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The BenQ EW2430 VA-panel LED Monitor

Vertical alignment or VA-panel monitors are not new but they aren’t mainstream yet either. They are known to have better color reproduction than your regular LED monitors and display blacks more accurately because of its capability to produce true black with zero bright dot (ZBD). They also have a wider viewing angle (178º/178º) compared to a regular Twisted Nematic (TN) panel. The BenQ EW2430 VA LED panel features an ultra-high native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for added depth and definition. It has better contrast and detail in dark-colored movie scenes. Equipped with the ultra high Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) that equates to 20,000,000:1, it enhances the details and color contrast. The true 8-bit color range with 16.7M color level presents saturated vividness and smoother color transitions in every image. The EW2430 comes with a headphone jack, audio line in and out, 2x HDMI Ports, and 1x D-Sub and 1x DVI-D to support various gaming devices and both analog and digital signals. Four USB ports are built-in as well, ensuring every USB device will have its own home. This 24″ LED monitor is already available for Php14,499 which is pretty affordable for a loaded VA panel monitor. It may not look pretty and slim but it serves its purpose as your everyday LED monitor. BenQ EW2430 Specs: 24in, Full HD, semi-matt, 8-bit PVA panel 2x HDMI, DVI and VGA for video 4-port USB hub, 3.5mm in/out and headphone plus speakers Stylish design with brushed aluminium sections 3000:1 claimed contrast, 8ms GTG Related posts: No related...

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Toshiba announced the Tecra R840 high-performance notebook

Last week, Toshiba showcased their latest high-performance notebook to the media, the TECRA R840 which is designed to handle demanding business tasks within a thin and light body. Featuring a14-inch diagonal HD LED-Backlit widescreen display, the TECRA R840 is the ideal all-around mobile business laptop. At about 25 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the TECRA M11, the TECRA R840 is the thinnest 14-inch TECRA laptop ever made. The performance packed laptop is also equipped with the 2nd generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and high-speed 7200 RPM hard drives, delivering the maximum performance when you need it the most. Visual experience is further enhanced with the AMD Radeon discrete graphics with 1GB of dedicated graphics which is powerful enough to let you display up to four screens at once. Toshiba is known for making very resilient notebooks and the TECRA R840 is no different. The TECRA R840 notebooks are built using a unique High Stiffness Resin reinforced casing together with chassis pillars embedded into the laptop’s interior, making the system highly robust against flexing and thereby considerably prolonging the products’ lifetimes. Equipped with Toshiba’s EasyGuard Technology to help protect against accidental spills and bumps, the laptops are also designed with a suite of security features, including multiple level passwords and a fingerprint reader, and an optional Trusted Platform Module to offer high-level data encryption. As for connectivity, the TECRA R840 comes with a broad range of standard ports including high-speed USB 3.0 port, eSATA/USB Combo with Toshiba’s USB Sleep & Charge technology, DisplayPort or HDMI, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, ExpressCard and Gigabit Ethernet. All Toshiba Notebook PCs are backed by Toshiba’s extensive service and support. Depending on configurations, the new TECRA R840 series come standard with a 1-year or 3-years carry-in International Limited Warranty (parts & labor), 1-year battery (carry-in). If you’re interested with the Toshiba TECRA R840, its pricing and configuration, it’s best to contact Tricom Dynamics at 890-6525. Toshiba TECRA R840 Specs: Intel® 2nd Generation Core CPU RAM:...

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Sony Ericsson Launches First Android Smartphone with Walkman™ Feature

Jul 25, 11 Sony Ericsson Launches First Android Smartphone with Walkman™ Feature

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Mobile, Tech News

Sony Ericsson Philippines earlier last week launched its first Walkman™ Android phone, the new Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phone alongside with three other Walkman™ phones – the Sony Ericsson Zylo, Sony Ericsson Spiro and Sony Ericsson Yendo. The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™  phone features a 3-inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 320×480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera,  video recording , internet over WiFi and 3G and runs on an Android OS 2.1 (Éclair). Also bundled with the phone is a 4GB microSD card, exclusively for the Philippine market. This phone is now available with an SRP of Php7,990. A quick look at the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone Meanwhile, the other Walkman™  phones, the Sony Ericsson Zylo , Sony Ericsson Spiro and Sony Ericsson Yendo combines the Walkman™  music experience with social networking allowing users to enjoy better-quality music and connect to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. A significant feature of the Sony Ericsson Zylo is ability to play music in high definition FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format. You can get the Zylo for Php4,990. The Sony Ericsson Spiro on the other hand is embedded with TrackID music recognition software. You can get this phone for only Php2,990. The Sony Ericsson Yendo is the first full touch Walkman™ phone and features a four corner touch user interface similar to the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phone. It’s available for only Php3,990. GLEE Promo and Video Music Contest Each of these Sony Ericsson Walkman™ phones comes embedded with the GLEE Cast Version of the song Listen. A purchase also comes with an exclusive GLEE: The Music t-shirts. Sony Ericsson will also be running a GLEE video music contest from July 26 to September 30, 2011. To join, just submit videos of your own cover of any song from GLEE: The Music original soundtrack albums. Get a chance to win Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phones, GLEE:  The Music t-shirts and a Boracay vacation package for two from South East Asian Airlines...

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BlackBerry PlayBook lands at Globe, comes with Curve or Torch

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a highly-anticipated tablet here in the country but it only comes with a WiFi variant. So how can Globe, which is a heavy BlackBerry player, market it? Well, by bundling a BlackBerry phone with it and making it free starting at Plan 3799. If you want to own the BlackBerry PlayBook as soon as August 3 and don’t have a BlackBerry phone to maximize its use, check out this offer from Globe. This offer is only available for online applications until July 29 and stocks are limited so you better act fast if you’re really interested. Visit for more info. And be sure to check out our article on how the BlackBerry PlayBook plays with a BlackBerry phone. Related posts: Globe introduces Tablet Plan, no different from Tattoo Globe and Smart offers unlimited text to all...

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Smart offers ALWAYS ON plans for light mobile internet users

I’ve always thought that telcos should introduce plans that would cater to those who wants to stay online all the time just for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or other social network activities. These doesn’t consume much bandwidth so those unlimited uncapped internet is a bit of an overkill. Well Smart now has a solution just for that with their ALWAYS ON packages which is in per/kb bundling rather than time-based so it’s much cheaper. The normal 1 day unlimited surfing costs P50 but with ALWAYS ON, it’s either P20 or P30 for 25MB or 50MB per day. Syntax: Text ON <Price> to 2200 (e.g. Text ON 300 to 2200) *Available to SMART Postpaid, Prepaid and Broadband **Not available with Mobile Prepaid The cheapest monthly plan is P300 for 250MB. Smart says with 250 MB, you can do: 1,500,000 tweets or 15,000 facebook posts or 15,000 emails Not bad for people who don’t need to surf a lot but wants to be active always on their social network accounts. HTC ChaCha prepaid users might want to take advantage of these plans. Related posts: Smart TGIFreeday is Back! What is Smart Communications’ BIG and FREE secret? New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers Smart Gold offers Unlimited Data Plans Smart brings you new postpaid plans for unlimited call and...

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Win a trip to Hollywood, USA when you buy a Sony VAIO laptop

Planning to buy a notebook anytime soon? If you’re going to make that purchase a Sony VAIO then you’re entitled to a raffle that could win you a trip for 2 to Hollywood, California, USA. And if you’re going to get the Sony VAIO S, which could net you 12 hours away from a power source, you’re going to get 5 raffle entries instead. The “Great Vaio S-cape Raffle Promo” is a nationwide promotion that will run from July 15-September 29, 2011. Anyone who buys a VAIO from authorized Sony Philippines dealers is entitled to win this promo. Submit your photo with your new VAIO via email. Only one super lucky winner will be chosen to win! The trip includes 2 roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles, California USA via PAL, hotel accommodation for four nights and five days, city tour, broadway show and a studio tour in Velvet partner studios. The winner will be drawn on September 30, 2011. Click the image below for full mechanics. Related posts: No related...

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LG Optimus 7 Review

Jul 23, 11 LG Optimus 7 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The LG Optimus 7 is a smartphone that joined the small circle of phones carrying the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS. Here in the Philippines, only a few phones bears Microsoft’s new mobile OS. There’s  HTC with their HD7, and Mozart, and LG’s Optimus 7 which we currently have for review. The WP7 mobile OS was only released last October 2010 so it’s only understandable that there are only less than a handful of smartphones available for now but Nokia will soon add up to the numbers. Let’s see how the LG Optimus 7 which runs on WP7 hold its own in a market dominated by Android phones and the iPhone. Design The WP7 imposes strict hardware specifications particularly on the navigational keys which consists of only the back, home and search keys. We think its Microsoft’s’ way of branding itself and the three main keys do tend to be frequently used when navigating through the user interface. The Optimus 7 is on the longer side with its 3.8” WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels) screen which is designed for the WP7’s UI portrait orientation. Although the screen resolution is not of the best there is but its of above average with the colors and graphics being pretty much pleasing. It weighs in at a hefty 157 grams due to the overall metal chassis and it feels really solid which is a plus for us. At the front we have the loudspeaker and the proximity sensor while the power button as well as the 3.5mm jack are neatly placed at the top. At the left side you’ll find the volume rocker while the right side is where the camera key and the micro-USB port are located. A 5 megapixel camera with LED flash is located at the back. The camera also supports auto-focus and the volume rocker may be used for zooming in on your subjects. You may have noticed that there is no slot for micro SD cards and that is one of...

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Pinoys among the world’s prolific sharers of mobile phone photos

Interesting but not really surprising. We, Pinoys, are among the most prolific takers and sharers of mobile photos according to a recent survey done by Finnish mobile technology giant Nokia. In the online survey conducted in eight countries with more than 8,000 respondents who are smartphone users, it showed that 31% of the Filipinos take photos with their mobile phones daily while 70% do it on a weekly basis. 50% said they typically upload them in social networking sites particularly in Facebook. We’re not the most active in taking and sharing mobile photos though. China is tops with 33% who takes photos with their mobile phone weekly and 86% do it daily. Now what more if  Facebook is not banned in China. Here are some more interesting Pinoy facts taken from this study: We like to take photos of friends and children while European countries like to take photos of nature more. We are vain. Almost half of the Filipino respondents said they like taking photos of themselves and posting it online. Bring down the age group to 15-25 and that number shoots up to 84%, the highest than any other country. 63% said that camera and picture quality is one of the most important features when looking for a new phone. Only 3% said it was irrelevant. 70% said that aside from camera on a phone, the color is also a major factor. Personally, as someone who covers a lot of media events, I really appreciate phones with excellent cameras because sometimes I don’t want to be lugging around my DSLR especially if I don’t need to take lots of photos. This survey is brought to you by the pink Nokia N8. The N8 is one of the phones out there known to have really good optics and the hot pink is a limited edition here in our country so better hurry and get one if you want a pink N8. Related posts: No related...

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PH Team takes 2nd place in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design category

Despite the number of teams who competed this year, Philippine team Signum Fidei emerged as winners, placing second in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 World Finals Game Design Web Subcategory with its entry titled Conjunct!, a puzzle game where the player is required to clear boards overlaid with photos of real-life problems around the world. The Imagine Cup is the world’s premiere student technology competition, which gathers the best developers around the world and harnesses the creative minds of the youth to address problems faced by the world today using the power of information technology. “Winning in this year’s Imagine Cup is a big achievement for thePhilippines. This is the second consecutive year that our students’ talents were recognized, even placing in one of the top spots in the competition,” said Tim Vergel de Dios, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Philippines. Hailing from De La Salle Univerisity, Jeriah KJell Miranda, Thomas Tiam-Lee, Keven Hernandez, and Jenina Chua form the winning team Signum Fidei. According to group, the concept of Conjunct! was inspired by the game Tetris and the millennium development goals. “As we realize the vast problems faced by the world today, we saw how Filipinos can make a difference and through our game Conjunct!, we have combined social awareness concepts in order to help make a difference by showing the people the various realities taking place in our world. We saw them with our own eyes and we hope to be able to make our own contribution in solving the world’s problems in our own simple ways,” said Thomas James Tiam-Lee. For the Game Design Web subcategory, as the Philippines won second, Poland took first while Slovakia, third. Two teams from France made it to the top two spots while a team from the United States grabbed the third one in the Mobile subcategory. Brazil, Thailand, Czech Republic were the teams who won in the Windows/Xbox Game Design Category. Ireland bagged first in the Software Design category, followed by United States of America and...

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TDK intros new speakers and headphones

If you were born in the 80’s and loved listening to music , TDK must be very familiar to you. I grew up with a Sony AM/FM Cassette player and my dad has lots of cassette tapes. One of the top brands is TDK. Two Saturdays ago on a rather intimate press launch at Digital Walker Cafe, Eastwood, TDK re-introduced their brand but this time in the audio solutions segment particularly speakers and headphones. They launched a 2.1 3-speaker system called Boombox, and a couple of headphones for music listening pleasure. Looks like Soundwave’s brother, you won’t have to wonder why this thing is called the Boombox. This 2.1 speaker will be exclusively available at the Digital Walker store in Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City this August. Boombox Specs: Speakers: Two 6-inch coaxial drivers plus subwoofer USB port for iPod/iPhone 3.5mm audio jack Auxiliary audio jack for instrument and mix Digital AM/FM tuner with 5 presets 35 Watts RMS 15 Watt sealed subwoofer AC power supply Expected SRP is P35k Other headphones include the TDK WR-700 which we reviewed recently, a Kleer-based wireless headphone retailing for Php5,000.00. Then there’s also the high-fidelity on-ear headphones, ST-800, which is priced at Php6,500.00. This one has volume controls on the ear-cups and equalizer toggle built-in on the cord to adjust bass and treble. The Clep-P Series earphones present a different moods depending on the type of tunes you typically hear. You can choose from different models – Vocal, Live and Mega Bass. These earphones will be available soon. Check out more photos by DigitalSpidey. Related posts: Our Zune has arrived! YouTube content on AppleTV Western Digital’s new media player can store up to 2TB Flip MinoHD and UltraHD pocket camcorders officially launched Sony shows off PSP 2, calls it NGP Jabra launches the Speak 410...

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LG Optimus Pad won’t hit the Philippines, pre-order only option

Well we heard it from LG Philippines, they will not release the LG Optimus Pad in the country. They will, however, allow those interested to pre-order a unit until August 7, 2011 with a whopping Php15,000 discount! Here’s the catch. And it’s a big one. Even if they’re not releasing the Optimus Pad here, their SRP for it is an outrageous Php50,000. Yep! 50 grand! But how much does the Optimus Pad actually cost outside the country? Well in, it goes for EUR791 or about Php47,000 so an SRP of Php50k is just right. However, Rogers at Canada is selling a term-less unit for CAD 599 or about Php27,000. So when getting the tablet, don’t think of the discounted price of Php35,000 as a discount but treat it as the actual price for a dual-core tablet with 3D capability if you really want it. We were able to play with the LG Optimus Pad a while back and aside from being your typical 8.9-inch Android tablet, it has a WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) and dual cameras that can take stereoscopic 3D photos. There’s already a pair of 3D glasses (polarized I would assume) included in the package. So are you ready to pre-order? Visit this site and submit your e-mail. After the reservation date is over, the unit will be couriered to you which will take about 3 to 4 weeks. Payment is via credit card and online. Related posts: First Impressions: LG Optimus...

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BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines

For the BlackBerry users out there who are wondering whether when the BlackBerry PlayBook will be available here, we just got word that it will be on August 6. Yes, you don’t have to deal with the overpriced grey market PlayBooks out there. Official pricing of the BlackBerry PlayBook are as follows: 16GB at P23,990 32GB at P28,990 64GB at P33,990 It’s nice to hear that it followed the US pricing but with tax included. Similar to what Apple did with the pricing of their iPad 2 here in the Philippines. We’ve been playing around with one for quite some time and did a user experience review from a true BB user. It’s quite a treat to use if you overlook the lack of apps. You will enjoy the amazing screen and speed of this beautifully created device. BlackBerry PlayBook specifications: 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm) 1 GHz dual-core processor BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV) 1080p HDMI output Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear) 1 GB RAM memory Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models) GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer) Stereo speakers and stereo microphones Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support Related posts: BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook demoed, looks blazing fast Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry...

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