In my previous posts, I have been using iPhone 3GS for almost 3 years; in other words, my contract with existing service provider, MobileOne (M1), is already long up and I am eligible to renew my contract.
For the past 9 months, I have been waiting for iPhone 5 to be released. My excitement skyrocketed when Apple finally announced the release of the latest device. After it hit the store and listening to reviewers, I was utterly disappointed and completely despair in both its hardware and newest iOS 6. Even Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has to issue an official apology to the public. Landscape competitiveness has taken over the tradition of customer experience.
iOS 6 is a major version jump from its previous version of 5.1.1. One of the significance change is the removal or replacement of Google apps. YouTube app has been removed completely, and Google Map apps has been replaced by its home-made Apple apps. Since iOS 4, we have been living and breathing with these 2 heavily used apps in iPhones and iPads, their sudden absence has certainly caused an uneasiness in the Apple consumer community.
iPhone 5 was officially announced on September 12th 2012 by Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple. All the hype about the new generation of iPhone has ended with much disappointment to many.
First of all, it was more of a hardware upgrade rather than new innovation, i.e. a faster A6 processor, better camera for taking panoramic pictures, longer size to accommodate 5 rows of icons. The introduction of LTE network support was consistently known by the public as 2-year old technology. In addition, Apple replaced Google Map apps on iOS 6 (which comes preinstalled in iPhone 5), and removed YouTube app; both apps owned by Google, sending a message out that it will cease to partner with them on developing apps and start to rely on its own technology.
In spite of all these, Apple managed to exceed Pre-order quota within 60 minutes upon the opening of iPhone 5 sales online. Worldwide, it achieved 2 million orders! This has caused Apple to announce the delay in delivery of iPhones due to overwhelming orders.
This happened about a few minutes ago. Whilst checking for SPAM, I saw a remark at the top of my WordPress Admin site saying that Akismet has detected a problem. I don’t know if it’s only me, but it happened across another WordPress site owned by me (hosted on the same server).
I hope that this is only a temporary issue and that it gets resolved soon. Spam is growing every second and I cannot wait for another tick on the clock to inform me how many thousands of spams have been generated on the site.
According to the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore, teachers in Singapore will be getting a pay rise with effect from 1st September 2012 as part of Teacher’s Day gift. This will affect more than 26k teaching staffs in Singapore island-wide.
Depending on their job grade and position, the 8-percent salary adjustment could mean an increase of up to S$550 (or up to S$830 for some),to their gross monthly salaries. In addition to that, support staff members will also receive a pay adjustment of up to 15 percent.
I strongly believe from this move that Singapore is seriously lacking of talented teachers. It has to take the government to go through this measure of attracting people to the academic field.