Monthly Archives: December 2008

‘Design’ Your Memories with Style and Clarity with ASUS UFOTO UF715 Digital Photo Frame

The ASUS UFOTO UF715 digital photo frame is designed to be the perfect showcase for beautiful photos. It is brimming with impressive features and exclusive technologies that allow users to ‘design’ their memories—reliving them in any way they wish. Foto-in-Motion technology, for example, allows users to add five eye-catching special effects to their photos, along with music accompaniment. Another technology exclusive to ASUS digital photo frames—dubbed Reminiscence—enables them to quickly search for, and display, photos taken on specific dates. This makes locating photos taken on significant dates such as weddings and holidays very easy.

The UF715 has a built-in speaker to play MP3 music, the ability to automatically change the orientation of photos when tilted, and an alarm clock feature complete with an accompanying remote control. It is equipped with a vibrant 7” high-resolution (800 x 480 pixels) display, framed by a stunning white bezel finished with the double injection method that is at once beautiful and durable. Adding a further touch of simple sophistication is a crystalline stand at the rear, turning the UF715 into more of a showpiece than a mere photo frame.

Foto-in-Motion Technology: Add New Beauty to Memories with Breathtaking Effects
Exclusive to ASUS digital photo frames, including the UFOTO UF715, is Foto-in-Motion technology. With Foto-in-Motion, users will be able to add visual interest to their pictures by applying exciting photo effects and scenario music. Apart from the Standard preset, Foto-in-Motion offers the following effects:
– Vivid: Enhances saturation, resulting in more vibrant pictures
– Spotlight: Casts a spotlight on elements at the center of photos
– Nostalgic: Simulates the sepia-tinted look of aged photos
– Black & White: Converts the image to grayscale

Reminiscence Technology: Search for Specific Photos in Just a Few Steps
Reminiscence technology enables users to rapidly search for, and subsequently display, photos taken on specific dates. All the user has to do is to key the desired date into the search field, and the photos will be retrieved and displayed on a single screen. This feature is perfect for users who would like to recollect everything that happened on a particular day.

PictBridge* Direct Photo Printing Support: Print Photos with Ease
PictBridge adds plug-and-print functionality to the UF715. Users will be able to easily print photos on the UF715 directly on their printers, without requiring a computer connection.
* Most printers have PictBridge function. Please check if there is a PictBridge logo on the printer to ensure compatibility.

A Host of Impressive Features
Rounding off the UF715’s list of impressive features are:
– A 5-in-1 card reader with CF / SD / MMC / xD / MS / MS Pro support
– 128MB internal memory that provides storage for over 700 photos
– JPEG / BMP / MP3 format support
– Auto Power On/Off according to the user’s preference
– Photo slideshows with MP3 music accompaniment
– Calendar mode
– A clock that displays the current date and time in a familiar analog clock format
– A remote control with convenient hotkeys for ease of operation
– Quick switching from date and time mode to alarm clock mode with the remote control

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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Asus


Eastern’s backhaul to improve connectivity south of Metro Manila

Eastern Communications announced that it is laying down a 240-km fiber network to service industrial parks and economic zones in Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. The backhaul project is a strategic initiative to help Eastern realize its long term revenue goal of PhP5 billion pesos for the next 5 years.

The backhaul infrastructure and support costs PhP1 billion pesos and is critical to Eastern’s expansion, since many multinational corporations and BPOs are relocating to various economic zones and industrial parks located in Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. This means there will be more opportunities for business development in the said areas. The expansion will also reach Nasugbu enabling the company to connect to its submarine cables thereby providing greater global connectivity.

“Eastern’s backhaul expansion will provide us with three business opportunities. Primarily, we will provide connectivity to more than 600 ecozones and industrial parks along the route where the backhaul will run. Secondarily, it will allow the company to maximize the submarine cables because of the additional bandwidth, and thirdly, it will allow us to offer greater bandwidth to other carriers and telecommunications companies.” said Edwin Domingo, Marketing, Sales and Business Development head of Eastern Communications.

With the new infrastructure in place, greater productivity can be realized by the various economic zones and industrial parks by providing faster, better and more reliable connectivity.

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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Eastern Telecom


Explore your Artistic Creativity with the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer

HP is introducing the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, a large-format printer that redefines the world of color to produce the most brilliant reds, more stunning black-and-whites and a wider color range than ever before with the 12-ink pigment system which includes the new HP 73 Chromatic Red and Quad-black Ink set. Equipped with HP DreamColor Technologies and an embedded spectrophotometer, the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer consistently and precisely reproduces gallery-quality prints that redefine the creative process—whether used in professional photography, pre-press or graphic design.

Broader, more brilliant color range than ever before
Enabled by the 12-ink pigment system that includes the new HP 73 Chromatic Red and Quad-black Ink set, the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer is capable of producing astonishingly vivid and brilliant photographic and fine-art prints that bring images to life. Furthermore, the new HP 73 Chromatic Red ink achieves 95% PANTONE® coverage1, giving a broader, more exciting color gamut of red, blues and green than ever before—fulfilling the needs of photographers, graphic artists and pre-press professionals alike.
Stunning gallery-quality black-and-white prints
With the HP Designjet Z3200, it is easy to create black-and-white prints that tell their very own stories. With the Quad-black Ink set, which includes matte black, photo black, grey and light grey pigment ink cartridges, monochrome prints are produced in rich true blacks, neutral tones of grey and smooth transitions that elegantly convey each image’s emotions.

Explore more creative avenues
By offering a broader range of media, the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer affords more creative freedom and flexibility. It is able to support more than 50 HP media, from Bond and Heavyweight coated papers to display-graphics, photographic and digital fine-art media. It is also compatible with more than 20 third-party paper presets for an even wider selection.

Furthermore, by using HP’s range of papers, the 12-ink pigment system can create picture-perfect professional portraits, landscapes, portfolio prints and photos with the best photo permanence on the market for gallery-quality prints that retain their luster and beauty for up to 200 years2. It is also specially designed to produce an extensive palette of brilliant, life-like colors and superior gloss uniformity with minimal bronzing on most glossy paper with HP Gloss Enhancer3.

Save resources with advanced ink technologies
With its proactive automatic servicing routines, this printer ensures an always-on quality for greater ink efficiency4, as well as Optical Drop Detection (ODD) which automatically tests every nozzle on the user-replaceable printheads and performs a cleaning procedure to restore clogged or non-optimized nozzles. This quick and precise process not only ensures consistent results and an extended print life, but also utilizes minimum resources, needing only 2.2 milliliters of ink to test over 10,000 nozzles. With every single nozzle scrupulously maintained, a lower nozzle failure rate and an increase in the lifespan of the printer and printheads can be experienced.

To further save time and ink, its Quad-blank Ink set allows the printing of rich dark blacks on matte and glossy papers without having to swap the PK (photo black) and MK (matte black) cartridges. It also uses advanced preview technology which allows users to preview the layout, details and positions of a print job for any adjustments to be made before actual printing.

Meanwhile, by setting the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer in best print mode, print speed can be improved by as much as 20%5, helping to complete printing tasks more quickly and efficiently.

Simplify profiling and calibration tasks
Even in fluctuating conditions, the device produces consistent color results from print to print6. The HP DreamColor Technologies and the X-Rite spectrophometer built into it, along with HP printer linearization and profiling software, take unnecessary costs, effort and irregularities out of printer color management. These advanced technologies enable users to customize a professional ICC profile for printer, paper and environmental conditions with no more than a few mouse clicks, and export color measurements for use in external profiling software applications. These custom HP profiles optimize the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer’s extended color gamut across any of a wide range of color media.

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Posted by on December 15, 2008 in HP


ASUS Introduces the Completely Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook

ASUS, a worldwide leader in notebook design and the fastest growing notebook brand, today announced the newest member of its award-winning Eee PC family—the Eee PC 1002HA. Featuring a stylishly redesigned chassis adorned with a brushed aluminum LCD cover and palm rest, the Eee PC 1002HA is a sophisticated, lightweight, easy-to-use netbook that brings a touch of elegance and utility to everyday computing.

Stylishly Thin and Light for Maximum Mobility
The Eee PC 1002HA is designed primarily for users who desire computing mobility, weighing just 1.2kg with the battery attached and measuring in at only 1-inch thick. To make the netbook as light as possible without sacrificing durability, ASUS chose to use brushed aluminum for both the LCD and the palm rests, which allows the Eee PC 1002HA to feel exceptionally solid despite its thin stature.
Feature-packed Mobile Companion
To complement the mobile user of today, the Eee PC 1002HA is packed with an abundance of user-centric features designed to provide user-friendly convenience to everyday computing. A 10” LED-backlit display (1024 x 600 pixels) provides high contrast pictures with vibrancy, while using little power at the same time. Users will find the keyboard on the Eee PC 1002HA especially comfortable, as it is 92% the size of a standard keyboard.

A digital array microphone, coupled with a 1.3 megapixel built-in webcam allows for mobile video conferencing anytime, anywhere, while Bluetooth connectivity enables users to wirelessly connect Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Eee PC 1002HA. Available with both Linux and Windows XP Home edition operating systems, users can choose between an easy-to-use, icon-based interface, and the familiar Windows interface depending on their usage preference. A Multi-touch touchpad provides intuitive interactions between users and their multimedia via finger motions to manipulate pictures and content navigation. Users can also read and write various storage media via the Eee PC 1002HA, with its built-in 4-in-1 card reader capable of reading MMC, SD, Memory Stick and MS-PRO media formats. Finally, a F9 Fast Recovery Key provides peace of mind to users by providing system recovery at a single touch.

Intelligent Power Management for Endurance Computing
The Eee PC™ 1002HA features the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) which consists of the Power4 Gear Hybrid application and the Energy Processing Unit (EPU). Power4 Gear Hybrid facilitates the deployment and usage of power according to the users’ preferences in relation to the specific tasks that they need to perform, while the EPU accurately detects the users’ power requirements and makes the necessary power adjustments. Users can also choose from pre-determined power presets to cater to their computing requirements. Coupled with a custom-made, polymer battery that boasts two high-capacity cells offering 4200mAh, the Eee PC 1002HA can provide users with up to 5 hours* of unplugged computing time.

Combining Physical and Online Storage for Greater Flexibility
In addition to its 160GB of primary storage, the Eee PC 1002HA also includes 10GB of online storage via the exclusive ASUS Eee Online Storage. This allows users to access their documents and multimedia files anytime, anywhere, and to share these files with their friends and family. Eee Storage also allows users to set a password to keep intruders from accessing their data. Most importantly, Eee Storage provides users with additional space for backing up important documents, accessible whenever there is Internet access.

Wireless Connectivity
The Eee PC 1002HA is designed to keep users connected to the Internet and wireless devices at all times. To accomplish this, it features the latest wireless technology, including support for Bluetooth and blazing-fast 802.11n wireless connectivity, which is six times faster** than the preceding 802.11g standard.

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Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Asus


Trade in your old TV for a Brico Flat LCD TV

Trade in your old TV for a Brico Flat LCD TV

Are you tired of your old, clunky TV but do not have the budget to buy a sleek, flat LCD TV? Or are you wishing to own the latest high tech LCD TV but don’t know what to do with your old TV? British Continental Philippines has solved your TV blues for you.

The company which distributes UK made LCD TVs in the local market is offering a unique Christmas promo. Customers can trade in their old TVs in exchange for Brico LCD TVs.

Trade in any brand or size of television sets and get brand new Brico LCD TVs plus have a holiday bonus of discounted prices by as much as 50%.

The Brico LCD TV Christmas promo is good until supplies last.

Brico LCD TVs enjoy a loyal following in the UK for its handcrafted finish, high technology features and the customization options made available to its customers.

For more information, you may drop by at their showroom at 101 First Midland Condominium 109 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati with telephone 6664191 or mobile number 09178531277


Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Brico


Canon champions a new era of power, precision and zoom with Powershot digital cameras

True to the spirit of relentless innovation and the tireless pursuit of photographic excellence, CANON re-imagines the popular PowerShot series with a bold new processor, new HD recording function and even more raw power to satisfy both pro-sumers and professionals. The new PowerShot G10, SX1 IS and SX10 IS – all of which deliver smart new features with intelligent function via compact design – your proudest moments may just be a click away.

The Power of DIGIC
To make things easier for demanding shutterbugs, all three PowerShot models come with DIGIC 4 imaging processor, the newest version of Canon’s proprietary imaging technology. DIGIC 4 provides remarkably high speed rendering of fine detail, natural color reproduction, low noise and greater signal processing speed. Key technological advancements include enhanced shutter lag-time response, real-time face detection and tracking. Continuous Servo AF tracks moving objects in crystal clarity upon first pressure of the shutter button. Face self-timer captures the shot only when the photographer enters into frame, perfect for group or self-portraits without the unnecessary delays. Intelligent Contrast Correction fixes dark areas when objects are backlit or when flash distance is exceeded during and after photography and Hot Shoe for mounting a flash unit.

PowerShot SX1 IS
Built with the new DIGIC 4 processor, the PowerShot SX1 IS is also the first CANON compact digital camera to incorporate the CMOS imaging sensor (CMOS is an award-winning imaging sensor found in Canon’s EOS professional D-SLR range of cameras). Its 10 megapixel shooting supports up to A2 size prints. A leading hybrid model, it boasts a genuine, 20X Zoom lens (with lens-shift type image stabilizer) which captures 10 megapixel close-ups with stunning clarity. You’re able to shoot in 16:9 ratio (1920 X 1080, the equivalent of 35mm film) for remarkably moving pictures. Thanks to high-speed AF and high-definition AE/AWB, it offers Full HD recording. Thanks to the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) systems, it also comes with a high-speed, silent and accurate drive for fast zoom and precise auto-focus. For fearless photographers and filmmakers with a knack for surprising shots, the camera lets you cast imaginative angles with a 270-degree 2.8” variable-angle LCD screen.

PowerShot SX10 IS
Similarly, the POWERSHOT SX10 IS also offers the DIGIC 4 engine, super-zoom capabilities (20X Zoom), 10 megapixel, wide-angle (28mm) compact camcorder abilities and variable-angle LCD screen. The new mov type movie recording feature also allows longer recording thanks to a higher compression ratio. With the handy Hot Shoe, SD storage and convenient 4AA-battery power option, it’s perfect for mobile professionals on the go.

Powershot G10
Last but not least, the POWERSHOT G10 is a true pro-sumer must-have. Built for power and panoramic framing with the DIGIC 4 engine, 5x optical zoom with OIS, wide-angle lens (28mm) and an amazing 14.7 megapixels, it more than replaces its predecessor, the G9, as a bonafide compact digital. Budding professionals will lap up its RAW format capability, while appreciating the generous 3-inch PureColour II LCD screen. Like the POWERSHOT SX10 IS, there’s also the helpful option of Hot Shoe function and SD storage.

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Posted by on December 4, 2008 in Canon


ASUS Introduces World’s Smallest Desktop PCs with HD Capability

ASUS unveiled HD versions of its popular Eee Box—a tiny 1L-sized desktop PC—that it launched in June 2008. With the new Eee Box B204 and B206, users will be able to enjoy viewing hardware-accelerated HD content on LCD TVs, monitors and projectors via an HDMI output—making them ideal for families seeking a simple, space-saving home entertainment solution. The Eee Box B204 and B206 are also preinstalled with Eee Cinema, a full-featured media player that enables users to play high definition content easily. Eee Cinema offers superior format compatibility and extensive media library management options. To help users navigate Eee Cinema’s comprehensive features speedily, both the Eee Box B204 and B206 come with a convenient remote control.

Built-in Video Decoder for High Definition Entertainment
The Eee Box B204 and B206 deliver crisp and fluid high definition pictures straight out of the box. They are equipped with a discrete graphics card that features a high definition hardware video decoder, vastly improving the quality of video and freeing the Eee Box’s processor to tackle other tasks. Ensuring quick and hassle-free connectivity to LCD TVs, monitors, projectors and home theater receivers is an easily-accessible HDMI output on the Eee Box B204 and B206’s rear I/O panel.
Exclusive Remote Control for Easy and Convenient Media Playback
The Eee Box B204 and B206 come with an exclusive remote control that enables users to easily browse, manage and play their media from a distance. The remote control works seamlessly with Eee Cinema, a user-friendly, all-in-one media player that supports all popular music, video and photo formats—transforming the Eee Box B204 and B206 into complete digital home entertainment centers.

The Smallest PCs in the World
A mere 1L in size, the Eee Box B204 and B206 are delightfully sleek. They are as slim as paperback novels, allowing users to reclaim the desk space previously lost to bulkier, more intrusive desktop systems. If necessary, the Eee Box B204 and B206 can even be placed in such a way that does not require an inch of desktop space—they can be mounted to any VESA75/VESA100 LCD display. Given how small and light they are, the Eee Box B204 and B206 can be ported around the house effortlessly, allowing users to enjoy high definition entertainment in whichever room they desire.

Annual Savings of US$156* from Reduced Power Consumption
The Eee Box B204 and B206 are designed and manufactured according to stringent Green ASUS guidelines. They are made with earth-friendly materials and fully comply with RoHS and WEEE. The Eee Box B204 and B206 also consume only around 20 watts of power, reducing the user’s carbon footprint by up to 90% as compared to full-sized desktop PCs**. Eee Box B204 and B206 users will benefit on the monetary front as well; those who leave their computers on 24 hours a day stand to save approximately US$156 a year*.

Packed with Uncompromising Features
Belying their small size, the Eee Box B204 and B206 are packed with a wealth of outstanding features. They support the latest Wi-Fi 802.11n wireless standard, providing up to eight times faster speeds than the previous 802.11b/g wireless standard. In addition, the Eee Box B204 features Bluetooth® for quick and hassle-free connectivity to other Bluetooth® devices. Both models also come with 10GB of online Eee Storage, allowing users to access their documents and media no matter where they are. Furthermore, they feature an exclusive Easy Mode within Windows® that provides users with convenient access to commonly-used applications via an incredibly intuitive interface. Adding to their ease of use is Eee Bar, a fully-configurable application bar on the Windows® desktop that allows users to launch programs with a click.

Another innovation present in the Eee Box B204 and B206 is ASUS Tranquiller Technology that integrates an optimized system air flow design, intelligent fan speed control and a unique heat dissipation material in order to allow them to operate coolly at an extremely quiet 26 dB*** for comfortable home computing. Moreover, the Eee Box B204 has a built-in battery that performs an Uninterruptible Power Supply (U.P.S.) function, enabling it to stay running for a period of time when main power is lost.

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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Asus


ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme Smashes World Record in CPU Frequency on Latest Intel Platform

he release of the Intel® Core™ i7 has set the overclocking arena abuzz with excitement in anticipation of new world records. Armed with the ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard that supports the newest Intel platform, the Japanese overclocking enthusiast duck smashed to the top of the overclocking charts and notched in a world record for Core i7 CPU frequencies. He managed to record an exceptional score of 5510.09 MHz—clearly laying down the gauntlet to future challengers to the throne. A veteran of overclocking CPUs, duck still holds the world’s highest frequency for overclocking a Pentium 4 631 CPU to a staggering 8180.4MHz last year.
The successful breaking of the world record was in no small part thanks to the overclocking-oriented features found on the new Rampage II Extreme motherboard. TweakIt, an easy-to-use joystick-like control on the motherboard, enables overclockers to make real-time changes to their systems’ core frequency, voltage and other parameters—even while the benchmark utility is running. At no point does software come into play, as the tweaking is completely hardware-based. With such hassle-free tweaking, coupled with information like the system frequency relayed to overclockers in real-time via the LCD Poster, changes could be on-the-fly during CPU tests and result in extraordinary benchmark scores.

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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Asus