Free WiFi when traveling under Travel Factor x Smart Bro partnership

Aug 15, 15 Free WiFi when traveling under Travel Factor x Smart Bro partnership

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Events, Tech News

            Leader in wireless, Smart, teamed up with the top adventure group Travel Factor providing free WiFi to those exploring the country’s popular adventure destinations. Travel Factor was started by a group of adventure travel enthusiasts in 2006 and is the go-to group for adventure trips like surfing, diving, biking, and more!               Under this partnership, Travel Factor trips will be powered with Smart Bro via Smart Bro Pocket WiFi backed by the country’s largest network with over 10,000 4G sites nationwide. Other add-on perks are getting 20% discount on selected trips for owners of Smart Bro Prepaid 4G or LTE Pocket WiFi. Also, participants will be given a free kit filled with travel goodies and a chance to win a brand new Smart Bro Pocket WiFi. This is good news for both techies and travelers alike as you now have the option to instantly share your adventure and memories via Smart Bro’s 4G network. For more information, visit Related posts: No related...

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Cherry Mobile G1 Android One First Impressions

Aug 11, 15 Cherry Mobile G1 Android One First Impressions

Posted by in Gadgets, Mobile, Reviews, Tech News, The Internet

The Cherry Mobile G1 launched yesterday, together with the presence of Google executives. It’s the second Google phone under the Android One initiative under the Cherry Mobile brand. What makes this different is the Android One label distinguishing this phone from other Android devices. The back panel uses the same plastic material that is smooth to hold as most of the Cherry Mobile phones do.  Camera has a black shiny bezel around it and both, with the LED flash is dead on center. The best part about the design is the 2 chrome stripes on the side, going around the device from top to bottom. It gives the device a more premium feel to it. The Dragontrail glass upfront promises a tougher exterior and is said to be resistant to scratches. With a 5-inch (1280×720) IPS display, it made the graphics much crisper and sharper. The 3 buttons at the bottom is incorporated in the LCD screen and not as resistive touch buttons. At the top portion is the 3.5mm headphone jack positioned at about 1/3 from the left. At the right side is the power button and volume control buttons while at the bottom is the MicroUSB port and the speaker grills. Overall, it has improved a lot if you compare it with the first released Android One device in terms of processing speed, camera, and now, this even has LTE connectivity! It’s good that this device has a 2-year Google support as ‘update support’ tends to be the problem with local units. Android One’s vision is to empower the majority of the citizens in developing nations with these affordable smartphones and with the introduction of this new competitive device, it now brings more light to the Android One project making affordable powerful smartphones a reality.  Cherry Mobile G1 will be available for purchase starting (est) around late August to early September of 2015 with SRP of 5,999 pesos.  Cherry Mobile G1 Specs: OS Android Lollipop 5.1.1 CPU 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon MSM8916...

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Quick Review of the Motorola X (2nd Generation)

Aug 09, 15 Quick Review of the Motorola X (2nd Generation)

Posted by in Android, Mobile, Reviews, Tech News

A few weeks back after the official Philippine launch of the Motorola X, we got to try the Motorola X, the flagship model of Motorola. Soon, they will be launching more units here locally and their goal is to simultaneously launch with other countries. For less than 20,000 pesos (priced at Php 16,999), this phone is set to get back their following locally. First Impressions The phone looks solid and premium. It has a slight curve at the back which reminded me of the LG G3 and G4. The matte rubber back cover cannot be detached though so let’s just  hope that when time comes, it won’t be sticky. If you are accustomed to huge phones like me, you will find it a bit uncomfortable to hold just because this is smaller in size and there is a fear of accidentally dropping it. That is quite subjective though. Other than that, overall, it looks great and feels great touching the materials used on this phone. The power button is located on the upper right side of the device. It’s comfortable to press and easy to reach as this has only 5.2” screen. Holding the phone, you can easily unlock it using one hand, as well as control the volume or press the power button. You can almost touch any part of the screen with just using one hand. The power button has ridges that easily differentiates itself from the smooth volume rocker which is located below it. No other physical buttons other than those two exists. To make the phone smaller, Motorola placed the soft buttons on screen (compared to how Samsung usually does it via capacitive touch buttons). Performance According to Antutu tests, the Motorola X scored 45,545 and basing it on the ranking table, it ranks better than the HTC One M8 and the new Xiaomi MI4. Not far from it is the Asus Zenfone 2 which got around 46,621. But as I always say, these scores cannot beat the actual experience. Using it for more than 2...

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Razer to open flagship store in SM City North EDSA on August 15

Aug 04, 15 Razer to open flagship store in SM City North EDSA on August 15

Posted by in Gaming, Personal Computing, Tech News

Good news to Pinoy gaming fans! Razer, one of the well-loved brands by gamers, will open its flagship store in Manila. The first RazerStore in the Philippines will be located at the Level 4, Cyberzone, The Annex, SM City North EDSA, Manila. Aside from giving away Razer goodies to the first 500 fans, first 100 Razer fans who will come in Cosplay costumes or with a Razer product will get a pair of Razer Kraken Pro Neon headphones. Razer Chief Gamer and CEO Ming-Lian Tan will be present during the store opening which will also be highlighted by Cosplay sisters Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao. Check out the event details on the link below: RazerStore Manila Opening (August 15, 10am)    Razer FB page Related posts: Intel Core i7 is out, should you upgrade? ASUS Lamborghini Eee PC is the most pricey Eee PC in the market First Lenovo Gaming Zone opens in SM Megamall ASRock and Fatal1ty brings us new Gen3 motherboards KINGMAX releases new Nano Gaming RAM DDR3 for over-clocking users High-performance GPU: Asus Strix GTX...

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UPCAT applications now available online

Jul 18, 15 UPCAT applications now available online

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Good news for incoming College students: For the first time in the university’s history, applications for the University of the Philippines College Admissions Test (UPCAT) can now be done online. This move is said to be a method of making the application more accessible to those who want to apply to the country’s premier university. The online access will also save the university lots of paper, which can also mean a reduction of costs, avoiding encoding errors, and maximizing technology in applying for admission in the university. Students and parents alike will no longer have to go to UP just to get an application form, enabling faster completion and processing of UPCAT applications. To apply for this year’s UPCAT, visit and register through this link. Source Related posts: No related...

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Microsoft opens first authorized reseller stores in the Philippines

Jul 08, 15 Microsoft opens first authorized reseller stores in the Philippines

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Microsoft recently opened its first two authorized reseller stores in the Philippines. Located at the SM Megamall and SM North EDSA Annex Cyberzones, the new Microsoft stores offer Microsoft Lumia smartphones, including the Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 540 Dual SIM, accessories, Office 365 and HP devices such as the HP Stream 7 and 8 tablets and HP Pavilion X2 laptop. (L-R) Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Country GM Philippines; Edwin Tan, CEO, Mind Alliance Ventures Inc.; Benedict Buhain, Business Unit Head, Altus Communications Inc.; and Milette Rosal, Microsoft Marketing Head – Mobile Devices Sales Philippines The opening of the Microsoft stores allows the company to engage with more people and make a wider range of the company’s devices within customers’ reach, said Millet Rosal of Microsoft.   Related posts: No related...

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Smart introduces solutions for empowering businesses

Jun 27, 15 Smart introduces solutions for empowering businesses

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Recognizing the need for business efficiency, Smart officially launched four new workforce solutions to help business owners meet continually-evolving challenges and demands for their work at the Valkyrie NightClub last Thursday. Aiming to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure and allow businesses to spend less time and resources on IT demads, these Smart Enterprise solutions include the following: Smart Store Manager, Smart Pharma, Smart Sales Manager, and Smart Service Manager — all of which run on PLDT and Smart’s nationwide network, ensuring reliability at all times. Smart’s Store Manager can be used to manage store inventory, so accurate stocks are delivered to customers right away. Smart Pharma, on the other hand, is a solution for medical representatives of pharmaceutical companies where it tracks medical rep performance and measure their productivity down to the single piece of drug they carry. Meanwhile, Smart Sales Manager is a Customer Relationship Tool providing relevant information to field personnel and automate sales processes that aid in better productivity. Lastly, Smart Service Manager distinguishes itself to be an app-based reporting, data gathering and service management application that allows service=oriented industries to centralize, optimize, and operate two-way communication with field employees, streamlining workflow queues and task schedules. “Living in this digital era, we encourage the SMEs to move towards a mobile and digital vision. The Smart Enterprise workforce solutions can help our clients automate their business operations designed to reduce cost, improve work flow efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction,” said Kat Abelarde, FVP for SME Group. You may check out more of Smart’s Enterprise solutions here.   Related posts: Smart M2M Pharma gives med reps a reason to own a tablet Symantec introduces better backup solutions for businesses Samsung PH ventures in enterprise solutions biz PLDT joins with two other IT firms to bring us private cloud solutions IBM goes to the cloud for its software development solutions Symantec survey shows digital information costs businesses US$1.1 trillion...

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Internet streaming service iFlix debuts in PH through PLDT, Smart

Jun 26, 15 Internet streaming service iFlix debuts in PH through PLDT, Smart

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More video streaming choices for consumers are becoming a reality as PLDT and Smart brings internet streaming service iFlix to the Philippines, delivering entertainment content anytime, anywhere. Consumers can now enjoy over 11,000 hours of video content from with Hollywood’s top studios, including The Walt Disney Company,Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution (Fox), BBC Worldwide (BBC), and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (Warner Bros.), and many more. It can be enjoyed on the PC, a smart TV, or on small screen devices running on Android and iOS. To get started with iflix, simply register an account via this website and receive a 14-day trial of the service. Once the trial expires, PLDT HOME and Smart users will be able to subscribe iflix for only P99 per month on top of their postpaid bills or charged through their prepaid credits, while PLDT TVolution and TelPad plan subscribers can get the service for free. Related posts: Smart launches Spinnr music-streaming subscription service Smart Free Internet promo extended until February 28, now with video streaming SMART Intros Deezer music streaming service PLDT Fibr teams with ClickPlay, brings free video-on-demand to your home Turn your ordinary TV into Internet TV with PLDT HOME TVolution PLDT unveils cloud-based Contact Center...

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DTI to boost, showcase startups at SlingShotMNL 2015

Jun 22, 15 DTI to boost, showcase startups at SlingShotMNL 2015

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Philippine startups get to showcase their businesses and learn from some of the best in the industry covering a variety of topics to help startups engage meaningfully in international trade at the upcoming SlingshotMNL set up by the Department of Trade of Industry (DTI). The two-day conference will showcase products of local micro and small enterprises and will also feature discussions with leading figures in the international startup community like Startup Chile founder Nicolas Shea, Hugh Mason from leading Asian accelerator JFDI Asia, and Professor Richard Dasher from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. DTI is confident in establishing and developing the next generation of world-changing companies in the Pacific Rim through this event and continuing efforts to back micro and small enterprises. “In organizing SlingshotMNL, we aim to gather promising startups in the region and present them potential mentors, investors, and business partners,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said. SlingshotMNL will take place on from July 6 to 7, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. Registration for SlingshotMNL is free, but slots are limited and priority will be given to startups and relevant stakeholders in the startup ecosystem. Interested parties may register and see more at their website . Updates will be posted on their twitter account. Related posts: No related...

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Knight Luxe, UP HD dominate Starmobile’s Android sales

Jun 17, 15 Knight Luxe, UP HD dominate Starmobile’s Android sales

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Starmobile announced on its website today that two of its most recent offering have taken the top spot in the company’s sales mid-May to mid-June this year. Both the UP HD and the Knight Luxe, two of the local brand’s recent offerings, have dominated the company’s sales. This comes with a recent data report of Pinoy brands typically sell smartphones that cost less than P3,000, according to market research firm GfK. If you would recall, the UP HD retails for Php 4,999, while the thin-profiled Knight Luxe sports a Php 7,690 price tag. “Our experience proves that Filipinos are ready for the next level of mobility. Price is no longer the only major deciding factor and Starmobile is ready to compete in this new and more challenging era,” said Michael Chen, Starmobile Product Development Head. Source Related posts: No related...

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