Monthly Archives: November 2008

Samsung Tobi – Astonishingly Adorable Mobile Phone with Fun Characters

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile phone provider, announces the launch of Samsung Tobi (Model: S3030), a mobile phone customized to amuse pre-teens, young adults, and anyone who desires to experience fun and safety features from their mobile phones. With friendly graphical user interface (GUI) and splashy design, Samsung Tobi is a perfect match for the mobile users who wish to stand out from the crowd. Also with various safety features and eco-friendly material, Samsung Tobi assures the security of the Samsung Tobi users.

Samsung Tobi is designed to meet the needs and desires of the mobile users to express their personality and style with mobile phones. First, Samsung Tobi features unique GUI themes which have never been applied previously in any other mobile phones. Affable animated characters in three themes, Monster theme, Snowman theme and Ocean World theme, capture the hearts of viewers instantaneously. Moreover, Samsung Tobi features changeable backside cover. Users can insert their favorite photo or image under the see-through protective sleeve on the back to customize their Samsung Tobi.
Available in six dazzling colors – Sweet Pink, Loyal Blue, Apple Green, Bright Orange, Oasis Blue and Snow Silver – each color variation Samsung Tobi is exceptionally designed to fulfill the visual satisfaction needs of even the most design-conscious mobile users.

With various safety functions such as SOS Call, SOS Message and Fake Call Samsung Tobi also fascinates parents with children at young age. Using these safety features, users can be directly linked to their family members and friends in emergent situations and even easily escape from dangerous situations. With Samsung Tobi, parents are always assured that their children are equipped with safety tools to keep them as secure as possible.

Moreover, built with recyclable and biodegradable bio-plastic, Samsung Tobi is made friendly for the environment. Samsung Tobi is painted using non-toxic paints and non-allergic materials to keep the environment as well as the health of the users safe. Additionally, the earphone is also made of eco-friendly materials without any polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Starting from Italia and UK launch in November, Samsung Tobi will continue to meet the mobile users in other European countries, CIS, and China within this year.

Additional information about Samsung Tobi as well as access to various related contents are available the Samsung Tobi official website at Starting from November 21st, users can also download various images to personalize the backside cover of their Samsung Tobi. Various other Samsung Tobi contents such as screensavers, wallpapers, calendar and entertainments such as game are available on the website.

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Posted by on November 15, 2008 in Samsung


ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCI-e Audio Card

Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, the Xonar Essence STX is capable of achieving an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) in signal clarity. Furthermore, full-driving for any available headphone is provided through the built-in headphone amplifier—presenting unprecedented audio quality and under 0.001% of distortion to sate even the most demanding audiophile. Interestingly enough, the design for this audio card is based on a paradigm that is forty centuries old.

The Quest for True High-end Audio Starts Forty Centuries Ago
In China 4000 years ago, the ancient ancestors were also searching for instruments that were able to play “heavenly” music; not just to pay homage to the gods, but also to represent the harmony between man and nature. This process of seeking the most sublime and harmonious music between man and the environment resulted in the Tiger Chime, which not only represented the soul and quintessence of sound, but also served as the highest level of audio enjoyment. Like these ancestors, ASUS also searched for the best components and used only the finest designs to reproduce the purest of sounds. As a symbol of respect for these ancient pioneers, the Xonar Essence STX adopts a gold-plated Tiger Chime totem on the EMI shield—infusing a mix of ancient and cutting-edge technologies.
Industry-leading 124 dB SNR Delivers Pure Music for Listening Enjoyment
With the penultimate of component and design selection, the Xonar Essence STX is able to reproduce truly pure sounds, and delivers an industry-leading 124 dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio). This is 64 times clearer the most on-board audio solutions (85–88 SNR). It also features the ASUS exclusive Hyper-grounding circuitry design that utilizes a PCB design to separate signal and noise—ensuring that only the cleanest signals are passed on to ultra-sensitive components for decoding.

The Finest Component Selection to Deliver Crisp, Clear Audio
With a top-o-the-line Burr-Brown PCM 1792A Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC) to convert audio signals at 127dB signal-to-noise ratios, users will be able to enjoy minimum loss from the process of converting digital signals to analog sound. Additionally, Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors deliver rich bass and crystal-clear high frequencies (like the sounds from a piano or violin), allowing the Xonar Essence STX to achieve an amazing <10 Hz–90 kHz frequency response and 124dB dynamic range. Furthermore, The Xonar Essence STX’s EMI shield protects all analog outputs perfectly from any exterior electronic magnetic interference—resulting in the cleanest sound generation and delivery for the user’s enjoyment.

High Density Sound Performances with Built-in Headphone Amplifier
Most quality headphones usually require additional driving power; or else suffer from sounds that are dull and bland. The Xonar Essence STX is equipped with a built-in headphone amplifier capable of driving every available headphone with up to 600 ohms of impedance to their full extent and less than 0.001% of distortion—all without additional amplication. This ensures that only the most high density sounds can be heard from these headphones without the need to purchase an extra amplifier. Furthermore, the Xonar Essence STX also comes with the following features which include: Swappable OPamp sockets to help tune up unique sounds effortlessly, complete Dolby Home Theater technologies, and the latest DS3D GX2.5 3D gaming engine technology.

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Asus


HP Powers Philippine Stock Exchange’s IT Operations

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has engaged Hewlett-Packard (HP) Philippines to provide hardware, network and security as well as data center preparation for the New Trading System (NTS) Project.

The NYXT’s NSC® will be customized according to PSE requirements and scheduled to be completed and launched sometime in the middle of 2009.

Sealing the memorandum of agreement are Francis Ed. Lim, PSE President and Chief Executive Officer; and David Tan, HP Philippines Managing Director.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Marie Eulalie E. Cruz, HP Manager for Commercial Accounts and Solutions Partner and Alliances; and William L. Ang, PSE Director and NTS Oversight Committee Chairperson.

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in HP


Qualcomm Unveils PC Alternative for Bringing Internet Access to Developing Markets Worldwide

Qualcomm Incorporated announced a new PC alternative to make high-speed wireless Internet access more widely available and affordable in emerging markets. The Kayak™ PC alternative leverages the widespread availability of 3G wireless broadband to bring Internet connectivity to markets where wired Internet access has often been difficult to access or unaffordable. The Kayak PC alternative fills the niche that exists between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and Internet-capable wireless devices.

The Kayak PC alternative includes a reference design and recommended software specifications that will be made available to device manufacturers. Manufacturers can then design a wide range of devices based on the Kayak reference design that take advantage of the high level of integration, inherent connectivity and comprehensive functionality. The Kayak reference design uses Qualcomm’s dual-core Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7xxx-series chipsets to provide both computing and connectivity. Devices based on the Kayak reference design will offer:
– A Full-featured Web 2.0-capable browser from Opera Software able to perform at desktop resolutions – Access via the browser to Web 2.0 productivity applications
– Support for both television sets and computer monitors to be used as displays and/or for a built-in display
– Compatibility with a standard keyboard and mouse for input
– Music player and/or a 3D gaming console functionality

In the future, commercial Kayak-based devices may also be powered by Snapdragon™ solutions. Initial Kayak PC alternative units, manufactured by Taiwan-based Inventec Corporation, will be used to initiate user trials during the first quarter of 2009 in Southeast Asia on both CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.

“Emerging markets will be a huge growth driver for the telecommunications industry in the coming years,” said Mark Hirsch, vice president of corporate marketing, Inventec Corporation. “We are very excited about Qualcomm’s innovative Kayak reference design that leverages wireless networks to bring Internet connectivity to developing markets.”

“Web-based applications open up new possibilities for people in emerging markets for whom packaged software can be expensive,” said Rod Hamlin, senior vice president of sales, Americas, Opera Software. “Combining the Opera browser with Qualcomm’s chipset is a great way to help bring the power of connected computing to millions of new Internet users around the world.”

“The broad footprint of 3G networks means that wireless is the answer to Internet access for worldwide markets – especially in emerging regions,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “The Kayak PC alternative is a great example of how Qualcomm is leveraging cloud computing over wireless broadband networks to help bring new areas of the world into the global online community for the first time.”

Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500 company. For more information, please visit

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Qualcomm


ASUS Unveils Choice Notebook for the Corporate Elite

As the new flagship system for the ASUS line of business notebooks, the B80A with a 14.1-inch widescreen is packed with the powerful features, robust security and stylish build that corporate users look for in their notebooks of choice.

Getting the job done: Power, Connectivity, Security
To get the job done, executives need the computing power to breeze through documents, reports and, increasingly, multimedia content. They also need a comprehensive suite of connectivity options for communicating and collaborating with colleagues and clients, or accessing critical, timely information. To this end, the B80A is powered by Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology, and boasts ample high-speed storage and memory. Of particular note is the B80A’s support for 7,200 rpm SATA hard disk drives, allowing users to enjoy desktop-like speed when accessing files. The B80A’s wealth of connectivity—including Draft-N wireless and Bluetooth® capabilities—as well as the built-in high resolution webcam, also mean the user is always connected, and video conferencing is easy.
Serving another important function are the built-in fingerprint reader and TPM-level security that protect files and data from unauthorized access, without compromising convenience and user-friendliness.

Useful features
The B80A is designed with usability in mind. Its 14.1-inch screen provides a generous display area while maintaining a highly-portable form factor. The B80A is also built for reliability, sporting a spill-proof keyboard that protects against spills of up to 50 cc of liquid. The keyboard’s built-in LED lighting makes it easy to work under dimly-lit conditions in one’s bedroom, while back at the office, an optional docking station provides convenient and instant access to a wealth of peripherals.

While the B80A is designed with every consideration of the corporate user’s needs in mind, entertainment is not neglected. When it is time to relax, the B80A’s built-in HDMI interface offers a ready connection to large-screen TVs and multichannel audio systems via a single cable.

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Posted by on November 10, 2008 in Asus


Impress in Color with Toshiba’s Do More in Style Satellite and PORTÉGÉ Notebook PCs

TRICOM DYNAMICS INC. today announced cool new colors for its Satellite and PORTÉGÉ notebooks.

The 14-inch wide Satellite M300 is now available in Crimson Red while the 13-inch wide PORTÉGÉ M800 comes in Candy Pink colors. Similarly with the original models in Glossy Mercury Sliver and Cool Pearl White colors, these new notebook computers feature the new breathtaking Toshiba Fusion Finish, a super-high gloss exterior that’s achieved with a special manufacturing process involving fusing molten resin into the mold, as well as the unique Horizon Line design.

“Since its launch last May 2008, the new range of Toshiba Fusion Finish Notebook PC has been well received by our customers, so it is only natural for Toshiba to expand this notebook PC range to impress more colors,” said Juno Limjap, Marketing Officer for TRICOM – exclusive distributor of Toshiba Notebook PC in the Philippines.
Optional matching accessories like optical mice and slipcases also will be available too.

Key features of the Satellite M300*:
– New Toshiba Fusion Finish with Horizon Line design, flushed touchpad with chrome buttons, and feather touch illuminated multimedia buttons
– Built-in Web Camera with SmartFace™ Technology for convenient system log-on
– REGZA-Link (HDMI-CEC) for connectivity to HDMI-CEC enabled TVs with ExpressCard type remote control
– Built-in FM tuner
– Harman Kardon Stereo Speakers
– 14.1″ WXGA (200NIT) Clear SuperView TFT display
– Fingerprint Security Suite, 5-in-1 Card Reader
– Choice of colors: Glossy Mecury Silver and Crimson Red

Key features of the PORTÉGÉ M800*:
– Lightweight: Less than 2kg
– New Toshiba Fusion Finish with Horizon Line design, flushed touchpad with chrome buttons, and feather touch illuminated multimedia buttons
– Built-in Web Camera with SmartFace™ Technology
– Built-in FM tuner
– Selected EasyGuard™ features: 3D accelerometer, Fingerprint Security Suite and ConfigFree®
– 13.3″ WXGA (200NIT) Clear SuperView TFT display
– Choice of colors: Glossy Mecury Silver, Cool Pearl White, and Candy Pink

The all new Colour series are available in shopToshiba’s and Toshiba iShops in retail stores nationwide. And for the Yuletide season, Toshiba is giving away One (1) FREE MAC Royal Assets Lip Palette. Choice of: RED, PINK, CORAL , & TAN.

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Posted by on November 10, 2008 in Toshiba


British company launches BRICO LCD TV

Early this year, the LCD TV of British Continental (Brico) was quietly launched into the local market. With its no-frills, classic lines and high tech components, the product attracted clients, who really know quality LCD TV, for its unobtrusive yet elegant features.

In a world of LCD TV mass production, British Continental stands out for being different. For the past 20 years, the low key U.K. corporation has built a successful business manufacturing LCD TVs anchored on customization. This business approach has resulted in a loyal following among select clientele in Europe.
Customization means that a client may specify the type and color of frames that his LCD TV may have either for a bedroom or a multi-room usage. Skilled craftsmen and engineers make this possible since all Brico LCD TVs are handcrafted and hand-finished.

William Morrison, production supervisor of Brico UK who works at the West Drayton (west of London) production facility describes the process of customization.

He says, “We specialize in customization. The TV we make is based on an upgradable platform. We first manufacture the shell of the TV. This is made individually by our craftsman according to the design and specification of our clients. Once the shell is done the electric components are installed and assembled by our technician with the shell to make the finished product. It takes five working days to complete the process.”

Quality control is implemented in three stages. First, visual inspection is done to ensure that all the specifications and details are made according to the plan, and to examine for any defects or flaws in workmanship. Second, all electronic switches and connections are tested one by one to check if these are functioning properly. And lastly, the LCD TV is played for one whole working day to check image quality and stability over a long period of time.

Morrison says that there are only seventeen people in their plant but all are well trained. Junior technicians are mentored by a senior technician for apprenticeship and training until such time they are confident and are able to master the skill to perfection. The 45 year old engineer emphasizes, “Experience is still and always the best way to improve a skill. With the help of our research and development department, we are also updated on the latest trend and technology available in the market.”

Morrison who has a degree in engineering and management of manufacturing systems has been working for Brico for four years. He admits he enjoys his job immensely. “I am always fascinated with high tech gadgetry and my job allows me to experience all this first hand.” He is such a technophile that even in his free time he tinkers with his computer keeping track of what’s new in the techno world.

For more information about Brico LCD TV and its customization contact British Continental Philippines at its service center at 43 Scout Madrinan, South Triangle, Quezon City with telephone 4112810 and fax 4118753 or drop by its showroom at 101 First Midland Condominium 109 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati with telephone 6664191 or mobile number 09178531277. Visit their website at

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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in Brico