Technology

mobile growth

PLDT, Inc.’s mobile business hailed a record 18 percent service revenue growth to P16.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019 this in part of riding on the rising trend of customers for online video and mobile games. An upsurge in revenue was due to a robust increase in data and broadband demand which accounted for 65% of the total. PLDT’s wireless varieties also added 3.4 million customers in the

Samsung Galaxy s10

Photographer BJ Pascual and rising filmmaker Samantha Lee talked about taking mobile photography and videography to the next level on the second leg of Samsung’s PASS10N Lab series of workshops held this week. Pascual is among the Philippines’ coveted photographers, having shot many of the country’s most beautiful faces. Being a household name in the fashion industry, his photos have been embellished the covers of magazines in both country and

building

PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications has launched the new Signature Plans, promising a prioritized, worry-free, and in-control mobile experience for customers. Via Smart Signature, mobile subscribers are prioritized over the Smart LTE network, the country’s undisputed fastest mobile network as awarded by world-renowned network analysts like Ookla, OpenSignal, Tutela, and P3. This prioritized network experience makes sure that subscribers can enjoy consistent data to connect to their favorite apps,

Xiaomi Mi 9

Much awaited XiaXiaomi omi Mi 9 SE becomes available in the Philippines on Saturday, May 18, via Lazada and a soon-to-open Mi Authorized Concept Store at Robinson’s Magnolia. Expect a wider rollout to other Mi stores soon after. Phone models will be priced at P15,990 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, putting it in competition with the likes of the OPPO F11, Vivo V15, Huawei P30 Lite, and

hybrid electric train

The country’s first locally-made hybrid electric train will commence commercial operations by May 6 as revealed by the Department of Science and Technology on Wednesday. An air-conditioned train that runs on technology similar to Toyota Prius hybrid cars, can handle 880 passengers was designed and built by DOST engineers and local fabricators. Fortunato de la Peña, DOST-Philippines’ Secretary directed the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Biñan, Laguna

samsung

Already some of Samsung’s new, close to $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking in just a couple of days of pre-launch. Medias who acquired the phones to review before the public launch stated the Galaxy Fold screen began flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said they removed a thin, protective layer from the screens that they thought was supposed to come off, but was meant

internet

Philippine’s Internet speed has significantly improved, according to the latest OOKLA’s Speedtest Global Index with average download speeds for fixed broadband improved 143.74% from 7.91Mbps in July 2016 to 19.28 Mbps in February 2019. Furthermore, the country’s average download mobile broadband speed also improved by 94.35% from 7.44Mbps in July 2016 to 14.46Mbps in February 2019. In general, the Philippines’ Internet speed placed twenty-ninth for fixed broadband and 33rd for

Transcend

Tech company, Transcend, who manufactures storage and multimedia products, is set to participate in the 2019 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), which runs from 4 to 7 April at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. In its 15th year, the MIAS is known as the most anticipated motoring and driving event in the Philippines, showcasing not only the most dynamic and extensive automotive display, but also organizing the most thrilling

smartphone

Vivo levels up the game by displaying that it is possible to bring its pioneering premium benefits to midrange smartphones with Vivo V15 and then Vivo V15 Pro. Notable of these features is the 32MP Enhancing Selfie Camera, which was in the beginning designed for Vivo’s flagship high-end smartphone, NEX. Vivo opted out with the notch and then strategically placed the pop-up or Elevating Selfie Camera conveniently on the top.

Facebook

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s call for “globally harmonized” internet based regulation raises questions about how internet platforms can deal with concerns about misinformation and then abusive content while remaining open to free speech. The major social network wants a single set of rules on content to avoid running afoul of national requirements to remove “hate speech” or inappropriate content, kicking responsibility to a to-be-determined entity to avoid being accused of