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2011 Year-ender and Memories Lookback (YAML): A PILIPINAS.IT Review

YEAR: 2011
description: 2011 YAML (Year-ender and Memories Lookback) is a consolidated tech news posted here on PILIPINAS.IT for 2011 (in YAML format)! :P
TopStories:
TopTechNewsWorld:
WhatsNew:
   - title: Who is Tim Cook
     description: Apple names Tim Cook as next head
   - title: Apple's WWDC 2011
     description: Apple launches iCloud, OSX Lion and iOS5 
TableWars:  
   - title: Apple Unveils iPad 2
     description: Apple's latest tablet revealed!
   - title: Samsung Galaxy Note
     description: Samsung could be the top competitor of Apple with tablets
   - title: Amazon Launches Latest Kindle, Touch, and Kindle Fire
     description: Amazon improved on its Kindle, launches Kindle Fire
   - title: Motorola Xoom
     description: biggest news in CES2011
   - title: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Arrives!
     description: the kewlest-looking tablet among the rest!
NewFaces:
   - title: Facebook New Profile - Timeline (Story of Your Life)
     description:  Facebook introduces timelines an…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It was a blessed 2011,  expect more blessings in 2012.  From PILIPINAS.IT

Jose Rizal Day

"I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land. You who have it to see, welcome it--and forget not those who have fallen during the night!" - Jose P. Rizal (Noli Me Tangere) 



Today's Rizal Day, let's not forget his martyrdom. Maraming Salamat po, Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896)

Merry Christmas!

To all the PINOYs
Merry Christmas!

Meet the Pinoy Siri: Introducing VANGIE

many PINOYsflocked the launch of Apple iPhone4s in the country, unfortunately its biggest feature - Siri is not fully available in the Philippines, good thing Macapuno Systems came up VANGIE - the pinoy virtual assistant :P




Google Releases People Finder for Sendong Victims

Philippines is reeling with the devastation left by typhoon Sendong to Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Google is helping as they  setup a Typhoon Sendong Crisis Map and a Personal Finder tool to locate missing PINOYs in the flooded communities.


to search information regarding a person, one only needs to enter a name in the tool and it will provide information based on records in database.  the tool was tracking 200 records of people as of monday afternoon.


as of posting, the death toll from Sendong had reached over 900, over 500 are still missing according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council


read more [abs-cbnnews.com]

"Angry Birds" Tops Google Search in the Philippines for 2011

Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year's 10 fastest-rising global queries.  For the Philippines, the phenom game, "Angry Birds" topped this years most searched words by PINOYs!


here's the rest of the fastest rising searches in the country for 2011:
1. Angry Birds
2. Facebook
3. Price Tag lyrics
4. Friv
5. Movies 2011
6. Youtube
7. Lazy Song
8. Planking
9. Dragon's Nest
10.Miss Universe 2011


here's the top 3 for the rest of the categories:
fastest rising people: aj perez, mario maurer, bruno mars
movies: transformers, wrong turn 4, limitless
tv: america's next top model 17, american idol 2011, entourage 2008
news: azkals, japan earthquake, libya
food: beef broccoli, ice cream sundae, pizza
sports: wba welterwifht championships 2011, uaap cheerdance 2011, nba playoffs 2011
travel destinations: hongkong, boracay, bohol


its nice seeing these stats as this also gives you what PINOYs find interesting this year.


see the rest @ [http://www.googlezeitgeist.co…

Philippines "Greener Pasture" for IT Pinoys!

good news for ITPINOYs in the country, Gina Duminy, president of ITProsAsia.com claims that “The greener pastures they are looking for are actually here (Philippines).”


“All the jobs are now here… Salaries (and) packages have become very competitive. I don’t see any reason why kids should still leave the country and find work abroad,” said Duminy. 

Check Out The Great Lenovo PC Sale 2!

Check out "The Great Lenovo PC Sale 2" and get as much as 50% off on selected items. The event happens @ the Metrowalk, Ortigas from Dec15-18. You may also get a chance to win prizes and enjoy different activities, such as: - Arts and Craft Section  - Xbox Kinect and Movies  - Story telling
learn more [http://www.lenovo.com/ph/en/]

PILIPINAS.IT Review: Amazon Kindle Fire

i finally got hold of my Amazon Kindle Fire, so far i'm lovin' it! 


announced last sept-28-2011, the tech-world having seen many tablets so far but none that could equal that of Apple's iPad, Amazon Kindle Firehas been one of the highly-anticipated tablets lately.
i ordered via amazon.com around mid-october.  since i didn't know then how to ship it to Manila, i had it delivered to my folks in the USA instead. eventually i chose Johnny Air Cargo due to their good reviews.  the contact persons were in fact prompt and nice, believe me - completely no hassle!  picked up my Amazon Kindle Fire (KF) @ their makati office 4-5days after transacting with them.
upon opening...
- at first look, KF is sleek and sturdy. for it's size it was however heavy (almost 4lbs/near-half kilo), good thing i ordered the cover with stand

Fil-Am Blogger, One of NASA's Youngest Engineers

NASA recently launched their biggest and best-equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet, Mars Curiosity (or Mars Science Laboratory) is expected to reach Mars by August 2012, and among those who have worked on the project is a PINOY-American blogger, Gregory G. Villar III. an honored Physics major who graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2009 and applying to Astronomy graduate school to pursue his PhD, Gregory @ 24 is one of the youngest engineers in NASA. when asked how he got in, he spent 2yrs interning with 3 education programs @ the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). he added, "As with any job, it’s not really your background, it’s how smart you are and how well you adapt or how fast you can learn on the job... So long as they see that you’re very motivated and smart, they’ll take you on for the job.”   When not working, Gregory also blogs via the 100 Words of Physics, where he discusses "his world" in understandable layman’s term. he invites everyone, “Time T…

Philippine Blog Awards 2011

IT PINOY was a finalist in the recently concluded Philippine Blog Awards (Technology Category National Level), although another blog took home the prize, it was still a light, fun, inspiring, and eventful gathering.


thanks again the Phils. Blog Awards committee, seeing all the other bloggers last night encourages me to do better with blogging.  


this could have been my "over-extended / melodramatic" acceptance speech if i had won haha  :P


"I've always wanted to be a writer but when my college application in Mass Communication got rejected, sadly I had to immediately shift to BS Computer Science - where the pasture was said to be greener. (well it is! :))  In my 15yrs in the Information Technology, my longing to write somehow did not fade away.  And when an opportunities came to write for our corporate paper, I did not hesitate doing it on the side, while coding Java or C++.  Then it dawned to me, perhaps I could do both!

See, even before blogging came,  I was actually …

YouTube Shows Off New Look

PINOYs  love YouTube - okay this would be an understatement... we love YouTubeso much, Philippines is one of the top uploaders in the world!  this is backed up with our own YouTube sensations such as Charice, Arnel Pineda (of Journey) and Maria Aragon.  with over 3billion users now, YouTube announces its new look giving users a feeling that of any social networking sites.


YouTuberecently revamped its homepage design for easier management of your channels - you can now create or follow your own channel line-up. customize your feeds and share it to your Facebook or Google+ accounts.  video searching, trending videos and channel templates have also been made available, all for the hope of giving the users a brand new YouTube experience.


so what do you think of the YouTubenew look?

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Arrives!

heya PINOYs, here's another reason why you need to think first before buying that fruit tablet :) meet the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime!


here's some key features:
8.3mm width and 586g light, metallic design NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 mobile Quad-core and dual-core CPU for excellent multitasking and ultimate gaming experience (3D) 1080p HD video playbackAndroid™ 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) OS over 500,000 downloadable applications on the Android™ MarketFull QWERTY keyboard with touchpad and USB port, over 18hrs battery life and comes with the mobile dockUltra-wide 178° viewing angle and ultra bright Super IPS+ panel protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® GlassMicroSD Card Reader, Micro HDMI port and one year unlimited ASUS Webstorage - Asus' cloud storage service for easy sharing & expandability8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment
this could be m…

IT PINOY - a Finalist in The Philippine Blog Awards

randomly browsing the web today... i clicked on one of my followed twittertechnologyprofiles..  it brought me to The Philippine Blog Awards site. i remembered, "wait i did enroll my blog a few months back, wouldn't do harm if i checked, right?" told myself. 


already forgotten my category, i browsed through the pages, "well it's got to be in the technology category," told my self.


there was quite a number of blogs on the list, i reviewed everyone thinking, "why the heck did this blog get in (the list), while mine didn't?" sour-graping here hehe :P


and just when all hope was lost and resolutely telling myself, "you just got to do better." 


then there it is, the very last line says, "IT PINOY (itpinoy.blogspot.com)!"


shocked, i checked. wait PILIPINAS.IT and IT PINOY is one and the same..i just couldn't believe it! :P


thank you guys!!!! now looking forward to December 3, 2011 :)


see the rest @ [http://www.philippineblogawards.com…

Google Maps “My Location” Shows You the Indoors

Google Maps has just released a new feature called, "My Location." it shows you as a blue dot on the map hence helps you walk the right direction or guide you while hiking an unfamiliar trail. not only that, Google Maps now also offers indoor tracking for Android users!





see more [googleblog.blogspot.com]

Think Before You Click

Facebook and Twitter are so popular amongst PINOYs, hence listing the Philippines as the "Social Networking Capital in the World."  However the same medium has also attracted a different type of people, those who use it to victimize others.  GMA Network's campaign "Think Before You Click" hopes to educate users for responsible use of social media.


Total Eclipse of the Heart Flow Chart

funny flowchart of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" c/o http://jeannr.tumblr.com



iPhone Lens Dial for the iPhoneographers!

saw this and thought this might interest PINOYs using iPhone and loves photography, meet the iPhone Lens Dial!

the iPhone Lens Dial boasts of 3 optical-quality coated lenses, just switch between - wide angle (0.7x), fisheye  (0.33x), and telephoto (1.5x). all wrapped up in a slim aircraft-grade aluminum jacket equipped with 2 tripod mounts (for portrait or landscape shots).


see more [photojojo.com]

Google's "The Evolution of Search"

Following up their goals to improve search, Google this time shares a short history of the evolution of search, highlighting some of the most important milestones from the past decade — and a taste of what's coming next.





"Our goal is to get you to the answer you’re looking for faster and faster, creating a nearly seamless connection between your questions and the information you seek. That means you don’t generally need to know about the latest search feature in order to take advantage of it— simply type into the box as usual and find the answers you’re looking for."


see more [googleblog.blogspot.com]

Uploaded Photo on Facebook, Key in Reuniting Lolo Matias and Lola Aurelia

PINOYs in social networking sites have been plagued by many serious news lately, and the viral photo of a woman in search for her missing husband, shows that we've come to use the same venue to help someone else. 


on nov21, a photo was uploaded by Red Silva (Reddy JS) to Facebook - it was of a woman searching the streets of manila for her missing husband. 



1st Lawson In-House Job Fair

here's some job opportunities forwarded to us... good luck peeps!



TV 5, GMA 7, and ABS-CBN 2 Bosses Speaks of Technology as Game Changer

a historic coming together of the top Philippine TV network honchos became the highlight of the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress (AdCon22), who's battlecry this year is "Change the Game."


Cong. Gloria M. Arroyo's Warrant of Arrest Now a Top Twitter Trend

PINOY netizens are now clamoring over the news that former Philippine President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (CGMA) has been served a warrant of arrest, which makes it a top trending on Twitter.



Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene Live Stream

PINOYcatholics may now have no reason to miss mass as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila has launched its very own online streaming via www.quiapochurch.com.



RIP Ilya Zhitomirskiy

the 22yr old co-founder of Diaspora (https://diasp.org), Ilya Zhitomirskiy has passed away over the weekend. the san francisco local media says that suicide might have been the cause of the young technopreneur's death (although this still needs to be confirmed after a few weeks).



Pacquiao Wins Over Marquez

the boxing world stopped again as eight-division champion, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao retains his WBO World Welterweight belt winning a majority decision against arch-nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.




as with the past 2 fights, the "Last Stand" took 12 rounds, with the PINOY-pride "controversially" edging the mexican on points. 



55 Ways to Watch Pacquiao vs Marquez Live Stream

as has been a tradition, PILIPINAS.IT once again shows full support to the PINOY-pride Manny Pacquiao, as he defends his WBO World Welterweight belt against Jose Manuel Marquez on Nov 13, 2011 @ 9am Manila time (Nov 12 - 6pm PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada USA.


Happy "Nerd New Year"

PINOY programmers who think in binary code would be glad to know that a group of hackers has dubbed November 11, 2011 the “Nerd New Year.” 


They’ll be lining the streets of Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley, for an outdoor hackathon and party, including the countdown to Nerd New Year itself at 11:11 p.m. “It is ON,” organizer Adam Rifkin told Patch. (That’s a binary joke, by the way.)


HAPPY 11/11/11!

see more [mashable.com]

Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 Live Stream

PILIPINAS.IT shows full support to the PINOY-pride Manny Pacquiao, as he defends his WBO World Welterweight belt against  Jose Manuel Marquez this Nov 13, 2011 @ 9am Manila time (Nov 12 - 6pm PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada USA.


rightfully tagged as the "The Last Stand" the trilogy would finally determine if Marquez's claim was true that he had beaten "The Pacman" twice, the 8-Division Champ on the other hand promises no mercy and aims to finally silence his arch-nemesis.


just as in the past fightsPINOYsfor sure will search the web for ways to watch the fight for free! search no more as we will be listing blogs/sites offering free live streams (or links to streams or sopcast channels)!


so be sure to bookmark HTTP://WWW.PILIPINAS.IT on fight-day. for now, see how this trilogy has evolved so far:


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Starbucks Cup Magic - Augmented Reality App

Starbucks is said to launch next Tuesday its first major augmented reality application this Christmas season allowing their loyal costumers animate their coffee cups using their Apple or Android smart phones.


the Starbucks Cup Magic app works by just pointing your phone's camera at the holiday season coffee cup.  five animations involving an ice skater, squirrel, boy, sledding dog and a fox would then appear, whom you can interact with. 


a traditional social sharing capability is also included where you can also send ecards. 


Pinoy Programmers Coding Cycle (Wednesday Edition)

PINOYs in the Information Technology (IT) industry would relate to this... coding really is a tough job :)





YouTube Worldview Interviews PNoy

Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III answered key questions posted by ordinary PINOYs at the YouTube Worldview Interview today.


questions such as how he plans to keep Filipinos from leaving the country to work abroad, or which does he prioritize - peace in mindanao or to defend spratlys, to, does he believe in santa clause, were asked in the interview session.


Google's Ross LaJeunesse conducted the interview with PNoy, the first asian head of state to participate in the series, a monthly interview with the world's foremost leaders.


see the full interview here:

Microsoft's Courier Tablet

many PINOYs like the rest of the world are hooked with Apple's iPad tablet, but unknown to many, Microsoft as early as two years ago was also cooking its very own Courier tablet.


the Courier, which was later killed shortly after Apple iPad hit the market, sported dual 7in screens, a mix of multi-touch and pen-based computing, and a user experience totally aimed at content creators. 


see for yourself and decide if its worth looking forward to:



check out the rest of the story @ [techrepublic.com]

Typical vs True Filipino

"Typical vs True Filipino" is a project, which aims to awaken and promote nationalism by making Filipinos rethink about how they view their country and realize their true identity.  


shared by a University of the Philippines (UP)student, @ayngayares encourages everyone to join the advocacy by sharing the link in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and etc.) and reach about 1Mil Filipinos.





NOTE: Please watch via YouTube for the views to be counted. :)

The London Conference on Cyberspace - To Set "Rules of the Road"

The London Conference on Cyberspace, is scheduled to host a total of 60 nations to discuss the rising cyber security attacks and urges a "global co-ordinated response" against these crimes, which has been estimated to cost £600Bil (or $958Bil) a year worldwide.


the 2-day conference aims to set an international "rules of the road' and establish "norms of acceptable behaviour" in cyberspace.  invited were tech entrepreneurs such as from Wikipedia, Cisco and Facebook as well as representatives from China and Russia, two countries  tagged as the "worst culprits in cyber-attacks." 


"How to ensure we can all reap the benefits of a safe and secure cyberspace for generations to come is one of the greatest challenges we face... This needs to be a collective endeavour, involving all those who have a stake in cyberspace," said Foreign Secretary William Hague.


"The ideas and proposals we hope to emerge from the conference will develop into the &#…

Microsoft's “Productivity Future Vision”

technology has evolved so fast in the recent years, these advancements changed the way we communicate with one another and pretty much made this world a lot more smaller. 


just imagine the bulky analog phones, which  have long since been replaced by smart phones. guess what else would our future be - the way Microsoft sees it!


“Productivity Future Vision” produced by Microsoft released a video how this future might be.  David Jones, one of the visionaries @ Microsoft says, “We see an expanded definition of productivity where it’s not just about getting things done. It’s also about doing the right things, and doing them well and enjoying the process with other people in a very natural way.”


see here a glimpse of the future:






 see more [techrepublic.com]

YouTube Worldview Interviews Philippine President Aquino

PINOYs now have a chance to ask questions to Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III via YouTube Worldview Interview, a first in Asia.






presented along with abs-cbnnews.com, ANC, World View is a series of monthly interviews with the world's foremost leaders, where you ask the questions. 


simply login to Youtube to post your question.  all questions should entered by oct28 and PNoy will be asked these questions live on nov4


you may also vote on a question previously posted by others.


let your views be heard, ask PNoy now!