Register Your Domain Using Google

Yes, you’ve read it right. You can now buy a domain name and power up your site using Google.

After waiting for some few years already, finally, Google Domains is now available in the Philippines!

I’ve received this wonderful news on my email this week, notifying me about the availability of Google Domains here in the Philippines.

What is Google Domains?

Google Domains is the internet domain name registration service offered by Google just like GoDaddy or NameSilo, one the cheapest registrars and my favorite.

If you want to have your own website, you need first to register a domain name and this is where Google Domains comes in.

Features and Benefits of Google Domains

  • Speed. Security. Support.
  • Get the speed and security of DNS servers that run on Google infrastructure. Plus, timely support.
  • More Domain Names Extenstion
    Describe your business with more than 300 domain endings, from .com and .net to .cafe and .design.
  • Simple pricing. Extras included.
    Domains start at 600 PHP a year and include email forwarding, privacy protection, one-click DNSSEC, and Google 2-step verification.

Google Domains includes

  • Free privacy protection for most domains. Your protection from spam and identity abuse.
  • Google 2-Step Verification and DNNSEC. Your safeguard from potential attacks like DNS spoofing and cache poison attacks.
  • Security and reliable Google Cloud DNS. It provides super-fast DNS resolution at no cost.
  • Domain and subdomain forwarding
  • Email forwarding
  • Customer support

If you have existing domain name, you can also transfer it to Google Domains too!

 

Huawei P30 Mate PRO Review: The CAMERA With A Phone

Yes, the title is correct. Huawei P30 Mate PRO is a camera with a phone. I’ll state it again, Huawei P30 Mate Pro is for me a camera with a phone! Period. I don’t care if it has no Google signature on it.

I own and still have with me my Huawei P9 Mate and Huawei P20 Pro, the latter I’m still using for my photography.

A little background about myself. First and foremost, I’m a photographer for the past 15 years or so, owning 2 professional DSLR models with several lenses in my arsenal. To give justice in owning these wonderful photography gadgets, I took basic and advanced photography classes under the umbrella of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation or simply known as FPPF. I even got an award as one of the best photographers in one category contest in our batch. Alright, enough about myself. This is a personal review on the Huawei P30 Mate Pro camera capabilities and not me.

Promise, I won’t bore you with too many technical terms. I’ll do my best to use plain English language as much as possible.

If you are looking for a more technical review on the camera, I highly suggest you browse DXOMark Huawei P30 Mate Pro camera review page. They have the capabilities to test all the technical and engineering aspects of any camera in the world. They are the authority!

If you’re a person searching for a dedicated one of a kind smartphone camera experience, the P30 Mate Pro can be your next phone.

On the other hand, as this Huawei P30 Mate Pro review on its camera capabilities will make things clearer, this smartphone is greater than just a picture-taking mobile phone.

If you get bored and need some clarifications, please do leave your comments below.

Let’s start. Shall we? Say Huawei (smile)!

Huawei P30 Mate 30 PRO : The Camera

Let me divide my sub-topics into summary, brain, body, and eyes.

Summary

Huawei P30 Mate Pro is the newest addition to Huawei’s family of smart cameras err smartphones. It is the company’s latest flagship mobile device, which is a phone that catches anyone’s attention. Not only is this phone loaded with the flagship Kirin 990 chipset, but the P30 Mate Pro also comes with loads of memory and storage, ultra-curved display, a particularly bigger and powerful battery, and an improved camera system.

Honestly, it’s that new camera system that makes P30 Pro be more popular. Whenever other photographers see me using my Huawei P30 Mate Pro instead of my DSLR (which is also hanging on my shoulder), you can always sense their curiosity and asking me why I’m using my phone instead of my camera? What I usually do is show them the output and they’re usual reaction is “how did you do that?”. I always tell them “Huawei P30 Mate Pro…it’s 4 lenses baby!”. Technically, it has 4 lenses at the back and another 3 in front for a total of 7 lenses in all!

Mate 30 Pro: Brain

Kirin 990 chipset. What is this? Why is it important? Basically this is the central headquarter of the whole Mate 30 Pro system. Not only it is the brain but it serves as the central intelligence agency of the whole system!
According to Huawei, it is the most powerful and intelligent AI mobile chipset, evah! It integrates 10 billion transistors in an area of less than 1 square centimeter no larger than a thumbnail.

What is Kirin 990 chipset got to do with the camera?

The fact is, photography has always been a focus of Kirin chipsets. This is the reason why P30 series tag line is “rewrite the rules of photography”. If you are an avid photographer, I guess you know one or two rules of photography.

The coolest thing this Kirin 990 brain can do is greatly enhancing the images through hardware-level noise reduction and color reproduction capabilities. These features allow users to enjoy clear vivid pictures and good video experiences. It also can now support more cameras than ever before!

I shot mostly sports events and I was amazed Huawei P30 Mate Pro can track moving subjects very fast and with accuracy.

On my DSLR, I usually set my shutter to not less than 1/400 second to capture an incoming runner with no blur. I usually change this depends on how fast the runner is passing on my view and I usually shoot in burst mode. But with P30 Mate Pro, I just set up everything in auto and let the camera on the phone do its own thing. And guess what? 99%-100% of the time, the shot is perfect!

I don’t know how it is being done, but it’s not only accurate when taking photos but also the AI facial recognition and detection rate is so fast on this beast.

Ultra-curved Body

There’s nothing sexier about the P30 Mate Pro but its body. The curve, oh yes the ultra-curve notch is so appealing. If you will go to a mobile phone store with a plethora of choices of phones from different brands, I can assure you 101% that you will be enticed simply by the looks of P30 Mate Pro. It has a lustful persona that will attract you right away. If you will take a look at the side angle of the P30 Mate Pro, you will notice the screen appears to stretch further into the edge of the device.  The term for this is ‘waterfall’ curved edge design that Huawei is calling a Horizon Display.


If you are out in the field shooting sports event and suddenly an unannounced rain sets in or perhaps somebody throws water on you, don’t be upset because, as you would expect from a premium flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro is water resistance and dust resistance. My word of caution, just don’t submerge your phone in more than 2 meters depth of water for longer than 30 minutes.

Camera Lenses: The Eyes

There goes a saying ” the beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This is very much true when it comes to the eyes or lenses of P30 Mate Pro. The way it translates the captured images is more prominence than what our eyes can see.

I told you I won’t bore you with technical stuff on how an image is being translated to a much more intensely deep processed end product, but here are the two practical reasons that I know of.


First, Huawei has reformed its entire camera system from the basic with a complete overhaul that begins with the sensor in the new quadruple-camera system. Huawei hasn’t stopped with developing the zoom capabilities of its cellphones.  Instead of opting for an off-the-shelf RGB (Red-Green-Blue) sensor, like basically present in every other smartphone manufacturer in the world, Huawei has thought of using a RYYB (Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue) sensor starting in the P30 series.   Huawei claims this makes the sensor collect 40% light and it’s important on low-light photography.

Second, which is known to the mobile photography world, Huawei started to use Leica optics on its flagship mobile devices since the launching of the globally successful, multiple-award winning HUAWEI P9 . Huawei and Leica have an army of engineers dedicated to make the most sophisticated camera design for the mobile phone. They established their partnerships to deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers

Camera Specifications

  • Main: 40MP 1/1.7in SuperSensing sensor, f/1.6, 26mm equiv, OIS
  • Cine Camera Ultra-Wide: 40MP 1/1.54in sensor, f/1.8, 18mm equiv
  • Telephoto: 8MP 3x optical (80mm equiv.), f/2.4, OIS
  • 3D Depth Sensing (or ‘ToF’ / Time of Flight)

‘TOF or Time of Flight is a term that is new to me. If you want to learn more about this, please take a look at Digital Camera definition of the term Time of Flight camera or if you want to know more about the technical stuff, you can browse more information at Wikipedia .

To make it more vivid to you, let the following photos speak for themselves

Mount Samat Cross. Night mode
Sunrise shot
Another angle of Mount Samat Cross
View midway of Mount Samat Cross
Mount Samat Cross up close
One click of a moving subject
Ruins of Mile Long Barracks in Corregidor. Ultra-wide mode.
Panoramic shot at Corregidor Island
Pier in Corregidor Island. Ultra-wide mode shot
Yummy food photography
Alien inspired elevator lighting. Taken at Soler.
Have you seen a smiling turtle? Zoom zoom zoom mode (3x zoom).
Night mode. Taken during the Christmas Lightshow in The Manor, Baguio City
Testing the portrait mode.

Huawei P30 Mate Pro photographs are sharp (can be very sharp, it depends on how you handle it), and bear more presentation of colors. It can produce vivid photos of natural views, landscape, city architectures and stunning night shots This is opposite to the ziggy and over-saturated photos that other flagship products of other companies produce.

Truly, Huawei redefines and rewrites the rules of photography. It also reshapes the perception of mobile photography by its unmatched technology and the expertise of Leica camera. This setup is a force to be reckoned with.

Want to try smartphone photography? With Huawei Mate P30 Pro, you can’t go wrong!

Reference

  1. https://www.gsmarena.com/how_the_ryyb_sensor_on_the_huawei_p30_pro_works-news-37007.php
  2. https://consumer.huawei.com/en/press/news/2016/hw-u-025574/
 

Huawei Band 4: A Quick Review On What It Offers

About a month ago, the Huawei Band 4 entered the Philippine market along with a line of smart watches and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one. A lot of smart bands are being sold on the market for health and fitness enthusiasts, but this minimalist look packed with the latest technology from Huawei will surely make you drool and grab one for yourself. Here is a quick review on what the Huawei Band 4 offers.

Read our verdict too on this smart watch, so make sure to read until the end of the review.

Minimalist Look

The Huawei Band 4 comes in a sleek, minimalist design with three colors available: Amber Sunrise, Sakura Pink, and Graphite Black. I got the one in Graphite Black. It is very light, at 24mg and features a square display screen, that is the biggest in the market. It has three pre-installed watch faces but unfortunately does not support custom ones. It has five brightness levels, which can help prolong the battery life. It also features a small “home” button that matches the overall minimalist look of the band.

Functionality

The Huawei Band 4 functions both as a watch and a fitness tracker. It is water-resistant. It measures the steps you take in a day, with the calories burned. It supports different activities such as running, walking, cycling, cross-training, and rowing. It also has a Sleep Tracker and it can measure your current heart rate.

Huawei Health App Synchronization

It works with the Huawei Health app, where it syncs the data real time from the band and allows you to get daily, weekly, and monthly activity reports.

Battery and Charging

The Huawei Band 4 has a 91mAh battery and when fully charged, it can last for 7-9 days, depending on the features that you use. It charges easily, without having to use a cord. Simply remove the lower strap and plug it into any USB power adapter. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to charge the band.

Final Verdict

At Php1890, the Huawei Band 4 would be a good purchase. It packs a lot of important features for health and fitness enthusiasts. And with its sleek design, it looks stylish too.

For more health and fitness wearables review, kindly visit Active Pinas website and their FB page where users post their personal review on various gadgets.

 

How To Use Physical Keyboard in Android Emulator

I’ve been developing Android and iOS app for the past months using Flutter – Google’s development UI toolkit for designing beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile and soon web, desktop and perhaps WearOS from a single codebase. – and been using the virtual keyboard on the Android emulator.

I only got the idea to use the physical keyboard of my PC and laptop when I was following a tutorial on Udemy. The lecturer was able to type in the words on the emulator, while I’m typing it on a cumbersome way by using the emulator’s built-in software or the virtual keyboard. Duh!

This was when I experimented on some setting on the emulator if there’s a way to enable the physical keyboard.

And voila! I’ve found the solution I’ve been looking for.

Here’s how to enable the physical keyboard for your Android Emulator:

I’m currently using the latest Android Studio version 3.5 as of this writing.

  • Open Android Virtual Device Manager
  • Click the ‘Pencil icon’ align with the selected Emulator.
edit button virtual device
  • A new window will pop up. Select ‘ Show Advanced Settings ’ button.
Android Studio AVD Show Advanced Settings
  • Find ‘Enable Keyboard Input’ and ensure it’s checked. The checkbutton can be found at the most bottom of the screen so you have to scroll the window.

    As the description shows, “Enable keyboard input – Lets you enter text and interact with the AVD using your hardware computer keyboard in addition to the on-screen soft keyboard”. This is exactly what I want to do!
  • Finally, click ‘Finish’ and you’re done!

Let me know if you have another way to enable the physical keyboard for your emulator needs.

 

Huawei Ark OS – The New Operating System of Huawei

Huawei Ark OS, Ark OS, Huawei Ark, Ark, and Huawei Ark Compiler – these are the five brand names that Huawei has requested to register in European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

The EUIPO received the Huawei Technologies Com., Ltd. trade mark application for the names of Huawei’s new operating system on 24 May.

Huawei Ark OS is known as HongMeng , it’s internal and Chinese name. They chose another brand name, Huawei Ark OS, to make it more appealing to their international audience.

Huawei Technologies EUIPO patent application for Huawei Ark OS

On May 20, Google announced that it would partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android operating system but was given 90 days extension or till August 19 by the US White House. 

Huawei Technlogies on the other hand perhaps already know that this scenario might happen and so they made their own, homegrown operating system.

In April 2018, South China Morning Post, has already reported that Huawei is already developing their own operating system for some time, with reports extending back many years.  According to the report, the plan to build a new operating system was initiated by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, as a backup systems but only for use in “extenuating circumstances”. 

The new Huawei Ark OS is expected to be compatible with mobile phones, computers, tablets, smart TVs, connected cars, smartwatch, smart wearables and others unified into an operating system, compatible with all Android applications and all web applications.

According to a Weibo post, it states that Huawei’s new operating system will run all Android applications, and if they are recompiled to run natively, they may perform up to 60 percent more efficiently.

The Huawei Ark OS is set to be released in the last quarter of 2019 in China whereas the global version of Ark OS may only be available in the first or second quarter of 2020

 

Make Your Wifi More Than 600 Times Faster Using Wifi 6

Do you want to make your wifi speed go fast? As in faster than your current setup? Are you still using the first protocol of Wifi offering 2Mbit/s link speed?

Here’s the good news, yes it can be done!

The answer is Wi-Fi 6.

With Wi-Fi 6  the speed can be push to 1,300Mbit/s. That is more than 600 times faster that the first Wi-fi introduced in 1997. Wi-Fi 6 lab tests has reached up to 10,000 Mbps – 10 Gigabits of data transmitted every second!   If you bought new router yesterday or few minutes ago and the seller told you it’s the fastest in the market, Wi-Fi 6 can still make it 4 to 10 times faster.

Before you nail me on the cross, let me forewarn you that this technology will be available by 2019 and that is just  a couple of months from now. In fact, NetGear and Asus is almost about to release their stealth fighter looking router using Wi-Fi 6 protocol.

netgear wifi-6 router

Image: Asus RT-AX88U

Why Wi-Fi 6?

If you are a home user (non-techie), would you know if your router is using 802.11ac or 802.11n protocol? I bet you don’t! I guess 95% of internet users doesn’t care about this terminology. This is the reason why Wi-fi Alliance – the group of worldwide network companies that brings you wifi – came up with a new naming convention.

  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology

wifi aming convention

Image: Wi-Fi Alliance

Don’t ask me about Wifi 1-3. These are Jurasic technology already. They are as slow as turtle next to hibernate. But if you insist, these are earlier Wi-Fi standards  802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g. These are not being relabeled anymore, since those devices using these jurassic protocols are rarely used these days.

According to Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”

Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

Don’t take my words for these but according to Intel, one of the members of Wi-Fi Alliance and one of the developers of  Wi-Fi 6 certified chips, by the numbers Wi-Fi 6  is expected to:

  • Deliver up to 40 percent higher peak data rates for a single client device
  • Improve average throughput per user by at least four times in dense/congested environments
  • Increase network efficiency by more than four times
  • Extend the battery life of client devices

intel-wi-fi-6

Image: Intel

For most of us, it simply means faster NetFlix, better performance in crowded areas such as airports, malls, stadium, and crowded office,  cheaper electricity bill.

Expect to see the new Wi-Fi 6 name on hardware products and inside software menus from 2019.

 

 

 

AghamBayan: A DOST and UP Technology and Innovation Festival – Free Entrance

When I was young, one of my ambitions was to be a scientist or an inventor. In fact, I did a lot of my own inventions or so I thought then. Once, I used a pen as a switch for a lamp in one of my projects in school. I’m a big fan of inventors specially anything that makes our daily tasks easier.

When a friend forwarded a free event dubbed as “AghamBayan: A DOST and UP Technology and Innovation Festival, I get excited to attend the event.

This event is a celebration of technological and innovative contributions of the University of the Philippines, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, that impact the seemingly ordinary challenges of daily living.

Included in the program is  the chance to personally meet the inventors as they showcase and present their scientific works. It’s also a good opportunity to learn from industry leaders and policy makers on technology utilization. This is also the right venue to meet and network with potential partners from the academe, government and industry.

As of posting time, there are still a good number of FREE available seats. Just visit the registration page.

DATE AND TIME

Wed, June 20, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION

Jose Rizal Hall (Meeting Room 1)
Philippine International Convention Center
Vicente Sotto Street
Pasay, NCR

See you all there!

 

Mobile Phone Spy App

A Mobile Phone Spy, bears a certain list of features useful for any wanting spy. People face a lot of thrills and suspense today in their lives. This increases in counting, too. Anywhere you turn crimes happen. Sometimes, banks close down due to deceitful employees. Children disappear and gets lost. More divorces and separation happens in marriages. A lot of these problems can be accounted to secrecy. If only a person can be closely watched and overlooked of what her or she is always doing.

A Mobile Phone Spy should be the answer. It can record call histories, text messages, emails, photos, videos, contacts, memos, events, browser history and more. It can even keep track on your family, children, employees, friends or anyone with just the use of a cellphone tracker. It is the most advance application in phone technology today.

A spy mobile phone allows access to a lot of information stored in a phone. In terms of compatibility, it supports every smartphone. It works best for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phone. With the easy steps to follow, the software is Continue reading…

 

The Philippines is Asia’s Newest WIFI Hotspot, with Free WIFI for Everyone to Enjoy This Year End

With a whooping annual budget of more than 1 billion pesos, now, Filipinos can enjoy the services of free WIFI for all when they are in their schools, visiting parks, local airports, walking dogs at parks, being at the hospital and other places across the land. Bloomberg’s has said, along their website post, that the main reason was due to a defensive argument by lawmakers on constant slow Internet connection in the country, where speed has been found to be comparable only with Afghanistan in Asia (data results reported by the International Data Corp. or IDC.) And, these guys won. Such wonderful project should be able to cut-down data charges in the Philippines, by end of 2016.

 A Free WIFI for all also means that profits are getting lower for PLDT and Globe Telecom Inc. in the next days to come. What does this mean? Well, such big change in our I.T. industry should also boosts this top tech companies in performance and services, which might add better deals in the market for local consumers to benefit as well as choose from, in the near future. But, on this issue, Monchito Ibrahim, who currently sits as deputy executive director of the Information and Communications Technology Office, today, mentioned, what is important and should be a priority for them is a free WIFI supply to local communities with no internet connection at all, at the moment. These areas would benefit most in terms of clearer communication, faster emails and teaching the value of social media to the lives of the local inhabitants.

Furthermore, the project is expected to endow a suffice connectivity speed of 256 kbps, just right for surfing sites, using Facebook and web 2.0 sites and, also, conveying emails. Another country offering Free WIFI in Asia is Singapore, which is, actually, faster than what is planned in our country, of almost 2 mbps for their own users to enjoy. The same is also proposed in New Delhi, India.

According to Senator Bam Aquino, “What I’m looking for is really a major broadbandplan.” Although PLDT and Globe confirmed a draining of revenues from their clients in therecent years, the two (2) giants didn’t reclined in saying that they would help the governmentmake this dream possible. These companies are, presently, looking into the prospects of the said project.

Sources:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-07/philippines-to-roll-out-nationwide-free-wi-fi-service-by-2016
http://fortune.com/2015/09/08/philippines-free-wifi/
http://www.techspot.com/news/62041-soon-there-free-wi-fi-all-philippines.html
 

Call to undefined function adrotate_ad() – WordPress – Solved

I recently upgraded one of my blogs to the latest WordPress version (WordPress 4.2.2 as of this writing) and it seems everything is running fine on the homepage. However, when I read some post, I’ve found out the Sidebar is missing and some functions which I’ve added at the end of every post are missing too or not uploading.

Then I saw this ” Fatal error: Call to undefined function adrotate_ad() in – …./single.php on line 29″. Seeing the “adrotate_ad” within the line, I tried to deactivate the plugin but the error is still there after I refresh the page.

fatal-error-call-to-undefined-function-wordpress

I thought Google is my friend. When I searched for this error, most of the result pages and suggestions are pointing to AdRotate Pro (which is not free anymore).

So what is the best solution then?

Easy. Delete the AdRotate plugin. Easy right? Continue reading…