My new music blog, “Blog de la Musique” (at http://blogdelamusique.com) has just kicked off with a post on a cool new TV Commercial that debuted this Feb 2. This tv ad debuted on YouTube and featured 90’s Pinoyrock icons Rico Blanco, Raimund Marasigan, Barbie Almabis, and Ely Buendia. Yes, it is a Smart commercial – […]Read more "New on Blog De La Musique: Ely, Rico, Raimund, and Barbie’s 21st Century redux of a 70s classic"
It’s Mobile World Congress time again, and as it has done for the past few years, the GSMA sponsored World Congress is being held in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 to March 1. (There is a smaller Asia themed GSMA congress held in Hong Kong usually in November). The World Congress is the biggest mobile […]Read more "Barcelona Diary: Blogging from MWC 2012"
Since the 25th Anniversary of Philippine Cyberspace went by mainly unnoticed last August, I thought I’d get a head start on next month’s anniversary of the coming of the Internet to the Philippines by calling it early. Yes, the Internet turns 18 in the Philippines on March 29, 2012. It was way back in March […]Read more "The Philippine Internet Turns 18: Is Anyone Still Counting?"
2011 was the year I finally experienced the Internet as a head-on replacement for traditional broadcasting. Not just for words (the net already replaced print media in my life) but for music and “tv” broadcasts. My personal access to bandwidth had reached the tipping point where it had finally become possible to use the net as […]Read more "2011: The Year I Plunged Into Streaming"
This is hot off the digital presses – in fact it’s so hot you’ll need flame resistant gloves to handle. We just got the word that SMART’s LTE network – SMART Evolution – is now open for beta testing by a select group of power users who will be willing to try out the setup […]Read more "SMART Evolution LTE open for beta testing: Fastest 4G network in the Philippines goes online"
This PR just in from Smart – the first Android mobile apps using the WAC NAPI (Network API) are out – and they are all coming out first from the Philippines. What’s the significance? Well apart from the Philippines being a development hub for these WAC (Wholesale Applications Community) apps – the Network API enables […]Read more "Ka-Ching: In-App Mobile Charging is Now in the Philippines – and the World"
SMART’s “Always On” volume-based data plans combined with the Operamini browser have always been a good match. The Volume-based plans provide mobile internet at an affordable price, and the Operamini browser (available for Java, Symbian, Android, and iOS) utilize caching and up to 90% data compression for a highly optimized mobile web surfing experience – […]Read more "SMART Always ON + Operamini present “Win a Mini”"
If you were Willie Revillame and you spent a tiny portion of your millions to buy an unlocked iPhone 4s and brought it to the Philippines to use, would that much hyped up voice recognition assistant Siri understand you? Probably not. Also expect tough going if you talked like Mikey Bustos. Or Jimmy Santos for […]Read more "Remember that SIRI is American, so use your best Call Center Accent"
I heard the craziest story the other day that may explain whatever did happen to that “Tonino Lamborghini” trademark kerfuffle that Globe found itself embroiled in. Now I have to put a giant disclaimer here – I am in no way saying this is confirmed, and in fact I did think it was a pretty […]Read more "From Tonino to Torino?"
They said it was going to be free. And they were right. They said the free trial was going to last until October 14. But in that case, they were absolutely wrong. Because in a dramatic turn of events, tantamount to a mobile internet product manager momentarily taking leave of his senses, SMART’s Facebook for […]Read more "SMART Extends its Facebook Mobile App for Java Trial All the Way Till October 31"