Google, Mobile, Operating System

I’m currently downloading Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

I just received the notification that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for my Nexus 5, so like any technophile, I tapped the DOWNLOAD button without any second thoughts. The download size is exactly 406.7 MB, so it’s advisable that you download the update connected to a Wifi unless of course you still have data left on your plan.

Google officially release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow last October 5, 2015 and it looks like it’s trickling its way to Android users in the Middle East. If you have not received the update notification and would like to check if its available for your device, you can go to SETTINGS > ABOUT > SYSTEM UPDATES

To know more about Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Russell Holly of Android Central wrote a very informative review.

Gadget, Wearable

Tag Heuer to unveil its Android Wear Smartwatch next month

Nick Statt writing for the verge;

Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has set a date for its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch unveiling. The Tag Heuer Connected, as it’s called, will make its debut at the LVMH Tower in New York City on November 9th, according to invites sent out by the company today. The watch is reportedly based on the popular Tag Carrera and will cost around $1,800, according to a interview with Tag CEO Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC last month.

It’s within the price range of Apple Watch Hermès, in fact it’s almost the same price as the 42 mm stainless steel case with the Cuff, but I guess what people want to know is aside from telling time, what else can it offer that you won’t get from other Android Wear Smartwatch.

Business, Tech News

Dell acquires EMC for $67 billion


Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation today announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company.

Before going private 2 years ago, Dell’s valuation was at $25 billion. This deal will instantly turn Dell as one of the biggest player in the private cloud computing and storage space, and need to compete with established player like IBM and HP.

People, Philippines, Tech Culture

Refused admission to Manila hospital, Nobel laureate Richard Heck dies at 84

via Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – Nobel laureate chemist Richard Heck died in Manila on Saturday, October 10, following a bout of severe vomiting earlier in the week, Reuters reports. He was 84.

Heck won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, for inventing new ways to bind carbon atoms.

The results were used in researcher for combating cancer and producing thin computer screens.

It’s sad that a person should perish because he was denied of treatment because of his inability to pay. Specially in the stature of Richard Heck.

Government Tech, Saudi Arabia

Anti Cyber Crime Law of Saudi Arabia

by Dexter Panganiban of bestofriyadh;

Below is the English copy of the law but still the Arabic text shall govern. Post in Facebook, twitter and any other social media website is part of this law so be very careful on what you post in your wall. They can easily check if you are posting from your own country or from Saudi Arabia, it can be checked through the IP (Internet Protocol ) address origin of a certain post. So even if you pretend you are posting from your country they can check it out and identify the source of comment posted online. So be very careful.

A good reminder to anyone who’s in Saudi Arabia, specially the IT practioner. I also upload the English copy Saudi Arabia’s Anti Cyber Crime Law on Slideshare as well.

Facebook, Social Media

This message about Facebook deactivating your account is a hoax or scam!

Dear facebook members,

Facebook is suppose to be closing down it is recently becoming very overpopulated. there have been many members complaining that facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active facebook members and on the other side, many new members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 25 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active. *Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Today This coming 11pm,all facebook account will be CUT. This is according from the creator of facebook. All the activities that was being done this time will be delay, SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. To save you’re facebook accounts, please forward this message to 25 FB delay, for us to make sure that you are active user of FB. If can’t pass this to 25 users you’re account will be cut without hesitancy a few seconds ago..

If you or any of your friends receive the message above, please do not send or resend it anymore because it’s a hoax/scam. Since everything in the message goes against Facebook’s business model, remember the more people use Facebook the bigger their revenue will gets. Which is why it doesn’t make sense for a company that wants more people to use their service to just deactivate an account. Plus if you send this message, you’ll just be spamming your friends’ inbox and timeline.

Apple, Gadget, Saudi Arabia

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus now available in Jarir Bookstore

jarir iphone 6s and 6s plus launch

Jarir bookstore will officially launch Apple’s latest smartphone the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this Saturday, October 10, 2015, that is why currently have a countdown until 12:00 midnight.

Here’s the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus price matrix from Jarir;

Iphone 6s 16 GB – SR 2,799
Iphone 6s 64 GB – SR 3,199
Iphone 6s 128 GB – SR 3,599

Iphone 6s Plus 16 GB – SR 3,199
Iphone 6s Plus 64 GB – SR 3,599
Iphone 6s Plus 128 GB – SR 3,999

Both phones will be available in Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

**$1 = SR 3.75

Apple, Gadget, Microsoft

Spec by spec comparison between Microsoft’s Surface Book and Apple’s Macbook Pro

surface book vs macbook pro

I agree that “specs comparisons don’t tell the whole story”, since Apple is focused in creating a great user experience when using their products, while Microsoft on the other hand aims to run one operating system on all device, to the point of compromising the user experience.

Philippines, Singapore, Startup

Toast raises S$1.2 million in seed funding

Michael Tegos writing for Tech in Asia;

Toast has created an online money remittance platform for migrant workers in Singapore who want to send money back to their families in the Philippines (other countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and so on are in the startup’s future plans). It has developed a mobile app where the user can create an account, verify their identity, load it with funds, and then remit the money to their chosen destination in minutes, for a fixed fee of S$6 (US$4) per transaction.

The app will surely be useful not only to Filipino OFW in Singapore but also in other parts of the world like in Saudi Arabia, where there are more than 2 million Filipino OFW.

Mobile, Philippines, Startup

PLDT Capital invests $10 in a joint venture with Phunware

via PLDT;

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (“PLDT”) (PSE: TEL) (NYSE: PHI), through PLDT Capital, has entered into a joint venture with Phunware, whose world-first integrated applications platform enables companies to engage and manage relationships with their customers worldwide: anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The new partnership involves a total investment of $10 million that will enable PLDT’s subsidiary, ePLDT, to market and exclusively distribute Phunware’s targeted mobile and multiscreen solutions in Southeast Asia.

The partnership/investment was announced just 7 days after PLDT launched PLDT Capital.

Phunware is a mobile app development platform provider that supports more than 500 million monthly unique users globally on its Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS) platform.