Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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Palm Pre Live Demo

Just finished watching the whole 26+ minutes long video on the demo of the Palm Pre out of MWC 2009. Initial thoughts on the Palm Pre is that to me, it’s like a combo of the iPhone with the touch interface happily swapped in with a BlueBerry type keyboard.

Couple things that I found to be very neat are -

  • the mac-alike gestures incorporated into the phone is just absolutely genius (swipe left to go back a page; swipe up to bring up the applications launcher page and to close apps if under the cards view)(4:30)
  • the clean interface under contacts and the synergy effect that hooks up the contact’s info including their social networking profiles such as FaceBook…etc (13:00)
  • the cards interface which resembles the Mac Expose, allowing users to access and switch between multiple applications and the best part of it is allowing users to open new web page as a new card; very clever indeed (10:15)
  • the ability to send weblinks (11:05) on the run
  • the synergies on the calendar function, being able to pull public calendars off Google and integrate them all into your own calendar (16:20) and the ability to filter out different profiles, public calendars
  • instant messaging capabilities within the email application, WOW, this totally blows BlackBerry away (19:25), but limited to Google Talk it seems, hope they can expand on this and add in MSN, Skype and Facebook chat as well
  • smart search which allows you to goolge, wiki basically anything on the fly (22:00)
  • and lastly, the Palm Pre CAN copy and paste (23:45)

Well, the Palm Pre looks really neat and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  My only worry is with the procesor speed, whether it can run smoothly with the multi applications (cards) running all at the same time. Guess we’ll wait and see.

Source – SlashGear, Palm Pre Community

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

First Look Video – Tonium Pacemaker – Portable DJ Mixer

Saw the real thing at Twestival Hong Kong last night, thanks Andy.  The Tonium Pacemaker is a revolutionizing portable music player  equipped with an extensive range of professional audio manipulation features enabling limitless mixing between two independent channels. All mixes are saved to the 160GB hard drive (60GB version coming out soon).

The Pacemaker device lets you

  • Mix, play and perform – at home, work and play
  • Prepare and preview your sets on the go
  • Bring your entire music library in your pocket

Think this thing is gonna start putting a lot of DJs out of the job.

Source – RichardLai, ShinyMedia

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Music, Review, Video | , | Leave a comment

Another Look at the Prada II

Well, too bad LG didn’t fly me over to Singapore for the LG APAC Launch for the Prada II but let’s take another look at the phone and the watch.  Definitely one of the hottest release this quarter and check out the Prada watch that accompanies the phone which allows one to read their SMS messages off the watch.

Source – h0pefu8ll, MegaWhatTV

February 8, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Review, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 2 – Hong Kong)

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “What Makes a Country/City a Gadget Haven? (Part 2 – Hong Kong)”. Click here for the read.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Best Deal for Mobile Phone & Other Gadgets in Hong Kong

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Best Deal for Mobile Phone & Other Gadgets in Hong Kong”. Click here for the read.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Mobile Phone, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment

【明報專訊】分析師:Tablet PC明年將突圍

【明報專訊】展望明年科技消費產品, 本港科技界分析師兼博客 Victor Cheung 最看好的,是「擁有多點觸控式屏幕的All-in-One平板電腦」,把觸控熒幕與多媒體電腦主機合為一體的HP Pavilion IQ系列即屬一例。「2009年將是輕巧平板電腦(Tablet PC)終於起飛的年頭,將有更多大品牌加入生產。倘若蘋果也加入戰團,出現MacTablet,也不要感到意外!」

至於手機市場,他指出「iPhone料將繼續稱雄市場,並會在09年美國感恩節前再推新版本,加入之前版本欠缺的功能,諸如藍牙A2DP以及可更換電池等。也可能入高像素鏡頭和錄影功能」。

Source – Ming Pao News 明報

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos | , | Leave a comment

Phooey on CNN digitalbiz – High-tech gifts in low-tech packages

(CNN) — This holiday season, it seems high-brow concepts are better off making their commercial debut in low-tech gadgets.

“With the current economic situation, I think toys and gadgets which are too complicated, either as a concept, or to operate, will not fly,” says Lawrence Cheung, principal consultant of the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

Looking forward to the new year, Hong Kong tech industry analyst and blogger Victor Cheung has his eyes set on an “All-in-One computer that features a multi-touch screen, like that of the HP Pavilion IQ series.”

According to Cheung, “2009 will see the Tablet PC finally taking off, with more name-brand manufacturers joining the ranks of HP, Fujitsu, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and Kohjinsha.

“Expect to see them coming in all sizes and probably with a multi-touch feature by the end of the year. Don’t be surprised to see a MacTablet as well.”

As for the mobile-phone market, he adds: “iPhone should continue to rule with a new version before Thanksgiving 2009, with missing features such as Bluetooth A2DP and a changeable battery. A higher-res camera with video recording might be thrown in as well. However, what makes or breaks it depends very much on how open Apple will be with other developers’ apps.”

Here are some recent releases to watch for, either as holiday gifts or as new year surprises.

To check out the full article, click here.

The above is excerpted from CNN digitalbiz article.

Source – CNN

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

Lifestyle HK – Porsche Steering Wheel for Your Gaming Platform

My new entry over at Lifestyle Hong Kong is up. This week’s entry, “Porsche Steering Wheel for Your Gaming Platform”. Click here for the read and video review.

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Gaming, Lifestyle HK | , , | Leave a comment

   

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