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Thursday, September 24, 2009

iPhone App Review: BlogPress Lite

BlogPress Lite is now available on the Apple AppStore. In fact I'm blogging using this particular app right now.

I was actually tempted to buy the full edition but after reading that they were going to bring out a free full version of it for blogger.com (Google's blogging site), you just have to have a little patience in the folks at the AppStore to sign off on it and make it available.

What do I have to say about this app? Well if you own an iPhone, blog regularly and you're using blogger.com for your blogging then get this app. It's easy to use and best of all it's free!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Astro Boy 3 minutes Clip - "Escape from Metro City"

Check it out below. A 3 minutes Clip named "Escape from Metro City" for the upcoming Astro Boy movie.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Microsoft's Secret Tablet/Booklet "Courier"

News just broke out on the www a few hours ago about Microsoft's latest gadget codenamed "Courier"! After checking out the video I have to say this has got to be one of the hottest gadget to get! I would definately love one but not too sure how my other half would think of it. LOL. I have attached a youtube vid of the video below.


Anyway as you can see it is a dual screen tablet (booklet), about 7-inch in size per page. The screens are multitouch screens, and they are designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus or your fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

For more details I suggest you check out Gizmodo's website as they seem to have exclusive story on this.

If I was Apple right now, I would be kicking myself for not leaking something substantial about the Apple tablet.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Akon's Tribute to the Legend! Michael Jackson

Here it is folks. Akon's Tribute to Michael Jackson.

You can view the original view here or below.


Lyrics:
You will, be missed, by all your fans
I clenched, my fists, but this' so hard to withstand
If I had the power to change one thing, I'd bring you back today
But life's not promised and that won't change, im'a meet you there some day

In this lifetime I wonna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wonna thank you, you motivated the whole world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
There's so much joy in our heart

Oh I wish, the world could see you the way I did
And I wish, they witnessed how a wonderful dad you were to all your kids
And I noticed it didn't stop there, saving children was one of your goals
Just donating all of your millions, so they could one day rule the world

In this lifetime I wonna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wonna thank you, you motivated the world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
There's so much joy in our heart

One word for the media, please help the people see the love
Stop this garbage you're feeding us, show him for what he really was
Remember there was more to come, remember he's the chosen one
Remember he's the wisest one, remember him for what he's done
Remember him for what he's done, remember him for what he's done

In this lifetime I wonna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wonna thank you, you motivated the world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
There's so much joy in our heart

Rest in peace and harmony, Michael. I love you, man.

Another reason why I love HobbyLink Japan

Earlier on the month I'd blogged about the upcoming Bandai Hobby PG (Perfect Grade) 00 Raiser kit due out this November. Only two more months to go! WOOT!

Anyway while reading through one of my usual websites it mentioned that the special clear armour set that is available to PG 00 Gundam, can only be obtained by purchasing them using a ticket included with the special prize set for the initial batch of release. I don't read Japanese so for me a) this is news and b) how the heck am I going to be able to get the special clear armour set? I don't have a Japan address and it's only available to Japan residents.

I then jumped back to HobbyLink Japan website (where I originally preordered this) to see if there are any updates and it now says that:-

"HLJ will be offering a very special proxy order and delivery service for the special clear parts set, for HLJ customers only! A special HLJ application form will be included with each Perfect Grade 00 Raiser kit, along with Bandai's special Purchase Ticket. Just follow the directions on the form, fill it out, and send it in to HLJ along with the Bandai Purchase Ticket in the supplied pre-addressed envelope. HLJ will then order the clear parts set for you and send it right to your door after we receive your payment for it! Details on pricing will be posted here once we know them."

Reading this has made my day and that's why I love HobbyLink Japan! You guys rock!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Gadgets...

Gadgets… Who doesn’t love them? There seems to be quite a few that are very passionate when it comes to their gadgets. I’m talking about all the geeks out there. There’s the Xbox fanboys vs. the Sony PS3 fanboys, the Microsoft fanboys vs. the Apple Mac fanboys and the latest ones everybody else vs. the Apple iPhone fanboys. The list just goes on…

Don’t get me wrong here. I LOVE gadgets! Always have been and always will. But there comes upon a time when you just don’t get as involved as when you’re younger. Back then it’s like WOW I’ve got the latest gadget on hand and then you show it off blah blah… You know... the cool kid on the block. All that passes by when if you do grow up.

You see, having the latest tech doesn’t mean you’re the man. Just that ok you’re an early adopter aka beta tester. There are some that get over passionate about technology that they don’t see the type of person they’ve become. There are some that still like to show off. Oooo... I have this new phone and it does this and that and oh… it’s soooo much better than the iPhone!

Once you hear that you say to yourself ok. That is alright. Because in a few months time another phone will be out and of course it will be better than yours. Blah blah... But to tell you the truth I’d actually purchased that other phone for personal use. I then upgraded the firmware as it promised a speed increase from the stock firmware. The other person said it was so much faster than the latest iPhone 3GS with the new firmware and it can do this and that that the iPhone can’t. Blah blah blah... Tried it out for myself and have to say that that fact was not true. It was actually slower than the iPhone 3GS and at the end of the day it’s the experience you get from the iPhone that beats all other competitors hands down.

So why get overly passionate about tech? Are you trying to defend your latest purchase? Oh please... Augmented Reality is also available on the 3GS and not just on the HTC Hero. Pays to do some research before slagging off other tech. End.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

iPhone App Review: GeoDefense Swarm

Just recently bought this game and have say since the 3.1 firmware upgrade (which wiped all of the data off my iPhone 3G) this is probably my favourite game to play at the moment. Bought Puzzle Bobble as well but that was pretty easy and lasted 3 days at most. Just repeatative that's all. But yeah GeoDefense Swarm is a pretty cool game.

Challenges you not just on the action level but also challenges you on the strategic level. You see you don't simply place your armaments around the board randomly. Though that may actually help you win the level but you have to strategically place or route your armaments so that the creeps (as they call it in the game) don't get from one end to the other.

Anyway am upto level 3 now and this is probably my N'th time trying to complete the level. Check it out on the AppStore. Worth the purchase for a fun and challenging game. Hopefully a long lasting one as well.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Animated Google Street View

Check out the animated Google Street View video below...

Next generation Apple's announced! And it's a new Nano!

The next generation Apple iPod Nano has been announced and this time round it packs a larger colour display, a video camera, a speaker and microphone, a FM radio, and a pedometer. All that with no changes to its current size or packaging of the current iPod Nano. WOW! They did this to make an attempt to capture the video market (that the Flip Video has been having) that's been on the up and up in the last few years.

The new iPod Nano will be available in the same nine colours and said to be on sale as of today. Retail prices for the new device will be £115 for the 8GB model and £135 for the 16GB model. The 8GB model holds up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, 8 hours of video and 7 hours of captured video where the 16GB model doubles the figures.

Head over to your nearest Apple store to check it out or online store. Detailed technical specifications can be found here.

Other items announced at the Apple Keynote includes:

  • Firmware 3.1 for the iPod Touch and iPhone with new features, including Genius for apps – Genius will suggest apps based on the apps you own

  • 30,000 ringtones from major labels will be available for the iPhone, priced at $1.29 (UK price – probably 99p, we’d guess)

  • iTunes 9, which should be available this evening and includes:

    • Genius mixes

    • Improved syncing

    • The ability to share songs between authorised computers

    • app management (drag, drop and delete apps, move between pages)

    • iTunes LP (known previous as Cocktail) – interactive photos, videos, memorabilia, chronology, liner notes and all that old stuff that the elderly will remember getting with LPs when music was still music and had a tune you could hum

  • A new 64GB iPod Touch for £299 as well as a 32GB for £229 and a new entry level price for the 8GB Touch at £149

  • The iPod Classic gets a 160GB version for £189

  • The iPod Shuffle is available in new colours at a new prices. £45 for 2GB, £59 for 4GB and a polished stainless steel 4GB special edition for £75

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Bandai Hobby PG (Perfect Grade) 00 Raiser

If you don’t watch Japanese anime or are not aware of a anime series called Mobile Suit Gundam 00 then please disregard this post. For those that do is very likely anticipating for any news of when the movie will be released. Unfortunately it is still sometime in 2010. Not too far off till 2010 I guess.

In the last few months there has been some news with regards to which Gundam Bandai is going to choose next for the Perfect Grade line and in the past few weeks Bandai confirmed it to be the 00 Raiser (Gundam 00 + XN Raiser) from Season 2 of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 by showcasing the prototype at various conventions (Chara Hobby 2009 & Gundam Big Expo 2009). There's a PDF also available now on their website. The PG 00 Raiser will come in late November this year retailing at ¥26250 (JPY) and oh boy I cannot wait to get this bad boy! Glad I preordered in advance!

Here are some pictures from amiami website as well as a video from Bandai-Hobby showing the neat feature of the GN Drive.









Pictures from amiami


Video from Bandai-Hobby


Edit: Head over to HobbyLink Japan to preorder this for ¥23,750 (JPY) if you preorder it by 18th September.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Disney snaps up Marvel for USD$4,000,000,000

How many zeros? Billion! That's right folks! Disney acquired Marvel Comics for USD$4 billion dollars. This transaction gives Disney creative control over many iconic Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four, which will combine with "Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories" according to Disney CEO Robert Iger.

With this acquisition Disney now have a better position in the videogame industry, levelling the playing field with rival Warner Bros, who recently purchased Midway. Marvel video games have always been relatively successful, including one of the most recent entries Spider Man: Web of Shadows. Due to several existing licensing agreements between Marvel and many different video game developers, Disney won’t be taking over game development just yet. Instead they’re going to sit back and watch the licensing deals expire, giving them "the luxury of considering what’s best for the company and the products."

Both companies have approved the deal, though it still has to clear the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and various regulatory committees before it can be finalised. Once finalised, Marvel's Perlmutter will continue to oversee Marvel's properties, working with Disney to help integrate the two properties across multiple lines of business.

Playstation 3 v3.0 Firmware is available now!

With the release of the PS3 Slim a few days ago, the new 3.0 firmware is now made available for the PS3 Phat (original PS3) consoles. List of changes below:-

  • Multi-Audio - Audio can now be output to multiple connectors simultaneously. You can set this option under [Settings] > [Sound Settings] > [Audio Multi Output].
  • Video Content Playback - During Video content playback, you can now use the right stick to play content in slow playback, fast reverse, and fast forward.
  • Settings Descriptions - Now below each setting option under the Settings tab on the XMB, there is now a brief description in small font.
  • New Start Up Logo - Upon starting up your PS3, you will be greeted with the new ‘PS3′ Logo.
  • Copy/Paste Function - There is now a copy/paste function for the web browser, and messages.
  • Internet Connection Speed Test - Check your internet connection upload/download speed. Go to [Network Settings] > [Internet Connection Test]
  • Internet Browser Screen Capture Feature - Press Triangle on Internet Browser, then under File > Save Screenshot.
  • Custom Remote Play Settings - Manually set a device (such as a PSP system) to be used for remote play.
  • New Avatar Support - Support for future additions of PSN avatars has been added. No new avatars have been added along with the firmware. However the support is there.
  • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
  • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
  • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
  • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
  • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
  • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.

Personally I like it. Even BBC iPlayer is now made available natively. What it is actually though is just an icon that links to the BBC iPlayer webpage. When loaded it displays it in a special interface for the PS3 so not so much different than before. But would be nice if you could add other streaming sites onto this new area.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Need for Speed SHIFT Opening Video Revealed

Need for Speed SHIFT Opening Video has just been revealed and I have to say the video does look impressive. No gameplay video or demo has been made available yet but really... If I wanted to play a racing simulator that has damage controls I would rather play something like Race Driver GRID which has been out for a while now on the PS3 or just wait for the upcoming Gran Turismo 5! Come on EA! Make something good out of the Need for Speed name. Bring back HOT PURSUIT! The proper hot pursuit style name. OMG Do I miss those games... ProStreet was a total waste of time and Undercover? OMG... You must have gone to the pits for that.

For others who wish to check out the new opening video to the new Need for Speed title here it is.