Personal Experience: Does Find My iPhone really work? For me, it does.

Having some Apple products, I read lots of news regarding the products or the company like product updates, rumors, etc. One of them is about the story about stolen/missing products. Today, I almost lost my New iPad. I was lucky to have in back within hours. How?
Today, it was just like regular day. I went to the office in the morning. Since I’m now in Jakarta, I take taxi almost everyday to reach the office. I like spending my time reading using Flipboard, checking Twitter timeline using Tweetbot, or reading emails. After few hours, I just realised that I didn’t have my iPad with me. I was panic. The first thing I did was remembering the taxi number. Usually, I remember the taxi number, or even taking its picture. But, today I completely forgot about it. The only thing I remembered was taxi company. It was Express Group.
There are many opinions regarding Express Group services. I also have my experiences with this company. In most cases, I have positive experience with them. For today, I have a good and nice service. Thank you, Express Group!
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The first thing I did was opening Find my iPhone app on my iPhone. I tried to locate my iPad. And, I found its location. Nice. But, I was not sure whether it was still with the taxi driver, or someone already had it. I located and activated the “Lost Mode” from iCloud website, and created a message asking to contact me. I gave both my cell numbers. I also hit the “Play Sound” button.
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Searching…

I called the customer service number, and explained the situation. I told the operator about the situation. After that, I refreshed Find my iPhone on my iPhone. When I was in the taxi, I told the taxi driver — still from the same company — that I left my iPad. When I checked my iPad, it’s not far from my location. I asked the taxi driver to drive me to my iPad location. I was sure that the taxi driver kept it for me. I kept thinking positive. Almost every minute, I always check the latest location. And, it was moving. The “problem” with checking the position from mobile device is that it’s not real-time. So, within 30 seconds, it was moving from one location to another pretty fast. Especially, because the traffic was good.
So, how’s the location history? See the screenshot below.
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When I tried to reach a destination, I realised that the taxi (which brought my iPad) was passing. Taking another turn? Way too late. At least I tried. Again, I only hope that: the taxi drive had my iPad, he kept it with him, and — more importantly — he would bring it back to the station and contacted me. I decided to go back to the office after knowing that the taxi went to Sudirman area.
I checked again from my MacBook Pro. It’s still moving. I had to admit that I was amazed with the location report.
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I tried to hit the “Play Sound” again. In the next few seconds, I got a phone call. I picked it up. And, he asked me whether I was the one who left something in red case in the taxi. Voila! The taxi driver called me telling that he had my iPad with him!
I talked to him, asking about his position — of course I already knew it from my iPad’s location. I quickly asked him about the taxi number. It was: BC 5713. I told him whether he was able to drive to the office, and I also told him to keep my iPad with him. He agreed to bring it after his lunch.
I was happy. I am happy, of course.

Lessons learned

It was the first time I used Find my iPhone feature — and I hope I don’t need to use it again! — in real case scenario. Here are few things I learned:

  • Turning Location Service on the device is useful. Yes, it consumes more battery power.
  • Apple Maps did a great job.
  • Checking the device location from iPhone does not give you the real-time location info. But, from my MacBook, I have almost real-time respond. That’s what I found. Not sure whether it happens this way, or not.
  • Turn Auto-Lock ON.
  • I have to be more careful.

When I was in the meeting, the taxi driver called me. I run from the second floor, and met him. He handed me the iPad. I promised myself that I would give him something for his effort and honesty. He said sorry because it took time for him to arrive because of the bad traffic. I said thank you. I gave him some money. He refused to accept it. But, I insisted.
Few minutes later, I texted him to say thank you for his kindness. Then, I called the taxi operator asking for information about the taxi driver’s name, and his station. I also told the operator about the good experience — especially about the kind and honest taxi driver. Thank you Pak Heru!
Happy ending? Yes. Want to be in the same situation again? Definitely not!

Ulasan Apple iPhone 5

Minggu lalu, saya berkesempatan untuk memiliki iPhone 5. Seminggu terakhir ini, saya mecoba untuk selalu menggunakan iPhone 5 dalam aktivitas sehari-hari, menggantikan iPhone 4 milik saya sebelumnya. Dan, saatnya menuliskan sedikit ulasan mengenai iPhone 5 ini. Oh ya, ulasan ini merupakan pendapat pribadi saya, sebagai salah satu pengguna produk Apple — disamping beberapa produk lain yang saya punya/gunakan akhir-akhir ini (iPhone 4, New iPad, Lumia 800, HTC Desire HD, dan BlackBerry 9860).

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Boks

Paket penjualan dalam kardus iPhone 5 cukup standar. Dikemas dalam sebuah kardus yang mirip dengan iPhone 4, cuma dengan ukuran yang sedikit lebih besar. Lalu, apa saja isi dalam kardus paket penjualan ini?

  • Sebuah iPhone 5 — yang saya miliki adalah sebuah iPhone 5 berwarna hitam, dengan kapasitas 16GB.
  • Apple EarPods
  • Adaptor dan kabel Lightning to USB.
  • Buku panduan

Kesan yang saya dapatkan ketika memegang iPhone 5 untuk pertama kali adalah bahwa iPhone 5 ini lebih terasa lebih enteng (dibandingkan iPhone 4 yang biasa saya pakai). Walaupun diklaim memiliki berat 20% lebih ringan (sekitar 112 gram), tapi tidak terasa terlalu enteng. Cukup ringan, tapi saya masih mendapatkan kesan yang kokoh dan padat.

My Nokia N9: Personal Review

I have been using Nokia N9 for about a week, and I would like to share a bit more about this phone. In my previous post, I posted about the unboxing photos. In short, I think this phone works for me and I’m comfortable with the features, speed, and more importantly to keep myself ‘connected’ to the internet world.

The design

When I opened the box, it was like love at the first sight. I got the black Nokia N9. I think Nokia N9 has a beautiful product design. Here’s why.

I have been using some Nokia phone in the last few years with various phone designs. My first Nokia phone was Nokia 3110. That’s right, that big phone. After that, I switched to Nokia 5510, Nokia 3230, Nokia N78, and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. I also tried Nokia E72 (with the QWERTY keyboard). The latest Nokia phone I have is Nokia N8 which I’m using right now.
Lots of phone companies put their efforts creating products that are not only about the technical aspects like hardware specifications, but also the design. “This [put the product name] is beautiful!” is a very common expression. And I think Nokia N9 got this expression.
Large screen is another features. Lots of phones has bigger screen these days. But still, people will use their hand to operate. I like phone with big screen, but not too big. I was not sure whether Nokia N9 has ‘big enough’ or ‘too big’ screen area. Can I hold and work with it only with my right hand? It’s taller than Nokia N9, and iPhone 4.
Can I reach whole screen area using my thumb? I can. For me, this is something important.
I look at the design, and I could not find any buttons at the front. I’ve heard that it’s all about ‘swipe’. The only buttons/keys are only on the right side: volume/zoom and power/lock keys. It took few minutes to explore how the swipes work. And, it’s not difficult at all. It’s easy. I will write about swiping on Nokia N9 later.
About the SIM card, I need to have the micro SIM card. There are two options: buying it from my desired provider, or make it by cutting the regular SIM card. I went with the second option.

Nokia Maps says hello to iOS and Android


From Ovi blog:

  1. You can see where you are on the map, thanks to HTML5 support for positioning
  2. You can find addresses, businesses and other places of interest, anywhere in the world
  3. You can get to know the places: all the essential information about a place are presented on one page (pictures, user reviews, popular travel guides description, contact information)
  4. You can plan the fastest route to your destination by car or on foot
  5. You can see where the public transport lines go, and where the stops are
  6. You can share your favourite places with your friends via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter

Ovi Maps Now with Some Improvements: Short URL and Share Location

One of the things I did after I lost my phone was to synchronize some of phone data between my Nokia 5800 XM and E72. Actually, I only keep my contact and maps. About map, I use Ovi Maps provided by Nokia (see also: Yahoo Maps powered by Ovi Maps) After I added a location using Ovi Maps, I simply sync it to my Ovi account. Not everyday, maybe once in a week or two. Even I don’t visit Ovi Maps website regularly, I’m still thinking that I might need later in the future. And, I need it.

When I visited Ovi Maps page, I saw that there were some differences. It seems that Ovi Maps page has been improved.
One thing I notice is that it becomes more social now. You can easily share a certain location marked as “Favorites” to Facebook and Twitter. This might be useful if you want to share a location. If you don’t have any locations in your Favourites folder, you can easily add one. It’s like: “This is the location. I should bookmark this. Then, when I need it, I can find it easily or even share with others”.
For every location link, Ovi Maps uses ovi.me domain. Yes, it’s shortened, just like what Google Maps has right now.

Goodbye Nokia E72!

Nokia E72No, not that I hate my E72. I lost it. Last Monday, I reached my hometown for holiday. I liked the fact that I finally got home without loosing anything. A perfect situation. :)
On the evening, I had plan to have dinner with my girl. That should be a nice dinner. But, it turned into bad situation when I realized that I didn’t have my Nokia E72 with me. That was the time when all food were on the table. I haven’t touched anything — well, not really ‘anything’, but only some peanuts. Last time I remembered was that when I was in a taxi. I called the taxi operator and worked with the guy on the phone. I even called the taxi driver and asked him to pick us again. No luck. In short: I lost my phone. Now, I only have 5800XM with me.

Ten Things Why Nokia N8 Is Better (than iPhone 4)

Ten Things Why Nokia N8 Is Better (than iPhone 4). Comparison on these subjects: price, design, video call, HDMI + Dolby Surround, memory, USB On-the-Go, usability (reception issue), sensor, Xenon flash, editing software & Ovi Maps are free (Symbian^3)

Yahoo Maps powered by Ovi Maps. And more!

Some of you probably have heard about this news: Nokia and Yahoo! have an agreement to work on they really’re really good at. According to the press release:

Today, Yahoo! and Nokia announced a worldwide strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them.
Building on more than five years of collaboration, Nokia and Yahoo! ® will leverage each others’ strengths in e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices.

You can also find the press release at Yahoo! Yodel Anecdotal. So, what does it mean for you? Probably… nothing. But, for me it means something. Let me tell you why.

I use Flickr — and I’m really enjoying it. Sometime, I take advantage of its geo-location feature. I can put my photos into map. You can do it manually, or automatically using geo-location meta data captured from your mobile device. I did it using my mobile device. Flickr photos with geo-location information will be integrated with Yahoo! Map. You can see my Flickr map page to see it in action. Is it good? Yes, but not that good. Why?

  • When I had my photos with location information, they’re not placed at the correct information. So, I have to edit their location in the map.
  • Yahoo! Map does not have much details about my hometown, Jogjakarta. Especially, when it comes to street names. For example, my photo taken in Malioboro Street, it’s detected as it was taken in other area, and it’s not even close.
  • I remembered that I have put my photos into correct location. But for some reasons — I don’t know why — the location was changed. I hope I’m wrong with this. The zoom effect or something, I don’t know.

With the new partnership I mention above, I hope I can see improvements. Ovi Maps has a great database of location, and it works really well. I know, sometime it has some mistakes on the street naming, but… still, it’s a great tool.

Ovi Maps (3.04) is available. How do I use Ovi Maps?

Few days ago, Nokia Ovi Maps v. 3.04 for mobile was released for public. If you’re following the news, Nokia released Ovi Maps with Free worldwide Walk & Drive navigation last January. And, I have my Ovi Maps on my Nokia 5800 XM upgraded. And I like it. Find more details about Ovi Maps.

Now, I want to share how I use Ovi Map daily use. Right now, I’m in Jakarta and I have been staying in this city for few months. It’s not my first time, but still, I’m not familiar with the streets and routes. I met Ovi Maps when I had my N78 few years ago and found it really useful. But, it was when I stayed in my hometown, Jogjakarta.

Mobile photoblogging (by orangescale)I love taking pictures with mobile device. When I found out that all photos captured using my N78 can have location information, I usually had the GPS information turned on. By this, I can find out where the photos were taken and — the important thing — was that I knew where I stood. How is it useful? A simple example: I went to Solo city and took a picture at the railway station. Then, I went to some places in Solo and took another picture. The result? I could find out what places I visited (with photos).

Okey, that was related to photo. In Jakarta, when I go to a place I usually save the location — based on the GPS data. This is useful since I can also find the navigation, or at least what direction/route I should take from one place to my destination. Usually, when I took bus or taxi — and I’m not familiar with the street route, the first thing I do is firing up my map. Until today, I never lost. :D

Anyway, I rarely notice about the 3D view. But, when I took my time to explore Jakarta in Ovi Maps, I found some buildings/landmarks available in 3D view map. For example: Monumen Nasional (see pictures below).

Buildings/Landmarks Jakarta OviMaps (by orangescale) Monas, Jakarta (by orangescale)

For more screenshots about some buildings/landmarks I found using Ovi Maps, you can go my Flickr photostream set.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I write this based on personal experience.

Features for Developers (Firefox 3.1 beta 1)

Okey, this should be a good news.
Geolocation

Geolocation is a JavaScript API that lets a web page query the browser’s location via JavaScript. It can be used to plot maps, give directions, attach location information to pictures, give a location for a weblog post and a pile of other things.
More details about Geolocation API Specification.

@font-face

Add support for the CSS @font-face property. This property allows you to specify a true type font file that includes a specific font you want to use to render a web page.
More details about @font-face

Video and Audio

Include support for the <video> and <audio>elements. This beta includes support for the OGG Theora and OGG Vorbis formats on all platforms

And more…

XML Sitemaps and All in One SEO Pack for WordPress

  • XML Sitemaps are available for WordPress.com-powered blogs. What all WordPress.com users need to do to get this feature? Well.. nothing. It’s already done automagically. (source)
  • All in One SEO Pack is not dead. Right now, it is compatilble with the latest stable release of WordPress (WP 2.5.1). If you heard about the news that it will not be developed anymore, we do not need to worry now. It has a new home.

WordPress Yahoo! Shortcuts Plugin for Super Blog Post

Yahoo! Shortcuts Team and Crowd Favorite released a WordPress plugin called Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress. What is it? According to its definition:

Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress plugin intelligently enriches your blog post with great content from Yahoo! Maps, Finance, and beyond.

Even it’s still in beta release, after I tried this plugin, I found that this is a very useful plugin. Especially I want to enrich my post with more useful information without spending too much time to find references. If you go to Yahoo! Shortcuts page, you will see some demos on how the plugin will work in your post. Look at the sidebar. In short this plugin will do these things:
Yahoo! Shortcuts: Shortcuts Found

  • Detect your post to find relevant information automagically — I think it’s by keywords — that can be found using Yahoo! services. For example: maps/location, products, company information, people profile, photos, etc.
  • This plugin will generate some shortcut alternatives. Later, you will have options to deal with those shortcuts. In you entry editing screen, you will see a box containing information about how many shortcuts found in your entry.
  • If you decide to create shortcuts to Yahoo! services, just click on the “Review this Post” button. By doing this action, you will be brought to another editing screen.