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First iPhone 4S Drop test, it did not survive the 2nd drop. [Video]

Drop Test for iPhone 4S

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:


Siri ported to iPhone 4! [Video]

iPhone 4 running Siri

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.

Here’s a demo of him running Siri on iPhone 4S:


Starhub is not accepting any iPhone 4S interest nor Pre-orders

No Pre orders for iPhone 4S on Starhub

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.

[via iMerlion]


Register your interest for iPhone 4S with SingTel and M1 now!

Register your interest on iPhone 4S now!

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.

 


iCloud.com is now live!

Apple’s iCloud.com has went live!

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.

You can access iCloud.com right now, or read up on iCloud.com’s help site.

 


Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs passed away

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:

Bill Gates:

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.

Mark Zuckerberg:

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.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs.

 

 



AppleCares+ now covers accidental damages!

Somehow I feel this news is as exciting as Apple’s new iPhone 4S. AppleCare+ for iPhone now covers up to 2 accidental damages on top of the usual AppleCare warranty. But you have to pay Apple additional USD$49 for each accident on top of the $99 AppleCare+. Although it seems to have a catch, but I’m pretty sure it is still much cheaper than you replacing a brand new iPhone, if you accidentally dropped your iPhone and smashed the back.

Here’s the full Description:

Every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage and 90 days of telephone technical support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling, each subject to a $49 service fee. With AppleCare+ for iPhone, Apple experts can help troubleshoot issues over the phone or at an Apple Retail Store. They’ll answer questions about iOS, Apple iPhone apps such as Mail, iMessage, and Calendar, and help you solve interconnectivity issues between your iPhone and Mac or PC. And if your iPhone needs service under the plan, Apple technical support representatives can even set up a repair during the same call.

 

 


Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 vs Nook Color

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2 vs Nook Color

So how is Kindle Fire going to compare with the tablet leader iPad 2 and Nook Color? Looking at the above chart with Verge created, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is only wining in price point and dual core 800mhz processor. But iPad in hardware side is still a clear winner in almost all areas except pricing.

But the success of Apple iPad is not just because of the superior hardware and snappy software but also the content that Apple provides. With the strong background of iTunes Music, Movies, TV Shows, and the recent introduction of Apple App Store & iBookStore. If this is the main reason why Apple’s iPad is the leading tablet, then Amazon also have the secret forumla of winning over the domination of iPad in tablet market.

Amazon have one of the largest music, books, movie and TV shows collection on the internet. Not just that Amazon recently open up Amazon App Store for Android Apps. They have the exact same coverage in media and entertainment as Apple. Thus I feel Kindle Fire might be first Android tablet that will be having real success.

Below are the demo video of Kindle Fire’s Amazon Silk Web Browser:

Silk Browser is a very cool browsing technology that Amazon created. It works similar to what Opera Mobile is, they uses Amazon Web Service to cache and load the website before downsizing and optimized before pushing to the Silk Browser.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Ads:

More information on Kindle Fire at amazon.com/kindlefire


Amazon Kindle Fire, $199 7-inch iPad killer

Kindle Fire

Amazon today have announced that they will be launching a new Amazon Kindle call Kindle Fire. It is a 7-inch colored tablet and will cost just $199! Amazon is very smart at their pricing for Kindle Fire, they knew they can’t fight Apple’s iPad at $499 or even $399 market. With the price range $199, it will kill alot of other Android Tablets in the market.

How Amazon bring down the Price Point?

Of course, how Amazon manage to bring their tablet down to just $199 price point? Remove. Amazon’s Kindle Fire don’t have camera, no microphones and will be Wifi only. Although it is a multi-touch color tablet, but it will only take 2 finger touch at once. No demo of the tablet yet, but one cool deal is Amazon Prime 60-days free trial comes with every Kindle Fire! They are really pushing their Prime Serve which cost $79 per year, with free 2 days shipping of any product in Amazon.

So will Kindle Fire be the real iPad killer? Maybe, with the strong backing of Amazon App Store, Streaming contents and cheap price point.

 


Let’s talk iPhone. October 4 2011

Let’s talk iPhone.

Apple have finally sent out invitation to media for their October 4th Event – Let’s talk iPhone. Without much question, this event will be heavily focus on iPhone and iOS. The event will be held at 10am PT at Apple’s HQ Cupertino campus in California. Seems like most rumors got it correct.

Hardware Upgrades

So will we be seeing Dual-Core A5 Processer, 8mega-pixel camera, 1GB of ram? It seems to be a reasonable upgrade to me. A5 has been on iPad 2, and it really improves graphics performance by quite abit, 1GB ram is double on what we have now on iPhone 4, which will serve well for multi-tasking. iPhone 4’s 5mp camera is still one of the best smartphone camera around, with the upgrade to 8mp, they will point and shoot less attractive.

Talk?

Of course on iOS side, we have already seen alot of new improvement during the previous keynote, but it is rumored that Siri will be heavily integrated and will be named Assistant. Siri is a voice search technology that Apple recently acquired, so is that why it is called “Let’s talk iPhone?”

Let’s all stay tuned for the October 4 iPhone Event!