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Underwater data centers are being tested by Microsoft

Going under water could solve several problems by introducing a new power source, greatly reducing cooling costs, closing the distance to connected populations and making it easier and faster to set up datacenters.

Datacenters are the backbone of cloud computing, and contain groups of networked computers that require a lot of power for all kinds of tasks: storing, processing and/or distributing massive amounts of information. This project also shows it’s possible to deploy datacenters faster, turning it from a construction project – which require permits and other time-consuming aspects – to a manufacturing one.

Building the vessel that housed the experimental datacenter only took 90 days. Cooling is an important aspect of datacenters, which normally run up substantial costs operating chiller plants and the like to keep the computers inside from overheating. The cold environment of the deep seas automatically makes datacenters less costly and more energy efficient.

Read more on Microsoft website


Philippine's first satellite due for an April launch

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is preparing for the launch of a microsatellite in April 2016. "Diwata was turned over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to prepare for its launch into space in April. With Diwata, comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency," DOST said. Diwata-1 is a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite set to fly 400 km above the earth. It serves as a training platform and will pave the way for the Filipino team to further develop their skills in the space technology. Part of the three-year program is the development of a second microsatellite (Diwata 2) to be launched in 2017.

DIWATA 1 is equipped with a High Precision Telescope (HPT) that can determine the extent of damages from disasters, like typhoons and volcanic eruptions. It can also monitor changes in cultural and natural heritage sites, like the Mount Apo or Mayon Volcano.

Its Spaceborne Multispectral Imager with LCTF will be able to monitor changes in vegetation and monitor oceans productivity.
It also carries a Wide Field Camera that will help scientists and weather forecasters tp better observe cloud patterns and more accurately predict weather disturbances. Its Middle Field Camera assists in determining the locations of images captured using the HPT and SMI.

Read more on the official DOST page about the satellite


Virtual Reality Video on YouTube

YouTube, the video site we use to love and hate, added support for Virtual Reality (VR) video. VR Videos offer a 360o views and using the phone’s gyroscope, can air in looking at what you want within the action on video.

Click here for a collection of VR videos

At this time, to watch these VR videos you need Google Cardboard device or similar. Once the proper VR gear hits the market later this year and early 2016, things will improve dramatically. So go ahead and download the new YouTube from Google Play and have fun!


The New BlackBerry PRIV

The World’s first BlackBerry Secure Smartphone Powered by Android™

For real qwerty keypad lovers, BlackBerry has the secure phone BlackBerry PRIV ready to preorder. We’re not yet aware of when will it be available in the Philippines. The phone is streamlined for communication and productivity while able to take advantage of the fantastic Google Play™ store apps.

The main selling point of BlackBerry PRIV are the privacy features which are meant to protect your identity and data through cryptographic keys embedded into device hardware, verified boot and secure bootchain sequence, a hardened Linux kernel, full disk encryption which is FIPS 140-2 compliant and of course, the BlackBerry infrastructure.

The BlackBerry PRIV comes with the DTEK app which tells you which apps access your personal data and helps you manage your privacy.


Uber Manila Promo worth P200

Now.ph, has a promo code for Uber worth P200. That it, first time uber users get their first ride free, up to P200. In order to use the uber promo code, you need to install Uber app on your device then make an account and apply the promo code: uber.now.ph

Have fun!

SOURCE: uber.now.ph


Google.com domain sold for $12

In a weird story of luck, Sanmay Ved managed to buy the Google.com domain name for only $12. According to his LinkedIn post, he was exploring the Google Domains interface and typing google.com revealed that is available for registration, which he quickly acted upon, obviously. The registration went through and his credit card was charged. His luck was short lived, of course, as Google reversed the transaction and refunded the money. The domain being returned to its rightful owner :)


New Vulnerability Processing MP3/MP4 Media on Android devices

Zimperium zLabs has revealed further issues with the Stagefright library, a media library which is used to process several popular media formats on Android. An attacker could use specially crafted MP3 or MP4 files which would lead to arbitrary code execution. These files would be sent via MMS. The attack can be triggered by the metadata within the files. That makes it more problematic since it would activate even on merely previewing the file. Unfortunately, the only fix will come with the new version of Android, Marshmallow. Until then, users are advised to disable the automatic retrieval of MMS messages and if possible, discard their usage completely, until this issue is fixed.


iPhone, iPad Pro and Apple TV

Apple has introduced a series of upgrades for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. on the iPhone they have introduces 3D Touch, a feature that lets you control your apps by the pressure you apply on the touch screen. Apple TV has its internals upgraded and redesigned remote control while the iPad introduced iPad Pro, a 12.9 inch screen tablet.

Official Apple Press Releases on the subject: iPhone | iPad Pro | Apple TV


How about a 250 Megapixel camera?

Well, not a camera yet but a sensor, developed by Canon it's an APS-H-size CMOS sensor with approximately 250 megapixels, the world's highest pixel count for its size. The image out of these would measure 19,580 x 12,600 pixels. Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.


Apple to unveil iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, today!

Get ready for the unveiling, Apple is going to show us the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and Apple TV today, in San Francisco at about 1AM Philippine Time.

Follow the event reports in real time here


FREE Wifi in the Philippines, nationwide

So the government is rolling out FREE WiFi internet nationwide. It will probably be slow but should be enough for its purpose, that is, to stay updated with the latest news, social stuff and email. Assuming it's full access. The WiFi will be installed in public places such as public schools, hospitals, airports, parks and rings. This affair will cost 1.5billion peso every year. The free WiFi service speed will be capped at 256 kilobits per second (ouch).

Let's see how it pans out as it makes us wonder, what's the catch?


The exploding iPhone story

Allegedly, an exploding iPhone burned this man's tigh to the point that he needed 10 days hospitalization for 3rd degree burns, according to his story. You might want to consider one of those belt pouches in this case, better safe than sorry, eh?


Reload SMART number through text

For those of you who are using a 3G/LTE modem to connect to the internet, it might be a hassle to take out the sim, plug it in your phone to reload it using one of the load cards, since eload might not be available to you in the middle of the night and if you are anything like me, you'd be stocking a couple of them anyway.

To reload card through text scratch it and send a text message to 1510 with the message RELOAD 14DIGITLOADPIN. The PIN that is made of 14 digits that you just scratched. There you go, then register as usual to your usual internet package.


Samsung S6 and S6 Edge unveiled

Among important changes are the non removable battery, 14nm Exynos 7420 processor, better optics on the camera (same sensor as Note 4), default wireless charging supported, a new fingerprint sensor, a big reduction of preinstalled bloatware we all use to hate. Unfortunately, MicroSD card slot has been removed as well.

It will be available globally starting April 10, 2015 in 32, 64 and 128GB versions.

Via AnandTech


HTC One M9 leaks

How long are they going to pull off this old tricks with so called leakes? Anyway, for those who want to go with the flow, here is how HTC One M9 apparently looks like


How to remove Lenovo Superfish

As with every major brand out there, laptops that come with preinstalled operating system, bundle on top of it a host of bloatware, mostly useless, resource hog software with unknown purpose other than to annoy the buyers. Well, Lenovo decided to take it one step further, with Superfish, what an irony, fishy stuff indeed!

In the aftermath, Lenovo has issued a statement and instructions on how to remove the pest. Lean how to remove SuperFish

According to Lenovo, Superfish may have appeared on these models:
G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45, G40-80
U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch
Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70, Y40-80, Y70-70
Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70, Z70-80
S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S435, S20-30, S20-30Touch
Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 Pro, Flex 10
MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11, MIIX 3 1030
YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11, YOGA3 Pro
E Series: E10-30
Edge Series: Lenovo Edge 15


Cheap calls from SMART to PLDT

There are times when we need to call a landline number and all we have is our cellphone which, on Smart network, would cost us 7.50p/min to call. In my case, I needed to call the bank and as usual, the call center would have you on hold for about 20 minutes.

How about calling SMART to PLDT for 2.50p/minute then?
In order to avail this promo of Smart, you can simply register for one of the two available options, the 100 minutes and the 30 minutes.

100 Minutes Calls to All networks, including landlines (VALID 15 DAYS)
To register: Send a text message CALL250 to 5908

30 Minutes Calls to All networks, including landlines (VALID 5 DAYS)
To register: Send a text message CALL100 to 5908

The instructions on how to call will be sent to you once you have successfully registered. Please maintain P1.00 balance while enrolled in the promo.
BONUS: You can also call any number in US, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.