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November 2014

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You have probably received a notification from Facebook, saying: "By using our services after January 1, 2015, you agree to our updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy and to seeing improved ads based on apps and sites you use. Learn more below about these updates and how to control the ads you see." If not, brace yourself. So, what's this all about? Facebook is once again rewriting its Terms and Policies effective January 1, 2015, this time making it clearer but no less complicated. Privacy Basics is Facebook’s latest attempt to simplify and clarify its Terms of Service to get more people to read and understand them. In the form of an interactive guide, Privacy Basics answers frequently asked questions about how to control your information on Facebook and provides tips and suggestions about privacy (as private as you can be in social media). Let us help you clear your head on the matter with a preview of what’s “new” in Facebook’s latest Terms and Policies:

playbulb candle-8MIPOW, known in the Philippines for their power banks, unveiled yesterday their PlayBulb series of Bluetooth-enabled color-changing smart LED lights. At the launch in EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, MIPOW's vice president and head of global sales and marketing, Bon Lam, gave a demonstration of light manipulation in the techiest and most colorful way, eliciting oohs and aahs from the press in attendance. The PlayBulb lights aren't your regular LED lights. They can display up to 256 colors, and are Bluetooth-enabled to allow your iOS or Android device to control light color, brightness, and effects through the PlayBulb X app, which can be downloaded for free. Via the app, you can group together up to five PlayBulb products and control them as one, and have multiple groups as well.

The PlayBulb series

MIPOW brought in three PlayBulb models: PlayBulb Candle (BTS 300), PlayBulb Rainbow (BTL 200), and PlayBulb Color (BTL 100C White).

It goes from 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 325kph. Lamborghini Huracan front whiteIt can also cost you around P20-26 million, depending on your specifications. Now, pick up your jaw, put it back into place, wipe away the drool, and read on. PGA Cars, the authorized distributor of Lamborghini in the Philippines, launched yesterday the much-awaited successor of the iconic Gallardo: the Lamborghini Huracan. With a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber for the frame, and aluminum and composite material for the outer skin, the Huracan is 50 percent stiffer and 10 percent lighter than its predecessor.

wpid-3.jpgBlackBerry is alive and kicking. It has just launched in the Philippines the company's latest smartphone with the popular physical QWERTY keyboard. Boasting specs that rival other brands' flagship models, BlackBerry Passport comes with a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, a large 1:1 touchscreen, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry World, Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry's latest OS, BlackBerry 10.3. We went hands-on at the launch event and here's our first impression of the BlackBerry Passport. Check out the specs, price, and availability. We'll let you know more about the product when we spend more time with an actual review unit.

To highlight Volkswagen’s highly efficient, eco-friendly turbocharged diesel (TDI) engine variants and its equally powerful and economical TSI engines, Volkswagen Philippines held the second leg of the Fuel Eco Fun Run last November 20 with its partner, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum. The second leg was participated in by a mix of media and existing Volkswagen owners of the Polo, Touran, and Beetle, and each competed to set the record for the most economical fuel mileage achieved. The results were verified by Antonio Basco and Alexis Matel Carlos, representatives from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of the Department of Energy.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic knows all about winning, and his recent victory at the World Tour Finals in London is a testament to that. The World No. 1 men's tennis player is the epitome of a game raiser and he encourages others to be one as well with the new Graphene XT Speed line from HEAD. During the launch last Sunday at the Philippine Columbian Association in Plaza Dilao, Liza Tang Yuquico, managing director of Head distributor Dynamic Sports Corp., introduced the three racquets that feature the next generation of the revolutionary Graphene technology. Tennis enthusiasts in different age groups also got to try out the racquets which, to put it simply, were instant hits.head2 Using graphene, the strongest and lightest material in the world, the new racquets now feature a 30% stronger material structure that has been engineered to optimize the racquet’s weight distribution to where players need it most. As a result, the Graphene XT racquets feature a 10% better energy transfer for a higher ball speed and faster game.

Did you know that running on under-inflated tires result in shorter tire service life, increased fuel consumption, and in millions of tons of carbon emissions? So if it’s been a while since the last time you checked your car’s tire pressure, you better do your homework now. As part of its Road Safety advocacy, Michelin launched its Fill Up with Air (FUWA) Safety Campaign last November 21 at S&R Alabang Open Parking Lot in Muntinlupa. An inspection tent setup onsite invited all S&R members to have their vehicles’ tire pressure checked and adjusted for free. The Michelin tire experts also checked for the tires’ tread wear and other conditions and gave tire safety advice.

Starting today, November 24, SM North Edsa will be powered by a 1.5-megawatt solar facility, making it the world’s biggest solar-powered mall. Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects Inc., in partnership with SM Malls, outfitted the North Edsa parking building with 5,760 solar panels and 60 inverters covering more than 12,000 square meters.

Starmobile unveiled two next-generation smartphones and three new brand ambassadors at a media event yesterday, November 20, at Makati Shangri-La. The flagship Knight X and UP Snap were introduced, together with the company's newest ambassadors the Boys Night Out, comprising DJs Tony Toni (Tony Bueno), Slick Rick (Eric Virata), and Sam YG (Sam Gogna).

WD has launched the new My Passport Wireless External Hard Drive—a Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that lets you save, access, and share stored content with any smartphone, tablet, computer, or other devices. Simon Whitford, WD senior regional marketing manager APAC, led the launch and live demonstration of the portable hard drive in a media event last November 20 at the Marco Polo Hotel. The My Passport Wireless—much like a cable-free NAS—creates a network in which up to eight devices can jump on and access the content stored on the drive without any wires or Internet connection. This allows devices with minimal storage capacity such as smartphones and tablets to store and stream wirelessly up to hundreds of movies, music, photos, and other digital files.

Three powerful automotive brands are coming together this November for the first ever Ayala Auto Fair organized by Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation. Taking centerstage at the Ayala Triangle Gardens from November 26-28 are Ayala-owned dealers of Honda, Isuzu, and Volkswagen. Be drawn to the European charm effortlessly exuded by the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Polo, Touran, Tiguan, and Touareg. See the Honda Brio, City, Jazz, and CR-V up close. Know more about the Civic, Accord, Pilot, and Odyssey, and step inside to realize how these cars naturally give off a premium feel.