Monday, May 31, 2010

First look at Sony's 3D TV

Dropped by Sony's big sale last weekend, and though yes, the TVs were really cheap, what caught my eye was Sony's showcase of their 3D system. I've long been skeptical about 3D, but I have to say that this changed my mind about it. Avatar was great and all that -- the greatest ride I've had in a movie theater in a long time -- but could they recreate that experience on a regular TV in a living room, and more importantly, would we want it?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Six nerdy must-watch movies

Fasten your seatbelts, nerds. Iron Man 2 was just the start. There are a whole bunch of sci-fi and fantasy movies just around the bend. I've compiled a list of six must-watch movies. One is showing right now, one is showing around Christmas, and the rest will all be showing in the next couple of months.

Third World Nerd likes

This is one for the bloggers out there. You may have noticed that Third World Nerd now has a Facebook Like button at the end of every post (you'll have to click on the individual posts first). Yes, everything is about Facebook nowadays and I'm jumping on the bandwagon. What fun! If, dear blogger, you're wondering how to do this yourself, check out this page over here. What are you waiting for? Start liking my posts! Haha!

Monday, May 24, 2010

See how big the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is on Google maps

Check out this link to see Google maps with an overlay of the observed and forecasted spread of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Spoiler: the oil spill (the green part) is by my reckoning almost half as big as the state of Florida, and it's already made landfall. Gross. I've been ignoring the news for a while now (it's been a month already!), thinking it was just another oil spill. Seeing it on Google maps really brought home just how bad this disaster is.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Big Sony Sale Soon!

I love gadget sales, don't you? In case you can't read the little print on this picture, it's a Sony Sale at the Mega Tent in Ortigas on May 28 to 30 promising discounts of up to 50%. (Or click on the photo to embiggen.) It looks like a great time to buy a big LCD TV, especially if you plan to hold out on buying one of those fancy 3D TVs that are on the horizon. Worth a look-see!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nokia N900 caught in the wild

Here you have it, Nokia's N900 in real world usage. Turns out my officemate Atan has had one in his pocket for a while now. I took some photos of the device and interviewed him on his thoughts about life with an N900.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The iPad has landed (plus the traditional unboxing)

That's one happy nerd right there. Yes, I gave in and bought an iPad. I honestly do believe this contraption has a significant role in the future of publishing books, magazines, music, videos, and games. Plus it's a fascinating mobile device that manages to be more than a giant iPod Touch. Just to make it clear: Yes, I'm a long time Apple user (my first Apple was a IIc). No I'm not a fanboy. I've owned and built PCs before. Yes, so far, the iPad is everything it's cracked up to be. But first an unboxing...

The trials of getting an iPad

My long-awaited iPad finally arrived! And what a journey it took to get here.  The voyage was made possible through the help of three good Samaritans. The iPad itself, meanwhile, traveled from China to New York and back to Asia, racking up more frequent flyer miles than I have all year. And now nerds, without further ado, I bring you the trials of getting an iPad without paying exorbitant fees. Grab a sandwich, this won't be short.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Electronic elections? That wasn't so painful now, was it?

All that hullabaloo about failure of elections and now, in just a couple of days, the Comelec is almost done counting the votes. And wrapping it up in a neat bow. The fears about the country's first electronic elections turned out to be for, well, mostly nothing. Even Conrado de Quiros, who was critical of the scheme, ate some humble pie and congratulated the Comelec on a job well done. So all's well that ends well. Ain't technology grand?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Threadless accepts PayPal. Goodbye virtual money!

A few weeks ago, Threadless, the online designer tee-shirt seller, announced that it would start accepting PayPal payments. As my wife had a few dollars in her PayPal account and I'm allergic to swiping my credit card, we jumped at the chance. I've always wanted to buy Threadless shirts. Some of their designs are just awesome.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Forget the iPad, here's the aPad

Hot on the heels of Adobe showing off a tablet device running Android and Flash at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, China has harnessed the power of its manufacturing might to produce an iPad killer, and it's called -- fantastically enough -- the iRobot aPad. Well, that didn't take long.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HTC launches trio of phones

Alright, this entry about the HTC launch is long overdue -- the event happened last week -- but the day job's been keeping this nerd busy. The trio of phones are likewise somewhat delayed to hit the local market, but it's always welcome when they come around. Local launches mean local support and local availability and local prices, and those are always good things.