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What’s In The Wire – 29 January 2009

Skype coming to iPhone? and Windows Mobile?

Skype will introduce new applications for its VoIP software at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Spain…..
Next Generation iPhone Model Revealed in Firmware

Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models. The original iPhone carries the model number of “iPhone 1,1” while the 3G iPhone is labeled “iPhone 1,2”. These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. Similarly, the iPod Touch was originally introduced as the “iPod 1,1” and the most recent hardware revision was labeled “iPod2,1”. The 2,1 iPod Touch added a speaker, volume controls, microphone support and a much faster processor than the 1st generation model…..

Source – Electronista, MacRumors

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, iPhone, Software | , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – I Officially Quit Twitter


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “I Officially Quit Twitter”. Click here for the read.

The above vid from MegaWhatTV talks about why people hates Twitter, do you agree?

Source – MegaWhatTV

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Social Networking, Software | , , , , , | Leave a comment

NVIDIA Graphics Update 2009 for Macs

Apple  announced the new update for the NVIDIA graphics, the update improves cursor movement when using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter with the Mini DisplayPort enabled MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. It also improves playback of HD video running on systems with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or GeForce 9600M graphics.

Download link here.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Released Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate

The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed.

Release Notes for Lightroom 2.3

The goal of this release is to address several bugs and provide additional camera raw support. A list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Bugs – Fixed

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

Camera Support
Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

Additional Languages
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Download link for Lightroom 2.3 Release candidate here.

Release Notes for Camera Raw 5.3

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

This release is not currently compatible with After Effects. This will be addressed before the final release

This release addresses possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files.

Download link for Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate here.

Source – Adobe Labs

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, RAW, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Video Review – HP Mini 2140

Great 10 minutes review of the HP Mini 2140 from James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun.

Source – jkOnTheRun

January 23, 2009 Posted by | HP, NetBook, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Nokia 5800 Firmware Now Available via Nokia Software Updater


Nokia 5800 XpressMusic gets a new firmware update, more information here. According to the changelog, the new firmware fixes the following –

  • Homepage is not defined for Vodafone Live!
  • Last word disappears when selecting receiver in SMS
  • My Nokia: phone displays “#” in front of Application name.
  • During Back-Up & Restore operation, calendar entries are not restored
  • Operator menu link within Welcome application
  • Invalid message pops up before playing the file received via Bluetooth.
  • Input Method, VKB just display number when selecting a WLAN access point which contains a password.
  • Chinese box HWR control buttons and FS HWR control bar are too small.
  • Unable to add image to Contact bar from Gallery when there is about 5 GB of data in memory card
  • In Arabic UI, in calendar, the arrows on the top are reversed in week view and day view
  • UI-rotation is too sensitive
  • Search: Google search service is missing in Search.
  • Contact could not display when switch numbers in Singtel 2-in-1 SIM card
  • Maps: Wrong layout of the strings in the Maps search and favorites views
  • Could not send new email if user name and password is not pre-defined
  • Phone drops from service when both A5/3 +GEA3 used simultaneously with WLAN
  • The Messaging application crashes a lot specially when replying or trying to send SMS you have to remove battery to be able to use the device again
  • License Manager for Maps is not integrated to SW
  • 5.0 Touch: Phonebook crashing when adding detail: Birthday, Anniversary
  • Web screen is messed up
  • Non stop Music Player “Library update”
  • Clock, Alarm is inactive when phone is power off.
  • APN Configuration Settings Update to be used for the Setting Wizard
  • Ex-Factory settings are wrong
  • UE unable to open Setting Wizard
  • StartUpSettings version updated.
  • Phone lost correct time during power off
  • USSD – “Call Control Send USSD” command
  • UE drops from 3G, then cannot sync to 3G cells
  • Browser: Flash objects causes problems while browsing

Source – all about symbian, S60inside

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Mobile Phone, Nokia, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D700 & D3 Firmware Upgrade Released

Wow, seems like a busy week for firmware upgrades. Click the following download link for more information.

Canon EOS 40D v.1.1.1 Firmware Update

Nikon D700 v.1.01 Firmware Upgrade

Nikon D3 v.2.01 Firmware Upgrade

Source – DPReview

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Nikon | , , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 2 – Hong Kong)


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 2 – Hong Kong)”. Click here for the read.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong | , , , | Leave a comment

Nikon D3X Complete Review

Thom Hogan posted the latest review on the brand new Nikon D3x and indeed a very thorough review IMHO. His take on the Nikon D3X and I quote, “the D3x produces excellent, best-of-class images, but that comes at a price that’s the highest of any existing DSLR. You’ll need really top notch lenses and technique to resolve that performance. Are you really ready for all that portends?”

Click here for the full review.

Source – bythom via 1001 Noisy Cameras

January 15, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Nikon, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

Faceoff Video – Palm Pre vs iPhone 3G vs Google Android G1

Check out this faceoff video between the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G and Google Android G1 from PhoneDog.  Looks like the Palm Pre do have certain niche factors to it.

Source – PhoneDog

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Google, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Online Sale – TODAY!!!!


Well, today is the day for those in Hong Kong.  Apple Online is going on sale.  Check it out before it’s too late.

To get an idea of what item is on sale, MacCitizen put together the full list of items with their orginal and discounted price, link here.  Good job guys.

Source – MacCitizen

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Event, Hong Kong | , , | Leave a comment

Apple’s 24-inch Cinema Display Gets Touchscreen

Image from engadget

Image from engadget

Troll Touch just announced a touch panel integration kit for Apple’s 24-inch Cinema Display. The touchscreen is powered internally via USB, and according to engadget, the custom touchscreen overlay design doesn’t alter the panel’s form factor in any way. The price tag goes for US$2,299 or US$1,399 if you ship in your own.

Source – engadget

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos | , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 1)


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 1)”. Click here for the read.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , | Leave a comment

bc unplugged 8 @ The Wanch – 15 January 2009


For more info, check out the bc unplugged page at http://bcunplugged.bcmagazine.net/

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, bc unplugged, Event, Hong Kong, Music | , , , | Leave a comment