Friday, August 10, 2018

Top 5 Tech Picks from Shopee’s Gadget Zone


If you’re a techie who always wants to have the latest electronics and gadgets but does not want to spend too much, Shopee may probably be your best online shopping destination.

Why you ask? Well Shopee just introduced the Shopee Gadget Zone – a dedicated portal for all-tech products with the lowest price - they guarantee it too! So you get to search for the coolest tech at the comfort of your own home, while getting the best price ever, even cheaper than the mall!

You can get an extra 10% off by using the code: GADGETZONE10. Just to note that this works on in-app purchases only. Check it out here:


Here’s the rundown of some cool tech items I found. Some products listed are heavily discounted while others are just plain quirky.


BAVIN Brick Game Case for iPhone 6/7/8/X

If you’re a fan of old-school gaming, then this retro game-boy lookalike is for you – that is if you also own and iPhone too. Sorry Android users!

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Google Chromecast 2

If you like watching Netflix or YouTube on your large screen TV, then better get this. You won’t regret it. Just be sure your internet can handle streaming media because you’ll be watching for hours on this (4k can bogged down your bandwidth)

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Honor 9 Lite

At just around 8,000 pesos, the Honor 9 Lite falls into mid-range category of smartphones, but the specs is not that bad at all. The design is premium-looking and the addition of dual camera’s make this a good deal at that price range.

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Pictar Mark II - Model BS032

The Pictar Mark II allows you to use your smartphone like a point & shoot camera. The app-enabled customizable buttons, two-step focus shoot trigger and even just the added grip can help take your phone photography to the next level. Be sure to check phone compatibility beforehand (iPhone and Android)

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Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Speaker Basic 2

Xiaomi basically is like Apple but without the Apple Tax. They produce high quality, good looking electronics, appliances, and more… at rock bottom prices. I personally have lots of Xiaomi products just because they’re so affordable that I don’t think twice before purchasing them.

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Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 9: Pre-order and pricing in the Philippines


Samsung just unpacked their new Galaxy Note 9 in New York an few moments ago. While this is an incremental update from last year’s Note 8, it still packs a few improvements and worthwhile features for the mobile power user.


Notable Feature Specs

  • Display: 6.4” Super AMOLED Quad HD+  2960x1440 516ppi
  • Camera: 8MP AF Sensor (front) 12MP rear AF sensor
    Well basically same as the S9 but with software improvements
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Storage 128gb / 512gb. Still expandable via microSD card
  • All new SPen – Now has LE Bluetooth so you can use it as remote shutter etc..
  • RAM: 6gb / 8gb
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Other: Stereo speakers, IP68 water resistant, loads of biometric authentication, fast charging on wired/wireless.

View complete specs here:


    One thing to note from the boxed shot is that it might include a basic case already, something that Samsung hasn’t done in their Galaxy line ever.


    Colors are: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple


    Prices are expected to be 55,990 Pesos for the 128gb and 75,990 for the 512gb model. Pre-order in the Philippines starts tomorrow (August 11).


    Preorder bundles are quite good this year. You can choose either a Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Icon X or a Galaxy Tab A when you opt for the 128gb. If you go for the pre-order exclusive 512gb version, you’ll get a free 32” Samsung Smart TV. Nice.

    More information on Samsung’s website:

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Update your Xiaomi Walkie Talkie to English Language Version

    I have quite a number of Xiaomi devices from their Mijia 360 CCTV camera, Wireless repeater to their selfie sticks – but one problem of Xiaomi is that most of their devices are geared to Mainland China users and only comes in Chinese language.

    I got this Xiaomi Mijia Walkie Talkie recently and even though it’s in Chinese, the device is just solid as all Xiaomi-made products and performs really well. Good thing there’s a workaround to install and English firmware on this device. Just follow this step-by-step below:

    How to update your Xiaomi Mijia Wakie Talkie to English language


    1. Install My PTT app

    For Android: You will need to download the My PTT app from the Mi App Store: and install the apk file to your phone. (Set your Android phone to allow installation from 3rd party sources)

    For iOS users: Download the My PTT app on iTunes:

    2. Pair your Walkie Talkie and My PTT app

    Once installed, turn on your walkie talkie and then start the app. The app should discover your device and then ask you to create a Mi account – create one if you don’t have one yet. (If your phone in on a different language, temporarily switch it to English – because the app will follow the language of the OS – You can switch it back to your language after.)


    3. Check and Update Firmware

    Go to the SETTINGS icon and select FIRMWARE UPDATE. From there the app will check online and update your device via Bluetooth connection.


    4. That’s it!

    The device will restart and show an English version from now on. You can now also delete the My PTT app if you want to.


    Comment if these steps does work for you. Goodluck!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Systems Integration Expo Sets the Stage for High-tech Innovations


    The 12th largest population in the world, and also arguably one of the most tech-savvy around, the Philippines offers a multitude of opportunities for tech companies and investors. For the past decade or so, many of them have been participating at the country’s longest-running trade show for business technologies – Systems Integration Philippines. The show is back for its latest edition set to be held on August 16 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. Those interested to visit may register online for a free 1-day pass:


    Experience 360-degree projection mapping and more high tech event and entertainment solutions for your brand!

    “The Philippines is slowly but surely catching up with the rest of Asia when it comes to attracting tech brands and investors,” remarked Patrick Tan, CEO of Global-Link MP Events International. “We have seen this at Systems Integration Philippines over the past couple of years where we had increasing participation from foreign brands. This year, we are even adding a pavilion for Singapore companies alone. It’s a very exciting opportunity for Philippine-based companies who want to see what’s available out there in the market and how these tech can possibly help them do business better.”


    Make sure you don’t miss out world-class technologies as the tech-savvy experts from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Singapore, and China showcase different pavilions packed with their best product offerings.

    This year’s Systems Integration Philippines will showcase products from countries like China, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, USA, UK, and Germany. “We made sure everyone will be highlighted from events, film and entertainment technology; consumer electronics and gadgets; advertising and media tech; IT and telecoms; as well as the educational and training technology,” added Tan.

    Expect to witness the most advanced equipment and innovative solutions as world renowned tech savvy experts from Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Singapore and China showcase different pavilions packed with their best product offerings.


    Participate with exciting activities showcased by the leading tech suppliers from around the globe.

    Friday, May 04, 2018

    The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series

    I’m a big fan and user of Eagle Creek products. I have at least 5 Eagle Creek items ranging from their Cargo Hauler duffel line to their Eagle Creek Switchback 22 Luggage line as well as their Pack-It Specter compression cube set. I am impressed with the build quality and attention to detail on each of the products I used that’s why I’m excited to see that they have partnered with National Geographic to release a limited series of bags and accessory.

    Eagle Creek just introduced the Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags. This six-piece limited collection inspired by National Geographic explorers will be available for pre-sale this May 10 and would ship on June 1.

    I’ve listed all the series and its price below. All of the bags come in black waterproof heavy-duty tarpulin (some Bi-Tech Armor Lite) and signature NG yellow accent color.


    Guide Travel Pack 65L


    Yonder Rolling Trunk 32


    Borderless Convertible Carry-On


    All Purpose Duffel 60L


    Utility Backpack 40L


    Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M


    Check out the complete specs and more photos on Eagle Creek’s website

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Ikea to Open first Philippine store in SM Mall of Asia


    According to a Philippine Star report, Ikea is opening its first Philippine warehouse store within the Mall of Asia grounds.  It will rise on the open carpark between SMX and MOA Arena according to the report.

    This is great news for furniture aficionado’s who are just getting their Ikea fix on 3rd party resellers locally. Hopefully an official announcement from SM and Ikea will be made in the following days.

    Philippine Star @ Facebook

    Thursday, November 09, 2017

    Galaxy Note Fan Edition available in the Philippines


    The Galaxy Note Fan Edition will be available for a limited time starting November 4, 2017. It will be offered in blue coral and black onyx in local Samsung Experience Stores.

    “The move to re-engineer a flagship device to create an environmentally friendly, safe, and ultimately improved reincarnation of a fan favorite is meant to satisfy loyal followers of the Galaxy Note series,”

    - Nio Judalena, Marketing Head for IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Philippines, Corp.

    The Galaxy Note FE packs an Exynos 8890 Octa Core Processor with 4GB of RAM, a massive 5.7 inch QHD display with a crisp, 2,560 pixel, Super AMOLED screen, and a 12-megapixel dual pixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front facing camera.

    Expected retail price is ₱32,990.

    If you’re not keen on the Galaxy Note 8 and its price, this may very well be worth a second look but personally, I would just wait for the Galaxy S9 or Note 9 at this point.


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