Archive for April 2012

James Cameron made only 1 change to Titanic 3D

When James Cameron re-released the movie Titanic in 3D to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster, one of the biggest question that went through my mind was: how much changes did he made to the movie.

I don’t mean changing from 2D to 3D. I mean making adjustments to the story by adding unreleased scene or editing the existing scene to tell a different story. Ask George Lucas, he is well known for making changes to the Star Wars movie whenever possible. (And I still believe that Han Solo fired the first shot)

But luckily for us, James Cameron didn’t make much changes to the 1997 Blockbuster. In fact, he only made 1 change. The stars in the sky that Rose see when she is lying on a piece of wood. All because of the complaint from a American astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Sometimes I find it amazing that people actually pays so much attention to those fine details.

It took 300 artists working for more than a year to outline every object, character, feature on face frame by frame for Titanic 3D. I heard that the 3D conversion is pretty well done. Maybe I might consider catching it again on the big screen after 15 years. Wow, I feel old now.

Rare Macintosh 128K prototype up on eBay

A rare Macintosh 128K prototype is currently up for auction on eBay. The seller claims that this is the only Macintosh 128K with a 5.25 inch floppy disk drive.

Apple planned to use its proprietary Twiggy disk format in the Macintosh 128K. But due to production issues, it switched to the 400k Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive in the last 2 or 3 months before the scheduled release on 24 Jan 1984.

The computer and keyboard are dated 1982-83. It can still power on but will require a Mac software on a Twiggy disk to boot up. Sadly, the seller does not have any Macintosh software on Twiggy disk to boot up the system.

It is still unknown how the seller managed to get his hands on a Macintosh 128K prototype with Twiggy drive.

If you are interested, the Macintosh 128K with Twiggy drive is on eBay with starting bid of US$99,995. It’s kinda expensive but if you are a vintage Apple collector, I’m sure you will want to get your hands on this rare prototype.

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Norton released Flashback Trojan removal tool

Norton just released a Flashback Trojan detection and removal tool for MacOS. If you have a Mac device, I strongly advice you to check if you are infected.

Initial reports stated that more than 600,000 Macs were infected by the Flashback Trojan. Norton can confirm that the number is trending downward but as of 12 April, there were approximately 270,000 machines still infected. The vast majority of these infections are in the US.

PS: Apple have also released a Java update to remove the Flashback malware. You should see it after running software update.

Nokia Lumia 610 NFC

I thought it’s going to take a while before we start seeing a Windows Phone 7 with Near Field Communication (NFC). Was kinda disappointed that the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 didn’t come with NFC. I understand that is because the WP7 does not support NFC.

Well, Nokia surprised everyone recently by announcing the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC. It’s the same as the Nokia Lumia 610 that was announced during the recent MWC except it comes with NFC.

And we are not talking about normal NFC. The Lumia 610 NFC has been certified for contactless payments with MasterCard’s PayPass and Visa’s payWave. This means you can use the Lumia 610 NFC for payment when the MasterCard and Visa brings the technology to your country.

And since it is a Nokia NFC device, it is compatible with all the Nokia NFC accessories like the Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset, Nokia Play 360, Nokia BH-310 Bluetooth headset etc etc.

But its a pity that Nokia choose Lumia 610 as the first Windows Phone 7 NFC phone. It would be more awesome if they put NFC on their flagship Lumia 900.

The Lumia 610 NFC is expected to be available early in the third quarter of 2012 with Orange being the first operator. I wonder if we will get the NFC version in Singapore.

Inside Foxconn: Exclusive look at how an iPad is made

Ever wonder how your iPad is being made? Marketplace visited a Foxconn factory to give us this exclusive view from the inside.