Online shopping? There’s an app for that!

PAYMENT CONVENIENCE. Whether shopping online or spending during travels, PayMaya offers a convenient solution.

(Note: This story is also published on Cebu Daily News in its InfoTech section) With the holidays and the bonuses and extra pay that come with it just weeks away, people are bracing for and eagerly awaiting Christmas shopping. Malls are starting to get packed and traffic, especially around shopping centers, has turned for the…

Oppo introduces F1s “selfie expert” in Cebu

POWER SELFIE. With a 16-megapixel front camera that has a large 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture, the F1s is a “selfie expert.”

The Oppo F1s is a mid-level phone but with features of high-end devices, brand marketing manager Stephen Cheng said during a media preview Tuesday night in Cebu. Cheng said the F1s “has high-end specs and high-end feel for a good price.” What sets the Oppo F1s apart is the exceptional quality of its front camera…

With bots, chat is more than idle talk

CONNECTED. Since bots operate on the Facebook Messenger platform, alerts and messages are ubiquitous, including in connected smart watches, which works well for reminders like this one.

“Hey, Jarvis,” I sent a message to the eponymous Facebook Messenger chat bot, “remind me to reply to Cass’ email in 30 minutes.” The reply came as quickly as the Facebook pop to notify you of an incoming chat message. “Okay, I’ll remind you to reply to Cass’s email at 10:24 PM on Monday, September…

Picture this: Disintermediation

PEOPLE broadcast via Facebook Live the performance by the Eraserheads during the unveiling of the new PLDT and Smart logo.

Last week, members of iconic Pinoy band Eraserheads reunited, the first in a long time, for a concert. The occasion was the unveiling of the new logos of PLDT and Smart. Save for company employees, the event was all hush-hush. The press contact who invited me only said I was going to a “confidential” event.…

Ambient noise? Think ambient news!

TIME TO GO. Google Now takes into account your appointments for the day, traffic data on roads you are likely to pass and then sends contextual and timely notifications like this one on connected devices such as Android Wear smartwatches.

UV radiation levels will be high, the smartwatch we have been testing warned at noon of Sinulog Sa Kabataan Sa Lalawigan last Saturday. The data was processed by AccuWeather and detected by the weather app integrated into my wife’s phone and from there, pushed into the smartwatch she was wearing.