Save 50% on bandwidth with the newly updated Chrome iOS

Google Chrome for iOS is now updated with the intriguing “50% bandwidth savings” feature. How true? We still don’t know yet.

If you want to track it then go to your Chrome settings and tap on the Bandwidth option. For Android users, you should have this already because Chrome Android released this last January 16.

Fire up your app updates now!

Google Phone – The Moto X


Google as they promised formally announced the Moto X. Moto X is the first Google made phone since they bought Motorola Mobility.

It packs 4.7″ Amoled screen, 10mp camera, X8 (1.7ghz dual core) Snapdragon CPU, 2GB RAM and a whopping 24 hours battery.

What we don’t know if its going to be available here in the Philippines but in the US it is slated to be sold this September.

Image source: Motorola

New Google Maps (2013)


This morning I was looking for a location in Google Maps. The site prompted me if I’m interested on trying the new Google Maps which was revealed last Google I/O. Few hours later here it is, the new Google Maps. Some thoughts, the search bar is more visible now, colors are more muted. By hovering on the photos below you can now see some animated annotation pertaining to the location of the photo on the map. Continue reading New Google Maps (2013)

Hangouts Replaces Google Talk


Google Talk a.k.a. Gtalk is now gone. Last week at the Google i/o event, Google launched its unified messaging app called Hangouts. It is part of Google’s strategy in streamlining its overlapping products. Hangouts is capable of sending and receiving images and videos. It is now also the messaging app to handle video calls.

Hangouts is planning on to be the 1-for-all messaging and video calling needs. It is available on both Android and iOS including on desktop PC’s.

One of the cool features is the Hangouts On Air – think Ustream.

You can read more about Hangouts here

iOS 6 Maps Feature Availability (Philippines)

Apple ditched Google Maps in the upcoming iOS 6 to be released on Sept 19 worldwide. The big A will be deploying its own mapping app simply called Maps, same name but different back-end. Maps got some good set of features from 3D flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, traffic and local search. You can use these features if you live in the US and other countries listed here. Unfortunately if you live in the Philippines we can only use some of the goodies.

Here are the only features we can use here in the Philippines

  • Standard map views and search
  • Directions
  • Satellite

I’m happy that  we can still use Directions and thats good enough for me. I’ll just use Waze with my turn-by-turn navigation needs. By the way, since Apple will have its own mapping app, we can expect Google releasing a standalone Google Maps app for iOS.

Source: Apple