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MasterCard and Coin sign agreement to power wearable payments

MasterCard recently announced a partnership with Coin to bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of fitness bands, smart watches and other wearable devices. This collaboration builds upon the MasterCard announcement, introducing the Commerce for Every Device program to enable any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable to become a payment device. Atlas Wearables, which designs advanced fitness trackers, Moov, a personal fitness coach on your wrist, and Omate, maker of fashionable smartwatches, are the first set of companies working with MasterCard and Coin to implement payment technology in their products. “The great thing about the MasterCard program is that we are adding payment functionality to items that consumers are already using – fitness bands, jewelry, clothing, watches,” said Sherri Haymond, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments, MasterCard. “This makes the products more useful for …

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AMD offers new thermal solutions and new processors for reliable, near-silent performance

AMD has recently launched new thermal solutions, including the flagship AMD Wraith Cooler, as well as the new AMD A10-7860K and new AMD Athlon X4 845 desktop processors. Designed for the consumer who cares about how their desktop PC runs, sounds, and looks, AMD now offers new thermal solutions that generate less than one-tenth the noise of their predecessors running at a near-silent 39 decibels. The new AMD thermal solutions are included with seven AMD processors (see table below). The new AMD Wraith Cooler combines near-silent operation with unique styling via a sleek fan shroud and LED illumination. Providing superb cooling, the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area for heat dissipation than its predecessor. “AMD’s new high quality, robust thermal solutions for select processors provide a …

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Battling the Enemy Within

The world moves swiftly; the IT security world even more so. Just a couple of years ago, securing the enterprise would basically consist of protecting an organization from external intruders. Today, the battle has changed ground. Education efforts from industry players have created higher levels of IT security awareness in the business world, and more firms have implemented basic security measures that can thwart direct attacks effectively. This development is forcing hackers to up their game by figuring out alternative ways to get their hands on valuable enterprise assets. One new strategy that is becoming more common across the world is for hackers to gain entry to a corporate network by targeting its weakest points. Such points can include an unsecured employee mobile phone, or a workstation with limited access to corporate …

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Samsung Forum 2016 shows off new add-on features to your everyday tech life

Samsung lights up 2016 with their new electronic appliances set to hit markets soon, during the recent the Samsung Souteast Asia Forum 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Samsung showcased “smart” products that include the curved SUHD TVs with Quantum dot displays, the new designed Samsung AddWash Washing Machine, the connected Family Hub refrigerator and the large screen Windows tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S. “At Samsung, we have always placed customers’ needs at the heart of everything we do, and we have a stellar track record of launching thoughtful innovations that enhance our customers’ quality of life, said Yong Sung Jeon, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia & Oceania. “This year is no exception. I am thrilled to be able to introduce groundbreaking products and services that will revolutionize smarter living …

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The Ocular Agenda

Virtual reality, the wonder that has been around since 1950s, is making a stronger presence in these days of the wearables. Morton Heilig invented the Sensorama Machine in 1957 and patented in 1962, a simulator that provides illusion of reality using a 3 dimensional picture with smell, stereo sound, vibrations of heat and wind in the hair to create the illusion. Half a century later, there are several spinoffs of this invention. Fast forward to 2016, the MB TechNews is now enjoying the breakthrough with Google Cardboard, I AM CARDBOARD, Homido, and Samsung Gear VR. The fantasy of being in a different world is within a view away. The names of the Google Cardboard and I AM CARDBOARD are literally made out of cardboard. They still get the job done in showing what …

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Same look, same holes COD: Black Ops 3

Every year, the world waits with tired eyes bereft of thrill at the coming of another Call of Duty game. Last November 2015 hosted the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a follow-up to a once great storyline turned into a mired futuristic shooter. But is Black Ops 3 worth your time? We powered-up our Sony PS4 to find out. Black Ops 3 is set in the far future wherein humanity has grown accustomed to robots and cybernetic implants. Every resource is at its premium as the world has turned into an unpredictable planet due to global warning. Even with the whole of humanity in a pinch, war is still a major trade. Warring states have turned to hybrid super soldiers, men who threw their organic parts in favor …

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Power Mac Center presents ‘Cinemansanas’

Premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center launches Cinemansanas, a campaign for aspiring and established artists who have a vision in storytelling through film in the digital age. Cinemansanas is the second installment of Pixelworx, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. This year, Cinemansanas dares artists to defy convention and create a short film using Apple devices. The digital short competition calls for short film entries with the theme “Designing for a Bold New World.” Entries may be executed in any form, i.e., documentary, narrative fiction, and the like as long as they are original and shot and edited using Apple devices. The contest has two main categories. The Student Category is open to all officially enrolled High School and College/University students while the …

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SAP and Lenovo plan to bring advanced solutions to the new digital economy

SAP and Lenovo has announced a multifaceted partnership to develop cloud solutions in China, create innovations between the SAP HANA platform and Lenovo systems and jointly execute global go-to-market programs. The agreement is intended to significantly strengthen an existing partnership and to combine SAP solutions with Lenovo’s data center offerings to provide customers with technology that can help organizations become agile digital enterprises. Business and IT leaders are constantly seeking new solutions to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce complexity, and create value in the new digital economy. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of business processes and products will have been reinvented, changed or eliminated as a result of improved access to information.1 This potential is only realized when technology can turn data into insights, with the speed in which …

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Changing name, logo and direction

GrabTaxi is now out of the picture, the taxi booking app recently rebranded simply into “Grab.” With the battle cry, “freedom,” the new and improved app acts as a central hub that integrates all “Grab” services, from GrabTaxi, GrabCar, GrabBike, GrabExpress, and GrabHitch, which had their own separate apps prior to the rebranding. Along with the rebranding, the Grab app also got new and improved features. Here in the MB TechLab, we looked upon these updated features and compared between the old and new services. First time Android “Grab” users  are automatically registered through when launching the app. In time, this feature will also be available for iOS devices soon. Unlike the previous version of the app, Grab saves pick-up and drop-off points. Basically, you can save “Home” and “Work” locations, which can be …

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UP Diliman builds device to check fish freshness

For the picky market shoppers, there’s a whole ritual that needs to be done before buying fish from the market in order to ensure freshness: firm meat, intact scales, clear eyes, pinkish red gills, and ocean-fresh scent. However, fish freshness evaluation may vary from one person to another. It is also a skill that’s passed on from generation to generation. But what if this skill wasn’t passed on to you by your nanays and lolas? Not to worry because scientists from University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) have developed a simple and portable device to determine fish freshness. The fish freshness sensor is no bigger than your pocket wifi. It has a chamber where you put a small piece of fish meat, press a button and after 90 seconds you get …

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