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Month: March 2014

20 Trivias on the Philippine Internet in 20 years

Yesterday marked the 20th year of the Internet in the country. A lot has happened over the past 20 years with the Internet connecting Filipinos to the world with just simple taps and clicks. The country was even named as the “Social Media Capital of the World”. 


Join us here in CTB as we count 20 Trivias on the Philippine Internet in 20 years.

Microsoft Office for the Apple iPad finally Released! Get the Download Links here

There’s no doubt that the most well-known productivity software there is the Microsoft Office suite. Almost everyone, if not all, knows and loves Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. And today, Microsoft has made the touch optimized Office Suite available for the Apple iPad free for download.

Microsoft Office

Previously made available for the iPhone last June 2013, the iPad version hit the Apple App Store early this morning, at exactly 2 am Philippine Time. Although the wait for the Office Suite for the iPad is finally over for a lot of those waiting for it, the apps come with a catch.

Gionee officially Launched the Elife E7 “Made for Shooting” smartphone in Cebu!

We here at loves new product releases. And just last night, we were invited by Gionee for the unveiling of their latest flagship phone, the Elife E7. The event took place at the Mandarin Plaza Hotel, headed by Gionee Philippines Mobile head Ms. Katrin Salanga-Gregorio and Gionee’s Brand Ambassadress, former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Catch the full specs, details, photos and a quick hands-on video right after the break!


The Gionee Elife E7 got its official global unveiling during the 2014 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain just a month ago. And yesterday, the popular Chinese mobile brand proudly presented their latest flagship device to the Visayas market to dealers and members of the media, making everyone present in the said event the first people to see and experience the Elife E7 smartphone, at least in the country. A separate public event will be held for our friends in Manila come March 30 at the Mall of Asia Activity grounds.

Coca-Cola brings Spotify to the Philippines! Here’s how to get Exclusive Access to the Cloud Streaming Service!

Commercial music streaming service provider Spotify is now officially available in the Philippines through a partnership with Coca-Cola. Originally available in select countries over the world, Spotify brings free and legal on-demand music streaming service to Filipinos with over 25 million tracks available, from both international and local artists.

Coke Spotify

If you’re too excited about the music streaming service and you went straight to Spotify’s official website, expect to get a “Spotify is currently not available in your country” page. Well, that is pretty much normal, as access to Spotify Philippines is currently on an exclusive invite basis as of the moment. But don’t fret, as we have all the info you need in order to gain access to Spotify, as well as the details on how to run the app on your computer.

Power Banks aren’t just for Cellphones and Tablets, but for Laptops, too!

Looking for Power Banks, aka, external batteries for your laptops? Here’s what you need to know about it and how to compute number of charges.

Laptops give us computing mobility that most tablets can’t provide. Although there’s a whole lot of tablet models out there that seems to be capable of replacing laptops to cater for our daily needs, as a blogger, I could personally say that working with a laptop is still a whole lot easier compared to with a touchscreen slate–even with a wireless keyboard accessory. The experience is just different.

Bert Work mode

One common nook for those who work on their laptops outside of their home or office are coffee shops and malls. Laptops even allows us to bring work while we’re on vacation, just like the photo above during my recent quick Bohol getaway. A downside of working with a laptop (well, portable devices in general) is that you’d have to be near an outlet after a couple of hours of using it, as you’re running on batteries after all. Although most cafés have a number of outlets available for customers inside their store, some just don’t have such. A bitter reality is that there are instances which I’m sure a lot can relate to, the coffee shop has outlets but everyone inside the store seems to have conveniently plugged in their devices and there’s not an outlet left for you.

Starmobile officially unveils the new Starmobile Octa; Goes on Sale Next Week for Php 16,990

It seems that Starmobile is on a roll with releasing top notch smartphones this year, as the company unveiled a new flagship device during the #MakeItGr8 event held yesterday. Now we have details on the new flagship device succeeding the Diamond X1, which was released just less than 3 months ago.

Starmobile new octa

One of the country’s top local mobile brand, Starmobile, had people guessing on the device’s name for the past week on their official Facebook page. But, the guessing game is now over, as Starmobile officially unveiled the name of the device, Octa, as well as the specs and other details on their next flagship phone.

Need to Block someone on Viber? Here’s the Complete How-To (at least for Android devices)

Instant Messaging (IM) voice-over-Internet Protocol apps for smartphones and tablets took the world by storm. Apps like Viber lets you text and call anyone, wherever they are in the world for free, as long as they have the same app on their phone or tablet. These messaging apps are usually free to download, and are starting to change the way we text. Messaging apps like Viber comes with “Delivered” and “Seen” features, letting you know if the person you sent a text to has already received and read your message.


But as much as we’re all enjoying free messaging and call services through these kind of apps, some people are actually starting to abuse the service. So, if ever you’re wondering how to block someone on your Viber app, we have the steps for you.

Apple Retires the iPad 2 for the 4th Gen iPad with Retina Display; Introduces a Cheaper 8 GB iPhone 5C Variant

In Apple news, the Cupertino based tech giant decided to make small changes on their device line up. When it comes to iPads and iPhones, Apple has been keeping a previous model available as an alternative to their current flagship device.

Apple iPad

The second generation iPad was originally introduced back in March of 2011, and it has been available since then even after the introduction of the iPad Air, the fifth generation full sized iPad. But that is only until yesterday, as Apple decided to retire the three year old model in favor of the 4th generation iPad with Retina.

Nokia X Officially Available in the Philippines! Comes in Black, White, Red and Green for just Php 5,990

Nokia was probably successful in making sure people would talk about them when they officially announced the Nokia X family of Android running phones at the recently concluded 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Just two weeks after the unveiling, one of the three phones announced is now officially available in the Philippines, and we have all the details you need to know. More after the break.

Nokia X

Shortly after an exclusive press launch, our friends at Nokia Philippines took to facebook the announcement of the availability of the Nokia X for their Filipino netizen fans. It is a big news for Nokia loyal fans, as it is the first Android device from the then top mobile phone maker.

Apple Seeds iOS 7.1 to Users, Comes with a few UI Changes and Overall Performance Boost

Early this morning, about around 1 am, my iPhone 5S notified me for a new software update. I immediately went on and fired the update which was just about 268 MB on my phone. This isn’t really a major firmware update, but it actually made my phone’s performance better. Learn more about the changes with the new iOS 7.1 and view the screenshots of some of the UI changes after the break.


The update brings a couple of new features to compatible iOS devices, such as the new CarPlay feature. Previously known as iOS in the car, CarPlay let’s you integrate iOS with your car’s dashboard to control music, access maps and other third-party applications. That’s if of course you’re driving new select models of Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes Benz luxury cars.

Globe’s Pre-Order Page for the Samsung Galaxy S5 goes Live! Coming on April 10!

Ever since Samsung unveiled the much hyped Galaxy S5 about two weeks ago during the Unpacked5 event at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a lot of people have already expressed their desire for the new Samsung flagship phone, as expected. Globe Telecom is the first telco in the country to announce that they are bringing the new Galaxy S5 through the pre-order page of the device on their website.

Galaxy S5 pre-order

Although both Globe and Samsung are yet to disclose the official retail price of the Galaxy S5, as of writing, 675 people have already registered with Globe for the device. For those interested in registering for the Galaxy S5, you may now do so by heading to Globe’s SG S5 microsite (click here) and logging on with either your Facebook or Twitter account. With this, you can also see who among your online friends registered for Globe’s Galaxy S5 official launch and release.

FreedomPop’s Samsung Galaxy S2 provides Data and Call Encryption for a whole lot less than the BlackPhone

Last week, BlackPhone officially dropped official details on their privacy centered smartphone during the 2014 MWC with a price tag of a whooping $650 or about ~Php 28k. For those who wants to get the BlackPhone, you might want to hold your horses as FreedomPop announces their very own privacy phone,  an upgraded, security conscious Samsung Galaxy S2 for a whole lot less.


Specswise, it is what you expect from the almost 3 year old Galaxy S2: a 4.3 inch screen, 8 megapixel main camera with LED flash, 16 GB of built-in storage and a 1.2GHz dual core processor. The difference this Galaxy S2 comes with is FreedomPop’s extra security features.

MyPhone teases the Agua Infinity; the company’s First Octa Core Processor Coming Soon!

Our country’s market for local smartphone players are getting more exciting than ever, as MyPhone teases everyone with their very own octa-core smartphone, dubbed as the MyPhone Agua Infinity. In case you missed it, Cherry Mobile and Starmobile released their own octa-core phones more than a month ago, the Cosmos Z2 and the Diamond X1 (we even did a head to head specs comparison the two phones, which you can read here).

MyPhone Agua Infinity
Micromax Canvass Knight (Specs are identical to the MyPhone Agua Infinity)

With a yet to be disclosed launch date, we can’t help but ask, is MyPhone a month (or more) too late in releasing an octa-core phone? Well, all we can say is, “it’s better late, than never”, as there aren’t really that much octa-core smartphones yet in the market, even from global brands. There’s only a handful.

The Great Samsung Sale still on going until March 23, get the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at just Php 36,990

It’s a great news for Samsung fans, as the Great Samsung Sale is still ongoing until the 23rd of March. There’s still a lot of time to get some of the latest Samsung Smartphones and Tablets on discounted rates, and some devices even comes with bundled flip covers. The sale even features the CES 2014 announced SG Note Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The Great Samsung Sale

On their official facebook page, Samsung Mobile Philippines reminded everyone about the sale, which features the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 at a discounted price of just Php 36,990. There’s also the Galaxy S4 which comes with a free flip cover, at just Php 28, 990.

Samsung Announces the Chromebook 2; comes Exynos 5 and Faux Leather Finish starting at $320

Chromebooks are basically laptops running on Google’s Chrome OS. They are the more affordable, lighter and smaller alternatives to full sized Windows and Mac laptops. Many PC manufacturers have released their own line of Chromebooks, and Samsung is no stranger to this. The Korean tech giant just announced the new Chromebook 2, which will come in 2 sizes–11.6 and 13.3 inches.

Samsung Chromebook 2

The new Samsung Chromebook 2 comes with an Exynos 5 eight-core processor, the same octa-core chip found on a variant of the latest Galaxy S5 release. Other specs includes the usual for any Chromebook machine out there: HD LED display, 16 GB eMMC storage, 4 GB of RAM, 720p web camera and a battery that lasts up to 8.5 hours.