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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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Skyfire pulled because servers were overwhelmed by demand

Skyfire, was released a day early but you won't be able to download it. According to the company, they were overwhelmed by demand and are no longer accepting new purchases.

From their blog:

Skyfire for iPhone has been received with unbelievable enthusiasm. Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections
The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.
Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store. We are working really hard to increase capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as we can support it.
We are very grateful for the demand. Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!
Please bear with us as we bring our capacity in line with the incredible demand – stay tuned.

Skyfire is a web browser for the iPhone that enables people to watch videos encoded in Flash because Skyfire's servers convert the Flash video to the H.264 format, which the iPhone supports.

(Via TiPB)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Skyfire browser promises Flash video for iOS

A new iOS app called Skyfire promises to deliver Flash to iOS devices by converting videos encoded in Flash to HTML5, according to a CNN Money story.

The app is due to be launched on Thursday and will cost US$2.99.

The browser has been available for the Android platform for some months now and has been relatively well received.

What's in the latest version of iOS 4.2 (Golden Master)

Apple has made available the iOS 4.2 GM (Golden Master) seed to developers, which is a sign that the OS is now close to the final product. It is also asking developers to submit apps that take advantage of the new features that the OS will bring, such as printing, Air Play, and for iPads, multi-tasking and fast app switching.

Appleinsider has a good piece on the various new features in this latest version as well as a round-up of what to expect in 4.2.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Last chance to win the GoThere.sg app

You have less than 12 hours to take part in the GoThere.sg contest.

To win yourself a copy of the GoThere.sg app, all you have to do is email editor at imerlion dot com and complete the following sentence:

"I deserve the Gothere.sg app because ....."

We'll look through all the answers and pick the best five.

This contest will end at 2359 on 2 November. Good luck!
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CHORDiCA Touch finally available

Joash Chee's new app, CHORDiCA Touch, is now available on the iPhone.

The app is a new musical instrument that uses the interface of a regular mobile phone to allow people to play the melody, harmony, bass or rhythm part of a song. (Watch this video to see a demo of the app playing Silent Night). The app has an auto-rhythm function to fill in music and has a vocal coach to help people learn to use the app.

Get Style and Style Living on the iPad

Mediacorp has launched iPad versions of Style and Style Living, and they look pretty good. They preserve the look and layout of a traditional magazine while adding some interactivity.

Navigation is simple, you only flip left or right but within each page, there is content that either scrolls within its own window, or can change.

In the screenshot below for examaple, you can touch any of the circles in the top right to see a bigger picture of the item and some text. The pane at the bottom scrolls left and right to squeeze in more information into a single page.

Downloading both apps are free but you have to use the in-app purchase to get content. Style Living's content is free while Style Interactive costs US$1.99 per issue.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

iToday embraces iPad with enhanced version

Looks like Today, the newspaper, has beaten the Straits Times to an iPad version. What's nice is that iToday for iPad isn't just a larger version of the iPhone version either.

Apart from the regular news, the iPad version also has live radio streaming from 938Live and videos from Channel NewsAsia.

iToday for iPad is free. Download it here.

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