Tile – Never Misplace Another Thing Again

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The World Largest Lost and Found

What if you’re the type of person who regularly misplace stuff easily? Be it your keys, iPod, cap and even your bike. Then Tile is the thing for you.

Small and sleek, Tiles go everywhere you do. You can attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item that you might lose: laptop, wallet, and guitar – you name it, Tile can go with it.

So what’s so great about Tile? For a start, use Tile on as many things as you want. Add up to 10 Tiles on an account and share with people you trust. You can share access to Tiles with friends, family, and trusted coworkers.

Even if your Tile is buried in your laundry of the couch, Tiles will sound an alert if triggered. If you can hear it, you can find it. The Tile app also remembers where it last saw your Tile, so you can easily find it right where you left it. With its unique technology, you can see yourself getting closer and further away from the Tile when within a 50 – 150ft range.

Tile currently Works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th gen, and iPod Touch 5th gen. An Android version will not be releasing anytime soon.

Tiles last a year. We’ll remind you when it’s time to order new Tiles and send you an envelope to recycle your old ones. And nope, you don’t need to replace the batteries or even charge your Tiles.

Tile started off as a crowd funded project and have already over hit its $20,000 goal by a whopping $1,964,040 with two days left to go. The 30 over thousands backers who helped funded this project will get an extra bonus Tile with every 3 Tiles bought. A Tile will only cost you $18.95 if you back them now.

Tile is perhaps the simplest form of gadget but it’s unique technology enables us to find stuff easily again. You’re just gonna love it, I know I do.

 

 

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Introducing Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung has launched a 5.3-inch Android device, dubbed Galaxy Note, which is kinda sandwiched right in the between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab. Looks kinda weird, huh? But let me tell you that this device is definitely worth a mention as this is the next device which I’m eying on. There is no review or whatsoever hands-on video here on my blog. However, I do wish to share with you an introduction video of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Maxis launches BlackBerry PlayBook in Malaysia

Maxis Berhad brings the BlackBerry PlayBook to Malaysian shores.

BlackBerry PlayBook exclusively with Maxis.

Maxis launched the new tablet at an exclusive event,  against a backdrop of breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur skyline from The View at Level 29 of G Tower. I had the opportunity to attend the “by-invitation” event last Friday and got a first-hand look at the powerful ultra-tablet that everyone is talking about.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis's Chief Operating Officer giving his opening speech during the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis’s Chief Operating Officer and host of the event said, “We are pleased today to launch this beautiful new sophisticated tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook first and exclusively to our customers. In addition, we are providing them with special offers on BlackBerry Internet Service plans to make their communications experience more meaningful.”

Dany Bolduc, VP of RIM Malaysia giving his speech at the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

BlackBerry PlayBook offer from Maxis

It is indeed a special offer as Maxis offers its customer the new BlackBerry PlayBook at the affordable retail price of RM1,599 for 16GB; RM1,899 for 32GB and RM2,199 for the 64GB model. Event better, existing Maxis BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) users can get the PlayBook tablet for as low as RM990 when they sign up for the 3GB PlayBook data plan with their BlackBerry smartphone.

Representatives from Maxis and RIM at the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

About the BlackBerry PlayBook

Crystal clear display on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Research In Motion’s first foray into the tablet arena, is one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2011 in the Malaysian market. The tablet boasts exciting features which include true multi-tasking, a best-in-class media experience, uncompromised web browsing web browsing with support for Adobe Flash, industry leading performance and secure access to enterprise data. The tablet is also a great companion device for the BlackBerry smartphone users.

First Impression

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7″ capacitive LCD touch screen tablet. A quick glance on the device and one may have mistaken it for a ‘black’ version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, when you pick up the PlayBook, you can instantly tell that it’s a total different device. Although the device is less than one-half inch thick, the PlayBook weighs less than a pound (425 g) and isn’t the lightest device in the tablet market so far.

The apps on BlackBerry App World.

I am very impressed with it multi-tasking prowess thanks to it’s 1 Ghz dual-core processor. Despite watching a HD movie and having multiple apps and games running on the background, the PlayBook shows no significant signs of slowing down.

However great it is, I’m still not impress with the BlackBerry App World. Yes, it has games but with a limited choice and title number available, I really doubt their is much fun with the PlayBook. Nevertheless, the PlayBook is defintely a steal for existing BIS users and perhaps anyone who which to convert.

Curious guests checking out the BlackBerry Playbook during the launch event.

The glitzy launch event ended with 20 BlackBerry devices being giving away as lucky draw.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners nationwide from 17 July 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

 

I’ve been following Samsung’s progress since the successful launch of the Galaxy S last June. Since then, the Korean powerhouse has put in more muscle and finesses into its next generation of smartphones especially the Galaxy S2.

The Galaxy S2 has definitely gone through some fine workout with all the trimmings, an enormous screen, 8-megapixel camera and 1.2 GHz processor empowered with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

I’m lucky enough to be the first few Malaysians to get my hands on the Galaxy S2 and I shall be posting some reviews on this galactic smartphone.

 

The First Impression

At first glance, one could have easily mistaken the Galaxy S2 for an Apple iPhone. The rounded-rectangle look and chrome edges are distinctively similar to an iPhone. That one thing that will probably getting all the Apple fanboys jumping is the single central home button right at the bottom of the display. You can also spot a front-facing camera located on the left side of the earpiece just like the new iPhone 4.

Flip over the phone and you’ll find the 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. Samsung also designed a different back battery cover for the Galaxy S2. A piece of textured back plastic that pops open, you’ll have to get your finger into it to lift it up. The back cover is pretty thin and flimsy, not something that you want keep taking it out. Then again, it’s not very often we open up the back part. It’s definitely much nicer than the one of the previous Galaxy S.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a beauty. That’s probably because it looks very much like the iPhone 4. The only difference is the Galaxy S2 has got a plastic look and the iPhone 4 has got a glassy and perhaps classy too.

Brain and Brawn

Running on Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy S2 is definitely an impressive device. Working around the phone is just a great feeling. The apps run smoothly and really fast. The enormous 4.3 inches AMOLED screen is just mesmerizing. The crisp and colourful display is eye catching and the sensitivity of the touchscreen is amazing.

The Galaxy S2 is also equipped with not just one, but two cameras. The back 8-megapixel camera is equipped with single LED flash, good enough to capture high quality images and record 1080p HD movies. The front-facing camera is equipped with a generous 2-megapixel camera, definitely a better option to a VGA quality camera mounted on most smartphones in the market now.

Underneath the hood which powers all these great functions is a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A9 CPU. An upgrade to the 1Ghz processor which was previously announced during its launch back in February. This gives the Galaxy S2 a little bit more ooomph!

 

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

With all the muscle packed into it, the Galaxy S2 still weighs not more than 116g, Even with a larger dimension as compared to an iPhone 4, the Galaxy S2 compensate it wider size for a slimmer form. Yes, the Galaxy S2 is slightly slimmer than its predecessor, exactly 8.5mm in thickness.

It’s so thin, it’s almost impossible to pick it up. With dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm mean it’s one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at the moment, rivalling the likes of the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the title.

One will think that such a wide looking phone will be very heavy, but be ready to be baffled by its look, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a lightweight reigning in the heavyweight category of smartphones.

 

“The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a lightweight reigning in the heavyweight category of smartphones.”

A Toast with Gingerbread Android OS

Memory management from Gingerbread is outstanding. I’ve been going for a few days now without actually rebooting the device and yet the Apps are running smoothly and no sign of slowing down. This is because the Galaxy S2 has got the 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz Dual-core processor to thank for.

I’m a heavy user of the Samsung Galaxy S2 especially the social media apps. I’ve also downloaded and played numerous games. Switching in between apps is such a breeze and fun thing to do now. Like other phone reviews, I also did a benchmark test using the popular Qaundrant Standard and the results were outstanding. It scores 3,488 topping many other Android devices including its predecessor, the Galaxy S by almost 5 folds. I’m not suggesting that the Galaxy S2 is way better than other phones, but I’m very sure that the Galaxy S2 is pretty darn fast.

 

Excellent Web Browsing Prowess

Browsing and surfing the internet with the Galaxy S2 is such a joy. With the extra muscle underneath and a new wide clear screen, many times I found myself browsing the internet with the Galaxy S2 when I have my laptop on right in front of me.

Loading a website is pretty snappy with the Galaxy S2’s integrated web browser. I’ve also tried browsing with a few other browsers available for the Android devices such as Firefox Beta, Dolphin HD and Opera Mini browser. Although these browsers come with different layout and support tabs, the bigger screen allows me to browse the internet with ease. Flash plays fairly without any problem with the Galaxy S2 although it doesn’t load automatically until you tell it to (I guess it’s a good way to conserve battery power). However, if you’re thinking of playing some Facebook flash games, think again. Although the screen is bigger but playing Facebook flash game on the Galaxy S2 is not that easy at all.

 

Great Camera

The Galaxy S2 is equipped with 8-Megapixel back camera and 2-Megapixel front camera. The back camera is also equipped with a single LED flash. Put together with a great camera app, you find yourself shooting like a pro. The camera app gets an upgrade on its interface with customisable shortcuts and settings. The touch-to-focus is definitely a nice touch. Quick review feature is also a great addition as you can now quickly playback your last shot taken. Switching from still photo to video mode is so much simpler now with the one-touch switch button.

The picture quality is pretty decent for an 8-Megapixel phone clicker. However shooting on a low-light condition may not be as pleasant. Noise level is visible on anything that is taken at ISO 200 and above (max 800). But to be fair, pictures taken with the Galaxy S2 looks pretty good on the computer screen, so you can edit (with Photo editor app) and upload pretty good pictures to Flickr and even Facebook (especially serial food killer like me who likes to shoot everything I eat).

If you’re an amateur video maker, you’ll love the Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 allows you to shoot 1080p HD quality video too. With selectable resolutions from 176×144-pixels to 1920 x 1080-pixeks (HD quality), you make shoot a short movie and then upload it to Youtube account even when you’re on the road. You can even edit the movie with Video Maker app that comes with the Galaxy S2.

Like the Galaxy S2 so far? Wait, there’s more.

 

Music and Video Playback

The Galaxy S2 shoot and playback in 1080p HD! Now that’s something to shout about. What I really love about the Galaxy S2 is it’s ability to record and playback high definition video without a problem. Watching HD movies on the Galaxy S2 is a totally different experience. The clarity and the vibrant colour of the screen just blows you away.

There’s nothing much I could say about the clarity of the loudspeaker for the Galaxy S2. What I can tell you is downloading and playing music on the Galaxy S2 is getting easier. Unfortunately, Music Hub is still not available for the Malaysian market. However, transferring your MP3 files to the Galaxy S2 is way much easier now with Kies Air.

Audio support: FLAC, WAV, Vorbis, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MID, AC3, XMF

Video support: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1

 

Better Apps

With the AllShare app, you can now share all your multimedia contents with any DLNA compliant devices. You can playback movies on your home TV, play your favourite CD collection through your favourite home multimedia player and even view photos on your 21-inch LCD screen in your room. And all these are done wirelessly via AllShare app.

Kies Air allows PCs running Kies to access the Smartphone over Wi-Fi and view call logs, videos, photos, bookmarks, and IMs, as well as send SMS messages from the computer’s browser. So you don’t have to keep plugging in and unplugging all the time. Just run the Kies Air app whenever you’re within a Wi-Fi network, you can backup and transfer your files from your Galaxy S2 to your PC effortlessly.

Samsung’s Media Hub is a quartet of apps that comes pre-loaded with the Galaxy S2. It is created to give user a better experience on the new Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone. The Game Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub and Social Hub will show up at the Home Screen of all the new Samsung Galaxy S2.

Game Hub is powered by Mobage is accessed via a dedicated app icon. Tapping this brings up a list of social and premium games you can download. Once the app loaded, 12 games were listed in the social tab including ngmoco favourites such as We Rule, We City and We Farm. Games from other developers included Qrank, Age of Legend, Touch Hockey, and Vegas Strip City. All of these are free or freemium titles. On the premium tab, 13 titles were listed, all from Gameloft.

Music Hub is a dedicated music service for Samsung Smartphones and tablets, allows the users to browse, listen, and purchase selected songs from a catalogue of over 10 million Mp3 songs. However, Music Hub is not available for Malaysian market at the moment.

Readers Hub is your one stop for books, magazines and subscription-based newspapers. The Readers Hub is much popular on the Galaxy Tab; however with the bigger screen on the Galaxy S2, reading can be as fun too.

Social Hub allows you to communicate with the world with a touch of a button. Well, more like tapping the app that will launch a platform that will host all your social network services. So now you can check your Twitter feed and reply email from one single app.

 

Battery Life

Like every other Smartphones I’ve used before, I just cannot get through one whole day without re-charging the Samsung Galaxy S2. I’m social media addict and I’m checking the phone almost every 10 minutes. Posting updates on Facebook, re-tweeting tweets on Twitter, replying SMS and emails. This does not include any phone calls being made, can only last me 6 hours. That’s because the Samsung Galaxy S2 is super fast, I ended up doing more things on it draining up battery power faster.

However, when I cut myself off all social media activities and use the Galaxy S2 purely on receiving calls and SMS, I managed to extend the battery life to almost 48 hours (that includes dimming the display light and turning off the GPS and Wi-Fi feature). But of course, there’s no fun to it anymore. So if you’re a social media addict like me, make sure you have a car/mobile charger with you all the time.

I did a quick check on the battery info on the Settings and found out a startling info that screen display drains up the most battery power. So I suggest to keep those vibrant screen brightness low.

 

Phone and Video Call function

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is actually very nice to use as a phone. The Touch Wiz 4.0 phone and contacts interface is only slightly different with just a few extra buttons and tabs. Another thing which I find it pretty useful is the call and messaging history log. You’ll have the option to change the view type with just a few tap on the menu option. The clarity of the internal and loud-speaker is satisfactory.

As for Voice call, the 2-Megapixel helps with the improvement on the video quality as compared to the Galaxy S. With just a tap on a button and you’re able to switch your camera view to the back camera, allowing you to show your caller the surrounding area without flipping the phone around. The only setback I can see are the video boxes on the screen. You can’t really adjust the size of the boxes if you fancy seeing your caller up closer. Overall, the phone function is pretty much the same, only better.

 

Conclusion: Samsung Galaxy S2 and me

After spending almost 2 weeks with the new Samsung Galaxy S2, I find myself being more active on my social media activities. I tweet more often and I reply emails faster. That’s because the Galaxy S2 is just so fast and easy to use. However, I also find myself being more paranoid whenever I’m out of home or office. I’m always worried about the phone running out of battery as the Galaxy S2 tends to drain battery pretty fast.

I also love to take photos with the Galaxy S2. Launching the camera and the fast focusing helps me take better pictures faster. I also love watching HD movies on the Galaxy S2. The 4.3-inch AMOLED screen flaunts it’s prowess with crystal clear display and watching movies even under bright daylight. The only thing holding me back from having a movie party with my friends is the battery life. I can’t really watch a full movie with worrying that my battery will run out of juice, so I had to constantly keep in plugged in to the power source.

Kies Air is superb. Wireless sync means I can actually have my phone charging in the other room and copying media contents into it from another room. Unfortunately, I do not any other DLNA devices which I can really try it out. Else I know very well that content sharing within our home network will be the way of living in near future.

Despite all the great things I can talk about the Galaxy S2, I do have a couple of issue which baffles me. Perhaps it’s just me being unlucky.  My review unit of Galaxy S2 is having its mood swings. Occasionally, my unit of Galaxy S will stop responding and eventually heats upMy Galaxy S stops responding even when I don’t do anything to it. Unlike the problems I read about on some Android forum, most of them had heating problem while playing games or while charging.

Notice that I only mentioned ‘my unit’ only? That’s because I’ve checked with a couple of friends who is also reviewing the Galaxy S2 and they never have such problem with their Galaxy S2. Now it could be just a case of bad luck picking up a unit which is faulty. I’m not suggesting that this is problem on the Galaxy S2, I’m just merely saying that this could happen to any other devices as well.

Another worthy thing to note about is, Samsung gotta really work on their standard Samsung keypad. Typing a text message with the Samsung keypad can be quite annoying as I keep tapping the wrong button. I opt for SWYPE which is much more accurate and responsive, and SWYPE-ing is way more fun.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the new Samsung Galaxy S2. It’s sleek, fast and powerful!

Pros: Adore the great new look. Love the lightning fast processor and addicted to the great responsive interface. The large AMOLED screen is something you cannot ignore. It’s just a superb feeling watching HD movies on it.

Cons: Battery life can be a drawback here. With the big display and powerful processor, something got to be done to keep the device running longer.

Good Bye, Sony Walkman (SNR). R.I.P

The Sony Walkman (Snr) has reached the end of side two and it’s the end of track for the 80s iconic gadget. Sony has ceased production of its celebrated portable cassette-playing audio device. It is survived by its neater, slicker, more junior MP3 descendant.

It’s always a terrible feeling to lose something important in your life and the Sony Walkman was a big part of my early life. I had my first Sony Walkman when I was 10. My dad bought it for me for my birthday and it was the coolest gift I’ve ever gotten as birthday present. I would tune in my favourite radio show, The American Top 40 hosted by Casey Kasem and even sleep with the headphones still on my ears until the battery runs flat. The Sony Walkman is part of my childhood and I will miss it dearly.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11618899

My New Toy – Panasonic LUMIX FS15

Yes, this brand new DMC-LUMIX FS15 is my new toy and I’m loving it.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FS15

Although there’s nothing to shout about, I’m always excited to get new gadgets. This FS15 is not the top or the range from the LUMIX line but it is definitely one of the best… for the price I’m paying for. I got it for such a good deal that I cannot reveal the price here. And no, it’s not stolen goods nor a fake :p

We bought quite a number of these babies so we managed to squeeze in another 4GB SD card each from the supplier. It comes in 3 colours; Silver, Black and I got myself the sexy aqua blue :)

The DMC-LUMIX FS15 is buffed up with 12.1 megapixels and it can go really wide with it’s 29mm DC LEICA lens. If I need to get closer, I get up to 5x optical zoom. Slimpacked with a 2.7 inch LCD display screen and a whole lot of sophisticated yet easy to use functions, this baby only weigh 136g… awesome!

You can read more about the review of this product here. Now, I too can camwhore!

iGot iPhone

After almost 2 years of waiting, I finally got myself the 2nd generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G! I’ve been wanting to have one since Steve Job announces it back in early 2007.

At the moment, it’s still pretty hard to get an iPhone here in Malaysia, so I got a friend to bring it back for me from Shanghai. I got the 16GB model which also comes in white, but I prefer it to be black. The 8GB model only comes in black.

What I like about the new iPhone 3G is it’s sleek exterior. Unlike iPhone, iPhone 3G is covered with a extremely glossy, hard plastic back cover. And the new rounder contour of the back is much more comfortable for the palm.

It’s so nice that I quickly went out to buy myself a leather casing to prevent any unwanted scratches on the surface of my new gadget.

The casing comes with a matching leather strap and it so much more easier now to take out my iPhone from my pocket.

Just got it UNLOCK and JAILBROKEN, so gonna be really busy tonite, downloading tons of applications which are available on the internet.

I will post up on how to JailBreak the new iPhone 3G in my next posting. So watch this space blog!

Review : Magic-Sing Karaoke Mic

Here’s a review on Magic-Sing Karaoke Microphone that I just bought recently. It’s a nifty little gadget with big surprises. The microphone itself is the karaoke system. Yes, there’s whole 2064 songs built-in into the microphone. Impressive huh? But before I proceed with the review, I wish to share a little bad experience I had not long ago.

My Experience
My last karaoke session with my younger friends have proven to be much of a humiliating moment. They make me feel really old every time I chose songs by Rick Price, MLTR and sometimes even good oldies by Air Supply. Usually everyone will be fighting over the mic whenever there’s a familiar song playing but not when I play the songs I chose. There’ll be a total silence in the room as I sang to my favourite karaoke song. Well, it’s quite hard if I’m not a hip person singing “All The Things She Said” by TaTu which is totally IMPOSSIBLE to sing along to at all! So I swore not to go karaoke with anyone else except peers of my age. Or else I can just sing in my own car just like how I always do.

My Discovery
2 weeks ago, I was introduced by a friend of this new little gadget that just got around to Malaysia. This little handy gadget is called the ‘Magic-Sing Karaoke Mic’. It’s an All-In-One Digital Karaoke microphone with 2,064 songs built-in. Yes, the mic itself is a karaoke system. No more bulky devices with lotsa cables and extensions. The karaoke system itself features other capability such as mic volume control, volume control, and tempo and echo control all within a press of a few buttons. Still don’t get the idea? Here, lemme show you.

Magic Sing Mic with Submic

This is how Magic-Sing karaoke mic looks like. The Mic also comes with an optional smaller Submic ( left).

Magic-Sing RCA Cables

Setting up the hardware is as simple as hooking up your VCD player to the TV. The only cables attached to the mic are the RCA cables (Red, White, Yellow) and a power cable which comes with an adapter.

Magic-Sing Powering up

Once the cables are all hooked up, power up your TV and select your Video Channel with your remote. Depending on types of TV, usually a Video Channel is set to AV1 and AV2. For my TV, it is set to AV2. Power up your Magic-Sing by pressing the ON button for about half a second (just like how you power up your mobile). Once the mic is on, you can see an intro screen playing.

Magic-Sing songbook

To start singing, you need to choose your song. The karaoke set comes with a handy songbook. The very nice covered song book comes in a form of a ring-bind folder. In future if you wish to purchase more songs(chips), you can add the additional song list pages into the book.

Magic-Sing

Now that you know what song you wish to sing, get the code and punch it into the system with your mic. Since there’s no display screen on the mic, your TV will act as a display screen. Once you keyed in your code, hit the PLAY button and away you go… sing your heart out!

Magic-Sing Real Time Score

There’s a mode button on the mic that allows you to select volume, echo, tempo and key control. You can even have song reservations, view your singing score in real time and have a little contest among your family and friends. I tried singing one of my favourite song, “100 Years” by Five For Fighting and I did pretty well… hehe. Oh yes, the songs are quite updated. Don’t worry about not having any songs to sing. There’s a hefty 2,064 songs for you to choose from!

Magic-Sing and Magic-Duet

The Magic-Sing does come with an optional Submic, called the “Magic-Duet”. It’s a wireless, standard AA battery powered sub-microphone that need to be paired with it big brother, Magic-Sing mic. After pairing up with the main mic, you can have a back-up singer, a duet partner and even a little singing contest together. Now isn’t that cool?

Magic-Sing Song Chip

If you find that 2.064 songs are not enough for you, you can always opt to add in additional songs by getting the optional Song Chips. Currently, there are only 5 song chip titles available. Chinese, Indonesian, Hymn, Pop-Vol 16 and Pop-Vol 17 song chips are sold separate from the Magic-Sing mic. More songs can be added into the mic by simply plugging the chip into the mic. There are 5 slots available in the mic so you can have up to 5 song chips inside the mic. Once inserted, your list of songs will be extended! Cool!

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After a few songs on my own, my brother then joins me for a couple of his favourites. He sure liked it as he was really into it.

Magic-Sing Car Adaptor

I just found out from the distributor that the set comes with an optional car adaptor. “What’s the car adaptor for?”, you may ask. Well, it’s to totally PIMP YOUR RIDE! For those having a LCD display panel hooked up in your ride, you can simply hook up this gadget to your existing car stereo system, get the car adaptor and you’ll be instantly popular among your friends. (Car adaptor and singing karaoke in the car is optional. We do not encourage the driver to sing along while driving :p)

Magic-Sing CarryBag

Hooking up is easy, packing up is as easy too. The Magic-Sing karaoke mic, songbook and adaptor come with a nice and easy carrybag. Now your can bring your karaoke set to any party and be an instant super star singing to your favourite karaoke songs!

My Verdict
The mic is really really cool and easy to use. You have everything built-in into the mic so you can control everything with just one device. The mic is really sturdy and really comfortable to hold. There’s of course a few drawbacks but that is not gonna stop a superstar wannabe from his/her favourite song. I’ll give this gadget an 8/10. It could be slightly pricey for some but if you can afford it, you must get it.

My Recommendations

  • To those who wants to join Malaysian Idol. This is a must-get gadget. Practice singing and grooving to your favourite tunes and who knows, you might get lucky.
  • To those avid karaoke goers. This will save you alot of money in long run. Just gather your friends over your place and have a fun night fun singing together. Hey, you can even charge them if you want to.
  • To pub, bar or even restaurant owners. Have this little gadget installed in your outlet and you will have more patrons coming over. Hopefully they order as much as they’ll sing. hehe
  • As a gift. A great gift for house-warming party.

I’m sure there’s more that you can think of. But I only need one reason to own it… Singing relaxes me. Yes, it’s how I distress myself.

Here’s a little video on how singing and karaoke can save your marriage too :)

Technical Specifications
I gathered these informations from the distributor’s website (http://magicsing.voicecreations.net)ED-9000 Special Feature:

  • Lyrics appear on TV screen
  • Photgraphy scenery displayed on TV
  • Echo, Key, Tempo and Volume Control
  • Song reservation, Score in real time, Random play
  • Music Contest, Musical Instrument, Voice Change
  • Melody Guide On/Off

Optional Devices:
1) Magic-Sing Sub-Microphone – Wireless microphone for the duet/backup singer. Must have a Magic Sing microphone to operate.

Features:

  • 900MHz Ultra high band
  • Crystal clear sound by using a noise reduction circuit
  • Great reception range of up to 20 ft.
  • Controls speed, pitch, music volume and vocal volume.
  • Makes use of the functions of the main microphone.
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries required (not included)

The Magic-Sing Karaoke Microphone is currently retailed at RM988. Since I’m one of the few first customer, the distributor agrees to give me a discount in my future purchase. So if you want one, email me at galvin@dawgbyte.com

iPhony

Ok, as much I hate to say this, whenever something is famous, surely someone will come up with something to defame it. Here’s a video some moron came up with to defame the much talkabout Apple iPhone. I don’t care what people have to say, I still love iphone and I’ll definitely get one when it’s available here in Malaysia.

Well, screw it with some moron who doesn’t know how to appreciate good stuff. I’m a true Mac lover and at least I will look cool with an iPhone, unlike those who people who most likely to be looking blue with their Microsoft smartphone… oh…sorry… looking more like a blue screen to me.

Oh yeah, there’s once people said that Windows 95 is actually Mac OS ’82!

Mac OS

Rules!

iWant iPhone

It’s been months now the speculation on how the new Apple iPhone will look like. Well, speculate no more because the long anticipated Apple iPhone is finally revealed and I love it. The heck with Nokia and Sony Ericcson phones, I need to get my hands on this baby.

iPhone

Apple totally reinvent the mobile phone by introducing the iPhone. iPhone is sort of like an iPod with phone and internet-working capabilities but with lotsa FUN in it… really. If you don’t believe me, you can go to www.apple.com to read more about it or else you can just read on to what I have to say as a Mac fan.

First of all, iPhone is like this mega-huge widescreen iPod for you to listen to your favourite MP3 files and watch TV shows and movies wherever you go. With it’s 3.5-inch widescreen display, Jurassic Park lives inside this baby. With it’s touch control screen, you can easily access any application with a tap on the screen.

iPhone
iPhone multi-touch display.

Making phone call is much more fun with iPhone. You can browse through address book with just a point of a finger, NO stylus needed! It also automatically syncs all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service.. cool eh?

Well, if you think you’ve seen it all, think again. iPhone comes with Safari, the most advanced web browser on a portable device. You can also check and send email with this baby too via Wi-Fi or EDGE.

We now live in a mutimedia world and phones are getting smarter. Besides playing movie and music files, iPhone also allows you to take photos with it’s 2 megapixel built-in camera. And with its built-in advanced sensor, the iPhone’s accelerometer detects when you rotate the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so you immediately see the entire width of a web page or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio.

Ya ya… some of my friends told me you can get all the same features with a Dopod or even HP’s Ipaq but the question is… do they look as cool too? ….. NAHH!

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The only downside to iPhone is the built-in camera. With a whopping 8GB built-in memory, I’m sure iPhone can afford a bigger resolution camera than the current 2 megapixel. I’m sure Apple will juice up the camera in no time. Nevertheless, iPhone may not be the smartest phone around, but it’s definitely the coolest!

Here’s some of the iPhone features on YouTube

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