China Telecom Corporation Limited has been chosen by the Chinese government to enter the Philippine telecommunications industry as the third player, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed Sunday.
If everything goes as reported, China Telecom will partner with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T), since foreign companies needs to find a partner to do business in the Philippines. China Telecom cannot exceed 40% ownership of the company that will be formed with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T).
Starmobile has announced the Up Selfie, a smartphone from its UP line, and as the name implies, the UP Selfie is designed for selfies and groupies, taking advantage of its dual 13-megapixel front cameras.
Starmobile UP Selfie Specs Sheet;
Starmobile Up Selfie will be available this December with a retail price of for Php 6,990.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that a new traffic scheme will be implemented along EDSA. The fifth or left most lane on Edsa will be reserved for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) or vehicles with two or more passengers.
Just in time for the holiday rush! Hopefully this will encourage carpooling!
Fans of Apple can now buy their favourite Apple products on Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company.
As an authorised online reseller, Lazada’s customers can choose from a wide range of Apple products including iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Beats by Dr. Dre, and other accessories.
Start shopping this holiday season
Consumers can start browsing this holiday season when the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ on Lazada officially launches today (8th December) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. This will be followed by Malaysia on 11th December, and then in Vietnam.
By shopping on Lazada, customers can choose to pay for their Apple devices through Lazada’s 0% financing instalment plans. Exciting surprises also await Lazada customers looking to score savings from deals offered during the finale of Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, the 12.12 Final Sale. More details will be announced later.
The “preferred choice” for global brands
Lazada Group Chief Executive Officer Max Bittner said the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept is a testament to Lazada’s reputation as the undisputed and trusted online shopping and selling platform in Southeast Asia. “Lazada is the preferred choice for global brands who, like us, want to drive the explosive growth of eCommerce in Southeast Asia,” said Mr. Bittner, adding: “It also underscores our commitment to give consumers better and convenient access to the world’s best brands and products, especially those from Apple.”
GO-JEK is an Indonesian hyperlocal transport, logistics and payments startup founded in 2010. It aims to improve the welfare of workers in Indonesia’s vast informal sector. It is also the first startup of Indonesian origin to be classified as a transport system after closing a round of funding in August 2016. GO-JEK’s fleet now exceeds 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks. Go-Jek is available in 50 cities in Indonesia.
Looks like another ride-sharing service wants to take a shot at solving, or at least lessening the traffic in the Philippines, as news of Indonesian ride-sharing service Go-Jek to expand in the Philippines next year.
In an article on GMA News, Ajey Gore, Go-Jek’s Group CTO said in an interview that “almost all Southeast Asian countries are on the radar over the next three, six to 12 months. The Philippines will be the first one just to figure out how things work.”
Go-Jek is a ride-sharing service that started in Indonesia last 2010 with a call centre and fleet of 20 riders. Today, it has more than 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks, and available in 50 cities in Indonesia.
Once operational in the Philippines, they will go head-to-head with Uber and Grab, not to mention LTFRB.
After launching the ARM-powered Windows 10 PC, OEM manufacturers immediately announce their respective laptops that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Lenovo is also expected to announce their own ARM-powered laptop.
HP Envy X2
12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display
up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
Snapdragon 835 chipset
Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
Always Connected PCs
13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera
Weight: 1.54 pounds
X16 LTE modem for connectivity
Audio by Bang & Olufsen
20 hours of battery life
The HP Envy X2 will be available in Spring of 2018 and no pricing have been announced.
Privacy-minded Android users may want to steer clear of the recently released Know Your Rights app of the Philippine National Police.
Here’s the post from Art Samaniego Jr.;
I installed the app when I saw the @TVPatrol report last night and was surprised to see this. Why does it need to access my phone logs, SMS and pictures? App Permissions that it does need. Hmm pic.twitter.com/g1HKnls3wy
Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.
There are both pros and cons for a ARM-powered Windows PC but the most obvious benefit is that a device can get more battery life, since Qualcomm processors consumes less power compare to Intel processors. At the sametime, the caveat for a device powered by Qualcomm processors, apps and the system may be slower than those with Intel inside. It’ll be interesting how these ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs performed in the real time.
While it’s a shopping juggernaut in the US, we rarely use Amazon to buy stuff online. One of the reasons for that is the sometimes insane costs that’s required to buy stuff from the site. Aside from regular shipping, you’re also going to have to pay import fees upfront.
But apparently Amazon has gotten the memo about the increased de minimis amount for items for taxes and duties in the Philippines, and no longer collects import fees upon checkout for items under 200$.
A small change on how Amazon operates outside the United States but this could have a big effect on how other ecommerce sites operates in Asia or Southeast Asia in particular.
Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.
To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
Apple was forced to release iOS 11.2 on Saturday, which was a little earlier than planned, due to a software bug. Now, Apple Pay Cash — one of the marquee features of the update — is being activated for users.
Apple Pay Cash lets users send and receive money directly though iMessages, similar to Venmo or Square Cash. Money that people send you will live on a digital Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app, which users can spend anywhere that Apple Pay is accepted, or send to other people. (The new feature is only available in the US for now, though.)
If you updated to iOS 11.2, that means Apple Pay Cash is already on your phone it’s just disabled.
Apple has release the iOS 11.2 update that has been in beta for the past week. The update will introduce Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money with Apple Pay. iOS 11.2 also includes some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the complete release notes below for more details.
To update to iOS 11.2, just go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. Device owner with iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch are eligible to download and install the update.
Full iOS 11.2 Release Notes;
iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri
Other improvements and fixes
Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
Improves video camera stabilization
Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
Improves stability in Calendar
Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications
It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).
Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising. Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time.
In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.
Steel and stainless steel mesh cage
Colonel made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint
Made in USA
Dimensions: 7′ x 7′ x 6′ 6″
I guess, it’s either KFC’s Internet Escape Pod or just turn off your wifi router, device and put it a box and walk away.
Yesterday the price shot past $8,000 for the first time, and per usual when it breaks through a milestone is now trading solidly above it at $8,250.
I know someone who treat bitcoin like an investment or similar to stocks, this news will surely make him very very very happy!
AFAIK, he had his bitcoin for sometime now, so you can just imagine the amount of returns he will get if he decides to cash out now. I’m pretty sure he’ll be holding on to it until it reach $10,000/bitcoin.
Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.
Smart created a detailed help article on the new data charging rate.
We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017
I’m pretty sure a lot of people will not be happy with the new data charging rate.