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How Singapore Airlines uses iPad to make flights safer

Custom-made apps help pilots focus on what matters

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There are a number of factors to consider when booking flights, but safety should always be on everyone’s priority. That is why award-winning carrier Singapore Airlines is pioneering development of apps for iPad that enhance service and operational performance of its staff.

On a recent trip to Singapore, Apple CEO Tim Cook himself saw firsthand how iPad transformed the cockpit. Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong and Captain Raj Kumar showed Cook how apps developed for iPadOS helps pilots focus on safety.

Developed with Apple and IBM, FlyNow provides pilots with personalized content based on pilot preferences and collaboration tools. This is made possible by analytics including weather conditions, fuel load, aircraft type, and route.

With FlyNow for iPad, pilots have one place to view all relevant flight information. They receive real-time push notifications on flight plan updates and collaborate with the crew even before they reach the airport.

Singapore Airlines is the first and only airline currently using FlyNow.

Roster provides pilots with an overview of all roster-related information, relevant documents and qualification requirements. The app uses powerful analytics to surface potential issues and recommend next steps.

It prioritizes alerts and notifications to help pilots keep pace with changes. Its collaboration tools facilitate connections between pilots and co-pilots assigned to the same mission.

Singapore Airlines is the first to use Roster and the only airline to use it on iPad. The app was made in collaboration with developers from IBM.

Flying made even more convenient

Singapore Airlines is consistently recognized as one of the best airlines in the world for its products and services. With Kristal, flying becomes even more convenient for customers.

Kristal is able to scan personal barcodes for an all-in-one check-in experience and communicate up-to-date flight information. It can also identify individual profiles of passengers including dietary preferences. It also allows for real-time communication with the lounge staff.

Singapore Airlines is the only carrier to use an app for lounge entry. It was custom built with the airline’s passenger relations officers, Apple, and Tigerspike.

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Nothing Ear (2) now available in Singapore: Price, features

Truly authentic sound

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Nothing Ear (2)

London-based tech brand Nothing has launched the Ear (2) TWS earbuds in Singapore.

It is priced at SG$ 199 and will initially be available on Limited Edt from March 23. Free tryouts will be available at Challenger stores in Bugis Junction, Vivo City, and Causeway Point.

General sale will commence starting on April 8 at all Nothing partner stores in Singapore, both online and offline, including Lazada and Shopee.

Truly authentic sound

The Hi-Res Audio-certified earbuds feature an 11.6mm custom driver for deep bass and crystal-clear highs. Its LHDC 5.0 codec technology ensures the finest sound details are transmitted at frequencies up to 24 bit/192 kHz.

The Ear (2) is also engineered with Nothing’s best noise cancellation technology yet, achieving up to 40dB of reduction.

With personalized Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Adaptive Mode, users may also adjust the noise reduction level based on their environments.

The device also has an improved wind-proof and crowd-proof Clear Voice Technology. This complements the three high-definition microphones on each earbud which have an advanced AI noise reduction algorithm that filters out unnecessary noises when answering calls.

Personalize the experience

Additionally, using the Nothing X app, users may also personalize their listening experience by adjusting the equalizer settings in real-time for optimal sound quality.

Dual Connection, on the other hand, allows for easier device switching between listening to music or receiving calls, for instance. The device likewise supports Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair.

Seamless controls

The Ear (2) has buttons on each earbud, allowing for easy controls like adjusting volume, skipping to the next track, or switching between noise cancellation modes.

Nothing’s latest offering delivers up to 36 hours of playback on a fully-charged case – with ANC turned off. Using fast charge, it can replenish up to eight hours on a 10-minute charge.

For peace of mind, the earbuds are rated IP54 for water resistance while its transparent case is rated IP55.

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Logitech products now available in Watsons stores

Not a drill!

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Logitech Watsons

Looking for cosmetics brands inside a Watsons store? Nowadays, the chances are you’d come across some Logitech products too.

Logitech, a brand known for its tech devices such as headphones, keyboards, and mice, has partnered with Watsons — yes, the popular beauty and health retailer.

The interesting development means all 28 Watsons locations in Singapore, as well as the shop’s online store, will have Logitech’s various products on display and ready to be purchased.

According to Logitech’s Bernard Chow, the Head of Cluster for Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, the move tries to cement the brand’s identity as not only a “tech” brand but also a “lifestyle” brand.

Among the products to be sold in Watsons stores are the following:

  • K380 multi-device Bluetooth keyboard: SG$ 59
  • Pebble wireless mouse M350: SG$ 45
  • Lift vertical ergonomic mouse: SG$ 119
  • POP wireless mouse: SG$ 54
  • BRIO 500: SG$ 199
  • Zone Vibe 100 wireless over-the-ear headphones: SG$ 159

On the part of the Watsons, making tech devices available on its stores’ shelves also allows the brand to expand outside of beauty and health products, integrating such products to cater to an even broader customer demographics.

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OPPO Find N2 Flip sells almost 5x better than Find X5 Pro

A massive success

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Find N2 Flip

The launch of OPPO’s latest flagship, the Find N2 Flip, is a massive success. According to the brand, the newest foldable had 499% more pre-order sales in Singapore compared to the Find X5 Pro.

OPPO also noted that 109% more Find N2 Flip units were sold on its first sale day in the island (March 11) compared to its predecessor.

In our review, we called the flip smartphone “different from its contemporaries”, the OPPO Find N2 Flip generally has a good grip for its form factor, offers convenience when unfolded (like its split screen feature) and in FlexForm mode, and delivers relatively well when it comes to performance, thanks to its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.

The phone also comes with a 67W fast charger, which promises 0 to 100% charging in just about 42 minutes, capable cameras that shoot normal and wide photos, and a 3.26-inch vertical cover screen when folded for notifications and more.

OPPO’S R&D revealed that 77.4% of those surveyed shared the device was their first ever flip foldable phone, while 66.1%, or almost two-thirds, made the switch from another brand to the Find N2 Flip.

Aside from its success in Singapore, the device likewise exceeded expected sales by 192% in Malaysia.

For those curious about the Find N2 Flip, it retails for SG$ 1,299 (8GB+256GB) and is available in Astral Black and Moonlit Purple via OPPO concept stores and online stores.

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