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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 Business, Personal Computing, Tech News

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 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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Lenovo debuts own mobile phones in the Philippines

Lenovo, a brand more popularly known for quality computer products at affordable prices has unveiled a plethora of mobile phones under its mobile subsidiary Lenovo Mobile Communications Technology Ltd. last October 27, 2011. The said event introduced the Lenovo Mobile phone brand and their manufacturing and testing process to bring competitive mobile solutions to the market. There were a total of 6 mobile phones unveiled that would cater to different target markets. Lenovo E156 The Lenovo E156 is a dual SIM phone for those who wish to talk and enjoy a few more add-ons. On top of standard features such as music player, FM radio and voice recorder, the E156 is GPRS and WAP capable to enable users to access information on the go and stay connected with friends on social networking sites. Form Factor Bar Phone Network GSM 900/1800 MHz Dual SIM, Dual Active Dimension 101 x 44.3 x 14.4mm Display Type TFT Screen Size 1.5 inch Resolution 128 x 128 pixels Colours 65K Battery Type Li-Ion Battery Capacity 650 mAh / 2.405 Wh Internal 20KB External microSD card up to 8GB Phonebook 500 Multiple entries Messaging 200 SMS Lenovo E156 Key Features: Dual SIM, Dual Active Expandable memory up to 8GB via microSD card Music Player Built-in FM Radio FM Recording Sound Recording Call Blacklist GPRS and MMS WAP Browser Games Calendar Alarm Clock SRP: Php1,290 Lenovo Q330 The Q330 features an Opera Mini browser and social applications that can be accessed through GPRS. It has a built-in Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger and Opera Mini browser that allow one to share experiences with the world. A background sound feature allows users to simulate any environment when making a call, while the built-in answering machine takes care of any missed calls. Form Factor Bar Phone (QWERTY) Network GSM 900/1800 MHz Dual SIM, Dual Active Dimension 103 x 58 x 13.5 mm Display Type TFT Screen Size 2.3 inches Resolution 320 x 240 pixels Colours 65K Battery Type Li-Ion Battery Capacity 1000mAh / 3.7...

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Western Digital’s MyBook Live gives you your own private cloud

Network access storage drives or NAS drives are nothing new but not a lot of people are taking advantage of the technology. Western Digital however makes it easy for people to set up a NAS drive with their MyBook Live. Picture this, what if you can access your files not only on your home network but also when you’re at the office, at the beach, or anywhere as long as you have an internet connection? That’s the power of NAS drives and with the MyBook Live, you can do so easily. The MyBook Live is a large storage device (minimum of 1TB) that looks similar to the MyBook Essential but instead of a USB port, it has an ethernet port which you connect to your home router. Any device that can connect to your router can access, download and upload files into the MyBook Live. Once you plug it in, you can access its admin page (just like typical routers) so you can set permissions, specify which folders to share, or create and manage user accounts for added security. You can also enable the MyBook Live to be accessible over the internet as long as your router is on and connected. This is very handy for those who are always on the go and need a huge storage space that they can access over the net. Upload an unfinished work at the office and continue doing it at home. This MyBook Live is also compatible with Mac and its Time Machine by the way. WD also introduced iOS and Android apps that will allow you to access the MyBook Live (and other WD networked devices) from your Apple or Android devices. You can virtually expand the storage space of your device. You can access your whole photo album from MyBook Live as long as you’re connected to the internet or stream your music from it. There’s also a paid app which allows you to edit documents from your mobile device (free app is only read...

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WideOut Technology expands services to Android app development

I’m not exactly sure how many Android app development companies are there in the Philippines but I’m guessing not a lot. WideOut Technology Services is more known for their rich media production but we just learned that they’re now also delving into app development for Google’s Android OS. For those who don’t know who WideOut is, they’re a service provider for online advertising, specializing in Google and DoubleClick’s platforms. In fact, they’re the only Google Certified Partner for Analytics in the country and is also DoubleClick’s Preferred Partner. Late last month, they showed us one of their new capabilities during their Halloween Reanimation Bash, Android app development. They don’t really develop apps for the Android Market but what they specialize in are customized apps based on the clients needs. But they can’t really sell without showing anything right? So what they did is create this events management and monitoring app that they also used for their Halloween Bash. What this app simply does is help organizers and event-goers up-to-date info regarding the event. During registration, each guest is given a sticker badge with a QR code. For simplicity sake, this QR code is read by the bartender every time beer is ordered so the organizers (and guest) can keep track of how many beers are left. If they need to replenish the stock or whatever. Aside from counting beers, the app also informs people on what part of the program they’re already on via live updates. Is it time to vote for the best costume, or is it time for the grand raffle so for those who are outside the venue can finish their cig and get inside. It’s a relatively simple app but it has its own use especially for big corporate events, conventions or seminars with a lot of different rooms and schedules. It’s not an actual app that everybody can use but it shows how WideOut can help you with your specific Android app needs. For more info about WideOut Technology...

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