Archive | January 2008

Movie on the Go

YouTube Announces New and Expanded Mobile Offerings
by: Jerry Liao

How many talents were given the opportunity to show their wares because talent managers saw their videos on YouTube? Take the case of Charise Pempengco, the 15 year old girl who got her break after someone put her video on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres saw it, invited her over to her show and as they all say, the rest is history.

Can you imagine if YouTube can be accessible via your mobile phone? How many millions or perhaps even billions of people around the world has a mobile phone? Instantly, all of them will be your audience. Well, we don’t have to wait that long for that to happen because you can now watch your favorite YouTube video on your mobile phone.

Creating the best possible mobile video experience for users involves allowing the community to engage with YouTube whenever they want, wherever they are. The latest enhancements to YouTube for Mobile will give users access to the largest repository of mobile video content available, on over 100 million devices worldwide, and will give them more tools to personalize their experience.

YouTube for Mobile (http://m.youtube.com) users will be able to access tens of millions of videos. YouTube for Mobile requires a streaming capable (RTSP) phone as well as a 3G operator. This includes a majority of 3G phones from leading mobile phone manufacturers. YouTube works closely with many mobile partners to improve the user experience on YouTube for Mobile, including Motorola, LG, Helio, Nokia, and more.

Not only will users and partners have access to the largest mobile video catalog, they also will be able to personalize their experience. Users will now have access to features regularly used on YouTube, including their YouTube accounts, Favorites, Videos, Channels as well as the ability to directly upload from mobile devices and share videos instantly. Users also will now have the ability to rate and comment on videos directly from their mobile phones.

YouTube for Mobile seeks to provide users the ease of mobility with all of the features found on YouTube.com. YouTube’s latest mobile offerings will be made available to users all over the world and seeks to provide users the ease of mobility with many of the features found on YouTube.com.

YouTube is also offering YouTube for Mobile via a free downloadable Java application for a limited number of mobile phones, giving users a more interactive experience. Currently in beta and available in US and UK English, the application offers another way to access YouTube for Mobile. At this time, the YouTube for Mobile application is supported only on J2ME (Java) MIDP2 devices with streaming video capabilities. This includes the Sony Ericsson k800, w880, Nokia e65, n95, n73, 6110 navigator and 6120 classic.

The expansion of YouTube’s mobile offering will improve the user experience, giving YouTube users the ability to engage the world of video anytime and anywhere. With more mobile functionality and features, YouTube for Mobile will also allow users to develop more innovative original content directly from their mobile devices and encourage new users to share and engage the community.

YouTube for Mobile (m.youtube.com) is available in the following countries and in the below languages: Countries: United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, Germany and Russia Languages: English, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Russian.

SO if you have the talent and wants to conquer the world, polish your skills, get your video camera ready, shoot your video and upload it to YouTube. Then pray that you may be the next YouTube talent discovery.

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Dangerous Money

Voice Phishing (vishing) Incidents on the Rise
by: Jerry Liao

Move over phishing, a new scamming scheme is in town to replace you – its called “vishing” short for voice phishing.

Phishing occurs when an email is sent that pretends to be from a bank or major online merchant. The email will request that the user click on a link to verify their account information. The user is then directed to a fake site that collects login and password information, which is then used to steal credit card and other personal information.

Vishing on the other hand is a new variation on the same theme. You will receive a phone call with a recorded message reporting that your credit card has been breached, suspended, deactivated, or terminated, and requesting that you contact a number immediately. When you call the number, another message will state something like, “This is account verification. Please enter your 16 digit account number.” If you do, the thieves will have your information.

A new version recently reported involved the sending of text messages to cell phones claiming the recipient’s on-line bank account has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their on-line bank account by using the link provided.

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iRobot

Scientists Clone First Ever Human Embryo
by: Jerry Liao

The development in creating an organism that is an exact genetic copy of another called “cloning” is hugging the world of science once again. cloning has been used to reproduce type specific cells. In some instances, cloning of an individual organism, like the sheep, Dolly, has been made possible.

Stemagen, a privately held embryonic stem cell research company, announced today it has become the first in the world to create, and meticulously document, a cloned human embryo using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).

Stemagen CEO Samuel H. Wood, M.D., Ph.D., a co-author of the publication and a donor of the cells from which the embryos were cloned, terms this achievement “a critical milestone in the development of patient-specific embryonic stem cells for human therapeutic use, potentially including developing treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.” Stemagen’s research is exhaustively detailed in a paper published in today’s issue of the highly regarded peer-reviewed scientific journal Stem Cells.

“This is not merely a technical improvement on previous research in this area,” said Andrew French, Ph.D., lead author on the paper, “Development of Human Cloned Blastocysts Following Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) with Adult Fibroblasts.”

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Come Fly With Me

The Apple MacBook Air
by: Jerry Liao

MacBook AirApple unveiled MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook. MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks. MacBook Air has a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in iSight® video camera for video conferencing, and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support so users can pinch, rotate and swipe. MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB L2 cache, and includes as standard features 2GB of memory, an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive, and the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi technology and Bluetooth 2.1.

“We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook—without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or a full-size 13-inch display,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “When you first see MacBook Air, it’s hard to believe it’s a high-performance notebook with a full-size keyboard and display. But it is.”

MacBook Air has a vibrant 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display that is energy efficient, and its spacious trackpad offers multi-touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe, making it more intuitive than ever to browse and rotate photos or zoom into web pages in Safari™. MacBook Air features a full-size keyboard design in a sleek and durable aluminum enclosure. The backlit keyboard makes it ideal for dimly lit environments such as airplanes, studios or conference halls, and a built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the display brightness for optimal visibility.

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Taking Care of Business

Organizations Not Prepared For a Business Outage Lasting Longer Than Seven Days – Gartner
by: Jerry Liao

If you think that after the 9-11 incident, companies will be more prepared if in case such incident will happen again, you better think again because according to a survey conducted by research firm Gartner – companies are not prepared if in case a business outage will last longer than seven days.

Business continuity management (BCM) and disaster recovery (DR) programs are getting better; however, work still needs to be done to increase the quality and maturity of BCM/DR programs. According to a Gartner Inc. survey of 359 information security and risk management professionals from the U.S., U.K. and Canada, nearly 60 percent of organizations only plan for their longest outage to be seven days.

“The fact that most organizations plan for an outage that lasts up to seven days indicates a huge hole in those organizations’ ability to sustain business operations if a regional disaster strikes,” said Roberta Witty, research vice president at Gartner. “The impact of a disaster that lasts more than one week can have enormous negative impact on revenue, reputation and brand. Regional incidents, terrorism, service provider outages and pandemics can easily last longer than seven days. Therefore, enterprises must be prepared. More mature BCM/DR programs plan for outages of at least 30 days.

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Entertainment Today

Motorola Unveils Mobile Live TV Device
by: Jerry Liao

Gone were the days when mobile phones are branded as a communication device. The mobile phone of today has a camera, MP3 player, FM radio, gaming, video player, Internet access and television, ushering a new term called mobile phone entertainment. And the center of entertainment focus now is mobile digital television (MDTV) embedded in your mobile phone.

It provides you entertainment that you can bring wherever you are. An exciting future and a new arena of competition for mobile manufacturers. Who will lead in this area? Too early to tell still. But as they all say, let the game begin.

Motorola, Inc. announced a significant advancement in the portable media mobility experience with the introduction of the Motorola Mobile TV DVBH compatible DH01 device and mobile TV broadcast solutions portfolio. The lightweight pocket sized personal media player extends the consumer TV experience to anytime and anywhere for live TV, on-demand clips and programs saved on a DVR.

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Internet Medicine

Snake Bite Story at the Arc of Avilon in Tiendesitas
by: Jerry Liao

Snake Bite
Picture taken after our hospital visit.

(Thank you for expressing your support and concerns. I am sharing this experience to inform everybody to be more cautious in allowing your children to touch the animals. Also to call the attention of Zoo operators that as much as they need to take good care of their animals, the same attention and care should be accorded to their visitors. I believe that a clinic, a doctor and medicines is a must. God Bless us all! Jerry Liao)

I am a self-confessed Internet addict. It’s almost automatic that everytime I open my computer, the first thing I do is to connect to the web – to check my email, read some news, and do some business correspondence. But never did I thought that there will come a time that in a matter of life and death, I will rely on the Internet to provide me the knowledge that I needed.

Last January 5, 2008, My family and I visited the new Arc of Avilon (AoA) Zoo located at Frontera Verde near Tiendesitas in Pasig . The highlight of the said zoo is they allow people especially kids to touch their animals like orangutan, donkey, parrots, eagles, fowls, rabbits, tortoise and snakes. And when you allow your kids to touch these animals, you trust that the animals are harmless and are trained not to hurt its visitors.

Unfortunately, my 2nd daughter was bitten by an Albino King Snake. The snake handler took the snake away from my daughter and jokingly said that my daughter’s finger must be delicious for the snake to bite. A joke I didn’t find funny at all. Clearly the handler is not an expert for him to say such a remark.

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