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3M launches Customer Technical Center in the Philippines

3M, a road safety, healthcare, home and office solutions, electronics and industrial offerings, formally opened its Customer Technical Center in the Philippines. 3M CTC will serve as home-base of its application engineers. The Center showcases the 46 core technology platforms of the company highlighting how 3M science impacts the world in real ways everyday. Present in the recent launch were Vice President for Asia Pacific – Dr. Koen Wilms, Vice President for South East Asia – Dr. Joe Liu, Technical Director for Asia – Tim Stagg, 3M Philippines Managing Director – Anthony Bolzan, and 3M Philippines Technical Laboratory Head – Myungchai “MC” Na officially opening CTC’s doors to the public. Holding various simulations of day-to-day situations from home and office settings to roads and highways, the world-class Innovation Hall enables the consumer to …

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Big Data Analytics: Insights from Deped’s Budgeting

The Department of Education has one of the most up to date datasets among the other branches of government in the Philippines. These data can be downloaded from: http://www.deped.gov.ph/datasets Let us take a look at the Public Schools Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) FY 2016 and the Public schools enrollment SY 2015-2016. What insights can we glean by using descriptive analytics on the dataset? From the graph above, Region IV-A Calabarzon(not NCR) gets the highest share of the National Budget from DepEd. The orange bar represents the budget for High School, while the Blue bar represents the budget for Elementary Schools.  This leads one to ask the question of how Deped is actually allocating the budgets? We can use Big Data analytics to help us figure this out. If we correlate this …

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ICT, e-Commerce: vital game changers for the economy

As the Philippine government strengthens its thrust to improve the state of connectivity in the country, technology and e-commerce are shaping up as critical pillars of the Philippines’ long-term progress. Spearheading this initiative is the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), a government agency tasked to champion a much improved technology infrastructure for the Philippines. The move has paved the way for bigger, more strategic public-private partnerships focused on the development of information and communications technology as a lever for multi-sectoral growth. “Technology and e-commerce play very important roles in for the continued development of various sectors in the Philippines, like manufacturing and retail,” says DICT Executive Consultant for E-Innovations and Project lead for Tech4Ed, Mon Ibrahim. “The DICT is the government’s response to improving access to these platforms and pursue …

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2016 MVP Bossing Awards Updates

PLDT SME Nation formally opened their annual search this month for the next batch of the country’s most accomplished owners of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) by declaring the nomination phase open for the 2016 MVP Bossing Awards. Since 2009, the MVP Bossing Awards have awarded over 70 business leaders, celebrating each one’s contribution to nation building.  Recognizing that business leaders inspire other business leaders to dream big, empowering them to achieve their own business goals, these stories of success ripple out to touch more lives in a positive way.   PLDT SME Nation believes that the investment in the MVP Bossing Awards each year impacts economic development in that celebrating successful leaders inspires more and more Filipinos to get into business, and more entrepreneurs to up their game. This year, the …

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Nintendo to Offer First Glimpse of New NX Gaming Platform

Nintendo Co.’s long-awaited new gaming platform will get its first reveal Thursday. The Kyoto-based company will release a three-minute video on the machine at 11 p.m. local time on its website. In a tweet, Nintendo reminded people that NX is the code name for the product, asking them to “please take a look.” While Nintendo hinted at its existence last year, the company has offered few details of NX’s capabilities or what it might look like, except that it’s scheduled to be released in March. A new version of the Zelda game series has been confirmed, and the title attracted the best of show award at this year’s E3 conference. Nintendo’s hasn’t released a new gaming console since the Wii U debuted in 2012. “NX is a different concept gaming machine,” Nintendo president …

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Tesla says it hopes to work with Panasonic on solar energy

TOKYO — U.S. electric car maker Tesla says it plans to start working with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. on solar energy. Panasonic had no immediate comment Monday on Tesla's statement on its corporate blog that the companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin collaborating on production of photovoltaic cells and modules at Panasonic's facility in Buffalo, New York. The deal requires shareholders' approval of Tesla's planned acquisition of San Mateo, California-based solar-panel company SolarCity Corp. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla said the cells and modules would be used with its energy storage products. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says SolarCity's installation network and Tesla's global energy storage could provide customers a one-stop shop for sustainable energy and transportation. Shareholders are due to vote on the acquisition on Nov. 17. "We are excited …

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China tops Asia in pre-orders for PlayStation VR sets

Sony's PlayStation VR witnessed a sales boom in China as more console gamers sought the experiences provided by virtual reality devices. "For the first time, the shipping date in China was the same as some of the leading markets around the globe, since the country's VR market has high potential for Sony," said Hiroyuki Oda, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan/Asia in an event held in Beijing. According to Hiroyuki, the pre-order volume of PS VR in China ranked the top among all Asian countries the company is shipping products to. In late July, with each VR set priced at 2,999 yuan ($450), the headset was available for pre-order at both online distribution channels as well as 22 of Sony's brick-and-mortar shops across the country. A total of two rounds of pre-orders that stirred console gamers' …

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Spotify CEO Ek Becomes Chairman as Co-Founder Steps Down

Spotify co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek is consolidating power over the world’s largest music streaming service, taking on the role of chairman ahead of a planned initial public offering as soon as next year. Martin Lorentzon, a co-founder of Spotify, is stepping down from his role as chairman after 10 years, a Spotify spokeswoman said in an e-mail. Lorentzon will become vice chairman, he said Thursday on his Twitter feed. “I look forward to another 10 years at Spotify as vice chairman,” Lorentzon said. Ek is leading the company as it prepares to make its case to public-market investors and takes on a growing list of rivals, including Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Pandora Media Inc. He’s taking a page from other technology industry founders such as Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg …

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Complaints About IPhone 7 Reception Stir on Chinese Social Media

Complaints about call connection problems with Apple Inc.’s iPhone 7 models are spreading across social media in China just weeks after the devices were released. A chat group on the QQ instant messaging platform had grown to 1,600 people through Friday, just two weeks after it was set up, with critics saying the phones can’t receive incoming calls from mobile networks in standby mode and slamming Apple’s customer service. Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment after being informed of the social media reports. Li Dengke, who set up the QQ group, began noticing the missed calls a week after buying a silver iPhone 7 through Apple’s store on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Tmall.com. After the device was tested at an authorized service center, he was given a replacement. “I received the new one …

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Australian, NZ carriers ban recalled Samsung phone

Australian and New Zealand airlines barred the recalled Samsung Note 7 from all planes starting Sunday citing its "potential fire risk", after a similar ban was imposed by US officials. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, has halted production of its latest flagship mobile device and recalled all Note 7 phones and replacements following reports of exploding batteries and fires. "(The ban) is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device's battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas," Qantas and its discount carrier Jetstar said in a statement late Saturday. "The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage." Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia and Air New Zealand issued similar announcements. Virgin and Air New …

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