Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Pope App just launched

Good news for the Catholic faithful. The Vatican is on social media.

No, I am not referring to @Pontifex, the Pope's official Twitter account. That's old hat. This is the latest news... the Pope now has his very own app. What else but The Pope App!

It's only been a week since the app debuted on the online scene but it already has over 100,000 downloads. Available on both the App Store and Google Play, The Pope App presents "the latest news and information on the Pope as produced by the Vatican's own media services and featured on, the official network hub of Vatican communication".

The latest news coming from the Vatican

Live events are streamed on the app

Social sharing of Pope's tweets within app

Other features in the app
The app's contents are easily shareable and can be easily changed from within the app into different languages including Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese. Live views from webcams located in St. Peter's Square and other areas nearby are shared also via the app. Papal events are live streamed while papal photos, videos, full texts of homilies and speeches as well as a calendar of events and links to all Vatican media are also in the app.

Here's a video about the app:

How wonderful for Catholics to be able to walk around with a direct link to Pope Francis in our pockets and bags!

To download, visit the Apple Store or Google Play.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Deezer expands Smart's music portfolio even more

Recognizing that Filipinos really love music, Smart has teamed up with premium music streaming service Deezer to bring over 30 million songs in its library to Smart's postpaid subscribers.

Deezer is an app available on Google Play and the App Store. It is also on the web ( so you have access to Deezer on your computer or via your mobile phone.

With over 30 million tracks in its inventory, Deezer offers the music lover a wide range of genres to choose from. My son is a Beatles fan and at the blogger launch, he was saying that other music streaming apps didn't cut it for him because they didn't have Beatles songs. Well, what do you know. Deezer does! And he spent a good part of the night with the headphones on, listening to different songs he'd pick out from Deezer's vast music database.

Here's more from Deezer that you'd find interesting.

* Music Recommendations from Music Editors - this combines the best of man and machine recommendations made by Deezer's 50 music editors worldwide together with its smart algorithms. By studying your music choices, it can recommend to the user music that is personalized to his/her music taste.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K zoom - a camera-specialized smartphone

In a digital world where the smartphone is used more and more for selfies and photo uploads on social media, not all smartphone cameras cut it anymore.

Samsung has now launched a camera-specialized smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom that blends advanced digital camera technology with a Galaxy smartphone.

How the Galaxy K zoom looks with lens recessed

Opening the Camera app automatically activates the zoom lens' protrusion

Globe announces 100% 3G coverage now and full 4G coverage in 90 days; partnership with Lotus F1

Today, Globe's President & CEO, Ernest Cu, announced before media and bloggers that Globe has finally achieved 100% network coverage with 3G signal and that in another 90 days, it will be able to provide full HSPA+ (LTE) coverage.

Globe's Cu says the rollout of both 3G and 4G HSPA+ infrastructure for its entire network is part of its transformation efforts to deliver the most modernized telecommunications infrastructure in the country. With this transformation, they say subscribers should expect enhanced coverage in major points of convergence and a more reliable network not just for texts and voice calls but also for fast internet connection.