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Friday, December 16, 2005

gmail mobile

Here's a great holiday treat from Google -- now you can check your Gmail account via your mobile phone or PDA web browser.

Just point your mobile device's browser to to access Gmail Mobile. For more info on Gmail Mobile, visit this page.

Of course, I immediately tried it using GPRS on my XDA II to send an e-mail to my wife Ellen. Works perfectly.

With all the nifty features of Gmail and the new ones Google is constantly introducing, is it any wonder I find it hard to use any other e-mail service?

Google certainly delivered on the hype that they would revolutionize the way we use e-mail. Heck, Gmail is my mobile office, and since I use Blogger for my blog and Google for search, you can color me Googled, heh.

Except I still prefer Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Groups. Check out Google Talk and Google Groups for the Google alternatives.

Posted by Joey Alarilla :: 10:04 AM :: 0 Comments:

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

downloading the future

Right now I'm trying out the 14-day free trial of RealNetworks' SuperPass, as well as the CinemaNow online movie service.

Both offer movies-on-the demand, though it's slim pickings over at RealNetworks. Still, I enjoyed watching Mark Hamill's mockumentary "Comic Book: The Movie" for free via SuperPass. Pure genius. I used an S-video cable to connect my PC to our TV and watch the online movies there.

I'm a huge fan of entertainment-on-demand, particularly games-on-demand, and believe that we should accelerate the growth of this service in the Philippines.

On that note, check out Turner Broadcasting Systems' GameTap games-on-demand service. It's only available in the US right now, but it's a glimpse of the future.

Here's an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece:

I'm looking forward to the day when broadband-powered game- and entertainment-on-demand networks will become the norm, doing away with the inconvenience of having to find space for physical discs while also theoretically minimizing the impact of piracy. Let everything reside on the network, just as we've been hearing for over a decade now.

For this to happen, however, the service providers should also have current titles on the list of games-on-demand, as well as compelling content for their virtual TV networks.

Check out my @Play column.

By the way, in case you haven't heard, the Philippines will have its own edition of the popular gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. Yeah, I know, the launch of EGM Philippines has been an open secret for the past few months hehe :)

Anyway, the HIP (that's Hinge Inquirer Publications; yup, Hinge is now also part of the Inquirer family) team invited me to write a regular column, and of course I said yes. So do watch out for the first issue of EGM Philippines.

So, how will hackenslash and be involved with the online version of EGM Philippines?

Sorry to leave you hanging, but just stay tuned.

After all, the future is just around the corner.

Posted by Joey Alarilla :: 7:42 PM :: 1 Comments:

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rp outsourcing bid

Check out my INQ7 Infotech story on the opening of a new $2.5-M facility for HP Philippines' business process and application outsourcing business.

Senator Manuel Roxas II, whom many believe has plans of running for president (well, assuming we'll still have a presidential system in the Philippines) and has good chances of winning if he does, was the guest of honor.

Here's an excerpt:

[Roxas] explained that back then, call centers, medical transcription and other BPO services had been derided as low-value-added jobs by the information technology industry. He said, however, that it turned out that the country did not have enough skilled IT professionals to tackle higher-value IT outsourcing projects that the industry wanted to target, even as the call center and BPO industry turned out to be a blessing for the Philippine economy.

"Now that we've built up a skilled workforce of 100, 000 IT professionals, we need to increase our efforts in encouraging more Filipinos to go into IT and training them with the right kind of IT skills. So that when we do, in fact, aspire for higher-value outsourcing projects, we will have credibility," Roxas said.

Read the full story.

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