Maxis and its prepaid brand, Hotlink, have finally introduced carrier billing which lets you buy apps, subscribe to Apple Music and iCloud storage without having to use a payment card. Similar to Celcom, U Mobile and Digi, you can charge your purchases to your postpaid bill or by deducting your existing prepaid credit.
Digi is now giving you another option to pay for your Apple iOS apps and services. If you don’t fancy using your credit and debit card, you can now pay via Digi’s carrier billing.
Scammers’ back, back again. This time, they’re going after a bunch of people who have a half eaten fruit plastered on their device. In this latest scam, Apple users are being warned not to open a text message sent by “iTunes” requesting for their personal account information.
Facebook has just announced a new standalone photo app named Moments, that eliminates the need for everyone to take the same group shot just to make sure everyone gets a copy.
How it works is that the app will allow you to share your photos with friends who are in the shot and get photos you are in as well. It accomplishes this by syncing photos and connecting people with facial recognition technology to find out who was there with you without having to plaster it all over your feeds or take multiple shots of the same thing.
iTunes had changed the way people purchase and consume digital music. With the rise of new music services such as Spotify, Apple is now introducing Apple Music, which offers an “all you can listen” ad-free music experience including offline for a fixed monthly subscription.
Interestingly Steve Jobs didn’t believe in the subscription model and this is a big shift from its current approach of selling songs ala carte by track or album. Back in 2003, the Apple co-founder once said that subscription music services were going to fail and people won’t buy music as a subscription. “When they want music, they bought 45s, LPs, cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs and then they are going to buy downloads”, he said in an interview.
Apple’s App Store and iTunes are down in a bizarre service interruption that has caused practically all their uses to be unable to purchase anything using the services.
At the moment they appear to be fine as you can still surf though the listings on both stores and make the odd download (in some cases, not all) but you cannot actually purchase anything; and the issues have been happening since earlier today and have yet to be fixed. The Mac App store as well as their iBooks store are also still unavailable to make purchases as well, in one of the biggest service outs Apple has had this year.
Apple hasn’t said how far along it is in the recovery process, but you can check out which services are still functional here.
Apple today announced something that many of you have been waiting for a long time. The iTunes Store is now available in Malaysia and that means you can now download legit content from a catalogue of over 20 million songs from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels.
You can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures.
In addition to Malaysia, the iTunes Store is also available in Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Songs start from around US$0.99 (RM3.20), albums at US$9.99 (RM31.90) which is quite reasonable. Movies are dearer costing around US$3.99 (RM12.70) and above to rent or US$14.99 (RM47.90) and above to purchase for HD version and US$2.99 (RM9.60) and above to rent and US$9.99 (RM31.90) to buy SD versions.
No doubt having iTunes Store support in Malaysia is a great deal and a major step forward for consumers in Malaysia giving us the opportunity to consume contents across multiple screens but considering that “alternatives” are abundant and cost nothing, it will be difficult to justify the masses to adopt legit content. Having said that, those who have been waiting for this to be available in Malaysia, will appreciate it but what do you think of the cost?
So you’ve made the jump to iOS 5. While you’re looking forward to the over 200 improvements made in what is probably Apple’s most significant iOS update, things are not all hunky dory.
We’ve got a number of reports from users who’ve complained that they’ve lost almost all their data on their iOS device. After a successful iOS 5 update, you may notice that all your apps, songs and what nots have all gone missing. We experienced this as well right after our iOS update.
But don’t despair, your apps and other data are not permanently erased. If you’re one of the many that was affected by this, here’s a step-by-step guide from PCWorld on how can recover everything back.
- Plug your device back into your PC and open up iTunes.
- Click on the device name (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) in the left-hand column.
- Click on “Sync” or “Apply” in the bottom-right corner of the screen (see screenshot below). iTunes should begin restoring any data you had on the device.
- Be patient. Syncing can take a very, very long time.
- After restoring, iTunes may ask if you want to transfer purchased items back to iTunes. You must click “Transfer,” or else those items will be deleted from your device.
- Click “Apply” at lower right to restore your device’s data from iTunes.
- If all else fails, you can click on the “Summary” tab under your device settings in iTunes, then click “restore.” You’ll see a dialog box that allows you to pick from a previous restore point. Choose a date prior to installing iOS5 (do not click “set up as new”). This will take you back to the way things were. Then, you can install iOS 5 afresh.
Bonus Tip: If above steps don’t work
If the above steps don’t work. Make sure that the “sync apps” box is clicked in the apps tab in iTunes. Click it, select the apps to transfer and hit apply.
Extra Bonus Tip: If you have not yet updated to iOS 5
Before anything, BACK UP and SYNC your iOS device FIRST!
Sync your device first by clicking on the device in the left-hand column of iTunes, then hitting the “Sync” button in the bottom right corner. That way, no matter what happens during installation, you’ll still have everything backed up.
Also the update may take a long time to complete, so just wait it out.
Hope these tips help. Enjoy your update and good luck!
Mobile data caps are a necessary evil. If network operators don’t impose caps, their networks will crash from the massive data load. When they do impose caps, subscribers cry foul. But that is the way it has to be, mobile networks can’t cope with data demand if operators continue offering buffet all-you-can-use data plans. We’ll just have to make do and make the most out of it.
Here’s a nifty app that helps you make the most out of your piddly mobile data caps.
The makers of Onavo claims that you can double or even triple your data usage when you use the app. Onavo routes and compresses pages that you want to access through cloud-based servers so that you use less data when downloading pages — by up to 80% says the developers.
Although Onavo would be great for daily for those on small data plans, the app is most useful when you’re roaming. As data roaming is typically charged on a pay-per-use plan, with Onavo, you would theoretically be using less data to use the same amount of internet.
It is a novel idea but it’s not without its downsides. Most obvious of which is privacy, while on Onavo, all your data traffic is routed through their servers, this means the people at Onavo can technically see what you’re surfing and read the emails that you’re sending. So if you’re doing some really P&C stuff, Onavo might not be for you.
Another downside is that Onavo doesn’t compress videos and it only works for data donwloads, not uploads. Also, because of the routing, some sites might take longer to load.
The app is available for free from the App Store and it supports iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 or later. iPod touch and iPhone 3G users are out of luck at the moment. iTunes link here.
Pah! is a iOS game with a novel idea. Instead of using your finger to control whatever it is that needs controlling in the game, you use your voice and nothing but your voice.
It’s not so much that the gameplay is that good — all you do is control a spaceship up and and down and shoot asteroids, and that’s it — but it’s definitely fun to watch when other people are playing the game (case in point, the video up top).
If using your voice to control games is kind of your thing then Pah! is right up your alley. US$0.99 iTunes Link. Enjoy!