Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Apple iPad Video Guided Tour – iBooks & App Store

Some nice vids on the iPad posted up by TheVarietyGuy (Check out this guy’s site, got tons of iPad video on it). For those in US, lucky you all for those getting them this Friday.  Meanwhile back in the farm here in Hong Kong, still no news on release date, major bummer.

Source – TheVarietyGuy

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPad, Tablet PCs, Video | , , | Leave a comment

iPad Alternative – Neofonie WePad Tablet

cnet-logo.jpgMy new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “iPad Alternative – Neofonie WePad Tablet”. Click here for the full read.

We first saw the Neofonie Wepad at this year’s CES (see the following video shot by the guys at Neofonie), the final spec was finally announced this week, let’s see how it matches up with the iPad.

Screen size: 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display [WePad][WINS] vs 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display [iPad]

Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor [WePad][WINS] vs 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip [iPad]

Battery life: 6 hours [WePad] vs 10 hours [iPad][WINS]

Webcam: YES, 1.3 megapixel camera [WePad][WINS] vs NOT YET HERE [iPad]

Flash Adobe Air: YES [WePad][WINS] vs NO [iPad]

Expansion: 2 USB ports and flash card reader [WePad][WINS] vs NONE [iPad]

Radio: UMTS modem [WePad][WINS] vs Wi-Fi + 3G (depends on model)[iPad]

Apart from the above, the WePad also features the Google Android OS (meaning access to Android Market) and open eBook standards.  Sounds neat right? The WePad is expected to be available in April (in Germany).

Source – WePad

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Android, Apple, Blogroll, CNET, iPad, Tablet PCs | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sneak Peak at Adobe Creative Suite 5

Adobe announced that the new Creative Suite 5 will be unveiled on 12 April 2010.  Here’s a sneak peak video on one of the newest function, the “content aware” fill tool.  This really blows my mind away.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, CS5, Photography, Photoshop | , , | Leave a comment

Refurbished 27-inch iMac on Apple Store

Wow, Apple Hong Kong actually have the 27-inch refurbished iMac and the price tag on it, HK$10,988.  I suspect these were the ones which have screen problems (black spots in the lower part of the screen) as reported on local Mac forum.

Specs on it –

27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

If interested, check out the link from Apple Store here.

Source – Apple Store

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Mac | , | Leave a comment

Welcome to Google Search in China’s New Home – Google.CN is now Google.HK

Extracted from my CNET article here.

Just hours ago, Google officially pulled the plug out of China and the search engine in China now points you to theirs in Hong Kong.

According to an AP Press article, “Visitors to Google’s old service for China, Google.cn, are now being redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong, where Google does not censor the search results. The Hong Kong page heralded the shift Monday with this announcement: “Welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.”

The site also began displaying search results in the simplified Chinese characters that are used in mainland China.

However, the results can’t all be accessed inside China, because government filters restrict the links that can be clicked
by mainland audiences.”

So what would China do now, would they shift the power and put pressure on the Hong Kong local authorities…. guess we just have to wait and see.

Anyways… welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Google | , , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – What’s Death Like on Facebook?


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “What’s Death Like on Facebook?”. Click here for the full read.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Facebook, Social Networking | , , | Leave a comment

New MacBook Pros Next Week?

Read this over at Mac Rumors,

ZDNet reports that it has received information from tipsters claiming that Apple will release new Mac Pro models next Tuesday, adding a hexacore Core i7-based model to its lineup.

I’m getting tips in from sources who claim that Apple is set to revamp its high-end Mac Pro line, adding a ‘hexacore’ Core i7-980x model to the line up.

All information points to this happening next Tuesday, March 16th.”

Hop on over to check it out, I for one am fairly excited and think the new MacBook Pro line is long due.

Source – Mac Rumors

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Mac | , , | 1 Comment

The Official iPad Commercial

As shown during the Oscars today.

Source – hewvideo

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Video | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – pleaserobme.com – Your Online Privacy


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “pleaserobme.com – Your Online Privacy”. Click here for the full read.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Social Networking, Websites | , , | Leave a comment