Thursday, October 31, 2013

Genius Wireless Mouse without Battteries

Genius Mouse DX-BlueEye ECO is the world’s first wireless mouse without batteries for PC & Mac users. No battery? Yes, the secret is the use the of the built-in capacitor (gold capacitor) that replace the battery and can be used up to 100,000 times refill.

According to Genius, all we need simply refill it for 3 minutes then the mouse can be used for a full day. With Genius Mouse DX-BlueEye ECO, it means we do not need extra money to purchase external battery pack and also preserve the environment. Genius Mouse DX-BlueEye ECO is using a frequency of 2.4 GHz and can be used within a maximum distance of 15 m and have a 800/1600 dpi. it will be sold with price of $ 39.99.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Samsung to reportedly debut Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Sept 4 event

Galaxy Gear smartwatch

New Delhi: While Samsung is highly expected to show off its new Galaxy Note smartphone on September 4, a new report from Bloomberg claims that the South Korean giant will also unveil its long-rumoured smart watch, unofficially dubbed Galaxy Gear, at the September 4 event. 

Citing two people familiar with the matter, the report says that the smart watch can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be powered by Googles Android OS and is likely to go on sale this year. 

Samsung Electronics has already applied for US and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business.[via]
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Google Nexus 4 Not a Flagship but a Great Value for Money Proposition

The Google Nexus 4 is not designed to compete with the 2012 Android flagship phones like the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III. Instead, the Nexus 4 is designed to be the best mid-level Android for 2013. I think I should explain.

The Google Nexus 4 has a 8 MP camera, which can best be described as adequate. It is not as good as the 8 MP camera on the HTC One X, both of which fall far behind the 8 MP shooters on the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II. The Google Nexus 4 is has 16 GB of non-expandable internal storage. There are no 32 GB and 64 GB models, and no way to expand the internal memory via a MicroSD card. The Google Nexus 4 does not have LTE on board. The Nexus 4 also did not launch with the cutting edge in screen technology, 1080p displays, which you are now seeing in phones released by HTC, Oppo and Sharp.

So basically, if you are looking for a great camera phone, gobs of local storage and the fastest internet connectivity there are better options or the cutting edge in technology.

What Google has designed is what is pretty much mid-level phone specifications come May-June 2013, but packing top end power to make sure that it will be powerful enough for two years of updates. The quad core Krait Processor with 2 GB of RAM will be able to keep up with Samsungs latest Exynos and the next release of Nvidias Tegra. 

Priced at Php24,990 suggested retail price (Php22,240 cash) is 8K lower than the price point of most new flagship phones. Google strategy with the Nexus line seems quite clear. The Nexus 4, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are targeted at the mid-level market. The last Nexus phone which embodied all the cutting edge technologies of the time was the Nexus One (though that one had limited internal storage). In Q1 and Q2 every year, its OEM partners will release their new phones. At the end of the year Google will release a phone that will be current for the year following its release. This keeps something fresh in the Android line-up all year round.  

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Monday, October 28, 2013

What is TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt is a free, open source disk encryption software that is available for the Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux, and Unix operating systems. TrueCrypt provides users with real time encryption/decryption, parallelization and pipelining to read/write to partitions as fast as non-encrypted partitions, and plausible deniability through hidden volumes and hidden operating systems in order to hide the user’s data even if he/she is forced to reveal his/her password.

How TrueCrypt Works

TrueCrypt works by creating a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounting it as a real disk in order to encrypt the file’s contents. By doing this, TrueCrypt is able to encrypt a file, directory, partition, or entire storage device. TrueCrypt also includes both an access password and a decryption key in order to provide files with more security than other encryption methods, causing encrypted files to show only random data until they have been decrypted.


Anyone can use TrueCrypt to encrypt files, partitions, or storage devices. TrueCrypt is often used for both personal and commercial applications due to its advanced security techniques. For example, small business and corporations alike can use TrueCrypt in order to encrypt customer information. Individuals who download copyrighted as well as otherwise illegal materials to hide these files from law enforcement agencies can also use TrueCrypt. Likewise, both businesses and individuals can use TrueCrypt to encrypt emails that have been stored on the user’s computer or server.

TrueCrypt is advantageous because it provides real time encryption without slowing down the CPU. TrueCrypt also provides parallelization and pipelining to increase the access speed to encrypted files. Additionally, TrueCrypt is advantageous because it provides plausible deniability to any user who has been forced to reveal his/her password.
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sharp SH631

The is a new player in the Philippine smartphone market, and it has a pair of very interesting offerings. The new player is Sharp, and the more interesting offering is the Sharp SH631.

The Sharp SH631 has a large 4.5-inch display, with a decent qHD (540 x 960) resolution. The phone runs on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with a Sharp Feel UX UI. Like a Nexus phone is has soft keys on the display rather than dedicated buttons. However, it does not follow the standard Android 4 three key format, and instead displays four keys. The large screen is fitted in a trim 127.6x 66 x 9.5 mm package which weighs in at 117 grams. 

The phone is not speed demon, coming with a dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, on a MTKMT6577 chipset, and PowerVR SXG531T graphics processing unit. lower end The PowerVR card probably being it bottleneck. Also, the phone comes with 512 MB of RAM, which is the minimum required to run Android 4.x.

Internal storage is only 4 GB, but it does come with a MicroSD card slot. The battery is a decent sized 1650 mAh unit. You also get a 8MP primary camera which can record HD video, and a VGA front camera. All the other expected functionalities are there, with HSPA, A-GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

All in all not terrible exciting, but also not bad for the Php14,990 asking price. 

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

May Entry Level Smartphone Buyers Guide

Updated May 6, 2012 to include the MyPhone A919i

I classify entry level smartphones, as those priced at below Php10,000. Entry level phones are worth a long look. For many consumers, a more expensive phone may not add all that much functionality. 

This month a I will setting a new minimum standards for Android offerings. They have to run Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 or 4.2, to make it on this list. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), is still a viable operating system and still has good app compatibility, but with manufacturers rolling up Jelly Bean updates for 2012 offerings and a good number of 2013 phones with Jelly Bean on board, it is time to bid farewell to ICS on this list.

This month is rather interesting, with Windows Phone 8 devices making a strong play for the entry level. 

The prices posted are those covered by an official manufacturers warranty.

1. Huawei Ascend Y300 (Php5,490) - Low cost does not have to mean cheap

The Huawei Ascend Y300 specifications are nothing spectacular. You will find many Android phones with identical specifications, even at lower price points. But I recommend that you make this your starting point. You will find cheaper Androids, but this one justifies its Php5,490 price nicely. The Huawei Ascend Y300 offers three good reasons to look past similarly speced lower cost handsets.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 203 graphics
  • 5 MP autofocus primary camera with LED Flash
  • VGA front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1730 mAh battery
In a sea of 4-inch Android 4.0.4 smartphones, the Huawei Ascend Y300 stand out by coming with Android 4.1 out of the box. At this price point, I would not expect an operating system update so running a newer version of Android out of the box is well worth a premium of a few hundred pesos in my opinion.

The Huawei Ascend Y300 also comes equipped with Gorilla Glass. This, though scratch and shatter resistance glass, is what you find protecting higher end and mid-level handsets. A screen protector is optional. 

The Huawei Ascend Y300 also comes with a 1730 mAh battery. This is larger than the 1500 mAh or smaller batteries you find mated to phones with a 4-inch diaplay, this will give you 15-20% longer battery life than similarly price phones.

Basically, while many of the local smartphone brands offer nice low cost phones, the Huawei Ascend Y300 sends the message: It is time to level up.

You can read more about the Huawei Ascend Y300 at this link.

2. Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 (Php6,999) - Power at a compromise

The Android powered Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0. Its main selling point over the the Huawei Ascend Y300 is power and screen size.  For Php1.5K more, you get roughly double the power and a larger 4.5-inch display.

It does takes a few steps back. No Gorilla or Dragontrail Glass to protect the display and a 1600 mAh battery which promises marginal battery life.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.1
  • 4.5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display
  • Dual sim support
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • Adreno 203 graphics
  • 5 MP autofocus primary camera with LED Flash
  • 0.3 MP front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1600 mAh battery
Overall, the Huawei Ascend Y300 provides a more balanced device for those whose primary need is a device that can do typical smartphone chores. It is a polished version of last years low cost smartphone. The Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0, on the other hand, would appeal to those who want a more capable gaming device or the comfort of a larger screen. At this price, some compromises do have to be made. A smaller than ideal battery is something you can work around.

You can read more about the Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 at this link.

3. Nokia Lumia 520 (Php7,450)- Nokia and Microsoft have a real winner in the Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a Windows Phone 8 device with a 4-inch display. If you are a gamer, the Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 will make you happier. If you are buying a smartphone, mainly for smartphone use, the Windows Marketplace does have 130,000 apps, a sufficient amount to pretty much allow you to do anything you want. 

Quick specifications:
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display
  • 8 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core Qualcomm Krait processor
  • Adreno 305 graphics
  • 5 MP autofocus primary camera
  • No front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1430 mAh battery

Is this phone worth paying Php2K more than the Android powered Huawei Ascend Y300? The main considerations other than the higher price is you, lose the LED flash and the front camera. The smaller battery is not a big issue since you do get a more power efficient Krait processor. Other than the cameras, the phones are functionally equivalent. 

So why recommend the Nokia Lumia 520? Well it is a Nokia. The Nokia badging name still does give it a more premium look. Smartphones are status symbols, and this one brings the most amount of status at the lowest price. Internally, the dual Qualcomm Kraits are much more powerful than the ones found in the Huawei Ascend Y300, so you do get your moneys worth too. As a bonus, the modern chipset also gives you a HSPA+ 3G radio. Having Microsoft Office for mobile free and Nokia HERE voice guided turn-by-turn navigation justifies also the additional cost over the Huawei Ascend Y300.

4. Huawei Ascend W1 (Php8,500) - The best entry level phone in the market

If I was in the market for a low cost phone today, this is what I would pick-up. The Huawei Ascend W1, is Huaweis first Windows Phone 8 device, and it is a good one. A excellent balance of performance and battery life.

Quick specifications:
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Krait processor
  • Adreno 305 graphics
  • 5 MP autofocus primary camera with a LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1950 mAh battery

Basically, it is a Nokia 520 with a front camera, LED flash and a large battery. Storage can be an issue. It has 4 GB of internal storage with 1.7 GB left for apps. While you can expand storage via a MicroSD card you cannot install apps on the SDCard. Other than that, it is a faster, more complete Nokia Lumia 520.

I have a comparison of the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Huawei Ascend W1 at this link.

5. MyPhone A919i (Php9,590) - The most powerful entry level phone in the market

MyPhones new 5-inch monster is impressive. If you want a Samsung Galaxy S 4 or a Sony Xperia Z or ZL, but are short on the budget, this phone does the best job of mimicking a top end Android at a third of the price.

Quick specs:
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch IPS HD display (720 x 1280)
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core Mediatek processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics 
  • 8 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2100 mAh battery
While MyPhones new 5-inch offering will probably lose out on the photo quality comparisons to the Cherry Mobile HD and Starmobile Diamond, but overall this is the budget 5-incher to buy. It is no so much the quad core processor which interests me but the newer more power PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip used in the MyPhone A919i Duo. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD and the Starmobile Diamond have the older PowerVR SGX 531 graphics chip which is really pushed to its limits when playing 720p video or 3D graphics on the HD display. The PowerVR 544 graphics chip on the MyPhone Duo 919i does this with ease, MyPhone has posted benchmarks of this phone at a impressive 12430 Antutu Benchmark points. 

MyPhone A919i Duo Antutu Benchmarks: 12430
CherryMobile Omega HD Antutu Benchmarks by TechLocal: 5999
Starmobile Diamond Antutu Benchmarks by Yugatech: 5577

I think the numbers speak for themselves. While the Cherry Mobile Omega HD and Starmobile Diamond have their own merits, when buying lower costs phone, compromises have to be made. MyPhone made the right one by prioritizing power and performance.

Five choices. The mainstream buyers should select among the Huawei Ascend Y300, Nokia Lumia 520 and Huawei Ascend W1. They offer nicely balanced packages. Gamers and those wanting larger displays, well the MyPhone A919i or Cherry Mobile Flame 2,0 are your best bets. 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

PHP And MySQL Tutorial Guide

In the first installment of this three-lesson tutorial, our Kiwi guide covers everything you need to know to begin developing database hubs. He gives instructions for installation on both Unix and Windows,and then goes on to show some simple scripts that will insert information into a database and display that data on a Web page.
Lesson 2 covers more PHP/MySQL goodies than you could probably imagine. Graeme starts by showing
while loops, then talks about the ever-useful if-else statement. But this information alone means little if you don’t continue and see how PHP can be used with HTML forms. By the time you’ve polished off this lesson, you’ll be able to add, edit, and remove information from your database. In Lesson 3, Graeme shows some of the secrets that will turn your simple data-driven site into a useful application. As he covers validation, he’ll show how to prevent users from leaving key form fields blank and how to make sure numeric files don’t contain letters. He’ll also teach you how PHP handles includes and functions. Plus you’ll see how these two features, when deployed together, can make the coder’s life much easier. Graeme winds it all up with some tearful parting words and a bit of advice for the aspiring PHP/MySQL coder.

Download: PHP And MySQL Tutorial Guide
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Running Balance in Smart Unlimited Data Plans

Question from a reader:

Hi,i am subscribed to unli data plan 2000. When i checked my bill via sms, it says current balance 0.00, previous balance 0.00, running balance 431.02, credit limit 8000. What is runnning balance? Is this an additional charge? Thanks

The running balance is not an additional charge. It is a computation of your monthly usage, and it included in the running balance the free SMS and minutes.

For example, with your plan, Smart Unli Data Plan 2000. The plan comes with:

- 150 minutes of calls to all networks
- 200 minutes of SMS to all networks

For usage beyond these limits you will be charged as follows:

- For calls beyond 150 minutes, Php5.09 for calls within the Smart network and Php6.11 for calls to other networks
- Php0.51 for SMS exceed 200.
- MMS and IDD charges

If in the current month you used 

100 minutes of calls, 50 minutes to Smart and 50 minutes to other networks and sent out 300 SMS you running balance would look like this:

-50 minutes x Php5.09 = Php254.5
-50 minutes x Php6.11 = Php306
- 300 SMS x 0.51 = Php156

TOTAL ("running balance") = Php716.5

You will only pay a portion of this:

-100 minutes of calls LESS 150 free minutes = Php0
-300 SMS - 200 SMS = 100 SMS. 100 SMS x Php0.51 per SMS = Php51

So in this example:

- Running balance = Php716.5
- Charges over free usage = Php51
- Monthly bill = Php2051

I hope this helps. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

O 8 15 O enters the 5 inch HD fray

O+ has is launching its own 5-inch smartphone with a HD display, the O+ 8.15.

Quick specs:
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch IPS HD display (720 x 1280)
  • 8 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core Mediatek processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP graphics 
  • 8 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • 1.9 MP front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery
The specifications are nearly identical to MyPhones newly released A919i Duo. There are two substantial differences. The O+ 8.15 comes with a newer version of Android Jelly Bean, coming with Android 4.2 instead of 4.1 found on the MyPhone A919i. Given that lower end phones do not get software updates frequently, a newer version of the operating system is a big deal. The O+ 8.15 also has a thinner case, being a slim 8.4 mm, while the MyPhone has a case about 10.7 mm thick. 

The O+ 8.15 is priced at Php12,990. That is Ph3,400 more than the MyPhone A919i duo. Adding to the value of the O+ 8.15 is its additional internal memory, which is 8 GB, which gives you roughly three times the internal storage of the MyPhone A919i Duo. It also ships with a 8 GB SD card, both of which combine to make the price difference smaller than it seems.

On its launch day on May 11, 2013, the first 100 buyers at the O+ concept store in SM North EDSA will be able to buy the phone at a discounted price of Php9,990.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs

Many rumors are circulating on the Internet about the S4 Specifications, but none are confirming some real or very close to the hardware and OS of Samsung Galaxy S4.

S4 Design - the look

We dont know yet, but here you can see some rumored designs about Samsung Galaxy S4 design/image:
Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs
So, after several weeks of searching on the internet about the real specification, and the trustworthy of informations, I starting to create a list with what can be considered the real specs of Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs:

  • 2G Network - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network - HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network - LTE (regional)
  • SIM - Micro-SIM
  • Announced - March 14th, 2013
  • Status - waiting to be released
  • Dimensions - unknown
  • Weight - unknown
  • Type - flexible screen
  • Size - 5 inches
  • Multitouch - Yes
  • Protection - unknown
  • Alert types - Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker - Yes
  • 3.5mm jack - Yes
  • Card slot - microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Internal - 16GB, 32GB, 64 GB storage
  • RAM - 2 GB (maybe 3 GB)
  • GPRS - Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
  • EDGE - Class 12
  • Speed - HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • WLAN - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth - Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
  • NFC - Yes
  • USB - Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
  • Primary camera - 12 MP (or maybe 13 MP),autofocus, LED flash, check quality (maybe stereoscopic)
  • Features - Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
  • Video - Yes
  • Secondary camera - Yes, unknown (higher than 1.9Mp)
  • OS - Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Chipset - unknown
  • CPU Quad-core (Samsung S600) and/or Octo core (Exynos 5 Octa);
  • GPU - unknown
  • Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging - SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
  • Browser - HTML, Adobe Flash
  • Radio - Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS - A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Java - Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors - unknown
  • S-Voice - language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage or more)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out - unknown
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player Organizer
  • Image and video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 2500 mAh
  • Stand-by - unknown
  • Talk time - unknown
  • SAR US - unknown
  • SAR EU - unknown
  • Display Contrast ratio - unknown
  • Loudspeaker - unknown
  • Audio quality - unknown
  • Camera Photo and Video
  • Battery life - unknown
  • This list will be updated weekly or sooner!
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Monday, October 21, 2013


Flowcharts are used to create diagrams in Microsoft PowerPoint. To draw a Flowchart go to the Home Tab and click the Down Arrow to access Flowchart (Figure 17. ). Once the Drawing toolbar is open, click and hold on the AutoShapes button until a side menu appears. Continue holding down the mouse while you drag the cursor over to Flowchart , and then to the desired shape (Figure 17). The cursor will appear as crosshairs. Position these crosshairs where you want to place the flowchart in your document and click and drag to the desired size. You can then use the Drawing toolbar to fill this shape with words and/or pictures/color.. When trying to enhance your word document you may want to include Clip Art and/or Word Art . Microsoft PowerPoint comes with a Clip Gallery that contains a large variety of images including pictures, borders, and backgrounds. To find a desired image, you can either click on topics or type in the search box to find exactly what you are looking for. To insert Clip Art : Go to the Insert Tab and select Clip Art . and then select the desired picture in the Clip Gallery and click insert. The picture will be inserted at the location of your cursor within your document. If you need to modify your Clip Art , click on it once to select it, and small boxes will appear around the corners. Once your Clip Art is selected, you can resize your picture by clicking and dragging on the boxes. Holding SHIFT while clicking and dragging will resize the Clip Art proportionately.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Smart Communications Tops NTC Network Quality Tests Again

Smart Communications has again top the National Telecommunications network quality test, besting Globe Telecom in all five categories.  The NTC tests the following:

  1. Blocked Calls or Grade of Service (GoS)—percentage of calls that were not given access by the network.
  2. Dropped Call Rate (DCR)—percentage of on-going calls that were involuntarily terminated.
  3. Average Receive Signal Level—signal strength that was being provided by the serving cellsite to the mobile handset of the subscriber while a conversation is on-going.
  4. Average Signal Quality—the quality of voice transmission while a subscriber is using his mobile phone. The closer to “0”, the fewer errors in transmission.
  5. Call Set-Up Time—time required for the network to activate the called party

Smart also topped Globe in the two previous tests conducted by the NTC, outscoring Globe 5-0 and 4-1 in two tests conducted in 2012.  

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pricing

Microsoft  Surface

The Microsoft Surface Tablet is now available in the Philippines. Microsoft hopes it can take aways some of the market from Apples iPad which makes up a little more than over half of the tablets sold.

The 32 GB version of the Microsoft Surface is priced at Php29,999, which is a bit more than the expected Php28,990 price of the Apple iPad 4 32 GB WiFi when it gets here. Given that the Microsoft Surface comes with MS Office Home & Student (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note), it price priced to match the price of the Apple iPad 4 32 GB WiFi.

People who would choose a Microsoft Surface over an iPad would mainly do so because of MS Office or the keyboard, for office type software. Getting the Touch Keyboard Cover with a 32 GB Microsoft Surface brings the price up to Php33,999. If you really plan to do a fair bit of typing with the Microsoft Surface, than the Type Keyboard Cover is the better choice. This would bring the price up to Php 36,998.

The 64 GB version of the Microsoft Surface is also available, but only together with a bundled for a total price of Php37,999.

The pricing is competitive, but it will not be an iPad killer. 

First, you can buy an iPad 2 for as low as Php18,990 or in a few weeks get an iPad 4 16 GB WiFi model for Php23,990. Microsoft has no Surface models available to compete at this price points. 

Second, even those who want a 32 GB or 64 GB tablet, the iPad is a better choice, unless you really want the keyboard or MS Office. The iPad has more apps. 

Me, I would be in the marker for a ultraportable laptop like device. If I bought a Microsoft Surface, I would get the 32 GB model with a Type Keyboard Cover. That would cost me all of Php36,998. Now the question is, for Php36,998 is there anything else I would like better? 

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

There is the Android powered Asus Transformer Pad TF300T 32 GB with a Mobile Keyboard Dock for Php24,990. The Microsoft Surface Keyboard Cover is so thin it feels like you are not carrying a keyboard around. The Asus Transformer Pad which looked innovative last year, looks cumbersome and bulky with the sleek ingenious surface design. But still that is all of 12K cheaper.

Another option would be to get a Asus VivoBok x202e. This starts as low as Php20,990 and combines a touchscreen and Windows 8.

In sum, the Microsoft Surface is priced reasonably and has no direct competition for those who want a tablet with a keyboard. I just would not expect to see to many of these things at the local Starbucks.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Transitioning to Google Documents was Easier than Expected

This year I transitioned my small office to Google Documents, now called Google Drive. I did not make a move from Microsoft Office to Google Documents, that ship sailed a decade ago. I made the move from LibreOffice. The main reason for the shift, was Google Documents online collaboration features.

I waited for Google Documents offline client, and the slow after Christmas period to make the transition. I realized there was not much need to wait for the offline client. In the week since we made the move, well no one has used it. I guess we are never offline anymore these days. As for issues, Google Documents does not support hiding tables, so some of our templates had to be modified. We also encountered some printing issues. Since printing in our office is centralized with a secretary taking care of this task, we still print using LibreOffice. A friend of mine on Google+ told me another workaround is to convert files to PDF before printing. I have not tried this yet.

Why make the move? First is online collaboration. LibreOffice still does not have it. Second, it cost considerations, while LibreOffice id free hardware is not. The hardware in my office is aging. Our newest laptops are over two years old, and out oldest once, are on their fifth year. The transition to Google Documents, should also facilitate a shift to Google Chromo OS powered laptops, or Chromebooks over the next two years. Google Chromebooks are inexpensive and virtually eliminate software maintenance. Right now, there are no Chromebooks for sale in the Philippines, but I suspect they should get here sooner, rather than later. 

Finally, the interface of Google Documents is simpler, cleaner and more intuitive than LibreOffice. Sharing files is also integrated into the Cloud based office suite. With new staff coming in, I felt they would have an easier time learning how to use Google Documents. 

All in all, the transition was uneventful. Which is a good thing.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sony Xperia Z now available from Smart Coomunications

Sonys flagship smartphone is now available from Smart Communications. The Xperia Z is offered free at Unli Data Plan 2000 and All-In Plan 2500. It joins the Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S 4 as the top handsets offered by Smart Communications.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Touchscreen ARM Book

Another tablet PC is now available, this time in the form of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11. This one is rather different from the other touchscreen PCs we have looked at in the past, and it is not because of the "Yoga" functions (more on that later). This one is different because it is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and run Windows RT, like the Microsoft Surface.  The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is not a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop, but rather an ARM Book. 

I have always been interested in the idea of an ARM Book, because I am not a power user. An ARM Book should promise light weight, passive cooling and long battery life at a low cost. Unfortunately, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is anything but inexpensive, priced at Php44,990.

Basically, you get a 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) display and 64 GB of SSD storage in a 2.8 pound package. USB connectivity is limited to USB 2.0. Basically, it is a heavier more expensive, Microsoft Surface, but does reward with a 13-hour battery life and a larger screen. 

Now the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is a tablet PC. The laptop lid can fold all the way to be back to make it tablet (but it would be a 2.8 pound tablet) or can be used to prop it up like a tablet stand.

I dont know. If I was looking for this type of device, the Microsoft Surface seems to be more interesting.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hybrid Dual Portable Computer

MIU Hybrid Dual Portable Computer (HDPC), which, fittingly, has two screens, two processors and two operating systems. Not quite a netbook, but a lot larger than a smartphone, the device features a 4.1-inch, 800x480 TFT screen that slides and then flips over to reveal a 320x240, 2.4-inch AMOLED display and keypad. An ARM processor handles phone-related tasks like capturing photos, playing music, and navigating the WinCE operating system. The phone operates either over VoIP or GSM/GPRS/CDMA networks.

MIU Hybrid Dual Portable Computer HDPC
An Intel Atom processor, in turn, runs the Windows XP operating system along with web-browsing, navigation and DMB functions. Switching between the dual modes of the hybrid device is done via manually selecting the preferred method. The HDPC is currently available for purchase in Korea for the equivalent of about $500.Link

MIU Hybrid Dual Portable Computer HDPC
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Both Exyos Octa 5 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 support LTE

Samsung announced two versions of its Galaxy S 4 phone, one with the Exynos 5 Octa and the other with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, it was believed that the Exynos 5 Octa be compatible only with 3G networks. The LTE model would ship with Qualcomms LTE-capable, quad-core Snapdragon 600.

That was apparently wrong. Both the Exynos 5 Octa and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version of the Galaxy S support LTE. So why make two versions. Speculation is that Samsung cannot make enough Exynos 5 Octa to meet the demand.

GSM Arena benchmarks show the Exynos 5 Octa outperforming the and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 could be a little more power efficient since the LTE modem is a System-on-Chip solution, while the Exynos 5 Octa most likely has a separare chip for the LTE modem. On the other hand, the Exynos Octa 5 uses two pair of quad core chips. One for intensive operation and a more power efficient second quad-core chip for less intensive tasks. This might be enough to match or out perform that Qualcomm version. 

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 performed very impressively in the battery life tests. Will be on the lookout for battery life tests of the Octa 5 Samsung Galaxy S 4.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sony ST21i2 Xperia tipo dual and Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562

Sony ST21i Xperia tipo. The Sony ST21i Xperia tipo has been our favorite entry level Android for the past two months. The tipo comes with a 3.2-inch display, a decent 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 2.5 GB of user available internal storage, which expandable via MicroSD card, and a surprisingly large 1500 mAh battery. Its no speed demon with a 800 MHz ARM Cortex A5 processor and 512MB of RAM, but at at less than 8Kit is really an excellent deal.

Now a dual core version of the Sony ST21i Xperia tipo, the ST21i2 is now available, for a bit under 8K. For a few hundred pesos for an extra SIM slot is not a bad deal. 

Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562. Samsung also has a new dual SIM smartphone in the local market. the Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562.  At a bit below 14K this phone costs twice as much as the Xperia tipo dual.

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562 offers a larger, 4-inch display with a higher 480 x 800 resolution. The Galaxy S Duos has a 25% faster processor and 50% more RAM than the Xperia tipo.                                                                                                                                   

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Record Skype Video Calls

Skype is one of the most popular tool for video calls and it is available across almost all platforms including Windows, Mac and mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. There might be instances where you wanted to record a video conversation like if is some kind of a lecture which you want to refer later. Skype does not provide an option to record calls by default. Free Video Call Recorder for Skype is a freeware tool for Windows which allows you to record calls on Skype. With one click you can start recording video calls with your friend (friends) or only sound from your conversations.
Skype recorder
With its help one may record calls in the following modes:
  • Picture-in-picture (the program records audio and video of all sides of the conversation);
  • Only video of other sides;
  • Only audio (all sides)
Depending on your requirement, you can select the mode for recording. You don’t need to download or install any extra libraries to be able to use the program. You just need to specify the mode you like, choose the output folder and press “Start”. If you don’t want to record some moments during the conversation, just click on “Pause”. In order to finish the record select “Stop”.
All video records are saved in mp4 format that is easy to playback on a player and all the audio calls the program creates an mp3 file.
The app requires .Net Framework 2 SP2 for its functioning.

Download Free Video Call Recorder for Skype

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Announcement AT T to report 4Q results

AT & T Technology

AT & T Building
AT&T Inc., the largest telecommunications company in the U.S., reports its fourth-quarter results before the stock market opens Thursday.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: AT&T is about to lose its exclusive grip on the iPhone, as Verizon Wireless will start selling its version on Feb. 10. WHY IT MATTERS: AT&T had 84.9 million wireless customers (excluding some low-revenue customers, like those using Kindles) and 45.1 million landlines at the end of the last quarter. WHATS EXPECTED: Analysts polled by FactSet expect AT&T to earn 54 cents per share, on sales of $31.49 billion. LAST YEARS QUARTER: AT&T originally reported a profit of $3 billion, or 51 cents per share. Revenue totaled $30.9 billion.

Now that the Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless iPhone 4 has gone from rumor to truth, Big Red announced its unlimited data plan will hang out for a while after the launch. However, Verizon Wireless is differing itself from AT&T’s (News - Alert) plan offering and turning its version of the iPhone 4 into a mobile hotspot. For a limited amount of 2GB of data, VZW’s iPhone 4 hotspot feature comes with a $20 per month price tag (News - Alert), which is the same price other VZW smartphone users pay to use their devices for tethering. The 2GB hotspot will allow up to five users simultaneously, allowing users within range of the iPhone to surf the Internet via a computer or any other Internet-ready device. The $20 hotspot plan is in addition to Verizon’s other data plan offerings.

When Verizon announced itd be carrying the iPhone, the company highlighted the ability to use the handset as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot as one of the key differences between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone. So if you sign up for the Verizon iPhone with its $30-per-month unlimited data plan, the hotspot feature will not leverage the same unlimited data as the handset itself. For comparison, AT&T doesnt offer a personal hotspot feature for the iPhone but it does offer a $20-per-month "tethering" feature that allows you to connect your iPhone to a computer via the USB cable or Bluetooth connection and share its 3G data that way.
By. AT &T Technology

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Smart is Bringing Us Something Fast

I hope this has more to with smartphones, and less to do with dongles and MiFi devices.

Find out more on Smarts website here.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Now iPad can be purchased with Cash

Thanks to Diane Campbell, consumers who want to have iPad can now be bought with cash payment transactions. Apple apparently moved to revise the policy of its sales system, in response to complaints that the previous Campbell iPad not allowed to buy with cash.

How affected windfall, Campbell more complete happiness when I discovered he did not need to spend money to have the iPad. Steve Jobs' company is rewarding its iPad freely. "I'm very happy," he said semringah.

Last week, the woman's home in Palo Alto, California, this time to be disappointed because he could not bring home the coveted iPad it. Parties, to buy iPad is required to pay by credit or debit card. Yet to be able to buy the iPad, Campbell was willing to save several months to raise money amounting to U.S. $ 600.

Disappointed, Campbell also complained about this in a television show and cast an email to Apple. But then Apple confirms that consumers are required to conduct transactions through the payment of a credit or debit card, not cash. Additionally, to prevent the purchase of large quantities to be sold at a price many times, Apple is limiting each customer can only buy two units iPad. Similarly, quoted from the website description ifoAppleStore, Friday (21/05/2010).
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Verision HTC unveiled Droid DNA the First Smartphone with 5 inch 1080p Display

Just as expected the HTC event in New York was all about the DROID DNA for Verizon. The long-rumored beast of a smartphone finally went official. The DROID DNA offers a specs sheet similar to its Japanese sibling – the HTC J Butterfly. It features the first (actually worlds first) of its kind 5-inch 1080p Super-LCD3 display and is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor, Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM.


The rest of the specs include an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, a 2MP front snapper, LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio and 16GB non-expandable internal memory. The DROID DNA is capable of wireless charging, while the battery capacity is 2020mAh. The DROID DNA runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean accompanied by the HTC Sense 4+ UI - a combo we already met with the One X+. It will hit the Verizon’s stores on November 21 for $200, with pre-orders starting today.

HTC Droid DNA Official Specs and Price
  • Size: 143 x 71 x 9.73mm
  • Weight: 138g
  • 5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 440ppi and 80 degrees viewing angle
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, F 2.0 lens, 1080p video recording and dedicated image chip (advanced camera features included)
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE support
  • Global roaming support
  • 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band (5GHz, 2.4GHz) Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Mobile Hotspot support for up to 8 connections
  • microUSB connectivity
  • Beats audio support
  • 2020mAh non-removable battery
  • wireless charging support
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+ on top, upgradeable to Android 4.2
  • Starting Price is $199 (verizon) Link
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Nokia Lumia 720 Battery Life Test

When Nokia launched its new Windows Phones 8 models, the Lumia 620, 820 and 920, the batterys were a bit smaller than the latest generation of smartphones. The newer Lumia models, the 520 and 720 have rectified this. The 4.3-inch Lumia 720 has a 2000 mAh battery, the same one which is found on the Lumia 920. 

The WVGA (480 x 800) display of the Lumia 720 is not as impressive as the HD displays you find on many of todays phones of a similar size, but lower resolution displays do consume less battery power. Coupled with the power efficient dual core Qualcomm Krait processor and large battery, the Nokia Lumia 720 promises very good battery life.

GSM Arenas recently concluded the battery life test on the Lumia 720 and this is how it fared:

Talk Time

Sony Xperia Z - 16 hours and 3 minutes
LG Optimus G - 15 hours and 30 minutes
Nokia Lumia 720 - 15 hours and 17 minutes
Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 13 hours and 53 minutes
HTC One - 13 hours and 38 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 8 hours and 42 minutes

The talk time of the Nokia Lumia 720 is impressive enough...

Web Browsing

HTC One - 9 hours 58 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 9 hours and 56 minutes
Samsung Galaxy S4 - 8 hours and 42 minutes
Nokia Lumia 720 - 7 hours and 37 minutes
Sony Xperia Z - 6 hours and  27 minutes
LG Optimus G - 5 hours and 15 minutes

... the web browsing results are a bit disappointing. The 2300 mAh battery of the HTC One has to power a Full HD display and still comes out ahead by over two hours. Similarly, the small 1440 mAh battery on the Apple iPhone 5 has to power a higher resolution 640 x 1366 display, and still the iPhone does over two hours better in web browsing.

Video Playback

Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 10 hours and 16 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 10 hours and 12 minutes
HTC One - 10 hours and 2 minutes
Samsung Galaxy S III - 9 hours and 27 minutes
LG Optimus G - 7 hours and 30 minutes
Nokia Lumia 720 - 6 hours and 43 minutes
Sony Xperia Z - 5 hours and 39 minutes

The results of the video playback are even less impressive than web browsing. 

Standby (with 1 hour of calls, video playback and web browsing per day)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 63 hours
Nokia Lumia 720 - 60 hours
Apple iPhone 5 - 51 hours
Samsung Galaxy S III - 50 hours
HTC One - 48 hours
Sony Xperia Z - 48 hours
LG Optimus G - 45 hours

The Lumia 720 does redeem itself in standby time.

Overall, I cannot say I am disappointed with the Nokia Lumia 720s battery life, I was expecting it to do a bit better.

Source: GSM Arena

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

It has been some time since Dell laptops have been considered the best in the business, but if the new releases are like the new Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, the Dell brand could again be the choice for many. Rather than follow the pack and try to make the laptop as thin as possible, Dells Inspiron 14z Ultrabook just does minimum compliance with the Ultrabook standard. This 14-inch laptop is 0.83-inches thick and weighs in a 4.1 pounds, which is a bit thicker and heavier than your typical Ultrabook.

But Dell has achieved a bit of product differentiation with the with the Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. The Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook has a discrete video, card an AMD 7570M graphics chip, and DVD drive. These are two features which you do not see in an Ultrabook.

Priced at Php42,990, with Windows 8 pre-installed the other specifications are good for the asking price. An Intel Core i5-3317U processor and 4 GB of RAM power the Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. Storage is via a 500 GB hard drive with a 32 GB SSD cache.

The direct competitors of the Dell Inspiron 14z are the Acer S3 and Samsung NP530U3C, both of which sell for a bit less than the Dell. The Acer and Samsung have a smaller 13.3-inch displays, and are thinner and lighter. But the Acer and Samsung Ultrabooks do not have discrete graphics or a optical drive. The Asus Zenbook UX32VD Ultrabook has discrete graphics, but cost much more at Php59,900.  HPs Envy Utrabook 4 is comparably priced, offers discrete graphics but has no optical drive.

The Dell Inspiron 14z does a good job of offering a set of features that its competitors do not have. This distinction will make Dell Inspiron 14z the choice for those looking for a powerful Ultrabook with an optical drive.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sony Xperia SP battery life test

Sonys newly released mid-level Android smartphone has a smaller and lower resolution HD display and a less powerful dual core processor than the companies top of the line Xperia Z and ZL. However, the Sony Xperia SP comes with a 2370 mAh battery, as large as its more powerful siblings. This results in excellent battery life.

Talk Time

Sony Xperia SP - 19 hours 49 minutes
Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 18 hours and 3 minutes
Sony Xperia Z - 16 hours and 3 minutes
LG Optimus G - 15 hours and 30 minutes
HTC One - 13 hours and 38 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 8 hours and 42 minutes

The large battery mated with the efficient 28 nm dual core Kraits result in excellent talk time when compared with its quad core competition. The Apple iPhone 5 also has a power efficient 32 nm dual core processor, but it has a much smaller battery.

Web Browsing

HTC One - 9 hours 58 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 9 hours and 56 minutes
Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 7 hours and 24 minutes
Sony Xperia Z - 6 hours and  27 minutes
Sony Xperia SP - 6 hours and 18 minutes
LG Optimus G - 5 hours and 15 minutes

Given that the Xperia SP only has a 4.6-inch HD display (720 x 1280), it is a bit surprising to find its battery life while web browsing to be shorter than the Full HD HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Sony Xperia Z.

Video Playback

Samsung Galaxy S 4 - 12 hours and 30 minutes
Apple iPhone 5 - 10 hours and 12 minutes
HTC One - 10 hours and 2 minutes
LG Optimus G - 7 hours and 30 minutes
Sony Xperia SP - 7 hours and 27 minutes
Sony Xperia Z - 5 hours and 39 minutes

On the video playback tests, the Sony Xperia SP performs as expected, having longer battery life than the larger Xperia Z. It still falls behind the Full HD Galaxy S 4 and HTC One. 

Standby (with 1 hour of calls, video playback and web browsing per day)

Samsung Galaxy S 4  - 69 hours
Apple iPhone 5 - 51 hours
Sony Xperia SP - 51 hours
HTC One - 48 hours
Sony Xperia Z - 48 hours
LG Optimus G - 45 hours

Overall the Sony Xperia SP performs well enough although give the large battery and smaller display, I was expecting better results in the web browsing test.

Source: GSMArena
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Why we are care Broadband Speed

Our broadband speed and our broadband experience is something we really need to think about when deciding on a new package .The speed of a broadband package is sometime which an increasing number of people are finding is becoming a priority of theirs.
Here are the reasons why we are care about their broadband speed, and what we should take into consideration:
  • It affects your download speed If we are a large user of download sites  in case you tend to stream videos or music (on YouTube, for example) then your download speed will be important to you. Most individuals who use sites like YouTube detest waiting for videos to buffer, so by increasing your broadband speed you will see large improvements on issues like this.
  • If you have a large relatives In case you have a large relatives or lots of people in the house, then having a broadband package with fast speeds will help. It can be had when there is a houseful of people all using the net without delay, because it can often slow down speeds and reactivity. A faster broadband stops this from being an issue, so it does not matter how lots of theres of you surfing the net.
  • Quicker access and loading times In case you start your computer and it takes0 or fifteen minutes for your net to even connect, you are actually wasting your own time. By increasing your broadband speed you save yourself the work of waiting around for pages to load or for images to load. It gives you faster and better access to knowledge so in case you require to check something quickly before leaving the house, you can.
There is more to think about though when choosing broadband speeds. In the event you can afford it, looking in to fibre optic broadband is a great idea, it is new know-how & claims to beat the speed of ordinary broadband hands down. In the event you can nott afford to alter to fibre optic then contact your provider & ask about what packages they can offer you.
Keep in mind other things to, like the amount of downloadable date you will need per month & whether you need parental control . Overall, the important thing is to keep in mind not to rush in to purchasing your broadband package.
Contact different companies & ask about what different offers & deals, describe to them that you need to prioritise speed & hopefully they can discover a package that suits you perfectly.
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