Part of Apple's Gameplan on 19 September

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, September 20, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 6 Line
It was revealed by Apple that 24 hours after the pre-ordering system was opened on 12 September 2014, they immediately received more than 4 million orders for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This means that at least 4 million will receive their gadgets on 19 September 2014 on top of those walk-in customers.

For Apple employees, iPhone launches and selling days are always high-pressure, well-coordinated operations — especially for those charged in moving as many of the units as physically possible to ensure a record-breaking day as impressive (if not more so) as its record-breaking pre-orders. Needless to say, it's a stressful day for those in the employees in blue t-shirts.

9to5Mac has obtained Apple's retail gameplan, and it's a fascinating look behind the scenes of the company's on-the-ground workings. Some of the details are just interesting — "hold back 4 percent of overall inventory by SKU" in case someone's pre-order is busted out of the box and they need to grab another one.

There's also the fact that, despite this being the sixth iteration of this product, the line in several outlets is expected to stretch for blocks, continuing the "tradition" of having to "experience" Apple obsession properly instead of simply ordering the phone online — or else be deemed an Apple pretender. Of course, many of them are being paid to wait, or will turn around and immediately try to sell them at a markup. Or maybe the thousands waiting in line really are just determined to get their hands on a phone on 19 September 2014.

Overall, though, it's a great look at what the other side of the supply chain will be like. So please, if you're picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, be nice.

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Who is Ellen Adarna?

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, September 19, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Ellen Adarna
When leaked photos of Ellen Merriam Go Adarna or simply Ellen Adarna spread online, it did not take long for it to become viral. From gossip blogs to fashion websites, the primary and trending topic discussed is the 26-year old's three fully naked photos that are now available at an image sharing website.

Why was the public's attention, specifically the male population, got caught quickly by the allure of Ellen? What does she have that made her a very hot topic to discuss in various online forums?

Could it be because the Cebuana beauty has a lot in common with Hollywood's Paris Hilton in that they are both riddled with intrigues, controversies and even scandals in their younger years? While the latter was tagged as the "hotel heiress," Ellen could be called the "motel heiress!" There is no malice intended in this provocative title because Ellen is actually the eldest child of the owner of the chain of Queensland Motels in Cebu, Manila and Davao.

Unlike Paris though, Ellen worked in her family’s motel business. While most children her age spend summer vacation having fun, she would work the whole day to earn her keep. She said her father does not provide her any allowances during the summer. Ellen said she needs to earn it by working in their Cebu motel wherein she had various jobs, from housekeeping to being her father’s secretary. This began she said when she was still in Grade 4.

"Lahat napagdaanan ko kasi Grade 4 pa lang ako nagtratrabaho na ako. Hindi naman ako nahirapan kasi nag-enjoy naman ako. Mahirap lang talaga 'yung pakipag-deal ko sa Papa ko at yung pressure na nanggagaling sa kanya. Siyempre pag anak ka, times two ang expected sa 'yo compared sa ordinary worker," Ellen recalled.

She added that her dad wanted to make her know and understand the value of money at an early age. Her basic needs were provided but she had to work hard for extra money.

Ellen said, however, she never regretted working to earn her own money in her younger years. In fact, her early work experience helped her survive after running away from home a number of times; the last time was two years ago when she had a "major fight" with her dad.

"Every time I ran away from home, mga three months usually. Nag-aapply ako ng jobs and I'd get jobs. Noong 17 years old ako nag-apply ako as Call Center Agent tapos na hire ako sa Human Resource Department nila," she shared.

"Buti na lang may offer ang GMA 7 kaya umalis na talaga ako sa dad ko kasi may trabaho naman ako sa GMA 7," she related. "Nag-away kasi kami at alam niya na fault niya. Pero marami rin naman akong faults kasi pasaway naman talaga ako noon!"

So is Ellen leaving the motel business for good for showbiz?

"Alam ko naman na babalik din ako sa Papa ko. Maybe when I decide to get married babalik na ako kasi alam ko mas stable ako sa kanya," she replied.

With regards to her similarities with Paris, Ellen has also left her "sweet image" for a sexier one. Proof of this is the breast enhancements she had recently.

Her career move though doesn't mean that she's going to do more daring projects in the near future. What she intends to do is to work harder to improve her acting so that she can someday be in a drama series and the movies.

Ellen, who is earning raves for her Esquire Philippines cover last April 2014, has now moved to ABS-CBN and starred in several prime time programs. Her career also took a boost after she was asked to start shooting in various movies and indie films.

It was during the pictorials for Esquire Philippines when the two versions of the sexy shoots showed her naked but covered with the magazine’s captions. The photos were taken by Jake Versoza. However, it seems that some naked photos not included in the issue of the magazine were leaked out and are now available online.

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Ellen Adarna Nude Photo Leaked

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Ellen Adarna Leaked Photo
Another case of leaked photos hit online stands and gossip blogs last 17 September, but this time it did not concern the hacked iCloud accounts of Hollywood actors. It involves nude photos of a local sexy actor and model Ellen Adarna.

It will be recalled that Esquire Philippines featured Adarna as it cover story a few months ago, including two versions of the sexy pictorial shoots showing her naked but covered with the magazine’s captions. The photos were taken by Jake Versoza. However, it seems that three fully naked photos not included in the issue of the magazine were leaked out and are now available at an image sharing website.

In a statement issued on 17 September, Esquire Philippines said it "condemns the unauthorized distribution of Ellen Adarna originally taken from a shoot the magazine staged for its April 2014 edition."

The rest of the statement reads:

"Esquire Philippines and Summit Media condemn the unauthorized distribution of photographs of Ellen Adarna that were originally taken from a shoot the magazine had staged for its April 2014 edition. She had agreed to be featured in Esquire Philippines with the understanding that no nude photographs taken of her then would be published or disseminated. The recent circulation of such sensitive photos without her (or our) knowledge or consent is in blatant violation of her privacy, and her right to dignity. We share her outrage; we are deeply angry; we will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.

The images in question, staged with photographer Jake Versoza, were never used in the magazine itself, and in most cases, were never even in the possession of the magazine. The images we did use from the shoot were treated to make sure any sensitive areas were artfully covered or obscured, as had been the agreement.

It is apparent as well to Esquire magazine that its own rights, as well as that of photographer Jake Versoza, have been infringed. We will take the proper measured action to protect its rights. Most importantly, we urge all not to participate in the dissemination of sensitive images that were not intended for public by the one person whose rights and dignity above all else’s should be respected at this time."
As for Adarna, she appeared unperturbed about all of this scandal. After hearing of the leak, Adarna responded by posting a photo on her official Instagram account with the caption: "Yesterday I received good and bad news. Today will be a f**king good day. Moving on... I'll just keep telling myself that in the end everything is gonna be okay, if it's not ok it's not the end."

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What Verizon and Sprint Offer for iPhone 6 Users

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | | 0 comments »

A few days ago, Apple launched their newest flagship gadget items: iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus. Their arrival has opened up doors for Verizon Communications to devise a new contract plan to attract new and existing customers.

The company is now offering iPhone 6 to customers under a two-year contract in exchange for their old iPhones. According to reports, the new ‘trade in old model’ offer by Verizon makes the latest iPhone almost free against a two-year contract.

The offer entails a US$ 200 gift voucher that can be spent toward purchasing the basic 16-gigabyte version of the iPhone 6, which comes in at US$199.99.

Many observers think that this is a good move on the part of Verizon because they are banking largely on the popularity of the Apple brand to bring in more customers under the carrier’s wings. This would, in turn, ensure significant incremental revenues at the company’s wireless services segment.

While Verizon is busy promoting its 2-year contract plus a free iPhone 6, Sprint Corporation has also come up with its new US$ 50 unlimited plan offering clubbed with iPhone 6. In addition, Sprint’s new campaign “iPhone for life” adopts a new strategy of allowing customers to own a new iPhone every two years upon signing up such contracts. According to reports, the new promotional strategy will potentially allow Sprint to win back customers lost to rival T-Mobile US Inc.

For US$ 20 per month, Sprint is offering customers a basic 16 GB iPhone 6 beginning 19 September 2014, which they can trade in 24 months time from now for the latest iPhone Apple releases at that time. This amounts to US$ 480 in device payments. Technically, it represents paying more for the iPhone in instalments rather than getting it free of cost.

Customers can also select the option of financing the phone over two years for US$ 30 a month after a US$ 58 down payment or else settle for a two-year contract and pay monthly instalments of US$ 20.

However, according to reports Sprint’s current plan is much lower in comparison to the plans that offer iPhones at a hefty US$ 85 per month instalment, which amounts to US$ 1,040 for a two-year plan. Sprint maintains that its US$ 20 instalment is a huge slash from the conventional plans and promises greater value for customers.

With the iPhone 6 grabbing all the attention, everyone expects more operators to join the bandwagon. However, while they may lead to incremental revenues arising from new subscribers, it does call for a reality check for the operators whose profit margins may suffer given hefty waivers on equipment sales.

With the wireless market becoming increasingly saturated, only time will tell how profitable the iPhone 6 turns out be for telecom carriers, given that several such gadget items launch and promotional offers hit the streets every month. However, the upcoming quarterly results will mirror the true financial picture of these carriers post the iPhone 6 promotion, making actual gains and losses more vivid for the companies and investors.

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Can 'Apple Pay' Kill Off The Wallet?

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple Pay
Behind the successful launch on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the teaser release of Apple Watch is an ambitious project to kill off the wallet.

During Apple’s big media event last 9 September 2014, the company initiated a new service which will be called Apple Pay and it aims to take all of the pain points from having multiple credit cards and identification cards in everyone’s wallets.

Although Google has tried to do this in the past with its Google Wallet app, Apple is going to try to take advantage of its hundreds of millions of iTunes accounts to get the job done.

Not surprising, Apple Pay will take advantage of NFC capabilities on the iPhone 6 to help enable mobile payments. Apple says that Apple Pay stores information securely through encryption and will integrate with the Apple Passbook application.

The app will support credit cards from MasterCard, Visa and American Express at launch and will also be supported by the six largest American banks. Apple has also worked out deals to get Apple Pay supported at more than 220,000 retail outlets at its launch.

The card-issuing banks have agreed to pay a per-transaction fee to Apple to be included on the phone, according to people familiar with the situation. While the amount of the fee couldn't be determined, banks believe that cost will be offset by the number of transactions that consumers make on the phone. The banks collect fees from merchants on every credit and debit-card transaction.

Apple also took some not-so-subtle digs at Google by emphasizing that it doesn’t collect user data and financial data from customers. Furthermore, it says that "Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it" when you use Apple Pay.

The company will require a thumbprint scan on its new iPhone 6 smartphone to make the tap-and-go payments—meaning a stolen device can't be used for a shopping spree. It wasn't immediately clear how Apple would authenticate payments on the smartwatch.

The move toward paying with just a phone is the latest development in an industry that once relied on carbon paper and manual processing machines known as "knuckle busters." Credit cards and debit cards have steadily eclipsed cash and checks, representing more than half of retail goods and services purchased by Americans since 2003.

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Top Products in IFA 2014

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, September 15, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Top Products in IFA 2014
September is fast becoming the month for new techno gadgets and electronic innovations. Aside from the much-hyped launching of new Apple flagship smartphones, September also hosted the IFA 2014 in Berlin. The global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances from 4 to 9 September, presents the latest products and innovations in the heart of Europe‘s most important regional market.

Only IFA offers such a comprehensive overview of the international market and attracts the attention of trade visitors each year from more than 100 countries. It is also the main meeting place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry and the media.

As the international electronics trade show winds down, here are some of the most notable IFA announcements made by Samsung, Sony and others.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
In terms of product design, the Edge was without a doubt the most innovative smartphone at IFA 2014 thanks to its curving screen, which extends around the right-hand edge to offer an extra panel or info bar when the device is in standby mode, for example. The 5.6-inch Galaxy Note Edge will be available in select markets before the end of 2014.

Sony Xperia Z3 devices
The Japanese manufacturer took advantage of IFA to present its new Xperia Z3 range, which includes two smartphones (4.6-inch and 5.2-inch) and an 8-inch tablet. Slated to go on sale in October, the three new Android KitKat devices are NFC-compatible, water-resistant and dustproof. In Europe, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are expected to sell for €679 and €499 respectively, while the Z3 Tablet Compact is priced at €379.

Nokia Lumia 830
The Finnish brand, now a division of Microsoft, made the trip to Berlin to unveil the Lumia 830, a new mid-range Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone with a 5.1-inch screen. Designed in part for developing markets, the device offers all of the American software giant's expertise at a relatively affordable price. The Lumia 830 is slated to launch in Europe this October for around €350.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
In one of the most anticipated announcements at IFA, the South Korean brand revealed the latest edition of its Galaxy Note phablet, which is equipped with a 5.7-inch QHD screen (2,560 x 1,440 pixels). The most surprising element of the presentation was the pairing of the Galaxy Note 4 with a virtual reality headset (the Gear VR, expected to sell for less than €200) and dedicated stylus pens designed by Montblanc (from €275 each). The phablet is due to launch in various markets this fall.

Asus ZenWatch
The computer maker's first item of wearable tech, dubbed the ZenWatch, places particular emphasis on health and well-being. Offering a relatively elegant and discreet design, the smartwatch is equipped with a heart-rate monitor and can be piloted from a smartphone or tablet. The ZenWatch is expected to go on sale before the end of 2014 for just under €200.

LG G Watch R
Officially unveiled by the South Korean brand at IFA, the G Watch R stands out for its circular 1.3-inch screen. The Android Wear smartwatch, which is waterproof for up to 30 minutes, can be configured to deliver notifications of incoming calls, texts, and upcoming appointments and to offer useful reports on the weather, for example. The device will go on sale this fall for around €300.

Sony SmartWatch 3
The third generation of Sony's wearable device has a 1.6-inch square screen with a resolution of 320x320 pixels. Like the brand's previous smartwatches, the device has a microphone, an accelerometer, an internal compass, a gyroscope and GPS sensors for the most accurate activity tracking possible. The model is slated to ship in October, priced at €229.

Dyson 360 Eye
Known for its groundbreaking and innovative products, the British manufacturer showed off the first working models of its robotic vacuum at IFA this year. Mounted on a set of continuous tracks and powered by a Dyson V2 motor, the 360 Eye can be controlled from any iOS or Android mobile device. The titular 360 Eye -- a swiveling camera capable of detecting objects on all sides within a range of 15cm -- is used to map rooms and thus better avoid obstacles. Although the battery life is limited to 30 minutes, the device rolls back to its charging station on its own when it needs to power up. The robotic vacuum is expected to go on sale in the US early next year, priced at US$ 1,000.

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