iOS to Windows Phone 7 porting tool from Microsoft released

As part of Microsoft's ramping up process of encouraging developers to create software for Windows Phone 7, the company releases an iOS to Windows Phone 7 app porting tool . This makes it easier for developers to bring their popular iOS apps to Phone 7. With App Store and Marketplace way ahead, Microsoft is very serious in catching up.

From MS Iteroperability

What people has to say with Smart's LTE

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iPad 2 prices now official, student discount available

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iPad 2 Wifi only 16gb - P23,990
iPad 2 Wifi only 32gb - P28,990
iPad 2 Wifi only 64gb - P33,990

iPad 2 is coming on April 29, bye bye expensive gray market units

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Receive a tweet earlier about iPad's availability here in the Philippines that is why i woke up readily and look for an official statement before posting this one. Sadly, I wasn't able to find one but what I found instead was a repost of Digital Hub's facebook page about the article. They even made a comment "Excited for the iPad 2?" and since Digital Hub is an authorized reseller of apple products, this makes this "rumor" very close to official if not.
The iPad 2 will be officially made available on select branches of official Apple Premium Resellers which include (Digital Hub, Power Mac, Switch, iStudio and The A-Shop)

From Technoodling

iPhone 44g : the iTool for everything in the iWorld - a funny short clip

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After 30+ years, we'll be able to use the iPhone (and even iPad) as:

  • a make-up
  • razor
  • hair dryer
  • Stove
  • Cutter
  • Cigar holder
  • Lighter
  • Hand gun

Red Mobile Crazy Low Combos , 80 texts and 40 mins call for as low as P6

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Red Mobile is offering new prepaid promos that is cheaper than any other combos out there.

Combo 6 - 80 texts and 40 mins calls for only P6, valid for 1 day
text combo6 to 9949

Combo 12 - 160 texts and 80 mins calls for only P12, valid for 2 days
text combo12 to 9949

Combo 18 - 240 texts and 120 mins calls for only P18, valid for 3 days
text combo18 to 9949

This promo only applies to Red-to-Red calls and texts. Promo is until Oct. 11, 2011 only.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, Galaxy S, Desire Z and HD will be getting a Android 2.3 Gingerbread update


Vodafone Australia is currently testing Android 2.3 Gingerbread for Samsung Galaxy S, Tab P1000, Desire Z and Desire HD. It's already a confirmation that the following devices are planned to have the Android 2.3 update  soon.

From Samsung Hub

Smart's LTE mobile broadband internet gets tested at Boracay, it's fast!

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tests made from
Smart promises internet speed up to 50mbps with its new 4g offering called Smart Evolution. Jayvee Fernandez, a blogger and owner of provide us a sneak peak on how this new service from smart performs on real world scenarios.

From my hotel which is in a more remote location (and indoors) I am getting 15Mbps. This afternoon, the LTE booth was pushing 69Mbps (LTE promises 50Mbps) and while everyone was sharing over WiFi and stressing the network with HD video streaming, they did a decent ~ 30Mbps, which is still very fast.

Visit a bugged life to read more details about the test.

Globe's SuperAll Txt 20 , 250 texts to all networks for only P20


Get 250 texts to all networks for only 20 pesos per day

Just text ATXT20 to 8888 to register

For Globe Prepaid subscribers only.
Must maintain P1 balance to use this service.
Promo is until June 30, 2011 only.

From Globe

Mobile internet packages from Smart, Globe, and Sun Cellular (unlimited and not)


by registration:
SuperSurf50 - Unlimited 1 day for P50
text SUPERSURF50 to 8888
SuperSurf220 - Unlimited 5 days for P220
text SUPERSURF220 to 8888
Surf and Text - Unlimted 1 day + unlimited text to Globe subscribers for P60
text SURFTXT60 to 8888
PowerSurf 15 - 1 hour for 1 day for P15
text POWERSURF15 to 8888

PowerSurf 30 - 3 hours for 1 day for P30
text POWERSURF30 to 8888
PowerSurf 50 - 5 hours for 3 days for P50
text POWERSURF50 to 8888

Smart offers LAHATxt 30 combo, 250 texts to all networks, 20 mins call smart to smart

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Smart Buddy presents LAHATxt 30 Combo! Get 300 texts to ALL networks + 20 minute calls Smart to Smart.

Text L30 to 2266

P1.00 balance must be maintained. Promo is valid for 2 days upon subscription.

update: LAHATxt 30 combo is now 300 texts to ALL networks + 20 minute calls Smart to Smart (previously 250 texts to ALL networks + 20 minute calls Smart to Smart).

Globe launches 4G mobile technology in the Philippines

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Globe is the first telco provider to launch 4G grade connection to mobile consumers in the Philippines, but other companies are already testing their own 4G network like Smart. Wi-tribe is a also 4G connection provider but lacks mobile offerings.

HSPA+, or Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, is a 4G wireless, mobile, high speed broadband technology and provides provides HSPA data rates up to 84 Megabits per second (Mbit/s) on the downlink and 22 Mbit/s on the uplink.

When is EDoF camera better than Auto-Focus one

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EDoF stands for Extended Depth of Field and works by using an asymmetrical lens that has the capability to focus objects from different distances, depending on which parts of the lens the various light 'rays' strike, on the same sensor.
EDoF is a more common type of camera sensor today because it is  cheaper to manufacturer, and doesn't require large spaces because of the absence of auto-focusing parts. Example of phones with EDoF cameras are Nokia C7, E7 , while phones with Auto-Focus are iPhone 4, Nokia N8, Sony Ericsson Xpera Arc

Although EDoF is more robust, quicker to take shots, better in video capture , that doesn't mean that its a better camera module for cameras. Actually, knowing what kind of scene or subject you will be shooting makes a difference in choosing which particular camera type would give better results.

Below is a list of 9 possible use cases for camera phone (there are still more but to make this post simple , just relate other scenarios that are closely-related with one on the list below) and an indication of when to use EDoF or Auto-Focus camera to get best output.

The list below also assumes that the subject or scene is well lit , as darker scenes require larger sensors.

Nokia Ovi Maps beta v3.07 for download

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Easier to switch from Drive View to Map view, has 4 different shortcuts for maps, drive, check in and guides, and Place page have a new design

  • Open Maps, Drive, Check in and Guides with a just tap on your home screen.
  • Search now includes a tab for favourites. Predictive search also works offline.
  • Place pages have a new design including a new image gallery, user reviews, descriptions by business owners, leading guides and local content providers, e.g. TripAdvisor, HRS, Expedia additionally to Lonely Planet, Michelin guides, TimeOut, Qype and WCities.
  • Easily change the map views in Drive navigation by tapping the views icon. You can pan the map to see the next move and explore the map within the route overview.
  • Tap on Guides and immediately see the weather forecast for your location or another city.

Download it from Nokia Betalabs

Symbian Anna on Nokia X7

Fresh new actions
Easier touchscreen typing
New browser
Enhanced Ovi Maps

Globe, Digitel and Bayantel fully interconnected nationwide

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Interconnected telecommunication network means that in areas where Globe, Digitel or Bayantel are present, customers of the competing telcos within a province or city can call each other locally via 7-digit local dialing without having to pay long distance rates.

Press Release below

Rumor: Unlimited call and text between sun, smart, red, talk n text & pldt

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I've heard a rumor about unlimited call and text options between Sun Cellular, Smart, Red Mobile, Talk n' Text and PLDT. It may be possible since PLDT now owns large stakes on the said Telecom Providers but it is not clear if the option will be available only to Sun (the original unli call and text provider) subscribers or across all the networks under PLDT's roof.

I am looking at Anti-trust / Anti-competitive or monopoly issues here though.

Nokia X7 sneak peak shows off new S^3 UI

Latest Symbian S^3 UI

Nokia X7 is one of the latest Nokia S^3 based handset that will be announced probably tomorrow (April 12, 2011). Nokia X7 is the same for all things with Nokia N8 except for:

A larger 4" CBD amoled capacitive multi-touchscreen display
4 loud speakers (I'm not sure if this is stereo, surround or mono)
8mp fixed focus camera with dual led flash

Aside from the hardware part, X7 will initially come with the latest S^3 UI (picture above), a new and faster native browser and a host of enhancement just like the split screen virtual keyboard. If I'm not mistaken the software that X7 have will also contain the "summer update" we have been waiting for our N8/C7/C6-01 and E7 devices.
new split screen virtual keyboard

Here are more information about Nokia X7 from GSM Arena

New browser
View the sneak peak video below

SoundSnap - take pictures on iPhone/iPod using sound

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SoundSnap is a simple camera app that lets you take pictures by detecting any sound you make! Simply tap, speak or make any sound into the built-in microphone and SoundSnap will quickly snap a picture! Better yet make use of your earphone headset or Bluetooth headset as a remote!

Tap, speak or make any sound to snap a photo!
SoundSnap is a fully featured camera app.

Adjust the sensitivity of the sound detection.
Optimize the app for quiet or noisy environments.

Use your headset as a remote cable release.
Connect your headset to your iPhone to use it as a remote release cable.

Use Bluetooth headset as your wireless remote.
Speak, make a sound or tap your Bluetooth Mic to take a picture!

Stealth Mode
For those times when discretion is needed.

Timer mode
Give youeself time to perfect your pose before taking that photo.

Compatible with iPhone® 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod® Touch (4th Generation). Developed for iOS 4.0 and above.
Get it on App Store

From Black Arc Studios

Globe My Super Txt All - unlimited text to all networks

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Nokia Summer Heat Wave Sale (April 11-17) - lots of freebies


Buy Nokia 1280 at PhP899
Buy Nokia E7, get FREE Nokia 1280 and 1800
Buy Nokia N8, get FREE Nokia 1280
Buy Nokia C7, get Nokia 1280 for PhP499 ONLY and a chance to win 50K worth Rustan's Gift Certificate
Buy Nokia X3 Touch and Type, get Nokia 1280 for PhP499 ONLY
Buy Nokia X2-01, get Nokia 1280 for P499 ONLY
Buy Nokia C3, get Nokia 1280 for P499 ONLY
Buy C3 Touch and Type less PhP500
Buy Nokia 2323 less PhP200
Buy Nokia 2330 less PhP200
Buy Nokia C1-02 less PhP200
Buy Nokia X6 8GB less P500
Buy Nokia 5230 less P200

Sale is from April 11 to 17, 2011(7-Days) only.
All Nokia Stores and selected retail outlets participates in this sale.

Smartphone vs Cellphone (ordinary phones/dumbphones) infographic

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I found an interested infographic from smart's facebook page that differentiates smartphones and ordinary phones (or dumbphones).

Although this infographic misses the gray area between cellphones and smartphones, the "feature phones". '
Feature phone is a term used to describe a low-end mobile phone that has less computing ability than a smartphone, but more capability than a "dumb phone" - wikipedia
Basically, feature phones, like dumbphones, can do ordinary phone functions such as calling  or texting and also offers the ability to install apps, play games and access the internet but has lesser functionality than smartphones. Good example are Symbian s40 phones such as Nokia 5310 xpressmusic, Nokia C3 etc.

Another question for me is that smartphones have operating system, then what do they call the software that runs the cellphone's call, sms, mms, and email functionality? Isn't it also a operating system? or it better fits "firmware" as a category?

Let me know what you think.

From Smart Facebook Page

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc available in the Philippines for P26,300.00

Still remember the mobile phone with another great camera specification that Beste Product compared with Nokia N8 ?  It's the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the latest Android based smartphone from SE and is now being sold here in the Philippines at around P26,000.00.

HTC Desire S coming to Philippines @ SRP P25,990 , unofficial pre-order for only P23,500

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Top electronics is offering pre-order of units of HTC Desire S for only P23,500. Stocks will be coming on April 9, 2011.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Aluminum Unibody Casing
  • 3.7" SLCD Touchscreen 480×800 pixels, 16.7M Colors
  • Qualcomm 1GHZ MSM8255
  • 1.1GB Internal, 768MB RAM
  • HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps connectivity, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR capabilities
  • 5MP w/ autofocus, flash, geotagging, face detection/VGA Front camera
  • 720p video recording and playback
  • HTC Sense 3.0

From Top Electronics Via Yugatech

Molome - instagram like application for symbian

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MOLOME ™ is a easy & fun way to share your journey of life. Grab your phone, snap photos, experience cool effects beyond creativity and share it with your friends or show it to the world.

And its free.

Video demo and download link below

How to jailbreak (untethered iOS 4.3.1) iPhone 4 & 3gs, iPad 1, iPod Touch 4g & 3g on Mac and Windows


This works with iPhone 4(AT&T), iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4, iPod Touch 3G, and iPad 1
This DOESN’T work with iPhone 4(verizon) and iPad 2
iPhone 4 Unlockers don’t do this, Ultrasn0w isn’t ready.
On Windows make sure to right click on Redsnow.exe and run it in Windows XP SP3 Compatibility Mode and as Administrator.
Update your device to iOS 4.3.1 before you do this guide.
Update iTunes to the latest version before you do this guide.

Head to the link below to view the step by step procedure.

From TY iPhone Help via Daily Iphone blog

Cherry Mobile Android and Windows Phone and tablet sale

Cherry Mobile slashes big prices on its Android and Windows Phone line up with up to P5,000.00 and/or 50% off on it's selected phones.

Superion - P16,999 (was P19,999)
Superion is a 7" capacitive touchscreen tablet using Android 2.2 operating system. Specs looks good except for its 600mhz processor.

update: Check out the new Superion TV , 7' Android tablet with TV.

Magnum - P15,999 (was P18,999)
Magnum is the high end phone of Cherry with Android 2.2, 4.1" touchscreen display, complete connectivity (+ HDMI) and GPS, HD recording

Samsung Galaxy Super Sale - Promo till April 17, 2011 only

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Samsung Galaxy
Galaxy Tab - P21,990
Galaxy Tab (wifi only) - P16,990
Galaxy S (Super Amoled screen) - P24,990
Galaxy S (Super Clear LCD screen*) - P19,990 **
Galaxy Fit - P12,990
Galaxy Ace - P13,990 (was P15,580)
Galaxy 551 - P11,900 (was p12,900)
Galaxy Mini - P8,990 (was P10,190)
Galaxy 5 - P7,990 (was P9,190)

Nokia C7 is still working after a 4 ton truck run-over

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Just watch the video and see how durable this phone is.