Category Archives: GADGETS

Gadgets cover wide and varied areas including accessories, imaging, audio and visual and the likes.

simple tips: Safari 5 fails to open GMAIL login page?

i can’t access GMAIL the whole of yesterday. i was using Safari 5.0.2, it just stop working yesterday. i was stumped. i tried accessing GMAIL by both taking off my bookmark and entering the URL (i.e. www.gmail.com) directly into the URL bar a.k.a the address bar of my Safari, but nothing works. i tried googling for a solution but my search came up empty. the problem was Safari detected multiple redirection by the website that i was trying to access, and stop loading the website. at least that was the notice that Safari gave me. i am not sure why this occurs. if you have the same problem as me, there are 2 ways which you can go about searching for a solution (other than googling): you can either head down to the Apple Support forums and wait for some helpful soul to answer your question (or any Mac forums) or try figuring it yourself by the manner of trial & error. i did the latter.

if you are having the redirecting issue on Safari, the solution is simple: RESET your safari. so how do you reset Safari? just click on Safari menu bar, scroll down to ‘Reset Safari…’. under the ‘Reset Safari…’ you have a bunch of check boxes for options such as empty cache, clear history, remove all cookies et cetera. check the box corresponding to the ‘clear history’, ’empty cache’ and ‘remove all cookies’. depending on you priorities, you can check other boxes as well. for me, i unchecked stuff like ‘reset top sites’, ‘remove all website preview images’ et cetera and made sure that i checked ‘clear saved names and passwords’. this is a good time to clear those, especially if you are sharing your PC/Mac. once you are satisfied with your selections, just hit the ‘Reset’ button and you are done. you should now be able to access GMAIL 🙂

How to resolve 'Safari 5 fails to access GMAIL' step#1
Go to 'Reset Safari'
How to resolve 'Safari 5 fails to access GMAIL' step#2
check the check boxes as stated in my writings above. hit 'reset' and you're done.

review: Simplism silicon iphone 4 case

a design-in-Japan iPhone 4 case. this is a silicon case which has anti-dust coating, which is necessary because typical silicon cases tend to be a dust magnet. the package comes with the silicon case, screen protector (with leveler), microfiber cleaning cloth and a dock cover. the dock cover lets you cover the dock of your iPhone to keep out the dust – a rather nice touch. there’s a little loop with the dock cover which allows user to loop through a twin hole at the back of the silicon case. in this way, you wouldn’t loose your tiny dock cover. how thoughtful 🙂 Continue reading review: Simplism silicon iphone 4 case

you can make yourself a LEGO motorized iPad stand

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(credit: screenshot by mike)

if you are a LEGO fan and an iPad user or a ‘LEGPLE’ fan (aka LEGO + APPLE fan), then you will be just about as excited as me about this custom LEGO motorized iPad stand. how cool is that? and it uses a stepless motor meaning it can be at any position you want. want one? it’s not for sale but if you are adventurous enough, you can build one yourself using parts from the ‘8052 LEGO container truck’ set, else you have to wait for the instruction to be made available. needless to say, i chose the latter.

visit www.legostand.com for more information.

Apple unveils next generation iPod Touch & Nano

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just when the world is still gasping over the new iPhone (both the pros and cons about it), Apple introduces the new generation iPod touch (read touch, not itouch) and the iPod nano (i’ve lost count on which generation of nano is at now). the new iPod touch now comes with the goodness carried over from the new iPhone 4, i.e. Retina display, HD video recording, FaceTime et cetera and there’s a new thing called Game Center (which is one of the feature of the iOS 4.1 software update). it also runs on the new A4 processor. which is nice and good news for iPod touch gamers.

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along with touch, there’s a newly designed ipod nano. there are so many generations that i’d lost count. this time the nano comes with Multi-Touch. yeah, you know Multi-Touch? the usual swipe to browse, touch to play stuff and now there’s a home screen with icons in it, which like the Touch and iPhone, you can rearrange them. it is even smaller (width 40.9mm; height 37.5mm; depth 8.78mm) & lighter now, as if it wasn’t already small & light enough, and you can clip nano to your belt now, as in directly with the nano, without any other add-on or cases. oh, there’s accelerometer built into it too. sweet.

Finally DODOcase has arrived!

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(credit: mikeShouts)

finally got my made-by-hand DODOcase for my ipad. there’s not much packaging to talk about but the highlight is the product itself. the quality of the case is impeccable. i like the idea of bamboo material for the frame where the ipad seats. of course the foam pieces securing the ipad seems a little risky but i just couldn’t get over how cool this ipad case looks. it is hard to make justification over a pic, you got to see it for yourself. i also like the idea of ‘cut-out’ portions for access to the volume rocker, power button et cetera, which enable easy access with obstruction. previously, with my apple ipad case, it is rather awkward trying to adjust the volume cos’ the case makes the volume rocker become ‘recessed’. Continue reading Finally DODOcase has arrived!

Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch trackpad upsized

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(photo source: apple.com)

love your multitouch trackpad on your unibody macbook? now you can do the same gesture on your Mac desktop with this ‘upsized’ magic trackpad. the magic trackpad enables you to scroll, click, swipe and rotate with your fingers, just like what you will do on your macbook. Apple seems to be read users mind. all this while i have been thinking ‘why no one develop a trackpad for desktop?’. looks like it’s a dream come true. along with the magic trackpad, Apple also announced the new line of iMac running on i3, i5 and i7 processors. screen sizes are still 21.5 inches and 27 inches.

visit Apple website.

LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB Flash drive

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(photo source: Lacie.com)

i want one! i am just such a big-time fan for well-design stuff, especially tech-related items. this futuristic (& minimalist) looking flash drive definitely had me in a sec. for those who are constantly paranoid about crushing your flash drive, this may well be your answer. tech spec aside, which are pretty much the same for most flash drive in the market, the XtremeKey will withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck, resistance to 5 meter drops, watertight up to 100 meters and withstand extreme temperatures. Continue reading LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB Flash drive

Hardcandy chrome bubble case for iPhone4

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(photo source: hardcandy.com)

iPhone4 has yet to hit Singapore’s shore until this weekend but stores are already selling their the iPhone 4 cases. this one is a new item from Hardcandy. pretty sleek looking but no doubt its going to be a finger print magnet. i saw the actual item, looks really cool indeed.

visit hardcandy website. Continue reading Hardcandy chrome bubble case for iPhone4

iLuv foldable leather case for iPad

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(photo source: mikeshouts)

this is really worthly of a mention. the foldable leather case for iPad by iLuv. i haven’t been bringing my iPad out more than a few steps out of my room. call me paranoid, a freak or whatever. i felt ‘exposed’ without any protection and seriously, the hump of the iPad is rather annoying, therefore i had to have something that stops it from wobbling while i’m typing on my iPad. while waiting patiently for the DODOcase to arrive, this iLuv product will have to do for the next 5-6 weeks and it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg. so why not? Continue reading iLuv foldable leather case for iPad

DODOcase Made by Hand iPad case

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(photo source: DODOcase.com)

searching the net for a cool looking iPad case lands me at DODOcase. the case, known as the limited first edition DODOcase, is made by hand in San Francisco, California. being a big-time sucker for style + design, i know i gotta have one of this for my iPad.

with the influx of iPad cases in the market, this definitely stands out among the crowd. google around or pop-by any of your local stores, and you will know what i mean. after dizzying yourself out with the endless choices (of cases) in the market, you will begin to think that majority of them looks the same. DODOcase cost US$59.90 plus shipping and it takes 5-6 weeks for delivery. quite a wait but hey, it is after all, hand-made and we certainly don’t want to compromise the quality by rushing the craftsman. Continue reading DODOcase Made by Hand iPad case