Month: October 2021

Entertainment, Science

BLACKPINK to join ‘Dear Earth’ event on climate change

BLACKPINK is joining forces with YouTube to call for urgent action on climate change. Image credit: Screenshot of 'Dear Earth' trailer on YouTube
Image credit: Screenshot of ‘Dear Earth’ trailer on YouTube

The world’s biggest girl group, BLACKPINK, is joining forces with the world’s most popular video hosting platform, YouTube, to call for urgent action on climate change. BLACKPINK, which recently overtook Justin Bieber to become the most subscribed music artists on YouTube, will give a speech and perform in the YouTube Originals special “Dear Earth” on Oct. 23.

“Our generation has to come together. We must work towards saving the Earth,” BLACKPINK member Rosé said in the “Dear Earth” trailer posted on Oct. 19. BLACKPINK is the only K-pop act joining an all-star lineup of guests that includes former US President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Billie Eilish, Anitta, Jaden Smith, and more.

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Technology

IOVLabs bullish on cryptocurrency growth in Asia

Image credit: IOVLabs
Image credit: IOVLabs

As cryptocurrencies become more mainstream, Gibraltar-headquartered IOVLabs has launched various initiatives to further accelerate cryptocurrency adoption in emerging markets in Asia and around the world. Vietnam and the Philippines are among the countries with the most active cryptocurrency users globally.

“IOVLabs has a growing team in Asia, both with technical and commercial skills, and has engaged with potential partners across Asia, including payment processors, fintech firms, and cryptocurrency exchanges to facilitate the adoption of the RIF (RSK Infrastructure Framework) token and RSK-based stablecoins such as RDOC,” IOVLabs Regional Director for Asia Pacific Eddy Travia told Digital Life Asia.

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Entertainment

‘Rent’ creator’s story brought to life in ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’

"Rent" revolutionized theater, and now Netflix is bringing the story of its creator Jonathan Larson to a global audience with "tick, tick…BOOM!" Image credit: Macall Polay / Netflix
Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson in ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ Image credit: Macall Polay / Netflix

“Rent” revolutionized theater, and now Netflix is bringing the story of its creator Jonathan Larson to a global audience with “tick, tick…BOOM!” An adaptation of Larson’s autobiographical musical, “tick, tick…BOOM!” stars Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield as the promising young theater composer Jon. Streaming on Netflix on Nov. 19, this film marks the feature directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ is a corner of the world I know from every angle. I know what it’s like to be a struggling songwriter. I know what it is to be in your 20s writing that one musical, what it’s like to be in New York with a bunch of friends with artistic dreams and then watch them drop off one by one, to real life, while you’re still hanging on,” Miranda said in a press statement.

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Gaming, Technology

YGG co-founder says play-to-earn is future of gaming

Play-to-earn is here to stay, says YGG Co-Founder Gabby Dizon. Image credit: Yield Guild Games
Play-to-earn is here to stay, says Yield Guild Games Co-Founder Gabby Dizon. Image credit: Yield Guild Games

When Yield Guild Games (YGG) Co-Founder Gabby Dizon was three years old, his father brought back a Commodore VIC-20 from his US trip. Little did both know this would ignite Dizon’s burning passion for gaming, which he is now bringing to the next frontier with his Philippine-based blockchain gaming-focused startup. YGG, the play-to-earn gaming guild which he co-founded last year, is a decentralized autonomous organization that has raised US$4.6 million in a financing round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). This is the first time a16z has invested in a Philippine startup.

“I didn’t have any Nintendo consoles. I always had PCs, growing up with role-playing games like the ones early BioWare did and Ultima. The games back then were super simple, like Hangman, Stargon, and really blocky games. I didn’t really have consoles because my dad thought that if I was going to play on the computer all day, I might as well learn something while doing it,” Dizon told Digital Life Asia.

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