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September 20, 2010

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September 19, 2010

Gateway EC19C10i: 11-inch Core i5 Notebook

The 11.6-inch thin and light notebooks have been my personal choice for a portable laptop. They’re mostly powered by ULV Pentium and Core 2 Solo/Duo processors. The Gateway EC19C10i tops it up to a Core i5.

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September 18, 2010

The Math on Globe’s iPhone 4 Price

So we finally got the official retail price of the iPhone 4 from Globe today and while the price point is within the expected range, it turns out it is more expensive by at least 12%. Here’s what we got from a little digging.

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September 18, 2010

Globe to launch iPhone 4 on September 26

So this is it — the long wait is finally over! Sources tell me that the iPhone 4 from Globe Telecom will be arriving on September 26, 2010.
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September 18, 2010

Globe MyFi Price Drop

So this was the surprise promo that Globe reps told me the day they talked to us about the MyFi and they really did good with their promise. A reader tipped us that Globe has dropped their MyFi devices by almost 50% off!

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September 17, 2010

Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type sheds the qwerty

The popular and affordable qwerty phone, Nokia C3, now has a sibling and they called it the Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type — the second of its kind after the Nokia X3 Touch & Type back in August.

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September 17, 2010

SHAtter iOS 4.1 Jailbreak: Tethered jailbreak for all current iOS devices

The new bootrom exploit now has a name. It’s called SHAtter. It’s a low-level exploit found in the bootrom section of all current iOS devices.

Yes, that includes the iPhone 4, iPad, and the new 4G iPod Touch. That’s great news, but the sad bit is it might be tethered unlike JailbreakMe which is a userland jailbreak that you can perform anywhere at anytime. It’s not that convenient to use, but on the good side, it won’t be that easy for Apple to patch as well. Apple will have to make hardware revisions in order to plug this new hole.

iOS firmware updates won’t be enough to patch this exploit. There’s still no new info yet as to when this SHAtter iOS 4.1 jailbreak will be released, but we do know that both the Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team are already hard at work in developing a tool to hack iOS 4.1 wide open.

That’s about it for now, but rest assured, we’ll be talking more about this SHAtter iOS jailbreak once new info becomes available.

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September 17, 2010

iPhone 4 jailbreak (JailbreakMe) website Alternatives

We don’t know how widespread the problem is, but there reports coming in that users are having problems accessing the iPhone 4 jailbreak site jailbreakme.com.

If you’re one of those folks having issues with the site, here are some of the thing you can do to jailbreak your brand new iPhone 4. Instead of just typing in www.jailbreakme.com, try going to jailbreakme.com/index.html.

If that still doesn’t work, you can try the Canadian mirror of the web-based jailbreak site at jailbbreakme.ca. Just to remind you guys, while jailbreakme is compatible with all iDevices (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad), it only works with iOS 4.0.1/iOS 3.2.1 and older firmware. This can’t jailbreak iOS 4.0.2 and iOS 3.2.2 since this new iPhone/iPad firmware plugs the exploit used by this particular iPhone jailbreak.

This also isn’t compatible with beta versions of iOS 4.1. Once you’re done jailbreaking your iPhone, there’s ultrasn0w 1.0-1 you can use as an iPhone 4 unlock.

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September 17, 2010

Downgrade iPhone 4 from iOS 4.0.2 to 4.0.1 sans SHSH blobs to Jailbreak

If you either have a new iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0.2 pre-installed by default or upgraded to the new firmware without saving your SHSH blobs first, here’s a trick that might allow you to downgrade to iOS 4.0.1 thus allowing you to jailbreak your iPhone via the JailbreakMe website. Emphasis on the word might as this hasn’t been confirmed to work as promised.

In a nutshell, you just have to slightly modify the official iOS 4.0.1 ipsw file, and then transfer all the contents to the iOS 4.0.2 ipsw file. This will allow you to fool your iPhone 4 and iTunes into believing that it’s installing iOS 4.0.2 while the truth is its iOS 4.0.1. Theoretically, it sounds plausible, but as we all know, plausible is not a guarantee that it’ll work.

For the full instructions on how to go about it, you can find it by going to Redmondpie’s site.

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September 17, 2010

iOS 4.0.2 patches iPhone 4 Jailbreak, JailbreakMe PDF exploit; Redsn0w, Ultrasn0w compatible

Apple has released iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/S, iPod Touch, and iOS 3.2.2 for the iPad which, as promised, comes with the necessary fix to plug the jailbreakme PDF exploit we mentioned a while back.

Unfortunately, while it does manage to address that security hole, it also means the end for the convenient web-based iPhone 4 jailbreak we’ve grown to love. On a good note, however, it’s confirmed that redsn0w 0.9.5b5-5 can jailbreak this latest firmware on the iPhone 3G which means this might work as an iOS 4.0.2 jailbreak for other iPhone versions as well. We’ll just have to wait for an announcement from the Dev Team about this.

Another bit of good news is that Apple still hasn’t changed the baseband making it still unlockable via the latest build of ultrasn0w. Apple may have put a stop to Jailbreakme.com, but as evidenced by the success rate of redsn0w, they certainly haven’t put a stop to the jailbreak train.

Just remember, when you use redsn0w, you should point to the official iOS 4 firmware, not iOS 4.0.2, and you should connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac while it’s off.

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September 17, 2010

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 Review

Lenovo sent us this ThinkPad Edge 13 a few weeks ago and it’s actually the most intriguing laptop we’ve had to review for sometime now. Check our full review of this thin & light Core i5 notebook.

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September 17, 2010

iPod Nano 6th Gen: First Impressions

We got a short time with Apple’s new line of iPods yesterday afternoon. Of the lot, my interests were focused on the 4th generation iPod Touch and the totally re-invented iPod Nano which is already in its 6th generation.

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September 16, 2010

Nokia C3 Review

When Nokia announced that they will release a new qwerty phone early this year, I said meh. A full qwerty phone with an old OS (Symbian 40), no 3G and a 2MP camera, what could go right? My view changed when Nokia announced the price. See our full review of the Nokia C3 after the jump.

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September 16, 2010

IE9 goes on beta, looks Chrome-y

We had a short briefing with Microsoft Philippines this afternoon discussing some of the new features of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) which just reached beta release today.

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September 15, 2010

HTC Desire HD and Desire Z announced!

While the Nokia World 2010 event is still mid-way, HTC tried to grab some air time by holding an event right smack in the same city (London) to announce the HTC Desire Z and Desire HD.

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September 15, 2010

Nikon D7000 ousts D90 as 16.2MP dSLR

The Nikon D90 is out; the Nikon D7000 is in — this new mid-class dSLR from Nikon can do 1080p videos with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor.

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September 15, 2010

Is the local Online Gaming industry in trouble?

Just got a couple of insider info from a reliable source that might give us the impression that the Philippine Online Gaming industry is in a bit of a trouble right now. Two of the biggest online gaming companies, Level-Up & e-Games, are showing signs of it.

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September 15, 2010

Canon PowerShot G12 gets announced

Canon unceremoniously announced the successor to the PowerShot G11 today. The new Canon PowerShot G12 now includes HD recording capabilities and hybrid image stabilization features.

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September 15, 2010

Sony Vaio P115 Review

When the first Sony Vaio P came out last year, I drooled over it. The design was exquisite and you’d even ask if Apple made that sexy thing. The price was too high and the specs are on the lower end. A year later, a redesigned Vaio P, the specs were bumped a little and Sony lowered the price too. You can even say it’s an engineering feat.

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September 14, 2010

LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic unveiled!

LG also held an online webcast this afternoon to introduce two new Android Froyo 2.2. smartphones — the LG Optimus One and the LG Optimus Chic.

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September 14, 2010

Nokia E7 comes in 4-inch screen, 8MP camera

Nokia also just announced the Nokia E7, a full touch screen and full qwerty slider phone that’s got a huge 4-inch display and 8-megapixel camera.

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September 14, 2010

Nokia C7 officially announced

Just moments ago, at the Nokia World 2010, a new Symbian^3-based smartphone was announced — the Nokia C7 and based on the specs, it’s looking to be a baby N8.

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September 14, 2010

Contest: Free Passes to SEMCON 2010

SEMCON 2010 is just 3 weeks away and we’d like to give chance to people who are interested to attend this one-a-year conference to come on our tab. We’re giving out 3 free passes for SEMCON 2010. See details below.

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September 13, 2010

Apple iPhone 4 Review

Apple has yet to release the iPhone 4 in the Philippines via its exclusive carrier Globe Telecom. Even before then, a lot has been said about this 4th generation iPhone — from the supposed antenna issues, the Retina Display, to Face Time and the modified form of multi-tasking feature. So check out our review of the Apple iPhone 4 after the jump.

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September 13, 2010

Do you put a premium on the mouse?

I think one of the most neglected devices in a computer (especially the desktop PC) is the mouse. As a pointing device it’s one of the most used peripherals (more often than the keyboard) in the PC. I always have uneasy feeling whenever I see someone using a defective mouse.

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