Thursday, July 24

Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 specs review: Everything you need to know before its grand debut

Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 is set to hit the country by storm after the local giant teased the supposed launch of the NVIDIA-clad tablet later this week. The tablet is dubbed to be a variant of the original NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 and will be the best alternative for other stylus-enabled premium brands. If you’re looking for a legit slate with powerful gaming capability, here’s everything you need to know about the Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7.


The tablet touts a 7-inch 1280 x 800p resolution which will sum up to 215 ppi. It is heavily compared to the likes of Nexus 7 (2013), Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Amazon Fire HDX. In terms of display, it’s not quite as sharp as its peers but it catches up in terms of performance and hardware.

Hardware and Design

The tablet has been making rounds in other regions due to its powerful internals. This 7-incher houses a 1.8-gigahertz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, GeForce GPU, 1-gigabyte of RAM and 16GB on-board memory. And of course, not to forget, it has its own stylus for enhanced efficiency.

In terms of connectivity, you'll have the 802.11 a/b/g/n with 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth, GPS and other necessary sensors. CM Tegra Note 7 will have a 199 x 119 x 9.6-millimeter dimensions with an interesting HTC One-ish frontal speakers that could give you a worthwhile gaming experience.

Camera and Gaming

In terms of camera, you'll have a decent 5-megapixel rear shooter which is legit enough by tablet standards. It will also be paired with a VGA frontal camera for your selfie and video calling needs.

This slate is known for its high performance in Gaming and running graphic-intensive apps. Thus, you'll have to expect that there will be minimal issues in playing hardcore mobile games like NOVA 3, Riptide or Asphalt 8.

Software and Battery

The CM Tegra Note 7 will be running with Android Jelly Bean and is pegged to have a KitKat update.  Likewise, it will be treated with NVIDIA Tegra Zone, Tegra Draw and other note-like software. On paper the Note 7 will have 4100 mAh of battery, that’s enough to power a day of use.

Price and Availability

The Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 is scheduled to debut on Saturday, July 26, at SM North Edsa. Pricing is yet to be determined but with the fact that its international version is priced at USD 200, we are expecting it to hit the Php 10,000 price range.

Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 Specifications (Rumored)

199 x 119 x 9.6mm at 320g
7-inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS display at 216ppi
1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core (+1 core) CPU
72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU
16GB internal storage
Up to 32GB via microSD
5-megapixel rear camera
VGA front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
micro HDMI port
micro USB 2.0 port
Android Jellybean (planned upgrade to Android KitKat)
4,100mAh battery

Wednesday, July 23

Globe Ambassador Marlon Stockinger: Living the life in the fast lane

Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger inches closer to his dream of being a Formula One driver with a recent third place win at the Nürburgring leg of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 series.  Racing as a junior driver under the Lotus F1 Team, this win moved Stockinger two notches higher in the championship standings, placing him at eighth.

I’m happy to have done well during the race, and will strive to maintain podium finishes as we continue the series and my journey to F1,” he said. With an impressive track record and tremendous potential, twenty-three year old Stockinger is well on his way to be the first Filipino F1 racer.

He will compete again at the next round in Hungaroring track in Budapest, Hungary on September 13-14. Stockinger believes he will do well in this track, having liked the venue and scoring well in previous races. This is the seventh of the nine tracks forming Renault's World Series.  The competition is a major step to qualify for the F1 series, known as the fastest and premier racing sport.

Tuesday, July 22

iPhone 6 infographic: Everything you need to know so far

Apple is slated to release not just the inaugural iPhone but also other "new product category" this third quarter. But despite all the efforts of unfogging the purported features of the other iDevices, the smaller iPhone 6 seems to making all the appearance and became the darling of the press. Now, it is reported that Apple is in full bars in mass producing the said 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and so far we already have the clear picture on what will be the next big thing on the mobile space.

But for the purpose of giving a graphical view of the expected round-up of iPhone 6 features, hardcore leakers from Nowhereelse dissected every possible detail and presented them in a somewhat concise manner.

Aside from the numerous features, they have also judged each items in terms of probability by rating them from zero to a hundred percent. Rated 100 percent is the screen size that will absolutely be of 4.7-inch affair. You'll also find other stuff like Dynamic Haptic Technology, several sensors, design and construction, and other hardware specifications.

Check out the intricately-made infographic for you to have a clear picture on what we are expecting for the next smartphone king.

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Monday, July 21

Globe challenges PLDT to connect to PHOpenIX

Globe Telecom urges rival network, PLDT, to connect to Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX), the only internet exchange facility operated by a neutral organization, in this case, the government.

An internet exchange, such as the PHOpenIX, which is operated by the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute, allows the exchanges of Internet traffic among internet and data service providers.

“We welcome PLDT’s latest statement supporting IP peering. In so doing, PLDT should then connect to the government’s only internet exchange or at least establish direct peering with Globe Telecom. Nothing less would suffice to validate its claim of support for an effective and reliable IP peering among various ISPs in the country,” said Francisco “Cocoy” Claravall, Vice President for Consumer Broadband Products.

He pointed out that Globe Telecom currently has a 10Gbps port with Vitro Internet Exchange (VIX), which is hosted by PLDT. However, Globe does not have any Internet traffic to any PLDT subscribers through VIX but only with other ISPs. “We are open anytime to peer with PLDT, as this will enhance both our customers’ web experience”, Claravall said.

Following 3 years of opposing the National Telecommunication’s proposed mandatory IP peering policy, PLDT recently said it now supports regulator initiatives to implement IP peering, but emphasized such arrangements must be voluntary, in line with generally accepted international practice.

 “This is certainly good news to all of us. We should all work together to improve the Internet experience of all Filipinos”, Claravall said. He added, “However, it is important to distinguish IP transit vs. peering. IP transit is when an ISP (usually a Tier 2 ISP) uses another ISP (usually a Tier 1 ISP such as PLDT or Globe) to access the rest of the Internet via a transit arrangement and therefore the former uses the resources of the Tier 1 ISP to allow its uses to access the rest of the Internet. That is not our intent when we push for IP peering,” he said.

Under an IP peering arrangement, the internet traffic is freely exchanged between the Tier 1 ISP and each ISP provides the other partner with access to its own customers and vice versa but not to the entire Internet.

Contrary to PLDT’s opposition to IP peering in the past, Globe Telecom strongly supports the NTC’s position that a mandatory IP peering among carriers should be put in place to improve internet services in the country.  Claravall emphasized that an effective and reliable IP peering policy would greatly improve internet speeds in the country as it would give local ISPs like Globe a direct route to access local content for faster data interchange. According to him, around 15% to 30% of all internet traffic in the Philippines is domestic.  This means that domestic traffic originates in the Philippines and terminates in the Philippines. The origin and destination may be as far away as across the country or as close as across the street from each other.

However, instead of remaining local, traffic is being routed externally, such as in Hong Kong and the U.S., before returning to the Philippines. This means that instead of getting routed directly between origin and destination, data is routed outwards through large ISPs that sell transit before the data is routed back to its target destination, thus causing delay in data transmission and effectively slowing internet connectivity. Thus, a direct route among local ISPs through a mandatory IP peering would greatly improve throughput and latency performance of ISPs, enhance bandwidth utilization and provide faster internet speeds.

At a recent joint hearing of the Senate committees on trade and public services, the NTC cited the lack of IP peering among local ISPs as one of factors that contribute to slower internet speeds in the country. The regulatory body pointed out that in the case of Singapore and South Korea, for instance, internet content are mostly generated internally, as a result of an effective IP peering policy, which in turn enhances internet speed.         

Sunday, July 20

Xiaomi Mi 4 to debut on July 22: features Quad HD, 3GB RAM and 16MP Sony Sensor

Xiaomi was regarded to be one of the best selling phones in the market. Lately, it has released its current flagship, Mi 3, in the country and also received the same user-engagement as in any parts of the globe. Now, the premium Chinese manufacturer is about to announce the next generation flagship phone - the Mi 4

Come July 22nd, the Mi 4 is set to take the stage. It promises the high performance and flagship-grade hardware in a cheaper price tag. Its marquee features are the Quad HD display that sums up to 441 ppi and the latest Snapdragon 801. Check out after the fold for the rest of the specs.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Specifications

5-inch Full HD Sharp/JDI IPS OGS Full Lamination display at 441ppi
2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU
16 or 64GB eMMC 5.0 internal storage
13 megapixel Sony IMX214 stacked CMOS rear camera w/ LED flash
F/1.8 aperture, AF Object Tracking, Real-time HDR
8 megapixel Sony stacked CMOS front camera, f/1.8 aperture
4K video recording support
IR blaster
3,080mAh battery
Nano Anti-Fingerprint Film coating
Stainless Steel Frame with Wood, leather, ceramic, bamboo rear covers
Php 14,000 for 16GB (estimate)
Php 17,500 for 64GB (estimate)

Friday, July 18

Globe delivers ICT solutions to Mercy Corps Cash Transfer Program

Globe Telecom provides Mercy Corps with information and communications technology (ICT). Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization that implements a cash transfer and financial literacy program for 25,500 households in the Philippines that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda, specifically on the islands of Leyte, Cebu, and Panay. 

From L-R:  Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, Mercy Corps Country Director Erynn Carter, and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Sr. Director for Programs Rowena Lopez

“Globe Telecom’s vision is to provide financial inclusion for the country’s entrepreneurial poor by giving them access to financial services. At the same time, we want to reach as many disaster victims as possible. This partnership with Mercy Corps assures us that those two objectives are achieved,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.

Globe is providing Mercy Corps with ICT solutions that will aid in monitoring the disbursement of funds as well as providing financial literacy advisories to individuals through their mobile phones. The Department of Social Welfare and Development helped select the families that were invited to take part in the program.

“This generous donation from Globe will increase the speed and efficiency with which we can promote economic recovery in areas that were hardest hit by the typhoon,” said Erynn Carter, Philippines country director for Mercy Corps. “Most importantly it will help us promote the long-term financial resilience of affected families.”

Globe Telecom’s donated services include Text Connect subscriptions, Tattoo Myfi sticks, tablets, cellular phones, Globe BridgeCom Affinity SIM cards, and mobile postpaid subscriptions. In addition, Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) is handling the disbursement of funds raised by the Globe-initiated “Bangon Pinoy” program, which serves communities devastated by calamities. AFI envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipinos.

Since 1979, Mercy Corps has been helping people in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, Mercy Corps partners with local communities to put bold ideas into action, helping people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.

Globe's Libreng Tawag and Charging Stations installed in Daet, Camarines Norte

Globe Telecom sets up Libreng Tawag and Charging stations in Daet, Camarines Norte to assist residents with their communication requirements after Typhoon Glenda ripped through the region Tuesday evening.

The Globe Libreng Tawag and Charging center was placed at the Daet Elevated Town Plaza where a lot of people usually converge.

Through the free call and text service of Globe, Daet residents could remain in contact with their families and friends to assure them of their safety or to request for aid if necessary.

Aside from Daet, Globe is preparing to put up similar facilities in Legazpi and Daraga in Albay Thursday morning. Globe will also mobilize relief operations in hardly-hit areas as soon as possible.

Globe actively provides mobile and internet support to victims of calamities as well as government and non-government organizations handling relief and rescue operations in the spirit of nation building.  The company’s disaster management preparedness makes sure that it also takes care of the communities where it operates.

Thursday, July 17

How to update Cherry Mobile Emerald to Android KitKat 4.4?

Alongside the Flare S2, the Cherry Mobile Emerald is also up for a KitKat treat from the local company. You can now update your device to Android 4.4 KitKat. Before updating, you need to secure a WiFi connection and atleast 80 percent battery.

Step 1: Back up all essential data

Step 2: Pull up your OTA app in your homescreen. You can see the app highlighted below.

Step 3: Download firmware update and hit “Click Now”

Step 4: Wait until your device will reboot

Step 5: Do a reset factory setting to update KitKat stock messaging app.

How to update your Cherry Mobile Flare S2 to Android KitKat 4.4?

Cherry Mobile Flare S2 receives the highly anticipated Android KitKat update as announced in its Facebook page today. Being one of the best selling local Android phones this year, the Flare S2 will have a better build to support its Sony IMX179 image sensor. If you have been sporting this nifty hardware for a while and hoping for newer tweak, this might be your lucky day. Here’s how to update your phones. 

Before updating it is also required for you to have a secure WiFi connection and atleast 80 percent battery.

Step 1: Back up essential data

Step 2: Pull up your OTA app in your homescreen. You can see the app highlighted below.

Step 3: Download firmware update and hit “Click Now”

Consequently, after you have downloaded the update, your device will boot. You also have to restore factory setting to update your stock KitKat app.

What’s new with Android 4.4 KitKat?

Android KitKat will give you enhanced features like unlimited home screen panels to house your apps, widgets and shortcuts. Likewise, you can just say “OK Google” to prompt Google Now (voice assistant) to activate search interface, send message or play music. Other features like Enhanced Caller ID, Immersive Display, QuickOffice integration, message integration, contact prioritization and Emojis define the most of the Android KitKat changelog.

Wednesday, July 16

Nokia announces the official rolling out of the Lumia Cyan update

The Windows Phone 8.1 may have been announced last April but the nifty update has just been released for primetime today. Nokia now pushes the global roll out of the Lumia Cyan, aka Windows Phone 8.1, for all the capable Lumia devices.

The update gives bunch of refresh and optimizations. Of course, the inclusion of the Halo-inspired virtual assistant called Cortana will be first in the list. Plus, users will have a better grip of wallpaper management and tiles background customization. Likewise, a new Action Center will keep you updated your notifications.

Internet Explorer 11 will also have a refresh together with popular proprietary apps like Nokia Camera, Creative Studio, Storyteller and HERE Drive.

For those Lumia users running with Windows Phone 8, you can expect to have the update in weeks to come. For now, you don’t have to do anything, your phone will automagically fetch for the update and will prompt you when it is available. 



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