iPhone Unlocked. Any Chance of Seeing it in the Philippine Market?

Engadget recently reports that the iPhone has been unlocked by a six-man team who had been working since launch for an unlocking solution. So will this mean we’ll be seeing the iPhone in the Philippine market anytime soon (the grey market, at least)? Well, probably, yes. Again, most likely in the grey market. But for all...

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Do Unlimited Text Schemes Make Scamming Easier?

I just received a text this afternoon, and it’s all too familiar: D’Auditor’s of PGMA Charity foundation nform u dat ur cel.# Won P.950,000 2nd prize winner draw last:07/17/07 DTI.#1058 s2007 call now i’m atty.Marton G. Reyes [sic] I quoted the SMS as is. Now I’m an avid fan of scam-baiting activities,...

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Should AdSense Be Displayed on FHM Philippines?

I posted about this on my blog way back almost two years ago, but it seems FHM Philippines is still publishing AdSense ads on their homepage (screenshot after the jump). If you refer to the Google AdSense policies, it’s clearly stated that sites displaying mature content may not use Google AdSense. Sites displaying Google ads...

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Free SMS From CallWave

There are a handful of free SMS services out there, but CallWave is my favorite. You can either install it as an OS X Dashboard widget, a Yahoo Widget Engine (Konfabulator) widget, or even as a Google Gadget on your Google Homepage (instructions here). If you use Windows Vista, you can install it as a standalone Vista gadget. Yes,...

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Killer Crocs and Escalators

Escalators can be very dangerous machines. Apparently they can eat up appendages and even crocs too! No not the reptilian kind, but the shoe. I’ve been meaning to buy Crocs for my kids, but now I’m not so sure anymore after reading horror stories about escalators gobbling up these lightweight rubber thingies, like this...

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Election Campaign Jingles: Do They Bother With Copyright?

It’s election season once again, folks. It’s the time for crappy campaign advertisements on TV and radio, poster-polluted streets, and musically-challenged jingles. We’ve heard them over and over–campaign lyrics sung to the tune of popular songs, mostly from vans blaring the songs from tinny speakers (which...

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NetTV: The Best Way To Bring Computers To The Filipino Masses?

The $100 laptop by OLPC is old news. Even so, the Philippine government has no plans to distribute the laptops in the country. Since government will not sponsor such a project, the $100 laptop will probably not reach our soils, unless some enterprising individual manages to get hold of units and sell them in the grey market (as is...

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Filipino Poor Spend At Least PhP100 Monthly on Mobile Phones

Inquirer.net reports: Poor Filipinos living off a shoestring budget nonetheless spend about $2 a month on mobile telecommunications, according to a recent study done in five developing countries in Asia. Hoping to understand the telecommunications use of people from the “bottom of the pyramid” of socioeconomic...

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The Pirate Bay Looking for a New Home. Is the Philippines an Option?

You may have heard the news that popular torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay is looking for a sovereign state or territory to transfer its servers to. The point is that they are trying to avoid copyright laws, which most countries have. By purchasing its own sovereign territory, TPB hopes to be able to mitigate these laws. For now,...

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The iPhone is Out! And it’s NOT from Apple.

MacHeads got excited with Gizmodo’s post a few days back that the iPhone was soon to be released. Brian Lam “guaranteed” that the iPhone will be announced in a few days, and that it wasn’t what he expected. True enough, the iPhone was announced, but it is not from Apple. The iPhone trademark has actually...

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