The worse nightmare has begun

Image / BIG_MOUSE / In megabytes

Image / BIG_MOUSE / In megabytes

At least storage is counted in megabytes and not megabits. Dropbox, Google Drive and all have stopped working. Final Cut Pro keeps prompting me to clear my render files. And sluggish is the word to describe my five-year-old Macbook Pro now.  As if it wasn’t sluggish enough.

Apple, please announce your new line-up of iMacs soon!

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The iPhone 5s in gold

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What a privilege to have the chance to touch the new iPhone in gold earlier this morning.

It felt as good as the iPhone 5, just because the construction’s exactly the same! Glass front with a aluminum back and side band.

Now about the colour: it looks bronze to me actually. I took the photo outdoors under the morning sun. Copper would be a better colour, though it won’t be not as “high-class”.

On that note, the Hyundai Elantra in copper looks absolutely great. Note that Komoco the dealer doesn’t bring in that shade anymore.

Random moments while studying

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I was trying my hardest to study for my first paper that will come to past this coming Monday. While shifting my iPad around, it magically entered standby or lock mode. The screen turned black with the usual ‘click’ to inform me the iPad was locked.

A random finding, a random moment. Want to replicate this? See the photo above. 🙂 Only applicable for people with both a MacBook/Pro and an iPad 2 and above.

First-ever Blog Giveaway (Sony’s New Lithium-ion Mobile Charger) #InstantPower

Woohoo, my first-ever blog contest! I have 3 pairs of Sony’s sleek USB portable power supply (see end of post for more details about the prize) to give away to 3 readers/tweeters.

Tweet with the hashtag #InstantPower and stand a chance to win!

Contest is over. Results can be found here.

What do you need to do? 3 simple steps.

  • Step 1: Form an interesting and amusing tweet using the hashtag #InstantPower (Be creative!)
    • An example: “Sugar, spice or everything nice, #InstantPower saves lives. @BIG_MOUSE”
    • Another: “#InstantPower gives smartphones life, #InstantPower saves us from strife @BIG_MOUSE”
  • Step 2: For easy tracking of submissions, include “@BIG_MOUSE” in your tweet and publish it.
  • Step 3: You are encouraged to tweet with this hashtag as many times as you want, but only your best entry will be considered for judging.
  • This Twitter contest will last for a period of 14 days from today to 18 March 2012. The 3 winners with the most interesting tweets will be announced by 23 March 2012.
Remember these 2 keywords, @BIG_MOUSE and #InstantPower
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Some essential details of Sony’s Mobile Charger (CP-ELS & CP-ELSB)

Image | Sony | Mobile Charger comes in black or white

Image | Sony | Mobile Charger comes in black or white

  • Instantly power up your smartphones and digital devices anywhere, anytime (Retail price = $29.90)
  • Built-in Li-ion battery, with a capacity of 2,000 mAh, takes 6 hours to fully charge via USB
  • When fully-charged, it has a fast-charging output of 5V at 1.0A that lasts 60 minutes (approx)
  • Built-in battery can last 500 charge-discharge cycles, and like all other Li-ion batteries (Eneloop, etc), it can hold 80% of its charge for one year.
  • Micro USB charging cable included (To charge your iDevices, just connect your iDevice Data Sync cables to the USB output)
  • 87 grams; 28mm x 125mm x 26.5mm
  • More information, user manuals, FAQs can be found here
Screen shot | Sony | Some compatible devices and their full charge counts

Screen shot | Sony | Some compatible devices and their full charge counts

iPod Nano Replacement Program

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

(Source)

For Singapore customers, there is no way you can order your replacement set via the web link provided. You also cannot check the serial number of your defective iPod Nano using the same link as this over-the-web program isn’t available for us.

However, you can send in your iPod Nano (1st generation), purchased between Sept 05 and Dec 06, to any Apple Authorised Service Providers in Singapore to request for a replacement. You may have to wait quite a while for the replacement to arrive.

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It’s been more than 6 weeks since I sent in my iPod Nano (1st Generation). Called up QCD to ask for updates. They are still unsure when the replacement stocks will arrive on our shores, but the person that answered my call told me that Apple will be replacing our defective sets with the latest generation iPod Nano (Unverified rumour as of now, will confirm this as soon as I get my hands on the replacement).

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(26 january 2012) It’s confirmed. Apple uses the latest generation iPod nano as replacement.

+Simplism iPad 2 Back Cover [updated]

Ever since I bought the iPad 2, I have never been able to find a reasonably-priced cover that can duplicate the functions of Apple’s Smart Cover. Most of the leather cases I see, touch and use were either too cheap-looking or lacking in built quality. Nothing could beat Apple’s Smart Cover in my opinion.

An early christmas present (CY) later, I now have the Smart Cover (Black, Leather) to protect the screen and to prop up the iPad for movies or studies (just in time for this revision period). And thanks to the people from The iVault, I have this chance to review the Crystal Clear version of +Simplism back cover for Apple’s iPad 2 in a bid to completely protect the iDevice.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | +Simplism iPad 2 Back Cover (Clear)

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | +Simplism iPad 2 Back Cover (Clear)

I normally do not buy something unless someone has tried it and given it a good review. Thus with this short, image-filled review, I hope that it will help you in your next purchase.

Upon receiving the package from the courier, I ripped open the package to find a smoothly-cut, reasonably-thick and rather strong plastic mould. All the cut-outs were pretty well-done – no sharp edges and all smoothly-filed down. The clips that clip onto the iPad look really strong too. In short, the crystal clear plastic back cover doesn’t feel cheap at all compared to some other brands in the market. Also, there is a screen protector film stuck on the back cover to prevent accidental scratches during shipping and installation.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Camera Cutout

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Camera Cutout

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Speaker Grill Cutout

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Speaker Grill Cutout

Looking at the image below, note how the back cover protects the bezel as well. For instructions on how to install this back cover, find the white, glossy paper included in the package (seen in the background in the image below).

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | +Simplism iPad Back Cover: Protects the bezel as well

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | +Simplism iPad Back Cover: Protects the bezel as well

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Apple's Smart Cover + +Simplism Back Cover (Crystal Clear) working hand-in-hand

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Apple’s Smart Cover + +Simplism Back Cover (Crystal Clear) working hand-in-hand

Now, only time will tell if this plastic back cover is a scratch magnet.

So remember, if you wanna get a product from The iVault, feel free to use the discount code bigmouse when checking-out your online store purchases to secure a 10% upfront discount. More details here.

(Please note that iVault has discontinued its old blogger ambassador program when they updated their product line-up. Thus, this discount code is no longer valid.)

The iVault: Apple Accessories (Online Retailer) [updated]

Image | BIG_MOUSE | iVault's logo

Image | BIG_MOUSE | iVault’s logo

The iVault, newly launched in September 2011, is an online retail store for a range of Apple accessory brands which include Power Support, +Simplism, Kajsa, Scosche and Moshi. Some of these brands are also available at Apple’s brick-and-mortar resellers (EpiCentre, NuBox, DG Lifestyle, etc) too.

Apart from its promisingly-clean web interface and the live chat/ support feature, the people at iVault have projected that they will be unveiling a new brand every month and new products every two weeks, which make for a fuss-free and rather engaging online shopping experience.

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | The iVault's Homepage

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | The iVault’s Homepage

Shipping and Payment

Free delivery to Singapore addresses within three working days. Upon check out, you may request for a delivery time slot and/or a tracking code in the “Note to Seller” column.

Payment can be made via Paypal. Credit/debit card purchases will be processed through through Paypal as well.

More details on their FAQ page.

Now for your discount code…

And for you people viewing this post, you are one privileged bunch as The iVault has extended their VIP discounts to you, yes you. Just type the discount code bigmouse into “coupon code” text box just before you check-out your products to secure a 10% upfront discount off your purchases (see screenshot below).

(Please note that iVault has discontinued its old blogger ambassador program when they updated their product line-up. Thus, this discount code is no longer valid.)

Next up, a review of a +Simplism product kindly provided by iVault.

Aztech Routers & iTunes Problems

Consumers who own Aztech routers, are you having problems with iTunes WiFi Sync or Home Sharing?

You will need to DISABLE “AP ISOLATION” under’ ‘Wireless’ – ‘Settings‘ in Aztech’s web interface for iTunes WiFi Sync and Home Sharing to work. After you disable this, all other applications (RemoteMouse, Remote, Keynote’s remote, etc) that require WiFi communication between your various iDevices should function properly.

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | Aztech's router settings

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | Aztech's router settings

Wasted a whole day trying to figure this out.

Ruby from Apple guided me through a step-by-step diagnosis and we figured that the router was the main culprit (because WiFi sync worked seamlessly when I used personal hotspot).

Aztech’s customer service wasn’t helpful at all, and they tried to smoke (bluff) me by asking me to configure port forwarding and static-IP nonsense. And oh yes, the person (not a Singaporean) from Aztech’s technical hotline was rather sarcastic throughout the call.

Being nice and all, I called Apple (1800-my-apple) again to provide them feedback about this compatibility issue. Was secretly hoping they will mail me a new iDevice…#fathope

Hopefully, this post will help someone solve their iTunes WiFi Sync and Home Sharing issues with Aztech routers.