Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

First Look Video – Samsung M8800 Pixon

Want to see how great a 8 megapixel camera looks on a cellphone, then you must check out this video, looks awefully good especially with the face-detection, shake reduction and the auto focus.  As for the interface, it incorporated the same touch interface as that from the Samsung Omnia.  Other specs as follow –

  • Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA
  • 107.9×54.6×14.9mm, 110 g
  • 3.2-inch touch screen display (240 x 400 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel camera, auto focus, face recognition with smile detection and blink detection, WDR (wide dynamic range), ASR (advanced shake reduction), GPS geotagging, ISO 1600, WVGA (720×480 pixels) and VGA (640 x 480 pixels) @30fps video recording
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • Accelerometer
  • DivX playback
  • FM radio with RDS
  • microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth
  • Landscape virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Handwriting recognition
  • ShoZu integration – direct image and video upload
  • Office document viewer

Source – GSM Arena, playerzaza007

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

Newsbreak – Unlock iPhone 3G NOW On Sale @ Apple Store HK

WOW, great news.  No contracts, fully unlocked iPhone 3G now available from Apple Hong Kong.  HK$5,400 got 8GB and HK$6,200 for 16GB.

“iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.”

Check it out at the link here.

Thanks Belle from BeansBox for the link.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , | 4 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Chinese iPhone Have No 3G Nor Wi-Fi


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Chinese iPhone Have No 3G Nor Wi-Fi”. Click here for the read.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , , | Leave a comment

Lifestyle HK – Spotlight Video on Youtube – G1 Android Phone Hands On

My new entry over at Lifestyle Hong Kong is up. This week’s entry, “G1 Android Phone Hands On”. Click here for the read and video previews.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Mobile Phone, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Samsung Omnia i908 In Hong Kong Now

[Updated: 24 September 2008] The Samsung Omnia i908 is officially launched in Hong Kong.  Going price is HK$5,980 (US$767)(unlocked).

[3 Auguest 2008] As reported by ePrice Hong Kong, the import version of Samsung Omnia i900 is here and the price tag, HK$6,980 (US$895).  Check out the stores on the ground level of Sincere Podium (Sintat Shopping Centre) in Mongkok.

In case you missed the video on “How to get to Sincere Podium” in which I posted on CNET a while ago, I’m posting it here for your reference.

Video shot by my Sony HDR-SR11E camcorder.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Video, Windows+Mobile | , , , , | 24 Comments

Undergound Events – All This Weekend

Tons of band events this weekend from Underground.  Their compilation CD launch party on Friday and Underground No. 68 on Saturday.  For more info, check out their all new website at www.undergroundhk.com.
Underground CD1 Launch Party

Underground Compilation CD Launch Party @ Club Cixi

Underground 68 @ The Cavern

Underground 68 @ The Cavern

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Music, Nightlife, Underground | , , , | Leave a comment

Phooey Pics – Canon EOS 5D Mark II Demo Video

Posted yet another new video on the new Canon EOS 5D MKII over at Phooey Pics. This time it’s a video leak from the video shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet who was amongst the first people to get their hands on the Canon’s 5D Mark II, link here.

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Camera, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Phooey Pics, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look @ Android – HTC Dream

Pretty neat for a 300mHz Google Android phone, but I would want to see more on the application side.  Not impressed yet.

Source – venom4scorpio

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, HTC, Mobile Phone, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Updates on iPhone 3G Prices in HK

Received an email last week from one of the readers here and he asked about the latest on the iPhone 3G and also on how TurboSim works.

“Gidday Phooey…

Stumbled upon your blog. Makes great reading. Im going to be in HK on conference in November. I am looking to purchase an iphone. I know you have probably answered these questions 1000x but if you could help me that would be great. From reading your blog I take it my first stop should be Sin Tat Plaza, Mongkok……What prices are available at the moment?

I’d like an unlocked phone to use on the Vodafone network back in New Zealand. Ive read that the phones should already be unlocked, is this true?…..Anything I should watch out for…eg copies etc
Could you explain to me TurboSim…I’d prefer a non TurboSim phone…rather a software unlocked one.”

Coincidentally, I came across a short article on the same topic in this week’s PCMagazine and I’ll share my reply here with you all.

“For iPhone 3G, the prices for the imported ones (unlocked) been going down real fast lately.  True, Sin Tat Plaza (or Sincere Podium) is the place to go for them and other phone accessories.  The going price now is as low as HK$5,980 (US$767) for 16GB and HK$4,980 (US$638) for the 8GB.

The TurboSim (or called Gevey 3G now) is basically an IC chip, the size of a Sim Card and can fit perfectly into an iPhone together with any 2G/3G Sim Card.  By doing so, it will activate the iPhone and the good thing is, it works for any 2G or 3G sim card.  The TurboSim cost around HK$250.  Also please note that the current version for TurboSim is only 2.01.

As for the unlocked iPhones.  3 Hong Kong is the local carrier and they only sell them with a contract. There are some unlocked iPhones 3G in the territory currently from Vodaphone New Zealand but their prices is about HK$9,000 (US$1,154). You might be lucky to find some in Sin Tat but a lot more expensive and there’s no market price as it really depends on availability.”

Source – PCMagazine

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , | 1 Comment

My Wacom Intuos 3 6×11 Tablet is in DA House

Loving it, working great with Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 2 as well.  The pen-strokes are just awesome.  Goodbye to my Wacom Bamboo.

Source – Inago1278

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears | , , | Leave a comment

Phooey Pics – Video Updates

Posted some new videos on the new Nikon D90 and the Canon EOS 5D MKII over at Phooey Pics.  Just ordered myself the new Sony Alpha A900 and will arrive mid-Oct, would be interesting to see how it matches up with the Canon.

September 21, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Camera, Canon, Gadgets n Gizmos, Nikon, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Microsoft Office (for Mac) Woes


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Microsoft Office (for Mac) Woes”. Click here for the read.

September 17, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, CNET, Mac, Microsoft | , | 1 Comment

Problem Event Name: BlueScreen

Wow, my computer just shut down and rebooted.  BlueScreen….WTF

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name:    BlueScreen
OS Version:    6.0.6001.
Locale ID:    3076

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode:    116
BCP1:    8556A510
BCP2:    9000AEB0
BCP3:    00000000
BCP4:    00000002
OS Version:    6_0_6001
Service Pack:    1_0
Product:    768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Users\Hong Kong Phooey\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-127749-0.sysdata.xml
C:\Users\Hong Kong Phooey\AppData\Local\Temp\WER4E.tmp.version.txt

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September 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, My Gears | , | Leave a comment

Mac OSX 10.5.5 Update is Live


  • Includes recent Apple security updates.
  • Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
  • Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
  • Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
  • Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
  • Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
  • Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
  • Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
  • Improves Speech Dictionary.
  • Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
  • Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

Address Book

  • Addresses stability issues that may occur when creating a Smart Group.
  • Resolves a printing issue with address cards containing information that spans more than one page.

Disk Utility and Directory Utility

  • Improves reliability when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume in Disk Utility.
  • Improves reliability of server status displayed in Directory Utility.


  • Updates iCal to more accurately handle repeating events.
  • Improves performance when choosing meeting attendees.
  • Resolves an issue in which the “Refresh All” option may be dimmed (“grayed out”) in the contextual menu for certain calendars.
  • Fixes issues with read-only calendars.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents an invitee from moving an event to a different calendar.
  • Resolves an issue with syncing published calendars.


  • Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.
  • Resolves an issue with SMTP settings for AIM, Compuserve, Hanmail, Yahoo!, and Time Warner Road Runner email accounts.
  • Addresses stability issues that may occur when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
  • Addresses an issue with the “Organized by Thread” view in which the date does not appear when the thread is collapsed.
  • Resolves an issue in which RSS feeds could temporarily disappear from the sidebar.
  • Improves Mail robustness when sending messages.
  • Improves reliability when saving drafts that have attachments.


  • Improves overall sync reliability.
  • Improves Back to My Mac reliability.

Time Machine

  • Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
  • Addresses performance issues that may affect initial and in-progress backups.
  • Fixes an issue in which an incorrect alert message could appear stating that a backup volume does not have enough free space.
  • Time Machine can now back up iPhone backups that are on your Mac, as well as other items in (~/Library/Application Support).

Source – Apple Support

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , | Leave a comment