Apr 30, 2010

Go Green Shopping List For Make My App Contest

This is my entries for the Make My App contest launched by Nokia in line with the Nokia N8. The Make My App competition is an exciting opportunity for everyone to compete for a chance to have your ideas turned into real apps. Categories created make it easy to inspire even the most simple idea, that could be turned into an exciting, useful and fun new app.

Mechanics:

-Submit your ideas into a relevant category, using our easy step-by-step instructions.
-Submitted ideas will then be voted on by the public, your friends and family.
-Each week the 10 ideas with the most votes will be shortlisted.
-Our guest judges will then choose 3 winning ideas from each category.
-These final 12 winners will win a trip to the Nokia World event in September in London, where their ideas are turned into real apps by professional developers.
-When the Nokia N8 hits the stores the winners will receive a brand new Nokia N8 with their app installed.
-The winning apps will also be made available in Ovi Store for everyone to download and enjoy.
-The closing date for submissions is on June 27th.

Look through the different categories to get inspired to come up with a new or innovative idea you would like to see made into a real app. All you need to do is come up with the idea – Nokia will develop the winning apps.

My app idea was on the Think Green Category. The application simply provides a list of all the products that supports the Go Green initiative to save Mother Earth.

The list could be categorize as to Mobilephones, Cars, Refrigerator, Aircondition, Books, Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Computers, etc, or even Movies and Music that tackles the subject on how to save the earth. All products listed should be recycle friendly or was created from recycled materials.

The app will provide a link via Ovi Maps to the nearest store to buy them or an online link for electronic purchases.

This would definitely encourage manufacturers to support Environment Friendly Initiatives thus making a huge difference for everyone.

If you like the app, PLEASE VOTE FOR IT!

Click this link HERE
Scroll down and look for the "Go Green Shopping List" app then click VOTE! c",

Apr 29, 2010

Nokia N8's Astounding Feat!

The drums have rolled and the beat strummed up for Nokia's latest camera flagship device, the Nokia N8 that took the blogosphere world upside down and storming every site like no other.

I myself freak out when I learned that this phone was real having been wishing for it for the past few months, I have been holding on to my Nokia N82 long enough that I want to replace it with a worthy device, finally it came to fruition, the N8 just outshines the N82 in almost all angles.

The camera first and foremost, N8 has a 12MP camera with a 28mm wide angle lens spitting out the best images yet known to mobile phones and even exceeding the quality of professional camera's, how fascinating is that? N8 can record an HD, 720p video recording quality with 25fps with a cinematic surround sound, freaky but it was said to level the quality of a professional video device. Seems that I have now the power to shoot personal videos and make movies of my own, I can hardly do this with my N82, its even sub par for a youtube quality. Watch sample videos Here! Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound and HDMI connection to a home entertainment system seemed to far fetch for a mobile phone before but Nokia make it happen! N8 is now the first phone to carry an HDMI connection, sweet!

Nokia welcomes the Xenon back to their loving hand with N8, thanks to the never ending clamor of photo enthusiasts, they have reconsider there stand of ditching Xenon. There is no other flash that can beat Xenon yet, not in the million miles with LED or any other flash.

N8 will be the very first phone to carry a Symbian^3 Operating System, the very first Symbian system to carry Multitouched technology. It will go head to head with other platforms like Apple and Android but perhaps the best of it all, that Symbian 3 have harness idea from those platforms and top them up, plus the fact that Nokia made intricate feature truly their own like Multitasking, personal touches and fully customizable home screens, it can never go wrong overall.

Integrating all media feature is also one of its main stand point that is why access to Ovi Store’s apps, games and other cool content were focus on the N8, Web TV that could deliver local and global TV favorites, better and more interactive music player, seamless and full integrated social network experience like live updates from Facebook, Twitter, and RenRen pushed right to your home screen, with feeds visible at a single glance where all incorporated making it an uber cool all in one device.

There is even a free navigation that provides worldwide satellite car and walk navigation from Ovi Maps in over 70 countries, built in premium guides from Lonely Planet and Via Michelin for tips on travel, restaurants, weather, and hotels among others, their is no freaky way that others could surpass feature, not in a year or two.

This is the ultimate device at the moment and I'm about to get crazy just thinking about it! Crazy!

Apr 28, 2010

When The Nokia N8 Comes To Picture

The Nokia N8 , Nokia's latest smartphone, intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.Symbian^3 in action
Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world's most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8's hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.

Getting Qt for Developers
The Nokia N8 is Nokia's first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms. Nokia has also made the powerful and simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.

Apr 25, 2010

Credit Card Data Spilled Out By Social Networking Site

In parallel with the technological advancement we have today, are also advancement that restrict and limits out security just like a social networking service Blippy becoming the latest technology firm to be linked to a data leak.

According to a report from technology finance news site Venturebeat, the company was found to have left user credit card details open to search queries. As a result, the site was able to access multiple user credit card numbers.
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The report suggested that the social networking site, which allows users to share information on credit card purchases, could yield user data through a targeted Google search.

Shortly after the report was published, Blippy moved to ease user panic on the incident. Co-founder Philip Kaplan said in the official company blog that only four users were actually affected by the disclosure and have been notified. No other users are believed to be at risk.

"We are serious about security and want to assure Blippy users that this was an isolated incident from many months ago in our beta test, and doesn't affect current users," Kaplan wrote.

"While it looks super-scary and is embarrassing to us, it's a lot less bad than it looks."

Apr 24, 2010

Excerpts Saturday! Villar And His Grand Scheme?

I receive a newsletter in my email account giving this link to this article entitled "How Villar built business empire with deceit, corruption: ex-lawyer", I thought it would be great to share it with you all.

The article was publish via ABS-CBN's website.

First of 3 Parts

MANILA, Philippines - Octogenarian Maxima Policarpio had spent most of her life in the mountains of Norzagaray, a small town in Bulacan, near the foothills of the Sierra Madre. She had hoped to spend the twilight of her life there in peace and quiet, tending a tiny vegetable garden and surrounded by fruit-bearing trees she had planted many years ago.
Related Content:

PART 1: Villar built business empire with deceit, corruption: ex-lawyer

PART 2: Villar firm faked titles through 'layering': ex-lawyer

PART 3: Villar firm’s high-end project sits on land for poor

PROFILE: The man who turned his back on Villar

Last February, despite her age, she left the comfort of her town and braved Quezon City’s noise, pollution and confusion to join dozens of Norzagaray farmers seeking attention to the imminent loss of their ancestral lands. “I am here to protect my land. I may be old, but I still have rights.”

“We are up against an influential person,” she said.

That person is presidential aspirant and billionaire Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Represented by a counsel, the farmers detailed how they lost their ancestral lands, in the blink of an eye, to companies connected with Villar.

They also told of harassment efforts to force them to leave their lands.

“Before, we would wake up and see all those crops pulled out from the soil. They would do it at night. We were helpless. Some of them were armed. What would you do? We would just put back the plants,” Inocencia Pascual, 67, said.

The harassment, however, stopped as the election season neared. And they knew it is only a respite. “Tapos kami pag nanalo sya (We’re finished if he wins),” Pascual said.

Contested land

Court records show that the contested land in Norzagaray is supposedly now the property of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas after it was mortgaged in 2001 by two companies where Villar’s wife, Las PiƱas Rep. Cynthia Villar, has a stake.

The two companies--Capitol Development Bank (now Optimum Development Bank) and Manila Brickworks--defaulted on a P1.5 billion loan it secured from BSP in April 1998 following the financial crisis that hit Asian countries. The money was allegedly spent to finance the House Speakership bid that year of Villar, who was then a congressman.

Yet, documents gathered by Newsbreak show that the two companies acquired possession of the ancestral lands through fraud and manipulative layering scheme.

It appears that the Villars brought to life the defunct Manila Brickworks out of nowhere to act as the original owner of the contested land. Fake Transfer Certificates of Titles (TCTs) were produced in connivance with the Malolos Registry of Deeds to show possession of property.

Court records in Bulacan show that Manila Brickworks was originally owned by Puyat Enterprises and had claimed possession of the property in the 70s. Poultry houses were put up by Puyat Enterprises but abandoned the area after some time.

After years of inactivity, Manila Brickworks resurfaced in 1998 with new incorporators that interlocked with those of Capitol Development Bank.

Capitol Bank, which had financial problems attributed to the financial crisis, eventually sold select assets to Yuchengco-led RCBC Savings Bank to pay off some obligations, then was renamed Optimum Development Bank. (Initially, we reported that Capitol Bank was closed. It was not. - Eds)

In June 2001, Optimum signed a deed of real estate mortgage over the questioned property in favor of BSP to secure Capitol and Manila Brickworks’ unpaid loans.

The conveyance of land titles, coupled with fake ones, from one alleged owner to another, creates different layers that were used as an argument to legitimize property acquisition.

This has been the standard operating procedure of Villar’s lawyers and companies to acquire government and previously awarded lands, according to a lawyer formerly employed by the Nacionalista Party bet.

Pandora’s box of testimony
The man who turned his back on Villar

Lawyer Restituto Mendoza is seeking restitution for his sins of commission and omission as a former employee of Senator Manuel Villar Jr’s. housing empire.

Mendoza has filed a labor complaint before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) for his alleged illegal dismissal after refusing the game that Villar’s senior officers play.

In his complaint, he wrote that he turned a blind eye and deaf ears to the mischief that his employers were getting into and how they get out of trouble. But an unexpected twist of events made him see the light.

He is waging a lonely battle against the billionaire and his senior officers.

His labor complaint is also a tell-all account on how the businesses of Villar acquired land for property development. Read more

The Norzagaray land case is just one of the many legal cases faced by Villar’s real estate empire, which was spawned by the production and sale of affordable houses.

Interviews with different sources and documents show his companies have been fending off legal disputes, mostly land grabbing cases, like the Norzagaray case.

In 2004, Villar hired Atty. Restituto Mendoza to handle problematic raw land cases for Household Development Corp., one of the firms under his real estate empire.

Mendoza has a pending complaint before the National Labor Relations Commission for illegal dismissal. Named respondents were Villar, his flagship real estate firm Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., Casa Regalia, Adelfa Properties and lawyers and officers of the companies. Newsbreak obtained a copy of the complaint, including other documents.

In the labor case, Mendoza opened the Pandora’s box of irregularities of Villar’s businesses, practices and ethics. It was a tell-all testimony, bordering on violating the lawyer-client privilege, as he accused Villar of bribery, corruption, deceit and fraud in rebuilding his empire from bankruptcy.

Mendoza charged Villar on the ground that he is well aware of the practices of the firms' senior officers—from paying off government officials and judges to faking titles—to skirt potential legal issues. Mendoza said Villar is a hands-on manager, supposedly even concerned about where to put trash cans in the subdivision projects.

Newsbreak sought to corroborate Mendoza’s serious allegations, which included duping another land developer, Ayala Land, and an alleged attempt to bribe Customs officials to release an undervalued crane imported by his company, MGS Corp. (Details in Part 3 of the series, to be published on April 14.) We found some corroborative documents and information to back up Mendoza’s claims.

Ayala Land, which got questionable titles as in exchange for a previous P300 million loan from a Villar firm, has yet to reply to our query as of this posting. (Read:Imus Estate land key to Villar-Ayala deal)

Customs officials, on the other hand, provided data of the botched importation. (Details in Part 3)

Violation of lawyer-client relationship

Villar’s chief legal officer, Ma. Nalen Rosero-Galang, who has been countering the land grabbing complaints hurled against Villar since the campaign began, dismissed Mendoza’s stories and narration as “all lies.” In an interview with Newsbreak, Galang said she is “shocked of Mendoza’s allegations.”

Galang pointed out that Mendoza took five years to come out and expose the unethical practices of Villar’s businesses.

“I would have wanted to ignore him so as not to dignify his claims,” Galang said in an interview. Besides, she added that Mendoza’s claims would not have been admissible in court since “it violates the lawyer-client relationship.”

“Actually I pity him, since no one would want to hire him as a lawyer after this,” she added.

We also sought to interview Mendoza, but he begged off, saying his complaint would suffice. Mendoza was dismissed in May last year and filed his complaint in August.

The C-5 controversy

In his complaint, Mendoza mentioned some of the properties that benefitted from the controversial C5 road extenstion project. The road traversed through 50-52 hectares of Villar’s property holdings.

Villar's peers in the Senate conducted ethics committee hearings. In a report, the senators found Villar guilty of conflict of interest when he supposedly benefited from the P6.96 billion road project. A public works feasibility study stated that Villar conceived and funded the project.

Mendoza provided the context in the arrangement between two real estate properties associated with Villar. Masaito Development Corp and Adelfa Properties supposedly swapped properties affected by the C5 road extension.

Based on documents submitted by Mendoza to the NLRC, it was Villar’s Adelfa Properties that initiated the arrangement with Masaito. Adelfa then claimed the bulk of expropriation proceeds from the Masaito property.

The agreement stated Masaito would only get only P7 million while Adelfa would get the remainder, amounting to P15 million.

A total of P168.1 million was paid by the government for the right of way involving Villar’s properties while only P22 million for non-Villar properties.

And yet, based on Mendoza’s claims on the Masaito agreement, through careful planning and foresight, Villar even got proceeds from his supposed non-properties.

Why would Masaito agree to swap properties with Adelfa if it would be paid for the right of way anyway? Was government informed about the swap or was there an attempt to cloak it through internal arrangement?

Internal arrangement

A source familiar with the case said that Villar’s senior officers had anticipated the road extension would pass through the Masaito properties. The properties were raw lands at that time and would have commanded low zonal valuation.

Yet, through connections in the DPWH and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Masaito property was valued at P30,000 per square meter, a “unique” situation that Adriano told the Senate since it was the only property that commanded that high price.

In the Senate probe, former revenue district officer Carmelita Bacod admitted that the valuation was “grossly disadvantageous to the government.”

The source explained that Masaito knew it would only get a lower zonal valuation and thus, lower payment for its properties, if only government would have its way. Entering into an agreement would be a win-win situation for both Adelfa and Masaito---the former gets a portion of the right of way payment without essentially losing with its property while the latter gets the bulk of the proceeds.

To facilitate the agreement, Masaito and Adelfa signed a memorandum of undertaking (MOU) where they agreed to open a joint bank account at the Landbank where expropriation proceeds would be deposited. Adelfa president Jerry Navarette and Masaito president Joseph Wang would be the joint signatories.

After the first tranche of P22 million has been deposited, of which P7 million would given to Masaito, Adelfa would assume “sole right” of the remainder of the proceeds, the MOU stated. Navarrete would then be the sole signatory of the Landbank account.

Mendoza said it was the C5 controversy that shattered his respect of Villar. He recalled that he was the one who drafted the Masaito agreement upon hearing Senator Jamby Madrigal mentioning the company. “Evidently, Senator Villar was not telling the truth when he had been consistently denying in public that he and his companies never received a single centavo from the C-5 road extension project,” Mendoza said.

In drafting the Masaito-Adelfa agreement, Mendoza said he “unknowingly had been an instrument of corruption in what is now the C5 road scandal.”

In his Feb. 2 speech before the Senate to rebut the ethics, Villar maintained that he did not financially benefit from the C5 project. “Wala po akong ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Wala po akong kasalanan, wala pong anomalya sa C5 project at hindi po ako nakinabang,” Villar said. - With reports and additional research from Ma. Althea Teves and Purple Romero, abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak

Hmmm? Quite a serious allegation here, well its up to the readers and the voters to decide..

Apr 23, 2010

Freaky Friday! Cool Phone, Hot Wheels

Summer’s just about to get hotter! Get a chance to win a brand new Toyota Vios or a Nokia 5230 when you buy a new Nokia handset! Treat yourself with a new mobile phone from participating telecom stores in SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, and Robinson’s Place Manila.

Nokia’s mobile line up includes phones that suit your taste for tech – from a QWERTY keypad phone like the Nokia E63, a touchscreen phone like the Nokia 5230, the Nokia 5130 if you love to bring your music around with you, the Nokia 7210 for stylish trendsetters, the Nokia 2730 for those who want a pocket-friendly 3G device, and the Nokia 1661 for an affordable colored phone.

A raffle coupon will be given depending on the amount of the phone purchased. One lucky customer will win a Toyota Vios 1.3 E M/T and ten customers will have the chance to win a Nokia 5230. Deadline for dropping entries is on May 2, 2010 at designated drop boxes located in participating stores in the mentioned malls. Draw date is on May 4, 2010.

So what are you waiting for? Go for the brand that 6 out of 10 Filipinos trust and enjoy at least a year-long product warranty and nationwide after-sales support if you buy from authorized Nokia stores or resellers.

Apr 22, 2010

"Do Good" and Win Millions From Nokia

Nokia CEO Kallasvuo says mobile solutions in parts of the world that can benefit the most are not only needed, but can also be profitable

Good ideas are a dime a dozen, or so the saying goes. But now a single good idea could be worth a million dollars. Nokia has announced a million dollar venture challenge to encourage innovators to create a mobile product or service that raises the standard of living or enhances the lives of those in growth economies.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo called on innovators to do good by bringing mobile solutions to parts of the world that can benefit most. At the same time he explained that mobile solutions can be quite profitable, leading to financial “win-win” scenarios for both innovators and consumers. “We’ve seen what the tech community can do when it focuses on problems that are also opportunities”, Kallasvuo said. “We want to channel that energy toward improving lives in the developing world.”

The Million Dollar Venture Challenge will consider any submission that enhances the target growth economy and also provides a potential return on the investment. It is not limited to software or hardware that uses Nokia device or software platforms. In fact, as many emerging markets have varying degrees of mobile and Internet adoption, submissions can also expand beyond the mobile phone such as Nokia’s solutions and projects in innovations in growth economies like Nokia Life Tools and Nokia Tej.

The million dollars will be invested in a single winning organization with the best idea as decided by a combination of judges from Nokia Growth Partners, Nokia’s venture arm, and Forum Nokia, which is Nokia’s organization dedicated to 3rd party developers and other innovators. Through Nokia Growth Partners and Forum Nokia, Nokia offers developers and innovators potential funding, expert technical support and marketing programs designed to assist and promote 3rd party activities on Nokia platforms.

Also, 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas and business models to a panel of Nokia business people and private venture capitalists, providing an opportunity for the innovators to receive business guidance and possibly other funding from participating venture capitalists.

The Venture Challenge finalists will be announced in September 2010 while the finalists will be announced in August 2010. The deadline for submissions is June 10, 2010. Interested innovators can learn more and enter their submissions at www.callingallinnovators.com.

Apr 21, 2010

Travel And Places Wednesday! My World On A Stroke…

My world is a big place to lived! Here are some excerpt images I have collected, I love taking pictures of just about anything using my Nokia N82, ENJOY!


Zamboanga City barrage by Campaign Posters! This was taken in Plaza Pershing, in front of the City Hall. I would have love to see it without those garbage posters, why in the world thus the City government allowed such atrocious act, they totally destroy the parks visage.


Pagadian City Bus Terminal loomed in darkness! It’s not that they were living in a Daybreaker movie scenario where people became vampires and lived through darkness but a blackout craze is plaguing this part of the world! I wonder if this another Moses kind of miracle plaque to free God’s people from the governments corrupt and evil deeds?



Clarin’s Suman Festival 2010 in remark! One of the Sinulog contingent smiling her way for the world to see. See how they feared in the street dance competition HERE.



Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, one of the most prominent landmark in the country's very capital. It created to host the Miss Universe back then and was said to have been finished in just a week leaving a horrific story of buried workers to cover lost time, millions of kickbacks earned by Imelda Marcos, etc.



Dipolog City by the bay, this is part of their long stretch bay park, a well placed relaxation heaven. By night this area is converted to a grill trench with several

Apr 19, 2010

Explained: The Difference Between Noynoy Aquino's SCTEX And Manny Villar's C5

This video is really getting on my nerves! It is true indeed the one makes millions out of a project that can be called a grand corruption scheme while the other did not. Whoever was that person, find out in this very clear and precise analysis made by Mareng Winnie Monsod, a big thank you for explaining this.

Apr 18, 2010

Beat The Summer Heat With Nokia And Citibank

With this terrible Hell Nino heat pounding down on us, now is the perfect time to head to the beach or swimming pool for some lil cooling action. Of course, having the right tools to party is important in making your summer shebang the most memorable this sweltering season.

Celebrate summer and treat yourself to a Nokia 5230 available for as low as P1,533.33/ month at 0% Paylite when you use your Citibank credit card. Avail of this cool touchscreen music phone and get a free Nokia MD-9 speaker! Download all your favorite music tunes, plug in the speaker and get ready to enjoy cooler times with your family and friends.

The Nokia 5230 comes with 70MB of internal memory, and can be further expanded to 16GB with an external memory card. With that amount of space, you can load it with hundreds of songs which you can listen to for more than a day! Just plug in your earphones to its 3.5mm AV connector and you’re set! Organizing your tunes is also fast, easy, and simple with the Nokia Music for PC application.

The fun doesn’t stop with music. The Nokia 5230 features a 3.2” full touchscreen, which means a bigger and clearer view of vibrant videos, photos, and games. It has various input options from full screen handwriting with your finger or stylus, virtual QWERTY, and a traditional styled keypad. And unlike other touchscreen phones, the Nokia 5230 has a one tap/ two tap function for better accuracy and precision.

The Nokia 5230 also lets you access the different services of the Ovi Store based on your interest and location. Be able to download games, more videos, podcasts, and productivity tools. It comes with Ovi Maps which can come in handy when you need to find your way around the city, a 2 megapixel camera and HSDPA-enhanced 3D technology so you could surf the Internet, watch viral videos on YouTube, check your Facebook, or message a friend in MySpace in warp speed. The Contacts Bar displays thumbnail images of up to 20 of your close friends and also drops down to show your communications history including emails, phone calls, SMS, and MMS with them. It has a handy Media Bar that provides instant access to your favourite media and applications from music, photos, or Ovi Share.

The Nokia 5230 with free Nokia MD-9 Speaker promo runs till May 31, 2010. Visit http://www.nokia-ph-gs.com/5230citibank/ for more details.

Apr 17, 2010

Nokia C6 On The Cutting Edge

Among the messaging phones that were presented by Nokia last April 13, by the way I received an invitation of the virtual event via DHL (Thank You!) but it arrived April 15th, it’s the Nokia C6 that shines best to me, not that it’s the only phone with sliding QWERTY form factor but it seemed that it’s one of the byproduct of my endearing wish list. As far as this blog is concern, I made a comment about Nokia coming up with sliding QWERTY keyboard’s that were distantly spaced (E75, Nokia N97 Mini) that it became a bit difficult to used specially in reaching middle keys, well they answered back with the C6 keyboard design by throbbing a closely compact buttons thus decreasing the gap in between. Though I haven’t tried using it, it seemed that it will increase typing comfort among users, Kudos Nokia! The idea of having a QWERTY keyboard was for faster typing; well this would definitely mark up the claim. I also like the idea of aligning the buttons to that of the screen; it doesn’t give a disorienting impression like that of the E75 where the screen is half width to that of the QWERTY keyboard.

I definitely like the phone design overall; it’s fairly attractive to gaze upon especially when the QWERTY is slide out. I also like the back cover design, brings a fresh look to the seemingly redundant Nokia back design where the camera lens were in the middle with the lens protector.

Most of my answered wish list was on the hood, the 250BM RAM that will boast further the phones multitasking capability, the 200MB Internal memory which will cover application installation, High Definition touchscreen display, full integration of Social Network applications, ESeries like messaging and email (integration of features between Nokia line up), N97 like customizable homescreen among others. The face and smile detection on the camera department is a welcome addition offering something new to the arena and I hope there were more that is yet to be announced.

Seven hours of talk time is a huge difference on mobile phones, mostly it could only last for 3 hours of talk time and so it’s a bold claim to make. The phone only have 1200mAh battery capacity, far fetch to that of the 1500mAh of N97’s but it last longer than the latter, the secret lies within the OS I think, it was designed to conserve energy efficiently.

Last but not the least and perhaps the most important shocker, the price, it will only be sold for PhP15,000 more or less, imagine how cheap that is considering the features and specs of the phone (better than the N97 flagship), its mind blowing! I would swear my witched neighbor dies if this phone wouldn’t sell by the millions, hah! Kidding! I could already imagine myself buying this phone by summer because of its affordability, tired of lusting for super expensive phones because many times, it end up to nothing because I can’t afford them. c”,

Nokia C6 will be in stores worldwide, second quarter of 2010.

Nokia C6 Specifications:
- TFT touchscreen, 16M colors, 360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches
- QWERTY keyboard, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Accelerometer sensor
Sound Alert types
- Speakerphone, 3.5 mm audio jack
- 250MB RAM, 200 MB Internal Memory, 2GB Memory Card included
- GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth with v2.0 A2DP
- 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels Camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 30fps video recording
- Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 (Symbian^3)
- SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Downloadable Games
- Nokia Ovi Maps with A-GPS support
- Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/WMV player, Flash Lite 3
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4J), Up to 384 h (2G) / Up to 384 h (3G) Standby time, Up to 7 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G) Talk time

Apr 16, 2010

Freaky Friday! Globe's My Superplan

Globe made a bold statement lately by coming up with the most conventional and the very first customizable postpaid plan ever made yet, the My Superplan that offers attractive and cheap postpaid suite for consumers to enjoy. I would say it’s the best yet since consumers are free to choose any package they want at their preferred term. You can even change your plan package every month and will let you discover the best package that suites your needs, imagine that for a change from a close reciprocated packages they offer before.

My Super Txt (P349/month), all-you-can text to Globe/TM/Tattoo numbers nationwide. Quite affordable specially if your a text freak like most Pinoys, send as many message you want, SMS or MMS no hols bared to all Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers. Convetional because if you compare that to unlimited per day service where you need still need to register everytime you avail one and it will come out cheaper as well.
My DUO (P450/month), all-you-can calls to non-Globe Landline/other DUO/Super DUO numbers within the same registered area and all-you-can calls to Globe landlline numbers nationwide. I dont think this is an attractive offer since most Pinoys nowadays owns mobile phones.

*Available for NCR to NCR calls (plus Rizal Areas) with 02 area code; Cebu to Cebu calls, area code 032. Duo/Super Duo calls to Danao/Sotelco will be charged regular mobile rates; Bohol to Bohol calls with 038 area code. Duo/Super Duo calls to Cruztelco will be charged regular mobile rates; Capiz to Capiz calls with 036 area code. Duo/Super Duo calls to PLDT outside of Roxas City will be charged regular mobile rates; Negros Occidental to Negros Occidental calls with 034. Duo/Super Duo calls to RC Yulo Tel Sys, San Carlos Tel Sys, and Victorias Tel Sy will be charged regular mobile rates.

My Super DUO (P599/month, all-you-can calls to non-Globe Landline within the same registered area and all-you-can calls to Globe/TM/Tattoo/Globe landline numbers nationwide. This will best suite business and entreprenuers who relays so much on calls to clients.

*Available for NCR to NCR calls (plus Rizal Areas) with 02 area code; Cebu to Cebu calls, area code 032. Duo/Super Duo calls to Danao/Sotelco will be charged regular mobile rates; Bohol to Bohol calls with 038 area code. Duo/Super Duo calls to Cruztelco will be charged regular mobile rates; Capiz to Capiz calls with 036 area code. Duo/Super Duo calls to PLDT outside of Roxas City will be charged regular mobile rates.; Negros Occidental to Negros Occidental calls with 034. Duo/Super Duo calls to RC Yulo Tel Sys, San Carlos Tel Sys, and Victorias Tel Sy will be charged regular mobile rates.

My Super Unli (P599/month), all-you-can mobile call and text to Globe/TM/Tattoo numbers nationwide. This might be the best offer in the whole plan package since it combines text and call and a biut close to Globe Business PhP499 edging only on text which only give 300 for Business 499 but it has no free phone and that you still need to dial the 238 before the 10 digit Globe/TM/Tattoo number to enjoy the ALL-YOU-CAN service which offers only limited line slot, otherwise subscriber will be charged rates outside of the ALL-YOU-CAN service.

My Super Surf (1200/month), all-you-can mobile chatting, downloading, emailing and surfing wherever you go. I love this service personally since I'm fun of mobile browsing and quess what, they even offer this package for PhP999 among Globe Business subscribers.

*Does not cover internet usage when video streaming, using as a modem, selecting applications where you are advised to switch to non-unlimited. Does not work if used on another device.

Requirements:

No Lock Up period for LINE only application while a 24 Month will be applied for those who avail Handsets.

This packages can also be combined as you prefered and will be paid before the subscription among prepaid subscribers while it will be an add on service among postpaid subscribers as long as its within the credit limit.

Apr 15, 2010

Fun Thursday! Resident Evil 4 To Use An ‘Avatar’ like 3D Technology

The fourth instalment of the popular Resident Evil franchise, Sony Pictures' RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, releasing 10th September 2010, will be the first movie after Avatar to use James Cameron & Vincent Pace's patented Fusion Camera System, the world's most advanced 3D technology. The film is releasing in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu simultaneously with the US release.

In RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, the world is ravaged by an infectious virus and victims are turned into the Undead, Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Although a deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation escalates, Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend, Ali (Claire Redfield). A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes Alice and her comrades to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and a deadly trap awaits.

Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the film stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, Ultraviolet).

(Source: India Times)

Apr 14, 2010

Nokia Unleashed 3 New Social Networking And Messaging Phones

Nokia has announced three new handsets - the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 - designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices. These new handsets feature full QWERTY keyboards, and enable access to a range of different email accounts, IM communities and social networks.

"Our messaging device range is very successful," said Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's Head of Markets. "Services that provide easy access to the world's consumer and corporate email and instant messaging are really popular on our QWERTY smartphones such as the Nokia E71 and Nokia E63. People want the best messaging and social networking experience on an affordable device, whether it's sending a simple text or instant message, an email, or a direct message from their Twitter account. The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that."

The Nokia C3 is the first device to bring a full QWERTY keyboard to the world's most popular mobile phone platform - Series 40 - and is the first in the range to enable access to social networks directly on the homescreen. People can view, comment, update their status and share pictures to their favorite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

At an estimated price of EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C3 also comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, meaning first time users can set up email and chat accounts straight from the device, without the need for a PC. Other notable features are the Wi-Fi connectivity, a two megapixel camera, rich color 2.4 inch screen and support for up to an 8GB memory card. The Nokia C3 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 in a variety of appealing colors, including golden white, slate grey and hot pink.


The Nokia C6 is a Symbian-based smartphone combining the benefits of a 3.2 inch touch screen with a full slide out keyboard. The large screen provides a great Internet experience, as well as offering access to Facebook feeds directly on the homescreen. A full suite of email and social networking capabilities means the Nokia C6 is perfect for people who want to stay up to date while on the go.

Expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of EUR 220, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C6 has an impressive feature set including a high quality five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. In addition, thousands of apps - from games and videos to news aggregators and web services - are available in the Ovi Store.

Rounding off the trio is the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries range, the Nokia E5. Designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian-based Nokia E5 follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone.

The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world's corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it's easy to keep in contact from anywhere.

Estimated price of the Nokia E5 is EUR 180, before taxes and subsidies, with expected availability in the third quarter of 2010.

Apr 13, 2010

New Human Species Found In South Africa Through Google Earth

Google Earth has helped paleoanthropologists discover a human species that pre-dated our "genus Homo" ancestors, the search giant announced Thursday.Hominid2

According to Google, professor Lee Berger at the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg used Google Earth over the last two years to locate more than 500 previously undiscovered "caves and fossil sites" around the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa.

Based on Berger's findings, scientists searched the newly discovered sites and, much to their surprise, discovered a new human species.

Dubbed "Australopithecus sediba," the species "was an upright walker that shared many physical traits with the earliest known species of the genus Homo." Although their findings are preliminary, scientists believe that the species could provide valuable insight into human ancestry.

(Source: L.A. Times)

Apr 12, 2010

Nokia 6303i Classic: A Pleasure To Look At And Use

"If it ain't broken, don't fix it" is a saying that applies to most things, but the people at Nokia assume there's always room for positive change. The Nokia 6303i classic follows the digital footprints of the Nokia 6303 classic and builds on the proven formula that class and elegance never goes out of style.

The design of the Nokia 6303i classic is unequivocal, both inside and out. It’s stainless steel covers and compact size feel solid in the hand while the intuitive user interface makes all key features easy to find. The device is great value for money with its amazing feature list:

- Nokia Messaging solution combines email and instant messaging and provides a very convenient way to stay in contact with your family and friends
- Discover a wide variety of applications, games, videos, trailers, themes and ringtones at the Ovi Store by Nokia
- Plug in your choice of headphones via the 3.5 mm connector and enjoy your music on the move – or listen via the built-in loudspeaker
- Tune in to your favorite station with the FM stereo radio
- Capture special moments with the 3.2 megapixel full focus camera featuring LED flash and 4x digital zoom
- Keep talking and messaging for longer periods with extended battery performance

The Nokia 6303i classic has an SRP of P6,850 and comes in silver white, khaki gold, silver black & matte black. It is available at all Nokia Stores and authorized retailers nationwide.

Apr 11, 2010

Sunday? Customized! Music A Click Away

Once upon a time, you actually had to wait for songs if you wanted to listen to them. In those days, if you loved a song enough, you waited for the next time it popped up on MTV or fiddled with the radio knobs in the hopes of tuning into the right frequency. This was in the dark ages before YouTube and media downloads, of course, the dark ages before the Internet. Those days were sometimes musically bleak, with the occasional MTV Most Wanted request or your favorite radio station's all-request weekend serving as the beacon of light.

Today, there's no such thing. If you can't get the latest Rihanna hit out of your head, all you have to do is go online and download or stream the song. Then we put the song on repeat, hopped up on our MP3 players and on constant rotation everywhere we go. And it's not just the latest Rihanna. We've got everything from Mozart to Morrissey at our fingertips, an "Enter" and a mouse click away.

Nokia takes it one step further, making all your musical needs accessible anywhere and everywhere you go. MusicMix is a music application that allows you to access three of your favorite music sites for free downloadable content: Nokia Indie Artists Club (IAC), the Universal Music Group site and Sonic Boom Philippines. Downloadable and free for your Nokia phone from the Ovi Store, MusicMix is for music fans, which is to say everyone who's ever loved a song.

Thre three music sites split the different musical tastes. For the freshest local indie tracks, go to Nokia IAC and sample and download the next great musical discovery. For your favorite local signed bands, Sonic Boom has some of their biggest tracks, as well as wallpapers of the bands. Finally, Universal Music opens its 2,000-track library for a truly diverse musical experience.

To top it all off, your sound trip doesn't have to end with MusicMix. 45-second tracks are also available for download as ringtones. So instead of a buzz-harshing ring every time your boss calls, you've got your shower song giving you a nudge towards a lighter mood.

The MusicMix is just one of the many applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services that you can access through the Ovi Store. Your personal media network with a social buying experience, the Ovi Store even delivers smart content recommendations based on user actions, handset and locations.

Apr 10, 2010

Excerpts Saturday! Partylists, Take A Pick! Part 1

Few weeks ago, I posted my preliminary draft of people to vote in the upcoming National Election but I miss to mention my Partylist to vote, well it’s not an easy task to do, with 270 listed as official by the Commission on Election, it will take ages to confer everything and choose one to vote for.

The complete list were as follows, take a peek and drool!

01 1-ANG PAMILYA
02 1-AANI
03 1-ABAA, (Women)
04 1-AHAPO
05 1-AK, 1-AANGAT KA PILIPINO
06 1-CARE, CONSUMERS ALLIANCE
07 1-NET, TECHNOLOGY
08 1-TUBIG
09 1-UTAK, TRANSPORT
10 1GANAP/GUARDIANSA
11 1ST KABAGIS
12 1ST PRISA
13 A BLESSED PARTY-LIST
14 A TAMBAY, ANG TAO MUNA AT BAYAN
15 A TEACHER
16 A-IPRA, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RIGHTS
17 AA-KASOSYO PARTY
18 AAMA )Mining Group)
19 AAMBIS-OWA (Maguuman nga Bisaya)
20 AANI, ANG AGRIKULTURA NATING ISULONG
21 AAPS (Administrators, Professionals, Seniors)
22 AASCA (Senior Citizins)
23 ABA (Magsasaka, Mangingisda)
24 ABA ILONGGO
25 ABAKADA, ABAKADA GURO
26 ABAMIN, ABANTE MINDANAO, INC.
27 ABANG LINGKOD, ABANG LINGKOD, INC.
28 ABANTE KA, ABANTE KATUTUBO, INC.
29 ABAY PARAK (Professional, Kalakal)
30 ABBA-AMA
31 ABC, ALLIANCE FOR BARANGAY CONCERNS PARTY
32 ABO, ABANTE BICOL ORAGON INC.
33 ABONO
34 ABOT TANAW
35 ABP-BICOLNON, ALLIANCE OF BICOLNON PARTY
36 ABROAD, ACTION BROTHERHOOD FOR ACTIVE DREAMERS
37 ABS, ARTS BUSINESS AND SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS
38 ACMA, A COVERGENCE FOR MINDANAO AGENDA, INC.
39 ACT TEACHERS
40 ACTS, TRANSFORMATION AND SERVICE
41 ADA, AGRARIAN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
42 ADAM, ADHIKAIN NG MGA DAKILANG ANAK MAHARLIKA
43 ADD, ACTION FOR DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT, INC.
44 ADD-TRIBAL
45 AFPSEGCO, ALLIANCE FOR PHILIPPINES SECURITY GUARDS
46 AG, ANG GALING PINOY
47 AGAP, AGRICULTURAL SECTOR ALLIANCE
48 AGBIAG, AGBIAG! TIMPUYOG ILOCANO, INC.
49 AGHAM (Science)
50 AGILA, AGILA NGKATUTUBONG PILIPINO, INC.
51 AGRI, AGRI-AGRA NA REPORMA PARA SA MAGSASAKA
52 AHON, AHON PINOY
53 AK, AKBAY KALUSUGAN. INC.
54 AKAP, ANG KALUSUGAN PARA SA PINOY;INC.
55 AKAP BATA
56 AKAP TAO, KAPATIRAN PARA SA TANGKILIKAN NG MGA OBRERO
57 AKB, AKO BICOL POLITICAL PARTY
58 AKBAYAN, CITIZEN'S ACTION PARTY
59 AKI, ANGKAN KATUTUBO, INC.
60 AKMA-PTM, AKSYON MAGSASAKA PARTIDO TINIG NG MASA
61 AKO, AKO AYOKO SA BAWAL NA DROGA
62 AKO AGILA, AKO AGILA SA NAGKAISANG MAGSASAKA
63 AKO BAHAY, KILUSAN NG ORDINARYONG TAO
64 AKSI, ANG KAPISANAN NG MGA SEAMAN
65 ALAGAD, ALAGAD PARTY-LIST
66 ALAY BUHAY, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, INC.
67 ALE, ASSOCIATION OF LABORERS AND EMPLOYEES
68 ALIF, AND LABAN NG INDIGONG FILIPINO
69 ALIM, ACTION LEAGUE OF INDIGENOUS MASSES
70 ALLUMAD, ALYANSA LUMAD MINDANAO, INC.
71 ALMA, ALMA SA PAGKAHIKAHOS AT IGNORANSIYA
72 ALMANA, ALYANSA NG MAMAMAYANG NAGHIHIRAP
73 ALNA, NAULILA NG MGA TAGAPAGTANGGOL NG BAYAN
74 ALON, ADHIKAING ALAY NG MARINO SA SAMBAYANAN, INC.
75 ALUM, ALYANSA LUMAD, INC.
76 ALYANSA NG OFW, ALYANSA NG OFW PARTY
77 AMA, ANG MATA'Y ALAGAAN
78 AMANA, AKSYON NG MAMAMAYANG NAGKAKAISA
79 AMANG, MALILIIT NA NEGOSYANTENG GUMAGANAP
80 AME, ALLIANCE OF BICOLNON PARTY
81 AMIN, ANAK MINDANAO
82 AMS, ALYANSA NG MEDIA AT SHOWBIZ
83 AN WARAY, AN WARAY
84 ANAD, LLIANCE FOR NATONALISM AND DEMOCRACY
85 ANAK, ANGAT ATING KABUHAYAN PILIPINAS, INC.
86 ANAKALUSUGAN, ALAGAAN NATIN ATING KALUSUGAN
87 ANAKPAWIS
88 ANG KASANGGA, KASANGGA SA KAUNLARAN, INC.
89 ANG LADLAD, LBGT PARTY
90 ANG MINERO, SECTORAL PARTY OF ANG MINERO
91 ANG NICP, COALITION ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S ACTION
92 ANG PADER, PROGRAM FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
93 ANG PDR, ANG PARTIDO DEMOKRATIKO RURAL
94 ANG SAMAKA, PARA SA MAGANDANG KABUHAYAN
95 ANG TRABAHANTE, TRABAHADOR AT PAHINANTE
96 ANG TSINOY
97 ANUPA, URBAN POOR ORGANIZATIONS
98 APEC, PHILIPPINE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
99 APELA, PENOLOGY ENHANCEMENT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE
100 APO, ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE'S ORGANIZATIONS
101 APOI, AKBAY PINOY OFW-NATIONAL, INC.
102 ARAL, RIGHTEOUSNESS ADVOCACY IN LEADERSHIP
103 ARARO, RURAL AND AGRARIAN RECONSTRUCTION
104 ARC, ALLIANCE FOR RURAL CONCERNS
105 ARCAPP, COALITIONS AGAINST PEOPLE'S POVERTY
106 AS, ALAY SERBISYO
107 ASAHAN MO, SPECIAL CHILDREN AND HANDICAPPED MOVEMENT
108 AT, AANGATTAYO
109 ATING KOOP, ADHIKAING TINATAGUYOD NG KOOPERATIBA
110 ATM, ABANTE TRIBUNG MAKABANSA

Apr 9, 2010

Freaky Friday! PAL's Grand Raffle Promo

In line with our upcoming anniversary we are launching a raffle promo open to each PAL domestic/international electronic ticket purchased in the Philippines or through the PAL website.

This promo is valid within the period 16March 2010-31December 2010. Prizes at stake are Free-of-Charge (FOC) ticket of the same routing and class of service of the flown segment as that of the winning e-ticket number.

General Mechanics

1. Each PAL domestic/international electronic ticket (E-ticket) purchased in the Philippines or through the PAL Internet Booking Engine within the period 16 March 2010 and 31 December 2010 on PAL operated sectors and flown within the same period shall automatically entitle the passenger to one (1) raffle entry per flown sector.
2. Other Airline (OAL) tickets on PR operated codeshare flights or PR tickets on codeshare flights are not eligible for the raffle.
3. When an E-ticket is issued and flown within the qualifying period, the E-ticket number shall be included in the raffle draw. The cut-off date for each monthly draw shall be as specified by PAL.
4. The winning e-ticket number shall be drawn electronically and the passenger named in the e-ticket shall be declared the winner.
5. Once an e-ticket number is drawn and wins a prize it will automatically be excluded in succeeding draws.
6. A passenger, however, shall have as many chances of winning as the number of e-tickets purchased and flown within the qualifying period and may win as many prizes as there are winning e-tickets drawn in his/her favor.
7. A passenger can only claim the prize upon surrender of the Boarding Pass of the winning ticket. NO BOARDING PASS, NO PRIZE.

Raffle Draw

1, 000 winners - May 31, 2010
1, 000 winners - June 30, 2010
1, 000 winners - July 30, 2010
1, 000 winners - August 31, 2010
2, 000 winners - September 30, 2010
2,000 winners - October 29, 2010
2,500 winners - November 30, 2010
2,500 winners - December 22, 2010
3,000 winners - February 15, 2011

Winners in each drawing date shall be announced through the newspapers and shall be posted at the PAL website www.philippineairlines.com. (PAL shall not send notification via text messages and any text messages proclaiming any winner shall not be honored by PAL.)

For more info CLICK HERE!

Apr 8, 2010

Fun Thursday! Waz Up, Small Tube!

Lot of stuffs have been going in Television this days and I wasn’t able to feature them up lately because I lost track on most of them. Hah!

First Up, American Idol! I used to be a big fan of this program before but everything change in a complete U turn, I lost interest in watching it mainly because Americans suck in choosing their Idol since for the past few years, they fail to recognized true talent but rather go with artists (things) that can bored them to death (iPhone?), it have been airing for almost a month now but it didn’t gain traction at all and was blunted with demise! Paula left the show, Simon is leaving then finally the latest buzz, it will now close permanently with this season as their last, Yey! At last! I hope Crystal Bowersox wins but I know it won’t happen knowing how Americans hate true talent! American Idol airs on QTV 11 and Star World every Wednesday and Thursday evening.

The Amazing Race 9 is on its Top 6 now, I’m still religiously following it though not mentioned much on the blog. The difference between American Idol and Amazing Race, adrenalin and never ending rush of excitement, that’s why I will still be following it for the next few years. I hope I could be part of this competition in the future, who wouldn’t want to see the world in a stroke? My beat at the moment were the Cowboys team Cord and Jet who were fast but easily lose track, Police Officers Louie and Michael who have endured to topple everyone up amidst their old age and dating couple Brent and Caite who by the way hated by the lesbian team who were very insecure of Caite. I wonder why there was no Chick team this year, I would have easily pick them as my beat. ;) The race was currently in Malaysia at the moment with racers basking in a tropical white beach. Amazing Race airs live via satellite every Monday at 7AM with a primetime telecast same day at 8PM on Star World and every Tuesday 8PM on Studio 23.

Last but not the least, a primetime soap that I’m hooked at the moment, Queen Seon Deok, a Korean Soap Opera that narrates the thrilling and exciting story of the first Queen of Silla, one of Korea’s early kingdoms. If you’re looking for a show that defies the norm, keeps you up beaten with thrill every night and will teach you how to rule the world then this is the show you are looking for. It just combined politics, history, war strategy, unique story, good cinematography and special effects on a television program thus defying the common boring visage of soap operas. I never thought I would love this show, maybe because it tackles history, politics and desire to rule the world amidst the almost too impossible scenario. Yes, I wanted to rule the world, want to earn the title as the most powerful man and be hailed by all humanity, marked that for it will come true. c”,

Every character in the story seemed to have an interesting refute specially the main antagonists, she is one of a kind, brilliant, cunning, ambitious and defies every boundaries set for a woman yet fragile as a child, a daunting combination. The main protagonist is also as cunning, intelligent and strong willed yet careless, vicious and dreamy, another daunting opposition. Who wouldn’t want to witness their clash of brilliance?

At the moment, the story is on a pivotal shift, everyone who are following it could attest how unstoppable the thrill was every night, it seemed like the soap will leave you on the edge from start to end gaining momentum day by day, exciting as it became, I’m looking forward for it every night and became the most awaited and most talked about among the people in the house. Queen Seon Deok, Tagalized version airs on GMA 7 late night.

Apr 7, 2010

Nokia E71 And Nokia E66 Get Free Navigation, Today

GLOBAL – You spoke, we listened: Free walk and drive navigation is now available for the Nokia E71 and Nokia E66. The latest version of Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation has been available on a range of devices such as the Nokia E72, Nokia N97 mini, and X6 since January. After listening to customer feedback though, the Ovi Maps team have now created a version that works on Nokia E71 and Nokia E66.

To enjoy free navigation with Ovi Maps on Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 devices, users should follow these simple steps:

1. Download the new Ovi Maps application from nokia.com/maps to your PC

2. Install the application using Ovi Suite to your device

3. Go to applications folder and start using Ovi Maps


Note to users : if users do not install the new Ovi Maps application, they will be prompted to pay the one year navigation license of 9.99 EUR if they start using the drive and walk navigation feature.

People will be able to use Ovi Suite to sideload the latest country maps onto their devices so they can enjoy offline map browsing alongside free navigation. The process of making the latest version of Ovi Maps available for existing devices is quite involved, but the team managed to include complete navigation functionality. Due to technical constraints in backporting the app to existing devices, it isn't possible to offer further premium content such as Guide Michelin and Lonely Planet guides. These two devices will also be the last of our S60 3.1 and older devices to support this version of Ovi Maps. But every upcoming Nokia smartphone will come with free walk and drive navigation out of the box.

These two Eseries devices join the recently compatible Nokia N86 8MP, which some users discovered earlier than anticipated. See below for a full list of compatible devices.

The update is available now from Nokia.com/maps, and will also be available in Ovi Store. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Ovi Maps compatible devices include the Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia X6, Nokia N86 8MP and with different functionality the Nokia E71, and Nokia E66.

Apr 6, 2010

Note-taking Just Got Quicker With LocaNote Lite 3

"Forget the times when slow rendering engines made note taking on touchscreen phones a jerky affair! LocaNote 3 is so fast that my brain can barely keep up the smoothness of the lines drawn is revolutionary!"

Dr. D. M. Kohrs, resident artist and assistant to the board, might not understand all the technological aspects. But her qualifications as designer make her the ideal judge: if LocaNote can replace her scratchpad, it can definitely do the same for you.
But LocaNote is more than just a stupid drawing pad. It allows you to arrange your notes into folders, which can be browsed flexibly and even more it allows you to search for notes using criteria like first edited, last edited or created on.

In general, LocaNote Lite 3 addresses all customer wishes which we were informed off so far. It provides a stable platform for future development of the product line!

LocaNote 3 is a free update for all customers who currently own a LocaNote license. New LocaNote licenses can be procured off Nokia's Ovi Store for a price of approximately 3 Euros.

Apr 5, 2010

Nokia’s Practical Choices

When it comes to spending for technology, the wise spender should go for brands that have long been trusted for their products, have at least a year-long product warranty and nationwide after-sales support.

Enter the Nokia 5233 – our most affordable touchscreen device to-date, the Nokia 2690 – our most affordable camera phone with a memory card slot and the Nokia 1616 – our most affordable color display phone with FM radio.

Nokia 5233: Tap for fun

Nokia’s latest chart topper delivers total music and a great entertainment experience at a very affordable price. Enjoy up to 33 hours of music playback with 70MB of internal memory, and add more songs with its expandable memory (up to 16GB). Just plug in your earphones to its 3.5mm AV connector and you’re set! Organizing your tunes is also fast, easy, and simple with the Nokia Music for PC application.
The fun doesn’t stop with music. The Nokia 5233 features a 3.2” full touchscreen, which means a bigger and clearer view of vibrant videos, photos, and games. It has various input options from full screen handwriting with your finger or stylus, virtual QWERTY, and a traditional styled keypad. And unlike other touchscreen phones, the Nokia 5233 has a one tap/ two tap function for better accuracy and precision.

The Nokia 5233 also lets you access the different offerings of the Ovi Store based on your interests -- games, wallpapers, themes, and so much more. Capture the moment with the 2mp camera and share your passions on the go via integrated online communities such as Facebook, MySpace or YouTube. Use the Contacts Bar to keep track of up to 20 of your closest friends and see the history of your communication (IM, email, SMS, phone) and the media they share with you on the homescreen. The Media Bar provides instant access to your favourite media and applications from music, photos, or Ovi Share.

Nokia 2690 and Nokia 1616: Best buys


Nowadays, everyone wants to be ready to capture the moment. If your phone has a camera, then that means one less gadget to take around. The Nokia 2690 is our most affordable camera phone with a memory card slot that can support up to 8GB microSD cards. With that kind of memory, you can take photos and videos which you can later share with your friends via email or MMS. It also has a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and GPRS internet access.

For those with simpler preferences, the Nokia 1616 is our most affordable color display phone with FM radio (earphones sold separately). Other practical features include big keys for easier texting, flashlight, speaking clock with alarm, anti-scratch covers and dust-resistant keypad.

The suggested retail price (SRP) of the Nokia 5233 is P6,990 and is available only in black. The Nokia 2690 has an SRP of P3,850 and is available in graphite, white and pink. The Nokia 1616 has an SRP of P1,720 and comes in grey, blue, black, and dark red.

Apr 4, 2010

New Technology Eliminates Danger To Calling Or Texting While Driving

Safe Driving Systems, LLC. (www.safedrivingsystems.com) demonstrated a software that eliminate the dangers of mobile phone calls and texting while driving using Key2SafeDriving™ at the International CTIA Wireless 2010® show.

Key2SafeDriving is available for general release for BlackBerry®, Windows Mobile® and Symbian™ powered mobile phones. Other operating systems and phones will be available in upcoming versions.

Key2SafeDriving uses easy to install handset software and a plug-and-forget Activator™ that installs in the vehicle without tools.

Activated when the car starts, Key2SafeDriving automatically puts the mobile phone into Safe Driving Mode™, disabling its ability to send or receive calls or text messages. It monitors, reports and regulates mobile phone activity while driving. Incoming calls go directly to voicemail and incoming text messages are sent an automated reply indicating the recipient is driving and will respond later.

Emergency call functionality is always enabled while the phone is in Safe Driving Mode, allowing the person to place emergency 911 or other pre-determined phone calls.

“Our number one goal is to help save lives by empowering parents, business owners and fleet managers with tools to eliminate mobile phones as a driving distraction and giving them peace-of-mind when their teenagers and employees are behind the wheel,” said Mike Fahnert, Safe Driving Systems CEO.

Annually, mobile phone use causes 636,000 car accidents, more than 2,600 deaths, and costs an estimated $43 billion according to the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis. A recent study by Virginia Tech estimated 80 percent of all automobile accidents are caused by some form of driver distraction. Mobile phone use is listed as the top source of driver distraction.

Key2SafeDriving enforces the mobile phone policies established by an administrator such as parents or fleet managers. It has a reporting mechanism that notifies administrators if certain events occur while in Safe Driving Mode. For example, if a person tries to send a text or make a call, attempts to tamper with the product, or dials 911, the administrator is immediately notified with a text message alert.

Additionally, Key2SafeDriving is immediately available to value-added resellers (VARs), wireless carriers and retailers. Key2SafeDriving is available to consumers now for $99.95 with no annual subscription fees directly from Safe Driving Systems at http://safedrivingsystems.com/purchase/.

For a complete list of compatible phones or for more information on Key2SafeDriving, visit www.safedrivingsystems.com.

Apr 3, 2010

Excerpts Saturday! A Text Scam Or A Demise Campaign Strategy?

Last night my mom, sister, and I received a text message from this number, +639063560497, informing us that he/she is someone related overseas and that he/she have change her roaming number and is about to send a package back home. Weird since we don’t have a family member working abroad but what’s more peculiar about the message is the "sipag at tiyaga" quote at the end line which directly conveys the campaign slogan of a Presidential Bet, hah! A lame campaign strategy from the richest presidentiable at the moment, fooling people to believe on something to earn vote which makes me thought of the issues being thrown towards him, corruption involving the C5 project which was said to have earn him huge amount of money and benefits by fooling everyone.

The text was indeed related to his strategy as a businessman and politician, fooling people and take advantage of their innocence. The text serves as confirmation that he is indeed a cunning person who will do everything in his disposition to be elected even to the point to sending false messages to fool everyone. The person who promised to end corruption plaguing the country at the moment yet acting the other way around, is he is just again fooling people to deliver this promise to gain advantage like what he did with C5? It seemed so therefore we should not dare trust him in holding the country’s highest electorate position. He should, with all conviction not be allowed and not worthy to become the country’s next president. He will just become another burden our countries progress being somebody who can dare to lie and is capable of corrupting the minds of people for his own benefit. We will again be plunge to demise if he wins.

I was wondering how his team was able to access our numbers, the fact that the three of us were Globe Plan subscribers makes me think that Globe Telecom handed them this number or perhaps sold them for a remarkable price, did we not entrust the company with our private information, do they have the right to divulge our numbers to somebody? Is this some sort of a conspiracy? I would have not doubted this incident if I only receive the text alone since my number is posted on the blog for open inquiry but my sister’s and mother’s number were not. Wrong send cannot even be a possibility since we receive the same message, how can he or she mis-send the message to as much as three numbers?

Another unfair strategy of this presidential candidate is that of what GMA News have uncovered, the use of a partylist (Bata?) to extend his airtime limit. The partylist conveys a campaign directly related to the presidential candidate by using the same song, the same cast and characters thus implying the presidential candidate himself out of the partylist airtime expense, see how cunning he is? He is more dangerous that I thought since he has a way to curve rules to his advantage. This implicate something in and that is why..

I’m deeply troubled…

Apr 2, 2010

Good Friday!!

Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday, is the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha.

Based on the scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, and scientific analysis, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday, but see the articles on Crucifixion of Jesus and Chronology of Jesus for discussions on the exact date of Good Friday, which in recent years has been estimated as AD 33, by two different groups of scientists, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Judean and Julian calendars and the crescent of the moon.

This are just few on the important information about Good Friday, thanks to Wikipedia.

Anyways back to my unique holy week experience. My Good Friday started drowsy that day, never have a good night sleep since we have a vigil to immortalize the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. I have only a short and uncomfortable nap at the church chair and then woke me up 4 am early morning to prepare for the long walk procession to perpetuate the crucifixion of Christ. The catch was, instead of Christ bringing the cross to every Stations, each disciples will carry the cross from one station to another thus making me experience how to carry a heavy and long cross on a rocky velvet road and it was the most unforgettable and the best experience I have that day.

The fact that I was able to relieve Christ's experience, it gives me a feeling of self discovery, upliftment and spiritual maturity that I never felt before. It somehow cleanses my soul and gives me inspiration to do something better for myself and to other people. That very time, I thought I was carrying other peoples burdens and sins and my own and every step I made alleviates this to forgiveness just like what Christ did when he carry the Cross. It was something like a sacred act, heroic and divine and everyone should be given a chance to experience this once in their life. Truly amazing.

I could somehow site devotee's who nail themselves to the cross and those who flagellates their bodies with whips. It might have brought them spiritual experience by doing so, the experience that I went through that same day when I was carrying the Cross, so lets not be judgemental on them. Their doing it for a reason and whatever might that be, lets respect it, good or bad because its their own prerogative.

I might not be participating any reinactment ever again but I'm very proud and happy that I had and it brough a lot of chances to my life spiritualy and emotionaly. Good Friday Folks!

Apr 1, 2010

Maundy Thursday!!

And so its another Maundy Thursday in the Christian World, the blog's second, let us again contemplate and look back on this very important event in history.

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is a feast or holy day falling on Thursday's before Easter that celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. On this day four events are commemorated: the washing of the Disciples' Feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

And Filipinos have our way in commemorating this, through stage plays and theatrical acts in churches with the priest and worshipers acting up the events that happen on this very day in Jerusalem, decades ago. The washing of the feet will be in acted out, the last supper, to the point of having a real feast by dawn among others. I was even cast as one of the disciples before and played the part of Pedro.

The washing of the feet is the most unforgettable experience I have during the day's play since it was something that never happen to me before in the past as far as I can remember, except when I was young of course, and that a priest, a man that guides my spiritual well being did it, somehow brought a different feeling, somewhat exhilarating, inspiriting, uplifting at the same time the feeling of compassion for Christ who did this out of love to His disciples and followers, its indescribable, very surreal.

The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane was also a very inspiriting experience, being awake in the middle of the night and praying silently with people around, its very moving and I have never prayed that solemn before and never had after that. That's how powerful the experience brought me that night.

The last supper was somewhat like a get together after the prayer so its not that real, and I eat to much that night destroying my fasting, none the less.

Anyways, I hope you will have a silent and solemn Maundy Thursday and more of the best Holy Week experience I have tomorrow. Good Friday. Chao!!

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