Archive | June 2010

Developers Choice – iOS or Android?

In any digital device, the software the runs it spells the difference. You can have a beautiful mobile phone but if you have a poorly developed operating system (OS) that runs it, then I can tell you that mobile phone will not last long in the market. It happens before and it is still happening now. The hardware part does attract people from buying the device, but the software decides whether people will keep it, use it and recommend it.

Now in the OS market, I would say there are three major players now – iOS from Apple, Android from Google and Windows Phone from Microsoft. I would like to include webOS from HP (recently acquired from Palm) but no formal announcement was made yet by HP as to what will they be doing with their webOS. Windows Phone 7 is yet to be released so we are left iOS and Android to talk about for the meantime.

So who is popular now between iOS and Android and who will be popular in the future?
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Evaluating Software as a Service (SaaS)

Almost every technology vendor is talking about the cloud, presenting their solutions and explaining how it has embraced the concept of cloud computing. How effective it is? The cost savings involved? and a lot more.

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information, are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth. A simple example of cloud computing is Yahoo email or Gmail etc.
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Digital Lifestyle in the eyes of Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom recently launched an information centric shop at Greenbelt 4 to bring digital lifestyle closer to the people. During the press conference, Mr. Ferdinand “Ferdz” Dela Cruz, Head of Consumer Sales and After Sales was describing how the shop looks like. You see, before we went to a tour to view the place, we were treated to a nice lunch first.

So during lunch, Ferdz was describing to us how the place looks like. So I have to use my imagination first before seeing the actual shop.

The new store design features a seamless, semicircular, 2-section layout which allows anyone to easily browse around the product display as well as request for after-sales support. The inner core is called the Shop Zone and highlights the digital lifestyle, be it Home Life, Mobile Life, or Business Life. All accessories are also properly organized on shelves beneath each category to make it convenient for the customers to dress up their gadgets.
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Fast Forward with HP

I recently attended a press conference organized by Hewlett Packard (HP) Philippines where HP showcased their latest print offering. Aside from knowing that a sumptuous meal awaits me, I arrived with little expectations – HP will again introduce new printers and talk about their ink technology, printing speed, cost savings and other stuff that I have heard. Little did I know that I am going to witness a different kind of printing features and functionalities.

HP did introduce new printers – single, multi-function printers and scanners. But more than the products, what caught my eye are technologies that are simple but are very useful:
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The Web and the 2010 Election

Now the election is over and a new President and Vice President has been proclaimed, I feel this is the right time for me to speak about the 2010 election, especially the relevance of the internet in the political campaign of each candidates.

Let’s do away with the Smartmatic and PCOS machine thing. With the wide media coverage given to the issue, by now most of you are already technology experts. Encryption, jamming, source code, transmission, CF cards, hash code, servers, and PCOS machines are just some of the technology terms that you are familiar with nowadays. So let’s move on.
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Tablets and 3D PC Dominates Computex 2010

The recently concluded Computex 2010 held in Taipe Taiwan gave us a glimpse of what the I.T. industry is gearning up in the next few months. Technology companies who participated in the event showcased two prominent technologies that will somehow change the way we do computing – Tablet PCs and 3D PC.

Companies like Asus showed off the eee Pad 121 while MSI shows their own Tablet offering, the MSI Wind-Pad. The Eee Pad has a 12-inch touchscreen display and is a “full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and internet device. The Eee Pad has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Windows 7 operating system. Asus will also be offering a 10-inch display version of the Eee Pad.
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The Story of the “Over Limit Fee”

I woke up one morning with bills all over my desk. So I told myself what’s new? Little did I know that there will be something new when I open my Metrobank credit card bill. My card limit is PhP 20,000.00 a month and my bill reached PhP 20,400.13. In other words, I exceeded my limit by PhP 400.13. Guess what? Metrobank charged me with a PhP 500.00 over limit fee as penalty.

I can’t help but laugh in disbelief. I looked at my bill again and it says I paid my April bill of PhP 19,915.13, but unfortunately one April transaction was not included which amounted to PhP 485.00. And I think if I am not mistaken that transaction made me exceed my limit of PhP 20,000.00, that is why I am being charged over limit fee of PhP 500.00.
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