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.
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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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.
Apple’s iMessage allows you to send SMS between iPhone for free as it gets sent across the internet instead of the usual telco mobile network. For those migrating from iPhones to other devices such as Android or Windows Phone, iMessage can be an issue as users have reported not receiving SMS sent from iPhone users. The issue of course is that Apple still believes that you’re using an iOS device and those messages are still trying to get through via iMessage instead of being sent as an SMS.
The straight forward solution is to disable iMessage before making the switch and Google has also mentioned this in their guide for iPhone users migrating to Android. But what if you’ve sold off your iPhone and you’ve forgotten to turn it off? There are several remedies like changing your Apple ID password or call up their customer care to disable it for you.
Now there’s an easier way to do it if you no longer have access to your old iPhone. Apple has released a web page where you can disable iMessage with a simple SMS verification. So if you’ve changed sim cards to a non-iPhone device, you can disable iMessage and start receiving all SMS instantly.
To disable iMessage, head over to their Deregister iMessage page.
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If you’re trying to buy the iPhone 6 outright without contract, here’s a promo exclusive for Maybank Credit Card and American Express card holders. Maybank is organising an exclusive event for its card holders at Epicentre, Pavilion KL where they are offering up to RM300 rebate. It is happening this Thursday evening, 13th November from 6.00PM onwards.
The RM300 rebate is applicable if you purchase an iPhone 6 with their EZYPay 0% interest instalment plan which is available up to 6 months. If you prefer to pay it one go, they are giving out RM100 rebate for normal purchases. In addition, you also get to enjoy 10% discount for selected accessories on the day itself.
As stocks are limited, card holders are advised to RSVP early during office hours. You can get more details of the Maybank iPhone 6 promotion over here.
Thanks TVB for the heads up!
UPDATE: Both iPad Air 2 (A1567) and iPad mini 3 (A1600) have passed SIRIM certification in Malaysia.
After the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Malaysia, Apple’s latest range of tablets – iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available very soon. The ultra-thin iPad Air 2 has been certified by our very own SIRIM but it is only for the WiFi version (A1566) for now. The rest of the models including their 4G Cellular version and the smaller iPad mini 3 are expected to join the list very soon.
The iPad Air 2 is quite an improvement not only in thickness but also in the internal hardware department. The 6.1mm thin tablet comes with a faster A8X chip that uses 3-cores and it is mated with 2GB of RAM. The benchmarks suggest that it is up to 55% faster than the iPhone 6. Despite having a smaller battery capacity (1,487mAh less), it still manages to maintain its same 10 hour battery life.
Meanwhile the iPad mini 3 is just a minor update of its exising iPad mini 2 (formerly known as iPad mini with Retina Display) as the only difference is the addition of Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a new gold colour option. The rest of the specs are the same including the same A7 processor and 7.9″ Retina Display.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are officially available in Malaysia today, 6th November at the stroke of midnight. Apart from the big 3 telcos such as Celcom, DiGi or Maxis, you can also purchase it outright without contract through retailers such as SenQ, Machines, Switch and EpiCentre.
With stocks expected to be very limited on ground, you can now buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus online directly from Apple. In terms of price, the iPhone 6 starts from RM2,399 while the iPhone 6 Plus is offered from RM2,749. The full outright pricing below:
iPhone 6 16GB – RM2,399
iPhone 6 64GB – RM2,749
iPhone 6 128GB – RM3,149
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – RM2,749
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – RM3,149
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – RM3,549
Stock availability wise, the iPhone 6 will be shipped within 5-7 working days while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus will take a bit longer with an estimated 1-2 weeks. All 3 colours are available so if you haven’t pre-ordered and don’t want the hassle of hunting your preferred unit, this would be a better option.
To place your order, head over to Apple’s Online Store.
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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in Malaysia at midnight tonight (6th November). In case you’re wondering, DiGi’s iPhone 6 midnight launch event is happening at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya, along with other locations nationwide. If you haven’t pre-ordered and plan to queue up to buy one, here’s the list of their midnight launch venues:
Petaing Jaya – Paradigm Mall
Boulevard, Level G, Paradigm Mall, No.1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Johor Bahru – Taman Molek
No. 6 & 8, Jalan Moleh 1/12, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Kota Kinabalu – Api-Api
Lot 5/G3, Ground & First Floor, Api-Api Centre, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Kuching – Jalan Kulas Tengah
Lot 506 – 507, Section 6 KTLD, Jalan Kulas Tengah, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.
Penang – Pulau Tikus
368-01-05 & 06, Belissa Row, Jalan Burmah, 10350 Georgetown, Penang.
Kuantan – Jalan Tun Ismail
No. 91, Jalan Tun Ismail, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang.
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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in Malaysia through our local 3 big telcos this Thursday on 6th November. Finally Celcom has revealed its plan offering and you’ll have a choice of either 12 months or 24 months contract duration.
Assuming these are for the entry-level 16GB capacity version, the iPhone 6 is offered from RM418 while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus is offered at RM768. There are total of 5 plans options available ranging from RM78/month to RM238/month.
The official Celcom iPhone 6 launch will be held at Blue Cube @ Sunway Pyramid with the event starting at 6PM tomorrow, 5th November (Wednesday). They will be having trade-in promotions where they accept iPhone models (iPhone 4 onwards) and you could also stand a chance to get RM600 off if you’re lucky. As an early bird subscriber, they are also giving free gifts worth up to RM1,000.
View the full plan details after the break.
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Both DiGi and Maxis have started offering pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at midnight. However the sheer amount of traffic has overwhelmed their online store, rendering it inaccessible by a lot of potential buyers.
Maxis hears you and they are offering another way to secure a chance of pre-ordering a unit. All you’ll need to do is to drop your phone number and they will get in touch with you on the next steps. The iPhone 6 which is officially priced from RM2,399 is offered from as low as RM659 on Maxis. Meanwhile the iPhone 6 Plus is offered from RM999.
To know more about their offers, check out the full Maxis iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans. In case you missed it, Maxis will be offering a Midnight Express delivery where you can get the iPhone 6 in your hands no matter where you are in Malaysia on 6th November at 12AM, but only if you’re lucky enough to be picked.
If you’re still interested to get it from Maxis, leave your number over here.
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