First in PH: Starmobile starts phone assembly in Calamba

Starmobile UNO B208 assembly Philippine factory_Revu

OCALLY branded smartphones are not really assembled in the Philippines. You know that, right? They buy the devices from original design manufacturers or ODMs, which are mostly based in China, and tweak them to their liking, so to speak. But in a first in the Philippines, a local technology company is assembling mobile phones in the country.

Free Wi-Fi on EDSA: Everything you need to know

Free WiFi EDSA MRT_Revu Philippines

OR commuters who regularly pass by the busiest thoroughfare in the Philippines, this is probably a welcome respite from the horrible traffic they usually face on the highway: The Department of Information and Communications Technology has formally launched its “free high-speed Wi-Fi on EDSA” project. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to provide Filipinos better internet service.

Xiaomi officially in PH? Here’s the company’s statement

Xiaomi Mi 6_Revu Philippines via CNET

S it true that Xiaomi will be back again in the Philippines by February?” We were taken aback. We certainly did not see that message coming. Our friend’s question came out of the blue — and just when we were in the middle of covering CES 2017.

PLDT vs Globe vs Converge ICT: Fiber internet plans available

Checking internet speed on the laptop at home_Revu Philippines

O you finally realized that you can get fast home internet connection in the Philippines, thanks to fiber, which can transfer a huge amount of data seamlessly and deliver speeds over longer distances without being susceptible to electromagnetic interference.

Google Philippines is hiring. Here are the job openings

Google Philippines office in BGC, Taguig City, Metro Manila

ANCY working at the local office of one of the top technology companies in the world? You’re in luck. We were scrolling through our Facebook feed when we chanced upon an interesting post of a friend who works at Google Singapore: that Google Philippines has several job openings. 

How to check if up-to-1Gbps internet connection is available in your area

Checking internet speed on the laptop at home_Revu Philippines

ELIEVE it or not, it is possible to get fast home internet connection in the Philippines. We should know. We switched from DSL to fiber optic in 2015 and have never looked back since. In fact, if we are to move to a new place, there’s no question that one of our top considerations is the availability of fiber in …

DOH head wants to block porn sites… due to HIV risk

Watch and block porn sites by iStock

ON’T ask us how they’re connected, or even how the move will actually solve the problem, but the Department of Health wants to impose a sweeping ban on porn sites in the country to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, particularly among the youth.

Apple dethrones Samsung as world’s largest smartphone vendor

Apple vs Samsung by ExtremeMobile

NE company’s misfortune could lead to another manufacturer’s success. In this case, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 problem caused the tech giant to settle for second place in the smartphone category in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This P1,490 TV box promises cable-quality local channels — without cable

Starmobile's Starcube digital TV box by Elijah Mendoza

HE company responsible for Starmobile phones and tablets is now also in the TV box business, with the introduction of the new Starcube digital television box. Distributed by STAR Inc., the device promises an affordable way of watching free-to-air live channels in “cable quality,” without a cable subscription. And without splurging on a new set.

PLDT intros cheapest fiber plan. Is it worth it?

HE affordable has become cheaper. Two months after introducing Fiber Plan 1899, PLDT unveiled a fiber-optic internet-connection package whose monthly fee is friendlier to your budget than the 1899. 

Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catches fire

HE world can rest easy, as Samsung today answered that — pardon us — burning question on everyone’s lips. At a news conference, the tech giant confirmed that bad batteries and bad decisions were to blame for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fire incidents that led to its discontinuation just two months after its launch.

These are the top 5 smartphone brands in Q3 2016

Smartphones on Revu Philippines

HINESE smartphone vendors still reign over the industry amid a 1.1 percent growth to 363 million shipments in Q3 2016, according to the latest numbers published by market-research firm IDC.

Apple is PC industry’s biggest loser in 2016

Apple MacBook, Revu Philippines

HE latest report of market-research firm IDC did not surprise us; we had already expected the PC industry to shrink in 2016. Based on the data, worldwide shipments of traditional PCs — desktops, notebooks, and workstations combined — fell to 260 million units, down 5.7 percent from 2015. It was the fifth straight year that the industry shrank. And Apple took the …

10 other interesting tech products on display at CES 2017

Toyota Concept-i at CES 2017

NOTHER January, another CES done. And once again, this year’s edition of the biggest consumer-electronic show gave us a look at what’s out there in the world of technology and what’s about to come. 2017 is even memorable as CES celebrates its 50th anniversary.

3 new Xiaomi products we wish were on their way to the rest of the world

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra at CES 2017

ND when we say “the rest of the world,” we meant outside Xiaomi’s native China. Because while we had initially thought that the company joining CES for the first time meant an announcement of a concrete roadmap for its entry to the U.S., it turned out that we had thought wrong.

Amazon Prime Video now available worldwide, including PH [UPDATED]

E have been Amazon Prime Video users for a while now, using a VPN [virtual private network] connection to be able to watch our favorite shows. But we’ve been monitoring the local Play Store and App Store almost every day since it was announced that Amazon is preparing for a global launch of its streaming-video service. Today, December 14, look at …

LTE speed in PH improves, but still one of world’s slowest — report

IRELESS-COVERAGE mapping company OpenSignal’s latest State of LTE report is out. The good news? Data taken between July to September 2016 showed that average download 4G connection speed in the Philippines increased from 6Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 7.27Mbps this time. The bad news? We still lagged behind most other countries in the world.

The resurrection of Moto: Why it might be successful in PH this time

ATCHING the re-entry of Moto to the Philippine market is like witnessing the resurrection of a dearly departed — twice. Motorola Philippines, which had been in the country since 1979, ceased operations in 2009. It returned in July 2015 as a company now owned by Lenovo, but went silent early this year. This week saw its comeback, and Moto might just make it this …

Samsung should stop selling Galaxy Note 7 after new round of explosions

week ago, we laid out some reasons many Filipino Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users might still prefer to get the “safe” Note 7 to another phone — barring a “new round of explosions.” Today, whether that’s still true or not, we believe Samsung should stop selling the device altogether.