Apple looks set to finally fix an issue with Messages that has caused people untold annoyances over the years, with iOS 12 beta 8 bringing with it a little bit of unexpected joy following its release yesterday.
As a number of people have reported, including via our own testing here at Redmond Pie, anyone opening Messages for the first time after installing the update will be presented with a new splashcreen, explaining some new features that have been added to the Messaging app. Chief amongst them, and the one we are most interested in, is one that mentions “your conversations streamlined.”
Reading on, the message says that “messages will be kept in a single conversation when you send or receive from linked iMessage addresses.” This, if the description is accurate, will mean that anyone who sends or receives a message from the same person but using two different identifiers, a phone number and an email address, for example, will no longer see two conversations in Messages. With iOS 12 beta 8 installed, these two threads will be merged and kept under one conversation, just as they always should have been.
Prior to this update, someone could be having a conversation with a friend via an iMessage thread using their phone number without issue. This was fine until they accidentally sent a message to the same person but using, perhaps, their email address instead. That would always create two conversations regardless of whether the two identifiers were linked either within an iMessage account or an on-device contact.
It’s amazing that it has taken this long for such a glaring problem to be rectified but with iOS 12 installed, it looks like that is exactly what will happen come release day next month.
Capturing the festive spirit of Singapore’s birthday, Grand Copthorne Waterfront’s buffet line Food Capital introduces a one-month Heritage Festival theme buffet (1 Aug – 31 Aug) to whet diners’ appetites with local food, dishing out Asian delights like laksa, satay, tandoori chicken, ngoh heong (five-spice meat roll) as well as the international cuisine spread. The gastronomic journey doesn’t stop on savoury food alone: there are unlimited durians (1 Aug – 16 Aug) served outside the premise. Decked out with lounge chairs and canopy, it was quite a surreal experience eating freshly-opened durians along Singapore River with a view of expensive condominiums and skyscrapers from afar.
Food Capital houses plenty of food stations. There are the classic sashimi and sushi bar; rotisserie station which has grilled beef and Australian ribeye; tandoor station serving tandoori chicken and fresh naan baked in the oven; and extensive seafood selection such as snow crab leg, chilled tiger prawns, oysters and mussels.
As a person who loves Japanese food, my attention gravitated to the Japanese station right away. The tuna, salmon and mackerel are freshly sliced and they are light and succulent. There are also the assorted sushi, maki and California rolls which go quickly.
Moving on to the Heritage Festival theme line-up. Food Capital has created a mini version of the famous Golden Pillow for diners to sample without feeling too guilty. The waistline-friendly chicken curry in a bun is flavourful and surprisingly not spicy, the texture more to the smooth, creamy side. I was told to consume it quickly before the curry was absorbed into the bun.
Nothing much to complain about the ngoh heong and stir-fried noodles. Presented with a modern appeal, the meat rolls are meaty with a satisfying crunch, and the chili paste amps up the savoury edge of the meat. The noodles are springy but slightly dry.
Now for their signature laksa, which is quite intense. The creamy broth possesses a pleasant coconut sweetness with a hint of spiciness that lingers and slowly grows on the tongue. It may be salty to some, but the broth is just right for me. The cockles and fish cakes, having absorbed the essence of the broth, burst with umami goodness. Depending on your guilty pleasure, or blood pressure, you can opt for a smaller or larger portion.
Saving up space for dessert, we had XOdurians al fresco with a picturesque view of Singapore River. There was absolutely no smell of the durians when we reached the pavilion where the servers de-shelled the durians, but it has bitter, soft fleshy meat. If you are not a fan of the King of the fruit, you can grab a few rambutans or mangosteens instead. No one is an outcast here.
Summing up, Food Capital offers a beautiful environment and ambiance to dine. The local-themed buffet line-up for the Heritage Festival is thoughtfully crafted and well-proportionate without competing with the international spread. Nevertheless, it would be better if free-flow durians are available throughout the 1-month period to attract true-blue Singaporeans who enjoys their pungent fruit, instead of being available from 1-16 Aug only.
Written by Alexius Chua. Alexius cannot live without his fix of morning coffee. When he is not daydreaming, he visits cafés, pats dogs, and watches movies. An eager traveler, he cannot wait for the next adventure, and aims to lead a happy and meaningful life.
It’s been a funny old time for Apple and its beta releases of late. This past Monday, the company launched the latest in what is becoming weekly iOS beta builds in iOS 12 beta 7, but things did not go according to plan. Following reports of extremely poor performance by those who had upgraded, Apple subsequently removed the update and pushed iOS 12 beta 8 out to developers this Wednesday. That left us without an updated public beta, something that we would perhaps have expected to have happened before now.
Well, now that wait is over, with Apple releasing iOS 12 public beta 6 to testers.
It’s highly likely that the public beta that is now in the hands of users is based on the developer beta 8, with the delay in the update’s release being down to Apple tracking down and resolving whatever was causing that abysmal performance. With users reporting apps could take almost a minute to launch after their icons were tapped, it should’t have been hard to replicate! All that is a thing of the past, however, with both developers and public beta testers now with new updates in hand.
If you’re on the public beta program and have been waiting for an update to land, then now is the time to update. Updates will be available via the usual OTA process, so be sure to put those tapping fingers to good use. This release brings with it the usual array of bug fixes and improvements to the new features that Apple will ship with iOS 12 next month. Those include a revamped notification system as well as Memoji. A new digital wellbeing system called Screen Time has been added to iOS 12, too, so if you’re worried about screen addiction this is the update for you.
We don’t expect the weekly beta release to slow too much ahead of Apple’s final iOS 12 public release in a few weeks. Hopefully, we can get there without there being any more hiccups.
How time flies! It’s been 11 years since I last wrote about Mr Avocado! I visited the stall recently and finally got to meet the man who started the whole avocado shake phenomena at Alexandra Village Food Centre.
He told me that he was the first to start selling avocado shakes at Alexandra Food Centre in the 90’s. The idea came from his wife who hails from Indonesia where the shakes are very popular. The shakes were an immediate success and soon he was attracting long queues. But, with the popularity came the competition and now Alexandra Food Centre can boast that it is the Avocado shake centre of Singapore!
I haven’t tried the shakes from the competition, but his shakes are still as creamy and delicious as I remembered it the last time. His secret is in using really good quality avocado which he keeps in storage to make sure they are nice and ripe when he blends them. He was rather secretive about the other ingredients except that there isn’t any gula melaka in his secret formula!
Has anyone tried the shakes from the other stalls? How do they compare?
Conclusion Even though it’s thick and creamy, the avocado shake is still still an excellent thirst quencher on a sweltering hot day!
Previous Article: Published 29 May 2007
I love Avocado! I love it simply halved with cold lobster meat and thousand island dressing. I first learnt to eat Avocado when I was studying in Sydney. A lot of people have the misconception that Avocado is high in cholesterol. It is not. It may be high in fat (mostly monounsaturated) but it is not high in cholesterol. In fact, there is none at all since cholesterol is found only in animal fats. No vegetable fats contain cholesterol. Being high in monounsaturated fats explains why it is so creamy and yummy!
If you have never tasted Avocado Shake before, you don’t know what you are missing. I did not know what I was missing till last week. The first sip put that “Phwaa Say” look on my face that got all my makankakis excited. This is seriously good stuff! The Avocado shake tasted nothing like Avocado. It tasted like liquid white chocolate mixed with chendol! Shiokfully surprised and delightfully delicious! Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this! 4.75/5
Abosolutely delightful. If you like chendol and chocolates you will love this stuff!
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The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has instructed citizens of his country to stop buying American electronics, telling them to switch from Apple devices to those offered by Samsung. Apparently keen to push his people away from the iPhone, Erdogan also suggested that the Venus phone by Vestel might be a good option, especially considering it is a local smartphone maker.
Apple’s iPhone currently makes up around 15% of the smartphone market in Turkey and with Erdogan claiming that his country is the target of an economic war, has asked Turks to go so far as to sell all foreign currency while purchasing local items in an attempt to make the country more economically independent.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Turkish president vowed that the nation of 81m would no longer buy from Apple or other American technology producers. “If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side,” he told ruling party members. “In our own country there is the Venus.”
All of this comes with the local currency, the Lira, crashing thanks to economic uncertainty and with some wondering whether Erdogan will impose tariffs or outright bans on American products These are particularly trying times in the country, with the U.S. administration also increasing tariffs on Turkish metal exports while also sanctioning two Turkish ministers in relation to the handling of a U.S. pastor’s terrorism trial.
Apple has predictably not commented on the recent outburst by the Turkish president, nor do we expect it too. This isn’t the first time Apple has come under fire by a head of state, with U.S. President Donald Trump also calling for an Apple ban during his campaign for office.
Even if you’ve just gotten back from a month-long holiday, it wouldn’t be long before the travel bug hits again. The trick to saving enough money to go on an around-the-world trip? Keep a lookout for upcoming travel sales, like Expedia’s Online Travel Fair.
From now to 9 September 2018, Expedia is having a sale on their flights, hotels, and packages from nearby Southeast Asian towns like Phuket and Penang to far-flung destinations like Seoul, Sydney, and San Francisco. Here are some travel deals we’ll be saving our leave for:
Flight + Hotel Deals
For those who can’t bear spending hours deliberating over the perfect holiday, then Expedia’s Flight + Hotel Deals are what you need. It includes cities like Seoul, Sydney, and Tokyo – all cities that usually rack up some serious credit card splurges just on the roundtrip flights alone.
Many often stay away from bustling cities like Tokyo, since we can’t quite justify spending that much of our hard-earned money on a cosy room that fits a bed and not much else. But the Online Travel Fair offers up bundled hotel deals at reasonable rates – Flight + Hotel Packages to Tokyo can be found from around $ 1k/person.
For nearer trips to make the most of a long weekend, try holiday towns like Phuket – 3 full days are all you need to soak up some sunshine, with a fresh coconut in hand. For 2 travellers, a short vacay to Phuket booked through Expedia’s Flight + Hotel options will set you back just around $ 300/couple.
Other Flight + Hotel Deals include cities like Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Phuket, Seoul, Sydney, and Tokyo.
If you would rather decide on your hotel and flight separately, then Expedia lets you do just that. For instance, you can plan your own travel itinerary with a trip to Hong Kong – they’ve got return flights for less than $ 300 and hotels around $ 100/night.
Other Airline Deals include cities like Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, New York, Osaka, Penang, Perth, Phuket, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.
Other Hotel Deals include countries like Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam.
Travel deals and promos from Expedia
Which hotel to choose when going to Phuket?
Whether it’s an end-of-year holiday or short weekend getaway, book your next holiday with Expedia’s Online Travel Fair – they’ve got hotel, flight and package deals* for every type of traveller out there. Everyone’s got that dream destination they’ve been stalking with Instagram’s geotag function, so book by 9 September 2018, for a chance to get it cheap.
Apple today released iOS 12 beta 7 to developers continuing what now appears to be a weekly release schedule as time slips away ahead of an official release that is expected to arrive towards the end of September. There is plenty to get the teeth into with this particular iOS update, which was a pleasant surprise when it was announced during WWDC 2018 after rumors had Apple preferring to launch with a focus on stability and performance rather than new features.
Despite that, there was still a raft of new features announced, one of which was support for FaceTime video calls with up to 32 people involved. Apple even demonstrated this particular feature during the big opening keynote, suggesting it would most certainly make its way into iOS 12 proper this fall. However, that’s not how things appear to be panning out.
Developers have started to note that the iOS 12 beta 7 release notes make mention of the fact that the new FaceTime feature will not be part of the final iOS 12 release and has actually been removed from this beta release. That’s bad news for anyone who was looking forward to being able to make FaceTime calls with an extended number of people but is also a worrying sign of yet more feature slippage from the folks working on Apple’s software.
We’re still reeling from he debacle that saw AirPlay 2 slip and slip before finally arriving as part of a later iOS 11 update and now, after sharing the feature in front of thousands at WWDC, FaceTime support for 32 people is now set to suffer the same fate.
Apple says that the feature will arrive in a subsequent update to iOS 12, but with no indication when that will be, it’s possible it could be months before we see the feature again. Apple does not appear to be the well oiled machine it once was – hopefully, this gets sorted out sooner rather than later.
The coffee shop at Jalan Benaan Kapal is not the most accessible but many of us still visit the place in the morning for the cheapest kopi in Singapore. Even taxi drivers and parking attendants would come here to have lunch. But from mid-July, this ulu coffeeshop got busier at night because of the opening of One Pot 一锅.
The stall is opened by Mr Brent Tay, is a professional inline skater and DJ. He spent a lot of time ice skating at Kallang Leisure Park when he was younger, and he would always drop by Jalan Benaan Kapal to have a meal after his skating sessions. This coffee shop was where Brent frequented while he was growing up, so you can safely say that it’s a huge part of his life. Hence, Brent had that little dream of opening a stall here when he grows up. Fast forward to 20 years later, he decided to set up One Pot 一锅 with his friends.
I think what sets them apart is definitely the quality of the ingredients. And here at One Pot 一锅, I am surprised to find the hawker stall buying their own meat slicer to cut their Australian ribeye fresh every day. That’s amazing. Brent shared with us,”I used to get the meat slices directly from supplier, but those meats do not have the beautiful reddish tinge, so I decided to slice it fresh in the stall.”
Of course, don’t expect melt-in-your-mouth wagyu in a coffee shop. So, this is good enough for me. I appreciate that they try to use better quality meats. And in future, they may also bring in kurobuta pork as well.
Besides good quality meats, One Pot 一锅 also serves handmade fishballs and fish dumplings. Brent does the shopping every morning to ensure that the ingredients are fresh. Diners can choose from a pork, chicken or beef set, and prices start from $ 15 for 1 pax to $ 60 for 5 pax. Nicely presented in a wooden box, each set comes with cabbage, mushrooms, fish balls, crabstick, tung hoon, quail eggs, tao kee, minced pork, fresh fish slices, prawns, luncheon meat and eggs.
Now, let’s talk about the broth. Brent only serves premium Japanese pork bone broth. Nope, he doesn’t cook it in the stall, and the broth is purchased from a supplier. But the broth is very tasty, and we don’t get thirsty after our dinner. Hopefully, there will be a spicy broth in the future.
There are two sauces available – one is spicy while the other is a sweeter version of it. I wish they can come up with a spicy and tangy chilli sauce. That would definitely whet our appetite more. But that’s just us.
Overall, it is quite a nice and quiet location for a steamboat. Brent even allows guests to bring their own alcohol. Oh yes, two things to note. Parking is free here and please call Brent to make reservations to avoid disappointment.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.
We’re still waiting for Apple to get around to launching AirPower, the wireless charging pad that it promised last year but is still yet to be released. Apple also said that it would be launching AirPods with a special wireless charging case as well, perfectly suited to AirPower.
Unfortunately, almost a year after announcement neither are here yet, and if rumors are to be believed, wireless charging will now come as part of second-gen AirPods which will likely leave first-gen AirPods owners out in the cold. Worry not though as a complete third-party solution has finally arrived which adds Qi wireless charging to existing AirPods case, like this Qi Wireless Charging Case For Apple AirPods:
The charging case works in exactly the way you might expect it to. Slide your existing AirPods charging case into this wireless charging case, connect it via Lightning and that’s about all there is to it.
The wireless charging case itself will be charged by any Qi-compatible wireless charger, sending power to the AirPods charging case via a built-in Lightning connector that is positioned just so, inside.
It’s pretty minimal so it wouldn’t add any bulk to the case either. In fact, the case will actually help protect existing AirPods charging case from getting scratched as most of you AirPods owners might already know how prone it is to scratches in day-to-day use!
Right now, there are a couple of deals running on this thing that we think you’re going to love. Depending on your needs you can choose either of them from here by entering the corresponding coupon code at check out (links below).
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If you don’t already own a wireless charging pad then the second of these two offers is probably the way to go, otherwise we’d opt for the discount outright. No matter which you do plump for though, you’re getting quite the deal.
Before the days of Apple vs Android, there were more factions in the Handphone War like Sony Ericsson, Motorola and my personal favourite, Nokia. The days when you could dramatically end a convo by closing the clamshell or get new ringtones by SMS-ing a number in the newspaper.
For all the times they’ve distracted us during silent reading or looped The Black Parade as we emo-ed in the library, here are 7 old school phones that will always have a special place in our hearts.
Sigh. I didn’t own one myself but for many other Singaporeans, the Nokia N-Gage was an unforgettable experience. In introducing them to the concept of buyer’s remorse.
Back when the Game Boy Advance was all the rage, Nokia decided to get in on the fun by introducing this phone/game system hybrid.
Though it had its fair share of good games like Splinter Cell, FIFA, and Call of Duty, the hard controls and subpar screen ultimately disengaged users. That and the fact you had to hold the phone like a taco to make calls.
Nothing captures the zeitgeist of the 00’s better than clamshell phones ‘cause they were everywhere – from kids who wanted to mimic Masked Rider 555’s transformation sequence to teens who had to get Dan Humphrey’s phone.
So the fact that the Motorola Razr V3 sold 130 million units and remained the best selling clamshell phone ever is no small feat. Having owned a hot pink one, I loved how svelte it was and the glossy finish was just beauts.
And. That. Keyboard. It set a standard for dumb-phones to come with its gorgeous flat surface and luminescence. Techies who wanted to tap on that had affordable alternatives like the small-but-cute Motorola Pebl.
Thanks to The Click Five’s Jenny music video, loads of fangirls were clamouring for the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic as it had a fun twist – literally.
You could fully rotate the bottom portion of the phone to reveal its music player controls. And since its camera was at the bottom side, you could easily face it towards you to take a selfie – before it was cool.
4. Nokia L’Amour Collection – 7380, 7370, 7360
Front row: Nokia 7380 Back row (from left to right): Nokia 7370, Nokia 7360 Image adapted from: Toyci Aparece
For many, it was love at first sight with the Nokia L’Amour Collection. The initial phones in this line all sported a stunning floral motif against a chic rose gold finish – so atas.
In the collection, all that glittered was gold as for the very first time, you could find premium components in a phone like leather and metal. Consumers loved the Nokia 7380, in particular, as its screen was a mirror on power-saving mode and there was no keypad! So you used it like how you would with an iPod – with a navigation wheel.
If you were a teen who couldn’t part with your earphones in the mid-00s, then you’ll know that Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones were exalted for their superior sound quality. And sitting atop the throne was the W810i.
Packed inside the device were features that, at that time, were unheard of like a fully functional internet browser, a camera with autofocus and flash and the pièce de résistance – a Memory Stick PRO Duo slot for cards up for 4GB.
For an angsty teen, this meant having a whole lotta space for songs by Arctic Monkeys and Fall Out Boy. But of course, my go-to track was “jordin_sparks_chris_brown_no_air.mp3”.
Of course, no retro phone list is complete without mentioning the legend himself: the Nokia 3310.
Thanks to its sturdy construction, you could drop the phone from a great height and it’d remain undented – unlike certain fruit-branded phones which crack from merely falling off your seat. Its durability is so well-known that it’s even transcended to meme status.
You can also thank the Nokia 3310 for introducing now-classic games like Pairs II, Space Impact, and Snake II.
Iconic old-school phones used by Singaporeans in the past
Though we’ve long traded numeric keypads for touchscreens, you can’t deny the huge impact these non-smartphones had on our past selves.
From not dying on us as we crafted a 3-page SMS to our crushes, to taking grainy pics of peace signs with our SiSt@Hz, the phones may be outdated but the memories remain eternal.