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NEW INFO-SHARING APP AIMS TO FOSTER DIGITAL BAYANIHAN IN COMMUNITIES

As Filipinos continue to navigate life during a pandemic, they need reliable information to help them decide on things that have an impact on their day-to-day lives. Ready to help them sort through the usual clutter of data online while also connecting with their community is the newly launched information exchange and public service app Share. A combination of the words “share” and “area,” Share empowers users with reliable and hyperlocal information about things that matter to them from government announcements, work opportunities, and events that are customized based on their chosen location or area. This means a person living in a certain barangay or city will only see the information that’s relevant to his or her community. This is especially helpful nowadays as people are advised to stay indoors and are unable to interact with the people in their area face to face.  The heart of Share is the concept of digital Bayanihan, where people can help one another make sound and safe de

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Globe wins Global Rising Star Award for most improved video experience

Globe has been awarded by independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal1 as one of the most improved telco in video experience worldwide, based on user data covering the first half of 2019 vs. first half of 2020. Globe’s improvement score of 32.7% signifies impressive gains with the worldwide average at 14% improvement. Opensignal’s metrics for “mobile video experience measures the average video experience of Opensignal users on 3G and 4G network with methodology that involves measuring real-world video streams and uses an ITU-based approach for determining video quality.” The report likewise measured over 180 telco operators worldwide. “As one of the Global Rising Stars recognized by Opensignal, Globe is proud to be a telco company that commits to improve data service to our subscribers. Expect more of these remarkable improvements as we continue with our aggressive efforts to upgrade the network for better connectivity and service,” said Gil B. Genio, Chief Technology and Information

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DITO Telecommunity taps Fortinet as primary cyber security provider

a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced today that it has been chosen by DITO Telecommunity Corporation as its primary cybersecurity provider. Fortinet is a US-based company that secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations in the Philippines and around the world. With its Fortinet Security Fabric architecture, the company empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on today’s ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network.  DITO Telecommunity will leverage Fortinet’s comprehensive network security platform, serving as its primary cybersecurity provider. As the 3rd telecommunications company in the Philippines, DITO Telecommunity aims to provide Filipinos superior products and services of world-class quality, enabling customers across the country to stay connected, anytime, and anywhere.  About Fortinet Forti

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Globe announces more areas in Metro Manila as 5G ready!

Following its initial roll out of its 5G network in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati CBD, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, and strategic areas along EDSA and C5, Globe boosts its 5G service in more key areas in Metro Manila.  These new 5G ready cities include Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las PinÍ‚as, Valenzuela, and Caloocan.  “We’re firing up our 5G within these cities’ select vicinities which are residential areas and centers of daily commerce. The deployment of Globe’s 5G is strategic as we’re targeting those main nerve centers that in the very near future would benefit greatly from the transformative power of better and faster connectivity,” said Coco Domingo, Globe VP for Strategic Platforms and Partnerships. As the first telco provider to roll out 5G for home in Southeast Asia, Globe has also deployed 5G capable handsets for its Prepaid and TM customers in key areas in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati CBD, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, and oth

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Why Your Industry Can Benefit from Secure SD-WAN Too

SD-WAN has been one of the most rapidly adopted technologies of the past decade, with the market expected to increase by 168% between now and 2024. The earliest adopters of SD-WAN were retailers, and for good reason. Retail chains have a critical need to maintain cohesive connectivity across all locations to manage inventory, monitor on-site devices such as refrigeration units or POS units, and collect and correlate sales data in real time. And because margins can be thin in the retail sector, this all needs to be done as efficiently and as cost effectively as possible. SD-WAN is the perfect solution. But retailers are not the only organizations who benefit from the advantages of an SD-WAN strategy. Large enterprises with numerous branch and satellite offices are realizing significant savings by replacing their existing WAN solution branch with an integrated Secure SD-WAN device. SD-WAN solves several challenges at the same time, including rapid deployment, fast connectivity to cloud

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Online learning as a disaster resilience response—A Lenovo perspective

Lenovo’s EdVision program braces the education sector for disruptions, upskills students for a digital future As disasters often disrupt schooling in the Philippines, the education sector must strengthen its resilience to uphold the continuous education of children. A tech-assisted shift will significantly change the game for the sector, making online learning a solution for schools to keep the academic year uninterrupted in the face of any calamity, without compromising the safety of students, teachers, or staff. Tech-assisted learning is the future of education, enabling schools to digitally equip students for the jobs of the future. Its geographic location makes the Philippines highly prone to natural calamities, which often forces schoolsto cancel classes or temporarily shut down. Add to that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that magnified the need to make education disaster-proof. Thanks to technology,this is now possible. This tech-assisted shift will significantly change

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DepEd strengthens preparations for distance learning with NEAP transformation and dry-run simulations

With the opening of classes being moved from August 24 to October 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to strengthen its rigorous preparations for SY 2020-2021. DepEd is using the weeks leading up to October 5 to fill in the remaining gaps for this year’s school opening, and to address the challenges of adjusting to education’s new normal.  The printing of self-learning modules (SLMs) has been the utmost priority of the Department, especially with modular learning being the preferred learning modality across different regions. Most regions such as Region I, Region IV-A, and NCR are already at the advanced stage of preparing these modules, with 80-100% of SLMs already printed. Other regions are also making good progress, with only four out of over 200 School Division Offices (SDOs) having a completion rate below 25%.  DepEd also has the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) transformation, which is set to provide interventions for schools throughout the scho

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PLDT strengthens defenses vs child porn, blocks over 2,900 sites

PLDT is ramping up its efforts to protect children from online predators. The telco said it has blocked more than 2,900 sites linked to online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. PLDT added that it is constantly working with the government to beef up cyber defenses against these crimes. The company is also exploring opportunities with other organizations to promote children's welfare. After seeking the guidance of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), it has integrated child-safeguarding policies into its business. These cover various processes and programs for the workplace, marketing activities, product and service offerings, and trade community engagements. PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), have also provided connectivity and technical assistance to the PNP text hotline 7444-64 for quick reporting of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The Philippines' largest and only integrated telecommunications company is also going bey

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ePLDT to enable PH businesses with Salesforce partnership

ePLDT, the ICT arm of PLDT Enterprise, continues to strengthen its foothold in the local cloud arena through its strategic partnership with a global leader and pioneer in cloud computing, Salesforce.  Salesforce is the world's number one customer relationship management (CRM) solution based on the 2019 revenue market share worldwide ranking by premier global market intelligence firm IDC. The US-based cloud and CRM giant is one of the fastest-growing enterprise software companies of all time with over 150,000 enterprise customers around the world, spanning from startups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.  ePLDT has built the expertise and resource pool to deploy, administer, and manage Salesforce for any organization across various industries. This roster of certified professionals, with Salesforce's class-leading business applications for sales, service, marketing, and industry-specific workloads built on a secure and scalable platform, equips ePLDT to enable enterprises

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Mastercard Launches Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Testing Platform

● The innovative virtual and custom testing platform allows central banks to evaluate use cases and test roll-out strategies for CBDCs by simulating a CBDC ecosystem ● Central banks, commercial banks, and tech and advisory firms invited to partner with Mastercard to evaluate the suitability of CBDCs in a country or region With the global economy racing to embrace digital payments, central banks also are looking to the future and investigating how to support innovation while maintaining monetary policy and financial stability as they issue and distribute currency. In fact, 80 percent of central banks surveyed are engaging in some form of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) work, and about 40 percent of central banks have progressed from conceptual research to experimenting with concept and design, according to a recent survey by the Bank for International Settlements. Today, Mastercard announced a proprietary virtual testing environment for central banks to evaluate CBDC use

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