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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