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Kata is Netflix ready

While most of us are moping with the realization that Netflix is allegedly giving us 7% of its overall content, Kata is all smiles, since they have an ace in their hands. Given the fact that their devices, particularly the Kata Box, are Netflix ready, this does not end with there: it is just the beginning. True to being a visionary, Kata’s founder, David Chen, has foreseen this exodus of content from Netflix and has been ready for it months before it happened. Introducing: The Mega VPN App. Kata features competition for Mega VPN app, which an exclusive partnership, the Mega VPN gives access to scores of US shows and series for a free trial of 60 days.

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IMI inaugurates its power module facility

Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), one of the providers of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and power semiconductor assembly and test services, inaugurated its Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) module or power module facility on December 11, 2015. Research by IHS, Inc., a leading provider of diverse global market and economic information, shows that power modules have a significant future for the electronics world. It will account for 30 percent of the total power of semiconductor market by 2019. IGBT modules are terminal power semiconductor devices used as electronic switches that combine high efficiency and fast switching. The modules provide the ability to switch to electric power often used on trains, refrigerators, lamp ballasts, air conditioners, solar applications, motion devices, and on anything that needs electric switching and requires power efficiency. Some of the benefits …

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Tech Buzz

• MOBILE ADVERTISING: FILIPINO BEHAVIORS AND PREFERENCES   The first mobile and cellular phone services emerged in 1991. Since then, Filipino mobile users earned several titles such as the “texting capital”, the “social networking capital”, and most recently, the “selfie capital.” Smartphones are expected to grow by 40%, and today, the smartphone is one of the most accessible, but also one of the least maximized platform in advertising. Through Epinion’s 27,076 robust online panel of netizens,  the Omnicom Media Group (OMG) discovered uniquely-Filipino -ick factors in mobile advertising. “Our goal was to identify behaviors ‘ick’ factors, whether positive or negative, that Filipinos have toward mobile, and align them with corresponding behaviors and preferences that advertisers can leverage to engage the mobile Filipino. The results were an eye opener - Filipinos are not only dependent …

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Zomato and Microsoft join forces to empower SMEs

Following the success of last year’s Restaurant Summit, online and mobile restaurant search and discovery platform Zomato partners with the world’s leading software provider Microsoft to empower leaders and learners alike to become ground-breakers in the local Food & Beverage (F&B) sector by conquering the digital space market. To be held at the Raffles Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Friday, January 15, 2016, the Zomato + Microsoft Summit Session’s Metro Manila leg will bring the brightest minds to share their knowledge and open discussions on topics such as Integrating Technology in your Restaurant Business and Wooing the Millennials. The union between Microsoft and Zomato champions each of the different SME’s goals to harness and elevate them through technology and digital solutions. While having websites and multiple social media accounts allows more visibility for restaurants, …

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Google to produce Project Tango 3D phone with Lenovo

Las Vegas, United States | AFP --  The partnership announced on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will produce the first consumer device using the technology -- which aims for a new generation of smart devices that can be used for indoor mapping, augmented reality and more. The companies said the device -- which was not displayed -- would be a large-screen smartphone with a display of around six inches (15 centimeters) and cost under $500. The Tango phone, set for worldwide release in mid-year, will also mark the first major entry into the US smartphone market for the Chinese electronics giant. "This was not designed as a niche device," said Lenovo vice president Jeff Meredith. "We want this to be accessible to a large audience." Google announced its research project in 2014 aimed …

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MasterCard and C40 partner to rally megacities around sustainable Mobility

Following  COP21 climate talks in Paris, MasterCard and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) recently announced a partnership to connect Chinese and global megacities in a first-of-a-kind ‘Mobility Management’ network. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities and is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens. With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, urban transportation is one of the key contributors to CO2 emissions globally. Drawing on technology and expertise from MasterCard, the C40 Mobility Management network will spearhead the sharing and activation of best practices to better integrate and optimize the various modes of public transportation available …

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CIO’s agenda in 2016: Spend more on security to stop data leaks, Bitdefender reports

Bitdefender Business Insights blog reports that according to a recent survey, more than half of C-level managers define the prevention of data leaks as the main priority for their organization in 2016, with business continuity/disaster recovery resilience and identity and access management coming second and third. C-level managers are aware that industrial processes and intellectual property are increasingly valuable for third parties, as this information can help local companies gain a foothold in new markets and acquire new customers, along with their data. Data leakage and data loss prevention have become more important than incident response capabilities, security operations (e.g., antivirus, patching, encryption) or security testing (e.g., attack and penetration), as EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2015 shows. Data loss prevention (DLP) contains all solutions or processes that identify confidential data, tracks …

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Autodesk declares a ‘New World Order’ in Construction Document Management

At its flagship annual user event Autodesk University, Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, a comprehensive, cloud-based service for the construction industry that provides a virtual workspace to create, access, maintain, markup and share 2D and 3D project documents, plans and models. Up to 25 percent of construction is rework, and approximately 10 percent of materials are wasted, according to the 2013 industry report by Autodesk, “Making the Grade.” Much of this waste can be attributed to the error-prone process of managing hundreds to thousands of project documents. Today, the construction industry must contend with a tangled web of multiple document management solution providers, contributing to significant inefficiencies and risks on construction project sites. Formerly known as Project Alexandria, Autodesk BIM 360 Docs will help to save time, reduce risk and …

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Acer seeks to refine videoconferencing meetings with new Chromebox

Acer announced the new Chromebox for meetings CXV2 for videoconferencing including hardware, software, and support all in one box. Booting up in about 8 seconds and supporting up to 15 conference participants across various devices, the solution is easy to set up and manage, with 24/7 technical support included. The new Chromebox for meetings CXV2 is the latest addition to Acer’s industry-leading portfolio of Chrome OS products including Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases. According to data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 34% market share for the first three quarters of 2015. Powered by a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and Intel HD Graphics that supports Ultra HD video output, the Acer Chromebox for meetings CXV2 is bundled with a high-quality camera, remote control, and microphone/speaker. …

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Epson wins silver Marketing Excellence Awards 2015 for B2B

Epson has won the Silver Award for Excellence in Integrated Marketing (B2B) at the prestigious Marketing Excellence Award 2015 in Singapore. The award recognizes the success of Epson’s brand campaign for interactive projectors in effectively communicating its marketing messages to its target audience to achieve business objectives within Southeast Asia. The Marketing Excellence Awards is Singapore’s main event recognizing excellence across the marketing communications services industry. The Integrated Marketing (B2B) category at the award recognizes the best organization that effectively engages its B2B partners through an integrated marketing strategy, which employs a suite of marketing tools and media channels while driving core business objectives. Epson’s market share for projectors increased from 46% in FY14, to 55.6% in FY15Q1, after the launch of the brand campaign for interactive projectors – the 9.6% growth …

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