Saturday, March 20, 2010

Globe My Super Plan

The first and only fully-customizable plan brought to you by Globe!

With My Super Plan, you can choose, add, and combine phone plans to fit your budget and lifestyle. Pick and pay only for the services you need and have the option to change your plans as often as every month. And, you can enjoy Globe ALL-YOU-CAN services for as low as P349 monthly!

Personalize your plans!

Super Txt (P349/month)

• All-you-can text to Globe/TM/Tattoo numbers nationwide

DUO (P450/month)

• All-you-can calls to non-Globelines landline/other DUO/Super DUO numbers within the same registered area

• All-you-can calls to Globeline numbers nationwide

Super DUO (P599/month)

• All-you-can calls to non-Globelines within the same registered area

• All-you-can calls to Globe/TM/Tattoo/Globeline numbers nationwide

Super Unli (P599/month)

• All-you-can call and text to Globe, TM, and Tattoo numbers nationwide

Super Surf (P1,200/month)

• All-you-can mobile chatting, downloading, emailing and surfing wherever you go

Super Surf for Blackberry (P1,200/month)

• All-you-can mobile chatting, downloading, emailing (with push email) and surfing wherever you go with your Blackberry phone

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

News sites popular but few click on ads or will pay?report

The good news for traditional US news organizations? Their websites are popular. The bad news? Few news consumers click on ads and hardly any are prepared to pay for news online.

These and other findings are contained in a "State of the Media" report released on Monday by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The report examines the potential of online revenue models for traditional news outlets and also the contrasting news agendas of the mainstream press and bloggers and social media.

According to the report, newspaper ad revenue fell 26 percent last year US newspapers are spending $1.6 billion less annually on reporting and editing than they did a decade ago.

Network television news division resources have been cut by more than half since the late 1980s and ad revenue was down eight percent last year.

Local television newsrooms have shed some six percent of their workforce in the past two years, the report said, and ad revenue was 22 percent lower last year.

Radio ad revenue fell 22 percent in 2009 compared with the previous year and magazine ad revenue was down 17 percent.

Overall online ad revenue also dropped in 2009—by five percent—and only cable television news channels did not suffer declining revenue and layoffs last year.

"Last year was significantly harder on the news industry even than 2008, and the report predicts still more cutbacks in 2010, even with an improving economy," PEJ director Tom Rosenstiel said.

"And while there is more discussion of alternative ways of financing the news, there is not yet much concrete progress," Rosenstiel said.

The websites of traditional news organizations continue to garner the most traffic—at least for now, the report found.

Using data from Nielsen NetRatings, it said that of the 4,600 news sites Nielsen tracks, the top seven percent get 80 percent of the traffic and their collected number of unique visitors grew 9.25 percent last year.

Of the top 200 news sites, "legacy media" account for 67 percent.

Thirteen percent are aggregators such as Google News while 14 percent are online-only sites that produce original content.

"Legacy media still make up the majority of the most popular destinations, although each year newly created websites are joining the list," the report said.

It noted that online ad revenue at US newspapers has failed to keep pace with the steady erosion of print ad revenue.

Seventy-nine percent of the online news consumers surveyed said they never or only rarely clicked on an online ad. "They don't mind them. They simply ignore them," the report said.

Seventy-one percent of Internet users, or 53 percent of all American adults, get news online, according to the report.

Only 35 percent of online news consumers said they have a "favorite" news website, and of this group, considered the most likely to pay for content, only 19 percent said they would pay to visit their favorite site.

"Because so few online news consumers even have a favorite site this translates to only seven percent of all people who get news online having a favorite online news source that they say they would pay for," the report said.

Currently, the only major US newspaper successfully charging readers for full access online is The Wall Street Journal although Journal owner Rupert Murdoch has announced plans to erect pay walls around all of his newspapers.

The New York Times has also said it will begin charging on the Web in 2011.

On the news agendas of the mainstream press and bloggers, the report found that the top linked-to news story among bloggers matched the top story in the mainstream press just 13 out of 47 weeks studied.

On Twitter, the top story was the same just four of the 27 weeks studied.

Traditional media continues, however, continues to play a large role in the blogosphere and legacy outlets like newspapers and broadcast networks accounted for 80 percent of all linked-to stories on blogs, the report found.

"While new media—particularly bloggers—congregated around different story lines than the national press, it was still traditional outlets that provided most of the original reporting, it said.

Three outlets provided 65 percent of bloggers' linked-to news articles—The New York Times with 28.7 percent of the links followed by CNN with 18.9 percent and the BBC with 17.6 percent.

The report was compiled from Nielsen data and a December 28-January 19 survey of 2,259 American adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

GLOBE G-Cash is now available Online

Now Globe GCASH is even more accessible as the award-winning micro-payment service makes GCASH transactions possible using a computer while online!

Through the GCASH Online facility (, subscribers can send GCASH and check their account balance using their computer. Just like the mobile GCASH service, GCASH Online also assures subscribers of a fast, convenient and affordable way to perform GCASH transactions using a computer.

This significantly benefits the gamers and online shoppers who prefer doing their transactions via the Internet as well as those who frequently go abroad but still want to manage their GCASH accounts.

Irene, a GCASH subscriber who recently tried GCASH Online, said: “Most of the time, I’m in front of my computer surfing on the latest trends, catching up with friends in Facebook, buying things, or joining gaming sites. I’m always online so I appreciate the fact that I can just visit the GCASH site and do my stuff there anytime that I want to. GCASH being accessible online makes my life easier!” she said.

GCASH allows Globe and TM subscribers to easily and conveniently send and receive cash electronically as well as buy goods and make payments. At present, GCASH has more than 1.2 million registered users and has formed alliances with some 18,000 local and international partners.


Friday, March 5, 2010

YouTube extends automatic video captioning

YouTube, in a significant development for millions of deaf Internet users, extended automatic caption capability Thursday to all English-language videos on the video-sharing website.

YouTube users have been able to manually add captions to videos since 2008 and in November of last year the site began offering machine-generated captions for about a dozen partner channels.

Hiroto Tokusei, a YouTube product manager, said in a blog post on Thursday that the automatic caption, or auto-caption, feature was now being expanded to all videos on the site in English.

Auto-captioning uses speech-to-text technology to generate subtitles.

"Making video easily accessible is something we're working hard to address at YouTube," said Tokusei, citing studies that predict that over 700 million people worldwide will suffer from hearing impairment by 2015.

The auto-captioning feature will make YouTube videos "more accessible to people who have hearing disabilities or who speak different languages," the YouTube project manager said.

While the auto-caption feature currently only works for videos where English is spoken, Tokusei said users can use Google's automatic translation service to simultaneously translate the captions into 50 other languages.

Auto-captioning in more languages will be added "in the months to come."

The YouTube project manager noted that auto-captioning is not yet perfect and a "clearly spoken audio track" without background noise is needed to create quality captions.

Video owners do have the capability, however, of downloading auto-generated captions, improving their accuracy and then uploading a new version.

One of the chief advocates for captioning capability at YouTube has been Vint Cerf, the Google vice president who has been described as the "Father of the Internet."

Cerf, who is hearing impaired and has been wearing hearing aids since the age of 13, made a personal appearance at the unveiling of the YouTube auto-caption features at Google's Washington offices in November.