Month: July 2020

Gaming

League of Legends PCS Summer Split Week 6 results

League of Legends PCS Summer Split Week 6 results

PSG Talon (PSG) bounced back from a poor Week 5 in the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) 2020 Summer Split with four wins in the Super Week. These include important wins over league leader, Taipei J Team (JT), and ahq eSports club (AHQ).

AHQ, PSG and Machi Esports (MCX) are now tied for 2nd place with 12W4L. Other than PSG, the top four teams all suffered a loss and one particular defeat that stood out was MCX’s match against Alpha Esports (ALF).

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Geek Culture

#SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser art auction starts Aug. 1

Bid on high-quality prints of the #SuitsForHeroes campaign's distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction from August 1-7. Image credit: Comic Odyssey
Bid on high-quality prints of the #SuitsForHeroes campaign’s distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction from August 1-7. Image credit: Comic Odyssey

Heads up, comic book fans! The incredible double-sized conclusion to Comic Odyssey‘s #SuitsForHeroes initiative is upon us.

Following a donation drive at the Suits For Heroes website, fans are now invited to bid on high-quality prints of the campaign’s distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction. Filipino comic book artists and the country’s top comic book shops joined forces for the #SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser. They launched this to help purchase personal protective equipment for real-life superheroes: the Filipino health workers fighting COVID-19.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Edusuite platform keeps schools running amid pandemic

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As I’ve previously mentioned in this column, education is very dear to my heart. That’s why I was happy to learn that Philippine startup Edusuite aims to help improve the educational system here with its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered school management system for K-12 to college. This allows schools to focus less on administration and more on education.

Now, I’m a techno-optimist and a big believer in AI. I love Edusuite’s vision of having AI co-manage the school together with human administrators. Otherwise, as Edusuite Co-founder and President Niel Dagondon pointed out at the press briefing on July 29, you are using software but still just manually administering the school. But how challenging is it to get school officials to adopt this mindset and allow AI to co-manage?

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Gaming

Legion ambassador Lyka Mea on gaming and simple life

Lenovo Legion ambassador Lyka Mea loves gaming and being part of the gaming community.
Lenovo Legion ambassador Lyka Mea loves gaming and being part of the gaming community.

As a young girl, Lyka Mea saw her older sister playing The Sims. Little did the future Lenovo Legion ambassador know that this moment would change her life.

“My older sister was the one who introduced me to gaming. I saw her playing The Sims back in the day and I just had to try it out for myself. We eventually started playing Ragnarok Online, and to this day, it continues to be one of my guilty pleasure games,” Mea told Digital Life Asia.

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Technology

Globalization Partners launches APAC revenue team

Charles Ferguson, General Manager, APAC, Globalization Partners, has held positions at SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Intel.
Charles Ferguson, General Manager, APAC, Globalization Partners, has held positions at SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Intel.

On the back of the company’s US$150M funding round, Globalization Partners has launched its new Asia Pacific revenue team, appointing Charles Ferguson as General Manager for the region.

Globalization Partners offers an innovative platform that simplifies global business expansion. With significant business momentum across North America and EMEA over the last 12 months, Asia Pacific is the next key piece of the US-based company’s global growth trajectory.

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Geek Culture

A Clash of Kings #5: When the Imp and Spider were cool

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 Cover B by Mel Rubi. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 Cover B by Mel Rubi. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5
Writers: George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker
Artist: Mel Rubi
Cover: Mike Miller
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Adventure | $3.99 | Mature

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #5 is a great reminder that Tyrion and Varys were once intelligent and compelling characters.

Spoilers ahead.

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Technology

Bonds.PH app makes bond investing easy for unbanked

Union Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Edwin R. Bautista says the Bonds.PH mobile app will benefit every Filipino.
Union Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Edwin R. Bautista says the Bonds.PH mobile app will benefit every Filipino.

Have you ever thought of investing in retail treasury bonds? Now the Bonds.PH mobile app makes it easy for every Filipino, even the unbanked, to do so for as low as US$100.

The Philippine Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) is the first in Asia to launch an app for the distribution of retail treasury bonds enabled by Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

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Technology

IBM shows high cost of compromised employee accounts

Compromised employee accounts are the most expensive root cause of data breaches. This is based on the findings of the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report that IBM Security announced today.

Compromised employee accounts are the most expensive root cause of data breaches. In fact, data breaches caused by compromised employee accounts cost US$1M more than the average data breach. This is based on the findings of the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report that IBM Security announced today.

Sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report is based on in-depth interviews with more than 3,200 security professionals in organizations that suffered a data breach over the past year. This global study on the financial impact of data breaches revealed that these incidents cost companies US$3.86M per breach on average. Meanwhile, the average cost in ASEAN is US$2.71M.

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Technology

Hyperlocal to become part of new normal, says BPI

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the emergence of a vibrant hyperlocal market, with residents preferring to buy and sell products within their immediate communities.

“The hyperlocal marketplace is expected to become part of the new normal due to its unique selling proposition. The proximity factor between the buyer and seller makes this model work and competitive even with other online options from larger companies. The ability to deliver products and services faster gives a tremendous opportunity to all participants in this ecosystem,” Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Chief Digital Officer Noel Santiago told Digital Life Asia.

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Geek Culture

Vengeance of Vampirella #9: Abaddon all hope

Vengeance of Vampirella 9 Cover D: Marissa Ramirez Cosplay Variant. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Vengeance of Vampirella #9 Cover D: Marissa Ramirez Cosplay Variant. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Vengeance of Vampirella #9
Writer: Thomas Sniegoski
Artist: Michael Sta. Maria
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

While you might be rooting for the Lords of Order against the Lords of Chaos, one thing we learn from Vengeance of Vampirella #9 is that they are sore losers.

Spoilers ahead.

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