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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.

“We are excited to introduce our Exos and Nytro systems in the Philippines to serve emerging IT 4.0 markets, as well as cloud and traditional data center customers. Our goal is to arm customers and partners with the right technologies to empower their businesses. With modular products that deliver versatility and usability, customers will enjoy drastically simplified user experience while successfully addressing their diverse business needs,” said Angeline Gan, Head of ASEAN Sales at Seagate, in a press statement.

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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. ELLE US announced the BLACKPINK cover on its official Twitter account last night.

“BLACKPINK in your area and on the cover of ELLE! For our October issue, the biggest girl group in the world—Lisa, Jennie, Rosé, and Jisoo—take us inside their journey to world domination. @ygofficialblink #BLACKPINKxELLE http://ellemag.co/rsHomsO”

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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.

According to Japan Times, the Grammy-award winning American singer and songwriter decided to write and produce the song for Arashi “after listening to the group’s previous songs and watching concert videos, and gave the members vocal lessons as well.”

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Entertainment Gaming

PUBG Mobile BLACKPINK in your area now a reality

After all the speculation, the PUBG Mobile collaboration with BLACKPINK has been officially confirmed. How you like that, PUBG Mobile players?

After all the speculation, the PUBG Mobile collaboration with BLACKPINK has been officially confirmed.

How you like that, PUBG Mobile players?

Both YG Entertainment, the music company behind the popular K-pop girl group, and PUBG Mobile announced the partnership this afternoon after a series of teasers.

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A Life Less Analog Entertainment

Cookie Monster: C is for cookie, change, and creativity

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You know that All That Matters is a special event when the world-famous muppet Cookie Monster is one of the keynote speakers.

Branded is holding Asia’s leading entertainment industry conference 100 percent online this year from Sept. 14-18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All That Matters has turned this challenge into an opportunity to embrace change and display even more creativity. Going virtual has enabled All That Matters to bring together a diverse — and unconventional — lineup of speakers. These include Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Elmo, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, rapper Chuck D, and playwright David Mamet.

“We may be physically distant and far from each other. But we all are connected through our hearts. Just like how me and you are connected right now. Me video call and talk to my friends and make sure they all are doing fine during this lockdown,” Cookie Monster told Branded Co-Founder and CEO Jasper Donat during his session.

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Technology

TransUnion tackles credit application dropouts, fraud

With the demand for digital access increasing dramatically due to COVID-19-related restrictions, TransUnion is helping address not only consumer pain points but also the rise in fraud.

With the demand for digital access increasing dramatically due to COVID-related restrictions, TransUnion is helping address not only consumer pain points but also the rise in fraud.

Already available in other TransUnion markets, TransUnion Seamless Onboarding has been recently launched in the Philippines. This will help both financial institutions and consumers experience an end-to-end digital (or digital-assisted) onboarding process that delivers a friction-right experience, while increasing conversions and loyalty, reducing fraud, and driving operational efficiencies.

“Improving customer journeys may seem like an insurmountable task. Financial institutions are often reliant upon legacy or multiple systems and have to choose between maintaining those systems and developing new platforms. At TransUnion, we have focused on designing a service that delivers a full range of solutions that are easy to integrate for our customers, and our flexible orchestration and plug-and-play offering is configurable to meet evolving business needs. The service helps institutions rise above new challenges, including competition from progressive fintechs, and help them create an environment and experience where in the end, both the provider and the consumer win,” said TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano in a press statement.

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Entertainment

Park Seo Joon to appear in ‘Record of Youth’

Remember when Park Bo Gum made a cameo in "Itaewon Class"? Well, now "Itaewon Class" star Park Seo Joon seems to be returning the favor, as he is set to make an appearance in Park Bo Gum's "Record of Youth". Image credit: Awesome ENT Co., Ltd.
Image credit: Awesome ENT Co., Ltd.

Remember when Park Bo Gum made a cameo in “Itaewon Class”? Well, now “Itaewon Class” star Park Seo Joon seems to be returning the favor, as he is set to make an appearance in Park Bo Gum’s “Record of Youth”.

According to Cosmopolitan Philippines, Park Seo Joon will be a special guest in a future episode of “Record of Youth”, which is streaming on Netflix.

Apart from Park Bo Gum, the K-drama stars Park So Dam (“Parasite”) and Byeon Woo Seok (“Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency”).

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Geek Culture

Hatsune Miku tapped by Japan gov’t vs coronavirus

Japan has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world's most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter. Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.
Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.

The Japanese government has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world’s most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter.

According to a report by Japan Today, this position is under the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat’s Office for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control.

“This office is responsible for informing the public of the latest in infection prevention methods based on the most up to date knowledge of the virus. Previous awareness campaigns include how to use the contact tracing app that no one else uses, and avoiding the ‘Three Cs’ of closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings.”

Developed by Sapporo-based music technology company Crypton Future Media, INC., Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Her name means “the first sound from the future”.

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Entertainment Gaming

PUBG Mobile collaborating with BLACKPINK?

With the latest teaser posted on its official Twitter account, PUBG Mobile has apparently confirmed it is collaborating with BLACKPINK.

Have you seen the latest teaser posted on PUBG Mobile’s official Twitter account? PUBG Mobile has apparently confirmed it is collaborating with the popular K-pop girl group BLACKPINK.

PUBG Mobile tweeted “‘New color’ is on the way.” The tweet was accompanied by a teaser image of four people inside a pink vehicle.

If you look at what’s hanging from the rear view mirror, you will see a tiny version of the BLACKPINK official light stick.

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Gaming

ULeague helps battle COVID-19 via Mobile Legends

More than just competing for gaming glory, the top esports teams in the ULeague Mobile Legends Charity Clash Tournament are helping in the fight against COVID-19.

More than just competing for gaming glory, the esports teams in the ULeague Mobile Legends Charity Clash Tournament are helping in the fight against COVID-19.

Scheduled on Sept. 16 and 17, the Championship Round of the charity tournament will be livestreamed on the ULeague Facebook page. Proceeds from the ULeague teams in the Charity Clash Tournament were given to COVID-19 initiatives of various nonprofits as a way for the esports and gaming community to help vulnerable communities cope with the pandemic.

“ULeague is a corporate league where companies, gamers, and professional esports athletes can engage in competition and promote the thriving esports industry. Esports is such an interesting industry and has seen tremendous growth in viewership and revenue in recent years,” said Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) Vice Chairman Justo A. Ortiz in a press statement.