For those who can vote next week, please do so.
Source – 5friendsvote
Back in July I crossed over from PC to Mac and bought my first MacBook Pro. Last week, Apple announced the new line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros. I took a long look at them, the MacBook upgrade, though without the firewire now, it’s is still worth the upgrade especially with the new glass trackpad (with multi-touch gestures); aluminum case; LED-backlit display, integrated 256MB Nvidia video; and a smaller and lighter (half pound) body.
As for the MacBook Pros, I don’t see much added value from the new lines apart from the improved graphic display. Gone are the matte screen (only the glossy ones are available); the portability (the new MacBook Pros are heavier), and most important of all, 20% shorter in terms of battery life.
I’m gald I didn’t hold off in buying mine back in July. Wondering when the next upgrade will be.
Outside tech news, Krispy Kreme HK just announced that all seven shops are closing except the two at the airport.
/cry, no more donuts for me
Imported Google Phone is making its way to Hong Kong over the past weekend. Opening price starts at around HK$5,680 (US$728) and they can be found in Sincere Podium. According to PCMagazine (today’s issue), the Google Phone is cracked and can display Chinese characters as well.
Source – ePrice HK
New articles posted up over at Phooey Pics on the Sony A900 untouched and touched portrait pics, check them out.
Creative Commons is finally launching in Hong Kong this weekend. What is Creative Commons one might ask. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright license that defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright (all rights reserved) and the public domain (no rights reserved). Their licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work. In other words, it is a “some rights reserved” copyright.
The localized Hong Kong licenses, launching October 25, will enable Hong Kong creators to clearly and legally indicate the freedoms they wish their creative works to carry. The launch marks the fiftieth Creative Commons jurisdiction to celebrate the license porting.
When Creative Commons was founded in 2001, the core Creative Commons licenses were drafted according to United States Copyright Law. Following this initiative, global interest in the “some rights reserved” approach to copyright led to the development of national versions of the Creative Commons licenses. To achieve this aim, Creative Commons International (CCi) works in collaboration with a network of legal experts and professionals to build a free, multilingual licensing system that is legally enforceable in jurisdictions around the world. Through a standard license porting process, CCi and CC Project Leads have since ported the licensing suite to fifty jurisdictions. As of July 2008, there are an estimated 130 million CC-licensed works worldwide, and global license usage continues to grow.
On October 25, the Hong Kong launch will be held during an event co-sponsored by the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig and CC CEO Joichi Ito will open the ceremony. Their keynotes will be followed by an open courseware presentation and a panel discussion about how Hong Kong can improve education and promote creativity through Creative Commons. The launch ceremony will be preceded by a performance by the Hong Kong band Snoblind, who have issued a number of their works under a Creative Commons license. After the launch, parallel sessions will showcase workshops and performances from different creative sectors, including the reading of a play, a bloggers’ workshop, a music workshop and two documentary workshops. For more information about the launch please visit http://hk.creativecommons.org.
Programmes of the Launch
Creative Commons Hong Kong Launch
- Special Guests: Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig and Chief Executive Officer Joichi Ito
- 25 October 2008 (Saturday)
- HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Road, Kowloon
- 2:00 to 3:30pm: Launch & Main Programme
- Noon to 2 p.m and 3:30 to 6pm: Festival Activities which includes -
- Photographs Exhibit (Hong Kong Flickr Groups)
- Script reading of “An Instant Patriot” – a play by Mrs. Elizabeth Wong
- Live Music ( Snoblind )
- The Making of CC Documentaries ( v-artivist and inmedia)
- Hong Kong Bloggers workshop (Panelists: Jacky See, Poon Wing Hang, Jeff Au Yeung)
Public Lecture by Professor Lawrence Lessig
- “Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?” The Inaugural Lee Shu Pui Leung Wai Hing Distinguished Lecture in Digital Media hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.Delivered by Professor Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford University; Founder of Creative Commons
- October 24, 2008 (Friday); 5:00pm to 6:30pm
- Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
Registration to the launch events is required. For registration, click on this link,
Received/read any layoff memo from your CEO lately? The following from Yahoo’s Jerry Yang to his Yahoo staff worldwide. Yahoo just announced a world-wide layoff which would tally up to 10% of their workforce.
From: Jerry Yang
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:20:21 -0700
i feel it’s important for me to reach out to you after our earnings announcement, and before our all hands meeting tomorrow.
we as a company have been through a tremendously challenging year; and managing the increasingly turbulent global advertising climate has been an important focus for the last three months.
throughout the first three quarters of 2008, we have been balancing between investing in our top priorities, and managing our cost structure. beginning in september, with the help of Bain & Co., we initiated a series of steps to determine how we can become more efficient and productive as an organization.
we heard from you through the YEES survey, and through your suggestions on backyard, and we’ve identified many areas that we all feel we can improve upon. our productivity efforts, based in part on what we heard from you, will involve initiatives such as streamlining our organizational structure through reducing layers and increasing spans of control, and eliminating redundancies. longer term structural efficiencies include consolidating facilities, improving procurement, and standardizing our global technology platforms.
today as part of our q3 earnings release, we said that our goal is to reduce our current annualized cost run rate of roughly $3.9 billion by more than $400 million before the end of 2008. we are targeting non-headcount expenses wherever possible, such as facilities and outside services. however, because compensation expenses are the single largest part of our costs, we anticipate a reduction of at least 10% of our global workforce by year-end.
affected employees will be notified of layoffs in the next several weeks. we understand that hearing this news now creates uncertainty, but we are moving ahead in a way that balances speed with a clear focus on accomplishing what is necessary to set the organization up for long term success. going forward it will continue to be important for us to make the right decisions to keep our business efficient and strong.
having layoffs is very difficult, particularly in light of all we’ve experienced this year. but we don’t take these decisions lightly, and are committed to treating affected employees fairly, offering severance and outplacement services.
the steps we are taking are not easy for us as a company, but as we become more fit as an organization, decision-making will be faster and it will be easier for us all to get more done and stay focused on our strategy. these changes will also prepare us to better deal with the macroeconomic downturn. as with previous downturns, yahoo! continues to be a place where consumers turn for information and communications, and is an integral part of their internet day. as the global economy improves in the future, i certainly believe that we will be stronger and benefit from the actions we are taking now.
as always, i thank you for all you do as yahoos.
Source – All Things Digital
Ever since Apple launched the new line of MacBooks on Apple Day (Apple Day – New MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air & More), people have been interested in checking out how different the new multi-touch work on the new glass trackpad. Well the guys over at jkOnTheRun shot this great video, demonstrating the new multi-touch gestures on the brand new glass trackpad. Take a look, lots of user tips.
Source – jkOnTheRun
According to MobilitySite, LG just unveiled a new touchscreen phone, the SU-100, apparently designed around an electronic version of the Franklin Planner. I have no details as to how the software works, but it seems to be a PC/Mobile PIM application designed to replace Outlook or other similar software. No word if it handles emails as well, but the planning features, at least on the PC, look very much like the old school binder, just digitized.
Besides being billed as the first Franklin Planner equipped phone (good lord the irony) the SU-100 features the following specs according to LG:
- 3 inch OLED touchscreen display
- 3M camera
- Built in electronic dictionary
- Global roaming
- Web viewer
My take on this, if Franklin can finally deliver a decent software version of their great planners, that would be great. Their line of PlanPlus, be it for Windows or Outlook is just buggy as hell and as for updates on software….there’s none, zero, nadda.
Source – MobilitySite
- Seoul, Korea- October 13, 2008 – LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created the PRADA Phone by LG will release its second handset before the end of the year.
Almost identical to the highly successful original, the new telephone has a hidden secret. In one smooth movement the ultra-thin keyboard slides from under the handset. As serenely as it appears it slides invisibly, effortlessly away – a modern icon of mobile style and design with an extra competitive edge.
The new Prada phone by LG is the highly anticipated successor to the original Prada phone, which first brought Prada together with LG, one of the most advanced technology companies in the world.
The Prada phone made history as the first full touch-screen phone to reach the market. With all the characteristics of the most digitally enhanced phones it was also a powerful aesthetic pioneer and quickly established its hold on the industry with over 1 million design-conscious users demanding handsets.
Its elegant good looks combined with a digitally sophisticated interface made it instantly appealing. The culmination of Prada research and development in the complete interior as well as exterior design and functionality of the phone and accessories was key to this success.
The unique QWERTY keyboard available only with the new telephone is designed for maximum ease of use. The metallic feel makes it a pleasure to touch and type, complimenting the slick design aesthetic. The silver keyboard along with the additional on-screen, call and hang-up buttons gives fresh tactility to the original minimal concept.
Other enhanced features include 3G compatibility with video calling, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, full HTML browser, the 5 mega pixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach certified lens, and Wi-Fi accessibility.
The second Prada handset by LG is not just for pleasure, this is a luxury design accessory that can also compete on every level with the most technological hand held devices.
The new Prada mobile will be available with a starting price of 600 Euros though major mobile dealerships in Italy, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands in the 4Q of 2008.
Source – LG