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Effing Brilliant! Nestle delivers Ice Cream to your home via Facebook

There’s a not-so-secret Facebook group where most, if not all the PH-based digital suppliers hang out. It was here that Ricky Baizas showed us Nestle’s Ice Cream Party delivery service. I definitely KNOW that if your brand uses social media to generate sales then you’re doing the right thing.

https://www.facebook.com/nestleicecreamparty

The only catch is that you have to place an order worth at least PHP 1500.00 if you wish to customize what you get in the ice box. Otherwise you can order for as low as PHP 950.00 Quite understandable. This is why Nestle has positioned this service as an ice cream party package. After you add them up on Facebook, you’re redirected to the order form where you can input the quantity and pay via COD. Orders must be booked 3 days prior for residents of Manila.

As an added bonus, you can even customize your order so that it comes with the ice cream bike + manong!

Contest: Guess this phone! (Clue # 1 | Week 1)

— CONTEST ALERT!!! –

OK it’s time for a simple contest. For the next 3 weeks I’ll be giving away a secret bag of IT goodies from a donor. It’s so secret, even I don’t know what it is (of course I won’t mention the brand — that would spoil the fun!). But that’s fine — the contest is really easy. I just need you to guess what this phone is.

Here’s the first clue: As you can see from the close up, it has a 8MP camera. As an added bonus, notice the rugged back plate.

Contest Rules:

1. Leave a comment to enter the raffle. The comment should be your guess for the name of this phone (brand and model).
2. You can leave as many comments as you like.
2. Please leave a valid email address so that I can get back to you if you win.
3. This contest is open till Sunday, June 5 11:59 PM.
4. This contest is open to Metro Manila residents only as the winners will need to pick up the prize personally.
5. I will be choosing 3 winners per week at random using a web randomizer. I will be giving out more clues as the week progresses and each clue (each post) will have one winner each. So yes, a total of 3 winners per week. I will choose 3 winners from the every “clue post” per week. This makes it easier to win because that’s less effort on your part.
6. BONUS: On the final week I will be raffling off a phone. I will pick from those that guess the correct model / brand.
7. If for some reason there are contentions / issues with the contest, I reserve the right to take appropriate actions. All decisions are final.

Good luck and have fun =)

Facebook bans ‘Like’ campaigns

For those unaware, Facebook updated their Promotional Guidelines early this month. Here it is.

“You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant.”

What this means is that you cannot use features such as Likes, checking in using FB Places, and tagging a photo as part of contest mechanics. Furthermore, contests should be run using an App. Check out Woobox or Wildfire for your promo needs. On a more interesting note, I’ve heard that the DTI is actually enforcing this.

Can I just say .. THANK YOU LORD! These Like campaigns are really annoying.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Philippines!

Samsung’s much awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 is in the Philippines. Behind closed doors that is. And this is their prototype, not ready for commercial release.

Let’s take a look!
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The Geeks: We review the ASUS eee Transformer (And Chrina surprises me because we actually had one in the studio!)

Chrina surprises Jayvee with a new ASUS eee Transformer tablet.

Catch The Geeks every Wednesdays, 2PM to 4PM online at http://www.flippish.com/vjlive

The ASUS eee Transformer tablet is making waves as a fantastic laptop replacement because it comes with a keyboard. During my weekly online show, Chrina and Chris actually had a tablet with them (Chris got it in Hong Kong for UD $500). Here’s a 30 minute hands on if you have time. We really cover everything!

The ASUS eee Transformer pricing:

ASUS Transformer w/o Keyboard Dock PHP 22,995
ASUS Transfomer w/ Keyboard Dock PHP 29,995.00

Catch us every Wednesday from 2PM to 4PM at flippish.com/vjlive.

A Bugged Life: Journey Through the Years

Hello. My name is Jayvee Fernandez and I’ve been the sole proprietor of A Bugged Life for more than 5 years. Back then, the site was hosted on a free platform with this URL 20six.co.uk/abuggedlife. This post, thanks to the way back machine, is a look into all the past templates of my personal blog.

Click on the images for bigger versions.

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I know no one cares, but I watched Kenny Loggins Live in Manila tonight.


My blurry video of Kenny Loggins performing House at Pooh corner (Live in Manila | May 22, 2011)

Just came back from the Kenny Loggins Live in Manila concert. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan. I think I’m the only one in my circle of friends who was excited to find out he was coming to Manila, almost a year in advance. So when Maan scored me tickets, I was more than happy (I would have bought my own of course, but super thanks to my boss at UNO since according to her words — I don’t know anyone else who would want to watch Kenny Loggins!).

I practically grew up listening to his music but the turning point of “casual listener” to “BIG FAN” came when Adel Gabot introduced me to his Outside: From the Redwoods Album and I was completely floored with his rapport and talent on stage. He’s an outstanding musician. Hands down one of the best musicians who can arrange something — and then rearrange it in a fashion where he .. well it’s like keeping it in 4/4 then stumping you for a bit then he goes back to the original meter. Many artists do that today, but he has a way of doing it that’s just uniquely him. And more than 20 years later, he still has it.

Oh and I used to write fan mail. He’d reply.


Kenny Loggins performs ‘What a Fool Believes’ with Michael McDonald from their Redwoods Concert. The venue of this concert was epic: the constructed a stage in the middle of the Redwood Forest.

It was a bit sad though that the bouncers who were hired by the production team drowned the spirits of a lot of the middle aged men and women who came. When Kenny started playing Footloose, a good number of the audience stood up and started dancing. The bouncers immediately got to work and told them to sit down. I mean, WTF — it’s a concert. Kenny Loggins took note of this and said “Hey if you want to dance on your seats that’s fine!” And so this time even more people started dancing. But the bouncers were at it again. What are you afraid of? That the lolos and lolas will start crowd surfing and a moshpit? Oh c’mon.

Department of Tourism budgets PHP 20,000,000 for Tourism Website

Invitation to Bid DOT

[Clearer PDF here]

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released an invitation to bid for a PHP 20,000,000.00 contract for website to be used for promoting tourism in the Philippines.

Name of Project: Development, Maintenance, Online Marketing and Promotions of the Philippine Department of Tourism Website

Brief Description: To establish an interactive website designed to promote the Philippines as a prime destination that offers world-class tourist facilities and products.

I highly doubt the PHP 20,000,000 will go to the site alone as many of my peers have come up with amazing project proposals for much less. I think it includes the site promotion efforts as well. In any case, I hope the DOT will on board a lean and forward thinking group to do this. Sana wag din silang gumamit ng flash. Wow.

Here’s a tip for a component: A crowd-sourced SCUBA portal for the Philippines. Crowdsourcing guys. That’s the key to this!

I’m excited to see the shortlist!

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc

Yes it may be made out of cheap plastic but that doesn’t mean this phone isn’t a looker. The XPERIA Arc from Sony Ericsson is one of the rare Android 2.3 Gingerbread-ready phones in the local market today (the other one being the HTC Desire S). This is an “Acceptance Unit” which simply means that it is, like us, waiting for someone to accept us for who we really are.

OK seriously, more photos after the jump.
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Unboxing The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Premium Edition

The wait is over. I would have bought the regular “el cheapo” edition but Datablitz didn’t have it. They only had the Premium Edition on sale so what the heck.
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Hands on with the Dell Streak 5 inch hybrid

Guess what? I’m doing my very first hands on without actual photos. That’s because I came by the unit through means which I cannot disclose in public. No worries. I didn’t crash an event. I was quite surprised though to have met someone who actually had a unit on him. Old news na pala ito. So without “in the wild” pics, I’m going to give you my first impression of this new device. Trust me I’m a blogger.

The Dell Streak, although labeled as a Tablet by Dell, sits in between the 3 and 4 inch screen Android phones common to HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson and the 7 inch Android tablets and iPads. The Dell Streak is at the golden mean of 5 inches.

I was floored with the form factor. A 5 inch device CAN be a sweet spot between a regular phone and a tablet as I was able to hold the Streak up to my ear without looking silly and still have a tablet-like feel for browsing sites and playing games. It holds well on both hands — and even with one hand and provides, IMHO the best touch screen SMS-keyboard experience I have yet seen without sacrificing portability. Sure you can do the same thing on a Galaxy Tab or an iPad but you won’t have the gift of being able to slide the phone into your pocket. Because the Streak has a pretty huge screen, Dell bundles the device with its own neoprene carrying pouch.

The Dell Streak runs on Android 2.2 with support for a front face camera. In terms of performance, I found the UI to be a step less than fast but I’m, not sure if this has anything to do with the fact that the screen is huge. It is, at the end of the day, workable. I didn’t have time to run apps. Neither did I have time to road test the battery.

Pros: Great screen, best form factor, fits in your pocket, “5 inch sweet spot”
Cons: Battery cover is hard to snap on and off

I’m not sure if the Dell Streak will be launched officially but if it does, the sweet spot form factor and screen size is sure to win the hearts of many LOLZ. I definitely would not mind owning one.

Breaking: Android Paid Apps now available in the Philippines via Mastercard and VISA

Exciting. This news is so exciting, I decided to post the full press release. Thanks to Aileen Apolo, Ms. Google Earth Philippines for sending this over. If you own an Android phone, this is all the more reason to keep it. I can finally buy the full license of ROBO DEFENSE!!!!

TL;DR: Paid Android apps can now be bought in the Philippines via VISA and Mastercard

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

Google expands support for paid Android apps to consumers in the Philippines

(Manila, Philippines, May 12, 2011) – Today Google announced that Android Market will increase consumer access and developer support for paid applications in several new countries, including the Philippines. Consumers from 99 new countries will be able to purchase apps from Android Market. This latest expansion of Android Market means more applications — including games, social, and productivity apps — for consumers.

The number of countries where Android users can purchase priced apps will increase to 131 including the addition of the Philippines. Consumers from these newly supported countries will now have access to over 200,000 free and paid apps in Android Market, which they can access directly from their Android-powered device. Apps will be priced in US Dollars, and can be bought through Google Checkout, which supports local Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Android Market was launched to help developers distribute mobile applications on a level playing field, while enabling users to find and download apps that leverage the unique capabilities of the Android platform. Google is pleased to announce the expansion of Android Market’s offerings in these additional countries to deliver more apps for more people.

About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top Web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall Web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.ph.

SMART’s Postpaid Android Lineup

This is the current listing of SMART’s Android lineup for postpaid plans. If you’re interested, there’s also a Get Androidified booth this weekend at the Powerplant Mall. Also, they have a summer promo for the Galaxy Tab. Click on the image to enlarge.

Free at Plan 500
HUAWEI Ideos

Free at Plan 1200
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8

Free at Plan 1800
Samsung Galaxy Ace

Free at Plan 2500
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc
HTC Desire S

Free at Data Plan 2000
Samsung Galaxy Tab

Angry Birds runs on Chrome — Ultimate Office Time Waster!



http://chrome.angrybirds.com

Simply put, it’s great marketing for Google Chrome. But on a completely different level it is also showing you what HTML5 can do. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, HTML5 is the really the “new way” of doing things on your browser without the need to code in Flash. So the lesson here is quite simple. The next time your client tells you that he wants his site in flash, (1) give him a firm no because (a) flash is so 90’s, (b) a lot of people use flash blockers on their browsers, (c) it takes too long to load, (d) flash is not SEO-friendly (e) and finally flash won’t run on an iPad. You can then (2) suggest the site be coded in HTML5 instead because it’s the “cool new way” things are done without requiring a plugin.

As long as you have a browser that supports HTML5, you can run this. But of course, it’s still all about the branding!

Get Chrome now. And play Angry Birds while you’re at work. Oh and if you’re head of IT, please don’t block this site, k?

Inn at the Crossroads: My new favorite food blog


Quails drowned in butter

“This evening they had supped on oxtail soup, summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel, and crumbled cheese, hot crab pie, spiced squash, and quails drowned in butter. Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well.” (II: 91) Photo c/o Inn at the Crossroads

I have a new favorite food blog and it has everything to do with its theme. Inn at the Crossroads is run by two women, Sarian and Chelsea. And like me, they’re huge fans of the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin. If you haven’t heard of this yet, it is hands down an epic series which you must absolutely read before you expire. It’s so good, the first book, A Game of Thrones has been turned into an HBO series.

Sarian and Chelsea usually follow a formula with their posts — making both a Westeros and modern version of their dishes followed by a commentary on each dish — similarities and differences in preparation and plating. Their blog is truly a work of art.

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