Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

First Look – Sony Alpha 300 & 350 DSLR

The DSLR market been reallt busy this month. First the Sony announced the Alpha 200 to replace the A100 and yesterday they announced two more new DSLRs, the Alhoa 300 (10.2-megapixel) and Alpha 350 (14.2-megapixel) which features live view on a 2.7″ LCD. Both cameras offer the Sony’s new “Quick AF Live View” technology so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems.

The DSLR-A300 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens will ship in April for about $800. The DSLR-A350 camera body will be available in March for about US$800, and the DSLR-A350 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens will be available for about US$900 at the same time.

For more information, check out the preview over at dpreview.com

I’m personally using the Sony Alpha 700 now for three months and I’m loving it. Rumors said the new Flagship, the A900 (with full-frame and 24-megapixel), will be launched mid-this year and I’m truly looking forward to that.

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Mod of the Day – Assburger


Nice ass, LOL.

Source – ModBlog

January 31, 2008 Posted by | MODs | , | Leave a comment

Underground 52 @ Club CiXi on 2 February


Club Cixi, On Hing Bldg, Hong Kong

Underground 52 @ Club Cixi
Shop A, G/F, On Hing Bldg., 1 On Hing Terrace, Central
Saturday, 2 February 2008, 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Featuring F.T.T., Luxury, Transnoodle & LesAiles
More information about the bands…(click here)

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Music, Nightlife | , | Leave a comment

Now This is How You Delete Your MySpace Account

Following my last post on International Delete Your MySpace Account Day – 30 January, I received the following instructions from Simon Owens just now and I’m posting them here (link to his full article here). Have fun deleting all, LOL.1. Log in at Myspace.com

2. Click on “account settings” next to your profile picture

3. Click on the “cancel account” link at the bottom of the screen

4. On this screen it tells you to confirm your cancellation. It also provides you a box to explain why you’re canceling your account. To really drive home the message, you should put “Because it’s International Delete Your Myspace Account Day” as your reason. That will let them know that you’re deleting the account because of the cause.

5. You should receive an email that will allow you to “confirm” (hey, didn’t I already “confirm” it like two clicks ago? Myspace sure doesn’t want me to leave) your cancellation. After you’ve once again confirmed it, it tells you to give it 48 hours to complete the cancellation.

6. If your profile doesn’t disappear in 48 hours, raise bloody hell.

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Social Networking | , , | Leave a comment

International Delete Your MySpace Account Day – 30 January

[24 January] It the following happens to you, then you should consider joining the movement started by Simon Owens (Bloggasm: Was it good for you?) and delete your MySpace account next Wednesday, 30 January 2008.

1. You rarely log in to Myspace except to delete spam friend requests from nude webcam girls.

2. You spend five minutes writing a wall post only to hit an error message when you try to post it because of all the website glitches.

3. You’re a girl who constantly gets marriage proposals from random men in the middle east.

4. You visit someone’s Myspace profile only to suddenly have music start blasting out of your speakers. Bonus points if it happens to you while you’re at work.

5. You have to make redundant clicks to perform simple tasks because Myspace keeps taking you to advertisement pages where you have to click on “return to myspace profile” in order to continue what you’re doing.

6. You visit someone’s profile only to have your eyes bleed because of terrible page layout with non-matching designs and font colors.

7. Your experience is hindered because of intrusive banner ads that either talk to you or try to reach out and block your view of what you’re trying to look at.

8. You read yet another news account about how some child predator using Myspace has abducted a little girl or that some hoax myspace account has caused a teenager to commit suicide.

9. You’re frustrated with the fact that Myspace doesn’t allow you to post your contact info, meaning to contact someone you can only use Myspace’s glitchy Instant Messenger, message/email system, or wall commenting.

10. You’re tired of seeing Tom stare out at you from millions of friends lists and just wish he would change his fucking profile picture.

Or alternatively, you can join the Facebook group, International Delete Your Myspace Account Day.

Source – lancerlord

[Updated: 30 January] In case you missed it, today is the day.

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Facebook, Social Networking, Software | , | 1 Comment

First Look – Skyfire Mobile Browser

This have been the most talked about mobile browser the past couple days. The interface is clean and surely a true rival to the Safari on the iPhone.  The full embedded full flash for the YouTube playback is just awesome, hands up.

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Software, Video | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Fast Lane for Frequent Visitors at the HKSAR International Airport


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Fast lane for frequent visitors at the HKSAR International Airport”. Click here for the read.

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, News Related | , | 2 Comments

First Look – Motorola ROKR E8

Some smart user interface utilized by Motorola with this phone, the ModeShift technology, which transforms the device from phone to music player to imaging device with the touch of a button, very impressive indeed.  Check out the Motorola ROKR E8 Product page for more info.
Source – cellularemagazineit

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Video | , | Leave a comment

iPhone Unlock Card? Close but Not


What can you get out of this US$30 Brando iPhone unlock card? Unlocking or jailbreaking your iPhone? Not. What it does is it actually fools your iPhone to believe that the SIM card is an AT&T SIM card, thus allowing you to make calls and access all basic applications such as mail, google map and SMS. But judging by the pic below (from Brando’s site), you would seem to need to cut off the corner of your SIM card in order to get this working, too bad not much literature on Brando’s site in regarding how the SIM card should be attached.

All pics from mobile.brando.com.hk

Another thing, according to the Brando site, this so-called unlock card would only work for firmware up to v.1.1.2. So far, feedbacks from a number of iPhone user forums reported significant lag while using communication applications pertaining to the SIM card. But nonetheless, a clever alternative.

Source – ubergizmo

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Review – Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC


Pic from TabletPCReview

The user review on the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC is out on TabletPCReview.  Noted that it cost a bit more in the US.  The current standard config in Hong Kong which includes the following goes for HK$16,688, very attractive indeed.

Model: Dell Latitude XT
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 ULV / 1.20GHz
Chipset / Graphic: AMD / ATI Integrated RadeonXpress X1250
Memory: 667 MHz DDR2 / 1GB But actual performance will be 533 MHz due to Processor FSB Limitation
Screen: LED Backlit WXGA LCD (1280×800)
Hard Drive: 80GB 1.8″ / 5mm, 4200rpm / PATA
PAN: Dell Wireless 360 Internal Bluetooth Module
LAN: Dell onboard Gigabit LAN adapter
WLAN Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n mini-card
WWAN: Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband (EVDO Rev.A)
Optical Drive: Dell D/Bay plus 24x CDRW/DVD
Battery: Upgraded to 6-cell, 42W/Hr Primarily Battery
Warranty: 3 year mail-in service (standard) plus 3 year accidental damage protection

As reported in my earlier post, First Look – Duosense, Dell had the technology in place and multi-touch would be available once applications supporting it starts appearing.  All-in-all, a very solid Tablet PC which promises much.  One thing to note is that 2GB memory is almost a must for the Tablet PC running Vista, so make sure you add in that option.

January 27, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, Tablet PCs | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Obama Campaign Promises

You heard this and now you can watch this.  My favourite is number 4, “I won’t let Apple release the new and improved iPod the day after you bought the preious model”.

January 26, 2008 Posted by | Comedy, Video | , | Leave a comment

Video Review – HTC Touch Cruise (Polaris) by MundoPDA

Source – MundoPDA

January 26, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Review – MacBook Air


Pic from engadget

Engadget have the reivew out on the all new MacBook Air.  Don’t think they like it that much.  Their take on it –

“The Air is a tough call. On the one hand it proposes to be a no-compromises ultraportable, but on the other hand it compromises many (but not all) the things road warriors want. We’re all about removing unnecessary frills and drives (we rejoiced the day the original iMac bucked the floppy), but laptops are increasingly becoming many users’ primary — often only — machines, which is why the Air’s price doesn’t do it any favors, either. It’s hard to justify almost two grand for a second laptop (or a third machine) just for travel needs — and even then, that’s only easily done if all your data lives in the cloud. Given those sacrifices and that higher-end sticker, it’s more than likely not going to replace most peoples’ current workhorse laptop.”

What’s your view on it? Attached here the CNET video review and the guided tour in case you have not seen it yet.

January 26, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, Notebooks, Review | , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Firmware v.1.1.3 Jailbreak Released

Woot, it is finally released but is it legal? That’s the question been raised around the iPhone Development Team and all over related forums.  This jailbreak, available for Windows and Mac, allows for the installation of third-party applications, requires that your iPhone be jailbroken to v.1.1.1 or v.1.1.2.  For detail instructions on how to jailbreak, head over to cre.ations.net.

Source – iPhone Atlas

January 25, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Software | , | Leave a comment