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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Missing News App on iOS 9? Here's How To Fix It

Sunday, September 20, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

iOS 9 has just been released. It's a fantastic update with lots of improvements under the hood.

It promised to make your iOS device faster and more efficient. And, it comes with new stock apps like Wallet and News.

However, a lot of users are reporting that the News app is missing in their new iOS 9.

Don't panic. Your download was not corrupted or something. The News app is just hidden.

But why?

The News app is US only at the moment. Apple's website says it is coming to more countries soon though.

If your region is outside the US, iOS 9 will hide this app. Just switch your region to United States and it should appear.

Here is how you can do it:

Go to Settings > General > Language & Region.

In the Region Formats section, change your Region to United States.

You might need a reboot and you should see your News app somewhere on your home screen.

Enjoy reading your news!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hashtags Are The New TV Ratings

Saturday, September 12, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
It's a relaxing Saturday noon and I've got nothing much to do. So, I decided to turn on the television to see which noon time shows are getting the buzz.

I decided to flip through "It's Showtime" and "Eat Bulaga." These are the noon time shows of ABS-CBN and GMA, the biggest networks here in the Philippines. 

There's one thing very obvious that both these shows are doing. They are pushing the use of hashtags. 


These shows encourage their viewers to tweet an official hashtag with the obvious purpose of making it a trending topic on social media.

When I looked at the Twitter trends, this strategy definitely works. Their hashtags are trending worldwide today.

#ALDUBTheAbduction is the official hashtag Eat Bulaga is using for their famous Kalyeserye with the Aldub love team. #ShowtimeAllTheTime  is the hashtag the competing show, It's Showtime is using for their episode today. 

Hashtags As a Substitute for TV Ratings

While we relied on Nielsen ratings for TV before, I believe that in today's age of social media and the Internet, these #hashtags can already be a good substitute for them. 

Everyone is on social media. People talk about everything that interests them in these platforms. Media outlets, TV shows and broadcasting companies can definitely use them to assess how their shows are doing.

Social Media Platforms are Free

These platforms are totally free to use. These companies don't have to spend a ton of money to determine which shows people are talking about. 

The Viewers are Engaged

People who are in these platforms are also very engaged. No wonder why companies are creating Twitter accounts and engaging with them. Social media (free) marketing at its best. 

Social Media Has Changed The Way We Watch TV

After noticing all these, I realized I could have just turned off the TV and browsed through the trending topics on Twitter. 

Everything that happens on these shows are very well tweeted by their loyal fans and followers anyway. 

Before, we only had our families listen to our comments on TV shows. Today, millions of people are already listening to what you have to say on social media.

Are you noticing the trend too?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My problem every single night

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja
If there's one habit I really would want to change in my life, it is sleeping so late at night.

I want to be an early riser and I know the only way to solve that is to sleep early.

My problem is this..

Just tonight, I went to bed at 10:30PM and I really can't force myself to sleep no matter how hard I close my eyes and force my brain to shut.

Time check: It is already 12:47AM. It has literally been 2 hours since I laid down.

So much time has been wasted. That's why I decided to just stand up and open my laptop.

I just needed to blog this off and I'm back to work. That's more productive than just lying down.

So much for sleeping early.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I felt lazy today... and it's okay.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

Today, I was extra lazy.

I woke up late for work. Technically, it was just less than 5 minutes. But, still it was way past our required 9AM work time.

At noon, I dragged my lazy ass to the gym and did not finish my workout.

In the afternoon, I continued working but was not really in the mood.

So, I slept the whole afternoon and decided to work the entire night.

I did manage to get some work done at night. But, I left a number of tasks undone.

Where did all my productivity go? Was it because it was a Monday? Or, was it because of the extremely hot weather?

I don't know. I just felt lazy today and it's okay.

I value and promote productivity. But, I know I am not superhuman to be overly productive every time I am awake.

I experience downtimes like this and I embrace them. It's these moments that I am eager to wake up to another day and move on.

Tomorrow is another day. I'll make sure I'll be twice as productive if not more.

For now, I'd just go get some sleep.

See you tomorrow, productivity.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stickers on your MacBook. Yay or Nay?

Monday, July 13, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

 I don't like putting stickers on my beautiful aluminum MacBook Air. But, when I got a few company stickers during our Cebu meetup I just can't resist.

I had to stick it on.

So, what I did was I bought a Speck Smartshell Case, fit it on my MacBook (fits pretty nicely by the way) and placed the sticker on the top right corner of the notebook.

The result is the picture you see above and I'm really happy with it. Looks really nice.

Not only did I get some sleek protection for my Mac, I'm also proudly marketing and carrying our brand.

Thinking of putting some more soon.

What do you think? Do you also like putting stickers or decals on your Mac?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Why Face to Face Meetings are Important for Virtual Teams

Monday, July 06, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
I work for a company called Time Doctor. It is entirely run by virtual teams all around the world. 

Since our mission is enabling people to work whenever they want and wherever they want, we live and work just like that.

However, we can't really live with just seeing each other only in Skype or email.

This year all of Time Doctor's virtual employees from the Philippines met up at a fancy resort in Cebu City. Our bosses from Canada also came and joined the party.

We had a ton of fun doing team building activities, touring Cebu and eating some great food.

This made me realize a few reasons why face to face meetings are really important for virtual teams.

1. Face to face meetings strengthen your working relationships

Talking to your co-worker on Skype is good. Video chatting with them is great. But, nothing beats seeing them in person and just getting to know them personally. Seeing them for the first was quite awkward. But, it helped me become more comfortable with them. That's a big plus for ensuring a smooth working relationship.

2. It’s a great opportunity to brainstorm and discuss the company’s vision and mission

During the team building event, Liam (the co-founder of Time Doctor) talked about where we are at and how we could move forward as a company. A few brainstorming sessions also happened and these wouldn’t have been possible if we were just chatting on Skype.

3. It re-energizes you

In our 3-day stay at Cebu, we were just chilling, chatting, relaxing and taking break from work. We were all just having fun with each other's company. Being able to disconnect alongside meeting them for the first time was a great re-energizer. It kind of motivates me to work more.


You should consider seeing your virtual team face to face if you haven't yet. Do team building events, meetups or even just coffee breaks.

This may take a bit of your financial resources. But, it’s all worth it seeing how much it makes your virtual team grow stronger and better.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cagayan de Oro Has A New Study Nook, And It's Awesome

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , , ,

I consider myself a digital nomad.

Though I don't really travel from one country to another, I enjoy working remotely in restaurants, coffee shops and wherever there is Internet connection.

As of this writing, Cagayan de Oro has no co-working space yet. I've always wanted to be a member of one. It's like the haven of remote workers.

Enter Study Nook.

It's Cagayan de Oro's newest place for students who want to study in silence and comfort.

For 25 pesos for the first hour and 20 pesos for each succeeding hour, you get a dedicated table, a complimentary coffee and a decent wifi. This is an incredibly affordable rate.

The place is posh and it is the closest thing to a co-working space that I could have at the moment.

It's pretty awesome. In the 4 hours that I tested the place, I was able to do more work. I also enjoyed the silence. It's a breath of fresh air from all the noise I encounter when I work at home.

I'm so glad to have something like Study Nook at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City. I now have a go-to place for working remotely on a tight budget. The place is insanely cheap compared to the coffee shops I frequent on.

I hope this idea becomes successful and will pave way to full co-working spaces here in the city.

I'd be a really happy digital nomad when that time comes.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Bad Movies Always Get Me Down

Saturday, June 06, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

I just came home from watching Insidious 3.

There was so much hype for this movie. It had a creepy trailer.

I was basically expecting so much from the movie. But, it fell short of my expectations.

It was uhmm... okay. Not really that bad but not that great either.

The thing about bad movies is that they are:

1. A waste of time

I should have watched a better movie (I heard San Andreas is good). Or, I should have done something more productive. 

2. A waste of money

Well, I paid a decent amount of money to see it in the theaters. But, it turned out to be bad. It's like ordering a restaurant food that you didn't get to enjoy.

3. Disappointing

This is self-explanatory. It even made me blog. lol

I believe Insidious 3 was an unnecessary addition the Insidious installment. The first two movies were good as far as I can remember.

This one felt like it was just added for the sake of making it a trilogy... or making money?

I don't know. Bottom line, just waste your money on something else.