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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.

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June 28, 2008

Bill Gate’s last day at Microsoft

Two years ago, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced that he will retire from his work at Microsoft. Today, he steps out of his office in Redmond, Washington for the last time. After 33 years at the helm of the software giant, Bill is finally leaving the tech industry.

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June 27, 2008

Free Airborne Access WiFi with Nokia E Series Phones

Just bought a new phone — the Nokia E51. In the box was a little pamphlet that says Nokia E Series phone users can get as much as 60 free wifi days from Airborne Access.

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June 27, 2008

ICANN to open tons of new top level Domain Names

In a landmark move, ICANN has approved the introduction of a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet’s addressing system.

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June 26, 2008

The perils of upgrading to Windows 64bit

Had trial copies of Windows Vista 64bit and Windows XP 64bit for some time now. Since both my laptop and my PC are on 4GB of RAM, the 32bit versions of XP and Vista can only use around 3GB. Was wondering if it’s worth to try the 64bit versions to maximize the available memory on board.

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June 26, 2008

Japanese ISP to Impose Bandwidth Limits

As a country that leads in worldwide internet speeds, it’s a surprise that a Japanese Internet Service Provider will put bandwidth limits on its subscribers. Only shows that despite the very fast and cheap DSL connectivity, consumers will still abuse the service.

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June 25, 2008

GT opens Globe Labs Division

In a press launch this afternoon, Globe Telecom announced the opening of a new division aptly named Globe Labs. The new department will embark in innovative projects including the recently concluded 3G Multimedia Challenge.

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