TechBytes is a weekly dose of tech in one post! I put the relevant tech news, podcasts, videos, and more that you need to know! This week, it’s about Globe’s ThePLAN, Apple’s WWDC, and more rumors for upcoming smartphones this year!
Two years after Globe offered the myLifestyle Plan, it now has a new postpaid plan: ThePLAN! Despite keeping the same set of payment price points to choose from, Globe’s ThePLAN gives you more!
Compared to the myLifestylePlan, Globe’s ThePLAN gives you:
- Bigger data allowances
- More flexibility to mix and match different services to fit your needs
- You can partner the plan with a device (comes with 24 months’ contract)
- More consumable amount when you avail the SIM-only version
Whenever Globe puts out their latest postpaid plan, I instantly get jealous! This is because the new plan is already better than what I have now! Alas, this is a reality I have to deal with.
Here are the available price points for ThePLAN:
For more details on Globe’s new postpaid plan, head on over to their site!
Last week, Apple announced initial details of this year’s WWDC. Apple’s yearly developer-focused event goes back to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA in June 5-9, 2017. The said venue was the original home of the WWDC since it started until 2002. Apple moved the event to the Moscone Center in San Francisco and they have been there through the birth of App le’s successful products. Going back to San Jose may seem like a weird move but it makes sense for Apple to have it closer to their new home, the Apple Park. Despite moving to a lesser-known city, Apple already attracts a lot of attention that they can do anything they want.
I expect Apple to have their opening keynote to be filled with new releases of their platforms (iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS). If no March event will happen, then maybe those new iPads will come out during this time.
The Galaxy Note 7 Rises from the Dead! (Sort of)
After the insanity that Samsung went through thanks to the Galaxy Note 7, I find the move to bring it back really odd. According to reports, Samsung plans to reuse the unused parts from the Note 7 and use a new casing and battery to sell at a lower price. As long as they use the same battery tests they promised they would do moving forward, then I guess it doesn’t hurt. They still need to remove all that excess inventory of parts, you know.
Instagram Lets You Post Multiple Photos at Once!
Instagram finally updated its iOS and Android apps to include support for posting up to 10 photos and videos in one post! You can edit each photo that’s included in the post and even tag people! It’s a great new way to share more photos of a certain moment without ruining the core experience. Even though there are some users who don’t like this change, it’s one that I can embrace and use regularly.
What’s Up on The Blog
What does a phone maker have to do to compete in the smartphone market? In this post, I give the 5 features that I think a smartphone MUST HAVE in order to keep up.
Stories from the Web
I’m gonna try something new for this segment: a Theme! To start, let’s go with next week’s big tech event: the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain!
LG was one of the first phones to bring back the dual camera setup on a phone, so it makes sense.
Huawei’s P10 will be announced in MWC!
I’m actually excited for this one! This is one of my most anticipated smartphones for 2017 and I expect nothing less after their successful P9 smartphone.
After rumors were swirling about Xiaomi making their own chips, we may see them announcing their first one at Mobile World Congress!
I’ve tried out Android Studio when it was still new. The fact that it’s still slow speaks volumes as to why developers choose to make apps for iOS first.
Beats now has an “affordable” wireless option aimed at people who weren’t too keen on getting Apple’s AirPods.
(In case you didn’t know, Apple owns Beats.)
Apple Park sounds catchy. The theater in Apple Park will be named after Steve Jobs. September event in Apple Park, anyone?
If there’s anything that would make me buy the new iPhone this year without any ounce of care in the world, it’s this. Good luck, wallet.
(Blogger Banters is STILL currently on hiatus until we can provide a better and more meaningful podcast for you guys!)
On the latest episode of the Vergecast, the crew talks about what happened in Code Media 2017, Verizon’s “unlimited” plans, Sonos audio, and something called Caavo. Just listen! Hehe.
Here’s a new one for all the Apple lovers out there! On the latest Apple Byte Extra Crunchy podcast, they talk about the latest iPhone 8 rumors and Apple TV getting 4K support.
On this week’s Too Embarrassed to Ask, they tackle this nagging dilemma of dealing with multiple cloud services.
That’s it for this week’s TechBytes! Are you excited for the phones that will come out of Mobile World Congress? Is Globe’s new postpaid plan enticing to you? Do you want to use a refurbished phone with parts from the Note 7? Sound off in the comments section below!