One Big Gaming Movie

In Review: Ready Player One (Sci-Fi/ Action/ Fantasy)

by Edsel Lorete/ /

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn,Simon Pegg,T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance, Hannah John-Kamen, Win Morisaki, Lena Waithe, Susan Lynch, Ralph Ineson, Perdita Weeks  

Director: Steven Spielberg (Shindler’s List)

What if you can put all the most memorable movie characters in one big feature film? Steven Spielberg did one just that for the heck of it, and audience love it! I am talking about Ready Player One, which is Spielberg’s latest plunge into digital animated filmmaking. Film needed a familiar storyline, an inspiration pacing with what seem trendy with millenials. Virtual Reality (VR) gaming was all it took to bring on Ready Player One’s gargantuan storyline. Film is based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of same title. Watching film compares to those cooly lengthier) introductory character animes set for contact gaming. And Spielberg only needed one leading human character to bring on film’s spectacular premise to the screen. Storyline foreplays with pretty much what audience naturally perceive of virtual gaming in a worldly context. Having that in place, Spielberg’s fancy for past characters (inlcuding films from his productiion backyard) audience could not seem to get off craving seeing again on the big screen. But Spielberg, watching this movie fair with geek’s imagination, had a better idea that gave birth to Ready Player One’s cool premise. He brought in characters into a phenomenal adventure only a true blue gamer, and perhaps in part the generation that watched many of Spielbeg’s movies, coming together for a one of a kind adventure movie for all ages. While that may say little of film’s stylishly animated storytelling techniques, what holds true here is Spielberg’s charm for mystery. It is a statement to many of Steven’s movies, and Ready Play One precisely layout is not one to miss out on the big screen. It is charming, and this is just a fair hint, seeing Back to the Future’s time travelling car Delorean hit it off once more on screen. That brought tears to some adueince, and while bringing fourth more curious thought lingering on a past generation’s take for mystery and adventure. It is moody thrill to take watching Ready Player One state its high octane play off, with rich characters audience did not want to missed out on in the name of a kick ass weekend movie. Having said that, and this films needs to be watched from start to end credits and enjoy film entirely, Spielberg was able to brilliantly fused audience’s lingering interest fusing classic (and not so classic) comic names (and even themes) that appeal widely to general audiences worldwide. It is a rare spectacle for a filmmaker to do just that, redefining popcorn movie defined normally for digital exploitation. While little can be said of film’s popcorn digital plotting, the mere sight of familiar cinema characters is what makes Ready Player One so much more exciting – if not teasing for even this touch screen generation can proudly enjoy and perhaps share the same old excitement we have had watching characters comes alive in theaters. Ready Player One is a tribute to gaming enthusiasts. It is equally a rare family bonding visual treat that should only be enjoyed, out of respect for cinema legends like Steven Spielberg, from inside a digital theater.

Detecting, avoiding sites offering illegal contents

It pays to veer away from illegal content, particularly this summer when everybody is generally on line in-between their summer activities. It is no only illegal, doing streaming or downloading illegal contents can expose you to viruses designed to unlock your private contents. Just the same, Globe and its #PlayItRight campaign share good tips to detect, if not avoid, illegal content teasing its way into your mobile devices.


One of the most popular sources of entertainment in the Philippines is streaming videos online. However, many people think that everything available online is legal. Piracy is a huge problem and something that cannot be solved easily. Moreover, it exposes viewers to dangers like viruses, malware, identity theft, and affects the livelihood of those producing and starring in films and TV shows. Even more dangerous, illegal sites also carry child pornography content. 
Globe has launched #PlayItRight, an advocacy to educate Filipinos to download or stream content from legitimate sources only, and to share the dangers of streaming or downloading from illegal websites.
Here are five ways to know if a site is streaming or distributing illegally: 
1. It has a lot of dubious-looking ads
One of the hallmarks of an illegal streaming website is the number of ads that appear as pop ups. Oftentimes, viewers will have to go through several of the popups before they can even watch the promised content. This is dangerous because they may contain malware that can steal private information like passwords, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.
2. The content has low quality
Content quality is usually low, with choppy or poor resolution, inaudible audio, or mixed-up subtitles. Some are even recordings at a cinema! Because these streaming websites obtained the movies illegally, their copies are inferior. Another sign that a film was stolen: the copy has a visible watermark that says it’s not for distribution.

3. You need to buffer a lot, even if your internet speed is fast
A fast and reliable internet connection doesn’t mean the viewer can watch from illegal streaming sites smoothly. These websites are not meant for content delivery so viewers will experience lag and buffering, especially if many viewers access the site at the same time. Legitimate streaming sites work with telcos to make sure that viewers get the best experience when watching content.

4. There’s no contact information
Websites normally have a “Contact Us” page where users can reach the administrators should they encounter a problem. A site with no such page is suspicious because it means they have something to hide. Illegal sources don’t want to get caught illegally streaming and distributing copyrighted content so they don’t put their contact information to avoid legal repercussions.
5. Movies currently showing in cinemas are already available online 
The telltale sign of a site distributing illegal content is that movies still being screened in cinemas are already available in the site. Film studios rarely grant immediate distribution to films that are still in theaters, so sites peddling these are questionable and most likely acquired illegally.
Protect yourself from the dangers of illegal streaming and support the film and TV industry, make sure to #PlayItRight. Globe offers affordable access to legitimate content through international partners like Netflix, Disney, HOOQ, FOX+, and Viu.
To know more about how to subscribe to these streaming platforms, visit To report websites containing child pornography, you may submit a report to the Interagency Council Against Child Pornography through

All Purple Merrell Shoes for Women’s Month *

Great news for all pretty strong ladies out there, global outdoor brand Merrell is launching an all-purple collection perfect for the stylishly adventurous lady! The shoes in this new line come in cutting edge performance technology with a nice touch of purple to go with it.

Ideal for river crossings and other activities such as canyoneering or spelunking, Merrell’s Purple Collection features today’s best innovation for land and water adventures. Its quick drying technology and superior traction make it a safe and stylish statement wherever you’re headed. Whether you’re into light hikers, outdoor sandals, or even just stylish designs with premium technology for your daily urban grind, this collection from Merrell has you covered.

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Globe teases Holy Week vacationers with list of historic churches for Visita Iglesia

It is always a welcome choice doing a Visita Iglesia with your family on Holy Week. It is even better getting that deed done with a dependable postpaid Globe phone plan at your disposal. It is also great, if you are on a budget, to bring that prepaid Globe Home broadband you plug in your car to keep all your social media postings consistent with your church visits in and out of Metro Manila. Globe Telecom, in observance of Holy Week, shared this feature how your Visitas Iglesia can run this summer.

Every Holy Week, Catholics from all walks of life traditionally visit seven different churches as part of the Visita Iglesia to pray and reflect on their lives. 

As one of the largest Christian countries in the world, the Philippines is, by no surprise, full of beautiful churches where devout Catholics can choose from for this long-standing religious practice. 

To help you save time and lessen your research work, Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, has picked out some of the churches in Metro Manila and nearby provinces best known for their unique historical and miracle stories which you can visit this Holy Week.

1. Quiapo Church – Manila
The Quiapo Church, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, has been a symbol of Catholicism in the Philippines for centuries. Every year, many flock to the basilica to pray before the popularly known Black Nazarene. The annual festival of the Black Nazarene attracts millions of devotees who believe that the life-sized religious figure has delivered miracles in the various aspects of their lives.

2. Barasoain Church – Malolos, Bulacan
Barasoain Church

If you owned a 10-peso bill in the late ‘90s, you probably saw this church’s image on the back of that note.
The Barasoain Church is recognized by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as the Cradle of Democracy in the East and as one of the country’s most important structures. It was chosen as the site of the Philippines’ first Congress, where the revolutionary Malolos Constitution was crafted, paving the way for the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in 1899.

3. Parish of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace – Lipa, Batangas

In 1948, a postulant at the Carmelite Monastery of Lipa claimed to be graced by the Virgin Mary with an apparition in the compound’s garden. Stories further claimed that days later, rose petals with religious images rained on the monastery as a sign of the apparition. Today, the Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Parish stands as a reminder of the event, drawing the faithful to the site for decades. It is situated amid the bustling city of Lipa, providing a safe and quiet haven for contemplation and reflection for the faithful.

4. Santo Domingo Church – Quezon City

The Santo Domingo Church is known across the Philippines and Asia for two main reasons: it’s one of the biggest churches in the continent, and it serves as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.
Yearly, devotees flock to this site for an annual procession featuring Our Lady of La Naval de Manila. The interiors of the church, which boast of colorful stained-glass windows and centuries-old artifacts, is also an attraction to tourists and locals alike.

5. Baclaran Church – Parañaque City
This church is the national shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and is one of the largest Marian churches in the Philippines. Every Wednesday, the Baclaran Church is flooded by devotees who pray their patron’s novena and attend the Holy Mass. Located along Roxas Boulevard, this religious structure commonly attracts Catholics from all walks of life, especially those seeking refuge from life’s ordeals like various illnesses, marital problems, financial troubles, and more.
6. Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral – Baguio City, Benguet

Named after Our Lady of Atonement whose intercession is directed to the reconciliation of sins, the cathedral is a central figure of Catholicism in Baguio. Managed by the Pink Sisters on Brent Road, this cathedral is known for its iconic pink facade. It’s popular both as a tourist spot and a site for prayer and reflection, thanks to its closeness to nature and its proximity to other frequented places in the city.
7. Manaoag Church – Manaoag, Pangasinan
According to folktales, the Virgin Mary appeared before a young farmer in Manaoag, giving him instructions on where she wanted a church to be built. This was believed to be the Manaoag Church’s origin. Renowned as the pilgrim center of the north, the Manaoag Church is home to Our Lady of Manaoag. It is frequented by many Catholics because of the centuries-old ivory statue of the Virgin Mary, which is believed to have miraculous powers.

Teen builds power bank that can actually power appliances on-the-go

Who says powerbank cannot power up appliances? It can now, and it is been proven possible and marketable eventually by this 19-year old kid. Inslashout details with this feature.

We rely heavily on our gadgets these days. Almost everyone has a power bank for those times when you don’t have access to a power source to charge your phone.
What if your power bank was supersized that it can actually power home appliances? Imagine going on a summer vacation and be able to charge your phone through many cycles without running out of juice.
In case you missed it, Angelo Casimiro, an Electronics and Communications Engineering student and the person behind the YouTube channel TechBuilder, created a DIY power bank that’s powerful enough to run appliances such as TVs, lamps, and electric fans. What’s even better is that it can also be configured for charging via solar panel.
A tinkerer since he was a child, Angelo’s been making inventions and sharing tutorials on how to make them in his YouTube channel. He made global headlines in 2016 when he made a working life-size BB-8 droid from household materials.
Together with leading global technology brand Lenovo, Angelo shared the full tutorial on his channel. Watch it here:
Made from three USB powerbanks, a DC-to-AC converter, rectifier diodes, two 3-Cell Balanced Lithium Ion Charger modules, wood, contact cement, and tape, Angelo’s DIY power bank is stored with enough power to support various home appliances to even doubling the battery life of his Lenovo Legion Y520, which is a huge feat since gaming laptops consume so much power.
The AC outlet power bank is Angelo’s first invention in partnership with Lenovo.

SMART’s Data/ advancing LTE (Marikina) tests peaks at 500 Mbps

SMART’s Advancing Data/ LTE tests peaks at 500 Mbps in Marikina 
Expect incredibly faster, and this should be consistent even for streaming not only images but videos, broadband services through telco Smart. The Philippine telco has finished its Marikina tests with very positive results. Inslashout shares this feature straight off telco Smart’s turf….and it is good news!

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications has begun activating five-component carrier (5CC) aggregation in Marikina City, boosting the speeds achieved by LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) -capable devices to over 500 Mbps.
In a series of daytime tests done last week in a densely populated residential area of Marikina City using a Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone, which is a 5CC-capable device, Smart’s LTE-A network consistently reached data rates of over 500 Mbps, hitting 558 Mbps at one point.
“Our LTE-A deployment proves that we have a network that’s capable of providing unprecedented data speeds and world-class internet quality, and has enough capacity to efficiently meet the rapidly rising mobile data traffic,” according to Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president for network planning and engineering at PLDT and Smart.
Bigger pipe for next-level user experience
LTE-A is the fastest, commercially available wireless technology for mobile data in the country today. In most Android smartphones, it appears as “4G+” in the part of the screen indicating the available signal, while iOS devices display it simply as LTE. Smart became the first operator to commercially deploy LTE-A in the Philippines when it fired up the service in Boracay in April 2016.
Carrier aggregation (CA), a major feature of LTE-A, combines two or more separate bands of radio frequencies to create a bigger pipe for faster data rates, and improve the overall user experience. Smart has deployed 2CC, 3CC, and 4CC in cities across Metro Manila, and in major cities in other regions of the country.
In its 5CC deployment in Marikina City, Smart has taken five bands and bound them together, providing extremely high LTE-A mobile data speeds to users with capable devices.
At par with other countries
Aside from CA, Smart is using two other key features of LTE-A, to deploy it initially in the country’s urban areas where there are predominantly more users of advanced devices, to slowly roll out to the rest of the country.
Smart uses 4×4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in its network, which raises the efficiency of available radio frequencies by using multiple antennas for sending and receiving data, and 256 QAM, which enables the transfer of more data from a cellsite tower to a device with a very good radio condition.
With CA, 4×4 MIMO, and 256 QAM on its network, Smart is ramping up its LTE-A rollout, and is making a parallel effort to push more capable devices into the market.
“Along with our commitment to roll out LTE-A nationwide, more LTE-A capable devices in the hands of more users is the other half of the key that will lift the mobile data speeds in the country, and put the Philippines at par with the likes of Singapore and South Korea,” added Tamayo.
Smart’s LTE-A deployment is the sharp edge of a broader effort to blanket the country with high-speed mobile broadband. Parent company PLDT has committed historic levels of resources to support this network transformation. Capital expenditures reached P40 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach P58 billion in 2018.

Telco Globe supports DoH’s awareness program for mental health

Globe Telecom continues its support to the Department of Health (DOH) in promoting mental health awareness in the Philippines. In its pursuit to provide a platform for a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, toll-free Hopeline 2919 was built with the support of Globe providing the necessary technology for it.


Depression continues to be a leading cause of ill health and disability among many countries around the world. Many people think that depression is not an illness but just a negative feeling that one eventually snaps out of but in fact, it is one of the leading causes of suicide.


Based on data from the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are currently undergoing depression, up by more than 18 percent from 2005 to 2015. In the Philippines, an estimated 3.3 million Filipinos are suffering from depression. Only 1 out of 3 who suffer from depression will seek the help of a specialist and one third will not even be aware of their condition.


With the creation of Hopeline in 2012, over 14,000 calls have been received and most of the calls were related to issues on depression, suicidal thoughts and relationship problems.


“Today, many people are still unaware of the causes of depression, anxiety and other serious mental health disorders. The illness is highly misunderstood and is further exacerbated by the stigma attached to it. Hence, there is a need to better understand the Filipinos who are under these circumstances. It is necessary to make them feel that they are not alone in their fight; that there are people who care and are a willing to listen,” explains Secretary Francisco Duque III of the Department of Health.


“By powering the hotline, Globe makes the significant contribution of turning the tide and raising awareness on mental health. This way, we are able to offer various opportunities for people to seek help and support,” adds Yoly Crisanto, SVP for Globe Corporate Communications. 


Reinforcing its efforts to promote education on mental health awareness, Globe in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, College of St. Benilde (CSB), and the National Center for Mental Health launched “Hope in 40 Seconds”, a video animation competition among students and young adults aged 16-30 years old. 


The competition aims to promote the importance of mental health among Filipinos and boost awareness for Hopeline 2919. “Hope in 40 Seconds” wishes to convey to people undergoing depression and who may be exhibiting suicidal tendencies that they are not alone, that there are others who actually care and are willing to listen.


The Top 5 finalists of the “Hope in 40 Seconds” competition are “Hope in your Hands,” by Nia Colinayo and Jade Velasquez; “Light Beyond Shadows” by Rex Lynnus Sueno, “Out of Reach,” by Maria Marquiala and Ralph Reyes; “Hope^4” by Aleks Elizabeth Dolor Isla; and “Black White Red,” by Ma. Isabella Parca.


An awarding ceremony is set to recognize the best three entries this April 2018 at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.