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October 16, 2008

Why no Apple Netbook?

One of the things that people expected from Apple during the recent announcement was a netbook. A mini Macbook Air would have been a game-changer in the netbook wars. It never came out.

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October 15, 2008

Why mobile phones have no AM Radio?

About a year ago, I asked the guys at Nokia Singapore why they don’t have AM radio tuners to pair with the millions of FM tuner capable phones they develop. I thought the answer was in the north of physics, something that had to do with frequency modulation and amplitude modulation. I guessed wrong.

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October 15, 2008

Replacement iPhone Headsets

Having busted 3 of my 5 iPod headsets, I hesitated using the one that came with my iPhone 3G. It’s like the regular ones since it got the mic control on the cord and I reckon they’d be pretty expensive to replace if ever I lost them or something.

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October 15, 2008

Apple refreshes Macbook, Air and Pro

Announcement of the new line of Apple Macbooks, Mac Airs and MBPs have just concluded. Gizmodo and Engadget did a pretty awesome live coverage of the event so let me just summarize them and share a few thoughts.

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October 14, 2008

8.1 MP Sony-Ericsson c905 unboxed

This was delivered this afternoon — the 8.1 megapixel Sony-Ericsson Cybershot c905. First announced last June, the SE c905 will be available locally early this November. See unboxing pictures after the jump.

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October 14, 2008

Nokia E66, E71 + AA = Free WiFi

I wonder why Nokia Philippines isn’t offering this to other WiFi-capable NSeries phones but they keep on giving away free wifi from Airborne Access to owners of Nokia E66 and E71.

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October 14, 2008

Photo Contest: SE World View 2008

Get the chance to win £10,000 (Php800,000 in worth of a trip of a lifetime) in a photography contest by Sony Ericsson — all you need is a camera phone and some creativity.

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October 13, 2008

LG Prada II gets qwerty

The second generation of LG Prada looks almost the same except for the additional slide-out qwerty keyboard from the bottom.

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October 13, 2008

Redfly Mobile Companion

The Palm Foleo didn’t see the light of day and I thought the idea of a smartphone terminal is a no-go. Surprisingly, there’s actually one made for smartphones — the Redfly Mobile Companion.

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October 12, 2008

Growth in Philippine Call Centers jacked up by global crisis?

Turns out the credit crisis and the recession in the United States had some unwittingly beneficial effect in the BPO and call center industry in the Philippines. I would have expected job cuts around this time but it seems there’s some massive expansion going on.

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October 12, 2008

Blackberry Storm: RIM sheds the keypad

When the iPhone 3G got an upgrade to support MS Exchange, it became a greater threat to enterprise users esp. the Blackberry users. RIM fought back and introduced its first touch screen device — the Blackberry Strom (9530).

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October 11, 2008

Nokia Liquid Phone Concept

The hardest part with transitioning from a phone with a physical keypad to a virtual keypad on a touchscreen phone is the absence of tactile feedback. This Nokia Liquid Phone is a concept phone that tries to address that. See image rendering after the jump.

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October 11, 2008

Check out Senate Bill 2150 and House Bill 3306

These two new bill (The Right to Reply Bill) has recently drawn some attention as it recognizes the rights of persons to reply to media reports or commentaries that are erroneous, unfair or biased against them and injurious to their reputation.

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October 11, 2008

Smart Bro now up to 2Mbps

A new poster ad from Smart Bro promotes their broadband speed to be up to 2Mbps. The operative word is “up to” but that’s still a huge jump from the previous 384Kbps.

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October 10, 2008

AMD confirms netbook CPU on its way

Nothing beats getting confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth. In an open forum this afternoon about netbooks, an AMD representative confirms they will come out with a netbook-specific CPU in the coming months.

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October 10, 2008

Motorola’s new In-Vehicle Mobile PC

The Motorola VC6096 WWAN In-Vehicle Mobile Computer looks like a feature-packed hybrid of a netbook and an internet tablet. This could be every geek driver’s ultimate car accessory.

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October 09, 2008

MSI Wind U120 gets an SDD and WWLAN

Along with an 8.9″ MSI Wind U91, the Wind U120 will also be coming out this December. Both will get a slightly fresh new look with further options of solid state dive and HSDPA connectivity.

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October 09, 2008

Unboxing: Gigabyte M912 Netbook

This came in today in the package, the only tablet PC in the netbook market — the Gigabyte M912. Earlier reported back in July and spotted last month during the Intel Atom launch, check out the unboxing pics after the jump.

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October 08, 2008

Sky Broadband now up to 12 Mbps

Sky Broadband seems to be tipping the scale for broadband speeds with offerings of up to 6Mbps and 12 Mbps packages for residential accounts. Just got a pamphlet from their roving people asking residents to switch.

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October 08, 2008

Installing Smart Bro & Globe Visibility on the same PC

The latest HSDPA 3G modem from Smart Bro and Globe Visibility were manufactured by ZTE in China. Both are practically plug-and-play devices. The problem is running both softwares (3G dialers) on the same PC.

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October 07, 2008

Mysterious 4GB iPod Nano 4G spotted!

During the September 9 Apple announcement, Steve Jobs unveiled the refreshed versions of the 4G iPod Nano with 8GB and 16GB versions. So, it’s a bit of a mystery why 4GB versions of the iPod Nano 4G are now selling in local stores here in Manila.

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October 07, 2008

How’s your Google AdSense for Feeds?

For about 2 months now, I’ve been running Google AdSense for Feeds on a couple of blogs, including this one. Unfortunately, the results aren’t as attractive as one would expect.

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October 06, 2008

Philippines on Asia’s Top 10 Internet Countries

In the latest report by InternetworldStats, the Philippines took the #10 spot with the most number of internet users at 14 Million, just 900k lower than Malaysia at #9.

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October 06, 2008

Survey Results: Mobile 3G Spend

I asked readers a couple of weeks ago how much they spend on mobile 3G. Out of the 241 who cast their votes, almost half of them says they don’t use 3G at all. The other half is spread from a low Php100 to over Php2,000 per month.

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October 06, 2008

Poll: What’s your preferred video player?

I was watching the new TV series (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) on my MSI Wind and was trying out several video players I installed earlier just to check which one will efficiently play them.

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