Nuance to take on Siri and S-Voice with Nina

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 05:58 PM PDT

Nuance Communications, the company behind multiple language software is taking mobile voice assistance to new heights with the introduction of NINA, Nuance Interactive Natural Assistant.

Backed with years of experience in language software, the company from Boston has integrated various technological advancements in language. This in turn makes NINA understands user's language and what the message meant.

With NINA, users can do more than voice search and perform usual smartphone tasks. So much that we may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg in this new release. Here's a short video demo of how NINA works.

NINA plans to be released next month on iOS and Android platforms. Although the software looks very promising, we might not be able to fully take advantage of its features in our country.

* NINA – Nuance Interactive Natural Assistant


Online Guide: Relief Operations on Metro Manila Floods

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 02:02 AM PDT

It’s been raining the entire week but the last two days have been the heaviest. Majority of the areas in Metro Manila and nearby areas are flooded. Suspension of classes, work and gov’t offices have been raised since this morning. We’ve collated all important online information you can refer to for efforts during situations like these.

We wrote about DOST’s Project Noah last month and it has proven to be very useful in getting flood situation reports this week.

Project Noah: noah.dost.gov.ph

Here are several more accounts, links, apps and information you may need during these times.

Twitter Accounts to Monitor:

@nababaha – Project Noah
@mmda & @MMDATweets – Metro Manila Development Authority
@philredcross – Philippine Red Cross
@dost_pagasa – PAGASA
@DOTCPhilippines – for public transportation concerns
@meralco – for power/electricity concerns
@DSWDserve – for evacuation centers
@Rescue5PH – rescue team by TV5
@MarikinaPIO – efforts for Marikina City
@PTVph – PTV 4
@NDRRMC_Opcen – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
@DZMMTeleRadyo – radio updates
@ANCALERTS – cable updates
@ABSCBNNews – news updates
@MakatiTraffic – traffic situation in Makati, including number coding

Official Hashtags:

#ReliefPH – for relief efforts
#RescuePH – for flood rescue effort
#FloodPH – for general flooding news
#PHalerts – for government advisories

Crowd-sourced documents for Rescue Ops:

Google Docs of Rescue Operations – bit.ly/rescuePH

GMA7 Rescue Database: http://yugatech.ph/gma7rescue

Smart Person Finder – Track family members via their Smart phones: Text FIND < named of loved one >< mobile number > & send to 386.

Google Person Finder: https://www.google.org/personfinder/2012-08-philippines-flood

Mobile Apps:

MMDA Traffic Navigator – Android App, iOS App

TrafficDito – iOS app

Philippine Emergency Numbers – Android App


Donate directly to Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

Smart subscribers may send donations to Red Cross via SMS. Text RED < amount > to 4143.
For Globe Gcash users, text DONATE < amount > MPIN SLB and send to 2882 (e.g. DONATE 100 1234 slb)

You can donate the ff. denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

@LBC_Foundation – for sending donations via LBC Express

Smart subscribers may donate to The Baha Fund via Smart Money Acct. No. 5577 5130 6822 1104. Deposits are accepted in BDO branches.

Emergency Cellphone Loads:

For Globe/TM subscribers, text GTSOS to 3733 for 3 emergency credits.

For Smart subscribers, dial *767 to receive 3 emergency credits and P1 airtime.

Smart subscribers with zero load simply need to key in *7572 to receive credits worth Php5, equivalent to four All-Net SMS and Php1 airtime. A Php5 airtime will be deducted from the subscriber's next load purchase.

Note: Amount will be deducted on your next reload.

Text-Collect Services:

“Text Mo Libre Ko” service of Globe

• Compose your message and send it to 2354+the 11-digit Globe/TM number (ex. 235409171234567)

Collect Text service of Smart

• Compose your message and send it to 44+the 11-digit Smart/TNT number (ex. 4409189876543)

Government Hotlines:

NDRRMC: (02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668
PNP Hotline: 117
PNP Text-line: Text PNP to 2920
BFP: (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6254, (02) 431-8859, (02) 407-1230
MMDA: 136
DOTC hotline: 7890 or 0918-8848484
Red Cross hotline: 143 or (02) 911-1876
NLEX hotlines: (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910
SCTEX hotlines: (0920) 96-SCTEX (72839)
Skyway System Hotline: (02) 776-7777, 0915-6256231, 0939-5006910
SLEx hotline: 0908-8807539

Local Government Units:

Manila Traffic Hotline: (02) 527-3087
Cainta Traffic Hotline: (02) 646-0044, 655-7368 loc. 164
Las PiƱas Traffic: (02) 874-5756, 874-3957, 874-3927
Mandaluyong Hotline: (02) 534-2993
Taguig Traffic: (02) 838-4301 loc. 7112
Marikina STOC: (02) 646-1651
Pasig Traffic: (02) 643-0000, (02) 724-5813
Makati Public Safety Dept: (02) 844-3146, (02) 819-3270