Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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Apple’s New Acquisition – Siri – The Personal Assistant for Your Phone

This personal assistant app from Siri looks pretty hot, not sure how laggy it is but judging from the video, it does look promising. However, not sure it’s gonna be a big hit in Hong Kong or Asia as non-speaking natives are fairly reluctant to use voice-recognition apps.

Source – Sirivid

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone | , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Tackle iPad’s Cannot Connect to App Store Problem

This is the number one problem that bothers a lot of people especially those who have their iPad outside of US.

So far, what I found out is that for those outside of US –

  1. You need a US iTunes account, you can open one with iTunes Gift Card (that is if you can get hold of some either on eBay or other auction sites). For those in Hong Kong, please refer to my earlier post, My iPad is in DA House.
  2. Have your iTunes on you PC or Mac powered up and logged into that US iTunes account.  Then link up your iPad to your PC or Mac.  Now you should be up and running.

Someone asked me whether I need VPN on and the answer is no.

HOWEVER, there is another glitch to this “Cannot Connect to App Store” problem.  OK, this is the scenario, at least for me.

I opened up a US iTunes account with the iTunes Gift Card I got from Mactivity here in Hong Kong.  I can buy basically anything from the US iTunes Store as long as I have enough money credited to that account via the Gift Cards.

But since I can access the iPad apps from my Hong Kong iTunes Store, I tend to buy the apps there as I do not have to use my US account credit balance (because I got the Gift Card for a premium added, a US$15 card cost me HK$180 here).

OK, here comes the fun part, going back to the top of the post, say you successfully logged into the App Store on your iPad and you see two updates available for your iPad apps.  Like me. the two apps probably purchased from another iTunes Store, in my case, from the Hong Kong Store. Now if you try to install the update, it will boot you back out as (1) you are currently logged into the App Store with a US account, and (2) you will have problems re-entering the App Store on your iPad.  In order to get back in, go the the iPad settings, under “Sign Out” under the “Store” tab, and re-sign in again with your US account details. You should be able to log back in again.

I know all this sounds too troublesome but that’s how Apple works, at least for now.  Hope this helps.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPad, Tips and Tricks | , , , | 3 Comments

Microsoft Office on Windows 7 Phones Looking Really Awesome


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Microsoft Office on Windows 7 Phones Looking Really Awesome”. Click here for the full read.

Source – Mobility Digest via Gizmodo

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Mobile Phone, Windows 7, Windows+Mobile | , | Leave a comment

Sony DSLR Alpha Mirrorless Teaser (New Version, Include UI)

The anticipated new mirrorless camera from Sony will be announced next month, check out the awesome vid for now.  According to SonyAlphaRumors, the specs can be summarized as per the following pic, click here for the full read.

Source – hanjunchoi, SonyAlphaRumors.com

April 23, 2010 Posted by | DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , | Leave a comment

Possibly The Best iPad Case Around

Too bad they are all backordered.

Source – phototristan

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPad | , , | 1 Comment

Winewalk 2010 – 15 May 2010 @Star Street

Winewalk is back! This year it’s taking place on Star Street. Visit top restaurants and wine cellars to try selections from around the world while snacking on tasty treats.

Buy your tickets early and enjoy a 10% Early Bird discount: http://timeout.com.hk/winewalk/

Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Foundation.

Source – Timeout

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong | , , | Leave a comment

iPad 3G Ships on 7 May 2010 for US

This just in.  The iPad 3G will start shipping on 7 May 2010, 3 days ahead of the announcement on the availability for international pre-orders. Given that it’s running the Micro-Sim, don’t think it would have much impact in the local Hong Kong market.

Source – Engadget

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPad | , , | Leave a comment

My iPad is in DA HOUSE

Just a quick post.  Finally can’t stand the heat and grabbed one on Friday off the Wanchai Computer Center, HK$6,500 for 32GB, fairly steep price.

Been playing around for two days and have noted that there are still a few questions amongst the users out there, see if I can clear out some of those.

  1. USB charging.  Noted a lot of people been posting the question regarding charging the iPad via USB, or problems should I say as for most of the non-Mac machines, the screen shows “Not Charging” when plugged into a PC.   I tested this extensively on three PCs and noted that since the iPad needs / requires 10W to charge up, it would show “Not Charging” on the screen, however, the iPad IS being charged under the hood, just a lot slower.  Reason behind this is that most PC’s USB doesn’t produce 10W power.  So fear not. Example, say if you have 50% left on your iPad and you plug it into your PC’s USB slot, wait half an hour or so and you will notice that the battery has gone up.  Another way to check it is just install the free app, “Pad Info”, once launched, you’ll noticed that it would state whether the battery is currently under charged.
  2. Do one really need a US iTunes account to get iPad apps? the answer is no.  Say for Hong Kong’s iTunes Store, although under Apps it would not show the iPad-specific apps, you can still search for them and they will show up, allowing you to buy it right on the spot, tnly thing that doesn’t show are the comments from US users.
  3. How to get / open a iTunes US account in Hong Kong? The easiest way is to get hold of an iTunes Gift Card, best to get it from a reputable outlet, say like Mactivity, but the rate of course is a lot higher (HK$188 for US$15 face value) than on eBay or Taobao.

Well, so much for now, gonna go watch some hoops playoff games.  Will update more along the way.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, iPad, My Gears | , , , | 16 Comments

More Woes – Apple International iPad Launch Delayed

According to Apple’s Press Release yesterday,

“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.”

Guess we have to wait till 10 May 2010.

Source: Apple

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPad, Tablet PCs | , | 1 Comment

New iPhone in June? Serious?

Read this on Engadget just now, seems like the new iPhone is ready for launch in June according to Robert Wilson, CEO of Saskatchewan-based SaskTel. (click here for the full read)

Woot, I’m all ready, are you?

Source – Engadget

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPhone | , | 1 Comment

Web Wednesday v.35 @ Volar – 21 April 2010 – aNobii

The next Web Wednesday meet is this coming Wednesday, 21 April, at Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

Given the renewed buzz about ebooks created by the recently launched iPad, I thought it only fitting to invite Greg Sung, the Founder and CEO of aNobii – “the neatest thing for booklovers since paper”, to speak at this month’s social mixer on Wednesday 21st April at Volar Bar & Club, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

Greg will explain how he has successfully tapped into people’s passion for reading to create a community of digital bookworms, who have shared over 19 million titles via personalised bookshelves. We will also discuss how aNobii is using barcordes and iPhones to make the reading and book ordering experience so much more convenient.

Visit: http://www.anobii.com/iphoneapp

The mixer will kick off at 6:30pm and wind up around 9:30pm, with the interview starting at 7:15pm.

As per usual, there’s a HK$100 entrance fee, including one complimentary drink. Web Wednesday’s lovely assistant, Vivian, will issue receipts if you need one. (For students, you can get in for HK$50 without free booze). Thereafter, all standard drinks will be charged at special happy hour prices.

Web Wednesday will donate 10% of entrance fees to Oxfam Hong Kong.

Source : Web Wednesday Hong Kong

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Event, Hong Kong, Web Wednesday, Web Wednesday HK | , , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Hong Kong iPad Madness


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Hong Kong iPad Madness”. Click here for the full read.

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, CNET, Hong Kong, iPad, Tablet PCs | , , , , | Leave a comment

PASM Workshop – Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD Screening

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Workshop No. 5, 2/F, Laurels Industrial Centre, 32 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong 新蒲崗, 大有街32號, 泰力工業大廈 2 樓, Workshop No. 5

David Hobby, the founder of Strobist (http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/), gave us exclusive permission to screen part of his 10-hour long Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD (http://strobist.blogspot.com/2008/05/now-available-strobist-lighting-dvds.html).

In this screening event, we will be screening the part on the Conference Room Headshot which is recommended by David Hobby for this screening. According to David, “that was designed as a progression through several basic techniques, and is a pretty good self-contained module”.

At the screening, there will be a lucky draw where we will be giving away Rosco Cinegel Swatchbooks (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/45184-REG/Rosco_950SBCNG0103_Cinegel_Swatchbook.html) and Rosco Strobist Gel Pack (http://www.rosco.com/us/video/strobist.asp?CFID=138423&CFTOKEN=80974460). These gel packs are color gels specially for shoe-mount flashguns.

In addition, Victor will also be displaying his collection on some of the Strobist equipment he acquired in the past years which includes products from HonlPhoto (http://www.honlphoto.com); Lumiquest (http://www.lumiquest.com/)…. etc.

For more info on the event, please head over to PASM Workshop’s Event Page, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111609428868068&index=1

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Event, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , | Leave a comment