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PSA: Use These Google Services for Typhoon Ruby

We're temporarily cutting our regular programming to give room for useful information about Typhoon Ruby.

As we all know by now,  is another strong typhoon that's slightly weaker than Yolanda, but nonetheless still relatively strong. We don't want to discuss what happened last year, but what we can do are offer some preventative measures via Google.


Public Alerts - A Google feature that contains real-time updated information fresh from PAG-ASA itself. It also gives info on the typhoon route and expected effects. You can find a Ruby Crisis Map on the right-hand side which contains info on shelters, evacuation centers, and the track of the typhoon.

Crisis Landing Page - You can find a comprehensive list of emergency contact numbers here. Especially useful if you want to report a catastrophe.

Google Person Finder - Find persons using this feature.

Should you have more useful features and services for Typhoon Ruby, kindly share it at the comments box below.

BlackBerry Passport Launched, Productivity Oriented Smartphone for P35,790

Fighting off bankruptcy and closing down rumors, BlackBerry shows it's still as strong as ever by announcing their latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. The Passport is one that goes back to the company's roots, when BlackBerry was still known as RIM and when anyone and everyone were still using QWERTY-keyboard smartphones.

BlackBerry Passport Launched, Productivity Oriented Smartphone for P35,790

The BlackBerry Passport, truth be told, is a formidable smartphone in terms of physical design. Its squarish shape should be a chore to hold, especially to those used to virtual keyboards. Then again, the Passport is designed for professionals, with BlackBerry pushing that these users would be able to increase their productivity even on mobile. On top of this, the Passport also offers a multitude of professional-oriented apps and features such as the BlackBerry Blend (allows you to bring your messaging and content to a computer or tablet, regardless of operating system) and the BlackBerry Assistant.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Passport features a 4.5-inch display at a 1440x1440 resolution. And unlike its predecessors, the Passport's screen is touch-enabled, meaning you can play touch-based Android games on it (via the Amazon Appstore or BlackBerry World). It also sports powerful innards, like a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, LTE-compatibility, and a 3450mAh battery, all of which spell a high-end flagship.

The BlackBerry Passport is now available locally in selected stores and establishments for P35,790 (SRP).

BlackBerry Passport Specifications

OS: BlackBerry 10.3 OS
Processor: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 4.5-inch FHD display, 1440x1440 screen resolution, 453 ppi, 10-multitouch points, Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS, AF, LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, DLNA; Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, LE; NFC; microUSB 2.0; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
SIM: Nano SIM
Battery: 3450mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm, 196 g
Colors: Black, white, red
Other features: Capacitive touch keyboard
Price: P35,790 (SRP)

Soundfreaq Introduces Four New Bluetooth Speakers, Starts at P3,950

Wireless speakers specialist company Soundfreaq recently introduced four new wireless speakers for the local audio market, namely the Sound Rise, the Pocket Kick, the Sound Spot, and the Double Spot.

Sound Rise

Soundfreaq Sound Rise SRP 4,450 Philippines
The Sound Rise, simply put, is an alarm clock and a Bluetooth speaker in one. It allows you to stream music to the speaker while getting out of bed. It also features a charging port for your smartphone or tablet so you'll never run out of juice while playing songs or movies.

The Sound Rise is available for P4,450 (SRP).

Pocket Kick

Soundfreaq Pocket Kick SRP 4,550 Philippines

The Pocket Kick is Soundfreaq's Sound Kick just made more portable. It's your traditional looking Bluetooth portable speakerbar, but with the Soundfreaq touch. It features a rechargeable battery that would last you up to 10 hours and a built-in mic, making it capable of teleconferences, if that's your thing.

The Pocket Kick is available for P4,550 (SRP).

Sound Spot

Soundfreaq Sound Spot SRP 3,950 Philippines

The Sound Spot is one of the more portable audio devices from Soundfreaq. It's designed for smartphones or tablets with mobility and a audio anywhere setup in mind. It also looks stylish for its size, as other wireless Bluetooth speakers in its range only feature circular and metallic styles. For what it's worth, you can connect two Sound Spots together to create a sort of a Double Spot, which is discussed below.

The Sound Spot sells for P3,950.

Double Spot

Soundfreaq Double Spot SRP 7,950 Philippines

The Double Spot is essentially two Sound Spots combined, delivering a rich audio experience all while offering Bluetooth convenience. It has a Tone Control feature that lets you select three equalization presets and can last you up to 6 hours of playtime.

The Double Spot is available for P7,950 (SRP).

MEC Partners with Bosch Security, Brings Intelligent Physical Security to the Philippines

Leading local ICT distributor MEC Networks recently partnered with Bosch Security, a global industry giant in safety and security products. This partnership aims to extend MEC's solutions portfolio on Physical Security to include reliable, scalable, manageable, and enterprise-grade surveillance systems.


“Our mission actually here in the Philippines with Bosch is to bring our products closer to the market. So what we did is we build up a team here in the Philippines to be closer to our partners, to be closer to the end-users so we can push our products into the market. We want also to have a partner on which we can rely on, which has the same missions and visions as we have and this we found in MEC,” mentioned Bosch Security Systems Country Manager Matthias Böhm.


Also introduced during the partnership annoucement were a number of Bosch's entry-level and high-end IP video cameras, such as the affordable 2000 and the high-end 9000. These products feature intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR), intelligent Auto Exposure (iAE), intelligent Tracking (iTracking), intelligent Video Analysis (iVA), starlight, and ultra HD, which are all free and native to the cameras.

To know more about MEC and its offerings, visit www.mec.ph.

Pyxis T10 Powerbank Offers 10400mAh for only P890

The Pyxis T10 powerbank will definitely have Xiaomi Philippines a run for their money.

Now that that's out of the way, here's a proper introduction. Together with the Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL reveal, Cherry Mobile also introduced the Pyxis T10, a 10400mAh powerbank that's going to sell for only P890 (SRP). While not as cheap as the 10400mAh Xiaomi Mi powerbank (P645), all fingers point to people being indifferent to an additional couple of hundred pesos since the Pyxis T10 would be offered - I assume - everywhere there is a Cherry Mobile kiosk.

Pyxis T10 Powerbank Offers 10400mAh for only P890

Pyxis T10 Powerbank Offers 10400mAh for only P890 Pyxis T10 Powerbank Offers 10400mAh for only P890

Pricing aside, the Pyxis T10 powerbank looks a lot like the Xiaomi Mi powerbanks available locally, from the shape, to the metallic look, down to the 10400mAh lettering. Now that's dedication.

The Pyxis T10, as mentioned, would be available for only P890 and would be offered in different colors. There would also be a more affordable 5200mAh version called the Pyxis T5.

Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL Revealed, 5.5-inch Octa-core Phablet for P6,999

Local mobile giant Cherry Mobile, at their very successful annual Dealer's Night, silently revealed the Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL. The Infinix Pure XL (and the smaller Infinix Pure, but that's for another post) is perhaps among the company's first salvo for 2015, and we're not even surprised they've already introduced these powerhouses this early (to be honest we would be disappointed if they didn't). What this sets is a precedent to all other local mobile players to follow next year.

Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL Revealed, 5.5-inch Octa-core Phablet for P6,999

The Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, an octa-core processor clocked in at 1.4GHz, 8GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear shooter, a 2600mAh battery, and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. At first sight, the display to battery ratio is unfavorable, but improvements in both hardware and software technology (see: KitKat) may prove to be some help. Another interesting thing to note here is the device's price. Previous quad- and octa-core phablet iterations from Cherry Mobile saw prices above the P7,000 range, but the Infinix Pure XL sits perfectly at the said price point.

Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL Revealed, 5.5-inch Octa-core Phablet for P6,999

Design-wise, the Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL looks like a bigger Cherry Mobile Pulse, for the most part because of its contour and its paint scheme. One thing that admittedly looks different from the design language is the metal band surrounding the device. The Infinix Pure XL also doesn't carry a LED-backlit soft touch button group, and instead relies on a reflective process to provide illumination to the said soft touch buttons (similar to the DTC GT21 Neptune).

The Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL's availability hasn't been announced yet, though it's reportedly going to sell for only P6,999, the price of which is very justifiable, if not a total bargain.

Cherry Mobile Infinix Pure XL Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Processor: 1.4GHz Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor, Mali-450MP 2 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5.5-inch HD IPS display (720p), 1280x720 screen resolution
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera with AF, flash; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Dual SIM (1 regular SIM + 1 micro SIM)
Battery: 2600mAh Li-ion battery, removable
Colors: Black
Price: P6,999

7" Quad-core Me Mobile Venom 7 Tablet On Sale for P2,999, 40% Off

Relatively new electronics player Me Mobile is currently having a Christmas special enthusiasts and gift seekers would love: Me Mobile Technology is offering their Venom 7 tablet for only P2,999. That's 40% off from the device's previous price of P4,995 (SRP).

7" Quad-core Me Mobile Venom 7 Tablet On Sale for P2,999, 40% Off

For starters, th Me Mobile Venom sports a 7-inch display at 1024x600 and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor (which is rare for such an affordable device. Usually you find Rockchip processors on quad-core tablets). There's also a 4GB internal storage onboard with a 2800mAh battery to boot. The device supports 3G connectivity albeit running on an aging Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

If you're interested in getting a Venom 7 tablet for yourself, you better rush to the locations below because it's being offered on a limited supply basis:

PC Corner SM Manila
PC Corner SM San Lazaro
PC Corner SM Megamall
MSI Concept Store SM North EDSA

Me Mobile Venom 7 Specifications

OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor
Memory: 4GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 7-inch display, 1024x600 screen resolution
Camera: Supports front and rear cameras
Connectivity: 3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth
Battery: 2800mAh Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 8.5mm thin
Price: P2,999 (P4,995 SRP)

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

One of the more powerful smartphones DTC has in store is its octa-core flagship, the GT21 Neptune. Introduced earlier this year, the DTC GT21 Neptune houses a 1.7GHz MT6592 octa-core CPU, a Mali-450 MP4 GPU, a 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with BSI & LED flash, a 5-inch HD display, and a dual SIM capability. We recently received it, so here's our hands-on.

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

At first glance, the DTC GT21 Neptune looks like your average slate smartphone - at least the front of it is. The 5-inch display features a 1280 x 720 resolution with 294 ppi, and is able to display warm albeit sometimes oversaturated colors, though it's not necessarily a bad thing. However, what's immediately noticeable on the front are the non-LED lit soft-touch buttons at the lower part of the display (I was at least expecting the soft-touch buttons to light up since this is a flagship device). Instead, what's in place is a reflective silver finish that will show the buttons once light shines on it. It's a minor inconvenience potential users of the device can live without, especially during th evening or when you're using your device in bed.

Handling-wise, the DTC GT21 Neptune feels great on the hands even with its formidable slate form. The matte back (its made of highly-durable plastic, and seems to be coated in a thin layer of rubber) with the inward dimples - no doubt inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S5 - helps a lot with the grip. The heft is also just right for its size: not too heavy, not too light.

Unsurprisingly, the GT21 Neptune scores high on benchmarks, thanks to its powerful hardware. It scored comfortably on the benchmarks, sitting pretty with other international flagships like the LG G3 and the Xiaomi Mi 3. Benchmark results below:

DTC GT21 Neptune Antutu Benchmark DTC GT21 Neptune Quadrant Standard Benchmark DTC GT21 Neptune 3DMark Benchmark DTC GT21 Neptune Vellamo Benchmark DTC GT21 Neptune Vellamo Benchmark DTC GT21 Neptune Vellamo Benchmark

DTC GT21 Neptune Nenamark Benchmark

It's not hard to see that the GT21 Neptune packs a wallop.

With regards to the camera, the GT21 Neptune's 13-megapixel shooter is very able of capturing good daylight shots as well as those with poor lighting conditions, the latter of which is generated through a combination of automatic adjustments on brightness, contrast, and saturation on the camera. However, these low light shots mostly look washed out, due to the overcompensation of the sensor or the software.

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On Camera DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

Gaming was a no-issue with the DTC GT21 Neptune. It ran our go-to heavy games - Edge of Tomorrow and Asphalt 8: Airborne - without a hitch. And while we're talking about running games, the device also gave off some good sound to boot.

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

For what's inside the box, the inclusions of the GT21 Neptune are composed of the standard smartphone pack: A charger, a microUSB-USB cable, a pair of headphones, a smartphone manual, and a warranty card. Surprisingly, the box also includes a USB OTG cable, perfect for swapping files from the GT21 Neptune to a flash drive and vice versa on-the-go.

DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On DTC GT21 Neptune Unboxing & Hands-On

The DTC GT21 Neptune is already available at partner DTC outlets and stores for P10,999 (SRP).

DTC GT21 Neptune Specifications

OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Processor: 1.7GHz Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor, Mali-450 MP4 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, 294ppi, 5-point multitouch
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w/ BSI, AF, flash; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ A-GPS, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual SIM (1 standard SIM, 1 micro SIM)
Battery: 2000mAh Li-ion battery, removable

LG G3 Stylus & LG G3 Beat Launched, Affordable Midrange Flagships Starting at P13,990

South Korean mobile tycoon LG Mobile recently released the LG G3 Beat and the G3 Stylus to the local mobile market. This comes just within a few months of the launch of the original LG G3.

LG G3 Stylus & LG G3 Beat Launched, Affordable Midrange Flagships Starting at P13,990

Offshoots as they are, the LG G3 Beat and Stylus offer some advantages versus the original G3, mostly on the price aspect, but because these new devices fill niches that the G3 left behind. However, these devices still feature most, if not all, of the features of the latter, like the Laser Auto Focus, the Dual Window, the Knock Code, and the rear key, but only for a more affordable price.

LG G3 Beat

The LG G3 Beat is the smallest among the company's self-proclaimed #LGG3Family. It features a just right 5-inch HD IPS display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus, a 2540mAh Li-ion battery, runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and most of all, supports dual SIM. To put it short, the G3 Beat is the G3, slightly less powerful, just made more compact, and retains most, if not all, the value added features of the flagship (Dual Window and Knock Code, anyone?)

LG G3 Beat Specifications

OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
Display: 5-inch HD IPS display (720p), 1280x720 screen resolution, 294ppi
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus, LED flash; 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 2G, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP & LE, NFC, microUSB 2.0, GPS w/ A-GPS & GLONASS
Battery: 2540mAh Li-ion battery, removable
SIM: Dual SIM
Dimensions: 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3mm, 134g
Colors: Mettalic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold

LG G3 Stylus & LG G3 Beat Launched, Affordable Midrange Flagships Starting at P13,990 LG G3 Stylus & LG G3 Beat Launched, Affordable Midrange Flagships Starting at P13,990

LG G3 Stylus

First thing you'll have in mind when you hear the word "stylus" is a phablet. Well, that's what the LG G3 Stylus is all about.

Sporting the same screen size as the LG G3, the G3 Stylus is about the same size (or slightly larger) but features a stylus, perhaps aimed to those with productivity in mind. With a stylus, the G3 Stylus's 5.5-ich display becomes a sort of a canvas: Write notes and reminders on your QuickMemo+, or perhaps draw your way to success using third-party apps available in Google Play. And as with the G3 Beat, the G3 Stylus retains the G3's value added features and UI.

LG G3 Stylus Specifications

OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor, Mali-400MP2 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS display, 960x540 screen resolution, 200ppi
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus, LED flash; 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 2G, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS w/ A-GPS & GLONASS
Battery: 3000mAh Li-ion battery, removable
SIM: Dual SIM
Feature: Stylus Pen
Dimensions: 149.3 x 75.9x 10.2mm, 163g
Colors: Mettalic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold

The LG G3 Beat and the LG G3 Stylus are now available nationwide and sell for P13,990 and P16,990 respectively (SRP).

Techmisan App Aggregates Local Tech Blog Updates, Delivers Content Straight to Your Android Device

Isn't it hard surfing different tech sites from your smartphone's browser? Don't you wish it was a lot easier, like perhaps those tech sites were listed in an app where all the updates are delivered real-time and already readable in-app? Local Android app developer Felmar Salon from Soft Dev Salon has an answer: Techmisan.


Techmisan - a portmanteau word derived from "technology" and "chismisan" - is a news aggregator aimed at local tech enthusiasts (these range from smartphone junkies to PC modders and whatnot). While the idea behind the app is not new (Flipboard and News Republic comes into mind), it's certainly brings a breathe of fresh air since the dev is a Filipino, and that the sources the app pulls updates from are also Philippine-based tech blogs. In fact, this blog is listed as one of Techmisan's news sources.


Techmisan, for all the news it brings, is also quite well thought of. It has all the features you would see on a Western news app like Pull to Refresh, a sidebar list feature, live syncing, light and dark themes, and a whole lot of other backend customization options like Image downloads on WiFi only. The whole app itself looks polished enough design-wise and is also wonderfully fast and stable.

Bottomline here is that if you want your local tech news rounded up into one app, you should try Techmisan.