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.

November 27, 2008 by in CXO

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.

November 19, 2008 by in Asean

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.

November 12, 2008 by in CXO

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.

October 27, 2008 by in Telcos

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.

October 19, 2008 by in Asean

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.

October 13, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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.

October 6, 2008 by in Printers

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.

September 22, 2008 by in Asean

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.

September 9, 2008 by in Tech & Work

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.

August 25, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

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.

August 12, 2008 by in Asean

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