heaven is a conveyor belt filled with sushi

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia tech blog post.

Sure, connoisseurs may balk at the quality, but there’s something wonderfully hypnotic about seeing one plate of sushi after another rolling past your eyes as they revolve around a conveyor belt.

Add to that a touch of high-tech with Samsung LCD monitors and an interactive menu, and this Japanese fastfood outlet at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City not only sated my hunger but also satisfied the geek in me.

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the sweet life in india

That’s me on the right having breakfast with Lawrence Casiraya (left) of ComputerWorld Philippines and Tham Yuen-C of The Straits Times’ Digital Life.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech column piece:

NEW DELHI, India — I’m writing this column piece while on a bus that’s nearing the end of an almost five-hour journey from Agra — where we toured the world-famous Taj Mahal — to the Indian capital of New Delhi. I’m using OfficeSuite’s word processing app on my Nokia N90.

It’s a cliche, but it’s moments when you don’t have access to your mobile phone that make you realize how much we’ve grown to depend on these devices. This point was driven home earlier today when we visited the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that Shah Jahan built in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The mobile phone is one of the electronic devices, apart from other items such as edibles and sharp objects that you can’t bring inside the Taj Mahal either for security reasons, since extremist groups have threatened to destroy the Taj Mahal and India’s other monuments and religious buildings, or environmental measures taken to preserve this centuries-old wonder that took 22 years to build.

Read the rest of my column piece.

That’s Bebi Reyes-Guzman, Small and Medium Business Segment head of the Personal Systems Group of HP Philippines, showing off the candy wrapper printed out using the HP Color LaserJet CM1015/CM1017 Multifunction Printer Series.

You could also check out my CNET Asia blog post on CNET Asia and my INQ7 Infotech article “HP unveils latest solutions tailored to SMB needs.”

hellgate hands-on and bill roper’s 1st singapore trip


That’s me on the right with Bill Roper (center) and GAME! editor in chief Howard Paw.

Here’s an excerpt from my hackenslash story:

I’m slaughtering demons with my Templar, which along with the Cabalist is one of the two character classes that have so far been unveiled for Flagship Studios’ Hellgate: London. It’s quite a rush to hack your way through hordes of colorful demons, including some really huge ones that prove that the cliché “jaw-dropping graphics” is at least accurate when used to describe this game. Then, I became even more interested when I saw one of the item drops from a demon I’ve just slain. A sumpitan. A blow pipe made of bamboo, which is one of the native weapons used in the Philippines, particularly in the Mindanao region, as well as in Borneo and other parts of Asia.

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of newspapers, vinyl records and phones you actually dial

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece:

THE OTHER day, my daughter Sam, who’s turning five in December, was singing one of the songs from the Disney original movie “High School Musical,” which I’m sure many parents are very familiar with thanks to its overwhelming popularity among kids.

Sam was jokingly repeating a line over and over again, and my wife Ellen laughed and asked her, “Are you pretending to be a broken record?”

And Sam’s brows furrowed and she asked, all puzzled, “A record? What’s that?” She then explained that she was pretending to be a DVD or CD that was skipping.

This is one of those moments when it hits you that, yup, the world has changed dramatically over the past few years.

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are days of newspapers numbered?

Here’s an interesting analysis from Amando Doronila on the front page of the Oct. 9 edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Here’s an excerpt:

AS YOU READ this piece this morning, it has to be asked if you are reading it in a newspaper or on the Internet on a computer in front of you.

If dire predictions come true, the newspapers “in their current form will cease to exist within a decade or two.” Some say that newspapers have a “use by” label tucked to their ears, like perishable consumer commodities.

Doomsday prophecies, such as this, have filled newspapers in the wake of a cover story in The Economist magazine (Aug. 26-Sept. 1) with the head, “Who Killed the Newspaper?”

Read the rest of Doronila’s analysis. 

I already said my piece a couple of months ago on what I think about the fate of print newspapers, so check out “Wake up and smell the coffee, Dead Tree People.”

Oh, and for the record, yup, I read the article online.

UPDATE: I wrote this and then saw that fellow INQ7.net journalist and blogger Erwin Oliva also weighed in on this issue yesterday.

Here’s an excerpt from Erwin’s post:

This debate has emerged in our discussions back in my MA class in journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism. We’ve had heated debates on the importance of public or civic journalism in attracting back readers to newspapers or other mediums like the Internet. The same goes with citizen journalism, which is now the title given to bloggers who have become sources of information.

To say newspaper readerships are declining simply because of the Internet is too simplistic of an explanation. There are many factors at play here.

Check out Erwin’s take on this issue.

netgames chief named new ceo of level up! inc.


That’s me on the right with Level Up! chief operating officer Sheila Paul and hackenslash reporter Alex Villafania. This was taken last Saturday during Level Up! Live 2006 at the World Trade Center.

Here’s an excerpt from Alex’s article, which is the current hackenslash banner story:

AFTER eight months, a new company has been officially forged following the merger of two of the country’s leading online game publishers, Level Up! Inc. and netGames.

The new management team for the consolidated company will be led by CEO Jane Walker, who headed netGames prior to the consolidation. Level Up! chief operating officer Sheila Paul will also retain her position in the new company.

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uniting asians through online games

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog entry:

Five swords. Five heroes of the online gaming industry.

It’s somewhat fitting that Singapore firm Infocomm Asia Holdings (IAH) turned to movies for inspiration as it unveiled its ambitious plan to consolidate the market in several Southeast Asian countries and create what you might call an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) for online gaming.

So there they stood at the end of the press briefing that kicked off the “One Market, One Asia–Uniting Asia Online” regional online gaming conference held on September 27 at the Boulevard Bar at the Red Dot Traffic Building. Five stalwarts bearing five famous swords. Well, replicas of the swords, at least.

For more on the event, you could also check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece “One market to rule them all.”

Oh, and I want Hellgate: London. ‘Nuff said.