Globe *143# not working, GCASH, buy load and AMEX not available

Just recently, around April 28, 2016, AMEX, GCASH and Buy a load via *143# is remove. All you can see when you dial it is this.

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I thought it’s gone forever, even though it’s only the reason why most of the people are dialling *143#. Their customer support doesn’t have even a clue that it’s gone. They are just stuttering and saying.. “Aaah.. sir.. Ah ok sir. My apologies sir that you cannot find the GCASH options in *143#.” So I think it’s gone forever.

Good thing, after 2 days of the unannounced maintenance, they sent a mass SMS saying:
“Dear Gcash customer, our system activity is taking longer than expected. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Rest assured we’ll let you know as soon as Buy Load to all networks and Cash-in from BP via the Gcash app, and Load to Gcash and Gcash American Express registrations, renewals and PIN generation in all channels are available again. Thank you for your understanding.”

Right now, I advice everyone—specially those who are using the AMEX virtual card—to avoid using your AMEX card via Paypal, as it will most probably get rejected/denied but your GCASH account will still be charged. Refunding process by GCASH AMEX will usually take 3-6 months, probably never. As they are having a hard time tracing this kind of issue. I’ve been charged twice already for a Paypal denied transaction using my GCASH AMEX card last February 2016 and March 2016, and until now, those charged are still not refunded. Anyway, it’s just a small amount of below P10,000 pesos, so I assume they really don’t care that much for small time customers like me.

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Comfoods Million Peso Scam by Gary Huang and Family

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I just recently heard about this in various social media channels and GMA news last April 21, 2016. According to the CEO of Commonwealth Foods Incorporated, Gary Huang, Margarita Huang, and family are not connected with Comfoods for a very long time.

The victims of the lending scam reported this incident to the NBI just recently after the checks issued to them by Gary Huang was returned to them. The Huang family are currently under investigation, and cannot be found anywhere in the Philippines.
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Graphical inspiration from the gaming world

The internet revolution has meant that all of us have become a little more aware as to the importance of having good graphics on our sites. There’s nothing more likely to turn off any potential visitor than having some fuzzy lo-res graphics, and that’s why it’s always good to have a look around to make sure that your digital endeavours are up to date.

The gaming realm in particular is packed full of examples – both good and bad – of how graphics can make or break any project. So here’s a look at how a few next-gen titles, mobile games and even online slots have managed to set themselves apart from the pack.

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The next-gen consoles of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have gleefully shown us just how powerful they can be in providing sleek graphics that deliver a 21st century gaming experience.
Games like The Order 1886 gained a huge amount of press purely due to their beautiful graphical capacities, and similarly, the Arkham Knight Batman game managed to deliver a fluidity in motion never before seen on our console screens.
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3 Important traits of a brilliant app design company

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You have your heart set on creating an app for a mobile device. The only problem is that you have no idea how to go about doing it. You have an idea that you think is very good. However, you don’t have any idea what to do with your great idea. You do not possess anywhere near the amount of technical skills that it will take to get your app idea off the ground. Does this sound like a situation that you currently find yourself in? If so, you will need some help if your app is ever going to be a success. Here are some of the traits of a brilliant app design company.
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Globe BBMAX doesn’t work anymore, until further notice

This seems to be the latest news around the web that all BlackBerry Internet Service users heard of. If you’re not using BIS a long time ago, then you really don’t care about this news. If you’re a BIS user after BlackBerry seems to be dead, then you’ll notice that BBMAX isn’t working anymore. Your e-mails can no longer be activated, you can only use your BlackBerry as a browser, which nobody really uses as BB 7.0 and older browsers suck. Globe suddenly discontinued their BB promos without prior notice.

If you attempt to register in any BBMAX services to activate your BlackBerry Internet Service, you will just receive an automated reply saying “Sorry, we cannot process your request at the moment. Please try again.”

So if you need really fast e-mails in your mobile device, just use another mobile OS like BB10, iOS, or Android, then avail of internet data service like SUPERSURF/GOSURF for Globe, or BIGBYTES/SURFMAX for Smart.

UPDATE 04/10/2015: Globe recently fixed the BBMAX issue and it’s now working again. BIS lovers, rejoice!

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March 2016 Update: Chrome Dev Tools + Mobile Browser Emulator

All of a sudden, Google Chrome’s mobile browser emulator and developer tools turned to white! Yeah! It’s suddenly updated without prior notice, or even any prompt about it if I want to switch to the new emulator or stick to the old one. The old one looks like this, with grids and a layout that I’m suited to use.

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Screenshot courtesy of developer.chrome.com. Right now, everything turned into one, the devices are reduced, there are no network throttling options, and it’s just annoyingly neat and simple.

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The rulers are also gone, I don’t know how to make it appear again. I wish I could just roll back and use the old interface. This new one sucks, big time. There are so many changes in the developer tools that I’m so lazy to explore. I love change, but a sudden change like this without prior notice or even a prompt is undeniably annoying.

My current Chrome version is 49.0.2623.87 (64-bit). Geez, I really wish I could downgrade from this version to the old one and use the old developer tools instead.
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Sony PHA-3 vs Sound Blaster E5: Comparison and Blind Test

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking for the best portable DAC with sound amplifier that I can use with my Audeze EL-8. I’ve been searching in Youtube for a video review + blind tests, but I found none. After searching and searching and searching, I found two DAC choices that I want to buy. The $1000 Sony PHA-3 Headphone amp and the $200 Creative Sound Blaster E5 High-Resolution USB DAC 600 ohm Headphone Amplifier with Bluetooth. The price differences are way off. Sony supports up to 384 kHz/32-bit PCM and DSD (2.8/5.6) source, while the E5 only supports up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Now is there a huge difference between the 32-bit and 24-bit amplifiers? Will you notice it? That I don’t know, that’s why I’m looking for a blind test review for those two portable amps. Once I found one, I’ll be posting it here. Right now, I found nothing in the world wide web.

And oh, the FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier is also a good choice if you want to listen to better music, and it’s cheaper. There’s also a $50 dollar FiiO A3 amp. Anyway, you can still listen to music even if you don’t have these audiophile thingamajigs.

Anyway, I’ll be updating this post soon once I found a comparison for both. I will also post my own blind test with my friends soon (once I already bought both, haha)

Two reviews I found in YouTube, but it’s not a comparison between the Sony PHA-3 and Creative Soundblaster E5, just two separate video reviews that might help you decide which to buy.

First video is the Sony Hi-Res Audio PHA-3 and MDR-Z7 by Woopnik:

And below is the Creative SoundBlaster E5 FULL Review by Tech YES City:

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What is the oldest Treadmill brand?

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The most infamous mill at Brixton Prison was installed in 1821 and used to grind grain to supplement an existing windmill.


Recently just this year, I’ve been shopping for the best treadmill for my personal use. I’ve been searching online and found out popular treadmill brands such as Precor, Landice, NordickTrack, True, and Sole. There are many other brands out there like Cybex, Life Fitness, Nautilus, Reebok, Life Span, Star Trac, Smooth Fitness, Yowza, Vision, Free Motion, BD Cardio, Body Craft, Gold’s Gym, Fuel, Endurance, Bladez, SportsArt, Spirit, Health Rider, AFG, Epic, Meritt, Schwinn, Livestrong, and Weslo, but it’s not as popular as the first 5 brands I’ve mentioned.

Now every brands has its pros and cons. There are many positive reviews for the top 5 treadmill brands according to my research. The Precor, Landice, NordickTrack, True and Sole are really popular online and offline. I’ve seen them in the home of some of my friends and in popular gyms around the world. Those brands have really good reviews, but some of those brands have really bad reviews, like the NordickTrack.
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