Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics

Mar 08, 12 Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

Apple finally revealed their latest iPad which they simply call “The New iPad”, and just like with the iPhone 4S, this new iPad features only minor upgrades from the iPad 2. No revolutionary design nor stellar features. Still the same look although with souped-up specs. But should you rush to get one? Check out what the new iPad can give you and see if it’s worth upgrading your iPad 2 for. Retina display Apple’s Retina display is really gorgeous and seeing it on a bigger display is just breathtaking. It sports a 2048 x 1536 display resolution for a generous 264 pixels per inch density. It also has a newer IPS panel which Apple claims to give 44 percent greater saturation than their previous IPS display. A5X processor with quad-core graphics To power that gorgeous Retina Display, the new iPad has an A5X processor which has a quad-core graphics module. How fast is this exactly? According to Apple, it offers four times the performance as the Tegra 3 found on Asus’ Transformer Prime and some upcoming quad-core Android devices. iSight camera The new iPad now has the iSight camera. A 5-megapixel side-iluminated sensor, with 5-element lens and an infrared filter which was also found in the iPhone 4S. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be ashamed with the quality of photos you take with this new iPad. It can now also do 1080p video recording by the way. Voice dictation Also supported is voice dictation. It’s not exactly Siri but it will free up your hand as you compose your mail or jot down notes. A speech-to-text function if you will and it can handle multiple major languages. 4G LTE You’ll also get 4G LTE support here if you opt for the non-WiFi-only version. For the Philippines, you can take advantage of the up to 21Mbps HSPA+ networks with this device and it will also be ready for LTE when local telcos start rolling them out. Oh you can also use it as a...

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IBM: Analytics key in harnessing the power of big data

Decades into the Digital Age we see data getting bigger and bigger by the millisecond. Ever day there’s an equivalent of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data gathered from sensors, mobile devices, online transactions, and social networks. This is big data. It’s a treasure trove of information and organizations are struggling on how to use it in a meaningful way to improve products, services, or customer experience. With such massive amount of data from various industries and sectors, the shift to IT analytics is a crucial business decision that is transforming decision-making for IT and business operations. IT analytics is slowly earning a huge chunk of an organization’s investment to drive decisions for IT and business operations. By using predictive analytics, which harness the vast quantities of data, organizations can respond more quickly and accurately to customer needs, better anticipate and prevent outages and deliver fact-driven metrics to drive better business outcomes. Analytics can also make improvements across the software development and delivery lifecycle, further reducing cost, risk and time ot market. The core of predictive analytics relies on capturing relationships between variables and past occurrences, and exploiting that information to predict future outcomes. Predictive analytics allows companies to move from reactive to proactive management which is pivotal to protecting existing revenues and expanding opportunities. Today, IBM is well positioned to help leverage these new opportunities. IBM has Analytics Solution Centres around the world which enables them to meet growing client demand for advanced analytics capabilities as part of new, smarter business systems. Business analytics is one of the fundamental drivers of IBM’s performance with focus on delivering higher value capabilities to clients. More than 200 IBM mathematicians focus exclusively on analytics. IBM has made a $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza, Unica, Coremetrics, and Sterling Commerce which allows the company to gain the ability to help businesses quickly gain intelligence to social networks and online media sources and incorporate this insight into their overall marketing campaigns. IBM projects $16 billion in business analytics and optimization revenue in 2015....

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ASUS launches series of Home with Lifestyle Innovations products

Asus Philippines yesterday presented a bunch of products open house style. They introduced lifestyle products for home entertainment and home connectivity with a new series of all-in-one PC, desktop, multimedia player, speakers, projector and router. Check them out below. O!Play Mini Plus The O!Play Mini Plus gives you access to a multitude of online services including Facebook and YouTube. It features Gigabit LAN and Wireless N to ensure that content is streamed fast and smooth. The O!Play Mini Plus can play content from a connected PC, smartphone or tablet, and also supports playing files straight from a connected USB drive. Items Description Supported Video formats MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, RM/RMVB Supported Video file extension mp4, .mov, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .flv, .mkv, .ts, m2ts, .dat, .mpg, .vob, .mts, .iso, .trp Supported Audio formats MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, aiff, Dolby Digital AC3, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, PCM/LPCM, Dolby TrueHD, ID3 Tag Supported Image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF Supported sub-title formats SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA, TXT I/O ports 1 x Power (DC-in) input 1 x USB 2.0 port 1 x e-SATA/USB 2.0 Combo 1 x Gigabit LAN port (1000Mbps) 1 x HDMI port 1 x Analog audio/video output 1 x digital audio output (S/PDIF) port 1 x SD/MMC/MS/xD card slot (4 in 1) Dimensions W x D x H: 151.85mm x 106.7mm x 29.03mm Weight: 175g Power Source 12Vdc, 2A Power Consumption 10W Price PHP 3,900.00 ASUS MS-100 compact speakers The MS-100 is a compact stereo USB speaker set, powered entirely by a USB 2.0 port, yet still capable of providing punchy sound without distortion. Its minimalist and strong Art Deco cone design mimics the classic speaker shape, making them a perfect feature for any home or office environment. Meanwhile inside, its large 54mm speaker drivers can generate up to 93dB of sound with less than 3% distortion for its rich highs, thumping mids and full low tones. MS-100 Specification Speaker Driver Dimension 54mm high performance Frequency Response 100 Hz~ 20KHz RMS 2x...

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Google renames Android Market to Google Play, adds music, books, and movies

Mar 07, 12 Google renames Android Market to Google Play, adds music, books, and movies

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And just like that the Android Market is now called Google Play, which in turn will be more than just an online store for Android apps and games. With Google Play you can also buy e-books, music, and rent movies in addition to buying apps and games found in the Android Market. Don’t know why they named it Google Play in the first place since it’s not just for gaming. Anyway, Google Play breaks the barrier between the PC and Android devices as this allows you to access whatever you bought from the Google Play store into your Android phones, tablets or the web. Google does this by harnessing the power of the cloud. We’ve already seen it with Google eBookstore and Google Music where your music and e-book library is in their cloud and they’re consolidating it in one place called Google Play. Don’t worry, you still have the option to download it for offline listening, viewing or reading. You can also give your Google+ friends a free listen on whatever music you want to share. What’s nice with the cloud solution, especially in books, is that you can start a book on your PC, continue it on your phone, and finish it on your tablet without skipping a beat. Same thing with music (which I’ve been doing a lot), you can sync your Google Music to all your Android phones over the cloud so you can enjoy all your songs anywhere without having to be near your main PC. Along with these new content, there are also new corresponding Google Play apps to handle them. Be sure to install the Google Play Music, Google Play Video, and Google Play Books app when it becomes available. And to celebrate the launch of Google Play, Google is having an amazing week of savings called their “7 Days to Play” celebration! An example would be Gameloft’s  N.O.V.A. 2: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance & Asphalt 6: Adrenaline games which is available for the rock bottom price of $0.49 only (that would...

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Qualcomm gives developers Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM Test PCs

Qualcomm recently announced that it is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to select developers in order to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs and tablets. This invitation-only program will combine a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with next-generation, high performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs.  The Windows on ARM developer seeding program will help ensure that Windows Metro style apps available in the Windows Store work great on all Windows 8-based PCs, including those with Qualcomm’s ARM-compliant Snapdragon processors. Qualcomm, with Microsoft, is among those leading the shift to anytime, anywhere connectivity. The Snapdragon mobile processor will offer a combination of processing performance, rich multimedia, GPS, high-performance graphics, wireless connectivity and power efficiency with Windows on ARM. “Qualcomm is committed to the Windows on ARM ecosystem and knows that enabling developers is a crucial factor for its success,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products at Qualcomm. “We are now providing Snapdragon S4 test PCs with built-in 4G LTE, activated in some regions, to software application developers.” Qualcomm’s participation in the Windows on ARM developer seeding program provides select developers with the latest generation Snapdragon S4 test PCs running a pre-release version of Windows on ARM. These test PCs contain Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with second-generation high performance, power efficient CPU, hardware accelerated Adreno® graphics, full multimedia, GPS, sensors, and peripherals that will enable development and test of next-generation Windows Metro style apps for the coming wave of Windows on ARM PCs. Related posts: BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is free for IBM Lotus Domino Introducing the Microsoft Lync Latest Ubuntu “Maverick Meerkat” looks like a winner Microsoft shows off Windows 8, looks like Windows Phone on steroids Ubuntu 11.04, code-named Natty Narwhal launched to local community Qualcomm soon to power PCs thanks to Windows...

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MVP launches IdeaSpace, a multi-million dollar fund for technopreneurs

To support technology entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Manny V. Pangilinan recently announced the IdeaSpace program which is a multi-million dollar incubator and accelerator program that will help Filipino entrepreneurs develop groundbreaking technologies, and transform these into successful commercial products. “This is part of our commitment to the future of this country.  We want to help jumpstart the creation of a Silicon Valley-like ecosystem in the Philippines.  This program will support innovative Filipino ‘technopreneurs’ with great ideas that promises the potential of global and national commercial potential,” said Pangilinan. Pangilinan also said that this program for innovation and technopreneurship will go beyond commercial products and services but will also include solutions which can support social development and poverty alleviation. The program will be run by IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation to be established exclusively to implement the program.  The Foundation is supported by the following companies: First Pacific, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), MPIC hospital group, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Meralco, Smart Communications, Inc (Smart), Digitel, Sun Cellular, SPI Global, ePLDT, Indofood, Philex Mining, Maynilad, MediaQuest, and TV5. IdeaSpace targets start-ups that can scale in the industries of water and power utilities, toll roads and transportation, healthcare, mining, telecommunications, media and food.  The program is also open to applicants focused on solutions for other industries but have potentially significant global potential. Under IdeaSpace, the group will soon launch a national competition for the first batch of start-ups who will be immersed in an incubator program, which will include provision for office and IT space and facilities in Makati and in the Group’s Leadership Academy in Antipolo. The program goes beyond “angel investing” and provides incubation and acceleration with access to a wide group of companies to share and learn experiences, fast access to be defined market runway and opportunities to be connected to potential investors. Aside from funding, each incubated company will go through a structured program hosted by the group’s Leadership Academy to teach them the fundamentals on how to run a successful...

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Globe sets up tech incubator to support local technopreneurs

Tech incubators have been experiencing a recent resurgence around the world and Globe Telecom is setting up its own incubator focused on helping  local aspiring technopreneurs launch their own businesses. The Globe incubator will partner with aspiring technopreneurs by building an end-to-end support system that marries the ‘hardware’ of big companies with the ‘software’ of mentorship and community partnership. Startups supported by the Globe incubator have the advantage of access to various platforms of Globe which are usually open only to large established companies. They could qualify for seed capital to help them launch their company faster; and introductions to partner companies within the Globe, Singtel and Ayala networks here and abroad to help them scale bigger.  The startups would get education and training programs tailored to their needs, one-on-one mentorship from experts in various fields, and peer support from the local startup community. Minette B. Navarrete, Head of Globe New Business Group said that this project will provide the startups with the efficient environment and tools needed to build and test, seed funding to enable focus on execution, a startup development program with mentor and community feedback, and support for integrating into business networks. She noted that while many Filipinos have very good breakthrough ideas for their own independent businesses, and the capability to make these scale efficiently through ICT, web and mobile applications, a lot of them do not have the necessary resources to pursue their ambition. “There are people with the aptitude and the desire to become entrepreneurs, but they face many hurdles to giving up their day jobs. Even if they did launch their business, they may not have the training, capital, and business network to enable their startup to scale.  Incubation makes resources available to those who need them. But unlike many corporate incubators, the Globe incubator does not have profit or capital gain targets: it’s not just about the money! The Globe incubator will offer seed funding, yes, but cash is only part of the story. We will make...

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Ayala Malls reforms its digital program with Ayala Malls 360°

Recently, Ayala Malls launched launches its comprehensive digital program, the Ayala Malls 360°, to bring shopping closer to technology. With Ayala Malls 360°, it is easier to get all of the malls’ most updated information through an iPhone app, a revamped website and digital directories inside the malls. Going social Everyone is sharing on Facebook and Twitter, so Ayala Malls makes it easy for its customers get the most updated information and share their experiences and finds. Like the Ayala Malls Facebook fan page or your favorite Ayala Mall’s fan page and keep abreast on the freshest news on events and promos. Ayala Malls 360° iPhone app The Ayala Malls 360° iPhone application lets you navigate throughout the malls with ease and keeps you updated on what is happening. The app also allows users to “check-in” at their favorite Ayala Mall. The Ayala Malls 360° app is already available for the iPhone and will eventually be available for other types of smart phones. A-Deals.com The Ayala Malls taking the shopping experience beyond the physical space through www.A-Deals.com, its very own online shopping destination that provides extraordinary discounts, exclusive offers and exciting freebies on shopping, dining and entertainment. Redesigned website The Ayala Malls website, www.ayalamalls.com.ph, has been revamped to showcase an easy to navigate and seamless design, making the most sought after information easily accessible. Get the most updated events, search for your favorite stores, stay tuned to lifestyle trends and find important mall information online. Related posts: No related...

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Nokia 808 PureView bags top award at Mobile World Congress 2012

Nokia is back in the limelight! The Finnish company bagged the most prestigious award at the Mobile World Congress. Their 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView has won the award for “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at MWC 2012.” The Nokia 808 PureView sports a game-changing, best in mobile camera 41-megapixel sensor. With a process called “oversampling”, PureView can pack seven pixels on a single pixel to store more information that allows for zoom-cropping while retaining the sharpness and details of the image. This makes digital zooming on this device better than optical zooms. If you want to get to the bottom of this PureView thing, Nokia explains it better here. It’s a very special device with a special camera technology that made it earn the most prestigious MWC award from leading journalists and analysts at the show. Jo Harlow, EVP smart devices, told Conversations after picking up the award: “It’s a fantastic award because it signifies that consumer experience counts. It’s about tech, but it’s about how tech is used to make a consumer have a fantastic experience. The imaging is fantastic; the audio is fantastic; the navigation technology is fantastic.” The Nokia 808 PureView is a 4-inch device powered by a 1.3GHz single-core processor and runs on Nokia Symbian Belle. It may not be the best or most powerful smartphone out there but the mobile camera technology on this phone is what made it stood out to be the best at MWC 2012. Related posts: Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia is the number one brand in the Philippines Nokia Create 4 Millions global contest now with local opportunities Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy Nokia outs first update for the N9, shows lots of...

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Globe Telecoms launches GCASH App at GSMA Mobile World Congress

Mar 01, 12 Globe Telecoms launches GCASH App at GSMA Mobile World Congress

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News, Telecoms

Everybody seems to be finding the value of apps now. Two days ago rival telco Smart Communications presented several apps developed by third party developers via the WAC or the Wholesale Applications Community. Globe, for its part will launch new services as well which they unveiled at the MWC 2012. The GSMA Mobile World Congress which is the world’s biggest tech trade show participated by over 60,000 participants. With nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handsets manufacturers, content developers, internet companies and media & entertainment organizations; the Congress is a very good venue to launch a product or a service. GCASH is a payment service by Globe which has been around since 2004 and this year, it will be available as an App in all platforms. Set to be on full operation by April, Gcash Apps will be available in the Blackberry AppWorld, Android Market, and in the App Store for the IOS Devices. Forget about memorizing keywords, simply download the App and make use of the services available like sending money to your Facebook friend, buy load, pay bills and even taxes. Currently Globe GCash has about 100 billers – from Insurance to water bills. Globe GCash also partnered with AMEX to develop online payment solutions. This aims to provide hassle-free shopping experience to Pinoy through GCash. Now all Filipino with GCash can enjoy buying online from the US and UK that accepts AMEX and have it delivered directly to their homes in the Philippines. All GCash subscribers will have a US or UK P.O. Box which they can use  as address when doing online purchases. Don’t be surprised though if you cannot make a purchase of more than P40k a day or 100k/month as this cap is a regulation by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and is in force not only for Globe’s services but to all banking-related services in the country as well. Moreover, RIM and Globe partnered together...

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