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Belkin has been around for several years in the Philippines now. I always find it as a go-to brand for accessories before other brands came about since 2014. They’re pretty known for durability and good quality, and they have – so far – made products that still hold up to such degree of expectation. For what it’s worth, I would prefer it than other brands in the market if I’d be asked to choose among the plethora of brands around. Today, I’m flexing – yes, that’s the term I’m using right now – some of the products we’ve got from Belkin. They sent some around for our personal use, and we can’t help but share with you our experience with it and how these products helped us become more productive than usual. Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand Pioneer in technology and innovation for over 35 years #1 third party…

Following its official announcement last July 2, NVIDA is finally putting the NVIDA RTX Super cards starting tomorrow, July 24, 2019. If you’re reading this after July 24, then you may have already read some of our contents and benchmark performance reports of the new RTX 2080. Zeroing onto the topic of expectations, we expect the RTX 2080 Super to perform better than is previous line-up of cards. Now that both RTX 2070 and 2080 have been discontinued (though you will still be able to find some in shelves nationwide), the new Super cards are expected to perform decently better than its predecessors. Model GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti NVIDIA TITAN RTX GeForce RTX 2060 Super GeForce RTX 2070 Super GeForce RTX 2080 Super Launch Jan-19 Oct-18 Sep-18 Sep-18 Dec-18 Jul-19 Jul-19 Jul-19 Memory Size 6 8 8 11 24 8 8…

Did you know that there is a way to turn your non-Smart TV to a smarter one with this simple solution by PLDT and Roku? With TVolution Lite, you can upgrade your TV to be able to stream your favorite streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube by simply adding PhP99 on top of your PLDT Home Fibr subscription. This latest offering by PLDT is powered by Roku and PLDT Home Fibr. The partnership between Roku and PLDT made the Roku Streaming Media Player available to subscribers at a subsidised rate. With TVOlution lite, users can stream up to 1080p (up to 60fps), access Roku’s wide array of channels and even mirror their Android device’s screen to their TV. Here are the other features available on TVOlution Lite: Connects to TV via HDMI 11 b/g/n Dual-Band w/ WEP, WPA, and WPA2 for wireless connectivity, and Ethernet Port MicroSD Port, USB Port…

The last time we saw a proper Android device that was heavily positioned for gaming was NVIDIA Shield. NVIDIA was somehow successful in presenting it to their audience distinctly for gaming, but was marred with hardware issues at post launch. It was, however, revolutionary at that time as NVIDIA set it up as something that you can connect to your PC and play your PC games with it, along with device-exclusive Android games on the side. Fast-forward to 2018, ASUS introduced the ASUS ROG Phone – a gaming smartphone with near-PC or console specifications, but was positioned for hardcore mobile gamers. ASUS was aware that they directly compete with console-giants like Nintendo and Sony, so they took it differently by introducing the ROG Phone as the “best” smartphone that users can use to play their favorite games. ASUS also introduced several accessories that enhance the gaming experience of users: Aero…

The first ASUS ROG Phone pioneered a lot of new features when it was launched last year. During the time it was launched, it was the world’s fastest smartphone with a 10nm octa-core processor and ASUS’ first smartphone to sport an Aura RGB Lighting. It didn’t just look good – though its design isn’t exactly for everyone, but it was built with mobile gamers in mind. More than a year from its introduction, Taiwan-based computing giant, ASUS, just announced the world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 855+, the ASUS ROG Phone 2. ASUS ROG Phone 2 – A response to demands of mobile gamers According to Chih-Hao Kung, Global Technical PR Director of ASUS, ROG Phone 2 exists as a direct response by ASUS to the demand of consumers for playing mobile games on a smartphone that packs all the necessary features they need to enhance their gaming experience. This is…

If ever you’re thinking that ASUS has been late in the game in terms of introducing a smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor, then this information might get you really excited. We got a fair share of experience with the new ASUS ROG Phone 2 during the Game Changer conference in Taiwan last week, and we learned that it sports an in-display fingerprint sensor. This new feature on the ROG Phone 2 makes it the first smartphone from the brand that sports an in-display sensor. Even the ASUS Zenfone 6 still sports a rear-mounted sensor, which relatively makes it sort of inferior – at least in terms of being featured-packed – to their new gaming smartphone. ASUS did not discuss much details about its new fingerprint sensor on the new phone  during the launch so there is much information to cover on our full review. Whether or not it features the…

If you have been checking out the trends in the smartphone industry especially in the midrange segment, you would agree with me that there has been a plethora of devices with popup camera. Most of the brands we know jumped into this trend, and we can feel that this is going to stay in the midrange segment for many years to come. 3 of the devices that are under our radar are the Huawei Y9 Prime, OPPO F11 Pro and VIVO V15. Each has its own distinctive strengths, which deserve a separate article: Huawei Y9 Prime has impressive popup camera mechanism, OPPO F11 Pro has spectacular camera performance, and VIVO V15 has surprisingly good gaming performance. To put its strengths into proper perspective, I have prepared a comparison table below. Huawei Y9 Prime OPPO F11 Pro VIVO V15 Announced May 2019 March 2019 March 2019 Dimensions 6.44 x 3.04 x…

Realme is taking the Philippines by storm with its highly competitive line-up of products. For several months now, Realme C1 and C2 have set impressive standards on a budget smartphone that even Xiaomi and Cherry Mobile have been frivolously competing with. As a high-specced variant of Realme 3, Realme 3 Pro stands at the top of the product offerings of the company in the Philippines, and it seems to be getting great attention by mobile gamers in the Philippines. For starters, the company’s engagement with mobile gaming influencers is proven to be an effective promotional activity. Their active participation in eSports, especially in Mobile Legends tournaments, is seen to be an impressive activation. These things are consistent with that Realme 3 Pro is made for – gamers. It is, for certain, a hard-to-beat smartphone in terms of performance in a budget price point. More on this later. Realme 3 Pro…

Following our briefing  of AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series a few weeks ago, AMD announced the SRP of the said series in the Philippines. As you can see in the table below, the AMD Radeon 5700  and 5700 XT are priced at PhP20,873.00 and PhP24,461.00 accordingly. Radeon RX 5700 Series GPUs (Starting From)(Philippine Peso) Tax Country 5700 5700XT Philippines 20,873.00 24,461.00 INC 12% TAX The revealed prices of AMD of the new Navi-based GPUs are set to directly compete with NVIDIA, which recently announced the new RTX Super-series. Now that NVIDIA has renewed their current line-up that currently replaces some of their GPUs, namely RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 with their Super cards, the position of AMD with 5700 series remains albeit the same. In terms of positioning in the competition, 5700 competes directly with the RTX 2060 and 5700XT goes head to head with RTX 2070. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0wnJgn1_-A…

Following the announcement of new games that support ray tracing during E3, NVIDIA officially announced the new RTX Super GPUs. The new GPUs will be available this July 2019, and are set to replace some of the current RTX graphics cards of NVIDIA. During the conference call organized by NVIDIA, participants were told about the new graphics cards. After 10 months of the initial launch of RTX GPUs, NVIDIA teased SUPER during E3 and just today, NVIDIA surfaced more information about it. Model GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti NVIDIA TITAN RTX GeForce RTX 2060 Super GeForce RTX 2070 Super GeForce RTX 2080 Super Launch Jan-19 Oct-18 Sep-18 Sep-18 Dec-18 Jul-19 Jul-19 Jul-19 Memory Size 6 8 8 11 24 8 8 8 Tensor Flops 52 59.7 80.5 107.6 130 57 73 89 According to NVIDIA, the new RTX 2080 Super and…

Security is one of the top priorities of the fintech industry not just in the Philippines, but in the world. When a bank focuses too much on security, one facet is usually being left out and that is introducing features that make banking very convenient. Today’s fintech industry seems like display of the tug of war between security and banking convenience. The first time I saw ING’s all-digital banking promotions on social media, I found myself skeptical about how they are going to transform banking in a very financially traditional country such as the Philippines. It was almost like too good to be true when I saw their promotion that all it takes is to take a photo of your check, and eventually get it cleared in 1-2 banking business days. Color me impressed a month later when I deposited my own check without leaving home. Revolutionary is an understatement…

NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing Dilemma Perhaps, you read in some of our articles that there aren’t enough games in the market that feature real time ray tracing. If you bought an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, it’s either you’re really into getting performance video cards or you’re too hopeful that more games will become available that will let you accept that you did the right purchase decision. Proponent to the graphics cards that support ray tracing is NVIDIA. They paved the way of this new plane that is set to be the new standard of current and next gen graphics. Today, while NVIDIA enjoys this pride of being first in the market to release graphics cards that support hardware ray tracing, they suffer a rare case of first-mover disadvantage due to low adoption rate.  This is evidenced by NVIDIA’s revenue in the Gaming segment, and disappointing sales of both RTX…

Ever wondered how the Realme C2 works in real life? Get a limited time to get hands on first impressions of the Realme C2 and get a PhP500.00 discount when you purchase a Realme C2 by simply presenting your non-Realme phone. I know that it’s crazy for Realme to bring down the price of Realme C2 even further to PhP4,990. It is already affordable, by our standards, and it’s really surprising for them to reprice it to even lower that how much it is being sold in India. Note that the 2+16GB variant of Realme C2 is being sold at ₹6,993 or around PhP5,100. With its new price of PhP4,990, this makes it an even sweeter deal than before. According to Eason de Guzman, Realme’s Philippine Marketing Lead, “We are optimistic that more Filipinos will join the realme family given the real value offered by our smartphones. It is time…

Father’s day is fast approaching, and if you haven’t bought anything for your dad, or even for yourself, consider this upcoming big sale your best opportunity to do so. What better way to please your dad this Father’s day than geting him a brand new gadget that he would definitely love  to have. There’s just so many things that will be on sale this June 14 – 15 at V-Mall, Greenhills. Presented by 820 Group, the first-ever Tech Red Tag Sale will definitely feed your gadget purchase-cravings. Allow us to give you specific recommendations on what you should spot during the sale: ITEM CURRENT SRP DISCOUNT FREE BUNDLED ITEM VALUE OF FREEBIE   ZENFONE 3 L ER Z01BDA-4G029PH 32G Gold ₱11,995.00 50%  Sennheiser MX400 II EARPHONE BK ₱599.00   ZEN POWER ABTU005 W/BUMPER 10050mAh ₱945.00 10% JABRA ECLIPSE BT HEADSET BLACK ₱6,795.00 63% HONOR PLAY BK ₱13,990.00 21% Gift Kit…

E3 has officially started, and we’ve seen a lot of trailers from various game developers and publishers. Today, June 10, 2019, we’re giving a quick round-up of the game trailers and teasers that got us pumped. TODAY’S WINNERS Cyberpunk 2077 https://youtu.be/qIcTM8WXFjk Topping our list is the action-packed role-playing game from the makers of The Witch series. There’s a lot of things to talk about this game, and we love how CD Projekt Red is presenting this as a Triple A game from story, graphics and gameplay. Yes, Keannu Reeves is also in the game; and that’s another reason for people to buy this. Platform(s): Microsoft Windows PlayStation 4 Xbox One Release: April 16, 2020 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order https://youtu.be/8939aURV9Dc The second game that got us really excited is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The new action adventure game tells a story about of a surviving Padawan after the events…

After years of development and numerous teasers and gameplay reveal, Square Enix finally announced the release date of the much awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake. In a quick teaser posted on their YouTube and Facebook page this morning, Square Enix announced that the game will release worldwide on March 3, 2020. They also showed this as a surprise teaser to a live audience during FINAL FANTASY VII A Symphonic Reunion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lky8A5B2Sf4 The game was announced in 2015 and it’s a retelling of the story the caught the hearts and attention of gamers in 1997. The development of the game got a lot of attention by both media and consumers.  From shifting to active time battle to action-based battle system; from using Unreal Engine to collaborating various developers for other facets and features of the game, Final Fantasy VII Remake indeed has a proven colorful development history. We’re treating March 3…

We have finally seen the latest Star Wars game by Respawn, and it never looked better! https://youtu.be/8939aURV9Dc The new action adventure game tells a story about of a surviving Padawan after the events of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. While its story is connected to one of the episodes of the epic series, this game tells a brand new star wars story that talks about the Jedi’s quest to complete his training before the Inquisitors discover the plan to rebuild the Jedi Order. The story deeply explores the evil intent of The Empire to eradicate all Jedi after the execution of Order 66. As a fugitive of The Empire, the Jedi Padawan must do whatever he can to survive and explore his life with the Force by his side. The gameplay looks stunning for a 3rd person action-adventure. It features impressive gameplay mechanics that true…

Grand Videoke Symphoney SE Pro Plus and Wow Fiesta are two spectrums of videoke machines that cater to Filipinos of all walks of life. Introduced this year, these are positioned for professionals and enthusiasts accordingly. There are few notable information about these two new videoke machines. If you’re into singing or looking at something you wish to buy for your dad or family living abroad, you need to be sure what features that these two devices present. Symphony SE Pro Plus If there is one thing that you should remember with this machine is that you don’t need to buy additional song packs just to update its line up. You just have to download everything from your smartphone, and sync to Grand Video’s built-in storage. That’s both genius and high-tech, which we believe that your song-loving dad would appreciate. It will, however, cost you a bit as it has a…