Access iPhone Apps, Music, Movies without iTunes

All iPhone users have an iTunes account and the iTunes application to manage the applications, music, movies and other media on your iPhone. However, what about times when you are not at your computer? Or what about the times when you format your computer and without the data on it, your computer would wipe your iOS device and start from scratch. I have been using this application from time to time and it has been a life-saver.

http://www.i-funbox.com/

Its an App/File Manager For iPhone, iPod, and the iPad.

The New iPad is now recognized and file transfer is also optimized for the new device. App inspection is a new feature introduced in this version, which allows you to easily inspect the installed apps for their security permissions as well. App file sharing support is also added. You can now easily access the document folder of Apps that supports “File Sharing”.  Its Free. And, also, no jailbreak needed!

Iit allows users to manage files on your iPhone or iPad in a way just like Windows File Explorer without the need for iTunes. Easily transmit files and folders to your computer with the optimized file transfer and browsing. iOS 5.1 is fully supported. Likewise, for music and media, they can be added and removed with ease.

  • Add & remove music and videos from your iPod
  • Add, remove and edit playlists
  • Add & remove album art
  • View and backup photos
  • Copy music, videos and playlists from your iPod to PC
  • Import music/videos into your iTunes library, including playlists and ratings

So if you are not a big fan of iTunes and only have it installed for your iPhone, do try out this application. More importantly, its free!

New iPhone 5 Launch in Singapore – Singtel/Starhub/M1

The all new iPhone 5 has generated so much buzz and attention. Following the announcement of the new iPhone 5 model on 12 Sep 12, actual sales of the iPhone 5 for Singapore is going to be on 21 Sep 2012, with pre-orders starting this Friday (14 Sep 12). As evidenced from the last iPhone 4S launch, Singapore, alongside Tokyo has been one of the lucky few of the first-to-launch countries and we are expecting the same this time around. So, do expect the usual long queues and iPhone frenzy at your Singtel, Starhub, M1 launch events. Based on past experience, pre-order is a must and perhaps even ask for the delivery option to save your hassle of queuing up, unless there are some goodie bags at the physical launch event. Read our related posts highlighted below to get more information on the launch and how to pre-order.

 

Update (13 Sep 12):  The Telcos have started to move. Read here for the latest updates.

 

Update (11 Sep 12):  The news is going to be released Singapore time 1 am on 13 Sep. We would be updating live via Facebook on the status. Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates when you wake up on Thursday Morning.

Update (05 Sep 12)Click here for more on the upcoming new iPhone 5 launch Annoucement – including leaked photos!

News

Two-Tone, Unibody Design. The new iPhone design is expected to be housed in a two-tone, unibody design that I think is quite attractive. The new housing design should allow it to be slimmer as compared to the iPhone 4S and overall, thinner and lighter as well. I like the new iPhone 5 design. The two-tone gives it a contemporary sleek look that scores high in the class department. The matte anodized aluminium finish help prevent those pesky fingerprint smudges on a glossy backplate.

Speed Improvements. Like the released iPad 3, the new iPhone 5 will get a speed bump. It might have the new A6 processor, which would promise better graphics capability as well as better multi-tasking. The iPhone 4S and/or the iPad are no slouches in the speed category and would compare quite well with the quad-core Android phones.

New Dock. The new iPhone 5 is expected to have a new, smaller dock connector. It will come with a smaller connector (almost micro-usb size) instead of the usual 30-pin connector which is currently how the iPhone and iPad are designed. What does this mean? New car chargers, new iHome docking stations, new portable speakers that your current iPhone can plug right in to, and a whole bunch of apple related accessories. This will be a bummer for those current apple users with a significant number of associated accessories. While understandably frustrating, it will make the new iPhone 5 thinner and is a design for the future.

Bigger screen. A 4 inch screen finally. While still smaller than the Android flagship devices like the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3 and many more, the iPhone 5 is likely to get a bump up from the previous 3.5″ screen that had lasted across the 4 to 5 previous generations since 2007. While a technology leader at that time, it now has to play catch up to multiple devices that have exceeded it in this category. Clearly, size matters, as evidenced from the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The 5.3″ behemoth was one of the top sellers in Singapore and Samsung is reportedly going to launch an even bigger version soon. However, Apple would not compete head on and will be only  bumping the size up to 4″. In times when the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X are all sporting 4.7″ and above screens, how would the iPhone 5 screen compare? I think 4″ is a decent screen size for reading and surfing on the mobile phone but I would prefer a bigger screen device. The good thing was that Apple is keeping the width of the same so the general feel of the phone would stay the same.

Considering the Samsung Galaxy S3 or thinking of switching to Android? You may find this interesting.
S3vsIphone
Migrating from iPhone to Android (Galaxy SGS3)

Google Handwrite: Search by Scribbling

Google has just added a new feature called “Handwrite” to its mobile search. Handwrite allows you to write on the screen of your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet when you’re on the Google search page.

The best way to understand what all this is about is to watch the short Google video below:

To use Handwrite, go to the Google search (mobile), scroll down until you see “Settings,” and click on it. There are lots of choices on the menu, but the one you want is Handwrite. Click on the button and you’ve got it. Apparently, it only works for the default browser but I tried with Dolphin on a Huawei Honor and it worked well. Is it easier to use than a keyboard? I am not sure. The small size of the screen does make it hard to scribble a long search word and perhaps it might be useful if I’m in a bumpy vehicle or I am driving, which then, I shouldn’t be using the phone, right? I would think the voice search function might work better instead.

 

Accessing the eLibrary (Singapore)

Overdrive allows you to borrow and download eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries that support this system. I have a Nook Color and while it is quite useful and functional as a Nook Color android tablet, I still read on it pretty often. I used to think that we had to buy the eBooks and transfer it to over to the eReader device. One of the more amazing things that had caught my attention was the idea that I could check out books from the library electronically. The process is slightly complex the first time, having to go through the Overdrive Media Console and creating an Adobe ID and also, it is plagued by the same queuing system as per the physical books whereby you have to wait till the previous person is done before you can borrow it. However, it becomes much simpler to use once the initial setup is established, and is a nice, cheap alternative to refresh your e-library.

Impressively enough, the Singapore National Library Board has a digital catalogue and it can be accessed through http://singapore.lib.overdrive.com/. The collection is slightly small but some of the top fiction books can still be found. So if you have an iPad, Android Tablet, Nook, or Kindle, do check out the local e-library and start borrowing. The eBooks have an electronic signature that automatically disables the file once it passes the loan date, and once you have For parents, there are picture and audio books that you can borrow to keep your young ones entertained. Start reading away!

The Complete Jailbreak Guide for iPod/iPhone/iPad

Jailbreaking lifts the limitations set by Apple and allows developers to expand the features on your iOS device (iPod / iPhone / iPad. More importantly, jailbreak is not illegal in the United States! However, with every iteration of iOS, there’s less reasons to jailbreak and increasingly, it has become harder too.

The below Jailbreak guide is for iOS version 8.4
Follow instructions at http://www.taig.com/en/tutorial.html.

The below Jailbreak guide is for iOS version: 5.1.1

The Quick 3 Step Guide to Jailbreak

  1. Update your device to iOS 5.1.1 through iTunes.
  2. Download Absynthe and extract the app to your desktop. Plug in your device, open Absynthe, quit iTunes (if its not closed automatically), and click the jailbreak button.
  3. Be patient. Your device will go into a fake restore session and reboot. When it reboots, DO NOT TOUCH IT OR UNPLUG IT. You will be notified on-screen when Absynthe completes the jailbreak. When it’s done, you can unplug your device from your computer.

And, it’s done. It IS really that simple.