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Apple Pay launches in China where e-payments widely used

BEIJING  — Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its smartphone-based payment system in China where the electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba. Apple said "Apple Pay" could be used by 19 banks, "numerous merchants" and app developers. Apple's electronic payment system started in the United States in October 2014 and has since spread to Britain, Canada and Australia. The merchants include supermarket Carrefour, fast food outlets McDonald's and KFC, and convenience store 7-Eleven, according to a news release Wednesday from China UnionPay, the country's state-owned credit card processor with which Apple is working. Apple Pay is a late arrival in a Chinese electronic payments market that offers smartphone users not just online shopping but also the option to order taxis, send money to friends, pay bills and …

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Smart expands video, digital arsenal with Warner Bros. Pictures

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer digital and real-life experiences inspired by the epic adventure Batman v Super: Dawn of Justice, the most anticipated film of the year. As part of the partnership, Smart takes the lead in taking the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice beyond the film into the digital realm at the fingertips of subscribers through exciting mobile content, such as videos and interactive online challenges on its dedicated portal at www.smart.com.ph/batmanvsuperman. “Pictures as the official mobile partner on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the Philippines, which further widens our lead and effectively boosts our already extensive digital arsenal that is now coupled with larger-than-life perks and super-sized treats, which  our subscribers can get a chance to experience every time they subscribe …

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Globe and Canvas forge partnership

Globe Telecom has recently announced being the first and exclusive partner of Canvas in the Philippines. Canvas is a cloud-based software service that enables users to collect information using mobile devices, share that information, and integrate with existing backend systems. Canvas features the first mobile business application store of its kind. The software is designed for swifter business processes for enterprise and small-medium businesses (SMBs). “As you will know, a lot of forms are being used in different forms or fashion,” said Michael Frausing, Senior Advisor, Enterprise and IT Enabled Services Group. “And just the inefficiency in these forms, things tend to get lost now and then, what we’re doing here, is making sure that everything is tracked and to follow a certain process and a certain flow so you know exactly where …

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PLDT Smart SME Nation launches National Negosyo Sale and Techmobile for MSMEs

PLDT Smart SME Nation solidifies its support for the country’s bustling micro, small-and-medium enterprise (MSME) sector by holding a three-day sale event on IT and business productivity offerings catered to businesses looking to expand digitally. To help push the campaign further, Techmobile, a mobile e-commerce store on wheels, will go around the country to offer services to more MSMEs across the country. The National Negosyo Sale will feature several business productivity-enhancing products designed to help MSMEs usher their businesses into the digital landscape. This includes tools such as SmartBro 499, Kaasenso Plan, PLDT myDSL Biz kits, and enterprise-grade tools such as iGate Leased Line Circuits and VOX Managed IP PBX services. These products will include a do-it-yourself website building kit, as well as various collaboration tools c/o Microsoft, which will help …

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Schneider Electric announcesty Go Green in the City 2016

The Philippines has had a hot streak of wins in international competitions. Through Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City 2016 aims to win more. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, launched the 6th edition of Go Green in the City, its global business case challenge focusing on innovative energy solutions for smart cities. From January 15th to April 15th, 2016, business and engineering (bachelor, master, or MBA) students from all over the world are welcome to join the challenge. By teams of two, with one male and one female member, they will submit a case study illustrating their ideas for innovative energy management solutions in cities for one of the five basic business challenge topics. In 2013 when Alyssa Tricia Eloise Vintola and Lorenz Ray Payonga of the …

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Kata welcomes new website and online shop

Kata, one of the most aggressive players in the smartphone industry has announced another brand milestone: the launch of their all-new website and online shop. According to the Kata brand’s Founder and CEO, David Chen,  “This online shop will change the way we view and experience shopping online. The design and look of the site closely reflects the Kata brand and the company’s strategic vision for growth over the next decades. People will know this as the fastest, coolest and most amazing online shop there is.” This newly revamped website, which is still housed under their official site address www.katadigital.com.ph is testament of Kata’s continuous innovation not only with their products but their customers’ whole user experience as well. The clean, modern design is very easy to navigate, enhanced with efficient …

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SM iCity 3 declared a PEZA Special Economic Zone

The SM Central Business Park 1-A at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City has been declared a Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). The area includes e-commerce buildings Three and Four E-Com which mostly houses information technology and Business Process Outsourcing companies. “This declaration is an achievement and a step closer to our goal of providing support to our growing IT-BPM industry. The outpour of these businesses should be sustained with the proper infrastructure to further leverage the economic activity that they bring to the region,” said Senior Vice President of SMPHI – CPG Dave Rafael. The 50,077 square meter lot inside the Mall of Asia township became a PEZA zone under Proclamation No. 1203 pursuant to Republic Act No. 7916 or the “Special Economic Zone Act of 1995 as amended …

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Viber launches hotline for MMDA “Netizens’ Watch”

Viber, a proud partner of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA), recently launched social media reporting system ‘Netizens’ Watch’, which allows the public to report illegally parked vehicles and other forms of obstruction, including road diggings, along major thoroughfares in the metropolis. Viber users only need to add the hotline number 0906-147-6975 in their contact list to send photos of any road obstruction they encounter, together with their name, the time, date, and detailed location. MMDA’s Viber team will immediately verify all the information once the report is received and forward it to the Agency’s Traffic Discipline Office (TDO). The MMDA will also send the netizens a photo as proof that what they’ve reported has been taken care of. The virtual complaint desk also receives reports from Twitter. The public can post and …

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Innovation begins with an idea

More than just engines of economic growth, businesses are also powerful drivers of social change. Enterprises can lead social transformation in several ways, such as by turning inventors into entrepreneursor by fosteringsustainable ways for communities to meet different challenges. Many local businesses are beginning to tap science and technology as sources of creativity to solve urgent social problems.In turn, the results strengthenlocal economies through more profitable jobs and higher quality products. “Innovation and local entrepreneurship play an important role in achieving inclusive growth and improving the lives of those in the margins,” said Dado Banatao, chairperson for the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), a non-profit organization dedicated to progressive entrepreneurship. As a way of helping thinkers and innovators pursue social responsibility, the PhilDev Foundation, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Aid …

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SAP to release the SAP Digital Boardroom

SAP has recently announced the SAP Digital Boardroom, a planned breakthrough digital approach that aims to contextualize and simplify performance reporting across all areas of business in real time. Built on the SAP Cloud for Analytics solution, SAP Digital Boardroom is expected to utilize line-of-business data from the SAP S/4HANA suite and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to provide a single source of truth about a company’s critical business metrics. This approach aims to help companies monitor and drive change in the digital economy. “SAP Digital Boardroom intends to provide total transparency to board members, executives and decision-makers with a comprehensive, real-time view of business performance across an entire company,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “We have incorporated fully automated business intelligence capabilities …

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