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Samsung’s brand ambassadors for Galaxy Tab “Life 2.0” campaign

The 7-inch Galaxy Tab is the first Android tablet from Samsung released on September 2010 and consumer feedback was overwhelming since then. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was able to change the way the consumers lived their everyday lives. It was able to enhance their ordinary, everyday experiences, from the little things to the most complex tasks. Such was the inspiration for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab campaign, “Life 2.0” and Samsung revealed 13 ambassadors from fashion to business, art to philanthropy, and more, who have tapped into the power of Samsung Galaxy Tab technology to access knowledge, improve skill, and connect with peers or reach audiences much better and faster. JAYMIE PIZARRO Part time runner, full-time mom Editor and publisher, The Bull Runner Webmagazine “I’m a gadget freak. Most of the time I need my watch, my footpad, and my music player. Wi-Fi is a must whether in the car or at home. I need to do a lot of things but I do not want to take time off the kids. Much as I am very active with my online life, I also want to enrich my ‘real’ life with family and friends.” ROSAN CRUZ Part time rogue traveler, full time detox queen Publicist “I’ve been chronicling travels in my own little space in the web, called The Dyslexia Chronicles since 2006. I see the tab as a dependable travel companion that gives a lighter and richer travel experience.” JJ YULO part time business owner, full-time gourmand Pro-blogger, Pinoy Eats World “I’m beginning to like the fact that I don’t have to connect to any computer to use it for whatever purposes. The Galaxy Tab is a great stand alone machine to bring along with you, and is okay for numerous things. Android is interesting!” TIPPI OCAMPO part time fashion consultant, full-time designer “We have to design with the local market in mind, but still be aware of what’s happening in other parts of the world. Technology helps us define our local identity...

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Acer’s newest entry-level Android phone, the Liquid Mini

Here’s another Android phone from Acer that’s going to be available by the end of the month. The Acer Liquid Mini is a simple yet colorful entry-level full touchscreen phone that might suit your needs. We don’t really know how the Liquid E fared in our country but here’s the mini version of it. It follows the same curves but on a smaller frame. The Acer Liquid E features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 resolution. It is powered by a 600MHz processor and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo with Acer’s own UI layering on top of it. There’s a 5 megapixel camera at the back with no LED flash on sight and pretty much all the basic stuff an entry-level Android phone has. It will arrive at the end of the month with a price tag estimated to be less than Php12,000 and will come in 5 different colors: Royal Blue, Jet Silver, Light Pink, Lime Green and Piano Black. It’s going to be a direct competitor of HTC’s upcoming Wildfire S in terms of specs. Cheaper but with a plastic build and last-year’s Android OS. Acer Liquid mini E310 Specs: 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227-1 chipset Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 resolution, 256K colors 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD, up to 32GB HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA, Clear-fi, Wi-Fi hotspot 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels 480p @ 30fps video recording Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo FM radio with RDS GPS with A-GPS support Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery Colors: Royal Blue, Jet Silver, Light Pink, Lime Green and Piano Black colours 108 g SRP: < Php12,000 (estimated) Related posts: Acer Liquid E leads Acer’s smartphone line Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition Review Acer cuts down prices on selected smartphones by...

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First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

May 11, 11 First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Posted by in Featured, Gadgets, Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

Earlier at a Samsung event, we were able to briefly play with an actual unit of Samsung Galaxy Tab’s big brother, the Tab 10.1. This is not the first 10-inch Honeycomb tablet we laid our dirty hands on, the Acer Tab A500 was the first but we love the slimmer and more polished look of the Tab 10.1. First thing we noticed was the slim profile of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. At 8.6mm it’s a teeny bit slimmer than the iPad 2. Then there’s the gorgeous 10.1-inch display making it slightly larger than the iPad 2 and it boasts of a crisp 1280 x 800 display resolution. There are no physical buttons on its bezel. Everything’s done onscreen. Frankly, I didn’t like the look of the persistent Android buttons at the lower part of the screen. Didn’t check if I could hide it when playing games or videos. On the right side you’ll see the SIM slot, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD slot, the sliver of a volume rocker and Power button. On the left side is the charging and data port similar to the original Galaxy Tab. There’s nothing on the top and bottom side except for small speaker grills. Samsung retained the Tab’s white back plate on this one although they added a metallic portion on top where the 3.15 megapixel camera lens and LED flash are situated. There’s a 2 megapixel front-facing camera too by the way. We didn’t see any hints of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and a rep told us that there’s none. It’s just pure Google Android Honeycomb experience which is not bad at all. Response was very speedy thanks to a dual-core 1GHz processor and navigation was intuitive. I couldn’t find a video that I can test with but Angry Birds looked really good on a bigger screen. I think I saw one of the glitches of Honeycomb. As I was playing Angry Birds, I pressed the multitask button but it won’t show the open tasks. It just...

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Dell enters the networking market with new PowerConnect series

Dell is not new when it comes to networking. In fact, the PowerConnect series has been around since 2001 but they’ve been typically bundled with networking solutions and packages until now. Dell announced that they’re bringing the PowerConnect 5500 and 7000 switch families as standalone products to the market to offer businesses an open, affordable and capable switch solution. The PowerConnect 7000 family is designed to deliver scalable performance and enhanced functionality for mid-sized business deployments, distributed offices and large server farm. They will benefit from high availability wire-speed performance and simplified management of multiple switches with a single IP address. The 7000 series also delivers the connectivity to support Dell’s PowerEdge servers in addition to automated provisioning and iSCSI operation with Dell’s EqualLogic storage arrays. The PowerConnect 5500 series enable a superb solution to basic, non-managed Gigabit Ethernet switches deployed in small-to-medium offices and remote locations, which require rapid wire-speed deployment with flexible features. Dell also announced ICS (Integrated Computer Systems) as their distributor for networking solutions and IMVI (International MicroVillage, Inc.) for system integration. The PowerConnect 5500 starts at USD1,297 while the 7000 series starts at USD3,704. Related posts: No related...

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Microsoft close to buying Skype

UPDATE: It’s official! Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. Plans include integrating it into Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone. Earlier this week, it was Google and Facebook who were dueling to buy VoIP company Skype. But it was Microsoft who came out of nowhere that’s closed to inking a deal to acquire Skype for more than $8 billion. The deal could be announced as early as tomorrow and it would be Microsoft’s biggest acquisition in three decades. Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, though, sees the Internet as an essential battleground for Microsoft, a company that still makes the vast bulk of its profits from Windows and Office software systems. This move is expected to strengthen Microsoft’s various online communication platforms, from Windows Live Messenger to Microsoft Lync.  Skype would also play a role in helping Windows Phone 7 catch up with Apple and Google in the mobile-phone market. Skype was founded in 2003 by p2p-software Kazaa creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. In 2005, Ebay purchased Skype for $2.6 billion in cash but sold a majority to private investors in 2009. Now, Microsoft will be the owner of this online telephony giant and its low profits, debts, legal mess and all. [WSJ] Related posts: No related...

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Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile apps

If the rate of app submission today is going to be the trend in the near future, Google’s Android market will become the biggest mobile content platform by August 2011 according to mobile research specialist, research2guidance. In the month of April, 28,000 new apps were submitted to the Android market as opposed to the 11,000 new apps submitted to Apple’s App Store. This brought the Android app count to 295,000 where 68% are free. iOS is still ahead though at 381,000 but at the current growth rate, expect the tide to turn come August when Android is predicted to overtake Apple at 425,000. It’s still a prediction however. Considering that Google has a fragmented platform with phones and tablets in different shapes and sizes, it will be a challenge for developers to create a complex app that would work in all Android devices. Compare that to iOS developers only having to deal with Apple’s iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad lineup and you’ll find it hard to believe that this trend will continue. Still, being fragmented is not that bad as it allowed Android to gain a huge chunk of the smartphone market surpassing Apple. And with that, it doesn’t matter if it’s the best platform out there but it’s now a question of which platform everyone else uses and that’s where developers would eventually flock. [research2guidance] Related posts: Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Google Phone Gallery Launched Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb appears at CES 2011 Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October Cherry Mobile set to reveal its Android phone next weekW Acer Iconia Smart S300 will make your hand look...

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SanDisk intros professional grade Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card

Earlier today, SanDisk revealed their latest Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card aimed towards professional photographers. The Ultra High Speed (UHS) technology is a class on its own with its 45MB/sec read and write performance. If you’re familiar with SD cards, this one is not a Class 10 but a UHS Speed Class 1 which offers 10MB/sec. minimum sustained write speed capable of recording Full HD 1080p uncompressed videos or even 3D content. To give you an idea of the 45MB/sec speed, we saw an actual demo where a standard SD card was able to save 9 burst RAW + JPEG shots in 16 seconds while the Extreme Pro does it in 6 seconds. The speed achievement is attributed to an intelligent Power Core controller that’s being used by this SDHC card. Think of it as a built-in disk defragmenter which allows the SDHC card to optimize the placement of your files from constant erasures. The Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card also features automatic error-code correction engine which makes it a reliable memory card for that’s important to professional photographers. When your camera runs out of battery or you accidentally flipped the card out in the middle of a write process, photos already saved gets corrupted as well. What SanDisk cards does is lock existing data during data failure to preserve integrity of previously saved data. Just like other SanDisk SD cards (new packaging), the Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card can withstand quite a beating. Not that you would want to utilize it but it’s good to know that SanDisk SD cards are waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof as well as x-ray and magnet proof. We even get to stomp on it and bend it to test its durability. SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I Card Pricing 8GB – Php2000 – Php2500 16GB – Php4000 – Php4500 32GB – Php7000 That’s the price range by the way. SanDisk doesn’t have SRPs as prices are dictated by the dealers. SanDisk SD cards is backed by...

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Acer shows new beTouch E210 qwerty Android phone

Here’s an upcoming QWERTY phone from Acer which they recently unveiled. The beTouch E210 is an upgrade from their first QWERTY Android phone which was the beTouch E130. Gone is the old-school trackpoint which is replaced by an optical trackpoint making it more look like a BlackBerry with an Android soul. The Acer beTouch E210 is still powered by a 600 MHz which is probably what you’ll need from a device with a 2.6-inch display. The touchscreen is resistive by the way and a lot of people prefer that when navigating through a small display. It comes with an Android 2.2 Froyo OS and a 3-megapixel camera. To further maximize the QWERTY keyboard for faster and accurate typing, Acer also bundled a DocumentsToGo app. Other than that, things are pretty basic for an entry-level device. Acer is targeting availability of the beTouch E210 by the end of May with a price tag of less than Php11,000. If you prefer a BlackBerry physique on your Android, the beTouch E210 can be a cheap alternative. Acer beTouch E210 Specs: Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) 2.6-inch resistive touchscreen, 320 x 240 resolution, 256K colors QWERTY keyboard 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD, up to 32GB HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3.15 MP camera, 2048×1536 pixels Stereo FM radio GPS with A-GPS support Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery Colors: black, white 109 g SRP: Php11,000 (estimated) Related posts: Acer cuts down prices on selected smartphones by...

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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review

May 08, 11 Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

It’s not often that we see laptops with refreshing designs. Typically, manufacturers only change colors, add textures and try to make thing slimmer. That’s not the case with the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 which has a unique look that would surely garner attention every time you use it in public. With its interesting portable design, the IdeaPad U260 also packs a low-voltage Core i5 processor that targets the stylish mobile workers out there. Let’s find out if the IdeaPad U260 will hit its mark as a laptop of choice for those who’s always on the go. Design The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 has a wide, single piece of magnesium alloy chassis (ours is mocha brown) to house its world’s-first 12.5-inch screen. The only curves you will see here are from the slight rounded edges on what is basically a boxy-looking, slim netbook. The boxy look is something we don’t often see anymore (aside from business laptops) but it’s a nice, refreshing look that sets it apart from your typical notebook. The lid has a non-slip sort of rubberized texture that won’t attract fingerprints at all. The same material is found on the underside where the fancy-looking air vents for the quiet fan are located. There’s no battery latch so you need to unscrew the base panel if you wish to replace your batteries. On the left side you would see the mini-PCIe port, a USB 2.0 port and the earphone jack along with the switch to toggle WiFi and Bluetooth on or off. On the right side is the power jack, VGA port, LAN port, HDMI out port and another USB 2.0 port. What’s missing the the typical 3rd USB port and a card reader. Opening the lid you will be greeted with the bright, crisp 12.5-inch LED backlit screen. But what you will notice more is the faux leather palm rest which feels good to rest your hands on. The keyboard is very comfortable to type with and has dedicated Home, End, Pg Up and...

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Apple is world’s no. 2 smartphone seller

May 07, 11 Apple is world’s no. 2 smartphone seller

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Apple continues to grow their business on the smartphone department. In a recent study conducted by IDC which was released this week; it revealed that Apple, currently the second worldwide seller of smartphones is now getting close to overtaking the current number one seller, Nokia. The figures states that Apple shipped a total of 18.7M of smartphones in the first quarter of 2011. IDC reports that the worldwide smartphone market grew to almost 80%  year over year in the first quarter of 2011, driven by a mixture of vendors releasing attractive & anticipated models, availability of older entry level smartphones at a very competitive prices, and sustained end-user demand. Top vendors like Apple, HTC, Samsung and Nokia shipped a total of 99.6M of smartphones in 1Q11. The top five worldwide vendors Nokia – Surprisingly, they managed to stay on top as market share for  Symbian-powered smartphones remained strong within its traditionally strongest markets of EMEA and Asia/Pacific. The company continues to announce more devices running on Symbian, including the E6 and the X7. Apple reached a new record shipment volume in a single quarter closing in to market leader Nokia. Moreover, Apple expanded its market in Korea & in the Middle East by enlisting South Korean Telecom and Saudi Telecom as carrier providers of the iPhone. Locally, Apple’s iPhone is exclusively available from Globe Telecom. Research In Motion (RIM) the maker of Blackberry phones remains solid in third place from the previous quarter, as the company grew its presence outside of its home territory of North America. RIM has launched several 3G devices in the market with 4G phones coming soon. Samsung which I call the new Nokia in the Philippines. (In the 90s’ you will see 90% of mobile phone users has Nokia) posted the largest gain of any other vendor on the list. Their strategy – manufacture  multiple models in different price points from low-end ones to high-end premium phones. And finally, HTC (who has been so aggressive in the market recently) posted yet another record shipment...

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AV-Test declares BitDefender ISS 2011 as top security software

Well what do you know? According to a test made by AV-Test which is an independent IT-security institute, BitDefender’s Internet Security Suite 2011 provides the best performance for a security software in the areas of protection, repair and usability. The test results indicates performance for the 1st quarter of 2011 only though. They were 9th in the 3rd quarter of last year. Where are the other big names for the 1st quarter of this year? Kaspersky: ISS 2011 is at number 4 while Norton Internet Security 2011 is trailing behind it. Microsoft’s Security Essential 2.0 is way below at number 21. The report looked at twenty-two security software suites in the categories of protection, repair and performance.  BitDefender Internet Security 2011 was found to have the joint-best overall score, alongside another product that uses BitDefender technology. It was also the only product to receive the maximum score for protection. Andreas Marx, AV-Test CEO, commented: “BitDefender offered the best protection during our tests, which ran for the full first quarter of 2011. Besides this, it also reached very good scores for cleaning up already infected systems without slowing-down the system too much or producing a lot of false positives. That’s a very impressive result.” So anybody using BitDefender here? Related posts: Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them? Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Kaspersky Lab launches Ferrari Edition of Kaspersky Internet Security ESET Antivirus Software Available in National Bookstore...

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White iPhone 4 arriving this Saturday, May 7 for Globe subscribers

Just got word from Globe that the white iPhone 4 will be available to its subscribers this coming Saturday. That’s tomorrow, May 7! Available in Globe Stores nationwide, the white iPhone 4 will be available under the all-new Globe MySuperPlan and is priced no different than the black version. You can get your white iPhone 4 for free at Plan 3799 for the 16GB model and at Plan 5000 for the 32GB model. It is also available with one-time cash out at lower plans or via prepaid phone kits. Beginning May 10, 2011, the white iPhone 4 will also be available on the brand-new Globe My SuperSurf Plans, an array of fully-customizable unlimited data plans which provide users with uninterrupted surfing, consumable monthly fees, bonus call and text services, all starting at just Plan 999. You can visit the nearest Globe Store or call the Globe Sales Hotline at (02) 730-1010 to get your White iPhone 4.  For more information on iPhone 4, you can also check out www.globe.com.ph/iphone.   Related posts: Globe introduces new Unlimited offerings iPhone 4 will be available on Sept. 26 via Globe Globe gets exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Globe throws the book at illegal VoIP operator Globe SuperUnli 25 is not so unlimited after all? Globe HSPA+ Speed Test...

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