Minion Invasion!

They are not despicable rather cute, fun and with physiological characteristic individually, loyal yet childish and mischievous. The Movie The cylinder-shaped homunculi minions are from the movie Despicable Me, it is a computer-animated 3D family adventure comedy film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment … Continue reading

WeChat vs. Line

Aside from Viber, Whatsapp, and KakaoTalk, the other two communication apps that have been emerged here in the Philippines rapidly recently are the WeChat from China and the LINE from Japan. These two can make a function to send message easily instead of taking time to email or sms your friends. Using WeChat and LINE, you can also express yourself easily by using stickers and emoji, and send photos and voice messages with ease. 

Which app has been able to fill in the gap of mobile communication that has not been fulfilled by the other apps? Which is more fun and addictive? Which is much more easier to use? Which do you prefer to use?

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  Messaging app     Started since     Stronghold     User base  
WeChat January 2011 China 300 million
WhatsApp July 2009 Spain 200 million+
LINE June 2011 Japan 150 million
KakaoTalk March 2010 South Korea 90 million

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WeChat released on January 2011, a mobile text and hold-to-talk voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent (Tencent Holdings Limited) in China. It is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian.

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User Review via play.google.com

 Tencent has been recently aggressively promoting their social messaging platform here in the Philippines. We could see advertisement through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and even TV commercial with Iya Villania and Drew Arellano. WeChat is just another Facetime/WhatsApp alternative that doesn’t offer anything newPhotos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters. Chat with your friends or with people nearby. It is also provides a social networking platform that emphasizes user privacy. In Indonesia, WeChat downloads grow 30 times  after TV ad campaign.

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WeChat Now Has 190 Million Active Users, Close to Passing Whatsapp

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LINE is a Japanese based app (developed by NAVER) that allows you to make free calls and send free messages. Launched on June 23, 2011(a few months after the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima disaster), another popular instant messaging application for smartphones and PCs today. Line users can send each other images, video, audio media messages and make free VoIP calls.

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User Review via play.google.com

Initially a mobile application for Android and iOS phones, it has since expanded to Windows Phone as well as desktop computers. A BlackBerry version was released in October 2012 and a Nokia Asha version in Asia March 2013. It has more than 170 million users worldwide and is used in over 231 countries. Ranked no. 1 in the free app category in 47 countries including Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, Macau, United Arab Emirates and more.

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#WhyILoveLine is trending in the Philippines and Worldwide last June 22, 2013

Other Differences

  • WeChat uses QR code to connect its mobile platform with the desktop platform. Users can scan the QR code generated by the browser at web.wechat.com to connect the mobile platform to the desktop platform. Whereas, for Line, you have to download their software and install it on your computer; the traditional way of integrating mobile and desktop.
  • One of the advantages of WeChat over Line is that you cannot do video calls with Line.
  • WeChat aims to cover all possible areas of communication with its platform.
  • When more and more people start using mobile smartphone with front camera, then possibly WeChat would be other’s preferred choice when it comes to video chatting.
  • Line by default, already provided a wide-ranging selection of emoticons to spice up our chatting experience and make it so much more fun, unlike WeChat that still lacking in the choices of emoticons.

These apps are free. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download it or maybe both.

But for me, I just want use the app which is more popular among my contact list.

Reference: https://play.google.com

TOP 10 Most Common Grammar Goofs

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I’m not an English teacher nor a grammar expert. This is based from my previous experience and from what I’ve noticed from my Inbox and in different social media platforms. Well, honestly, I’m not good in English subject especially in grammar when I was studying, that’s why I force myself to write an english blog for me to practice… eventually. I just want also to blog this to remind others and also for me to familiarize the difference.

I listed down some common grammar mistakes or wrong usage of word/s in a sentence. Some of them might be confusing to others or should I also say,  I’m also confused at first, but I research to validate if it’s correct. These are some of them…

10. AFFECT vs. EFFECT

“Affect” is usually a verb meaning “have an influence on”.  Effect is used as both a noun and a verb, though the noun use is much more common than the verb. As a noun, effect means a result or an influence.  “Effect” as a verb. (Not common, but acceptable in rare cases.) To produce a result; to cause something to occur; to bring about an outcome.

   The study was intended to show how alcohol affects reaction time.

   They discussed the effect of the global warming.

   CEO said the cutbacks were designed to effect basic economies for the company

9. ERROR vs ERR

“Error” is a noun, a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention and “err” is a verb, to make a mistake or be incorrect. When you commit an error you err.

8. A While vs Awhile

A while is a noun meaning “a length of time” — “I slept for a while.”

Awhile is an adverb, meaning “for a time,” or literally, “for a while”. — “I slept awhile before dinner.”

As you can see, the words can be used almost interchangeably in some cases – but “a while” needs to be accompanied by a preposition, such as “for” (“I slept for a while”) or “ago” (“I left work a while ago”). “Awhile” always means “for a while”.

7. MAYBE vs MAY BE

“Maybe” is an adverb meaning “perhaps” or “possibly. “May be” is a verb phrase meaning “might be” or “could be.”

6. DOS and DON’TS

When we write lists of dos and don’ts, many people mistakenly write “do’s and don’ts”, with an apostrophe in “dos” (and sometimes double apostrophe in “don’ts”[don’t’s]). The proper way is to write dos and don’ts—with no apostrophe in “dos”.

5. LIP-SING vs LIP-SYNCH

When you pretend you are singing by synchronizing your lip movements to a recording, you lip-synch. People mistakenly think the expression is “lip-sing,” and they often omit the required hyphen as well. Note that you can lip-synch to speech as well singing. Some used the spelling “sync” rather than “synch”. Users of each form tend to regard the other as weird, but in contemporary writing “sync” clearly prevails.

4. FOLLOW UP vs FOLLOW-UP vs. FOLLOWUP

Follow-up and followup are different spellings of the same word. The hyphenated form is more common, which is a noun. In either form, it works only as a noun or an adjective. When you need a verb, make it two words—follow up.

“Please email the analyst to follow up on an earlier exchange, and your colleague might respond to your follow-up with a followup question.”

3. ADVISE vs ADVICE

“Advice” is a noun and “advise” is a verb.

When a teacher advises students, she gives them advice.

Please advise.

Please give me an advice.

 2. YOUR vs YOU’RE

“Your is a possessive adjective, indicating ownership of something. “You’re” is a contraction (combination) of “you” and “are”. Some people used “ur” just to be safe, but you will make yourself more disgusting to others.

That is your sock.

Do you know what you’re doing?

1. ITS vs IT’S

The very common mistakes is this. Some of them maybe oversight or just write it unintentionally…  sometimes. “It’s” is a contraction for “it is” or “it has”. “Its” is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it. “It’s going to rain,” not “Its going to rain”. And there is no such word as its’.  http://www.its-not-its.info

 Reference:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com

http://words.journalism.ku.edu

Dos and Don’ts On Election Day

Comelec’s spokesman James Jimenes is one of the guest speakers in the YouScoop event to talk regarding things about this coming election. He shares a lot of informative reminders and tips on how to be a responsible citizen journalist (also as a voter) during the election day.

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Comelec’s Spokesperson James Jimenes during the YouScoop event (photographed by @boredbumbero)

What are the Things Inside the Precinct?

Board of Election Inspector (BEI)- composed of teacher and tech assistant to help in the operation on the PCOS machine. They are assign for giving ballots, checking election day computerized voter’s list and basically to administer the whole presinct.

Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machine -should be situated in the middle of the room.

Watchers – come from the political players from the dominant majority and dominant minority. These politicians allowed to have two watchers.

Do’s and Don’ts

1. In the process of taking a ballot, voters don’t have to take their fingerprints anymore, because now, we do have the election day computerized voter’s list that have the voter’s name, biometrics, picture and signature. Voter’s ID is not required but occasionally voters should bring authentic documents that can establish their identity if BEI mistrust them.

2. Voters should check the front and back of the ballot. Make sure that the circle fields should be blanked and clean to prevent the invalidity of the ballot. For any reasons that you are not satisfy in to your ballot, you may ask the BEI to replace it before going in the voting area.

3. Voters should be the one and the only one who will insert the ballot in the PCOS machine.

4. Maintain the sanctity and the secrecy of the votes by using folder to protect and cover the ballot.

5. Taking photos inside the precinct is prohibited as for formality and as a protection for yourself. BEI will might suspect you doing suspicious thing and politician’s watchers might think your actually doing something from their opponent.

6. Watchers are not allowed for asking, campaigning, bullying and trying to influence the outcome of the voter’s choice.

Other Infos

Comelec also extends the voting time from 7am – 7pm.

“Pursuant to Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7166, the next National and Local Elections is scheduled to be held on the second Monday of May 2013, which falls on May 13th.” – COMELEC

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Twitter 201

Twitter is a microblogging site where you can post short messages or ‘tweets‘ of 140 characters. The tweets of your followees show up in a main feed right on Twitter’s main page, in chronological order. 

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It’s been 2 years since I joined Twitter and while I’m on twitter for the past 24 months I learned some interesting infos that are worth sharing for the newbies. Below are some of the unusual basic facts about Twitter and tweeting.

  • If your tweets start with “@username….” it won’t seen by many people. It only appears on the timeline that follows both you and the person you’re replying to (However, it can also be found in Twitter search, or if someone visits @username’s Twitter page directly)
  • If you are not following a protected account(tweeter) you won’t see their tweets even if they mention you.
  • If you start a tweet with the word “get”, your tweet will disappear.
  • You can follow someone by tweeting “follow username” or just “f [username without the @]“. 
  • If you want to favorite someone’s last tweet, type “Fav [username without the @]”
  • If you want to retweet someone’s last tweet, type “RT [username without the @]”
  • You can DM someone directly by tweeting “d @username <msg>”or  “dm @user <msg>”. Remember that you can only do this for those users who already follow you.
  • If you send someone a DM and they delete it, it disappears from your sent DMs as well as their received DMs box. If someone deletes their Twitter account (or it is suspended) all the DMs they sent to you will disappear as well.

I don’t know if you already know that and hope you’ll find it beyond the basic.

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Pi Day the 14th!

Today is March 14, (3.14), the day we celebrate and commemorating the mathematical wonder of the universe that is “π”(pi)

π is a mathematical constant, representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter .

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Pi Pie at Delft University (wikipedia.com)

Pi Day is observed on March 14 annually, because of the date’s representation as 3.14(3/14) in month/day date format. While Pi Approximation Day is observed on July 22 (or 22/7 in day/month date format) since the fraction 227.

The exact value of Pi (π) hasn’t been found because it’s an ‘irrational number‘ and it will go on for infinity. That’s one of the weirdest things about our universe.

By the way, Pi Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

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The White Smoke

White smoke coming out of chimney above Sistine Chapel, meaning #conclave has elected new #Pope. @BBCBreaking

Habemus Papam Franciscum

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The 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church has been revealed as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76-year-old Argentinian Cardinal, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He will be known as Pope Francis, Latin America’s first pope and the first from outside Europe in over a thousand years. 

Bergoglio’s chosen name, Francis, is a nod to the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi. –cbsnews.com

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He has emerged on to the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to address the thousands in the square. “I’d ask you to pray to God so that he can bless me,” Pope Francis says, leading a silent prayer, followed by a loud cheer from the crowd. He also thanks the faithful and the huddled underneath umbrellas (in a rain-drenched) for their welcome.

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L’Osservatore Romano, via European Pressphoto Agency (nytimes.com)

The new Pope has been trended on social media. Worldwide Twitter topics are all about him.

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Here are some reactions by many about the new elected Pope in the social media.

#PopeFrancis is reported to be “humble” and “brillant”. I wonder if the opposite was ever said about ANY new pope, esp in modern times 🙂@atomaraullo

#Pope Francis Facts: He has written books on spirituality & meditation & has been outspoken against abortion and same-sex marriages. – @dzrhnews

Only Inquirer made the right headline today announcing the selection of the new Pope. @harold_geronimo

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So basically becoming Pope is like a girl getting married. Comes with a complimentary new name.@amreekandesi

I like the Jesuits. And I like the vibe of this new dude, Pope Francis 🙂 – @PingMedina

happy to know our #NewPope pope francis is known to be humble, simple, believes in evangelization from communities, and is a servant-leader.@iamsuperbianca

I must be a prophet. Last Sunday I was singing Dont Cry For Me Argentina and now we a have a new pope –  ‏@GeloLopez

I’m not catholic.. But to me, the newpope is just another old fart who stands on a balcony in front of a lot of people and just waves. – @MummIsTheWord

The new Pope is an ultra-conservative. They should have selected a more progressive Church leader like Cardinal Tagle.@FerdieTopacio

Seems the new Pope has a sense of humor. Telling the cardinals, may God forgive them, after they elected him – @cesdrilon

Vatican clarifies that the new pope will be known as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I: http://lati.ms/iTkoL – @latimes

10 Digital Dos and Don’ts for the New Pope – http://on.mash.to/Xvdupw – @mashable

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10 Digital Dos and Don’ts for the New Pope

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from Catholic Meme’s Facebook Page

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Three popes in one picture.