The possibilities for adventure, inspiration, or learning are limitless in the world of books. And with an Android ebook, access to this world is cheap and in your pocket at all times.
In fact, perhaps one of the most fantastic features of Android tablets is that you can store thousands of Nook Android eBooks on your device. There is a variety of books available for Android tablet users to buy on the Google Playstore. The only difficulty really is how to choose.
Here is our list of top recommended books for any mood that takes you. Just make sure that you have taken your Nook Android Tablet with you.
I Want to Be Inspired:
The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank
Perhaps one of the most inspiring books out there, this diary is of the young, opinionated girl growing up as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. The book is a heart-wrenching and hard-hitting look into the life of a highly intelligent and insightful teen attempting to live a normal teenage girl’s life in the dangerous Second World War environment. It is her courage, the truth told and her insight that will leave you inspired.
12 Years a Slave: Solomon Northup
After the recent success of the film inspired by the book, this hard-hitting literature is now a New York Times Bestseller.
It will inspire you to be strong and truly resilient as you experience the harrowing story of slavery in the 19th Century. It will inspire you to see just how far we have come, and show you a moving picture of human kind.
I’m Feeling Ambitious:
Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness: Walter Isaacson
Pretty much any role in society, whether professional or social, requires an element of good leadership, whether it is your title or not. But what makes a good leader? Harness your ambition and find yourself in the many great leaders in history. This book takes a deeper look at what made great leaders great, and who they were. Are you ready to write history yourself?
I Want to Escape It All:
Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey: Ed Stafford
Electric eels and alligators, this story couldn’t drag you any further away from home and normality- depending on where you live of course. If mundane daily life is becoming too much of a slog, and an escape into a faraway land is what you are looking for, you have come to the right place. In 2008, Ed Stafford began his great journey walking in one of the most ruthless, harsh and awe-inspiring lands in the world and now lives to tell the tale. It will blow you away, and you may just be grateful for your sofa when you’ve finished. Perhaps life isn’t too bad after all. Or maybe your feet will get itchier? Anyway, this book escapes reality.
I Want to Learn Something New:
Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level: Ron Hale-Evans Marty Hale-Evans
Are you looking for a good challenge? Are you in need of making your brain work harder? Mindhacker is a killer, interactive book that will get your neurons zapping. The book includes tricks, tips and games that lead you to understand, apply, and then practice how your mind can work beyond its current average use, and at maximum capacity. The great thing about this eBook is that you can keep coming back to it; it’s a bible for your mind, food for your brain.
I Need a Pick-Me-Up:
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life: Gretchen Rubin
Rubin is perhaps the leader in all matters of happiness. This book is a great addition to her series of books about how to improve your overall happiness; the book itself will leave you feeling uplifted. After her success with New York Time’s Bestseller – The Happiness Project – this book offers many more practical tips to develop the most important part of your health: your mental health. Not just a self-help book, Rubin means business, and takes happiness very seriously. You’ll reap the benefits of this book way after finishing.
I Am In the Mood to Laugh:
The Funny Thing Is…. Ellen DeGeneres
The funny thing about this book is that much loved talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres talks in a funny way about her ability to be funny. There’s a lot of funny there, and it may seem like it will make your head spin. But Ellen uses her usual wit and succinctly expressed insight to deliver this labor of love in an e-book, that will not only make you laugh as you’d expect, but will also give you an insight into the mind of the funny lady herself.
Business meetings for any company are a time to discuss anything from new ideas, to new opportunities, or any number of things. There are also many different mediums to have business communications. One medium in particular that has been proven effective for progressive meetings is the face to face meeting. The reason is because having a face to face conversation not only allows you to hear what the other person is saying, but see how they are saying it; meaning non-verbal body language indicators. As a matter a fact, statistics show that only 7% of communication is spoken, the other 93% consists of the tone of voice and the body language. This makes it easier for there to be a mis-communication unless both parties are able to see each other. It’s important to understand this point because internal business meetings are a crucial time to make sure the company is on track. For example, meetings can be a time:
• To gather and impart information
• To exchange ideas, views, opinions and suggestions
• To discuss options
• To solve problems
• To make decisions
• And to devise plans
As a result of this, programs like Blue Jeans Network have been created to help fill in the visual gap that communications like the telephone and email can’t fill. This can be beneficial for any company because holding meetings online using video conferencing has its own set on benefits. One being that it helps save time. By using it, people are no longer required to travel long distances in order to have a face to face interaction. This helps make sure that both parties have a better understanding of the content being discussed during the meeting. A side benefit to video conferencing is that it also improves efficiency; most internet conferences can be done in as little as thirty minutes.
With the prices for traveling rising significantly, using video conferencing on a daily basis can help save you money. It helps eliminate costly travel charges like airfare, gas, meals, and accommodations. This can help reduce the effects of those rising prices and the effects of a harsh economy. In addition it allows any member of a company to meet with any other employee at any time. Not only does that increase the company’s internal flexibility, it leads to better team building since employees are able to speak directly to each other more often. Physical location is also no longer an issue in terms of hiring. Not only can you interview a potential hire via video conferencing from virtually anywhere in the world, you can allow them to work from their location without having to relocate.
With the growing popularity of video conferencing, it’s important to try and to make sure all members involved are able to contribute because it may be difficult to tell if all employees are paying attention during a meeting. One method for doing this is to make each participant responsible for a part of the presentation. Doing so helps ensure that all attendees are familiar with the meeting topic which in turn makes them feel more involved in the meeting. This also helps promote healthy dialogues during the meeting. Having smaller sized group meetings also encourages participation because people generally become more familiar and get comfortable with one another faster. Many video conferencing programs have interactive tools. Try to encourage employees to learn some of them ahead of time and apply these skills during the actual internal online meeting. For example, have an employee create a poll or survey to administer after the presentation/conversation.
There are also some subtle, yet important tips that help promote a successful online meeting; one being not to have a messy or inappropriate background. The place where you hold the meeting should mirror your attire. It would be unprofessional to show up to a meeting wearing pajamas, so don’t have the meeting laying in your bed. Choose a location that looks clean and free of outside distractions. It may seem obvious but that main component that sets video conferencing above other forms of communication—the fact that they can see you, can quickly turn those benefits into negatives if you don’t have the proper video etiquette. That’s why it is important to be mindful of your body language and working on other activities. If you appear uninterested or are working on another activity during the conversation it will most likely send the wrong message. This includes things like chewing gum, yawing, crossing your arms, and rocking in your chair.
Overall, holding internal company meetings online can be a great way to increase the productivity of a meeting. No two meetings will be exactly the same but using the information above can provide structure and help create the type of online meetings that match your company.
Mediocre reviews towards the reboot of the Thief franchise can be credited to how the stealth genre has changed in the past decade. In a sense, stealth has been “perfected” in may different ways: Mark of the Ninja on one end of the spectrum turning sneaking into an arcade platform jumper while Splinter Cell, Deus Ex: HR and Hitman have carved their own niches into to action-stealth genre. And then there’s Dishonored, which in my opinion is Thief’s spiritual successor.
Nonetheless, here we are. More than a decade later with huge leaps in gameplay mechanics, graphics and player sentiment. The world has indeed changed for us gamers, but as a child of the 80′s, growing up with Thief in my teens brings back a familiar wonder. At times I really have to remove myself from associating the plot for that of Dishonored — a city in turmoil, a thief discovering super powers, a struggle between the oligarchs and the plebs… it’s the same formula that adds that bit of grit and mystery to any stealth genre.
Like its precursor, Garrett relies on stealth and his Green-Arrow-esque stable of projectiles from fire and water arrows to choke arrows and rope arrows. Choke arrows render animals unconscious, fire arrows ignite barrels and water arrows extinguish flames to keep you hidden. Despite the number of arrows made available in game, it is actually quite possible to complete missions without using any — triggering direct confrontation with guards or taking them out quietly with your blackjack.
Early on in the game, Garrett gains the power of Focus, which is essentially a toned down predator-mode from Batman: Arkham Asylum — allowing you to see objects of interest but also bolstering your skills for the time the mode is active.
Starting Thief, you are faced with a set of gameplay difficulty options which can be played vanilla (easy, medium, hard) or customized to your preference such as the game ending if you fall, one hit a patrolling guard kills you, or even being spotted ends the game. The ability to fine-tune specific instances of difficulty is a welcome one, however for review purposes I went the easy route and found the awareness level of most guards to be cakewalk, allowing you for bonus points if you do decide to stay hidden without killing anyone.
‘The City’ is daunting at first with a main complex that lets you do side quests by opening glowing windows and conduits that open up different parts of the city for main ‘instances’ which are the different chapters in the game. Pathfinding through the mini map can be confusing as it may take time to get accustomed to the ways and means around the city — some crates can be scaled while others cannot. Although there are visual cues for traversable platforms (seen with a white paint stain similar to Tomb Raider’s cues), getting around can still be challenging given that Garrett cannot jump at will. The space button gives him a direction-sensitive swooping motion that is used to evade guards and transmute from shadow to shadow. It’s a great mechanics but I really wish jumping around was made easier, ala Dishonored.
In terms of story, there’s something there — I feel that it isn’t much about the what but more of the how the story gets delivered. Dialogue can get rather campy and the plot tries to take you for a ride about three hours in but has difficulty sustaining it midway through the game. As a master Thief, Garrett himself feels like he’s really just being taken for a ride reminding himself that he just wanted to get a job done and get out — pretty much how Geralt felt in the first Witcher video game a couple of years back. But he’s brought knee deep into the intrigue so as he breaks through houses to get to his objective, he steals what he can — picking locks and stealing trinkets contribute to Garrett’s gold reserve which is used to upgrade and buy more weapons as well as upgrade his focus abilities when he encounters the Queen of the Beggars early on.
Don’t get me wrong. This is a good game and it is worth playing for more than just the nostalgia (albeit a few technical hiccups like map path finding issues). Thief just doesn’t own the genre anymore and we’ve become desensitized with the concept of sneaking around our enemies. if you play on the PC, add this game to your wishlist and wait for a sale.
Thief is now available for consoles and PC’s. You can buy it directly from Steam or head over to your nearest Datablitz branch.
Of course there has been a massive surge in mobile technology and it has had lots of gaming fans rushing to play on some top mobile casino sites. It makes everything so simple, no longer do you need to be concerned about waiting for people or extended train journey’s – there will always be something to enjoy. Casino gaming has never been easier! Have a look at some of the top gaming phones for you to get the best experience possible.
We have all heard of this little number – it’s launch was eagerly anticipated. If you are looking for some handy and portable this is definitely right up your street and not as expensive as previous iPhones when they were first launched. It has a great touchscreen which will have you whizzing about in no time and has 1080p visuals that will have you feeling like you are in a real life casino.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Similar to the iPhone 5C the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has 1080p visuals and has absolutely tonnes of storage, 64gb to be exact which gives you loads of room for mobile casino’s. Don’t worry if that’s still not enough – you can get 64 more you can download pretty much as many games as you would like. This little number is extremely high resolution which means you can enjoy top graphics and animations and the 2.3 Ghz Krait 400 means you can download pretty much any game available!
Google Nexus 5
As you would expect from anything brought to us by Google – this is a high quality piece of equipment. With the HD display you will feel as if hose slot reels or Roulette balls are coming right at you. It doesn’t have a huge amount of storage in fact up to 32 gb but has a quad core that packs a punch. You can get this phone in white or black – so if you fancy a little style you can choose between the 2.
This technological dream is the one that is marketed most by LG and for good reason. In terms of the visuals – it is probably the best of the bunch! Storage wise it isn’t as good as the iPhone 5C as you can only get up to 32 gb but that’s more than enough for some mobile casino action. The quad core on this device is just as powerful as some of the others we have mentioned with a 2.2Ghz Krait 400.
Nokia Lumia 1520
You may have noticed that there wasn’t yet a Window’s phone on our list – but here we go! It may be compatible with less mobile casino’s than iPhone’s or Androids but the size of the screen will allow you to view the casino games in style. It is 6 inches complete with a 367 ppi pixel density and once again has the 1080p visuals we have now come to expect from Smartphones.
As you can see there is a good list of mobile phones that you could use to enjoy some of the best mobile casino sites out there and the good news is that you can try out some of them or free. You can find more info about mobile casinos no deposit here if you are interested in trying your luck at some Vegas type treats on the go!
This review has been sitting on draft for quite some time. For one, I’m reviewing a camera that was released during the latter part of 2013 so by all means it isn’t new. Secondly, it’s hard to write this review without removing my fanboy cap. This is seriously the best point and shoot camera available in Sony’s stable of imaging devices. I’d even go as far as to say that this is the best point and shoot camera in its class, especially when you’re looking at devices in the PHP 30,000 range. So yeah, let’s fanboy away.
(Note: Apologies to the dust particles on the camera!)
In the Philippines, rarely will you see the Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX-100 Mark II on the Sony store display shelves. It’s under-hyped in favor of the ‘Alpha’ DSLR line and the NEX line of compact cameras. Looks-wise, it closely resembles the jet black Cyber-shot W series, meaning that this is the compact line of cameras that don’t utilize a touch screen (the “T” series is the touch screen variant). Also, the Mark II is a follow up to, well, the Mark I (or simply, the RX-100), which was released in 2012 and is still available in markets today. Note that the official SRP of the RX-100 is around PHP 26,000 while the RX-100 MkII is at PHP 35,000. Some places sell it cheaper.
I encountered the RX-100 from diver friends who have been using it as their compact setup for both photography and video. More and more of them have been pushing out excellent underwater photos and video with this compact setup.
Here are the main differences between the between the RX-100 (2012) and the RX-100 Mark II (2013):
- Mark II has a movable viewfinder which is useful for shooting high and low; it’s useless for underwater photography because you won’t be able to move the screen when it is inside a case
- Mark II has a built in hot shoe in case you want to attach an external flash or a microphone
- Mark II has built-in WiFi transfer which works well with the Sony Play Memories app environment
- Mark II has a slightly better low-light feature, but that’s already considering that Mark I has a top notch 1-inch sensor so there’s really barely any difference in terms of photo and video quality
Just look at how that lens pops out of the seemingly small body. The secret to the RX-100′s awesomeness is the 1-inch sensor that is responsible for such clarity and low light compensation. Which is why in underwater use, I’m able to get good on Program mode without having to compensate my ISO much. If you’ve also seen other underwater videos before, you may notice an overcast blue on most of these. The RX-100 Mark I and II have excellent white balance compensation so that even without the use of a flash, the natural light + custom white balance is more than enough to give you correct colors underwater.
The Mark II has one particular feature I like, which is the option to set 3 custom shooting modes. Although it takes several button presses to engage these settings on the menu, I particularly find it useful for setting custom white balance at different depths. When SCUBA diving, ambient light changes the deeper you go. At the beginning of my descent, I can adjust and save 3 different white balance presets by targeting the substrate (white / gray sand) or a dive slate at different depths (usually 20 ft, 40 ft and 60 ft) to get correct colors.
On land, I stick to Intelligent Auto (which is basically a composite shooting mode) or “P” mode. I don’t do manual on land because it defeats the purpose of toting a point and shoot camera around. I’ve attached some sample photos at the bottom of this review.
This is the best point and shoot camera in its class. To say that it is one of the most amazing underwater cameras only means that it can deliver excellent photos and video under extreme conditions where light is both sparse and unforgiving.
Specs (c/o Sony Website)
1″ Exmor® CMOS sensor
f/1.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x zoom
High speed AF
Connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
Up to ISO 12800 sensitivity
JPEG and RAW image capture
Tiltable 3″ display
In The Box
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
AC Adaptor AC-UB10
Micro USB cable
Shoulder Strap Adaptor
Photo Samples from Baguio 2013
This is it! All your favorite Samsung devices in one big sale! I’ve attached the PDF file which you can download to have handy for your buying guide. Simply click on the ‘DOWNLOAD’ button on the embed.
From Samsung PR:
From February 14 to March 23, catch your favorite Samsung smart phones, tablets, and gadgets on sale! Avail of big price discounts and exciting freebies on our hottest devices, including blockbuster hits like the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3.
Want to surprise your special someone with a brand new Samsung gadget this Valentine’s day? Head to the Great Samsung Sale and get huge discounts of up to P3,500, and great freebies like stylish covers for smart phones and tablets, 9000mAh Powerbanks, or a Galaxy data SIM card. Get a new Samsung smart phone for as low as P10,490, or a Samsung tablet for P7,490. Or, get a free phone with every purchase of a Samsung Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi.
What’s more, Samsung is offering more ways to enjoy the Great Samsung Sale. You can visit your favorite authorized Samsung retailer, or you can order your Samsung gadget online at http://www.greatsamsungsale.ph/, avoiding long lines and heavy traffic. Your item will be delivered straight to your home within 3-5 days!
Feel the gadget love and avail of great deals on your favorite Samsung devices. Head to the Great Samsung Sale, running from February 14 to March 23, 2014 only!
Given the past few weeks’ worth of news spreading throughout social media one of the more welcome ones would be scenes of friends posting photos of themselves over the backdrop of Wicked. Whether it be photos of the huge signboards with pen marks at the CCP lobby, the mechanical smoke-spewing dragon atop the stage, or the standing ovation for the cast after every show, it’s safe to say that Wicked is definitely a hit.
I fell for the books before the play when one of my good friends (who eventually became one of my best men during my wedding) ran up to me one morning before class started (this was the early 90′s) and said,
“Hey! Did you know the wicked witch of the west has a name?”
“Really?”, I said, brows raised.
“Elphaba. E-L-P-H-A-B-A. Elfie for short.”
And I forgot about the conversation entirely until I popped into a Power Books back in 2007 and found a bonanza of Gregory Maguire titles sitting at the front best seller display. In fact, I wrote about it! This was one of the first books I digitally catalogued in my Delicious Library barcode scanner.
But yeah, the book. It was amazing, just like his other works. “There’s always another side to everything.” — That was the premise of all of his books. Elphaba was really just an animal rights activist who just wanted to do the right thing.
The blog post I wrote in 2007 casually mentions the play and I never thought they would screen it here. I got my two tickets up front and center (best seats in the house!) thanks to the perks of Smart Infinity. I’d been a subscriber for over 10 years but it was only this year I made the switch to the more premium service because after looking at my bill for the last couple of months, I was pretty much racking up the same amount (I was previously using an ALL-IN Plan and have since switched to the near-equivalent with Infinity). The main difference are the perks — they gave me Wicked tickets, a 16GB iPad mini when I signed up, discounts and various other perks (like the concierge service (which comes in handy when you aren’t as virile as you used to be).
There’s a big difference between your favorite book coming to life in a movie and coming to life in theater. In a musical. It’s totally different. I’ve prepped myself with several months worth of the soundtrack on repeat in my car from a pre-event teaser last year. On stage, there’s really no room for disappointment, especially with Wicked. Goosebumps, I tell you. It’s a visual and sensory treat you absolutely need to see for yourself. It’s the same with showing photos of your favorite nature scene versus actually being there. The words and photos just don’t compare and some things (like this) are best left out of social media.
I’d like to give a big shout out to the guys from the Infinity team for the perks. As Dorothy and Elphaba would say, there’s no place like home (with Smart!).
It seems that Sony doesn’t suffer from tetraphobia, the fear of the number “4” which is fairly common in many countries in Asia. In fact, they’ve risen from the spoils of war from the previous console war and have made a rather strong statement for gamers with the launch of the Playstation 4 (PS4) this month in the Philippines as the ultimate gaming console. And it’s working.
The PS4 is a next-generation console. By “next gen” we mean that this package will bring utter joy to your living room for the next ten years which is the projected lifecycle for every gaming generation. Out of the box, the PS4 package contains the actual unit, one DualShock 4 controller and a free three month trial to Playstation Plus (PS+) which is Sony’s premium membership tier for downloading games and watching movies over the Playstation Network. PSN is sort of like the iTunes of Sony games. It is important to note that PS+ is required for gamers who want to indulge in online multiplayer matches.
For the rest of the article, please buy a copy of Manila Bulletin or read the full piece from the TechNews website.
“The adventure party is a family and Gary engendered family wherever he went.”
From their Facebook page:
A documentary that tells the story of the people that created Dungeons & Dragons and how its success affected their lives and families. The Great Kingdom is the story of families, blood and personal bond, affected by the success of the game, a game that brought joy to millions but heartbreak to its creators.
In 1969, Gary Gygax, a family man and game designer with an entrepreneurial mind meets Dave Arneson, another brilliant game designer from Minneapolis/St. Paul.
This is the first look at our documentary, THE GREAT KINGDOM. It tells the story of the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, how its success affected the lives and families of those who created the game.
Leave your thoughts below. Make sure to follow us on our Facebook page (facebook.com/TGKFilm) for further updates and insider news.
– "Ten Years Gone" by Led Zeppelin
– "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath
1969, Gary Gygax, a family man and game designer with an entrepreneurial mind meets Dave Arneson, another brilliant game designer from the twin cities. Their collaboration over the next few years would change the gaming world and themselves. This is the history of the people behind the creation of the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons.
The Great Kingdom is the story of families, blood and personal bond, affected by the success of the game, a game that brought joy to millions but heartbreak to its creators.
We are still in production on this amazing story. Stick with us and tell your friends about us. We will update you here and on twitter (@TGKFilm) as we near completion of the film with details of our release.
They say that advances and innovations on the web, especially with social media and always come from two sources: online gambling and yes, probably, pornography. The former is safer to talk about for all intents and purposes.
888poker, one of the leading online poker sites has just introduced a new feature on the virtual tables — Snap Poker. After going through its alpha and beta phases which were only open to a select few, the new table features a SNAP fold trigger that can be pressed to discard your current opponents and immediately insert you with new opponents done via the in-game algorithm ladder ranking.
For the uninitiated, ‘snap’ plays exactly like the traditional poker we’ve come to love except that once you fold, you are IMMEDIATELY dealt a new hand, which means that you’re never kept idle while waiting for other players and you can focus all of your attention on a brand new strategy. Now, ‘Snap Fold’ however is a brand new feature that can only be recreated online as it assigns you new opponents based on ladder and skill rankings. In real life this would be a chore, but it is easily done online. Believe it when we say that you’re never kept waiting!
You can download the feature via PC with Mac and mobile device versions arriving soon.
Like my click-bait title? I swear these types of headlines are annoying. So yeah the video is awesome. But what “I didn’t tell you” is that I didn’t use any artificial light for this. My only light source was the sun!
See what I did there? LOL.
Anyway, over the weekend, we got the Sony RX-100 Mark II wet! Yep, we bought a new camera system for underwater photography. Not that I’m totally ditching my old Canon 350D — but a circa 2006 camera w/ 5MP in it can be a bit frustrating to use. They say that the best camera is the camera you currently have, so I currently have a Sony DSC RX-100 Mark II, a follow up to 2012′s RX-100. I will do a full review of the camera out of water in a separate post.
UPDATE: Check out my RX-100 Mark II camera review
Dive Site: Coconuts, Anilao, Philippines
Camera: Sony RX-100 Mark II
Housing: Nauticam Underwater Housing w/ Fisheye Wet Lens
Music: I'm Not Through by OK Go
NOTE: I would honestly advise watching it in HD. Sadly I can’t embed HD video with my Vimeo account. So here’s a link to the HD version directly from Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/85233011
Dive Site: Coconuts, Anilao, Philippines
Camera: Sony RX-100 Mark II
Housing: Nauticam Underwater Housing w/ Fisheye Wet Lens
Music: I’m Not Through by OK Go
Made with iMovie
Thanks to my dive buddy Stephen Tan (above!) and to Adrien Uichico / Scott Gutsy Tuason of Squires Bingham Sports at BGC for the Nauticam housing, wide port and 67mm adapter ring. Special mention of course goes to Robert Suntay for helping me out with the video settings and for being a huge inspiration with his Mark I videos. I’d also like to call out the helpful folks from Sony Philippines: JV Ruanto and Erica Dela Cruz for listening to my non-stop raves about this camera.
Superior white balance controls, huge 1″ sensor and the ability to take photo stills while recording video are the key selling points of this camera, especially for underwater photographers and videographers.
Beats Pill wireless speakers bring the party with you wherever you go. The Beats Pill is lightweight, portable, and wireless enabled, meaning you can change tracks from your phone or take that call with Bluetooth conferencing. Small enough to fit in your hand, the Beats Pill surprises with its powerful signature sound. The smallest wireless speaker from Beats by Dre and completely cord-free, Beats Pill allows you to enjoy hours of premium sound without being tied down.
SMALL SIZE, BIG SOUND: Despite its compact size, the Beats Pill produces powerful sound. It’s easy to enjoy soaring highs and deep, booming bass in every room of the house. The Beats Pill is Beats’ smallest wireless speaker and completely cord-free.
CHANGE TRACKS FROM YOUR PHONE: Or your laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 30 feet away. The portable Beats Pill frees you to roam which means you’ll always have high quality sound near or far.
TOTALLY PORTABLE: You’re good to set up anywhere. The Beats Pill is lightweight so it won’t slow you down and small enough to fit in whatever you’re carrying out the door. The carry case even comes with a handy carabiner so you can attach it to your backpack.
BLUETOOTH CONFERENCING: Take that call. The Beats Pill’s Bluetooth capability and internal microphone make talking on the phone easier and better sounding than ever before.
Beats Pill is available in Black, Red, White, and Nicki-Pink at Php 12, 500.
MSI-ECS is the newly appointed distributor of Beats Electronics. For availability, please email marketing (at) msi-ecs.com.ph or call 688-3180 to 83.
Is this the end of long lines for a piece of paper? Well, maybe for one piece of government document it may be. Those of you who are dreading lining up for a NBI Clearance because of your new job — it might be time to rejoice. You can now do this online.
Starting January 24 2014, you will be able to apply for a NBI Clearance online and only show up in one of 55 branches to pay and pick up your clearance form. You can apply in any of these sites:
The responsibility of the NBI clearance procedure has been moved to the Department of Justice.
Finished Act 1 of Broken Age last night. It needs to be said that this is Tim Schafer’s first point and click adventure game in 15 years which means to say that my last encounter with him in this familiar space was during my teenage years when Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle were kings of the adventure genre.
No spoilers — It really feels like Tim had to open the floodgates of ideas stocked up for the past 15 years and the effect is overwhelmingly joyful. What a rich universe he has created! It was only at the end of the first act that you get a sense of what Broken Age is all about. I’m so happy I backed this project on Kickstarter!
For those of you who didn’t back the game but want in on the action, you can pre-order the game. In its current state, the game is technically on beta but it’s as good as a retail version (played on my MacBook Air). The only issue I saw was that sometimes, when talking to characters at the edge of the screen, the subtitles also get misaligned. But that’s minor.
Someone from Dyson got in touch with me earlier last week peddling the new DC48 series. It seems that age does play a factor in overall perception and I’ve noticed as I grow older, I’m getting more and more pitches for things like these. The DC48 is a compact vacuum cleaner which is going to be made available in Rustan’s Makati and Century Mall for a price of Php 45,000. This vacuum is meant for smaller abodes like condos and apartments. Its design aims to minimize noise without compromising efficiency.
Kinda looks like Daft Punk.
I’ve attached the PR material and some specs after the jump.
Hygienic bin emptying: DC48 has a trigger-bin emptying system. So with the press of a button, dust and dirt can be emptied directly into the bin.
Bin capacity: DC48 can hold up to 0.5 litres of dust and dirt.
Size: DC48’s body is ultra lightweight–weighing 2.7kg with the turbine head, 2.8kg with the motorised floor tool.
Guarantee: The machine comes with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
About Dyson: One third of Dyson people are engineers and scientists. Dyson has in-house expertise in fluid, mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, acoustic and software engineering and is thought to be the only vacuum cleaner manufacturer with an in-house microbiology team.
Two things from ASUS in Manila: the Tranformer Pad TF701 and the Transformer Book Trio. The former is your Windows 8 tablet / notebook with the removable keyboard while the latter is your dual-book Windows / Android device. It’s a notebook running Windows, a tablet running Windows and an Android device running v4.2. “Dual boot” doesn’t mean you have to restart your computer: the dedicated ‘Trio’ key allows you to switch between operating systems while sharing the same file system. Gadzooks! Now that’s a feature!
The ASUS TF701T is available at Php 27,995 and the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is available at Php 49,995 for the i5 configuration and at Php 54,995 for the i7 configuration.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio Specs
11.6-inch display (10-point capacitive multi-touch)
4th Generation Core Technology (Intel Atom™ dual-core processor)
64GB SSD Storage
ASUS Philippines has unveiled their first MeMO Pad line for 2014. If you’re unfamiliar with this device, the MeMO Pad caught our attention almost exactly a year ago when ASUS released the ultra-epic Nexus 7. For those that could not afford the Google-branded phablet (with ASUS as their OEM), the MeMO Pad 7 was the next best thing — made by the same manufacturer with slightly toned down specs. ASUS continues the tradition with new 8″ and 10″ devices with this 2014 listing.
The MeMO Pad HD 8 and HD 10 are available at Php9,995 and Php 13,995, respectively. Contact your local ASUS dealers nationwide.
1.6GHz quad core processor
1280 x 800 resolution and IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Rear 5-megapixel camera (MeMO Pad 8)
Rear 2-megapixel camera (MeMO Pad 10)
Front 1.2-mp camera
720p video recording
9 hours battery life (MeMO Pad 8)
9.5 hours battery life (MeMO Pad 10)
8GB storage (MeMO Pad 8)
8GB / 16GB storage (MeMO Pad 10)
microSDXC card slot
Lazada has launched their iOS app (compatible with iOS 7 on the iPhone and the iPad). Here’s the direct link to the Lazada app on iTunes (on the web) but you can easily find it on the App Store.
Sale! Sale! There’s a quick 1-day sale happening now so if you need to get your online fix, it’s now or never!
So I connected my Vita to the PS4. Everything works seamlessly. My only complaint is that the back touchscreen of the Vita emulates some of the buttons from the PS4 controller (like R2 and R3, L2 and L3). So this might be an issue unless you remap them.
On the screen are Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun, both PS4 games. Killzone was running from a disc while Resogun was a PSN download. I had an active WiFi connection via my iPhone 5c tether with LTE (Smart). There are essentially two types of connections: “second screen” mode and “remote play” mode. The latter emulates the entire screen from the TV. It’s for when you want to play with the PS4 but the TV needs to be used or you don’t want to be watched. Second Screen mode is for certain games that can display a secondary UI and is developer-specific. This one I haven’t tried but I can imagine the implications.
Note that after 30 minutes of playing, my Vita’s battery at 50% went down to about 25%.
It goes without saying that to best enjoy your PS4, you absolutely should buy a Vita.
Playstation 4 PHP 24,999
Playstation 4 w/ Camera PHP 26,999
Playstation 4 w/ Killzone 4 PHP 26,899
Playstation 4 w/ Battlefield 4 PHP 27,399
Stay tuned for my full review of the PS4 next week in Manila Bulletin TechNews.
I got a chance to do a phone interview with renowned underwater photographer and videographer Valerie Taylor. You may not know her personally, but you’ve probably seen her works: she shot the underwater footage from Jaws, Orca and well, every teenager’s sizzling romantic film (in 1980) Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields.
In this interview, I’ve discovered three interesting things about her life as an underwater photographer including her thoughts on shooting Jaws, conservation policies in Asia and underwater photography in general. Valerie Taylor premieres her latest work, The Coral Triangle starting January 14 and every Tuesday thereafter at 7PM on Animal Planet.
I’m re-posting parts of the recording verbatim below. All photos and video are c/o myself and were taken all over the Philippines but mostly from Anilao, Batangas.
I have been very, very fortunate as an underwater photographer because my husband was a clever man and long before we had an underwater still camera he had built a housing for an old Sony that we had, and that was what I used. He built a – he built the housing. And my flash would actually be the headlight of a car and he waterproofed it. And I went on from there; I’d got a Hans Hass Rollei Marine Housing, which was the first proper underwater housing for a camera. And then I got the Calypso which was the first camera that didn’t need a housing, and I went on from there. And then my husband built, from that day on, all my housings and that gave me the chance to really show what I could do.
Up until probably 1971, all macro of underwater marine creatures was done in a tank, and I was doing it underwater. I sort of became quite famous around the world for my still photography and in reality, that’s – I mean, I wasn’t really trying. I was just making a living the best I knew how.
She started her career making money selling 16mm film full of shark photos
Today it is very easy to be a good underwater photographer because the cameras – the digital cameras just about do everything for you. However, you have to understand fish, you have to understand how to find unusual creatures, and that takes a fair amount of diving or a very good dive master will point these things out. So, it’s not difficult to be an underwater cameraman today, but it is difficult to be good enough to sell your images. You have to be better than I did, because there’s more people out there doing it. When I started doing underwater photography I had the field pretty much to myself. And I did have to understand how to find my aperture, work out the best light and so forth. The camera didn’t do it, it was all manual.
She was not expecting people to fear sharks after shooting Jaws
No regrets. Jaws was a fictitious story about a fictitious shark. It’s not true. I mean, you don’t go to New York and think you’ll see King Kong on top of the Empire State Building. It just doesn’t happen. And we were absolutely astounded by the reaction of the general public. And I mean, we both travelled around the US doing television shows, telling the general public that, ‘Jaws isn’t out there; this big shark is not off your beach.’ We’re not their natural prey, and it was just a terrible misunderstanding.
We tried to go around it. Peter Benchley, who wrote Jaws, said if he had known that men would go out killing sharks because they were going to get you, he would never have written the book. It was just unexpected. So, it’s a hard question to answer. Even Universal was totally bewildered by the reaction.
She believes that the Philippines has destroyed a lot of its reefs and whale shark watching is a good way to boost awareness.
Well, the best diving that I found was at Puerto Galera. There was nothing much there – a couple of little huts on the beach – but the diving was phenomenal. The Filipino government lent us some boats to go out to a reef called Apo Reef; they said, ‘This is the place, this is a protected area and it’s wonderful.’ And we got out there and found there was a big boat and there was maybe 50 or 70 men in the water dropping rocks on the reef and driving the fish into a net. And Apo Reef at that time just was not worth visiting. It was a mess because all the coral had been crumbled. [Ed's Note: Apo Reef has since recovered since Valerie's last visit to the Philippines]
I have found various places off the coast of the main island of the Philippines to be very good underwater diving. It’s good for photography. Also in the Philippines you have this place where you have whale sharks come in to the beach and people can pat them. I think that’s wonderful, and the village or township nearby protects them.
Catch Valerie in her latest underwater series, The Coral Triangle, premiering every Tuesday at 9PM starting January 14 2013 on Animal Planet with reruns every Wednesday at 4PM and Sunday at 6PM.