Thursday, February 25, 2010

CompactFlash cards to offer petabytes of storage

The CompactFlash Association has announced the availability of its new CF5.0 specification, offering greater capacities and speeds. Enabling 48-bit support (as against the current 28-bit), the new specification theoretically allows for an increase in the maximum capacity to 144 petabytes (1PB = 1000 terabytes), up from the current limitation of 137GB and also increases data transfer unit size from 128KB to 32MB. Although it is primarily aimed at the camcorder market, we expect to see compatibility added to future HD-enabled DSLRs.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dell Mini 5

The Dell Mini 5 Tablet
An article by PCMag.com

The Mini 5 is even more intriguing. It's a 5-inch, touchscreen Android tablet, with a wide screen, a slim body, and both HSDPA and WiFi connectivity. The Mini 5 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, and a smaller camera on the front. It supports multitouch and works with Android Market applications. While AT&T didn't announce support for the Mini 5, Dell said it would sell it both through carriers and directly at retail stores.

The Mini 5 has a recognizable Android experience, just larger. Dell wouldn't confirm the version of Android on board. I typed on a large, comfortable touch keyboard, and movies played smoothly on the device. Google Maps navigation looked great on the large screen, showing lots of streets at once.
The Mini 5 also works as a phone—it has a microphone in it, but Dell expects most people to use a Bluetooth headset as it's rather awkward to hold up to your head.
While Dell talked a lot about customizing Android for their carrier partners, the Mini 5's version of Android didn't seem highly customized. There were definitely some new touches, such as popping the applications tray down from a menu button on the upper left hand corner of the screen. But the Mini 5 seemed to be running much more straight-up Android than, say, Dell's Chinese Mini 3i phone or the Lenovo Le Phone.
Dell execs couldn't quite articulate why someone would want a 5-inch tablet, except to say that it was a new product category with unforeseen uses. I definitely liked using it, but it's too large to fit in a pocket. It would definitely have to be an additional device, not replacing anything you already use.
Thode said that Mini 5 demand will flourish once wireless carriers stop charging high monthly fees for every device you want to put on its network. "Carrier business models are completely changing; you see this in Europe where you see prepaid data minutes everywhere. I wouldn't assume that you're going to be paying $60 per device very much longer," Thode said.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finally, a Gaming Notebook that's Truly for Gamers

ASUS ROG G73Jh

ASUS Delivers Next-generation Gaming on a Strikingly-designed, Stealth Fighter-inspired Mobile Powerhouse

Taipei, Taiwan, February 11, 2009 – The new ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jh is like no other gaming notebook. Eschewing the flash and gimmicks typical of gaming notebooks, the G73Jh instead boasts an understated, subtly aggressive design inspired by a stealth fighter. At its heart lies the most powerful components available today, including the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor, DirectX 11-capable ATI® Radeon™ HD5870 graphics, and up to 8GB of DDR3 system memory.
Strike in Silence: Designed for Serious Gamers 

The G73Jh sports a striking angular design inspired by the iconic F-117 Nighthawk. Far from being merely cosmetic, every facet of the G73Jh’s design reflects a conscious effort to improve the user experience. For example, the placement of all the heat and noise-generating components at the rear of the notebook and the implementation of a unique twin rear venting system keep the heat and noise as far away from the user as possible. The innovative placement of components also allows the palm rest to be exceptionally thin, just like a desktop keyboard. Furthermore, the keyboard plane is inclined 5 degrees, improving ergonomics and thus ensuring optimal comfort while gaming and typing.
Dominate: Engineered for Extreme Performance
The G73Jh offers an aggressive specification that will exceed the needs of gamers for a long time to come. The top-of-the-line model sports an Intel i7 Intel Core™ i7-820QM processor, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, an ATI® Mobility Radeon® HD 5870 with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM, and 1TB of storage space for incredible gaming and multitasking performance. The G73Jh also features one-click, on-the-fly overclocking capabilities—perfect for gamers looking to push the hardware to the very limit.
Believe: Purpose-built for Unprecedented Immersion
With its DirectX 11-capable graphics and simulated 7.1-channel HD audio with EAX 4.0 compatibility, the G73Jh delivers next-generation gaming on a mobile platform. Gamers will be able to crank up the settings in the latest games and still achieve blistering frame rates, as well as experience ultra-realistic in-game sound effects and perfect positional audio.
Specifications
ASUS ROG G73Jh
Display 17.3” FHD LED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
17.3” HD+ LED-backlit (1600 x 900)
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
CPU Intel® Core™ i7-820QM/i7-720QM Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-620M/540M/520M/430M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-350M/330M Processor
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM55 Chipset
Memory DDR3 1066 MHz up to 8GB (Intel® Core™ i7-720QM / i7-820QM platform)
DDR3 1066 MHz up to 4GB (Intel® Core™ i7-620 / i5 / i3 platform)
Graphics ATI® Mobility Radeon® HD 5870 with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
Storage 2.5” SATA 320/500/640GB (5400 rpm)
2.5” SATA 320/500GB (7200 rpm)
Double HDD Support (Without RAID 0/1)
Optical Drive DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray Combo
Camera Built-in 2 megapixel camera
Dimensions 320mm x 415mm x 56.89~18.9mm
Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR (Coming Soon!) (09-02-2010)

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

A world's first ultra wide-angle 16-35mm FX-format compatible zoom lens with built-in vibration reduction (VR II)

February 9, 2010

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f4G ED VR
Tokyo - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, the world's first* ultra wide-angle 16-35mm FX-format compatible zoom lens with built-in vibration reduction (VR II).
The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is released as a new category of NIKKOR lenses. It is equipped with vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), and supports the maximum aperture of f/4 through the full range of focal lengths. The lens also utilizes exclusive Nikon technologies such as the application of Nano Crystal Coat and construction that includes ED and aspherical lens elements. The extremely effective vibration reduction and coverage for wide angles of view make this lens perfect for sports, press and landscape photography.
Nikon's development of the FX format, currently consisting of D3-series and D700 digital-SLR cameras, has received tremendous support from professional and advanced amateur photographers. We intend to expand and strengthen the NIKKOR lineup with the steady release of new, high-performance lenses compatible with the FX format.
* Among ultra wide-angle zoom lenses offering a minimum focal length of 16mm with a full-sized image sensor (according to Nikon survey as of February 9, 2010).

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Primary Features

  • An ultra wide-angle zoom lens with maximum aperture of f/4 through the full 16mm to 35mm range of focal lengths
  • Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops
  • Nano Crystal Coat significantly reduces ghost and flare
  • An ultra wide-angle zoom lens with an angle of view beginning at 107° and a filter attachment size of 77mm
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Constructed with two  ED and three  aspherical lens elements for superior aberration compensation
  • Offers two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED (Coming Soon!) (09-02-2010)

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

A high-performance, fast, wide-angle fixed focal-length lens compatible with the FX format utilizing Nano Crystal Coat and equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

February 9, 2010

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G EDTokyo - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. This is a high-performance lens compatible with the FX format. With a focal length of 24mm, it offers excellent rendering with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4.
The latest fixed focal-length lens compatible with the FX format, the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED is an wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. It offers superior optical performance through exclusive Nikon technologies such as the application of Nano Crystal Coat and construction that includes ED and aspherical lens elements. When the lens is used with an FX-format digital-SLR camera, images that make the most of the fast aperture with large and pleasing blur characteristics can be captured for photos with dynamic perspective.
Nikon's development of the FX format, currently consisting of D3-series and D700 digital-SLR cameras, has received tremendous support from professional and advanced amateur photographers. We intend to expand and strengthen the NIKKOR lineup with the steady release of new, high-performance lenses compatible with the FX format.

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED Primary Features

  • A fast, wide-angle 24mm fixed focal-length lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4
    This lens is perfect for capturing scenes such as architecture, landscapes and narrow indoor spaces with incredible perspective at the wide-angle focal length of 24mm. As an wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, it offers superior optical performance demonstrated not only with handheld shooting under dim indoor lighting, but with large blur characteristics that make the most of this fast lens in images that exhibit dynamic perspective.
  • Constructed with two ED and two aspherical lens elements
    A new optical design achieves an excellent balance between high resolution and aberration.

  • Nano Crystal Coat significantly reduces ghost and flare
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Offers two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

    This is really something that I've always wanted, it's like a dream come true.  But after searching for the price tag, it suddenly seems so near yet so far.  haha..

Monday, February 1, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Use an eBook Reader

Top 10 Reasons to Use an eBook Reader

TopTenREVIEWS eBook Reader Article



We imagine most people have the same initial reaction to eBook readers that we did. Sure it’s great, but there’s no way it will ever replace real books. Plus, if it’s anything like reading text on a computer, count us out.


But as technology has developed and the popularity of eBook readers, especially the Kindle, we started to wonder why Oprah called it her most favorite gadget. Oprah considers herself to be a professional reader and has the Midas’ touch on the books she picks for her book club. She’s no stranger to reading and if she likes it maybe there’s more to it. So, while there are always pros and cons to everything we do, we came up with the Top 10 reasons we like eBooks. Who knows, maybe this will be enough to convince you to make the switch:
  1. Don’t have to pack 10 or so books for one trip. Probably the most compelling reason, especially with rising costs to bring baggage on planes, it makes it easier to keep bags light.
  2. With dedicated services, you can have thousands of books available virtually at your fingertips. Just the concept is enough to get us excited. Any book we can think of is available and we can get it whenever we feel like it.
  3. Saves money buying new books. Many New York Times Bestsellers are available for $9.99 and some of the old books (like the Nancy Drew Files) are available for less than $1.
  4. Portable. Just like a book, you can take it anywhere. Compared to some of the big reference book I’ve read or even textbooks, these eBook readers are a piece of cake to carry around.
  5. Can last for 2 weeks without being charged. Sure it’s electronic and it has to be charged, but when you wait two weeks to charge it, you can almost forget it’s electronic.
  6. Compact, everything in one place (books, newspapers, blogs). Today’s world is all about consolidating, making every gadget do more. So being able to consolidate and get all your reading material in one place makes it invaluable.
  7. The Kindle is especially flexible switching from read to me to regular reading easily. Sometimes it’s hard to go to work when I’m reading a really good book. The Kindle makes it easy because you can just switch to the Read to Me function and at least listen to it in the car.
  8. Can zoom in on text and different sizes. Sometimes the text on those old paperbacks is just too small to read easily, being able to change the font size at least means you can probably use it longer than some of your old books.
  9. Supports multiple document formats. You can even do homework/work on it. Not that you’d want to, but the option is available.
  10. Ergonomic. Admit it, your wrists hurt when you hold the book open for hours on end. This stays open by itself while you nurse your wrists back to health.
     

Lai Wah Restaurant 丽华酒家

Located at Blk 44, Bendemeer Road, #01-1436

 Stepping into this restaurant will bring you back into the 1960s immediately.  The decorations and ambience of the place seems to be left untouched since its opening, and even the waiters and waitresses seem to have worked there since the opening.  The table and chairs even looked like the were used since 1964. That is how old this cantonese restaurant is.

All the food tasted great! The restaurant is a must-try and a great family eat-out place especially with your grandparents or parents- those from the 65-ers.  Had not been there for quite sometime, and I sure missed it.  Used to go there quite often when I was young, and my mom and aunties loved to eat there.  I still remember that there used to be lots of wedding dinners, birthday, and full month celebrations there. 

Opening hours

Mon–Fri
11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun
11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm