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Disney Dropped Twitter Pursuit Partly Over Image

Walt Disney Co. decided not to pursue a bid for Twitter Inc. partly out of concern that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image, according to people familiar with management’s thinking. The producer of family fare like “Finding Dory” had gone so far as to hire two investment banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Guggenheim Partners LLC, to help evaluate a bid for Twitter. Disney management also listened to a presentation about the business from Twitter executives, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. There were other reasons for Disney not to pursue Twitter. The social media pioneer, creator of the 140-character tweet, is losing money and yet sports a market value …

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Trump and taxes could figure into Pennsylvania Senate debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The first debate is set for Monday for Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, in an increasingly nasty race that could decide whether the GOP hangs onto its Senate majority. Toomey said he will seek to highlight differences, including on national security and his record of fighting against tax increases. "Katie McGinty has spent her professional life raising middle class taxes, or trying to raise middle class taxes, and if there's anybody in the Congress that's been fighting against higher taxes, that's me," Toomey said Friday. McGinty has said she opposes a middle-class tax increase and has criticized Toomey in recent days over his refusal to disavow the GOP's presidential nominee, Donald Trump. The editorial board of Pennsylvania's largest newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, endorsed …

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China to blast 2 astronauts into space on Monday

BEIJING — Chinese officials unveiled plans for Monday's launch of the country's latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30 a.m., said Wu Ping, deputy director of China's manned space engineering office, in a televised news conference. The Shenzhou mission will take off aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station within two days and the astronauts will stay there for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support their life. They will also conduct medical and scientific experiments, Wu said. An earlier Tiangong 1 experimental space station …

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An open book for digital-savvy millennials

Lenovo ups the ante on tablet design with the release of the Yoga Book, a thin and light 2-in-1 tablet that allows users to take notes and even sketchtheir own artworks using a stylus with real ink. Housed in a unique form factor that inspires creativity, the Yoga Book gives users the freedom to let their imagination roam free. “Lenovo is committed to create innovativedevicesthat help today’s shakers and makers create better and achieve more in their daily tasks. Featuring a Halo Keyboard and Real Pen input device for taking notes, drawing, and browsing the web, the Lenovo Yoga Book is the book of today’s digital-savvy millennial generation,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines. Equipped with a Real Pen input for note-taking, a Halo Keyboard for easy typing, and a …

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“Trolls” brought to life by bleeding-edge effects tools

The technology available for animated filmmaking is more sophisticated and photo-realistic than ever before.  In many features, for example, grass has never looked grassier and water never more… watery. But the “Trolls” filmmakers had a very different kind of vision in mind for these bleeding-edge visual effects tools.  They decided to create a world unlike any other experienced on film.   “We wanted to transport audiences to a handmade universe,” says director Mike Mitchell. From the creators of “Shrek” comes DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.  The film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, …

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Torque Mobile launches EGO Series Boost Edition for wise spenders

Torque Mobile has announced the Torque EGO series Boost Edition, a breakthrough line-up of noteworthy devices that allows users to easily take their phone usage to the next level and truly embrace the age of the smartphone. “The long-term vision for the Torque EGO series is for it to be treated much like a person’s pride, identity, or self-esteem. Something that will always be around, being shaped by personal decisions and circumstance, and needing the occasional boost every once in a while,” said Chris Uyco, CEO and chief innovator at Torque Mobile. Torque is offering a full line-up of Boost Edition phones for its EGO series, with compelling upgrades to offer as a way of boosting what one may otherwise view as normal, typical, or acceptable. The EGO Series Boost Edition is all …

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LG announces pre-order promo for premium V20 smartphone

LG V20, the world’s first smartphone to run on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 and feature Hi-Fi Quad DAC Audio, will soon set foot in the Philippines with a pre-order promo preceding its arrival. Commended by tech pundits worldwide to produce the purest audio experience and pro-quality videos, the LG V20 paved its own course for multimedia brilliance with a combination of winning picture and sound features: Manual Video Mode, Steady Record 2.0 and HD Audio Recorder. Its collaboration with audio veteran B&O PLAY engineers a natural, balanced sound, while its camera features give users a lot to play with—from the front and rear wide-angle lens to the Auto Shot to the Hybrid Auto Focus. Users can cook up excellent photos and videos with LG’s latest high-end device, condensed in a …

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Vivo lights up your selfie with the Y55

Vivo introduces another companion for young Filipinos who love to express themselves with the . The Vivo Y55 promises to “light up your selfies” with its Smart Screen Flash and high-quality front-facing camera that elevates your selfie game. “Young Filipinos nowadays are not afraid of expressing their feelings and sharing it with their friends. We see how frequently they share stories online and offline, and they often use their smartphones to document their daily lives. With the Vivo Y55, we kept that behaviour in mind, and made sure that we deliver a device that not only keeps up with their multi-tasking demands, but also provides useful features that help them elevate their selfie experience,” said Hazel Bascon, Vivo Philippines Vice President. The Vivo Y55 features a 5.2-inch, 1280x720-pixel display on an ultra-slim …

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Promate technologies accessories that keep up with the Filipino’s passion for life

For one of the world’s most social media engaged communities1, Filipinos have willingly embraced the culture of technology, enthusiastically welcomed countless innovations on telecommunications, gaming & computing and undoubtedly made mobility & social engagement an integral part of their lifestyle. In the pursuit of all the things we are passionate about – whether with our jobs, relationships, hobbies – technology has helped us thrive in the most fast-paced, cutting-edge world we live in. With the world getting smarter, Promate Technologies,a multi-awarded Dubai-based digital lifestyle accessory brand, is bringing reinvisioned lifestyle technology products to the Philippines ranging from computer peripherals to mobile& car accessories. The company has received numerous design and product awards from IF Product Design Award (Germany), Good Design Award (Japan), Taiwan Excellence (Taiwan), Computex D&I Awards, just among a …

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Philips BDM3490UC curved and elegant display for multi-tasking folks

Philips is a reliable name when it comes to offering LCD monitors so it comes to no surprise that it has something that may take viewing experience to the next level. Made for the people who place premium on vibrant displays, there is no denying that the Philips BDM3490UC ultrawide LCD display is one to seriously consider.   Out of the box impressions: Breathtaking externals Out of the box, the Philips BDM3490UC offers an elegant framework that should appeal to anyone. That includes a curved display shelled with an edge-to-edge glass plus narrow borders that account for its exquisite look. The Philips BDM3490UC rests on an equally elegant stand which can be titled and some integrated 7W speaker. While some criticize its placement, the whole thing does bring up a whole new concept of …

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