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NVIDIA is instrumental to ushering ray tracing to full spotlight in the market despite the little library of games that support it. Its now-defunct non-Super cards showed a significant bump in terms of performance versus its Pascal-based cards. That, alone, was reason enough for people to jump to upgrading their cards that support ray tracing. Given this situation, it came as a surprise to consumers when they announced their SUPER cards at E3 2019. People can’t help but wonder if it was a way for them to counter the looming threat of AMDs NAVI-based cards, or simply a way to target consumers who haven’t upgraded their GPUs. Today, we’re taking a look at the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super. It’s meant to replace the RTX 2080, and for what it’s worth (and to give you a TL;DR of this review), it’s powerful and better in terms of performance. If you’ve got…

OPPO has always been at the top in minds of Filipinos when buying budget smartphones. The success of OPPO A3s was a good indication that OPPO has definitely permeated the minds of Filipino consumers that they make affordable yet good performing smartphones. Less than a year later, OPPO introduced the spiritual follow up to the A3s, the OPPO A5s. It bears numerous similarities to its predecessor but has a generous share of new things made for those who are upgrading or those who wish to try something affordable from OPPO. Design What we have is the OPPO A5s in striking red colorway with a glossy finish. I am a big fan of this design choice by Huawei, and looking at it from the get-go gives a feeling of elegance and beauty. I particularly like the gold trimming that wraps around its rear dual camera and fingerprint sensor. Despite its laminated…

Truth be told, Filipinos put their budget as a necessary factor when planning to purchase a new smartphone. Realme 3’s price and benefits offering make it a worthy budget to mid tier smartphone purchase, but it didn’t stop the company from introducing a few more interesting products up its sleeves. Just today, Realme introduced Realme 3 Pro, a high-specced variant of the Realme 3 line and it’s posed to be one of their  latest best offering yet. While Realme 3 is impressive, Realme 3 Pro gives consumers another option that features flagship-level camera and gaming performances. Realme 3 Pro’s overall design reminds me of Realme 3. There are subtle differences, but Realme 3 Pro looks somewhat similar to its less powerful counterpart. For starters, the Pro version is bigger in terms of device dimensions and display size. Sleep/wake button is conveniently placed on the right side of the device, and…

Huawei P30 Pro features a robust line-up of impressive features that didn’t change much from P20 Pro, but also boasts a slew of new goodies that make it a strong contender to this year’s phone of the year category. Huawei made a huge buzz before and after the launch of P30 Pro this year by showing the fact that you can [literally] shoot the moon. As this year’s biggest improvement, the telephoto zoom lens on the new phone has yet again highlighted an unprecedented feature in the smartphone industry. This, however, doesn’t define what P30 Pro is all about; Huawei P30 Pro is all about redefining art and photography. The Huawei P30 series promises a lot of new improvements from previous iterations, and a plethora of new innovations that will delight Filipino consumers. As the series’ flagship product that’s focused on mobile photography, Huawei successfully attempted to break barriers in…

So you got yourself a new drone to document your travels this summer. Your new stop is Boracay for a full week, and you thought that bringing your drone will upgrade your documenting game by showing how you enjoyed the scenic views and all the stuff you enjoyed with your friends or family. Then you realized you cannot use it unless you have the permit to fly it in Boracay. According to a friend’s connection, Joel Andrada, “Malay LGU has a municipal ordinance. You need to secure a permit to fly. And you are only allowed to fly outside the 10km radius from the nearest airport which means drones can’t fly over the famous White Beach. CAAP Licensed Pilots are sometimes allowed as long as cleared with LGU.” Based on what he said, CAAP License does not automatically give you the clearance to fly your drone, so it’s safe to…

Let me tell you straight that this isn’t an article with political nature. This is neither about Huawei’s case against the US government about production ban, nor the company’s willingness to sell 5G chip to their rival company, Apple. This is all about the inspirations they took and their efforts to disrupt certain ways of doing things for the sake of innovation and progress. I had the chance to exclusively meet and interview Mr. George Li, Country Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group Philippines and Mr. Peter Guaden, Global Product Marketing Manager of Huawei Technologies during the official launch of Huawei P30 series in the Philippines. We talked about a number of things specific to Huawei, the products they launched and their future in the Philippines. Little did I expect that the interview will lead to new discoveries about Huawei and a renewed appreciation of the brand’s effort to reach…

If you are a frequent visitor at Bonifacio Global City High Street, then you may have spotted this pop-up store by OPPO. The new store is designed to tickle the fancy of gadget geeks, smartphone hunters and vinyl lovers as it’s adorned with OPPO’s latest smartphones and classic Vinyl collections. OPPO’s pop up store invites people to enjoy the cozy lounge and to be serenaded by the music from vinyl on loop. As a store, you can check out OPPO’s latest smartphones like R17 Pro, OPPO Find X, and their latest F-series – F11 and F11 Pro, which will go on sale in stores this April 15, 2019. As an award-winning company by media brands, OPPO proudly displays the awards they recently received. This includes the award we gave OPPO last year, TechNewsmaker of the Year. OPPO’s success continues to soar this 2019. Just recently, OPPO surpassed 20% of their…

If you fancy looking for a new high-powered gaming router, there’s one that we can recommend and it might just be the most future proof one available in the market today. This is the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the first WiFi 6 IEEE 802.11ax router by ASUS and the first one launched in the Philippines by any consumer technology brand. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill gaming router and never dare call it a minor upgrade to ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 as it stacks several new features apart from being an IEE 802.11ax certified router. Yes, the latter is a big deal and talk more about it later, but there are several upgrades under the hood that you should be aware of before buying one. Just so you know, vesting an award to a particular product is tricky. There are various reasons to consider on both technical and consumer side. ASUS ROG Rapture…

Few days after the launch of Huawei P30 and P30 Pro in Paris, France, Huawei Philippines announces today the products’ official retail price. https://www.facebook.com/HuaweimobilePH/videos/379993566177672/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDbS15BYkmUGb1TZZEs7gS6MqlCFEXZzF7ZTO5OQJxafWsMPu3T-cezsmm5kwhalnaEPO3-Vb5jNrB82TmWy3iPvrYrsjPzWgk25Gwqb15qTdWmIzgKqR-pHkiKer2YTIYcpLrohtYewJoeT9eD1kzYnIRm5e2n5Gpv7BVdOgMqsEqE7ljgwLu27yjl6iBnIzY1Qi_pzokvGtcvBUTSGGZTkYNDe1H0ienff9jEjBx9lHOCShCZ4UbvjeN_sV-805bPQqvfCMXbKULqdRUcshn_j_DgHQGtXHd7uSeUqxPjBi_-ICOpf3TMAauFwR0EZGY4bGywzmQrUSrGtLYiZV0e0DDH-d-epCSaUMgvqKIcovWTgJ5dbZy_CY64GJd2hK4&__tn__=-R Based on the video released today by Huawei Mobile, the two new flagship devices, including Huawei P30 Lite are priced as: Huawei P30 Lite: PhP16,990 Huawei P30: PhP36,990 Huawei P30 Pro: 50,990 As expected, Huawei will be including freebies to those who will be pre-ordering the devices at Globe, Smart, Shopee, Lazada, Abenson and Memoxpress. Those who will pre-order P30 and P30 Pro will receive a free Huawei Watch GT worth PhP12,990. You can check out our review of Huawei Watch GT here. Those who will pre-order Huawei P30 Lite will receive a free premium Selfie Stic and Bluetooth speaker worth PhP4,980. What do you guys think of the prices of these new products by Huawei. We like how Huawei priced these new smartphones, given the…

Spotted at 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo, this Smart Mike+ by Sabinetek records stereo audio and compatible with iOS and Android. While this one looks like your run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headphones with mic, this device is built solely for recording purposes. You can record up to 15m despite its lightweight build at 8 grams and design. It works perfectly during the demo but there is also a dedicated application if you wish to maximize its functions. As for its specifications, it records stereo quality recording and has 2 microphones, including adaptive noise suppression. I never got the chance to test it further, but we were told by Sabinetek that they are willing to send a test unit for our review. We missed their booth during our visit at CES 2019, but I saw a video demo by EMT. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0tRx3xPvik Our thoughts: it’s great for content creators.…

This week, I was treated to a technological spectacle at 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei, Taiwan. For 6 years, the summit showcases several working solutions to make the world a smarter place to live in. What better way to do it than hold the expo in a city like Taipei where technology flourishes and makes up a huge chunk of their GDP. Taipei is about 43% the size of Metro Manila, and yet its GDP is 300% bigger. I got the chance to check around the booths at the show floor, and boy was I impressed with what Taiwan has got to make their cities a pleasant and technologically-advance to live in. Ranging from eGovernance to Smart Education, Taiwan has got everything covered at 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo. Taiwan showcases readiness for future of education The country is aware of the rising demand of improving the…

Education needs a lot of boost in terms of innovation and digital transformation. In today’s landscape, the education system is challenged to meet the changes of how students learn and grow their skills. What if there’s an expo that will bring together world-renowned educational leaders, institutions and professional experts to share their policy and insights on future education development? This coming March 26 to 29, the Insitute of Information Industry (III), an NGO based in Taiwan, organized Smart Education Expo 2019. The objective of the expo is to explore innovative ideas for future educational development. For the first time, they will hold an Education Forum along with 2 Education Talks focusing on Smart Campus Development STEAM Education. Higher Education Industry Solutions Director at Microsoft, Dr. Alexandros Papaspyridis, Director General of Technology and Higher Education Resources, Dr. Ali Ghufrom Mukti, and Director of Tampere LUMATE Centre, Dr. Riikka Lahtinen, will be…

I am often asked by friends which travel Wi-Fi I recommend when going abroad. I’ve got only 3 brands in mind, but among those brands, only one caught my attention for a service that they excel at – cloud SIM card. So far, Big Sky offers this type of service, and it proved to be a more reliable alternative to a SIM-based travel Wi-Fi we have used in the past. However, this isn’t the only reason why we will considering getting Big Sky Nation again when we travel abroad. Here are 6 more reasons: They are the supplier of Smart Travel Wi-Fi This came as a surprise for me when I was contacted by Louise de Guzman of Big Sky Nation. According to them, they are also the provider of Smart, for Smart Travel Wi-Fi. The latter is powered by Skyroam, and it uses their patented vSIM technology, that works…

We are subscribed to both PLDT Home Fibr and Converge ICT Solutions at our HQ. We enjoy the benefits of the points they are good at: PLDT for speed consistency and reliability; and Converge for better latency when playing games . Each company has its own strengths and weaknesses, but Converge has been gaining ground lately as they are seen by some Filipinos as the supposed redeemer in the state of internet connection in the Philippines. Things got pretty intense when consumers started complaining about frequent disconnections and speed inconsistencies. As one of the commenters at Outage Report said, “Victims of their own success? Now competing with Globe & PLDT on metrics that they should have been trying to use as differentiators, like ‘Poor Customer Service’, ‘Lack of transparency’, ‘Downtime Percentage’, ‘Customer Avoidance’, ‘Unplanned Maintenance’…”. We hope not. At the time of this writing, Converge received 125 reports, originating from…

Prior to the launch of the Mate 20 series, Huawei made an earlier announcement regarding its newest processor, the Kirin 980, which promises a ton of improvements over its predecessor, which by the way, wasn’t a slouch in any way. Built for Performance and Efficiency The Kirin 980 is the world’s first mobile processor to be built on a 7nm chip; that’s 6.9 billion transistors in a less than 1 square centimeter. Versus its predecessor, it promises to improve single core performance by up to 75%, and is the first to use the Mali-G76 GPU, which offers up to 46% improvement in graphics performance. What good is a fast and capable processor if it eats up a ton of power, right? Huawei once again pushed the limits to make the Kirin 980 as efficient as it could be. In fact, it offers up to 58% improved overall power efficiency, which…

Jumping to the smartphone trend soon? Cloudfone has just announced the latest ultra-affordable smartphone that’s positioned for those who are getting into the smartphone trend. Priced for only PhP1,699, Cloudfone Go Connect Lite 2 introduces the enhancements and benefits you can get from Android Go (Oreo 8.0) without breaking the bank. These smartphones do not just fit well on the pocket, but also with the budget.  This may not be the phone that can let you PUBG Mobile, but it can let you play games that optimized for low-end phones like Alto Adventures, Samurai II: Vengeance and Facebook Instant Games (Yeah, remember that fishing game that your titos are very addicted to?). You can also enjoy watching videos on YouTube to your heart’s content or for as long as you have data allocation. Cloudfone Go Connect Lite 2 Full Specifications: Screen: 4.0” WVGA Display Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.2,…

If you’re looking for a gift for your most favorite tita (or tito), Cloudfone’s latest affordable smartphone Go SP, maybe the one you can easily spend your money to. The device rocks a 5.0″ FWVGA Display and powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-Core CPU. Cameras specs are pretty standard but should be enough to treasure precious moments. Storage is definitely expandable, any 64gb microSD card would complement its 8GB onboard storage. What’s interesting is that it is currently the most affordable Android Go smartphone available in the country. Android Go is the lighter version of Android, which allows priority apps and lite version of games to run smoothly. Cloudfone Go SP 2 Full Specifications: Screen: 5.0” FWVGA Display Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Dual (Micro) SIM, Dual Standby Android OS:   Android Go (Oreo 8.0) Main Camera: 5.0MP rear camera with LED flash Front Camera: 2.0MP front camera Processor: 1.3GHz…