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Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Review

Sep 09, 11 Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Despite the emergence of tablets in the country, only a few can rival the Apple iPad. What we have here is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer which is one of the first 10.1-inch Android tablets to be available in the country to compete with the iPad. It may not look as sexy as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that we have before but this one has a few tricks on its own that’s worth considering. One of which is the keyboard dock (hence the name Transformer) which we unfortunately don’t have for this review. It essentially turns your tablet into an Android netbook that can almost double its battery life and give you the keyboard you would often miss from a touchscreen device. We’re going to take a closer look at the Asus Eee Pad as a tablet form here and see whether it should be high on your list if you’re looking for an Android tablet. Design Admittedly after seeing and holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Asus Transformer suddenly feels like the toy that got neglected. It was wider, thicker and holding it in one hand in landscape mode seems unwieldy. Something you might not want to brandish in public if somebody else is holding a slimmer tablet. It has a unique coppery finishing though if you want to be noticed from the sea of black and white tablet. Contributing to the extra girth are speaker placement on both ends of the tablet. Because of its width, it’s meant to be used in landscape mode (portrait just looks awkward). On the left is the power and volume buttons. On the right is the 3.5mm audio jack, a miniHDMI port and a microSD slot which is quite rare in quality tablets. Underside you will see the proprietary port for charging and data transfer. No microUSB port here. You can see the lens of the 5 megapixel camera on its slightly curved, textured back. The textured finish makes it less slippery when handling...

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Nikon gives their entry-level D3100 DSLR the red treatment

Sep 08, 11 Nikon gives their entry-level D3100 DSLR the red treatment

Posted by in Imaging & Photography, Tech News

With more and more people including casual and amateur photographers transitioning to the world of DSLRs, Nikon finally realized that black can indeed be boring. So they applied a stunning red treatment on their highly acclaimed entry-level D3100 DSLR. It took them awhile to follow Canon in giving DSLR buyers a different color option but they made a good choice in selecting the D3100. The Nikon D3100 is Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR released late last year. It features a huge improvement over the D3000 (Live View anyone?) and even the D5000 in some cases. This red version is Nikon’s response to Canon’s EOD 1100D which they announced last March and comes in red, gray and brown. The different colored DSLRs are slowly making their way to consumer’s hands so Nikon want’s to give their fans that option as well. The D3100 is a small and lightweight DSLR but doesn’t feel like you’re holding a toy. New users won’t feel intimidated by this friendly camera while experienced photographers won’t feel limited by it. It can output up to 14.2 megapixel photos with decent results even on higher than ISO 800 thanks to Nikon’s EXPEED 2 engine. Video recording can be done up to 1080p with option for manual exposure and autofocusing even during shooting. The refined Guide Mode on this camera helps newbies dig into the camera and learn the basic photography concepts. Nikon is planning to release their red D3100 in the region this month so let’s wait and see when it will arrive in our shores. UPDATE: It seems that Nikon will only be releasing this red D3100 in some parts of Europe and Japan. No luck for us Filipinos. [Nikon Rumors] Related posts: Nikon Launches D3100 and D7000 DSLRs along with five Coolpix Cameras, Lens and Speedlight Nikon opens first service center at SM...

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Virtualization solutions giant VMWare strengthens presence in the Philippines

VMware, Inc. the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced that they are growing their presence in the Philippines. Virtualization and cloud computing adoption is forecasted to grow over the next few years as businesses realize the cost-savings and server consolidation benefits of cloud computing. According to Forrester, cloud computing adoption is strongest in Australia, New Zealand and in the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). “The significant organic growth that we have witnessed in the Philippines shows that businesses here are driving cloud computing momentum in the country,” said Ed Lenta, General Manager, VMware ASEAN. “We see desktop virtualization growing in the business process outsourcing sector. We believe that VMware View(tm) is well positioned to help companies virtualize their desktops, and enter the cloud computing era.” VMware recently partnered with Globe Telecom to bring enterprise-class cloud services to market as part of the VMware vCloud(r) Powered program. “Many organizations are starting to understand how cloud computing can run their businesses more flexibly and efficiently. The opening of a local office in the Philippines is a milestone for VMware toward enabling enterprises of all sizes to solve the problems of IT cost and complexity,” added Lenta. Related posts: No related...

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BlackBerry App World 3.0 finally moves out of beta

RIM finally brings their latest App World out of beta recently giving BlackBerry smartphone users a refreshing look of the storefront along with some nifty features. You may want to check out the new App World now if you’re a BlackBerry user. New features include: Sleek New Design – The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help users discover the latest and greatest apps and content, starting right on the BlackBerry App World home screen where rotating spotlight banners show off all that’s new and exciting. New Channels – Apps, Games, and Themes now have their own channels so users can get to what they want even faster. Introduction of My Account – My Account makes managing BlackBerry ID and payment options easy with direct access to all account information from the home screen.  New My World Features – My World gives users a streamlined view of their apps and status, and now at a glance, in addition to seeing which apps are installed and uninstalled, users can manage subscription content and services.  When new updates or subscription renewals are available for apps, users will be notified using push technology. App Social Sharing – when a user finds an app they can’t live without, they can share it directly from the app details screen through BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS Evolved App Details Screen – At a glance, users can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screen shots, and more More Search Options – Quickly find apps with a Search Bar now appearing on the storefront home screen and search results are presented across Channels as well as My World.  Search Bars are also within each Channel and users have the ability to filter by App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, or Popular Now all RIM needs to do is put in more quality BlackBerry apps or there’s no point in updating the App World if not a lot of...

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Introducing Lenovo’s ultrabook, the IdeaPad U300s

The Lenovo U-series notebooks are typically thin and light but Lenovo took things a bit further with the newest offering. Joining the ultrabook scene is the thinner-than-MacBook Air Lenovo IdeaPad U300s which sports a 0.6 inch thin body anyway you look at it. For comparison, the MacBook Air is 0.7″ at it’s thickest part but tapers to a sharper and thinner edge. Ultrabooks. These are the next generation thin and light inspired by Apple’s MacBook Air. The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s is a 13-inch ultra-slim notebook that can be equipped with up to Intel’s 2nd generation Core i7 ULV processor. The 4GB DDR3 and up to 256GB SSD will make sure you’re getting super smooth and quick response from this portable notebook. Coupled with Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology, you can start using it at the quickest time possible with a blazing fast 10.5 second boot time and wake from sleep. It also has your usual premium device features like Bluetooth, high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors, HDMI out, as well as an integrated 1.3M (720p HD) webcam. Only thing missing is a backlit keyboard but this one’s spill-proof hence the tradeoff. Taking design cues from Apple, this gorgeously slim notebook is made from a single piece of aluminum shell to create a sleek and lightweight product weighing in at less than 2.9 pounds. It also has a familiar-looking glass touchpad. It comes in Graphite Grey or limited-edition Clementine Orange which is sandblasted for a scratch-resistant coating. It’s Lenovo’s most attractive looking laptop yet. Lenovo is claiming up to 8 hours battery life and a freakishly long 30 days on standby. And with Lenovo RapidCharge its battery can be charged to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes. Aside from the U300s, Lenovo also announced the other two U-series notebook, the U300 and U400 which is quite similar in design with the Lenovo Ideapad U260 we reviewed before. The U300 and U400 laptops come with 2nd generation Intel Core processors and feature boot up times of under...

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IP-Converge pushes cloud computing to local businesses

Cloud computing seems to be where the future of business operations is headed and we’ve been hearing about it a lot these days. IP-Converge is the country’s first and only publicly-listed Internet Data Center and Cloud Services Provider and they are helping set the stage for a cloud-based Philippines, especially for small and medium enterprises. So what is cloud computing and how will it affect your business? Well imagine you don’t have the resources to acquire and maintain critical IT infrastructure for your business. You can’t afford to get another server just to host your Microsoft SharePoint or you don’t want to be bothered with the nuances of maintaining and supporting a mail exchange server. So what can you do? You go with cloud. IP-Converge is a cloud service provider which can host IT services needed by your company and you only pay based on operational expenses. Cutting capital expenditures for things that your company won’t be able to maximize. They also do migration, support and maintenance for you. For sensitive services, you can still opt to have in-housed while mundane but necessary services you can host on the cloud to cut on expenses. Known for their “boutique approach”, IP-Converge offers products in pay-as-you-use scheme, making their services affordable and attractive to SMEs because you will only be paying for that you need. Talk about flexibility. “It has always been IP-Converge’s vision to empower Philippines businesses, both big and small, and make them leaders in their own industries,” said IP-Converge president Rene Huergas. By their cloudvocacy campaign dubbe “Think Out Cloud”, IP-Converge hopes that CEOs and CIOs will realize how their businesses can achieve higher productivity and significant savings. IP-Converge is one of the IT companies today that are in the best position to offer cloud services in the country, being currently peered with major domestic and international Internet exchanges in the Asia Pacific. They are both telco and vendor-agnositc. Related posts: Should local enterprises start moving to the cloud? Microsoft’s answer is a...

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Unboxing the Smart Netphone 701

Sep 07, 11 Unboxing the Smart Netphone 701

Posted by in Featured, Mobile

We finally got our hands on Smart’s upcoming Android phone, the Netphone 701, to play with. This phone is supposed to attract non-smartphone users to go Android with Smart with its friendly price and additional features not found in other smartphones. The Netphone 701 is based on the ZTE Blade and for a rather handy phone, it comes in a big box. At the back of the box you would see some key features mainly a Social Stream app based on SmartNet, a Netphone messenger allowing you to chat with other Netphone users for free, Yahoo! and Facebook chat, Android Froyo and auto software update. What’s inside the Smart Netphone 701 box? Neatly packaged is the phone, the battery, microUSB cable, power adapter, earphones and a Smart prepaid SIM card. You can still use your own Smart SIM to link your number to this phone though. Opening the back cover of the phone reveals a 2GB micro SD already included. If you’ve used an Android phone before, you know that it will ask you for your Google Account once you powered it up for the first time. Same thing here but it will also ask for your SmartNet account or ask you to sign up for one. We’ll give you more info about how this SmartNet works in actuality and the performance of this phone on a proper review these coming days. Here are a couple more shots of the Smart Netphone 701: The Smart Netphone will be publicly available this coming Saturday, September 10 for only Php9,990 for a prepaid kit. Visit the Netphone site to know more about this phone as well as other plans and pricing. Smart Netphone 701 specs: 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset 3.5″ LCD display @ 480×800 pixels Android 2.2 Froyo Adreno 200 GPU 512MB RAM HSDPA 7.2Mbps; HSUPA 5.76Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP 3MP autofocus camera FM radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion battery 1250mAh Related posts: Understanding...

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MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale 2011 happening on Sep 13-16

Sep 06, 11 MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale 2011 happening on Sep 13-16

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Gadgets

The MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale is upon us again and you might want to start your Christmas gadget shopping early. On September 13-16, score some deals of up to 80% on popular consumer electronic brands such as Sony, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Acer and many many more. You can get discounts on cameras, desktop PCs, laptops, speakers, tablets… you get the idea. The MSI-ECS Warehouse is located at Topy IV Bldg., #3 Economia St., Libis, Quezon City (near Eastwood). Doors opens from 9AM to 7PM and they accept cash, check and credit card. Oh yeah, here’s the price list. [MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale 2011 Price List] Related: My Top Picks at the MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale 2011 Related posts: Buy a VAIO but pay for it next...

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Samsung Galaxy Note can’t decide whether to be a smartphone or a tablet

The other half of our Samsung IFA update is the introduction of the Galaxy Note. We’re not quite sure how to classify this device. Is it a smartphone because you can still place it over your ear to place calls without people staring at you? Or is it a tablet because of its 5.3″ display and the inclusion of its own stylus to jot down notes? I guess this is a “tweener” device but despite the identity problem it is still one helluva device. The Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display with a very high pixel density due to its 1280 x 800 resolution making things look really sharp on its screen. Knowing Samsung’s affinity for thin mobile devices, the Galaxy Note has a 9.65mm slim body, anything less than 10mm on a phone or tablet I consider thin. It’s an upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy SII with its dual core 1.4GHz processor and runs on the latest Android Gingerbread OS. It even features some app shortcuts on the lockscreen which you can use to unlock the device. Kind of similar to the lockscreen on the HTC Sense 3.0 (HTC Sensation and HTC Flyer) and the Cherry Mobile Magnum HD. Then it also has what Samsung calls the S Pen which is a digital pen that people who’ve used the device claim to be way better than the stylus on the HTC Flyer.  It is very accurate and produces thin lines without bleeding which can make you replace the notepad you always bring with you. Other specs include an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, LTE and HSPA+ support, and a whopping 2500 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy SII has a 1,650 mAh for comparison but do note that bigger screen eats up more power. Same as with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, local pricing and availability is yet to be determined. We’ll keep you posted once we have it don’t worry. When all’s been said and done,...

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Groupon makes it easy for you to keep track of deals with iPhone app

One of the biggest group-buying site, Groupon, recently announced their official application for the iPhone and iPod Touch which is now available at the App store. Groupon is available in 46 countries including Philippines and the app currently supports 25 cities all over the world including  Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. With the Groupon, you can do the following straight from your mobile device: Browse Daily Deals:  Check out the daily deal in Groupon cities and buy on the go Access Your Account: Sign in or Sign up Redeem Your Groupons: Present Groupons to merchants directly from your screen – no printouts required Map Local Groupons in Real-Time: Activate the GPS feature to plot Groupon purchases closest to your current location Perhaps the most useful other than being able to check for deals is you can redeem your discount without having to print anything. Really handy if you’re buying things on the go. You can download the Groupon app for free from the iTunes Store. Now the question is, when’s the app for Android coming? I hope other sites will follow this trend or a deal aggregator similar to will have its own mobile app. Now that would be a hit. Related posts: YugaDeals will take care of your discounted gadget...

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Canon 3-day sale on September 9, 10, 11 gives you up to 70% discount

Sep 05, 11 Canon 3-day sale on September 9, 10, 11 gives you up to 70% discount

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Imaging & Photography

Christmas comes early for camera buyers as Canon will be having a 3-day sale starting this Friday, September 9 up to Sunday, September 11 at People’s Village 1 in Tiendesitas. You can get up to 70% off on selected cameras with freebies included. Oh yeah, some models of Canon DSLRs and lens will be included in the sale but don’t expect 70% off on that L-lens or EOS 7D you are eyeing for. Free camera cleaning for your Canon DSLRs is also available on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 PM. There will also be a free basic photography workshop happening on Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. So if you’re planning to get yourself or somebody else a camera for Christmas, this weekend can be the right time for you. Canon 3-Day Sale Sep. 9 – 11, 10AM to 9PM People’s Village 1, Tiendesitas (mall map) Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Ave. Related posts: Free camera cleaning at the Canon...

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Samsung updates first Galaxy Tab, makes it 7.7-inch

With the rise of the new generation of tablets these days, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab deserves a refresh. Samsung did it with a bang in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Gone is the thick book-like physique and is replaced by a 7.89mm slim design with tapered edges for more easy handling. Samsung also replaced the single-core processor with a fast 1.4GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also get the tablet-friendly Android Honeycomb treatment and the cameras get a minor upgrade to 3MP at the back and 2MP in front. However, the most notable feature of the new Galaxy Tab is the Super AMOLED Plus display on its 7.7” screen. With a high 1280 x 800 resolution, images are bound to appear exceptionally sharp with really good contrast. The physical size hasn’t really increased, it’s just that the bezel was made thinner to accommodate the increase in screen size. The 5100mah rated battery is expected to give this device up to 10 hours of video playback which combines well with the support for up to 32GB microSD. Right now, I think this new Galaxy Tab 7.7 is going to be in the forefront of Android tablet devices in the 7-inch category for those who opts for portability. The combination of power, sleek looks and phenomenal display makes this a tablet you would definitely want to look at. We’ll keep you posted once we got word of local pricing and availability. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Specs: 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB of RAM, Exynos chipset Android 3.2 Honeycomb, TouchWiz UI 7.7” Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen (1280 x 800 pixels) 3.2 MP autofocus camera with 720p video recording; LED flash; 2 MP front-facing camera 16/32/64 GB internal memory, expandable through a microSD card slot HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 3.0 microUSB 2.0 Li-Po 5100 mAh 196.7 x 133 x 7.9 mm 335g Related posts: Samsung’s brand ambassadors for...

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