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Solar energy use for homes, businesses get boost in form of financing options

Proving that solar energy is accessible to common Filipinos, Greenpeace Philippines gathered financing institutions and solar providers to connect energy consumers to easy financing options available in the market and help increase solar energy use in homes and businesses. Availing of financing packagesspreads the initial costs in putting up solar installations over the long term while already generating savings on electricity costs. Solar rooftops, in particular, can create huge impacts in lowering monthly electricity bills and the growing availability of financial assistance for those who want to avail of solar installations is a great opportunity to harness the power of the sun and break away from our dependence on fossil fuel generated electricity, like coal. “Now is the best time to switch on the power of renewables for each home and business to …

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra: Phablet for quality video, selfie-yuppies

Sony has been known to offer wide-screen devices before and its latest phablet-like offering dares to impress yet again. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is another heavyweight, a large-screened device that promises to deliver high-quality renders and revved up image resolutions. Taking the Sony Xperia XA Ultra display to the extreme First up is the 6-inch screen that is expected to immediately capture a person’s attention. With the edge-to-edge display panel, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra maximizes the color depth as traditionally done by the company. It starts off with the common 1920x1080 resolution at 367 ppi but the kicker is that the contrasts can be increased through the aid of Vivid Mode. For a phone that offers a big screen, those flexible adjustments are already impressive in itself. It goes further by leaving …

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PLDT Group beefs up connectivity in Clark Airport

PLDT, and wireless unit, Smart Communications, have reinforced the data connectivity in the Clark International Airport to address the need for high-speed internet in one of Luzon’s key gateways outside of Metro Manila.  The Clark International Airport inside the Clark Special Economic Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga, is the seventh airport to be installed with Smart Wifi nationwide, and the first in Luzon. The service is already available in the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City; Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental; Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Silay City; Iloilo International Airport in Iloilo City; Roxas Airport in Roxas City; and Zamboanga Airport in Zamboanga City. Soon, Smart Wifi will also be reinforced in all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as well as in the airports of Cebu, Dumaguete, Kalibo, Caticlan, …

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Under Armour unleashes the limited edition back-to-back shoepack with new and improved technology

Under Armour celebrates U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Stephen Curry’s outstanding season performance and second consecutive Kia NBA MVP Award with the Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack, containing a re-release of the Curry One MVP and a new Curry Two MVP colourway. Commemorating the signature footwear Curry wore in the back-to-back MVP seasons, the Under ArmourCurry MVP Back 2 Back Pack has sleek gold colours and design elements, reinforced by Under Armour’s innovative technology. It echoes the relentless strength and tenacity demonstrated by Curry, whose ability to hit shots off the dribble, in traffic and from incredible distance took the world by storm. Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit. In …

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BackOffice Associates, Third Pillar launch new data governance solution in PH

BackOffice Associates, a worldwide leader in information governance and data modernization solutions together with their sole partner, Third Pillar Business Applications, Inc., an information technology consultancy company that helps optimize business operations by partnering with proven market leaders, today launched in the Philippines their new data stewardship platform application – dspConduct. This applicationis designed to provide holistic data management across the entire systems landscape. The solutionidentifiesspecific policies or strategies in managing all of the organization’s business data. With this, business process and data governance are more comprehensive compared to the traditional data management methods. BackOffice Associates, the worldwide leader in information governance and data modernization solutions,also revealed the opening of their new Global Delivery Center in Manila, which means more experts will be on ground to cater to Philippinecustomers, supporting them in …

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ISGP says bashing telcos for slow internet is barking up the wrong tree, calls on gov’t for improvement

The country’s internet remains a constant battlefield for advocates who are fighting to improve not only internet speed but also improve communications and update its regulations and legislations. According to the Internet Surfers Guild of the Philippines (ISGP), a new ICT advocacy group, the country’s slow internet speed is from the government’s neglect for improvements. President Rodrigo Duterte aims to enhance the internet speed with his national broadband plan. This is heard is by Ramon Jose, the chairman and founder of ISGP, and urges local government institutions to do their part to achieve the president’s directive and help make progress in the country’s field of communications. “These institutions must get their act together and do what the president said. The impact of slow internet is not only about the bad experience of ordinary …

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Globe cites the high cost of network and difficult deployment are the real industry barriers

Speaking before a multi-stakeholder forum that includes local government representatives, customers and media, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu took to task industry critics who have asserted that the country needs more industry players to improve telco services. “I have said it time and again, Globe is ready and willing to compete with any player old or new. However, any new player/s who want to come in should build incremental infrastructure in order to improve telco services in the country. The new player should not sit idly by waiting for existing operators to just open up and use whatever infrastructure is available because doing so will not help solve existing industry challenges. Cu also said pointed out that current industry barriers were not put up by existing telco players but a combination …

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Can Duo replace FaceTime?

Google just released their Apple FaceTime competitor, Duo, for iOS and Android. It is a one-to-one video chat mobile application that uses WebRTC as the underlying engine to power its video compression—makes Duo able to scale the quality of its video depending on the quality of the connection, from 2G to WiFi. Each video connection is end-to-end encrypted, which prevents anybody, not even Google, to eavesdrop. Setting up Duo is simple -- you don’t need a GMail account, which is a refreshing change. However, you need a mobile phone number as Duo sends an SMS to activate your account. The tie-up to your mobile phone number will allow you to use the same number on different Duo installs (if you have multiple phones like me). If you have an iPad, the Duo app is …

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All you need for a perfect selfie is inside the box!

In case you want to take a peek inside the box. OPPO knows how to walk the walk and shows off the F1s’ claim as a selfie expert. The front camera is carrying even bigger guns with 16MP. You heard that right! A front camera with 16MP that is totally capable of capturing 1080p resolution images and video. Under the hood, the F1s has an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, and ready with a 32GB internal storage. And yes, it’s expandable via microSD card all the way up to 256GB. The rear has a nice 13MP camera with f2.2 with a fast shutter speed. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor. Don’t just take out word, check it out yourself. The specs sheets alone makes it one of the most viable options …

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Are you ready for an optimized VR gaming?

By CA Garcia With VR gaming swiftly gaining momentum in the market, it is essential for avid gamers to keep up with the specs needed in order to have the optimized experience for virtual reality games. But while some tech companies are already putting up VR-ready devices, only a few of them are capable of handling VR games in max settings. NVIDIA recently launched its GeForce GTX 10-Series Notebook GPUs worldwide, bringing gamers the next step in high speed and high definition gaming. Incorporating NVIDIA’s new Pascal architecture, the GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 have a significant boost in performance compared to the previous GTX 900 series (launched in 2014) which has Maxwell architecture. The most notable aspect of Pascal architecture is its 16nm FinFET fabrication technology, and with 150 billion …

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