Hey check this out guys! Our neighbors, Singapore, the country infamous for fining residents that are caught sticking their chewing gum in public places, will begin issuing iPads to its army, air force, and navy recruits in November. Considering all able-bodied male citizens are required to serve for two years, a large portion of the city-state’s population could eventually be using the Apple tablet.
Troops will use the iPads to upload stills and video to the military’s online education platform, and will also use custom-build apps, currently being developed by “military contractors” (app devs). Only about 8,000 iPad 2s will be distributed in the first round this fall, but Singapore’s defense ministry plans to hand out more tablets next year — to be timed with the release of a Singapore-themed Angry Birds, we assume.
When you’re bored camping with your sniper gorilla style, fear not, as you’ve got Angry Bird! Well, actually Singapore is more prone to flood than an all-out war anyway, so no harm to get some iPads for the jobless new recruits to play Cut-the-Rope!
Finally, after waiting for what seems like ages, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be arriving to Malaysia very soon thanks to Maxis. You can now pre-book your PlayBook from Maxis and be one of the first to get your hand on this much anticipated tablet device from BlackBerry when it’s launched on 16 July 2011 at KL Convention Centre.
But of course, before you dedicate yourself into booking one unit for yourself, you’re going to need to know one thing, the price. Maxis also announced its PlayBook packages with a starting price of RM990 (24months package with 3GB data plan) for existing Maxis Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) users.
Visit Maxis for a more detailed pricing and other offers that come with the BlackBerry Playbook, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the launch happening on:
Many ifags may be waiting for the arrival of the iOS 5, but for Windows Phone 7 user out there, they’re twiddling their thumbs with baited breath for the upcoming update codenamed Mango to appear magically by the hand of almighty Microsoft. For the truly devoted, they are spending time within test builds trying to weed out every single feature they can possibly find to make us even antsier with anticipation.
In a newly discovered video, a new feature is demoed in the form of improved HTML 5 support whereby in browser streaming audio will be available even when out of browser (great for you hypemachine users!). Also discovered were Xbox Live Voice chat, parties, multiplayer gaming as well as tighter integration with the Xbox 360 for pushing content to your TV.
As the iPhone 5 speculations reach fever pitch, it’s now been predicted that Apple may actually release not 1 but 2 models of the iPhone this fall. However, this is not the first time such rumour surfaced on the Internet thought, as the rumour appeared earlier this year but was shot down by Apple itself.
The first being an iPhone 4S of sorts, which is positioned to be a mid-range phone in terms of price (rumoured to be US$349) and coming unlocked as well. The 4S may also come with a prepaid plan in the US, which may just entice more people to jump on the Apple bandwagon. Of course, the other one is the iPhone 5 which is what everyone is expecting, one that comes with the dual-core and all the bells and whistles.
Mogan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty claims that Apple will begin production of their iPhone 5 come August and probably go on sale in September, which is consistent with earlier leaks.
Have you played online games? How about spending real moneys on virtual items of the online games? Sound pathetic? Well plenty nerds already did just that. Spending real hard earned money on Facebook games could be fun, especially if it helps you soar to the top of your friend’s list or when you get limited edition items that cannot be purchased using the in-game credits that does not require real money, but are you really willing to pay real cash to get virtual goods that won’t benefit you in any way?
Well, you don’t have to always buy Facebook credits to get digital goods from the over 600 games on Facebook, thanks to U Mobile’s recent collaboration with Facebook and MOL AccessPortal Sdn. Bhd., you can now earn Facebook Credits every time you reload your U Mobile prepaid mobile. Read more…
While iOS 5 may bring about MANY welcome changes to the Apple handheld experience, it looks like Apple may have just rained a monsoon on the jailbreaking community’s parade. With the new iteration of iOS, Apple have axed the ability to save SHSH blobs, which is what allows users to downgrade to previous iOS firmware through iTunes. Heck, even the iPad 2 doesn’t have an untethered jailbreak at this moment.
What this means is that if you are looking to downgrading your OS, you’ll be limited to pre iOS5 firmware. This is not just a problem for potential jailbreakers. Users will have no way to downgrade to a lower iOS5 version which works better than a (God-forbid) buggy update.
All is not lost though if you are bent on Jailbreaking your device, Dev Team will probably have a tethered jailbreak solution available. Let’s just hope that tethered solutions are not the future for iOS jailbreaking. Let’s see how this interesting turn of events pans out, can Dev Team pull out their ace in the hole?
Of course, over here we’re no videographer, and we already look so professional by simply fiddling around Photoshop resizing photos and adding some effects. Simple program like iMovie don’t even fits my needs and I only know how to make videos using the iPhone with 720p, and that’s all. But for those of you whose livelihood depends on your video editing software and making wedding videos or commercial ad videos using your 5Dmk2 or even your RED EPIC camera, iMovie just isn’t going to cut it.
When Apple announced that Final Cut Pro X would be available in the app store for a meagre US$299, a huge chunk of the community welcomed the price reduction with open arms. People who took the plunge soon learnt that “you get what you pay for”, and also some added “Apple style”.
It turns out that FCPX did not make the cut, falling way below the expectations of professional video editors, with lots of (you would think) key features left out. It even turns out to be incompatible with legacy formats. With the uproar reaching feverpitch, Apple has finally bit the bullet and is quiet issuing refunds to pros who absolutely can’t fit FCPX into their workflows and who have made a prerequisite amount of noise.
I’m sure it’s not all bad, after all Apple does have quite a following for their FCP series of tools, but we’d like to know from you guys, who’s paid for FCPX and are you happy with it or will you be shouting for a refund? Or probably just STFU and bear with it…