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Wednesday, October 1

Help build classrooms in Aklan with Globe's Project 1 Phone program

In pursuit to build more classrooms in Aklan, Globe continues to intensify its Project 1 Phone recycling program. This cause urges the public to donate their old and unused phones wherein proceeds will be funded to build classroom in the heavily-affected areas in this part of Panay Island.

Right now, Aklan needs hundreds of classrooms to accommodate its student population which was displaced after schools were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan almost a year ago.   Globe, a development partner for Aklan, committed to put up at least 40 school buildings in the province.

Project 1 Phone is a big and important campaign created by Globe to hit two birds at the same time. Its first goal is to educate Filipinos about the importance of proper disposal of electronic waste or e-waste and secondly, to contribute to the special cause of classroom building by donating recycling proceeds to the Aklan initiative.

“We can give our old phones one last wonderful by donating them to Project 1 Phone and be instrumental in providing our schoolchildren a decent place to study.  At the same time, we can help save the environment by freeing it of toxins which are emitted by the wrong use of e-waste disposal,”  said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.        

Globe is set to build schools in two phases with the help of Habitat for Humanity and Ayala Foundation.  The first phase involves the construction of five “Noah’s Ark”-type classrooms that double as evacuation structures during calamities as they are equipped with three toilet and bath facilities and a kitchen.  One such structure will be built in each of the seven identified municipalities in Aklan, namely:  Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete, New Washington. The second phase will be comprised of more than 30 regular but “built back better” classrooms.

Donation bins for non-working phones and tablets, mobile phone batteries, and chargers are available at all participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website ).

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly. TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets, proceeds of which will go to classroom construction.

E-waste is not limited to mobile gadgets but includes all obsolete and unwanted electronic and electrical devices which are usually dumped in the trash and crushed by garbage incinerators, thereby, causing harmful metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium to pollute the air, land, and water.

Monday, September 29

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE officially announced: 4.3-inch mid-tier LTE phone with Snapdragon 410

Samsung releases another mid-tier phone in the smartphone market called the Ace Style LTE. This is the spin-off of the earlier released Galaxy Ace Style and Galaxy Ace 4. This LTE-enabled device packs a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution.

The rest of the specs are just basic. There’s the 1.2-gigahertz quad-core CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. The built-in memory comes with the conventional 4GB with expandable option via microSD slot in case you need some space.

The Galaxy Ace Style LTE packs a 5-megapixel rear shooter with LED flash which is capable of 720p video recording. The handset comes with 1900 mAh to give your hardware some juice. Check out the rest of the specs right after the fold.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE Specs

4.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (217 ppi density)
128.9 x 65.8 x 9.1 mm at 126 grams
1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410
Adreno 306
4 GB built-in memory
Up to 64GB via microSD
5-megapixel with autofocus with LED flash
1.3-megapixel front camera
HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
LTE Cat4 with 50 Mbps Upload, 150 Mbps Download
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
1900 mAh Li-Ion      
White, Gray

Thursday, September 25

BlackBerry Passport Specs Review: 4.5-inch touch and keyboard phone with BB 10.3 OS

BlackBerry fans around the world tuned in to a once-in-a-blue-moon event and witnessed the unveiling of the newest hardware from the Canadian outfit. Yes, the BlackBerry Passport is here. For the believers, this is a momentous event; but the naysayers, it's just another device thrown into the wall.

So what does the odd-shaped handset has in store for us in the table? Check out, right after the fold as we dissect everything you need to know about the device.

Wednesday, September 24

John Legend brings All of Me Tour in the Philippines

John Legend, a nine-time Grammy award singer-songwriter, arrives in Manila for his much anticipated concert on September 26 in Smart Araneta Coliseum. The American Singer is expected to give a romantic live show as he will serenade Filipino fans with tracks like “Ordinary People,” “You and I (Nobody in the World)” and “All of Me.”

The intimate evening with John Legend in Manila is part of his Asian “All of Me Tour” which will highlight songs from his “Love in the Future” album. 

Evident in his music is his love for a woman. He married model Chrissy Teigen in 2013 to whom he dedicated the chart-topper song “All of Me.” This is the third single from the album and his first no. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100.

How to register to Lazada's Xiaomi Redmi 1S flash sale tomorrow?

Lazada will once again open a Xiaomi Redmi 1S flash sale tomorrow, September 25th. The sale will start at exactly 11:00 AM. Plus, this wave is offering you accessory bundles for just Php 10.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S is basically priced at Php 5,699. But Lazada and Xiaomi are offering the Redmi Back Cover, the Redmi Soft Case and the Redmi Screen Protector for just Php 10. You can choose among these bundles whichever suits your personality.

For those of you who are willing to participate in the flash sale tomorrow, you need to register to Lazada beforehand. Registration ends on 11:59PM of September 24th. Those who have registered in the previous flash sale need to do this step once again to be qualified.

Tuesday, September 23

Samsung Galaxy V Specs Review: 4-inch entry-level Android KitKat phone at Php 4,990

Samsung Galaxy V is gunned by the Korean outfit for the entry-level market. Locally, the device is slated to clash with other locally-branded phones. Just like the Galaxy Y, Samsung is eyeing this new smartphone to capture the masses. So how does it fair with some of the local powerhouses around? Check out our detailed specs review right after the fold.


The device comes with the “safe” 4-inch screen real estate in the entry-level space. With the price of Php 4,990, most of display resolution could only be pushed up until the WVGA mark. The 480 x 854 pixel resolution always finds a sweet spot in a 4-inch screen. Thus, prospective buyers don’t have to worry about its display output.


In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy V is packed with a 1.2-gigahertz processor coupled with a 512MB of RAM. The CPU is only running with one core however, Samsung might have tweaked the device to make it run smooth upon user’s interaction.

There’s the 3-megapixel main camera with LED flash for most of your pointing-and-shooting activities. With the Galaxy V, you’ll have the capability of recording VGA videos at 30 frames per second. This device is also gunned for the young audiences with its 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera for selfie shots.
The 4GB of built-in memory is also good for your multimedia files. 

in case you need more space, this handheld is supports up to 64GB of external memory via microSD card.



In terms of software, you’ll have Android 4.4.2 KitKat which could also offer smoothness in the device’s overall performance. Of course, the company’s proprietary TouchWiz UI will be on top of the Android interface.

The Wrap

If you’re in the market for a capable phone for your second line, Galaxy V is one of the best selections around. Of course, there are many local brands that boast higher specs in the same price range. But for those who prefer premium brands over the local counterparts, Samsung Galaxy V is for you.

Samsung Galaxy V Specs

62.9 x 121.4 x 10.7 mm at 123 grams
4-inch TFT display 480 x 854p
1.2-gigahertz single-core processor
512 MB RAM
4GB built-in memory
Expandable up to 64GB
3-megapixel camera
VGA 640 x 480 video recording at 30 fps
0.3-megapixel VGA rear camera
3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack
USD 2.0
Bluetooth v4.0
802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
Glonass, GPS
Dual-SIM / Dual-Standby
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
1500 mAh battery
Php 4,990

Globe opens first international store in Milan, Italy

Globe reaches more Filipinos abroad as it opens its first international Globe Store in Italy. The new store expands the telco’s business operations across Europe. The store is located in the center of fashion in Milan along Via Capellari 3.

The maiden international Globe Store in Milan is open Tuesdays to Sundays, offering a variety of telecoms services such as the Globe local Italy SIM with the best call and text rate and prepaid load cards in various denominations. For the whole month of September to celebrate its inauguration month, it will offer freebies and discounts to customers when they avail of the local Italy SIM and other Globe services.

"We are proud to showcase our innovative products and superior customer experience overseas. This is our first store outside the Philippines, boasting of the same cutting edge look-and-feel and retail experience of our Globe stores back home. Wherever in the world, as it is in Milan, Italy, Filipinos can experience the Globe brand of wonderful service to all its customers," said Globe President CEO Ernest Cu. The chief executive led the ceremonial ribbon cutting together with top company officials and Marichu Mauro, Consul General of the Philippines in Milan, as guest of honor for the occasion.

"Thousands of our kababayans are already enjoying the innovative and value-for-money offers of our services in Italy, particularly with the Globe local Italy SIM which offers the best call rates to the Philippines. With the establishment of a Globe Store in Milan, which is just a few steps away from the famous Duomo, the city's top tourist attraction, residents and tourists alike can avail of our services easier, faster, and without any hassle," added Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for International and Business Markets Gil Genio.

The City of Milan is home to a third of the 200,000-strong overseas Filipino community in Italy.

Monday, September 22

LG releases Wine Smart: company's first ever Android-clamshell smartphone

LG releases its first ever Android-powered clamshell phone in Korea. Dubbed as the LG Wine Smart, the handset is intended for the entry-level market; and most especially for the elderly and handicapped users.

The flip phone come with 1.2-gigahertz quad-core CPU coupled with a gigabyte of RAM. The display comes in at 3.5-inch with True IPS tech from the Korean outfit. The screen will have an HVGA display that sums up to 480 x 320 pixel resolution at 165 ppi density.

Camera-wise, you’ll have the 8-megapixel and VGA combo. The device is LTE and HSPA+ capable so there’s no wonder that it’ll take advantage of Korea’s super-fast LTE network. The device is available in both Black and white hues.

LG Wine Smart Specs

118.6×59.4×16.9mm at 140.8g
3.5-inch HVGA 480 x 320p True IPS display at 165ppi
1.2-gigahertz quad-core processor
4GB internal storage
With up to 32GB thru microSD
8-megapixel rear camera
0.3-megapixel VGA front camera
Bluetooth 4.0
DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting)
FM Radio
USB 2.0
1W speaker
Android 4.4 KitKat with UX interface
1,700mAh battery

15 Hidden iOS 8 features that you might not have known yet

The iOS 8 brings the much needed maturity from last year’s flat design update. The adoption rate of the newer version came in at 16 percent of all iOS devices in the first 24 hours of release. The figure may be astounding but it places second from the 15-percent tally of last year’s iOS 7 in less than 24 hours. This is due to the limited aesthetic changes of this year’s version; however, it is packed with several updates under the hood. And we listed down some these nifty tweaks that you might not have known.

The “Hey Siri” Voice command
Just like “OK Google” in Google Now, you can prompt Siri by just uttering the keyword “Hey Siri” in any state of your device. Just as long as your iDevice is connected to a power source, Siri will be there at your service.

This is useful particularly when you are driving the car and you like Siri to do things for you without getting your attention out of the way. 

You need to activate “Hey Siri” in the Settings app. Go to Settings > General > Allow Hey Siri.

Raise to Speak in Messages

Of course, we all know that iOS 8 Messages app comes with a new audio messaging function. But did you know that you could invoke audio messaging when putting your handset on your ear? Yes, you will prompt a voice message when you raise your handset while you’re in the Messages app. 

Likewise, it will automatically play audio messages when you receive them using the same gesture. I normally enjoy this feature and it saves time than texting.

Toggle on the Raise to Listen item in Settings > Messages.

Self Destructing Audios and Videos in Messages app

You can set the lifespan of your sent audio or video file after it has been viewed by your recipient by just going to Settings > Messages > Audio Messages/Video Messages > Expire.

You will also have the option to "Keep" them in iMessage.

Location-based App Suggestions

This nifty little feature will give you a neat notification, even on lockscreen, for some suggested apps based on your location. For example, when you’re nearby a McDonalds store, iOS 8 will prompt you with an app that you might consider downloading. Activate it by going to Settings > General > Handoff and Suggested Apps.

App Battery Consumption

You can also view which apps take more juice from your battery. Just head over to Settings > General > Usage > Battery.

Credit Card Scan with Safari

When you’re trying to input your credit card information in Safari, you could have the option to just take a snap of your credit card and your information will then be captured instantly.

Message Attachments History

The new iOS 8 offers a nice presentation of previously sent media to your recipients in Messages app. When you’re in a conversation, just hit Details at the top right corner of the screen and you’ll be presented with the history of media files that you have shared.

Do Not Disturb

Mute notifications for a conversation in iMessage by going to Details > Do Not Disturb. You will receive the messages from this conversation without a notification alert.

Hide Images in Photos

This has been a long-awaited feature. Now, you can hide images by pressing and holding them on your gallery and then tapping “Hide.” These will not be visible on "Years", "Collections", and "Moments" views but can be accessed through a special folder called Hidden.

Going Grayscale

This makes viewing and usage more convenient and efficient for people with visual impairments like color blindness by getting the whole system in grayscale mode. Go over Settings > General > Accessibility > Grayscale.

Speech Speak Screen

Activate the speech screen by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. You can have the phone read over texts from the screen on your mails, iMessage, and article content. You can also adjust the speaking rate (slow to fast). Likewise, you can also highlight content as it is spoken by activating "Highlight Content".

Once activated, you can just swipe down with two fingers from top of the screen to be able to hear the content of the screen.

Request Desktop Version of website

iOS 8 Safari will now allow you to request desktop version of the site. Just tap the URL and pull the menu downwards and you'll be presented with "Request Desktop Site" command.

RSS Feeds

This feature is hidden inside the bookmark tab in Safari. Once you tap the bookmark icon at the bottom of the browser, you'll be presented with three tab icons (Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links). Go to Shared Links and tap the Subscriptions at the lower right of the page and hit Add Current Site. The site will now be added on your Subscribed Feeds. This feature is useful when you're following specific websites for news.

Message Share Location

When you're in a group chat session in the messages app, you can always share your location to your friends. Just hit the Details in the upper right corner and you'll be presented with this command.

Quick Reply (Reply to Message at Notification Center)

This may not be a hidden feature but it is interesting to note that you can now reply with your messages in Notification Center without even opening the Message app itself.

The Wrap

iOS 8 is an integral update for the whole iOS ecosystem. It concentrates more in bringing all the fun that users have been missing all these years with third party widgets, keyboard and apps.

Of course, there's also a very good upbringing of health apps for the health conscious. The iOS 8 has the better "Accessibility" features compared to its peers. It makes usage better for visually impaired; it also boosted hearing-aid performance together with the Braille-enabled keyboard. 

For those who just wanted their device to perform the way they wanted to, iOS 8 sets a great standard in terms of performance and reliability.

How to get 30GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud-storage in your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other iDevices?

No more enough room to save your files in your iPhone? Just recently, Microsoft gives a huge amount of free space for your storage needs by simply using its popular cloud-based storage, OneDrive.

Of course, this is such a steal-offer considering how much money you'll have to spend if you purchase Apple's iCloud Drive bundles.

This is a limited time offer until the end of September only. All you need to do is to sign up and then activate the auto upload feature for your camera roll between now up to the end of the month by going to Settings > Options and then turning on the Camera Back Up.  

You will then see at the Storage Information under General Setting your updated 30GB storage! Download it here.

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