Trade-in your third party Apple charger!

SAFETY CONCERNS: People wanting to take part in Apple's USB Power Adapter Takeback Program must bring the unwanted chargers along with a corresponding iPod, iPad, or iPhone to an Apple Retail Store or to an authorised Apple service provider. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

SAFETY CONCERNS: People wanting to take part in Apple’s USB Power Adapter Takeback Program must bring the unwanted chargers along with a corresponding iPod, iPad, or iPhone to an Apple Retail Store or to an authorised Apple service provider. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: Fears of dangerous shocks caused by unsanctioned chargers for Apple gadgets prompted the company on Monday to announce a trade-in programme.

Beginning on August 16, people with counterfeit or third-party power adaptors will be able to swap them for certified Apple models for the local equivalent of US$10 (RM32.36).

“Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues,” Apple said in a blog post.

“While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adaptors.”

People must bring the unwanted chargers along with a corresponding iPod, iPad, or iPhone to an Apple Retail Store or to an authorised Apple service provider.

Apple said device serial numbers need to be valid to qualify for the adapter trade-in programme, which will continue until October 18.

Last month, Apple began investigating reports that a women in China was electrocuted while using an iPhone that was charging. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

World’s most used app… Google Maps

NO 1: Google Maps, the world's most popular app. - AFPrelaxnews 2013

NO 1: Google Maps, the world’s most popular app. – AFPrelaxnews 2013

According to newly released data recorded over the second quarter of 2013, Google Maps is the most-used smartphone app in the world.

The data, collected and correlated by digital media agency GlobalWebIndex, shows the most popular apps by usage among the world’s 969.49 million smartphone users over the second quarter of 2013.

According to the findings, Google Maps was at the very head of the top ten most actively used smartphone apps with 54% of smartphone users having accessed it in the period of the survey. Coming in second was the Facebook app, which 44% of smartphone users accessed; 35% went on YouTube via the app; and, in fourth position was the Google+ mobile app, used by 30%.

Skype came in lower down the list, being used by 22% of smartphone owners, the same percentage which accessed Facebook Messenger.

According to GlobalWebIndex the top ten most accessed apps by percentage of the world’s smartphone owners are as follows:

01.   Google Maps – 54%
02.   Facebook – 44%
03.   YouTube -35%
04.   Google+ – 30%
05.   Weixin/WeChat – 27%
06.   Twitter – 22%
07.   Skype – 22%
08.   Facebook Messenger – 22%
09.   Whatsapp – 17%
10.   Instagram – 11%

– AFPRelaxnews 2013

Championing Green Awareness

Chew Fei Sean Grand Merdeka Development Sdn Bhd

Chew Fei Sean
Grand Merdeka Development Sdn Bhd

Chew Fei Sean, the only ‘rose’ amount the gents, as the head of the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (SHAREDA) young developers, and project coordinator for Grand Merdeka Development Sdn Bhd, building the next big suburban mall in Kota Kinabalu north is even more high tech savvy. “Have you heard of JuiceSky?” she asks.

Her company is using the internet service portal which is well publicised in road side buntings to be helping businesses to advertise themselves through the social media besides other traditional means. That means her business as a developer is very well connected in every way possible

On the sales for the Sabah’s green mall – Grand Merdeka Mall with a tagline of “Everyone Can Own”, she is really happy that more than 70 per cent were sold and things are looking great and grand onwards to success with the mall development sited in an area with half a million strong captive market.

When it comes to green building standards, she is a real pro, more knowledgeable that the West Malaysian Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) has established its GreenRE standards which is more conducive and cheaper in terms of payable fees for certification for local developers as compared to the GBI – Green Building Index criteria.

GreenRE is less rigid than the long-existing Green Building Index, which was developed based on the international Green Mark standards.

GreenRE is designed for various types of real estate which assesses building performance throughout the whole development process; commencing from the conceptualization and design stage, during construction and up to post completion.

GreenRE is an industry driven green rating tool established to drive the Malaysia’s real estate industry towards a more sustainable and liveable built environment.

With her cheery disposition and bright ideas, SHAREDA’s new blood of Gen Y holds great promises for the future of the association.

Source: Property Hunter (July 2013 edition)