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Ahead of the Apple Watch’s launch on April 24th, Apple has released a series of video guides showing how the Watch works. You can catch them on Apple’s website or on Apple’s YouTube channel (or just watch them all here).

 

Right now, you can watch an overview video, see how to use Messages on the Watch, change the Watch face, as well as how the new Digital Touch function works. These are the first of 11 videos, with seven more videos listed as ‘coming soon’.

 

The Apple Watch will launch first in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US, with pre-orders opening on April 10th.

 

From April 10th, Apple Watch will be available for preview, try-on by appointment in Apple’s retail stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. On April 14th, Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers in China and Japan, one of which looks like this store in Isetan, Japan.

 

The Apple Watch will be on sale, starting from US$349 for the Apple Watch Sport to a whopping US$10,000 and above for the Apple Watch Edition.

 

No word yet on when the Watch will arrive in Malaysia, the only clue is that the Apple Malaysia site has the words “Available in 2015” on it. Not sure if the Watch is for you?

 

 

Depending on which report you read, sales of smartwatches are expected to reach somewhere between 200 and 400 million units annually by 2020. Although analysts cannot agree on how much the smartwatch category will grow, what they can agree on is that growth over the next few years will be exponential and that the Apple Watch will be a catalyst for this.

The world’s first glimpse of the Apple Watch was in September last year when Apple finally revealed it has been working on a smartwatch.

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Apple Watch and it is not hard to see why. Not only is the Apple Watch the company’s first wearable device and smartwatch, it is also Apple’s first all-new device in five years – the last being the iPad. Apple first announced the Apple Watch in September last year and we were there to see it. Like so many other Apple devices, the Apple Watch looks and feels like a premium product. However, apart from its looks, and the fact that it will be available in two sizes (38mm and 42mm) and that it will be offered in various case materials and watch bands, we know little other details. Fortunately, Apple has just spilled all the beans and this article will cover all the important bits that has just been announced at Apple’s Spring Forward event, which was held specially for the Apple Watch.

What can the Apple Watch do

The Apple Watch is interesting because it has a couple of features that are not found on any other smartwatch in the market. First and foremost, the Apple Watch will work only with the iPhone at this point, and will feature a display that is highly customizable. And like any other smartwatch, the Apple Watch will display notifications from your phone. By default, the Apple Watch will display any notification that you programmed your iPhone to display and that can be weather updates, sports results, app notifications and so on.

Take calls on your Apple Watch like Dick Tracy.

Needless to say, the Apple Watch can also receive calls and text notifications (SMS or third-party messaging apps). However, what’s cool about the Apple Watch is that you can use it to take calls – a functionality missing on most smartwatches. This is because the Apple Watch has a built-in speaker and microphone. Users can also use the Apple Watch to reply text messages. In the demo, we saw Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of technology, reply text messages using SIRI and emoticons. There does not seem to be an option for an onscreen keyboard, which is logical since the Apple Watch’s display is not going to be large enough to display a full QWERTY keyboard anyway. SIRI can also be activated simply by uttering, “Hey Siri” and can be used just as you would on your iPhone.

Speaking of notifications, what’s cool about the Apple Watch is that it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you need not be within Bluetooth range of your phone to receive notifications. This was a severe restriction with other activity trackers and smartphones and it is good to see that Apple is taking a different approach with the Apple Watch.

Glances is like Control Center on the iOS. Here, the user can use Glances to control music on his/her iPhone.

There’s also a new feature called “Glances”, which is similar to the Control Center on iOS. Simply swipe upwards from the bottom of the Apple’s Watch’s display and you will be greeted with quick summaries of the information that you use most, such as your weather, music controls, your heart rate, and your daily activity progress.

Another unique feature of the Apple Watch is something called “Digital Touch.” Using the touchscreen display, users can draw on the display and then send their sketches to other Apple Watch users. They can also send taps and even their heartbeats to other Apple Watch users. This is something new and while it sounds a little gimmicky at this point, it should be quite interesting to see how people will end up using it. We would imagine that it is a little creepy to be receiving someone’s heartbeat.

According to Apple, the Apple Watch will offer up to 18 hours of battery life from a “typical day.” This confirms earlier rumors that Apple was targeting for around 19 hours of battery life. As for water resistance, we hear early reports from people who have had hands-on time that the Apple Watch will have a water resistance rating of IPX7, which means it is only water-resistant and not waterproof. More specifically, this means it is fine to take it into the shower, but it cannot be submerged and it most definitely cannot go swimming. This makes sense as the the Apple Watch does not have a screw-down crown like dive watches do.

Apps, apps, apps

Track your activity levels and progress with the Activity app.

The iPhone and iPad are so popular not only because of their design and performance, but also because of the apps that they could run. Likewise, Apple demoed a lot of cool apps on their new Apple Watch. To kick things off, the Apple Watch will come with some standard apps like your iPhone and iPad, and one of this Workout. As its name suggests, Workout is an app that tracks and measures your workouts. However, it’s worth pointing out at this point that the Apple Watch does not have an in-built GPS, so it remains to be seen how the Workout app will map your runs. Moving on, there’s also the Activity app that tracks your daily activity progress and even sends you a summary at the end of each week and provides advice on how to be healthier. Apart fitness apps, Apple also demoed the Apple Watch running Instagram, WeChat, and even Shazam. Now, you no longer need to pull out your phone to find out what song is playing, simply use Shazam on your Apple Watch.

Check into the hotel with your Apple Watch and later use it again to unlock the doors to your room.

But beyond these apps, the Apple Watch can also be used in ways to make other lives easier. The Uber app will let users call for a ride without pulling out their phone. And if you are near the airport, the Apple Watch can automatically retrieve your boarding details from the Passport app. Already, Starwood Hotel and Resorts have developed an app that will allow Apple Watch users to automatically check into the hotel and unlock their hotel rooms with the watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was obviously very excited about these developments and said that he cannot wait to see what kind of apps developers will come up for the Apple Watch. To learn more about the Apple Watch, there’s a new Apple Watch app that will be available on iOS 8.2, which is available for download right now. Apart from managing the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch app will also let people learn more about the watch itself.

Pricing and availability

Pre-orders of the Apple Watch will begin on April 10 and shipping will begin later on April 24, but only in selected countries. There are nine countries and they are:

Malaysia is not on the list.

Sadly, Malaysia and Singapore are not in the list and there is no mention on when Apple will bring the Apple Watch to countries outside of this list.

As for pricing, Apple will adopt different prices for the two sizes. With the exception of the Apple Watch Edition, the 42mm model will cost US$50 more than the 38mm model. Additionally, the choice of strap will also affect the price. The most affordable model will be the Apple Sport Watch, which has an aluminum case and elastomer sports band. The smaller 38mm Apple Watch Sport will cost US$349, whereas the larger 42mm model will cost US$399.

The Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case, will be available in a variety of different straps – sports band, leather, steel bracelet and milanese loop. Prices of the 38mm model will begin at US$549 and can increase up to US$1,049, depending on your choice of strap. The 42mm model will be priced between US$599 andUS$1,099. The priciest models are the ones with a black DLC stainless steel case and steel bracelet.

We are not kidding, the Apple Watch Edition can cost as much as US$17,000.

Finally, prices of the Apple Watch Edition, which Tim Cook has called the most beautiful expression of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Edition has an 18k solid gold case and prices will begin at US$10,000 and will top out at a staggering US$17,000. This not only makes it Apple’s priciest ever product, the Apple Watch Edition is also now amongst the most expensive digital watches in the entire watch market. Again, the final price is dependent on your choice of strap. The Apple Watch Edition will only be sold at select retailers and is available only in limited quantities.

Nuisance calls are the bane of the modern age. If you’re not being rung up by a teenager in a call centre about signing up a credit card, apply for personal or some promotion call. They’re enough to turn the advantages of a mobile phone – easy communications, wherever and whenever – into a curse. Fortunately you can block specific callers, enabling you to avoid them safely without having to cut yourself off from the people you want to talk to.

  

This features has been waiting long by the iPhone user since their previous version of iOS, finally this features delivered together with the latest iPhone OS, iOS 7. The following are the step how to block any unwanted incoming call to your device.

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1. If you are on iOS7, you can block the number from your settings.

 

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2. Open your call log. From the Phone icon, select “Recents” at the bottom. The call log is called “Recents.”

 

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3. Find the number you want to block. You may need to scroll up or down to find it.

 

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Touch on the “i” next to the phone number, and select “Block This Contact” towards the bottom of the screen.

This will block the number from contacting you on calls, texts, Facetime, anything. You won’t even know they called.

 

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5. It works the same way in your message log and Facetime log, should you want to block from there.

 

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6. You can also view your blocked list from the settings icon.

After launching your settings, you can choose Phone, Messages or Facetime. You can then view your block list from there, and either add or remove numbers.

Alternatively, if you have your iOS device jailbroken, you may looking for alternative apps from Cydia than using the default features in the phone to block the unwanted incoming call using the apps such as:

  • Call Bliss
  • Call Blocker
  • iBlacklist

Most of the apps from Cydia provide more features than iOS default blocked call features. You can try it out and share with us.

  

  

  

PayPal is allegedly set to gain a role in the Apple’s mobile payments service, online media outlet recode.net reports.

 

According to the source, eBay-owned PayPal has been pitching Apple on helping Apple bring its payments initiative to fruition.

 

PayPal is essentially willing to white-label parts of its payment service to be used in an Apple mobile payments system — anything from fraud detection to back-end infrastructure, even possibly down to the processing of payments.

 

Source: The Payper

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Apple has confirmed that its developer center website was hacked. Its developer center website was down for the past couple of days and earlier, a notice said that it was undergoing maintenance. However, the extended downtime led many to suspect that there had been some sort of a security breach, and this was confirmed by Apple earlier.

“The website that was breached is not associated with any customer information,” Neumayr said. “Additionally, customer information is securely encrypted.”

Although, Apple said that the website affected was not associated with any sensitive customer information, it did not rule out the possibility that developers’ names, mailing addresses and email addresses could have been compromised.

To prevent such an occurrence from happening again, Apple is overhauling its developer systems, updating its server software and rebuilding its entire database.

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A new iPad 5 photo leak out again. An article publish at Digitimes saying that Volume production of the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad will kick off in July-August 2013, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Yield rates for key components, especially touch panels, will be a major concern for smooth production.

The new iPad’s display is expected to be supplied by LG Display and Sharp, while the touch panel assembly will be conducted by TPK and the ITO thin film supplied by Nitto Denko and Teijin, the sources added.

Obtined by 9to5Mac from a accessories maker in China, the photo above showing the rear-panel of Apple next generation 9.7-inch iPad with a similar look and feel to Apple’s recently released iPad mini. The panel is all black, with an iridescent black apple in its center, and looks to be almost as thin as its pint-sized counterpart.


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PhoneClean

Not enough free space on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch? Do you know that there are many useless junk files in your iOS devices that can be safely delete and free up more space?

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What is PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is a free software for Windows and Mac made to Free Up Space on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. PhoneClean is uniquely designed to reclaim more free space on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and make all iOS devices running fast. This free-yet-magic tool will safely find and remove all kinds of iOS system junk files to cleanup and speedup your idevices, even no jailbreak is required.

PhoneClean able to clean up:

  • temp and junk files
  • cache and off-line files
  • cookie and script files
  • sync-failed media files

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How to use PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is very easy to use. Simply connect your iPhone to your computer and run PhoneClean to scan. It took just a few minutes to scan my almost full 32GB iPhone 4S.

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PhoneClean scanning page

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PhoneClean scan complete

After scanning completed, PhoneClean list out the number of files and total size. Clicking the arrow button in Detail column, you can check further information and select items to be included/excluded in clean up.

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PhoneClean scan details

PhoneClean had successfully free up 2.56 GB space on my iPhone! Mostly are app cache files. I don’t notice any app error after the clean up.

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Click here to download PhoneClean

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Apple-Waze

It’s no secret that Apple messed up big time with their own Maps app. Recently and most seriously, their app was found to have led Australian drivers into the wilderness. As a result, Australian police have warned drivers against using Apple Maps for navigation purpose. Left with no choice, Apple publicly apologized for the quality of the app and vowed to do better.

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For some time now, Apple has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Foursquare. However, the problem with Foursquare is that it sees limited use outside of the U.S. Furthermore, there’s not much to be gained with Foursquare. What good are “check-in” locations?

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With that in mind, perhaps it is not surprising that Apple is turning to Israeli developers Waze and their social GPS app. Waze has been steadily gaining popularity throughout the world thanks to its unique functionality and blend of traditional GPS mapping and social media elements. And because Waze’s maps are built based on drivers’ locations, it is far more useful than just “check-ins”. It is also the exact kind of data that Apple needs to refine its app.

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According to rumors, Apple is presently offering Waze US$400 million and a further US$100 million in incentives. Waze, however, is holding out for US$750 million.

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With all eyes set on the December 14 arrival of the iPhone 5, Apple Malaysia has quietly updated the official online store, allowing consumers to purchase the new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad in time for the year-end holiday.


Like the iPhone 5, the iPad mini (reviewed here) is available in either Black & Slate or Silver & White, starting at RM999 for 16GB model, RM1,299 for the 32GB model and RM1,599 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + Cellular variant, on the other hand, starts at RM1,399 for the 16GB model, RM1,699 for the 32GB model and RM1,999 for the 64GB model. At present, both variants are expected to ship in two weeks upon order confirmation.


Arriving less than a year after the ‘new iPad’, the fourth-generation iPad – known simply as iPad with Retina display – introduces the powerful new A6X chip and the all-new Lightning connector. The Wi-Fi model is available at RM1,499 for the 16GB model, RM1,799 for the 32GB model and RM2,099 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + Cellular variant is offered at RM1,899, RM2,199 and RM2,499 respectively.

 

Full pricing as follows:

iPad mini
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599

16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999

iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4)
16GB WiFi – RM1,499
32GB WiFi – RM1,799
64GB WiFi – RM2,099

16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,899
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,199
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,499

Vimeo has launched an update to its iPhone app, and this is much more than just an update. In fact, you could say that the Vimeo iPhone app has been re-imagined from top to bottom, creating what amounts to a brand new app. If you’ve found previous versions of Vimeo confusing and cluttered, the new version has finally gone for the traditional tabbed interface we’ve come to know and love, thus creating a browsing experience that should be much more intuitive.

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Aside from interface, the new app can still do everything the old Vimeo could – you can shoot videos or upload videos from your camera reel, browse other videos, comment, like, etc. The new app adds better sharing integration, with easy sharing on Facebook, Twitter, email, iMessage, or via a link. You can also set automatic sharing for every video you upload, and continue watching other videos while your video is uploading.

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The new tabbed interface includes the new Feed option, the Explore tab, and your Watch Later queue, which you can also manage as you wish. While the new version of the app claims to be available for both iPhone and iPad, the new interface is notably missing from the iPad, which, upon downloading the new app, still features the old, somewhat cluttered Vimeo interface.

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You can download the new Vimeo for iPhone from the App Store. Please do share you thinking after the use.