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Apple Music

Apple Music was launched on 30th June – and I was looking forward for it. This is because I wanted something that is more built in to the Apple ecosystem. It was an easy decision as there’s a 3 months free trial. Just press the button and done!

The challenge for Apple Music, would be whether the quality that I get out of Apple Music will match the quality of Spotify. I have no reservation on the completeness of the library. Apple has been in the online music business much longer than anybody else. Their library surely will be much more complete.

iTunes

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I was pretty disappointed with the updates on iTunes for a few reasons:

ONE – The 12.2 update came in like 12 hours after the launch of Apple Music. Damn man. Was waiting for it forever, and even after I went to work the next morning, it was still not there yet!

TWO – It feels very clunky, could be because my Mac is damn old but heck, its still damn clunky. Come on, I need something light and fast. If any consolation – its definitely faster than my Spotify client :p

THREE – I have no idea to reject the suggestion that was given by iTunes (For You). From the iPhone – it was pretty damn easy, but from iTunes???? Come on…

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But in anyway – I am ok with it. It doesn’t kill me. So ok lor….

 

iOS App

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This is a completely different story altogether. The UI is initially a bit confusing, but after getting used to it, not much issue. There are couple of annoying bugs like adding to playlist does not work if the playlist is empty. But resolvable. I am sure in the next update they will resolve it.

 

IN SUMMARY

As I mentioned earlier, one of the key thing that I wanted with my music is the apple ecosystem. Even though I am not fully apple-ed due to my gaming rig, generally my surfing and working I am interacting with either my iPhone or my Mac. I am still trying to figure out how to sort out my riding music – as my iPhone is way too big to be slotted into the bike, and I am not willing to trade my iPhone 6 plus to a smaller screen phone. Getting old la! Cannot see much. 🙂

The quality of music is also an issue. I am not sure how many bit is Apple Music, but Spotify definitely way better. Putting on my amplifier and audiophile-ish headphones and earphones, I can tell the difference. Perhaps I need to put a pair of “fake-isn sound” headphones then I can listen to better music…

All in all – it is what it is. Just enjoy the music!

 

 

 

 

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Power Nap… It’s still not working

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PowerNap oh PowerNap, why aren’t you working?

PowerNap is a new feature introduced by Apple to get your mac to do almost everything that happens in the background to still working even though your mac is fast asleep. Good stuff yo! But the problem is, it does not really work – at least for me. Well – not that I’ve been monitoring it anyway. Just one of those stuff that you really want to work – but you don’t care!

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10 reasons why I SHOULD NOT get an iPad 2

  1. I already have an iPad
  2. Its expensive
  3. My current iPad is used more in the toilet than anywhere else
  4. I don’t really fancy playing games on the iPad
  5. I used most of the productivity apps on my iPhone than on the iPad
  6. Prefer to write my blogs on the Macbook than on the iPad
  7. I don’t even facetime from my Macbook or iPhone, why should I facetime on iPad
  8. It’s not very much lighter
  9. The new cover doesn’t work well in Gym
  10. Because I don’t need!

10 reasons why I SHOULD get an iPad 2

  1. It’s lighter
  2. It’s faster
  3. It’s cooler
  4. It’s current
  5. It’s slim
  6. It has two cameras
  7. It has cool smart covers
  8. Safari works better on iPad 2 than on iPad (hate those “slow” scrolling on iPad)
  9. My boss has an iPad 2 (shah)
  10. Because i want!
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Aperture Keeps on Crashing?

Its seems that my Aperture 3 keeps on crashing after I reinstall my Snow Leopard. Goddammit!

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It starts to happen again, after I reinstall! Gosh… I wonder what could be the cause…

UPDATE


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I forgot to reinstall the software update! There’s the Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0, which resolves issues on Aperture 3! Yay! I remember it did resolve a lot of issues before!

Refer here..

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4286


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Apple Media Event 1st September!

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A media invite has been sent out for a media event on 1st September in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – the traditional location for Apple for the Fall Events. It is expected that Apple will release:

– the new Ipod Touch with Facetime Capability

– New Apple TV (to be renamed to iTV)

– 99 cents rental for TV Show

I wonder if the rumors are true! Its actually good time to launch all the things above as the new Fall Season will be coming out soon! Boooyahhh!

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(image by @wired)

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Safari 5.0 Reader

 

Apple just launched Safari 5.0 about few hours ago after the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs. Its a surprised that Steve Jobs did not mention it during the keynote – guess IPhone 4 is a lot more exciting that Safari 5.0.

Apple claims that Safari is fast, faster than Chrome in-fact. Here’s what has been claimed:

Powered by the Nitro JavaScript engine, Safari 5 on the Mac runs JavaScript 30 percent faster than Safari 4, 3 percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6.

In addition to that – Safari 5.0 also includes DNS Pre-fetching – which what I understand, perform a Domain Lookup (which can be quite slow sometimes) while you reading the page, prior before you pressing the link. This is somewhat smart – especially if your DNS Server is slow. I hope my understanding is right! This is what Apple actually says:

Behind the scenes, Safari employs a technique called Domain Name System (DNS) prefetching. If you’re on a web page with links, Safari finds the links and looks up the addresses. Click one of the links, and Safari quickly loads the web page for you. And improved page caching means more of the pages you viewed in the past load faster than before.

In general – the performance comparison chart for Safari is as follows:

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All the charts make it look very – nice, but more importantly is the feel of non-clunkiness during the usage is more important. To me – the of the Clunky Rating, i do find Safari 4 quite bad (not as bad as Internet Explorer though).

Again – this is pretty much testing on Windows 7. Its not really that bad on Snow Leopard – but we shall see.

The more fun part of Safari is actually Safari Reader. This is really exciting! Safari Reader is a feature that allows user to view just the article, removing all the annoying advertisement. Just you and the article. The fonts are much bigger too allowing those with bad eyesight to be able to read comfortably.

Safari Reader removes annoying ads and other visual distractions from online articles. So you get the whole story and nothing but the story. It works like this: As you browse the web, Safari detects if you’re on a web page with an article. Click the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field, and the article appears instantly in one continuous, clutter-free view. You see every page of the article — whether two or twenty. Onscreen controls let you email, print, and zoom. Change the size of the text, and Safari remembers it the next time you view an article in Safari Reader.

What I am trying to understand is what are the sites which supports this Reader Functionality.

I will update this blog posting once I find more about what and how the Reader works – but I must say this particular functionality is a boon for casual readers like me and a nightmare for those going for the ads. I bet you in the coming weeks – a script will come out such a way that you will see advertisement in the Reader view.

When you go to supported websites, you will see:

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See the Reader button on the right?

When you click that button you will get this:

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As you can see – the website itself will be darkened – putting the focus straight on the article itself. No more annoying ads I must say! You will also get the + and – button to increase and decrease the font size. You can email the article (woo hoo), and the best is to be able to print. The printout is free of clutter (woo hooo again).

What I do not understand at this point of time – is what kind of sites do you get the Reader button! It seems that based on my observation, the sites which has one article (like viewing an article within a blog), you can have the Reader button, and not when you viewing a list of articles. It will be great if they can have a next-back button to browse thru the articles. Anyway – it didn’t work on my blog, so gotta do more research on how to enable this functionality!

He he – in summary, Safari 5.0 is great but whether its as good as Chrome, yet to be determined. We shall see soon!

 

UPDATE

It seems that it automatically detects the article within a particular posting. My article of Safari seems to work and the i can see the Reader button!

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Okay.. its the iphone 4… woo hooo

So the iphone 4 is out.. what’s new?
– Facetime – Not gonna use it :p- Retina display – Nice to have … – HD Recording and editing – Prefer to use the handycam for now :p- 5 megapixels camera – Again.. :p
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But well.. just get it lah

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Twitter for iPhone is Now Live

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Twitter for iPhone is finally live after a long wait. This particular application replaces the Tweetie 2 for iPhone – which was bought by Twitter last month. Seriously I have not yet try because Twitter keeps on crash like mad on my iPhone.

It keeps dying.. and dying.. and dying. Maybe I would need to do a fresh reboot on my iPhone before being able to do anything with it.

Anyway – what THEY SAY – the new twitter will allow you to:

  • You twitter without an account – cool innit!
  • Sign-up twitter using the application (forget about going to web)
  • More tabs are more reorganized (i never use this anyway)
  • Search results include tweets (i also does not use this)

He he

Let’s wait for the reboot and we shall see

  

UPDATE
Managed to get working! Now shall explore it when i have time.. its time to go to work :p

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Finally – Nike+ Heart Rate Monitor

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[Rumor]

Linked from the shoemaker forums here – that nike is finally going to release a Heart Rate Monitor that will be compatible with the range of Nike+ products. This is definitely an awesome news – and will open up a whole bunch of potential with regards to fitness management via the iPhone.

I used Nike+ before to track my runnings – but eventually skip it because it does not have integration to any Heart Rate Monitors. Who knows – if the heart rate monitor by Nike is more comfortable than polar – i might just give it a change.

I guess its about time, as other shoemakers like Adidas has already launched their HRM. And if nike does not follow suit – it gonna be a disaster. Hey – Nike+ is super awesome. IPhone or Ipod has very good interface 😀 Now.. lemme think, will it work with IPAD? Coz i actually use ipad during on treadmills. He he..

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HOWTO-Post Capture Geotagging using a Mac

Geotagging is process of tagging your photos to the GPS coordinate of your camera – and of course you lah (assuming you are taking the photos). There are a lot of ways of geotagging, from using purpose built device (Nikon GPS) to connecting your camera to GPS devices (via MC-35 cable) to using post-capture geotag.

Personally, I have tried pretty much all the method above, and realised that for a street shooter like me, post capture geotag is probably the best way to go about it. Post capture geotag means that the geotagging process is done after you capture the photos. Whereby, the GPS tracklog captured using a gps device is merged together using software (that you can get of the internet!).

Things that you will need for post-capture GPS device:

  • Camera (time synced to UTC time)
  • GPS Logger (e.g. Sony GPS-CS1)
  • Geotagging Software

I am currently using Sony GPS-CS1 as shown below:

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Reason being is because, i got it cheap of the Buy Sell Thread 😀 Other than that, you can just buy other loggers like Holux or even GPS devices that supports track logs like Garmin Colorado (bulky though). GPS CS-1 is normally hooked to my bag via a carabiner.. and its so so easy. It uses normal battery thus no problem when it comes to ensuring you have enough battery (GPS devices are power hungry!).

So.. when you go out and shoot.. you just shoot and then make sure you switch on your GPS logger. What the logger does is to store your GPS coordinates inside the data storage (within the logger).

Assuming you have done the above.. now you are back home, showered and ready to look at your photo.. here are step by step on how you geotag (post capture way).

Step 1 – Converting your logsCopy the track logs from your logger to your Mac. Once you copied, the next step is to convert to the log files to a format which is understood by the software that we going to use. The software which i use is GPSPhotoLinker (its free) and can be downloaded from http://www.earlyinnovations.com. Why this software? Because its free.. he he..
The problem with GPS CS-1 is that the log file is NMEA, and not understood by GPSPhotolinker which uses GPX formatted files. Some loggers might use GPX format so you can skip the conversion process. Other softwares like HoudahGps also supports NMEA, but i refuse to pay for somethings which i can download for free :p
So to convert, you would need gpsbabel – get it from http://www.gpsbabel.org/. Download the one with the GUI so that it’ll make your like much easier 😀
So once you configured, just open GPS Babel.. and set the settings as per the image below…

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Press save file.. and you will get the GPX file.

Step 2 – Load the tracks to GPSPhotoLinker

Easy! Just press the Load Tracks button.. and choose your GPX file!

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Step 2 – Load the photos to GPSPhotoLinker

Loading photo is even easier! You can either use the button Load Photos, or you can just drag the photos from Lightroom or which ever folder to the rectangle space on the right!

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You would be able to see the file on the right side. And you can see the location information 😀

Step 4 – Save the metadata

Next! Just go to the Auto tab and press Batch save to photos!

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You are done!

Step 5 (Optional) – Reload metadata in Lightroom

I use Lightroom, so i would need to reload the metadata. Easy.. Menu –> Metadata –> Read Metadata From Files


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By now, your photo is already linked! and ready to go.. If you see from lightroom, the Exif would have loaded your GPS data and you can do what ever you want!


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I hope the guide is clear. Feel free to buzz me if you need more information!

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How Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google compared…

Found another interesting article on NYTimes ….

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Read it here at NYTimes.com

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Something to look forward to…

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08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
03:00AM – Tokyo (January 28th)

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