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October 17, 2011

Smart grabs the Nokia N9, free at Plan 3500

Looks like Smart Comm. grabbed the exclusive rights to sell the Nokia N9 in the Philippines, according to @Jump_Center in a tweet to us a few minutes ago.

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October 17, 2011

Lenovo A60 Android phone lands in the Philippines

Lenovo Mobile has just announced their very first phone (and an Android for that matter) in the country — a Gingerbread-touting, entry-level smartphone called the Lenovo A60.

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October 17, 2011

Google Maps now supports Driving Directions

Google Maps on your mobile phone just got more useful with support for Driving Directions. This is probably the best feature on Google Maps that’s only been recently enabled in the Philippines.

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October 16, 2011

Globe Tattoo Superstick now up to 7Mbps

Don’t exactly know when they rolled this out but just saw that Globe Telecom has upgraded their Tattoo Superstick and now offers up to 7Mbps on the WiFi device. They’re still offering the Globe MyFi but that’s just up to 3.6Mbps or 5Mbps depending on your postpaid plan.

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October 16, 2011

Siri: iPhone 4S’ killer feature or utter failure?

When Apple introduced the iPhone 4S a couple of weeks back, we said it wasn’t a big of an upgrade as we wanted it to be (see: Why we’re disappointed there’s no iPhone 5). There were dissenting opinions, of course, stating that Siri — the Personal Assistant, is its killer feature.

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October 15, 2011

Nokia N9 unboxed, in the flesh, 2nd impressions

The Nokia N9 arrived at my doorstep yesterday along with the Nokia 701 but I only got to unbox it today since I spent the night at a hotel reviewing Samsung’s 60-inch LED Smart TV. Posted my first impressions here back in June so this unboxing comes with the second impression.

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October 15, 2011

Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X goes dual-core

Cherry Mobile is once again challenging the local market by introducing the most affordable dual-core Android smartphone in the Philippines with the Magnum 2X (an upgrade of the Magnum HD).

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October 14, 2011

Where to have your iPhone’s broken LCD fixed?

I dropped my new iPhone4 straight on the pavement a couple of weeks ago and it suffered a hairline crack at the top corner of the LCD display. It wasn’t noticeable at first but soon became more prominent after I added a screen protector (yeah, too late).

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October 14, 2011

Nokia 700, 701, 500 & dual-SIM 101 out & priced

Nokia’s new line-up of smartphones is now out in stores and selling in Nokia Stores — the Noka 700 and Nokia 701, the Nokia 500 and another dual-SIM Nokia 101.

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October 13, 2011

New iOS5 out and ready for download!

Apple’s new iOS5 is now out and ready for download. The file is 774MB which is pretty big for a phone software but includes a slew of enhancements, updates and fixes for the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad and last 2 generations of the iPod Touch.

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October 13, 2011

Christopher Lao gets his own TV commercial

BPI Auto Loans tapped online sensation Christopher Lao for a commercial to promote the bank’s car insurance policy. Learned about this from Donald Lim earlier during his presentation at the IMBC.

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October 13, 2011

Building a Brand thru Blogging

It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken at a conference as I wanted to slow down from doing making such appearances. I skipped last year’s Internet Marketing Boot Camp (IMBC) so I felt I couldn’t decline another invite.

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October 13, 2011

Smart intros NFC-enabled Nokia C7

It looks like Smart is banking on NFC to be the next must-have on our mobile phones. They’re now offering the Nokia C7 NFC model free on their All-In Plan 1800, plus a little taste of NFC.

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October 12, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

RIM’s newest flagship smartphone is the BlackBerry Bold 9900, sometimes also referred to as the BlackBerry Bold Touch. RIM’s back with a fresh new Bold that’s undoubtedly the best BlackBerry RIM has ever made. Read on and see our full review of the Bold 9900 after the jump.

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October 12, 2011

Acer Iconia Smart S300 goes for Php24,900

Acer Philippines also showcased their latest flagship phone yesterday, the Acer Iconia Smart S300, which is a huge 4.8-inch Android smarpthone.

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October 11, 2011

Sun Broadband’s Anti Bill-Shock with Plan 350

So here’s a unique way how Sun Broadband guarantees that you won’t get that “bill shock” at the end of every payment period with your telco. Start will a low and affordable price then charge a minimal add-on cost for every excess hours of usage and then put a ceiling fee to it.

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October 11, 2011

Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook launched, priced!

Acer’s ultrabook has finally reached the Philippines — the Acer Aspire S3 series. Acer Philippines is the first one to launch the ultrabook in the country today with the Hummingbird.

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October 11, 2011

Globe PowerSurf vs. Smart Always On

Smart first introduced the volume-based pricing plan for mobile phones with the Always On and was followed by Globe with their PowerSurf plans. Both might seem to offer similar packages but allowed for some differences depending on consumers’ usage patterns.

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October 11, 2011

Facebook gets official iPad App

It took a long while, several other 3rd-party apps and an iPad App Developer quitting Facebook last month — Facebook has finally released their iPad App on the iTunes Store.

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October 10, 2011

Using Smart Bro Rocket on Php200 per 180MB

Since October 1, Smart has switched the plug on their Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It to use volume-based data pricing (same as Always On). The recommended bucket plan is Php200 per 180MB. So I tried it on my Rocket Plug-It to see how much I’d consume in a day.

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October 10, 2011

3M Privacy Filter for the iPad

Using the iPad in public can draw some attention and even prying eyes. It’s okay if you’re just reading or watching a movie but sometimes, I think there’s a need for some privacy. So instead of covering the screen or positioning it at an angle where no one can peek, you can apply a privacy filter.

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October 10, 2011

Globe outs Samsung Galaxy Y PowerSurf Edition

If Smart has the Galaxy Y Netphone Edition, Globe is also introducing the Samsung Galaxy Y PowerSurf Edition which comes free with Plan 499.

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October 10, 2011

Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player Review

We had a good two weeks with the Noontec Media Player MovieHome V8. It’s a totally new media player to me but having used and played with a lot of similar ones before, it was fairly easy to familiarize myself with the device. Check out our full review after the jump.

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October 09, 2011

Lessons learned from a failed internet cafe business

Several months ago, we finally closed our little internet cafe business. I wrote about the viability of the net cafe business many years ago and actually started one about 2 years ago. Despite its eventual failure, I learned a lot of lessons from that little experiment.

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October 08, 2011

Divoom iTour Ozzo Speakers: One for the Road

Most other portable speakers offer a relatively light and smaller form factors. Divoom’s Ozzo iTour didn’t sacrifice those and features a rectangular, curved speaker barrel. That, plus a two-piece set that seems to be inspired from Lego-land.

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