Friday, September 26, 2008

HP Touch Screen PC

The HP SmartTouch in action.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nokia N96: a downgraded N95 8GB?

As expected, Technews got the honor of having the first commercial unit of the latest gadget from Nokia -- the N96. I first saw the N96 in Sydney during the Showcase Nokia 2008 last February and I promised myself that this baby would be my next phone.

Faithful to his promise, my source in Hongkong gave me the first commercial unit before its official release. I was an N82 and N95 user and I can't help but compare this latest toy to my previous phones. Although the N96 looks much better compared to other Nseries devices, I was surprised to notice some "downgrading" that Nokia implemented in the N96.

1) The camera lens of the N96 is 2.8/5.2, the N82 and N95 have 2.8/5.6 -- the N82 and N95 have more aperture. More aperture means more light gets to the optics inside the camera resulting to brighter objects. Also the digital zoom has been reduced to 10x, the digital zoom of the N95 8GB is 20x.

2) The CPU has been downgraded to ARM9 264MHz for N96 the N95 has a Dual 332Mhz ARM11 based CPU. The CPU is the brain of the system, given a choice I will go for the faster CPU anytime.

3) The battery is the same as the N95-1, a 950 mAh the N95 8GB has 1200 mAh. This change resulted to lesser talk time (3 hrs and 40 mins) as compared to the N95 8GB (6 hrs).

4) No infra-red port on N96 but who uses infra-red anyway.

5) There is no Hardware 3D graphics accelerator in N96. Simply put, the HW 3D graphics accelerator provides high quality graphics and text on small screen devices like the cellphones. (The Nokia N93 is the first Nokia phone with HW 3D graphics accelerator).

I feel like someone who has fallen in love at first sight with a very pretty girl and realized later while we are together in bed that she has a padded bra and fake eyelashes.

But I won't give up this phone, I still love it. Maybe because I am a philosopher and I know that a padded bra and fake eyelashes do NOT make someone less of a human being. Love is really blind.

Friday, September 19, 2008

a laptop with 24-hour battery life

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A new HP laptop with a battery pack that could last to up to 24 hours of computing.

HP unveils new product lineup

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HP recently unveiled its latest line-up of innovative personal computing and printing solutions designed to complement and simplify consumers’ personal lives. This is in line with HP’s consumer strategy to provide consumers with technology that enriches and better addresses the needs of the individual consumer. The latest suite of HP consumer notebook PCs and desktops feature best-in-class performance that deliver on digital entertainment, gaming and mobility needs, while enhancing consumer options for self expression and style. The new HP Photosmart Printer lineup offers consumers more wireless printing options and smart environmental choices, as well as HP’s next generation of printing technology with an innovative 5-ink printing system that delivers enhanced image quality, permanence, versatility and convenience.

“Personal computing has come a long way. Today, it’s all about the unique out-of-box experiences one has with the PC - quick access to digital content, choice, self expression and enjoyment,” said Chin Hon Cheng, Vice President, Notebook Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “From our unique imprint designs to product performance, our new range of consumer products will enhance the way consumers experience and enjoy technology.”

“Designed to match consumer preferences, HP’s new consumer printing line-up makes t easy for consumers to print wirelessly and make smart environmental choices through HP’s Eco Highlights Label,” said Christoph Schell, Vice President, Consumer Go To Market and Inkjet and Web Solutions, Imaging & Printing Group, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “HP’s continued emphasis on innovation also sees the introduction of our new HP 5-ink printing system that delivers finely-detailed, long-lasting photos and laser-quality text.”

iPhone 3G on Smart SIM

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Yep yep, my iPhone 3G runs on Smart network. This is an open line iPhone 3G that I BOUGHT IN HONGKONG. Globe's prepaid iPhone 3G kit has almost the same price with what is available in HK.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Soon in the Technews Lab

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These gadgets would be in the Techbnews Lab on Thursday.

After Victoria, here comes Aiza...

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Saw this Aiza Seguerra album in all the music bars in Times Square here in Hong Kong. A storekeeper in one of the stores said that it is doing very very good.

I am now IN the source

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Hong Kong is the main source of Technews for its gadgets. Just minutes after I arrived here for the HP Big Bang, I immediately went into gadgets hunting and oh boy I was surprised by what I have seen. Latest laptops, cellphones, digital cameras and MP3 players are everywhere but my most precious catch are Nokia N96, Sony Cybershot T700 and T77, Nokia 6600 slide, Panasonic FX180, Samsung G400 and Sony VAIO Z17GN. I immediately bought the above toys and packed them for shipping to Manila ASAP save for the N96 which I brought to the hotel for testing. My source said that this is one of the first units in HK as it is not yet officially launched here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Biggest IT Promo, (I think)

2.4 Years FREE Gas with Brand New Cars, Trips to New York and More.

HP Original Inks is giving away two winners of 2.4 years FREE gas with brand new cars, 18 all-expense paid trips to New York City for 2, 72 HP Mini-Note PCs and 72 HP OfficeJet 4355 All-in-One Printers through its "Go the 2.4 Distance with HP Original Inks promo!"

For every purchase of selected HP Original Ink Cartridges (HP 21, HP 21B, HP 27, HP 27B, HP 22, HP 28, HP 56 and HP 57) between July 1 and December 21, 2008, customers are entitled to one scratch card. By scratching the card, a customer can win instant prizes: 24 winners of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PCs, 24 HP OfficeJet 4355 All-in-One Printers and 6 All-Expense paid trips to New York City for two via Northwest Airlines with 3D/2N stay at the Holiday Inn New York City.

To those who will not win any instant prizes are automatically qualified for the Electronic Raffle Draw by registering and entering a special code number indicated on the scratch card at between July 21 and January 30, 2009.

There will be two (2) Electronic Raffle Draws. The first draw will be held on September 15, 2008 and the second draw will be held on January 30, 2009.

All non-winning entries in the first draw will automatically qualify for the second draw.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My most precious "gadget"...

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The wedding ring could make TWO become ONE a feature which no other gadget could do. I got one last month in Paco Park.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hi-tech turntable

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Avid Diva II Turntable.

The coolest photo frame

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"Sony CP1 Wi-Fi Photo Frame features wireless technologies that let it locate and playback all the photos on your VAIO PC, letting you display as many photos as your VAIO PC hard drive can hold. Display photos stored on memory cards or saved directly to the built-in 128MB internal hard drive, which holds up to 100 photos. Seven-inch display with 800x480 resolution projects over 16 million colors." (

While other photo frames just display photos in a loop. The CP1 has a built-in MP3 player with stereo speakers, RSS reader and Internet radio. It also features a desk clock that displyas the time while images, music and news run.

This could be a nice gift for Christmas :).


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My boss gave this box a month ago while I was finalizing my wedding preparations. Little did I know that it contains the 128GB OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5inch Solid State Drive (SSD). WOW!!!

SSDs offer higher performance, reliability, and energy efficiency than conventional HDDs. Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143MBs/ 80-93MBs read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5” HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power.

This gadget could bring bad or good news

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This microscope could help a pathologist analyze if a cell is benign or malignant. I have seen how a malignant cell looks like when I visited my friend in her lab, several of the samples she examined were malignant. I asked her why there are so many cancer patients, she said that it could be the lifestyle of the patients. She said that in the US smoking causes 30% of all cancer deaths and the reason for 87% cases of lung cancer.

"Smoking not only affects the lungs, it can also cause kidney, pancreatic, cervical, and stomach cancers", she stressed.

So guys, STOP SMOKING now!