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Monday, February 22, 2010

Stir.ph officially launched website & magazine


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Weeks after the autonomous showbiz website went live on the World Wide Web on February 2009, STIR.ph has stirred the local entertainment-loving online community by bringing first dibs on shocking issues, intriguing proofs and photos, and full coverage of exclusive occasions. Fast-forward to present, STIR.ph continues to report exciting turn of events in the local showbiz scene and becomes the favorite online read of many. It is visited by more than 150,000 new users every month and receives a monthly page view of more than two (2) million. With such success, STIR.ph officially inaugurates the website and reveals its print magazine version to the media and its thousands of readers here and abroad.

STIR.ph kicks off the year in full blast as it treats media and friends to a spanking party, themed Pink Carpet STIR Awards to celebrate its first year anniversary in the trade. The launch party was held at Zirkoh comedy & music bar in Greenhills, San Juan on January 26, 2010. The stirring Awards are given to artists and personalities who indeed created a stir in the last year. Awardees are: Christian Bautista - Stirring Artist of the Decade, Dr. Victoria Belo - Stirring Producer of the Year, Ryan Agoncillo - Stirring Host of the Year, Karylle - Stirring Star of the Year, and Juicy! - Stirring Showbiz Talk Show of the Year.

Having a print version is STIR.ph’s another reason to celebrate! Young publishing company October Eighty Publications, Inc. teamed up with Yehey! to make the weekly magazine possible. The first two issues of the mag are free and will be distributed in MRT and LRT stations, coffee shops, salons and TV stations. 

STIR.ph website and magazine are prepared for publication by editors Edgar Cruz and Maryo Labad, respectively. 

STIR.ph (Showbiz Talk + Intriguing Reports) is a local Philippine entertainment gossip site that dishes out off-the-grill showbiz reports, star sightings, blind items, and user-generated contents such as candid celebrity photos and videos.

Powered by the top Filipino online portal Yehey!, STIR.ph prides its speed in delivering entertainment tidbits to its readers online. STIR reveals local entertainment news as they unfold.

iWantv website lets you watch ABS-CBN shows for free (without commercial breaks)





iWantv! is a website that hosts all your favorite ABS-CBN and cable channel shows.  With iWantv!, watch the shows you want, anytime, for free! iWantv website was launched on January 8, 2010 at Texas Roadhouse in El Pueblo, Ortigas Center in Pasig City. I'm glad that I was one of those few who witnessed this site first.

The site has the freshest episodes so you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything.  You can also catch live news programs such as ANC, Teleradyo and Al Jazeera. If you are a solid Kapamilya, iWantv is something to look forward to - never to miss a single episode of your favorite shows of ABS-CBN. Each episode of an ABS-CBN show is archived according to dates.


iWantv! is exclusively available to SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL subscribers in Metro Manila. If you are not yet a subscriber, check out the websites and see what package fits you best.

WHO CAN WATCH:
SKYBROADBAND and BAYAN DSL residential subscribers with at least 512kbps package. Also available to ZPDEE, Bayan Broadband and Surfer by SKY subscribers, but also only if with at least 512kbps download speed.  


AVAILABLE CONTENT:
I.  VIDEO-ON-DEMAND. Available programs as of January 2010:
1. Katorse
2. May Bukas Pa
3. Dahil May Isang Ikaw
4. Pinoy Big Brother
5. TV Patrol
6. Bandila
7. SNN
8. The Buzz
9. E-Live
10. Wowowee
11. Maalaala Mo Kaya
12. Kalye
13. Correspondents
14. Profiles
15. XXX
16. SOCO
17. Bottomline with Boy Abunda
18. Sports Unlimited
19. Showtime
20. Lifestyle Channel Shows (MetroWear Randy Ortiz 60s, MetroWear Gala, Metrowear FDCP 2008)


II.  LIVE CHANNELS:
1. ANC
2. DZMM Teleradyo
3. Al Jazeera
4. Myx

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1.   What is iWantv!?
- iWantv! is a website that hosts all of your favorite ABS-CBN shows and initially, shows of 4 cable channels.  ABS-CBN shows are available on-demand, while 4 cable channels are available on live streaming.

2.   Who can use iWantv!?
- iWantv! is available exclusively to SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL residential subscribers in Metro Manila.


3.   Is iWantv! available on all packages of SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL?
- iWantv! is available on SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL with at least 512kbps download speed. Also available to ZPDEE, Bayan Broadband and Surfer by SKY subscribers, but also only if with at least 512kbps download speed.  

4.   I am not a SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL subscriber but I want to watch my favorite shows anytime.  What should I do?
- Check out SKYBROADBAND and Bayan DSL packages to see which package suits you and call to subscribe.

For SKYCABLE subscribers, you may avail of the 15-day free trial for SKYBROADBAND.  Not only do you get to watch your favorite shows on iWantv!, you also get to experience internet speeds faster than DSL.  Call (632) 631-0000 and ask for a free trial.


5.   How do I use iWantv!?

Here are the steps on how to use iWantv!:
Step 1:  Go to www.iwantv.com.ph.
Step 2:  If you are a first-time user, register to get a username and password.  Please be ready with your SKYBROADBAND or Bayan DSL account number since this is a requirement.  Check your personal email after registration to get your username and password.

If you already have an existing username and password for iWantv!, log-in with the details.

Step 3:  Then just choose whether you want to watch live TV or video on demand.


6.   What are the PC requirements to watch iWantv!?
- You need to have a PC running on a Windows operating system (XP or higher) with Windows Media Player 11 installed.

7.   How do I change my username and password?
- Just log in with your current email address and password to www.iwantv.com.ph/changepassword.aspx and change the existing password with your new one.


8.   I forgot my password.  How do I retrieve?
- Just click on the Forgot Password? link or go to www.iwantv.com.ph/ /forgotpassword.aspx. You will need to enter your email address and the account number you used.

9.   Can I access iWantv! using different PCs?
- Yes, you may access iWantv! in any PC that supports the basic requirements, and as long as using a SKYBROADBAND or Bayan DSL internet connections.

10.   I experience buffering while watching a show.  What causes this?
- If you have a broadband connection of at least 512 kbps but still have poor video quality, excessive buffering, or a total lack of video, this can be due to a lack of computer processing power or general traffic congestion on the Internet. Try not to run other applications while accessing streaming media. Also, if you are accessing the video through a Local Area Network (LAN), you may experience excessive buffering or connectivity delays as a result of network congestion from the other users on your LAN.


11.   Can I download shows on my PC?
- We only allow viewing or streaming of the shows.  You cannot download any of the shows.

12.   What channels are available on iWantv!?
- The following are the live channels of iWantv!: ANC, DZMM Teleradyo, Al Jazeera & Myx.

13.   Are the live channels shown in real time?
- Yes, what you see in regular TV is the same as what you will see in iWantv! live channels.


14.   Do I have to pay for any of the content?
- No, content available now on iWantv! are free of charge.

15.   Are all episodes of the current programs stored or just this week’s episodes?
- All episodes of current programs are stored.


16.   Can I watch iWantv! on a MAC computer and operating system?
- Unfortunately, iWantv! will not work on a MAC OS.  However, it will work if the MAC also has a Windows operating system (XP or higher) with Windows Media Player 11 installed. 

Helpful websites
Official iWanTV site: www.iwantv.com.ph
SKYBROADBAND: www.mysky.com.ph
Bayan DSL: www.bayandsl.com



CONTACT INFORMATION:
For comments and suggestions, please email iwantv.tester@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Nora Aunor nominated in the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards



The 2010 Green Globe Film Awards, will feature surprise performances by Hollywood's and Asia's leading entertainers and will be one of Hollywood's largest film award programs with 100 Viewers' Choice Awards being selected by film lovers, critics and movie viewers from around the world.

The Awards will be presented during the March 23rd dinner gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel's California Ballroom in Los Angeles. The Bonaventure was selected for its immense size and capacity to host the largest dinner gala of any hotel in the state, as well as its history of being one of the most sought after movie locations for filmmakers endeavoring to present Los Angeles in a modern and elegant setting.


Philippine premier film actress Nora Aunor is nominated for the 10 Best Asian Actresses of the Decade Award (2000-2009) in the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards. 

The Awards will be presented on March 23, 2010 in a dinner gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel's California Ballroom in Los Angeles. (For more information about the awards, visit the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards website.)

Aunor is shorlisted along with other Asian greats like Maggie Cheung, Gong Li, and Ziyi Zhang.

The complete list of Asian actresses initially considered for the awards as follows:
Hong Anh (Vietnam)
Nora Aunor (Philippines)
Sylvia Chang (China)
Cecilia Cheung (China)
Maggie Cheung (China)
Kyoko Fukada (Japan)
Siqin Gaowa (China)
Paw Hee-Ching (China)
Ryouko Hirosue (Japan)
Do-yeon Jeon (Korea)
Hye-Soo Kim (Korea)
Yoon-jin Kim (Korea)
Rinko Kikuchi (Japan)
Koyuki (Japan)
Yuki Kudou (Japan)
Angelica Lee (China)
Gong Li (China)
Wong Li Lin (Singapore)
Liu Ling Ling (Singapore)
Rie Miyazawa (Japan)
Yuki Nae (Japan)
Sandrine Pinna (Taiwan)
Sinjai Plengpanich (Thailand)
Ye-jin Sohn (Korea)
Wei Tang (Taiwan)
Zhou Xun (China)
Jin Yaqing (China)
Do Thi Hai Yen (Vietnam)
Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia)
Ziyi Zhang (China)

Other Viewers' Choice Awards will be selected by film lovers, critics and movie viewers from around the world. 

TO VOTE FOR THE AWARDS, please go to: Green Globe Film Awards - Voting 


Other award categories:

Special Category: Awards of the Decade (2000-2009) 
To commemorate 2010 special Awards of the Decade will be conferred in various categories including Best Picture of the Decade, Best Director of the Decade, and many others.

2010 International Film Category Theme: Asian Films
As this year's International Film Category Theme is "Asian Films", Asian films of all genres will be honored. 

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
· Environmental Film of the Decade 
· Best International Environmental Film

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
- Humanitarian Film of the Decade 

MAJOR MOTION PICTURE AWARDS
· Best Picture 
· Best Comedy 
· Best Action Film 
· Best Science Fiction Film 
· Best Foreign Language Film 
· Best Foreign Culture Film of the Decade 
· Best Director 
· Best Actor 
· Best Actress 
· Best Supporting Actor 
· Best Supporting Actress 
· Best Male Entertainer appearing in a Movie (Decade: 2000-2009)
· Best Female Entertainer appearing in a Movie (Decade: 2000-2009)
· Best Music/Song in a Film 
· 10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood 
· Best 10 Pictures of the Decade 
· Best 10 Actors of the Decade 
· Best 10 Actresses of the Decade 
· Best 10 Filmmakers of the Decade 

ANIMATION AWARDS
· Best Animated Feature Film 

INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS THEME: ASIA
· Best International Director (Asia) 
· Best International Film (Asia) 
· Best International Drama (Asia) 
· Best International Comedy (Asia) 
· Best International Action Film (Asia) 
· Best International Thriller (Asia) 
· Best International Actor (Asia) 
· Best International Actress (Asia) 
· Best International Entertainer (Asia) 
· Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year 
· Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Decade 
· Best International Film of the Decade (Asia) 
· Best 10 International Actors of the Decade (Asia) 
· Best 10 International Actresses of the Decade (Asia) 

COMMITTEE'S CHOICE AWARDS 
The following awards are decided by Committee:
· 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2010 
· International Animator of the Decade 
· Goodwill Ambassador of the Decade
· Peace Ambassador of the Decade
· Peace Pioneer Award 
· Environmental Film Pioneer 
· Environmental Ambassador of the Decade 
· Environmental Entertainer of the Decade 
· Environmental Film Educator of the Decade 
· Humanitarian Ambassador of the Decade 
· Partners for Humanity
· Special Recognition Award
· Entertainment Legacy Award 
· Lifetime Achievement Award

Launch of the new Macs

The launch of the Apple's new Macs was held at Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, Philippines, on October 29, 2009. I'm thrilled to witness the newest technology of Apple with their amazing new line of products. There's nothing like this. You should see it for yourself!


Read the related links:
Apple Unveils New iMac With 21.5 and 27-inch Displays
Apple's Magic Mouse - The World’s First Multi-Touch Mouse


            Celebrity TJ Manotoc tries the new Mac laptop       The Apple guy presented the new Apple products

The new iMac

The brave MacBook and the shy Mac Mini

Fantastic desserts

The bloggers

Apple's Magic Mouse - The World’s First Multi-Touch Mouse


CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2009—Apple® today introduced the new wireless Magic Mouse, the first mouse to use Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ technology. Pioneered on iPhone®, iPod touch® and Mac® notebook trackpads, Multi-Touch allows customers to navigate using intuitive finger gestures. Instead of mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac® and will be available as a Mac accessory at just Php 3,490. 


“Apple is the Multi-Touch leader, pioneering the use of this innovative technology in iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpads,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Apple's Multi-Touch technology allows us to offer an easy to use mouse in a simple and elegant design.” 


Magic Mouse features a seamless touch-sensitive enclosure that allows it to be a single or multi-button mouse with advanced gesture support. Using intuitive gestures, users can easily scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. Magic Mouse works for left or right-handed users and multi-button or gesture commands can be easily configured from within System Preferences. 


The Magic Mouse laser tracking engine provides a smooth, consistent experience across more surfaces than a traditional optical tracking system. Magic Mouse uses Bluetooth wireless capabilities to create a clean, cable-free desk top and its secure wireless connection works from up to 10 meters away. To extend battery performance, Magic Mouse includes an advanced power management system that works with Mac OS® X to automatically switch to low power modes during periods of inactivity. The wireless Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries which are included. 


Pricing & Availability 
Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac and became available since October 2009 through the Apple Store® (http:store.apple.com/ph) and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of Php 3,490. Magic Mouse requires Mac OS X Leopard® version 10.5.8 or later.