Archive for January, 2010

Microsoft Philippines announced the availability of a new line of Windows phones that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. People can also connect to a new service that allows them to to back uo and share data from their phone to the web with My Phone.

MyPhone is a free service that helps people manage and back up the invaluable information stored on their phone and provides peace of mind and an easy restore option in the event of a lost or damaged phone. People can also publish their photos from the My Phone website or their phone directly to Windows Live, Facebook, Myspace and Flickr.

During the said launch, handset manufacturers like HTC, CherryMobile and Sony Ericsson paraded their Windows Phone offerings.

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation unveiled its latest air conditioner offering, the Crystal S-Inverter series, engineered to create a purer living environment. Experienced renewed vitality under the optimum conditions set by the Samsung Crystal S-Inverter air conditioner so you feel refreshed to take on life’s pleasures and pressures.

The Crystal series is equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Micro Plasma Ion (MPI) that enables A/Cs to inactivate the likes of dust mites, mold, fungi, and allergens, and such fast-spreading, life-threatening airborne infections as the H1N1 virus and SARS.

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have pledged $10 billion dollars to support research and access to immunizations worldwide over the next ten years. Gates made the announcement at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, predicts that the plan could potentially prevent nearly 8 million child deaths.

Over the previous 10 years, the Gates Foundation committed $4.5 billion and was instrumental in establishing the GAVI alliance, a partnership that channels money for vaccines in developing nations and has reached 257 million additional children in the ten years since its inception.

The Gates Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in the world, and previous grants have gone to such organizations as the World Food Program and the United Negro College Fund. He also donated $1.5 million for relief efforts in Haiti. The foundations belief is that every life has equal value and focuses on improving health and to ensure that all people have access to the opportunities they need to succeed.

Google phases out support for IE6

Posted: January 31, 2010 in Tech

Effective March 1, Google will no longer support the Internet Explorer 6 in all of their sites including Google Docs. The announcement also applies to other older Web browser versions, including Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Apple Safari 2.0 and Google’s own Chrome 3.0.

According to Google, old browser cannot keep up on new developments on the web today. So, they are suggesting that web users should switch to other web browsers such as Internet Explorer 7.0+, Mozilla Firefox 3.0+, Google chrome 4.0+ or Safari 3.0+.

After extensive testing, Google have discovered a bug in the radio firmware that exacerbated the 3G reception issues experienced by so many users, but did acknowledge after some time that the other reason for the issues did have something to do with T-Mobile’s native 3G coverage footprint being smaller, causing incidences of poor 3G coverage.

As a result, Google is currently testing a fix for improving 3G coverage that is expected to help some users and expects to have it ready for distribution soon.

Pentax announces Optio E90 budget camera

Posted: January 26, 2010 in Tech

PENTAX Imaging Company just announced the slim and stylish PENTAX Optio I-10 with a design inspired by the classic look of film SLR cameras.

This head-turning first model in the new Optio I line features a flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the SLR-shaped body while the camera’s front panel is embellished with high quality leatherette texture and the classic PENTAX logo placed front and center.

The Optio I-10 features a wide angle, 5X optical zoom lens (28mm-140mm equivalent), a 12.1 megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, a 2.7 inch widescreen LCD, and HD video capture at 720p and 30 FPS. For optimal image capture, the camera features a mechanical sensor shift Shake Reduction system and improved Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology for blur-free images as well as Smile Capture, Blink Detection and improved Face Detection that spots up to 32 faces including dogs and cats.

Panasonic introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS5 (also known as the DMC-TZ8 in some countries), which like the LUMIX ZS7, features a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica lens, 12x optical zoom and manual controls. Distinguishing it from the LUMIX ZS7, the LUMIX ZS5, has a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD, records HD video in Motion JPG at 30fps, and has a high performance Venus Engine VI. Battery life on the LUMIX ZS5 has approximately 330 photos and does not include GPS capabilities.

The Panasonic DMC-ZS5 is the successor to the DMC-ZS1. The new camera includes many new features, including manual controls, faster autofocus speeds, improved image stabilization.

EMC 4th-period profit jumped 54%

Posted: January 26, 2010 in Tech

EMC Corp. reported that fourth-quarter profit rose 54%, topping most analyst forecasts, as demand for its data backup, recovery and security products increased.

EMC earned $426.5 million, or 20 cents a share, compared with $269.9 million, or 13 cents, in the year-earlier period.

For 2010, EMC anticipates earnings per share of 78 cents on sales of $16 billion.