Whenever I travel, a big chunk of my hand-carry luggage space goes to my gadgets and chargers. Because I have a phobia of running out of battery while I’m out, I make sure to bring two chargers (one for my phone and for my iPad), a backup battery, a charger for my backup battery, my laptop charger, and an extension cord to charge all my gadgets simultaneously before I go to bed.
When it comes to cameras, I truly adhere to photographer Chase Jarvis’s philosophy: The best camera is the one that you’re always with. Since I’m rarely without my phone, it has also become my default camera. However, I am still plagued with photo envy whenever I see friends upload gorgeous photos taken with their souped-up cameras, except I don’t have the patience to lug around a heavy camera—and not a pink one at that.
What: If you’ve ever wished for a crystal ball to help navigate through traffic in Metro Manila, this is the closest thing you’ll ever get. MMDA’s app offers different traffic views (system, map or line), with updates on unusual incidents affecting your normal route. The app includes most common thoroughfares in the metro. Be a citizen traffic reporter and share your route’s current status via Twitter. The recent update also includes traffic fines and penalties so you can properly argue with the traffic officer (no more batting your eyelashes and fake crying). Now if it could only zap traffic jams into nonexistence.
First, Instagram went live on Android. Some iOS purists were enraged at the loss of exclusivity of the beloved photo-sharing app. But the real invasion came early this week when it was announced that Facebook had bought Instagram. Facebook of the murky privacy policies and dubious ownership claims to user photos and Timeline dictatorship. Yes, that Facebook.