Smart LTE Plan Sets You at Php 3500 for 10GB Data

Over a week ago, it has been tipped off that the official launch of Smart Communications 4G LTE service is imminent comes August 25th. The date was confirmed then through Smart’s official Facebook page last week, with the telco saying the first and much-anticipated commercial LTE service in the country will be launched officially at the Resorts World Manila, beginning 1PM on August 25th, Saturday. The event is open-invite so everybody got a chance to witness the highlights right when Smart kick off the event.

But don’t you get all excited, folks. Smart is pushing LTE service in select locations in the country, but the initial availability would be in Metro Manila only. Smart has already tested the service in key cities in the southern part of the country as well, specifically in Davao and Cebu, yet the commercial availability on these cities has still to be announced. I’m inclined to believe though Smart’s commercial LTE service won’t launch here in the South until 2013. And I’d bet all my cards for that wild guess! But yeah, I wish Smart will get me surprised! (more…)

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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V6.9.0 Review

Digiarty Software, the creator of the popular DVD ripping solution WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, has released a new update of the software just a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly, I have tested such software back in 2010 so I decided to give it again another try, especially this time that I have also upgraded my OS to Windows 8 Release Preview. Though I already found it a perfect DVD ripping solution back then, I’m excited to see what Digiarty Software brings to the table with the newest version, that is, the WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V6.9.0. In any case you missed it, particularly those who are new here in CTB, I actually reviewed before the previous version (V5.9.2). You may check out my review of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V5.9.2 here.

What is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 6.9.0 Main UI

For the uninitiated, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is basically a DVD ripping software, hence the name, that is capable of ripping contents of DVD discs so you can save such contents on other devices using various file types. These file types are for multimedia playback such as AVI, MP4, H.264, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, and etc. It may sound very technical for some, but in a nutshell, the WinX DVD Ripper Platinum allows you to rip DVD contents (like videos and music, or even ISO image files) so you can have it playable across several devices like Apple TV, iPhone, iPods and other MP3 players, iPad, GALAXY Tabs and other Android tablets, HTC smartphones, Samsung handsets, and more. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum runs only in Windows platform though, but there’s actually another version of the same name designed for Macs. Digiarty Software’s product page for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum says the software is compatible with Windows 98 up to Windows 7 – but I can personally attest it also works seamlessly with Windows 8. (more…)

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Meet Sirri Hadley Rosales Padilla, a Tech Blogger Princess Named After Gadget

I’m very much excited to blog again following a weeklong break, but before I publish yet another real tech news and updates, allow me to share the momentous occasion that officially welcomed me into fatherhood. On August 9th, Thursday at around 12NN, my wife was admitted as she was expected to deliver our first baby. But we knew it, at 4cm cervical opening, the baby won’t be coming out yet ’till the next day. My wife’s physician, whom is the same ob-gyn who took her regular prenatal care, advised us to expect the baby in the afternoon of Friday, August 10th. Unfortunately, at around 6PM on the same day, the cervical opening only progressed to 6cm. It was then that I was worried since my wife has been at the labour room for 30 hours. At around 8:30PM, I was told that the cervical opening widened to 7cm, yet still not enough for the required 9-10cm for normal delivery. Though the alternative way won’t be easy specifically for my wife, we decided to have her underwent an abdominal delivery or caesarean (CS).

Sirri Hadley Padilla

I thought the operation would take longer, but surprisingly, while staring at the delivery/operating door less than 30 minutes after the surgery began – someone called my attention to look at the NICU window. And there she was, a 54cm tall and 7 lbs. baby girl, born at exactly 9:42PM of August 10th, 2012. I know you guys can relate the feeling, but yeah, I wanted to touch her yet I can’t. And I couldn’t help myself but keep on smiling. Few minutes later, my wife’s anaesthesiologist went out from the operating room, and though I was told about the infection “vertically transmitted” to the baby – we’re assured she’ll be fine once she finished her medication. (more…)

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