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Microsoft teams up with The Incubator at AIM

Grounded on its advocacy of helping develop startups worldwide, Microsoft Philippines announced its partnership with the Asian Institute of Management - Dado Banatao Incubator (AIM-DBI/The Incubator), which aims to strengthen The Incubator’s program by equipping Philippine startups with innovative solutions mainly powered by Microsoft’s cloud-based technology, Azure, through rhipe Philippines, Inc., its cloud indirect provider. The AIM-DBI is the Philippines’s first incubator housed in a business school that is also backed by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIERRD). A physical space where startups create their technologies and run their businesses, it provides needs-responsive and progressive programs that are geared towards startups with science, technology or engineering backgrounds that introduce new alternative solutions to existing and emerging problems. With a thriving loc

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GOW bridges traditional banking and digital currency

GOW, a digital currency service provider licensed by the BSP under its subsidiary ETranss, is launching in Manila, Philippines this Q4 2018. Licensed to provide exchange services between legal fiat and digital currencies, GOW will be offering a variety of products and services that are set to be announced later this year, giving customers greater variety and real-world application. GOW differs from existing service providers as it aims to be the first major bridge between traditional banking and digital currency industries. It will service both retail and institutional clients, bringing new liquidity to the digital economy. As a provider of feedback on the SEC’s draft ICO policy and respondent to the draft in August, GOW plays a key role in spearheading best practices and standards for STO (Security Token Offerings) usage, especially in its capacity as a BSP Licensed VCE. Speaking of these developments, GOW Co-Founder and CEO, Tim Ying, said: "We began this journey with a simple goa

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AFP stages first-ever Bloggers Engagement event

With a prime aim of engaging bloggers in promoting the advocacies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the country's military force recently conducted its first-ever Bloggers Engagement event held at the Bulwagang Reyes in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The said event also aimed to engage the bloggers in preventing and countering violent extremism; promote the efforts of the AFP in doing its mandate; and make use of blogging as a platform to cascade information that the AFP is a non-partisan organization. Major Alwin Maneja, the Group Commander of Media and Civil Affairs Group, CRSAFP pointed out on his speech that bloggers are great help in promoting the advocacies of the AFP. During the event, Lt.Col Emmanuel Garcia discussed the importance of the effort of the AFP to counter violent extremism. He mentioned that recruitment of young people is happening now on social media. Likewise, he stressed the need for collaboration with bloggers to spread awareness. In addition, Majo

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Nippon Paint honors best design ideas at AYDA 2018

Embarking on the theme "FORWARD: Challenging Design Boundaries", Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc. recently revealed the winners of the Philippine edition of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2018 in a ceremony held at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium in Quezon City. A celebration of creativity and ingenuity of Filipino students in the fields of architecture and interior design, AYDA 2018 received entries from different schools and universities across the Philippines. Entries were evaluated by judges composed of prominent and well-established industry professionals. The event itself was backed by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designs (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE). “This year’s entries were truly out of the box and very creative, perhaps triggered by this year’s theme. Since Nippon Paint became part of AYD

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Abojeb Group inaugurates new office in Parañaque City

Abojeb Company, one of the leading maritime and manpower services companies, inaugurated its new office in Paranaque City. The recently opened office occupies the 5th and 6th floor of Ri-Rance Corporate Center 1 at Aseana City. With 3,000 square meters, it houses Abojeb’s entire workforce and provides a modern welcome to the seafarers. During the inauguration, Carl Martin Faannessen, Managing Director, Abojeb Company, said that this signifies the company’s continued commitment as a major player in the Philippines’ maritime industry. “As we move to our new home, we are excited to serve our customer and seafarers even better. Our company exists to deliver great people and services to meet the demands of our customers all over the world, and we now have the infrastructure to do this even better.” Mr. Faannessen also mentioned that though Abojeb Group will remain focused on recruiting and developing Filipinos seafarers and providing quality and cost-efficient ship management globally, t

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LG, Netflix stage B8 OLED TV roadshow in PH

With today’s fast-paced technology, entertainment has taken a completely different form. Gone are the days of only catching movies at cinemas and we’ve long said goodbye to grainy films with low picture quality. Today, it’s all about having an immersive, almost life-like viewing experience. Now, you can have it at home. Tech giant LG and streaming pioneer Netflix have come together for the ultimate viewing experience in the comfort of your own home. Now, all you have to do is turn on your LG OLED TV and pick your favorite show or movie from Netflix’s wide array of selections. “At Netflix, we have acclaimed movies and TV series from around the world that are best enjoyed in 4K and UHD. That is why we are pleased to have apartner like LG, which has the technology to bring viewers the ultimate entertainment viewing experience through their amazing OLED TVs. At the end of the day, we share a mutual passion for delighting our customers,” said Tony Zameczkowski, Vice President of Business

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Cashacart is PH's 1st O2O basket financing solution

Filipino fintech company Cashalo recently launched Cashacart, the country's first-ever, O2O (offline to online) basket financing solution. With Cashacart, Filipino consumers can access digital credit at 0% interest, for all their specific shopping needs through the Cashalo app and across a growing network of 250 retail partners. These include Robinsons Appliances, Robinsons Department stores, Handyman, OPPO, Cherry Mobile, and Memoxpress. Loans start at PhP 2,000 up to a maximum of PhP 19,999. Digressing from traditional consumer financing solutions that are restrictive, Cashacart gives consumers the freedom and flexibility to purchase multiple products that they need whether it be appliances, electronics, household items, apparel, or school supplies and choose from a variety of payment options. The entire process is completed within minutes in a few easy steps: simply visit a Cashalo partner store and look out for a Cashalo representative who will help you complete a digital applica

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Unisys reveals Pinoys most concerned over security

Filipino Internet users are probably the most highlighted nation in the latest survey published by Unisys Security Index. From the 13 countries listed, the Philippines was reported to lead the world in concern over security issues, with the issues regarding identity theft, natural disasters, and credit card fraud being listed the top notable areas of concern. About 88% of Filipinos are extremely concerned about unauthorized access to, or misuse of personal information; 87% goes to concerns regarding epidemic of calamities; and 86% are concerned about other people obtaining details of their bank card (debit or debit). All in all, the Unisys Security Index for the Philippines scored 232 on a scale of 0 to 300, which gives them 59 points higher (or 34%) than the global average. But even so, the Philippine index fell 11 points since 2017, with decreases across all areas of security issues and making the country joining Colombia and Mexico being the only countries where concern about nat

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Fujitsu updates ScanSnap Series with the new iX1500

After a long five-year wait, Fujitsu recently announced the newest member of its ScanSnap line of scanners, the iX1500. The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 is set to transform all the paper surrounding with valuable information and improve productivity with key features such as the One Button Simplicity, one-stop-or-all ScanSnap Home software, and other multiple functionalities for a stress-free operation. The iX1500 builds upon the product's One Button Simplicity that takes efficiency to a new level and constantly evolves to satisfy its users with various automation functions. It has capabilities to perform basic tasks such as setting up Wi-Fi configuration, checking scanning statuses, and choosing saving destinations with the “one touch” of ScanSnap Series' first 4.3-inch touchscreen. Users can also scan with pre-configured details that can be optimized with each user's workflow, and repetitive tasks such as sorting, saving, organizing, and connecting scanned data with other applications

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Mylan, HSP join forces to launch BEATHepC campaign

Beat Hep C. This is the battlecry made by a number of organizations and personalities, and actor/director Michael De Mesa is one of the key people in doing so. The Ang Probinsyano star joined Mylan, one of the world’s leading global pharmaceutical companies, in association with the Hepatology Society of Philippines (HSP), as they launched an awareness campaign for Hepatitis C in the country. De Mesa spoke in a press conference held at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, where he claimed he fought the sickness for nearly two decades. First diagnozed in 1999, the veteran actor/director managed to overcome the disease and the stigma it implies through the support of his loved ones, lifestyle choices, and eventually medication that took him three months to get himself cleared from Hepatitis C since late 2017. The BEATHepC (Become educated, aware, tested, and treated) campaign aims at spreading awareness about the disease through dissemination of information and promoting

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