Monday, March 2, 2015

SafeZone lets you visit partner sites with zero data charges

Voyager Innovations Inc, the digital unit of the PLDT Group, has just launched an innovative way for brands and businesses to reach more of their customers online while sparing these customers the pain of data charges.

The concept is B2B2C (or Business to Business to Commerce). The merchants and PLDT came together (B2B) to create partner sites accessible via a portal called In turn, these merchants have access to their mobile customers (B2C) who are able to surf these partner sites from within the SafeZone portal WITHOUT INCURRING DATA CHARGES.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Convert your non-smart TV into a smart TV with the Fukuda Smart Box

We have a two-year old flat TV. It's served our needs all these time since we are not voracious TV watchers except for the news channels and some TV shows and movies that are of interest. But with the advent of smart TVs and the convenience of going on the internet and watching TV on the same screen, the hubby was already wondering whether it was high time to get one. It seemed like a good way to Skype with relatives since we were doing this via laptop only and had to crowd around the tiny screen.

Before we could decide to spend on a smart TV, I was able to test a Fukuda Smart Box which is a small device that is supposed to transform your non-smart TV into a smart TV.

The smart box comes with the following specs:
* OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
* Processor: 1.8GHz Quad Core
* Front camera: 2MP
* Memory card slot: Up to 32GB
* Bluetooth: Built-in 2.0
* Internal storage: 16GB
* Has Miracast (lets 2 devices that have Wifi in them to talk to each other without going through the internet network)

Fukuda Smart Box unit (photo taken from the hood of our car for better lighting)

Friday, February 13, 2015

The world's first pay-with-load service for the App Store and iTunes is launched by Smart

There was a time when the only way you could buy from the App Store and iTunes was with a credit card. Not anymore. Today, Smart announced that they were launching the world's first pay-with-load service. Yes, it is the first one in the world where Smart subscribers can now use their prepaid load or have their postpaid bill charged for stuff they buy on both sites.

Dubbed "Pay-With-Mobile", this new service eliminates the need for a credit card. A Smart subscriber can now have access to paid content and even make in-app purchases through the App Store (Philippines only) and iTunes. Just imagine the impact of this on many Smart subscribers who had smartphones but didn't have a credit card.

How to easily get an extra 2GB on Google Drive

Last February 10, 2015 was Safer Internet Day and in order to help raise awareness of the importance of online safety, Google is offering all those who run Security Checkups on their Google accounts an EXTRA 2GB on their Google Drive. PERMANENTLY! But this offer is good only if you do the security checkup by February 17.

I use Google Drive a lot. Docs and Sheets are my favorites for collaborative work on different projects. Google Drive comes with a default 15GB storage capacity but since it's this easy to get an additional 2GB, why not? Besides, it is a good online habit to regularly check these Google settings.

Here's how.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pre-orders now being accepted for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge coming this February

Before anything else, I want to let you know that only 1,000 units of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be made available for pre-ordering till February 15 so if you have been waiting for this beauty, this is the time to place your order.

I was able to hold the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge some time back when I got hold of the unit of my friend, Art Samaniego. Art always had first dibs on most of the new gadgets that come into the marketplace and at a blogger event, he gladly made me hold and admire the Note Edge.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Globe subscribers, plan to get HOOQ'd soon!

It is projected that more and more content will be consumed from mobile devices. According to a Nielsen report in 2014, viewing online video content has become a pastime for digital consumers in the Philippines, with 85% watching at least weekly, the second highest in the region. The same report also revealed that 7 in 10 digital consumers in the country report watching TV content and movies via online sources such as video-on-demand, the second highest penetration of internet TV in the region at 71%.

Enter HOOQ, Asia's video-on-demand subscription service which will debut first IN THE PHILIPPINES in late February before it rolls out across Asia.  HOOQ is an app that allows you to stream thousands of movie and TV series from your mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops). Its partners are Singtel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Smart and PLDT Home tie up with Disney Interactive for awesome digital content

What do you get when you combine Smart and PLDT Home with Disney Interactive?

Awesome family digital entertainment at its finest!

In its first direct partnership with a telco company in the Philippines, Disney Interactive will offer subscribers access to its entire breadth of Disney Interactive portfolio, including digital titles under Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Film brands. Some examples are Frozen, Big Hero 6, The Avengers, Star Wars, and more.

This partnership is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. "...users will now have access to an unprecedented amount of digital entertainment content from Disney, including mobile and online games, visual e-books, value-added content services, and other co-branded mobile and home entertainment products for the combined 75 million mobile and broadband subscribers nationwide of PLDT and Smart", said PLDT and Smart President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Samsung launches its A Series smartphones

Valkyrie, a swanky new nightclub nestled in the still-to-be-fully-developed Uptown Parade section of Bonifacio Global City, was the scene of the launch recently of Samsung's A series of smartphones -- the A3, A5 and A7 smartphones.

This is the perfect kind of phone for me - the A7 - big screen but light & still easy to hold

Friday, January 23, 2015

How to get an additional 1GB on Dropbox via Mailbox

Want to get an additional 1GB storage capacity on your Dropbox account? I just received an email giving me a heads-up on this so I'm sharing it with you.

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Smart Stores transform the Smart subscriber's experience

I'm happy that Smart is making the smart move to make store visits a more pleasant experience. They are now transforming their Smart Stores from traditional telco hubs to one where they can support their subscribers' digital lifestyles.

Visits to telco service centers have not always been something I'd look forward to. Going into one meant getting a number and simply killing time waiting for the monitor to call up your number to a counter so you could be assisted. I found the waiting a waste of time. When I really had to go to one, I'd make sure to bring something to read to while away the time. Still, I always somehow wished that the telco centers were a bit more inviting. Well, now it is.

The new Smart Store at the Power Plant Mall

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Free Facebook + Viber from Globe starts January 13, 2015

Globe subscribers, this is how Globe wants you to start your wonderful 2015.

From January 13 to February 13, 2015, Globe is bringing back their FREE FACEBOOK promo and bundling it with FREE VIBER as well. Just in time too, as we lead up to Valentine's Day!

Papal Apps for Pope Francis' Philippine Visit (Jan. 15-19, 2015)

He's almost here! In a few days, we will be welcoming Pope Francis on his first papal visit to the Philippines, Jan. 15-19, 2015.

The last time a Pope visited the country was in 1995, with Pope John Paul II. At that time, the internet was just newly born and definitely, no social media yet. But since the time of Pope Benedict XVI to now, the papal Twitter account @Pontifex has transformed the papacy into one that definitely lives in the digital age and on social media.

So how does the text capital of the world and a social media-intensive country that sees over 90% of its netizens on Facebook greet Pope Francis? With papal apps, of course!

1. The Official App - Papal Visit 2015-Philippines

Developed by DigitalMediaPH, this app is considered the official papal visit app.