Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch trackpad upsized

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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.

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Martin Jetpack takes personal flight to the next level

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ok, this isn’t exactly the newest news but i’m still awe by the reality of human flight – that is with a human jetpack. with the Martin jetpack, you can make your james bond dream come true. capable of ceiling of 8000 feet (2438 meters) and a range of 31.5 miles (approximately 50 kilometers) at a top speed of 63 miles an hour (101 km/h), it will get you to work minus the traffic jam. this provides a new meaning to taking short-cuts. that is if you can find a place to land & park this thing, securely. make sure you get your crease-free shirt to go with it. now, where do i store my brief case… Continue reading Martin Jetpack takes personal flight to the next level

LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB Flash drive

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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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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.

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iLuv foldable leather case for iPad

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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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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

project D.I.Y. light tent

haven’t been doing much lately, been busy formulating for my ‘official’ website. however, i managed to get a D.I.Y. light tent done (which is something i have always wanted to do) based on the guide in Digital Photography School. disclaimer: i don’t have a SLR, plus i am not good with camera but i must say the light tent saves me plenty of time from editing on photoshop. for the interior, instead of using strips of blister board as recommended, i am being more ‘extravagant’ by cutting out a windows on a piece of vanguard sheet so that the side is now in one piece without any seams. however, my stock vanguard isn’t long enough for this big box. this resulted in a seam at the photography area. check out my version of the light tent below with the photo samples. pardon me for it’s filmsy look – it is filmsy – the carton box suffered quite an ordeal while in the process of being converted into a light tent 😀

         

the sample of the photos were taken for a LED lights blogsite, which is being maintained by me 🙂 you can check out the blogsite HERE or by clicking on the photos.

and here are a couple more of the ‘results’ with a little cropping and exposure adjustment with photoshop:

pretty neat huh? no more using the lasso tool or pen tool and painstaking cropping the unwanted background out. that’s good news. info: that’s my lovely iPod classic with my all time favorite Gelaskins. photos taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.

thoughts: will iphone continues to dominate the smartphone market?

in my opinion ‘yes’. i have been a user of smartphone since 2004, and i have my fair share of gripes about windows mobile and symbian OS. i have since given up on both OS. my last was samsung i780 before switching to iOS in 2008. for the last two and half years, i was an iPhone user – from 3G to 3GS – until 2 weeks ago i decided to give Android a shot and see for myself what’s the hype about.

i have been using the Google Nexus One running on manually updated Android 2.2 aka Froyo for the last 2 weeks. so how was it? here’s my verdict: i can’t wait to get my hands on iPhone 4 from my local telco. i have listed the pros and cons in my earlier posting, now i got more to add. Apple will likely to dominate the smartphone market. iPhone has changed everything. being both a hardware and software company certainly brings about advantages when designing and producing the smartphone, or any products for that matter. being both a hardware and software company means both hardware and software can have much better integration. it eliminates or at the very least, minimize the issues between hardware and OS. productivity-wise, the software (the OS) will be more efficient as they only need to ‘talk’ to a single hardware designing company. it is better for software developer to develop for a single product (iPhone) which enables them to concentrate in making it better, rather than having to split their resources to develop for different manufacturers and different models. end result for Apple is a more stable product.

Apple has garnered much talks by controlling the distribution of iphone (itouch and ipad) apps. some critics disapproved of such control which curbed their freedom to develop. well, after using Nexus One for 2 weeks, i am beginning to appreciate Apple’s apps store and it’s intentions. android market does not have as many apps and variety compared to Apple’s apps store. i think it will not be as big as the apps store in anytime soon. why? there are simply too many models of android-based smartphone with varying screen resolution and possibly, proprietry UI features. it’s not going to be easy for developer to iron out bugs for all models in the market. on top of that, newer OS version is not readily available to all models in existing market which makes apps update a daunting task. very often then not, you will see comments such as ‘this apps doesn’t work on xx model’ on the android market. rather than commenting on the actual quality or usefulness of the apps, like usually you will see in the apps store. developers will likely to shy away from developing for such market, especially if its for monetary purpose. on top of that, there are several ‘independent’ markets sprouting out for android and these ‘independent’ markets even spammed the comments section of some apps in official Android Market to draw people to their sites. to me that’s definitely very unprofessional and unorganized. nobody ensure quality in the android market.

any tom, dick and harry can submit an app. i’d be hesitatant in buying paid apps on the official Android Market because i am not sure of its reliability in terms of credit card information handling. don’t get me wrong, i am not out to thrash android. android is a great OS. but perhaps, Google should design and manufacture their own hardware, and maybe have some control over the apps. i do have fun with the Froyo. it is fun and rather intuitive but it also reminds me of windows mobile. all i need is a straight forward phone. i don’t want to navigate through pages and pages just to reach a basic setting. nowadays, we all have too many things to learn and to do, it will be nice to simplify things a little. Google are you listening? 🙂

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thoughts: what’s wrong with Apple and Jobs?

last week, i came across a posting in an Android forum which mentioned something about Apple. the company, not the fruit. it was about how Apple wanted to patent or copyright the word ‘Pad’ for its iPad. frankly, i wasn’t aware of that pad-patenting-news. but what was interesting was the comment from one of the fellow ‘forumite’. it amazes me how extreme people can get. the particular forumite has so much hate for Jobs, which almost ‘sounded’ like he (Jobs) had done something really nasty him or his family.

to fair, i think Jobs & the team did ‘revolutionized’ many things. iPod alone has revolutionized portable music player. portable music player that plays MP3 format music was introduced in the late nineties (1998), where Apple only came into the portable music player market in 2001. never mind about who invented the player, but the key is who make it big and who made the name sticks. these days some people even refer portable music player as ‘iPod’, even though they simply means other brand of MP3 players. the name sticks. iPod became synonymous with portable music player. it was a marketeer’s dream. technology advancement has to go with design and the right marketing strategy to achieve what Apple has achieved with it’s various products today.

i am not a die-hard fan of Apple. i only ‘make-the-switch’ in 2008 and guess what makes me ‘make-the-switch’? two things: iPhone and Windows. the discovery of the goodness of iPhone OS, it’s simplicity and usability, coupled with the constant frustration with Windows’ security flaws and bugs made me decided that my life could be simpler. i want to use the machine that i have bought and not spending time doing diagnostic or speaking to the robot-like customer service people. i used to custom my own windows-based PC. i tired of missing drivers, security flaws et cetera. the last draw was with Windows VISTA which came with the Dell XPS 420. i am astounded by its (VISTA) endless bugs and driver incompatibility with many hardware. i was spending time calling DELL, making searches on the net for a solution. then came one day, i just walked into my local Harvey Norman and grab a unibody MacBook and the rest is history. since then, i have added an iMac, 2 generations of iPhone and an Apple Extreme Base Station to my Apple ‘collections’.

i just want to use computer and my mobile phone, and i am certainly not looking forward to patches or trouble shooting. i don’t hate windows. i welcome technology advancements, revolutions and competitions. but businesses shouldn’t let their books decided the fate of their products. i am using the Google Nexus One (Android 2.2 now) now. my conclusion? it’s a great phone and a superb OS. BUT, it definitely helps to be a hardware and software company. you make product with better integration between hard & software. period.

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