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5 killer features of the Samsung Galaxy Note

Nov 10, 11 5 killer features of the Samsung Galaxy Note

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I find the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note a very curious device. Is it just a Samsung Galaxy S update? Or is it something entirely different coming from Samsung? I was able to play with one yesterday and it reminds me of the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 with its big, flat and light profile. The Galaxy Note won’t be launched here until end of next week but looking at the specs and reviews over the net, here’s what I think are its 5 killer features which might warrant people from getting this instead of having a phone/tablet combination. 1. Size. The first 5-inch smartphone we held was the Dell Streak. It was chunky and too heavy for our taste. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note has a bigger 5.3-inch screen yet it has the form of the slim and light Samsung Galaxy S2. Weight is not an issue for this device. You can easily handle it with one hand without feeling any fatigue. It’s slim enough to be portable (even pocketable) and at the same time you’ll have ample space for reading books or surfing the web. With its big display size, it can also double as a worthy GPS. 2. Display. Brilliant and gorgeous! It has a Super AMOLED display for vibrant colors and deeper contrast. Then it also has a whopping 1280 x 800 resolution which is even higher than most netbooks. Only the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4/4S has a higher pixel density than the Note. I really enjoyed watching high-def videos on it and it is even watchable in different angles due to its IPS screen. 3. S-Pen. This is probably the unique selling point of the Note compared to other Galaxy devices. You may not have much use for a stylus but it’s really usable on its 5.3-inch screen for jotting down notes quickly. It even has a feature where you can take a screen capture with a press of a button and immediately annotate...

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Nokia officially launches the N9, priced at P24,990 and P29,450

Today, Nokia officially launched their MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 smartphone. This 3.9-inch handset is one of the surprise devices we reviewed this year. It has the looks, the simplicity and the specs to make it an awesome device despite the unpopular MeeGo mobile OS. We learned a few things about the Nokia N9 as well. Nokia won’t exactly be ditching support for MeeGo. They’re not creating another MeeGo device but they won’t leave N9 users hanging either. Support and software updates will continue for at least two years, in fact the first update was just made available over-the-air. We also learned that publishers will continue bringing more apps for the N9. However, it’s still not a device for people who rely on a lot of different apps. The phones comes in Black, Cyan and Magenta and in 16GB and 64GB versions only. The 64GB will only be having the black color. There’s already a white version announced abroad but it’s still unsure when or if it will even reach our shores. The Nokia N9 is not yet available but you can pre-order it from Smart via It is FREE at Smart’s Unlimited Data Plan 2000 (16GB) and 3000 (64GB), and All-in Plan 3500 (16GB). You can also pre-order it at All-in Plan 3500 with P1,200 cash out.  This Smart pre-order is ongoing until November 18. If you want to go with an unlocked unit, you might want to wait till around the 3rd weekend of November when it arrives in Nokia stores. The 16GB is priced at P24,990 and the 64GB will fetch for P29,450. You may want to check out our review of the Nokia N9. Note: We also learned that the new Nokia Lumia Windows Phones won’t get here till next year. We’ll see the Asha though in the coming weeks. Related posts: Nokia outs first update for the N9, shows lots of improvements Nokia announced the MeeGo-powered N9 Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison Nokia reduces global...

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Tellabs Insight Analytics Services prevents network pain before it starts

Mobile traffic is expected to grow sevenfold by 2015, as more data is travelling over networks than ever before. But for every byte user consume, they leave a trail of activity on the network — clues that can empower operators to better manage their networks by better understanding their subscribers and their service experience. Tellabs Insight Analytics Services is an end-to-end solution that enables operators to pull together the pieces of the network analytics puzzle. This solution helps both identify and address network pain points, so operators can improve users’ mobile Internet and wireline experiences. Proactively improve the network When used with the Tellabs SmartCore 9100 Probe, Tellabs Insight Analytics Services gathers comprehensive network data and converts it to actionable information. For operators that have already invested in a network probe, Tellabs Insight Analytics Services works with existing equipment to address network pain points. Tellabs Insight Analytics Services focuses on three main applications: Network Analytics identifies and resolves network performance issues before they become problems that affect users. Customer Experience Management measures the user experience at a session level, all the way from the mobile device to the mobile Internet, enabling operators to see the subscribers’ behavior and to proactively improve the overall user experience. Marketing Analytics maximizes marketing investments by measuring the performance of existing offerings, correlating subscriber behaviors, cross-selling products and services, and providing new revenue opportunities. Tellabs Insight Analytics Services is applicable in many parts of the mobile network, and is especially beneficial in mobile backhaul networks. Today’s mobile networks are extremely dynamic, with different applications and quality of service in each part of the backhaul network. Tellabs Insight Analtytics Services enables operators to identify exactly where their network problems are, what is causing them and what to do about them. Related posts: No related...

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Nokia outs first update for the N9, shows lots of improvements

Nov 09, 11 Nokia outs first update for the N9, shows lots of improvements

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

Nokia made good with their promise that they will continue to support the MeeGo OS on their N9 device for at least a couple of years. They showed it by releasing their first N9 update, PR 1.1 (20.2011.40-4). Even though the Nokia N9 will only be available later this month, it’s good to know that their are improvements already by the time you get your hands on it. Notable features of this update includes better multitasking and memory handling for performance improvement. They now also incorporated Swype on their keyboard which I definitely dig. You can also control your music straight from the lock screen and Nokia added color filters on their camera app. Other new features according to the Nokia site are: NFC tag reading to instantly interact with NFC tags Music controls on lock screen Photo and video shooting with color filters: black & white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize More powerful multitasking with improved memory handling Swype for fast typing Faster MfE synch, synchronizing only active folders Noice cancellation reduces background noise so that your friends hear you better Close apps easily with swiping down, this now on by default New indicators for standby screen like charging and calendar etc. Still missing? A use for the front-facing camera. You can’t use it to take portrait shots, you can’t use it to video chat on the pre-installed Skype app as well. I heard that video call only works on Google Talk. Hmmm. The PR1.1 update for the Nokia N9 is a huge download (230MB+) and it’s done OTA so expect a long wait for the upgrade to finish. The Nokia N9 will be available in Nokia stores on the 3rd weekend of November. SRP for the 16GB is Php24,990 and 64GB is Php25,990. The Nokia N9 comes in black, cyan and magenta but 64GB version will only get the black version. [Nokia] Related posts: Nokia announced the MeeGo-powered N9 Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison Nokia C1-00 dual sim...

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Tired of DOTA? Try Bloodline Champions for some quick battle fun!

Nov 09, 11 Tired of DOTA? Try Bloodline Champions for some quick battle fun!

Posted by in Gaming

I came across a game called Bloodline Champions from Stunlock Studios because it’s free on steam, and I decided to download it.  It is a free-to-play online PvP arena game.  I came to love it, because the gameplay is fast-paced, skill based and most important of all, FUN.  You choose among characters called “Bloodlines”. If you’re familiar with games like Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends or Heroes of Newerth, Bloodline Champions is like the shortened version of these Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas.  It has different game modes like Conquest, in which you defend bases from the other team and Artifact, more like a capture the flag mode in which you attempt to capture the artifact of the other team and bring it to your base.  Bloodline Champions is an exciting new addition to the growing lineup of MOBA type games. Game Features Experience intense, adrenaline-fueled multiplayer battles with thousands of other players. Short matches ensure you will never get stuck in a long drawn out game – great for quick bursts of fun! Grinding, bases, levels and gold – you’ll find none of that here. Just pure, exciting, all-out player vs. player battles where you and your skills is all that matters! Choose your character from a total of twenty two (22) bloodlines, each with their own abilities and specialities. From the fire-wielding Igniter to the elusive Ranid Assassin, each offers a unique experience! Easy to learn, difficult to master. Direct controls, cursor-basedaiming, focused characters and an easy-to-learn interface allows you to enjoy Bloodline Champions just minutes into your first battle! Thanks to a robust matchmaking system you will be off onto the fields of battle immediately after joining. Play up to five versus five battles, either with strangers automatically matched to your level or with a team of your best friends! Keep an eye on your progression using an in-depth stat tracking system that allows you to review your own as well as other players’ effectiveness with different tactics, abilities and...

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SkyyShop lets you have your own real Facebook shop for free

Nov 08, 11 SkyyShop lets you have your own real Facebook shop for free

Posted by in Enterprise, Tech News, Tech Tips/Quick Fix

A good number of Filipinos nowadays turn to the internet for extra source of income, one of which is selling goods online. And what’s the most easiest way to sell your stuff? Either post it on TipidPC, Sulit, Ebay.PH, or have your own online store. You can hire somebody to create your own store or look for free alternatives and the most popular is Multiply.  The problem with Multiply is that it’s cumbersome to create galleries and upload items and manage it. You can opt for the real storefront service from Multiply but that thing is not free. You want a real storefront because it’s easier for your potential customers to browse and transact and to be seen with other stores. Now have you heard of SkyyShop? It is a FREE Facebook application which you use on your Facebook page in order for it to have a real online shop. It’s very easy to set up and will give you a kick ass e-commerce solution with all the bells and whistles in no time. Keep track of your inventory? Check. Perform sitewide or category-wide discount? Check. FB alerts for orders? Check. Transaction history? Yep! Payment via Paypal? Sure can! Secure checkout? Check. And get this, if you already have a Multiply shop, you can easily import all your photos into your SkyyShop! You don’t have to be a whiz to have your own working online store. Since it’s also a Facebook app, we all know how Facebook rocks when it comes to promoting things. SkyyShop is tightly integrated with Facebook which allows your customers to easily share your store or each item you are selling, commenting is also possible for each items and is done via Facebook and you can even inform all your page/store fans of new items or announcements. So why is this thing free? There should be a catch. Well in a way there is but it’s totally optional. SkyyShop is being run by SkyyServices and they’re pushing their payment gateway called...

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Asus Zenbook UX21, UX31 local specs, pricing and availability

Asus’ ultrabook, their Zenbook which comes in 11-inch (UX21) and 13-inch (UX31) variant has been officially launched recently. The Zenbook looks like to be the closest PC-counterpart of the MacBook Air in terms of looks and specs. There are many configurations of the Zenbooks but Asus decided to stick with the Intel Core i5 processor for both the 11-inch and 13-inch model (i5-2467M and i5-2557M respectively), just like the mainstream MBAs Apple is offering. Both models will also be sporting 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD drives as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 128MB. The form looks like the MacBook Air but the Zenbook has a shiny brownish tone all around. The lid has a brushed concentric-ring patterns to give it more style. For a more detailed comparison between the Asus UX21 and MacBook Air 11-inch, do check out Yugatech for an interesting geeky read. The Asus Zenbooks is going to hit the markets at the end of this month with a price tag of Php53,995 for the 11-inch UX21 and Php59,995 for the UX31. A good Php6,000 cheaper than their MacBook Air counterparts. Model UX21 UX31 Z-height 3mm at the front; 9mm at the rear 3mm at the front; 9mm at the rear Screen 11.6 (16:9) 13.3 (16:9) CPU Intel Core i5-2467 Intel Core i5-2557 Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 Intel HD Graphics 3000 Memory 4GB DDR3 RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM Backlight/ Resolution 450 nits HD 1366×768 450 nits HD 1600X900 Instant on Always resume in 2 seconds Always resume in 2 seconds USB charger+ Y Y I/O port 6 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA) 7 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA / SD card reader) USB3.0 1 Port 1 Port SSD Generation SATAIII 128GB SSD SATAIII SSD 128G BT Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 35W (5+ hrs) 50W (7+hrs) Mic MEMS MIC (Digital MIC) MEMS MIC (Digital MIC) Keyboard 268 Chiclit KB 286 Chiclit KB Camera 0.3M 0.3M...

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Samsung MV800 MultiView camera now available for P14,990

Nov 07, 11 Samsung MV800 MultiView camera now available for P14,990

Posted by in Gadgets, Imaging & Photography, Tech News

Seldom do we see variations in today’s point-and-shoot cameras, usually it’s bigger megapixel, longer zoom or more compact design. Well Samsung just made available their MultiView MV800 camera which sports a Flip-out Display for more creative shots. Flip-out or swivel displays are not new but it’s not common as well in digital cameras. With the MV800, the combination of the compact size and flip-out display allows you to take different angled shots with ease.   The 3.0” Flip-out touchscreen display flips out vertically allowing you to take low-angled shots, overhead shots, and also self-portraits. You can even use it as a stand to prop the camera to let friends view a slideshow of your shots instead of them cramming behind. If you fully flip the display out, a secondary shutter button is located at the back in the center for left or right-handed shooting which is very helpful for self-portrait shots. The camera is also packed with features to make shooting extra fun. Aside from the usual scene modes, there are lots of filters and effects you can use pre or post shot. Effects like cartoon, watercolor, and sketch for a more creative and Photoshop-free shots. There’s also the Funny Face mode which will morph the subject’s face. The Magic Frame mode will give you options to plaster your face in different backgrounds like billboards or posters. Going on to the technical side, the Samsung MV800 has a 16-megapixel count with 5x optical zoom. It has a wide-angle 26mm-130mm Schneider Kreuznach lens with a max aperture of f3.3. It can also record 720p HD videos at 30fps so you’re also covered in the movie recording department. The Samsung MV800 is available for Php14,990 at all leading camera shops nationwide. We’ve been playing with one for quite some time now so expect a review soon. This camera’s loads of fun that’s for sure. Related posts: The Samsung Mirror Pop MV800 lets you take creative shots easily Samsung launches NX10 DSLR camera in Rockwell photo exhibit...

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Nokia N9 Review, the last of its kind

Nov 05, 11 Nokia N9 Review, the last of its kind

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

When Nokia announced early this year that they will be releasing their one and only MeeGo handset before focusing on the WP7 platform, we weren’t too excited about it. However, we were clearly surprised when they unveiled the beautiful piece of device that is the Nokia N9 last June. We were able to try one out for a couple of weeks and got a few gawks from people who saw it. We were also delighted how Nokia implemented the MeeGo OS on the N9 which made it easy to operate. Continue to read our review to see how this phone appealed to us. Design The Nokia N9 comes in three colors: cyan, magenta and black. We got the black one right here and and it’s oozing with class. The unibody look with rounded edges gives this phone a fun or serious look depending on the color you choose. The size and weight felt like it was molded for my hand. The curved 3.9-inch Gorilla Glass display dominates the front of the phone giving it a clean, glossy look. You might not want to place this phone face down for fear of scratches but the included rubber casing somewhat protects the curved glass. There are no physical buttons in front and the only thing breaking the monotony is the Nokia logo and the front-facing VGA camera on the lower-right portion. On the right are the volume buttons and the Power/Sleep button. There’s no dedicated shutter button here unlike its twin, the Nokia Lumia 800. On top are two covered ports, one for the microUSB and the other one slides out for the micro SIM. Beside that is the 3.5mm audio jack. The bottom side is bare save for the speakers. At the back is the 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss optics situated on a metal strip bearing the Nokia logo and on top of that is the dual- LED flash. The design is really minimalist although I find it really appealing. There are no detachable panels so...

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The WD TV Live lets you play videos over WiFi

The 1TB-packing WD TV Live Hub media player was introduced late last year and people were hoping for something more budget-friendly, compact and doesn’t have any sort of internal storage. With that, Western Digital brings us the WD TV Live. The WD TV Live is a very portable media player. It doesn’t have any internal storage but accepts your external drive using any of its two USB ports. It does, however, have WiFi built-in so that it can wirelessly stream content from any UPnP storage device in the network or better yet, the MyBook Live. An ethernet port is also available if you want a wired connection. The AV connections at the back are pretty limited. You would probably want to use HDMI connection on this one but there’s also the composite (special cable included) output for your old TVs. It is one of the two WD media players that has the latest UI and software that we love on the WD TV Live Hub. It has the polished look, easy-to-navigate and gorgeous user interface. You can also access selected internet sites and services including premium ones. If you wish to transform your TV into one of those internet TV, you can do so with the WD TV Live. Just remember to connect a wireless keyboard for easy internet surfing. The new WD TV Live is already available at selected retailers for Php5,490. Related posts: Western Digital’s new media player can store up to 2TB WD TV HD Review WD Elements Play Review The WD TV Live Hub is the complete media player from Western Digital Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player Review Noontec MovieDock A6II media player...

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 now available, gets Php16,990 price tag

For those who are itching to upgrade their BlackBerry to the new OS 7 but find the BlackBerry Bold 9900 out of their reach, maybe the new Curve 9360 can be a suitable alternative. RIM just announced today the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 which gets an SRP of Php16,990. Compared to the Bold 9900 though, the Curve sacrificed some key features. It has 800MHz processor instead of at least 1GHz. Its HVGA display is not touchscreen as well. However, compared to the last Curve, it sports a batter 5 megapixel camera, the latest OS 7, and has the same familiar keypad Curve users will feel at home with. So what do you think of the price? Just right or better wait for it to go down? BlackBerry Curve 9360 Specs: 2.44” HVGA + display, 480 x 360 pixel resolution at 246 ppi 800MHz processor BlackBerry 7 OS 512MB on-board memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card 5MP camera, flash, image stabilization, face detection, digital zoom, scene modes and VGA video recording Assisted, standalone and simultaneous GPS WiFi 802.11 b/g/n HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 109mm x 60mm x 11mm 99g SRP: Php16,990 Related posts: RIM’s newest BlackBerry Curve 9360 gets BlackBerry 7...

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Nokia 600 is no more, no explanation from Nokia as well

Nov 04, 11 Nokia 600 is no more, no explanation from Nokia as well

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

Well that’s it for the Nokia 600, the would-be smartphone for the music lovers. When it was announced back in August along with the Nokia 700 and 701, we learned that it won’t be arriving to the Philippines. Well it turns out it won’t be arriving anywhere at all except for where Nokia brings their discontinued phones. Among the three new Symbian Belle phones that was announced a couple of months back, the Nokia 600 was the most interesting one. It boasts of the loudest set of speakers, a built-in FM transmitter and also a built-in FM antenna so you don’t need your headphones to activate the FM radio. It was supposed to be available in Q3 in selected markets but we didn’t see that happen so there’s no actual unit available anywhere. Nokia promptly removed the any reference of the product from their website including videos from their YouTube channel. There’s no explanation whatsoever from Nokia but they did confirmed that the Nokia 600 is no more. So for those who are itching to get their hands on the Nokia 600 (I know at least of one guy), better hope that it will reincarnate as a Nokia Lumia phone in the future. [GSM Arena] Related posts: The Nokia 600, loudest entertainment smartphone...

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