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Live from Manila: Road Battle

Here is a short horror story: the MRT isn’t working, the LRT is jam packed, the Shuttleservice has a long line, then you decide to get a cab but you can’t because he’s picky and you’re late for your appointment. This is the horror that most of us dread everyday. With a very disappointing mass transportation service like this, it’s just unbelievable how resilient each Filipino is. We accept that it would take at least 2 hours to go from home to work or school and vice versa.Wow, no wonder the road is getting wilder by the day. Travel Anatomy If you think about it, that’s 4 hours everyday multiplied by 6 working days; that will give you 24 hours a week. 24 hours a week multiplied by 4 weeks results to 96 …

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Getting youtube stars to sell your product

YouTube influencers are a sought-after breed. One word from these connoisseurs of cool, these heralders of hipness, and traffic to a website or store soars, products fly off shelves and brands become blockbusters overnight. But these people can be picky, quirky and hard to connect with — especially for a new brand roaming about the Internet in search of some love and respect. That was the problem Aihui Ong, the founder of a small healthy snack subscription business, Love With Food, was having. She could see that some new business was coming to her site from YouTube, where current customers had made videos showing how much they liked her snack boxes. But how to scale that up? How to find those influencers with really big followings and get them on her side? And that is …

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A digital upgrade to stethoscopes

It was French physician, René Laennec, who invented the means for our doctors to listen in the delicate internal clockwork of our body. The year was 1816. A woman suffering from symptoms related to heart disease consulted Leannec; but the physician had a hard time assessing her condition by conventional methods at the time.  He felt very uncomfortable placing his ear on women’s chests. Checkup via percussion (a clinical examination done by tapping and taking note of the resulting sound) also proved ineffective due to the patient’s great degree of fatness—as Laennec put it in his classic treatise published in 1819 called “De l'Auscultation Médiate” (On Mediate Auscultation). He was then struck with inspiration on how to proceed and writes, “I rolled a quire of paper into a kind of …

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Hobbies for techies

When your job is all about ones and zeroes, computers, and the latest digital trends, spending hours hunched on your workstation can not only be boring, it can also be detrimental – both to your work and to your health. All work and no play, after all, can only be bad for you. Fortunately, there’s an easy and fun solution to burnout and physical inactivity: hobbies. Whether mundane or downright awesome, having an activity that you love is important in having a balanced work-life. When it comes to hobbies, techies seem to excel in their choices. Curiously enough, there’s a trend of focusing on the physical instead of virtual things. Seth Porges of Forbes articulated that, “the more time you spend immersed in technology, the more likely you are to seek a …

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Top skills that could get you hired this 2016

With the first quarter of 2016 just starting to settle in, chances are many Filipinos are seeking for a job. You might ask, what skills could I use to edge out other job-seekers? US-based professional networking site LinkedIn has named the top skills that you could use to get you that job you want this 2016. LinkedIn based the data from its users' skills, and analyzed them based on the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn's site from January to December 2015. The study revealed that the top skills employers are looking for are mostly tech skills or skills involving Information Technology. Cloud and distributed-computing ranked 1st. The "cloud" is a metaphor for the Internet, and basically, "cloud computing" means "Internet-based computing". Internet-based computing is the storing and accessing of data and programs over the internet, …

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Love in the season of swipes

Twenty one years ago, I was riding a jeepney with my friends when I chanced upon this quiet, curly-haired young girl who looked like a nymph that couldn’t hurt a fly. After a month’s worth of research (all I had to start with was the village she got off on and her school uniform), I was dropping off hand-written letters to her cousin (so she could give it to her) every day and praying that I get to bump into her again. These days, such effort and pace in pursuing a relationship is unthinkable. Apparently, romance has changed. Social media, our persistently-connected lives, long work hours, and even the deplorably significant amount of time we lose stuck in traffic has evolved how we do romance. For example: STALKING MADE EASY Getting to know …

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8 Apps for Lent

The season of Lent is a religious occasion commemorated by Catholics around the world. During Lent, Catholics would pray and repent for their sins for a period of six weeks. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Easter Sunday. While most Filipinos are accustomed to the traditional method of celebrating Lent, there are now a number of ways in which technology can enhance our spiritual experience.   Through reliable apps that can be easily downloaded, smartphones and tablets can now serve as guide in our daily prayers and reflections. Here are 8 apps for the prayerful and the faithful: Laudate Coined as the number 1 Catholic app for mobile devices, Laudate gives a “complete” experience for Catholics. It contains supplements for the Daily Readings during Mass, A Rosary with a prayer e-booklet, prayers …

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Samsung Electronics moves to be separated from Google

By Lee Seung-Hoon, Maeil Business News Korea South Korea’s consumer electronics behemoth Samsung Electronics has moved to be separated from Google after strengthening its relationship with Google in the smartphone sector. The electronics giant has recently announced that it will hold Samsung Developer Conference 2016 in San Francisco in April. Google usually holds its developer conference in June and Samsung has decided to hold theirs in April instead. The company held the conference in November 2014 but it moved up the date, showing its intention of beating its rival to the draw. Samsung decided to bring the developer conference forward and release various solutions to show that the company is also adept at software, according to sources from the industry. The electronics company has made strenuous efforts to develop Tizen. Tizen is an …

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Stay In Tune

We Filipinos love to sing. And with so many gadgets and music apps available on our mobile devices, we just can’t help but listen and sing along anytime, anywhere.  In many Filipino households, ginger has long been used as a remedy all for a number of ailments. Its root, when taken either as a tea or chewed like a candy, offers numerous health benefits like improved digestion and reduced intestinal disorders, relieved pain and reduced inflammation associated with arthritis, a preventive for nausea and motion sickness, and even as a therapy to lower cholesterol levels. Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that relieve pain throughout the body. These are the same compounds that relieve inflammation of the mucous membranes, which makes one susceptible to colds, sore throats and coughing. Nearly …

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Fashion-forward Tech: 7 Stylish and Innovative Tech Finds

With the recent releases of smartphones, smartwatches and other wearables that are stylish and fashionable in design, it's hard not to imagine how technology can make a big impact on the fashion scene. There are already smartwatches, activity trackers or monitors, and other intricate wearable gadgets in the market today, but are there still more? Here are 7 genius and practical wearable tech that some companies are putting out for those who want to be both stylish and techy in their home, office, or even on the road: 1.Fitbit Surge Specifically designed to focus on the user's well-being, the Fitbit Surge is a smartwatch capable of automatic and continuous tracking of heart rate through the Pure Pulse Heart Monitor.  It can track the user’s steps, distance and even the number of floors climbed.  …

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