Steve Jobs: 1955 - 2011
1955 – 2011
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As mentioned in our episode of
Corner Geeks 8: The Brunei Apple App Store, the video below documents how to create a Brunei account without a credit card.
not all apps seem available (e.g. WhatsApp) but most seem there.
no music / movies / TV shows available
AV mentioned that they currently selling Brunei iTune gift cards
The gist of the process:
Load the App Store in
iTunes Search for a free app (e.g. Angry Birds)
Download the free app
Sign up from the dialog box
Select "None" as a "Payment Method" section during the registration
I still think getting a US iTunes Account is still the best option as it is completely unrestricted. You can create a US account without a credit card, using the same method above but select US instead of Brunei. You will need to buy gift cards online though, and I have bought iTune gift cards from both
PC Game Supply and Jerry Cards with good results so thus far. See which works best for you and join the ecosystem that has yet to be rivaled (especially outside the US).
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A ‘live’ / non-Skype Corner Geeks recording this week as I sat down with
@mfirdaus as we discussed the Brunei Apple App Store while also passing him the InstallESD.dmg file for Lion. We hope that this is the start of more services being opened to Brunei and perhaps a legal way for people to get music, movies and TV shows in the future.
Apple brings the iOS and Mac App Store to 33 new territories, including Brunei!
We can register with a Brunei Credit Card
AV Electronics, the premium reseller of Apple products, says they aren’t currently selling Brunei iTunes gift cards
Registration without a credit card is possible with the same hack/work around to register a US account without a credit card (try download a free app in the App Store and create an account from there)
Brunei just has an App Store, not a full iTunes store with Music / Movies / TV Shows
Not all apps available in the iOS App Store: e.g. WhatsApp (could be developer’s setting when publishing app or some other unknown restrictions)
Prices shown in store are in US dollars
App ratings are reset meaning Brunei apps could make it to the recommended list
Sources for US gift cards:
PC Game Supply / Jerry Cards (I have bought once from each of these sellers before and can verify that they work)
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Check out Justin Lee’s
keypoint summary of the keynote or just refer to Apple’s iCloud page or the features page for their info about iCloud.
Brief Show Notes
What is cloud?
Save once. Uploaded and Distributed ‘everywhere’ (i.e. all your devices)
Daily wifi backups
Music / Apps / Books
1,2,3,7) Contacts / Calendar / Mail / Docs:
similar to Android and Google or Exchange
change once, push everywhere (locally stored vs cloud stored for Google for docs at least)
Google at least can access from web. Apple to find out
4,5,9) Apps / iBooks / iTunes
Buy once, deploy everywhere or look through purchase history. click to download
6) Daily cloud backup (huge I think. I agree. Google could have done this for Android but doesnt. I want to rant about Android here haha.)
8) Photo stream
Syncs photos taken anywhere to all attached devices
Eye-Fi. kind of but requires Internet. Eye-Fi can be local transfer to PC. 1000 photos stored on the device (to save permanently to device, move pic to album)
30 Days limit for all shots on cloud
Photos all on PC all saved (iPhoto integeration?)
I think this kind of functionality is useful for photographers. I’m suprised not a lot of Bruniean photographers use Eye-Fis.
7) Documents in Cloud / iCloud API (There could be an actual iDisk like thing for normal documents?)
iCloud API: Looks like dropbox but seems to be like it’s centered on sandboxes per app basis?
Obvious ones are things like Pages and Keynote
Being able to sync settings for apps.
To have something like Kindle’s Book resume thing.
Hopefully alternative browsers can setup something like Google Sync. Syncs my tabs and bookmarks. Please make this happen.
Similar to other exiting services:
Will there be sharing? Or only to personal account?
Data caps / be sure not to use all your data quota and end up paying
Do we get offline backup?
All your data, are belong to fruit
5GB storage space (unsure which files are categorized in the 5GB, but music / photos not included in the quota)
Free, No ads
Available in the Fall (most likely September) but some features available now with iTunes update on Mac/PC or App Store update on iDevices
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Check out Justin Lee’s
keypoint summary of the keynote or just refer to Apple’s iOS5 page or the features page for their info about iOS5.
Brief Show Notes
Lots of ‘finally’s
Similar to Android: swipe down from top to see all notifications
But done better than Android
When notification comes in, shows snippet of info at top of screen then disappears
Notifications shown on lock screen
Direct access to act on notification from lock screen (swipe notification to access)
Also has 10 msg limit per app. MobileNotifier (the jailbreak app) has more. UI could be better on mobilenotifier though.
PC-less activation (makes it more of a standalone device and with iCloud could be a fuller laptop replacement)
Launch from lockscreen (Double-tap home button and click on icon)
Crop photos, red-eye reduction, one-click enhancement filter thing (auto white balance, levels, etc similar to Preview on OS X)
Can create albums on iOS!
Delta Updates!! (no more 600+MB per update) Over the air!
Nice to have
Reading list (similar to
instapaper / Read It Later): only Safari? no where else to access? Reader view
Reminders (similar to Locale / Tasker for Android but those are commercial apps)
News stand: for magazine subscriptions.
Twitter’s trying to be what OpenID wants to be? Online Identity?
Syncs Twitter Photo to contacts. (similar to what Android does)
Nice that it allows user to try diff apps without relogin (Though currently this still doesn’t work yet. Apps need to rewrite their apps. Even official Twitter App)
Twitter sharing in Photos / apps nice
Android sharing superior as doesn’t have to wait for Google to implement new share options: app needs to support receiving data
Airplay mirror for iPad2. Great for presentations.
iMessage (lot of focus on security. mention encryption)
Replaces iOS SMS app. ie: could be seamless for normal users.
Allows iPod and iPads to use. Not sure about Mac, but it’ll be great if it could. (WhatsApp! not available for non 3G / cellulare devices like iPod Touch / iPad WiFi only)
Competitor Ecosystem Alternatives
Some stuff not mentioned on keynote but is pretty cool
Typing shortcuts / macros. ie: the default on the OS was “omw” would autocomplete to “On my way”
Some UI improvements. Toggles in options.
Custom vibrations for incoming calls.
LED light can be used as notifications (older phones have had this: on Android side depends on manufacturer)
iOS5 beta and jailbreak
Available in the Fall (September earliest?)
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@mfirdaus and I talk about this week’s WWDC 2011. We will split this in 3 parts: Lion, iOS5 and iCloud as the discussion got pretty long. If you want to watch the video of the keynote click here but also do check out Justin Lee’s keypoint summary of the keynote or just refer to Apple’s what’s new section for their info about Lion.
Show Notes for WWDC 2011 Keynote on Lion
Bringing iOS to desktop: Trying to convert PC users using iOS devices to a Mac
User Interaction Changes
Multi touch gestures
Reverse scrolling, Smooth zooming. Scroll bars no longer unless scroll (iOS-like behaviours)
Emphasis on fullscreen app support (more for developers: OS supports fullscren better )
Launchpad: iOS-like launcher for apps
Mission Control: Can see everything in other spaces. Can manage spaces easier.
Airdrop: File sharing done easy/right for intranet (transfers encrypted)
Document versioning & Auto Save
Could be big for consumers and offices.
But will work with only iWork or all apps? (app needs to implement or an OS native feature)
Visual comparison similar to Time Machine interface: Can actually view old document to copy and paste
No need to manually save: new save as a new version
Delta saving so it saves only the changes (to save space)
Resume: Saving of program state: inspectors, window position automatically saved and restored when application reopened
Apps / MacStore
Apps install on all authorized comps: Buy once, deploy to all authorized computers. Good for consumers
New Mail app with updates
250+ new features
Mostly are incremental
Some notable ones:
Full Disk Encryption
Quicktime: merge and rotate videos
Quicktime: record selected region
Price: USD$30. ~4GB only available on the Mac Store
So today was the launch of the iPad 2 in Brunei and
@mfirdaus and I managed to do a bit of live streaming coverage. I got there just before 9am and noticed that there already was a queue of about 10 people but soon after that when the AV staff arrived on the scene they put up a proper queue with queue posts and a with a nice little sign.
I asked the AV staff on hand about how many units they have, and was told “alot” and not to worry. But sadly about 15 minutes after that
@JustCinful went in to get hers, but was told that there were no more 3G models in stock and could only pre-order. She was about 50th in the queue, so there weren’t that many people before her. I honestly wish AV gave a specific number of units rather than a vague terms like “a lot”.
Above is a Photosynth panoramic image at 10:08am after the first batch of 20 went in.
At about 3:30pm after recording a uploading the video and did some other recording, I went to AV and they still had Wi-Fi models in stock. Final prices are below and contact AV on
Facebook, Twitter ( @ave_brunei) or call them at +673 223 7650 (Kiulap) / +673 245 6436 (Mall)
iPad 2 Wi-FI
16GB: B$668 / B$696 (Cash/Normal)
32GB: B$798 / B$832 (Cash/Normal)
64GB: B$928 / B$967 (Cash/Normal)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
16GB: B$848 / B$884 (Cash/Normal)
32GB: B978 / B$1019 (Cash/Normal)
64GB: B$1108 / B$1155 (Cash/Normal)
Check out the edited live coverage video below