Behind the scenes video of Sarah Gaugler, cover girl for UNO Magazine’s December 2009 issue.
She’s a house favorite with the staff so we put her on the cover for our December issue. This is behind the scenes.
They’re not for gaming, but the new ultra-light Portege models from Toshia are indeed beautiful. There are two of them available for the market — the T110 and T130, separated only by the stock RAM available. The T110 comes with 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 250GB hard drive and boasts an 11.6 inch wide screen. It’s close to a netbook, but not quite.
The T130 comes with 2GB of stock RAM and 320GB or 500GB hard disk space. This line of “flat iron” netbooks come with an Intel GMA 4500 video card. It won’t be able to play your latest games that’s for sure but an ultralight laptop doesn’t exactly fit that purpose.
All models also come with Windows 7 Home Edition in full 64 bit glory, which means that you may really want to take advantage of the higher models if you wanna boost up your RAM (the T130 can go up to 8GB). All models run on a 1.3GHz Intel SU2700 with 3MB of L2 Cache.
All models also come with 3 USB 2.0 ports but only one port is available as a charger.
P44,990 for T130 0% 12 months
P39,990 for T110 0% 12 months
Using our trusty randomizer web application, we figured out the winner in less than 30 seconds. As agreed in the terms and conditions of the Nokia DiscOVIries competition, the eight previous winners of our two month contest will duke it out in a battle of complete randomness to win a Nokia 2330 Classic phone.
And, our winner, based on the stars, is Lowell Aguirre!
I’d like to thank everyone who joined this series of contests in the past two months. By far this is the biggest mainstream campaign a local company ever invested in with bloggers. Glad to have been a part of it.
But more importantly, a little sincere word on Ovi — from what I’ve seen there has definitely been a big increase in sign ups for the service. Yay, that’s good. But as I’ve said before, this is one of those things that has work successfully in other countries simply because there isn’t much .. ‘conformity’ when it comes to the red tape of public utility (AKA telco services). In the Singapore version of Ovi, the portal gives away unlimited free music for one year every time you buy a new Nokia phone. Difficult here because of licensing issues. In Singapore, software companies have taken advantage of the Maps platform to build really good subscription-based services such as public transportation schedules, routes, locations of diners, etc. Difficult here because too many companies are reinventing the wheel and there isn’t a huge effort to know how important software technology is. Why? Well, the Philippines is “events based.” So many events. So many society pages. So little relevant conversation. And if so, it’s about the same thing (look at the “off topic” or “anything goes” forums in any online group to prove my point). Moving on.
If there’s one thing I’ve observed from the DiscOVIries campaign, it’s this — and this may come as a surprise — as what i observed had nothing to do with Nokia’s campaign per se: when it comes to bringing in the “new” many agencies don’t look at numbers. They look at what their direct and ambient competitors are doing. So when someone executes a really great idea, it waits to get copied. Ironically, there’s a similar article here, but on the gaming industry. Friends have told me that they’ve seen the print ads and videos not just in the movie theaters and papers and television. But as agency pegs from competitor brands. Wow. Interesting.
There are barely any more innovators. And where they exist, they don’t have the financial capacity to drown out the noise of mainstream trends.
Behind the scenes photos after the jump.
Once a week, I contribute a few words to my new “how to” column, titled HAXX!. The other blogs are written by Vince Sales, Rico Mossesgeld and Alodia Gosiengfiao.
In deciding on a theme for this weekly blog post, Jayvee Fernandez decided to do exactly what he does for his friends who pester him on Facebook and SMS – come up with impromptu “How To’s” which, due to his overflowing generosity, charges nothing for it. He’s finally getting paid to do just that. If you have a geeky tip you want to submit, don’t hesitate to email him at me at jayveefernandez dot com. He might just publish it.
For those who don’t know, Techie.com.ph is composed of the same staff of the late T3 Philippines, when it was still running on print. The staff has since transitioned into the web, which really makes more sense for a gadget publication and led by fellow gearheads Vince Sales and Alora Guerrero.
Usually, my articles come out every Friday, but do check on the site regularly. They’re doing a great job — Gizmodo has quoted them twice already!
Months ago I brought a Sony Cybershot W230 underwater with its appropriate casing. This weekend, I was able to borrow an INON strobe light courtesy of Jan. Since the Achilles’ heel of Sony cameras is the inability to customize your white balance underwater (it only has 3 presets), shooting with a strobe really changes the game.
Read on below for sample photos.
Carlos Celdran (@carlosceldran) gave us a walking tour of Chinatown and Quiapo. These shots were taken with a Pixon M8910, Samsung’s latest 12MP cameraphone. From the photos above, all I have to say is that the vignette / rustic modes are the best ever. ‘Nuff said.
It’s been a good run, and we’re down to our final winner for Nokia’s DiscOVIries photo competition. For this last contest, the winner is no other than Lowell Aguirre for his most creative wireless hotspot location — the Rotary Centennial Park of Kandaya.
I’d like to thank everyone for joining the series of contests that we’ve been running since October! There’s one more prize up for grabs and that’s going to be between the previous winners of the competition, which will be decided upon randomly through the Randomizer app. I’ll have this up soon!
Again, thank you for participating!
HP is really hyping it all up with designer mini notebooks. After the Vivienne Tam release, HP goes all designer environment friendly by conscripting the help of Studio Tord Boontje to engrave the likeness of endangered animals on the latest “eco friendly” mini notebook. It’s a really a point of reference so that if we see any of these cross the road while we’re behind the wheel, make sure to stop.
Essentially, the special edition mini notebook also comes with a nice carrying case and PVC-free wireless mouse.
That’s Miriam Quiambao walking down the ramp with a beautiful mini notebook. I must admit, it does look good. The HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje is priced at P27,990. Only 1,000 units are available in the Philippines.
Buy now, and the environment will be saved!
UPDATE: On third day use, I kept the charger plugged in for most of the day. Odd, but battery life improved. It’s been 9 hours and I’m still on full bar. It is apparent therefore that the drain really comes in when you start doing wireless Internet and other such functions apart from calls and text. I checked other websites and they confirm the same thing as well — battery life is significantly less, but if all you do is SMS and call, you’ll get by on a single charge.
I was able to borrow a Nokia N97 mini for the weekend. I’ve been using it for two and a half days. Despite being a new release, the phone suffers from two things which I think is integral to day to day use — weak battery life and a noticeably weaker signal similar to the E71.
Read on for the full hands on.
Manny Pacquiao whips Cotto = Nike releases a shoe. They’re launching this today at several Nike Park stores in Glorietta, TriNoMa, and The Fort. The shoes are in the colors of the Philippine flag — red, blue and white.
The Nike Trainer 1 Low retails at PHP 5,995. Go, succumb to the fever of consumerism and buy these shoes. Manny Pacquiao orders you!
Jinkee should have her own shoe line. In Janilyn.
Last week I announced a special guest judge. Presenting Gabe Mercado!
Here is Gabe’s choice for winning entry. Congratulations to Dianne Pena!
Speaking of cheese, Gabe organizes Sing-A-Longkot at mag:net Bonifacio High Street: sappy songs which we secretly love. That, and S.P.I.T. Check them out on Facebook.