Category Archives: Hardware, Apps, and Nano-Tech

Today’s Phones and Plans for Filipinos

Talk is Cheap and I mean that figuratively and literally.

Stay connected all-day  for just 5 pesos with Smart's Piso App
Stay connected all-day for just 5 pesos with Smart’s Piso App

Did you know you can surf the internet now for as low as 1 peso? That’s five hours of web surfing time that translates to PhP5.00 worth of online access per day! That’s what SMART Prepaid is offering and what about Globe Prepaid?  It too has its own special rate for its die-hard followers: PhP50 for one day unlimited internet surfing — even when you’re also on a Postpaid Plan! So why are you still talking on the phone when you can use Viber, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Line to do all the for free!

Here are fun things you can do on the web surfing in ‘casual mode’:
1. Check out friends’ status on Facebook
2. Find out the latest NBA or Showbiz news  on Twitter
3. Scan your email inbox for great offers
4. Watch the latest videos on Vimeo and YouTube
5. Take a selfie on your Instagram account

With unlimited access on the web, we haven’t mentioned that it’s a great tool to search for answers on assignments and homeworks you’re finishing while reading up on the latest news on Yahoo! and/or on Inquirer.net.

Quality Smartphones for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into
Quality Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (whatever that means!) for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into

Smartphones are more affordable than ever before. We have at least four small Android OS operated phone-players raking it big in the mobile scene with Cherry Mobile picking up huge swaths of the curious market and where Starmobile, O+, and myPhone are all but cashing in to the growing market yearning to be connected on the Internet.

Filipinos are more and more beginning to ask: Why stay offline and miss all the fun? Why pass up the latest buzz and trends on the Internet where people converge from different backgrounds; Where businesses continue to engage customers and build relationships with old and new followers like never before, and where news never gets old and gets re-tweeted, re-posted, and becomes insanely viral creating more memes and other graphic tales so to speak.

http://www.globe.com.ph/surf/plan/supersurf
http://www1.smart.com.ph/Prepaid/offers/data/2014/02/21/piso-app

Epson Finally Brings Back the Black

I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?
I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?

Finally! Epson made the Black Color 73N Ink Cartridges available for TX110 printer owners like me. We know how most printers work and they won’t produce any output if you lack one cartridge.  The black printer cassettes  were delivered last Saturday (June 7th) but my friends at Silicon Valley at the Forum Robinsons Mall said only 20 were delivered. So after that, no word if it was going to be replenished. I bought two.

Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges
Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges

Those should last me about three months of four but as my observations tell me, it won’t last that long because these vials aren’t made like they used to. According to my observations, these ink containers used to last four months of printing black documents but now you’d be lucky to get two months out of these.

If you’re like me and would like to bring this issue up with Epson Philippines, you can contact them here.

BPI Brings Back Deposit Machines

Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)
Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)

BPI has been upgrading its services. I love their queuing machine that jots the account numbers and speeds up transactions of people making deposits and withdrawals. I also found out last night, while watching ANC on Cable, BPI is busy installing new machines its near 900 ATM locations where people can update their accounts with deposits. It’s called Express Deposit Machines or EDMs. Its clients can deposit their payments without the hassle of using envelopes to transact and credit their accounts with cash. The machine can handle up to 99 pieces of peso bills and it scans it with a technology that is at par with world’s standards.

Other banks are noisy with creating bigger hedges to project their stability and service image trying to attract more businesses but BPI is busy harboring technology and listening to customers on what their needs are and they are slowly improving each and every facet so customers would delight in banking and use this to attract more investors.

Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best
Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best

BPI says that they have installed over 450 EDMs concentrating their efforts in business hubs like Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. They will have more than 500 EDMs installed by the end of 2014 trying to complete their work perhaps in two years time. Locate your nearest EDMs here.

Downside: Customers who deposit bills that are vandalized: written on, ripped, or are too dilapidated will not be accepted and ‘spitted’ from the machine. This shows that we need to reject any bills that are taped on with ‘scotch tape’, stapled on, or drawn on with pens.

Photo Credits:
migsmobile.net
mybpimag.com
halohalo22o.blogspot.com

Instagram Sneakers Coming Soon?

Instagram fans would love this new product. Adidas teased its worldwide fans with an Instagram post telling followers to watch out for its new product release. “ARE YOU READY?” asked the post, “Take the #zxflux to the next level with the ultra innovative photo print app from #miadidas. Print your favourite photos straight on to one of 2014’s hottest silhouettes and make a statement on your sneakers like never before. Rolling out on iPhone and Android from August 2014. The possibilities are limitless,”

So far no other details were reported but the ZX Flux is quite getting the buzz right now when Filipinos dominated the news early this year named as the ‘Selfie Capital of the World’.

Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers
Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers

Would you like to see you and your friends picture on a pair of sneakers? Now it is possible courtesy of miadidas (What is?). More news later but for sure this new feature will be released in United States and Europe where the sneaker company has the biggest following worldwide.

Epson Having Problems With Ink Supply?

Does any body here own an EPSON printer?

Do you own an EPSON TX110 printer model?

Did you know that with this EPSON 3-in-1 printer model you can use two types of printer inks for this printer model so it can help you with your budget?

FC Epson Ink Cartridges 91N CyanDid you know that EPSON discontinued selling 91N ink cartridges, the one that is more affordable?

Did you notice that after two years the EPSON ink cartridges you buy for so much seems to produce so little now than they used to, producing lesser outputs than they used to when they introduced it?

Did you know that the EPSON printer won’t work if one (out of four cartridges) cartridge is missing?

Did you know that the remaining ink cartridge model 73N Black Ink is not available in popular stores like Silicon Valley and other stores in Metro Manila malls for about two months now we’re told?

No black ink, no work done.
No black ink, no work done.

Did you know that the missing Black Ink will make my printer obsolete and even dry up the other ink cartridges left in the storage and therefore kill my investment in this printer they’re selling?

What’s up EPSON? Where’s my black ink?

You know what you built so how come you’re not selling black inks any more for TX110 Epson model?

Are you an EPSON user?

Do you have the same experience?

Post down below and share us your sentiments.

Analysis: Filipinos, Facebook, and Fantasy

Are you an Android smartphone user? Do you use Instagram (or Vine?) but couldn’t use its video feature (What?! There is one?) because it’s not available? Don’t you wish you could use that 16-second video function on Instagram (by Facebook), MixBit (by YouTube), and Vine (by Twitter) and share it with your friends? Isn’t a waste that most functions of these apps Filipinos use are only made available on iOS or on an iPhone, iPad.  Android users have limited use on them and frankly they’re missing a lot of fans from The Philippines.
FC Instagram No Android 16secThe Selfiest Nation in the World is 30 Million Facebook-fan strong and Instagram should be taking advantage of this because Filipinos loves to express themselves on the Internet – but they’re not, so are YouTube’s founders (MixBit) and Twitter’s (Vine).
I feel that the growth is becoming faster than the supply. It is getting close to the point that Filipinos are always on the receiving end of each app rather than the origin. And it’s an anomaly that we’re called creative when we can’t develop apps that are naturally akin to the needs and wants of our countrymen.
Here’s what we’re missing and I want to paint a picture so our readers can be enlightened. Instagram was worth US$1Billion when Facebook bought it in 2013 and much of that success now is because of Filipinos using the app to take pictures but why stop Android users there and not provide the 16-sec video function? I mean if we can ‘copy’ an app like Flappy Bird and name it ‘Pugo’ with additional features then why can’t we come up with a photo + video app that runs on Android too? Here are more data to whet your appetite:

Where are the app developers when there are so many potential users?
Where are the app developers when there are so many potential users?
  • 30 Million Facebook Users in 2013 (Socialbakers.com)
  • 9 out of 10 Filipinos are potentially using Android (zdnet.com)
  • 4.22M Smartphones are used in Metropolitan Manila alone
    (Note: Socialbakers says that Philippines has this breakdown of users according to age: 18-24 yo – 38.7%; 25-34 yo – 27.1%; and 35-44 yo – 11.6% — This is how it was deduced: (a) 11.8 Million Filipinos in Metro Manila alone; (b) Conservatively, 75% are between the ages of 18 – 44 years old (or 8.85M); (c) Of this number, 90% have Mobile Phones. (or 7.965M); (d) Of this number, 53% own Smartphones (or 4.22M))

In conclusion
I don’t mean to rant but this country is not lacking in talent. It’s lacking in strength, courage, and sacrifice is what I perceive. With this data, it’s high time we act  and dream big because if we’re talking about consumers or market for the app we want to sell, we have a lot: at least 4 Million of them. Now, sacrifices are necessary but this will definitely reap dividends later if we will only pursue our dreams like there’s no tomorrow and stop whining about our government or contended with just playing Candy Crush, Angry Birds, etc. Why not be the one to invent games? Just look at the sample data we computed. It’s time to turn Fantasy into reality.

Footnotes
How many smartphones do we have in the philippines?
http://www.zdnet.com/the-philippines-continues-to-embrace-android-7000024072/
http://www.philstar.com/business-usual/2013/05/20/943965/phl-se-asias-fastest-growing-market-smartphones-study
http://www.techinasia.com/december-2013-chart-smartphone-usage-asia-desire-for-iphone-android/

MixBithttp://socialmediatoday.com/bradfriedman/1785811/youtube-releases-video-app-mixbit-more-competition-vine-and-instagram-video
https://mixbit.com/

How many smartphone users are there in the philippines?
http://www.rappler.com/business/32732-the-filipino-mobile-user-5-things-to-know

How many Filipinos are Facebook fans?
http://www.socialbakers.com

Credit:
Philippine Flag image – http://www.asianjournal.com
Group Picture – thenewmedia.com

Coming Soon: Wireless Electricity for Your Home

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Wireless electricity will be coming to our shores in the very near future. That is if our government agencies will embrace this technology today.

The technology is called highly resonant wireless power transfer and the Inventors uses the same principle as to what we use today in our cooking, Induction Cooking. Induction uses magnets to create energy and in this invention, instead of releasing heat, it produces electricity because of a receiver that induces electricity that powers our every day gadgets and appliances.

a single power source that can charge all your lights, appliances, and even cars - wirelessly!
a single power source that can charge all your lights, appliances, and even cars – wirelessly!

The idea is to create a single source of electricity and eliminate any outlets in the house or any wirings that could trip you or harm your kids in the process of discovery. The transmitter emits magnetic waves so this is not harmful to human or to pets in the house. It’s actually going to be revolutionary because it will mean huge savings for people building new homes in the future.

Witricity, the founder of the technology, are busy studying how this could be used to power different appliances in the house that requires more wattage and how it could send varying charges needed to power cars or refrigerators. Dr. Katie Hall, CTO of Witricity, expects to complete their study by 2016.

Read here how it works.

Exciting developments as we will soon see a more clutter-free home that moms and geeks would love in the very near future.

Credits:
Demo Illustration – http://www.lockergnome.net