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Saturday, August 19, 2017
“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”—Destin Sparks Earlier this year Huawei initiated a couple of hashtags that best “captured” what would turn out to be the smartphone trend of 2017—#GoDualCamNow and #YearOfTheDualCam. Turns out, 2017 is the Year of the Dual Cam, as almost every smartphone brand,...
It was not only a milestone for Globe Telecom when the telecommunications arm of Ayala Corp. launched on August 11  the $250 million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine-cable system which provides direct links between Davao and the US for richer and enhanced Internet connectivity for businesses in Mindanao and the...

Let me take a selfie

Before the dawn of the front-facing camera, we took our selfies (if we did at all) “blindly” using our mobile phones. I use the word blindly because many of the selfies were headless or partially so. Selfies or selcas (self-cam pictures) are a recent phenomenon. Every self-respecting netizen needs a...
DIGITAL-payments provider PayMaya Philippines has rolled out mobile-payment technologies in over 350 business establishments enabled by Smart Wi-fi, as it continues to campaign for the use of cashless tech in the country. PayMaya Philippines President Orlando B. Vea said his group has provided SmartSpots partner food parks with mobile point-of-sale...
"I can’t believe you didn’t tell me,” my friend exclaimed after she discovered what for her was HOOQ’s life-changing feature. My friend was referring to the streaming service’s rich catalog of over 1,000 Filipino movies spanning almost five decades and over 4,000 hours of local television. At that time, she...
“Winter is coming.” —Ned Stark in Game of Thrones REMEMBER the time when the only thing you hated most when watching TV were those long commercial breaks? Given that these TVCs are the ones that keep the show funded, there were just some that featured a ridiculous amount of advertisements that...
HOMEGROWN CellPrime Distribution Corp. targets its very own Cloudfone to be the leading local mobile-phone brand in the Philippines by 2020, as the company reshapes its direction and takes an aggressive approach in providing Filipino consumers an awesome mobile-phone experience at affordable price. “We want to be No. 1 in...
It’s a lot easier to talk to a smartphone than to try to type instructions on its keyboard. This is particularly true when a person is trying to log in to a device or a system: Few people would choose to type a long, complex secure password if the...
I’ve never owned an iPod. I received an iPod nano as a Christmas present years ago, and I have a lot of iPod shuffles, but I’ve never ever used them. This means I never owned them, right? I’ve never been the type to listen to music on the go. My...
DIGITAL advertising will continue to grow in the Philippines in the coming years as more and more Filipinos will be using the mobile platform in their communication needs. “There is growth absolutely in terms of people using digital platforms to advertise for consumers. It also goes along with more and more...

Geek to chic

“Its time for the odd to get even.” —Revenge of the Nerds, 1984 BEFORE anything else, let me just tell you that it feels so good to be back. So I’d like to thank my editor, Gerard Ramos, for giving me this space and allowing me to share my thoughts in print...
IN the information age, compliance to data-privacy and data-protection regulations are considered by organizations as a competitive advantage in their business operations. This was confirmed by contact-center managers and data-protection experts at the recent Data Privacy Asia conference organized by the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP). According to...
LENOVO Corp. moved to strengthen the position of its Motorola brand in the Philippine market as the technology firm rolled out the all new Moto Z2 Play. In a statement, the company said the new device enhances the Moto Mods, which can easily attach to the device. The trademarked Moto Z...
MORE than half of Internet users in the Philippines have been hacked or infected with malware during the last six months of 2016, according to the Kaspersky Lab ZAO. Almost the same number of Filipino respondents admitted their lack of concern toward online dangers, the Russian cybersecurity firm said. Kaspersky...
SEOUL, South Korea—Intel’s more than two decadelong reign as the king of the silicon-based semiconductor is poised to end on Thursday when South Korea’s Samsung Electronics elbows the US manufacturer aside to become the leading maker of computer chips. Samsung reported record-high quarterly profit and sales on Thursday. Analysts say...
TELECOMMUNICATIONS companies can provide customers with digital experience and services outdating the traditional communications services with the convergent-charging system. This was asserted by an Amdocs Ltd. executive in an e-mail interview last week with the BusinessMirror. The partnerships that service providers enter into today provide them the ability to bundle their...
THE high demand for digital Filipino artists will lead to the demand for more digital pens, a Japanese company that makes them said. “We all know that the Philippines is the top source for talents of studios, such as Disney, Hannah Barbera and Pixar,” Antonius Malabanan, Philippines country manager of...
KASPERKSY Lab ZAO has announced in mid-July that it has detected new versions of a banking Trojan virus called NukeBot. While recent samples of this computer virus seemed to pose no danger, the firm’s experts have recently uncovered some that are capable of breach. “There are already a number of compiled...
BANKS and businesses in the country could be trapped inside the crosshairs of many attackers as the landscape of financial attacks is expanding, a Symantec Corp. executive said. The attackers are attempting to strike organizations in “less saturated regions” that could be less secure, Symantec Asia CTO Matthias Yeo told...
SIEMENS AG noted the digitalization of the Philippines’s food and beverage (F&B) industry is promising. Digitalization is particularly important for the Philippines, as the country is growing rapidly in terms of population and production capacities, according to the German conglomerate company. “Digitalization would lay the foundation of how the local...
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