Live and unfiltered

Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama still uses the same personal phone number that I called to contact him some years back. He unwittingly confirmed it to me and gave it to thousands of other people on Facebook Live. Rama attended the meeting Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia called for mayors of the different towns andContinue reading “Live and unfiltered”

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 agreementContinue reading “Learning to build mobile sites, from WAP to JQuery Mobile”

Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Kik me, maybe

The headline screamed “install me now!” It was for yet another mobile messaging application and this time, one that promised, according to TechCrunch, “A Richer, Faster Messaging App That Quickly Grabs Doodles, Videos & Images.” The article about MessageMe got me at: “It’s light, It’s fast and it isn’t just limited to texting or photos.”Continue reading “Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Kik me, maybe”

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 itContinue reading “Disruptive innovation and journalism”

Student project that lets you monitor, control lights, appliances via phone wins SWEEP awards

A SYSTEM that allows homeowners to monitor and control lights and electrical appliances in their homes from anywhere via mobile technology won the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards last Thursday in Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Colegio De San Juan Letran’s SMS.AWT: Switching and Monitoring System Using Android in Wireless Technology was picked theContinue reading “Student project that lets you monitor, control lights, appliances via phone wins SWEEP awards”

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 searchContinue reading “Going mobile”

Next frontier lies in media space: MVP

PLDT will not just be an Internet pipe for data, chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan told shareholders during a meeting Thursday afternoon in Dusit Thani hotel in Makati City. The company needs to “move firmly into social media, social networking and Internet spaces before they move into ours and eat our lunch,” Pangilinan told the company’sContinue reading “Next frontier lies in media space: MVP”

Using technology to preserve, spread heritage

Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage offered Cebuanos last Friday the opportunity to visit museums and heritage areas until midnight. The yearly activity was started in 2006 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (Rafi) and patterned after the Long Night of Museums in Germany. This year, however, the event had a tech twist –Continue reading “Using technology to preserve, spread heritage”

Writing, reading and mobile devices

GOOD Web writing is non-linear. It takes advantage of the key technology behind the Internet—the hyperlink—to provide context, additional information and even marginalia. It is “writing for selfish readers,” as usability expert Jakob Nielsen puts it. Web readers have so many sites and services competing for their attention they barely have time to read yourContinue reading “Writing, reading and mobile devices”

Quick review: Article sharing with Facebook, Google+

Google opened to limited testing earlier this week its latest social networking service. Google+. What immediately catches your attention when using the service is its stark simple and yet beautiful interface. It makes Facebook look like MySpace, said blogger Ron Galloway. Although Google is still actively developing the service (Googlers are directly engaging with usersContinue reading “Quick review: Article sharing with Facebook, Google+”