Magnetic Macro Lens and Wide Angle Lens for Mobile Phone

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I have been a mobile photography enthusiast since the dawn of camera phone and for quite a long time, I have been searching for accessories to enhance my skills and also to enhance my photos so I could produce pleasing shots. Right now, I own a tripod for mobile phones and just recently, I bought a macro and wide angle lens for my mobile phones. These lenses are not the same as the Jelly Lens I posted here few years back. It’s a magnetic lens that you attach at the back of your phone. It also has an adhesive ring if your phone doesn’t hold the magnet. What’s so good about it is that you can remove it anytime you want and attach it again in times of action. You just have to leave the adhesive ring attached on it. It comes with two adhesive rings so you still have a reserve ring or you can attach the other ring on another phone just like I did. One ring is attached to my Nokia 808 Pureview phone and the other ring is attached to my Sony Xperia Z phone. If you want to order this lens, just email Heylarr and tell her that you were referred by Boffill of BoffillBernardes.com.

Macro Lens Keychain for Nokia 808 Pureview
Macro and Wide Angle Lens as keychain for my Nokia 808 Pureview
Macro Shot sample of Nokia 808 Pureview
Sample Shot from my Nokia 808 Pureview

Sample Macro Shot of Sony Xperia Z using Magnetic Macro Lens
Sample Macro Shot from my Sony Xperia Z

Sample Macro Shot of Sony Xperia Z using Magnetic Macro Lens
Macro Shot from my Xperia Z

Wide Angle Lens by Nokia 808 Pureview
Wide Angle Lens by my Nokia 808 Pureview

Magnetic Lens attached to Nokia 808 Pureview and Sony Xperia Z
The rings attached on my Nokia 808 Pureview and Sony Xperia Z phones

Android Lost: Recover your Lost Mobile Phone

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Image borrowed from GeoAwesomeNess

A lot of us are sometimes dumb (I’m sorry for the word) to lost our personal belongings especially mobile phones. Personally, I haven’t experienced losing a phone yet and I don’t want to experience it. Right now, I own three mobile phones with different OS’s. Since Android is the most common platform most people are using today, I am gonna share to you guys this very helpful Android Application that I found at Google Play. It’s called Android Lost and it has all the features you can get from other free anti-theft application but with added features like the one from the premium accounts. I’m gonna list down below the main features that you can get from this application and also its advantages.

1. Read SMSes -  read the latest messages on your inbox and send directly to your email
2. Remote control alarm – control an alarm system on your phone from your PC even if it’s in silent mode
3. View on map – locate your phone by using its internal a-GPS and controlling it from your PC even if             it’s located inside a building
4. Send SMS from your PC – send messages on your phone by typing it on your PC. Replies will be                 received by the phone and still can be retrieved from your PC.
5. Lock the phone – lock and unlock your phone and change its unlock code or remove it
6. Wipe the phone – all your personal messages, contacts and Google setup can be wiped out
7. Popup messages on the phone – send a flash message on your phone
8. Forward your calls – dial a number from your PC
9. Read Status – detect how much battery is left, display IMEI, IMSI and much more
10. SMS Command – set up a phone number that can control your phone
11. Erase SD Card – erase all files saved on your SD Card
12. Sim card changed – an email will be sent to you whenever the phone detects a new sim card
13. Camera – take photos of the thief by using the front facing camera
14. Multiple phone on the same account – control more than one phone from the same account
15. Browse content – you can browse the content directly from your PC

Get all of these features from a 228kb file size application for FREE! I highly recommend this application to be installed on your phone so you can track it and still control it even after you lost your phone. Though I haven't lost a phone yet, I tried the features of this phone and it was all working very great. Check out their website for more information and you can also download the application from Google Play. Since it's free and I can't donate thru Paypal, my way of showing gratitude to the owner of the app is by clicking it's Ads. I really recommend this to all Android phone users out there.

Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2 from Smart Wireless Center

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Yesterday, I was able to retain my account from Smart Postpaid and I was offered a free phone. My choices are Lenovo A690, Samsung Galaxy Y, LG L3 and the Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2. I checked every phone from their physical appearance and specifications and I think I’m having a huge crush with the Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2. It has 5.0 Megapixel camera at the back and a VGA at the front. It runs with Jellybean (Android 4.1) in 512MB RAM. Well, it doesn’t really have enough RAM but I think it’s still good. 

So I told the customer representative that I like the Alcatel phone and so she issued me one. I was on my way back home when I fully tried the phone myself. It was on my way home when I discovered something bad about the phone, its touch screen doesn’t work that well. When you press an icon, you’re gonna have to long press it until you open the app. When you text, it will take you a minute to type just the first few letters of the word and it’s really frustrating. It was nice holding the phone but with its screen, I’m very frustrated. I think I’m gonna bring it back to Smart Wireless Center and see if they can do something about it. I just hope I could change the unit maybe to Lenovo A690. I’ll keep you guys posted for the update regarding the issue. Cheers!


Update 06/14/2013: I went back to Smart Wireless Center last week on Wednesday June 5 and brought with me the phone they gave me. I went directly to the teller and told her about my issue (same teller as before). She just told me that the phone doesn't have a problem and its just the way it is which I disagreed about because how are you gonna use a phone with long press buttons on it specially during emergency. I asked her to just change the unit to the Lenovo A690 but she refused and told me to just change the unit with the same brand and model. The first item she showed me has the same problem with my old one. The third one, she told me to check on it and I was happy because long press button are now absent on this particular phone. So I told her that I'll get the third unit and she agreed. Now I know I'm not wrong when I told them about the phone's problem. Thanks Smart for letting me change my phone.

Globe Bug Sim For Sale

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Monday, March 4, 2013
A few weeks back, I mentioned about the glitch on Globe’s unlimited internet promos. I have seen online that there are still a lot of people who are able to take advantage of this and were able to get a free connection from Globe thru bugging their sim card. I’d say these people are still lucky that they weren’t caught by Globe Telecoms yet. One thing is for sure, Globe is making their best to fix this issue. 
Globe Bug Sim

On an online community where I am a bit active, I have seen lots of users who are even abusing this problem by selling their bugged sim cards. I tried googling about this issue and I think it’s not only from the forum I’m on that it’s very rampant. Even on the other online forum, selling of bugged sim cards is very common. Selling of Globe bugged sim is not only common from online forum but also to some online selling portal like Sulit. 
Globe Bug Sim For Sale


I think they shouldn’t be doing this if they would still want to enjoy this free connection they get from Globe. Globe bugging tools are enough I suppose. Maybe they should just share the process on how to bug Globe’s sim card instead of selling it. There is a big probability that Globe Telecoms is already aware about this issue and I think they are handling the situation. Some guys online should learn what low profile is.

Acer Aspire V5 Review

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Sunday, February 17, 2013
A laptop has been an essential tool for every blogger around the world. I don’t consider myself a pro-blogger but since blogging is one of my past times, I have decided to purchase a new laptop. I have been using an old laptop for blogging, the HP Compaq Presario but I’m getting a lot of issues on its LCD. There are lines popping out at the top and at the bottom of the screen. Instead of having it fixed from a technician, I decided to just purchase a new notebook, an Acer Aspire V5. The V5 has been released on the third quarter of 2012.
Acer Aspire V5
Acer Aspire V5 Box

There are 3 different model types I believe and it is being distinguished thru its processor. The one that I bought is the Acer Aspire V5 with Dual Core 3rd Generation processor. I actually wanted the i3 powered processor but they don’t have the supply for the unit yet. 
Acer Aspire V5 Specs
Acer Aspire V5 Specs

The V5 has 4GB memory and 500GB Hard Drive. It has two 2.0 USB port and one 3.0 port which amazes me so much. I was transferring movies from my colleague’s external hard drive through the 3.0 port and the transfer rate is very impressive. The V5 has Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity. All of the V5 units are preloaded with Windows 8 Operating System. The reason why I wanted the higher processor is because of the speed when processing data and also, it has a dedicated number keypad and keyboard backlight. You’re not gonna get those when you purchase the Dual Core version which disappoints me so much. But still I like the V5 because it’s too light to carry. 
Acer Aspire V5 Unboxing
Acer Aspire V5 Unboxing
You know, you can’t enjoy the Windows 8 if you’re notebook doesn’t have touch screen and good thing was that V5 has a touch screen feature. It has a 10-point touch screen feature and you can do it also thru the touch pad. Traditional transferring of window to window is thru Alt+Tab but with the V5; you can do it thru the touch pad easily. You just have to swipe the touch pad from the left panel. All in all, I’m very satisfied with the unit. For now, I'm not getting any issues or bugs on the product but I'll keep you posted if I caught one. Cheers!

Android Mobile Secret Codes

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Thursday, February 7, 2013
Android Secret Codes

These are the collections of secret codes for Android. If you have a Samsung mobile, I have the list for secret codes here.

1) COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT PHONE
*#*#4636#*#* (Displays Phone Information, Battery Information, Battery History & Usage Statistics).

2) FACTORY DATA RESET
*#*#7780#*#* (Displays Google account settings, System and application data settings, Downloaded applications)
Note : This code will not remove current system softwares and applications, & SD card files.

3) FORMATTING ANDROID DEVICE
From Aircel Data Card Browsing. Simple and Affordable.
*2767*3855# ( It will remove all files and settings including the internal memory storage, it will also reinstall phone firmware)
Please Note : Once you dialled this number, there is no way to cancel this without removing your battery quickly. So think twice before putting this code.

4) UPDATES PHONE CAMERA
*#*#34971539#*#* ( Update camerafirmware in image, Update camerafirmware in SD card, Displays camera firmware version, Get firmware update count)

5) SERVICE MODE
*#*#197328640#*#* (This code is used to enter into Service Mode, You can run various tests and change settings in the service mode)

6) CREATING BACKUP
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* ( This code opens a file copy screen where you can backup your mediafiles. EX — Images, Sounds & Videos)

7) LAUNCH VARIOUS TESTS CODES
*#*#0*#*#* (LCD Test)
*#*#3264#*#* (Version Of RAM)
*#*#2663#*#* (Version Of Touch Screen)
*#*#0842#*#* (Vibration & Backlight Test)
*#*#2664#*#* (Touch Screen Test)
*#*#0588#*#* (Sensor Test)

 GET FIRMWARE VERSION INFORMATION
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* (PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate)
*#*#2222#*#* (FTA HW Version)
*#*#44336#*#* (PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Change List Number)
*#*#1111#*#* (FTA SW Version)
*#*#1234#*#* (PDA & Phone)

9) GPS, WLAN & BLUETOOTH TEST CODES
*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* (Wlan Test)
*#*#232338#*#* (Display WIFI Mac Address)
*#*#1472365#*#* (GPS Test)
*#*#232331#*#* (Bluetooth Test)
*#*#232337#*#* (Display Bluetooth Device Address)

Smart Unli Social 349

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Monday, February 4, 2013

Enjoy unlimited tri-net texts, social networking via Smartnet, and a FREE smartphone with the enhanced Unli Social Plan 349! Never get enough of your friends with unlimited texts to Smart, Sun and Talk N' Text. With Unli Social Stream, you can check your Facebook AND Twitter accounts in one go! See all your news feed updates in one screen with a single touch of your phone. Take all your friends with you anywhere you go, unlimited on Plan 349. Unli Social Stream is powered by SmartNet, a suite of applications on your smartphone that allows you to be socially active for FREE. Enjoy the services of this application, such as Facebook, Facebook Chat, Twitter, YM, and many more!

Free Internet via Satellite

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Monday, January 28, 2013
Internet Satellite
Get Free Internet anytime anywhere on your mobile phone. Isn't that wonderful? While I was on my way to work this morning, my curious mind have got me a very wonderful question. Can Internet be transmitted thru satellite just like the GPS on mobile devices? Most mobile devices coming out of the market right now is capable of navigating because of the GPS chip installed on its hardware. The device gets the signal directly to the satellite. Not everyone is getting the most out of it because they do not know the capabilities of the features their mobile device can offer. I wonder if the Internet can work the same way too. A chip that can transmit Internet connection from satellite will be installed on mobile devices. If it will become available, all of us can be able to use the Internet even if we are in the middle of nowhere. Updating status on Facebook could be done anywhere. Uploading photos, tweeting and chatting will become mobile. We're not gonna pay monthly bill anymore to our service provider but instead, we only buy mobile device that can transmit Internet direct from the satellite. I know it's a very long process just like the GPS that took how many years before it was publicly released because only the military can use GPS. So, what do you think? Do you like the idea? Share your thoughts by commenting below this post.

Globe Bug Sim

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Monday, January 21, 2013
Globe bug Sim. Globe bug has been very rampant nowadays specially online. I admit I was able to benefit at it once but I think Globe Telecom caught my number and didn't allow any registration from me anymore. Globe bug has two types, the Supersurf and Unlialltrio. If you were able to bug your sim thru registering to those promo I have mentioned, you can now enjoy a one month of free internet to your mobile phone or globe tattoo broadband. There's a lot of tricks available online so if you want to bug your globe Sim card, go ahead and search for it using your favorite search engine.


Globe bug

There are actually 2 modes on bugging your globe sim card, one is by sending the promo code and dialing the *143# on your dial pad and another is by web registration or commonly called web trick. Some filipino's are too clever to even create a dedicated software for bugging also called bugging tools. When I tried this trick, I used the sms plus dial trick but it was really hard for me to register to the promo. They said that there are specific sim cards that you can use to register but I think that notion isn't true. I believe that there are right timing in bugging though. Globe Telecom actually knows about this issue and I think they are currently handling the situation. I heard that some can still be able to register for free but some are not lucky and I belong to those unlucky people. It is a was between globe's subscriber and the company. I'm sure there would still be a new trick to be leaked by some clever minds soon, I just don't know when.

Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Sunday, January 20, 2013
Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief, a dental product I would recommend to everyone who's suffering from toothache or tooth sensitivity. When I saw the tv ad of this certain product, I was not really convinced that this can be real. How could it ease the pain in just a matter of seconds after you use it? That was not really convincing to me but it changed when I had a chance of using it yesterday.


Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief

I have been suffering from toothache for about a week now. Yesterday, I went to this nearby store to ask if they have garlic since my colleague advised me to put a garlic on my teeth to ease the pain. The owner told me that it was not a good idea because the garlic's odor is not that good. She told me to try this new product from Colgate called Sensitive Pro-relief. I remember it was the one being aired in tv where there was a girl from a mall called by the dentist to try their product. I bought the product and immediately put a pinch of it on my finger to apply it on my tooth. After a few seconds, I felt like I am not suffering from toothache anymore. It lasted for how many hours until evening. I never thought that the ad aired on tv was for real. Remember when we order hamburger on foodchains and we were expecting that we're gonna get the same appearance of the burger from tv but we were just dismayed of what we have received because it was totally different from the ad. I felt the same way too when I bought the toothpaste but that change after I tried it myself. Now, I am recommending this product to everyone who's suffering from toothache or having a sensitive teeth. I am a happy customer and I'm letting everyone know that there's "NO PAIN AT ALL"

No more update for Garmin Mobile XT

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A few days back, I sent an email to Garmin's customer service and asked if there's an upcoming update for the Garmin Mobile XT. I was told by the agent that the Garmin Mobile XT support has been stopped. It has been removed from their main line of products.

Garmin Mobile XT


I have been an avid fan of the software since I discovered it way back 2008. Everytime I buy a new phone, the first application I install is Garmin Mobile XT. I always make sure that it works fine in my phone. Too bad now that I'm not gonna get any update from the software anymore. Garmin has been my number 1 choice when it comes to navigation software. It didn't failed me even for once. The reason why I don't like android mobile phones is because I can't install Garmin on it. Yes there are navigational applications available for android mobile phones like the Navdroyd but when I tried it on an android phone, it didn't gave me the user experience I had with Garmin. Even Nokia Maps is way too far from Garmin. I think the reason why they have remove Garmin from the list is because the Symbian platform is dying. Too bad that I can't get any update from them anymore. Well, on the other hand, the map for Garmin is still being updated regularly by some helpful people. I think a separate file for the map would be fine as long as it is being updated regularly.

Facebook Hacker Cup 2013

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Saturday, January 12, 2013

Programmers around the world is being invited by Facebook to join this year's Facebook Hacker Cup. Facebook Hacker Cup 2013 is being organized by Facebook for programmers to show off their talent in solving different sets of algorithmic problems. The World Champion can win the total prize of $10,000 and a possible job offer from Facebook. The competition was announced by the world's biggest social networking last January 9. The last day for registration will be on January 27 and the competition proper will start on February 2 up to 27. The top 25 for the online qualification will be sent to Facebook's headquarters on March 22 for the onsite finals. Visit the Facebook Hacker Cup 2013 page at Facebook.com/hackercup for more details.




Performance Update for Ubuntu OS Powered Mobile Phone

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Thursday, January 10, 2013

Just a few days after it was officially announced, Linux’s Ubuntu OS for mobile phone gets performance boost update. The video below shows the comparison of the old and new build for the Ubuntu OS powered phone.


Expected release of the official Ubuntu OS powered mobile phone will be at the last quarter of 2013. Hands on video is also provided below for you to know what to expect with the mobile phone that runs with Ubuntu.



Gadget Insurance: How to keep gadgets safeguarding

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Life is incomplete with the smart gadgets available these days. Scenarios used to be a lot different during the earlier days. however, with passing of time, tastes and behaviors of people does change a lot. Innovative concepts, cool gadgets, and better technology has make life simpler. People, these days, have become more and more dependent on electronic gadgets. Their lives seem to take a sudden halt if these gadgets start to malfunction or even if lost. Smartphones, PC, pager, laptops, MP3/MP4 players, etc are some of the most popular gadgets available these days. These gadgets can be quite expensive. So, it is always a great option to insure these gadgets. Going for a good insurance policy that will offer coverage in case accidental loss or theft of these gadgets is always a handy invest opportunity to avail. There are some insurance policies that also cover digital content as well accessories.

According to popular news journal The Guardian, more than 80 percent of teenagers in UK carries some sort of electronic gadgets priced in the range of £800 - £1,165. Most of them carries a mobile phone. Music players and tablets are also very popular among the Brit teens. When going for gadget insurance, policies in the range of 1200-1800 is a quite relevant option. Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, MP3/ MP4 players, and tablets have a great resale value. Moreover, they are portable in size. This results in more chance of thefts. According to a recent survey, near about 300,000 mobile phone, iPods, and tablets get stole from UK every year. Remember, it is not only a matter of monetary loss but also loss of several important data. In fact, thieves will easily be getting access to confidential data of the victim. Also, portable gadgets get damaged easily. Often, certain damages are not covered in the warranty. So, it becomes extremely necessary to get an insurance coverage for these expensive gadget devices. There are insurance companies like iSmart Finance that offers a wide range of policies with great coverage schemes for electronic and mobile gadgets. However, before going for any particular insurance policy, it is necessary to focus on the terms and conditions. Focus strongly on the withdrawal schemes and guidelines. While some services may offer coverage of gadget and accessories up to a cost of £75 for 90 days, there are also those premium services that offers coverage of 1 year. Item costs may differ as per rules and guidelines. Premium coverage includes accidental losses as well increased price of gadgets within the range of £750. And then there are also those policies where per-gadget coverage limit lies within the range of £1000 - £2,500. These type of insurance coverage is beneficial even for downloadable materials.

 Remember, in this modern era, gadgets play an indispensable role in the lives of mankind. Hence, it will be highly prudent to opt for suitable insurance schemes to protect and safeguard these expensive assets. Proper insurance policies will prevent the users face serious financial loss in case the gadget gets lost or stolen or even damaged accidentally.

 About The Author: Diana is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and traveling. Beside this she is fond of luxury cars and wishes to own one day Lamborghini Reventon

Nokia Symbian^3 First Generation Update for Belle Refresh Rumor

Posted by Boffill Bernardes Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I was a bit surprise about what I’ve read at MyNokiaBlog about this new update for the first generation of Symbian^3 Devices. This is good news for all N8 users and also the C7 and Nokia N97 phone users for this update could be rolled out earlier this year. The update firmware has a version number of 111.050.0003 but there’s no changelog available yet. 
Nokia N8 Update


The main source of this rumor is Smartphonepro.ru who was also the same person to leak the earlier updates for Nokia N8. What we can expect for this update are fixes on some bugs to the earlier versions. It really surprised me knowing that Nokia is shutting down the Symbian platform. I can’t wait for the Official Firmware and the Custom Firmware to be available.