Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Ant pictures

All photos were taken using the Olympus E-510.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

HP acquires Colubris Networks

I received a text message inviting me to a media briefing on Wednesday, November 26 about HP's acquisition of Colubris Networks. HP initially announced its intent to acquire Colubris Networks on August 11, 2008. The acquisition was completed effective October 1, 2008.

Colubris is a global provider of intelligent wireless networks for enterprises and service providers.

HP will integrate Colubris’ product line into its ProCurve Networking product portfolio. Since HP has no wireless network products it is relatively easy to integrate Colubris under ProCurve and in fact, just about one month after the acquistion, HP immediately announced its first Colubris/HP product: the HP ProCurve MSM410 single-radio 802.11n access point.

In addition, HP updated its ProCurve Manager to have the ability to automatically discover, map and initiate management of any Colubris product that would allow clients to have a single view of their wired and wireless network topology.

I believe that acquiring Colubris is an strategic move of HP to gain more market share in the wired and wireless market. It has already established itself in the networking world and this move will surely make them gain more foothold in the industry.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

HTC G1

Just to set the record straight, the real name of the phone known to many as the Google phone is HTC G1. This is the first implementation of the Android Software, a Linux-based mobile phone operating system that provides better functionality and speed compared to other phones using different OS. Android is designed by Google hence it was known to many as the Google phone.


The G1 was manufactured by HTC and like other HTC phones, the body of the G1 has a matte finish giving it a soft and warm feel.


The G1 suffers much on the looks department as it appears boring because of the boxy design and its face being dominated by a 3.2-inch touch screen. Simply put, in the world of smartphones where the sleek look seems to be the standard, the G1 would not stand out.


The G1 features a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 3.1-megapixel camera, Bluetooh, built -in GPS navigation with built-n GPS receiver and map software, it also features a drag and drop user interface. The processor of the G1 is 528 MHz, similar to some of the leading mobile phone brands available in the market today.

The G1 has five buttons in front, just below the screen, tagged as phone, home, the track ball, back and end. There is also the menu button which is like right clicking a mouse to show options of active application.

The G1 uses the capacitive touchscreen technology similar to the iPhone. It has a 3.2-inch TFT-LCD display and 320x480 resolution.

Setting up the G1 is easy, all you need is a SIM card and a google account, there’s one problem though, although it has a WiFi, there’s no option to activate it during setup. You need to activate the phone first using your provider.

If you’re a constant gmail and internet user, you would love the G1. It has a dedicated screen for google search and the GMAIL icon which you could drag to your home screen for easy access, it could also receive instant noficiation whenever there are new messages in the inbox. Additionally, it provides Google maps and Youtube.

The G1 has no software keypad, so you need to slide it open everytime you input text messages. It also has a "chin" that hampers the right hand in operation when using the keypad.

The home screen of the G1 has three panels, swiping right or left will give you access to the additionals shortcuts and applications. The home screen can be fully customized by just pressing the desired application from the MAIN MENU and dropping it to the active panel. Just like a computer.

While Apple has the apps store to boast, the G1 has the Android Market where you can download additional applications. The G1 now has more than 200 free apps available from about 20 when it was launched.

I have been using the G1 for more than 10 days and the more I used it, the more I appreciate the things that it could do. The G1 maybe ugly but it sure delivers and performs beyond my expectations.


Lastly, the G1 although is not a multitouch device is the only touch screen phone that is on a par with the iPhone. It responded smoothly and accurately with taps, scrools and drags.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Apple Online Store now in the Philippines

I received a call yesterday from Jill Tan, Senior Manager for Public Relations of Apple Asia. She was very excited to inform me that finally, the Apple Online Store is now in the Philippines.

Below is the email she sent to me after the call:

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We are excited to bring shopping on the Apple Online Store to the Philippines where customers can now choose from our complete line of Macs and iPods and a wide array of accessories. The Apple Online Store offers unprecedented options for customizing your Mac as well as personalized iPod engraving. This festive season, through the Apple Online Store, (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition iPod models are now available for the first time in the Philippines.

For more information, please visit http://www.apple.com/ph/

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Jill also informed me that there is a limited edition Apple T-Shirt to commemorate the store's opening for customers who order a Mac or iPod through the Apple Online Store (while stocks last).

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I love G1 La Fea

The G1 suffers much on the looks department as it appears boring becuase of the boxy design. In the world of smartphone where the sleek look seems to be the standard, the G1 would not stand out. However, the G1's selling point is not its looks but its substance -- the Android, a Linux-based mobile phone operating system that provides functionality and speed compared to other phones using different OS. (Photos taken using the Olympus E510)


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The G1 is easy to open, you don't need extra accessory to insert your SIM card.

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There's a step by step guide on what to do the first time you open your G1

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You need a gmail account to activate the G1. It's a WiFi capable but there is no way to activate the WiFi you need to activate first the handset using your gmail account.

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Instead of a password, it uses a passpattern to access your G1 from the sleep mode.

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How I wish the space bar is a little bigger.

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It comes with a 1GB micro-SDHC. The slot however is DIFFICULT to open

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The G1 has five buttons on top of its "chin" phone, home, trackball, back and end. There is also a MENU button that gives you the additional option of the active application, works like the RIGHT mouse click.

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Mini USB sync and data cable, this is also where the audio jack is connected. The G1 does not support the standard 3.5mm audio jack.

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The 3.1megapix auto focus camera. It's slow.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

First G1 in the Philippines

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As usual Technews got the honor of having the latest gadget in the Philippines. Photo shows the G1 Android Phone in the Technews Lab. While other news organizations in the Philippines were happy just to feature the Android Phone, Technews took the next step and bought one from our source abroad. We have tested it using Globe, Smart and Sun SIM and it worked. Full review of the G1 will be published next week.