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Apple has just pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPods. It’s the second iOS 11 update in two weeks, and it fixes a problem that was found with calls made using the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.


Both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus owners reported issues of crackling noise when making calls using cellular networks. This update is meant to fix that, as well as two other issues – ‘an issue that could cause some photos to be hidden’ and ‘an issue where attachments is S/MIME encrypted emails would not open,’ according to the release notes.


Last week’s iOS 11.0.1 update fixed an Exchange email server problem, but neither was there any mention of a fix for the battery performance issue that users have reported with devices running iOS 11.




Apple just released its quarterly earnings report and it is safe to say that the company has had a stellar second quarter of 2017.


Some key figures: US$45.4 billion in revenue, US$8.7 billion in profit, 41 million iPhones sold, and 4.29 million Macs sold.


However, one of the most important figures is that sales of iPads returned to growth year-over-year for the first time since 2013.


Apple sold 11.92 million iPads in the last quarter, and this compares favorably to the 8.92 million units sold in the previous quarter. It is also substantially more than the 9.95 million units sold in the same quarter last year.


These numbers far exceeded analysts predictions. Most of them believed that sales of iPads would continue to fall.


Apple released the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in July, and also introduced a new iPad in March. It seems like these new products are a hit amongst users.

Rumors of a more affordable 9.7-inch iPad model are true after all! Apple just unveiled a new 9.7-inch tablet, simply named the iPad which replaces the iPad Air 2. 

The new iPad comes with a brighter Retina Display and is powered by an A9 chipset. In comparison, the retired iPad Air 2 model has a dimmer display and runs on an A8X chipset. Unlike the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iPad is only available in three colors (Silver, Space Grey and Gold).

It will come in two storage options (32GB and 128GB) for Wi-Fi-only and cellular models. Availability remains to be announced. Here’s the pricing of the new iPad:

  • 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi)- RM1,549 
  • 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) – RM2,199 
  • 128GB iPad (Wi-Fi) – RM1,999
  • 128GB iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular)  – RM2,649


The iPad mini 4 is now only available in one storage option (128GB). The Wi-Fi model is priced at RM2,099 while the Wi-Gi + Cellular model is priced at RM2,599.

The iPad mini 2 is no longer available for purchase.

The iPad lineup now consists of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad and the iPad mini 4. As for the rumored bezel-less iPads, 7.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, we’ll just have to wait a little longer.


Nine things to do with the new iOS 9

By on September 21, 2015

iOS 9 lands today, and it’s available for most of Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Unlike last year’s iOS 8, which weighed over 4.5GB, iOS 9 is a slimmer update at 1.3GB, which means it’ll be a faster download than last year. Here’s a quick list of which iPhones, iPads and iPod touches can update to iOS 9 (not every device gets every new feature though, for example, Split View only works with the iPad Air 2):

Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple


Why update and what can you expect?

iOS 7 introduced a brand new look to iOS, doing away with the fake leather and replacing everything with a flat, digital look. iOS 8 increased iOS functionality with features like Share sheets. iOS 9 promises to refine iOS, with a focus on four things:

  • Foundation: Improving performance, battery life and security
  • Intelligence: Improving Siri, search and “proactive suggestions”
  • Apps: Improving the most-used apps
  • iPad: New multitasking features come to the iPad

Even if the new features listed below don’t entice you, there are still two key reasons to update to iOS 9.

The first is battery life; iOS has been tweaked under the hood to be more efficient, resulting in longer battery life for your iPhone. And if you do hit that dreaded 20 percent low battery, you’ll be asked if you want to enter a new Low Power Mode, which extends battery life even further by dropping screen brightness and disabling some background tasks.

The second is performance; once again, thanks to changes under the hood, iOS 9 will run faster and smoother than iOS 8.


Nine new features to try out on iOS 9

So you’ve already upgraded to iOS 9 — what’s next? Here are some new features for you to try out.

1. Try the new Search screen

Before iOS 7, you could swipe to the left of the first Home screen to bring up the Search screen. iOS 7 and 8 don’t have this screen, instead you can swipe down from any Home screen to bring up search.

iOS 9 brings the Search screen back, in a big way. Now, instead of having just a search tool, the screen fills up with ‘Siri Suggestions.’ Siri Suggestions fills up with contacts, apps and more, which Siri thinks you’ll likely want now, based on what you’ve done before. For example, if you always check Facebook first thing when you wake up, the Facebook app will show up on the Search screen first thing in the morning. If you always call your girlfriend in the evening, you’ll see her contact appear there once the time comes.

2. Try doing a new Search

Talking about searches, they’ve been vastly expanded on in iOS 9. You can do simple maths inside Search, find contacts and quickly call or message them.

Because Siri now powers Search, you can type in natural language, in the same way you’d ask Siri your questions, except that she (it?) won’t have to try to interpret our various local accents. Try typing in questions like; “What’s the weather today?” or “What is zero divided by zero?” You can even search within apps, but that feature requires apps to support it to work. For example, you could search for ‘chocolate cake recipe,’ and the link to the chocolate cake recipe within the app appears.

3. Try searching for photos

Siri has gotten smarter in iOS 9, you can even search through your photos and videos using Apple’s virtual assistant. Try asking Siri for photos you took based on dates, places and album titles; for example; “Show me photos from Japan last year,” or “Photos I took last week.”

4. Try getting reminders from Siri

You can also get reminders of things you’re looking at inside apps like Safari, Mail and Notes. If you’re looking at an interesting article on Safari, for example, and want to get back to reading it later in the day, you can tell Siri to “remind me about this tonight.”

5. Try getting proactive

With iOS 9, Siri gets more “proactive.” Ironically, this is not a feature you can proactively go try out. Instead, based on the apps you commonly use and when you use them, Siri will give you suggestions for what you might want to do next when you use your iPhone. If you always listen to music on the way home, for example, Siri might suggest your Music app when you plug in your earphones in the evening.

6. Try the new Notes

Apple says that Notes is used by more than half of iOS users, so it’s getting a lot of love in iOS 9. Instead of a simple note-taking app, you can now format your text, add photos, maps or URLs, sketch with your finger, create to-do-lists and sync your notes using iCloud.

Notes has certainly come a long way from its Comic Sans days.

7. iPad: Try sliding over another app

Slide Over for the iPad is a new feature that lets you briefly access a second app, while the first fades into the background. To try it, just swipe in from the right side of the screen, and the Slide Over sidebar will appear. If you want to switch the Slide Over app, swipe down from the sidebar. Slide Over works on the iPad Air and Air 2, the iPad mini 2, 3 and 4.

8. iPad: Try playing videos picture-in-picture (PiP)

Picture-in-picture (PiP) lets you play videos on top of apps in a floating window. When you’re watching a video, tap the new PiP button on the video controller. The video will float in a new ‘window,’ and you can drag it around as well as resize it. PiP works on the iPad Air and Air 2, iPad mini 2, 3 and 4.

9. iPad: Try splitting the view

While Slide Over moves the main app into the background, Split View is real multitasking. Perhaps because of the additional horsepower needed, Split View is only available on the iPad Air 2. To get into Split View, you start the same way with Slide Over: swipe your finger in from the right side of the screen. Tap the divider, and that turns Slide Over into Split View. You can then drag to adjust the width of the app, or swipe downward to change the second app.


One more thing

Apple introduced Extensibility in iOS 8, which opened up all sorts of possibilities. Instead of operating in silos, apps could now do things in each other’s screen; you can send a photo from the Photos app over to someone via WhatsApp, or save a webpage in Safari to Evernote.

iOS 9 introduces a new kind of extension for content blocking; which is a fancy way of saying that you’re going to get ad blockers for mobile Safari.

If you already use add-ons for the desktop like AdBlock or Ghostery, then you know how these content blocking extensions work; they block annoying ads from showing up and stop resource-consuming scripts from being downloaded. The premise is that with content blocking extensions, you’ll be able to surf faster on iOS 9, with less ads, using less data. Sounds like a big win — all except for the sites which rely on advertising to pay the bills.

If you want to try using the content blocking extensions, you’ll have to download content blocking apps which will help you to that. Content blocking is not a function built into Safari, it’s an additional feature Apple built for developers to work with. Stay tuned for the content blocking apps that are bound to be coming.


New stuff that we won’t get to try

Together with the nifty new features in iOS 9 come stuff that we won’t be able to try yet.


Passbook started life as a way to bring your boarding passes, coupons, etc. into a single digital app. With iOS 9, Passbook has been renamed to Wallet, and gets the ability to add store and loyalty cards. Stores supporting Wallet at launch are Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks, Walgreens Balance Rewards, MyPanera, Kohl’s Yes2You Reward … plus many other stores that aren’t locally in Malaysia.

I don’t know about your Passbook/Wallet, but it doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction here. Let us know if your experience is different, otherwise we can just about skip Wallet.

Transit (Maps)

Apple has updated its Maps app with directions for public transportation — none for us unfortunately. Transit will be available in cities like London, New York, Berlin, Mexico and Washington, DC, as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. If you’re in those areas, or going to them, then you can give the new Maps’ public transportation directions a try. In the meantime, there’s always Google Maps for the rest of us.


If you actually used the Newsstand app, I have bad news for you — it’s been retired in iOS 9, and replaced with a new News app. The premise is exciting, it collects articles from the internet, and keeps you up to date with news that you’re interested. The bad news about News is that it’s only available in the US, the UK and Australia at launch. Oh well, there’s always Flipboard.


Apple iOS users do not need to envy their Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean counterparts anymore as Google Now is available on the iPad and iPhone. All you need to do is to head to App Store and update the Google Search app.

Instead of swiping up or long-pressing a button on Android devices, Google Now can be accessed on the iOS device by opening the Google Search app and swiping up to reveal the cards. As expected, the types of Google Now cards available on iOS are lesser than Android. 22 of the 29 cards available on Android will be making their way to iOS, some of which are:

  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Flight Status
  • Sports
  • Calendar
  • Translate
  • Currency Conversion
  • Time at Home

Another limitation of Google Now on iOS is its inability to do the extent of background sync that it can do on Android. It will support iOS background location feature so that the time taken to pin-point your location upon opening the Search app will be minimized. High priority Google Now alerts will not be integrated with iOS’s notification system.



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PhoneClean application start up page


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?

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

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.

PhoneClean scanning page

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.

PhoneClean scan complete summary page

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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.

Click here to download PhoneClean

Video Tutorial

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.

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.

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.

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

The Apple iPhone 5 come into real at 12 Sept 2012

12 Sept 2012 is another big day for Apple fans where Apple has confirmed that the iPhone maker will unveil the next-generation iPhone in wednesday and for sure the next genration iPhone will run on the lastest iOS which is iOS6.

Another rumours highlight product for the event is iPad mini.

Malaysia first Taxi Booking apps – MyTeksi

Malaysia taxi booking apps for iOS and Android – MyTeksi was officially launhed in Apple Apps Store and also Android Market. MyTeksi allowing Malaysians to book for a taxi via this application and SMS.

Taxi driver showing the MyTeksi Apps

The MyTeksi mobile app works on iOS(Apple iPhones/iPads) and Android devices. The application can be downloaded for free. Below are the steps of using the mobile app:

  1. You need to sign up for the MyTeksi account in order to receive information on future updates and promotions.
  2. The app auto-detects your location (you’ll need to enable Location Services).
  3. Alternatively, drag the map and position the blue pin on your exact pick-up location. You can also manually type in the address in the Address bar at the bottom.
  4. Repeat the procedure for destination. You can drag the map and position the green pin on your drop-off point, or search for your destination by tapping on the Address bar.
  5. You can also search for your desired drop-off location by clicking on the address bar at the bottom and manually searching the address.
  6. Key in any remarks/requests/tips and tap “Book Now”.
  7. Confirm your booking.
  8. Your taxi booking will be confirmed within 3 minutes.
  9. You’ll then receive details about your confirmed taxi booking.

For bookings via SMS, just send an SMS to 36881 with the following information (standard SMS charges apply):

TEKSI<space>Pick-up Address<space>#Drop-off Address<space>#Remarks

Example: Teksi Jaya33 PJ #Mid Valley #Waiting at lobby


Passengers using the MyTeksi iOS and Android app will enjoy a RM2 waiver on their standard taxi booking fee until 30 June 2012. The fee is paid directly to the Taxi driver. There are about 120 Taxis currently available in the Klang Valley, and can be booked 24-7, 365 days.


MyTeksi Mobile Taxi Hailing service is powered by Maxis’ Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and leverages on Maxis 3G and 2G network in Malaysia. According to the company, major taxi companies, associations, and cooperatives, besides Comfort Taxi are already in the process of testing the MyTeksi solution.


Click here to visit MyTeksi official web site

Click here to download iOS apps

Click here to download Andriod apps


Click on the confirmation to confirm deautorize computer in your iTune account

After deautorize the computer in Apple ID, the deautorize button will be disappear and available again after 1 year

In order to play music, videos, and other content downloaded from the iTunes Store, each computer you want to play the content on needs to be authorized with your iTunes account.

Each iTunes account can authorize up to 5 computers. In most cases, this isn’t a problem; few of us have more than 5 computers that we use. However, those 5 authorizations can get used up quickly if we sell a computer and forget to deauthorize it or if a computer dies before we can deauthorize it.

In that situation, you’re not stuck with one of your authorizations being used on a non-functional computer. Your iTunes account provides a way to deauthorize iTunes on old or dead computers.

  1. Opening the iTunes program and going to the iTunes Store via the iTunes Store menu item in the left-hand tray.
  2. Once you’re at the iTunes Store, click on the Sign In button at the top right corner (if you’re not signed in) or on your account name in the same location (if you’re already signed in).
  3. This will bring you to your iTunes account. In the top box, you’ll see a section labelled Computer Authorizations towards the bottom. Next to it is a button that reads Deauthorize All. Click it.
  4. A window will pop up asking you to confirm that this is what you want to do. Continue.
  5. In just a few seconds, all 5 computers on your account will be deauthorized.
  6. Now, re-authorize just the computers that you still use and you’ll be all set.
Other Useful Notes About iTunes Deauthorization

  1. It’s important to note that the Deauthorize All option is only available when you’ve used all 5 authorizations for your account and can only be used once every 12 months.
  2. If you no longer have access to a computer using one or your authorizations, or that computer no longer works, it can be pretty difficult to remove that authorization. In that case, it may be better to use friends’ computers to reach the 5 authorization limit and then follow the Deauthorize All steps above.
  3. If you plan to give away or sell a computer, or install a new hard drive or reformat the existing one, deauthorize the computer first. Otherwise, the computer may end up taking up one or more of your 5 authorizations when it shouldn’t.