Friday, September 26, 2008

another Kindle?

but this one is without wirepess connection - $749 Electronic Reader Lacks Wireless Connection; Not As Good As The Kindle

Tricia Duryee
Friday, September 26, 2008; 2:07 PM

This week, iRex Technologies started selling its first device?the iRex Digital Reader 1000S?but at $749 it is a disappointment and doesn't stack up to rivals, including the Amazon ( NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle or the Sony ( NYSE: SNE) Reader, reports USA Today. The devices are increasingly trying to target the business segment, who travel a lot and and want to eliminate some of the paper they carry around.

Some of the cool things about the iRex are better than the Kindle, such as the 10.2 inch display, and the fact that it comes with a digitizer and stylus, allowing people to be able to make annotations on the screen. But the big draw-back of the iRex is that it costs an additional $100 for a wireless version ($849). And still, the wireless version only includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which provides access to newspapers and other content through a downloading service.

That differs drastically from the Kindle, which uses a cellular connection, so that users have access to new books and content when they are within range of a signal. Last week, at GigaOm's Mobilize event in San Francisco, everyone pointed to that feature as the beauty of the $359 device. As people noted on a couple of different panels, Amazon did a great job of hiding the complexity of the network. Because the cost of data is tacked on to the price of a book, customers don't have to be conscience about connecting to a network, or wonder how much the download may cost. Most won't ever know they are connecting to Sprint's ( NYSE: S) wireless network.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Apple iPhone Vs Google's T-Mobile's G1

ok, so there is new competiton now for iphone. Th ebiggest threat, emm..maybe a threat, (they are new in mobile/cell phone business) is the new Google's T-Mobile's G1.

It was on the main page of news, the stories goes;

Hands-on impressions: T-Mobile's G1, the first Google phone

Watch out, Apple. The G1 may not be as sleek and sexy as the iPhone, but its peppy, easy-to-use touchscreen interface makes mincemeat of all the other iPhone wanna-bes, and it packs in some killer features—like 360-degree Street View—that the iPhone has yet to match.

Granted, I've only had a few minutes of hands-on time with the T-Mobile G1, so this doesn't count as a review—we're just talking first impressions here. But first impressions count, and the G1 ($179, available October 22) scored big during my brief test drive. (Click here for full specs and details on Tuesday's announcement.)

So, let's talk about the hardware first. As I mentioned in my initial post, the G1 is slightly bulkier and heavier and—well, let's just say it—a little uglier than the slim, sexy iPhone. Weighing in at 5.6 ounces, I could definitely feel the G1's extra bulk in my hand, although at just 0.6 inches thick, the G1 should fit relatively easily in a jeans pocket.

The G1's 3.17-inch screen is slightly smaller than the iPhone's 3.5-inch display, and at first glance, its interface looks a bit dull compared to Apple's red-hot handset (and unfortunately, my shaky photography skills don't help). But beneath the G1's sliding display, we get a surprise—a full, Sidekick-sized QWERTY keypad, perfect for those who don't want to deal with a touchscreen keyboard. There's also a trackball, a Home key, and physical Call and End buttons.

While the G1's main screen isn't quite as eye-popping as the iPhone's, the Android-powered display was surprisingly responsive—a quick flick of my fingertip opened a windowshade of applications, while tapping the status bar at the top of the screen instantly revealed e-mail, SMS, and voice-mail alerts. Indeed, tapping and scrolling around the G1's various menus was a seamless pleasure, akin to what you'd expect from an iPhone. And while leading iPhone competitors like the Samsung Instinct always felt a bit sluggish to me, the G1's peppy interface responded quickly to my every touch.

Of course, you'll get the most out of the G1 if you're using Google's suite of online applications, all of which sync automatically the moment you sign in. The push Gmail client features threaded messaging, just like you'd expect online, and you can star messages, organize them with filters, and even conduct Google searches within the e-mail client itself. You can also use the client to check your POP and IMAP accounts—no full-on Exchange syncing, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, third-party developers are free to create their own Exchange syncing apps for Android.

The G1's dialer and contact list immediately grabs all your online Google calendar info and contacts—and for those with IM accounts, the G1 will indicate which of your contacts happen to be signed in for chat, an "online presence" feature familiar to anyone with a Helio phone. As with the iPhone, you can flick your contact list with a finger, spinning it roulette-style. Nice.

The Android Web browser on the G1 immediately takes its place as one of the top mobile browsers I've seen, right next to those on the iPhone and Nokia Nseries handsets. Pages rendered quickly (over Wi-Fi, at least) and perfectly; a tap brings up zoom in/out controls, while a touch-enabled magnifying glass lets you quickly scan lengthy Web pages. (No multitouch-enabled "pinching," however.) See a picture you want to save? Just touch and hold; a contextual menu pops up with a variety of options, including saving the image to the phone.

Coolest of all, though, is Google Maps on the G1, complete with GPS and Street View. In the demo I saw (over Wi-Fi), maps loaded quickly, as did Street View images, and they refreshed almost instantly as I dragged maps and images around with my finger.

The best part? Using Street View with the G1's built-in compass. Say you're facing north; you hold the G1 in front of you, select Street View, and you'll see your street from a north-facing vantage point. Turn east—with the phone still in front of you—and the Street View image follows. Angle the phone skyward, and Street View moves likewise. Way, way cool (and impressively fast and responsive, to boot).

Disappointments? Well, the G1's music player is no great shakes; it'll play your standard MP3/WMA/AAC/Ogg Vobis files, but the bare-bones player interface can't hold a candle to the iPhone's. (At least you can buy MP3s wirelessly using the bundled Amazon application.) Also, there's no video player—then again, as T-Mobile reps kept repeating, there's nothing stopping third-party developers from building one (or many).

And while the G1's three-megapixel camera tops the iPhone's 2MP shooter, the G1 doesn't come with built-in video recording—although (yep, you guessed it), third-party developers should feel free to fill the void.

Indeed, the T-Mobile reps I spoke to said that any and all of the G1's main features are open to third-party development—the dialer, the e-mail client, the music player, you name it. Again, that's the beauty of the open-source Android OS (versus Apple's we-must-control-everything approach).

Of course, the G1's biggest drawback may end up lying squarely with T-Mobile—or, more specifically, its nascent 3G network. When the G1 goes on sale next month, only about 21 markets will be covered by T-Mobile's new HSDPA network—so if you're outside those cities, you'll have to make do with poky EDGE data or Wi-Fi.

Overall, however, I'm pretty impressed. I wasn't that wowed by the G1's uninspiring design, but Android shows a lot of promise, and its peppy performance on the G1 is a huge plus.

So, who's thinking about snapping up a G1? Have any questions you'd like answered? Post 'em below.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Site Design Tips # Give you only 6 - Lah!

1. Write an attention-grabbing headline

Your headline is the MOST IMPORTANT part of your site!

Here's why: you have LESS than 10 seconds to get your visitors' attention, and show them you've got the perfect solution to their problem. So the first thing they should see is a headline that clearly states the biggest benefit your site has to offer.

Your headline should be located at the very top center of your page in a larger font size that naturally attracts attention.

And it should tell visitors exactly how your site will make their lives easier... save them money... save them time... provide additional income... or simply make them feel better.

Use bolding, italics, and highlighting to emphasize the main benefits in your headline, so they leap out and grab your visitors' attention.

(But don't overdo it! Nothing screams "amateur" more than a site that has too much fancy formatting.)

2. Create benefit-driven salescopy that compels your visitors to buy

On the Internet, you don't have any face-to-face interaction with your potential buyers -- so your salescopy needs to do the job that a real-live salesperson would do. It has to introduce your product, explain the benefits of using it, and sell potential buyers on the value of your offer.

When you write your salescopy, you need to speak directly to your visitors' needs -- and you need to focus on the BENEFITS of using your product (as opposed to your product's features).

If you're having trouble telling a benefit from a feature, here's an example: a feature of a product might be "sturdy polished aluminum construction." The benefit would be "lasts longer so you save money on replacement costs."

3. Follow established design principles

When you're designing the look of your site, choose a simple color scheme and a couple of fonts and stick with them. Nothing looks more amateurish than a mishmash of many different fonts and colors. Also, resist the urge to add textures or use dark backgrounds.

People don't come to your site to admire your elaborate design scheme. They want to know about your offer. That's why you need to make sure they can easily read your salescopy.

Also, avoid using unnecessary graphics and images. Unless your image is serving a direct purpose (a picture of you, a product shot, etc.), it's going to take attention away from your sales message. Same goes for animation, audio and video.

Remember: You're not trying to amuse or entertain with your site. Your goal is to SELL!

4. Include a strong call to action

Don't make your visitors guess what they're supposed to do on your site. You must give them a strong call to action and tell them exactly what you want them to do!

Let's say you sell a stress-relief product. Your copy might say something like...

"After doing research and testing, I found a set of really fabulous relaxation tapes that solved my recurring migraine problems, improved my sleep, and increased my energy level -- in just a few days!

Click here now to learn how they can soothe your troubles away and lead to a healthy and happy life."

5. Establish your credibility

Why should someone buy from you? What makes YOUR information more reliable than your competitors? You need to provide answers to these questions, so visitors feel comfortable buying from you.

One of the best ways to establish your credibility is to list your accomplishments, qualifications, and experience -- so long as they're related to your offer. Once you've sold some product and are getting testimonials from satisfied customers, be sure to include them on your site as well.

6. Make it impossible for someone to say no!

By building a lot of value into your offer, you can make people feel like saying "no" would actually cost them money! You can achieve this by carefully explaining how much money -- or time, or trouble -- your solution will save them.

At the same time you need to pile on the bonuses, so people feel like they're getting way more product than they're paying for.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Peugeot 308 prologue

This car was on the Frankfurt Motorshow in 2007

just enjoy this pictures...

How To Import Cars / Used Car From Japan D.I.Y

How to Import cars From Japan?

Here Are some of the things you should know..

an article i've extracted from

Step.1 Check Points

In order to import a car from Japan, you need to be familiar with Japanese used car import procedures, import regulations, money transfer methods and common trade terms. Below are some areas that you should research into as you prepare to import a car from Japan. Having a good understanding of the points below will make your business interaction with Japanese used car exporter more pleasurable.

1)Import procedures and government regulations
To ensure smooth import process, you need to understand the import procedures and government/custom regulations in the country of destination e.g. regulation on emissions, age of vehicle, steering, aftermarket products and vehicle test necessary before importation etc. In almost all countries, there is a set of rules and regulations that must be followed by importers of used cars. Acknowledging these regulations is the first step towards successful import of used cars from Japan.

2)Payment methods
Most Japanese used car dealers prefer TT (telegraphic transfer) money transfer method with the exception of countries that strictly use LC (Letter of Credit) money transfer method. While there might be dealers who accept credit card, most of the exporters do NOT accept credit cards. Please consult the used car exporter and your local bank about how to transfer the money.

3)Custom clearance
Do you have experience in clearing a vehicle with the customs? Once the vehicle arrives at the port, it will be your responsibility to take it from the port and perform custom clearance. If you are not in a position to clear the vehicle personally, you can hire a local dealer to perform custom clearance. Please familiarize yourself with the necessary steps to be followed.

4)International Commercial Terms
Trade terms or Incoterms are a uniform set of international business rules used commonly in international contracts for the sale of goods. They define the obligation of the buyer and seller at every stage of goods transaction. Below is a list of terms that will be common when importing a Japanese used car:

FOB - Free on board)
In FOB terms, the seller delivers when the goods pass the ship’s rail at the named port of shipment. The buyer has to bear all the cost and risk of loss or damage to the goods from that point. The seller takes the responsibility to clear the goods for export. FOB is only used for sea or inland waterway transport.

CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight)
In CIF, the seller delivers the goods when the goods pass the ship’s rail in the port of shipment. The seller pays the cost and freight necessary to deliver the goods to the named port of destination and also procures marine insurance. The seller is only required to obtain minimum insurance coverage. However, the risk of loss or damage of the good and any additional costs due to events occurring after the time of delivery are transferred from the seller to the buyer. The seller takes the responsibility to clear the goods for export. CIF can only be used for sea and inland water way transport.

C&F (Cost and Freight)
The seller delivers when the goods pass the ship’s rail in the port of shipment. The seller pays the cost and freight necessary to deliver the goods to the named port of destination. However, the risk of loss or damage of the good and any additional costs due to events occurring after the time of delivery are transferred from the seller to the buyer. The seller takes the responsibility to clear the goods for export. C&F is only used for sea or inland waterway transport.

Bill of landing
A bill of landing is issued by a carrier as proof for receipt of goods and acts as a contract of carriage. Bill of landing describes the goods, details of intended voyage and specifies the conditions for transport.

An invoice is a document sent by the seller to the buyer. The invoice contains a list of goods sold to the buyer. It shows the name and address of the buyer and a detailed description of the goods sold. It includes details of the product, quantity, Price, delivery point, charges and other significant details of the transaction.

Pro-forma Invoice
A Pro-forma Invoice is the first draft of a seller’s bill to the buyer. It is a quotation sent from the seller to the buyer containing description of goods to be delivered. It includes the product details, quantity, value, buyers name and address etc. Based on the Profoma invoice, the buyer decides whether to proceed on with the order.

Step.2 Inquiry

Use our search engine to search for used cars on the website. The Japanese vehicles are classified into to two categories; stock and Local Market Stock(LMS). After you have found the vehicle that you want, click on ask or request more information button to send the inquiry. You will be requested to register. Once you submit your inquiry, it will be dispatched to Japanese used car exporter.

Step.3 Negotiation
Once you have sent your inquiry, Japanese used car dealers will contact you via email or phone. However, you can also call the dealer for a faster response. The Japanese car exporter will furnish you with information about the Japanese vehicle you inquired on. Utilize this time to inquire from the Japanese car exporter about the condition of the car, price of the car and any other question that you might have regarding buying a car from Japan. All the prices on this website are FOB prices. Please ask the Japanese used car exporter for CIF or C&F prices if necessary.

Step.4 Payment
Once you have reached an agreement with Japanese car exporter on price and condition of the Japanese vehicle, the exporter will send you a pro-forma invoice followed by an invoice. The invoice indicates the quantity and price to be paid for the goods. You will be required to sign the invoice and send it to the Japanese car exporter followed by the transfer on of money as agreed on the invoice. Almost all Japanese car exporters will require wire transfer (also called telegraphic transfers or”TT”) with the exception of countries that must use”LC” only. Most Japanese used car dealers will not accept credit card means of payment. Please consult the dealer regarding method of payment and bank information.

Step.5 Shipping
After Japanese car exporter has confirmed your payment, he will arrange the shipping of the vehicle to the port of destination. The dealer will also send you necessary documents such bill of landing and vehicle de-registration form among other documents that will be necessary during custom clearance. Shipping period will differ from country to country depending on the availability of space in the vessels bound for various destinations among other factors. Once the vehicle has arrived at the port of destination, you will be required to follow custom clearance procedures in your country.

Paultan.Org explains Proton MPV Details


Overall shape is like the Toyota Wish but the rear section of the roof does not slope down slightly like the Wish to improve headroom for the third row.
Tail lamps use LEDs and have a vertical design extending from the top to down, unlike the Wish’s which do not extend into the D pillar. The tail lamps are slimmer at the top but curve out a little at the bottom, similiar to the Volvo XC90’s design. The signal lamps in the light cluster are positioned towards the top for better visibility. You can actually see this in the previously revealed sketch and the teaser video above.
There is a swage line on the side profile of the MPV.
Regular swing doors instead of sliding doors.
The spare tyre is installed outside under the chassis instead of kept in the car so that you can get access to it easily when the luggage space is occupied.

The peekaboo box revealed a two-tone beige interior, but sources in Proton say the colour of the interior has not been finalised. It may be either beige or grey.
Luggage space is not that great with the third row of seats in place, but can fit one large golf bag. This means balik kampung with 7 people loaded and luggage for 7 will be a challenge.
Second row splits 60:40 while the third row is a 50:50 split. The seats fold flat.
Interior roof height is designed to be quite decent to accomodate people who want to ride with songkoks and turbans.
The shifter uses a gated shift and is dashboard-mounted rather than mounted between the front two seats, a common modern trend with MPV-like vehicles.
The in-car entertainment is a 2-DIN unit. There are options for a DVD player with an LCD display for the movie mounted at the second row roof area. There is also an option in the future for GPS navigation.
The 2-DIN head unit is at the top of the center dash area below the aircond vents, and below it comes the air conditioning controls which are three knobs arranged in a triangle shape. Below that is the shifter.
There are aircond blowers for the second and third row situation at the top left and right of the cabin roof (near the grip handles). Proton source says after testing this produced the best airflow.
There is no armrest between the front two seats but the armrest is instead a fold-down type integrated into the seat itself.

The wheelbase of the chassis is estimated to be more than 2,700mm but less than 2,800mm. In comparison, the Honda Stream has a wheelbase of 2740mm, the Wish is 2,750mm, the Innova 2,750mm, the Livina 2600mm, and the Mazda5 2750mm.
The front suspension design uses MacPherson struts and the rear design uses a torsion beam to minimize suspension system intrusion into cabin.
The front end is designed, supplied and assembled as a single module for weight reduction and ease of installation to minimize QC problems.
The MPV is said to have very good crash safety design from Proton internal crash tests. A few MPVs will be sent for official crash testing and rating soon.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Proton MPV : said to be final design!

Guess what i get in my inbox? i recieve this picture of said to be the final design of The Proton MPV.

Dari gambarnya nampak Proton MPV ni agak besar dan maybe the right size for malaysian normally large family. Gimme some time and i'll find further information of this long awaited Proton MPV. before you leave, here are some pictures

PROTON MPV : Details - unspecified yet.

i think has written something on this Proton might wanna checkout his site.

Anyway, Proton MPV ni looks like a good car to me.. i akan cari gambar interior proton ni untuk update in this blog

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kindle 2? Are we there yet?

this news was extracted from the best tech+gadget website, here goes, some clarification about amazon kindle 2

Amazon quashes new Kindle rumors

by Matthew posted on September 2, 2008 4:03 am

If any of you were really hoping the rumors of a Kindle follow-up this year were true, then I’m afraid you aren’t going to like this news.

Craig Berman, chief spokesman for Amazon was asked outright if Kindle 2.0 was coming soon by the New York Times. His response:

Don’t believe everything you read … There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.

There have been two main rumors circling the Internet. The first being that there would be a follow-up Kindle very soon and another saying that Amazon were going to target students with a version of the existing Kindle. Berman quashed rumors of a follow-up this year, but did not mention a possible education version of the original appearing.

Read more at The New York Times

Matthew’s Opinion
The one thing you can state as not being a rumor is the fact the Kindle is here to stay. I think even Amazon must be impressed with its popularity selling an estimated 240,000 units already.

I have stated before that the Kindle 2 is going to be the tipping point for e-book readers really taking off. Amazon have tested the water, been successful and got loads of feedback. They can now put that new knowledge and experience into the Kindle 2 and they could have something as popular as the iPhone – if they get it right.

I think it would be a bad move to start releasing different versions just for students. Students want the best kit and usually have it before everyone else. They will want Kindle 2 just like everyone else, not Kindle: Student Edition. I hope Amazon just put all their efforts into Kindle 2 and look at releasing it worldwide more quickly.