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Singapore’s got talent for the next killer app.

By Raisin Mah      3 August 2018

Emerging from the growing app development scene in Singapore, these homegrown apps help you declutter, find a home, rate food and even relax.

Carousell (Above)

The darling of the Singapore tech innovation scene, this app was initially designed and built during a weekend hackathon by three friends. Co-founder Marcus Tan says that the thriving start-up community here means there are “more people [solving] meaningful problems and making an impact with technology.” Carousell tackles the problem of finding new homes for your pre-loved stuff (and generates some cash return while you’re at it). The latest app version recognises what you’re selling based on photos you take, and helps fill in the listing.

99.co

There comes a point in most people’s lives when they’ll have to leave the nest and find their own homes. It can be a daunting task, but luckily there are apps like 99.co to help you with this. With this user-friendly app, you can easily filter property listings by your designated location, proximity to MRT stations and travel time to work, as well as vicinity to schools, supermarkets and other important considerations. The app also makes it easy for you to connect and chat with property agents.

Burpple

There is no denying that Singaporeans love to eat, especially in a place as blessed with a wide variety of food choices as this country. There’s always something for everyone here, but too many choices can be overwhelming. Burpple helps you discover more goodies by analysing your preferences and providing tips. The more reviews you write, the better Burpple understands the food you like. This makes its makan suggestions more relevant and tailored.

ShopBack

Online shoppers can now get more bang for their buck. Make purchases at any of 1,300 e-commerce merchants via the app and you earn cashback rewards that can be transferred as cash into your bank account. The app has plenty of popular merchants such as Taobao, Books Depository, Lazada, Redmart and Deliveroo, offering you a wide range of traders to earn rewards from while shopping as usual. Justin Lee, Chief Product Officer of ShopBack, says that the company is testing new features to help users make “smarter purchase decisions”.

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