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Tuesday, September 23

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.

Sunday, September 21

How to update your Starmobile Play to Android 4.4.2 KitKat?

Starmobile refreshes its PLAY smartphone with Android Kitkat for just Php 2,999. The local company is releasing the new Starmobile Play to the retailers. 

Saturday, September 20

Globe remains intact despite Typhoon Mario's pounding, pushes #StaySafePH public service drive

Globe network remains  intact to provide critical telecommunication services for its customers and humanitarian agencies undertaking rescue operations in flooded areas due to heavy monsoon rains brought by Typhoon Mario.

Globe said that there is no reported network disruption in the National Capital Region which is heavily affected by flooding.

Globe also initiated its public service drive in social media through #StaySafePH which shares valuable tips and information on how to be safe during times like these. Selected Globe stores in Metro Manila have also offered free charging for customers' mobile phones and gadgets.

Friday, September 19

Amazon releases Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 6 tablets with KitKat-based Fire OS 4

Amazon outs two new tablets in the Fire HD line- the Fire HD 6 and HD 7. As their name implies, these new devices come with 7-inch and 6-inch display with the same 1280 x 800p resolution.

The two slates also share similar features in terms of hardware – both have quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM and same 2MP/VGA camera sensor combo. The Fire HD 6 starts with USD 99 (Php 4,400) for an 8GB variant all the way up to USD 134 (Php 6,000) for 16-gigabyte configuration. On the other hand, the HD 7 8GB is priced at USD 139 (Php 6,200) and USD 174 (Php 7,800) for 16GB.

Alongside these hardware, Amazon also announced the Fire OS 4 that will come with the device right off the bat. It is based with Android KitKat and will seed to third-gen Fire HD slates later this year.

Amazon Fire HD 6 Specs

169 x 103 x 10.7 mm at 290 g
6-inch (1280 x 800p) IPS HD display at 252 ppi
1.5 GHz Quad Core
8 GB or 16GB internal memory
2-megapixel Camera
0.3-megapixel VGA Front Camera
Mono Speaker with Dolby Digital Plus Audio
WiFi a/b/g/n
USB 2.0
Fire OS 4
Up to 8 hours battery life

Amazon Fire HD 7 Specs

191 x 128 x 10.6mm at 337 g
7-inch (1280 x 800p) IPS HD display at 216 ppi
TI OMAP 4 1.5-GHz Quad-Core
8 GB or 16GB internal memory
2-megapixel Camera
0.3-megapixel VGA Front Camera
Stereo Speaker with Dolby Digital Plus Audio
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
USB 2.0
Fire OS 4
Up to 8 hours battery life

Globe outs emergency hotline numbers as Typhoon Mario pounds Northern Philippines

In line with the recent Typhoon Mario situation in the country, Globe outs emergency hotline numbers for the public to contact. This includes National Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine National Police, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine Red Cross, PAGASA and Philippine Coast Guard.

Yesterday, Mario, with international name of Fung-wong has categorized six provinces under Signal No. 2. These include Cagayan and Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Ilocos Norte. These areas will experience stormy weather and rough seas.

It also listed these areas to be in Signal No. 1:

  • Catanduanes
  • Aurora
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Mountain Province
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Batanes Group of Islands

Currently, the typhoon brings heavy rains and floods in Metro Manila and neighboring areas.

Thursday, September 18

How to download and update iOS 8 via iTunes and Over-the-Air

Apple has already flipped the switch to signal the worldwide release of the iOS 8 earlier, 1:00 AM Philippine Time. Compatible devices can now download and update the build over-the-air or just by plugging your device in iTunes.

You can check the update in your device by doing the following steps detailed below:

For over the air updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update

The 1.1-gigabyte build will require your device to have at least 5.7-gigabyte of storage before you could download the iOS version.

If you wanted to use iTunes, you have to plug your device first and click the device tab to go to your dashboard. You should have a stable WiFi connection to do this.

You could opt to back-up your device in case of unwanted circumstances might occur. The new version will be prompted once you hit Update.

The download may take for about an hour to finish so be sure that you’ll be able to contain that excitement.

Congratulations! Enjoy iOS 8 but before that check out the Top 20 iOS 8 features here.

Wednesday, September 17

Globe celebrates “0916” and “0917” with social cause

Globe celebrates September 16 and 17 with the Social Good Summit which will examine the role of technology and new media in addressing difficult challenges that the country faces particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). This is by stressing the company’s  well-known “0916” and “0917” number prefixes.

Dubbed PH+SocialGood:  Manila #2030NOW, the two-day Manila leg of the New York-based initiative to be held at The Mind Museum, will particularly focus on how technology can be used to deal with climate change and the impact it leaves behind; how businesses can transform and empower women; how efforts to collapse the digital divide are helping bring the Internet to everyone; and finally, how people can help ensure that there will be no casualties when the next typhoon comes.

“Telecommunications is a vital component of DRRM, thus, Globe continuously works on ways to limit the impact of any disruption in its operations especially during calamities. It has a business continuity management policy in place which prioritizes the safety of the people and ensures the delivery of products and services even during disasters," said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.

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