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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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HTC Desire S Review, more than just an upgrade

Jun 27, 11 HTC Desire S Review, more than just an upgrade

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The HTC Desire S is the successor to HTC’s first highly successful Android phone, the HTC Desire, which also won our Phone of the Year for 2010. I’ve been using this phone for a few weeks now and I’ve learned how much improvement you can do over the HTC Desire to transform it into something that you would still want to look into even with dual-core phones with bigger screens already out in the market. On paper, there’s not much has changed from the HTC Desire to the HTC Desire S but when you start to use it, you’ll feel you’re having a better smartphone experience with the Desire S. Design Comparing it to the HTC Desire, the Desire S is a tad bit more compact. The bezel is thinner and it sports a slight chin that we first saw on the HTC Legend. It still has the same 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display but this phone now has a front-facing camera for voice chat or for the handy Mirror app. Beside the front-facing camera is the speaker and below it is a LED indicator for notifications. Gone are the physical buttons as well as the optical trackpoint in front but instead, they are replaced with dedicated touch panels for Home, Menu, Back and Search. Left side you will find the volume rocker and the microUSB port for data and charging. Top side is the 3.5mm audio jack beside the Power/Sleep button. Nothing on the right side so you will be taking photos using the onscreen shutter button. The back panel is made up of a single piece of aluminum that seems to be impervious to your everyday scratch. I tried scratching a key into it and I just rubbed off the transfer it got from the key. There’s a 5 megapixel lens with flash located at the back beside a speaker slit. The top and lower portion at the back is made of a somewhat rubbery material making it hard to accidentally slide off...

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Business notebook goes ultrathin with Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Who says business notebooks should always be bulky and unappealing? Clearly not Lenovo as they unveiled their ultra-thin, enterprise-grade Lenovo ThinkPad X1. Drawing upon the ThinkPad heritage of innovation, the ThinkPad X1 laptop meets military specifications and provides rock solid performance in any environment. Not only this fit your business need but during downtime, you can also rely on its strong multimedia functionality. As the thinnest ThinkPad, the ThinkPad X1 laptop measures less than 17 mm. Packed into the ultra-thin form factor are 2nd generation Intel Core processors which are typically offered on Lenovo’s larger 14 and 15-inch laptops. This allows the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double the CPU performance and quadruple the graphics performance of the ThinkPad X300, Lenovo’s previous flagship 13-inch laptop. Starting at only 3.7 pounds or 1.72 kgs, the ThinkPad X1 laptop feels incredibly light and sturdy thanks to its interior roll cage and magnesium chassis. The screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass for extra durability, rigidity and scratch resistance. The hardened ThinkPad X1 passes eight military specifications so that mobile professionals can work anywhere with confidence. The ThinkPad X1 laptop also debuts Lenovo’s new RapidCharge battery technology that charges a battery to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. This technology charges 2.5 times faster than a typical ThinkPad battery, giving users more freedom to work on-the-go faster. RapidCharge combines fast charge cells with a 1,000 cycle battery designed to last three years. Pretty impressive specs right? The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 doesn’t come with a drawback though as a hefty Php120,000 starting price tag is attached to it. It gets pricier if you opt for a Core i5 and a fast SSD drive. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Specs: 2nd Gen Intel Core processor Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 13.3-inch HD, LED Backlit Display with Corning Gorilla Glass Up to 8 GB DDR3 1333MHz (1 DIMM slot) HDD 250GB OPAL/320GB (7200rpm) / Intel 80 GB Micro Solid State Drive Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 & 2×2 AGN wireless card Bluetooth 720p HD webcam Fingerprint reader...

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Preview: Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0

Early this week at a Samsung event, we get to see the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0. This MID or mobile internet device was announced a early this year but it’s still a long way before it becomes available to the market for reasons unknown to us. It’s basically a slightly bigger Samsung Galaxy S without any capability to connect to a GSM network for calls, SMS and internet. The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 is not a smartphone nor a tablet but Samsung is positioning it to be a MID / PMP (portable media player). It’s essentially a bigger iPod Touch that runs on Android. You won’t be getting the wide array of games/apps as that of its Apple counterpart but it support microSD card for that extra space for all those videos you want to bring along. And it has a better rear camera. This device won’t have the Super AMOLED screen but will get an SLCD on its 5” display. It has the same 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor from the Galaxy S and a 3.2MP rear camera plus a VGA in front for Skype or video chat. It feels plasticky like the Galaxy S though but it’s light as well so it won’t take up extra weight on your bag. A Samsung rep told us that it will be available mid-August with a price tag that would compete with the iPod Touch 4G. I’m guessing in the 12k to 14k range. Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Specs 5.0” WVGA SLCD (Multi-touch zoom), 480 x 800 pixels 1 GHz processor Android OS, v2.3 8/16GB storage, microSD up to 32GB 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash VGA front camera DivX support Music Player with SoundAlive Adobe Flash 10.1 support Wifi(802.11 b/g/n), WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS +AGPS 141.3 x 78.2 x 11.9 (mm) Audio 60Hrs / Video 8Hrs (Battery Capacity : 2,500mAh) Availability: Mid-August Related posts: No related...

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Why you shouldn’t be too keen on 4G phones yet

Are you high on 4G-enabled phones? I know there are people out there who look for 4G-capability whenever they see a new phone come out. It makes them disregard the handset whenever they hear that it can’t support HSPA+ or LTE. I know it’s a nice to have feature and will future-proof your phone but don’t let it be a deal-breaker at this point. Here are 3 reasons why. You probably won’t need it For most mobile internet purposes 3G is still enough. The only time you would need to take advantage of 4G speed is that if you’re a chronic downloader or somebody who opts to watch movies, videos and TV shows online. And would you always want to tether your phone to your PC or to a power source just to keep that 4G connection running? Other than WiMax, 4G technology is not yet widely propagated Globe has HSPA+ while SMART is coming up with LTE in the metro but I won’t see it rolled out to a lot of areas pretty soon. HSPA+ is cheaper and faster to implement but Globe is still targeting areas with congested networks or poor 3G signals. For a mobile user who subscribed to a 4G plan, you would want to be able to take advantage of it everywhere you are right? I still see 4G networks to be widely available in 2013 and by that time, you would want to replace your aging phone. 4G chip still not yet optimal The reason why iPhone 5 won’t be having 4G capability is because integrated 3G and 4G chips are not yet available till 2012. Right now, 4G phones have a 4G baseband modem chip and a separate 3G chip. The result? Poor battery life. If you think 3G always on is bad for the battery. 4G is worst. 4G browsing tests on the HTC Thunderbolt shows that battery life will only go up to 4 hours (while some only get 2 to 3 hours). Again, I’m...

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Avaya upgrades IP Office to V7

Jun 23, 11 Avaya upgrades IP Office to V7

Posted by in Business, Tech News

Avaya Philippines today launched the new IP Office, the UC System for Small to Medium Business group. IP Office is an IP-PBX Solution for SMBs which can have up to 384 users in one configured box. Few features of the IP Office V7.0 includes the following: Up to 384 users, max of 1000 extensions Network up to 32 sites Proprietary OS; No moving parts IP or mixed config (Digital, Analog or SIP) 128 Party conferencing capacity with 64 parties on single call Integration of Nortel phones to IP Office IP Office have been aggressive is pushing its solution world wide.  They now sold 2,000 system sold in New Zealand, over 8,000 sold in Austraila, have been deployed to over 75 countries . In Version 7, the major upgrade is the integration of Nortel System to Avaya. Nortel was aquired by Avaya in 2009. This means former Nortel customers can keep their phones when they upgrade to Avaya IP Office. Avaya IP Office can be purchased from Avaya business partners. Related posts: No related...

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Samsung launched 10.1″ and 8.9″ Galaxy Tab in the country

Along with the Galaxy SII, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 last Wednesday. We featured the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 early last month and we were told that it would be available early June. Unfortunately, we just learned that it still won’t be available until by the end of July and the 8.9 version will follow a few weeks after. The reason for the delay? Samsung upgraded the OS on both tablets to Android 3.1 and this would allow the 3G version to send and receive text messages and have support for microSD card (via an accessory). For some reason, we were told that calls aren’t possible yet with Honeycomb 3.1. Samsung also included their TouchWiz UI into the device to give it some distinction from other Honeycomb tablets. Initially, it was supposed to only have the bare Honeycomb UI. Both the 10.1 and 8.9 Galaxy Tab have the same internals. Dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1280 x 800 display, 3MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front camera and a 16GB internal storage. Personally, I think these new tablets look really nice and I also like how the UI is presented. The form and weight is just right for a tablet. Actually, even if it’s bigger than the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter by around 37 grams. It follows the iPad 2 route though by limiting the ports on the device. There’s no microSD expansion slot nor an HDMI out. You can get accessories that you attach to its charging port if you want to use an HDMI cable or read from a USB stick or an SD card. There’s also a charging dock / keyboard accessory (very first picture) if you’re going into some heavy typing. Then there’s the leather case which has a Bluetooth keyboard as well making your Galaxy Tab look like a slim netbook. The 10.1 version (3G version only in the mean time) will be the first to be released...

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Nokia announced three affordable C2 handset variants

Nokia recently announced three new affordable handsets from their C2 line to confuse you more, the Nokia C2-02, Nokia C2-03 and Nokia C2-06. These new S40 phones looks very much alike and are of the touch and type variant with 2.6″ QVGA touchscreen display and a slider numeric keypad. The Nokia C2-03, the third Dual SIM phone Nokia has brought to market in the past month, comes with Nokia’s unique Dual SIM capabilities. These include features that allow the user to personalize up to five SIM cards with a dedicated look and feel, and an Easy Swap option that lets users change SIM cards in seconds without having to turn off the phone or remove the battery. The Nokia C2-02 is a single SIM version with a similar feature set, as well as push messaging options and a broad range of IM providers included. The Nokia C2-06 is very similar to the C2-03 but comes in a range of fresh colors with a clean, smooth finish. The phones all ship with new Nokia Maps for Series 40, where local maps and places of interest are pre-installed on the phone. This means users can view maps and plan routes when the phone is in offline mode, thus saving on the costs of downloading maps over the mobile network. These are also loaded with the Nokia Browser which keeps the costs of surfing low and speeds up page downloads through Nokia’s data compression technology. The three phones also pack a stereo FM radio, media player and memory support that can be expanded to a whopping 32 GB, letting users store thousands of photos, videos and music files. Set to be released on the third quarter of the year, the Nokia C2-02 and C2-03 is approximately USD105 (less than Php5,000) while the Nokia C2-06 is estimated to be USD112 (Php5,000). Related posts: No related...

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HTC Sensation now available, and so is the Flyer

Just got word from one of HTC’s authorized dealers that the HTC Sensation will be arriving later today. Fans of HTC who are contemplating on getting the dual-core HTC Sensation can finally get their hands on it without going through the gray market with dubious warranty claims. The HTC Sensation is a 1.2GHz dual-core phone with a 4.3” qHD display and features HTC’s latest Sense UI 3.0. It also has an 8-megapixel camera that can also do 1080p Full HD video recording. The suggested retail price for this phone is Php31,990. For those of you who prefer this over the Samsung Galaxy SII or the LG Optimus 2X, the lowest price I found is from Top Electronics (authorized dealer) who’s selling it at Php28,000 for cash payments. Surprisingly, they will also be carrying the HTC Flyer 7-inch Android tablet that we featured a while back. We initially thought that this tablet won’t be launched here but after talking to HTC last week, they said it will be on a per-order basis. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case now as dealers are already carrying the Flyer. The HTC Flyer runs on Android 2.3 which means call and text functions are available (similar to the first Samsung Galaxy Tab). It also comes with the HTC Sense UI 3.0 and has an optional digital pen accessory called the HTC Scribe which will allow you to jot down notes or doodle on the Flyer. SRP for the HTC Flyer is Php36,990 but again, Top Electronics is giving a huge discount for cash payments. How does 30k sound? We are not partnered with Top Electronics nor any dealers but if you want to contact them to avail of those cash discounts, you can do so via [email protected] or through their mobile 0923-6600642. Related posts: HTC Desire S, Wildfire S and ChaCha set to arrive real soon Get to know the HTC Sensation ASUS unveils the Padfone, a smartphone and tablet combo What’s new with the Apple iOS5?...

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Nokia announced the MeeGo-powered N9

Jun 21, 11 Nokia announced the MeeGo-powered N9

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Tech News

Earlier this year during a roundtable with Nokia reps, we were told that there’s one MeeGo device they’ll be introducing this year. It may be a bit late for MeeGo to cash in on the mobile OS wars but the N9 looks really interesting… or maybe not. The Nokia N9 is a single colorful slab of a device void of any front-facing buttons. You wake it up by double-tapping on its 3.9″ screen. Nokia is toting its revolutionary way of navigating through the MeeGo UI, by the use of Swipe (sorry can’t help being sarcastic here). They’re really highlighting their advancement in user interface on the N9 with the use of swiping or gestures, just like how other touchscreen phones are using. Homescreen on the N9 is limited to three views. There’s Events which features a stream of feeds from different sources (SNS, RSS, phone events, etc.). There’s also the Application View which should be pretty standard for touchscreen phones today. And then the Multitask view which shows the live apps you are currently running at the moment. I don’t really get what’s so special about this UI. Other OS can do this and at the same time give their owners a way to customize. I don’t know the strength of the MeeGo OS but I’m not really amazed with the UI. Maybe the N9 will cater to those who were fond of the Maemo-powered N900. Qt apps are not that aplenty although you can also install Ovi apps here. So maybe the hardware is something to write home about? The body is made of one piece of polycarbonate material with smooth shapes. It has a 3.9″ AMOLED display and 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. Funny they skipped 32GB. I’ll let you decide here if the specs are good enough for the N9 to be a worthy upgrade of the N8. Nokia N9 Specs: Pentaband WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100, Quad band GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76Mbps ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1...

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Samsung Galaxy SII officially launched, unlocked units out on July

Just came back from a Samsung event (expect a lot of Samsung news for my upcoming posts) where they launched the Samsung Galaxy SII and their new Galaxy Tab line. Anyway, I found out from a Samsung rep that the dual-core Galaxy SII won’t be exclusive to Globe as originally reported. Globe will be the first telco that can bundle it with their plan (HSPA+ included) on the 27th but for those who can wait a bit more, like 5 days, Samsung will also ship the unlocked units. Yeah, open-line Samsung Galaxy SII should be available in stores on July 2. The Samsung Galaxy SII will retail for Php29,990 but there’s also a way you can get discounts and free accessories for online pre-ordering (more info) which will also net you the unlocked phone by the way. Then there’s also Globe’s My SuperSurf Plan 3799 where you can get the unit for free. You probably know the specs and features of this phone already but I’ll just list it down here again. Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II specs: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus @ 480×800 pixels Gorilla Glass display Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM up to 32GB via microSD, 8GB included HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot 8MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash Stereo FM radio with RDS GPS with aGPS support Bluetooth 3.0 + HS 1080p @ 30fps HD video recording 2MP front-facing camera for video calls TV-out (via MHL A/V link) MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player Li-Ion 1650mAh battery Android 2.3 Gingerbread Related posts: Samsung Galaxy SII Pre-order Promo Globe gets exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy S II, should land this month Globe unveils 4G devices to utilize HSPA+...

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