Whew, the lovely gadgets keep coming in. This time it's from Dell, which is of course known for its line of notebooks. Dell's latest addition to its tablet family is the Dell Latitude 10, a Windows 8 tablet that packs powerful features that resemble that of a personal computer.

 This is not Dell Latitude 10.

Dell Latitude 10 features and specifications include:
  • OS: Full Windows 8 operating system running on Intel.
  • Display: 10.8-inches, 1,366x768, capacitive, multi touch with optional stylus.
  • Processor: Intel dual-core "Clover Trail" Atom processor.
  • Memory: up to 2GB.
  • Storage: up to 128GB solid-state drive.
  • Battery: swappable 2 cell/4 cell 30/60 WHr.
  • Cameras: dual cameras, 2.0MP front, 8.0MP rear.
  • Weight: 1.57 pounds/710g.
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches/10.5mm.
Price is still unknown as of this writing but since it is a powerful device, Philippine price range might be 30K - 40K Pesos.

Lenovo is known for its notebook and netbook computers. But the company is now eyeing on strengthening its mobile phone influence by creating smartphones that appeal to avid smartphone users. The company is expected to release its newest smartphone --- the Lenovo K800 smartphone which is set for release next week in China. This is the second smartphone powered by Intel silicon.

It looks great in the pictures and its features and specs are also impressive. Here are some of the phone specifications of Lenovo K800:
  • 1.6GHz Atom processor
  • 400MHz graphics chip clock
  • 4.5-inch 720x1280 display
  • Android -based Lenovo LeOS user interface
  • HDMI-out
  • Near-field communication (NFC)
  • Intel wireless display technology for steaming video to a compatible HDTV
  • Supports HSPA+.
The price of the new Lenovo K800 is still unknown as of this writing.

Manny Pacquiao, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, is probably in deep shit in this liberal city of brotherly love.

That's because the boxing champion said that gay men "must be put to death."

Really. In a recent interview with the National Conservative Examiner the fighter quoted the Bible in relaying his feelings about President Obama's support for same-sex marriage:

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Um. Okay. He was quoting Leviticus 20:13.

Pacquiao also said:
God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.
Wow. Be ready for the blowback on this one folks. We're trying to reach out to Pacquiao's people for reaction or clarification.

[Added at 1:15 p.m.]: It's been pointed out to us that the very married Pacquiao hasn't exactly been by-the-book when it comes to his own union -- allegedly. He has been linked in reports to a Filipina actress named Krista Ranillo. How Catholic of him.

We called Freddie Roach, his Hollywood trainer, for reaction to the anti-gay comment, but had yet to hear back.


If you have an old phone that you are not using or you have been planning to dispose, or perhaps you have a non-working phone that you MUST dispose, now is the time to do that and get an Android phone for a low low price of Php 3,999.00.

MyPhone, one of the mobile phone manufacturers in the country, and a proud Pinoy Phone maker, has an on-going Trade-In Madness, Android Phone Edition. The Android mobile phone they are selling is a MyPhone A818 Duo which offers Dual-Sim, Dual-Standby feature and runs on Gingerbread (Android 2.3).

  • Customer can avail of the promo by surrendering a mobile phone of any brand or model, working or non-working, in exchange for an A818 Duo at the price of P3,999.00.
  • Phone to be traded-in should include its battery pack.
  • Phone that is broken down into separate parts will not be accepted.
  • The without trade-in promotional price for the A818 Duo is P4,499.00.
  • Promo period is from April 28 to May 6, 2012. EXTENDED until June 3, 2012!!!
MyPhone A818 Duo Specs / Features:

  • Dual Sim / Dual Standby
  • 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Downloading Thousands of Applications and Games
  • 650MHz Processor
  • Motion Sensor
  • Triband GSM
  • WiFi
  • Dual Camera: 3.2MP Camera (Main) and VGA Camera (Front) Star X18i
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3 / Multimedia Player / FM Radio
  • Pinoy Phone Apps.
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack / 2.0 Micro USB
  • Micro SD up to 16GB
The phone does look nice. Some users said that this phone does not support 3G / HSPDA so that can be a bad thing for some. But overall, for its price, it's already a steal. Visit your nearest MyPhone Store or any authorized dealer for more information.

Discovery News revealed that there is a new web-based mobile app that aims to help confused students in a class. The app is called Understoodit, which is designed to allow students to ask the teacher anonymously about things in the lesson they do not understand. The link to this alleged app seems to be not working as of this writing so I cannot give more details about its features.

According to the news site, when a teacher creates an Understoodit account, the students can login to any mobile device and can choose options 'Understood' or 'Confused' during a lecture. Depending on the number of students who are confused, the teacher may decide to explain the lessons again to clarify things.

Needless to say, this app is designed for college students. But there's no telling yet if this could actually work in actual classroom setting. Using this app would entail the use of smartphones, and a solid internet connection inside the classroom. The use of smartphones alone inside the four corners of the lecture room could spark an enormous debate. We already have enough distractions for students, and adding the perk of them freely using their mobile devices during a lecture, does not sound like a welcome idea.

I can still remember the time when Alcatel released a basic mobile phone designed for SMS and voice calls back in 2001. It was even bundled with a Talk N Text SIM and it was even promoted by the then famous local boy group Whattamen composed of Dominic Ochoa, Marvin Agustin, and the late Rico Yan. That Alcatel phone back then looked (or was shaped) like a bar soap (Safeguard, specifically) and did not really attract a big market because of the influx of Nokia phones which were better by a mile.

Now, Alcatel is back and is now enjoying a good following with its entry-level smartphones. One of these phones is the Alcatel OT-985N Blaze.

With a suggested retail price (SRP) of Php7,999.00, Alcatel OT-985N Blaze is an affordable Gingerbread-powered device in the dual-sim genre.

Here are some of its specs and features:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 650 MHz Media Tek MT6573 processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM (150MB accessible memory)
  • 3.5” 320×480 capacitive touch screen
  • Dual-SIM, Dual-standby
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 3G+HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Bluetooth 3.0, A2DP
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • A-GPS, G-Sensor
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • 61.84 x 116 x 12.15 mm
  • 136 grams

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III has been released just this month. This is Samsung's latest phone that is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Needless to say, I want to get my hands on this thing but its Php 33K - 35K price is just too much for an average Joe like me.

Samsung Galaxy S3 specifications are listed below:

  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 133 g
  • Display: 4.8" 16M-color HD (720 x 1280 pixels) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Chipset: Exynos 4212 Quad
  • CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.4 GHz processor
  • GPU: Mali-400MP
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Internal Memory: 16/32/64GB storage
  • External Memory:  microSD card slot of up to 64GB
  • Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Backlit sensor, Face detection,Touch focus and image stabilization, Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash, 2MP front facing camera, video-calls
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, TV-out, USB-on-the-go, NFC Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Misc: TouchWiz 4.0 UI, Extremely rich video/audio codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor, RGB sensor, Smart stay eye-tracking, S Voice natural language commands and dictation

Writing articles again...

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I was out early this morning for some needed 'me time' and went to a place where I can focus on finishing a series of articles for a good client. I have some serious deadlines next week so doing the tasks this morning sounded like a great idea.

I actually did this post using Bloggeroid, a Blogger app for Android, but the post takes forever to post. So I am stuck using the traditional way. The pics show the view from where I am currently sitting. The cool breeze and the 'peace and quiet' bring out the brain juices I need to finish these write-ups. Do you know where this is?

Glancee is joining Facebook!

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After buying Instagram for a whopping $1 Billion, social networking giant Facebook is said to have called upon the services of a location-based social discovery app named Glancee. This app is designed to connect you with friends in the real world.

Glancee's Website posted the announcement:

We started Glancee in 2010 with the goal of bringing together the best of your physical and digital worlds. We wanted to make it easy to discover the hidden connections around you, and to meet interesting people. Since then Glancee has connected thousands of people, empowering serendipity and pioneering social discovery.

We are therefore very excited to announce that Facebook has acquired Glancee and that we have joined the team in Menlo Park to build great products for over 900 million Facebook users. We've had such a blast connecting people through Glancee, and we truly thank our users for being a part of the Glancee community.
It's my first time to have heard about this app but if Facebook thinks it is worth including Glancee into its roster of useful apps then who are we not to embrace the new baby?

This is sort of a sequel to the 8 Kinds of College Students post.

More often than not, college professors assign works for their students in a form of projects which will be accomplished by requiring the students to work in groups or teams. The strategy is beneficial to students because the workload the project entails will be divided among the group members, thus, making things a lot
lighter for each of them. Secondly, projects are usually given a considerable amount of weight in the grading system, which in turn helps students recover from the pitfalls they might have committed in the early stages of a term or a semester. Compliance would greatly increase the likelihood of a student passing the subject. Hence, group projects provide lighter workload and potential salvation --- truly a win-win scenario for the struggling students.

Now, the groups have to be created. The selection process alone actually has a considerable amount of intricacies associated with it, and I plan to discuss that some other time. Meanwhile, I usually tell the students to choose their teammates. And once the teams have been assembled, the teams should start working on the project immediately. The project is most likely of a software development type which requires the team to create a software using a particular programming language.