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December 29, 2009

Turn your Phone to a WiFi HotSpot

I’ve been using JoikuSpot for some time now and it’s been one of the most useful apps on my mobile phone to date. The app basically turns your phone into a WiFi hotspot running on 3G internet.

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December 28, 2009

Contest: Spot a Real Leaf, Win a Nano

Thanks to our sponsor, Coca-Cola, we’re giving away a brand new 8GB iPod Nano Video in this week’s contest. All you need to do is shoot a picture and tell us about it. Check out the complete mechanics below.

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December 27, 2009

Poll: Movers and Shakers of 2009

As we come close to the end of 2009, I look back at the number of technological advances and innovations, more specifically in the Philippines. There are so many of them that I thought we’d do a poll and pick out which one stands out from the rest and made huge impact to a lot of people.

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December 26, 2009

Nokia E72 Review

The Nokia E72 looks almost like a twin brother of the older and successful E71 series. With improved features and design, we’ve got a good hands-on with the E72 for a couple of weeks now.

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December 25, 2009

Telcos lost Millions to Facebook this Christmas

Last year, I remember waking up on the 25th to hundreds of text messages with greetings of Merry Christmas. Today, I still get tons of greetings but this time it’s on Facebook and Twitter.

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December 24, 2009

Pine Trail vs. NVidia ION

We don’t have much performance information about Intel’s new Pine Trail platform but here’s a nice side by side comparison between the Pine Trail’s WIE and the NVidia ION.

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December 23, 2009

YugaTech Giveaway Round #1 Winners

First, thanks to everyone who joined in our “Merry Tweetmas Contest“. We received over 600 entries for Twitter, over 100 entries for the blog and over 500 entries in the comments. Second, apologies for the delay in announcing the winners. Didn’t expect it to be this huge. Third, let’s give out the prizes already!

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December 23, 2009

YugaTech Gadget Giveaway Round #1 Winners

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December 23, 2009

Fujitsu LifeBook MH380

Fujitsu’s new Atom Pine Trail powered netbook, the LifeBook MH380, has some nice improvements for the 10-inch category — starting with a 10.1″ display screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution.

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December 22, 2009

Samsung CorbyPro B5310

Samsung CorbyPro B5310

samsung corbypro

240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
Full QWERTY keyboard
100MB internal memory
up to 16GB on microSD card
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.1
3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, video
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Yes, with A-GPS support
Li-Ion 960 mAh

Suggested retail price: Php11,990

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December 22, 2009

Samsung Corby SGH-S3650

Samsung Corby S3653

samsung-corby

240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
50MB internal memory
up to 8GB on microSD card
EDGE (no 3G, no WiFi)
Bluetooth 2.1
2MP camera
Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Li-Ion 960 mAh

Suggested retail price: Php7,500

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December 22, 2009

MSI Wind U135 running Pine Trail previewed

During yesterday’s announcement of the new Atom Pine Trail processors, we were able to test out a new but un-named MSI netbook. It’s now official that it was an MSI Wind U135.

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December 21, 2009

Mobile 3G is now cheaper than DSL!

Just realized that since all the telecom players (Sun, Smart and Globe) are now offering unlimited 3G internet and subsequently lowering the prices down, 3G is officially cheaper than DSL.

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December 21, 2009

Intel announces Atom N450 Pine Trail CPU

In global conference call today at the Intel Philippines office, the company officially announced its new Atom processor — the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz and Intel GMA 3150.

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December 21, 2009

Acer Timeline 1810TZ Review

The smallest and lightest model in the Acer Timeline series is the 1810TZ and pretty much defines what the ULV segment should be — thin, light, long battery light and has enough processing power.

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December 20, 2009

Asus takes Eee PC 1101HA to 11.6 inches

There have been earlier reports of this but until I saw it on the Asus Philippines website, I didn’t believe their 11-inch model in Seashell series will get an underpowered Atom Z520 1.3GHz.

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December 19, 2009

Globe drops Super Surf to Php1,200

Just got an SMS advisory from Globe yesterday informing me that their Globe Tattoo unlimited 3G internet is now at Php1,200 per month.

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December 19, 2009

Twitter Stream on Google Search Results

It’s finally here — Twitter streams have now been integrated into the Google SERPs and they’re updated live. Took a screenshot here with one of the trending topics on Twitter.

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December 18, 2009

Globe Unlimited Prepaid Blackberry Plans

That didn’t take too long. Learned about this a couple of days ago but held off until it was official and the prepaid prices have been finalized. This is Globe Telecom‘s response to Smart’s Unlimited Prepaid Blackberry Plans.

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December 18, 2009

LG Chocolate BL40 now in the Philippines

LG’s most awaited mobile phone has arrived in the Philippines. The new LG Chocolate (LG BL40) is the 4th handset in LG’s Black Label Series and successor to the highly-acclaimed LG Chocolate (on the top 5 of most sold handsets in the world).

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December 17, 2009

SmartBro drops Unlimited Plug-it to Php999

Smart has reduced it’s SmartBro Plug-It Postpaid plans to just Php999 a month of unlimited 3G internet; down from Php1,500 a month in October 2008. There’s a catch though.

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December 17, 2009

How long before Facebook becomes old?

Social networks come and go. It took about 3 or 4 years after Friendster first became a craze in the Philippines to wither and be almost forgotten. MySpace had a number of years to its credit in the US as well.

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December 16, 2009

Technology drives Citizen Journalism

When I saw this hi-def video of the Serendra car explosion yesterday, I thought this is the future of citizen journalism — live or almost live video broadcast of incidents as they happen, taken by ordinary people.

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December 15, 2009

Want FreeDOS on your brand new laptop?

Lately, I’ve been observing that a lot of brand new laptops being sold in stores don’t have a proper operating pre-installed. Most of the time, you’d see FreeDOS on the specs sheet along with the uber-cheap price tag.

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December 15, 2009

Ideapad Y550P: Lenovo’s 1st Core i7 Laptop

Last week, Lenovo showed us their very first gaming laptop running an Intel Core i7 processor. With a 15.6-inch screen, the Ideapad Y550P packs a good punch that could beat most desktops out there.

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