Entertainment

The future is BLACKPINK, ELLE says on October cover

"BLACKPINK is the revolution," the K-pop girl group declared when they debuted on August 8, 2016. Now, as they continue their success story, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa are appearing on the October 2020 cover of the US edition of ELLE, which has declared that "the future is BLACKPINK". Image credit: ELLE
Image credit: ELLE

“BLACKPINK is the revolution,” the K-pop girl group said when they debuted on August 8, 2016. Now, as they continue their global success story, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa are appearing on the October 2020 cover of the US edition of ELLE, which has declared that “the future is BLACKPINK”.

Apart from the group cover, each member will have her own individual cover for the October 2020 issue.

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Entertainment

Arashi releases Bruno Mars-written 1st all-English song

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. Image credit: Arashi Twitter account
Image credit: Arashi Twitter account

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. The popular boy band had the world’s best-selling album in 2019, beating Taylor Swift.

The digital single is available for streaming and download, and a music video has been uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Arashi.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

Cookie Monster: C is for cookie, change, and creativity

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You know that All That Matters is a special event when the world-famous muppet Cookie Monster is one of the keynote speakers.

Branded is holding Asia’s leading entertainment industry conference 100 percent online this year from Sept. 14-18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All That Matters has turned this challenge into an opportunity to embrace change and display even more creativity. Going virtual has enabled All That Matters to bring together a diverse — and unconventional — lineup of speakers. These include Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Elmo, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, rapper Chuck D, and playwright David Mamet.

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Technology

TransUnion tackles credit application dropouts, fraud

With the demand for digital access increasing dramatically due to COVID-19-related restrictions, TransUnion is helping address not only consumer pain points but also the rise in fraud.

With the demand for digital access increasing dramatically due to COVID-related restrictions, TransUnion is helping address not only consumer pain points but also the rise in fraud.

Already available in other TransUnion markets, TransUnion Seamless Onboarding has been recently launched in the Philippines. This will help both financial institutions and consumers experience an end-to-end digital (or digital-assisted) onboarding process that delivers a friction-right experience, while increasing conversions and loyalty, reducing fraud, and driving operational efficiencies.

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Entertainment

Park Seo Joon to appear in ‘Record of Youth’

Remember when Park Bo Gum made a cameo in "Itaewon Class"? Well, now "Itaewon Class" star Park Seo Joon seems to be returning the favor, as he is set to make an appearance in Park Bo Gum's "Record of Youth". Image credit: Awesome ENT Co., Ltd.
Image credit: Awesome ENT Co., Ltd.

Remember when Park Bo Gum made a cameo in “Itaewon Class”? Well, now “Itaewon Class” star Park Seo Joon seems to be returning the favor, as he is set to make an appearance in Park Bo Gum’s “Record of Youth”.

According to Cosmopolitan Philippines, Park Seo Joon will be a special guest in a future episode of “Record of Youth”, which is streaming on Netflix.

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Geek Culture

Hatsune Miku tapped by Japan gov’t vs coronavirus

Japan has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world's most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter. Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.
Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.

The Japanese government has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world’s most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter.

Developed by Sapporo-based music technology company Crypton Future Media, INC., Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Her name means “the first sound from the future”.

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Entertainment, Gaming

PUBG Mobile collaborating with BLACKPINK?

With the latest teaser posted on its official Twitter account, PUBG Mobile has apparently confirmed it is collaborating with BLACKPINK.

Have you seen the latest teaser posted on PUBG Mobile’s official Twitter account? PUBG Mobile has apparently confirmed a collaboration with the popular K-pop girl group BLACKPINK.

PUBG Mobile tweeted “‘New color’ is on the way.” The tweet was accompanied by a teaser image of four people inside a pink vehicle. Dangling from the rear view mirror is a tiny version of the BLACKPINK official light stick.

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Gaming

ULeague helps battle COVID-19 via Mobile Legends

More than just competing for gaming glory, the top esports teams in the ULeague Mobile Legends Charity Clash Tournament are helping in the fight against COVID-19.

More than just competing for gaming glory, the esports teams in the ULeague Mobile Legends Charity Clash Tournament are helping in the fight against COVID-19.

Scheduled on Sept. 16 and 17, the Championship Round of the charity tournament will be livestreamed on the ULeague Facebook page. Proceeds from the ULeague teams in the Charity Clash Tournament were given to COVID-19 initiatives of various nonprofits as a way for the esports and gaming community to help vulnerable communities cope with the pandemic.

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Technology

Power Mac Center offers UpTrade to Uplift program

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

According to official figures, there are 21.7 million students who enrolled for the upcoming school year and only a little over 500,000 electronic devices available to lend to teachers and public school students. While the opening of classes has been delayed to October, online learning during the pandemic may still be difficult to attain because of the lack of devices among students and schools.

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