Gwyneth Ann Marasigan

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India budget to test new government's mettle

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's new government presents its inaugural budget this week in the first substantive test of whether Prime Minister Narendra …

Sony Launches 'Selfie Smartphone' Xperia C3

A smartphone that’s optimized to help you take the best selfies ever — that’s how Sony is positioning its latest device, the Xperia C3, which it launched today.<p>What is notable is that the Xperia C3 comes equipped with a five-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera that allows you to capture more …

Sony launches Xperia C3 as “the world’s best selfie smartphone”

Listen up, selfie-lovers of the world. Sony has a new device that, it reckons, will take your self-portraits to new heights.<p>Boldly dubbed “the world’s best selfie smartphone”, the new Xperia C3 is a 5.5-incher with mid-range specs and a consummate Sony design that launched today in Taiwan.<p>A …

Review: Redmi Note, Xiaomi's Low-Cost Phablet

I’ve never understood the appeal of a phablet — what’s commonly known as a smartphone-tablet hybrid, or just a giant smartphone — as it seems to have an identity crisis.<p>Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi took the wraps off its first phablet in March this year, the Redmi Note, a 5.5-inch …

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now officially available in the USA!

In an unexpected turn of events and without a single warning, Sony has just made the unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact available for USA residents. We never thought we would see it coming to the States, as a similarly specced, albeit larger Xperia Z1S was released for T-Mobile. What makes the Sony Xperia …

Manything’s iOS video monitoring app can now plug into Nest and Hue via IFTTT

The British startup Manything now has a channel on IFTTT — the first channel on the plug-web-services-together platform that’s devoted to video …

Apple Hires Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers, Possibly for iWatch Team

Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software.<p>Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon …

Apple iWatch Team Gets Two Nike FuelBand Engineers

Last week we heard that Apple had hired an executive from luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer for the Apple iWatch team, and now it would appear that …

UK-made custom smartwatch adopts Android Wear

A London startup Blocks has adopted Google’s new Android Wear to make a customisable smartwatch that allows users to upgrade and swap out sensors, screens and batteries.<p>Created by a team at Imperial College, the Blocks modular smartwatch uses a screen that links up to small segments in a band using …

Writers and Their Books: Inside Famous Authors’ Personal Libraries

As a hopeless bibliophile, an obsessive lover of bookcases, and a chronic pursuer of voyeuristic peeks inside the minds of creators, I’m utterly spellbound by <b>Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books</b> — a vicarious journey into the personal libraries of thirteen favorite authors, who share their …