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Learn to develop mobile apps for free via TESDA-Smart

Aspiring technology geeks can now learn how to develop Android mobile applications at no cost, via an online course available on the website of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The course, developed by mobile leader Smart Communications, can be found on e-tesda.gov.ph Enrolling is fast and simple. Users only need to create an account on the website, then type the code SWAD in the search bar. This will lead them to the course titled Smart Android Mobile Apps Development for Beginners. The course is comprised of 11 video modules, each running for 10 to 24 minutes. The lectures are delivered by a member of Smart’s IT team. Users can learn at their own pace. They can replay videos, and even pause a video and come back to it at a …

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Intense Luminosity

Exceeding expectations and technology, Epson has launched recently its EB-L25000U in Southeast Asia consisting of 25,000 Lumens of color brightness and white brightness to deliver spectacular image quality for outdoor and large venues. Siew Jin Kiat, Regional GM (Southeast Asia), Printers & Visual Instruments Division of Epson Southeast Asia is very optimistic with the Philippine market, even informing us that the Department of Education has recently purchased Epson projectors to be used in classrooms.  With the EB-L25000U, Mr. Siew said that Epson is targeting Events Organizers or Venue Operators in the Philippines who want to provide the “wow” factor to their clients. “The EB-L25000U is Epson’s highest Lumen projector.  It is ideal for rental and staging as well as permanent large venue installations,” he said projecting that there will be a healthy …

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When Starmobile has the sense to upgrade, at no cost

By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda Starmobile has joined the fingerprint scanner technology bandwagon - and that’s just one of the many impressive features of the new Starmobile UP Sense smartphone. The days of of remembering passcodes and passwords are long gone. Nothing can get more secure and personal than having your own fingerprint as a security feature for your phone. The fingerprint-sensor enabled UP Sense is the very first from Starmobile which means better security, and sense of privacy. UP Sense also showcases other impressive specifications. This means tougher security convenient for you, and exclusive access to your private files. Lock your phone with a single touch, too.. It can also serve as an extra button for various functions which the user can assign: like opening your messages or your camera. It can be used …

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Cuckoo Water Purifiers now available in local market

Helping every Filipino on their journey to better health and wellness is Cuckoo, the No. 1 smart home appliances brand in Korea. Cuckoo, which is a play on the word “cook” is selling over 25 million units worldwide. It was ranked No.1 in the NBCI (National Brand Competitiveness Index) nine years in a row by the Korean Productivity Center, and was awarded the Korea Prestige Brand Award in the Water Purifier category in 2014. Today, Cuckoo brings its award-winning kitchen, healthcare and home living technology to the delight of all homemakers in the Philippines. Recently, Cuckoo’s CEO Brian Koo came to the country to launch the trusted brand into the local market. Joining him as well were representatives of Cuckoo International: Cuckoo Malaysia CEO KC Hoe and team; Cuckoo Korea General Manager Micky …

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Sony’s picks newest Alpha Series celebrity endorser

Dedicated to capturing life’s best moments, leading camera and imaging solutions provider Sony Digital Imaging welcomes actress and singer Nadine Lustre as its newest brand ambassador for its popular Sony ILCE-5000L and Sony ILCE-5100L models. Like Nadine, photography enthusiasts who are looking for compact cameras with top-of-line features will be delighted with the Sony ILCE-5000L and Sony ILCE-5100L. With large sensors, interchangeable lenses, and manual controls, users will find themselves with gadgets that are travel-friendly and powerful at the same time. The Sony ILCE-5000L, which is among the lightest interchangeable-lens digital cameras today, is the perfect choice for people who prioritize mobility. The camera is now available in white and pink for enthusiasts looking to add more personality to their devices. Those looking to add a professional touch to their images can rely on …

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Berlin tells Tesla: Stop ads with ‘misleading’ autopilot term

Germany wants Tesla to stop advertising the "autopilot" function on its cars because it leads to false customer expectations, as the system comes under scrutiny following two fatal crashes. Transport regulator KBA has written to the company, telling it: "In order to prevent misunderstandings and false expectations from clients, we are asking that the misleading term 'Autopilot' no longer be used in advertisements for the system." The KBA letter cited in Bild am Sonntag was confirmed to AFP by the transport ministry. Germany has been conducting an investigation into the autopilot system in vehicles made by electric carmaker Tesla, which has been available with its Model S series since October 2015. Questions have been raised over the system after two fatal crashes, one in northern China in January and another in the US state …

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Virtual reality experiences likely be everyday life form in a few years, VR experts

  The day will arrive in a few years when you need not book a ticket to a concert you have been waiting for, overcome fears to try out bungee jump or scuba diving, or think twice about going dancing in a club because of your age and physical handicaps all thanks to the virtual reality (VR) technology, claimed top experts from the industry. The virtual reality can take a person to the site of an event, for example, a basketball game, and allow the person feel like seating at the courtside seat, closely watching the game, Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR Inc., U.S-based virtual reality streaming service provider, told audience at the 17th World Knowledge Forum session on the VR revolution on Tuesday in Seoul, Korea. Another key speaker to the …

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China tops Asia in pre-orders for PlayStation VR sets

Sony's PlayStation VR witnessed a sales boom in China as more console gamers sought the experiences provided by virtual reality devices. "For the first time, the shipping date in China was the same as some of the leading markets around the globe, since the country's VR market has high potential for Sony," said Hiroyuki Oda, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan/Asia in an event held in Beijing. According to Hiroyuki, the pre-order volume of PS VR in China ranked the top among all Asian countries the company is shipping products to. In late July, with each VR set priced at 2,999 yuan ($450), the headset was available for pre-order at both online distribution channels as well as 22 of Sony's brick-and-mortar shops across the country. A total of two rounds of pre-orders that stirred console gamers' …

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Facebook deploys ‘Safety Check’ for areas hit by Karen

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature Sunday, October 16, to check on the status of its Filipino members living in areas affected by Typhoon Karen (international name: Sarika). Users can access the Safety Check feature through a dedicated link. They are also notified to check if they are safe upon logging in or entry to the site. Typhoon Karen pummeled through much of northern and central Luzon on Sunday before exiting the island en route to West Philippine Sea. Safety Check is a feature by the social networking site activated during man-made or natural disasters as a way for users within the affected geographical area to update whether they are safe. In the Philippines, it was most recently deployed in the aftermath of the September 3, 2016 bombing in Davao City. Originally named Disaster …

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Admiral: If Batman had a ship, it would be Zumwalt

BALTIMORE — If Batman had a warship, it would be the USS Zumwalt. That's how Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, described the Navy's largest and most sophisticated new destroyer, which comes with a price tag of at least $4.4 billion. "As long as our president and you the American people have an insatiable appetite for security, than I have an insatiable appetite for the stuff to underwrite that security," Harris said at the ship's commissioning ceremony on Saturday. Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, called the Zumwalt "a quantum leap" for Navy ships. "It's the first of a kind that's leading the way for new classes of ships, new capabilities that are in ships, new systems that we can use and it just expands the things we can do and …

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