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Will you be getting a new smartphone this December?

Posted: 04 Dec 2012 04:22 PM PST

It is Christmas season, and most of us are already looking for gifts to give, gifts to ask for and gifts for ourselves (13th month pays? Self-rewarding?). A lot, surely, are keeping an eye on gadgets.

There are a lot of choices out there. Some might eye on the already available Samsung Galaxy S III while some might opt for the more recent Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

If you’re not planning to go that way, there are many more options. We’re pretty sure that there’s no ‘best’ phone, but there is indeed a best phone for you. There’s the Nokia PureView 808 for photographers and some rugged smartphones like the Sony Xperia Acro S for the adventurers.

The iPhone 5 will be launching before Christmas, but let’s not forget that there more devices available outside the Philippines that haven’t arrived here yet. Well, not officially of course. Most of them are available through the gray market and through other sources, but of course these devices will be sold at relatively higher prices.

For example, the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 are already available in the Philippines through other re-sellers – but not through Apple’s stores yet. You can get them at much higher costs, but this is all just the result of the laws of supply & demand.

We can’t help but feel hesitant to buy gadgets (and to ask for gadgets) as we know that there is a possibility that they might get immediately outdated within a few months.

There are the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 – which are not officially announced yet for the Philippines. The list also includes the much awaited Nokia Lumia 920, the Microsoft Surface and the iPad Mini.

And of course, a lot of Filipinos are also waiting on Blackberry 10, which will be available very early next year.

There are a lot of reasons not to buy a new smartphone (or tablet) this December, but of course, what’s Christmas without giving? You’re going to miss the whole point and the spirit if we delay all the giving.

And also, you can’t keep waiting forever. Here we are, receiving the all new iPad and all of a sudden, a newer and faster iPad comes out months later.

So, what will it be? Will you be getting a new smartphone regardless of the price? Would you buy what’s available now? Or would you just let December pass and save the upgrades for next year?

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Smart’s also accepting reservations for the iPhone 5

Posted: 04 Dec 2012 03:52 AM PST

Needless to say, Smart isn’t gonna let Globe just take all the attention come December 14. Smart has also added a reservation page on their website for the iPhone 5.

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The “registration of interest” is a bit simpler as compared to Globe’s. Everything is done on a single page where prospective buyers just need to select which color of the iPhone they’re planning to get and the storage capacity.

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Then, they just need to provide basic information like their full name, birth date, current cellphone number and their email address. Once done, they’ll be routed to a confirmation page where it says that they’ll be contacted by a representative.

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If you’re interested in getting the iPhone 5 through Smart, you can visit their site here.

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Google publishes crisis response map for Typhoon Pablo

Posted: 04 Dec 2012 02:21 AM PST

Google has just recently published a crisis response map to help the Philippine government and local residents track Typhoon Pablo’s progress and provide updated emergency information.

The map is updated real time with data coming from the EC Joint Research Centre and shows storm warnings, shelter locations, the latest weather information, and more. The map is available in English and in Filipino.

Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) is the strongest tropical storm to hit the country this year. It made landfall this morning with wind gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph).

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WP8 ported to HTC HD2

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 10:17 PM PST

That’s right! The folks from DFT (Dark Force Team) has successfully installed Microsoft’s latest mobile platform to HTC’s 3-year old Windows Phone handset as seen on their blog (in Chinese).

DFT, as some of you may know, isn’t exactly new to this business of porting other OS to this aging handset. They team actually ported a handful of Windows Phone OS to the HTC HD2 already, as well as Android. This hack makes us wonder why pre-WP8 handsets (i.e Lumia 900, HTC Titan etc.) cannot be updated to the latest OS because of “hardware limitations” while a veteran phone seems to be handling it just fine.

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Aside from few images just like the one above, little is actually known about this mod. We’re expecting that the team will shed some light on their brilliant work in the near future. One thing’s for sure though, the HTC HD2 is one die-hard Windows Phone handset!

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