Month: March 2021

Technology

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Smart, Laguna offer VR church visits

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Devotees looking to visit Laguna's historical churches this Holy Week can do so from the safety of their homes. Image credit: Smart Communications
Image credit: Smart Communications

Devotees looking to visit Laguna’s historical churches this Holy Week can do so from the safety of their homes thanks to the Virtual Visita Iglesia.

“We first learned about the project from the Parish Pastoral Council, which I am a part of. We knew that the usual Visita Iglesia would not be possible because of the pandemic, so we’re happy that this platform exists. In fact, our family will be doing this together — including family members from abroad. It’s a good way to spend the Holy Week. We can still fulfill our Catholic obligation while in the safety of our homes,” said Josefina Concepcion Lector, a teacher in Miriam College Nuvali in Calamba.

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Technology

Lenovo APAC business to be headed by Amar Babu

Lenovo has appointed Amar Babu to lead the company’s business in the overall Asia Pacific region, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and India / South Asia. Image credit: Lenovo
Image credit: Lenovo

Lenovo has appointed Amar Babu to lead the company’s business in the overall Asia Pacific (APAC) region, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and India / South Asia.

He succeeds Ken Wong, who will become President, Lenovo Solutions and Services Group, to capitalize on the Group’s service-led transformation growth opportunities.

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Gaming, Geek Culture

‘DOTA o Ako’ music video sequel released by Netflix

It’s a question that almost every Filipina girlfriend would angrily ask their boyfriend: "DOTA o ako? (DOTA or me?)" Now, ten years later, the "DOTA o Ako" music video sequel is here, starring the couple everyone could relate to: Aikee and Vanessa.
Image credit: Netflix

It’s a question that almost every Filipina girlfriend would angrily ask their boyfriend: “DOTA o ako? (DOTA or me?)” Now, ten years later, the “DOTA o Ako” music video sequel is here, starring the couple everyone could relate to: Aikee and Vanessa.

“To be honest, I can’t even imagine that my song 10 years ago ay magkakaroon ng sequel at hindi lang basta sequel bagkus sequel ito (would have a sequel and not just any sequel but a sequel) with Netflix. Kaya sobrang saya po ng puso ko dahil nabigyan ulit ng chance ang awiting tumatak sa tao isang dekada na ang nakalipas (That’s why my heart is filled with joy because they have given this song that was popular almost 10 years ago a chance to shine again),” Aikee said.

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Technology

SDG Academy Indonesia offers mobile learning program

Image credit: Screenshot of SDG Academy Indonesia site
Image credit: Screenshot of SDG Academy Indonesia site

The SDG Academy Indonesia, a collaborative platform of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), and the Tanoto Foundation, has announced the launch of its digital SDG Mobile Learning and SDG Leadership Certification programs.

“The SDG Academy Indonesia is a platform to strengthen the involvement of many stakeholders to learn, collaborate and contribute to the SDGs achievement. It is carried out through concrete and innovative examples to answer various development challenges. SDG Academy Indonesia is also expected to help strengthen the capacity of local government officials in formulating SDGs regional action plans and overseeing their implementation, which urgently requires leadership and technical capacity,” said Vivi Yulaswati, Head of SDG Secretariat and Expert Staff on Poverty Reduction and Social Welfare at the Bappenas, in a press statement.

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Gaming

Call of Duty: Mobile, DBTK launch PH merch collab

Official Call of Duty: Mobile apparel is now available in the Philippines, after Garena launched on Mar. 27 a collaboration with Filipino street fashion brand Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK). Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

Official Call of Duty: Mobile apparel is now available in the Philippines, after Garena launched on Mar. 27 a collaboration with Filipino street fashion brand Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK). The DBTK | Call of Duty: Mobile collection will only be available via DBTK’s official website and will not be carried in its physical stores.

“We’re always on the prowl for new ways to surprise and delight the CODMmunity, so we’re excited to team up with fashion-forward DBTK to offer our fans fresh and stylish ways to express themselves sartorially. Our partnership is perfect as we share the same goal to inspire and empower young people to chase their passions,” said Nazrin Qayyum Azis, Call of Duty: Mobile – Garena’s Producer for Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Gaming, Geek Culture

AnimeJapan 2021: ‘Yasuke’, ‘Eden’ and more from Netflix

The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda ('The Way of the Househusband'), Marika Kohno ('Eden'), and Toshiyuki Morikawa ('Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness'). Image credit: Netflix
The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda (‘The Way of the Househusband’), Marika Kohno (‘Eden’), and Toshiyuki Morikawa (‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’). Image credit: Netflix

“Yasuke”, “Eden”, “Record of Ragnarok”, “The Way of the Househusband”, and “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” were among the Netflix Original Anime Series showcased at this year’s all-virtual AnimeJapan 2021. Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of “Record of Ragnarok“, which is premiering in June. The streaming giant also revealed a new trailer and the launch date of “Eden” (premiering on May 27), as well as special artwork by Takeshi Koike, the character designer of “Yasuke” (premiering on April 29).

“We’re streaming about 40 new original anime titles on Netflix this year. This is close to double what we premiered last year; if there are 52 weeks in a year, this means we are streaming a new title almost every week,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix, Chief Producer, Anime, said at the Netflix stage event at AnimeJapan 2021.

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Entertainment, Geek Culture

‘The Suicide Squad’: Supervillains dying to save the world

Harley Quinn is back in "The Suicide Squad" -- and this time she's part of a bigger crew with some of the worst supervillains that Belle Reve has to offer. Image credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics
Image credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics

Harley Quinn is back in “The Suicide Squad” — and this time she’s part of a bigger crew with some of the worst supervillains that Belle Reve has to offer. And believe it or not, you can see John Cena in this movie.

Belle Reve is hell, and supervillains will anything to get out. Even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and of course everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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Science

Earth Hour 2021: Join zero carbon initiatives via Globe

As the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, Earth Hour brings together millions around the globe to clamor for a sustainable future at 8:30 PM on the last Saturday of March. Image credit: @Day's Edge Productions / WWF-US
Image credit: @Day’s Edge Productions / WWF-US

As the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, Earth Hour brings together millions around the globe to clamor for a sustainable future at 8:30 PM on the last Saturday of March.

In support of Earth Hour, Philippine telco Globe Telecom has not only launched sustainability programs with employees and partners, but also is enabling customers to take part in zero carbon initiatives through its products and services. Here are some of the ways Globe customers can support Earth Hour, which takes place tomorrow, March 27, at 8:30 PM local time.

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Technology

COMELEC spokesperson: Don’t just vent, register to vote

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public to register to vote. Image credit: Vote Pilipinas
Image credit: Vote Pilipinas

Do you want change? Then don’t just vent on social media, but also register to vote. This was the reminder of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesperson James Jimenez at the Vote Pilipinas virtual townhall.

“The outcome that we got [in the Palawan plebiscite] was decided by the people who actually came to vote. And a lot of people forget this. People think that they can scream, they can shout on social media, and they’ve done their part. You haven’t. All you’ve done is tap angrily at your keyboard… It doesn’t change anything. I mean sure you get some people clapping. You get famous. You get retweeted, and that makes you sikat (famous) for five minutes. But did it change the problem that you saw? It doesn’t. Change in the way things are happens when you change the people who are in charge,” the COMELEC spokesperson said in response to a question by Digital Life Asia.

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Technology

Digital fraud from PH targets Gen Z, says TransUnion

The provisional results of TransUnion’s Global Consumer Pulse Study found that 44% of Philippine consumers said they have been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19 in the last three months.  Image credit: TransUnion
Image credit: TransUnion

The provisional results of TransUnion’s Global Consumer Pulse Study found that 44% of Philippine consumers said they have been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19 in the last three months. Gen Z (born 1995–2002) is currently the most targeted out of any generation at 48%. They are followed by Millennials (born 1980-1994) at 42%. The full results of the TransUnion Philippines Consumer Pulse Survey are set to be released this April.

“Fraudsters are always looking to take advantage of significant world events. The COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding rapid digital acceleration brought about by stay-at-home orders is a global event unrivaled in the online age. By analyzing billions of transactions we screened for fraud indicators over the past year, it has become clear that the war against the virus has also brought about a war against digital fraud,” said TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano in a press statement.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

‘Life enabler’: Globe reinvents itself in age of COVID-19

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“Globe is a life enabler. Not just a connectivity enabler.” This was emphasized by Globe Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Issa Guevarra-Cabreira at today’s Globe Innovation Fest.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in the end of the world as we know it, we need more heroes. Heroes who don’t just make grand gestures, but ordinary people doing good every day. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives almost overnight. It has changed the way we view ourselves and our relationships, whether our connections to people or to companies. Now, more than ever, we demand brand authenticity, with caring as the new status symbol. As more of us embrace the digital lifestyle, we want to deal with brands that use technology for good and address not only our everyday needs, but also enable us to do heroic deeds for others. Which is why I found the first Globe Innovation Fest held this morning a very comprehensive and inspiring look at how Globe has reinvented its whole business to become a life enabler for all its customers.

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