• 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

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.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

For Sale: Crumpler Barney Rustle Blanket Messenger Bag

Crumpler’s own iconic messenger bag, the Barney Rustle Blanket is now available for sale! You can click the image on top to enlarge. For any inquiries, kindly send an e-mail to techoloph@gmail.com. Do check out the video below for a basic walkthrough of its features (small size is shown on video)

Thanks and Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Moment Lens Review

Moment Lens started as a Kickstarter project and was successfully funded on February 13, 2014. It was a huge hit that it got $400,000 more of it’s initial $50,000 goal (which they reached in just a day)

I backed the wide-angle lens for my Galaxy S4 and here are my impressions on this nifty, high-grade mobile lens from Moment, Inc.

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The packaging of Moment is nice and simple. The detailed embossed print and good unboxing experience really adds to the premium feel in this product.

I got the Moment Wide.

Each moment lens has an included mount plate for your phone. They only currently support iPhones (generation 4 to 6 Plus), iPad Air/ Mini, Galaxy S4 and S5, Note 3 and Nexus 5. You can buy it separately for $10. The package also has an included extra adhesive

This is what the Galaxy S4 mounting plate looks like.

The Moment Wide sits safety inside the cushioned packaging, waiting for it’s first shot.

This is how the mounting plate looks like installed.

And this is how the lens fit into the plate. It uses a twist-lock mechanism, just like on common interchangeable lens cameras, but simpler.

On the side, it looks like this. It does add a bit of weight on the top part of the device so be sure to take caution when using this as it might fumble in use, specially when pressing the on-screen shutter button at the opposite end.

It fits perfectly on the Spigen Slim Armor case. Mounting the lens also provides a very snug and secure fit. Moment provides a list of compatible cases here: http://momentlens.co/case-compatibility/

Sample Shots

Above: Normal / Below: Moment Wide. Click for full size

Conclusion

Overall, I really like the Moment Wide. It really adds more viewing angle to the default scope of the Galaxy S4. There is no noticeable and glaring distortion and the pictures are clear as if there where no 3rd-party lens installed. However, the expensive $99 price tag might dissuade interested people from buying this thing.

Moreso, while flagship phones like the iPhone and Galaxy models are supported, the limited mounting plates also do discourage other platform and users from buying this thing – specifically Microsoft’s Lumia and Sony’s Xperia line which also has great (if not even better) cameras than the Galaxy 5 and Nexus 5.

Personally, I’m still waiting for them to announce a mounting plate for the Galaxy Note 4 and then I’m all set to upgrade.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Where to buy Pebble Smartwatch in Philippines

Many have expressed their interest on Pebble Smartwatches recently, possibly due to the boom on wearables this year, and have been asking where to buy one locally. I usually just answered “getpebble.com” since that’s the most ‘direct and safest’ place to buy it.

But that might not be the case for everyone not willing to wait and pay the mysterious custom tax when it arrives here in the Philippines so here are other ‘local’ options on how to order your very own Pebble Smartwatch.

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Lazada.com.ph

Lazada has a wide variety of Pebble watches on sale. They have different colors at different prices so use your buyer’s instinct and get the better deal. If you’d like to get the Pebble Steel, they also have it listed there. The lowest priced Pebble being sold is the black version which costs 6,958 pesos.

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Kim Store

Another place to get your Pebble watch is Kim Store. They only seem to have the color White and Red on stock and they are priced cheaper than the rest at 6,500 pesos with 3 months warranty. Kim Store has been tried and tested by its gadget-buying patrons through the years so safe to say that you can trust this online seller.

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TipidPC

TipidPC is an online classifieds site for computers and electronics. Safe to say that you can find online sellers selling brand new or second hand Pebble watches here. Search for the keyword ‘Pebble” on the ‘Items for Sale’ and see if anything comes up.

But just a word of caution, check feedbacks and if possible buy and pay in person if you want to be on the safe side. (Personally, I deal via shipping items I sell myself but some people are just uneasy with our kind of sellers.)

Other Online Classified Sites

Olx.ph is a good place to start with your Pebble hunting. Just proceed with caution. Remember that if it seems good to be sure, it must be just that.

Good luck with your Pebble Watch Hunt! :)  Feel free to join in the Pebble + Smartwatches Philippine Facebook Fan Page anytime!

 

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