Apple, Gadget, Photography, Tech Tips

Pro photo tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

Speaking if iPhone photography, Apple just published pro-tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus. A timely article, as we enter the homestretch of 2016 with Christmas and New Year just around the corner.

Gadget, Internet, Photography

Smartphones are the most used device on Flickr and Apple leads the top brand of camera in 2016

Flickr just release their year-end report regarding the cameras and camera types used to upload photos to their platform and there are some interesting numbers in the report. Read more

Entertainment, Movies, Trailer, Videos

Video: Transformers: The Last Knight first trailer


Here’s another upcoming movies for the Transformers fans. Columbia Pictures just release the first trailer of the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight. Read more

National, News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines

House Justice committee approves death penalty bill

DJ Yap, reporting for Philippine Daily Inquirer;

The bill restoring the death penalty passed a major hurdle in the House of Representatives with its approval on Wednesday at the committee level, paving the way for the measure to be taken up on the plenary floor.

With its swift approval, the measure allowing courts to impose death as punishment for heinous crime — one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promises — may be debated and possibly passed on third and final reading before Christmas.

Gadget, SamMobile, Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S8 is not going to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack

Adnan F., in an exclusive report on Sammobile;

If you were cross with Samsung for ditching removable batteries with the Galaxy S6 then you might not like what it’s going to do with the Galaxy S8. We can exclusively confirm that Samsung is going to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8. This means that all of your existing headphones will not be compatible with the upcoming flagship unless you use a USB Type-C adapter as the Galaxy S8 will feature a USB Type-C port. This also means that you won’t be able to plug in the Galaxy S8 and use wired headphones at the same time.

Not a surprising move by Samsung, since Apple already absorbed most of backlash when they removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7/7 Plus.

IF Samsung removes the 3.5mm headphone jack, we should see other manufacturer to follow suit. I placed a big “IF” because it’s not official until Samsung makes the Galaxy S8 it official at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.

Apple, Apps and OS, Tech News

Apple list the best apps and games for 2016

It’s that time of the year again and Apple is the first to reveal their “best-list” for 2016. The list includes the best and most downloaded apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, iTunes and iBooks. But for this list we’ll focus on the apps and games. Read more

Apps and OS, FinTech

You can now use Siri to send money via Paypal

Paypal just rolled-out their latest update and with it, the ability to send and request money using Siri. Read more

Gadget, Samsung

Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions

Anna Shedletsky, CEO and Founder of Instrumental Inc.

We acquired a Galaxy Note 7 and with a fire extinguisher close at hand, tore it down. We used an Instrumental station to document the process. What we found was surprising: the design can compress the battery even during normal operation.

Why does this matter? The Note 7’s lithium-polymer battery is a flattened “jelly-roll” consisting of a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, a negative layer made of graphite, and two electrolyte-soaked separator layers made of polymer. The separator layers allow ions (and energy) to flow between the positive and negative layers, without allowing those layers to touch. If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat — it typically results in an explosion. Compressing the battery puts pressure on those critical polymer separator layers that keep the battery safe. Samsung stated that these separator layers may have been thin to start with due to aggressive manufacturing parameters. Add some pressure due to normal mechanical swell from the battery or accumulated stress through the back cover (e.g. from being sat on in a back pocket), and that pressure could be enough to squeeze the thin polymer separator to a point where the positive and negative layers can touch, causing the battery to explode.

The whole article is full of technical and manufacturing jargon, Samsung design and engineering team will should be able to learn a thing or two from the article.

The kicker will be the last paragraph. Keep in mind that this is coming from a former Apple Watch System Product Design Lead and Manager.

The design and validation process for a new product is challenging for everyone. In this case, Samsung took a deliberate step towards danger, and their existing test infrastructure and design validation process failed them. They shipped a dangerous product. That this is possible at one of the top consumer electronic companies in the world is humbling — and demonstrates the need for better tools. Instrumental is building them.

[H/T to Unbox]

Business, Internet, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines

PLDT allocates P6.7B for undersea cable to US

Miguel R. Camus, reporting for Philippine Daily Inquirer;

Telco giant PLDT Inc. is setting aside $136 million (P6.7 billion) to complete a new undersea cable to the United States to meet growing demand for international bandwidth.

PLDT chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters the company recently approved the investment, which would see the cable facility to the United States, via Japan, being finished in three years.

Baseball, ESPN, Sports

Klay Thompson has career-high 60 — in 3 quarters — in rout of Pacers

Chris Haynes, writing for;

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson erupted for a career-high 60 points in a 142-106 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

The Warriors were up 114-79 with 1:22 left in the third quarter when Thompson departed. His stat line was 21-for-33 from the field, 8-for-13 from 3-point range and 10-for-11 from the free throw line in 29 minutes.

I won’t be surprise if one day, we see an NBA team break the 200-pts threshold and hopefully break that Wilt Chamberlain 100 points scored in a game.

Singapore, Tech News, Transportation

Grab launches GrabShare, a commercial carpool service


Singapore-based Grab has announced a commercial carpooling service called GrabShare, the company have another carpooling service called GrabHitch. Read more

Apps and OS, Gadget, Google, Tech News

Android 7.1.1 update to bring a number of Pixels features to Nexus devices


Google just released an over-the-air (OTA) software update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, that will bring a number of popular features of Pixel, to supported Android devices and owners of Nexus devices. Read more

Apps and OS, Google

Google’s Trusted Contacts, your own personal safety app


Google just launched a very useful (and creepy app) that allows you to share your location with your loved ones in everyday situations and during emergencies — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. Read more

Entertainment, Movies, Trailer

Video: The Mummy – Official Trailer


Universal Pictures just release the first official trailer of the epic action-adventure “The Mummy.” You are not reading it wrong, because its the reboot of the (1999) The Mummy film, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Read more

Apple, Gadget, Photography

“Designed by Apple in California” Book With Actual Products

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