August 25, 2011 • 4:18 pm 1
August 25, 2011 • 2:41 pm 0
Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 smartphones introduce latest Symbian software update while new NFC-enabled stereo Bluetooth headset takes advantage of NFC pairing and sharing functionality
Espoo, Finland and Hong Kong – Nokia today announced the launch of two feature-packed, mass market smartphones, bringing the latest smartphone functionality at attractive price points and including market-leading innovation with Symbian Belle. The Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 extend the range of available designs, features and functionality in the Nokia Symbian smartphone range. Symbian Belle powers both devices, with single-tap NFC technology sharing and pairing, the most personal user interface so far and a more powerful mobile Web browsing experience. As well as allowing content to be shared between devices, NFC capabilities allow any of the two new smartphones to pair with NFC-enabled mobile accessories such as speakers or Bluetooth headphones and headsets. To extend the range of available NFC-enabled accessories, Nokia is also announcing the launch of the Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset, which can be paired with any NFC-enabled smartphone simply by tapping the two devices together.
While both smartphones contain recognizable Nokia features, they each represent a very distinct set of priorities to allow users to choose what matters most in a smartphone. The most compact touch screen monoblock smartphone in the world (Nokia 700) and a sleek and stylish smartphone with the world’s brightest mobile display for indoor or outdoor use (Nokia 701), all bring firsts to the Nokia product portfolio.
“With the announcement today Nokia has made it clear that Symbian will continue to play an important role in its product portfolio along side Windows Phone 7″ said Nick McQuire IDC. “There is a sense of urgency in the way improvements and innovation are being delivered to the platform that demonstrates how committed Nokia is to make Symbian products a competitive smartphone choice.”
Nokia 700: Nokia’s smallest smartphone
At only 50 cubic centimetres, weighing 96gm and at 110 x 50.7 x 9.7 mm, the Nokia 700 not only becomes Nokia’s most compact smartphone in the Symbian range, it is the most compact touch monoblock smartphone in the world. What it lacks in size it makes up for in functionality, with single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capabilities, a 1Ghz processor, 3.2 inch AMOLED screen ClearBlack display, 2GB of internal memory (with the option of using a 32GB microSD card for a total of 34GB), HD video capture and 5MP full focus camera with LED flash. The Nokia 700 is also Nokia’s most eco-friendly smartphone. With a long battery life, extensive use of eco-friendly materials and features to minimize battery consumption, it is the perfect smartphone for any environmentally-conscious smartphone user.
Nokia 701: Nokia’s brightest smartphone
The Nokia 701 is a sleek, slim smartphone incorporating the world’s brightest ever mobile phone display, based on a 3.5 inch ClearBlack display that makes it perfect for indoor and outdoor use. It also has active noise cancellation for the clearest sound quality and, like the other new smartphones, provides single-tap NFC pairing and sharing capabilities, allowing content to be shared and sound to be streamed wirelessly to headphones and NFC-enabled speakers.
Based on the popular Nokia C7 design, the Nokia 701 smartphone also has a 1GHz processor, 8MP full focus camera with dual LED flash and 2 X digital zoom, 2nd front-facing camera and HD video capture. It comes with 8GB internal memory and the possibility to increase to 40GB by installing a 32GB microSD card.
Symbian Belle is the latest in a series of planned software updates to the Symbian platform, which started with Symbian Anna and will continue into 2012. Symbian Belle increases the number of home screens from three to six providing more room to display applications and services. Live widgets, now come in five different sizes, making the home screens come alive and giving users more flexibility to personalize the user experience. It also includes a pull down menu and taskbar to access notifications from any of the home screens and further enhancements to the Web browsing experience. All in all, Symbian Belle provides Nokia’s most competitive, seamless and intuitive Symbian experience so far.
One of Symbian Belle’s most exciting features is the single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capability. This allows contacts, videos and images to be shared with other NFC-enabled devices and smartphones, as well as pairing with NFC-enabled mobile accessoriessuch as speakers and headsets. Gaming fans also benefit from the NFC capabilities of the new handsets with the ability to unlock additional levels in Angry Birds or find a hidden blade in Fruit Ninja just by touching two NFC-enabled devices together. On the Nokia 701 smartphone, which comes preloaded with Asphalt 5, two friends can even pair to compete on the same racetrack.
Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset
The new Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset uses special active noise cancellation technology to eliminate an unprecedented 99.8% of background noise – delivering pure, high-fidelity sound no matter how noisy the surroundings for people who don’t want to sacrifice audio quality when going wireless. Using NFC technology, the Bluetooth headset can be paired with any NFC-enabled smartphone simply by tapping the two devices together.
Notes to editors:
Availability of Symbian Belle on newly shipping versions of the Nokia N8, Nokia E6, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 as well as by download will be announced closer to availability.
Nokia is committed to connecting people to what matters to them by combining advanced mobile technology with personalized services. More than 1.3 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia, from our most affordable voice-optimized mobile phones to advanced Internet-connected smartphones sold in virtually every market in the world. Through Ovi (www.ovi.com), people also enjoy access to maps and navigation on mobile, a rapidly expanding applications store, a growing catalog of digital music, free email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, and Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the leading providers of telecommunications infrastructure hardware, software and professional services globally.
August 24, 2011 • 9:33 pm 0
Check out Sun.Star Cebu’s story about this event “Cultural center opens its doors.”
PRworks Inc. supported the inauguration of the Cebu Cultural Center and the installation of the “Dandelion” or “Symbol of Kindness.” The sculpture is a creation of Russian sculptor Gregory Pototsky.
August 24, 2011 • 9:01 pm 0
GT Cosmetics has joined the celebration of UP Cookout 2011 with its theme “Strike: Strike for Filipinism. Struggle for Filipino identity”, a yearly gathering of Iskolar ng Bayan at the University of the Philippines (Cebu) held last August 12, 2011.
Official Photo Contest Entries for the GT Cosmetics with ClickPic Photobooth taken during the UP Cookout 2011 are now uploaded at GT & Me, the Facebook fan page of GT Cosmetics!
The photo entry with the most number of likes will be announced winner and will get these exciting prizes:
- Gift certificates from San Remigio Beach Club
- Complete set of GT Cosmetics products
Deadline for submission of likes will be on September 15,2011.
ABOUT UP Cookout : An annual event held every August to showcase UP talents through 4 segments: Kantahan, Sayawan, Bandahan, Rampahan. We also invite guest bands to perform in between the segments. It can start as early as 3pm and end at 6am the following day. Cookout aims to highlight how UPians excel in their fields of expertise, and at the same time to invite in outsiders to join in the fun.
August 18, 2011 • 6:25 pm 0
SAN Remigio Pensionne Suites’ Café Gloria is set to provide the public a melodious weekend-dining atmosphere this Saturday night when live performers sing and strum their acoustic instruments on stage on August 20.
Dubbed as “Open Bar,” this new weekend feature is expected to augment the tranquil ambiance of Café Gloria as the soothing sound of mellow background music will surely make the guests feel more relaxed while enjoying a sumptuous dinner.
Café Gloria general manager Mark Anthony Ynoc said “Open Bar” will be a sensational Saturday night treat for people who need some time off their very taxing life in the fast lane and allow themselves to have fun with family, friends, and sweethearts.
“We understand that people need to unwind, especially weary travelers from out of town and stressed-out Cebuano urbanites who just had five stressful days at work or in school,” Ynoc said. “So, we came up with this acoustic program as a means or a sort of respite for them.”
Presented by Hang-Over Mobile Bar, “Open Bar” will start at 7 p.m. featuring a musical extravaganza of folk, mellow rock, pop jazz, pop music, and OPM ballads from the 60’s up to the present. 24/7 Band will be featured in this week’s acoustic-filled night.
For a very affordable price of Php170 — plus unlimited cocktail drinks from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight, Cebuanos and local and foreign visitors now have something to look forward to: “Open Bar” this Saturday, only at Café Gloria.
Café Gloria is located at the roof deck of Prime Movers Bldg. along Holy Name St. in Bacalla Subdivision, Mabolo, Cebu City.
Designed to be a dining destination for Cebuanos and tourists, Café Gloria serves a delectable fusion of local and international cuisine. It also offers a panoramic view of Metro Cebu’s harbor area and the Cebu Business Park.
Café Gloria also has two karaoke rooms where guests can sing their lungs out and even dance in private.
August 17, 2011 • 5:15 pm 1
The exciting initial response of university beauties in Cebu City and Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to GT Cosmetics has prompted PRworks Inc. to think about GT Cosmetics sponsorships of campus beauty pageants in the next few months.
GT Cosmetics is a client of PRworks for several years now.
We will start first in selected universities in Cebu after our participation in the recent UP Cookout 2011 in UP Cebu Campus last August 13, 2011.
Describe them hot and sexy but our young GT Cosmetics lovers know true beauty or “Gandang Tunay” in Filipino or “Gwapa Tinuod” in Cebuano is internal that glows outwards with their great, beautiful skin.
Here comes GT Cosmetics that is “nature’s way to beautiful skin.” GT users of all ages and gender just love the GT carrot soap, the GT papaya soap, the GT whitening soap, and the various GT creams. Note how they pay tribute and admire the effects of GT products compared to all other similar products in the GT&Me Facebook community.
But female university students, in particular, are coming to love GT products because possessing great skin is about feeling beautiful as a woman who is blooming.
They are learning that makeup works best on beautiful skin. And when we talk about beautiful skin, university beauties in Cebu and Dumaguete Cities are coming to love GT.
August 11, 2011 • 7:05 pm 0
Hon. Alberto A. Lim
Secretary, Philippine Department of Tourism
MICECON 2011 Opening Address
9:00 AM, 11 August 2011 (Thursday)
Good morning and welcome to all the participants and guests of the second Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference. I would like to thank Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of the Province of Cebu and the Cebu organizing committee headed by Mr. Hans Hauri for extending more than the usual support, and for working hand-in-hand with the D.O.T. and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to ensure that this conference will reap what it aims to achieve.
I would also like to congratulate our host destination, the Province of Cebu, for consistently being named as one of the top island destinations in Asia by various international publications, such as Travel + Leisure Magazine and Condé Nast.
Far from being just a leisure destination, Cebu is one of the best-positioned M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions/Events) destinations in our country, not only because of its capability to cater to the business traveler’s needs, with its improved facilities and the presence of an international airport, big hotels and convention halls of international standards, but more so because of its enthusiasm and determination to be one of the best meeting, incentive, convention/exhibition and event destinations in Asia.
It is that same Cebuano spirit and attitude towards M.I.C.E. which we hope will spread all over the country. While some other sectors are still questioning the wisdom of investing in the M.I.C.E. industry, and wondering why Cebu is so bullish about it, we know exactly why. That is because Cebu “gets it”.
Cebu understands that M.I.C.E. is a niche market that brings in large numbers of people that help stimulate economic activities, generating not only immediate economic revenue, but also international goodwill and positive publicity for the host destination.
M.I.C.E. is a lucrative market segment in the Philippines primarily because of our competitive advantage in terms of convenient location, a friendly English-speaking people, low cost labor, and world-class natural attractions. Once the prime mover in convention organization in Asia our country hosted some of the biggest and most prestigious international conferences, like the IMF-World Bank conference, the APEC summit, World Tourism Conference as well as popular international events, such as the Miss Universe beauty pageant and the Manila International Film Festival.
However, tourism has undergone dramatic changes over the years. The marketing world has become more intense as globalization brought in new technology and innovations at a very rapid pace.
Today, M.I.C.E. tourism commands a global market of around 50 million visitors, and Asia has become the most sought after location for M.I.C.E. business, especially from Europe and North America. Hong Kong is recognized as one of the more established M.I.C.E players in Asia. Macau is a strong M.I.C.E. competitor, while Singapore, with its huge tourism revenues coming from M.I.C.E., has a firm hold of this niche in the global marketplace.
But according to industry analysts recently, M.I.C.E. buyers are no longer looking at well-established cities, but at new and upcoming M.I.C.E. destinations in Asia. Rising countries like Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which are currently being marketed aggressively, are scrambling for a slice of this market.
It is for this reason that the D.O.T. is pushing to reposition the Philippines as a preferred M.I.C.E. destination once again. We must join the race and share in the rewards of this ever growing M.I.C.E. market. And with the private sector currently supporting a M.I.C.E. infrastructure boom in the country, the Philippines is again poised to elevate its position as a destination for large-scale events.
We are expecting at least 10,000 new hotel rooms to open in Metro Manila, Cebu, Boracay, and other destinations in the country by 2014, including those of international brands such as Radisson, Tune of Red Planet, Marco Polo, Shangri-la, and Marriot. Investing also in hotels and other tourism-related projects include are local companies such as Robinsons land corporation, which is expanding their Gohotels.ph chain, and Sta. Lucia Land, which is constructing more malls and other tourism-related facilities. Aside from SMX and the 15,000-seater SM Bay City Arena, the SM group is building more convention and event venues in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod and Davao.
Complementing the increases in hotel/resort rooms, the Philippine aviation industry is also seeing renewed growth, with airline companies such as Air Asia, Tiger Airlines, and Jet Star expanding operations in the Philippines. This means more seats and increased connectivity to major cities in the Asia-Pacific Region. The DOT is working with the Department of Transportation and Communications on identifying airports throughout the country to be upgraded.
Given the new products, increased number of rooms, upgraded convention facilities, and other related tourism infrastructure throughout the country, there is no better time for international organizers and planners of meetings, conferences, incentive travel and special events to put back the Philippines into their portfolio of M.I.C.E. destinations. This growing private sector investment in tourism facilities and infrastructure development is in harmony with the dot’s marketing efforts, and can, in fact, sustain a new M.I.C.E. industry resurgence.
But to make our presence more extensively felt in the international M.I.C.E. community and restore the country’s foothold in the global M.I.C.E. market, there is a need for greater investment support, not only in M.I.C.E. facilities, but also in expertise to develop interesting conventions and incentive travel packages, as well as promotional campaigns unique to the philippine setting. It is imperative that anyone responsible for building businesses, strengthening brands and creating high impact marketing programs be exposed to training and education opportunities that will keep pace with global market developments.
This is where the Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference comes in. MICECON gives us the chance to listen to global experts who can impart valuable information that can help us develop that level of market sensitivity that could make us at least one-step ahead of the competition.
With the theme “Ishare. Youconnect. Wechange.” Micecon 2011 emphasizes the need to adapt to an evolving global M.I.C.E. market and its complexities. Through MICECON, the M.I.C.E. industry can keep abreast of industry developments and the latest in products, as well as take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen existing industry relationships, extend networks and build new partnerships.
With the addition of the M.I.C.E. mart this year, MICECON also provides us with the perfect opportunity to present, launch or create awareness about new products through one-on-one sessions with the most influential buyers around the world.
While the D.O.T. and TPB have committed to put all its efforts and a good amount of resources to effectively market our country as an exciting and multi-faceted M.I.C.E. destination, developing strategic programs and incentive schemes for M.I.C.E. organizers that will attract the M.I.C.E. market to the philippines – we need the private sector, local government units (LGUs) and other industry stakeholders to complement these efforts by helping develop good and competitive M.I.C.E. packages.
The government and the private sector must attain cohesiveness in the pursuit of that goal, and MICECON is the best place to bring us all together in having that singularity of purpose in our actions. With the collective effort of both government and private sectors, we could be on the right track towards strengthening the M.I.C.E. industry in our country and re-establishing our rightful place as a hub of meetings and conventions in the Asia-Pacific.
Your participation in MICECON 2011 signals your partnership with the D.O.T. in its continuing efforts to optimize our great M.I.C.E. tourism potential, and ultimately, help trickle-down the benefits of tourism to our local communities all over the country. Let us declare to the world that the Philippines is ready to re-claim its lost glory.
To all participants and guests, i hope you have a productive, meaningful and memorable m.i.c.e. conference, and an enjoyable stay in Cebu.
Thank you and mabuhay!
August 10, 2011 • 2:24 pm 2
A CONTINGENT of close to 200 Russians is now in Cebu for a three-day incentive tour.
This was disclosed by Russian Federation Consul Armi L. Garcia, who said the group is composed of exactly 170 executives, employees and dealers of Megaphone — the biggest telecommunications company in Russia who flew in from Moscow via a chartered flight.
The tour, according to Garcia, is actually part of Megaphone’s incentive or reward package for its employees and dealers who have made exceptional accomplishments for sustaining the success and growth of the cellular company.
As part of their tour itinerary, the Russian visitors went straight to watch the now-famous Dancing Inmates perform at the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center upon their arrival Monday. They are scheduled to fly back home on Thursday.
The Russian delegation, headed by Megaphone president Igor Maistrenko, was awarded Tuesday night by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly (PRBA) at the White Gold House where the PRBA also paid tribute to Maistrenko in a simple awarding ceremony for bringing his people to Cebu.
“Mr. Maistrenko should be given due recognition for choosing Cebu as Megaphone’s incentive tour destination,” said Garcia who is also president of the PRBA. “This incentive tour does not only denote Megaphone’s firm commitment to help business relations between the Philippines and the Russian Federation but Mr. Maistrenko’s support to the Assembly as well.”
“The visit is indeed a most welcome development as we celebrate 35 years of Philippine Russian relations this year,” Garcia added.