Archive for May 2016

Expedia reveals habits of Singapore flyers

Expedia.com recently released the results of the Expedia Sky Conduct Report, a worldwide study that examines the preferences and habits of flyers on a country-by-country basis.

The study shows that Singapore flyers value comfort, sleep and staying hydrated when flying. The top 5 in-flight activities are sleeping (67.4%), watching movies/tv shows (57.8%), listening to music (37.9%), eating/snacking (33.7%) and reading (27%).

Singapore travellers (63.2%) are aware of staying hydrated and chose water as their favourite in-flight item compared to 7.1% that preferred to consume alcohol when flying. They also favour cabin comfort options like Wifi on long haul flights (11.4%) or extra leg room (52%), but avoid paying extra baggage fees (76%).

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Mindef now allows tablets and laptops in Green Zone

Mindef is now allowing NSF, Regulars, NSmen and visitors to bring their tablets and laptop into the Green Zone of army camp. This is according to a reply to a media query in March on the revisions to the SAF’s Security Zoning Programme.

This is great news especially to NSmen reporting back for ICT. In the past, laptop can only be used in the business centres and must be locked up in the centre at the end of the day. With this new revision, NSmen can bring their laptop during ICT and use it in bunk, subjected to units’ training and operational requirements.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Affirms Commitment to Singapore Developers at Microsoft Developer Day Event

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in Singapore last week for the Microsoft Developer Day event, held at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nadella highlighted the numerous opportunities available to developers, and how Microsoft is providing the resources and support to help developers play a key role in enabling organisations to embrace the digital transformation. He also underscored the role of the cloud and integrated technologies in helping businesses evolve in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.

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In his keynote address, Nadella noted the importance of equipping the local youths with skills that can prepare the next generation of Singaporeans to drive the knowledge economy. With data being the currency of the world today, Microsoft is collaborating with the National University of Singapore on data science education and research, to accelerate innovation and skills development to support the Smart Nation vision.

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Nadella also shared the example of how young startups such as Overdrive is leveraging the intelligent cloud to provide a true Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform targeting smart devices and sensors on the move. Through the platform, this young startup uses IoT sensors and Azure IoT Suite to provide pre-emptive logistics management and optimisation to fleet owners. In addition to the over 1,000 vehicles they currently support, they have expanded their technology to other areas such as using IoT to provide concerned parents the location of their children to ensure that they arrive home safely.

Microsoft is also helping developers to build applications for the cloud realities of today, and the cloud evolution of tomorrow. The company is in a unique position to do this, as the only cloud provider that supports every organisation and developer, from core infrastructure services, to platform services and tools, to Software-as-a-Service, with the flexibility to build and run apps in any language across any platform.

Boosting eCommerce – Secret to selling more

Running a successful eCommerce business is challenging. According to survey done by Akamai, 50% of shoppers expect websites to load in less than 2 seconds. That’s why online retailers need to address these challenges now to be successful.

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Apple Pay now available to DBS, POSB, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB

Apple Pay is now available to customers of DBS, POSB, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB. Before this, only American Express Credit Card holder can apply for Apple Pay in Singapore.

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But do note that only the Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards can be added to Apple Pay. The American Express Cards issued by these banks are not supported at the moment. This means roughly 83% of the credit and debit cards in Singapore are supported by Apple Pay.