Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

iOS 4 for iPad in November – Maybe

image via AppAdvice

AppAdvice ran an article yesterday indicating that iOS 4 would not be coming to iPad till November this year.  This branched off a post from Advertising Age indicating that the iAd platform, which is built from iOS 4, which is due to launch this week on iPhone 4, would not be ready for the iPad platform till November.  Bummer for we iPad users have to wait for another 4+ months to get multi-tasking and more on our iPad.  Hmm…. hate waiting.

Source – AppAdvice, Advertising Age

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iOS 4, iPad, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Salute to the last episode of GeekBrief.TV and Welcome GeekBeat.TV

For the past four years, I have been enjoying watching the GeekBrief podcast on my iPod/iPhone and the show is part of the reason that I turned into a tech/gadget geek myself.  The host Cali Lewis and her producer Neil Campbell produces great shows on the latest tech news week in week out.  Today, the 800th episode turns out to be the last episode due to a fallout between the production team and their sponsor, Mevio, real bummer.

According to the latest post on Cali’s blog, she pretty much outlines the reason of the fallout and her upcoming projects:

“Neal and I started Geek Brief over four years ago, on December 23rd, 2005. We had every intention of making it our full time jobs, and together with Mevio, we were able to achieve that goal very quickly. It’s been an amazing four years, ALL because of you guys, the Geek Brief family and community.

Early on in the show, we partnered with Mevio (then PodShow). It was a partnership that was beneficial to everyone involved, and I will always be thankful for the opportunities! Partnerships have their ups and downs, as did ours. Over the past several months, we’ve been trying to resolve some lingering business issues, but sometimes things just don’t work out.

I can’t even begin to express how much you guys mean to me. When I started, I had no idea what was coming, and I feel extremely lucky to have you in my life and do what I do for a living. You guys make me love my job, and I love you for that!!!

I’m NOT disappearing, though! My new show is called GeekBeat.TV at www.geekbeat.tv. I love technology and gadgets and exciting research projects from places like MIT, so don’t worry, you’ll still get your dose of tech news!

Please make sure you subscribe to the new show! I don’t usually beg you guys, but I do need every single one of you to change your subscriptions!! The first episode of GeekBeat.TV will be out very soon!

You can check out what Neal’s up to at www.nealcampbell.com.”

Here, I would like to wish Cali a great success on the new show which is due to be aired on Monday, 28 June 2010.  Good luck to Neil as well.

Source – Cali Lewis

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , , | 3 Comments

Apple iOS 4 & iPhone 4 User Guide

Just in case you missed it, the link to the user guide download link is here (http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iPhone_iOS4_User_Guide.pdf).

June 26, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPhone, Software | , , | 1 Comment

Video Demonstration of the Sony NEX5

Very informative video covering the main features of the Sony NEX5 which is due out next week in Hong Kong. Rumours also said that there will be a firmware upgrade in July to allow for capturing 3D via the 3D Sweep Panorama mode.

Source – SonyEurope

June 24, 2010 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, SONY, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Phottix Atlas Wireless Flash Trigger Now Available

The Phottix Atlas is a transceiver – both a transmitter and receiver in the same unit. Photographer no longer need to work with one unit to transmit signals from their cameras and another to receive signals to trigger remote flashes or studio lights. The Atlas automatically switches between transmit and receive modes.

The four-channel Phottix Atlas uses digital circuitry and transmits on the 433 MHz frequency. It can reliably trigger flashes at distances of 100 meters or more at sync speeds of 1/250* sec.

Image from The Phottix Journal

The Atlas has a hot shoe attachment and can be used to trigger “speedlight” style flashes as well as larger studio lights and strobes. Flashes and strobes can be connected in a number of ways. The hot shoe as well as two 3.5 mm ports can connect studio strobes or smaller flashes by 3.5 mm, 6.3 mm, or PC Sync connections.

The Phottix Atlas can be used to trigger two flash units – as long as they are of the same make, model and trigger voltage. Photographers do not need a dedicated unit to trigger the same model of flash. The Atlas can also be used as a wireless shutter release. Using WRS Mode (Wireless Remote Sync), a camera and flash(es) can be remotely triggered, in sync.

The new trigger system is compatible with Sekonic Light Meters equipped with a RT-32 transmitter. Wireless mode on compatible meters will trigger Phottix Atlas units, providing photographers with an easier means of taking light readings.

The Phottis Atlas and other Phottix accessories are now on sale at my studio, PASM Workshop, more details on the home page.

For more test on the Phottix vs the Pocket Wizard Plus II, check out Charles Verghese’s three part review and testing posts, link here.

Source – The Phottix Journal, Charles Verghese – A Dubai Photographer’s Blog

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Photography, Strobist | , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Browser on iPad – Life

Been using this browser the past couple days and loving it, the best web browsing experience across all platforms I’ve experienced so far. Definitely worth the US1.99 price tag. Check it out on their developer’s, It’s About Time’s website here.

Source – It’s About Time, saiedGO

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, Video | , , | Leave a comment

3 Hong Kong Carrying The New iPhone 4 – Gee

Well, not much choice here. Looks like I’m gonna be tied up with 3HK for another …… year(s). Bummer.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Hong Kong, iPhone | , , , | 3 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Top Ten Reasons Why Grandma Should Buy an iPad

My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Top Ten Reasons Why Grandma Should Buy an iPad” is an extract blog post from iPadHole. Click here for the full read.

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, CNET, iPad | , , , | Leave a comment

Underground 98 @ The Melting Pot – 19 June 2010

Underground is on 19 June 2010 at Rock School, doors open at 9:00pm.  Head on down and catch some vibes.  For more info on the artists, head over to http://www.undergroundhk.com.

Source – Underground

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Hong Kong, Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Lightroom 3 Officially Launched

SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 8, 2010 – Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for Windows and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.

For more information, check out Adobe’s site, http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

Of all the new features, the ones I’m really looking forward to apart from the superior noise reduction are –

  • the lens correction
  • tethered shooting
  • perspective correction and
  • film grain integration

Source – Adobe

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | 2 Comments

Keiko Kitagawa – SONY NEX3 TV Ad – Focus Your Love

Source – UT4Bony

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Camera, SONY, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Wi-Fi Sync for iPhone, iPod & iPad now on Promotional Price – 50% Off

Wi-Fi Sync is reduced to US$4.99 until June 11

Wi-Fi Sync is currently on sale – 50% off over the next week. Get it from the Cydia Store today.

Wi-Fi Sync enables wireless syncing with iTunes at the touch of a button. Never go looking for that USB cable again. Sync from the car, bed or shed whenever it suits you.

Available now on the Cydia Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. You won’t find it on the App Store. The app costs $9.99 $4.99 until June 11!

  • What can it sync? Everything that iTunes can sync over USB – music, apps, photos, contacts, calendars, email accounts, etc.
  • Does this work with iPhoto? No, and it never will, due to the way iPhoto connects to the iPhone. However, you can still sync photos using iTunes.
  • Is there a Tiger version available? Not yet, but I’m working on it.
  • Can I restore or update my iPhone using this app? No, you will be prompted by iTunes to connect the USB cable at some point during the process.
  • Can I temporarily exit the app on my PC or Mac, while I don’t need it? Unfortunately this isn’t possible due to the way Wi-Fi Sync takes over the entire sync process. Closing it would also disable sync via USB (until you restart or uninstall).

Source – getwifisync

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPhone, iPod | , , , , , | 3 Comments