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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Verizon Data Plan for Smartphone

About a month ago, the BIG RED (Verizon) released a new competitive data plan for personal usage. They call it "Email & Web for Smartphone". At the moment, only 3 smartphones qualify for this plan, but more will be included down the road.

Unlike the traditional 44.99 unlimited data plan previously, this plan is only 29.99 a month. You won't have access to verizon push email functionality and it is not intended to work with Outlook Exchange Server. Neitherless it is a cheaper plan with the same limit of data as the more expensive plan.

You can see more detail on it on the Verizon sheet.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Apple iTune Music vs Alternative

A few days ago, I decided to burn a collection of music in MP3 format so I could listen in my car, since it is MP3 compatible. To my amazement, that couldn't be done through the Apple iTune on music purchased through the Apple iTune Store. All of the music you've purchased, legally paid for, and in a sense have the right to use it all you want and whatever way you want, can't be done. Apple's iTune add a lock security DRM to each of the music file and can not be removed (at least not in a legal fashion). A person or group of people contributed to a freeware application to allow people who purchased these music remove the DRM (QTFairUse and myFairTunes) have been sue and forced to abandon the cause.

Now I have to think twice about purchasing music through Apple iTune as I can't use it for any other devices except Apple iPOD series. These days, you have devices to listen to MP3 all over the place. From cellphones, cars, and even kitchen frig. With that, the need to have a more portable music file is more important. The world does not evolve around iPODs.

I think I will be purchasing my music from Amazon from now on. All of their music are equal or lesser price than Apple iTune and it is DRM FREE. Meaning I can put it in whatever music device I wish, such as Apple iPOD, Microsoft Zune, or burn it on a MP3 CD to listen in my car! To add a bonus to it, the quality it is released with is better than Apple iTune. Of course there are negative things to say about Amazon MP3 Music Store. The purchasing interface isn't as easy to use when compared to the Apple iTune. Neither less, for an average computer users and the newer generation who can manage maintaining facebook, myspace, blogspot, and a tons of other websites at once, I doubt that is a problem.

You can read other people options on the new Amazon MP3 Music Store here:

While I greatly enjoy the simple usage of the Apple iTune, making the music I purchased versatile isn't their best. I have give some credit to Apple for taking steps toward DRM free, but compared from DRM vs DRM free library they have now, it is like day and night. It is less than 1% of their entire library collection.

I suppose until Apple makes their music DRM free or I find a way to convert these easily, I'll be purchasing my music from Amazon.COM from now on. I'll definitely still use Apple iTune to manage my music collection and sync with my Apple iPOD Touch, but it won't be a place for me to purchase my music.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Michael Buble Music Video

Here are a few good Michael Buble Music Video.

Michael Buble - Lost

Michael Buble - Home

Michael Buble - Everything

Friday, May 9, 2008

Classic Nintendo Comeback!

Now this is taking the old TV series Silver Spoon to new level. Apparently a guy was able to rig up a full size working Nintendo contoller. Sheesh! another thing I have to add on my list of cool thing to have!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HTC Diamond - New Touch Technology!

Today in London, HTC annouced the new HTC Diamond cellphone. Taking the HTC Touch line to a whole new level. It follow the current Touch tradition by keeping it slim. However it features the new 3D Touch Flo interface technology sitting on top of Window Mobile 6.1. The high point of this new device it the fact it is a 2.8 VGA resolution screen. Giving it an outstanding crisp image.
Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
Operating System: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 256 MB
Internal storage: 4 GB
Dimensions: 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 11.5 mm (T)
Weight: 110 g (with battery)
Display:2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Now when will it hit US and who will carry it, no one knows. There is also another one rumor to be part of this line is the HTC Touch Pro, or known as HTC Raphael. This will be the CDMA version of the Diamond, however comes with a keyboard! Speculation saying it will host similar technology as the Sony X1, since HTC is the maker of that!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Nintendo Wii Mario Kart

Yesterday while browsing around at Bestbuy, I picked up the newly released Nintendo Wii Mario Kart and an extra Wheel. The game is absoluately outstanding. I had picked up the Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii a few weeks ago. In comparison, the Mario Kart blows it away.

The package comes with one Wheel and the game itself. You basically stick in your Wii stick into this wheel and use it as a steering wheel. The control is fairly responsive. What makes this game stand out and fun is the fact it is "Wi-Fi" compatible. Meaning you can play with other people online, giving that extra boost of fun.

While playing the game with the wheel giving it a fun factor, you can in fact still control the game fine using the Wiimote / nunchuck combo or the classic controller. Spending the extra money on the wheel is optional, but not required. Of course the package itself already comes with one.

Be warn, like most Wii games, this game will definitely leave your shoulder soring for a few days! =)

You can read on a few review by people who purchased this by clicking Mario Kart Review (HERE).

A few other reviews:

Gaming Heaven:

CNet Review:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Verizon XV6900 - aka HTC Touch CDMA (HTC Vogue)

Finally after a long delay, many speculations, and endless sleep for a lot of people, the HTC Touch has been officially released to Verizon as XV6900. It had been launched via website as of 04/16/2008 and might show up in stores around 04/30/2008.

The Verizon XV6900 is the cousin of the HTC Touch released in GSM for T-Mobile in the past. The CDMA version had been released to Sprint as Spring Touch in 2007 with a black rubber cover. Verizon, as always wants to be special and different, decided to release this in an all white shinny plastic cover. It comes standard with Windows Mobile Professional 6.0 (also known as Windows Pocket PC version)

This phone tout a nice 65000 color LCD screen, EVDO Rev A ready (not active), and a nice thin design. It would be nice to have wi-fi on this as well, for poor soul who can't afford to pay the unlimited data plan. A common comments you will find about this device is the fact why Verizon went with the white shinny cover instead of the nice rubber version Sprint had released. Another comment would be the lack of multimedia offering on this device. Sprint came with Sprint TV. VZ Navigation isn't available on this device yet.

To make this phone even better is the fact Verizon annouced a new data plan for Smartphone. The Web and Email data plan for Smartphone is only 29.99 unlimited per month. While it currently cover the XV6800 and other smartphones at the moment, it is only time until the XV6900 gets added to the eligiblity list.

Below are some reviews and information on this new device.

HTC Touch Specification

Compare XV6900 vs XV6800

User Interface Screenshot

Interactive E-Learning

User Guide / Manual

HTC Touch CDMA Read Me First Doc
XV6900 Unbox

Verizon XV6900 Internet

Sling Player Mobile on XV6900

Verizon Wireless XV-6900

Verizon Wireless XV6900 Browsing

HTC Commerical

CNET XV6900 Review

A dedicate XV69000 website

Friday, April 18, 2008

SNL - Celebrity Jeopardy

I have to say this is a classic! You could watch it tons of time and still find it's funny!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Little Crazy Dancing Machine!

Watch this pretty funny kid bust a move...he got skillz!

Monday, April 7, 2008

The "Truth" about Sushi

Came across this interesting explanation about sushi. Answer why sometime we get wierd looks when ordering them at a Japanese Restaurant.