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iPod Touch Applications Upgrade Not Happening in Hong Kong

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Just got off the phone with the Apple Hong Kong Hotline Rep. Bad news. Those here in Hong Kong would not be able to get the applications upgrade as announced earlier at the MacWorld Expo for their iPod Touch. (see my previous post on Mail, Maps and other Applications Coming to iPod Touch). Unless you have an account with the US, UK or Japan or any iTune Music Store, you would not be able to purchase the upgrade. Now this really sucks for those who bought them in town. However, the Apple Hotline Rep did mentioned that the iPod Touch on sale here hereonafter will have the latest firmware and the applications installed.

My take on this, revert it back to v.1.1.1 and jailbreak for the apps if you have bought it before the MacBook Expo. What was Apple thinking. Besides, they should have long opened the local iTune Music Store.

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPod, Software | , | 14 Comments

Santana @ AsiaWorld-Arena on 7 March 2008

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SANTANA Live Your Light 2008 Tour

Lushington Entertainments is proud to announce that guitar maestro and Grammy winning, recording legend Carlos Santana will perform at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Arena on March 7th 2008.

With album sales in excess of 90 million, The “Live Your Life” tour will showcase some of Santana’s greatest hits from over the years and once again provide the public an incredible opportunity to see one of the world’s most prolific and successful artists live in action. Always providing a memorable experience, Santana’s concerts remain high on the wish list of most music fans, irrespective of genre. Tickets available to the public on 29th November.

Santana is currently back in the music headlines with his latest single “Into the Night” (featuring vocals from none other than chart topping act Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger) and greatest hits release Ultimate Santana (SONY/BMG). The single itself has received critical acclaim and is now climbing the charts internationally.

Over the course of his long and rewarding career – encompassing the five most profound evolutionary decades in the history of contemporary music, from the 1960s to the ’00s – Carlos Santana has remained steadfastly loyal to the twin tenets of artistry: First, respect for the traditions and influences of the past, and second, the ability to recognize and welcome change. Long before “world music” was a genre on record store shelves – or even had a name, for that matter – Carlos Santana and the band that bears his name were laying down the tracks that would bring homegrown electric American music to the four corners of the globe.

After more than 40 years on the world stage, Carlos Santana is at a new pinnacle in his career, more vital and relevant – and more exposed on radio, TV and the Internet – than ever before. At the essence of it all is a signature sound that is unique and instantly identifiable. With his lifetime of achievement and dedication to music, every move that Santana makes is nothing less than a multi-cultural event – the soundtrack for the world. Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Ever active in social and humanitarian causes Carlos Santana launched the Milagro Foundation in 1998, the culmination of decades of support for countless charities and non-profit agencies the world over. With over $2 million in grants to date, Milagro supports organizations promoting the welfare of underserved children in the areas of health, education, and the arts.

For ticketing information, go to HK Ticketing’s website, http://www.hkticketing.com/eng/.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Concert, Event, Music | , , | 2 Comments

Steve Jobs MacWorld Expo 2008 Keynote Highlights Video

This highlight video covered all the main points at Steve Job’s Keynote Address at the MacWorld Expo 2008, which included the MacBook Air, iPhone and iPod new firware and Apple TV2.

Source – Insidemac

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Event, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Video | , | Leave a comment

Underground 51 @ The Cavern on 19 January

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UNDERGROUND 51
Saturday 19th January 2008

8:00pm – 11:30pm
$100 (students $80)

Bands playing are:
Gray@Dreams5
Frozen Matches
Spodac
Innisfallen
Up Dharma Down (Philippines)

@ The Cavern,
Lan Kwai Fong
Central

OVER 18 ONLY!

More information about the bands…(click here)

Undergrounds in the Future…

Underground 52 – February 2nd 2008 @ Club Cixi
Underground 53 – February 23 2008 @ The Cavern

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Music, Nightlife | , | Leave a comment

First Look – ASUS M930

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[26 December] This just in from GPS And Co, the all new ASUS M930, much like the Nokia E90, it features a full qwerty keyboard when opened. We don’t know much about the specification, initial release indicated that the ASUS M930 features a Marvel PXA270M / 520Mhz processor. Network wise, it supports Tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 Mhz), GPRS, EDGE and 3G (2100 Mhz) HSDPA @ 3,6 Mbps. Other known specs includes WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, 2.3 mega-pixel camera, support for 32GB microSD card and Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS.

Judging by the looks, it looks a lot more sleeker and chic than the Nokia E90 and of course initial specs are very attractive. As usual, we’ll follow on this and will update if more info on the final specs comes in.

Source – GPS And Co

[Updated: 17 January] Specification on the ASUS M930 released –

– Windows Mobile 6 Standard
– TI TI2431 processor at 450MHz
– 3G + HSDPA
– QVGA 2″ Screen (external) + 2.6″ WQVGA screen (internal) – 400×240
– Internal QWERTY, external 12 key keypad
– 256MB ROM
– 64MB RAM
– WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0
– 2.0 Megapixel Autofocus Camera
– microSD expansion
– 158g
– 113mm x 54mm x 18.7m

Source – IntoMobile

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Smartphone | , | Leave a comment