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The Boys: Name of the Game is 1st novelization of series

check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

You’ve read the comic books and watched the hit 2019 Prime TV series. Now check out the first novelization of the comic book series, The Boys: Name of the Game.

While fans of The Boys look forward to the second season of the TV series debuting on Sept. 4, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce official novel adaptations of the original storylines.

The Boys: Name of the Game novelization by writer Dan Wickline takes a deep dive into a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky, and masked vigilantes prowl the night, and someone has to make sure the supes don’t get out of line.

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja and our money’s on her

Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja! and the world will never be the same. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

It’s the crossover we never knew we wanted! Dynamite Entertainment presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja and the world will never be the same.

I’m a Tim Burton fan but I have to admit I didn’t exactly love “Mars Attacks!” the first time I saw it. Still, the movie had its cheesy charm and trademark Burton absurdity. Over the years I’ve grown more fond of it. Add to that the fact that I love Red Sonja. So you can imagine how excited I am to read this upcoming miniseries from writer John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics) and artist Fran Strukan (The Shape of Elvira).

“This is a book I actively pushed Dynamite to do, and I bugged them and bugged them until they finally approved it because I wouldn’t go away. I’m a huge fan of both properties, and the idea of mixing violent barbarian sword & sorcery with ultra-violent over-the-top retro sci-fi is simply irresistible to me,” Layman said in a press statement.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite entertains and educates

Embrace new ways of learning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Embrace new ways of learning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Samsung Philippines has officially launched this conveniently compact tablet nationwide today.

Taking down notes and turning ideas into action is easier with Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s precise and ergonomic S Pen.

Whether you’re writing notes, creating artwork, or developing presentations, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will be your best friend and learning companion.

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Red Sonja: Bless the beasts and the children

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Bob Q
Cover: Jae Lee
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

She is Sonja the Red, the Master of War. But is anyone really its master? Or, as Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16 seems to tell us, is the truth that no one really wins in a war?

Least of all ordinary people. Particularly the children.

Writer Mark Russell continues chronicling Year Two, when the She-Devil we all know and love was still the young Sonja the Red. And as I mentioned in my review, the mini-series Killing Red Sonja spins out from the events in this title. This issue even briefly shows what’s happening to Emperor Cyril and tells readers to follow his adventures in the mini-series.

Spoilers ahead.

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Manulife PH ready for new normal from Day 1, says CEO

Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates said the company's digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.
Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates said the company’s digital transformation journey for the past two years has empowered its customers, employees, and distributors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to businesses. Manulife Philippines, however, has found it easier to adjust to the new business environment. This is thanks to its digital transformation journey for the past two years.

“The changes the COVID-19 pandemic have forced upon us have both put our digital transformation strategy to the test, and validated that we, as an organization, have taken many steps in the right direction,” Manulife Philippines and CEO Richard Bates told Digital Life Asia.

“When Manulife Philippines moved to a new head office location in 2019, we also made investments in our hardware and network infrastructure to enable new ways of working. The introduction of FlexWork to our team provided us with the tools and flexibility that allowed 100 percent of our employees to work from home from the onset of the community quarantine. There was no disruption to our operations. We were up and running, from our homes, from day one,” he said.

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Gaming

VALORANT Pacific Open kicks off with $20K prize pool

Ten teams from Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will battle it out in the VALORANT Pacific Open for a prize pool of US$20,000.

Ten teams from Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will battle it out in the VALORANT Pacific Open for a prize pool of US$20,000.

The qualifiers of the VALORANT Pacific Open will start on July 3. Winners from each qualifier will advance to the VALORANT Pacific Open Finals in mid-August.

Riot Games and Cyber Games Arena (CGA) have joined forces to host this series of regional tournaments. CGA is a leading esports event organizer from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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D&D Live 2020: Dungeons & Dragons is for everyone

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Almost two weeks after it ended, I’m still on a D&D Live 2020 high. Not only did this star-studded virtual event raise money for charity, but also it proved that Dungeons & Dragons is for everyone.

I never got to play D&D in high school. My barkada and I always wanted to. We would stare longingly at the D&D manuals whenever we went to the bookstore. But they were too expensive.

It was only in college that my high school barkada and I finally got to play D&D. And I even became their Dungeon Master (DM). But I didn’t play D&D anymore after college. Not even the video games. But I always looked back at it fondly, and would occasionally check out the site or read articles about it.

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Vampirella: Why church people are not Christians

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the many thought-provoking ideas discussed in Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one the best comic books I have read in a long time.

Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ergün Gündüz
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Did God also create vampires? This is just one of the thought-provoking ideas discussed in  Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella (Vol. 5) #10, which is one of the best comic books I have read in a while.

Christopher Priest’s magical prose and non-linear storytelling, combined with the gorgeous yet disturbing art of Ergün Gündüz, elevates this tale about the tragic plane crash that changed Vampirella’s life.

This vampire has hit rock bottom. Like a dark goddess, she has wrought terrible vengeance on her enemies. And yet here is a man quietly conversing with her, trying to convince her — and maybe himself — that somehow she is still one of God’s creations.

Spoilers ahead.

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Technology

Komo, EastWest’s all-digital bank, eyes ‘younger upstarts’

Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at East West Banking Corporation, said they are launching Komo because while they believe brick and mortar will not go away anytime soon, digital is the future.
Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at East West Banking Corporation, said they are launching Komo because while they believe brick and mortar will not go away anytime soon, digital is the future.

What’s in a name? In the case of Komo, the all-digital bank that East West Banking Corporation is launching this year, it’s a name that they hope will become synonymous with a good digital banking experience.

“We would like to have a distinctive name and let the name be defined by the value we give to customers. The idea is to associate Komo with a good digital banking experience. From the start, we knew that we wanted to make customers feel calm and assured by creating a product that was easy to use, secure, and reliable. Our goal was to simplify customers’ lives by giving them full control over their money. Translate that to Filipino and you might say kontrol mo ang pera mo (you control your money) — hence, Ko-mo,” Isabelle Yap, Special Projects Officer and AVP at EastWest, told Digital Life Asia.

The bank is offering Komo through its subsidiary EastWest Rural Bank. Yap said Komo will target a different market segment than EastWest’s own digital banking services.

“We believe that there are segments in the market where Komo makes sense, and there are segments in the market who want digital banking services but still coupled with brick and mortar. Each segment has different needs, and therefore, may not want the same products or experience. For example, Komo’s target market is focused mainly on younger upstarts, which is different from EastWest’s target market. Therefore, the corresponding products and services offered will be different.” she said.

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BLACKPINK music video sets 5 Guinness World Records

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single "How You Like That" has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single “How You Like That” has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

Guinness World Records said the BLACKPINK music video generated 86.3 million views in the first day of release. With this, “How You Like That” has achieved new records for:

  • Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours
  • Most viewed music video on YouTube in 24 hours
  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group

“All three records surpass previous record holder BTS — who, together with US singer Halsey previously achieved these three record titles with the video for ‘Boy With Luv’ in April 2019.”