Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REVIEW: Kids Academy IOS Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten


Below are 3 IOS applications (for iPhone and Ipad) which you can find educational and fun for your toddlers. I downloaded them for my nephew Eurie who is here for a visit from Bicol. 

If you have kids age 5 and below, feel free to have them and see for yourself! They are free to download, and you also have the option to buy the other related apps within them.

Here are my reviews (I just wish the creator of these will make the app titles shorter for easy recall, though): 


I downloaded this application today for my 3 year old nephew Eurie and I was amused, he just can’t stop singing while holding my Iphone and learning too! Incidentally Bingo was a favorite song from Barney, it got him hooked while navigating, plus the colors and objects are very colorful and interactive!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Will Be Available from Globe Starting Nov.14





Good news to iPhone fanatics!! Globe Telecom has just announced today that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will be available starting November 14, 2014. 

Customers can have a pre-registration beginning today at www.globe.com.ph/iphone6

For more information on plans and rates, click www.globe.com.ph. For additional details about the iPhone, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Globe Launches Pre-registration for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus



Globe is happy to announce that it has launched the pre-registration page for users who want to avail of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As the first telco in the country to launch a pre-registration portal, it allows customers to signify their interest to get the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Globe.

The pre-registration page (https://device.globe.com.ph/ ) allows new and existing customers to choose what iPhone they want to get under Globe and select the color and capacity. They can key in their personal details to receive updates about the newest iPhone devices, including specs and features.

Globe has been carrying the iPhone since the launch of iPhone 3 in 2008. It is set to launch its wonderful offers and exclusive deals for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Online Portal For Early Birds

The Philippines is excited to welcome the newest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Gear S. In line with this, Globe Telecom has launched online portal to serve early customers. It accepts registration of interest among customers who wish to purchase the latest devices with a postpaid plan from Globe.

It is available on the Globe website via https://samsungnote4.globe.com.ph, the registration of interest portal allows new and existing postpaid customers to choose their device color in advance and register their personal details such as name, mobile number, and e-mail address. The customer database will be used to update registered customers with postpaid plan offers and pricing details. A reference number will be provided to customers so they can track status of their application. 


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.7GHz Quad-Core processor, Android 4.4, 3.7MP front-facing F1.9 lens camera, 16MP Smart OIS back camera, Advanced S Pen, and 3GB RAM + 32GB Internal memory which supports microSD up to 64GB. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S has a 2.0” Curved Super AMOLED display, Dual core 1.0 GHz, 512MB RAM memory and 4GB Internal Memory storage. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Globe Opens A 'Generation 3' Store in Cagayan de Oro This December




Soon to Open in December: Generation 3 Globe Store in Limketkai Mall 
Globe Telecom is gearing up to strengthen its business and operations in Cagayan de Oro as it opens its world-class retail store, “Generation 3” Store in Limketkai Mall on December 2014. 

The Generation 3 Store in Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro is the second retail store to undergo major renovation, paving the way for one of the biggest milestones in telecom retail around the world. The new Globe Store in SM North Edsa in Quezon City is also opening on December to offer Globe customers in Manila a new and leveled-up experience in availing of telecom services. 

The new Globe “Generation 3” Stores promise a fresh experience for its customers, boasting of a unique retail concept that is a first of its kind in the Philippines. It is designed by Tim Kobe, founder and CEO of Eight, Inc. whose brainchild is the iconic Apple store in New York. Among his achievements, Kobe is responsible for the designs of the Apple Stores, the Nike Concept Stores, Coke, Knoll, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Citibank. 

Prior to its big opening, the Generation 3 Stores will feature themed surprises – Arts, Community and Technology (ACT).  Working together with distinguished Filipino artists led by Ross Capili, Globe creatively boarded up its Stores with featured live art performances. Capili working with the theme ‘past to future’ designed the mounted mural on the Globe stores.  The mural is set to surprise onlookers every two weeks as participating artists keep on adding and drawing on the canvass. 

The live art had enthusiasts and followers abuzz in Twitter using the hashtag #Gen3nextACT and photos uploaded in Facebook as the artists wowed retail onlookers. The art event at Limketkai Mall began in October 4 where Capili was joined by the first set of artists namely Joey and Archie Balcos.

Capili has been in the art scene for almost 40 years specializing in varying expressions, movements and media. With successful exhibitions here and abroad, Capili is also the founder of the Facebook page ArtPhilippines, which gathers over with over 8,000 members composed of Filipino artists here and around the world.

You canparticipate in the #GEN3NextACT by following on Twitter or get updates on https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gen3nextACT.


To know about other Globe stores in your area visit http://www.globe.com.ph/store-locator or call 730-1000 for more details. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Globe Labs Supports YSEALI in Empowering the Filipino Youth

Globe Telecom through its developer arm Globe Labs shows its support with the US Embassy to bring President Barack Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) to the Filipino youth.

With this, the U.S. Embassy hosted a networking night at A Space in Makati, which brought young Filipino students, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals who are active in their own communities, thus encouraging them to join YSEALI and spread the word. 

It is said that about 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. And it is important to harness their potentials because the youth are innovative, creative, and eager to contribute their ideas and energy to improve not only their own lives, but the lives of others in their communities.

What is YSEALI?    

YSEALI is a signature program by the White House to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders.  

The Young Southeast Asian LeadersInitiative (YSEALI) was launched in 2013 by U.S. President Barack Obama. It consists of brilliant young leaders aged 18-35 years from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Samsung Brings New Generation of Digital Appliances To Your Homes

I am so glad to be able to attend the launch of Samsung's newest line of digital appliances. As a mom who does the everyday chores of a busy household, I find these smart gadgets very useful and yes, techie.

Samsung has taken a step higher in giving people a better lifestyle. Thus, equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and a passion for innovation, Samsung has come up with their new line of digital household appliances that will ensure a happy home.

Air Conditioner With Triangle Design


Among their breakthrough inventions is their new air conditioner with triangle design. In a country that is notorious for its sweltering summers, a proper air conditioner is almost mandatory. But the difference between this new Smart Air Conditioner and an conventional air conditioner is clear. It does not just produce cool air; it has been tailored to be more efficient and cost-effective in this task. Thanks to its carefully engineered triangle design which allows for bigger fans within a more compact body. Thus, it circulates cool air faster, farther, and wider while maintaining a sleek look.

The new Smart Air Conditioner is equipped with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology. It can maintain the desired temperature without frequently shutting off and on, so it consumes less energy. The Digital Inverter Technology helps users to stay comfortable for long periods of time, while using the minimum amount of energy – of up to 60% less electricity than conventional air conditioners
Designed to be outstandingly efficient, its uniquely triangular design has a wider inlet, wider outlet and a bigger fan to ensure that air is cooled and expelled faster (26%), farther (14m meters) and wider (39%) – ensuring even air distribution and powerful cooling.

Also, the new air conditioner begins cooling the air fast using its powerful Fast Cool mode, to cool down the room faster. It then automatically changes the mode to Comfort Cool to maintain the desired temperature. Users won’t feel cold and don’t have to keep manually changing the settings or turning the air conditioner on and off.

Energy efficiency is a key purchasing decision for consumers. The Samsung Air Conditioner’s Single User mode gives the flexibility to the user to control the capacity by effective use of energy. It uses less compressor capacity, reducing power consumption, while still providing a cool and comfortable environment. This ensures that users won’t have to worry about the electricity bill even if there’s only one person in the room.

The new Samsung Air Conditioner features Samsung’s exclusive Virus Doctor that keeps families safe and comfortable through innovative air purifying technology, which neutralizes harmful contaminants in the air. The Virus Doctor feature has received various accolades including a 2010 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the indoor air-quality category, a 1st Air Day Minister of the Environmental Award, and the Jang Young Sil Award. Now, mothers need not worry about air-born viruses and allergens with Samsung’s Virus Doctor technology.

Using an application on a smartphone, the Smart Wi-Fi function lets users remotely control the functions of the Samsung Air Conditioner to schedule its operation. In any location with a wireless network, users can instantly turn it on and off and select the operating mode as well as temperature. Additionally, the air conditioner is able to communicate operational time and electricity usage as well as providing filter cleaning reminders. The unit can also store preferred operational settings and cooling preferences.

The Smart Installation is a self-diagnosis feature that ensures the air conditioner is installed perfectly by the aircon installer. It automatically checks for installation faults that might cause problems when the air conditioner starts operating.

The Smart Check automatic error-monitoring system detects and diagnoses problems and provides easy troubleshooting solutions using a smartphone application. It saves users time and prevents unnecessary costs prior to a service call.

This, alongside its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and innovative design, makes Samsung’s new Smart Air Conditioner the perfect household appliance for any savvy family wishing to ensure the health and wellness of their children.

Food ShowCase Refrigerator


Part of their new lineup also includes the new Food Showcase Refrigerator. This innovation provides smart organization for all your different types of food. There are two layers of doors in order to properly showcase the contents of the refrigerator, making it much easier to visualize your stocks. There are the outer compartments for your most frequently used products, allowing instant access. And then there are the inner compartments for ingredients that you don’t use as often. Not only does this maximize space, this setup makes organizing and consuming food a simple process. Everyone in the family, including the children can access refrigerator contents with ease.

The new Food ShowCase Refrigerator also features an ice and water dispenser. At the touch of a button, users can enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled filtered water or fill a pitcher with cubed or crushed ice.

This refrigerator is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology. This means that the refrigerator utilizes the same smart technology that allows it to adjust its temperature accordingly. Thus, no unnecessary energy is consumed, making this an efficient and cost-effective appliance.

Front Load Washing Machine with Eco-Bubble Technology

Another addition to their lineup of smart appliances is the Front Load Washing Machine. Doing the laundry is an arduous and time-consuming task. There are many things to consider when it comes to washing fabric, but Samsung’s newest Front Load Washing Machine makes cleaning clothes a breeze. It makes use of Samsung’s own Eco Bubble Technology that allows powerful cleaning in cold water. Using warm water is an extra step when it comes to doing the laundry, and it can also be damaging to some fabrics. But the Eco Bubble allows for easy cleaning by completely dissolving detergent even with cold water producing fine foam that easily penetrates the fabric for both effective and gentle, cutting the time, effort, and energy needed in doing this task.

In addition to being extremely powerful with its high Revolution Per Minute (RPM) rate, it is also furnished with the Stain Away Program. This pre-programmed cycle was designed to deal with the 12 most common types of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass. It does all this with less noise, less vibration, and more performance than an ordinary washing machine. And of course, it is outfitted with the Digital Inverter Technology, guaranteeing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


Samsung Smart Oven



Last on Samsung’s latest digital appliance lineup is the Samsung Smart Oven. The Samsung Smart Oven comes with more cooking settings in order to provide families with the best cooking experience possible. It includes features such as auto-cook for pre-programmed recipes yogurt making, dough proofing, and “Slim Fry” function. Slimfry function is what differentiates this from the typical Microwave Oven, since preparing meals no longer has to be an unhealthy experience.

The “Slim Fry” technology allows you to enjoy your favourite fried food cooked to a crisp without the oil. Cooking healthier meals for the family without cutting on taste and texture is now made possible. Meanwhile, the other smart features this smart oven has fulfilled a multitude of purposes. Its premium sensors allows it identify a food’s surface temperature, so whether it is frozen, chilled, or fresh, it can adjust its heat accordingly so you do not have to worry about overcooking or undercooking your meals. This makes it a great addition to any household.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Globe Telecom's Ernest Cu Makes It To The Power 100 List

Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu: 64th of this year's Power 100

Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom President and CEO brings a milestone as being the only Filipino executive to be on the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 for 2014. Power 100 is the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most powerful people in telecoms worldwide. 

Ernest Cu has also received the recognition in 2013, and now lands on number 64 gaining two points higher than his previous ranking last year. Global Telecoms Business is the only magazine and website dedicated for senior executives of telecommunication companies worldwide.

The business gains we have achieved over the past several years by positioning Globe as a challenger brand proves that the company is now a trusted brand recognized globally. We will continue to take on the challenge of constantly innovating products and services to provide the easiest and fastest means for our customers to communicate,” Cu said.

Global Telecoms Business noted that under Cu’s leadership, Globe Telecom emerged as a mighty challenger in the Philippine telecommunications industry.  Since taking the Globe helm in 2008, Cu has been driving sweeping transformation, mainly by modernizing its network and IT infrastructure, underpinned by service-oriented culture -- all to deliver the superior customer experience, anchored on his primary advocacy: customer first.  

It is further noted that the Philippine telecommunications company gained  over 10 percentage points in wireless revenue share, while trailblazing game-changing customer-focused innovation, such as personalized postpaid plans and customizable prepaid offerings, alongside unprecedented OTT-collaborations such as Free Facebook. 

Global Telecoms Business named Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, as the most powerful person in the telecommunications industry worldwide as judges decided to recognize the power of Facebook and other over-the-top companies in compiling the Power100.  Completing the top 10 most powerful technology executives are Lowell McAdam, President and CEO of Verizon; Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank; Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix; Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Jong-Kyun Shin, President and head of IT and mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Neil Stevens, corporate vice president product and engineering at Skype/Microsoft; Ren Zhengfei, President of Huawei; and Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.


Cu was also nominated for the second straight at the 2014 CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards, which recognizes remarkable leaders in the Asian region for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Globe Telecom's Network is Now 100% 4G Connected

Globe now has 100% 4G coverage!!!
Great news for all its subscribers, Globe Telecom has now already completed the rollout of the HSPA+ technology, equipping its network with 100% 4G coverage. This will provide its customers with faster and more reliable wireless internet connectivity.  

The Globe 4G HSPA+ network extends the company’s ability, as a telecommunications provider, to adequately serve high data usage of customers amid proliferation of bandwidth-intensive applications and growing preference for smartphones and other mobile devices,” Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said. 

It is said that the Globe 4G HSPA+ network  greatly enhances customers’ digital lifestyle as technological innovations constantly change the way people live and communicate. This is because  more and more people are more drawn into living the digital lifestyle and what they download, explore, and share online define their identity and lifestyle as digital citizens. 

In June, Globe Telecom became the first mobile operator in the country to fully equip its network with the 3G technology. The rollout of both 3G and 4G HSPA+ infrastructure for the entire Globe network forms part of the company’s transformation efforts. Still, Globe Telecom will continue to upgrade its facilities in line with its thrust of future-proofing its network as technologies continue to evolve at a much faster rate.  

Recently, Globe signed a landmark partnership with Alcatel Lucent to expand its LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD footprint in Visayas and Mindanao as part of an initiative to further extend the telecommunication provider’s mobile ultra-broadband infrastructure in the country. Last week, the company activated its first LTE-TDD site under the expansion program in Lahug, Cebu. The rollout is part of the mobile operator’s continuing adoption of more advanced technologies for better connectivity experience, higher network capacity and faster transmission speeds.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's Celebrate National Teachers’ Month with #GlobeWonderfulTeacher campaign


It is October once again, and the academic community gives the limelight to our very dear teachers with the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month.Globe joins the rest of the academe in honoring the noble contributions of teachers to nation-building and development. 

In partnership with Teach for the Philippines, a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education,  Globe, in its part uses the digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid, engaging one of its key leaders to be a guest teacher in the organization’s partner school in Mandaluyong City.

Globe Vice President and Head of Prepaid Business Issa Cabreira takes the role of a teacher by teaching English to the Grade 3 students of Highway Hills Integrated School and shareing with the students her work experiences, emphasizing the importance of education and to inspire the students to strive for success.

Globe also launched a social media campaign, #GlobeWonderfulTeacher to acknowledge our teachers’ wonderful work in shaping the future of the nation.

With the #WonderfulGlobeTeacher program, twenty-one (21) teachers will be selected as recipients of the “Globe Wonderful Teachers Awards”, a tribute to mentors who have shown great dedication to their craft.

All students can participate in the campaign by posting selfies on their Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #GlobeWonderfulTeacher.  Each entry should include a short description on why they consider their nominated teachers wonderful. Prepaid load credits will be awarded to the student and teacher chosen for the winning daily entry.

The National Teachers’ Month is celebrated from September 5 to October 5 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 242 which recognizes the need to “celebrate the unique role and service that teachers play in guiding families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.” This year, it is anchored on the theme, "My Teacher, My Hero" to acknowledge the teachers.

Aklan: Where Old Phones Are Turned Into Classrooms

Most of the time, old non-working phones are often disposed of or thrown to the trash, but not for Globe Telecom. Although these phones have outgrown their usefulness, they can still do something wonderful, and that is to build classrooms for the children of Aklan.

Today, Aklan needs hundreds of classrooms to accommodate its student population which was displaced after schools were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan almost a year ago.   Globe, a development partner for Aklan, committed to put up at least 40 school buildings in the province.

Project 1 Phone is a big and important campaign created by Globe to hit two birds at the same time. Its first goal is to educate Filipinos about the importance of proper disposal of electronic waste or e-waste and secondly, to contribute to the special cause of classroom building by donating recycling proceeds to the Aklan initiative.

Instead of throwing our old phones, let's do something wonderful by donating them to Project 1 Phone. This way, we can help  in providing our schoolchildren a decent place to study.  This generous act will also be environment friendly as there would be less toxins being emitted by the wrong use of e-waste disposal

Globe is set to build schools in two phases with the help of Habitat for Humanity and Ayala Foundation.  The first phase involves the construction of five “Noah’s Ark”-type classrooms that double as evacuation structures during calamities as they are equipped with three toilet and bath facilities and a kitchen.  One such structure will be built in each of the seven identified municipalities in Aklan, namely:  Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete, New Washington. The second phase will be comprised of more than 30 regular but “built back better” classrooms.

Donation bins for non-working phones and tablets, mobile phone batteries, and chargers are available at all participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website www.globe.com.ph/project1phone ).

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly. TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets, proceeds of which will go to classroom construction. 

E-waste is not limited to mobile gadgets but includes all obsolete and unwanted electronic and electrical devices which are usually dumped in the trash and crushed by garbage incinerators, thereby, causing harmful metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium to pollute the air, land, and water.