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July 11, 2008

Intel likely to move fab to Cabuyao, Laguna

When the rumor that Intel Philippines was facing an impending closure in April this year, the company corrected this — saying that it’s weighing its options and could transfer its plant somewhere else. June has past and Intel officials have not released anything. I’ve sent out interview questions in the hopes of getting some updates.

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July 11, 2008

Nokia E51 Review

The Nokia E51 first came out in September last year, it already got my attention. After quite sometime, I finally got myself a unit and here’s my verdict.

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July 10, 2008

From .Mac to MobileMe, will iPhone users bite?

One of the other products/srvices that Apple announced but didn’t get much press time was the new MobileMe service. It’s basically a re-branding of .Mac that took a second lease on life because of the iPhone.

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July 09, 2008

Blue H1 UMPC: Unboxing Pics

The Blue H1 UMPC is probably the only ultraportable laptop specifically marketed to the Philippines but never got much airtime (except for that Engadget mention earlier). I thought it deserves a second look. Got a unit and we’re unboxing it for the first time.

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July 09, 2008

Acer Aspire X1200 Mini PC

Acer isn’t waiting for Asus (Eee Box) and the rest of the gang to gain grounds in the mini PC market so it’s launching its own version this early.

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July 09, 2008

Lively: Google builds a Second Life clone

Google gives its engineers 20% of their time for whatever persnal projects they want to take on. Some of the more famous products by Google came was borne out of this “20% project” like GTalk, Orkut and AdSense.

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July 08, 2008

Kohjinsha SC3 UMPC has built-in GPS

Japan’s answer to the growing UMPC market is the Kohjinsha SC3 Series, a 7-inch feature-packed ultraportable that’s being entered into the US market.

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July 08, 2008

iPhone 3G Service Plans in 12 Countries

While the release of the iPhone 3G is fast approaching, I’m closely coordinating with a friend who’s on vacation in the US to grab me one of the $599 contract-free unit from AT&T.

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July 08, 2008

Updates on Blog Ads, Affiliates and Sales

Some links and updates on local affiliates for bloggers as well as new tools and services you might want to check out.

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July 07, 2008

Smart Uzzap: IM, Email and a bucket of SMS

Smart yesterday launched a new PC and mobile IM app called Smart Uzzap (probably a Web 2.0 play on the Tagalog term “usap” or talk). The app/service seems to aim into the PC-to-mobile (and vice versa) messaging market.

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July 06, 2008

Samsung 2232GW LCD Monitor

LCD monitors from Samsung are getting better and better. I thought the dual 19″ 940BW at home is already a great set up until I got hold of the new 22″ Samsung 2232GW LCD monitor.

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July 06, 2008

Why Viacom wants YouTube user logs?

A recent court ruling gave the go signal for Viacom to access Youtube user logs in the ongoing copyright lawsuit between the former and Google worth $1 Billion. Viacom, 1; Google/Youtube, 0.

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July 05, 2008

Iran drafts Death Penalty Bill for Bloggers

The Parliament of Iran is discussing a draft bill that criminalizes “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion).” This is on top of a long list of crimes punishable by death.

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July 04, 2008

Western Union adds Documentary Stamp Tax

This was just informed to me by the Western Union branch I frequent — WU will start charging for Documentary Stamp Tax (DST) from July 1, 2008 and onwards.

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July 04, 2008

Asus Eee Monitor PC an iMac beater?

Asus has unveiled a new member of its Eee family of PC – the All-in-One Asus Eee Monitor. This sleek and stylish Asus PC is obviously positioned towards the Apple iMac market.

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July 04, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond released in the Philippines

Yesterday, HTC officially launched their newest line of smart phones named HTC Touch Diamond. I totally missed the media launch yesterday noon at the Renaissance Hotel (I have a record of 80% probability to miss an event if it’s earlier than 1pm) but was able to check out the unit last week.

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July 03, 2008

Results: Mobile 3G Usage

We’ve got over a hundred submissions from our recent poll on mobile 3G services. The results are not that surprising but the breakdown of services is a bit interesting though. See figures and graphs after the jump.

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July 02, 2008

MSI Wind U100 gets 320GB HDD

A new competitor to the Asus Eee PC, HP Mini-note and the Acer Aspire One has just arrived in stores. PC Corner has photos, specs and prices of the MSI Wind U100 — including one with up to 2GB RAM and a 320GB HDD.

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July 02, 2008

HTC Shift Spotted and Priced

The HTC Shift is like a smartphone that evolved into a laptop (UMPC). We spotted one on display at Park Square 1 the other day. See specs and price after the jump.

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July 01, 2008

Contract-Free iPhone 3G to cost $599 at AT&T

iphone 3g philippinesApparently, the iPhone can still be bought without the required 24-month contract with AT&T. A recent press release from AT& reveals the iPhone 3G to be priced at $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB. These contract-free prices seemed like the same prices when the first iPhone went out. Sold or not sold?

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July 01, 2008

Top 15 People Who Changed the Internet

An entry in the wiki site Take Back the Web points to 15 people who changed the Internet. These are personalities that pioneered some of the most popular and widely used properties on the web.

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July 01, 2008

Google officially terminates AdSense Referrals

I never thought this would happen know that Google is trying to move away from CPC and slowly pushing the CPA model but today, it announced that they will be retiring the AdSense Referrals program during the last week of August.

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June 30, 2008

Microsoft Zune 8GB Review

Having had several mp3 players (an iPod Video 30GB, a Nano, an iPod Touch and a Red Zune) for sometime now, I find myself using the Zune more often than the others. Let me share with you some things about the Microsoft Zune and why I think it’s a good replacement for the venerable Apple iPod.

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June 29, 2008

Blizzard announces Diablo 3

Blizzard Entertainment has just announced the 3rd installation of one of my all-time favorite game — Diablo 3. Coming really, really soon to your desktop PC and bringing tons of sleepless nights.

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June 29, 2008

Watch the Pacquiao-Diaz Fight for Free on Smart myTV

This is one of those rare times when Smart can really plug their myTV as an on-demand, anytime, anywhere service in the Philippines. The Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz fight can be watched online for free over the Smart myTV network.

Starting 8am, you can get live streaming video straight from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the entire match. If you own a Nokia N77 or a Nokia N92, just tune in to Channel 11.

That’s better than going for pay-per-view or going to cinemas at the mall. If only Smart was able to get the mobile TV policies approved earlier, they would have made bonus points in this arena.