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Month: June 2012

Philippines iTunes Store Is Now Open: What Does It Mean to a Newbie Pinoy iUser?

Apple on Wednesday announced that its iTunes Store is officially available to 12 more Asian countries including the Philippines. Well, that’s good news – but for some non-pro “Pinoy iUsers”, what does it exactly mean?

Technically, the Philippines iTunes Store has been around for quite some time now (if I’m not mistaken, sometime in July 2008) – just that Apple only allows users to download mostly apps from a separate platform, App Store. Previously, iPhone, iPod, and iPad users in the Philippines couldn’t use local credit cards, PayPal, or any other online payment system to buy items from the iTunes Store. They could only purchase and download music, videos, and movies from the iTunes store by using gift cards sold in other countries like the US which already had their own stores.

Until now however, “Pinoy iUserscan already use their locally-issued credit cards to purchase music, videos, movies, and other items from Apple’s extensive library.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

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Cebu Social Media Enthusiasts All Set for Social Media Day

Tomorrow, June 30, is marked as the 3rd Social Media Day – a global event that was first spearheaded in 2010 by US-based tech and social media news site, Mashable, as “a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes”.

For the first time ever, Cebu will join the rest of the Philippines for a local gathering and meetup inline with the event. Organized by Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSi) and its online media partners TekWorx Mobile and Web Services, Third Team Media, and RLComm InternationalCebu’s Social Media Day will kick off tomorrow at 2PM with Mactan Isla Resort as its host.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

Firefox Browser for Android Now Available; Google Chrome Out Of Beta

Finally, Mozilla released its official mobile browser for Android devices. Mozilla said the new Firefox for Android is redesigned to offer significantly faster performance than the stock web browser shipped on every Android phone.

You might wonder how exactly this mobile version looks like compared to its desktop counterpart – and well, the new Firefox for Android “has a fresh and streamlined look with a personalized start page”. There’s a new feature called Awesome Screen where you can see all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and form data to your handset, and the popular features like Tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync, and Add-ons are all onboard as well. Firefox for Android also supports Flash contents which means you can always watch videos or play games in any case those contents are designed with Flash technology.

The new Firefox for Android is now available for download at Google Play and works for devices running at least Android 2.2 or higher.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

Research In Motion Adds More Affordable BlackBerry 7 Phones in the Philippines

Just a couple of weeks ago, Research In Motion (RIM) have officially launched its two newest BlackBerry Curve devices in the Philippines — the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 was first announced back in April followed by the Curve 9320 in May, but both devices actually made its official land fall in the country late last month. So basically, telling you about these handsets here on CTB is a bit delayed, but I’ve already told you why. Despite of that, let’s have a quick look what these phones really have to offer, inside and out!
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 are very identical in the outside, both featuring a 2.44-inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. There’s really nothing to boast from its innards, just that these phones are typically entry-level yet offer the core BlackBerry experience. Both devices run on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1 that offers new great features such as mobile hotspot, FM Radio, and an improved battery performance; plus those social features you’d always experience on BlackBerry like BBM, Social Feeds, Facebook, Twitter, and other web-enabled functionalities. You can’t expect much on multimedia of these phones, but in any case you need to capture moments along the way – perhaps the phones’ camera would suffice.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

The Latest Update from Cebu Tech Blogger! And it’s Awesome!

Cebu Tech Blogger isn’t dead yet; and it would never be dead! Just that I was hooked up in a situation in which I can hardly publish updates on this blog. Hiring writers isn’t a priority right now ‘coz I want to keep CTB as close to being a personal tech blog.

For some of you who already knew, I quit my full time job at Teradyne Philippines last March for a reason. Working at Teradyne for 5 years was an awesome experience and I truly valued the company’s contribution to what I have learned in the tech industry. Teradyne was my 2nd job actually; my first job was at Lexmark for 1.5 years and that leaves me a combined experience of more than 6 years now in the ICT industry. So, why exactly I’m telling you this? Well, simply because these companies have something to do with the existence of this blog. But interestingly, I shifted my career into something I loved doing most, a career that requires knowledge and skills I’ve only acquired out from being curious about it. I’m talking about “the internet” and every “online opportunity” that I’ve never ever seen before year 2008.

Building a Company

Right after I quit my job, it’s no secret that I got married. But getting married was not the only thing I’ve been prepping before I handed over my resignation letter to my boss. Along the way, I co-founded an Inbound Marketing company that we officially launched last May 7th. The company is called TekWorx Mobile and Web Services, and obviously it’s very young but we’re very much optimistic on its growth. While we seek the help of Cebu Business Incubator for IT (CeBuinIT), we continue working for several projects and clients already. And yeah, that’s pretty exciting yet challenging but that doesn’t mean anything about leaving CTB after all.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.