• Dell Venue 8 Pro Review


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

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


    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


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

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Chromecast Review


    Google’s take on conquering your living room

    Google Chromecast
  • Audio Engine 5+


    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

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


    Top slider phones from 2 unexpected companies.

    Dell Venue Pro and HP Pre 3

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GoPro announces the Hero5, new Session and Karma drone

GoPro just announced the successor to their last GoPro Hero 4 – the New GoPro Hero 5. This all-new device features a 2-inch touch display and shoots 4k up to 30fps and 1080p at 120fps as well as 12 megapixel photos. The device also has a built-in GPS and supports voice commands. Hero 5 is not waterproof out of the box (up to 10 meters / 33 feet).

Hero5 Black is going on sale on October 2nd for $399 (or just around 20,000 pesos)


This is their new DJI Phantom competitor – the Karma drone. This quadcopter is foldable and very compact that it can fit to almost any standard backpacks. The Karma drone has a 3-axis stabilizer that can be removed from the drone and mounted to a grip to be used on non-aerial shots.


The Karma will be sold with the following options:

  • Karma drone + Hero 5 = $1,099
  • Karma drone + hero 5 Session = $999
  • Karma drone only = $799

The Karma will be available on October 23rd but will be up for orders on October 2nd.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Galaxy Note 7 Recall Imminent?


Rumors are floating around that Samsung will be announcing a recall of the just-launched Galaxy Note 7. This is a reaction to reports on some devices exploding while being charged and likely caused by faulty batteries.

"Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold. The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we'll come up with convincing measures for our consumers," said the official. - via Yonhap News Agency

If this is indeed final, I wonder how Samsung Philippines and telecom operators like Globe and Smart would facilitate the wide recall. Fortunately, this phone is just new in the local market - nevertheless people who got theirs early and paid a large amount would not be happy with news.

Two lessons here probably?

Removable battery is better and being an early adopter sucks.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Traffic and Monkeys

Found this video that explains the causes of traffic. Got a thing or two from it – The final solution? No more monkeys driving cars.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Specs


I have never been intrigued with a generic looking laptop, specially from Xiaomi – until they announced their new Mi Notebook Air. Beyond the Macbook-look of this thing, the surprising fact is that these only cost as low as $520 dollars (for the M3 12.5”) or around Php26,000 to 30,000. A local seller is now even accepting pre-orders for only Php29,900.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Specs  (12.5” model)

  • Display: 12.5 Inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (176 ppi)
  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: 6th Intel Core M3-6Y30, Dual Core, 1.51GHz~2.2GHz
  • Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • RAM: 4GB, LPDDR3 1866MHz
  • Storage: 128GB, SATA SSD 535MBs
  • Slots: 1 x USB-C slot, 1 x USB 3.0 slot, 1 x HDMI slot, 1 x 3.5mm jack
  • Battery: 7.4V/5000mAh
  • Net Weight: 1.07kg

For the prof crowd, there is another 13.3” model where you get a more powerful processor, memory, GPU and storage boost. The 13.3” model costs around Php38,000.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Specs  (13.3” model)

  • Display: 12.5 Inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (166 ppi)
  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U processor (up to 2.7GHz)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU (with 1GB GDDR5 RAM)
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe x 4 NVMe SSD
  • Slots: 1 x USB-C slot, 2 x USB 3.0 slot, 1 x HDMI slot, 1 x 3.5mm jack
  • Battery: 7.4V/5000mAh
  • Net Weight: 1.28kg

Thursday, August 04, 2016

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hate Windows 10? Still Update before July 29


Attention! Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29, 2016. It will cost $120 after that.

Word of advice: If you don't want Windows 10 or still in the fence on upgrading, please still just do the update and just roll back to your previous OS -that way you get the digital entitlement activation for free, rather than pay $120 for it in the future.


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Microsoft Display Adapter Basic Fix

Miracast #microsoft

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I tried pairing my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter (which is basically just a Miracast receiver) and found out that it won’t and just loops to a blank screen on to the Microsoft logo. So what I did obviously was search for a solution online and found what worked.


THE FIX: Update the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter firmware by downloading the Wireless Display Adapter app on the Windows Store via this link and selecting the Firmware option to check if you have the current version installed and download the new one if not.


After the firmware update, the receiver will reset and voila, hopefully most issues will be resolved. My Note 4 can now stream wirelessly, audio and video to any HDMI capable display. Awesome.


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