Monthly Archives: June 2010

Get Windows Live Messenger & Bing on my iPhone

I’ve been on an app purchasing spree for a while so I had to update my iTunes account with an SG one. Recently though, MS has released a few apps that are US only: Windows Live Messenger & Bing. So what I did, I created another account with a US country (you can search how to create one without having to input credit card info). Once you have a new account, you can go to settings –> store and logout/login with your new account.

It’s a bit of a hassle though because once you’ve downloaded an app with one account, even if it’s available on both stores, you’ll have to be in the correct store to do an update. If that happens, just delete and re-download (of course, you’ll only want to do this with free apps. Smile

So what to check out? For Windows Live Messenger, apart from the obvious social feed integration and IM, you should also check out the photos application that allows you to apply some basic effects to your photos before posting them onto skydrive, privacy setting settable to everyone or just you. Ninja <- new emoticon!

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For the Bing app, there’s a new social tab that allows you to integrate with facebook and twitter so when you do a search, it searches your social feed as well.

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Another new one is the Camera search. I thought this was really cool, you can search a barcode or cover art using your iPhone camera. I haven’t seen a successful search using the barcode yet since my camera is a bit crap. Perhaps 3GS users will have better luck.

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So yes, now I have to figure out how to back up my apps to update to iOS4.
//Update: so it’s in iTunes: Right click on iTunes –> transfer purchases. Haven’t tried it yet though, I accidentally hit sync thinking it would prompt me for options on what to sync, now it’s just taking forever to backup. Sad smile AND no cancel button. Crying face

TechFriday: Amazon Kindle 2.5 Update!

So i was quite excited when i was browsing around the Kindle Facebook page and saw some buzz about how the kindle 2.5.2 update was available for international users. It posted a link to the engadget article who in turn links to the forums. I had a bit of difficulty downloading the files listed on kindleboards so for those having trouble with the files, I’ve uploaded them onto my skydrive. You shouldn’t trust files people put up for you to run on your devices though, it’s a dangerous habit. 🙂
DOH i think the skydrive updates are messing with the links.. i guess you’ll have to try getting the links from the forums. 🙂

To update your kindle, copy the files one by one to your kindle, trigger an update through the menu -> settings -> menu – update your kindle option

Do this for the files in the following order:

Update …. 2.3.3

Update … 2.3.4

Update_4311…490480060

your kindle may already intermediary updates already (mine was fresh at 2.3) so install the appropriate ones. Okay, I’m off to play with my newly updated kindle!

*For those who want to update, note that this update is for devices with serial numbers starting B003, i.e . the Global Wireless ones.