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Gaming

Training esports athletes: PESO accredits YEP

To institutionalize the training of esports athletes, the Pilipinas E-Sports Organization has accredited the Youth Esports Program. Image credit: Mineski
Image credit: Mineski

The future is bright for esports in the Philippines. To institutionalize the training of the country’s future esports athletes, the Pilipinas E-Sports Organization (PESO) has officially accredited Mineski Philippines‘ Youth Esports Program (YEP).

“The Philippines has a vast pool of talent that has the potential to succeed in esports. The partnership between PESO and YEP will put a grassroots program in place that nurtures young talent and engages stakeholders to drive the growth of esports in the country. With the right infrastructure and programs in place, we hope that more young Filipinos will see the potential of esports, from opportunities to participate in high-level competition and cultivate the discipline of an athlete to considering pursuing a career within the large, growing ecosystem of the esports industry,” said PESO Board Member and Mineski Global CEO Ronald Robins in a press statement.

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Technology

AI for financial inclusion: CIBI partners with ADVANCE.AI

Aiming to leverage the power of AI for financial inclusion, CIBI Information Inc. has signed a strategic partnership with ADVANCE.AI. Image credit: ADVANCE.AI
CIBI President and CEO Marlo R. Cruz says the partnership will boost financial inclusion in the Philippines. Image credit: ADVANCE.AI

Aiming to leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for financial inclusion, Philippine credit bureau agency CIBI Information Inc. (CIBI) has signed a strategic partnership with Singapore-headquartered AI and big data company ADVANCE.AI.

“We’re truly excited by this partnership. Our mission has always been to boost financial services access and inclusion among unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses in the Philippines. This partnership will pair ADVANCE.AI’s industry-leading AI and risk management solutions, including its identity verification and anti-fraud products, with our own data capabilities so we can grow our range and depth of credit reporting and information services in the country,” said CIBI President and CEO Marlo R. Cruz in a press statement.

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Gaming

CES 2021: New Legion gaming laptops unleashed

Gamers rejoice! Lenovo is going all out, unveiling four new models in its acclaimed Legion lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2021. Image credit: Lenovo
Image credit: Lenovo

Gamers rejoice! Lenovo is going all out, unveiling four new models in its acclaimed Legion lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2021, including the world’s first 16″ QHD 16:10 gaming laptops, the Legion 7 (16” AMD) and Legion 5 Pro (16” AMD).

The new flagship Legion 7 laptop is clad in aerospace-grade aluminum. It sports the latest mobile processors for PC gamers — up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

iQIYI Chinese streaming service truly going global

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For some time now, I’ve been consuming more Asian content, which led me to discovering the iQIYI Chinese streaming service owned by Baidu.

It was my love for BLACKPINK that put iQIYI on my radar, because my bias Lisa joined China’s idol survival program “Youth With You” as dance mentor during the second season of this iQIYI original series. With its treasure trove of Korean and Chinese dramas, movies, variety shows, and anime, the streaming site quickly became a favorite of mine.

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Gaming

Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event announced

The Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event will unite one of the world’s most popular mobile games with its most powerful hero. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

What happens when you unite one of the world’s most popular mobile games with its most powerful hero? We’ll find out in Garena’s Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event.

Dubbed as “The Hero Trial”​, the mobile battle royale’s first crossover event for 2021 will immerse players in a Free Fire universe filled with disaster and chaos — one crying out for heroes to come to the fore. Under the leadership of “One-Punch Man” heroes Saitama and Genos, players will be challenged to unleash their inner power and become heroes themselves.

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Technology

YouTrip partners with Visa for SEA expansion

YouTrip has announced a six-year partnership with Visa to accelerate its regional expansion, starting with Malaysia and the Philippines. Image credit: YouTrip
Image credit: YouTrip

YouTrip, Singapore’s leading multi-currency mobile wallet, has announced a six-year partnership with Visa to accelerate its expansion into the rest of Southeast Asia, starting with Malaysia and the Philippines.

“Our partnership with Visa will enable our continued growth to drive the next generation of innovation of cross-border payments. We are incredibly excited for the opportunities ahead to serve millions of consumers in Southeast Asia and empower them with the solutions they deserve,” said YouTrip Co-Founder and CEO Caecilia Chu in a press statement.

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Entertainment

‘Space Sweepers’ Korean sci-fi film coming to Netflix

"Space Sweepers," South Korea's first big-budget action epic set in space, will have its world premiere on Netflix on Feb. 5. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Instead of being shown in movie theaters, “Space Sweepers,” South Korea’s first big-budget action epic set in space, will have its world premiere on Netflix on Feb. 5.

Set in 2092, “Space Sweepers” tells the story of Spaceship Victory — one of the many ships that live off salvaging space debris. Crewed with a genius space pilot Taeho (Song Joong Ki), a mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang (Kim Tae Ri), a spaceship engineer Tiger Park (Jin Sun Kyu), and a reprogrammed military robot Bubs (Yoo Hai Jin), Spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers.

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Technology

GCash in 2020: Mobile wallet catalyzes digital economy

The massive growth of GCash in 2020 shows how Filipinos have embraced digital finance and made the mobile wallet part of their new normal. Image credit: Globe Telecom
Image credit: Globe Telecom

The massive growth of GCash in 2020 shows how Filipinos have embraced digital finance and made the mobile wallet part of their new normal.

“GCash has played an integral role in keeping not only the economy going, but keeping Filipinos safe and sane during the pandemic. We’ve seen not only heads of households and young adults use the GCash app for their financial lifestyle, but even consumers that advocate a greener Philippines, in maximizing what our platform has to offer,” said GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon in a press statement.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment, Technology

My favorite things: What made 2020 bearable for me

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Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, or that everything will suddenly be better just because 2020 is finally over. I do believe, however, that many of us have changed a lot in 2020, and that the lessons we learned in that challenging year will help us in 2021. So I’m sharing a list of my favorite things that made 2020 more bearable for me and kept me (mostly) sane.

2020 has taught me that I don’t need a lot of people or things to make me happy. In fact, it made me realize that I should focus my energy on the people who really matter, and the things I truly value and spark joy in my life. Here are a few of my favorite things.

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Entertainment, Technology

Online piracy a ‘global pandemic’, says industry group

Online piracy is almost a global pandemic of its own, according to the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy. Image credit: Julien Tromeur on Pixabay
Image credit: Julien Tromeur on Pixabay

Online piracy is a global concern — almost a pandemic of its own. This was emphasized by the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) in the State of Piracy Summit held in November.

“Piracy used to be seen by many as just a ‘cost of doing business’ — a loss variable that had to be factored into P&L… However, with streaming piracy now a direct competitor to our industry, investing in anti-piracy measures should become the new ‘cost of doing business’. To address the challenges of syndicated piracy, collaboration remains key and working with local coalitions and partners such as Globe Telecom is as important as working collaboratively as part of an international network,” CAP General Manager Neil Gane said at the summit.

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Technology

Digital channels a ‘must-have’, says TransUnion PH head

TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano says consumers are getting more and more used to transacting on digital channels. Image credit: TransUnion Philippines
TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano says consumers are getting more and more used to transacting on digital channels. Image credit: TransUnion Philippines

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020, we should expect the pandemic-driven growth of digital channels this year to continue in 2021.

“Digital transactions will definitely continue to become more widely used and even expected when it comes to spending. For all the challenges that the pandemic has brought about, it did push businesses into speeding up their adoption of digital channels to reach and interact with customers. Before the pandemic, these digital channels were primarily seen as a ‘nice-to-have’ option for lenders and businesses but today (and going beyond 2021), they are must-haves for any company to survive and capture their target market,” TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano told Digital Life Asia.

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