Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

iA Writer – SIMPLY the Best Writing Tool

iA Writer (US$17.99 for MAC, US$4.99 for iPad) is an awesome writing tool, no fancy stuff, no formatting to deal with, no clustered UI or what the developers states, no preferences; just plain full screen tying or enter the focus mode.  The focus mode, according to the developers, does not only limit the field of view to one sentence at a time but it also makes sure that the eyes do not need to wander too much around the window while writing. The focus mode allows one to think, spell and write at one sentence at a time and that lowers the temptation for one to cross edit and keeps all in the flow.

The only bummer is that there’s no trial for it.  How good is it? judge it yourself from the video.

Source – Oliver Reichenstein from iA

June 25, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad2, Mac | , , , | Leave a comment

Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 Released

[Update: 20 June 2011] The Firmware is OUT finally, check it out from your respective country’s Sony Site. I linked the manual here for your reference, same as previous.

[15 May 2011] If you’re a Sony NEX Camera user, you probably knows the blog Sony Alpha NEX Cameras and E mount Lenses. Couple days ago they posted details of the new Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 details, link here.

The new features, the picture effects and the manual focus assist are definitely gonna turn some heads, be it existing owners or others considering buying the NEX cameras.

Picture Effects

Manual Focus Aid

  • Peaking Level (High, Medium, Low, Off) – Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
  • Peaking Color (White, Red, or Yellow) – Sets the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.

The download link for the manual is here, http://www.filedropper.com/sonyalphanex-blogspot-com-firmware04-manual

So far, no news as to when the firmware is coming out but my guess is anytime now, stay tuned.

Source – Sony Alpha NEX Cameras and E mount Lenses

June 20, 2011 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | Leave a comment

New Apple – iPad 2 TV Ad – Now

Apple says the iPad is now changing the way we do just about everything, from watching a newspaper to looking at the stars, what’s your take?

Source – Apple

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iPad2, Video | , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – 3D for New iPad 3?

My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “3D for New iPad 3?”. Click here for the full read.

June 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

200 New Features of iOS5

You probably heard enough about the iOS 5 and what the new features are, but according to Apple and the beta testers, there are in fact close to 200 new features.  I came across a lot of good listings of the new features but nothing beats the listing on iPhonedownloadblog.  Their list is the most comprehensive (and constantly updating) list of the iOS 5 features and for some of the features, they have a more in-depth look, just click on to the hyperlinks to see more.  Be sure to check it out ahead of the release.

Notifications (full details)

Twitter Integration (full details)

  • Single sign on
  • Install Twitter from Settings app
  • Tweet a location in Maps
  • Tweet a picture from the camera roll
  • Tweet a link from Safari
  • Tweet a video from YouTube
  • Apply your friends’ Twitter usernames and pictures to contact
  • Special keyboard when using the Twitter integration

Continue reading

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPhone | , | Leave a comment

Apple WWDC in a Wrap

Think everyone is all settled after the keynote and think it’s time to wrap things up for the three major areas and thanks to TUAW who compiled the housekeeping list.

Mac OSX Lion

  • Lion will be available in July, and it only costs US$29.99 for all your devices.
  • Lion will only be available through the Mac App Store.
  • If you have a desktop Mac, now’s a good time to go get a Magic Trackpad to take good use of the new Mission Control feature.
  • Mac OS X is taking some design cues from iOS with Launchpad and new Mail design
  • Saving and backing up files will be easier than ever.


  • iCloud replaces MobileMe and is now FREE.
  • iCloud wirelessly syncs data across all your devices.
  • Photo Stream makes syncing recent photos manually a thing of the past, pics gets synced across different devices.
  • iTunes Music purchases now appear everywhere via the iCloud sync.


  • iCloud
  • PC Free – no more cables needed to hook up to iTunes for updates, now done via WiFi
  • Photography – the mapping of the Home button, by double tapping will now immediately launch the Camera app and with the Camera app loaded, a quick press of the “volume up” button will take the pic
  • Notifications – like the Android phones, notifications now appear in an ordered list in a special screen which you access at any time by swiping down from the top bar
  • Twitter – Photos and Camera app will allow you to post images and video to your Twitter stream and Youtube and Safari will post a links to the page or video you are currently viewing
  • iMessage – iMessage is the Messages app crossed with an instant messaging client crossed with a group messaging app.
  • Reminder – hmm…. need to find out more on this one.

Source – What Mac owners need to know after today’s WWDC announcements, Seven things iPhone users should know about today’s announcment



June 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iOS 5, iPhone, iTunes, OS X | , , , , | Leave a comment

Watch WWDC Live Stream at Ustream.tv

Watch it at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/omtwwdckeynote with live comments.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Apple, iOS 5, Live Stream, OS X | , , , | Leave a comment

Web Wednesday v.48 “CNNGo – A Travel Start-up!” @ Volar – 8 June 2011

The next Web Wednesday meet is this coming Wednesday,8 June, at Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

This week, Web Wesnesdat will be featuring an interview with Andrew Demaria, Editor-in-Chief of CNNGo (http://www.cnngo.com/), Turner International’s Asia-based online travel and lifestyle platform, which launched in late 2009. Based in Hong Kong, he manages a team of 18 staff and oversees more than 500 freelance contributors across nine countries, with sites in four languages.

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.

Source : Web Wednesday Hong Kong

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Web Wednesday, Web Wednesday HK | , , | Leave a comment

Exclusive Preview Video on iOS5 – This is Hilarious

Something fun to watch this long weekend holiday in Hong Kong ahead of Apple’s WWDC.  Take a look at what the true iOS5 cannot do.

Source – iOSmagic via Terry White

June 5, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Beyond Geekiness, iOS 5, Video | , | Leave a comment

Silent Film Director – Free for Limited Time

For those who love to shoot video on their iPhone, Silent Film Director gone free for the day to celebrate Marilyn’s birthday.  Grab it fast as time’s running out, link here.

VARIETY OF STYLES for your films
★ 20’s movie
★ 60’s home video (for the Hippie style videos)
★ 70’s home video
★ Black and White
★ Sepia
★ Vintage Sepia

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Applications, Cameras/Camcorders, iPhone | , | Leave a comment

First Look at Windows 8

In this all new video, Windows President Steven Sinofsky gave the first live demo of Windows 8 at the D9 conference in southern California.The new user interface resembled that of the Windows Phone 7.  The tile design somehow becomes the trademark of Microsoft OS like the gestures with the Mac OS.  What you think of the new OS?

Source – Microsoft

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Microsoft, Video, Windows 8 | , , | Leave a comment