Friday, December 23, 2011

App makes embarrassing ICs photos a thing of the past

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Face it, most of us would be too embarrassed to show people our IC photos. They were taken when we were gawky teenagers with bad hair and wearing glasses that have long been out of date. And the person taking the photo certainly wan't Russell Wong.

Fortunately, there is now a solution. Tinkertanker has come up with a free app helpfully called IC Photo for Singapore NRIC and Passports. This app will help you take a great shot of yourself, with everything perfectly aligned. You can arrange the lighting to be as flattering as possible, and take as many pictures as you like till you find one that makes you look good.

According to the ICA, if you are 30, you are able to pay $10 to re-register your NRIC. If you've lost or damaged your IC, you pay $60 for a new IC.

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TrafficLah alerts you to traffic jams

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The good people at buuuk had been pretty busy. Apart from DengueLah, they have also just released a free app called TrafficLah that will help you avoid traffic jams.

What's nice about this app is that it will learn what your regular route is and you can set it to send an alert if there is a traffic incident on your regular route or on nearby routes.

If you drive an Off-Peak Car, the app will help you buy an electronic day license to drive your car that day.

All in all, pretty neat.

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DengueLah helps you avoid dengue hotspots in Singapore

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Track dengue hotspots with buuuk's latest app DengueLah. Stay safe!





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Pushing the Limits now available on Kindle too

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Here's your opportunity to save trees (and more importantly, save on shipping). Mugunth Kumar's iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits is now available on Kindle as well as iBooks. If you prefer owning the dead tree version of this book, you can buy it from Amazon as well. Amazon is selling it for US$27.70


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Learn iOS development from the developer of Definition. No experience required.

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Let's face it. Not all of us are ready to tackle Mugunth Kumar's  iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod TouchMugunth's book is a mid-level to advanced guide to iOS programming. What if you're just an ordinary Joe who has an great app idea and who wants to become a millionaire? What you need is help from The Pragmatic Lab.

The Pragmatic Lab is run by local developer Sidwyn Koh, who is responsible for the iOS app Definition and was one of the developers of Seesmic.

He is offering one-day basic, intermediate and advanced courses and will also do custom courses for you (if you're a student, a member of staff or an alumni of NUS, you also get a special discount). Sidwyn promises that even if you have no programming experience whatsoever, by the end of the basic course, you will be able to make your own simple app.

Alternatively, if you find that his rates are too rich for your blood, the entrepreneurial Sidwyn also has video tutorials that you can buy as well from his website Dive into iOS.

If you have a loved one who wants to get started with iOS programming, signing him or her up for courses with The Pragmatic Lab would make a great Christmas present.

Click here to go to The Pragmatic Lab or here to check out Dive into iOS.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Local developer's programming book a bestseller on Amazon

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A new book co-written by local iOS developer Mugunth Kumar is doing well on Amazon's bestsellers list, even though the book isn't out yet.

The book, iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, was written by Rob Napier and Singapore's own Mugunth Kumar and will be released on Dec 20.

However, even though the book has not been released, it is already number 2 in Amazon's Mobile and Wireless Programming category.

According to Mugunth, the book is aimed at mid-level to advanced iOS developers. Mugunth contributed eight of the 20 chapters in this book.

The book is out just in time for Christmas. This handsome 360-page paperback is just US$27.70 from Amazon so buy the book today. It will make an ideal present for your favorite iOS coder who's been nice all year round.

This book is also available on Apple's iBooks here which you can buy if you have a US iTunes account.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Intellectually disabled children in Singapore benefitting from the iPad

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Children with learning disabilities in Singapore are getting some help from Apple's iPad, according to this story from Today.
One disabled student went from being uninterested in drawing, to winning a card design competition. Others have learned better control of their behaviour and have improved their communications skills. 
These remarkable changes were observed after just six months of a special pilot project conducted at Towner Gardens School (TGS), run by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), which caters to children with learning disabilities and developmental delays.

At the heart of the program is a device that many of us are familiar with and use on a daily basis - Apple's iPad.
Read the full story here and don't miss the four-minute embedded video.


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Local firm Karuma develops 7-inch Android tablet

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A local firm called Karuma has thrown its hat into the tablet ring with a 7-inch device called PlayBase that they are selling for US$270.

The tablet has a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of DDR 3 RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. The PlayBase runs a modified version of Gingerbread but with that amount of RAM, it looks like they are planning to run  Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich on it in future. The device will go on sale before Christmas.

We wish them luck. So far, it has been more of an iPad market than a tablet market though Amazon's Kindle also seems to be gaining traction. It looks like manufacturers are able to shift tablets because of a content ecosystem rather than specs but maybe PlayBase will be an exception.

Learn more about PlayBase here.


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UOB finally releases iPhone app

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Customers of United Overseas Bank in Singapore can finally heave a sigh of relief. The bank has finally released an iPhone app.

Apart from the usual online banking features, the UOB app also allows you to withdraw money from a UOB ATM without needing your ATM card.

Using their Mobile Cash feature, you can get the cash from the ATM with just a password. This also means you can transfer cash to someone else too; all they need is a password that you send them.

UOB is very late in the game as competitors DBS and OCBC have long had iPhone apps and, in the case of OCBC, a pretty good iPad app as well. However, UOB is certainly making up for lost time. So far, the app has garnered 64 five-star ratings out of 88 total ratings, a pretty impressive feat.


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