Month: November 2020

Technology

Merry multitasking Christmas gift ideas from Lenovo

These merry multitasking Christmas gifts might make it easier for your loved ones to adjust to the new normal. Image credit: Lenovo
Image credit: Lenovo

Can you believe that Christmas Day is almost here? It’s been a tough year, but these merry multitasking Christmas gifts might make it easier for your loved ones to adjust to the new normal.

After all, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, and employees now expect to work from home as part of the new normal. So here are some gift ideas from Lenovo Philippines for the multitasking professionals in your life. Let them know how proud you are of them for making it through the year, and that you can’t wait to see what amazing things they will accomplish in 2021.

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Technology

Manny Pacquiao named Globe brand ambassador

L-R: Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO and Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala at the signing ceremony. Image credit: Globe Telecom
L-R: Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO and Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala at the signing ceremony. Image credit: Globe Telecom

Has Globe Telecom scored a knockout by naming twelve-time, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as its new brand ambassador?

“Manny is the epitome of a true global Filipino, a homegrown talent who rises above challenges to bring pride to the country. Much like Manny who remains unfazed by the challenges of this pandemic, Globe has remained steadfast in providing Filipinos with digital solutions and mobile and internet services that have become lifelines under the new normal,” Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Technology

‘Cruising Past Seventy’: Former IT exec on life’s journey

"Cruising Past Seventy": In 41 easy-to-read short chapters, Carolina Esguerra Colborn shares her life's journey and the lessons learned. Image credit: Carolina Esguerra Colborn
Image credit: Carolina Esguerra Colborn

Before migrating to and retiring in the US, Carolina Esguerra Colborn’s business card had “President/CEO” printed on it. Now it reads “Wanderer, Writer, Wife.” In 41 easy-to-read short chapters, Colborn shares her life’s journey and the lessons learned in her second travel book, “Cruising Past Seventy: It’s Not Only about Outer Journeys. It’s Also about Inner Ones”.

“I really don’t miss much of my old life. It became a very stressful period of my life in 1998 to 2003 with SAP and BayanTrade. In my first book, I wrote that ‘I wanted time to cook a little, teach a little, travel a little, write a little, and, yes, love a little.’ The last one would have been impossible in Manila. I am happy to report that all five have been accomplished and I will be into painting next year. What I miss most is the barkadahan with special longtime friends. That was my most precious coping mechanism for all the stress. Unfortunately, American society is not as clannish as the Filipino. I miss the jokes and laughter in kwentuhan, ballroom dancing, karaoke singing, and even the mahjong and poker sessions,” Colborn told Digital Life Asia.

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Entertainment

‘Gameboys Level-Up Edition’ BL series headed to Netflix

Prepare for more kilig moments, because Netflix is releasing "Gameboys" as "Gameboys Level-Up Edition", featuring never-seen-before scenes. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Fans of the popular Filipino boys’ love (BL) web series “Gameboys” should prepare for more kilig moments, because Netflix is releasing it globally on Dec. 30 as “Gameboys Level-Up Edition”, featuring never-seen-before scenes.

“Our goal with ‘Gameboys’ was to create a truly Filipino BL while also delivering universal themes and messages about two boys who find themselves connecting during the pandemic using the all-computer-screen format. The global health crisis basically forced us to rethink how we were producing stories, and institute a work-from-home shoot, involving actors recording themselves using their personal phones, supervised by a small crew attending the set virtually. We are excited to share ‘Gameboys Level-Up Edition’ with the world through Netflix,” said series creator Jun Robles Lana in a press statement.

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Technology

Boomi empowers Native Union ecommerce pivot

Prior to the pandemic, Native Union was primarily a B2B company, but it was able to quickly embrace ecommerce with the help of Boomi. Image credit: Boomi
The Native Union office. Image credit: Boomi

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Native Union was primarily a business-to-business company, but it was able to quickly embrace direct ecommerce with the help of Boomi. Native Union Chief Operating and Financial Officer Farouk Merzougui said unifying their myriad applications with the Boomi AtomSphere Platform gave them flexibility and scalability, enabling them to rapidly adapt to changing conditions.

“With our former infrastructure, we would have supported this expansion in a labor-intensive manner. We had an ecosystem of more than 10 different applications, none of it connected, and each business function was working in its own silo. We had low flexibility, poor scalability, and we could not draw on our data easily to make the right decisions. Previously, there was a huge amount of duplication across our teams. We felt beholden to our infrastructure,” Merzougui said in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Gaming

BLACKPINK PUBG MOBILE Fun Match in your area

The K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has been wowing the world with their music, but how will they fare in their PUBG MOBILE Fun Match tonight? Image credit: PUBG MOBILE
Image credit: PUBG MOBILE

The K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has been wowing the world with their music, but how will they fare in their PUBG MOBILE Fun Match tonight?

Super Junior member and gamer Kim Hee Chul will host the BLACKPINK PUBG MOBILE Fun Match, which will see Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa squad up for an exclusive match in the Erangel map. Joining them are South Korean streamers and influencers DDEDDEDDEDDE and BEENU. The Fun Match will be available on the event tab of PUBG MOBILE’s in-game e-Sports Center at 9 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST). PUBG MOBILE will then release it on its official YouTube and Facebook channels at 10 PM PST.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Our world has changed forever. Live with it

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Months after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our way of life, forced most of us to stay home, and finally made more people embrace digital, many of us are still in denial. Our world has changed forever. Yet you still hear people talking about returning to normal.

Which is why I’m happy to talk to people who can see the big picture, like VMware COO Sanjay Poonen, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at VMworld, which, like many events, was held virtually this year. Someone who understands that our world has changed, because everyone and everything is connected. And that all these changes happening to the way we work will also have a profound impact on the way we live, transforming human society and changing the course of history for the years and maybe even decades to come.

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Technology

ScaleUp Malaysia accelerator program launches Cohort 2

What every entrepreneur should know about roadmaps. ScaleUp Malaysia Managing Partner Andre Sequerah shared this insight during the Cohort 2 Product Management session. Image credit: ScaleUp Malaysia
What every entrepreneur should know about roadmaps. ScaleUp Malaysia Managing Partner Andre Sequerah shared this insight during the Cohort 2 Product Management session. Image credit: ScaleUp Malaysia

ScaleUp Malaysia has officially launched Cohort 2 of their famed ScaleUp Malaysia accelerator program, powered by Quest Ventures.

Through its Pegasus scaling model, ScaleUp Malaysia accelerates startups from their growth and post-product-market fit stage into the scaling up to become businesses with high revenue growth and profitability. ScaleUp Malaysia selected 20 companies for Cohort 2: Quadby, GenYouth, Hire.Seniors, ERTH, SMARTFUND, EzyOffice, Fefifo, Hatio, HAUZ, HOMA, Kiddocare, Load2Go, MMC, MyBump Media, POMEN, qijang, SUPERVISOR, tanalink, RECQA, and Virtual X. ​

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Technology

Making 5G mainstream with MediaTek Dimensity 700

Making 5G mainstream means making it accessible to consumers everywhere on a wide variety of devices. Image credit: MediaTek
Image credit: MediaTek

In a move toward making 5G mainstream and addressing growing consumer demand for 5G devices, MediaTek has unveiled its new Dimensity 700 5G smartphone chipset. The Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company made the announcement at the MediaTek Virtual Executive Summit 2020.

“With our expanded Dimensity portfolio we’re bringing the latest 5G capabilities to every smartphone tier so more people can enjoy 5G experiences. The Dimensity 700 has an impressive mix of 5G connectivity features, advanced camera capabilities like night shot enhancements, and multiple voice assistant support, all in a super power-efficient design,” said JC Hsu, Corporate VP and GM of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit, in a press statement.

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Technology

Palo Alto Networks announces Prisma Cloud 2.0

Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar said Prisma Cloud 2.0 provides companies with a unified solution. Image credit: Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar said Prisma Cloud 2.0 provides companies with a unified solution. Image credit: Palo Alto Networks

With the announcement of Prisma Cloud 2.0, Palo Alto Networks is offering the industry’s only comprehensive Cloud Native Security Platform (CNSP).

“Today, organizations are using multiple clouds in many different ways. This has brought many benefits such as quick deployment, increased agility, and rapid feature rollout, but also has brought the potential for many different kinds of risk,” said Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar in a press statement.

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Technology

1Export brings global opportunity to MSMEs

Many MSMEs are finding a lifeline through Philippine startup 1Export, an end-to-end platform for cross-border trade and fulfillment. Image credit: 1Export
Image credit: 1Export

Exporting has become one of the last remaining opportunities for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) hoping to hold on through the pandemic. Many such businesses are finding a lifeline through Philippine startup 1Export, an end-to-end platform for cross-border trade and fulfillment.

“We make them globally competitive so that they can export. We help them export so they can sell more, stay afloat, and serve the needs and wants of other markets,” said 1Export CEO Mel Nava.

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Gaming

Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion arrives from Bungie

Bungie today announced that the next chapter in the Destiny universe has begun with the launch of the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion. Image credit: Bungie
Image credit: Bungie

Bungie today announced that the next chapter in the Destiny universe has begun with the launch of the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is the first in a trilogy of expansions that marks a new age of Destiny 2 and reaffirms Bungie’s commitment to Destiny 2 for years to come. In addition to the launch of the new expansion, a new Season of content also arrives with the debut of Season of the Hunt, which kicks off its story campaign on Nov. 18.

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