Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Philippines the Social Networking Capital of the World

Once the Philippines was branded as the 'Texting Capital of the World' and now the Philippines is also called as the 'Social Networking capital of the World', according the the 24/7 Wall Street blog research. The research showed that the Philippines top the Facebook peneration (usage per population).

credit: americanconsumernews.com
The Philippines top the list with 93.9% followed by Israel with 91% (population is 7,587,000). Most of the top ten comes from Southeast Asia and Latin America where communication and economy is booming.
  1. Philippines 93.9%
  2. Israel 91%
  3. Turkey 90.9%
  4. Chile 90.2%
  5. Argentina 89.2%
  6. Malaysia 88.4%
  7. Indonesia 87.5%
  8. Peru 87.2%
  9. Colombia 86.9%
  10. Venezuela 86.2%
In the Philippines Facebook is even popular than Google and top 8th in Twitter with 16.1% penetration.  Social networking became a hit in the Philippines because they want to be keep in touch with friends and love ones thus  social networking site such as Facebook makes communications easy. Anyway the Philippiines are among the first where Facebook introduced its service

If you go to Malls, Coffee shop, and schools everyone is Facebooking where free hotspots are available. Another factor which I think contributed to the success of social networking in this country is cheap mobile service. If you have a smartphone you can have unlimited surfing for 50pesos/day or roughly $1.15/day.

Before Facebook, Friendster was the first to hit in the country followed by MySpace and other SNS but in 2008/2009 Facebook became a hit due Facebok games, and chat support. You don't need to sign up with your IMs or E-Mails because Facebook has it all.

Personally I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and classmates plus using it to follow News and Events same goes with Twitter.

According to this article Jakarta is the Facebook capital of the world with 17.5million users.

via: Asian Correspondent

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Intel integrates both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt to Ivy Bridge

The upcoming Ivy Bridge's 7-series will feature the USB 3.0 and Anandtech reported that the Thunderbolt will be also integrated to Intel's next generation of processor this coming 2012.Currently Thunderbolt is available to Apple 2011 Macs.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Xperia Arc and Play starts getting Gingerbread update

Good news to Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play users, currently the European versions are getting Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for their phones. Most likely Asia and US will soon get the said update.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc - Xperia Play Gingerbread update features:
  • HD Video recording performance (Xperia arc) 
  • Battery performance
  • General software stability
  • Wi-Fi stability
  • Touch responsiveness
Another new feature for the Xperia is the 'Facebook Inside Xperia', an integrated Facebook app for the Xperias. It can also work with the current Android Facebook App. For more details check this video.

Good deal: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Unlocked GSM Smartphone with 8 MP Camera, Android OS, Touch Screen, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--International Version with No Warranty (Black)

Sony Ericsson R800IEUBLK Xperia PLAY PlayStation Certified Android Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - Unlocked Phone - International Warranty - Black
Source: Sony Ericsson

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BBC Official Android app - free download of the day

BBC has just released their News official app for Android devices. The App has many features including quick access to BBC’s top stories complete with pictures and videos. It allows you to personalize the homescreen according to your interests.The app has also option to share stories on Facebook.

Features of BBC App for Android:

• Simple design with scroll functionality to enable efficient browsing
• Tap to reveal full-screen article and in-story video
• On a story page, swipe sideways to read the next story
• Sharing tools to post stories to a range of social networks, or email / SMS to a friend
• Latest and breaking news ticker
• An ‘Edit’ menu, allowing you to personalise the homescreen by adding and removing news categories to suit your preferences
• Live streaming of the BBC News channel for Android 2.2 devices running Flash
• Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
• Font controls to increase or decrease the story text size to suit you
• Full range of News categories: Top stories, World, UK, Sport, Technology, Entertainment & Arts, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Business, Politics, Health, Education, Science & Environment, Features & analysis, Also in the news

Download: BBC Android App

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Google - the world's fourth largest computer maker

Google is not just the world's largest search engine but the world's fourth largest computer manufacturer after Dell, HP, and IBM, according to Martin Reynolds, an analyst with the Gartner Group.

Google makes their own computer servers typically because they need customized server for their own needs.

According to Wikipedia: Google Platform;

Though the numbers are not publicly known, some people estimate that Google maintains over 450,000 servers, arranged in racks located in clusters in cities around the world, with major centers in Mountain View, California; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Herndon, Virginia; Lenoir, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Dublin, Ireland; Saint-Ghislain, Belgium; Z├╝rich, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; …Racks are custom-made and contain 40 to 80 servers…

Servers are commodity-class x86 PCs running customized versions of Linux. The goal is to purchase CPU generations that offer the best performance per dollar, not absolute performance. Estimates of the power required for over 450,000 servers range upwards of 20 megawatts, which cost on the order of US$2 million per month in electricity charges.

Take a tour to Google Datacenter:

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Call of Duty 3 - pre order at Amazon, vid teaser

The most anticipated game of the year Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (COD:MW3) is now available for preorder at Amazon. The game will be release in November 8th of this year.

The game is set in major cities in the world including New York, London, and Paris as a sequel to the Modern Warfare 2. You will be taking role as Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as key characters from previous installments and new recurring characters.

Activision and Infinity Ward released a Modern Warfare 3 teaser video. The video does not contain any gameplay but rather a stylized New York skyline in the vein of Modern Warfare 2‘s teaser.


In the history of Call of Duty franchise the Call of Duty: Black Ops is the fastest selling game of all time and grossed around $1billion dollars. I am pretty sure that this game will be a hit too, especially it has the support of all Call of Duty gamers, just like me...

Available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

Source: IntoMobile

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Android 3.1 Honeycomb launced at Google I/O

Today at Google I/O - Google officially launched the Android 3.1 Honeycomb, an incremental update for the first Android OS for Tablet, the Android 3.0. Currently the first tablet to get an update is the VZW Motorola XOOM, and other OEM will follow the said update.

Here are the added features of the Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
  • Open Accessory API. This new API provides a way for Android applications to integrate and interact with a wide range of accessories such as musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics systems, and many others.
  • USB host API. On devices that support USB host mode, applications can now manage connected USB peripherals such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, and more.
  • Input from mice, joysticks, and gamepads. Android 3.1 extends the input event system to support a variety of new input sources and motion events such as from mice, trackballs, joysticks, gamepads, and others.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets. Developers can now create Home screen widgets that are resizeable horizontally, vertically, or both.
  • Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) Applications can now receive notifications when external cameras are attached and removed, manage files and storage on those devices, and transfer files and metadata to and from them.
  • Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) API for audio. Developers can directly manage on-demand or interactive data streaming to enable VOIP, push-to-talk, conferencing, and audio streaming.
Source: Android Dev Blog via PinoyAndroid News

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HP Elite L2201x price and specs

HP unveiled products today and one of the eye catcher is the  HP Elite L2201x LED-Backlit 22 inch Monitor. With HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and with .4inch thick. The power consumption at 28watch this display is a power saver. It weighs around 3.3Kg, and working at 100 to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz.

The HP Elite L2201x price is $250.

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Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 Billion

After the rumors that either Facebook or Google will buy Skype the deal was closed by Microsoft. Microsoft bought Skype for astonishing $8.5Billion USD. This is the biggest acquisition of Microsoft in its 36years of history. According to AllthingsD Microsoft and Skype will formally announce the deal tomorrow.

The Skype is said to have a value of 2.75Billion dollars and a debt of 686 Million dollars this is a good deal for Skype.

Skype will be integrated to Windows Live and other Microsoft services. With a huge amount of money involve I hope that Skype will remain FREE as we know that Microsoft wants money on every services they are into.

IPEVO S0-20 WiFi Phone for Skype

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Smart launches ZTE V9 Android Tablet

SMART Communications Philippines - recently launched the ZTE V9 Tablet. This Tablet is a midrange tablet powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. The display is 7inches at 800x400 pixels resolution. Which you can find in most of the tablet today.

Like other tablet counter part, it has also Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and most of all it has 3G support for SMS and Voice call. Since it is SMART's Tablet, it uses the SmartBro network.

The internal storage is 512MB and expandable up-to 32 GIG via a microSD. I have no details about its processor and its speed but ZTE's V11 another variant of this slate is powered by a 1.2 Ghz processor, so its either this tablet has 1.2Ghz processor or has a processor at around 800Mhz.

Smart ZTE V9 Android Tablet price tag is Php 12,975.00. This is a mid-range tablet and not comparable to XOOM, Galaxy Tab or Apple's iPad. All in all the spec is pretty decent for its price.

With this kind of Tablet hitting the market, more people will likely to invest more on tablets than high-end smartphones. Tablets are the craze gadget today and with this price its worth it.

via: PinoyDROID

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Facebook spam - Do not click those links!

After the major success of the US NAVY SEALS in raiding the hideout of Osama Bin Laden resulting to his demise. The world's attention is now on the real proof about his death and spammers in Facebook is exploiting this curiosity. So far I saw two new Osama Bin Laden Facebook spam.

The First Spam is the Osama Bin Laden Execution Video and the second spam is the Picture of Bin laden Dead.

As far I know and seen on TV,  there's no video of the raid and this was confirmed by the National Security Adviser in CNN.

I hope Facebook user will not click this links because it is pretty annoying popping out in the chatbox.

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