Lintech: Top Stories of 2011

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Saturday, 31 December 2011 - Last Updated on December 31, 2011

490px-Steve_Jobs_Headshot_2010-CROPAside from Twitter reaching 200 million accounts, Steve Jobs’ death and the birth of Siri, here are the most read stories of the POC’s Lintech channel:

 

Public officials and Twitter: A match made in…

This story by Angeli Sabillo listed controversies involving public figures that started on Twitter: Mai Mislang’s faux pas that ended her Twitter life; Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao voting NO to former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez impeachment over Twitter; Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. (@bongbongmarcos) and artist Jim Paredes’ squabble over the proposed burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani; and the Tweet fight between opposition legislator Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (@mitosmagsaysay) and Malacanang Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte (@Abi_Valte) over the performances of President Benigno Aquino III and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


Laptop registration: Letting users do the police homework

POC’s former Lintech Editor Cocoy gives his take on the planned laptop registration proposed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

 

All hail our new Smart Android overlord!

An initial review of Smart’s Netphone,the first Android-based smartphone to feature widgets from the Wholesale Application Community (WAC) and operator-branded applications that can be independently managed over the air announced by Smart Communications during the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Finally last September, Smart launched the Smart Netphone 701 and the Smartnet ecosystem —a suite of services developed by Smart which includes the Global Directory which lets users search for fellow Netphone users, Safe Browse which lets you avoid unexpected data charges, Netphone messaging which allows chatting for free with other Netphone users, and Social Stream that can access and post Facebook and Twitter updates.

 

What will Apple do in 2011?

One of the earliest stories of 2011, it featured what consumers wanted to know about upcoming Apple products – iPad 2, iPhone 4, Mac App Store and more.

 

The Emerging e-Tricycles

Our favorite neighborhood transport – tricycles got a major upgrade with the arrival of electronic tricycles or e-tricycles. The local government of Mandaluyong City together with the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project of the Department of Energy fomally launched and supported the use of e-tricycles last April.

 

The revolution will not be tweeted

In this feature story, POC technology writer Ron Villegas discussed the contribution of social media to Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution and the massive people’s uprising in Egypt that ousted Egypt’s long time leader Hosni Mubarak. He also pointed out that Twitter and other social media tools may have not caused the people to revolt, but it helped to spread the news.

 

Tech roundup: Flickr’s new homepage, Dislike button spam on Facebook, Sony attacked

This year, Flickr revamped its homepage design and ditched the its traditional minimalist approach. Before Timeline was introduced, Facebook was flooded with violent and pornographic spams. Sony lost $171 million after its Playstation Network faced the worst hacking attacks.

 

Facebook and Google battle for Skype

We all know what happened – Skype got integrated into Facebook.

 

Hardware Review: Nintendo 3DS

POC Tech writer Lukas Velunta’s hands-on review of the new Nintendo 3DS

 

The Legacy of Steve Jobs

Last August, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple. Mac fanboy and power user Cocoy wrote this article as a tribute to Jobs. He also wrote a review of Walter Isaacson’s book about Steve Jobs.

 

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