Joel D. Pinaroc

Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.

Melvin G. Calimag

Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.

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CURE for a telco’s tumultuous history

CURE for a telco’s tumultuous history

Right from the start, something was already amiss with U Mobile and so I was not surprised when the company, now renamed Red Mobile, changed its name and eventually discarded its ad-supported business model that was supposed to be the first in Asia.The sudden change of name and business model were announced not through a press conference or a formal launch, but with advertisements and calls from telephone agents who informed subscribers that they will be given new SIM cards.

published November 27, 2008 by

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A nation of social networks

A nation of social networks

It's easy to make this claim, but I have no doubt in my mind that the Philippines is the most savvy country in the world in using Web-based social networks. Way before Facebook and MySpace even became popular in the U.

published November 19, 2008 by

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Outsourcing trouble with Obama

Outsourcing trouble with Obama

I've written in this blog before about my great admiration for Barack Obama, whose sweeping message of change has catapulted him to the presidency of the United States. I was fortunate enough to witness his historic election during my recent trip to the United States, which coincided with the Nov.

published November 12, 2008 by

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Observing the US automated elections

Observing the US automated elections

Before boarding my Philippine Airlines flight to San Francisco last Sunday night, a document inspector at the Centennial Airport in Manila, upon learning that I'm a journalist, asked if I was covering the U.S.

published November 4, 2008 by

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Superhighway to heaven

Superhighway to heaven

It's that time of the year again when Filipinos troop to cemeteries to remember their departed loved ones. It's fascinating to note, however, how a pre-dominantly Catholic and tradition-bound country like the Philippines is adapting to modern trends, even in the field of religion.

published October 27, 2008 by

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Cagayan, my valley home is dear to me

Cagayan, my valley home is dear to me

The title above is the first line of the official anthem of Cagayan, my home province here in the Philippines. I've been wanting to write about this topic for the longest time, and it was only recently that I finally found the perfect excuse to do so with the launch of the Google Map Maker.

published October 19, 2008 by

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No-holds barred on netbooks

No-holds barred on netbooks

The journalist group that I belong to, CyberPress, held our regular industry forum last Friday and I should say that it was the best that we've ever had since we started the discussion way back in 2005.It was a hastily organized event since most of our officers, including myself, were busy with various coverages and writing assignments.

published October 13, 2008 by

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SMS use in Philippines gets personal

SMS use in Philippines gets personal

It's easy to ignore things especially when it's become part of one's everyday routine. Filipinos, for instance, have gotten so accustomed to using SMS or text messaging that we no longer care about other innovations happening in this sector.

published October 6, 2008 by

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A trip to the innovation Valley

A trip to the innovation Valley

This blog turned one this September and I'd like to believe that there are Filipino readers out there who regularly check out the "IT rantings" that I pretentiously dish out in this corner.But, I apologize for not being able to post an update last week.

published September 22, 2008 by

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Traveling in a Wi-Fi world

Traveling in a Wi-Fi world

It took a while before it became quite widespread, but public Wi-Fi access is probably the coolest thing that has been invented by the IT world since the USB thumbdrive.For a not-so-developed market like the Philippines, it's surprising to know that free Wi-Fi is beginning to proliferate in key parts of the metropolis like coffee shops, hotels, malls and airports.

published September 9, 2008 by

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A taste of Eraserheads heaven

A taste of Eraserheads heaven

Let me acknowledge first that my topic for this post has nothing to do with technology. It will be all about a local rock band whose musical genius continues to cast its spell on mesmerized fans like myself.

published September 2, 2008 by

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Hooked on online banking

Hooked on online banking

Unlike in countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, where cashless transactions are already the norm, credit card purchases in the Philippines are still the exception rather than the rule.This is one of the reasons why online commerce hasn't really taken off here.

published August 25, 2008 by

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An old Philippine model that needs to be replaced

An old Philippine model that needs to be replaced

The title above aptly describes the antiquated manual elections in the Philippines that were replaced--thankfully--by an automated system this week.The old model I'm talking about is the scientific approach which the Philippines, and perhaps other countries as well, is employing to solve the problems it is currently facing.

published August 12, 2008 by

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