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Rainy day E-Reads

The rainy season has arrived and definitely there will be gloomy days ahead.  We all get those days when there’s really nothing significantly wrong; but since the skies are gray, we feel blue for no reason. So whether you take pleasure in the great outdoors or bask in the coziness of your home, the combination of the solitude and calmness brought about by the gentle rain is without a doubt unmatched. With the seemingly endless downpour outside, what better way to spend the rest of the day indoors than to be caught up in a riveting tale and be taken to a whole other world without having to get wet? Here are six bestselling e-books to liven up your rainy days:   Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes Deemed both a love and …

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Flights of Fancy

While some take pleasure in long-haul flights and consider such as a momentary distraction from reality, these lengthy trips are dreaded by many. People indulge themselves in those 10-hour long journeys before disembarking on yet another expedition through life, so to speak. In fact, flying doesn’t even have to be daunting, especially if you know which gadgets to bring along. If you are fully equipped with the following, you’ll arrive at your destination before you know it. Cellphone —Despite not being able to use your phone for texting and calling while in-flight, there are still other features of it that you might want to utilize. You can make a playlist that may suit your mood or watch any movies to your liking. As long as it has a sizable memory, you can …

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Stretch your peso while shopping online

The bazaars, night markets and garage sales are the places where we often practice our haggling skills. But with the rise of online shopping, we find ourselves enjoying the convenience it offers. The thing is, we can’t practice our haggling skills online. And since shoppers still want big discounts, we’ve listed down 8 ways on how to save while shopping online. 1.  Research Product Reviews Save yourself the trouble of returning malfunctioning products by researching product reviews. Read the customer feedbacks before deciding on any product you’re going to buy. If you think that the feedbacks are sound and logical, then take heed. But if you think that you can live with the product limitations, then go ahead and order. 2. Credit Card Rebates Credit card companies usually offer rebates when you use the card …

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“Twitter, Twitter on my wall; What is the biggest mistake of them all”

Twitter has been one of the most efficient ways to communicate and disseminate information on social media. But let’s face it, although everyone’s on it, not all know how to use it properly and correctly. The Twitterverse comprises of fickle and judgmental people. You have to be aware of any possible outcomes that might occur from your tweets. Otherwise, you could lose some followers. Listed below are eight common mistakes usually made by Twitizens. 1 Being too personal Being yourself on social media is important. You interact with other people as a fellow human being who (just like everyone else) has his own thoughts and opinions. After all, it’s a social network. However, you have to know the extent of your self-expression. There are some stern users who are not in it …

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Take charge!

By Christian Abe Garcia Online shopping has been experiencing an upward trend for quite a while now and in the Philippines, it seems that it has reached its prime thanks to an exceptional flooding of online retail stores that provide convenient shopping options for Filipinos around the country. With websites like Zalora and Lazada already in the forefront, some prowlers might find the rise of online shopping a portal to gather information and use it to hack through bigger systems like banks or other major companies. So before shopping online, one may need to know several safety precautions for a safe and hassle-free online shopping experience. Here are 8 tips and guidelines while shopping online. 1.  Make sure that you're shopping in a trusted online store with a good reputation The key to online shopping …

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Principles of a good selfie

Selfie was hailed as Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2013. Whether you love or hate it, it is here to stay so might as well be skilled at it. Your selfie is likely to be another person’s impression of you. As a matter of fact, you might find this hard to believe, but the photos that you post on your profile and social media accounts say a lot about who you are and what you stand for. The crucial question to consider here is: what makes a selfie perfect? The good thing is you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how; but there sure are antics that could help you capture your best attributes. Remember, just because taking a picture of yourself is …

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8 unseen Facebook features we should know about

By Christian Abe Garcia Using Facebook has become a daily routine for most of us. Personally, I would often turn my smartphone upon waking up just to browse through my Facebook Newsfeed. Facebook has been the primary mode of communication between friends and family. We use it to chat, see updates from daily posts and we also use this to connect with old friends and acquaintances. But while a lot of us may seem familiar with Facebook, there are still things that are kept hidden.  Most of these are features that we can use to improve our account's security or to add a bit more customization to our profile.  Hence, we need to find out and explore.  Here are 8 of Facebook's hidden features that we can find and utilize: 1. Seeing "Other" Messages You …

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Coming to Terms with Assistive Technology

The Griffith Observatory houses a vast collection of the planetarium, observatory, exhibition space and shows. Here, you get to observe the stars, see actual rocks from outer space and much to my enjoyment along with the other kids, jump to your heart’s desire to create an earthquake and more. But far from Tesla’s remarkable exhibition of alternating current, there he was the scene stealer was a man by himself using a Standing Power Wheelchair. It must be a usual sight I suppose, as people minded their own business and let him be. It was neither him nor the fact that he decided to shift from standing up to lying flat on his back amidst the crowd that got me intrigued, but the assistive technology he’s using. Assistive Technology is an umbrella …

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Let’s go on a road trip

By Christian Abe Garcia Road trips are fun; even if it is filled with long, exhausting hours of wait and drive until you reach your destination.  The long drive through provincial roads may seem unending; hence, most passengers, especially children, would easily get bored. One way to relieve boredom is to talk to travel companions while in the car, or you can simply pass the time by just using a smartphone or tablet. Admit it, having these gadgets on a road trip has become quite a necessity not only in case of emergency; but also in extreme weariness. So to prevent the never-ending "Are we there yet?" queries from restless passengers, here are 8 of the best apps that you can play while on a long drive: Color Switch The most recent popular game in …

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Hooray for May!

What is summer really about? Personally, I believe that it can be anything that makes you feel good about life as we know it. From flaunting your beach bodies to shouting your troubles away atop mountains, summer is about reveling in the great outdoors, making incredible memories, and deserting the hassles and worries of everyday life. Nonetheless, besides beach parties and reaching highlands, going to summer festivals with friends and loved ones would be excellent at this time of year. Listed below are gadgets and devices to further maximize your fiesta experience.   Cellphone Inarguably one of the greatest necessities of today, mobile phones have been proven to be an efficient means of communication as technology revolutionizes by the day. It has also come to a point wherein people would risk even their …

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