Technology

SYKES brings employees’ interest clubs online

Interest clubs: SYKES has turned their planned activities into virtual events.

To bolster engagement amid the pandemic, multinational business process outsourcing (BPO) pioneer SYKES Philippines has transformed the planned activities of its employees’ interest clubs into virtual events.

“At SYKES, we encourage a healthy work-life balance by heavily investing in the training, development, and overall success and engagement of our workforce and providing them avenues to pursue their passions with fellow SYKESers. We are especially keen on continuing our employee engagement programs now that we are in quarantine, considering how the current situation is significantly affecting our employees’ everyday lives. It’s a little more challenging with our work-from-home arrangements, but we believe that anything is possible if we set our mind to it,” said Lia Lynn Marcos, Human Resources, Senior Director, APAC of SYKES in a press statement.

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Entertainment

Lisa of BLACKPINK named CELINE’s global ambassador

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE. Image credit: Hedi Slimane
Image credit: Hedi Slimane

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE.

Lisa is CELINE’s first global ambassador since Hedi Slimane took the helm in 2018 as Artistic, Creative and Image Director. Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, CELINE has been owned by LVMH since 1996.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Ensuring academic integrity in the age of remote learning

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Remote learning is the new normal. As the dad of a college freshman in UP Diliman, I can tell you that online learning is no joke. My daughter and her classmates are probably studying even harder — and longer — because of these virtual classes than if they were physically going to school. And since remote learning is here to stay, every school will have to deal with the challenge of ensuring academic integrity.

“Moving forward, online education will become much more ingrained throughout the world. We are seeing that online learning is becoming a linchpin of the education system in the Philippines because of the pandemic. Governments have recognized the need for an agile education system that will remain functional, even during crises,” Jack Brazel, Head of Business Partnerships for Southeast Asia of Turnitin, told me in an email interview.

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Entertainment

BrightWin wins in LINE Thailand People’s Choice Awards

Win Metawin (left) and Bright Vachirawit, better known as BrightWin, won for Best Couple. Image credit: GMMTV Co., Ltd. Facebook page
Win Metawin (left) and Bright Vachirawit, better known as BrightWin, won for Best Couple. Image credit: GMMTV Co., Ltd. Facebook page

Thai actors Vachirawit Chivaaree (better known as Bright Vachirawit) and Metawin Opas-iamkajorn (better known as Win Metawin), whom their fans call BrightWin, were named Best Couple last night at the LINE Thailand People’s Choice Awards 2020.

BrightWin starred in the boys’ love Thai TV series “2gether: The Series” and its sequel “Still 2gether”. The immense popularity of “2gether: The Series” helped put an international spotlight on the boys’ love genre, with Netflix also acquiring the streaming rights for the show and its sequel.

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Entertainment, Gaming

Garena announces Free Fire partnership with KSHMR

Garena ​has announced that music producer and DJ Niles Hollowell-Dhar -- better known by his stage name ​KSHMR ​-- is ​Free Fire’s new brand ambassador.​

Garena ​has announced that music producer and DJ Niles Hollowell-Dhar — better known by his stage name ​KSHMR ​– is ​Free Fire’s new brand ambassador.​

Signed to Warner Music Group’s iconic dance label Spinnin’ Records, KSHMR is renowned for his innovative and pioneering approach to producing. The partnership unites one of the world’s most popular battle royale mobile games with one of the world’s most famous DJs, and continues Garena’s rollout of exciting new content for players.

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Technology

Barber services and more offered on demand by MyKuya

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

MyKuya users can now hire a personal barber through the MyKuya app to give them a haircut or shave in the comfort of their own home or office. They can also request the barber to give them a quick shoulder and head massage as part of the service. The MyKuya partner barbers will wear their set of personal protective equipment and bring their own sanitized equipment.

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Entertainment

MNL48 sub-unit Baby Blue releases 1st music video

Baby Blue, the first MNL48 sub-unit formed by Hallohallo Entertainment in partnership with Tower Records Japan, has released the music video of their debut single "Sweet Talking Sugar".  Image credit: Hallohallo Entertainment
Image credit: Hallohallo Entertainment

Baby Blue, the first MNL48 sub-unit formed by the Philippines’ Hallohallo Entertainment in partnership with Tower Records Japan, has released the music video of their debut single “Sweet Talking Sugar”.

Composed of MNL48 members Jan, Amy, and Coleen, the girl group Baby Blue is the first MNL48 sub-unit. The trio will deliver all-original songs and highlight R&B and hip-hop. MNL48, the first Filipino idol group, is an international sister group of the famous Japanese idol girl group AKB48.

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Gaming

Filipino-made esports platform Kalaro gears for launch

Filipino-made esports platform Kalaro has announced strategic alliances with corporate partners ahead of its Oct. 12 launch.

Kalaro, Asia’s first fully-integrated end-to-end Filipino-made esports platform, has announced strategic alliances with corporate partners ahead of its Oct. 12 launch.

The-AsiaGroup.com Inc., the company behind Kalaro, has partnered with National Computer Systems (NCS) of Singapore, ERNI from Switzerland, and Philippine companies Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), Dragonpay, GCash, and Globe Labs.

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Technology

Modular data approach introduced by Seagate in PH

Seagate Technology has announced the availability of its Exos and Nytro Systems in the Philippines. With this launch, Seagate is introducing a revolutionary modular data approach to building and deploying storage systems.

Seagate Technology has announced the availability of its Exos and Nytro systems in the Philippines. With this launch, Seagate is introducing a revolutionary modular data approach to building and deploying storage systems.

The global datasphere is projected to grow to 175 zettabytes by the year 2025, and businesses are facing a phenomenal growth in data sources and data volume that needs to be stored and processed. In order to tame this complexity and continue to put data to work during this IT 4.0 environment, a multi-tier architecture that connects the cloud, edge computing, the Internet of Things, and traditional enterprise data centers is required.

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Entertainment

The future is BLACKPINK, ELLE says on October cover

"BLACKPINK is the revolution," the K-pop girl group declared when they debuted on August 8, 2016. Now, as they continue their success story, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa are appearing on the October 2020 cover of the US edition of ELLE, which has declared that "the future is BLACKPINK". Image credit: ELLE
Image credit: ELLE

“BLACKPINK is the revolution,” the K-pop girl group said when they debuted on August 8, 2016. Now, as they continue their global success story, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa are appearing on the October 2020 cover of the US edition of ELLE, which has declared that “the future is BLACKPINK”.

Apart from the group cover, each member will have her own individual cover for the October 2020 issue.

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Entertainment

Arashi releases Bruno Mars-written 1st all-English song

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. Image credit: Arashi Twitter account
Image credit: Arashi Twitter account

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. The popular boy band had the world’s best-selling album in 2019, beating Taylor Swift.

The digital single is available for streaming and download, and a music video has been uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Arashi.

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