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SM Prime cashes in on Santa Rosa as the next BPO hub of the south

SM Prime is betting high on the booming BPO sector as it is set to open another office tower in the bustling Santa Rosa, Laguna in the first quarter of 2017. Built right next to SM Santa Rosa, the new BPO tower will have a leasable area of approximately 30,000 square meters, of which majority will be allotted solely for BPO companies. However, there is flexibility for smaller cuts that cater to SME (small to medium-sized enterprises) operations. Dubbed “Investment Capital of South Luzon,” the bustling Santa Rosa is an ideal hub for BPOs and other businesses given its proximity to Metro Manila, but minus the congestion, traffic, and other inconveniences associated with a booming metropolis. “As Metro Manila is now congested, and a number of the residents of Santa Rosa work for …

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PH mobile internet ranks 6th in APAC in latest Akamai report

For the first time in many years, Akamai Technologies included the Philippines in the country ranking for mobile internet speeds. And the results did not disappoint Filipino consumers. With an average speed of 8.5 Mbps, the Philippines ranked 6th in the average mobile internet connection speed according to the 2nd Akamai State of Internet Report. The latest Akamai report also reveals that the Philippines also achieved 105.1 Mbps peak mobile speed which in the third highest in Asia Pacific next to Australia and Thailand. Globe Telecom’s efforts to improve internet experience of its customers advanced significantly in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, as the company managed to drive the mobile internet speed ranking of the Philippines with its 1st world internet campaign. Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu reiterated the …

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Big Data tools: check out Keboola

I got intrigued when I got an invite to attend #DataDrivenSG Hackathon next week on Oct 21, 2016 at NUS Hangar (https://www.facebook.com/events/186617605104844/). It was sponsored by Keboola. So I went over to their website (Keboola.asia) to find out more about this company and what it does for Big Data Analytics. In the world of Big Data Analytics, 80% of our time is spend just extracting, cleaning, transforming the data to work with. The other 20% is the actual time spent doing the analysis. So if one can automate or simplify the ETL(extract, transform, load) part, it would be a huge win for Data Analysts. This is where Keboola comes in. It touts itself as the Data Preparation Platform. It is a “hybrid cloud-based set of integrated tools which supports the whole data workflow …

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MSI-ECS holds sale on gadgets October 16-21

Purchase gadgets and accessories at a discounted price as MSI-ECS holds Warehouse Sale. Cash, credit card and cheque payments are accepted for their discounted items including mobile phones, speakers, smartwatches, tablets, desktop and monitors, laptops printers and projectors. Items can be up to 80% off. The MSI-ECS Warehouse Sale will be on October 16 until October 21, from 9AM to 6PM. MCI-ECS Warehouse Sale will be at MSI-ECS Building, M. Eusebio Avenue, Barangay San Miguel, Pasig City.

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Huawei jumps to 72nd on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report

Huawei ranked 72 on the Interbrand¡¯s 2016 Best Global Brands report, moving up 16 spots from its ranking in 2015. This is the second consecutive year Huawei has risen on Interbrand’s list since the company became the first mainland Chinese brand to be recognized as a Best Global Brand in 2014. According to Interbrand, “Huawei is once again a highlight in the 2016 Best Global Brands report released by Interbrand. Its brand value, approximated at USD $5,835 million, increased by 18% compared to a year ago. In Interbrand’s annual report, it is also one of the fastest rising brands in the technology sector, climbing from #88 to #72 in ranking. Huawei’s significant progress stems from the belief that customers always come first, and the persistence in providing value-driven products and services. …

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PayMaya and Uber launch first four-exclusive promo

PayMaya and Uber has launched an exclusive promo for Uber riders who will use their PayMaya app or card in paying for their transactions. Dubbed the “First Four” promo, this tie-up is part of the partnership between Uber and PayMaya. From October 3 to December 3, 2016, first-time Uber users will get P100 off on each of their first four rides that they will book using PayMaya and the promo code PAYMAYARIDE. The promo is open to new and existing PayMaya app and card users and is valid for uberX, uberBLACK, and uberPOOL trips in Metro Manila. To avail of the promo, PayMaya users just need to have at least P300 in their account prior to booking their ride. PayMaya is the only prepaid wallet in the Philippines -- and only one …

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New Trojan used in high level financial attacks

Since January 2016, discreet campaigns involving malware called Trojan.Odinaff have targeted a number of financial organizations worldwide. These attacks appear to be extremely focused on organizations operating in the banking, securities, trading, and payroll sectors. Organizations who provide support services to these industries are also of interest. Odinaff is typically deployed in the first stage of an attack, to gain a foothold onto the network, providing a persistent presence and the ability to install additional tools onto the target network. These additional tools bear the hallmarks of a sophisticated attacker which has plagued the financial industry since at least 2013–Carbanak. This new wave of attacks has also used some infrastructure that has previously been used in Carbanak campaigns. These attacks require a large amount of hands on involvement, with methodical deployment of a range of …

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Facebook launches ‘Workplace’ a business version of Facebook

NEW YORK — You probably already use Facebook at work. Now, Facebook is creating a separate version aimed at helping you do actual work instead of catching up on baby photos and campaign chatter. Facebook is launching a communications tool on Monday for businesses, nonprofits and other organizations. Called Workplace, the platform is ad-free and not connected to users' existing Facebook accounts. Instead, businesses sign up as an organization and pay a monthly fee based on the number of users. It's free for nonprofits and educational institutions. Julien Codorniou, head of Workplace at Facebook, said in an interview that the tool's aim is to "connect everyone" in all sorts of workplaces — from desk-bound professionals to on-the-go employees who don't have email or a computer. Think baristas at a coffee shop, field …

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Facebook reports 11-million-pound UK tax credit as revenues soar

Facebook said its main UK subsidiary generated an 11-million-pound tax credit in 2015 even as revenues soared, thanks to its tax efficient structure, accounts published on the weekend showed. Analysts say Facebook generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from UK clients each year but until this year all transactions were booked in Ireland, minimizing the social media group's UK tax bill. Facebook UK Ltd is funded by affiliates such as the main Irish unit. It received over 210 million pounds ($261.14 million) in 2015 from these affiliates. But that wasn't enough to cover its costs and the UK subsidiary reported a loss of 52 million pounds. A spokeswoman said Facebook paid all the taxes it was required to under UK law. “We are proud that in 2015 we have continued to grow …

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Matchmaking with Big Data

http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_webb_how_i_hacked_online_dating Rudder of OKCupid revealed that there is surprising information data analysis has returned. By compiling data of OKCupid members who ended up in relationship via the online platform, they found three questions most first dates agreed on: 1. “Do you like horror movies?” 2. “Have you ever travelled around another country alone?” 3. “Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?” The seemingly innocuous questions reveal much more about personality and life trajectory than dozens of useless data points. Amy Webb’s TEDTalk, titled “How I Hacked Online Dating,” has almost 4.5 million views. This is because people not only find the topic interesting, but they likely have had similar, perhaps negative, experiences in online dating. Users are asked questions that, while useful, can’t encapsulate a person as …

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