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  • There should be more interactive youtube videos
    By on December 21st, 2011 | No Comments Comments


    I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends’ “shared a link”. The video was based on the now-pretty-famous Chinese movie called Ip Man, a Wing Chun master from China. For the first minute or so, it plays just like a regular youtube video but that’s when it starts to become interactive. The video requires you to press the pause button so that the villain can stop moving so fast (I don’t want to spoil too much detail of the video). Then the next villain shows up and attacks our protagonist with her loud voice, you now have to press the volumn button to mute her voice. Finally you need to turn back time to find out the traitor by clicking the time bar back to the first minute or so.

    The movie is obviously a PR created by Wing Heong BBQ Meat, a company which sells dried meat. I shouldn’t be surprised by such interactivities, afterall, youtube uses Adobe Flash and we know Flash can be very interactive and engaging. Just look at how many Flash based game sites out there. But I look forward to see more of this type of youtube videos where you get to interact with the video and become part of it. Again its nothing new but companies should start using more often.

    Check it out:

    The Facebook page of the actual company advertising their products and where I got the images from

    http://www.facebook.com/WingHeong

    And NO, they are not paying me for posting this. I thought this video was rather interesting so that’s why I’m sharing with you guys.

  • The Top Fitness Gadget of 2011: Jawbone’s Up
    By on December 12th, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    [Guest post by Margot]

    A pedometer is a very basic and useful tool for measuring how much you walk each day. Unfortunately, most pedometers are inaccurate. They rely on archaic technology that can only guestimate each step you take based on movement. Plus, they only measure how much you walk. They can’t keep track of how much you swim or how many calories you burn while you’re dancing to your favorite pop song. Fortunately for fitness enthusiasts, the pedometer isn’t the only way you can keep track of how much you exercise every day. The technology accessory company Jawbone recently released a product called “Up” that is expected to take the fitness world by storm. This product measures exactly how much you exercise every day, no matter what way you’re exercising. Here’s what you should know about Up:

    • Up is essentially a high-tech bracelet that accurately monitors your movement on a daily basis. The bracelet is synced up with an application you can download on your Smartphone.
    • The Up bracelet will cost you around $100, and the Up app is free to download to your compatible Smartphone.
    • You simply put the Up bracelet on your wrist and download the Up app on your phone. Once you’ve done this, all of your physical activity will be kept track of for you.
    • You can wear the Up bracelet in the shower or when you’re swimming. It’s totally waterproof.
    • You use a silver button on the bracelet to signify what you’re doing: sleeping, exercising, or working. The bracelet will keep track of how much you exercise, your physical activity at work, and how much you sleep.
    • The Up Smartphone app also allows you to record what you’re eating throughout the day and calculates your daily caloric intake. The app’s “meal” feature also allows you to take pictures of what you’re eating and record how each meal makes you feel. This allows you to keep track of what meals/foods make you feel full, energized, tired, etc. 
    • At the end of the day, you can check how many calories you’ve burned on the Up app.
    • The Up app will challenge you based on your current levels of activity. For instance, it may dare you to run an extra 250 steps. If you take the challenge on and complete it, you’ll be provided with incentives like free coupons for your performance.

     
    So, if you’re interested in a gadget that will help you get and stay fit, consider Up. It’s a lot more useful than your old school pedometer!

    Author’s Bio: Margot is a guest post writer on the subjects of technology, fitness, and iPhone apps. When she’s not busy looking for Dell coupons for laptops, she’s busy writing for the Blog Content Guild.

  • Product review – Proporta iPhone 4/4S cases
    By on November 3rd, 2011 | No Comments Comments


    I’ve finally received the iPhone cases from Proporta, I guess I should call it products review since they were nice enough to send me not one but three cases to write about as well as a bag of Yorkshire Tea and a postcard. I just wanted to say thank you again.

    The three cases I got were the Shine Case, the Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II and finally my favorite of all, the Doodle Pad Hard Shell. All of them are designed for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The latter two are for the back and sides of the iPhone 4/4S only.

    The fit:
    All three cases fit nearly perfectly, I suspect its due to my white iPhone’s slight difference in size from its black counterpart. For the Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II and the Doodle Pad Hard Shell, it may take a bit more effort to remove the case once its “clipped” on, again its probably because the white iPhone is marginally bigger? Mind you, this is not solely a Proporta problem, many other iPhone case manufaturers have the same problem with the white iPhone. Besides, its barely noticeable.

    Aside from the leather made Shine Case which is a bit too bulky for my taste, the two hard cases do not give me the sense of bulkiness at all. They are just thick enough for you to know they are there protecting your phone but not to the point where you feel your phone got fatter.

    The style:
    I cannot really comment much about the Shine Case since its obviously aimed towards the ladies with its red leather and floral casing. But it feels a bit too old school for my taste but its obviously looks subjective. Flip it open you there is a mirror tucked just below the top leather layer. Alternatively, it can be swapped out with anything from credit card to driver’s license or any other card that fits. When I looked into the mirror (no I was not trying to put make up on!) I felt like the mirror makes my face narrower, is that purposely designed so the ladies can look narrower than they really are? :)

    The Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II has a pretty nice design, specially the one I got, which is the Garden Print with its garden + abstract patterns. If you like abstract and/or nature things then you might be interested in checking this one out. And the bottom has a nice semi-shiny name plate with Ted Baker engraved on it which I thought was a nice touch. I did not know who Ted Baker was but after some quick Googling I do now.

    Now onto my favorite Doodle Pad case, I just love it for its simplicity. It is nothing fancy and it does not have to be. It is also the cheapest one among all three. The doodle drawings just bring back my a lot of my childhood memories with all these childish drawings and phrases like “I AM COOL”, “Hiya” etc. On top of that, it looks great on the white iPhone with its white paper background. I think it would be too much of a contrast if you were to put it on a black iPhone but its just a matter of personal taste.

    The feel:
    I’ve always had the impression that shiny or glossy things are slippery but I find the Shine Case’s shiny leather exterior easy to grab and does not feel slippery. The other two cases, as the names suggested, are hard cases and feel sturdy. I love the rubbery feel when holding them with more than enough grip that should minimize the chance of dropping it. Now that I have the Doodle Pad case, my phone should have no problem staying in my pants’ pocket while I drive with all the grip. Last thing I want is for my phone to drop out of the car and onto some hard concrete floor when I get out of it.

    All in all I think Proporta makes pretty good quality cases. You will agree with me as soon as you grab one in your hands. I highly recommend the Ted Baker series and the Doodle Pad. Specially the Doodle Pad if you have a white iPhone.

    Check them out: http://www.proporta.com/

  • My frustration with Yellow Pages 360 Solution
    By on October 25th, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    This actually happened to my friend and I thought it would be useful to others looking into Yellow Pages 360 Solution. So long story short, my friend signed up for the Virtual Business Profile and within a day or so he got a call from a Yellow Pages sales rep. Everything SEEMED fine, a logo and a short phrase were given to Yellow Pages (to the sales rep) through email and the sales rep replied saying he got the needed info. That was pretty much the end of the conversation there. For weeks my friend had been emailing the sales rep’s email directly (which is actually from another company idimpact.net on behalf of Yellow Pages) as well as the Yellow Pages email LearnMore@ypg.com and never got a single reply. He was trying to get confirmation of what he was paying for, specifically the headings for his business (headings are used for how people will find you, like search categories) before committing to anything. Then weeks later, he got an email from another sales rep saying his original sales rep was on vacation and the order would be processed the next month (it was near the end of the month so fair enough).

    In between, my friend also called again and actually got a hold of the sales rep and the sales rep said he did not get any emails from my friend. What a load of garbage. So he’s been sending emails to that same email and all of a sudden he stopped getting them? Give me (my friend rather) a break!

    Sure enough, his order was processed without sending any form of confirmation of the order details. The details were sent AFTER it was processed as in he was charged already. He saw that one of the headings weren’t that fit for his business so he sent another batch of emails to have it changed to something else and not to his surprise, none were replied until after another few weeks. The original sales rep replied back saying it could not be changed but the sales rep never suggested the one my friend wanted which was much more fitting for his business. The sales rep then replied telling him to call the customer service, apparently he gave him the wrong number to call but the person from that wrong number (still part of Yellow Pages just not the customer service the sales rep said would be) was nice enough to follow up with the sales rep again and with the customer service. But my friend did not hear a single word back from them. None of the emails were replied, called the real customer service number with no body picking up.

    This is rather disappointing, from a pretty established advertising company. Perhaps its not Yellow Pages’ fault but ID Impact Inc? One thing for sure, my friend felt that he got ripped for the rest of the year (you have to sign up for a year, signing up for anything less will cost you the same) and will certain not go back to them. I won’t for sure after hearing this. The customer support is basically nonexistent.

  • IWOOT – Most Awesome Competition this Christmas
    By on October 19th, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments


    I Want One Of Everything (IWOOT) is having its BIGGEST competition ever. You can win over 2,350 products worth over £85,000, this is the BIGGEST competition to date. All you have to do is text AWESOME to 84383 or head over to www.iwantoneofthose.com/win.

    You could win: (see full list)

    • Villain Chair
    • Apple iPad 2 – 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G (White)
    • RolerBall
    • Apple iPad 2 – 32GB Wi-Fi & 3G (Black)
    • Bladefish 5000 Sea Scooter
    • Penny Farthing
    • Xbox 360 250GB Bundle: Includes Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures
    • Bladefish 3000 Seajet
    • LP to CD Converter
    • iTamTam M3 Vogue Speaker Dock for iPhone 3,4 and iPod Classic/Touch including rechargeable battery – Cherry Red
    • PS3 Sony Playstation 3 Slim Console (320 GB)
    • Senna – Limited Collector’s Edition with 1:12 F1 Lotus Model (Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy)
    • Nintendo 3DS Console (Cosmic Black) Bundle: Includes The Sims 3
    • G155 – Mobile Gaming Environment
    • Microsoft Licensed Warhead 7.1 Wireless Headset Tritton (360)
    • Nova Crystal – White

     

    Texts cost £1 plus your operator’s standard charges. Enter as often as you like. T&Cs* here. Closing date: 11.59pm 10/12/2011

    *with details of the free postal entry route

    The basics:

    • Texts cost £1 plus your operator’s standard charges. Free postal entry route available.
    • You can enter as many times as you like.
    • Entrants must be 18 years or over.
    • Entrants must be residents of the UK (excluding Northern Ireland).
    • Entry to the prize draw opens 9.00am Sunday 16/10/2011 and closes at 11:59pm Saturday 10/12/2011. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Texts received outside these dates and times may be charged but will not take part in this competition.
    • The winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries on Sunday 11/12/2011 and will be notified that they are the winner within 5 days of this date.
    • Whilst we will do our best to ensure that prizes will be delivered before Christmas, we are unable to guarantee this. All prized will however be delivered by 31 January 2012.

  • Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II for Apple iPhone 4S
    By on October 7th, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    Proporta, the mobile device and gadget accessory manufacturer, is pleased to showcase its range of exclusive cases for the Apple iPhone, which is the result of unique collaboration with top designers. Each case has all the protection know-how of Proporta combined with the style and elegance that only the very best of fashion minds can create.

    Proporta’s Ted Baker range now comes with two new hard shell designs – a Fly Fishing print and Garden print (pictured), to go alongside the existing Green Spacemen and Orange Bulldog designs. These super-tough hard shell cases protect against scratches and impact damage, have a soft feel finish, and are also available in black. The Ted Baker Pouch – Black with Swallow Print Lining is another superb new addition to the range, with the handcrafted case fitting like a glove and coming with a Ted Baker signature lining for that extra touch of class.

    The Quiksilver range of hard cases offers equally robust protection against all forms of damage, and comes in a striking “Echo Beach”, Quiksilver branded design. Clever cut-outs allow for full usability without ever removing the device, and the case also comes in green, blue and black.

    Roxy supplies a further range of cutting-edge designs, including blue and pink Roxy prints, a Cynthia Rowley print and a choice of pink, white or black cases. As with all Proporta’s hard shells for the iPhone, they fit like a glove, protect against all forms of damage and add almost no bulk to the device.

    Proporta also offers a full range of other accessories for the iPhone, including super-clear Advanced Screen Protectors ($6.95), Antibacterial Screen Protectors that guard against 99.9% of germs ($10.95) and a whole range of otherdesigns including the Maya, Shine Case and Alu Leather range.

    Used together, these products offer unbeatable protection for the iPhone, and with style to match. So whatever the need, Proporta has it covered.

    In a few weeks, I will be receiving a Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II (in black with a subtle design) and will be doing a short product review. Stay tuned.

  • Diamond Multimedia VC500 one touch video capture revi...
    By on August 24th, 2011 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments

    I recently got a product from Diamond Multimedia and have the pleasure to test out one of their video capturing devices using a USB stick. They sent me the VC500, one of the two video capture products they have (the other one is VC600). Don’t be mistaken the USB stick is not your everyday USB stick where you can store data in it but rather a device that will connect your gaming console, my PS3 for example, to your PC for video captures. I will update this review as I test and play around with the VC500.

    So onto the unboxing! Nice packaging by the way, to me first impression is important, call me shallow but I love products with great packaging. Obviously great looks do not necessary mean great product. Just the first impression.
    Diamond Multimedia VC500 one touch video capture

    The only thing you need to install are the video and audio drivers from the CD provided. Pretty straight forward just like any other hardware driver installations (mouse, video card and web cam). The part where it took me a while due to experience is getting it to work. Perhaps it took a bit longer than I expected to get it to show the blue screen that tells you that you have connected the VC500 and your source properly, my PS3 in this case. Here is their quick demo using one of the three softwares that come with the CD called ArcSoft ShowBiz:

    The other thing I had to change was from PAL (by default) to NTSC_M since we are in North America and I was all set and ready to capture my first ever video from a gaming console to my PC. Unfortunately I only have HDMI or the RCA (composite) cables and no S component, the highest I got for my video was 420p. You will also notice its choppy as well as the sound and video are out of synch. I have posted a comment on their youtube video page and hopefully I get a reply regarding this. I hope its not because of my ATI HD5670 video card being too out of date.

    Here is my result:

    Now let’s talk about the software ArcSoft ShowBiz. So far I find it really easy to use, the only setting I had to change was the PAL to NTSC_M under Device setting -> Video decoder. All I needed to do to start recording was by pressing the red “Capture” button just below the screen. You also have the option to perform screen capture during the recording as well as going full screen. Click the same button but in green letters “Stop” to stop the recording. Video formats available are MPEG1/2, AVI and WMV.

    Once I had my first video recorded, it was just a click away from uploading to YouTube. ARcSoft ShowBiz has a built-in YouTube integration so you can upload videos within the program. Unfortunately I had problems uploading to YouTube as I kept getting the error about losing internet connection, this is something I need to ask them. I therefore, uploaded manually through YouTube instead.

    So far I like what I see. One small complain I have though would be the quick start guide is a bit too “quick”. If it had more info such as how to run those softwares, even just briefly, would be more helpful. It basically just tells you to run the CD and install the drivers. Another complain, a bigger one in my opinion, is that it doesn’t come with y splitters. Y splitters are to split the output to two sources. In order to play on both the PS3 and record at the same time I need to output to two destinations. It would also be great if they could include a pack of 3 Y splitters for the RCA/component cables. I still have to buy them as I am currently connecting my PS3 directly to VC500 and I was actually playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on my PC monitor.

  • Why can’t they sell real Lego Starcraft?
    By on August 31st, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    I am still playing Starcraft 2 like crazy, whenever I possibly can. Now that I have found some worthy teammates to team up with instead of taking my chance of paring up with someone “worthy”. My head is full of Starcraft right now, like literally. Then something hit me today, not literally though. I thought to myself, there are official licensed Star Wars Lego models out there, but why not Starcraft 2? I’m pretty sure it will be a hit, at least I will buy them that’s for sure. I’m guessing one of the reasons might be licensing / loyalties all those legal mumble jumble.

    But if they did decide to make Lego Starcraft 2, you bet I would be one of the first to get them. Well not the “I will wait in line 2am in the morning” kind of first. Oh you know what I mean.

    Google “Lego Starcraft” and you will be amazed by what some people can do with Lego. My god I was mighty impressed. Now if someone could build a 1/8 scale Kerrigan that would be epic!

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