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BusinessMirror November 26, 2014

Apr 06, 2016




  • By Lorenz S. Marasigan

    The four parties that participated in the original auction for theP35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna expressway (Calax) deal have given mixed signals over their participation in the rebidding of the contract. While the groups of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan and tycoon Ramon S. Ang signified their interest to participate in the fresh tender of the deal, Team Orion of the Ayala and Aboitiz groups and MTD Philippines Inc. announced their disinter-est in joining the rebidding. Metro Pacific Investments Corp. renewed its bid bonda security that guarantees the financial capacity of a companyfor the con-

    tracts auction, signaling the interest of the group to join the tender anew. Yes, we renewed our bid bond. We want to play it safe. But we want to see the terms first beforeconfirming our participation, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. President Ra-moncito S. Fernandez said in an interview. He added that the group needs to thor-oughly review the contract beforeit confirms its position in the rebidding.

    See Calax, A2 n Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Vol. 10 No. 40 P25.00 nationwide | 7 sections 32 pages | 7 days a week n wednesday, November 26, 2014 Vol. 10 No. 48A broader look at todays business

    BusinessMirrorthree-time rotary club of manila journalism awardee2006, 2010, 2012u.n. media award 2008

    Peso exchange rates n us 44.9360 n jaPan 0.3800 n uK 70.5675 n hK 5.7938 n china 7.3165 n singaPore 34.5157 n australia 38.7379 n eu 55.9004 n saudi arabia 11.9778 Source: BSP (25 November 2014)

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    B G RLifestyle & Entertainment Editor

    TAKE random snapshots of everyday lifeat the airport, in cafs and restaurants, in a barbershopand it is more than likely that not a few of these will bear the irony of how wireless technology has made us tethered to wires more than ever before, as we feed this beast that has become seemingly indispensable in our everyday life the food it devours insatiably.

    We are, of course, talking about the mobile phonethe smartphone, in particular, the use and abuse of which invariably have us reaching for its charger to plug into power outlets, lest our smartphone runs out of juice well before the end of the day because, hell, that will certainly drive us nuts, right? (Seriously, what news or update could be so personally life-altering that you need to check into your various social-media accounts every three minutes?)

    To further ameliorate this collective fear, a sub-industry in the tech landscape has flourished, one devoted to providing us with so-called power banks that can store enough power to light up a homeand never mind if carrying one around is guaranteed to give you some serious soreness in your back or shoulder or armalong with replacement batteries that make your once-svelte and sexy smartphone look like a progeny of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    Forget about the so-called killer app. What smartphone vendors need to bring to their offerings is a killer battery.

    Apparently, Sony Mobilea wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. that is behind the companys smartphone and tablet offeringshas realized as much. For its latest flagship, the Xperia Z3along with its compact twin, the Xperia Z3 CompactSony has fused the enhanced Battery Stamina Mode app, a power-saving technology that turns off background functions when youre not using them to help extend your battery life.

    Even better, Sony has gone beyond software to ensure that its Xperia Z3 has the necessary juice to let you leverage all the wireless communications goodness the company has brought to its premier smartphone offering. The Z3 packs a built-in 3100 mAh battery, which, according to the spec sheet from Sony, provides a standby time of up to 920 hours, talk time of up to 16 hours, music-listening time of up to 130 hours, and video-playback time of up to 10 hours.

    Thats a lot of hours of claimed battery life based on tests manufacturers typically do in controlled, nonreal-world environments. From our own typical daily usagethat would include intermittent data usage to check on e-mail, web sites, a few of social-media accounts and news aggregators, and to post the occasional photo online; music playback, catching up with an episode or two of Madam Secretary and How to Get Away With Murder, and working hard our SMS application of choice (the fabulous new Messenger app from Google, of course)our Sony Xperia Z3 review unit lasted nearly two days on a single full charge. And, mind you, we didnt even have Stamina mode on (an Ultra Stamina mode is available).

    Those two days of usage is even more impressive when you factor in the Xperia Z3s 5.2-inch displayan IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that reproduces 16 million colors at a 1080x1920 resolution and a 424ppi pixel density. It is one of the most dazzling displays to be found on a smartphone, with color accuracy and contrast that will please even exacting connoisseurs of all kinds of visual media. Even better, the issue of poor viewing angles that dogged the original Xperia Z and Z1, and which the Z2 had already rectified, is absolutely nonexistent on Sonys new flagship smartphone even when used

    outdoors. (We must say, however, that this particular issue was a nonissue to us. Really, how many times do you peruse your smartphone at angles beyond full frontal?)

    Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU, plus 3GB RAM, 16GB flash memory (user-available memory can be expanded via the microSD card slot that can read and write to cards packing as much as 128GB of memory) and a 4G LTE modem, the Sony Xperia Z3 runs on Android V4.4.4 (or KitKat; it will be easily upgradable to V5, or Lollipop, according to Sony officials) straight out of the box, allowing you to do plenty of work and play at the office or whenever mobile. The smartphones design continues the companys award-winning OmniBalance aesthetic, while introducing refinements that not only improve usability, but also please the eyes even more. Not only have Sonys designers rounded out the corners of this flagship from its predecessors sharp angularity but the sides have also been softened with just a whisper of roundness to make the Z3 sit and feel even better in the hand.

    Of course, like its immediate predecessors, the Xperia Z3 boasts of the highest waterproof and dustproof certifications, and packs a 20.7-megapixel camera with autofocus and a dedicated shutter button that, with a press, allows you to quickly wake up the phone for a quick snap without ever having to unlock the screen and/or launch the camera app. Also noteworthy is that Sony has widened the cameras lens, which means you can now, say, fit more people in the frame for that insufferable wacky group shot; and also cranked up the ISO rating to a nothing-to-sneeze-at 12,800 max. And, yes, 4K video recording is still available (just make sure your memory card has plenty of room, as 4K video recording gobbles up memory like theres no tomorrow).

    Besides the excellent battery life, the improved aesthetics and the jacked-up solid imaging features, Sony has also introduced even more voodoo magic to the Xperia Z3 that just about closes the deal for usand this would be support for High-Resolution Audio, or Hi-Res Audio, which might as well be a showcase of the companys rich history in audio technology. Sony calls it groundbreaking DSEE HX technology [that] upscales the fidelity of your existing MP3 or AAC music collection, providing you with an incredibly rich aural experience, especially when you use the Xperia Z3 with Hi-Res headphones, such as Sonys new MDR-1A range.

    Just another ploy by Sony to have you buying pricier audio accessories for your Xperia Z3? Perhaps, but we must say that, after sampling the dreamy and delicious reworking of Donna Summers dance classic Hot Stuffthe Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper As Directors Cut Signature Mix, from the tribute album Love to Love You Donna (go buy it!)on the Z3 and then on a rivals flagship smartphone that shall remain unidentified, using the in-ear headphones that came with the rivals, the difference in audio quality was quickly apparent, with the Z3 providing a richer audio experience with deeper bass and a warmer sound. Using the in-ear headphones that came with our own Xperia Z2the Z3 comes with your standard-issue earbudson the Z3 and then on the rivals flagship, the difference was even more startling.

    In its review of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, The Verge.coms Vlad Savov said theres no other phone like it on the market today. Given our own joyous experience with Sonys latest flagship, we cant help but wholeheartedly agree.

    To know more about the Sony Xperia Z3, which is being offered exclusively by Smart Communications through various postpaid plans (see:, visit


    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 D1BusinessMirrorEditor: Gerard S. Ramos [email protected]

    WE bring God glory by getting to know and love Him. This first purpose of our life is called worship. It is our No. 1 responsibility on earth. Some people

    have missed the most important thing in lifethey dont know God. We may know a lot about a lot of things, but if we dont know God personally. were missing the first reason we were created. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him and giving ourselves to be used for His honor and glory. Amen.

    A lifestyleof enjoying God