VW scandal, new iPhones reviews, 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, First Gentleman

Volkswagen (VW) emission test scandal

Some people refer to it as Dieaselgate, and Volkswagen’s stock fell by as much as 38% in two days on issues of cheating on its 11 million cars’ emission tests.

Now, that leaves VW’s CEO’s position in question. Continue reading

Knockoffs are nowhere near the real deal

GooPhone is one of those Android device manufacturers that make clones of the iPhone. With the recent unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, GooPhone has come out with the GooPhone I6S, which is the same size and form factor as that of the iPhone 6S and made to appear to run iOS 8.

Here is the video review of the GooPhone I6S for reference:

I have tried customizing an Android device (a Samsung Galaxy S2) before, changing the launcher and icons to make it look like the latest iPhone. Then, after spending quite a number of hours customizing its appearance, it struck me–no matter how much time I spend on customization, no matter the extent of every detail I copy, it is still an Android device pretending to be an iPhone.

So, heed my advice: if you want an iPhone for a smartphone, save and spend on an iPhone. Custom-making an Android device to make it look like an iPhone is just a pathetic way of showing how much you really want an iPhone. After all, knockoffs are nowhere near the real deal.

Adventures at Manila Ocean Park

I was playing with Apple’s iMovie app in my iPhone yesterday, and I found an option to create movies from Trailer templates. So I tried, and I had a few clips from our Manila Ocean Park trip last February lying around.

This movie I created for like 30 minutes or so only with my iPhone 5S and the iMovie app. Here goes:

That stupid Facebook app built in browser

That stupid Facebook app built in browser is just plain stupid.

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They need to put it back to open in the default browser, may it be Safari for iOS or Chrome for Android. That way it’ll be easier to share the webpage in any app other than the stupid Facebook app.

This now gives me more reason to stop using Facebook altogether.

iOS 8.1.1 update brings performance improvements to iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

The latest iOS update intends to bring increased stability and performance improvements specifically to iPad 2 and iPhone 4s devices.

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iPad 2 and iPhone 4s users will remember how their devices became so sluggish after updating to iOS 8. With this update, Apple hopes to bring improvements in the performance of these aging devices.

Check out my experience updating my iPad 2 to iOS 8.1.1 »

Here’s Hoping for an iPod Touch 128GB

Apple quietly drops iPod Classic from its online store.

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I do have an iPod Classic I bought in mid-2007. It was my first Apple product purchase. I don’t recall what Gen it was, but it was the 80GB version. Although software and hardware indicate it needs to retire, I can’t let go of it just yet because my Music Library in my iTunes alone is worth around 50GB, which can’t fit the 64GB iPod Touches and iPhones especially when scores of apps are already installed. Continue reading

Twitter and Facebook Quick Post Buttons

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Whatever happened to the quick post buttons and windows for Twitter and Facebook, just like what you see in the screenshots above?

Obviously, they were removed from the notification center when iOS 7 came. I missed it because right now in order to do a quick status update to Facebook, I need to open the SLOW Facebook app, which takes forever to load before I can proceed any further. And I don’t have Siri to do it for me. Keep Reading »

Timer for iPhone

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I’m looking for a sleek, minimalist timer app for iPhone that keeps the display from dimming or turning off completely while in use. Of course, I need to check how much time I have left when answering test questions.

Obviously, the stock Clock app won’t cut it as the display turns off automatically after a few minutes, and I need to unlock the screen everytime I need to check the time.

Suggestion, anyone?

Does Apple Really Make Premium Products?

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Often you hear or read comments from bashers and non-bashers alike about how expensive Apple products are especially when there are new products released, just like the recent iPhone 5s. So the question is, does Apple really employ premium materials to their products that they’re worth that much?

I have a 3-year old, network-locked, 32GB (base model) iPhone 4 and a 2-year old unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II (SGS2). Both were selling at the same price level when they came out (~PHP32K). If you look closely at the spec sheets of both, SGS2 is the clear winner being a more recent smartphone and with a dual-core processor (see the comparison at the GSMArena). But today I can easily sell the iPhone 4 for PHP10,000 (~US$240) while the SGS2 for only PHP5,000 (~US$120). There goes your premium, ladies and gentlemen!