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PHUKET: A young Phuket man is giving the world a ‘HeadsUp’ with a new application he helped to create, which is aimed at simplifying everyday life.

Robert Conner, who is a former British International School of Phuket student, helped develop an app called ‘Hey! HeadsUp’ with his college friends Abhijay Bhatnagar and Arjun Bhatnagar.

The app allows you to schedule alerts, emails, phone calls and text messages to help people remind others of the things they need to do.

“The inspiration behind Hey! HeadsUp is to help simplify everyday life for people through the coordination of different peoples’ calendars,” Robert said.

“Despite the increased presence of technological aids, there is still a difficulty to keep priorities clear. With so many different calendars and to-do lists to keep track of, it’s hard to focus on what actually needs to get done before it’s too late.

“Hey! HeadsUp was created with such dilemmas in mind. For example, restaurants could alert users when their food is ready; or guests could even order their food with the app; or, doctors could remind patients when to take medicine.

“But, it does not stop there, as we can help simplify company systems that have complex schedules. HeadsUp is looking to work closely with business managers and come up with solutions specific to their business.”

While Abhijay, and his brother, Arjun, built the app successfully from scratch, Robert used his marketing skills to help make the app stand out from other similar reminder apps. His focus was set on the app’s ability to share important information without the need of a smart phone and increased security protection.

Hey! HeadsUp helps people obtain an easier solution to managing their day-to-day schedules, as most current apps require people to put the task in by themselves or coordinate with other people constantly to make changes.

“The app works without the need of confusing shared calendars and does not violate your privacy. You can send tasks to your friends, family and colleagues without having to expose your schedule,” Robert said.

“By sending someone a ‘HeadsUp’, the user is essentially adding a task to another person’s calendar without the need for any complex calendar sharing tools – and the privacy issues associated with that.

“Also, another thing that makes HeadsUp unique is that you can simply enter a phone number, email or a username to schedule a HeadsUp, or reminder, for someone else, but that person does not even need to have a smartphone. You can just write a text message, or you can record a voice memo; or even take a photograph and schedule it for yourself or someone else.”

The app, which currently has more than 400 users, most of whom are business people and college students, can be purchased on iTunes.

For more information on Hey! HeadsUp, visit www.heyheadsup.com.

— Lauren Smith

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The battles of Google and Facebook, with the governments of India and Australia will be followed in plenty of other countries as well.

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When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional holiday break. And surely the Chinese would be back for Chinese New Year?

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As for international tourism… well that still seems months or years away, even now.

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Passenger numbers on domestic flights within Thailand have doubled within a month, rising from 4,000 in January to over 10,000 this month. Having nearly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, domestic travel plummeted once more when Covid-19 resurfaced late last year.

Apirat Chaiwongnoi from the Department of Airports says 15 of Thailand’s 29 airports are now operating domestic flights, with more expected to follow. He believes the aviation sector will continue to recover further in the coming 6 months, bolstered by the national vaccine rollout.

Around 120 domestic flights a day are now operating, which is twice the number that were operating at the lowest point in the crisis. Prior to the resurgence of the virus in December, domestic passenger numbers had recovered to 30,000 – 40,000 a day, around 80% of pre-pandemic numbers.

The DoA says airports must continue to adhere to the Covid-19 hygiene measures put in place by the Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

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