TechTalk: Nokia Tries to Catch up with Windows Devices

We have anticipated for quite sometime Nokia’s huge move to catch up with the ultra- fast paced world of smart phones.  Ever since iPhones and Androids made it to the market, the former leading cellphone manufacturer was sort of lost between the two giant’s  endless battles.   According to Nic Fleming of TechnologyReview.com, over the last five years, Nokia has experienced a dramatic reversal in fortunes. The company once dominated the high-end phone market with its Symbian-powered phones, but Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android have jumped ahead.   However, it looks like Nokia is already trying to catch the smartphone wave with its partnership with Windows and the release of their new smartphones powered by Windows OS. Nokia  has now produced two smartphones that would hopefully help the company regain relevance in the fast-growing mobile-computing market.   The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 are the first fruits of the Microsoft-Nokia alliance.  The new Windows phones were unveiled during company CEO Stephen Elop’s keynote speech at the Nokia World  event in London. “We are signaling our intent right now, here today, to be today’s leaders in smart-phone design and craftsmanship,” said Elop, a former Microsoft executive who signed the partnership deal with Microsoft in February.   In a swipe at other manufacturers, such as HTC and Samsung, that have already launched Windows phones, he added: “Lumia is the first real Windows phone.”   A glimpse of the Lumia 800  phone reveals that its hardware’s design is identical to the Nokia N9. Inside it is a 1.4-gigahertz processor and 512 megabytes of RAM, which lags behind the dual-core...

TechTalk: Save your iPhone 4S’ Battery Life

During the course of our web surfing, we found out that one of the main concerns of iPhone 4S users is how to maintain battery life for longer, especially since Apple hasn’t achieved significant improvements in this area with the new model yet. So, we searched again and found out from a certain website that Technology commentator Dan Warne has a few suggestions and steps in order to achieve the maximum life of your iPhone 4S battery, we’ve also added some from other sources: 1. Disable unnecessary connections: turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you are not using them. 2. Disable 3G: switching back to a 2G or GSM network saves a lot of power with the obvious sacrifice that web browsing becomes much slower. 3. Adjust screen brightness: the default settings are useful outdoors on bright sunny days, otherwise a dimmed screen light will improve battery life significantly. 4. Adjust Notification settings: iPhones have “Push” technology that allows your phone to stay connected to the internet all the time in order to receive emails and notifications and to deliver them instantly. This could be convenient but is exhausting for the battery. The technology writer suggests selecting the “Manually” option, under the “Fetch” section, which means the phone will only download for email when you actually open the email app and check for email. 5. Drain your batteries and then charge them until full. Avoid charging while the battery is half empty and at the same time, avoid overcharging. 6. If none of this helps your iPhone’s endurance, then you might consider a third party battery pack. Source: http://www.itproportal.com/2011/10/25/5-quick-tips-save-iphone4s-battery-life/...

TechTalk: WordPress malware spreading

Sophos, a computer security firm has discovered a virus that injects itself into WordPress installations. The virus, called “Mal/Badsrc-C” is found in the file index.html, and planted in such a way it that it would show itself only on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Paul Baccas, a representative from Sophos, said in a blog spot that the hack appears to be widespread and warned website owners to be vigilant. The computer security firm’s initial investigation showed that the malicious code managed to inject itself into the PHP code used on some websites running WordPress, and that the code will only be served if the user agent is Internet Explorer. This means that if you visit them when running Internet Explorer you could be exposing yourself to a malware attack. What is not clear however, is on how the virus manages to embed itself on the website although according to Sophos, it is probably via compromised ftp credentials. Baccas says, “If you run a site which uses WordPress you would be wise to ensure that your passwords are chosen carefully and that you are not using the same credentials on any other websites. If you think your password details have been compromised, then change them immediately.” Baccas adds that WordPress users should be checking their site’s codes on a regular basis to ensure that there have not been any unauthorized changes. Source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/wordpress-malware-spreading-sophos-140642288.html Share...

GO-CCAD Conducts Portraiture Workshop for a Cause

The Center for Culture and Arts Development of the Governor’s Office of Bohol conducted the Portraiture Workshop for a Cause on September 21, 2013 at the JJs Seafood Village.  The workshop was conducted by Canada based Bol-anon Photographer, Mr. Dennis Sapong.  There were about 50 participants composed of professional photographers, hobbyists and beginners.   Sapong was assisted by veteran photographers Judd Gisete, Glenn Gamayot, Chris Ramasola, Noel Sand Andres and Sherwin Sapong.  The workshop focused on portrait photography and detailed the need for proper lighting, options for poses of the subject and the photographer-subject relationship which is important to capture not only the image but also the experience.   The attendees were then allowed to practice their new knowledge and skills in portrait photography in a mock-up studio at the venue.  The organizers hired local personalities Sheh Balag, Alma Golosino, Euben Gamutan, Erika Karcher and Jhusica Villaflores as models.  The setup was varied to demonstrate various lighting options and the attendees were coached on how to conduct the photo session.   The GO-CCAD is headed by Mrs. Enriqueta B. Butalid.   [Caption for the image: First-time portrait shots from one of the workshop participants.]   Share...

TechTalk: The Gadgets of 2012

Today’s gadgets and gizmos just won’t stop evolving and improving, and the technology giants just won’t stop innovating. After surfing the net, we found out another batch of technology’s coolest gadgets on display at the IFA Technology Fair in Berlin. Here are some of the most tempting displays. 1. Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tablet The Samsung Galaxy 7.7 is 7.8 millimeters thin and weighs only 12 ounces. It integrates the company’s “Super AMOLED Plus” display technology which delivers “brilliant, crisp and high contrast colors” for an excellent viewing experience. This gadget’s battery power according to Samsung, lasts for up to 10 hours of video playback time. 2. Samsung Note with ‘S Pen’ Yes, its another Samsung device. This time, its a smartphone with currently the largest screen size of 5.3 inches. This means that there will be less scrolling and screen transitions. Web pages, PowerPoint presentations, and news apps can be viewed with minimal zooming or scrolling. The ‘S Pen’ is a pen input technology which allows users to draw, write and send handwritten images and notes via text message and instant messaging. 3. LG Smartscan Mouse This, says LG will “open a new era for scanners” .. well, maybe not just for scanners, but also for the ever useful mouse. This new innovation is a mouse which comes with a built-in scanner. Users will just click the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse, then run it over the material to be scanned. The user can then save the scanned image in a variety of file types, or dragged and dropped into a document or application....