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AsiaOne and The Straits Times apps developed for Apple Watch

Singapore, 25 June 2015 --- As Singaporeans wait with bated breath to get their hands on the Apple Watch when it goes on sale here tomorrow, Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) AsiaOne and The Straits Times have developed apps for the Apple Watch for users who want yet another way of catching up with the latest news on-the-move. 

AsiaOne

AsiaOne was the first SPH website to create a locally developed app for the Apple Watch. The AsiaOne team worked closely with Apple to prepare for the app so that it will be available when the watches go on sale in Singapore.

Readers can scroll through the latest news and tap to open a story or receive notifications on the Apple Watch wherever they are. The seamless handover from the Watch to mobile app lets users read articles easily on their phones. 

The current version of the AsiaOne app is already compatible with the Apple Watch. Users can download it for free from the AppStore.

The Straits Times
With The Straits Times on Apple Watch, readers can catch up with the latest Singapore and global news published by Singapore’s most-read newspaper. Stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many of The Straits Times’ sections, including Asia, Tech and Lifestyle. Readers can use the Handoff feature to continue reading any story on iPhone. 

The Straits Times’s breaking new alerts, which reach over 300,000 devices, will also extend to Apple Watch. 

The Watch app is an extension of The Straits Times on the iPhone and will be free for all users from mid July. 


Mr Julian Tan, Head of SPH Digital, said: "SPH Digital constantly strives to be at the forefront of innovation and I'm delighted that we are breaking new ground once again with the AsiaOne and The Straits Times apps on the Apple Watch. Both apps were created to provide readers, especially busy professionals on-the-go, with quick and easy access to news complete with push notifications. The apps were developed by the AsiaOne and The Straits Times mobile teams working closely together with SPH Digital’s technical team."

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Adrian Cheong
Manager
Corporate Communications and CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Email: cheongcy@sph.com.sg

Karen Lim
Mobile Editor, AsiaOne
SPH Digital
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Email: klim@sph.com.sg

Angelia Tay
Manager - Marketing & Communications
SPH Digital
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Email: angeliat@sph.com.sg


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include Asiaone, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.


Other Businesses


Online Classified

SPH's online classified include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.


Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 
 
Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.