Is this the iPhone 5 for real? – Applebun.com
How to use your iPhone as Octopus card for Hong kong MTR – Applebun.com
So this was Apples “purple” prototype – Engadget.com
Top 1 Secret features of Mountain Lion – Lifehacker.com
5 Best Smartphone Running Apps – Lifehacker.com
Leaked iPhone 5 Pictures - lilab.cc
Top 15 Startups in Asia – Techinasia.com
Here we go again, another page claims to have gotten their hands on the exclusive leaked pictures of the new iPhone 5. This time completely done, front and back, head to toe. What lets me think this one might actually be the real deal is the close design to all other leaks we saw before and the picture quality of this one. But check it out yourself.
The technology blog ilab published multiple other images and details for the tech spec that you can find on their blog directly (link here)
What a week, Mountain Lion arrived finally to the App Store, quarterly results of Apple disappointed Investors and Public, Samsung is catching up rapidly fast on the mobile phone front, supposedly iPhone 5 front AND back panel leaked!
Apple vs Samsung – What you need to know! - MacWorld.com
Whats the coolest hidden feature you found in Mountain Lion? – CultofMac.com
Here are the Top 25 most frequently occuring words in Android and iOs App Titles – CultofAndroid.com
Is Apple Buying Twitter? – Cnet
Apple’s New TV Adds just in time for the Olympic Games – MicGadget.com
Apple’s rivals swoop into China as iPhone 5 learns Mandarin - Digitialone.com.sg
Yesterday we saw the release of long anticipated Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and while the whole world lightens up about features such as “Reminders”, “Notes” or these here, the whole of Asia got some little nice little features that will make the daily life of the Asian Mac User a lot more easier, here is the list of new features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, only for China!
All 15 New Features for China / Hong Kong / Singapore
Improved text input
Typing Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese is easier, faster, and more accurate than ever. As you type, Mountain Lion offers more up-to-date and relevant candidates for words and phrases.
Dynamic word lists
Mountain Lion draws word and phrase suggestions from lists of words that update dynamically without the need for an OS X update.
Fuzzy Pinyin input
Mountain Lion adds support for Fuzzy Pinyin, which makes text input easier for users who type Pinyin with regional pronunciations.
When you mistype a word, Mountain Lion offers a likely candidate for the word you meant to type.
Better handwriting recognition
Mountain Lion supports almost 30,000 Chinese characters. Handwriting recognition complies with the GB-18030 standard for character support.
Mix Chinese and English
You can now type English words in a Pinyin sentence without switching keyboards.
User dictionary in iCloud
When you add words to your user dictionary in the Pinyin input method, iCloud makes them available on all your devices.2
Emoji and facemarks
You can now easily add emoji and facemarks to a Pinyin sentence without switching keyboards.
The Standard Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese is now available in the Dictionary app for those using Simplified Chinese.
Lookup in Mountain Lion supports Simplified Chinese. Place your cursor over the word and tap with three fingers on the trackpad to see the definition. If you use a mouse, Control-click the word and choose Look Up from the contextual menu.
Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese microblogging service, is built into the Share menu. Sign in once and it’s set up. You can share links and photos to Sina directly from Safari, Preview, Photo Booth, and Quick Look. And it works with Notification Center, so you get a notification whenever someone mentions you in a post or sends you a direct message.
Youku and Tudou video upload
Easily share videos on popular Chinese video-sharing websites Youku and Tudou. When you preview a video file in QuickTime Player or Quick Look, you can post it directly to Youku or Tudou with the Share button — without switching to another app. With single sign-on, log in once and start posting videos.
Baidu search in Safari
Baidu, the leading Chinese search provider, is a built-in option for searching in Safari.
Easy setup for popular mail clients
Mountain Lion makes it easy to set up Mail with the popular services QQ Mail, 126, and 163.
Mountain Lion includes eight new fonts, from modern to classical, for Chinese users.
If you have purchased your Macbook Pro or Air between June 11th and July 25th 2012, you qualify for the FREE upgrade program from Apple to switch from OS X 10.7 Lion to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (wohoo!!). Here is how!
Register Now – Don’t miss the deadline
… which is August 24th, 2012. So, here the details again, you only qualify for the Free Upgrade Program, if you bought your Macbook between June 11th and July 25th 2012. If that’s the case, proceed:
You purchased the Mac to upgrade in Hong Kong -> Click Here
You purchased the Mac to Upgrade in Singapore -> Click Here
Step by Step – Fill out the Form
1. Form – “Enter Your Purchase Details”
Date of Purchase – you should find this online in your Apple Account or on the receipt you got in the store / via email
Right to Copy – ignore (leave empty)
Place of Purchase – select if you bought online or in the retail store
Tick the “I accept…” field and click “Continue”
2. Form - “Enter Your details”
Enter your Name and Email contact and then your Address, i would recommend to put in the same data as you used for your purchase
3. Form – Enter Your Serial Number(s)
Number of systems – Choose how many new Macs you bought and want to upgrade for free
Then Enter the Serial Numbers
4. Form – Finished
Keep the reference Number (!!) you will receive here and now wait for Apple to send you the Code for your free download, this can take up to 5 days!
Now that Apple has finally released their latest update to the very popular Mac OS X system, called “Mountain Lion”, we can present you what we found to be the most amazing 5 new features they build into it, enjoy and make sure to grab the latest version today!
1. Direct Facebook Integration
How can you NOT love this feature? Apple has integrated seamless Facebook sharing into Safari and the new OS Mountain Lion in general, which will allow you to directly share and post into Facebook without having to open your browser or log into Facebook (you only have to log in within the OS once and done). Update your status, upload photos, all without a hustle now!
2. iMessage to take on Whatsapp
iMessage is Apple’s weapon to fight the steadily growing Whatsapp communication app, now you can directly send messages from your Mac to any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Messages appear on your Mac and any device you use, which means you can say hi from your Mac and keep chatting on your iPhone or iPad, no matter where you are. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. You’ll see when your message has been delivered and when someone’s typing a reply.
3. Reminders to your rescue
Reminders is a neat new little app that will serve you as your personal assistant going forward, setup your reminders and to do lists and get notifications to remind you. You can even attach locations to certain tasks and you will get an alarm from your iPhone or iPad whenever you reach that destination or are close by!
4. Notes in Sync – Finally!
Previously you were only able to read and sync your notes between iPad, iPhone and Mac through the integrated Mail application, why? No one knows! But obviously this was a remarkable flaw that now has been fixed by the guys in Cupertino! Now you can add, delete, and flip through your notes or do a quick search. Use the Share button to send your notes with Mail or Messages. Pin important notes to your desktop so they’re easy to get to.
5. Notification Center – Now on your Mac
Another feature that was nicely implemented in the iOS devices long ago but somehow never made it onto the Mac line, until today! Notifications always appear in the same spot on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t clutter up your screen. Whenever you want to see all your notifications in one place, just swipe to the left from the right edge of the trackpad.
Apple’s quarterly finance call has just ended and left us surprised about declining iPhone sales numbers, there was a bit of very good news revealed as well:
“We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.“We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”
As previously announced OS X Mountain Lion will be priced at 19.99 US$ (155 HK$ / 25SG$) which makes it a steal considering the new included features!
And for everyone having bought one of the latest lineup MacBooks, it will be free and available direct from your “Software Upgrade” menu!
Could this be finally the big week we have been waiting for so long now? Latest rumours in Asia state that after the final version of OS X Mountain Lion, Apples latest and best operating system for the Mac Lines, has been seeded to Apple Care Representatives yesterday, the public release day could be this Wednesday, 25th of July 2012.
Release Date Close for Asia
As Apple’s official page states that the OS will arrive in stores this July, there are not many days left to release the final version of the new OS.
As such the prediction to see OS X Mountain Lion in stores or updates on your macs pop up this week, can be taken 100% accurate.
For all details and new features you will see in the new OS, check out Apple official Mountain Lion page!
There were rumors about a new 7-inch sized iPad model since literally years, and even though magival Mr. Jobs was always dismissive of the smaller version of the highly successful iPad, we might get a little surprise this October in what we believe will be released next to the new iPhone 5, a 7-inch iPad for 200-250 USD, which converts to 1900 HK$ or 300 SG$.
iPad 7 inch concept by iMore
The next “Logical Step” – iPad 7 inch
Apple is currently losing cash on the sub-market of small tablet PCs, dominated by Amazon Kindle or the Samsung “Tabs”. Especially in Asia do those smaller tablets find huge demand. Samsung in general is gaining attractive amounts of the Handphone and “mini Tablet” market shares in Hong Kong and Singapore and we believe Apple is trying to approach this with their own version of a downsized tablet.
One of the main reasons we haven’t seen the 7inch or any other smaller sized version of the iPad yet is definitely the troubles connected with either rewriting apps for the new screen size or reprocessing them internally on the iPad itself. It seems Apple has now overcome this and will automatically render down the apps to the new 7inch sized iPad, avoiding the hustle for the app writer to redo all of their applications.
Aggressive Pricing for Asia Market
While in Europe and the US the market of small tablet PCs is still dominated only by the Kindle Fire and few Samsung Models, in Asia we have a flourishing market of hundreds and hundreds of Android Tablets, being produced cheap in China and shipped to the respective countries. Those are extremely cheap tablets, with common screen sizes of between 5 and 7 inch, running the latest Android versions, and being sold for not more then 50-80 USD. One trip to Shenzhen will show you how many of those tablets are actually being offered in China.
Offering the small 7-inch iPad for 200 to 250USD would definitely be a deal changer for many, especially in those “Apple Obsessed” countries like China, Singapore and Hong Kong.