Apple dominates device sales among holiday shoppers

Apple Retail Store

N the battle for smartphone and tablet sales this holiday season, one company ruled them all. Just like last year, Apple was the best-selling brand worldwide from December 19 to 25, getting 44 percent of all device activations during the period. Meaning if you bought a gadget for yourself or your loved ones at the time, chances were it was probably made by …

IFA 2016: Lenovo’s Yoga Book could be the tablet of our dreams

uspend any thoughts of Lenovo as a smartphone company momentarily. It’s important, because the Beijing-headquartered giant that acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005 excels in making devices designed for productivity first and foremost — and it has for years. Its latest product, the Lenovo Yoga Book, prides itself on tradition, on a heritage of storied engineering. But it’s also a bet …

Starmobile unveils Intel-based Engage 7i tab w/telephony on board

Starmobile today unveiled the newest addition to its Engage tablet lineup, the Starmobile Engage 7i. The device features a 7-inch IPS display and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop on a 64-bit Intel Atom X3 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. A 3,000mAh battery, which Starmobile says delivers up to 20 days of standby time, powers the whole …

Cherry Mobile unveils new MAIA series with Intel chips in tow

Confirming earlier reports, Cherry Mobile today took the wraps off its MAIA line of devices (two tablets and one handset). MAIA, which is short for Making Amazing Innovation Accessible, is Cherry Mobile’s new branding for Intel-based gadgets, the company revealed. These devices are affordable, as expected, and they run Android KitKat on Intel’s latest 64-bit chipsets. The hero product of …

ASUS PH unveils iPad mini rival with 4GB of RAM

Earlier today, ASUS Philippines showed off two new tablets under the ZenPad line, with the company continuing its push into the crowded budget segment. New entrants to the market, the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 and ZenPad 7.0, which I discussed briefly several days ago, carry the promise of an upscale design with interchangeable backs and category-leading performance in a surprisingly compact, …

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet to launch on July 30

After garnering a lot of attention in the smartphone space, courtesy of the high-specced but reasonably priced Zenfone 2, ASUS Philippines will be looking to impress would-be tablet owners next week with the launch of two new additions to its tablet line. I’ve just received word that both the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 and ZenPad 7.0 are going to be …

10 things you should know about DOST’s free WiFi project

There’s hope for a connected Philippines yet. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held a press conference today to discuss the upcoming rollout of its P1.4-billion public WiFi project and to clarify certain aspects of the landmark service that will connect millions of Filipinos to the Internet at no cost.

What does DOST’s 50MB of free Internet get you?

Image via The Verge Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already begun installing Internet access points in the Quezon City Circle. This is in anticipation of a P1.4-billion project that plans to deploy 7,000 public WiFi hotspots across the Philippines before the end of 2015. Its initial rollout is slated on July 24, …

Mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes w/LTE, S Pen

Samsung’s been in the tablet business for quite some time, and over the years, it has played around with different designs to keep things interesting. Right now, it seems the Korean giant has taken a different approach to making mid-range slates, as evidenced by the outward appearance and 4:3 screen ratio of its new Galaxy Tab A tablet. It is, in many …

Lenovo unveils 4 new laptops, price starts at P14,495

Hoping to maintain its competitive advantage in the PC and tablet industries, Lenovo today unveiled 4 new consumer laptops for the local market. The company’s latest offering includes the Lenovo Yoga 300 and 500, Ideapad 100, and Z51 laptop, which is by design a multimedia workstation aimed at music and movie lovers. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch laptop equipped with …

CloudFone unveils dual-OS, Android Lollipop tablets

Are two operating systems better than one? Local tech company CloudFone seems to think so, as it has just unveiled a pair of dual-OS tablets, alongside two other slates leveraging the Intel platform. The CloudPad Epic 7.1 and 8.9 can switch between Android KitKat 4.4 or Windows 8.1 pending a hardware reboot, while the CloudPad Epic 8.0 is a pure …

16,000mAh Xiaomi Power Bank goes on sale April 24

Via AskMeBazaar Xiaomi has been busy lately. Fresh off announcing two new devices for the Philippine market, the Chinese manufacturer is bringing its 16,000mAh Mi Power Bank to Lazada Philippines to be sold on the online retailer’s website at noon on April 24. And the price? Just P1,299, which is double the cost of the 10,400mAh Mi Power Bank, though …

Xiaomi’s iPad mini challenger priced in PH

Via MyDrivers (UPDATE, April 28: Mi fans, mark your calendars. Xiaomi Philippines just confirmed the first sale date of the Mi Pad on the company’s Facebook page. The tablet will be available starting May 4, 2015.) It turns out the Redmi 2 isn’t the only Android KitKat device Xiaomi is planning to release in the Philippines soon. Last year’s Mi Pad, …

We’re breaking the rules of online publishing…

Who are crazy enough to soft-launch a site that’s so bare? My writing partner since my Mega Publishing days, Ramon Lopez, and I are. We have disregarded the first, second, and third rules of online publishing: You do not launch a website unless it’s packed with articles, or as my former boss, Summit Media president Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, would call it, puno. Surprisingly, …