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Online Oversharing

By Angelu Rea Zafe Living in the digital age, privacy is a rare thing nowadays. With almost everyone having access to the internet and owning several social media accounts, oversharing seems to have already become a norm that some won't even think twice anymore about the things they share online. But as a responsible social media user, one should always know which details are best to keep out of social media. Not sure which ones they are? Here are 4 things that will help you draw the line between what you should and should not post online: Personal details Things such as home address, telephone numbers, location, and birthdate are private information that you shouldn’t make available to an easily-accessed place such as the internet. Sharing these details is not only unnecessary but …

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Common mistakes when booking online

By Christian Abe Garcia Travelling is one of the best things we could all do during long breaks from work or school. While some of us may just explore the wonders of the Philippines, a few of us would most likely want to venture to other countries where we could see locations, architectures and cultures that are quite different from what we see and experience here in our country. But travelling within the Philippines or overseas come the simple (and sometimes complicated) process of booking online. While some may choose to contact their local travel agent to arrange the flight for them; there are others who may want to search for a cheaper and more customizable trip.  They can easily do so and book on their own through the use of the …

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Acer’s latest #Aspire campaign

A focused close group (FCG) result revealed that buying a laptop is a milestone and/or a tool to step-up in life. "Acquiring a mobile device now becomes one's tool in being a better person. For executives, it is a reward for hard work. So it's not surprising that our segment market are people who are goal-driven and/or vision-oriented; mostly blue collar workers," shared Rey Gozon, Acer's senior marketing manager. "Thus, the inception of 'Aspire,' a global campaign that breaks the barriers between people and technology. And for our latest campaign to reach out to a wider market, we tapped the help of life coach Francis Kong. "Mr. Kong believes in our campaign. And as the most followed person on social media by the working class, he will embody the campaign naturally. Miss World …

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Hot Gadgets for cool fitness buffs

By Christian Abe Garcia To help achieve one’s fitness goals and to further enhance the experience, wouldn’t it be better if we get a bit of help from technology?  At present, there are a lot of available tech gadgets that can help focus on training and exercise.  Truly, fitness newbies and veterans will never run out of accessories and wearables that they can use during and even after training. Here are some gadgets that could guide us into reaching our fitness goals. 1.  FitBit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale After you've done a lot of exercise over the week, you would want to see how you've improved in terms of body weight, the FitBit Aria exactly does that.  Besides measuring body weight, the FitBit Aria Scale stores data (i.e. your weight) every time you use …

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Etiquette for Pokémon Go players

After quickly becoming ‘Game Of The Year’- material for its impressive number of installs, time spent in-app, and raising Nintendo’s market value by $12 billion, Pokémon Go’s daily users has dropped and plateaued, but the game still boasts an impressive amount of dedicated players. You can chalk it up to nostalgia, the sheer fun of augmented reality, or even to its simple game mechanics, but Pokémon Go is here to stay. When a huge number of people begin engaging in a new activity, problems naturally arise. For a game as active (you have to walk around in the real world) as Pokémon Go, the potential for social gaffes increase. A man mesmerized while trying to catch that ultra-rare Blastoise, after all, is a man who suddenly loses awareness of what is …

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Nightmare on customer service street

“Life is too short to battle customer service droids,” Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Joanna Stern wrote recently. She then goes on to encourage readers to try the GetHuman app where after entering a company of your choice, the page suggests a series of numbers on a hotline that will connect you directly to a human customer service representative. For a fee, the company even promises to wait for your call to get through and argue on your behalf. Sounds exciting for any homeowner, right? Imagine not wasting energy pleading someone to fix a service you regularly pay for. Sadly, a quick search does not show any GetHuman-like service in the Philippines as of press time. While you read this, many customers are on hold – patiently waiting for representatives …

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Shoot-edit-post cycle

There was a time when photo editing was only done in high fashion magazines, celebrity photoshoots and in professional studios. But today, it has become the new normal. Every social media post has been edited to some degree; while others might be inconspicuous, others are blatant. Who could blame them? We all want to remember a beautiful or should I say enhanced versions of our precious moments, right? In this age of shoot-edit-post cycle, it’s only fitting that we get in to the program. Check out the 8 mobile apps that can enhance our digital photos.

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Speak a New Language – the Pokémon Language

By Christian Abe Garcia Pokémon GO is arguably the most played smartphone game in the Philippines today, and while many Pokémon GO players have already played the main games in the past, there are still a lot who are new to the world of Pokémon.  The game has a lot of terms exclusive to it; hence, some players may have a hard time understanding how the game actually works. Here is a list of the most common terms in Pokémon GO and their functions to help children, parents, and newbies enhance their Pokémon GO experience.  No need to "search far and wide" because a clear understanding of the different terms will help you “become the very best”. So go and “catch them all”.   Poké Ball It is the most iconic item in the game.  …

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A gripping tale of Science and Survival

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death.” These were part of Mark Watney’s initial log entry as he assessed the insurmountable odds against him, all alone in the barren expanse of the red planet, Mars. Watney is the snarky, wise-cracking protagonist of author Andy Weir’s bestselling novel from 2011, The Martian—a phenomenal science fiction story about a man stranded on a desolate planet with nothing but his wits, determination, and scientific expertise to turn what limited resources he had into tools for survival. And I must say, barring a few bent rules in service of the …

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Megawatt solar powered restaurant

By Yvette Nesas Photos by Manny Llanes A restaurant in a carwash—one of the things we don’t usually see everyday that is why Megawatt restaurant in Quezon City has captured the market and drove away (pun intended) with success. Managed by entrepreneurial sisters Joyce and SJ Esteban, Megawatt Marketing Manager and Store Manager respectively, are professionals in their own right.  Joyce was a Registered Nurse who transitioned to a fulltime hotel front desk and entrepreneur with three restaurants under her belt.  SJ, on the other hand, has recently graduated from Marketing and took on the challenge of managing and improving all aspects of the restaurant. As a seasoned restaurateur, Joyce knew that having good food wasn’t enough to make it in the competitive local food scene. She believed that having a concept that will …

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