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ESGS 2016, Biggest Local Gaming Event of the Year, Happening this October

October 23, 2016
If you're looking for the biggest gaming event this side of Southeast Asia this October, then you better go to the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit at Pasay City. It doesn't matter if you're a filthy casual, a console peasant, or a member of the PC Master Race; this event has everything for every gamer.

ESGS 2016, Biggest Local Gaming Event of the Year, Happening this October

Related: ESGS 2015 in photos

Better known as ESGS, the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit is celebrating its third straight year, now bigger, better, and armed to the teeth, with international gaming outfits like Ubisoft, Capcom, PlayStation, and a whole bunch of others gracing the event. It's the best thing outside of TGS in Japan and all the gaming expos from North America. There also will be cosplayers, tons of game merchandise, and indie game studios on the event itself.

Aside from a bigger crew and larger production values, ESGS 2016 will also be starring top-tier games, such as Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros., among others. Other highlights such as Koji Igarashi, ESL Arena, and Brawlfest 2016 will also be in the event.

ESGS 2016 will be happening at October 28, 29, and 30 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City. Tickets are available at all SM Ticketnet at PHP 140 for the first day and PHP 165 each for the second and third days respectively.

LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

October 18, 2016
Wireless bluetooth audio equipment have been around for some time. The technology is continuously improving, but sometimes there's that thing that captivates your attention, not only because it performs well, but because it looks non-conventional, which is what exactly the LG 360 is. Here's our review.


The LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 at the getgo looks like a water bottle or a vase (trust me, people can mistake it for one), but, come to think of it, the design is bold and refreshing, since most Bluetooth speakers today either follow the horizontal bar or the flat wheel format that you lay directly flat on a surface. From our experience with the LG 360, being in a vertical format has its perks.

LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 Portable  Bluetooth Speaker Review

Turning on the device is quite an experience itself, since you have to press on its top area (consider this the on button); a layer of the device will slowly spring up. The LED on the top will also light up, indicating that it's already powered on (it also has a blinking combination that's purely for aesthetics). You also have a multitude of control buttons here, such as the Bluetooth pair button and the volume buttons.

The bottom of the device is equipped with a rubber grip, so that it won't slide off of smooth surfaces, especially if you'll be rocking bass-heavy tunes. Both upper and lower areas of the device are accented with a metal finish.

LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 Portable  Bluetooth Speaker Review

The only unfortunate experience I had with the LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 is the charging port: The clip guarding the microUSB charging port is so difficult to unhinge I have to get a pointed object to pry it open. And while we're here, there's an LED indicator that changes from purple to green to indicate charging to fully charged.


The LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 is definitely hit the spot for this reviewer sound-wise when it came to performance.

First of, the vertical format of the device gives it the advantage of delivering sound on all angles (in a sphere, if you will), unlike those with front driver devices that delivers optimum sound where the device is facing. This advantage by the Sound 360 will be very obvious when placed in the center of both open and enclosed spaces, since it'll cover the immediate vicinity. As anecdotal proof, we tested it on an open pool resort, and were actually delighted that it played wonderfully strong, even going against loud videoke machines of neighboring resorts.

LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 Portable  Bluetooth Speaker Review

Highs, mids, and lows were clearly pronounced with the LG MUSIC flow Sound 360. And while we weren't able to test multiple music genres on it, the device will be more than sufficient if you're going to have an impromptu EDM party in your backyard. Not once did it sound powerless or tinny.

Battery Life

What captivated us is that the machine was able to continue playing for five hours straight at maximum volume. Usually, decreasing battery means a little "give" or fade in sound, or jitteriness in receiving Bluetooth data, but the LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 kept going.

Charging-wise, a two and a half hours in the plug should give it ample juice to play again.


The LG MUSIC flow Sound 360 is a device worth considering if you're looking for a bang-for-the-buck audio portable. It's lightweight, refreshing, and can really spit out tunes. It'll set you back PHP 8,660, but it just may be worth it. At least this reviewer found it that way. Just watch out for stains if you're going to take the white one - whites get dirty, and quick.

LG V20 Announced for Pre-order, Comes with Free 200GB microSD Card

October 14, 2016
One of the world's much-anticipated Android devices this year, the LG V20, is now available for pre-order. Priced at PHP 35,990, the smartphone comes with a free 200GB microSD card worth PHP 10,000 when you pre-order anytime from October 14 - 28, 2016. That's a lot of storage on mobile for even really heavy smartphone users.

The LG V20 is the first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and also the world's first to feature Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio. Paired with its other multimedia features, you can also say that it's an all-in-one portable entertainment system You can read more about its full specifications here.

To avail of the 200GB microSD pre-order bonus, customers must provide a downpayment of at least PHP 5,000 via cash or credit card at their selected LG store. You can learn more at

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Launched, First Samsung Digital TV Smartphone

September 15, 2016
Not to lose out on the mobile digital TV wars, Samsung has launched its own DTV-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV. The J2 DTV, the little phone that could, features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display (not to be confused with QHD), a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP shooter, 8GB of onboard storage, and a 2000mAh battery. Most of all, you'll be able to watch TV when you're anywhere, especially on traffic, everywhere digital TV signals are available.

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Launched, First Samsung Digital TV Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV isn't much by any means - don't expect it to run stuff, but with a retail price of PHP 6,990, it's on the competitive range of other DTV-enabled devices. it's available at Samsung Experience Stores and authorized partner outlets nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS display,
Camera: 5MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 2MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1
SIM: Dual microSIM
Battery: 2000mAh battery, removable
Dimensions: 136.5 x 69 x 8.4mm, 130g
Price: PHP 6,990

Starmobile UP Sense Launched, 5" Marshmallow Device with Fingerprint Sensor

September 13, 2016
Local mobile company Starmobile recently announced the Starmobile UP Sense, a 5-inch Android Marshmallow device that highlights a fingerprint scanner. Aside from the said feature, the specifications are entry-level: a 1.3GHz MT6580 quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, and an 8MP camera. It also carries a 2500mAh Li-ion battery and HSPA+ connectivity.

Starmobile UP Sense Launched, 5" Marshmallow Device with Fingerprint Sensor

The Starmobile UP Sense will be available in Starmobile concept stores, kiosks, and authorized resellers next week at PHP 4,290 nationwide.

Starmobile UP Sense Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core MT6580 processor, Mali-400MP GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5-inch 2.5D Curved HD IPS display, 1280x720 screen resolution, 294ppi
Camera: 8MP rear camera w/ AF, LED Flash; 2MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 3G HSPA+; WiFi, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth; GPS w/ A-GPS
Battery: 2500mAh Li-Po battery
Dimensions 143x70.5x8 mm, 145g
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: PHP 4,290

D-Link Unveils SMB Networking Products Line, Offers Solutions from Storage to Surveillance

September 12, 2016
Electronics provider D-Link unveiled a range of devices that address end-to-end small and medium business networking needs, from products that include wireless networking, security, surveillance, storage, and network management.

Jacky Chang, President, D-Link International

What D-Link's SMB product line basically offers, without going too much into specifics, is a complete setup of your business networking-side. Say, you're running a small hotel, and you need wireless internet connectivity across all rooms, you can avail switches, routers, and WiFi range extenders so that your employees and guests will have connectivity everywhere. D-Link's solutions even goes as connecting security cameras to your own cloud - imagine watching the goings-on at the hotel lobby, corridors, and employee-only areas with your smartphone. What's good about this is—we'll go a few sentences back for this one—D-Link offers it all in one package.

Aside from SMB solutions, D-Link also presented home solutions, such as high-quality routers, and WiFi range extenders designed for small and big residences. We're pretty sure that most of us have WiFi dead spots in our homes, so I'm particularly glad with the company's DAP-1320 N300 WiFi Range Extender.

And as an aside, D-Link also showcased their award-winning, tri-band MU-MIMO router, the DIR-895L, which basically looks like a 8-legged spider, but carries so much power it has its own dual-core processor onboard.

D-Link DIR-895L
The DIR-895L MU-MIMO Router

D-Link's SMB networking solutions are already available in the Philippines on a per-order basis via the company's local distributors Bridge Distributions Inc., and Uplink Information System Inc.

PlayStation Pro and PlayStation Slim Announced, Starts at $299

September 11, 2016
Sony Entertainment recently announced two PlayStation models at their PlayStation 4 Pro event: The PlayStation 4 Pro, and the slimmer PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 Slim will be replacing the original PlayStation 4 (as stocks deplete), and will be available later this month. Pricing will start at $299 at most regions, so that would be around PHP 14,000 when converted.

PlayStation Pro and PlayStation Slim Announced, Starts at $299
PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro meanwhile will start shipping on November 10, starting at $399—roughly around PHP 20,000. The device, which was previously codenamed Neo, highlights better specifications—such as 4K video support, and AMD's Polaris architecture—and was designed with the hardcore gamer in mind. It wasn't designed to replace current PS4 units, but is said to be sold alongside them.

One thing unsaid in the announcement but should be mentioned nonetheless is that 1st generation PS4 units should get a significant price cut to make way for these newer models. Perhaps it could be your time to own one, given that the holiday season is fast approaching.

LG V20 Announced, Android 7.0 Nougat, Dual Cameras, HiFi DAC Onboard

September 09, 2016
The much anticipated LG V20 have finally been announced, and it is what we were expecting—a much improved LG V10, and a far cry from what was the LG G5 (which, in its defense, was a great proof of concept, but was received rather coldly by the market).

LG V20 Announced, Android 7.0 Nougat, Dual Cameras, HiFi DAC Onboard

Going head-to-head with the upcoming Apple iPhone 7, the LG V20 boasts Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and bears semblance to the LG G5 when it comes to specs on paper: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.7-inch dual screen Quantum Display, 4GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB onboard storage configurations, and triple cameras (16MP + 8MP dual rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera). It's also touted as an audiophile's smartphone, as it carries the ESS SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC, and offers support to Hi-Fi DAC audio up to 192kHz/24bit. This should significantly enhance a user's listening experience.

Design-wise, the LG V20 isn't anything special, and instead looks very discreet and generic. It uses a combination of both lightweight aluminum and silicon-based materials, reportedly found in aircrafts, sailboats, and helmets. It's also going to also have some drop resistance up to four feet, since it's IL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test-certified.

LG however wasn't able to disclose further details on the V20's global release date, aside from saying that South Korea will get first dibs this month, followed by other regions in the weeks to come.

LG V20 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, LG UX 5.0+
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB UFS onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 2TB
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi); secondary IPS Quantum Display,160 x 1040, 513ppi
Camera: 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle) rer cameras; 5MP front-facing camera with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle)
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 600 Mbps LTE Category 12 with 3x Carrier Aggregation); Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac; USB Type-C; Bluetooth 4.2 BLE; NFC
Battery: 3200mAh battery, removable
Dimensions: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
Colors: Titan, Silver, Pink
Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording / Steady Record 2.0 / HD Audio Recorder / Studio Mode / High AOP Mic / Second Screen / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / In Apps / B&O Collaboration / Finger Print Scanner / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0
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