Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The dual-core HTC Sensation to debut in Malaysia on 1 June 2011

There is news from Cubic Platforms that the dual-core HTC Sensation smartphone will be made available to Malaysia from 1 June 2011.

The HTC Sensation put emphasis on its multimedia capability, plays video and music with SRS virtual surround sound, and able to record full HD video with stereo sound. Its official retail price is RM2,299, slightly higher than the HTC Desire HD.

  • 4.3-inch Super LCD with qHD (540 x 960) resolution
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • HTC Sense v3.0 UI
  • 1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera with dual-LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • Comes with 8 GB microSD card
  • 1520 mAh Li-ion battery
You may be able to see it at Cubic Platforms, Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Updating HTC Incredible S from Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)

The OTA (Over-The-Air) Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) of HTC Incredible S smartphone has been made available to Malaysia today (26 May 2011) morning.

You can manually check for the update now, or wait for the automated update alert appear on your HTC Incredible S smartphone sooner or later.

Although this update will not cause any data or setting lost to your smartphone, it is always a wise choice to perform a backup using tools such as MyBackup (or the paid MyBackupPro) or Titanium Backup (or the paid Titanium Backup Pro) prior to the update, just in case...

Before the update, my HTC Incredible S is running on Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) software number 1.38.707.1.

After the update, it is now running on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) software number 2.12.707.5 with HTC Sense 2.1 (sadly, not the newer 3.0 yet).

Manual update is pretty easy. Just go to Settings > About phone > Software updates and click on the "Check now" button. You should be able to get the update notification as below.

After the download, you'll come to a confirmation screen to apply the update to your phone.

If you answer OK to Install now, your phone will be rebooted and the update process will begin. It takes a while to complete. Then the phone will reboot again, and your phone is now powered with Android Gingerbread!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Download and read the complete HTC Incredible S User Guide

HTC Incredible S comes with a small printed Quick Guide, which is definitely not sufficient enough for new Android smartphone user to learn about the phone features and get the best of them.

Well, the complete HTC Incredible S User Guide of 214 pages does exist, and you can freely download it from the Internet.

This comprehensive user guide covers all the content in the Quick Guide, plus many more, including:
  • Basics
  • Getting started
  • Personalizing
  • Phone calls
  • People
  • Keyboard
  • Messages
  • Accounts and sync
  • Social
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Clock and weather
  • Internet connections
  • Web browser
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Photos, videos and music
  • HTCSense.com
  • Maps and location
  • More apps
  • Security
  • Settings
  • Update and reset
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Index
Click here to download the complete HTC Incredible S User Guide.

Friday, May 20, 2011

How to check if your HTC smartphone is genuine original (under SiS warranty)

Since SiS Corporation is the sole distributor of HTC smartphones in Malaysia, the HTC phones imported by SiS to Malaysia and under their warranty are generally called "genuine original set". Those imported by other vendors, not going through the official HTC distribution channel, and not under HTC/SiS warranty (probably warranty by the import vendors themselves), are generally called "AP set".

Because there is a price difference between genuine original set and AP set, if you are buying a genuine original set (which is normally more expensive than AP set), you might want to check if your HTC smartphone is really a genuine original set, officially supported and warranty by HTC through SiS.

You might also want to ensure that you are getting a brand new unopened set, instead of otherwise a display set, etc.

Here is the way to check it. A new HTC genuine original set must fulfil all the criteria below:

  • The packaging box should be sealed with SiS sticker (photo as below)

  • The phone's serial no. and IMEI no. should be the same as printed on the box and at the back of the phone (in battery compartment)
  • You can check if the serial no. and IMEI no. is under SiS warranty here
  • Inside the box, there should be 2 stickers with same serial no. and IMEI no. for you to stick on the warranty card
  • All accessories should be sealed in plastic bag, except the battery charger. There should be a cut opening on the battery charger's plastic bag, for SiS to paste the warranty sticker onto the charger
  • Beside the charger, there are also SiS warranty sticker on the phone and on the battery
  • The battery is already inside the phone, but the circuit is blocked with a piece of plastic, which you need to remove in order for the battery to function
  • The battery should be partially charged
  • At the side of the box, you can find a sticker providing instruction about HTC/SiS online product warranty registration (photo as below)

  • At the other side of the box, you can find another sticker about free introductory training provided for the phone
  • If you are getting an HTC Incredible S phone, the free 8GB microSD memory card should be pre-installed in the phone's memory slot
  • You can register the HTC phone for warranty here. Need to scan and upload your receipt of purchase during the registration process

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Dynaquest Monthly Digest will stop publishing by August 2011

    I have been subscribing to Dynaquest's Monthly Digest for years, and have been using it to shortlist and analyse my stock picks. It is sad to know that this publication will come to an end.

    Founded by Dr Neoh Soon Kean (梁孙健), Dynaquest has been publishing precious fundamental analysis information of the Malaysian stock market, including the Stock Performance Guide (SPG), the Second Board Guide (SBG, which has ceased publication few years ago), Monthly Digest and the expensive Stockbase.

    Contents of Monthly Digest includes:
    • Summary of marketwide information
    • Ranking of companies by PER & DY
    • Ranking by discount to NAB/Share
    • Ranking by Market Capitalisation
    • Ranking by combination of PER, DY, PX/NAB and ROE
    • Valuation of TSR and warrant
    • Valuation of REITs
    • Dynaquest's selected stocks
    • EMAS index vs Sectoral indices
    • EMAS index vs Major Global indices
    • Entitlements information
    • Summary of updates for the month
    • Financial statistics
    • Weekly price charts
    Although there are a few competitors to this publication, those competitors are yet to close up the gap in getting close to Monthly Digest's comprehensiveness, up-to-date info, detail and usefulness.

    Existing subscribers of Monthly Digest are given 3 options to:
    • Get a refund for remaining subscription paid
    • Continue receiving Financial Statistics part of Monthly Digest in PDF format
    • Convert to Stockbase subscription
    Stockbase is a set of updated KLSE public listed companies' information and fundamentals, selling at a few thousand ringgit per year. This will be too expensive for retail investors.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Tweaking Ubuntu 11.04 easily with Ubuntu Tweak

    Ubuntu Tweak is an open source tool licensed with GPL v2, designed to make easy to configure your Ubuntu Linux system and desktop settings using its user friendly GUI interface.

    It is developed by Tualatrix Chou (周鼎), a 24 years old Chinese guy who also founded HZLUG (Hangzhou Linux User Group).

    Features of Ubuntu Tweak includes:

    • Display Basic System Information (Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)
    • GNOME Session Control
    • Auto Start Program Control
    • Quick installer for popular applications
    • Lots of 3rd-party sources to keep applications up-to-date
    • Clean unneeded packages or cache to free disk space
    • Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
    • Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
    • Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash or Network icon
    • Tweak Metacity Window Manager's style and behaviour
    • Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effect Settings, Menu Effect Settings
    • Set the Shortcuts to archive quicker access your favourite applications
    • GNOME Panel Settings
    • Nautilus Settings
    • Advanced Power Management Settings
    • System Security Settings
    • and many more...

    For example, many of us prefer to have the Window Titlebar buttons on the right instead of on the left. You can easily set this with Window Manager Settings in Ubuntu Tweak.

    You can download the DEB installation package of Ubuntu Tweak from its website. To install it after download, just double click on the DEB file.

    After installation, you can find Ubuntu Tweak inside the System category of Applications. Click the Applications launcher on the side bar of Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Desktop, drop down the search selector which default to All Applications and select System. Alternatively, you can search for "Ubuntu Tweak" by key-in its name in the application search box.

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Deloitte Technology Trends 2011 Report - The natural convergence of business and IT

    Deloitte has released their annual Technology Trends report for 2011, taglined "The natural convergence of business and IT".

    This report examines the ever-evolving landscape of technology put to business use. Although it is written from the perspective of the CIO, it also informs business executives on exciting new possibilities to apply technology to address their most pressing business challenges.

    10 important trends were identified in this report, clustered in 2 categories.

    1. (Re)Emerging Enablers are trends that many CIOs and technology executives have spent time, thought and resources on in the past.

    They are:

    • Visualization
    • "Almost-Enterprise" Applications
    • Cyber Intelligence
    • CIOs as Revolutionaries
    • The End of the "Death of ERP"

    2. Disruptive Deployments are trends that present significant new opportunities to improve business processes, rethink operations or even enter into new business models. The technologies themselves are not necessarily disruptive, but when when deployed, could disrupt the cost, capabilities, or even the core operating model of IT and the business.

    They are:
    • Real Analytics
    • Social Computing
    • User Engagement
    • Applied Mobility
    • Capability Clouds
    Among the list, the convergence of Social and Mobile computing plays significantly.

    Click here to download the 68 pages Deloitte Technology Trends 2011 Report.

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    How to switch from the new Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Desktop to the classic GNOME Desktop

    The newly released Ubuntu Linux 11.04 has a new default Unity Desktop interface, which brings different experience from the classic GNOME Desktop in all its previous releases which you are already familiar with.

    If you dislike this new Unity Desktop for whatever reason, here is the easy way for you to revert back to the Ubuntu classic desktop.

    When you are at the Ubuntu login screen, click on the user to login, and you will be able to see the taskbar at the bottom of the screen as shown below. One of the item on the taskbar is the session selector.

    Change the session from the default "Ubuntu" to "Ubuntu Classic" and proceed with the login, your desktop will now changed from the new Unity Desktop to the traditional Ubuntu GNOME Desktop. You just need to apply this setting once, and it will be the default for all subsequence login.

    If your Ubuntu is set to automatically login the default user, you can get to the login screen by logout the user.

    Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) released

    Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) has just released on 28 April 2011.

    This version brings some new experience to the user.

    The installation process involves less number of step.

    Its default desktop interface is a new Unity Desktop instead of the traditional GNOME Desktop. The experience is now more Macintosh alike. You can notice the sidebar on its left, which doesn't found in previous version of Ubuntu. It took me a while to figure out where to access to my favourite applications in this new desktop.

    The default office productivity suite has also shifted from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.

    If you want to revert from the new Ubuntu Unity Desktop to the traditional Ubuntu GNOME Desktop, click here to find out the easy method to do so.

    Hint: Click on the "Older Posts" link to continue reading, or click here for a listing of all my past 3 months articles.