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May 04, 2008

Microsoft walks away from Yahoo deal

It’s all over the place — Microsoft has formally announced its withdrawal from the proposed Yahoo merger. This, after Microsoft upped its original bid of $31/share to $33; but Yahoo apparently wanted $37.

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May 04, 2008

MS Photosynth on CSI

First, there was Twitter. This time, it’s Microsoft Photosynth. It turns out, the lab techs on CSI New York are using Photosynth to re-create a virtual 3D of a crime scene. Got a copy of the segments uploaded here.

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May 02, 2008

Asus EeePC Design Contest Winners Announced

Asus Philippines has just announced the winners of the Asus Dress mEee Up! Design Contest. There were over 500 entries and close to 80,000 votes were sent in.

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May 02, 2008

Samsung’s snazzy Home Theater System

Got this in the Inbox earlier. It’s the new line of compact home theater-in-a-box systems from Samsung. The models I specifically liked are the HT-X710 and X715 series.

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May 02, 2008

Apple’s sneaky move on Safari worked

Last March, Apple tried to sneaked in a copy of the Safari browser on every Apple Software Update even if Safari is not installed in the system. Mozilla CEO called the move downright wrong and called Safari a malware.

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May 01, 2008

Asus EeePC 900 SRP: Php24,995

Asus Philippines is still mulling over the suggested retail price of the newer Asus Eee PC 900. The firm handling the launching of the model next week indicated it will be Php24,995 but the final price will be revealed during the event.

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May 01, 2008

Twitter by the Numbers

Twitter has a relatively nice growth in the past year. Amidst the cloud of hype, some numbers are finally making their way out into the clearing. Pretty interesting stats.

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May 01, 2008

AdMob launches Mobile Analytics

Mobile advertising network launches in beta a new analytics software to track and monitor traffic to your mobile web sites or blogs.

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April 30, 2008

Lenovo X300 vs. Macbook Air

We interrupt the serious string of posts with a little bit of entertainment and parody. This time, folks from Lenovo are pitting their X300 versus the Macbook Air. See video after the jump.

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April 30, 2008

MeasureMap converts to Google Analytics hybrid?

After years of waiting for the guys from MeasureMap to update their awesome blog analytics service, they’ve actually done something there. This, according to a email they just sent a while ago.

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April 29, 2008

Download Windows XP SP3

This has been out there in the wild for some time now but it’s just now that the official release of Windows XP SP3 is available.
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April 28, 2008

Philippine Broadband Normalization Index

Or something along those lines… I couldn’t remember the exact phrase mentioned to me by Dr. William Torres (more commonly known in the local IT industry as the Father of Philippine Internet) during the last eCommerce Forum when we huddled in a group discussing suggestions on infrastructure that could help promote internet commerce in the country.

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April 28, 2008

Is the PDA dead, or close?

PDAI was watching an old episode of Tekzilla and one of the viewer questions was about the PDA already in a state of becoming obsolete. The hosts argued that since smartphones are becoming more popular, they’ve slowly replaced the stand-alone PDAs.

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April 27, 2008

Nikon bags top dSLR Award

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) recently announced the 2008 Most Coveted Photo & Imaging Awards in Europe. Two Nikon dSLRs, the D3 and D300, took trophies in the Pro and Expert categories.

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April 27, 2008

Important Security fix on WordPress 2.5.1

A new WordPress release is just out on version 2.5.1 which fixes tons of bugs and a patch to a very important security vulnerability specifically if your blog is open to user registration. Those on WordPress is strongly encouraged to upgrade.

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April 25, 2008

CPU Comparison Charts @ Tom’s Hardware

While we’re still hot with our CPU survey, I’d like to direct everyone to this nifty CPU Comparison Chart for 2007 over at Tom’s Hardware.

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April 24, 2008

NTC Circular on Data Log Retention for Telcos

During the last eCommerce Forum at the Rockwell Center, participants were furnished copies of circulars, memos and drafts of bills. One such memorandum was an NTC Circular on Data Log Retention of Telecommunications Traffic.

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April 23, 2008

Poll: What’s inside your rig, Intel or AMD?

Last month, I upgraded my old desktop PC. I have been a longtime AMD fan and for the last 5 years or so, have used almost all of their CPUs — Athlon, Sempron, AMD64+, and the X2. Even most of the dedicated servers I get runs AMD Opteron CPUs. They’re cheaper and does the job just fine.

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April 22, 2008

The 7-inch UMPC Round Up

Someone asked to compare all the available ultra-portables in the market, especially the ones in the 7″ display. So we rounded-up four UMPCs — Asus Eee PC, Neo Explore X1, Astone UMPC and Deep Blue H1. See comparison chart after the jump.

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April 22, 2008

Simply Smart ECS G10IL has Super-3G

As previously reported, ECS has unveiled details of their Simply Smart ECS G10IL and boy, does it have a whooping 7.2 Mbps HSDPA built-in with it.

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April 21, 2008

Astone UMPC hits store shelves in Manila

Yet another player in the UMPC market has emerged. Definitely a hot item this season. The Astone UMPC is a 7 inch laptop that’s looking to grab a piece of the ultra-portable pie. See picture and specs after the jump.

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April 21, 2008

Nokia N81 8GB Special Edition Review

I’ve been using the Nokia N81 for a couple of weeks now and I must say I wasn’t that quite excited about it as many would have. Despite the squarish and heavy built, this model is a beauty. Let me share some of the noticeable features of this unit.

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April 21, 2008

Asus Eee PC 900, anyone?

Those waiting for the 9-inch Asus Eee PC will most probably be disappointed with the local retail price of around Php33,900. At that price, it already costs as much as a lot of regular laptops around.

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April 20, 2008

eBay to sell Skype

After just over 2 years of acquiring VoIP service Skype, eBay may be selling off the unit if it does not find anything of significant use for it in its core business. If that happens later this year, Skype could be the largest single useless acquisition ever.

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April 20, 2008

Germany’s .de is Most Popular ccTLD

It’s no contest that .com domains are the most popular ones today — over 71 million of them registered as of February 2008. We might also think that the .net domains will come in second. Well, according to EuropeRegistry, it looks like Germany’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) has surpassed the dotNet TLD to get the second place globally.

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