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Brochure: Apple Mac Flyer (Nov 2009)

October 25, 2009

Click to download the latest Apple Mac computer flyer (November 2009) issue.

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Highlights:

  • MacBook white 13″ is now RM100 cheaper and higher specs too!
  • The new iMac now comes with wireless keyboard + Magic mouse
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News: Skype will be available on iPhone next week

March 31, 2009

We heard it was on the way, but now CNET says it’s official: the Skype application for iPhone and iPod touch should be available tomorrow on the App Store. As expected, the voice-over-IP app will require a WiFi connection to place and receive calls; it will also handle conference calling as a participant, not an initiator, and the first version leaves out SMS, call waiting and an integrated voicemail tool. Skype text chat, unlike voice traffic, will work fine over an EDGE or 3G connection.

Imperfect? Yes, and there are other apps — Fring and Nimbuzz, for example — that can talk to the Skype voice network… but the big blue S is providing the stamp of approval for VoIP on the iPhone, and you can bet that Skype’s app will shoot to the top of the App Store charts as soon as it’s released.

News source from TUAW

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News: Apple iPhone Now Available in Malaysia by Maxis

March 11, 2009

Apple Logo        maxis_logo

 

Today is a very exciting day for fellow Malaysians. Apple iPhone 3G is finally officially available in Malaysia. So what are the rate plans and contracts?

12 Months rate plan & Contract

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24 Months rate plan & Contract

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6 Months rate plan & Contract

Maxis value-plus-plan-6mths

Summary

The price range of the Apple iPhone under the Maxis Plans varies from:

iPhone 3G (8GB/16GB) is FREE/RM260 – with monthly commitment of RM375 for 24 months

TO

iPhone 3G (8GB/16GB) is RM2,540/RM2,960 – with monthly commitment of RM80 for 6 months

Booking starts today (11th March 2009) until 17th March 2009 (11.59pm).

There is also a long list of terms and condition and FAQs to read before you commit to any rate plans or contracts.

A quick check in Lelong shows that Apple iPhone 3G 8GB (Unlock version) is selling for RM2,300 to RM2,500. With a difference of about RM200 only, will you purchase an iPhone from Maxis? 

More information can be found here.

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Tips: Screen Capture on MacOS X

February 25, 2009

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Mac OS X has a built-in ability to capture screenshots using simple keyboard commands, with shots saved to the Desktop as “Picture 1, 2, 3, etc.” This feature can be exceptionally useful for generating documents, or sending system configurations to friends and colleagues. Although most users are aware of the basic functionality of the screen capture feature, there are some hidden features that can really enhance the usability of screenshots.

Using “Screen Capture” Here is a list of the known features of “Screen Capture” (using key commands to take screen shots):

  • “shift-command-3” — The basic screenshot, will take an image of the full screen.
  • “shift-command-4” — The “selection” mode, will take a shot of the area outlined by dragging the cursor.
  • “shift-command-4” then tapping “Space” — The “Window” mode, will take a shot of the highlighted window.
  • “shift-command-4” dragging, then holding “space” — Drag mode, will allow the current sized box to be relocated.
  • “shift-command-4” then “options” — The “center” mode, will resize the box focusing on the center.
  • “shift-command-4” then “shift” — The “axis” lock, will resize while locking the movement to one axis, determined by initial mouse movement.

Pressing “escape” before releasing the mouse in any mode will cancel the screenshot.

Holding “control” in any mode (ie: “control-shift-command-3”) will output the results to the clipboard instead of to a file, allowing the contents to immediately be pasted into documents.

Go on, try it out yourself!

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Roadshow: Sunway Pyramid Apple iPod Roadshow (now till 25th Dec’08)

November 27, 2008

Its the time of the year again! We are having a month long Christmas roadshow at the new wing of Sunway Pyramid Roadshow (Near Jusco Lower Ground Entrance). 

For this Christmas celebration, we are bundling either a Silicone Case from Macmosphere or Screen Protector AND a Easter Egg Speaker system for every Apple iPod Nano 4GB (Any Color). 

For our loyal readers and customers online, you can get this great promotion too when you purchase via our online store.

 

 

Sunway Roadshow Apple iPod Flyers

Sunway Roadshow Apple iPod Flyers

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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News: The New MacBook and MacBook Pro (Part 1)

October 15, 2008

Finally after months of waiting, reading rumored website and anticipation. Apple announced their new range of MacBook, MacBook Pro, Cinema display, upgrade in specification in existing line and also some new accessories.

MacBook

What’s New?

  • Precision Aluminum Unibody Enclosure
  • LED-Backlit Display
  • Multi-touch TrackPad (without button)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  • Backlit Keyboard (On higher end models only)

What is the current lineup?

(MB466ZP/A) – MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminium

Selling Price: RM4,799

  • 160GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • Country Kit
  • Keyboard/Mac OS
  • Superdrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x1GB

(MB467ZP/A) – MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminium

Estimated Price: RM5,899

  • Keyboard/Mac OS
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x1GB
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Country Kit
  • 250GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

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Updates: Apple Security Update 2008-007

October 10, 2008

Security Update 2008-007 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

Products Affected

QuickTime 7 (Windows), QuickTime 7 (OS X), Safari, Mac OS X 10.4, Enterprise Software and Peripherals, Consumer Software, iPhone, Security, Mac OS X 10.5

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

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Tips: Reseting your Apple iPod / iPhone

October 9, 2008

Like any electronic devices, sometimes something inside might go wrong and you find that your iPod is not responding to any key press. Fret not, this is what you can try to do before you call your Apple hotline or your favorite retailer.

Reseting your Apple iPod do not remove any of your songs. It MIGHT remove some of your customized settings. Restoring however will set your Apple iPod to factory default.

Apple iPod Nano/ Video / Classic

Apple iPod Nano (1st Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (2nd Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (3rd Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (4th Generation)

Apple iPod Video (5th Generation)

Apple iPod Classic

STEPS:

  • Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  • Press and hold the Menu and Select (Centre) buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

Tip: If you are having difficulty resetting your iPod, set it on a flat surface. Make sure the finger pressing the Select button is not touching any part of the click wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Menu button toward the outside of the click wheel, and not near the center.

If the above steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn’t set to go to sleep.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple iPod Shuffle (1st Generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (2nd Generation)

To reset iPod shuffle:

  • Disconnect iPod shuffle from the computer (if connected).
  • Move the switch on the back of iPod shuffle to the off position.

Tip: When iPod shuffle is off, the green stripe by the switch is not visible. (See below illustration)

  • Wait 5 seconds
  • Move the switch on the back to the play in order or the shuffle position. The green stripe will be visible in either position
  • iPod shuffle is now reset. If after resetting iPod shuffle you are going to attach it to your computer, be sure to place the switch in the off position. If you were resetting as part of some troubleshooting steps, continue with those steps now. For general troubleshooting steps see the iPod shuffle troubleshooting and service FAQ.

iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility

Use iPod Reset Utility to restore the iPod Shuffle back to their factory settings when iTunes is unable to do so and the reset above do not help. The process completely erases all music and data and reinstalls the iPod software version listed below:

  • iPod shuffle (1st generation) – iPod Software version 1.1.5
  • iPod shuffle (2nd generation) – iPod Software version 1.0.4

IMPORTANT NOTE: iPod Reset Utility is intended for use only with the iPod models listed above; other iPods are NOT supported.

IMPORTANT NOTE: iPod shuffle Reset Utility is only for iPod shuffle (1st generation) 512 MB and 1 GB models only. Any other iPod, including iPod shuffle (2nd generation), is not supported.

Use iPod Reset Utility to fix the following issues:

  • iPod will not play music, and cannot be restored using iTunes.
  • iPod is not recognized by iTunes, but is visible in My Computer or in Device Manager on a Windows PC, or in Apple System Profiler on a Mac.
  • iPod shuffle (1st generation) is identified as a device in “Recovery mode.” iPod shuffle (2nd generation) is identified as a “USB DFU device.”

Important: Read Before Using

  • You must have administrator privileges to use this utility.
  • iPod Reset Utility restores your iPod to factory conditions and installs current iPod software for that model, deleting all content on iPod.
  • If iPod Reset Utility cannot reset your iPod, then your iPod may need service. Go to the iPod Service page for additional information.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9, or later*
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows XP with Service Pack 2**

*Mac OS X 10.2.8 customers with an iPod shuffle (1st generation) can use the iPod shuffle Reset Utility

**iPod Reset Utility is not supported for use with Windows Vista.

Installation

To install iPod Reset Utility:

  1. Download the iPod Reset Utility from one of the following locations
  2. Double-click iPodResetUtility.pkg (Mac) or iPodResetUtilitySetup.exe (Windows).
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. After installation is complete, iPod Reset Utility will be available on a Mac at /Applications/Utilities/iPod Reset Utility or on Windows by choosing Start > Programs > iPod > iPod Reset Utility.
To install iPod Shuffle Reset Utility:
  1. Download Mac OS X – iPod Shuffle Reset Utility for Mac
  2. Open the iPodshuffleResetUtility.pkg.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Once installation is complete, the iPod shuffle Reset Utility will be available on a Mac at/Applications/Utilities/iPod shuffle Reset Utility.

Using iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility

  1. Quit all running applications on your computer.
  2. Open iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility.
  3. Connect iPod to a USB port on your computer. Do not connect iPod to a USB port on your keyboard, or other non-powered USB hub.
  4. Click the Reset/Restore button.
  5. If prompted, enter an administrator name and password. Notice: Do not disconnect iPod during the reset process.
  6. When complete, quit iPod Reset Utility and open iTunes to load music onto iPod.

Apple iPod Touch / iPhone / iPhone 3G

Apple iPod Touch (1st Generation)
Apple iPod Touch (2nd Generation)

Apple iPhone / Apple iPhone 3G

To turn completely off

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider appears, then slide the slider. When iPhone is off, incoming calls go straight to voicemail.

To reset

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If iPhone won’t turn on, or the display freezes or doesn’t respond

  1. Press and hold the Home button for at least six seconds, until the application you were using quits.
  2. If that doesn’t work, turn iPhone off and turn it on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then slide the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
  3. If that doesn’t work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If iPhone continues to freeze or not respond after you reset it

  1. Reset iPhone settings. From the Home screen choose Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. All your preferences are reset, but no data or media is deleted.
  2. If that doesn’t work, restore the iPhone software. See document 305744 “Updating and Restoring iPhone Software.”

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Rumour: Apple iPhone Clamshell / 2.0 / 3.0 / Nano

March 24, 2008

So can Apple come up with something as appealing as iPhone, in another form factor, e.g. – clamshell.

Yes. It does:

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The drawings above, are Photoshop renderings, based on a device described in a recent Apple’s patent application, called “Dual sided trackpad“.

It shows that Apple may indeed be working on a clamshell iPhone device. But with a twist.

iPhone 2.0 clamshell patent

The main idea with this device is to separate capacitive touch sensor array and the phone display into two separate units. Then put the touch sensor array on a translucent (transparent) panel, make this panel touch sensitive on both sides – top and bottom and connect them with a hinge.

That’s it. You’ve got you flip iPhone.

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When device is closed, transparent touch sensitive panel is covering the whole display area and you’ve got your ordinary full multi-touchscreen iPhone.

When you flip iPhone open, you have a normal phone display and another side of the trackpad becomes multi-touch-active. Through it you control the phone:

If you want to dial a number, you can just draw it on a trackpad.
Or the rotational dial may appear on display, and you rotate it by sliding finger on a track pad.
In the open mode, the transparent trackpad can easily be made to display the standard T9 keypad and other symbols. That can be accomplished by making polarized number and symbol markings that can only be seen when the trackpad is open. Or they can be implemented as tiny LED’s.
When needed, you can keep both sides of the cover/trackpad touch-active at the same time. Thus having “six degrees of freedom” for control, and enabling 3D gestures on the device. Standard multi-touch gestures along “XY” axis on one side of trackpad, adding “Z” axis for the touch events on the other.
This dual sided trackpad approach can be applied to media player functionality as well. When media player mode is selected and cover is closed, it works just like iPod Touch does – media controls on the screen and you control it via touch/gestures.

Flip it open, and another side of the trackpad acts as a scroll wheel on a standard iPod and more.

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So what’s the point of all these shenanigans?

Well, for one, you can make the overall device much smaller, when closed. It will be much more convenient to carry around and will fit well in your pocket.

And it’s also about this clamshell form factor thing. I know quite a few people that won’t even consider any other form of device for a mobile phone.

Also notice how all the pictures in here are pretty similar in shape to the latest generation of iPod Nano?

Well, this might be yet another way Apple may take to create iPhone Nano device.

And a stand alone iPod Nano may also benefit from such setup. Same size, with two times bigger display. iPod Touch Nano or iPod Nano Touch, anyone?

iTablet, Macbook with dual sided trackpads too? Why not

While dual sided trackpad on a new phones is interesting, Apple sees much wider applications for the whole idea.

One of them is Apple Tablet.

Just take the standard laptop form factor, put all the electronics behind the display panel, and make all the bottom part into a transparent dual sided trackpad. And you’ve got yourself an iTab:

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In a closed position, it becomes a standard slate tablet computer, with a multi-touch touchscreen.
Open it to up-to 160 degree angle, and it becomes a normal laptop computer. The bottom side becomes the control device, with multi-touch trackpad and/or keyboard functions. Add polarized light symbols and/or that multi-touch keyboard technologies, that Apple has been developing for a while now, and overall experience might be richer then on today’s Macbook.
Then, if the tablet is open form more then 160 degrees, sharing mode can be enabled. The picture on display rotates 180 degrees, towards the person(s) you are making the presentation for, and you control the process via trackpad on your side. Or split screen mode can be enabled, so both you and the presentee see the same picture.
And, of course, the same dual sided transparent trackpad technology can be applied to your standard Macbook computer. Why? Think Sideshow, just simpler to make and use, cheaper and more capable.

macbook-pro-dual-sided-trackpad-5.jpg

When your computer is open, it’s just another multi-touch trackpad. Close it, and the trackpad becomes a small external display (just like Vista Sideshow), with full multi-touch capabilities.

You can check your e-mails, control iTunes music player, receive weather alerts and quite a few other things.

And, as patent application says, when OLED displays become mainstream, they will allow only a small part of the display that is visible through the trackpad to be active.

Now think about wide trackpads that are on Macbook Pro’s already. Make the dual sided transparent trackpads a little bigger in size – something like current iPod Touch. Think about laptop battery. Touchscreen. MacbookAir…

Currently both your iPod and Macbook gives you several hours of music, video playback and net browsing on one charge.

But put a dual-sided transparent trackpad on a Macbook Air, and you got yourself an ultimate travel device. Thin, light and, with only part of the OLED display beneath trackpad active, it can work for days, when needed, on one charge.

And in case you are wondering how far these drawings are from the real product, take a look at this picture:

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The drawing on the right is the picture from the original iPhone patent, which was filed on March 03, 2006. The “Dual sided trackpad” patent was filed on Sept. 06 that same year.

So, while no promises here, and there are quite a few Apple’s patents that never became something more, we also might be in for some interesting surprises this sumer/fall.

You can download full patent application here (1.8MB *.pdf).

Source: unwiredview.com

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Footage: Hit me on my iPhone

January 24, 2008

This video is so funny I had to share this. 🙂 Anyone have anything similar?

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