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 […]

New #30DayChallenge: Write in Markdown

I’ve always wanted to learn and start using Markdown in writing. For some time, it hovered near the top of my to-do list but I never got around to actually starting to use it. I use a Markdown-capable online writing tool – Editorially – but I never used it for that. I used it purely […]

Parrot is great voice recording app for BlackBerry Z10

As a journalist, I use my phone extensively for news gathering. Apart from it being my camera, the phone is also my main voice recorder for interviews. I still carry an MP3 voice recorder but this serves only as backup, the quality of recording in smartphones is so much higher. Whenever I set up a […]

Learning to build mobile sites, from WAP to JQuery Mobile

About ten years ago, I built a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) mobile news site. This was at a time when the cellphone to aspire for was the Nokia 7110, a slider phone made even cooler when a similar device was used in the Matrix movie. At that time, the Sun.Star website signed a content agreement […]

Disruptive innovation and journalism

The idea is broadly misunderstood, said Harvard professor Clayton Christensen. Disruptive innovation isn’t just about being new, different or radical. Disruptive innovation is transforming “something that used to be complicated and expensive so that only the rich and people with a lot of skill had access to it and could use it” and making it […]

Life, augmented

Google Glass will be available to regular people starting this year for less than $1,500 or P61,000, various technology news websites reported the past few days. Google Glass is an eyeglass computer that can take photos or videos or display information like weather data or your calendar items on a head-mounted display or take photos […]

Bisaya poetry e-book “Skina Balak” launched today

InnoPub Media, the journalism start-up I co-founded with Marlen, and literary group Bathalad, Inc. have published an e-book anthology of Bisaya poetry written by its members. The anthology, “Skina Balak,” will be launched tonight in Persimmon in Mabolo, Cebu City in time with the opening of Tahas art exhibit. Skina Balak can be downloaded to […]

Innovation, disruption in media

Last Thursday, Newsweek announced it was ending its print publication on Dec. 31 and going all-digital starting next year. The digital publication, which will be named Newsweek Global, “will be a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context,” Newsweek and The […]

Going mobile

In the recent Olympics, smartphones and tablets took a more central role in providing people more information about the games, Google said in a report. Google said there were times when more searches were “performed on tablets and smartphones than on computers.” The search giant said they’ve been seeing “large spikes in global mobile search […]

Nexus and disruption

A Filipino company launched in Cebu last week two dual-SIM phones with one that can, arguably, be called a smartphone, in a non-snobbish sense that it is a touchscreen phone that can connect to the Internet. Starmobile’s FeatureSmart T601i costs just P3,290. Starmobile president Michael Chen said that although their phones are priced low, these […]