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Philippines' Technology News, Tips and Reviews Blog

After receiving flack from tech bloggers and mobile consumers across the world for admitting that they deliberately slow down the …

Facebook Develops A Photoshop For Interaction Design, And It’s Free For Anyone To Use

To design the groundbreaking app Paper, Facebook built an in-house IxD tool first. And then the company shared it with the world for free.<p>Editor’s Note<p>2/17/14<p>Happy Presidents’ Day! To celebrate, we’re revisiting some of our most popular stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>We’ve already waxed poetically …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

16 Blogging Platforms That Won't Distract From Your Writing

Blogging platforms can often be cluttered and complicated, featuring a multitude of widgets and plugins that we might never use. However new …

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

Résumés

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

iOS

Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook Replacement

Facebook’s new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it’s more than just a content reader. Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile.<p>When I asked the team leaders behind Paper if they still used the old one, product …

With Paper, Facebook Stops Trying To Be Everything For Everyone

Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Facebookers hope to Paper over the problems of its primary app with a new, content-sharing, stand-alone app. Will Paper perform like Facebook Messenger or like Poke?<p>This is no Paper tiger. Whether Facebook’s new stand-alone take on a news feed app flops or takes off, …

Intel's latest education-focused tablet and Classmate PC reference designs add... more rubber?

We're all about the <i>sentiment</i> in Intel's education-focused tablet and PC reference designs, aimed at providing a template for other tablet and PC makers in the education space. That's all fine and good. Our side that cares about electronics evolving over time is less enthused, as this year's Intel …

Gear & Gadgets

Beats Music Review: Finally, A Digital DJ That Knows Its Stuff

Whether you’re jamming a dusty cassette into a Honda’s busted-up tape deck or clicking and dragging a digital playlist into coherence, music feels personal. In the digital age, we risk losing that art if we take it for granted.<p>The on-demand streaming model means we can follow one whim after the …

LG's new Windows 8 PCs include Tab-Book 2 sliders, 'ultra' laptop and an all-in-one

Next week at CES LG will show off a few new devices running Windows 8, like the Tab-Book 2 line (above) that hides a QWERTY keyboard underneath its 11.6-inch screen, 13Z940 "ultra PC" laptop (pictured after the break) and a new 27-inch all-in-one. The two mobile devices build on models introduced …

Sony QX-series camera cases for Xperia Z Ultra unveiled

Lens camera cases for Z Ultra coming to Hong Kong in January<p>When Sony announces its QX10 and QX100 "lens camera" attachments for smartphones, it also …

Mobile Technology

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014

This will be the trend that we hope never ever dies. As the Web grows and becomes more involved, and as more things are developed, designers and Web developers are going to get their hands on them. If you thought parallax scrolling techniques were cool, just you wait.<p>Expect to see many more things …

How Snapchat Became The Breakout Consumer Product Of 2013

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Last year, as 2012 ended, I scanned the early-stage startup landscape and tried to identify one company that was a breakout for the year — …

Patricia Artist

Geeksphone's OS-agnostic Revolution smartphone to use Intel chips

We're not yet done with 2013 and already handset manufacturers are tempting us with the products that we'll see in 2014. Geeksphone, the outfit behind the Peak+ and Keon, has released the spec list for the third of its Firefox OS devices. The two notable things about the Geeksphone Revolution, of …

Samsung’s new smart TV doesn’t mean the end of the remote control

In the future, kids won't only fight over the remote control. They will also battle over what to watch by shouting and gesticulating wildly at their television sets.<p>On Monday, Samsung announced it would unveil a new, more advanced version of its smart TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in …

Televisions

Oppo R1 smartphone arrives in China with a bright camera and high style

It's tough to stand out in the mid-range Android crowd, but Oppo may have found a way to separate itself from the pack. Its newly launched R1 smartphone carries a gold-effect metal frame that adds a touch of class around the 5-inch screen. Camera quality may also lure in a few buyers. The R1 …

Gionee Elife E7 mini launched with Oppo-like swivel camera, octa-core CPU

Chinese phone maker Gionee has just released the Elife E7 mini version of its mega-spec'd 5.5-inch, 1080p Elife E7 phone, but it resembles its larger sibling in name only. First off, the 13-megapizel camera and flash are on a swivel at the top, Oppo N1-style. The specifications are otherwise a step …

Windows Phone 8 and the Mac: Surprisingly compatible

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Whether you got a special deal during the holidays, received a hand-me-down, or your employer requires you to use a Windows …

Consumer Tech

54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013

As a self-appointed pundit, I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secret … I love photography! And …

iA's Writer Pro maximizes the minimalist text editor

How do you add features to the app with no features?<p>Minimalist text editors aren’t the novel concept they once were, but iA Writer has done more than most to bring the idea of distraction-free writing to the mainstream. Since Information Architects released the app for iPad in 2010, it’s expanded …

Apps

Steve Wozniak Backs Kickstarter Kit Computer

Would Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs have created the Apple I as a Kickstarter project had they been born in, say, 1985 and 1990 rather than 1950 and 1955?<p>Certainly Apple co-founder Wozniak has clearly always seen a bit of himself in other would-be homebrew engineers — which is why he has supported …

Steve Wozniak

New writer hired to continue 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' book series

The Swedish publisher of the popular book trilogy <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i> has reportedly hired another author to write a sequel to the series penned by Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004.<p>Norstedts announced it signed David Lagercrantz to write the new series which will feature the characters of …

Books

LG's 21.5-inch Chromebase all-in-one puts ChromeOS on the desktop

Besides Samsung's Chromebox series ChromeOS has appeared mostly on laptops, but now LG will put its new Chromebase up against Apple's iMac and Windows-based all-in-one desktop PCs. According to the spec sheet, that 21.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD hides an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Nokia Camera Supports all Lumia Windows Phone 8 Devices

The Nokia Camera app, which combines some of the features of its Pro Camera and Smart Camera apps, has been available to download from the Windows Phone Store since October. Thus far, it’s been aimed at Nokia’s higher-end PureView handsets – so the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 928 and Lumia 1020, …

Tablets in 2013: Google, Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft

2013 was the most intense year in the tablet war yet. Amazon and Google kept their prices low, Apple and Samsung responded accordingly, and Microsoft showed it was here to stay. Here’s our take on what happened this year and what it all means.<p>There are, naturally, other companies that build and …

Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ personal assistant will debut with Windows Phone 8.1 in April

Microsoft’s take on Siri is a few steps closer to reality.<p>With Windows Phone 8.1, set to be announced next April at Build, Microsoft plans to finally introduce “Cortana,” its own personal assistant software, as the Verge reports. The software, which sounds like a cross between Siri and Google Now, …

Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …