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What kids want for Christmas?

I would like to believe that regardless of one’s status in life – whether one is rich or poor, wishing for a gift during holidays are all the same. As they all say, wishing is for free for everyone.

In this time of the digital age, parents will have more headaches in thinking where to get the funds to buy their kids their favorite digital gadgets. Gone were the days when parents will just have a hard time fighting with the crowd in malls to buy their kids new shirts, dress and shoes. Now with the advancement of technology, our kids would just want their parent’s credit cards and permission, nothing else.

Just to prove my point, the recent survey released by The Neilsen Company shows that 44% out of the 3,000 US children showed indicated that the iPad is the most-wanted gift among U.S. kids ages 6 through 12.
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Sony considering buyout of Sony Ericsson

Reports indicated the Sony plans to buy out the remaining 50% of their joint venture with LM Ericsson Telephone Co. formed last 2001. Sony is reportedly prepared to pay Ericsson $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion to gain full control of the partnership.

There’s a couple of reasons why Sony wants the buyout. One, Sony Ericsson is losing market share for quite sometime now and it will continue to drop as the demands for high-end phones are declining. The popularity of Experia smartphones remains low. The direction of both companies seems to be going different paths – Sony is focussing more on the consumer products like tablet, PC, game consoles, TV, cameras and some other businesses while Ericsson on the other hand is more on the telecommunication-network equipment and is more focussed on the business-to-business market.
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Why People Go for Printer Ink Refills?

Last Sunday (January 23, 2011), my daugthers went to SM North Edsa Cyberzone to buy HP printer inks. My youngest needed to print something for her school requirement. Upon reaching SM North, my second asked me if we’re going to refilled inks or are we going to buy original inks. I said we are buying original inks. We are actually One HP Black ink and 4 HP colored inks.

The first stop was Silicon Valley, unfortunatey they run out of stock. So the next shop we went in to was Octagon Computer (located beside Silicon Valley). The only stock Octagon has at the time was the HP Black ink which cost PhP 650.00. We decided to buy the HP Black ink from Octagon because we thought that particular HP ink model is running out of stock.
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Facebook Shutdown – Hoax, Hype and Hope

This announcement alledgedly coming from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg created quite a stir from the socia networking world:

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
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2011 – The Year of Android?

The battle for OS supremacy is heating up as usual with the launch of Windows Phone 7, Apple OS updates, and Android. Why is it important to capture a big chunk of the mobile OS pie? Simple – the one who controls the mobile OS, in a way will dominate or will have an advantage in the mobile market.

Who are the players? iPhone, Android, Palm, RIM, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. Who is leading or who will dominate the mobile OS market?
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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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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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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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