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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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