Month: April 2020

A Life Less Analog, Technology

Social media platforms urged to step up vs fake news

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Fake news is always harmful. But it becomes even deadlier in these uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. People are now more emotional and spending a lot of time online. Because of this, social media platforms are becoming an even bigger breeding ground for fake news.

One of the biggest factors in the proliferation of fake news is the existence of paid trolls. Troll armies spread fake news to support their clients or discredit the enemies of these benefactors. They even harass ordinary citizens who criticize the politicians they work for.

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Technology

Brand authenticity: Caring as the new status symbol

Consumers are seeking brand authenticity, says Rags2Riches President Reese Fernandez-Ruiz.
Consumers are seeking brand authenticity, says Rags2Riches President Reese Fernandez-Ruiz.

The world has changed, and so have we. To stay relevant, companies must adapt to this shift in consciousness and lifestyles. Now, more than ever, consumers are demanding brand authenticity.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic event that has cost thousands of lives, it has also caused a shift in our values as a society. It has become an opportunity for us to become better people. For us to work together to build a better post-pandemic world.

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Entertainment, Technology

Digital activism via Global Citizen lets you earn rewards

Digital activism via Global Citizen

(Editor’s note: A different version of this article on digital activism was originally published on TessDrive.com. Reposted with permission.)

Were you able to watch the historic One World: Together at Home global broadcasting and digital event on April 18? Lady Gaga curated this virtual concert in collaboration with Global Citizen, a global movement that encourages digital activism in the fight against poverty, and the World Health Organization.

This broadcast and online special featured A-listers such as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John. The goal was to encourage people to stay home, show support for health care workers as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and raise awareness for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

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Technology

Online banking embraced by more Filipinos, says ING

Hans Sicat, country manager of ING Bank in the Philippines, stresses the need to make online banking accessible 24/7 to customers.
Hans Sicat, country manager of ING Bank in the Philippines, stresses the need to make online banking accessible 24/7 to customers.

Need more convincing that it is better to bank from home? The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a very compelling reason. Filipinos are now shifting to online banking due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that forces them to stay home.

As an all-digital bank, ING Bank is committed to making its services available 24/7. It has also announced it will keep its savings interest rate at 4% per annum until July 31. This will assure ING customers that their money will continue to grow, as sustained savings or for emergency needs.

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Technology

Business in the new normal: Define it, or watch it unfold?

Rossana A. Fajardo, SGV Advisory Services Leader, says the choices you make today amid the COVID-19 crisis will determine the future of your business in the new normal.
Rossana A. Fajardo, SGV Advisory Services Leader, says the choices you make today amid the COVID-19 crisis will determine the future of your business in the new normal.

A joke is making the rounds on social media. Who led the digital transformation of your company? A) CEO B) CTO C) COVID-19. The encircled letter was C, of course. And, yes, apparently COVID-19 is what it took to convince companies to finally embrace digital transformation to ensure the success of their business in the new normal.

While the pandemic has caught business leaders flatfooted, they have known for years that digital transformation was necessary. So what happened?

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Phygital banking is the way to go, says BPI

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While other banks are talking about digital banking, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has said it is already looking ahead and pursuing a phygital banking strategy.

As one of the country’s top banks, BPI has aggressively pushed digitalization. However, it also recognizes that customers require different channels based on their preferences and types of transactions.

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Technology

Pivot your business to overcome COVID-19 challenges

Is it time to pivot your business? Your company's survival may depend on it, says Ticket2Me Founder and CEO Darwin Mariano.

Is it time to pivot your business? Your company’s survival may depend on it, says Ticket2Me Founder and CEO Darwin Mariano.

Who knew Ross Geller of “Friends” was a business guru? He made us laugh when he kept yelling “Pivot!” But it turns out that the ability to adapt quickly to changes and pivot your business is an essential skill.

This is even more crucial nowadays, as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggle to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Science, Technology

Digital climate strikes to be held via Earth Day Live

Digital climate strikes will be held as part of Earth Day Live
Image credit: Emily Thiessen

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to stay home. But that won’t stop millions of climate activists around the world from holding digital climate strikes.

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year Earth Day is going digital. One of these digital initiatives is Earth Day Live. The US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition are organizing this three-day live stream on April 22-24. Earth Day Live will enable millions of people to join activists, celebrities, musicians, and more in the online mobilization.

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Gaming, Technology

Gaming PCs come of age with new Lenovo Legion lineup

Lenovo Asia Pacific Gaming Lead Ian Tan emphasized that the company designs gaming PCs based on what gamers want.
Lenovo Asia Pacific Gaming Lead Ian Tan emphasized that the company designs gaming PCs based on what gamers want.

Remember when gaming laptops looked like alien machines? With flamboyant designs that loudly proclaimed to the whole world that the owner was a hardcore gamer? Nowadays, however, avid gamers are more likely to choose gaming PCs that combine a stylish design for everyday use and savage performance for intense gaming sessions.

“There will always be different horses for different courses, and people will want certain types of designs. There will always be people who like loud designs. But the majority of gamers want something that is sophisticated. That looks like you can bring this anywhere and it will look cool. I’m quite hardcore myself, and I love technology in all its forms. So if you look at my router at home, it’s got a loud design. But the laptop that I bring, given the different scenarios that I often find myself in, I need it to be as sleek and beautiful as possible,” Lenovo Asia Pacific Gaming Lead Ian Tan said in response to a question from Digital Life Asia during the online product launch of the Lenovo Legion 2020 lineup on April 17.

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Technology

Online sellers get financing support from Lazada, BillEase

Lazada Philippines CEO Ray Alimurung said their priority is to support the online sellers on their platform.
Lazada Philippines CEO Ray Alimurung said their priority is to support the online sellers on their platform.

As businesses struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic, online sellers will get much needed help through the Lazada Seller Financing program.

Ecommerce giant Lazada and FDFC, the fintech company behind digital credit app BillEase, have launched the financial relief program for micro and small businesses. Lazada sellers can apply for financing and enjoy a digitalized application process via BillEase for Business.

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A Life Less Analog, Science, Technology

Earth Day 2020: Digital strikes, online climate conference

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Earth Day on April 22 will be even more special this year. It is the 50th anniversary of the day millions of people demanded action for our planet. Moreover, we are also fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. An ongoing crisis that has exposed the weaknesses of a broken system that prioritizes profit over people and the planet.

With physical distancing and lockdowns of cities and countries now part of the new normal, Earth Day is going digital. Millions of participants around the world will mobilize on digital platforms. The shared hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE will allow users to easily track the global conversation. Various organizations, including Fridays For Future and Strike With Us, will launch digital strikes. Meanwhile, the social network We Don’t Have Time is organizing the world’s biggest online climate conference on April 20-25, with 100 speakers from five continents and a live stream on the event site.

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Technology

Financial access amid pandemic via handheld ATMs

Every Filipino should enjoy financial access, even if they live in far-flung areas, according to ENCASH President Mike Mapa.
Every Filipino should enjoy financial access even if they live in far-flung areas, according to ENCASH President Mike Mapa.

With the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) now on its fifth week, financial access has become even more crucial for households. To address this pressing need, fintech company ENCASH has lent its SuperPOS handheld ATMs to rural banks, cooperatives, and town halls to ensure easy access to cash. This has become particularly helpful for the ongoing distribution of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) releases.

Launched in 2006, ENCASH is the first independent ATM deployer in the Philippines. It supplies ATM terminals, transaction switching systems, mobile POS, and the recently rolled out SuperPOS. This is a handheld ATM that has both cash in and cash out functions.

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