• Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

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    A small, powerful, next-gen atom-based Windows 8.1 tablet

    Dell Venue 8 Pro
  • My Desktop: Dell XPS 2720 All-in-one

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    Dell's monster powerhouse desktop takes on the Apple iMac. Read my journey on why I got this machine :)

    Dell XPS 2720
  • Pebble Smart Watch

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    This may be the start of a new trend in smart watches

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Chromecast Review

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    Google’s take on conquering your living room

    Google Chromecast
  • Audio Engine 5+

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    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

    Audio Engine 5+ Speakers
  • HP Pre 3 and Dell Venue Pro

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    Top slider phones from 2 unexpected companies.

    Dell Venue Pro and HP Pre 3

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3rd PAGCOR National Photography Competition

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“PAGCOR will be giving away a total of P1.46 million in cash prizes to the winners and grand finalists of its 3rd National Photography Competition. The 12 grand winners for the conventional category will each receive P75,000. The 12 grand winners for the mobile category will each bring home P30,000.”

“The 16 non-winning grand finalists will also get consolation prizes. The eight finalists in the conventional category will be given P20,000 each. Meanwhile, the eight finalists under the mobile category will each receive P5,000.”

“Those who are interested to join the 3rd PAGCOR National Photography Competition can visit the PAGCOR website (http://www.pagcor.ph/photocontest2015) for the complete details. All photo entries can only be submitted online through the agency’s website”

Entries to the photo contest will be accepted from January 15, 2015 to May 15, 2015.

(Via  www.pagcor.ph)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Dell XPS 18 Quick Review

I have been a fan of Dell since I got my Dell XPS 27 workstation and have played around with the small but powerful Dell Venue 8 Pro. They have really upped their ante when it comes to hardware, specs and pricing of their machines. Recent products such as the good-looking Venue 8 7000 and the much-revered infinity display of the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook show the dedication to craftsmanship and innovation over at Dell.  

The Dell XPS 18 is Dell’s portable all-in-one desktop (slash tablet) running full Windows 8.1 with touch screen functionality. The one I’m using has these configurations:

  • Display: 18.4 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with IPS/Truelife and FHD resolution (1920 X 1080)
  • CPU: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-3227U processor (3M Cache, 1.9 GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1)
  • Storage: 320GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Accessories: Dell KM714 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Design

I have been using the Dell XPS 18 for a few months now running the new Windows 10 Preview and it has been running flawless without any issues. One thing to note that this machine doesn’t come with the stand out of the box. It’s an extra $90+ optional accessory for those who want to use a stand, besides that, it would work normally with the flip feet at the back. I still wished the stand already came in bundled though or didn’t cost that much in the first place.

There are 2x USB 3.0 ports and a hidden card reader on the left side. There are no ports for external displays (no HDMI or Mini Displayport) unfortunately but the XPS 18 does support Intel’s Wireless Display technology, meaning it can stream what it displays on compatible devices (probably an extra purchase of wireless adapter for that)

The included keyboard and mouse is the same as the ones included on the XPS 27. It’s a Dell branded but Logitech made hardware so it works with Unifying receivers everywhere.

My Experience

I really like that this machine has a built-in battery inside meaning that I can unplug it and bring it along with me on the kitchen, on the bed, on the sofa and watch movies and even read websites (on portrait mode which is perfect). The battery also serves as a backup UPS in case of power failure so that’s covered. Battery life runs for almost 4+ hours of normal use which is great considering the large display.

Speaking of the display, the panel Dell used looks great and crisp. The colors and texts are sharp and the touchscreen functionality is smooth to use.

One thing to note that while this is essentially a portable computer, you really wouldn’t want to lug this around most of the time due to the weight and the usual “warmness” of the device when running at full power (watching videos)

The Dell XPS 18 overall is a great machine at the cost versus what it can do. It currently retails for $700 for the i3 version and $1,300 for the more powerful i7 configuration with 256 SSD storage, which would really make this machine super blazingly fast.

Samsung S6 and S6 Edge Unpacked

Of course by now, you’ve already heard that Samsung just introduced it’s next flagship phones, the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. These 2 phones are far from the usual plastic-ky phones that Samsung has been churning out the past few years. Gone also area the usual Samsung favorite features such as removable battery and SD card slot in favor of built-in wireless charging and slimmer, glass profile.

I like the improvements of the S6 and S6 Edge despite the removal of the above features. The option of a 64gb and even 128gb model makes the micro SD card slot support immaterial in my opinion. Time will tell if loyal Samsung customers will still buy this next big thing from the Korean tech giant.

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Samsung S6 Features

  • Display: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560x1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
  • RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0
  • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)
  • Software: includes Microsoft Apps(OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint, Hall, HRM
  • Battery: 2,550mAh
  • Others: WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+, USB: USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote

 

S6 Edge

Samsung S6 Edge Features

  • Display: 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560x1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge
  • CPU: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
  • RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB, UFS 2.0
  • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 16MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)
  • Software: includes Microsoft Apps(OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint, Hall, HRM
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Others: WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot, Bluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+, USB: USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pebble Time launches on Kickstarter

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Pebble is once again going to Kickstarter for their new watch called Pebble Time. You can check the project here on Kickstarter. The Pebble time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble. The lens is made of Gorilla Glass and still water-resistant. Pebble Time comes in three colors, black white and red.

Reward Tiers

  • $159 - Early Bird: One Pebble Time watch in any of the 3 colors
  • $179 - One Pebble Time watch in any of the 3 colors
  • $338 - Two Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $845 - Five Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $1690 - 10 Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $5,000 - 30 Pebble Time watches, 10 of each color

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The ABS-CBN TVplus set-top box officially launches

ABS-CBN is set to launch it’s digital set-top box named ABS-CBN TVPlus tomorrow, February 11, 2015. The set-top box  will be sold in major appliance stores and standalone hardware and general merchandise stores and will also be sold house to house via telesales.

The TVPlus “mahiwagang black box” will cost 2,500 pesos (one-time payment with no recurring fees) and comes with an ABS-CBNmobile SIM preloaded with 50 pesos. After activating the bundled SIM, the user will be able to receive programs schedules and join promos on the 4 free new channels CineMo, Yey, DZMM TeleRadyo and Knowledge Channel.

For those interested, you can text an inquiry to 23661 or calling the ABS-CBN TVplus hotline at 488-8888 and even online at www.abs-cbnstore.com.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Remix Ultra: The Surface for Android users

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One interesting thing to come out at CES this year is Jide’s Remix Ultra. This Surface-clone running Android is made by 3 ex-Google engineers and was formed just last year.

The Remix Ultra runs on forked Android, named Remix OS, which unsuprisingly, also took inspiration from Microsoft’s own Windows 8 Modern design language and even applications (like Mail). Remix OS, which is based on Android 4.4.2, allows phone-mode window for apps so it could run multiple apps side by side without looking stretched-out. A taskbar is also present for the familiar “Windows” feel.

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Remix Ultra Specs

  • Display: 11.6” Full HD IPS 1920x1080
  • CPU: Nvidia Tegra 4+1 A15 Processor 1.81 Ghz
  • GPU: Tegra GPU GeForce ULP 72
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3LL
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC internal storage (with support for up to 128gb microSD slot)
  • Camera: 5MP Front/Back
  • Full-size keyboard and touchpad
  • Kickstand supports 40 and 80 degree angles
  • Ports: headphone jack, microUSB port, 4-pin magnetic charging port, 6-pin magnetic connection for keyboard
  • Battery: 8100mAh

The hardware is a total Surface rip-off from the get-go but I feel that the Remix OS has potential. It’s Android but feels and looks like Chrome OS. The user-interface also looks polished design wise (by looking at videos and screenshots, but not on usability). I’m also pretty sure there are people who want a Surface-looking device running Android.

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The hardware certainly helps the OS be more of a productivity tool so I’m not sure why they didn’t innovate on that front instead of just copying the Surface design outright.

Estimated retail price in the US is $449.

http://www.jide.com/en/desktop/index.html

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mobile Gaming's Expectations In 2015

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The mobile gaming market is not one that should be taken lightly. In the past, some may have written it off as being unable to compete with the big boys—aka Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo—simply because mobile devices weren't powerful enough. Well, the times have obviously changed and that phone in your pocket is capable of doing more than anyone could have imagined a decade ago. That upgraded technology brought about serious improvements to mobile gaming, and it's all been paying off year after year.

 

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