Sony PlayStation Games to be on Android and iOS

April 25, 2016
I know all of us had the experience of playing PlayStation games; may it be PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, 3, 4, PSP, etc. Imagine those games you played to be available on your Android or iPhone – that would be cool, right? Nintendo, just last year, announced their games to be available on play on Android and iOS, and now, Sony is doing the same thing. Here is what Sony’s doing as they announced to deliver games from their PlayStations to our smartphones.

How can Sony live up to what they announced?


As of the moment, Sony has just announced that they are creating a gaming division called ForwardWorks that would deliver the smart gaming process we did on PlayStations to be available on Android and on iOS.

What is ForwardWorks Corporation?


According to Sony, “ForwardWorks Corporation is a new company that is aimed to deploy new services toward the ever-expanding smart device market. ForwardWorks have begun its operation from April 1st, 2016. ForwardWorks will leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles and its gaming characters as well as the knowledge and know-how of gaming development expertise which was acquired over the years with PlayStation business to provide gaming application optimized for smart devices including smartphones to users in Japan and Asia. The company will aim to deliver users with opportunity to casually enjoy full-fledged game titles in the new field of the smart device market.”

In its simplest terms, Sony is bringing the classic PlayStation in our smartphone devices and they predict that it is going to be one of the best moves that a company can make because the stable and steady market of PlayStation would shift and join the smart device market that is not stopping on expansion. Although we are not sure if they will release it in the Western hemisphere of our planet, Asia and Japan are the sure users of this brand new idea.

Why is Sony doing this?


Sony wants to spread the classic gameplay of what they’ve had on the PlayStation to Android and iPhone users. For their part, they want to continue the legacy and of course, they want this innovation to push through because of the profit. It would be much profitable if they try to monetize the things that they release that others could not.

What games will come out and when can the people expect it?


We know a lot of games that PlayStation has released and the most popular ones. Games that would come out first probably are Gran Turismo, God of War, Wipeout, Parappa the Rapper, G-Police, and a lot more. It depends on what Sony plans on releasing.

ForwardWorks has just been established so the games are not likely to appear anytime soon. The nearest period where we can finally see the first games that they would release is either around Holidays of 2016 or mid 2017.

Would the games be free?


The games that we have played on our PlayStations before did not come free so around this time, the games won’t likely be free. They would probably cost around Php100 – Php500 just like the games that we are buying nowadays. I just hope that it would not be overpriced such as games we have experienced in different devices such as Nintendo Wii, Xbox, etc.

So are you excited about what Sony is offering? People who patronize and those who are die-hard fans of PlayStation would surely be excited and thrilled about this. Stay tuned to know more about the release of PlayStation games.

How to Apply for a Tourist Visa Going to the United States

April 14, 2016
There are many Filipinos wondering what the United States of America looks like and how to go there to take a glimpse of this known land of milk and honey. At times, relatives from said America are generous and willing enough to sponsor relative Filipinos to go there and experience what they are experiencing. In order to go there, preparation of passport and US Tourist Visa is needed to be allowed to enter in the country. Here are a few helpful guidelines on how to get the said Visa:


1. The first thing to do is to pay the application fee by using a U.S. Visa application payment slip before going to the bank for payment. Use the slip before it will expire or else you have to get another one for the payment. The current application fee is 160 US dollars or 7,680 Philippine peso equivalent. There are still three options in paying for the fee: you can pay in cash through BPI, pay online provided by BPI for their customers or pay online through Bancnet.

2. Payment per visa class must be made if there is payment for more than one person. Visa applications are non-refundable and non-transferable and the interview must be done within one-year period from receipt of payment.

3. Before the interview, you need to prepare the required documents to show to the interviewee your papers. The mandatory required documents are DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application which you can access from the Consular Electronic Application Center. Please take note of your barcode number for usage.

4. You need to have a passport to present. The passport must be in good condition. All previous passports must also be shown. If loss, a notarized affidavit of loss is needed.

5. You also need to bring a colored 2 x 2 picture taken within 6 months before your scheduled interview. The background should be white, ears should be exposed, facing the camera with open eyes and with neutral facial expression in full view.

6. If there is an extension of stay or change of status, please bring the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form.

7. Additional requirements may be needed base on the visa class that you are applying.

8. Schedule for an interview. You can do this by calling (02) 976-8500 to 02 for calls within the Philippines. You can also book online appointment through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph. If you travel as a group, it is better to apply as a group for faster processing of visa.

9. The last step is go and appear at the Embassy for the interview. Applicants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the time at the Embassy gate for convenience. Do not forget to bring your appointment confirmation letter that match the information on your passport for checking. If the information does not match, you have to prepare to change them to allow you for the interview.

10. If you need an interpreter for the interview, you can request for one before the interviewing officer.

You will be informed right away of the result of your visa application at the conclusion of the interview. The passport with U.S. visa will be delivered to the address you place when the appointment was made.

How Much Do Filipinos Need to Survive Living in the Philippines?

April 12, 2016
Whether you are single, married, or a parent, you need to have a certain amount of money in order to survive living every single day here in the Philippines. You can’t go around asking for everything without being charged; everything has its price now and that is one reason why budgeting is important. But how much do you really need in order to survive living alone? Do you need to have proper education, a college degree to feed yourself? Do you need a lot to sustain yourself? To create a roof above your head?

Food

Filipinos are known to be good eaters and that is one clear reason why it is one of the most important factors of living for Filipinos. Yes, it is a basic necessity but Filipinos look at food differently than other people. Here is a gist with prices:

  • 500 grams (1 lb.) of chicken breast (boneless) – Php106
  • Combo meal in fast food (with drinks and side dish) – Php150 
  • Lunchtime menu in the business district (Makati or BGC (with drink)) – Php350
  • A dozen of eggs (12 medium – large sized eggs) – Php90
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk – Php85
  • 1 kg of rice (good quality) – Php62
  • 2 liters of Coca-cola – Php60
  • 1 gallon of water – Php40
  • Serving of salad – Php60
  • 1 kg of potatoes – Php110
  • One can of local beer in groceries – Php40

So if we were to convert it conversationally, if you are working in the working class and you have a daytime job, your average consumption monetary consumption for food on a daily basis would be 400 pesos since you will be eating outside like a fast food chain. If you however do not have a current job or only doing work inside a house then you would be consuming homemade dishes and you would need probably around 200 pesos for a whole day.

Livelihood

Different people possess different ways of livelihood such as entertainment, relaxation, way of living, etc. As far as I know, almost all people even the middle class has a stable internet connection since some people use it as their main capital for their professions, for their self-made businesses, and for communicating with loved ones and friends. Here is a list of those so we can see it in a clearer way:

  • 3 Megabyte internet connection – Php1, 500
  • Cable TV – Php1, 000
  • 2 movie tickets – Php480
  • 1 bottle of beer in bars – Php55
  • 1 pair of jeans (local) – Php800
  • 1 pair of shoes (Nike, Adidas, etc.) – Php4, 500
  • Frappuccino (Starbucks) – Php180
  • Gym (per visit) – Php70
  • One month gym membership – Php2, 000

With that being said, it is somewhat affordable for people to satisfy their cravings for entertainment. If you have a taste for sophisticated entertainment, you would probably need to have better earnings and better income. Based on the list, you know should be aware of the estimated prices outside your homes.

Shelter

We all need a place to go back to after a long day; a place we can be ourselves no matter what – our homes. Whether we plan on getting our own lot, condominium unit, hotel unit, or just renting for a place to stay, we need an amount that should fit all of those together. 


Shelter is one of the investments you should make as early as now because at the end of the day, you need a place you can call home; a place where you can be as carefree as possible with the person or people you care about the most.

Transportation

If you have a job, transportation is usually one of the things you often think of because it is responsible from bringing you to one point to another so you might as well consider it a necessity. Here is a list of your transport that you should also take into consideration:

  • Jeepney ride about 10km – Php30
  • FX ride – Php60
  • Monthly ticket for trains – Php1, 500 
  • 1 liter of gas – Php38
  • Taxi with basic rate for 8km (5 miles) – Php240

When we report in to work late, we often blame the traffic so we might as well invest more in our transportation to avoid the hassle and the obstacles of public transport. That means we should have to think about it more than other factors considering our professions and jobs or even taking a trip or vacation because we all agree that discomfort in transportation can lead to negativity.

Personal Care (Medication)

Health is probably the most recognized factor of a person who is living; if not then it should be because what we are capable of depends on how healthy we are. Here is a list of what personal care is.
 
  • Medicine for colds for a week (branded) – Php120 
  • Medicine for colds for a week (generic) – Php68
  • Check – up with your local doctor – Ph600
  • Hair shampoo (400 ml) – Php190
  • Bath soap (375 g) – Php80
  • Toothpaste (regular size) – Php110
  • 1 box of antibiotics – Php500
  • Deodorant roll (50ml) – Php160

It is clear that health can be expensive because it can yield results that could change everything else in this list. Be sure to have your health checked regularly to avoid sudden changes, to prepare yourself financially, physically, and mentally, and to change habits you should change for the betterment of you and the people around you.

To conclude everything, these lists are just a clear estimation of what you have to pay in order to live inside the Philippines. Although there are more factors you should consider, these are the basic and most important that you should think twice about. This is a guide list of you in order to budget everything to have it all arranged and organized.

Japoy Lizardo and Fiancée Shows Superb Taekwondo Moves in Prenup Video

April 11, 2016
Look who’s getting married! John Paul “Japoy” Lizardo, the former endorser of Milo in the early 2000s, is! He’s tying the knot with Janice Lagman who is the coach of the University of the Philippines’ Poomsae Varsity Team. These two share a lot of interests and one of their passions is Taekwondo. And it’s from this common passion that the concept for their prenup video, which, by the way, is piquing everyone’s interest at the moment.

The engaged couple shared their prenup video, which was made by Sorelle Isles Film Co, on the viseo-sharing site vimeo. Set in Ronac Art Center and in Baler, it showed the couple on the beach, riding the motorcycle and the best part, for me anyway, is the part where the two appear on top of a hill and showing their superb taekwondo moves!

Have you seen their video? If not, check this out!



Manila Coconuts,

Manny Pacquiao Wins Over Tim Bradley, But Is It Really His Last Fight?

April 10, 2016
Manny Pacquiao said his third fight against Timothy Bradley for the World Welterweight Championship on April 9 will be the last in his boxing career. Whether it’s for real or not, the Filipino Champ gave viewers at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena and those at home, a satisfying 12-round fight in which he won! All three judges gave a unanimous decision (116-110).

But earlier on in the fight, viewers already had an inkling of who the winner’s going to be because Bradley was knocked off his feet twice! The first knock down happened in the seventh round and the second one transpired during the ninth round. But Bradley did not make it easy for Pacquiao either. He gave a strong punch during the eighth round that had the Filipino champ looking like he had to get his bearings.

Those who bet on Pacquiao probably had some hesitant moments during the first few rounds as the boxer showed like his shoulder was bothering him a bit. If you’ll remember, Pacquiao had a shoulder surgery after his fight with Floyd Mayweather last year.

Even if this really is Manny Pacquiao’s last fight in the ring no one can match the pride and honor that he’s brought to his country not just with this latest fight but throughout his boxing career that spanned a decade.

Congratulations Manny and to all the Filipino people!

SBNation, Bloodyelbow

Hailee Steinfeld Feels Connected with Her Filipino Roots

April 06, 2016
Hollywood star Hailee Steinfeld is connecting with her Filipino roots as she spends time here in the Philippines. The actress/singer said she truly feels at home in the country as she feels the draw of the Filipino blood in her veins, although there’s only a small portion of it. Even though she was born and raised in California, Hailee’s great grandfather hailed from Bohol.


During her interview in Boy Abunda’s TV show on Wednesday, the 19-year-old said that over the years the Philippines had been a topic of conversation in her family and she feels incredible that her music finally brought her here.

Hailee’s acting career blossomed after starring in the film “true Grit,” which earned her an Oscar nomination. Along with acting, Hailee also pursued her long-time passion in music until finally she released her debut EP, Haiz and this is what brought her to the Philippines.

Hailee is set to have the following series of mall shows: Eastwood Mall (April 8, 7pm), Uptown Mall (April 9, 5pm), and Venice Grand Canal (April 10, 3pm).

Rappler

Facebook Launches New Feature to Make Blind People “See” Photos

April 05, 2016
Blind and visually-challenged individuals will now be able to have a more interactive experience on Facebook with the newly-launched feature called automatic-alternative text. This new feature will give blind people a clearer idea of what a photo is all about as screen readers – software that gives audio descriptions of what’s onscreen – will not only be able to identify the photo but also be able to describe what is going in that particular photo.


By means of translating the codes of a photo or what is called as Facebook’s neural networks into alternative text, screen readers are able to provide a more detailed description of what a photo is about like “image may contain: three people, smiling, outdoors.” Take note that Facebook is using the phrase “may contain,” which means what could be described is not hundred percent accurate.

Prior to this feature, screen readers can only read text and say “photo” when there is an image included. Facebook users who are blind have to depend on their friends and family members to describe what the photo contains.

Right now the availability of this new Facebook feature is limited to the English language in US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and in iOS devices. However, Facebook plans to make automatic alt text available in other languages and platforms in the coming days.

Facebook, Venturebeat
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