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: www.globallinkmp.com/SIP


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 http://www.eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

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.


Review: ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor

Ever since I received the ZUS Smart Car Charger from Nonda, I have exclusively used that charger on my car to charge the dash cam and my phone. The GPS parking location feature is awesome and it just automatically logs my position and even monitors my battery without much user intervention. So when they came out with their ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor system, I decided to get it too.

Why is this needed?

You see, while most newer cars in the USA have pre-installed tire monitoring systems, the ones being sold in the Philippines still doesn't - even the current models.
I installed this on a 2016 Honda HRV before heading out on a long trip to see how well it fares.

In a USA Today article dated July 4, 2016, it notes that proper tire pressure can keep you out of car accidents

Keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure improves fuel economy and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns and even accidents.

Besides optimizing fuel efficiency, a properly pressure tire could make or break your car trip.

A tire 25% below its recommended pressure is three times as likely to be involved in a crash, while a tire 25% high is twice as likely as a properly inflated tire, according to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency.

We all know what kind of roads we have here in the Philippines. We have all sorts of potholes, uneven humps, various road debris, and everything you can imagine that could damaged even the toughest tire brands. Making sure that your tires are properly taken cared of and has the consistent pressure it needs can spare you the unnecessary hassle when least expected.

What you get out of the box are four screw-in replacements for your valve caps, a main USB receiver shaped like a car, and a few nuts, and mini wrench, and other extras like the plastic cap, velcro sticker (for receiver mounting), and silicon band.

Package Includes:

  1. Sensor ×4
  2. Receiver  ×1 (Requires USB power)
  3. Anti-Theft lock ×4
  4. Installation kit

Installing the sensor and receiver

Installation is quick and easy. You will need to plug in the receiver first on any of your on-board USB ports. Pair your phone with the ZUS app and then proceed with the installation of the 4 sensors.

Be sure to read the labels on each tire sensors and place them accordingly. It’s better to use the provided anti-theft nut to make it harder for thieves to steal your sensors. You’ll just basically use the provided small wrench to rotate it counterclockwise for a snug fit. Don’t forget to store the specialized wrench into your glove compartment so you can unscrew it yourself when needed.

The receiver also has a USB pass through so you won’t lose a precious USB port on your car.

Receiver Specifications

  1. Size: 1.5×3.3 in / 38×85 mm
  2. Cable Length: 7.9 in / 20cm
  3. Audible and Visual Alerts: For air leaks, high/low pressure high temperature, low battery voltage, lost sensor signal

The sensors are all powered by a small CR1632. They say that at 3 hours of use a day, the battery could last for a year before needing to be replaced.

Sensor Specifications

  1. Size: 0.7×0.8 in / 21×18mm ;
  2. Pressure Reading Range: 0 - 130 psi / 0 - 9 bar
  3. Temp Reading Range: -20°C ~ 120°C  /  -4°F ~ 248°F
  4. Operating Temperature: -40°C ~ 125°C / -40°F ~ 257°F
  5. Water Resistance: IP67
  6. Anti-theft: Anti-theft Nut & Wrench
  7. Battery: Replaceable lithium battery CR1632

Using the App

Launch the ZUS app, or download it in the Google Play / iTunes.

Initial setup is needed like pairing the sensors and the receiver to your phone. Just follow the on-screen instructions and you're good to go. Video how-tos area also available so it's really dumbproof. Remember to install the sensors in the afternoon or after the car has cooled down, don't install the sensors on a recently used car.

Upon installing one sensor, I tested it right away and lo and behold, it's there. The UI neatly displays the car with all information on on tire PSI pressure and temperature. (Just to note that the app will have to calibrate itself initially so you'll need to start and run the car first to get a correct reading)

Travelling NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX on the holiday, at fast speeds and with strong rains didn't cause any issue on the attached sensors. They provided real-time tire pressure's and will alert you if the app notices some fluctuations - meaning there might be a slow leak somewhere.

The ZUS app also provides useful mileage log and battery stats among others. I believe you can get this using the ZUS charger - even without the tire monitoring kit.

The only issue I have with this is the anti-theft nut. The way it's installed does not give me 100% confidence that it will hold up and really protect the sensors against a determined thief. I get that it's a tradeoff that is necessary so that when I need to pull it out myself, I would just need the specialized tool to do it. But still, I hope there is another way to really make it much secure into the valve. At a retail price of $120, I really recommend this tire monitoring kit among the other built-in methods. The app could only improve over time and so far it has provided me peace of mind without needed to constantly check my tire pressure every time.

Friday, November 03, 2017

B&O PLAY now in the Philippines


B&O PLAY is a member of the Bang & Olufsen Group, an iconic Danish design technology company known for its premium technology that adapts to fit human needs wrapped in design that matters, performance that reproduces emotions and craftsmanship that is honest and detail-oriented.

While firmly grounded in its 90 year Bang & Olufsen heritage, B&O PLAY has set the bar even higher and confidently announces that they’re in the business of goosebumps that makes beautiful music on-the-go and for-the home.

Check out the products and prices after the jump.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Galaxy Note 8 is now up for pre-order at Lazada Philippines


The Note 8 is officially being sold at 49,990 pesos and will only come in black and gold variants. The pre-order period will also mean additional freebie in the form of an AKG Bluetooth speaker (which is worth 7,990 as they say) 

Will you be getting one?




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