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About actions, not distractions

By Mark Isaiah David With the outrageous, soul-crushing traffic that Filipinos in various cities have to endure every single day, we’ve developed our own ways of coping while we are all stuck in cars going nowhere. Most check their social media pages and get updated with whatever is happening in the world. Some play games on their smartphones (insta-hatching that 10km Pokémon Go egg) to pass the time. Others would load their favorite TV programs in their tablets and watch while navigating the maddeningly bumper-to-bumper traffic.Any honest driver would admit that it could compromise safety; but given the reality that you waste precious hours just waiting for your car to move an inch, we all just shrug and do it. The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), which (according to various reports) will be implemented …

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Hotspot

By Annalyn Jusay   There's something romantic about a digital career, or one where your work is spent entirely online. No need for long commutes or dealing with office politics. Travel where you want to and Instagram your way to exotic places, for as long as you have internet or data connection and a laptop. No need to punch a time card or wake up at 6am. Wouldn't life be so rad if we could all do something like this? Being a digital nomad or having a location-independent lifestyle is a calling that's hard to resist. Moms like me who want to have more time with the children would surely want this. You would be surprised that a lot of people are actually into this right now. The question is how to get …

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Turning smog into diamonds

Let’s face it; the air in Manila is bad, downright unbreathable at times. It is 80% due to the toxic fumes expelled by over 8 million vehicles according to an article by CNN Philippines last year. Though an overall improvement in air quality (from 166 micrograms in 2010, down to 120 micrograms per cubic meter in 2015) was recorded, we are still 30 micrograms above the standard safe level. Aqicn.org’s real time monitoring tells us that our current Air Quality Index in the Metro levels out as “Unhealthy”, especially during rush hour. Stricter emission standards and cleaner fuel do help control this environmental anomaly, but the issue is bound to worsen as more and more people purchase more and more vehicles. We need to innovate and improve on the design of …

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Searching for truth in social media

A popular social media page for car enthusiasts recently crashed and burned for revealing the identity of a suspect of a crime – which later turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. The unfortunate victim of the gaffe got his reputation shredded within hours, and even received threats against him and his family. Later, the car magazine uploaded a single post sharing that the owner of the misidentified car stepped forward to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to clear his name, but stopped short of owning up to its own error and irresponsibility in its post. And while the editor of the car magazine posted on his own social media account that the blunder was his fault, the apology came too late. Damage, as is often in …

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Tech for the Gold

By Christian Abe Garcia The 2016 Rio Olympics has officially started. And while we mainly focus on watching athletes compete against each other in different sporting events in order to bring home that glorious gold medal for their nation, it is also good to know that there are different tech companies working hand in hand with the Olympic committee. A lot of these sponsors and partners have been with the Olympics for a long time; but what is truly impressive is the technology brought in by each company to produce a successful worldwide sporting event. Behind the glamour and spectacle, the drama and intrigues , the showcase of color and culture, are the tech companies who meticulously and accurately provide their expertise so that the athletes, fans and audience get the best …

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BPI holds first-time ‘Madness’ fair in Ilocos Norte

BPI’s trademark lifestyle fair, “Lifestyle Madness,” invaded Ilocos Norte for the first time, with the staging of its northern Luzon edition at the Robinson’s Place in San Nicolas, Laoag last July 14-17, 2016. Unbelievable promos and cut-price schemes were showcased under one roof as BPI gathered prime services and solutions, including great deals to acquire a new home, car or appliance, or secure the most competitive rates for savings and investment funds. “Madness Advisers,” BPI’s very own dependable financial experts, were also on site to offer consultation on financial solutions suited for every lifestyle, whether for Auto, Housing, KaNegosyo, and Personal Loans, Credit and Debit Cards, Deposits, Investment funds, and BPI-Philam Life Insurance. Two new solutions were also introduced during the four-day event—the Pamana Padala, a product designed to help overseas Filipinos …

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Listen: Hugot songs on Spotify album

After 'hugot' lines bandwagon have dwindled, it is now the 'hugot' songs that are invading the music streaming sites. Netizen Chris Cahilig, on his Facebook page, shared a Spotify link containing a compilation of 'hugot' songs from various artists. Simply look for the the "Move On 101" album and listen to the tunes that have become the 'soundtracks of your life.' Here's the link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/1cgIA6p3E9CXxf0XE5eJw6  

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Instagram launches video posting with IG Stories

Farhad Manjoo, through the New York Times Facebook account, shared a live feed on a commentary of the launching of Instagram Stories, a full-scale SnapChat clone. "It will have the entire tech community up in arms, but also has huge potential for IG to eat SnapChat's lunch," wrote Manjoo in the post.

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Swiped, tapped and delivered

Technology runs almost every aspect of our lives, And with the Internet of Things, being connected has given us immense possibilities — almost everything you can possibly think of.    It is like rubbing a genie out of a lamp; a simple click or a tap and your wish is the smartphone's command. Apps refer to programs that are designed to fulfill a particular purpose. So if you want to remotely turn on the lights in your condo unit once it gets dark/just before you arrive home or perhaps remotely watch your kids play with yaya while you are at work, a simple tap on a particular app magically does the trick.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  In reality, there are a lot of applications designated for home …

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The world’s smartest tape measure

This innovative product is guaranteed to be something that you never knew you wanted, at least that’s what I thought after learning about Bagel—a one-of-a-kind digital tape measure (not the bread). Rolled-up plastic measuring tapes and their self-retracting counterparts may well be on the way out as we lean more and more into IoT, or the Internet of Things. The goal is to build towards creating a network of physical devices, vehicles, structures, and other items embedded with electronics, software, and a variety of sensors and actuators. These objects would then be able to collect and exchange data to form significantly efficient systems. The guys at Bagel Labs (a young tech start-up from South Korea) had it down to the current IoT initiative when they developed their very own smart …

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