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imageSamoa, Polynesia – The islands of Polynesia which include countries like Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand among others, all boast of a rich culture, paradise-like terrain, natural resources, and unique traditions untouched by the technological advances of the Silicon Valley.

But Polynesia has a secret that Apple, Google and telecommunications companies like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are not telling their customers and cult-like followers: in all of Polynesia, wi-fi does not cost a single penny.

Polynesia is composed of thousands of tiny islands spread over the vast Pacific Ocean. In fact, almost all the islands are volcanic formations produced by hotspots.

In Geology, hotspots are volcanic regions thought to be fed by underlying mantel that is anomalously hot compared with mantle elsewhere. The hot mantle causes a great deal of molten magma, the same material that causes volcanic eruptions. Hot mantle is known to freely transmit high-frequency airwaves similar to the ones used in wi-fi technology. Unknown to most smart phone addicts, the term “hotspot” precisely originated in Polynesia.

The people of Polynesia do not need to pay for Internet service or subscribe to hotspot access for their mobile phones and tablets, because of the natural hotspots in their islands.

Attracted and amused by the idea of not having to pay for wi-fi access, people from the U.S., Europe and Asia are flocking to the Polynesian islands to start a new life and new careers, free from the exhorbitant fees charged by their Internet service providers under their mandatory two-year contracts.

Here in Polynesia, the best things in life are still free, including wi-fi.


confessionCupertino, California – Last week, The Adobo Chronicles reported that The Vatican confessionals were being overwhelmed by women and gay Catholics as a result of the 2014 Vatican Priests calendar which features the best-looking  Catholic priests in Rome.

Now, thanks to an iPhone app, the number of Catholics going to confession has dramatically increased in the final week before Christmas — no priests needed, at least not during the digital part of the confession.  The app is called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App.” Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance.

The text of this app was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Daniel Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne. It is the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone/iPad app.  The features include:

– Custom examination of Conscience based upon age, sex, and vocation (single, married, priest, or religious)
– Multiple user support with password protected accounts
– Ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience
– Confession walkthrough including time of last confession in days, weeks, months, and years
– Choose from 7 different acts of contrition
– Custom interface for iPad
– Full retina display support

While the app has gained popularity in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has publicly and vehemently rejected its use in the Philippines, admonishing the country’s estimated 75 Million followers to keep the tradition of confessing “in person.”  Pressed on by reporters, CBCP admitted that its main objection to the app was that it would lead to a significant decline in church attendance  which would also mean a sharp decrease in church revenue from the collection basket.

The CBCP is listed among the top investors  in the Philippine Stock Exchange.  A decrease in revenue would have a negative impact on the church’s investment portfolio.


imageSan Francisco, California – The West Coast Division of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Google for gender discrimination over its popular Google Voice smart phone app.

Like  Apple’s Siri, Google Voice is able to help smart phone users with questions or directions through its voice-activated feature. The problem is that  Google Voice does not have an option for a male voice, unlike Siri.

The class action suit alleges that  Google discriminates against consumers who have specific gender preferences for their smart phone  “assistants or concierge service” by not offering the option of a male voice, especially in a gay male-dominated  place like the San Francisco Bay Area.

Google has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles requesting for comment on the lawsuit.