• 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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Talkase Mini Pocket Bluetooth Phone Review

Ever since I have owned and used Pebble, I usually have this itching wish that someone would build an actual phone but one that connects via bluetooth!. You see, the Pebble smart watch can receive message notifications from calls and texts. it can also answer and send replies but unfortunately those replies are only in template mode, so no tying custom responses. Calls can be accepted but not directly answered on the device itself.

So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Talkase. This card-size phone is an actual GSM (with SIM) phone and also can function as a bluetooth phone (pairing with your iPhone or Android device and probably Windows devices too).

Talkase Specs

  • From factor: Mini Phone with GSM Function (850/900/1800/1900)
  • SIM Cassette: Micro SIM Card
  • LCD Size: 1.1 inch OLED 128*36 Pixel
  • ROM Memory: 128MB
  • Talking time: Approx. 2.5~3.0 hrs
  • Standby time: Approx. 4~5 days
  • Battery capacity: 200 mAh
  • USB connection: TalKase pogo pin charger
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Dimension: 86*48*5.5mm

So what’s the use of a bluetooth phone? For one thing, if you use a large phone, you don’t need to bring it out to accept calls and read messages. You can just use the paired phone to receive and even make calls and read texts (no sending unfortunately which I’ll discuss further later)

One more benefit of these bluetooth phones is an added security layer from you and a potential thief. Imagine riding a bus, train or jeep and not having to whip out your expensive iPhone to make a quick text and using this cheap, small, unobtrusive device instead. That’s one use-case that I need for myself because I do commute a lot (before anyways)

The slim profile is one of it’s advantages. It’s very compact and portable. Measuring only 5.5mm, it’s probably one of the smallest full-function phone.

One thing to note though that because this is very tiny tiny phone, don’t expect a large screen on this. This only has a measly 1.1” OLED screen that can display 1 and a half line of information (sometimes 2). Expect to do a lot of clicking to choose on the variety of menus and settings, also for reading texts. Pretty tedious if you ask me but doable. It’s a compromise for the size, cost and battery life.

The Talkase accepts micro SIM cards so you can use it as a regular phone. This is a perfect backup phone that you can stash discreetly inside your bag and use in case of emergency.

The phone has a vibrating function which surprised me since it’s so slim. It also has a mini speaker somewhere because I hear a sound :) Trust me there is one.

The charging pogo pins is using micro USB so you can just plug this almost anywhere using standard phone cables or just use your existing power bank if you have one. Battery life is quite short than the advertised 5 days. Mine only reached 3 and a half days before recharging again.

Here is Talkase among giant phones like the Galaxy S4 and the Note 4. By the way, the box comes with an included silicon case protector which has a lanyard slot so you can dangle this itsy bitsy device on your neck or pocket safely.

You also have an option to get one extra case for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It basically just attaches as a normal back casing for the iPhone where there is a slot for the Talkase device. It’s flushed down and can be used as a secondary phone for, you know, those busy people dividing work from their personal phones.

   

In conclusion, I would say this device is a great backup and security phone. Battery life is not that great but from its size and capabilities, I wouldn’t really expect a week of charge anyway. Even advance smartphones last for only a day.

One thing that disappointed me was that there was no way to create and send messages through the paired phone (you can send via GSM/SIM though). I wanted that feature the most because I usually text rather than call when I’m outside.

One plausible case for this lack of support is that the messaging protocol on the phone isn’t that easy to connect via bluetooth unlike the phone part as seen on the numerous bluetooth speakers that can act as phone speaker phones too. Even the Pebble smartwatch created it’s own iOS and Android apps to allow and integrate messaging better. So WiMe probably could look into creating apps for both iOS and Android but I’m pretty sure that are not concerned in doing do that right now.

I wouldn’t recommend it for its $70 retail price (got mine for waay less) because of the lack of messaging capabilities via bluetooth but phone-wise, it works like any nomal nokia dumb phone would. The interface might just need some getting used too.

http://www.talkase.com/

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Microsoft introduces the Surface 3 for $499

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Microsoft just introduced the next Surface after Surface RT and Surface 2 - the Surface 3. The new atom-powered tablet is Microsoft’s next shot at the consumer space after the success of the prosumer device that is Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 now runs full Windows (not the crippled ARM-based Windows RT) so it has full pen support. The machine is also thin at 8.7 mm plus it’s fanless due to the new Atom x7 CPU. Surprisingly, it can now be charged via micro USB charger so it uses the same connector you’re already using on your phone and tablet.

  • Display: 10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display, 1920 x 1280, Surface Pen support
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Storage/RAM: 64GB storage with 2GB RAM / 128GB storage with 4GB RAM
  • CPU: Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel
  • Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, Micro USB charging port, Headset jack, Cover port
  • Software: Windows 8.1 (Free Upgrade to Windows 10)
  • Camera: 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera • 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer

Price starts at $499 for 64GB and2Gb of RAM. Ships on May 5th, 2015.

Other options are (LTE available) :

  • 128GB / 4GB RAM / Wi-Fi- $599
  • 64GB / 2GB RAM / Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
  • 128GB / 4GB RAM / Wi-Fi + 4G LTE

http://blog.surface.com/2015/03/announcing-surface-3/

Pre-order here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-3/productID.314885500

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.

S6

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.

 

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