Archive | October 2010

Teens go crazy with mobile texting

Call it later or what, because a recent study released by Nielsen Company showed that US teens are actually sending 3,339 texts a month or an average of 111 text messages per day. Is that a shocking development? I don’t think so. Here in the Philippines, I would say the local teens are sending 100 messages in like an hour or so.

I may be exagerating the figures but it’s not impossible given the unlimited texting offers of telecommunication companies. Local teenagers can actually send as many text as they want – so 111 text messages per day.
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Facebook New Security Features – Onetime Passwords and Remote Logout

Social networking site Facebook recently introduced two new features that according to Facebook will add more security to users – one time passwords and remote logout. Let us first examine what these two features are:

OneTime Passwords
The one time password is intended primarily for those who login the Facebook from computers at public places, such as Internet cafes. Any user just needs to send an SMS to a short number, and he/she will immediately receive a one-time password, which will be valid for 20 minutes. As of now the service will be available in US only.
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The Alliance of Microsoft and Adobe

What’s brewing in the I.T. industry nowadays? Well aside from the new gadgets that are coming out, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer and Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen recently met and discussed the possibility of partnering on mobile and cloud business.

Microsoft and Adobe discussed a lot of things, but I am sure how to compete with Google and Apple is top on the agenda of the two. I won’t be surprise if Adobe and Microsoft will work together on mobile, since Apple denial to support Flash on their devices. With Windows Phone 7 pending release, an integration between the Microsoft OS and Adobe technology will be a force to reckon with.
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Smart Phone Industry Report

Almost all mobile manufacturers have released their own smartphone offerings. One trying to outdo the others by coming out with cool designs, powerful features and the most important thing of all – affordability. So after everything has been said than one, who is actually leading the smartphone market?

A recent study made by ChangeWave revealed that in the area of smartphone market share – Apple (34%) is up 1-point since their March survey to an all-time high while RIM (34%) has taken another hit – dropping 4-points in the past 90 days. Android phones continue to have a major impact on the market, with HTC (8%; up 2-points) and its new Droid Incredible and EVO models the biggest beneficiary. Motorola (6%), who in recent surveys had registered a wave of new demand for their Droid model, remains unchanged in the current survey.
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Beware of Cyberbullying

The net world was stunned by the recent news about Tyler Clementi, an 18 year old student who jumped to his death from a bridge after discovering his sexual encounter with another man had been streamed live to other students by a roommate at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Clementi’s roomate Dharun Ravi with Molly Wei used a webcam to watch Clementi having a sexual encounter with another man in their dorm room. The said video was made available on the web for everyone to view as well. Clementi appears to have found out about the webcast afterward and had filed a complaint with the resident assistant. Both Ravi and Wei have since been charged with serious criminal charges, including invasion of privacy. A bill is already being drafted in New Jersey to stiffen criminal penalties for cyber harassment
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Manila Bulletin in 3D

Yup, that’s the title of my column today – Manila Bulletin in 3D. 3D is one of the most in-demand innovation in the techworld nowadays. Look at the latest TV, it comes in 3D. Look at the notebook computers – it comes in 3D. Look at video games – it comes in 3D. Look at the movies, films and moviehouses are also in 3D. Look at our electric fans, we also have 3D (corny). So if all these are in 3D, why not a 3D newspaper.

Last September 24, 2010 (Friday), Manila Bulletin made history by introducing the country’s first 3D paper. Each copy comes with a 3D glass. Manila Bulletin readers were treated to a different experience, reading their favorite newspaper in real life so to speak. Pictures come to life with 3D effects. How is this achieved?
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