06 February, 2012



Windows Phone Marketplace Philippines - Up! Live! Log-in and Download Apps Now!

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 07:58 AM PST

Last January 19, I asked Windows Phone team on Twitter when exactly Marketplace will be accessible in the Philippines.

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For those who are not yet familiar with Windows Phone Marketplace, it is a hub where WP users can download both free and paid applications, games and other content. It's exactly like what Android Market is to Android OS and App Store to iOS.

When the first batch of Windows Phone handsets were launched worldwide last year, the Philippines wasn't included in the list of countries where users could access Marketplace. Needless to say, this didn't really encourage a lot of Pinoys to choose Windows Phone over smartphones running other OSes - especially those that not only have accessible content stores but also have more supported applications compared to WP - like Android.

Earlier, I checked if I could already log-in to my Marketplace account on my HTC HD7 Windows Phone - which is, all things considered, an amazing, amazing handset - and thankfully, I was able to finally get in. Apparently, the Philippines officially got Marketplace access today along with Argentina, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Peru.

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With Marketplace now accessible in the Philippines, I'm inclined to believe that WP sales will start to take off. I've said it before and I will say it again, if there's an OS that can match or even surpass iOS in terms of ease of use, simplicity and smoothness of interface, it's definitely Windows Phone.

Tsunami Warning Following Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Caused Panic in Cebu - Captured on Video!

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 02:36 AM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

At around 11:49 this morning, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the islands of Negros and Cebu in the Visayas.

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A few minutes following the tremor, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) issued Tsunami Alert 2 over Western Cebu and Eastern Negros, stating that the earthquake could trigger waves up to a meter-high.

This warning spread like wildfire in the coastal areas of Cebu - with some people reportedly exaggerating the scare - causing distraught crowds to run towards elevated areas to save themselves from being engulfed by sea water.

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One Cebuano was able to capture the panic and ruckus on video using his cellphone and uploaded the clip on Youtube.

Notice how the scare almost caused a stampede on the streets.

That's downright scary; Looks like a scene from an 'end of the world' movie, really.
Let's pray for our friends in Cebu and Negros, TP Friends. May God protect us all always.

Unilab Link-up Taps the Crowd for Innovative Ideas! Join Now and Get a Chance to Win Php 50,000!

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 12:18 AM PST

Calling all geeks, developers and tech enthusiasts!

Got a fresh and innovative idea that you want to see a company - specifically one that's in healthcare - put into fruition? Well, I bring great news!

Unilab - Yes, our favorite healthcare company; The maker of such diverse products including Biogesic, Celeteque, Myra-E, Medicol, Enervon, among so many others - currently has an open door program called Link-Up where everyone is invited to share innovative ideas to serve the health, wellness and personal care needs of all Filipinos.

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No idea is too big or too small, too grand or too simple. If you think you can provide a brilliant and valuable input - involving technology or otherwise - that can help Unilab and its many brands serve the people better and bring its wellness services closer to all Pinoys in this digital age, don't hesitate to send them in. Employ creativity with no bounds!

I actually have a few ideas involving gadgets and mobile internet that I want to share with Unilab. I think the company has yet to make the most out of new technologies, especially those involving mobile platforms, and I think one of my ideas can totally make it happen for the brand. I'm now drafting my proposal and will send it in a bit.

Watch Mr. Clinton Campos Hess, President and Chief Executive Officer, talk about Unilab Link-Up:

And here's something to sweeten the deal: If your idea gets chosen by Unilab, it won't only see fruition but you'll also automatically become one of the company's Innovation Partners and you will bring home Php 50,000!

So what are you waiting for? Go to Unilab Link-Up, register an account and send in your ideas!