Globe’s Gcash and Smart’s PayMaya have both been aggressively marketing their platforms just to stay ahead of the competition. Customers benefit the most with the plethora of discounts, rebates and raffle promos being offered left and right. Fortunately for us consumers, it’s not a question of whether you should get aboard one platform over another. If you ask me, I’d say why not get both?
Let me list down my thoughts and observations in using both mobile payment systems. These are based on my personal experience, thus I’m mum about the features I don’t use. I’ll update this list as developments and/or improvements come to mind: Continue reading
You may have already read it somewhere, that you may now use your Autosweep RFID in NLEX-SCTEX, Cavitex, according to DOTr. It may be a step towards DOTr’s Toll Interoperability Project, but if you look closer, it is still far from the ideal integration.
The Autosweep RFID tag is the tag you use to breeze through the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system at South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Ayala Greenfield Toll Plaza, and Skyway. From this recent development, you may now use your Autosweep RFID tag at NLEX, SCTEX, and Cavitex, provided that you maintain a separate Easytrip account with them.
That means you may use the same tag but you should maintain two different accounts with the two different toll service providers. Two different accounts mean two different funding and monitoring of account balances. Its effect — very little!
This may be a step closer to DOTr’s goal of tollway interoperability, albeit very small. Can’t wait for the day of one tag/one account electronic toll collection between and among these tollway systems. And please, bring ETC to STAR Tollway soon!
It was reported some two months ago that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) ordered the telcos to extend load expiration to 1 year regardless of amount. Last month, DICT agreed to delay implementation of this order for loads below P300.
Today, I tried reloading P300 to my SmartBro prepaid account to test if Smart indeed complied with DICT’s order. Lo and behold! To my gladness, my remaining balance is set to expire in 1 year: February 5, 2019. Though, the free ALLNET TXTS that goes with every reload is still set to expire in 75 days. No worries for me in that case, at least I don’t have to rush anymore to consume my load credits before they expire.
As for Globe, I have yet to try. If you have experienced reloading with Globe, please share them in the comments below.
DJI is introducing a new version of its smartphone stabilizer, the Osmo Mobile, that makes a handful of small changes to the original as well as one big one: its price. The Osmo Mobile 2 will start at $129, making it much more affordable than the original model (which started at $299, though you can find it now for closer to $200) as a way to keep your phone shake-free while shooting video.
Sounds like they’re very much challenged by the competition, particularly the Zhiyun Smooth Q. The price range and the built-in long battery are the Smooth Q’s thing.
In an effort to stay organized and productive, you whip out a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the list of your impending todos. As you move along your day, you tick off those tasks that you have completed, leaving the unmarked ones for tomorrow, hopefully.
A couple of days later, that piece of paper is now buried in various pages of office printouts and drafts, leaving the rest of your todos ignored, and thus, undone.
Therefrom, you installed a todo app on your smartphone. That way, you can schedule important tasks that need to be done on a particular time. Your phone will remind you when that task is due. Efficient and effective, you thought. Until the day you were in a meeting for a while and left your phone on your desk gathering notifications after notifications.
Overwhelmed by these notifications, you decided to clear them all. And thus, you missed your tasks again– ignored, undone! Continue reading
Part of the reason why I chose Globe’s postpaid internet called Globe at Home was because of the freebies they came waiving at my face when I first approached their booth at the mall.
I opted for the Plan 1599, and here are the plan inclusions as described in their website: Continue reading
When you own a smartphone, are you expected to be subscribed to a data plan with it?
Apparently, the answer is yes if you own an Android device.
Turning off Mobile/Cellular Data in the Settings
In iPhones, if you turn cellular data off, it means no cellular data — completely. As long as it stays off, you will not be charged for any unintentional background data use.
That is not the case for Android. Apparently, even if you turn off mobile data in your Android device and solely use wifi for internet connection, the system still uses mobile data and connects to the internet from time to time.
So now you can’t fault me when my money mostly goes to my ever reliable iPhone in the battle between the two systems. Continue reading
Dear Business Insider,
You’re not the only website dealing with topics I’m interested in. Thanks to your animosity against ad-blockers, I never have to visit your website again.
Hey, it’s fine to have me click one more time to get rid of those pesky notifications that I’m using ad-blocker plugins, but not to the extent of totally stopping me from accessing/reading your content.
Now, is there a way to tell Google Search to not show results from these kind of websites?
When group conversations have become too busy you can’t keep up with them any longer, or maybe you just want to totally ignore them — at least for the time being, you actually have the option to mute them by going to the group’s Chat Info & Settings, and there’s a toggle to Mute Group.
However, what does this really do totally defeats its purpose. Yes, it stops the notification sounds from going off, and new messages don’t appear in the notification center, but the app badge still shows how many messages you’ve missed from these muted group conversations. Also, when you open the app, the Chats tab still shows the number of unread messages even when they’re from the “muted” ones, which clearly gets in the way when your intention was to totally ignore them.
So, unless and until Viber corrects this issue, I’m turning off notifications for this app altogether. Or, perhaps, uninstall Viber completely.
I have kept GoDaddy as my domain registrar for quite some time for two of my domain names. But upon seeing my email notice recently reminding me to renew one of the domain names, and with the renewal rates they were trying to charge me at $18.49 for a year, I thought to myself: there must be something wrong with GoDaddy.
Indeed, a few Google searches over, foraging through a few tech forums, and it was revealed that GoDaddy charges at least 30% higher than competition for domain name renewals.
You see the dirty tactic they employ here: entice you with the super low new domain registration — even for as low as $1 for the first year, then hit you hard in the latter years with exorbitant fees. If you’re not savvy enough about how domain registrations work, you’ll just yield to their whims and pay.
As for myself, I transferred my domain name to Name.com. At least, looking around on their website, they’re transparent enough to show you how much are they charging for new registrations (i.e. at reasonably discounted prices) and renewals thereafter.
I paid $9.50 for the domain transfer with Name.com, and that includes domain renewal for the first year. Moreover, their dashboard indicates that domain name renewals thereafter cost $12.99 per year.
By the way, I tried Namecheap.com and Domain.com as well. But I experienced problems while trying out their domain transfer facility, so I gave up.