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iOS 5 successfully jailbroken

Well would you look at that. It seems that Apple wasn’t able to patch the hole from the iOS 4.3 making the recently announced iOS 5 still jailbrekable. Using the iOS 5 available to developers, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has posted pictures on his twitter account confirming the current jailbreak works fine on iOS 5, albeit a tethered one. See the photo above? The new Reminders and Newsstand App is comfortable co-existing with Cydia. Of course, the iOS 5 is still in beta and Apple will still have time to figure out how to patch the OS before it becomes available this fall. But the real test for the jailbreak team is to crack the code on the iPad 2 which currently still has no jailbreak. Related: iOS 5 hottest features [RedmondPie] Related posts: Geohot released iOS 4.1 jailbreak called limera1n, trumps Chronic Dev Team Untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak now available to all systems Untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 now available, but not for the iPad...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Notebook Review

Jun 07, 11 Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Notebook Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

The Lenovo IdeaPad in the simplest sense is a processor upgrade of the IdeaPad Z360 of last year. It now sports Intel’s 2nd generation Core processor and Lenovo’s tight integration with Windows 7 dubbed “Enhanced Experience 2.0”. The IdeaPad Z-series notebook is still geared for those looking for a combination of mobility and style on their notebook without compromising affordability and performance. It’s the safe choice if you can’t decide among Lenovo’s IdeaPad lineup. Let’s take a closer look of this Z370 shall we? Design We have the color pink unit here and straight off the bat, it doesn’t look cheap at all. The lid has an inlaid pattern design with a transparent shell covering it. Lenovo is calling this the 3D transparent design and it looks durable. (go ahead click the images for a bigger view) Opening the lid, the same pink and transparent treatment is used on the body save for the bezel on it’s 13-inch display which is in glossy black. Nothing special with the display, the colors are crisp and vibrant but it’s hard to view outdoors with the glare and viewing angle is limited. As for the ports, on the left side we can see the vent alongside the VGA port, HDMI out, an eSATA/USB combo port and a USB 2.0 port. On the right side we have the AC port, another USB 2.0 port, DVDRW drive and the earphone/mic jack. No USB 3.0 port on this one if that’s important to you. On the front side, we have the GPU switch on the left. Use this to easily toggle the GPU on and off if you want to save battery although NVIDIA Optimus should take care of automatically utilizing your GPU for you but it’s still good to have a physical switch for it. We have LED indicators at the center, beside that is another small switch for turning the Wireless LAN on or off. Finally, there’s the card reader beside it. Nothing has changed with the keyboard. It...

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The Sony NGP officially known as PlayStation Vita will start at $249

Remember the Sony NGP? Sony’s next-generation portable gaming device entertainment system? It’s now officially called the PlayStation Vita or PS Vita and will start shipping late this year for $249 for the WiFi model and $299 for the 3G/WiFi model. Not bad right? To give you a refresher, the PS Vita incorporates a 5-inch (960 x 544) multi-touch OLED front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” finger motions. PS Vita also features two analog sticks and six-axis motion sensors which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience, such as shooters, action, and fighting games. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are. Game titles currently on the lineup includes: UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, Ruin (working title), Street Fighter X Tekken, wipEout, ModNation Racers, Reality Fighter (working title), Super Stardust Delta, Sound Shapes, Hot Shots Golf, Hustle Kings and more. Powering these games is an ARM Cortex A9 quad-core CPU along with a quad-core GPU. Mmm, can’t wait. Something you would definitely want to aim for this Christmas. The sub P15k price range should be just right for the Philippine market and this would be Related posts: Sony shows off PSP 2, calls it NGP Sony PlayStation Move, better late than never The PlayStation Phone getting more real by the minute PTB’s 5 gadget accessories gift ideas for Christmas 2010 Sony halts PSP Go...

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What’s new with the Apple iOS5?

Over at Apple’s WWDC 2011, the iOS5 is finally revealed with a lot of exciting features. Here are the hottest among the bunch which will make you screw waiting for a jailbreak and go with the iOS5 instead. Notification Center There’s now a Notification Center that will aggregate all your apps’ notifications. By swiping from the bottom, you can see all notifications, go to the app or just ignore and delete them. Hmm… sounds like Android? You can also now access new text messages straight from the lockscreen without the need to unlock your device. Hmm… sounds like a couple of Android messaging apps I know. Twitter Integration You can now sign in your Twitter account onto your device and iOS5 will make it available to all apps that utilizes your Twitter credentials. Take a photo and immediately share it via Twitter. Something like that. Accessible Camera You can now access the camera straight from your lockscreen. Once inside the camera app, you can use the Volume Up as your shutter button. Nice. There are also more built-in editing options available for your camera probably killing some useful camera apps you’ve grown to like over the years. Wireless Syncing This one I like! No need to tether your iDevice to your PC to sync your apps and music, update firmware or what have you. Everything can be done over-the-air. Woohoo. Better yet, iOS updates will only make you download the data that’s been changed. No more 200MB+ downloads for every upgrade. iMessage BBM… meet iMessage. Well iMessage won’t let you communicate with BBM users (that would be awesome) but it does the same thing. If Facetime is for video chatting between iPads, iPod Touch, iPhones and MacBooks, iMessage is for text messaging between these devices. You can send messages, photos, videos, contacts and even do group messaging with iMessage. How cool is that? Now we’ll just have to wait for iCalls. Sync with iCloud Want some file space on the cloud to go with...

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ASUS UX21 is the more affordable MacBook Air

During Computex 2011, ASUS also unveiled their own version of the MacBook Air, the UX21. If MacOS is not your cup of tea, and if the black MacBook Air from Samsung just won’t fit your budget no matter how you compute it, then the next best thing is this ASUS UX21. The ASUS UX21 is an ultra-thin 11-inch laptop that is strikingly similar to the 11-inch MacBook Air. It will have a starting price of less than $1000 when it becomes available in the 4th quarter of the year. The MacBook Air starts at $999 also but expect the UX21 to have a more powerful processor (up to 2nd-generation Core i7). It will have the same aluminum alloy build and almost the same wight at 2.4 lbs. It will also have USB 3.0, a 2-second wakeup time from Sleep thanks to ASUS proprietary software, SATA 3 SDD and USB 3.0 ports. Basically a more souped up MacBook Air with an attractive price point.   Related posts: ASUS set to release new 12-inch Eee PCs next month Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model ASUS Lamborghini Eee PC is the most pricey Eee PC in the market Core i5 ASUS Eee Slate unveiled at CES 2011 ASUS unveils the Padfone, a smartphone and tablet...

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Lenovo’s Back-to-School Mall Tours gives you discounts and freebies

It’s the start of the classes once again and Lenovo is having a Back-to-School Mall Tour on selected SM malls nationwide. Get exclusive discounts on Lenovo notebooks and desktop PCs as well as a chance to win a Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 or Transformers 3 movie tickets with every purchase. Select Lenovo PCs available at discounted prices include the entertainment-rich IdeaPad Y460 and the efficient and affordable Lenovo G470. IdeaPad Y460p The powerful and stylish 14-inch IdeaPad Y460p makes studying more fun for students as it comes packed with rich entertainment features made possible by JBL speakers and Dolby Home Theater  plus the unique “One-Key Theater” button for instant movie experience. Intel Core i7 2630QM 4GB RAM 750GB HDD Windows 7 64-bit Php57,900 Php54,000 IdeaPad G470 School is cool for students armed with the fast and efficient Lenovo G470 laptop as it delivers a powerful computing experience with up to Intel Core i5 processors, high-capacity storage, plenty of memory and Enhanced Experience 2.0, with RapidBoot technology.  For added security and convenience, it also features VeriFace face recognition, which lets users quickly log onto their PC in a fun and secure way. Intel Core i3 2310M 2GB RAM 640GB HDD DOS Php32,500 Php29,900 These PCs along with select Lenovo Idea PCs including the S Series netbooks, U, V Series and other Z, Y and G Series laptops as well as Lenovo IdeaCentre H, A and C Series desktops designed for consumers will be sold at discounted prices by as much as 30 percent off.  Think PCs including ThinkPad Edge Series laptops and ThinkCentre A Series desktops targeted to small to medium businesses (SMBs) are also available with special discounts at the Lenovo back-to-school mall tour. The Lenovo Mall Tour dates are as follows: SM North Edsa – June 3 to 8, 2011 SM SouthMall – June 3 to 15, 2011 SM Megamall – June 10 to 22, 2011 SM Marikina – June 24 to 29, 2011 SM Cebu – July 3 to 8, 2011 To get the latest...

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What’s the difference between Sleep and Hibernate?

This is really old but I still get questions regarding these two Windows state especially from first-time laptop owners. Do you know what’s the difference between Sleep and Hibernate mode? When to use Sleep, Hibernate or plain old Shutdown? Sleep is a power-saving state which stores your current work state into memory and powers down the rest of your system’s components. It’s quick to enter into Sleep mode and quick to wake up from it (3 seconds). When it sleep mode, your laptop will consume a little amount of power from your battery to power the memory. It’s mainly used if you’ll be taking a meal break, or if you’re going to a meeting and don’t want to carry your laptop with the lid open. Usually by default, when you close the lid of your laptop, it will enter into Sleep mode. Hibernate is like a quick shutdown. What Windows does is save your open documents and programs on a hibernate file into your hard disk and powers your system off. It doesn’t consume power and will boot slightly faster than your typical Shutdown. Most people replace Shutdown with Hibernate. If you’re going to store your machine for long periods of time, it’s better to put it in Hibernate rather than Sleep. Or Shutdown if you’re an old-fashioned PC user. Now for some questions you may want to ask: What happens if the battery runs out while in Sleep mode? The short answer is, you’ll lose your unsaved work. However, most laptops we have right now have a failsafe for such instance. If your battery becomes critically low, your machine will wake from Sleep mode, saves your work and goes into Hibernate mode. Some machines have a pre-set timer that if it reaches past, say 3 hours, it will automatically go into Hibernate mode. Why would I need to Shutdown if Hibernate is much better? Usually, there’s no more need to shutdown your laptop. You would only want to shut it down if Windows...

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LG Optimus 7 is only the third Windows Phone 7 in the country

Jun 04, 11 LG Optimus 7 is only the third Windows Phone 7 in the country

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

With the way things are going, it’s no wonder why a lot of Filipinos are still hesitant into trying out a Windows Phone. We only have three Windows 7 phones available in the country. One is the HTC Mozart launched last December, the HTC HD7 afterwards, and then LG’s Optimus 7 which was made available to Smart subscribers three months back and just landed in LG stores couple of weeks ago. The LG Optimus 7 can be considered a high-end phone if it was launched last year. With its 3.8-inch screen, 1GHz single-core processor, 16GB internal storage, and 5mp camera, it’s hard to justify its Php29,990 price tag it currently comes with in today’s standards. Is it the price of using a Windows Phone 7 OS? Just like it’s cheaper to get a Linux-installed laptop as compared to a Windows’ one? Microsoft said it’s not that case for mobile phones. It’s just that these Windows Phone OS has a lot of interesting features that you would want to pay money for. Hmm, until I see more apps for WP7 I would want these phones to be a bit more cheaper. Back to the LG Optimus 7, this phone is somewhat un-elegant as compared to other LG phones such as the Optimus 2X or Optimus Black. It has three embossed buttons below the screen which I don’t find that appealing. The curves remind me of the first LG Android phone which was the Optimus GT450, only super-sized. The back has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a tiny mirror so you can capture proper self-portraits. There’s a dedicated camera button on the side as well. There is the absence of a front camera so future plans of voice chatting won’t do well with this phone. What would probably make it a phone to own is if you want to try Windows Phone 7 and its fresh, interesting take for a UI. The Live Tiles are like widgets without making a mess of your...

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The HTC Flyer in the flesh

Jun 03, 11 The HTC Flyer in the flesh

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets

Anybody curious about HTC’s own 7-inch tablet? I saw the HTC Flyer yesterday at an event courtesy of our good friend, MB tech editor, Mr. Art Samaniego. You got to love being Art having all those latest toys before we see it here. But I digress, we’re talking about the HTC Flyer here. HTC is a bit late when they released their Flyer (just last month in the US) but they sure made this one good-looking. You would see the familiar accents that’s also present in their HTC phones. The aluminum unibody look with the white portion on the top and bottom is reminiscent of the HTC Legend which carried over to current phones. Although it’s only powered by a single core processor, the device clocks at 1.5GHz. Navigating through its beautiful HTC Sense UI is pretty smooth. Haven’t tried it running multiple heavy applications / games at once so we don’t know how heavily affected multitasking is by the single core. It uses Android Gingerbread (2.3) for its OS instead of the tablet-centric Honeycomb so you can still do voice calls and send SMS here. A 5 megapixel camera runs its photo and 720p video recording capabilities and there’s also a 1.3 megapixel up front for video calling. The same camera features and effects found on its high-end phones are also available in the Flyer. The differentiator the Flyer has over other 7-inch tablets is its digital pen they call HTC Scribe which makes this a handy digital note-taking, scribbling, and doodling tablet. But that’s the only thing you can use the stylus from the get-go. I have yet to see other apps that would use the stylus. Other than the digital pen, it’s pretty much your ordinary 7-inch tablet. There’s no built-in HDMI out here which I kinda like for a tablet. So when will it arrive here in the country? HTC Phils. won’t say yet but Art told me that it may not reach here. You’re better off buying it in...

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AOC intros ultra-slim Razor LED monitors

Yesterday, AOC launched their new line of slim and stylish Razor LED monitors. We all know AOC right? You see their monitors in schools or cafes for the past two decades or so. Anyway, here are their new LED monitors in case you’re in the market for one. Razor LED 51-series The revolutionary 51-Series monitors have a radically slim display body measuring just 10.6mm thin, backed by a compact electronics box perched atop a sleek angled strut. The rear surface features an exquisite matrix-pattern embossed texture, whilst the screen bezel and base shine glossy black. The screen body can be lifted away from the supporting stand, to reveal a shorter support that lets the bottom edge of the screen rest directly on the desk surface, if you want to use it as an over-sized digital photo frame. The LED backlight generates a stunning 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, contains no toxic mercury and enables substantial power saving. Digital and analogue connectors are rear-facing for direct insertion, more convenient than more common downward-pointing ports. 20-inch: Php9,999 21.5-inch: Php10,999 23-inch: Php11,999 Razor X (53-X series) The star of the show is the slimmest at just 9.6mm and most gorgeous AOC Razor X which is only available in 23-inch. It has a brushed-metallic surface texture and a slim, transparent crystal stand to further enhance its futuristic styling. The base has illuminated soft-touch controls, and can tilt to transform into a sleek wall mount (VESA standard), allowing the panel to seemingly float in space. The 53-X has a cutting-edge IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, a superior type of screen that offers consistent image appearance and colours across the entire display, even from extreme viewing angles. Contrast ratio is ultra high at 50,000,000:1 (DCR). Twin HDMI ports and a traditional analog (VGA) input allow flexible connection to multiple computers and other multimedia devices, allowing 53-X to be a versatile display in every home and work setting. 23-inch: Php12,999 These monitors will hit the market later this month. Related posts: Philips intros...

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Microsoft shows off Windows 8, looks like Windows Phone on steroids

Jun 02, 11 Microsoft shows off Windows 8, looks like Windows Phone on steroids

Posted by in Personal Computing, Software, Tech News

Microsoft showed a bit of their latest operating system at Computex 2011 in Taipei. Windows 8, which is just a codename and not really what the final version will be called, will remind of you the Zune UI which later became the Metro UI on Windows Phone 7 translated on a bigger screen. Icons are now replaced by Live Tiles which displays app info without launching the app themselves. Looks really pretty but it’s a bold move by Windows which might not bode well for the oldies who are used to their Windows desktop. But it’s a step into the right direction for a company wanting to be successful across all devices. The main reason why Windows 7 tablets aren’t selling really well is that the OS is just too unwieldy and hard to use on a touchscreen device. With Windows 8, PCs, laptops and tablets can all enjoy the same user experience whether you’re using it with your fingers, a stylus or the conventional keyboard and mouse. Another thing about Windows 8 is that it runs even on ARM powered-devices so tablets won’t require the typical Intel Core processor just to  perform smoothly. Again, across all sorts of devices. Don’t think of it as a touch-based only OS though even if it looks like that at first. Think of it as a Windows 7 OS with a Windows Phone UI layer on top of it. Launching applications such as MS Word will be the same. You’d get the familiar ribbons, the taskbar, system tray, Start button when you’re doing some heavy lifting on your machine. The Live Tiles screen will replace your desktop and I won’t be surprised if you can view the new OS in Classic Mode for the purists out there who doesn’t want the change. Check out this Windows 8 demo to further appreciate what Microsoft has done. I’m still seeing it as a desktop theme for Windows 7 for touch-based devices. What do you think? Related posts: Google Launches...

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Smart Gold offers Unlimited Data Plans

With smartphones and tablets becoming the craze today, Smart Gold is offering its new Unlimited Data Plans. These are different from their previous unlimited mobile data plans which goes on top of the monthly service fee. With the Smart Gold Unlimited Data Plans, you no longer need to enter promo codes or re-register after the service expires. What’s more, free calls and text messages are also available across all plans, as well as low rates of just P0.51 per SMS and US$0.40 per IDD call. It’s basically an unlimited internet, consumable call and text plan all in one. Here are the devices that you can get for FREE from each plan: Plan 1500 Plan 2000 Plan 3000 and 4000 All 8 devices available under the Smart Gold Unlimited Data Plans are HSDPA (High Speed Data Packet Access) enabled so you would get blazing fast mobile internet… if you’re in the right location that is. Gee, I was hoping that the plan would start on P1,000 and not P1,500. And only a Samsung Galaxy Mini for Plan 1500?? Then there’s also the disparity at Plan 2000. Since when did the Samsung Galaxy Ace became at the same level as the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the HTC Desire S? The Ace should be the one free at Plan 1500. Oh well, if you’re looking for such service from Smart, there you go. Related posts: HTC Magic free on Smart Gold Plan 1800 Nokia E7 merges business with entertainment Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000 Get your Nokia fix at the Nokia Summer Heat Wave Sale New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid...

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