Starlink is now available in the Philippines

Satellite-based internet is here



Image source: Starlink

Internet in the Philippines has not caught up to the rest of the world. While most of the usual suspects are still struggling to catch up, other companies have introduced their own options to the country. Now, users in the Philippines have one more option to consider: Starlink.

After being announced last year, SpaceX is finally bringing its satellite-based internet service to the Philippines. Starting today, users can purchase the necessary hardware and subscribe to the service.

According to the Starlink’s website, the Philippines can consistently get speeds between 50 to 200Mbps. Additionally, since the service relies on satellites and its own hardware, it’s more resistant to service disruptions caused by faulty wires and harsh weather.

Because of the proprietary hardware, the service will require a higher setup fee. The hardware itself costs PhP 29,230. Meanwhile, after a 30-day trial period, the service will cost Php 2,700 per month.

Almost a year ago, SpaceX applied for a business permit, according to then-Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez (via Reuters). At the time, neither Lopez nor Starlink revealed a possible window for the service’s launch. Now, all of a sudden, Starlink officially announced the service through Twitter.

For a lot of users in the country, wired connections might still offer the most convenient way to connect to the internet. However, because of its reliance on satellites, Starlink will offer more benefits for those who live in areas with no easy connection to the usual sources.

SEE ALSO: What you need to know about Elon Musk’s Starlink


Nokia shares plans for first 4G network on moon

Might arrive later this year



Nokia is more than just a phone. Though the company earned its big break by creating one of the most iconic mobile phones in history, it has sizable reaches in other industries. Now, the company has elaborated more on its latest out-of-this-world (literally) venture: 4G on the moon.

Earlier this month during MWC 2023, Nokia further reiterated its plans to launch a 4G network on the moon. Given the moon’s completely non-existent userbase, the upcoming network will not cater to the general public. Instead, it will help astronauts and rovers to communicate more efficiently with each other and their home base back on earth.

Nokia first announced the project way back in 2020, when NASA awarded the contract to the Finnish company. However, as the space agency ups its efforts to bring humankind back to the moon, Nokia’s project is eking closer and closer to reality.

As reported by CNBC, the company is already planning to go through with the plan as early as later this year. Designed to withstand extreme conditions in outer space, the base station containing the technology will launch on a SpaceX rocket later this year. Once close enough, a lander containing the station and a rover will head to the surface and set up the network.

Upon setup, the network will heavily complement upcoming NASA missions to the moon. Named the Artemis program, the series of moon missions is already well underway. In fact, NASA is about to announce the names of the first astronauts to go back to the moon in 50 years for 2024’s Artemis 2 flyby mission. Artemis 3, to be launched in 2025, will be the first lunar landing since the Apollo missions.

SEE ALSO: Nokia has an all-new logo

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Apple confirms WWDC 2023

Online event confirmed



Apple’s WWDC 2023 has received its much awaited go signal. Apple has confirmed that the Worldwide Developers Conference will run from June 5 through 9.

Once again, the upcoming conference will hold its presentations in an online format. However, invitees can participate in an in-person launch at Apple Park when the conference opens.

As always, the annual WWDC promises to be an exciting one for Apple. Historically, the company launches the next major update for its lineup of operating systems. Last year, for example, saw the launch of the widely successful iOS 16.

While it’s still too early to tell what Apple has in store for the world, it will likely build on the momentum brought by last year’s event. That said, there is some speculation that this year might focus on unannounced hardware.

Over the past few months, several rumors have pegged a potential announcement for Apple’s latest urban legend, the mysterious mixed-reality headset. Some have even penciled WWDC 2023 as a launch date. Fueling this speculation, a few are saying that the invite’s main graphic — six rainbow-colored arches — are the top half of an eye, potentially hinting at a headset.

Thankfully, the wait won’t be long. It’s only a little more than two months before the event.

SEE ALSO: Why is Apple Music Classical a big deal?

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Legion exits the smartphone business

Confirmed by Lenovo



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The gaming smartphone market is a silent but powerful segment. Though the market isn’t as popular as mainstream flagships, it has a wealth of capable performers releasing new models every year. However, as limited as the segment already is, it is losing one major player. Lenovo has confirmed that Legion is dead.

Historically, smartphone makers establish a smaller brand to compete in the gaming smartphone market. For example, ASUS and ZTE have ROG and Nubia, respectively. Lenovo has Legion. Well, had.

In a statement made to Android Authority, Lenovo is shutting down Legion’s smartphone branch. The brand will exit the segment, owing likely to the inability to find success as Lenovo expected. The company will instead refocus its efforts towards the Moto brand, which has been enjoying a resurgence lately from the success of the new Razr lineup.

The Legion brand has had bright spots over the years. Besides a suite of impressive hardware, it has also experimented with various quirks such as a side-mounted pop-up camera, giving gamers the option to stream themselves playing a mobile game. Unfortunately, that’s the past now.

For any fans of Legion, the brand isn’t going away completely. Without any statements standing against so, it will still continue making gaming notebooks for the foreseeable future.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo expands ThinkPad lineup for MWC 2023

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