Announcement: I have moved to a new blog!

Moving TimeIt’s been forever since I last posted on this blog and it will be forever again afterwards. This will be my last post as I have moved to a new blog Denshi.Moe.

Most of the content from BinarySauce will be moved and improved in Denshi.Moe. It will retain the same subjects that I so loved with otaku-related stuff posted too.

BinarySauce has been a good experience for me and it’s sad to let it go. Thank you to all my readers! I hope to see you in my new site too!

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2012 in review

I haven’t posted much on my blog for the last few months but thanks to all who have visited my blog this year! Happy New Year to all of you! Yay!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rumor Mill: Windows Phone 8 devices to get a standard USB port location

Apple Universal Dock

iPhones on universal docks. Photo by Yutaka Tsutano. Microsoft could be planning to provide a universal docking feature on all Windows Phone devices.

One of the things that made iOS very successful is the multitude of accessories it has – from keyboards to speaker docks, etc. – and this is because they used Apple’s proprietary port (which is rumored to be undergoing a huge change, by the way).

Microsoft may be going the same route. Currently, manufacturers seem to have their own idea for the best place to put a USB port: HTC seems to like the side (it’s on the left side on my HTC 7 Mozart), Nokia seems to prefer the top (as evident on my Lumia 710), while Samsung and many others prefer placing the port at the bottom. This creates a host of incompatibilities between devices making it impossible to create universal accessories. But if we were to trust what was being suggested by the position of the USB port on the Samsung Ativ S (currently the only official Windows Phone 8 device revealed) and the leaks of Nokia and HTC devices, we could be in for a nice surprise! Why don’t you take a peek at the photos after the break and see them for yourself?

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Samsung Ativ S, the first Windows Phone 8 device ever revealed

Windows Phone 8

I own two Windows Phones – an HTC 7 Mozart and a Nokia Lumia 710 which I bought yesterday. I do know that current Windows Phone devices will not be upgraded to the latest installation (WP8) due to some huge changes with its underlying code but that didn’t stop me from getting a Lumia 710. I’m still pretty much excited about WP8 and am willing to shell out some cash on a PureView-enabled Lumia if ever one gets announced next week or within the next few months. Samsung beat them to it though by being the first to announce their flagship Windows Phone 8 device – enter the Samsung Ativ S. Drum roll please!

Samsung ATIV S viewed from the side

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It’s the last night of the Perseids and I have yet to see a single streak of burning rock or ice or whatever falling from the edge of space!

Artwork by Seafh.

Today marks the last night the Earth passes through the debris of the comet Swift-Tutle and I haven’t seen a single shooting star to wish upon – not that I believe in wishes anyway. The problem is that I live in a city that literally glows with lights all over! Star-gazing is a hobby you can never enjoy in Riyadh! I have seen comets and the Milky Way back home in the Philippines when I was a kid but I have yet to see a meteor shower. I was hoping this year’s Perseids would be it but I was wrong. I guess I have no choice but to wait for next year or the one after that. I might just schedule my next vacation to have a chance at seeing and photographing a meteor shower. Damn I wish I lived in a place where I can watch the stars without the obstruction of city lights!

 

Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S gets “dragged behind a car” scratch test

I find it such a waste to drag two brand spanking new devices at the back of a car just to scratch test them. They should have just given me the devices instead so that I could review them. I expected the results but it still makes me sad. Really makes me sad. I guess there are some people who has some cash to spare for such a test…

On another note, that guy must keep his blood pressure in check! Hahaha!

BinarySauce gets a new look…

If this isn’t the first time you’ve visited my blog then you might have noticed the new look. I wanted to make my own custom theme but, since I’m only using a free WordPress account, I had no choice but to go for pre-made ones. My former theme was Clean Home and I liked the minimal look. The only problem is that it uses large headers and therefore looked very cluttered especially when there are images in my posts. The current theme is called Ari and follows minimalism as much as Clean Home. I do think it looks a lot better and it also has some features not available to the former theme.