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More than half eligible Windows devices in the Philippines have less than a week to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

PHILIPPINES - Eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are urged to upgrade to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer ends on July 29. Microsoft highlighted that more than half of qualified PCs in the Philippines are at risk of missing out on the free Windows 10 upgrade offer that will end July 29. According to web traffic analysis tool StatCounter, 56.4 percent of PCs in the Philippines are still running on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, both of which are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade offer. “Windows 10 is the fastest growing version of Windows in history, and more than 350 million active devices around the world today run on the most personal and productive version of Windows we’ve ever created,” said Karrie Ilagan, country manager for Microsoft …

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Pokémon Go For Old(Er) Players

Illustration by Pamela Lim-Kwok For the past two weeks, the Internet has been hijacked by a new game for smartphones.  Everyone is talking about it. Jokes and memes can be found on every corner of the web. Even more impressive, local news and tech sites can’t seem to stop talking about it – even if the game isn’t available yet in the Philippines. It’s the age of Pokémon GO. Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game where you can ‘catch’ cute little ‘pocket monsters’ that will suddenly appear on your phone while you’re using the app. The game is based on the basic premise of Pokémon, a Japanese videogame and anime series where adventurers travel the world seeking Pokémon (yes, there is no ‘s’ in the plural form) to train and battle with …

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Foursquare gets boost from Pokémon

Foursquare, the discovery and check-in mobile app, was the talk of the town in tech circles half a dozen years ago when it led the way in the use of location-based services and the GPS technology that was built into the iPhone. But over the years, Foursquare’s marquee feature — the check-in — was adopted by apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Soon, the check-in became more of a feature than a stand-alone product. Foursquare has since switched tactics several times, including moving toward a kind of real-world local search engine. Now location-based services and technology have become the rage again. Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game that has swept several countries, also uses location technology and fuses the real world with the digital one in a way akin to …

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The reality of teen apps

The development of mobile apps has greatly changed the way we talk, see and deal with anyone we interact with. From the original hand written letters to recorded voice messages or sending emails to just poking someone in Facebook, clearly, applications (apps) have and are continuously evolving. The evolution of how we interact goes hand in hand with how we use the apps. Teenagers will always find ways to make things exciting and interesting and sometimes their use of apps to manage their digital lifestyle can often be misleading.    Remember, apps were originally created with the best intentions in mind, and so it is up to its users to properly choose and appropriately use them.  Listed are apps every teenager should take caution of and every parent should know about. ASK.fm It claims …

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The yeasty yogic tribe way

Photos by Camille Ante and YYT In the field of medicine, it is usually the doctors or physicians who get the glory.  Seldom do we recognize the unsung heroes of the allied health field - nurses, Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT), Speech Pathologists (SP), etc.  They perform an amazing job in helping patients get back to their usual home and family life. Each one offers a different specialty.  While OT’s assist with performing daily tasks like combing your hair or eating on your own and PT’s in activities of daily living like moving from one place to another with ease and less pain, SP’s, on the other hand, aid in communication disorders. Out of all the three, Speech Pathology is the least mentioned and discussed. In an attempt to raise awareness, the …

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GoBear suits your needs

GoBear is Asia’s first and only metasearch engine in insurance and financial products. It was founded on the simple premise that a consumer should find freedom and ease in choosing complex financial products like insurance, credit cards and loans. Headquartered in Singapore since early 2015, GoBear has established a presence in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. GoBear Hong Kong and Vietnam will launch in fall 2016. In its first year of operations, over 2 million users used GoBear for quicker and more personalized comparisons. As one of the fastest growing fintech startups in Asia, GoBear is leading the way in democratizing financial shopping experience with its unbiased and personalized comparison process. GoBear’s user-oriented platform neither aggregates nor sells products. GoBear simply offers consumers a free and transparent comparison process based on …

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Plastic-eating mushrooms

Intriguing right? Who would’ve thought that the answer to some of our most distressing global conundrums may be mushrooms? Industrial Designer, Katharina Unger sure did, sparked by a recent discovery made by students from Yale in the great Amazon Rainforest. The trip was part of the university’s Annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory—a unique course where students enrolled are given opportunities to explore diverse ecosystems of various forests, collect plant samples, and engage in full time research of their own design. While working on the samples retrieved from the most bio-diverse place on Earth, researchers at Yale were able to isolate a variety of mushroom (Pestalotiopsismicrospora) that is capable of breaking down a key component of plastic, polyurethane. These mushrooms were also found to survive in anaerobic environments, meaning they do not …

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Tech for tots

Mixing technology and toddlers can be a complex issue. On one hand, there are those that worry about the effects of screens on critically-developing minds – saying that screentime for children, especially toddlers, should be severely limited, if not outright eliminated. Parents are concerned about how living in a world inundated with technology affects the development of their children. It was not so long ago, after all, when children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, having actual friends, playing sports, and getting into all sorts of adventures. Proponents of a #childhoodunplugged say that natural play brings a host of benefits for the child that technology cannot emulate. Children learn to grow into their bodies, enrich their imagination, learn how to properly interact with other kids, and enjoy their days …

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Uncover the facts and clear the air

By Len Amadora Phey Hong Soh, Dyson design engineer, who worked on the Dyson Pure Cool Link. A few weeks back, a short trip to Singapore made me fear of the things I cannot see and of those I take for granted. The problem of air pollution is worldwide. The alarming increase in respiratory cases in our country and around the world is enough evidence that air quality is indeed deteriorating. In Metro Manila alone, everyone is exposed to high levels of pollution caused by daily commute.  This is further aggravated by the worsening traffic. We don't need numbers to know that air pollution is worsening. With all these, would you just rather stay home or indoors? Dyson unveil its latest technology to launch across South East Asia, the Dyson Pure Cool Link. The air …

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Step into a whole new architectural experience

Constructed churches, hospitals, bridges, houses or any other structure always begin with a design in mind. Designs vary according to the vision of the client.  It is then the architect’s task to create a blueprint that contains the structure’s drawing, dimensions and notes. Construction begins when a client and the architect have agreed on a blueprint.  Now that technology is on the rise, a blueprint is partnered with an AutoCAD just in case the client would want to see it rendered. What does this mean?  Rendered means “adding texture” into a frame.  This involves adding colors, angles, trees, cars and other objects into the picture.  With the help of an AutoCAD, a computer-aided design program used for 2-D and 3-D design and drafting, a soft copy of the blueprint is created.  …

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