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April 07, 2011

HTC Desire S coming in at Php25,990

I’ve been told by one of the local HTC retailers that the HTC Desire S will be available in stores this Monday with an indicative SRP of about Php25,990. Not bad for an HTC Desire re-fresh.

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April 07, 2011

Contest: Visit Malaysia with this blogger!

Several months ago, I was invited to join this contest by the Malaysia Tourism Board. One finalist per country will be chosen and he can bring along one of his readers (plus another one of the reader’s choice). I wasn’t able to join but fortunately, one of our YugaTech special assignments correspondent, Calvin Lo, did and he’s now a finalist.

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April 06, 2011

Globe to enforce 1GB per day Bandwidth Cap

So it looks like all the draft memo with the NTC actually forced telcos to lift their iron fist — Globe Telecom has just sent out a press release that they will be strictly enforcing a daily data cap on all broadband subscribers, starting with 1GB/day.

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April 06, 2011

AKG K518 LE Folding Headphones

After I returned that expensive Bluetooth headphone to AKG, they lent me another one which is for general-purpose — the AKG K 518 Limited Edition folding headphones.

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April 04, 2011

Contest: Show me what Creative is!

Creative sent over several of their new Bluetooth wireless speakers over the week-end — the Creative D100, D200 and the ZiiSound D5. They’re giving me the D200 and we’re giving away the Creative D100 to one of our readers.

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April 03, 2011

Which gadget brands depreciate so quickly?

Been helping friends sell a number of their gadgets for years now and have noticed that in recent years, gadget prices have depreciated much faster than before.

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April 02, 2011

Chrome surpasses Firefox in the Philippines?

Got a tip from a reader pointing me to a StatCounter report for the Philippines showing that Google Chrome browser has surpassed Firefox in terms of usage in the Philippines.

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April 01, 2011

Samsung sells Galaxy Tab WiFi at Php16,990

We reported last month that Samsung Philippines will release a WiFi-only variant of their 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. Turns out the tablet is already here in the Philippines and selling at a discounted price of just Php16,990.

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April 01, 2011

Exclusive: AOL buys YugaTech

Ok, I didn’t really want to write it this early but I thought it’s better this comes out straight from me first — we’ve just been acquired by AOL.

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March 30, 2011

Merging Smart & Sun not good for consumers?

PLDT now has an overwhelming majority of the telco business in the Philippines — it owns Smart, Talk ‘N Text, Red Mobile and now Sun Cellular representing more than 70% of the subscriber base combined {see earlier story here}.

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March 29, 2011

PLDT buys majority stake of Sun Cellular

The biggest IT story of the day is PLDT’s acquisition of Digitel which operates Sun Celluar, the 3rd largest telco player in the Philippines.

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March 29, 2011

Firefox 4 goes for gold!

Soon after Microsoft officially released IE9, Mozilla also made a major release with Firefox 4. Within a day, FF4 doubled IE9’s downloads at 7 million. Bus is that enough?

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March 28, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review

Lenovo’s laptops usually has that design signature that you’ll easily spot a mile away. The IdeaPad U260 does not seem to inherit the usual genetic make-up and thus gives it a much refreshing look. Check out our full review of the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 after the jump.

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March 27, 2011

Samsung Series 9 comes in 11.6″ too!

When Samsung launched their ultra-thin Series 9 laptop in the Philippines last week, they only showed the regular 13.3″ variant. I thought it’s such a waste they didn’t include a 11.6″ variant that would go head-to-head with the 11-inch Macbook Air.

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March 26, 2011

Intex Universal Laptop Adapter

We rarely seen one of these in stores (ones for mobile phones are more common) so I got a bit interested when a distributor friend sent a sample unit to me. This universal adapter from Intex promises to charge up to 13 laptop brands in one go.

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March 26, 2011

Honda CBR 150R is my new dream gadget

For the last 2 or 3 weeks, I have been setting my eyes on this big, sporty motor bike — a Honda CBR 150R so when I learned I’m joining Ford to go to the Bangkok Motor Show, I was pretty excited as it also offered a closer look at the CBR line.

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March 25, 2011

Akihabara in Bangkok? No way!

Saw what looks like an Akihabara store during one of our trips around the city and I said I have to go back and check it. I remember my first Akiba experience in Japan a few months back and it thought this one would be as awesome.

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March 24, 2011

Photos from Bangkok Motor Show 2011

Spent the whole morning doing the rounds at the hall of the 32nd Bangkok Motor Show. It was pre-opening ceremony to just members of the press so we have a great time taking pictures of the cars to ourselves.

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March 24, 2011

New Ford Ranger unveiling in Bangkok

Ford Motors Philippines flew us in to Thailand to witness the Asian unveiling of their all-new Ford Ranger truck and also attend the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show happening this week.

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March 23, 2011

Sony brings Internet TV to the Philippines

Sony Philippines has finally launched their new line of Internet TVs in the Philippines, starting with 32-inchers right up to 60″ Full HD 1080p TVs. Expect these units to be able to display widgets for popular social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

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March 23, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 announced

So that’s why they’re having a sale on the 1st-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab — Samsung has officially announced an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab that’s even thinner than the previously announced 10.1 incher.

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March 22, 2011

iPad2 coming to Hong Kong, Singapore in April

And misses the Philippines, again. April isn’t really that far so we might be seeing more affordable iPad2’s in the local grey market (cheaper than the 36k we’re seeing). No specific date in April was made but that should be under 30 days.

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March 22, 2011

BlackBerry Playbook matches iPad2 price

So Research in Motion has finally announced the pricing of their BlackBerry Playbook tablet and guess what, they’ve actually matched the prices of Apple’s iPad2 WiFi line-up — starting with $499 for the 16GB model.

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March 21, 2011

Sky Cable goes TiVo-like w/ DigiBox iRecorder

Announced back in December, SkyCable finally launched their DigiBox iRecorder today following a TiVo-like set-up that compliments your cable subscription.

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March 21, 2011

Poll: What’s the verdict on IE9?

I’m sure a lot of you have downloaded the newly released Internet Explorer 9 from Microsoft and probably have decided to switch, stay or add it to your browser line-up.

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