Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Tons of White iPhone 4 in Hong Kong

Well, they are here.  The white iPhone 4 and there’s ample supply for those in Hong Kong and for the grey market dealers who’s looking forward to make a hefty profit due to the high price in Mainland China and the high demand over limited supply.

The first batch went on sale past midnight Thursday, local time here in Hong Kong.  The main service providers all claim that they have enough stock on hand but each person is limited with one purchase (requires Hong Kong Identity Card registration).

Image from unwire.hk

The above pic was taken last night in downtown Central.  Gee, long line there. For more pics, check out the post from unwire.hk (in Chinese).

Source – unwire.hk via TNW

April 28, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Hong Kong, iPhone, iPhone 4 | , , | Leave a comment

It’s official – iPad 2 Launch This Friday As Predicted

As predicted yesterday, the guys over at Neonpunch do know the inside scoop.  It is official, the launch is this Friday.  Online store will be open shortly after midnight and for those who can’t wait, trot over to the Apple resellers, list here.  As for retail stores, not sure whether Fortress would be carrying but usually they do in their flagship stores, give them a call and find out.

The price on the iPad 2 are as follow –

iPad 16GB WiFi – HK$3,888

iPad 32GB WiFi – HK$4,688

iPad 64GB WiFi – HK$5,488

iPad 16GB WiFi + 3G – HK$4,888

iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G – HK$5,688

iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G – HK$6,488

As for stock levels, my guess is there’s gonna be limited stock so get to the resellers early.  Hope you’re lucky enough to snatch a white one.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Hong Kong, iPad2 | , , | Leave a comment

iPad 2 Hong Kong Launch Update – Warning: Possible Spoiler Inside

Further to my post on 22 April 2011, still no news as to when the launch of iPad 2 in Hong Kong is gonna be. However, it seems almost imminent as some of the Universities are taking orders for the iPad 2 already with delivery dates on 15 May 2011.  With some deduction here, we’re sitting in the two-weeks windows and given that Apple usually choose to launch a major product on a Friday, so the launch is either this Friday, 6 May or 13 May 2011.

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April 26, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Hong Kong, iPad2, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Best Writing App for Writers, Students or Just Anyone Who Writes on Mac – Scrivener 2.0 with Coupon

For those who write quite often, no matter whether you’re a student, housewife, screenwriter, poet or author, a good writing tool is definitely something that you should not overlook.

Be it a school essay, a thesis paper, a poem, a report, a script, a book or as minute as a household recipe, this application Scrivener just might be the perfect tool.

According to Scrivener, “Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want – so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

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April 26, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, Mac, OS X, Review | , , , , | 2 Comments

Apple iPad 2 Arriving Hong Kong on 29 April 2011

This according to a few local newspaper this morning but no confirmation yet, will update more along the way. No news on local Apple Store either.

April 22, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, Hong Kong, iPad2 | , | 1 Comment

PASM Studio & Portable Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Program

For those looking to rent lighting equipment, be it studio lightings or portable lightings or any other accessories such as triggers or HD LCD monitors for HDSLR shooting, PASM Workshop is launching a Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Program and the neat thing is one can “Try Before You Buy”.

Check out their PASM Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Rate Sheet here.

Source – PASM Workshop

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Foursquare Day Hong Kong 2011

Foursquare Day Hong Kong 2011 is tomorrow, check out the details below, great to meet up whoever kicked you out of your mayor-ship.

W52 and enthusiasts of Foursquare users in Hong Kong will be teaming up to host Hong Kong’s Foursquare Day event at W52 bar on April 16th, 2011. Every year on 16/4, users of the most popular location based application Foursquare come together at “Foursquare Day” events (4 squared = 16, hence 16/4!) all over the world to socialize, meet each other in person and to just generally have fun participating in one of the biggest global parties in the world. Each user showing up and checking in contributes to the spirit of Foursquare, and it is in essence a huge social experiment to observe and appreciate the strength and draw of a social mobile platform.

We will be organizing the only large scale Foursquare day event in Hong Kong to provide a platform for Hong Kong Foursquare users to meet up, network and be inspired by each other! Apart from having our venue generously sponsored by W52 Restaurant and Bar, we will be having numerous activities throughout the night including (but not limited to!):

1. The SWARM – Yes, we’re all here for the swarm badge! And what’s better than meeting and greeting all the cool guys and girls in your swarm in a non-awkward fashion?

2. Bangin’ Check-in – Get yourself a free drink when you check-in at W52 for the event. After that, it’s happy hour until 9! Perhaps it’s also time for…

3. 20, 30, 40 – You don’t want to know what this is. Or do you? It’s not for the faint-hearted that’s for sure! [Hint: alcohol will be involved]

You won’t need to pay an entrance fee to any of the activities involved – so just save the date, come along and check in – celebrate Foursquare Day with us in style!

Facebook Event Page: http://on.fb.me/fK3iTE

Meetups.com Community: http://bit.ly/fKtuh5

The Foursquare Day Story: http://blog.4sqday.com/about/

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April 15, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Social Networking | , , , | 1 Comment

iOS 4.3.2 Just Out so is the Jailbreak

Shortly after the iOS 4.3.2 was released, it was reported that it could be successfully jailbroken using custom PwnageTool bundles.  For the complete how-to guide, head over to Redmond Pie.

Source – Redmond Pie via Ubergizmo

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iOS 4 | , , , | Leave a comment

White iPhone4 Out End of this Month?


Image from appadvice

Okay, no iPhone 5 this coming June.  In return, we might get the white iPhone 4 as consolation.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s article, “Apple Inc. will start selling a white version of its iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, following a delay of 10 months, according to three people with knowledge of the plans. The new model will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.”

Click into the article for full report.

Looking back at the old white iPhone 3GS fetching dust on my shelf, I wonder how hard it is to get the white iPhone 4 out in the market and gee, what’s the hype with white anyways.

Source – Bloomberg Businessweek via appadvice

April 14, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone | , , | Leave a comment

Flip R.I.P. 2006 – 2011

Cisco announced that they are going to kill the whole Flip Video operation after buying up for US$590 million back in 2009.  This is no surprise as mobile phones can easily shoot 720P video nowadays.  According to Cisco’s press release,

“Cisco today announced that it will exit aspects of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business to support four of its five key company priorities – core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. As part of its plan, Cisco will:

  • Close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan.
  • Refocus Cisco’s Home Networking business for greater profitability and connection to the company’s core networking infrastructure as the network expands into a video platform in the home. These industry-leading products will continue to be available through retail channels.
  • Integrate Cisco umi into the company’s Business TelePresence product line and operate through an enterprise and service provider go-to-market model, consistent with existing business TelePresence efforts.
  • Assess core video technology integration of Cisco’s Eos media solutions business or other market opportunities for this business.”

Maybe the tax break outweighs selling the Flip operation but it is indeed sad to see such a great venture vaporized.  For many, Flip brings back a lot of memories, be it kids’ birthdays and ball games or family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For many, Flip is still the hassle-less easy operating gadget that help one shoots great video.

Well, too bad, this is how technology substitution/replacement works.

Source – Cisco

April 13, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Video | , | Leave a comment

Updates on Apple Store – iPhone Back In, iPad Still No Sign

The iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 are back on Apple Store Hong Kong but still no sign of iPad 2 yet as of today.

April 12, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Hong Kong, iPad2, iPhone | , , , | Leave a comment

Web Wednesday v.46 @ Volar – 13 April 2011

The next Web Wednesday meet is this coming Wednesday, 13 April, at Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

This week, Web Wesnesdat will be featuring an interview with Jean-Jacques Verdun, Founder of deltabridges.com, Macau After Work and co-organiser of the Beishan Jazz Festival.

The event will start at 6:30pm and wind up around 9:30pm, with the talk/interview starting at 7:15pm.

As per usual, there’s a HK$100 entrance fee, including one complimentary drink and the chance to win lucky draw prizes.

Source : Web Wednesday Hong Kong

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Social Networking, Web Wednesday, Web Wednesday HK | , , , | Leave a comment

7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB WiFi Version now HK$2,988 Only

This just in. Samsung just announced the 7″ Galaxy Tab 16GB WiFi version for US$349 and Hong Kong list price is officially set at HK$2,988.

This comes ahead of Apple’s iPad 2 launch in Hong Kong.  For those who bought the 3G+WiFi version a while back, hmm…. I know how you all feel.  With the Personal Hotspot available on the iPhone, who needs 3G on the tablet really.  For those who want to get their hands on the Galaxy Tab, now’s the great chance with this new WiFi version.

According to Samsung, we should expect local availability after the official U.S. launch on 10 April 2011, probably towards the end of the month.

April 8, 2011 Posted by | News Related, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Tablet | , , | 6 Comments

Get Your Ass Covered Review – GelaSkins for iPad 2

For those of you who are planning on getting an iPad 2 together with the Smart Cover, or who have already done so, one piece of advice….. get your ass (iPad 2) covered.  You definitely don’t want to have the back side wide open as you can get all the scratches on it, especially with the Apple logo (a big no no if you’re planning on selling it in the future).

In come GelaSkins, the company that specializes removable covers for portable devices. Their skins features stunning and photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images.  GelaSkins in fact is one of the few companies that have the whole product line ready before the iPad2 was launched.  Over 100 stock artworks are available or even best, use your own photo or art for the skins.  For now, GelaSkins only have the front and back cover set (US$29.95), and that comes with a wallpaper to match the artwork you choose.  For the iPad 2 back cover only, they do have the section up but no stock artwork yet, meaning one can only use their own photo or art.

UPS arrived this morning

GelaSkins for my iPad2

I ordered mine last week for my iPad 2.  Got the Charity: Water Logo on Black and Love Letters artworks and received them today.  The whole process of applying the skin to the iPad 2 took 5 minutes or so.  For now I’m leaving the front skins and the wall paper as I’m just using the black leather Smart Cover.  One thing I do notice while applying the skins is that one can easily pull the skins off and use another one, just stick it back to the sheet that it came with.  Thanks for the 3M technology GelaSkins uses.

Now for a limited time, you get one free skins if you order three from GelaSkins.

To let you get a better idea of how the GelaSkins work and look, I’ve linked this great video from metagamers below.

More pics after the jump…….

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April 7, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPad2, My Gears, Review | , , , , | 1 Comment