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Robots at center of China’s strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its burgeoning robot industry at the five-day exhibition in Beijing, part of a national effort to promote use of more advanced technologies in Chinese factories and create high-end products that redefine the meaning of "Made in China." Apart from the cool factor, China's sweeping plans to upgrade its factories and production lines depend on building and better using advanced robots. Automation is crucial for industries facing rising labor costs and slowing growth in the work force thanks to the "one-child" policy era and aging of the population. China will have …

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Solane revamps website

Isla LPG Corporation, the LPG solutions company carrying the brand Solane, is welcoming positive change as it recently showcased a newly revamped website along with the launch of the “Dapat Lang” advocacy campaign highlighting family and positive Filipino values. Drawing inspiration from the popular Filipino expression, which in English means, “as it should be…Rightfully so,” the campaign spurred Solane to reconstruct its website to allow user convenience and easy access of information. According to Solane marketing manager Valeri B. Villano, “The new homepage will show Solane’s brand values, which are good product quality, commitment to safety, excellent service, and company integrity. Our aim is to have our campaign advocacy reflect in every feature of our website.” The website includes an About Us page where it will share everything about the company, ISLA LPG …

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The Devant habit

Have we really become slaves to technology? Well, it depends how you see it. Although one can’t deny the addicting appeal of having and doing everything at a touch of a finger, there’s also the side of technology that offers us such amazing convenience. Technology offers everything — an avenue to shop without leaving the house, ways to share memories with loved ones living far away, easy communication, and the availability of information wherever you are. It is this convenience that Devant, aims to tap and promote by delving deep into what matters most — one’s family. Driven by the tagline “Changing lives in a big way,” Devant hopes to instill the importance of strengthening personal ties by simply enjoying a simple habit — watching TV. 7:30PM TV G2G Through the project 7:30 PM …

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The father of PHP

I was so fortunate to have a chat with the Father of PHP (the programming/scripting language, not Philippine Peso) Rasmus Lerdorf last Thursday in Makati City during the PHP Conference Philippines 2016. The Greenlandic-Danish programmer is in Manila for the conference, where he was the keynote speaker. I asked him to tell the story of how he created PHP and as a fanboy, myself hearing it straight from Rasmus is the best thing one would wish. According to him, “I needed a tool for myself. I didn’t set out to create for anybody else. Just solving the web problem and the tools at that time was 1993 or so; I didn’t like any of them out there. I had written a whole bunch of CGI programs in C (programming language) and …

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Kingston releases IronKey D300 and IronKey D300 Managed Encrypted USB flash drives

Kingston, has recently announced the release of IronKey D300 and IronKey D300 Managed encrypted USB Flash drives. Both drives deploy an advanced level of encryption that builds on the features that have made IronKey such a well-respected name when it comes to safeguarding sensitive information. IronKey D300 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified, with 256-bit AES hardware encryption in XTS mode. The drive’s exterior is made with a zinc casing and waterproof to 4 feet while the interior components are encased in a tamper-evident epoxy seal for physical security. IronKey D300 employs digitally signed firmware, making it immune to the BadUSB malware, and it enforces complex password protocol with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access. Encryption and decryption is done on the drive with no trace left on the host system …

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TheBagMaster shows off revamped website

TheBagMaster has been relaunched with a new website, thebatmaster.com.ph, and it features a slew of clothing apparels for adults and children - from shoes, watches, accessories, the list goes on. The website shows discounted prices, lists how many products they have for each categories, and comes with a live support chat to help you find what you need. Charles Pestana, President and CEO, said: “TheBagMaster was born out of a passion to make it possible for Filipinos to make a stylish impression every day without breaking the bank. The future vision for the brand is to celebrate that pioneering spirit, this time through widening their variety of quality imported products being made available to its patrons and new customers alike.” Known best for its affordable lifestyle products, TheBagMaster will now offer original branded …

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Xperia is XZ-iting!

By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda With nothing but good intentions  in mind, Sony announces the availability of its new flagship the Xperia XZ. Sony made sure the Xperia XZ debuts with a loud bang, or a big splash, setting the main focus on its 23MP main camera — built from Sony’s heritage in camera technology. The best moments – usually, the fleeting moments that involve too much action or even ones that happen during the night life - are the hardest to capture. The 5.2” seamless glass loop surface-designed Xperia XZ with ALKELEIDO metal back makes sure you preserve those memories with their new feature, the triple image sensing technology. The fast camera start-up that takes less than 0.6 seconds from standby is a big push in taking the perfect shots whenever it might strike. …

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All in for the Vivo Y55

By Christian Abe Garcia Smartphones are getting faster, lighter, and pricier. With a lot of phones coming out in the market with sophisticated technology like fingerprint scan, motion sensors, and dual cameras, some people would still want a simple bare-to-bones smartphone that can handle all of the tasks for a reasonable price. Vivo has recently released the Vivo Y55, and if you are looking for a good affordable smartphone, then Vivo’s latest offering is right up your alley. The Vivo Y55 comes with 5.2-inch screen, with is the adequate size for watching videos or playing games while being able to put it in your pocket if you’re not using it. The screen is also scratch resistant due to its thick 2.5D curved glass. Vivo Y55 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, which will not …

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Starmobile’s new Rave UP show

Filipino mobile company Starmobile is giving consumers more options for affordable smartphones equipped with fingerprint sensors as it launches the dual-SIM Android Marshmallow Starmobile UP Rave. “The UP Rave joins the recently launched UP Sense in giving customers the peace of mind provided by fingerprint sensor-enabled smartphones,” said Michael Chen, Starmobile Product Development Head. “While these smartphones help keep their photos, videos, emails and social media accounts extra-secure by providing access only to their owners, these also make things more convenient for them, as they can unlock access to files without having to remember passwords”. Aside from providing greater security and control through its fingerprint sensor that can save up to five fingerprints to the device, the UP Rave also allows users up to 13.3 hours talk and four days standby time …

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Hitachi new video management platform models, strategic tie-up

Hitachi Insight Group, which is responsible for driving Hitachi’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) strategy, has introduced three new Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP)models designed to aggressively move the company into the video security and monitoring market—a more than $6 billion total available market (TAM) opportunity based on recent estimates froman independent research firm. The new Hitachi VMP configurations combinevirtualized compute and storage and are delivered as fully integrated, turnkey appliances. These new models are optimized for enterprise video security and monitoring environments and support video analytics. Hitachi also announced that it isgrowing its partner ecosystem and expanding its strategic allianceswith digital video management system (DVMS) industry leaders Milestone Systems and OnSSI to develop and deliverjoint solutions that offerincreased levels of enterprise security, workplace safety, and …

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