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A Life Less Analog, Science

The Planetary Society: Take part in space exploration

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While watching “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” as a kid, I never dreamed that one day I would become a member of the organization that the late Carl Sagan co-founded, The Planetary Society.

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” These words of wisdom from Sagan during the very first episode of “Cosmos” have inspired me all my life. That show was one of the reasons I fell in love with science, and developed a lifelong belief in technology for good. And I know that kid would be thrilled to know that while he didn’t end up becoming a scientist, he is still playing a role in space exploration as a member of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most effective space advocacy movement.

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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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GEOP: Powering the renewable energy revolution in PH

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In the face of the climate emergency, clean energy should be a no-brainer, and thanks to the Green Energy Option Program (GEOP), we could make that happen in the Philippines.

“We think it’s a communication gap that needs to be addressed, and we laud organizations trying to bridge that gap. Because when we go to the customers, they actually don’t know that they can be part of the program. And it’s these small things that we do like this webinar and all. It’s aggressively reaching out and trying to communicate through learning sessions like this that will greatly help. I think that’s one of the many solutions, but I think that’s one gap that we’ve seen over the past few months. We continue to talk to customers and they’d comment, ‘A, meron pala nito (Oh, so this is available),” said First Gen Vice President for Power Marketing, Trading and Economics Carlos Vega in reply to my question.

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IBM Cloud Satellite: Accelerating digital transformation

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Nowadays, practically everything is in the cloud, and thanks to IBM Cloud Satellite, hybrid cloud services can now be generally available everywhere. Yup, whether on any cloud, on premises, or at the edge. After all, as IBM Asia Pacific General Manager Brenda Harvey put it last year in her keynote at IBM Cloud Forum 2020, a cloud-first world is the new normal.

“The key to digital transformation nowadays is really to do it in an accelerated fashion. If you want to transform, we are no longer talking about years here. We’re already talking about months. Applications are being deployed in a matter of weeks, even. So with IBM Cloud Satellite, the development, testing, and deployment would be very swift. I think this would really help the government in the Philippines to digitally transform in a fast manner,” said Mike Dionisio, president of systems integrator Questronix Corporation, in response to my question at the IBM Philippines virtual press briefing.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming

Financial education is fun with BPI Foundation game

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Who says financial education has to be boring? Adulting can be fun when you play BPI Foundation’s Breakthrough mobile game.

“One of the key advocacies of BPI Foundation is financial wellness, and a key component of financial wellness is education. This particular app provides greater access for financial education opportunities. Simply because around 70% of the population has a smartphone. It’s also aligned with BPI’s vision to create a more financially inclusive society, providing access to those underserved,” said BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo in reply to my question at the virtual press briefing.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

Korean content on Netflix gets US$500M investment

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Do you love Korean content as much as I do? The good news is that Netflix is betting on Korean content as the future of entertainment.

This was emphasized by Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in his video message at the See What’s Next Korea 2021 virtual press briefing. In fact, Kim Minyoung, Vice President Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Content at Netflix, shared that Netflix will invest nearly US$500M in Korean content this year. See What’s Next Korea 2021 also revealed that Netflix will now create original Korean movies, starting with “Carter”, which will be directed by Jung Byung Gil (“The Villainess”) and “Moral Sense”, which will be directed by Park Hyun Jin (“Lovers of Six Years” and “Like for Likes”).

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

Mentor Lisa slays in ‘Youth With You’ Season 3 return

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BLACKPINK main dancer Lisa Manoban has made a triumphant return as Dance Mentor Lisa in the iQIYI original series “Youth With You” Season 3.

While the first episode of the Chinese idol survival program’s third season will premiere on Feb. 18, iQIYI, the Chinese streaming service owned by Baidu, today launched a special preview episode at 8 PM Philippine Standard Time. “Youth With You” Season 3 features male trainees, who started cheering wildly when Mentor Lisa was introduced. While not physically present, Lisa joined via video and gave two amazing dance performances that highlighted her duality. First, she danced to Kun’s “Lover” and showcased her feminine and sexy side. Then she gave a fun and TikTok-friendly performance of Justin Bieber’s “Intentions”. By the way, some trainees cried while Lisa was performing. Yes, she really loves making boys cry.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming

Sweet treat for gamers as PH esports tourneys ramp up

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What happens when Mineski Philippines, Riot Games Southeast Asia, Globe Telecom, and OPPO team up for Philippine esports? You get a sweet treat for gamers.

The four companies officially unveiled in a virtual press briefing on Feb. 9 Mineski Philippines’ roster of tournaments and activities under its exclusive partnership with Riot Games SEA. This exciting esports alliance sees Mineski Philippines reuniting with longtime partner Globe. Meanwhile, OPPO is making its first foray into esports as their official mobile phone company partner for gaming.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

BLACKPINK: THE SHOW reinvents online concerts

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BLACKPINK: THE SHOW, BLACKPINK’s first livestream concert held on Jan. 31 on their official YouTube channel, has proven that they are the Apple of K-pop girl groups.

Just like Apple, BLACKPINK has a powerful brand that has created a whole ecosystem. And while antis may say that other K-pop girl groups have better vocalists or whatever, BLACKPINK inspires brand loyalty and delivers a wonderful experience like no other, just like Apple. “It was us four. I don’t even know why, but it was us four,” Rosé said in their Netflix documentary, “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky”. Fate somehow brought the four of them together, and together Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They just work well together. All four as one.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Japanese icon battles American ape

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I love Godzilla. So after watching the epic first official trailer, I’m really hoping that “Godzilla vs. Kong” won’t make the King of the Monsters job to King Kong again.

Yes, these two goliaths have clashed on the big screen before, in the 1962 movie “King Kong vs. Godzilla”. Of course I was rooting for Godzilla. I’ve never liked King Kong, and even as a kid I knew Japan was way cooler than the US, which created that dumb ape. Heck, just to have that ape go toe to toe with Godzilla, Toho Studios had to make him much, much larger than he was in the original 1933 “King Kong” US movie. And he still had to cheat.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

Jennie of BLACKPINK conquers YouTube on birthday

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Want to know just how popular Jennie of BLACKPINK is? She celebrated her 25th birthday on Jan. 16 with two impressive YouTube milestones.

On Jan. 15, Jennie Kim became the first Korean female solo artist to have a music video that reached 600 million views on YouTube, for her debut solo single “Solo”. Then, on her birthday itself, she surprised fans with the launch of her own YouTube channel, Jennierubyjane Official, which gained a million subscribers in less than a day and already has 3.3 million subscribers as of this writing. Meaning she earned Silver and Gold Play buttons from YouTube in just one day.

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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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