Monthly Archives: September 2011

Smule’s MadPad is an very cool music app [Video]

Mix your own music with MadPad

Smule has always been very innovative in iOS’s musical app industry, they can be said to be the leading music apps creators for iOS. They recently came out with MadPad, a finger tapping music mix box on your iOS devices.

So what is MadPad about? It is an App, which displays 12 grid of rectangles, each can record video and sound. By tapping on each rectangle, you can record a video/sound. So with that 12 boxes, you will be able to tap and mix music. Pretty cool.

You won’t realise how cool is it before watching the demo below:

You can download MadPad on iPhone here @ $0.99 and MadPad HD for iPad @ $2.99



Adobe Carousel – Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Carousel

Adobe is unveiled an very cool iPad App – Carousel, almost like a Lightroom App for iPad. After watching their video, I can only say it is really very cool. Who knows it might replace Photo App in iPad?

From Adobe:

Adobe Carousel gives you a new way to enjoy your photos, making all of them available across your Mac and iOS devices, so you can browse, enhance, and share them easily. No manual syncing, no storage limits, no differences in what photos are available to you. Your photography is everywhere you are.

Wireless Sync, Cloud Storage, any devices

So, we will be able access our photo library from our Mac/PC from any iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone. There will be no need for us to do syncing or transfer photo manually, everything will be automatic and wirelessly. Sounds pretty cool right? It seems to be having some Lightroom features like filters, quick edit of photo like exposure, brightness and contracts.

Free download, but storage cost?

Carousel will be a free download from App Store and Mac App Store, but I think we got to pay for the “online cloud storage”. Let’s wait for more details once the App is launch. Although, asking me to pay for another cloud service is a bumper. How many cloud storage service should we have?!


Music Video Dedicated to Steve Jobs [Video]

A Song dedicated to Apple’s creator – Steve Jobs

This song is really nicely written. All of the lyrics just rhythm and sound nice. Hope Steve will have good health and live well.

LYRICS
There’s never been a leader this good for this long
This old, With inventions this bold, Or this strong
The simplest designs, Set trends and prove wrong
Streamlined every product, The iPod you all bought it
These hacks, Too lazy to innovate, They crazy
They don’t try to create, They just trace me
You know what, Soon they forget who they stole, They whole style from,
And try to reverse the iPhone, I’m like… huh!
I’m not a hater, The creator With imagination
I drop technology that inspires entire nations.
I call up Lucas, I’m big enough to brew it
I’m that focused, Plus i knew that Disney wouldn’t do it
So the dreams and teams you write about, White em out
It’s hard to brag when the iPad’s in your mouth
I’m in…Grey sneakers, I make features, You stay eager
What more can i tell you, Let me spell it for you
S-T-E V-E, Nobody truer than J-O-Bs
And you have to know, The world’s best C-E-O
Turned chairman, I’m back to finish the boards business up

What more can I say? What more can i do?
I give this all to you, I know this much is true
What more can I say?

Now you know they love you truly
When you drop a new Mac and you perfect the GUI
And your code ain’t Foo-ey, Right
That means those lines they bite must be chewy
Chop that and they gone get sueyed, Toast
I don’t mean to boast, But damn if i don’t flex
Them hackers gonna act like they built OSX
The Andy Roddick, That serves the new product
Far from a Harvard student, Just had the heart to do it
And no I’m not delaying it, In fact I’m just playing it
This ain’t the release I’m just QA’in it
One, Two and i won’t stop tweaking it
To Tech blogs, stop false leaking it
Back to the product, The multi-touch screen was exotic
Early adopters and they grandmas bought it
What up Woz, They can’t shut up Jobs
Shut down I, Not even God , I’m a ride
Lord forgive me for my brash delivery
But I remember vividly, What defeat did to me
So picture me, Lettin this board get at me
Fire me then buy my Next company
I will literally, Kiss Bill G in the forehead
Tell PC forgive me, Then squeeze out the market til its dead
I’m not a boutique chop shop, In fact
I got something unique to knock socks off
Young, Steven the God steady droppin heat
I’m at the Mac Keynote, Try to cop a seat
I ain’t never scared, I’m everywhere
You ain’t never there, Google why would i ever care
Pound for pound I’m the best to ever grow a grey hair
Excluding nobody, Look what i embody
The soul of a hustler the American Dream
I rose on my own, And made 8 Bill-i-ion in cream
And no I ain’t from parents with whole lots of cash
Or live any life well above middle class
And my designs ain’t comin’ and goin’ like pop fads
But the real shit you get when you bust down my passion
Add that to my engineering’s built to last
Times that by my influence, On computers, communications,
entertainment, music and too much to list
We’ll see what happens when i no longer exist

What more can i say?


Apple promotes Eddy Cue to SVP of Internet Software and Services

Apple promoted Eddy to the “i-Man”

Tim Cook have just promoted Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy Cue is no newbie, he is the key man for iTunes, App Store and iBookstore. These few products are very successful and I feel is the key to the success of iPhone and iPad.

So what’s new for him as SVP of Internet Software and Service? iCloud and iAds. Both of the 2 services are fairly new, and haven’t really taken off. I’m sure this 2 services are also the key services that Apple will be focusing on for the next few years.

Here a email from Tim Cook to Apple’s employee obtained by 9to5mac:

Dear team,

It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team. Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store, the revolutionary App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and Apple’s innovative iCloud services. He is a 22-year Apple veteran and leads a large organization of amazing people. He played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008.

Apple is a company and culture unlike any other in the world and leaders like Eddy get that. Apple is in their blood. Eddy and the entire executive management team are dedicated to making the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do. Please join me in congratulating Eddy on this significant and well-deserved promotion. I have worked with Eddy for many years and look forward to working with him even closer in the future.

Tim

 

 

 


Apple Flagship store opening up in Hong Kong soon!

Apple Store opening up in Hong Kong!

It is no longer a secret! Apple is really opening up their Flagship store in Hong Kong! Before this flagship store, people can only buy Apple products via Apple’s Premium resellers, but not for long. They can finally buy directly from Apple. Although the price and products will not differ from any reseller.

It is rumored that the store will open up on 24th September.

How about Singapore?

To be honest, I’m jealous. How come we Singaporean are still not getting any Apple flagship store? If you remember in one of my previous blog post. Singapore is in the top 10 Mac Countries, and we are the Top Mac country in Asia! Of course, people will talk about population, yes, ok I understand. Come on, bring Apple Store to Singapore ok?

 


Piolo iPhone 4 Stand Give Aways (Winners)

Piolo iPhone 4 Stand Winner

Hi All, as promised, we have selected the winners. So how do I go about selecting the winners? Yes, I have used the same method.

  1. Consolidate the list according to what colour you all wanted
  2. Rank the number according to when you posted comment/like on UsingApple’s Facebook Fan Page
  3. Generate Random number via Random.org and pick the winner
  4. Due to no one actually wanted Pink Piolo Stand, so I put everyone in the list excluding those who won Blue and Yellow Stand. (Yes, everyone stand a chance to win if you commented/Liked)

Ok, So the winners are:

Blue:  Teo Wen Hao
Yellow: Han Boon Wee
Pink: Han LowJumper Zhong Liang
I will contact them asap for their address and will send out the stands to them! 🙂 You can check out how I select them with the screen shots below:


Play game on Apple TV via iPad and use iPhone as controller! [Video]

Play games on Apple TV via iPad with iPhone controller

Joypad is very interesting app, with this app, you will be able to play iPad games on your TV via AppleTV and use your iPhone as controller! In other words, it will treat your iPad as a “console” and stream the game from iPad to AppleTV and uses your iPhone as controller.

Very cool right? It uses their special SDK and is able to stream gameplay to AppleTV via Airplay. iPhone is connected to iPad via Bluetooth, thus you will be able to as controller. But the amount of games support this SDK is quite limited. You can see the list of supported games here.

You will be able to download Joypad here.


Is this iPhone 5? [Rumors]

Is this iPhone 5?

Apple’s latest Photo Stream Beta might accidentally leaked the new iPhone’s design. Look below and you will see an instruction for Apple’s Photo Stream, but look closely at the iPhone icon. It is not iPhone 4’s design, nor any previous iPhone design.

 

Looks like something that we have seen before?

I’m not sure if you have notice, but don’t it look very similar to thisismynext’s design concept for the next iPhone? I didn’t believe Apple’s next iPhone design will look like what thisismynext drawn out, but with this icon. It seems like the design is really close to what they have.

 

Apple’s Design grows on you

Nevertheless, let’s wait patiently for Apple’s keynote, and see what does then next iPhone looks like. I’m very confident Apple’s design will grow on you. I used to think iPhone 4’s design look weird, but after using it for a few months. iPhone 3GS’s design look very kiddy to me, where as iPhone 4 looks very solid and professional.

 

 


Hitler’s comment to Apple losing another iPhone Prototype in Bar [Video]

Seriously Apple or Seriously Media? It is abit hard to believe! CNet reported that Apple might have lost yet another iPhone prototype in a bar in San Francisco! It is too hard for me to believe, as I’m sure after the previous incident, Apple should be having alot of precaution.

According to CNet:

A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco’s Cava 22, which describes itself as a “tequila lounge” that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS it was running, and what it looks like.

Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source.

When San Francisco police and Apple’s investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said.

Anyway, let’s hear out Hitler’s view on Apple losing another iPhone Prototype:


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