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Category: LIFE HACKS

TARA: The Pinoy-made Smartphone Security App

Cellphones are probably the favorite targets of thieves and pick-pockets these days. They’re easy to snatch, and almost everyone of us carries at least one where ever we go. And once they’re snatched, cellphones — more so for smartphones, can easily be disposed through the grey market and direct transactions to private individuals. That is why cellphone manufacturers and app developers are creating smartphone apps that will let us trace our phones in the event that they get stolen.

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Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

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.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

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.

viber

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.

A self confessed gadget enthusiast, Phillip Joanino is a Registered Nurse by profession. He graduated with BS in Nursing from Centro Escolar University in Manila, circa April 2013. He’s a certified Apple fanboy, the go-to person when it comes to the latest tech updates and knows the hippest and trendiest places and events around the Metro.

What makes Phillip an Apple fan boy? Currently, he’s got a Black iPod Nano 3rd Gen, a White iPad with Retina display, a White iPhone 4S, a Gold iPhone 5S and a 13-inch Mid 2013 MacBook Air. He’s also got a BlackBerry 9700 on the side, as well as a Intel Core i5 Samsung QX-410 notebook.

How to Access Netflix in the Philippines: Step-by-Step Guide

There’s just no doubt that Netflix is the most well-known and most used on-demand media streaming done over the internet there is. Unfortunately, the famous service is not available in the Philippines. Although we have local on-demand service providers like Blink and PLDT Fibr TVolution, many are still hoping Netflix would soon be available in the country.

Netflix

Luckily, there’s a way to access Netflix even if you’re in the Philippines. All you need is a nifty software called a Virtual Private Network or VPN. There’s also an option for using a Domain Name System or a DNS, but this guide will talk about VPN.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

Flappy Bird Taken Down? No Problem. You Can Still Install it by Following this Guide!

Flappy Bird has been taken down officially today at 1 am (Philippine Time) from the Apple AppStore, as well as from the Google Play Store, following its Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen’s meltdown of not being able to “take it anymore”. Users who already have downloaded the app should not worry, as they will forever have the game on their phones and tablets.

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But for those who don’t have it on their  handsets — at least those using Android devices — worry no more. There’s an easy workaround to install the sensational game on your Android device, even if it has been already pulled out from the Google Play Store without the need for rooting. Follow the instructions below.

A self confessed gadget enthusiast, Phillip Joanino is a Registered Nurse by profession. He graduated with BS in Nursing from Centro Escolar University in Manila, circa April 2013. He’s a certified Apple fanboy, the go-to person when it comes to the latest tech updates and knows the hippest and trendiest places and events around the Metro.

What makes Phillip an Apple fan boy? Currently, he’s got a Black iPod Nano 3rd Gen, a White iPad with Retina display, a White iPhone 4S, a Gold iPhone 5S and a 13-inch Mid 2013 MacBook Air. He’s also got a BlackBerry 9700 on the side, as well as a Intel Core i5 Samsung QX-410 notebook.

Flappy Bird Cheat Sheet for iOS Devices, No Jailbreak Needed!

Everyone has gone crazy thanks to the new smartphone game craze, Flappy Bird. The game is simple and fun yet annoying, and everyone hooked with the game just wants to get a high score to brag with their friends. Probably the highest score I’ve ever seen is at 157. Now if you wanna reach that score or even higher without breaking a sweat, we found a little workaround. I’m pretty sure my friend didn’t cheat or used a hack, but who says we can’t?

Andre Co Flappy Bird

Now this hack works for iOS devices, without the need for a Jailbreak. What you’ll need is of course the Flappy Bird game installed on your iPhone or iPad, a nifty app called iExplorer (you can download it here for free), plus the hack file for passing through the pipes (download here).

A self confessed gadget enthusiast, Phillip Joanino is a Registered Nurse by profession. He graduated with BS in Nursing from Centro Escolar University in Manila, circa April 2013. He’s a certified Apple fanboy, the go-to person when it comes to the latest tech updates and knows the hippest and trendiest places and events around the Metro.

What makes Phillip an Apple fan boy? Currently, he’s got a Black iPod Nano 3rd Gen, a White iPad with Retina display, a White iPhone 4S, a Gold iPhone 5S and a 13-inch Mid 2013 MacBook Air. He’s also got a BlackBerry 9700 on the side, as well as a Intel Core i5 Samsung QX-410 notebook.

Experiencing Globe’s Internet Fair Usage Policy in Real Time; How to Reach it and What Happens When You get “Capped”

I have been a Globe UnliSurf subscriber for 2 years now with my postpaid account, and another year with Globe’s BIS or BlackBerry Internet Service on top of that. But with over 3 years of being with Globe’s mobile data service, I have never heard of their Fair Usage Policy (FUP) on internet surfing plans until very recently, when they started enforcing it strictly.

Globe FUP Page

I consider myself as a moderate to heavy mobile internet user for social media and personal purposes: I always find myself refreshing my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feed at least twice to thrice an hour throughout the day. I also use it for quick web browsing and youtube video streaming. My data services are turned on almost all the time even at home — I only turn it off whenever I’m outside my house and i need to save up my battery life. I also use my phone’s data services to tether internet to my laptop whenever i’m not home, which happens almost every other day recently.

A self confessed gadget enthusiast, Phillip Joanino is a Registered Nurse by profession. He graduated with BS in Nursing from Centro Escolar University in Manila, circa April 2013. He’s a certified Apple fanboy, the go-to person when it comes to the latest tech updates and knows the hippest and trendiest places and events around the Metro.

What makes Phillip an Apple fan boy? Currently, he’s got a Black iPod Nano 3rd Gen, a White iPad with Retina display, a White iPhone 4S, a Gold iPhone 5S and a 13-inch Mid 2013 MacBook Air. He’s also got a BlackBerry 9700 on the side, as well as a Intel Core i5 Samsung QX-410 notebook.

Globe Data Cap vs Smart Data Cap, Plus a Look on Mobile Data Plans in Different Countries

With all the buzz about Globe Telecom’s strict implementation of their Mobile Data Surfing Fair Usage Policy (FUP), we can’t help but compare it with Smart Telecom’s own FUP on mobile surfing. The Fair Usage Policy is set not just for mobile data browsing, but for texts and calls as well. View the comparison on the table below, as well as details and an overview comparison on mobile data plan prices on countries in the world.

FUP comparison

The reason why Globe started to strictly implement their Fair Use Policy according to them is to “ensure fast and reliable service” as apparently, 3% of their data subscribers are considered as heavy users. This solution sparked great ire amongst disappointed Globe subscribers, as a Fair Usage Policy was never really discussed when you sign up for a surfing plan (at least in my case when I signed up for an UnliSurf promo almost 2 years ago with my current plan). Smart on the other hand has their daily and monthly cap both on 1.5 GB, just half of Globe’s 3 GB monthly cap.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

5 Best Flappy Bird Tips and Tricks

Flappy Bird will try to get to your nerve and make you addicted into it at the same time. This brings back everyone’s nostalgia over family computers where bricked graphics and blunt sound effects were the mainstream. The reason why everyone’s hooked with this insanely infuriating game is its simple yet difficult game play – trying to get a flapping bird through a Super Mario-like pair of pipes.

Flappy Bird Tips and Tricks

Just like any other endless-running or endless flapping (in Flappy Bird’s case) games in the App Store and Google Play, the game play is not to stay alive but to flap long enough and get through as many pipes possible. We listed 5 tips and tricks you ought to know before you jump into this craze.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.

Step by Step Guide on Downloading Facebook Paper App in Philippines or Outside the US

Last week, Facebook released their very own News Reader app, the Facebook Paper. It’s a very neat application for keeping track of your newsfeed, as well as the latest stories, news and other topics you want to keep a tab on with just a swipe of finger, just like reading the newspaper or a magazine–a feature we have all seen with the very famous Flipboard app.

Facebook Paper

Just like what I said, it’s an amazing app currently exclusive for iPhone users. The sad news is, it’s still a US App Store exclusive. There’s also word that Facebook has no immediate plans on making it available for the iPad and Android users, as well as for International iPhone users as well.

Founding-Editor of Cebu Tech Blogger where he shares insights in Digital Marketing, Ad Ops, Tech, Startups, Technopreneurship, Life Goals and Hacks.

He’s the brainchild and ninja of a Cebu-based Digital Marketing agency, TekWorx — with ventures AdWorx, an Outsourced Ad Ops agency, and BlogWorx, a full-fledged Blog Development service. Read his Full Curriculum Vitae.

For consultancy, services, speaking engagements, blog partnerships or media invites, click here. Alternatively, get in touch with him on Messenger.