• Pebble Smart Watch

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

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Nexus 7 Review + Speck FitFolio

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    Google’s entry-level Nexus ‘Pure Google’ device

    Google Nexus 7
  • Audio Engine 5+

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    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

    Audio Engine 5+ Speakers
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Impression

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    A Quick look on the new Galaxy Note 2, specially the display.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Panasonic Lumix LX5 Review

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    How is this camera faring in a world of DSLRs and M4/3's?

    Panasonic Lumix LX5
  • 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, April 24, 2014

Goodbye Nokia Devices. Hello Microsoft Mobile

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Come April 25, 2014. Nokia’s phone unit, Nokia Oyj will now be known as Microsoft Mobile.

Microsoft finalizes it’s acquisition of the Nokia devices unit tomorrow after months of regulatory approvals from different countries. The 7.2 billion purchase last September 2013 is officially going to be a part of Microsoft along with 32,000 employees agreed to be absorbed by the company.

I hope Microsoft continues with Nokia’s innovation in its Lumia line. Make amazing phones with great cameras and produce worthy exclusive apps for Windows Phones. I’m excited with the transition but really not too keen on how Microsoft may handle the Nokia, Asaha and Lumia branding. Just lowering my expectation.

Good luck Nokia! and Microsoft, please don’t ruin a good brand.

Under the terms of the sale, Microsoft will assume all rights, benefits and obligations of the Nokia Devices and Services business, including Nokia’s agreements with suppliers, customers and partners which pertain to the Devices and Services business. Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to update you that the current terms and conditions that you have with the Devices and Services business will not change.

 

Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices.

- via Nokia Power User

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nokia announces Lumia 930, 630 and 635 at Microsoft BUILD

Nokia graced the stage of it’s future owner at today’s Microsoft BUILD conference in San Francisco. It announced 3 new Lumia devices namely the 930, 630 and 635. These 3 new Windows Phones run the all-new Windows Phone 8.1 software first.

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Nokia Lumia 930

  • Display: 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display (1920×1080; 441ppi), with Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU: 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 20-megapixel PureView camera, optical image stabilization (OIS) and ZEISS optics
  • Storage: LTE quad-band chip and Bluetooth 4.0 LE

 

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Nokia Lumia 630 (with Dual SIM variant)

  • Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA display, ClearBlack LCD, Gorilla 3
  • CPU: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Camera: 5 Megapixel Auto Focus
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC with 128GB micro SD card support
  • Connectivity: HSPA+ 21Mbps/5.76Mbps, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), BT 4, micro-USB

Nokia Lumia 635

  • Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA display, ClearBlack LCD, Gorilla 3
  • CPU: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Camera: 5 Megapixel Auto Focus
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC with 128GB micro SD card support
  • Connectivity: LTE 100Mbps/50Mbps, HSPA+ 42Mbps (dual carrier)/5.76Mbps, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), BT 4, micro-USB

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

PLDT warns slow internet speeds due to cable damage

PLDT has officially acknowledged the submarine cable damage rumor that I have already posted last time on this blog. We’re not sure if this is still the same case as the one late last year or if this is a new cable damage. PLDT Ramon Isberto has issued the following statement:

"The fiber break is located between China and Korea and between Taiwan and Japan. Some PLDT cable capacity was affected but we still have sufficient capacity to carry our traffic because we have two other international cable systems - AAG (Asia-America Gateway) and ASE (Asia Submarine cable Express,"

PLDT said that its engineers are working with international partners to bring back normal operations as soon as possible, with a full restored service estimated within the second week of April 2014.

[ via Interaksyon.com ]

Friday, March 21, 2014

As Casinos Ban Google Glass, Could Other Restrictions Follow?

Poker players have alternatives, but casino bans raise questions on Google Glass use

By now, most people with an enthusiasm for the mobile tech market are at least somewhat familiar with Google Glass. Essentially, it's Google's hands-free, glasses-style computer device that allows users to access the Internet and communicate via a tiny screen in front of the eye. Despite the fact that it has not yet had a wide release, Google Glass is already one of the most popular tech topics for 2014 because of the range of possibilities the device brings up. Everything from rumors of a stylish partnership with Ray Ban, to JetBlue's suggestion that Google Glass could be used to remind travelers when their flights are boarding has people excited about possible applications. But what about the possible downside?

When it comes to discussing the cons of Google Glass, most of the arguments are vague and theoretical, revolving around issues of technology dependence rather than specific applications that could in any way be harmful. However, one very interesting concern was brought to light in a 2013 article at the gambling news site Calvin Ayre. It revealed rather enormous implications for the casino gaming market.

JBL J55 On-Ear Headphone Review

After reviewing the JBL J33i in-ear headphones, we now move over to the the more “professional” model the JBL J55. The J55 boasts premium drivers that generate clarity and extended bass as well as a bold details like brush stainless steel accents and top-notch finish.

JBL J55 Specs

  • Type: On-ear style
  • Premium driver: 1-5/8-inch (40mm)
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 24kHz
  • Impedance: 32O
  • Flat-elastomer cable: 4' 3-3/16" (1.3M), single-side, detachable
  • Plug: 1/8" (3.5mm) gold plated

Hardware and Sound

I noticed that the review unit that was sent to me had some part of the ear foam fraying. I’m not sure if this was a factory defect or just the fact that they’ve been sending out this specific item for review to a number of people already hence speeding the usual wear and tear.

Besides the build quality, what’s equality important is the sound coming from it.

With the weeks I had to try out the J55, I was able to use it while listening to music, watching movies and the occasional YouTube viewing. I did like the clear and loud bass that the JBL J55 delivered. On some occasion, the bass would be quite dominant and drown the highs, specially when it comes to speech but on average, it really performed well, specially on music listening.

The JBL J55 uses soft leather ear cushions that is a pleasant to wear. It does block ample noise but it does sometimes get stuffy when used for a long time (at least that was what I experienced) The ear cups also rotate at 180 degrees so you can listen on one ear and then use the other for like – hearing other things :)

The flat detachable cable made tangling a thing of the past though personally I still would have preferred a braided cord as I feel flat cords droops ‘weirdly’ around me when I’m using it. Luckily the J55 sports a gold-plated jack that minimizes corrosion so that’s nice.

Along with the headphone, the box came with a 1.3m single-side detachable, flat elastomer cable, manual and padded carry pouch. It’s material is similar to those neoprene laptop sleeves. A very nice additional protection for those who frequently travels with their music player and headphones.

I personally don’t buy high-end headphones since I’m not their target market - but if I can and I’m in the market for one, the J55 is a good option to choose from. JBL has been in the sound business for the longest time and I’ve had a few JBL products that have exceeded expectations and average lifespan.

The JBL J55 retails for Php4,290 and is available at JBL showrooms below:

JBL Digital Dreams (SM North Edsa Annex 4th Floor, beside Samsung)
JBL Acoustical Space (SM Megamall Building B 4th Floor, Cyberzone Area)
JBL Sound Gallery (Bonifacio High Street B3, between Fridays and Happy Lemon)

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Thanks to Beyond Innovation for this review unit.
https://www.facebook.com/JBLphilippines

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google introduces Android Wear

Google just introduced Android Wear today which is an Android-based OS for wearable devices such as smartwatches. They are already working with partners such as Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung among others to build watches and wearables to be available later this year.

Read more about it here: http://developer.android.com/wear

Motorola meanwhile also announce the Moto 360. Read more about that here: http://moto360.motorola.com/

Friday, March 07, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Quick Hands-on Impressions


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The introduction of the Galaxy Note 3 reinforces Samsung’s dominance in the giant phablet sector. The Galaxy Note line also brought back the dated stylus into modern phones. Let’s see what Samsung has changed in this 3rd take of the Note series.

Galaxy Note 3 Notable Specs

  • Display: Super AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inches, 386 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. Rear Camera – 2MP
  • Video: 2160p (30fps) 1080p (60fps)
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB with support for microSD, up to 64 GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or Exynos 5 Octa 5420
  • GPU: Adreno 330 or Mali-T628 MP6

Hardware Build

For comparisons sake, I’ve used a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to show the size of the Note 3. Both displays look great and the phones are thin and light as always (thanks to plastic)

While the Galaxy Note 3 display is a huge 5.7” Super AMOLED display, it’s PPI is only 386 compared to the S4’s 441ppi on a much smaller area. Though in paper it may look like a big step back, it’s still a big upgrade from the Note 2’s 267ppi display density.

The back of the Note 3 removes any traces of glossy plastic in exchange for the faux leather that Samsung now uses on it’s Galaxy S5 and Chromebooks. I’m not actually hunting down a variant of the Galaxy S4 Black Edition which has a similar black faux leather back plate to swap my boring plastic one.

This is how fake leather looks like. Still nice I should say but II /m not really sure about those stitches.

One  new thing about the Note 3 is the removal of the microUSB slot in exchange for the larger USB 3.0 Micro B power / sync port (similar to the ones used by portable hard drives like Seagate and Western Digital) The benefit however would be faster transfer rates due to USB 3.0 support and in effect, faster charging as well.

If you have a lot of spare micro USB ports, don’t worry, the new port can accept those and is backwards compatible. You can still borrow charges and plug it on the larger hole and it would work just fine.

The display has a matte screen protector so no glare on this one.

The S-Pen works the same as the Note 2’s. Still a great way to input handwritten notes and sketches.

 

I still can’t see myself using TouchWiz but I think it has improved since. A lot of great features of TouchWiz sadly isn’t available on my S4 Google Play Edition, specially the nice camera presets.

Overall, I find the Galaxy Note 3 a very nice and well-built device. The hardware may still be made of plastic and the software may still feel and look tacky but Samsung has gone a long way from making extremely slow and laggy Android phones to ones that look great and operate well. There is really a market for huge-screen phones and Samsung has cornered it so far with its Galaxy Note line.

 

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