Archive for November 2011

Holga iPhone Lens Filter Kit

I think all Lomography fans with iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will love this. A Holga iPhone case with 9 special effect lens. OK, I know there are tons of free apps in Appstore that can create those effects too. But isn’t it cooler to have real plastic filter.

The Holga iPhone lens filter kit is designed to look like a old school telephone dial for that retro feel. It gives you 9 different and crazy special effects and filters without any software or app installed. The 9 effects/filters are:

Dual Image Lens: Produces 2 identical images similar to a Holga 2 way split image filter
Triple Image Lens: Produces 3 identical images similar to a Holga 3 way split image filter
Quadruple Image Lens: Produces 4 identical images similar to a Holga 4 way split image filter
60mm Macro Lens: For taking photos at approximately 60mm from the lens
Empty Hole: For taking images with no effect
Red Filter with Clear Heart Shape Centre: Reduces absorption of blue & green lights with clear heart shape centre to stand out
Red Filter: Reduces absorption of blue and green light
Green Filter: Enhances green colors
Yellow Filter with Clear Center: Clear circular spot in center to stand out with surroundings in pale yellow to mimic sunset
Blue Filter with Clear Center: Clear circular spot in center to stand out with surroundings in blue to mimic gentle moon atmosphere

The Holga iPhone Lens Filter Kit cost $24.99 and is available in Red, Blue, White, Black or Silver.

Run DOS on BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is getting cooler and cooler each day. Someone just managed run DOS on the BlackBerry PlayBook. YES! The command line OS back in the good old days of PC. And they managed to run classic games like Prince of Persia and Wolfenstein 3D.

You will most likely need a bluetooth keyboard connected to your PlayBook since you can’t bring up the virtual keyboard on DOSBox. Anyone still remember DOS commands like “dir”? Haha.

If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook, check out the forum discussion on how to install DOSBox.

Donate your used textbook to NTUC FairPrice

NTUC had launched their annual Share-A-Textbook programme for 2011. You can now donate all used school textbooks that are in the current curriculum at all FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Finest and FairPrice Xtra outlets.

This is the 29th year that NTUC FairPrice held it’s Share-A-Textbook Project. Don’t throw away used textbook. If you have nobody to pass your textbook to, donate them to NTUC FairPrice from now till 30 November 2011.

Dell XPS 14z

Dell unveils its XPS 14z laptop recently in Singapore. The XPS 14z is one of the thinnest fully featured 14 inch laptop with optical drive currently in market.

The Dell XPS 14z has a 14 inch screen yet Dell managed to squeeze it into a 13 inch laptop form factor. It is just 23mm thick and weighs 1.98kg. Still a bit heavy if you compare it with an ultrabook but it’s considered quite thin and light for a full 14 inch laptop. Choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor. 4GB dual channel DDR3 memory. The 8 cell battery is non user removable and able to last up to 6 hours.

At the back of the XPS 14z is one mini display port, one HDMI port, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and one ethernet port. On the side is a SD card reader, headphone jack and microphone jack. The XPS 14z also comes with a built-in slot load DVD drive.

The chiclet keyboard looks beautiful. It’s backlit and spill-resistant. And most importantly, pretty comfortable to type with.

My only complaint is that all the USB ports are at the back of the laptop. It’s going to be a little inconvenient when you need to plug/unplug a thumbdrive or device.

The Dell XPS 14z is now available in Singapore with starting prices of S$1,449 for the Core i5 version and S$1,749 for the Core i7 version.

First Look: Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia announced their plans to switch to Windows Phone 7 in February this year. And in just 8 months time, we get to see the first Nokia Windows Phone 7. I must say that the guys are Nokia are pretty fast.

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a 3.7 inch WVGA (800×480) AMOLED ClearBlack display. The screen is 0.2 inch smaller than the Nokia N9. This is most likely because some of the space are taken up by the Windows button. The phone weighs just 142g. It has a 1.4Ghz Single Core processor which is slightly faster than the N9. 16GB internal memory, 512mb program memory. Wifi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB port. And like the Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 uses a micro SIM card instead of the usual SIM card. And the battery is non-user removable.

The Nokia Lumia 800 has a 8 megapixel autofocus Carl Zeiss camera capable of 720p HD video recording. Strangely, the Lumia 800 doesn’t have a front facing camera unlike the N9. Skype fans and camwhore lovers might want to take note of this.

Like the Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 feels very sturdy. The body is precision-machined from a single piece of polycarbonate and flows seamlessly into beautiful curved glass. Screen is made from scratch–resistant gorilla glass.

The Nokia Lumia 800 also doesn’t come with NFC. This is a bit strange as Nokia is one of the strongest supporter for NFC.

Nokia differente itself from the rest of the Windows Phone 7 makers by including some value added applications. For example Nokia Music where you can buy songs (14 million tracks in catalog). Nokia Drive offers turn by turn voice navigation on a beautiful 3D map.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in Black, Cyan and Magenta. We don’t have the pricing yet. But Nokia said that it will be launched in Singapore by end of 2011. OK Nokia, you got less than 1 1/2 months.