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Top 10 reasons to upgrade to iOS 10

By Rommel Feria Now that iOS 10 is available to all Apple devices 4 years old or later, with no need to wait for carrier approval or what other delays, there is no excuse not to apply it, unless, of course, your favorite app does not support it fully (yes, that’s VainGlory on older devices). Here’re my top 10 reasons why you will want to upgrade: iMessage The improvement on iMessage is one of the tent-pole features on iOS 10, and I personally believe that this particular update brings it at par, if not better, with the popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, minus the cross-platform availability. First is the addition of rich messages, i.e., Apple added support for stickers. Yes, as silly as it may seem, but stickers is what …

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Fortinet recognized in Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s report

Fortinet has recently announced their position as a Visionary in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure. Fortinet believes its secure networking innovations like the Secure Access Architecture, an integral componenet of Fortinet’s Security Fabric, were key drivers for the company’s positioning in the latest Magic Quadrant. “Enterprises continue to tell Gartner during inquiries that they prefer a common set of security, policy enforcement and management across both their wired and wireless access networks.” Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure evaluates  enterprise LAN vendors providing converged access layer connectivity that integrate wired and wireless hardware components with network applications.  Fortinet’s believes its position in the report is driven by its strength in unifying the latest wired and wireless infrastructure technologies with superior network …

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PH IT holdings firm gets listed at Tokyo bourse

The future is looking up at the information technology industry of the Philippines with the recent public listing of AWS Holdings Inc., parent firm of leading Manila-based Advanced World Systems Inc., at the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index. The TSE Mothers Index is a capitalization-weighted index of all stocks listed on the Mothers (Market of the High-Growth and Emerging Stocks), a section for newer, innovative venture enterprises. It serves as the entry level to the largest stock market in Japan which has more than 2,292 listed companies, with a combined capitalization at of more than US$4.09 trillion as of mid-2015. Considered the world¡¯s fourth-largest bourse, TSE is home to the largest and best-known Japanese global giants such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi. According to AWSI President and CEO Akira Konishi, the listing is …

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Through the eyes of a child

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is the purest joy that anyone can experience. And taking care of those precious, little pair of eyes is usually overlooked by most parents as they take caution only when their child starts complaining about their eyes or when an onset of a disease arise. Children’s eye exams are important to ensure normal vision development and an important part of eye health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. However, because vision is so closely linked to the learning process, undetected learning-related vision problems can lead to trouble with schoolwork. Treatment plans following an eye exam can include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive …

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Engage in Starmobile’s five-year celebration

Big screen, small price. If you’re looking for a portable, all-in-one multimedia device the Starmobile ENGAGE 7i is just for you. And now for a limited time, you can enjoy this call, text, and data-capable tablet for only at P500 off under Starmobile’s Phone-Nalo Ka 5th Anniversary Promo! The ENGAGE 7 is powered by an Intel processor which features high-level performance. The tablet comes with a free Smart Bro SUPER PACK SIM with over P2,400 worth of free data for 6 months (P200MB/month for surfing and other apps) allowing you to enjoy Smart’s data services right out of the box. “Price discount plus free data–that’s nearly P3,000 worth of savings!” said Starmobile product development head Michael Chen. “We just made our best tablet offer even better as a thank you for five amazing …

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Haier TVs brings home entertainment without “digi-box”

In three to five years, Philippine television is expected to shift from analog broadcast to digital, said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last May. The shift promises consistently clear audio-visual quality no matter the distance from the station, on top of having more channels to watch from local networks. The transition does come with a catch: homes will need to upgrade their analog TV setups. This is currently being satisfied by “digi-boxes,” or external digital tuners, offered by cable providers to subscribers. “Advances in TV broadcasting shouldn’t become an inconvenience to the average Filipino family,” Haier’s Director of Product Planning for TV and PC Joseph Bandol said. Haier responds to the upcoming transition with the introduction of digital TVs. Designed with a built-in ISDB-T-compliant digital tuner, these new sets not only make the …

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Smart launches new data package for TNT subscribers

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) continues to set the pace for mobile data growth as it launches a new data package called TNT Babad Apps for its value prepaid brand TNT. This new package enables TNT subscribers to easily access popular mobile applications such as Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Viber, WeChat, Instagram, Snapchat, Wattpad, Youtube, Clash of Clans and Clash Royale and use these for three days for only P10. TNT is now increasingly addressing a young market segment with a growing appetite for more and more digital services. Combined with other recently introduced affordable data packages, TNT Babad Apps is expected to further boost the fast rising data usage of Smart’s subscriber base which set the pace for the industry in the first half of 2016. “Providing our subscribers with affordable, relevant data services that …

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Christmas in September with Digital Walker

Digital Walker welcomes all gadget and tech enthusiasts at SM Megamall - Mega Trade Hall 3 from September 30 to October 2 for their very first Christmas Comes Early Sale. With discounts up to 90% off, it’s definitely an early Holiday treat for the tech crazy fans out there. The much-anticipated sale includes several well-known brands such as Fitbit, Belkin accessories, Coloud headphones, Marshall speakers, Crumpler bags and more. The three-day event has surprises in store for lucky buyers. A raffle promo is open to anyone with a minimum purchase of PhP3,000.00 while one lucky customer per day will get to take home one of ?these coveted gadgets: iPad Mini4, iPhone 6s, or a Marshall Woburn amplifier! There will also be lots of random giveaways during the sale. Digital Walker carries the widest …

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Globe’s capacity of network infrastructure: full speed ahead

As the online community gets bigger and bigger, the call for Globe Telecom is now at full throttle in order to meet the demands of their customers. It is currently expanding its internet capabilities, with the goal of eventually making internet service in the Philippines at par with first world countries. Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said that more and more of the company’s customers will experience new and improved services as consumers now upgrade to more capable LTE phones. Cu says that the company’s deployment of the new 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency is now in full swing, and that the company expects to have around 250 new LTE 700 Sites by the end of September. In a grand event last September 16, Globe announced multiple partnerships and promotions that would forever …

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Epson Philippines introduced advanced printing technologies

With over 150 guests from various industries and organizations including the Philippine Center for Print Excellence Foundation, Packaging Institute of the Philippines and Philippine Plastic Industry Association, Epson Philippines has recently reached out to its regional customers through the Davao leg of Print & Label 2016. Earlier this September, business owners and technology enthusiasts were able to gain a one-of-a-kind experience on how the latest innovations in printing can help businesses excel further with Epson’s durable products and technologies. Held in the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City, existing partners and potential users came by the Epson booth to see state-of-the-art printing applications up close that were used with Epson’s high-performance printers. For Print & Label Davao 2016, Epson made use of football-inspired booth elements that were produced using Epson printers. …

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