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League of Legends PCS Summer Split Week 7 results

The final week of the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) 2020 Summer Split Regular Season delivered both thrills and heartbreak across the three days of competition, including the nerve-wrecking tiebreaker on Sunday.

The final week of the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) 2020 Summer Split Regular Season delivered both thrills and heartbreak across the three days of competition, including the nerve-wrecking tiebreaker on Sunday.

At the start of the week, plenty of excitement grew around the possibility of an unprecedented, four-way tie among the top four teams: Taipei J team (JT), ahq eSports club (AHQ), PSG Talon (PSG), and Machi Esports (MCX). The stars seem to align as all four teams secured the necessary wins over the weekend, though it all came down to the crucial match between JT and MCX.

A win for MCX against JT would have guaranteed the four-way tie, while JT could have ended the Regular Season in first place with a win against the runner-up of the League of Legends PCS Spring Split. Fully aware of the risk posed by the four-way tie, JT was relentless in this match. They were able to secure Cloud Soul under 24 minutes and decimated MCX despite Mission having his pocket pick Azir, ending the match with 0 kills and 6 deaths. The first-place finish of JT is a vast improvement for a team that barely made it into the playoffs in Spring. This performance was their greatest show of intent to qualify for Worlds 2020.

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Technology

Lark Mail: Can this new tool disrupt traditional email?

Email unfortunately is still a siloed form of communication. Lark, however, aims to change this with the launch of its latest product offering, Lark Mail.

While email is still vital for enterprises, unfortunately it continues to be a siloed form of communication. It keeps information away from teams who primarily communicate using digital collaboration platforms. Lark, however, aims to change this with the launch of its latest product offering, Lark Mail.

Lark Mail, along with the rest of Lark’s suite of collaboration tools consisting of 200GB cloud storage, 500GB email storage and unlimited video call minutes, is available for free for businesses in the Philippines.

“Email remains a core component to the workflow of many organizations, but its separation from other collaborative tools such as messenger creates bottlenecks in productivity and makes it hard to stay on the same page,” said Joey Lim, Lark VP of Commercial, Asia, in a press statement.

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Gaming

Wartortoise: Meet Legion ambassador Paolo Umpa

Lenovo Legion ambassador Paolo Umpa a.k.a. Wartortoise is grateful for the many life skills he learned through gaming.
Lenovo Legion ambassador Paolo Umpa a.k.a. Wartortoise is grateful for the many life skills he learned through gaming.

Even as a kid, Lenovo Legion ambassador Paolo Umpa, better known online as Wartortoise, knew that gaming would help him catch ’em all and succeed in life. In fact, Umpa’s family introduced him to gaming, setting him on the path that would one day make him Wartortoise.

“I was given a Game Boy when I was in grade school, and Pokémon Crystal was the first game I ever played,” Umpa told Digital Life Asia.

According to Umpa, gaming isn’t just entertaining, but also educational.

“Gaming’s fun since I get to connect with different people. I played with an 11-year old, and he’s way better than me in League of Legends hahaha! It’s very cliché, but it’s still true — more than the pure excitement that you get from playing, it also teaches you camaraderie and teamwork. Growing up, video games taught me a lot and I’d say that it’s one of my main sources of learning English (other than TV). It also introduces you to many things. God of War: Chains of Olympus fueled my interest in Greek mythology, and Octopath Traveler opened me to different life perspectives,” he said.

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Geek Culture

Red Sonja and Vampirella will miss Betty and Veronica

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12 Cover D by Dan Parent. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12 Cover D by Dan Parent. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #12
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Laura Sanapo
Cover: Fay Dalton
FC | 32 pages | Horror/Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

And so Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica has finally come to an end. Just as a new chapter begins in the history of Drakulon.

Who will now sit on the throne?

And who will get a proper mani and pedi when she gets home?

Spoilers ahead.

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A Life Less Analog Technology

Impact Hackathon: Why the geeks shall inherit the earth

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The COVID-19 pandemic is the asteroid that will finally make the dinosaurs extinct. And by dinosaurs I mean individuals and companies who still refuse to embrace digital. I truly believe this. Which is why I’m happy that Impact Hub Manila (IHM) is bringing back Impact Hackathon to create genuine change in society. This year’s Impact Hackathon will be held virtually on Aug. 17-21. It aims to reboot the economy through inclusive digital innovations in five verticals. These include climate change, education, food and agriculture, health and wellness, and smart cities.

Only those who are still in denial think that things will “go back to normal”. The COVID-19 pandemic is the end of the world as we know it. It is a turning point in human history that has accelerated digital transformation. So don’t listen to the dinosaurs. Don’t listen to the defenders of the status quo who want to go back to doing the same things. Instead of using this disruption as an opportunity to build a better post-pandemic world. Not just the new normal, but a better normal.

“I am very optimistic and I truly believe that technology is the great enabler. It has completely democratized a lot of things that we’re doing,” IHM Founder and CEO Ces Rondario said in response to a question from Digital Life Asia in the press briefing.

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Geek Culture

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 13 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Season 1 Episode 13: “Midnight Train”

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 13: “Midnight Train”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

Thirteen is a lucky number for the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire, as we’re treated to yet another great episode.

Vita Ayala, who incidentally is writing the ongoing James Bond series, takes over again in the latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire.

An episode that proves Diane a.k.a. Selene was wrong when she said no one would be looking for Jessica Jones.

Spoilers ahead.

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Geek Culture

Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 review: So red the Sonja

Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 Cover B by Mayara Sampaio. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 Cover B by Mayara Sampaio. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Vampirella/Red Sonja #9
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Drew Moss
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

We already know how ferocious a warrior the She-Devil with a Sword is. Vampirella/Red Sonja #9 shows us how even deadlier Red Sonja is when she becomes a vampire.

Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella/Red Sonja series has convinced me that this comic book publisher’s two most popular characters are made for each other. I’ve been a fan of Red Sonja since I was a kid. Then I fell in love with Vampirella when I reviewed Vengeance of Vampirella #8, which was the first Vampirella comic I read.

So what happens when you turn a She-Devil into a vampire? Spoilers ahead.

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Technology

CreditVision: TransUnion aims to transform lending in PH

TransUnion has announced on Aug. 4 that it has launched CreditVision in the Philippines.

TransUnion has announced on Aug. 4 that it has launched CreditVision in the Philippines. This solution is set to transform lending in the Philippines, where it is the only trended data product available in the market.

CreditVision has changed the way financial institutions around the world understand, manage, and evaluate their customers. It has empowered lenders to offer loans to millions of new customers and new-to-credit individuals in global markets. This suite of trended data capabilities provides a more detailed and accurate picture of a consumer’s financial behavior over a period of time compared to traditional scoring models.

“It is crucial for the finance industry to be proactively identifying both risks and opportunities early on to mitigate credit losses and strengthen customer relationships during these trying times. CreditVision provides a more stable view of which consumers represent good credit risk, positioning it to drive strong consumer and business benefits as the country navigates challenging economic conditions. It also helps those who were previously under the radar be considered as the additional variables and attributes now in play help lenders understand shifts or patterns in the consumer’s behavior, which will enable lenders to offer the right products,” said TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano in a press statement.

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Geek Culture

James Bond #6 review: The name’s Big… Mr. Big

James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

James Bond #6
Writers: Vita Ayala and Danny Lore
Artist: Brent Peeples
Cover: Afua Richardson
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

As I mentioned in my James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 HC review, I wasn’t really a James Bond fan. Reading the James Bond comics of Dynamite Entertainment, however, changed that. James Bond #6 is another great issue that will make you glad 007 is in comic books.

It helps that it’s co-written by Vita Ayala (Morbius, Gamora), whose episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire have made me a fan, and Danny Lore (Queen Of Bad Dreams).

Not only that, but also James Bond #6 features one of the classic Bond villains, Mr. Big, whom Yaphet Kotto played in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die”. Incidentally, this was the first movie to star the late Roger Moore as Bond.

Spoilers ahead.

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Geek Culture

The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 rushed back to print

The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 begins the long-awaited second chapter of this biblical-noir epic from writer Jason Aaron and artist r.m.Guéra.

The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 begins the long-awaited second chapter of this biblical-noir epic from writer Jason Aaron and artist r.m.Guéra.

The perfect jumping on point for readers new to The Goddamned series, The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1 is now being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with demand.

The stark and brutal world of The Goddamned is set in the time before the Great Flood, when the world of man is a place of wanton violence and unbridled depravity.