21 May, 2012



BlackBerry PlayBook with BlackBerry 7 Smartphone : A Powerhouse Pair!

Posted: 21 May 2012 05:39 AM PDT

If you already own a BlackBerry 7 smartphone, why not pair it with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to get an unparalleled messaging and multimedia experience?

I've always said that BlackBerry PlayBook and a BlackBerry 7 smartphone - even separately - are amazing devices. For me, BBPB is easily the best tablet out there in terms of true multitasking, music and video playback and web-browsing; Its easy-to-use OS, intuitive and smooth user interface, flash-support, dual 1080p video cameras and front-facing speakers truly make it - quite frankly - the tablet to beat in terms of actually getting things done. On the other hand, the security, messaging, social networking integration, enterprise applications set and web-browsing prowess that a BlackBerry 7 smartphone has definitely make it an ideal phone for people with purpose.

Now, imagine having those two devices working together to help you accomplish your daily tasks. What you'll have is a powerhouse pairing that only BlackBerry can provide.

As I've earlier explained on TechPinas, you can pair a BlackBerry 7 smartphone with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet via BlackBerry Bridge technology. Last December, I uploaded a video on how you can use BB Bridge to connect the two devices and a use a special set of applications to access content on your BB Smartphone on your BB PlayBook tablet. Check it out via the link.

Let me share with the five BlackBerry Bridge features I truly enjoy using --

1. Access and compose messages on a bigger screen - Of course, there's nothing like seeing all the messages and emails in your inbox on a 7-inch crisp and bright display. Not only do the words become bigger and more readable, you also get bigger buttons to click to open unread messages and a big virtual keyboard for typing your emails.

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BlackBerry PlayBook paired with a BlackBerry Torch 9810

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2. Easily set-up appointments - Managing your calendar will be a lot easier on a large screen. Also, if you're using a BlackBerry Curve 9360, you'll greatly appreciate BBPB's capacitive touchscreen with viewing or setting up appointments.

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3. Access BBM - This is a feature that many BlackBerry fans have long been asking for and BlackBerry has finally given them what they want. Yes, you can now access your BBM on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

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4. Use BB Smartphone as remote control - I find this feature particularly useful when doing Powerpoint presentations for clients. While my tablet is linked to a bigger display via HDMI, I can stand near the giant screen and still be able to jump from one slide to another using my BlackBerry smartphone. It's pure genius.

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5. Type memos and tasks easily - Again, the BBPB's big high-resolution display, responsive Gorilla Glass touchscreen and large virtual keyboard make reading and typing tasks and memos fast and easy.

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So there you. Let me know if you have questions and inquiries about this powerhouse pair.

Oh, and by the way, we're giving away a BlackBerry PlayBook paired with BlackBerry Curve 9360 via an essay writing contest. The deadline for submitting is at 11:59:59 PM on May 21, 2012. There's still time to join! Send your entries now!

TechPinas is The Most Viewed Technology Blog in the Philippines on Mobile, Based on Data Gathered by Effective Measure! Thank you, TP Friends!

Posted: 21 May 2012 01:32 AM PDT

TechPinas Founder Notes: Of Gratitude, Again

You made this happen, TP Friends, so I dedicate this honor to God and to all of you! Thank you so much!

In this age of smartphones and tablets, this truly means a lot to me and it couldn't have happened without your support.

According to Adobo Magazine, the leading and most respected magazine for Advertising and Media agencies in the Philippines,

Effective Measure, the leading provider of digital media planning solutions in emerging markets, today reported that Consumer Electronics and Technology websites in Philippines were the most viewed on mobile - with a significant 12% of web pages in this category viewed on mobile devices in September, a 7% increase from the "All Categories" monthly average.

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Top 10 Consumer Electronics and Technology websites viewed on mobile in the Philippines

1. microsoft.com
2. apple.com
3. hp.com
4. tipidcp.com
5. dell.com
6. techpinas.com
7. techie.com.ph
8. lowyat.net
9. pinoytechblog.com
10. cgena.com

At number 4 is the most read consumer electronics website from the Philippines, TipidCP - a buy-and-sell and forums site for smartphone users and owners, which also happens to be one of my favorite local pages.

And at number 6, TP Friends - that's our site, TechPinas: The Philippine Technology Blog For the Young Tech-Informed Tech-Empowered Filipino! Again, this one's for you.

Maraming salamat!

Nokia PureView 808 Philippines Launch Date is Sometime in June 2012! Actual Prototype Unit, Spotted at Lumianation! TP Exclusive!

Posted: 20 May 2012 11:58 PM PDT

TechPinas Exclusive!

"Mark, I saw a guy playing with a Nokia 808 Pureview!" my friend Jam of JamOnline giddily told me and Martin of WidgetCity while we were having a drink at the Lumianation bar last Friday. (That's perhaps the common thing about all young tech bloggers; We all just get super-excited at the sight of unreleased - future best-selling - flagship gadgets.)

"We wanted to borrow the unit for photos but I don't think he's ready to show it to us yet. It might be confidential."

"Who's the guy?" I asked.

"He's wearing a white and grey checkered shirt, I think."

And just a second after Jam said that, almost like magic, Ms. Nikka Abes - Nokia Philippines' Corporate Communications Manager - with her husband George appeared in front of us.

Now, if there's one person who can actually give us access to that phone, I know for sure that it's Nikka. So I grabbed the opportunity and asked her about the phone, "Nikka, Jam told me there's a guy here who has a Nokia PureView 808! OMG! I wonder if we can check it out."

"Mike has a prototype. Who's the guy?"

And again, as soon as she said that - almost magically - the guy with the white and grey checkered shirt appeared behind Nikka. "Mark, that's the guy," Jam whispered to me.

"Nikka! Behind you! That's the guy!" giddily, I passed the word to Nikka.

Turns out, that guy is Noel from Nokia Philippines and he's currently reviewing the Nokia 808 PureView prototype.

So how did the story end? Well, it ended with us getting the chance to play with the undisputed best cameraphone in the world today;

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Me with my future cameraphone, the handsome Nokia 808 Pureview!

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Nikka holding it; Check out the face of the phone up-close!

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At the back, you'll find that much-talked-about camera bump (one of the phone's distinguishing design features), which only shows you how ginormous this cameraphone's sensor is.

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As I've earlier explained on TP, Nokia 808 PureView flaunts an unprecedented 41 MegaPixel camera -- That's more than thrice the resolution you'll get with the former best camera phone in the world - Nokia N8, which held the title for three straight years!

But 808's massive sensor is hardly about snapping billboard-sized shots (who needs those on a daily basis anyway), it's about having enough power to shoot regular-sized 5 to 8 Megapixel photos with stunning brilliance and clarity.

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The prototype's camera in Pureview mode!

Nokia 808 PureView achieves this by using an imaging technology called 'oversampling' which compresses up to seven pixels into one 'pure' pixel - hence the name 'PureView'. This eliminates visual noise found on cameraphone shots and greatly improves 808's performance in low light conditions. On top of this, users can zoom in and out on a subject without losing a lot of details in the shot -- a feature that also makes the phone's Full HD 1080p video recorder one of the best out there.

Watch me play with the Nokia PureView 808 Prototype:

Xenon flash for stills and LED Torch light for the videos, confirmed!

TP Initial Impressions: There are at least three things that I absolutely love about this smartphone. First, the build and construction, which is very polished and feels extremely solid in the hand. Also, I noticed that the matte texture at the back helps give you an even firmer grip on the handset. Second, Nokia Belle operating system and its new gorgeous UI felt incredibly smooth on the 808 prototype; Thanks to its 1.3 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, I guess. And lastly, of course, I love the camera; It's just the real deal. In PureView mode, details and colors appear extremely clear, crisp and vibrant; Easily the best I've seen from a cameraphone or even a full-fledged digital camera.

So when will it be available and how much will it cost? Well, Nikka told me that Nokia PureView 808 should be launched sometime in June. Usually, the actual release date follows a week or two after the launch. As for the official suggested retail price, well, we don't have word yet -- but the TP Guesstimate is around Php 25,000.