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.

Logitech M238 Wireless Mouse 2016 Party Collection

Logitech just released a bunch of beautiful wireless mouse. The Logitech M238 Wireless Mouse 2016 Party Collection come in funky prints and quirky designs that express individual energy and style.

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The best part is that the battery life can last up to 12 months.

The Logitech M238 Wireless Mouse is now available at $29. Comes with 1-year limited hardware warranty.

OCBC release API

OCBC just released some APIs to allow developers to write program to make use of the bank’s data such as branch or ATM locator.

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Another useful API is the currency exchange rates. You can find out more about the APIs here.

These APIs will allow developers to write programs without worrying about the data. For example, a Map application developer can simply use the API to provide OCBC branch and ATM location.

Currently there are only 4 APIs available. Hope OCBC will release more soon. It will be great if the bank is allowed to release API to login to the internet backing and check account balance or fund transfer.