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Huawei Philippines launches Cloud & AI Summit and IP Club

Following the success of Huawei Connect 2020 in Shanghai last September, Huawei Philippines hosted its own Huawei Connect 2020 to introduce ICT solutions more suitable to the Philippine market. The event contains two major parts, Cloud & AI Summit and IP Club, aiming to build an innovative and sustainable ICT ecosystem that enables digitalization and intelligent transformation in the Philippines. The online summit organized brought together business leaders and industry experts, academic scholars and partners to share industry insights, innovation, promote the implementation of cloud, AI, and 5G technology to facilitate digital transformation. Combining Cloud, AI, 5G and IoT is going to produce a tremendous synergy: Cloud is the foundation to support everything; AI to make all things intelligent; 5G to provide ultra-reliable, low latency, high bandwidth connectivity; and IoT to provide the virtual immersion-interaction. The combination of these technologies will enable countless poss

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Microsoft expands “Highway to a 100 Unicorns” initiative to support startups in Asia Pacific

Microsoft for Startups launches the Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where only 56 startups were selected to the Emerge X program from six states, which have over 15000+ startups. The Emerge X winners have greatly benefited with global market access support, a 3-day founder bootcamp with world class mentors, access to funding, ongoing mentorship, and guidance on Azure, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. Innovation is critical to unlocking inclusive economic growth in Asia Pacific; high income economies in the region invest three times more in research and development as compared to their peers. To spur innovative entrepreneurship, Microsoft will work closely with governments and industry partners to discover and nurture technology startups with a high potential to become truly global enterprises in the future. Andres Ortola, country general manager, Micro

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Ripple Leads Sustainability Agenda to Achieve Carbon Neutrality By 2030

Ripple, a leading provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for payments, is committing to be carbon net-zero by 2030, the first company in the blockchain industry to do so. As part of this goal, Ripple today unveils several initiatives to lead global finance toward a carbon-neutral future, including the launch of an open-source tool that helps enable any blockchain to decarbonize. Addressing sustainability has become a global priority as the world works together to achieve carbon net-zero by 2050. Financial technologies, including blockchain and cryptocurrency, are well-positioned to lead global finance’s commitment to a sustainable future, with new research suggesting now through 2023 are the most critical years of adoption growth for crypto. As the world becomes increasingly digital, ensuring fintech is sustainable becomes even more critical. Ripple is committing to lead this effort with strategic technology and conservation organizations, including REBA and Rocky Mountain Instit

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Cyberattacks that may harm your business and how to deal with it

Adapting to the changes caused by COVID-19 pandemic, individuals, sectors, and even businesses have resorted to maximizing the internet. However, cyberattacks have become an immediate challenge to organizations as we shift to digital processes. In fact, the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network (SPN) detected nearly 9 million Covid-19-related threats from January to June 2020 wherein 91% came from infected e-mails. In light of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Eastern Communications, one of the premier telecommunications companies in the country, warns all sizes of enterprises to be on guard when it comes to their cybersecurity, especially now that digital platforms are being largely utilized. Learning the possible cyberattacks According to Edsel Paglinawan, Eastern Communications Product and Innovations Head, some of the common cyberattacks that businesses may come across are Trojan, Phishing, Malware, Ransomware. While the most sophisticated is DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service

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PLDT, Smart select Nokia’s WING for breakthrough IoT services

First IoT offer for enterprises in the Philippines PLDT Inc., through PLDT Enterprise and its Wireless arm Smart Communications. Inc., is in an advanced stage of discussion with long-time partner Nokia to provide next generation Internet of Things (IoT) services for its customers. Together, Smart and Nokia intend to build the "Smart IoT Platform" - the first of its kind for enterprises in the Philippines. This platform aims to help businesses easily deploy IoT services and solutions to manage their connected devices for growth opportunities in the future. “IoT is a technological revolution with immense potential in improving the way we do things, and we are finalizing a partnership with Nokia to fortify our initiatives in this space. With Smart’s proven robust network and Nokia’s Global IoT ecosystem, this strategic partnership aims to simplify IoT deployment at scale,” said Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups. “Our aim i

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ePLDT receives HPE Service Provider of the Year Award

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Award was given to ePLDT for its highest contribution to the HPE business in 2019 ePLDT Inc., the country’s leading enabler of digital solutions, has been awarded the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Service Provider of the Year Award for Fiscal Year 2019. ePLDT’s strong commitment to outstanding service, generation of substantial revenue impact leading to a positive Year-over-year (YoY) business growth, and delivering impressive solutions with partners that create real value, have led to this award. ePLDT was given this prestigious recognition for its alignment to HPE’s vision of “Everything-as-a-Service.” Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups said “At ePLDT, we are committed to making a positive IMPACT on every single business. We are very much honored by these awards and they further compel us to keep to our promise of delivering global-class ICT solutions.” “Together with HPE, we have su

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Siriraj Hospital Saves More Lives with Medical Imaging Solution Developed on and Powered by NVIDIA

Thailand’s biggest hospital is first in SEA to apply chest X-ray imaging using NVIDIA Clara NVIDIA today announced that Thailand’s Siriraj Hospital is the first hospital in Southeast Asia to deploy two NVIDIA DGX A100 systems for medical research and clinical applications. With NVIDIA hardware powering NVIDIA Clara software, the hospital developed a chest X-ray imaging solution for tuberculosis that greatly reduces the time needed to analyse scans and expedites decision-making to save more lives. As Thailand’s largest government hospital, Siriraj Hospital has more than 2,500 beds and caters to over 8,000 outpatients daily. It is the university hospital of Mahidol University, whose Faculty of Medicine focuses on research, medicine and healthcare. Difficult to analyse vast amount of imaging data The hospital’s radiology department is the first in Thailand to explore research and clinical application of AI on radiology images, including plain radiography, computed tomography (CT), mag

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KCFI AND PCTA “RENEWS VOW” TO SUPPORT LEARNERS AMID PANDEMIC

Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) and the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association, Inc. (PCTA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to benefit more learners as they study at home while distance learning is being implemented. This formal partnership will help extend the reach of Knowledge Channel to more cable-connected homes nationwide, especially in remote areas with limited to no internet connection. Prior to the ABS-CBN franchise denial in July 2020, Knowledge Channel was in over 7 million households via ABS-CBN TVplus, SKYdirect, SKY and a number of cable service partners. When classes were prematurely terminated in March this year, it aired curriculum-based video lessons with its Stay at Home, Learn at Home program that helped children catch up with their lessons while “enhanced community quarantine” was enforced in many parts of the country. Knowledge Channel’s reach shrunk to 1.8 million households because of the franchise denial.  This renewed coll

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Lenovo ThinkSmart Collaboration Solutions for ZoomEmpowera Distributed Workforce

At Zoomtopia, Lenovo announced in cooperation with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. that ThinkSmart Hub and ThinkSmart View will be offered with Zoom Rooms and Zoom for Home respectively. The new Hub announced last month offers smarter collaboration for conference rooms of all sizes with richer audio featuring full duplex speakers and four omnidirectional microphones integrated into a sleeker all-in-one compute device.Built on the Zoom Rooms platform, the Hub lets participants communicate via video or voice and content can be easily shared in real time. ThinkSmart View is a dedicated personal business collaboration device announced in January this year and is designed to enhance a home office setup. View is now available with Zoom for Home to help unlock individual productivity by enhancing the Zoom experience in a purpose-built solution. Always ready to start ad-hoc or scheduled video meetings, View can sync with a user’s calendar and status, share content and includes a whiteboard fun

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Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub reach 10 million engaged learners globally since announcing digital skills initiative

More than 1.5 million people across 21 markets in Asia Pacific reached, including 53,000 in the Philippines Last week, Microsoft Corp. announced the progress made since launching its ambitious global skills initiative aimed at helping 25 million people worldwide gain more digital skills in 2020. In the three months since the launch of the initiative, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub have reached 10 million learners in 231 countries and territories through opportunity.linkedin.com. Across 21 markets in Asia Pacific, there have been close to 1,552,000 learners reached through the initiative. Philippines ranked 27th globally in its skilling progress, having reached close to 53,000 learners. Globally, the most popular in-demand learning paths are Software Developer, Customer Service Specialist, and Data Analyst. “COVID-19 has accelerated the need for upskilling and transformed the future of work for communities in the Philippines. Addressing and closing the skills gap is an urgent task,

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