Underwater video recording using Nokia N8 and a waterproof plastic bag

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This is a demo of a video recording done underwater using Nokia N8 and a generic waterproof plastic bag like the one below

Disclaimer: I accidentally change the resolution to tv resolution, so the video is not in HD

Warning: Do not do this if you are not sure with what you are doing. Try this on your own risk. To avoid problems when using your phone underwater, use certified underwater accessories by nokia (if there is any).

Sample photos taken using N8, setting: Rain+after rain environment

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Photos are taken using my 7 month old Nokia N8 during our rainy weekend outing at club punta fuego and munting buhangin at Nasugbu, Batangas.
Setting of environment are :
Slightly sun-lit environment due to rain/louds
Inside restaurants (for macro shots)

I used Automatic settings for all photo except for macro shots.

Disclaimer: Image quality are reduced after i uploaded the pictures on picasa web for sharing. Most pics gained a grainy like quality.

Smart's Extra Awesome Weekends - get extra text, calls and mobile internet for free [May 21-22, 2011 only]

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No need to load up prepaid credits. all you have to do is register the codes below during the promo period. Make sure you have enough credits to register.

Extra Call & Surf 20 - 60 minutes of calls to smart/tnt + 60 minutes of mobile internet
Text EXTRACALL to 8998

Extra Alltxt 30 - 1000 texts to smart/tnt + 10 texts to other networks
Text EXTRATEXT to 8998
Promo will be valid on May 21-22, 2011 only.

From Smart 

Nokia N8 out performs Galaxy S II , Optimus 2x and iPhone 4 on on most camera comparison test

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Image taken from Phone Arena

if you are somewhat of a shutterbug, and your foremost demand is realism and well-lit indoor shots - the large sensor, 12MP resolution, and Xenon flash on the Nokia N8 undoubtedly have your best interest at heart.

Although N8 loses on categories pertaining to
1. macro shots (due to its wide angle lens)
2. video recording frames per second(due to the limit imposed by nokia in terms of frames per second at 25fps but can be unlocked via firmware hacks)

To read the full comparison, visit the link below.

From Phone Arena

HP Pavilion dm1 unboxing pictures, why we choose it over almost similar Asus Eee PC 1215b


Unboxing photos

We are looking for a laptop that can be use by my sister for her thesis making and studies. Here is the list of consideration we had in finding the perfect laptop for her:
1. Not too big (14" + laptops are out of picture)
2. thin and lightweight (she will be taking the laptop to school most of the time so it should be portable
3. affordable but not cheap (should be affordable enough and still has a premium feel)
4. sturdy
5. fast (although it will be used for document processing only, it should be fast enough to play casual games also)

We shortlisted two laptops, HP Pavilion Dm1 and Asus Eee PC 1215b.

In terms specification, they're pretty much the same

AMD Fusion 1.6 GHz dual-core Zacate E-350 APU with Radeon Mobility 6130 graphics
320 gb harddisk
2gb memory
Wifi a/b/g/n
Windows 7 home premium

and only difference is that the HP Pavilion DM1 has 11.6" screen and aluminum body whle the Asus Eee PC 1215b has a larger 12.1" screen and almost plastic body.

We chose the Dm1 because it looks, and feels better to use than the Asus Eee pc counter part. Another thing is that aluminum body of DM1 will help in heat dissipation, and the it also uses an altec lansing speaker.

Globe Super Facebook , 5 hours of facebook surfing for only 10 pesos

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You can now surf facebook for 5 straight hours for only P10. Straight hours meaning if you get disconnected from your internet connection , you super facebook subscription will end.

To register to Super Facebook:
Text SUPERFB10 to 8888.

This promo is only for globe prepaid subscriber, and until June 30, 2011 only.

From Globe

Globe MySuperCircle Plan - 3 lines 3 phones 3 unli service for P1,499


For only P1,499 , you get 3 separate lines with 3 phones (Nokia X2-01 and Samsung Corby II)
Globe MySuperCircle Plan is an unlimited and customizable postpaid plan for groups of three. Get three postpaid lines, three unlimited services of your choice and three mobile phones, all under one subscription, for only P1,499 per month. That's only about P500 per postpaid line.
With MySuperCircle Plan, members of the group can personalize each account by choosing their own unlimited add-on service and their own handset from our range of devices.
you can select from the following add on:
• MySuperUNLI – unlimited texts and calls to Globe/TM
• MySuperDUO – calls to Globe/TM/DUO/SUPERDUO and Globe Landline numbers
• MySuperTXTALL – unlimited texts to all networks, whether Globe, TM, Smart, Sun or Talk 'n Text

I'm not yet sure if (wasn't able to asure due to problems on globe support):

1. the add ons will be payed seperately from the P1,500
2. the add on comes free with the P1,500 monthly fee
and if the add on is even required.

Will update this asap.

Promo is until July 15, 2011 only

Sun Cellular WIN10 gives unlimited text and 5 mins to other sun peeps


For P10 Sun Subscribers gets unlimited text and 5 minutes of call to other sun subscribers for 1 day.

just text WIN10 to 247

Smart Alltxt combo plus - 100 text to smart/tnt , 10 text to all network, 5 mins call to smart, 40 posts to facebook twitter and friendster

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Alltxt combo plus  gives you 100 texts and MMS to smart/talk n text + 10 more texts to all networks and 5 mins calling AND 40 "text posts" to twitter/facebook/friendster.

just text <keyword> to 2526.

text FB 25 to 2526text TW 50 to 2526

Register to your favorite social network with smart on this link.

From Smart

Smart Bro's internet per minute charging

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This is similar to Globe's PowerSurf 15. You get minute by the minute charging meaning, as long as there still remaining hours or minutes on the registered package, reconnecting and disconnecting will not be charged as different transactions.

This is for Smart Broadband subscribers only. Not applicable to Smart Mobile (prepaid and postpaid)

PackagePriceNo. of
PER MINUTE 60P603 hoursP0.33/min2 daysMINUTE 60
PER MINUTE 100P1005 hoursP0.33/min4 daysMINUTE 100
PER MINUTE 150P1507.5 hoursP0.33/min7 daysMINUTE 15

Text the keyword to 2200
example: MINUTE 60 to 2200

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Google Docs app for Android available for download

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Create, edit, upload and share your documents with the Google Docs app.

  • Designed for Android to save you time finding your docs
  • Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds
  • Make quick changes to spreadsheets
  • View your documents, PDFs, images and more.
  • Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
  • Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
  • Share docs with your phone’s contacts

update: Some users are reporting that you can't edit documents created on PC, and you can't delete created documents.

Get it from the Android Market

Case manufacturers having issues with white iPhone 4

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Image taken from engadget.com
white iphone is ticker than than black iphone by few millimeters 

Case manufacturers will now have to support 4 different physical configuration of the iPhone 4 , and iPhone 4 owners on the other hand needs to select the proper accessory for their iPhone.
the CDMA iPhone 4 has moved some buttons and switch'
position from the original iPhone 4
we have

  • Black iPhone 4 - this is the original iPhone 4
  • White iPhone 4 - the white iPhone recently launched, with thicker dimension which needs larger cases
  • Black CDMA iPhone 4 (verizon iPhone) - same thickness with the original iPhone 4 but has re-positioned buttons, switch and headphone jack
  • White CDMA iPhone 4 (verizon iPhone) - same re-positioned switch, buttons and headphone jack with the black CDMA iPhone 5 but can't use the same case because this should be thicker than the black CDMA iPhone 4 since it is white

.. and even headphone jack position