IT Industry Review 2013






Another year went by quickly. It’s time to jot down my quick review of 2013. Apple had a boring year? Everyone waited for most of 2013 with high expectations to see new gadgets from Apple, iWatch, Apple TV, etc. But Apple took their time to release “only” new iPhones and iPads in October, they continue… Read More »




Bitcoin Mining Review – November 2013






I spent the past few days learning about bitcoin and here is my summary so far. Update: I will keep adding links and other information on this page. I have added other links about the background and economics of bitcoin whilst this review only focus on the coin mining aspect. Bitcoin is often referred to… Read More »




Hate Something, Change Something…






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwRCBHhyrAA (Borrowing the title from a very memorable (very annoying to some) TV advertisement by Toyota.) Just having one of those days which I feel like trying something different. So I switched my default search engine to Bing today. Maybe the plain simple input box is getting a bit too boring, or because it is often blocked… Read More »




My IT Review of 2012







Last day of the year. Want to jot down my quick thoughts on various IT things I learned this year. Adding RAM to your desktop PC. It’s time to upgrade to 8GB or 16GB of RAM. It is not expensive. But 4GB is no longer enough. If you use your computer like how you use your… Read More »





A key milestone for iOS, thank you Mr Forstall.






Main business story of the day is the departure of Scott Forstall from Apple. I know, that’s what journalists do, to spend time writing about what happened. Try to make sense of it all, even from unnamed sources, rumours, speculations, etc. I am trying to say it in a nice way, but it is either… Read More »




iPhone 5 is all about miniaturisation.






When everyone is still busy complaining about maps and the new connector, they are forgetting that at least 5 million (that’s just the first 3 days confirmed) people have already bought iPhone 5 ignoring or living with such “complains”. That is, over 5 million users didn’t get Google Maps and YouTube as default and 5… Read More »




Amazon is helping to kill off Android Tablets






I read “Amazon ups the ante in war against Apple” by Adam Lashinsky (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/07/amazon-vs-apple/) about how Amazon is hurting Apple, but it didn’t look at how the new Kindle Fire is helping to kill off the Android tablet market. Just as many companies tried to come up with iPod killers and failed, it is common… Read More »




Less than 18% of smartphone usage are for calls and texts.






http://mediacentre.o2.co.uk/Press-Releases/Making-calls-has-become-fifth-most-frequent-use-for-a-Smartphone-for-newly-networked-generation-of-users-390.aspx Interesting research results from O2 looking at smartphone usage. Our combined usage on phonecalls and texts are lower than browsing the web. It can be the answer to why Apple released Safari/webkit years before iPhone and still enforce that webkit being used for all web browsing on iPhone and iPad. It was a long… Read More »




Appreciation of Quality – iPad 3 with Retina Display






Rumour sites have mostly agreed on today’s announcement of  iPad 3 will have Retina Display, 4G LTE data connection, slightly thicker casing by 0.8mm, same pricing, better cameras, etc. What they have not done much of is to look at the impact to the users and the market. They didn’t even mention what a new Apple… Read More »




42-megapixel camera phone, by Nokia, runs on Symbian!






http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17178014 http://europe.nokia.com/pureview Nokia announced a new phonewith 41-megapixel camera on the opening day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Technically, the camera is amazing and will easily be the best camera phone out there. But strategically, it will fail no matter if it sells well or not. All because Nokia chose to power the phone by… Read More »