Tech Tuesday: selfie or groufie with Huawei Ascend P7 LTE

I travel light and you have to treat me to artisan coffee to convince me to lug around a DSLR or still camera other than the smartphone I already have for those mundane blog coverages. You see, I’d rather opt for my own comfort and convenience over the more excellent pictures that a bulky DSLR delivers (sorry, dear readers.)

But I have to admit that I had to take a second look when the full specifications of the Huawei Ascend P7 was given to me. Its dual cameras (13MP at the rear and 8MP for front-facing) are perfect for today’s wave of selfie and ‘groufie’ – crazy individuals.

Small lenses are usually the problem on camphones, but the 5P non-spherical lens on the 13MP camera of the P7 means you can take amazing panoramic shots when you’re in tourist attractions like this..

A beautiful backdrop

Double-clicking the down volume button once launches the camera in 1.2 seconds, even in a locked mode. This ensures that you don’t miss out on the action.

Double tap snapshot

(Official photos from Huawei)

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@samsungPH recipe challenge: win a Smart Oven + RT6000 ref!

Recipe challenge

We’ve partnered with our friends from Samsung Philippines to launch a recipe challenge which will give one reader of this blog a chance to win a Samsung Smart Oven worth at least P14,000. I’ve written about it in this post.

But there’s more. The winning recipe will be pitted with the recipes of two other participants in a cook-off end of July 2014 where a Samsung RT6000 digital inverter ref (worth at least P40,000) is at stake for the grand prize winner. The RT6000 ref is the perfect fit for the modern home maker because of its reliability, excellent cooling performance, efficiency, durability and excellent design. It’s an appliance you’d want to have in your kitchen!

Sounds easier than winning the lotto, right? All you have to do is submit your best, award-winning personal recipe to this page from July 15 to July 28, 2014.

The participating blogs for this contest are the following: annalyn.net, animetric.blogspot.com, kellymisa.com. Reader must submit only to one blog site to join.

Here’s the rest of the contest rules:

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Intelligence testing thru fingerprints by Encycligent

As a mom, it’s quite a daunting task to raise kids who differ from each other – not only in terms of interests – but also in their personalities and temperament. If they were all the same, what a perfect world this would be! Unfortunately, this is not what nature intended. People are different from each other, even if they’re related in blood or belong to the same direct family line. The challenge of parenthood, in my case, has always been to understand my children’s uniqueness and to deal with their differences.

People have a variety of approaches on coping with life, how they learn in the academe and in the so-called school of hard knocks. As a mom, I describe my parenting style as “cool,” to say the least. I put no pressure on my kids to top their classes in school (even though I was an honor student myself). As I’ve written before, it’s just important that they develop the discipline for learning, human relations & street smarts to cope with whatever life deals them later on.

But surely there’s a scientific basis for the diversity in human character and behavior? There are actually many schools of thought on this matter. Most recently, I was glad to be acquainted with dermatoglyphics or the science of fingerprints. Dr. Harold Cummins coined the term in 1926 from the Greek words derma (skin) and glyphe (carve). Because fingerprints are unique to each individual, they have been scientifically proven as a valid method for identifying people (like criminals) and can even detect genetic disorders in newborn babies.

From the study of fingerprints comes now their link in tapping the innate talents and intellectual capability of a person. Inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory on Multiple Intelligences and Professor Roger W. Sperry’s Nobel Prize-winning research on the left and right brain functions, Taiwanese Professor Lin came up with the Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test or DMIT.

16 Multiple

DMIT is a patented scientific system to determine an individual’s 16 Multiple Intelligences based on genetics, embryology, neuroscience, and dermatoglyphics. Dr. Lin stated that each of our 10 fingers coincide with our Multiple Intelligence and our inborn talents and skills. If the fingerprints of a person are captured accurately and analyzed correctly, each of the 10 inborn Multiple Intelligence can be unlocked and focused on for the betterment of the person.

I have to admit that my interest was piqued 100% when the whole concept was explained to me by Rosana Sy, president of Encycligent Inc., the company which has brought DMIT to the Philippines.

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Two hacking attempts on this site in 6 days !

boom

There has been two hacking attempts on this site in six days…the first was last Sunday when we saw only a white space every time the blog loaded. The second attempt happened last night.

Whoever you are, give up already. You can’t put an avid blogger down! ;)

Maintenance is now in progress as a result. I would like to thank my ever-efficient US-based web host Laughing Squid and this blog’s web admin (my legal husband Mr. Z) for their kind and swift assistance :)

The previous WordPress theme has been disabled because a bad script was probably used by the hacker(s) to get in. Same with the installed plug-ins. I guess you can say am an unhappy WordPress user right now, as I’ve been eternally unhappy with all the spam comments getting in (can’t even wade properly through legit ones). Am not sure if my friends using Blogspot are experiencing these same problems. They seem to be in a better place!

Anyway, people always ask what security measures can be taken to prevent your blog being hacked. There are many ways to protect yourself, here are just some I can think of:

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The great @samsungph sale is ongoing!

FINAL_GSS SALE (1)

Ongoing until March 23, 2014 is The Great Samsung Sale! It’s the best time to get the gadgets you’ve been wishing for at a great price. Imagine, a Samsung smart phone for as low as P10,490 or a tablet for P7,490. Or, get a free phone with every purchase of a Samsung Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi.

Not only that, get huge discounts of up to 3,500, and great freebies like stylish covers for smart phones and tablets, 9000mAh Powerbanks, or a Galaxy data SIM card with every purchase.

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Nude Audio Move S Wired speaker: first impressions

Nude Audio S

I couldn’t help but smile when I got this Nude Audio S portable wired speaker. Aside from being the first doodad I would have this year, it simply looked cute and I instantly knew I’d have a good time with it ;)

It’s a no-frills device – in fact, ultra-handy – that you can connect to any smartphone or tablet with its 3.5mm integrated cable. I’ve been downloading a lot of songs on my Samsung via the MP3 downloader app for Android lately so this was a nice time to hear the music on full blast.

Nude Audio S

For such a small device, I’d have to say this Nude Audio Move S portable speaker packs a punch. Strong on bass and trebles, with an awesome capacity to fill a room. What’s even neater, you have the option to link up two or more speakers to increase the level of sound. With this audio’s friendly price point of P1,290, it’s not impossible to do.

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Spotted: Torque’s 2000-peso tablet!

I’ve followed the progress of the mass market mobile brand TORQUE since it was launched in 2009 and in fact, we’ve conducted a couple of phone giveaways for our readers. Now that they’re entering their fifth year, Torque now claims to be No. 3 in total unit sales after Samsung and Cherry Mobile…. way to go!

Spotted at a recent gathering: Torque’s new 7-inch Android tablet, Droidz Edge, which barely crosses the 2000-peso price range…or P1,999 to be exact. The thing runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.2 GHz CPU, with 1.3 mp camera and 4GB ROM. We daresay…. not baaaad…. magka-tablet lang! :)

Torque Droidz Edge

Torque CEO Chris Uyco also showed us the Droidz Mini D tablet which caught our attention for its immaculate white good looks at only P5,699. This tablet has dual sim & dual cam and runs on 1.0 GHz dual core with 7.85-inch XGA touch screen.

Torque

Brushing off critics who say the mobile devices aren’t reliable because they’re Made in China, Mr. Uyco said Torque phones are customized and comply only with their strictest specifications. “We engineer and design our own phones and tablets. From the seemingly insignificant details to the essential functions, each product is made with only excellence in mind. We are proud to be a Filipino brand.”

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MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones by Sennheiser

For the discriminating sound lover, Sennheiser has launched The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones, the newest addition to the MOMENTUM family. The headphones are available in four fresh shades of blue, green, pink and ivory – colors which were chosen by no less than an international team of designers and trend scouts.

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears

Retailing at a price of P11,290, the headphones are rather upscale but then you also get a high quality of materials and workmanship. The ear pads and headband have been finished in Alcantara®, a high-tech material produced in Italy. As a result of its unique combination of suppleness, durability and breathable comfort, this luxury material is valued by fashion designers and interior designers alike. As with all other models in the MOMENTUM family, the headband of the MOMENTUM On-Ear is made of stainless steel.

MOMENTUM_ON_blue

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Tom Rodriguez + Dennis Trillo in Note 3 launch

A few nights ago, I attended the Manila launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear which I’ve already written about in this post. The affair at SM Aura wasn’t really that star-studded but it WAS, in a way, because of two hot guys playing gays in local TV’s most talked-about show, “My Husband’s Lover.”

Presenting “Vincent”, “Eric” plus “Lally” 20 years later. hehehe.

Tom & Dennis

In my personal opinion, Tom Rodriguez had star factor. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy will go places. And to think he just recovered from dengue fever in this pic.

Tom Rodriguez

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Samsung Galaxy Gear + Note 3 unveiling

Sometime on the first week of September, I had the extraordinary experience of checking in at the club floor of the Dusit Thani Manila in Makati. The funny thing is that my three year old daughter enjoyed the hotel room more than me. While she slept soundly on the heavenly bed, mommy was working at 2 am to catch the live broadcast of IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show in Berlin.

What I stayed awake for: the grand reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy Gear, on sale starting Sept. 25 in some global markets like the US and India.

Samsung Unboxed 2013

And here was Lucy happy in the room with her yaya. Nothing like a new environment to excite a kid :)

Lucy in Dusit

Anyway, all I can say is that the new Note 3 is The Bomb! Even the tech writers can’t help but exclaim ooh’s and aah’s about Samsung’s newest offering. If you already own a Note, there is the usual upgrade on features but it is really on the software innovations that Samsung impresses. More after the jump….

Note 3

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