Tempus fugit – time flies. 2013 is about to end. As witnesses of this year’s technological feats, we have seen how capable humans are to innovate and bring “the future” closer to our midst. But before we look at the exciting things that will and might happen in 2014, let’s us look back at how 2013 made most of us thrilled.

Top 5 Tech trends in 2013

1. Affordable quad-core phones. Arc Mobile 450qd almost made it to this year’s most affordable quad-core phone. But in the 4th quarter of 2014, Cherry Mobile outed the 2nd iteration of their wildly successful device with Flare 2.0. Months later, Cherry Mobile teased Flare HD, a device that’s packed with MediaTek quad-core processor and HD screen.

2. Transforming Tablets. Laptops aren’t exactly dead yet. I should give credit to Asus for bringing affordable hybrid netbooks into fruition with Transformer Book T100. It’s a worthy precedent to more innovative but affordable trend.

3. Power Banks. This is probably the most sought-after accessory of this year. Cases with battery packs, external power banks, super-powered batteries and “juice” packs with flashlights – you name it! Most smartphone users – especially the ones using iPhones – carry one. You’re probably reading this article using a device with a power-bank appendage.

4. Smart watches. Smart watches give James Bond experience, which are mostly wished to have by most men! Having a second wearable screen of smartphones is undoubtedly cool.

5. Phablets. Phones are getting bigger. The iPhone got bigger in 2012, and Apple retained its size this year with the iPhone 5s. The 3rd iteration of Galaxy Note got bigger as well. Samsung even introduced Galaxy Note 8 (with phone functionality) and Galaxy Mega this year!

With all these tech fuzz this year, I am even more excited to see what’s in store for us. Just a week ago, I was invited by GMA News TV to share my thoughts about what’s going to be trendy next year. During the interview, I told the host, Valerie Tan, that we will see more of what we’ve seen and experienced this year.

Here’s a video of the segment on GMA News TV for your viewing pleasure!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCEB3OyeLRA[/youtube]

Here are my thoughts:

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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