A mainland Chinese manufacture of RFID products, Daily RFID Co. Ltd., released an ultra small RFID reader. Its form factor is perfect for the ad hoc RFID scanning purpose. It has a range of 30mm to 70mm and it compatible with13.56MHz frequency chips.

Wouldn't it be great for a teacher to plug into his notebook this RFID reader, and the students in the classroom will automatically register in his attendance application.

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Great news for Hong Kong professional and non-professional content contributors. The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) will host the Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK).

Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), brings the Creative Commons licences to Hong Kong by porting them into compliance with Hong Kong’s Copyright Ordinance. These licences represent a new legal alternative for the Hong Kong people, alongside other existing copyright options.

Hopefully this will encourage a wave of sharing for professional content creators. While at the same time non-professionals like amateur photographers, bloggers will be protected accordingly.

Although, it took a while this is a move in the right direction and thank you for the hard work of the CCHK legal team

This morning at 10:00 (PDT) in Cupertino, CA, USA, Apple held an event to announce the new MacBook Pro, MacBook and speed bumped the MacBook Air. The entire line of MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are now using the same construction method, where the case is created from a single block of Aluminum. Making the case much more rigid.

Apple has also removed the button from the TrackPad, and introduced a new multi-touch TrackPad with a 4th gesture; 4-fingers gesture.

Both the MacBook and the MacBook Pro now have Mini DisplayPort, which means that many of the existing display will require an adapter. I hope Apple includes at least one Mini DisplayPort --> VGA adapter in the box.

The MacBook Pro now has two GPUs (NIVIDA's GeForce 9400M and a GeForce 9600M GT), where as the MacBook only has one (NIVIDA's GeForce 9400M). This new NIVIDA chips are efficient and lower power consumption. On the MacBook Pros you have the option to turn off one of the GPUs when you do not require the extra video processing to save on battery life.

MacBook MacBook Air MacBook Pro
2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR3 Memory 160GB 5400rpm Hard Drive Super Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M video card 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR3 Memory 250GB 5400rpm Hard Drive Super Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M video 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR3 Memory 120GB 4200rpm Hard Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M video card 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR3 Memory 128GB SSD Hard Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M video card 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR3 Memory Super Drive 250GB 5400rpm Hard Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB video card 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB DDR3 Memory 320GB 5400rpm Hard Drive Super Drive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB video card
HKD10,200.00 HKD12,500.00 HKD13,900.00 HKD19,200.00 HKD15,400.00 HKD19,200.00

You can use Apple's MacBook comparison page to decide which of the notebooks are best suit your needs.

[Updated: Oct. 15, 2008] Updated the prices to HKD, plus added the price of the only previous generation MacBook still for sale.

MacBook Early 2008 image Apple has lowered the price of the MacBook Early 2008 (MacBook4,1) to HKD7800.00 Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB DDR2 Memory 120GB 5400rpm Hard Drive Intel GMA X3100 video card

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It is confirmed that there will indeed be an Apple event at Apple's Cupertino HQ, 1 Infinite Loop, titled "The Spotlight Turns to Notebooks". I hope they will announce and make available a new MacBook that meets my needs. Most of all will be available this year.

I love to buy a MacBook that is:

  • Has a Core 2 Duo or faster processor
  • Has a maximum RAM capacity of greater than 4GB
  • Built-in Ethernet port
  • ExpressCard 34 or 54 slot
  • Removable battery
  • Has a real-life battery capacity of more than 4 hours.

The rest are not that important. The screen size can be anywhere between 13" - 15".

What is the ideal MacBook you hope Apple announce next week? Please do share here in the comments.

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Apple HK made the iPhone 3G available to everyone with a HK shipping address via Apple Hong Kong's online store. This made Hong Kong the hub (and "source") of iPhone 3G that are free from the shackle of the money hungry, backward thinking mobile carriers. As of the writing of this post Apple Hong Kong's online store shows a 24 hours delivery time and free shipping. I am certain when news spread of this availability, the inventory will go quickly.

I was always against the idea of having to commit to Three HK for a 2-year contract just to gain the privilege of purchasing an Apple iPhone 3G. Now I have less of a barrier to bring this great device to the mobile carrier of my choice ("Smartone-Vodafone").

Ah... my first generation iPhone worth even less now. Them are the breaks, especially with technology devices.

Is this move by Apple a sign of things to come for other (47) iPhone selling countries? Is this Apple's way of changing their strategy to put as many iPhones in the hands of consumers as possible? This has always been one of the pain points of critics.

In hindsight, did Apple make the right move, by first capitalizing on the revenue gain from the few carriers reselling iPhones, Apple not only stir up the excitements for the device, but was also able to string the carriers along with the privilege of exclusivity.

Steve Jobs always says that Apple is a software company focus on delivering the best, complete user-experience to the end-users. Assuming this action in Hong Kong is indeed a change in Apple's iPhone strategy, this means they are indeed focusing more on what one can do with the iPhone rather than simply selling iPhones. You can say it is a means to an end.

As a result more focuses will be placed on the AppStore in iTunes Store, and the debacle approval process that Apple had employed thus far for 3rd party applications. If Apple really going to focus on what one can do with the iPhone; aka software, then Apple will need to improve the development process, making it much more seamless and less of a walled garden.

May be Apple should consider the Mac OS X and Darwin approach, where it takes an open operating system like FreeBSD created Mac OS X and then released a version of it as Opensource called Darwin. Imagine Apple taking something like Google's Android, transform it into a new version of Mobile Cocoa and then contributing back to the Opensource Android platform.

With this proposed approach Apple will differentiate itself among the handset manufactures in terms of design, which Jonathan Ive consistently delivers. And on the great user experience of the Apple version of the Android compatible mobile phone.

Back when Apple first announced the availability of the iPhone 3G to 73 countries around the world, with many of those having more than one carriers receiving the privilege of selling the phone. I had predicted the plan of Apple is to introduce the iPhone through exclusive carrier to build up the hype. Then it allows certain countries more than one carriers to sell the iPhone so that consumers receive a choice, but when the carriers not able to differentiate themselves among its competitors, Apple steps in and say, "you [the carriers] cannot say we did not let you try.", they had for a year and a half. Now [the end of 2008] they take over and sell the phone independent of any 3rd parties and no one can complain they did not give them a chance.

If my analysis is correct, you may not want to rush out and get the iPhone 3G from Apple Hong Kong's online store. That is because the third phase of Apple's iPhone strategy will happen in Hong Kong when Three ("rumored") looses its exclusivity late October. Just in time for Apple to lower the price for the Christmas shopping season.

Most people; especially the critics, need to remember that Steve Jobs manages Apple like a chess master, he is always thinking many moves ahead of all of us. So don't be so quick to criticize his decisions. Over the years [24+], being a user of the Macintosh and making it my computing tool of choice, I have learnt to accept the fact that Apple; particularly Steve Jobs, knows better.

PV's (PacketVideo) Telly pocket device brings broadcast TV services into the hands of new subscribers and current users with WiFi-enabled devices that does not support the service provider's Mobile Broadcast TV.

This device is suppose to support the world's Mobile TV Broadcast standards: DVB-H and MediaFLO. Both of which I believe are used by Hong Kong mobile phone carriers.

Since PV is not selling this device to consumers but only to OEMs and ODMs. I wish my chosen mobile carrier, Smartone-Vodafone, will hear this call and adopts PV's device instead of forcing their customers to purchase a specific mobile phone. At the moment the list of supported mobile phone are short and 2nd generation.

Although the problem may be with the DRM that the carriers wants to impose on the content rather than choosing the correct device for the consumer.

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As we draw ever closer to the June 9th Steve Jobs' keynote at the opening of the WWDC in San Francisco, there are more any more allege photos of the next generation iPhone.Allege iPhone 3G Photo
I had always expected Apple to transform the iPhone over time. This is obvious, when we remember that the current iPhone is the first version of the "platform" that Apple has created. Remember what the iPod looked liked five years ago? Over the years Apple improved and introduced new features and functions for the iPod, then releasing the 3rd generation iPod nano and the iPod Touch in 2007. Can you imagine what the iPhone or the "Touch platform" may be like five years from now?

I anticipate there will be some hint of this "Touch platform" to be announced at Jobs' keynote on Monday, June 9th. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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iPod TouchHave been in New York City for the past 3 days.

Today, while going into the Apple Store on 5th Ave. for a friend of mine who wants me to help them purchase an iPod nano in Red.

I notice something very odd. There were a table of iPod Touch set up for people to play with. They sat among the a bunch of iPod Classic (aka. 6G iPod) and there was no fan fare or poster advertising the fact that they had arrived.

According to Apple's original information the iPod Touch was not to be available until September 28th in United States. I wonder if they have also arrived early else where around the world.

Will this mean that the iPhone v1.0.3 firmware upgrade, that rumors to enable the WiFi iTunes Store on the iPhone is also imminent?

If you are located else where other than United States, please comment to this post to share your findings.

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Repost from: Vinko’s Satellite Blog EQO LogoAs many of you may have heard of VoIP (Voice over IP). There are some very popular service like: Skype and Gizmo Project.

Last year EQO Communications launched the EQO service, which extends these VoIP service back to the mobile phone, and in addition to offering free IM (instant messaging) service to popular services like: ICQ, MSN Messenger, Google Talk and Jabber.

You may ask, why do you want to have VoIP on a mobile phone? Why does one just use the mobile phone itself to make the call required. The answer is cost. In most cases, there is a discount of about 95%. Like other VoIP providers, EQO offer free calls to other registered EQO users.

Although it offers this service to 29 countries it does not yet offer its service to Asia and more specifically Hong Kong. I am calling everyone in Asia to help convince EQO to begin offering their service in Hong Kong and rest of Asia. Please go to EQO's country suggestion page to add your respective countries to their list of desired countries.

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A Hong Kong based design and innovative firm that creates products specifically for the seniors and anyone who is physically challenged. It is great to find innovative and originally designed products from Hong Kong. The parent company of this product line, Daka Research Inc., fully demonstrates that great products and innovative solutions can come from Hong Kong.

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Flickr logoYesterday I received an email from Yahoo informing me that Yahoo Photos will be closing down and asked if I want to move my photos from there to Flickr or one of the other photo sharing sites. Although, I did not have any photos in Yahoo Photos, I thought i still follow their instructions for transferring my Yahoo Photos account's photos to my Flickr account.

Today, I received an email from Yahoo Photos that all my photos had been transferred to my Flickr account within their own photoset and set to "private" status. This so far is no big deal to me, as I did not have any photos in my Yahoo Photos account.

What was surprising was the last part of the email, where Yahoo Photos wrote, due to my continue support they have extended my Flickr Pro account three more months. I immediately signed onto my Flickr account, and was happy to confirm that its expiry date was indeed extended three months.

So for all you guys who have a Flickr Pro account and a Yahoo account, be sure not to ignore Yahoo Photos' email to transfer your photo collection.

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