Data Saving While Web Surfing

Mobile Browsers that will help you save your data.

Mobile Browsers that will help you save your data.

Published on May 2, 2017

A lot of browsers have unique features that allow you to level up your internet surfing experience. Each browser has strengths and weaknesses that vary depending on your needs. However a lot of these features happen to consume a lot of data. For example, Reader Mode in Safari has a tendency to download whole files, thus consuming extra amounts of data. If you’re more liberal with your data use it’s not a big problem, but if you’re the type to want to conserve data then you might want to explore using a different kind of browser.

Remember when I talked about Data Compression? Well, there are browsers available now that can allow you to conserve, load pages faster without affecting the way you surf. There are two apps that come to mind, both available on iOS and Android: Opera Mini and Google Chrome.


Opera Mini compresses data, tells you how much data is consumed and better yet, even tells how much data was saved. It has two modes. High is for 60-70% compression, and if you really wanna save data there’s Extreme for 90% compression. If you want to be even more detailed you can adjust the settings for image quality, text wrapping, etc. These help the amount of compressed data. Opera Mini is great if you want to save data, but still have a quality browsing experience tailored to your preferences.


Google Chrome is another great app and chances are if you’re using an Android phone it’s probably already installed. Chrome has a Data Saver feature which compresses all necessary parts of a web page like the layout and such, and doesn’t load things too data heavy like videos or images unless you choose to.It’s incredibly simple to use, just go to Settings, then Data Saver, and switch it on. It’s that simple! Not to mention Google Chrome has a lot of additional compatibility with most other Google Apps, meaning that it doesn’t cost extra data to use apps like Google Drive or Google Maps versus if you used another browser along with the Google apps.


Now those are my choices for data saving browsers! Have fun surfing the internet without having to break your data promo!

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Private Chats

The most secure chat apps for protecting your convos.

The most secure chat apps for protecting your convos.

Published on April 25, 2017

In this age of information it’s important to remember that it should also be an age of privacy. A lot of information gets exchanged over chats and sometimes it’s easy to take things for granted.

For online chatting it’s a bit more complicated since what matters is encryption. For those unfamiliar with encryption, its basically when someone other than the intended recipient views the message, it gets all scrambled up and unreadable. Here are some of the best apps for convo encryption.


WhatsApp is the most popular Chat App for private end-to-end encryption with not even the hosted server being able to read your messages. For private convos this one has over a billion users and is considered the safest and simplest to use.




A popular chat app here is another excellent choice for privacy concerns. A drawback though for iOS users is that it has difficult time encrypting attachments that were not taken with the app, and are saved from the phone itself. Android users don’t have this problem.





If you’re an iOS user who uses iMessage a lot then you’re in the clear! iOS features strong end-to-end encryption when it sends to other iOS users. So if you correspond on private chats with other iOS users then you’re perfectly fine not downloading the other apps.




A great feature in Telegram is that when you delete something on your side of the chat, it is ordered to be deleted on the other side of the chat as well, and will notify if it has. This is a handy feature not present in the other chat apps. Another unique bonus is the self-destruct feature you can add when sending messages or attachments, deleting the file on both sides after a set amount of time.




So protect your privacy with these handy chat apps.  Feel safe when sending your silly messages or deep dark secrets to a friend. Just watch out for screenshots.

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A R G ka ba?

Other Augmented Reality Games that add flavor to life

Other Augmented Reality Games that add flavor to life

Published on March 31, 2017

So you probably already tried playing Pokemon Go, only one of the biggest Augmented Reality Games to hit the market. In case you’ve gotten tired of the game, don’t fret! There are other AR games out there that are also pretty fun &exciting. Check out these 3 AR games that can spice up life!


Before Pokémon Go, Niantic had Ingress. When you play this location based game join either the Resistance or the Enlightened.Both sides battle to control landmarks in the world where portals thatemit  an energy that can be used for mind control exists. Are you looking for a great story and a chance to play with a community of other players? Then Ingress is the game for you!

Clandestine: Anomaly

This game starts out with your phone being hacked so already the excitement picks up. An alien virus has crashlanded on your neighborhood and you have to save it by fighting aliens and establishing bases to protect locations. The game is very story driven, making players search for clues in the area in order to advance through the story. Check out this game for a fun puzzle solving adventure with a little action.

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! is more than your average zombie game. It’s actually a fitness tool that imagines you as a runner for a group of zombie apocalypse survivors. You’re given missions to accomplish as a narrator tells you to run or take a break when zombies come after you. The game includes a cool soundtrack and story that’s sure to get your blood pumping.

Now those are some of my favorite AR games besides Pokemon Go. It’s really great that you can add a little adventure to your life with just a phone and a bit of data. Based on my usage, due to the use location services these games consume around 20-35MB of data per hour. What other AR games do you like?

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New Mobile Games You Should Check Out

Tired of Clash Royale and Pokémon Go? Check out these awesome new games.

Tired of Clash Royale and Pokémon Go? Check out these awesome new games.

Published on March 07, 2017

Hey there gamers on the go! I’ve been playing a lot of new games lately and I thought I might share some of my favorites along with how much data they use.


If you’re a fan of card games like Hearthstone then this is a new one for you! Shadowverse was created in Japan by some very dedicated video game designers who’ve also created some Japanese exclusive hits like Rage of Bahamut and Granblue Fantasy. The game is relatively new so it’s very easy to get into, matches only take around 15-20 minutes.. Play against players around the world with their own set of cards and unique strategies, with over 7 million downloads the game has a thriving and fun community. When I played it I only used around 7.5-10MB an hour depending on matches.

Shadowverse 1 
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Pokémon Duel

Pokemon Duel is another Pokémon game that was low-key released around a month ago. It plays like a board game where you have 6 Pokémon figures and your task is to get to the goal on your opponent’s side of the board, while protecting your side as well. It’s a game that utilizes luck and skill. A great treat for Pokémon fans everywhere! When I played it, I monited my usage and saw that Pokémon Duel uses 14 MB of data per hour.

Pokemon Duel

Star Wars: Force Arena

Another franchise created from into a strategy game is Star Wars: Force Arena! This game has you playing as characters from the series and leading them into battle alongside rebels or Stormtroopers as you play as either the Rebels or the Empire. You can play as characters from the original trilogy or even new ones from Rogue One. If you pick this up take note it uses around 9.8 MB of data per hour.

Star Wars 1
Star Wars 2


Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

This is one you’ve probably heard of already. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the latest addition to the growing number of MOBAs, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, and it’s certainly rising in popularity. The game emphasizes quick matchmaking, quick battles, and the opportunity to play with your friends. Mobile Legends is about starting up the game and playing a quick match or two for 15-30 minutes. It’s fun, entertaining and easy to pick up(but hard to put down.) Depending on how long a match runs you’ll end up spending 10-15MB of data.

Mobile Legends 1
Mobile Legends 2


The great thing about these mobile games is that a lot of them really are great online and meant to be played while out and about with and against other people. Online matches take less than an hour so it’s great to play them casually. So check these out and maybe I’ll see some of you in a match!

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How Trash Doves became a meme sensation!


Published on March 07, 2017

So by now you've probably seen the famous head thrashing purple dove flood your Facebook. If you haven't, let me fix that.


This dove has stickers for all purposes from sending a compliment to someone cute to just serving up some freshly-baked bread puns. People have also been flooding comments sections with this headbanging bird.



No one probably expected the bread loving bird to get this meme-able. But where did it come from?

Well the dove themed sticker set actually debuted in January 31st, created by Florida artist SydWeiler. She told the Guardian she had based them on pigeons stating "they're like beautiful doves, except they eat trash."



It first became viral in Thailand early February where it even earned itself a music video that hit 3.7 million views in 5 days.

It was on Thai news outlets and all over Thai Facebook. By February 11 English-speaking Facebook caught up. After that it blew up all over the internet, appearing on Twitter and Reddit as well.SydWeiler was surprised how well the sticker set was received, not expecting all the attention.



No sticker set has been this meme-able since Pusheen! And on even better news, SydWeiler is now working on another sticker set, this one based on raccoons.


What’s your favorite sticker set? Tweet me @askmartysmarty to let me know!

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Can you tell a hoax when you see one?

4 Ways to Spot Fake News

Published on December 23, 2016

Can you tell a hoax when you see one?

Last time, we talked about internet etiquette. Today, I'm back to address another issue in social media-land: the spread of FAKE NEWS.


It's prevalent in Facebook and Twitter nowadays, and for some reason, many people have fallen prey to them! This results in misunderstanding and needless argument that could be prevented if we all begin to be more mindful of what we read.

In the Philippines, the most popular fake news sites include Adobo Chronicles, Agila News, Filipino Freethinker, Mosquito Press and The Professional Heckler. Worldwide, you have sites like The Onion. These sites use satire in their articles, which means that while they use real-life (usually trending) events or people to tell the story, much of it is made up or twisted to make a point. Satirical pieces are mostly opinion pieces or commentaries, if not written simply for entertainment purposes.
But it's not all satire. There are sites or groups that simply make money off of fake news (through ads on their website). These websites are prone to use clickbait marketing. They write what they think people want to read, and it doesn't matter if it's not true.

Don't waste your precious data reading or sharing false news! Here's a simple four-step guide to help you identify them:

  1. Check your source

    Where do you usually get your news from? An online newspaper? Your social media feed? Online groups? Wherever you may be getting them, it pays to be sure!


    Are the reports written by anonymous authors? Fishy! Have they been around long enough? It matters, too. Is it openly satire? When in doubt, check the About. Websites that use satire are almost always easy to identify—just look at what their "about" page or tagline says. Adobo Chronicles explicitly states that they "spice up" news with figments of their imagination. Agila News' tagline claims that they won't let "facts get in the way of a good story".

    Was a particular news site flagged for reporting false news before? Hmm, research, research, research!

  2. Read the article, not just the headline

    Of course, a one-liner is much more convenient to read and react to than a full article but then again, you lose sight of context. The point of the article may be completely different than what you'd assume just by reading the headline. If it's too good (or too nasty) to be true, there's a high chance it is.

  3. Check the date (and other details)

    Real news can be used to misinform, too. I've lost count of the many "Walang pasok" announcements that have been re-shared and recycled from past years' typhoon updates and holidays. (Spell P-A-A-S-A.)


    Images are also often the subject of contention. There are instances when a news report includes the wrong image. It could have been for two events that may be similar in a way but held in different times, for different purposes or by different parties.

    A quick way to check this is to do a Google image search with the image you're suspecting. Simply click on the camera icon and paste/upload the image, hit search and voila! You get links to articles or pages where the image was used.

  4. Check the source's source

    Another way to tell if a news site is reputable is by the sources they use. Unlike celebrity news which uses unnamed "insiders", the hard news section needs to name its sources for credibility. If you want to know how reliable your source is, find out who their source is!

    These are just some of the ways to help spot a fake.


Did you know? Facebook will also start banning fake news sites. This does not mean we stop doing our part. We still have to be vigilant to help stop them from spreading.

Do you have more tips to share? Feel free to comment!

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My favorite Kdramas you can stream right now

Here are 6 Kdramas available on iflix to binge-watch and give you feels

My favorite Kdramas you can stream right now

Published on March 10, 2017

Korean drama has been in mainstream Philippine media for as long as I remember, but it’s never been more convenient now that it’s all available online to stream, (see: Downloading vs. Streaming) all thanks to video-on-demand service, iflix.

iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, offers viewers a MASSIVE library of award-winning shows and movies to choose from -- like top Korean content producers and distributors, KBS Media, iMBC, SBS, and CJ E&M -- to give subscribers the most popular and varied Korean entertainment available online.

Check out some of my recommendations that you can watch on iflix right now:

1. Descendants Of The Sun


Descendants of the Sun has been a first in many friends’ recommendations for a K-drama newbie like me. The series revolves around the relationship between Korean army captain Yoo Shi Jin and doctor Kang Mo Yeon. The couple’s duty as civil servants complicates, but also, advances the prospect of a stable and consistent romantic relationship between the two. This drama was the first series I watched that made me feel all the feels. #Hugot

2. Healer


If you’re into crime dramas, Healer is the way to go. Protagonist Seo Jung Hoo under the alias “Healer” runs illegal errands for a living. Through his undercover job, he encounters news reporter Chae Young Shin whom he later discovers is linked to larger conspiracy involving his own family history. Though action-packed, Healer has a ton of funny and light-hearted moments, which is how I began crushing on Chae Young Shin and her quirky antics. Yikes.

3. Kill Me Heal Me

Kill Me Heal Me

I’ve noticed a lot of medical drama has been emerging in the k-drama scene, but Kill Me, Heal Me has been tagged as an essential by a lot of fans. Kill Me, Heal Me deals with the challenges and perplexities of Dissociative Identity Disorder in lead character Cha Do Hyeon. Do Hyeon tries to come to terms with his condition with the help of psychiatric resident Oh Ri Jin who eventually falls in love with one of him. The way actor Ji Sung excellently portrays the mix-up in Cha Do Hyeon’s multiple identities, and how the whole element of self-searching unfolds alongside his romantic relationships really got me attached to the series.

4. The King 2 Hearts

King 2 Heart

The King 2 Hearts takes on a more serious tone because a large part of the story deals with the tensions and political compromises between North and South Korea. The drama portrays the trials of the arranged marriage between South Korean monarchic prince Lee Jae Ha and North Korean military instructor Kim Hang Ah. While the engagement between Jae Ha and Hang Ah reveals cultural differences between the North and the South, it also furthers a story on reconciliation and love persisting in a landscape of political turmoil. Doesn’t this sound like a Shakespearean classic?

5. The Legend of the Blue Sea

Legend of the Blue Sea

The Legend of the Blue Sea is another big one! It tells the complicated crossover of worlds between con artist Heo Joon Jae and a mermaid of the old era Shim Chung. This story of a mermaid falling in love with a human as she adjusts herself to the modern day human practices sounds quite typical, but the major selling point of this drama for me is really the solid build up of the romance between Joon Jae and Shim Chung! A lot of the sweet and funny moments really gave a fresh take on its genre. Not to mention the historical backdrop that also got me hooked through the whole series.

6. Train to Busan

Train to Busan

But of course, romance doesn’t have monopoly over heartrending K-dramas. Train to Busan is also worth mentioning in this list because of its unexpected take on the zombie apocalypse genre. What was supposed to be a smooth journey to Busan for Seok Woo and his daughter Soo An, turns out to be bloody run for survival from a nationwide virus outbreak. What ultimately brings everyone to tears is the movie’s focus on Seok Woo’s distant but loving relationship with his daughter.

Can't wait to catch these K-razy dramas now on, can you? You'll also be excited to know that you can enjoy quality viewing on your iOS or Android devices, laptops or desktops and even on your TV via Chromecast or HDMI cable! "Cool! But what about data?", you ask. We'll break it down for you: While each K-drama episode is a bit longer than your average Western drama (lasting around 50 – 60 minutes), streaming content or Download & Watching Offline will only consume around 170 – 190 MB of data. Something like Train to Busan, being almost 2 hours long, only consumes less than 400 MB. Binge-watching does affect your data plan, but don't worry, check out my tips on monitoring your usage so you're not left hanging if data runs out while getting all them feels (and thrills!)

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The secrets to a successful Youtube channel are simpler that you think!

Want to be Youtube famous? #OwnIt!

Published on October 13, 2016

The secrets to a successful Youtube channel are simpler that you think!


Source: Waffles with Jeffrey Dallas by Julian Smith

Thinking of starting a Youtube channel? You’ve come to the right place! I’m toying with the idea myself, so I did a quick research on how to go about it and, the good friend that I am, I’ll be sharing everything I found out through this article.

You only need four things to get started:


First things first, decide on a name that you can stick with for years. Once you’ve got it, create a channel. Youtube has an easy-to-follow guide to doing just that.

Now, in choosing a camera, you don’t have to spend big money on the latest models. Some vloggers use their iPhones. As long as the video and the sounds come out clear, use what works for your channel and budget.


Thirdly, you need an internet connection. If you have constant WiFi, that’s perfect – you can create and upload as much content as you want. But what if you’re relying on data? Is it enough? Well, it depends. You have to consider the resolution, quality and file type. How big is the video file? (Right-click to find out!) If you’re shooting with a 1080p resolution, that’s more or less an easy 1GB for a 10-minute video. Can your data accommodate it?

Once you’ve secured those, it’s now time to come up with video ideas. Your channel will only be as good as your videos, so make it awesome! As you brainstorm, ask yourself these questions: What’s the message you want to put out? And what do the viewers want? (They’re not always mutually exclusive!) What’s type of format should you follow?


The first two will require a bit more soul-searching on your part, but I’ve done the work on compiling the top formats of Youtube videos.


Of course, you’re not confined to choosing one. You can mix and match, or use all, depending on what would suit your message!

And with that, the only thing left to do is…



Okay, but maybe not without a few more words of encouragement:


Be consistent. Viewers crave regularity, and while it doesn't mean that you have to upload daily, it helps to maintain a schedule. Refresh your content and set dates for new releases. Your viewers need to know that they can expect more videos and when!

Get social and share, share, share! Most Youtube videos gain traction outside of Youtube. Make it easy for people to find your content by sharing it on your different social media accounts.

Just do YOU. To want to go "viral" is not necessarily a bad thing, but remember that it’s much more important to find what you love and are good at, and OWN IT!

And lastly, be patient. Top Youtubers like PewDiePie and Wong Fu Productions knew the value of consistency, social media and keeping it real. Creating a legend-wait for it-dary Youtube channel requires hard work and patience.

With the right ideas and right attitude, you'll get there!

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