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Month: January 2014

32GB Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 (Wi-Fi Only) Priced Expensively at ~50K PHP

Samsung has finally announced the pricing and availability details of one of the Galaxy Note Pro tablets unveiled at the 2014 CES event last month. How much would it cost and when is will it ship? Catch the details after the break!

In a tweet sent by Samsung Mobile UK, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Wifi that secretly reached the Philippine shores ahead of its official CES 2014 launch is now officially available for pre-order, at least in the UK. The big 12.2 incher Pro tablet carries a hefty price tag of £649 (about $1,076 or around Php 49k based on current ex-rate).

Starmobile Engage i9 vs CloudFone CloudPad 800w head-to-head Intel Tablets Specs Comparison

In a matter of two days, two of the country’s local players released Android tablets powered by an Intel Atom Clovertrail+ processor. The other day, CloudFone announced the CloudPad 800w, and it was Starmobile’s turn yesterday to announce the Engage 9i set to be launched officially on February 4.

We are yet to have our very own hands-on treatment of both Intel powered tablets, but we are putting the Engage 9i and the CloudPad 800w on a head-to-head specs sheet comparison, below.

Why Google sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo

Lenovo shocked everyone as they announced their $3 billion acquisition agreement with Google for Motorola Mobility. Catch the details after the break!

Lenovo love Motorola

It was back in 2012 when Google announced their acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Since then, we saw the release of “the only smartphone assembled in the US” in the form of Moto X by Motorola, followed by the release of Motorola G. But, it wasn’t enough to give Motorola Mobility a positive cash flow.

Windows 8.1 Lenovo ThinkPad 8 goes on Sale for $429

Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo aims to lure prospective iPad mini and iPad mini with retina buyers into them with the availability of their new Windows 8.1 powered tablet, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8.

ThinkPad 8

Announced almost a month ago during the 2014 CES event in Las Vegas, USA, the latest so-called “business tablet” by Lenovo featuring an impressive 8.3 inch Full HD display has officially hit the shelves with a competitive price tag of $429.

Starmobile Announced Intel-powered Engage 9i, Available Starting Feb 4 Under Php10k!

Starmobile, one of the country’s leading local mobile player brand, proudly announced an Intel powered tablet that is certainly worth looking out for, slated to launch on February 4 — the Starmobile Engage 9i tablet. Starmobile Engage 9i Labeled as the company’s upcoming flagship tablet, the Engage 9i packs very impressive specs and features that is worth turning heads for. Upfront, there’s the 8.9 inch WUXGA display housed in  an elegant glass finish, measuring at just 8.5mm thick.

Nielsen Study Shows Filipinos Didn’t Spend Too Much Money on New Gadgets in Q4 2013

A decline in the country’s tech sales has been recorded during the last quarter of 2013 as the Philippines has been hailed “Asia’s 2nd most Optimistic Consumers” in the recently conducted Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index despite the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, leaving many dead and homeless in the Central Philippine Region.

Nielsen Q4 Consumer Confidence IndexIn the said study conducted between November 11 – 29, 2013, a result of above 100 denotes consumer optimism, while anything below 100 indicates a pessimistic behavior. Indonesia got a consumer index of 124 during Q4, while the Philippines came second with 114 — still an impressive number because it was then when typhoon Yolanda struck the Country. “As expected the sentiment of Filipino consumers went down as a result of the devastation of typhoon Yolanda,” according to Nielsen Philippines Managing Director Stuart Jamieson. “As a consequence, they are examining their personal finances closely and are becoming more cautiously optimistic and dynamic in their choices around spending and saving.”

More Photos of LG G Pro 2 Surfaced

We’re all expecting to see the LG G Pro’s successor at the 2014 Mobile World Congress happening next month. We’ve already reported details on the upcoming G Pro 2 and now we have more leaked photos of the LG phablet.

LG G Pro 2 side

As the photo suggests, the LG G Pro 2 seems to really be sporting a big 6″ display. But the most interesting update we have is that the photo below shows that the G Pro 2 will have the same rear button found on the current LG flagship, the G2.

CloudFone Announces CloudPad 800w, the First Local Intel-powered Tablet for Php 8,999

Local player Cloudfone has released a new tablet dubbed as the CloudPad 800w. What’s special about this newly released Cloudfone tablet is that it features an Intel Atom processor, making it the first local tablet to sport the processor. Catch all the details and specs of the CloudPad 800w after the break!

Cloudfone Cloudpad 800w

Aside from the powerful 2GHz dual core Intel Atom processor, the Cloudpad 800w features a 7.85 inch XGA touch display, 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel and 2 megapixel back and front cameras. The tablet runs on Android JellyBean 4.2 and a battery with a stand-by life of up to 300 hours.

NBI Raids Cybersex Call Center Alleged Selling Porn Sites

In response to Malacañang’s vow to end trafficking involving children and minors for online sex abuse in the country, the National Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid in Sta. Mesa tuesday night followed by another raid in Quezon City the day after.

NBI Raids Call center

In a report by GMA News, NBI arrested 20 people in a raid conducted last Tuesday evening at an establishment in Sta. Mesa. These people arrested are said to be involved in recruiting “call center” agents, mostly minors ages 15 years old and below. Recruited minors are offered Php 5,000 to up to Php 30,000 a week to act as models to chat with foreigners from the US, Astralia, UK and other countries using pre-recorded porn videos of Filipinas.

NBI Released Full CCTV Footage of Vhong Navarro’s Mauling Incident; Watch Online Here!

This afternoon, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media the full CCTV footage of Deniece Cornejo’s condominium building in Taguig, Forbeswood Heights, recorded last January 22 in lieu of the alleged rape incident involving actor-host Vhong Navarro.

CCTV Footage

After reviewing the said CCTV footage, NBI is now dismissing the possibility of Vhong Navarro attempting to rape Deniece Cornejo last January 22, as the latter claimed, for grounds that the series of incidents captured by the building’s CCTV camera does not match Deniece Cornejo’s claims.

Android Nokia X “Normandy” Specs Leaked! 4-Incher Phone, Dual Core Processors, 6 Colors

We have been hearing a lot about an Android-powered Nokia device for quite sometime now. Press images of the Nokia X or Normandy surfaced the internet, and now we have sizzling details on the specifications of the upcoming Nokia Android device. More after the break.

Nokia X Normandy

@evleaks took to Twitter yesterday the specs of the yet to be announced Nokia X. The leaked specs hinted us that Nokia’s first Android powered device will be aimed for the mid range market. Coming in with 6 color options in a polycarbonate shell, the device will feature a 4 inch WVGA screen running on a dual core Snapdragon 200 processor with 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal storage and expandable microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo now Official! Quad-core 5 Incher Priced at Around $355

We were expecting for Samsung to unveil the previously leaked Galaxy Grand Neo at the 2014 Barcelona MWC event happening in less than a month, but complete specifications and details of the device has already hit the Korean tech giant’s website, and is already up for sale at a Dutch online store. Catch the details after the break!

The Galaxy Grand Neo–or the Galaxy Grand Lite, as others would call it–features a 1.2GHz quad core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage with microSD card support.. Upfront, there’s the 5.01 inch WVGA screen and a VGA camera. At the back is where you’ll find the 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.

PLDT’s TVolution Promises to Turn Your Ordinary TV into an Internet TV

Another first from the country’s leading telephone and internet service provider, PLDT is promising to turn your regular TV into a full featured Internet TV with a small new device called the TVolution. Catch all the details after the break!

Priced at just Php 199/month on top of a PLDT Home Fibr subscriber’s plan (or a one-time cash out of Php 3,000), the TVolution device is bringing Internet to regular TVs. Meaning, with the TVolution device hooked to your ordinary TV, you’ll have access to thousands of on-demand TV shows and Movies through ClickPlay and MyPinoyTV service, run compatible Android apps and games, listen to music, browse the Internet, check your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, and finally, create and edit documents as well through the built-in Kingsoft Open Office app.

Google Launches Street View in PH, Colorful Cars Ready to Shoot Panoramic Images of Metro Manila!

Google’s Maps app has been around for quite sometime, and is probably the most used online maps service compared to its main competitors, Microsoft’s Bing Maps and Apple Maps because of its features, reliability and accuracy. And last Tuesday, the global tech and search giant Google has announced the launch of  Street View in the Philippines.

Google Street View Cars in Manila
Google Street View Cars in Manila

Google Street View started in the US since 2007, and since then, it has been a favorite feature found on Google Maps and Google Earth. As the name suggests, Street View takes you to the streets of your favorite cities, across 50 countries wherever it is supported. Through the efforts and initiative of the Department of Tourism, Google is bringing the favorite feature to the country to let potential foreign tourists experience the streets of Manila, as well as other Philippine tourist destinations without leaving the comfort of their homes, before actually heading to the country.

Lenovo Opens Concept Store in Cebu!

In pursuit of broadening its reach in the Philippine mobile market, Chinese multinational technology company recently opened their second Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store (LMES) outside Metro Manila, and the sixth one since the company started opening concept stores exclusively for mobile phones and tablets.

Lenovo Cebu

Located at the 3rd level of Ayala Center in Cebu City, the sixth Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store will be offering the Lenovo A series (A269i, A369i, A516 and A850) and the premium Lenovo Vibe X, as well as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8, Yoga Tablet 10 and other Lenovo exclusive accessories to all the Cebuanos who wants features and build quality to go hand in hand, without sacrificing too much on the budget.

No 64-bit Processor, Not Metal Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 – Says KGI Research

Little by little, detailed specs of the upcoming Galaxy S5 are coming out, at least through the rumor mill. Although these leaked specs and details on the Galaxy S4 successor are yet to be confirmed by Samsung whether true or not, analysts are very hopeful for the company’s next flagship. Catch the new development on the Galaxy S5 as KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave the detailed specs and features after the break!

GalaxyS5 Render

In the document issued by KGI containing the detailed specifications of the Galaxy S5, the device is said to come in 2 variants — Prime and Standard — with each variant having a Global and Korean model. A lot of the rumored specs we reported last week are present in the leaked spec sheet, including the 5.2 inch WQ HD display (for the Prime variant), 16 megapixel camera and fingerprint reader. 

Microsoft Renames SkyDrive Cloud Service to OneDrive After Trademark Dispute with BSkyB

Microsoft has announced that they are renaming their cloud service SkyDrive to OneDrive through a post on The OneDrive Blog because of a trademark infringement dispute with British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

skydrive

Microsoft agreed back in June 2013 to rename their cloud service SkyDrive because of the dispute, within a reasonable amount of time. And just yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the new name of their loved cloud service, OneDrive. Current subscribers of SkyDrive and SkyDrive pro won’t experience any service interruptions as the company makes transition to the new cloud service.

Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee Went Viral and Trending after Vhong Navarro Broke his Silence on the Beating Incident

Yesterday on ABSCBN’s afternoon entertainment and talk show Buzz ng Bayan, Vhong Navarro finally broke his silence on his beating incident that happened Wednesday night last week. During the said taped interview with Boy Abunda, the dancer, actor and tv-host dropped the two names involved in the incident that immediately went viral and trending last night. All these and more after the break.

Vhong Navarro Interview

Vhong Navarro dropped the names Deniece Millet Cornejo (not Denise Millete) as the girl he visited at the latter’s condo unit in The Fort, and Cedric Lee, the guy who pointed a gun at him and is the primary suspect for beating him up. Netizens immediately took to twitter and instagram their comments and reactions on the incident, mostly hate messages for the two and support for Vhong Navarro, which made the 2 names — Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee — trend in the Philippines and even Worldwide on twitter last night.

LG G Pro 2 Confirmed! Coming Next Month at MWC 2014

Dropping “Optimus” from the device’s official name, Korean Media confirmed the announcement of the rumored to be 6-incher LG G Pro 2 at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2014 event happening next month.

LG's 2013 Optimus G Pro
LG’s 2013 Optimus G Pro

Slated on the 24th to the 27th of February, the Korean company LG is expected to officially unveil the successor to last year’s Optimus G Pro at the 2014 MWC. This year’s G Pro 2 is dropping the “Optimus” name and is rumored to come with a 6 inch 1080p display running on a Snapdragon 800 processor with 3 GB of RAM and Android’s latest Kitkat OS out of the box.