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Apple’s Tim Cook: Upcoming iOS Update Will Allow iPhone Users To Optionally Disable CPU Throttling

By | January 18th, 2018

Yes you read that right. After Apple issued an apology letter for not communicating properly to consumers the slowdown of older iPhones when their battery was degraded, CEO of Apple today confirmed that upcoming iOS update will give an option to users where they could choose to disable this “feature” if they don’t like it.

This was confirmed by Cook today in an interview with ABC News.

In the aformentioned interview, Tim Cook confirmed that this feature will be part of a semi-major iOS 11.x beta update, first to be issued to developers and public testers next month, before being rolled out to everyone else, likely sometime in Spring of this year.

We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent. This hasn’t been done before.

If you don’t want it, you can turn it off.

Having said this, Cook did say though that it’s not recommended to turn off this “feature”. It’s important to note that Apple didn’t apologize for throttling CPUs on older iPhones with degraded batteries. They apologized for not properly communicating they were doing this. The company still stands by what it is doing because they believe that it’s done in the best interest of consumers as degraded batteries on older devices cause unexpected shutdowns, resulting in poor user experience.

As of right now on latest version of iOS 11, when the system detects that lithium ion battery in iPhone 7 or older model is getting degraded, it automatically starts throttling CPU to put less load on the battery in order to prolong its life. Apple says that it intelligently detects this and does it to balance out both performance and battery life. But since this was not properly communicated to consumers, the company issued an apology and offered 75% discounted battery replacements as compensation for all of 2018 on all iPhone 6 devices and up. Today’s statement by Cook now confirms that going forward, iOS update will offer users with the ability to turn off this throttling of CPU if they prefer performance over better battery life although doing so might result in them facing unexpected shutdown issue on devices with degraded batteries.

(source: ABC News)

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Elsie’s Kitchen – Have an Exquisite & Effortless Reunion Dinner!

The days leading up to Chinese New Year is the busiest period for many of us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the stressful kind of busy, but it’s more of an enjoyable busy.

Families start by spring cleaning their home, and then getting new outfits to usher in the new year. Then, the planning for a reunion dinner starts. Be it amongst our parents and children, or with extended family members, hosting and planning for a reunion dinner isn’t an easy feat.

If you’re dining out, there’s the need to book days – or even months – in advance. It’s going to be even tougher if you’re cooking at home. Getting the freshest ingredients, preparing them, and the actual execution.

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Now, why not do away with all the hassle and stress this year? Elsie’s Kitchen has got you covered and they will ensure that you have a smooth sailing welcome to the new year.

Elsie’s Kitchen has numerous Chinese New Year buffet menus available, with prices starting from just $ 15.88/person!

Mix and match items, or choose from the pre-selected set menus to create your ultimate Chinese New Year buffet spread that will wow all your guests!

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Fit for 25 people, the 13-course Imperial Jade Buffet Spread ($ 34.88/pax) is truly fit for an emperor. Apart from the wide variety of tantalising dishes, the buffet setup was stunning, with all the ornate décor that brought the festivities to the party.

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No Chinese New Year reunion dinner is complete without yu sheng. Elsie’s Kitchen turns it up a notch with its Majestic 10-Head Abalone Yu Sheng with Mango-Papaya Salad in Spicy Lemongrass Dressing! Whole abalones are meticulously placed along the perimeter. No need to fight as everyone gets a piece!

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Have some fun, and shake it off like Taylor Swift, while making your own DIY Signature Peranakan Laksa! Start by blanching your own noodles, before customizing your own laksa – more fish cake, more laksa leaves, no bean sprouts. Finally, ladle a generous serving of the rich, creamy and spicy laksa broth over your very own picks!

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I loved how there were so many seafood dishes included in the buffet spread. The Half Shell Scallop with Garlic & Tang Hoon isn’t a common dish you find among home delivery buffets. The fresh and sweet scallops are a real delicacy at any dinner table, and tastes so good with the garlicky flavours that complement the sweetness of the scallops!

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Fish is a must-have during reunion dinners, simply because of the famous Chinese idiom ‘Nian Nian You Yu’. Elsie’s Kitchen serves up a WHOLE PIECE of Crispy Soon Hock with Spicy Fruity Sauce instead of the usual sliced fish! Everyone gets to pick their favourite part of the fish – be it the head, tail or the firm and flaky flesh – and savour it with your loved ones!

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The Cantonese pronunciation of prawn is similar to happiness. Elsie’s Kitchen wishes diners a blissful and happy year ahead in the form of their Sautéed Prawn in Spicy Sauce. The prawns are fresh, and the spicy sauce is sweet and sour, which makes for a classic combination that is well loved by the masses!

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In line with the craze over salted egg, Elsie’s Kitchen has come up with a Golden Salted Egg Chicken Infused with Curry Leaves. Each piece of chicken is encased in a wonderful mouth-watering layer of salted egg goodness.

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The addition of gingko nuts in the Eight Treasure Lou Han Chai makes the dish so much more attractive. This dish lives up to its grand name, and isn’t just your normal vegetable stir-fry. Together with vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and mushrooms, it makes for a wholesome dish that is bound to be a hit with guests.

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The Golden Chicken Siew Mai with Ebiko is Elsie’s Kitchen’s twist on the classic dim sum. The siew mais are so big and reminds us of gold ingots! Yay to a year of bountiful wealth! Each siew mai is topped with a dollop of ebiko, which pops in your mouth.

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The older generations would definitely enjoy The Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice with Hae Bee Hiam. The glutinous rice is fragrant and chewy, and is studded with a good serving of hae bee hiam, giving the dish that exciting spicy kick.

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Wash down the meal with some Braised Fish Maw with Conpoy and Cabbage soup, which is generously laden with pieces of chicken, mushrooms and fish maw! Diners will be in awe at the richness of the soup, and everyone would be lining up for seconds!

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Elsie’s Kitchen rendition of the classic cheng tng dessert is fun and exciting. They have made the well-loved dessert into an Auspicious Cheng Tng Jelly! These cute nuggets are sweet and chewy, and will definitely please both the young, and old.

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It is time to have a warm and hearty reunion dinner with your loved ones. But if going out is too troublesome, and slogging over the fire isn’t the wisest choice, why not let Elsie’s Kitchen take care of all your catering needs? It really is that simple! Just go to http://www.elsiekitchen.com.sg/menu/Chinese-New-Year and get booking! Here’s wishing everyone a prosperous and joyful year of the dog!

[GIVEAWAY] To spice up the festivities, we’re giving away 2 x $ 100 discount for your reunion dinner this year so you can enjoy a special, fuss-free meal with your family and loved ones!

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Giveaway closes on 23 January 2018.

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An avid fan of the local food scene in Singapore, Justyn loves to recreate hearty hawker meals during his free time at home.

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Beware: This Link Will Crash, Freeze Messages App On iOS & macOS, Cause Respring, Boot Loop, More

By | January 17th, 2018

“Effective power” bug is back on iPhones and Macs! As has been discovered and posted about by Abraham Masri – the guy behind to.panga jailbreak, Houdini semi-jailbreak and some other project – it affects both iOS and macOS devices.

While it’s generally harmless, the developer warns that it shouldn’t be used for “bad stuff” and is likely made public mainly for educational purposes.

It’s pretty much given that most will still use it to prank friends and family with iPhones and Macs, just so that they can annoy the hell out of them. It’s not the first time that this kind of bug has been discovered in iOS either, with previous similar bugs in text and links form have not only affected Messages app, but also the Safari mobile browser.

While Apple has patched the bugs in previous instances fairly quickly, the company usually doesn’t issue emergency updates for these bugs as these are generally harmless and don’t really cause security or privacy issues for iOS device owners.

So what does this bug do? Well, if you send the link hosted on GitHub given in the embedded tweet below, it will immediately crash the receipent’s Messages app. This is due to Messages app preloading the preview of the page with code that causes the issue in the first place. In some instances, it can even cause resprings or boot loops, or can even freeze the device and might require full power on/off of the device. It has also been found to cause lag in Messages app and iOS in general, and in some rare instances, can make Messages app useless.

It appears to affect the latest public and beta versions of both iOS and macOS. While Apple will definitely patch this in an upcoming update, we will have to wait and see how long the company takes to issue an update for this one – It will probably depend on how widespread the issue becomes!

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10 Things To Do In Kuantan – Chop Chop Malaysian Getaway Just An Hour & $42 Flight From Singapore

Affordable things to do in Kuantan

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When it comes to affordable getaways, most Singaporeans immediately think of a staycation or a trip to JB. The furthest you’d travel may be to KL – but even going there for a 2 day trip can be a little pricey.

Though Malaysia is a popular getaway choice, there are still many places there that are relatively unexplored. One of these places is Kuantan, a hidden gem that takes the same amount of time as a trip from Pasir Ris to Tuas. We also found tickets as low as $ 42 for a one-way trip! Here are 10 things to do if your total getaway budget is less than $ 300!

– ACTIVITIES –

1. Stay in a capsule hotel at the Time Capsule Retreat

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Instead of camping in a tent, take things up a notch at the Time Capsule Retreat and spend the night in a concrete cylinder pipe. Here, you’ll enjoy all the “me-time” you’ll need at only RM139 (~S$ 45.97)/ night.

From the outside, the capsules do seem a little odd right smack in the middle of the Pahang rainforest, but the interior is comfortable and minimalist with a queen-size bed, air con, curtains, and WiFi.

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The Parallel Discovery Cabins
Image credit: Time Capsule Retreat

If you’re the kind to feel claustrophobic, stay in the Parallel Cabins – the world’s first rectangular glass retreat. At RM498 (~S$ 166.47)/ night, the cabins come with a deck and a private jacuzzi, as well as a full length glass window that gives you a 180-degree view of the outdoors!

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The view from the inside
Image credit: Time Capsule Retreat 

Address: Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 013-963-8888
Website

2. Catch the perpetual rainbow at Rainbow Waterfall

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At Sungai Lembing, what’s waiting at the end of the rainbow isn’t a pot of gold – but a reflection of the rainbow itself against a hidden waterfall. Everyday, this mesmerizing phenomena happens at Rainbow Waterfall – also known as Air Terjun Pelangi -between 9AM-10AM, when the sun is still low.

Tip: Avoid heading down during the monsoon season, as the rain would affect your chances of seeing the rainbow.

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To get here, you need to book a tour at RM50 (~S$ 16.57), where you’ll be taken on a 1 hour four-wheeler ride before crossing a river on foot. Rubber shoes are available for rent at RM3 (~S$ 0.99) if you don’t want your shoes getting wet.

After crossing the river, you’ll have to brave another 45-minute hike to the falls. But don’t worry – the climb is manageable even for amateur hikers. Once you reach, you’ll see the rainbow’s vivid reflection near the base of the waterfall. The water is also chilly and perfect for a quick freshening up after the hike!

Address: Jalan Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Malaysia
Telephone: 019-912-6369
Website

3. Live in a Japanese Cabin or Shipping Container at T-Box

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Another unique accommodation you can try is T-Box, where you can experience living in a Japanese Cabin or Shipping Container.

If you’re traveling as a group, stay at the Japanese Cabin and trick your friends into thinking you booked a last minute flight to Japan. At RM270 (~S$ 89.51)/ night, the wooden house is styled to look like a Japanese tatami, and come with facilities such as an attached bathroom with heating, a TV, bathtub, and aircon.

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You’ll also sleep and have your meals on the floor!
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Solo travelers on a budget can opt for the Shipping Container with individual capsules for rent at RM50 (~S$ 16.58)/ night. Suitable for those who want their own little space, the capsules come with key card access, a single bed, working table and air-con.

While T-Box does not offer WiFi, you’ll never be bored with all the outdoor activities available at the hotel like Bubble Ball, hiking and bike riding. It’s also a good chance for you to have a tech detox and enjoy the great outdoors.

Address: EB 33, Jalan Sungai Lembing, Kampung Tengah, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 010-288-2993
Website

4. Catch the sunrise at Bukit Panorama

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Even if you’re not into nature, the view at Bukit Panorama is worth the hike – a tourist hotspot and popular place to catch the sunrise. At the top, you be greeted with a panoramic view of the hills, as well as the thick fog of clouds that’ll make you feel as if you’ve been teleported into a Chinese painting.

Those who want to catch the sunrise should aim to start climbing at 5.30AM. Once you reach the peak, watch as the sky transforms from a palette of pinks to bright blue as the sun emerges from behind the clouds.

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It only takes 40 minutes to get to the top, so you won’t have to be an experienced hiker to experience the beautiful sight. While the climb can be steep, there are proper steps and railings to help you get to the top. Just remember to bring your torchlight as it can be quite dark in the early morning. 

Address: Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 24 Hours, Daily
Telephone: 019-987-8155
Website

5. Go firefly watching at Kuantan River Cruise

Kuantan is home to numerous mangrove swamps, which makes it a popular destination for firefly sightings. To get a glimpse of these magical creatures, visitors can book a tour with Kuantan River Cruise at RM50 (~S$ 16.54)/ adult and RM40 (~S$ 13.23)/ child.

The 1 hour 30 minute tour starts in the evening, where the boat will bring you to the river with firefly colonies hanging from the trees. Shortly after sunset, the fireflies will emerge and start to twinkle, creating the illusion of shimmering trees! *cue Fireflies by Owl City*

Visitors aren’t allowed to take pictures as the camera flash may harm the fireflies, but rest assured this experience is one you won’t need to post online to remember!

Address: Jalan Tanah Putih, Tanah Putih, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily (Night trips are upon request)
Telephone: 019-743-1988
Website

– FOOD –

6. Treat your tastebuds to grilled seafood at Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

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As Kuantan used to be an old fishing village, you shouldn’t be surprised to find lots of seafood restaurants, with the most famous one being Ana Ikan Bakar Petai. This open-air Malay restaurant cooks their dishes in numerous styles from steamed to bakar (grilled), and is also extremely affordable.

Their signature dish is the Ikan Bakar Petai (RM3/ ~S$ 1 per 100g for stingray), a savoury dish with lots of onions, sambal and petai – a kind of “stinky bean” with a unique taste similar to garlic. For that smoky aroma, the fish is wrapped in a banana leaf and placed on a charcoal grill.

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Unlike most Malay cuisines, the dishes at Ana Ikan Bakar Petai are typically on the sweeter side, making it a good makan place for those who can’t take spicy foods!

Address: Perkampungan Tanjung Lumpur, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 5.30PM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: 019-987-8155
Website

7. Check out vinyl records at Coastal Store

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A quaint cafe which remains relatively unknown even to locals, Coastal Store will make you  feel as though you’ve stepped into someone’s home in the 1970s.

Here, retro junkies will be entertained with the numerous books, cassettes, and vinyl records at the store which can be purchased for as low as RM10 (~$ 3.32). Whether it’s jazz, indie, rock, or pop – you’ll be sure to find a record that suits your jam.

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Coastal Store also serves coffee and light bites, and while the food is simple, the cosy interior and friendly staff make it worth a visit!

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If you happen to drop by on a Sunday night, you can also join in on their Acoustic Nights with gigs and performances from local songwriters and bands!

Address: 4E, Jalan Besar, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 12PM-11.45PM (Tue-Sun), Closed on Monday
Telephone: 013-990-6208
Website

8. Sip coffee in a Boho setting at 90 Degrees Café & Art

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90 Degrees Café & Art offers both Western and Asian cuisine in a rustic, gypsy-inspired environment. Every corner of the cafe is a picturesque spot from the long flowy curtains, tribal printed low couches, and fairy lights – even to the wooden furniture which are handcrafted by the owners themselves.

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Here a wide variety of food is served, from every IG story staple like the rainbow cake, to hearty mains like sandwiches and burgers. Their most popular dessert is the Hong Kong Salted Egg Yolk Waffle (RM15/ ~S$ 4.57), a savoury treat that is crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. Unlike American waffles, the Hong Kong waffles look like puffed egglets, which are served with savoury salted egg yolk sauce.

The “art” part of the cafe comes to light at the second level, where the cafe transforms into a gallery showcasing paintings by local artists. Arts classes occasionally take place here, so you can join in and channel your inner Picasso!

Address: 882, Jalan Air Putih, Taman Imbi, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10AM-11PM (Mon-Thur), 10AM-12AM (Fri-Sun), Closed on Tuesday
Telephone: 095-055-905
Website

9. Try Kuantan’s most famous Mango Cheesecake at Kula Cakes

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Any Kuantanese will tell you that your trip is only complete after you’ve visited Kula Cakes – the home to delicious and beautiful Mango Cheesecakes! Dripping with thick mango syrup and frozen mango slices, the cheesecakes’ zesty flavours will refresh you in the hot weather.

Their latest trend to hit Instagram is their Rose-themed Mango Cheesecakes, selling at RM8 (~S$ 2.65) a slice and RM60 (~S$ 19.88) for a whole cake. The rose cakes also come in adorable mini versions that are great for those with a smaller appetite.

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You may prefer eating indoors, but at Kula Cakes you’ll be requesting for an outdoor seat! Due to its photogenic decor, the cafe is an ideal lepak spot among young locals. 

Address: A96, Jalan Besar, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 1PM-9PM (Tue-Thur), 1PM-10PM (Fri-Sat), 11AM-7PM (Sunday), Closed on Monday
Telephone: 012-971-1396
Website

10. Dig into assam curry mee at Restoran Hoi Yin

If you just had a stroll at Teluk Chempedak beach and are looking for a place to have lunch, take a 3-minute walk to Restoran Hoi Yin, Kuantan’s most raved-about curry noodle store.

The long queues bear testament to its fame – but you can avoid the crowd by visiting during non-peak hours such as 10AM and after 1.30PM. The restaurant is also halal, which adds on to its immense popularity.

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Unlike Singapore’s curry, the ones you’d find in Malaysia are typically made using assam  – a sour-spicy stew made from fish, chilli and spices. This gives the broth a sour taste and yellowish texture. At Restoran Hoi Yin, you can pick your choice of noodles as well as the size of your bowl – Jambo (RM4.20/ ~S$ 1.39), Big (RM3.50/ ~S$ 1.16), and Small (RM3.20/ ~S$ 1.06).

The chefs usually recommend the Curry Bee Hoon Mee with chicken, fish balls, potatoes and tofu puffs. The broth is extremely flavourful and lemak (creamy), with a mild spicy taste. The noodles also come with a generous amount of juicy cockles!

Address: Restoran Hoi Yin, 31, Jalan Teluk Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 7AM-2.30PM (Closed on Mondays fortnightly)
Telephone: 095-673-871
Website

Experience Kuantan with Scoot

With these affordable activities just an hour away from Singapore, Kuantan is the place to be for those in need of a liberating and affordable escapade.

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Scoot gives travellers the best of both worlds with budget flights that doesn’t scrimp on comfort and lets you travel as you like with add-ons only if and when you want it. Expect fun and friendly crew full of ‘Scootitude’ and roomy seats – as well as delicious light bites that’ll keep you energized throughout the flight.

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From 2 February 2018, Scoot will be having 3-time weekly flights to Kuantan for as low as $ 42 for a one-way trip – so even if payday isn’t round the corner, there’s nothing stopping you from Scooting to your next getaway!

Book your getaway to Kuantan with Scoot now!


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Apple Releases Speedometer 2.0 For Benchmarking Web Apps

By | January 16th, 2018

The speed of the Internet relies more on just super fast broadband connections, but also how quickly a web browser can process and then render the web page being loaded.

Back in 2014, Apple’s WebKit team released what it called Speedometer, a benchmark tool designed to test web app responsiveness. Today the same team released an update, called Speedometer 2, with a number of improvements baked in.

When it was released almost four years ago, Speedometer was designed to allow developers to simulate how users would interact with the web apps they created. Since then the tool as been used “as a proxy for real-world use of popular frameworks for a number of years.” Apple notes that during that time however, the web development world has changed quite a bit. With the release of Speedometer 2, we now see added support for more modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries.

Over the last three years, a growing number of real-world sites have been written using React — a JavaScript library for authoring user interfaces. Derivatives such as Preact and Inferno have also gained popularity. Speedometer 2.0 includes web apps implemented using these libraries. It also includes an entry using React and Redux — a popular state management library.

Webpack and RollUp are popular JavaScript module bundlers frequently used with these libraries and Speedometer 2.0 includes output generated by these tools.

Apple’s WebKit team also confirmed that Speedometer 2 includes support for ES2015, an improved version of JavaScript that simply did not exist when the first iteration of Speedometer was released to the unto world. The release includes a raft of other changes, all of which can be found in Apple’s WebKit blog announcement for those who like that kind of thing.

(Source: Apple)

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9 Seemingly Useless Items You Can Trade In For Money, Freebies, And Discounts In Singapore

Recycle and trade in used items at these stores in Singapore

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Image adapted from: @essentiallyamylynn

While Carousell is an automatic go-to for many when getting rid of clothes, cosmetics, and tech devices that are still perfectly functional, a lot of other items end up as trash.

But while certain unwanted items might be seemingly useless to yourself and other individuals, you can actually exchange them at stores for perks like freebies, discounts and sometimes even cash! Here’s a list of seemingly useless items that you can collect for special benefits.

– Beauty –

1. Lush – trade in 5 empty pots or tubes for a free fresh mask

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Image credit: @essentiallyamylynn

Aside from producing eco-friendly and sustainable beauty products, Lush has a recycling programme that lets you trade in any of your empty washed full-size pots – 45g ones included – for a free Fresh Face Mask. These pots are then brought back to Lush’s factories where they’re recycled and refilled for use as new batches of products.

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Some Fresh Face Mask options you’ll be able to pick. Image credit: @westcoastlush

2. Innisfree – redeem $ 1 in store credits with every bottle recycled

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Innisfree offers its members 100 points (equivalent to $ 1) for every used bottle brought in. Before you excitedly get to packing your newfound treasure stash though, this only applies to bottles with “Please return to Innisfree after use” on their labels; canned spray bottles aren’t eligible for trade-ins.

Becoming a dollar richer for each bottle means you’ll easily be able to pick out a sheet mask for free after just 2 bottles, though you’ll be limited to a maximum of 3 bottles traded in each month.

3. MAC – exchange 6 empty products for a free lipstick

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Image credit: @macprotokyo

MAC’s exchange programme allows shoppers to return any 6 primary packaging containers (e.g. empty compact cases, lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes) in exchange for a free lipstick of any colour through its Back to MAC recycling programme. So while you’re looking good with makeup on fleek, you can also do good by conserving the earth’s resources.

– Fashion –

4. H&M – 15% off 1 item on your next purchase

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After purchasing plenty of clothes from sales of years past, the remnants of our wardrobe still linger like skeletons in a, um, closet. Although there are plenty of options for getting rid of embarrassing outfits from our youth, an easy method is to just drop them off in a bag at H&M, after which they’ll be sent to the needy.

For your act of goodwill, you’ll receive a voucher for 15% off one item for your next purchase, letting you save as you spend.

5. Wacoal – earn $ 5 in store credits per bag of bras recycled

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Image credit: @wacoal.sg

This one is exclusively for ladies, where you can show your mutual support for Wacoal who have supported females worldwide for decades. As part of its Wacoal Bra Recycling Campaign, they’re awarding 5 membership points (equivalent to $ 5) for each bag of old bras turned in.

The current Bra Recycling Campaign will be held until 28 February 2018, but the collection drives by Wacoal are held quite regularly so look out for its return some months down the road!

– F&B –

6. Drink can pull tabs – donate them to be made into prosthetics for the needy

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We all love a refreshing can of Coke in hot and humid Singapore and you’d be surprised to know that the little tab on the can can do so much more than help crack open your drink.

Before you toss your empty can into a recycling bin, pluck off the tab and save it for charity drives for the disabled. The recycled tabs will either be melted and made into metal parts for prosthetics for the needy, or contribute to the value exchange of a wheelchair.

These collection drives primarily take place during Vesak Day celebrations, but if you’re looking to reach out at other times of the year, check in here for updates or drop your pull tabs off at one of their collection points.

7. Empty cans and bottles – earn 3 cents for each recycled

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When done removing pull tabs, you’re still left with the cans themselves so feed this “reverse vending machine” your old bottles and cans to be sent for recycling. You’ll receive 3 cents for every can or bottle and while that may not sound like much, a house party with friends means you’ll be able to easily rack up 50 cents in savings.

Furthermore, Incon Green, the company behind these machines, is looking to implement crediting to EZ-Link in the near future, meaning your bus and train rides may well be fuelled by cola!

You can find these machines in many spots across Singapore, including bus interchanges, cinemas, and MRT stations. Click here for the full list of locations.

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8. Nubox – swap old iPhones and iPads for discounts on a new one

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As technology keeps on advancing, the newest “it” phones and computers become outdated fast, and you gotta keep up with the times or risk suffering from FOMO. Nubox’s trade-in service lets you snag a spanking new product at a cut price based on the model and condition of your device.

You’ll just need to bring your device into a store together with all its accessories such as power adaptors, keyboards or mice. The value of your trade-in will then be deducted from the price of your new phone, lappie, or tablet purchase.

9. PC Dreams – replace old laptops with a discounted new model

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Just like Apple, PC Dreams allows you to trade in your old laptop for a partial refund on a new set through its Laptop Exchange, although instead of an on-the-spot value appraisal of your device, you fill in an online form before heading down to their shops and handing it over.

Fun fact: During the Comex IT show in August 2017, the attendee who brought the most dated laptop for exchange during was rewarded with an “exclusive limited edition device”.

Recycle, don’t throw

You might want to think twice before discarding items that no longer seem to serve a purpose, since they could potentially be exchanged for discounts or even outright cash.

That said, even if they can’t be exchanged, it’s important to think about our buying habits and cut down on wastage to reduce our strain on the environment. Always recycle where possible, instead of simply binning packaging from things you buy!

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How To Get iPhone X UI, Gestures, Lock Screen On Any Old iPhone Model

By | January 15th, 2018

Two brand new tweaks have made their way into the public domain for jailbroken devices running a liberated version of iOS 11. FluidEnabler and Swiper are tweaks which look to bring the experience and visuals of Apple’s gorgeous iPhone X to older devices by mimicking a number of the more prominent areas.

First up is the relatively in-depth FluidEnabler tweak which doesn’t just look to make some visual changes but actually dives down to a hardware level as well.

Visually speaking, there isn’t a huge deal to talk about from a user-interface perspective, as, in all honesty, the biggest visual change with iPhone X is largely down to the notch on the device and how it splits the status bar up into two sections. FluidEnabler is for older devices, and therefore devices without the notch, so it really only brings the new interactive bar on the bottom of the screen which replicates the defunct Home button on iPhone X and adds in gestures-based interaction.

After installation, there’s also an attempt to replicate the tweaked lock screen that iPhone X users have. This includes two cylindrical toggles at the bottom of the display which allows a user to activate the LED flash and use it as a torch or immediately invoke the stock Camera app with a hard press.

Where the hardware changes are concerned, FluidEnabler means that Siri is invoked by holding the Power button, or what would be called the Side button on iPhone X. Screenshots are now captured with the Side button and Volume Up button. The multitasking experience is also representative of the new iPhone X experience by pressing and holding a card to actually close it rather than using the typical swipe up.

FluidEnabler is seen above

Those who opt for FluidEnbler won’t necessarily need to install the second tweak, Swiper. Swiper is basically an attempt to replicate the iPhone X lock screen on older devices running iOS 11, which is actually part of FluidEnabler. Like the former, Swiper introduces the two quick access toggles to the flashlight and the native Camera app and pretty much makes the lock screen a nicer and more visual experience.

Lock screen with Swiper on non iPhone X

If you are jailbroken on iOS 11 using something like Electra then these are definitely two packages to try out. For downloads and installation instructions head over to the links below.

Download: FluidEnabler for iPhone
Download: Swiper for iPhone

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7 Best Value-For-Money Student Meals In Singapore Available Even On Weekends

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Balancing the costs of maintaining a social life on top of your miscellaneous spending can be tough as a student. Late-night study sessions mean bleeding out on snacks for sustenance, and a never-ending list of social obligations puts a strain on our already tight finances. While there are affordable student meals at a number of eateries, most of them are only available on weekdays.

But this doesn’t mean we have to hibernate until next month’s allowance rolls in. These 10 discounted weekend student meals will help you stretch your penny without having to be a hermit.

1. Cali Singapore (Rochester) – Western food at 50% off 

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If you think living the “cheap” student life equates to weeks of mediocre food, think again. Those with limited funds, meet Cali Singapore. To the average diner, the prices on their menu might seem a little steep at $ 30 for a Wagyu Burger and $ 32 for Baby Back Pork Ribs. But their solid 50% discount off the total bill for students is every reason for you to revel in your youth.

Cali Singapore Rochester cheap western food weekend student discount

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Cali Singapore (Rochester)
Address: 31 Rochester Drive #01-01, The Rochester, Singapore 138637
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Telephone: 6684 9897

2. Tom Yum Mama – 4-course Thai meal for $ 10.80

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A Thai food joint we would be remiss not to mention is Tom Yum Mama. Their low nett prices are a godsend for broke students – where for just $ 7.90 nett, you’ll get a main and a drink. But their 4-course student set is the real deal here; an add-on of $ 2.90 will get you a appetiser and dessert on top of everything.

Tom Yum Mama
Address: 244P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574369
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12PM-3PM, 5.30PM-11PM | Sat – Sun: 12PM-11PM 
Telephone: 8687 9990
Website

3. Chicken Up – Korean lunch sets at 30% off (U.P. $ 12.90) 

If nothing comes between you and your love for Korean fried wings, then round up the crew and make your way down to Chicken Up’s Buangkok outlet from 11AM-5PM to enjoy 30% off their daily lunch set menu (U.P. $ 12.90).

Chicken Up value weekend student lunch sets

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Satisfy your cravings with their fried specialities like their juicy, battered Chicken Cutlet set or Boneless Chicken set; or settle for one of their healthier alternatives like traditional Korean Mandoo Soup and Jjambong Bab (spicy noodle soup). Whichever you choose, you won’t be forking out more than $ 12 for this meal even with GST and service charge included.

And that’s not all. When you whip out your student card, you’ll get their selection of Korean drinks and tea going at just $ 2, and their bingsus at a solid 50% off!

Chicken Up (Buangkok)
Address: 277C Compassvale Link, #01-13 (Unit 2A), Singapore 543277
Opening Hours: Sun -Thurs: 11AM-11PM | Fri – Sat: 11AM-3AM 
Telephone: 6481 4495
Website

4. LeWu Cafe – discounted Thai dishes from $ 6

LeWu Cafe cheap authentic thai food weekend student promotion

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LeWu Cafe is a hidden gem along Bukit Timah Road that serves up authentic Thai food on the cheap, with student prices and portions that will have you thanking the high heavens. 

LeWu Cafe affordable authentic thai food weekend student price

Fried sesame wings, fried egg and rice at just $ 4!

With their classic Pad Thai, Tom Yum Noodle Soup, and Beef Basil Rice going at just $ 6; and a special combi order of their fried sesame wings, fried egg and rice going for just $ 4. We also hear a $ 1 top-up gets you double the portions.

So even if you’re starved, you’ll even be able to add on an order of Thai Iced Tea and have your total damage below $ 10!

LeWu Cafe
Address: 551 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269692
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-9.30PM, Daily (last order at 8.45PM)
Telephone: 8228 7394

5. Baja Fresh – Mexican delights at up to 30% off 

Baja Fresh cheap mexican food weekend student set lunch

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If the sound of freshly made guacamole, fresh sour cream and warm tortillas makes your heart sing, fuel up with some Mexican grub at Fresh Baja. On top of their $ 9.95 Burrito/Quesadilla/Taco/Salad set lunch over at Rendezvous Hotel, Baja Fresh also offers all students 30% off the bill every day of the week from 2.30PM-5.30PM, and 10% at all other times

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill – Rendezvous Gallery
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-03, Singapore 189559
Opening Hours: Mon and Tue: 8.30AM-10PM | Wed – Sun: 24 Hours
Telephone: 6337 7300
Website

6. The Soup Spoon – soup, bread roll, and iced lemon tea for $ 5.90

The Soup Spoon cheap western food new weekend student set meal

There’s always a space in our hearts and stomachs for a bowl of hearty soup and toasty bread rolls. Down from last year’s promotional price of $ 6.90 for their Student Union Set, The Soup Spoon is now offering all students a new regular soup + bread roll + iced lemon tea student set meal for a flat rate of $ 5.90 every day of the week!

While the promotion applies to all their classic soups like the Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff, Roasted Pumpkin, Tangy Tomato and Meatless Minestrone; a mere $ 1 upgrade will unlock the option of other flavours, and a $ 3 upgrade gives you an addition of a half salad/sandwich.

The Soup Spoon
Website

7. Eighteen Chefs – pasta/baked rice, iced lemon tea, and ice cream for $ 6.80

Eighteen Chefs cheap fusion food new weekend student set meal promotion

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Their long-standing unbeatable $ 6.80 student meal offer has been around for years, but Eighteen Chefs is now bringing students more than just their famed Pasta/Cheese Baked Rice + Ice Lemon Tea + Ice-Cream set – you can now enjoy a wider selection of dishes and cost savings with a separate $ 2 discount off all pasta, rice, red and white meat dishes.

Eighteen Chefs 
Website

Affordable student meals for the weekend

Now there’s no reason to feign a busy schedule just to avoid costly social outings on the weekends. Go forth with your student pass and conquer!

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U.S. House Republicans Question Apple About iPhone CPU Throttling, Exploding Batteries

By | January 14th, 2018

Mere days after the Senate Commerce Committee chairman asked Apple to provide additional information on why it is slowing down older iPhones by throttling CPU performance, four more U.S. House Republicans have also joined the bandwagon.

They have all sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook regarding the issue and asking further questions about the situation.

According to Reuters, one of those who signed the letter was Greg Walden, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Specific details about what was in the letter have not been disclosed, although it is understood that it was sent to Tim Cook personally and appears to demand more information about how Apple “slowed older iPhone with flagging batteries.”

Four U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Friday wrote Apple chief executive Tim Cook asking him to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.

In relation to the battery situation that Apple currently finds itself in, the letter also raises concerns about reports that a Swiss Apple Store was evacuated earlier this week, with emergency services called to deal with smoke that was being puffed out by an overheating battery. Since Apple moved to reduce the price of battery replacements on older iPhones, there have been multiple reports of older batteries experiencing issues when being swapped out, with emergency services being required.

The questions being asked of Apple and Tim Cook should come as no surprise. While it is clear that things appear to be going a little awry with regards to the whole battery and CPU throttling mess, Apple is always an easy target for politicians trying to get their names in headlines.

(Source: Reuters)

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CNY Lo Hei reunion menu 2018 @ Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

CNY Lo Hei reunion menu 2018 @ Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

If you plan to take the hassle out of organising the Lunar New Year reunion meal and looking for a right place to enjoy a sumptuous meal with the families, the Prosperity set menus at Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore could be one of the good choices.

Available from 5 Feb to 2 Mar 2018, you have the choice from two different sets of menu at $ 788 per table of 10 or $ 988 per table of 10. The chefs are set to captivate you with a variety of ambrosial creations.

Starter: Salmon Yu Sheng



Let the Lo Hei with the cute dog’s plating brings you a prosperous year ahead.

Soup: Double-boiled Fish Maw with Dried Scallop and Cordycep Flower



You can enjoy the essence of the herbs and a hint of sweetness from the scallop in the bowl of double-boiled soup.

Poultry: Imperial Herbal Chicken



Tender meat infused with the flavour of the herbs to make the Imperial Herbal Chicken a welcoming dish to all of us.

Fish : Hong Kong style fried Garoupa



Lunar New year can’t go without the fish, a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Deep fried Garoupa doused with the special sauce was certainly a highlight of the reunion meal.

Vegetable: Wok-fried Asparagus with Pearl Scallop in XO sauce

Crunchy Asparagus cooked with fresh scallop in the XO sauce, a very palatable dish that everyone enjoyed.

Seafood: Braised Abalone and Sea Cucumber with Australia Broccoli

You will love the small braised abalone, texture was very tender and not at all rubbery, paired perfectly well with the thick slices of sea cucumber and the broccoli, a dish will excite your palates.

Rice: Fried Glutinous rice wrapped in Lotus leaf



The flavour of the glutinous rice was distinct, the lur cheong or Chinese sausage with mushrooms couldn’t be better matched in delivering the savoury dish.

Dessert: Double-boiled “Hasma” with red dates

The “Hasma” with red date, dried longan and lotus seeds made a perfect sweet touch to the reunion meal.

Looking for a place to celebrate the year of Dog? Do consider The Prosperity Set Menus at Ellenborough Market Cafe, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore which is a great choice for the reunion event.

Enjoy the sumptuous meal with the loved one and looking forward a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year!

For enquiries and reservations, please call 62391847 / 1848 or email dining.merchantcourt@swissotel.com

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