Sunday, February 28, 2010

What to do? Tsunami Safety Rules

1. All earthquakes do not cause tsunamis, but many do. When you know that an earthquake has occurred, stand by for a tsunami emergency message.

2. An earthquake in your area is one of nature's tsunami warning signals. Do not stay in low-lying coastal areas after a strong earthquake has been felt.

3. Tsunamis are sometimes preceded by a noticeable fall in sea level as the ocean retreats seaward exposing the seafloor. A roar like an oncoming train may sometimes be heard as the tsunami wave rushes toward the shore. These are also nature's tsunami warning signals.

4. A tsunami is not a single wave, but a series of waves that can come ashore for hours. The first wave may not be the largest. Stay out of danger areas until an "all-clear" is issued by a recognized authority.

5. A small tsunami at one point on the shore can be extremely large a few kilometers away. Don't let the modest size of one make you lose respect for all.

6. All warnings to the public must be taken very seriously, even if some are for non-destructive events. The tsunami of May, 1960 killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii because some thought it was just another false alarm.

7. All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike.

8. Never go down to the shore to watch for a tsunami. When you can see the wave, you are too close to outrun it. Most tsunamis are like flash floods full of debris. Tsunami waves typically do not curl and break, so do not try to surf a tsunami.

9. Sooner or later, tsunamis visit every coastline in the Pacific and all oceans. If you live in a coastal area, be prepared and know nature's tsunami warning signals.

10. During a tsunami emergency, your local civil defense, police, and other emergency organizations will try to save your life. Give them your fullest cooperation.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Unlimited Texting in the Philippines


SUPER-UNLI — unlimited calling and texting from Globe to Globe/Touch Mobile (TM) numbers for 5 days at Php 150.
To subscribe,text: SUPER150 to 2824
To make unlimited calls, dial 238 + 10-digit Globe/TM number (e.g. 2389176466398)
UNLITXT – UNLITXT has different packages of Unlimited texting to Globe and TM numbers.
UNLITXT20 – one (1) day unlimited texting for Php 20
To subscribe, text: UNLITXT20 to 8888
UNLITXT40 – two (2) days unlimited texting for Php 40
To subscribe, text: UNLITXT40 to 8888
UNLITXT80 – five (5) days unlimited texting for Php 80
To subscribe, text: UNLITXT80 to 8888
UNLITXT Daytime — Unlimited texting during day time,8am-4:59pm,to Globe/TM numbers for 9 hours.
UNLITXTD15 – unlimited day time texting for 1 day
To subscribe, text: UNLITXTD15 to 8888
UNLITXTD30 – unlimited day time texting for 2 days
To subscribe, text: UNLITXTD30 to 8888
UNLITXT Nighttime — Unlimited texting during night time,10pm-7:59am,to Globe/TM numbers for 9 hours.
UNLITXTD10 – unlimited night time texting for 1 day
To subscribe, text: UNLITXTD10 to 8888
UNLITXTD20 – unlimited night time texting for 2 days
To subscribe, text: UNLITXTD20 to 8888
SULITXT 15 — 150 texts to Globe/TM for 1 day for only Php 15
To subscribe, text: SULITXT 15 to 8888
EVERYBODYTXT 20 — 200 texts to Globe/TM numbers, and 20 texts to other networks for 1 day for only Php 20
To subscribe, text: ETXT 20 t0 8888
TXTOTHERS 20 — 40 texts to other networks for Php 20 valid for 1 day
To subscribe, text: TO 20 t0 8888
TOUCH MOBILE (TM; Globe’s sister company)

ASTIGUNLI — Unlimited texting and calling to TM and Globe numbers for 3 days for only Php 100
To subscribe, text: ASTIGUNLI 100 t0 2824
To make unlimited calls, dial 807 + 10-digit TM/Globe number
ASTIGTXT10 – Unlimited texting to TM and Globe for 1 day for only Php 10
To subscribe, text: ASTTIGTXT10 to 8888
SULITXT 10 — 75 texts to TM and Globe numbers for 1 day for only Php 10
To subscribe, text: SULITXT 10 to 8888
SULITXT 5 — 25 texts to TM and Globe for 1 day for only Php 5
To subscribe, text: SULITXT 5 to 8888
Touch Mobile’s (TM) Hotline is 808. You can dial it from your mobile phone with touch mobile sim.

SMARTEXT — Unlimited texting to Smart and Talk ‘N’Text (TNT) numbers, which is Php 30 for 2 days and Php 60 for 5 days.
To subscribe for 5 days of unlimited texting, text: 60 to 258
To subscribe for 2 days of unlimited texting, text: 30 to 258
SMARTalkPlus — Unlimited calls and text to Smart and TNT numbers from 10pm to 5pm for 5 days for only Php 100.
To subscribe, text: PLUS100 to 6401
To make unlimited calls, dial *6401 + 11-digit Smart/TNT number (e.g. *640109184456786)
SMARTEXT Plus 60 — Unlimited texting and 20 minutes calling to Smart & TNT numbers plus 20 text to other networks for 1 day for only Php 60
To subscribe, text: TXT60 to 258
To use the allotted 20-minute for calls, dial *6402 + 11-digit Smart/TnT number (e.g. *640209181234567)
SMARTEXT Plus 25 — Unlimited texting and 10 minutes calling to Smart & TNT numbers plus 10 text to other networks for 1 day for only Php 25
To subscribe, text: TXT25 to 258
To use the allotted 10 minutes for calling, dial *2590 + 11-digit Smart/TNT number (e.g. *259009181234567)
ALLText 20 COMBO – 100 texts and 5 minute call to Smart & TNT numbers for 1 day for only Php 20.
To subscribe, text: C20 to 2827
To make unlimited calls, dial *2827 + 11-digit Smart/TNT number (e.g. *282709181234567)
ALLTEXT 40 — 200 texts to Smart & TNT numbers plus 20 texts to other networks for only Php 40
To subscribe, text: AT40 to 2827
ALLTEXT 50 — 300 texts to Smart & TNT numbers plus 30 texts to other networks for only Php 50
To subscribe, text: AT50 to 2827
TEXT AND MMS ALL DAY, CALL ALL NIGHT! — 100 SMS/MMS to Smart & TNT numbers, 10 texts to other networks, plus unlimited calling to Smart/TNT from 11pm-6am. Please check here for terms and conditions of this package.
To subscribe, text: C25 to 2827
To make unlimited calls, dial *8654 + 11-digit Smart/TNT number (e.g. *865409181234567)
ALLTEXT MMS 20 — 110 texts/MMS to Smart & TNT numbers and 10 texts to other networks for 1 day for only Php 20
To subscribe, text: ATM20 to 2827
ALLTEXT MMS 30 — 200 texts/MMS to Smart & TNT numbers and 10 texts to other networks for 2 days for only Php 30
To subscribe, text: ATM30 to 2827

TALK ‘N TEXT (TNT; Smart’s sister company)
GAAN UnliTxt 20 Plus — Unlimited texting and 10 minutes of calling to Smart & TNT numbers for 1 day for only Php 20
To subscribe, text: GU20 to 4545
To make unlimited calls, *4546 + TnT or Smart number (e.g. *454609191234567)
GAAN UnliTxt 30 Plus — Unlimited texting and 20 minutes of calling to Smart & TNT numbers for 2 days for only Php 30
To subscribe, text: GU30 to 4545
To make unlimited calls, *4546 + TnT or Smart number (e.g. *454609191234567)
GAAN UnliTxt 55 Plus — Unlimited texting and 30 minutes of calling to Smart & TNT numbers for 3 days for only Php 55
To subscribe, text: GU55 to 4545
To make unlimited calls, *4546 + TnT or Smart number (e.g. *454609191234567)
GAAN UnliTxt 99 Plus — Unlimited texting and 40 minutes of calling to Smart & TNT numbers for 7 days for only Php 99
To subscribe, text: GU99 to 4545
To make unlimited calls, *4546 + TnT or Smart number (e.g. *454609191234567)
ENHANCE GAANTXT 10 – 55 texts to Smart & TNT numbers plus 5 texts to other networks for 1 day for only Php 10
To subscribe, text: GT10 to 8855
ALLTEXT 25 — 200 texts to Smart & TNT number for 1 day for only Php 25
To subscribe, text: ALLTXT25 to 258
ALLText 20 COMBO– 100 texts to Smart & TNT numbers for 1 day for only Php 20.
To subscribe, text: C20 to 2827
ALLTEXT 40 — 200 texts to Smart & TNT number for 1 day for only Php 40
To subscribe, text: AT40 to 2827

Sunday, February 21, 2010

SM City Pampanga 3 Day Sale

February 26 - 27 - 28
10AM to 10PM
Fri to Sun
Upto 50% off on selected items mallwide

Get a chance to win one of 12 ASUS laptops

Friday, February 12, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Best Cameras for $300 or Less by David Pogue

In 2001, I conducted a search for the best camera with a street price under $300. I've repeated the experiment every year since.

Wow, have things changed.

Back in 2001, every camera on the market had an eyepiece viewfinder; today, almost none do. Then, all $300 cameras ran on AA batteries; today, all use rechargeables.

Then, you got a whopping 1.3 or 2.2 megapixels; now, 12 or 14 is standard. Then, some cameras could actually zoom — wow! — up to 2X. Now, pocket cams with 10X or 12X zooms aren't unusual.

It's time to ask the question once again: "How much camera can $300 buy me?"

Below, reviews of nine answers to that question. Most are small, attractive, competent little machines with 12 megapixels, 3-inch screens and hi-def video capture.

All have image stabilization and face recognition, for sharper, better exposed shots. The Panasonic, Fujifilm, Canon and Casio models have unusually wide-angle lenses for capturing vistas — but can also zoom in 10X or even 12X. (There's usually some distortion at the corners at the widest view, but that's a small price to pay for this kind of versatility.)

Still, small, cheap cameras saddle you with shutter lag (the delay after you press the button), low-light compromises (blur or grainy "noise"), and blown-out highlights (bright areas of pure white, with no detail). If you want a camera without those drawbacks, buy a bigger, more expensive interchangeable-lens model.

And now, here are my notes on this year's contenders.

CANON POWERSHOT SD980 ($280 street)

Sleek, squished-capsule shape. Canon's first touch screen. Drag a finger or tap to flip through photos, magnify them, focus off-center. Tilt the camera various ways to activate certain functions. Other highlights: a wide-angle lens, O.K. picture quality, high-definition video. Quick circuitry; minimal start-up time and shutter lag.

Real problem: the three-inch screen is shaped like a hi-def movie; when you're shooting stills, you get black bars on either side, so the usable screen is much smaller. Touch screens eat up battery; only 240 shots a charge.

ZOOM EX-H10 ($262)

Another quirky, breakout camera from Casio. Best parts: wide-angle, 10X zoom, astonishing 1,000-shot battery — three times the norm.

Has 38 presets — not just Sunset, Beach and Portrait, but all kinds of crazy special effects. Multi-Motion Image places several copies of your moving subject (ski jumper, skateboarder, whatever) against a single background. Dynamic Photo mode is hard to use, but very cool: it cuts your subject out of one photo and places it against the background of a different photo, Ã la green screen, for a still composite photo or short movie.

Weak spot: Video — no high-def, no optical zoom while filming, 10-minute clip max.


Low light is always a small-camera bugaboo. Cheap little sensors produce blur or grainy photos indoors or after sunset. But F70EXR has the largest sensor of the batch (.5 inches), and in EXR mode, can combine the light from two adjacent pixels on that sensor. Result: clearer, more colorful low-light photo (at half resolution, 5 megapixels instead of 10).

Zooms quickly, though noisily, while shooting video; can't shoot hi-def. Over all, wonderful, sharp pix. But camera takes time to learn.


Kodak strikes again in its traditional niche: design clarity. Important controls are on top — and they light up. Price: $183, a steal for a camera with 10X zoom, full manual controls and hi-def video.

Zooming while filming is another small-camera problem. On the Fuji, audio track picks up zooming noise; on the Samsung, audio cuts out completely while zooming; on the Panasonic, zooming is incredibly slow to avoid noise. But Kodak zooms nice and fast — and almost silently (though it blurs in and out of focus while zooming).

Downsides: It's big, bulky and very slow. Pictures are only average. Have to charge battery in the camera (so can't keep a spare charging).

NIKON COOLPIX S8000 ($299)

Just released, so for near term, you'll pay list price. Nicely thin, compact 10X zoomer. As with Sony, Samsung and others, it can snap automatically when subject smiles. Like Casio and others, it can apply a fake-looking smear to skin tones to minimize blotches and wrinkles.

Hi-def video with stereo sound and dedicated Movie button is a plus, but it can't zoom. Amazing-looking screen. Photos generally excellent, except when the autofocus misses.

OLYMPUS STYLUS 7000 ($184)

Superlight, cheap 7X zoom. Panorama mode stitches consecutive frames together automatically as you swing your arm. Illuminated controls: nice. HDMI jack for showing photos in hi-def on a TV.

Lots of bad news, though: no hi-def video, no zooming while filming, horrific shutter lag, no autofocus lamp for low light, a nonstandard U.S.B. cable to get the photos off. And still using the nonstandard memory cards (XD or MicroSD)? Get with it, Olympus!


The camera that wants to be a camcorder. 12X zoom, usable during filming (which is pristine hi-def); stereo audio; dedicated Start/Stop button for video. (Caution: Factory setting uses a format — AVCHD Lite — that few video-editing programs can handle. Motion JPEG format is available, but it's lower quality and has a 16-minute clip maximum.)

Homely software — ALL CAPS MENUS, anyone? — but clear. Terrific screen (super-high-res, like the Nikon's). Doesn't just recognize faces, but recognizes particular faces, which you can name ("Uncle Stu"), but doesn't do much with that information. Pictures are excellent, but screen doesn't brighten up as necessary, as rivals do, making it very hard to compose shots in low light.


Crazy amount of tech in this one. Small, secondary screen on the front. Nearly invisible in sunlight, but great for self-portraits, for counting down to the self-timer snap, and even for holding the attention of children (the camera can play a little cartoon on that screen).

Main screen is the biggest on the market, at 3.5 inches. Responsive touch screen: draw an X for Delete, swipe across for Next Picture, tap to change settings like flash. Tilt or shake the camera to activate playback functions, too.

Detractions: Have to charge battery inside camera; have to transfer the photos using bizarre nonstandard cable; movie audio cuts out completely, weirdly, while you zoom; requires a cellphone memory card (MicroSD). Touch screen does a real number on battery life (180 shots). Camera is too flash-happy.

But very good photos.


Least expensive camera here, but few other virtues. Buttons tiny and cramped. Have to zoom by holding down buttons, rather than turning a ring around the shutter button. Shoots hi-def, but can't zoom while filming. The first with an "auto fire when subject smiles" mode — but a dedicated shutter button on top just for that feature? Really? Also, the photos are soft and fuzzy.

The Bottom Line

As the ridiculous megapixel race winds down at last, camera companies are now putting effort into differentiating their cameras — and wow, are there some weirdies here, like the two-screened Samsung, the green-screen mode of the Casio and the would-be camcorder Panasonic.

And if you can choose only one? I have three favorites this year, for different reasons. (That's the price we pay for differentiation.)

The Fujifilm F70EXR is superior in low light (and has that 10X zoom). The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 takes great hi-def movies (12X zoom). (The Nikon S8000 is extremely similar, but costs more.)

The Samsung DualView TL225 zooms only to 4.6X, but offers that huge touch screen and the amazingly handy small front screen. (Honorable mention to the Kodak Z950. It doesn't quite match the big boys' photo quality, but what you get for $183 is amazing.)

Oh — and for the price and pocketability, all three of this year's winners take very good photos. That's always a nice feature to have in a camera.

provided by NEW YORK TIMES

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rumor: iPhone 4G Will Be Taller Than Predecessors

iPhone repair shop iResQ claims that it has the front panel component of the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone, and it has posted a few photos to demonstrate a couple of ways the handset will differ from its predecessor.

If these pics are legit, then the new iPhone will actually be one-fourth of an inch taller than all of the previous three models. Presumably this is to make room for a new component — or more than one new component.

iResQ also observes that the front panel has a “reflective, mirror-like surface” near the top of the phone, and speculates that this is a relocated proximity sensor. The current iPhone’s proximity sensor is used to detect when you’re holding the phone up to your ear. If you are, it shuts off the screen to save battery life and to avoid blinding you with light.

If the reflective surface is the proximity sensor, then Apple might be planning to use the sensor for other functions as well.

If Apple is planning to launch a new iPhone this year, it will likely be announced at WWDC this June. We’ll have to wait until then to see if these photos are real. Take a look at the photos below, but remember that it’s best to pile this in with the rest of the rumors for now.

[via MacRumors]

Friday, February 5, 2010

iPhone Is Now More Popular than DS and PSP Among Game Developers

Game Developer Research says that Apple is winning the race among handheld game developers: 19 percent write now for the iPhone and iPod touch. That's more than double the amount of Nintendo DS and Sony PSP developers. Other interesting figures:

• Handheld games are now 25 percent of the whole gaming market, up from 12 percent before the iPhone/iPod touch phenomenon.
• During the last three quarters, all handheld game developers are writing for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.

No wonder why Nintendo's President not a fan of the iPad. [Electronista]


Astronaut Tweets Beautiful Earth Images From Space

One of the astronauts currently in residence on the International Space Station is using Twitpic to send some spectacular imagery of our home planet back down to us Earthlings (that’s Mt. Kilimanjaro as seen from space at right).

It’s the next logical step now that the first real-time tweet from space milestone has been passed. Flight engineer Soichi Noguchi is now sending back images via his Twitpic account as the ISS orbits the Earth.

Check out a selection of some of the pics below, and you can find more at Astro_Soichi’s Twitpic. Astronaut Jose Hernandez, who flew on the Shuttle Discovery mission STS-128, has also posted some imagery from his mission to Twitpic as well.

Maldives Islands, Indian Ocean.

Port-Au-Prince, as of Feb 3. Three weeks after the earthquake.

Mount Fuji, Japan. 3,776m. The highest mountain in Japan.


Monday, February 1, 2010

The Top 35 Torrent Sites of 2010 is back online! After legal conflicts in April of 2008, they have reestablished themselves outside of the USA. Demonoid is still a private community, and members are held liable for any leeching that their invited friends do in this community. If you are lucky enough to get a Demonoid membership, invite your friends carefully, lest you lose your own membership.

2.Entertane: An obscure-but-good metasearch engine. Pore through eight other torrent sites quickly by using Currently in a legal dispute with the Canadian Recording Industry Association, Isohunt is a longtime favorite of P2P users. The community at Isohunt also helps police abuse within their network, and reader comments and votes help to identify those torrents which should be avoided.

5.Torrent Root: a metasearch engine, Torrent Root will pore through other search engines on your behalf, and display the results in a slick tabbed interface for your easy browsing. WARNING: the Torrent Root web page has recently been infected by scareware and phishing viruses. The webmasters seem to have purged the infection, but fair warning: with any P2P browsing, protect yourself by installing a reliable antivirus like Avira.

6.The Pirate Bay
April 18, 2009: the Stockholm district court has sentenced the four Pirate Bay founders to a year in prison, and over $USD 3.5 million in fines. This is as punishment for violating their country's copyright laws. More on this shocking court ruling here...

7.BiteNova (formerly known as "Bi-Torrents", BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.) (Torrentreactor has made a comeback from a hijacking and an uncooperative hosting service. They have moved to a different server setup and a Tonga country domain outside the USA.)

9.Alive Torrents Alive Torrents is a relatively new site. It focuses on torrents that have distinguished themselves as having a solid swarm base and an active readership.

10.Flixflux: a United Kingdom torrent site that is very popular with European downloaders

go to to get the full list and how to download torrent files

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