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Nikon D3x Specs Leaked

[Update] Nikon officially announced the D3x. Check out this article from engadget.

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Image from Gizmodo

The rumored Nikon D3x specs leaked over the net this weekend. Check them out -

• World’s highes-res SLR with Live View
• 51-point MultiCAM3500FX autofocus system
• Scene Recognition System
• Expeed 16-bit processing to handle detail on the 75MB image files
• 3-inch, 922,000-dot LCD
• 35.9mm x 24mm FX format sensor (If you can’t think in metric, that’s 1.4″ x 0.94″)
• Weather-resistant magnesium body
• Designed for medium-format shooting
• ISO range of 100-1600 with a Lo1 (equivalent to ISO 50) with boosts up to ISO 6400
• 24.5-megapixel shooting at up to 5fps; cropped 10-megapixel shooting at up to 7fps
• 12ms start-up time; 41ms shutter-release lag time
• Writes files to dual CF slots at 35MB/s
• USB 2.0, HDMI and AV-out jacks, with 10-pin terminal for GPS and other accessories
• Same lithium-ion battery as D3

Ouch is the only word I can mutter, but still like my Sony A900.

Source – Gizmodo

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Nikon | , , | Leave a comment

Underground 73 @ Club CIXI – TONIGHT!!!!!

Underground 73

Underground 73

To quote my buddy Spike over at Honkie Town,

“This Friday is Underground‘s last event at Club Cixi. For some reason, Cixi won’t be hosting future Underground shows. There will be one or more bar managers attending this event to determine if their bars should host future gigs, so a big turnout on Friday night will help. Starts at 9 PM, $100 ($80 for students – do I have any student readers?) gets you six bands spanning a variety of genres, you can’t beat that with a stick!”

This from Chris B, the organizer,

“Hey everyone!

If you want to be seen by your friends in Europe, please get there by 9:30pm (when first band starts)
as MTV Europe will be filming the first two bands at Underground 73. Lets show that live music IS popular in Hong Kong.

If you’re shy, please come later lol 3rd band starting at 10:45pm

See you there!”

For more info on the artists, head over to www.undergroundhk.com.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Hong Kong, Music, Nightlife, Underground | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hot Video – HTC Touch HD Running Xperia X1 Panels

Now isn’t this interesting.  This video from coolsmartphone show how the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 GUI is ported over to the HTC Touch HD and the guys behind the video are the ones from http://www.xda-developers.com.

Gee, I’m loving it already, the GUI sure looks hot on Touch HD’s big screen.

One side note, the import version of the HTC Touch HD is around HK$6,200 (US$795) down at Sincere Podium.

Source – coolsmartphone

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video, Windows+Mobile | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – iPhone Clone – Mini iPhone m888a

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “iPhone Clone – Mini iPhone m888a”. Click here for the read.

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Images from Apple Daily

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Camera RAW 5.2 is Out

Camera Raw 5.2 is out and it supports the following cameras but only for Adobe CS4.  For Lightroom users, have to wait until version 2.2 release in December, bummer.

Important note for Panasonic and Leica D-LUX4 users, according to the Adobe website,

“With the release of Camera Raw 5.2 (and upcoming Lightroom 2.2 release) there is an important exception in our DNG file handling for the Panasonic DMC LX3, Panasonic DMC FX150, Panasonic DMC FZ28, Panasonic DMC-G1 and Leica D-LUX 4. For those choosing to convert these native, proprietary files to the DNG file format, a linear DNG format is the only conversion option available at this time. A linear DNG file has gone through a demosaic process that converts a single mosaic layer of red, green and blue channel information into three distinct layers, one for each channel. The resulting linear DNG file is approximately three times the size of a mosaic DNG file or the original proprietary file format.

This exception is a temporary solution to ensure that Panasonic and Leica’s intended image rendering from their proprietary raw file format is applied to an image when converted DNG files are viewed in third party software titles. The same image rendering process is applied automatically in Camera Raw 5.2 and in Lightroon 2.2 when viewing the original proprietary raw file format.

In a future release Adobe plans to update the DNG specification to include an option to embed metadata-based representations of the lens compensations in the DNG file, allowing a mosaic DNG conversion. In the interim Adobe recommends only converting these files to DNG to allow compatibility with third party raw converters, previous versions of the Camera Raw plug-in or previous versions of Lightroom.”

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Adobe, Photography, RAW, Software | , | Leave a comment

Snaps from World Professional Blogger Journalist Association Inaugural Meeting in Seoul – 17 November 2008

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November 24, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Event | , | Leave a comment

BlackBerry Storm All Sold Out in US

According to Engadget, all BlackBerry Storm seems to be sold out just couple days after its release, WOW.

November 23, 2008 Posted by | BlackBerry, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone | , | Leave a comment

Phooey Pics – 58mm Fish Eye Lens for My Panasonic Lumix LX3

New article posted up over at Phooey Pics on the 58mm Fish Eye Lens for My Panasonic Lumix LX3, check it out.

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November 23, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Phooey Pics, Photography | , , , | 2 Comments

Underground 72 @ The Melting Pot – 22 November 2008

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Underground 72

For more info on the artists, head over to www.undergroundhk.com.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Nightlife | , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Firmware 2.2 Upgrade Available Now

[Update] The firmware is available now. According to Engadget, “Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from iTunes. Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability to share your location via email. Bug fixes, Safari enhancements, the ability to toggle auto-text completion, and plenty more…”

According to AppleTalk and Gizmodo, the new version 2.2 firmware upgrade for the iPhone will be launched sometime tomorrow, (21 November 2008 for US).  So look out for it and see what the upgrade really do apart from the security patches.

Source – AppleTalk, Gizmodo, Engadget

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Another Video Review of the BlackBerry Storm

US launch date is tomorrow, still no news on local release yet.

Source – Phonescoop

November 21, 2008 Posted by | BlackBerry, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Review, Video | , | Leave a comment

Lenovo Autumn Sale 秋季開倉大特賣回饋用戶

Venue: Cliftons, 6/F, Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Date: 22 November (11:00 – 18:00), 23 November (12:00-17:00)

Lenovo notebook starting from HK$3xxx, desktop from HK$1,499.  Lenovo IdeaPad Life Netbook from HK$2,699.

為答謝用戶一直以來對Lenovo的支持,Lenovo將於20081122日至23一連兩天舉行秋季開倉大特賣,特意為廣大市民,精選大量價廉物美的特價電腦產品,部分折扣優惠更低至3,歡迎各大市民到場參觀選購。

特選優惠:

  • Lenovo 筆記簿型電腦低至 HK$3,xxx
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Lite S9 超迷你Netbook 低至HK$2,699 (每日限量30部,售完即止)
  • Lenovo 桌上型電腦低至 HK$1,499 (指定型號)

地點:鰂魚涌太古坊林肯大廈6 Cliftons

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20081122 (星期六)

上午11時至下午6

20081123 (星期日)

中午12時至下午5

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Lenovo | , , | Leave a comment

Insurance on the iPhone 3G

Back to Hong Kong after the WPBA inauguration convention.  Weather was getting really cold (-4C) and started snowing when I got to the Incheon Airport.  Lots of Korean rushed through the door at the airport to take pictures with their hand phones on what seems to be the first snow (maybe) and some were making wishes too, real interesting scene.  Took tons of pics but need couple days to sort through them before I can post them up so bear with me for now.

Well, back at work today and the sales from 3 Hong Kong came over to deliver the iPhone 3G to my big boss.  We chatted a bit and he asked me whether I know that there’s an insurance program with coverage of HK$3,000 on the iPhone 3G.  Told him I never heard of it and asked him about it.

The deal is, if one enroll in the insurance plan, one would need to commit three more months on top of the 24-month contract.  By doing so, one will get a one-year coverage of HK$3,000 if one loses the iPhone 3G (a lost report have to be filed with the local police).  After the first year, the charge would be HK$39 a month in order to extend the coverage.

Hmm…interesting as I know a lot of people who have lost their iPhones and they probably have not heard of such plan… some great sales and marketing there.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , , | Leave a comment

Attending World Professional Blogger Journalist Association Inaugural Meeting in Seoul – 17 November 2008

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For those who wonder where I am, I am attending the World Professional Blogger Journalist Association (WPBA) Inaugural Convention in Seoul this weekend together with fellow blogers, Nicholas Aaron Khoo and Hillary Chan from CNET Asia; and Napolean Biggs from Web Wednesday Hong Kong. On this same weekend, a bunch of 20+ local bloggers will be in Guangzhou for the Chinese Blogger Conference.  Too bad I don’t blog in the Chinese language, will miss seeing all the fellow bloggers there.

Back to WPBA, check out the Press Release as follow -

The inaugural convention of the association for the fast-growing, one-man media blogger-journalists, ‘World Professional Blogger-Journalist Association (WPBA, http://wpba.aving.net)’, will be held at the Youido Hanwha 63city Convention Centre in Seoul, Korea, on November 17, 2008.

Representing the WEB 2.0 era, bloggers have reached a total of 80 million in numbers worldwide, and their roles and influence in the society continue to expand, calling for an establishment of an association that will protect and promote the rights and interests of professional bloggers.
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November 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Event, Web Wednesday HK | , , , | Leave a comment

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