Category Archives: Technology

Chinese Space Walk Mission

Few hours ago, China has successfully launched it’s rocket – the Shenzhou 7 up into space for the coming 3-days project. This will be the first time to have Chinese space walking. Although it is not something new to the world (where the US and Russia was its predecessor), but it is an anticipated “goal” for China.

This is a historical moment in Chinese history. Millions will be watching the mission as it broadcast. Does this reminds you of something? Doesn’t this feels like how it was 30 years ago for American?

Well, if you never had the chance of witnessing it 30 years ago (like me), you have another chance!

Apple iPod Event 2008 – Summary

Although week behind, let’s take a look at what the event talked about:

iTunes 8

Apple’s music player – iTunes was introduced first during last Monday’s event. The newest version, iTunes 8 is free to be download anytime now. There are a few new features on the player, but the most important of them all was the Genius function.

Genius, is a function in iTunes that automatically creates a playlist for you.

iTunes creates a playlist of other songs from your library that go great together. Genius playlists help you discover songs in your library you never knew you had — and rediscover forgotten favorites. — Excerpt from Apple

Other changes included coverflow, new ways of organizing, view, and searching (just like iLife).

iPod Classic

The only changes to the iPod Classic was – dropping the thicker version and adding more memories to the slimmer one. Since “almost” everybody, as Steve Jobs mentioned, bought the slim version, Apple has decided to stop producing the thicker one. As for the size, the slim iPod Classic will changed from 80GB to 120GB (same price as the old).

New iPod nano

I knew I was right! They have re-design the iPod nano and now introducing the newest iPod nano chromatic. Yes, they are in colors again with more choices this time. The screen is still the same, they added the accelerometer (found in iPhones and iPod touch), they improved the interface, and added a voice recording features.

With the new accelerometer added onto the new nano, you can now shake the iPod the change songs. This feature was first introduced to the iPhone. They also implemented the Genius function, without having connected to iTunes. They are available now in stores near you for:

8 GB for $149*
16 GB for $199*

*In American Dollars

The Funnest iPod Ever – iPod touch

Here’s are the changes to the newest 2nd generation iPod touch:

  • More thinner than the first generation.
  • New designs – like a side volume control.
  • New full chrome on the back of the iPod.
  • Genius added on.
  • The ability to play more advanced games. Games like Spore, Need for Speed Undercover, etc.
  • Nike + iPod support built in – only useful when you buy the Nike shoes that is compatible with it.
  • Maps location-based service – with the Map apps, it detects the closest Wifi location and show where you are.

iPod touch is now available for:

8 GB for $229*
16 GB for $299*
32 GB for $399*

*In American Dollars

Others:

  • Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

Sources:
Ubergizmo
Apple

The not-so Anticipated Apple Event?

A week ago, it was confirmed that the next Apple Event, which occurs every year, is to held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on tomorrow – September 9 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) when Apple sent invitations along with the tag line: “Let’s Rock”.

It was, however, reported that it would have nothing to do with the Macs, only iPods. This might not be new to people since they does this every year. There has been rumors going around on the Internet for awhile about new iPods, possible new designs, etc.

Somehow the event does not stir as much excitement that it use to have for me.

Anyways, here is what I guess the event would be about:

  1. Dropping prices for current iPod/iPhones.
    Price dropping of their iPods occurs every year. I am positive there will be some price dropping somewhere in the iPod lines this year as well.
  2. Increasing disk space for current iPods/iPhone.
    Probably a 40GB iPod Touch now? I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of large disk spaces! (Need more space for my iPod Touch!!)
  3. New or redesigned iPods.
    It should be about time to make something new or even redesigning the iPod Nano into an iPod Nano Touch? I would not be surprise to see a smaller size Touch though. A slimmer iPod Touch or iPhone would be sexy too!
  4. New apps introduce for iPod/iPhones.
    Surely this must be some new applications for the iPod Touch and iPhone right?! Then again I don’t think people would be interested in it with jailbreaking and hacks spreading across. They might even implement some new type of security feature against this too!
  5. Changes in the iTunes store.
    Nothing much anticipated here, since I don’t use the iTunes store at all. But most likely, Apple might add more options, completely redo of the cover albums and organization, new movies, new cooperation with another entertainment company, etc.
  6. More of those compatible products?
    Remember the AppleTV and such? I am guessing probably some improvements there with the iPods? Or even a new product that goes with the iPod/iPhone lines.

Whatever they present tomorrow, it will definitely change the iPods and iPhones in someway. Hopefully they can get rid of that volume limit thingy or fix their iTunes player. I been having trouble with the iTunes for awhile now.

Hmm… I am still not excited about the event tomorrow though. Hopefully, it will turn out the other way around and blows my mind off!

Godson-3: Microprocessor Made “by” China

With the technological level on the rise, the slumbering dragon – China, is awakening itself onto the microprocessor industry. Heading into rivalry against Intel and AMD? Recently, the Chinese had announce that they have successfully manufactured their own CPU chips – one named Loongson 3 – direct translation would mean Dragon Chip. (See photo below)


(image taken from: XinHuaNet.com)

During the Hot Chips conference earlier in California, the Chinese have announce that they will be producing Quad-cores later on this year, whereas the 8-cores would scheduled somewhere in 2009. With the technology available, the Chinese hope to use their new CPU chip, implementing them onto computers, bringing the usage of computers to ordinary people throughout the country by 2010.

NOTE: “Godson” is the codename of the chips for internal developers. The word “Dragon”, which Chinese have always identifies themselves as the “sons of Dragon”, was different from the dragon of the West. Dragons were known as mythical beings that brings peace, good luck, and fortunes, while the dragons of the West contradicts it as destruction, fear, and evil. With that in mind, the Chinese changed it to “Godson”.

Sources:

XinHuaNet.com
Sina.com
Technology Review

Kuma Phone: Teddy Bears Invading the Mobile Phone?

It is probably known to many that the Japanese have some unique and somewhat bizzare ideas on gadgets. With the idea of mashing a teddy bear and mobile phone? Wow, they never fail to amaze me!

A sample of the Kuma phone (bear phone in Japanese) was recently demonstrated in Japan by Willcom. As reported, the crowd just simply adores it. The Kuma phone has most of the functions that you would expect to find in a typical mobile phone – such as speed dials (in the paws), vibrations, custom noises for incoming call, and answering/ending call button (at the tail).

The phone was reported to be priced at $500. I am not sure if it would attract me over with the size of it and at the same range of an iPhone, but I am sure it will definitely attract quite an amount of Japanese girls as it is obviously targeting towards female.

[via Engadget]

Google Chrome: Joining the Browser War?

Google, the popular search engine company have finally released their first web browser, Google Chrome yesterday for free downloading. I was only able to get my hands on a computer for its beta trial last night. While spending a few hours using the browser, I came up with the following list:

Pros:

  • Fast, clean, and simple. Instantly, I tested out the loading speed on several websites with IE7, Firefox 3, and Google Chrome. The result shown that Google Chrome was a bit ahead of Firefox, while IE was having trouble loading (which isn’t surprising for me).
  • Lightweight. Since it is still in its beta stage, it is not fair to compare it to the other browsers that are in their full version. Probably the lack of add-on like Firefox has something to do with it? But I do find it consuming less CPU usage. Another neat thing about it is the Task Manager for the tabs. It shows how much memory it is consuming.
  • A new “address bar”. Which is basically a combination between our usual URL bar and the original search bar. You can just treat it like the Google search bar and it does a normal search for you.

Cons:

  • To be honest, I was a bit confused with the buttons and the position of where everything was. I was lost finding the homepage button and the Link bar. I discovered in the setting option and was needed to be unhidden manually.
  • The browser itself collects your surfing trends, history, and other information. I don’t really like the sound of this, sounds like some profiting scheme to me. However, they do offer a function called “incognito” – where it opens up a new tab/window and anything you do there is private and will not be recorded.
  • It lacks many popular web apps supports, such as RSS. Since this IS a beta version of the browser, I won’t comment much on that “yet”.

These are just a few points I have jot down while using Google Chrome during the few hours. It is a decent browser, even in its beta stage, but there’s lot of room for improvements. Unless it have more features like add-ons, I can’t really see it taking over Firefox as my preferred browser.

For more information on Google Chrome or to obtain a copy of it, you can visit the following link:

http://www.google.com/chrome