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Samsung Galaxy SII for as low as Php27,800

Well the Samsung Galax SII pre-order promo is finally over but if you still haven’t gotten yours, you can get one for less than the Php29,990 SRP. Top Electronics is offering the Galaxy SII for only Php27,800 (cash payment), which is just Php810 more than the cash discount during the pre-order promo last Saturday. Of course, you won’t be getting the hard case and car kit but this includes the standard 1 year Samsung Phils. warranty on parts & labor and a 7-day replacement guarantee. And you can do this at the comforts of your home as they offer free delivery. For inquiries, you can contact them at 0923.660.06.42 or [email protected] So anybody know what happened to the unclaimed units last Saturday? Disclaimer: We are not in any way affiliated with Top Electronics. Related posts: Samsung Galaxy SII Pre-order Promo Samsung Galaxy devices goes on Super...

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Sony VAIO C Series Review, this notebook seriously wants attention

Jul 03, 11 Sony VAIO C Series Review, this notebook seriously wants attention

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

I had the pleasure of reviewing the very portable and sleek black Sony VAIO S notebook last year and I was given another chance to review another Sony VAIO notebook from a different series line. Read on to know more about this everyday notebook – the colorful Sony VAIO C. First Impressions “It’s GREEN??” Yes, it was green. Lime Green. Hulk Green. Martian Green. I was hearing all kinds of renditions on what is the actual color of the notebook. Sony named it a simple “Neon Green” (I found out after shamelessly Google-ing it. Well that makes sense!) One thing is certain – it attracts attention for an “everyday” notebook. The notebook comes in orange, black, white, pink and violet colors but apparently, the neon orange and the neon green ones are the ones that are included in the Vaio Signature Collection C Series. This one-of-a-kind design radiates light around the hard-plastic edges of the notebook, through the VAIO logo at the lid, and around the touchpad. It gives the impression that it’s glowing! This notebook is something I would rather use in the dark! I like the 14” display – the size is just right for a notebook to be able to appreciate the entertainment and clarity its Blu-ray player could offer. The notebook weighs 5.41 lbs. It’s not as light as the Vaio S laptop I reviewed in the past but for an everyday laptop that has a more affordable (in Sony’s standards) retail tag price, the weight is just right for what it has to offer. Inside the notebook is a black-colored keyboard area with six rows of raised Chiclet-type black buttons for the keys of the keyboard. Typing was such a pleasant feeling because the keys just seemed so soft to the touch although it’s missing the dedicated Home, Page Up, Page Down, End buttons that’s present on most 14-inchers. It also has a multi-touch touchpad and four buttons above the keyboard – ASSIST, WEB, VAIO, and the Power button. ...

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iPad 2 jailbreak leaked, all you need is your Safari

Jul 02, 11 iPad 2 jailbreak leaked, all you need is your Safari

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

UPDATE: The official jailbreak has been released! Go here for details. I’ve been monitoring this the past few days and I know that the jailbreak for iPad 2 is getting close. However, a private beta tester leaked a video on the web-based jailbreak, similar to Jailbreakme which is the easiest type of jailbreak out there. This jailbreak uses the iOS PDF exploit by reading a PDF file which will force your iPad to run Cydia. It’s not the official release by Comex but nothing is stopping you from trying it out and there are already reports of people who tried it and having their iPad jailbroken. Here are the restrictions though. It only works on iOS 4.3.0, not 4.3.1 nor 4.3.3. The link to the iOS 4.3.3 version was taken down and there’s a big chance that the link for iOS 4.3 will be removed as well. There are also some people who can’t get it to work on the 3G version, although WiFi version works perfectly. So here’s how to do it. 1. On your iPad 2, launch your browser and navigate to http://ipad2jailbreakpdf.weebly.com/. 2. Click the Download link and your Safari will crash. That’s normal. 3. You will then see Cydia installing itself. When it disappears, it’s time to reboot. 4. Reboot your iPad and it should be jailbroken once it get backs in. Or watch this video: Sadly, my iPad 2 came with iOS 4.3.1 so I’m still in waiting mode for the universal jailbreak. If you tried it and you can’t get it to work, your Safari will keep on crashing. Just go in Settings > Safari and clear everything and your iPad should be fine. For iOS 4.3 iPad 2 WiFi users, your long wait is over. [Redmond Pie] Related posts: iPad 2 is now official, what changed? HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2 HP intros Slate 500 Tablet PC, made for banks only Acer showcased Honeycomb-powered Iconia...

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How to manually install apps / games on your Android device

Sometimes, you just can’t find the apps or games you are looking for in the Android market. Problem with Android is that there are a lot of markets out there for apps/games unlike Apple which only has the App Store. Or maybe a friend has some games that he wants to share to you and instead of downloading them from the market which might take time, why not install (also known as sideloading) them directly? Here’s how you can install APKs (.apks are Android packages) on your Android device directly, bypassing the Market. Be warned though that there exists apps outside the market that would gain access to your private details. Before installing any apps, read the warning as to what phone data the app will be accessing before your decide to push through. 1. Make sure you allow apps from unknown sources to be installed. Go to Settings > Applications and check Unknown sources. 2. Transfer your .apk file to your SD card. You can simply connect it to your PC to copy the files. Or if the file’s not too big, send it to your Dropbox or E-mail and access it from your phone (if you do it this way, no need for step 3). 3. Since I copied a game onto my microSD, I need to access it from the phone. I downloaded a file manager (Astro) and browsed to my APK. Some phones like Samsung already have a built-in file explorer. If you have Documents to Go or any other apps that can open documents, you can also use that. 4. Found your APK? Good, just click it to open. 5. Read the warning. Everything looks kosher? Good? Go ahead and click Install. That’s it. Your app should appear on your phone ready to use. Feel free to delete the install file (.apk) from your SD card to save space. If you’re downloading APKs from untrusted sources, don’t be surprised if the app or game won’t run properly. That’s what...

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LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

Jul 01, 11 LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

LG recently introduced what they claim to be the thinnest and brightest Android phone available in the market in the form of the Optimus Black. It is also one of the most affordable phones with above-average specs for its price point that we have today. I had the pleasure of using this phone for a bit and here’s my verdict on the phone. Design The LG Optimus Black boasts an elegant minimalistic design coupled with their so called Nova display technology. This is also the thinnest smartphone I’ve reviewed so far with its thickest point measuring at only 9.2mm. The front panel of the phone is covered entirely in glass with the 4-inch capacitive screen occupying its entirety along with your fingerprints. The proximity, light sensors and the 2MP front-facing camera are located at the top bezel and the standard Android touch buttons at the bottom. One thing to note here is that LG employed a neat approach with their capacitive buttons. The buttons are highlighted when you turn the screen on and register a subtle haptic response while emitting a blue glow when activated; a simple feature that somehow adds elegance to this device. The right side of the phone is devoid of anything while on the left you will find the volume rocker and the ‘G’ button (more on that later). On top of the device is the 3.55mm jack the microUSB slot with a slide cove similar to Samsung’s implementation and the power/lock button. On the back panel made of hard plastic, you will find a small slit for the speaker and opposite it is the 5MP camera beside the LED flash which is slightly recessed to avoid scratches on the lens. At the bottom you will only find a tiny slot for opening the battery cover which I found taxing the first time I tried. The device itself feels good in your hand although I find it a extremely light. At only 109g, it’s lighter than the Samsung Galaxy SII....

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Twimbow is the most awesome web-based Twitter client

Where do I start with this? I’ve been using Twimbow for just a couple of days and I’m already seeing the benefits of having it as my Twitter client. Twimbow is a web-based Twitter client that’s fully loaded with features and a very nice-looking interface. I would say it’s better than TweetDeck in the sense that you don’t have to install anything. If you have a browser, you’ll have Twimbow. This is good if you keep on switching machines or don’t have admin rights to install apps on your PC. One of my first requirement for a Twitter client is the support for multiple accounts. Twimbow can do that without a problem and you can switch between accounts quite easily. Twimbow has three main columns: Personal Buzz, Home Buzz and Search. You can disable the search column by turning on Compact view in the Settings menu. Personal Buzz has everything that concerns your account. Your tweets, mentions, DMs, retweets and favorites. Each are color-coded so it’s easy to view what’s important. You can also filter out each category if you want to keep your Personal Buzz column simple. Home Buzz is where you will find the tweets of those you follow. It can get really confusing if you follow a lot of people and this is where Twimbow shines. You can color-code Twitter accounts that you’re following using the whole color spectrum! Have a color for friends, for news, blogs, or what have you. And if your stream becomes too noisy, you can easily filter what’s being displayed by turning off specific colors. Those are the main features that I’ve been using so far. With Twimbow, there’s also a URL shortener and image uploader via bit.ly and pikchur respectively. Oh you can also view Twitter images from the client itself, no need to launch a new window. There are other features that I’ve yet to explore or use like the monitor and reading pane. There’s also the music player that allows you to search songs...

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How to make Yahoo! mail work on your Android device

Android is by Google and it’s no mystery that Gmail will seamlessly work with it. But for you Yahoo! users out there, you may have been unsuccessful adding your Yahoo! Mail account to your Android device and ending up downloading a separate Yahoo! app just to check your mails. Well, you can still add your Yahoo! account to the Android’s native mail app (so that you can check all your mails in one place) by doing a manual set up. Allow us to walk you through to the process. 1. First thing you want to do is go to Settings > Accounts and sync and choose IMAP/POP3 mail (or the equivalent in your device). 2. Enter your Yahoo! mail and password and click Manual Setup. 3. Choose IMAP protocol for Incoming using the following details: IMAP server: imap.mail.yahoo.com Security type: SSL Server port: 993 4. Click Next. 5. For Outgoing, use the following details: SMTP server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com Security type: SSL Server port: 465 6. Click Next and your Yahoo! Mail should appear on your device’s mail app. Related posts: How to read e-books on your Android...

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LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black goes on sale for 10 days

LG really wants you to buy their Optimus 2X and Optimus Black. After the successful online sale, they are now having a 10 day nationwide mega sale for their two latest Android phones. From July 1 to 10, you can get the LG Optimus 2X for Php24,990 (Php3000 off) and the LG Optimus Black for Php17,990 (Php2000 off). The LG Optimus 2X is the first dual-core processor that landed in our country. It uses Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4-inch display, 8 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. It’s still currently running on Android 2.2 Froyo but is certainly upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread (no dates yet). The LG Optimus Black is a 4-inch single core 1GHz Android phone that boasts of the brightest display around with their Nova technology. Like the Optimus 2X it also runs on Android 2.2 Froyo but upgradeable to Gingerbread. a 5-megapixel camera that can do 720p HD recording is included in this phone. You can get these phones at their discounted price at the following dealers: DEALERS REGION MALL/Address Opps Telecom Central Luzon Solano Nueva Viscaya Happy Mobile Central Luzon Tuguegarao KN Communication Central Luzon Santiago Isabela Guanzon SM Marilao Central Luzon SM Marilao Guanzon Pacific mall Central Luzon Pacific Mall Ocampo’s Central Luzon 0campos Mega Store Dg SM San fernando Central Luzon San Fernando Benerson Tarlc Central Luzon Tarlac Celtronix Central Luzon JENRA MALL – Angeles Memoxpress Central Luzon SM clark Gentext Central Luzon NEPO MALL – Angeles Inbox Central Luzon NEPO MALL – Angeles Thrive Central Luzon OLONGAPO Earth Links Central Luzon Recar Mall Balanga GC Masangcay Central Luzon Starmill Pampanga Fonerange Central Luzon SM BALIWAG Cellshoppe Central Luzon SM Clark MX NGMA SM Valenzuela Memoxpress NGMA STA. LUCIA EAST GRAND MALL Berlein NGMA ALI MALL Memoxpress NGMA SM Cubao Beeper City NGMA Greenhills JEJ CELMANIA NGMA Greenhills TH TELECOM NGMA Greenhills UNITECH NGMA Greenhills CMK NGMA Roosevelt Avenue Megacell NGMA SHANGRI-LA MALL Hello NGMA Robinson Galleria ( foodcourt) CS Megamall NGMA SM...

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Google tries its hands on social networking with Google+

Social networking. The one thing Google just can’t quite get a grasp on. They tried it with Google Buzz but that didn’t work out and Facebook is way ahead in the SNS scene. The big G’s next attempt is the Google+. If you see your Google page having the gray navigation bar on top, it’s because Google is preparing you for their social networking service, Google+. Here are some of the initial features. Circles This is the equivalent of Facebook’s friend and group list. You can create social circles and drag contacts into each to form a group. If you maintain your contacts on Google, it will automatically populate your Circle with them. And how will it be different with Facebook? There’s the use of HTML5 making managing your circles easy and fun. Other than that it’s basically the same. Hangouts Hangout is like a group conversation. If Facebook has FB Chat, Google+ will have Hangouts but taken to another level. Aside from group chat, you can also do group video chat with up to 10 friends. Don’t worry, it won’t pepper your screen with multiple video chat windows but instead it will only focus on the person talking while the rest are in thumbnail view. Instant Upload Just like how you take a photo with your mobile phone and automatically upload it with Facebook. Same thing happens here although Google is saying photo tagging will also be available on this one. I’m thinking Google will be integrating your Picasa web album to your Google+ album. Sparks Sparks is for content discovery. It’s like iTunes Genius but on a broader level. Movies, books, videos, articles, etc. it will automatically suggest things that would interest you based on what you’re currently into. It’s nothing new really but Google+ aims to make it accessible in just one location. Google+ is basically a Facebook clone by Google with some improvements and minor innovations. Up to what extent? We don’t know yet but having access to a lot...

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Alcatel Tribe Touch 813D has dual-sim, WiFi and QWERTY combined

Are you looking for a dual-sim, non-touchscreen phone that has WiFi? The Samsung Punch would’ve been ideal but it doesn’t have WiFi. The Alcatel Tribe Touch 813D should fit the needs of those looking for a dual-sim phone with not just a touchscreen but also a QWERTY keypad as well as WiFi all in one very affordable package. Its 2.4-inch display has a resistive touchscreen if you don’t feel like using the QWERTY board. Push mail, Facebook and Twitter will take advantage of its WiFi. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera that can do VGA recording, an FM Radio, Bluetooth, MP3 player which would take advantage of a microSD (up to 16GB). The Alcatel Tribe Touch 813D is available in spicy red, cyber blue and black for only Php3,999. Hmm, sounds interesting? Alcatel Tribe Touch 813D Specs: MTK6235, 208 MHz processor 2.40 inches resistive touchscreen display (320 x 240 pixels), 262k colors Full keyboard (QWERTY) Dual sim slot Opera mini browser Built-in Facebook and Twitter client 2 megapixel camera Bluetooth, WiFi b/g FM Radio Mp3 Player 101 g SRP: Php3,999 Related posts: No related...

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How to read e-books on your Android device

With all the Android devices coming out in bigger forms and display sizes, one can’t help to use it as an e-book reader. Tablets are a good candidate as well as phones with 4-inch screens and up. There are only a few free e-book reader options in the Android market as of now. The two most popular apps are Kobo and Aldiko and some manufacturers already include them into their device. Between the two, I would choose Aldiko because you can import your collection of e-books provided they’re in .EPUB format. I don’t have a problem with that because I use Calibre as my e-book organizer which has a built-in conversion tool for almost all type of e-book formats. Here’s how you can import and read e-books on your Android device. 1. First thing you need to do is transfer your e-books (.epub) to your SD card. I used Dropbox since I can’t find my USB cable anywhere. If you don’t know where to get e-books, mIRC is always a good source. 2. Now launch Aldiko (download from Android Market for free) and press the Home icon on the upper left. 3. Select SD card 4. Select the e-book you wish to import and choose Import to Aldiko. 5. That’s it. Just wait for a few seconds for Aldiko to finish importing. There you have it. You can now see your book on your shelf ready for reading. Sweet and easy! Related posts: No related...

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The Genius LuxePad is a keyboard companion for your iPad

Do you want to maximize your iPad making it more than just a content consumption device? Next best thing you can do is to get a keyboard for it and Genius has just the right thing for you. The Genius LuxePad is an ultra thin, leather bound Bluetooth keyboard that will let you type at ease foregoing the cumbersome touchscreen keyboard of your iPad.  Use the LuxePad on your lap, desktop or anywhere within 30 feet from your iPad. Its compact design takes up less space on your desktop than your usual full-sized keyboards. Oh yeah, it uses a Mac layout. LuxePad  keys are generally quiet and require little force to press because of its scissor structure design, making it a very convenient input device. In addition, special function keys can also be used for easy access of features for your  iPad. All you need now is a stand to prop your iPad. Lithium-ion batteries are mounted on this LuxePad that can be recharged using a USB mini cable included on the package. It also has a power  switch to help extend the life of your battery. You can get the Genius LuxePad for Php2,995 at your favorite PC chain or at the Genius concept store at the Cyberzone in SM Megamall. Related posts: Turn your iPad into a netbook with...

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