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Fujitsu intros STYLISTIC Q550, an executive class tablet PC

Joining the tablet game is Fujitsu and its new STYLISTIC Q550 executive class slate PC. It’s not consumer-grade, this tablet is designed for high-security requirements for enterprise mobile computing and seamless integration to existing ICT infrastructures. The STYLISTIC Q550 is a 10.1-inch tablet that is powered by the upcoming “Oak Trail” Intel Atom processor. It runs on Windows 7 OS which is ideal for enterprise use for maximum interoperability with business environments. It has a multi-touch interface along with a pressure-sensitive pen input and it will automatically recognize and adjust if you’re using the stylus or the touch interface. It also features the T9 and XT9 predictive text technology developed by Nuance Mobile which enables faster input and superior word completion accuracy. With an integrated keyboard, users can seamlessly switch back and forth between tracing and tapping at any time, giving them more flexibility when composing messages on their devices. T9 Write is a new class of handwriting input solutions that provide an exceptional user experience on any touch screen device. Connectivity includes standard WLAN and Bluetooth with configurations for optional mobile broadband 3G and WAN. The Q550 can also be incorporated with various security technologies such as fingerprint authentication, smart card reader, embedded security chip, and encrypted SSD that would enable the development of even more robust security systems, an important feature for enterprise customers. We don’t really know how it handles the unwieldy Windows 7 but for sure executives will have a use for this when they decide to switch from laptop to a tablet. Related posts: Core i5 ASUS Eee Slate unveiled at CES 2011 HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model Lenovo intros IdeaPad U260, the world’s first 12.5-inch laptop Lenovo showcased an improved IdeaPad U1 Hybrid HTC Unveils HTC Flyer, their very own...

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Yahoo shutting down MyBlogLog this May

Well the inevitable has finally happened. If you’re a member of cross-blog social networking service MyBlogLog, you’ve probably received an e-mail from Yahoo! stating that the service will be terminated on May 24, 2011. MyBlogLog started in 2005 which serves as an online service for bloggers where they can create their online community that revolves around their blog. In January 27, Yahoo acquired MyBlogLog for more than 10 million dollars. However, it was hinted last December that it’s one of Yahoo’s services that would likely be sold or shut down to cut costs. Included in the list of services that would probably get the ax is Yahoo Buzz which is a competitor of Digg and the popular bookmarking site, Delicious. Through the popular MyBlogLog widget, it’s easy for other bloggers to find blogs of the same niche and thus, join the community. It’s also a good way to know who among MyBlogLog users have visited your site that would eventually lead to discovery of other blogs for you or your readers. It’s pretty helpful really and it’s too bad that a good service will be shut down. Related posts: No related...

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The Sony VAIO C is the brightest laptop of them all

You have to give it to Sony for coming up with funky, colorful designs on their VAIO laptops. Now with the new Sony VAIO C, they took it one step further by introducing a laptop that kind of glows in the dark. The Sony VAIO C is a 14-inch laptop sporting vivid colors and uses light-emitting materials on its lid and palmrest that when used in the dark, you would get a cool glow from it. This unique material absorbs and emit back light in different wavelengths which shines through the edges of the laptop. And with the psychedelic colors the VAIO C can come with, you don’t want to be using this with the lights on. So yeah, it looks really nice and all but can it perform? You bet! It has the next-generation Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz processor with discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics that you can switch off for basic tasks to save power. Aside from that, this baby packs USB 3.0 ports, 3D-supported HDMI out to display 3D content on a 3D TV and an Exmor-powered HD web camera. It is as powerful as it is brilliant. The Sony VAIO C will have a price tag of Php69,999 when it becomes available this April which by then, the Sandy Bridge chipset issue will be resolved. It comes in Green, Pink, Orange, White and Black and you can get matching keyboard skin accessory for it as well. Sony VAIO C Specs: Intel Core i5-2410M Processor 2.30GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.90GHz 14-inch WXGA (1366 x 768) Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 4GB RAM AMD Radeon HD 6630M 1GB VRAM switchable to Intel HD Graphics 3000 500GB HDD Exmor-powered HD camera 3D-supported HDMI out Backlit keyboard Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, BlueTooth USB 3.0 2.45 kg Colors: Green, Pink, Orange, White, Black SRP: Php69,999 Related posts: Sony’s own 3D laptop, the new VAIO F Sony VAIO Y, first AMD Fusion laptop to land in the...

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How crazy will you go for a Samsung Galaxy Tab?

Want a Galaxy Tab? Here’s a video contest from Samsung that will reward 3 people a Samsung Galaxy Tab each for showing the craziest stunt they’ll do for a Tab. Facebook users residing in the Philippines 18 and up can join this contest. Read the mechanics below: Promo Duration is from February 16, 2011 to March 17, 2011. Promo is open to all Filipinos residing in the Philippines aged 18 years of age at the time of joining. Like in Facebook Create a minimum of 30 second to a maximum of 90 second video using your camera, phone or video recorder. In the video, you need to outline how far you will go to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab Upload the video in YouTube and post it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab Craziest Things Wall Share your post and invite people to Like your video Here’s the criteria: 25% will be based on the number of likes 35% based on creativity 40% based on overall impact and x-factor So what are you waiting for? Head to for detailed mechanics. Related posts: No related...

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iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2

It’s official folks, Apple will be revealing their newest iPad on March 2. “Come to see what 2011 will be the year of.” A bold statement but if any device can back it up. it will be the iPad 2. Those who skipped the first iPad will most probably get one of these and those who had the first iPad would probably want to upgrade to the iPad 2, including myself. I’m not sure if a lot of people would be excited anymore about this announcement with all those leaks going out. The new iPad is expected to be thinner, lighter, will have more RAM, a faster CPU and more powerful graphics processor. The display resolution would still be the same but it will have both rear and front camera. We’ll just have to wait for the exact specifications but you can’t find anything bad with those specs. So when will it arrive in the country? I personally don’t know but the first iPad was introduced last year in January, was out in the US market in March, and finally landed officially in the Philippines last December. However, if this rumored delay turns out to be true, then we probably won’t see it in our Apple stores this year considering there’s a big possibility that there could be shortages of the new iPad 2 in the short run. Related posts: iPad 2 won’t land on February, SD slot confirmed Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model Apple’s new iPods are already out in the market ASUS Lamborghini Eee PC is the most pricey Eee PC in the market Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z360 and Z460 gets a refresh Turn your iPad into a netbook with...

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Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership

A couple of weeks ago, Nokia announced something big. They decided to enter into a partnership with Microsoft and have the Windows Phone mobile OS as their primary smartphone OS. It was a good move for Nokia who admitted that they are falling far behind  iOS and Android with their Symbian OS. This also led to a lot of questions. Why Microsoft? Why not Android? What will happen to Symbian and its developers? Where’s MeeGo in the picture? Are Nokia Windows Phone replacing Symbian phones? Nokia invited us over for lunch earlier so they could answer some questions popping up here and about. Mr. Nicholas Foo, head of Forum Nokia’s technical services and consultancy team in Asia Pacific was present along with other reps from Nokia Philippines. So why did Nokia choose Windows Phone over Android? I know a LOT of people would love to see a Nokia handset sporting Android, myself included but I know that it won’t happen. Nokia explains that they didn’t want to simply be a vanilla hardware player that uses any OS in the market. They value the whole ecosystem they created from the start and they saw that Microsoft is the best partner of choice that could further grow their business given the ecosystem goal in mind. In addition to that, some Nokia services will directly compete with their Google counterpart so a partnership with Microsoft will provide a win-win solution for both companies. In short, Android is not coming to Nokia. We directly asked them that as well. What will happen Symbian? Will it still get support in the future? Or another way to put it is, should I still go with a Nokia N8? Or, should I still continue developing Symbian apps? Should I still invest in studying Qt to develop for Symbian? Nokia assured us that Symbian (they dropped the “^3” and plainly calls it Symbian by the way) development will still continue. There will still be Symbian devices coming out and they will continue...

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Sony’s own 3D laptop, the new VAIO F

It’s not among the first 3D laptops that we’ve encountered but Sony’s VAIO F is the most impressive that we’ve tried. Sony says the reason that they were late coming up with a 3D laptop was that they want it to be perfect. And it looks like they did really well with their VAIO F. The New Sony VAIO F is a 16-inch 3D laptop powered by Intel Core i7 2820QM Quad core processor (2.3GHz) and a middle-of-the-pack NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU. It uses the same active shutter glasses as that of the Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV and NEO Elan L4300-3D. However, instead of a separate USB transmitter, the VAIO F has 8 transmitters on its frame for better 3D viewing angles. The 3D glasses uses disposable watch batteries as opposed to rechargeable via USB and gives 100 hours of use. It will automatically power down once the the laptop stops transmitted 3D signals. They also made some tweaks with the 3D technology by incorporating something from their Bravia 3D TV including an extra-smooth 240fps high frame rate. I tried other 3D laptops already and the VAIO F beats them all in terms of 3D experience. It’s just that smooth without any flickering whatsoever. It also has a 3D button that converts 2D movies on Blu-ray Disc, DVD or personal video into simulated 3D video, a feature not all 3D laptops have. You can also connect it to a 3D HDTV for a larger viewing experience. The sound performance is quite impressive with a cinema-style surround sound through headphones with Dolby® Home Theater v3. Also S-force front surround 3D technology creates a virtual 5.1 channel surround sound effect from two Inbox bass-reflex speakers. The Sony VAIO F is hands down the best 3D laptop I’ve used, although I prefer rechargeable 3D glasses. It will be available this March 2011 for Php149,999 which includes a pair of 3D glasses. Extra 3D glasses costs Php4,999. It’s expensive I know but do try it out at Sony...

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Lenovo offers PC leasing options to companies

In an effort to better serve its growing corporate customers in the Philippines, Lenovo offers leasing options and flexible financing terms for companies looking to get more out of their IT budget as they plan for personal computer (PC) refreshes and Windows 7 adoption this year. According to industry analyst Gartner, Windows 7 has been getting positive reviews, with many organizations noting that they have plans to start production deployments. Gartner also added that most organizations should be planning and testing Windows 7, and should be moving away from Windows XP by the end of 2012. Lenovo Philippines country general manager Vicky Agorrilla said: “Leasing Lenovo PCs can be the foundation for a smart PC management strategy.  This replaces costly up-front expenses with affordable monthly payments while at the same time reduces total cost of ownership and conserves cash and credit for other core investments.” Lenovo’s leasing options spell out a comprehensive PC management strategy that not only includes up-front savings but also reductions in lifecycle costs such as asset administration, management, and disposition. Lyceum of the Philippines University case summary Prior to 2007, LPU’s procurement of computer hardware caused elevated expenditures and extensive equipment maintenance. Additionally, the accelerated obsolescence of computer equipment made the situation challenging. Confronted with a dilemma on how to meet the school’s ever-growing IT requirements – such as securing computer units for use in its IT labs and processing extensive data transactions in its system wide operations – while maintaining an affordable cost within budget, LPU decided to sign up for a three-year leasing contract with Lenovo. LPU awarded its second leasing project – the largest computer deal for the University to date – in favor of Lenovo even before the university’s existing three-year PC leasing contract with Lenovo expired in 2010. LPU’s second leasing project accounts for 700 PC units, almost a threefold increase from the previous contract[1]. Today, the University has about 1,200 desktop and laptop PCs, all of which are Lenovo products. “We are happy to...

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Sony VAIO Y, first AMD Fusion laptop to land in the Philippines

Just saw what must have been the first laptop sporting AMD’s Fusion APU chip, Sony’s VAIO Y. The AMD Fusion APU has the GPU on the same die similar to the current Intel chips we have today. However, because of ATI technology (AMD Radeon now) which is used for their GPU, it has a big advantage over Intel’s integrated graphics. We wrote a simple primer about AMD Fusion here so check that out if you want to learn more. The Sony VAIO Y is an 11-inch netbook that will replace their 10-inch VAIO M and VAIO W. They told me that there are no plans yet to update their 10-inch line. Right now, the VAIO Y is their latest, most portable laptop. I’m excited about this notebook simply because of their choice to go with a dual-core E-350 (1.6GHz) AMD Fusion on a 11.6-inch display. Nothing against netbooks really, but a 10-inch display can really be frustrating if you’re a heavy internet user. The 11.6-inch is a nice balance between casual usability and portability in my opinion. The integrated graphics on the E-350 is an AMD Radeon HD6310 which can play 1080p videos and your basic 3D games without stuttering. Easy to bring with you and connect to an HD TV. It has the same mark and excellent craftsmanship of a VAIO device including the green power button on the right side of its hinge, nicely spaced island keyboard and adequately-sized touchpad. It also comes in three funky colors (apple green, red, silver) on a matte finish. The only drawback I saw here was the 4-hour battery life. I checked the battery and it’s rating was a measly 3500 mAh. If I’m going to buy one of these, I’d make sure to upgrade the battery (maybe 5600 mAh at least) to get around 7 hours from it on a single charge. For the price of Php29,999, it’s the same as when the 10-inch VAIO netbooks first showed up. Better take into consideration the additional...

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The Belkin Music Receiver lets you play your iPhone music wirelessly

Ever thought of wanting to broadcast your iPhone or iPod Touch music to your home stereo without docking it? Maybe the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver can help you with that. The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver is a tiny device you can attach to your home stereo or stand-alone speakers via RCA or 3.5mm jack. It uses Bluetooth to pair with your iPhone or iPod Touch so that you can play your music wherever you are in the house. Let your tunes play in your stereo while you’re making a call from your couch or playing a game on your iPod Touch while you’re on your bed. Hosting a party? You can DJ your playlist while mingling with your guests. According to the site, the Belkin Music Receiver is compatible with the iPhone 3G/3GS/4 and iPod Touch 2G. However, I think it can pair with your other Bluetooth devices like the iPad, iPod Touch 4G, Android phones, etc. It’s just Bluetooth anyway. Key Features: Features Bluetooth® v2.0 with EDR for superior wireless performance Transmits up to 33 feet away Remembers up to six paired devices Cables included: 3.5mm-to-RCA & 3.5mm-to-3.5mm Compatible with all devices enabled with A2DP stereo Bluetooth® SRP: Php2,200 Related posts: No related...

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Smart Double Deal Promo is back!

To serve mobile subscribers looking for the best deal in postpaid plans, leading wireless services provider Smart is bringing back its ‘Double Deal’ offer, available at all Smart Wireless Centers nationwide until February 28, 2011. With Smart Gold’s ‘Double Deal’ offer, all approved postpaid subscribers will receive an extra mobile phone or a netbook with their postpaid plan, absolutely free – on top of the free handset which already comes with the plan. “We are excited to bring back this one-of-a-kind promo which allows our subscribers to enjoy our service and at the same time, have feature-packed mobile devices such as smartphones and netbooks,” shared Tricia Dizon, department head of Smart Gold and Buddy. “This is one of the advantages of being on Smart Gold – our subscribers not only enjoy the ‘nationwidest’ network and the clearest signal, they also enjoy the best, most powerful devices that suit their needs and lifestyles,” Dizon added. The ‘Double Deal’ promo is ongoing at all Smart Wireless Centers nationwide, until February 28, 2011. With the ‘Double Deal’ promo, at as low as Plan 800, a Smart Gold subscriber can have two Samsung Champ handsets. For a little more monthly service fee, two Nokia C3 handsets can be availed at Plan 1200. Subscribers availing of Plans 500-1200 may also take advantage of no cash-out required if they sign up for an auto-debit-agreement via approved credit cards. For individuals that prefer to have a truly mobile lifestyle without breaking the bank, Smart Gold Plan 1800 offers two Sony Ericsson X8 devices, an Android-powered slider phone. For the best handset and netbook bundle, Plan 3500 subscribers will receive two Samsung N150 netbooks, plus two Samsung E1080 handsets, for FREE. For business-savvy subscribers, they have the option of getting the BlackBerry 9300 bundle, free at Plan 3500. All Smart Gold postpaid plans come with free or subsidized handsets, free airtime, and free SMS. Smart Gold subscribers also enjoy mobile Internet and other state-of-the-art services offered by Smart’s nationwide 3G and HSPA...

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Samsung Wave 723 review

Feb 20, 11 Samsung Wave 723 review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

Looking to further expand the market of Samsung’s own bada OS, they came up with the mid-range Samsung Wave 723. Not too pricey compared to the first Samsung Wave (S8500) and looks more premium than the entry-level Wave 525. Will the Samsung Wave 723 help provide the much-needed boost for bada? Find out in our report. Design One telling design feature of the Samsung Wave 723 is its built-in protective flap. This detachable flap is made of faux leather that gives your phone a stylish look while at the same time protecting its screen. No need to get a case for this phone when you use this flap. My only concern is how it disrupts typing when in landscape mode. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD display which has the same width as the original Wave. A bit narrow in my opinion. On top of the display is the speaker grill and at the bottom are three cryptic buttons situated at the edge for Call, Applications and Back. On top is the 3.5mm audio jack and the microUSB slot with a sliding cover beside it. Left side houses the volume rocker and on the right is the slim Lock button and the dedicated Shutter button for the camera. The back has a nice brushed aluminum finish and houses the 5 megapixel camera and its built-in LED flash. There’s also a speaker grill located at the back. The scratch-resistant finish gives it a premium look and it feels really solid during handling. The back panel is quite easy to open. Just slide it upwards to access the Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery. An odd thing here is that the SIM card is exposed while the microSD slot is underneath the battery. I would prefer it the other way around for hot-swapping of microSD cards. Display The 3.2-inch display on the Wave 723 is a far cry from the original Samsung Wave’s Super AMOLED display. The resolution is halved at only 240 x 400 pixels and it...

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