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June 16, 2011

How to setup or connect Smart Bro to a router?

If you are subscribed to the Smart Bro Plan 999, you can still connect or configure it to a router so you can share the internet connection to other WiFi devices in your house. See the step by step instructions below to setup Smart Bro with your WiFi router.

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June 15, 2011

HTC Sensation launched, priced!

The HTC Sensation is now officially in the Philippines with Smart offering the handset for free at Plan 3000 or you can get it from official retailers at a suggested retail price of Php31,990 while the Wildfire S goes for Php15,500.

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June 15, 2011

YugaDeals: HTC Snap for Php8,299

Our deal for this week is the HTC Snap, a full-qwerty Windows Mobile smartphone. Our deal price is Php8,299 which makes it one of the most affordable WinMo handsets available around.

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June 15, 2011

Is Social Media saving Radio?

Is Social Media saving Radio? Or, is it the other way around? I don’t regularly listen to radio nor watch TV and the only time I tune in is when I’m driving. For some time now, I’ve noticed that both AM and FM radio channels have actually embraced social media — specifically Facebook, Twitter and UStream.

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June 15, 2011

Sense UI too big for HTC Desire to go 2.3

A number of reader and Twitter followers have been asking when the HTC Desire will get the long-overdue Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Earlier today, HTC made the official (and sad) news that Gingerbread isn’t coming to the Desire.

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June 14, 2011

Apple sells unlocked iPhone 4 at $649

The US Apple Online Store has started selling unlocked iPhone 4 with the 16GB model priced at $649. The move could have been prompted by the expiration of the lock-in with AT&T which lasted for years.

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June 14, 2011

Flight Simulation on Google Earth

I know this is a little bit of old news actually but I recently re-installed a copy of Google Earth on my desktop PC and went straight ahead to the Flight Simulation mode to test out how accurate the maps and terrains are.

If you haven’t seen this, go ahead and download Google Earth here. Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, the ocean and even galaxies in outer space (just go to Tools -> Flight Simulation). It’s really a fun way of navigating thru the maps.

Here’s a video capture of the flight simulation via Google Earth I saw the other day:

There are also other software that does similar things (in fact, a whole lot better in terms of detail). One of them is the Microsoft Flight Simulator X (or FSX) which you can download here.

Of course, nothing beats the real thing — a flight simulation where you’re inside a mock-up cockpit and you can see the terrain for the whole 180 degrees. Have not tried this one but would sure love to experience it some day (minus the headaches and the nausea of course).

The closest I think I’ve done this is with Ford when they demoed a simulation during our visit to the Bangkok Motor Show last March.

For those who are jus as curious as me, the flight simulation on Google Earth and Microsoft Flight Simulator would do just fine.

Disclosure: This entry is a sponsored article for Fly Away Simulation. You cna check and download the simulations here.

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June 14, 2011

Poll: What’s your Android tablet of choice?

In the last 12 months, we’ve already seen a lot of Android tablets hitting the Philippines. And, a lot more are definitely coming. With so many to choose from, it’s a little daunting to make that decision when buying your first Android tablet. So let’s just put this to a vote.

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June 14, 2011

Dell outs Inspiron w/ Designs from Threadless

This is probably the first laptop launch I attended where the stars are just the lids and not the laptops themselves. Dell Philippines launched a new series of Inspiron, Vostro and XPS laptops that come with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors yesterday.

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June 13, 2011

PLDT upgrades myDSL Plan 3000 to 5Mbps

Good news to all PLDT myDSL subscribers on Plan 3000 — bandwidth upgrades have been rolling to all subs as early as first week of this month. The plan was bumped up from 3Mbps to 5Mbps.

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June 13, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. HTC Sensation

So now that two of the top dual-core smartphones are coming to the Philippines this June, we ask you to pick your favorite with the suggested retail price in mind. Let’s pit the HTC Sensation vs. the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 after the jump.

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June 13, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread 2.3 Update

So it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab is also getting the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update as well. The update came along with the one for Galaxy S which we reported last week, according to several readers who left comments.

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June 12, 2011

Cherry Mobile Phones Price List Philippines for June 2011

With true dual SIM capabilities and a suite of other top end features, the new collection of mobile phones under the Cherry Mobile brand bring next-generation connectivity to Filipino consumers at incredibly affordable prices.

Cherry Mobile showcases its first handset range this 2009. Consisting of four new handsets, each range suits every type of user by designing its products that would best match different consumer lifestyles.

The Cherry Mobile phones price list below is updated for June 2011:

Cherry Mobile D12 price – Php 999
Cherry Mobile F16 price – Php 1,599
Cherry Mobile D20i price – Php 1,999
Cherry Mobile M15 price – Php 1,999
Cherry Mobile Z11 price – Php 2,299
Cherry Mobile Q6i price – Php 2,499
Cherry Mobile M33 price – Php 2,499
Cherry Mobile Z5 price – Php 2,999
Cherry Mobile Z9 price – Php 2,999
Cherry Mobile X90 price – Php 3,499
Cherry Mobile Eclipse 1 price – Php 4,999
Cherry Mobile Eclipse 2 price – Php 5,900
Cherry Mobile P1 price – Php 649
Cherry Mobile P3 price – Php 799
Cherry Mobile Q1i price – Php 1,199
Cherry Mobile D13 price – Php 1,299
Cherry Mobile D15 price – Php 1,499
Cherry Mobile D17i price – Php 1,499
Cherry Mobile Q2 price – Php 1,699
Cherry Mobile Q4 price – php 1,999
Cherry Mobile Q2i price – Php 1,999
Cherry Mobile M300 price – Php 2,299
Cherry Mobile S60 price- Php 2,299
Cherry Mobile M20i price – Php 2,299
Cherry Mobile L6 price – Php 2,399
Cherry Mobile Q15i price – Php 2,799
Cherry Mobile A5 price – Php 2,799
Cherry Mobile X30 price – Php 2,999
Cherry Mobile T8 price – Php 2,999
Cherry Mobile M9 price – Php 2,999
Cherry Mobile Q60 triple sim price – Php 3,499
Cherry Mobile X8 price – Php 3,499
Cherry Mobile T20 price – Php 3,599
Cherry Mobile X5 price – Php 3,899
Cherry Mobile T60 price – Php 4,399
Cherry Mobile X9 price – Php 4,899
Cherry Mobile T8 PRO price – Php 4,999
Cherry Mobile COSMO price – Php 6,899
Cherry Mobile NOVA price – Php 7,999
Cherry Mobile ORBIT price – Php 12,999
Cherry Mobile MAGNUM HD price – Php 18,999
Cherry Mobile SUPERION price – Php 19,999

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June 12, 2011

Sony Ericsson Phone Price List Philippines

Price list of all Sony Ericsson phones in the Philippines as updated on June 2011.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc X12 – Php 26,300
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 price – Php 16,000
Sony Ericsson x10 mini pro price – Php 12,850
Sony Ericsson x10 mini E10i price – Php 9,000
Sony Ericsson Aspen M1i price – Php 11,300
Sony Ericsson X8 price – Php 8,100
Sony Ericsson ELM J10i2 price – Php 7,390
Sony Ericsson Zylo W20 price – Php 6,400
Sony Ericsson Yendo W150 price – Php 5,000
Sony Ericsson W100 Spiro price – Php 4,080
Sony Ericsson J108i Cedar price – Php 4.30

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June 12, 2011

HTC Sensation set to launch on June 15

We got the date pegged so this one is confirmed — the HTC Sensation (along with the Wildfire S that’s already been sold in stores for weeks now) is set to launch this coming Wednesday, June 15.

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June 12, 2011

What’s the deal with Globe’s HSPA+?

During the media launch of Globe’s Tonino Lamborghini Tattoo launch last week, I sat down with Peter Bithos (Head of Consumer Division) to talk more about the telco’s roll-out and their 10Mbps mobile internet offering.

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June 11, 2011

Mugen Extended Power Batteries

The guys from Mugen Power emailed me last week asking if I’d like to check out their line-up of extended batteries and so I told them I have around half a dozen smartphones. So they shipped me 4 extended batteries from Hong Kong — Optimus 2X, HD7, Xperia X10 and Desire, with varying battery capacities for each.

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June 11, 2011

Sapido Mobile Router as 3G/4G Hotspot

Bought a Sapido 3G Mobile router last year as a possible replacement for my SmartBro Share-It. So I’m just waiting for my 24-month contract to expire so I could completely move up to this set-up in the car. But then, the local distributor met up with me early this week and showed me their whole new Sapido line-up.

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June 10, 2011

Globe launches Samsung Galaxy S2

In a media launch this evening, Globe Telecom formally introduced their latest product under the Globe Tattoo line-up — the Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini and the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S2.

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June 10, 2011

HP TouchPad with WebOS for $499

So the HP TouchPad has finally been announced and will be shipping in July for a suggested retail price of $499.99 (a by-product of HP’s acquisition of Palm).

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June 10, 2011

Nokia X1-01, C2-00 suggested retail price

Last night, Nokia Philippines finally launched two of their new dual-SIM phones — the Nokia X1-01 and the much-awaited Nokia C2-00.

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June 10, 2011

How to activate Smart GPRS

How to activate Smart GPRS or TNT (Talk N Text)

Welcome to the Smart GPRS or 3G tutorial page. The information below will help you and guide in setting up your phone for GPRS or 3G connection. It will also show you how to hook up your PC or laptop to any Smart 3G-enabled phone:

Download Smart GPRS settings:
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June 10, 2011

How to activate Sun Cellular GPRS

How to activate Sun Cellular GPRS

1) To activate your GPRS and handset settings, text ACTIVATE to 2300.

2) In case you are unable to receive handset settings, you may choose to configure your handset settings manually. Please select your handset model in the drop down list below and follow the instructions in the file.

* Note: Configuration guide provided for each handset will depend on the supported feature/s.
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June 10, 2011

How to activate Globe GPRS

How to activate GPRS for Globe and TM (Touch Mobile)

For a complete listing of compatible MMS & GPRS phone handsets — send Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, Cherry Mobile, HTC or Samsung (your handset model) to 2365.

To get your phone’s settings, text GO (handset model) to 2951. Example, GO N3650. (For a list of compatible handsets, refer to #1)
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June 09, 2011

Popcorn Hour A210 Networked Media Jukebox

First time I knew of networked media tanks (NMT) was a couple of years ago when the local distributor of Popcorn Hour in the Philippines visited my pad and demoed the player to me. The NMT has improved since then and we got the newer Popcorn Hour A210 to play with.

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