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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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October 05, 2008

Is Linux failing the Netbooks?

Several Linux flavors attempted to go mainstream when they were introduced pre-installed into netbooks. It was free, performs well and doesn’t take up a lot of space. It made sense and seemed like a perfect fit. Or not.

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October 05, 2008

Is problogging in recession?

Barely 3 months after we saw big blog networks re-balancing their budgets, there’s another one that’s just finished brewing headed by Gawker Media’s head-honcho himself, Nick Denton, with a self-leaked internal memo.

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October 04, 2008

Asus Eee PC S101 Ultraslim Netbook

And just when we thought Asus could no longer outdo itself in the Eee PC line, they’ll come up with a new model just to show off they’re still king of the netbooks. So they’re bringing out a thinner but a little expensive Asus Eee PC S101 Ultraslim Netbook.

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October 03, 2008

Tech Crunch: Top Tech Stocks on a Bargain

Tech companies are also affected by the financial crisis and while this is bad for many investors and stock holders, it may also be an opportunity for other players to make the most out of the bargain stock prices that’s going around.

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October 03, 2008

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic announced

Hello! Are you a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic owner? Please take the quick survey here!

Earlier dubbed as Nokia Tube, the just announced Nokia 5800 XpressMusic may appeal to many Nokia fans with its touch screen interface that comes with a pen stylus.

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October 02, 2008

Take the Mozilla Survey for the Philippines

Got an email from a BizDev guy from Mozilla Corp. requesting if YugaTech readers could answer this really short survey about web browsers and Firefox. “Mozilla is considering doing some new actions in the Philippines in 2009 and having some feedback from Filipino Internet users would be really valuable for us.” Check out this 20-item survey.

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October 02, 2008

Google 2001 Search

In honor of Google’s 10th year anniversary, they’ve brought back their oldest available index dated 2001. Google only had over 1.3 billion webpages indexed that time and it’s a little nostalgic to do some ego-searching on that year.

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October 01, 2008

Shuttle Glamour D10 comes with 7″ LCD Panel

Shuttle has been developing its XPC series for years now and they keep on adding new features to their product lines. Aside from the portability which is great for LAN parties, they have media center PCs to boot — the latest one, the Glamour D10 that has a built-in 7-inch touch screen LCD panel.

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October 01, 2008

LG KP500: Full Touchscreen and Cheap?

LG Mobile wants to bring touch-screen phones to the mass market so it’s introducing an “affordable”, full touchscreen handset, the LG KP500, sometime end of October. But where’s the catch?

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