Name that song

Written by admin on January 29, 2009 – 3:18 pm -

Ever been frustrated by not knowing the title or artist of a song? Some of the songs that I like are mixed into a compilation and its very difficult to find the artist or title of the song, especially most the songs I listen to are house, dance and r&b. Theres this song that I have in one of my mixes that I’ve been trying to track down. I normally Google excerpts of the lyrics and normally have a 70 percent success rate in finding the artist or title of a song. I do have a particular song that I like that has been proven to be really elusive even for Google. Well  until I found Shazam. 


Shazam is an iPhone / iPod touch application that will allow you to record a 30 sec clip from a song. It then sends it over the internet via Wifi or 3G data to crosscheck its database. Within a  minute or two it will suggest a possible artists and titles.

I have to be honest that I was skeptical at first but much to my amazement it was able to identify the song, together with links to the iTunes Music Store and YouTube. Bloody fantastic piece of software if you ask me… no more embarrassing moments of trying to sing a few lines of your favorite song at your local CD shop. 

Before I forget, although this amazing app runs on the iPod Touch 2G, you will need to purchase a headphone / mic from your favorite Apple dealer since the iPod does not have a built-in mic like the iPhone does. Did I forget to mention that this app is free! Nothing better than that!

Other mobile phones and platforms are also supported. Check it out here.

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Weighing in

Written by admin on January 19, 2009 – 3:27 pm -

With more and more airlines getting strict with the weight of check-in luggage, we’re always wondering wether our luggage is within the 20 kgs. limit of most airlines. I like most other travellers use a household bathroom scale to give me the peace of mind that we won’t be charged excess baggage fees, but what about those times that we can’t find a scale? The days of guessing are over… I found this portable luggage scale purely out of accident while surfing. They come in various shapes, prices and probably with some being more accurate than others. I like the one pictured below and its available for CDN $ 30 at this site. If you don’t fancy that just google ‘Portable Luggage Scale’ and you should be able to find one to your liking that fits your budget.



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Goodbye WIPI

Written by admin on January 8, 2009 – 11:41 am -

The Korean Communications Commission (KCC) has finally decided to abolish WIPI (Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability) which was a requirement for data enabled mobile phones sold in Korea.

WIPI has prevented mobile phone giants such as Nokia and Sony Erricson from entering the Korean market. Starting April 1, 2009, this should open the floodgates for foreign made mobile phones to compete with the local heavyweights such as Samsung and LG.

What particularly interests me is the entry of PDA and Smartphones, which Koreans have not yet embraced fully. This will also pave the way for Apple’s iPhone 3G , Nokia’s E Series business phones, and Sony Erricsons P Series. Another reason I’m excited is because these foreign smartphones will surely have english support built in to them. Currently most phones from Samsung and LG have english support but Korean smartphones don’t since they usually use Windows Mobile that is localized in Korean.

You techies better start saving up since Korean Telco’s don’t usually subsidize the price of the phones, we can expect prices to be upwards of KWN 700,0000 (USD 500).

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Putting a face to the name

Written by admin on January 7, 2009 – 2:38 pm -

Macworld 09 kicked off in San Francisco today with Philip Schiller giving the Keynote. One of the features announced for iPhoto 09 is the inclusion of face detection which allows you to sort your photos by  identifying people in your photos and the software will automatically scan your photo library suggesting other possible photos of that person you’ve just named.


Soon we’ll be able to search the internet for people not only by text but by facial features as well. Scary or not, I’ll leave that up to you.

** iPhoto is part of the iLife suite of applications that runs on Mac OS 10.5. It’s included in every new Mac free of charge.

To read more click here.

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Gone fishing… or should I say diving.

Written by admin on January 5, 2009 – 8:52 am -

My number of posts have gone down significantly during the past few months primarily due to work related reasons and on the 21st of December I left Seoul on a cold Sunday morning to head for the Philippines to spend the holidays there. The highlight of my trip was spent with my family in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Philippines. 

Links :

Marina De Bay

Island Divers

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