Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Palm Pre Live Demo

Just finished watching the whole 26+ minutes long video on the demo of the Palm Pre out of MWC 2009. Initial thoughts on the Palm Pre is that to me, it’s like a combo of the iPhone with the touch interface happily swapped in with a BlueBerry type keyboard.

Couple things that I found to be very neat are –

  • the mac-alike gestures incorporated into the phone is just absolutely genius (swipe left to go back a page; swipe up to bring up the applications launcher page and to close apps if under the cards view)(4:30)
  • the clean interface under contacts and the synergy effect that hooks up the contact’s info including their social networking profiles such as FaceBook…etc (13:00)
  • the cards interface which resembles the Mac Expose, allowing users to access and switch between multiple applications and the best part of it is allowing users to open new web page as a new card; very clever indeed (10:15)
  • the ability to send weblinks (11:05) on the run
  • the synergies on the calendar function, being able to pull public calendars off Google and integrate them all into your own calendar (16:20) and the ability to filter out different profiles, public calendars
  • instant messaging capabilities within the email application, WOW, this totally blows BlackBerry away (19:25), but limited to Google Talk it seems, hope they can expand on this and add in MSN, Skype and Facebook chat as well
  • smart search which allows you to goolge, wiki basically anything on the fly (22:00)
  • and lastly, the Palm Pre CAN copy and paste (23:45)

Well, the Palm Pre looks really neat and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  My only worry is with the procesor speed, whether it can run smoothly with the multi applications (cards) running all at the same time. Guess we’ll wait and see.

Source – SlashGear, Palm Pre Community

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Geekamania–solution to social networking?


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Geekamania–solution to social networking?”. Click here for the full read.

Extracts from the article……

“When I scrolled down the list of the so-called awarding-winning services that Geekamania provides, I just can’t stop wondering who would have come up with a such a whacky idea. Its services include:

  • Design, setup and maintenance of personalized profile pages on all the popular Web 2.0 “social-networking” sites, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, Flickr, and more.
  • Daily updates to your pages with smart, “hip” musings and status quotes, so you can focus on your real life, like paying bills, enjoying movies, playing with the kids, drinking heavily at work, and not having sex.
  • You give us all your personal information–your darkest secrets, weirdest fantasies, frequent medications, favorite foods, bitterest resentments, embarrassing musical tastes, sexual hangups, and so on–and we do the rest. No logging in, no passwords to remember, and best of all, no actual personality to worry about. Don’t have a personality? No problem. We can make one up for you.
  • Monthly reports of all account activity–funny messages, revealing pictures, and so on–printed out and mailed straight to your home via the trusty ol’ post office, because you hate your damn computer and can’t remember your AOL login and don’t even get you started on those f__king cell phones.
  • Hopeful Hookup Detection–Our proprietary algorithm scans all your incoming messages for suggestive keywords and flirty behavior, on the remote chance that you might actually get laid some time in the near future, but of course, you probably won’t because you’re too terrified to followup and/or appear naked in front of another human.
  • Ex-Lover SlutMaker–A special addon service where we casually befriend your ex-lover or spouse, and then start dropping nasty hints and posting ugly rumors about what a true bastard/bitch he/she really is, not to mention his/her secret obsession with bestiality and German fetish porn.
  • And so on…”

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, CNET, Social Networking | , , | Leave a comment