• Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 (2.20GHz)
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
  • 20.1-Inch widescreen display with XBRITE-HiColor technology
  • 4GB of RAM & 320GB Serial ATA HDD
  • Built-in camera & mic with face tracking technology
For just under $ 1000?! Unbelievable you say?

The Basics

  • Processor: The 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium E2200 dual-core processor delivers additional computing resources and help expand the PC’s capabilities by providing higher throughput and simultaneous computing. You'll be able to perform multiple tasks such as digital rendering and gaming all while running virus scan or other background tasks seamlessly. And its Intel 64 architecture is also ready for tomorrow's 64-bit applications, and offers enhanced performance through improved virtual memory. Each core shares 1 MB of L2 cache, and they have an 800 MHz front-side bus. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
  • Hard Drive: The extra large 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.
  • Memory: The 4 GB of installed RAM (PC2-6400, 2 x 2 GB) maximizes the capacity for this notebook,. It also offers an ultra-fast 800 MHz speed.
  • DVD/CD Drive: The dual-layer DVD drive is compatible with a wide range of formats, including both DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, CD-RW discs, and dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data--great for backing up your MP3 collection or your most important documents. It features the following speeds: 6x for both DVD±R DL, 8x for both single layer DVD±R, 8x for single layer DVD+RW, 6x for single layer DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, and 24x for CD-R/RW. It reads DVD-ROM discs at 8x and CD-ROMs at 24x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: The elegant, yet simple keyboard has an isolated key design with 19.05mm pitch and 2.0 mm stroke, and it can be stored below the LCD to save space. It includes a variety of action buttons, including volume +/-, muting, zoom in/out.
  • 5 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • Audio out: 1 S/PDIF digital audio and 1 headphone
  • 1 microphone/line-in
  • RJ-45 port for 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • 56K modem port (V.90/V.92)
  • Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO slot (Standard/Duo with MagicGate functionality)
  • Secure Digital memory card slot (compatible with MMC cards)

I think I just found my next NON-MACINTOSH Dream Machine! Okay, Okay, it MAY NOT be able to play games like the new Tomb Raider Underworld - which isn't even out yet.

Let's see:

Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500, which uses shared video memory (up to 1750 MB allocated from the system memory) and provides Windows Vista Aero interface support and enhanced 3D graphics performance--delivering over 2x scores on 3DMark 06. Intel Clear Video Technology provides outstanding video playback with sharper image quality, increased clarity, and customizable color controls. It also enables enhanced visual quality of interlaced content on progressive displays.

But why not an NVIDIA or ATI Card!

But that DISPLAY!

The 20.1-inch LCD panel has an amazing 1680 x 1050-pixel resolution. And thanks to Sony's XBRITE-HiColor panel technology, the flat-panel screen will deliver dazzling colors and sharp images whether displaying a DVD movie, television show, or web content. It delivers deep blacks and bright whites, true-to-life color, and razor-sharp detail. And with a glare filter and anti-reflective coating to minimize reflection, you'll experience a beautifully clear image.

And the Sound!

This desktop also has an integrated Intel High Definition Audio card with Dolby Digital Live, which provides real-time encoding technology that converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bitstream for transport and playback through a home theater system. It provides Dolby Digital (5.1-channel surround sound) during movie playback and gameplay, immersing players in high-quality surround sound that puts them at the center of the action. It includes two built-in stereo speakers, each with 3 watts of output (6 watts total).

Oh yeah, the 999 price is only at AMAZON and may just be a promo price. And yes, the caveats are long regarding  the specs above. As well as some copyright notices:
Hey! The Sony Site even lists this as $989.99!

1. GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance. CPU speed will be reduced under certain operating conditions.
2. GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary. A portion of hard disk space is reserved as a recovery partition.
3. Requires 802.11n compatible access point. Some functionality may require Internet services.
4. Broadband Internet service required along with third party services which may require a subscription or other service fee.
5. Blu-ray Disc™ Media/Formats are not universally compatible.
6. Certain circumstances may limit/prevent Blu-ray Disc™ media playback. For optimal performance, download all updates from http://esupport.sony.com/EN/DRIVERS.
7. Viewable area measured diagonally.
8. Non-metric weights and measures are approximate and may vary.
9. Measured at the narrowest point
10. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
11. Total Available Graphics Memory refers to the new Windows Vista® classification of graphics memory, which varies depending on the operating condition, version of device driver and system memory size.
12. See actual limited warranty for details. For a copy of Sony's warranty, please visit www.esupport.sony.com, call toll-free 888-476-6972 (888-4SONYPC), or write to Sony Electronics, 12451 Gateway Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33913.
13. For certain third party software applications, Sony provides first level phone support. Additional telephone support may be available from the applicable 3rd party vendor. Availability and schedule for any such support is determined by the applicable software vendor.
14. 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office 2007 - This trial software will work only for 60 days after you first use it. You will not be able to use the software if you do not activate it as described the first time you use the software. You can activate the software by Internet: Internet service charges may apply. If you want to keep using the software after the 60-day trial period, you must convert to the perpetual version. You can convert online by following the conversion instructions presented during setup and paying the required fees.
15. Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth® devices varies.
16. Microsoft® Windows Live™ OneCare™ Trial Version - This trial software will work for ninety (90) days after you first use it. You will not be able to use the software if you do not activate it as described the first time you use the software. You can activate the software by Internet: Internet service charges may apply. If you want to keep using the software after the 90-day trial period, you must buy a subscription. You can subscribe online by following the conversion instructions presented during setup and paying the required fees.
17. Compatibility and performance in a 64 bit environment may vary. Check with the manufacturer of your software or accessory to ensure you have the latest updates.

From : Amazon and the Sony Site amd of you want it in BLACK
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Web 2.0 and you
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What is Web 2.0? Really? Simply?

I commented on Mashable on what would happen if CSI can be watched on youtube entirely. It's already a reality NOW and I think it would bring about the following:

1. Start of death spiral of Cable Companies
2. Local (Country-Specific) TV Stations start to market their shows to an international audience.
3. Following #2, the TV stations would have to get international brands as ad partners.
4. Replacement of the TV with an internet connected (DSL) widescreen PC with a large monitorm hence..
5. Consumers realizing that they'll need a 2nd PC (or monitor for tech savvy people) for watching shows, hence..*
6. There will be an increase in PC Monitor / PC sales, specially those with flat giant screens, hence...
7. Decrease in expensive TV set sales.
8. Continuing from #2, other channels like CW and NBC may follow and youtube's now existing channels will be challenged by the old guard (ironic or unfortunate? ask Hot For Words )
9.  Decrease in the use of Bit Torrent or places like SideReel to watch online shows.
10. Finally(?) a pipe dream: That the BBC would now open it's contents internationally - due to the pressure of Youtube'd International TV.

*This is funny because in my dreamboard-created early this year, there's a man in front of 2 flat screen monitors. Apparently, that's the trend in HOMES today.

Now, let me hear your comments on this. Good news? Are you in the TV industry? What do you think?

10 Marketing Insights: What if you can watch CSI entirely in Youtube?

Masha's selfportrait, originally uploaded by Geshpanets.

Who's going to give one to me?

I want this Camera : Canon

Arnold Aare created the popular long form mangas (available in bookstores today) "The Mythology Class". It's in black and white, like a Japanese manga and it's pretty epic in scale. I hope this new one "Martial Law Babies" will follow in it's footsteps in it's epicness. By epic I mean, imagine superpowered ancient Pinoys come to life along with modern mall going teens. Very SCI-FI channel but with a very local touch. The only problem here is that where are the contemporaries of Arnold Aare? Why is our only choice for epic long form comics ONLY ONE?

Here's how you can pre-order Martial Law Babies: (Free Delivery and Autographed)

1) By Check
You can mail us a check for P450 along with a note indicating your name, delivery address and contact details to:

Martial Law Babies
c/o LSA Printing Press
888 EDSA, Barangay Highway Hills,
Mandaluyong City

2) By Bank Deposit
Go to any BPI branch and deposit P450 to this account:

Nautilus Graphic and Visual Designs
Current Acct. No. 1865026249

Then fax the deposit slip along with your name, delivery address and contact details to 6830244. Please address the fax to Martial Law Babies.
You can also email a scan of the deposit slip to orders@martiallawbabies.com along with your name and delivery address. Please put "Martial Law Babies pre-order" in the subject line of your email. Or mail the deposit slip with your name, delivery address and contact details to our office (see the mailing address above).

3) By Direct Payment to our Office
Drop by our office at LSA Printing Press (again, see the address above) and give your payment along with your name and delivery address to Bibing Pascual or Imelda Lecaniel.


From http://www.martiallawbabies.com

Love Comics? Pre-order "Martial Law Babies" by Arnold Aare

Marketing Insights on what Nokia did correct with their "Tube" 5800 XpressMusic Phone vs What Apple Did On Their IPHONE 3G.

1. It's designed to sell cheaper (400 EUR/26,000 Philippine Pesos PREPAID). Unlike the Apple Iphone 3G with it's deceptive marketing of "low price" with a high priced plan- when the world is dominated by PREPAID - nobody pays attention to a price that's quoted with a plan-that maybe true for the USA - but not the rest of us. In the Philippines alone, 80% or more of people do not have plans.

2. It's designed for how phones are really used by most people - with one hand only. Yes you can argue that people do use the phone when they drive, but please - not 70% of phone users DRIVE. Most of them are commuters - hence - it's smart to expect a single hand operated keypad on a phone - specially since it's been how people are using it anyway. Personally, I text using TWO HANDS -but not on a QWERTY Keyboard. I think Qwerty keyboards are designed to win over the Blackberry *US crowd as well as the corporate market.

3. In a brilliant example of "listening to what consumers say" - they have licked the "I can't feel what I type" problem of touchscreens by making the screen slightly vibrate to confirm that you typed something.

4. Qwerty lovers will still love the phone because it does have a Virtual QWERTY keyboard.

5. Another "Listening to consumers" move: Integrating Flash in the web browser!  How can Apple ignore Flash when it's been there from the start? Of course we'd forgive Microsoft if their soon to be announced Zune Phone uses Silverlight instead of Flash-but Apple doesn't have an alternative.  Well, from a commonsense point of view here it is: Nokia's sites DO HAVE FLASH, so it makes sense that their phones can render it. Apple's sites are plain HTML.

6. Nokia has been doing Video since the beginning of their Megapixel Camera phones (come to think of it, since their VGA camera days) so the inclusion of a DVD Quality Video Recording plus editing is already standard for their older phones (even the N70 has video editing care of MUVEE). However, inclusion of WMV video is a nice touch - but I do wonder - where can I get videos of that format these days? Not in torrents!

7. Instead of imitating the IPHONE main screen like what LG and Samsung has done, Nokia decided to INNOVATE some more and added a Social Network kind of thing -by displaying the 4 top/favorite contacts and their messages - on the main screen. This alone is good since it saves digging into the menus to review messages.

8. Not deviating from what it has done before, the 8GB is c/o a MicroSD card w/c can be upgraded to a 16GB card. Nokia isn't asking you for another 100 USD for more memory, it's up to you! Apple has been asking people to pay top dollar for cheap memory on identical machines.  Wake up apple, people know that memory cards are cheap now. They buy them for their digital cameras.

9. This is still a TOUCHSCREEN -not a multi touch but Nokia has nicely included TWO styluses PLUS another innovative but simple thing - a PICK-LIKE Plectrum -that's connected to the included WRIST STRAP. But of course you can still use your fingers.  What it does have that the Iphone doesn't have but the Newton tried to have-FULL SCREEN Handwriting recognition! This opens it up quickly to the immense chinese/character alphabet market.

10. Speaking of what's included - I've not seen a more complete line up of extras included in mobile phones of this price:  There's also a CARRYING CASE, two Cables (video out, connectivity) plus a STAND w/c you can use when you're watching the 5800's videos. Funny the IPHONE doesn't come with one but Apple expects you to FIND A WAY to prop it up somewhere so it won't fall. Just a piece of plastic can go a long way to usability.  Adding all these little things do add up to the experience, specially once the now popular UNBOXING photos start showing up.

11. The 5800 has loud stereo speakers. This was begun before by Motorola but Nokia doesn't stop there. Starting with this model, buyers from some 10 countries as of the moment (Singapore is in, Philippines not yet) --will get UNLIMITED MUSIC for ONE YEAR as part of the "COMES WITH MUSIC" platform. This alone will DRIVE people away from "design" offerings like the Iphone and get the Xpress Music.  Of course the Zune has something like this but try to remember -the ZUNE music player is USA only - even now it's in it's 2nd generation. What is Microsoft thinking? We don't know.

12. The camera again has that Carl Zeiss optics and has autofocus plus dual LED Flash.  Most consumers have NOO IDEA what a CZ optic is. But it sounds cool. And that's enough. Old Nokia Camphone users will welcome DUAL LEDS because they know that single led flashes are terrible when you need a flash - it's still dark. Autofocus is much welcome too.

13. I don't have to mention that yes, you can copy and paste and forward messages using a NOKIA. With the IPHONE ? You retype it!
14. And of course MMS has long been a staple in the GSM world, of course Nokia has it. The Iphone doesn't.

All in all, the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is a very strong phone, priced correctly and loaded with so many goodies and extras that the majority of people looking for a phone replacement (who isn't?) will consider it strongly. Right now, those who can purchase the Iphone have done so - but they're a small group. The majority of the people will be getting this new Nokia offering -specially once they open a NOKIA MUSIC STORE in the PHILIPPINES! (Hello, the land of 3 phones per person??).

You're a GEEK so here's the FULL TECH SPECS for your BROWSING from NOKIA's Website.

    * Form: Classic with full touch user interface
    * Dimensions: 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm
    * Weight: 109 g
    * Volume: 83 cc
    * Touch user interface optimised for one-hand use with tactile feedback

Display and 3D

    * Main display
      - Size: 3.2"
      - Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels (nHD)
      - Up to 16 million colours
      - aspect ratio 16:9
      - automatic orientation sensor (Accelerometer) for display rotation
    * 3D image engine

Keys and input method

    * Stylus, plectrum and finger touch support for text input and user interface control (alphanumeric keypad, full and mini qwerty keyboard, handwriting recognition, full screen handwriting for Chinese language)
    * Dedicated Media Bar touch key for access to music, gallery, share on-line, Video Centre and web browser
    * Voice commands
    * Physical keys for application launch key (menu key), send & end, power, camera, lock, volume up & down

Colors and covers

    * Available in-box colours:
      - Red
      - Blue
      - Black
      Available colours may vary per region.


    * Micro-USB connector, USB 2.0 High Speed
    * 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
    * MicroSD card slot, small DC jack, Micro USB cable interface to PC (CA-101), TV out interface (CA-75U)


    * BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
    * Talk time (maximum):
      - GSM 8.8 h
      - WCDMA 5 h
    * Standby time (maximum):
      - GSM 406.2 h
      - WCDMA 400 h
    * Browsing time with packet data (maximum): 3.4 h
    * Video playback time (maximum): 5.2 h, Video playback time (maximum, nHD/Mpeg4) 3.4 h, VGA video playback using TV-Out with Stereo BT Headset 3.8 h
    * Video recording time (maximum): 3.6 h
    * Video call time (maximum): 3 h
    * Music playback time (maximum): Up to 35 h
    * Gaming time (maximum): 5.6 h


    * MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, max. 16 GB
    * 81 MB internal memory
    * 8GB microSD memory card in-box, expandable up to 16GB

Communication and navigation
Operating frequency

    * WCDMA 900/2100
    * GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
    * WCDMA 850/1900 (Latin America and Brazil variant only)
    * Automatic switching between GSM bands
    * Flight mode

Data network

    * CSD
    * HSCSD
    * GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177 kbps (DL/UL)
    * WCDMA 2100/900 with simultanous voice and packet data, maximum speed PS 384/384 kbps (UL/DL), CS maximum speed 64 kbps
    * HSDPA cat 6, maximum speed 3.6 Mbps (DL)
    * WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g (3G version only)
    * TCP/IP support

Local connectivity and synchronization

    * Bluetooth version 2.0
      - Bluetooth profiles: A2DP & AVRCP
    * MTP (Mobile Transfer Protocol) support
    * TV out with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, in-box)
    * Support for PC synchronisation with Nokia OVI Suite

Call features

    * Integrated hands-free speakerphone
    * Number screening for messaging and calls
    * Automatic answer with headset or car kit
    * Any key answer
    * Call waiting, call hold, call divert
    * Call timer
    * Logging of dialled, received and missed calls
    * Automatic redial
    * Speed dialling
    * Voice dialling: speaker independent dialling and voice commands (SIND)
    * Fixed dialling number support
    * Vibrating alert (internal), also with tactile feedback
    * Side volume keys
    * Mute/unmute
    * Contacts bar for 4 contacts with images and communication history (SMS, IM, email, web feeds)
    * Talking ring tones
    * Conference calling with up to 6 participants
    * Video calling: up to 3h, QCIF 176 x 144 pixels, low up to 5 fps, normal up to 10 fps, smooth up to 15 fps


    * SMS
    * Multiple SMS deletion
    * MMS version 1.3, message size up to 600 kb
    * Automatic resizing of images for MMS
    * Nokia Xpress audio messaging
    * Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages
    * Number screening for messaging
    * Distribution lists for messaging
    * Instant messaging client
    * Cell broadcast


    * Supported protocols: IMAP, POP, SMTP
    * Support for e-mail attachments
    * OMA e-mail notification support
    * Mail for Exchange 2008 in DL client, in 2009 embedded

Web browsing

    * Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML, WML
    * Supported protocols: HTTP, WAP, JavaScript
    * TCP/IP support
    * OSS browser
    * Nokia Mobile Search

GPS and navigation

    * Integrated GPS for pedestrian and car navigation
    * Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch application

Image and sound

    * 3.2 megapixel camera (2048 x 1536 pixels)
    * Image formats: JPEG
    * Carl Zeiss optics
    * 3x digital zoom
    * Autofocus
    * Dual LED flash
    * Flash modes: On, off, automatic, red-eye reduction
    * White balance modes: automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
    * Centre weighted auto exposure; exposure compensation: +2 ~ -2EV at 0.5 step
    * Normal, Sepia, Black&White, Vivid, Negative
    * Dedicated camera key
    * Landscape (horizontal) orientation
    * Photo editor on device
    * Direct printing to compatible picture printers


    * Main camera
      Video recording at up to 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps (TV high quality), up to 640 x 352 pixels and up to 30 fps (widescreen quality), up to 320 x 240 pixels and up to 30 fps/15 fps (email high/normal quality), up to 176 x 144 and up to 15 fps (sharing quality)
      - Up to 4x digital video zoom
    * Front camera for video calling
    * Video recording file formats: .mp4, .3gp
    * Audio recording formats: WAV (normal), AMR (MMS), AAC/MP4 (high quality)
    * Video white balance modes: automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
    * Scene modes: automatic, night
    * Colour tone modes: normal, sepia, black & white, vivid, negative
    * Clip length (maximum): 1 h 30 min (high or normal quality). Dependable on available memory.
    * RealPlayer
    * Video playback file formats: MPEG4-SP playback 30fps VGA, MPEG4-AVC playback 30fps QVGA, WMV9 playback 30fps QVGA, MPEG4-SP playback 30 fps nHD
    * Video streaming: 3GPP and CIF
    * Landscape mode video playback
    * Video editor on device
    * Video Centre service supported: download and stream video content, WMV support, video feeds

Music and audio playback

    * Nokia Nseries digital music player
      - Playlists
      - 8-band graphical equalizer
      - selection by artist, composers, album and genre
      album graphics display and audio visualisations
      bass booster, stereo widening, loudness
    * Music playback file formats: .mp3, SpMidi, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
    * Dedicated volume keys & immediate access to Music Player from Media Bar, dedicated music keys in the headset control unit AD-54
    * Stereo FM radio
    * 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
    * Music Player
    * Nokia Music Manager
    * Nokia Music Store support
    * Nokia Podcasting support
    * Ring tones: 3D stereo ring tones, 64-tone polyphonic, mp3 & video ring tones (3 videos and 9 mp3 songs built-in)
    * Integrated stereo speakers with surround sound (crystal clear hi-fi sound quality with dedicated audio chip)

Voice and audio recording

    * Voice commands
    * Speaker-independent name dialling (SIND)
    * Voice recorder
    * AMR, NB-AMR, FR, EFR
    * Digital stereo microphone

Personalization: profiles, themes, ring tones

    * Customizable profiles
    * Ring tones: 3D stereo ring tones, 64-tone polyphonic, mp3 & video ring tones
    * Themes

Software platform and user interface

    * S60 5th edition
    * Symbian OS version 9.4
    * Active standby
    * Media Bar
    * Contacts bar

Personal information management (PIM): contacts, clock, calendar etc.

    * Support for assigning images to contacts
    * Support for contact groups
    * Clock: analogue and digital, world clock
    * Alarm clock
    * Reminders
    * Calculator
    * Calendar with week and month view
    * Converter
    * Notes
    * To-do list


    * Java TM MIDP 2.0
    * Flash Lite 3.0
    * Games: 3D Bounce and Global Race, DVD: Ulead VTB
    * Nokia Music Store
    * Nokia Maps
    * Map loader
    * PC Download
    * PC Photos
    * OVI Suite with Nokia Music
    * Download!
    * Share on OVI
    * Adding more applications:
      - Over-the-air (OTA) downloads


    * Games: 3D Bounce and Global Race

Sales package contents
Sales package contents

    * 5800 XpressMusic with pen stylus
    * Battery (BL-5J)
    * High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
    * Music Headset (HS-45, AD-54)
    * Video-out Cable (CA-75U)
    * Connectivity Cable (CA-101)
    * 8 GB microSDHC card (MU-43)
    * Carrying Case (CP-305)
    * Stand (DT-29)
    * Stylus plectrum in wrist strap (CP-306)
    * Extra pen stylus
    * User guide and Quick guide
    * Mini DVD

Recommended accessories

    * Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-500)
    * Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset (BH-504)
    * Nokia Mini Speakers (MD-8)

Compatible car solutions

    * Nokia Car Kit CK-100

Compatible accessories

    * Nokia Mini Speakers MD-6
    * Nokia Bluetooth Speakers MD-7W
    * Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-503

Support and related documents
Related documents

    * SAR certification information
    * Eco Declaration (.pdf, 52 KB)
    * Declaration of Conformity

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Dear Iphone 3g, You're Dead - Nokia 5800 Xpress Music: 12 Marketing Insights

The following is a press release from the website of Synaptics. From the
text, I'm guessing that as long as you're using an updated driver of the
synaptics touchpad - which is like in MOST Windows machines --then you
can try rotating graphics using 2 fingers, use two finger drags to page
up and page down (like a mac). However, this press release is SEVERELY
LACKING in details - when will it be available? What Machines? What
Programs will it work with?

C'mon Synaptics, you can do better than this:

Synaptics TouchPads Enabled With ChiralRotate(tm) and Two-Finger Flick
Make Notebooks and Peripheral Keyboards More Intuitive and Easier to Use

TOKYO, Japan -Sept. 30, 2008 - Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading
developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing,
communications and entertainment devices, today announced the
availability of two new advanced gestures- ChiralRotate and Two-Finger
Flick. These gestures join the company's expanding portfolio of gesture
recognition capabilities for Synaptics TouchPads used in popular
notebooks and peripheral keyboards.

* ChiralRotate lets users move one finger in a circular motion to
rotate images and graphics within applications, quickly and easily.

* Two-Finger Flick enables users, depending on the application,
to either use two fingers to flick horizontally to navigate
back-and-forth through images, documents and objects, or to flick
vertically to minimize and maximize an application.

Consistent with previous Synaptics gestures (ChiralMotion(tm), Pinch and
Momentum) announced earlier this year, ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick
are compatible with hundreds of Microsoft Windows applications and offer
tremendous value and productivity to any notebook or peripheral keyboard
that integrates Synaptics' industry-leading TouchPad(tm) touch-sensitive
interfaces. The ChiralMotion gesture has gone through multiple usability
tests, which have consistently demonstrated that continuous circular
movement of the finger on the TouchPad is the most desirable, natural
gesture for users to perform.

"The addition of ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick are the most recent
examples of Synaptics' ongoing commitment to driving innovation and
improved usability to all types of PC applications," said Mark Vena,
vice president of Synaptics' PC Business Unit. "Consumer and business
users alike are always looking for ways to do things faster and more
intuitively on their notebook systems and PC peripherals, and these new
Synaptics gestures are aimed at delivering just that."

Working with photos and graphics becomes much more efficient when using
a TouchPad enhanced with ChiralRotate or Two-Finger Flick. Users can
review images quickly with Two-Finger Flick and rotate them within
popular Windows applications with ChiralRotate, all without taking their
fingers off the TouchPad. These gestures join other gesture options,
such as Synaptics ChiralMotion(tm) technology - an advanced gesture that
provides an innovative alternative to conventional scrolling. As an
added convenience, all Synaptics TouchPad settings, including gesture
functionality, can be turned on or off with the highly intuitive
Synaptics Control Panel that is incorporated into most OEM notebook

Availability: These new enhanced gesture options are available now on
Synaptics TouchPads for PC notebook and keyboard devices. For more
information on Synaptics' ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick, visit

About Synaptics

Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) is a leading developer of interface solutions
for the mobile computing, communications and entertainment industries.
The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices
including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, digital music players and mobile
phones. The TouchPad(tm), Synaptics' flagship product, is integrated
into a majority of today's notebook computers. Consumer electronics and
computing manufacturers use Synaptics' solutions to enrich the
interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved
usability, functionality and industrial design. The company is
headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. www.synaptics.com See gestures for
Synaptics TouchPad at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShmqUHR7RO0.

# # #

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Windows PCs Can will soon do Mac/IPhone-Like 2finger scrolls / Pinch and Rotate

Go to http://wallpapers.msn.com/ to try for free MSN's Wallpaper
organizer. Just like a Nokia phone, you can also edit the wallpapers to
include your words - inspiring quotes and add simple cliparts. Aside
from the organizer, they also throw in more than 100 wallpapers - nature
pictures and cars.

This is a good tool to use to create wallpapers using your own dreams-a
dream wallpaper collection - and use it to automatically change your
wallpaper per HOUR or DAY/Whatever.

Great to remind you.

This is an almost competition for Desktoptopia for Macs - only YOU can
add your own pictures - in desktoptopia, THEY select the images.

To strengthen your dream boards on the wall, you now can have DREAM
WALLPAPERS using MSN's Wallpaper Changer.

Create a DREAMS WALLPAPER CHANGER using Free 100 Hi Quality Wallpapers and Wallpaper Changer from MSN

New. Just announced today, if you use Microsoft's Live Search
(http://www.live.com) - they'll give you free air miles rewards. Nope
this is not a hoax, but my marketing analysis of this offering.

Visit http://www.getsearchperks.com and get started earning "perks" - up
to a max of 25 perks a day -when you use Microsoft's Live Search.

Look at all of the prizes at
Aside from Airline Miles - most of them are HOHUM. So let's see which
airlines we can use:

"Redeem your tickets for airline miles with airlines such as Alaska,
American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Midwest, and US Airways!

American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage program at
any time without notice. American Airlines is not responsible for
products or services offered by other participating companies. For
complete details about the AAdvantage program, visit
www.aa.com/aadvantage. American Airlines and AAdvantage are registered
trademarks of American Airlines, Inc."
-end of quote-

How long will it take to earn these?
This means you'll need 4 days to gain 100 perks and 40days (more than a
month) to earn 1000 perks - w/c I'm told will earn you some Airline
Miles. Not bad for using search - and very Jay Abraham-like of Microsoft
to offer something from the card business into search. I wonder if
Google (the leader) will do something in return?

Anyway look at the prizes you can get plus # days you have to use live
search to earn them.

An XBOX controller for 5500 tickets (use MS Live Search for 200 days)
A cookbook(!) for 3400 tickets (136 days)
1000 Airline Miles for 1800 tickets (72 days or 2+ months)
5 Music downloads for 525 tickets (use it for 21 days)
Tshirts for 1100 tickets (use it for 44 days)
Signing up will get you 500 bonus tickets.

So if you signup now and get 500 tickets, you only need to use
livesearch for 52 more days (almost 2 months) to get a 1000miles. Tell
me in the comments, is that bad?

Let's say you want to go from PHX to NY

Let's say you want to travel from Phoenix, AZ to New York, so you
already have 1000 miles after 2 months of signing up. You'll need 1500
more miles for a one way trip - so--72 more days to get another 1000
miles plus 36 days for 500 miles: 3.6 months. So in total to get a one
way trip from PHX to NY you'll have to use MS Live Search for FIVE AND A
HALF MONTHS from signup. And that's for one person only.

Tell me how does that compare to your normal US credit card reward?

And if you think this is only for their live search, think again! This
promo will only work if you're using Internet Explorer (IE!) -so it's
purposely targeted to the NOT GEEK crowd-and not all of them. The promo
is limited to the first 1,000,000 respondents before December 31, 2008.
Plus it's valid only for legal residents in the 50 United States and
Washington, D.C., who are at least 13 years of age, have a valid Windows
Live ID, are accepted to participate in the program and participate in
the program until its completion on April 15, 2009

Yes, us Pinoys will not be able to participate. They want the good old
American heartland to continue using their Microsoft Internet Explorer
(if you have to, please least upgrade it to Version 7 or 8!) and use the
"new" live search. Geeks need not comment on this as this is not
targeted to you. Try it in firefox and you'll get:

"To earn value for your searches and join the SearchPerks! promotion you
must have Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher to participate. Copy this URL
and paste it into Internet Explorer:

Sign up for SearchPerks! and start earning tickets towards exciting
prizes whenever you search the Web - up to 25 tickets per day. It's
free, easy to use, and your tickets accumulate as fast as you can

And because SearchPerks! is brought to you by Microsoft Live Search, you
can count on rich, comprehensive search results.

Be sure to sign up before the registration deadline on December 31,
2008-the sooner you sign up, the more opportunity you have to earn."

-end of quote-

It makes sense that Microsoft is leapfrogging the early adopter crowd
for SearchPerks because of this crowd is HOSTILE towards the company and
loves firefox. They're going instead to the heart of their userbase.

So if you're in the US and you like IE, you must act now because you
gotta sign up before the end of this year (a deadline and a call to
action with an exclusivity clause - nice marketing touches)

Marketing Insights on Microsoft's Credit Card Style Rewards for using Their LiveSearch and IE

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