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Animal Crossing outfit codes from Ayala Museum

Animal Crossing: New Horizons custom outfits from Ayala Museum. Image credit: Ayala Museum
Animal Crossing: New Horizons custom outfits from Ayala Museum. Image credit: Ayala Museum

Having fun playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The good news is that Ayala Museum has released outfit codes and custom designs based on its textile collection.

Ayala Museum unveiled the codes and designs in a Facebook post today.

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Technology

Influencer marketing: Will influencers still matter?

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our way of life, businesses have been slashing their marketing budgets. In the face of uncertainty, what will happen to influencer marketing?

We have seen celebrity culture crash and burn, and the same thing is happening to social media influencers.

For years, people have asked this question: how influential are influencers, really? The coronavirus may be showing us the answer.

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Technology

Small business customers of Zoho to enjoy waived fees

Digital technologies will help small business owners overcome the COVID-19 crisis and become more competitive, said Zoho Corporation VP and GM for Asia Pacific Gibu Mathew.
Digital technologies will help small business owners overcome the COVID-19 crisis and become more competitive, said Zoho Corporation VP and GM for Asia Pacific Gibu Mathew.

With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the global economy, small business owners are under even more pressure. Now, more than ever, they are struggling to keep their companies afloat. To help its small business customers, Zoho Corporation is introducing its Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP).

Zoho, which has more than 50 million users in over 180 countries, offers a comprehensive suite of business software applications. How will ESAP work? This will be available for up to 20,000 qualified paying customers with 25 employees or less. Zoho will waive the cost of every single application they currently use, for up to three months.

“SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) form a core part of the nation’s economy. Given their limited resources, SMBs are said to be the first ones to be affected by the current global crisis. This will be a test of resilience for most of the SMBs, particularly in Asia. The extent of the impact will largely depend on their flexibility and capacity to adapt to technological alternatives,” Zoho VP and GM for Asia Pacific Gibu Mathew told Digital Life Asia via email.

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Science Technology

Rapid pass system to facilitate frontliner mobility in PH

AFP and PNP test new rapid pass system
Checkpoint personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police test the RapidPassPH app during the April 2 field testing at the Marcos Highway-Marikina checkpoint.

Time is precious in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid long queues for frontliners passing through checkpoints, the Philippines will launch a rapid pass system on April 6.

The new RapidPassPH system will enable contact-free verification of frontliners via QR codes. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) worked with a global community of Filipino tech experts to launch this system. This was in response to a request from the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

“We at the IATF looked for a solution to solve the queuing problems at the checkpoints,” Cabinet Secretary and IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a virtual press conference held this afternoon.

RapidPass Kickoff

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A Life Less Analog Technology

Embracing digital in the age of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered many illusions and exposed the weaknesses of human society. It has also destroyed all our excuses for not embracing digital.

Our world has changed. And in the weeks since governments implemented physical distancing and lockdowns, millions have learned to adapt to a new digital lifestyle.

Some of us have been working from home for years. Well, from anywhere, actually, in my case. So we may not realize just how disruptive this has been for many people. I’ve been advocating and trying to live a digital lifestyle since the late 90s. Nicholas Negroponte’s “Being Digital“, which was published in 1995, made a big impact on me when I read it. And yet even I’m amazed by how quickly society ended up embracing digital when it was forced to do so.

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Financing on essential goods made easier via BillEase

First Digital Finance Corporation CEO Georg Steiger said the interest-free financing from BillEase will make it easier for consumers to buy essential goods
First Digital Finance Corporation CEO Georg Steiger said the interest-free financing from BillEase will make it easier for consumers to buy essential goods

Do you prefer buying essential goods online instead of going to the grocery store during the enhanced community quarantine? Now you can enjoy interest-free financing on essential goods on Lazada via BillEase.

From April 1-15, essential goods purchased on the Lazada platform and paid through BillEase will have 0% APR. Consumers will also enjoy a pay-later option of up to three months. Fintech company First Digital Finance Corporation (FDFC), which operates the digital credit app BillEase, said this interest-free financing will make it easier for consumers to buy the essential products they need amid the COVID-19 crisis. Particularly since Lazada has temporarily suspended its Cash on Delivery option to encourage cashless transactions and protect personnel and customers. Customers can avail of the limited offer here.

“We are taking extraordinary steps to alleviate consumer pain points at this difficult time,” FDFC CEO Georg Steiger said in a press statement.

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Gaming

Meditative trance via SoundSelf immersive video game

Meditative trance via SoundSelf

Are you ready for an out-of-body experience while staying safe at home? A calming, meditative trance may just be what you need in this time of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publisher Andromeda Entertainment says that SoundSelf: A Technodelic is the first video game to produce transcendent states of consciousness guided by your own voice. SoundSelf will be available on April 22 for Mac, PC, Steam, and Oculus Rift. This immersive experience aims to take you to a higher state of consciousness.

“Video games are an incredibly powerful medium for inducing trance states. Just look at any child fall into a game to see for yourself. Weaving music, cinematic graphics, and interactivity, there’s nothing else in the world that can capture a player’s attention with as much sophistication as a video game. It just so happens, however, that most designers are not using that incredible sophistication to intentionally shift the player’s consciousness,” Andromeda Entertainment CEO and Co-Founder Robin Arnott told Digital Life Asia via email.

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Game companies, WHO unveil #PlayApartTogether

Pocket Gems is one of the game companies supporting the #PlayApartTogether campaign. Image credit: Pocket Gems via Business Wire
Pocket Gems is one of the game companies supporting the #PlayApartTogether campaign. Image credit: Pocket Gems via Business Wire

Time for gamers to become real-life heroes. Game companies have joined forces with the World Health Organization to launch the #PlayApartTogether campaign. By disseminating WHO’s health guidelines to their vast network of players, they hope to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re at a crucial moment in defining outcomes of this pandemic. Games industry companies have a global audience – we encourage all to #PlayApartTogether. More physical distancing + other measures will help to flatten the curve + save lives,” WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy Ray Chambers tweeted.

Through games, the #PlayApartTogether campaign will promote preventive measures such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

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Science Technology

Coronavirus denial and the new normal

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Many of us are still in denial about the coronavirus pandemic. And this coronavirus denial is the deadlier disease.

The world has changed. This is the new normal. This isn’t something that will blow over in a few weeks or months. This is actually the World War III that nations never planned for, because we were so complacent despite previous outbreaks.

Yes, we should remain hopeful, live one day at a time, and encourage and help each other so that we can overcome this crisis. But we can only fix a problem if we stop denying that it exists. It’s better to face the bitter truth than to tell ourselves comforting lies.

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How to practice mindfulness amid the coronavirus crisis

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In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to take better care of our mental health. Now, more than ever, we need to learn how to practice mindfulness.

Thankfully, online community Mindful Manila is helping people deal with the stress of living in this urban jungle. Coping with anxiety has become even important in the age of social distancing and the enhanced community quarantine.

“I love the idea of being able to gather like-minded people and kindred spirits in a single space, even if it’s online. And now we’re proving that we can converge, converse, and connect even if we’re physically miles apart,” Niña Terol, the creator of Mindful Manila, shared via email.