July 2007 Archives
The Nokia N92 is being released to the local market via Smart Telecommunications. The half page advertisement announced its availability through the various post-paid plans of Smart. The N92 is the first Mobile TV capable phone via DVB-H technology from Nokia, which actually made its first public appearance during the World Cup in 2006 in Germany. It's not actually new, but it’s the first time to be commercially available in our country. Aside from Mobile TV, it is also a well-equipped phone with 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth for connectivity on the go and 2-megapixel primary camera, and a secondary one for video calls. It may not be as good looking as the latest Nseries phones, and a bit heavy on the pocket (weight-wise that is), but this baby is so feature-packed that the only Nseries phone that outmatches it in terms of capabilities is the N95. With the release of the N92 locally, will Mobile TV finally make its commercial launch in the coming months?
Nokia. Samsung. Motorola. These are staple names in the cell phone industry, but what about CECT? Personally, my first thought was that it’s one of those cheap imitations of branded electronic products. After some digging, however, I was surprised to find that it is a legitimate company in China that is into the R&D of cell phones and PDAs. So its legit after all and the imitation issue, well, let’s just say that some of their models do look a lot like some of the models of the known brands.Upon reading the product details of their line, I was surprised to discover at how much technology they crammed into their devices and still manage to make it affordable. But then again, they don’t spend a fortune on marketing schemes and advertisements. The question now is, since these Chinese gadgets are slowly gaining a market in our country, will you be one of the converts and go for these more affordable phones from the Chinese upstart? After all, most of the more popular mobile phone brands also have their handsets made in China.
The 8000 line of Nokia, through the years, has been equated to class and sophistication with its shiny, metallic finishes and the utmost detail in design. The last 8000 series phone that came out was the 8800 Sirocco Edition which, partly due to the release of the new N and E series of phones, has been clearly forgotten for the most part. Well, Nokia tries to refresh our memory of what the 8000 series is all about with the release of the black 8600 Luna mobile phone.
It features a unique slide cover that is made of translucent, dark glass which allows the keypad to be visible when the backlight is on. The majority of the phone is made stainless steel with the rear having a matte finish while the front has a mirror-like shine to it. Its feature set is not at par with any of the N series phones, but can match any regular Nokia phone with its 2-megapixel camera, 128 MB built-in memory, and various connectivity options. With the Luna phone from Nokia, elegance and beauty are packaged in one stylish black mobile phone.
Flash drives, in the past few months, have seen a steady decline in price despite the upsurge in capacity. Its various applications range from portable data storage to mp3 players. Now, the next evolution of data storage is upon us in the form of the Solid-State Drive, SSD, which is basically a flash-based hard disk minus the revolving disk. The largest capacity to date is made by PQI at 2.5-inch sized 256 GB drive. So far, Sony, Samsung and Fujitsu are some of the manufacturers who have incorporated the 1.8-inch SSDs into their laptops which have benefited from more compact size and increased data transfers speeds. With less mechanical parts, these SSDs promise faster access to stored data and less wear and tear. Unfortunately, the durability issue is still a question that still needs to be answered before totally scraping the hard disks of today. With the development of SSDs and new technology, however, there’s no doubt that the HDDs of today may well be soon overrun by the SSDs of tomorrow.
Car theft and bus robberies are not shocking to hear from the daily news, but the trauma and threat to life and property it brings to an individual who is actually involved in the incident is dreadful. While watching the news the other night, I chanced upon an invention by one of the members of the Filipino Inventors Society to address such incidents using SMS to alert the authorities of an ongoing crime. The driver of either the bus or the car presses a button installed on the vehicle which, in turn, sends an SMS to the police informing them of the location and vehicle used in order to help them get to the scene of the crime more promptly. This is one great example of Filipino ingenuity and technology working hand-in-hand to produce a gadget that can benefit the greater majority and help address the current problems in society. Now, if only text messages can be relied on 100 percent of the time to NOT be delayed and authorities be as reliable as the sun rising in the east in the morning.