• 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

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Microsoft unveils the next Windows - Windows 10

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Microsoft just unveiled the new version of Windows – Windows 10. Sweeping changes across the board. Windows 10 Technical Preview would be available tomorrow at http://preview.windows.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Smart’s Free Internet Promo will run until November 30

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Manny Pangilinan has just announced (complete with live stream) Smart’s ‘noble’ push to provide free internet to all Smart, Sun and Talk and Text's subscribers.

To avail of this promo, a user needs to register daily by sending FREE to 9999.

So what is the scope of this free internet? This is applicable to all active prepaid subscribers. It will be free for up to 30MB and still subject to promo terms and fair use. Active users are those who have at least one peso load or is subscribed to any load bucket or promo.

Of course, with everything free, comes some fine print. These are the type of websites excluded from the promo:

  • Download, stream and watch videos (Youtube, Vimeo)
  • Use VOIP apps (FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Skype, Viber, Tango)
  • Use messaging apps (Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Viber)
  • Peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and apps like Bittorrent

Read more about it here: http://www1.smart.com.ph/prepaid/freeinternet

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

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So it’s official, Minecraft is now part of Microsoft. All for a cool $2.5 Billion. Mojang posted the announcement on their site (https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/). Microsoft also posted it on their Xbox blog ( http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-to-join-microsoft )

“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

Microsoft plans to continue to make “Minecraft” available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Camera Phone running Android

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Panasonic returns to the smartphone market with the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Camera. They are calling it ‘connected camera’ as it runs Android 4.4 to power it instead of their proprietary software. Really intrigued with the specs. Hopefully the price is affordable enough.

Lumix CM1 Specs

  • 4.7-inch full-HD 1080p touchscreen
  • 20-megapixel f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens (shoots 4K)
  • 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4
  • 16GB internal storage but microSD cards are supported up to 128gb
  • 2,600mAh battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Introduced

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Panasonic just introduced the DMC-LX100 with 4/3-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and is the successor to the highly successful LX line. I still use my Lumix LX5 compact camera even though I already have the Sony NEX-6 simply because it’s more portable and the battery life is excellent. The LX100 boasts 4k video recording and integrated Live View Finder.

The LX100 is going to be on sale by the end of October and pricing is around $900 (40,000 pesos) comparable to the Sony RX100 III line + a bit more since this is not just an excellent pocket camera, but a micro four thirds sensor with 12.8 megapixel MOS chip.

LX100 Specs (Source: DPReview)

  • 16MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor (Up to 12.7MP used)
  • 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens
  • Multi-aspect feature maintains diagonal angle-of-view at 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9
  • Venus Engine from DMC-GH4 and DMC-FZ1000
  • XGA-resolution electronic viewfinder (1024 x768 pixels)
  • Aperture and control dials around lens, shutter speed dial on top plate
  • 3" 921k dot touchscreen LCD
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (6.5 with C-AF)
  • 4K video recording at 30p, Full HD at 60p
  • In-camera Raw conversion
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Cherry Mobile Windows Phones introduced

Cherry Mobile has entered the Windows Phone territory with the launch of 2 Windows Phones devices – the Cherry Mobile Alpha Style and Alpha Luxe. Now that Windows Phones is free for OEMs to use, will we see other local OEM’s push Windows Phones more? I certainly hope so.

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Cherry Mobile Alpha Style

  • OS: Windows Phone 8.1
  • Display: 4” IPS Touch display
  • CPU/GPU: 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Adreno 305
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB with support for micro SD up to 32GB
  • Camera: 5MP rear camera, 0.3 front camera
  • Connectivity: Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Price: 2,999 Pesos

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Cherry Mobile Alpha Luxe

  • OS: Windows Phone 8.1 (Dual Sim)
  • Display: 5” IPS Touch display Dragon Trail Glass
  • CPU/GPU: 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Adreno 305
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB with support for micro SD up to 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Connectivity: Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • Price: 4,999 Pesos

Upgrade to a new iPad with Power Mac Center’s ‘Trade to Upgrade’

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August 19, 2014 – Upgrading to the latest iPad is now made easy for Apple enthusiasts at Power Mac Center. As the most reliable Apple partner in the Philippines celebrates its 20th anniversary, Power Mac Center introduces an exclusive trade-up offer that makes it more attractive to upgrade from old tablets and previous generation iPads to a new iPad.

Trade to Upgrade gives customers the chance to swap a previous generation iPad or tablet to get a rebate to purchase a new iPad at participating Power Mac Center stores nationwide. The amount of rebate will be based on the size of the device being traded.

Any brand can be traded provided that it is in good working condition and comes with the power plug / charger. Customers wishing to avail of the program using their credit cards can take advantage of the 12 months, 0% installment payment option offered by Power Mac Center.

On top of the rebate on a new iPad purchase, the Trade to Upgrade program also entitles customers to receive a screen protector and stylus for free.

Power Mac Center’s latest offering is available only until September 30, 2014. Visit Power Mac Center stores for more details.

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About Power Mac Center

Power Mac Center is a recognized Apple Premium Reseller, Authorized Education Reseller, Apple Authorized Training Center, and Apple Authorized Service Provider in the Philippines. Power Mac Center has become a reliable retail shop and service provider of Apple products to the Filipino consumer.

The company has grown to 20 branches, with stores located in Greenbelt 3, The Annex at SM City North EDSA, TriNoma, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Megamall, The Podium, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier, Festival Supermall, Cash & Carry Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Marikina, Power Plant Mall, SM City BF ParaƱaque, Harbor Point, SM City Pampanga, SM City Bacoor, SM City Santa Rosa, and SM City Batangas.

 

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