Monday, July 30, 2012

Coming Soon: Alcatel One Touch 993

Alcatel has been focusing on smartphones, releasing one phone after the other, at a very competitive and affordable price. Although, it seems in the Philippine mobile market, the French company has mellowed a bit, after Lenovo and its P700 gained the spotlight.

I don't know when will Alcatel release this phone in the country, but according to GSMArena, its scheduled to be released August this year. What I'm talking about is the Alcatel One Touch 993, one of the phones presented at the MWC 2012 (Mobile World Congress 2012).
Alcatel One Touch 993
Alcatel One Touch 993, if it will be released here, (and i'm hoping it will) will be a strong contender against Lenovo P700. They almost have the same specifications, except for the battery. The phone is also slim and is truly a beauty. If it will have a lower price than Lenovo's battery monster, One Touch 993 will surely be a hit. Plus, it will be the first Alcatel phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box!
Here are Alcatel One Touch 993 specifications:
  • 4.0" TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16 M colors 480 x 800 pixels, (233 ppi pixel density)
  • 1 GHZ CPU
  • internal memory (?), memory expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera
  • bluetooth, wi-fi, accelerometer, A-GPS, stereo FM radio
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 ICS
Alcatel One Touch 993 Product Page: 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Asphalt 7 Now on Google Play!

French game developer Gameloft just released a new version of their racing series, Asphalt 7: Heat for Android. So, to all Android fans of Asphalt here, you can now download your favorite racing game by just logging in at Google Play Store (PHP 41.70)! http://bit.ly/QjwA8e


Asphalt 7: Heat was released on iOS last June 21, 2012. :-)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alcatel Glory phones' price drops!

Competition in the budget phone category is truly intense, with manufacturers and distributors fighting for the lowest price. 

To intensify the battle. Alcatel has lowered the prices of their quality budget Android smartphones, the Alcatel Glory 918N and Glory X 918N.


Alcatel Glory 918N now costs a very low price of PHP 4,990, while the Glory X costs PHP 5,290, leaving behind the Lenovo A65 which costs PHP 5,499, the LG Optimus L3, and the Samsung Galaxy Y, which falls below the PHP 6,000 mark.

Alcatel Glory 918N has received very positive reviews so you don't have to worry. Glory X, on the other hand, has the same specs but with interchangeable covers. Both are dual-sim phones.

Get your Alcatel Glory phones now!

Source: Alcatel Mobile Philippines Facebook page

Monday, July 23, 2012

Alcatel to launch One Touch Spark FB 916D

A new member of the ever-growing One Touch family will be coming at the Philippines soon!

Alcatel One Touch 916 (international) or the Alcatel One Touch Spark FB 916D will be launched here in the Philippines. This touch and type dual-sim QWERTY phone is integrated with Facebook (there is a Facebook hotkey), has a 5 MP camera. It is also 3G and Wi-fI capable, and has A-GPS, and G-sensor. It runs on Android v2.3 Gingerbread. This phone is just right for you if you love social networking sites.

Alcatel One Touch Spark FB 916D


Also, I remember that this phone is a winner of Red Dot Awards for Product Design in Taiwan! Sounds great, right!

Specifications
  • 2.6" capacitive touch screen, 262K colors
  • 600 MHZ CPU
  • 150 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD
  • 5 MP camera (3.2 MP on the website) w/ LED flash
  • Wi-fi and 3G capable, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, FM radio
  • Facebook system integration, SNS Apps
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
  • 1,500 mAh battery
Price: PHP 6,190
 
For more details, check this product at Alcatel One Touch Philippines website:
http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/ph/products/andorid_smartphones/one_touch_916d.html

Lenovo A65 turns white!

Some people really love black phones, but some prefer white ones.

If you are one of those who love white phones, and is currently looking for a great smartphone that is below PHP 6,000, the new Lenovo A65 is right for you!


Specifications

Lenovo A65 has the following specifications:
  • 3.5 capacitive screen, 262K colors, 320 x 480 pixels, multitouch
  • 800 MHZ MT6573 processor
  • 220 MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB microSD
  • 3 MP rear camera
  • wi-fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3G, HSDPA
  • Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Price: PHP 5,499
Learn more about the new white Lenovo A65: http://getanedge.ph/get-an-edge-with-the-white-lenovo-a65/

FOR REVIEWS, CLICK HERE: Yugatech, TechLokal

Sony Xperia miro to hit stores next month

To all Xperia fanatics out there waiting to have their own Xperia miro on their palms, Sony Mobile Philippines announced through Facebook that the phone will hit Sony Mobile Concept Stores by next month.

Xperia miro is a new addition to the continually expanding series. Don't worry because, along with Xperia tipo, this would come at a very affordable price, although Sony is still finalizing it.

Sony Xperia miro
Specifications

Sony Xperia miro has the following specifications:
  • 3.5" LED-backlit LCD display, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi pixel density), multitouch
  • Qualcomm MSM7225A, CPU: 800 MHZ Cortex - A9, GPU: Adreno 200
  • 4 GB storage (2.2 GB user available), 512 MB RAM, up to 32 GB microSD
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera
  • wi-fi capable, bluetooth, accelerometer, FM radio, A-GPS
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1,500 mAh battery

Price

As what was mentioned above, Sony is still finalizing the price but for the specs, maybe around PHP 7,000 - 8,000. Cool price for such a stylish phone, right?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Upcoming Acer Liquid Gallant Duo leaked

A new Acer smartphone that was set to be release officially on August 8 was leaked by an online retailer, but was immediately removed from the site.
Acer Liquid Gallant Duo
Acer Liquid Gallant Duo, the leaked upcoming dual-sim smartphone has the following specs revealed:
  •  4.3" qHD display
  • 1 GHZ dual-core processor
  • 4 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP camera
  • wi-fi, bluetooth, microSD
  • 1,500 mAh battery
It will probably cost around PHP 9,000- P10,000 when it hits the Philippine shores. Sounds affordable for such device, right? What do you think?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Starmobile enters the local mobile brand roster

Just recently, I posted an article about DTC Mobile. And now, I'm about to mention another brand that has joined the war: Starmobile.


 Actually, I've seen this brand at a mall along with DTC Mobile.They currently have 6 model units, including an Android phone, and the brand is endorsed by no other than Vice Ganda.

You may know more about their products at their official site HERE.

DTC Mobile joins local mobile war

Lots and lots of local brands are joining the mobile market, including MyPhone, Cherry Mobile and Torque. And now, DTC Mobile, another new competitor, has joined the long-lasting battle to win the consumers' hearts.


DTC Mobile currently has several phone models, including an Android phone. They also have Touch phones, QWERTY phones, TV phones, and classic ones.



Visit their official site at: http://dtcmobile.com.ph/

PROMO: You may also win a new GT2 Touch phone on NoypiGeeks! Click on this LINK.

Jelly Bean update coming for HTC One X, XL, S

HTC officially announced that three models of their phone will be receiving update to Android's latest version, Jelly Bean.

HTC One, X, XL, and S are the mentioned units. However, HTC One V, which is the lowest in the One series, and units other than the said series will not be included.

So, what do you think?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Microsoft gives sneak peek of Office 15

Microsoft just released a preview of the Office 2013, the latest version of its productivity suite for its own operating system, last Monday, July 16. It was codenamed Office 15.

It will be available for Windows RT (Windows 8 version for tablets with ARM processors), and also for 32 and 64-bit systems. Rumors say that it won't be available for iPad.

New features include an improved interface, which is based on Metro, a UI designed by Microsoft itself. Major changes were made to MS Outlook, more templates and transition for Powerpoint, and a new splash screen for OneNote.


Monday, July 16, 2012

CD-R King's into phones as well!

CD-R King, your one-stop media provider, surprises me every time they release a new product. From its name, obviously their first products were CDs, but as days passed by the array of products they sell are becoming vast, from office supplies, computer peripherals, office furniture, arts and craft materials and many more. They even have home and kitchen furniture and decor such as refrigerator and TV! And it will not surprise me if they will release a phone. Yes, they did release a series of phones, including an Android smartphone!

Here they are:

CD-R KING phones. (Click to enlarge)

M1 is the only Android phone in the series. Almost all of the phones are dual-sim. I haven't tried one of them so please feel free to make a comment.

View the complete list of their phones and its specs HERE.

Photos courtesy of www.cdrking.com

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Makati to be the first Wi-Fi city in the country

A Wi-Fi-zone city in the Philippines? If you think this is impossible, think again. Makati City, one of the richest cities in the Philippines, as it is the central business district, will have its Wi-Fi zone citywide! That means, all of you netizens in Makati can surf the internet anytime with a wi-fi capable device!

As of now, only the City Hall has the connectivity. The city government will select two pilot barangays first before they'll put up the service in the whole city.

The project was made possible through the Makati City government's partnership with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

Makati City is a rich city so this project is not impossible. So netizens, what do you think?

Friday, July 13, 2012

ZTE joins Philippine mobile market with new Android devices

China-based handset makers seem to be interested a lot in the mobile scene here in the country, especially now that the industry is very competitive and lots of brands are in battle to have a big share. To prove this, ZTE, another Chinese handset maker, has officially announced four new Android devices: the Mimosa Mini V856, Kis V788, Skate 4.3H, and a tablet, Light Tab 2 V9A. 

Mimosa Mini V856  is an entry-level smartphone rivaling Lenovo A65, and Alcatel Blaze Duo 918N, and Samsung Galaxy Y, but on a very small display 2.8" screen, typing may be a little bit hard.

Specifications:
  • 2.8" display, 240 x 320 resolution
  • 650MHz MT6573/6162 processor
  •  256 MB RAM, 100 MB internal storage, expandable to 32GB MicroSD
  • 2 MP camera, VGA front camera
  • Dual-sim, dual-standby
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Price: PHP 5,390

Kis V788 specs:
  • 3.5" HVGA display
  • 800MHz MSM7225A processor
  • 256 MB RAM, 512 MB NAND, espandable up to 32 GB
  • 3 MP camera, VGA front camera
  • Dual-Sim, Dual-Standby
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Price: 7,490

Skate 4.3H specs:

Source: TechIndustriya
  • 4.3" TFT HD, 480 x 800 resolution
  • 1GHz MSM 7225A processor
  • 5 MP camera
  • 512 MB RAM, comes with 4GB preinstalled memory, expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Price: PHP 13,990
At its price, it almost rivals Alcatel's flagship phone, 0T-995 Sapphire HD, which is a thousand-peso lower.

Light Tab 2 V9A is the only tablet announced.



Specifications:
  • 7", 600 x 1024 resolution, 170ppi pixel density
  • 1.4 GHz Scorpion, Adreno 205
  • 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, expandable to 32 GB
  • 3 MP camera, VGA front camera

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Connected Me: A Threat to Bluetooth and USB

Transferring files through USB with those wires that easily gets tangled is truly a hassle. Even transferring through Bluetooth becomes a problem because of pairing. To solve this, Ericsson is currently on development with a new technology: file transfer by simple human touch.

The system is called Connected Me and is using the human body as a vehicle to transfer files. Using our body's natural electricity, the data is then captured by a machine. And since our body is mostly made up of water, which is the best conductor, our bodies are perfect for this process.

When this technology becomes available, it will become a threat to the existence of USB drives and Bluetooth transfer technology.

So, what do you think? 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

MeeGo OS still goes on with new company

A group of people formerly working for Nokia has established a new company, Jolla, aimed at developing mobile phones running at MeeGo OS.

Jolla is headed by Marc Dillon, who has been at Nokia for 11 years and is the Principal Engineer for MeeGo. His team left Nokia last week. They were responsible for the legendary phone, the Nokia N9, which was just released September last year.

So all fans of MeeGo out there don't need to worry anymore. What do you think?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Limbo: A Freakingly Good Game

There are thousands and thousands of good games around. I have many titles installed in my PC but I end up   bored of playing them. Then yesterday I was searching for simple games that's worth playing, and Limbo came to my sight on a Youtube video.


For that person who keeps on putting stupid comments: Limbo is NOT a new game (it's 2010) but I first saw it the other day and this blog is not limited to recently released games.

So I played this award-winning game yesterday and guess what, I became very hooked with the game. (still not finish though) It's eerie, freaky, weird, and all things like that, but it's very addictive, promise! (the game is in black and white and lots of dead bodies around). It is a puzzle-platform video game developed by Playdead. You will die many times in the game for sure but I don't want to spoil you so get the game and download it at Limbo's official site: http://limbogame.org/. It's available for PC, Mac, XBOX 360 and PS, and just recently on Linux.

You can also get it through Steam.here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/ for $9.99 or about PHP417.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

CCleaner: A Must-Have Utility For Your PC

Is your computer slowing down a bit? Do you want to remove your browser's history, cookies, or any files left by a program you've been using? Maybe this files have been taking some space on your hard drives and it sure deserves some cleaning.

CCleaner, a software by Piriform, is a utility program you can use to get rid of temporary or unwanted files your browser or any program has left in your hard disk. It can even clean your registry, delete all files in the recycle bin, remove cookies and browser history, and many more. You can also use this software to uninstall any program, or even wipe a whole drive.

CCleaner screenshot
You don't have to be a geek to understand all of these. The program itself is user-friendly and you have options to choose. Plus, it's free! You can upgrade to Pro but of course, it comes with a price, although using the free version is very manageable.

Download your CCleaner here: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner    

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lenovo P700: A Bang for the Buck Smartphone

Lenovo just announced through Facebook the release of a new smartphone, the Lenovo P700.

The Lenovo P700 surprises me a lot because it has great features yet Lenovo has kept it at a low price. It has a large 4.0" IPS LCD, the one used on iPhone. It has a 1 GHZ processor, and a whopping 2500 mAh battery! Now, you won't run out of power while using or playing your favorite apps and games, or even surfing the internet.
Its specifications are:

  • 4.0" IPS LCD, 480 x 800 pixels, multitouch
  • CPU: MTK6575 ARMv7 Cortex-A9 40nm 1.0GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX531 Ultra
  • 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • 5.0 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera
  • Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • Dual-sim, dual-standby
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Price: P10,999
Buy a Lenovo P700 now and you can get a Free Belkin 1000 mAh powerpack (until August 15) and a Smart Broadband sim with P100 valid for 30 days.

For reviews of this phone:
Click this links: Yugatech, Blogger's Page, TechLokal, Unbox,

Visit the official Lenovo Mobile Philippines site: http://lenovomobile.com.ph/


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

VLC Media Player now on Android

VLC Media Player, an all-time favorite media player for many, as it can play almost all files, very user-friendly, and most of all, FREE, finally hits Android, on a beta version. Download it on Google Play Store now!

Features:
  • Plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC.
  • Audio and video media library, with full search.
  • Support for network streams, including HLS.
  • Supports Android from version 2.1 (platform-7).
  • Supports ARMv6, ARMv7 and ARMv7+NEON.
  • Subtitles support, embedded and external, including ASS and DVD subtitles.
  • Multi audio or subtitles tracks selection.
  • Multi-core decoding, for Cortex-A7 A9 and A15 chips.
  • Experimental hardware decoding.
  • Gestures, headphones control.
Source: www.videolan.org

Nokia's Plan B: Android

On a TV interview, Risma Siilasmaa, a member of Nokia's Board of Directors, said that the company may switch to Android if Windows Phone 8 fails to do so.

Although the Finnish phone maker is rejecting the idea of putting Google's OS to their phones, it may be their last resort. But Siilasmaa added that WP8's magic seems to be working, and they may not turn into this option.

QUESTION: If Nokia joins in the Android camp, will people like it? But this seems impossible, as Nokia and Microsoft may have a clause in their contract. What do you think?



Source: GSMArena

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Lara Croft Voice Actress Revealed!

Tomb Raider has always been my favorite game. Even though I haven't played all the games in the franchise, I always enjoy playing it. The last installment I played is Tomb Raider Underworld, and it was a blast! But now, I'm really excited on the newest game in the franchise which is a reboot of the series. I have seen it in the preview at the E3, and all I can say is wow! The game shows a new Lara: fresh from the academy. Instead of the usual fearless Lara, the heroine's now full of emotions and fear, but she overcame this and survive to be what she is as we originally know.

Also, the new Lara has a new voice actress. Keeley Hawes, who has voiced Lara for four years, will not be returning for the reboot. It was not until June 26, 2012, when Crystal Dynamics revealed that Camilla Luddington is the new voice actress. (If you are watching True Blood, she is Claudette Crane.)

Camilla Luddington. Photo courtesy of Tomb Raider (Facebook)

Alcatel One Touch 720D: The Wi-Fi Phone

Alcatel Mobile Philippines has just announced through Facebook, a new One Touch model for those who love to surf rhe internet a lot on their mobile phones, especially through Wi-Fi: the Alcatel One Touch 720D. Obviously, it's a dual sim phone, but what sets it apart from other phones is that it has a dedicated Wi-Fi key. This phone also tells you  when a Wi-Fi connection is available and its status on the idle screen.

Its specifications are:
  • 2.8 " TFT touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels
  • 2 MP camera
  • 2 MB internal memory, expandable up to 8 GB through MicroSD
  • Bluetooth, GPRS, Java, FM Radio, and of course, Wi-Fi capable
  • 1000 mAh battery
Alcatel hasn't posted yet the price and the release date, but I'm sure it will be soon. :-) By the way, here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alcatel.ph