iOS4.3

It was last night that I was first eligible to upgrade iPhone firmware to version 4.3. I normally do not do the update unless the new patch comes with more smart feature.

Having waited for almost an hour to download around 660 MB of the new iOS, my phone got a new ability Personal Hotspot.


From now on, my phone can serve as a small router enabling up to five devices to connect to the Internet via EDGE or Wi-fi. I have been looking forward to this feature for long!

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First time on FaceTime

Last night was my first experience on FaceTime. I received a call from my friend who has just bought iPhone 4 last night, asking me to test the FaceTime. I have iPhone for a month but never used this feature before.

I activated it and waited for her call. She called me a few minutes later, and it almost failed because I forgot to turn on wifi. After connecting with wifi, the FaceTime button appeared available, and we can talked and saw the face of one another.  However, I personally think the picture quality isn’t that good thanks to the low-resolution front camera. It was nice experience, anyway. I was impressed with the FaceTime.

The phone

In the age of the plethora of smart phones, the into-gadgeted like me can’t miss to have one. There are plenty of smart phones available in the market, and most striking ones seem to be iPhone and Black Berry. Considering my use, Black Berry failed as I don’t like chatting or keeping myself online around the clock. I don’t mind the keyboard but I feel it is no use to stay connected. Doing so on PC wastes my time enough. iPhone is smart and stylish, but, too bad, it is too pricey to me. So, my choices were narrowed to only Windows Mobile and Android. Windows Mobile is long-developed and compatible with load of applications; however, it has the notorious of errors when it simultaneously runs applications. Its function is rather complicate. So, I don’t have to mention what I opted for.

I don’t care for those who brag my device is not worth buying. My mobile is incapable of connecting via 3G, yet I’m satisfied with it. 3G remains far perfect in Thailand. Even though it could be, I will hardly use it thanks to the unreasonable prices. It will take quite a long journey till it makes sense to me. (I mean till the 3G fee drops thanks to the competition among network operators.) I think I would have brought a new mobile by that time. I never feel upset with my buddy, for it perfectly fits my demand. I’m too tired to follow the IT industry in every minute.

Android hurts me!

I have been using Anroid OS for nearly a month. I really enjoy it, especially the smart searching function. However, this is the fist time it disappoints me. Way back to last Sunday, I picked up the phone, connected to the Internet via EDGE to search for something but the device suddenly turned itself off due to the low battery. I thought the connection was totally cut off thereafter.

At home, I re-charged the battery, turned the phone on, and left it on the table. I found many scores of messages sent from the mobile network provider warning the balance was insufficient! (I’m using pre-paid.) I was so shocked, and I later noticed the GPRD/EDGE connection remained active. I turned it off thinking the phone must be too smart. It automatically retrieved the previous setting just before it was electrical-free.

Fortunately, it was only about 50 Baht. I must be more careful next time. I heard a multitude of smart phone users have to pay for such a thing. The new generation of smart phone is generally designed for the Internet connection.

Best innovation of decade!

Technology is fast developed over the past ten years. A multitude of devices and software were born but the notable among them are, Windows XP, ADSL Internet, Google, and iPhone. They are nominated in the best innovation of decade vote in Blognone.com. I admit they play a pivotal role in the globalized world. Which one touches you most? Me? I gave my vote to Google. Here is my idea for each.

Windows XP: Another big leap of Microsoft Windows, Windows XP gains a lot of positive feedback at its start thanks to its beautiful interface and much-enhanced system. It eventually replaces the outdated OS (Windows 98) and brings overwhelming success to Microsoft before they blew up with Windows Vista in 2006. It is true that a mass of computers run Windows XP but several geeks recently turn to Mac, Ubuntu, or other free open sources.

ADSL Internet: The dream of downloading Korean series within few hours comes true when the hi-speed internet becomes a commonplace. We don’t remember exactly when we put a dial-up modem on shelf. ADSL plays a large part in computer-dominated era. It largely changes our online habit and it could be considered as the beginning of countless beneficial services, such as, video conference, social network, cloud computing, online game, P2P, and many more. Despite the long establishment of hi-speed connection, it has yet covered the whole remote area. Lots of people still keep to 56K speed.

iPhone: The latest gadget from Apple, iPhone, gains much attention from mobile market and even provokes the smart phone revolution. Yes, it means we are no longer monopolized with Windows Mobile which drives us crazy every time it creased. iPhone isn’t just a phone but it is also a fashion! iPhone is usually considered as a leading player when compared with other phones. However, the short period as of its debut can’t prove much. We’d better wait and see.

Google: From the little-know search engine, Google made their long way to be the spearhead in IT industry. Not only its genius search engine, Google also unleashes a variety of  free services, namely, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Map, Google Document, Google Chrome, Picasa, Youtube, and the latest products, Android and Nexus One which believed to receive much popularity. Now, Google is even working on its own operating system–Chrome OS. Their products are smart and free. So, Google deserves my vote as the best innovation of decade for the reason that we all can’t live without it. Can you surf the Internet without a single visit to Google.com?

High pixel = high-resolution image?

Digital cameras are becoming cheaper and there are various models available on the market these days. Pixel normally tops the criteria when we look for a new camera, believing the high-pixel camera will take high-resolution images.  Stop it  if you have this in mind. It is misbelieved!

What’s the pixel then? The number of pixel defines the maximum enlargeable size of photos. For example, 1.3 mega pixel cameras will give us 1280 x 1024 px at maximum, whereas the photos taken by ten mega pixel can be maximally puffed up to 3648 x 2736 px.

Up to this point, I bet many are wondering where high-resolution image is from. Ok, it is due to an image sensor. It is typically called a charge-coupled device (CCD) or a complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) active-pixel sensor. The compact or mobile phone camera usually comes with poor image sensor in comparison with DSLR camera which always produces high-quality photos. (But please except the Japanese call phone. I think it is equipped with rather fine CCD which I saw this with my eyes. Its single pixel phone, Sharp, can take a clear picture that even Nokias with one to five mega pixel are shy.

Hence, test the camera yourself before purchasing to see if it takes good-enough images. You need not to buy the high-pixel camera unless you want to snap yourself and enlarge it to put on the billboard near an expressway.

Google Calendar

Japaneses transforms the online Google Celendar to a real wall calendar. It’s simple yet stunning idea.

Source: http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/comments/20091228_real_google_calendar/