Thursday, February 28, 2008

This accident caused a gigantic traffic jam along UN Avenue. It took the MMDA about four hours to clear the area using heavy equipment.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The most coveted seat...

I got the most coveted seat in the plane when I went to Sydney last month :).

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Love Moves

Farewell concert for Fr. Bong. He is leaving for Germany to become a contemplative monk.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Speak the truth, seek justice, set things right! - Adamson University

Jerry Liao playing with the MacBook Air

Friday, February 15, 2008

A phone with insurance policy

Your worries about bringing around your phones are over. Sony Ericsson is introducing the T250i, a slim phone at only 12.6mm thin, that comes bundled with an insurance policy against accidental loss, theft, or damage.

The Sony Ericsson T250i is now available in Sony Ericsson concept shops and authorized dealers nationwide. Specially marked kits entitle buyers until March 2, 2008 to a free 180-day insurance coverage.

Available in silver or black, the T250i also comes with an FM radio and a stereo handsfree headset.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Watching ''future weapons'' on my iPhone.

New goodies in the Technews Lab

The HTC Touch Cruise is sleek, stylish, and compact, but big on features and with an LCD screen size that gives you an excellent multimedia experience in a mobile device. Featuring HTC’s innovative TouchFLO interface, the Touch Cruise is extremely easy to use. Using ordinary finger gestures, you can quickly browse through e-mails, web pages, messages, music, and images, making navigation a breeze. (a poor man's iPhone)

Live HTC Home displays information, such as real-time weather updates and a clock. A quick application launcher provides access to favorite programs. HTC Home also gives you quick access to ring tone settings making it easy to adjust device sounds and alerts on the fly. The dynamic 3D Touch Cube interface enables you to quickly call contacts, open applications, listen to music, and browse media files.

Built-in GPS functionality and the included software enable you to find the fastest route to your direction, locate restaurants and services on the way, and never get lost. Avoid traffic and delays, and take detours to visit points of interest and local attractions.

The Samsung SGH F700V is a tri-band GSM handset (900, 1800, 1900) with EDGE and HSDPA, capable of mobile broadband speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. It measures 4.1 x 2 x 0.6 inches and weighs 3.2oz. Other features include a document viewer, an FM radio, a music and video player, A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and drag and drop file transfer.

The pod driver is a 4GB USB flash memory while the tail driver is a 2GB USB flash memory. Nothing new on these items but their looks :).

Losing and gaining weight the hi-tech way

Fitness First Mall of Asia (MOA) is outfitted with state of the art gym equipment. It also boasts of an army of professional trainors, specialized spa and about 50 TV sets all over the complex to keep clients informed and entertained as they go on with their workouts.

Fitness First MOA Personal Trainors (PT)

The reliable trainors of Fitness First. Photo shows Gerald Paraoan, Dusty Takiban, Jonathan Villarico, Nutritionist Des Dumalag, Fitness Manager Andrew Arbollente, James Canlas and JR Dizon.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Mutant Pineapple

Yehl of the Internet Section of the Manila Bulletin shows the mutant pineapple at the Nueva Market in Chinatown Manila.

MB Technews: latest and comprehensive product reviews and features

This article was published in the February 2, 2008 issue of the Manila Bulletin..

By Art Samaniego Jr.
Technews Editor

The MB Technews section literally put the “i” in the constantly monitored local phone market with its comprehensive coverage of the biggest newsmaker in gadgets world of 2007.

Its reporting of the iPhone include not only articles of its much-awaited market release, pros and cons and heightening popularity but actual review of a unit that is first to arrive in the country – or a couple of days after its globally-covered New York debut.

Technews is not only the first to own and review what is now considered an icon in mobile devices, our section also scored breakthroughs in its coverage of the ever-evolving technology.

People turned to Manila Bulletin for the latest news in the much hyped N-series of Nokia as our section (again) was first to use and review some of these coveted units.

We kept our readers connected to the latest in Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series and help them knew more of the Samsung Ultra Thin series, simply because our Technews lab have these units ahead of others.

We were first to get hold and write reviews of the PS3 and Wii, making Technews a must-read for gaming enthusiasts in 2007. Roly, Sony’s egg-shaped bundle of technological wonder, first played music and danced at our pages.

The first unit of Asus Eee PC in the Philippines was delivered in the Technews office a few days after it was announced. It was in our hands weeks before it was introduced in the local market.

HP, Toshiba, Asus, Acer and Sony Vaio also picked Technews to try their latest products, though we sometimes beat them to it as MB kept constant touch with its contacts abroad for the newest gadgets.

Technews is not about the best (and the worst) gadgets in 2007.

Twice a week, MB readers get updates on the latest in information technology from our columnists who brilliantly combine their literary talents with their vast knowledge and expertise in technology.

We count among our esteemed columnists a university professor, an IT consultant, a gadgets freak, a true-blue blogger and a techie single mother. Members of the Technews team are all IT practitioners not ordinary writers who were just given the beat to cover. All of us know what we are writing about and understand fully our responsibility to the reading public -- that is to teach and to inform.

In 2007, Technews was able to reach out to MB readers of all ages.

And to further extend its coverage of technology, Technews takes pride in being invited to prestigious events around the globe. Name any major techie happening and, chances are, a Technews representative was there.

Asus, Canon, Logitech, Nokia, Samsung and Sony, for the record gave Technews tickets to visit their main office abroad.

Modesty aside, we believe companies want their products to first appear in our section. They want comprehensive features and reviews.

And we delivered.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Playing with the i-Sobot

i-Sobot, the world's smallest and most hi-tech humanoid robot for the consumers arrived last week in the Technews Lab. We however failed to play robot soccer as the second i-Sobot's arm malfunctioned, we shift it back to Hongkong for replacement, we are now left with this white and blue i-Sobot to play with. Photo shows the i-Sobot beside the Canon Pixma mug and the iPhone.