Transcribing interviews? You should try oTranscribe

As a journalist, I do a lot of transcribing of interviews. While I do scrawl notes, these are just to take down key points and summaries and not write what the subject is saying verbatim. It’s hard to keep up, especially with those who speak too fast. When writing the draft, I’d arrange the key […]

PH mobile Internet users growing fast: study

Mobile Internet users in the Philippines are a “small but fast growing group of people,” according to a study by On Device Research conducted in June and released last week. The research company surveyed 900 mobile Internet users in June for the report. All the respondents were Android users, according to a footnote in the […]

On the road, in the cloud

Picture yourself working on a bamboo table under the coconut trees on a beachfront in Bohol. Beside your laptop, imagine a scoop of Bohol Bee Farm avocado ice cream to refresh you as you finish a report due in three hours. On this age of widespread mobile connectivity, this is increasingly becoming an option. Many […]

Day 1 of #48Days

Before you embark on an adventure, get a notebook, preferably one small enough to tuck into your back pocket. There is a sense of commitment in writing things down, almost like having a pact with one’s self. I have several digital note-taking devices and services like Google Docs, Evernote and OneNote synced to the digital […]

Think mobile

In announcing his company’s purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking giant now has more than a billion active mobile users a month. “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” Zuckerberg said to explain the purchase of the […]

Mobile now

MOBILE isn’t the future; it’s the present. That’s the gist of recently released Internet usage reports. Last month, more Americans used smartphones and tablets than desktops or laptops to access the Internet, according to a study by analytics company comScore. Also last month, Nielsen released its Digital Consumer Report that found, among many other things, […]

Looking ahead: 2014 in tech, startups

Over the holidays, I’d often find our youngest kid, 10-year-old Lennon, hunched on the sofa watching YouTube episodes of a cartoon series on the phone. Once in a while I’d offer to download the episodes for him so he could watch it on TV. “Naah,” he’d say. Watching on the phone was enough for him. […]

Mobile shift

There is a big chance you’re reading this on your phone. A bigger chance this year than in 2012, anyway. A common pathway to this article would be from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, services that people are increasingly logging into through apps on their phones. This year, an article in the BBC announced, […]

Cebu developers harness tech to help in Yolanda rescue, relief efforts

THE day after super typhoon Yolanda battered Cebu, developer Albert Padin of Sym.ph went to their office on Escario St. to play games and work on some personal projects. Saturdays, Padin said, are days when their team does hackathons on projects that do not involve their day-to-day jobs. While combing through news and social network […]

The LG G2 is a great high-end Android phone

THE first thing that strikes you when you turn on the LG G2 is how beautiful the display is. It is sharp and vibrant and comes on such a big screen. It’s almost realistic you’d find yourself gingerly pressing the glass. And as you start using what is currently LG’s flagship device, the next thing […]