Honestly, I hate drop test. Why? Because I would rather they give the new iPhone 4S to me! Haha. Of course, they did the drop test because they are from some iPhone repair company, so I’m sure they will get it repair as soon as they get back to office.
But this drop test shown us how fragile iPhone 4S front glass is. It survived the first drop, but the second drop was intentionally dropped flat facing down on the concrete floor around above his eye level.
Anyway, below is the video on the first ever drop test for iPhone 4S:
Box.net is a web storage service, which works quite similar to Dropbox. Box.net allows users to upload files, share files and edit files over any devices, which includes desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android and more. They are having a promotion, Box.net now offers all existing or new iOS users a free upgrade to 50GB of storage!
50GB is quite a huge storage for free. Apple and Dropbox are charging 100 and 99 dollars per year for 50GB of storage, but Box.net is giving out them for free. So how do you sign up for this promotion?
Steps on getting your 50GB storage
It is not very straight forward, you need to do the following steps:
Go to Box.net via your desktop, Mac or PC (sign up for account or login to your existing one)
Go to Files -> Click on Create Folder
Click on the downward point arrow -> Folder Properties -> Advance Properties
Click on email option tab -> Check on the Allow uploads to this folder via email and click OK
Download or update your Box.net iPhone/iPad App and login.
You should be upgraded to 50GB of Storage and 100mb of file limit per file.
Please note that the Promotion ends at 2nd December 2011
Box.net is very generous on giving out storage, but I really hope their desktop sync will be free. You need to know that Box.net do not provide free desktop sync like what you have for dropbox, thus to upload your files to box.net, you either have to use their upload function on box.net website or upload them via iPhone/iPad. It is not the easiest and fastest way to share/sync files, but it will be quite useful to have such a huge storage online.
I’m thinking of using them as my important files backup for example Family Photos and some important documents. Nevertheless, don’t waste the opportunity to get the storage. Be sure do get your free storage before 2nd December 2011!
One of the most disappoint fact is that Siri and Voice to Text are not all coming to iPhone 4, even with iOS 5 update. Yes, Siri will only be available on iPhone 4S. According to Apple, Siri is not on iPhone 4 or below is because Siri need the processing power of A5 dual core chip.
It doesn’t really make sense to me, because iPad 2 is also running on A5 chip, so I think Apple hope that Siri is the killer feature of iPhone 4S, so people will upgrade to the new iPhone.
But worry no more, Mr. Troughton-Smith has already ported Siri to iPhone 4! Pretty cool right? Although it is only Siri UI that was ported over, but I’m sure he is working on moving the whole Siri to iPhone 4. Very soon, we will be commanding Siri and getting Siri to do work for us, hopefully.
iPhone 4S is going to launch in 28th October 2011, both SingTel and M1 has been accepting customer’s interest on the phone, after submitting their interest, they will be notify when SingTel and M1 starts their pre-order. But among the 3 Telecom in Singapore, Starhub is the only one who are not accepting pre-orders nor interest.
From their FAQ:
Why is there no registration of interest for iPhone 4S from StarHub?
There will be no registration of interest for iPhone 4S. We will commence retail launch of the new iPhone model on 28 October 2011. Please check this site for updates in the coming weeks.
Yup, So Starhub customers who are interested in buying iPhone 4S, you got to keep on refreshing this page.
We have seen Scott Forstall demo-ed iPhone 4S’s Siri, it works very very well. I have recently blogged about Siri works like a charm in real life usage, but no. Siri is beta for some reasons, Siri can’t really handle accents especially Asian Accents, like Japanese or Chinese I suppose.
So I assume, Siri will be out of beta only when Apple believe it can handle the speech from anyone in the world. It will be a tough process, but I have alot of confidence on Apple on achieving it. Siri’s voice recognition now is already one of the best in the world. Give them some time. I
For the below demo video, we are looking at a Japanese guy trying out Siri with English, apperantly Siri have issue figuring out what he is trying to say. It is quite funny, I think the guy is quite mad over Siri, do check out the video:
Apple has recently announced their newest iPhone, iPhone 4S, and it will be available in Singapore by 28 October 2011. 2 of Singapore Telecom, SingTel and M1 has just launch their iPhone 4S interest page.
Please note that this is not pre-order page, it is just to register your interest on Apple iPhone 4S and will be inform with latest information on iPhone 4S stocks, and the launch event.
You can register your interest with SingTel here, or M1 here. We still have not hear any news from Starhub yet, but I’m sure they will be launching their register interest page very soon too.
One of the newest feature for iOS 5 is the integration with iCloud. iCloud is not just a sync service by Apple, it is more like a magical storage area which will be shared between all your iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macs/PC. When you take a photo on your iPhone 4, in just seconds, you can browse the photo on your iPad and iPhone.
iCloud.com is now live, it is the web apps of iCloud services like Find my iPhone, Mail, Contact and Calendar. If you have an Apple account, you can login to iCloud.com right now, but the only service that is available is Find my iPhone. Other services like Contact, Mail and Calendar will only be activated when you upgrade your iOS to iOS 5 when it launches.
One of the greatest new feature is the innovative intelligence voice assistant Siri. We have seen Scott Forstall demo the use of Siri on stage during the announcement of iPhone 4S. But how good will it be in real life usage?
The answer is – Equally Good! Amazingly good. To be honest, I’m amazed by how smooth and accurate the voice recognition and reply from Siri.
Check out the video on how smooth and accurate Siri is from Stuff.tv:
1 Million pre-orders for Apple newly announced iPhone 4S in just 24 hours.
This is crazy! It beats iPhone 4’s 600,000 pre-orders in the first 24hours!! Even as an Apple Fan Boy, I’m quite shocked that Apple has gotten such a good result, although iPhone 4S is almost like a speed bump and a camera upgrade.
Of course not to forget that Siri is quite a revolutionary intelligence voice assistant, but 1 million pre-orders is really a massive deal.
Check out Apple’s Press Info just released today:
iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours
CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.
“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”
iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.
iPhone 4S includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
Apple’s co founder Steve Jobs has passed away today at the age of 56. It is the saddest tech news I have ever blogged about. Steve Jobs has been such a visionary, who without him we will not have iPods, iMacs, Macbook Pros, Macbook Air, iPhone and iPad. He brought computer down to personal computer, brought music to our ears, phone that do wonders.
Steve Jobs, you will be greatly missed.
Here’s some of the statements the Tech world left for him:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Google’s Sergey Bin:
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
US President Barack Obama:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.