Thursday, November 24, 2011

New app Squiryl helps you rack up, trade loyalty points

If you're a serious shopper, you probably have too many loyalty cards in your wallet. A new app called Squiryl promises to fix this problem.

Instead of having to hunt for the right loyalty card to present at the cash register, you use the Squiryl app to rack up points, or acorns, as the app calls it.

What makes this app interesting is that you can also trade your acorns with your friends. That really makes it useful because you can now get rid of acorns from merchants you don't usually patronize for acorns from merchants that you do.

Currently, the app has 20 merchants including iStudio. More will be rolled out later.

To learn more about Squiryl, check out there website here. They have one of the nicest video introductions I've seen recently. Download the free Squiryl app here.

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Nubox's deals at Sitex

Another day, another IT show. This time, it's Sitex at Singapore Expo.

If you're planning to head down, check out Nubox's booth at Hall 6 booth 6D30 and booth 6E30. For instance, buy a MacBook Pro from them, add $78 and get $495 worth of stuff including a doubling of your RAM to 8GB.

They are also offering deals on purchases of iMacs, MacBook Airs and iPods.

In addition, Nubox is also offering discounts on accessories.

Follow the links to get full details of their Mac deals and accessories deals.

Sitex will run from today until Nov 27.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rumour: iOS 5.0.2 next week will fix battery problems

While the latest iOS update promised to fix the battery drain problem, it hasn't worked for some people. Hope, however, is on the horizon.

A rumour is circulating that a new version of iOS will be released next week that will fix the battery drain problem.

In addition, the new update, iOS 5.0.2 also promises to add new functionality to Siri. They include, taking photos, shooting video and turning WiFi and Bluetooth on and off.

The rumour comes courtesy of a German Mac blog that cites an Apple engineer working on iOS.

(Via Cult of Mac)

Friday, November 11, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 now available

If you've been having problems with battery drain with iOS 5 on your device, you'll be happy to know that you can now download an update that promises to fix the problem.

You can do the update over-the-air instead of via iTunes. Go to Settings, General then Software Update to update your device.

The update is under 50MB so you need to be on the WiFi network to be able to do the update.

Apart from the battery fix, the update also addresses a security hole that was discovered by security researcher Charlie Miller.

Madness ensues at Hong Kong iPhone 4S launch

South Asian gangs versus Hong Kongers versus the police at the Hong Kong Apple Store. With video (no Edison Chen footage though).

Adobe makes it official

Bye bye Flash for mobile.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Adobe discontinues Flash player on mobile devices

Citing sources close to Adobe, ZDNet has reported that the company plans to discontinue work on mobile browser flash and will focus instead on HTML 5.

There is apparently an imminent announcement that will say:
"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations."

Full story on ZDNet here.

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Apple says Siri not for older devices

If you've been holding out on getting an iPhone 4S because you expect Siri to trickle down to older devices, don't hold your breath. It looks like Apple currently has no plans to allow Siri to run on devices such as the iPhone 4.

In an email from Apple in response to a bug report, Apple wrote:

"Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue: Siri only works with iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices."

AppleInsider has the details.

I've been using the iPhone 4S for the past week, a loaner unit from Apple and I am planning to write a full review. However, I can say that thus far, I am really loving Siri and I find myself using it several times each day, making appointments, checking appointments and making reminders. Watch out for the full review coming soon.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 released to developers, fixes bugs that kill battery life

If you're suffering from battery problems with your iOS device running iOS 5, relief is on the horizon. Apple has released a new beta version of iOS 5 to developers that, among other things, promises to fix bugs that affect battery life.

The update will roll out to end users "in a few weeks", according to a statement by Apple to AllThingsD.

Via Cult of Mac.

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Another 15 countries to get the iPhone 4S

Apple has announced that the iPhone 4S will be launched in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 other countries next Friday (Nov 11). Customers will be able to pre-order the device from tomorrow.

The countries that will get the iPhone 4S in this wave are Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea. The iPhone 4S is available today in 29 countries around the world and will be available in more than 70 countries by the end of the year, according to the press release.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SingTel's deF!nd app now in the App Store

SingTel's deF!nd uses voice recognition to help you find restaurants and businesses in Singapore.

It's no Siri but it does have access to a database that Siri in Singapore does not.

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A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs

He started his farewell and I stopped him. I said, “Wait. I’m coming. I’m in a taxi to the airport. I’ll be there.” 
“I’m telling you now because I’m afraid you won’t make it on time, honey.”
Mona Simpson's eulogy for Steve Jobs that was delivered at his memorial service at Stanford University on Oct 16.

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