Smart launches low-cost Android tablet

SMART today announced the offering of a 7-inch Android 2.2 powered tablet bundled with its Smart Bro package. The company said the offering will further “democratize” Internet access in the country. The ZTE V9 was launched last week with a suggested retail price of P12,795. “The ZTE V9 is an affordable way for our subscribers… Continue reading Smart launches low-cost Android tablet

Turning into a fandroid

HOW long does your initial fascination with a new phone last? Two weeks? A month? In my case, it used to take about two weeks before the novelty of a new unit started to wear off. But not with my LG P500, a device that has Android 2.2 or Froyo as operating system. Two months… Continue reading Turning into a fandroid

On the road but still “in the cloud”

(This is my column for Sun.Star Cebu for tomorrow, Oct. 27) Two days before I was to run in the Smart Subic International Marathon (SIM) 2009, I finally learned how to properly tie my shoes. It’s hilarious if it isn’t excruciating to have to bend to retie shoelaces that come undone after running several kilometers.… Continue reading On the road but still “in the cloud”

DevCon Visayas to host hackathon, talks on software, web development

SOFTWARE engineers from all over the country are scheduled to meet in a conference in Cebu City on Friday, June 26, to talk about technical issues on software development. DevCon Visayas offers free admissions to its technical sessions on such topics as cloud computing, social networking and content management systems through sponsors Oracle and G2iX.… Continue reading DevCon Visayas to host hackathon, talks on software, web development

Building with WordPress: From sketch to prototype to company website in 5 hours

Aside from being a good blogging tool, WordPress is also a lightweight content management system that can be used to run such diverse sites as news or magazine publications, personal and organizational websites. I recently started accepting paid web development work and website management. Several weeks back, I bought a domain, Tugkaran.com (from the Bisaya… Continue reading Building with WordPress: From sketch to prototype to company website in 5 hours

Despite existence of open source products, many still use pirated software: CICT secretary

THE Philippines still lacks awareness of and support for free and open source software (FOSS), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said yesterday. Chua, in his speech during the opening of the Philippine Open Source Summit at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) early today, said that despite the… Continue reading Despite existence of open source products, many still use pirated software: CICT secretary

Philippine Open Source Summit opens

Blogger’s note: Hit refresh to read updates. I’m live-blogging event. The Philippine Open Source Summit is now open at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City. The two-day summit is Vice Mayor Michael Rama, speaking for Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, told the delegates that information and communications technology (ICT) should always be guided… Continue reading Philippine Open Source Summit opens

Joomla users schedule Cebu meeting

Users, developers, and supporters of the open source content management system (CMS) Joomla will be meeting in Cebu next Saturday, June 7 at the Lepiten & Bojos Law Office on Don Pedro Rodriguez St. in Capitol Site, Cebu City (see map below). The meeting is preparatory to the Joomla Day that will be held in… Continue reading Joomla users schedule Cebu meeting

From here on, Heron

Today, the new Ubuntu Linux version—8.04 the Hardy Heron—will be released. I have been using the beta or test version for the last two weeks and have found Ubuntu to be easier to use and install and its whole computing experience better than ever. I had initially decided to stay away from using the beta… Continue reading From here on, Heron

Reporter’s notebook

I finally got my Asus Eee PC last Wednesday. It has, since then, replaced my main writing gear: an MSI S260 laptop running on Ubuntu Linux. Several reporters and editors in Sun.Star Cebu had wanted to purchase an Eee PC since the start of the year but we couldn’t get a supplier with enough stocks… Continue reading Reporter’s notebook