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May 15, 2008

Google AdSense not good for Advocacy Sites?

Here’s an interesting story from The Register, something I didn’t know before — put simply, if you’re running an advocacy website against any individual, group, or organization, it could get your AdSense account canceled.

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May 15, 2008

HP 2133 Priced and Specs

The HP 2133 mini-notebook PC announced last February this year is now out and on sale. Units went out this week in HP retail stores. See final specs and unit prices after the jump.

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May 14, 2008

More details about Dell Philippines

Been getting email and SMS inquiries about Dell retail stores here in the Philippines since its launch last month so I sent a couple of questions to Dell to get more details about their local presence. Check out their reply after the jump.

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May 13, 2008

Philippines ranks #7 in Mobile Web Traffic

The recent April 2008 traffic report from mobile advertising company AdMob reveals that the Philippines is ranked among the top 10 countries with highest traffic for the mobile web.

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May 13, 2008

Will you switch providers for an iPhone?

Since the short announcement by Globe yesterday, it’s been the talk of the town already. Most of the tech journalists I talked to yesterday and today tell me this may not be a game-changer for Globe and I tend to agree with them.

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May 12, 2008

Globe Telecom nabs Apple iPhone deal

An email just this afternoon pointed me to the press release that Globe Telecom has agreed with Apple to exclusively offer the iPhone in the Philippines. Announcement was made at 1PM this afternoon.

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May 12, 2008

SmartBro: Largest Broadband Service in the Philippines

Latest public report from PLDT Investor Relations showed Smart Bro as the largest broadband service in the country with over 384,000 subscribers nationwide since it was first launched in June 2005.

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May 12, 2008

The Cheapest Laptops: The sub-25k Round-Up

The Asus Eee PC 900 will officially launched today and the retail price hasn’t been finalized yet. Though initial report from the inside is that it will be at Php24,995, several units available in stores tagged them up to Php28,000+. So, I’ve rounded a list of sub-25k laptops from several name brands to see how they measure up.

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May 10, 2008

Universal McCann’s Social Media Research

I was sent this PDF file containing Universal McCann’s Social Media Research for March 2008. The research surveyed 17,000 internet users in 29 countries. It’s an 80-page report that covers topics on blogging, online videos and social networking sites in general.

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May 10, 2008

Cure to launch 3G in the Philippines

Another telco is coming to town. Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise, Inc. (CURE) will officially launch it’s 3G mobile service in the Philippines this month.

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May 10, 2008

Apple Strategy: Gaming on the Mac, iPhone and Console

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry. Just look at Grand Theft Auto IV and how they sold 4 million units on launch day (est. $390 million). It won’t be a surprise if Apple will revisit the idea of entering the gaming market. They could do so in 3 fronts.

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May 09, 2008

Globe 3G: 5 Pesos Internet and Disconnection Charges

Globe 3G may be facing some serious issues this month due to frequent disconnection charges on their 5 Peso per 15 minute rates. Last month, Globe introduced time-based charging on top of the previous kilobyte rates — a pleasant development to loyal Globe subscribers. Problem though is the arbitrary disconnection/reconnection charges.

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May 09, 2008

Cuban blogger gets Journalism Award

This should be an inspiration to a lot of bloggers out there. A Cuban blogger, a 32-year old woman named Yoani Sanchez, received a Spanish Journalism award for her 13-month old blog.

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May 08, 2008

HP Pavillion vs. Dell Inspiron: Artist Edition

Manufacturers HP and Dell are battling it out with graffiti-influenced Artist Editions of their top tier laptops. On the left hand is an HP Pavilion dv2800t and on the right side is Dell Inspiron 1525 — both unit are strikingly cool.

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May 07, 2008

World Cyber Games 2008

WCG 2008 is on. The Cyber Game Festival will be held in Cologne, Germany this year and the Philippine contingent better make it to the finals this time. Spent the whole afternoon at City Kart Racing to attend the press launch of the 2008 World Cyber Games, and of course some kart racing.

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May 07, 2008

Have AdSense Check but no US Dollar Bank Account?

A number of people have emailed me asking about their problems with their Google AdSense Checks. So here’s the question — What to do with your Google AdSense Check if you don’t have a US Dollar Bank Account?

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May 06, 2008

Poll: What’s your laptop brand?

I just ended the previous poll and it looks like AMD is still popular among desktop PC users. Our new poll is for those owning a laptop or notebook. Which brand of laptop are you using?

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May 06, 2008

Most Interesting Hard Drive Contest

Scribd is running a nifty contest where winners get to take home a new Apple Macbook Air, an Amazon Kindle or an iPod Nano. All you need to do is sign up here and upload as many original and interesting documents into your Scribd account.

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May 05, 2008

What Microsoft can buy for $45 Billion?

Some say Microsoft is wasting its money buying Yahoo. Now that it has formally backed out of the deal, may be looking the other way for acquisitions may be in order. Let’s look at what Microsoft can get off of their $45 billion budget.

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May 05, 2008

Search [YugaTech MacBook]

That’s how one magazine does their link footnotes nowadays. Reminds of those AOL Keywords. Digital Media Asia showed screenshots of my Macbook Air Commercial video parody in their February 2008 issue.

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May 04, 2008

Microsoft walks away from Yahoo deal

It’s all over the place — Microsoft has formally announced its withdrawal from the proposed Yahoo merger. This, after Microsoft upped its original bid of $31/share to $33; but Yahoo apparently wanted $37.

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May 04, 2008

MS Photosynth on CSI

First, there was Twitter. This time, it’s Microsoft Photosynth. It turns out, the lab techs on CSI New York are using Photosynth to re-create a virtual 3D of a crime scene. Got a copy of the segments uploaded here.

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May 02, 2008

Asus EeePC Design Contest Winners Announced

Asus Philippines has just announced the winners of the Asus Dress mEee Up! Design Contest. There were over 500 entries and close to 80,000 votes were sent in.

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May 02, 2008

Samsung’s snazzy Home Theater System

Got this in the Inbox earlier. It’s the new line of compact home theater-in-a-box systems from Samsung. The models I specifically liked are the HT-X710 and X715 series.

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May 02, 2008

Apple’s sneaky move on Safari worked

Last March, Apple tried to sneaked in a copy of the Safari browser on every Apple Software Update even if Safari is not installed in the system. Mozilla CEO called the move downright wrong and called Safari a malware.

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