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Posted on 20 January 2015 by Flisha

Over the holidays I got myself a Samsung Note 4. And WOW. Best phone ever!

What can I say? It was an impulse buy. Totally out of nowhere. First week of December, I just got my 13th month bonus, it was midnight madness at the mall, there was a buy-now-pay-later scheme going on and I was browsing the latest phones at Abenson. I saw this gorgeous looking phone. Large sized for a phone. I thought, hey I could totally play games on it! Hahah. Then I thought, I can finally use Google Maps when I travel (because, GPS). And the display was really bright and clear!

So I got it. Gave my credit card and left the store 15 minutes later with a brand new phone that I really didn’t need because I still have my trusty Blackberry Bold. God help me and my impulse buying!

Anyway, cut to now. I can hardly go anywhere without that phone. I love it so much! Haha!

I use it to play my games primarily. I play Simpsons Tapped Out, Hay Day, Family Guy, Clash of Clans and Dragonvale. I’ve gotten to be such an addict, I am so ashamed!! I have spent so much on Tapped Out for the premium items. LOL. Again with the spending, missy!!!

Apart from it I love all these travel and leisure apps. I have so many but my favorite are Google Maps (of course!), GrabTaxi, Zomato, Trip Advisor, Foursquare and Spotify, to name a few. And the social media apps! I finally have an Instagram account. Haha!

But best thing about my phone is the camera! I haven’t really blogged much in so long since I don’t like lugging around my heavy camera everywhere I go. So whenever I go to restaurants or on trips or reunions, I don’t have any pictures. What a thing for me to discover that this phone has the best camera I have ever used! It takes night photos like a pro and so fast too. You just literally point and shoot and it’s captured the moon. No waiting and holding your breath or anything like that. Good heavens. Love it. Love living in our technological era!

Here are some random photos I’ve taken the past month. Maybe the best thing that came out of getting this phone is that I may be blogging a bit more than these last few years. Fingers crossed! :-)

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Some yachts in Harbor Square on a late afternoon

 

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Gorgeous window displays at Rustan’s

 

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Finally got to visit Makati’s newest mall – Century Mall! I liked the dancing lights very much.

 

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See? My phone takes night shots really well! I only had to focus and shoot this, though I did have many takes since some were blurry (shaky hands). Lovely shot of the moon that my old DSLR could not take in the same circumstances (without tripod/long exposure).

 

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Another night shot. This time in HDR. Can you believe my phone can capture in HDR automatically? Haha! It still amazes me. This is my view every night from my apartment. :-)

 

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Bonus shot! Just me and Snowy saying hello everyone and Happy 2015!! :)

 

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My Blackberry 9900

Posted on 13 June 2012 by Flisha

I miss those days of living in my uncle’s house and opening our ref to find candy just lying inside for the taking. Nowadays (that I live by myself and must spend my own money) when I open my ref I usually see mostly Coke, water and little else!

Chalk it up to having NO FUNDS to buy food. Or rather, whatever funds I have, I channel it into buying gadgets and gizmos instead of things that have an expiration date.

It’s a trade off.

My latest acquisition is this Blackberry 9900 unit.

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It’s sleek and slim and gorgeous, and the keypad is a dream!

For six months I had been texting on an onscreen keyboard which I hated, because my fingers could not adjust to the lack of tangible feel, and I would always mistype over and over. Plus, the Samsung keyboard did not have the fastest response time. Combine those two resulted me texting less and less over the last year.

Now that I have my Blackberry, texting is so easy! My fingers adapted to the QWERTY keypad in just a few days, and now I don’t even have to look at the keypad to type.

The BB 9900 screen is touchscreen, which just makes it icing on top of the cake.

So yes, I will take my gizmo over rice – for this month. :-)

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BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0 Bundle 60

Posted on 30 May 2012 by Flisha

BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0 Bundle 60 is now available for download here.

Yeppp, I got myself a new phone and I chose Blackberry. I just really needed a new phone because the last one I had was a Samsung touchscreen and after just 8 months, it felt like I had been using the phone for years, I was so sick of it. I realized that I’m not a touchscreen person. When I text, I need something more tangible than a flat screen. I need an actual keypad!!!

And Blackberry makes the best keypads, so there you go, that was the number one reason for my choice.

And yes, I am loving the keypad on my Blackberry 9900. :-)

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Back to the Blackberry Desktop Software… I still cannot get my Blackberry to do a wifi music sync, however, even though my device shows up as already connected to my laptop.

What I do instead is a manual sync, I open up Windows Media Player and on the right panel, there is a tab called Sync, and I just drag files over to sync with my Blackberry.

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It works, so I’m happy as a clam. :-)

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When Buying…

Posted on 24 October 2011 by Flisha

When I’m looking for clearance laptops, I usually hit up an online site like PC Corner. MSI is a Taiwanese brand and known for being value for your money. Currently, there are some 10 inchers with selling for only Php10,000 (USD 230) which is such a steal!

Actually I was already won over by the variety of colors available. Show me a pink gadget and I’m an easy sell. :P

But seriously. The thing with these clearances, though, is they are probably slightly used or damaged. Some will have scratches, some will show signs of wear and tear. They are usually display units, and after being handled by many people over a few months (usually around 6 months), no one will buy them for full price anymore. These units may also come at a shorter period of warranty. So if you’re looking for a cheap laptop, make sure you know what you’re dealing with. :)

Doesn’t mean I won’t buy one, though. I have often heard that the value of a product drastically drops the second it is sold. Which means that most stores are really selling concepts rather than materials. Me being a cheapskate, I don’t buy ideas. I prefer simply to pay for tangible things. :P

Just need to be careful and considerate of all factors BEFORE buying anything, is all. :)

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You Can Lose Your Phone, But Not Everything In It!

Posted on 26 August 2011 by flish

This post brought to you by Sprint. All opinions are 100% mine.

I remember my first phone purchase a long, long time ago. It was a first-generation colored cellphone (yes, yes, I lived through the days when cellphone displays were – gasp! – black and white! or shades of grey.). It could take photos! It could play polyphonic ringtones! Joy!!!

Six months later I misplaced it. I think I left it in one of the stores downtown, as I was trying on new garments I must have forgotten it somewhere. I remembered that it wasn’t with me only minutes later but by that time it was too late, I tried to call my number but the phone had been turned off, and my first big purchase after college went down the drain.   

My first panic was – my photos!!! Yes I had some – ummm – “private” moments – stored on that phone. That was the time of grainy scandals being Bluetooth-ed or even infrared-ed from one phone to another. And some were even being uploaded to the Internet. Yikes!!!

None of the photos I took resurfaced though. Haha – what did you think?! They weren’t really scandalous, so… Good thing, yeah??

Now if I only the Sprint TEP had been available to me that time…! What’s that, you ask??

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The Sprint Total Equipment Protection App is an application that can locate your phone (if you’ve misplaced it), sync contacts (especially useful for me when I’ve got both a private and an office phone!), remote wipe all data off your phone (if – knock on wood – it gets stolen), lock your phone and even sound an alarm!

So useful! And it’s compatible with Android, Blackberry and select feature phones.

If you’re already a Sprint TEP customer, you can get the app for free! But act fast, because the offer is only up to the 30th of August.

Here’s the promo for Sprint TEP. Cute, eh?

If you’re a Sprint customer and not yet enrolled in TEP, plus it’s less than 30 days since activating your phone, you can add the Sprint TEP feature, available from August 1-30, 2011. View it as insurance! If your phone ever gets lost, stolen or damaged – hey you get a replacement, easy! You never know – it’s summer – you love the water – you love your phone, it’s only a matter of time. :-)

TEP is $8.00 per month, but the Protection App is free. If you need to file a claim, a deductible of $50 or $100 is required. Hey, I didn’t say you’d get a free phone! :-) To learn more, visit www.tepenroll.com.

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Cherry Mobile Phones

Posted on 13 June 2010 by Flisha

Cherry Mobile is quite the breakout brand in mobile phones. It’s stylish, full-featured and best of all, inexpensive. It’s even dual-SIM. No wonder everybody’s been raving about it!

Below are the new dual SIM phones sold by Cherry Mobile.

Cherry M35 Integra (Php 5690)

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Cherry D50 Inertia (Php 3690)

Cherry Mobile Phones | Cherry D50 Inertia

Cherry D20 Life (Php 2990)

Cherry Mobile Phones | Cherry D20 Life

Cherry S11 Blade (Php 2690)

Cherry Mobile Phones | Cherry S11 Blade

Currently, Cherry Mobile is running the Dobleng Kasiyahan promo. That means you buy one, you take one! This runs from May 28 to July 18, 2010 so get your Cherry mobile phones now! :)

Cherry Mobile Combo Number One: P1 + P1 = P1790 (Save Php200)

Cherry Mobile Combo Number Two: P1 + 1602 = 1990 (Save Php200)

Cherry Mobile Combo Number Three: 1800 + 1800 = Php 2290 (Save Php290)

Cherry Mobile Combo Number Four: 1602 + D15 Dual SIM = Php 2990 (Save Php200)

Cherry Mobile’s cheapest phones are the Cherry Mobile P1 which is only Php999, and the Cherry Mobile D15, only Php1999. They also have QWERTY phones, such as the Cherry Mobile Q3 (Php2990) and the Cherry Mobile Q3i (Php2890). Both are dual SIM.

Cherry Mobile also has touch screen phones, and these are the Cherry Mobile T80 (Php6990), the Cherry Mobile G5 (Php6990) and the Cherry Mobile Eclipse (Php9999). Amazingly, Cherry Mobile even carries phones with analog TV! These are Cherry Mobile Q6 (Php4790), Cherry Mobile Q7 (Php5890), Cherry Mobile Q8 (Php5990), Cherry Mobile Q9 (Php5990) and Cherry Mobile G7 (Php4990).

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Replace Treo Housing

Posted on 05 June 2010 by Flisha

Cracked your Palm Treo? That’s really too bad. But you can always replace it! Find a reliable place on the Internet where you can buy the housing, then get to tinkering!
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Prepare your new Treo housing!

Now remove the stylus, your memcard, and your SIM card from your phone.
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Then remove the battery.
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With a screwdriver, remove all seven screws so you can pry your phone apart.
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When the screws are gone, pull apart your phone.
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Ready to transfer, yeah?
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Disconnect the ribbon cable from the internal circuit board next.
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Flip over the main board, and you will see the LCD screen and the keyboard. Remove the cable connecting the board to the LCD. The board is now all disconnected.
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Now, remove the screws connecting the keypad to the cover.
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Now you can replace the cover! Put the board into the new housing and reconnect the cables.
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Transfer the speaker and LCD screen to the new unit. Put the two pieces together, and screw the back cover in place.
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There you go! :)
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If you are looking to replace the screen on your Treo, follow the instructions below.

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Track a Cell Phone Location Now

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Flisha

There are many ways to track your location using a cell phone. The most important thing to note is that you need a GPS tracker on your cell phone. Aside from that you should have a tracker application in your cell phone that uses the GPS chip to access a map and actually show you where you are.

  1. Getting a GPS Chip on Your Cellphone. You can buy a GPS tracker and attach it to your cellphone. Or, the better alternative is to find a cellphone that already has a GPS chip in it. A cheap example is the Sony Ericsson K750i. It has a GPS attached to it already, all you have to do is find out how to use it.
  2. Downloading GPS  Tracking Software for Your Cellphone. Most good tracking software cost a pretty penny to be able to use. But if you’re nifty with code, you can create your own software to access maps like Google Maps. But I’m sure if you search online, there are a few free options.
  3. Synching Your Computer to Your Cellphone. Lastly, it’s important that you can access the location of your cell phone via a remote computer. Or else, if you lose your cellphone, how else are you going to find it?

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HP Pavilion Laptops Suck

Posted on 22 May 2009 by Flisha

So. My HP Pavilion DV2000 (DV2315nr to be exact) is finally unresponsive. Again. After a full year since its motherboard was fully replaced by HP after I brought it in for repair because the video display would freeze or my computer would hang or it would not boot up – a myriad of problems!

Last year they said my motherboard was the problem so it had to be replaced. They didn’t get into specifics. But I’d done my research and I knew exactly what the problem was. My laptop was overheating.

At the time I thought I could cure it by purchasing a laptop cooler. And for the past year, my HP Pavilion laptop has been used with utmost care. Never runs without the laptop cooler, never lies on my lap but always on a cool, flat desk. And still, after one year, it’s right back where it was in May of 2008. Overheating, freezing, and finally, not booting up.

It even introduced new problems this time around! My wifi no longer works, my CD/DVD drive won’t burn or read any discs, and it won’t read any of my compact flash memory cards!

Worst of all, it is out of warranty. So I am tearing my hair out. I am writing this blog post on my mom’s mini laptop. And by mini I mean the screen seems to be about only 5 inches in width and the keyboard is stressfully cramped. This sucks. Majorly sucks.

Last year, when I was researching about my HP problem, there were very few resources on the Internet. Very few people had the same problems as I did, and it was a good thing my laptop was still under warranty or else I would have had to buy a new one because replacing the motherboard of your laptop costs almost as much as buying a new laptop!

Now, though, do a search for “HP Pavilion problem” and no doubt you will find a whole lot of posts on video display and overheating problems – all the stuff I mentioned above! And it seems that it doesn’t even just cover the DV2000 line. It also affects DV6000 and DV9000 units.

Scouring for help on the web, it seems that there is a defective line of NVidia chips that are the reason for the overheating. Apparently they gave HP the wrong specs for the chip. So not only does HP suck, NVidia sucks too. (I have a GeForce 6150. If you do, you are in trouble too.) And Dell has the same chips, so they suck too.

This problem is so widespread that it seems HP is promising an extra year of warranty for the affected laptops. I will be taking my dead laptop to HP in June. It remains to be seen whether they will honor the warranty. But if they don’t, I have no idea what to do.

Commence despair.

P.S. Check here if your Dell is affected, here for your HP.

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Send Media from Phone to Web with ShoZu

Posted on 23 March 2009 by Flisha

Technology is utterly amazing. These days I’m playing around with ShoZu, a mobile phone app that I’ve had on my Sony Ericsson W960i since last year, but I only got around to exploring it last week.

Basically, it finds images and videos in your phone and allows you to send them to different destinations like Facebook, Blogger, Twitpic, Multiply, Friendster, LiveJournal, Youtube, a random email address or wherever, really. (Maybe even your Slingbox one day.) ShoZu supports most blog and social networking sites in the Internet, so it’s really convenient to upload stuff from your phone to the web – instantly.

Let me show you how it works on my phone.

Once installed, the icon shows up in your Control Panel or your list of applications. Here I just made a shortcut to it on my desktop. (It’s the orange O.)

Open up ShoZu, and you’ll see this. It can save your phonebook to your ShoZu account so if ever your phone gets lost, you still have a backup of your contacts on the web. You can ZuCasts, which are feeds from your friends, meaning you can see what they have uploaded. To upload stuff yourself, select Share-It.

I see I have 40 files and 10 destinations. My files can be photos or videos, anything that I’ve taken using my camphone will show up here. Destinations means the places I can send my media to (set when I created my ShoZu account). For some reason, the Commens tab shows only comments I get from Flickr, but not the ones from Facebook or Twitpic. So, anyway, to upload something, I select All Files.

Now I can see all my latest photos and videos. I see I’ve already sent my Bulb of Garlic photo awhile ago. It has the orange ShoZu logo which means it’s been uploaded at least once already. (You can upload again, especially if you want to send to other destinations.) I can upload one photo at a time, or many at a time. I check the boxes of the photos I want to upload.

Of course, I don’t want my photos sent uncaptioned or untitled. So I select a photo, click on More >> Add Details. And I get to this spot, where I can add a title for my photo, and below, a description, and even tags.

Time to upload my Bananas photo. As you can see, the first button says Send to Twitpic. Since I love to use Twitpic, which automatically updates my Twitter, which then automatically updates my Plurk and Facebook accounts, I set it as my One-click photo site. (You can set this in your ShoZu account. Best to do it on a laptop instead of a mobile phone.) Anyways, this time I think I want to send this photo straight to my blog. So I click on More >> Send to other >> destination >> Google Blogger.

After some time… ta da!!! Here is my bananas post!

There it is up on my blog! :-) ShoZu adds the posted by ShoZu graphic, which I don’t like, so when I have the time later on, I edit it out of my blog post. I didn’t add a description awhile ago, so this photo only has a title. But if I had, it would have been placed below my photo. Here is an example of my post of the Astoria Regency Pool.

And it’s that easy! Cool, huh?

P.S. ShoZu connects to Internet (duh) so you have to make sure you have Internet access on your phone. At home, I connect to my wifi router. And when I am outside, I make sure to visit wifi hotspots so I can upload my photos on the go.

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