This image is currently making the rounds from China shows how App Store manipulation farms could influence App Store ratings; with a giant rack of phones.
While there aren’t that many details about the lady and the photo itself, speculation has it that she does indeed work at one such farms and she is tasked to download, install and uninstall certain apps over and over again to boost their ratings. Like a human machine. This is probably due to Apple preventing bots from artificially boosting App Store ratings and this looks like the most ‘legit’ way to simulate actual users.
The original photo appeared on Weibo captioned “Hard-working App Store ranking manipulation employee.”
The table sports what looks like rows upon rows of iPhone 5Cs and even looks like it’s purpose built for the task. Apparently you can pay to get to the top 10 free apps by paying RMB 70,000 (about RM39,822) and keeping it in that spot will cost you another RMB 405,000 (about RM230,400) a week which is a pretty ungodly sum. You can find the service on Taobao, a popular China based C2C e-commerce site with dozens of vendors offering the service.
Just bear in mind that this is a viral image and until there is official confirmation that it is what it is, we can only speculate.
If there is one reason for us to get the iPhone 6, this is it.
This ultra-cool iPhone 6 cover is epic because it almost perfectly replicates, arguably, the best looking Batmobile created — the one that first appeared in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. If that’s not cool enough for you, the case features extendable wheels to reveal the iPhone 6 camera. There are four LEDs that light up when a call comes in. And in case your friends are not super impressed already, you can project the bat signal onto a nearby mamak table with the built in projector light.
This case is so awesome, it almost justifies getting the overpriced iPhone 6. And if you want one, the Crazy Case Batmobile is cost 5,940 Japanese Yen (about RM180) minus shipping, and should be available in May. Pre-orders start, end March.
Apple has pushed yet another new iOS software update bringing it to version 8.1.3. Available for both iPhone and iPads, the latest version reduces the amount of free space required during an update and it comes with the usual security and bug fixes as well. Some of the notable bugs include problems entering Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, displaying Spotlight search results and multitasking gestures on the iPad.
The update is about 240MB depending on device and you can check for it under Settings > General > Software Updates.
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The Mi Note marks Xiaomi’s entry in the flagship phablet category and it is obvious that the iPhone 6 Plus is their primary target. With its thinner and more compact dimensions than the iPhone 6 Plus, they also pride themselves of having a flush camera design that doesn’t stick out like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Because of this, they had released a video starring its President and Co-Founder Bin Lin with a frying pan and an iPhone 6 Plus. This was showed during the Mi Note launch at Beijing last week. Watch the video after the break.
If you’re looking for a brand new iPhone on a budget, DiGi has an interesting offer that you might want to check out. The cheapest brand new iPhone available is the iPhone 5C which comes with just 8GB of storage at RM1,499. Instead of getting that, DiGi is now offering the iPhone 5C 32GB version at the same price with DiGi Easy Prepaid bundle. During its launch, the iPhone 5C 32GB was priced at RM2,399, which is the same price as the iPhone 5S 16GB (now at RM1,999) at that time.
Furthermore, there’s no contract and they are giving free 12 months 250MB/month internet with the SIM. The only limitation is that it is only available in white and you might want to hurry as this is quite a deal for its 32GB storage.
To recap on the specs, the iPhone 5C is pretty much an iPhone 5 underneath its plastic shell. It gets a 4″ IPS Retina display (1136×640) and it is powered by its dual-core A6 Chip with 1GB of RAM. It gets a 8MP f/2.4 iSight camera and a front facing 1.2MP HD shooter. Like the newer iPhones, it uses nano-SIM and lightning connector for chaging and data transfer.
For more information, head over to the iPhone 5C page on DiGi’s Online store.
The Xiaomi Mi Note is probably the best spec’ed device right now with its Pro version having a Quad HD 5.7″ display and it runs on the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM. To find out how does it stand against today’s current flagship offering, we’ve compared it with 15 other devices that carries at least a 5.5″ screen.
This includes its direct rivals such as the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6, Meizu MX4 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. At the moment, the Mi Note Pro is currently the 2nd smart phone to be announced with the latest Snapdragon 810 processor after the LG G Flex 2. It is also the 2nd device to offer 4GB of RAM, following the announcement of ASUS ZenFone 2.
In the dimensions department, the Mi Note aims directly at the iPhone 6 Plus where it is thinner, narrower and lighter despite having a bigger 5.7″ display than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5″ screen. However the LG G3 is still the lightest in this comparison at just 149 grams.
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If your 64GB gold iPhone 6 Plus is not attention grabbing enough then you will need one of these — a protective case that turns your iPhone into a nunchaku! Now you can whip out your pride and joy and flap it about to your heart’s content.
From what we can decipher on the source website, the iPhone Trick Cover is made out of aluminium and there are versions for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Trick Cover’s trick hinge and sliding mechanism allows the case to double up as a stand with adjustable angle and height. And naturally, things this crazy can only come from Japan, so the iPhone Trick Cover is made in Japan.
There’s a built in card slot as well, and the makers suggests you use the slot for an NFC-enabled like a TouchnGo card for fast and super-stylo access to the LRT and other places where you need TouchnGo.
If you’re keen, the people who are selling the Trick Cover can ship it worldwide, so might be able to get it delivered here as well. The case itself costs a reasonable 3,400 Yen or about RM100 excluding shipping. Not bad considering the many shenanigans you can pull with this wacky accessory.
Know more about the iPhone Trick Cover here.
The recently announced Meizu m1 Note is creating a stir with its impressive offering at an incredible low price. In China, it is offered at about RM562 for its 16GB and RM674 for the larger 32GB model. This model is gunning for the affordable phablet segment that’s being undercut by the Redmi Note.
If you think Meizu has gotten a lot of inspiration from Apple, wait until you see the actual hands-on of the m1 Note. Not surprisingly it resembles closely with Apple’s “affordable” iPhone 5C with its colourful plastic backing.
iPhone and iPad users should be getting a software update notification today as Apple is pushing its newer iOS 8.1.2. Weighing about 28MB in size, the latest update is quite a minor one as it addresses an issue where purchased ringtones from iTunes. It also includes tweaks and fixes for previous bugs as well.
The update is applicable for iPhones from iPhone 4S and above and iPads starting with iPad 2. If you haven’t gotten any notification yet, you can check manually at Settings> General > Software Update.
So you’ve gotten an iPhone or an iPad and you probably regretted buying a 16GB version instead of the larger storage model. If you’re feeling stuck for extra space or have the need to transfer files quickly via USB, SanDisk has introduced its new iXpand Flash drive that comes with both full sized USB and lightning connector.
This works like the Ultra Dual USB drive for Android devices that support USB (OTG) On the Go.