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We’re still waiting for GPU turbo to hit our Nova 3, but despite this, we wanted to know how our favorite mobile games perform on this latest midrange flagship device of Huawei. As a midranger positioned for mobile gaming, Nova 3 is loaded with spectacular hardware specs, which can rival Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.  It is superior to Honor Play on paper, and we can’t wait to compare both soon. The major advantage of Honor Play at the moment is gaming performance since it’s the first among the Kirin-powered devices by Huawei/Honor to have GPU Turbo. GPU Turbo update for Nova 3 is expected to arrive sometime this month. So, expect us to come up with another article about PUBG Mobile’s performance by September 2018. Now, let’s get on to the actual gaming performance. For this gaming performance review, we used our preferred gaming benchmark tool GameBench. Using this tool,…

Starting today, PayMaya users can start receiving Western Union remittances via PayMaya application! If you usually receive money from friends,  family, employers and business partners via Western Union, there is now a far more convenient way to get it! Using PayMaya mobile Wallet, your smartphone is now your new “Western Union Agent”. All it takes is to download the app, upgrade your account (for first-time users only), click “Add Money” and select Western Union in the list. Unlike other partners of PayMaya, Western Union requires the usual MTCN provided by the money send to proceed with the transaction. Money will then be received in a few minutes! Hold your horses though. There is a limit to the amount of money to be received: USD 500 per transaction or USD 1,500 per day, or up to a maximum of PayMaya wallet capacity of USD 2,000. In a statement given by Bassem…

While PLDT Home is quickly expanding the reach of its Fibr connections nationwide, the company launched a rather interesting product that Filipinos may start buying today – PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi! One thing that makes this a unique PLDT Home product is its use of Smart’s LTE infrastructure. This includes the wall-penetrating 700MHz band, which is specially designed for home LTE connectivity. Prepaid Plans you can subscribe to! The device comes with a free 10GB allocation that is valid for 7 days. You can subscribe to its Home Boost 50, which gives 1.3GB for 3 days; and top it up with Home Boost P15 for an additional 1GB for 1 day. For better value of money, provided that you’re not consuming too much data, we recommend subscribing to Home Boost PhP599 that gives you 15GB for 30 days. Should you need more data allocation in the future, you can just…

What if there is a social listening app that was developed by big data, marketing and behavioral psychology experts?  This is exactly the unique selling proposition of Olelo, a San Francisco-based company with Filipino developers. According to its developers, Olelo isn’t your run-of-a-mill listening tool. It is an integrated tool that understands the online conversations for the users and transforms them intoactionable insights. When I worked at a digital agency in 2016, our team used several listening tools: Sysomos Heartbeat, Talkwalker and BrandsEye. Company Highlight Feature Sysomos Heartbeat Proactively monitor your industry, brand, product, and competitors to stay in the know and act on opportunities to engage your audience. It also includes a feature to monitor brand reputation. Talkwalker Track unauthorized usage of brand logos with the most complete logo coverage on the market. Prevent escalation of crisis situations by getting complete coverage of negative mentions. BrandsEye Human verified media…

Who said that only humans can cosplay game, comic or anime characters? In a recent patch by popular MOBA game, Mobile Legends, the renowned Bloodaxe Orc with demon blood, receives a new skin. The skin and the move sets that come with it are inspired by basketball, a game that’s so popular among Filipinos. https://www.facebook.com/MobileLegendsOnlinePH/videos/2040134082716021 The Salvage Pointguard skin is among the best ones we have seen in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. What’s even more surprising is how Moonton, the game’s developer, managed to even rehash Balmond’s more powerful move, Lethal Counter. Apart from just simply smashing the ground with his re-skinned Bloodlust Axe, an aura of a basketball half court will fill the animation. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is undoubtedly the most popular Mobile MOBA in the Philippines. In fact, it ranks number 1 and the leading mobile gaming arena today across Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia markets. Correlate this…

Stop right there. Think about the last time you wanted to buy yourself a flagship Zenfone? I have to be honest here. Before the new Zenfone series was announced, the last flagship Zenfone I wanted to really buy was the Zenfone 3. I did not like the Zenfone 4 because it was way off my budget expectations. You probably thought of the same thing too. 2018 came, and the announcement of the new Zenfone series arrived. ASUS bravely ditched announcing a Zenfone during Computex, and decided to take on equally big guns like Samsung and Nokia to announce Zenfone 5. From that time on, I had a renewed hope for Zenfone and told myself to consider getting their flagship, the Zenfone 5z. A couple of months ago, I almost guessed the prize of the Zenfone 5z during the official launch. I was short by PhP5, but since my guess was closest to…

Now in its 6th year, Ideaspace Foundation,  Inc. recently selected 6 tech startups among 12 total final competitors. The winners will embark on the company’s acceleration and mentorship program. The winning teams will receive equity-free funding, training, mentorship, legal services and office space in Makati City worth a combined total of at least PhP1,000,000 in funding support and other in-kind services. During the awarding, Ideaspace made some changes to the number of winners and cash prizes. 6 winners were chosen, instead of traditionally choosing 5; and those who did not get the chance to get a spot at the acceleration program will receive PhP100,000 each. The winners in this year’s Ideaspace acceleration program presented a healthy mix of ideas and solutions for business, fresh graduates, industrial and MSMEs. Here is the complete list of winners: Impactville – A business solution to help organizations measure outputs and outcomes for CSR programs…

In a market saturated by Chinese mobile phone companies like OPPO, VIVO and Huawei, Samsung has been trying to make itself relevant by competing in the midrange scene. They have gone all out to cover the whole spectrum of midrange – low and high – to further try to mark a new territory. Enter, Samsung Galaxy J8 – a smartphone deemed to be part of the company’s midrange smartphone collection. Does it have what it takes to sway the minds of Filipinos from buying OPPO F7 Youth or even the upcoming Huawei Nova 3i? Here’s our full review. Just a couple of side notes before we begin. We barely have more than a week to test this smartphone. The PR requested us for first impressions, but we thought of already giving you the full picture of our experience. As of this writing, the company has already divulged the price of…

Huawei Nova 2i is one of the best selling smartphones of Huawei in the Philippines to date. It is for this very reason that raised the interest of the company to launch its next iteration in the Philippines, the Nova 3i. While the Nova 3 exists with its minor kin, Nova 3i is both interesting and powerful in its own right. Positioned for the hip and millennial, all the features we managed to test for more than 2 weeks are confirmed to not alienate its intended market. This phone isn’t just for the stylish and people oozing with fashionist vibe; it is also for those who wish to treasure and enjoy life. Build Nova 3i is a product adorned with beauty and designed by people, filled with a desire to bedazzle. The Iris Purple variant we’ve got slightly borrows its looks from Huawei P20 Twilight. It looks definitely smexy, but it’s hard…

You now have a substantial number of platforms to choose from if you want to make a career on game streaming. Twitch has been milking this trend over the past years, and it seems that another platform – highly popular among Filipinos – are stepping onto the spotlight: Facebook. https://youtu.be/mAzA3-4_u88 With the rise of Facebook’s new ways to help gaming creators, one of the popular streaming applications – XSplit – recently upgraded Broadcaster to 3.4, and it boosted support for FB.GG. I tested the new build myself, and I’m very impressed with how it turned out. See it in action below: https://www.facebook.com/gianviterbo/videos/10156397110190561/ The latest XSplit is now available for download, and it offers a renewed experience for streamers in various platforms. This release is extra special for Facebook streamers though as it boasts a plethora of features ranging from new widgets, source and revamped Facebook Live Reaction support. If you’ve…

If you ever fancy striking a pose with Cherry Mobile’s uber cute plushy, then you might want to participate to their latest promo. Doing so will get you a chance to win PhP10,000! Mechanics for Cosmic Around the World 1. Contest is open to all Cosmic Plushy owners. 2. Participants must LIKE and FOLLOW the Cherry Mobile Facebook Page. 3. Participants may join by posting a creative photo of Cosmic plushy on Facebook and/or IG 4. Participants should use the official hashtags #CosmicAroundTheWorld #CherryMobileCosmic 5. The most creative and engaging entries will win exciting cash prizes and smartphones. Grand Prize: Php 10,000 Major Prize: Php 5,000 Minor Prize: Selfie Two 6. Promo is valid from July 2 – 19, 2018 7. Criteria for judging will include the following: 50% creativity (25% caption + 25% photo) 50% post engagements (shares and reactions) 8. Winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram…

Soul Electronics has always been under our radar since they made their products available in the Philippines. Their wide range of bang-for-the-buck audio devices and solutions are praised for impressive design and quality. Fortunately, 3 weeks ago, we got a call from one of their representatives and asked us to review one of their mid-range high efficiency, over-ear Bluetooth headphones, the Soul Impact OE Wireless. Inside the Box Soul Impact OE Wireless’ retail box has inside it all the necessary components you need to get it up in running. The hard carrying case has a robust quality, not to mention its stylish look and feel. At its PhP6,990 price tag, I highly praise Soul Electronics for including this case, which allows me to carry the headphones everywhere I go without worrying about breaking any of its moving or frail parts. Seldom do I find a headphone, at its price, with…

While flipping the pages of a book I got during my recent trip to China, a bookmark that shows Huawei’s Mission and Vision fell off.  It says, “Bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.” It dawned on me that all the innovations and successes Huawei have at the moment mirror the fulfillment of their mission and vision. Who is Huawei? Huawei is both a dreamer and a doer. Huawei has this quest to pave roads to a better future, and this is clearly identifiable to the brand they are carrying. They pioneer things, and they don’t just simply try to be a trailblazer for the heck of being called one; they pioneer things because they want to play a vital role in everyone’s future…. in everyone’s digital future. As simple as it sounds – “bring digital to every person” – Huawei has tremendously influenced…

I’ve been to China last week to visit Huawei’s Headquarters and their university. As someone who has been using their devices (from smartphone to routers) for more than 10 years, I was not entirely aware of how the company has tremendously grown until I got exclusive access to their offices and “campuses”. From my perspective, Huawei puts high regard on innovation, quality assurance, and customer centricity. With innovation as their foundation,  they have successfully made and launched devices that impressed consumers, including us. We witnessed how they prioritize quality with the equipment they use and the amount of time they devote to researching and testing the units before putting everything into production. More than anything else, innovation and quality assurance are just by-products of their focus on customer centricity. But what is customer centricity for Huawei? For Huawei, customer centricity is not just about bowing and scraping to customers, it means…

3 months since the time it launched in the Philippines, Huawei P20 Pro has been one of most sought-after devices by consumers in the Philippines. There’s a good reason for this, and I have pretty much covered everything I liked about the device on my articles and social media posts. Huawei P20 Pro is a device worthy of appreciation and praise. It excelled in many ways and has proven itself to be an all-rounder smartphone. While AI and photography have been its cup of tea, it didn’t distance itself from excelling in other aspects such as build, performance and battery life. Design P20 Pro features a new design that veers away from its predecessor. The most noticeable of these changes would be the extremely glossy back panel that enhances it’s premium vibe, along with the rear cameras that are now in a vertical position. Huawei P20 Pro is the perfect…

Zenfone 5z’s retail box is similar to what we’ve seen from Zenfone 5.  Pun aside, it’s full of zen; and it tries to be as simple as it can be. Information about the device can be read at the back, and it’s up to you if you want to spend some time reading some tech jargons that most people don’t care about. Upon opening the box you will find yet another smaller box, which contains a SIM ejector tool that you will likely lose, manual that you might not read and a silicon case you might not use because you want to flaunt the all-new design of the Zenfone 5z. You will later realize that you definitely need it when your phone gets its first major ding. Moving on to the inner box, which – obviously I’m having a difficult time opening, you will find a few more items: there…

Today at Computex Taipei 2018, ASUS announced a new batch of ultrabooks with the latest iterations of Vivobook S15 and S14. This year, they refreshed the series with vibrang colors and uncompromised performance. The new ultrabooks are available in bold color-blocking designs, with five vibrant color options. Similar to last year’s iteration, the new Vivobook laptops feature Ergolift hinge, which makes it look sleek, bold and comfortable to hold when typing. It also has 3-sided Nanodisplay, which expands the visual workstation and entertainment viewing area. Armed with up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and MX150 discrete graphics, the new laptops are designed to have uncompromised performance without sacrificing beauty and style. FULL SPECIFICATIONS VivoBook S15 and VivoBook S14 Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 8550U Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 8250U Processor Operating system Windows 10 Home Display For S15: 15.6” FHD (1980 x 1080) NanoEdge display For…