Six Reasons Why It's Still a Good Idea to Buy A PS3 or Xbox 360

The next generation of gaming consoles are coming in force very, very soon. Nintendo released their next-gen salvo a whole year early with the Wii-U, which came out Nov. 12, 2012. Sony and Microsoft, the two top dogs right now, are going to set their new consoles loose closer together, with the PS4 coming out on Nov. 15, 2013 in the US and Nov. 29, 2013 in Europe, and the Xbox One coming out on Nov. 22, 2013. For us living in the great archipelago of the Philippines, though, we may be getting them probably a couple weeks after stated release dates.

People who own current-gen (soon to be last-gen) consoles and people who have never owned a console before are thinking of jumping right in the deep end of the next-gen pool and buy a PS4/Xbox One right at launch. A bunch of people from the international forums I follow have pre-ordered their systems already. BUT HOLD YOUR HORSES! Let me tell you why it may be a good idea to hold off on that and get a PS3 or 360 first, if you don't have one yet.

Let me try and give you a few reasons why buying a PS3 or Xbox 360 now or even a few months after the release of the next gen consoles is still a viable idea.

We actually just got one! It's white!

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Electro-Voice ZLX Launched in the Philippines

Not a lot of people know this, but I used to be a huge guitar gearhead. Being in college, I didn't have a lot of resources to acquire a lot of the equipment I wanted, but I kept myself in the loop and lusted after what I wanted. As I grew older, I realized I had no talent in guitar so I sold my bright cherry red Ibanez, my 60 watt amplifier, and my effects to buy a computer instead. But that never really stopped me from loving audio equipment; only these days, I find myself favoring headphones instead. My neighbors are very violent people.

Last week, I was lucky enough to have been invited to the launch of a new product line by Electro-Voice. Electro-Voice is the part of Bosch that develops and manufactures audio equipment, including microphones, amps, loudspeakers, and the like geared towards pros.

These same speakers are installed in the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Korea, the Parramatta Stadium in Australia, the Philippine Senate, the Philippine Congress, and some other smaller establishments in the country. Even though these bad boys are installed in huge arenas, it doesn't mean that they can't be used on a consumer level. Electro-Voice says they've also catered to thousands of musicians, DJs and performers around the world.

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ARC Mobile debuts Pinoy Android phones

The Filipino company ARC Mobile is set to launch a new line of Android phones that will feature some of the lowest prices possible in today’s market but also promises to provide consumers with the technology and performance that we have come to expect from our multitasking devices. 

Jordan Ng, ARC Mobile’s Product Manager, presided over a media launch last May 17, 2013.  During the launch, Ng presented tech bloggers and online journalists with the company’s entire product line so far, including a couple of prototypes which were not set to hit the market until June or July this year.

ARC has prepared four product lines - Basic phones, Prime Android phones, Nitro Android phones, and a line of tablets, simply named Tab. 

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Dissecting LTE: Is It For You?

For the past few months, the two telco juggernauts in the country have been touting their LTE plans and capabilities. By now, a lot of the non-techies in the market would likely know about it, but I'm not really sure if they know what it is exactly. In this post, I'm going to try to explain how it differs from other mobile connections, and when you should consider getting a plan for it.

What is LTE?

I'm going to cheat a little bit and copy the definition of LTE from Wikipedia.

"LTE, an initialism of long-term evolution, marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.[1][2] The standard is developed by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and is specified in its Release 8 document series, with minor enhancements described in Release 9."

Does it sound too technical for you? Well, yeah, that's because it is. See, this is how wireless data transfer is rated and named by the MWI: by name, by technology and by speed standards. Here's a quick history lesson. When you first had Internet on your phone, it was slow and spotty as all hell. The first digital mobile technology was called GSM or 2G. Under it, you experienced GPRS mobile net. After that, we got EDGE. And then the next big leap was 3G. Under 3G, we got HSPA and HSPA+, which is what most phones use these days.

Also under 3G is the commercially available LTE offered by Smart and Globe. It is not yet 4G, though it is marketed as such. What is true 4G is LTE Advanced, which is still not being offered commercially. At least, not that I'm aware of.

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Let's Predict the PS4 and XBox 720 Features

We are a few days away from Sony's big reveal this Feb. 20, 2013. We're almost 99% certain it's going to be the announcement of the PS4, mainly because it's what everyone expects and if it's anything else, you'll have about a million disappointed people on your hands. And because of that, a bunch of rumors have been floating around regarding the new features. It won't just be a bump up in specs and performance, no. The market's way too sophisticated now for just that. But if that's the case, what are the new features going to be?

We need you to help us sort through all the bullshit and predict the realistic features for both next gen consoles.

Just pick which 5 features you think will be the most likely inclusions in the next generation consoles.

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