Monday, October 29, 2012

Turn your Mac into a Kinect with Flutter

My high point for the day was using this app, available on the Mac App store for free, called Flutter. What it does is allow your computer to be controlled using gestures, much like you do on your Xbox 360 with Kinect. You wave at your computer's webcam to stop/play a song on iTunes. Or gesture to go to the next/previous track. It's genius!

Friday, October 26, 2012

James Bond's phone

James Bond uses Android? Never mind the Rolex craze of yesteryear, this Bond wears Omega, drives a BMW, and uses an Android phone – the Sony Xperia TX to be precise. The phone looks pretty slick! But that's normal for Sony (no longer Sony Ericsson!) phones. I heart their design. And the TX will be upgradeable to Jelly Bean. Looks good.

We'll be seeing Mr. Bond with his Xperia TX in the upcoming movie, Skyfall, coming out this October 31. I for one am really excited about this movie! And if you want Bond's phone, Sony is running a promo right about now where it's giving away free Xperia cases.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nikon V2 is official!

I never liked the V1 because, in a nutshell, it gave you a smaller sensor at the same expensive price, but I have to admit that the pictures that the V1 takes actually seem quite good. Now Nikon has updated the camera and announced the V2. It's a 14-megapixel shooter capable of 15 frames per second, and it still has that hybrid autofocus system. We'll see how much the image quality has improved around November, when this camera will be released. What we know so far is that the V2 looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. Ergonomics my foot. It's hideous! 

What Apple ads should say

The other night, I stayed up until 2 AM for a liveblog of the Apple event. And I realized at 1:30 AM that it really didn't matter what Tim Cook and Phil Schiller were saying. I mean, let's face it. Love Apple or hate 'em, they're going to sell millions of these things. They don't need sales talk anymore.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What Apple taglines really mean

I hate to admit that I don't have much to add to the conversation about Apple's new products. They look great. They'll sell like hotcakes. They're not surprising. So instead, I'll just poke a little fun at Apple. Below you'll find what Apple has to say about their amazing new stuff, and my translation of what they actually mean. [Insert evil laughter.]

Apple's tagline for the iPad mini: 
"Every inch an iPad"

What it means:
We want you to think that you're getting a full-sized tablet experience, not a shrunken, compromised tablet experience. You see what we did there? We simultaneously built up the iPad mini while shooting down all other smaller screen, 7-inch tablets, like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. We're genius!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Project Blackintosh

I didn't come up with the name. Some other dudes at did. But it will be my next computer. 

What on earth is a blackintosh, you ask? It's a build-it-yourself Mac (hackintosh) made from off-the-shelf PC parts and capable of extreme gaming. And it's black.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Next gen gaming is already here

The next generation of gaming has been delayed. Or has it?

The pic above is a screencap from Borderlands 2 running on PC. I'm starting to think next gen gaming is already here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Worst headphones ever

Music is a must for me when I go for a run. When my Sony in-ear headphones (great performance but not made for sports) died on me after years of use, I bought this pair to replace them. Philips headphones, in my experience, have been okay in terms of sound quality, and they're cheap. Nothing to write home about really. Good enough if you need something in a pinch, and I just wasn't willing to pay upwards of five thousand for a pair of adidas/Sennheiser in-ear headphones (my first choice). Boy do I regret that decision.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why the iPad mini is the greatest product Apple should never make

Apple's invite to its October 23 event.

It looks like the iPad mini will be announced any day now. The rumors all point in that direction, and these rumors are starting to get pretty accurate. Product launches seem useless nowadays. 

Apple will no doubt sell millions of these iPad mini things. The market wants a 7-inch tablet – if Android sales are to be believed – so making this product is a business no-brainer. It lets Apple keep its lead in the tablet category. I'll buy one. Maybe even two if the price is right.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LCD vs LED: LCD wins! Whut?

This is our new humongous TV, the largest television I've ever lived with. Pure unadulterated happiness. Got it on sale from Abenson's, and the Sony sale should still be ongoing until the end of the month. Officially, on their online ad, Sony only has the 40-inch LED TV (and smaller) on sale, but depending on where you go to buy a TV, there might be other items for sale too, like this 46-inch LCD TV, which we got for a cash price of 40k with a free DVD player and sound system to sweeten the deal (retail price was 45k without the sweetener). 

I wouldn't say that's super cheap (second tier brands go for much cheaper) but for a big brand like Sony, this is superb value for money for a quality product. So anyway, yeah, the surprise winner between LED versus LCD is... a bigger LCD.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Juan Tamad app

Who says Pinoys are lazy? We can make apps! The Juan Tamad app is an iOS game that's based on the old stories of, you guessed it, everyone's favorite wiseguy, Juan Tamad. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why I'm against the Cybercrime law (and why you should be too if you aren't already)

“There’s nothing more important in a democracy than a well-informed electorate. When there’s no information or, much worse, wrong information, it can lead to calamitous decisions and clobber any attempts at vigorous debate. That’s why I produce the news.”

--Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

Aw snap, now I've done it. I just had to write this blog post and now I might go to jail. Yes, jail, who'd have thunk it? It's the law as outlined by the recently passed "Cybercrime" bill, which was signed into law by none other than PNoy Aquino of the falsely pro-Filipino nickname. 

Things may have settled down since last week's furor, but the fight goes on.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

I had high hopes for this one. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller is a classic. It's perfection in graphic novel format, and I've always said that they should turn it into a feature film. Like 300, that other Frank Miller graphic novel, it's practically made for a screen adaptation. Any smart director wouldn't mess with it. Just look at what Zack Snyder was able to accomplish with 300. Of course, The Dark Knight Returns is a series of four lengthy books, so condensing it into one movie would have been tough. When I heard that the animated version would be three movies, I was very excited. I raised my expectations another notch. Then I heard that Peter Weller was going to do the voice of Batman. And the expectations went higher still.

This animated feature is a straight-to-BluRay movie, and that should have clued me in as to what we were dealing with here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Which camera should I buy?

Olympus E-M5 vs Fuji X-E1 vs Panasonic GH3 vs Olympus E-PL5 vs Fuji X100. FIGHT! You can also think of this as my Photokina wrap-up post.

Just before Photokina this month, I was all set to buy an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I still might. But other cameras have come along that are mighty tempting. I made a list of pros and cons for each camera, which is always a good thing to do when gadget shopping.