Archive for September 8, 2009

Samsung Electronics Phils Corp., today announced the ST550 and ST500, innovative compact digital cameras which feature Dual LCD screens. With one LCD on the front of the camera, and a second one on the back of the camera, Samsung now gives consumers the ability to truly step out from behind the camera and put themselves in the picture.

Delivering an unrivalled user experience, the 1.5” LCD located on the front of the camera allows consumers to take first-rate photos whether they are behind the camera or in front of it.

Samsung’s new ST550 also features a 3.5” wide touch-screen back LCD. At 1,152K resolution, the ST550’s LCD delivers almost four times more resolution than traditional cameras and also comes complete with haptic vibration feedback for ease of use. A 12.2 mega-pixel CCD and 27mm wide-angle Schneider-KREUZNACH lens with 4.6x optical zoom gives a wider shooting range from a shorter distance producing clear, clean images with balanced resolution from the center of the image to the edges.

Alongside professional-grade photos, the ST550 and ST500 record 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second in H.264 format, providing twice as much recording capacity as MPEG4 format, and four times more than using MJPEG format, all in the palm of your hand. HDMI connectivity means that your HD videos can be enjoyed on any HDTV or HD Monitor.

Research In Motion (RIM) introduced the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone in the Philippines. The slim and stylish handset, a new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, is scheduled to be available from Globe and Smart near the end of September*.

The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 introduces an innovative touch-sensitive trackpad which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for an exceptional navigation experience. It is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, which are smoothly integrated along the top of the handset giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos.

The user-friendly BlackBerry Curve 8520 provides easy access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace), and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It is also Wi-Fi-enabled and includes rich multimedia capabilities with easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

BSA empowers Filipinos to be superheroes

Posted: September 8, 2009 in Tech

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a non-profit organization promoting a safe and legal digital world, recently launched a video that empowers people to become superheroes by reporting the use of pirated and unlicensed software in the workplace. Dubbed as “Superhero fighting software piracy,” Filipinos can catch the video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdxbnU9hU9I).

The BSA has taken on a new approach in encouraging the public to take part in the fight against software piracy through the story of a man who tries to emulate Superhero characters in his desire to do something heroic. At the end of the day, he learned that he does not need incredible powers to be a Superhero. All he needed is the integrity and the courage to speak up against the use of pirated software in the workplace and thereby help create respect for intellectual property rights that would benefit the country as a whole.

The video also directs YouTube viewers to BSA’s newly established website, http://www.reportpiracy.asia. The website contains helpful tips on how to spot the use of pirated software in the workplace including basic information about software piracy and its types as well as the economic impact of software piracy.

Intel expanded its Nehalem family with the release of the “Lynnfield” family of high-end desktop and low-end server processors. They will be sold under the Core i7, Core i5 and Xeon 3400 brand names.

The new chips are designed for consumers who need top-notch performance for digital media, productivity, gaming and other demanding applications.

ASUS President Jerry Shen hinted that Asus will release an electronic reader that would resemble a traditional book. It will be called The Asus EeeBook Reader.

It connects using 3G or Wifi, comes with a memory card slot and supports Skype audio/video conferencing. Users can also choose to use one screen as a virtual keypad, or to browse the web.