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Annalyn S. Jusay
John Allyza Marie
EVERY MONDAY• January 16, 2012
Bloggers' wish list for 2012
ssistant editor Badong just told me that my articles are always late and I answered him that "while there's life, there's hope." Kidding aside, this is what I always like about a new year, in this case 2012. There is always the promise of a fresh beginning. I am so looking forward to the gadgets that will be launched this year and the innovations that will rock the technology front. I am also excited about launching a business, discovering new places and working hard as ever so that I can afford new "toys." Let me just share with you some of the things I hope to achieve this year (yes, there are still 350 or so days to do this!): Travels to my dream places like Cambodia; Bali, Indonesia; Thailand; India; and China. I want to exhaust my Asia explorations first before I venture to other continents and mostly because I really love wandering around Asia - the people, the food and the culture! More food adventures worth writing about. I can't believe Manila is now a cosmopolitan food paradise and the Philippines as a whole is teeming with chefs who are experimenting with new tastes and culinary delights. Have an e-book of my BlogO-Rama articles. I am sure they can help other people who want to learn about blogging or take a tip from other bloggers. More online income from tested sources like Google AdSense to finance my travels and shopping. It is my only consolation from hours spent being glued to the computer. Being a blogger can sometimes be unhealthy because you're sedentary most of the time. So yes, wish No. 1 on my list is to lose weight and exercise more this year.
Trine 2: Running 'round fantasy
f you’ve played the first Trine, you’ll find this one somewhat familiar. But if you haven’t, well you can catch up most definitely. This puzzle game is one of the few out there that you have to try out. With stunning visuals, fun and somewhat challenging gameplay, and cool features -- Trine 2 lives up to its predecessor. In Trine 2, players run from left to right through fantasy spectacles, overcoming obstacles and slaying a few goblins along the way. You have three heroes at your disposal-- a wizard that can conjure blocks and platforms, a thief with a bow and grappling hook, and a knight with a sword, a hammer, and a shield. When playing by yourself you switch between the three heroes at
How about my other fellow bloggers, what do they want? Here's their wish list: Connie Veneracion of casaveneracion.com - Gadget: a new iMac. A bigger one. So I can give my iMac to Sam who hates Photoshopping on her 12-inch Macbook. Blogging related: A FREE dedicated server. hahaha If there is such a thing. Maloloka na ako sa kakaoverload ng VPS server ko. Fitz Villafuerte of readytoberich.com - Gadget: the fastest 15" MacBook Pro model out there; Business: a Generics Pharmacy franchise; Blogging: a publisher who can print my blog as a book Rico Mossesgeld of technogra.ph - MacBook Air + another Galaxy S II for my fiance! Richard Co of talesfromthetummy.com - A nice tablet, I get gadget envy when my daughter plays her iPad. Jean Salonga Fernando of triportreats.com - I want a Blackberry 9900 para best of both worlds, or a GoPro HD cam with under water casing for diving so I can Vlog! Pehpot Pineda, mom blogger at pehpot.com - I want a Nikon Flash (Nikon Speedlight SB-700) 2011, overall, was a good and busy year for blogging. This convinced me that the once-hobby is far from fading out of sight. In fact, it is just going into the mainstream with brands and companies getting to know the power of having an internet presence via blogs. Of course some people wished that bloggers' relations with the traditional media were as great, but it can only be described as "civil." Blame it to the shenanigans of some online posers who gave blogging a bad name. Still, there is no better time than now to keep doing what you love and have fun at the same time.
will. In one moment you can slash through some goblins as the knight, then switch to the thief to grapple to a high platform, then switch to the wizard to move a heavy block in front of a flame thrower.
There is also a multiplayer gaming feature, which allows up to three players to join the adventure either locally or online. This can make the game a little easier, as three heads are better than one.
Bringing your world into Search
oogle is introducing Search plus Your World for searches on Google.com in English. This trio of new search features brings your world, rich with people and information, into search. Search plus Your World helps you find your own stuff on the web, the people you know and things they’ve shared with you, as well as the people you don’t know but might want to ... all from one search box. Google Search has always been about finding the best result for you -- that one needle in a haystack of billions of webpages, images, videos, news and more. But that isn’t always enough. Sometimes the result you need is in your personal content or something shared with you by people you care about. Personal Results, which enables you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts— both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page; Profiles in Search, both in autocomplete and results, which enables you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and,
Navigating the streets with ease
“Go straight then turn right in 150 meters.” A sweet female voice gives me directions while getting lost in the road at night. Thank goodness for the GPS (Global Positioning System) device, I was able to find my way and got home just in time to catch my favorite television show. Dedicated GPS devices aren’t exactly new, but are rarely used by people here in the Philippines. It might be the case that since smartphones are capable of doing the job alongside being a phone for calling and texting, sales of personal navigation devices have been affected. I had my share in using my smartphone as a navigation system, but it pales in comparison as to what I have experienced when using a real GPS device. Smartphones rely heavily on Internet connection. If the speed isn’t good, navigation fails. In addition, screen size and voice command features are not readily available to all smartphones. Call me a late bloomer, but I recently joined the bandwagon and am now using a GPS device called Garmin Nuvi30. As a starter model, it’s price might be a bit of turn off to new users due to its semi-steep price of more than Php8,000. However, it is very much worth the price. Perhaps pricing is also one of the factors why Filipinos are afraid to invest in such devices. The Garmin device comes out of the box with a few manuals, a charger, and a car mount. It’s pretty straight-forward, so it cuts the excitement and immediately forces me to set it up at once to prepare for its first use. Sporting a full touchscreen interface, the Nuvi30 is just 3.5 inches small. It is powerful though, as it provides turn-byturn directions that speak distances and street names. In fact, I can choose from several accents in order to select the best voice to listen to during long-distance drives. Surprisingly, the directions are spoken clearly, thus can be followed with ease. The GPS device does the job at its best. It has a signal indicator that out-rightly tells if the device is capable of showing accurate routes and directions. In addition, its built-in map has options to search for street names and establishments that make it easier to start the journey. It also allows the saving of favorite destinations for easier recall later on. What I like about it is, unlike smartphones, the GPS device provides a junction view and tells which lane to take before I get passed it. As an added watch out to the driver, the screen also shows a built-in speed limit indicator and a clock to tell if the driver is going too fast. Having a personal navigation device gives me a sigh of relief. I no longer need to guess what direction or lane to take or which upcoming turn to drive to. The roads that are unfamiliar become easy to navigate. For me, a dedicated GPS device is still better than a smartphone-turnednavigation system. (Glenn Richmond Ong)
By Allan D. Francisco
People and Pages, which helps you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and lets you follow them with just a few clicks. Together, these features combine to create Search plus Your World, which will become available over the next few days to people who are signed in and searching on https:// www.google.com in English. Search is simply better with your world and all of your people in it, and we’re just getting started. Say you’re looking for a vacation destination. Just as in real life, your friends’ experiences are often more meaningful to you than impersonal content on the web, so you may want to check out what vacations your friends have taken. With your world in search, you can find: Google+ posts. Find relevant Google+ posts from friends talking about a trip they just took, whether they’ve shared privately with you or publicly. Photos. See vacation photos from your friends right in your search results page. You can also find your own private photos from Google+ and Picasa, based on captions, comments and album title. Every day, there are hundreds of millions of searches for people. Sometimes it’s hard to
find the person you’re looking for, and once you do find them, there’s no way for you to actually interact with them. Search plus Your World makes it easy to find and interact with people online. Typing just the first few letters of a person’s name brings up a personalized profile prediction in autocomplete. Selecting a predicted profile takes you to a results page for that person, which includes information from their Google+ profile and web results related to them. Once you select a profile, if you’re a signed-in Google+ user, you’ll see a button to add that person to your circles right on your search results page. Using Search plus Your World, if you search for a topic like [music] or [baseball], you might see prominent people who frequently discuss this topic on Google+ appearing on the right-hand side of the results page. You can connect with them on Google+, strike up meaningful conversations and discover entire communities in a way that wasn’t possible before. Searches by signed-in users on Google.com are secured by SSL encryption by default. This means when you’re signed in to Google, your search results—including your private content—are protected by the same high standards of encryption as your messages in Gmail.
Windows Phone aims for high-end market with Nokia's Lumia 900
wo recent events have drawn world attention to the country, once again. I'm referring to the landslide at Compostela Valley, which killed scores of small-scale miners and their families, and the 22-hour Black Nazarene procession. While both incidents came with elements some quarters would readily dub miraculous — the landslide's casualty figures should have been much higher, while the procession, with millions of devotees climbing over each other and stampeding on at least one occasion, was a disaster waiting to happen — we might not be as lucky next time. While both incidents displayed our people's resilience and tenacity in the face of hardships, they also highlighted how scarce common sense is on these islands. Most of all, both incidents remind us all that discipline is not one of our strongest traits.
Designed to run on AT&T's 4G LTE network (imagine download speeds of up to 50Mbps), the Lumia 900 signals how serious Nokia is about its reentry into the American market. Apparently, with the Lumia 900, Windows Phone can finally stand toe-to-toe with the best of its iOS, Android, and BlackBerry rivals. But will this phone, which comes equipped with a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, a 1.4GHz processor, and a polycarbonate unibody, create enough excitement among American consumers? Will the Lumia 900 convince them it's time to own a Nokia mobile phone, again? Intel's Mobile Chip Intel might have been king of the computer chips world for as long as most consumers can remember, but in the realm of smartphone and tablet processors, the semiconductor giant is practically non-existent. That is, until now. At this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas, the microprocessor giant announced that electronics giant Lenovo will launch in China a new smartphone that comes powered by Intel's Medfield processor. Intel also announced a similar partnership with Motorola Mobility, under which the Google-owned hardware vendor will develop and manufacture smartphones and tablets using Intel chips. Is it time for the other processor manufacturers, currently serving
the mobile market, to press the panic button? Hmm. We'll find out in the next few months or so. Multi-Core for Mobiles Nothing excites a geek's heart faster and more intensely than a gadget that comes with a multi-core processor. After all, nothing drives a tech-lover into uncontrolled or premature jubilation much quicker than powerful digital toys. Some industry experts, however, are wondering if most smartphones and tablet computers need or can benefit from dual-core or quad-core processing prowess. In fact, Microsoft's partnership with Nokia is a virtual rejection of the "more is stronger and faster" premise of the multi-core platform. But before Microsoft, whose Windows Phone 7.5 mobile OS does not support multi-core processors, can be accused of baseless prejudice against multi-core chips, the software giant set up a challenge at CES with PC guy Ben Randolph betting $100 that his Windows Phone (an HTC Titan) can run faster any apps than any other smartphone can. Of the 20 CES attendees who took the challenge, only an iPhone 4S owner was able to beat Randolph by sending a tweet faster, by a hair. That's all for the meantime, folks. Join me again next time as we keep on watching IT.
For Nokia: US or Bust After years of diminishing presence in the United States, Finland's mobile phone giant is now moving heaven and earth to reestablish a toehold in the land of honey and milk. Merely days after announcing the designed-for-the-midmarket smartphone, the Lumia 710, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 900 at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.
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