iPhone 4 First Weekend Sale in China

This past Saturday (September 25, 08:00 China Standard Time) we saw the official release of the iPhone 4 in mainland China.

It was welcomed by thousands of Chinese Apple fans, who camped out at the 3 Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai respectively. The actual launch had the fanfare of launches in New York City, London and Tokyo. This is even with gray-market iPhone 4’s from Hong Kong and other countries sold in mainland China since it the initial launch in the US.

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What’s On My iPhone Home Screen?

The first screen on your iPhone is usually the place where most users place their favorite or most used apps. The screen on the left is my Home screen on the iPhone.

Now let me explain what these apps are in my Home screen. May be you will find them useful yourself.

I will not bother with the Apple built-in apps, since you are probably familiar with them. I will first describe the ones outside the folders then the ones within the Utilities, Social and News folders.
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New Elements of iTunes 10

Here are several aesthetic changes and new functionality in the latest version of iTunes application.

The first thing you will notice with this latest version of iTunes is that the icons on the left panel has all lost their 3D/colour effects. Many critics have complain that the change is ugly, this may be true, but I think the new design places the focus back on to the content: music tracks, videos, apps and the iTunes Store.

The problem seem to be the inconsistent applications of these 3D effects. Some controls have gain the latest Apple aluminum hardware look but others has the Aperture styling. These inconsistencies make the application feel unfinished, and continues the theory that iTunes is Apple’s platform for experimenting with OS X UI designs.

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iTunes: Your Credit Card Was Declined Issue [Updated]

Not sure if it was a coincident or not, but many people who has an iTunes Store US account had encountered the “Your credit card was declined. Please enter valid credit card information” issue shortly before the launch of iTunes 10. I personally encountered this problem several hours after I began using iTunes 10.

It began when I tried to upgrade an app within iTunes. I am presented with the following message in a dialog asking me to enter my iTunes Store credentials.
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Apple to Live Stream Music Event Sep. 1st

As many of you know, Apple will be holding its annual invitation-only music event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on September 1st, 10:00 (US PST).

For the first time in a long while, Apple will be streaming this event live over the Internet using its “HTTP Live Streaming” (presumably “QuickTime Broadcaster”). Unfortunately, if you do not own one of Apple’s products you will not be able to watch it via the Internet.

Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.

Sep 1, 18:00 London Time
Sep 1, 13:00 US Eastern Time
Sep 1, 12:00 US Central Time
Sep 1, 10:00 US Pacific Time
Sep 2, 01:00 Hong Kong Time
Sep 2, 03:00 Sydney Time