Instagram suddenly chokes off developers as Facebook chases privacy

Looks like Instagram is scrambling like its mother-ship Facebook to impose data access restrictions, but doing it without any warning. Understandable but puzzling to developers, given that they’ve been dealing with data scandals lately, these corrective actions though without transparency or any sort of official communication will not only hurt developers but will impact app functionalities.

You’ll thank Cloudflare for this

This is no April fools joke but thank goodness for Cloudflare having launched a Domain Name System (DNS) service for consumers that not only will keep browsing data safe from hacking and unwanted advertisers, but appears significantly faster than any other DNS service available. And thanks to Gizmodo for including an easy-to-follow instruction for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices.

Nokia 8 – Share both sides of the story

So far I’ve read so many positive reviews of Nokia 8, supposedly being the first to offer that dual-sight camera mode and that gorgeously polished aluminum unibody in colors that are simply amazing, will this finally revive the Nokia that most of us (at least in my age) have come to love, the brand that gave us our first mobile phone. This is an Android smartphone (not the Windows Phone of previous iterations), so yes this (and possibly the rest of its Android line up) stands a chance to compete with the bigger guns of Apple and Samsung and gives us, and its still loyal following, more options when in the market for a new phone.

VSCO playing catch up with Instagram

Update: The #NewVSCO is now available, get it for Android and iOS for iPhone.

Ask anyone who’s been Instagram’ing for the past 5 years what his/her favorite photo editing app is and you’ll most likely get the same response – VSCO or VSCOcam. While Instagram popularized the use of photo filters, it’s VSCO that must have perfected the all-in app most photography professionals and enthusiasts are looking for – an app that not only lets you apply filters, but offers a collection of customization tools for more creative possibilities. continue reading »

Hurray for ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience powered by Smart

Instagram’ers who collect toys and are into toy photography will be heading to the SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex for the biggest toy convention and pop culture event in the country this June 10 to 12 – the much anticipated ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience powered by the unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications – and if you’re a Smart subscriber you’re in for a treat as exciting perks and prizes await you.

ToyCon 2016 brings together in one roof an awesome collection of toys, games, movies, cosplay, anime, and collectibles, with special segments featuring celebrities, comic artists and creative directors from iconic TV show and films. continue reading »

A love and hate of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge

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It’s been over two months when I got tempted and gave in to getting an Android smartphone for my postpaid plan retention, an irresistible deal of a free Samsung Gear VR when re-contracting to the newest Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. I of course picked the S7 Edge, opting for the shimmery gold color. Will this make me give up my Apple/iOS tendencies? Well, it’s a love and hate relationship. This is not a review, but here’s my experience so far. continue reading »