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The UK-based mobile-only Starling Bank has announced the integration of Apple Pay for its customers.

 

The bank thus becomes the first bank in the UK to offer ‘in-app provisioning’, meaning that new customers will be able to load their card into their digital wallet with a single tap.

 

When using a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are stored on a unique Device Account Number, encrypted and stored in the Secure Element on the devices. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time security code.

 

Online shopping in apps and on websites accepting the payment solution no longer requires the need to manually fill out account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services on the go in apps or Safari, the solution works with iPhone 6 and later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later. One can also use the payment solution in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch, or with Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro

 

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Apple is known to use different components with comparable performance for its devices as a means to diversify its supply chain. Last year, Chipworks discovered that there were two different sized A9 chipsets in the iPhone 6s with the TSMC-made chipset performing better. With the iPhone 7, Apple is once again revealed to be using two different suppliers for the modems.

Phone testing firm Cellular Insights revealed that there are two different modems found in the iPhone 7 models; one uses the Qualcomm modem while the other is using the Intel modem. The firm ran a series of tests to determine which modem would deliver better performance.

Across the board, the iPhone 7 with the Qualcomm modem had stronger connections to the mobile network and outperformed its Intel counterpart by 30 percent. If placed under real world usage conditions, this could mean faster download speeds and stronger connections in more places.

So how do you know if your iPhone 7 model has the Qualcomm or Intel modem? There are two ways to find out. Only iPhone 7 models sold in the U.S, China and Japan come with the Qualcomm modems. iPhone 7 units with model numbers A1778 and A1784 have the Intel modems. You can check for these model numbers on the back of your iPhone 7.

At the time of publication, Apple, Intel and Qualcomm declined to comment on the findings.

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):

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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.

Wallet

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.

News

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.

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The latest scandal surrounding WeChat in China concerns one of the app’s defining features: ‘People Nearby’. Tapping this function returns a list of other users within vicinity. This flirty and oftentimes creepy feature is being used by prostitutes to find and turn tricks, according to CCTV, China’s state broadcaster.

WeChat Near By

Sexual solicitation on Chinese social networks isn’t anything new, but what really enraged audiences in this report was a survey among of school students that revealed they had come across the prostitutes’ accounts when encountering nearby people within WeChat. CCTV reporters in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou all conducted surveys and confirmed the trend.

wechat people nearbyFurther adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the journalists claimed to have reported six of the accounts in question to Tencent, but they were still active as of press time.

CCTV reports Tencent knows this is happening but is unable to solve the problem. Critics are calling for real-name registration, stricter government monitoring of accounts, and the option to install People Nearby as a separate plug-in.

WeChat isn’t the only app being used by sex workers in China. In fact, ‘potential clients’ are probably more likely to find what they’re looking for on Momo. The Chinese find-and-flirt app’s main function does the same thing as People Nearby on WeChat, and it lets users set up public dating profiles. A leaked video from earlier this year shows Chinese prostitutes actually taking classes on how to use both WeChat and Momo to lure in customers. Momo just announced it reached 50 million users and is starting to monetize. While many users just want to flirt, find a date, or hook up, prostitutes are commonplace on the app.

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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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.

In April this year, Google announce their Google Cloud storage solution which integrate with Google Docs and now add the value to their Google drive with the new launching of Google Drive native application for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) but it only support iOS 5 and above.

 

The iOS native apps only allow you to view your document  or file online or offline in the Google drive but not to edit it as what Chrome OS or Andriod able to do. You may also share and syn your

 

Google also showed the attendees at the event a few other enhancements for Google Drive one of which is the ability to search within pictures. The demonstration was done by simply typing “Pyramid” into the search box, and an image of a pyramid appears — even though the file name was IMG_9824.jpg. For users who are anxious to try out the new features, Google Drive has already been updated.

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The following are some features of Google Drive iOS native apps:

  • Quickly and easily access and view your documents, photos and videos anywhere
  • Make files available offline so you can view them even when you don’t have Internet connection
  • Easily share files with collaborators on the go
  • Sync files across your desktop and all your devices
  • Open files from Drive with other apps installed on your device
  • Star your most important files to easily find them later

Download the iOS Google Drive native apps today to try it out the cool features