Acer Liquid Zest Plus
Looks like Acer wants in on the virtual reality bandwagon. Months after its official announcement in London at IFA 2016, the Acer Liquid Zest Plus has finally arrived in the Philippines, and with a little something that will set it apart from much of the local competition.

Part of Liquid Zest Plus retail box actually doubles as a pair of VR glasses, designed to look almost exactly the same as Google Cardboard. So not only will you be getting a 4G-enabled phablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you’ll also be able to get a taste of Google’s patented Cardboard VR experience, too. The Liquid Zest Plus features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, a 13MP rear camera with laser auto-focus, a quad-core processor, and Acer’s own version of a software skin on top of Android.

The Liquid Zest Plus also comes with a very hefty 5,000mAh battery. That’s actually where it gets the “Plus” in its name, and what makes it better than the other Zest models in Acer’s lineup. It’s on sale now through Acer concept stores and resellers for only P7,999, and that includes the free VR headset in the standard retail package. Check back here later for a quick unboxing.

Now that you already know what kind of speaker the JBL Clip 2 is, I wouldn’t be surprised if you went looking for it. Whether you had a chance to try out the original JBL Clip or not, the Clip 2 is undeniably a fantastic portable speaker. It has Bluetooth and a wired connector, too.

When I posted my JBL Clip 2 review earlier tonight, I gave a heads-up to my friends over at Beyond Innovation, Inc., the official local distributor of Harman International products here in the Philippines. Well, it just so happens that there’s actually a sale of JBL products right now at SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia, and the JBL Clip 2 is one of the items on sale. According to my source, the JBL Clip 2, originally priced at P3,099, is on sale until tomorrow for only P2,500 a piece.

That’s a straight 500-Peso discount. You can get a JBL Clip in one or more of its available colors until tomorrow, October 9th, if you can make it all the way to SMX before the day ends. Just go to World Travel Expo, they said, and ask for the sale of JBL.

The future of audio is wireless, or so it would seem. The latest iPhone wasn’t the first phone to shun the built-in 3.5mm audio jack in favor of current wireless solutions. And it probably won’t be the last.

So it’s a good thing that there are companies like JBL–along with affiliated brands AKG and Harman Kardon–quietly working in the background, ready to support changes to tech such as the apparently impending wireless-ification of the worldwide standard audio interface.

Whether or not wired audio actually becomes obsolete, it’s not a bad idea to go wireless when it comes to audio on any of your Bluetooth-enabled smartphones — or tablets, laptops, and any other gadgets. The latest ultra-portable Bluetooth wireless speaker from JBL is called the JBL Clip 2. It’s a little bigger than the original JBL Clip, has a bigger battery, and even comes with waterproof protection.

Does it deserve a spot in your everyday carry?

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Why the tech blog died


I once read a quote that said something along the lines of, “Don’t use tomorrow‘s tools to do yesterday‘s job better today.” I think it’s good advice, just something that I’ve stupidly been trying to go against for the good part of the past three or so years. You might have seen proof of this if you’re familiar with what went on here at from 2013 to the present. I’m not sure where you came from and how you got here, but I’m hoping that you may be just one of several readers who will view this post.

Today, more than a million readers from all over the Philippines and some parts of the world have already been through these pages for one reason or another. Some of them were looking for advice on what gadget to buy, while others wanted to join raffle contests and win prizes over the Internet. Whatever the case, all sorts of people became unified in their search for something informative, authoritative, and best of all, free, as a source of knowledge that will help them make better decisions concerning “tech.”

But somehow, someway, something went wrong. And now it’s too late to fix it.

The tech blog is dead. And we killed it.

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