Revisiting the Top Blog Posts

I wrote 58 new posts in 2011 that made up roughly 17 percent of the 347 total posts in this blog. Of the new posts, only one got to the top five most viewed post while the rest of the favorites dated back as old as 2008.

I’m reviewing the top posts and considering a follow-up write up about each post to exploit the interest of the viewers of my blog. Here again are my top posts for 2011:

“USB Background Image–How To Do it?”– the post has been consistent number 2 favorite in my blog for 3 years until it grabbed the top post in the past few months. The views can be attributed to the seekers looking for the codes of installing USB backgrounds in Windows 7. “USB background image” topped the most searched words in search engine referring to the blog. Unfortunately, there’s no USB background image codes available for Windows 7 yet. 

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam”– used to be number one post in my blog for three consecutive years until overtaken this year. Man’s sensual nature leads them to this post thinking it’s purely about sex and hidden cam. The post talks more on the use of a hidden cam in news gathering though it tackles also the controversial  sex video of two Philippine showbiz personalities– Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili.

“Remote Access Repair Tool (for Error 720/3G Modem Connection Problem)”– The failure of some 3G subscribers in the Philippines to connect using their laptops brings them to this post. The article provides the solution on the prevalent problem connecting to the internet using 3G modems in many laptops. The post offers a downloadable software which solves the 3G modem connection error 720.

“PLDT’s WatchPad “Big Ticket Service” Sucks!”– Watch out how it sucks you when it’s most watchable. The height of this post’s views was when Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao fought for the third time against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on November 15. Online people were looking for a free site of the fight and some of them were led to this site to get a glimpse how PLDT’s WatchPad offer gives a good view of the fight. Unfortunately, just like me they were frustrated of the service.

“Why We Need an Advertising Code of the Philippines?”– I am a little bit surprise when this post landed at the top five. This is more of an educational than entertaining. In the first place, this post was used in my advertising class and media laws and ethics class at the Mass Communication department of the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City, Philippines.

People up there in wordpress.com had prepared a show how this post performed in 2011 in their “2011 in Review“.

iPhone is a China Phone!

Apple’s A5 chip is made by Samsung of Korea. Foxconn of China assembled the iPhone in the mainland and in its Taiwan factory. In short, iPhone is not made by U.S. It’s a China phone with South Korean brain. Though, it’s design by Apple in Palo Alto, California.

Apple becomes the raison d’etre (reason for existence) of several semiconductor companies as it engages in sourcing process of its major components.

To prove this, several tech-sites published an “iPhone teardown” articles like this one from iFixit that reveal the labeled parts and components of an iPhone unit showing various manufacturers.

It's very clear in the label of this teared-down iPhone4 that the unit is assembled in China.

Some of the major parts of iPhone are either constructed by other manufacturers based on Apple’s design or an existing device made by genuine part makers. Apple is not alone on this practice. You can see components made by competing brands in some appliances like a Toshiba battery pack in other brands of laptops.

The front glass panel of the iPhone is made of Gorilla Glass by Corning. The glass is said to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic. Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. The LED backlit TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of iPhone4 is manufactured by LG--another mobile phone manufacturer based in South Korea.

The A4 & A5 processor chips in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s respectively are manufactured by Samsung of South Korea. However, A5 chips are already manufactured in a newly-built 1.6 million square feet facility in Austin, Texas. The facility is constructed at $3.6 billion cost and has been in full production since early December. The Dual-Core A5 chip was first used in iPad2. Its design is licensed by Apple from ARM Holdings of Britain.

This module includes the audio codec provided by Cirrus Logic which is branded as Apple. Also includes the Samsung flash memory and the touch screen controller by Texas Instruments.

The Wifi, bluetooth and GPS are all provided by Broadcom. The Wifi and bluetooth has included the FM tuner in the single chip.

OmniVision Technologies Inc supplied the camera imaging sensor of iPhone 4 but lost its bid for the part to Japanese maker Sony for the iPhone 4s 8Mp camera.

The intelligent personal assistant SIRI integrated in iOS5 started as an application available in the App Store but acquired by Apple last year preventing its use by other platforms like Blackberry and Android-powered phones. SIRI was owned by SRI International.

Again, here’s a summary of the part-makers for iPhone:

  • Samsung (A5 chip, flash memory)
  • ARM Holdings (A5 design license)
  • LG (LCD screen)
  • Texas Instruments (touch screen controller)
  • Corning Inc. (Gorilla Glass)
  • Sony (8Mp camera)
  • Omnivision Technologies (5Mp camera of iPhone 4)
  • SRI International (SIRI)
  • Broadcom (Wifi, Bluetooth, FM, GPS)
  • Cirrus Logic (audio codec)
  • Skyworks (RF radio)
  • StMicro (accelerometer)

To top it all and has been given prominence is Foxconn of China that assembles and delivers the finished iPhone units to Palo Alto. Foxconn has been involved in controversies alleging employees mistreatment and suicides. But this does not prevent the company from getting big customers because of its cheap labor without sacrificing quality.

If we think China phones as inferior. Think it again because the famous brands are made by Foxconn.  Lately Lenovo has been introducing China phones using Taiwan’s MediaTek (MTK) platform and marketed the units as quality phones.

Lenovo Dual-SIM phone with MTK chips.

12 Ways of Telpad this Christmas

PLDT’s reinvention of the land line revitalizes the manner our homes use the phone. Even if the residential broadband service has long been available to our homes, mobile subscribers have been attracting people for its portability, usability, and affordability.

The entry of computer tablets made land lines more complex to compete in the telephone industry. Late 2010, PLDT surprised everyone with its reinvented land line–the TELPAD. I was among who blog about it days after it was launched in Manila in December 2010.

If there’s TELEBABAD, there’ll be TELEPADPAD. Now, i’m thinking a dozen ways to use the Telpad.

#1. Minimize electricity bill

A computer desktop consumes about 300-350 watts an hour. That’s about 7-8 times than the usual 40 watts consumption of a laptop. A tablet consumes power much lower than a laptop. Telpad’s AD-1000A unit is fully charged approximately in four hours while it can stay on standby for 70 hours. Video playback runs the battery out of power in 4-5 hours.

By using the Telpad instead of your desktop and laptop saves you lot of money this Christmas. My own estimate is about P8 savings in three hours of consecutive use.

#2. An ordinary phone with a tablet experience

Use the Telpad tablet like an ordinary phone but with digital features.You can add caller picture for easy recognition of the caller. Check call history. Store your contact list. Others. More about land line features in PLDT Facebook page.

#3. Update your profiles at any corner of your home

Telpad requires a Wi-Fi signal to connect to the internet. Any Wi-Fi router is compatible with any of the Telpad units. Hence, the portability of tablet makes everyone convenient in updating their status, reply to messages, take and upload photos and many others in any social networking site while doing some chores at home.

#4. Sweep the neighborhood and be informed

Get an exclusive access to PLDT HOME and askPLDT 101-143 services for a simple touch. Thus, your Telpad is your way to finding establishments nearby and it’s your device to get the news and guide to several information such as directory services, health and fitness, beauty and fashion, and many more.

#5. Play streaming video with speed

Telpad’s lowest  internet speed offer is 1Mbps @ Plan 1849. My PLDT DSL experience tells me that 1Mbps is quite enough for video streaming over YouTube. That would mean no wait for buffering to finish when playing video. If your existing plan is higher than Plan 1849, an additional 500kbps shall be added to your speed once you upgrade to Telpad. The complete Telpad Plan is here.

#6. Multimedia experience in your palm

The 2Mp front-facing camera of the Telpad tablet is a little bit below the standard specs of most tablet nowadays. However, it’s quite enough to record the good memories this Christmas and show it to the whole family in slideshow or share it with other devices. The Telpad  tablet supports up to 32GB of microSD card that can store hundreds of pictures, videos, and music combined. As a multimedia device, you can play video,  hear music and play games on the Telpad tablet.

#7. If a picture is not enough, a video call is possible

A video call is possible in Telpad tablet just like in other Android tablets using third-party apps or VoIP. Check the video demo below.

#8. Productivity via Android apps

With thousands of Android applications for tablets productivity is somewhat limitless. Name it, the Android Market has it.

#9. Telpad reads eBooks

As an Android tablet, Telpad is a wonderful eBook reader using the Kindle app for Android. You can tuck along the Telpad in the kitchen to refer to cook books while cooking your favorite Christmas dishes or read the best novels while relaxing in the couch.

#10. Write on the Telpad

Many of us consider typing on any tablet too tasking due to the absence of a physical keyboard and the small keys thinly spaced from each other. But not on Telpad’s larger on-screen keyboard which provides us ample space between keys to compose any document and texts. You can send Christmas greetings in your email with ease.

 

#11. (Reserved for future use of Telpad)

Can we use the Telpad as an IP Surveillance Camera monitor? Or as a small screen for PLDT’s future video service via fiber optic line?

#12. Finally, carry the Telpad anywhere and connect

You can carry the Telpad to school and office as if it’s a regular laptop or netbook. The handset in the Telpad works even the tablet is off docked. Just like any other tablet, you can connect the Telpad to any Wi-Fi hotspot.

Telpad Microsite link (www.pldttelpad.com)
PLDT landline Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pldtlandline)

(Disclosure: This post is an entry to the PLDT contest on Telpad blogging–“Blog it To Win it“. A full review of the Telpad shall be conducted by this blog soon.)

Android Phones Projecting Images and Videos to Laptop and Computer Screens by Wireless and no Bluetooth

I consider the title of this post kilometric. But i have no choice just to give you the idea of what this post is all about in a glance. YES! I really mean it. Viewing images and videos from any Android phones to bigger screens like PC, laptop, and even to projector screens is possible.

And believe it or not. It can be done wireless and without using bluetooth. You only need to connect your Android phone and your big screen to the same WiFi network. Using a small app (1.5M in size) called vscreens, downloadable free from Android market, images and videos from your phone can be viewed using a browser at the vscreens official web site.

The current version of the app is v1.5 and it requires Android 2.1 (Eclair) & up (Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice cream sandwich) to operate. The app is still at beta stage but reviews of it are already favorable due to its awesome result.

Here are the steps and screen shots of vscreens:

  

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cherryPAD–a 7-Incher Android Tablet

There’s no stopping for local mobile phone brand Cherry Mobile to include in its line a new tablet computer despite the lackluster performance of its first tablet–the Superion.

The Superion is now out of the shelf and Cherry Mobile appropriately replaced it with Android-run tablets. Not one but two new Androids: the 7-inch cherryPAD and the 10.1-inch Cherry Mobile Supreme priced at P6,999 and P16,899 respectively. I haven’t seen the Supreme as it’s yet to arrive here in Cebu.

I spotted the CherryPAD at the Cherry Mobile kiosk in SM City Cyberzone. It's a 7-inch Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) tablet.

Like the other 7-incher tablets from China, the CherryPAD's display is not as clear and crisp as the ones in branded tablets. The extra physical buttons side by side with the Home button can be a distraction especially if you hold the tablet in landscape. It's annoying when the back button is accidentally touch by your fingers.

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