• October 28, 2015 /  Games, PS4

    If you’ve been out of the loop for a while, you may have missed this, but last October 9 saw the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on the Playstation 4!

    If you were like me who only had the XBox360, it was so unfortunate that the Uncharted series was exclusive to the Playstation 3. This latest PS4 bundle should serve as a nice incentive to upgrade to the current generation of gaming, especially if you missed out on the PlayStation 3′s phenomenal Uncharted series.

    With the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, you get all three of the original Uncharted games, including Drake’s FortuneAmong Thieves and Drake’s Deception. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End doesn’t come out until March 18 of next year, so that gives you plenty of time to relive all of Nathan Drake’s adventures before heading out into a brand new adventure next year.

    Each game in the collection has been upgraded, too, featuring better graphics and sound, as well as fun tweaks like speed-running functionality, leaderboard, easier and harder difficulties and the ability to play as a boatload of characters. Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t drooled over it yet.

  • March 24, 2014 /  Uncategorized

    Video editing in Linux was never a simple matter, because of the lack of viable options and also because of the lack of mature software. While there have been few choices out there for editing family or weekend videos, Blender, which is primarily a 3D modeler and animation software with a video editing module built-in, has been around for quite some time for those who need more advanced features and are not daunted by the scary, complex, fully featured interface. Nonetheless, this is not to say that it can’t be used for quick video projects, but you might consider making videos more regularly to make the effort worth it.

  • December 6, 2013 /  environment
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    A couple of weeks ago, I made a new Mexican friend who couch-surfed at my place. He was here in the Philippines for a conference but during the weekend prior to that, we went around town to check out the sights and sounds of Manila. We talked about the similarities of Mexico and Philippines, and while there are some differences of course, I was surprised to find that we have so much in common, from language similarities down to the dirty politicians and congestion woes that we have.

    The Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or more commonly known as “number coding” was signed into effect in 1995 as a way to help reduce traffic in the congested, overpopulated Metro Manila. Mexico had a similar program called “Hoy No Circula” (“You Don’t Drive Today”) which also banned drivers from the road depending on the day of the week and ending number of your license plate. I don’t know whether or not our Number Coding was based on Hoy No Circula, but while their method was the same, their objective was different–Hoy No Circula was implemented to reduce air pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

  • November 1, 2013 /  Android, iOS, Tutorials and Guides

    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg with Globe execs

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg with Globe execs

    Recently, my telecom provider, Globe Telecoms, started offering free Facebook to its subscribers. This would be offered to you via a link on the Facebook app itself as you browse your Newsfeed. Much like any other Facebook app, you will be asked to authorize access to some of your info. Pretty standard stuff, really. And that’s it! You now have Free Facebook, indicated by “Free  Data” plastered on top of your Facebook App! It even gives you a helpful warning whenever you’re clicking on an outside link to help you avoid data charges.

    Now, this all seems fine and dandy, until you realize a few problems: Read the rest of this entry »

  • October 11, 2013 /  Geeking Out, Photography, Tech Stuff

    Have you been looking at that GoPro Hero3 Black Edition but can’t afford its P18,000+ price tag?

    Do you want something that shoots just as good, and sometimes better, than the GoPro Hero3 Black?

    Then the ION Air Pro Plus is for YOU!

    Here, Blunty puts the Ion Air Pro HD, which is an older version before the Air Pro Plus, head-to-head with a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition. While the Hero3 Black is the king of the hill Surprisingly, the Ion Air Pro HD holds its own well enough in terms of video quality.

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  • iStabilizer Smartphone Dolly for Smooth Panning Shots

    iStabilizer Smartphone Dolly for Smooth Panning Shots

    Want to shoot those amazingly smooth, dramatic panning shots you see in wedding videos and movies but don’t have any professional equipment?

    Create captivating cinematic videos and panning shots using your iPhone / iPod Touch or other mobile devices like the GoPro. (GoPro camera requires the GoPro tripod mount that is sold separately by GoPro) Read the rest of this entry »

  • October 10, 2013 /  Geeking Out, Tech Stuff

    Leap Motion Hand Detection Controller

    Leap Motion Hand Detection Controller

    The hand gesture control that you can see in movies such as Iron Man’s Jarvis computer and the computer interface that Tom Cruise uses in Minority Report looks really cool and definitely a thing of the future. But that kind of future doesn’t seem so distant anymore, and that kind of human-computer control is now possible now that a company called Leap Motion has launched their Leap Motion motion controllers worldwide!
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  • FacebookRSSHave you ever had those times where you “Like” a Facebook Page and you really actually like it that you can’t wait for their next post’ , only to find out that some of their posts got buried by the flurry of Newsfeed posts from your friends (some of whom you may like less than the aforementioned fan page)? Yeah, I thought so. One thing you can do is to visit each of those fan pages’ timeline and check out all their posts there, OR you can opt for a more elegant solution by creating its own feed in your preferred RSS reader. And that’s exactly what we’ll do in this GeekMadness tech tip!

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  • March 6, 2012 /  Dropbox, Tools, Ubuntu One

    Dropbox and Ubuntu One are just two examples of cloud storage services. Their main feature is the ability to sync your files once on one computer and have your files synced and available in any of your other computers. It’s a wonderful concept. You can work on a file at the office and when you get home it’s there for you to continue working on if you choose to, and vice versa. Or say you bring your laptop on a safari and your laptop takes a dive. You’ll be happy to know that your files are safe and dry in the cloud.

    The Dropbox video also included the iPhone and Android phones. So you’ll never leave home without your precious files. Except that there’s one problem. The Dropbox app DOESN”T ACTUALLY DO ANY SYNCING! (If you want to sync files, you have to first download the file manually with the app, then mark it as your favorite. You have to do this for EVERY FILE) Forget that safari. When you fall into a watering hole with your smartphone, say goodbye to your files unless you remembered to manually upload your files back into the cloud in the 2 seconds before you hit the water.

    For the longest time, Dropbox users have been wondering about the retarded reason why this feature isn’t available. Well the developers at Ubuntu One (as well as this author) calls that bulls**t, and if all goes well, the Ubuntu One app will have mobile syncing in a couple of months time. We all know that your smartphone is perfectly capable of syncing, and a lot of other users out there think so too!

    Whether or not Dropbox decides to play catchup, or if this Ubuntu One feature ever really materializes is something to look out for. It’s a bit too late for me though, I’ve already transferred to Ubuntu One’s 5GB storage. I’m sure if I had recommended Dropbox well enough, they’d give me even more space, but without mobile syncing, it’s just not for me.

    If you want to try them out, go visit these links:

     

     

  • March 5, 2012 /  Geeking Out

     

    Some things about Japanese culture I will probably always find funny. For all their talk about how emotion shouldn’t be shown in public, the Japanese sure do love to cry! And when it’s the men that does the crying, it’s even more funny!

    This ad by au is offering a plan for smartphones. Taglines in the ad such as “Happy! With this I can now finally start using a smartphone!” and “If you get this, everyone will get this, everyone will be happy!” only adds to the fun!

    I’ve lived in Japan before, long enough for me to get to know their culture. I can’t say I’ve actually seen a grown man cry in front of my eyes, but I’ve watched enough TV to know that it happens. Then again, maybe if Smart or Globe Telecomms start offering data plans as low as these (Y1,480 is approx P700) here in the Philippines, maybe I might start crying myself!