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Woot, 1,000,000 True Hits

Woot, hit a major milestone here with 1,000,000 true hits.  Thank you all for the support in the past years.  WOOT!

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll | | 1 Comment

Facebook 3.0 for iPhone is Out But Not Showing Up on Application Updates

Just installed mine and loving the all new interface.  One thing though, for a lot of us, the new update won’t show up on the Applications Update Page on the App Store, so the best way to work around it is to go to App Store and download it as a new app.  Since it’s a free app, there should not be a problem.  Just install it over the old version and you’re done.  Enjoy.

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Facebook, iPhone, Social Networking | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Most Graphic Public Service Announcement Video Ever Made – Texting While Driving


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Most Graphic Public Service Announcement Video Ever Made – Texting While Driving”. Click here for the full read.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Apple to Launch Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on 28 August 2009

[Update: 26 August 2009] You can order it at Apple Online Store now.

[25 August 2009] It’s official, Apple announced that the Mac OS X 10.6 will be available on 28 August 2009.  According to Macworld, “Snow Leopard will be available at the price of $29 for those customers upgrading from Leopard; a family pack of five licenses is available for $49. Users upgrading from earlier versions can buy the $169 Mac Box Set which also includes iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 or the five-user family pack for $229. Those who purchased a qualifying Mac on or after June 8, 2009 can take advantage of Apple’s $10 Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program. All versions of Mac OS X Snow Leopard require an Intel processor, 1GB of memory, and 5GB of free disk space.”

[20 August 2009] According to an article on Macworld today, Apple might ship the new Mac OS X 10.6 code-named Snow Leopard as early as 28 August 2009.  Hopefully this is true as I’ve been waiting for this since it was announced.  Stay tuned.

Source – Macworld

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Nokia Booklet 3G Video

Are you impressed with the Nokia Booklet 3G? I’m not.

Source – Nokia Conversations, Mobile Gazette

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Nokia, Video | , | Leave a comment

Review – Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen from Gear Diary

Image from Gear Diary

Image from Gear Diary

Raymond Ser over at Gear Diary posted up his first part of the review on the all new Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen this week.  As Raymond puts it, the review is more from an amateur perspective which I found to be very easy to read (lacks the camera jargon).  That coupled with some really nice shots of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen, definitely a good review on the camera.  Check out his review here.  Can’t wait for the second part.

For those interested to know, the street price of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen in Hong Kong is around HK$6,880 (US$882).

Source – Gear Diary

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video & Review – Facebook for iPhone 3.0

For more details on the newest version of Facebook for iPhone 3.0, check out TechCrunch’s article, Facebook 3.0 May Be The Most Useful App On The iPhone Yet.

Source – TechCrunch, parislemon

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Facebook, iPhone, iPod, Review, Social Networking, Video | , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – SLOW Internet Speed Across Asia


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “SLOW Internet Speed Across Asia”. Click here for the full read.

Excerpt from the post –

“According to Telecom Asia, “Monday’s quake, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale, has severely restricted access to foreign websites from Hong Kong and mainland China for much of the past two days.

In a poll on the sina.com website late yesterday afternoon, 46.2% said they could not access any foreign websites and another 37.0% said the bandwidth speeds were “very slow”. Popular apps and websites like MSN and Yahoo were unavailable for much of the period, users complained.

China’s biggest fixed-line carrier, China Telecom said it had experienced “a series of breaks” in subsea capacity off Taiwan. By noon Tuesday it had recovered to 60% of lost capacity. It was working with other international operators and expected to have 75% restored by today or Thursday.”

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , , | 1 Comment

First 2 Forward Round 3 is Tonight – 19 August 2009


First 2 Forward is…

Two top creative directors. Five rounds of competition. One event that reveals the freshest, funniest, and freakin’ coolest stuff from around the Web.

Join us the third Wednesday of every month to find out who’s got the hottest links in Hong Kong. Round 3 is tonight.

Venue: Privé, 60 Wyndham Street, Central
Doors open: 8:00pm, Show starts 9:00pm.
FREE entry with your name card.

Endy Fung
ECD, Razorfish
Alan Kan
Creative Partner, Kitchen DigitalFirst 2

Forward is a spin-off event of Web Wednesday, the No. 1 community for Asian Digerati. (http://www.webwednesday.asia)

First 2 Forward就是由城中兩位出色的創意總監,進行五個回合的激戰,誓要以最快速度,將網上最千奇百怪、搞鬼惹笑、怪誕瘋狂的網上資料公諸同好!


First 2 Forward是由亞洲首屈一指的數碼媒體組織Web Wednesday策動,想知更多關於這個組織的資料,請即登入http://www.webwednesday.asia

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Web Wednesday HK | , , , , | Leave a comment

BarCamp Hong Kong 2009


Mark your calendar, BarCamp Hong Kong is back.

For this year’s BarCamp, the date is set on 12 September 2009 at Turner International Asia Pacific Ltd, 30/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  Better yet, there will be a after event drink function at East End Brewery, 23-27 Tong Chong Street,  Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

According to the organizers, they are expecting over 300 people at the full-day event, hosted at Oxford House in Taikoo Place, on the conference floor of Turner International Asia Pacific, owner of Cartoon Networks and CNN News. The venue features five large conference rooms, two lounge areas, a coffee room and a bar. Food, drinks and free wifi will be provided.

Presentations can be on any topic you like as long as it is about the Internet and people are willing to listen. You are free to speak in Cantonese, Putonghua or English. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

For more info, check out the BarCamp Hong Kong 2009’s homepage at http://barcamp.hk/ or join their FaceBook group at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=6146785447&ref=ts.

Source – BarCamp Hong Kong

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong | , , , | Leave a comment

Rumored Canon G11 Specs

Image from Gizmodo

Image from Gizmodo

According to Gizmodo, the following is the rumored disappointing specs of the Canon G11, gee, who needs that swivel LCD screen, gimme some meat, LOL –

Effective: 10.4MP[downgrade?], Recorded: 10.0MP
1/1.7″ CCD
RAW, JPEG, QuickTime
Image Stabilization
6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Optical: 5x, Digital: 5x
Normal: 1.6″ (50cm) – infinity
Macro: 0.4? (1cm) – 1.6″ (50cm)
Integrated Mount for the LA-DC58K Lens Adapter
ISO 80-3200
Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Effective Flash Range: 1.6″ (50cm) – 23? (7m)
Still Images per GB: RAW: 67
JPEG: High Res: 374 – Low Res: 7,684
Video: 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps [no 720p?]
Viewfinder Coverage: 77%
2.8? LCD Vari-Angle
USB 2.0, Dedicated A/V Out, mini-HDMI (Type C)
Windows XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
12.5 oz (355g)
NB-7L Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

Source – Gizmodo

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, News Related | , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone App Review – Air Mouse Pro


Wow, imagine this, your iPhone as an Air Mouse. Check out this new app for the iPhone, definitely written for lazy people like me.  Gonna download it tonight and give it a try, do look pretty neat especially with the “type” function.

The great thing is that the app is now on major sale and only cost US$2.99 to try it out.  Some of the features of the app are listed below –

– Accelerometer based mouse
– Trackpad (full screen vertical and landscape modes)
– Media keys & Web keys
– Application notifications – Remote keyboard with modifier, function and arrow keys
– Programable hotkeys (can be set to run a program or keyboard combination)
– Scroll pad
– Multitouch gestures (scroll & right click)
– Password protection
– Custom sensitivity settings
– Foreign language keyboards
– Supports Bonjour or static IP
– No screen size limitation. Works with multiple monitors.
– And much, much more. View the demo video to see all that Mobile Air Mouse can do for you

For more info, check out their site here, http://www.mobileairmouse.com/

Source – revision3, MobileAirMouse

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone | , , , | 2 Comments

Gaming Review – inFamous

Superhero games. In the gaming market today, superhero games with enough appeal and success could possibly mean the beginning of a new gaming franchise. There are the original ones where they seem to surprise you more and more, one example being Batman and the new Arkham Asylum installation is a good example. Then there are the superhero games based on movies and modern day projections of a classic hero, which has disappointed so far, just look at X-Men: Wolverine. Then there is the new generation of highly engaging hero simulations, and inFamous might as well be at the top of the list.

Image from GameSpot

Image from GameSpot

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August 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rumored Apple Keynote Event on 9 September 2009 – Possible New iPods?

Multiple sources indicated that there might be a new release of the new generation of iPods with the possible inclusion of a camera and microphone.  Speculations indicated that the three possible versions are of 16, 32 and 64GB were a price tag of US$199, US$299 and US$399 respectively. Possible upgrade to iTunes 9 is said to be included as well.

As for the Apple Tablet, according to Gizmodo, “They went on to say that although the project (Apple Tablet) has been going on under various names between four and six years, the first prototype was built around the end of 2008. Adding, “The time to market from first prototype is generally 6-9 months.” That would place the device’s release date in this holiday season. (Think not) They then said, “There was a question of what OS the device would run, too.” So the chances of it being announced at the upcoming keynote event is highly unlikely.

Stay tuned for more.

Source – Gizmodo

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Event, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPod, iTunes, Mac, Tablet PCs | , , , | 1 Comment