Photo by Dominie Liang
The local Hong Kong bloggers gathered for the first time last night since the Hong Kong Bloggers Group in Facebook was setup. The dinner was held at Pepperonis in Central and close to 30 bloggers, podcasters and IT professionals attended the event. The event was a great success and I am so happy to be able to meet up with a bunch of witty and energetic bloggers/podcasters (and some of them are real young too). I’m looking forward to more of these events to be organized here in Hong Kong and truly believe that these events will bring forward more exchanges amongst the bloggers/podcasters here in Hong Kong……
For full list of bloggers/podcasters that attended the event, click read more below.
Well, been playing around with the iPhone for a couple days and I believed I’ve covered most of the applications on-board pretty well. Following is my take between the iPhone and the HTC Touch. Bear in mind I’m not going to delve into the music and PDA elements in terms of the two phones as it would do both phones unjust. The HTC Touch IS a PDA Phone and the iPhone is more of a quasi-iPod with phone capabilities.
Size – OK, to start of with, the HTC Touch been with me since June and I love its small-size form factor so much that I gave up the Dopod 838 pro.
Speed – The on-board CPU is slow but I over-clocked it up to 247 MHz and it’s way better, speed-wise.
Interface – TouchFlo interface on accessing pics, music, videos / speed-dial and other useful applications. Swift in terms of the TouchFlo.
Push-mail – The one application that I use intensively is the Push-mail function, one which I cannot live without especially with the amount of mail coming in from my three other mail accounts. HTC Touch won here thumbs up.
Speed-dial – The speed-dial function via the TouchFlo can quickly access your nine frequent contacts. You can call, SMS, email any one of them in ONE go.
Notes and Inking – You can scribble just any notes in the Notes application or on the OneNote mobile application. Easy to use and no hassle whatsoever.
Calls – Easy access to speed dial or accessing others via the phonebook, again have the options to call, SMS or email in one go.
Today Screen – Fully customizable for one’s different tastes and needs.
Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and WiFi access. Unless you use a Bluetooth stereo headset, dangling the handsfree headphones could be a real pain. Worst thing is that the handsfree headphones have to use a mini USB jack.
Screen – Acceptable readability under direct sunlight but bright and crisp in indoors.
Camera – Hmm…the weak link. If you have a few applications opened, you’ll get that message that in order for the camera to work, you have to force-close all other applications. Quality-wise, mediocre.
Other pluses – Light indicators, orange for mail/message, blue for Bluetooth, green for normal.
Was surprised a lot of people didn’t know of this software, BatteryStatus, which can overclock the HTC Touch to a higher speed. You can download the software here at PocketPCFreeware.com. Remember the maximum overclock speed is 247 MHz (any higher would…..). Enjoy
For the application, you can find it here at http://iTapTap.com.
Not only are certain Apple stores voiding the warranty on hacked and unlocked iPhones,‘s just released a statement saying the unlock process coupled with a future update may make your phones a useless . Apple “strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized programs,” because the “permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone’s warranty.” Our advice to users: wait until version 1.1 is out later this week before you decide to unlock your iPhone. If you’ve already unlocked your phone, don’t update until you know it’s safe…..
Apple’s Press Release -
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone’s software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed. Apple plans to release the next iPhone software update, containing many new features including the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (http://www.itunes.com), later this week. Apple strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs on their iPhones. Users who make unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty. The permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone’s warranty.
Since I got my tooth pulled today, I’ll go a bit slow with my post.
Finally went up to tomatomobile to pick up the iPhone 4GB. Bumped into a reader from this blog, a good-looking fellow, Michael and think I’ve convinced him to buy one for himself (he called me the devil).
Well, will be posting some unbox pics on the iPhone and comparison pics with the HTC Touch so stay tuned. Meanwhile back at the farm here, I need to take some super pain-killers and head to bed.
Wow, what a week, 2 unboxing sessions on the HTC new phones. Before I start I want to thank TC from Poagao (my college buddy who now lives in Taiwan) for letting me take some of these pics before I ship the phone over to him. /salute
My buddy Ken was flashing his new unlocked iPhone last night while I was trying to figure out how to forward my hotmails from Windows Live to my Exchange account. While he was playing around with it, he told me that he’s been having problems getting the voicemail to work. Well, I checked around this morning and came up with this, try it out Ken and see whether it works or not.
1. Open Phone app and type *5005*86*phonenumber#.
2. Take the period off the end of that, and replace phonenumber with the number you call to get to your voicemail, and then hit the call button with all that typed in. Then viola! its fixed, and the balance is restored to the universe.
Above solution via MYiTablet