Sync problems with windows phone and people hub on live.com

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I already fixed my problem with syncing the contacts i have on my windows phone (nokia lumia 1020) to the people hub on microsoft cloud (live.com), but it is now without a lot of trial and error ams frustrations.

These are the things i tried that didnt worked :
- reset the phone to enter the microsoft account again , this should automatically sync changes even though no contacts checkbox is shown on the sync options
- add the same account (email addreas) as another outlook or hotmail mailbox , there by showing the contacts checkbox. This works but the problem is the contacts appear twice on the people hub. You can filter contacts anyway so if this works for you then it should be alright


And this is what works for my requirements of having clean , cluttered free list and syncing without problem. Meaning changes i made on the contacts of the phone gets applied on the people hub on the cloud and changes i make on the people hub on cloud gets automatically synced to my phone :
- remove the association of facebook, twitter and other social accounts on your microsoft account. Delete the twitter , facebook and other accounts on your windows phone. Only microsoft account is available. Make changes on phone and on people hub. Make sure that changes get synced. Now associate you microsoft account to all of your social networks on account settings of live.com (ms cloud). Then add the same social accounts on your windows phone. You can now link the contacts on the phone and live.com's people hub and changes are applied to both.

Note: Do not do so much changes on the people hub of both the phone and live.com or the activity might be tagged as spam by microsoft. Happened to me so i have to use the people hub for few more days before i can sync changes again. Verifyng phone or email address wont fix this limitation. I tried that ad didnt work.

Dungeon Hunter 4 for windows phone now available

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I was able to download the game Dungeon Hunter 4 on my Nokia Lumia 1020 today. I saw the news about it and headed straight to the store. Its a 947mb download Online RPG made by Gameloft. Introduced first on iOS , then android and now, finally, to windows phone users. 

Bad news is that the progress you've made on  from other devices, even in-app purchases will not be merged or imported. That means you have to start from scratch again when you install it on a windows phone.. 

Its free by the way. View the video from the link below. Its a video captured using my iphone 4s to demonstrate how the gameplay looks like on windows phones. 



1 thing I've noticed though : there are certain parts of a map where in the frame rate drops. Hopefully this get optimized soon.

Nokia Lumia 1020 actual night photos

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Nokia Lumia 1020 is undeniably good at low light photography as compared to other smartphones currently on the market. I'd like to compare it with Nokia Lumia 920 or 925 but sadly I don't know anyone yet who have them. Here are some photos taken by me at night time. There might be some loss in details because I'm only using blogger or facebook to host the photos.



No tripod
 I took this photo while on red light. Night mode


Same location, I took a shot of my bright iPhone 4s. Manual focus with auto everything

Buddha Bar - Night mode (No flash)
Long exposure

Greenfield District open park


I'll add photos as i get more.

Unboxing photos of Nokia Lumia 1020 + Camera Grip Philippines

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Look what I got :)


Read on to see the contents of the box.

So it comes with a quite large sliding box. And guess why the container is huge compared to most smartphone packages - a bundles camera grip :P


The camera grip comes with a Nokia lanyard, the Camera Grip itself and a set of instruction manual

Globe speed test from Quezon City

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I suddenly had the urge to do a speed test just to know how my data connection is doing right now. Just to give you an idea about the test,I'm using an iPhone 4s subscribe to iPhone plan 1799 and is currently located at Quezon City.

Look at the inage below, my 3g connection today is around 1.97mb. Fair enough... But believe me I used to be getting up to 5mbps. Dont know what happened. Compatrd to my BayanDSL connection (wired) which has max 1mbps, my 3g is a lot faster. Dont bother with edge, 6.9kbps?! Imagine the speed of gprs connection if Edge is just getting a 6.9kBps. Goodluck!!



How about you? How is your connection?


Nokia Lumia 1020 price down to P24,080 from P26,000 , still with Camera Grip

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I've been watching the price of Nokia Lumia 1020 for quite sometime now here in Philippine market. So far, Kim Store offeres the lowest price and best value for money with the inclusion of Camera Grip. I've been scouring site like Lazada, Ebay, Tipidcp, Sulit but all sells at 30k'ish range.

I want money T_T

From Kim Store

Annoying iOS 7 problems i encounter on my iPhone 4s

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I didnt encounter any issues during the update from iOS 6.1 to 7. In fact, the process was seamless and the only thing i can complain was the long installation time. 

Things change when the iOS 7 were installed on my phone. Here are the problems i have :

- occasional crashing of phone (suddenly restarts)
- some of my games are very laggy/unresponsive , dungeon hunter 4 to name one
- app crashes. Facebook, instagram, dungeon hunter 4, soundcloud, just crashes
- icloud back up keeps on asking for my credentials. Can't back up to icloud grom my phone directly
- toggle mobile data or edge vs 3g is not included in control center
- contacts gets deleted , i have to fix the icloud sync options everytime it happens (turning the sync option for contacts off then on), happened twice already

Will update this as i uncover more problems.

Hopefully these will be fix by an update as i have no time to tinker with my phone.

Unlimited Facebook from Sun Cellular , P10 for 1 day, P50 for 7 days

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The caveat? Only works on m.facebook.com on browser and not on Facebook app.

To register, just text
FB50 to 247
or
FB10 to 247

This promo will run until Sep. 31, 2013.

GoUNLI25 - Globe's 25 peso unlimited call and text to globe or viber users

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Globe Prepaid GoUNLI25 is a bundled prepaid offer with unlimited texts and unlimited calls to Globe/TM plus unlimited Viber Chat services without the need for Wi-Fi or additional data charges.

Available to Globe Prepaid subscribers for only P25 valid for 1 day, GoUNLI25 allows subscribers to connect with contacts in any Globe network as well as with other users subscribed to other networks both in the Philippines and abroad, for as long as these contacts have Viber accounts.

GoUNLI25 is also available in longer validity options such as the 3-day variant for P67, 7-day variant for P150, and 30-day variant for P600.

Note : For the users to be able to make use of free call and text through viber, the contact (you will be calling or sending a message to) using viber should be connected to the internet.

To Register

Dial *143# and choose GoSakto 
or by
type GOUNLI25 send to 8888

Via Rappler

Nokia Asha 201 Dual SIM now available in the philippines

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Another QWERTY Asha feature phone has been unleashed by Nokia Philippines. It is priced at P3,390 srp but its going to be a hard sell with the number of cheap android phones in the market. But if you need a durable and long battery life phone, Nokia Asha 201 is going to work for you.

Features

  • 2MP camera with voice guided selfie wizard
  • Dedicated Facebook button
  • Camera Shortcut and IM applications
  • Nokia Slam Feature - share contents quickly by slamming pics or videos to nearest device via bluetooth without the need to pair


Specifications

  • Dual SIM (Mini SIM)
  • 2.4" 320 x 420px screen
  • 64 mb internal memory, expandable up to 32gb microSD card
  • Wifi , and GPRS/Edge (no LTE or 3g)
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR
  • MicroUSB
  • 2MP camera
  • Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery

How to download Google Maps in Philippine App Store (iOS)

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Google has a better, newer version of Google Maps on iTunes / App Store but sadly it's not available for us here in the Philippines. I still don't understand why up to now we can't still download Google Maps. Anyway, i've been searching for ways to download Google Maps. Found one which involves changing of country and the best country to change to is Hongkong. Why? Credit Card is not required. Read the steps below :

Ragnarok Valkyrie Uprising MMORPG for iPhone, iPod, iPad

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Here you go, classic MMORPG from Gravity brought to iOS. Never got addicted to this online game but I was able to play this for quite sometime. Its a decent online game that even kids and ladies plays.

Game is touch based (of course) and not that hard to understand unlike other online games. Graphics? its really not that good, specially when you compare it with pocket legends, or any other "legends" game.

Currently, only a Knight, Mage and Acolyte are selectable. I hope other jobs gets added in the near future.

Grab your free download of Ragnarok Valkyrie. Its free to play, with premium items available for purchase using in-app purchases. This is also available on android devices.

From iTunes

These are the servers available, I'm on Asgard :) Let's play!

Philippines , from texting capital to mobile banking capital ?

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Gartner said that unlike in developing countries, payment schemes using cell phones have been accepted here, especially in rural areas in lieu of using cash or credit cards, with the latter remaining largely underutilized. They attributed the success of the Philippine model to the decision of local carriers to adapt their strategies to local market requirements and conditions, instead of making the market adapt to them. 
If this is true, I wonder why I don't know at least one person I personally knew that uses mobile payments being offered by local carriers. Well, ive been seeing or hearing commercials about GCash or Smart money but I never tried them, nor have I known any one friend that uses them (disclaimer: that I'm aware of).

Accurate or not I guess that point here is that the use of mobile phones as payment option is becoming more popular and I hope that this thing pushes through quicker. This will be a great help in e-commerce because it will be easier for Filipinos to purchase goods online or distant transactions. I believe mobile payment is far safer to use than credit cards. Plus its easier to avail (no more registration and background investigations) and replenish the credits since you can get loads or credits anywhere.

From Manila Times

Nokia Asha 210 - QWERTY phone with WiFi

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So this is what is being teased few days ago at Nokia Conversation ?
Honestly it didn't come to me that the teaser pic above is for a qwerty phone. I would even know if not for the title of some post from other blogs.

Here is a group shot of the new Nokia Asha 210 in different colors
available colors are Yellow, Black, White, Cyan, Magenta

How to remove followers without blocking them on Instagram

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Privacy Problems

Sometimes, Instagram users with public profiles wants to turn their account to private. This is when users wants to make their account more personal, meaning what the user follows really interests that user and also making sure that he only able to share instagram pictures to people he wanted to share with.

Remove Followers

Instagram has an option to turn your photos into private photos. Problem solved? Not yet, since the user may have existing followers he really doesn't know personally, even worse - spammers. Luckily Instagram also provides the facility for users to block other users. But you don't want to block everyone on your list. There maybe some that you just wanted to disconnect with, temporarily, for what ever reason is. check the procedure below

Block them and then Unblock

Actually the steps you need to do to remove a follower involves blocking the user (but its just part of the step), but you will not be blocking them forever. Here is how to remove followers after you've set your settings to Private :

Games that I play this month April 2013 - 2 Fuse, Overkill 2, EPOCH, Plants War, Candy Crush, Arcane Legends, My Country & Fruit Ninja

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Read on to know more about them

Data / Mobile Internet Packages from Sun Cellular

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This page lists down all data / mobile internet packages being offered by Sun Cellular. The subscription fees, validity period, how to register and other useful information can also be found on this page.

iLoads - unlimited and consumable (time based) mobile internet

For Prepaid and Postpaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
i15
1 hr
P15
1 day
Text i15 to 247
i25
3 hrs
P25
1 day
Text i25 to 247
i50
unlimited
P50
1 day
Text i50 to 247
i100
unlimited
P100
3 days
Text i100 to 247
i250
unlimited
P250
7 days
Text i250 to 247
i999
unlimited
P999
30 days
Text i999 to 247

Data / Mobile Internet Packages from Globe

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This page lists down all data / mobile internet packages being offered by Globe. The subscription fees, validity period, how to register and other useful information can also be found on this page.

PowerSurf - bucket charging / consumable plans

For Postpaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
POWERSURF 99
50 mb
P99
30 days
Text POWERSURF 99 to 8888
POWERSURF 299
300 mb
P299
30 days
Text POWERSURF 299 to 8888
POWERSURF 499
1000 mb
P499
30 days
Text POWERSURF 499 to 8888


For Prepaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
POWERSURF 15
20 mb
P15
1 day
Text POWERSURF 15 to 8888
POWERSURF 30
50 mb
P30
1 day
Text POWERSURF 30 to 8888
POWERSURF 50
100 mb
P50
3 days
Text POWERSURF 50 to 8888
POWERSURF 99
50 mb
P99
30 days
Text POWERSURF 99 to 8888
POWERSURF 299
300 mb
P299
30 days
Text POWERSURF 299 to 8888
POWERSURF 499
1000 mb
P499
30 days
Text POWERSURF 499 to 8888

From Globe PowerSurf


SuperSurf - Unlimited mobile internet

For Postpaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
SUPERSURF 50
Unlimited
P50
1 day
Text SUPERSURF 50 to 8888
SUPERSURF 200
Unlimited
P200
5 days
Text SUPERSURF 200 to 8888
MYSUPERSURF
Unlimited
P999
30 days
Text MYSUPERSURF ON to 8888

For Prepaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
SUPERSURF 50
Unlimited
P50
1 day
Text SUPERSURF50 to 8888
SUPERSURF 200
Unlimited
P200
5 days
Text SUPERSURF200 to 8888
SUPERSURF 999
Unlimited
P999
30 days
Text SUPERSURF999 to 8888


From Globe SuperSurf


BlackBerry Max - Unlimited Mobile Internet for Blackberry Only

For Postpaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
BB MAX 50
Unlimited
P50
1 day
Text BB MAX 50 to 8888
BB MAX  200
Unlimited
P220
5 days
Text BB MAX 220 to 8888
MY BB MAX
Unlimited
P599
30 days
Text MYBB MAX ON to 8888

For Prepaid
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
BB MAX 50
Unlimited
P50
1 day
Text BB MAX 50 to 8888
BB MAX  200
Unlimited
P220
5 days
Text BB MAX 220 to 8888
BB MAX 599
Unlimited
P599
30 days
Text BBMAX 599 to 8888

Data / Mobile Internet Packages from Smart

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This page lists down all data / mobile internet packages being offered by Smart. The subscription fees, validity period, how to register and other useful information can also be found on this page.

Smart Always on - bucket charging / consumable mobile internet package
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
ALWAYS ON 30
75 mb
P30
1 day
Text ON 30 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 199
180 mb
P199
15 days
Text ON 199 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 299
250 mb
P299
30 days
Text ON 299 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 499
1000 mb
P499
30 days
Text ON 499 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 995
2000 mb
P995
30 days
Text ON 995 to 2200

Smart Always On - bucket charging / consumable mobile internet package


Smart BlackBerry Internet Services
Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
BB UNLI DATA DAILY
Unli BBM, BlackBerry Email, Social Networking and Unli Surf

P50
1 day
Text BB DAY to 2207
BB UNLI DATA WEEKLY
P300
7 days
Text BB WEEK to 2207
BB UNLI DATA MONTHLY
P599
30 days
Text BB MONTH to 2207
BB LITE SOCIAL DAILY
Unli BBM and Social Networking
P35
1 day
Text SOCIAL DAY to 2207
BB LITE MONTHLY
P299
30 days
Text SOCIAL MONTH to 2207
BB LITE EMAIL DAILY
Unli BBM and BlackBerry Email

P35
1 day
Text EMAIL DAY to 2207
BB LITE EMAIL MONTHLY
P299
30 days
Text EMAIL MONTH to 2207
BBM ONLY DAILY *
Unli BBM + 10 minutes on net voice
P15
1 day
Text BBM DAY to 2207
BBM ONLY MONTHLY *
Unli BBM + 15 minutes on net voice
P99
30 days
Text BBM MONTH to 2207

Smart BlackBerry Internet Services and how to register

Smart Always On - bucket charging / consumable mobile internet package

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Smart Always On allows subscribers to control their internet usage by registering only to the bandwidth they believe they need.

Name
Description
Cost
Validity
How to register
ALWAYS ON 30
75 mb
P30
1 day
Text ON 30 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 199
180 mb
P199
15 days
Text ON 199 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 299
250 mb
P299
30 days
Text ON 299 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 499
1000 mb
P499
30 days
Text ON 499 to 2200
ALWAYS ON 995
2000 mb
P995
30 days
Text ON 995 to 2200


From Smart