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On Friday, December 1, 2017 0 comments



OPPO, the leader in selfies, just made a mark in the selfie-centric Philippines with the launch of the new OPPO F5 6GB in limited edition red color. The new smartphone is set to raise the bar high with an upgraded 6GB RAM for the ultimate multi-tasking, along with bigger internal storage of 64GB. Aside from having strong technical specifications, the OPPO F5 6GB is a fashionable statement phone with the company’s flagship color red as the iconic symbol to have this season.

Performance Beyond Concern

Carrying the latest 2.5GHz Octa-Core Processor paired with a future-ready 6GB RAM, it’s ready to take on any challenges in today’s internet-revolving world. Storage is now also bumped up to 64GB internal for more photos and videos ready to be taken with the 20MP A.I. Front Camera and 16MP Rear Camera. 

Connectivity won’t be a problem as it comes with a dedicated tri-slot tray for two nano-sim cards open to all networks, and a MicroSD card of up to 256GB expandable storage. Finishing tasks will also be made easier with the F5 6GB’s 3,200mAh battery for an all-day smartphone usage.

Flagship Features

The OPPO F5 6GB carries consumer-centric flagship features such as the 6” FHD+ 18:9 Ratio Full Screen Display for the most immersive visual experience. Security is also upgraded with Speedy Facial Unlock to quickly access your smartphone by detecting the face of the owner and unlock the phone, this is on-top of the fingerprint sensor at the back for double security.

With the latest ColorOS 3.2, the F5 features the easiest smartphone usage with intuitive controls and multi-tasking features such as the split-screen for opening two apps in one screen. Accompanied with other software features like anti-distraction features when gaming like avoiding interrupting calls, SMS, and even unnecessary notifications.

Stand Out from the Crowd


The OPPO F5 6GB is a phone that can represent yourself, stand out among the rest with its strong red color and silver chrome finishes. In a light package of 154g and a minimized 18:9 6” screen, it’s sleek and perfect to carry for anyone.
“The new OPPO F5 6GB shows that a smartphone is not just powerful, but can also be a lifestyle statement with its loud and stylish red color. We’re sure that people will adore our outstanding A.I. Beauty Technology selfies along with its upgraded RAM and storage in a standout color,” said Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng

Arena Of Valor x OPPO F5 6GB

In addition, the OPPO F5 6GB is also ideal for mobile gaming. With every purchase of the F5 6GB, customers are entitled to a free Joker character in Arena of Valor, the fast-growing mobile game by Garena. Customers will also get a chance to win more in-game items through lucky draws in the coming weeks.
Watch out as well for tournaments here in the Philippines. Make sure to watch Arena of Valor and tune-in to OPPO Philippines Facebook page for more details soon.


Exclusively available at OPPO concept stores nationwide, the limited edition OPPO F5 6GB will be available starting December 9, 2017 for Php21,990. It comes with a free Olike Bluetooth speaker worth Php2,990.
For more exciting updates, stay tuned on OPPO’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/.

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, partners with global consumer finance expert Home Credit to make holiday gift-giving much easier and fun.

Make the most of the gift of tech with the latest Nokia smartphones. Grab a Nokia 3, Nokia 5 or Nokia 6 on 6-month installment and the Nokia 8 on 12-month installment with 0% interest at participating dealers nationwide. To make this Christmas treat even more exciting, a free JBL GO Bluetooth Speaker worth P1,599 will be given for every purchase of any Nokia Android smartphone. The promo will run from December 1 to December 31, 2017.

Filipinos can now have the best way to express the spirit of the season with Nokia’s Android smartphones, practical yet superb gift ideas that suit every style and need.

For the playful youngest

The Nokia 3 is sure to complement the adventurous youngest or youngest-at-heart member of the family with its precision-machined aluminum frame. The solid body is matched by a quad-core MTK 6737 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat OS to deliver reliable performance and durability against the knocks of everyday use.

With an attractive price tag of P6,990, the Nokia 3 does not compromise on functionality. Equipped with 8MP auto-focus cameras, the phone is perfect for selfies and panoramic memories. This smartphone features LTE connectivity for smooth music and video download or streaming, making it the essential device for your everyday use.

For the practical grown-ups

Let mom and dad fully enjoy the gift of technology with the Nokia 5 and 6. Both Android phones use high-quality Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 octa-core processor, always ready to entertain and capture great moments.

The Nokia 5 has a bright 5.2-inch HD display with sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated and polarized to 500 nits to minimize reflections — ideal for moms who want to catch up on movies while their children nap or those who want to search for dinner recipes.

The Nokia 6 suits every dad’s need for a truly immersive audio experience. Packed with dual speakers with Smart Amplifier with Dolby Atmos™ to deliver deep bass and great clarity, the phone lets busy fathers immerse in relaxing after-work music or catch a big basketball game or action movie on its vibrant 5.5-inch full HD IPS laminated display.

The Nokia 5 and 6 are priced at P9,990 and P11,990, respectively.

For the stylish young adult

The Nokia 8 flagship smartphone marks three world firsts for Android smartphones: a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics, Dual-Sight technology and Nokia OZO spatial 360° Audio, a match for today’s young, tech-savvy adults who love to create fresh and innovative content.

The Nokia 8 features 13MP front and back cameras with ZEISS optics that let young creative storytellers capture both sides of every story in Dual-Sight mode and broadcast directly to Facebook live and YouTube. This is the first smartphone to have a one-touch button for sharing within the camera app. It also offers a new dimension of sound with its OZO spatial 360° audio.


Nokia 8 units are available in both steel and polished blue for P29,990.

Experience the phones first-hand

Visit Nokia mobile booths at select malls nationwide and experience the full range of Nokia Android smartphones:

SM Sta. Rosa and SM Cebu                                                       December 1 - 3 

SM Fairview                                     December 5 - 7
SM Manila                                      December 7 - 9 
SM Davao, SM Mall of Asia and Robinsons Ermita              December 8 – 10                            
SM Clark                                       December 10 - 12 
SM Megamall and SM North Edsa                                           December 14 - 16                                                        

Don’t let the holiday season pass without making loved ones feel special. Enjoy moments together and relive the experience through these Christmas treats from HMD Global.


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On Tuesday, November 21, 2017 0 comments




ASUS Philippines’ 10th Year celebration in the market has definitely marked one milestone after another, with the latest one being the ZenFone store’s much-awaited landing in the Visayas region. The first-ever in Visayas – of what is many more to come – launched last November 18 in SM IloIlo, with local and regional media in attendance to witness this momentous opening. With this unprecedented momentum, without a doubt, ASUS Philippines will be reaching its goal of 30 ZenFone Concept Stores within the country soon enough.

In searching for the perfect location for the pioneer ZenFone Concept Store in Visayas, it was more than just pure coincidence that the place widely known as the “City of Love” would now be the first store in the region to fully realize ZenFone 4’s catchy tagline of “We Love Photo”. 

Of course, this was made more possible what with the strong partnership between dealer PlayTelecomand ASUS Philippines, as they collaborated once more for the Iloilo ZenFone Concept Store. Both had come to a mutual understanding of wishing to continue the expansion of the ZenFone brand all over the Philippines and spreading the love for capturing moments by allowing the ZenFones to be more accessible to the markets. Notable enough, the said dealer was the same collaborator of the tech industry leader for the ASUS Concept Store based in Boracay, which opened last May 2017 in D’Mall.

“We are continuous in our growth as an established smartphone brand. It is at times like this that our progress – in legacy of being one of the leading innovators of technology – is evident.” ASUS Philippines’ Country Manager, George Su, claimed during the Iloilo store opening. “I, on behalf of the entire ASUS Philippines, am very excited to see a crystal clear future of ZenFone Concept Stores coming closer and closer where our fans and supporters are.”

All in all, with this recent opening, ASUS Philippines’ ZenFone Concept Stores have totaled to 6establishments, while together Kiosks, have totaled to 44. This continuous growth is an assurance that the ZenFone series will continue to prosper and also continue to inspire its fans and supporters to continue catching the moment and loving photos for a long time. 
Follow to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum to get more information on the incredible ZenFone series as well as other amazing products from the one of the leading tech industries, ASUS Philippines.


On Monday, October 30, 2017 0 comments



MANILA, Philippines (October 27, 2017) – It’s the season of giving, and Christmas is fast approaching, so Zenny – ASUS’ adorable ZenFone owl – is feeling extra generous. While he may not be Santa Claus, this cute owl surely has a lot to give this season; especially with his ZENNY MERRY CHRISTMAS holiday promo!   Starting this month until December 31, 2017, with a purchase of any ZenFone smartphone from our ASUS online store, ASUS Concept Stores and Kiosks, and ASUS-accredited multi-brand dealer stores, you get the chance to win something incredible from Zenny! Moreover, every purchase made is a valid entry to the weekly raffle. In other words: the more ZenFones you buy, the more chances of winning!   Every week, Zenny will be giving out amazing prizes that will surely make anyone’s holiday very merry! He will be giving away the best of best ASUS Vivobooks, a rare and exclusive ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro that was signed by ZenFone 4 APAC Ambassador Gong Yoo himself, as well as an ultimate getaway TRIP FOR 2 TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN. So hurry! Grab a new ZenFone now, to get a chance to experience a  Zenny Merry Christmas!   To find the full mechanics and details of this very once-in-a-lifetime promo, click HERE or head on over to WWW.ASUSPHILIPPINESPROMO.PH.To see the complete list of eligible shops can be head over HERE. For even more information on this amazing Christmas promo and all other incredible ASUS products, tune in to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum now!




On Monday, October 16, 2017 0 comments



Philippines, 16 October 2017 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the local availability of the highly anticipated Nokia 3310 3G with fresh new colors and a new user interface. This 3G-enabled modern classic which boasts an amazing 24-day standby time is now available nationwide at a suggested retail price of P2,790.

Combining the talk and text appeal of the current model with 3G data connection and dual-SIM capability, the retro user interface has been improved to deliver an enhanced and customizable experience, meaning you can now change the icon colors and position to ensure your favorite functions are exactly where you want them to be.

The Nokia 3310 3G is available in four distinctive colors – the ever popular Warm Red, Yellow, Charcoal and Azure, all with a matte finish and new silver keypads.


Key Specifications

System
Dual-band 900/1800MHz +3G Band I, VIII
Software platform
Feature OS 

Dimensions
117x52.4x13.35mm
Weight
88.2g
Display
2.4’’ QVGA (240*320)
SIM card (Dual)
Micro-SIM
Connectivity
Micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector,
Bluetooth 2.1
Camera
2-megapixel camera with LED flash
Storage
microSD card support up to 32GB[1]
Operating times
Standby time: up to 24 days
Talk time: up to 6.5 hours
MP3 playback: up to 40 hours
FM radio playback: up to 35 hours
Battery
BL-4UL (1200 mAh)[2]


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On Saturday, September 9, 2017 0 comments




In a sea of selfie-centric devices from various other brands, the Vivo Y69 is every techy’s sweet surrender to the selfie trend. Much like its predecessors, the Vivo Y69 is equipped with a 16 megapixel Perfect Selfie front camera allowing for softlight-enabling moonlight glow for flawless photos. The one-of-its-kind front camera is paired perfectly with a 13 megapixel rear camera with ‘Live Photo’ feature and has a f/2.0 aperture. A special feature called ‘Group Selfie’ allows panorama panning effect so ‘barkada shots’ may be taken with no one left out of the frame.

The Vivo Y69 enables you to live life on the double with the Smart Slip 3.0 feature. Enjoy entertainment and chatting with just a quick three-finger swipe and you have two apps running at the same time. This service currently supports Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Viber, built-in Messages and Videos, Play Movies & TV, MX Player, and VCL for Android. Moreover, the Y69 model’s App Clone allows you to split your professional interactions from your personal ones with the App Clone. You get to appreciate the freedom of multiple accounts, as App Clone offers multiple instances of the same app. Understanding the value of privacy, the Vivo Y69 boasts of a 2.0 second fingerprint scanner conveniently integrated with the main home button. The Y69 runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.



Light-weight at only 162.8g, this newest offering from one of the top 5 global smartphone brands is albeit heavy with features at par with its pricier counterparts. The Vivo Y69’s processor is a MediaTek MT6570 SoC, with a speed of 1.5Ghz, also boasting of a 3GB RAM. This device has a triple card slot which supports a bigger internal storage of 32GB further expandable up to 256GB. It also rocks a 5.5-inch HD 1280x720 pixels display furnished with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.



With the age 21st century smartphones swiftly evolving to re-shape and catch up with the era of dynamic, fast-moving work and personal lifestyle, Vivo does not disappoint. The Vivo Y69 levels up the selfie game but with equally powerful features that makes this easy-on-the pocket phone beyond the price.

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 0 comments




Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announces the finalists for the Hitachi Transformation Award to be awarded at NEXT 2017, the premier event for the digital revolution. NEXT 2017 will be held September 18-21, 2017 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This first annual award recognizes leading companies that are transforming their businesses in new and innovative ways, with the support of Hitachi group solutions. Five finalists and four honorable mentions have been selected based on the substantial benefits they have achieved through accelerating business transformation, improving user experience, innovating with data, and enabling the internet of things (IoT). 

The following finalists are exemplary models of how digital transformation accelerates business outcomes:

Award Finalists
  • CPFL Energia: With over nine million electricity consumers connected to nine distribution companies, CPFL decided to convert to a Hitachi smart grid universe. With automation spread across their networks, they needed to speed up their mission-critical database to keep up with the enormity of their technical and business challenges. Hitachi helped them assure high quality services and safety for their customers.

  • Curtin University: Curtin is making campus operations smarter and bringing innovation to Western Australia with data-driven research. By analyzing people’s movements in and out of classrooms and linking data sets, they will optimize building usage, capacity needs and schedules. Through co-creating solutions with Hitachi, Curtin can use data to lower costs, improve student retention and create a more effective, contemporary learning experience.

  • Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA): How do you optimize livestock production? With data. Through MLA investment, Hitachi’s sensor-driven data collection and analytics helps the red meat industry identify best practices for animal tracing, supply chain efficiency, and on-farm operations. By automating data analytics and driving IoT- led decision making, MLA is helping foster the productivity and profitability of the Australian red meat and livestock industry.

  • Spin Master: Transforming into the fourth-largest toy manufacturer and children’s entertainment powerhouse is not child’s play. Spin Master has adapted to strategically support innovation, acquisitions, new brands, and continued business expansion. With Hitachi’s assistance, they reduced SAP processing time, created significant savings, and gained a 360-degree view of their customers. Now they’re pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and fun further and faster.

  • Wiggle: Wiggle, the leading e-commerce sports retailer, knew their inefficient processes and a range of custom systems could not support their ambitious growth plans. Working with Hitachi, they developed a cloud-based, sophisticated retail platform to standardize operations and support their global strategy. Staying customer-centric, with a single customer view, better process efficiencies and soaring customer satisfaction, they leave others trailing behind.


The award winner will be announced on September 20th at NEXT 2017. The five finalists’ stories will be featured throughout the event, showcasing the business outcomes they have achieved from their transformation journeys.  Hitachi is proud to partner with these outstanding companies and honor their accomplishments.

Additionally, Hitachi recognizes the following honorable mentions for their stories of transformation:

Honorable Mentions
  • Daicel Corporation: Daicel, a chemicals and manufacturing expert, improved quality and lowered costs with an integrated smart manufacturing solution co-created with Hitachi.

  • Equifax Incorporated: Equifax worked with Hitachi on a software-defined infrastructure with analytics to improve efficiency, resulting in higher uptime and customer experience. 

  • Salford Royal NHS Trust: Salford Royal worked with Hitachi to prevent Type 2 diabetes with technologies designed to enhance care and support lifestyle changes.

  • The University of Utah Health: University of Utah Health worked with Hitachi to streamline IT environments, improve data analytics and ensure all data is secure.


NEXT 2017 Registration
Registration for NEXT 2017 is now live! The $795 ticket is available at the introductory price of $299. To register to attend Hitachi NEXT 2017, please visit HitachiNEXT.com. Registered attendees will receive dynamic updates on new additions to the agenda in the weeks leading up to the event.

For questions about press or analyst registration, please contact Stefani Finch.

Follow NEXT 2017. Join the conversation with #HitachiNEXT


On Monday, April 18, 2011 1 comments



The gods and goddesses of Olympus have listened! I was so lucky to have been able to go to one of the most reputable management schools in the world the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) last April 15, 2011 let alone be in the presence of Mr. Gen Kanai the Director of Asia Business Development to talk about "Lessons from Mozilla" and how the global community created a popular free software for over 400 Million people worldwide!

Yes, take that out of your head now... I am in the presence of people from Mozilla; so I've got to listen since this is professionally in my niche. Management of people and communities is pretty hard and if the actual technological group that they have would involve millions of programmers, software engineers and computer enthusiasts; it would be information overload. We probably all use Mozilla and some add ons of it on our computers; and isn't it a great choice over the highly commercialized and overrated Internet Explorer? I personally love Beta 4.0 (the one I'm currently using) and they already have it tested and ready for release in a few months.


One of the key points that I liked is pushing "decision making procedures" to the edges.

Being Open source has a lot to do with Mozilla's success because the feedback and general work cut out for the browser and other software from the same company is made for and by people who joined the organization. This also includes bug reports, code releases and versions upon versions of the browser if a fix or two comes along. Managing these people would take a keen eye for those that can be accepted as fact and those which you just shrug off because it wouldn't work. Mr. Kanai showed us several people ranting off on issues regarding the famous browser and even if they (Mozilla) knew some of them (already) were just known issues they still listened to some of it since it made sense. The community they have plays an important role in where the project/software development was heading; and it is how these things converge without having conflict for all those who contributed in these projects. I can imagine if my inputs would just go to the bin if I felt that it would have made a difference and they just didn't take me seriously I'd probably be mad and call for a military junta. If they can do it with this management model they must have been doing something right. I'll try to employ it on the communities I manage and see if the outcome would turn out to be the same or relatively very different.

These are some of the things we got to touch on in very detailed examples throughout the talk with Mr. Gen Kanai.

While this talk was happening I had a few questions in mind. Good thing someone asked it for me... how do they finance operations in Mozilla? (which makes sense since they need to pay for CEO's, Directors and whatnot) he said it simply; that search engine Google played a big part of it since this defaults as their webpage every time the browser launches. The answer to the question every one asks though as to "What does Mozilla do?" is simple... they promote CHOICE and INNOVATION on the Internet. That does make them a better browser than anything I've seen; hence, I choose to stay with them too! =)

What make this organization unique is their standing Non-Profit status. If I owned a corporation this big I would have wanted to still earn something from it since in the real world (let's face it!) you need to get paid for what you work for. I'm very impressed though that they have kept it this way since the early time of browser wars and with nobody holding them down they are still doing great in spite of the joys and wonders of economic instability in the US and elsewhere in the world.

A realization: You can get a lot of ideas from the community and you should learn to listen to what they have to say no matter how small or preposterous it could be with other people.




Thank you so much to Asia Society Philippine Foundation Inc. and AIM for hosting the event.

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About Asia Society "Asia Society is a non profit organization with a mission to promote understanding of Asia through education,lectures, films, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and travel- study tours." About Mr Gen Kanai "Mr. Gen Kanai is responsible for business development for Mozilla in Asia, community marketing and development. He was also part of the organization responsible for the launch of Technocrati Japan. He also worked for Sony Marketing of Japan, Sony Electronics, Inc., and Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.among others."

To get in touch with Asia Society and their projects simply call (+632)7524374 and (+632)8108938 or visit their website at http://asiasociety.org/centers/philippines



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On Sunday, April 17, 2011 0 comments


Networking giant Cisco has sent 550 pink slips this weekend to employees of FLIP Video, the most popular hand held video camera in the US. I own a couple of these and I am also shocked about this decision by John Chambers and his men but this is apparently the only thing they can do in this situation. The Flip hasn't been selling well in the US Market since a lot of competitors also ventured into the same gadget. The price difference is huge with Flip pegged at under 200 dollars and the profit from it wasn't as it was expected to be. Though I have been a huge Flip Ultra user these past few years, I thought they were stable and can provide after sales support. They didn't concentrate on providing so and the technical issues of each unit were piling up. The forum was their only channel and things like these can't be manually fixed. They usually throw it out if it is broken. Not a good investment even for a cheap camera.

As for where those employees will go, no one knows but since it did perform poorly this year I hope their decision to move the UMI into enterprise would bear something good. A lot of UMI users already know how expensive the unit is and with that bundled with Verizon or whatnot for connections it'll be hard to recuperate from the losses the already incurred. If money from this project would not increase this year. UMI might be the next one to say goodbye.

In the meantime.. here's John Chambers calling ducks inside the office... LOL







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On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1 comments

Cisco gave in and announced a new version of it's consumer grade UMI teleconference device. It was supposed to only cater to high end individuals but with dwindling sales and a great competitor by the name of LOGITECH the immediately released a 720p version, got their rates lower and made it work on lower bandwidth requirements. This has startled the network gurus of PC world and Engadget these past few days and they were all praises. Imagine how this would end up on people's living room in the next few years. The promos for partner Internet connection giants were also tempting prompting a great response from consumers in the US. They also had this service work across platforms such as their business grade teleconference services and Google.



People who have sampled this UMI technology just saw their favorite NBA superstars and did you see their reaction? Yeah it was like the person they were talking to was in the same room. This is the actual selling point of the UMI system and if they can deliver this pretty soon with no glitches it would earn the much needed money they invested in it making every Cisco shareholder happy.... your thoughts?!





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