30 August 2012
Samsung Electronics Co unveils the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note phone-cum-tablet at Europe's biggest electronics show in Berlin later on Wednesday, as the South Korean firm comes under pressure to innovate after losing a US patent battle with Apple, Inc.
A US federal jury last week found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Apple is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to turn legal victory into tangible business gain.
For the first time, boxer-politician Manny Pacquiao entered Forbes’ yearly list of the 20 Highest-Paid Celebrities, ranking 16th with $67 million in earnings.
Despite Pacquiao’s controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in their June bout—the former's first defeat inside the ring in seven years—the Sarangani representative continues to enjoy a lucrative career. Forbes wrote: “Pacquiao has become a pay-per-view stud, with five fights each generating at least one million PPV buys during the past four years.”
29 August 2012
A new pill to treat HIV infection – combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones -- has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday.
The single daily dose of Stribild provides a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, and is meant for people who have not already received treatment with other HIV drugs.
Apple, Inc is seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung Electronics phones, moving swiftly to translate its resounding court victory over its arch-foe into a tangible business benefit.
The world's most valuable company wasted no time in identifying its targets on Monday: eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge. While Apple's lawsuit encompassed 28 devices, many of those accused products are no longer widely available in the world's largest mobile market.
28 August 2012
MSI-ECS has announcesdthe availability of Acer P7203 projector specifically designed for installation in auditoriums, large conference and class rooms and offers a very bright, high contrast projection without darkening the room.
The unit has an awe inspiring 5000 ANSI lumen brightness level, perfect for even large venue use where a bright room and large screen size are a must.
ViewSonic Corp. has introduced the world’s first ultra slim 22” Full HD LED widescreen display with the latest SuperClear™ IPS wide viewing angle technologies. Featuring an super slim 6.8mm profile , the VX2260S-LED display delivers an amazing 178-degree of viewing angles in a 1920x 1080 Full HD resolution with accurate color performance great for high-def gaming, movie watching, and other entertainment applications.
Of the three so-called “Jesse’s Angels” here, it is Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo’s youngest daughter Jillian who appears to have a predilection to join the showbiz industry.
And so when she started to accept that her father is now gone, Jillian could not help but ask how old Kris was when her father, the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., died, it was revealed by her elder sister Patricia in a speech during a necrological service here Sunday night.
There are no accurate statistics on the extent of abuses committed by foreign employers on their foreign workers, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said on Tuesday.
At the 23rd Conference of the Presidents of Law Associations in Asia at a hotel in Pasay City, Binay said that the documentation and data-gathering are hampered mainly by the lack of cooperation by host countries.
Statistics also do not reflect foreign workers who went through clandestine channels and without authorization do not appear in the rosters of workers of their country of origin.
24 August 2012
Singer Christian Bautista urges credit card users to be careful in checking their billing statements these days after he recently became a casualty of credit card fraud.
Bautista, in a taped interview aired on “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Thursday, related that he was shocked upon learning that someone hacked his credit card account to book in a hotel abroad.
A new law that protects the integrity and confidentiality of personal data shared online or other information and communication technology (ICT) systems has been signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 also established the National Privacy Commission to ensure the protection of digital information in the government and the private sector
Facebook received approval from US authorities to take over the photo-sharing application Instagram in a bit of good news for the social-networking company, which has seen its stock lose half its value since its market debut.
23 August 2012
Acer’s Next-Gen Aspire Timeline Ultrabook Delivers The Power And Performance In An Ultra-Thin, Lightweight Package
Introducing the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 Series: the tech pioneer’s latest demonstration of power and performance in an extremely thin and lightweight package. It includes the amazing graphics of a third-generation Intel Core processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce GT640M, the lightning-fast responsiveness of Acer Green Instant On and Instant Connect, the rock-solid reliability of a PowerSmart battery pack, and the versatility of multiple SSD or HDD storage options.
16 August 2012
Boy Abunda has taken offense at "The Bourne Legacy" director-scriptwriter Tony Gilroy's comments that Manila is "ugly" and "stinky."
The popular talent manager and news anchor fumed on "Bandila" Wednesday calling Gilroy, "walanghiya."
"After the welcome they got in this country...when interviewed by the BBC you say 'I went to Manila because it stinks'? Unfair 'yan," Abunda ranted.
"Ito'y personal na opinion ko lamang. I don't like to be told that you come to my place because it stinks," he added.
The advent of the tablet is a techie’s pipe dream come true; never have we had such a combination of functionality and form combined in one package.
As such, tablets like the very popular iPad are usually associated with luxury, prompting them to become status symbols among tech enthusiasts.
What’s nice about most tablets, especially the latest ones, is that you get the power of a laptop without the hassle of carrying one around. And while laptops are already portable in their own right, tablets take that portability to a whole new playground.
Brother International Philippines, a leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the ‘Customer-First’ approach, launches a new line of compact monochrome laser printers suited for homes, Small Office Home Offices (SOHOs) and even Small Medium Businesses (SMBs). The first-in-its-class automatic duplex printing not only saves you the hassles of manual paper feeding, but also saves costs conveniently – a top priority for most individuals or businesses today.
There are many causes of falling hair in women including hormonal disturbances brought about by pregnancy and some endocrine diseases; psychological stress and disorders; crash dieting; infections (fungal or bacterial); skin diseases like seborrhea and psoriasis; systemic illnesses like cancer and lupus erythematosus; drugs like some anti-cancer medications; physical and chemical trauma to the scalp as in excessive hair brushing or chemical burning of the scalp during a visit to the beauty parlor; and, alopecia areata, a condition of unknown cause that is characterized by well-circumscribed patches of baldness. But the most common—and this is most probably what causes your problem—is androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition that is more pronounced in men than in women that is why it is otherwise called male pattern baldness.
15 August 2012
Actress Iwa Moto has sure made many men happy amid gloomy weather by posing for the August cover of Playboy Philippines magazine.
Not her first time to bare for the cameras, Moto in this issue has nothing on but black leather gloves and undies, photographed beside a race horse.
With the cover blurb "young, wild and feisty," Moto, according to the mag’s Facebook Fanpage, apparently unleashed her “domineering side” in the accompanying feature.
Preschoolers who habitually snore may be at greater risk of behavioral problems than other kids their age, a study published Monday suggests.
Researchers found that two- and three-year-olds who snored loudly at least a couple of times per week tended to have more problems with inattention and hyperactivity.
14 August 2012
With Filipinos increasingly become accustomed to wireless Internet services, it isn’t much of a surprise when wireless routers are becoming so much more accessible to everyday consumers. To put it simply, routers expand Internet connection to more than one user.
How many times have you run out of load while doing research for your term paper or office presentation? What about the number of team losses experienced because you disappeared in the middle of sieging the enemy base? And how frequent do you exceed your broadband budget limit simply because you’re not aware of your balance nor your usage levels?
Some random fellow that came across a random girl in a mall randomly busting out her singing chops at a storefront in SM Megamall. Felled by her powerful voice as she sang “And I’m Telling You,” the man—who goes by user name youngjay0918 (Yuan Juan)—decided to shoot her video and post it on YouTube with props to the young singer.
As the months come nearer, it looks like Microsoft is doing a lot of work for preparations and coming into action this October. They are set to release huge products that may either be a hit or miss for the software giant. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for us.
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) yesterday submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino a list of eight nominees for Chief Justice.
Leading the list is Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio. The other nominees are Supreme Court Justices Roberto A. Abad and Arturo D. Brion, Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza, Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno, former executive secretary Ronaldo B. Zamora, Supreme Court Justice Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro, and Ateneo de Manila University law dean Cesar L. Villanueva.
The grips and footholds of climbing can help patients recover more quickly from a stroke in which one side of the body has suffered paralysis.
Therapy based on climbing may also help multiple sclerosis sufferers retain control over their muscles, as climbing demands coordination of movement and concentration, Ute Repschlaeger of the association of German physiotherapists says.
13 August 2012
Pampanga beauty Camille Guevarra brought home the top title Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 Asia-Pacific International at the Grand Coronation Night on Sunday HELD at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
The 19-year-old crowd favorite, whose couturier also won the Best Designer award, will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Intercontinental beauty contest to be held in Spain in December.
Taking too much calcium, and ingesting calcium supplements on an empty stomach, warning that high doses of supplemental calcium – 1,200 milligrams or more daily – can clog arteries and raise heart disease risk by 30 percent.
Calcium supplements can protect bones without raising the risk of heart disease as long as one follows a few simple safety rules. Swedish researchers advise a limit of 600 to 700 milligrams daily -- that’s the dose that builds bone strength, without damaging the lining of arteries. It is also important to always pair calcium pills with food so they’ll be absorbed at a slow, steady rate.
With the world’s entertainment of HD spreading from the silver screens to home TVs, people, especially the film enthusiasts, or simply families who rejoice in preserving precious memories in the best definition possible, the accessibility of HD camcorders blurs between qualities.
So, of the different camcorders available, we have randomly selected and tested one for this feature. Canon’s FS400.
Two powerful earthquakes killed 220 people and injured around 1,500 in northwest Iran where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.
Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the streets afte Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 40 of which have already struck.
Less than three days after monsoon floods devastated Metro Manila, another approaching weather disturbance threatens to grow into a storm.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday an active low- pressure area (ALPA) was gaining strength as it churned in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility either last night or this morning.
12 August 2012
A Korean court has found the chief executive officer of Open World Entertainment guilty of sexually assaulting four star-wannabes or trainees and sentenced him to six years in prison.
On Aug. 10, the Seoul Central District Court convicted Jang Seok-woo, 51. In addition to the imprisonment, the court also sentenced Jang to two years of probation and ordered him to undergo 40 hours of sex offender treatment program.
His personal information will also be made public for five years.
The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) has donated 52.5 metric tons of high-energy biscuits to help feed 262,500 people affected by the recent widespread flooding in Metro Manila and outlying provinces.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has been distributing the wheat-based biscuits fortified with vitamins and minerals, the WFP said Saturday.
Kevin Durant scored 19 points and LeBron James added 18 to lead the United States team of NBA stars over Argentina 109-83 on Friday and into the Olympic men’s basketball gold medal final against Spain.
The Americans booked a rematch of the 2008 Olympic final and reached the gold medal game for the 15th time in 17 attempts, having missed out in 1988 and 2004 and skipped the 1980 Moscow Olympics in a boycott.
Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Fish Huang and her partner You Ya-ting, both wearing traditional white bridal gowns, said "I do" in front of a Buddha statue and exchanged prayer beads rather than rings in a monastery in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan.
10 August 2012
Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumor growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.
Researchers in the United States made the "completely unexpected" finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.
They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found "evidence of DNA damage" in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.
Jennifer Lopez is suing her former driver for $20 million for allegedly trying to blackmail her for $2.8 million, CNN reported Wednesday.
The report said that the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles last week, alleging that an attorney representing driver Hakob Manoukian demanded that ''unless Manoukian was paid $2.8 million, he would disclose sensitive and personal information that he allegedly heard while driving Lopez.''
08 August 2012
Dell introduces its new XPS 14 and Inspiron 14z Ultrabooks, joining the successful XPS 13. As part of Dell’s Ultrabook portfolio, this array of laptops enables customers to choose the one that best suits their needs. Both 14-inch screen laptops have an updated design and craftsmanship that deliver multiple uses and functions.
There have recently been reports about scientific findings confirming the efficacy of traditional herbal cures for simple, everyday aches and pains. In these days when we’re forced by bad weather to stay at home, the kitchen can save us a trip or two to the drugstore; we only need to know how, and keep in mind what Lord Riekin wrote in a book in 1999.
ALLSPICE — With its active ingredient eugenol, allspice provides relief from topical pain and makes an excellent mouthwash when steeped into a tea.
ANISE SEED — Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boiled down by half, and sweetened with honey creates a syrup that calms a cough. Anise tea improves memory, aids digestion, and makes an excellent wash for oily skin.
07 August 2012
Facebook's latest figures showing growth in global users also highlights concerns that some may come from dubious sources -- duplicate accounts, pages for pets and those designed for spam.
Facebook members grew to 955 million at the end of the second quarter, but as many as 83 million may be dodgy, the company said in its quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
As of 9 p.m. Monday, PAGASA has upped the rainfall alert level from green to Red due to "heavy to intense" rains.
“An accumulated rainfall of 83.5mm was recorded over Quezon City and 63.5mm over Marikina for the past 3hrs,” the state weather bureau said via their official Twitter account.
For two days around this time every year, thousands of high school graduates troop to campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP) nationwide to take a shot at a much-coveted UP slot.
But first things first, they have to pass the University of the Philippine College Admission Test (UPCAT), said to be the country’s toughest college entrance exam.
Last weekend, about 75,000 young people braved the rains (in Metro Manila), the heat (in other test centers), and most importantly, the nerves (everywhere!).
06 August 2012
It’s crazy when you think about how much life has changed over the last decade, or even just over the last five years. Technology has reinvented the way people used to do the most basic things. Now there are websites and applications for everything: from finding your way around town, to socializing with your friends.
Women's boxing finally stepped into the Olympic ring on Sunday.
And it was a knockout.
A landmark tournament for gender equality in sports began with 12 entertaining bouts featuring uppercuts, haymakers and footwork that all measure up nicely to the men's amateur sport.
05 August 2012
Giving his fans a good reason to celebrate, the 27-year-old basketball heartthrob Chris Tiu—who also dabbles into modeling, TV hosting, being a politician and a businessman —announces that he has finally decided to file an application for the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft.
Tiu excited fans on Friday when he hinted on his decision via Twitter, posting: “Hello PBA :)”
He eventually made the announcement official in an interview with PEP the same day.
London 2012: Now you ncan enjoy more of the ongoing Olympic Games with new BlackBerry Apps. In a bid to join the celebration, and allow its loyal users to fully enjoy what’s happening in the London Games, BlackBerry released a pocket guide to the Games! In the summer of 2012, London and the UK will come alive with events, celebrations and activities during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.