Classic Hi-Tech Bonding – Watching TV

Feb 17, 14 Classic Hi-Tech Bonding – Watching TV

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With all the connected gadgets around today, from affordable tablets to smartphones, nobody can deny that most of us get our daily dose of information from our gadgets. We get video clips from Youtube, Google for news, and check out Twitter and Facebook for updates. However, nothing can take down that huge rectangular old-school device on that wall – your Television. TV is the ultimate entertainment center in the homes. Moms and Dads gather around to watch the primetime news; and later the young adults including the kiddos join to watch the favorite “Teleserye”. Photo credit: Micromax Admit this folks – do you enjoy watching movies, even video clips on that 7-inch tablet? On that 6.3-inch smartphone? Its only good if you are travelling and you have nothing to do while waiting for that delayed flight to Singapore, right? But in reality, you want to watch everything in a big display. The TV, that classic entertainment center at home comes back to life. That’s why TV makers innovated and made Internet TV’s. And they are affordable nowadays mind you. Two years ago, I bought a 42-inch HD TV for a super discounted price of P37,000. In November, I bought a Internet TV of the same size for only P25,000. The Internet TV I bought is more advance in terms specification and features. It has WiFi connectivity, it can record TV shows, it can play YouTube clips (I found out that YouTube has full length movies, yay!). Internet TV needs Internet connection, and this is where a reliable connection is needed. You can’t enjoy watching Youtube clips if you always see that “buffering” message in your screen. Family will enjoy more with Internet TV and with a fast Internet connection. Bonding will great and will encourage members of the family to watch together, go home early to catch the latest “Teleserye”, or if they missed it, they can record it and play on a desired time. Now here’s a scenario, you have a high-speed broadband...

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Mini Video Review: Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro

For the people who likes an office laptop and a tablet in one package, the ATIV Smart PC Pro is a simple and beautiful, yet powerful convertible notebook from Samsung. This 11.6-inch FHD tablet transforms into a laptop when you dock it to a battery-powered keyboard dock. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro looks like it belongs to the Galaxy Note and Tab family with its S-Pen for you to do some sketching or jotting when you take the tablet off the dock. Powered by Windows 8, a full touch screen protected by Gorilla Glass is suitable for games, video playback at 1080P (full HD), and work when needed, or do some heavy typing on its physical keyboard that also adds juice with its separate battery. While you enjoy WiFi connectivity at home, it also supports 3G connectivity which is an advantage when you go out and need to connect to the Internet. Check out our mini video review below for more details. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Specs: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit Intel Core i5 Processor 3317U (1.70 GHz up to 2.60GHz, 3 MB L3 Cache) 350MHz Intel HD Graphics 4000 11.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) PLS Touch-screen Display 4GB DDR3 System Memory at 1600MHz 128GB Solid-state Drive, expandable with microSD card slot Stereo Speakers (1W x 2) with SoundAlive and Internal Dual Array Digital Mic 2-megapixel Webcam (front), 5-megapixel Webcam (rear) Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235, 2×2 802.11 abg/n (up to 300Mbps), Widi Support, Bluetooth v4.0, HSPA+ 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x USB3.0, 1 x MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, 1 x Headphone out/Mic-in Combo, 1 x Dock Port, 1 x DC-in Lithium-Polymer 6,540mAh, 4 Cell (49Wh) Keyboard Dock / S Pen Software: S Note, S Player, S Gallery, S Camera, Evernote, Microsoft Office Trial, Settings, SW Update, Recovery, Norton Internet Security and Norton Online Backup Sensors: Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro and GPS SRP: Php59,900 Related posts: Samsung launches the ATIV Smart PC, Windows 8 tablet with stylus and keyboard...

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AOC Philippines launches new IPS & 3D Monitors

Yesterday, AOC launched two models of their 23-inch LED monitors. The first one is an IPS LED monitor and the other is a 3D monitor that comes with 3D glasses when you purchase it. AOC i2353PH IPS Monitor The AOC i2353PH IPS Monitor is a super slim LED monitor has a thickness of 0.92mm only with a brushed-metal surface texture but a glossy finish at the back. It has a transparent crystal stand that can also be transformed into a VESA-mounted monitor. This monitor doesn’t have the conventional buttons on its frame but instead, its base has illuminated soft-touch controls. The i2353PH has IPS panel compared to the usual TN panel. IPS panel offers consistent image appearance and colors accros the entire display even from extreme viewing angles. This monitor also comes will dual HDMI ports and the traditional VGA port conveniently located at the back portion of the base. AOC i2353PH Specs: Screen Size: 23″W Viewable Image Size: 58.42cm Display Area: 509.76(H)×286.4 (V)mm Brightness: 250 cd/m2 Contrast Ratio (typical): 50000000:1 (DCR) Response Time (typical): 5ms(GTG) Viewing Angle: 178/178 Recommended Resolution: 1920×1080@60Hz Display Colours: 16.7M HDCP Compatible: Yes Input Signal: Analog RGB and HDMI x 2 Input Connector: 15-pin D-Sub and HDMI•2 Power Supply: 12VDC,3.75A Power Consumption: Power On: – Speakers: 2W×2 SRP: P12,400.00 AOC D2357PH 3D Monitor The AOC D2357PH 3D Monitor comes in two sizes, a 23-inch and a 27-inch. This borderless 3D monitor feature 3D technology to provide end users with enhanced digital content. Unlike the i2325PH, the D2357PH has a TN panel but is also ultra thin at less than 10mm. The ultra-narrow bezel around the screen which is 5.8mm on the 23″ and 2mm on the 27″ is barely visible, creating a seemingly borderless display. This model is ideal for multiple display setup and comes with 2 3D glasses free. The 23-inch will retail at Php16,400 while the 27-inch will go for Php19,000. AOC D2357PH Specs: Native resolution: 1,920×1,080 Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 (20,000,000:1 dynamic) Horizontal viewing angle 170° Vertical viewing angle 170° Response time...

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AGC Networks starts operation in the Philippines

AGC Networks, a global SI (Systems Integrator) company and a subsidiary of Aegis Limited, recently opens its operations in the Philippines AGC Networks Philippines will cater to the domestic market and clients across various verticals and promises to deliver solutions to the country’s fast-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. AGC now aims to offer customized solutions to various industries such as Telecommunications, Government, Manufacturing, Banking & Finance, Retail, and Small-to-medium scale enterprises. They also have strong partnership with top enterprise brands like Avaya, Juniper, NICE Systems, Aspect, Verint, HP, Polycom, Cisco, NEC, Sony, Plantronics, EMC, Dialogic, NetApp, Checkpoint and Jabra. “AGC is in a global expansion mode. We have handpicked select strategic and dynamic markets which fit our solutions portfolio and have the potential to deliver faster results. Amongst those, Philippine is an important market where we are expecting a great deal of action. AGC has strong alliances with over 60 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) globally. And this is what we propose to bring to the Philippine market – a strong OEM ecosystem packaged with great customized industry specific solutions with unique services. We are confident of extending our delivery capability to this market and exceeding customer expectations.” said Mr. Sanjeev Verma, President, AGC Networks. AGC Networks has global presence in the Americas, Middle East, Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia. AGC Networks is a subsidiary of Aegis Limited, an Essar Enterprise. Cross posted at Digitalspidey.com Related posts: IP-Converge offers world’s advanced cloud-based anti-DDoS attacks service Top Technopreneurs to hold “Entrepreneurship Camp” in Cebu on May 14 IBM announces “Expert Integrated Systems” to herald new era of computing VMware Highlights Cloud Leadership at Tech Day...

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EMC: High percentage of PH businesses might not recover from Data Loss

EMC Corporation recently announced results of “The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan”, which found that 86% only of companies in the Philippines are not very confident that they can fully recover systems or data in case they encounter a disaster in their company. Below is the summary of the the result of the survey. – 86% of organizations in the Philippines are not very confident that they can fully recover after a disaster, according to a new survey of 2,500 companies in the APAC and Japan. – 74% of the Philippine organization surveyed have lost data and/or suffered systems downtime in the last year – Hardware failure which accounts to 66%, loss of power at 45% and software failure at 40% were cited as the primary causes of data loss and downtime – 44% of organizations or businesses cite loss of employee productivity as the most likely consequence of downtime – 47% of PH organizations who store backup copy offsite for disaster recovery still use tape for recovery and more than half or 51% still use CD ROM – 58% of these businesses want to replace tape all together, highlighting the need for the next gen backup and recovery solutions. This commissioned survey conducted by EMC through Vanson Bourne looks at the state of backup and disaster in the region to understand how well companies are prepared for occasion like systems downtime and data loss. In the survey, EMC found out that when disruptions happens, downtime and data loss are more likely from an IT problem than a natural disaster. Common causes would be hardware failure, loss of power and software failure. Because of these findings it results to lost revenue attributed to systems downtime. From that downtime come loss of employee productivity, loss of costumer confidence and loyalty and naturally loss of revenue. Philippines has outdated solutions the survey results says. Almost half of the companies surveyed still depend of tape and uses CD ROM for their back up and...

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Dell launches 2012 Vostro series notebooks

Dell Philippines launched several line of products today from their OptiPlex desktop for enterprise to their laptops, both for the commercial and for consumer market. The Vostro, an entry-level series of laptops, caught my attention since I used to be a Vostro user for about two years before I switched to Macbook Pro. My Vostro 3400 back then was my work horse which did not give me any troubles. For 2012, Dell will bring three sizes of the Vostro. You can make your own choice from their 13-inch, 14-inch and the 15-inch which will be available in aberdeen silver, brisbane bronze and lucerne red. All of these Vostros are loaded with the 3rd generation Intel Core processors that allows you to experience faster computing speed and a longer battery life experience. Each of the three models has a standard Core i3 processor but there will be options for Core i5 and i7 too. It comes with Intel HD Graphics 4000 but you can choose to configure it with discrete AMD or NVIDIA graphics. The 13-inch and 14-inch will have a high-def LED Anti-glare display with 1366 x 768 resolution, while the 15-inch Vostro 3560 will have an optional full HD 1290 x 1080 display. These Vostro notebooks come with 4GB DDR3 memory by default but can be configured to up to 8GB with 2 DIMM slots. 320GB HDD is the default storage which comes with Free Fall sensors for all Vostro but there’s the optional upgrade to 500GB, or a 32GB mSATA SDD for the Vostro 3360. The other models will have a max of 750GB HDD option. A hi-def webcam with integrated dual digital array microphone and Waves MaxxVoice pro and standard finger print reader will be a default config too. A Gigabit LAN port, an 802.11a/b/g/n and a Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, headphone and speaker out ports, an 8-in-1 card reader will be available on the Vostro 3460 and 3560. Vostro 3360 will have 2 x USB 3.0 with USB PowerShare, while Vostro 3460 and...

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PLDT SME Nation Intros Productivity Solution Suite

The usual challenges of current entrepreneurs especially the on the small to medium enterprise are cost reduction to their day to day operations, maintenance and control and finally expansion. This is why PLDT SME Nation made a solution suite that will enable SME’s operate and even expand on a low-cost program; a subscription-based managed service. The productivity suite allows business owners to Watch, Check and Track their businesses. These three solutions includes a POS System, GPS, and Video Surveillance System. PLDT WATCHER is an online web-based video monitoring solution that lets you monitor and manage branches and will help you solve pilferage or theft of property in the company.  PLDT Watcher package includes an IP camera, dedicated Broadband Internet (Wired or Wireless option) and wowing and playback software. With this solution, you will be able to view your office from your smartphone, laptop or desktop. Two packages are available for the PLDT Watcher: Watcher Prime – 1 IP camera, P2,000/mo Vat Ex Watcher Trio – 3 IP Camera, P2,650/mo VAT Ex. (D-Link DCS 942-L IP Camera) PLDT is currently running a promo, for every subscription of Watcher, you get Watcher door signage, or a free 4G MicroSD Card. Some of the current customers for this service includes Baliwag Lechon & Silverworks. F.A.S.TRACK or Field Asset System for Tracking is a GPS solution. Perfect for business that operates warehouses, fleets and delivery services. The GPS device will track down vehicles, and even personnels. FAST TRACK will provide the tracking device where updating is on a per minute basis. Fast Track also has features like Geo Fencing that lets business owners create a virtual map. When the vehicle being tracked gets out of the virtual map, it will send you an alert. You can also set up a motion sensor detection to monitor vehicle or assets when moved, or when a vehicle leaves the motor pool during color coding day. Reports are sent via mobile phones through email. PLDT Fast Track can track down up to 1,500 vehicles. Lastly,...

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Lazada Online Store now serving the Philippines

You may have already seen their ads already in blogs and websites. Lazada, the Philippines’ most comprehensive online shopping store is officially up and running which they announced in an intimate launch with bloggers recently to promote their site. Lazada.com.ph is part of the Rocket Internet GmBH, a German-based Internet company which promises to bring top consumer items to the online Filipino market from electronic items, to home and living, health & beauty to books. They now have more or less 4,000 products ready to be purchased online. Payment system is very familiar to online buyers. You can pay via COD, bank deposit, credit card or debit card facilities. Delivery system usually takes 3 to 5 days upon purchase and it will be delivered to your doorstep via Xend. Since March, they have been offering free shipping nationwide for a limited time. No date yet has been disclosed as to when this free shipping will end so you might want to take advantage of it. They also got the longest warranty return policy of 14 days. If you found a defective item delivered to you, just send an e-mail to Lazada, XEND picks up your item for replacement and you’ll get a new item again. Lazada is also present in other ASEAN countries like Malysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. Related posts: No related...

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Cherry Mobile launches affordable 4-inch Android phone, calls it Dragon

In an intimate press conference yesterday in Ortigas Center, local mobile company Cherry Mobile launched its latest smartphone offering in the market. They call it the Dragon Phone, or properly known as the Cherry Mobile W900. Nothing special with the specs here but it’s something you definitely won’t expect from a sub-P10k phone. The CM W900 is powered by a 1.2GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, hence the nickname Dragon phone. It has a 4.0-inch capacitive LCD display with a 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. It’s one curvaceous phone. It even says so at the back if you don’t believe us. The phone sports a 5MP camera with smile shutter, wink shutter, face effects and multiple camera modes. It can also take up to 720p HD video  and supports a lot of media codex such as divx, mkv, mpeg4, asp, wmv and many more. Dobly Digital Plus for audio is also supported. When you plug the included headset, you’ll get the multimedia pop-up screen to give you easy access to all your media files. The Dragon phone also works also with your DLNA devices at home by the way. The Cherry Mobile W900 is now available in stores for a price of Php9,990.00, making it the most Affordable 4-inch Android phone in the market today having a respectable 1.2GHz processor. Cherry Mobile is a 2-year old local mobile phone company that has about 40 models of phones in the market, both Android and feature phones with 80% of their smartphones equipped with a Qualcomm processor. Their most affordable phone is only Php699, the CM C2 which is a dual-sim feature phone. Cherry Mobile is proud to have the longest replacement warranty in the country, giving customers up to 15 days to have their units replaced when defective. Cherry Mobile W900 Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 1.2GHz processor 512MB RAM 1GB internal storage up to 32GB via microSD (8GB included) HSPA+ 21Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot Bluetooth 2.1 GPS w/ aGPS support DLNA certified, DivX, Dolby Digital...

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Friendster is back, hits online gaming scene

The pioneer in social networking site in the country, Friendster, officially announced its debut into the gaming scene last April 25 at the Museum Café in Ayala Makati. The branding “Friendster living the game,” will be its new slogan as it will now venture into the gaming arena. The first social networking site in the country introduced last 2002 got acquired by Asia’s leading e-payment and lifestyle provider MOL Global Pte Ltd or simply MOL (Money Online) in 2009. Friendster reported that they still have 100M users worldwide and that 40% of which are from the Philippines, however only 10% are active and mostly are gaming users. Attended by the people from the tech community, the launch was hosted by co-splay queen Ashley Gosiengfiao. Most of the people from MOL were present including its CEO Ganesh Kumar Bangah and Friendster CEO Mikhail Nikolai Galicia to support and answer questions and inquiry regarding their new gaming platform. As a follow up to its launch, Friendster will have a gaming event at SM North Edsa Cyberzone today, April 27, called “Friendster FunXtion”,  where you get to experience meeting and engaging new friends to play online games. You’ll get to win exciting prizes from Friendster as well. “The Philippines has always been one of our biggest markets with a vibrant online community, making the country exceptionally important to us,” said Friendster CEO, Nikolai Galicia. “Therefore it is a joy to roll out Friendster’s inaugural event here, to a community that is continuously growing. We are committed in continually bringing the latest content and giving the most compelling rewards to our users.” Related posts: No related...

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