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YAWNS AND GIGGLES AS GOVERNMENT ROLLS OUT FREE WI-FI ACCESS IN THE PHILIPPINES

wifi-philippines_1The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is planning to roll out its free public Wi-Fi internet access project across the country beginning July of this year.

The One Billion-peso “Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places” project aims to provide free Wi-Fi Internet access in select public spaces in the country including parks and plazas, airports and seaports, public schools and hospitals, train stations and government offices.

Once fully deployed, the Project will serve 105,000 concurrent users with an average speed of 256 kbps (kilobytes) each. (Remember, the Philippines has a population of 100 Million.)

The DOST announcement was met with yawns and giggles by the Internet-savvy Filipinos, and here’s why:

256 kbps is equivalent to 2.048 Mbps (Megabits)

To put it in perspective, let’s take a look at the wi-fi speed in South Korea:

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That’s 47.73 Mbps download and 48.99 Mbps upload speed in South Korea vs. 2.048 Mbps in the Philippines! And it is estimated that almost half of South Korea’s 50 Million population have access to high-speed Internet.

Any questions? Log on to the website of the DOST. That is, if you are able to get a connection, or have time for a little nap while waiting for your connection.

Perhaps, instead of building more high-rise condos and shopping malls, the Philippines should build a better Internet infrastructure. After all, isn’t the Philippines supposed to be the “New Asian Tiger?”

Or is it still the “Sick Man of Asia”  when it comes to Technology?

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MILLIONS PETITION THE WHITE HOUSE TO STOP FILMING OF ‘FROZEN 2’

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Millions of Americans – 2.5 Million as of latest count – have signed a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, urging the Office of the President to stop the filming of ‘Frozen 2,’ the sequel to the blockbuster Disney animation.

The petition was formally submitted to The White House just minutes after Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement of the sequel at the Disney shareholder meeting. Frozen co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will both be involved in the sequel, Iger says, as will original producer Peter Del Vecho. No production details or release dates have been revealed.

The petitioners, mostly parents with young children, asked The White House to spare them from more agonizing moments listening over and over to the film’s theme song, ‘Let It Go,’ or whatever the new song will be for the sequel.

As of press time, the Association of Karaoke Bars and Restaurants (AKBR) has voted to add its name to the petition, saying that since the Karaoke version of the song ‘Let It Go,’ was released, they have lost business because many annoyed customers have stayed away, not wanting to hear any more of this Oscar-winning song.

Inside sources at Disney, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that John Travolta has been tapped to record the ‘Frozen 2’ theme song.

If the song gets nominated and Travolta will perform the song at the next Oscars, he will be introduced by Adele Dazeem.