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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HTC Hero Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update 2.1 (FROYO) build 3.32.405.1

We've waited ages for these and finally HTC have finally delivered. HTC Hero users everywhere is now able to get their hands on the Android 2.1 build 3.32.405.1 Firmware!

"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."


This firwware update is about 80Mb in size to download so best to do it over Wi-Fi. Sweet!

Update: You'll need the first update (mentioned in my earlier post) installed first before you can update to firmware 2.1.

Update 2: This is for unbranded HTC Hero's only. Those that are tied to a provider will have to wait for specific provider releases.

Update 3: If you're having trouble updating your apps in the Android Market, just uninstall a few apps and retry again.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Smurfs coming to the Big Screen

Another 80's cartoon is about to hit the big screen and that is the Smurfs!

I'd remember watching the cartoons as a kid and sure brings back memories but not sure how this will do in the movies. Only hope all these reboots are worth it.

Check out the trailer below.

Apple iTunes 9.2 for Windows available for download

Actually iTunes 9.2 for Mac is also available for download now straight off Apple's website. All this for the upcoming iOS4 which is set for release on June 24, 2010. Can't wait!

Update: Woops... I meant iOS4 on 21st. Got confused with iPhone 4 release date which is the 24th June unless you're in USA which I read is delayed...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup – A-Team Theme mashup

Strangers 2 Love Records Presents... THE CRAZY FOOL – 'ENGERLAND / A-TEAM'


Two major events will have every red blooded male and football loving female in the country very excited this summer and both need no introduction... The World Cup with England led by Capello followed by the movie event that has been whispered about for years and is finally arriving in cinemas this July... The A-Team movie.

To celebrate what promises to be 'the best summer ever' The Crazy Fool (on Strangers 2 Love Records) have combined the summer’s two blockbuster events and come up with a mash-up of the A-Team Theme 'Engerland' which uses an England Chant to ring across the terraces in South Africa, willing our boys to the top. The UK's favourite footie commentator John Champion is also on board and features on the track.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HTC Hero Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update 2.73.405.93

Over at HTC United Kingdom website, info just came online that HTC Hero is about to get a firmware upgrade.

"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 2.73.405.93; 2.73.405.94 (Nordic) & 2.73.405.95 (Greece/ Ireland). Update Information: Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update. Note: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."

So if you're wondering why you still haven't been notified about the update on your HTC Hero then you may try changing the date to say 2011 and before you know it, you'll be prompted to perform the update. Simple as that! Hopefully 2.1 shouldn't be too far away.

Update: v2.1 Firmware is out for the Hero! You still need this minor update before you can update to the full 2.1 goodness. :P

Medal of Honor - E3 Multiplayer Trailer

Wow... another game to look forward to! Watch the clip below. Not too sure about the soundtrack though (Linkin Park - New Divide).

Star Wars: The Old Republic | E3 2010: Hope of Alderaan Cinematic Trailer

Another trailer from E3 2010. This time round its Star Wars: The Old Republic - Hope of Alderaan Cinematic Trailer.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is back in Nov 2010!

WOOHOO!!! Electronic Arts finally gets their shift in gear and gone back to its roots! News from the E3 expo has revealed that EA is re-releasing a Need for Speed game, specifically Hot Pursuit towards the end of the year. The new game is developed by Criterion Games; the same crew who did the Burnout series and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will be available on 16 November 2010 in North America, and on 18th and 19 November 2010, in Europe on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Check out the trailer below.



Personally can't wait for this game and I have complete confidence in the Criterion Games' crew to deliver. This should kick the franchise back up to where it belongs.

Friday, June 11, 2010

How to get a job?

Are you looking a job? Here is my quick method of scamming your way to find one... Yep you read it right.

A. Find the job that you would like to get into.
B. Get in contact with the company/agent that is representing the job advert.
C. Produce a CV that makes you looks like you're the right fit for the job.
D. Turn up to the interview dressed smartly and talk about your experiences with various key products that the company may be interested in. Basically give the impression that you are experienced and ready to tackle the job head on.
E. Once you get the job, spend a good couple of weeks going through systems used within the organisation and get familiar with everything.
F. Then make yourself look like you're having difficulty understanding the tasks given and do not produce results. This should make the managers feel that they should give you more supervision to complete the tasks.
G. Give them what they want but take the long way round of doing it and give it in a different format so they get annoyed with it.
H. Otherwise if no actual results needs to be given, just tell them that it is done and there are no issues found. That should keep them happy.
I. If meetings are required to keep them happy then go along with the flow.
J. Repeat steps F - I for a good 5+ months until they notice something is wrong.
K. When asked why you haven't done XYZ; say you don't know how to do it.

In return get fired but you have just pocketed yourself £££ for wasting their time. Well done! You have advanced to the Go Square and have collected £200. Woo hoo!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pacific (HBO) is now available for pre-order

Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, The Pacific is an epic ten-part miniseries from HBO and the team that made Band of Brothers.

The Pacific tracks the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S Marines, Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War 2. The miniseries follows these men and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and the strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is primarily based on two memoirs of US Marines, Eugene Sledge's With The Old Breed: At Peleliu And Okinawa and Robert Leckie's Helmet For My Pillow. The series also draws on Eugene Sledge's China Marine and Chuck Tatum's Red Blood, Black Sand, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

I have add that is a great series to watch and one that I would definately order. It is due out in November 2010 and so far only seen both Amazon and Play have their own exclusives.

Check them out here:
Amazon.co.uk (Blu-ray): Inside The Battle Of Peleliu (Bonus Disc)
Amazon.co.uk (DVD): Inside The Battle Of Peleliu (Bonus Disc)
Play.com (Blu-ray): Exclusive Photo Book
Play.com (DVD): Exclusive Photo Book

It may be early but I don't see any other exclusives outside of the UK. But still you can pre-order the standard version from Amazon.com as well.
Amazon.com (DVD)
Amazon.com (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Video now available

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduce the new iPhone 4. See the video-on-demand event on Apple's website, exclusively in QuickTime and and MPEG-4.

www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/wwdc10/

Update: The Keynote is now available in iTunes by following this link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/apple-keynotes/id275834665)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Galactic Empire State of Mind

Star Wars take on Alicia Keys' Empire State Of Mind

Sing Talk (Tik Tok Parody)

Tho$e who can't $ing, talk.

adidas Originals do Star Wars

adidas Originals invites you to join David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong and some of your dear, old friends for an intergalactic 2010 FIFA World Cup™ viewing party that you'll never forget.

Friday, June 04, 2010

BlinkBox review

Here is my review of BlinkBox, the online service that allows you to stream or download premium movies and TV shows on the web. A few months back just around when Avatar was just released on DVD and Bluray, there was offer of a £10 credit when you sign on to BlinkBox that was floating around. I think they had Avatar for sale around £8+ or something. Even though I've already ordered Avatar on Bluray, I went on to sign up to the offer to see what else they had.

First of all they have certainly a big collection of movies and TV shows available. Some you have to pay to own or rent and also free. The free stuffs are quite dated but nonetheless still worthwhile to catch up on old shows to relive the nostalgia.

I ended up getting Halo Legend and Star Trek X (the latest one) as Star Trek was on offer. Two movies for less than £10 are not bad at all. They give you the option of watching online providing three different settings of quality and also the option to download to your computer. If you choose to download though the file you get is a DRM (Digital Rights Management) file meaning it is protected and you'll need to acquire a license to be able to watch it offline.

Fair enough... A few weeks ago I'd posted about my new computer. Well, when I tried to watch Halo Legend last night, I was prompted with an error where I was unable to acquire a new license to watch on my PC. I was stumped. Surely the license is for the owner and not by individual PC right? I mean if you own the DVD or Bluray, surely you're not just going to play it on the one player right?

So I sent them an email about it prompting the error I was receiving stating I was trying to watch it on my new computer. Next thing you know, I get a reply saying that they've added additional licenses to my purchased movies and should be able to watch again. Will definitely give that a try later today and thanks for doing that.

I know there are ways to remove the DRM and this is not the right place to discuss it but since I purchased that license, I should be able to watch it on any computer I own. Just like if you own the physical media.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Need for Speed: World beta Review

I've recently signed up and have been accepted in to the Need for Speed: World beta program and last night was the first time trying it out. What are my initial impressions? Yeehaw... They finally put Need for Speed back on the map. It feels like you're back into the NFS classic gameplay which I love.

For the last few iterations of the Need for Speed franchise, they have been met with disappointment and utter disgrace of how can a company can mangle such a great franchise. NFS ProStreet was probably the first one that made the change and it was rubbish. Tried it and didn't like it. NFS Undercover in my view was their first attempt to get back into the classic style gameplay but failed miserably. I bought it, played it and finished it within four days. Replayability? None. Hated it. Not even close to the classic styles. NFS Shift was slightly better as for me it felt more like Gran Turismo which was ok really but still doesn't capture the Need for Speed spirit.

Now with Need for Speed: World, it was a whole lot better. It's good to see a game going back to its roots and giving its fans what they wanted all along. I have to say playing this style of game online sure does have its moments and also it is still in beta after all. So apart from gameplay, which is superb btw, what else did I think of the beta?

- Cars was disappearing all over or reappearing and colliding with everyone. Obviously this meant the gameplay wasn't smooth at all and was rather distracting at most times.
- Graphics wise was quite bad. Even on my new system. Obviously this is due an online game but I'm pretty sure that it did download about 1.5GB worth of data for the game. Maybe that was the engine and the bare basics graphics?
- A few of the options weren't there for the controls especially if you want to remap the keyboard buttons to a gamepad for example. You can't do that at the moment.
- Multiplayer funnily enough didn't work for me. When I tried joining a multiplayer race, it booted me back into Windows when everyone was ready to race. Don't know what's going on there but single player races worked fine.

Apart from the above issues I still think this game has potential and would really love it if they upped the graphics and gameplay.

If you wish to sign up to the beta program goto this website (http://world.needforspeed.com/betasignup)

Update: Multiplayer worked for me last night.

Lexus LFA "Pitch"

Sound of Perfection... The new Lexus LFA advertisement.



At USD$375,000 a piece, time to save up... NOT! But damn, that is one super sexy dashboard!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Lego Printer



Man, how geeky is this?! I want one!

Review of NIKEiD

About a month ago I'd decided to buy a new pair of Nike shoes and not just an ordinary pair off the shelf. I jumped online and went through the NIKEiD website to select the pair I had wanted and customised it. The selection process and website is actually quite straight forward and easy to follow. In a mere 20 or so minute I had a shoe with custom selected colours suited to my liking.

Now whenever you're buying clothing or apparel online, you always have to be wary of its sizes especially if it is customised as you only get the one chance to order. Once it is made, that is yours full stop.

So I popped into the Nike Town @ Oxford Street, London to try on for size just to make sure. Just as well I did because when I went there and saw the base model of the shoe that I had designed earlier, I didn't like it at all. Which is weird because design wise it was great when shown in the NIKEiD website. So I went on to try something else and saw the Air Max+ 2009. Tried it on for size and it didn't quite fit my feet. When asked about the shoe, I was told that if you customise it you can make it wider which may be a solution to my problem.

Jumped back onto one of their NIKEiD computers there (there were iMac 21.5-inch models btw) and selected that pair of shoe to customise. Again, it didn't take longer than 20 minutes to customise and then paid for on the spot. You get a confirmation email stating that your design have been submitted on the day of purchase then about two weeks later you get another stating that they are about to start making it. About a week after that you get another stating that they have completed the customised shoes and are on its way to you. You also get a tracking number to follow where the shoe originated from and its progress to you. For me I had selected for them to be picked up at the store so got another email stating that it had arrived and ready for pickup.

Tried them on the spot and fair to say that they are very comfy and with that wide fit, it suited me just right. The overall colours matched what was on the screen so safe to say that what you see on screen will be on your final product. So all in all I give NIKEiD 10 out of 10 for its ease of use, ordering process and quality of final product.

I thoroughly recommend it if you're thinking of customising a pair of Nike shoes for yourself.

Selection Process

Final Shoe

What's with Google "borrowing" my photos for Google Maps?

Right here is an interesting one... About a month ago or so I had uploaded a whole bunch of photos of my trip to Tokyo and Hiroshima to Google Picasa. Picasa not long ago introduced a feature that displays the number of views of your photo online so was a surprise to see the number of views shot up to 400+ in the short duration which for me is rather high. The only places where I promote my photos are on Facebook and my blog at most so was just rather intrigued.

Another thing I had noticed was a red marker just by the views and so when I clicked on it, it loaded up my image in Google Maps in 3D mode among other photos taken around that region by others. The thing is that I never gave Google my permission to share my photos on other applications aside from what Picasa provides so why is my photo on Maps?

Either way I have mixed feelings about this. I am glad that my photos are more visible now that it is on Maps too but at the same time Google should respect the rights of the photos before it is being used. I mean the photos are set to "All rights reserved" when displayed so does that not mean anything to Google?

Dramas of a new computer

When you buy a new computer, usually means also a new OS; that's if there is one available. Having been using Windows XP since the first day it was released almost 10 years ago switching to a different OS can be a whole new experience and it sure has its pros and cons. Windows Vista was released 3 years ago and even though I had purchased a license to install it, I never did because it is utter rubbish! LOL! At that time I was still using the same hardware and found that installing and using Vista was more of a pain than it's worth. With the introduction of UAC and all sorts of popups every click just made the user experience worse. So stuck to XP instead and even though it has its moments it is still quite a reasonable OS especially moving from Windows 3.1. OMG...

Now that Windows 7 is out, it sure is a major upgrade to what Vista was and Microsoft sure have corrected a lot of the user experience issues since Vista. Just have to tidy up the files migration abit to fit the new OS and reinstall the applications used in the last PC which could take some time. Make sure iTunes is working and all files are still there when moved, etc.

The thing is that with new OS comes new support for hardware or the lack of for legacy hardware. One of which is my trusty Logitech QuickCam® Messenger™ (V-UBC40). Logitech no longer supports this webcam and have stopped support since Vista. There were multiple ways to get it working on Vista but only seems to work on 32-bit platforms and since I had installed Windows 7 64-bit edition, there was no luck with the webcam. Though funnily enough, after installing Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, I was able to get the webcam going. Although it is abit of a hassle to have to start up XP mode just to jump into Skype or Messenger for video chats.

Anyway just to let you know that you can do it. Either way I have ordered a Microsoft LifeCam Cinema and hopefully Microsoft should provide a better legacy support for their hardware than Logitech when we get up to Windows 8 or whatever they are calling the next OS.

You can download Windows XP Mode here (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx).

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Audi A9 Hybrid Concept

Introducing the Audi A9 Hybrid Concept. Well the unofficial one anyway. This was designed by Dani Garcia as his/her Automotive Degree project and have to say it looks pretty slick. Can't help by saying that it looks like it's following similar concept designs to the BMW Vision sharing similar styles, colours and designs though. Either way it still looks good. Check out the pics below.

Audi A9 Hybrid Concept

Audi A9 Hybrid Concept

Audi A9 Hybrid Concept

BMW Vision Hybrid Concept