TrafficDito iPhone App Uses the Power of the Crowd for Traffic Monitoring

I was recently contacted by the developers of this new iPhone app called TrafficDito and I was supposed to make a preview post but I couldn’t install the beta version of the app on my iPhone 4 so I waited until the app was ready for download from the App Store. And so it was released a couple of days ago and I finally got to see the app.

Similar to the MMDA iPhone app, TrafficDito is also a traffic monitoring app. But unlike, the MMDA app, TrafficDito relies on inputs from users for monitoring traffic conditions. Yes, it doesn’t have the same traffic monitoring system as the MMDA app, but you’ll find it most useful for side-streets and major thoroughfares not covered by the MMDA app.

TrafficDito is well organized and designed as well. But its usefulness will solely depend on the validity of the traffic conditions of posted by users. Anybody who has the app installed on their iPhone or who’ll register from the TrafficDito.com site can post traffic updates. How accurate those traffic updates are depends on one’s discretion I guess.

Check out TrafficDito from the App Store now and see for yourself if it can help you in traversing the Metro.

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Factory Unlocked iPhone 4S Available Now from Apple Singapore Store

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Can’t wait for Globe to release the iPhone 4S (which we heard won’t be happening until early 2012) ? You might want to check out the Apple Online Store in Singapore which just started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4S. The good thing about iPhone 4S bought in Singapore is that it comes out of the box – factory unlocked! Which means that you can use it right away with a Globe or Smart micro-SIM.

So, how can you purchase the iPhone 4S from Apple Store Singapore if you’re in Manila? Well, you just need to contact a friend or relative residing in Singapore and ask them if they can receive your iPhone 4S for you. The good news here is that you can use your Philippine issued credit card to purchase the iPhone 4S in Singapore.

So, what about billing address? Don’t worry, based on my previous experience when I bought the iPhone 4 in the Singapore Apple Store, they accepted the shipping address I indicated as the billing address.

Go ahead and try it out. You might get lucky. Apple Store in Singapore indicates 1-2 weeks shipping time. So, if you order now, you might get your iPhone 4S first week of November. Good luck!

 

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Say Goodbye to iOS 4, Welcome iOS 5!

iOS 5 ManilaIn case you were sleeping so soundly last night, you might have missed the news that iOS 5 is now out there in the open, waiting for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Yes, mga kababayan, it’s our favorite time of the year again, Apple has released the much awaited – iOS 5. Fire up your iTunes, connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, grab a cup of coffee and bread or something, do your morning chores and hope that PLDT myDSL or whatever Internet provider that you are using at home don’t choke up. In time, you’ll have your iDevices running the best iOS version to date.

If you have no idea what to expect from iOS 5, you better this comprehensive guide and screenshot tour :-).

Good luck and have fun!

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Unlocked iPhone 4S Available in November

Note: Sorry for the wrong info. I didn’t notice that pre-ordering for the unlocked iPhone 4S is still unavailable. I was too surprised to see it on the site that I didn’t bother to try adding it to the shopping cart. (Thanks Mark!)

After a few hours of downtime, the U.S. Apple Store is again up and I guess it’s no surprise anymore – the iPhone 4S is now available for pre-order. What’s surprising is that if you scroll down the pre-order page, you’ll see an option to pre-order an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S.

Wait, unlocked iPhone 4S? This means that we here in Manila can pre-order the iPhone 4S and use it with our local telcom SIM card? — YES of course!

The Apple guide to unlocked iPhone 4S confirms this:

About the Unlocked iPhone

The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.* The unlocked iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.

The only thing left is to find a way to order and have it shipped to a U.S. address of course. The unlocked iPhone 4S will start shipping by November.

Here are the prices of the unlocked iPhone 4S in case you’re keen on pre-ordering:

  • Unlocked iPhone 4S (16GB) – $649
  • Unlocked iPhone 4S (32GB) – $749
  • Unlocked iPhone 4S (64GB) – $849
So, who’s pre-ordering the unlocked iPhone 4S here?
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New iPhone 4S Specs, Prices, Release Date, Available in the Philippines in December?

iPhone 4S Philippines Release

And just like that, Apple has announced the fifth generation iPhone. It’s not the iPhone 5 but the iPhone 4S. It’s basically the same iPhone 4 in the outside but the changes were made on the iPhone’s internals.

Specs of the iPhone 4S

  • Dual-core A5 Processors
  • Dual-core graphics
  • 8MP camera
  • Dual antenna
  • World phone (CDMA and GSM)
  • 1080p video recording with video stabilization
  • Full Twitter integration
  • iOS 5
  • iCloud
  • Siri Voice Assistant
iPhone 4S Pricing (US only)
  • 16GB iPhone 4S – $199
  • 32GB iPhone 4S – $299
  • 64GB iPhone 4S – $399
iPhone 4S Availability – Pre-order in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK starts on October 7. Delivery date is on October 14.
iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Sorry folks, our beloved country is not included in the second release. Our best bet is that the iPhone 4S will be available through Globe probably by December or early next year.
So, there. Your thoughts please?
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SGP Neo Hybrid II EX Series Reventon Yellow iPhone 4 Case

SGP Neo Hybrid II EX Series Reventon Yellow for iPhone 4 review

Since I really liked the SGP Neo Reventon Yellow Case that I got for my Samsung Galaxy S II, I thought I’ll get one for my iPhone 4 as well. And that’s what I just did. Thankfully, Applewerkz in Katipunan was opened this afternoon and they are still having a sale for most of their items. So, in short I got the Neo Hybrid II EX Series Reventon Yellow for iPhone 4 case.

The original price of the case was P1890 but I got it for only P1512. Nice discount (Thanks Applewerks!). The case has two parts actually, or better yet frames. One is made of soft rubber which serves as protection for the iPhone 4 and cushions its contact from the hard frame part of the case. Like most cases, the frame has all the necessary cutouts to reveal the different ports of the iPhone 4.

The package also comes with two screen protectors for the front and back of the iPhone 4. So, it’s really a good deal.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the SGP Neo Hybrid II EX Series Reventon Yellow iPhone 4 Case that I bought. Now, it looks good side by side my Samsung Galaxy S II.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Review, Manila Version

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With a few more days before Globe Telecoms releases the Samsung Galaxy S II in the Philippines, I couldn’t wait any longer and when somebody offered me a brand new unit straight from Hong Kong, I immediately grab the opportunity and bought it. Nevermind if I had to spend a couple of thousands more than the SRP of the SGS II under Globe’s prepaid kit. I couldn’t wait any longer. I have to own this latest and greatest Samsung smartphone and possibly the best among the Android phones that we’ve seen in the market today.

So after a week of using the Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s time for a full review of this Android smartphone, which in case you’re interested to know has been getting much attention from me instead of my iPhone 4. Anyway, here goes my full review of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Manila version. 🙂

Display

I have one word to describe the Samsung Galaxy S II’s display – Beautiful. The Super AMOLED Plus screen display did wonders to the phone and made its predecessor ultra-inferior. At 4.3-inches you wouldn’t mind the fact that the phone’s display is only at 800×400. Whether you’re viewing photos, watching movies, browsing the web, reading an e-book or playing games – you will grow to love and appreciate what Samsung has done with smartphone displays. It even looks better than the iPhone 4’s Retina Display (sorry fellow iPhone fans!). Colors are crisp, details are clean – it’s simply awesome!

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Design and Form Factor

For a powerful and feature-rich smartphone, it’s amazing how Samsung managed to make the Galaxy S II ultra-slim. I used to think the the iPhone 4 is one of the slimmest smartphones in the market today, but I was wrong. The SGS  II is way thinner than the iPhone 4. The fron panel of the phone is clean as the iPhone 4. The only physical button on the front is the rectangular home button, which is position exactly on the same spot as it is on the iPhone 4. It’s a good thing that Samsung added two more buttons which are embedded on the front panel of the phone. This puts the similarities between the phone and the iPhone 4 aside. On the back of the phone is the 8MP camera and the speaker. The rest of the back panel is made of plastic battery cover. This is the only issue I have with the Samsung Galaxy S II. That battery cover is so thin and a pain to remove. Or maybe these are common among Android smartphones and I’m just used to the iPhone 4.

Camera

Speaking of camera, the SGS II has an 8MP regular camera which takes magnificent photos and crisp and clear 1080p videos. For a camera phone, those two features are definitely at the high-end. Photo output is simply astonishing. And for added features, the camera app also comes with built-in photo editing features. Not too advanced though, but simple and yet effective way of enhancing your photos before you put them out. The phone’s front-facing camera is at 2MP and good to take portrait shots as well as make video calls.

Software

I wasn’t really expecting too much from the way the Samsung Galaxy S II will perform when flicking from one screen to another. I’ve always given this feature to the iPhone as compared to Android phones. But I was surprised that the SGSII is fast and swift enough when moving from one app to another as well as through homescreens. Using the phone’s one at a time or simultaneously won’t affect its performance. You’ll get the same speed no matter how apps are open at the same time. Whatever you do on the Samsung Galaxy S II in connection with its operations is simply smooth and flawless. We got to give credit to the dual core processor that the phone has.

Battery Life

Putting the SGS II into good use for a couple of days now, I will have to say that the only problem you’ll have is its battery life. With an ultra-bright screen, fast performance and all battery-intensive operations, it’s not surprising that the phone’s battery won’t last you for more than 8 hours. The good thing is that the phone employs a very efficient power saving mode which you can set to run whenever your phone’s battery reaches a pre-defined limit. This helps especially if you need to use your phone during the later part of the day and battery is gradually decreasing.

Day to Day Use and My Final Verdict

I would have to agree with Engadget’s review when it was said that the Samsung Galaxy S II is the best Android smartphone to date. In fact, we also agree that it is perhaps the best smartphone ever made to date. At least not including upcoming Android smartphones which are scheduled to be released in the coming days.

Note: This just came in. Globe is now starting to accept pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S II, in time for its release on June 27. If you want to own the best Android phone to date – you better place your order now from the Globe site.

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iOS 5 Beta on iPhone Preview and Hands-On

In case you’re not reading the news, Apple has just announced the upcoming iOS update, iOS 5 is coming in sometime this fall. That’s around September or October I think here in the Philippines (Right?) Anyway, I couldn’t wait that long to get a full hands-on experience on how good the iOS 5 will be. So, through Google search, I managed to get the iOS 5 beta version and had it installed smoothly on my iPhone 4. For a week now, my iPhone 4 is running on iOS 5 beta and my verdict – iOS 5 on iPhone 4 is going to give you one heck of a nice experience with its so many new features.

In fact, the new features of iOS 5 has more than 200 new features. Yes, that’s a lot. So, to get you a bit excited with iOS 5 on iPhone, I selected 10 of the key  major features – I call them 10 killer features of iOS 5 on iPhone. Read the full review here.

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Facebook Places Now Available for Philippine Users

If you’re using the Facebook app on your Android or iPhone, go check it out right now and when you’re at the main menu option, tap on Places which sits right at the center of the screen. Yes folks, Facebook Places is now available in the Philippines. Facebook has not officially announced this yet but I’m pretty sure they will in no time at all.

So if you’re using Foursquare for checking to places you visit and you’ve set the option to automatically post your Foursquare check in to your Facebook account, you may now stop using this and use the Facebook Places instead.

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iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV Available Now, Direct Links Here!

Alright friends, it’s the time again. Time to connect your beloved iDevices, yes that means, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV (if you have one) and update their respective operating systems. Apple was generous enough to release iOS 4.3 for all iDevices. Why is everybody so excited about iOS 4.3? Well, it’s a pretty major update to the iOS and Apple is bringing in nice features including hotspot, faster Safari browsing experience, AirPlay 720 p video streaming and more.

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