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Taiwan news reported that the unbundled iPhone 2.0 cost… NT$24000

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For all the excited iPhone fans / soon-to-be fans who claims that the iPhone 2.0 is cheap (because of USD$199)!!! Well, guess what… Taiwan news just reported that the unbundled iPhone 2.0 will cost NT$24,000!!! That’s like SGD$1,000 plus!!! (probably is the weak NT dollar as well… so conversion varies)

Not sure if the news just add all the plans up for 24 months or whether they got the news straight from the telecom mouth… but I am not surprise if that is true as I mentioned in my earlier article, Apple will sell everything at a premium.

iPhone 1.0 buzz has given them the reason to charge higher… they will milk a lot more in version 2.0!

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June 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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Another video of the Samsung Omnia i900

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I will be visiting CommunicAsia tomorrow so hope to get a hands on with it.

Samsung has done an excellent job adding a layer of ‘coolness’ to the tilt / accelerometer which Windows Mobile 6.1 does not have built in.

The main turn off for me is the screen resolution… 240 x 400 is not cool man!!!

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June 17, 2008 at 8:11 am

Samsung Omnia i900 coming…

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The all new Samsung Omnia i900 is coming… another attempt to offer more iPhone like choices to consumer! 🙂

Here’s is more details on the Samsung Omnia.

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June 16, 2008 at 4:53 am

The world versus Apple

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If you have noticed lately from all the different brand like HP, Lenovo, Dell and more… their laptop, desktop are all taking a page from Apple’s minimalistic design philosophy.  The Lenovo IdeaPad U110, Dell and their XPS series and here, HP with their Envy 133.

The great thing to see is that they are not only getting better at design, but the material they used to build the laptop are state of the art as well. Like for example the HP Envy 133 is a full carbon fiber laptop!!! Talk about sturdiness!!!

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Apple will continue to innovate and set the trend on consumer product but I have to say, the rest ain’t that far off… Rather than always brag on the cheapest and lowest price, consumer who wishes to have pay for design… now has more nicer choices from the rest of the manufacturers.

It’s about time… finally. They get it.

To borrow the concept from blue ocean strategy, Apple set the pace by building a strong brand recognition through paying attention to user experience and design… and by doing that, Apple has set itself apart years ago from the rest of the red ocean manufacturer that beat on prices and features… Every product that carries the Apple brand are sold with a much higher profit margin than any other competing products on the market. Amazing…

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June 16, 2008 at 4:17 am

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Google Doc now support PDF upload!!! Yippee!!!

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I wrote a short article previously on some upcoming Google Doc enhancement as well as what we as a company are using it for… Well, I am happy to say that the Google Doc just gotten better!!! With PDF upload supported!!!

The main usage for me is all those visuals, images, diagrams that I can create in Word or Excel or PowerPoint and then be saved as pdf to preserve the integrity and upload that to Google Doc for project management.

Thank you Google!

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June 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

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Steve Jobs WWDC Keynote in 60 seconds.

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Thanks Mahalo!

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June 12, 2008 at 4:33 am

Steve Jobs reality distortion field…

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A good read from ZDNet on iPhone 3G – Apple’s reality distortion field redefines the phrase “half the price”

Here’s an extract from the article:

Here’s the deal. An 8GB iPhone 3G costs $199. Sounds good so far. However, AT&T has added an extra $10 a month to the unlimited 3G monthly fees compared to EDGE, so over the 24 month period of the contract, that sets you back an extra $240.

$199 + $240 = $439

That’s a $40 increase compared to the price of the current iPhone.

The cost is now push to the operator… and your monthly subscription fees. 🙂 Well, people will still flock to the iPhone regardless cos now, they can spread their cost for enjoyment over a 24 months period. Have fun now, worry later.

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June 10, 2008 at 1:30 am

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Google to let users test new Gmail features

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As shared earlier in previous post, I am a Outlook / Gmail user and I certainly am a big fan of the Google Apps service for hosting email accounts… Our corporate email, personal email, wife’s company email are all hosted by Google now and it’s fantastic.

Just in recent months Google has flooded features into the already many free services available… and I find myself using the Google Docs so often that it has become our Document Management System. We used it or Project Management, Individual Project Milestone Chart, Support Document… and more.

But one main area that I still use my Outlook for is inbox management. Gmail is great and highly reliable, but it certainly lacks the rich feature of Outlook like the ability to set custom categories, tag task / reminder to an email. These are features I cannot live without… so it certainly excites me when, according to CNet News, that Google is adding new features to Gmail!

Among the new features that are possible:

• A quick-link tool that lets people bookmark specific Gmail messages. (NICE – hopefully it can match the custom categories in Outlook)

• Superstars, which lets people select custom stars to label mail. (NICE)

• The “e-mail addict” tool that lets people lock themselves out of their e-mail account for 15 minutes.

• A fixed-width font option to view a message within a font whose characters are the same width–handy for some formatting challenges.

• Mouse gestures that let users take actions based on mouse movements.

• Custom keyboard shortcuts.

• Signature tweaks that let people automatically add a signature file above quoted text in an e-mail reply.

• “Muzzle,” which conserves buddy-list screen real estate by hiding status messages.

For now at least, only Google engineers can add features. “Any engineer can code a labs feature,” Coleman said. “Once the code is written and mostly working, it’ll get into the next product build that goes to users” through the labs feature.

Eventually, though, the company is interested in opening the system up to outsiders if it can find a way to integrate outside code.

One more feature, whether coming from Google or 3rd party integration is to automatically tag the email such that it becomes a task / reminder in Google Calendar. That would be complete for me… to dump Outlook and move to Gmail. Ok! I probably won’t dump Outlook but will drastically reduce the usage other than to back up the email to PST format…

Another good to have feature is probably the ability for Gmail to add the attachment in emails straight into Google Docs and that document can be tagged, just like an email so that user can easily find reference in Google Docs on related documents.

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June 6, 2008 at 4:30 am

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Some pizza house should invite these guys over…

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June 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm

The Age of Bad Journalism… Debunking another bogus malware study

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Definitely a must read on Ed Bott debunking this article on super exaggerating the state of malware infected pc in the States…

Like everything else on the Internet… always look for a second or third reference or dig deeper using Google Search as that has been the most important lesson I learnt in my career last year.

Learn to unleash the power of Google, stick some patience into the online research and you will reap the benefit of being able to stand in front of a client and smoke anything, I mean… connect on any topic which you may not necessary know much previously. 🙂

The key differentiator is and always will be… cultivating the habit of reading and be curious and learn to Google it.

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June 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm

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Windows Search 4.0 Released to Web… Download now!

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For all the Windows user out there… particularly Vista where you are likely to use the desktop search feature, day in day out… This update of Windows Search 4.0 really speed things up!!!

Check out the download details and features at The Windows Experience Blog.

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June 4, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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HTC Touch Diamond… video review

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Found this site that did a complete video review of the upcoming HTC Touch Diamond phone…

Not too bad… but we will see next week after the iPhone 2.0 is out.

Check out Coolsmartphone.com

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June 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm

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