Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Barnes & Nobles Nook Firmware 1.1 Speeds Up Things & Fixes Couple Bugs

The Barnes & Nobles Nook Firmware 1.1 seems to be speeding things up in turns of page flipping and navigation but I still find it slow and laggy compared to my Kindle 2.  Check out the firmware in this video from Matthew Miller from ZDNet.

Source: ZDNet

December 23, 2009 Posted by | eReader, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Best Food Site on Hong Kong Restaurants

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Best Food Site on Hong Kong Restaurants”. Click here for the full read.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Launches Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6

Adobe has launched Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download. Release candidates of all three had already been available from the Adobe’s Labs site. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 20 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3S, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.

From Adobe:

Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates:

Click here to find out more and download Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 or Lightroom 2.6.

Newly Supported Camera Models

  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon PowerShot G11
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • Leaf Aptus II 5
  • Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
  • Nikon D3s
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Pentax K-x
  • Panasonic FZ38
  • Sigma DP1s
  • Sony A500
  • Sony A550
  • Sony A850

Source – dpreview

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Geeky Holiday Gift–the Gboard

[Extracted from my weekly post at CNET Asia Community Blog]

With Thanksgiving gone and Christmas coming in less than three weeks, what is the ultimate geeky gadget you can get at an affordable price for those gadget lovers? Well, check out the Gboard which was launched earlier this week.

The Gboard is the ultimate gift for Gmail lovers or should I say, addicts. This keypad features 19 different colored keys, each pre-programmed with a keyboard shortcut for functions such as replying, forwarding, deleting, starring, and archiving messages and keys to allow users to navigate by message or discussion, select messages, search, and flag messages as spam and so on. Although the Gboard limits the shortcuts to 19 out of the 65 Gmail shortcuts, it is still a nifty gadget to have around.

The Gboard is easy to setup, just plug in via the USB and tweak the settings in Gmail and you’re done. It is compatible with the Mac and PC. Another attractive factor is the pricing, only US$19.99. Check it out over at Gboard’s Web site. For more on the Gboard, take a look at the video below.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Google | , , , | Leave a comment

When Canon Boy Meets Nikon Girl

Source – JoeyLawrence

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Camera, Canon, DSLR, Nikon, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – My Tech Predictions for 2010

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “My Tech Predictions for 2010″. Click here for the full read.

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , | Leave a comment

Video Review – HTC HD2

If you haven’t seen the phone in action, check out the reviews above.  My initial thoughts -

  • HUGE screen
  • LARGE phone
  • new Sense interface still as sluggish as the old TouchFLO interface (not better with Windows Mobile 6.5)

Would I want to buy one? nah, not now.  Check out this review from Engadget if you want to know more about the HTC HD2.

Street price: HK$5,680 (US$728) from www.JipJipMobile.com

Source – mobileburn, Engadget

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, Review, Video | , , , , | 1 Comment

Street Price Update – Nokia N97, Canon S90, Canon G11

Local Hong Kong street price for the following gadgets as requested from users.

Nokia N97 – HK$4,270 (US$548) from http://astglobalshop.com

Canon PowerShot S90 – HK$3,180 (US$408) from AV Life (tel: 25093398)

Canon PowerShot G11 – HK$3,930 (US$504) from www.vivaphoto.com

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Mobile Phone, Nokia | , | Leave a comment

   

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