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September 03, 2007

Is Google not aware of Smart Padala and Globe GCash?

A recently published patent application by Google refers to a new payment method which others dubbed as GPay. This patent was filed back in February 28, 2006 and published on August 30, 2007.

If you’d read the abstract of the patent filing, you’d be surprised to think that Google hasn’t heard of Smart Money, Smart Padala or Globe GCash here in the Philippines.

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September 01, 2007

OdysseyLive: Death before Launch

OdysseyLiveI wrote at PTB two months ago that local social music network OdysseyLive seems to be dying a slow death, after talking with 2 independent sources close (but don’t want to be named) to the development of the project.

Last night, I received an email that will finally confirm it all. Here’s a copy of that email:

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September 01, 2007

USB Flash Drive Winner

Got back last night from Singapore for that Nokia: Go Play event. Left some of the pasalubong in the hotel as well as some items/gadgets I bought in Suntec City Mall I was planning to giveaway too.

Anyway, we’re close to 100 entries in the last USB Flash Drive Contest so I’m drawing up the winner now. The drive capacity is 1.0 GB. Congrats to those who got it right. Now, the winner is…

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August 31, 2007

Will WikiPilipinas redefine what is notable?

WikiPilipinasWhen WikiPilipinas officially launched last week, the proponents of the project explained how they envisioned to carry the idea of a free online encyclopedia and cook it into something that will have a Filipino flavor.

What those ingredients are to make it truly Filipino that we can call our own is something I can’t still fully imagine. But my questions which hasn’t yet been answered is –Will WikiPilipinas redefine what is notable?

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August 31, 2007

Is this the Google GPhone?

While we’re still talking about phones this week, let me point you to another leaked picture of the rumored Google GPhone.

Is this the one, really? See picture after the jump.

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August 31, 2007

Netvibes is now Mobile

One of the items in my long list of Mobile 2.0 capabilities is Ajax support especially because I’ve been using Netvibes more and more each day. My current Samsung SGH i600 cannot load the site properly just like many other mobile phones, despite using more advanced web browsers like Opera.

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August 30, 2007

Sorry, no iPhone-like Nokia device

There were a lot of reactions from the crowd when Nokia showed their video presentation about the future of UI in the mobile phones. Before any of the new phones were introduced, the video showed a familiar picture of a full screen, touch screen Nokia phone.

See a copy of the video here:

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August 30, 2007

The Nokia OVI Overview

Nokia announced OVI yesterday during the Go Play! launch. With the expansion of their core business from mobile devices to services and applications, here’s an overview of the Nokia OVI roadmap.

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August 30, 2007

What is ‘bacn’?

It’s a newly coined word, this bacn. Been reading a lot about it lately and first thought it was a new Web 2.0 service. Turns out it’s just another fancy word for an email spam that quite isn’t.

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August 29, 2007

New Nokia phones for Gaming, Music & Entertainment

Four new phones were launched today, dedicated mainly to mobile gaming, music and entertainment — a new Nokia N95 8GB (Black), the super slim Nokia 5310 Xpress Music, Nokia 5610 and the N81 8GB.

More details and specs after the jump…

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August 29, 2007

Nokia: Go Play! Singapore

Nokia Go PlayWe’ve just wrapped up the day for the Singapore leg of Nokia: Go Play! A lot of announcements were made and too many new mobile units to check out.

Will try to cover everything I’ve got so far.

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August 29, 2007

The Divalicious will resume next Monday

Now, this is really interesting. The Manila Standard Today announces that the infamous columnist Malu Fernandez is back in their roster or writers. This, after an earlier report that she submitted her resignation letter to two publications — MST and People Asia.

In a recent copy of the Manila Standard Today, a section displays a picture of Malu with the headline — Divalicious will resume next Monday. See picture after the jump.

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August 29, 2007

Motorola USB Flash Drive Giveaway

I never realized express couriers could be so uptight about shipping some harmless USB flash drive. We had to return 3 times with three different packaging types to get the things approved for shipping. And they charge as much as the drive itself. Anyway, here’s the last USB drive I’ll be giving away. Ever.

All you gotta do is guess what’s the capacity.

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August 28, 2007

Interesting late night Tuesday round up!

Unlock iPhoneThere’s a plot to release the iPhone unlocking software into the wild, wild web. A prize of $100,000 is in the offing. Several individuals and companies have actually solved the AT&T unlocking dilemma but threats of lawsuits prevent them to move forward.

Reports say that unlocking the iPhone invites DMCA complaints from AT&T and Apple. As usual, Apple will fiercely try to lock this down to protect their contract with AT&T. But what if they can’t?

It’s all about the money…

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August 28, 2007

Acer buys Gateway; bumps to No. 3

Acer Gateway Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer Inc. announced yesterday that it’s acquiring US-based Gateway Computers.

Once the acquisition is complete, it will put Acer as the no. 3 PC-maker worldwide.

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August 27, 2007

Globe rebrands and upgrades DSL speeds

Globe TelecomsA reader emailed today about the recent Globe rebranding and points me to their recent DSL package upgrades. Obviously, we’ve all noticed that every time the other ISP upgrades their offerings, the other responds with the same.

That’s healthy competition that benefits the consumers.

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August 27, 2007

Free SMS from Yahoo! Mail

This just in — Yahoo! Mail beta is now offering free text messaging to mobile phones. According to DownloadSquad, this service is only available for US, Canada, India and the Philippines. You’ll need to switch to the new Yahoo! Mail in order to send messages to phones in those four countries mentioned. Your contact should also have a valid mobile phone in their profile. Yahoo! Messenger is also integrated in the new Outlook-like interface.

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August 27, 2007

Levi’s Mobile Phone

LeviThe press release for this has been out since late June so this news is not new. I’m just way behind it. According to announcements, apparel manufacturer Levi’s Strauss is coming out with a branded mobile phone.

And the the name? Just Levi’s. The Levi’s mobile phone sits just beside that expensive and completely touch-screen Prada phone at the fashion-brand-comes-to-tech lounge. So what’s inside the hood?

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August 26, 2007

PRC Nursing Exam Results crash servers

Update: PRC Nursing Board Exam Results for November 2008. Copy latest PRC Board Nursing exam results from the website here.

I’ve been struggling with several crashed servers early this evening from what could have been a massive amount of traffic coming in from search engines looking for the 2007 PRC Nursing Exams Results.

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August 26, 2007

Windows Live right on your Nokia phones

About 2 weeks ago, Nokia quietly launched a new Windows Live rich client application on several N-Series Nokia devices. The initial line-up included series 60 devices such as the Nokia N73, N80i, N95, N76 and the N93i.

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August 26, 2007

Messing around with the Theme

After several weeks mulling over the CSS reboot of this blog, and after considering several of the earlier comments and suggestions, I’ve finally decided to roll out a minor tweak to the theme.

Some of the more obvious changes are the background (I wanted to be a little artsy this time), the logo and some font sizes and colors. Hope the improvements are appreciated by the reading public.
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August 25, 2007

Digital Photo Printing: Commercial or Home Brew?

Ever since I got into digital photography 2 years ago, I’ve always sent my digital photos to commercial printers. I personally use DigiPrint as I’m also a member of their DigiPrint Pro club.

I’ve also noticed a lot of friends and fellow bloggers giving out personal calling cards made from printed photo papers. Some are done commercially (3 pieces can fit in a 4R) while others do their own printing. So, which one is actually better?

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August 25, 2007

TLA Affiliate moves to tinyURL

If you’re a TLA Publisher (aff), then you should have gotten the same email from TextLinkAds the other day.

TLA is moving all affiliate links from the old format to the new tinyurl.com format.

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August 24, 2007

Google looks up to the Sky

The kid astronomer in me jumps with glee as I explore the heavenly skies thru Google Earth. Yup, with about a hundred million stars and two hundred million galaxies, Sky in Google Earth lets you explore the heavens like never before.

Here’s a YouTube video of the product demo:

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August 24, 2007

Nikon responds with the D3 and the D300

A couple of days after Canon officially released the 40D and the EOS-1Ds Mark III, Nikon came out with a new set in its line of digital SLRs.

Meet the Nikon D3 and the D300.

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