Rumor: iPhone 5 will be assembled on August 2011

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Apple will begin production of fifth-generation iPhones in August ahead of a projected late third quarter launch, according to intelligence obtained by by one investment banker's recent trip to Taiwan .

From Apple Insider

Tips on how to take beautiful N8 still pictures and videos

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This slide provides tips not only on improving the N8 camera's capabilities. I'll enumerate some
- To save battery, turn off "Save Location info"
- Use hand to minimize lens flare
- Extreme close-ups can be achieve using close-up lens
- Place bright areas on the center frame whenever possible to compensate for the exposure
- Use 2x or 3x zoom with no loss in sharpness
- When using steady cams or tripods, turn off video stabilization

and more so be sure to read the whole slide

From N8 Imaging and Video Tips

Nokia C2-02 Touch and Type slider phone

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Nokia C2-02 is a single SIM version with a similar feature set, as well as push messaging options and a broad range of IM providers included. C2-02 is very similar to C2-03 except that it is not a Dual SIM phone.

The specs
2.6" 240 x 360 px TFT resistive touchscreen
10 mb internal storage, expandable up to 32gb microSD
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
2mp camera
FM Radio
S40 touch & Type variant

And even though this phone is running on S40, Nokia is giving this phone access to a great internet experience via Nokia Browser (also known as Ovi Browser Beta). Nokia Maps for Series 40 is also coming with this phone and will be using triangulation method due to the absence of A-GPS or Integrated GPS

Dual Standby 'Dual Standby' is a neat trick that means you can receive call notification or messages on either SIM and even switch between the two SIM easily. The great thing about Dual Standby is that you can be using one SIM and the other will still accept messages and calls - NokNok.tv


This phones is set as a mid-range level at estimated retail price of $105 or around P4.5k - P5k. You might be wondering why it is est priced the same as C2-03, me too. I believe this will be cheaper by around P500-P1000 pesos.

Nokia C2-03 Dual SIM Touch and Type slider phone

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The Nokia C2-03, the third Dual SIM phone Nokia has brought to market in the past month, comes with Nokia’s unique Dual SIM capabilities. These include features that allow the user to personalize up to five SIM cards with a dedicated look and feel, and an Easy Swap option that lets users change SIM cards in seconds without having to turn off the phone or remove the battery.

The specs
2.6" 240 x 360 px TFT resistive touchscreen
10 mb internal storage, expandable up to 32gb microSD
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
2mp camera
FM Radio
S40 touch & Type variant

And even though this phone is running on S40, Nokia is giving this phone access to a great internet experience via Nokia Browser (also known as Ovi Browser Beta). Nokia Maps for Series 40 is also coming with this phone and will be using triangulation method due to the absence of A-GPS or Integrated GPS.

Dual Standby 'Dual Standby' is a neat trick that means you can receive call notification or messages on either SIM and even switch between the two SIM easily. The great thing about Dual Standby is that you can be using one SIM and the other will still accept messages and calls - NokNok.tv


This phones is set as a mid-range level at estimated retail price of $105 or around P4.5k - P5k.

Symbian Anna to come on July & August, confused? Read to understand

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Symbian Anna is now coming to S^3 devices by July. Now lets clear things up, some people say that they will come by July, and some by August. Both statements are true in the sense that those devices that will be getting the Symbian Anna are those N8, C7, C6-01 and E7s that are shipping from Nokia manufacturing this July. Meaning the devices that we already own or already on the retail outlets today will get the update by August.

A month later is not that bad but why can't we have the update now when all other new device can. Maybe nokia is preventing unnecessary stress on the update servers while it is being used by the new phones that will be shipped starting July. I don't know.

Nokia N9 the round up - specs, features, videos

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The specs
3.9" Multi-touch Amoled touchscreen, 480 x 854px
1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
1gb of RAM
16gb/64gb
8mp autofocus carl zeiss optics with dual LED flash
Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, GPS
3G (HSDPA,HSUPA),Wlan 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, with EDR
MicroUSB 2.0 with USB-on-the-Go
MeeGo OS v1.2 Harmattan
micro SIM


Whats good
- All screen phone - no buttons on the front side, access menu and open apps using SWIPE .
- Gorilla glass, just like my Nokia N8, which doesn't require any screen protection
- Brand new interface that uses a lot of Swipe based gestures
- A new webkit 2 based browser with full HTML 5 support
- New version of Ovi Maps
- Built it Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital plus audio
- Polycarbonate unibody design, a scratch on the surface will not remove a paint/color
- 8 mp carl zeiss camera with HD video recording (although most new smartphones can do Full HD recording 1080p), plus features such as touch to focus, exposure lock and continuous auto-focus.

Whats bad 
I dont know yet, will update this once a get to read other reviews


Videos

Nokia N9 - The big introduction
Nokia N9 - MeeGo OS introduction
Nokia N9 - Design Story
Nokia N9 - UI hands on demo

N9 also is best partnered with Nokia Play 360, a portable bluetooth speaker with NFC and up to 20 hrs of playback.

Will constantly update this blog post.

To learn more about Nokia N9, visit Swipe.Nokia.com

Nokia Play 360 - Nokia's 1st portable hi-fi speaker with NFC support and up to 20 hours playback

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Nokia Play 360 in 3 colors

Nokia MD-5W
This is Nokia Play 360, it is the first portable hi-fi speaker. There are other portable speaker that Nokia offers MD-9, MD-11, MD-6, MD-8, MD-5W but i think only MD-5W comes closest to Play 360 when it comes to portability and connectivity. The only difference is that MD-5W has no internal rechargeable battery and NFC support, and also a lesser power speakers at 2 x 1.5w.




Anyway, going back to Nokia Play 360, i'll just list down the notable features:
- 3.5mm audio jack support
- Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR support
- NFC, for easy bluetooth Pairing
- 360 degrees (imno directional) sound made possible by up-firing speakers.
- High quality sounds 2.1 watts
- You can pair 2 Nokia Play 360s on 1 music source for true stereo playback
- Up to 20 hours of music playback
- Recharged using micro-usb port
- Compact and portable
- Premium aluminum case and modern look

This phone is best paired with Nokia N9 and C7 (both have NFC).

How to add a working mobile internet settings or access point for S^3 phones here in the Philippines from Globe Smart and Sun Celular networks

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Before you start, make sure that you have a signal

Here is the steps:
1. Open  Menu > Settings > Connectivity



Nokia E6 arrives on Philippines, SRP at P17k

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We posted before about a leaked picture of Nokia E6 and now after 4 months its now available here in the Philippines.

Specification
640 x 360px multi-touch display, with 326 pixels per inch
600 MHz ARM 11 processor, 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator
8GB internal mass memory and support for up to 32GB on a microSD
8mp Camera with a dual LED flash
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, GPS
WLan, Bluetooth, 3g
Symbian Anna OS
Support for multiple calendars
Live social network updates to your home screen
Applications for business, entertainment, travel and more from the Ovi Store

For business users the Nokia E6 offers direct, secure and real-time access to corporate systems through Mail for Exchange and Microsoft Communicator Mobile. It also supports intranet and extranet portals built on the Microsoft Share Point Server. Extended Microsoft support includes Mail for Exchange, with enforced encryption and certificate based authentication.

The Nokia E6 is coming in black, silver or white and has an SRP of PhP17,820.


I'll provide more info when I get a hold of a unit.

Apple started selling unlocked iPhone 4

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Unlocked version of iPhone 4 is now available for selling at the Apple Store for $649 on 16gb models and $749 on 32gb models in the US. This is intended for iPhone users who are frequently going in and out of the country with no access to AT&T (GSM) but still want to use their iPhones.

This could be the start of unlocked versions of iPhone all over the world via authorized retail outlets. We don't have a word yet but we are hopeful that this will happen. If in case, unlocked versions also reach Philippines, then we don't need those very expensive gray market unit sellers anymore, including the unlocking services being offered by unauthorized service/jailbreaking centers or guys.

Only the GSM version is being sold with unlocked option.

From Apple Store
Via Tuaw

How to stream pictures, videos and music wirelessly from Symbian 3 device to pc or tv using DLNA, plus demo

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I want to share the pictures, movies, videos, music on my phone but i dont want the hassle of going near the HDTV or speakers just to connect my phone by 3.5mm jack or mini HDMI. Good thing i saw this post from my nokia blog.

This post features a step by step procedure on how to stream media files such as pictures, videos and music wirelessly from S^3 devices, particularly (in this demo ) the nokia N8. This tutorial uses Nokia Play To app from nokia beta labs as the source of media, windows media player 12 DLNA support (for Windows 7 only) as the receiving application of the media and a wired+wireless network.
Nokia Play To lets you show photos and videos taken with your mobile to your friends wirelessly on your TV (if the TV supports DLNA). Or you can listen to your favourite music stored on your mobile with your home audio system. Just launch Play To, select the device and media you want to play. No configuration is needed once WLAN is on and all devices are connected to the same network
This is made possible by DLNA - standards-based technology to make it easier for consumers to use, share and enjoy their digital photos, music and videos.
My Home Network
The image above depicts my simple network, I have a wireless router where the PC is connected physically by a LAN cable, while other devices (laptop, mobile phones) connect to it wirelessly via WiFi.

Steps after the break.

How to Install or upgrade to iOS 5 without developer account

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Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor. Everyone can do it following these extremely simple instructions - Gizmodo

T-mobile's Angry Birds Live commercial

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This is cool, real angry birds real band tons of people lots of fun!
It started my Sunday with a bang :)

[Video] HTC Sensation is an HTC Desire HD but better

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Image of HTC Sensation taken from GSM Arena

Desire HD
Last week, I was able to speak to Mark (of Techpinas) during the Nokia's launching of two new mobile phone. Our conversation went to his one of awaited phones of the year, the HTC Sensation. Mark is currently using an HTC Desire HD which he showed me. It has a very large and beautiful 4.3" LCD screen and a thin profile.


Specs
540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches S-LCD capacitive touchscreen
Gorilla glass display
Multi-touch input method
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Gyro sensor
Integrated GPS
HTC Sense v3.0 UI
1 GB storage, 768 MB RAM, expandable with additional 32 microSD card
3g and Wifi (and also has a 4g variant, which might be compatible with Smart Evolution)
8mp camera, autofocus with dual LED flash, 1080p video recording
1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)


Nokia X1-01 review, pics and price - a dual SIM phone with a loud and clear speaker

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Personalize your Dual SIM experience with your own SIM name, call or SMS settings, logo, ringtone or music. Your phone remembers up to 5 separate SIMs.

Store and shuffle THOUSANDS of songs. Be your own DJ and create your own playlist, play your music out loud and clear for hours and hours (up to 36hrs).

Unlike previous dual SIM phones made by Nokia which requires users to switch to the other SIM card by restarting the phone, X1-01 features an active dual SIM standby : the two inserted SIM cards are both ready to send or receive calls and messages. No more restarting of device.

Dual Standby 'Dual Standby' is a neat trick that means you can receive call notification or messages on either SIM and even switch between the two SIM easily. The great thing about Dual Standby is that you can be using one SIM and the other will still accept messages and calls - NokNok.tv

Key Features
• Dual SIM Dual Standby
• Give each SIM card a name, a dedicated logo and an MP3 dedicated ring tone
• Use the dedicated SIM manager key to manage your SIM settings
• Set a default SIM card for calling or sending messages very easily
• Easily see from which SIM card you have received calls, to which ones you have made calls or sent messages
• Easily manage cost control

Music
• MP3 music player
• Intuitive one-press playlist creation
• Three dedicated music keys
• In-built loud speaker (up to 106phon)
• Stereo FM radio (requires headset)
• Support for up to 16 GB microSD memory card
• Support for Shuffle and Repeat
• Music playback for up to 36 hours
• 3.5 mm AV connector

Additional features
• Built-in flashlight
• Extra long battery life
• Preloaded games
• Cost settings -pre-paid tracker (network dependant), message counter, call duration settings

Nokia C2-00 review, pics and price - a dual SIM phone with easy swapping of SIM cards

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The industry’s ONLY Dual SIM phone with Easy Swap –a whole new Dual SIM experience allowing you to conveniently change SIM without turning off, removing & reassembling

Personalize your Dual SIM experience with your own SIM name, call, SMS data settings. Your phone remembers these settings for up to 5 separate SIMs.

Massive memory capacity of up to 32 GB–for all your music, photos, videos and more
Dynamic gray, Magenta and Jet Black Nokia C2-00

Unlike previous dual SIM phones made by Nokia which requires users to switch to the other SIM card by restarting the phone, C2-00 features an active dual SIM standby : the two inserted SIM cards are both ready to send or receive calls and messages. No more restarting of device. Another interesting part of C2-00 is it's SIM slot 2 (which can be found on the side) can load different SIM cards on-the-fly. No need to turn off the phone for the information on the newly inserted SIM cards to take effect. Think of it as similar to microSD's Hot Swap.


Key Features
• Dual SIM, Dual Standby
• Easy swap with external SIM slot for multi SIMs
• Shortcut key for SIM selection menu
• MicroSDsupport up to 32GB
• Media player
• FM radio with radio recording and easy shortcut to radio (select markets)
• 3.5 mm AV connector
• Nokia Messaging
• VGA camera
• Bluetooth
• GPRS
• Web browser
• Micro USB connector slot
• MMS

Additional Features
• Ovi Life Tools (select markets)
• Large phonebook with up to 1,000 entries
• MP3 and AAC ringtones

Nokia Media launch of two Dual SIM phones (Nokia X1-01 and C2-00) at Spicy Fingers Greenbelt 2 , Priced at P1.9-2.9k

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I recently attended an even from Nokia featuring two new mobile phones, the Nokia X1-01 and C2-00. (Ok I admit, my hunch was wrong). Anyhow, the event was held at Spicy Fingers Greenbelt 2 around 6:30pm onwards  today (June 9, 2011). They had a contest where in the first 20 will get to have the chance to swap 2 of their old mobile phones for a brand new Nokia phone. Unfortunately, I didn't make it.  Rumor is it that there where already some people waiting as early as 2pm (exaggerated). I don't know :P
This is the two new Dual SIM phones from Nokia.
Ruby Rodriguez and Petite hosted the event with special guesting of Vic Sotto.
The two new phones, unlike the previous dual SIM phone C1-00, these two phones is a REAL DUAL SIM phone. User is not required to restart phone in order to switch to the other SIM card. Perfect term would be dual standby. The C2 even provides user easy swapping of SIM cards, meaning you can remove the existing SIM cards and replace it with another one with having to turn on/off the device to take effect

A lot of prizes where given away, and we even receive some bye bye token of gratitude from Nokia. (what is it? secret :P)

Here is a short introduction of the devices


Nokia also made us guess the price of the repective device, seeing the built and the look, I estimated that Nokia X1-01 will be P4,500.00 while C2-00 will be P3,500.00. I'm shocked to hear that they will be selling the unit at the price below.

Nokia X1-01 SRP P1,990.00
Nokia C2-00 SRP P2,990.00

Pretty cost effective.

More pictures below

Nokia C2-06 / C2-02 touch & type leaked image, may be the phone that will be launched on the Nokia Event later at Spicy Fingers, Greenbelt 2

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I'll be attending an event later on Spicy Fingers by Nokia. There's not much information about the event except for the theme "Get ready to see DOUBLE". I had this hunch that Nokia E6 and X7 will be launch simultaneously today (just like what happened before for N8 and C7) but I am also thinking about dual SIM phone (but i dont have any idea on any new dual SIM phone from Nokia.

I got a tip though that they will not be launching a ************* (sorry, can't share yet) and I also saw a post from yugatech about a dual sim phone (keyword "dual") which solidifies my guess about dual SIM phone.
The first dual-SIM member of the Nokia Touch and Type family has just made its unexpected public debut. The Nokia C2-06 (or C2-02 according to some sources) appeared on the Nokia Conversation blog, starring on an image dedicated to the IPv6 transition of the company's OVI browser. - GSM Arena
I did some initial searching on any information about this phone but can't find any, except for the post on Leaked info from GSM Arena . From the looks of the image, if this is really really real, this should be a slider type , with my guesstimate of 2.5" of resistive touch screen display. (why resistive? to keep the cost down, since this is a C series phone, plus, implementing multitouch on a very small screen may be too cramped). Just saying .. See ye all later.

Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini stick for Globe's fastest 4g internet up to 10mbps

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You can now experience super fast wireless broadband with Globe's newest Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini stick that supports the latest upgrade Globe did to its wireless network (upgraded 4g). It may not be as fast as Smart's LTE but its surely fast as any other average wireless broadband available in the country.

The problem now is that you'll be consuming the daily 800mb limit imposed by globe faster.

Read below more details