Tweet in the dark with night mode in Twitter for iOS

The official Twitter for iOS app now comes with a “night mode”, essentially a dark theme with light-text-on-dark background. This feature should make it easier to read and tweet at night or in dimmer environment.

To enable Night Mode, on the Me tab, tap the gear icon. Tap “Turn on night mode” from the popup menu to turn the feature on.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Mozilla has released Firefox 48 for the desktop which includes the long-awaited multi-process feature. Multi-process separates each web tab into its own process. Thus if a web page is crashing or consuming large amount of CPU, the other tabs will remain responsive. This feature has been made available with Safari and Chrome browsers for a while, and has finally made it to Firefox.

Mozilla however is rolling out multi-process feature to all Firefox 48 users in stages over the next few weeks. To find out if your copy of Firefox 48 has it enabled, enter “about:support” on the URL bar.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Look for the entry “Multiprocess Windows” to check if multi-process is enabled. There is no settings to enable this feature yourself, so you just have to wait.

Apple is selling 4 year old Macbook Pro or why it is not a good time to buy a Mac

The Verge just published an article that highlights the fact that Apple is still selling a 2012 Macbook Pro. Yup, the non-retina version of Macbook Pro Apple is currently selling as new is a 2012 product.

The non-Retina Macbook Pro is not the only Mac that is outdated. In fact, the 12-inch Macbook is the only one Mac that got an update this year. Reading MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide is depressing if you’re a Mac fan. Apple’s best selling Macbook Pro Retina  is 446 days since its last release in May 2015. The Macbook Air is 517 days since its last update in Mar 2015. The Mac Mini is 661 days since its last update in Oct 2014. The Mac Pro is 962 days since its first release in Dec 2013.

Apple is selling 4 year old Macbook Pro or why it is not a good time to buy a Mac

The standard PC industry practice by everyone else is to update product range when there is a new generations of Intel CPU. The Macbook Pro is basically two Intel CPU generations behind notebooks by Dell, Lenovo, Asus etc. If you’re into VR, please note that none of Mac is able to drive the graphics requirement for VR.

Many wonder and are curious to know why an admired high-tech company is selling outdated tech. And happily so as these outdated Macs are making tons of money for Apple. 

Now is not a good time to buy a new Mac, unless you’re aiming for the 12-inch Macbook. Just hold-on for a month or two. Apple is expected to update its Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac this fall. 

Should I install iOS 10 beta on my iPhone?

Should I install iOS 10 beta on my iPhone?

Apple has just released iOS 10 Beta 4 this week to developers, together the same release is issued as iOS 10 Third Public Beta which is open to everyone. One question on people keen to try the shinny new OS is how stable is the release.

iOS 10 beta has been the most stable beta we’ve seen compared with iOS past major releases. The current Beta 4 has proven to be stable enough to be in use in some of our main iPhones. For our usage, all major apps are running fine without issues. If you’re keen to run it on your main phone, first check to make sure that critical apps that you depends on can run on it. As with most beta software, codes are not fully optimised for speed, size and battery usage as it is meant for testing. 

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

With tons of events happening, it is tough to keep track of everything with the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you’re not downloading the official Rio 2016 iPhone app or using the official website, you can make use of Google instant search results to get quick updates.

  • Enter “rio 2016″ or “olympics” to get back instant search result of an overview.
  • Search for “rio 2016 today” or “rio 2016 schedule” to see today’s schedule.
  • Search for “rio 2016 archery”, “rio 2016 football” etc for specific sporting event.
  • Search for “rio 2016 usain bolt”, “rio 2016 michael phelps” etc for schedule and results of specific athlete.
  • Search for “rio 2016 medal count” for the latest medal standing. 
  • Search for “rio 2016 japan medal count” etc for medal detail of a specific country.

Apple has a new remote app for Apple TV

Apple has a new remote app for Apple TV 

Apple has released a brand new Apple TV Remote app for the Apple TV. If you’re current Remote app user, please note that you have to download this new app. It is a brand new app and not an update to the old Remote app. If you’re not using a remote app for your Apple TV, please download the new app ASAP as entering text onto Apple TV using the app is so much easier. And this new app has Siri integration build-in, just like the hardware remote.

Reminder: Windows 10 free update ends 29 July

Reminder: Windows 10 free update ends 29 July

Just a reminder that if you wish to upgrade to Windows 10 from your copy of older Windows for free, please do so before July 29. After this date, a license will set you back at least $119.

Windows 10 has been released for almost a year. The free upgrade is an aggressive one-year promotion by Microsoft to fast-paced its adoption. Microsoft will release a major free update to Windows 10 dubbed Anniversary Update on August 2.

General consensus is Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 and Windows 8. So what are you waiting for?

Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account

Pokemon Go has taken the gaming world by storm with its AR location-based game play. It is currently available in the US and Australia. To get started playing the game, you’re required to sign-in with a Google account. No other social account sign-in such as Facebook or Twitter is offered.

Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account

You might like to know that once sign-in from within the game, Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account. You can check which apps are connected to your Google account from the myaccount.google.com site. Click on “Connected apps & sites”, scroll down to look for the “Connected apps & sites” section, and then click “MANAGE APPS” link. Click on the app to expand for the access detail.

This might not be as alarming as it appears as apps such as Google Maps for iOS also require full access to your Google account. Google has this to explain about full account access:

  • When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can’t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).
  • Certain Google applications may be listed under full account access. For example, you might see that the Google Maps application you downloaded for your iPhone has full account access.
  • This “Full account access” privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.
  • If you’ve granted full account access to an app you don’t trust or recognize, we recommend that you revoke this permission by clicking the Revoke access button.

If you don’t feel comfortable about the full access, you can revoke the access. And then use another Google account to continue your hunt in Pokemon Go.

Updated. Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, has issued statements that says the full access is an error and the game only requires basic profile info. Niantic is working on a fix together with Google.

Google launches My Activity site to let you see how much they track you

Google launches My Activity site to let you see how much they track you

Google has a new My Activity site which displays in a timeline your activities using Google services, such as what sites you visit, your search history, where have you been, what devices you’ve used etc. You can search and filter your activities. And you can delete the tracking data if you so choose. If you use Google services a lot, head over to My Activity and be overwhelmed by the amount of your data collected by Google.