Tag: covid-19

Technology

Barber services and more offered on demand by MyKuya

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

MyKuya users can now hire a personal barber through the MyKuya app to give them a haircut or shave in the comfort of their own home or office. They can also request the barber to give them a quick shoulder and head massage as part of the service. The MyKuya partner barbers will wear their set of personal protective equipment and bring their own sanitized equipment.

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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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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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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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Technology

Power Mac Center, Gretchen Ho launch ‘Pay It Forward’

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the "Pay it Forward" campaign.

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the “Pay It Forward” campaign.

This campaign will help provide bicycles to those who commute even in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Part of Power Mac Center’s 26th anniversary celebration, “Pay It Forward” will acquire bikes and other protective equipment using the proceeds from purchases of participating products.

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Technology

UNIQLO LifeWear evolves with lifestyle, environment

UNIQLO LifeWear is evolving to address changes in lifestyle and the environment.

In its exclusive press preview streamed via YouTube, UNIQLO Philippines not only launched its 2020 Fall/Winter Collection, but also showcased how UNIQLO LifeWear is evolving to address changes in lifestyle and the environment.

One of the biggest changes, of course, is the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the online press briefing was one example of the new normal, as events have become virtual. Another is the new lifestyle that involves working from home — and staying home. Which is one of the reasons UNIQLO Philippines launched its online store in July.

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A Life Less Analog, Science

COVID-19 and climate change: Every day is Earth Day

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(Editor’s note: A different version of this article on COVID-19 and climate change was originally published on TessDrive.com. Reposted with permission.)

It’s a tough time for all of us as we cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s even tougher for children.

As the father of a teenage girl who is entering college this year, I’m proud of how she has shown resilience in the face of all these changes. It’s not easy for this batch of students. They are the first batch to experience attending a virtual high school graduation ceremony.

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Technology

MyKuya: Bayanihan spirit lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Knowing that a lot of people would be panic buying when the modified enhanced community quarantine was announced on Aug. 4, a customer named Cathy decided to book a MyKuya partner to line up and do the grocery shopping for her instead.

MyKuya partner Jomar, a former security guard at an establishment in Muntinlupa City, accepted the customer’s request without giving it a second thought and diligently followed her instructions.

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Technology

Manulife survey: Filipinos adopting healthier lifestyle

Filipinos are adopting a healthier lifestyle and embracing digital services due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a new Manulife survey.

Concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among insurance customers runs deeper in the Philippines than in most of Asia. This has prompted many Filipinos to adopt new habits around a healthier lifestyle and greater use of digital technology, according to a new Manulife survey. 

Nearly all of the Philippines-based respondents of the Manulife Asia Care Survey, who are all insurance policyholders, have adopted new lifestyle habits under the COVID-19 pandemic (98 percent). Majority of these new habits are geared towards healthier living and increased reliance on e-commerce, online, and digital services. 

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment, Gaming, Technology

Gamers and K-pop fans already living in virtual world

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Gamers and K-pop fans have been living in the virtual world for many years now. Decades, in fact, in the case of gamers. Now it’s time for the rest of the world to catch up.

In last week’s column piece, I talked about how geeks are inheriting the earth. Today, I’m going to point out that this new world we’re inheriting is an increasingly virtual one. There is no going back to the pre-COVID world. The digital transformation of the world is here to stay, and this will have a profound impact on human society, changing the way we work and play.

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Technology

Fasset taps Ethereum to boost sustainable infrastructure

Fasset Founder and CEO Mohammad Raafi Hossain says they want to create a blockchain-based ecosystem for the efficient financing of sustainable infrastructure.
Fasset Founder and CEO Mohammad Raafi Hossain says they want to create a blockchain-based ecosystem for the efficient financing of sustainable infrastructure.

UK-headquartered fintech company Fasset has launched the world’s first comprehensive operating system dedicated to the ethical financing of sustainable infrastructure on the Ethereum blockchain.

Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Fasset hopes to expedite the construction of sustainable infrastructure while providing safe, secure, and yielding investments to a broader investor base. This is in response to increasingly pronounced climate degradation and a clear lack of capital entering the sustainable infrastructure sector — estimated by the World Economic Forum to be moving towards a US$15 trillion deficit by 2040. 

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