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Skype for iPhone is Live

Image from Engadget

Image from Engadget

Back in January, we blogged about Skype coming to iPhone.  Well, it’s finally here.  According to Engadget, Skype is releasing the iPhone version on Tuesday, Japan’s version went live earlier, nothing for Hong Kong yet.  Also BlackBerry users will have their own Skype around May.

An interesting point noted in Engadget’s article is that “the Skype app works over WiFi only (not over EDGE or 3G data) and supports calls to SkypeOut contacts in addition to many of the other features you’ve used from the desktop client. iPod touch owners will require earphones with an embedded mic to talk.”

Source – Engadget

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Applications, BlackBerry, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Skype, Social Networking | , , , , | 2 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Customer is Always Right? Not


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Customer is Always Right? Not“. Click here for the full read.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Hong Kong | , , | Leave a comment

Earth Hour 2009 – 28 March 2009, 8:30pm


Join the global movement now by turning off all your lights tomorrow night.  To sign up as a supporter, go to Earth Hour Hong Kong’s link here.

Source – Earth Hour

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong | , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i DSLR Announced

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.

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March 25, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | 1 Comment

Tilt & Shift All You Want – tiltshiftmaker

sal1635dsal1635d-tiltshiftRemember I posted up the above pic on my earlier post over on my photo blog, First Look Pics from the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM. Well, used it as a testing shot for the awesome application, the tiltshiftmaker and WOW, loving the effect. Give it a try, it’s free.

Link to tiltshiftmaker here.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, Phooey Pics, Photography | , , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro (Sony Mount)

Front view with my Sony A900

Front view with my Sony A900

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends. Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports. Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so. Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet. Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.

Will post up some pics over at my photo blog, Phooey Pics, later this week. So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, SONY | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finger – Turning Your iPhone/iPod into a Chinese Writing Tablet


My buddy Belle Liu over at Beansbox just teamed up with Headnix and Zendesk this past week by launching one exciting application for both your iPhone/iPod and Mac (PC Support coming soon).  Finger is a great application that automatically pairs up your iPhone and your Mac over WiFi and then turning your iPhone as an input tablet.  Just like using your Chinese input method on your iPhone while composing email or SMS.

The app currently cost US$7.99 and is available via http://thisfinger.com.

Check it out, sure you’re gonna love it.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Productivity | , , | Leave a comment

Canon Rebel 500D Announcing Next Week?

Image from Photography Bay

Image from Photography Bay

According to Photography Bay and MacNN, a possible upgrade to the Canon 450D might pop up next week at one of the Canon event. Rumored specifications includes –

  • 15-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC IV processor;
  • supporting ISO levels up to 12800;
  • LCD with 900K resolution; and
  • 1080p video recording???

Guess we’ll wait and find out.

Source – MacNN, Photography Bay

March 21, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Camera, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

bc unplugged 10 @ The Wanch Tonight


Event: bc unplugged 10

Date: March 19 (Thur)

Time: 9:30pm

Location: The Wanch

Entry: Free

Featuring –
The duo that sparked off WHOLALA and winner of the 2007’s CASH Song Writers Quest
Official homepage: http://www.adaymusic.com
FB Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16334558706

Richey Lam
American-born Chinese pop/rock wonder kid
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/richeylam

The Private Broadcast
A trio of dark vocals, spare guitar and throaty bass influenced by the like of BRMC and Interpol…
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theprivatebroadcast

Check out http://bcunplugged.bcmagazine.net for interviews, pictures and updates!

Source – bc unplugged

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, bc unplugged, Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Music, Nightlife | , , | Leave a comment

AIST’s Newest Fembot – HRP-4C Gynoid

Remember back in 2006, I blogged about the Actroid DER2 fembot from Sanrio, well fast forward two and a half years and now you get to see the state-of-the-art fembot (female robot), the HRP4C from AIST.  Really unbelievable right?

For more pics, check out their site here.

Source – Robot Watch

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Video | , , | Leave a comment

All You Want to Know About iPhone 3.0

Finally cut and paste is here, LOL. Well, what else is new? Apple also added spotlight search; shake to shuffle; notes sync; WiFi auto-login; voice memo; MMS and many more. Check out the following articles for more info, all good read.

Apple previews iPhone OS 3.0, adds copy and paste, Spotlight search, plenty more from Engadget

Engadget’s article with some nice pics on the new OS, iPhone OS 3.0 hands-on!

Apple posts iPhone event video from MacWorld

Apple sets $10 price for iPod touch 3.0 software, free for iPhones from iLounge

and lastly, the official iPhone OS preview page where you can watch the presentation.

Source – Engadget, ChillaFrilla, MacWorld, iLounge, Apple

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Event, iPhone, iPod, Review, Video | , , | Leave a comment

iPhanatics: March 17th Event @ Racks

iPhanatics is a new monthly gathering in Hong Kong for iPhone and iPod fans!

Their first gathering is on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, so come by and share iPhone news, your favorite apps, tips, tricks and general chit chat over some cocktails and 8-ball at Racks MDB @ 7th Floor, 2-8 Wellington Street in Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Time: 6:30-9:30pm.

From hardcores to the casual users, all are welcome to join in and enjoy the evening with Racks drink specials and Lucky Draw prizes sponsored by iKit.

Co-organized by and Beansbox and Popcorn Media Network. With Popcorn’s blogs Butterboom.com and Neonpunch.com as media sponsors.

Their Facebook event page here.

March 17, 2009 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, iPhone | , , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

The Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

The Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

Ordered my Sony A900 L-Plate (US$140) from Really Right Stuff last Friday and received it yesterday, nice and fast service (well, US$33.74 shipping, LOL). Slipped it on today and took some pics. Initial feeling: nicely built, sturdy and works perfectly when switching from landscape to portrait. No more resetting the ball head and recomposing. Well worth it.

In Landscape Mode

In Landscape Mode

In Portrait Mode

In Portrait Mode

The Sirui G-20 BallHead

The Sirui G-20 BallHead

As for the ballhead, Really Right Stuff’s BH-40 seems to be the best fit but given the US$300+ price tag, too steep for me. Went down to Sham Shui Po today for a spin and found the Sirui G-20 ballhead for HK$550 (US$70) at Ying Kee, and it worked perfectly.

Source – Really Right Stuff

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, My Gears, Photography, SONY | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Underground 77 @ California – 14 March 2009


Underground is back this weekend at California down in Lan Kwai Fong.  For more info on the artists, head over to www.undergroundhk.com.

Source – Underground

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Hong Kong, Nightlife, Underground | , , , | Leave a comment