The future of mobile phones… Like really distant future Posted on: February 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm Posted in: Blog

Nokia came up with this new concept called “Morph”, based on Nanotechnology. This phone is foldable, transparent, self-cleaning, stretchable, self-charging… Nokia thinks we’ll probably see it in 7 years. Yep, and in 7 years, all cars will fly. Until we see a working prototype, I think this could be a cool prop for the next sci-fi movie.

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Channel65: Creating Audio Books for the iPod Posted on: at 3:21 pm Posted in: How Tos,VideoCasts

Learn how to get the most out of the audiobook features in your iPod by turning your audiobook CDs into digital audiobooks with bookmarking and speed features that slow down the speakers voice without distorting it.

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65Bits Episode 60: The King is Dead, Long Live The King Posted on: February 25, 2008 at 9:15 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This episode, which heralds the long awaited departure and possible guillotining at the stake of the HD-DVD. We also see the price halving of the iPod Shuffle, a piece of news almost as tiny as its actual namesake. We’re also enthused by the announcement of Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, the titanic series of games from Electronic Arts. Speaking of games, we’ll see Microsoft’s Zune getting games developed on the XNA platform, a development that as great as it sounds will only give the Zune a small advantage over the iPod, but somehow one that’ll never be enough. And, finally seeing as the time has come for the lot of us the Tech65 crew to take a break and relax, and what better 21st century way to do so than to get advice from Wikitravel, now available in a book form. Yes, life is good even though HD-DVD is dead, being replaced by the Blue blooded Blu-ray.

Yours with love,
Chasity and Innocence

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iPod shuffle now 2 GB Posted on: February 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm Posted in: Blog

Apple has just dropped the price to the 1 gb iPod shuffle and subsequently introduced a new 2gb version of their clip on player. The 1gb player is now US$49 while the 2gb version takes the previous US$79 price.

Edit: The news is out that the 1gb iPod Shuffle has had its price reduced to S$78. Very nice. The 2gb version’s price has not been announced, but we can guess it’ll be S$138 like the previous 1 giger. This provides a really affordable option for those seeking a jogging iPod, or such like.

The American page for the updated iPod shuffle

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65Bits Episode 59: Change Our Phones Can Believe In Posted on: February 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

And I say, We can and We are ready and We are entitled to a world where the lines between a cellular phone, a camera, and a PDA are blurred. And yes, we can move on from the bricks, from the tyranny of bulging pockets and from the unsightly angles. We have come together, and we realise that our sights were not set too high. That updates can and will arrive and they will improve our lives.That we can one day say: I am a Windows Vista user without the cries of derision, that we can one day, Mac User in hand with Windows User, reach across partisan lines, to solve the problems of yesterday, to soothe the anger today, and to bring the change our phones, our cameras, our operating systems and our Televisions can believe in. I thank you And I am confident that we as one community will indeed make use of all forums provided and let our voices be heard.

(R-California) Daniel Tsou, 2 Term Congressman for the 8th Congressional District of California
(L-New Hampshire) Jerrick Lim, Freshman Senator for Nashua, New Hampshire
(D-Pennsylvania) NTT, First Term Congressman for the 2nd Congressional District of Pennsylvania

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Make your iPod Touch TRULY mobile with JoikuSpot Posted on: February 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm Posted in: Blog

One thing I love about the iPhone and the iPod Touch is the web browser. The thing is it’s not practical to have an iPhone in Singapore, what with the cracking and the difficulty in finding it (thanks to Apple Singapore, we’re probably the only Asian country where imported iPhones isn’t easily found in stores). Even if you do own an iPhone here, the iPhone’s internet speeds via GPRS is ridiculously slow. So in the mean time, there’s a solution to that. All you need is a Nokia Series 60 3G phone with WiFi (any new model from the past year or so) and an iPod Touch.

The guys over at Joiku.com created this really ingenious app that I’ve been waiting for someone to make. An application that turns your phone’s inbuilt WiFi into a WiFi hotspot! Simply download the application, run the program, tell it to connect from your 3G connection, and that’s it! You’ve got yourself a mobile WiFi Hotspot!

Now all you have to do is take your iPod Touch and connect it to that connection and you can surf the Internet using the iPod Touch’s mobile Safari browser and surf some real Internet on the go! Not to mention access to that giant library of Web-based apps for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

There are some limitations with the program, which you can read about on their download page. The biggest one, however, is the fact that you cannot rename the SSID of your newly created WiFi Hotspot (it will be called “JoikuSpot”) and the Hotspot is not secured. Meaning ANYONE can use that same hotspot. So unless you have a lot of data (which isn’t difficult to get thanks to today’s cheap mobile broadband plans with insanely loads of data per month), the JoikuSpot isn’t for you.

That said, I hope this helps you make your iPod Touch experience more mobile!

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New 32GB iPod Touch. No price drops Posted on: February 6, 2008 at 6:39 am Posted in: Blog

Apple has just launched the 32GB iPod Touch, which is on sale now on the Apple Singapore online store. Unlike what they usually do with previous lines of iPods, they did not eliminate the 8GB and drop the price of the 16GB. Instead, they simply added the new model to the line up.

The price of the 32GB model is S$848 and it will ship in 1-2 business days (that means earliest next Tuesday, thanks to the long weekend starting today). If you need a refresh of the other models, the 16GB is S$698 while the 8GB is S$498. Are you going to pay that much just to have that touch interface? Until Apple announces support for the 3rd party applications for the iPod Touch, it’s really just not worth it.

The online Apple store

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65Bits Episode 58: Brought to you by the letter A Posted on: February 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

It was a dark, rainy evening when the Tech65 crew, sans JJ, met at their secret hideout. The time had come for them to indulge in their dark rituals. Sitting around a table, they drank a foul brown liquid.. and chanted something in a language no one else could understand. And in the middle stood a grotesque little thing, point it’s round little nose at the crew. The crew spoke to it, while it blinked and stood still….. And then suddenly… the lights went out..

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