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Sony Ericsson launches Xperia Play, we go hands on

Oct 05, 11 Sony Ericsson launches Xperia Play, we go hands on

Posted by in Featured, Gaming, Mobile

Blame it on the typhoon for the delay of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play’s media launch but we finally got to try one out yesterday at the official launching. The SE Xperia Play, also known as PlayStation Phone, is the answer for those wanting true handheld gaming from their phones. Touchscreen and gamepad combine to give you the best gaming experience on whatever type of game you play. It is powered by the same 1GHz processor as that of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and the 4-inch display won’t let your gaming feel stifled. Even though it doesn’t have the Mobile Bravia Engine display, the 480 x 854 resolution still makes the games that you play on it look sharp. Internal storage is limited to 400MB so games should definitely be installed on the included 8GB microSD card. Enough about the phone, let’s talk about how it fares with gaming. First of all, the Xperia Play doesn’t look sleek at all, it has a curved back with a glossy finish to harvest all the fingerprints it comes in contact with. The bulk is needed when gaming though so it won’t feel fragile to play with and have the right amount of contour for a gaming grip. The slide-down gamepad doesn’t feel flimsy and has a satisfying lock so you won’t have to worry sliding it back accidentally while playing. Buttons are a bit flat and don’t have the same depth as that of a PSP but you’ll get used to it quickly. There’s also the dedicated left and right touch circles that functions the same as the PSP’s analog stick. The left and right shoulder buttons have a slight indention and feels just right when pressed. Overall, the Xperia PLAY is the ultimate gaming mobile phone that is available to us. Virtual gamepads on touchscreens just don’t fly with a lot of people so a physical one is the answer if you don’t want to get stuck playing with touch-based games. I tried it...

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No iPhone 5? No problem. iPhone 4S saves the day.

Oct 05, 11 No iPhone 5? No problem. iPhone 4S saves the day.

Posted by in Mobile

Everybody who’s not working for Apple were expecting for the iPhone 5 announcement in today’s Apple keynote but all we got is the iPhone 4S. Yep, the highlight of the keynote is the iPhone 4S after recapping what was announced in WWDC last June, a bunch of so-so updates on the iPod nano and iPod Touch. No iPhone 5. No iPhone 5 news didn’t really mean that the iPhone 4S announcement was a letdown. Well in a way, yes, but still the hardware upgrade they did on the iPhone 4S is something that’s worth talking about. There’s nothing different physically with the iPhone 4, the magic happens on the inside. The iPhone 4S is powered by the new A5 chip dual-core processor and its dual-core graphics which is said to be  seven times faster as that of the iPhone 4. Good news for the gamers who enjoy playing 3D games on the iPhone. Then there’s also the much-improved camera. They really did quite a number here. The iPhone 4 was already a good camera on its own but the iPhone 4S will going to kick things up a notch or two. Apple bumped the megapixel count from 5 to 8 but we all know higher megapixel doesn’t really equate to better picture. So Apple also changed the sensor to a backside illuminated CMOS so more light (73%) could come in and it’s now faster too. Then they included a hybrid IR filter for better colors and upgraded it to what they call a five-element lens which gives you more sharper photos and a f/2.4 aperture. Hello indoor shots. Apple also designed a new Image Signal Processor for face detection and better white balance. Basically, the camera on the iPhone 4S will rock! Other upgrades include better battery life, improved wireless performance including support for both GSM and CDMA for the frequent travelers out there. iPhone 4S will also have 1080p HD video recording and of course, the highly-anticipated iOS 5. Lastly, Apple demoed Siri,...

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Download FREE full version games for Nokia phones (limited time only)

Is your Nokia phone getting boring for you? Tired of those free and lite games? You’re in luck because for a limited time, Nokia is allowing you to download selected full-version games for free from the Nokia Store. For action games fans, relive the Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon by playing as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and other Autobots in an intense 13 levels of pure Transformers action. Racing fans get to enjoy the full version of Need for Speed Shift on their phone. For bike enthusiasts, there’s Moto X Mayhem, the best mobile bike game that lets you race, jump, and crash your way through a variety of treacherous terrain. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, lets you play the retro reproduction of the definitive Mortal Kombat game, with original characters and moves. Other games include: Bejeweled 2 Fruit Ninja Monopoly 12×1 Solitaire Tetris Sim City Deluxe Go to www.store.ovi.mobi from your mobile phone or www.store.ovi.com from your PC. These games are available for the Nokia X7, Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia E7 smartphones only. We were not informed when this free download will end so download to your heart’s content. I also couldn’t verify the existence of these games from the Ovi Store coming from a PC so maybe you need your Nokia phone to access the games. Related posts: Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000 Nokia brings us the X7, looks very edgy PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2010 Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia E7 up for pre-ordering for...

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Dell announced new storage solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture

Dell today announced new solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture to optimize cost, performance and protection as storage scales with a growing organization. Highlighted solutions include its Dell Compellent 16Gbps Fibre Channel interoperability and new Dell EqualLogic Unified storage. With Dell Compellent, enterprise data is actively, intelligently managed throughout its lifecycle so enterprises can constantly adapt to changing business conditions. Together, a Fluid Data™ architecture, storage virtualization, intelligent software and modular hardware bring unprecedented efficiency, simplicity and security to enterprise storage. Data center resources are utilized to their full potential. Dell Compellent Features 16Gbps Fibre Channel Infrastructure Interoperability Dell has successfully demonstrated compatibility between a Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN with Brocade 6510 16Gb Fibre Channel switch and Brocade 1860 16Gb Fabric Adapter. Dell will continue to build on its leadership in enterprise storage by introducing 16Gbps Fibre Channel offerings. This new technology will help customers unleash the power of their SAN environments to support next-generation applications and cloud services. This increased performance will provide organizations investment protection and a future-ready infrastructure capable of overcoming the challenges of enormous data growth. By combining Dell’s Fluid Data architecture with Brocade’s 16Gbps Fibre Channel infrastructure, Dell is delivering high performing SAN solutions that empower customers to stay at the leading edge of technology. New Dell EqualLogic Unified Storage Extends Fluid Data Architecture In support of customers’ growing storage demands, Dell has begun shipping the new EqualLogic FS7500, the company’s latest NAS solution that works with EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver the only scale-out, unified storage platform for mid-size deployments. The EqualLogic FS7500 uses the Dell Scalable File System, a high-performance, clustered file system based on Dell intellectual property. The Dell Scalable File System architecture incorporates features formerly found only at the very high end including advanced caching, load balancing and multithreading for fast I/O processing. This is the first step toward Dell’s long-term vision of a uniquely feature-rich, highly-scalable file system. Customers consolidating applications onto a unified platform are demanding improved flexibility, to react to...

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Razer outs gaming peripherals for Transformers 3 fans

Razer teamed up with Hasbro to bring gaming peripherals to Transformers fan to commemorate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, which I just watched recently by the way. There are three Transformers-theme gaming peripherals belonging to this collector’s edition product line: Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse, Razer Vespula mouse mat and a laptop case exclusively designed by Razer. Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition Gaming Mouse The Razer DeathAdder has always been the weapon of choice for gamers seeking a combination of comfort and unbridled gaming precision. A 3500dpi 3.5G infrared sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling with 1ms response time, 5 Hyperesponse buttons, and On-the-Fly sensitivity adjustments make the right-handed ergonomic Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition more than meets the eye. Available in four unique designs representing four famed characters of the TRANSFORMERS universe: OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, MEGATRON, and SHOCKWAVE. Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition Gaming Mouse Mat The dual-sided Razer Vespula mouse mat provides two distinct gaming-grade surfaces on an abrasion-resistant hard coat to suit your preferred swipe style – SPEED for smoother fast-paced action, maximizing freedom of movement; and CONTROL for ultra-precise movements and tactile feedback with its textured surface. Game over extended sessions in complete comfort thanks to a memory conformance wrist rest designed to reduce fatigue and make smashing your metal opponent to a pulp so much easier. The speed-enhancing surface of the Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition is embossed with a design of OPTIMUS PRIME representing the AUTOBOTS, and the control-precise side embossed with a design of MEGATRON representing the DECEPTICONS. Choose which side of the great war you’ll fight and swipe on for victory. Razer Laptop Case: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition A new product crafted exclusively for the TRANSFORMERS brand, the Razer Laptop Case is made of a flexible hard weave with a zip seal to ensure your precious game-destroying machine is well protected on the go,...

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Yahoo! Purple Hunt 3.0 gives you the chance to win a condo unit

The stakes are getting bigger and bigger with the Yahoo! Purple Hunt 3.0. On is third edition, which is also the Family Edition, Yahoo! along with co-presenter Globe Telecom gives you a chance to win a Presidio condominium unit at Lakefront from Camella Condo Homes. Unlike the previous two campaigns, this online treasure hunt is made for the family. Guided by three values: Pledge together; Surf together; Play together, this treasure hunt promotes responsible use of the Internet by educating parents and their children about online safety and netiquette, while having the chance to win exciting prizes in addition to the Presidio condo unit. Prizes include Globe Tattoo broadband sticks, flight tickets courtesy of Airphil Express, McDonald’s birthday party packages and mobile phones from MyPhone. A family consisting of at least one parent and one child above the age of 13 is eligible to join the treasure hunt. Interested? Here’s how you and your family can join. Sign up at http://purplehunt.com.ph Register the whole family’s existing Yahoo! Mail accounts and identify the role of each member (e.g. father, son, mother, etc.) Nominate a parental/legal guardian who will be the main player for the game Create a team name for the family Pledge to Yahoo! Safely. Once the family makes the pledge, a mail will be sent to the primary player to unlock the first task Each participating family will have a set of assignments to complete. The assignments will take treasure hunters through Yahoo! properties and other channels such as social media, mobile, offline and traditional media channels to unlock the clues. Yahoo! has partnered with GMA Network, Magic 89.9 and Fox International Channels (Fox, Star World, Star Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Crime, FX, tvN, National Geographic, Channel V) to reveal clues at various times in the day. The clues are marked by Yahoo! Purple Hunt logo and will be airing together with safety messages on the radio and TV programs on partner networks. The registration for the Purple Hunt 3.0 is set...

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Smart Netphone 701 Review

Oct 03, 11 Smart Netphone 701 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The Netphone 701 is Smart’s very first own Android phone offering that is targeted towards people who wants to take on a smartphone without investing a lot. With the Smartnet platform built-in, users can enjoy free access to a lot of things they can’t do with other phones. For somebody who already owns an Android phone though, like me, the only way you would probably consider getting a Netphone 701 is if you lost your phone or if you need a secondary phone on the Smart network. Smart is planning on releasing different Netphones in the future though for different market segments. Having said that, read on our review to see whether the Smart Netphone 701 should be your first Android phone or not. Design The Netphone 701 is medium-sized which is good because you don’t want your first Android phone to look intimidating. It feels just right on the average Filipino hand and is based on the ZTE Blade phone which is quite popular in China. The 3.5” screen is bigger than most phones in its class and below that are three Android buttons for Home, Menu and Back, which are a bit stiff to press. On the left side of the phone is the microUSB port for data and charging and also a chrome lining to give the phone a bit of style. Right side you will see the same chrome lining with the volume control slightly protruding from it as well as the speaker near the bottom. On top you’ll find the Power/Sleep button beside the 3.5mm audio port. At the back you’ll see lens of the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera and the Smart logo. Display and UI The 3.5” display on the Netphone 701 sports an 800 x 480 resolution which gives it a higher pixel density for better sharpness. Although 16 million colors is preferred, 256k doesn’t look bad at all for a phone of this price. It carries a stock Android 2.2 (Froyo) UI which should not be...

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Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) brings you screen capture functionality

I know a lot of people wants to take screenies of their Android phone. As a phone reviewer or somebody who writes Android guides, the ability to take screenshots on a phone is something that we would often need. Previously, the only way to take screenshots on an Android phone is install the SDK and tether the phone to your machine and use your PC to take the screenshot. There are lots of screen capturing tools in the Android market but they usually require you to have a rooted phone. Now with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), Google gave us the ability to capture screenshots easily by a combination of buttons. Hold the Power button then quickly press the Home/Back button. The second button varies between handsets because button placements are not the same on all Android phones. Anyway, it works similarly as that of iOS and the screenies are stored in your Gallery folder. UPDATE: Ok it seems that a number of Samsung phones have this feature built-in already regardless of Android OS rendering the title of this post moot. To take a screenshot on your Samsung Android phone, try the Home and Back button combination. It worked on our Galaxy Ace running on Froyo. Thanks to those who send this tip in. I’ve tried this on my HTC Sensation. Saw it work on the HTC ChaCha and heard it works on the Samsung Galaxy SII as well. If you have a different phone on Gingerbread 2.3.4, try it out and let us know if it worked for you. Related posts: How to make Yahoo! mail work on your Android...

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New Asus N Series notebooks launched plus Eee Pad Slider

Oct 01, 11 New Asus N Series notebooks launched plus Eee Pad Slider

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets

ASUS Philippines launched their latest N series notebooks to address the growing demand of multimedia enthusiasts. The new N series notebooks now sport a new audio system from Bang & Olufsen ICEpower which was only available on their high-end notebooks before. Designed by David Lewis plus an enhanced version of SonicMaster Technology co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, the new N Series notebooks will also ship with a bundled sub-woofer. Another new feature which I guess I have to credit the Asus rep. for not failing on the live demo was the Instant On — within two seconds, the notebook can resume from sleep mode. A 15-day standby power, USB Charger+ wherein a USB-powered device will charge even with the notebook turned off, the latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and superfast USB 3.0, help the new N Series notebooks provide users with a more incredible multimedia experience than ever before. During  the launch, the Asus N series notebooks were used by the acoustic duo – Johnoy and Kakoy who performed live; all their musical equipment were connected and amplified by the Asus N45SF and N55SF. The new N Series will be available in November and will be priced at Php42,995.00 and Php44,995.00 respectively. Asus Eee Pad Slider The brother of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has finally arrived, the Asus Eee Pad Slider was also introduced during the launch. This new tablet has a built-in slide-down keyboard which definitely added to the weight but also gave it a USB port. Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider is responsive whether you’re browsing the web, watching HD movies, listening to music, or doing all of the above at once. HD video playback and surround sound system are supported so users can easily view media from their Eee Pad Slider on their home entertainment system. The Eee Pad Slider has an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle and is also protected by a layer of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Retail price for the...

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ESET launches NOD32 Antivirus 5 and Smart Security 5

ESET, the leader in proactive protection against cyber-threats, today announces the launch of its flagship products ESET Smart Security 5and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5. The latest generation of the company’s home user products offers even more advanced detection technology and multi-layered security features. ESET has been pioneering security solutions against malware since 1992and has been awarded with the highest consecutive number of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards. The top five new features of these latest products are: ESET Live Grid, cloud-based reputation and protection technology New Removable Media Control, with more granular control of external devices Parental Control (ESET Smart Security 5 only) Advanced Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) Gamer Mode There has been revolutionary change in what used to be called ThreatSense.Net – ESET’s cloud-based malware collection system that utilizes data from ESET solutions users worldwide.  The technology is now named ESETLive Grid and offers optimization of scanning based on the whitelisting of “safe” files. Cloud-based reputation is yet another method used by the latest generation of ESET products to determine whether a particular object is secure or not.  The result is enhanced precision in detecting threats along with increased speed of scanning. As shown by regular ESET threat statistics month after month, removable media is now used increasingly to spread viruses and malware. When plugged-in, a USB media can transfer a hidden virus, affecting computers without the need for internet access.  The Removable Media Control feature automatically prompts the user to scan the content of all flash drives (USB, SD), firewire, CDs and DVDs, so that specific threats can be blockedfrom trying to get through to the system through the media devices. Users can block/allow removable media, based on the type of media, manufacturer, size and other attributes.In addition, permissions can be set to blocked, read-only or read/write access. They can be set either for a specific user or groups of users. User can decide to block the access and setup a whitelist of “allowed” USBs. Parental Control allows sites that may contain potentially offensive material with pre-defined website categories to be blocked. The user can set...

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BestBuy slashes price on BlackBerry PlayBook by $200

Sep 30, 11 BestBuy slashes price on BlackBerry PlayBook by $200

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

It’s not that the BlackBerry PlayBook sales was down but it was also not as RIM expected. And now that it’s out for a number of months, interest on the PlayBook is waning and along with the announcement of new and cheaper Kindle’s, RIM has to do something. So a price slash it is coming from BestBuy. BlackBerry PlayBook is a very decent device on its own. It has an impressive set of specs which works really well with its QNX OS. But at a price that matches Apple’s iPad 2 or other Android tablets, one is most likely to make the PlayBook a third choice. Now the PlayBook does a semi-HP TouchPad move with a $200 price slash on all its model. The 16GB version is now down to $299.99 which somewhat brings it closer to the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 WiFi. The 32GB is now at $399.99 while the 64GB is at $499.99. If you’ve been waiting for a price reduction on the PlayBook, this is it so you might wanna hook up with friends or relatives in the US to get you one. Read our review of the BlackBerry Playbook. Related posts: BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook will be available soon for Smart subscribers RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook...

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Ericsson empowers new TV experiences across multiple devices

Sep 30, 11 Ericsson empowers new TV experiences across multiple devices

Posted by in Tech News

In the Manila leg of its TV Roadshow for Asia Pacific, Ericsson, provider of technology and services to telecom operators, demonstrated its ‘End to Endless’ television solutions that are helping to drive the delivery of more content to more consumers across multiple networks and devices. “We are witnessing rapid infrastructure changes in the Asia Pacific market as consumer desire to consume more and more video is shaping today’s television into an ‘anytime, anywhere’ experience. This move towards a multi-screen, multi-platform proposition is both a subscriber and revenue growth opportunity. We very recently highlighted this trend through our announcement with Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan. Ericsson’s end to end solution will enable Chunghwa Telecom to offer an enhanced service across STBs, PCs, Smartphones, and Tablet devices, representing a significant replacement of existing functionality” said Eugene Sarmiento, Head of Multiscreen TV APAC, Ericsson. Digital TV penetration in the APAC region is set to rise dramatically over the next five years, which presents a number of challenges to broadcasters and operators alike; not only in the acquisition and processing of high quality content but also in the management and efficient delivery of large volumes of video, media and audio across multiple platforms to multiple devices. Ericsson’s expertise in delivering next generation TV solutions to customers in the Asia Pacific market is invaluable as we enable them to bring the desired Individual TV Experience to consumers. “This is part of our Networked Society vision – an important driver of the Networked Society is consumer demand for multimedia anywhere, anyplace, and any way they want it,” Elie Hanna, President and Country Unit Head for Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands, explained. “The Networked Society is the result of mobility, broadband and cloud computing coming together and becoming relevant to users. By 2016, we predict that there will be five billion mobile broadband subscriptions, and the challenge for content owners and distributors will be on how they can be creative in the environment where the technology is ready. However, even where creativity is...

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