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Russia Gives Asylum To Snowden

Edward Snowden, the PRISM whistleblower, has just been granted asylum for one year by the Russian government. Snowden, who has been in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23, left last Thursday with WikiLeak’s legal adviser Sarah Harrison to an undisclosed location.


After requesting for asylum in 21 countries, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia were the only countries aside from Russia that expressed interest in accepting Snowden. However, the US has extended tremendous pressure and muscle to make the said countries deny him refuge.

Amidst all these developments, US President Barack Obama is still slated to visit Moscow before the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg next month. However, the question is, how much pressure the said move will give to the already shaky US-Russia relations.


Specs Battle: The New Nexus 7 VS the 7-inch Kings!

With the brand-new Nexus 7 just announced a few days ago, most of you are undoubtedly weighing on how the new tablet from Google would fair against the competition. Luckily for you, we have you covered! Below is a head-to-head specs comparison between the new Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

  Nexus 7 2 Kindle Fire HD iPad mini Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Screen Size 7.02-inches 7-inches 7.9-inches 7-inches
Resolution and Pixel Density 1920×1200, 323ppi 1280×800, 215ppi 1024×768, 163ppi 1024×600, 169ppi
CPU Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5Ghz Dual-core 1.2Ghz OMAP 4460 Dual-core A5 Dual-core 1.2Ghz
Battery Life Up to 9 hours active use 11 hours continuous use Up to 10 hours Up to 8 hours
Storage 16 or 32GB 16 or 32GB 16, 32 or 64GB 8GB, up to 64GB via microSD
Camera 1.2MP front, 5MP rear Front facing only 1.2MP front, 5MP rear 1.3MP front, 3.0MP rear
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Amazon’s Version of Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich iOS 6 (iOS 7 Coming this Fall) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
LTE Option Yes No Yes TBD

Given the wealth of information above, one could that (1) the new Nexus 7 packs one hell of a display, with an overall better screen resolution and pixel density compared to its competitors, (2) it is the only one with a quad-core processor in tow, and (3) the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, without any bloatware from the other manufacturers, is surely a bonus.

Of course, all those numbers means nothing if not for the user experience and overall usability of the tablet. As such, when considering your next big gadget purchase this coming months, do take note of how you would be using your device in line with your personal and professional needs and priorities. Nonetheless, whatever your decision might be, I’m quite sure that with the new Nexus 7 in town, you will be having quite a difficult time weighing in as to which tablet is the best for you. Happy shopping!

Red Cross Mobile Apps: Preparing You For Emergencies

Life is very much unpredictable. Most of the time, we are faced with challenges whenever we least expect them. As such, it pays a lot to be always prepared to face anything life throws against us. Surely, there have been a number of instances wherein we were faced with adversity or emergency and we did not have a clue on how to handle situation.

To remedy this, the American Red Cross has developed a slew of Tools and Resources packaged inside their Disaster and Safety Library to help you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here, we highlight the six free mobile apps they are promoting and how they could be of great help in preparing us for the days ahead. Although some are only applicable for the United States and its territories, these should still be helpful for you and your loved ones here and abroad. 

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How To Publish An App in 10 Easy Steps


Are you an aspiring programmer? Are you dreaming of owning your own app development company someday? I know I do. That has been my aspiration, among other things, since I graduated from college. And boy, getting there isn’t as easy or glamorous as it sounds. Enter Chad Mureta.

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Japan to Launch World’s First Talking Robot in Space

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To those who think the space race is over is set to be proven wrong by Japan very, very soon. Kirobo, a small humanoid robot that is capable of talking and conversing with humans in space and on the ground, is slated to be the world’s first talking robot in space when it launches to the International Space Station (ISS) on August 4. Once in the ISS, Kirobo, whose name comes from the Japanese word “kibo”, meaning hope, and the word “robot”, will be taking part in the first robot-to-human conversation in space.

According to Yorichika Nishijima, Kirobo Project Manager,

“Russia was the first to go outer space, the U.S. was the first to go to the moon, we want Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans.”

Kirobo, which measures a mere 13.4 inches, is equipped with voice-recognition technology, natural language processing, facial and emotion recognition and a camera that was designed in partnership with Toyota. When asked what is its dream, Kirobo replies,

“I want to help create a world where humans and robots can live together.”

A second communications robot, named Mirata, was also developed alongside Kirobo and will remain on earth during the duration of the latter’s space mission. Almost identical in function with Kirobo, Mirata will enable engineers and scientists on earth to troubleshoot any problems that should arise with Kirobo while in space.

Although scheduled to speak in space for the very first time in August, the much anticipated first conversation between machine and humans will take place around November or December, when veteran Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives at the space station. Kirobo is expected to return to earth in December of next year.

On August 4, Kirobo will be launched aboard an unmanned H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Southern Japan. Aside from Toyota Motor Corporation, Kirobo was jointly developed by the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Dentsu Inc.


Sony Announces The HDR-GWP88V: a Waterproof Handycam with Projector

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If you love the great outdoors, just like me, then you must know the hassle and headache of bringing along your gear and worrying whether they are safe from the rain or whether that recent 5meter drop your backpack suffered did not damage your DSLR inside. To help you out, Sony recently introduced its latest Handycam for the adventure lovers out there, the HDR-GWP88V.

Waterproof up to 33ft, this Handycam is also freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof, making it virtually indestructible. Add up to that is the built-in projector onto the device, which means you can instantly watch videos you just took minutes ago anywhere and anytime. Now, that’s just cool!

The HDR-GWP88V packs a 20.4MP CMOS sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 to f/3.4. The projector is located opposite the 3inch, LCD touchscreen display. It is capable of throwing images between 1.6feet to 6feet without any quality degradation. The Handycam features a built-in 16GB internal storage alongside a microSD expansion slot with 64GB maximum capacity.

The Sony HDR-GWP88V is already available for an SRP of P34,999. It has two color options: white and black, and comes with a Sony waterproof case, wide-angle lens converter, extra battery and a 16GB microSD card as freebies for every purchase.

Source: Sony

Cherry Mobile outs Fusion Air, dirt cheap at P2,999!

Are you on the market for a tablet, but is cash-strapped at the moment? What if I tell you that you can buy a Jelly Bean-packing 7inch Android tablet, from Cherry Mobile, for P2,999? Unbelievable? Believe it.

With the patriotic objective of bringing quality technology to the masses, Cherry Mobile recently introduced the Fusion Air, its latest budget tablet that packs a pretty impressive spec sheet considering its price tag. See the spec summary below:

1GHZ Single-core BoxChip A13 CPUMali-400 GPU Chipset
7inch, five-point multitouch screen, 800×480 resolution, 133ppi
512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD slot of up to 32GB capacity
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box
VGA front-facing camera, no rear camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
2,200mAh Li-Ion battery
191×118.9×9.8mm dimensions

Clearly, the Fusion Air is not designed to be a computing powerhouse, but rather, a tablet that is suited for basic needs such as casual web surfing, watching YouTube videos, or reading ebooks. I doubt that playing the latest HD games will be possible with the device, although simple ones such as Candy Crush Saga should be just fine. Good thing the tablet packs Jelly Bean though, as this should help the hardware in improving the overall usability of the device.

If you ask me, however, if you have an extra P1,000, I believe the Fusion Bolt is a better steal than this one…

The Cherry Mobile Fusion Air should be available in the next few weeks, although knowing Cherry Mobile’s history, looking for available ones in stock should post one hell of a problem.

Source: PTB

Snapdragon S4’s Butter Test

Qualcomm is arguably one of the mobile industry’s biggest players when it comes to designing and manufacturing processors for your smartphones and tablets. Their flagship processor line, dubbed Snapdragon S4, is currently powering 31 big-name manufacturer smartphones, most notably the Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z and the Samsung Galaxy S3. That is not to mention the tens if not hundreds of smaller manufacturers such as Starmobile and Cherry Mobile that are boasting processors from the company.


With this vast of a clientele, immense pressure is on Qualcomm to deliver products that allow mobile devices to stay cool even when required to process huge amounts of information and without the use of a fan. Because, obviously, who would want a fan on their brand new droid, right?

Well, to prove that they have the technology and capability to keep up their lead as the world’s baddest processor supplier for mobile devices, Qualcomm has recently released a thermal comparison and, read this, butter benchmark video on YouTube for their Snapdragon S4 processors. The said video features the Snapdragon S4 against two of its competitors in a two-round showdown of which processor is the coolest. It is interesting and entertaining at the same time, with Qualcomm engineers giving you a brief preview of the people behind your beloved gadgets.

Source: Qualcomm

Water-proof everything with NeverWet!

For people like me who has invested a lot on their gadgets and smartphones, we could get a bit anxious and paranoid about having our stuff wet whenever we go near a swimming pool or whenever we hangout near the beach. Worse, most of the time, people nowadays tend to bring their gizmos anywhere, even in the bathroom, thus increasing the chances of slipping them onto a wet surface and making them really expensive paper weight.

Luckily for us, the folks at NeverWet have developed an interesting new product that completely repels water and heavy oils. The NeverWet technology, dubbed as super hydrophobic coating, boasts about five key applications: Anti-wetting, anti-icing, anti-corrosion, anti-bacterial and self-cleaning. Basically, this means any object coated with it literally can’t be touched by any liquid, making it virtually 100% waterproof! You don’t believe me? See the video below!

Unbelievably great, isn’t it? Imagine what this technology could do should they become mainstream. Shirts would never be stained during meals, shoes would never need cleaning or brushing, and your oh-so-beloved iPhone can now easily double as an underwater camera without any case! Man, I can’t wait until this technology comes to our shores…

NeverWet is backed by Ross Nanotechnology, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ross Technology Corporation. Ross Technology Corporation has been in business since 1962 and occupies four separate plants in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sony Launches Next Generation SmartWatch 2

Last Tuesday, Sony introduced its next generation smart watch: the Sony SmartWatch 2. Marketed to be an alternative means of viewing information from your Android smartphone, the smart watch features NFC connectivity and water resistance, among a slew of other noteworthy features. It can also be personalized with many different apps based on how you would want to utilize the device.

According to Stefan Persson, Head of Companion Products at Sony Mobile Communications,Sony is in a unique position when it comes to the technology, being literally generations away from the competition. He says in a press release:

“Competitors are only now launching first-generation devices, while we are already launching a third-generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smart-watch experience.

“We have over 200 unique apps dedicated for Sony SmartWatch, with over one million downloads to date, and we are continuing to work with our strong developer network to deliver ever more compelling smart-watch experiences.”

These experiences include the ability to answer calls by touching your wrist, take photos with your phone remotely via the SmartWatch and control presentations remotely using Sony’s “Presentation Pal.”

A number of the other key features of the SmartWatch 2 are caller ID display, calendar entries, and Twitter and Facebook integration. Worldwide release of the Sony SmartWatch 2 is slated this coming September, with pricing yet to be announced.

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