Keen eye for Lenovo’s VR play

Virtual reality, or VR, seems to be the next big thing in the mobile industry, as evidenced by all the promising technology exhibited in this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A leading technology innovator in its own right, Lenovo took the chance to show the world what Lenovo VR and TheaterMax can bring to the table—and all at friendly price points.
“Over fifty percent of digital content is consumed on mobile devices,” said Dino Romano, Lenovo Smartphones Philippines Country Manager. “The smartphone remains to be the primary personal entertainment device for Filipinos. The Lenovo TheaterMax, powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality, is now available in the Philippine market. This technology now comes with our cutting-edge smartphones, which come at friendly price points for the discerning and practical Pinoy smartphone user,” said Dino Romano, Country Manager, Lenovo Smartphone Philippines.
Gear up for the future of entertainment with Lenovo VR Technology’s exclusive content and experiences, just for Pinoy users!

Wider, more immersive cinema 

With the Lenovo TheaterMax, users will witness their favorite movies and TV shows come to life as they don their VR headsets. To give Pinoy users a taste of the immersive cinematic possibilities of Lenovo VR technology, they are given exclusive access to The Displaced, a documentary about the plight of over 60 million people expelled from their homes by war and persecution. Viewers will follow the perilous journey of three children—an 11-year-old Ukrainian boy, a 12-year-old girl from Syria, and a 9-year-old Sudanese boy—through an immersive multimedia experience that can propel them to positive action to make the world safer and more peaceful for the children of tomorrow.

Entertainment buffs of several generations will definitely remember poring over “Goosebumps,” the popular horror series from novelist R.L. Stine. Lenovo VR Technology brings this childhood classic to virtual life through the exclusive digital release of the Goosebumps movie in all its VR glory. Users can jump right into the spine-tingling action with Jack Black as he saves Madison, Delaware from a horde of scary demons!

Put on your Lenovo TheaterMax headset and take the adrenaline-packed Polygonal Rollercoaster VR ride! Adrenaline junkies can have their fix anytime as they take an exciting ride through a virtual rollercoaster track filled with sharp curves and steep peaks. You can share the exciting experience of cruising down a unique, gorgeously rendered polygonal world of thrills and spills with the whole family!
Regardless of the content, VR can be used as a nifty learning tool for both the young and young at heart. With the TheatreMax technology built into the latest Lenovo smartphones, users are given a platform for watching, interacting and exploring that helps them to learn, play and live.

Swear to soar and protect  

Patrol the skies of Paris, New York, and Dubai to protect earth from nefarious alien attacks with Alien Invasion VR! Put on your VR headset and jump into the cockpit of an F16 to take out alien invaders in 360 gameplay and breathtaking virtual scenery. Aim, lock, and fire to save the Earth! Lenovo VR Technology takes shooter games to the next level with Invasion VR 3D, a three-dimensional gaming experience that sends the player to a remote planet to see if human life is possible there. As the player explores this new frontier, unexpected surprises can pop up from every corner so be ready to survive!


All these and more with the VIBE X3 and VIBE K4 Note

The Lenovo VIBE X3 and VIBE K4 Note come with the new Lenovo Virtual Reality and TheaterMax that users can enjoy right out of the box. These smartphone models also come with a configured 3-mic system and state-of-the-art Wolfson audio codec filters, which filters out ambient noise for an unparalleled, truly immersive sonic experience.


Pricing and Availability
The Lenovo VIBE X3, which comes in Pearl White, is now available at all authorized Lenovo dealers nationwide with an SRP starting at Php22,099. Also available now at all authorized Lenovo dealers is the Lenovo VIBE K4 Note in Matte White and Matte Black with a starting price of Php10,699.

G5: LG’s superstar smartphone hit school opening season

Thinking of buying a smartphone for the next semester, school year? LG G5 smartphone should be just the right choice for that smart buy. Inslashout details…
The Mobile World Congress was blown away last February 2016 when LG Electronics first unveiled the playful LG G5 and Friends, the latest addition to the global technology innovator’s renowned G Series. This breakthrough innovation bagged a record-breaking number of 33 awards at what is known to be the mobile industry’s ‘Oscars’.
Two months later, the celebrated smartphone found its way to the Philippines, making its debut in a grand launch in Shangri-La at the Fort.
Play More with LG G5
The prestigious event was graced by a number of prominent personalities such as Phil and James Younghusband, Ginger Conejero and more. Throughout the program, LG G5 and Friends were given ample praise by different industry experts: Qualcomm Southeast Asia Regional Head Mantosh Malhotra for the G5’s power-packed hardware, music DJ Jessica Milner for the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play sound accessory, and lifestyle-travel blogger Chuckie Dreyfus for the 360 CAM accessory.
Celebrity parents Doug and Cheska Kramer showed the audience why they love the LG G5 and Friends through their Rolling Bot video demonstration with their kids and pet dog. And to reinforce G5’s message “Life’s Good When You Play More”, comedic video blogger Wil Dasovich presented his collaboration with LG through a heart-warming CSR project conducted for the children at the Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC).
Unique Modular Design and Industry-Leading Camera
LG G5 sports the brand’s first-ever Modular Type design, encased in a sleek metal aluminum body and a Slide-out Battery which can easily swap a depleted battery with a fully charged one. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.
Reflecting LG’s longstanding reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject.
LG G5’s unmatched camera qualities are further enhanced with powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized.
LG Friends
With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem—the LG Playground. This comes with a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.
· LG CAM Plus – This is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom and LED indicator. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found in standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting enjoyment.
· LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY – This is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who enjoy top-notch sounds that are traditionally available in high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design and premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC up-sampling technology first introduced in the LG V10, it also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. It can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
· LG 360 VR – This is a VR goggle that can connect to the G5 via a dedicated cable and simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish and foldable design so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 134g and is less than half as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard conte

GLOBE anounce partial purchase stake in SMC’s telco business * 

In a meeting held earlier today, the Board of Directors of Globe Telecom, Inc. (“Globe”) (PSE: GLO), through its Executive Committee, approved the acquisition and signing of a sale and share purchase agreement and other related definitive agreements for the following entities:

50% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Vega Telecom, Inc. (“VTI”) from San Miguel Corporation (“SMC”) (PSE: SMC);

50% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Bow Arken Holdings Company Inc. (“BAHC”); and,

50% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Brightshare Holdings Corporation (“BHC”).

VTI owns an equity stake in Liberty Telecom Holdings, Inc., a publicly listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: LIB). It also owns, directly and indirectly, equity stakes in various enfranchised companies, including Bell Telecommunication Philippines, Inc., Eastern Telecom Philippines, Inc., Express Telecom, Inc., and Tori Spectrum Telecom, Inc., among others.
The transactions are intended to be completed immediately after the fulfillment of closing conditions specified in the definitive agreements.
The remaining 50% equity stake in VTI, BAHC and BHC shall be acquired by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (“PLDT”) (PSE: TEL) under similar definitive agreements.
The total enterprise valuation of VTI, BAHC and BHC was estimated at P70.0 billion, including total liabilities of P17.2 billion. Equity value amounts to P52.8 billion, which translated to an agreed consideration of P26.4 billion for Globe’s 50% equity stakes in the companies. This will be settled in cash payments on a pre-defined payment timeline; of the said amount, fifty percent (50%) shall be payable upon closing of the transaction. Thereafter, two payments, each for 25% of the agreed consideration, shall be made six and twelve months after closing, respectively.
Moreover, the transaction preserves the government’s option to enable a future player to offer telecommunication services because a significant amount of unused spectrum assets covering a complete set of 2G,3G, 4G, and potential 5G frequencies will be returned to the NTC.
“We entered into this transaction as a solution to harmonize the spectrum assets in the country and immediately unlock the benefits of the underutilized frequencies. Ultimately, our goal is to provide our customers with a better experience on our mobile data and home broadband services progressively over the next twelve months,” said Ernest L. Cu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Globe. “Coupled with our execution excellence as the preferred brand for Filipinos’ digital lifestyle choices, the additional frequencies will provide the much needed capacity to improve mobile browsing speeds that our customers would enjoy.”
Currently, the Philippine telcos are having difficulty improving the quality of mobile data services because of continued challenges with site acquisition for cell sites and the intensely bureaucratic permitting process of many local government units. At present, it takes about 25 permits spanning a period of eight months to get an approval to build one cell site. Also, the inconsistent and at times prohibitive fees across various LGUs are added challenges that increase the cost of ownership of these cell sites. These hurdles are some of the primary reasons behind the country’s current state of low site density, contributing to capacity issues and slow mobile internet. These challenges result to a relatively low number of cell sites serving the growing base of mobile data users. Notwithstanding the need to build more cell sites, having additional spectrum will provide some relief as it will immediately add new capacity with the existing number of sites. 
The transaction is expected to provide benefits to mobile internet customers, given the added capacities and greater geographic coverage that additional spectrum, particularly that of the 700MHz frequency, can provide. This exemplifies Globe’s continuous commitment and investments in improving the network and quality of service. These investments will help us support the data needs of existing and new customers and allow them to enjoy their digital lifestyle.
In addition, Globe stands by its commitment to improve broadband speeds at home and its corporate data network. The company is set to deploy fiber optic cables in 20,000 barangays all over the country to provide faster and more reliable internet access in about 2 million homes nationwide. The infrastructure build is expected to take five years and will extend network coverage to more areas that currently have no connection or spotty service.
For 2016, Globe has committed to a program of capital expenditures (“capex”) amounting to approximately $750 million, which is slighlty higher than the a

Power Play: Lenovo Excites Gamers with ideacentre AIO 700 and ideapad Y700 *

 In a study released by IDC in January, the number of PC gamers will spike to 700 million by 2019.[1] Total revenue in high-end gaming PCs alongside all-in-one PCs is expected to grow by nearly five percent annually despite the 10.6 percent decline in PC shipments during the fourth quarter of last year. 

Lenovo, the world’s number one PC maker, leverages on the renewed interest of serious gamers and releases powerful gaming PCs in two form factors: the Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700, a stylish all-in-one PC for whole-family fun; and the ideapad Y700, a cutting-edge laptop for game-anywhere convenience.

Michael Ngan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Philippines said, “The company is strongly committed to developing products designed both for productivity and entertainment. The Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 and ideapad Y700 are equipped with powerful technology, high-definition graphics and high-capacity memory that allow users to work hard and play harder.”

The interest of many gamers has been piqued with the release of the latest Windows 10 Home Operating System. This update in Windows is largely being accepted by users because of the much improved features. The Start icon is back and additional security features are added to safeguard users against device theft and malicious software. The Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 combines the new OS with the 6th Generation of Intel® Quad-Core™ i7 processors so gamers can definitely enjoy smooth performance when playing their favorite PC game at home.

Memory space is a consistent problem in most devices. Games usually require high memory capacity to run. The Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 offers increased RAM capacity of up to 16GB DDR4 to run graphics-intensive games and programs. Also, the AIO 700 may be upgraded with up to 2TB of hard disk storage to let users download large file images, videos and music, plus more.       

The Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 takes the gaming experience up a notch with the stunning visuals of its 23.5-inch frameless Ultra-HD (3840×2160) display, which is also adjustable from -5 to 25 degrees to provide maximum view range, bringing fun filled family activities to a whole new level.

To excite gamers further, the Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 features the Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera that allows users to interact with the ideacentre through hand gestures or facial expression. This feature lets users experience 3D images and share them with friends.

Take mobile gaming to the next level with Lenovo’s ideapad Y700. It is a powerful laptop packed with the latest Windows 10 OS, top-of-the-line Intel 6th Generation of Intel® Quad-Core™ i7 processors and all the ammunition needed to fire up the game anytime, anywhere.

Its cutting-edge, sleek design allows users to conveniently carry the ideapad Y700 around and be immersed in action or adventure games whenever, wherever. The ideapad Y700 utilizes the NVIDIA® GTX 960M. 2GB graphics card for an improved graphics rendering. It sports a 15.6-inch frameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) with anti-glare display for crisp images and vivid colors. Top that with the premium JBL® stereo speakers that would instantly take gamers to a different world.

The Lenovo ideapad Y700 can also be connected through Wi-Fi for an interactive gaming experience along with Bluetooth® 4.0 connectivity options for file sharing or video streaming.

Gaming will never be the same again with the powerful specs of the Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700 and ideapad Y700. Loaded with advanced features, these devices are sure to provide gamers with an immersive gameplay. For more information about the ideacentre AIO 700 and ideapad Y700, visit any Lenovo concept store nationwide or follow Lenovo in their social media accounts.

The ideacentre™ AIO 700 starts at Php69,990.
The Y700 starts at Php69,995.


Flash Plus 2: Fast, stylish and metal (Available at Lazada, May 31, 2016)

Flash Plus 2: Fast, stylish and metal (Available at Lazada, May 31, 2016)

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete/ /
What is more beautiful than a high-quality smartphone detailing in metal! It is what makes heads turn, and it is what makes the Flash Plus 2, and it is no longer associated with Alcael, one of the must have handset with detailing photography specs……you would think twice bringing a DSLR for your next professional or outdoor photo shoots!

Selling exclusively with the premiere on-line shopping site Lazada starting tomorrow, May 31, Flash Plus 2 (P6,990) is design speciic for the budget conscious yet fashionably sleek and tech savvy pinoy consumer. Complex and beautiful, the Flash Plus 2 is one of the few mainstream smarthpones that ships with a metal framework, getting you that smooth skin to metal feel, relatively sliding your fingers on phone’s body while making a call, and the audio, for starters, is comparably of High Definition theater quality. 

Body design, to bring on that shapingly smooth metal feel, was the result of aesthetic design changes, ranging from horizontal wire-drawing, high speed side sand blasting, and ultralight diamong cutting. It explains the Flash Plus 2’s smooth metal side edges, which gets twice the metal anodization treatment, giving off that pristine metalwork typical of many and branded high end devices.

Flash Plus 2 innovates futher with practical features like the fingerprint reconition, which is surprisingly more touch responsive (with instant accurate 3600 unlocking in only 0.5 seconds), optimum imaging, which means clearer silky magazine shots for images shot in low light angles, and immersive HD sound quality – which cleanly extends to audio set for Bluetooth speaker modulation. 

Although Flash Plus 2, which teasingly carry product’s main brand name Flash, is designed for the fancy lifestyle photography millenial. It runs with factory designed Helio 10 processor, ensuring Plus 2’s faster performance while still charging less on battery power. Ensuring ten hours of continuous phone calls, the Flash Plus 2 ships with a fast charging chip (TI BQ25896/(V1.67A). Flash Plus 2 recharges up to 50% of battery power in just 30-minutes. It ups charging efficiency by up to 35%, a perfect aide for people charging constantly from car battery, and under short periods. 

Music is immersive. It features Hi-Fi value-retained earphone acoustics, which means high volume theater sound effects, which is loud but not painful to the ears. Sound can be digitally edited on purpose, providing high performance, and this expands to surround sound level when phone attaches to a third party HD surround sound speaker. 

Phone’s camera ups with PDAF integration, contrast focusing specs with merely 01s of focal alignment. Digital photo feature should be helpful when shooting moving subjects, particularly action shots, which is a craze for millenials who wants to capture everything they can while into pop things like sports, travel or even special events normally captured with a live HD camera. 

Phone camera, whose imaging quality is of print publication standard, integrates with a rear flash (Real Tone Flash Lamp) and selfie flash (LED with color rendering index), helping you shoots clean rear and selfie images shot in dark spots with just the right lighting setting. 

Plus 2’s 5.5 inch screen is (OGS integrated) high definition, perfect alternative for console gaming. Screen technology supports Miravision 2.0 smart eye-protection mode, which opts for Android M stock operating system, keeping visuals flawless watching those downloaded HD movies, live gaming DOTA.

Flash Plus 2, which sells exclusively through on-line shopping mall Lazada starting May 31, ships in two millenial and business savvy variants: Luna Silver and Venus Gold.  
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Alcatel shifts to home, office and school tablet choices for the multitasking millenial

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete/ /

Review: Alcatel Plus 10 Tablet 

Gone are the days when laptops rule multitasking! A tablet with a keypad, particularly for college writing and design, should do enough finishing that term paper, and you could even do some mean research in between on-line takes!
Alcatel heard that call, and long enough to push brand to design the Alcatel PLUS 10 tablet, which entered the market in time for school opening 2016-2017. It is basically a tablet which runs effieintly on Windows 10 OS, but it can be converted into a fully functional laptop that allows you not only to type documents or create spreadsheets, but do those fancy digital business presentations or even slides to fancy your client or techer’s attention.

Designed with 4G LTE connectivity, allowing you to download those practical entertainment, social netwoking, design and including banking applications. It can be connected to a hard drive, mouse, flashdrive prot, and a secondary screen. Weight is 40 percent lighter than an average laptop. 

Detailed for lengthy wireless usage, ideal for students doing their homework or subject research for oral examinations, tablet, which turns instantly into this fully functional Windows 10 laptop screen, can last up to 8-hours of typing time. Tablet and keypad, which is light on the fingertips, shares energy support while attached – hitting a combined battery support of up to 8,410 mAh. 

Working students, those rendering office and college reports, can lean on this tablet for quicker internet 4G LTE connectivity. Keypad, with its seperate rechargeable battery pack, can be converted into an active Wi-Fi sport capable of connecting 15 users. It erases the necessity of bringing pocket Wi-Fi’s, which sometimes has difficulty connecting by area, and battery limits normally to fours hours of usage. 

Set like a foldable notebook, the Alcatel PLUS 10, which can fit in your knapsack, and the screen is protected from shock when folded, can hook up easy to projectors for unsked presentations, watching movies with friends instead of going out to watch a movie in theaters. The tablet, when detached, has a front and rear cameras, both shooting pristine print publication ready images.
Blogging, for those who blog using their convertible tablets, is fast and easy with the PLUS 10. Video editing is possible, and you can choose from several third part applications for your AVP templates, including those set for YouTube or blog marketing exposure. 
Video calls is suggested with front flash, for clearer reception, but it works similarly well with Skype or Facebook messaging, which accepts free phone calls everywhere, provided network in your area is stable. 

Alcatel PLUS 10 is one three upcoming back to school and productivity smart gadgets ALCATEL has posed for Year 2016.
Check out the specs…   
SPECIFICATIONS:Dimensions: 259.3 x 156.2 x 8.35 millimetres

Software Environment

Embedded Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 

Microprocessor, Chipset

CPU Clock: 1920 MHz

CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 

Memory, Storage capacity

RAM capacity: 2 GiB

ROM capacity: 29.8 GiB


Display Technology: color IPS TFT , 16777216 scales

Display Diagonal: 10.1 ”

Display Resolution: 1280 x 800

Video port: 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution


Microphone(s): mono

Loudspeaker(s): stereo

Audio Output: 3.5mm

Control Peripherals

Positioning Device: Multi-touch screen

Primary Keyboard: Attachable QWERTY keyboard

Directional Pad: Not supported

Scroll Wheel: Not supported


Expansion Slots: microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, microSDXC

USB: USB 2.0 client, 480Mbit/s


Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0

Wireless LAN: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Infrared Gate: Not supported

Multimedia Broadcast

Analog Radio Receiver: Not supported

Digital Media Broadcast Tuner: Not supported

Satellite Navigation

Built-in GPS module: Supported

Complementary GPS Services: Assisted GPS, QuickGPS, Geotagging, Simultaneous GPS (S-GPS)

Built-in Digital Camera

Primary Camera: 5 MP

Autofocus (AF): Supported

Optical Zoom: 1 x

Macro Mode: Supported

Built-in Flash: Supported

Secondary Camera: 1.9 MP

Additional Details

Built-in accelerometer: Supported

Battery: built-in

Battery Capacity: 5830 mAh


Take home the iPhone SE at (Smart) Plan 1500

Even school children, students from universtities would need a decent mobile device like the Apple iPhone SE to through time spent multitasking things like home chores and homeworks. Well, Smart could help you do that, and it comes with a worthy plan that is friendly to your career, student budget.

Unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications has announced that it will offer the iPhone SE, the most powerful 4-inch phone ever, FREE on Plan 1500 under a 30-month contract, inclusive of a super-sized 8GB data allowance for your daily dose of videos, music and games.

On top of the 8GB data, the plan also comes with All-Month Surf, which gives subscribers access to all top websites and apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and chat apps like Viber, Whatsapp, Line and Messenger, among many others, throughout the 30-month period.

 Smart’s other unbeatable offers for the iPhone SE are available at Register online now to be among the first to get hold of the latest iPhone when they hit the Smart Stores nationwide soon.


Compact and powerful

iPhone SE packs the power of iPhone 6s in a beloved compact aluminum design that customers love, featuring a stunning four-inch Retina display and four gorgeous metallic finishes, including rose gold. 

With the exceptional performance of the advanced 64-bit A9 chip, longer battery life, camera innovations including a 12-megapixel iSight camera, Live Photos, the ability to record in 4K and Touch ID with Apple Pay, iPhone SE is the perfect phone for everyone who wants a smaller phone.

Nationwidest network

“iPhone SE proves that indeed big things can come in small packages, and we can’t wait for more Filipinos to enjoy Apple’s most advanced features in such a compact and affordable device,” said Smart Brand Head Kathy C. Carag.

 “And as we always say, your phone is only as powerful as your network. Smart’s nationwidest network powers the new iPhone SE to keep up with your very active mobile lifestyle – from your daily dose of mobile surfing and gaming, instant social media sharing, and seamless music and video streaming on the fly,” she added.

 Smart will make the iPhone SE available at Smart Stores and Smart Online Store. For updates, visit For more information on iPhone, please visit