Tuesday, August 19

Swiping Copters: Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is back with a new addictive title

Of course, everyone knows Flappy Bird, the insanely head-banging game that became a huge title overnight due to its simple yet frustratingly hard gameplay. It blasted off to the top of the charts and raked an ample amount of money due to superimposed ads. Now, Dong Nguyen is back with a new title - Swiping Copters.

The Swiping Copters is a promising game that has the same charm of the Flappy Bird. The gameplay is a no-brainer - avoid the swinging hammers while trying to beat your existing high scores. The app is still as difficult as the original title.

Stay tuned for the Swiping Copters in the App Store on Thursday, August 21. It will be absolutely free to download. Check out the video below and tell us what you think about these copters.

SKK Mobile V2 now official: 5-inch quad-core with Android KitKat

SKK Mobile V2 is now officially announced with 5-inch display and quad-core processor. Out of the box, this phone will be powered by Android 4.4 KitKat.

It's also interesting to note that the device sports an iPhone 5s-ish design philosophy with its circular-accented home button. The idea also denotes that the SKK Mobile V2 is the successor of the Marian V1 released earlier this year.

Price has not been unveiled as of this writing but basing on the given specs, it'll hit the midrange category. The SKK Mobile V2 will pack a gigabyte of RAM and 13-megapixel camera among any other capable features. Check out the rest of the specs below.

SKK Mobile V2 Specs

5-inch IPS LCD (480×854p) at 196ppi
1.3 Gigahertz quad-core processor
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB microSD support
13-megapixel rear camera, with LED flash and autofocus
5-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Monday, August 18

Torque announces DROIDZ Smart: 5-inch dual-SIM phone at Php 2,999

Torques announces the DROIDZ Smart- a dual-SIM 5-inch handset strategically priced at Php 2,999. The device is one of the most affordable 5-incher around and is currently the most colourful DROIDZ phone from the local company.

Aside from the wide screen real estate, the device is powered by a 1-gigahetz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and Android 4.2. The promise of an Android KitKat is also imminent. Check out the rest of the specs below.

Torque DROIDZ Smart Specs

5" FWVGA (854x480) display at 196ppi
1.0GHz dual-core processor
512MB of RAM
4GB of internal storage microSD support up to 32GB
5MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP fixed-focus front camera
3G HSPA+ Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n /
Bluetooth microUSB 2.0
Dual SIM or Dual Standby
Li-Ion 1,500mAh battery
Android 4.2 (upgradable to 4.4 KitKat)
Aqua Blue, Posh Pink, Toffee Brown, Spark Black and Tile White

Php 2,999

Globe strengthens network resiliency and protection system

Globe strengthens network resiliency and protection system through various mechanisms and programs. This is to ensure subscribers a stable access to voice, SMS and data services especially in times of calamities.

Specifically, the network transformation project redesigned the company’s wireless network and strengthened its core by establishing system and site redundancy, Globe Chief Technical Adviser Robert Tan said.  “The redundancy initiative involved installation of multiple equipment, per core site, to establish traffic balancing and hardware redundancy, thus ensuring minimal service disruption in the event of an equipment failure,” Tan said.

In a bid to further advance its network resiliency, the telecommunication provider also stepped up the design of company infrastructure in typhoon-stricken areas by introducing the use of an innovative tower solution that accelerate service restoration. The company is also expanding the deployment of cellular on wheels and lego solution to enable mobile services in typhoon-prone areas. Cell on wheels are mobile cell sites that provide expanded cellular network coverage and capacity during special events or during times of emergencies.

“Our network resiliency program is a very important component of our network transformation initiative, recognizing that telecommunication services becomes more essential during times of emergency. Needless to say, the company’s network resiliency program will be under constant review to ensure our readiness to provide our customers’ access  to our voice, SMS and data network at times they need these services the most,” Tan added.

Strengthening the company’s resiliency system forms part of the Globe Telecom’s transformation initiative. So far, such initiative delivered the country’s most modernized telecommunications infrastructure in the Philippines and enabled Globe to become the first telecommunications company in the Philippines to achieve 100% 3G coverage for its entire network. The entire Globe network would also be fully equipped with the more advanced 4G HSPA+ technology, which would further boost network capacity and performance, by the end of the third quarter.

Globe is the first telecommunications provider in the Philippines to secure an enterprise-wide certification of compliance for business continuity, specifically for meeting the standards set under ISO 22301:2012. The certification attests to the company’s readiness to provide delivery of voice, SMS, data products, internet and data center related activities, through its mobile and fixed line networks to its domestic and international customers even during emergencies. The certificate was issued by the British Standards Institute and approved by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services.  Compliance with ISO 22301:2012 ensures plans are in place to reduce impact and frequency of business disruptions. 

Sunday, August 17

MyPhone Storm TV out now: 4-inch dual-core with TV function at Php 2,799

MyPhone Storm TV becomes official with 4-inch WVGA display, 1-gigahertz dual-core CPU and TV function. This device is suited for on-the-go users who’re hooked with their favorite TV shows.

Other featured includes 512MB of RAM, 3.2-megapixel camera and 512MB internal memory with microSD support. You can have the MyPhone Storm TV for just Php 2,799.

MyPhone Storm TV Specs

4-inch WVGA (800x480) display at 233ppi
1GHz dual-core processor
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
512MB of ROM
microSD support up to 32GB
3.2MP fixed-focus camera with LED flash
VGA (0.3MP) front-facing camera
3G / HSPA+ connectivity
WiFi b/g/n / GPS with A-GPS
Mobile TV Function / FM Radio
microUSB 2.0 / Bluetooth
Dual SIM / Dual Standby
Li-Ion 1,700mAh battery (removable)
Color: Dark Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow

What is "5G" LTE-Advanced? Is the Philippines ready for this tech?

Currently, Philippines has been one of few countries in the world that offers the fifth generation wireless mobile network (5G). Smart Communications has flipped the switch of their LTE-Advanced system in selected areas in the country and the telco expected to have a roll-out in more key cities in the near future. Now what really is LTE-A? And how does it fair to the existing 4G LTE system that we have right now in terms of performance, coverage, stability and speed?

LTE-A Speed

Of course, LTE-A is five times faster than the existing LTE system. In order for a mobile network to be categorized as LTE-A, It should have a peak rate of 1Gbps (gigabytes per second) and a regular download and upload speed of 100-300 mbps and 10-70 mbps respectively. This makes video streaming insanely fast.

Motorola Moto 360, Moto X+1 and Moto G2 to debut next month: here's our fast round-up

Motorola is scheduled to announce its much anticipated smartwatch, the Moto 360, and its upcoming smartphones called the Moto X+1 and Moto G. We’ll give you a fast round-up on what you need to know before the September 4 announcement so check us out after the jump.

Moto 360

The Moto 360 is by far the best-designed smartwatch. Announced earlier this year, it preserves the traditional round-faced design of the current watches that we know. It’ll also come with metal body and wireless charging. Of course, the best experience is the optimized Android Wear software.

Saturday, August 16

OpenSignal: Globe Telecom, the fastest internet provider in the country

OpenSignal pronounces Globe Telecom to be the fastest internet service provider in the country, besting competition in terms of upload and download speeds.

Philippine download statistics from OpenSignal showed that Globe Telecom’s downlink speed in 10 selected cities in the country averaged 2.40 Mbps, much faster than competitions’ average downlink speed of 1.21 Mbps and 0.84 Mbps, respectively. These cities include Manila, Quezon, Caloocan, Davao, Cebu, General Santos, Taguig, Pasig, Antipolo and Zamboanga.

Thursday, August 14

Samsung Galaxy Alpha released: 4.7-inch premium metal-framed smartphone

It has been quite a while since the premium-made Galaxy Alpha smartphone is rumored to hit retails after the Galaxy S5 release. Now, the phone put all the chatters to rest after the Korean outfit took the wraps off of the device. Yes, the metallic and chamfered edge may not be as premium as the HTC One or the iPhone but it’s an improvement from the Samsung's hobby of making plastic devices. So it's here, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now official and we got you covered.


Let's admit it; the Alpha has a major resemblance to the iPhone with its chamfered edges and metal accents. The handset may be a breath of fresh air for those who are looking for beautiful hardware but in terms of specifications, the Alpha is obviously a downgrade of the Galaxy S5.

GoSURF now covers 90-percent of Globe subscribers

We can never deny the fact that the local mobile industry is getting a bigger traction. In line with this, the demand for a reliable and efficient data plans also increases. More subscribers now consider connectivity as a necessity. And with us being a “mobile country”, we depend on our smartphones and tablets to connect to the internet.

With that, leading telco companies like Globe Telecom take on the challenge of going beyond texts and call services to improve a customer’s overall mobile experience. From the success of Globe Free Facebook, the company took on the opportunity to introduce better data plans that not only fulfill the customer’s connectivity needs but also add value for their money.



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