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PLDT got 2 International Network Certifications

Posted on 31 October 2010 by yizhan

PLDT(Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.),the most leading telecommunication company in the Philippines received 2 International Network certification.  PLDT is the first local telecommunication company  to be awarded 9 and 14 certification by MEF(Metro Ethernet Forum) .

“This has brought PLDT into a select club of global service providers given the same prestigious rating,” said PLDT SVP and Head of Customer Sales and Marketing Group Ernesto R. Alberto. “Currently MEF counts only 36 carriers worldwide who have been certified, and PLDT is part of the distinguished 30 who were able to comply with both MEF 9 and MEF 14.”

PLDT Received 9 and 14 certification for for all solutions under its Metro Ethernet classification . Metro e-WAN, Metro e-VPL and Metro e-line.

  • Certified provider services for MEF 9, MEF 14 are listed in right hand column. For example MEF 9, MEF 14(EPL, EVPL & ELAN) means these services are certified to both MEF 9 and MEF 14.
  • Certified equipment manufacturer systems for MEF 9, MEF 14, MEF 18 and MEF 21 are listed in right hand column of the second section

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Rumored Preparation of Apple to Host A Secret Summit for iOS Developers

Posted on 29 October 2010 by yizhan

Apple is going to host a secret summit for iOS developers in California  next week.  Read in the Business insider, the summits starts next Tuesday and and going to last for  three days.  There are no exact detail about the events but there is a leak that this is about the  improvement of  iOS  applications that are available in the Apple Apss Store.

Well it seems that apple is making its move in improving their operating system for more quality features and more advance application to compete with other OS.  What do you  think.?

We’ll be updating this post.. so lets just wait for the event. ^^

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100-Years Starship… What is ist?

Posted on 27 October 2010 by yizhan

Read in The Week today that  NASA Ames and the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)  just started a project called the ” Hundred Year Star ship ” .  With $1 million funding from DARPA and $100K This project is designed to take astronaut a one way trip to Mars or to another planets.  So what is this project really is? what do they mean by the term “one way trip” .  Evan Dashevsky at GearLog mention that space is “annoyingly, impractically huge” and it will took a long time for us to travel, assuming that the nearest planet to earth is 24 million miles away.   ” Also, it will cost a lot less, since the major expense of any plan to travel to other worlds is bringing the astronauts home, say geologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch and physicist Paul Davies in the Journal of Cosmology.

Now, who would volunteer for this kind of task?  Rebecca Boyle in Popular Science, noted that price tag does not include the inestimable cost of saying goodbye forever,”  “It would really be little different from the first white settlers of the North American continent, who left Europe with little expectation of return,” says Davies.

NASA is looking at electric and ground-based microwave thermal propulsion systems to boost the ship into space, rather than using heavy rocket fuel.  This will cost less in achieving this mission.

“Within a few years we will see the first true prototype of a spaceship that will take us between worlds,” he says. “I think we’ll be on the moons of Mars by 2030 or so.”

Microwave thermal propulsion

Microwave thermal propulsion (Kevin Parkin)

The microwave thermal thruster using beamed propulsion is an excellent idea,” said Dr. Narayanan M. Komerath, a professor at Georgia Tech College of Engineering and a NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts Fellow. “[Kevin Parkin] picks the 140 GHz window, which apparently offers strong advantages in absorption by the materials that he uses in the propulsion system.

Well I think they should also try this technology in commercial  flight. It would be cheaper and will benefits us all including our environment. Less carbon emission means less pollution…. What do you think?

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WiFi Alliance Launches WiFi Direct™

Posted on 26 October 2010 by yizhan

AUSTIN, TX, October 25, 2010 – The WiFi Alliance announced that they had begun certifying device that are capable of connecting each other without the use of other network device.  Pretty cool huh’ , a device to device connection.  The connection is protected by WAP2 security Wi-Fi Direct connection requires active agreement: one device must request access, and the other device grants permission. Well this new technology can help us connect with friends and other people with just one push of a button.

We designed Wi-Fi Direct to unleash a wide variety of applications which require device connections, but do not need the internet or even a traditional network,  Wi-Fi Direct empowers users to connect devices – when, where and how they want to, and our certification program delivers products that work well together, regardless of the brand. said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The following WiFi device were the first to be certified as a WiFi Direct.

  • Atheros XSPAN® Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card (AR928x)
  • Broadcom BCM43224 Dual-Band 802.11n 2×2 MIMO PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
  • Ralink MIMObility 802.11n 2×2 PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Realtek RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card


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The New Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition

Posted on 25 October 2010 by yizhan

Acer Philippines just released a special edition of their liquid E, the liquid E Ferrari Special Edition.  New style and look and now running on Android 2.1 OS.   Added some extra features and accessories that includes some ringtones, images and video.  Retail price for this unit is ₱29,990

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Network 2G Network    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network    HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
OS Android OS, v2.1
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768 MHz processor
Dimensions 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm
Weight 135 grams
Display TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5 inches
Music MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Internal 512MB
External microSD Card expandable up to 32GB
Connectivity GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Video VGA@20fps, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
Colors Available Red
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1350 mAh
Talk Time Stand-by    Up to 400 hours
Talk time    Up to 5 hours
Extras Acer UI 3.0
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

Official Video of the Acer liquis E Ferrari Special Edition

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Living with Robots….. Are We Ready?

Posted on 23 October 2010 by yizhan

Robots, they had been  my favorite toy since I was a kid, and still fascinated whit them  up to  now . Well,   now in our daily living , as technology evolves, robots and robotics has been a part of  it not only in toys but also in some industries like car manufacturing , some medical instruments, agriculture  and military equipment. Some of us is aware of that and some are not.  There are people who are interacting with robots yet not noticing it. Maybe the reason is some of us think that robots is the same as what they see in the movie or television.   As mention by Alicia Jones (Supervisor, Corporate communication American Honda) in the video below, she said that some people are watching to much television, and I agree with her that we could imagine lots of possibility in a scifi movie but in reality, applying it, is a very difficult task to achieve.

Now the big question is, are we ready to accept them as part of our community? Let’s put ASIMO as an example, a bipedal robot created and  developed by HONDA, who could walk like human, run and climb stairs.  Almost 24 years of experiments and development, ASIMO’s technology is evolving little by little from walking, running, avoiding obstacles and now they are even developing ASIMO’s AI capabilities.  This leads many other robots developing institution and companies in making robots that could help us in our daily living .  I think accepting them as part of our life would motivate developers to continue in researching and perfecting this kind of technology.

Manny people think that robots will dominate us in the future.  Hmmmm.. it only happen in the movie like irobot and terminator. how about you?,…. are you ready?

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The New MacBook Air by Apple

Posted on 22 October 2010 by yizhan

Apple introduces their latest notebook and to be their smallest one.  It is the MacBook Air available in 11.6 and 13.3 inches with the starting price of $999

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Much lighter and thinner, it has a weight of 2.3 pounds (1.06 kg) for the 11.6 inches and 2.9 pounds (1.32 kg) for the 13.3 inches models.


11.6 inches model

  • 11.6-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache; or optional 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 800MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard (4GB maximum)NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
  • Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
  • Stereo speakers
  • Omnidirectional microphone
  • Headphone minijack
  • Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • USB 2.0AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking4 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • Built-in 35-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

You can get up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model.

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Sony Philippines 3D Days of Christmas raffle promo

Posted on 18 October 2010 by yizhan

Sony Philippines is making an early Christmas give away with its 3D Days of  Christmas raffle promo Started last October 15, 2010 and will end on January 15, 2011. Sony Philippines will be giving a lot of prices, Including their very own 46-inch Sony NX710 BRAVIA 3D TV with a BDP-S470 Blu-ray player

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Monthly winners will take home the following prizes.

On the 1st 30 Days

OCT 15 – NOV 15

  • 5 units of PlayStation Portable
  • 3 units of Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
  • 10 units of Pacman Limited Edition Boxing shorts
  • 10 units of Pacman Limited Edition 3D world Jacket

On the 2nd 3o days

Nov 16 – Dec 15

  • 5 units of S-Frame
  • 10 units of Walkman E453
  • 10 units of Pacman Limited Edition Boxing shorts
  • 10 units of Pacman Limited Edition 3D world Jackets

On the 3rd 30 days

Dec 16 – Jan 15

  • 5 units of Cyber-shot S2000
  • 15 units of Sony Headphones
  • 3 Units of Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 MDR-DS3000
  • 10 units of Pacman Limited Edition 3D World Jacket

And For the Grad prizes

  • 3rd place: 10 winners of a PlayStation 3 unit and a PS3 game
  • 2nd place: 5 winners of a NEX-5 camera
  • 1st place: 1 winner of a 46-inch Sony NX710 BRAVIA 3D TV with a BDP-S470 Blu-ray player

Here is the Mechanics:

  • Purchase any Sony product worth at least P1,000 or any Sony 3D gadget at authorized dealers
  • Register the receipt online at www.sony.com.ph or www.sony.com.ph/OnlinePromoReg
  • Fill out the entry form, and you will receive a confirmation message after completing this step

for more info pls visit Sony Philippines

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Opera Mobile for Android is coming!

Posted on 16 October 2010 by yizhan

Opera has just announced their upcoming browser, the Opera Mobile  for Android Phones.  Well we all know that there are lots of browser that are available in the Android Market and most user can’t really decide which to use.  Therefore this announcement that Opera made is an excellent news.

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In their announcement, the Opera Mobile will be available sometime next month. So lets wait and see how this browser’s gonna hit the market.  One of the Opera Mobile’s main feature is the pinch  zooming and the hardware  acceleration support.

You  can read more details here.  So lets just wait for the final lunch and you be the judge.

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Cherry Mobile’s Nova, an Android Phone

Posted on 12 October 2010 by yizhan

CM’s Nova, one of their latest released Android phone in the Philippines.  With a slick design and a 3.2 inches HVGA capacitive touchscreen, i think the Nova can compete in other Android phone that is in the market today. With its competitive price of  ₱11,000 and functionality of an expensive Android phone, people who cant afford an expensive Android Phone can still enjoy its features with an affordable Cherry Mobile Nova phone.


The unit is powered by a 600 Mhz Qualcomm MSM 7227 running on Android 2.1 operating system and equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera.  Apps is not a problem with Nova  cause it has access to thousands of applications available in the Android market.  Other feature are stated in the specification below.


  • Android OS 2.1
  • 5.0 Megapixel Camera with Flash
  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Triband UMTS 900/1900/2100
  • 3.2″ HVGA Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz Processor
  • 3G/HSDPA Connectivity
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Google Mobile Services (Gmail, Maps, Marketplace)

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NOKIA N8 gets official in the Philippines

Posted on 08 October 2010 by yizhan

In my recent article, we have discuss abaout the latest product of NOKIA, the nokia N8. A 12MP HD handset, you can find the details here.  Now, this remarkable hand set is going to get official in the Philippines.  You can make your Pre-order unit now at NOKIA Philippines and posible date of pick-up is on October 23, 2010 at selected Nokia Store in the Philippines. The first 800 who pre-ordered will get a free 16gb Thumbdrive preloaded with 2 episode of “How I met your mother”.


  • Nokia Battery BL-4D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for HDMI
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for USB OTG
  • Quick start guide

I think this one’s gonna hit the Philippine market. let just wait and see.

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Some secret code for NOKIA Cellphone

Posted on 01 October 2010 by yizhan

All cellphone has a special feature or secret code that most user don’t know and it can help us somehow to fix minor problems such as memory full that caused the unit to hang. A simple way to fix this is to do a manual format. This can be done by pressing the “  *, 3 ,call button and the power key “. Make sure your battery is full when doing the manual format.


*#06# to see the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of your nokia phone also works on other brand.
*#7780# Full factory reset (fix minor problem of some nokia pones)
*#67705646# for clearing the logo.
*#0000# display the software version.
*#2820# Bluetooth device address.
*#746025625# Sim clock allowed status.
#pw+1234567890+1# Shows if sim have restrictions.
*#92702689# – A secret menu where you may find some of the information below:
1. Displays Serial Number.
2. Displays the Month and Year of Manufacture
3. Displays (if there) the date where the phone was purchased (MMYY)
4. Displays the date of the last repair – if found (0000)
5. Shows life timer of phone (time passes since last start)
*#3370# – Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) activation. Increase signal strength, better signal reception. It also help if u want to use GPRS and the service is not responding or too slow. Phone battery will drain faster though it can also help you reset your phone when you are using dual sim.
*#3370* – (EFR) deactivation. Phone will automatically restart. Increase battery life by 30% because phone receives less signal from network.
*#4720# – Half Rate Codec activation.
*#4720* – Half Rate Codec deactivation. The phone will automatically restart
If you forgot wallet code for Nokia S60 phone, use this code reset: *#7370925538#
Note, your data in the wallet will be erased. Phone will ask you the lock code. Default lock code is: 12345
Press *#3925538# to delete the contents and code of wallet.
Unlock service provider: Insert sim, turn phone on and press vol up(arrow keys) for 3 seconds, should say pin code. Press C,then press * message should flash, press * again and 04*pin*pin*pin# \
*#7328748263373738# resets security code.
Default security code is 12345
Change closed caller group (settings >security settings>user groups) to 00000 and ure phone will sound the message tone when you are near a radar speed trap. Setting it to 500 will cause your phone 2 set off security alarms at shop exits, gr8 for practical jokes! (works with some of the Nokia phones.) Press and hold “0” on the main screen to open wap browser.

Credits for this code goes to some geeks from the net… watch out for secret code on other cellphone on my next article. how about you do you know any secret code?

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