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It’s out of the bag — an actual photo of a working unit in the Philippines. Samsung was going to introduce a Pro series tablet for people who need even more stuff done. The bigger screen lets you multitask. Frankly, in my short demo I was able to play Space Team and the big-ass screen elicited the same joy of gaming on a laptop. On a side note, if you want the full details on the Samsung CES Keynote, we’re doing a live blog now over at Manila Bulletin with Art Samaniego on the CES floor!
2013 was an awesome year for SCUBA Diving. And I don’t use the word awesome loosely. For one, I got to finally compete in an underwater photo shoot out in Cebu, flying there twice in a span of two weeks. Out of the several “memory card full” warnings, here are the 7 most memorable shots from last year. By memorable, I don’t necessarily mean the best — these are just the shots that left a lasting impression on my hobby.
All photos were taken using a trusty Canon 350D. Wide angle shots taken using a Tokina 10-17mm lens and macro shots were done with a 60mm Canon macro lens. I shoot with two YS-110 alpha strobes from Sea&Sea.
One study projects that within the next two years, the industry of mobile payments will reach well over $1 trillion around the world, according to Heavy Reading Networks Insider. More than 60 percent of consumers in the US actually believe that making payments on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, will inevitably replace traditional credit card payments that are made at terminals within stores, according to a Harris Interactive Poll.
One day you will wonder
At the state of affairs of this world –
In wonder as to how it was when you first saw the light of this earth.
It is suffice to say that
You were born at an exciting time.
“What kind of time?” you asked me.
And I replied, “It was a time of great change:
When music was no longer divided by era,
With every song in the world playing at your fingertips
And every culture a niche
With every niche a subculture in itself.
When Culture — all the world’s Culture
Was no longer a one way street found in some book (the pages of which you had to turn)
And can be experienced, if not understood deeply through
All from the screen in front of you.
It was a time when people stopped looking forward
And all decided to look up;
Rather than launch a man up to the moon and back
We decided to head for Mars
And mine asteroids (among stars!) instead of the Earth.
Today if you had asked me what path I would have put you through,
That the stars are much closer than a dream
And the Unknown, a religion you can follow fervently.”
My son, you were born at an exciting time
When cars were only beginning to drive themselves
When we wore computers on our hats
And toys we could print from home.
It was in these conditions that you were born
And as your entrusted steward I have prepared you for a life that looks beyond the horizon
Whether it is the exploration above or below the Earth.
Two Geishas. The G Flight, if I may. Two distinct profiles.
On the left is a layered cake. If there was such as thing as nursing a chocolate cake, this would be the same thing, in liquid form. There is a distinct bitterness, one that I am normally not fond of, that is mitigated by dark chocolate. And as the coffee cools, the chocolate gets darker and darker. What a profile — smooth, clean and chocolate-y. I could drink this everyday.
Smart announced its latest offering: iPad Air with LTE starting at PHP 1,499 per month (w/ initial cash out of PHP 5,000.00). Oh noes, too many choices! Do you get the iPad mini or the iPad Air? Both of these come with crisp Retina display with the only noticeable difference being the size — the iPad mini has 7.9 of screen real estate while the iPad Air has 9.7 inches.
The slim and sleek design of the iPhone 5 had you believing in love at first sight. With a larger screen to accommodate the multitude of apps you can’t live without and the thinner case that is a perfect fit for your hand, you can’t believe you ever owned any other phone. You don’t think there is anything that could make the iPhone 5 any more perfect. But then, just when you think it couldn’t get any better, you see something you just can’t believe.
When friends ask what it is like to take a camera down into the deep, I always tell them that it is quite similar to bringing down a 6 pound darkroom. Playing with light underwater can get rather tricky as instead of just dealing with the invisible air between you and the subject (on land), in the water, there’s an entire water column that separates you and the subject. And light. Light comes from the sun, which is directly above you and fades to black as you go deeper. The first color to vanish as you go deeper is red which is why new divers who get cut or bruised underwater panic upon seeing that their blood has turned green. Nope they’re not poisoned — the color red is merely absent.
You’ve probably been here — before it was renovated. The new Beyond the Box concept store has finally re-opened at the 3rd floor food court area of VMall in Greenhills. A gadget and accessories store? Really? The design is just amazing and well, very
out of beyond the box.
Check it out for yourself!
Beyond the Box has been my go-to store for Apple accessories and audiophiles will love their line of Marshall iPod speakers and Braven portable travel speakers which I’ve reviewed early this year.
This particular branch was designed by Buensalido Architects.
This Beyond the Box concept store is located at the 3rd floor of VMall, Greenhills. You can follow their quirkiness on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beyondthebox.ph
There are many kinds of business phone systems that are being used today. There are those that allow employers to have full control over the company’s phone system, effectively preventing employees from making any inappropriate calls while at work. Then there’s one that allows different companies, who otherwise co-exist within the same building, to communicate with each other as needed. However, one more commonly used in this day and age is the home PBX phone system, with PBX being defined as “Private Branch Exchange”. Unlike most other phone systems, the home PBX phone system is more appropriate for private companies or individuals seeking to communicate with one another.
Boom. It’s only been two years since they opened shop in the Philippines but Starmobile is fast approaching 1 million users. Last week, the Philippine-owned smartphone company launched their Christmas lineup of 12 more Android devices: 3 smartphones, 5 Diamond series phablets and 4 tablets to complete their 2013 ‘Engage’ line.
Bittersweet! Winamp, the little desktop MP3 player that “whips the llama’s ass” is finally shutting down. This was THE iTunes of the 90′s and one of the first apps that had a successful user-generated content model, allowing anyone to upload skins for the MP3 player.
Hey, all. Tom Pepper here, one of the two founders (Justin being the greater of the two of us.) Just wanted to thank everyone for all the support over the years. While we haven’t been involved w/ Nullsoft since the early 2000s it was incredible what you all did both for us, and for music. Our only goal was ever to make the tool we wanted to use, and it seemed to resonate with you all very clearly! I’m happy to still be working in the business, and here’s to the next great ideas yet to come!
– from Reddit
Ah the 90′s and early 2000′s of the Internet: mIRC, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, dial up connections, Geocities … Winamp was pretty much part of this.
Thanks for all the fish.
My favorite third wave community coffee shop in BF Homes is holding a creative fund raiser this Sunday for the benefit of those who were affected by the Yolanda super typhoon. This is what Jonathan posted on his Facebook wall:
As some of you may know, it was my birthday yesterday. I originally intended to give back to the community that made Magnum Opus by making coffee for the neighborhood, but because of recent events, it’s more fitting to tie in my celebration with a cause.
This Sunday, from 10:30am to 3pm, all coffees are free, but we will impose a tip-what-you-want basis. All proceeds will be donated to channels that can directly aid people affected by the Supertyphoon Yolanda, and the results will be posted through our Facebook.
I will be behind the bar to make your coffees, and the team will prepare snacks for everyone who attends as well. Let’s celebrate through charity. I’ll see you guys Sunday!
Epic. Anything that you want for the price of generosity. If you do plan to drop by (PLEASE DO!) I highly suggest being a bit more adventurous with the menu and try the Draft Spro, a signature coffee drink that could easily be mistaken for beer. But it isn’t!
The pros of getting married in the province outweigh the cons. Perhaps the biggest challenge from my wedding last year was helping book 120++ people to different hotels around Bacolod City. That was when I discovered a service called Agoda c/o my wife. “Cheaper rates,” she said. Compared to other services, Agoda is mainly Asia-based and boasts the most number of hotels within Asia, which is its main point of focus.
Yesterday, ASUS Philippines unveiled the T100 Transformer Book, essentially a follow up to the tradition of tablet + keyboard device that made a name for the Taiwanese company even before the whole Windows 8 hype was around. The Transformer Book essentially comes from the line of Transformer and Transformer 2 tablets that ran on iterations of the Android platform. In this case, ASUS has upgraded the processor to a quad core Atom Intel chip which means that (1) you’re going to get some decent computing power for daily productivity and (2) you get stretch battery life at 10-11 hours. Usually, manufacturers over-promise their battery life tests printed on the box but since the FonePad, ASUS has been posting stretch milestones with their batteries.
The T100 isn’t a sprint device. It’s meant for the marathon long haul to get your s%it done before your day ends.
Processor Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core
Operating System Window 8.1 with MS Office Home & Student 2013
Main Memory 2GB
Storage 32G/64G eMMC with ASUS WebStorage
Display 10.1″ HD (1366*768) IPS with multi-touch
Graphic Intel HD Graphics
Camera 1.2Mp camera
Battery 31Whr (11 hrs)
PRICE PHP 23,995
In photo is Intel’s very own Wowie Wong and dive buddy giving his pointy finger of approval to the Transformer Book T100.