vivo Y02t to be released on July 22: What we know so far

A ‘premium-looking’ budget phone



vivo Y02t

vivo is set to introduce another entry-level phone to the market by July 22. The vivo Y02t, set to succeed the Y02s, is vivo’s latest addition to its budget Y series.

Putting “premium” in the budget phone category, the Y02t is powered by a MediaTek P35 chipset and runs on the Android 13-based Funtouch OS 13.

The device offers 4GB of base RAM with 4GB extension, and 64GB of internal storage. It also has a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery which promises up to 18 hours of streaming on a single full charge.

It has a 6.51-inch HD+ IPS display and a camera each in front and the back, at least according to the initial photos revealed.

For its appearance, the 8.49mm-thick phone comes in three color options: Cosmic Grey, Sunset Gold, and Orchid Blue.

The phone’s back panel has a smooth spray coating matte finish that is also scratch and fingerprint resistant.

As for how much it costs, vivo has not yet announced details about its price.

This article is a sponsored press release from vivo Philippines.


vivo Y36 BGC shoot: Super Night Algorithm at work

Improve details, eliminate noise



vivo Y36

To prove the power of the new vivo Y36 to shoot well during nighttime and in low-light conditions, the mid-ranger was taken for a spin at BGC, Taguig for a round of sample photos.

Just to recap, the phone has a 50MP Super Night Algorithm feature which combines numerous exposures to improve details and eliminate noise for shots taken under such conditions.

The algorithm also takes advantage of advanced computational photography techniques. This significantly enhances the camera’s performance and process photos accordingly in low-light scenarios.

The long shot of the famous Bonifacio High Street has the fountain’s stream of water frozen in the phone’s capture. Meanwhile, the familiar W building and the establishments in the background are illuminated.

The BGC Arts Center, on the other hand, allows travelers to go on a creative adventure. With the vivo Y36, taking shots are again made effortless.

Aside from the phone’s 50MP main camera, it also has a 2MP f/2.4 depth and 2MP f/2.4 macro. There’s also a 16MP wide selfie camera. The phone’s 256GB internal storage ensures that users can take as many shots as they can.

Interested in getting the vivo Y36? It’s priced at just PhP 12,999, available in Glitter Aqua and Meteor Black on vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada and TikTok, and physical stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored press release by vivo Philippines.

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TP-Link unveils first Philippine store

TP-Link’s connection with the Filipinos just got stronger!




August 18, 2023 marks a monumental day for TP-Link.  The networking and connectivity solutions provider opens its first ever physical store in the Philippines. It’s located at SM City North Edsa. 

TP-Link eyes to better serve and connect to the Philippine market. They plan to do so by bringing their range of connectivity, smart home, and surveillance products directly to Filipinos.

The grand opening was attended by customers, media representatives, and tech enthusiasts. It’s a telltale sign of a bright path for the networking brand. It was packed with lots of promos and fun activities

Delving more into details, TP-Link’s first ever local store has a variety of products readily available as of typing. From their high-performance WiFi mesh systems to their smart home products such as robot vacuum and mop, smart bulbs, smart plugs, and even to their surveillance cameras – both for homes and businesses, can be purchased readily at the store. Moreover, customers can also find products from TP-Link’s sub-brands, Tapo and VIGI.

Faster and wider connection

TP-Link’s Archer AX11000, designed to handle demanding gaming connectivity. It is a paragon of a powerful Wi-Fi system offering speedy and consistently reliable performance to your whole home. It leaves no room for dead spots. Meanwhile, Deco X95 is a high-performance mesh system that delivers faster speeds, improved capacity, and reduced network congestion. There are also other routers to go for if for your other needs and you can check them out yourself in their store or visit their website.

Security and safety at its finest

Zooming in on home security, the Tapo 325WB offers HD video surveillance with 1080p resolution and advanced night vision capabilities. This makes it a versatile and feature-rich security system. There also lies Tapo C225 that packs a handful of useful features. These are Physical Privacy Mode, Smart AI Detection and Notification, Smart Motion and Tracking, and many more! 

On the other hand, consumers may also take their business security to a new and more advanced level with the VIGI C540-W powerful outdoor pan tilt network camera, providing 4MP full-color surveillance to cover every corner flexibly.

Smart Home

Furthermore, TP-Link also offers a variety of products that will make your daily living more convenient and smarter. For one, the Tapo L530E is a smart Wi-Fi light bulb that lets you customize its brightness, light temperature, and colors–with 16,000,000 hues to choose from. All of which can be done within your fingertips!

That’s not all, there are also other amazing smart home products such as TP-Link’s Robot Vacuum & Mop, Smart plugs, and more.

The future of TP-Link in The Philippines

With a resoundingly positive reception from both customers and media, TP-Link is brimming with excitement and unwavering confidence in the boundless potential of its brand within the Filipino market. The remarkable enthusiasm and visible support exhibited by Filipino consumers during its opening last Friday is a great start for the networking solutions pioneer.

As for future branches, TP-Link says that while there are no set details about expanding to other locations, it’s definitely well-considered and is included in their future plans. As of now, TP-Link is focused on providing exceptional products and customer service.

And oh, watch out because promos are definitely coming!

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How to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

PPVs, apps to download, more



File Photo: Watching FIBA basketball


The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 tips off on August 25. It offers hoops fans the ultimate experience to see the sport’s best global stars.

No less than Gilas Pilipinas will do its best to represent the Philippines proudly at home. Hundreds of thousands are expected to watch the prestigious event in-person from August 25 to September 10.

For those who do not have the luxury of attending live, there are still various ways to watch the World Cup. You can use whatever device from wherever location you’re from.

Here’s a quick rundown:


For Cignal TV prepaid and postpaid subscribers, a one-time Pay-Per-View fee of PhP 650 entitles viewers to all 92 games of the FIBA World Cup in both SD (Ch. 198 and 199) and HD (Ch. 298 and 299).

They will come commercial-free and with access to exclusive FIBA content such as documentaries and highlights of previous tournaments.

For people mainly interested in Gilas Pilipinas games, TV5 is the surefire way to catch the action. The channel is accessible for free via CignalPlay and via any way you access free TV, like digiboxes.

Smartphones, tablets

For smartphone and tablet users, there are a handful of streaming apps that will show the World Cup games live and on demand.

Cignal’s novel streaming platform, Pilipinas Live will show all 92 games for a PhP 99 a month subscription.

Unlike cable subscriptions, this rate does not have a lock-in period. A month would be enough since the World Cup runs from August 25 to September 10. You can cancel afterwards.

Games will also be shown on the Smart Livestream app for FREE. To watch all 92 games, Smart subscribers simply have to connect to a Smart mobile data, TNT or PLDT WiFi while using the Smart LiveStream App. The app is downloadable on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Speaking of Gilas, Smart has a prepaid Gilas Power subscription promo which is inclusive of 78GB of total data, including a fixed allocation for the Livestream app and open access data good for a month.

More details here.

PC and laptops

For PC and laptop users, the best workaround is availing of CignalPlay Premium, which starts at just PhP 75 monthly, inclusive of most channels you’re used to seeing on cable TV from movies to sports to news channels and more.


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