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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

iPhone 6, iOS 8 and iWatch hopes

With the metallic body, 5" screen, 128GB expandable storage and fancy photo depth of HTC One M8 officially announced today, I'm beginning to wonder what will be Apple's rumored iPhone 6 will lay to the table. Though the latter have the time-saving Touch ID, plus all other iOS7 features that are about to be optimized, iWatch is still in question to reach my imaginations using the Android wear once available. 

Indeed, being an Apple fanboy these times, three more months before rumored iOS 8 revelation, is the worst WAITING TIME of my life. 

My wishes and best hopes that Apple will continue to innovate and thus feed the loyalty in me to bitten apple fruit. 

4.7" or 5.5" screen is already a very big deal for me once made into reality, though really a more big deal to those who started having the 3.5"

I wish iOS 8 will bring killer features and that iPhone 6 will be a jaw-dropping item come September 2014.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

iOS 7.0.2 [Photo]

Just got the iOS 7? Its latest update is ready for download. 

iPhone 5s Philippines

iPhone 5s, like its twin-launched iPhone 5c is now in the Philippines. Starting at P37,900, P43,500 and P53,800 for the 16GB space gray, silver and gold respectively, Kimstore does have the cheapest iPhone 5s around. The latter two prices may sound like high but taking into consideration the demand for these colors, savers might consider picking it up from either Globe or Smart during the rumored December launching.

If you know of any store that sells iPhone 5s with starting prices lower than that of Kimstore, please comment below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

International Coastal Clean-Up Day

It’s been a while since my last community activity. Growing up in college, I always get to involve myself on those types of activities two to thrice a month. Now in the Accenture world, I’m happy because groups like BP2B or Best Place to Be gave me the opportunity to be with the community again to do something productive.

Sept 21 marked the 28th International Coastal Clean-Up Day in Mactan Shrine. With the support of the local government of Lapu-lapu City, private and public organizations, I can say the event was truly a success.

With the monitoring tool provided by the organizers, I can truly assume that they are serious with the activity. Common things our group has come across are the following: plastics, may it be junkfood or candy wrappers, diapers, napkins, liquor bottles and debris of fishing equipment. Unusual founds like shoes, slippers, tshirts and shorts were also spotted – leading us to fool ourselves that there might be someone who was killed.

Kidding aside, the activity was truly satisfying. After 2 hours of cleaning up the by the coast and mangrove area, I ended up having a half-filled black garbage bag. Notably, a full of wastes found by my teammate along the mangrove areas was maybe a debris of last year’s coastal clean-up, giving us the reminder that we have to go back, bring with us our collected wastes and surrender it to the organizers.

After the activity, we ate our lunch by the Portofino beach.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

iPhone 5c in the Philippines

Just a couple of days after the iPhone 5c launch by Apple, Filipinos can now get the heavily-rumored, now a reality cheaper iPhone. Last Thursday, Kimstore, in their facebook page posted that the iPhone 5c is now available. 

Priced at P28,180.00, I can say it's the right deal for people excited to get the colorful iPhone. Kimstore confirmed that stocks will arrive by Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. 

Kimstore can be trusted
With 2 transactions I had with the online gadget store, I consider it as the only source of original, affordable smartphones in the PH internet world. 

Contact Kimstore now using only the numbers reflected in the image above. 

Are you getting the iPhone 5c via phone plan? Then let December come. :) 

Friday, September 20, 2013

iOS 7: Biggest iOS change, ever.

Updated last September 12, 2013, I have more or less 7 days observing the new iOS 7 running on my iPhone 5. Yes, September 12, 2013. Maybe you'll ask if it's the illegal version or the version that I have to pay to have it in advance. All I can say is NO. As I was browsing the net, I come across this site. I was convinced that it was the GM (Gold Master) Release so I hurriedly connected my iPhone 5 to my 13" Macbook Air 2013. And to make the story short, I had the iOS 7 officially 2:22AM of September 13, 2013. 

First Impression
The first observation I had with the iOS 7 are "bigger icons" in the home screen. I don't know if it holds true to everyone but it was the first thought I had during that moment. Next thing I tested was the Control Center, the Android-like shortcut panel where I can turn on/off Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Rotation Lock and Night Mode. Music player, screen brightness, flashlight, clock, calculator and the camera join the list of things I can do with Control Center. Since I'm a Globe postpaid unlimited data subscriber, I then asked why there's no option for Cellular Data. 

Overall, I like the cleanliness of iOS 7. Its simplicity and familiarity add up to these new features also that I have observed.

Side-Edge Swipe is Back
In Messages App, while asking of all colors why green for the messages coming from me, I accidentally "side-edge swipe" it. Shocked, I do it again and confirmed that back button will be saying goodbye in iOS 7. Yes, there's still that big back Message at the top but I'd rather use side-edge swipe going back. It also applies to Mail, Contacts, Settings and many more. It indeed saved some seconds reaching to that uppermost back button. 

Spotlight Search
First observed during the Sept 10 Apple iPhone event, I then tested Spotlight Search. It's brilliant. I can do it in all screens, saving some time to go through that left-most screen. 

The success of iOS7 can be majorly founded in the opacity of objects, smooth animations, "bubble bounce" in Messages and redesigning completely the all of it, letting you see either 1 or 2 colors in any screen, at least for built-in Apps from Apple. 

A major design change is also the Calendar App. From displaying all the days of the month, it shifted to showing the current week at the top and displaying as main content the whole day schedule for that selected date. Can't find the List of events? Just click the Magnifying lens right beside the "+" or Add.

Notification Center
From one panel, it includes now 3 panels that you can select either by clicking on the top or swiping side or left. Today includes  appointments, reminders, birthdays. It also gives some snippet of what's gonna happen the day after. All panel is just like the old Notification Center in the previous version of iOS which includes Apps notifications. I do not frequently go to Missed, maybe that's something Apple has to look out for. Surprisingly, shortcut to post in facebook and twitter is gone. Well, after all posting is not a notification but an action, isn't it? 

Redundant Hotspot
Using Cellular data, I also observed the addition of Personal Hotspot inside Cellular option. Just below it, I can also see the Personal Hotspot. I think I can't use Personal Hotspot if Cellular is turned off so removing Personal Hotspot under Cellular may look logical. 

Not to forget AirDrop in the Control Center, this piece of option simply turns on Wifi and Bluetooth simultaneously to share or receive file from other iDevices. It works fine and for me a good way of sharing files or any other shareable stuffs around the iPhone. I don't need to Bump or put side by side the phones, as NFC is doing. 

Lock Screen 
Having the date and time, camera shortcut and the motion thing of the wallpaper, iOS home screen is still the home screen I'll pick. Clean, informative and relaxing. 

Background App Refresh, Choosing Wallpaper from lists of iOS 7 inspired GIFs and stills, sophisticated compass design, folders housing unlimited apps, Safari's unified search bar and tabs excellent positions are also some of the noticeables in iOS 7. 

Double Home Click
Comparing it to the iOS 6, this is far way better. It shows the runnings apps more informatively. Want to kill Apps, just slide it up. Have 10 Apps and want to kill them all? Maybe no Kill All Apps running feature but I can kill 1 to 3 Apps simultaneously. Just use 3 fingers and slide it up.

It's a great update and I can't fully understand why some people are not updating. Well, sources told that 15% is iOS7 adoption rate in just six hours. For other 85%, then get that iPhone/iPad updated. 

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