Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Google as Spam?

Gmail seems to think emails coming from the Google Affiliate Network are spam and potentially dangerous, as the pic above suggests. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Metal Gear Solid Coming to iPhone/Touch

Konami will release a version of the Metal Gear Solid game for iPhone and iPod Touch. Silent Hill and the classic arcade game Frogger will also be released for the Apple gizmos.

Sock and Awe

Cashing in the Bush Shoe Throwing incident, a British outfit has a new online game called Sock and Awe, where players try to knock the president with a, what else, a shoe.

try it folks!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, for me

The Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at Dubya should be honored a Nobel Peace Prize for telling the president what the world really thinks about him.

Friday, December 12, 2008

SM North EDSA - 3rd largest in the world

The SM North EDSA mall is now the third largest in the world after it was expanded from its previous size - now at 4.5 million square feet - and larger than the SM Mall of Asia, previously the largest in the Philippines and 3rd largest in the world.

Three malls in the Philippines are in the top ten:  

• South China Mall in Dongguan, China

• Jin Yuan in Beijing

SM City North in Quezon City, the Philippines

SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the Philippines

• Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates

• West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada

SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, the Philippines

 Cevahir Istanbul in Turkey

•Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur

•Beijing Mall in Beijing.

SM Cebu is the 11th largest in the world.

more here and here

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mooning Santa

This d├ęcor should brighten up the holidays, available at Toy Kingdom

Friday, November 28, 2008

Neo Explore @ 9000 pesos

The original Intel's answer to the OLPC, selling for 9000 pesos in Megamall

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bejewelled 2 for iPhone

I got Bejewelled 2 from iTunes store for $2.99. This is one of my fave casual games, been playing it since I had my Palm m100 PDA.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New MRT Card

A new contactless reloadable card for MRT is available now. I've seen them being sold in several stations for 50 pesos (with a free KitKat bar and 35 pesos load). I got one but it's buggy. Mine refused to let me out and I have to pay at the counter. After arguing with their rep I got a replacement card. Stick to your stored-value cards folks. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

AMD Phenom II Can Hit 6 GHz!

It seems AMD is doing the right things lately - first with the Radeon 4000 series GPUs, then the Shanghai server chips, and - now, with the Deneb desktop processors.

The new procs - to be known as Phenom II - reportedly can be overclocked to 4 GHz using air cooling and AMD's stock fan. It can go to about 5 GHz using water-cooling, and get this - 6 GHz using liquid nitrogen.

The new procs will be formally introduced in January 9, at CES.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Themes in Gmail

You can now personalize your Gmail by using themes, found at the Themes tab in Settings

Monday, November 17, 2008

Special Edition Dark Knight DVD

I reserved my special edition Dark Knight DVD at Astrovision just
today. It comes with a scale-model Batpod (2750 pesos), and will be
released on Dec. 8. Another version comes with a Batmask (1550 pesos).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Atheists Feels Left Out During the Holidays

Atheists in the US are playing Grinch by putting up ads that want to undermine Christmas as a Christian holiday. 

The ads - presented in billboards in buses - have captions like "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake."

According to the spokesperson of the American Humanist Association, they are putting up the ads because "an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of nontheists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

I really find this stupid. Can't they see the first six letters of the word CHRISTMAS? What are they complaining about then?

Phenom 2 Coming in January

Phenom II is the official name of AMD's new 45-nm desktop chips (codenamed Deneb). It will be launched in January at CES in Las Vegas.

It follows the launching of its server sibling, the Shanghai Opteron. The new chips will support DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and will have 8 mb of cache (2mb L2, 6 mb L3). 

AMD's Shanghai is Here

Advanced Micro Devices will launch the 45-nm 'Shanghai' quad-core processor - offering 35% increase in performance while using 35% less energy.

The server chips comes with up to 2.7 GHz speed and 75-watt thermal envelope.

more here and here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Facebook Scam

I got a wall post in my Facebook recently, informing me that my pic got featured in a website somewhere. It reads: 

"did u know ur facebook pic was just featured on somethingsomething.com"

If you got one too, please ignore it, it's a scam to harvest email addresses done by Chinese spammers. 

Just the Necessary Ones then...

Seen at a Starbucks comfort room

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Saw this humongous movie poster of Keannu Reeves' The Day the Earth Stood Still, at Mall of Asia last Saturday. One movie to look forward to this December.

Quantum of Solace

I watched the 22nd James Bond pic Quantum of Solace last weekend, and I'm liking what they did to the franchise - gritty, fast-paced, no effete histrionics of previous Bond Pierce Brosnan. The schemes of the villains are not hair-brained like those of Gustav Graves, and no silly high-tech gadgets as plot devices. 

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

AFP to Fund Robot Development

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is said to finance the development of an anti-terrorist robot, dubbed 'MAC.' 

AFP will give 1.7 million pesos to the team from Mapua Institute of Technology, which hopes to have the battery-powered robot mass produced at 100,000 pesos per unit. 

The prototype MAC robot was entered and won first place at the First World Cup on Computer Implemented Inventions in China.

Go Green

Incredible Hulk action figures @ Megamall A

Ironman Action Figures

On display at Megamall

Sunday, November 2, 2008

World's Ugliest Buildings

CNN has a list of the world's ugliest buildings. I.M. Pei's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland (above). is no. 2.

Hit up the link for complete list

Cheapest Nettop

This is the cheapest nettop I've seen so far: Blue H1 at 9,995 pesos. It has a Via C7 proc, 1 gig RAM, 40gig harddrive and a 7-inch screen

Neo Explore x2

Intel's answer to OLPC, available for about 15,000 pesos at Greenhills

Gigabyte Nettop/Tablet

Asus eee @ 12.5k

Seen at Greenhills: Asus eee at 12,500 pesos, almost half of what it
costs 3 months ago

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Solar-powered Bat Spy Plane

This is something the Dark Knight would have in his arsenal - a solar-powered micro spy plane that looks like a bat. Its lithium batteries are powered by solar, wind and vibration energy. 

The plane is currently being developed for the US Army by University of Michigan's newly created Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Osama Twitters

The US intelligence officials reckon that terrorists might use microblogging site Twitter to coordinate attacks. 

I suppose Osama has net access in his cave somewhere in god-forsaken Afghanistan and would be updating his minions with his blood-thirsty drivel with 160-character tweets. 

me on Twitter

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sinag, Philippines' First Solar Car

Displayed at the Consumer Electronics Live! is Philippines' first solar car, dubbed Sinag (ray). It is the country's first entry to the World Solar Challenge.

Consumer Electronics Live! at SMX

Giant LCD Tv of Panasonic
Mercedes-Benz SLK at T3 booth
Sony VAIO laptop with Blu-Ray drive
Philippines' first solar car, Sinag
Even Clear Shampoo's got a booth
Canon EOS
Nokia's booth
GPS navigation for Philippines, at BMW
BMW/Certina booth
Canon's booth

I went to the Consumer Electronics Live! at Mall of Asia's SMX convention center this Sunday, and I'd say the eye candies featured there made my mouth water.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Seen in Cyberzone, Megamall

I saw these in Cyberzone, in SM Megamall: (top) the new MacBook Pro, Apple's newest laptop, with unibody construction,  machined  from a solid block of aluminum; and yet another net top, an Atom-powered Neo Vivid, sold for only PhP 22,999 ($470).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Apple Flavored Kool-Aid

I drank another shot of Apple-flavored Kool-Aid to get under Steve Job's reality distortion field.  I upgraded my existing Globe phone plan to a new one with 40 hrs of 3G access, and got an iPhone for PhP 15,100 (the prepaid one costs 42 thousand pesos).

Here's some pics of the unboxing, how it measures up with the iPod Touch, the vintage game Pac-Man in iPhone, and the Facebook app.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Personal Rapid Transit System

Manila should have this:

ULTra is a battery-driven, 100-mpg-equivalent, elevated personal rapid transit system with many four-person vehicles. The first deployment is scheduled for London Heathrow Airport in Spring 2009, which serves Heathrow's new Terminal 5. 

Working as circulator transit for office parks, airports, universities, and other major activity centers, ULTra is faster than a car. In these applications, ULTra makes carpooling and conventional transit more effective, by solving the "last mile problem." 

http://www.atsltd.co.uk, via Wired