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Last month’s macro haul on the Sony RX-100 Mark II

As much as I prefer shooting video on the ‘ol RX-100, macro photography has become a default posit in my dive schedule as of late. This is mostly because the dive sites I’ve been frequenting with Steve Tan are considered playgrounds for all things small. And really, there’s nothing more challenging than finding a shrimp that’s 1/10 the size of a needle in a haystack of anemone.

My current setup involves the RX-100 Mark II (no reason to upgrade to the Mark III) on the Nauticam housing. But this time, I left my +10 diopter at shore because Tim Ho lent me his +15 prototype. Speaking of Tim, Anilao Photo Hotel is the place to be if you want to improve your photography (Not a sponsored post!! I pay for my dives!). This was the first time my spotter actually gave me an actual tutorial underwater, showing me how to stabilize my shots and adjusting my strobe positions. This was exactly what I was looking for in a guide and Tim’s dive masters are also trained photographers, so they know how to operate a camera as much as — and even more as — you do.

Here are some of my shots:
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Video Review

About a year ago, I won a Samsung Galaxy Note III which I promptly surrendered to my wife because she needed a new smartphone. Last month, (how time flies!) I was able to get my fingers tapping and swiping away on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Check out our video review above.

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Sony XPERIA Z3 Video Review by Manila Bulletin

We got our hands on Sony’s latest smartphone, the XPERIA Z3. Straight from our suppliers, we took it into the TechLab and my video team produced this little video feature on the smartphone. Check it out! For more videos, subscribe to Manila Bulletin on YouTube and give us a like here and leave a comment there.

Could the Movie “Sex Tape” Really Happen?

Sex Tape is a 2014 Rom-Com about a couple that decides to shoot a personal tape to spice up their love life. Somehow the tape makes it up to “The Cloud,” and has gone public. Now the embarrassed couple has to run to all of their friends and acquaintances to get back that tape before their lives are ruined. In a pivotal scene in the movie, the couple laments about how no one really understands the cloud.
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Conducting A Laughter Invasion

How fast can something ruin your mood? Ten seconds? For most people, a headline reading “OPEC To Reduce Oil Output” is usually enough to put a wet blanket on their day’s good vibes.

When that has happened to you, something may have come along to make you feel better. It could have been a hug from a loved one or a glimpse of a happy cardinal frolicking outside your window. But in these highly-wired days, the bird with the greatest likelihood of pepping you up is the Twitter bird. It could also be something on Facebook, Instagram, or email.
Whatever the source, it gave you a good laugh that turned your day completely around. Knowing the impact of something like that, you can provide that needed laugh for your friends, co-workers, and relatives.
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4 Best Tools To Manage Virtual Teams Effectively

Whether you’re a startup company or are planning to expand the operations of your small business to serve a range of clients, at some point you’ll need to deploy personnel offsite and communicate with them on a remote basis.
However, managing a geographically-dispersed team can present huge challenges. Ineffective communication and collaboration can lead to frustration, loss of productivity, and even a negative result on the company’s profit and loss statement. It’s important to overcome these challenges to lay the foundation of effective success throughout the business.
Luckily, business owners can leverage the following set of tools to improve the productivity and efficiency of their virtual teams:

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Why advertising is vital for your small business

You know you have a great product or service that lots of people will love, but how do you get the word out there about your offering? And how can you convince others to give it a try?

Advertising has always played a major role in attracting new customers and getting repeated sales. However, getting your strategy spot on isn’t easy, and many business owners find themselves feeling disgruntled when their advertising efforts and spending don’t bring in more sales.
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Meet the Modern Barcode Scanner: Socket Mobile

A barcode is a simple system that creates a unique identification number for each individual product in a store. The barcode has been around for a long time. It was invented in the 1940s and became more widely used in the 1960s. Originally, barcode scanners were big and clunky. They needed to be connected to a complex database to synchronize with relevant data. Barcodes are necessary for big businesses to track inventory and make the checkout process manageable. After all, if the modern cashier needed to manually key in the price for every item, checkout lines would be long and filled with unhappy customers. For small business owners, this has been a feature that is desirable but impractical for decades. However, this has changed. The modern barcode scanner is simple and efficient. It works with point-of-sale systems that coordinate with e-commerce sites to create a pleasant experience for employees and shoppers. If you have been debating as to whether this is worth the investment for your small business, take a closer look at the modern barcode scanner.
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The World’s a Classroom

Certain university departments stipulate that a year, or at the least a semester, of study will be compulsory to qualification. The catalyst behind this caveat is clear: to broaden your mind, you first have to broaden your outlook, and there’s no better way to do this than to jet off to foreign climes. There are some things that simply can’t be taught from a book, some experiences which are better in the flesh. In travel, there has also been a subtle shift towards a slower, more immersive attitude, to stay longer in a destination longer to more fully benefit from the travel experience. From the artworks and buildings of Europe to the complexity of conversational Japanese, some lessons are best learned away from home.

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Architecture
When you’re studying abroad or at home, any student of an Architecture degree can benefit from visiting one of Europe’s cities for the weekend; whether it’s the grey stone facades of Edinburgh or the twisted, organic shapes of the Catalan capital Barcelona. However, extending your stay can make for an altogether more fulfilling experience, and spending a month, semester or an entire year abroad can go so far as to change your life. Europe has many, great, English-speaking architecture programs, whether you prefer to immerse yourself in the joyous modernism of Spain, or the crumbling, ghosting temples of Athens and Rome.

Languages
There’s no better way to grasp a language quickly than to be fully surrounded by its culture, environment, and its native speakers. Whether you’re learning your target foreign language to teach English to its speakers, or to cultivate an understanding of a different culture, jetting off to the country of its origins is the first step you can take towards gaining fluency. Hungarian or Japanese, Budapest or Tokyo, it’s likely your learning curve will skyrocket as soon as you have to navigate your way through a city of baffling street signs, and order from a menu every day.

Science and Nature
You can be an eco-warrior studying environmental science. You can be a naturalist hooked on zoology. Either way, you can learn a lot from visiting a new place. There are some amazing volunteering opportunities available to gap year students, and even conservation scholarships. Perhaps you want to spend time in Greece protecting leatherback turtles, muck out playful elephants in Thailand or track whales in the North Sea. Whatever your choice, you can experience real wildlife conservation while having the adventure of a lifetime.

History
Some places have humbling stories to tell. There are ancient civilizations like the crumbling mountaintop city of Machu Picchu in Peru and the pyramids of Giza. There are tales of enduring love, like that of the TajMahal, and there are tales of ageless, unceasing conflict. You might choose to trek the Great Wall of China, or to travel through the desert to Petra in Jordan, Indiana Jones-style. However you choose to journey back in time, you’ll be doing it in the sure knowledge that it will be improving your prospects for the future.
The adventure of travel is an adventure in learning. You experience the real world, taking lessons from it that perhaps no school can test you on, but which you can later apply in life itself.

Image by skippyjon, used under Creative Commons license.

iPhone 6 Plus Drop Test (FUNNY)

For those wondering, this is a dummy iPhone 6 Plus unit which we got from the store, alongside our real iPhone and iPhone Plus 6 units. Pam’s reaction: priceless!

Manila Bulletin’s Hands On: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Art Samaniego, TechNews editor for Manila Bulletin — and myself — just got back from Hong Kong over the weekend to purchase the first units of iPhones. We were able to play with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Here’s our 2AM hands on — we’re totally spent from a day of walking. Apologies with the background noise — those are LEGO bricks being stacked. HEHE!

Organizing Your Professional and Personal Life

Does this sound familiar? You’re standing in the middle of the grocery store, staring into your cart and frantically trying to remember what else you have to buy. You know you should have made a list, but you got distracted by a client and suddenly, as you’re staring into the contents of your cart you gasp. You gasp because you suddenly remember that, even though you finished it way faster than you thought you would, you forgot to send that finished work project off to your boss before you left the office for the day…and you left your work phone in your desk.
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Accelerate Your Business Brand With Memorable Packaging

Does your main business involve shipping physical goods? Do you want memorable packaging? If not, then your business is missing out on a great opportunity to acquire new customers.
To break through the clutter of the hundreds of other competing products in this day and age, it pays to be different. Innovative and creative input in packaging can make your product stand out, build your brand, and add some personality to your business. Whether you sell offshore or in the local market customers will initially judge your product by its packaging.

So, how do you create memorable packaging? Here are some tips to help your product packaging grab the attention of customers and even delight them:

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How to Nail a Video-Conference Interview

There are many strategies to having a successful video interview. I have heard and read about all the steps one should take during this process, from the background of the room that you are in to the children making noise in the background. At the end of it all, this is what I have found, video interviewing is about you and your presentation. It’s about how you feel about yourself. You are who you think you are and others will think that too. Fortunately, video conferencing by Blue Jeans network makes the technology that helps you look good.
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7 Reasons Why the Future of Reading is Brighter with 7-Inch Tablets

While there is a steady choir of voices bemoaning the future of reading in the digital age, the news is not all bad. According to a 2013 poll commissioned by USA Today and Bookish, the number of e-reader owners is on the rise and a significant percentage of them say they’ve actually been reading more since getting their gadgets.

Despite bleak prophecies, print books will always have their aficionados and there is no reason to assume e-books will ever replace “traditional” books completely. However, there is a growing sense that, rather than taking anything away from the reading experience, e-book reading devices and tablets make it easier for us to get lost in a book and actually give us an incentive to read faster.

Here are 7 reasons why the future of reading might actually be brighter with 7-inch Android tablets.
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