Signing off…

Happy new year friends! This is Calvin signing off from Pinoy Tech Blog as this will be my last post for the blog. Don’t worry, PTB will still continue to exist and provide you with relevant tech news under the management of Joey Abiog. Back in 2005, Pinoy Tech Blog started off as a collaborative effort from a group of well-known bloggers headed by Abe Olandres of Yugatech. Unfortunately, after a few years it kinda died down until it was only Abe who posting sporadically for the site just to keep it updated. In 2008, when I started blogging, Abe entrusted me with Pinoy Tech Blog along with Joey and Raffy to help me. We changed its design, created social media accounts, and made it grow to what it is now. I can say that looking back from what it was before, we really accomplished a lot and all the hard work paid off. Unfortunately, now’s the time for me to let PTB go. I just want to take this time to thank you my readers, for keeping this site worth managing and writing for. Thank you to all those who are subscribed to our social media accounts, those who made this site a part of their daily reading, and those who somewhat made PTB a community. Thank you for the questions, the comments, and the numerous grammatical corrections on my part. Hehehe. I also would like to thank my trusty contributors who shared their insights and reviews over the years. It’s really difficult for one person to manage a site of this magnitude without any help. There are also the brands and PR agencies who regarded PTB as a respectable tech site in the country capable of delivering insightful news and reviews for Filipinos. Thank you for trusting us. I will definitely miss covering events (mostly overseas ones), trying out the latest gadgets, and definitely mingling with friends I made in the industry. Abe and I now entrusted PTB to Joey who will...

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PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

Dec 26, 13 PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

Posted by in Featured, From the editor, Mobile

Every year, we take a look at the top 5 smartphones that made a huge impact in the market. These phones aren’t necessarily the best ones out there or the ones with the latest features, but the ones that generated a lot of buzz (in a positive way), did well in sales, or just plain changed our mobile market. Without further ado, here’s our top 5 smartphones for 2013. 5. Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Cherry Mobile is well ahead of local phone brands in terms of sales and popularity and for this year, their forerunner is the Omega HD 2.0. Not any of the Cosmos line, not their first Full HD phone, not even their first HD phone which was the original Omega HD. The 5-inch quad-core dual-SIM Omega HD 2.0 didn’t get any major launching and was quietly released to the market last June. Cherry Mobile didn’t knew that it would be their best-selling smartphone for 2013 as people continue to pick them over CM’s newer releases during the holidays. The combination of looks, specs and a reasonable price (P7,999) brought the Omega HD 2.0 on our Top 5 list. 4. Nokia Lumia 1020 Usually, it’s the platform and the ecosystem that dictates how people decide on which smartphone to get. For the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s all about the hardware especially its 41-megapixel PureView camera on a slim and attractive frame. It’s clearly a big improvement from the first PureView phone and having it on Windows Phone 8 makes it a bit more appealing. It’s clearly the go-to choice for those wanting a phone to double as a really good compact camera. 3. Sony Xperia Z1 Being rugged and beautiful doesn’t always match but somehow, Sony did a good job on it with their Xperia Z1. It’s sleek and premium design doesn’t really scream waterproof and dustproof but it is. It’s just beautiful to look and feel and it’s amazing that Sony was able to put a 20.7-megapixel f/2.0 Sony G...

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5 tech features you would love from the new Ford Focus Sport

Dec 23, 13 5 tech features you would love from the new Ford Focus Sport

Posted by in Featured, Gadgets

We normally don’t write about motoring over here at Pinoy Tech Blog but I was given the privilege of trying out the latest Ford Focus Sport for a few days and was so “Christmas Day kind of happy” with some of its tech features that I just had to share it. Some of the tech features may not be new to you but still, I think most of our readers here will appreciate what the Ford Focus Sport has to offer. 1. Keyless entry and ignition Keyless entry and ignition is not that new any more. However, I was amazed that you don’t have to bring out your keys to get inside the car and turn on the ignition. You just have to be in close proximity to the door you want to open and simply pull the handle once to unlock. When you get inside the car, simply push the Power button to turn on the engine. No need to look for your keys inside your purse or pocket to drive the new Ford Focus Sport. Just make sure it’s within your person. 2. Ford SYNC Ford SYNC is Ford’s essentially voice-command feature. Pair your phone’s Bluetooth with Ford SYNC and you can make calls, control your music (USB or phone) via voice command. I really like this feature especially for taking calls because I don’t have to wear a Bluetooth earpiece every time I get in the car. The radio or the music will stop when there’s an active call and you will hear the other party loud and clear and you just have to speak normally to reply, no need to shout. 3. Active City Stop I wasn’t able to try this out because I don’t want to test it. Hehehe. What Active City Stop does is automatically engage the brakes for you if you’re about to hit an obstacle it detects using its lidar (Light Detect and Ranging) sensor when you’re driving up to 30km/h. Useful when it’s traffic and...

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Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2 Review

Dec 22, 13 Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2 is one of the four smartphones in Cosmos line from Cherry Mobile. It somewhat resembles the Cosmos X in terms of specs but with an interesting feature for a local-branded phone, its internal 16GB storage plus a microSD slot. Certainly useful for those who want to install a lot of apps/games on their phones. Read on with our review to see how this phone fares as a whole. Design To the untrained eye, the Cosmos X2 can easily be mistaken for a Galaxy phone with its subtle rounded corners, thin chrome lining, all-glass front broken by the lone physical button at the bottom of the display. That sure looks like a Samsung phone right? Just from the front that is.   The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 with a notification LED indicator on top of its 4.8-inch display beside the 5-megapixel camera. On each side of the Home button are two capacitive touch buttons for Menu and Back which lights up when in use.   On its side there are tiny slanted volume control buttons on the left and the angled Power/Sleep button on the right. On top is the 3.5mm audio jack while the microUSB port is at the bottom. Turn it over on its back is the usual glossy removable back panel with the COSMOS text at the center and the Cherry Mobile logo at the bottom. Center top is the slightly-protruding 18-megapixel lens with the LED flash below it. There’s a tiny speaker grill near the lower right corner at the back. Pry the back panel open and you’ll see the battery, the microSD slot, and the slots for your two regular SIM cards (one HSPA+ capable) on top of each other. Handling the Cosmos X2 feels good with just the right width to reach buttons on the farther edge with your thumb. The Volume control buttons are a bit tricky to familiarize though maybe because of its size or its shape. What I...

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Adobe is giving you Photoshop CS2 for free

Need a photo editing software on your machine? Want a legit copy of Adobe Photoshop? Well if you only need the basic tools for photo editing and want something legit, Adobe is making their over 7-year old Photoshop CS2 free for download. Actually, what Adobe did was disable the activation server for their CS2 products including Acrobat 7 due to a technical issue. Creative Suite also gives you Illustrator and InDesign by the way so can grab those as well. Be warned though that they no longer give support to these CS2 products so you’re on your own after installing. Support or no support, this sure beats the Photoshop 6.0 I have installed on my machine. [Download Adobe CS2] Related posts: Creative Suite 5 Master Collection by Adobe Adobe offers discounted products for Filipino teachers and...

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Samsung launches entry-level 840 EVO Solid-State Drives

We all know that SSDs or Solid-State Drives have been around for quite some time already and Samsung has been making their own ones since a few years ago. However, they just recently launched their consumer-friendly 840 EVO SSDs now that the market is mature for those wishing to get more speed out of their laptops. SSDs aren’t that popular because it’s pretty expensive for the amount of storage you’re getting. However, now that Ultrabooks and their hybrid drives are getting more mainstream, people are noticing the significant speed gain you can get out of an SSD drive compared to your traditional hard drive. Using SSD will also consume less power and is more lighter than your typical drive. Samsung Philippines brought the 840 EVO SSD 120 GB and 250 GB (500GB and 1TB might arrive next year). This drive uses SATA 6Gb/s already but is also compatible with 3Gb/s SATA. It comes with the Samsung Data Migration software which replicates your current drive to the SSD which you need to connect first via USB (SATA to USB cable not included). Once migration is done, you can replace your current drive with the Samsung EVO SSD with the confidence that all your files, settings, applications are intact. The 120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD retails for Php5,390 while the 250GB goes for Php9,290 which is relatively now cheaper than two years ago. They are now available from PC stores like Infoworx, Complink, PCX, Acenet, PC Hub, Asianic, Villman, Thinking Tools and other Samsung IT authorized dealers. Related posts: Intel lowers prices on SSD drives in time for the...

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iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina now available on Globe’s Plan 499 and Plan 999

Dec 17, 13 iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina now available on Globe’s Plan 499 and Plan 999

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets, Telecoms

If you’re looking to get the iPad mini w/ Retina Display or the iPad Air on Globe, they’re offering the WiFi + Cellular versions of Apple’s latest tablets under their Plan 499. With Globe’s Plan 499 for the new iPads, you can get 85 hours of internet in LTE speeds (in areas where applicable), that’s 20 more hours than what Smart is offering with their new iPad plans. Or you can also get them at Plan 999 if you want unlimited LTE with it. Unlike Smart’s one-time cash-out, Globe offers these tablets with a monthly amortization fee essentially bringing the monthly cost to the same level as their competitor. The iPad Air 16GB is available for as low as P1,624 monthly at Plan 499 with P1,125 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period. Meanwhile, the 32GB variant is available for as low as P1,790 monthly at Plan 499 with P1,291 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period. On the other hand, the iPad mini with Retina display 16GB is offered at P1,499 monthly at Plan 499 with P1,000 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period, while the 32GB variant is available at P1,665 monthly at Plan 499 with P1,166 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period. If you don’t want any contract period to go with your tablet, Globe is also offering them for as low as P24,990 for the iPad mini and P28,990 for the iPad Air. For complete details on pricing, please visit or Related posts: Globe announces WiFi + Cellular iPad Mini and iPad 4 plans SMART Reveals iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display Plans Globe introduces Tablet Plan, no different from Tattoo BlackBerry PlayBook lands at Globe, comes with Curve or Torch Globe launches Tattoo + New iPad Postpaid Plans Smart iPad mini and iPad 4 with LTE now...

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Huawei WS322 is your portable WiFi repeater

With a lot of homes these days having their own WiFi network, it’s nice to have a simple solution that allows you to extend the WiFi access to other parts of the house where signal is weak like in your garden or basement. Typically, people use access points but Huawei has introduced an elegant and simple device in the form of the Huawei WS322 WiFi Repeater/Extender. You probably know Huawei as a mobile phone brands but before that, they were in the business of pocket routers, and even before that, in telecommunication and network infrastructure so they’re one of the brands you want to trust when it comes to network hardware. The Huawei WS322 is a small device that you plugin to any outlet. With a press of a WPS button from your wireless router, and the button on the WS322, both device will pair and you can essentially strengthen the signal on your router using the WS322 where it’s needed. Just make sure that it is still within the range of your WiFi router. If your router doesn’t have a WPS button, you need to login to its admin page to manually connect it to your password-protected network. This device comes with an Ethernet port which is handy if your PC doesn’t have a built-in WiFi, you don’t have to run a long line of cable to your router. Or if you have a Smart TV but don’t have a WiFi adpater for it and it’s far from your router, the Huaweii WS322 is a handy solution for you. You’ll get wireless transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps with this one. The Huawei WS322 is priced at Php1,890 and should be available in Huawei stores or those big PC stores carrying Huawei products. Related posts: No related...

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Maxell MXH-DD600 Dual Dynamic Earphones Review

Dec 15, 13 Maxell MXH-DD600 Dual Dynamic Earphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Maxell is a brand that you would probably associate with cassette tapes, or floppy disks and CDs, or batteries. Not a lot of people know that they’ve been making headphones since 2005. Today, I encountered my first dual dynamic earphones which is getting more popular these days along with hybrids. The Maxell MXH-DD600 canal earphones possess two dynamic type drivers, a 6mm at the front to handle the mid/high frequency, and an 8mm dynamic driver placed at the back position for a solid, and powerful low frequency band. It’s a pretty new audio technology for consumer headphones and promises to deliver better range than your typical single-driver cans. Packaging-wise, Maxell went with an ordinary look so nothing special around here. Inside the box you’ll get the earphones and additional silicon tips for you to play with. A letdown in that department. The MXH-DD600 has a long cone-shaped high modulus aluminum body that houses the dual dynamic drivers for each earpiece. This type of casing reduces acoustic vibration but is bigger than your typical earphone, the sacrifice you have to make for having two drivers in one. In fact, I find it looking rather silly having a horn-shaped thing sticking it out of your ears. This earphones use a flat cable with an angled tip. It’s purely made for listening as there are no built-in mic component on the cable nor any form of remote control for your music. So anyway, that’s all I can say about the design. It’s time for the performance. First time I put these on, I really am not impressed since it sounded like your typical headphones in the Php2k range. Thought it needed a bit of burn in to hear its true signature so that’s what I did. After about 5 hours worth of burn-in, lo and behold, huge improvements. Admittedly, I really don’t know what to expect from a dual dynamic driver earphones but I guess it’s a good thing that it was like listening to a single...

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Huawei launches the Ascend P6 in Limited Kitty Pink Edition

The Ascend P6 is arguably the most gorgeous Android smartphone Huawei has ever produced. It’s slim and looks elegant with a femininely light weight of 120g. To further market it to the ladies, Huawei made the Limited Kitty Pink Edition of the Ascend P6 available in the country which was originally made only for selected markets. Lovers of the color pink would want to get their hands on the Ascend P6 if they’re after an Android device that not only looks good but also perform quite good. It was hailed as the Best Consumer Smartphone Product by the 2013-2014 European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). This phone has a 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen technology with Magic Touch so the screen is still responsive even with gloved fingers.  It’s also protected by Gorilla Glass. The P6 is powered by Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor to go with 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, half of which is probably dedicated to its Emotion UI and built-in features. It does have a microSD slot which is something that’s often sacrificed on such a slim device. The back has an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens and BSI sensor. It supports macro shots of up to 4cm and can do full HD video recording while capturing stills at the same time. There’s also a 5-megapixel front camera which features auto facial-enhancing capabilities for the less photoshop-savvy people. The phone also has a 2000mAh battery and along with Huawei’s unique Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC) battery optimization and power saving technology, battery performance is improved by more than 30%. Until the end of the year, when you buy the Pink Ascend P6 (Php18,990 SRP), you’ll also get a Huawei Swan Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and a leather case.The Huawei Ascend P6 is still available in Alps White and Carbon Black. Huawei Ascend P6 Specs: 4.7-inch HD In-Cell LCD screen, 720 x 1280, 312ppi Corning Gorilla Glass Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 1.5GHz K3V2...

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