The Hero Has Come

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The HTC Hero Android phone was officially announced At a press event in London on Wednesday as the latest Google Android device. 

The HTC Hero will be available in Europe starting in July and in Asia later this summer, while a “distinct” North American version will ship later in 2009. However, pricing was not announced at this time.

 

 

According to the CNET, The new Sense UI allows users to customize the device to their needs and give them more access to the information they want at a glance through widgets, customized profiles, and consolidated views of all communication with a contact, whether it be e-mail, text or multimedia message, Facebook status updates, or photos. In addition, HTC said that all of its future devices will use Sense UI.

 

Below is the Hero’s spec I got from Boy Genius Report website:

 

  • Android with HTC Sense
  • 112mm x 56.2mm x 14.35mm, 135g
  • Qualcomm MSM7200A 528MHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band 7.2Mbps HSPA/WCDMA
  • 512 ROM / 288 RAM
  • 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • Gravity sensor
  • Digital compass
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR + A2DP
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD
  • 1350 mAh battery
  • 420 minutes talktime / 750 hours standby (WCDMA)
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    RIM BlackBerry Rules the Market

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    This morning I just had discussed with Tar (a friend of mine in Bangkok) about iPhone versus BlackBerry. Which one is better or is the winner? Tar admitted that he is now rooting for the iPhone resort. So do I declare that I am taking on BlackBerry side… hahaha. We kept debating to each other. I admitted that I did not like any other BB’s models except the Curve. I do like the fact that iPhone offers more applications. But, for personal purpose of use, I still want to pick BlackBerry over the iPhone. I think there are a few things that I cannot live if I have to use an iPhone. But for Curve, it suits me well at this point.

     

    Anyhow, to backup my vision and thoughts, I decide to blog  about how well BlackBerry is doing in the market now. The news has confirmed that Research in Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry is the one to beat.  Yeahh…!

     

     

    International Data Corp’s Mobile Phone Tracker data puts Research In Motion at more than half of the smartphone marketshare for the first quarter of 2009: that 55.3 percent share compared to a 19.5 percent share for Apple’s iPhones. That’s a dramatic surge from two quarters earlier, when BlackBerry devices hung on to 40.4 percent and Apple had 30.1 percent, according to IDC.

     

    A recent survey by Yankee Group revealed that of 41 percent of Americans who planned to buy a smartphone for their next phone, half were planning on a BlackBerry — is versatility. Sure, BlackBerry phones have reliable features and an entire app store, BlackBerry App World. But where iPhones and other flashy smartphones are often tethered to one wireless carrier in the United States — iPhone is exclusively AT&T, for example — all of the major carriers support at least one BlackBerry.

     

    Source: ChannelWeb

    MacBook Pro Price Reduced

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    I just noticed that the price of MacBook Pro has been reduced. The new MacBook Pro comes with more options to choose with lower prices and better battery life. This is awesome!! I always dream to get one of MacBook Pro, but the price is always ridiculously expensive. Now, it looks like more affordable. The 13″ MacBook Pro looks nice!! 7-hours battery life sounds so GREAT!

     

    For college students, Apple offers a free iPod Touch if you get a Mac too. What a deal!

     

    Netbook with AA Batteries

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    I’m so excited to see some company thinks forward and goes with AA batteries as power supply for a Netbook. This is so awesome!!

     

     

    Engadgetreported that this Netbook is even available to purchase from NorhTec ‘s Gecko EduBook for only $199. It runs Windows XP too.

     

    iPhone 3G S

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    The new iPhone came out sooner than I thought. Here it comes – iPhone 3G S (S represents SPEED!). The iPhone 3GS has a new processor built-in. Apple claims that it is up to two times faster than the previous generation: Launching messages is 2.1 faster, load the NY Times in Safari: 2.9 times faster. It also consumes less, which has an impact on the improved battery life. Camera is improved – 3 megapixels sensor, special macro and low light modes, auto focus, auto exposure, and auto white balance, etc. (Check out for more detail from Gizmodo’s feature guide)

     

     

    MSNBC reported about its price that

    AT&T customers who are new to the carrier, or whose two-year contracts expire just in time to get Apple’s new iPhone 3GS, will pay $199 for the 16-gigabyte version and $299 for the 32 GB model with a new contract. But existing AT&T customers who are in mid-contract and want to upgrade may have to pay $200 more. Yuckkkk!!

     

    iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19 with the price of $199/$299 for only new and qualifying AT&T customers with (of course) 2-year contract. However,

    AT&T also lists pricing for customers who do not want to sign a contract with AT&T. It is $699 for the 32 GB iPhone 3GS, $599 for the 16 GB version, $549 for the 16 GB iPhone 3G and $499 for the 8GB iPhone 3G.

    Apple has Monday it has sold more than 40 million iPhones and iPod touches since the devices were first released nearly two years ago.

     

    Source: MSNBC

    Chocolator

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    It’s the combination of chocolate looking and a calculator. I found this post from boingboing.net.

    This solar-powered functioning calculator looks and smells so much like a real chocolate bar, you’ll be tempted to break off one of the keypad squares and pop it in your mouth!

     

    Source: The Lighter Side Co

    Bing

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    I believe that Hotmail is one of the most popular free email account. I’m also a fan of Hotmail. Although I have a Live email account, i tend to check MSN or Hotmail email account more often. One easy way to go to your Inbox is to visit Live.com, but last week Microsoft has launched a new project called Bing. If you visit Live.com, it will redirect you to Bing.com instead. Microsoft has claimed that Bing is their new search engine that is more efficient than the Live search. However, some reviewers doubt that Bing will beat Google (one of the most popular search engine).

    Source: TechTree

     

     

    You will be the judge!!

    iPod with Camera

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    It has been a rumor that the next generation of iPod will come with a digital camera. Cnet reported that there’s a good chance that the next generation of iPods will be outfitted with basic cameras. It could be on either Shuffle or Nano!

     

    Microsoft Windows 7 about to Release

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    After being tested as a Beta version for a while, Microsoft finally sets the date to officially release the new operating system, Windows 7, on May 5. According to eWeek, the releasing version will have several different features from the Beta one. The Windows 7 UI sports many new task-oriented features, such as Aero Peak, Jumplists and the new Taskbar. End users can reorganize open applications and pin them to the Taskbar. Applications cannot pin themselves, which deters the kind of icon clutter common to the desktop. Windows 7 outperforms its predecessor by most every measure. Boot-up and resume times are quite speedy compared with Vista. Application switching is smoother and faster, too. Wireless connections are faster, applications launch quickly and security features protect with much less nagging.

     

    Here is the cath — Windows 7 won’t install over Windows XP. The software must be installed clean, or over Vista, and data and settings migrated from XP.

     

    So.. I’m not sure if we will have to buy a full license. Microsoft hasn’t announced pricing for Windows 7. Businesses opting for the Enterprise edition will need Software Assurance. It’s reasonable to expect Home Premium and Professional editions to be priced comparably to Vista Home Premium or Enterprise.

     

    A few of my friends have been using Windows 7 and they all love it very much. The most important thing that they praised about was the speed – a lot faster than Vista. I do hope it is faster!! Vista is way slower than XP.

     

    Source: eWeek

    LEGO sculpture of the Nintendo DSi

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    Look closer… it’s LEGO! I have the Nintendo DSi exact color as the one in the picture above.

     

    Now, the LEGO is displaying at the Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

     

    This sculpture of the Nintendo DSi was created to coincide with the release of the real Nintendo DSi on April 5, 2009. The sculpture is nearly 7 feet wide and contains 51,324 LEGO pieces. It took over 200 hours to create and weighs over 250 pounds.

     

    You can get your picture taken with the DSi in New York!

     

    Source: SeanKenny.com and NintendoWorld Store