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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

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March 28, 2010 Posted by | Android, Apple, Blogroll, CNET, iPad, Tablet PCs | , , , , , | 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?

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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

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

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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

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Google’s Buzz to take on Facebook

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Google’s Buzz to take on Facebook”. Click here for the full read.

Source – Google

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Facebook, Google, Social Networking | , , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Google Learned to say NO, Just Like Conan O’Brien

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Google Learned to say NO, Just Like Conan O’Brien”. Click here for the full read.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Google | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Best Food Site on Hong Kong Restaurants

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Best Food Site on Hong Kong Restaurants”. Click here for the full read.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – My Tech Predictions for 2010

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “My Tech Predictions for 2010”. Click here for the full read.

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET | , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Hit-and-Misses of Oxford’s Word of the Year 2009

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Hit-and-Misses of Oxford’s Word of the Year 2009”. Click here for the full read.

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, CNET | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Amazon Kindle Finally Available Outside Continental US

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Amazon Kindle Finally Available Outside Continental US”. Click here for the full read.

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, eReader, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

Now This Is A Fast Card – SanDisk Extreme Pro

Extracted from my CNET Asia Blog Article of the same name.

Last week, I was asked to test drive the all new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card, thanks to the guys at TEXT100 HKG (great PR firm in Hong Kong). As an amateur photographer, by no means would I pass on checking out how fast this new memory card claims, that being 90MB/sec.

So how fast is this card… according to SanDisk –

  • its reading and writing performance are up to 90MB/sex (600x)
  • UDMA 6 enabled (works in all UDMA mode)
  • Power core controller & enhanced super-parallel processing esp invented by SanDisk to increase the card’s performance level

Well, I put it up for some home-made testing of mine to check it out. I conducted a few read and write tests and I used the older generation SanDisk Extreme IV and the SanDisk Extreme FireWire Reader to benchmark the results.

For each full frame pic I take on my Sony A900, the size of the RAW file is around 37.6MB. I switched the shooting mode to burst mode and took 10 pictures in a roll. The average writing speed after 10 trials are as follow –

SanDisk Extreme IV 16GB – 11.9 sec

SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB – 9.4 sec

Not bad for writing speed. In fact, this new Extreme Pro is whopping fast. Given the price and the storage size (64GB being the highest), it is the ultimate dream card when it comes to taking large picture file size and large video files.

Next up I tried out the read and writing time in copying 342 picture files (11.9GB) to and from my computer and the results are as follow –

SanDisk Extreme IV 16GB

  • writing to card – 13 minutes 6 seconds
  • reading from card and copying to PC – 7 minutes 16 seconds

SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB

  • writing to card – 12 minutes 48 seconds
  • reading from card and copying to PC – 8 minutes 14 seconds

Looking at the read and write tests results, one might ask shouldn’t the more expensive Extreme Pro be a lot faster than the old Extreme IV? The answer is yes, the faster Extreme Pro do read and write faster but in order to see the results, it does depends on what kind of card reader you are using. SanDisk can roll out even more faster cards but they do need a fast reader as well. The 45MB/s FireWire Reader from SanDisk surely cannot catch up anymore.

SanDisk, hope you dig this.

One of my reader, David Golden, sent me an email pointing out the the card performance is most likely optimized for high performance burst mode as your statistics indicate.  The sustained write performance (copying 12 GB of data to the card) is not nearly as important. Thanks David for your input.

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Blogroll, CNET, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Hiding your iPhone Pics

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Hiding your iPhone Pics”. Click here for the full read.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Blogroll, CNET, iPhone, iPod | , , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Apple iTunes Finally Let You Sync Music Between Computers – yay or nay?

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Apple iTunes Finally Let You Sync Music Between Computers – yay or nay?”. Click here for the full read.

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, CNET, iTunes | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Most Graphic Public Service Announcement Video Ever Made – Texting While Driving

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Most Graphic Public Service Announcement Video Ever Made – Texting While Driving”. Click here for the full read.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Video | , , | Leave a comment