Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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iPhone Shutter App “NexRemote” for Sony NEX

This from dpreview forum member, Bikr.  He developed this cool app, NexRemote, which offers two shutter release signal from the iPhone via the earphone jack connected to an IR device to trigger the Sony NEX camera. The App was just launched and Bikr is already working on the 2.0 version which promise intervalometer and maybe even bulb mode.  Also in works is the Android version. Check out the App description below -

“NexRemote allows you to control your Sony Nex5 camera using a super inexpensive home made or store bought ir dongle that plugs into your headphone jack.

We will soon be adding detailed instructions on making your own, but quickly: you simple need to solder a IR LED, available at any radio shack, to a minijack cable. You can just strip the cable from an old pair of headphones etc and there will be 3 wires inside. 2 insulated and 1 ground wire. You need to attach one of the 2 insulated wires and the ground wire to the poles of the LED. Plug in and you’re good to go.

Shutter lets you control the shutter in any mode, including bulb. click once while in bulb to open the shutter and again to close it when ready..

2 sec initiates the Nex5′s 2 second shutter timer and beeps to let you know it’s coming, great for hiding your phone back in your pocket when taking self portraits.”

Source – NexRemote

February 27, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, DSLR, iPhone, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | , | 8 Comments

My Response to MacBook Air or Pro?

My buddy and business partner over at PASM Workshop, Spike posted the question on his blog (Honkie Town) as to whether he should be getting a MacBook Air (MBA) or MacBook Pro.  After having my 13″ MacBook Air (1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for two months, here’s my response.

“The newest MBA is nice really for those on the move MAC applications, that is if you have quite a bit of stuff to type up, be it with Pages or Numbers (don’t use Microsoft Office anymore, iWork is pure lovely just even to look at). Lightroom is ok for on the fly touch-up but definitely not for loading up tons of RAW files to work on at the end of the day (leave that to the desktop) plus given the limited storage on the SSD, you don’t want to do that, even if you store your pics over the cloud. Tried tethering with my Sony A900 together with Lightroom and it works fine with my MBA config.

Size wise, forget about the 11 inch MBA, tried it out at the store and the screen are WAY too small for US to look that though it’s really light and compact but what’s the use if you can’t read shit off it.

Speed wise, the MBA is fine even with the 1.86 GHz, guess I don’t have much stuff that need that much processing power.  The applications I uses most daily on it now are:

Pages
Numbers
Postbox2 (excellent email client)
Busycal (substitute for MS Outlook)
NewsRack
Kindle (actually not bad at all on the Mac)
Numbers
APP STORE (LOL)

Another alternative is getting the refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz, listed now for HK$8,688 for 4GB Ram and 250GB Hdd on the Hong Kong Apple Store. Not a bad deal at all.

My call….the basic config is good enough, HK$9,888 not a bad deal.  If you want it fast, tried calling all the Broadway and Fortress stores and ask whether they have stock, some of the megastores do carry one or two pieces.

Good luck shopping.”

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Mac, My Gears, OS X | , , , | Leave a comment

Sims Going Medieval???

Hmm…SIms going Medieval…interesting.  Think they install the make babies segment in this edition? According to EA, it’s still the same voyeuristic stimulation but in the medieval setting. US49.95 is a bit steep for voyeur, what’s your take?

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Gaming, Gaming Related | , , , | Leave a comment

Web Wednesday v.44 @ Volar – 9 February 2011 – Trevor Johnson of Facebook

The next Web Wednesday meet is this coming Wednesday, 5 May, at Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

This week, Web Wesnesdat will be featuring an interview with Trevor Johnson, Head of Planning & Strategy, Emerging Markets for Facebook. Trevor has flown in from London to be part of Social Media Week (http://socialmediaweek.org/hongkong/) and is keen to meet with the local Hong Kong Digerati. Given all the recent developments at Facebook – Places, Deals, new Asian ad sales team – there will be plenty to talk about so do join us on Wednesday 9th February, 2011 (usual place, usual time).

The event will start at 6:30pm and wind up around 9:30pm, with the talk/interview starting at 7:15pm.

As per usual, there’s a HK$100 entrance fee, including one complimentary drink and the chance to win lucky draw prizes.

Source : Web Wednesday Hong Kong

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Facebook, Hong Kong, Social Networking | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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