Saturday, August 29, 2009

Local app update: Augmented reality coming to buUuk

The latest version of restaurant guide buUuk will be getting augmented reality (if you have the iPhone 3GS). Open the app, hold up your iPhone 3GS and find nearby restaurant info overlaid over the camera view. Very cool.

This version of buUuk will only be available once Apple releases iPhone OS 3.1.

For a sneak peek, check out the video. If the Terminator had been in East Coast Road looking for a restaurant, this is what he might have seen.

Update: There's also a video showing how buUuk would work in Sydney (done, somewhat remarkably, out of an office in Singapore, using what looks like a really nice poster of Sydney from a vantage point somewhere in the harbour).


Local app update: TrafficAlert

Kudos to Explorer Technologies, the developer of free local traffic monitoring app TrafficAlert (previously Traffic). He's just updated the app so that you can now pull up a map to see the exact location of the traffic cop or traffic jam. Previously, all you had was the road name, which wasn't as useful, given how long some roads are.

Another nice touch is that you can also forward an alert to your friends and family as an email or SMS.

If you drive, TrafficAlert is a great app to help you avoid traffic jams and traffic cops.

Local app update: iHealth Sg

If you're the observant type, you would have noticed that iHealth SG has a new icon, a square button with a Singapore flag, as opposed to the round button previously. Apparently, the round Singapore flag is reserved for Apple's use (they use it to symbolise the Singapore App Store).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cocoaheads Singapore - August meeting

The August meeting of Cocoaheads Singapore will be held this Thursday (Aug 27) at 7pm at Cafe Salivation at 75 Syed Alwi Road.

Among other things, Carl Coryell-Martin will be sharing architectural lessons that he's learned from rewriting his app from scratch at least twice.

And if all goes well, he'll also be celebrating the submission of his first app to the App Store!


Latest iPhone tips

Chordica developer Joash Chee has just started a new website called AppTreats to help people get the most out of their iPhone. Joash says this started out because he was helping his dad get the most of the iPhone. "Since I'm already sweating over the aggregation and having to digest it in a way that will be easy for him to follow, I thought it might benefit other new users," says Joash.

Apart from tips on using the iPhone, AppTreats also tracks useful apps that go on sale.

The clean and attractive website can be found here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Local app update: Track your fave S-League team with Singapore Football Live Score

If you're a fan of Balestier Khalsa, Home United or any other S-League team, Singapore Football Live Score (US$0.99) looks like it will come in handy. Apart from a fixtures calendar and league table, this app also promises real time match coverage.

In addition, it also has push notification which you can use to track kick-off, live score, half time, full time, extra time and penalty kicks for your favourite team. Interestingly, turning on push notification to track a particular team will cost an additional US$0.99 per team.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

iPhone shortage in Canada too

Rogers Communications, the only carrier to sell the iPhone in Canada, has just announced that it has run out of stock of the iPhone 3GS, according to a Bloomberg report. This is not a consolation to all those on the waiting list here, but at least you now know the problem isn't just in Singapore (or Australia).

Monday, August 17, 2009

Local app update: SG Malls Singapore updated

The latest version of SG Malls Singapore now features integration with restaurant review app buUuk. Nice to see independent developers in Singapore working together!

Another reason to update is that they've also added the store directory for ION Orchard, which is pretty handy since it's a really massive mall.

SimplyTweet developer steps up marketing

Local iPhone developer Yar Hwee Boon has stepped up the marketing of his twitter client, SimplyTweet (US$4.99). In a bold move, he recently sponsored the RSS feed of Daring Fireball, the blog written by influential blogger John Gruber. (Gruber is so well read that he was one of two blogggers that Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing, spoke to about the App Store approval process recently.)

The published rates for the RSS feed are US$2,500 a week, according to information on the Daring Fireball website.

Hwee Boon is certainly putting his money where his mouth is. In a recent interview with iMerlion, his advice to iPhone developers was to "remember that the App Store represents distribution and payment, not marketing."

Was it a hard decision to make? Perhaps he had help from his latest app, ShakeItOut, an iPhone app that helps you make decisions. If you're torn between many different options, plug them into the app, shake the device, and let your iPhone decide which option to pick. ShakeItOut is for sale on the App Store for US$4.99.

Note: Thanks to Blogger-related problems, there are no links in this post. As soon as I can figure it out, or as soon as Google fixes the problem, I'll put in the links. Meanwhile feel free to search for MotionObj, SimplyTweet and Daring Fireball using Google.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Local app update - SingTel BBOM

If you're worried about how much data you've been using on your Broadband on Mobile account, SingTel BBOM promises to help. All you have to do is type in your mobile number and IC number and this app will tell you how much data you've used for the month. This free app was developed by Mugunth Kumar, who also developed StationAlarm SG.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SingTel (very) slowly clearing iPhone pre-orders

Thanks to supply constraints, SingTel is very slowly fulfilling the orders of people who have booked an iPhone 3GS. It is apparently going through the list of pre-orders in chronological order and contacting people based on when they made a pre-order. As of today, it appears that SingTel has gotten to the people who pre-ordered on the 15th of July, based on postings on Hardwarezone, a popular discussion forum in Singapore.

SingTel launched the 3GS at a weekend event about three weeks ago. There were massive queues that weekend, and many people ended up waiting for four or five hours. While there were numerous complaints about the long wait, the upside for those who sacrificed their time that weekend is that they were able to walk away with a new iPhone. Those who skipped the launch have been waiting to buy an iPhone 3GS ever since.


Australia also facing iPhone drought. (via

Local app update: NAVFone SG D100

If you need help getting around Singapore by public transport, the NAVFone SG D100 (iPhone edition) promises to help. This app tells you how to get to your destination via bus and/or MRT and will estimate how long the journey will take and how much it will cost.

The app was developed by Asia GIS and is available on the App Store for US$9.99.

It's not clear how this app is better than, which is now optimised for the iPhone. However, if you're a tourist, one advantage of NAVFone is that it appears you don't have to be online to use it, unlike This means you can avoid expensive roaming charges.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Local app update: Traffic app helps you avoid speeding tickets

If you want to avoid traffic jams, get traffic updates from the LTA, or avoid a speeding ticket, the TrafficAlert app by Explorer Technologies is for you.

This free app relies on the goodwill of fellow motorists to punch in a location into the app when they encounter either a traffic jam or a traffic cop lurking behind some tree.

The app uses push notification to notify you of new updates so you don't have to run the app all the time. Traffic is set to alert you whenever there is new information but you can adjust it so that you only get the alerts you want.

This app has just been made available on the App Store.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

iPhone OS 3.0.1 fixes SMS vulnerability

Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1 which fixes the SMS vulnerability demonstrated at the Black Hat conference on Thursday.

To download, connect your iPhone to iTunes, select iPhone under devices, click "Check for Update" in the iPhone Summary pane, then download and install.

Doodle Kids hits half a million mark

Doodle Kids, the drawing program by 9-year-old Lim Ding Wen has been downloaded 513,000 times, according to Lim Thye Chean, the boy's father.

Using a download tracker called AppViz, Thye Chean established that 81 percent of the downloads were from the US.

This makes Doodle Kids one of the most popular apps to come out of Singapore, thanks to the tremendous global publicity the app received.

The free app was even (very) briefly featured during a video presentation at WWDC earlier this year.

Ding Wen is now busy working on his next iPhone app, Invader War, which is close to completion.