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HP TouchSmart 610 is a touchscreen All-In-One PC

All-In-One PCs still hasn’t caught up in our market. People still prefer the traditional desktop or laptop as their home PC’s. With the HP TouchSmart 610, HP is showing you that All-In-One PCs can be the desktop choice of the future sooner rather than later. Kids would absolutely love to learn how to use a PC via touchscreen instead of the traditional keyboard and mouse. The HP TouchSmart 610 is an AIO that has some impressive specs, a 23-inch HD widescreen multi-touch display and a unique reclining design that is geared towards an ergonomic way of computing. The problem with touchscreen PCs is that it’s not easy and comfortable to touch the icons from a 90-degree angle. With the TouchSmart 610, you can recline it at a much comfortable angle if you wish to use its touch features. Because it’s more fun to play Angry Birds on a touchscreen than with a mouse. The TouchSmart software it comes with also allows easy navigation using touch. There’s also an exclusive HP touch-enabled version of Ubisoft’s real-time strategy game, R.U.S.E. If you want to get serious, the TouchSmart 610 makes a good multimedia PC with its powerful specs. It has the 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 processor (3.10 GHz) with an ATI MXM30 Viper 1GB graphics card. It also comes with Beats Audio which I’m sure is quite popular to a lot of Filipinos.  An HP wireless keyboard and mouse is also included. We’re still inquiring HP for the pricing and availability of this TouchSmart 610 and we’ll let you know once we got it. For a rough estimate, international price is USD 999 which would mean it will fall in the Php45,000 to Php50,000 range. HP TouchSmart 610 All-in-One PC Specs: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Intel Core i3-2100 Processor (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) ATI MXM30 Viper 1GB graphics card 23″ TFT Panel with multi-touch capabilities 4GB DDR3 Memory 500 GB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive SuperMulti SATA DVDRW Drive with Lightscribe Technology HP...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 Digital Camera Review

Apr 16, 11 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 Digital Camera Review

Posted by in Featured, Imaging & Photography, Reviews

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 is the newest rugged (waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof) yet stylish camera from Sony following the success of the TX5. Having used both cameras, the 16.2-megapixel TX10 improved on a lot of features that the TX5 badly needs and we’ll take a look into some of those in this review. Design The Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 follows the design of Sony’s T-series line of digital cameras with its compact form and sliding lens cover. It has the same elegant metallic finish that the T-series is known for. Sliding down the cover will reveal the same 25-mm wide angle lens found on the TX5, along with the AF assist lamp, flash and the stereo microphone (which is not present in the TX5) making this an exceptional compact digital movie recorder as well. At the back is still the same 3-inch resistive touchscreen display but this time around it has a whopping 921k dots as compared to the TX5’s 230k. That is quite an improvement because you can really see the sharpness of the photos you take. With the TX5, you wouldn’t know if the shots are blurry or sharp unless you view it on your PC already and that’s not good for travelers. With the TX10’s beautiful LCD display, you would be proud to show your shots to your friends straight from your camera. All the control buttons are located on top and there aren’t a lot of them so button operating the camera is very simple. There’s the On/Off button right beside the shutter button. Below them are the Display button beside the Movie Record button. On right corner edge is the nub for the 4x zoom control. That’s it for buttons, everything else is on the touchscreen. As for the compartments, you have the charging/data connection port and mini-HDMI port (HDMI cable not included) on the side. On the underside is another compartment for the battery and the Memory Stick or SD card. There’s no battery charger included in the package and...

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Kaspersky Labs warns us of ransomware called GPCode

You’ve probably heard of trojans and malwares but there’s this fairly new and less known classification of malicious program called ransomware. The mode of attack of this so-called ransomware is that it will encrypt specific data from your computer then generate a message in notepad telling you to send pre-paid cash vouchers to a payment gateway specified by the creator. If not, say goodbye to your data. Nasty huh? The first attacks by the new GPCode variant were detected in late March this year. The malware itself was first discovered in 2004 and appeared again on the threat landscape in late 2010. According to Kaspersky Lab senior malware researcher Nicolas Brulez, the new GPcode variant is an obfuscated or encoded executable, which makes it difficult to initially identify as a malware. It infects computers using drive-by downloads (downloads by visiting infected websites without you knowing) that occur when an infected website is visited. The Trojan then starts running in the system, encrypting data without the user’s knowledge. It will then open a text file-based ransom message to the PC user, warning the user that if ransom is not paid, the encrypted key will not be sent to the victim and the file will be deleted.  This is the message which is displayed on the PC screen: At this point, the hard drives are being scanned for files to encrypt. The file extensions used to determine whether a file is to be encrypted or not are kept in an encrypted configuration file. This means the GPCode Ransomware Trojan is easily updated with a new configuration file. Brulez said that while a victim could possibly give in to the demands of the file hostage taker, he recommends not changing anything on the system as it may prevent potential data recovery later on. He added that one of the quickest ways to prevent malware damage is turn off the PC or simply pulling out the power plug. There is almost no way to recover the encrypted file...

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ViewSonic ViewPad 4 is another 4-inch Android phone

ViewSonic which is known more for LCD monitors recently showed us their tablets and their smartphones. I know about their tablets since last year but I was surprised to find out that they also offer smartphones. The ViewSonic ViewPad 4 is one of their Android smartphone offerings. The ViewSonic ViewPad 4 sports a Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz processor and runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a 4.1-inch WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen display. It has a boxy look which reminds me of the Cherry Mobile Magnum HD but with a silver band at the bottom part for their logo. Anyway, this phone is up par with the the other 4-inch 1 GHz phones in terms of features and performance. It has a 5-megapixel camera at the back that can do 720p HD recording. It also includes a front-facing camera for video calls. It has a mini-HDMI port in case you want to project your phone’s screen on a bigger display. Aside from those standard features, the ViewPad 4 also comes with the ViewScene. Think of HTC’s Sense UI. It’s ViewSonic’s layer on top of Android that can accept multiple phone profiles that you can automatically set to change whenever you’re at home or the workplace with the use of GPS. Sounds cool but coming from an unknown mobile phone brand, what we’re concerned about is the build quality. Can’t comment on that yet though until we receive a unit for review. ViewSonic says the ViewPad 4 is already here but they will be made available by the end of the month. They’re still studying the market to make the price competitive with other Android phones in its class. ViewSonic ViewPad 4 Specs Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz processor 4.1-inch capacitive display (480 x 800) Android OS 2.3 5 megapixel autofocus rear camera VGA front camera 512MB RAM / 2GB ROM microSD card support up to 32GB WiFi 802.11 b/g/n GPS + A-GPS Pricing: TBA Related posts: No related...

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IBM is the fastest-growing BPO company in the land

At the 2011 International ICT Awards Philippines organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), IBM has been named as the Fastest-Growing BPO Company of the Year. This annual event recognizes top individuals and companies whose contributions have greatly impacted the Philippine BPO industry. The Philippines is one of the strategic locations in IBM’s Global Delivery network that integrates capabilities, assets and skills without borders.IBM Global Delivery sites in the country provide Business Process Outsourcing Services (Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, Supply Chain Management, and Customer Relationship Management), and Application Services to clients all over the world. The inauguration of four new facilities in Cebu and Metro Manila in 2010 significantly increased IBM’s global delivery capacity in the Philippines. That investment brought thetotal of world-class facilities that IBM operates in the Philippines to 10, delivering innovative and high-value solutions to both domestic and global clients. “This award is a testament to IBM’s strong commitment to the country and reflects the company’s confidence and trust in the Filipino talent,” said Cassandra “Candy” Soto, Philippines Delivery Leader for IBM Global Process Services. “It is also a positive affirmation from partners and the industry as we mark our 100th year as a global company in June 2011 and as we approach 75 years in the Philippines in 2012. We will continue to work together to deliver progress for the industry and our nation as a whole.” Related posts: Philippines is global number one in voice BPO...

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Group-buying site YugaDeals opens with a 23″ Full HD LED TV

YugaDeals, one of the newest group-buying site is now open. What differentiates YugaDeals from the others is that, this one solely offers gadgets and other tech-related items and services. Check out the first item up for grabs. A KTC 23” Full HD LED TV for Php7,350. Hmmm, not much of a discount. Is that 12% off from the SRP? I think it’s just the price if you’re going to buy it directly from the manufacturer. Anyway, it would still make for a nice, cheap desktop monitor replacement or a LED TV for your small room. This item is limited to 10 units and there’s only a week to decide. 12 hours into the deal and nobody’s still biting. Is it a bad product? Bad discount price? Or are people just waiting for the first buyer? Related posts: YugaDeals will take care of your discounted gadget...

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Samsung ushers in the future with new LED Smart TVs

Know what would look good in a living room of the future? The new Samsung LED TV, preferably the D8000. These new LED TV lineup from Samsung is not just a TV but it’s what they call a Smart TV. Before we got to that let’s look at the design first. These new LED TVs has a slim form which is not really that surprising. What’s different here is the barely visible 5mm brushed metal bezel which looks like your TV is one big solid screen without any frame or borders. This results to a large viewing area without adding to the overall size. They also retained the Quad Stand that was introduced last year and made it more slimmer. A very futuristic look for the modern entertainment room. So what makes these TVs a Smart TV? These TVs can display Full HD picture both in 2D and 3D. And it can also convert 2D viewing into 3D at a click of a button. The Samsung 3D glasses are very light and doesn’t do those annoying flickering lights found in old 3D glasses and works mighty well even if you’re viewing the video from different angles. Aside from that, you can also view online content with its Internet capability. The higher-end models has a built-in wireless adapter while the lower-end requires a separate WiFi dongle unless you can physically wire it to your router. Yep, it’s also an Internet TV. You can check and update your Facebook status right from your couch. You can even use the picture-in-picture while checking your Twitter feeds during commercial breaks. Unfortunately for Internet TVs out there, our country is seriously lacking access to premium content online (not to mention the slow internet connection that most household have) to make these type of TVs appealing. Samsung said that they’re currently working with local content providers to give Internet goers access to videos that you really want to watch that is not stored in YouTube. Of course, they may only...

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Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook

Apr 13, 11 Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets

Earlier today we get to play with some BlackBerry PlayBooks before it arrives here. It was an awesome experience to get a brief hands on time with this new tablet from Research In Motion (RIM). The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7-inch tablet that runs on a dual-core 1 GHz processor (they’re mum on what specific processor or brand they used here) and the BlackBerry Tablet OS powered by QNX technology. Its design is pretty sleek and looks really professional. There are no physical buttons or touch panels at the front but instead controls are made by swipe gestures coming from its frame. Swipe from the top will bring the app menu, swipe from the bottom will show additional apps, and so on. It can be daunting to use at first but once you get the hang of it, you will love its simplicity. On the top edge you can see the volume or camera zoom control buttons as well as pause play for your media. Beside it is the power/sleep button. On the far right (not see in photo) is the 3.5mm jack for your headset. At the bottom edge is a port for a docking station (sold separately), micro USB and a micro HDMI port to connect it to a bigger screen. The back features a non-slip surface and the 5 megapixel camera lens. There’s also a 3 megapixel front-facing camera by the way for high-def video conferencing. Yes 3 MP front camera. I love the PlayBook’s simplistic and well-made design but I love its performance even more. The dual-core processor along with its polished OS gives you a really, really good tablet experience. I’m being bold here but the performance is better than that of the iPad or the Galaxy Tab. It’s really that impressive! The closest thing right now to the user experience would probably be the Honeycomb Android OS but that has a lot of bugs still. Anyway, the PlayBook features a phenomenal multitasking experience. Launching and switching between apps...

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Nokia announced the E6 powered by Symbian Anna

Aside from the Nokia X7, Nokia also announced recently another business-centric smartphone in the form of the E6 which uses the latest software update of Symbian, codenamed Anna. The successor of the well-loved E71 and E72, the Nokia E6 will benefit from the latest Symbian update which features new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps. I’m more excited with the improved browser performance which was poor in the first  N8, E7, C7 and C6-01. Not much has changed in the E6 from the design of the E72 save for the larger 2.46-inch screen that has a capacitive touchscreen display. Yup, aside from the QWERTY keypad and the optical trackpad, you can also navigate the phone using the touchscreen. Oh yeah, it has Gorilla Glass too and uses premium glass and stainless steel materials. The Nokia E6 also gets a bump in camera megapixel count from 5 to 8 but instead of an autofocus lens, this one has an EDoF fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash. Nokia also added some nifty features here like support for USB On-The-Go and AV-out for connecting to a television. The Nokia E6 offers exceptional battery life and the best out-of-the-box Microsoft messaging experience on a business smartphone, including access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint. Same with the X7, no word of exact date of availability of the E6 here in our country. They gave a vague Q2 2011 release date and the price is €340 (P21k) excluding taxes and subsidies. The Nokia E6 comes in black, white or silver color. Nokia E6 Specs: 2.46-inch LCD capacitive touch display @ 480×640 pixels Symbian Anna OS Gorilla Glass Display 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM 8GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP 8MP camera EDoF fixed-focus camera with dual LED flash 720p HD video recording FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion battery 1500mAh     Related posts:...

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Nokia brings us the X7, looks very edgy

Nokia announced today two new smartphones and one of them is the edgy-looking X7 which is a smartphone catering to entertainment enthusiasts. The Nokia X7 has a distinct design which for some reason reminds me of the movie X-Men. Anyway, this multimedia smartphone sports a 4″ display which makes it ideal for watching videos or portable gaming. It also has an 8-megapixel fixed-focus (sadly) camera and is made from a combination of stainless steel and glass. The X7 comes with the latest Symbian update, nicknamed Symbian Anna, which brings you new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input and a faster browser, plus a refreshed Ovi Maps. This phone will also come preloaded with Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games. Nokia X7 Specs: 4-inch AMOLED screen @ 360×640 pixels Symbian Anna OS 680 MHz ARM 11 processor Broadcom BCM2727 GPU Gorilla Glass Display 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM up to 32GB via microSD (8GB included) HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP 8MP EDoF fixed-focus camera with dual LED flash 720p HD video recording FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion battery 1200mAh No word yet on the exact pricing and availability on this phone but the X7 comes in dark steel and light steel color which translates to black or silver respectively. Related posts: Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia E7 is now available for Php32,000 Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k Nokia C7: First...

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Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 review

Apr 12, 11 Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Mini, also known as The Samsung Tass was born from the Galaxy family with a budget in mind but of above average specs. It was created to cater to people who don’t want to shell out much dough for its older sibling, that is, the Galaxy S. Is the Galaxy Mini a worthy consideration for your small budget? Let’s find out. Design The Galaxy Mini bears some resemblance to the Samsung Corby in terms of the overall form factor but the Mini apparently has a bigger display of 3.14 inches as opposed to the Corby’s 2.8 inch display. What’s also apparent in our Mini’s design is its lime-colored accents and the mesh-like pattern at the back which would appeal to young consumers. It also comes in white with gray accents by the way. On the left side is where the volume rocker is located which also functions as a zoom control when taking pictures. On the right, you’ll see the power button and the micro-SD slot which supports up to 32GB. At the top is where you’ll find the micro-USB slot and the power button. At the back is where the 3.15 MP camera and the speaker grill are located. Below the Mini’s front display, is where you’ll find the home button at the center and the menu and back buttons on each side. Display The Galaxy Mini’s display is a mediocre 240 x 320 pixel quality which is to be expected from a low-end smartphone. Sunlight legibility is pretty much acceptable even though it lacks an ambient light sensor that would automatically adjust the brightness of your display depending on the lighting conditions. Apart from that, the touchscreen display is very responsive and also supports multi-touch. As to its display colors, 256K colors is the norm for its small display. Even then, the colors come out fine and the contrast is quite good too. Features The Galaxy Mini comes with the Android 2.2 Froyo powered by a 600 MHz processor....

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Microsoft Office Web Apps now integrated to Windows Live

If you have a brand new laptop without Microsoft Office, fret not because you can still open your Office documents via your web browser thanks to the Office Web Apps which are now integrated to your Windows Live account. When you create a Windows Live (or Hotmail or MSN) account, you will automatically have a Windows SkyDrive account to store your files online on a 25GB space. From here, you can also create Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote  documents. Of course, it won’t be as fully featured as your desktop version but it’s still nice to know that you have the option to open and edit your documents wherever you are as long as you have an internet connection and a browser. What you can also probably do is save your Office documents to SkyDrive so you’ll have a copy of it on the cloud just in case you wish to edit it back at home. Microsoft Office 2010 already has this option in the Publish menu to send your files to your SkyDrive account. Once there, you can also set permission settings to do collaboration with your team even when away from each other. Its great integration with Office gives users the ability to quickly and easily save and open documents from the Web, directly from Microsoft Office 2010. And because features available in Microsoft Office like text styles, spell-checking AutoCorrect, Clip Art, Sparklines and SmartArt Graphics are also made available online, Office Web Apps provide users with a consistent and familiar Office experience that they trust. With this innovation, users are equipped with a familiar working environment and the confidence that documents retain fidelity while working either in the cloud or offline, leaving content and format preserved while moving across devices. If you’ve reached this part, here’s a treat for you. As a way of saying thank you, Windows Live Hotmail is giving its users the chance to see Katy Perry perform live in Brisbane, Australia, on May 5, 2011. To join, visit and tell...

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