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Dell debuts Inspiron One 2320 All-In-One PC

Dell is still playing the AIO or All-in-One PC game with the release of their Inspiron One 2320 AIO PC which comes with a multitouch display and can deliver a full entertainment experience for the whole family. At just 68mm thin, the Inspiron One 2320 embodies a sleek, space-saving design that fits perfectly in tight spaces – such as in the kitchen, a dorm room, or on a desk in the home office. With a single power cord for a “clutter free” look and a VESA mount option for connecting to walls, the Inspiron 2320 is easy to incorporate almost anywhere throughout the home. It has a 23-inch multitouch display, powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor and discrete graphics. The desktop’s large high-definition (1080p) display makes it perfect for double-duty as a home entertainment center. For a theater-like experience, viewers can stream full HD movies and video, or hook up a gaming console by an HDMI-in connection. With immersive SRS audio and JBL speakers, the Inspiron One 2320 is the ideal home entertainment system for watching TV with the optional built-in TV tuner or a favorite flick. “Families today are looking at PCs as the hub for everything: entertainment, education, household organization – and they want it to look good at the same time,” said Chris Papa, Country Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Philippines. “The Inspiron 2320 is the ultimate ‘family togetherness’ PC for staying connected, getting tasks done and being the centerpiece for family entertainment.” Dell Inspiron One 2320 Specs: Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core i3 Display: 23” WLED with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution touchscreen Memory: 4GB DDR3 Memory HD Webcam Hard Drive: 500GB SATA 3.5” Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 525M discrete graphics 8:1 Media Card Reader Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW Wireless keyboard and mouse Audio: Integrated HD Audio w/SRS and JBL-branded speakers Dimensions:  Width 567mm (22.32”), Height 397mm (15.6”), Depth 68mm (2.67”) SRP: Php54,900 Related posts: No related...

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite lets you access your files wirelessly

Oct 28, 11 Seagate GoFlex Satellite lets you access your files wirelessly

Posted by in Gadgets, Personal Computing

Now here’s a nice idea for a mobile storage device. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite looks just like your ordinary portable hard drive but it has a built-in WiFi so you can access your files wirelessly using your mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops. Basically any device that can access a wireless network and has at least a web browser. The GoFlex Satellite has over 500GB worth of storage face and WiFi b/g/n support and a rechargeable battery good for 5 hours of actual use (not standby). With this storage solution, you don’t have to worry about storing all your TV shows, movies, photos onto your iPad or smartphone. The GoFlex Satellite will essentially extend the storage space of any mobile device with WiFi. Turn on the GoFlex Satellite and it will start broadcasting it’s WiFi for any device to access (you can password protect it via a web admin page). Connect to it and it will automatically launch the interface on your mobile browser so you can browse directories and start streaming or downloading videos from it without any lag at all. I actually tried streaming an HD video file into my HTC Sensation and it played smoothly despite an iPad is also accessing it. There’s a 3 concurrent user limit however. iOS and Android users will get the benefit of the GoFlex Media App so they don’t have to use your browser (which is not so bad at all). This storage device uses USB 3.0 for faster file transfer. It doesn’t allow transfer from devices via WiFi in case you’re wondering if you can backup photos and videos you took with your iPhone, or put files from your laptop. There’s the USB 3.0 cable for that. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is only available in one capacity (500GB+) for Php9,888. It also comes with a car charger turning it into your car’s very own mobile media library. What do you think? Nice idea? Related posts: Tried a 3D Laptop, the Toshiba Satellite...

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Smart’s new logo, what does it mean?

Many of you may have already know that Smart has a new logo which they unveiled during the Black Eyed Peas Manila Concert last October 25. It looks more… uhh cute and fun now compared to the serious logo of before. Did you know this is the fourth version of Smart’s logo? So what does it all mean? What does the 8 dots signify? And why did they choose those colors? Were they having Dippin’ Dots ice cream when they came up with this logo? Well according to Smart, the rendering gives them a more youthful image and the vibrant colors also reflect the freedom and empowerment that Smart’s broader range of products and services make possible. The dots signifies flexibility and dynamism meaning Smart can rearrange them any way they want to represent anything. We can see a version for each product or service, or even a different rendering to celebrate a certain event. “Our new look is an exciting metaphor of our business. From providing traditional telco services, Smart is evolving into a webtelco–offering Filipinos integrated access to call, text, mobile internet, wireless broadband, social networking and mobile commerce services,” said Orlando B. Vea, Chief Wireless Advisor. Related posts: Smart to get into the micro-SIM game really soon Dial names not numbers with SpellDial NTC allows capping of broadband data Smart brings you new postpaid plans for unlimited call and texting Smart Bro HSPA+ Rocket dongle now available for Php3,995 Experience tomorrow’s technology at the Jump Center by PLDT and...

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Sony to finally take over Sony Ericsson

Well this news is not really surprising. After 10 years, Sony finally decided to take control of Sony Ericsson’s mobile handset business thereby unifying all their consumer electronics product. They already created the Tablet S and the integration of the smartphone venture from Sony Ericsson will offer more opportunities for them and the consumers. Ericsson confirmed today that Sony bought out their 50% ownership for a whopping €1.05 billion. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology. “This acquisition makes sense for Sony and Ericsson, and it will make the difference for consumers, who want to connect with content wherever they are, whenever they want. With a vibrant smartphone business and by gaining access to important strategic IP, notably a broad cross-license agreement, our four-screen strategy is in place. We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment. This includes Sony’s own acclaimed network services, like the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Sony’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Meanwhile, Ericsson will continue to focus its efforts in telecommunication and network technology as they’ve been doing ever since. You won’t see the brand at the forefront of consumer products but they will be powered by Ericsson in some way or another. “Ten years ago when we formed the joint venture, thereby combining Sony’s consumer products knowledge with Ericsson’s telecommunication technology expertise, it was a perfect match to drive the development of feature phones. Today we take an equally logical step as Sony acquires our stake in Sony Ericsson and makes it a part of its broad range of consumer devices. We will now enhance our focus on enabling connectivity for all devices, using our R&D and industry leading patent portfolio to realize a truly connected...

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Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison

Oct 27, 11 Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison

Posted by in Featured, Mobile

The Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800, two new Nokia smartphones which looks almost identical at first glance. One runs on the soon-to-be-forgotten MeeGo OS while the other uses the up-and-coming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS. Do they really differ on the OS level? Not quite, not by a long stretch. Specs are kinda sketchy from the usually reliable GSMArena and PDADB.Net so we scrounged for the actual specs from Nokia instead and fill in the blanks from reliable reviews of the N9. Here’s what we came up with and you will be surprised that the N9 has better features than the Lumia 800 but still, it seems that Android phones of the same class trumps them both. Nokia N9 Nokia Lumia 800 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630, PowerVR SGX530 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator MeeGo for Nokia N9 (MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan) Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Penta-band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 Quad-band WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 16GB or 64GB internal storage 16GB internal storage 1GB RAM 512MB RAM 3.9” ClearBlack AMOLED Display (FWVGA, 854 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass 3.7” ClearBlack AMOLED Display (WVGA, 800 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash 720p HD video recording @30fps 720p HD video recording @30fps VGA front-facing camera (not working on Skype) No front-facing camera Web-kit browser (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, no Flash support) Internet Explorer 9 Mobile (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, No Flash support) GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR No FM Radio FM Radio NFC No NFC Micro SIM card Micro SIM card Ovi Store Zune Marketplace 1,450mAh battery 1,450mAh battery 116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm 135 g 142 g So will it be the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 or the Windows...

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Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy

Oct 26, 11 Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

The second Windows Mobile 7.5 phone announced at Nokia World 2011 is the Lumia 701 which is more affordable than the Lumia 800 and caters more to the youth with its trendy colors with replaceable back panels. If the Nokia Lumia 800 looks more serious and industrial, the Lumia 710 has a more fun and stylish appeal. It’s a bit longer than the Lumia 800 but narrower on the side and lighter at 126g with its plastic build. It comes in either black or white but the back panels can be interchanged with a variety of colors: black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow. Don’t let its look fool you though because inside it still packs quite a punch. It has the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 3.7″ display (800 x 480 resolution) as that of the Lumia 800. To achieve a lower price, it doesn’t have the Gorilla Glass and AMOLED display (ClearBlack TFT only) and Carl Zeiss Optics however. It also has physical Windows Phone buttons instead of a full touch panel display. Other features include a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with a LED flash, 8GB internal storage, Bluetooth 2.1 and the usual GPS and WLAN. What’s missing is NFC (not that you’ll miss it though), a microSD expansion slot, HDMI out, Flash support on browser, and a front-facing camera. So what happened to Skype eh? Anyway, according to Nokia, the Lumia 710 will first appear in India, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan towards the end of the year. Other countries will have it next year. It will cost about $375 so that roughly translates to about Php16k before taxes. Even at 20k, it’s still affordable for a 1.4GHz smartphone. Nokia Lumia 710 Specs: 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango 3.7” WVGA (800×480) ClearBlack TFT display 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 5Mpix (f2.4) auto-focus camera with LED flash Video capturing MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Internet Explorer 9 Mobile Bluetooth 2.1,...

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Nokia unveils the Lumia 800, Windows Phone version of the N9

At the Nokia World 2011, the Nokia Lumia 800 was officially announced. Dubbed as the “first real Windows phone”, the Lumia 800 looks just like the Meego-toting Nokia N9 if you didn’t know that the N9 has no dedicated camera button. Everything else looks very similar when the phone is turned off. The Lumia 800 is the first Windows Mango phone that will be available from Nokia. Despite the huge curved glass display, the Lumia 800 only has a 3.7″ display with 800 x 480 resolution no thanks to the space allotted for the Windows touch buttons. It does however has the AMOLED display with Nokia’s ClearBlack Technology for vibrant colors and deeper contrast. Powering the Lumia 800 is a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with a 16GB internal storage. It also has the same 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss optics-enhanced lens as that of the N9 with an aperture of f/2.2 suitable for low-light shots. What’s missing? There’s no NFC, Flash support on browser, HDMI out, expansion slot and front camera for video calls. So what was the Skype acquisition all about?? This phone is simply beautiful to look at and to hold. The single piece of polycarbonate plastic makes it light yet durable and the curved glass gives it a nice industrial look. The Nokia Lumia 800 is slated to be out on before the year ends. It’s already available for pre-order in the US for $585 (about Php25k+). If you’re pondering on the N9 but unsure about the MeeGo OS, the Lumia 800 is looking to be a very decent alternative. Nokia Lumia 800 Specs: 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango 3.7” WVGA (800×480) AMOLED ClearBlack display with curved Gorilla glass, no air gap, anti-glare polarizer 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 8Mpix (f2.2) auto-focus Carl Zeiss, wide-angle lens, 2x LED flash Video capturing MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Internet Explorer 9 Mobile Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, A-GPS, WLAN 802.11abgn, 3.5mm AV connector,  micro USB...

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AKG K402 Mini Headphones Review

Oct 26, 11 AKG K402 Mini Headphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Last time we reviewed AKG’s entry-level earphones, the K309 and K311. The AKG K402 is their entry-level headphones and they are marketing this for people on the go with its funky color and foldable design. The AKG K402 is made up of flexible steel as its band along with hard plastic. I just love the red color on this one. The band slides within each other and the earcups, or should we say earpads, fold flat for a compact form for storage. Too bad there’s no carrying pouch included in the package.   The band offers enough resistance for a snug fit that won’t fall off easily but it’s also prone to mishandling that might crack the plastic parts. Instead of pleather, the K402 uses foam pads which can be more comfortable to use but also wears out faster. The size of this headphones may be suitable for on-the-go use but your music would blare out from it and it doesn’t offer any sort of noise cancellation. Use this in your own home on in a quiet room and you will appreciate its sound quality. The K402 shines especially for bass-heavy tunes with enough isolation on the lows. Mids are satisfactory but has a strong inclination to lower mids. Sound quality is actually decent for its price (Php1,599) if you’re into hip hop and party music so all you need to worry about is taking good care of it because construction feels a bit flimsy. AKG K402 Specs: Rated Impedance: 32 ohms Max. Input Power: 30mW Efficiency: 125 dB SPL/V Audio Bandwidth: 17-20 kHz Here’s the list of shops where you can buy your AKG audio products including this K402. Ashop Eastwood Digital Hub Viramall Mobile 1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Ashop Glorieta 4 Digital Walker Mall of Asia Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3 Beyond the Box One Rockwell <Soon> E-novation Power Mac Center Mall of Asia Beyond the Box, New Port Manila Go Gadgets Electric Boutique Power Mac Center Megamall Digital Hub Forbes...

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“Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting” looks for the best local online store

Are you a local online seller? Do you want to instant promotion of your store? Or better yet, win Php50,000? Then you might want to join the Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting promo. “Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting” is Smart Money’s recently launched promo, in search for the best online shop that features Smart Money for buyer transactions. At the end of the promo period, P50,000 cash will be awarded to the winning local online seller, credited via Smart Money. Additionally, starting October 12, Smart Money’s official ShopSpotter and former Cosmopolitan Philippines Fashion Editor Katrina Dy will be featuring her favorite participating shops on her blog and Smart’s official Facebook fan page—which translates to instant exposure to Smart’s more than 1 million fans on Facebook. To join, online sellers must first register their online shops at http://www1.smart.com.ph/Money/shop-spotting/register. Online sellers can register from October 10 to October 25, 2011. After registering, participants simply need to add the “Now Accepting Smart Money” badge on their online shops where buyers can see it. Participants can download the badge from http://pinoyexchange.net/shopspotting/images/badge.png. Once participants have placed the badge on their online shops, they now get the chance to be “ShopSpotted.” Also, by simply joining, participating stores will be included in Smart Money’s Online Shopping Directory. Participants can also increase their chances of winning by getting the most number of online votes for their shops. The voting process will be from October 26 to November 4, 2011. At the end of the promo, the online shops will be judged according to the authenticity and legitimacy of the merchandise sold, the shops’ visual appeal online, and the total number of online votes. The winning store owner will receive the grand prize of P50,000. The winner will be announced on November 9, 2011. The full amount will be presented to the winning online store owner via personalized Smart Money Card in the Smart Money event on November 12, 2011. For more information, visit http://www1.smart.com.ph/money/shop-spotting. Related posts: No related...

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Samsung Galaxy Y becomes cheapest Android phone, also in Netphone Edition

Samsung officially launched their most affordable Android handset today, the Galaxy Y, “Y” meaning “Young”. This phone retails for Php5,990 and is already available since last week. The price pushes the previous Samsung Galaxy Mini out of the market since you can get a better-specced phone at a cheaper price with this Galaxy Y. Consequently, Smart also has its own Galaxy Y Netphone Edition which you can also get for Php5,990 but you will also get the free social networking benefits thanks to the SmartNet platform. Some specs may not be better than the Smart Netphone 701 but you can’t argue with the price on this one since you will also be getting a Samsung-branded phone running on Android Gingerbread. The phone comes with the basic accessories: a pair of earphones, manual, Samsung Kies installer, charger, USB cable and a 2GB microSD card with an SD adapter. The Samsung Galaxy Y reminds me of a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy Ace. It even has  the same light, textured plastic back panel. What you’ll get from this phone is an 832 Mhz processor, 3-inch QVGA screen, 160MB internal storage, 2-megapixel camera and the goodies an Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread can offer. This phone is really a nice way for younger people to make the switch from their feature phones to Android smartphones. It’s an entry-level Android device with an entry-level price and it might just be the Netphone Edition may just be the push Smart needs for their SmartNet platform to really take off. Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone Edition. Samsung Galaxy Y Specs: 832 MHz processor Android OS v2.3.5 (Gingerbread) 3.0″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display (240 x 320) 256k colors Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n HSDPA 7.2 Mbps Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2mp autofocus w/o LED Flash, QVGA @ 15fps video recording Swype text input 160MB internal memory with support for microSD (2GB included, up to 32GB) GPS with A-GPS 1200maH Li-On battery 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm 97.5 g SRP: Php5,990...

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Php499 Panalo Phone now made available nationwide

Remember Talk n’ Text’s Php499 Panalo Phone that was announced early this year? Well it’s now available nationwide. What used to be available through sales agents and provincial distributors, the Panalo Phone is Smart’s way of addressing the needs of Filipinos that still don’t have or can’t afford mobile phones. Hard to believe but Smart says there are 10 million more Filipinos who doesn’t own a mobile phone. As such, they will be introducing the country’s lowest priced prepaid handset bundle – the Talk ‘N Text Panalo Phone, in selected Smart Stores nationwide. The kit includes a brand new phone with a built-in Talk ‘N Text SIM, pre-loaded with free SMS, for only Php499. Micro-priced bucket packages, some as low as Php5, are available exclusively to Panalo Phone users, to answer the need of those with very limited everyday spending money. Available models of Talk ‘N Text Panalo Phone are Cherry Mobile and Huawei G1103. These Panalo Phones are also designed to work with Smart Money by the way. Related posts: Globe Mobile Internet: 5 Pesos per 15 Minutes What is Smart Communications’ BIG and FREE secret? Smart’s mystery exclusive WP7 phone New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers Smart brings you new postpaid plans for unlimited call and texting Understanding the Smart...

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Noontec MovieDock A6II media player review

Oct 24, 11 Noontec MovieDock A6II media player review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Gadgets, Reviews

Here’s another media player brand that cropped up recently in the market. Noontec is one of those brand from Shenzen, China who has been manufacturing media players for quite some time along with enclosures, drive bays, and other storage accessories. The Noontec MovieDock A6II is not a full-blown media player in the sense that it doesn’t have a drive bay nor a full set of video output. Noontec has the MovieHome V8 media player for that. The A6II lies in-between a portable media player that you can lug around and a full NAS/media player that sits comfortably beside your TV and router. It is an upgrade of the previous and smaller A6 which doesn’t have a SATA connection and uPNP functionality. Enough about the intro, let’s see how this Noontec A6II which I’ve been using for a couple of weeks. Design The Noontec A6II has a squarish form that looks like a very slim waffle maker. Nice and simple actually but still too big if you want to pack and bring it somewhere. Top is bare save for the power button so you’ll have space for your action figures.   Up front you’ll only see the infrared receiver for the remote control. On the left side is a USB port for your flash drives and other USB storage devices. There’s also a SATA port for internal SATA HDDs which you probably won’t use much since you’d be exposing your hard disk unless you have an enclosure with a SATA out. At the back is the rest of the ports. There’s the DC-In, composite connection, coaxial output for 5.1 audio, HDMI, LAN port and another USB port. What’s missing is a component output (RGB) so if you’re stuck with a TV without HDMI (like me), you’ll have to make do with standard definition. Here’s what’s included in the box. A SATA cable, USB cable, remote control with batteries, composite cable and the manual. HDMI cable is missing so you have to provide for your own....

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