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July 16, 2008

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1620

Fujitsu used to own the market for really small and lightweight laptops with their Lifebook series. Only problem is, the smaller they go the more expensive they become. Asus changed that paradigm and revolutionized the way ultraportables are marketed. Now Fujitsu is trying to play catch and teamed up with Siemens for the 8.9-inch Lifebook P1620.

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July 15, 2008

Codename: Tyner, a WordPress 2.6 Release

A new version of WordPress (version 2.6, codenamed Tyner) is now out. That’s 194 bugs fixed and over a dozen new feature improvements, including a faster and more usable image uploader/manager. Grab a copy here.

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July 15, 2008

Gigabyte launches 9″ Netbook M912V with 3G

It’s the first 9-inch UMPC we’ve seen that sports a swivel touch screen panel (can be rotated 180°). It’s essentially a mini-table PC, a line of sub-notebooks that’s usually pretty expensive. Not this one.

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July 15, 2008

Nokia E71 Price & Unboxing Pics

Just got the new Nokia E71 business phone and I’ve been testing it for a couple of days now. Haven’t finished yet but so far, everything’s positive from the usability end. For the meantime, check out the pics and price list below after the break.

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July 14, 2008

Guardian Media buys paidContent for $30M

Another popular blog gets sold to big media. Last Friday, word went out that Rafat Ali’s paidContent.org blog (including mocoNews, contentSutra and paidContent:UK) was acquired by Guardian Media Group (GMG) for a reported $30 Million.

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July 14, 2008

Apple tips to better iPhone 2.0 battery life

A page on the Apple website outlines several suggestions on how iPhone 3G users can save juice and make their iPhone’s battery life last longer.

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July 13, 2008

iPhone 2.0 Software & iTunes App Store

Together with the launch of the iPhone 3G, Apple also released the iPhone 2.0 Software for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Though it’s a free upgrade for iPhone users, there’s a $9.95 price for iPod Touch owners. So I forked out the $9.95 to see what this update and the App Store is all about.

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July 12, 2008

Yahoo! BOSS: Build your Own Search Service

Yesterday, Yahoo! made an ambitious attempt and opened up their search service to everyone. Called Yahoo! Search BOSS, this initiative is strategy to attract developers to create their own search service on top of Yahoo’s search technology.

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July 11, 2008

Intel likely to move fab to Cabuyao, Laguna

When the rumor that Intel Philippines was facing an impending closure in April this year, the company corrected this — saying that it’s weighing its options and could transfer its plant somewhere else. June has past and Intel officials have not released anything. I’ve sent out interview questions in the hopes of getting some updates.

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July 11, 2008

Nokia E51 Review

The Nokia E51 first came out in September last year, it already got my attention. After quite sometime, I finally got myself a unit and here’s my verdict.

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July 10, 2008

From .Mac to MobileMe, will iPhone users bite?

One of the other products/srvices that Apple announced but didn’t get much press time was the new MobileMe service. It’s basically a re-branding of .Mac that took a second lease on life because of the iPhone.

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July 09, 2008

Blue H1 UMPC: Unboxing Pics

The Blue H1 UMPC is probably the only ultraportable laptop specifically marketed to the Philippines but never got much airtime (except for that Engadget mention earlier). I thought it deserves a second look. Got a unit and we’re unboxing it for the first time.

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July 09, 2008

Acer Aspire X1200 Mini PC

Acer isn’t waiting for Asus (Eee Box) and the rest of the gang to gain grounds in the mini PC market so it’s launching its own version this early.

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July 09, 2008

Lively: Google builds a Second Life clone

Google gives its engineers 20% of their time for whatever persnal projects they want to take on. Some of the more famous products by Google came was borne out of this “20% project” like GTalk, Orkut and AdSense.

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July 08, 2008

Kohjinsha SC3 UMPC has built-in GPS

Japan’s answer to the growing UMPC market is the Kohjinsha SC3 Series, a 7-inch feature-packed ultraportable that’s being entered into the US market.

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July 08, 2008

iPhone 3G Service Plans in 12 Countries

While the release of the iPhone 3G is fast approaching, I’m closely coordinating with a friend who’s on vacation in the US to grab me one of the $599 contract-free unit from AT&T.

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July 08, 2008

Updates on Blog Ads, Affiliates and Sales

Some links and updates on local affiliates for bloggers as well as new tools and services you might want to check out.

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July 07, 2008

Smart Uzzap: IM, Email and a bucket of SMS

Smart yesterday launched a new PC and mobile IM app called Smart Uzzap (probably a Web 2.0 play on the Tagalog term “usap” or talk). The app/service seems to aim into the PC-to-mobile (and vice versa) messaging market.

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July 06, 2008

Samsung 2232GW LCD Monitor

LCD monitors from Samsung are getting better and better. I thought the dual 19″ 940BW at home is already a great set up until I got hold of the new 22″ Samsung 2232GW LCD monitor.

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July 06, 2008

Why Viacom wants YouTube user logs?

A recent court ruling gave the go signal for Viacom to access Youtube user logs in the ongoing copyright lawsuit between the former and Google worth $1 Billion. Viacom, 1; Google/Youtube, 0.

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July 05, 2008

Iran drafts Death Penalty Bill for Bloggers

The Parliament of Iran is discussing a draft bill that criminalizes “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion).” This is on top of a long list of crimes punishable by death.

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July 04, 2008

Western Union adds Documentary Stamp Tax

This was just informed to me by the Western Union branch I frequent — WU will start charging for Documentary Stamp Tax (DST) from July 1, 2008 and onwards.

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July 04, 2008

Asus Eee Monitor PC an iMac beater?

Asus has unveiled a new member of its Eee family of PC – the All-in-One Asus Eee Monitor. This sleek and stylish Asus PC is obviously positioned towards the Apple iMac market.

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July 04, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond released in the Philippines

Yesterday, HTC officially launched their newest line of smart phones named HTC Touch Diamond. I totally missed the media launch yesterday noon at the Renaissance Hotel (I have a record of 80% probability to miss an event if it’s earlier than 1pm) but was able to check out the unit last week.

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July 03, 2008

Results: Mobile 3G Usage

We’ve got over a hundred submissions from our recent poll on mobile 3G services. The results are not that surprising but the breakdown of services is a bit interesting though. See figures and graphs after the jump.

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