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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Time for Google Buzz to buzz-off

Well not too long ago Google released a new social networking app called Google Buzz. Having tried it for just a week or so and noticed it flaws (especially the privacy aspect) I've been looking for a way to remove the whole thing all together.

Previously Google did a quick patch by giving you the option not to let others see your contacts list which is ok but I think its already done its damage and really they should have done more testing before releasing this. Now apparently they have a lawsuit on their hands on this matter so will see how it goes.

If you want to get rid of Buzz all together, Google have now enable the option to delete the whole Google Buzz profile itself and remove it from your Gmail account. Want to know how?

1. Within Gmail, goto your Account settings.
2. Click on the Buzz tab (the most right option of the settings tab).
3. Click on Disable Buzz and then you will be prompted to confirm this change.


That's it!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PS3 Hacked!

In the old days for every PlayStation that was ever released, a modchip was never too far behind to circumvent the copy protections of the machines. The latest games were readily available within the week of launch to buy at a small fraction of what the originals cost and I’m sure Sony and the game developers were losing big due to these modchips.

When the PS3 came out, it was a hit and nearly everybody wanted to buy one. The problem with that was if you did, you’ve to start purchasing retail games to play them or wait… Now it’s now been almost 4 years since the release of the PS3 and not a single modchip has been released for it. Sure there have been attempts in hacking the PS3’s firmware to play pirated games but most of the security holes have since been plugged by Sony and there is no way of playing these games no more.

Well it looks like there may be something coming because the PS3 is now hacked by none other than Geohot and yes while this is pretty old news now it probably wouldn't take too long for someone releases some kind of a loader to play pirated games.

The question is if someone does release such a loader or device, would you use it?
To be honest even if it is ever going to be released, it certainly wouldn’t stop me buying the games that I want to play. It has taken almost 4 years for someone to sit down and crack the console and within those 4 years I’m sure that you’ve made some investments, purchases in games for it. By doing so you’ve been helping the game companies to stay afloat and really helping them to produce quality titles for the PS3. Well you hope so anyway eh Electronic Arts (Need for Speed Undercover was rubbish!).

So I’m sure if you want the existing gaming companies to be there in the future you will continue to show your support.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year


Wishing everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the year of the Tiger!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Toy Story 3 Trailer


The creators of the beloved "Toy Story" films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo") directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of "Little Miss Sunshine", brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. Toy Story 3 will be presented in Disney Digital 3DTM in select theaters.

iTunes Store Nearing 10 Billion Song Downloads, Apple Giving Away $10K Gift Card

iTunes is nearing 10 billion song downloads, and with that Apple is celebrating by giving you a chance to win a USD$10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Wow a) what a milestone and b) what a great way to celebrate the milestone.

Competition rules:
- No purchase necessary to win. Click here to submit a free entry form.
- The 10 Billion Songs Countdown Promotion (the "Promotion") is open only to entrants who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry, and a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, if available. See the iTunes Store front page in your country for details.
- Limit 25 entries per person per day. No purchase necessary. Must be 13+ and reside in the participating country. This contest ends after download of the 10 billionth song. To enter and play or read official rules, visit www.apple.com/itunes/10-billion-song-countdown/rules.html.

For a full list of rules check here.

And finally click here to get to the entry form.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Buzz

Have not heard much of this till this morning and seems like Google themselves have jumped onto the socialising network and rolled out Google Buzz onto their existing systems.

Their caption; "Go beyond status messages. Share updates, photos, videos, and more. Start conversations about the things you find interesting."

Here are their points:
- Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail.
- Publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends.
- Comments get sent right to your inbox so it's easy to keep the conversation going.
- See thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites.
- Import your stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader.
- New posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required.
- Buzz recommends interesting posts and weeds out ones you're likely to skip.
- See buzz around you and tag posts with your location from your phone.

Anyway check out their video below.


Sounds all good but like Google Wave, it's probably another thing that I never or hardly use.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Coolest Iron Man decal for the Macbooks

This have got to be the best decal that I've seen for the Macbooks. I mean check this out... drool!!!

I want a Mac now... If you're interested you can purchase these from Etsy.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

fring offers VoIP calls over 3G

Rejoice!!! iPhone fring users are now able to make VoIP calls over the 3G network without any restrictions. What that means is that you can make a telephone call over the internet using either a wireless broadband connection or your existing 3G connection. Woohoo!
On fring's own blog they stated that you don’t need to do anything to get this update. Just open fring on your iPhone and you're good to go! Though if you have problems or are getting the message that "voip calls are not allowed..." – Just click on "More" –> "Go offline" and open fring again.


Skype have stated that their iPhone application doesn't support making calls over 3G yet and it won't for a little while, because while the Skype team plans to start work on a 3G enabled version, the goal is to improve the audio quality first.

The Nipple Gamepad T-Shirt

What more can I say?

Infrared Cameras Can Spot the Tastiest Beef

Good meat is about more than proper marbling. Apparently quality of fat has a lot to do with its flavor, which is why researchers are re-purposing cameras to tell the best cuts from the just OK.

Two teams of Japanese researchers have been using infrared cameras to detect Oleic acid (which signals the presence of tasty, tender omega-9 fatty acids) in Hida-gyu beef. In a recent trial, 14 out of 24 experienced beef experts confirmed that beef determined to be of higher quality through infrared photography testing really was.

Note: Original from Gizmodo

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

One day, a small rabbit went to a grocery store...

One day, a small rabbit went to a grocery store.

Bunny: "Boss, do you sell carrots?"
Boss: "No!"
The next day, this little rabbit went to the grocery store again.
Bunny: "Boss, do you sell carrots?"
Boss (angrily): "NO! how many do you want me to say?"
On the third day, the small rabbit came to the grocery store again.
Bunny: "Boss, do you sell carrots?"
Boss (shouting angrily): "NO!!! if you ask again, I'll cut off your ears with the scissors!"
On the fourth day, the small rabbit went to the store again.
Bunny: "Boss, do you sell scissors?"
Boss (moderate tone): "no."
Bunny: "Boss, do you sell carrots?"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Weekend in Copenhagen

Earlier in the year we were delighted when asked to join a few friends to go to Copenhagen for a weekend with them. Copenhagen has always been one of the few countries that are on my list of cities to check out. So when we got there we took the opportunity to get some of their local Carlsberg beer (which is produced in Copenhagen, Denmark) at the airport and set out to find our accommodation. For the trip we ended up staying at CPH Apartments which is convenient and it’s located within the city area.

You always hear stories how visiting Denmark can be an expensive experience. So the accommodation was rather cheapish for 3D2N stay between 4 people. We checked into the apartment quite late in the evening so after a couple of beers we set out to have a look-see and a place for a quick bite.

Next day we set out to check out the sights of Copenhagen. Even though it was rather cold (-15 °Celsius and snowing!) we walked everywhere to find out sights. We started off with the Tivoli Gardens, which is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark but found out that it was closed and won’t open next till mid April. So anyway we visited a few more landmarks such as the Town Hall before we decided to go for lunch.


Tivoli Gardens


Town Hall

Now this is the funny part. We thought that Copenhagen being an expensive city we would have a cheap lunch and then go to a nice place for dinner later in the evening. So we decided to pop into their local KFC for lunch. Yep Kentucky Friend Chicken in Copenhagen. When we walked in and saw the menu we were shocked to see how expensive it was. I mean a 10 piece bucket in London is £9.99 and you get 4 side fries with that. But in Copenhagen it was roughly £40 for an 8 piece box. Once we saw that we decided to go elsewhere.

We ended up having lunch at Strøget which is where the world's longest Pedestrian Street is located. After lunch we set out to our primary sight to check out the famous Little Mermaid. Along the way we visited Nyhavn, which is a colourful 17th century waterfront, canal and popular entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also we walked along the outer edge to the Kvæsthusgade and Larsen Plads to see the Amaliehaven, which is the garden between the Amalienborg Palace and the port of Copenhagen. From there you can see the Royal Danish Theatre, the military port as well as the ferries that are cutting through the icy river to get patrons to/from the Royal Danish Theatre and Nyhavn.

From there we walked up to the Kastellet where the Little Mermaid is located. Once we got our pictures taken we walked back to Strøget but decided to go from the city side so we can check out a few more sights. We ended up at the National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst), which is located at the Østre Anlæg to have a rest and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Because of the weather the rivers, lakes etc was completely frozen. There were a lot of locals out and about playing ice hockey on the frozen lake and sledging down the paths etc. It was sooo cool!


The Little Mermaid

Anyway later in the evening we headed off to have dinner at Karriere Bar which is located in the meatpackers’ district not far from where we were staying. So after checking out a few of little cocktail pubs around this area we headed home in a very drunk state.

Next day which is our last day we headed out to the Carlsberg brewery to find it closed because in Copenhagen on Sundays everything is closed.


Carlsberg Brewery

The only businesses that are allowed to open are cafés, restaurants etc. Even the supermarkets are closed and from what we learned was that supermarkets are allowed to open for approximately 14 Sundays a year. So yeah that’s a pretty weird rule but anyway. We headed off to where the Royal Danish Theatre was to check out the opera theatre closer, and also Christiana which is where all the druggies hang out.

Once you enter this area the locals will tell you to turn off your cameras because of all the illegal activity that goes in this area. They have essentially security guards all around Christiana patrolling the area to warn of authorities that may visit the area. After that we decided to grab a quick bite before we travel back to the airport to return to London. Due to the weather in both London and Copenhagen our flight was delayed and thought that we may be stranded in Copenhagen. With time to kill we decided to savour more of their local beers and luckily the weather cleared up and we were on our way.

To check out the pictures taken during our trip to Copenhagen check out the Copenhagen link in the snapshots section.