Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congrats to WeatherLah winners!

Congrats to the following people who took part in the WeatherLah competition! You've won great swag!

@melvyn (Melvyn Tay) - wins the 16GB iPod Nano
@quekth (Kelvin Quek) - Nike Sport Kit
@ceciliajoven (Cecilia Joven) - Nike Sport Kit
@vp2008 (Soh Peng Kwan) - Nike Sport Kit
@ryanlry - Nike Sport Kit

These were the first five people to find the feature that the developers of Weatherlah had cunningly hidden in the app.

WeatherLah is a free app by local developers buUuk that helps you decide whether you need an umbrella when you go out. You can download it here.



Monday, December 27, 2010

Get free walking tours of Singapore with Waalkz

The Singapore walking tour app, Waalkz, has been upgraded and all walks are now completely free.

Waalkz has four walking tours, around Chinatown, Little India, the Arab Quarter (Kampong Glam), and Boat Quay.

Each walk has maps, photos, audio and detailed explanations.

Previously, the Little India walk was free while all the others were US$1.99. Now all walks are free. There is also a Japanese version as well.

Waalkz is an ideal app for tourists interested in a walking tour of Singapore. All content is stored on the device itself, which means that tourists can use this app without having to incur data roaming costs.

It can be downloaded here.


Friday, December 24, 2010

WeatherLah has Easter Egg. Find it and win an iPod Nano!

BuUuk, the developers behind WeatherLah, have hidden a secret feature inside their excellent iPhone weather app. If you find it, you get to win an iPod Nano. All you have to do is find the feature, take a screenshot of it and send a tweet to your followers.

The first person to find the Easter Egg and tweet about it with the screenshot will win a 16GB iPod Nano. The next four people will win a Nike + iPod Sport Kit.

To qualify to win, the tweet needs to have the following text:

"I just found the cool hidden feature in WeatherLah. Download it for your iPhone http://buk.ly/wlah #sgweather #buuuk"

(Note: To take a screenshot, hold down the power button and home button simultaneously.)

Good luck!

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New local apps: ClubSNAP; SgMovie Showtimes; SGCarPark; Wisma Atria; others

- ClubSNAP is one of the more popular photography forums in Singapore. Buy and sell cameras and accessories, review equipment and meet other shutterbugs. If you're a fan of ClubSNAP, this app is a no-brainer. This free app is available for the iPhone and iPad. (iTunes)

- SgMovie Showtimes give you movie showtimes around Singapore. The good thing about this app is that the information loads very quickly. However, its list of cinemas is complete. For example, the Shaw cinema at the nex mall is missing from the list. Free. (iTunes)

- SGCarPark helps you locate car parks. Free. (iTunes)

- Mall Shopper helps you locate deals in major shopping areas in Singapore. (iTunes)

- The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will run from 5 to 16 January. The free app allows you to get details about what to expect at the festival. (iTunes)

- Loqcate brings you deals around Singapore. Free. (iTunes)

- Wisma Atria now has an iPhone app too. Use this app to learn about special deals, new store openings and special promotions. You can also check your rewards point. (iTunes)

- Singapore and Malaysia Calendar gives you a calendar of public holidays and school holidays in Singapore and Malaysia. It also has state and Federal Territories holidays as well. US$0.99. (iTunes)


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WeatherLah app should be on every iPhone in Singapore



This is not something I say lightly, but if you live in Singapore, you must download WeatherLah, a new weather app by buUuk.

WeatherLah is one of the most stylish local iPhone apps I've seen recently. The opening page helps you see immediately what today's weather is, and the information is presently very elegantly. They have obviously been paying attention to the graphics and typeface with this app and it shows.

But this app is not just about style. It is also highly useful. You can customise alerts so that you can be informed when there is heavy rain and when the PSI level gets too high. Even better, you can set this app to alert you when it rains in specific locations around Singapore, say your workplace or your school.

One nice touch is a function called Quiet Time. Turn this one and set it so that you don't alerts when you are asleep.

(Note: to access all these goodies, you need to go to the Alerts section, then tap on the settings button in the top right corner.)

This is a great weather app. It is useful, well-designed, attractive, and best of all, it's free. A definite must-have.


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Update: more iPad 2 rumours

- An iPad 2 case has been discovered which suggests that the next generation iPad will have a speaker in the bottom rear corner. (Electronista, via MacRumors)

- Another rumour has it that the iPad 2 will have a flat back and smaller bezel. According to a Japanese blog, the next iPad will have a rear speaker, covered in a metal mesh. (Mac Octara via MacRumors)


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Festive Cam helps you make personalised Christmas cards



If you haven't sent off your Christmas, and I know I haven't, there is still time to do so via email. Instead of sending a canned photo of Santa or reindeer, why not send a photo of your family instead?

Festive Cam, by local developers Illigo, is a fast way to create personalised cards. Just take a photo, add in the appropriate graphics and text, and Bob's your uncle. Once done, you can save the photo or share it via email, Facebook or Twitter.

The developers promise to have options for Valentine's Day, birthdays and Easter in future updates.

Festive Cam is free. You can download it here.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HoSay! app is all kinds of win. Singlish fun for the whole family.





HoSay ah! This is an app I've been waiting for a long time. HoSay! is an app that tells you how to pronounce Singlish phrases and tells you what the phrases mean as well.

The app features cute animated characters, clearly recorded sounds, good voice acting, and an array of phrases divided into different categories such as gambling, football and insults. (Fortunately, the insults are all PG-rated like "never see before", "go fly kite" and "swa koo".) This is definitely no "half-past-six" app.

Nokomai, the people behind this app, clearly had fun making it. You can tell because many of phrases are said with relish (some of my favourites are "vomit blood" and "bo bian lei").

Hopefully, this fun and occasionally useful app will be beefed up with more phrases in future. But even with just the phrases they have, I'm "happy like bird".

HoSay! is free. You can download it here.

(note: Download the app if you need to understand any phrases you don't recognize!)



Round-up: Motorola runs down iPad, Apple releases iAd Producer, iPhone is big in China

- Motorola has thrown down the tablet gauntlet. In their run-up to CES 2011, Motorola has developed a cute and mildly funny video knocking the competition, calling the iPad "a giant iPhone" and Samsung's Galaxy Tab an Android, but one running a phone OS. (YouTube)

- Apple has released iAd Producer, which manages the HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript that is used to create an iAd. Macworld has a quick run-through of the Mac OS application. (Apple and Macworld)

- The iPhone is sold out in China too, according to a US securities analyst. (AppleInsider)


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Local app roundup: Pinnacle@Duxton and SCDF Fire Safety handbook

- If you live at the Pinnacle@Duxton, you're in more luck than normal. Developer Teo Tian Lye has created an app called Pinnacle@Duxton Virtual Community to allow you to access the Pinnacle's online forum. The app also has a list of contacts and a place to store your access card details. The free app can be downloaded here.

- If a fire breaks out in your home, don't panic. Instead, whip out your iPhone and go through the SCDF Fire Safety handbook. This handbook will tell you what you need to do in a fire, how to escape from a smoke-filled room and how to put out fires. This useful handbook is free and can be downloaded here.


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Contest winners: Less Chart

We've given out all 30 promo codes for LessChart so if you've missed out, too bad! For the lucky 30, we've sent you the promo code already. To redeem the code, this is what you need to do:

1. Go to iTunes and click on the home button.
2. In the home page, go to the top right hand corner, and click on 'Redeem' under Quick Links.
3. In the page, copy and paste the redemption code into the box to get your free copy of LessChart.

If you want the app but failed to win it in our giveway, you can always buy it. LessChart is just US$2.99 in the App Store. There is also an iPad version for US$3.99. Our thanks to Yen Cheng for making this contest possible!

If you don't want to miss out on future giveaways, keep coming back to iMerlion regularly!

Note: Here is the list of winners:

1. Karen Chan
2. Hazel2
3. Pui Shan
4. Brennan Neoh
5. Shang Freemen
6. Chong Kia An
7. Mark Lee
8. Roy Pwee
9. Kelvin
10. Andy Lim
11. Ong Chee Hui
12. Winston Chew
13. Catherine Teo
14. CyberMew
15. Richard Teo
16. JK
17. Siong Chai
18. TerranceGoh
19. Sulaiman Mohamed Rian
20. Loongshifu
21. KS Lim
22. Richard
23. Md Faizal
24. David Ho
25. Aleeem
26. Er Khoon Chan
27. Foo Chik Loon
28. Robinson Law
29. Eugene Sim
30. Kwan Tuck Soon

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Update: Skyfire available in Singapore; AMOLED supply issues; untethered jailbreak for 4.2.1; Apple eyes navigation

- If you need access to Flash video on your iPhone, here is the answer. Sort of. Skyfire is now available in the Singapore App Store. However, it doesn't work on all Flash video sites yet. (iTunes)

- Supply issues prevent AMOLED screens from being used in the next generation iPad according to a commentary by DigiTimes. (DigiTimes)

- Untethered jailbreak for 4.2.1 still on track for release before Christmas. (Redmond Pie)

- Apple is hiring navigation software experts. (AppleInsider)

- Delicious still on the Yahoo menu. A post on the Delicious blog says Yahoo is not shutting it down. Instead it is "exploring options" and "talking to companies" about Delicious. (Delicious)


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Cycle and Carriage releases iPhone app

If you've bought a car from Cycle and Carriage (hopefully before the prices of COEs skyrocketed recently), you might be interested in SG Driver.

This app puts together useful resources for people who've bought a Mercedes Benz, a Mitsubishi, a Citroen or a Kia from C&C.

You can use this app to find authorised service centres and book a slot for servicing your car.

The app also has a mileage log for you to keep track of your fuel consumption and distance driven.

If you are involved in an accident, the app will walk you through what you need to do and help you make an accident report.

Input details of the car you bought and the financing terms, and a calculator will tell you what the PARF/COE rebate is and how much you would have to fork out if you repay early.

SG Driver is free. Download it here.

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iMerlion contest: Win a copy of LessChart!



Flow charts are great at explaining processes but I've always had problems making a good flow chart, mainly because I'm incompetent.

Fortunately, a local developer, Toh Yen Cheng, has developed an iPhone app called LessChart that takes away the drudgery of making a flowchart.

Lesschart costs US$2.99 in the App Store but he is giving away a bunch of promo codes to people who are interested.

To win, all you have to do is to email spam@imerlion.com (replacing "spam" with "editor") and tell us you want it. That's all. Consider this an early Christmas present from Yen Cheng and iMerlion. Just remember, first come, first served.

Note: With the recent change in rules, you no longer need to have a US App Store account. As long as you have an iTunes account, you can take part in this contest.


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Update: 18m iPad 2s a quarter?; Flipboard updated; Mac App Store coming Jan 6

- According to Digitimes, Apple will ship 18 million iPad 2s a quarter, compared to 4 million now. Digitimes can't confirm 7-inch LCD panels rumour with suppliers. (Digitimes)

- Flipboard adds support for Google Reader, Flickr (Flipboard)

- Nokia has filed new patent infringement claims against Apple. (AppleInsider)

- Mac App Store will open on Jan 6. (Apple)

- Apple has updated the AirPort utility and base station firmware. (Macworld)

- Yahoo to shutter Delicious, Altavista, others. (Macworld)

- Apple joins JV with Microsoft, Oracle and EMC to buy 882 patents from Novell. (AppleInsider)

- Insider trading probe nets Apple supplier. iPhone details exchanged for cash. (Wall Street Journal)



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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Learn to make an iPhone app as a family this Christmas season

This holiday season, training consultancy DivZero is offering a deal for families to sign up for a two-hour course in building an app with GameSalad.

The cost is $50 per adult. Kids get to join for free.

The course sounds like a good family-bonding project for the right kind of family.

To sign up, email courses@divzeroconsultancy.com with the names of those attending, their ages and a mobile phone number. You can make payment on the day.

Hurry because seats are limited. The course will run from Dec 17 to 30, excluding Christmas.

DivZero is a training consultancy that conducts courses in iPhone programming using GameSalad and Objective-C.

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Due developer Lin Junjie gets Boing Boing love

Local developer Lin Junhjie continues to gain fans because of his less-is-more philosophy. His minimalist to-do app Due was just singled out by Boing Boing writer Bill Barol.

Barol wrote: "But is Due in ever other respect an essential addition to my home screen? Absolutely. It passes the highest test I can imagine for an iPhone app: It's so smart, and so pretty, I can't imagine why Apple didn't bake something like it right in."

A photographer by trade, Due is Lin's first app for the iPhone. You can read more about him in the iMerlion story on how Due came about.

Due is available in the App Store for US$2.99.


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Update: iPad dominates enterprise, iTunes and iBooks updated, iPhone GPU maker boosts tech

- Apple's iPad dominates in the enterprise. In a survey, 82 percent of corporate tablet users use an iPad. (ChangeWave)

- Apple releases iTunes 10.1.1 to fix bugs. (Apple)

- iBooks updated to support fully illustrated books, a better way to organise PDFs and the ability to print via AirTunes. (iTunes)

- Future iPhones may have even more stunning graphics capability. Imagination Technologies, the builder of the iPhone's GPU, has acquired a developer of real-time ray tracing graphics technology. Ray tracing is a way of rendering 3D graphics with complex and more natural lighting models to achieve cinema quality 3D and near photographic realism. (Imagination Technologies)


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

US Army to gives soldiers iPhones?; Tron Legacy is first iAd for iPad; Application turns Mac into Apple TV

- The US Army is looking at giving soldiers iPhones and paying the monthly bill. Will the SAF will follow suit? (ArmyTimes)

- Tron Legacy will be the first iAd for the iPad. (Advertising Age)

- Send video from your iPhone to your Mac through AirPlay. Erica Sadun of Tuaw has developed a Mac application that makes your Mac look like an AppleTV to your iPhone. (Tuaw)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Update: Apple investing in LCD factory; Latitude comes to iPhone; more slates from Microsoft

- Apple will invest in a Toshiba factory to build LCD panels. Toshiba itself is investing US$1.2 billion into the factory. (Reuters)

- Google Latitude now available for the iPhone. (Google)

- Verizon iPhone will be LTE device, available right after Christmas. (MacDailyNews)

- Microsoft to announce new Slates at CES. (New York Times)


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Monday, December 13, 2010

StarHub's Digital Voice Global now accessible with iPhone app

If you're a StarHub Digital Voice Global subscriber, you can now download the Digital Voice Softphone app for this service.

StarHub is marketing Digital Voice Global as being ideal for people who live abroad but call home regularly because with this service, you can call any Singapore registered number for free, though only until the end of 2011. The subscription to Digital Voice Global is $10.49 a month.

Note that some carriers overseas restrict the use of voice-over-IP so you should check to make sure you can use this app when you are overseas.

Digital Voice Softphone is a free app. You can download it here.

(Thanks to Victor for the tip-off!)

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Update: new iPad details, HP updates printers, iPad tops Time list

- Reuters floats supposed details about the new iPad. The story quote three sources on  the new generation iPad. One source says Apple's new iPad will have front and rear cameras (makes sense). Another source says it will be slimmer, lighter and better resolution (ya think?). A third source says Apple will ship a "significantly smaller iPad" (huh?). (Reuters)

- HP updates six printers to work with AirPrint. (AppleInsider and HP)

Apple's iPad tops Time list of Top 10 Gadgets of 2010. The MacBook Air is number 3, the iPhone 4 is number 6, and Apple TV is number 7. (Time's full list)

- Desktop version of Google Docs now iPad-compatible. (Google and Mac Rumors)


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Friday, December 10, 2010

iPad cases reveal features, maybe; eat ice cream, get iPhone cover; untethered jailbreak before Christmas

- Leaked iPad cases, supposedly of next-gen cases, indicate a back-facing camera and a strange slot at the bottom. (MacRumors)

- Help advertise Ben & Jerry's with a B&J-themed iPhone 4 case. Exchange four pint covers for one of three designs at Ben & Jerry's outlets in Singapore. (CNET Asia)

- There will be an untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 before Christmas. (Redmond Pie)

- If you want people to pay for your app, go with iOS. If you want to earn money from advertising, go with Android. (Daring Fireball)

- Over 300,000 Android devices activated every day, says Andy Rubin. (Andy Rubin)

- Report: Future MacBooks will use Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. (CNET)


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mac store in Jan; Carriers want Apple to fork out; promo codes work worldwide; desperate Chinese housewives

- Mac App store to open in Jan. (The Loop)

- European carriers want Apple, Google to pay for network. (Bloomberg)

- Apple enhances push notification security and enables promo codes worldwide. (AppleInsider)

- Apple has reportedly chosen supplier for backlit LCD for iPad 2. If true, it means no OLED for new iPad. (DigiTimes)

- 14 housewives caught smuggling 88 iPads into Shenzhen. (Wall Street Journal)

- Apple issues new firmware update for MacBook Airs. (MacRumors)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Update: iPad 2 shipping date?, Mobile Me will get better soon, Apple overtakes Nokia in Oz

- Report: iPad 2 will ship by end Feb 2011 (DigiTimes)

- Jobs: Mobile Me will get better next year. (MacRumors)


- Apple has overtaken Nokia in the smartphone category in Australia. (Sydney Morning Herald)

- When you include the iPad, Apple is number 1 in the US and number 3 worldwide in terms of mobile PCs shipments. (Display Search)


- RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis talks about Playbook. Demonstrates how not to do an interview. Engadget live blog has the trainwreck. (Engadget)

Chrome OS has been delayed. It was supposed to be out this year but has been pushed back to the first half of next year. (Google)

Microsoft refuses to release sales numbers for Windows Phone 7. Says it may take up to two years to catch up with Apple and Android. See Engadget's live blog (Engadget)


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiong Bahru snatch thief caught because of Find My iPhone app

A young snatch thief has had his criminal career cut short unexpectedly thanks to Apple's Find My iPhone app.

Using the free app, the local police were able to track an 18-year-old man they believe is responsible for a bunch of snatch thefts in the Tiong Bahru and Kim Tian area, reported Channel NewsAsia.

The Malaysian man's downfall began when he grabbed a woman's iPhone while she was walking along Lim Liak Street in Tiong Bahru in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Unbeknownst to him, the woman had activated the Find My iPhone service on her iPhone and the police were thus able to track the perp. He was finally arrested on Monday in Outram Road and on being asked politely by the cops, apparently confessed to previous thefts.

This is believed to be the first time that the local police have used Find My iPhone to solve a crime.


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Locally developed app Paper Ninja hits number 1 on US App Store


Ninjas. They make all the difference.

On Dec 2, Paper Ninja, a game developed by a two-man team from Singapore achieved what no locally developed app has done before: it became the number 1 app in the Free Apps chart of the highly competitive US App Store.

Paper Ninja involves killing ninjas that come towards you on crumpled pieces of paper. You swipe at them with your own ninja sword (ie finger) as the paper unfolds and the ninjas appear. The game is very polished. The action is fast-paced, the graphics are cute and professional and the sound effects are impressive.

“Seeing our baby (Paper Ninja) at the top spot in the App Store of the world’s biggest market is something that both of us never thought would happen,” said Yang Ruizhi, who did the programming for the app.

Update: White is the new black, Norman Foster for Apple and Gingerbread out of Google oven

- White iPhone spotted in public. Has fix for Antennagate. (Seattle Times)

- White iPhone will be available in spring? (9to5Mac)

- Unconfirmed: Norman Foster will build new Apple campus. (MacRumors)

- Google has just released the Nexus S that comes with Gingerbread pre-installed. (Google)

- Android growth is plateauing. (AppleInsider)


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Contest: Win a 32GB iPad by downloading PocketDeals

PocketDeals is running a competition and giving away a free 32GB iPad (WiFi version), Tangs giftcards, Hollywood Clicks memberships and movie passes.

To reward loyal iMerlion readers, we've worked out a deal to get you a better chance of winning. Here's what you need to do:

1. If you haven't already, download the PocketDeals app.
2. Click on the More tab to register
3. For the Promo Code, put in "imerlion"

This will give you two additional chances to win the iPad.

That's it! Good luck! (For more details about the contest, go to the PocketDeals website.)


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New app delivers movie times in Singapore

Singapore Movies lets you look up movie times and cinemas and covers all the major chains as well as the Sinema@OldSchool.

The interface is somewhat quirky and finding a way to look up movies by cinema is not as obvious as it should be.

When you open the app, it immediately shows you a list of movies currently showing in Singapore. Just tap on any title to get a synopsis and list of cinemas where that movie is showing. Within a movie, hit the "Don't Care" button to see all the times the movie is showing at all cinemas. If you hit "Decide Later" within a movie, you are presented with the option to choose a date to get screening times.

To look up movies by cinema, in the home screen, hit the "Decide Later" button to pull up a list of all cinemas. Get it? Neither do I. It's a sad commentary on the state of movie times apps in Singapore that this is one of the better ones.

Singapore Movies is free. You can download it here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Update: Grip of death grips HD7, Apple and magazines still can't agree, Viber buzz growing


- Oh dear. The HTC HD 7 suffers from the grip of death as well. According to HTC, it happens to all smartphones if you cover the antenna. Who knew? (Computer Weekly)

- Apple and magazine publishers are still at odds over how to do subscriptions. (All Things D)

- A new free VoIP app, Viber, is gaining momentum. It has a nice interface and offers free Viber to Viber calls and text messages. Best of all, it promises not to eat up your battery when not in use, unlike Skype. (iTunes)

- Macworld looks at the future of the GPUs on the Mac. (Macworld)

- Mophie's Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4 is a 2000 mAh battery case. It promises 8 hours of 3G talk time, 16 hours on 2G, 7 hours of 3G Internet use, 11 hours of WiFi use, 44 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. (Mophie)

- Angry Birds on Android is expected to pull in US$1 million a month in advertising. (TechCrunch)



Friday, December 3, 2010

Update: Guardian and BBC plan subscription-based app, future of Mac storage

- The Guardian newspaper is planning a subscription based app that will cost £2.99 for six months and £3.99 for a year. It will be available worldwide unlike the current app. They plan to launch it before Christmas, which lends support to the rumours that a new version of iOS will support subscription-based payments. (Guardian)


- The BBC is planning to roll out a subscription based version of iPlayer, starting with an iPad app. (PaidContent)

- Chris Holt looks at the future of Mac storage (Macworld)



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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Republic Poly's iPhone app reads minds

Republic Poly's iPhone app allows people to control a motorised wheelchair with their minds. It's futuristic, but  has tremendous potential, especially for the physically disabled.

Click here for the ST story and don't miss the Razor TV video that has the app in action. Too bad the reporter didn't try the app herself.
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YongLocate helps users to avoid speed traps, road blocks

A new app, yongLocate: Speed Trap Alert, helps road users share information about speed traps, police radars, road blocks, speed cameras and traffic jams around Singapore.

This app is also available on the Android platform.

YongLocate is free. Download it here.

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SG Traffic brings together traffic cameras and parking availability

While there are a number of apps in the App Store that will show traffic camera views, a new app, SG Traffic, has an interesting twist on this.

This app will allow you to favourite traffic cams around Singapore and view those images on a single page.  This makes it easy to view traffic conditions on your favourite roads.

The app also gives you an updated count of available parking spaces in the Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Harbourfront area.

SG Traffic costs US$0.99. You can download it here.

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Update: Malaysians love the iPad, iPhone ties with RIM for US market share, new iPad TV ad

- Hundreds queued up to buy iPads in Malaysia yesterday, following the official launch of the device. They include a lecturer who laughed hysterically on unwrapping her box and a man who checked himself out of hospital early. (The Star)

- The iPhone is now essentially tied with Blackberry for market share in the US, according to Neilsen. The iPhone has 27.9 percent, while Blackberry 27.4 percent. Among existing smartphone owners, iOS is seen as the most desirable platform with 35 percent saying they are likely to upgrade to iOS compared to 28 percent for Android. The iPhone also leads among women while Android leads among men. (Nielsen)

- Apple has a new ad for iPad - iPad is amazing. (YouTube)

- The latest iOS update for the iPhone supports Network Controlled Fast Dormancy technology by Nokia Siemens that will minimise network congestion and will improve battery life. (Nokia Siemens)

- RIM has overtaken iOS in terms of web usage in the US, according to a survey by StatCounter. (AppleInsider)

- JPMorgan Chase is giving its investment bankers iPads. Surely investment bankers can afford to buy their own? (Bloomberg)

- Glenn Fleishman has a nice piece looking at future Mac connectivity options like USB 3.0 and Light Peak. (Macworld)

- Steve Jobs has a higher approval rate than Steve Ballmer among Apple and Microsoft employees respectively. (Business Insider)

- Want to use AirPrint? Here's a list of printers that will work with AirPrint (Business Insider)


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Update: AirPlay to be extended, Schiller does Twitter, Project for virgins

AirPlay may be extended next year. (MacRumors)

Phil Schiller embraces Twitter; answers questions and troubleshoots. (TechCrunch)

- Richard Branson's Project is now available for the iPad. The app is free but the first issue is US$2.99. (iTunes)

Game Center now requires that invites use "real names" that are associated with Apple ID. (AppleInsider)


- Anand Lal Shimpi on whether Apple will move to AMD and when Macs will get Intel's Sandy Bridge. (Macworld)

- Apple's head of global data centre operations, Olivier Sanche, died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving at the age of 41. (AppleInsider)



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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Update: iPhone users are loyal, Lord Vader is a companion, tablets eat up PC sales and Android poised for top slot in Europe

- iPhone users are most likely to stay loyal to their phones while Microsoft users are least likely. Some 59 percent of Apple users are loyal to the brand, followed by 35 percent for RIM, 28 percent for Android, 24 percent for Symbian and 21 percent for Microsoft. This was according to a survey by GfK of 2,653 mobile phone users in Brazil, Germany, Spain, Britain, the US and China. (Reuters)

- Buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone from NTT DoCoMo and have Darth Vader become your shadow. Check out the somewhat odd YouTube video. (Wall Street Journal)

- Tablet-like devices like the iPad will make up 10 percent of PC sales by 2014, according to a Gartner forecast. (AppleInsider)

- IDC says the Android platform will be the top selling smartphone platform in Europe by next year. Android currently has a market share of 23 percent, behind Nokia's Symbian (34 percent) and Apple (24 percent). (Bloomberg).



Saturday, November 27, 2010

You can now access your UOB account on your iPhone

Good news for those of you who bank with UOB. You can finally do your online banking with your iPhone or iPad.

UOB has removed the requirement that you have Java installed in order to log-in to their website.

The website is not optimized for mobile devices, but it is still usable, according to reports. Of course, it might be easier to access on the iPad than the iPhone.

UOB's website is here.

(Hat tip to iMerlion reader Bluehorns!)

Update: iPad 2 rumors, Acer's ambitions, AirPlay for all


- Rumours are surfacing about the new features of Apple's upcoming iPad. It will have a video phone, "better mobility", a USB port, new display technology and a three-axis gyroscope. (DigiTimes based on a story by the Economy Daily News)


- Acer aims to be market leader in tablets in two years. Said CEO Gianfranco Lanci: "We hope our tablet PCs can reach a global market share of 10-20% initially, and become the market leader in 2-3 years.". (DigiTimes)

- AirVideoEnabler is will enable jailbroken iOS devices to have AirPlay streaming from any app. (Redmond Pie)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Round-up: Jailbreak video how-to, Apple buys land, no holiday deals in Singapore

- Need help jailbreaking your iPhone? Redmond Pie has a video on jailbreaking your iOS device running 4.2.1 using Redsn0w. (Redmond Pie)

- Apple has purchased a 98 acre piece of property in Cupertino that had previously been occupied by HP. (AppleInsider)

- Apple's online store has Black Friday specials in Australia and the US, but not apparently in Singapore. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is traditionally viewed as the start of the holiday shopping season in the US.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Round-up: Mac interest up, Acer's tablet plans, Playbook pricing and Oprah loves her iPad

- 36 percent of people who plan to buy laptops in the next 90 days say they want to buy a Mac, according to a Changewave survey. (AppleInsider)

- Acer is planning to release a 7-inch tablet and two 10.1-inch tablets next year. One of the 10.1-inch tablets will be running Windows 7. The other two tablets will run Android. The Android tablets will ship in April next year while the Windows 7 tablet will be available in February. (PCMag.com)

- RIM's 7-inch Playbook may start at US$399, according to website Mobility Insider. (Mobility Insider)

- Oprah raved about iPad on her show and gave close to 300 of them away to her audience. "Words cannot describe what I feel for this magnificent, magnificent device," she said. "I really think it's the best invention of the century so far." This will undoubtedly help Apple sell more iPads. (TechCrunch)





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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SG Events keeps you in the loop about events around Singapore

A new app, SG Events, helps you to find out what's going on at different venues around Singapore.

It currently covers the following:

- Singapore Expo
- Esplanade
- Suntec City
- Indoor Stadium
- Fort Canning
- Marina Bay
- National Library
- Singapore Art Museum
- Sentosa
- Botanic Gardens
- The Arts House
- Pan Pacific

Apart from telling you what's going on at the venues, SG Events relies on Chlkboard to tell you what special promotions are available near that venue too.

SG Events is free. You can download it here.

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Due now does persistent reminders and auto-snooze

Lin Junjie's Due has been upgraded with a bunch of welcome enhancements.

It includes:

- One-tap rescheduling
- Persistent reminders
- Auto-snooze
- Repeating reminders
- Smart badges
- Secondary alerts
- Time zone support

Due is available on the App Store for US$2.99.

(For more about Lin Junjie and how Due came about, check out our earlier story.)

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Instagram finally available in Singapore

Instagram, the photo-sharing app that has garnered an estimated 1 million users within a month of launch, is now finally back in the Singapore App Store.

It had originally been released in Singapore but had been pulled after numerous users on SingTel complained about not being able to log in.

The problem was fixed some weeks ago but it is only now that the app is available again in Singapore.

Instagram is free. You can download it here.


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AirAsia allows you to book flights, check-in with app

Discount carrier Air Asia now has an iPhone app and it looks pretty neat. With this app, you can book flights, pay for them and check-in.

Naturally, you can also use this app to view all your current bookings.

AirAsia is free. You can download it here.
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Definition wants to be the last word on defining words

Sidwyn Koh, hard at work.

Intoxicated by the exuberance of someone's verbosity? Or merely befuddled by a perplexing stream of verbiage? If you've found yourself wishing you had access to a decent dictionary on the iPhone, you might want to give Definition a look.

Definition, which was developed by 18-year-old Sidwyn Koh, is a neat app that quickly gives you definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and pronunciations. The app is available on the App Store for US$1.99.

There is no shortage of dictionary-like apps in the App Store. iMerlion speaks to Sidwyn who explains why he thinks Definition is superior to the competition.

Why did you develop this app?

Firstly, the current dictionary apps out there are too slow. You have to tap through several pages before you actually reach the word you're looking for. By then, you would have lost all context of the word.

Round-up: iOS 4.3 in Dec, Apple poaches from RIM, Foxconn in Chengdu, 4.2.1 is jailbreakable

- Rumour: iOS 4.3 will come out in mid-December, according to MacRumors and MacStories. (MacRumors)

- Apple has hired sales people from RIM to help the iPhone make inroads into the enterprise. (Wall Street Journal)

- DigiTimes reports that Foxconn has opened new iPad production lines in Chengdu that will eventually allow it to produce 40 million iPads a year in Chengdu. (MacRumors)

- Jailbreakers rejoice. The iPhone Dev Team says iOS 4.2.1 is jailbreakable. Check their blog for full details. (iPhone Dev-Team)

- AirPrint will be enhanced, if an email purportedly from Steve Jobs is to be believed. (MacRumors)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Round-up: iOS 4.2 available, iWork updated, Find My iPhone is free

- Apple has released iOS 4.2. For iPads, iOS 4.2 brings multitasking, folders. universal inbox for mail and GameCenter. For all devices, it has AirPrint, AirPlay and Safari search in page. Macworld has a quick round-up of the major features. (Macworld here and here)

- Apple has updated Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iPad. All of them now support multi-tasking, AirPrint and in the case of Keynote, support for external display. (MacDailyNews)

- MobileMe's Find My iPhone is now free. (Macworld)

- You can now stream video from your iPhone or iPad to your HDTV using the new AppleTV. Macworld takes the new streaming video feature out for a spin. (Macworld)

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Windows Phone 7 from the perspective of a local iPhone developer

Windows Phone 7 will give Android a run for its money and it will also force Apple to improve. That is the opinion of well-known local iPhone developer Mugunth Kumar who developed such apps as iCash SG and StationAlarm SG.

Mugunth spends quality time with two Windows Phone 7 devices (the HTC HD 7 and the Samsung Omnia) and concludes:

"There is no doubt that the iPhone 4 wins hands down. However, Windows Phones are a real competition to most Android devices out there. ...  Windows Phones have a slick UI which is far ahead of Android. Surely when users see the phone, they would probably choose a Windows Phone over Android. As Windows Phone shows up some competition to iOS, Apple will also be forced to introduce features like Lock screen information (information at a glance), Widgets on Home screen (Live tiles), free MobileMe thereby leading to better products for consumers like us."

Read his blog post, A tryst with Windows Phone 7 for his full review


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Get around the MDA ban on Playboy.com

If you want to read Playboy's 1985 interview with Steve Jobs, here's how to get around the MDA ban on Playboy.com: Use Instapaper instead.

All you have to do is to go to this address and you can read the full text of the very interesting interview. And because it is using Instapaper, there are no NSFW images, which means you can also use this link to read it at the office.

(Thanks to YJ Soon for the suggestion and the link.)

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Round-up: Steve in Playboy, MobileMe rumour and Economist on iPad

Yay! Playboy has re-released a long-forgotten interview with Steve Jobs dated 1985 where he talks about his days at HP, his relationship with Woz and getting his head shaved in India. Opps. Oddly enough, you can't read the original interview on Playboy.com for some reason. Seems like the site is "inaccessible" according to Singnet. An error page advises me to "check the Media Development Authority". I'm sure it's just a misunderstanding. Meanwhile here are some highlights thanks to Cult of Mac.


Are the intertubes down again?




Rumours are a-swirling that MobileMe may be offered as a free service soon, or at least parts of it. (MacRumors).


The Economist is now available for the iPad and iPhone. If you're a subscriber, it's free. If you're not, you can get Editor's Highlights for free and you can then buy the entire issue for US$5.99. Unfortunately, I'm having problems downloading the latest issue (Nov 20) but your mileage may vary.






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Friday, November 19, 2010

Round-up: 4.2.1 GM released, Woz retracts and Rage released

- Apple has just released iOS 4.2.1 to developers, even though 4.2 has yet to be released to the public. 4.2.1 address critical bugs with Exchange and audio. (macstories)


- Woz says he was misquoted in an interview in a Dutch newspaper. He tells Engadget: "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." He admits saying that Android might get more marketshare but "it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy." (Engadget)

- Id has released Rage, an on-rails shooter with amazing graphics. It is available in SD and HD for US$0.99 and US$1.99 each. Unfortunately, it is not available in the Singapore App Store at this moment. John Carmack of Id is taking part in a forum with gamers at Touch Arcade so drop by if you are a fan.

- You can now edit Google Doc documents on your iPad and iPhone. (MacRumors)

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

New app is perfect guide to Sim Lim Square

Local techies are going to love this app. Sim Lim Sq is the official app of Singapore's unofficial tech Mecca, Sim Lim Square.

You can use this app to find the latest highlights and promotions from Sim Lim Square. It has a directory of stores and a nice map of each floor, which is useful given what a warren the place is.

This app also has some pricelists from some of the stores, which is neat. It would be especially great if all the pricelists were available in the app.

The app is somewhat plain, but I don't think its intended audience will care.

Sim Lim Sq is free. Download it here.

(Thanks to iMerlion reader Victor for the tip-off!)

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Round-up: Yesterday's Apple announcement, Google Voice and Happy Hari Raya Haji



* Yes, it was the four lads from Liverpool. Watch as sub-editors across the universe scramble to work in headlines involving Beatles songs, such as The Long and Winding Road: The Beatles Are Finally Coming to iTunes (PaidContent)  and Working It Out: iTunes to Sell Beatles Titles (New York Times)

* The official Google Voice is now available for the iPhone.

* RIM has put out a video showing the PlayBook in action demonstrating its speed and ability to handle Flash. Looks good but of course it's demo by RIM. Would you expect it to look bad?

* I'll be on Bloomberg TV at 10.30am today. Fame and fortune awaits.

* Happy Hari Raya Haji / Eid al-Adha to all our Muslim readers!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Does a taxi driver need an iPhone?

Last weekend, I met a 57-year-old taxi driver who had his iPhone 3GS mounted on the dashboard. He wasn't a power user, or at least, I don't think he was. His phone was mounted but not plugged in into a charger, which suggests that he doesn't run down the battery playing Angry Birds all day. He was, however, leveraging on the iPhone to help him do his job better.

This gentleman, whose name I unfortunately did not get, specialises in ferrying cabin crew. As a result, he uses the iChangi app because the app tells him whenever a particular flight has landed.

His other favourite app is a Toto app. He likes this app (presumably SG Live Toto) because it announces the winning numbers when they're drawn, which is particularly useful since his eyes have to be on the road all the time.

Because of his job, he doesn't have time to play around with many apps. He doesn't even use the built-in Google Maps to get around, relying instead on his experience and his customers to guide him. I don't think he was a gadget freak. He was just someone who uses the iPhone because it makes his life a little easier.

This is why the iPhone is a truly revolutionary product. Apple took the smartphone, made it easy to use and popularised apps. As a result, the iPhone has become a device that everyone, from towkays to taxi drivers, finds useful.


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Are the Fab Four making an appearance on iTunes?

Apple has a mysterious message on www.apple.com that goes "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." What does this mean? Why is the construction so clumsy? No one knows for sure. Cloud-based storage has been cited as one possibility but the Wall Street Journal says it's about  The Beatles catalogue finally appearing on iTunes. One piece of sort of evidence, the four clocks resemble the Fab Four on the Help! album.

This message is appearing on many country-specific Apple home pages but, sadly, not Singapore.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Easy Channel Finder helps you find StarHub channels

You've spent years memorising the old StarHub SCV channel numbers just in time for StarHub to change those numbers. As a result, finding your favourite shows is a challenge. That's where Easy Channel Finder comes in. All you have to do is key in the old StarHub channel number and the app will tell you where that channel is now.

For example, Playhouse Disney used to be on channel 34. Now, thanks to this app, you can see that the programme is on channel 311.

Easy Channel Finder is free. You can download it here.

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SG Radio temporarily pulled

SG Radio developer Ong Junda has temporarily pulled his app from the App Store because of an issue with the audio streaming.

The app originally pulled the stream from MeRadio's servers according to Junda. It stopped working and he now has to pull the stream from MediaCorp's servers instead. MeRadio is a competing app by developed by Radioactive so we presume that the developer of MeRadio blocked SG Radio from accessing its servers.

Junda expects a new version of SG Radio to be back in the App Store in about two weeks.

We have gotten in touch with Junda and Radioactive to get more details. We will update this story if we hear back from them.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Contest: Win a copy of CHORDiCA Touch!

Here's your chance to win a copy of CHORDiCA Touch, the latest music app by Scoreless Music.

All you have to do is email editor at imerlion dot com. We have five promo codes to give away so first come, first served. (Note: You need to have an account with the US App Store to take part in this contest.)

For more on CHORDiCA Touch, read our previous story on how CHORDiDA Touch works.

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SG Radio has all 15 local radio stations for free



If you're a big radio fan, you'll probably want to take SG Radio for a test drive. This app plays all 15 radio stations in Singapore.

The app has a bunch of unique features. For example, it allows you to see all the music currently playing on all the radio stations. That way if you happen to spot a favourite song that's playing, you can switch to that station immediately.

It also allows you to rewind and go forward and see the next song coming up.

SG Radio is free. You can download it here.


Note: The 15 stations it has are:


✔ FM 913 - Today's Best Music
✔ FM 938 - Live
✔ FM 987 - Only the hits
✔ FM 950 - Class 95
✔ FM 905 - Gold 90.5
✔ FM 995 - Lush
✔ FM 924 - Symphony
✔ FM 958 - 城市频道
✔ FM 972 - 最爱频道
✔ FM 933 - 醉心频道
✔ FM 897 - Ria
✔ FM 942 - Warna
✔ FM 968 - ஒலி
✔ FM 963 - Expat Radio
✔ FM 1003 - 資訊娛樂台



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Round-up: iTunes 10.1 now available, new GM for iOS 4.2 and a new rumoured date for 4.2's release

Apple has released iTunes 10.1, which is a prelude to the release of iOS 4.2. Update your iTunes via iTunes/Check for updates.

Apple has also released a second golden master of iOS 4.2. This golden master is apparently specific to the iPad. It is not yet clear how it is different but some reports suggest that it addresses a problem with the iPad repeatedly dropping the WiFi connection. (MacRumors)

Another rumour has popped up about the release date of the final version iOS 4.2. The Telegraph is quoting a source that "works closely with Apple" who says that the release has been pushed back to Nov 24. (Telegraph)


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Friday, November 12, 2010

Narnia app allows you to win movie tickets and collectibles

If you're interested in winning free tickets to Narnia or winning free Narnia collectibles, download Narnia VOTD.

The app is a local promotion for the movie and involves a simple game that looks like jackpot. Each day, you get 20 spins on the wheel to win Narnia related prizes. (Hint: It's not jackpot so read the instructions first!)

The app also has details of the story and cast as well as a link to the trailer.

Narnia VOTD is free. You can download it here.
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Round-up: More iOS4.2 rumours, getting AirPrint to work and His Steveness on the line

Greek website iPhoneHellas is saying that iOS4.2 will be released next Tuesday (Nov 16) rather than this Friday. The website has a good record for getting the right dates for iOS releases. (MacRumors)

Want to print from your iOS device to a printer that is shared from your Mac or PC? AppleInsider has the details, but it will take a little work on your part.

Steve Jobs has gone from sending emails to calling people. Developer Ram Arumugam used a private API in his iPad app. Apple rejected the app. Ram wrote to Steve. Steve called him back. Amazing story. Check out the blog post.


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New version of SG Toto comes with impressive features

There are a ridiculous number of apps in the App Store that give you Toto results. One of the oldest is SG Toto, which has consistently gotten high ratings. Now that app has received a major update and it is an impressive list of new features. The app now promises:

- results at 6.33pm, when the numbers are drawn
- push notification when all numbers are drawn
- winning ticket information, such as which outlet sold the winning ticket
- 24 years of Toto results
- deeper number analysis (what numbers were not drawn, how frequently a number has been drawn and the ability to search for favourite numbers and when they last came out.

I don't buy Toto but even I am tempted to get this one just for the heck of it.

SG Toto is free but you need to pay US$1.99 to unlock all the features. You can download SG Toto here.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

iPhone 4 now shipping within one week

If you haven't gotten your iPhone 4 yet, good news: Apple's online store in Singapore has just cut the shipping time in half.

Up until last night, the webpage was still promising delivery within two weeks. The webpage was updated this morning and it now lists the estimate ship time as one week.

Looks like Apple is fixing its supply chain issues in time for the holidays.

(Thanks to iMerlion reader Pui Shan for the tip-off!)

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Team Singapore lets you follow Singapore athletes in competition

If you're a fan of the local sporting and athletic scene, you'll want to download the Team Singapore app. The app provides a calendar and results of games and meets where Singapore athletes are involved.

Team Singapore is free. Download it here.

On a related note, there is now a free Asian Games app for you to track the games. Download it here. (Thanks to Victor for the tip-off!)
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Round-up: 10.6.5 released, Apple did not buy Bluetooth company, Smule releases Magic Fiddle

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5, but the documentation makes no mention of AirPrint. It looks like AirPrint will only work with AirPrint compatible printers for now. (AppleInsider)

Apple did not buy Wi-Gear. The company and its IP are still for sale. (Barrons and Macworld)

Smule releases Magic Fiddle, a violin app for the iPad. Watch the St Lawrence String Quartet playing Pachebel's Canon in D with Magic Fiddle here. It is available on the App Store for US$2.99.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DBS releases a disappointing iPad app

DBS Bank has just released an iPad app of sorts. However, instead of letting you do online banking, the DBS iPad app largely acts as a gateway to the bank's online efforts.

Tap to log-in to DBS iBanking and it will close the app, open Safari and take you to the DBS website so that you can do your online banking via your web browser. Tap on DBS Vickers and you are sent to the DBS Vickers website.

What the app does have is the latest forex rates and various calculators. There is an equity financing calculator, a mortage calculator, a savings calculator and a car loan calculator.

The lack of an iPad-specific app to do online banking on online trading is disappointing, though I imagine DBS will argue is that the iPad's display is big enough that you don't actually need a specific app for it, unlike the phone.

You can download the DBS iPad app here.




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Local developer creates font design app for the iPad



Here's an interesting app for you designers out there. Fontula, an iPad app by local developer Sajid Saiyed, is an app that will allow you to design your own TrueType fonts on the iPad.

You can create and manage multiple fonts within a single app. When you've finished designing your font, hit the generate font button and a font file will be emailed to you.

I'm no designer so I can't assess how good this app is but as far as I can see, no other app in the App Store does this.

Fontula costs US$4.99. You can buy it here. You can also read more about this app on Fontula's website.


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Go for a run and win prizes with LiveRun

If you need an extra push to run regularly, LiveRun might be the way to go. This interesting app will actually help you to win movie tickets, spa packages and holiday packages as you run.

All you have to do is use the app to track your run. Run at least 2km a day and you get a chance to win weekly free movie tickets. Every 2km run gets you one chance to win. Run weekly and you get a chance to win a spa treatment. You also stand to win holidays based on how many kilometres you've covered.

Winners of the GoThere.sg contest!

Congratulations to the following people! You have won a free copy of the GoThere.sg app.

1. Esmund Koh
2. Eric Lim
3. Christian J. Lee
4. Susan Lee
5. Er Khoon Chan

Someone from GoThere.sg will get in touch with you soon (if they haven't already). If you didn't win, no worries. There will be another contest soon!


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Round-up: iOS 4.2 rumours, Glassgate, Dr Who and Bluetooth cans

AppleInsider has reported a rumour that Apple will release iOS 4.2 on Friday, and 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 before that. The rumour about iOS 4.2 comes via MacStories, which got it from a source within AT&T.

Another rumour making the rounds is that Apple may delay support for AirPrint via Macs and PCs. This means that AirPrint will only work for AirPrint capable devices, rather than any printer that is shared by a Mac or PC.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Say It Right is a guide to pronunciation for Singaporeans

English is a horrible language to learn. While it has rules governing grammar, spelling and pronunciation, it also has more than its fair share of mysterious exceptions to those rules. Take pronunciation for example. For some reason, salmon is pronounced without the 'l', Tottenham is pronounced without the 'h' and the Magdalene in Magdalene College is pronounced 'maudlin'.

Fortunately, the Straits Times has released a new app to help hapless learners of English. Say It Right is a collection of words that are frequently mispronounced in Singapore. Click on a word to hear it pronounced by someone with a local accent.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New app by HPB tells you how unhealthy your meals are

All this while, I've avoided fried kway teow because I've had it in my head that it is a lethal dish. Well, thanks to a new app, I've now found an even more lethal dish, seafood ee mee. A plate of fried kway teow has 703 kcal and 38 g of fat, which is quite scary. Seafood ee mee, on the other hand, has an astounding 1007 kcal and a staggering 61g of fat. Basically, seafood ee mee should be renamed "the heart attack special".

If you're interested in your health, this is the app to get. HPB DietTracker helps you keep track of what you're eating, and it's tailored for the food and drink you can get in Singapore.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Singapore iPhone users left out of Instagram fun

Social photo sharing iPhone app Instagram has been an instant hit and the service has amassed close to 500,000 members within a month of being launched. Unfortunately, users in Singapore have not been able to join in the fun. The app is not available on the Singapore App Store and we have SingTel to thank for it.

The app had been on the Singapore App Store briefly but it was subsequently pulled following complaints from SingTel users about logging-in.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Deepavali/Diwali!

Wishing all Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali/Diwali!

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