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Sony rolls out Android 5.1 Lollipop Update to Xperia Z2, Z3 and other Xperia Devices

Sony is starting to rollout the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and other Xperia devices. First batch of Xperia devices to get first dibs on the update include Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra are getting their updates over the coming weeks followed by the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3, then the original Xperia Z Series and Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua soon after. The latest Lollipop update includes improvements over the camera and controls among others. • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button via Related posts: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 officially launched in the Philippines Download the BDO Deal Finder App and get the latest deals and promos from BDO Credit Cards Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun brings FREE Internet to the masses via Internet.org app by...

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Xiaomi Mi 4i launched in PH for Php 9,799, available starting July 29

Jul 21, 15 Xiaomi Mi 4i launched in PH for Php 9,799, available starting July 29

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China’s rising star, Xiaomi, has just launched the Mi 4i in the Philippines. Officially priced at Php 9,799, the latest Xiaomi flagship smartphone will be available online via Lazada PH starting July 29. Xiaomi has also inked an exclusive partnership with Smart, the country’s largest mobile network in offering the Mi 4i through Surf Plus postpaid plans. First launched in India last April, the Mi 4i features a 5-inch FHD display with a pixel density of 441 PPI. Powering the ultra-compact flagship smartphone is a 2nd gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz 64-bit octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It has a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera and 5MP front camera with an 80-degree wide angle lens for selfies. It also features 4G dual SIM, dual standby slots and a 3120mAh battery promising up to 1.5 days of normal usage. The Mi4i comes with the latest MIUI 6 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Xiaomi will initially be offering its latest flagship smartphone in Dark Gray. Pre-registration for Smart customers will start on July 24 at this link http://smart.com.ph/postpaid/phones/xiaomimi4i. Visit http://www.mi.com/ph/mi4i or Mi Philippines’ Facebook page for more. The Mi4i will be available staring August 1 in retail stores nationwide and will come bundled with a free Smart prepaid SIM. Related posts: Xiaomi intros new flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi4i set to debut in PH this July? Xiaomi Mi 4i now set for a July 20 PH...

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Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper Case and Impact Screen Protector now available in PH

Jul 20, 15 Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper Case and Impact Screen Protector now available in PH

Posted by in Accessories & Peripherals, Gadgets, Mobile

The world’s strongest bumper case and screen protector are now available in the Philippines. Unlike the usual bulky, military and rugged cases currently available in the market, the Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper Case and Impact Screen Protector provide superior impact absorption and dispersion capability while still maintaining the slim profile of your device. The Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper Case and Impact Screen Protector are now available at Power Mac Center, Applewerkz, Lazada and other gadget stores nationwide. Pricing starts at Php 1,260. Rhino Shield Impact Protection Screen Protector The Impact Protection can effectively disperse impact, therefore significantly reduces the chance of shattered screen. The Impact Protection was engineered to be scratch resistant and could withstand high pressures, despite being 0.029 cm thin, practically as thin as three layers of print paper but highly transparent. It has an oleo phobic coating, a technology that keeps from smudges, droplets of water and all that nasty stuff you get on your phone, while maintaining a clear and smooth texture to glide your fingers on. Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper Case The Crash Guard uses a novel dual material in a one pieced construction. It is equipped with egg drop technology, a premium grade poly-carbonate derived hard-shell and a proprietary shock absorbing polymer that absorbs almost 90% of the impact of the phone dropped. It also has a protective honeycomb structure that also serves like an airbag dispersion compartment that absorbs 10-15% more of the impact of the drop. It features a minimal design approach. The goal is to cover up as little of your device as possible while adding maximum protection. The Crash Guard bumper- style case allows for as much exposure of your device and Apple’s original design as possible. It also has a matte finish, which is not only fashionable, but also serves as a means of enhancing your grip on your device. The finish also serves to make the bumper more durable as it is harder to scratch unlike cases and bumpers...

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Meizu M2 Note gets local price, goes on sale online July 22

Jul 19, 15 Meizu M2 Note gets local price, goes on sale online July 22

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The next-generation to Meizu’s affordable bang-for-the-buck device will soon land in the country! E-commerce website Lazada has put up a listing for the M2 Note as part of its Big Effortless Shopping Sale this week. The M2 Note variant that will be initially arriving is the 16GB ROM/2GB RAM model, and is said to cost at the Php 7K price range. Meizu M2 Note specs 5.5-inch Full HD Sharp IGZO IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920, 400ppi 1.3GHz 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek MT6753 2GB LPDD3 800MHz RAM 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 13.1-megapixel 5-element f/2.2 rear AF camera with Dual-Tone LED Flash 5-megapixel f/2.0 front AF camera 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS Android 5 Lollipop with Flyme UI 3100mAh battery 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7mm, 149g Coming in a Gray color option, The Meizu M2 Note will be on sale for Php6,990 on July 22, Wednesday, at a 1PM flash sale. It is also said said to be discounted from its official SRP of Php7,490 . You can check out Lazada’s listing here. Related posts: Meizu M2 Note now official with 2GB RAM, Android Lollipop for sub-Php6k Octa-core Meizu MX5 is now official with 20MP camera, metal...

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Six-inch Cherry Mobile Touch XL unveiled for Php 3,299

Jul 19, 15 Six-inch Cherry Mobile Touch XL unveiled for Php 3,299

Posted by in Gadgets, Mobile

Cherry Mobile outed in its Q3 2015 brochure a slew of new devices, which include the affordable Touch XL. Contrary to its 3G-laden sibling, the Touch XL sports a bigger six-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and 5MP/2MP cameras in tow. It’s powered by Android KitKat and a 2500mAh battery, something that’s unusual for a smartphone in the sub-Php4k price range. Cherry Mobile Touch XL specs 6-inch IPS display 1.3GHz Quad-Core Spreadtrum chip Mali-400MP GPU 1GB RAM 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB 5MP rear AF camera with Dual LED Flash 2MP front camera Dual SIM (regular + micro), Dual Standby 3G HSPA Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, GPS Android 4.4. KitKat 2500mAh non-removable battery The Cherry Mobile Touch XL is slated to be in stores for Php 3,299, with a Q3 2015 availability. Related posts: Cherry Mobile offers cheapest smartphone in the country Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Cherry Mobile unveils three new Flare devices Cherry Mobile ME, ME Fun to go on sale for 4 days Cherry Mobile unveils Flare X with Full HD screen, 3GB RAM for Php6,999 Cherry Mobile Touch 3G spotted at a sub-Php3k...

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UPCAT applications now available online

Jul 18, 15 UPCAT applications now available online

Posted by in Tech News

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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Motorola G and Motorola E Officially Launched in the Philippines

Jul 18, 15 Motorola G and Motorola E Officially Launched in the Philippines

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Motorola also announced 2 other devices to be available at the same time with the Motorola X. These will be the Motorola G and Motorola E. These are the first 3 phones Motorola will be officially bringing in to the Philippines. Both the Motorola G and Motorola E are sub 10k smartphones that will also be competitively priced. Check out their specs and SRP below. All these Motorola phones will be available around August of 2015 in most stores. No news yet if it will be available for sale online but as per Motorola officials, they are working on it. They also said that they are in the talks for a official telco network partner. Motorola G Specs: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core Processor 5” HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 (~294 ppi) Adreno 305 GPU 1GB RAM 8GB Internal Memory Up to 32GB expandable storage (MicroSD) 8MP Rear Camera (LED flash w/ AF, F/2.0) 2MP Front Camera Dual SIM 3G, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass Android Lollipop 2 Front Facing Speakers 2,070mAh Battery 70.7 x 141.5 x 10.99 mm 149g SRP of Php 8,499 Motorola E Specs: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core Processor Adreno 306 GPU 4.5” IPS qHD display @ 960×540 resolution 1GB RAM 8GB Internal Storage Up to 32GB expandable Storage (MicroSD) 5MP Rear Camera VGA Front Camera Dual SIM 3G, LTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass Android Lollipop 2,390mAh Battery 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm 145g SRP of Php 6,999 Related posts: No related...

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Motorola X Launched in the Philippines

Jul 18, 15 Motorola X Launched in the Philippines

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A brand we are all familiar of and made waves before with some of their units, including the Razr is finally coming back to our shores. Motorola finally announced that in two weeks or so, some of the units will be available here in the Philippines. Initially, they are bringing 3 units while planning to bring more soon and in the pipeline. In the near future, their goal is to simultaneously launch new mobile devices here in the Philippines at the same time with other countries. The 3 units that they will bring in would be the Motorola X, Motorola G, and Motorola E. Motorola X The Moto X was just launched late last year in the US. Because of that, they have now made the price point more affordable and they are bringing in the second generation Motorola X here. Even though it was launched last year, it doesn’t mean that it is now irrelevant. In fact, because of the pricing and specs, it made the branded smartphone market more exciting. Some of the key features would be the fast charging which can get 8 hours standby time with just 15 minutes of charging. Another would be the water resistant feature so water spills won’t be much of a concern to Moto X owners. Motorola X (2nd generation) specifications: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ 2.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Adreno 330 GPU 5.2″ full HD AMOLED display @ 1920×1080 pixels (~423ppi) Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance 2GB RAM 16GB Internal storage (No expandable storage option) 2300mAh Li-ion Battery 13MP Rear Camera (dual LED flash, 4K video recording) 2MP Front Facing Camera (w/ HD recording up to 1080p) Front facing Mono Speaker GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, OTG, Miracast, IR Motion Sensors, GLON Nano SIM (Single SIM) Android Lollipop 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm 144 g SRP of Php 16,999 Related posts: No related...

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Marshall unveils London smartphone with two audio jacks, Wolfson Audio Hub

Jul 17, 15 Marshall unveils London smartphone with two audio jacks, Wolfson Audio Hub

Posted by in Audio & Video, Gadgets, Mobile

Audiophiles will surely love this: Global audio brand Marshall has just announced its foray into the smartphone industry with the introduction of the London smartphone. Yep, that’s the name, and it’s a music-centered Android device that is equipped with a 4.7-inch HD display, A Snapdragon 410 processor, and 2GB of RAM. It’s got some tricks under its sleeve too, as the London sports a physical wheel for scrolling, and a dedicated M button for instant access to music, powered by the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub, two ACC stereo speakers, and two audio jacks that bear different volume controls and can be used simultaneously for different functions. Marshall London specs 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 1280×720, 313ppi 64-bit Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 2GB RAM 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD 8MP rear AF camera with LED Flash 2MP front camera Single SIM WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub 2 x ACC stereo speakers, 2 x Audio Jack Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 2500mAh removable battery While it bears a normal bang-for-the-buck spec sheet, the Marshall London doesn’t come cheap: It’s said to be priced at 4,995 Swedish krona (roughly $590 or Php 26,700) with an August 21 release. Via Related posts: Apple Provides Volume Limit Setting for iPod Sony Ericsson Expo 2010 Opens Tomorrow Sony HMZ-T3 Personal 3D Viewer TechnoPop! Opens Store in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay WeChat partners with ZALORA and Lazada Power Mac Center debuts at Philippine Fashion...

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Remix Mini: a fully-working Android PC that costs only $30

Jul 17, 15 Remix Mini: a fully-working Android PC that costs only $30

Posted by in Android, OS and Apps, Personal Computing

Ever wished an Android-based PC working environment, complete with taskbars and resizable windows, to use for home media or productivity? There’s a new project on Kickstarter that might make that wish come true. Aptly named as the Remix Mini, this small-sized PC hardware which bills itself as the ‘The world’s first true Android PC’ carries smartphone-like specs for a seamless operation with a forked version of Android Lollipop. It’s said to compatible with any keyboard and mouse, and has features never seen on most Android iterations such as a dedicated file manager and taskbar, and support for resizable windows which may be akin to Microsoft’s own Windows operating system. There will be two versions: a 1GB RAM model with 8GB of internal storage, and a higher 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of storage onboard. Remix Mini specs 1.2GHz 64-bit Quad-core Allwinner chip 1GB RAM / 2GB RAM 8GB internal storage / 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card slot 2x USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, HDMI port, Audio mini-jack WiFi  802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Remix OS (based on Android 5 Lollipop) The Remix Mini is up on Kickstarter with early bird prices of $20 and $30 for the 1GB and 2GB RAM models, respectively, which will return to original prices of $30 and $40 once the product is out in the market. Most of the earlybird perks have now been sold out, but higher-tier support prices are still available. You may view the kickstarter page here. Via Related posts: Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun brings FREE Internet to the masses via Internet.org app by...

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Cherry Mobile unveils new phones and tablets as it outs Q3 brochure online

Local smartphone player Cherry Mobile had just given its new website a face lift, and along with the revamp came the unveiling of its Third Quarter 2015 brochure, which feature new phones and tablets in tow. We’ve seen the Omega 3 float around in cyberspace, and came with it already announced and yet-to-be-seen new models which are set to be released within this quarter. Here’s a list of what’s new: Tablets Fusion Aura 2 Superion Radar 3G Superion Radar Quad Smartphones Spin Lite Touch 3G Touch XL Flare Lite Quad Flare S3 Lite Flare X Omega 3 Cosmos Two See more of the Q3 brochures here: (click for a larger image) Source Related posts: TechnoPop! Opens Store in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay WeChat partners with ZALORA and Lazada Get the SJ4000 1080p HD W-Fi Action Camera for Php 2600 GoPro Hero 4 for Php 17800 Lazada Philippines Independence Day Sale until June 14 Cherry Mobile P1, P2i and P6 Mini Smart Dialer ASUS announces newly designed Fonepad 8, Fonepad 7 and MeMoPad...

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy A8, its slimmest smartphone to date

Jul 16, 15 Samsung unveils the Galaxy A8, its slimmest smartphone to date

Posted by in Gadgets, Mobile

After numerous times of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally pulled the plug and unveiled the Galaxy A8 in China, said to be the company’s slimmest device to date as it measures a thin 5.9mm. Nevertheless, the new addition to the metal-laden A series is packed with powerful internals: It has a Snapdragon 615 processor, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3,050mAh battery which can make you wonder how Samsung managed to squeeze that. Samsung Galaxy A8 specs 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080, 387ppi 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Adreno 405 GPU 2GB of RAM 16GB or 32GB of storage expandable via microSD up to 128GB 16MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front camera Dual-SIM, Dual Standby 3G, LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, Fingerprint scanner Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz 3,050mAh battery Available in Black, White, and Gold colors, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is now on pre-order in China without any mention of price and availability. Via Related posts: The Samsung Wave is hitting the stores this June Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 Samsung Galaxy 551 Review Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 now official with Snapdragon chips, LTE, front LED flash Samsung announces the 4-inch Galaxy V...

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