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.




[ Source: Nowhereelse.fr]

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 538 ppi and the latest Snapdragon 805. Check out after the fold for the rest of the specs.

Xiaomi Mi4 Specifications

5.5 inch, 2K Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) at 538 PPI
GSM, WCDMA (HSUPA, HSDPA), FDD-LTE
2.5GHz Quad-core  Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
3GB RAM
32GB ROM
16-Megapixel OIS camera Sony Sensor
5-megapixel Front Camera   
micro SIM card slot (single)
MIUI V5 based on Android 4.4KitKat

3200 mAh Li-Po battery

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. 

Tuesday, July 15

Spotify becomes a regular placer in top 10 free and paid apps on Apple iTunes and Google Play


Spotify breaks into the top of the music streaming apps in both Apple iTunes and Google Play. The popular streaming application now has 40 million users in 57 markets worldwide and 30 million songs on catalogue. Among all free and paid apps, Spotify is the only music app that made it to the top ten.


Spotify gives users an unbeatable music experience with its amazing audio streaming quality of up to 320kbps and its expansive OPM and global library with over 30 million songs. Spotify also makes music sharing more fun. With its amazing music discovery tool, users can check out what their Facebook friends and favorite singers are listening to, create playlists and share it to their followers.

Nokia Lumia 520 hits 12 million mark, successor 530 on queue


Entry-level Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 520 has just crossed 12 million units of activations since its April 2013 release. Microsoft announced this feat in the Worldwide Partner Conference Keynote.


This entry level phone has tallied 30-percent of the overall Windows Phone devices. Locally, it also became the most popular WP handset hitting the Php 7,999 price tag.

Specs-wise, this handheld boasts a 4-inch LCD WVGA display that sum up to 233 ppi. It is powered by dual-core Qualcomm MSM8227 with Adreno 305 GPU. Other features include 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory and 5-megapixel shooter.

After the success of this handset, we are now seeing leaks of its purported successor - the Lumia 530. This handset is pegged to have 4.3-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, 512MB of RAM and is likely to have Windows Phone 8.1 OS. After the success of the 520, will the Redmond-company maintain this momentum?

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