This is actually a dream come true!
Last July, I opened a new domain on wordpress to give space to my much awaiting comics, which is The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. It’s a bunch of Filipino (Tagalog) comic strips that focuses on the friendship of the characters Milk and Coffee and friends.
The story line came out of no where, when I kept on wearing my weird shades and I started drawing my mini me. That’s explain why ‘Coffee’ had this bug-eye/heart-shaped shades. While the other characters are based on people I encounter and some friends.
The comics is in Tagalog, so sorry for the English-speaking fellas who are following me. It’s actually a risk because I don’t have an idea how it will go since I’m never familiar with the local SEO and how the new site’s Google ranking will climb up. Plus the fact that it’ll be composed of mostly images, I think it will be a great challenge for me.
But anyway, to my Filipino friends here, please support The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. I’d appreciate it if you will follow and like our posts both on blogs and Facebook.
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This blog will never close, by the way. I have plenty of poems to share to you, so please, please stay tuned!
Smartphone users are all dealing with the same problem everyday: Battery life. Sometimes, I always wish there were AC outlets or usb ports everywhere so I can charge my phone right away, when I need it.
I experience this everyday of my life, even when I sleep. I never turn-off my 3G since I have always to be online for my job and whenever I’m downloading. I sometimes sleep with 90% of battery and wake up with 30% — and sometimes, even lower than that, otherwise it’s dead. I needed to recharge my phone as I take a bath going before I go to the office or somewhere else.
Because of that experience I thought of collecting the best tips I found in the world wide web on how to get your battery always “on”, which is I’m trying to implement now in my daily activities with my phone. Fortunately, there are plenty of them, so let’s start with…
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Mobile phones have changed the life of everybody of this generation. Whether student or an office guy, a housekeeper or owner of the house, or a simple businessman or an extravagant CEO — they admit it! — they cannot live without a smartphone in-hand.
Personally, I love my smartphone a lot – a Samsung Galaxy SIII. It keeps me connected whenever, wherever I go — office, home and, of course, with the outside world. I use it for gaming, recreation, sending text messages and email, calling and (like right now) for blogging. For me, it’s very useful and I’m satisfied its speed and features.
But what smartphones do right now? How does it create impact in everything we do? And, how does it change our way of living?
I can give you 6 reasons.
1. Collaborations made-easy
It’s the first thing that pops out in mind because I exchange thoughts almost with everyone, everyday. Most likely, I use group conversation to discuss everything under the sun with my friends and colleagues. Sometimes, I could not find an excuse to skip meetings because connectivity is no longer a problem because of mobile data plans and the ready-to-download VoIP application. All you have to do is to apply for a plan, and pick and download your preferred application (Gtalk, YM, Viber, Skype, etc.) or tap on your built-ins (BBM, Chat-on, etc.), connect to the internet and you are all set.
Smartphones has been useful to connect people with all types of businesses around the globe.
2. Knowledge on-the-go
“Power of sun in the palm of your hands” is one of the powerful quotes in the Marvel movie “Spiderman” that, for me, describes smartphones of these days since the accessibility of most information in the internet is just a few taps away on the touchscreen or keypad.
As you know, unnumbered population of eBooks are now downloadable and searchable via different websites and online merchandise. E-News and eMagazines were invented and redesigned to suit our mobile phone lifestyle, to make it more readable and up-to-date.
And who else doesn’t know Twitter and Facebook? The online portals that keep you updated from all types of there is — news, quotes, jokes, links, events and more — and trends what people are talking about. By all these and your smartphone, you will never be outdated.
3. Brings out the Paparazzi in you.
From VGA quality, smartphone camera turns out to become as high quality as DSLR cameras, thus, people become addicted capturing moments wherever they go. Some applications, such as Instagram and Camera360, provide filters and quality themes to make every picture more captivating and enhanced.
4. No to dull moments.
Ever experienced stuck in a traffic and you don’t have anything to do but to stare at the people beside you? Or is therea case when you’re in a room simply staring at the ceiling?
Mobile phones are now capable of doing most of the things you want to do –play MMO or HD games, watch movies, sing along with random people, and simply search prayers in the internet. Not unless you’re driving, you may just simply turn-on the speaker mode and listen to your favorites tunes or ebook.
5. Keeps you prepared
Even before, cellphones were made, if not to rescue us, just remind us few things. Technology of the smartphones of todays have been specialized with added features to make it more fit to your lifestyle.
See that handy notepad app? Bring it in a office meeting or use it take note of something that pops up in your mind. You save paper wherever you go.
Unexpected events that need a footage? Use your phone as camcorder.
And, blinded by the darkness? You can even use your smartphone as torch.
For me, a Dictionary app is always ready, especially when I encounter familiar words or translation.
From diskette, we’re already at the age of flash drives, external hard disks and cloud storage . People I know always have those in-hand or online to store their files like pictures, movies and etc.
Smartphones are also a good storage device for such things that are worth-keeping. Some have internal memories that can store up to 64GB and are expandable using memory card. Plus smartphones are connectable via USB chord, bluetooth and wi-fi direct.
Also some cloud storage apps are already connectable. Personally, I trust “Dropbox” with this.
How about you guys? How does smartphones change your life? Let me know.
What I like from Samsung inventions of smartphones and tabs is that it match lifestyle and the activities of every user. Unlike Apple products, Samsung make sure that your gadget can be used for any kind of connectivity, either via mobile data, wi-fi or local network. In other words, their gadget are closer to becoming wholesome. The only thing I don’t like that about them is that there were times, especially when the Galaxy Note edition was released, that you’ll be confused of the type of the gadget you’re holding. Is it a phone or a tab?
The newly released edition of Samsung Galaxy, the Note 8.0 or N5100, has a size of 135.9mmx210.88mm (8 inches) or almost a size of a diary. Interface and excellent multi-tasking ability are more similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (and 10.1) because it is also powered by Android Jellybean v4.1.2. Phone capabilities are available for this gadget since it uses a micro sim; however, I don’t feel comfortable holding it up to my face because…well, it feels weird. What makes it different from its ancestors is it has a longer S-Pen that is designed to do more activity than its first version, like it can now be used for clicking back and option sensors, switch pages when reading ebooks, and write directly to your S-Planner.
Despite of the confusion, the gadget is jam packed with Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9; 5 MP rear camera (with 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus) and 1.3 front-facing; speed of HSDPA, 21 Mbps and HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; and 16/32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM. For some countries, it recognizes LTE signal which is the fastest mobile data so far. Other than that, it has TFT capacitive touchscreen, no corning gorilla glass (so you’d need a screen protector) unfortunately and Non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery.
It’s good buy. Perfect for those who preferred something in between of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1. Fast connectivity is guaranteed. Just a little advice: use a headphones when taking calls.
Ever since I’ve got my very first prepaid cellphone (a large Nokia with a very large battery — which I forgot the unit name) I was very observant when it comes to the signal of the network I chose. I was able to compare it because Papa, Mama and I were using different networks. Papa was Smart, then Mama and I were Globe, and sometimes we switch. I was able to experience also having both sim card at the same time when Nokia 3310i came — Papa bought a special cover with two sim card slots and you just have to press the keys *3370# (if I’m not mistaken) to switch sim cards and restart the phone. I’ve also experienced being a customer of Sun cellular when I started dating people, because it’s cheaper and it’s the first network who introduces the unlimited calls and half-cost per text charging for prepaid. The longest running sim card I had — which I still have today on my generic Samsung phone — is Globe.
Right now, I’m connected with both Globe and Smart through data plans. And to give you a quick review here’s some points that might help you decide to choose.
But first, before I start, I just wanna make it clear that I’m talking about plans here, particularly data plan. Not the prepaid a$$es who eat a lot of load because of mobile internet. These are based on experience, usage and location.
Okay. Here we go!
If you are earning above the minimum wage rate, you are closer to getting a plan from a network, but application and approval maybe tough if you’re trying to get plans worth Php1500 and up. If you are one of the lucky ones, however, getting this is easy, except if you’re under a BPO type of industry.
Unfortunately, I’m one of the BPO dudes. With all the requirements, certification and all the means I have in the world to prove that I’m capable of paying my bills, Globe required me to have a credit card. And since I don’t have credit cards and they want to get more clients, luckily, I still got approved. It took them two weeks though to process my application. While with Smart, I applied with the same requirement and tomorrow after they called me to claim the phone.
When it comes to customer service, Smart gets an outstanding points and Globe still suck with that. I hated smart, but I guess they have different ways on treating prepaid and post-paid customers. I kind of love their promptness in their answers. I will give kudos to Globe though because when I called them about the additional features for their plan, they gave what I supposed to have for the month.
And speaking of plus, Globe has it all – free texts, calls and overseas. Smart is just solid when it comes with the number of free text and calls — they know their roles on giving these things inclusives on time — I just wished they have more promos.
Due to the few free calls and text inclusives of Smart Telecommunications, I tend not to use it often for regular calls and texts. But who the hell cares, by the way, when you have data plan which allows you to access free VOIP like Skype, Viber and not to mention Chikka. But you need to have enough data credits to use these common applications.
And speaking of Data, Smart has 1.5 GB limit per monthly cut-off, while Globe has around 700-800 MB. When you consume all these data, either via browsing, streaming and downloading, your internet speed will go down to unbelievable and head-popping less than 300 kbps. Thanks to the fair usage that implemented this kind of thing for broadband and data plan users. But Globe’s limit is low, they should increase more than that since people download lot’s of stuff these days.
Well, what I am referring to hear is the internet speed of the data plan based location. I usually go around Manila, Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Antipolo. And I would give the crown to Smart for providing me speed that sometimes breaks the limit of my expectation. Globe is giving around 1-2 mbps on the said locations while Smart gives 3-5 mbps in average. And since I need to check emails all the time and stay tune for concerns via chat, and also to stay online with my friends on my social networking account, I need faster internet for better response.
All-in-all, I could still say that this guys are doing a great fight. Although Smart is better for me when it comes to data plan, Globe won’t go home with teary-eyes because I love their free stuff a lot better than Smart.
I was playing the new Google Play apps when I received an update notification from my phone, and I’m pretty excited to let you guys know something about the Android Jellybean v4.1.2 and how it will improve your smartphone experience particularly with your Samsung Galaxy S III.
What has been added? Well, to find out I tried to look as many things as I could. I went to different parts of my smartphone‘s menu to discover what does this Jellybean v4.1.2 bring . Let’s see…
First thing I noticed though is that the new version added more option in the notification board. It can be now customized, re-organized and allows you to choose only the features you want to see. You can find it’s option under Settings>Display>Notification Panel.
They also added a new feature which is called the multi-window bar. You will see it in the left portion of the screen and ut displays apps shortcut, which makes navigation easier, home button friendly and more easy to customize. I find it more useful than the EasyTouch App. But the cool thing it can do is that it can open 2 windows at the same time. All you have to do is that drag the chosen app to the screen and whoala! In the picture, I opened both my FB and Twitter account at the same time. Cool, isn’t it? Well, that’s why they call it the multi-window bar — it is design for multi-tasking for a very smart phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Another cool feature added is the smart rotation. It requires face recognition and the auto-rotation ‘ON’ in order for it to work, because it determines the orientation of your face and movement. It’s great for those who loves to read or watch videos while you’re lying down.
Furthermore, it added cool stuff for your phone’s gallery. First, the view where you can choose from Spiral, folder view and Starwars look-like photo selection (I don’t know what to call it).
And second the photo tagging. It’s not the usual Facebook photo tagging. This new feature allows your phone to recognize the people in your contacts. It also reminds you the weather condition when a certain photo was taken — just sync it with accuweather — the dates and your current location.
Another thing I found out is the “Page Buddy” which allows your phone to create addition slide or page in your home screen once you connected it to a headphone or dock.
And finally, Jellybean 4.1.2 added application like “Paper Artist” which is good for your instagram habit and Group Cast that allows you to view photos/file or listen to music together via wifi connection.
Despite of these newly added features, it doesn’t not affect the fluidity of the Samsung Galaxy S III navigation. It’s very nice! It gives the multi-tasking feature a shot, and I really like it. It’s almost like having Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at the same time, only with the absence of the S pen and the larger display.
By the way, all these upgrades available now in the Philippines.
If you’re a smartphone user and hardcore fan of mobile application and internet, then you probably always have your portable phone chargers everywhere you go, ready to plug-in when needed because you’re phone battery drains so fast, it couldn’t even last a day.
I’m having the same problem. My day never ends without plugging my phone’s charger either on my computer or the nearest electric outlet. Sometimes, I wanted to buy a solar-powered charger just to make my charging on the go but it doesn’t just make sense.
I tried to find ways, of course. And to stretch the battery life, for example in my Samsung Galaxy S3, I usually do these routines that I learned from my daily activities: