Sunday, April 17, 2016

Preview of Elephone P9000 Dual-Sim, Wireless Charging, Fingerprint Security, Slow-Motion Photography

The smartphone brand Elephone arrives in the Philippines and available exclusively through online retail giant Lazada. This unit is made by fast-growing Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone (HK Elephone Communication Tech Co., Limited).

Elephone P9000

The Elephone P9000 (or access it from the mobile app) will be available in the Philippines exclusively through Lazada starting April 18, 12:00 NN. It can be purchased for P11,499.

Its features include:
  • 1.6mm narrow bezel vision 
  • 5.5-inch OGS screen of 1920 X 1080 resolution and 85% color saturation 
  • Low power consumption & ultrathin
  • Micro arc carved surface built with metal frame
  • Wireless charging 
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM 
  • Helio P10 64-bit Octacore SoC 
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
  • Fingerprint to lock / unlock / secure
  • Type C USB interface
  • NFC-enabled P9000 offers the exchange of data between devices within the 10.00 cm range. 
  • Built with a Sony IMX258 13 Megapixel CMOS sensor 
  • F/2.0 large aperture 
  • Dual flash
  • 1080P slow motion photography
  • Laser-aided auto focus feature 
  • Speedy shutter
  • Aircraft-grade Xeon metal
  • 7075 aluminum alloy for high hardness, strength, and anti-corrosion
Check out the Elephone P9000 video below for an overview:

Visit Lazada Philippines to know more about this gadget. (or access it from the mobile app)

Additional info: Tips when buying from Lazada Philippines

Elephone P8000

If the P9000 is too much for you, you can consider its predecessor - the Elephone P8000. This will be available in the Philippines exclusively through Lazada starting April 18, 12:00 NN (or access it from the mobile app).

Its features include:
  • 5.5” Full HD display at 1080 P Screen
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • Android 5.1 OS (it will be upgraded to Android 6 by mid-May 2016)
  • 64-bit Octa Core SOC integrated with A53 structure technology
  • 21 hours of talk time
  • 2-4 days standby time (at regular use) 
  • MT6753 
  • 4165mAh battery
  • 5V 2A input allows the phone to be quickly charged from 0% to 10% in 10 minutes. 
  • Press-touch ID
  • Advanced fingerprint ID which allows its owner to access the device in one easy stroke and can lock functions.
  • 13MP Samsung primary camera performing in low-light condition with anti-reflection technology
  • 5MP front camera
  • Metal frame

Additional info: Tips when buying from Lazada Philippines

Elephone S1

If you are on a search for a budget phone, the Elephone S1 can also be an option. Its price is P3,999. This will be available in the Philippines exclusively through Lazada starting April 18, 12:00 NN. (Access it from the Lazada mobile app.)

Its features include:

  • Packed in double-sided glass and metal framing
  • 5.0” HD Screen display and adopted on-cell lamination
  • IPS technology
  • 720P HD display
  • MT6580 Quadcore CPU
  • Built-in Hexagon DSP Core
  • Running on Freeme OS
  • 142.3 gram and 6.7 mm slim body
  • 13MP Sony IMX149 rear camera which allows 1080P shooting and supports various effects such as black and white, embossing, neon glow, etc. 
  • Sapphire lens protects the camera from any chips and breakage due to falling or scratching
  • 360 identification, fast fingerprint unlock

Additional info: Tips when buying from Lazada Philippines

If you are a first time buyer in Lazada Philippines, the discount codes below can be a great deal for you  (valid for this April 2016 only). You can use to purchase any item on the site or access its bestsellers list (or access it from the mobile app).

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Online jobs or small projects hunting for non-techie

I just received a message from a Facebook connection. She (Miss S) saw my my regular sharing of Genesis Reonico's online jobs articles on my wall. He is a student of mine in the Certified Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur Programh where I help my students in creating visibility of their work as part of support efforts.

Miss S is concerned as she encountered a lot of people who are looking for online jobs but are not in the I.T. field. They are lost as where to look for them. She asked if I have beginner articles that can be read for reference.

Here are some practical tips I can give and if you have additional inputs, do share them:

1. Post what you can do for P199 pesos.

Last January 11, I first heard of when Fitz Villafuerte shared this project in my E-Commerce Boot Camp Face-to-Face session.

I was thinking what I can do for such an amount that will be relevant and easy to execute. So I tried posting just now that I can give advise on e-commerce, blogging, social media, and digital marketing for 10 minutes over the phone - for that amount.

I based the pricing on government training rates where the typical speaker fee would be P1000 an hour. allows you to create an account using your Facebook as login. From there, you will be able to post an offer and just wait for a job order to come in. Will explore the site further and start giving jobs there. Will blog about my experience soon.

I think this is a good place to start especially for beginners in trying to find a niche that can suit them. Learn as well if there will be anyone willing to pay for it.

2. Network and introduce yourself

I remember the days where I attend events to learn and network. The best way to get airtime is by asking relevant questions in relation to the practice. Example: "I've been giving practical advise on how entrepreneurs can get started in their online business. Lately, the consultation has been focused more on dealing with attitude and mindset issues where I have done well too. I want to explore this as a possible profession. Can you give me practical tips on how to get started?"

Note that in the example I gave, one was able to share what they are into, without over-promoting, but also get advise on how to take things further. The answer to be given by the resource person not only benefits you but others too.

As you network and participate more - and show interest. Two things can happen. First, the speaker will take an interest in you and want to know you more. Two, someone in the audience will approach you and want to get to know you more. How those opportunities will turn out shall depend on you entirely.

This scenario can happen either at a live event or online forum.

3. Write about and share what you know

Blogging or writing about what you know can be a good promotional tool especially if it is very helpful. My first magazine article on "Setting Up an Email System" pave the way for my first consulting client.  Remember, the more you give of value, the more you get.

Read blogs of people in your industry to have a feel of the approach that would suit you and your readers.

Create an editorial calendar, your first twenty (20) blog post, sharing what you know. Execute it and complete it in a short time like within 30 days.

Decide will you put on your "About Me" page or profile. I suggest updating or create a LinkedIn profile to see how others do it and how can you put your best foot forward.

You can add the web address of your blog or profile on your business card. You can also add keywords or services on your business card as well for immediate recall.

Get moving

The above 3 are simple tips and all require investment of resource (time, effort, money). But if you learn to do it well and consistently, you might just get a project much sooner than you think.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

EXL launched branded merchandise online store

In the DigitalFilipino Club, one idea I have been thinking about is organizing an event for club members where they can tag their family along. In addition, have a merchandise store where DigitalFilipino branded collaterals can be sold. However, it has to be unique or special to make it different from the usual ones.

This thought got revived again after I receive a heads-up about the recent EXL Service Philippines family day event last October 7, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

EXL Service Philippines Inc. is a transformation and outsourcing services provider for Global 1000 companies in the insurance, healthcare, travel, transportation, utilities and financial industries. Their Pasay City office has more than 1,800 employees serving over ten clients, who are part of Fortune’s Top 100 companies. The company is also set to put up more outposts in Mega Manila, as well as a new office in Cebu City.

At its family day last October 7, EXL's Shruti Jain, Glenn Bautista, Joanne Thursday Uy, and Jaideep Pradhan launched the EXL Brand Store at This an online merchandise store where employees can order EXL branded merchandise to be shipped to the address of their choice.

The EXL Family Day had the tagline “The Home Where I Belong”. It drew more than 3,000 attendees as an employee can bring in at most 3 family members. Meal stubs were given where participants can eat at Ineng’s BBQ while kids can enjoy their meal from Jollibee. Pepsi sponsored by donating 100 cases of drinks.

EXL's Family Day isn't just for employees to have a fun Sunday with their loved ones. Jade Santiago, Manager for EXL’s Capability Development, gave a different perspective. “It's also an avenue for our employees' families to see where they work and what they do,” she said. “They also get to mingle with the people that their family member work with and spends a lot of time with day in and day out.”

“Not all BPO companies do this,” added Evangeline Tan, Asst. Manager for EXL’s Capability Development. “Here at EXL, all family members gather every year and they get to actually do a guest tour of our two sites, see the office and our world-class facilities, and take photos” (which by the way only happens once a year, as we are strict when it comes to Information Security).”

The annual EXL Family Day activity and exciting Process Parties aren't the only perks which an EXL employee can enjoy. They also have monthly site wide activities like EXL Got Talent, Chorale Competition, Battle of the Brains, CSR programs and seasonal celebrations (e.g., Valentine's Day) which everyone looks forward to.

Employees also do their part in making the family bigger through recruitment referrals.

EXL is slated to grow to at least 2,500 by next year, with the addition of two more sites- another one in Metro Manila and a site in Cebu.