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Best App to Transfer Pics from iOS Devices to Mac

There are no doubt a handful of apps that can help you transfer pics from your iOS devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod) to your Mac, such as WiFi photo, Pic Transfer, Transfer, Photoshare, Simple Transfer and the list goes on and on.  Some uses Bluetooth, WiFi or both but the most reliable way especially if you are transferring a lot of files is definitely via WiFi.

One great app I tried out and am sticking with is the Pics Assistant  for Mac (Free via App Store) and “Pics” for iOS devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod) (US$1.99) from Phyar Studio. The transfer is fast and it imports not only pictures but HD videos as well without losing any quality.  The “Pics” app for iOS devices act as a standalone photo album as well, a easy notch or two better than the native photo album.  The animated 3D interface is neat and resembles that of the Windows Mobile 7.  Check out the 3D interface in the video below.


  • View your photos in full resolution, no compressing, no quality losing.(*)
  • Very fast import photos and videos from camera roll, start organize your thousands of photos from now on!
  • Import HD videos without any quality losing.
  • View your photos in camera roll directly, it’s also treat as an album in App.
  • Add, delete, order albums, edit album name and properties. Move, delete photos and videos.
  • 4 Desktops. Organize your albums into different desktop, and you can lock the desktop instead of lock albums.
  • WiFi downloading and uploading, access photos and videos in all albums including camera roll.
  • Accept ZIP packet for uploading, you can upload hundreds of photos by one click! Progress indicator displayed on your device while uploading.
  • Synchronously display in web browser, all your changes made on your device would update to web browser automatically.
  • Photos and Videos filter inside the App and also provide for web browser, find videos much easier.
  • Passcode protection for locked albums and admin operations.
  • Native iPad support, now Pics is a universal App.
  • P2P Transfer. Transfer photos/videos to another iPhone/iPod touch/iPad with WiFi or Bluetooth connection.
  • AlbumSync with p2p transfer. Compare albums on two different devices and send photos not exist in remote album by one tap. if album not exist, Pics would create a new album on remote device to receive all photos. Your AlbumStyle settings would also be applied to remote album.
  • Complete retina display support…. and more.

For those who doesn’t want to spend money on any apps, there’s a free native solution which is direct importing to iPhoto upon connecting the USB cable to the iOS device (from eHow).

Procedures as follows –

  1. Launch the iPhoto application on your Mac computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using an iPhone USB cable.
  3. Highlight the name of your iPhone from the “Devices” list on the left side of the iPhoto window. You will now see thumbnails for the images stored on your iPhone.
  4. Click on the “Import All” button to transfer all of your iPhone pictures in your iPhoto library, or highlight specific images and click “Import Selected.”
  5. Wait for iPhoto to finish importing the pictures from your iPhone and then choose whether you want to delete the images on the phone.
  6. Click on the eject symbol next to the name of your iPhone, and then disconnect it from the computer.

Source – Phyar Studio, eHow

May 8, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iMac, iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4, Mac, OS X | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wi-Fi Sync for iPhone, iPod & iPad now on Promotional Price – 50% Off

Wi-Fi Sync is reduced to US$4.99 until June 11

Wi-Fi Sync is currently on sale – 50% off over the next week. Get it from the Cydia Store today.

Wi-Fi Sync enables wireless syncing with iTunes at the touch of a button. Never go looking for that USB cable again. Sync from the car, bed or shed whenever it suits you.

Available now on the Cydia Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. You won’t find it on the App Store. The app costs $9.99 $4.99 until June 11!

  • What can it sync? Everything that iTunes can sync over USB – music, apps, photos, contacts, calendars, email accounts, etc.
  • Does this work with iPhoto? No, and it never will, due to the way iPhoto connects to the iPhone. However, you can still sync photos using iTunes.
  • Is there a Tiger version available? Not yet, but I’m working on it.
  • Can I restore or update my iPhone using this app? No, you will be prompted by iTunes to connect the USB cable at some point during the process.
  • Can I temporarily exit the app on my PC or Mac, while I don’t need it? Unfortunately this isn’t possible due to the way Wi-Fi Sync takes over the entire sync process. Closing it would also disable sync via USB (until you restart or uninstall).

Source – getwifisync

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPhone, iPod | , , , , , | 3 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Hiding your iPhone Pics


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Hiding your iPhone Pics”. Click here for the full read.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Blogroll, CNET, iPhone, iPod | , , , , | Leave a comment

DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone and iPod – Nikon Version Released

Image from onOne Software

Image from onOne Software

Following the success with the Canon version of the DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone or iPod Touch, onOne Software released its latest version for Nikon users. The latest version features –

  • Remotely fire your Canon EOS or Nikon DSLR camera
    with your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Remotely control the camera settings like
    shutter-speed, aperture, white-balance and more
  • View images saved on the camera from your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Look through your camera’s viewfinder remotely
  • Great for remote-firing at weddings, sporting events, for kids, and for self-portraits

There are currently two versions out, the Professional version (US$19.99) and the Lite version (US$1.99).  The Lite version only support the basic functions such as connecting to host computer, firing the camera, seeing post-view image, checking battery status and image remaining.  For another US$18, you’ll get all those fancy functions such as being able to adjust shutter speed, ISO, white-balance, exposure compensation, auto exposure bracketing, burst mode and more.

For more information (and there are tons), visit onOne Software’s product page.

Source – onOne Software’s product page

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Nikon, Photography | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rumored Apple Keynote Event on 9 September 2009 – Possible New iPods?

Multiple sources indicated that there might be a new release of the new generation of iPods with the possible inclusion of a camera and microphone.  Speculations indicated that the three possible versions are of 16, 32 and 64GB were a price tag of US$199, US$299 and US$399 respectively. Possible upgrade to iTunes 9 is said to be included as well.

As for the Apple Tablet, according to Gizmodo, “They went on to say that although the project (Apple Tablet) has been going on under various names between four and six years, the first prototype was built around the end of 2008. Adding, “The time to market from first prototype is generally 6-9 months.” That would place the device’s release date in this holiday season. (Think not) They then said, “There was a question of what OS the device would run, too.” So the chances of it being announced at the upcoming keynote event is highly unlikely.

Stay tuned for more.

Source – Gizmodo

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Event, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPod, iTunes, Mac, Tablet PCs | , , , | 1 Comment

Apple Online Sale – 14 January 2009


For those in Hong Kong, mark next Wednesday down on your calendar, Apple online is having a sale on that day.  I checked and the newly announced MacBook Pro 17″ is listed but not sure how much discount we’ll be getting.

Some of the stuff I’ll be looking for is the power support air jacket for iPod, iLife 09 and the Sennheiser MM 50 iP Earphones for iPhone.

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Event | , , , , | 3 Comments

Alternative to Apple In-ear Headphones

Following my post last week on the Apple In-ear Headphones (US$79), I decided to take a look at what similar products I can source in the local market.  Not looking for those expensive ones like the Shure or Sennheiser, but something more affordable and cheaper than that of the Apple In-ear Headphones.

Finally found the Griffin TuneBuds which works well with the iPhone 3G, 4th generation iPod nano and iPod Classic (120GB).

The external mic also works well with the iPod nano (4th generation) built-in voice Memo feature.  As for the 2nd generation iPod touch, iPhone 3G, and the iPhone, the external mic works with Griffin’s iTalk (available from iTunes App Store.

The TuneBuds comes with 3 pairs of interchangeable ear cushions of three different sizes and a carrying case.  The price tag on it, HK$280 (US36), not bad right?


December 19, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPhone, iPod | , , , | 3 Comments

Apple In-Ear Headphones for iPod Now Shipping

appleearphones[Update] Turned out I was not totally correct on the Apple In-Ear Headphones not being compatible with the iPhone 3G, according to a review over at Gizmodo,

“As far as remote capabilities go, I tested the Apple In-ear headphones with an iPhone 3G and a first gen iPod touch (neither of which are officially supported. As Apple claims, the audio works fine with both devices. Neither the remote or the mic work with the iPod touch 1G at all, merely reducing it to a pair of headphones. On the iPhone 3G, you can’t use the volume. You can still play/pause a song, answer/end a call, change tracks and make use of the microphone. But all of those work perfectly fine on the iPhone.”

[3 December 2008] Finally Apple starts shipping the In-Ear Headphones announced during the Let’s Rock event back in September.  The In-Ear Headphones features –

  • two separate high-performance drivers in each earpiece  — a woofer to handle bass and mid-range sounds and a tweeter for high-frequency audio;
  • comes with three different sizes of silicone ear tips, also included are a convenient carrying case for the ear tips and a cable-control case for the headphones themselves;
  • the remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation) and audio is supported by all iPod models; and price at US$79.

More news on Apple’s website.

Source – CNET via QLJ555

December 7, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod | , , | 1 Comment

The Perfect To-Do App on iPhone

[Updated: 7 October 2008] Been using ToDo and Toodledo for over two weeks and indeed those two works great together.  The best is that I found the ToodledoSync Extension for Microsoft Outlook from Chromatic Dragon.  Now not just having my to-do list on my iPhone but on Microsoft Outlook as well, woot.

[21 September 2008] Ever since I started using my iPhone 3G, I’ve been looking for a to-do applications that allows me to sync my my to-dos/tasks to my PC.  Since I uses Outlook most of the time, I wanted one that can sync up with my Outlook.

KeyTasks from Chapura was the first such application that I came across. The interface is neat, straight sync to Outlook and nothing fancy.  The downside to it is that KeyTasks is subscription-based and it costs US9.99 a year to use the service.

The next application that come close to my requirements is ToDo from Appigo.  It doesn’t sync with Outlook, but it syncs with two online task management services, Toodledo (which is free) and Remember the Milk (free but ToDO only works with their pro accounts, which means $$$).

I signed up with Toodledo, downloaded the Firefox plug-in for Toodledo and the Mac Widget plug-in, tried it out for a week and I’m loving it.  Not only can I track my to-dos/tasks on my iPhone, but on Firefox (both PC and Mac) and my Mac (pops up as my dashboard widget).  What I also like is say when you add a to-do/task such as a phone call to be made or to email someone, you can access the iPhone contacts and dial that person or email straight within the ToDo application.

Cost is US$9.99.  Check out the overview video below from Appigo.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Applications, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Review, Software, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Apple Released iPhone Software 2.0.2

[Update: 21 August 2008] Finally found the time to perform the update and thank God, this time around it was much more smoother and faster and no hiccups whatsoever, unlike the last update (see previous post – CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – More Woes in Updating iPhone 3G to V.2.0.1. The whole process took less than half an hour.  Woot, all happy now.

[19 August 2008] Apple just released another iPhone software update to version 2.0.2 and no it doesn’t fix the 3G reception problem, at least not yet.  Reports on forum indicated that some users actually have WORSE 3G reception after the update.  So what does it fix? well, according to iPhone Atlas, “typing and scrolling, which were plagued by extreme lag and slowness prior this update, are now operating at acceptable speeds for many users, but not all”.  The update weighs in at around 249MB.  With the last update, I would advise users the following –

  • DO NOT perform the update while you’re in the office (God knows how long it would take or how many times you need to do it over again if it turned into a brick), best to do it when you get home tonight;
  • remember to set your call forward on to your house phone or other land lines or alternatively if you have another 3G phone with another 3G card, swap them (the swap only works with unlock iPhones here in Hong Kong).  By doing so, you won’t miss any of your calls;
  • turn airplane mode off;

If the update fails, try the following work-arounds from iPhone Atlas on the last firmware updates –

  • The first thing to try is simply multiple attempts. The iPhone may fail to update on the first attempt, but succeed in restoring on the second or third attempt. Failing that, your copy of the update may be corrupt. Try deleting it and re-downloading it.  Delete the update that resides in the following directories:
  • under Mac OS X: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • under Windows XP: C:/documents and settings/[yourusername]/Application Data/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • under Windows Vista: C:/users/[yourusername]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • The fix in other cases is to reinstall iTunes. Simply download the package, run the installer and restart.

Failing that, under Mac OS X, try deleting the following files:

  • /System/Library/Extensions/AppleMobileDevice.kext
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DeviceLink.framework
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework
  • /Library/Receipts/AppleMobileDeviceSupport.pkg

then reinstall iTunes.

Another potential fix is to put the iPhone in recovery mode then restore it.

Good luck updating all, you’ll probably need it.

Source – iPhone Atlas

August 22, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Software | , , , | 2 Comments

New Instant Messenger for iPhone/iPod

Palringo Instant Messenger

Palringo Instant Messenger

Ever since the App Store launched, ppl been wanting an instant messenger (IM) app that allows them to link up with all the major IMs out in the market.  Well, look no further as Palringo Limited launched the Palringo Instant Messenger for iPhone/iPod.  It integrates with AOL’s AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Windows Live Messenger.  What’s more is that one can use Palringo to contact their friends on iChat.  Awesome for a free app.

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone, iPod | , , , | Leave a comment

WordPress for iPhone/iPod is Live

For those who uses the WordPress engine for blogging, aren’t you all glad that the WordPress for iPhone/iPod finally went live.  The WordPress for iPhone/iPod Open Source application allows one to create and edit content on their WordPress blog with support for offline use.  The app features the following –

  • support for WordPress.com blogs and self-installed WordPress blogs (version 2.5.1 and higher);
  • embedded Safari for true previews of posts;
  • full support for tags and categories;
  • photo support for both camera and library photos;
  • support for multiple blogs;
  • ability to password protect a post, save as draft, or mark for later review; and
  • auto-recovery feature recovers post interrupted by phone calls.

Check it out at your Apple App Store.

July 23, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, iPhone, iPod, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Pic of the Day – Beckham’s 100th Cap iPod


Source – Engadget

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, iPod, Pics | , | Leave a comment

First Look Video – psx4all, the Playstation Emulator on iPhone / iPod

Looks awefully cool, but frames per second, hmm… forget it.

Source – 182Switch182

December 25, 2007 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Software, Video | , , , | Leave a comment