Management Reshuffle Posted on: March 31, 2009 at 10:46 am Posted in: Announcements,Breaking News

Update: This was our 2009 April Fools joke

It is truly unfortunate, but Tech65 has had a minor set back in terms of our staffing situation. Following the economic downturn, many of our writers have had to take on second and third jobs in order to continue contributing on a pro-bono basis to Tech65. Unfortunately, this has lead to a slip in the quality and the quantity of stories provided by our organisation.
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65Bits Episode 112: The Quietest Cafe in Singapore Posted on: March 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

In the continuation of tech news draught that seems to be happening more often this year, we find ourselves sitting at the location where we recorded our very first out-door 65bits (How did we ever manage to talk for less than twenty minutes back then!?).

In summary, Fujitsu has a new service centre, HP has a new budget ultra portable, Singapore has a new rank to show-off, Windows has a new ad and Farinelli has a new feature in Gmail he totally should start using.

A great time to just talk about stuff that isn’t news?

– Daniel and DK

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Gear65 #14 – Sony Vaio P Posted on: March 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

We finally get our hands on Sony’s ultra-portable net *cough* I mean, notbook (that’s not a typo. If Sony says it’s not a netbook, then it’s a NOTbook), the sexy Vaio P, ever since their official launch a few months ago.

There’s just so much to say about it that even this video doesn’t cover enough of the result of Sony’s decision to use Windows Vista and to fill it with value-adding software. And it’s actually surprisingly positive!

In summary: As long as you use the Vaio P strictly for getting online on the go by giving you access to your information in the cloud, or for music playback, you shouldn’t experience too much lag. Still, if I had a choice, I’d choose to have Windows XP, but that would cause you to lose the Vaio apps pre-installed on the machine, which actually are pretty useful, especially when it comes to quickly changing settings.

Plus the instant-on mode is a really awesome feature that all netbooks should have.

The price is going to turn a lot of people off though. No matter how small and cool looking it is.

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Samsung Ultra Touch Unbox (HD Video) Posted on: March 26, 2009 at 10:00 am Posted in: Unbox,VideoCasts

More unboxing today! This time, it’s a first look at the flagship Samsung Ultra Touch (a.k.a S8300) that we saw at the MWC event at Samsung a while ago. The cool thing about this unbox is that the phone isn’t even on sale in Singapore yet!!

This phone is filled with features, and like all top-of-the-line phones, it’s got everything from GPS, 3.5G HSDPA, Bluetooth etc. And carrying on the Samsung flasgship tradition, it has a really powerful camera too. 8 megapixels!! With LED flash, auto-focus, smile, face detection, anti-shake etc. Also, like we mentioned during the MWC post, this TouchWiz UI powered phone, like all other TouchWiz UI phones (Pixon etc), doesn’t have WiFi built-in.

Stay tuned for next week’s Gear65, after the Vaio P episode, as we take a more detailed look and review the Ultra Touch!

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Sony Vaio P Unbox (HD Video) Posted on: at 8:00 am Posted in: Unbox,VideoCasts

We finally get our hands on the Sony Vaio P, and present it to you in an unbox video. Will it exceed the initial expectations it gave us when we first saw it? Why don’t we start with the unboxing first, shall we?

So far, the device has proven that even though it’s running on Windows Vista, it is usable and doesn’t lag. As long as Aero is off (and unlike Windows 7, Aero doesn’t do anything extra other than look cool), the device can run quite smoothly. In fact, some of the advantages of Windows Vista is proving to help the Vaio, especially with regards to connecting to the internet wirelessly by tethering to your bluetooth enabled 3G phone. I’m actually liking it so far. Will that change? Well, I guess you’ll just have to wait for the next episode of Gear65 to find out!

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65Bits Episode 111: !!!!111oneOneONE Posted on: March 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

Microsoft says they’re a platform company. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? And what it the iPhone’s impact on the rest of the smartphone industry and what makes them so succesful? These are just some of the thought provoking discussions that we have in this week’s relatively shorter but heavier episode of 65bits. Plus we discover NTT’s opinion on fancy IM features, and how he just doesn’t get what kids like these days.

– Daniel, NTT, Farinelli

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Counterpoint: Apple’s iPhone 3.0 Software Posted on: March 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm Posted in: Blog,Thoughts

Daniel made a very cogent point in the previous article, articulating the spectacular advantages Apple has in the smartphone sphere. I would like to offer however, a counterpoint to his article. Although I do agree with many of the points he has made in his article, I would just like to supplement with some thought-nuggets that may serve to complement his views.

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Multi-touch Interactive Table at Noise Singapore Posted on: at 10:30 am Posted in: Blog

I was invited to the launch of Noise Singapore at Far East Plaza Level 1 a few weeks ago. Initially I thought it’s just going to be an Arts event. I didn’t expect to see any high tech stuff at the event. Well, I was wrong. There is this amazing Multi-touch interactive table that was created by a local company called Digital Dreams Pte Ltd. The event organizers are using the Multi-touch table to display some of the artworks by local young artist. Check out the video I took.

From what I understand, the software is running on top of Windows XP. It has a 42 inch touch screen but they can support bigger screen if you want. Pretty cool stuff. Looks like we are another step closer to minority report.

Check out the Multi-Touch Interactive Table in action at Far East Plaza Level 1 from now till 29 March 09.

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Gear65 #13 – Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Posted on: at 1:06 am Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

This week we take a look at the ThinkPad X200. In an age where companies are trying to add as much as they can into their products, Lenovo decided to omit some common features, while still maintaining the strenghts of the original ThinkPads.

Link: Lenovo ThinkPad X series

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Playing with the X-Minimax Portable Speakers.. Posted on: March 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm Posted in: Blog

While we were doing the Gear65 review for the X-Minimax, I thought I would try to do an audio review of the X-Minimax and compare the sound with another pair of speakers.. So I did a face-off between the X-Mini-max and a pair of Altec Lansing I use as my standard speakers.

Here is the setup.

On my desk, I have setup the 2.1 Altec Lansing 121i. The two speakers right in front, seperated by ~30cms, and the sub-woofer on the side. The EQ was set to the values I generally use for listening, with both Bass and Trebel set to the middle. I placed the X-Minimax on top the Altec Lansing speakers during the test.

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