministry had turned away more applicants in the last few years and about the intake of foreign students, MOE would only say international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years.

Microsoft Word 2016 – Text missing from table cells

October 9, 2017

Please install this update (KB4011140)

Download Download update KB4011140 for 32-bit version of Word 2016
Download Download update KB4011140 for 64-bit version of Word 2016

Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

September 24, 2017

ST Paper, 6 Aug 2017, Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

We thank Mrs Joy Chan Jing Jing for her letter (Give advance notice for HDB renovation; Forum Online, July 28).

The HDB recognises that renovation works can cause disamenities to surrounding residents, and have put in place several measures to minimise inconvenience.

Flat owners are required to engage only contractors who are permitted to renovate HDB flats.

Their appointed contractor must obtain a permit from the HDB before carrying out the renovations in the flat.

A Notice of Renovation must be prominently displayed at the entrance of the flat before the renovation work begins, and remain displayed throughout the approved renovation period.

If the renovations involve noisy works such as the hacking of walls or tiles, the renovation contractor is also required to give written notice to the immediate neighbouring units (on the same storey as well as those above and below the unit) at least three days before work commences.

To minimise inconvenience to residents, such noisy works must be completed within three days – these works should be carried out only between 9am and 5pm, and are not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and the eve of major public holidays.

Residents who encounter renovation contractors who do not comply with the requirements can report them to the HDB via our Branch Service Line on 1800-225-5432 or the Essential Maintenance Service Unit after office hours.

The HDB will investigate and take necessary action against the errant renovation contractors.

In our high-rise and high-density society, a certain degree of noise is inevitable in our daily life.

We seek the cooperation of flat owners to abide by the guidelines in carrying out their home renovation, and for their neighbours to bear with the temporary inconvenience. A closer understanding and tolerance of each other will go a long way towards achieving a pleasant living environment.

Michelle Ng Chwee Geok (Ms)

Director (Housing Maintenance)

Housing & Development Board

Several ways to check on fund-raisers

September 24, 2017

ST Paper,  1 Aug 2017, Several ways to check on fund-raisers

We thank Mr Sim Ghee Choon for the suggestions in his letter (Make it easier to check on fund-raisers; Forum Online, July 12).

The Collector’s Certificate of Authority issued by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) includes a QR code.

Members of the public can check if the fund-raiser has a valid House to House and Street Collections Licence by scanning the code with a smartphone.

The Office of the Commissioner of Charities is working on incorporating the QR code function in all permits issued for fund-raising appeals.

Apart from the QR code verification method, members of the public can also use the following methods to verify the authenticity of the collections when being approached by collectors:

•Send a query via SMS to 79777 using the following format: “FR”

•Perform a search using the online fund-raising permit search facility via the Charity Portal (, NCSS website or SPF website

•Use the Police@SG smartphone application. (Download the Police@SG application, and go to “More Links” to access the Charities and Fund-Raising search engine of the Charity Portal)

Sim Hui Ting (Ms)

Deputy Commissioner of Charities