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Archive for October, 2013

Are the Filipinos ready for Google Glass?

In the anime series Dragon Ball Z, we saw saiyans, or Frieza and his forces, used an eye radar as a monitor to detect the nearest dragon ball, know the status of their pods, calculate a distance to distance and measure the strength of their enemies. The only one that makes it “boom” is the aura of the super saiyan, Gouku. If I were to guess, I would think that Google Glass creator/inventor got the inspiration here. It makes sense that, in my own opinion, for people with active lifestyle Google Glass can be really helpful in their busy activities and businesses. Without holding on a phone, notepad, tablet or any devices that support their multitasking abilities, they can work on things all at the same time.

Google Glass was actually released via invite. Meaning, few people was able to get hold of it to test its functionality before it is mass released. It’s currently, undergoing many software update to make sure that every user will find it the new era of mobile gadget. But what could be the impact of this to the Filipino?

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Well, if you travel from time to time via car, motorbike, bicycle (or kalesa), then good job, because this can be perfect for you. GPS is one of the things being developed in this device. It already ran many update for this functionality to make sure that it’ll truly guide you to the correct path you’re going to. It can also give you update about the “what’s ups?” in a certain location – like identify the common attraction or events by showing you popular photos of that particular place.

If you’re a person who loves to be updated, then it’s also right for you since it can do stuffs like searching in Google, play music and video and find news. All this via voice command – just like Siri and S Voice. It also screen of what you see and what you see from the glass. Well, no selfies here, except if you’re looking into a mirror.

I don’t how it will be distracting, but for sure there will be some factors that may affect your safety, most especially when you’re on-the-road. One of things I’m sure of here, it’ll catch the attention of many people. In fact, I can now imagine secretaries and bosses wearing this. And then in the future, even people from public relations and communications. But one of the businesses that should prepare for this gadget is no other than the Philippine cinema. They should be aware of this as well, since some people might use this for film piracy. No one could tell.

Other than that and to be honest, between the Smartwatches and this device, I think people would still choose the Smartwatches since it’s very flashy and, so far, have more functionality than Google glass. But I’d love to have one it the future. In spite that I ain’t fan of sport-type eye wear, I would still wear one of this if it’s launched here in the Philippines.

That’s it for now.

XOXOXOXOXO

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BBM on iPhone and Android Phones

The long wait is finally over for iPhone and Android phone users because BBM is finally available in iTunes, Google play and Samsung store. (Yey!)

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Truthfully, mixed emotions is what I felt on this release — I’m happy because I will now get to experience BBM since I haven’t touched a Blackberry smartphone before, and sad because, well, we know the falling story of Blackberry and that’s why they ended up making their supposedly exclusive app available to every mobile phones. And despite of the trending release of other messaging apps (i.e. Line, Kakao Talk, Viber and Wechat), BBM reportedly have been download 5 million times in just 8 hours, enough to say that many have really waited for this.

REGISTRATION

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As first time user of BBM, I needed to line-up on a queue of an unknown number, I’ve submitted my email for registration, and I was able to “Create a Blackberry ID” and got my very own BBM Pin after a couple of days.

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For those, who have BBM already, no longer have to wait that long. Just hit the “Sign In” button and you’re up.

(By the way, that’s my BBM PIN — add me)

SPEED

It’s faster versus the messaging apps I’ve mentioned. I think it’s because it requires few 3G MB to run.

FEATURES/UI

For the first time user like me, few things I’ve discovered:

1. Ping – just like YM, it has Buzz to alert your chatmates if you’re online or just want to caught their attention. It alerts you with the usual BBM or assigned tone; not with a loud awkward buzzer.

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2. Light (LED) indicator – choose colours that will differentiate your BBM alert to the rest of your message app. The colours are white, yellow, green, cyan, blue and purple; or none. For me, I chose white since none of my app is using that colour.

3. Tabs – 2 purposes. #1 to check if your active chats, groups, invites or updates on the activity, and #2 to configure the settings and access help.

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4. Ads – so far, so good. I ain’t seeing any ads at the moment since week 1. But for sure there’s a reason behind with all these release. Later on we will find out.

5. R, D and check – You’ll be able to see this while chatting. It normally stands for Read, Delivered and Sent. These identify whether your message has reached the receiver.

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6. Emoticon – What messaging can stand without this feature? None, of course. But these are none moving ones, just enough to say what you feel in a fraction of a symbol.

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7. Group chat – I don’t know the number of volume of people you can invite to join a group conversation, but as far as I know it can accommodate as many as you want.

8.  Attach – You can attach a note and picture and send it via chat.

9. Status – You are also allowed to share what your currently feeling in this feature. You can tell people if you’re busy or not really. You can, by the way,  tell people your activities.

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10. Invite – You may choose among Barcode Scan, PIN, Email, SMS and NFC to invite people to add you or join you on BBM.

11. Profile Picture – Aside from your status, you can also set your favorite picture as your DP.

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MY POINT OF VIEW

Well, it is a great app so far – a must-try. I invited some of my friends to try it as well, so we can experience how fast it is compare to other messaging app.

I just hope for the best for the Blackberry about this. That’s it!

XOXOXOXOXO


My Hair — Bleaching

Some people think of my hair as an evolving pokemon since it changes, if not most of the time, monthly — every time I go to the salon. Personally, though, I call it the evolution of my boredom + artistry.

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You’ve seen my hair straight, with patterns, almost shaved, in different style and color; but right now I did the thing that I haven’t tried before: bleaching.

It wasn’t my plan, really. It’s just that a friend has convinced me to do it for some reason. But I eventually liked it as it transform to my target and that is to have a Storm (X-men)-like white hair.

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Bleaching was tough and maintenance is kind of expensive. It takes 30 to 45 minutes to get result per session and you need up to 4-5 sessions to get a very light result, depending on the strength of your hair.

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When I finally couldn’t afford to whiten my hair with the use of bleach, and I also feared that I might kill my strands by over using it, I had already needed the touch of the experts from Bench Fix Salon at SM San Lazaro. (Look for Arnold Macapagal, if you want to have a style like the one below)

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Few things I’ve discovered:

– Bleached or blonde hair turns green when you wet your hair in the swimming pool. It can be restored, though, by putting tomato paste all over your hair and leaving it for 30 minutes.

– Bleach or color in Filipino’s hair fades easily, so you need a shampoo that can keep the color for long.

– Wait at least 2 months before you re-color it, so it won’t damage your scalp.

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XOXOXO


Why Localization/Internationalization is different from Translation?

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Plenty of people and businesses have felt the difference between the two ever since online businesses try to be known worldwide. Better understanding on this topic has a big impact not only to gain a specific target number of users or clients, but also on having new users felt their importance by knowing their specific needs when it comes to their languages.

Many have discovered that FREE online translation services (like Google Translate, Babelfish, etc.) are not totally reliable since it’s machine generated, and that translation work are considered still meant for human beings. Online translation could be reliable though only when looking for some synonyms or antonyms, especially when you’re trying to figure-it-out a context of an specific word for a specific sentence; or, when you’re trying to generate non-English characters. It’s helpful but translators should know the limitations when using these.

Many have mistakenly thought that getting the something translated is just as simple as knowing your second language. They are wrong, though.

Language usage

As you know language evolve depending on the country or people who are using it. There are ways other countries say or write it versus the way the native country use it. For example, let’s say we use one of most admired languages in the world, French. More or less 29 countries use it as their official language, exceptionally France (where it all begun) and Canada (Quebec region) are among the basis of translation.

According to some articles and most translators I’ve spoken with, there’s a notable difference in grammar usage that caught the attention of France during the 1990’s, particularly when dealing with words in feminine form. Add to that difference between the informal and formal. Like when we say the word “now”, France say it as maintenant but in Quebec they say it as astheure. 

That’s where localization comes in.

Language Localization/Internationalization

Localization and Internationalization target the proper usage of a certain language of a certain target audience. It was not just simple translation, but an intensive one, because the translators need to neutralize the language depending on the country it targets.

How to search a translator?

If you are wondering how to choose translators, it’s easy.

In my personal opinion, I’d always prefer someone who studies the different usage of the language; otherwise, I would choose someone native but has an excellent background in grammar and vocabulary. You can set their expectations about your target audience and how would like them to translate it.

Make sure you hire at least not lower than 2 translators with equal expertise, so they can proofread, discuss and edit each other’s works.

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XOXOXOXOXO


Gravity

I fight my way just to be far from you
‘Coz I always feel the hurt when
I’m in a room, staying with you .

I looked back to the times when we were happy,
But I always see the pain
And now I’m so restless thinking.

I feel like you’re a gravity
That keeps on pulling me back
Even if in my dreams I’ve finally said enough

I feel like you’re a gravity.
The force in you keep me fallin’
In love so deeply with you.

I told myself I’d rather stay behind
Of your abyss embrace
‘Coz I can’t simply make myself jump.

I love the way you smile at me
But you make my tears fall again
I’m not sure where will it drop

I feel like you’re a gravity
That keeps on pulling me back
Even if in my dreams I finally said enough

I feel like you’re a gravity.
The force in you keep me fallin’
In love so deeply with you.

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XOXOXOXOXO