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The Apple iPad: My Thoughts… February 8, 2010

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Apple finally put an end to many years of rumor about a planned foray into the tablet market by announcing the iPad. As usual, Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field was running on overdrive during the launch event, so much so that the typically one hour keynote lasted about and hour and a half for the announcement.

After the jump, I will give my personal thoughts on the device. For details about the actual product launch, I would suggest checking out Engadget, which has all the details and more of these beautiful pics.

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Forward a Contact via SMS on Your BlackBerry! December 9, 2009

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I came across this great new app called SMS Contact by a company called BberryApp.com. The app does only one thing, allows you to forward contact information from your Contacts app via SMS.

There is no built-in way to forward contact information via SMS on the BlackBerry today, except the manual method of going to the contact on the Contacts app, selecting and opening the contact, copying the number of the person, creating a new SMS, pasting the number of the contact, and typing in the name.

SMS Contact makes life a lot easier. To send a contact using SMS Contact, select the contact on the Contacts app, then select Send as SMS on the menu. From here, a new SMS should open, thereby allowing you to type in the recipient, and hit send.

And by the way, the app is FREE!

To get SMS Contact, point your BlackBerry Browser to http://www.bberryapp.com/smscontact.htm to download and install the app. You will need to refer a friend to the app to get it working, but thats a simple enough exercise.

As a side note, the app does not work with the leaked version of OS 5 yet, though there are reports that this should come out before the year ends.

Enjoy!

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Onyx) Review November 3, 2009

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700, codenamed Onyx, has been announced and is most likely to hit the shelves of the US operators before the end of the year. I managed to get my hands on a pre-production device and have been using it for the past week.

In summary, the device is the perfect BlackBerry for me. It is just the right size, has very good battery life, and is really, really fast. The device is loaded with the new, yet unreleased, BlackBerry OS 5 and its performance on the 9700 indicates that it is almost ready for prime time.

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New HipHouse Mixtape for Download! October 18, 2009

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I finally spent some time to put together a new mixtape.

The theme for this mixtape is HipHouse, which are House remixes of Hip Hop and RnB tracks. Because remix tools like Ableton Live, Acid, and others are out there, lots more people make remixes nowadays. Most of them are really bad, but you occasionally find something really hot.

So some of the artists here include Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Akon, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, and a few others. My favorites in this mixtape are the remix of Chris Brown’s Forever, and the very first track, a mashup made by Laidback Luke of the classic HipHop track “Its Like That” with some house track that I dont quite know.

Head on over to the Music section to pre-listen to and download the mixtape! Leave a note to tell me what you think. Enjoy!

eeeMac: OSX Snow Leopard on Asus eeePC 1005HA October 7, 2009

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If you have been following my blog so far, you will likely know two things about me: a) I am a Mac user, b) I have a fascination for Netbooks. Unfortunately, though, the two generally don’t go together. Apple has not yet, despite the rumors, come up with a netbook or tablet sized device (the latest news is Q1 2010), while OSX is not distributed to hardware manufacturers for installation in their products.

So what is a sub-notebook / Apple fanboy like myself to do? The answer is of course to invest some time and get OSX running on the netbook. There are quite a number of documented cases of this happening all over the net. The current stage of the process evolution is very similar to the second stage of the first iPhone’s appearance locally, where a number of early adopters have successfully been able to replicate their iPhone hacking success and peddle their services to the less technically inclined. As a side note, you may remember that the first stage of the above is when early adopters bought the iPhone and either used a hardware hack or some command line tools to unlock and jailbreak.

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Tropical Storm Ondoy Relief Info September 28, 2009

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The relief activities continue for the victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy (International Name: Ketsana). This is the worst weather disturbance to hit the Philippines in 40 years and is even stronger than Katrina.

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Two Great (and FREE) Web Collaboration Tools September 28, 2009

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I was doing my mandatory surfing of the ‘net the other day to check on whats new and hot on the Web (another reason why I love my job!) and found a few great finds in the area of Web Collaboration.

The web collaboration market is dominated (at least in mindshare) by one brand — Webex. The Cisco owned brand is probably the most popularly known web collaboration brand today that the word “Webex” has now become a verb (other than Google I havent heard of any other).

However, there are a bunch of other great tools out there that offer a good web collaboration experience and, most importantly, are absolutely free!

Click on the jump to check out my two favorites.

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The Nokia Booklet 3G Unveiled August 25, 2009

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The Nokia Booklet 3G has just been unveiled! It is basically a netbook with full connectivity for WIFI, HSPA, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and HDMI. The Booklet will run on an Intel Atom chip and is rated to have a 12 hour battery life. Detailed specs and pricing are to be announced at a Nokia event in the next couple of weeks. However, sources on the internet point to typical netbook specs such as a 10.1 inch glass HD screen, SD card support, webcam, and other essential netbook features, encapsulated in a 2 cm thin aluminum shell weighing in at about 2.2 pounds. It will be running Windows 7.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 (Gemini) Review August 14, 2009

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The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is finally progressively launching across a number of operators around the world. The 8520 was previously codenamed Gemini with rumors about it circulating since third quarter of last year. The device is expected to be a major game changer for RIM as it brings to market its first real low cost BlackBerry device for both consumers and business.

I have had a chance to use the Gemini for a while and in general, its a great entry level device.

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UPDATE: BB Messenger 5.0 Leaked Version Upgrade Experience August 6, 2009

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UPDATE 2 (8/7/09): Seems like a trick to get BBM 5.0 installed on a Javelin has been found! The trick is, instead of clicking Reboot after the installation, do a battery pull. Contacts should be saved then.

UPDATE 1 (8/6/09): We upgraded three devices to the BB Messenger 5.0 leaked beta software over the past few days. It seems that the software is getting a bit more difficult to find on the internet.

The main article on BBm 5.0 can be found on http://www.chrischengonline.com

Below is our experience:

  1. Bold 9000 – The device upgrade went on without a problem. One of the OTA links was used and the upgrade went very smoothly.
  2. Javelin 8900 (1)  – The OTA upgrade was used for this device as well. While the update installed successfully, all contacts on this device were deleted.
  3. Javelin 8900 (2) – The OTA upgrade was done here, but upon restart, the app was nowhere to be found. The old BBM icon also disappeared. However, checking the Applications list showed that the new version was actually installed. After trying out a few things, which included another OTA install, a desktop install, and a few restarts, the icon finally appeared. However, all contacts were erased as well.
  4. Curve 83XX – The installation did not work at all.

Again, this is beta software. It is not guaranteed to work and there is no support for this. Make sure you do a backup of your BlackBerry using Desktop Manager before you try this upgrade.