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January 16, 2012

Anyone here uses Globe Tracker?

My recent story about locating a lost phone via cell triangulation drew a few questions about its accuracy, including some privacy concerns. This reminds me of the service offered by a local telco for tracking a handset called Globe Tracker.

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January 16, 2012

Why ultrabooks were a flop in 2011?

From the informal discussions with a few dealers and distributors, MB Technews Editor @artsamaniego shares that the biggest flop in the PC industry for 2011 were ultrabooks. It must have been a classic case of overhyped and underperformed — and we wonder why.

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January 16, 2012

Drobo FS Network-Attached Storage Review

When we talk about NAS (network-attached storage), we often think of office-type setup where voluminous amount of files are secured in the local network. My first encounter many years back was with Drobo and how it help manage multimedia files in the house.

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January 15, 2012

What’s the best gadget that came out of CES 2012?

CES 2012 has just ended this week and there were quite a number of really great gadget announcements made by several manufacturers both in the handset and personal computing categories.

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January 14, 2012

A strange tale of a stolen and recovered iPhone 4

Every once in a while people lose their precious handsets, either unintentionally left behind or stolen. I’ve personally lost 2 iPhones, a Nexus One, an HTC HD7, a Galaxy Nexus and Droid Razr. If only there were more accurate or high-tech ways to recover them.

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January 13, 2012

RIM & Globe offers unlimited BBM for Php99 a month

During the product launch of BlackBerry handsets last week, the regional executive from RIM also announced an unlimited BBM plans for only Php99 a month. The details weren’t clear then but it looks like the unli-plan is now being offered by Globe.

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January 13, 2012

Poll: Which desktop CPU are you using right now?

Was in SM Cyberzone MegaMall yesterday after a meeting, did the rounds and was looking for a desktop processor for my next gaming rig (specifically, the 1st generation Intel Core i7 960) but could not find any store that still carries them (they were all pushing for the Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600).

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January 12, 2012

Dell XPS 13 is Dell’s new Ultrabook

Dell’s new ultrabook is this superthin Dell XPS 13 which uses an edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass display (frameless!). The Macbook Air look-alike is 6mm thin at its thinnest base and weighs only 2.99lbs.

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January 12, 2012

HP Folio 13 Ultrabook out, priced at Php56k

HP’s own ultrabook, the HP Folio 13, has actually landed in local stores and selling for just under Php56,000 (although, strictly speaking, its 17mm frame does not qualify it as an ultrabook if you asked Intel).

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January 11, 2012

Lenovo K800 packs an Intel Atom and Android

Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on an Intel Atom processor — that’s what the Lenovo K800 is all about. Definitely a first for a smartphone and Intel must be smiling big and wide.

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January 11, 2012

Razer showcases Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet

Razer highlights its new tablet designed specifically for PC Gaming. This tablet concept, runninf an Intel Core i7 processor, should be ready for Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2 once it becomes available.

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January 10, 2012

New Globe Tattoo Superstick goes up to 21Mbps

Looks like Globe has upgraded the speed of their Tattoo Superstick 4G to 21Mbps. Saw this ad last Monday on the newspaper for a new add-on or upgradable plan with the Tattoo 4G.

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January 10, 2012

USB 3.0 coming to Tablets and Smartphones

In a fast-paced world that we’re in, speed plays a key role in the marketability of any gadget. 2011 was a year filled with major technological advancements that is geared towards getting the job done is shorter span of time.

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January 10, 2012

BlackBerry Curve 9380, Bold 9790 launched, priced

Research in Motion today launched 5 new BlackBerry handsets in the Philippines — the BlackBerry Curve 9380, Bold 9790, Torch 9810, Torch 9860, and a white Bold 9900.

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January 10, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 comes with LTE, exclusive to AT&T

So Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 strategy is finally bearing some sweet deals. Nokia and AT&T teamed up for the LTE-packing Nokia Lumia 900.

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January 10, 2012

Sony Xperia S is first non-SE smartphone

The split-up of Sony and Ericsson has left Sony to carry the Xperia line on its own. First up on the podium is the Sony Xperia S (formerly referred to as Nozomi).

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January 10, 2012

55-inch OLED TV from LG is 4mm thin!

First time I ever saw an OLED TV was back in March 2010 when we did a tour of LG factories in South Korea. That was just a 15-inch prototype though but this one that is being shown by LG at CES 2012 is 55-inch big.

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January 10, 2012

Liquipel can practically waterproof your device

I could not believe this when I first saw it but Liquipel promises to make your device practically waterproof by treating it with a nano coating.

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January 09, 2012

Smart’s Unli BB Plan 549 to compete with Globe BB Max

According to a source that talked to a Smart CS, the carrier is about to introduce a new Smart Unli BB Plan 549 that will directly compete with Globe’s BlackBerry Max 599.

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January 09, 2012

Toshiba Excite X10 is the new thinnest tablet

Toshiba’s first Thrive tablet may not be the sexiest one in the market but this upcoming one named the Excite X10 sure gets the “thinnest” title so far.

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January 09, 2012

Globe cuts off service on Black Nazarene due to security

If you are wondering why there’s no cellular signal around Quiapo and neighboring areas from Globe and other telcos today, it’s because they’ve cut off signal for security reasons as we celebrate the Black Nazarene.

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January 09, 2012

Lenovo K91 is 1st Android 4.0 ICS Smart TV

Lenovo is joining the Smart TV market and surprised us by announcing the very first Android 4.0 ICS powered LED TV at CES 2012 — the Lenovo K91.

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January 08, 2012

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 was first released in Asia (Indonesia to be precise) to send the message that Research in Motion is serious about the region. The device will be officially launched in the Philippines this Tuesday. Check out our full review of the Bold 9790 touch and type after the break.

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January 07, 2012

Anti-Bill Shock scheme from Globe & Smart

Sun Cellular started it all back in October of last year with their anti-bill shock Plan 350. Earlier this week, both Smart and Globe also introduced the anti-bill shock feature.

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January 07, 2012

Review: Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Google Nexus S

This year, the new flavor of Google’s mobile OS will be Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 ICS) and majority, if not all, of the flagship handsets that will be launched this year will have it pre-installed so we thought it’s best to give you a comprehensive walkthrough on what to expect from ICS.

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