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PLDT introduces IEC 2016

PLDT Group brings IEC2016 to the world. The PLDT Group has powered the livestreaming of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC 2016) by Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM), allowing people to view this historic religious event happening now in Cebu City straight from their TV or mobile devices wherever they may be in the world. “The IEC2016 is a milestone event not only for the Church but for the entire country, and we are humbled by the chance to be part of this. Leveraging on our combined fixed line and wireless networks, we are addressing the communication requirements of the organizers as well as the participants of this historical event,” said PLDT Group chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan. Cebu-based startup InnoPubMedia and Smart Communications have also jointly designed the IEC2016 mobile app that …

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Epson develops new office papermaking system

Seiko Epson Corporation (SEC) has developed what it believes to be the world’s first compact office papermaking system capable of producing new paper from securely shredded waste paper without the use of water. Epson plans to put the new “PaperLab” into commercial production in Japan in 2016, with sales in other regions to be decided at a later date. Businesses and government offices that install a PaperLab in a backyard area will be able to produce paper of various sizes, thicknesses, and types, from office paper and business card paper to paper that is colored and scented. A developmental prototype of the PaperLab was demonstrated at the Epson booth at the Eco-Products 2015, an environmental exhibition that took place at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) last December 10 …

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Quipper, DepEd collaboration to boost K-12 programs

Quipper is an e-learning service provider that is working hand-in-hand with the Department of Education (DepEd) to innovate schools, and improve education for teachers and students in the transition to K-12 programs. This move is also made to ensure that Filipino students would be able to keep up in global standards, reinventing and improving curriculum and a more integrated learning experiences to prepare students for the future. The company will soon introduce online video lessons and assessments through Quipper Video that facilitates learning virtually anytime and anywhere. With content for grades 10 and 11, the service aims to get students ready for senior high school, which is set for implementation next school year. Another service to debut next year is Quipper Live, which makes interactive classes available for teachers and students in …

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Indigo Project reaches rural communities

Indigo was once widely favored by the local weaving industry as a traditional way of adding color to fabrics due to its excellent resistance from fading or running. This natural dye was pushed to the sidelines by the emergence of cheaper and easier to obtain synthetic dyes which were quick to be embraced by textile manufacturers. A collaborative network of non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in South and Southeast Asia called Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) has started working on The Indigo Project which reaches out to indigenous populations in upland and rural communities in the Philippines and Indonesia. These artisans include members of Mangyan Alangan, Mangyan Hanunoo and Mangyan Iraya of the island of Mindoro; Higaonon of Bukidnon, Palaw'anon and Tagbanua of Palawan, T'boli of South Cotabato, Maguindanao weavers and …

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Smart joins global initiative to secure online log-ins

To help protect subscribers from the increasing number of scams and fraudulent activities online, PLDT mobile subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has joined a global initiative led by GSMA, a worldwide mobile industry group. The GSMA’s Mobile Connect service enables users to create and manage a universal identity that will securely authenticate them and allow them to safely access mobile and digital services such as e-commerce, banking, health and digital entertainment, as well as e-government portals, via their mobile phones, (www.mobileconnect.io). “Logging in through your social networks or online accounts may be convenient, but users are not made fully aware about the safety and privacy of their data being exchanged between the two services," said Mellissa Limcaoco, Innovation and Product Development Group Head at Smart. Mobile Connect is designed to simplify consumers’ lives …

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EMC, E-Konek partnership to launch LGC private cloud in PH

EMC Corporation and industry partners VMware, MDi and E-KonekPilipinas, Inc. announced a new partnership to launch Lina Group of Companies (LGC) Private Cloud for businesses in the Philippines. The Enterprise Private Cloud Project was announced as a part of the 13th anniversary celebrations of the E-Konek group in the Philippines. Through the partnership, EMC will provide its industry leading hyper-converged infrastructure – EMC VSPEX Blue along with XtremIO, the leading All-Flash Enterprise Storage Array purpose-built for the Cloud. The technologies will enable simplicity by delivering virtualization, compute, storage, networking and data protection in an agile, scalable, easy to manage hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. “We would like to congratulateE-KonekPilipinas, Inc. for their 13 years of success. E-Konek is always looking for innovative ways to improve customer experience, efficiency, and agility. They have built a …

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Red Hat encourages open source adoption at Asia Pacific Forum in Philippines

Red Hat, Inc. yesterday hosted the Red Hat Forum Asia Pacific in Manila, the Philippines. The conference provided an outlet for local businesses to discuss and learn about open source technology innovations, successes, and best practices. With this year's theme, “Energize Your Enterprise,” the Red Hat Forum focused on the IT solutions enterprises are using to help innovate and transform the way business is done. In addition to Red Hat’s technology vision keynote, speakers covered a range of topics, from containers to the Internet of Things (IoT). Guest analysts from IDC also joined the conference and shared their latest insights on how open source technology can redefine the future of business. The conference agenda featured local customers like Morphlabs, who shared their experience and best practices using Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack …

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Yahoo to announce job cuts: report

Embattled Internet pioneer Yahoo will announce job cuts when it releases its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer will lay out a cost-cutting plan that includes chopping 15 percent of the work force, an estimate 1,600 positions, the Journal said citing unnamed people close to the matter. The cuts would come as a key investor in Yahoo pressures the board of directors for a management change. Activist hedge fund Starboard Value last month said investors appear to "have lost all confidence in management and the board" after the company, led by Silicon Valley star Mayer, has failed to turn around Yahoo's core Internet business. In a letter to the board, Starboard said Yahoo needs to sell off the core business to …

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• Globe #StartNow Youth Summit set to educate and empower students on the latest digital trends and innovations

The continuing rise in smartphone penetration in the Philippines has allowed more individuals to get a hold of their own device and eventually learn to adapt a digital lifestyle – from social networking sites to various apps for efficiency. One’s mobile experience has immensely improved with tasks such as booking movies, restaurant seats, and even hailing cabs now having its corresponding apps for convenience. With this fast-paced evolution, the youth now have more power than ever in their fingertips. Knowing how to maximize, adapt and embrace it the right way is what Globe Telecom advocates through the #StartNow Youth Summit. Set to be a venue for learning, the Youth Summit aims to immerse students in the latest digital trends, innovations, and applications, and further open their creative minds to innovate for …

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Building towards a greener future

As organizations face the New Year with high hopes and determination, the timing becomes opportune to look at how sustainable workplace design can be instrumental to achieving long-term business goals. A paper from the Southern Illinois University took note that in several cases, sustainable initiatives and buildings resulted in increased satisfaction, attendance, and productivity among occupants. Implementing a sustainable working environment entails the improvement of several elements, including indoor air quality, thermal conditioning, interior space design, and, equally important, lighting—an area where global lighting leader Philips continues to find ways to enhance the quality of life in the workplace with innovative products and solutions. “The quality of the working environment has a huge impact on the bottom line, as workplace comfort and satisfaction can influence the level of productivity among employees,” says Chestnut …

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