Apple Watch’s Reverse Crown

Wearing it differentlyCraig Hockenberry finds that Apple Watch , especially with the Reverse Crown.

Apple never adds settings without a good reason. The inclusion of a preference for the crown position is a pretty clear indication that someone important knew that this was an ergonomically superior choice. But it’s also one that goes against horologic convention: Apple’s desire for this device to be visually appealing won out over ergonomics.

Was this an unintentional way to wear the Apple Watch or maybe someone did think about it.

A first look at Steve Jobs – the Aaron Sorkin movie

Universal Pictures just released a first look at Steve Jobs – the Aaron Sorkin movie starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston as Jobs’ ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld.

As teasers go, there isn’t much to look at except hearing quotes from the various characters, and then a quick glance at Fassbender as Steve Jobs. On first look, the physical resemblance isn’t there – more akin to seeing Magneto without his helmet and wearing a black turtle neck with glasses. But then, who knows…this is just a teaser.

The movie will come out in October and we’ll see if it ends up like the other Steve Jobs biopic which tanked. – homepage screenshot collection

View every screen shot of since 1997

Florian Innocente loves his Apple and in one of his Flickr album – he has consolidated screenshot of every homepage since 1997 – the image above is just two years’ of homepage between 1997 to 1999.

But that wasn’t the oldest screenshot of Apple’s home page. Kevin Fox found an old screen shot of Apple’s home page back sometime between 1993-1994.

I’m a digital pack-rat, and I’ve been on the Internet a long time. I remember a very different, more playful homepage. I remembered a page that was more Fractal Design Painter and less grids and columns. I remember taking a screenshot of that page because I liked the look of it. But where would it be today?


Definitely not as refined as what we see nowadays. Going through Florian’s Flickr photo stream – do you recognise any of these … or were you even on the internet back then?

(via DaringFireball and Kottke)

Spring forward – Apple Event Mar 2015


The upcoming event for Apple will probably be one of the most important in recent years. Although the Apple Watch was announced in October last year, there are still many details not known to the public. Scheduled to be available in April, this event will be the Apple Watch’s official introduction to the rest of the world.

As usual, the event will be on 9 March 10am PDT – which will be 10 March (Tuesday) 1am (Singapore) time. The event will be streamed live on this page and you can view it on Safari on your Mac or iOS device, or Apple TV1.

In case you need a refresher on what is the Apple Watch – watch the video below.

  1. Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later. 

MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program

macbookpro-retinaIf you happen to own a MacBook Pro that was purchased between Feb 2011 and December 2013, and faces some problems with the display, you might be able to get it fixed for free – even if your AppleCare had expired.

Products affected:

  • 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011
  • 15″ MacBook PRo Retina models manufactured from Mid 2012 to Early 2013

Should your MacBook Pro display one of the following symptoms, you can check if your model is one of those that qualify for the program.

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
  • No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
  • Computer restarts unexpectedly

To check, simply go to this page – Check your Coverage tool and key in your Mac’s serial number. Use this link to find your serial number on your Mac.

If you do have the issue and is covered in this program, do go down to any Apple Authorized Service Provider and get it fixed.

More details here.

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year - artwork was done by my 3 yr old son.

Have a great and prosperous Chinese New Year and the days ahead. I’ll take a short hiatus as I celebrate the holidays with my family and will be back next week.


Recording your iOS screen on your Mac – QuickTips

One of the new features in Yosemite is the ability to record your screen of your iOS 8 device connected with a Lightning cable to your Mac with the QuickTime player. Previously such features were limited to developers using Xcode to do that. With Yosemite, it is just a matter of hooking up your iOS device to your Mac and using QuickTime player to record.

Once you connect your iOS 8 device to your Mac, start QuickTime player, click on File and select New Movie Recording. If your iOS 8 device is connected, you will be able to select the device for the Camera and Microphone options. QuickTime will record the audio from your iOS device if you select that as your Microphone input. Lastly, if you have sufficient HD space, I’d usually set Maximum quality just so when you edit, you don’t lose much of the quality.

Once that is set up, prepare your iOS device and click record.

Below is a segment I recorded off the Vainglory game I’m playing.

So if you need to do a product demonstration of your iOS app, or just to record a FaceTime conversation with your love ones…you just need to run QuickTime player app, hook up your iOS device with a Lightning cable and you’re set. Once that is recorded, you can trim and edit it with iMovie and add in text, animations and effects…to capture the memory.

Dreeps – this must be the dopiest game

DreepsCall Dreeps – this game by Japanese developers Hisanori Hiraoka and Daisuke Watanabe is marketed as a game “for those who don’t have the time to play RPG anymore”.

The game is set in a real-time universe which mixes sci-fi and fantasy with animated pixel-art graphics. The main character, a robot-boy will sleep and regain energy at the same pace than the user, then be able to beat bosses and climb ranks. The main character will be gaining experience points after battles and level up, see some events happening or gain new companions and new alarms.


So basically you set an alarm, goes to sleep, wakes up and watch your robot-boy goes wondering around in a beautifully designed pixel-art universe, fighting monsters and robots. But you don’t need to do anything else. Just watch. Sleep and watch him grow and level-up.

Besides having lovely pixel-art, the lack of text allows you to imagine what the game is about and what the hero is doing. Lastly, as you need to sleep for your character to regain energy, it encourages you to rest more – kinda counter-intuitive when it comes to gaming but this might just works…at least till you get bored of the “game”.

At US$2.99 – it might be a good wake-up alarm and serves as a good screen saver while you watch your hero gets into action but a good game…?

See more screens of the games below and download Dreeps at the App Store now.

Apple Tips app – QuickTips

Apple Tips appWith iOS 8, Apple included a Tips app that showcase some of the new features of iOS 8 which you can quickly go through. Currently there are 35 tips, ranging from sending an audio message in your Message app, teaching Siri who’s who to using your Camera app’s filters.

These tips are updated weekly and Apple will send a notification to your iPhone when it has been updated. With the Tips app, new users to iOS can learn some new tricks with the use of simple animations and concise description.

Watch the video below for a quick view of the app in action. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

iOS Mail app – organise your mailboxes – QuickTips

Apple’s Mail app is one of the underrated productivity app in the face of other popular email clients on iOS – Mailbox (free), Inbox for Gmail (invite only) and the recently released Microsoft Outlook (free), just to name a few.

Since iOS 8, Mail app has seen some improvements which have helped it bridge the gaps from its more popular competitors. One of this is how you can organise your mailboxes within the app to show just what you need.

How to easily manage your mailboxes in iOS Mail app

How to easily manage your mailboxes in iOS Mail app

When you start Mail app, click on the Edit button on the top right to see how you can organise your mailboxes. Besides the Inboxes of your various accounts, you have a few filtered views which can make email management more palatable:

  • Today – shows only emails that you have today both Read and Unread
  • Unread – shows only unread emails to give you a quick view of what you might have missed
  • VIP – shows only emails from the very-important-people
  • Flagged – shows only flagged emails, which you can easily do by swiping to your left and selecting the “Flag” button
  • To or CC – shows only emails which has you on the To or CC field – useful if you want to filter out mailing list emails
  • Attachements – shows emails that have attachments in them
  • Thread Notifications – shows email threads that you have selected to be notified – very useful at work where you might have email threads for ongoing jobs
  • All Drafts, All Sent and All Trash – pretty much speaks for themselves

Though these are basic set of filtered views, they do their job especially if you don’t like to install more apps on your iOS device. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

This is the first of a series of QuickTips which helps me in my daily life – and hopefully in your’s too.