Archive for the ‘iOS’ Category

Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and micro businesses

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

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New arrival: AppeDine launches Beta F&B apps

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

AppeDine has launched the public beta release of its trilateral F&B and lifestyle e-commerce marketplace in Singapore.

The AppeDine apps were launched in Singapore at a pop-up launch at Cali Singapore at Park Avenue Hotel.

The platform offers the ability to perform online transactions customised for F&B and lifestyle service providers, chefs and consumers.

Users can download the AppeDine’s mobile app or visit its website for their next culinary and lifestyle experience.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrival: Logitech CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7 keyboard case

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available from today at S$219.

The CREATE Keyboard Case design offers all around protection with custom sculpted Curves to provide structural integrity, protecting your iPad Pro on the inside; while on the outside the tightly woven fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills. Image: Logitech.

The CREATE Keyboard Case design offers all around protection with custom sculpted Curves to provide structural integrity, protecting your iPad Pro on the inside; while on the outside the tightly woven fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills. Image: Logitech.

The CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector for the 9.7inch iPad Pro serves as a protective case, a backlit keyboard, and an integrated holder for the Apple pencil.

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New arrival: New Google Chromecast (S$65) in Singapore for TVs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

From today, the newest version of Google Chromecast will be available in Singapore from M1 and Lazada retailers at S$65.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

Chromecast turns any TV into a smart TV by streaming the display of a Chromebook or an Android, iOS, Windows device onto a any television with an HDMI port.

With fresh content and an updated app to find entertainment, the new Chromecast promises to make streaming easier and up to 6.5x faster than its predecessor.

The new Chromecast has an updated design, making it easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports.

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New arrival: Lamch & Co introduces Casestudi Foldboard wireless keyboard

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The foldable keyboard connects wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth 3.0 and is available in Singapore for S$89 at CumulusNimbus and Antė stores.

The lightweight compact keyboard measures only 7mm thick, 89mm (3.4 inches) wide and only 140mm (5.5 inches) when folded. When unfolded, the length doubles to 11 inches (280mm).

The lightweight compact keyboard measures only 7mm thick, 89mm (3.4 inches) wide and only 140mm (5.5 inches) when folded. When unfolded, the length doubles to 11 inches (280mm).

Lamch & Co is introducing to Singapore the Foldboard by Casestudi.

The Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Foldable Keyboard connects with iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices and boasts a usability range of up to 8 meters away from your connected device.

The Casestudi Foldboard comes with gold, corkwood or black exterior designs.

The Casestudi Foldboard comes with gold, corkwood or black exterior designs.

The 80-keys US keyboard layout comes fully equipped with shortcuts and features key caps made of highly durable, impact and scratch resistant polycarbonate.

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New App: TomTom MyDrive on iOS/Android

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The app introduces TomTom Traffic Checker to keep you apprised of the real-time traffic situation.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

The app allows you to pre-plan your waypoints and itinerary before the journey and have them synced with your TomTom portable navigation devices (PND), instead of keying in the data directly on the PND.

On the journey itself, you can connect your mobile device to your TomTom (via the Internet) and receive real-time traffic information while driving.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrivals: RYDE mobile app for carpooling in Singapore

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Home-grown company RYDE officially launches the app in Singapore and prepares to launch in Hong Kong next.

The home-grown company will be competing against the likes of UberPool and GrabHitch which offer similar carpooling apps for riders to split the cost of their paid journeys with fellow passengers.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

RYDE is an iOS and Android app that lets paying subscribing members carpool.

A driver offers rides based on the journey he/she is planning to make while a rider posts the journey he/she needs.

“Our approach has been to solve the two key challenges of carpooling methodically – poor information exchange and a lack of mutual trust. We are the number one carpooling app in Singapore and our focus is on the social aspects of carpooling,” says Terence Zou, Founder and CEO of RYDE Technologies.

The app matches the two of them, based on best match, offering each a list of close matches in terms of their planned timings and routes, as well as personal preferences each can set – such as gender, age, and other profile information.

Drivers pay a subscription fee of S$30 a year to RYDE and can offer an unlimited number of rides while riders pay S$15 subscription a year to receive an unlimited number of rides.

Riders can also choose not to subscribe but they will have to pay 1 credit (currently set by RYDE as S$1) for each ride.

The credits can be purchased within the RYDE app that runs on iOS and Android devices.

The app also recommends an amount of money for the rider to pay the driver, based on the journey.

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New arrivals: SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick streaming USB/Wi-Fi flash drive

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The USB flash drive streams content to up to 3 devices simultaneously and each charge can support up to 4.5 hours of continuous streaming to 1 device. Available in Singapore during COMEX 2015 next week. Prices below.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a two year warranty.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a two year warranty.

Part of the SanDisk Connect Wireless family, the consumer mobile storage device is available at 16GB (S$49), 32GB (S$69),64GB (S$99) and 128GB (S$169) capacities.

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New arrivals: Ultimate Ears UE MEGABOOM wireless mobile speaker

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The new UE MEGABOOM from Logitech is expected to be available in Singapore in July 2015 for S$399.

The UE MEGABOOM from Logitech Ultimate Ears come in an assortment of bright colours.

The UE MEGABOOM from Logitech Ultimate Ears come in an assortment of bright colours.

The new UE MEGABOOM portable wireless speaker from Ultimate Ears promises more power, more sound and more bass.

The UE MEGABOOM works standing upright and lying down.

The UE MEGABOOM works standing upright and lying down.

Similar to UE’s first mobile speaker, UE BOOM, the new UE MEGABOOM blasts 360-degree sound with heart-pounding bass.

The UE MEGABOOM is waterproof – IPX7 certified – with stain-resistant acoustic skin, and a durable grab-and-go design.

The portable speaker weighs less than 900 grams, features a 20-hour rechargeable battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range.

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Pioneer brings Apple CarPlay to Singapore with AVH-X8750BT

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Pioneer’s existing AVH-X8650BT and new AVH-X8750BT in-dash car multimedia receivers can now access Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre has announced the availability of Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer Apple CarPlay to drivers,” said Isao Nomura, Deputy General Manager for Business Planning and Marketing Division of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre.

Accessible in Singapore on two of their aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers, the existing AVH-X8650BT and the newly-released AVH-X8750BT, consumers can now enjoy a smarter, safer and more fun way to use their iPhones in the car.

Apple CarPlay uses Siri voice control to enable iPhone users to safely enjoy selected apps on large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, while staying focused on the road.

With Apple CarPlay, consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music and podcasts.

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