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April 05, 2008

Globe 3G: 5 Pesos for 15 minutes!

This just in. Got a message from someone inside Globe telling me Globe GPRS/3G/HSDPA (myGlobe GPRS and myGlobe Internet on your mobile phone settings) has moved to time-based charging. That’s 5 pesos for every 15 minutes! It’s about time.

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April 04, 2008

It’s Official: Dell Philippines is here!

dell philippinesIt’s now official — the Dell has landed in the Philippines. A per a media advisory shared with me, the launching of its consumer brand will be on April 10, 2008.

See snippet of the release below.

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April 04, 2008

Tips when your Copyrighted Materials appear on Print or TV

Been getting a lot of reports about blogger’s copyrighted photos or pictures being used and broadcasted on TV or printed on the newspaper without attribution or credit. It seems though that this practice is becoming more rampant nowadays especially when people can get them via Google Image search fairly easy.

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April 04, 2008

Unboxing: Nokia N81 8GB

This huge box came in the mail yesterday containing a test unit of the new Nokia N81 8GB. Pretty huge packaging for a phone IMO. The timing is just right as Engadget reports that Nokia’s N-Gage gaming service is already live. Complete specs and photos after the jump.

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April 03, 2008

Intel on its way out of the Philippines

January 2009 Breaking News!: Intel facility closure worldwide

First, it was Intel Makati that closed down. Then, Intel Philippines sold its flash division. Early April of 2007, Intel announced a $2.5 billion fab in China — that paved the way for speculations that it’s leaving the country.

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April 03, 2008

OFW woes with Globe’s Kababayan SIM Card

An old friend sent me an email about his problems with Globe’ Kababayan SIM card when using it in Singapore. He tried to reach Globe CSR to no avail and requested if I could publish his letter here.

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April 03, 2008

Loren is going after ThePinoyTube.com

Sen. Loren Legarda is slowly becoming the Philippine’s anti-pron czar (or is it czarina?). Report from GMANews.tv last week that a complaint from a concerned citizen alerted her office about the website serving as a repository of lewd materials similar to boybastos.com.

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April 02, 2008

Poll: What’s your mobile phone?

Just a quick survey on what make and model of phones people are using nowadays. I’ve added a poll below (sidebar) so you can send in your feedback. I also noticed a lot of people are using 2 phones so you can send in two answers as well.

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April 02, 2008

MacBook Air cracked in 2 minutes at PWN to OWN Contest

The “Pwn to Own” Hacking Contest held last week was a security battle amongst 3 major operating systems – MacOS X Leopard, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux. The 3-day hacking contest gives away $20,000 in cash and prizes to the first contestant to hack any of the 3 systems.

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April 01, 2008

Neo Explore and the Challenge of Selling Laptops to Kids

When Intel dropped out of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project, it immediately went to work on it’s own Intel-powered version of the XO, the ClassMate PC. Just recently, Intel partnered with Neo to commercially launch the Neo Explore X1, a cheap laptop targeted to kids. The challenge though is obvious — how to sell them to their target market.

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March 31, 2008

HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU)

Since I first bought the Compaq Presario V3000 over a year ago, I’ve been a fan of HP’s line of laptops. So, after selling off that old model, I went back and got an almost similar but lighter version — the Compaq Presario HP B1256TU.

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March 31, 2008

Vidcasting with the Nokia N95

My friend’s so stoked with his Nokia N95 that he claims it’s also a good video camera. So during our recent Holy Week vacation, we tried it out and made a sort of a travel vidcast. I have to say the video quality is actually good.

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March 31, 2008

All up on WordPress. 2.5 Final Release

Been upgrading dozens of blogs in the last 24 hours to the latest WordPress 2.5 Final Release. Broke some of the custom hacks I previously done but all in all, it’s a worthwhile update. I just hope they’d find a way to do away with the chmod+777 folder permissions on the uploads as it’s causing people headaches with security issues and hack attempts.

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March 29, 2008

WordPress 2.5 Release Candidate 2

After trying out the initial release of WordPress 2.5 RC1 on some smaller blogs, I was excited to try them here as well. The timing was good since WP RC2 just got out and I must say the newer features are very impressive.

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March 28, 2008

Bye bye, TorrentSpy

One of my very first and favorite destination for torrents has been TorrentSpy. A couple days ago, the service has finally shut down after years of court battle.

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March 28, 2008

Adobe Photo Express on Beta

First time I heard of the new web-based Adobe Photo Express, I couldn’t quite figure if it were really a photo gallery trying to compete with Flickr or just an trimmed down Photoshop version for the web. Looks like it’s both.

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March 27, 2008

Bad ISPs according to Azureus

The Azerues Wiki compiles a lists of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world that have been monitored to affect Bittorent traffic in their networks. In the Philippines, they one list one such candidate. Guess which one it is.

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March 27, 2008

Are Internet Cafes still a Good Business?

Been receiving a couple of emails lately (mostly from OFWs but there’s one from a Chinese/Taiwanese company) asking if there’s still some good business to be made with internet cafes in the Philippines. From accounts of friends and people who’ve been into the net cafe business as well as what we’re seeing in every mall and street alley, there’s some mixed reaction.

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March 26, 2008

Tech Events, more Awards and an Ad-Supported Free WiFi

Cute, small and cheap laptops are in so every manufacturer wants to jump into the bandwagon. Here’s a collection of tech news links and Makati’s version of San Francisco’s free wifi city.

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March 26, 2008

The Ultimate Computer Privacy Protection

People are becoming more conscious about their online privacy nowadays. This concern is more prominent with public computer terminals like net cafes, offices and schools. Dozens of softwares out there are available to help you keep your privacy but this one is something that’s pretty amusing. Check it out after the jump.

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March 25, 2008

The Brian Gorrell Story on Media in Focus

Since the Brian Gorrell blog has emerged a couple weeks ago, I tried to steer away from it because of its libelous nature. Obviously, tens of thousands of people are visiting this Australian guy’s blog about his Filipino ex-lover and the $70,000 money the latter owed him that it has gotten him much attention from the press. This evening, we taped the panel discussion at ANC’s Media in Focus discussing the social and legal ramifications of this phenomenon.

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March 25, 2008

Are you on Shelfari?

Shelfari.com is a social media site that’s focused on books. Great place for bookworms. Anybody here actively using Shelfari? I’ve got several invites before but never got to really sign up. I also got an email from one of the founders when it was just starting but never really stayed long.

Anybody got some feedback on this and willing to get interviewed on TV? ;)

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March 24, 2008

Jollibee WAP Delivery

You can now order a Chicken Joy meal over your mobile phone’s Smart WAP site. Was just informed last week that the new Jollibee Delivery service is available on the Smart 3G Portal.

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March 23, 2008

Mozilla CEO calls Safari a malware

Oftentimes, we look at things on many different ways and our reactions sometimes depend on who commits the act and not if the act is inherently malicious.

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March 21, 2008

Feedburner’s gone bonkers!

Not again. Had some visitors mentioned about it, I would have not noticed. Looks like Feedburner’s experiencing another bout of server problems. Their forums are closed and a quick search revealed several other bloggers are experiencing the same. Several of my blogs are getting the same ill treatment as well.