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Philippines “most social nation”

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Opera Software’s latest State of the Mobile Web report has revealed that the Philippines is the most active country on social media.

The Philippines is the most active country on social media, according to the latest State of the Mobile Web report released by Opera Software. Mobile internet users in the Philippines tend to visit social-networking sites more than any other. In total, 86% of the page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines are to social-network sites — the highest percentage among Opera Mini’s top-50 user countries, worldwide.

The State of the Mobile Web report is based on aggregated information obtained from Opera Mini servers. The servers compress webpages and reduce them to as little as 10% of their original size before sending them to an Opera Mini user’s device. In June 2015, Opera Mini’s servers processed 24,575 TB of data and served over 160 billion pages. More than 250 million people around the world use Opera Mini for a faster web experience and to get the most out of their mobile data usage.

The Philippines has the eighth-largest Opera Mini user base in the world and the second-largest in Southeast Asia. The user base increased by 41% over the past year, while its smartphone user base surged by 90%. The report released today provides a definitive

analysis of the key trends affecting the mobile web in Philippines. Here are some highlights:

Mobile web usage is growing in the Philippines

The number of page views increased by 62% over the year. Each Opera Mini user browses 638 webpages on average per month. This is higher than the average for overall Opera Mini users, which is 615 pages.

It is all about social

Mobile internet users in the Philippines have highest social-media activity in the world. In all, 86% of page views by Opera Mini users in the Philippines are on social-networking sites, the highest percentage among the top-50 Opera Mini user countries. Facebook clearly dominates. Twitter, WordPress, tumblr, Pinterest, and Flirchi also in the list of top-20 most visited sites.

Smartphone and local phone brands are becoming mainstream

More than half of Filipinos who browse with Opera Mini users do so on smartphones. The smartphone adoption rate has grown from 41% in June 2014 to 55% in June 2015. Local smartphone brands are catching up and gaining more market share. A breakdown of the top 100 mobile devices preferred by Opera Mini users shows that Cherry Mobile has overtaken Samsung, with a 27% market share. Another local brand, MyPhone, has 8%. The total market share of these two local smartphone brands is 35%, higher than Nokia’s 31%.

“The prevalence of the smartphone is driving internet usage in the Philippines,” says Eiko H. Raquel, Country Manager for the Philippines at Opera Software. “Filipinos love to share things with friends and families. This country used to be the text-messaging capital of the world. Now, with easier internet access and higher smartphone adoption, the Philippines has not only been crowned the “selfie capital of the world” by Time magazine, but also has now been ranked as  the most social nation” by Opera.”

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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