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November 13, 2013

Acer Launches “Your Home Cinema Package”

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Global tech giant Acer is set to bring high-tech cinema experience to Filipinos’ homes nationwide as it announces the “Your Home Cinema Package,” an exciting new promo featuring two of the latest Acer LED projectors plus freebies for total home theater enjoyment.

The promo, which runs from October 14 to November 14, 2013, bundles the palm-sized but powerful K135 LED projector or the sleek, high-brightness K335 LED projector with free products that include an Acer Iconia B1 Android handheld computing device, an Acer projector screen, and an Acer USB presenter with laser pointer—all for as low as P34,000.

Engineered with Acer’s hallmark design and technological innovations, both projectors offer great mobility with sharp, stunning visuals, as well as wireless connectivity options and highly durable, environment-friendly performance. At a time when big-screen LED TVs are finding their way into Filipino living rooms and home theaters, these projectors serve as a much more practical (and easy-to-setup) alternative, while delivering the same cinematic visual performance on an upsized screen.

Apart from enabling design flexibility, the LED lamps of both the Acer K135 and K335 also allow instant on/off capability, better color saturation, freedom from hazardous mercury vapor and halogen gases, and a lamp lifespan of up to a whopping 30,000 hours—good for 41 years, at a rate of 2 movies per day.

The Acer K135: surprisingly small, visually stunning

Only 1.6-inch thin and .43 kg light, the Acer K135 is an ultra-portable 500 ANSI lumens LED projector with an impressive feature set to match its deceptive pocket-friendly design. It can project a 62-inch image from 2 meters with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, and uses Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology to support multimedia playback from a connected smartphone or tablet device.

The K135 also enables wireless projection through the Acer eDisplay app, which is designed to support screen mirroring, split-screen viewing, multimedia compatibility (photos, videos, music, PDF, Office files), and direct projection from Android 4.2 / Windows 8.1 devices. For extra-versatile connectivity, the LED projector also has built-in HDMI, USB, microSD, and analog RGB ports.

The Acer K335: a presenter’s brilliant all-in-one kit

The Acer K335 LED projector is an all-in-one kit perfect for high-impact projections at home or in the office. Also travel-sized, with dimensions no bigger than a magazine, it has a 1,000 lumens brightness, a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, and dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1, with deep, saturated colors perceived as brighter and more brilliant by the human eye.

Like the K135, the HD-ready Acer K335 also has advanced MHL technology, wireless DLNA connectivity, multimedia compatibility (with built-in Office and PDF Document Reader support), and screen mirroring capability. Its diverse connection panel includes VGA, composite, HDMI, analog RGB, SD, and USB and mini-USB ports—thus ensuring a wide range of options for enjoying and sharing digital content.

Through the Acer “Your Home Cinema Package” promo, every purchase of either the K135 or K335 comes with one Acer Iconia B1, a 7-inch Android handheld computing device for reliable everyday computing performance in a lightweight, portable design. Also included in the package is a 25-inch projector screen, plus a free Acer USB presenter control with laser pointer.

All these serve as the foundation of a vibrant new home entertainment experience for the Filipino family. With the Acer “Your Home Cinema Package”—and maybe a bag of popcorn—going to the movies can mean staying at home and watching the biggest, brightest films without having to leave at all.

October 19, 2013

Creative Airwave Review

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With the fast phase environment of technologies and gadgets, sticking to old school will only put you out of the circulation.  Gadgets at present are more on having power and mobility, the longer the battery life the more fun we can get and without the nasty cables makes it even greater.


Creative thought of the best way to let today's generation enjoy music more wirelessly with their creation, the Creative Airwave.  Having the name of the model makes it really cool to listen and the connectivity sure runs on airwaves.  Creative Airwave is portable wireless speaker with NFC. What is NFC?  Well, continue reading and you'll find out what it is.

So, GrabTechDude.com got a chance to experience one of these portable wireless speaker and see for myself.

Let's get it on with the review.  The Creative Airwave Box contains the Creative Airwave Speaker, USB Cable, and the user manual/ quick start guide.



FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS
  • Remember the NFC, well NFC stand for Near Field Communication.  The NFC Technology is one fo the features that makes Creative Airwave a lot easier to pair with your devices.  One-touch pairing by tapping the NFC-enabled Bluetooth smart device on the speaker, with that music is just one touch away.
  • Of course not all devices are NFC-enabled, so for those devices the Creative Airwave can easily be paired through the conventional way of turning on the Bluetooth on the devices.
  • If in any case that you don't have any smart devices that can be paired through NFC or through Bluetooth you can still use the Creative Airwave through the Aux-in connector but take note that there's no Auxiliary cable included.  You won't have any reason not to enjoy the music.
  • This Creative Airwave is installed with a built-in Lithium polymer battery that can play music for 12 hour non stop playing but of course it will still depend on the volume setting.   With this feature this is truly a portable wireless speaker to tell and experience, and it is indeed hands-free.  For devices using iOS, the battery levels can be monitored and it prompts the user.  The battery can be easily charged with its standard micro USB connection that is also available in the package.
  • On top of the Airwave you'll find the switches to have it functioning, one for the volume setting and one for Bluetooth pairing/ switching on.  It also have a microphone on it for communication purposes.  And lastly there's led light indicator.  I kind of like how the robotic lady prompts the user when it is turn on.


DESIGN

The design of the Creative Airwave is highly unique with its triangular-style.  Usual portable wireless speakers are design into a conventional box type or round type but for the model Creative designed it in a very unique way that it can easily projects its audio to the listener and of course to get noticed as well most especially with its vibrant colors.


With a dimension of 4.3 x 10.3 x 4.3 inches or 110.0 x 260.0 x 110.0 mm makes it easier to put in places and with its weight of 1.96lbs or 890g makes this wireless speaker portable enough to carry around.

CONCLUSION

Speakers vary from designs and features and of your need as well.  If you're more of a party anywhere type of individual and is looking for more individuality when it comes to having gadgets and devices then this Creative Airwave suits you.  More power and is truly wirelessly capable of bringing the sounds into your ears.




October 7, 2013

Gadget Giveaway Promo From PLDT & Me

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PLDT or Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company celebrates it's 85th Anniversary, as part of their long celebrations and after the success of their previous promo THEN & NOW, they're giving away more gadgets and more prizes with their PLDT & ME.

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PLDT & Me encourages everyone to upload a photo of themselves, their relatives, or their friends using a PLDT telephone unit. The photo can be from as long ago as 1928, the year PLDT was founded, all the way up to present day.  The promo runs from September 30 to October 25.  



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EASY STEPS
  1. First check out and read the details of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone's gadget giveaway promo, PLDT & Me from PLDT Home, PLDT SME Nation, or PLDT Public Affairs page then by downloading/installing the app from the PLDT Home, PLDT SME Nation, or PLDT Public Affairs page on Facebook, or by simple going straight to http://apps.facebook.com/PLDTandME.
  2. Participate by taking a picture or looking for photos of you, your relatives, or even your friends using a PLDT telephone unit. What's great is that the picture can be from as long ago as 1928, from the year when PLDT was founded, all the way up to the present day. Just make sure that the logo of PLDT from the telephone unit can be seen and easily recognize.
  3. Register and upload your photos through the PLDT & Me apps. Make sure to complete the details in the registration form to make it valid. Once the photo si uploaded you will receive an email from PLDT within 24-48 hours to let you know if the photos submitted are valid.
  4. Once valid you can check your photos through the gallery and share them to your Facebook or you can even make it your profile pic.
  5. Then wait for the raffle or you can send another entries to have more chances of winning but you may win only once. You can send as many photos as you want. None winning entries from previous draws will automatically be included on the next draw.
Here are the schedules of the weekly electronic raffles and of course the prizes to be won as well.

Week 1:
Duration – September 30, 2013 at 12:01PM – October 4, 2013 until 12 Noon
Draw Date – October 4, 2013 at 4PM
Announcement Date – October 4, 2013 at 7PM
Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Laptop NP270E4E-K06PH and Samsung Smart HDTV UA-32F4500

Week 2:
Duration – October4, 2013 at 12:01PM – October 11, 2013 until 12 Noon
Draw Date – October 11, 2013 at 4PM
Announcement Date – October 11, 2013 at 7PM
Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 10.1 GT-P5210ZWA and Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Phone

Week 3:
Duration – October 11, 2013 at 12:01PM – October 18, 2013 at 12 Noon
Draw Date – October 18, 2013 at 4PM
Announcement Date – October 18, 2013 at 7PM
Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Laptop NP270E4E-K06PH and Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 10.1 GT-P5210ZWA

Week 4:
Duration – October 18, 2013 at 12:01PM – October 25, 2013 at 12 Noon
Draw Date – October 25, 2013 at 4PM
Announcement Date – October 25, 2013 at 7PM
Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Smart HDTV UA-32F4500 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Phone

These prizes are devices among the different platforms that customers can enjoy with their PLDT subscription or what they call the 4 screens. PLDT’s Head of Public Affairs Ramon Isberto explains through this statement: “PLDT's move into multimedia services seeks to take advantage of its extensive and robust fixed and mobile platforms to deliver digital media content such as entertainment like music, photos and video through various devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.”

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You can check more of the details also at Kwento Ni Toto or just visit the PLDT HomePLDT SME Nation, or PLDT Public Affairs pages.    



October 5, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 in the Philippine Market

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GrabTechDude.com was able to grab a chance to see what this new product from Nokia has to offer, as it was unveiled first week of October.  The Nokia Lumia 1020 meets the Philippines.  It is said that this smartphone sets a new benchmark in smartphone imaging.

According to them the Nokia Lumia 1020 is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera thanks to Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including a second generation 41 megapixel sensor, six lens Carl Zeiss optics with optical image stabilization – allowing people to capture, edit and share professional quality photos and videos.

Using a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to shoot first and then zoom later to discover and re-discover stories that contain more detail than the eye can see. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera simplifies features usually reserved for professional cameras and teaches people how to take better photographs.

October 3, 2013

LG G2, Best Smartphone in the World

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GrabTechDude.com is very happy that we were able to see the full feature of a smartphone that according to stuff.tv is “the best smartphone in the world”. Well as to my experience with the unit of it is indeed so far the best smartphone ever.

Last September 25, 2013 at the grandest hotel in th metro, Solaire Resort and Garde, LG Mobile Philippines grandeously unveils their newest premium flagship model which have been milling around since its worldwide launch in New York the previous month the LG G2.

September 23, 2013

Dell Expands Support for Youth Learning in the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Dell awarded a grant to Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP) through the Powering the Possible program. This program is Dell's way of supporting and empowering the youth and providing underserved communities with access to technology.

Last September 19, 2013 Dell announced that it has joined the advocacy of Children's Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) to help close the learning gap among underserved children. CJFI will receive a Dell Powering the Possible grant that wil facilitate its aim to empower the youth through education and computer literacy.

So, Dell not only makes the technology but extends the technology to those deserving communities just like CJFI. CJFI assists neglected, abandoned and surrendered children and youth in seven children's residential centers and several communities across the country. In which, one of GrabTechDude.com's correspondent was able to join during the visit. The foundation supports these underserved children through educational assistance such as the “Empowering Children and Youth through Computer Literacy” program. This program provides the beneficiaries with the opportunity to increase their familiarity and learning ability in information technology through formal and informal activities.

The grant will enable CJFI to set-up computer labs with Dell desktops to provide basic computer literacy and other digital applications classes to at least 1,210 children and youth sheltered a the Children's Joy Residential Centers, as well as from the marginalized communities served by the foudation through its outreach program.

Rose Dimaganaong, Executive Director, Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. extends their warmest thanks to Dell, “The Children's Joy Foundation would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dell Philippines for choosing us to be a recipient of the dell Powering the Possible grant. It will alow us to set-up two computer laboratories that will benefit 1210 children and youth in Metro Manila and Davao city. The program can provide them with compuer skills that would help them find a job in the future.”

“We are proud to be able to partner with Children's Joy Foundation to support its efforts to empower youth through computer literacy. This program will focus on providing opportunities to youth in marginalized communities who have the eagerness, interest and aptitude but are limited by circumstances and resources to fulfill their passions. We have set up a few computer labs at CJFI centers in the Philippines and Quezon City is just one of them. We expect to bring the benefits of the program to even more children over time. Our strategic ell Giving program targets foundations focused on youth learning, children cancer, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship. Dell contributes one percents of its after-tax profits to non-profit organizations doing work in the communities where our employees and customers live and work.” that's according to Richard Teo, President, Dell Philippines.

Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.
www.childrensjoyfoundation.org

Dell
Dell Philippines
www.dell.com/communities
www.twitter.com/Dell4Good
#poweringthepossible

September 14, 2013

Western Digital Event, Connect, Secure and Collaborate

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Connect, secure and collaborate!  This is one of Western Digital's main thrust with their latest model of storage devices.   Thanks to Infoworx Inc. for this Western Digital's event which brought information to potential clients, business owners, buyers and users of these storage devices.  The event was dubbed as "Defining the Ultimate Storage for your Business".   One of the highlight of the event was the updates and lectures coming from the Western Digital as they shares the help they can give to business owners and potential clients with the Network Attached Storage or NAS device which is the WD Sentinel DX4000.  



The event was held at the Arctic Hall, Hotel H20 in Manila Ocean Park.  Clients, business owners, potential customers or buyers, and other Western Digital product enthusiasts were present in the event to know more about this Western Digital products. 




During the event proper correspondent Justin was present and was able to grasp some of the explanations and lecture about Western Digital's Sentinel DX4000.   Western Digital highlighted the features that will give more reasons for business owners to grab one of this NAS devices and how it can accelerate the business with the innovation.    

  • Easy to set up. Easy to manage.  Simple setup.  WD Sentinel comes with everything you need to centralize your business files.  Once it's set up, it intelligently manages drive and network status, reducing maintenance time so you can focus on your business.
  • Enterprise-class data protection for your small business.  built on proven technologies form industry leaders.  WD Sentinel small office storage server offers your business a complete data protection solution for your peace of mind.  
  • Built-in Remote Access.  Enhance your business efficiency and productivity by enabling anytime, anywhere access to your business information.  your employees and trusted partners have secure access to your company files without the complexity and expense of a VPN solution. 

Of course aside from the WD Sentinel DX4000 there are also other storage devices that Western Digital offers like the My Book Live Duo which comes in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB.  These device let you enjoy your content more safer than ever.  All contents are double-safe.  



Well perhaps another highlight of the event was the raffle where individuals present in the event won prizes like the MyBookLive with 3TB, MyPassport with 1.5TB, and MyPassport with 500GB.  Lucky them!

Check out Inforworx or PCWorx sites for other events!

Infoworx Inc.
www.pcworx.ph
www.facebook.com/PCWORX
www.twitter.com/PCWORX_Official
+63 (2) 575-1500
384 B E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City




September 7, 2013

Get Your Ways with Divisoria Guide App #DivisoriaGuideAppLaunch

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The launch of this application is just right for the beginning of the ber month and as we all know Pinoys are very much attached with their extended families that they always look forward for the holidays.  The best place for them to get gifts is Divisoria.

Here's the press releases about this newest application that is now being downloaded and used by many people.

Manila, Philippines (September 6, 2013)– From this day onward, anyone can snatch the best deals in Manila's famous market place with the help of an app – and without worries of getting lost.

Divisoria Guide App for iOS, an application created by young Filipino entrepreneur from Palawan province, John Christian Yayenwill be available for download starting 5pm on Friday, September 6.


The app, which will be sold at $2.99 or around P130 at the App Store is the best would-be-mobile-essential for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, and bargain hunters as they explore the country’s biggest marketplace for bargains.

Divisoria Guide App’smain feature is the offline map that covers all the streets in the crowd-drawing Divisoriamarket in Manila. Notes and tips on how to score a deal as well as what street merchandises to buy were also featured in the app.


As someone who already got lost in the crowded Manila area several times before, Yayen said he decided to work on the App not only to help himself but also other small business owners and ordinary consumers who might be interested to shop at Divisoria but are hesitant to do so for they have no idea where to go,not to mention the fact they are very concerned with their safety.

The 24 year-old BS Nursing graduate of the University of Santo Tomas added,“Divisoria Guide is the perfect appfor everyone who would dare to visit that part of Manila especially nowadays that even search engine giant, Google has very limited information about it.”


Yayen said locals and even the Chinese businessmen who frequent the area are not even that familiar with the places that he just discovered while doing his research for this app. His almost one year of hard work made him realize that Divisoria has a lot of things to offer – from the basic commodities at very low prices that attract local and foreigners alike to as huge as the Filipino culture and history.

With this app, mobile app users can now access great information in just a click of a keypad.

With plenty of information on establishments, products, and other useful utilities, the app would help users in many ways, which include saving a lot of their time, money and effort.

Indeed, there's no better way to explore Divisoria than by having this reliable app on one's iOS device.

Divisoria Guide App will also be available for Android soon.



Divisoria Guide App
Website: www.divisoriaguide.com
Twitter: @divisoriaguide
Facebook: www.facebook.com/divisoriaguideapp
#DivisoriaGuideAppLaunch

September 6, 2013

Connect, Secure, Collaborate

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CONNECT. SECURE. COLLABORATE.  It is something that Western Digital and Infoworx wants to share to people, specifically to business owners.  They dubbed the event as Defining the Ultimate storage for your Business.  Highlighting the discussion, updates and lectures from Western Digital in helping business owners and potential businesses discover how Network-attached Storage or NAS can help turn IT innovation into business acceleration.

Read more on this blog soon for the story and the details about NAS.

September 4, 2013

HydroLux Cooling Solution From Digital Storm

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Photo credit to its owner.  source from coolest-gadgets.com
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If there's a show Pimp My Ride, I would definitely want to have show Pimp My PC Station and speaking of pimping this cooling solution can sure make your PC experience pimped up.

Digital Storm unveils their HydroLux which is said to be a totally complete desktop cooling solution combined with liquid and of course together with the airflow cooling system with a fully customizable control software.

If you want to know more about HydroLux just head on to Digital Storm HydroLux and read more.

August 24, 2013

ASROCK, A-Style, Your Lifestyle

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Last August GrabTechDude.com was invited in press launch of the the ASROCK A-Style, Your Lifestyle which presented the latest motherboards.  Honestly this is the first time I've heard ASRock so I made a little run through of the products and their company.

According to their website ASRock Inc. made its way in the market in 2002 which specialized in the field of motherboards.  ASRock strives to build up its own brand with their 3C design concept which are “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”.   The company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been indeed growing fast and has become world third largest motherboard brand with their headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

Though ASRock is still new I think this brand has indeed answered most of the problems and needs for a motherboard.

Home Cloud lets users connect to their PC's from anywhere in the world at anytime, just as long as there is internet connection available. Even if the target computer is in sleep state or turned off, Home Cloud will power on that PC and let you remotely control it with a smartphone, tablet or another computer.  Note: Intel Remote Wake is supported on Win8 or Win8 64bit OS.




Purity Sound is a combination of several hardware, software audio solutions and technologies that will satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles. Including 7.1 CH HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, 115dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier, TI® 5532 Premium Headset Amplifier which supports up to 600 ohm headphones, cap less Direct Drive technology, EMI shielding cover, PCB isolate shielding and support for DTS Connect.




Conductive liquids such as water pretty much destroy all kinds of electronics on contact. That's why ASRock has implemented a special layer of Conformal Coating on our motherboards, which makes the motherboards invulnerable to conductive liquids, corrosion and dust. Users won't have to worry about spilling liquid nitrogen, liquid helium or even clam chowder over their motherboards while overclocking.

*Conformal Coating may protect the motherboard against conductive liquids, but only to a certain extent. To avoid damaging your computer and other components, we still advise users to keep liquids a safe distance away.




802.11ac WiFi is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on the 5GHz band with data transferring speeds up to 867Mbps. Get a kick out of the fastest connections with ASRock's 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0!



Tired of constantly switching devices to connect to your one and only monitor? From now on just connect the monitor to your motherboard, and connect your secondary device to the motherboard's HDMI-In port. With HDMI-In users may conveniently toggle between the computer's screen and the secondary device's screen with a hotkey, or even use their secondary device without powering on the computer.






August 15, 2013

Kobe Bryant Says Walang Iwanan for Lenovo Mobile

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Two things men enjoy most, aside from the beautiful ladies of course, one is gadgets and the other one is sports.  Lenovo made it clear that men and sports fanatics will definitely heed the call when their favorite sports superstar sprung and pose for a gadget.  And that is true as Lenovo mobile made Kobe Bryant says "Walang Iwanan" which is their tag line for their latest mobile devices.

The "Walang Iwanan" tag line of Lenovo has indeed catch the Philippine sports fanatics as Kobe stays in the Philippines for a one meet and greet with his fans at the SM Mall of Asia.  He was mobbed when he made a surprise appearance at the Lenovo lounge and showcased Lenovo's newest cutting-edge smartphones but before that a press conference was held at the Passion Restaurant at Maxim's Hotel in Resorts World where Kobe Bryant was featured as the endorser of Lenovo Mobile in the Philippines.  Kobe also shares some great things about the device and his personality.  

Kobe unveiled Lenovo Mobile's flagship innovations which was headlined by the ultra-sleek and powerful K900 smartphone.  Just like Kobe's all-star performance, Lenovo Mobile's cool gadgets combined with power and elegance.

With Kobe Bryant's inspirational talk and Lenovo's "Walang Iwanan" tag line all devices from A390, A690, A706 and K900 will sure be a hit to most Filipino fans.  All these devices run on the latest processors and Android mobile operating systems which takes them to the next level of technology and sophistication.

Mr. JD Howard, Lenovo's Vice-President for Mobile Internet and Digital Home (MIDH) Business Operations and Worldwide Business Development, was present during the press conference and according to him, "with the entry of our smartphones in the country, we want to make our presence strongly felt through none other than our brand ambassador Kobe Bryant.  Kobe exemplifies the qualities of Lenovo Mobile's line up of smartphones.  His dedication, his passion and his outstanding performance on the court epitomizes the power and elegance of our products."

After the conference there were also some lucky fans and winners of Lenovo Mobile's "Walang Iwanan" promos were treated to some pictures together with Kobe Bryant and a very powerful and inspirational talk, an intimate gathering in Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.  Kobe discussed the values that made him successful, values such as discipline, determination and a strong work ethic.  He further shared how he identified with Lenovo's "Walang Iwanan" campaign and how he won multiple NBA championships by valuing teamwork and trusting everyone in his team.



August 11, 2013

MagBak, iPad's Thinnest Mount Accessory

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photo from kickstarter.com
Saw this one cool iPad accessory that is very helpful to those who wants to mount their gadgets on different surfaces to get their hands free while watching the most love TV series or favorite movies.

photo from kickstarter.com

MagBak is the name of the accessory that can be attached to an iPad.  It is coined as the world's thinnest  iPad mount.   It is said to be that it is so thin that no one would ever notice that it is a mount.  According to them it is inherently mounts to most metal surfaces that could be noticed if it is a mount or not.  The silicone texture makes it great for our grip which is designed perfectly to match with our fingers.

photo from kickstarter.com

This accessory protects iPads as it 1/2 mm thin, it lifts the gadget just enough to protect from scratches and other stuff that may damage the iPad.

I first saw this MagBak at one of my favorite gadget site which is the www.coolest-gadgets.com and then I tried reading the details through www.kickstarter.com.

MagBak
www.kickstarter.com

August 9, 2013

GrabTaxi Application, The Philippine Taxi Industry Solution

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Online apps has been the craze of this generation. There are application or widgets that helps us in our daily lives. Some are to entertain, some are for personal use or reminder and some are there to help.

End of July an application online was launched here in the Philippines and the main purpose of the application is to help commuters locally get to their destination at the most fastest and convenient time. The fastest way was using the taxi and getting one during rush hour makes it really hard.


The name of the application was “GrabTaxi”. Just remember the green balloon icon with a fast taxi inside the balloon. This GrabTaxi is a subsidiary of MyTeksi, the first in ASEAN to use smartphone to smartphone cloud-based technologies for taxi booking and dispatch and one of the fastest growing social start-up companies.

The society constatly faces the many challenges that the local taxi industry has caused. Passengers face the same difficulties in getting a decent taxi driver especially dring rush hour, as I have writtten earlier. The Philippine taxi industry is not as solid as the other countries. There are different owners and operators roaming around the metro that makes it really hard for the passengers. They even get confused as to which taxi operator to rely on and which phone number to call for taxi bookings, and therefore solidifying the lack of trust that is already prominent.
 

GrabTaxi is created to improve taxi markets by introducing simple, cost effective mobile-based technology to both the supply which is the taxi fleet and the drivers, and the demand which are the passengers that will optimize the matching process between both. Making things a lot more easier. The vision is to revamp the taxi industry and to provide public transportation mobility for all by developing a sustable solution for a very real social pain. By combining top talent and disruptive technologies and innovation, GrabTaxi wishes to create a hight potential self-sustainable social enterprise that will help bring Philippines to the forefront of the technological development wave.


So how does the apps work? GrabTaxi developed an automated smartphone booking platform which comes in two solutions:

For fleets that have existing call bookings, a smartphone will replace the driver's existing CB radio as his primary dispatch conduit. GrabTaxi will then provide the fleet an operator system where its current taxi call bookigns will be inputted then blasted to only the available drivers closest to those specific booking requests.

For fleets without call bookings, drivers will also use smartphones as their dispatch tool. GrabTaxi will then market smartphone apps across the major platforms (i.e. iPhone & Android) that will enable passengers to directly book taxis around him with no ned for an intermediary.

Both solutions propose a more efficient menas of taxi booking and dsipatching because of the following main features that GrabTaxi boasts:

  1. Taxi bookings are only blasted out to drivers that are in the passenger's 3km radius, therefore allowing faster pickups.
  2. The taxi booking job is flashed to the driver's phone with important information such as pick up point, drop off point, and even additional tips from the passenger. He has the option to bid for the job with just a touch of a button.
  3. The algorithm for whoevern wins the bidding is always the closest interested driver to the passengers, again allowing faster pickups.
  4. Once matched, both driver and passenger are given direct contacts to each other for better communication.
  5. Passengers are able to see assigned driver's location and important details such as name, plate number, photo, and phone number post-booking.

Here's a better look of the app in colors.





GrabTaxi, Inc.
3/F Loyola Plans Building,
849 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Brgy. Bel-Air,
Makati City, Philippiines
www.grabtaxi.com
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