Monthly Archives: June 2010

       

Kingston SSDNOW V Series 64GB Notebook Upgrade Kit SNV425-S2BN/64GB Review
bluetooth 29 Jun 2010       

For notebooks, SSDNow drives are a perfect replacement for hard drives resulting in faster, more reliable performance. Making this change will improve a notebook’s efficiency in a wide range of tasks, from booting up to running the most demanding operating systems and applications.       

SSDNow uses a standard SATA interface but, unlike a regular HDD, SSD is very rugged and built with no moving parts, making it ideal for users who push the limits of their notebooks. Other benefits include reduced power usage, less noise and less heat generation.       

Comes with an USB enclosure, you can simply plug it in, clone your existing < 64GB partition using the Acronis Disk image software provided. Once that is done, you are able to boot up from the SSD as your primary OS drive. Alternatively, you can hook it using USB as an external drive.       

On the next page, we take a look at the packaging followed by benchmark tests.       

Features       

  • Performance — enhances productivity; makes users more efficient
  • Innovative — 2.5″ form factor; uses NAND flash memory components
  • Silent — Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
  • Reliable — less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock Resistant — No moving mechanical parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions
  • Supports TRIM — ensures maximum performance on compatible Operating Systems 2
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. — Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
  • Guaranteed — 3 year legendary Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support

    

Specifications       

  • Capacity1 — 30 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Storage Temperatures — -40° C to 85° C
  • Operating temperatures — 0° C to 70° C
  • Vibration Operating — 2.17 G Peak (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration Non-Operation — 20 G Peak (20–2000Hz)
  • Sequential Speed 3
    30 GB – up to 180 MB/sec. read, 50 MB/sec write
    64 GB – up to 200MB/sec. read; 110MB/sec. write
    128 GB – up to 200MB/sec. read; 160MB/sec. write
  • PCMARK® Vantage Advanced HDD Suite Score 4
    30 GB – 18,900
    64 GB – 21,317
    128 GB – 20,177
  • Power Specs
    Active: 1.7 – 5.2 W (TYP)
    Sleep: 0.05 – 0.7 W (TYP)
  • Life expectancy — 1 million hours mean time before failure, 64 GB/128 GB
    500,000 hours mean time before failure, 30 GB

    

New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones

Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights.

In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones – and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week . We hope you enjoy these new features.

Digitimes reports that Asustek Computer reportedly plans to outsource some of its production of motherboards and graphics cards to rival company Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) as part of efforts to expand its outsourcing policy to reduce its dependence on Pegatron Technology, while boosting its profitability, according to industry sources.

Asustek declined to comment on market reports, although the company has recently accelerated its outsourcing strategy by adding Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Quanta Computer as its production partners for notebooks and Eee PCs and also including Foxconn as its OEM maker of Garmin-Asus smartphones.

Meanwhile, Pegatron is also reportedly soliciting motherboard and graphics card orders from Gigabyte Technology, which is currently cooperating with Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) and Global Brands Manufacture (GBM) for motherboard and graphics card production, the sources added.

DDR3 Gaming Series EVO TWO –THE HARDCORE GAMING MEMORY GeIL announces the launch of the all new DDR3 EVO TWO Gaming Series Memory to be added as the benchmark in GeILs’ gamingperformance memory line of products.Like its’ predecessor EVO ONE, the EVO TWO heat-sink system is designed with Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation (MTCD) Technology for maximum cooling efficiency and enhanced memory performance. The EVO TWO Series will be available in thefastest speed as well as covering the rest of the speed range with enhanced performance and stability by GeILs’ DBT – Die-hard Burn-in Technology. EVO TWO is the hardcore gaming memory to have!Specification:

*Hardcore Gaming Speed: – 2000MHz CL6-9-6-24 – 2500MHz CL9-11-9-27*Available Capacity:- Dual Channel Package: 2GB (1GBx2), 4GB (2GBx2) Heat-spreader: EVO TWO heat-sink system with MTCD TechnologyTechnology: DBT Enhanced, Die-hard Burn-in Technology

SkyFire will no longer be supported in most countries wef 1st Jul 2010

The well known cloud web browser “SkyFire” that runs on Windows Mobile will stop functioning with effective from 1st July 2010. Here is a message that pops up when I run Skyfire on WM 6.5.3. The reason given is that SkyFire wanted to offer the best possible service level for our officially supportered customers and coutnries. Skyfire is consolidating the countries in which it operates.

Intel in summer 2010 will ship a version of Google’s Android 2.2 mobile OS, code-named Froyo, which will run on the x86 architecture, a move that will enable Intel to put its Atom processor in devices such as notebooks and smartphones that run Android.

Intel engineers are working to port the Google Android mobile operating system to enable it to run with x86 processors.

The work sets the stage for more Atom-powered netbooks and tablets running Android rather than Microsoft Windows or Linux.

Intel will ship a native x86 version of Android 2.2—dubbed “Froyo”—within the next two months, a company executive told the Website APC.

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I was at an event lately and tried out the Apple iPad. Somewhat a a big version of the iPhone 3GS, it seems to be the in thing as I see many journalists from overseas carrying it and typing away “LIVE” when the press conference was going on.

My first experience with the iPad, a parallel import from USA (which is not on sale here yet) was a good one to begin with. Cut away the multi-zoom, ebooks and games, this device seems to be the ideal news reporting tool during offsite.

I did a test with it, typing on the virtual keyboard on the device. The error correction is pretty marvellous and it almost got the full sentence correct without the need of a real keyboard.

The iPad I tested on has 3G/WiFi. Unfortunately 3G was non existant as the owner hasn’t got the microSIM card readly. WiFi was also all locked up in the hotel. Unless i have the WPA, i won’t be able to do any transmission through e-mails etc.

The next thing i would think of is tethering as I have my iPhone 3GS phone with 12GB of data. We tried to pari up the device using bluetooth. I am not sure why but it seems that it can’t pair up and tethering just wouldn’t work.

The only choice, retype everything on iPhone and update it via gmail. Looks like we ought to get the 3G microSIM card ready in future to get real time updates posted in time.

Things to note when buying a parallel imported iPhone 4

As iPhone has just launched in various countries across the globe. There are variations of the iPhone 4. If you intend to buy one from overseas, the first thing is that you would like an unlock phone. With an unlocked phone, you can use SIM card from any telco in the world.


So, paralle imported goods comes from a few countries, namely the USA, Japan, UK. So far, USA and Japan are SIM LOCK to their telcos. So, you can’t just use any SIM card locally and assume that it will work. Parallel importers would probably want to tell you that it can be ‘hacked’ using tools available online. Well, it may or may not work as claimed.

Thus, the safest bet is to get a set that is unlocked from network. So far, the UK versions are unlocked as their regulators do not allowed locked phones. UK version of the phones can be easily identified as they come with 3 pin charger plug used in UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia. The US and Japan ones comes with 2 pin power plugs.

Of course some parallel importers might just swap out the 2 pin and replace it with a 3 pin after reading this article ;)

The second point to note when purchasing a parallel imported set is it’s screen. There have been reports of yellowish spots. This will really be the ultimate eye sight test. It will also depend on your luck as the initial boot up screen is black and you might not be able to notice it until you use it after a while with other coloured background.

The third point to note is the IMEI number. Please make sure the handset IMEI and the one on the box are exactly the same.

The fourth thing to note is the microSIM card. Local telcos in Singapore already has microSIM card ready. You might need to ask the telcos to port your number to a microSIM card so that you can use it on your iphone 4. Alternatively, if you want, you can take the risk of cutting it to the microSIM form factor. There is also a company selling an adaptor that fits microSIM for standard SIM slot just in case you want to use the microSIM on your other phone.

These are just some pointers to note before making your purchase from shops. Do post your comments and suggestions if any.

 
Update – HTC Hero Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update (First Package)
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your HTC Hero. Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Build number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Build number). The new Build number after the update will be 2.73.707.91 (Singapore) & 2.73.728.91 (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia)
Update Information: Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update. 
Note?Please back up your data first before upgrading your phone. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply. For any questions, please contact us via http://www.htc.com/www/CA_Hotline.aspx 
 
 
Update – HTC Hero Android 2.1 Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update (Second Package)
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your HTC Hero. Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Firmware version (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Firmware version). The new Firmware version will be 2.1.
Update Information: Android 2.1 Platform Upgrade 
Note?Please back up your data first, and you have to upgrade your phone with the first FOTA package to be able to get the Android 2.1 FOTA upgrade. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply. For any questions, please contact us via http://www.htc.com/www/CA_Hotline.aspx  

Looking for a SSD solution to speed up your boot up process, the Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB SSD is one of the ideal solutions for you. Comes with an USB enclosure, you can simply plug it in, clone your existing < 64GB partition using the Acronis Disk image software provided. Once that is done, you are able to boot up from the SSD as your primary OS drive. Below is the packaging :

– Walton Chaintech Corporation, manufacturer of memory modules and computer components and accessories, announces its brand-new APOGEE AP102 & AP201 mobile phones specially designed for the senior users. The simple and caring features incorporated in the additional product line under the APOGEE name have well demonstrated Walton Chaintech’s capabilities in offering a variety of technologies and marketing strengths to its customers.

Differently from the fancy, trendy and hi-tech features available in market, the APOG?? mobile phone series took out all the complicated applications usually not used by and confused to the elders. Instead, the APOG?? AP102 & AP201 focus on simplicity and caring functions so that elders can use and understand easily, and the families are ensured to have maximum security for their loved ones.

The APOG?? AP102 & AP201 feature a 38.5×14.4mm big screen to fit up to 12 numbers in one line; large keypads 3 times bigger than what’s currently seen in market; and loud ring-tones ensuring no important missed calls. Some basic functions also include the LED lighting background and LED flashlight for users to see with no hard efforts. Users can simply press the keypads and the numbers read out loud to ensure dialing accuracy.

It is worth to mention that the AP102 & AP201 are designed with a dedicated emergency button. Once the button is pressed, the phone makes very loud noise to create attention; then it automatically sends SOS messages to four preset emergency contacts; finally, it automatically dials out to the four preset emergency contacts.

Very thoughtfully the APOG?? mobile phone series for the seniors have incorporated the FM radio function. With one easy, sliding button on the side, elders can effortlessly turn the radio on and off during their morning exercise, hiking or other favorite activities.The radio is automatically off when there are incoming calls, and switched back on when the calls are ended.

Walton Chaintech is also in process of developing mobile phones suitable for children and other market segments. It is no doubt that the APOG?? name has officially marched into mobile phone industry.

Apple responded to the iPhone 4 reception issues in a way admitting to reception issues of the iphone 4 depending on how you hold it.

If you own an iPhone 4, the reception issue can be tested out by cover the bottom-left corner of the phone and bridge the gap between the notch there with your naked flesh, you could see some signal degradation.

Yes, you read that right: it’s not a software or production issue, simply a matter of the physical location of your hand in regards to the phone’s antenna. The company’s suggested fix? Move your hand position, or get a case which covers that part of the phone, thus breaking contact. As you can see in the email above which just arrived in our tip box, this is a sentiment which runs pretty high at the company. Here’s the official statement:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.
We know what you’re thinking, and we’re thinking it too: this sounds crazy. Essentially, Apple is saying that the problem is how you hold your phone, and that the solution is to change that habit.

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Motorola Droid X first look! Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S has a real serious contender. This amazing phone might be the Motorola Milestone X for European and Asian market?

Both have very similar specifications and is most likely they will compete head to head in terms of screen size, cpu used etc. Read more at the source link below.

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 Japanese company Scythe well known for it’s heatsink and coolers are venturing into something very unique. It is the nwe USB Foot Switch.

Oststeinbek/Hamburg: 25th. June 2010: Japanese cooling specialist Scythe Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), expands his portfolio with the new USB Foot Switch product line.

USB Foot Switch is used as an additional input device for computers and it provides more comfortable and convenient ways to work with your computer. USB Foot Switch is available in one, two or three-button and can be freely assigned by the operating software. No drivers are needed and supported operating systems are up Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7.

These USB foot switches are available with one, two or three-button which can be used as an additional input device to facilitate the work with the computer. Depending on the used variant up to three buttons can be assigned freely with the included software. A robust design and clean processing ensure high ease of use. 

 

Scythe USB Foot Switch are now available for a MSRP of 19.90 € / 29.80 USD (Single version), or 28.50 € / 39.80 USD (Double version) and 32.50 € / 59.80 USD (Triple version). All prices excluding VAT / Tax. 

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Model Name:
USB Foot Switch 

Item No.:
USB Foot Switch Single – USB 1FOOT SWITCH
USB Foot Switch Double – USB 2FOOT SWITCH
USB Foot Switch Triple – USB 3FOOT SWITCH 

Dimensions:
USB Foot Switch Single – Overall 120 x 67 x 34 mm – Switch 120 x 67 x 34 mm
USB Foot Switch Double – Overall 130 x 210 x 37 mm – Switch 120 x 67 x 34 mm
USB Foot Switch Triple – Overall 130 x 360 x 37 mm – Switch 120 x 67 x 34 mm 

Weight:
USB Foot Switch Single – 230 g / 7.423 oz.
USB Foot Switch Double – 570 g / 20.10 oz.
USB Foot Switch Triple – 900 g / 70.87 oz. 

Cable Length:
1.80 m / 70.87 in 

Compatible OS:
Windows 2000/XP/VISTA/7 

Accessory:
CD-ROM Driver/Software, User Manual

No camera tricks, no dummy iPhones, no editing, and no science. Just a video of an unfortunate iPhone 4 being dropped over and over again. This is what’ll happen when you drop your iPhone 4.

After doing a drop test with a motherboard-less iPhone 4, the folks at iFixYouri finally got the chance to do it with the real thing. And the results are even more painful to see.

Pwned4Life: The Ultimate Jailbreak for iPhone 4 by Geohot Most probabely you guys are already familiar with George Hotz alias GeoHot. Infact this dude is to be blamed for finding a number of iPhone exploits, with exception of Spiritejailbreak. He was the first person to hack iPhone 2G through hardware back in 2007. He is also responsible for hacking Play Station 3, which was widely regarded as the only fully locked and secure System. Now he is back with new and exciting news. At Nuit Du Hack conference in Paris, George presented a new and Ultimate life long Jailbreak code named “pwned4life”, which is actually based on Bootrom Exploit. It can also be used to jailbreak iPhone 4.

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Now you can jailbreak iPhone3GS with old bootrom on the latest iOS 4 firmware. The creators of the original PwnageTool has confirmed that this version has been modified and redistributed without their permission,

and i recommend that iPhone 3GS users who are jailbroken using Spirit, and with new bootrom should avoid upgrading to iOS 4 until new jailbreak tools are available.

Download Pwnage tool 4.0